Monday, September 29, 2014

ELF's Lip Exfoliator gives a Different (Skincare Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 10:00 AM 1 comments
Another week has begun! I hope your Monday has started off well. Lets dive right into today's review, shall we? :-)

I purchased the products below with my personal funds.

E.L.F. Studio Lip Exfoliator

Retail Price: $3

Gently exfoliate lips to remove dry, chapped skin with our Lip Exfoliator! A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This Lip Exfoliator treats and smoothes lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel. 
To Use: Apply to clean, damp lips and massage in a circular motion to exfoliate. Use a moistened cotton pad with water to gently wipe away scrub. Follow with a lip balm or gloss to condition. 

My Review:

First Impressions & Packaging:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this lip exfoliator that's in a lipstick tube, but my lips have been incredibly dry and chappy since moving to California, so I was desperate to find something to give me kissable lips. I first heard about this product from Beauty Broadcast, and after hearing her glowing review of it, I decided to dive in.

I really like the packaging of ELF's Lip Exfoliator. It's very sturdy and well made and the packaging that the bullet of exfoliator is in is made of some sort of metal. I love the sleek look of it!
Product & Application:
The grains in this lipstick are pretty coarse, but because they are compressed into a lipstick bullet shape, it actually isn't that coarse when you use it on your lips. It took me a few minutes (when I first started using it) before I started feeling the coarse grains against my lips.
I've been using it for about a month now, and am really enjoying the results. Before using this my lips constantly felt dry and chapped. But since adding this as part as my nightly skincare routine -- following up with a good lip moisturizer afterwards -- my lips have really started to look healthy and moisturized.

Major Likes & Dislikes:
I liked that, because the exfoliating grains were encased with moisturizing oils, that this product was a very gentle exfoliator. For the most part it feels very smooth on your lips, except for a few grains that protrude from the bullet and give your lips the exfoliation they need.
Sometimes, though, it can feel so smooth I feel like it's doing absolutely nothing to exfoliate my lips. When this happens, I usually just rub it around on my lips a little longer until I start to feel the grains protruding from the product.

Final Thoughts:
All in all, I find this a very useful product in my skincare routine. I have heard some people say it dries out, but so far I haven't seen that. And even if it did dry out in another month or two....at $3, this product is extremely affordable and easily repurchased.
If you are like me -- wanting a lip exfoliator but not sure what to look for, I'd say start with this. It's inexpensive and does it's job well enough. And I had some pretty rough lips when I first started using this, trust me! Now, while I still will get dry lips if I don't moisturize them several times a day, this product from ELF helps to keep those dry, dead skin cells off of my lips. Something I am very thankful for. I would definitely recommend you give this product a try!

Question for My Readers:


I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Social Media!

Posted by Katie Garvin at 9:00 AM 0 comments
Friday is finally here, my beautiful followers! Since it is the beginning of the weekend, I decided to do a more informal, laid back kind of posts. :-) I hope you lovelies enjoy!

Since changing the name and brand of my blog, I've been working on switching over all my social medias as well. And this week, I finished switching over the last one. :-)

So I thought it'd be fun to share with you all my different accounts and also inform you of what types of posts you can expect to see on them in the future.

This way, if you are more interested in one topic of beauty-related posts then others...you'll know which of my accounts to keep your eyes (and follows) on. ;-)

From My Vanity Social Media Accounts

Facebook -- You can find me by searching for "From My Vanity" or typing in my url, www.facebook.com/frommyvanity.

On this page along with sharing my most recent posts with you all, I will also be posting my Product Empty Reviews on here as well. Originally I did them on Instagram, but I think a better place for them is on my Facebook. So if you enjoy reading those, be sure to like my page and keep an eye out for them in the future!
Twitter -- You can find me by searching for "@ladykaty92" or typing in my url, www.twitter.com/ladykaty92.

This account is mainly to keep you informed of my most recent posts, but I also am planning to start sharing beauty/makeup sales on here as well as sharing links to any money-saving sites that I use with you all. Who doesn't like to save money, right?! :-)
Instagram -- You can find me by searching for "ladykaty92" or typing in my url, www.instagram.com/ladykaty92.

On here is where I share my makeup/beauty eye candy. Any makeup hauls or mailbox unboxing pictures are also featured on here. I also occasionally post eye looks that I do, but not many. If that's something you'd like to see more of, let me know!
Pinterest -- You can find me by searching for "ladykaty92" or typing in my url, www.pinterest.com/ladykaty92.

Here is where I share anything that catches my interest. I love to post beautiful eye-makeup looks, hairstyle picturesDIY tips, cooking recipes, nail designs...really, anything and everything beauty related that looks pretty, I end up pinning on my pinterest. :-) So definitely come follow me there. If you post about similar things, I'll follow you back and we can share what we love!

And that's about it! Those are the four accounts that I am focusing on right now. If you are interested in any of the things I am going to be posting about on the different accounts, I hope you'll come follow me and join in the fun of talking about different aspects of beauty! :-)

From My Vanity Posting Schedule

Before I leave, I also wanted to let my followers (who may not be aware) of my posting schedule.

I post Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and the posts will go live at noon, pacific time zone.

See you Monday with a new post!

I love you gals!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join this Kickstarter Campaign to Publish a Heartwarming Children's Book (Giveaway)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 7:00 AM 0 comments

Ever thought of supporting someone on Kickstarter?

I know you love me mommy and daddy by franicia white

Friends of mine, Tim and Franicia White, are in the process of publishing an illustrated children's book. She has already written the book and paid for the illustrations. But even with these two big hurdles in publishing a book behind them, there are still a lot of expenses ahead of them. So they are starting up their own Kickstarter Campaign. :-)

I will let you explore their page to get all the details -- and make sure you do check it out as they put together an impressive, professional trailer -- but here's a little bit about their family-friendly children's book. :-)

"We're inviting you to back our efforts in printing I Know You Love Me Mommy and Daddy in hardcover. We plan to release it in digital formats too including but not limited to Kindle, iBook, and ebook."

"You will be the first to receive hard copies of this wonderful children's book which is beautifully illustrated by Debra Hostetler. So, before the books are sold to the public, backers will not only have access to the physical book with a special Kickstarter sticker but also extra sneak-peek information."

Endorsements

I just saw on Franicia's blog that Michelle Duggar wrote an endorsement for this upcoming book. How cool is that? Here's what she said...

I Know You Love Me Mommy & Daddy is a delightful children’s book that reinforces God’s unconditional love that parents are to share with their children.
-Michelle Duggar
(2 Cor. 12:9)
Mother of (TLC’s) 19 Kids & Counting

How Can You Help?

The beauty of Kickstarter is that they have it split up in several different incentive packages for you to help this family out in their journey toward publication. :-) From $5 -- where you are kept informed of the White's progress, to $25 -- where you get a Kickstarter exclusive book, to even $200 -- where you get a plethora of different gifts as well as a 60 piece, 10x14 puzzle made from images that inspired this book's artwork. Pretty cool, right? :-)
Illustrations from children's book, I know you love me mommy and daddy by franicia white
If you have children and have been wanting to find good, wholesome books, I would highly recommend you checkout the Whites' Kickstarter Page and see how you can help bring this book to life.

Or, if you don't have kids but know someone who does, send them to this post so they can check it out for their children.

White's Kickstarter Giveaway

Last of all, before I wrap up this post...yep, I have a giveaway to share with you all! Franicia White very lovingly offered to give one of my readers an ebook copy of I know You Love Me, Mommy and Daddy and another one of my readers their very own hardcover of this book. :-D  For more information and rules about this post, check the 'terms and conditions' at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.

This giveaway will run until the end of the Kickstarter campaign, on October 15th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Question for My Readers: Did you watch the Whites' video trailer? What did you think about it? I really enjoyed it, such a beautiful family!


I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. I only share information that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.

A Blogger Opportunity for this Holiday Season!

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 2 comments

Bloggers 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Sign Up

Bloggers sign up Today to get listed on the "2014 Holiday Gift Guide" that will roll out full force Oct 25 thru Dec 25, 2014 . Many bloggers will be participating so its going to be huge!

Right now Sign up is Free and Limited !  

** Why Should you Sign Your Blog Up? **
Most of the Business's that have listing on here are ones who hire bloggers for Reviews and PR Jobs through the year, so a great way to get noticed as a PR Blogger and get on the Reps Blogger Lists for when they have reviews and sponsor post jobs etc.  

** Does My Blog have to be a Big Blog **
NO - this is the great part, any size blog , any nitch is welcome. The only restriction we have is , your blog can not have pornograph
ic material on it. If it does - Do not sign up - we are Family Friendly !  

** Where will my Link to my Blog Be Seen **
We will have a page specific listing " PR Friendly Bloggers " on the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Web Site - Visible to all on the landing page and other guide pages. Your Link will be linked to your blog or media kit page ( your choice). This Gift guide will be promoted by many bloggers, as well as the businesses on their sites and social media too during the 2 months. Also we may even feature YOUR Blog in our Special Mailings from time to time.
** Perks **
  • PR Marketers for Businesses See Your Page - These are the people who Hire Bloggers to promote Products for reviews, sponsor posts, ambassador programs, etc- all year long !
  • There will be special giveaway promotions during this time, Fun Secret Santa for Bloggers Only. ++
** HOW DO I SIGN MY BLOG UP** Click HERE to Sign UP Today !

Monday, September 22, 2014

BoxyCharm's September Box Came Out Just in Time for Fashion Week (September Unboxing)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 3 comments
Before I dive into today's post, just wanted to explain that I had hoped to do this unboxing earlier in the month. But I visited my family back in Florida for the first half of the month, and with a mix up of addresses the box came here to my home in California.

All that to say, next month I should have my unboxing up earlier in the month. And then I would also like to come back with a review at the end of the month and show you a look where I use all the products. Would you like that?

What s BoxyCharm?

BOXYCHARM is an online beauty subscription that surprises you each month with name-brand beauty essentials. Our goal is to enhance your current cosmetic collection by delivering trendy and popular beauty items right to your front door. Our beauty experts have years of experience in the health and beauty industry and are dedicated to selecting the essentials that they know you will love. Each month, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with full size and luxury size beauty items.

Let us do the work! BOXYCHARM removes the hassle of picking the right beauty products. The beauty items are carefully selected to promote creativity and glamour. Your BOXYCHARM also includes a card with a description of the beauty items received, keeping you savvy and excited about your new items. It's also a great idea for a gift! Our BOXYCHARM can be delivered to your friends and family for any special occasion. So what are you waiting for? Be charmed!
And just to add, it's $21 a month and you get 5 full size products.

What's Inside of BoxyCharm's September Box?

We can't dive into a BozyCharm without first taking time to enjoy the cute packaging that it arrives in.
It's sooooo cute!
And I had to snap a picture of the pretty "Fashion Week Fabulous" card that greets you when you first open the box. On the back of this card is where they give you additional information on the products you received, as well as the retail price of each item.
I was really excited to see that there was an eyeshadow palette from Coastal Scents in this month's box -- I love eyeshadows and haven't had an opportunity to try any CS products.
All the products are so exciting this month! I seriously can't wait to dive in and start trying these products out.
First up was a very pretty perfume. I had a slight problem with this product leaking, but since it was encased in bubble wrap it didn't ruin anything. And there wasn't that much leakage, thankfully. The scent is floral and sophisticated -- definitely something I would wear. This full-size vial retails for $29.
For those who saw my August Unboxing post, you know that I received a lipstick from this brand and loved the luxurious feel of it. This mascara is no different -- it feels so expensive just to hold it!
I'm really hoping that this gives me the lashes I like. :-D This mascara retails for $19.

Next, the product that I was the most excited about -- Costal Scents Go Palette in Cairo, which retails for $12.95
I can't beleive it, but I totally forgot to take a picture of these colors swatched. If you would like to see that, leave a comment below and I can post it over on my Instagram account. I LOVE the coloring in this palette -- definitely something I will use!
I love painting my nails, and BoxyCharm couldn't have sent me a more fitting color -- I love dark colors, especially those in the brown family. This is a beautiful chocolate brown that seems pretty opaque. Can't wait to do my nails! This NCLA nail varnish retails for $16.
The last item in the box is Tarte Cosmetics' LipSurgence...
...in exposed. :-) This full-size product retails for $19.
As you can see, it has a really unique applicator -- one side of it is very flat. I assume this will make it easier to apply, but we shall see.
I was a bit disappointed in the swatch -- it seemed more sheer and thin, and I was hoping it would be as creamy and rich as the bottle made it appear. But I'm not giving up on it yet -- will put it to the test. :-)

All in all, it was a great box for Fashion Week. Definitely filled with appropriate makeup. :-) As I've already mentioned many times, I am looking forward to trying all these products out and can't wait for next month's box. :-)

Let's do the Math!

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss - $19
Coastal Scents Go Palette - $12.95
NCLA Nail Lacquer - $16
Tarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash Mascara - $19
Hello by Harvey Prince Fragrance - $29
TOTAL = $95.95

Not too shabby --- you pay $21 and get 5 full size products that value nearly at a hundred dollars!

Question to My Readers: Which product were you most interested/excited about in BoxyCharm's September box? Are there any products that you would want to see a full review on? Share in the comments below!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above from BoxyCharm in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, this does not guarantee a review or feature on my blog. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bite Beauty's Cute Luxury Duo Lipstick is a Gem! (Makeup Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 0 comments
My husband and I were reunited late last night after almost 3 weeks apart, so I apologize in advance if I am rather absent for the next few days. :-)

About Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo


Retail Price: $12

What it is: A bite-sized lipstick duo of contrasting shades.

What it does: This mini duo of twist-up bullets offer neutral or vivid lips on the go. Wear them individually or layer to create your own custom look. With every application, antioxidant Resveratrol fights free radicals with potent long-term age-repair benefits. Each lipstick contains the Resveratrol equivalent of two glasses of red wine, reducing fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lip area over time.

This set contains: 2 x 0.05 oz lipstick

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: At Bite's Soho Lip Lab, these Fresh, Spring-forward shade combinations were spotted as a trend. Created with natural and food-grade ingredients, BITE Beauty lip products do not contain petrochemicals and are certified gluten-free.

My Review:

First Impression & Packaging...
I first heard about these double ended lipsticks from Beauty Broadcast and was really intrigued by it. There are two types of this lipstick, one vivid and one neutral. I don't think I need to tell you with I got. (The neutral, of course!)
I liked that these lpsticks are supposed to help erase fine lines as you wear them. Not that I have fine lines yet, but it can;t hurt to start now. :-) So when I was checking out at Sephora one day, I did an impulse purchase and added these to my basket. At only $12, I didn't feel like it was too expensive -- especially since you get two colors.
The little bullet was smaller than I expected, especially if you look at the box. But it actually makes it really easy for traveling with. I've been away from home for the past 2 weeks, and this was my go-to lipcolor that was easy to slide into my pocket or purse.
Product & Application...
When it actually comes to how this lipstick feels, I can't ask for more. It has a luxurious, moisturizing feel to it...but it almost has a mattifying finish. It's not completely matte, but nearly. It isn't staining -- and since these colors are natural and nude, I wasn't expecting them to -- but the color does last a long time on your lips. I find that I really only need to reapply if I'm eating or wiping my mouth.
The caps to this lip duo snaps shut, making me feel very comfortable when I throw it into my purse -- it isn't going to accidently open and decorate it's nearest neighbor! And the outside of the bullet actually feels soft, almost velvety. You know how the Lorac Pro palette feels? Well, it's almost like that. I love it!
Major Likes & Dislikes...
I love that I have two natural, but different, colors in one tube that I can use for any occasion. I've worn this duo for a day around the house, out shopping, to dinner, and even to a formal occasion. It's perfect for any occasion, and feels amazing on your lips.
The bullet is rather small, which can be considered a con. But at only $12, I feel that the quality of the lipstick makes it well worth it.
Final Thoughts...
I love my Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo. It really does feel like your applying a luxury cream to your lips. And after you wipe it off, your lips feel moisturized.
Sorry this pic isn't as good as the previous one. Bad lighting. Will get better :-)
If you've never tried any of Bite Beauty's lip products, this duo is a great one to start with. I feel like you can't go wrong with the neutral duo. One side is a natural pink for any occasion and the other one is a darker pink/brown for nicer occasions. Definitely found a winner, here, and will no doubt repurchase when the time comes. Love it!

Question for My Readers: What is the most important thing you look for in a lipstick? Color? Feel? Staying Power?


I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Wedding Day, April 26th, 2014 (Picture Heavy!)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 6 comments
This post has been a LONG time coming, and I apologize for that. When I set about revamping my blog, it completely slipped my mind until last week. I hope you will still find this post interesting and enjoyable, even though it's coming to you nearly 5 months after my wedding day.

So let's just dive right in. Since my wedding wasn't any different than a typical wedding, this post will be mainly pictures. I'll start in order of how this unfolded on my wedding.

For those who weren't following me at that time, I got married to the man of my dreams on April 26th of this year, 2014. The ceremony started at 2pm, followed directly afterwards with a reception. Because my husband is in the Navy, I was able to get married on base at the chapel and we used the Atrium next door to host the reception in. Everything was so lovely -- I'm blessed to know some very talented ladies who did all the decorating for the ceremony and reception. It was beautiful!

And now, to the pictures!

So, the morning of April 26th we started at about 7 o'clock (if I remember correctly) curling hair.
I had 6 bridesmaids, 3 flowergirls, my mom, and myself to get hair and makeup done by noon. Some of the bridesmaids helped do hair and I also had four friends come over that morning to help out. (My friends are amazing!)
If you are curious on what hairstyle I did on my bridesmaids, I have a tutorial on it HERE. I call it Boho Braids with Curls.
I know this might seem unusual, but I decided to do my own hair for my wedding. So after I finished my mom's hairstyle, I started on my own. I also did a tutorial on it, if you're curious. I kind of made it up as I went along, but I really liked the end results! You can find the tutorial HERE.
Now we skip over to the reception room. This is the seating for the wedding party.
The centerpeices for each table. I was blessed to know VERY talented ladies!
My cake topper. Which was also my mom's cake topper and my mom's mom's cake topper. :-)
I thought this was SO cute! It was placed at the beginning of the food table and also on either side of the doors where the ceremony was held.
Picture time for the guys! What a good-looking bunch :-)
And they can do pretty epic jumps in-synch with each other!
 And, of course, they had to do the traditional guy-getting-cold-feet picture. (Though why it's tradition I have no idea...)
 Then it was the girl's turn for pictures. The wedding gown I am wearing is my mom's -- just a few days shy of 26 years old. :-)
 My beautiful braidesmaids!!
 In case you were wondering, four of the bridesmaids are my sisters. One is my husbands sister. And one is my older brother's fiance (now wife). I'm sure you can guess who is who. ;-)
 And my three flower girls were my sisters as well!
 This is my family! At the time of this picture my older brother (on the right) was engaged and my older sister (on the left) is married with a little daughter of her own now. :-)
 Then we swapped things up and got some pictures with the bride and groomsmen...
 ...and groom and bridesmaids. :-)
 After that it was show time! After all the guests were inside we shut the doors and my wedding party waited outside. To make sure I wasn't seen, I waited with my dad around the corner of the building. :-)
 My youngest sister and little nephew made an adorable couple!
Me and my handsome father doing the most important walk in my life!
 My photographer got some really neat shots during the wedding!
 The first time we ever kissed! For a girl's first kiss...it was pretty epic ;-)
 Our wedding bands. :-)
 Got to have a few funny poses thrown in. :-)
 For those who are interested: My mom and dad -- and my mom's mom and dad -- did this exact same post on their wedding day. I wanted to carry on the tradition and get a picture as well. And in her dress, too! :-)
 Because of our schedule, we decided to do the 'fairwell' after the ceremony and before the reception. So here we are getting into our ride.
 After a (very quick) ride around the base we walked around with the photographer to get some couple pictures.
A picture outside of the chapel we were married in. It was a beautiful day!
 Our first dance together as a married couple.
 I LOVE the harp and it was always a 'dream' to have it at my wedding. What do you know -- my husband had a friend who played and she graciously offered to bring it to the wedding. It was SO special!
 Father/Daughter dance. Such an emotional dance -- I love my daddy! It was the only time I cried that day...
 Mother/Son dance :-)
 We also did a Marriage Appreciation dance. My mom's parent's were the longest married couple there that day -- 50 years!
 Time to cut the cake! According to our guests, we were WAY too polite to each other :-P
 And, of course, I could not end the day without a picture with the two closest people in my life. My husband and sister :-)
And that was the end of my wedding day!

We spent our honeymoon in both Destin, FL and Boston, MA before flying to our new home in California.

We're only a week or so shy of celebrating 5 months married. My husband is so amazing and we've quickly bonded and grown as a couple. Not to say that we haven't had bumps in the road -- that comes with life -- but we learn how to ride them together, as a couple, and we get stronger each time. :-)

I hope you all enjoyed that. If you have any other requests or questions -- you know you just have to leave them in the comments below! Thanks for taking time to look at a special day in my life!
 

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