Top 10 Favorite Quotes

 If you’re anything like me, there are quotes filed away in little corners of your mind that are pulled out when you need them the most. In this post, you will find a selection of my top 10 favorite quotes. Some of them are serious. Some of them are humorous. All of them are thought-provoking on some level. The quotes in this post are based entirely on my personal taste. You are more than welcome to leave a word below with your favorites. I’m always on the prowl for new material and would love to hear some from your personal collection.

1: Falling Down

“The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.”

2: Happiness

“Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.”

You are incomparable. Don’t every allow anyone to convince you otherwise.

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3: Chances

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

4: Kindness

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.”

Literally everyone is going through something. Always, always be kind. It takes absolutely nothing to just be kind.

5: Madness

“No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.”

6: Discipline

“Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.”

This includes being nice to people whom you don’t necessarily like. Just do it.

7: Yourself

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

8: Beyoncé

“When you haven’t worn makeup in a week and you put on mascara and you’re like ‘Move over, Beyoncé! Mama’s back!'”

This usually applies to me when I’ve been on vacation from work and I’m getting ready for my first day back. My skin loves vacation time.

9: Humble

“No matter how big your house is, how recent your car is, or how big your bank account is,
our graves will all be the same size. Stay humble.”

This is a big one for me. There have been people in my life who thought they were untouchable. I couldn’t help but
be amused when life knocked them down off of that high horse of theirs. Seriously. Stay humble.

10: Question Everything

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.”

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The Power of Makeup: Before and After

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The Power of Makeup

I gets so many comments from day to day on my makeup. Most of them are in regard to how well done it is. Some, however, are related more to how much I wear. “Is it really necessary to put on a full face everyday?” “You could just put on a bit of mascara. There’s no need to pile it all on all the time.” “Don’t you think you should let your skin breathe?” It’s as if it’s shameful to just want to put on makeup everyday. Why? I love makeup! To me, putting it on is FUN. The power of makeup is so evident when you see the transformation.

I started to do a MOTD post tonight, because my makeup was on point. You know it’s on point when straight men say it is. However, because there are those who question my frequent use it and even try to guess how bad my acne must be underneath, I think this is more appropriate. To display the clear power of makeup and allow them to see why I love it, I’m doing a before and after. This should also clear up the questions about my acne.

 

Before:

So, here’s the before. As you can see, thanks to proper skin care, I’m blemish-free. While that’s obviously not an issue, though, there are other issues. My eyebrows are barely there. I have crazy short eyelashes. My eyes are too big for my face. I look tired and old. There’s no other way to put it. Look at me!

Honestly, I’m even a little bit splotchy. No, it isn’t just the freckles. I’m splotchy for sure. And, looking at those dark circles, I could probably use a bit of sleep and plenty of water. That being said, though, I have pretty good skin. I wash it twice daily, use a good moisturizer, and never go to bed with my makeup on. At night, I use the Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. After washing away my makeup, I apply Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. In the morning, I wash my face with L’Oreal Go 360 Clean to refresh my face and get rid of excess oil before applying makeup. As I said, good skin care is super important.

After:

Here’s the after. This is why I love the transformation. It’s so, so rewarding to me. I go from looking splotchy and like my eyes are too big for my face to looking like this. By the way, this was my Makeup of the Day today.

The Power of Makeup

Look at that! My eyes fit my face. My skin has color. I have EYEBROWS. Makeup allows you to transform, completely transform. From looks like this to the creations brought to us on the silver screen by makeup artists around the world, makeup is capable of so, so much. Makeup is powerful and incredible. As for why I wear a full face everyday? I do it BECAUSE I WANT TO. That’s all the reason I will ever need.

 

xoxo

 

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Current Playlist: Screamin’ Emo

An Emotional Thing

Music, for me, has always been a highly emotional in thing. Emotional in that what I’m listening to will always directly reflect how I am feeling. If you hear me playing Taylor Swift or Beyonce on a loop, I’ve got some pretty serious stuff on the heart that I just can’t vocalize. When my mood is light or pumped up, you can guarantee I’m listening to Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, and a myriad of EDM artists. The playlist that I rock while working out is loaded with EDM, upbeat pop, and hip hop.

A couple of weeks ago, I created a new list. This list is filled with tracks that I only ever listen to when I’m pissed. And I’m pissed. I spent so long pretending that a one-sided friendship wasn’t one-sided. For a year & a half, I allowed someone to treat me as if I were the most disposable thing in creation. When it came to an end, I was so mad that I was calm. I realized that his behavior only continued because my inability to be a bitch allowed it to persist.

It came to an end and so did that part of me that lacked a backbone. I decided in that moment that I refuse to ever again let anyone treat me like that. The ending came with a myriad of feelings, but the strongest of those feelings was anger. And with that, a new playlist was born.

Music

 

Playlist of the Moment

I say of the moment, but who’s to say how long the moment will last? I like where I’m at right now. Too mad to tolerate anyone’s BS; happy enough to thrive without them. My current playlist includes tracks from Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Avril, Chimaira, Disturbed, Devil Driver, and other amazing artists and bands. Since there’s too many to simply list, here’s my list directly from Spotify:

There’s tons of great tracks on the list, so give them a listen. By the way, “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed is amazing regardless of your mood. His voice is entrancing. Definitely check it out.

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Makeup of the Day: Obvious Glam

You can’t tell from the picture, but I had a pretty slammin’ cut crease going on today. And I must have done well with my makeup today, because someone who usually throws shade said she loved it. Without further ado, here is today’s look:

Makeup of the Day

Look at those lashes, ladies & gents! Just look at them! I am absolutely in love with Revlon’s Beyond Natural Lashes. They look awesome. I have them linked below in the list of products used for this look. I used neutral colors on my eyes and a nude lip. My makeup bag has tons of bold colors, but I like to save them for my Fridays. It gives me something to look forward to each week. Onto the products…

 

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After looking at this picture, I realized I’d make a pretty hot scientist. If I ever decide to really do something with my life, that’ll definitely be it. The only reason I haven’t decided on something yet is that it’s difficult to choose from the myriad of things that I want to do. I have so many passions from beauty to physical sciences to social sciences. How do you choose?
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xoxo

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Look of the Week: Subtle Glam + Bold Lip

Look of the Week

My favorite Look of the Week came from a day time look. I decided to turn up the volume on it with a bold lip. The result was amazing. It’s a look that I love. I don’t wear bold lip color to work super often. I didn’t mind before, but then I was asked if I was under the impression that Halloween was coming. It’s not the comments that bothers me. I just don’t have the patience for that level of negative interaction. I love bold lip color. Period.

Anyway, here is my Look of the Week:

Look of the Week

 

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Again, I sincerely apologize for the severe lack of content over the past week. Power outages are rough and catching up at work after an ice storm is even rougher. I work in the meat department and everything on the grocery side of the store was wiped out completely two days in a row. It was hectic to say the very least.

Remember, sometimes a bold lip is all it takes to take your look from everyday glam to evening sultry. Also, checkout Walmart right now! The cosmetics department has a lot of good things on clearance, making all of it half price.

 

Stay beautiful, loves!

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Makeup of the Day: Everyday Glam

 

Today’s Makeup of the Day actually came from yesterday’s look. I successfully put on falsies for the first time in a long time yesterday. It’s amazing how difficult that can be. The local Walmart had several eyelash sets on clearance this weekend, so they were all half price. Back on topic, this look was just something simple and work-appropriate. I used a nude palette for the eyes as well as a nude lip. This is a look that I was very pleased with. It would be well-suited for so many different occasions.

Here is the look:

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Quick Note

I want to apologize for the lack of “Makeup of the Day” posts over the past week. We had an ice storm and lost power. And, honestly, after that, I was just focused on getting back into my groove. It’s amazing how much two days of no electricity can throw you off. If I had written a post last week, the Look of the Day would have been from Sunday. I put my makeup on in the dark with nothing but my flashlight on my phone. My makeup came together surprisingly well that day.
Until next time, loves…
Stay beautiful!

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Toxic Relationships & Learning to Walk Away from Friends

Toxic Friends

Best Friends, Maybe..

We were the best of friends or so it seemed. You know the type. The friends who can talk all day and still not run out of things to talk about. We had so much in common that we were almost the same person. There was absolutely nothing that I wouldn’t have done for him. And then things changed. Something happened that turned everything upside down. In the blink of an eye, we went from being the best of friends to being perfect strangers.

The events that led to the breakdown are relevant, but they don’t belong here. That story is for another time and place. The only relevant bit is the part where we stopped speaking, stopped acknowledging each other’s presence at all. When you see each other daily, that’s a feat, but we managed it just fine. I would never admit that I missed those conversations and he simply didn’t care at all. No longer friends, he said awful things about me. Everything was, of course, my fault.

Months went by and I gradually got use to hearing the things he was saying about me. I got use to us not speaking or interacting on any level. It wasn’t something I needed or craved anymore. Our friendship was dead. So what? Then, one day, I opened up the door to conversation. I had heard something and needed to get it off my chest, so I asked about it just to clear the air. We became friends again after that, but it didn’t last long.

We talked quite a bit, but only when I initiated the conversation. There was no intentional interaction on his part without me interacting first. Even though he said I wasn’t, I could feel that I was bothering him, that he didn’t want me around.

No more fight

 

 

Learning to Walk Away

Flash forward just a short few months and you’ll find me where I’m at now.  I spend a great deal of my thinking because I have so much time to myself to do just that. The downside to that is that I sometimes stress about stress before it even exists to stress about. The upside, though, is that I give myself plenty of time to open my own eyes. Thanks to that, I’ve realized so many things about this so-called friendship and it was just enough to make me realize that it was time to walk away.

Let me tell you, if you are the only one making an effort to keep things going, it isn’t friendship. If you’re friends as long as you remember not to really interact with them in any way at all, you’re not friends. We weren’t friends. I was an irritation and he was just trying to shut me up. That’s something that I’m fully capable of seeing now. I’m able to walk away knowing that at least I made an effort, regardless of his behavior.

If you ask him, he’ll tell you that he’s a complete ass to me. He has no problem admitting that and it’s not something that he’s willing to stop doing. Being an ass to me is something that he’s exceedingly proud of. He still tells people the worst things about me. He’ll encourage me to talk to him, but complain when I do. If I just leave him alone completely, if he doesn’t have to really acknowledge my existence, we can be friends. We were never friends. Never.

I’ve never had a friend who was embarrassed to be seen with me. That’s not what friendship is. I’ve never had a friend who found so much comfort in treating me so poorly. The point where I learned to walk away is the point where I decided that I deserved better. I know my self-worth. Even if someone else doesn’t see it, I have to value myself enough to never accept being treated so poorly. It was time to stop fighting. His friendship was toxic and I needed to move on.

Disrespect

 

Set a Standard

You know yourself better than anyone and, in knowing yourself, you know what you’re worth. Set a standard for your own life. Know your worth and refuse to accept anything less. People can only treat you badly if you allow it, so don’t allow it. Do not ever allow someone to disrespect you without being put in their place. That’s something I’ve learned more lately than ever before.

Even without saying it, he knew how I felt. That’s why, for the life of me, I don’t understand how he could always be so cruel. It was a game to him and my heart was a doormat. Telling me one thing, but saying something entirely different to other people. He’s no better than a teenage girl in that regard. Actually, I know teenage girls who are more mature than that. It took realizing that I’d had enough to raise my standards and stop allowing it. I will never again make room in my life for that type of behavior.

I’m better than that. I will always deserve better than that. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who deserves complete disrespect from so-called friends, so do yourselves a favor and don’t accept that behavior from anyone. Ever.

 

With love,

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My Daughter Did My Makeup

Ava Did My Makeup..

And honestly, for a 9-year-old, she didn’t do a completely terrible job. She was incredibly cautious, making sure not to get anything in my eyes. My eyeshadow palette is her new favorite things. There are so many colors and she couldn’t decide on just one. She blended together blue, turquoise, and purple. Her goal was to make my eyes look like a galaxy. She wanted to use a bold red lip, but I told her that the lip color should compliment the eyeshadow. Here is the overall look that she created for me:

My Daughter Did My Makeup

 

So I Did Her’s..

I promised her that I’d do her’s when she finished mine. She asked that I do her’s the way I would mine. I kept her eyes neutral because she’s only 9-years-old. For the same reason, I also used a neutral eye palette (you can find it here). I’ve never done anyone else’s eyeliner, so this was a fun experience. She’s a kid, so she’s really not great at sitting still and that made for a rough time in keeping the line straight. I realized afterwards that I’m insanely jealous of her eyebrows. They look amazing. Here is my look on her:

My Daughter Did My Makeup

 

I ask that you refrain from any negative commentary. We did this for fun and, yes, I realize that she’s way too young for so much makeup. She’s incredibly beautiful without it. This was just a fun thing to do with her and we both really enjoyed it.

XoXo,

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Makeup of the Day: Purple & Black Cut Crease

Today’s Makeup of the Day was a bit bolder than my usual daytime looks. I had no real plans for the day, but I wanted to look pretty. That’s where the look came in. I used white, black, and two shades of light purple on my eyes. The lipstick used this time was a bit more pink than what I usually wear. My overall look was bold, but it’s easily one of my favorites.

Here is today’s look:

Makeup of the Day
Makeup of the Day for January 10th

 

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All in all, I’m really pleased with this look. It may not be quite as bold as I thought, because people here in town seemed to really love it. I have since washed it off and am preparing to let my 9-year-old daughter do my makeup. Assuming that I don’t lose an eye in the process, I will definitely post pictures. Just don’t expect something stellar or professional. We’re doing this for fun.

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Favorite Look of the Week: January 1st to January 7th

My Favorite Look This Week

I’ve gotten to where I do my makeup everyday, even if there’s no reason to do it. I don’t have to be going anywhere or doing anything special. For me, it’s about staying in practice to master various techniques. After all, practice makes perfect. My favorite look of the week for this week came after days of practicing the “cut crease” technique. After all of that practice, my look just came together perfectly and I was so satisfied. And to make things even better, the photo I took was one of the best that I have ever taken of myself.

So, here it is. My most satisfying look of the week:

Look of the Week
Look of the Week, January 1st through the 7th

There’s nothing about this look that I don’t like. It turned out perfect and it lasted through a 9 hour day at work. That’s some serious staying power!

 

 

Products Used:

You’ll see me mention e.l.f. products a lot. They are some of my very favorite because of both the price point and the quality. It’s not that I haven’t experienced other brands, because I have. I just really love most of e.l.f.’s product line. While I’m talking about e.l.f., if you’re never tried their Makeup Lock & Seal, you definitely should. It helps bring make most eyeshadows look bolder in color and keeps it in place all day.

Stay beautiful,

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