{September: Fun & Favorites, + a sack of cats}

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Love this.  Was featured on the Stella Laguna Beach Instagram feed.

 

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Lightened my hair last weekend!  By the wonderful Jess Schmidt.  Check out her blog at http://www.cosmojess.wordpress.com

I realize with fall, most people like to go dark, but I think I’m going to wait till closer late October or November.

 

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Got my mini NYX haul in the mail-absolutely loving the mattifying spray.  The red nail polish is great and a beautiful dark fall color.  A deep red. The lip sticks were a little too off for my skin tone, but I didn’t want to return them cause I’m determined to find a way to make them work for something (Halloween, maybe?)  The eyeshadows are great, but a little chalky.  Maybe a primer would help.

I also thought it was adorable that all NYX products come in a black lace bag.  Just a thing.

 

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Finally bought my much-awaited Lorac PRO Palette.  It’s amazing, and that is all.  I also picked up some more NYX in the same trip, which was to Ulta, by the way..Image

These blushes are AMAZING.  And the lipliner is gorgeous as an all-over lip color.  I’ll do a blog just on lip colors sometime in the near future.  

 

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A classic Benefit product, that I finally really got into using this month-the Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter Stick.  It’s beautiful and a great alternative to bronzer for more pale skin.

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Best powder of the month: Revlon Nearly Naked.  Hands down.  Buy it, it is all you will ever need.  That and the Rimmel Stay Matte, but it’s just my opinion.

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Speaking of Rimmel, the “best bang for your buck” product I have found is this “Just Let it Go” Eye Makeup Remover. I suggest using it with cotton balls.

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And an on-going favorite- the Naked 2 Palette.  Beautiful its own way.  So beautiful.

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I started my Service Learning for my Intro to PR class at ValleyPBS, and was instructed to read this children’s book so that I could know more about the premier of a new children’s show the station is releasing.  Very cute, I might add.

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Got to hang out with my best friend, which was pretty cool, since that rarely happens because we have the work lives of 40 year old CPAs.

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Lastly, my cat is pregnant, which was obviously not something we intended, but now I am awaiting my time as a kitty grandmother, and in the meantime, Talilah has been renamed “Sack of Cats”.  She has her own instagram, @talilahsparkles.

 

Hope you had a great September,  comment below if you want me to check out your blog!

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How the Internet Made my Childhood Dreams a Reality

How the Internet Made my Childhood Dreams a Reality

When we’re young, and I mean, very young- we are all asked the most common small-person question; “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While most little girls answered with teachers, ballerinas, veterinarians, and princesses, I wanted to write magazines. Granted, I really wanted to be a magazine-writing princess.

From the time I was about 8, I had a little green spiral-bound notebook. Every time I thought of a “great” idea for an article, I’d write it in the book. All of my articles consisted of extremely shallow information, however, I wasn’t all that off-track from your average issue of “Seventeen”, minus the boy-crazy articles and quizzes (I was married to my cat, who is really quite handsome). I used our 2004 clunker computer with Broderbund Printshop software, which I think at the time was Printshop 12. I used library clip art and created how-to articles on how to decorate your room, how to make smoothies, (which were probably terrible) and “tutorials” on craft projects. I also liked to write movie and book reviews, as well as “Press Releases”- (I remember a particular one about the opening of the American Girl place in Los Angeles- I never went but the thought of that much expensive doll clothing and fine china within 300 miles of my house just made me really happy).
When I first completed a magazine, I named it after the initials of myself and my three best friends- it was called “SLRJ” and I took a copy of it to my local library. I was so proud, it had been printed (ooh, double sided!) and stapled to perfection. The librarian took it kindly and displayed it on the children’s table. Granted, I lived in a town with about 13 kids and a total population of 540, so I didn’t get a lot of big-time exposure.

So along comes the internet as it is today. We have blogging platforms, video platforms, and pretty much every form of digital self-expression you can think of. With minimal equipment, anyone can create their own television show, e-book, or blog. For me, my blog is my magazine. I never really realized how much that first elementary publication of “SLRJ” (which to me, now sounds like ‘slurge’, and really not very appealing in the slightest) carried over into what is now one of my favorite things to do. Sitting here now, I realize I can accomplish everything I wanted to do as a child on the internet- and no one has to hire me to do it. I can have my own radio show, I can write my own book, and I can make my own video series. And the best part is? I have a little more exposure to influence than a population of 540 people.

Mad about Matte!

It's a Matte, Matte World

War of the Mattes

So this season, or year, for that matter, seems to have taken on it’s own makeup craze. Matte powders. Gone are the days of wanting a natural shine on our face- perhaps the summer heat made us go from appreciating a dewy look to associating it with dripping with sweat. Whatever the case, everyone is looking for the perfect and affordable matte powder. Here is your guide to four of the most heard of drugstore brands, and what you should know.

RIMMEL STAY MATTE

This powder is amazing, and you will hear nearly every YT guru rave about it until their head pops off. And it’s true- this Rimmel powder is amazing and costs just a little over $4, sometimes closer to $3 at Walmart. The powder is wonderful and does a great job of matte-ifying the skin, providing you with a sleek, clean, sweat-free look. The only issue I had with this is that is doesn’t seem to go on as easily as it could. Also, I hit pan after about 2 and a half weeks.

REVLON PHOTOREADY
This powder is amazing.  It goes a long ways, but you can only apply about one layer; it’s not as build-able as I would like.  However, it comes off of the pan nicely and applies evenly.  Just be ready to use a magnifying or up-close mirror to check for any areas where it’s piled up.  This powder is about $7 at Target, and definitely worth the buy.  I would only purchase it, however, if you are not acne-proned.  I did not have any personal experiences with developing acne or skin irritation from the PhotoReady powder, but I could see where the thickness of the powder could be an irritant.  I found that it did not last long, (though this can be helped with a post-application setting spray)-and one other thing worth mentioning. This powder contains small flecks of glitter to pick up sunlight or photo flash.  It’s almost a little too much.
But don’t fear Revlon!  Your Nearly Naked powder is the most amazing powder yet!

COVERGIRL LOOSE POWDER

This powder was great for me at first.  Until I started really paying attention.  From some internet research, it turns out it’s particularly hard to find the “medium” shade in stores, which is apparently the most common.  I, however, am as white as they come, so there’s usually some fair or translucent tones available.  This powder cakes easily, and goes on heavy.  Then, it doesn’t stay on very well.  That’s about all I can say.  I didn’t feel like my setting spray did a whole lot to improve the way it looked on my skin.

REVLON NEARLY NAKED

The holy grail of powders!  This powder applies thinly, but with great coverage, and is build-able.  So far I have experienced zero skin irritation, and I’ve used it pretty much everyday for about three and a half weeks.  It looks beautiful and matte-ifies your face, and gives you a perfectly flawless, finished look.  It’s about $8-$10 depending on where you’re shopping- I would recommend Walmart online- they usually offer free shipping over $45 and that gives you plenty of shopping room to add some other products to your order.

To sum it up, I would definitely recommend either the Rimmel Stay Matter ($4) or the Revlon Nearly Naked ($9).  Comment below and let me know what matte powders are your favorite!

#summerhater

#summerhater

I am so excited for fall fashion it’s ridiculous. I keep getting ahead of myself, but I just love leggings and boots and scarves. In the summer, there’s so few options for accessorizing, because it’s usually too hot to even care. In the fall and winter, accessorizing is absolument nécessaire (absolutely necessary). That’s why I’ve been doing a TON of fall and winter haul shopping, and I’m super excited to post a haul up here as soon as all of my online shopping boxes arrive. I’ve been hitting up Forever 21, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret, Target, and even Walmart, so my haul is going to be full of tons of ideas that are not only completely adorable but also completely affordable.