Monday, April 6, 2015


As many of you know my sister turned 30 last month. She decided that as part of her celebration she would host another Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap. This is my third swap, and I was thrilled to be paired up with Amanda this time around.

Amanda and I have been friends for a long time, and about 8 years ago we sort of became distant cousins. Through marriage, adoption and half siblings, Amanda is now my 2nd cousin's sister. Like I said, we are kind of family!

Last week I received my package on a rainy and crappy day so this bright pink surprise turned my day around! First of all I was greeted by some Peeps, which I had never tried before! Here are a couple of the other products that I received.

Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder

Bronzing power is something that I normally do not carry in my make up bag. Part of it is my fear to look like I belong on Jersey Shore, and the other is that I have found it hard to find a colour that looks good with my fair skin. I got the "Blondes 02" colour of this and it really is amazing. The price is definitely not in the #ccbeautyswap budget, but I love what it does to my skin.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Outrageous Curl – Dramatic Volume And Curve Mascara

I love mascara, and so does Amanda. She sent a sampler of this mascara and I am thrilled that she did because I can't say I would have ever looked at this product on its own. I am sure that Sephora brands are just fine, but there are ones that I have never looked at in the store. The brush is very unorthodox, and probably would have scared me away as well. However, this is one of my favorite mascaras that I have ever tried! If you love dark long and thick lashes, take a look at this product!

Thanks again Amanda for spoiling me, and can't wait to see what everyone else got in their packages.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Dirty Thirty

Today is a big day, today is my big sisters 30th birthday! Although we may have only spent one birthday together in the last 12 years, I thought I would take moment to celebrate this milestone for her.

Many of you have come to know her has Crystal Cattle, Crystal Blin or the blonde lady with the camera in her hands. To me she has always been my big sister. As with most sisters we have had our differences, but she has always been there for me when needed.

We started out in the show ring together, piled the make-up and hair spray on for dance performances, and have been lucky enough to be each others Maid of Honor. Through our travels we have even found a way to "bring" each other along for the journey to NYC and Australia.

"Crystal" in the NYC subway

"Stacy" checking out the zoo
Over the last 30 years we have all been blessed to get to grow up and know Crystal. Things have changed a bit since 1985. Simmental heifers have gotten a little less leg and a bit more red. The clothes are a little less poofy and the hats a little lower.

Cyrstal's first show
Mom, Grandpa, Crystal & Dad
Regardless of how things have changed, we all want to wish you a great 30th birthday and many more memories in the next 30 years!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Red Carpet Round-Up: Academy Awards The Rest

America Ferrera In Jenny Packham

Anna Faris In Zuhair Murad

Chloe Grace Moretz In Miu-Miu

Chrissy Teigen In Zuhair Murad Couture

Dakota Johnson In Saint Laurent

Emma Stone in Elie-Saab Couture

Faith Hill In J.Mendel

Felicity Jones In Alexander McQueen

Gwyneth Paltrow In Ralph Russo Couture

Jamie Chung In Yanina Couture

Jennifer Aniston In Atelier Versace

Jennifer Hudson In Romona Keveza

Jessica Chastain In Givenchy

Keira Knightley In Valentino Couture

Kerry Washington In Miu-Miu

Laura Dern In Alberta Ferretti

Lorelei Linklater In Gabriela Cadena

Robbie Margot In Saint Laurent

Marion Cotillard In Christian Dior Couture

Meryl Streep In Lanvin

Naomi Watts In Armani Prive

Nicole Kidman In Louis Vuitton

Patricia Arquette In Rosetta Getty

Scarlett Johansson In Atelier Versace

Sienna Miller In Oscar de la Renta

Viola Davis In Zac Posen

Zendaya Coleman In Vivienne Westwood

Red Carpet Round-Up: Academy Awards 2015

This year's awards have just wrapped up and I have to say that the show was great. Neil Patrick Harris did an amazing job as host, and the musical performance were entertaining and kept the show exciting through all the less exciting awards!

Since the Academy Awards are the big show of the awards season, I thought I would breakdown the best and worst dressed in a different way. So here we go!

Best Dressed
Zoe Saldana In Versace

Best Plus One
Jenna Dewan Tatum In Zuhair Murad Couture
Best Make-Up
Anna Kendrick In Thakoon
Best Black & White
Reese Witherspoon In Tom Ford
Best Singer on the Red Carpet
Rita Ora In Marchesa
Best Performance Outfit
Lady Gaga In Alaia
Best Colour
Rosamund Pike In Givenchy
Most Disappointing
Cate Blanchett In Martin Margiela
Yet Another Reason Why I Dislike Chanel
Julianne Moore In Chanel
Nice Dress But Time To Put The Girls Away
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad Couture

Most Predictable
Octavia Spencer In Tadashi Shoji
How Do You Sit Through An Awards Show In That?
Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa
Heaviest Dress Of The Night
Lupita Nyongo In Calvin Klein Collection

Worst Dressed
Solange Knowles In Christian Siriano

Monday, February 9, 2015

Red Carpet Round-Up: Grammy's Best Dressed

This year the ladies really pulled out all of the stops for the Grammy's. We see so many Couture looks, and dresses right off the runway. Personally I think that this may have been one of the best red carpet Grammy's in a long time!

Ciara In Alexandre Vauthier Couture

Gwen Stefani In Atelier Versace
Gwen Stefani in Versace

Katy Perry In Zuhair Murad Couture
Katy Perry in Valentino

Nicki Minaj In Tom Ford

Taylor Swift In Elie Saab

Zendaya Coleman In Vivienne Westwood