Saturday, December 20, 2014

Alternative Christmas Music

I'm going to sound like a major Scrooge when I say this, but here goes. I don't like Christmas music. Over time, I've just gotten so incredibly sick of the ones that come on over and over again, so I have a habit of looking for more recent Christmas music to listen to rather than the same old stuff. My favorite music is more metal/punkrock, and I decided to try listening to some of their Christmas tracks this year. Some of these ended up being pretty great, so for day 20 of #25DaysOfGlam, I'm giving you some of my favorite alternative Christmas songs that were released this year. Enjoy! 

I'm starting off Sickly Sweet Holidays, a collaboration between Panic! At The Disco and Falling in Reverse, both of which are on my favorite bands list. It was a very surprising song since it isn't what you'd generally expect from these two, but I was pretty impressed. It isn't a hardcore as Falling In Reverse or as punkrock as Panic! At The Disco, but I did really like it. Definitely something different than the classics!

This next song is The King by Wolves at the Gate. I'd never heard of this band before, but I heard that another band I like, Memphis May Fire, was contributing to a Christmas album, and this was one of the tracks that really grabbed my attention. It is most definitely a metal song with the heavy guitar and screaming vocals, but it has a Christmas message. Mixing the two together created a Christmas song that I actually liked to listen to and was still considered a Christmas song. I love most every song on the Christmas album it's on, Midnight Clear, so I'd recommend checking it out if you like this song.

This last song is pretty hysterical. This is The Killers' Joel The Lump Of Coal, and despite the name of the band that sings it, it's a pretty hysterical Christmas song. It honestly cracked me up the whole way through, and the video is great. It'll definitely get you into the Christmas spirit, and it has a fun storyline.

These are definitely different from other Christmas songs you usually hear this time of year, but I love trying new holiday songs just to get a break from the traditional songs that I've heard so many times I can't stand them anymore. Do you listen to Christmas music that isn't grouped with the traditional few that are replayed on the radio throughout this month? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to check them out!

I'm ending today's post with another giveaway! The #25DaysOfGlam girls are teaming up with Lydell NYC to give one of you a gorgeous necklace set. Enter below for your chance to win! Good luck!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Starbucks Hot Chocolate

It's day 19 of #25DaysOfGlam, and we've only got six days left! Today, I'm giving you my favorite drink to relax with during the holidays.

By now, you should all know that I'm a chocolate freak. It's the extreme woman in me coming out, and if I didn't have to worry about calorie intake and tummy aches, I'd eat it day in and day out. So it's only logical for me to drink it too, right? Hot chocolate is my favorite drink for this time of year because it's a relief from the cold weather outside, and it's some of the most relaxing stuff you can find. I also love it because it's so crazily simple to make. Just combine milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a mug, stick that sucker in the microwave, and enjoy! It isn't something you'll need to shop for ingredients for because chances are, you'll have them in your pantry already. But if you're looking to get some hot cocoa out, I'd recommend Starbucks in a heartbeat. It's on the pricey side, but I absolutely love it. I also like to add in some cinnamon to mine!
What drink is your favorite to sit around with during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sparkle Bright with Makeup by 1D

It's day 18 of #25DaysofGlam, and today's topic is Sparkle Bright! For this post, I'm showing you some amazing new makeup collections by One Direction that are sure to perfect your sparkle!
I'm reviewing a set of their Electro Glam Mascara, Liquilights Glow Gloss, and Rock Me Nail Kit. These products are designed to be affordable to any girl that loves living a life full of fun colors, and they provide a unique twist from your everyday style! Let's get started!
First up is the Electro Glam Mascara! I'm a huge advocate of colorful eye makeup since it's a really unique way to show some personality through your makeup, and this mascara is perfect for letting your creative juices shine. I received these in the shades Why Don't We Go There, Does He Know, and Story Of My Life. These added an awesome pop of color to my lashes that looks absolutely stunning, and it stays on for hours! They can also be used as a hair mascara, but the only color that was vibrant enough in my brown hair to be noticeable was the blue, and I had to layer it on so much to make it stand out that my hair was sticky and goopy. I can definitely see it working on blonde hair, but I wouldn't recommend trying it on darker shades. It provided a gorgeous pop of color to my lashes though, and it can stand alone or accent your daily eye look. 

You can't get a perfect sense for the color through this photo, but the blue really stands out in person.
Next up is the Liquilights Glow Gloss. I received these colors in the shades Through The Dark, Kiss You, and Taken, each of which glows in UV light! These shimmery glosses can add a gorgeous flair to any look, and they can be worn by themselves for a more natural look or over a lipstick for a stunning, bright lip. 

Here, I'm wearing Taken by itself. I love the subtle shine!
Lastly is my favorite kit in this collection, the Rock Me Nail Kit. The nail varnishes come in the colors Happily, Moments, and Diana, and they came with three glitter toppings in the colors Kicks, Not Afraid, and Star! The deep pink and blue polishes are stunning alone or with the glitter toppings, and I love using glitter nail polish on one nail for a pop of sparkle. I tried using Happily on all of my nails but my ring finger, dipping them all into the Kicks glitter topping, and applying another coat of Happily on top before adding my top coat. I used Diana on my ring finger for the added sparkle, and I adore the end result! 

Makeup by 1D is available at Macy's, Dillards, Boscov's, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands, and Lord & Taylor for a limited time! Get ahold of these sets as soon as your can, because I know I am. You can check them out on Facebook here to get special updated on new product releases here! Get your sparkle on!

I'd like to remind you all that although this is a sponsored post, my opinions are in no way influenced by Makup By 1D. All of my opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Traditions

Traditions are such a huge part of the holidays. Families all over the world have different traditions that they do to embrace the holidays, and today I'm sharing what my family does for Christmas each year. 
Our traditions begin on Christmas Eve. First, my mom, brother and I go over to her family's house and have lunch or dinner, and the kids open presents. Thankfully, I'm still considered a kid ;) After we leave there, we head over to my dad's side to spend time with my other grandparents, aunts and uncles, and my fantastic cousins. There's just an atmosphere that makes me feel more at home that I do at my own house, and everything is always perfect. There's a table with an assortment of desserts that usually disappears pretty quickly, and my cousins and I unwrap gifts. It's my favorite part of Christmas because everyone is just so happy and carefree, and everything just feels absolutely perfect. 

On Christmas day, we do something a bit different. We open presents the night before and leave for the beach early Christmas morning! We've had an annual beach vacation every Christmas for the past several years, and we stay for a week or so. I could honestly live at the beach, and closely seconding New Orleans, it's my favorite vacation spot. We always go to either Orange Beach, Alabama, or Destin, Florida, and this year, we've booked our room at Destin. My dad is a master vacation planner, and there's never a dull moment during our of our trips! Since we stay for just over a week, we're always still there to celebrate New Years, which I really love. Here are a few photos from last year's trip. I can't wait to go back!

What holiday traditions are your favorite? Tell me what you and your family do during this time of year in the comments!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drugstore Essentials Giveaway

Hey guys! Today, the #25DaysOfGlam team is giving you another giveaway, this one hosted by The Makeup Whoreder! She's giving one lucky winner a bundle of her drugstore must-haves, something we can never get enough of! Enter in the widget below for your chance to win these amazing items!

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Remember, the Mavatar giveaway is still going on also, so be sure to check it out here!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Wonderland OOTD

It's getting colder and colder here in Alabama, so I'm finally allowing myself to make the switch from tshirts to sweaters! Today's #25DaysOfGlam theme is Winter Wonderland, and I'm sharing one of my favorite outfits for the winter weather right now.

Boots + sweater = Perfect winter outfit. I'm matching my blue and grey striped sweater with some skinny jeans and my favorite black combat boots that I'm wearing with literally EVERYTHING right now. To give the outfit an even more wintery feel, I added a pair of snowflake earrings that I received as a Christmas gift last year. 

This outfit is so comfortable, and I love my "Cheshire Cat sweater" as I've come to call it (you all know of my Alice obsession). What kind of winter clothing is your favorite right now?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Survival

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons. You're wrapping up things at work or school in time for the break, worrying about what to get everyone, and then the most challenging aspect: family. Let's face it, depending on how close you are to your family, having the annual Christmas family get-together can be boring, uncomfortable, and near the last thing you'd like to be doing during your time off. Today I'm sharing my tips for surviving those Christmas gatherings with the family.
For me personally, I have one side of the family that I adore spending time with and another that just doesn't have the same appeal. I generally feel out of place just because I'm very different from most of them in general, making it hard to relate very well. This makes one hardship for us communication since there aren't many subjects we can really agree on. In the entirety of the fourteen years I've lived with them, I can safely say that I've perfected the art of small talk. Honestly, I hate small talk, but sometimes it makes things easier if there are a few broad topics you can bring up during an awkward silence. You don't necessarily have to love it, but making an effort makes it a lot more bearable. 

Another thing that can work in an awkward situation is the classic fake text message. Everybody hates being asked about their private life in the middle of a family gathering, but it seems like grandparents can never get the memo that you're not wanting to chat. I can't tell you how often I've acted like there was a message I just had to get to when I was really scrolling through my Twitter feed acting busy. After a few seconds, the family member that had put you on the spot will have focused their attention on something else. 

But sometimes things just don't want to work themselves out perfectly, and you continue to have family members harass you about your personal life. I read an article over at HerCampus a few days ago about surviving holiday parties that had some awesome tips for dealing with these situations (read the article here). Some of my favorites from this acticle include changing the subject by asking family members questions about themselves, staying positive, and going into the situation with an open mind. Keeping an open mind allows you to look at the situation through their perspective and provide better answers that are more likely to satisfy their curiosities.

Lastly, I would like to encourage you all to make the best out of a bad situation. Family gatherings can't be avoided, and attempting to have a good time will make the whole situation a whole lot easier. 

What strategies do you have for dealing with uncomfortable moments with family during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!