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Mila Kunis Inspired Look: Dramatic Smokey Eyes

I think Mila Kunis is beautiful. I saw this one photo of her floating around Pinterest and I thought it was mezmerising. I thought I’d do a similar look tonight for the fun of it. It’s pretty dramatic and sharp. It’s definitely more of an editorial look and not something I’d wear out, but I think it’s pretty cool.

Products Used:


MAC eye shadows in: Moth Brown, Black Tied, and Solar White

MAC Fluidliner in Blacktrack

Dior Show Extase mascara

Ardell false lashes

What do you think about this dramatic look? Would you wear this look out or tone it down for a more classic smokey eye?

Adele Grammy Inspired Look: Claire

My friend Claire has really been wanting a red lipstick. Today she bought one from MAC in the shade Russian Red as well as picking up their lipliner in Brick. When we got back to my apartment and I prepared to do her makeup, I tried to think of a good look to pair with a bright red lip. I was originally going to do a purple look on her eyes, but that would have been too much with the red lips.

I thought of Adele’s makeup at the Grammy awards this year and did a look inspired by that. I changed it up a little and did more of a smokey eye on the outer corner of her eyes instead of Adele’s bold cat eye.

My blanket of hair needs some layers!

Sexy red lips!

pretty Claire!

Fancy picture from Instagram, I thought this filter really brought out the colors.

Products used:

Smashbox Photofinish Primer

Nars liquid foundation

Nars blush in Sin

MAC So Ceylon Mineralize Skin Finish

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Urban Decay Primer Potion

MAC Solar White eye shadow

MAC Rice Paper eye shadow

MAC French Grey eye shadow

MAC Black Ties eye shadow

MAC Russian Red lipstick

MAC Brick lip liner

Maybelline Great Lash masacara

Ardell false lashes

Doesn’t Claire look awesome? I am hoping to be posting a few more looks over the next two weeks including one inspired by Zooey Deschanel. Are there any specific looks you’d like to see? Let me know!

Beautification.

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Remember my last post about dreams and finding what makes you happy? I’ve been doing some thinking. While I may not be ready to commit to a radical change, I could do something that  might fulfill some of the void I often feel.

When I was in college I was really into makeup, specifically MAC Cosmetics. I think a lot of  us had that phase, but I was pretty good at doing my own makeup and I had a lot of fun with it. I really wanted to work for MAC and started trying to make a portfolio. I think I did makeup on two of my friends, but I lacked the confidence. I was at my heaviest weight and didn’t have many friends. I never went further with that dream.

Over the years I’ve remained interested in beauty, even though I’m lazy so you don’t see me dolled up every day. However, I still feel confident that I’m pretty good at makeup and when I take the time to do it up, I do it well.

I did an inventory of my makeup the other day. I still have about 30 MAC eye shadows. I’ve been on Pinterest recently looking for some inspiration and have been seeing a lot of looks using gold and black, creating a smokey eye. This morning I woke up early enough, so I wanted to do something to recreate the look. Since I was only going to work, and more specifically, to an office currently only occupied by myself, another woman, and a dog, I didn’t want to do too dramatic of look for daytime/work. I toned it down so it was more subtle.

subtle gold smokey eye

Sorry for the not-so-great quality of these photos. My iPhone camera and the current lighting outside isn’t offering me much to work with. I used a filter on Instagram which I think helped enhance some of the colors.

For the record, I used:

  • Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage Foundation (first time using this)
  • Nars blush in Sin
  • MAC Scult/Shape powder duo in Accentuate/Sculpt (I love this product, I’m sad it was LE!)
  • Smashbox Brow Tech in Brunette
  • Dior Show Extase mascara (my favorite mascara by far!)
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • MAC eye shadows in Shroom, Rice Paper, Black Tied
  • Urban Decay eye shadow in Baked
  • MAC lipstick in Cherish (this isn’t showing up well at all)

So there we have it. Next time I will bring you better photos. I know this is just one small step of doing something I enjoy and allows me to feel creative. Hopefully it will lead to more, bigger steps!

Is there a look you would like me to do and post photos and tips of?

Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?

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Everyone always tells us to dream, and to never give up on those dreams. I agree with that sentiment for the most part. Everyone should have goals, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. I think the question for me is “Is it worth it?”

When I was in high school, during my junior year I met with a career adviser. Which in retrospect, at 16 I had no idea what I’d really want to do with the rest of my life. The man had my high school transcript in front of him, and asked me what I thought I’d want to major in, what I’d like to do.

I told him I wanted to be a pharmacist and go to pharmacy school. Now, if you know me, math and science are not my best subjects, yet I always found pharmacology very interesting. The man saw my grades of C’s in biology and chemistry and said to me, “You know how they say you can be anything you want to be when you grow up? That isn’t true.” Ouch. The man had a point though.

Could I have become a pharmacist? Sure, maybe so, but I would have been in hell and always struggled with my coursework.  Would it have been worth it?

Today, ten years later (oh lord), I can tell you I don’t feel like I’m missing out on my dream career as a pharmacist. I ended up going to college and went though the following progression of majors: criminal justice, international studies, mass communications

Did I land in the right place? I’m not sure. I don’t think it was the wrong place. I am glad I got out of international studies when I did, because that would have led me down a quick road to nowhere, but I wonder what I could have done with criminal justice. I really wanted to work for the DEA, particularly the more behind the scenes stuff with investigations.

For the past five years I have been working in marketing. Do I like it? Sure, it’s okay. Do I feel like there is something out there that is more me? Yes, I do.

What is that? I don’t know.

The commitment of pursing a new dream is big, and I want to be sure it’s the right one. I’ve considered air traffic control, hair/makeup artist, wedding coordinator, physical therapy assistant, pursing an MBA, or looking back into that DEA idea. Kind of all over the place, right?

At 27, I still feel young enough to know that I can achieve my dreams, whatever they might be. I suppose there should never be an age cap on dreams.

Maybe one day I’ll know, maybe it will just come to me when I least expect it and I will feel 100 percent sure. That would be nice. But maybe it won’t, and I’ll just have to take a chance…

Did you ever make a career change? Do you feel like you choose the right path in college?

Sweet Emotion

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I wanted to discuss things are sweet. Let me start by saying the other night I watched the season finale of American Idol. I saw bits of it throughout the season, I’m not really into that show. However, I caught Aerosmiths performance during the finale and I thought it was pretty sweet! I like Steven Tyler, I won’t lie. I find him oddly endearing and I dig his eccentric style. Plus, I always love to tell the story about the song Dude(Looks Like a Lady) came from a comment Steven Tyler made about Vince Neil  from Motley Crue. I had a pretty big Motley Crue stage in 2005, but that is a story for another day. Liv Tyler is also pretty sweet isn’t she? So pretty…

So let’s get back on track here, shall we? My reason for talking about all of this sweetness has more to do with taste of sweetness.

I used to big a big diet soda drinker, as well as diet iced tea, etc. I am ashamed of how many diet drinks I used to consume. While they may be calorie-free, they are full of harmful chemicals and they aren’t good for you!

For the most part, I don’t consume diet drinks (or regular for that matter) anymore. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners as much as I can. These days I drink mostly water, La Croix (sparkling water with natural flavor, it’s awesome), and I use a packet of Truvia in my coffee in the morning.

I don’t use regular sugar either. I know there are still mixed reviews on Stevia and Truvia, but I am okay with using a packet a day in my coffee.

Since making these changes to my diet and not consuming artificial sweeteners or sugar for the most part, I’ve noticed my perception of what is sweet has changed. I took a sip of a diet iced tea recently and thought I might gag. I find if pretty interesting and if anything it reinforces my choice to avoid consuming artificial sweeteners.

Now, I am no saint. I have an occasional diet soda, but I am trying to make it a rare occasion thing. I won’t lie to you, I miss my Diet Dr. Pepper. Some people say that quit soft drinks and don’t miss it. I’m not one of those people. I am someone who is willing to make the sacrifice to cut it out of my diet to feel better and be healthier.

I feel like this post went all over the place. Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to post about Steven Tyler and Aerosmith…

Final thought, the more I type the word sweet the more it looks weird and wrong. Strange!

Do you consume artificial sweeteners or avoid them? Do you find Aerosmith sweet? Let’s discuss…

iDakota: Upcycling For Your Cat

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A few weekends ago I was looking around Pinterest and came across the cutest thing! Someone had taken a vintage TV, gutted it, and turned it into a cat bed! As I looked more into this concept I saw that it can be done with an old computer monitor. I told John about this idea, and being that we are both so in love with our kitty Dakota we decided he needed one. These sell on Etsy for anywhere from $100 and up and since John (my husband, btw) is a computer engineer, he felt confident we could safely disassemble a monitor/computer and create one ourselves.

We wanted to use an old school iMac monitor and asked Dakota what color he wanted. He told us purple. We found an old one on Craigslist for $20 and went to pick it up. We also stopped to get a nice soft comfy blanket for Dakota’s soon-to-be new bed.

Here are some photos of John taking apart the computer. Please do not attempt this at home unless you are qualified to do so. Whether you use a TV, monitor, etc. it can can still carry a charge.

After all our John’s hard work, Dakota did not act like the other cats we saw online and relish in the comfy joy of his new iMac bed.  He acted like a typical cat diva, sniffed it, and walked away. THE HORROR! We tried to encourage *force* him to try it out, which didn’t work. We tried some cat nip, toys…nothing worked!

 Damn it Dakota! Yeah, he was pissed.

We were very disappointed, but we knew there was a chance this would happen. We placed the new bed in a spot he liked to lie down in our room and hoped he’d take to it.

Three weeks pass, no luck. John and I had given up hope. Until last night…

Success!

I walked into our room and saw Dakota checking out his iMac bed, I tiptoed out, came back a few minutes later and found him cozy as can be in his iMac! Hipster cat has arrived! He slept in the iMac for about 2 hours last night.

I wanted to share the whole story of our iMac cat bed upcycling project.  I do not want to lie to you and give you the impression that your cat will immediately love his new cute sleeping spot. That is the impression I got from the ones I saw even though I knew deep down, a cat is a cat.

Have you ever bought or made your pet a unique toy or bed?

Sometimes you just need a plan, man.

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I need to get back into a good exercise routine. I’ve been working out, but not as much as I’d like to me. It’s been hard adjusting back to working full-time, especially with a longer commute than I was used to before. It’s not too bad, but it takes me about a half hour in the mornings and anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to get home depending on when I leave.

My goal right now is to workout for an hour four days a week. I want to get to five days, but for now I’m going to aim for four since they will be intense workouts.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will go to CrossFit for the WOD at 7 a.m.

Sunday I will run. If I don’t want to run, I can bike, or really just something in.

I think this plan gives me more than enough time to rest  and it works with my schedule well.

Right now my back is hurting me because my desk chair at work is crappy. I should be getting a new chair within a week, thank goodness! For now I’m using the guest chair that is in my office, because it’s better than what I have currently. I guess sitting will kill you, eh? Kill your back…

I’ve been having a good week this far as far as eating goes. I have cut out most sugar, grains, and processed foods. John has been doing a great job too. We are stuck somewhere in between clean eating and a Paleo approach. I think it’s a good plan for now and I will let you know how it goes.

How are you getting your workouts in? Do you keep a schedule?