Fashion Friday. Makeup Edition.

So being the homebody I am I haven’t really dressed up in anything that merits doing a post about. I mean let’s get real, yoga pants, tank tops, and wearing you hair in a messy bun isn’t exactly worth sharing. But I know I need to get back into the swing of blogging, so I thought I might share a post on my makeup staples.

Foundation.

foundationI have rather sensitive skin so narrowing down a foundation has been a 8 year chore, and occasionally my skin will freak and I’ll have to quit using a product that had been working for a long while. So here’s hoping this one sticks, because I really love it. I like the coverage a liquid foundation gives but  sometimes liquid formulas can cause breakout. Well not only do I not breakout from this product but it has helped clear my complexion. I wear classic ivory, but I think it may be a tad too light for me because I have to bronze it up, however if you do buy this product keep a few things in mind, make certain you don’t have any dry patches because this foundation will show it, and do not go too crazy with the blush or bronzer because the foundation does gradually warm up and become slightly darker. The product provides good coverage all the while looking rather natural, and once it dries feels light like a powder not like a mudmask, I hate that goopey makeup feel. Cost is roughly $12

Blush/Contour/highlight/bronzer

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This is part of Salma Hayek’s cosmetic line which is found at CVS. It is the cheek trio and I bought the color apricot. The blush and highlighter portion are rather shimmery, which is ok but I prefer a matte blush, however the bronzer/contour is no where near as shimmery which is fine by me, but bare in mind there still is a bit of shimmer. I do like this product, but I wouldn’t say that I am chained to it, I’m still open to finding other alternatives. But it is the one I’m currently using so that is why I am telling you about it. The color is spot on for my complexion whether I am in my pale stage or summer tan, I just use less when I am pale, which is convenient because the whole buy new colors because you’re paler or darker thing is no fun. All in all a good product but its not something I would be heartbroken about if I heard they were no longer being sold. Cost is about $13

Eyeshadow.

eyeshadowAnother product from the nuance collection that I am using is the eye quad in the color neutral. I am girl who really loves eyeshadow, but is also quite picky about the colors and textures that I will use. This is by far one of my very favorite eyeshadows I have ever used. The quad contains the colors toasted almond, shimmering bronze, champagne gold, and frosted blush. The colors are perfect for my black/brown eyes that can sometimes look a little dull because they are so dark. Whereas I like a matte cheek color, I detest a matte eyeshadow, I have yet to find one that didn’t look cheap and chalky. So the beautiful shimmering colors in this quad are a godsend! I find that you can use the shadows for a day or night look and they go with whatever you are wearing which is wonderful. So this is a product I am chained to 😉 the cost is about $9

Eyeliner.

266_Raven_379I really love liquid eyeliner! Doing a retro catseye is something I started doing when I was about 15 and I haven’t looked back since. I have used a few different liquid eyeliners and the ZuZu luxe liquid eyeliner in Raven is by far the best I’ve ever used. The formula goes on very smooth and dries to matte black perfection, the formula stays put which is great, unless you mess up one eye 😉 and is easy enough to remove with olive oil when it’s time to wash your face. My one complaint is about the felt tip end, I don’t like how fat, short, and stiff it is. I got used to the loreal liquid liner’s tip (long, skinny, and flexible) so I just use the applicator from that eyeliner. Cost is about $15 which is a bit higher than what I normally like to spend because I’m a penny pincher, but this is a cleaner product so it’s worth it in my eyes…no pun intended wow.

Lips.

honest-organic-lip-balm-trio2-zoomI basically only wear two things on my lips, that being red lipstick for special occasion, or lip balm for everyday. Since I’m still looking for the perfect red lipstick I thought I would just tell you about my fave lip balm. I use the orange lip balm out of the organic lip balm trio you can order through the Honest Company. It is perfect, it goes on very light yet super hydrating. Most lip balms contain salicylic acid so you will keep reapplying and buy more, but this product consists of several different oils all of which I can pronounce! Hooray for no scary chemicals and double hooray for smooth lips! The trio costs about $10 which is super reasonable for the great product you’re getting.

Mascara.

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Lastly mascara. I have been using ZuZu luxe mascara in onyx for the past few year and it is by far my fave mascara I have ever tried, and I have tried a lot of different mascaras! It goes on very cleanly, but that does not mean you cannot build and get that super lash look all of you love! I myself am blessed with fairly long lashes, but ever since using ZuZu I feel as if my lashes are in better condition and growing faster which is fabulous. I was a little freaked at first by the growth of my lashes thinking I had bought something for lash growth (lash growth products can be very dangerous) but it turns out just using a cleaner product will encourage your lashes to grow better, hooray. This product is about $17 but is so worth it! I will never buy another mascara!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you decide to try any of the products I mentioned be sure to let me know how you like them. Hearing from you guys is the best part about blogging. So if you also want to share some of your beauty staples feel free, Happy Friday!

Maternity Shoot.

So here is the shoot I did with my sister-in-law and eldest brother. I have to admit I was pretty nervous about doing this shoot, I usually get nervous before any shoot, just because I want to make sure I give my client quality pictures. But it was especially important that I give my own family great pictures. This was my first maternity shoot, I have assisted during another, but never did one on my own. But I must say (without bragging) I think I managed to capture some rather nice shots.

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165My sis-in-law is such a stunner.

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141142I must say I really love this shot. I hope my sis-in-law and big brother do too. I’m so looking forward to being an aunt and to doing newborn pics 😉 Hope you all enjoyed this post and that you are having a very happy Monday. Cheers!

Maternity Shoot Sneak Peek!

Here’s a sneak peek of a photoshoot I did today with my beautiful sister-in-law and awesome eldest brother.

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Seriously its 2013?

Ya I’m way behind, most everyone had their “year in review” blogs posted new years day, but I’m a procrastinator *shoulder shrug of indifference* 2012 was quite a year, but I’ll just share the things that stick out the most.

Last year (February) I celebrated the fact I was no longer a teen, and like the sophisticated adult I am 😉 I threw my very first dinner party, complete with appetizers, boeuf bourguignon for the main course, and a three tiered birthday cake. It was by far the best birthday I ever had. Not because of what I did, but of who I spent it with, being surrounded by your closest friends and having them all talk about how you met, why you get a long, and any funny anecdote they feel the need to share about you has a surprising ability to turn someone as goofy as I into a sentimental sap. I honestly cried with my best friend of about 12 years because of a vintage necklace she bought me. Talk about softening with age!

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I also managed to go to some pretty awesome concerts last year, not a bunch of concerts but its quality not quantity. One of my first concerts of the year (March I think) was seeing Keith Harkin. Man does he put on a great show! His guitar playing is unmatched, and his vocals are so strong! Most musicians are not as good live but I must say Keith consistently rocks the house.Ireland!!! 220Another highlight of the year was the fact Keith retweeted my blog about this concert! Consequently I had quite a rise in views on my blog, and met some other really fabulous people through twitter who had the same taste in music as I did.

Then during the middle of summer I got to be in a Family Force 5 music video. It was pure madness, we met in some rather sketch looking warehouse in Arlington, there was no air conditioning, just a few fans here and there, a bunch of other “5ers” and myself. I went by my lonesome because none of my friends could make it. I was so freaked out by that fact. I was a homeschooler so I never really experienced the whole walk into a group and not know a single soul thing. But I managed to meet some really great people and make new friends! I have a feeling I will remember that day for many years to come, I mean how could I forget dripping with sweat (sexy right?), dancing like a madwoman, and meeting so many wonderful people? By far one of my favorite memories of 2012

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Then in November I got to see Keith Harkin again, yes I know one of his concerts was already a highlight, but this one was so excellent it managed to become another highpoint for me. On top of Keith putting on an amazing show, I also got to meet one of my twitter friends who went to the concert too, so that night was doubly wonderful.

keith harkin concert 223Keith also retweeted my blog about that concert too, so yet another highlight to whole experience.

I could go on sharing wonderful things that happened in 2012, but honestly I don’t really care to, I’m just getting back into the swing of blogging after all 😉 2012 was an exciting year and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in-store for me. Just in the next few months I have quite a lot to look forward to, turning 21, my baby sister becoming a teenager, being a bridesmaid for a close friend, and welcoming a nephew into this crazy world. I have a pretty good feeling that 2013 will be even more incredible than 2012 don’t you?

What are some of your highlights from 2012? Do you have any big events in 2013? I would love to hear some feedback from you guys! I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you’re having a happy Wednesday and 2013!

I will return!

So it’s a loooooooooong time since I’ve written a new blog. Due to my computer not working, the holidays, and some family health issues blogging has not exactly been on my radar. But just today I installed my new computer woop woop, and things seem to be calming down quite a bit. So I shall return to the blogging scene. I have missed you all and I hope to bring you even better posts this year. So keep an eye out for new posts. I may even do a new post tomorrow. I love you guys! It’s good to be back.