Sunday, January 29, 2012

A friend posted this on my wall...

It totally made me smile today. :)

You have to admit, there gets to be a point where you get sick of the traditional birthday song. And yes, listening and dancing to music IS awesome!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dayton Opportunity: Are you "Beauty" or the "Beast"?

Personally, I'd like to be a little of both...

Beauty or the Beast Event
  • Who: YOU, and Kidtee Hello Photography, Lindsay Springer for Makeup, and Casandra Baker on Hair.
  • What: Photo shoot - Pick Your Altar Ego!!!
    • Beauty: Fantasy style make-up & hair, Out right glam/hollywood, or a more simple cleaned up version of you. If you can Imagine it we more then likely can make it happen!
    • Beast: Still Fantasy style make-up but darker, you can even be a zombie if you want to anything you can imagine.(No Prosthetics)

  • When: Saturday, February 11 from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Where: TBD in Dayton
  • How: Check out the event's Facebook Page and contact Kidtee Hello. The entire session costs $200, with a 50% deposit up front.
 I think this sounds like a blast. If my Boudoir shoot falls through I may just take this opportunity instead! I could totally see myself requesting a Harvey "Two Face" Dent approach to this - "Beauty" on one side, "Beast" on the other. But if I had to pick between the two, I'd go Beast. It's not often you get to have a pro artist go makeup crazy on you!!! Plus, who said "Beasts" can't be beautiful?

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    The Beauty Spotlight Team - Week of January 21

    This week the Beauty Spotlight Team previews Spring makeup collections, finds some must-have drugstore treasures, keeps your hair looking great and one member channels her inner Supermodel for a day!

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Giveaway: Have YOU tried sneakpeeq yet?

    If you're answer is "no" then you've come to the right place, my friend, because sneakpeeq just offered Pretty in Dayton readers a chance for a Giveaway AND a 20% discount if you're new to sneakpeeq.

    What is sneakpeeq?

    Olive Natural Beauty Oats & Honey Luxury Set
    (Yeah, I bought this on sneakpeeq).
    sneakpeeq is a very large (and growing) daily boutique sale site that offers exclusive discounts to brands that myself, and may of you, may be interested in. Every day sneakpeeq adds new brands to their existing sales. Sales last for a limited period of time and have a limited selection from the brand in themHowever there are several differences:
    1. sneakpeeq chooses to feature new or relatively unknown brands. They want to be the place you go to find something new, not something you can find everywhere.
    2. sneakpeeq is entirely based on Facebook and is set up a bit like a game. You know the item featured, but you don't know the sale price until you use a "peeq" to view the sale price. 
    3. You get rewarded for your interaction on the site through Badges.
    Up-cycle Candle Holder
    What's a "Peeq"?
    It's a cute term. A "peeq" is an option to view the sale price of an item, nothing more. You get 20 peeqs per day. That's actually a lot of "peeqs"! You'll realize quickly that 20 is more than enough to get a satisfying experience on sneakpeeq each day.

    Cake Suzette Adventurous Hot Chocolate Trio
    The roll of BADGES
    Badges are the other "game" component. As you use your peeqs, share with friends, . and make purchases etc  you are awarded Badges. Badges can later be exchanged for discounts on items you want to purchase. Definitely useful! While Sneakpeeq doesn't tell you HOW to earn badges, some of the names of the badges can give you little clues. The first badge I earned: Newbie.

    Ok so GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
    Note: this giveaway is open to new sneakpeeq memebrs only.

    Let's see what sneakpeeq will give us. Right off the bat... 

    sneakpeeq is being so nice to us! Everyone who enters this giveaway gets 20% off your next purchase just for entering!

    However, there will be two additional prizes. The people awarded these prizes will get to "double dip". Not only do they get 20% off, but they also get their prize. Without further ado...

    Prize #1: $25 Dollar Gift Card to sneakpeeq for one lucky winner!!!
    I really wish I could win this myself. Believe me, I've had a look around the site and "peeqed" at quite a few things. Many of the items on sneakpeeq would be covered by this alone. But there can be only one true grand prize winner.

    And a runner up prize...

    Prize #2: $10 Dollar Gift Card to sneakpeeq for one other lucky person!!!!

    While this may not cover an entire purchase, it will come close!

    Enter the giveaway by clicking on this link: Enter the Pretty in Dayton sneakpeeq Giveaway and joining sneakpeeq!

    Remember: You'll get 20% off any purchases just by using that link. You can only enter through that link - not through any other service. So make sure THAT is how you join.

    The giveaway will end in 2 weeks time (January 27th I believe). After that, sneakpeeq will give me the names of all entries and I will choose randomly who wins. Be sure to check back on Pretty in Dayton to see if you're a winner!

    After you have a look around, please tell me what you saw that you liked in the comments below. I'm so curious what you will find!!!

    China Glaze Tinsel Town - I started the year off right!

    I am the first to admit I've neglected my nails and reviews lately. I should have gotten to this one sooner.

    I've been in debate over how to blog collections. On one hand, I feel honored when I receive a collection. I know I'm not obligated to post them, but I do want to be fair. I was given these polishes for a reason. On the other hand , I want to be s honest as possible.

    So I'll show collections when I feel I have the time and desire to do so. But more importantly, I'll show you what I'm liking and gravitating toward from those collections individually if time does not permit me.

    This polish is one of the latter. When I saw the bottle, I knew it would be on my tips!

    China Glaze Tinsel Town

    China Glaze Tinsel Town

    The truth is that this polish clung to my nails pretty well! Therefore, I really haven't changed polish color all that often. In addition to be a tad bit lazy, that is.

    Charcoal gray glitter in a slightly blue-gray base. Beautiful! I love glittery gray nails. To me they look fun but elegant.

    Two coats over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite. The formula was a little inconsistent and could be thin.

    I'll admit, I had a few chips right after New Years Eve, but the rest of the plush clung like glue! I love it when polishes do that and make me work to take them off!

    Bottom Line
    I don't instantly gravitate toward glitters due to the amount of cleanup involved, but I totally coveted this polish and I'm glad to say it did not disappoint me. I would buy this on my own.

    This polish was  furnished to me by PR for review purposes.  I do not sell China Glaze products nor am I affiliated with China Glaze in any way.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Quest For My Pretty: Yay I'm Back on Track!!!

    This past week I spent a lot of time sleeping. Why? I had a 3 Day weekend and I was just plain tired! Sometimes the mattress just calls. I actually was wondering if I was fighting something off. But on Monday I buckled up, started Les Mills Pump as my primary program, practiced Turbo Kick, and of course I taught class yesterday. Aside from some not so great food choices I did pretty well.

    Weight: 160.4 lbs (-1.8 lbs)

    See! Back on track!

    Incidentally, I'm doing the Shakeology Cleanse right now so I'll report on how I've done on Saturday morning. We'll see where I stand. I figured I needed to do one because my friend is having a Toga party Saturday night. I need to look extra luscious in my toga! Well, that's just an excuse. I wanted to get back on track.

    Hidden Calories
    This past week I discovered something horrible. The wraps I've been getting at my Deli counter at work have 300 calories... just for the wrap itself! That doesn't count anything I put into it. I thought they were half those calories. Since I eat them fairly regularly, this may account for some of my "issues" this past year in losing. Because of that I also followed up on the Veggie Burgers I eat on a regular basis. I'm happy to say I've been overestimating those so I'm good on that front. Slowly but surely I think I'm learning the ins and outs of my cafeteria at work such that I'll make smarter choices.

    Where do you think YOU might have hidden calories? I'm curious to know because there could be something I haven't thought of for myself.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Calling All Dayton Models and Fashion Designers!!!

    By now I'm sure you've heard that Dayton's first ever FASHION WEEK is in the works for July, but did you know you can get involved as a model or a designer? You can!!!

    Model Casting
    Model casting will be held on February 25th at De'Lish Cafe (Facebook site) from 11:00 am to 3:00 PM. You MUSH fill out the Audition Form ahead of time because there will NOT be audition forms at the venue.

    You're lucky! You have a bit more time to plan. The deadline is March 1st. You can email the planners of the event to have a packet sent to you at

    Now... personally, I hope to be in the audience. What about you? 

    They Beauty Spotlight Team: What's in Perilously Pale's Makeup Bag?

    I'm definitely late in posting this, but isn't that picture just lovely? I love that the bag is pale, just like our girl who's hosting this week's bag. What would a "Perilously Pale" girl put in the bag? Do you think she'll have pale shades or bright bold items? Me, I'm placing my bet on neutrals with awesome lips! Lets see shall we? Take a peak into Perilously Pale's Makeup Bag!

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Back on Sale - Meow Cosmetics Friday the 13th collection

    This collection started an addiction for me. I adore Meow Cosmetics.  There's something for everyone in the Friday the 13th collection.

    For 13% off, use code: brokenmirror
    If your order is over $35 dollars, select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

    Note: These swatches are all no base, no primer, applied dry.

    From Left To Right: 13. Accident, Bad Luck, Broken Mirror, Cursed, Fate, Misfortune, Paranormal, Skeptic, Spell, Supernatural, Trepidation, Unlucky

    Closer ups (I hope):

    Left to Right: 13, Accident, Bad Luck, Broken Mirror, Cursed, Fate, Misfortune, Paranormal

    And the other bit:

    Left to Right: Fate, Misfortune, Paranormal, Skeptic, Spell, Supernatural, Trepidation, Unlucky
    So what are you getting?

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Dayton Opportunity - Are you as obsessed with lingerie right now as I am?

    If you are, then Dayton you might want to consider this - A Valentine Boudoir Photo Shoot!

    Iron Foust Photography is doing something really cool for you in anticipation of Valentine's Day. On January 30th, they are renting out a space in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton . Your hair and makeup will be done professionally by artist Lindsey Springer and published stylist Cassandra Barker of Cherry Lee's Salon. You will then get 1 hours time with the photographer. Champagne and hor dourves will be provided. Apparently the shooting will go on all night because the last spot is at 9 am on January 31st! The end result is that you get a low resolution CD of all your shots, and 10 8 by 10 images of your choice. All of this for a grand total of $325.

    Please contact Shae Foust for more information if you are interested.

    (Yes, I'm totally thinking about trying to convince my husband that this should be my birthday present.)

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

    Every once in a while I think I need to pull out THIS picture and remind myself how far I really have come:

    What a difference one year can make.

    For the past few weeks I've been logging my food and keeping track of my calories burned via my BodyBugg. It's such an interesting tool! But I don't know that it's helped me that much yet. I will admit, though, I do like to get those 10000 steps in and I love hearing that beep when I've met a goal for the day.
    In other news, my next program to tackle arrived: Les Mills PUMP (affiliated link). I chose this program because I can mix it up easily with other things, like Turbo Kick teaching. I just have to remain faithful to the PUMP classes (barbell classes) three days a week. I think I might actually do a quick video and show all of you what you get in the basic set because it's a rather remarkable system. The barbell itself is an innovation in it's construction. But we'll talk more about that another time.

    Weight: 160.2 (+0.6 lbs)

    Damn it! It's not really gaining, but still! I thought I had this week. I've had a deficit of calories every day according to BodyBugg. I think I need to give them a call. I didn't even have alcohol this week.

    Regardless, I am going to do another Shakeology Cleanse next week (Jan 18 through 20).  You see, I have this friend who's having a Toga Party on the 21 and I want to look great in my toga! If you'd like to join me on that, let me know. I have enough packets for a couple of people!

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Ok, now I want UD Perversion 24/Pencil

    Attention all advertizes! If you create an add for an eye pencil and just show this type of look, I'll totally want it, even if I don't have the eye shape or the skill to pull it off.

    Seriosuly, envious of anyone who can get cat eyes to look like this...

    Yeah, you can get Perversion 24/7 liner for $18 from Urban Decay.  And I'll probably be buying another black pencil too.

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Warm Eternity Scarf - My latest knitting adventure.

    This is what happens when I want to keep my hands busy and not eat too much over the weekend:

    Eternity  Scarf in Malabrigo Pearl Ten

    Eternity  Scarf in Malabrigo Pearl Ten This particular scarf is the Eternity Scarf by Michelle Wang. The pattern is available on for $4.50. I love it's simplicity. The ribbing  used is called the the cartridge stitch according to the pattern. The cartridge rib is worked vertically, then horizontally, then it's just straight stockinette stitch for the rest of the scarf. Because stockinette rolls if you don't do something to the bind off edge, the roll adds even more texture to this design. Super easy, relatively quick and very awesome.

    Eternity  Scarf in Malabrigo Pearl Ten
    Incidentally, you could always cast on fewer stitches and get a cowl instead of an Eternity scarf. I may try this next. I do think the horizontal cartridge rib stitch would make a truly awesome texture of sweater, but very cumbersome. I may have to try it at some point!

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    The Beauty Spotlight Team - Week of January 7th

    Happy 2012 everyone. Are you making any resolutions? The Beauty Spotlight Team has made a resolution to do our very best to keep you all informed of the latest & greatest or the tried & true in this new year. And we keep our resolutions!
    • Tired of constantly reapplying your lipstick? Then a lip stain may be your new best friend! Check out what Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed thinks are the top picks!
    • It's a brand new year and time to make resolutions. One beauty resolution that some of us need to make is to keep our brows well groomed. Beauty Info Zone has the answer with Youngblood Brow Artiste. Start your brows off right for 2012.
    • At Everyday Beauty, Zuzu's Petals opined about the sweaty side of beauty.
    • Are you suffering from the dreaded "winter hands syndrome"? Shannon at Lipstick Musings was...until she discovered a cult favorite from Dior that gave her "just-manicured" hands every day!
    • London Makeup Girl reviews Chantecaille Violetta Lip Chic and compares it to another sheer berry lipstick in her stash. Which does she prefer? Find out here: London Makeup Girl Chantecaille Violetta.
    • This week Modesty Brown shares her thoughts on beauty awards perennial favourite, YSL Touche Éclat. It's a product that divides opinion, which side are you on?
    • Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, shows us Maybelline's latest eyeshadows, the "Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow" that comes out this month in the US.
    • Don't ya'll just love all these new 2012 product releases! Pammy Blogs Beauty sure does as she tests out Laura Geller's new 2012 release: The Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner Duo. Find out what she thought!
    • Visionary Beauty shares her collection of the delightful Rouge Bunny Rouge loose glitter pigments, including the two new tantalising shades; Caress of Mink and Embrace of Cashmere.
    • You HAVE to check out Prime Beauty's Top 10 Beauty Products for 2011--these aren't just favorites, they are game-changers!

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Face of the Day - "Absinthe" Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Sugarpill)

    Realized I this little look in my list of images I hadn't used...
    Face of the Day - December 25

    I'm seriously loving Sugarpill, theBalm and Benefit right now in case you were wondering. By the way, Too Faced Shadow Insurance officially kicks the crap out of my long used Urban Decay Primer potion. I may now be a convert. Isn't it sad when Holy Grails turn out to be made of relative tin when something better comes along?

    The one thing I really think I could have done better here was control the crease color a bit more. I picked up a little more than I wanted and it moved around a bit more than I wanted it to. Thank goodness for deepset eyes in this case. Only YOU could see my application mistakes!

    Face of the Day - December 25
    • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
    • Sugar Pill Midori Eye Shadow - Patted over Shadow Insurance.
    • Sugar Pill Absinthe Loose Pigment - Placed on top of Midori.
    • The Balm Nude-itude Pallet shadows - I used various shades for crease and highlight out of this palette (I really need to do a review because it's awesome).
    • MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder - lining of course.
    • Illamasqua Precision Ink in Alchemy - Just a bit under eye liner.
    • Benefit They're Real Mascara
    • Mary Kay Foundation in Ivory 6
    • MAC Loose Powder in NC20
    • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight
    • Benefit Blush in Bella Bama - Ok, who hasn't tried this yet? If you haven't you should!
    • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Sex Machine
    • Inglot Lipgloss - whatever the number is of the one I usually use.

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Check this out - Althea Harper gives packing tips!

    I've told you before that I am a TERRIBLE packer! Everyone who has traveled with me will tell you this. I came across this video when I was looking at Althea Harper's site based on a post that went up on Facebook. She gives some excellent packing tips! But that's not what I loved about this video. What I love is how Althea turned her dress into a top the next day. Styling ideas! Check it out:

    That may have just convinced me that the shirt dress I was questioning when I saw the collection pictures is actually useful and versatile.

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

    New Years Eve I was not kind to my body and I am paying the price...

    Weight: 161.6 lbs (+ 1.2 lbs)

    I sincerely hope this is just water weight or a reaction to totally killing my workout yesterday. I taught Turbo Kick and according to my BodyBugg I reached my target steps and calories for the DAY during the session.

    Anyway, I have a plan:
    • I am now logging both food and calories via my BodyBugg.
    • I ordered the new Beachbody product Les Mills PUMP - it's only 3 days a week for PUMP classes, and I can substitute other days with Turbo Kick class or practice. Perfect for right now!
    • I am back at work so I have access to healthy lunches. 
    • I am IN an accountability group currently as well as RUNNING an accountability group - running an accountability group I don't have anyone looking over MY shoulder. So being accountable elsewhere is good for me. Plus these groups are totally separate. I think that will be key. 
    My goal is to get down to a 135 goal by April/May. Having a goal will make this easier, obviously. New goal, new time. Time to kill it!

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Shabby Apple New Year Sale! 20% Off Site-wide!

    Just when you thought you were done shopping...

    Dresses from Shabby Apple

    Use code NEWYEAR at checkout.

    Personally, I think I'm going to be looking again at the Academia collection. There are a few dresses in there that I've been eying for a while.

    Pretty in Dayton is a Shabby Apple affiliate.

    New Years Resolutions!

    I didn't post these immediately because I've been giving them some thought. I'm at the point where I think I'd like to post them out in the open, make them real. These may end up getting added to, but the following are things I KNOW I need to stick to in the new year.
    1. Quit purchasing makeup, polish in crazy shades I don't need and will never use. - While some of you may say "well your blog will be boring", deal. Some things just don't fit in my life and I need to accept that.
    2. Get up earlier! - I am a notoriously late riser, particularly on the weekends. It also means that I don't get as much done and I am probably constantly tired due to my erratic schedule. Conversly I will also need to...
    3. Go to sleep earlier! - Yeah...
    4. Clean something each week! - yes, this might not get my life in order, but it might help me keep things going.
    5. Call and/or see a friend at least twice a week. - Facebook helps, but it doesn't do the work. I need to get over the phone. I need to get off my butt. And awesome things happen when I see my friends! Even if I have to schedule reminders, I need to do this. If I get the answering machine, that's ok... I tried.
    I think five resolutions is enough for now. These are just the beginning!