Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My Everyday Life [Weeks 41 & 42]

I combined my recaps of the first two weeks of October. Here's what they looked like!

The Tanzi-nator. I have so many nicknames for this guy. Don't know why, but I do. I usually give nicknames to people and animals I like and I really like this kitty. 
After talking about buying a succulent plant for a year, I finally found the perfect one. It likes the sunshine in the master bathroom window.
 So pretty and calming!
I purchased three meals through Blue Apron and enjoyed cooking the recipes they sent me! Full review coming soon.
New app love-Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen! Y'all know how much I loved Greger's book How Not To Die and I still continue to be a fangirl by getting apps like this one. It's a simple yet effective way to track your daily nutrition goals.
Gorgeous fall leaves at my workplace. 
Hated to leave this guy and his brothers for two days, but we did when we went on a road trip last week.
We roadtripped to La Crosse with stops at House on the Rock and Cave of the Mounds.

I love the Japanese garden at House on the Rock. I'll write a separate post about our trip.
I continued my silly tradition of taking a photo of a photograph after a tour. We never buy them since they're ridiculously overpriced and often in front of boring backdrops, like this one at Cave of the Mounds.
I never got the apple cider doughnuts I was obsessing over on our road trip. There were so many places we could have purchased them from on our way to La Crosse and then absolutely none on our way back! I settled for buying some from the grocery store. They satisfied my craving. 
I shot a gun! Anyone who knows me well is shocked I would do such a thing. Never thought I'd do that in my lifetime, but when in Rome...well when your husband's best friend gets married and he invites you to shoot guns with the guys, you go!
The wedding was Saturday and it was a pretty fall day! Loved the mums and pumpkins greeting us when we arrived at the hunt club.
 Adorable leaf cupcakes! They were delicious.
 The newlyweds being cute!
 Congrats Jeff and Amanda!
Weird story from the wedding--a server asked if my name was Kelsey. She actually thought I was my niece, who is about 13 years younger than me. They went to college together and she thought I was her! So strange!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Makeup Favorites-Fall 2016 Edition

I've got a roundup of some of my favorite makeup products I've used lately. After many of these are used up, I plan to make my routine much more natural. Unfortunately, that means I won't be purchasing many of these items again.

With the exception of the Bite Beauty multisticks, I purchased or received samples of these items with purchases.
From left to right:
  • Dior Fix It Colour in green. I have pale skin that gets red around my nose and chin, plus I have some acne scars to cover up. This works pretty well at keeping the redness at bay all day.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Black. This was free from Sephora as a birthday month bonus and I love this eyeliner. It has staying power and looks bold, yet really pretty. It also came with a free lipstick by the same brand (unpictured because it stays in my desk at work) and I love that too. 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner I received this free with a purchase and I normally don't purchase liquid eyeliner on my own because I haven't had great experiences with them in the past. This eyeliner is wonderful--it is so easy to apply and stays put all day.
  • bareMinerals bareSkin® Sheer Sun™ Serum Bronzer I didn't expect to love this sample, yet it is one of items I keep turning to as my pale skin yearns for that bronzy summer glow. I like how it looks natural on my fair skin. I blend the liquid into the bridge of my nose and cheeks.
  • Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil by IT Cosmetics this was another item I normally wouldn't buy on my own, but I like it. I am new to using brow products and the word "universal" would have scared me a bit because I would have thought it was too dark for my light brown eyebrows, but it is a very neutral color. I don't feel like my brows are too dark when I'm done filling them in with this product. 
  • Ulta mineral blush in Tulip I purchased this blush a couple of months ago and as you can tell from the photo above, I've "hit pan" as beauty bloggers say. That means I absolutely adored this product and color. It was perfect for me and I would highly recommend it for fair skin blondes. I'm sad I have to give this up and move onto other more natural products, but I am sure I will find a similar product out there. I don't think it lasted on my cheeks as long as other products do, but I sure loved the pinky peach shade for the five hours or so it stayed on my cheeks. 
  • Ulta mascara I've linked my favorite formula of Ulta mascara, as this plush drama one did not work as well as I had hoped. I think their formulas are ok, but I am looking forward to trying the Mineral Fusion brand in the future. I'm just crossing my fingers that Costco brings it back to their site because their price is the best I have found.  
  • Bite beauty multisticks I received these through Influenster and they're so versatile. They're creamy and then they dry to a powder like consistency. I find the two brown shades are great for contouring, but I really have to blend them well with the beauty blender sponge. The pink is pretty on my lips and cheeks. These are great for traveling or throwing into your purse.