January 20, 2016

Easy Rosy Eye Tutorial: Using 3 products!!!

I wanted to share a quick eye makeup tutorial, now live on my youtube page, using only 3 products!

I used City Color's Shadow Trio in falling leaves, Milani eye primer and Benefit They're Real Mascara!

I'd love your feedback, or suggestions for future videos. Head on over to my Youtube to like this video and subscribe to my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/melindajoyful/videos

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Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.


True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!
Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.
The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.
As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.
Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2
Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!

Why your will LOVE the LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE blog app:
• Grab your pop star microphone because it’s sing-along night! Click the play button to watch the special sing-along music video for Girlz by L2M.
• Listen to the song High Tops by L2M and click to watch the “Meet L2M” video that introduces the next girl-pop power sensation.
• Download the “Girlz 4 Life” Activity Pack and to unlock your inner pop star! Kit includes Selfie props, a “Spot the Difference” game, making the Band DIY pop star instruments, Friendship Card and more!
• Click on LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack for a link where the film can be purchased!

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January 12, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hill's Artist Palette

Want to get this look?

Check out this makeup tutorial featuring Anastasia Beverly Hill's Artist palette:


January 06, 2016


What is it:

This clinically tested age-fighting product is powered by our excusive NeriumAD® Formula. Age-Defying Night Cream contains the most concentrated, powerful form of our proprietary NAE-8® extract. It is designed to adhere to skin for maximum delivery of key ingredients. Apply at night when skin is in its rest-and-repair cycle.

What it does:
  • The Night Cream powered by our proprietary NAE-8 extract helps:
    • Address both the signs of aging as well as the causes.
    • Acts as a powerful antioxidant and works to inhibit free radical damage.
    • Boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger-looking skin.
    • Targets the causes of skin-damaging inflammation.
  • The unique, mask-like product form allows the product to gently adhere to skin for maximum delivery of the key ingredients. 
  • The advanced formula targets both the existing and future signs of aging resulting in younger-looking skin.
  • Fights the appearance of
    • Fine lines
    • Wrinkles
    • Discoloration
    • Uneven skin texture
    • Enlarged pores
    • Sagging skin
  • Perfect for use on:
    • Face
    • Neck
    • D√©colletage
    • Hands
  • Ideal for all skin types:
    • Non-comedogenic
    • Dermatologist tested
Research results:
  • Independently conducted clinical trials show:
    • 93% of participants had a significant increase in skin moisture.
    • 86% of participants had an improvement in uneven skin texture.
    • 86% of participants noted a reduction in pore size.

I had a chance to try this product for three weeks, and had mixed feelings. My initial reaction was to the odor of the cream. It smelled like a mixture of honey and gasoline. It was sweet but chemically smelling. I can't think of a better way to describe it. The texture was very creamy and applied smoothly and easily which I liked. I hate it when creams are so thick you have to press really hard to apply it, but that wasn't the case here. So those were my initial thoughts. After 3 weeks of use I got used to the smell and didn't mind it, and it actually helped my skin feel smoother. I think I'll always have under eye circles and small laugh wrinkles around the eyes, but I think it helped improve the overall quality of my skin. My skin felt more moisturized overall and I do think it helped even out my skin coloring. I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5!

Visit www.corriegabel.nerium.com for overall info... or...  http://www.nerium.com/shop/corriegabel/products for easy ordering

Many thanks to Corrie for the chance to try out this Nerium product!

January 03, 2016

Subtle look for the new year!

This is one of my all time favorite looks so far. Browns and aqua blue/greens, topped off with some dramatic lashes and brown lip!

A photo posted by Melinda (@melindajoy926) on

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The Postcard by Lily Rose Graham

The PostcardThe Postcard by Lily Rose Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't want to put this book down! Ivy decides to take her moms old writing desk home, after she passed away, only to find a postcard addressed to her. Throughout the course of the book her mom communicates with her through this postcard at 3am every night. It sounds hokey, but it was so magical! I feel like I would give ANYTHING for a message from my mom after her passing. She's still alive and kicking, but I can only imagine how desperate I would be for a message from he after years without her!

I want to read more books by Lily Rose Graham!

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December 22, 2015

Holiday Beauty Looks!!!

Here are some of my favorite holiday looks, as we quickly approach Chistmas and New Year's Eve: 

 1. Silver sparkle eyes and red lip, a classic look, but fun!

If you enjoyed my bow hair do (I thought it was appropriate, gift bows, hair bows!), find the tutorial below:

2. A Gold glittery look, best for warmer skin tones!

More of this Holiday glitter look Products used: @maybelline expert where eyeshadow in vanilla under the brow @cargocosmetics dark neutral essential Eye shadow palette in the crease @morphebrushes spice shadow above the crease @coastalscents style I eyeshadow sampler. The gold shimmery color on lid @glitterinjections treasure, pure goddess, and vanilla ice glitters on the lid and inner eye highlight @stilacosmetics stay all day liquid lipstick in fiery red number one as my eyeliner @hardcandylife lashaholic and @w7 lashtastic mascaras on lashes @sephora #sephorashadow as blush @elfcosmetics baked blush as highlighter #playbeautifully #whiteglitter #goldglitter #glitterinjections #redeyeliner #christmasmakeup #holidaymakeup #partymakeup #glittereyes #coastalscents #stilastayalldayliquidlipstick #stepbystep
A photo posted by Melinda (@melindajoy926) 

Tutorial for the eye look above found below:

3. Or if you're in the mood for a subtle shimmer, try this ombre glitter eyeliner look:

My fire friday contest entry close up. See previous post for this look in motion. Firey glitter lining sunsetty shadows. Contest hosted by @litcosmetics, #glitterfriday #Sephora #litcosmetics -------------------------- Products used: @nyxcosmetics Candy glitter liners and gold silk and crystal #nyxcandyglitterliner #peachglitter #peachglittereyemakeup @revlon Photo ready Eye art in peach prism #revloneyeart #revloneyeartpeachprism #goldglitter #goldglittereyes #champagneglitter #champagneglittereyeshadow @glitterinjections pure goddess glitter for inner eye highlight #whiteglitter #whiteglittereyeshadow #deviantcosmetics red glitter #redglittereyes @bhcosmetics cool matte eye shadow palette for the Reds oranges and yellows on my lid @muacosmetics intense color gel eyeliner in black in my water line @sephora Cherry on top number 39 shadow @litcosmetics clearly liquid glitter base @urbandecaycosmetics brow beater in taupe #urbandecaybrowbeater @nyc_new_york_color Black liquid eyeliner or under the glitter #nyxcosmetics
A photo posted by Melinda (@melindajoy926)

4. Or for something feminine and pretty, try light shimmery purples:

5. Or if you want to go all out and be festive, try this red and green glitter look!

6. Or if you just want overall shimmer without any color, try this champagne shimmer look!

7. Or if greens and coppers are more your speed, try this on for size!
Loving this olive and copper look!!! ***************** Products used: Eyes- shadow under brow is @nyxcosmetics #nyxvisen. Glitter by @lacolorscosmetics #copperfield #glitterliner #copperglitter #copperglittereyes and #deviantcosmetics copper glitter. Green shadows by @bhcosmetics #88colorspalette #88colorscoolmattepalette #liquidliner black eyeliner by @nyc_new_york_color brows by @smashboxcosmetics #smashboxbrowtech mascaras by @w7makeupuk #w7lashtastic, @maybelline #maybellinelashsensational and @hardcandylife #hardcandylashaholic Lips- lipliner by @covergirl #covergirllipperfectionsmokey 205 and @muacosmetics #mualiquidlipstick in 205nude Cheeks- @cargocosmetics #cargowaterresistantblush in loscabos and bronzer by @janecosmetics #janebronzingpowder inspire -------------------------- Follow me on twitter: melindajoy926 Follow me on pinterest: melindajoy926 Follow me on youtube: melindajoyful
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8. Or one of my personal favorites - Blues!!!
9. Or you can't go wrong with green eyeliner and any shadow combination!

December 16, 2015

Waygood Tea - Chamomile Mint Cleanse

A relaxing herbal infusion blended with soothing chamomile & peppermint.

Like slipping into your favorite jammies...

This comforting herbal blend will ease you into a state of coziness. The cleansing properties of chamomile and peppermint effectively remove harmful toxins and free-radicals to leave you feeling and looking younger.

My Thoughts: Subtle chamomile flavors. I can taste the mint but slight chamomile essence. It's a nice blend.

I received this at a discount, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

December 15, 2015

Whispers In The Reading Room

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed the first half better than the second. Mystery and intrigue are appealing in a stranger, but the plot didnt hold together for me. I can't say much else without giving away the turns and twists. The main character was a bit too naive for it to be believable, but perhaps people truly are that naive. The whole story was a bit "inconceivable" to quote Princess Bride. I give it 3 stars out of 5.

December 05, 2015

Book Review: The School Psychologist's Survival Guide

My husband's review of this book:
This book is a keeper!  I have been a school psychologist for seven years and always feel like there is so much more to be learned.  Rebecca has done a great job of trying to simplify the duties of a school psychologist, helping to manage heavy caseloads and providing effective templates that help stay organized. 

I really enjoyed her sense of humor.  I work in a large, urban setting and felt like Rebecca was able to relate with me.  Not everyone has office space or resources at their disposal and it can be daunting at times.  This book is an invaluable asset for a novice or seasoned school psychologist.  The front cover of this book reads “practical strategies,” and that is exactly what this book offers.  Practical, real life scenarios and solutions to the problems we face.  She is tactful yet to the point.  The forms in Spanish are also very helpful. 

My only recommendation is that the publisher would use better stock paper.  It is distracting when you are trying to read and can see print on the backside of the page.  

To find out more or purchase, head over to this site: http://www.amazon.com/School-Psychologists-Survival-Jossey-Bass-Teacher/dp/1118027779

Many thanks to Wiley for the chance to review this book. 
The opinions expressed here are 100% our own. :)

December 02, 2015

League Of Little Laughers

Thanks to Mom Select and Brightstarts I recently had the opportunity to host a "League of Little Laughers" playdate with my almost 3 year old son and a handful of his friends.

My son was thrilled to get a present in the mail, so we opened the box right away. He thought the rolling monkey was fun, the fish held a secon'd appeal, but the Learn & Giggle Activity Station was the clear winner!!!

Check out the video, and if interested in buying here's a great deal:
From now until Saturday, there is an exciting deal on Bright Starts products at Toys ‘R Us*! The “Lights, Lights Baby” Collection (featuring the Learn & Giggle Activity Station) and the “Having a Ball” Collection (featuring the Spin & Giggle Puppy) are 40% off, both online and in-store. 

#BrightStarts and #BabyLOLL

November 30, 2015

Holiday Look - Olive Green & Copper Glitter

Products used:
Eyes- shadow under brow is @nyxcosmetics #nyxvisen. Glitter by @lacolorscosmetics #copperfield #glitterliner #copperglitter #copperglittereyes and #deviantcosmetics copper glitter. Green shadows by @bhcosmetics #88colorspalette #88colorscoolmattepalette #liquidliner black eyeliner by @nyc_new_york_color brows by @smashboxcosmetics #smashboxbrowtech mascaras by @w7makeupuk #w7lashtastic, @maybelline #maybellinelashsensational and @hardcandylife #hardcandylashaholic

Lips- lipliner by @covergirl #covergirllipperfectionsmokey 205 and @muacosmetics #mualiquidlipstick in 205nude

Cheeks- @cargocosmetics #cargowaterresistantblush in loscabos and bronzer by @janecosmetics #janebronzingpowder inspire

Brushes- mac cosmetics 212 and #sephora pantone universe crease and shadow brushes

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