Friday, February 28, 2014

Teacher's Pet

Sweater, leggings: Mossimo by Target
Necklace: ShopLately
Boots: Bronx 
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box (discontinued)
Foundation: Revlon Whipped 'Nude'
Blush: MAC 'Dame'
Lipstick: Laura Geller 'Berry Vanilla'
This is my typical work outfit: pajamas masquerading as clothes.  I can go from teaching class and serving snacks to chucking dodgeballs at kids' heads with ease.  This sweater is the best Target purchase I have ever made.  The quality is shockingly great, the tapestry pattern looks like luxury, and it fits wonderfully.  I wish it was still in stock (and still $9!) so that I could purchase old lady backups.

All right, off to work.  I'm a youth minister for 5-8 graders at a Catholic Church.  It's like being half teacher, half friend.  An odd combination, but I think I've mastered it thanks to many rookie mistakes.  I love my kids.  Here are a few of them unsuccessfully plotting to scare me when I enter the building:
This "doll" mysteriously appeared in the church nursery.  The moment was so earth-shattering, I Instagrammed it.  Nobody knows where it came from.  The fact that the nursery hasn't been used in months adds to the enigma.  We call it Yak Baby.  If you misbehave, you must hold him quietly on your lap for five minutes.  I should probably get a teaching license.
He's always watching.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Forgive me NARS, for I have sinned

Apologies for my temporary blasphemy, Dad, but it was just too perfect.  A few months ago, I wrote a somewhat unfavorable review about NARS' blush in Sin.  I will never write a first-impressions review again!  I don't see the point; how can I judge something without fully getting to know it first?  I need to test it out, play with it, explore our relationship, nurture it, perhaps spoon a little bit...  After really putting it to the test, I love this blush now.  Since NARS blushes have a stiff-like (not to be confused with dry) quality, a dense blush brush is needed.  I stopped using the soft and wonderful Real Techniques Blush Brush and switched to the Ecotools line.  The brush is still easy on the face, but it picks up more product while effectively blending out the edges.  The Real Techniques brush is still my standby for buttery products like MAC's Pro Longwear blush.  I am slowly realizing that my makeup is only as good as my tools.  It makes such a difference!
 NARS Sin is a perfect blend of pink and purple on my fair winter skin.  I usually pair it with violety lips products like Revlon Colorburst 'Lilac' or MAC Rebel, but it also looks fresh with brownies a la MAC Twig.  A surprisingly versatile plum blush!  I give you my blessing to purchase it, because that was the only thing holding you back.

Thank you for reading!
I wonder what my penance will be...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Hair, Red Tights, Can't Lose

 Dress: The Limited
Cardigan: H&M
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Wedges: Pour la Victoire
Glasses: Firmoo
Can anyone tell me why the gloriously gorgeous Adrienne Palicki hasn't received a good role since Friday Nights Lights?  She and former beau Alan Tudyk of Firefly would make a good team.  Fox, get on that.  Actually, don't.  Netflix, it's in your hands now.

It's been a while since I've worn my beloved red We Love Colors tights.  I can't praise this brand enough!  They are the sturdiest, softest, best-fitting tights I've ever owned. The $13 price point is more than fair, considering that my 4-year-old black pair is just now getting toe holes.  I'll wear them until they disintegrate. (No, I'm not sponsored by them and the links aren't affiliate.  Pinky swear.)  Besides the 4.5 inch wedges, this outfit felt like pajamas.  Honestly, how could I wear flats with screaming tights like these?

Have a loverly Tuesday, dear reader!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Zippers, Stripes, and Sequins

Jacket, top: H&M
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: BC Footwear
Glasses: Firmoo
Lately, I've been forgoing the dresses in favor of jeans.  These jeans, specifically.  Ah, the zippers!  There's something about the combination of the striped jacket and the sequined Peter Pan collar that makes me happy.  It's very me: classic with a little modernity.  I liked this outfit so much that I wore it two days in a row.  We went shopping in Portland on Saturday... stop freaking out!  Our destinations included Trader Joe's, the brewing store for Darin, and Greek food.  No makeup or clothing, I swear.  Sheesh.  (And hey, free samples of Chanel perfume don't count.)
I love Portland, but I love coming home to this view even more.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Winter Peach

I came to a bitter conclusion last night.  I have too much stuff.  Lipsticks, lotions, shoes, blushes, lip butters, lip balms, dresses, tights, eyeshadow, lip stains, and mascaras are taking over my life.  (I obviously love lip products. I love my lips.)  While cleaning and organizing my little bedroom last night, I felt suffocated, rather than happy, by my pretty things.  It got me thinking... what's the point in having beautiful things if they don't bring a heartfelt peace or joy?  Lent is in a couple weeks.  I planned to give up purchasing makeup and clothing, but I am going to start now.  Whew, it kind of hurt to type that... which means that this is definitely good for my broken materialistic soul.  It's time for me to love and appreciate what I already have.  $*#%. Seriously, $*#%.

Here's my face today.  It was the first sunny day in what feels like months, so of course I had to wear peach on my eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Foundation: Clinique Super-Balanced in Alabaster.  I do not recommend this at all- it doesn't dry down and melts off my face throughout the day.

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.  This is one of my favorites! The texture is incredibly smooth.

Eyes: Inglot 407, Urban Decay Buck, Too Faced Piano Keys.  Inglot 407 is a must-have!  It's quite similar to Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan and MAC Expensive Pink.  This duochrome peachy-pink beauty is in my top ten of eyeshadows, for sure.

Mascara: Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara.  I like every Clinique mascara I've ever tried.  

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, my favorite matte bronzer. (Yup, it smells like chocolate.)

Blush:  MAC Margin.  This shimmery trinity of bronze, peach, and dirty rose is steadily moving up the ranks in my blush drawer.  Gorgeous.

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.  This is a great way to compliment peachy looks without doing peach.  The gold shimmer makes your lips look big and healthy.

And because you've always wanted to look inside my nose:
Until tomorrow, reader. <3>
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