2015 - Simply Avalon

Monday, December 14, 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for the Procrastinator
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Long time no see! If you're anything like me you wait until the very last minute to actually settle down and buy gifts for your friends and family. Procrastination is seriously a problem. That's why I have decided to create a gift guide. Hopefully this will make it easier to shop for your friend or love one.

1. Gift Baskets/Care Packages
I feel as if this is one of the few items you really can't miss with. Buy a cheap basket from the dollar store or Walmart and fill it up with everything you know your friend or love one would like. I'm making a De-Stress one for my mother this year and am filling it up with face masks, tea, and other knickknacks for a perfect spa night. This idea is one of the easiest and works for everyone from guys to girls. As long as you have a little knowledge of what they like you can do this. A few other ideas for gift basket themes are: movie night, date night, breakfast/dinner for two, etc.
There is seriously no way to go wrong with this idea...unless you don't use it...
I've linked a few that you might be interested in below. :)
A Shower Essentials Basket
Photo Credits: Style me Pretty
Coffee Essentials (A coffee lovers paradise)
Photo Credits: Happy Go Lucky
2. Books
I don't care if can says that books are dead. Books are a gift that keeps on giving. Whether that be a release into a new world or a  new source of interesting information. Books are a great gift for friends and family especially bookworms like me. If I've still not sold you on books being a good gift think of the money that you'll save buying a paperback. ;)
One of my personal YA favorites
perfect for a teen or adult.
Available at Amazon
and Barnes and Noble.
Here's a steal. It's only $1.99
(and it's hardcover) This book is perfect for
all my history buffs out there.
Available at Barnes and Noble.

3. Giftcards
When all else fails buy that friend or special loved one a gift card. Who doesn't enjoy the ability to buy themselves they've been wanting the past 365 days?! I feel as if this is very self explanatory but for those of you who still feel clueless here are a few ideas. :)
Available at Amazon
Available at Old Navy
In the end be creative and if you get stuck check out Pinterest. You've already come this far don't let Christmas shopping get the best of you.

With much love,
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Makeup Monday: Covergirl Coffee Shop Review
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Review: Covergirl Eye Enhancers 4 kit shadows in Coffee Shop


I was in Walmart and guys you already know I have to swing by the makeup section at least once...or twice. I have been looking for a pigmented matte brown shade for a while and having no luck with the Ulta & ELF brand eye shadows I decided to buy the Covergirl Eye Enhancers Coffee Shop #260 and got it for . I am going to go ahead and put a disclaimer right here and say that I have never bought anything from the CoverGirl brand. Maybelline, ELF and others always satisfied me to the point that I never felt the need to branch out.

This quad has a matte brown, a bronze sparkle shade and a yellow gold (more yellow) shade, and a white pearle shade. I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation of the product at least when swatched on my arm. I tried these out later on my lids and can't say the same about the pigmentation.

I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation of the product at least when firstly applied. I bought Coffee Shop 260 and the two glitter (bronze shade and yellow gold shade) shades are VERY pigmented. The sparkle was a little overpowering though so in my opinion they could only be used on the lid.

Without flash
The brown color was very misleading or maybe it's because I have a darker skin tone. It appeared to be a beautiful matte brown from the packaging and but when applied to my wrist and looking at the pigment up close you find small specks of sparkle in the "matte' shade it also was the least pigmented of the four. This shade was hard to get to appear on my skin which was really disappointing since this color was the reason I bought the quad. Also it faded  away even after using a primer.

With flash
The white was meh it was hard to pick up on my brush and when applying to my wrist it appeared chalky. It was VERY pigmented especially once placed on the inner corner as a highlight. Don't be fooled though it is not a creamy formula that you could use for a base.

When applying it onto my lids I got a bunch of compliments on the lid color, but it faded away after around 2-3 hours even with primer. I decided against using the gold color for it seemed a little to much for an everyday look, but the red gold color surprised me that when layered (about 3-4 times) it actually appeared really well on my lid.

Verdict: Overall I thought I got 4 lukewarm shades that even though the brown was a miss the other shades with a little elbow grease became wearable. Not sure if I would rebuy and as for CoverGirl I am definitely not sold on this product was definitely a hit or miss with pigmentation.

With much love,
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Friday, October 23, 2015

What's in my Backpack High Sierra Backpack Review
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[This video and blog post is from earlier last year,but I decided that I would post it anyway because everyone is returning to school anyway right?]
We're all probably back in school now, but that doesn't take the excitement away from a brand spankin' new backpack right?! Since I go to a private school a laptop is required for everyday school work which meant that my Jansport bag would no longer make the cut *sigh*.

As expected from any teenaged girl I wanted a backpack that was not only comfortable but "in" with what was popular. Meaning I wanted either a super cute Vera Bradley bag that would probably get retired within the first year or an even more expensive North Face that would definitely last but at a hefty price. Like expected since it isn't my money I ma spending my parents vetoed both options leaving me to return to the drawing board...where could I find a nice backpack for under $30 that wouldn't be retired after a year of use and could fit my large laptop (15in).

Meet the High Sierra Swerve Backpack and now having used it for a good 3 months I can say this was a great purchase. I got mine on Amazon for $29.99. They have around 15 color choices all ranging from $28 to around $108 (although I checked each and I didn't find one for that much).

Specifications:
  • Two water bottle pockets (good quality)
  • Holds most 15" notebook computers.
  • Tablet sleeve (I can fit my kindle fire & charger in it, but it can totally hold an iPad)
  • Cell phone pocket.
  • Headphone port (never used it)

Pros:
Can hold my laptop.
For a laptop backpack it's pretty cheap now at $21.
Can hold a laptop, book (Harry Potter), 2 binders, and pencil pouch comfortable.
True to color.

Cons:
If you put your charger in before laptop it may affect the amount of things you can put in the main compartment because of the bump the actual charger creates.
A bunch of compartments makes it super easy to lose things.
Some of the color options are slightly juvenile.

Rating: 4 stars due to the fact if the many compartments and color options. I would definitely recommend this backpack to high school to college/university students.





Before you leave don't forget to check out my YouTube channel and the video I made on this very subject. 
With much love,
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get The Look Ankle Wrap Flats: Selma Blair
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Get the Look Ankle Wrap Flats: Selma Blair

It may no longer be summer but that doesn't mean we can't buy super cute summer items now especially because of all the discounts considering they are out of season. In case you didn't no Selma Blair will play Kris Jenner in the American Crime Story TV series. While many of us can't sport a Hermes bag like Blair we can defintely splurge on her gorgeous red wrap flats and casual striped dress.



Alice Olivia white dress
$170 - mytheresa.com

Leather handbag
1stdibs.com

Tom Ford sunglasses
$240 - stylebop.com

Urban Decay matte eyeshadow
$57 - nordstrom.com

Charlotte Tilbury nude lipstick
bergdorfgoodman.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lips makeup
saksfifthavenue.com

Maybelline foundation
$9.57 - target.com.au


Nars cosmetic
bloomingdales.com




With much love,

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