Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Favorite 2014 Books & 2014 Book Challenge

At the beginning of this year my goal/book challenge was to read 100 books, well I didn't meet that goal.  Back in May before my accident I thought that I was doing pretty good but then I had the accident and wasn't able to read for 3 months and not reading for 3 months was painful in itself but it also hurt the challenge.  But here is how many books I read in 2014: 64, it's not 100, but for someone that had a major concussion and still suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome, I gotta say that is still pretty good.

And here are 14 favorite books from the 64 that I read in 2014:

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth; no need to explain why, right?


2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead; the movie wasn't impressive, but the book? Trust me, amazing.


3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan; it doesn't matter if you are 10 or if you are 30 you will love Percy Jackson.


4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer; future, androids, love story, need I say more?


5. Cress by Marissa Meyer; Marissa Meyer has a way to introduce you to different characters and make you think they have belong together since the beginning.


6. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead; 5th book in the Bloodlines series and OMG I cannot wait for the next book, love this series, which is a spinoff of The Vampire Academy series.


7.  Cruel Beauty Rosamund Hodge; dark twist on beauty and the beast love story, love this book.  The world is a little complicated, but it made a little more interesting.


8. Hexed by Michelle Krys; witches...yes.


9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi; 3rd book in the Shatter Me trilogy and the best of the them, for me it was when all the pieces came together.


 10. Legend by Marie Lu; 1st book in the Legend trilogy and it's when I fell in love with Day and June, so I had to pick this one.


11. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken; read the all the books and they were all amazing, but I was blown away how Alexandra Bracken introduced and explained so much to us in the very first book.


12. The One by Kiera Cass; 3rd book in The Selection series and loved to see what decision America made.


13. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers; never in my mind I thought I would love a book like this and I fell in love right away, one of my favorites for sure.


14. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers; 2nd book after Grave Mercy and it didn't disappointing me at all, it actually left me wanting more and more.



What were favorite books you read this year?  What series/books do you recommend for me to read in 2015?

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best of 2014: Other

Last post for this Best of 2014 beauty products, today category is: Other, it will cover hair, body and stuff like that.  I'm going to jump into and you will see what I'm talking about:

Best of 2014: Other

 

1. Brush: elf Stippling Brush: Love this little guy, great add on to my brush collection.



2. Tool: Remington Reverse Curling Wand: This curling wand gives me the perfect curls ALL the time.



3. Skincare: Olay Toner: Of course, it's my favorite toner of all times.



4. Body Product: Secret Deodorant Spray: Started using this the beginning of this year and cannot stop using it.



5. Hair Product: Garnier Morrocan Oil: Best hair oil that I tried this year.



6. Nail Product: Julie G Jet Set Top Coat: Best top coat out there period.



What other products made an impact to you in 2014?

XOXO,

Nelia

Monday, December 29, 2014

Best of 2014: Lips

Crazy day today...how was your day?  Today's post is all about the best lip products of 2014, well in my opinion anyway :) Let's do this...

Best of 2014: Lips

 

1.em Pillow Plush Lipbalm: Love how it feels in my lips and it gives you just the perfect hint of color.


2. Soft Lips balms: And soft lips it gives, I tried these little guys out this summer and I am hooked, I have one everywhere.  My lips are so soft and moisturized from it, totally recommend them.


3. NYX Lip Gloss: I know, I know, I am totally behind on this wagon and yes you are right about them too, they are worth all the hype.  They are some of the most amazing lip glosses out there and you cannot beat the price.


4. City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino: Got this lipstick in one of my Ipsy bags and I am totally obsessed over it.  At first I thought it was the color, but it is the lipstick itself, I love the consistency and the look it gives, OMG, I need to get more colors, but the color Cappuccino is to die for.



5. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain: Bought this in the summer time and love, love the color pay off and how they feel.  One of the best lip products that came out this year for sure.




What were your favorite lip products?

XOXO,

Nelia

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best of 2014: Eyes

And we are back with another Best of 2014 post, today is all about eye products, let's start?

Best of 2014: Eyes

 

1. Urban Decay Naked Basics: I used this little guy here so much, I love how you can so many looks with six shadows only.


2. Single Lashes: Discovered these babes this year and fell in love with them. Totally recommend them if you are not sure about false lashes, experience with these first.



3. Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Primer: My favorite eye primer, you don't hear too much about this one, but trust me, it is amazing.  Your shadows will last all day and night long.


4. Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Pencil: Love these eye pencils, I have this one in brown, I also have the one in black, love how easy to apply they are and how long they last.  Best eye pencil there is out there.



5. Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow: Love this product so much, sometimes I used it on it's own and it still looks beautiful. I also use it as an eyeshadow base and it is amazing, one of the best products that came out this year, I want to go out and get more colors.


What were your favorites eye products of 2014?

XOXO,

Nelia

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best of 2014: Face

Alright people, with 2014 coming to an end soon I want to do a little series of the Best of 2014 of beauty products where I will pick the top 5 products that I loved and that impressed me in 2014.  First post it will be...

Best of 2014: Face
 



1. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Best setting powder that I tried and used this year and the one I used the most for sure. Love it.



2. Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer: Best Bronzer ever, period. I love, love, love this bronzer and I still haven't gotten tired of it yet.  Finished one this year and have purchased this little set that you see above. 




3. Physician's Formula Nude Blush: I'm hitting pan on this already, used this blush all summer and cannot stop using it, love the natural look that it gives my face.


4. Pond's BB+: Started using this BB+ cream a couple months ago and I'm still in love it with.  If you haven't tried this BB cream please do, you are missing on something amazing.


5. Benefit Porefessional Primer: This is probably a favorite from a lot of people and I am no exception.  Love how it makes my skin feel and how it makes my makeup last all day and all night long.

What were your favorite face products of 2014?

XOXO,

Nelia

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Haul!

I hope Santa was good to you, here is what I got for Christmas, I cannot complaint on my end...want to know what I got?  Then just keep on reading...


My mom got me this beautiful skirt that I may be using for New Years Eve...


She also got me this dress that will be great for work...


and some socks...


she got me this perfume Amor, Amor... and my husband got me the Flora by Gucci one, which is one of my all time favorites...


my mom also got my the set of PJs and the PJ pants at the bottom...


and this shirt and sweat pants...

and all these clothes too...


2 summer dresses (as she knows how much I love my summer dresses)...


and a couple Old Navy shirts...


my hubby got me 3 books (YEAH,) and also the iTunes gift card...


the hubby also a Clarisonic Mia and I cannot wait to start using it...


and I was totally surprised that he even knew how to buy makeup and I love this NYX neutral baked eyeshadows, used them today and love it already...


he got me some fuzzy socks for my cold feet :)


and he got the only thing that I really requested this Christmas, a pair of Converse sneakers :) this made my Christmas


He also got me this travel set of Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes (another surprise)...


my mom got me these black riding boots as I was in need of a new pair...


and finally, the hubby got me some goodies from Victoria's Secret...an annual gift actually :)


And that's it.  I'm really, really happy with what I got, but even happier that I got to spend Christmas with family and I am still actually visiting family and friends this weekend :)

How was your Christmas?  What did you get?  Hope you got everything you wished for.

XOXO,

Nelia