Monday, September 18, 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag: September 2017

After getting delayed by Hurricane Irma, my Ipsy Glam Bag for September 2017 finally came in the mail today and I was so excited!  I've been eagerly awaiting this month's bag after seeing my preview on the app.

Black Faux Leather Bag
Lined with a deep blue fabric, this bag could not be more girl boss awesome!  This is probably one of my favorite bags so far.  It's well made and while it's not my usual style, I think it's freaking awesome.

Luxie Beauty
Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207
How cute is this brush?  While this style of brush is not one of my favorites, it's really soft and I'm still going to give it a shot for sure.  I think it might make a good brush for a transition crease shade.  Guess we'll find out tomorrow morning!

ColourPop Cosmetics
Lippie Stix in Glam Bag
This lipstick!!  😍 😍 The color is so fantastic and the type of thing that I try to steer clear from buying because it just doesn't seem that practical, but I always want!  I don't even think I care... I'm pretty sure I'm wearing this to work tomorrow.  It will balance out if I go light on the eye makeup, right?  😆  And if it stains my lips like the swatch stained my hand, it will be in for the long haul!

Pixi by Petra
Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey
$18 (The price listed includes a Kabuki brush.  Kabuki brush not sold separately so not sure how much it's worth.)
I was quite disappointed when I got this to see how shimmery it was it person.  I feel like every blush and shadow that I get from Ipsy is so shimmery.  Can a girl get some matte up in here in some place other than a lipstick?  To me this isn't even a blush so much as a highlight... and personally, I don't even like my highlights this shimmery.  I'll give it a try but overall, not thrilled.

Elizabeth Mott
Pop! Goes The Shadow in Toasted

$4.55 ($13 for 2g or 0.07 oz.  Mine was 0.7g or 0.02 oz.)
This shadow seems to be a really good quality and shimmery taupe is a color I wear fairly often.  It might seem kind of boring to some people but I'm digging it.

Beauty Planner Mask - Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask - Lily, Whitening + Brightening

$4 ($10 for 5 masks)
I had never tried a sheet mask before but seeing that these were going to come in my bag made me interested in trying them.  My bag took so long to get here that I got impatient and bought a hydrating one at Walmart for just under two dollars, since my skin was so dry at the time.  So I'm really excited to try these two other types and see how they compare.  Sheet masks are a fun way to pamper yourself a little!

Total Value: $43.55+ bag - kabuki brush

Conclusion: I'm generally pretty excited about everything I got.  I guess my least favorite so far would be the Pixi blush and my most favorite would be the lipstick.  But I'm definitely going to give everything a try!  I think this bag was certainly worth the ten dollars I paid for it.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Outfits of the Week: September 5 - 8

This week's work outfits are being brought to you a day early and an outfit short, thanks to Hurricane Irma.  The school district where I work cancelled school and work for Friday of this week and Monday of next week and possibly more than that, depending on just how hard we get hit by this monster of a storm.  Hubby and I are as prepared as we can be with supplies and as we don't live in an evacuation zone, we're prepared to just hunker down and ride it out.

If you can't wear pajamas to work, then I guess an elastic waist dress is a decent alternative for the first day of the work week.  Feels like I'm wearing bummy clothes, but looks like I put in effort.  Also, my hair looks like I put in effort to wave it but it's so easy.  Tutorial here!

olive dress - Burlington Coat Factory
faux pearl necklace - Body Central
black 3/4 length cardigan - Boscov's
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

All day long I was feeling like these pants had shrunk or something.  They just seemed to have gotten so much shorter than I remembered them and I know I'm not growing any taller!  I even commented about how weird it was to my coworkers.  It wasn't until just now, when I uploaded the photos, that I realized that it's because I was not wearing the full length pants I thought I was wearing, but rather, the ankle length ones that are a different shade of olive.  #needmoresleep

blush floral blouse - Papaya
nude cami secret - Burlington Coat Factory
mocha blazer - Amazon
tan belt - Walmart
olive ankle chinos - Walmart
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

This outfit was perfect for today's tasks.  Most of the day was spent in a cold classroom where I attended a training.  Then during our long lunch break, I was able to take off the blazer to run an errand over to Walgreens to stock up on some hurricane necessities.  We were already good on the real necessities like water, nonperishable food, toilet paper, batteries, flashlights, candles, weather radio, medication and so on.  But this morning as I was drinking my morning coffee, I was reflecting on Hurricane Matthew from last year and realized the one thing we hadn't planned for either time was a way to have coffee in the morning if we don't have electricity.  And this girl needs her morning coffee!  So I ran over to Walgreens and picked up some prepackaged Starbucks Frappuccinos, granola bars, and Cheezits.  Because in times like a hurricane, anything in your routine that you can keep the same will bring just a little bit of comfort.

cobalt blouse - Kohl's
white cami secret - Burlington Coat Factory
white striped cuff sleeve blazer - Papaya
black and white polka dot belt - Walmart
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Weekly Goal Update: August 27 - September 2

August 27 - September 2

Work was a mess again this week and it was basically consuming my life.  My goal for next week is to stop spending so much time on the one thing in my life that doesn’t make me happy right now.  And maybe if I focus on things that make me happy, staying on track with my health goals will be easier.

1. Make healthier food choices.
 I really tried to eat healthier this week and I did really well until Saturday when one of my friends and I went on a mini road trip for the day to Orlando and indulged like crazy.  I feel like I have a food hangover now!

2. Exercise five days a week for thirty minutes (or a total of 150 minutes per week, 2.5 hours).
 While looking through my Fitbit App, I noticed that you actually can enter in cleaning as an exercise.  Well that’s good news for me, because I spend a lot of time each week cleaning!

Sunday: 29 minute walk
Monday: 26 minute walk
Tuesday: 23 minute walk, 30 minutes of cleaning
Wednesday: 10 minute walk, 30 minute of cleaning
Thursday: 18 minute walk
Friday: - - 
Saturday: 17 minute walk

Total: 3 hours, 6 minutes

3. Get 10,000 steps six days a week.
 I got 10,000 steps six days this week but my weekly total was really high, at 80,261 steps.  On Saturday, when we were in Orlando, I racked up a whopping 17,528 steps.

4. Go to sleep earlier.
🚫  Goal: Weeknights between 9:00PM and 9:30PM
My actual average bed time for weeknights was 9:48:55 PM.  This week at work just stunk and I ended up coming home from work late every day, working around the house, and then working again from home for several more hours and staying up too late to do so.  Boo.

🚫  Goal: Weekends between 10:00PM and 10:30PM
My actual average bed time for weekends was 11:45:34PM.  We got home from Orlando after midnight on Saturday and by the time I brought everything inside, washed my face, and brushed my teeth, it was almost 12:30AM.  That ruined my whole average.

5. Leave some wiggle room.
 I ate way too much junk on Saturday but boy was in fun in the moment!  Half an order of: French fries, bacon cheeseburger, and chicken fingers, as well as ice cream, pizza pretzel bites, and chicken fried rice.

6. Progress towards goal?
 I lost 0.4 pounds this week and I am now right at my goal weight.  Although I bet all that junk I ate might catch up with me this week.  Let’s hope the extra steps I got will help offset the extra calories I ate.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Outfits of the Week: August 28 - September 1

Happy weekend!  I'm so excited to enjoy some much needed time off this holiday weekend.  Do you have any fun plans for this Labor Day weekend?  My friend and I are going to Ikea tomorrow, as well as some other fun shopping.  The rest of the weekend will be spent relaxing.

This day I decided to actually do something with my hair and curl/wave the bottom half of it.  Since I decided to do something nice with my hair, it rained all day.  😆  But I was comfy and my legs stayed dry thanks to this elastic waist dress.

wine shirt dress - Beall's Department Store (online)
black oval chain necklace - Kohl's
black open front blazer - Charlotte Russe
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

This outfit was way too hot for when I was walking around outside in the glaring heat, even without the cardigan.  This outfit was way too cold for when I was inside of my freezing overly air conditioned office even with the cardigan.  There's just no winning in Florida in the summer.  At least it was cute and comfortable.

white with black tie neck blouse - Papaya
pink 3/4 length cardigan - Belk
black skinny belt - Beall's Outlet
moss essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

This outfit was so cute and spunky.  I just loved it!  I'm really loving wearing skirts lately.  On hot summer days, there's just nothing more comfortable.  Although any time I'm inside I definitely tend to have a blanket over my legs in the arctic of my office.

mint plaid shirt - Kohl's (sleeves shortened by me)
white cardigan - Kohl's
brown skinny belt - Walmart
navy skirt - Kohl's
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

The ruffles on this white shirt drive me crazy!  They are always pointing the wrong way.  I think they were sewn on wrong or something.  But the blouse is still cute though and these pants are really soft and stretchy and so comfortable.  The shoes however, were hurting my feet at the end of my more than 12,000 step day.  They were not made for the long haul, that's for sure.

white ruffle sleeve blouse - Papaya
black bead necklace - Walmart
black 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Boscov's
chili red pants - JC Penney's
black skinny belt - Walmart
grey faux suede and snakeskin pointed toe loafers - Payless

Every time I wear this blouse I'm reminded of how it's too wide and I need to take it in at the sides.  Tucking it in helps a little to make it look like it fits better but it's definitely got some extra fabric happening.  I think it still looked cute though and it was comfy after a long week.

black, pink, and red floral blouse - Papaya
red cardigan - Kohl's
black skinny belt - Beall's Outlet
light fawn essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Monday, August 28, 2017

Shop My Stash Drawer: August 2017

This weekend I tried to switch up some of the things I have in my Shop My Stash drawer and I thought now would be a great time to share what I've got in my top two drawers.  We'll start out with the left side, which is where I put the items I've shopped from my stash.

* hard candy look pro matte eyeshadow palette
* elf mad for matte eyeshadow palette in nude mood
* the balm balm voyage single in Kuwakaribisha (mini) [ipsy august 2017]
* wet n wild eyeshadow single in panther
* wet n wild eyeshadow single in brulee
* essence single eyeshadow in triple choc
* rimmel scandaleyes liner in nude

Liners and Mascara:
* maybelline colossal volum' express waterproof mascara in classic black
* maybelline lash discovery waterproof mascara in very black
* pixi endless silky eye pen in black noir [ipsy may 2017]
* ciate wonderland gel kohl liner in black [ipsy july 2017]

* essence sheer & shine lipstick in BFF
* essence sheer & shine lipstick in I feel pretty
* wet n wild megaslicks balm stain in made you pink
* wet n wild megaslicks balm stain in lady and the vamp
* elf beautifully bare satin lipstick in touch of blush
* revlon ultra HD gel lipcolor in HD vineyard
* milani color statement lipstick in pretty natural
* elf matte lip color in wine

* wet n wild color icon bronzer in reserve your cabana
* essence sun club matt bronzing powder in lighter skin
* elf hd lifting concealer in fair (lightened with this)
* covergirl clean matte bb cream in fair
* covergirl cheekers blush in rock 'n rose
* essence matt touch blush in berry me up
* jordana blush powder in 17 rouge
* theBalm long wearing blush in balm springs (mini) [ipsy june 2017]
* jane blushing cheeks in blushing petal
* milani minerals blush in mai tai

Next, let's move on to the top drawer on the right side, which is where I put whatever makeup I plan on wearing that day so it's easy to access.  Also, that's where items I don't really switch out much live.

* covergirl outlast foundation in 805 ivory
* rimmel match perfection concealer in fair/light
* benefit erase paste in no 1 fair
* l'oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory
* hard candy sheer envy hydrating primer mist

* milani eyeshadow primer
* covergirl trunaked eyeshadow palette in nudes
* steve laurant precision tip liner in black [ipsy august 2017]
* rimmel scandaleyes liner in nude
* covergirl lash blast volume waterproof mascara in very black
* elf eyelash curler
* elf shape and stay brow wax pencil
* elf instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Goal Update: August 20 - 26

August 20 - 26

Another busy, stressful week!  I keep thinking to myself each week that this week has to be better than last week and somehow they keep ending up even worse.  So another brief update this week because my house has been severely neglected and is in desperate need of a good cleaning.

1. Make healthier food choices.
 I really tried to eat healthier this week but peer pressure is a thing when everyone you work with is also stressed and constantly offering chocolate!  It’s a weakness for sure.

2. Exercise five days a week for thirty minutes (or a total of 150 minutes per week, 2.5 hours).
🚫  I was really trying to make a point to walk more this week, including walking to the corner store during my lunch break one day.  It added up to more minutes than I have been getting, but still not my goal.

Sunday: - -
Monday: 34 minute walk
Tuesday: - - 
Wednesday: 42 minute walk 
Thursday: - -
Friday: 33 minute walk
Saturday: 29 minute walk

Total: 2 hours, 20 minutes

3. Get 10,000 steps six days a week.
 I exceeded this goal this week by getting 10,000 steps seven days!  It took some effort but I wanted to burn some extra calories to work off some of that chocolate I was eating.

4. Go to sleep earlier.
 Goal: Weeknights between 9:00PM and 9:30PM
My actual average bed time for weeknights was 9:25:52 PM.  I was so tired every night this week that sleep was a welcome friend.

🚫  Goal: Weekends between 10:00PM and 10:30PM
My actual average bed time for weekends was 10:56:50PM.  Not even close this week.  Hubby and I stayed up late Saturday night watching the last episode of The White Queen.

5. Leave some wiggle room.
 I was a little better about not eating so much junk this week but I still need to cut back on the sweets.

6. Progress towards goal?
🚫  I gained 0.4 pounds this week and I am now just slightly over my goal weight.  Time to really buckle down, have some self control, and eat better.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Outfits of the Week: August 21 - 25

Another week of work and another week of outfits down in the books.  This was a long and rough week but at least my outfits were cute!  I have to say, I think Monday's was my favorite one to wear.

Another hard Monday was made easier by another elastic waist skirt.  Thank you to the fabulous person who invented elastic.  And thank you to year ago Pam who wisely bought this skirt.  I can't believe I've barely worn it since.  Did anyone get to view the eclipse?  It was completely cloudy the entire time in my area.  #noeclipsehere

black and white blouse - Kohl's
black cami secret - Burlington Coat Factory
black 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Boscov's
olive green elastic waist skirt - Kohl's
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

I had not yet worn these khaki pants with this mustard top so it seemed like a winning combo and any time I can sneak in some olive green, I'm happy.  However, I really need to find a replacement pair of brown flats but I haven't found anything I like.  My friend and I are planning a big shopping day over Labor Day weekend so maybe I'll get lucky then.

mustard fox blouse - Papaya
olive blazer - Amazon
skinny brown belt - Walmart
light fawn essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

This skirt was not nearly as comfortable as my elastic waist ones are!  It's a very professional and lovely skirt but it's lined with a slippery synthetic fabric that causes the skirt to slide all over the place (at one point the side pocket ended up in front).  But it just looks so dang chic!  However, I think I really just prefer unlined skirts, especially in this hot and humid Florida weather.

pink tie neck blouse - Kohl's
black sparkle cardigan - Kohl's
khaki pencil skirt - Target
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

I tell you, I just don't love this blazer.  It fits me just fine but I was not digging it today.  It's made of this weird synthetic fabric that just feels plasticky to me and has no shape unless it's buttoned.  Maybe it's just because I was so stressed and irritated all day at work to begin with but this blazer annoyed me all day long.

black tie neck blouse - Kohl's
white and black geometric print blazer - Beall's Outlet
skinny black belt - Walmart
cabernet essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Oh sweet weekend, you are finally here!  And I kicked the weekend off right in this very comfortable outfit.  I got a lot of compliments on this necklace, which is a Felix Felicis Harry Potter one from Amazon [almost identical].  Unfortunately, my liquid luck didn't seem to be doing the trick today, as the first half of the day was less than awesome at work.  But it's the weekend now, so it must just be slow release liquid luck or something.  😜

dried mulberry blouse - Vanity Fair Outlet
felix felicis necklace - Amazon
navy cardigan - Kohl's
white skinny belt - Walmart
boulder grey essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless