All About My Wedding Dress!

If you remember, last October, I did a post all about finding my wedding dress style.

In the search for my dress, I determined two things.

1) I love lace and chiffon.

2) I love capped sleeves.

I also talked about things such as accessories, veils, poofy vs. not poofy, glamorous, casual, etc. Finding a dress can be stressful, to say the least! However, and I also mentioned this, Pinterest was a huge help for me. It gave me images of what I wanted and what to look for. I was able to show my friends & family, as well as sales consultants what I wanted.

My search started a month after we got engaged. I wanted to try on dresses ASAP because I was so excited and also to start my search early because I knew it might take awhile. It can also take up to 6 months for a dress to arrive from date of purchase! Keep that in mind when shopping for your dress!

I envisioned lace. Lots and lots of lace. I also envisioned bead work, little sleeves, low cut back. But I also wanted comfort and ease. Something simple,but still feminine and elegant. I tried on a few dresses like that and was not completely satisfied. I then tried on a chiffon dress, which the consultant picked out, and I fell in love. She added temporary sleeves and a belt. Then I knew: I found the one! My first day trying on dresses! Yes! But we decided to shop around some more and see what else we could find. This first trip though, we weren’t able to take pictures.

However, in October, I went shopping again and this time we were able to take pictures. I’ll show you what I tried on :-)

There was a lot of lace involved in this one and I did find a lace dress I loved, but not nearly as much as the first chiffon.

Excuse my bored faces. Haha. This was a mixture of lace and chiffon. I love the length and the way it felt, but I didn’t like the bodice.

Same dress, but with capped sleeves! Amazing how it changes the look, isn’t it?

This had chiffon, but mostly lace, in layers. I didn’t like the piece on the side, at all! We were able to take it off and add sleeves. That’s when I fell in love with it.

It fell beautifully, it felt like a wedding dress, and it hugged in all the right places.

We also added a belt, because it helped give the illusion of hips on my stick-like figure ;-)

However, I didn’t choose this dress, as beautiful as it is for two reasons

1) It was heavy (lace is quite heavy!) and would have been very uncomfortable in July weather. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t go with this because it was so hot on our wedding day. I would have been really uncomfortable!

2) The cost. I had a set budget and this exceeded it by quite a bit. I wasn’t willing to budge from my price. Let’s be real here.

After this dress, I knew I wanted the original chiffon I tried on a few months before. We went back in December to the same store and tried on a few more chiffon type dresses, but I already knew which one I wanted. We went back in January and made the purchase! This was when we decided on which sleeves to buy, as well.

These sleeves are made to come off the dress with the help of buttons :-) I also decided to look elsewhere for my belt that I wanted to add, because honestly, I didn’t like their options and they were also expensive.

Excuse my face. I need to work on that. But this is the dress I chose! Before sleeves and belt are added of course :-) It’s a Blu by Mori Lee 5112 Delicate Chiffon in Ivory. I cannot wear a pure white dress for the life of me thanks to my olive tone skin. Haha. I literally glow in white!

The only adjustments I had made to the dress were adding the sleeves, a bustle to the back for dancing, and shortening the hem so I could wear slippers and not trip. I thought I would only wear slippers but the week of the wedding decided on heels for the ceremony.

With the sleeves, which still needed the buttons sewn on. Look how pretty it is with the sleeves! I love it.


Now let me know you the professional photos so you can see it all put together in a much better form then iPhone pictures :-)

I think that this was with my handsome hubby shows it well, with the sleeves and belt added. It flowed so beautifully with a breeze and was so light! It was perfect for such a hot wedding day. I also like that my shoes peep out. I thought it was fun.

My shoes are by Nine West. They’re a pinky blush color. Soo unbelievably comfortable.

I don’t have a great picture of my belt, but you can see a bit of the detail here. Below is a picture of my garter. I purchased both my belt and garter from the same shop on Etsy, which I will link below.

The garter I wore has a green and a brown rose, with a pearl applique, all on ivory lace. It came with another garter that Bub actually tossed. This was my keepsake garter. Like I mentioned above, both garter and belt were purchased on Etsy from Avenue 22 Bridal. My belt is the crystal wedding belt on ivory ribbon. It tied in the back and created a cute look in the back, with a bow and the row of buttons on my dress (which was disguised as it was a zipper!).

Another thing I love about my dress is the fact that I didn’t have a wear a heavy petticoat or slip underneath, or even a corset bra. I wore a regular ol’ strapless bra.

And like I said, the sleeves could come off for some dancing :-)

The belt added so much to the look of the dress and the shape, as well. I’m so happy with it.

So what did Bub think of the dress when he first saw it? He told me before that he did not like sleeves that draped below the shoulders and he also did not like poofy dresses. He liked simple. Well, he would have to like whatever I got. Haha. Luckily for him, my style is what he envisioned on me, although perhaps better. He told me he saw me in something that flowed to the ground, but maybe strapless. But when he saw me, the tears in his eyes told me he loved it. He said it was better then he imagined.

I hope this post made sense! I feel like I’m all over the place. If you have any more questions, please let me know in the comments below :-)

xo, Briana

Our Wedding Photos!

Let’s not drag it out and get right to the pictures :-)

Our rings! As you know, mine is a rose gold halo setting. His ring is titanium with a band of yellow gold that actually matches my ring nearly perfectly! He’s still getting used to it, as he doesn’t wear it all of the time because of work. It’s so unbelievably light though. We also chose not to buy myself a wedding band yet. Maybe our one year anniversary :-)

Getting ready with my mom, sister, and niece. My sweet niece was so excited when I finally had my dress on. She asked if I was a princess; I sure felt like one :-)

My mama tying on my belt, which added so much to my dress!

I’ll be doing a separate post on my dress, which I know I’ve been saying for awhile now! I’ve been having a few questions about it. Coming soon, I promise!

Waiting to see my groom. I was hiding…

Can we just take a moment and appreciate how handsome he is? *swoon*

This was after we saw each other (finally) and he admired me in my dress. He said it was more than he had ever imagined and yet everything he imagined. I love this man so much and am so lucky to be spending my life with him.

In the orchard with dear old Rusty. And yes, my dress needs no trashing. It got plenty dirty that day! So worth it.

I think this is my favorite.

IMG_1524He made sure I was hydrated and that I was shaded so I didn’t get a sunburn! It was the hottest day of July, I swear…


My oldest brother performed our ceremony and it was wonderful! He even teared up himself a time or two, which I totally called. Haha. Love my brother!
This was after my dad gave me away *sniff* and Bub came to get me. He kissed (not once, but twice!) then walked away from me, leaving me to walk to our altar by myself! It was just nerves he said. Hehe.



He did dip me, too ;-)

We danced to “Free” by the Zac Brown Band.

It was a beautiful evening, perfect for an outdoor reception.

Dancing with my father IL!

I love this one of him with my sister! Two of my favorite people!

In the center is his twin sister :-) Love it! She caught the bouquet by the way!


We had a great time with our photobooth :-)


It was his idea to use his helmet and my nursing cap.

My girls.

The captain and his men.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures! I sure enjoyed my wedding day :-)

xo, Briana

We own the rights to these pictures, per Sparkle Jenny Photography by Leila Dali

Sneaky Wedding Preview – Professional Pictures

My fire fighting husband came home last Thursday and he finally got to see all of the pictures from our wedding! We have yet to actually post them online for all of our friends and family to see, but here’s a sneaky one I’ve got for ya. I have shown them all to our parents and most of them to our siblings, though. Heheheh…

Even on our private social media accounts, we’ll only be posting 50-60, when we actually have a few hundred… Personal reasons :-)

I hope you’re all doing well!

xo, Briana

p.s. Our photographer is Leila Dali of Sparkle Jenny Photography, we have all rights to the pictures for our personal use.

Current Beauty Favorites!

Hello loves!

I haven’t done a “favorites” type of post in a quite a while and I thought it would be a good idea to show you all, seeing as how I’ve been enjoying quite a few new things, as well as some old goodies. <– World’s longest sentence.

So here we go! I also apologize in advance if some of the pictures are out of focus. This seems to be happening a lot with my camera… le sigh.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.

When this was originally launched this last year, I thought it was pretty, very pretty in fact. But I knew I did not need another neutral palette! I have enough as it is… However (game changer of a word), when I swatched it a few times at Sephora, I really fell in love with it, especially that green color. Ahh… I now use it nearly every day! I love the matte brown shades. They create a simple, warm look that can easily be amped up with any of the darker shades.

And it smells like chocolate…

Estee’ Lauder Bronze Goddess in 02 Medium

I think the first time I saw this used was with Zoella on YouTube. Something about it looked so nice. My last trip to Macy’s I walked past the Estee’ Lauder counter and saw that if you spent a certain amount, you would get a free gift…. Well, that in itself was a great deal! Haha.

As you can see, the bronzer is a bit on the red side, but I quite like it for my skin tone. It has a tiny bit of shimmer when you look at the product, but once applied, you can’t really tell. It’s also a HUGE pan and I doubt I’ll ever finish it up. Good deal!

NYX Dewy Setting Spray, NARS Sheer Glow in Medium 3 Stromboli, Original Beauty Blender

I love using this setting spray for 2 reasons.
1) It’s a third of the cost of UD’s setting spray2) It takes away any cakey look that foundation and/or powder gives and creates a more natural looking face.

This Nars foundation has quickly become a new favorite. Ever since I bought it, it’s the only foundation I have been using! I think it has even surpassed my Estee’ Lauder DW! The finish is soo natural looking and gives me such a healthy look and covers pretty well. It really is amazing. I believe the hype! Especially paired with my MAC powder. Ugh. Flawless! Haha…

And of course my beloved Beauty Blender! I finally got a new one after my wedding. If you haven’t tried the BB yet, please do! It will change the way you do your makeup! Before I didn’t always like foundation, as much as I loved my Real Technique brushes. The BB just creates such a perfect finish.

IMG_2151NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner & Jordana Fabuliner

My Nars eyeliner in Via Venuto aka black. I use this on my water line and it stays so well. This is the only eyeliner I have found to last for more than 4 hours. The thing about this is that while any eyeliner might wear off of me, it doesn’t wear off until a few hours and then when it does wear off, it doesn’t give me raccoon eyes. It just fades away…

This Jordana Fabuliner is not only a great deal ($2 at WalGreens!!), it lasts. all. day. I’ll go to sleep with my makeup on and that is the one thing that hadn’t budged. I also have it in black but I like the brown for an every day look, it’s more natural looking and not harsh. The tip is a felt tip and isn’t too stiff or too bendy; just perfect :-)

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss in 105 & 109 (matte finishes)

105 is a beautiful coral color that I looooove! It’s a coral I can wear that doesn’t make me look orange or washed out. It’s just the right shade for my tan olive skin :-)

109 is a pretty rosy mauve color. On my lips, this is what I consider a “my lips but better” shade and it great for every day. I can top it off with a gloss if I don’t want the matte look.

I’ve never found a good matte that I like until I tried this. I was watching a video by one of my favorites, emilynoel83, on YouTube. She mentioned 105 and I knew I had to try it. Here are some swatches!

How pretty is that coral?

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig & NYX Butter Gloss in 06 Peach Cobbler

The lip shimmer is a quick way to add some color (another “my lips but better” shade) that doesn’t require a mirror and also provides a nice tingly, refreshing feel on the lips. I always have this in my purse. It’s quick and cute.

The NYX color is another pretty coral but glossy (duh). It’s not slick feeling or goopy. Just the right consistency and it lasts pretty well, too!

More swatches!
The picture is showing the gloss to be a bit more red than it actually is. I would say it’s pretty true to color on the tube however.


EOS lip balm in Coconut Milk

When I saw the word “coconut” I didn’t even about it. I put in my cart and moved on with my life. I’m all about that coconut right now! I’ll happily hop on that band wagon…

This is a slightly different formula than the regular EOS however. It’s a bit…thicker? But it doesn’t feel waxy or too thick on my lips, which I prefer over the regular lip balms. I always felt like I put too much on my lips; but not with this one! It’s a good primer for lipstick, too.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light in 30 Coral

Another product I recently picked up but I know I love it! It creates a beautiful healthy flush/glow on my tan cheeks without too much color. I love this stuff. No need for extra highlight, either! You can easily pick up the shimmer color for any kind of highlight with a small brush, too. I swirl it all together though. It’s easier.

Well that’s it!

What have you been loving lately?

If you want me to create a look with these products, let me know :-)

xo, Briana

FTC: All products were purchased by me! These are my honest opinions.


Getting Our Property Wedding Ready + Extras

You have been warned… This has a lot of pictures and shall be lengthy! I should also tell you that many of the pictures, if not all, were taken with our phones and even iPads! So excuse the quality.

I will be posting the professional pictures in a few weeks. My husband has been on a fire assignment for about 10 days now and hasn’t actually seen them yet, as they arrived while he’s been gone. Our families have only seen a few because I think he ought to see them all before anyone else.


First I should tell you that about a month or two before we even got engaged last year, there was a small fire on the property that charred about 2 acres or so. While at the time, the ground was black and we lost a few precious trees, it was actually a blessing in disguise. We were able to use a lot of the wood that burned and had to be chopped down. The property also got new trees in the process.

A lot of the real physical labor began around January, when we had a lot of the details and specifics chosen, such as theme and whatnot.


Safety first! This is one of our nephews being a big help :-) That wood pile in the background just about doubled when all of the chopping and falling of trees was all said and done.

We used the sections above in our aisle.

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The next thing to do after new trees were planted were to lay down new water and electrical lines. This included digging new trenches/lines from the source near the house down to pretty much the end of the property. This involved a lot of manual labor with shovels and picks, as well as massive power tools that Bub and his dad handled. FYI, their entire property is about 7 acres. We also had to go across the property (like a T) for more electrical and water lines towards the green. The new trees and golf green were on opposite sides of each other. This process took a few weeks. It was a “do it when we can and not working on other jobs/school” project. I helped when I could, in between school, clinicals, and other various wedding details.

My father-in-law and husband are electrical contractors by trade, so they’ve been able to do everything on their own, including the new water lines. Quite handy men to have around, I tell ya…

The next big project to do was make a retaining wall around the golf green. Bub has had this par 3 green for about 10 years and we decided this would be our dance floor and reception area. The wall would create a more finished look. Those are railroad ties, by the way.


I helped! Haha.

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Next was actually prepping the green. When the weather began to warm up around February/March, Bub took out all of the old grass and rototilled the new dirt multiple times. He and his dad also laid new sprinkler lines so the green and surrounding area could get water (duh).

If the green looks pretty dark, that’s because it just got fresh fertilizer. Two truckloads, approximately. The original dirt in the green and surrounding area isn’t exactly “golf grass” material, so they had to put a lot of fertilizer and “nutrition” to get it ready. It didn’t smell good for about a week, especially after a fresh water… You can also see the new electrical/water line, that streak of brown dirt that ends in the corner of the picture.

That’s my father-in-law! The next step was laying down sod on the green.

They had a little extra to go around the green. The rest of the area around the green (about a 10-15 foot perimeter) they simply used grass seed, which was very temperamental! Literally the week or two before the wedding, we were out there morning and evening watering it by hand to give it extra hydration because it looked like it would not grow or stay green! Luckily, it paid off and it was gorgeous the day-of!

Bub and his dad are standing in the sand trap, which does have sand by the way! Bub’s twin sister and I dug the hole out. Bub already had small sand trap, about 3×4 ft. She and I simply expanded it. Haha. Bub’s twin, by the way, was such a great help! Those three make such a great team and they are the ones who made everything look so good!! I am forever grateful for my new family!

After the new grass was laid, Bub had to mow it down with a special lawn mower about 2-3times a week, not allowing it to grow too tall. We also had to lay a fence around so the dogs and other animals wouldn’t go on the growing grass and disturb it. The first 2-3 weeks after the grass was laid down, we couldn’t even walk on it. Just watch it and hope the roots grabbed hold!

Our wonderful assistants once again helping lay concrete for the poles that would hold our cafe lights! We had one main pole and then about 6 others. All of the lights started at the main and then fingered out to the rest. This was one reason we needed new electrical lines… Lights!

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Putting the bulbs on! Bub and his dad used wire to connect the poles and then of course we attached the string lights. We had six 50-foot lines, then about eight 25-foot strings total.

Between the lights and our DJ, we had just enough power to not blow a fuse! Haha.

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Moving logs from the ceremony site to the wood pile!

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On the riding lawn mower, moving wood chips to various piles for the trees.

My lovely, lovely arch. I showed Bub a few pictures of what I wanted and this is what he constructed :-) Isn’t he awesome? I have the best husband, who was the best fiance. Just saying.

See? Log sections! :-)

Moving the large wooden spools to their designated areas! I told Bub months before I wanted a few of these to use as tables for the gifts and decoration. He got like 8 of them for me! Love them. And him.

One big thing we did was decorate nearly all of the jars the week of the wedding. Bub’s wonderful family from Alaska came down for the wedding and were more than helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them! We had over 100 jars of various sizes to decorate!

Making signs with my nephew, aka the Sign Bearer! He did a great job, too :-)

I also made the bouquets! My sister-in-law and dear friend Genelle helped, of course. We used jumbo white hydrangeas and mini green hydrangeas. My bouquet had 5 white and about 4 green. They bridesmaids had 3 white and about 3 green. All of the flowers we used were purchased from Sam’s Club wholesale, shipped directly to my front door! Amazing! And wonderful quality! Not to mention inexpensive.

We wrapped the bouquets in burlap and then finished them off with twine. I’ll show you in a later post what I did with my bouquet :-)

I even made the boutonnieres for Bub and his groomsmen :-)

Wah! I think that’s it… Like I said, I’ll post more soon! But that’s all my brain can handle for right now. It’s just past midnight as I type this and I need to get some sleep!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I plan on doing a wedding dress one soon and how I ultimately chose my dress!

xo, Briana

So Much Milo

If you don’t know who Milo is, let me introduce you to the small little one of our family, who currently resides with my parents.

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Milo has been a part of our family for about 4 years now. We got him when he was a tiny little fluff ball, one that could easily sit in my two hands. He’s a mix of Lhasa Apso and Maltese, at least that’s what I think.

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He has a very unique personality. And by unique, I mean neurotic at times. He’s not a yapper, although he loves to bark and pretend to be tough as people walk past our house on their way home from work/school. But he likes to sit on your feet if you are sitting at a desk or table, he spins in three circles when you come home and he wants to come in with you, and he just generally likes to be near you at all times. Not quite needy, but just be near you, even though you don’t have to pay attention to him.

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His best friend is Tasi, my sister’s Australian Cattle Dog. She’s about a year and a half old and obviously bigger than him. Although she’s bigger than him and probably smarter (as most cattle dogs are very smart!), he definitely rules her. Tasi also seems to think she’s Milo size, since she’s really only been around him since she was a pup. It’s funny, although not so funny when she tries to sit on your lap.  Ha.

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Milo has this absolutely adorable pout, especially in the morning when he wants out or just wants your attention.

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I mean, look at that little face. Bub thinks I’m weird for taking so many pictures of him. and of course I text him these pictures all.the.time. Haha. Yes, you may call me the crazy dog lady. I don’t mind.

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Milo also has this habit of taking any stuffed animal he can find (usually his size) and play with it… Whenever you walk into our house after being out for awhile, he likes to show off and he’ll bring you something like the above or even a house slipper. Just to get your attention.

And another thing he loves to do?

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Sleep. Anywhere. And everywhere.

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I love my Milo.

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And his smiles.

xo, Briana

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Palette!

When I first heard that Urban Decay (who you might know I have a serious obsession with when it comes to their eyeshadows) was coming out with yet another Naked palette, this time a Basics 2 palette, I was pretty excited…!!! I already own, and love, the original basics palette. I occasionally use Faint (dark brown) as an eyebrow color.

They did a sneaky photo on their Instagram feed, only showing the simple packaging. They finally released an image of the palette itself, featuring slightly darker, cooler, more taupe shades. And boy, do I love me a good taupe shade! A few YouTubers released their own promotional videos featuring the Naked Basics 2 palette and my excitement only grew.

August 19 came around, the release date on Urban Decay’s website and without even thinking I bought it. Now normally I never buy makeup online unless I’ve seen it in person and I really thought long and hard about it. But something about this… Well, maybe I just felt that it rightfully belonged in my collection of Naked palettes. Haha.

And it finally arrived on my doorstep!

The packaging is nearly identical to the original basics palette, except the font is in a silver/grey color.

Now if you look at it without the original, you might think they shades are pretty similar. However, Undone (far right) is a dark brown-grey. The four middle shades are are more grey undertoned, as well as more brown. Finally, Skimp is a slight satin finish with a peachy undertone. Very pretty highlight! For cheek and eye :-)

Here’s a comparison to the original palette.

Original on top (well used!) and new on the bottom

Original on top (well used!) and new on the bottom

Looking at the two, I like that Skimp isn’t so bright. I like that in a highlight. The four middle shades are great for a natural look, but then add Undone for a darker or more defined look is awesome. Not such a contrast with Crave and the other shades in the original.

I’ve only barely played with this, as I just got it yesterday! But I can already tell I’m going to love this even more than the original! The shadows are so smooth and buttery. When I first swatched this, I was just in awe of them. Just, wow.

As of right now, it is available via Urban Decay on their website for $29. I am not sure when it will be released to other retailers!

What are your thoughts on it?

xo, Briana

FTC: This was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not being sponsored by Urban Decay :-) But how cool would that be? Haha.

Get Your Softest Legs : How To

If you’re like me, shaving is a chore. The kind you like to avoid, the kind that you know you should do for the sake of your significant other, and the kind that is necessary for summer. I know it’s getting to the end of August and depending on where you live, fall is certainly coming up! However, living in Southern California, I’ll still be wearing shorts and dresses up into October and even November. That means my legs are still out for those to see.

Now that being said, I have to let you in on a secret. And it might be weird, but we’re talking about the hair on our legs here! I have very thin hair on my legs. Thin enough that even if I go days without shaving, you can’t really see it unless you are purposely looking. Or you actually touch my legs.

However, though I may have thin hair on my legs and I really don’t have to shave every day or even every other day, I still have never been able to achieve super soft legs, the kind that make you want to wear shorts or a skirt or a dress to show off those legs.

Until now.

What’s my secret?


A homemade coconut oil sugar scrub.

Yes, that’s it.

So what do I do?

Before I shave, I exfoliate my legs with a regular shower poof thing, usually when I use my body wash and such, to remove any dead skin cells on my legs. I then shave as I normally do (I use a regular Venus razor and shaving gel).

Then immediately after I shave my legs, I use the sugar scrub on them! I don’t go to town on my legs, just enough to exfoliate once again. And because you used coconut oil, you’ll want to use a body poof with soap again to wash it off, otherwise you’ll be a slick mess.

Also, be careful in the shower or tub afterwards when using the oil! It can make the floor slick!

By using a sugar scrub after shaving, it helps remove any more dead skin cells and makes your legs so unbelievably soft, you’ll want to keep touching them! Of course I also apply lotion once I’m out of the shower. But,ugh, so soft! I have also noticed that since doing this, I don’t get that after-shave itch! Woohoo!

To make the sugar scrub, you literally get some coconut oil (which is solid at room temp, but liquifies in any type of heat) and add raw sugar to it, enough to consider it a scrub :-) You can add however much you’d like! Raw sugar, if you are not aware of, is not fine like sand (think of white sugar that you bake with). It’s got a great texture, perfect for exfoliation. The coconut oil is also very moisturizing. Raw sugar is also better to cook/bake with as it’s not so processed and refined as white sugar. I use it everyday in my coffee :-)



Now if you don’t want to bother making your own scrub, there are plenty of options in the drugstore! I use the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus sugar scrub, which is rougher on the skin but less oily then what I have above.

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So that’s my secret! And of course you can use this scrub on your arms, you belly, your chest!

Have you ever tried anything like this?

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. None of the mentioned companies know who I am :)

Review : Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Yes, I caved. I gave in and have tried the first gel-pen liner. Good job, Benefit. Good job.


I’ve had this for a few weeks now and I feel like I am ready to give my proper thoughts on it. So, let’s get to it!

First off, it’s the first gel liner in a pen form, like a liquid liner. It claims to be long-wearing, easy to apply, and makes eyes appear larger due to it’s “lash hugging” effects, thanks to it’s unique AccuFlex tip. The tip, to me, is what makes it a little different than a regular liquid liner pen. Most liquid pens are either a brush type (like a paint brush) or felt tip (which I prefer). This, however, dispenses the product from the tip itself, rather than traditional gel which comes in a pot and you use a separate angled brush to apply.

I’ll just go ahead and list the statistics that are on the box itself that it comes in…

“91% said it was long-wearing

81% said it was waterproof

86% said it hugged the lashline

84% said eyes looked visibly larger”

You can see the little bit of product that is showing through. You click the bottom and the product then comes through, like a gloss or something. The tip is quite bendy and flexible, which allows it to “hug” your lashes for a close application. It is also supposed to push your lashes down and away to make it easier as well.

Now if you’ve heard anything about this and read any reviews or even watched some on YouTube, then you would know people either love this or they hate it.

Before I give my final thoughts, let’s do a picture of me without liner and mascara so you can see what I’m working with :-)

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As you can see, I have slightly hooded eyes, which I have a love/hate relationship with. I do like the shape of my eyes, however, it makes eyeshadow disappear and the ability to wear winged liner pretty much nonexistent until I finally found a way to do it in the last few weeks.

I have always loved winged liner but as I just said, I pretty much couldn’t do it until I figured out a way recently. I first tried with Jordana’s felt tip liner which worked out okay. I then tried a Maybelline liner which was a fail, and then a Physician’s Formula liner which worked the best. However, all of them would eventually disappear into my crease within a few hours, due to the liquid factor of it, even after allowing it fully dry when applied.

I played with this gel liner at Sephora quite a few times before I finally decided to give it a go. One thing I was very impressed with and also quite scared of when swatching at the store was how long it stayed on my hand. No amount of rubbing could remove it, even with some makeup removed. There were still traces.

So I came home with it, watched a few more YouTube videos on it and decided to give it a go.

My first try was actually pretty decent! Then the two or three times after that in the following days were meh, almost making me want to return it. But for whatever reason, I was determined to make it work.

and I think I finally got it. I think I love this liner… I really do…

Excuse the lack of mascara. Wanted to be able to show you the line itself!

With mascara. As you can see, my eyes still hide the liner a bit, but you get the effect!

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This was taken with my phone, as I was not satisfied with any of the pictures from my camera. Meh.

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How do you think it looks? I quite like it and I have actually been wearing a winged liner nearly every other day or so since I got it to work for me! My husband has noticed and really loves the wing. And for him to compliment makeup is quite good. You know how guys are ;-)

So here are pros and cons of the liner!


  • Long wearing! It really does stay on all. day. long. Doesn’t budge until the very end of the night right before I remove my contacts and they’re itchy/watery after a long day.
  • Very black! And a matte black, too. Not at all shiny like some liquid liners.
  • Easy to draw a flick or beginning of the wing, however you like to call it. You literally stamp it when the tip and go from there.
  • Does hug the lash line, so less likely to have any gaps or anything.
  • Easy to hold, as it feels like a Sharpie marker, rather than a thin pen. Makes holding and applying easier, at least for me.
  • Glides on easily (although more on that in the cons… ha)


  • Difficult to remove. A regular makeup remover wipe or cleaner doesn’t quite do the trick. Even coconut oil, which removes everything for me, still isn’t quite enough for this. I have rub my poor eyes to take it all off.
  • You waste product whenever you first start to use it. This is because when you first click the bottom to dispense the gel, you’ll want to remove that first “layer” as it will be a bit dry and make it very hard to apply on the lid.
  • You have to work to quickly once you dispense the product and begin to apply, as it sets quickly. You also can’t use too much or layer it because it bunches up and almost creates a weird fallout. This goes along with my last pro, because while it is easy to apply, you gotta be quick and cannot layer!

I think that’s all I can think of for now… I feel that the reason most people disliked it so much at first was because perhaps they weren’t working quick enough with it or they were trying to build it up and so it did that thing were it almost balls up and gets all funky on the line. However, once I learned how to apply it for my eye, I fell in love with it and am so happy I can wear winged liner, finally! But I do know that everyone has different eyes and different techniques. I happened to find a way that worked for me and am very happy with my results! Of course I still have those days where it’s more difficult than others, but that’s makeup for ya :-)

So! Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Are you on the fence about it? Let me know!

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. Benefit has no idea who I am, nor any of the other mentioned companies.

My Annoyance with Social Media

Disclaimer – I truly love social media and how it has shrunk the world around us. However, I also get frustrated by how it has completely changed the way we as a society communicate. I’m not asking for any type of support or feedback with this. I just want to get this frustration out. Just because. You may call this a rant :-)

Some days when I check Facebook, I get annoyed and frustrated by the things I read on my wall. Not about worldly things such as politics, but the personal things people choose to put online for everyone to read. There’s no need for us to see that you’ve had an argument, that you disagree with your spouse or parent, that something didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, so “FML”, or to even put up those vague one-line status updates that of course are not specific but oh, everybody please notice it, like it, and while I may not tell you, you’ll ask what’s going on. I’m not asking for attention by posting this, I am simply stating my own frustration with our current way of communication. I am guilty of these things, too, I know. But there’s still plenty that I leave to myself and my inner circle rather than put it up for everyone to see. Just saying.

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I aaaaaalmost posted that paragraph above as, yes, a status update for my friends on Facebook to read. But perhaps that would have been hypocritical? So I’ll just post it on my blog. So there. Ha.


No, but really. It does annoy me that with the rise of social media these last few years, it makes it okay to put it out there that we are unhappy about things in our life, from the big things to the small things. I understand that at times support or help is needed and that’s the beauty of social media. But do we need know about the drama with your ex, friends, or parents? No, thank you.

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Like I said, I’m guilty of this too, especially when I was in my late teens when I had a lot to learn and needed a few life lessons, as well as attitude adjustments. But the last few years, I have chosen to try to only post happy/funny things, like 98% of the time. But I never, ever post anything that would put down another person (especially my now spouse… bugs the heck out of me when people make of fun or put negative things up of their spouse!). By doing that, I’m not trying to make it seem as though my life is perfect and happy all the time, because it certainly isn’t. That’s life. However, I don’t want people to view me as negative or that I am okay with people knowing these personal things about me. They are personal and private for a reason.

Here are a few E-cards and other things that help describe my feelings to those that have chosen to post their entire life on Facebook, Twitter, etc… I got them all off of Pinterest. Those that follow me on Pinterest will notice I went a little cray with the Facebook type of stuff I pinned. Haha.

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My brother and husband have joked before that for an entire day, they are literally going to post everything that they’re doing, from eating to going to the bathroom….

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And my personal favorite^^. Like I said, I would never post anything negative or embarrassing about my husband for the world to know, especially if we’ve had an argument or something that could put a bad light on either of us.

I can think of a few people on my friends list that are frequently posting things about their significant other than may appear demeaning and embarrassing at times. These multiple people at times also post things about when they’ve had an argument and go go into detail about the argument. Nobody needs to know that, because now we know all of your problems. I hope that that was your aim in posting those things.

If I post anything about my spouse, it will only be good things! I’m with him to encourage and uplift him, not put him down. And especially for everyone to see. If you couldn’t tell, it really bothers me when I see those kind of posts on Facebook, etc. Ugh.

So. I think that’s all I have to say about that. I know this was a different kind of post for me, but it’s been on my mind for awhile now and, yes, a few things over the weekend that I saw on Facebook completely prompted this. Haha.

Regular blogging shall resume soon!

xo, Briana