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I am going to NYC IMATS this year!! This is the third year am I going and it is always such cool experience. Tickets are completely sold out to the show this year!!!

WHO: I am attending IMATS with my younger sister, Melina.
WHAT: IMATS stands for the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow
WHEN: I will be attending IMATS on Sunday, April 7th only.
WHY: IMATS brings together makeup artists, vendors and makeup enthusiast together under one roof for a weekend of shopping, fashion, film and education!
HOW: I will be taking a bus to NYC and will be taking a train back to my hometown.

To learn more about IMATS vist their website http://www.imats.net/

I hope to see you there <3

xx Liz


Review: e.l.f. volumizing mascara

Over the weekend, I went to Target and picked up this e.l.f. volumizing Mascara. It only costs $2.00!!
The packaging of this mascara is very basic and simple, which doesn't bother me. The mascara doesn't have a very strong scent either, which I know can bother people. It has a nice formula, it isn't too wet nor too dry.


I do have some minor breaks outs at the moment but who doesn't? 
I am also still trying to find the perfect tinted moisturizer/bb cream for my skin tone, which is near impossible because everything oxidizes on my skin. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below.

 Final Thoughts:  As you can see, this mascara does a pretty decent job and adding some extra volume to the lashes. It is also very black, which is a plus for me. The only it doesn't do, is add extra length to your lashes. Overall, this mascara is a great alternative to other expensive mascaras and I highly recommend this is beginners (:

You can buy e.l.f. products at Target or online at http://www.eyeslipsface.com/

xx Liz

*I purchased this mascara with my own money. This post is not sponsored.


Spring Beauty Wishlist!

What's on your current beauty wishlist??

xx Liz


Atlantic City Trip

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This past weekend I took an overnight trip with my boyfriend to the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ! We spent two days/one night at the casino. It was my first ever trip to a casino. I would definitely say if you are not a big gambler, then I would suggest you go to the casino over the summer or in the warmer months, so you can spend time on the boardwalk and beach.

This was the view from our room, we were on the 33rd floor

This was our room, it was very nice and the beds were very comfy!

This is the shopping center aka "The Quarter". It has over 20 different stores.

It was warm enough one of the days that we were able to take a walk on the beach

xx Liz

P.S. If you haven't heard already, Google Reader is closing on July 1st, 2013. Other ways to follow my blog include Twitter, Facebook & HelloCotton.


Pretty Little Liars Tag!

I am obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, the TV show and the book series! This is the perfect tag to do if you are just as crazy as me and all the other fans in the world :)

1) Who is your favorite character?
2) Who do you think is behind The A Team?
3) Who do you ship?
4) Most memorable cheesy/stupid moment?
5) Favorite villain?
6) Who do you predict will/might become a villain?
7) Which girl do you think has been hurt the most by A?
8) Which girl's style do you love the most? Which girl do you relate to the most?
9) Why do the girls keep seeing Alison? Do you think there's something more behind it
10) Who's your crush on the show? ;)
11) Who is your least favorite character? (Out of the 4 girls and overall)
12) What was the biggest shocking moment for you?
13) Do you think Toby is really dead?
14) What would you do if A was after YOU?!

xx Liz

P.S. If you haven't heard already, Google is closing Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. Many bloggers are guessing, me included, that GFC is also going to be closed in the near future as well. So, you can follow me blog on HelloCotton or other various sites, such as Twitter or Facebook.
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Beauty Blogger Bunch Giveaway!

The Beauty Blogger Bunch Spring Beauty Giveaway


Hautelook Sale Alert: NYX

Next week Hautelook is having a really exciting sale that I thought I would share with you.
For those of you who don't know what Hautelook is, it is a members-only site, that hosts daily sales of fashion, home, and beauty products! They have discounts of up to 75% off retail value!
Hautelook is currently available for the USA and Canada, sorry Europe!

The big sale this week is: NYX Cosmetics!!
NYX will be on Hautelook on Monday, March 11th, starting at 11AM EST!

To check out Hautelook, just go to their website http://www.hautelook.com

Happy Shopping!

xx Liz

*not sponsored


Beauty Blogger HQ March Task: Photo & Video Editing!

This month's task is all about photo and video editing, which is a fairly popular topic in the blogger/vlogging universe.
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  • What program(s) have you used in the past for editing your photos and/or videos? Can you provide a short review, likes/dislikes? I used to used Windows Movie Maker and Paint to edit my photos and/or videos.  Paint is limited in what it can do for a photo and movie maker doesn't have the best transitions or background music.
  • What program(s) are you currently using for editing your photos and/or videos? Can you provide a short review, likes/dislikes? I currently use iMovie to edit my videos. It is very easy to use and can really amp up your videos if you are a beginner. For photos, if I do anything fancy with them I typically use PicMonkey to edit. It is free and very easy to use.
  • What are your thoughts on image editing websites; free or purchased? I am not all the big into photography, I don't have a super fancy DSLr camera, so I don't feel the need for a powder editing program. Maybe someday, if I invest in a good camera, I might invest in a good editing program.
  • What are your thoughts on editing videos directly on Youtube's website? Plain and simple, it is terrible!
  • Do you use photography or video apps on your smartphone? I currently do not have a smartphone but I will very soon be getting an iPhone!
  • What program(s) would you recommend for beginner bloggers? I recommend iMovie for editing videos and PicMonkey for editing photos.
  • What is your editing process like? Do you edit individual pieces or schedule a day for all your editing? I am very sporadic when it comes to editing. I usually work on my videos and/or blog posts on the weekend, so I usually will spend a few hours on Saturday and Sunday filming and editing.
  • On average, how much time do you think you spend on editing images and videos in a week? I would say around five hours a week, maybe more depending on the amount of content I have for my blog/youtube channel.
  • For fun, show us some before and after examples from when you first started blogging/vlogging and what your current content looks like.



See the difference?

I would love to know what editing programs you use for photos/videos!

xx Liz

My New Trench Coat!

Hi guys, can you believe it is already March!? That means spring is on its way! I wanted to buy a nicer coat for the spring time to wear to work, that is nicer than my North face jacket I currently have so I went and splurged on a very nice trench coat.

This is the Commuter Trench Coat by L.L. Bean. I am lucky enough to have a L.L. Bean store in one of my local malls. This coat retails for $129.00 dollars, which is a bit of a splurge but L.L.Bean coats and jackets have absolutely amazing quality and last forever! I should be able to get a good 10 years out of this jacket. I picked this jacket for several reasons. First, because of its price. You can buy many trench coats for well over one-hundred dollars. This was within my price range, so I went ahead and purchased it. Second, L.L Bean products are guaranteed for life!! Third, I think this is a very classy looking jacket without being too "over the top". I purchase this coat in a size small because my normal size, a medium, was way too big and an extra-small was too small. If you are going to purchase this jacket, I would suggest ordering a size smaller than your normal size.

This jacket comes in many different colors and if you're looking for a nice trench coat, I highly recommend this one!

xx Liz

*not sponsored, purchase with my own money


Ravi Famous Giveaway

Today I am sharing with you an awesome giveaway being hosted by Ravi Famous!

Ravi Famous is a leading fashion brand in London! Ravi Famous has more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry.The brand is sold in more than 500 retailers worldwide! They get their inspiration from the latest and greatest fashion trends.

I personally love these dresses because they would be appropriate for the work place or a night out with the girls. Black and white is also on trend for this Spring!

Get 10% off your first order with code RAVI10 at Ravi Famous

To enter the giveaway, go here http://bit.ly/UmjMFh

xx Liz

*not sponsored

Get Ready with Me: Everyday Makeup

Here are the products I used in this video:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Sin
-Urban Decay Amno Palette
-Benefit They're Real Mascara
-Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

-Tarte Eyelash Curler
-Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
-Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush
-Sephora Kabuki Brush

xx Liz