Favorite Looks: March & April

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Where I’ve Been:

I sincerely apologize for the extended absence, everyone. Life has been a bit unkind as of late. I lost my aunt just a few weeks ago and then my grandpa on the evening of April 15th. With all of that going on, it has been quite difficult to motivate myself to do much of anything, including write here. Most days, I’m on auto-pilot, just trying to make it through. Work, sleep, food, rinse, and repeat. I’m here, though. It’s one of those situations where I am trying my best to take it day by day. Thanks for being patient with me. I hope you enjoyed my favorite looks from the past month.

 

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Look of the Week: March 4th-March 11th

Look of the Week: Just for Fun

My favorite look this week came to me while watching “Skin Wars”. I wanted to do something bold and colorful. Bold, bright eye shadows are probably my favorite. They allow for so much more creativity than neutrals. Of course, they aren’t considered suitable for everyday wear by most people, but they make such a statement that I find it hard to care.

Look of the Week

Creating the Look

My brows were the first thing I did. They usually are. It’s a shame that they aren’t actually visible without filling them in. I have eyebrows, they’re just too light in color to actually see. Using tape, I created the line where I wanted the shadow on my brow bone to stop. The first color used was a metallic white. I applied it to my entire lid, up to my eyebrow. Next, I went in with a bright green from the inner corner to right around the middle of my brow bone. From the middle of my brow bone to the outer corner, I used a bold blue. Make sure you blend the colors in the middle before moving on.

A light pink was used on the inner corner of my lid and was blended out to the darker pink that you see on the outer corner. I went in with a bold purple on the lower lash line/waterline. To complete the look, I used a black liquid liner and black mascara. I love the way this looked. It was so much fun. The only real issue is that my camera had a really hard time capturing just how good it looks. It was so much better in person. One of those things you just had to see.

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I hope you like this look. Let me know what you think in the comment section!

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Playlist: Ray of Sunshine

Thoughts Behind the Playlist

This playlist is filled with songs that, not to sound cliché, bring sunshine to my life. My mind can be an insanely dark place and it’s nice to have music that brings me out of that. The playlist is dynamic in that it changes with what music I’m feeling at the time. This week it contains Halsey, Alessia Cara, The Weeknd, and a few others. My favorite tune on the list is definitely “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by ZAYN and Taylor Swift because I’m Fifty Shades obsessed.

Halsey appears on several of my playlists. I love her voice and her lyrics. She’s incredible and her songs tend to hit me on a cellular level. Whether I’m sad, happy, whatever, her songs go with every mood I could possibly think of. Here lately, I’ve been numb. Very numb. I won’t delve into the details of why, because it’s extremely personal, but I’m numb. A good dose of Halsey, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, and a few other incredible artists has helped with that.

 

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Halsey

Playlist: Ray of Sunshine

Here’s the playlist. I use Spotify for the majority of my music. By the way, Lady Gaga is also on a ton of my playlists as well. To each their own but, for me, she is GOALS. Everyone should find as much comfort in being who they are as she does. She gives zero fucks what anyone else thinks and that’s admirable as hell.

 

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Look of the Week: Everyday Glam

Look of the Week

I had a job interview, so I didn’t want my look to be too over the top. Thinking about it now, no makeup at all probably would have been just as well. While I feel like I look a bit more put-together, the women interviewing me might not have agreed. Being much old than me and not the type to wear makeup at all, they may have thought it to be over the top. I didn’t get the job.

That aside, I looked fabulous. In my own humble opinion, whether I got the job or not, I slayed. First impressions are everything, so I try to make sure that I am always putting the best version of myself out there. I try to stand out in the best way possible.

As always, the list of products used to create this look will be listed below the photo.

Here’s my Look of the Week for February 5th through the 11th:

Look of the Week

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Top 5: Things I Learned This Week

Lessons Learned

There are little unexpected lessons everywhere in life. We never know where they’ll come from or what exactly they’ll be. While always being beneficial, they aren’t always kind. I’d almost be willing to wager that the ones that are the most hurtful are the most important. These are the top 5 things that I learned this week. Some are silly, some are serious, but all of them were beneficial in some way.

1: Binge Watching

This particular lesson is my favorite out of everything I learned last week. I’ve been binge watching Pretty Little Liars over the last few weeks and this is my third time doing so. The second half of season seven and the series finale begins in April, so I’ve been trying to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Somehow, yes, I have managed to miss things and discover them upon re-watching. That’s not the lesson, though. The lesson is in what becomes of binge watching. To my own amusement, I dreamed, last week, that I was being chased by “A”. Seriously. I can’t even make that up. “A” was running after me down a dark street, black hoodie and all.

Binge watching causes dreams about whatever you’re watching.

By the way, #teamSparia and #teamHaleb.

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2: Overly-opinionated Friends

Even when someone is your friend, they’ll still throw their rude opinions at you. It doesn’t even matter how long you’ve been friends, because they’ll still do it. I have this friend. We’ve been friends since I we were 5 and 6 years old, respectively. She recently created an Instagram account and decided to follow me. After about ten minutes, she made a Facebook post. According to her post, she had been looking through a friend’s pictures. While looking through those pictures, she realized how incapable some women are of going even a day without wearing makeup. She voiced concerns over clogged pores.

First, I don’t wear makeup on my days off. I like to give my skin a break. Like a lot of other women, when it comes to days off, if it involves makeup, pants, or a bra, it isn’t happening. Period. So I do go without makeup. We don’t live close to each other, so she only sees my pictures and, as a result, my well-put-together face. Even if I did wear it everyday, I can’t begin to imagine how my clogged pores are impacting your life. Calm down, girl.

She went on to ask if women really felt better about better about themselves only after they put on their “clown faces”. She asked “Whatever happened to natural beauty?” Some women are absolutely flawless without their faces made up. All women, in my opinion, are beautiful without it. All of you. Incredibly beautiful. That doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t wear makeup. Makeup is designed to ENHANCE natural beauty and boost confidence. I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel more confident than a well-put-together face and a great outfit. That’s when I am most comfortable.

Have your opinions about things, but don’t step on the toes of others with those opinions. If you don’t like wearing makeup, cool. Don’t wear it. It’s really uncool, though, to judge others and call them “clowns” for wearing it. Really uncool.

 

3: Wolves

I have this “friend” at work. I say it like that because he’s definitely a fake. He’s one of those people who brings and takes. He BRINGS gossip only to TAKE it. When he’s standing there badmouthing others to you, it’s only in an attempt to get you to talk bad about that person so he can take it to them. About as fake as the eyelashes I wear most days, he trash-talks everyone he knows, even those he considers his best friends. And yet, he’ll take anything you say, even if you said it out of anger, back to the mutual friend to whom you were talking about. I learned that the hard way. He’s worse than most girls; a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. More than that, he’s proof that you can’t trust anyone but yourself. This goes back to the image used for the binge-watching point.

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

If you don’t want it repeated, don’t say it to anyone else. Period.

4: Depression

People have so many things that they use to get through the lower points of chronic depression. As a recovering “cutter”, I try to look for anything to focus my mind on something else. Cutting is something to which I never again want to resort. I have little people, my kids, watching me and that’s not something that I want to teach them. My most recent episode wasn’t even a year ago and it nearly cost me my husband. That was the turning point.

Since then, I have been looking for things to get me through the really tough times without resorting to self-harm. Music can be touch and go. I’m a very analytical person and music can make that much worse. It can cause me to become too trapped in my own head and that’s a dangerous place. Neil deGrasse Tyson has been one of my biggest inspirations for quite some time now, but I didn’t realize how amazing his lectures were for depression. While some would say it’s his voice that helps, I’d bet money on the content of his lectures. He reminds me to “keep looking up”.

And he does it with well-placed jokes.

5: Stay Humble

You probably believe that you’re really great at whatever it is that you’re do. You’d likely even say that you’re the best. While I believe that you’re great, “the best” is highly unlikely. I don’t mean that in a bad way either. While my job isn’t the best job on the planet, I really though I was doing great. In the last two years, I’ve rarely had a supervisor complain or tell me that I was flat out doing it wrong. Why would I suspect that I was wrong on a grand enough scale to warrant reprimanding?

That changed over the weekend. I received both verbal and written reprimand within a span of 24 hours. I learned that perhaps I’m not as good at my job as I thought I was. Perhaps I thought I was because, during two years of employment, I had never had anyone tell me I was doing it wrong. I now know that I was. Even though I question the necessity of reprimand twice in such a short amount of time, I realize that I still need to accept that I’m just not as good at what I do as I thought I was.

You may think you’re doing an awesome job, but you could be wrong. Stay humble, folks.

-xoxo

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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.

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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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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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