Sunday, January 25, 2015

I've Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!

I was so surprised (and flattered!) to be nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Teran from The English Teacher's Makeup Blog! I loved reading her answers to the questions that her nominator gave her and I'm excited to answer the questions she tossed to me! If (like me) you are unfamiliar with this, here is a quick breakdown:

* Link the person who nominated you
* Answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you
* Nominate a further 11 blogs with under 200 followers
* Create 11 questions for those blogs to answer
* Notify those bloggers via their blogs

This is a great way to spread the word on smaller blogs that you read that other people might not have otherwise heard of!

Here is my Q&A from Teran:

* What motivated you to start your blog?
I was reading quite a few blogs every day and was becoming more and more obsessed with beauty products. I didn't really have anyone to talk to about them, so I thought starting my own blog would be a great way to connect with other people with the same interests as myself! It's become a creative outlet for me, as well, that I still enjoy doing, over a year later!

* What was/is your favorite class in school?
When I was in high school I remember one class I decided to take that was all about media. It was so interesting to learn about the history and process of making films, television, and advertising. We were able to take a tour of local TV station, and even film and edit our own little commercial for the class to watch. It was so fun to get to be so creative in a class!

* Do you prefer the summer months or the winter months?
Hands down summer! I hate being cold and the winters where I live are constant cold and snow, so I'm always desperately waiting for summer to return!

* What is the last book you read and enjoyed?
I read Gone Girl in just three days, a couple of months ago. I absolutely loved it- mysterious and thrilling. (The movie did not do it justice, though. Bummer.)

* What is your favorite recipe to make?
I can't cook. At all. Thank goodness the Mr is an excellent cook otherwise I'd eat boxed Mac'n'cheese or cereal for dinner every night. With that being said, one of my favorite things for him to cook for us is pasta and chicken with a spicy tomato-cream sauce. (Google 'wicked chicken riggies' and prepare to drool...)

* What has been your favorite beauty product of 2014?
Benefit's Gimme Brow, solely for the fact that I use it every single day and it makes a noticeable difference.

* Would you rather live without concealer or mascara?
Probably concealer. On minimal makeup days I will always choose mascara over concealer, especially when I'm short on time.

* Who has been the most influential person in your life?
This is a tough one! I don't think there any one person that has been more influential than another, as many people have influence in their own way. The Mr and I have been together for almost 10 years and it's crazy thinking about how I was before we met and how I am now, so I feel like we have grown and influenced each others lives a lot since we've been together.

* Where did you go for your most recent vacation?
I rarely go on vacay, so aside from a one night trip to see a concert, it would be our honeymoon in Las Vegas back in 2010! (I'm more of a stay-cationer than a vacationer.) Vegas was such a fun place to go with a ton of shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing- I would love to go back one day!

* Do you speak more than one language?
Sí! I can speak some Spanish. I took classes in school for about 6 years, so I was pretty good at it for a while, but I'm sure I'm rusty at it by now. Hopefully it would come back to me, if needed. Just like riding a bike, right?

* Who is your current favorite YouTuber?
I always look forward to videos by Anna of ViviannaDoesMakeup. She is so incredibly relatable and is so entertaining to watch. Love her.

I'm excited to nominate:


Questions for the nominees:

* What is your favorite part about blogging?
* Do you have any pets?
* What is your favorite eye shadow palette?
* If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
* What is your favorite dessert?
* What is your most recent beauty splurge?
* Are heels or flats your shoe of choice?
* What actress would play you in the movie of your life?
* What nail polish color are you currently wearing?
* Are you an early bird or a night owl?
* What is your all-time favorite makeup brand?

Thanks so much for nominating me Teran! This was so much fun!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Double Ended Brush Love

Monthly beauty boxes can be hit or miss lately, but in my December Ipsy bag was a fantastic surprise. I opened the bag to find the Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet brush from Crown Brush, a brand I hadn't heard of before. One end of the brush is a large fluffy shadow brush and the other is a tapered pencil brush. I've been looking for a good pencil brush lately so I was very excited to try it! The bristles are soft and hold their shape nicely after it's washed. The larger brush is perfect for blending (I've been using it every day!) and the smaller end is great for adding shadow under the lash line, as well as for inner corner highlight. Last but not least, this brush is extremely affordable- it's only $6.99 on their website right now!

I'd highly recommend this brush and I can't wait to try more from the brand! Have you tried any brushes from this brand before?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Glitter Nail Fail

Although the holidays are over, I'm not ready to completely quit glitter polish just yet. I decided to tone it down a bit with a neutral gray on all of my nails using Essie's Chinchilly, which I've fallen back in love with. It's such a beautiful light gray that reminds me of a fluffy little kitten! 
Midi Ring - Forever 21
Let's cut right to the glitter fail. I bought the Nail's Inc. Tinseltown trio specifically for the glitter polish in the set, Maryleboyne Avenue. It looked so promising with metallic and pink chevrons. I mean, c'mon, metallic chevrons- so different! I was just planning to add it to the tip of one nail, since the holidays are officially over now. My first attempt saw one chevron and a couple of glitter specs. I tried re-dipping and swiping three times and ended up with a couple more glitter bits and two chevrons. Horrible! The more I tried to get some sort of glittery effect happening, the more it started to get lumpy and full of air bubbles. Ridiculous. One of the worst glitter polishes I've ever tried in terms of application. 
This definitely will not be going to the top of polish list, but at least the other nails look good, right?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Latest Television and Movie Obsession

During my time off from work in December (I took a full two weeks off!!) I did a lot of much needed "nothing". It felt amazing to relax for a bit before I head into the busiest time of year at work. Throughout all of that nothing time I watched quite a bit of t.v. and movies, so I thought I'd share two of my favorites with you so you can enjoy them, too!
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The Blacklist is quite possibly one the best shows I've watched in a long time. I have been completely obsessed with it since my husband suggested we start to watch it at the beginning of December. I was hooked from the first five minutes of the pilot episode and watched the entire first season on Netflix in one weekend. It's that good. If you haven't heard of this show before, it's basically about a fugitive who surrenders to the FBI and makes a deal with them to hunt down criminals from his "Blacklist" in exchange for his freedom. James Spader is absolutely incredible as the lead role and it's the type of show that is non-stop action, mystery, and excitement in every episode. 
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I decided to watch Silver Linings Playbook last week since it's been on my "Want To Watch" list for quite some time. The film is so much better than I thought it would be with so many funny moments, as well as serious subjects dealing with mental health. The general premise of the movie is that a man gets out of a mental hospital and is trying to win back his estranged wife. In the meantime he meets another woman who was recently widowed that he forms a friendship with as he continues in his recovery. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence really shine in their roles and now I find myself watching it every time I see it on tv. I can't watch it enough!

Let me know if you've seen either of these before!