Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 favorites

Its been a crazy month... I feel like I have been working non-stop for both work and my personal life. I'm so tired from work, that I don't have a lot to give anywhere else.

(Good news, though- I have lost 2 lbs in the last two weeks... I'll take it! :)

On to my July favorites-

Wet 'N Wild Eyeshadow single in Brulee`
I read the reviews on, and everyone LOVED this color. I can now see why... its affordable, its super creamy, and its a great every day color (...I also think its a dupe for the Naked Basics Palette Walk of Shame shade.) I pair this eyeshadow with...

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I really suck at putting on gel eyeliner, and this helps me get the same look without the need for hand stability. :) These two products have been my go to's for the last two weeks. It makes me look finished, but summer appropriate for the 100+ weather.

CG Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
I loved this mascara two weeks ago, and I am still loving it. I use it after my CG Clump Crusher mascara and it provides just enough UMPF for every day wear. (Nothing compares to the DiorShow mascara I've loved for years, but I'm

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation
I really really like this foundation, especially when applied with my Sigma F80 flat top Kabuki brush. I got a shade that's a little too light, so I'm going to buy the next shade "up"  to blend for a better match. (Also, I've tried the CoverGirl Whipped foundation, to compare, and the CG is a bit sticky for my liking. The Revlon has a super silky finish)

Nars the Multiple in Portofino
Everyone loves Nars in Orgasm, but Portofino is lovely. I've been dotting it on my cheeks and blending with a Beauty Blender sponge. Beautiful.  Long lasting- summer perfection.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
Oil for oily skin? Counter-intuitive, I know. However, I love Clarins and I trusted the Clarins lady when she said it would work. She was right! It feels so good; its heaven. And my husband says, every single night- "You smell so good!" What lady doesn't like that?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Not for the faint of heart

I have to share this story, because it is so hilarious.

For my entire life, I've had a very strong response to giving shots or getting vaccinations myself, but in the past few years, I've become a lot better at handling it. Part of my job description is giving shots to livestock, and I did just that today! [This seriously adds irony, in my opinion...] As a matter of fact, my mother, brother, and grandfather have the same response.

Today, my husband had to go to the county health office to get vaccinations for his upcoming trip to Brazil. (Yellow fever, typhoid, and Hep A). He has NEVER in his life passed out during vaccinations, but today, he did. Faster than you can imagine, he was fine, and then he was out cold. So cold, in fact, that he hit his head on the counter and didn't remember a thing about it. He came out of it, and then he went out AGAIN!

I was doing great, I didn't freak out watching the vaccinations, but that second time he went out, it hit me, too. I PASSED OUT ALSO! I don't know for how long, but long enough that I swear I had a dream.

I feel really bad for the nurse. He said it was definitely one he was going to talk about over dinner, and who can blame him? A husband and wife pass out in your office? That's pretty... special.

Needless to say, we sat in the room for a good 30 minutes getting our bearings. The doctor came in and checked us out, and said we experienced a vasovagal response.

Here's to vaccinating! :)

These are a few of my favorite things... July edition

I've been doing a lot more drugstore cosmetic shopping, and I am really liking what I have found! Here's a run down of things I have been loving oodles and oodles.

Hidden gem in the makeup aisle. Look at the bottom of the CoverGirl display, and you'll find it hanging out, waiting to make magic! ;) CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Mascara

The only thing I wear on my fingernails, because manicures last about half of a day. I got my second bottle for 50% off at CVS! Orly French Manicure Nail Lacquer in Bare Rose

I'm a believer. This is my second kit. Mary Kay Satin Lips Set

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The cutest packaging I have ever seen. Cuter than Benefit! Lime Crime Geradium Lipstick (no, not drugstore... but I'm seriously crushing on this...)

The only thing that fits my non-existent cheek bones, and the prettiest coral I've found. EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush and Milani Baked Blush in Coralina
Anything you've been loving that I need to try?

Happy Thursday!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Starting over again

I do this every time. I get fit, I train for half marathons, and then I get lazy/busy.

I know the cycle, and this time, I'm going to do my best to prevent the cycle; the best way I can think to stop it is to report back here once a week.

My goal isn't to be a fitness model, or to look like Alessandra Ambrosio or Gisele Bundchen. I just want to feel comfortable... I want to be able to run a few miles an not feel beat, or lift a 50lb bag of feed without strain. As one blog I read called it, #firstworldproblems.  Its time to get ready to wear a swimsuit without feeling awkward.

SO, here goes... Monday 7/15 fitness update.

I'm down about 1lb from last week- I've been at a plateau (5 pounds away from my goal weight!) so you can imagine my relief [serious, intense relief] that the number I've been seeing for so long has finally changed.

I'm following the WeightWatchers eating plan. It works for me, and it makes it easy to think about food. I especially love the eTools!!!!

I've done cardio for the last 4 days (Fri-Mon).

  • I ran easy intervals on Friday- about 2 miles, with intervals of 2 minutes fast and 3 minutes slow. 
  • Saturday I decided to just run, so I set the speed at 4.5 on the treadmill, and went for almost 2 miles without stopping. (Obviously, the goal is to go faster and longer as I get stronger!)
  • Sunday was the Stair Master. I hate that thing, but it does work. I went at level 5-6 for 20 minutes. That's almost 60 flights of stairs!!!!
  • Today, I went on the elliptical for an easy 15 minutes. I was feeling really tired today, so I forced myself to go. I didn't make it as long as I wanted, but at least I went. Right?
Tomorrow will be strength training day- I want to focus on my core and my arms, always trouble spots. I was blessed with strong legs, so the cardio will help with that, especially the blasted Stair Master.

I hope if you are struggling with this same healthy journey that you know you aren't alone. And if you've done it before, you can do it again. If you have never done it before, know that it can be done. You deserve to have the healthy life you want!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Balancing act

Sometimes we go through life, and we are so busy that we forget what really matters. I am so guilty of this- I get caught up with the minutae of life, and neglect things that are really important to me... like my health, family and friends. My friends ARE my family, and my family is so important. I'm trying to make more of an effort to spend time with the people that I love.

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with an old friend, and she mentioned that the time after graduating college and before you have children can be the loneliest of your life. You move away from the social hub that was college, and strike out on your own... and it can be difficult to make new friends in an new place. (Even if you go back home- I've found the friends I used to have aren't interested in letting me back in their circle, or else our lives are now so different, its difficult to find a common ground.)

Expect posts about girls' trips and family beach vacations in the next few months! No more lonely for me!

How do you balance your life and family/friend commitments?  How do you make new friends in a new place? [BTW, its kind of tough to make a lot of new friends when you work at a school. Its a very separating place- and there isn't a lot of mixing between the teachers.]

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." Anthony Brandt