Monday, December 30, 2013

An Afternoon in Stillwater

Good evening (or should I say morning as it's past midnight here?) everyone!

Last Sunday I took a lovely day trip to Stillwater. It was quite cold (-30 with windchill!) so my friend and I didn't explore too much, but we did go inside a cute little bookstore and also stopped by Spice & Tea Co. (I snagged some Genmaicha and Bonbay Breakfast teas). It was quite fun! Because it was so cold I didn't take many pictures, but I thought I would share a few before I went to sleep tonight. 

Have you gone anywhere fun lately, even in this cold weather (or maybe you're somewhere it's warm!)?


Friday, December 27, 2013

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Good evening everyone!

I thought I would do a quick review of the new foundation I bought earlier this month. For a long time I was using a plain drugstore foundation, and while it was in the palest color possible it was still took dark for my complexion, and that wasn't its  only downfall. It also didn't blend in well and I felt like it was heavy on my skin. So since my roommate needed to get new foundation as well, I went with to our local Sephora and ended up buying Smashbox's Liquid Halo Foundation in Natural Vanilla. The employee I spoke to suggested it since I wasn't really sure what to get. I don't have a lot of redness or blemishes, so I didn't really need full coverage (and wouldn't want it since I want my freckles to peek through!), and Smashbox's foundation blends in like a charm. I feel like I'm not wearing anything! It's also super easy to clean off at night, and I don't feel like I've been wearing a mask all day and getting makeup over everything that touches my face. It's a bit pricey, at $42, but well-worth it for me since I've been wearing this foundation everyday. And it's SPF 15! (Which isn't too shabby, I suppose.)

What foundation(s) have you been using? Have you found one you fancy? Let me know!


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wild Orchids

Good afternoon everyone!

So this morning I decided to dig around in my makeup box (literally, I have no organization other than on my sinks surface and in a box) and pull out something I haven't used in awhile. I came back with a set of four crème eyeshadows from Revlon. Specifically I pulled out Revlon's Illuminance Crème Shadow in 701 Wild Orchids.

 I've had this for awhile now (and it's one of two that I own, maybe I'll try out the other one later) but I rarely use it. This is mostly because to me, crème eyeshadows are a lot of hassle and with little payoff. They're messy, difficult to apply evenly, and even though the color can be packed on for a vibrant look, in my experience it doesn't stay that way for an entire day of wear.

At first I thought that maybe I just didn't know how to apply/wear the crème eyeshadow, so I decided to look up some reviews. As it turns out, I'm not the only person who isn't a big fan of Revlon's crème eyeshadow line. As a note, I applied primer, and also ended up lightly packing on some white/pale nude powder shadow on top since I wasn't confident with just the crème.

I think in the future I'll give this quad another go, perhaps with some colored shadow on top (to make the powder color pop a bit more) but this honestly isn't my favorite.

So here's a quick pic of me with the shadow on (and yes, my baseline look is my left brow arched. I try to make them as neutral/even as possible but I always end up with my left brow arched, at least a tiny bit). You'll have to pardon my messy hair; I wanted to put on some makeup for fun, but I'm actually about to settle in for a much-needed Star Trek: TNG marathon with my SO!

Has anyone else tried the Revlon Illumiance crème shadows? What was your reaction? Do you have any tips or tricks for me? Let me know!

Enjoy your day, and cheers!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Mugs

Good evening everyone (again)!

So I decided to forego a makeup post for now, but I've got some things queued up.

In the meantime, I just had to share some awesome mugs! Every year I put in stockings (whether it be for my boyfriend or roommates) ugly Christmas mugs I get from the local thrift store. I'm really happy with this Santa mug I found for my SO (it's much better than last year's mug).

Also, this year he got me this cute lil mug that changes color when you put hot water in it! I've always wanted one of these, and it's super cute and from one of my favorite knick-knack stores (Patina).

Well, that's all folks! Any sweet Christmas mugs (or mugs in general) to share? Let me know! I also got him a cool Star Trek: TNG mug as part of his gift, but it isn't pictured here (but I might share it later!).


Find me on Bloglovin!

Good evening everyone, and merry Christmas!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I've now connected my blog to bloglovin - I've decided to use it to keep track of the blogs that I follow and check often. If you use it as well, feel free to follow me via bloglovin!

This is just a short little post announcing that; I may make a post a bit later about my makeup today, or I might wait until tomorrow.

Either way, cheers!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Swing: Outfit Post

Good evening everyone!

Today I wore one of my favorite t-shirts. It has "The Swing" on it, and while I don't wear much green I think this piece of art is lovely! I also did Catching Fire eye makeup, but since we decided not to go tonight I have another opportunity to make my eyes all pretty. (: My next t-shirt to buy is "Magic Circle" - it's so pretty!

What shirts are you looking at? Do you have any stores to suggest to me?


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Wishlist

Good evening everyone!

Here's my December Wishlist! Since I've gotten into makeup lately, here are some items based on that.

1.Retread from Lush - My hair has been seriously damaged from dying, and I've heard great things about this product. I'll try anything if it means my hair will be silky and healthy.
2. Roots from Lush - My hair is also very fine and thin, and I would really appreciate more volume in my 'do.
3. TARTRE BB Tinted Treatment Primer - I've been trying to find a good primer, and this one looks like it could work! All of the reviews are amazing.
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - My skin is kinda  yellowish, so I was thinking maybe a purple-tinted primer might help even my skin tone out! But also I have fairly blemish-free skin, so I'm not too concerned.
5. MAC lipstick in Twig - I saw a swatch of this color on /r/makeupaddiction and I fell in love! If I do well on my final tomorrow, I might get it for myself as a nice little treat.

What's on your wishlist, and what do you think of mine?


Why do I always disappear?

Good afternoon everyone.

I realize I haven't blogged in awhile, and it makes me feel a little guilty. I really enjoy blogging; writing has always been very important to me and I like being able to share with the world (even if it is a small one) a little bit about myself. I'm not super confident in my photography, but I love it. I don't always feel pretty, but I like to share pictures of myself - it's a good reminder, to me, that I am pretty and that I should be happy with who I am.

But I think I get overwhelmed with class and life and work... Sometimes it's easier to lay on my floor and let my bunny run around/over/on top of me (yes, I have a bunny now! I should share pictures).

I promise I will try to post more, for those of you who check this out every so often. I've recently started to like makeup again (as in more than just my eyebrows), so I may share some of that.