{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.

Recipe for a Millennial (Written by a Millennial)

Recipe for a Millennial (Written by a Millennial)

According to LiveScience.com, the term “millennial” most specifically refers to the generation of people born between 1982 and the year 2000. TIME Magazine called it the “Me, Me, Me!” generation- a title that would come as offensive to many. However, many millennials are embracing the label, saying that those who do not possess high narcissistic capabilities will not travel so far in life; that being narcissistic is, in fact, the key to success.

So what is it really like to be a millennial? What makes us this way? What causes adults over 35 to be so confused or lost as to why the internet is so essential in everyday life?

It has to do with the time in which the internet was publicly available. On August 6th, of 1991, the internet became accessible to anyone with a computer. At this time, the oldest millennials would have been 9 years old. The millennials in my graduating class were yet to be born. Cognitive development occurs most quickly and effectively between the ages of 7 and 12. According to the theories of Piaget, this would be referred to as the “Concrete Operational” stage. This is supposed to be the time in which children become less egocentric and more aware of others. However, it was during these years that millennials were submersed in the instant satisfaction of seven hundred cable channels, and an ability to play games on a computer. The simple procedure of pressing buttons and immediately seeing that transfer to a screen in front of us was the beginning of an inability to wait. And that inability characterizes our generation.
When you think of narcissism, most would think of loving oneself. Perhaps narcissism comes from an inability to do the work to make others appreciate, love, or have affection or adoration for you in some way. An inability to put in the work, and wait. Now it’s easy to argue that people have been narcissistic for ages, however, the ability to share our faces and experiences on nearly limitless platforms instantaneously gives way for impatience.

Adults and teachers often accuse the millennial generation of being incapable of normal face to face to communication. And think about it- how do we react when Twitter is over capacity? When that little whale is looking at you, telling you that- no, you can’t post that picture of what you had for dinner- you become angry. Some, enraged. You wanted others to envy you for your superior dining experience but now you have to wait. Waiting makes us angry. We don’t want to call our friends and tell them, because they probably wouldn’t care, because what we have to say doesn’t serve them in some way. We want to show pictures so that without words, we can make others envious. We are too impatient to develop balanced friendships, because we are used to the speed at which we can make people envy. Why have friends when you can have paparazzi?

Which brings us to Instagram. Instagram allows users to post as many photos as they wish and tag them for all the world to see. Some users choose to have their pages private, but I have learned from personal experience that some people lock their pages simply to make you feel privileged to view their photos. They’ll add anyone that requests, but they want to make their life seem like it’s worth keeping from others. So that you’ll be interested. And maybe, they can seem like a celebrity.

Speaking of celebrities, YouTube has opened the door to allowing nearly anyone to be a celebrity. Many girls are self-titled “make-up gurus”. Many girls, like user Blair Fowler, purchase products and clothing, and review them for other girls, sometimes gaining so much influence in the online community that they are often offered products in exchange for giving a review (whether positive or negative). These girls are well respected, and usually make an average of $1 per 1,000 views. This seems fair, as they put a lot of time, effort, and money into making videos, and really do aide consumer satisfaction. However, the popularity race mostly comes down to who has the most money to buy the most things. According to a recent article by Neil Patel of Quicksprout.com, he writes that, “By analyzing the likes of over 1000 photos, images that are about lifestyle (fancy cars, homes, living a luxurious life) or that are personal tend to get the most engagement. Photos that don’t contain either of those two elements tend to get 11.4% less likes.” People like to envy other people. It’s the only way that magazine like People or Us Weekly get any attention. We like to think about what we don’t have, because as millennials, we only focus on what we want, not what we already have.

Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing.

Studies show that millennials have better job hunting and resume building tactics. Being concerned with one’s self- appearance and impression upon others causes them to build themselves up in a (hopefully) professional way that makes them more appealing to business owners and executives. Millennials want so bad to be financially stable, popular, well-liked (two different things), and do what they love. Those that present themselves across many platforms and are not slanderous or reckless with their internet reputation gain big points with hiring managers. Employers want people that can appeal to other people. Who can make consumers need the product or envy the lifestyle. They want college graduates who put themselves out on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr, and yes, even Google+. They want manipulative people who know how to utilize social medias and create a desire for something, whether it be a social cause, a product, or news.

And if we can try to care about others in the process, maybe we can break the status quo.