July 29, 2012

Baby hula hoop

Why am I watching Degrassi right now? No, really. I don't even know who these people are and my head already hurts. I can't say it's been a long day. Kristen and I went to a baby shower for our friend (and wife of my tattoo artist) and both of us were yawning away on the way home (which was like 6pm... we're so old) I did accomplish doing my makeup before I left this morning. It's honestly not my cup of tea, I was trying to do my own take on Cora's "Brave" look and it didn't come out as nice on me as it looked on her.

(see my disappointment?)


  • L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base
  • LORAC Natural Performance Foundation (NP1)
  • MAC MSF Natural (Light Plus)
  • MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush
  • Revlon Brighten ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder


  • NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
  • MAC Orange Eye Shadow (lid)
  • MAC Freshwater Eye Shadow (crease)
  • MUFE Diamond Turquoise Eye Shadow (upper crease)
  • MAC Vex Eye Shadow (highlight)
  • Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
  • Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow (brows)
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

  • Josie Maran Jive Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain

July 22, 2012

Like a well-dressed pickle

After a crazy last couple of weeks, I am so happy to have gotten a "free" weekend to kind of go at my own pace. The only thing I had planned was dinner with my mom and Matt (late birthday dinner for her), but even that was not all that scheduled. It was honestly such a laid-back weekend that I didn't know what to do with myself... until I started blog browsing. That's when I got inspired to play with my makeup (crazy, I know)

(natural lighting? sometimes the sun and I chat)


  • L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base
  • LORAC Natural Performance Foundation (NP1)
  • MAC MSF Natural (Light Plus)
  • Estee Lauder Peach Nuance Blush


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
  • MAC Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow (lid)
  • MUFE #92 Eye Shadow (crease)
  • Darling Girl Twin Peaks Eye Shadow (upper crease)
  • MAC Pink Opal Pigment (highlight)
  • Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
  • Unknown Bronze-ish Shadow (brows)
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

  • Guerlain Rouge Automatique (Cherry Blossom)
  • MAC Lipstick (Plink!) layered over Cherry Blossom

July 19, 2012

Ladies with 'staches

I'll just say it, I failed. I not only did not take a billion pictures while I was away for my friend's wedding, I didn't even take 10. I love Jessica to pieces and wanted her to have everything she wanted for the week leading up to her wedding. I just didn't have any energy left to do things for myself. It was emotionally draining flipping from excited to be there and then feeling guilty for not being home for my mom and Angel.

Something we did plenty of, though, was shopping. We found some awesome dresses for Jessica (she didn't have dresses??? That's just wrong!) and then some "fancy" best friend necklaces to wear for the bachelorette party (we went to Dave and Busters which was pretty neat imo) The wedding itself was great. Jessica looked beautiful, the ceremony was just right and then the dinner was super fun (Kristen brought one of her mannequin heads from hair school as her "date" and it was both hilarious and a total hit with all the guests)

The following all are Jessica's and Kristen's pictures. I stole them. They are not mine. 

(this is completely normal, I love her)

Sorry for not keeping up with my reading while I was gone. I tried to go back and check as much as I could. Our internet at our hotel was a little dicey and we weren't there for a ton of time anyway (mostly just sleeping, showering and getting ready)

July 12, 2012

The Goodbye Post

Writing this is super hard because she's just sitting there watching me and it makes me feel like a jerk. This week, though, my family has decided we're going to let Angel go. Her cancer has progressed to the point that she is having some obvious discomfort while sleeping. As it's never going to get better, we want to let her last memories be fairly happy and not filled with agony. It's going to happen while I'm in Ohio. Just bad timing on the behalf of the universe. My mom says it will be better because I'll be distracted. Plus if I was here, she and I would just start bawling every time we see each other. I've known about this since last Thursday. I'm writing this Sunday night as an advance post which you guys should be seeing this coming Thursday (the 12th). I wanted it to post while I'm not around because I'll just make myself sad again (I will be sad anyway, but I'm trying to get it all out before the wedding) So this is my goodbye to Angel. At 15, you've been part of over half of my life. As with your brother, sister and mom before you, life will not be quite the same again without you here.

July 8, 2012

MAC Lipstick Line-Up

Judging by what I have in my collection, I think it is safe to say that MAC lipsticks are my favorite. I have more of them than a girl who can't wear lipstuffs properly should (I can't go two hours without drinking something and ruining my lipstick), but I keep buying more. The color selection is awesome and while MAC doesn't usually venture off into the "odd" (blue, yellow, black, green... which they have done, it's just not part of their permanent lineup), neither do I. In the past month, I have procured 3 new lipsticks and that seemed like the right amount to warrant a post for them, right?

The first one I got when I was at my cousin's graduation (well, not AT the graduation, but during the weekend in which I was visiting) My mom actually helped pick this one out and I have gotten compliments on the color as recently as yesterday.

MAC Impassioned (Amplified Creme):

The other two I actually just got yesterday at the mall. One was free thanks to Back 2 MAC and I am happy with my choices. Btw I took all these these pictures (above and below) last night after being out all day. I thought I looked a little less haggard than I apparently did. Oops. 

MAC Plink! (Luster) (I think this one might be a MLBB shade... finally!):

MAC Cut A Caper (Luster):

As we were walking past the Disney Store, Matt pointed out a stand-up of Merida (Brave) and said that I looked like her. While I'm no dead-ringer for sure, it's nice to finally have a Disney lady who can be my pseudo-match. I've never been an Ariel/Little Mermaid, she was just too unattainably beautiful. Merida is more real looking and close to my own heritage (Scottish is closer to German than Mermaid, yes?) I think this girl is the actual winner for being a doppleganger, though. Matt also dubbed my bff as a Disney lady, too, though even more unconventional than mine. Kristen is apparently Ponyo. One of my favorite shots is when she eats the ham, it makes me lol (just like Kristen makes me laugh a lot, so I guess it's a good fit)

This week Kristen and I are heading off to Ohio to attend (and be in!) a wedding for another of our closest friends. Wish me luck and I hope to be able to scrounge a post or two's worth of pictures out of the trip!

July 2, 2012

The Used (June 2012)

I honestly don't know what took so long for me to catch on to this. Several of you do monthly "used it" posts and they're great. You get to see several products and short reviews of each as to why they were hits or misses. That's so much easier than trying to do a long drawn out review on a single product and in the end I'm just a dummy. Until now. You made me that much wiser, so thanks for making me a... smarter person (I'm not a fighter, more like apathetic to most situations)

LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub: This is a scrubby body wash that I believe is supposed to be in the vein of LUSH's Sakura scent (orange blossom and jasmine floral) You can use it in your hair, too, though I personally wouldn't. I love the fine texture of the sea salts and it does a great job of exfoliating (I use it on my arms, legs and chest). This used to come in a squeeze bottle and honestly I liked it much better back then. Now all the salt sings to the bottom of the tub and you have to dig your hand down in it ever time you use it. I honestly don't know if I'll buy another tub because of the inconvenience of use.

LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: Weird stuff man. It's a shower moisturizer. So like body lotion, but you put it on in the shower, let it sink in and then rinse it off. The tub I got was a $5 promo which gave me enough to test it out. And I love it. I use it on my arms, and they really do look and feel better afterwards. The scent is rose mixed with what I imagine rainbows smell like (which is to say amazing) I usually only use it on my arms because this stuff is not cheap ($30 for the full size) and you will run out of the full size in a couple of showers if you use it all over. I actually have already re-bought, though, and am working on my first full size container as I type.

White Rain Tropical Coconut Hydrating Conditioner: I got this a few months ago when I last henna'd my hair as it usually takes a lot of slick (ie silicone laden) conditioner to work out all the glop and spices (I add spices to my henna to make it smell better since you have to leave it on for several hours) This conditioner worked well for its intended purpose (I probably used a good half the bottle) and I've been working my way through the rest ever since. Probably not something I would buy for regular use, but was totally worth the $1 for its intended purpose.

Philosophy Hope Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer (SPF30): Sometimes Sephora offers some awesome VIB sampler kits that you can get for free just by ordering online and adding in a code during checkout. I think this was in a kit with a bunch of other skin-type samples (exfoliators and night creams and treatments, oh my!) Honestly I am yet to meet a Philosophy product I like and this one was no different. I didn't find it gave enough moisture for my combo/dry skin (which I didn't expect from something obviously being marketed more towards those with oily skin) and it smelled like sunscreen which is not a scent I particularly enjoy. I have tried other moisturizers with SPF which work better for me and have a more pleasant smell. I would not buy a full size of this.

Yes To Carrots Exfoliating Cleanser: I hate carrots... for eating. I LOVE carrots in my skincare. I think I said Yes To Carrots about a year-ish ago and I haven't looked back. This cleanser is gentle enough to use daily, but has enough scrub to actually do something. As with any cleanser, I follow up with a toner (to get the last bits of dirt and cleanser off) and a moisturizer. The Carrots section of the Yes To... line is meant to be nourishing. I did find my face felt smooth and refreshed after use (not tight like some cleansers I have tried) As a bonus for my sensitive-skinned friends, it's paraben-free! 

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo (Brunette & Red): Not going to lie, I didn't actually finish this one. I tried my darndest and used it for like 2 months sporadically before giving up and dumping the rest out. I hate wasting product (even though I actually got this bottle for free with a coupon from Sally's) I was looking for something to boost the color from my last henna application. What I got was something that dried out my hair, stained my hands orange and smelled like gross old lady perfume. 

Loreal Go 360 Clean Deep Cream Cleanser: Pretty sure I was bored and browsing Walgreens when I picked this one up. I was swayed by it coming with this neat little scrubby thingamajig:

It actually suction cups to the shower wall and works great with any face wash. As for the actual face wash it came with, it's not bad. My face felt clean and it left a deep-clean tingle. The problem was the tingle irritated the heck out of my eyes. I didn't actually use the wash near them, but the fumes made me tear up every time. While I finished the whole bottle and liked what it did for my skin, I don't think I'll be purchasing again.

LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner: As I mentioned above, I always use a toner after my face wash to get off any last bits of dirt or cleanser. For the longest time I was scared of toner because I seem to remember astringent being interchangeable with toner when I was younger and that stuff was nasty and harsh and smelled like Listerine on your face. New breeds of toner, though, and much gentler and have moisturizing properties which help prep your face for your actual moisturizer (and in turn you can use less moisturizer as it spreads nicer) I love this particular toner as it lends itself more towards dry skin with aloe to moisturize and calm (which I just wrote as clam, but I promise it doesn't turn you into seafood) I use the full-size at home and while I haven't gotten one for this summer, I usually keep a mini to spritz on through the day as a refresher (it feels awesome on a hot day or when you've been sitting in the AC too long and your skin is cranky)

Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass Creamy Whipped Soap: I posted about this one back in February, but it has taken me this long to get through the tub. Usually for me that means that it's because I keep avoiding the product (like with the Clairol shampoo I talked about above) In this case, though, I was trying to make the tub last as long as I could because I am in love with the scent. The soap itself is fluffy and moisturizing and leaves me feeling awesome. I can't wait to get more next holiday-time (I hope it's available again!) and will be looking into getting other scents of this stuff soon.