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? =]