Tuesday, January 27, 2015

365 Days of Photos - December 2014

Well, I did it! Here is the last part of the 365 Project. Enjoy and thank you so much for looking at my pictures. I *might* go for it again in 2016. 
All the photos were taken with either a Nikon D3000 or a Nikon D7000. Most of them using a 35mm 1.8 lens, and a few using a 55-300mm or a 50mm. If you want to know specific details about each photo and read each photo's story (or lack of story!) please visit my Flickr album clicking this link:

Want to see other months?
January 
August
September
October
November

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,
Zayda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag {December 2014}

It's Ipsy time! So. I'm getting old, there's no use in denying it and well, I've started wearing a little (lot) more make up since, you know, I'm not 18 anymore. I've been getting a little more into make up since moving to Korea and became obsessed with all the cute beauty products and now, well, I just like it a lot. I am not someone who wears make up on a daily basis. I don't think I could ever be that person, but I do like to wear it when we're going out. After moving to Italy, I started having serious Korea Beauty Shop withdrawals so I figured I'd sign up for a beauty monthly subscription. Also because finding some brands in Italy is tough. We have Sephora but it's super expensive, and the NEX doesn't really carry a lot of stuff. I looked at BirchBox, Glossybox, Boxycharm... but I decided to go with Ipsy because it was more affordable and it feels more fun too. Well, long story short, it took FOREVER to get here. Seriously. They had already shipped January's bag and the December one hadn't arrived. I learned, through a friend, that the bag will arrive at the end of THE NEXT month. Which is why I just got the December bag. I don't mind it, I had to wait a long time for the first one but now they will arrive monthly, but it sucks that I don't get to participate in the monthly fun of everyone posting their bags and having chances to win giveaways. Any way, on to the bag:

December 2014 - "Thinking of You"
 
The bag itself is adorable and the perfect size to carry in my purse or take on a short trip. I love the little heart that came attached to the zipper so I might add it to my keychain or camera bag.
 It included a beautiful postcard that says "You are a Brave Soul". Hell yeah, I am. I set it up on my desk on a little picture holder for those days when I'm not feeling so brave.
 The first product is the Bumble&Bumble BB Straight Blow Dry. I have not tried it yet but I will this weekend. Hopefully it will help with my unruly hair. Next up is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. I have been wanting to try Tarte products for a while so I was over the moon when I saw this was coming in my bag. This mascara is great. It makes my lashes look really long without making them look lumpy. It doesn't do much for volume but that can be fixed applying two coats.
 I also got a NYX Butter Lip Balm and I am IN LOVE. It is soft, buttery, smooth and extremely pigmented for a balm. I will be wearing this one a lot.
 Also in the bag was a Shadow/Crease Brush from Crown Brush and it is great! To tell the truth, I might need to invest in some brushes. I never really knew anything about applying make up so all I have is a lot of cheap brushes. I got a few nice ones in Korea but I do need to get a few more, and I was so happy to get this one in my bag. It is fantastic.
 And last but not least is the Cailyn #5 Orchid Eyeshadow Polish. I am in love with this eye shadow, it is shimmery and beautiful and so very soft to apply.
So that's it for the December bag! I have to say I am very, very pleased with it and can't wait to try my goodies in the January one! (Which I will get in late February). Thank you so much for stopping by! If you would like to try Ipsy shoot me a message and I will send you a link that will give us both Ipsy points! It's only $10 a month (Including shipping) and I feel like it's completely worth it!

Love,
Zayda

Friday, January 23, 2015

LootCrate {November - December 2014}

Another one of the monthly subscriptions we signed up for (because FUN!) is LootCrate. It is an absolutely perfect monthly treat because it is always loaded with stuff for both of us. It feels like Christmas every month! With this one, we only signed up for the 6 month plan, but I haven't made up my mind about renewing it or trying something else. If we do, I'm definitely going to need some new shelving for all the goodies! Every month has a theme and so far we have loved the two boxes we have gotten.

November 2014 - Theme: Battle
 
 In the November crate we got a really cool Mega Man Mini Helmet Collectible:
 A Pirate vs. Nija Shirt, which obviously goes to the husband because we put in his size for the crate. Which I'm just a teeny tiny bit jealous about because the January crate is coming with a REALLY cool Transformers shirt. Oh well. I might steal it and make it into a slouchy shirt or something.
 Assasin's Creed Unity Coin with Velvet Pouch. Quite a cool collectible and it also has a little space for you to have it engraved.
(This is a composite shot, the crate DID NOT come with two coins)
 Street Fighter Ryu's Headband, which you can see Chelsea rocking in the next photo.
 and last but not least, HALO Drop Ship Mini Figure.
LootCrate also includes a monthly collectible pin and digital goodies. This time it was a full Street Fighter game, a mega man comic and discounts on other games!

December 2014 - Theme: Anniversary

I loved this crate SO much. Mostly because most of the goodies went to me!

 My absolute favorite part of this box was the LootCrate Exclusive Funko POP! It's The Joker-Batman and it is adorable. I also loved the Exclusive Dancing Groot crew socks. I have a massive, ridiculous sock collection (and obsession) and this one will be a fantastic addition to it.
 Other goodies in the crate were: Captain America Air Freshner, Tetris Sticker Set, Exclusive Ghostbusters Door Hanger, Simpsons Cast "Mighty Wallet" and an Exclusive Batman Comic Book Issue 36.

As usual, while being overseas stuff gets to us a little later than everyone else but that's ok! LootCrate gets here during the last days of the months so I will always and forever be late posting. Or at least until we move. Thank you so much for stopping by!

(LootCrate is not compensating me in any way, I just really, really love it.)

Love,
Zayda