Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm still here!

Just wanted to do a quick update that is way too late.

I am still here!

I am planning posts!

I just also have a wedding to plan and am so stressed!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Empties #4 - May 2015

Holy shit how has it been this long since I have posted?!
Also how has it been this long before I've started Orange is the New Black?

Anywho - I'm writing this instead of doing homework, because my mind thinks that this is the better option to do. I'm nearing finals and I am going insane. Between school and wedding planning, stress is getting the best of me.

But let's get back to the point of this post - my empties. I may start doing them by month because the amount of shit I would accumulate over a month seemed enough and I don't know why I was so batshit crazy thinking every couple of months was a good idea.

Let's take a look at my trash! [and ignore the shit quality of this photo and also ignore the fact that I am a photography student and should be ashamed]


Mmkay. So Murad Acne Body Wash.. I used to love this body wash. Now I'm just using up old acne cleansers with body scrubs to get my neck chest and back. I don't think I'd purchase again unless they reformulate it. The St. Ives Face Scrub sucked.

That disgusting plastic baggie up top is from Lush, it's the Lush Pud Bath Bomb. Smelled SO good. The site says the scent is the permanent scent of the Twilight bath bomb. The Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath was pretty freakin great. It bubbled really nicely and the scent was super relaxing. Also the bottle lasted FOREVER.

The little red foil was from my Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Box [which was Peter Pan inspired].. it was The Captain Steam Me Up Scotty. I love these things. They just perfume the bathroom so nicely and the scent is amazing. I ordered a few things in The Captain when this collection went on sale. Also from FCS was The Boy Who Never Grew Up Salt Scrub. The scent was great but the salt wasn't abrasive enough.

I didn't completely use up the EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint, but I was just over it. I was almost done but the scent went a little wonky so ya know.. it has to go. I did, however, use up the Urban Decay Powder Foundation in Light Neutral, which was surprisingly not the lightest shade and looked great on me. I loved it and am going to repurchase! Also the Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Auburn. Actually loved it more than the Anastasia Brow Wiz. You can only get it at Ulta; will definitely repurchase. Then there was the L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Setting Spray. Not bad, but not the best.

Last year, I ordered a MemeBox that was all herbal products and the Herb Cleansing Oil Gel was amazing! I might pick it up from the MemeBox site. It did not leave any residue on my skin and it actually took mascara and loads of eyeliner off. Also it did not irritate my eyes. I tried the Sephora Pearl Mask; I don't remember it being amazing but I just really like their sheet masks in general, so I'm always up for trying new ones and grab a couple every so often.

There was a free box at school so I grabbed the Infusium Miracle Therapy Conditioner. It was good but thick as hell and took forever to get out of the bottle. I should've grabbed like 10 of them. Finally, the It's A 10 Leave -In Treatment. I received this in either an ipsy bag or birchbox....box and loved it. As soon as I finished this, I bought the full size. LOVE.


=] Happy trash collecting for June.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Feeling like David Bowie

For my homework assignment in my Specialization class, we had to use new editing techniques on some self portraits. I'm actually loving the text book for this class, and I may just have to buy the physical copy.

I just slapped some makeup on and went to town on photos. Mainly this was a MAC Blush and Fluidline and Sugarpill's Grand Tiara [I think that's the name] pigment. I'll be adding this and others from my mini selfie session to my Flickr and Facebook page.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Influenster Bella VoxBox

Last August, I signed up on Influenster because I was really interested in getting products in the mail to review. I've missed a couple of boxes, but just recently received my first one! I was pretty excited when I got the email telling me I'd be getting one. 

So this box is called the Bella VoxBox.


Don't mind the plate in the background, but here she is. 

First is a promo code for Club W for some wine. We'll probably use it. hahaha Also a chance to get a $25 gift card for eBay. Lastly a coupon for EcoTools.

The EcoTools brush I received is a Mattifying Face Brush and funnily enough, I already have one! I'm not sure if it really helps to mattify my face when I use powder, but I like using this brush with my highlighters and finishing face powders. 

There was a travel size tube of Not Your Mother's Deja Vu 'Do Style Extender. I have yet to use it but I do not like the smell at all. To me, it's very perfumed... not at all like the Apple and Berry scents it claims to have. 

I remember when I took the survey to qualify for this box, there was a few 'swatches' of self tan color options to choose from. Sadly, the first 2 palest shades were already claimed, so I just went with Medium and ended up getting 2 small tubes of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. The product looks pretty scary when dispensed, but I can make this work by mixing it with a lotion or my Urban Decay BB Cream for body. I definitely will be getting good use out of this because it's wedding season! The swatch on my hand is blended out as far as I could get it, but trust me - my legs are ghostly white, so it works. haha

Rimmel Lipstick on Left, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium on Right
The next two things I got were from Rimmel London. One was a Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in ......the number 14? I could be blind but I cannot find a name. However, upon first look, this is a very Kylie Jenner/90's color... very in right now. It's actually really beautiful. The lipstick doesn't smell the best but it's not bad and it doesn't linger. I'm really surprised and I love it! Also I got Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss in Eye Rock Jet Black. The wand of these mascaras always looks like a spine to me. I wore it today and it's not a bad mascara; I thought I would hate the wand, but I think I can get used to it. 



My makeup today - Rimmel mascara and lipstick.
I was happy to see a little treat in the box as well! I love chocolate and I love dried fruit, so it was nice to get a bag of Dove Fruit, blueberries dipped in chocolate. They're so good!!!!! I'm supposed to save some for Sean, but his luck may run out because my bag is almost gone. 



Overall I was real impressed with this box and can't wait to see what the next one has in store! 


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Favorites

HOLY GUACAMOLE more than a month since my last post! eek.

Anywayyyyssssss.... I just figured I'd update with the stuff I've been loving this month.


So up top there is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation [phew!] in Fair Neutral. Obviously in love with this powder by the size of my pan showing through.. I didn't like the sponge that came with this though. Adds such great coverage and when I use my damp beauty blender to apply this, I don't get as oily throughout the day. 

Below that is the Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose that I received in a Fab Fit Fun box this past winter. Still loving it, taking forever to go through, doesn't leave my hands too oily and smells amazing. 

On the right is the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. I am in the shade 101 Classic Ivory. I usually hate drugstore foundations but I am obsessed with this one and have used it almost every day. I like it best applied with a beauty blender. I still set my face with a powder when I use this but it looks gorgeous and covers really nicely. 

The new MAC palettes are amazing. I have this one, Burgundy x 9 and the Purple x 9, but really... the burgundy version is the best. Ever. For me, it's always hard to figure out which eyeshadows to buy when I step into MAC, so it's nice to get a 9 pan palette with such variety and some familiar [but not owned] shades. Hands down my favorite is the middle one on the bottom, which is Star Violet... makes my blue eyes just pop. I do own Embark, which is the very middle one, but that's alright because I like it. These pans are small, like dime sized, but the size of the whole palette is handy and the price isn't too bad for 9 eyeshadows that I own a million similar shades of. [But this is amazing and you should go buy one of these]

And finally, the beautiful tube of awesomeness at the bottom. This is the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in 08 Flannel. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. These feel so light when applied, and a bit watery that I was super worried they would crease on me in an instant. The color is insane and so complex. It's like pink and gold and purple and taupe and just awesome. It's pearly and not very bold so you could wear this alone on a simple day but I've been loving this as a base for my eye looks. Usually I use a matte skin toned cream shadow but any eyeshadow looks amazing over this and in the event that your makeup fades over the day, the shimmery hint of color will still be there to pull you through. I do have 3 other colors that I need to play with, but it's just hard to stop using this amazing little gem! I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up even a couple more colors because at least one that I wanted was out of stock on Sephora - but not anymore! ;] 



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]]