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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Birthday Beauty Swap Recap

It's time to recap! I hope all of you had a great time swapping beauty boxes with your partners. I got super lucky to swap with Taysha of Dirt Road Charm. Taysha and I got to meet in person a couple year ago at that National Western Stock Show and she is also a fellow MAC make-up lovers. However, she hadn't tried one of my favorite MAC products before (the MAC Paint Pot) and I hadn't tried a few of hers. A match made in heaven. Also, as I was opening the box the Boy was standing over my shoulder exclaiming I love this girl because of the abundance of Easter candy included!

1. It Cosmetics Sculpting Brush - this is the third "It" brush that I now own and love them. They are incredibly soft, a great price point and clean really well. I've been trying to get a little better at sculpting and this brush is great for under the cheeks and my jaw line.

2. Deep Down Detox - I laughed a little when I saw Taysha had sent this. I actually got this mask in my very first beauty swap over a year ago, and I love it. I try to use it once a week. It always leaves my skin feeling refreshed, tightened and brighter. Plus at $5.99 you can't go wrong!

3. MAC Lipstick in Speed Dial - I love this pink color, not too bubble gummy, but still a bright pink. It doesn't have the staying power that my MAC Pro Long Cremewear does so I have been applying NYX lip liner in Rose. It has more sheen to it than a lot of my other lipsticks, which it great because the lipstick doesn't dry out my lips like others.

4. MAC Penultimate Eye Liner and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash - I have started to wear more liquid eyeliner and this probably one of the easiest ones that I have applied. I also have almost white eyelashes and they aren't super long. It is really hard for me to find a mascara that I like, but this one is impressing me so far. It has a really "wet" formula so I have to made sure I don't blink before it dries, but it covers every lash and there is absolutely one clumping! I find sometime I need to go back over my eyeliner later in the day with the eye liner to keep that really rich black look.

5. CeraVe Suncreen - I had told Taysha that I was starting to get ready for summer and sunscreen was a must. Turning 30 made me realize that now is the time to really buckle down and take care of my skin. Being so fair skinned I have always been pretty good about wearing sunscreen, but I know I can be better. I am looking forward to trying out this brand - especially during our family reunion at the lake.

A few of you have already been asking about future swaps. Be sure to follow the Crystal Cattle Facebook page or my blog for details about the new swap. I was a little bummed out that we had a very participants leave their partners high and dry this time. I've been brainstorming on how to get around this and really not sure if there is a way. It takes a lot of time to partner everyone up, but I love seeing everyone's tweets, Instagram photos and blog posts!

Now its is time to hear from all the other ladies that participated in the Beauty Swap. If your were a swapper post you link below and be sure to check out everyone else's favorite new beauty products. If you don't have a blog leave a comment below about your swap! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Turquoise Thursday: Kendra Scott New Turquoise Styles

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the World's Largest Youth Livestock Show the Oklahoma Youth Expo. At the bottom of this post you will see a video that I took of the market steer show. These families work so hard on their livestock projects all year long and it an amazing experience for the young people. Watch all the way to the end to see their expressions when selected champion.

Oklahoma City also means catching up with some of my best girl friends and of course some shopping. Since my trip last year Kendra Scott has opened a store, so I couldn't wait to check it out. I added quite a few Kendra Scott pieces to my wardrobe last year, but it is her turquoise jewelry that I truly love.

Plus, this whole blog post will be worth reading because of this little secret. During your birthday month you get 50% of one item! Music to my ears. I am pretty sure it is in store only, but I could be wrong. Anyways it was a very happy birthday to me. (Yes, it was my 30th birthday last Sunday).

I really liked both of these new Kendra Scott Styles. The top are the Lee Earrings. I love how petite they are compared to lots of the other larger earrings Kendra Scott is know for. One of the things I like the most about Kendra Scott is that her jewelry comes in almost every color you can image. Buy a black dress or shirt and then just change your jewels and you'll be set. The other earring are called Elsie Studs. These were beautiful, with little diamonds around the outside. They retail for $175, which is a little spendy. I almost used my 50% off on them but decided they were a little fancy and probably won't wear them enough to justify the price.  

So what did I purchase? This little dainty turquoise necklace called Elisa, and I love it! It is the perfect everyday necklace, but looks great layered with some of my longer pieces. And if gold isn't your thing it also comes in silver. I bought one other pair of earrings, but I'll reveal those a little later on because they are part of my Kentucky Derby outfit. Yes, the boy and my parents are going to the Derby. I am so excited and can't wait for our trip. I've been trying to make a decision on a hat and my dress should be here this week! Have you ever bought a Derby style hat? Any advice? 

And now here is the video I promised. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cows Take Baths Too

On our farm our cows get baths. Not all of them, but the ones that get shown at a sale or an event like the Iowa State Fair do. Part of the reason is they are purebred animals and have a registration paper just like a purebred dog would. In February we showed and sold two of our animal. A bull that was sold to another breeder. He'll go on a start breeding cows this spring. And a heifer that a young boy nought and he will continue to show her through the summer and fall. Then at around 24 months of age she'll have her first baby.

For Christmas the Boy got a GoPro and he decided to put it to use before sale day, and catch what bath time really looks like.

After we wash them, they get blown dry. If we leave them wet they could get sick, just like a kid going outside with wet hair. Got to keep our livestock happy and healthy!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Beauty Swap: 30th Birthday Edition

I am turning 30...this week! There is something that just made that a lot more real as I typed it. I am pretty sure I don't have a problem turning 30. I've accomplished some pretty amazing things in these 30 years. There are also some things that I thought I would have had done by now, but that is ok. I guess that is what act two and three are for. What kind of reaction did you have when you turned 30, or maybe you are still approaching? Thankful the Boy turned 30 last summer, so he's slightly ahead of me.

If you have been following Crystal Cattle for awhile you'll know that I love make-up. And for those that are new I firmly believe there is nothing wrong with wearing lipstick or mascara while working on our farm. The cows certainly don't seem to mind. And since it is my birthday it seemed like a perfect time for another swap.

My Crystal Cattle Beauty Swaps are an opportunity to meet women from all over the country (we've had some Canadian girls swap too), and get to try out beauty products that we might not necessary buy for ourselves. I am pretty sure stock in EOS lip balm, Benefit Fakeup concealer and Neutrogena make-up removal wipes have all risen since the beginning of our beauty swaps.

So how does a Beauty Swap work? Once you have signed up we’ll pair you with another beauty loving blogger (or someone that enjoys Twitter or Instagram). You’ll have a little bit of time to get to know your new social media friend, and then you’ll send each other a gift of beauty products. Sign up for the Beauty Swap will take place March 14-March 23, 2014. I’ll send out the pairings by March 24. Get to know your partner and then be sure to get your package in the mail by April 6. It is really important to follow these deadlines as we have had a few Beauty Swappers send their packages off and get nothing in return :(

Once you have received your box start testing out your new beauty product. We'll host a link up on April 22. It is fun to link up and read all about everyone else's finds. Here are link ups from Beauty Swap IBeauty Swap IIBeauty Swap IIIBeauty Swap IV and Beauty Swap V.  You don't have to have a blog to participate, but we do ask that you have a social media way to communicate and join in on the fun. Use the hashtag #ccbeautyswap on Twitter or Instagram. Below is a list of a few rules and guidelines. I ask that you try and stick to the rules as closely as possible.

1. Follow the Crystal Cattle blog and Facebook page
2. Email your partner within 72 hours of receiving your match. If you haven’t heard from your match after three days are up, let Crystal know and we’ll try and pair you with someone else.
3. Be sure to ask your partner questions about their likes and disklikes, products they like to use, skin tone, preferred colors, etc. or maybe they want to be surprised!
4. Each box should contain a min. of $20 worth of product. Please include one full size item. You may also include samples of products with your one full size item. (I really encourage you to look at some of the past Beauty Swap Reviews to get an idea of how much to send/spend).
5. Items must be new, unless you’ve discussed this with your partner. (Perhaps she loves purple nail polish and you have bottle you know you won’t use anymore.)
6. Packages must be shipped by April 6. If possible it is a good idea to get a tracking number incase something gets lost.
7. Once you receive your package create a post revealing what you received and link up with us on April 22.
8. Since this Beauty Swap coincides with my 30th birthday, think of ways you can incorporate the number 30 (30 M&M, 30 hair elastics, etc).
8. If you do not follow the rules you may forfeit you right to participate in future Beauty Swaps. Crystal Cattle has the right to refuse participation for any reason.

Click here to sign up! 

And if you need some ideas of what past Beauty Swap packages have looked like check out the new Beauty Swap Pinterest page

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