Blogmas Day 20: A year of Glam Bags

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 20! I can’t believe it’s already the 20th and we’re near the end of Blogmas, it’s gone by so quickly. Today I’m going to be talking about the Glam Bags I received this year from Ipsy. I got a lot of great products this year and a lot of cool bags, so let’s get into it.

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I think as the months went on the bag designs got more fun and I found myself liking more and more of the products.

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From the January Glam Bag, my favorites were the blush, the nail polish and Manna Kadar 3 in 1 bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow.

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In the February Glam Bag, I really liked the design of the bag with the denim and the orange zipper that was in the shape of lips. When it came to what was in the bag, I liked everything but my favorites were the face masks, nail polish, lipstick and eyeshadow.

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I loved the March bag. The design was great, I loved the colors and I loved that it gave you more space. Product wise, I loved everything and with the exception of the brush and the blush I have repurchased and been happily using those products.

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The April bag had a really fun design, the fair ticket was a great idea. The EM Cosmetics eyeliner was one of my favorite things from any bag that I got and I use it all the time. I love the nail polish, two colors I didn’t have and I’m glad I do now. And the same with the eyeshadow, I didn’t really wear a lot of pink shadows before, but this has a good amount of sparkle to it and I’ve figured out a couple of fun looks with it. And I couldn’t not mention the Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank brush, it’s adorable.

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The May bag was a great way to get people in the summery mood, the different ice creams and the fact that to me at least, it smelled like pool floaties. Again, this was a bag where I loved everything but my favorites were the liquid lipstick, which smells like cake batter, the eyeshadow duo, the eyeliner pencil, and the highlighter.

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I thought the June bag with the kind of pop art lips was a great choice design wise. I really loved the face masks, the nail polish and the blush from this bag.

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The July bag had the cutest design of all with Gudetama gracing the front and back. From this bag my favorites were the cleanser, the moisturizer and the eyeliner. I have repurchased all of them.

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On to August, I loved the color of this bag, I know there were a couple of different ones you could get but I liked this one the best and it says Peace, Love and Lipstick on it which is a great motto. I genuinely loved and use everything in this bag.

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The theme for September was one of my favorites, it was Ipsy Boss. Which was all about channeling your inner boss and owning it. I loved the design of the bag with the black,  the gold zip, the purple/midnight blue fabric on the inside and the little spikes on the outside. I have this in my handbag now as my makeup bag. This was another month where I loved everything and use them all.

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The October bag had a Halloween flair. It was crimson with a lace overlay and a little bat on the zipper. My favorites from that bag were the nail polish, eyeliner, the liquid lipstick and the hand cream.

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The second to last bag, from November was very autumnal. And I absolutely loved everything in it.

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And finally we have the December bag. I won’t say too much about it because I haven’t done my monthly favorites yet. But I will say that I’m a big fan of this bag.

That about wraps it up for this post, Ipsy has sent me a lot of great products this year. What has been the favorite or favorites that you guys have received from Ipsy this year?

Until next time, I hope you guys have had a great year of Glam Bags and I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 19: Throwback Christmas stories

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 19! Today I thought it would be fun to tell you guys some Christmassy stories and funny things from when I was kid.

The first story is from when I was really little. When I was growing up, until about first or second grade, I was the shyest kid. So when it came to taking the family Christmas picture every year I was not into it, at all. So there’s many pictures of everyone smiling and me, being held by my mother, with my back turned to the camera desperately trying to not be in the picture. Any time I see those pictures I just laugh because I know they were sent out to our family and friends.

The next story was from when I was about five or six I want to say, it was definitely during the time when I believed in Santa. Basically when I was that age, one of my brothers would wake me up at around 7 AM on Christmas morning and take me to look at all the presents, then I would go try and wake up my parents who would tell me to come back at nine. I had noticed during the preview of the presents that there was a lot of the same wrapping paper on the presents and at that time my parents had to write ‘From Mom and Dad and ‘From Santa’ on everyone’s presents, so when we were all gathered around to open presents and it was my turn to pass them out and play Santa I was looking for one for myself and I had found two next to each other and one was from my parents and the other was from Santa and they were wrapped in the exact same paper. So I turned to my mom and I said “Mom, look, you and Santa used the same wrapping paper.” There was a moment where you could see the panic flash across her face and she said “Uh, yeah we did. We must shop at the same store.” Of course I believed her and just moved on and I know she was relieved that I did.

Second to we have a story I didn’t know until recently but it makes me laugh a lot. When I was around seven or eight I got this massive Barbie dream house/hotel thing, it was one of the coolest things and I remember having so much fun playing with it. I remember unwrapping the box and thinking “Wow, this thing is huge, this is so cool.” When I was planning Blogmas, I asked my mother if she could think of any funny Christmas stories that I couldn’t remember or didn’t know about and she mentioned that the year I got this Barbie thing, getting it home was a nightmare. She had sent my dad and one of my brothers to get it from the store and my dad didn’t have a huge car, so there was essentially no room for this box and my brother. So he had to put his seat back and hold this gigantic box the whole way home. She started laughing telling me this story and I can picture it in my head and it really made me laugh.

And lastly, a story from when I was in junior high and I was an eighth grader at this point.  I was a choir kid in junior high, all three years, and I was a first soprano. We had a Christmas concert every year, it was us, the eighth and ninth graders, the seventh grade choir and the bands. We all did our songs separately and while we were waiting for the other choir kids to finish their set, we were sitting there kind of freaking out because we were singing You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch and didn’t know all of the words. Normally we wouldn’t have the sheet music with us during a performance but on this night our teacher allowed us to. And it did make us feel a bit better, but there was one girl, a fellow first soprano, who had a solo and she sounded great but like the rest of the song, she didn’t know the words and she didn’t take her music with her when she went up to sing it. What ended up happening was she sang the first line, the second time through, even though it was supposed to be different and she just started laughing. The rest of us laugh/sang the end of the song and it was a really funny night. We knew there was a chance that the song was going to be kind of a mess, but the rest of our songs were solid and our teacher had a great sense of humor and we went with it.

That about wraps it up for this post, what are some of your favorite Christmas memories?

Until next time, have fun making memories and I can’t believe there’s only six days until Christmas :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 18: Christmas playlist

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 18! Today I’m going to be talking about my Christmas playlist. There’s only a week until Christmas, which I can’t believe, and I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Christmas Day playlist. And I’m happy with what I’ve got.

  •  To start off I’ve got the Michael Buble Christmas album. I love Buble, especially during this time and hands down my favorite song from the album is Cold December Night. If you haven’t ever heard that song look it up, it’s fantastic.
  •  Next we have the album it would not be Christmas without, Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey.
  •  Once Upon A Christmas, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. I love a bit of Kenny and Dolly and I’m not ashamed that I know all the words to all the songs.
  •  The Sinatra Christmas Album, Frank Sinatra. An absolute classic, you can’t have a playlist without Frank.
  • The Andy Williams Christmas Album. Just like Sinatra, Andy Williams is one of those voices I love to hear during the holidays.
  • White Christmas, Bing Crosby. If you like Bing’s voice, then this is a great album for you and it’s full of Christmas classics.

Now on to the song portion of the playlist.

  • Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney. I’ve mentioned that this is one of my favorite Christmas songs and it makes me smile every time I hear it.
  • Step Into Christmas, Elton John. This song is super fun and one of those songs that instantly makes you want to sing along.
  • Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon. This is classic Christmas to me, I listened to this song growing up and sang it once for a school Christmas concert so I have a special place for it in my heart.
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Bruce Springsteen. You guys may have noticed there’s a theme here. I really like the Christmas songs of the artists I listen to normally.
  • Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens. This is a song I only discovered last year through watching Zoe Sugg’s Vlogmas. And it’s become one of my favorite Christmas songs. Definitely give it a listen if you don’t know it already.
  • And lastly we have Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. I’ve said before, not strictly a Christmas song but one of my all time favorites.

That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys have the same songs or albums on your Christmas playlist let me know and if not let me know what songs you do have on your playlist.

Until next time, have fun listening to your Christmas playlists and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 17: Christmas cookies

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 17! Today I’m going to be talking about some Christmas cookie recipes. This week I’m going to be doing a lot of baking and these are some of the recipes that I’m going to be using.

The first cookies I’ll be making are super simple Almond Joy cookies. Almond Joys are one of my favorite candies so this was a no brainer for me.

What you need:

  • One 14 ounces bag of sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup of chopped lightly salted almonds
  • One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set that aside for later
  • Combine, in a large bowl, the coconut, chocolate chips, almonds and sweetened condensed milk
  • And stir that until fully mixed together
  • Take a cookie scoop and scoop out the dough onto the baking sheet
  • Dip the tips of your fingers into water and use them to shape the cookies into discs, making sure to flatten the tops
  • Bake the cookies for 12-14 minute or until the tips of the coconut are just golden brown
  • Let cookies cool on a baking sheet
  • To store, put in an airtight container
  • Otherwise serve and enjoy!

Next up we have Snickerdoodles, a classic and favorite of many.

What you need:

Cookies

  • 1 cup of room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup of flour

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put aside to use later
  • You can do this next step in a stand mixer if you have it or with a hand mixer. In a bowl beat your butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, should be about 2 to 3 minutes. On medium speed add the egg, egg yolk and the vanilla and beat for another minute. Scrape the sides as you go
  • Turn down your mixer to medium low and add in the baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Then turn down your mixer to low and add in the flour. Mix until it’s just combined
  • In a small bowl make the cinnamon sugar
  • Using a cookie scoop measure out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball
  • Roll each ball into cinnamon sugar
  • Place the cookies on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes. Turn the cookies halfway through
  • Serve and enjoy!

Second to last we have Eggnog Cookies. I’ve included something eggnog flavored in every treats/drinks post I’ve done so I thought why not here as well.

What you need:

Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and a little bit more for the topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rum extract
  • 1/2 cup of eggnog

Eggnog Frosting

  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter. In this recipe the author made a note saying that she used 1/4 cup salted and 1/4 cup unsalted butter. I don’t know what I’ll do when I make these
  • 3-5 tablespoons of eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rum extract
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk together for 30 seconds
  • For this next part, if you have a stand mixer use the paddle attachment, otherwise use your hand mixer, whip together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add in the egg yolks one at a time making sure to blend after each addition
  • Then add in the vanilla extract, rum extract and eggnog
  • Set your speed to low and slowly add in your dry ingredients until they are just combined
  • Scoop out the dough, in large tablespoonfuls and drop onto your parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Place the cookies about 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes
  • Rest cookies on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  • Once cookies are completely cooled frost with your eggnog frosting and sprinkle lightly with nutmeg
  • Serve and enjoy!

Eggnog Frosting:

  • Whip butter until light and fluffy
  • Add in rum extract, 3 tablespoons of eggnog and powdered sugar
  • Add in the additional eggnog until you reach the desired consistency

And lastly we have a cookie that isn’t strictly for Christmas, but it is my absolute go to when it comes to cookies and they are Raspberry Almond Shortbread cookies. Because I’ve talked about these before I will link that post down below, it has the recipe.

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these cookies tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And let me know what kind of cookies are you are making for Christmas.

Until next time, have fun baking and I can’t believe there’s only 8 days until Christmas :).

-K

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/cookies-you-cant-eat-just-one-of/

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Blogmas Day 16: Present wrapping

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 16! Today I’m going to be talking about present wrapping, it’s getting to that time and I always enjoy seeing how other people wrap their presents, so I thought I would share how I do mine. Now I don’t have everything yet, I ordered mostly online this year and I’m still waiting for those things to come. But what I do have is one of the gifts for a friend of mine, she and I are doing Friendsmas, and gifts for my niece and nephew.

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So, starting with the gifts for my niece, before I wrap any present for anyone I look at all my wrapping paper and try to figure out which suits that person the best. And once I do that I get the tags, bows, ribbons and boxes if I’m using them. I wanted to keep it quite young and fun so I went with this Santa paper that is reversible.

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One thing I don’t have and I need to go buy is ribbon. But I did take the time to find a tag and a bow that I thought went well with the paper.

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For the Friendsmas present, I wanted to go for something that was on the classier side and I had this paper that I bought recently but forgot about and I’m happy I found it because I think it’s great paper. And it’s also reversible, I didn’t know that when I bought it but I quite like the other side.

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That about wraps it up for this post, I personally love wrapping presents. I find it to be very calming and relaxing and I’m really happy with the way these two came out.

Until next time, I hope you guys are enjoying Blogmas and have fun wrapping presents :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 15: Christmas tree and favorite ornaments

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 15! Today I’m going to be showing you guys my 2017 Christmas tree and some of my favorite ornaments. I don’t have a theme to my tree, then again I never do, it’s just ornaments that I’ve bought/ be given over the years that I really like.

So this year my tree is a spruce and it actually took me forever to find it, I went to a couple different places before I found one that I liked. And if I can remember where some of the ornaments came from I’ll mention it.

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So, on to my favorite ornaments, the first was a gift from my brother and it’s from Bronner’s, the best Christmas store ever. I have always believed in Bigfoot, I know there are a ton of people that don’t but personally I’ve seen enough evidence and had enough of my own experiences to make me a believer. And my brother, knowing that bought me this and it proudly sits near the top of my tree.

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This next ornament I’ve had since I was a small child. It came from my aunt who was one of my absolute favorite people and she’s not around anymore so when I see this it reminds me of her, all the good times we had and it makes me smile.

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These next two were made for me by a close family friend, each of my siblings and my parents have these with their names and we all put them on our trees each year.

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The next couple I have no idea where they came from because they’re kind of old but I love them. Racing and airplanes are two of my favorite things in the world so it’s only fitting that I have Open Wheel Racing Santa and Pilot Santa.

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The next four came from Hallmark and are movie/ TV related. The first is the USS Enterprise. I love Star Trek. It was a huge part of my childhood, I would watch it all the time with my dad. It was one of those things we did together and I’ve watched every series and all of the movies. I have one and my dad has one and it does light up but the batteries need to be replaced.

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The next three are from A Christmas Story, one of the best Christmas movies. And it’s Ralphie in various situations from the movie. If there is one thing I would change about them, it would be with the two that talk. It’s not the original audio from the movie, and I understand why, but it’s just not the same when you hear it.

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This one is when he’s imagining that he has his gun and is protecting his family from Black Bart.

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This is the iconic “Oh Fudge” moment, this is one that talks and makes noise.

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And this last one is the pink nightmare/bunny suit moment. And this one also talks and makes noise.

If you read my Indoor Decorations post, then you would have seen the Coca Cola Santa plaque, there’s actually four throughout the house, and this next ornament won’t surprise you. I have a couple of these, with different scenes on my tree and I love them.

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The last couple are what I would call classic Christmas ornaments.

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These three, along with others not pictured, came from a big box of ornaments that I bought at Costco.

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These two came in their own sets, but I bought them at the same time and I think it was Fred Meyer but I might be wrong. I’ve had them for a while.

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And finally I do have some classic colored ornaments.

That about wraps it up for this post, I have a lot more ornaments on my tree but if I showed every single one we would be here for absolute ages.

Until next time, enjoy your trees and do you guys have white or multicolored lights on your tree?  🙂

-K

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Blogmas Day 14: December Glam Bag unboxing

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 14! Today I’m going to be showing you guys what I got in my December Glam Bag from Ipsy. The theme this month is Ipsy Snow Globe and besides being wintery it’s all about sharing who you are and your ideas and inspiring one another. The bag itself is, in my opinion, one of the best they’ve done this year. It’s silver and has a sparkly band that wraps around the top and the inside is lined in an aqua fabric. It’s fantastic, so my colors.

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So first up we have two Purlisse sheet masks. The first is a Green Tea and Ginger Rejuvenating mask for moisturizing and detoxifying. The second is Coconut and Rice Nourishing mask for moisturizing and soothing. I haven’t used any of the Purlisse masks, but I’ve only heard amazing things about them so I can’t wait to put them on.

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Next up we have the Essence Cosmetics I Love Crazy Volume Mascara in Deep Black. I put this on this morning and I was really surprised. With one coat my lashes looked thick and were definitely defined. I’m usually quite picky with my mascara and I like this one.

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Moving on we have the NYX Slide on Pencil in Brown Perfection. I don’t own any brown eyeliner, but I have green eyes so I’m interested to see what looks I can create.

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Second to last we have the Seraphine Botanicals Orange and Cream Lip Polish. This smells like creamsicle, which is a delicious smell. I don’t typically use lip scrubs or polishes but I’m definitely willing to give this a try.

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And lastly we have the Smashbox lipstick I mentioned yesterday. It’s the Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary. It’s a gorgeous red and I can’t wait to wear it.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your December Glam Bag let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.

Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get next month :).

-K

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