Makeup Favorites: January 2017

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

Skin:

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.

Eyes:

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!

Lips:

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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The Importance of Going Outside, or, How I Learned To Embrace My Inner Child

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an admin in a group called RTDFW – short for Rooster Teeth Dallas/Fort Worth. We’re a group of fans of Rooster Teeth, creators of Red vs. Blue and RWBY. It all started back in December, when some people went to a book signing of theirs, and decided it would be pretty cool to hang out with each other. It started small, but ever since the release of Rooster Teeth’s first full-length film, Lazer Team, it exploded. We host podcast watching parties every Monday and Saturday night, and do other events throughout the week as well. I really consider it to be my second family – my second really weird, loud, obnoxious family.

With the weather getting warmer (although in Texas, we didn’t really have much of a winter), a few of us decided it would be fun to have a Field Day event. Arabella, Ashe, and I planned the whole shebang in two weeks. To be honest, we’re procrastinators – we had the idea for it back in February, but didn’t end up doing any real planning until mid-March. If I’m being honest, I don’t know why I was so hyped to plan it. I’m not an outdoorsy kind of gal (as evidenced by my super pale skin), and physical activity is not exactly my forte – I’d rather be curled up with a good book or lounging around playing a video game.

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Makeup Favorites: March 2016

This is really my first foray into makeup. In the past six months, I’ve gotten so into it, watching various YouTubers (From Head to Toe is my favorite, and the inspiration for making Makeup Favorites posts) and learning from the wonderful employees at Sephora. I feel confident enough to list off some of my favorites, so let’s go! Most of the links will take you to Sephora’s website, since that’s where I purchase 99% of my makeup.

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Getting Your Shit Together

Confession: I have never been the type of girl who has her shit together. Oh, I LOOK like I have my shit together. I’m the organized one in RTDFW (Rooster Teeth DFW, a fan community in which I’m a leader – we plan fun events and stuff, and have made new friends). My school notes are impeccable, complete with different colored pens and highlighters. I use a homework app, and my email has several folders that I sort them into.

In actuality, I very much do not have my shit together. It took me this long just to find a career that I want to pursue, and have figured out different ways to showcase my talent and abilities. My instructors in my introductory classes at college have helped a lot. I’m taking a class called Education Alternative, which is a mandatory one credit hour class for those on academic probation. The instructor is absolutely incredible. I had my last advisor meeting with her this morning, and she nearly made me cry when she basically told me that she knew I could accomplish great things. I’ve never been told I have motivation before, and to hear it from an instructor whose job it is to try to get students to get their shit together meant a lot to me. I’m baking cookies for her before our last class on Thursday.

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Whatcha Watching: March 2016

To go along with “whatcha playing”, I figured I’d do one for things I’ve watched, as well. I’m usually not a big movie goer, but I’m making more of an effort. I am a big Netflix and Hulu person, though, along with random internet-based shows (although my favorites are between seasons right now).

The big release this month was, of course, Zootopia. I went to see it opening night – not on purpose, really. I hadn’t had a good week, and I thought “hey, cute Disney movie about animals, that looks good, let’s see it.” Nate and I went to Studio Movie Grill, and in a jam-packed theater full of children, watched the latest Disney feature. We loved it. We loved it so much that we saw it again two days later. And then saw it again the following week. And let’s face it, I’ll probably see it again. And again. And again. And…You get the point.

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Home

The concept of “home” is always something that’s confused me. Not because my life is, or has been, unstable in any way – on the contrary, I had a pretty great childhood and lived in the same house from ages 5-18. It’s all the discussion about what home is that confuses me.

Home could be, quite literally, where you live. Your castle. I always try to make my apartments personal, hanging paintings or posters, displaying my video game collection and books, and I’m terrible about hoarding little things like stuffed animals and figurines. When people come over, they definitely get a sense of who I am – my kitchen is filled with gadgets, I have all of my video game systems proudly on display, and there are posters of things I like on the walls (framed, because I’m an adult and I can buy $8 frames at Wal-Mart instead of using push pins like some kind of animal).

But have you ever been somewhere and felt this feeling deep inside you like you belong there? It’s sort of like relief, like you’ve finally found where you’re supposed to be. I guess that could also be my inner dreamer, or my active imagination. It’s easy for me to picture myself living in other places. Of course I’ve thought about the usual things – Los Angeles, New York City – but I most often think about it in two places – Minnesota, and northern Michigan.

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