Warm Copper Smokey Eye

Sometimes, when I’m going through my makeup looking to get inspired, I stumble across a shadow that I think “I’ll never wear that” and that’s motivation enough for me to try something with it. This time, I noticed I had a few copper shadows lurking around that look beautiful in the pan, but have never made it onto my eyes. I sat down to have a bit of a play around, and I really loved the outcome.

On this particular day-red cheeks for days. So I covered it a bit with some yellow-based concealer before applying a light layer of foundation.

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Product Empties and Reviews #1

My favorite posts to read are always the ’empties’ posts. I’m really interested in the products people use to the end (not easy when you are a beauty/skincare addict) and I’m always fascinated to find out if they’d recommend or repurchase the product. I saved a drawer full of products I used up and thought I’d share with you more about them.

Since this post is epic, here is a list of the products I reviewed so you can skip ahead if you are only interested in a few:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara- Waterproof- Very Black

Most of it is skincare. Take a deep breath. Here we go…

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San Diego Part Two- More Food and a Bit of Adventure

It’s really not a vacation if we don’t center then entire thing around food and drink. Ross is a well-documented beer nerd (and the Homebrewer’s Conference is what took us out there in the first place) and we had a LOOOONNNNNNNG list of breweries to hit. Before we crammed in as many as humanly possible, we made time for a belated birthday wish…


Yep. That’s right. Ross wanted to skydive. Good for him, really. I had no interest. I like my feet firmly on the ground, and those of you who know me know what a challenge that can be, even on the best of days. His appointment was at 3pm, so we had the morning free to do as we pleased, so we did what we do best- eat.

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Vacation Treats- What I Bought in San Diego

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the remainder of the food bonanza that will be San Diego Part Two. I just need a bit of a lipstick break, ya know? I may or may not use vacation as an excuse to buy myself a few treats. In what can only be described as a convergence of the makeup universe, our hotel was a 4 min walk to an amazing mall that housed a gigantic Sephora and a standalone MAC store- both of which are 1+ hour drives from my house. A 4 minute walk? Had to be done. Multiple times.

Ultimately, I used restraint and only purchased things I’d really had my eye on. Otherwise, I would have had to sell an organ or take out a second mortgage because I would have run through both stores ‘Supermarket Sweep’ style (anyone else think that should HAPPEN? Imagine- a game show where we could fill our baskets with all the pretty things, even with one minute? The carnage.)

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San Diego Part One- SO MUCH FOOD

Prepare yourselves for all the photos. And all the food. And all the photos. You’ve been warned. We ate so much and did so many things, that I’m breaking it up into two posts. If I’m boring myself with the length of this post, I’m sure you’re feeling the same way. Part two will contain more food, and a big bucket list item for Ross… stay tuned.

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My Hair-volution: From Long and Brown to Short and Platinum

I’m going gray. There. I said it. The gray hairs have been creeping in slowly and steadily since my 25th birthday or so, and in recent months, I noticed that I was starting to develop a streak right along my natural part. When my hair was long, the grays were more noticeable. I covered them with a generic box dye and didn’t have much issue. When I cut my hair off two years ago, I was suddenly able to go without dying my hair. The grays weren’t nearly as noticeable, and blended in with the variety of color I had in my hair naturally.

When the streak really started making itself known, I knew I was at a crossroads. While I accept and advocate for the concept of aging gracefully, I’m 32 years old. That’s way too young for me to give myself over to going gray completely. So I decided before I started dying my hair brown, and kept it brown forever, I’d have a short stop at blonde.

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Tata Harper Sale: Keeping My Skin Very Happy

You’ve seen by now that earlier this year I added some Tata Harper products into my skincare routine. When I got the email about their Mother’s Day sale, I knew I had to repurchase one of my favs. I’ve been using the Hydrating Floral Essence since January and when it started to run low, I debated endlessly about whether or not to re-buy. My initial purchase was the 50ml size and it lasted 3 months of once daily use. Still, it’s a pricey and non-essential step in my skincare routine. After all, it’s basically water with extra fancy bits thrown in for good measure (a really really really lush and divine water to be sure.) However, I’ve been without for about two weeks now and I’m  so glad I’ll be using it again tonight. I think the aloe in the water soothes my skin and helps it stay hydrated. It’s a pamper step my skin seems to love. Taking advantage of the sale means I got almost triple the amount for less than $10 more than I paid for the 50ml size (and will in theory last me almost three times as long). I would have purchased the Replenishing Nutrient Complex also, but the 10ml size I bought in January is only half gone- even with daily use.

If you are interested in Tata Harper Skincare, now is the time to try. I LOVE the two items I use every day, and I’ll probably expand my lineup with a cleanser next. I’d urge you to take advantage of 15% off (using code MDAY) while the sale lasts.

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My Version of Glam

If you saw my last post, you know that day to day I try to wear my makeup as naturally and fresh looking as possible. Occasionally I feel like having a bit of fun and I can really pile it on. This look is about as glam as I get (and about as complicated). We’re talking a full face- foundation, heavier eye makeup, highlighter, contour, the whole lot. Every once and a while it’s fun to get a little intense. Continue reading

My Daily Makeup-Keeping it Fresh and All About the Lashes

I’ve been on a minimal makeup kick. Winter is always the season I wear more makeup all around- once it starts warming up and the humidity rises, I have to change my game plan. Higher humidity=higher chance for cakey-ness. It’s also true that piling on makeup isn’t necessarily the secret to looking youthful and fresh, and while I’m in no way complaining about getting older, I don’t want to practice any habits that age me unnecessarily. Keeping that in mind, I’ve done the impossible- I’ve gone without my signature black eyeliner for almost two weeks, and I’ve kept my foundation routine as light as I feel I can while still evening out my skin tone.

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