"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is something in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening" -Coco Chanel


Friday, November 4, 2011

Beauty Inside and Out: Animal Cruelty Free Compainies.

Hi girls!!! It has been too long! I apologize for not being around as much as I would like! I have been too busy lately!

I have always loved animals, there has never been a time in my life when I haven't had at least two cats in my house. As you also know, I love makeup and when I found out some of the horrible things they put in cosmetics, I was absolutely disgusted.

I'm not going to say exactly what is in the products, in depth, If you would like to know go to the Peta animal ingredients list. It is really shocking, what you are putting on your face! I didn't go into detail, just because I didn't want to upset or gross anyone out, but I really do recommend looking at the list, for both health and humanity reasons.

What I am going to share with you, is a list of cruelty free beauty and cosmetic companies, and a few that unfortunately contribute to the animal testing and bi-product use.

Cruelty Free Companies
  • Arbonne.
  • MAC.
  • Almay.
  • Aveda.
  • Burt's Bee's.
  • Bath and Bodyworks.
  • The Body Shop.
  • C.O. Bigelow (at Bath & Bodyworks).
  • E.L.F. cosmetics.
  • Hard Candy.
  • Hello Kitty Cosmetics.
  • LUSH.
  • NYX.
  • OPI.
  • Physcians Formula.
  • Revlon.
  • Smashbox Cosmetics.
  • Stila Cosmetics.
  • Tarte Cosmetics.
  • Too Faced Cosmetics.
  • Urban Decay.
  • Wet n Wild.
  • Victoria Secret Beauty.
Companies That are Cruel to Animals :(
  • Aveeno.
  • Aussie Hair Products.
  • Chapstick.
  • DOLCE & GABANNA (perfume).
  • Estee Lauder.
  • Kiehls.
  • Lancome.
  • Maybelline.
  • Mary Kay.
  • Neutrogena.
  • Olay.
  • Shiseido Cosmetics.
There were a few companies that weren't on either of the lists, such as Benefit Cosmetics or the Sephora brand cosmetics. I'm going to have to look into those more. Also I did not include ever company on both lists, only the more popular ones, check out the link to see both of the full lists.

I'm also going to make a tab devoted to animal cruelty free beauty!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Makeup Tutorial!!! ♥

Hey girls! Here is my second ever Youtube video, also my first tutorial! Please note that I was wicked nervous and yes I totally poked myself in the eye with and eyeliner! So embaressing! But there are some good parts in there somewhere :) ENJOY!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

September Favorites + First Youtube Video!

Hey Girls! It's been too long! I've missed you! But I've been so busy! I've been working on my first Youtube video!!! It's just a September Favorites video, but I filmed a tutorial yesterday and it will be up by tomorrow! For some reason it takes like five years to upload one video! The tutorial still has 757 minutes...great. Anyway here is my September Favorites!
Thank you for watching girls! Please comment, like and subscribe!!! I'd really really appreciate it!

Here are some videos coming up!
-Fall Tutorial (uploading).
-Halloween Ke$ha tutorial.
-Halloween Flapper tutorial.
-Fall Nail Polish.
-Whats in my bag?
-How to wear Riding Boots.
-DIY facial scrub.
-How to accessorize winter/fall outfits!

Have any requests? PLEASE tweet/email me!

P.S. the celeb tag will be back very soon!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 6: Second Celeb Crush!

SO cute!
Hey girls! This is my second celeb crush post for the celeb tag! So my second crush is Ryan Reynolds. In the past couple of years he has kind of become the Brad Pitt, so to speak. Girls from all ages are in love with this guy! Something interesting I just noticed is, my first celeb crush was also named Ryan and also Canadian...strange.

I first though Ryan Reynolds was just adorable when I saw him in Defiantly, Maybe with Abigail Breslin. One thing I really like about Ryan Reynolds is his sense of humor, whenever I see him in interviews he is hilarious!

 Thanks For Reading Ladies!

P.S. Check out this interview! Ryan Reynolds on David Letterman! It's hysterical!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 5: First out of Fives Celeb Crushes!

Hey Girls! So I'm pretty sure I say this every post, but I am super excited about this post...I mean SUPER excited! When I read the daily post list for the 30 day tag, this post and the next four were the ones I was most excited for. I think seeing who other people think are cute in Hollywood is kind of fun! Anyway here is my first celeb crush...Ryan Gosling!!!

My taste in guys is kinda specific, my type is really tall, blond hair, blue eyes. There are some acceptations (that you'll see in the next couple of days) but mostly I love a guy that looks amazing in a suit, but isn't all stuffy and still looks great in a tee and a pair of jeans. I also hate beards! A little bit of stubble, fine. A beard? No Way! Lately I've seen Ryan Gosling with on of the god awful beards, which is really unfortunate! Anyway I'm actually really sad that he isn't with Rachel McAdams anymore! Come on! Ali and Noah together for real? That would be amazing!!!

I found this picture kind of amusing, so I put it in. He looks so young!

Semi creepy, but cute :)

 Thanks for reading!!!

P.S. who is one of your celeb crushes? I really want to know! :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

FALLing in Love with Zac!

Hey girls! So NYC fashion week is this week! I wish I was there, but I'll have to settle for watching the shows on FashionTV. One show that really jumped out at me was, Zac Posen, that took place two days ago. Seriously, I'm in love with almost every single piece in this collection! Everything is fantastic, amazing, gorgeous, wonderful and every other positive adjective you can imagine!

My personal style is: classic, retro with a bit of and edge. If your like me, then you will just adore this show!

Enjoy ladies!

P.S. Do you like these kinds of posts? Let me know if you want me to share my opinions on more Fashion Week shows!

Day 4: Current Celeb Obsession!

Hey girls! Today's topic is Current celeb obsession! This was really different for me, so I kinda changed the question a bit...I look to different celebs, based on what season it is, so here are my celeb obsessions for summer, summer and winter, fall.

Taylor, without a doubt is a major fashion icon! I look at what she's wearing, but especially in the colder months. She always has on adorable sweaters and really cute boots. I have never disliked anything I've seen Taylor wearing in the magazines!

I feel like the SoCal look is so cute for spring and summer! And since Lauren Conrad is from Southern California, obviously she has that style down. I'm also a huge fan of florals and she seems to be too, I always see pictures of her stepping out in gorgeous floral dresses and tanks.

I feel like I picked two girls that are every body's fashion icons, but I think that's because they know how to dress and are good role models for girls!
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Fall Picks-Colors I've FALLen in love with for this Season

Day 3: My Favorite Celebrity Encounter!

Hey girls! So here is day three of my Celeb Tag! I am super duper excited to post this, because when I read day 3 I got so excited to share this one. This day was one of the most fun days, of my life. So when I was in seventh grade, my best friend Sarah and I went on the French class trip to Montreal. On the eight hour drive to Canada, I brought a Teen People Style Watch book and we spent so long looking at it. On almost every page, was one of our favorite celebs and fashion inspirations, Mischa Barton. Sarah and I are major, major OC fans! Then the next day we went to this BioDome (a habitat for all different animals, each habitat has the climate for the animals there). We were in the "Artic" habitat, when I heard a voice that sounded really familiar, so I look over...AND IT'S MISCHA BARTON (ahhhhhh!!!) so I just about flipped! The funniest thing about it was, Sarah did not believe it was her, so finally I asked her, and it was her, so we got a picture! Unfortunately she was not very friendly, which was kind of disappointing, but we got to meet her which was AMAZING!
Little 7th grade me with Sarah and Mischa! I was so so tired so ignore how awful I look in this picture!

Thanks for reading Ladies! Make sure to vote on my poll in the sidebar :) I'm really looking forward to starting a series! And you can vote for more than one!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Poll Anyone?

Day 2: First Celebrity Encounter!

Hey girls! So this question for the celeb tag, was actually pretty hard for me... One particular stuck out but I think I'll use that for tomorrows question (favorite celeb encounter). Then I realized my first, weird thing is I've known this person for, well my entire life. It's actually my cousin Ed. My cousin is Ed Toth, some may have heard of him, he is a professional drummer. Ed has been the drummer for two bands, Vertical Horizon and The Doobie Brothers. It's funny, I don't really think of Ed as a "celebrity" to me, he's my cousin! Sometimes I remember when he talks about going over "Willy's house" (Willy Nelson!) or "hanging out with Josh" (Josh Grobin!!!) but honestly Eddie is one of the most down to earth, nice people you could meet!

Ed's picture for a Drummer Magazine.
Album cover for one of Vertical Horizons CD's.
Thanks for Reading guys!!! Here is my favorite Vertical Horizon song! Your A God by Vertical Horizon.
My favorite Doobie Brothers Song! Black Water by The Doobie Brothers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Celeb Tag!!! Day 1: First Celebrity Obsession.

Hey Girls! It's been way to long, I've had alot of things going on in my life lately so I really haven't had time for anything, but I've missed this so much!
So here is the Tag!!!

Day 1: First celebrity obsession.

Well, I was never really a normal child, I preferred old movies. I would watch old musicals with my Dad whose a musician, that grew up watching them. I loved (and still love) Sound Of Music, Singing In The Rain, White Christmas and My Fair Lady. I remember absolutely idolizing Debbie Reynolds and Audrey Hepburn, Audrey's dress for the ball with Professor Higgins was just gorgeous!
Audrey Hepburns gown for My Fair Lady, How gorg is that?

And Debbie Reynolds in Singing In The Rain was the epitome of a confident 50's woman. I love Singing in the Rain so much, If you love dancing and old movies then you would absolutely love Singing in the Rain!!!

Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly (my first leading man movie crush).

I love her dress in this scene, it's so modern!

Throughout the movie she had so many flowy pretty dresses!

The video above is a clip of Singing In The Rain, during this part of the movie they're filming a short musical dance number, this is where Cathy (Debbie Reynolds) is introduced. The reason why I always loved this scene is the outfits, now they seem so hideous (some of them) and tacky, but then they seemed amazing! Don't judge the entire movie by this clip, the rest is way better!

I missed you guys!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

50 Follower Playlist!

Hey girls! When you entered my MAC giveaway, I asked you to name a couple of your favorite songs from July/August. Little did you know, it would turn into a playlist!

Track 1: Sky Scraper-Demi Lavato.
Track 2: Every Teardrop is A Waterfall-Coldplay.
Track 3: Don't Wanna Miss A Thing-Aerosmith.
Track 4: Best Thing I Never Had-Beyonce.
Track 5: Hair-Lady GaGa.
Track 6: Everything-Vast Vision.
Track 7: Gucci Gucci-Kreyshawn.
Track 8: Tiny Dancer-Elton John.
Track 9: We Are One-Lion King 2.
Track 10: You And Me-Lifehouse.
Track 11: China Girl-David Bowie.
Track 12: Starry Eyed-Ellie Goulding.
Track 13: Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO.
Track 14: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)-Katy Perry.
Track 15: If I Die Young-The Band Perry.
Track 16: One and Only-Adele.
Track 17: Postcard From Paris-The Band Perry.
Track 18: You Make Me Feel-Cobra Starship ft. Sabi.
Track 19: You Need Me, I Don't Need You-Ed Sheeran.
Track 20: Just The Way You Are-Bruno Mars.
Track 21: I May Lose Everything-Ministery of Magic.
Track 22: Super Bass-Nicki Manaj (the winners pick!)
Track 23: Love You Like A Love Song-Selena Gomez.
Track 24: Everything is Everthing-Phenoix.
Track 25: Edge Of Glory-Lady GaGa.
Track 26: Distant Shores-Fire Iron Frenzy.
Track 27: The Lazy Song-Bruno Mars
Track 28: Mr. Saxobeat-Alexandra Stan.
Track 29: King of Sorrow-Sade.
Track 30: You & I-Park Bom.
Track 31: Judas-Lady GaGa.
Track 32: Of Of-Arabic Music.
Track 33: Blow-Ke$ha.
Track 34: Two Is Better Than One-Boys Like Girls [Luke Conard & Ingrid (missglamourazzi) cover].
Track 35: Be Be Your Love-Rachel Yamagata.
Track 36: Set Fire To The Rain-Adele.
Track 37: Skyscraper-Luke Conard & Landon Austin (Demi Lavato Cover).
Track 38: The Reason Is You-Tiffany Alvord.
Track 39: Pumped Up Kicks-Landon Austin (Foster the People Cover).
Track 40: Your My Best Friend-Queen.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!!!

Hey girls!!! I am so excited to post this, I feel like I'm always excited to tell you something, but today is special! I'm finally announcing the winner to my MAC giveaway!!! I really enjoyed picking out the products and setting up the rules! And believe me I triple, double, quadruple checked that I did indeed pick the right winner! And don't worry if you didn't win this one, because I'm only 10 followers away from 100, then there will be another giveaway, after that 250, then 500 then 1,000! So now I'll get into it...
Congratulations Kelly!!!! Email me your address!!! Follow Kelley's twitter! Her blog too!!! Kelly, I hope you love your new MAC makeup and thanks for entering!

Here is Kelly's Favorite song this month!!!

Super Bass-Nicki Manaj! (one of my faves this month too!)

So many exclamation points!!!!!
love you guys,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fun Fitness Tips! Small Ways to Be Healthier!

Hey girls! So lately I've been on a quest to feel better, I wouldn't exactly call it a health kick, I just wanted to have more energy and change my eating habits. Here are a few adjustments I've made to be healthier!

  • Drink three to four cup of green tea per day! I actually didn't like the taste of green tea when I started my "quest" but now I love it. Plus green tea has antioxidants that fight off cancer and it can even prevent dementia.
  • Drink eight glasses of water per day! This is eight glasses or four bottles of water, I actually drink out of the plastic Poland Springs bottles, just because that is easier for me. It seems a lot simpler to grab a bottle on the go.
  • Just Dance 2! If any of you guys have Just Dance 2, then you know...life changing! It is so much fun and you burn an insane amount of cals! I love the dances: Rasputin, Cosmic Girl, Jump, Viva Las Vegas and Body Moving.
  • Laugh! It's been proven that laughing increases you metabolism!
So there are my little changes in my daily routine and so far, I've really noticed a difference! I've actually lost eight pounds since the beginning of July!

Hope this helped!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School Tag!!!!

Hey girls!!! I was tagged by Jen, who I just don't have enough nice things to say about, she is one of the first fellow Beauty Bloggers I talked to and she is one of the sweetest girls ever! Follower her if you haven't already! So now for the Tag!

Are you excited and/or nervous for this year?
I'm actually really excited for this year, I signed up for some really fun classes! I'm a little nervous too, but I think it's natural for everyone to be nervous for school.

What's for favorite part of getting ready for back to school?
This may sound weird, but probably organizing everything, I am defiantly OCD about organizing my school supplies!

What grade were you in when you started wearing makeup?
6th grade, but I didn't really get into all the neutral smokey, contour fanciness until freshman year.

Where or from whom do you like to get inspiration for school from?
Youtube videos, mostly Macbarbie07, we have very similar style. Also fellow bloggers and also magazines.

What are your favorite back to school/fall trends?
Defiantly the maxi trend, not only dresses but skirts as well. Also blazers and chunky sweaters.

Where do you like to go shopping for back to school supplies?
Staples or Target.

What are your favorite stores to go back to school clothes shopping?
TJ Maxx & Marshalls are always great places to go for designer pieces at an amazing discount, I also love American Eagle and Aerie.

Will you be carrying a back pack or a purse to school this year?
In middle school I carried a bag, but since I got to High School I have been carrying a backpack. I already have back problems, I don't want to make them worse.

What are 3 non-beauty essentials you have to have in your backpack?
1.water 2. note cards 3. notebook.

What are your go-to hair products for this year and what is your go to hair style?
I really don't use hair products (hair gel, spray, mouse ect.) and I straighten my hair rarely, because it is naturally straight...And for a hairstyle lately I haven't had just one that's a go-to, mostly I've been playing with different braids and twists.

What are your go-to clothing items for this year? And what accessories do you plan on rocking this year?
My go-to clothing item is always dresses, they're great for fellow morning-haters :) with a dress you can throw it on real quick but still look adorable! Accessory wise, I'd say rings (of course!) and lots of bracelets.

Gosh darn it! Jen tagged everyone I wanted to! So I tag anyone who wants to do it!

Thanks for Reading!!!

P.S. Opal made me a signature, what do you think? I love it!!! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Be Better on Betterfly!

Hey girls! I am so excited about this post today, mainly because of the  amazing website I'm going to talk about also this is my first ever guest post! I was contacted by Lauren (who seems super sweet!) from the Betterfly website and she asked me to check it out!

Here is some information about Betterfly that Lauren wanted to share with you!

Betterfly is all about finding the right person in your quest for "self-betterment", whether that be beauty, fitness, health craft or anything else you can think of.

"Betterfly is the first website of its kind to exclude companies, focusing on people instead to make the process easier and more efficient.

Users can refine their search based on more than 20 factors such as availability, friends' recommendations, verified reviews and value.

Each provider can create a free, highly customizable page that's like a mini-website that can be made in minutes that can be made in minutes. Users can promote their qualifications, services, locations, special offers and payment policies, upload resources like instructional videos and even create their own blogs.

Plus, it's all free! Since it's launch in May 2010, it has become on of the largest online directories for makeup artist, personal trainers and music teachers."

Here is an example of a Betterfly page, here you can see the filters, the search bar, and different makeup artist that popped up! Also you can see the price points! (click to enlarge).

Thanks for reading girls!!!
xoxo, Alex.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dry Fast And Mega Last! My Review of Fast Dry And Mega Last Polishes From Wet n Wild!

2 Teal of Fortunes, 1 SaGreena the Teenage Witch, 1 Disturbia (Mega Last), 1 Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire, 1 Saved By the Blue, 2 Teal or no Teals.
Hey girls! So Friday I got a shipment from Wet n Wild, that contained 8 nail polishes (shown above). Yes, I got the polishes for free, for review, no that does not taint my review what so ever. My reviews are my honest opinion and I'd never change that because of a free product.

So I'm going to start with the Fast Dry polishes, they sent me 7 of them, and what I noticed as soon as I put them on was that they did not smell. Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed with some fast dry nail polishes from other companies, that they were just repulsive! With the Fast Dry polishes, they have no nasty odor, and the application is flawless, the brush gives you a very smooth coat. I couldn't believe the pigmentation too, only one maybe two coats gives you amazing vibrant color.

Wet n Wild also sent me one Mega Last, I had actually purchased an Mega
Last a week ago, in Bite the Bullet and I absolutely loved it. I was so excited when I saw that they sent me Disturbia, Disturbia is a eggplant-plum shade that looks gorgeous with Bite the Bullet. Much like the Fast Dry polishes, Mega Last is extremely pigmented, but it actually dries really fast too. I wouldn't say it dries as fast as the Fast Dry, but I'd say it dries faster than most normal nail polishes.

Bite the Bullet
Photo Credit

I really enjoyed trying these polishes out! I'm so excited to add the Wet n Wild, Fast Dry and Mega Last products to my collection, they are fabulous for not only Spring and Summer but also the colder months!

Thanks for Reading Girls!
-Alex :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

[CLOSED!!] My 50 Follower MAC Giveaway!!!!!!!

Hey Girls! I am beyond excited to show you the prizes for my 50 follower giveaway!!! I decided that I wanted to find a few past limited edition items, from MAC that I personally have loved. So I got a Viva Glam V gift set, that comes with the makeup bag and a lipstick (Lusture) and lipglass. A Liberty of London shadow in Dames Desire (a Frost finish) and a Venemous Villans lipglass in Devilshly Stylish. 

Now, I did open the boxes so I could take pictures of the products and I didn't swatch the makeup (ew) for obvious reasons. Also in the picture of the lip products the two lipglasses look very similar! That's just the camera, the Viva Glam glass is more of a cinnamon-nude color, while the Venemous Villans glass is a champagne-pink-coral. 

okay! now the pictures!

Here are the prizes! 1 Viva Glam V makeup pouch, 1 lipstick Viva Glam V, 2 lipglasses: 1 Viva Glam V, 1 Venemous Villans Cruella DeVille, 1 eyeshadow Liberty of London Dames Disire.

The Packaging for the Viva Glam makeup! I love this!

The Makeup Bag!

The lip products! The Viva Glam V lip glass, The Viva Glam V lipstick, Venemous Villans Cruella DiVille Lipglass in Devilishly Stylish.

The Packaging of Each!

Close up of Dames Desire, My camera sucks and wouldn't give a clear closeup, I got this from Temptalia it is not my own.

A clear picture of Viva Glam V, like Dames Desire, my camera wouldn't take a clear picture! Photo Credit

Giveaway Rules:
-You have to be a public follower to my blog.
-You have to follow me on twitter (I'll be announcing the winner there first).
-Only one comment per follower (if you leave more than one, I'll spam you).
-You can do more than one thing to get extra entries.
Extra Entries:
-For one extra entry tweet about my giveaway or make a facebook status.
-For two extra entries post my giveaway on your blog, side bar picture + link and a blog post on the giveaway.
-For four extra entries make a video! A tutorial either on back to school hair, makeup or an school outfit.

How to Enter:
leave a comment below with your:
-First Name, Age.
-Favorite songs this month.
-Your favorite type of post.
-Your link for you extra entry (if necessary).

This giveaway is international! it ends August 19th, that gives you 3 weeks to enter! good luck girls, I look forward to watching your videos and reading your comments! Also thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for getting me to 50! I never thought it would be possible to get this far, and it wouldn't have been possible with out you! #cheesybeautybloggergiveawayspeech

good luck! xoxo, Alex

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beauty Blogger of the Week!!!

Hey girls!!! Ahhhh I'm so excited! My amazing friend Opal made me the Beauty Blogger of the Week on her blog! She is so great, she asked me amazing questions in a interview over email and I love how excited she was, she puts so much effort and care into her blog, from design to her posts! Haha she talked about how we are like total twins! We are so similar! If you follow me on twitter (@alexatherton96) you would see the thousands of tweets I send her, talking about Disney movies and thanking her for all the support that she gives me :D So if you guys don't already follow Opal, do it! Her blog is fabulous!

Check out the my interview!!!!

 Thanks again Opal!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jergans Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Review!

If you follow me on twitter or you saw the pictures I posted, then you would know that my older brother Kellin got married three weeks ago. The dresses were absolutely gorgeous! They were my favorite color (purple) and they had beautiful pleating around the bust, I loved it, there was only one issue. The dress fell above the knee. I am naturally a very fair person, more like a brunette albino so my legs were so pasty! It was awful! I didn't want to lay out to get some color, just because of pre-mature wrinkles and skin cancer, so I turned to Jergans Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (I used fair to medium).

The first time I used it I had to laugh, the directions said "apply until you feel a resistance" which I thought was pretty strange, turns out you really do feel a moment when it does not want to seep into your skin anymore. So after I used it for only two days, I noticed an obvious difference in my skin tone. the only problem I had with it was, the results from the mistake I was making. I'm a very impatient person and wanted full results right away, not a good thing to do! I applied a ridiculous amount meant for a few days all at one time, which caused my toes, ankles and knees orange! It was horrible, luckily it faded after a few days. 

Now I have been using Jergans for about a month now and I am very impressed. I have a summer glow, without the hours of damaging my skin and it also leaves my skin very smooth!