'Tis the Season Already? My Favorite Albums for the Holidays!

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Hello! Wow, the merry, cozy month of December is approaching ever closer on the horizon, isn't it? It honestly feels like only two days ago that I uploaded my last blog post. Yet, a week has gone by, and we're now approaching the week of Thanksgiving?!? Bring it on! I've begun my yearly magical foray into the joys of those beautiful, classic holiday befitting tunes, and not all of the albums are solely Christmas albums, just the ones that bring joy to my heart year-round, and uplifts the spirit and just brings comfort to those around me who listen.

1. Pentatonix - A Pentatonix Christmas
I honestly didn't care for this group at first, as I'm more into instrumentals than voices in the music I listen to. However, on a certain occasion, these tunes really get me in the holiday spirit, and can hold their own as far as covers go.
2. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
A classic in and of itself. Makes me think of just how wholesome Christmas was, and old Hollywood. Soothing, calm, made seemingly effortless by Mr. Crosby himself. The crooning voice of Christmas's past.
3. Trans Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve & Other Stories
I still haven't gotten the chance to see them live yet! One year I had the option to either go to a Trans Siberian Orchestra concert, or go to a comedy show, and they happened to fall on the same night. I was taking a family member out for her birthday, and we ultimately decided on the comedy show in the end. Ah, maybe this year. My favorites from this album are the infamous Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 and A Mad Russian's Christmas. Also, check out Wizards in Winter from their album The Lost Christmas Eve. It's a fairly heavily played holiday track on the radio, but thought I'd give it a mention nonetheless. :) Though I must say, their debut album was their best, in my humble opinion.
4. Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor
A beautiful neo-soul album that I will forever cherish. When is she going to ever do a classical piano album? Beautiful use of arpeggios. Couldn't be any more raw, more perfect. Every song is a separate story on the album. I feel the same with The Diary of Alicia Keys, but this debut album is just more soulful to me, and I blast this year round, but I especially love listening to it in the fall and winter, for some reason. Personal favorites: Butterflyz and Rock Wit U
5. Anastasia Soundtrack
So many memories. I have this in my iTunes library, and play it nonstop during the holidays.
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Soundtrack
This album has a lot of filler tracks and outros, but there are some millennial classics on this treasured piece, from the likes of Faith Hill and NSYNC to Trans Siberian Orchestra and Barenaked Ladies.
7. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Nat, he is the classic, crisp voice everyone knows. Instantly soothes and envelops the mind in memories of merriment and joy.

What are your plans this Christmas? I'm looking forward to sitting in hours of traffic! It will all be worth it! Also tell me your favorite holiday songs or albums! Have a blessed day, everyone!



A Skincare Sunday Review: Shea Moisture Superfruit Multivitamin Renewal Eye Cream

     Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Skincare Sunday review!  It had been a while since I had even thought to try another eye cream after finishing another drugstore one a year or so back. At the time, being a broke college student, I just wasn't thinking of my skin, and wanted to find something cruelty free that fit my insanely tight budget. The caveat was, I couldn't find any eye creams which fit the description. Then Shea Moisture comes onto the skincare scene and I was hoping to be proven wrong through my discovery of their Superfruit Multivitamin Renewal Eye Cream.


The Best of Wet n Wild Cosmetics!

     Welcome back! A quick question: Am I the only one who thinks that if Wet 'n' Wild were to decide to make their limited edition products they've released over the years to be brought back as offerings in their permanent collection, the sheer collection of Wet 'n' Wild products would then be gracing probably half of the cosmetics shelf space that drugstores have available? Every single limited edition palette, blush, lipstick, new formula that had been requested as a permanent addition? It would be overwhelming, in the best possible way, to say the least. 
     Since I and many other people I know are lovers of Wet 'n' Wild for its affordability, cruelty free standing and focus on quality all throughout, I decided to create a post dissecting my top all-time favorites, ranging from permanent items to limited edition items that have been released in recent years. Let's begin!


October Product Empties: Makeup and Skincare + Repurchase Waffling

     Happy Thursday!  Today's post is just a small roundup of a fair few things I've finished off in the past month, and my thoughts on whether or not I want to repurchase any of them! Diving right on in...
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Limited Edition Wet n Wild Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Review + Swatches!

Limited Edition Wet 'n' Wild Autumn Lush Collection Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Review & Swatches!
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipstick
     Oh, Wet 'n' Wild, how could you constantly tease us like this? I have come to the conclusion that, out of all drugstore brands, they can singlehandedly claim the title of being the temptress of them all. :) So, while these lip products are still somewhat available, yet scarce (as well as bits and bobs of the rest of the collection), I figured I would go ahead and post this review, just in case they decide to make them permanent in the future.

     The Wet 'n' Wild Autumn Lush Collection for 2016 includes 4 newly launched limited edition shades of their new Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipstick formula. I only have two of the four shades they have to offer: an insanely bold, saturated fiery red called How Fleek Is Your Love, and a vampy deep burgundy with heavy brown nuances called Don't Be a Plum-Plum. Best part? They retail for $2.99!! Say whaaaa?? That's the bee's knees!
Limited Edition Wet 'n' Wild Autumn Lush Collection Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Review & Swatches!
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches, 2 passes of the applicator
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