Makeup Favorites: January 2017

It’s finally that time again! Let’s talk makeup, y’all.


Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water – Y’all, this is my favorite lazy morning thing. Nowadays I’m rushing out the door at early hours, and I just don’t want to go through the five minute routine of washing my face. I know, it’s only five minutes, but it’s a tired five minutes. In the mornings, I just put some of this on a cotton pad and wipe it on my face to refresh, and then do the makeup thing! It’s so fantastic, it smells great, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – Probably the best addition to my makeup collection! It’s not tinted, like Smashbox’s primers, so I’ve added a green color corrector as well, but this just goes on so smoothly and beautifully, and helps keep my foundation looking awesome all day. It’s a little pricey, but a little bit goes a long way. I buy the smaller size, and it lasts me quite awhile – I think I’ve only had to buy one more, although admittedly I don’t use it daily.


Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil – You. Guys. I’ve never been a brow person before, but this is quickly making me one. For one thing, it’s super easy to use. The tip is tapered, so you can get more detailed on the tail end of your brow, and the other end of it is a brush to give it a more natural look. My brows look on point 100% of the time when I use this. We’ll see if I keep it up, since it IS adding another step to the makeup thing, but the more I put on makeup, the faster I get at it!

Benefit They’re Real! Remover – Not to be all Benefit all the time here (admittedly, I get my eyebrows waxed at their beauty bar in Macy’s), but this is for real the best eye makeup remover I have ever encountered. I hate the way oil-based removers make my skin feel, all slippery like a wet frog. This one is more lotion-y, and it feels moisturizing AND gets all my makeup off! Even the waterproof stuff!


Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Balm – I will never buy Chapstick again. I love me some pumpkin spice Chapstick, but this stuff is out of this world. It stays on for so long, I don’t find myself needing to reapply it a lot like I do with Chapstick. It smells great and is super moisturizing, which is awesome on those chilly, windy days!

The Eyeball Killer

So I may not have mentioned it on this blog, but I am a Murderino. I have long held a fascination with murders, ever since I was a kid. I tend not to share this often, because let’s face it – people look at you like you’re a total freak if you say “Hey so I’m super into murder” at the dinner table. My dad actually always encouraged my interest – he knew I wasn’t going to turn into a serial killer, because we would discuss the books I was reading and I think he found that I was more interested in the psychology and why people kill.

The tag title “Murderino” comes from the My Favorite Murder podcast, hosted by the hilarious and brilliant Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Each week they discuss exactly what the title sounds like – their favorite murders. I’ve learned a lot (although admittedly, being a murder buff in her 30s, I know a lot of them), and they deliver in a super entertaining and interesting way. Also, I feel way less alone now! I can discuss murder with more than just one friend (you know who you are, all I gotta say is Gilles de Rais)!

Given that I now have no shame in my fascination with all things murder, I thought I’d start a tag and occasionally post my own favorite murders. For the first one, I figured I’d talk about the first murder I can really remember that triggered my fascination. I actually had four to choose from – JonBenet Ramsey, Amber Hagerman, the Luby’s Massacre, and this one. I also debated the Waco thing with David Koresh, but ultimately decided on the story of Charles Albright. Continue reading “The Eyeball Killer”

Mockingjay: Week One

Week one was a rousing success! My goals for the week were:

  • Yoga (4 times)
  • Walk for at least 10 minutes (4 times)
  • Strength workouts (3 times)
  • Find a place to hike
  • Clean my closet
  • Read for at least 30 minutes (4 times)

I found an excellent YouTube channel called Yoga with Adriene that I’ve been using. I don’t know if she’s like, a super awesome yoga instructor or anything, but I really like her. She has a pleasant voice, she explains things thoroughly, and it’s really just been a great way to start my mornings! I’m currently trying to get through her “30 Days of Yoga” series, but some of it is proving a little too difficult for me right now. When I find that that’s the case, I just go back and do an easier routine (typically one of her morning yoga videos, those are usually pretty simple and relaxing). I like how in her morning videos, she emphasizes finding your intention for the day. It forces me to take a moment to not be such a bitch about waking up early, or having a lot of responsibilities, or whatever. I just close my eyes and tell myself that I am calm, I am beautiful, I am connected, and I can do whatever the day has in store for me.

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Neglect and Introspection

Well, this has certainly gone neglected for quite some time.

I’ve never been good at finishing what I start. Start writing, never finish it. Start a video game, then it goes unfinished for years. Start school, never finish. I’m just not very good at that. I’m not the kind of person to make New Year’s Resolutions, so this isn’t one, this is just a general resolution to try to finish what I start. I’ve already made a good step in continuing my education. I’ve gotten excellent grades in nearly all my classes (A’s in everything except a D in psychology, which is unsurprising as I’m not good at the science thing, and a very high B in my sanitation and safety class), and I regularly attend class (even though it’s a pain in the ass commuting to school – public transportation while dressed in a chef’s uniform and lugging a knife roll and a toolbox with a heavy backpack on is not anyone’s idea of a good time). I’ve maintained a regular schedule with RTDFW, insisting on admin meetings at least once a month, and taking time out of my week to think about future events or continuing to plan upcoming ones.

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