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{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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#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.

Finally, soft hair.

Finally, soft hair.

So you know how I wrote that post about WISHING I had soft hair like “everyone else”? Well I finally achieved it. After a few months of split-end serum and S-Factor smoothing cream, I realized it was going to take more than over-the-counter beauty products to fix my problem.
So my boyfriend’s cousin, who’s a very talented Paul Mitchell student, performed a “PM Shines” clear coat on my hair. It’s basically like a top coat for your nails. It makes your hair shiny and soft. It finally solved my problem. Now my hair is actually easy to comb through and feels like that fluff on my kitty (pictured here) Talilah.
You can check out my boyfriend’s cousin’s blog- her name is Jess, as http://www.cosmojess.wordpress.com.

By the way, this treatment is only about $25 and totally worth it.

How to be perfectly Parisienne.

 

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So for my 19th birthday, I decided I wanted to host a Parisienne dinner.  I also wanted to do this on a budget.  With my birthday being just two days before Easter, I was able to find LOTS of pastel candies.  

The trick to having a low-cost beautiful outdoor dinner is doing as much shopping as you possibly can at dollar stores.  Dollar stores, such as the Dollar Tree chain, usually carry an entire spectrum of party supplies, usually going at 16 plates for a dollar.  I would buy whatever you need times two, if you’ve found it at the dollar store.  The dollar store has awesome things like plastic wine glasses, confetti, candy, gift bags, candles, beautiful multiple- time use candle dishes, table cloths, plates, napkins, eating utensils, and usually small things that can be handed out as favors.  I went to an old party store in the Tower District of Fresno and picked up a box of 144 French flag toothpicks, perfect to be placed into the fruit for a cute decoration.  At the end of the party, the only things that could not be found at the dollar store were the ingredients for the pasta and potato bar (neither of which were Parisian in the least) the fruit, and the sodas.  Ice tea is very inexpensive and quick to make, and a very popular spring favorite.  If you want to get fancy, mix Tazo Hibiscus passion tea with some agave sweetener and ice for a near Starbucks-passion tea replica. 

 

We already had Christmas lights, and the most work for the party was cleaning up our backyard which is full of flowers and plants, and even a fountain.  Luckily my dad was awesome enough to do all of that for me, cause he’s nice like that.

Owning a photography business, of course I wanted to have great party photos.  With my dad’s help (he’s usually pretty creative) we came up with the idea of taking our old green metal garden arch and getting some dark green twist ties.  We used these to attach pastel pink and purple balloons into a balloon arch that went over the top of the metal frame.  Down the sides we used fake pastel blue, pink, and purple flowers that we had purchased in mass at the dollar store.  We placed the arch against a highly vegetated section of the yard and put one of our old rustic bicycles in the background for vintage effect. Image