First, some details/photos from my vacation (then the beauty stuff!). If I were to sum up my vacation in 5 words or less, it would be National Lampoon. Seriously, you remember the Vacation movies with Chevy Chase? Well, my family would rival the Griswolds. They can be kind of kooky at times, but I love 'em!! We spent a few days in Louisiana visiting my uncle first. They live about 45 minutes from New Orleans- so we were there quite a bit. I went to Bourbon Street at night with my cousins and....it was interesting ;) Quite different from the next day when I went with my whole family (including the kiddies). We ate. And ate. And ATE. The food is amazing, and the 5 pounds I came home with proves that ;)
Then we went back to Texas to San Antonio. The family reunion was amazing- probably close to 400 people showed up (and that wasn't everyone, either). There was more food, a lot of memories and pictures, and lots of dancing. We didn't wrap up until midnight! It was so much fun, they're hoping to have another (bigger!) one in a couple of years. We rented a house about 10 minutes from downtown, so again we spent a lot of the time seeing the sights. I had an amazing time!! Here are a few (of the almost 700 I took) pictures............
Here's a not-so-glam photo of yours truly as we came into Texas (you can see a big star on the ground behind me, this was taken at a rest stop/welcome center). Because even beauty bloggers look bad after 24 hours on the road. And maybe I wanted to show off my spiffy Glee shirt too :)
Some beautiful architecture in New Orleans.
Beignets at the famous Cafe Du Monde.
Inside a voodoo shop on Bourbon Street.
This, my friends, is a pizza......at 42 inch pizza. Take a minute to let that sink in. 42. Inches. Taken at Big Lou's Pizza in San Antonio.
Inside the Hard Rock Cafe on the River Walk in San Antonio.
The River Walk. It was a cold and rainy day- so we didn't get to take a boat ride. Maybe next time!
Now.....for the beauty swag I came home with.........
First, the fabled Opulent Cloud from Sally Hansen. I needed to do my nails and didn't pack anything with me. So a quick trip to Rite Aid while I was in Louisiana lead me to this, after I had been searching all over for it at home!!!
Also at Rite Aid, a beautiful set of mini polishes from Borghese.
Then while I was at Texas, we made numerous stops to the HEB (I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS STORE), I came across the new L'Oreal mascara AKA the Medieval Torture Device.
At a Walgreens in San Antonio, I found a new Rimmel mascara. I don't know why I force myself to buy new Rimmel mascaras when non have ever really won me over...but I do it all for you guys! ;D
My only real splurge, and my first Guerlain item- Oriental Metal Khol Liner.
This is worth every penny, and as a taupe lover, you would expect that from me. I got this at Saks (my first time in one, too!) and the guy at the counter was a total sweetheart.
I also kind of went a little crazy and came home with a nice-sized Lush haul as well. The gal there was awesome and we had same tastes in a lot of products. I was there for a good 40 minutes trying not to purchase everything (I don't have a Lush in my area, the nearest stores are a good 3-4 hours away from me). I got Rock Star and Sea Vegtable soaps, Snow Fairy shower gel, some Tea Tree Tabs, and stocked up with a big bottle of Veganeese conditioner. No pictures, obviously, because everything is in my shower!!
I'm still unpacking and trying to get back to my time zone (that 2-hour difference really messed with me)- I hope to be back to normal within a week :)