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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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I can wear red lipstick! And other things I learned this month.

 

 

 

 

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So June is coming to a close and I have learned a few things this month.  One of the most exciting being that I finally allowed myself to put on red lipstick.  Don’t get me wrong, this was not your run- of- the- mill 99 cent store lipstick.  No neon gaudiness here. (No offense to you classic girls).  This was more of a deep plum-red lip coat that I pulled from my beautiful 2012 Winter Collection Sephora Cube palette. The picture below shows a small excerpt of some of those coat hues, however; the one the brush is dipping in is far from the color with which I experimented.  Please excuse the dust and small kitty hair; I rarely use those upper neon hues, bleck.  

My advice to girls that are hesitant to try wearing red lipstick; try it in the protection of your room.  With good lighting and no friends around to harass you for your daring new choices.  It’s like the whole thing about “dance like no one’s watching”.  Just, apply lipstick like no one’s watching and make sure you have a good arsenal of makeup remover ready until you find a hue that doesn’t make you look psychotic or dead..or psychotic AND dead.

 

 

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What else did I learn in June?  That I love the Naked 2 Palette.  I have as of recent found multiple uses for the UD palette, such as an all-over bronzer.  The first four pigments from left to right of the palette, (Foxy to Chopper) when swept over with a Kabuki brush, can be applied to the cheeks, shoulders, and legs to provide a contouring, thinning, and tanning effect.    I would also suggest adding some BB cream, (my favorite being from Maybelline) under the areas where you are going to apply the shadows, since the areas getting the most contouring are usually the quickest to be burnt.  I also think it somewhat primes the skin so that the dust doesn’t just fall off!

 

I also learned that not using enough heat protectant before straightening the shorter sections of your hair (like your bangs, or-fringe, rather, as some people call it) can lead to it becoming fried and plastic-y feeling, just like my old Barbie doll head.  I used to do her hair 24/7 and it was fried to begin with.  

Guess Barbie should never be a hair role model.

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My first YouTube Video!

So I know this Video is ridiculously boring. And my audio is offset 😦 Luckily I’ll be home tomorrow and can start filming with my Nikon L810. For now I had to do something to get over the video cliff! This video is basically a little review/tutorial of some of my favorite travel and basic face products.

I finally got it!

I finally got it!

So I finally bought it, mainly because my best friend got me a Sephora gift card and I couldn’t bring myself to personally pay full price for this, no matter how great the reviews were. (Selfish, I know) But alas, it is now in my possession, the coveted Naked 2 palette!
I never purchased the original Naked palette and that was mainly for two reasons. 1, I didn’t really know about it until my best friend who is a Sephora fanatic showed it to me, and 2, once I knew about it, I didn’t care for the felty cover that just flipped up. I felt like it would get damaged too easily, and I liked the sleek design of the second palette. I also liked the neutral shimmers of the second palette better, and almost felt like the shimmers had a better pigment quality than that of the first. I’ll post a video soon of all of the colors so you can see what they look like.