Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's only Tuesday?!

Is it bad that I'm exhausted, both emotionally and physically, from this week and it's ONLY TUESDAY?!

I'm not sure why, and I know I'm not the only one, but this week so far has seemed so odd and draining. I've been feeling sad since Sunday, and it sucks. Going to class Monday didn't help at all, either.

It just sucks when you feel like you don't do enough and grading is rough. When assignments feel near impossible to include all criteria and it feels like it's all a set up to make you fail. I also cannot think of anything to do for my Physics final project.

However, good thing I am halfway through. If I have made it this far, I can make it to the end of the quarter [I hope].

Anyway, rant over. Time to buck up and truck through the week.

I'm thinking a bubble bath is in my NEAR future.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Strange Day

Today I have done something I haven't done in a long time.

Edit and UPLOAD photos.

I was looking at my flickr page and realized that in 1 whole year, I had only uploaded 7 photos. That is atrocious but really --- when I say I have been uninspired, I really mean it.

The closer I get to graduating, the less inspired I feel. Which sucks.

However, I knew going to Arizona in January would help, because I really love the landscape and the plants that are down there. I would have taken more photos, but our trip took an unexpected turn and we spent the majority of our time helping babysit Sean's nephew, which is totally fine. That's what family is for - to help out at anytime for any reason.

So - here are a few photos I uploaded to my Facebook page as well as my flickr page.
[if you have Facebook and are interested, my page is called Mara Kevyn Photography and my flickr username is marakevyn... feel free to follow!]

[[oh and pretty please - don't steal my photos]]

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fab Fit Fun Winter 2014 Box

So, I added another quarterly subscription box to my life. OOPS!

I FINALLY got my Fab Fit Fun box last week, and I was super excited to open it. I already knew what was in it because of a few YouTube unboxing videos, but it sounded nice so I signed up.

According to the insert inside of the box, this whole box is valued at $383.59.

I am super sorry about how unorganized the photos are, but I just took a photo for every few things I pulled out of the box.

Alright - so flat things first:

I LOVE Zumba. Granted, it's been a good long while since I've actually gone to Zumba class... eek, but I do love it. I was pumped to see a work out DVD in this box, so I can do it at home. I still have yet to try it, but I am hoping to do it after I wake up a few days this week, as our music/art/guest room is currently cleared out and a perfect dancing space. Also nice to get a $25 gift card to get some Zumba gear with free shipping. [$55 value]

Next, 3 months free to Salted [$29.97], which the card says is like Netflix for cooking. I'm excited to sign up and try out some new recipes. And then there is a $30 card [but the insert says it's retailed at $18.. am I missing something here??] to Fashion Project, where you can buy pre owned clothing and accessories while part of your purchase goes to charity. I'm interested in where this will go, hopefully I can find something good! =]

This cute necklace is from Half United, which is a company that is working to fight world hunger. Half of the proceeds from everything purchased helps buy food for hungry children. I haven't been wearing a ton of jewelry lately, but I love necklaces like this. Although I do wish I would have gotten silver, but that's alright. [$34 value]. I am familiar with almond butter, so it's nice to get this Justin's Almond Butter in here. I haven't used it yet, but I think it will be nice to bring to school with me to put on top of a bagel or something I buy at a coffee shop. [$0.63 value]

This pot of Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose is rather nice [$30 value]. At first I wasn't sure of the scent as it is obviously a little floral, but it is a bit herbal and gives it a spa like smell. It's nice and thick and this pot will last me forever! I hadn't even noticed this little bottle of Passport to Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-Aging Eye Serum with Retinol [$88 value... holy shit]. I haven't tried it yet, because I still have 3 [don't judge] eye serum/cream/things opened up already. Judging by the price, this shit better make my eyes look like a million bucks. haha!

I have this Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake [$2.99 value] in my kitchen just staring at me. haha, I am really nervous to drink it because of a bad reaction I had last year to a Naked Juice protein shake.. like, throat closing, benadryl popping, adrenaline shot, nebulizer.... it sucked and I'm still not sure what ingredient it was that gave me that reaction.. soooo long story short: I'm not sure if I will try this or not.

I let Sean have the Special K Snack Bar in Salted Pretzel Chocolate, because he saw it and instantly wanted it. These things are so so small that I didn't want to split it but Sean said it tasted good. So there you have it. lol

I have always heard of Juice Beauty but had never tried anything, so I enjoyed getting this Green Apple Peel Sensitive [$39 value]. You really don't need a ton of it, and it did leave my skin feeling nice and soft. And then there's the Daniel Stone COCO Candle in Pomegranate [$42 value]. At first smell, I didn't  like it but I have been burning it lately and it's not so bad... I just can't burn it for hours and hours as it gets really perfumey and can give me a headache. These candles are supposed to be nice and clean burning, so we shall see...

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Lastly are these two yourMinerals Eyeshadow Duo pigments in Lavender Dream and Swedish Winter  [$44 value]. These are really pretty eyeshadows, they're a bit frosty but not bad. I've used Swedish Winter as an inner corner highlight and it's pretty intense. I still need to play with Lavender Dream. 

Whew! So that's it! My fingers are tired and my brain hurts. haha but I actually really like quarterly subscription boxes.. They're a bit more expensive but I enjoy the fact that they aren't monthly, so I have time to actually use what I get before I am bombarded with more stuff.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EOTD: Urban Decay Shattered, Vert, Oil Slick

Yesterday, I just felt the urge to play with some oldies for my eye makeup.

I remember being so in awe of the amazing colors the first time I saw an Urban Decay display. In high school, I thought shimmery eyeshadow was the ONLY way to go and my first two UD eyeshadows were Shattered [iridescent blue] and Vert [iridescent green]. I used them almost every day, and lately I have fallen into a rut of just neutral colors to rush in the mornings so I've been trying to play more with color. I think Vert is a discontinued shade now, but it has prompted me to save a few new shadows in my UD online basket... not yet ordered, but probably soon.

My eye look is almost all Urban Decay, but for a base, I used Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Seashore Frost, which is stunning and was super hard for me to track down when it first came out. It's like a blue seashell in a cream eyeshadow with flashes of pinky purpley golden greens.... which makes NO sense but it really is a stunner.

In my crease and for a transition shade, I used Stark from the Naked Basics 2, Shattered all over the lid, Vert in the outer third/crease and lightly used Oil Slick in the outer corner. The liner is Ink for Eyes liquid liner pen from UD. Lashes are Too Faced Better Than Sex.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

EOTD: Christmas Eve

So for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities, I was insanely inspired to do glitter liner after seeing so many great youtube tutorials!

Christmas Eve I did green liner, and Christmas Day was red. I was a little disappointed in my red so I didn't take photos of it, but I did take some of my green.

I used Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Forest Green first to create the shape of the wing, then I used Lit Cosmetic's Clearly Liquid Glitter Base to add some glue to the outer half of the liner. I dipped the same brush with the glue still on it into Victorian Disco Cosmetics Glitter in WA-ZOOOOO! [which isn't made anymore, I believe, so sorry]

I had a ton of compliments!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Empties #3

Holy hell December has flown by!

Also, my holiday break from school has flown by. The first half of it consisted of grad parties, shopping days, bakings/food making days followed by 3 Christmases and a wedding venue tour today. So after our venue tour, I decided to take some photos to get a few posts up.

Ready to see my trash? Let's go.

YAY CANDLES! haha, Harvest Gathering from Bath & Body Works. I love the candles that have the decorative lids. This one smelled like apples and cranberry with a tiny bit of cinnamon. SO GOOD. The green one is from Target, the scent is Noble Fir & Cedar. I think this was from last year, but I started burning this before we even got a tree and it put me in the mood for Christmas! Smelled exactly like what the name would suggest and like a day of perfect Christmas tree hunting. I'm definitely keeping this container for something.

Shower stuff - Fortune Cookie Soap's Whipped Soap in Fried Pussycat. Good scent, good texture, squeaky clean. Dirty Springwash from Lush which is my FAVORITE. So minty, so fresh and so clean, clean. Also from Lush is a sample of So White body wash. It was nice and mild, I think it's supposed to be apple-y. And then Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner. I love this stuff, already repurchased and being used. 

I hardly ever use up any nail related product, but I did give up and buy a new Butter London Nail Foundation because this one got super gunky. Also my Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat ran its course. Finished another Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in Obsidian. I seriously love these things, they last longer [both wear time and number of uses] than a lot of bloggers said they do and I love how tiny it is and how inky the color is. And of course, mascara samples. I was pretty disappointed with the Buxom mascara with the Full & Fabulous brush.. I had to layer it a ton and I only really liked it with Urban Decay's Subversion priming mascara. 

Of course, Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes, Urban Decay b6 Prep Spray.. I seriously don't know if this stuff does anything super special, I just am so used to using it after skincare but before makeup, so I keep buying it. Is it sad that I am afraid of giving it up for a while to see if it changed anything? Yes, it is. I used up one of my bottles of Victoria's Secret Prime & Set Spray. It's not the greatest setting spray but it isn't the worst one I've used. Sadly, they are discontinued. That little blue bottle is Origins Zero Oil Clarifying Toner. I love this and am planning on repurchasing! 

So there we have it: my last round of empties just in time to start the new year and on to new trash. haha!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I've really felt like I've been in a funk since getting back from vacation.. and after Thanksgiving.. and after our anniversary.

I'm just now getting into finals at school, so that's probably what's doing me in, but at least I have been taking a few photos here and there, not for homework. I used to really love fall and winter in terms of working on my portfolio, but these past couple of years, school has really sucked all motivation and self work out of me.

So since tomorrow is December 1, I think I'm going to try a few things to get back on track and feeling more like myself.

I can do it!