It’s no secret that I live to wear makeup. It’s where I can express some creativity and have a little fun in my day-to-day. As much as I love it, I also like to keep it relatively restrained. I can admire the airbrushed looks favored by certain beauty bloggers, but I don’t find that aesthetic suits me. In my twenties, I was more experimental with makeup and willing to really push my comfort zone. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know what suits me best, I know what flatters me the most, and I know where I should play it safe and where I can play around a bit. I own every neutral shadow ever made, so after I’d seen the raves and raves and raves and raves about the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows, so I made it a point to get my hands on a few. After playing with some of them, I decided to do a little bit of drama, the way I’d wear a full-on eye.
I delayed starting a blog for a long time. It’s something I’ve thought about and daydreamed about, but I struggled with the idea of putting myself out on the internet. The reality is, I’m a completely average, plus-size, 32 year old. Depending on the reader, that’s either a lot of reasons to start a blog, or a lot of reasons to run like hell away from the internet. I think I’ve spent much of my life waiting until I felt exceptional at something before taking action. I’ve never really felt exceptional at anything other than giving unsolicited life advice to anyone unfortunate enough to be in my vicinity, so the idea that I could put my face and my interests on the internet boggled my mind. I’m 5 solid months into the process and so far, I’m loving it. The ten or so people that read have been absolutely complimentary (and see, I’m even capable of attempting to solicit some lolz).
I think I’m here now because I know who I am. I know my strengths and weaknesses, and there isn’t a whole lot to lose by sharing. People don’t like it? So what. People don’t read it (except my mom) Nothing lost. I’m still me. I don’t have any regrets (except maybe my previous use of lolz) but I know I’d regret not putting myself out there when I had the chance.
It helps that 2014 was a banner year for women like me and 2015 is off the charts so far. I saw more plus-size fashion icons emerge. I followed more blogs and channels that are led by completely ordinary women that are incredibly INTERESTING and AMAZING for no other reason than they share their passion in a compelling way. It’s empowering and it makes me feel like maybe my little slice of the world isn’t as invisible as I’d previously thought.
So. Here I am. I’ll probably write more, in addition to posting makeupy things because it’s cathartic, and I want to, which is reason enough for me.
I hope that if you are waiting until you feel exceptional to pursue something you want, you quit waiting and take action immediately. The one ‘life truth’ that has proven absolutely true in my case, is that I’m much more happier and confident in my 30’s. I’m wise enough now to know there are certain things about myself that will never change, and the sooner I let go of what cannot be, the happier I will be. The other truth is that there is no right time for anything. There is only now. I’m putting myself out there. Join me, won’t you?
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I can talk forever about skincare. It matters a lot to me because my skin isn’t naturally great, and I work pretty hard to keep it in good shape. It’s taken me years and endless hours of research, blog reading, video watching, and sampling to get where I am now. Pull up a chair (who am I kidding, you’re probably already sitting) and make yourself comfortable. This is my evening skincare routine and it’s a doozy. Not the best topic for me to try and be concise. My skin is in the best shape it’s ever been, so without further ado, here are the how’s and why’s of my evening skincare routine:
Spring is nearly here, and that means my gray and black sweaters are packed away, and I can officially climb out of a cold-weather rut. Nothing says Spring like a pop of color in my makeup routine and I have a quick and easy way to wear color that is bold and subtle (nonsensical, I know).
I love red lipstick. It’s a problem, really. My love of all lipsticks is well documented, but I have a soft spot for the classic red. Too many people reserve their red lipstick for a super formal event, or for evenings out, but my favorite way to wear red lipstick is in a casual way. Red lips, with a plain t-shirt and jeans is the perfect running errands get-up when I want to be polished.
I’m pretty sure I mention it in every post, but I have very ruddy red skin and uneven skin texture. I used to spend lots of time googling and searching for tips and tricks on covering my skin without making it look like I piled on lots of product. There are a lot of great high-coverage products out there, but many of them are difficult to work with and if you are at all heavy-handed or not well practiced with the products, you can inadvertently make your skin look worse. Here are my tips and tricks for smoothing out skin, evening out redness, all while trying to maintain a natural finish and appearance.
We had our first 60 degree day of the year and we celebrated with smoke and fire-aka the best way. My husband has an obsession with all things fire and grilling, and we have quite a list of equipment that he lovingly stares at and daydreams about during long winter months. When we saw the forecast, we knew we’d be setting something on fire (though hopefully not the food we were to eat, I like my food grilled, not cremated.) Chicken is always the easiest. Not as unctuous as a 10-hour pulled pork, and not as labor intensive either, it’s our go-to when we want to fire up the charcoal grill and have an excuse to drink a few beers as we play with fire.
This is the palette that launched an obsession with all things makeup. I saw this palette in a magazine, and although I’d heard of the original Naked palette, I never had the desire to own it. When I saw this one, however, I’m pretty sure I made one of those dream boards just try to materialize it out of thin air. I reach for this palette when I have no clue what I want to do with my makeup. I reach for this palette when I want whatever I do to turn out brilliantly. Even though I love this palette, I still get in a bit of a rut with it, so sitting down with a camera and no plan is the best way for me to push my comfort zone and get a bit more use out of a go-to favorite.
We usually reserve Sunday’s for a great food project, and because I spend so much time in the kitchen already, I always try to multi-task to ease the burden a bit on our weeknight cooking. This is going to be a super quick post- no lengthy details about how to make any of these things, just a round up to show you all the things I omit when I post about Sunday food projects.
There are so many advantages to being the older sister. One of my faves is being able to demand my sister Maggie let me do her makeup and write about her on my blog. Actually, she was really cool about it, and we had a lot of fun making a hair-makeup-photo shoot happen with lots of helpers (both baby and furry baby). She needs no help from me on makeup tips or anything like that- this was purely a chance for me to have complete control over her look, and document it for the interwebs. My motive, if I’m being honest, was to force her to wear lipstick. She’s a no muss, no fuss lip product person, and since my love of lipsticks is well documented, it was time for the two worlds to collide.