Friday, July 25, 2014

Jaclyn Hill Inspired Makeup: Rose Sparkle

So, at 24 I realized I had no idea how to
really put on makeup.
Heck! I barely knew what certain products were used for.

Several months ago I was in a wedding. So, before that day came around I knew
I had to figure out this whole makeup thing.
Remembering that my friend Jamie enjoyed watching tutorials on Youtube, 
I hopped on the web and began my studies.

One of the first people that I really enjoyed watching was:

Jaclyn Hill

Fun and bubbly, but also extremely informative!
I loved watching her videos and honestly I sort of blame it on her
that Im now a "makeup junky".

No…Im not a makeup wizard, but I have learned loads of tips and tricks
and I actually enjoy putting on and playing with makeup.
Which is saying a lot because in my youth I truly hated makeup!
(and thats a whole other story)
But NOW...
Its definitely another artistic outlet for this crafty creature!

The photo above  is a recreation of Jaclyn Hill's Rose Sparkle look.
Its one of my favorites this summer!
A link to watch her video: Rose Sparkle

Here is sort of a goofy close up of the eyes.
[ I really gotta figure out how to take good beauty/makeup photos! ]
Any tips?

Products Used:

Makeup Geeks Eyeshadows

Mac items

Thanks for reading!

eyeshadows available at: Makeup Geek

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things: June/July

my favorite things

So a few of my favorite things for June/July have been:

1. Helmlock Grove:
A totally outrageous and ridiculous show just added to Netflix (since it is a Netflix Original)
Even though the story keeps growing weirder and weirder, I can't help but be intrigued.
I am constantly grossed out by the array of grotesque imagery, but I also loved it!
Either way, if you are into wacko sci-fi, its worth checking out

2. Kat Von D Ladybird Palette
What can I say? I wanted it so badly because well, the colors freaking gorgeous
AND the shadows are all matte. Right now my favorite thing is to add some burnt orange (the color Cleopatra from the palette) to spice up my regular old brown eyeshadow look.
Super fun for a warm summer look. 

3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:
I suppose I hopped on this bandwagon late, but that's usually the case with me.
I have been eyeing this book for awhile (especially since I personally know the original Millard) but didn't pick it up until just now. Its summer and thats when I get into reading mode.
So every night now, I read aloud to my husband and we have been loving it.
The story is terribly intriguing, the writing style is appealing and easy to follow, and its creepy! (my favorite)
We are only half way through, but so far Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 has been the perfect summer nights read.

4. Whole Foods Market Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I know, totally random! I am not vegan. My boss is and he got these cookies one day.
I brought some home to my husband and of course now we are addicted.
Something about the veganess of the cookies makes them so chewy and 
uh scrumptioudoodle.

5. Eos Mint Lip Balm:
Being a victim of major chapped lips, I am in constant need of good lip balm.
Especially now for summer, this EOS chapstick (or rather chap-ball…I mean its not really a stick is it?) in mint is so soothing, cooling, and hydrating. LOVE it!

6. The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:
I am 99% sure that most of you have heard and/or have seen this item buzzing about 
the makeup junky world. The rumors are true! I must say, I brush a wee bit of this on my
face and Im a freaking summer mermaid disco ball. Which I like in summer time.

7. NYX Cosmetics Cream Blush in Boho Chic:
Ulta was having a bitchin' sale one day; 40% all NYX products! 
So of course I went and snagged a few things. Of those being a beautiful cream blush.
A: the color is beautiful 
B: it stays forever even though my face feels like its sweating off
& C: it was so cheap!
Thats all.
No, but honestly its a fantastic, long lasting blush that is extremely affordable even
when its not on sale.

8. Lorac Pro Palette 2:
Just picked up this bad boy and I have been LOVING it.
Still a newbie at all things makeup, I have been trying to widen my eyeshadow color range.
Until now I pretty much had um…brown, darker brown, shiny brown etc etc.
This palette is so much fun for creating "non-scary color" eye looks. 
Beautiful, intense colors. The shadows feel smooth and creamy. Yes, its a splurge, but its a gorgeous palette and I have no regrets!

9. Witches of East End:
Another favorite show right now. It was just added to Netflix (can ya tell Im a fan of the Netflix?) Again, I love that sci-fi, fantasy crap. Its just the best.
Witches of East End is about…witches yes and their trials as a family and as powerful woman. I guess to best describe it: a majorly updated version of Charmed with a hint of Vampire Diaries excitement. The characters are immediately lovable and intriguing. The story line is the usually Good VS Evil, but with various twists and turns in each episode.
I watched the whole season in 2 days. grr!


Hemlock Grove & Witches of East End on Netflix

For more info on the shows and a more detailed description:

Kat Von D Ladybird Palette @ Sephora

EOS, NYX blush, Lorac Pro Palette 2 @ Ulta

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children @ Walmart

Mary Lou Manizer @ The Balm

Cookies at the one and only Whole Foods Market

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Sundress Outfit

On days when I feel like being especially flirty and girly, I put on this little number.
This is one of my favorite finds from Buffalo Exchange in Ventura Beach, Ca.

I paired it with a vintage clutch (another special find), 
a neutral shimmery brown eye look using the new Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette 2, 
a little flower clip from Forever 21, 
and a whole lot of goobness.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

MAC Peachstock Love

So I just recently jumped on the makeup bandwagon and 
with that comes a deep hunger and obsession. 

I must report, that I have fallen victim to the most
heinous of Makeup Addictions:
(Dun DUn Dun!)


Mac lipsticks to be specific. 

They make me feel so fancy and I freaking love all the colors.
I just want to smear them all over my face!

I now have a small collection of the very best
(for my skin tone and personal preference)
AND now they have a new friend:


A beautiful, nudish peachy color. A satin finish
(so its nice and moisturizing)
Its a MAC Pro color they just added to the permanent collection.

I used to be a NOT so big fan of the "nude lip"
But with this pretty color that has a hint of peach, 
its so flattering and fun.
 I have been loving this color for a subtle summer lip look
and as something to pair with a sexy, smoky eye without giving me the
dreaded "dead" look.

Peachstock LOVE!

available at 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

14 Childhood Books That Rocked My World

Do you remember that wonderful time when the Book Fair would come to school? Remember the special time when you and your classmates would gather around on the "special" rug in criss cross apple sauce fashion for Reading Time? Or maybe when you finally got your own shiny Library card and got to pick all the books you wanted?

Well I do! Some of my fondest childhood moments were spent discovering new books. Stories about all sorts of thing from colors to evil dummies. From facts about poop to a little boy with a really really really long name.

Here are fourteen of my absolute favorite childhood books.

I hope to share them with my little creatures one day!

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess, infamous still today I'm sure, is just one of those staple childhood books. 

2. The Gas We Pass, very educational!

3. The Rainbow Fish, taught me my first lesson in sharing. Also it was beautiful to look at.

4. Charlotte's Web, is probably my first "big kid-chapter" book. I remember absolutely loving the story. 

5. Frog and Toad Are Friends, one of those books I know that I love, but can't quite remember why. I think I loved these books because Frog and Toad were always moody and funny. Something about cookies? and swimming in the lake?

6. I SPY, just classic! 

7. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Perfection! I think Ive read this about 5 times and every time I discover something new. This book opened me up to the beauty of fantasy and magic. It was also the first time I'd read a book that actually affected me emotionally.
One of my all time favorites still today.

8. Everyone Poops, a more unusual childhood favorite and mostly likely not as popular as the others. But as a young impressionable mind this book was just so revealing and oh so entertaining. I now own two copies. And let me tell you, this is a tough book to get your hands on.

9. Tikki Tikki Tembo, sometimes I will be zoning out somewhere and suddenly start saying this fools name out loud. "Tikki Tikki Tembo No Saw Rembo Chary Bary….." Its very long, but it stuck with me. And I think the moral of the story was don't have a long name or you will get stuck in a well and no one will get you because they don't want to have to say your name over and over. Maybe. 

10. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, my first lesson in don't give people things because then they will just want more. A great book though!

11. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Um Im not sure. Its just a classic.

12. Goosebumps, ugh! The magic of creepy, thriller books. I've read a whole crap ton front the Goosebumps series but Night of The Living Dummy was by far my favorite.

13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, man the caterpillar ate everything! 2 pears, 4 ice cream sundaes, etc.

14. Where's Waldo?, what would my childhood have been like without constantly looking for Waldo?

What were your favorite childhood books?
Are any of these your favorites too?