Monday, November 21, 2016

Quick Lifestyle Update

Well, I wish I had better news about my whole I'm gonna lose weight! shit, but I don't.

I did lose about 3 pounds so far, but I am attributing that to stress more than anything.

I have been using a food service, much like Blue Apron, but this one is a Minnesota company that uses local ingredients. Plus I think their recipes are more my style. I've been LOVING every recipe I've gotten. Even the ones I wasn't that crazy about have been fixable. It's getting me to love cooking again and I've been keeping my favorite recipes to remake in the future.

I also have been feeling a lot better lately because I am finally getting some answers to my breathing issues. I'm on an inhaled medication that I take once in the morning and at night. I've barely even used my rescue inhaler since I've started this. Now, I can work out and only feel a little like dying [like normal] rather than actually feeling like my airway is for real closing. 

So overall, I feel like I'm in this weird life is sucking but also going better at the same time?
Seems like such is life. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

October 2016 Empties [okay, a little November too]

Hey buddies!

I was going to post these a couple weeks ago but never got around to it but then I figured I would anyways, even if it's a bit of November empties.


Also, when I came back from Chicago, I found that both of my camera batteries had died. So I just used my phone for these photos, because I could not stand to have this trash in my life any longer. HA

My favorite Lavender Epsom Salt Soak from Dr. Teal's; the scent isn't too heavy and goes good with most other bath products. I love mixing & matching. 3 bath bombs from Witch Baby Soap! The Hunter's Moon was AMAZING and I am SO fucking pumped they're bringing it back for Black Friday I believe. Fairy Cake was super fun & sparkly! And the Hallowmas was amazing as well. Great fall scent, cute Jack O Lantern mold! Also from Witch Baby Soap was the Cafeomancy Body Scrub. It was a nice coffee scrub but made for a messy tub! haha but for real, Witch Baby Soap has quickly become one of my favorite companies to buy body care from! Lastly, this isn't technically used up but a little bit of it is left in the shower. It's the Blizzard bar soap from Blue Heron Soap Co., my mom and I buy from this brand every year at the Minnesota State Fair. Awesome soap company.

Used up a Bath & Body Works Wallflower in Leaves [my favorite] and a candle in Pumpkin Woods. That candle smelled amazing! OOOOH and rare husband empty: Ralph Lauren Polo Red Cologne. We both really love this scent so anytime I can get a sample size, I will.

Another Overtone Conditioner in Vibrant Purple. I've switched to the Extreme Purple and I've been liking that one better. Another conditioner was the L'Oreal Ever Pure Repair & Defend Conditioner. I love this stuff! 

I tried a sample of the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Facial Toning Mist. First off, what a tiny sample for something that's SO hyped up. And then the spritzer sucked balls and went everywhere but my face! haha, but anyways, I didn't see any difference, but I'd try it again. I used a sample of the Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. It was okay! Happy to get and use a sample of it. I'd take my other samples traveling with me.

I went through a Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I do like this stuff and use it religiously day and night. I'm trying a different variation of this now to see if I like it more, but I'm wondering if I want something stronger? Different? I'm not sure yet but I really do love the Paula's Choice products lately. Also used the Tea Tree Water Toner Water from Lush. I love this stuff and I like switching between this and my Rodan & Fields Unblemish Toner. Finally used up this Origins No Puffery Eye Gel. It was nice but I'd try something new.

OOOH MAKEUP. Ok, so I used the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, I liked it but I had to use a brush to work it into my skin rather than use my fingers. Would use up other samples of it, not sure I'd buy the full size. I know this isn't technically makeup but nail stuff but I didn't know where else to put it. I used a sample size of the Formula X Shine Top Coat. I love this top coat and emptied the hard to get stuff into my full size. I used up my favorite Urban Decay Eyeliner of all time in Rockstar. Best plummy purple ever! It always feels so great to use up a foundation! I used the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation [in whatever the lightest shade is]. I'd buy it again after I use up a couple more!

I HATE THIS NARS AUDACIOUS MASCARA. I tried using primers and what not but I just couldn't do it anymore. I even would use disposable wands with it but that's not the point of buying a ridiculously expensive shitty mascara. I do, however, love the Dior Diorshow Mascara and Too Faced Better Than Sex. I'm impressed with myself for using up a whole Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I'm trying a different shade of this now but I'd definitely buy this again. I LOVE IT for setting my undereye.

Alright, lastly, weird random shit!
Used up some Ulta Dual Tipped Cotton Applicators. These are awesome to have around! I love all shapes of q-tips. You never know when you'll need em! Also Ulta Exfoliating Cotton Rounds, hated them. Wet Wipes, my favorite for cleaning up around the sink. This Method Hand Soap in Juicy Pear that we had in the kitchen. It smelled nice, like Pear Jelly Bellys, but I wouldn't repurchase. And Equaline Cotton Ovals. They were okay in a pinch!

What have you used up? Anything that makes you feel accomplished?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

EOTD - My Pretty Zombie 'The Vapors' & 'Old Bruise'

Hey guys! Do you ever just get the feeling to use weird colors or go grab a few neglected singles [or unopened!] to use for the day? I had that feeling.

I decided to pick out a couple of My Pretty Zombie eyeshadows I haven't used yet and thought that the matte yellow Old Bruise and beautiful burgundy/red/blue shifting The Vapors would be a fun challenge. Initially, I wanted to use a lot more of Old Bruise but I shied away and stuck to what I was comfortable with. I do like this combination of colors though! I will definitely use them together again.

I also wanted to use my Tarte Tarteist Clay Liner in Navy instead of black. I think this made the look really cool as well. It's almost like using primary colors.

 Also I had to throw my cute little Paw Palette in the photo too! I've been LOVING this tiny size with a ring on the back. I stick it on my thumb while I use my brow pomade and gel liner and it's so easy then to hold a mirror up as well. Great tiny work space. I do have a normal [like, original] palette with the wrist band for larger amounts of product but I just don't use it that much so it's in my Halloween/costume kit.

So yes, Coffin Mini Palette, KVD [don't judge me on how old this liner is, still works great] Autograph Liner in Fool's Gold, MPZ Old Bruise & The Vapors, Tarteist Navy Liner, KVD Thunderstruck [my baby].

 Ugh, how pretty!

Natural Light.
 I took this mostly so you can see the shift in The Vapors. Natural light.
 Natural light.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October 2016 Favorites

Wow how is it already November?

First off, you'll have to excuse my poor ass photos; this is what happens when I get an idea for a post, get too lazy to drag out my tripod and lighting and shoot late in the day, very very quickly.

I've actually been up at my husband's cabin for about a week now. Usually I would have hated to miss Halloween festivities but I have been battling a respiratory type of sickness for a month now, so since I wasn't feeling great, we headed up north.

Cell reception and wifi have been a bit hard to come by, but I've been making it work and somewhat enjoying the quiet. I finished a book and am about to start a new one.

Anywho, these are the products I've been loving lately. I had a great show of all of these products open, but it was just too out of focus/blurry to post. So sorry!

First is the Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette. IT'S SO GOOD. Much better, in my opinion, than the Serpentina Palette. Also from KVD is the Limited Edition Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mother. I love the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick version as well but I cant resist the LE packaging. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz. So pretty and just fine on my fair skin! This Chanel Eyeliner in Eros is amazing. I love red eye products. If I can ever find this anywhere [it's so hard to track down] I'm going to repurchase. So creamy, so red, makes my eyes pop. LOVE IT. And finally, Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Corrector in Pink. It's nice and brightening for me; most days I don't need to mix it with another concealer.
Chanel liner, KVD lipstick, Becca Rose Quartz, natural light

Chanel liner, KVD lipstick, Becca Rose Quartz, flash

I did have swatches of my favorite shadows from the Metal Matte palette, but they were also super shaky, so I think I may do a separate post for my favorite shades. 

What did you love for the month of October? =]

Saturday, October 15, 2016

September 2016 Empties!

A tad late in the month but here we go!

I used up 2 Bath & Body Works Wallflowers, both I'm sure are in the Golden Peach Sparkle. I love peach scents. [I have 2 bathrooms so that's why I can use up 2 at a time] Also The Sparkling Pear Riesling [YUM] and the Happy Halloween [hello packaging] candles!

 My favorite dry shampoo ever. Elizabeth + James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo. Expensive yes but only used when I need extra cute hair. Love it. Forever Repurchase! I LOVED this Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream for hair that I got in a Birchbox I believe. I may pick up the full size once I get through more hair stuff. Another favorite is this Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Masque. Love it. The tub lasts me forever.

Two Witch Baby Soap Bath Bombs... I used the Charity one which smells good and some of the proceeds go towards a charity close to the shop owner. And also the Harvest Moon Bath Bomb. I didn't get to use it on the actual full moon [which I like to use the Moon themed ones on] but it smelled so good. AND THEIR MERMAID BODY SCRUB. I am obsessed with this scrub. It smelled like..... not quite tropical but still beachy. What I think of when I think about the beaches out West as you head further north... And the Origins Clear Improvement Body Wash. This is a body wash with charcoal in it. It smelled very spa like and I definitely want to repurchase it. I wouldn't say it totally cleared my body acne, but I feel like it helped clarify my shoulders, chest and back. 

Holy skincare Batman! I love the Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray. I do have one more bottle in my stash but I think I'm going to hold off on repurchasing for a while... A Nugg Face Mask, which I think was Shea Butter and Chamomile. It was okay. A basic Face Moisturizer sample from Fortune Cookie Soap, which wasn't my favorite but I used it at night and it was okay. Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel. I love this two step exfoliating kit. I use it when I REALLY need some serious face scrub time. My favorite Glam Glow Mask. A deluxe sized sample of the L'Occitane Cleansing Oil. This stuff was really nice! I'd think about buying the full size. 
A sample of Chanel Makeup Remover. It was nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the dual phase type of removers that you have to shake, but it was nice to try. The Green Tea Face Mask from Sephora Brand. One of my favorite sheet masks! A sample of Origins Original Skin Mask. It was like a clay mask that wasn't super clay.....ish? It was cool and I'd try another sample or if I found it on sale, I'd buy it. And finally Clinique's Take the Day Off Make Up Remover Wipes. They weren't the greatest but not the worst. I mostly kept them in my overnight bag for when I would crash at my mom's or a friend's place... or if I was just a lazy POS and didn't want to wash my face at night. 

Q-tips which is everyones must have. Equaline Regular Nail Polish Remover. I bought this when we moved into our apartment because I didn't have any with me and I was dying to do my nails. This stuff wasn't the best but whatever. A travel size Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste. I usually just get this for traveling and once it gets low I just use it up at home. And these Premium Cotton Ovals. Pretty okay. Would repurchase if needed.

Finally makeup! I used up all of the samples of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids. I liked the Pink [which I bought], Green [want to buy] and I would try the Lavender and Yellow again. Peach was a bit too dark which is okay but I still tried it. Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Mystifying Mattifying Pressed Powder. This powder fucking rocks. I went through it a bit fast but I will repurchase once I get through a few more powder products. Speaking of, I used up this tub of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder. I loved this stuff as well! I'm trying the pressed version right now but we'll see which I like better in the end. Last but definitely not least is the Jay Manuel Beauty [do y'all remember him from ANTM?! I fucking loved him. My silver haired fox.] The Everything Mascara. This mascara fucking rocked. You can twist the end of the handle and change the length of the brush; shorter for volume, longer for length. IT'S AWESOME.

Hard to believe that soon I'll have to put up October empties!

Monday, October 10, 2016

As Minnesotans say... Uffda.

So, this isn't really a makeup related post, but more so lifestyle.

I've been feeling really down lately about my outward appearance and now health for a while. I've struggled to stay feeling confident in myself, even though that is the type of woman I want to be.

There have been MANY times I've vowed to change only to fail soon after. But any other time I've done this I've never been so vocal about it online.


Maybe this will help me stay accountable. I'm not going to write what my current weight is. But I will stay updated on whether I've lost, gained or stayed the same.

Today I woke up before my alarm went off and since I couldn't fall back asleep, I got up and watched a couple YouTube videos, the news and part of The Price is Right because it's the best show ever.

Strangely, I felt the desire to hit up the gym. I also have been in the mood to start a new book because I haven't read in forever. Lately, it seems like I've had a hard time just sitting down to read because I'd rather catch up on blogging or YouTube.... so getting my ass on the elliptical seemed like a great way to start a book.

Being the good wife I am, I woke up my husband and asked if he'd like to join me. He said no, which is fine. I don't mind being in the gym alone; since it's right next to our apartment, I just bopped on over.

45 minutes and a decent dent in my new book and I feel great. I just got out of the shower and feel super ready to kick today's ass.

Gonna make a quick brunch and tackle some chores!

I hope you all [whoever and wherever you are] have a great day today!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eye Look

Hi friends!

Just posting a look I did a while ago. I had this idea to do a deep navy eye with a plummy/burgundy mascara. In my mind, this would look amazing and edgy, but in reality, it failed a bit and just looked like any normal look.

I'll probably try it again and try to make the mascara brighter! Probably a white liner or white lash primer.

This was done using the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow palette. I wasn't very impressed with this palette in the beginning, unsure why I even bought it. However, I've been playing more with it and learning to love it!

The mascara I used was the MAC Zoom Lash in Beets Me. It's really a gorgeous color! Clinique also does a great one that I may try next time.

And yay for more glittery fallout! My inner corner highlight is my main B Kat Von D Thunderstruck.