Saturday, November 22, 2014

One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Tins

I just received 3 of the brand new One Direction Limited Edition makeup tins!

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). 

I was really looking forward to receiving this product. I got the package yesterday and was at the mall today and saw it being sold at Macy's and Lord & Taylor for $29.99. Below is what is included in each tin and also my review of all the products.  If you read to the bottom you will see my finished look and also a GIVEAWAY!

Tins include:

Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

These eyeshadows were very vibrant. I was pleasantly surprised. I applied "Nobody Compares" as my foundation and then did a little bit of "Same Mistakes" on half of each eyelid. I love metallic eye shadows and this one did not disappoint. The silver and green really complimented each other.

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

I thought this eyeliner crayon worked great. The color was a matte black and it went on more like a gel than a pencil. It didn't smudge or run at all. Solid.

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

I mixed "Irresistible" and "Heart Attack" together and applied by hand, though they do provide a lip brush to apply. This was more of a lip balm than a gloss in my opinion. Not very noticeable.

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

I was very intrigued by this silver glitter lip gloss. From the bottle, it looked like pure glitter would be on my lips. Luckily, it came out much less gaudy. The glitter was much less noticeable and it has no taste, which is great for a lip gloss.

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes

I tried out "Alive" on top of a pale pink I already had on my nails. I love glitter polish and was very pleased with how this one applied. The glitter is sheer so you can see your polish underneath. This nail polish is quite small but I love the various sizes of pink, blue and silver glitter in this varnish. I will definitely use again.

These new sets are available in stores November 15th at:
Sears USA
Walmart Canada
Lord & Taylor

Here is a close up!

Here was the finish product...I also love the inside of the tin!

Win your own here:
 ONE DIRECTION Makeup Giveaway direct link:

Products provided by Brandbacker and Markwins Beauty. Opinions expressed are my own.
#makeupby1D #thelookscollection #markwins #makeup #onedirection

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fabulous Illustrator: @freckledcanvas

This incredibly talented artist @freckledcanvas made me a custom Chanel nail polish illustration and swapped the name of the polish for my name. (Nothing ever says Sari! ��) She captured the sparkle and made it amazing. Do yourself a favor and check out her Instagram. Her illustrations are beyond incredible. Thanks so much @freckledcanvas!

Check out her website:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award!

Thanks to Suzanne from Laughing Scholar for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I'm happy to become more involved in the blogging community and learn about great new products from all of you!

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must complete five steps.

Steps to Accept the Award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
(My link:
2. List the rules and display the award logo in your post.
3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers you want to know better.
5. Follow the person who nominated you on bloglovin'.

7 facts about Sari:

1. I'm from Michigan and am a proud MSU alum! Go Spartans!

2. I recently graduated with my MBA. #YouCanCallMeMaster

3. I've been in a long distance relationship for 4 years.

4. I love makeup and spend tons of money purchasing new products. Ulta is basically my favorite store.

5. I've recently become involved with Influenster, Brand Backer, Allure and Birchbox Bloggers. I'm excited to discover new bloggers.

6. I never leave my house without my concealer and eyeliner on.

7. I have a great purse collection. I love Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Henri Bendel & Louis Vuitton. I currently live in walking distance from a mall. #trouble


Carley at This Must Be What Heaven Smells Like

Brittney at Quirky Britches 

Brooke at Mudpipes and Glitter

Lauren at Elle Kae

Jessie at The Cluttered Counter  

Ariel at Thrifting and Bitching

Stephanie at Stephanie Jade Wong 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sunrise in Baltimore!

Snapped this sunrise pic at the airport on the way to Aruba. ��

Friday, November 7, 2014

The iPhone 6 Arrives

I just got my new iPhone 6 today in the mail after waiting nearly a month! I am so excited to have the latest iPhone I can't even tell you.

Here it is: gold 64gb, ready to capture my every moment... Pictures, texts, snaps, instas. I'm super excited for the extra storage space and for the gold color! It was love at first sight. 

One of the first differences I noticed was the finger scanner. This was confusing but very cool! Hopefully it will be useful and decrease theft and data being compromised. Apple pay also seems great. I'm a huge fan of the Starbucks app so to be able to pay for other things by phone sounds convenient. 

Here is the case I chose. It's something new and different. I liked that it had a magnetic cover. Kind of like a mini iPad case! I'm all about protection but I like a light case usually a soft silicone one. This case is the best of both worlds. It has gel sides and a hard back, half see through and the magnetic cover is bonus protection. 
Do you have an iPhone 6 yet? What's you favorite thing about it?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Resource Natural Spring Water

I got a bottle of Resource Natural Spring water in my vox box and was excited to try it because of the electrolytes. I really like the crisp, clean taste of this water. I also admire that the bottle is made to be environmentally friendly (it's made with 50% recycled materials) but when I opened the bottle, water came pouring out at me. This would be a serious issue for me if I were to drink this in the car or on my way to anywhere important. 

I like the water but I think the packaging is off or the water is filled too high. 

*Product provided to me compliments of Influenster.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara, Moisture Renew Lipstick and Lipliner

This is the 3rd Rimmel mascara I have tried to date. I received this product in my newest Influenster Vox Box. The first one I tried was the Retro Glam one. I wasn't crazy about it. The second one I tried was another one from the Scandaleyes collection and I quite liked it. This one, however, is my very favorite. The Rockin' Curves mascara has a very unique shaped wand as pictures above. 

The wand makes it easy to apply to the top and bottom lashes especially without smearing under your eye. I love this feature. I use this mascara by itself or also to layer over other mascaras for a thicker lash look. I definitely recommend this product and will repurchase it!

Rimmel Moisture Renew 505 Red Alert

I also got a new red lipstick which feels very smooth on my lips. Moisture Renew is definitely how I would describe this lipstick. It is the opposite of dry. It goes on like a lipstick but it feels more like a gloss, which I prefer.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Transparent Lipliner

The Moisture Renew Transparent Lipliner is absolutely a must when wearing red lips or any other bright color. It helps keep the lipstick in place on your lips and reduces the dreaded smearing that can be very awkward with a red lipstick. So glad to have received it. 

Wearing Rimmel Red Alert & loving it! 

*products received via Influenster and Rimmel for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
#influenster #modavoxbox #Rimmel #RockIn #MoistureRenew

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Influenster Moda Vox Box

So excited to have received another voxbox from Influenster! So let's discuss what's inside:

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner
Puffs Soft Pack Tissues
Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask
Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa
Jergens Ultra Healing Skin Moisturizer 
Resource Spring Water

I can't wait to try all these products out compliments of Influenster. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Foods

One of my fall traditions is going to the cider mill. The cider mill seems to have gotten really hip as of lately and they now sell a lot more than cider and doughnuts. They have an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, Mackinac fudge, cider slushies and even homemade bread. Such a fun fall day. 

Here are my favorite fall foods:

homemade cinnamon rolls, frosted to perfection

white wine (Moscato is my fave) with a good message! 

peanut butter and apples with some hot tea
*how cute are those individual peanut butter packs?*

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Go To Concealers

I've had dark circles under my eyes ever since I can remember and I'm always on the hunt for a new miracle product. Here are a few of my favorites:

NYX Hi Def Photo concealer. This one is the cheapest at $4.99. I've been experimenting with NYX products a lot lately and I feel that they are a great value. This concealer is very comparable to the one I use from Clinique. It gives great coverage and goes on smooth.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser is a drug store buy. I especially like the twist top puff applicator. Applying concealer is half of the battle. This puff is soft on the eyes.

Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer is a great department store concealer. It is especially great because it goes on smooth and doesn't bring attention to any fine lines, which is so important when using concealer. 

Benefit's Erase Paste is a great concealer that blends and camoflages. The one thing I don't like is that the product comes in a very small container and is pretty expensive at $26 for the pot. I also find that there is no good way to apply this one except for with your fingers and I really hate to do that.  

One product that is a game changer for applying concealer is the Beauty Blender. I use this product daily and I find that it works better than using your fingers or any other makeup brush. I have purchased 3 of these and don't know how I did my makeup without them! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt

Special thanks to Project Repat who helped me turn a bunch of my old favorite t-shirts into a t-shirt quilt that I can snuggle up with and savor. My quilt has t-shirts from my camp days through college and grad school. This makes a great gift for yourself or a friend.

Be prepared to spend some money and do some pre quilt work. T-shirt quilts are pricey. Try slicing up a few double sided shirts and you will see what you are paying for. The finished product is very good quality and very well made. I highly recommend this service!

*I paid for this quilt. No services or discounts were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Bad Experience with US Airways via Priceline

I'm a frequent flyer but am not really so brand loyal. I have a Spirit card but I rarely fly Spirit these days I am all about price and convenience. With that said, I had the absolute worst experience on my connecting flight from Philadelphia to Detroit tonight. The entire thing was a disaster. I had booked the flight roundtrip on Priceline because Priceline told me flights from DC to DTW were direct 100% of the time when you bid. Feeling like I couldn't go wrong, I bid on Priceline trying to save some money. Not a good plan. I ended up with not one connecting, flight but two. I did complain but apparently the fine print allows them to give you any flight and they would not help me out at all. I flight that should have taken 1 hour total ended up taking me 7.5 hours with travel time to and from the airport and connections/delays. Both flights I was given were connecting in Philadelphia and that wasn't even the worst part.

It was unlike anything that I have ever experienced on a flight. I was boarding my second flight and as I was boarding the plane, there was a loud angry, drunk lady complaining and obviously out of it. She was drunk and maybe on something. The guy behind her even glanced at me and said "I hope she's not sitting next to me." He was lucky and I was not because she ended up sitting in my row with no one in the middle seat to help. She tried to sit in first class when her ticket clearly showed her seat was near the back of the plane so the flight attendants were well aware that this lady was a problem waiting to happen. She had sat down on the the ground prior to boarding the flight. She was complaining about waiting in the line. She was sitting in the window seat and I had the aisle. At first she was sleeping in 2/3 of the seats in our row. I had the aisle seat so I didn't mind but I found it odd that no one reprimanded her or asked her to fasten her seat belt.

Before the plane took off, she was sifting through her bag looking for cigarettes. I thought this was odd but tried to ignore her. While we were waiting to take off, there was a maintenance issue on our flight and then a delay of about an hour. The already strange lady, who was clearly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, began to get upset and talk very loudly about a lot of nonsense. She said that if there's an electrical issue on the plane, they should let everyone off so the plane doesn't blow up. This was very disturbing as a passenger on the plane. People around were definitely annoyed but no one wanted to cause any trouble. The lady than went on to tell me she was a nurse and then a doctor and went on and on about stories that no one asked about. 

After being on the plane for about 1.5 hours, she screamed at the flight attendant and demanded to be let off the plane. When the flight attendant told her we were about to take off, she declared that she was a part of the "witness protection program." She then took out her pack of cigarettes, like she was going to light one and demanded to be let off the flight with or without her luggage. The flight attendant finally took notice of the situation and they let her off the plane. The damage was done though. Apparently, she told someone else up front "she was in the CIA." Third lie of the night. She ruined my flight and caused a huge disturbance to the back of the plane. The flight was also extremely turbulent and unsettling. I can not believe the crew would allow this behavior to go on for well over a hour and a half. It is unsettling to me.