Saturday, May 10, 2014

Browse My Stash - NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses

Today you will be browsing my stash of
NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses

Review:
*Pigmentation varies from shade to shade; most pigmented shades seem to be those with a frost or pearl finish
*Non-sticky formula
*Nice "doe foot" applicator
*Comfortable to wear and they feel moisturizing on the lips
*Scented - some have likened the scent to cherry cough syrup ;-)
*Available in over 35 shades!!! 

Cost:  $5 ~ Shop Ulta's sales and you can get them as low as $3!

Where To Buy:  Ulta, nyxcosmetics.com and now at most Target stores!

Summary:  When I first discovered these glosses, I really went "hog-wild" and bought tons of colors.  For the price, I think they are a nice gloss and I love all of the color choices.  Some of the color names have nothing to do with the color however, so don't rely on that to tell you the actual color of the gloss.  For example, the color "Beige" is actually pink, not tan.  While I personally prefer a little more stickiness in my glosses (i.e., MAC Lipglass, Buxom Lipgloss) because it helps the lipgloss wear longer, I know many don't like "sticky gloss".  And if that's you, I think you'll really like these. 

Favorite, Most Worn Colors:  Beige Pearl, Crystal Soda, Chandelier, Golden Pink, Copper Penny, Cosmo (see * color swatches below)

Since there are SO many similar colors to choose from it can be hard to tell one apart from another.  Hopefully, the swatches below and my detailed color descriptions will help you pick the ones best suited for you.

Swatches
 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG146 Baby Rose 
Description:  Pale pink (almost clear) with a hint of shimmer
 
 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG135A Beige Pearl* 
Description: Shimmery peachy tan 
*This is a nice color to put over any color of lipstick to add some shimmer and slightly tone down bright colors.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG127 Pink Frost 
Description: Light baby pink with a pearl finish
 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG104 Sweet Heart 
Description: Nude peachy pink with a pearl finish
 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG153 Crystal Soda* 
Description: Sheer pale peach with gold shimmer/glitter
*This is one of my favorites to put over a pink or coral lipstick. It adds just the right amount of sparkle to the lips.

 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG157 Chandelier* 
Description: Blue-toned pink with silver glitter
*Although I'm not usually a fan of glosses with big glitter particles, this one is gorgeous when paired with a nude lipstick like NYX Circe. 

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG131 Golden Pink* 
Description: Medium neutral pink with gold shimmer/glitter
*Love this color on its own or paired over a nude or pale pink shade of lipstick.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG129 Beige 
Description: Medium pink cream (no shimmer or pearl)
Although this is one of the most popular shades, I find that because my lips are not naturally very pigmented, it can look a bit streaky on my lips.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG161 Beautiful 
Description: Medium sheer pink with gold glitter (larger bits of glitter than Golden Pink)
 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG144 Copper Penny* 
Description: Deep rose shade with a frost finish
*There is nothing "copper" about this shade....it is such a pretty color and very pigmented!  It is beautiful on its own or paired over a red lipstick.

 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG141 Miami Babe 
Description: Soft mauve/plum cream (no shimmer or pearl)
While this is a pretty color when swatched, on my lips it just blends right in, looking almost like I'm just wearing a clear gloss.

 
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - LG110 Cosmo* 
Description: Super shimmery brownish pink
*This is a gorgeous color that looks great on its own or paired over brown, pink or nude lipsticks.

Thanks for browsing another stash with me!  For a list of the other blogs in this series, click the link, labeled "Browse My Stash" at the top of the page.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Day In The Life of a Pastor's Wife + OOTD

Ever been curious about what exactly a "pastor's wife" does all day?  If I've learned one thing in my 11 years as a pastor's wife, it's that I can plan how my day/week is going to go but all that can be changed in minutes with just one phone call from a church member.  Typically though, Wednesdays and Sundays are fairly routine so I thought I'd start with sharing one of these "routine" days with you.  Hope you enjoy!

7:00am - Rise and Shine!  I know this seems like sleeping in for many of you, but I am often up past midnight so it makes 7am seem awfully early :-)
After a quick shower, it was time for some vitamins....
 ...and a big cup of coffee, along with a half of a Breakfast Cookie.  YUM!

While I put on my makeup, I listened to my Bible reading selection for the day...

Then it was time to get dressed.

After a last-minute shoe change, it was close to 9:30 and time to get to church!  Since I had several things scheduled today and knew I'd be unable to come home in between events, I needed to take everything with me for the day. So I loaded the car with necessities for Bible study, music practice and Binky Patrol (yes, you are seeing a platter of homemade lemon bars in this picture :-)...

...and off to church I went. 


After a quick, small group prayer meeting, it was 10:00am and time for Bible study.
We typically have about 20-30 people attend on an average Wednesday.  It's a very casual setting....the attendees get to choose 3 songs they want to sing while I play the piano and then my husband teaches and the attendees can ask questions, add comments, etc.  Currently, we are studying the Westminster Confession of Faith.....very interesting to dig into these deep theological tenants of our faith and it's brought about many lively discussions! 

At 11:00am, the people were dismissed and I did a quick run-through of music with our soloist for Sunday.

Usually, I then stay for about another hour and prepare the rest of the music for the upcoming Sunday service.  However, today my husband and I were meeting a couple of our members for lunch.  So at about 11:15am, we hurried out the door to meet them at Applebee's.
On days like this, I'm thankful for being in a small town where everything is just a few miles away!
By the time lunch was done, it was 12:30 and I needed to get back to church to set up for Binky Patrol, which had been rescheduled from our normal Thursday schedule. 

Funny-but-true story is one of the men in our church saw "Binky Patrol" in our bulletin the first Sunday he visited and thought it said "Bikini Patrol".  He wondered what kind of church this was?!  Thankfully, he realized his mistake before he started spreading rumors :-) 

So what is Binky Patrol?  Once a month, a group of ladies meet at our church to make blankets for children in need.  We then deliver them to a volunteer from Binky Patrol who distributes them to local shelters, police stations, hospitals, military bases or wherever they are needed.  Some of our blankets were even delivered to the hurricane victims Japan!  It's an amazing organization and if you want more information, here is the link to their website:  BinkyPatrol.org

The ladies arrived around 1:00pm and we got straight to work.  Some tied the quilts, others sewed or ironed....I usually float around wherever I'm needed for the day.
I also usually bring some kind of treat to share with the ladies....today it was lemon bars.  YUM!  We work really hard but always have a good time together.
Thanks to all of the prep work from our magnificent sewers, despite missing a few of our volunteers, we still managed to complete 27 blankets today!  Way to go, ladies! 
By 3:00pm, it was time to clean-up and get ready for my piano students that would arrive at 3:30 and 4:15pm.  By 5:00pm, I was done teaching and it was time for me to head home!

After unloading my car and putting everything away, I changed clothes and it was time to take my sweet dog for his daily walk.
Do you think he's ready to go?


By 6:15pm, I was home and needed to get something put together for dinner.  Even though my husband had just returned from coaching football for the last couple of hours, he said he wasn't very hungry and requested his favorite light "dinner".....a small bowl of strawberries and yogurt with 2 English Muffins - one with peanut butter, the other with butter and cinnamon and sugar.
It's so nice to be married to a man that doesn't require "meat and potatoes" every night!  :-) 

Once I finished preparing his food, it was time for my last assignment of the day....editing the audio recording of today's Bible study and uploading it to our church's website.

By 7:30pm, I was finished for the day.  Hallelujah!  I grabbed a bag of popcorn and headed to the living room couch to enjoy some much needed relaxation.

Thanks for tagging along with me for the day!  We'll do it again soon :-)