BLOGMAS Day 14|Favorite Christmas Movies

Hello Passionista, 

The holiday season is a great time to watch amazingly corny movies to get you in the holiday spirit. I can’t even flex I’ve been watching Netflix movies almost every night. A few of them I’ve watched several times. When I like a movie I will watch it over and over and over again. Most people get tired of the same movie but I never get tired of a good movie. I’m that girl that will go to the movies to see the same movie like 3 to 5 times before it leaves the theater. Actually, my 1st job was at the movie theater in high school. BEST TEENAGE JOB EVER. I promise I saw the Twilight series movies everyday when they released. I can watch a movie for the 100th time like its my 1st time watching it. 

 

Okay, so this month I have watched and re watched all of my classics like This Christmas (starring Chris Brown), Home Alone 1 +2, Best Man Holiday, and Almost Christmas. 

Some of my new Netflix Holiday favorites this year are: 

You can’t fight Christmas

A cute but corny adult Christmas story. 

The Holiday Calendar

The cutest christmas love story this year !!!

How the Grinch stole Christmas

An al time classic, forever !!!! 
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Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionista

It’s Friday!!! We’ve almost made it through this week. It has been a long one for me and I can’t wait to relax for the weekend.

Even though it’s been a rough week, I’m always determined not to look like what I feel like. Today I’m enjoying the GA sunshine with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in the color Spice.

Purchased from ULTA on sale for buy 1 get one week during National Lipstick Day. I love this color, so I have to have it. It will definitely be a favorite in my fall makeup essentials.

Blooper:

Summer Essentials

Hello Passtionistas!

Here’s my summer essentials/ products I can live without for the summer ….

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Foot Scrubber and Stone

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When its summertime, cute feet are a must. So to take extra care my of feet, I scrub and exfoilate weekly.

Scrubber and Stone from Big Lots, under $5.00 each

 

Facial Mist 

img_2064With all this summer heat- facial mists are life savers. I like to put my facial mist sprays in the refrigerator. So when I’m retiring home from the outside I can calm my face with a rolling mist.

Emilia Face Water Mist …. Amazon $14.99

Well at Walgreens Cucumber Facial Mist … Walgreens $5.99

Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist… ULTA $22.00

Stainless Travel tumblers

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Staying hydrated is key. I love that stainless tumblers keeps you beverage cold over time. This honestly, helps me drink more water. I use this on a day to day basis no matter if it’s me morning smoothie to quest to drink my 2 liters of water daily.

Stainless Steal Tumbler- Tiffany Blue…. Target $9.99

Clear Glitter Tumbler…. Target (Value Section) $3.00

 

Make Up Removers Wipes

img_2084Even when I don’t wear make up, make up remover wipes to baby wipes are a must for my face. I heat a lot and even if my face looks dry its dirty from previous sweat that has dried up. Ew! So, gotta make sure I clean that up.

Beauty Tip: Try to keep your face away from you face as much as possible. During the day our face touch so many dirty objects and if you keep you hands on your face you are transferring that dirty from your hands to your face. Not healthy for your face!

Neutrogena Make Up Wipes … Target $4.99

Sunglasses

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You can make the trendiest fashion statement with sunglasses. There’s so many different styles you can rock. I have so many sunglasses because I used to be a brand ambassador for Sol Theory sunglass monthly subscription.

 

Sunscreen

img_2075Always Protect Your Melanin!!!! Where there is sun, Sun protection is needed. I have been wearing sunscreen daily this  summer and my skin tone has not changed one bit. Normally my skin gets darker in the summer. I even have separate makeup shades for Summer vs Winter. But this year my skin tone has remained the same.

Emilia Naked Sun Wet Skin Sun Protection SPF 50… Amazon $10.99

Emilia Naked Sun Invisible Face Gel SPF 50… Amazon $15.98

Emilia Naked Sun Invisible Body Gel SPF 30… Amazon $14.98

Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe Vera helps keeps you skin hydrated and nourishes those burns, cut and briuses

Trader Joe’s Aloe Vera Gel… Amazon $11.61

Emilia Naked Sun Aloe Vera Gel.. Amazon $7.98

 

 

Essential Oils

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One stop beauty solution for Hair, Face, and Body. I use these only just about every part of my body

Oil Essentials … Amazon $14.99

 

 

 

Chokers

My new favorite accessory is black choker. It helps make any outfit pop. You can be dressy and casual.

Chokers …. Walmart $5.00

Slides

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Nothing like a comfortable pair of slides to just have laying around.

Ivy Park Slides… TopShop $40.00

 

 

 

If you like this blog post , please share it and share with me your summer essentials in the comment box.

XOXO

New Look for Teavana

Hello Passionistas,

If you have been on the blogging journey with me from the beginning, you know that I love Teavana tea. I’ve done a few teavana tea hauls before. In the last haul, I shared some information that I found out about the Teavana brand. Teavana recently closed all of their store fronts and shut down the online store- so no more loose leaf teas from teavanna. But Teavana is far from being forgotten about. The brand is now a packaged beverage sold in Starbucks and other grocery stores.

This weekend I was in Wal-Mart and I came across a display panel od Teavana teas. I got all flavors they had in the store. There were priced at $1.98 (in Walmart) each and these were the only flavors (listed below) that the store I was in had. I hope there are more flavors than just these 4. There are only about 3 Starbucks stores I visit regularly and I have not seen these beverages in any other those stores. So, I’m not sure when and if I’ll be able to buy these in Starbucks (or at least the ones I go to) but I’ll glad I know where I can find them.

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Mango Black Tea w/ notes of Tropical Citrus

Meyer Lemon Black Tea w/ Lime Peel & Lemon grass – UNSWEETENED

Pineapple Berry Blue Herbal Tea w/ Hibiscus & Green Rooibos

Passion Tango Herbal Tea w/ Hibiscus & Cinnamon

 

I love the packaging- the shape of the bottle, the label colors and cleanliness of the product design. Often times Nutrition facts on food/drink products are small and hard to read, but for these beverages I feel like I know exactly what I’m drinking. I appreciate that.

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Each of the flavors are ones that I am familiar with. The only one I have not had before is the Meyer Lemon Black Tea w/ Lime Peel & Lemon grass. The other three (Mango, Pineapple Berry, and Passion Tango) I have purchased in Teavana before as a loose leaf tea. One advantage about the packaged beverages is the levels of sweetness. When I brew my tea myself I can sometimes over sweeten them. So with the bottle package and pre made tea it is made to perfection.

P.S. If you see these in store or see any other flavors send me pictures, plzzzzzz!


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Christal’s Cakes N Bakes for the Hoildays (Blogmas Day 17)

Christmas time is here and it is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s not just a time when you get gifts, but it is also a time to enjoy family, friends, and FOOD!  Who doesn’t enjoy or yearn for all those things?

This Christmas one of my closest friends gave me the special gift of posting a guest blog here on PassionLocked.  Let me say first that I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my Christmas joy as well as my business on your blog (:

My name is Christal and I am a self-taught home baker located in Atlanta, Ga.  You can follow me on Instagram @christalscakesnbakes or contact me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes.

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I absolutely enjoy baking.  What I love most about it is that I teach myself everything from measuring to modeling as well as sculpting to decorating.  Today I came to share with you all an easy Sugar Cookie Recipe that will leave you looking like the baddest pastry chef (: So let’s just jump right into it!!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

1 (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

¼ to ½ cup of All Purpose Flour (*see note)

*flour amount depends on how you want your texture

Icing:

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tbsp Meringue Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla

½ cup hot water

Gel icing colors

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and thaw cookie dough until room temperature.

Step 2: In a large bowl combine the cookie dough and flour until you reach the proper consistency needed to be able to roll with a rolling pin or canned good.

Step 3:  Roll out sugar cookie dough about ¼ of an inch (cookies will spread when baking) and with a cookie cutter cut out your cookies.

Step 4: Place cookies on cookie sheet and cookie for about 8-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Step 5: Combine all icing ingredients until fully combined and smooth.  Separate icing into however many bowls for however many colors you are making. (extra hot water may be needed to fine proper icing consistency)

Step 6: With a icing piping bag or a fine tip squeeze bottle carefully icing the cookies designing them in any way you like.  Allow to cool after icing for about 30 minutes

DONE!

I hope that you all enjoyed this simple sugar cookie recipe.  I hope that I was able to help you all out in the kitchen with those holiday desserts.

I absolutely enjoyed being a guest blogger here on PassionLocked and I hope that I will be able to share more post with you all in the future.

If you are in the Atlanta area and in need of a beautiful, reasonably priced and delicious cake, cupcakes or anything sweet please don’t hesitate to hit me up @christalscakesnbakes or www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes or email me at christalcakesnbakes@gmail.com

PEACE LOVE AND DESSERT!

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October Ipsy Bag

Hello Passionistas!

I know it’s already November !!! (I’m screaming)

 

Time is flying by sooooooo fast. I feel like one week I get my monthly ipsy bag and the next week I’ll getting a email that my next one is on the way. Needless to say, today I am reviewing the “Spellbound” October Ispy bag.

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I love this Furless Eyeshadow Brush. I don’t beat my face everyday- but I do throw on a natural shadow to get me through the day. This brush is great for the windshield wiper method.

 

 

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With cold weather comes ashy hands- and I am not here for it. So this TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream will come in handy for on the go travel. I normally buy or use my free coupons for the trail size bath and body works hand lotions. I keep them in my car, hand bag and work bag, at my desk in my car, one at the kitchen sink and one at the bathroom sink. 

 

 

This NAILMEDIC Charcoal Infused Nail Polish is super cute. I that this product is cruelty free, paraben free, sulfate free, phthalates free, GMO free, and triclosan free.I don’t do my nails myself. I get gel on my fingernails but I can see this color on my toenails for winter.

Again, I say I don’t beat my face everyday. But when I do decide to do a full face I use the NYC translucent powder. This, it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed: Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder is a nice sized product. With the holidays around the corner I’m sure this finishing powder will come in handy for those face beats I will do. My only concern is the color being to light for my skin tone,but I’m sure I can work it out.

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I go crazy for anything mint on my skin- because it feels so good. I used a small amount of this Skinvolve Phoenician Secret Scrub- Peppermint on my hands, just to see how it felt on my skin and make sure I don’t have some type of reaction to it. But it felt so good (just as I thought) I can’t wait to use it as a facial. This product is meant to shed tired and dull skin.

 

 

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If you are a ipsy subscriber, please share your bag with me in the comments below. Did you get some of the same products as me? If so- did you like them? Did you get different products? Talk to me !!!!

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Miss Spa

Good Day Passionista!

So you know I love a good sheet mask.

I have been using them more often than none now.

Sheet Mask are less expensive, less mess, and effective.

 

Every few days, I use a sheet mask in the morning while in the shower and getting ready to start my day. Most packages state that you should leave the sheet mask on your face for at least of 20 minutes. But I like to leave it on my face a little longer. I mean I use makeup and lotions that sit on my face all day so I can clean it a little longer.



Check out these 6 Miss Spa Sheet Mask that I picked up at Target for $2.99 each:

 

Miss Spa Exfoliate sheet mask

Miss Spa Clear blemish patches

Miss Spa Brighten sheet mask

Miss Spa Hydrate sheet mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating sheet mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold radiance mask

 

These products can be found at Target or https://miss-spa.com

 

Follow @passionlocked on instagram to see if anyone of these product become my #productoftheday