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Monday, November 24, 2014

Night of Music Makeup

Sorry this is late all, I unfortunately got sick this last week and didn't feel focused enough to write this post. But I'm here now... finally!

This is a follow-up to my last post where I posted what I wore to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra on November 15th. I also tried a new makeup look for my Night Out that I wanted to show you all! I was going for a dramatic smokey eye and I thought it turned out pretty well.

First, just so you all know... in reality I was trying to use a navy blue on the outer half of my lid, but it ended up looking weird and like I had a black eye, so most of this look is me trying to correct that. But all in all I really like how it turned out.

On my face I used my Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion to ensure that my makeup stayed in place and then I used the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to keep my eye makeup set (I do get the greasy eyelids).

For my face I used It Cosmetics CC+ Cream which has been my goto foundation lately. And to correct those little blemishes I used the Too Faced Concealer in Vanilla. And then I contoured with some bronzer from The Body Shop and this Blush from Estee Lauder (I know this is not cruelty-free, but it was a gift and I don't believe in wasting).

Next, for the eyes (the most important) I used the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eye Palette for my shadow. I used quite a few colors to correct the blue, but here's the rundown of what I did :)

On the outside half of my eyelid I used a flat brush to pat in the navy (which I later covered with dark brown). Next I used the same brush but the other side with a lighter pink/beige shade for the inner half of the lid. Then I would pat the line where they met with that same brush but flipping it to each side to blend. 

To blend everything out and make it smokey I took a tan color on a fluffy brush and went around the edges. Finally, I put the shimmery shade in the palette in the inner corner and on my brow bone.

Then I finished off the eye look with my liquid liner (see tutorial here) and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

And that's the final look. It just goes to show that sometimes a mistake can turn out to be a good thing.

Glad to be feeling better and I'm really excited for Thanksgiving coming up this week! Happy Holidays to you all!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Fave Bloggers

Since I didn't really have any favorites this month I thought I'd do a post about my favorite beauty bloggers.
The whole reason I started blogging was due to my constant reading of other blogs. I really got into reading blogs last year while I was unemployed (hey something had to fill the empty hours!). I really enjoyed seeing others' opinions on beauty and fashion as well as a glimpse into their lives.
So I wanted to show you all 5 of these blogs that I really enjoy reading.

A Beautiful Mess
Lots of DIYs, decorating, beauty, and fashion. I just love the mix of topics and that the posts are written by a staff of people. This brings an eclectic view within the blog that keeps it fresh.

Cupcakes & Cashmere
This is a lifestyle blog with some fashion and beauty included. I really enjoy the weekly outfits posts and all the tips for home decorating and life after 30.

Essie Button
This blog is great, I just love Estee's style and her quirky personality. Always fun to read and I enjoy checking to see what she's up to.

Makeup By Tiffany D
Tiffany's blog is what sparked my interest in beauty blogs. She does some great reviews, tutorials, and I absolutely love her home decor posts.

So these are some blogs I would definitely recommend checking out as they have inspired me to start writing and have given me inspiration in beauty, style, home, and life!

Also, using Bloglovin' is a great way to follow these blogs and more! You can choose who to follow and get notifications when they post.

Thank you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What I Wore - Night of Music

On Saturday I went (despite the snow and cold!) with my family and husband to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra play at the Pepsi Center!

I was so excited to watch the orchestra, hear my favorite songs and start the Christmas season off right. I really enjoy these events as they help me get into the spirit of the holidays and get to spend time with my loved ones.

Now the show was a little (ok a lot) more rock n' roll and a lot less Christmas than I hoped. But I still enjoyed the lights, lasers, fire, and showmanship of the show.

Of course, I love to dress up. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I had been planning my outfit for weeks. Sad, I know... but it's true and it makes shopping fun because I know it's for something special.

As you probably know from a few posts ago, I have been struggling with my body image recently and so at first I really reluctant to go out and buy new clothes. But I have been trying to eat better and have started to workout again (hello yoga!) so I decided, what the hell I deserve to look nice.

So below is the outfit I ended up going with - a soft black peplum top, great for covering what needs to be covered, a jacket, because baby, it's cold outside, leggings and some boots.

Although it was extremely cold outside and snowing, I was quite comfortable during the show and really enjoyed the entertainment!

Jacket - Thrifted
Top - TJ Maxx
Leggings - Marshalls
Boots - Me Too Artic Riding Boot (DSW)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meet the Animals

I was taking some haul pictures the other day and kept finding myself bombarded by animals. I realized that although my pets are an extremely important part of my life, I hadn't introduced them properly. Yes, they've starred in some social media photos, but this here is a real introduction.

I have a busy household with 1 dog and 2 cats, they each have such distinct personalities and they each bring me joy every day. So, without further ado, here are my pets!

Name: Styx (like the band, not the river)
Age: Almost 8
Gender: Male
Breed: Mix - medium length hair

Styx is like a dog-cat; as a youngster he played fetch, he comes to his name, and greets you every time at the door. He's even better at telling when your home than the dog is. He's the oldest and therefore can be a little grumpy sometimes around the other animals. But he's also sweet and loves to cuddle and will head butt for love!

Most enjoys - being petted, playing in boxes, and constantly trying to get outside.
Doesn't like - when I catch him and bring him back in the house, or the dog.
Drives us crazy when - he goes into a meowing fit because he saw something cool outside.
Favorite toy is - A box or milk jug plastic ring
Sleeps - In our bed or on any blanket that's been left out.
Cutest when - he sees food he wants or he's in a good mood; he gets all fluffy!

Name: Jack (as a kitten she had just 1 eye open and I called her a 1 eyed Jack, so the name stuck)
Age: 7
Gender: Female
Breed: Mix - short hair

Jack is more of a cat's cat. She loves water (obsessed is more the word), if you turn on a faucet she is there. She loves to hop in the tub after you've gotten out and drink any leftover water. She also loves to be petted and gets super into it. She is more playful than her brother and likes to chase strings and feathers. She's also learned that if she's friends with the dog she gets more attention so now they're besties!

Most enjoys - being petted, playing in boxes, playing with feathery cat toys, snuggling under the covers or blankets.
Doesn't like - when she's not fed exactly on time or strangers.
Drives us crazy when -  she goes into a meowing fit, just cuz!
Favorite toy is - a feather cat toy or hands under a blanket.
Sleeps - in the guest room on the bed.
Cutest when - she is playing or turns on her back.

Name: Sage
Age: Almost 6
Gender: Male
Breed: Golden Retriever

Sage is our baby and our first dog together. He is so well behaved! He does have a lot of energy, especially when people come over to the house. But he loves to snuggle and relax too. Although he often gets mistaken for a girl (he's just too pretty for his own good) he is all boy! He loves to rough house, play fetch, run, and goof off! He makes me laugh all the time.

Most enjoys - snuggling up with mom or dad, playing fetch, going to the park and running, running, running, ripping stuffing out of his toys.
Doesn't like - squirrels, skunks (don't ask!), or bully dogs... he just bullies them back.
Drives us crazy when -  people come over and he gets a little too excited
Favorite toy is - a ball on a rope! The only toy that's lasted and he loves more than anything.
Sleeps - in bed with us (I know, I know, but you say no to that face).
Cutest when - he's snuggling or when he tries to get all cute so you'll feed him something.

And of course they're even more adorable when they're sleeping together (an unusual sight)!

Well thank you all for taking the time to get to know my animals! I just love them so much and they bring so much joy into my life... I had to gush for a bit! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nails - Grey Sparkle

Let's be honest for a sec here... I don't paint my nails very often. I am just more of a natural nail person with some clear top coat. Just FYI, I used to be way different; there was a time in my life when I had to have my nails painted all the time. I couldn't have them NOT painted :)

It's just funny how we change. Ok, back to business! I did make an effort and painted them this light grey color. And then just for fun, I had to add a stripe of glitter on the thumbs. 
Maybe not the the fall-est of colors but I thought this was fun and different without being too wacky!
What do you think?

Also please comment below if you have any videos you'd like to see in the coming months. I'm putting together the schedule now :)