Monday {Makeup} Vlog!

I have a treat for you today! A Monday vlog, featuring my daily summer makeup routine! I haven’t done a daily routine makeup vlog in ages, and for some reason the last one I did is totes MIA online, so here’s a refresher with all of my favorite CURRENT products. Featuring the Physician’s Formula “Nude Wear” line that I’m loving, this is a long tutorial but shows you the process beginning to end, and is at least a little entertaining along the way, tee hee. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for the latest updates!

The Last of the 2014 Books

I had a couple of books from 2014 that I haven’t had a chance to post about. Here are my reviews! 

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Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary
This is one beautiful new reference book I was thrilled to add to my collection. The pages are thick, glossy, richly illustrated color pages that add depth to any Bible study time. This is a hefty tome, to be sure, both in content and size. My boyfriend was enthralled with the beauty and detail found here, and I fear the book may end up living at his house! For any scholar or serious Bible lover, this is one of the most stunning Bible Dictionaries out there. Not to be confused with a concordance, though this edition is cross-referenced, this book gives contextual info and historical background on Biblical terms, feasts, figures, and more. You can find such interesting things as a list of diseases in the Bible, photos of discovered historical ruins, and detailed definitions of all of those hard-to-pronounce Old Testament places/names/facts/figures. This is an essential for your bookshelf.

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Make Up by Michelle Phan
Have you heard of Michelle Phan? Who am I kidding, if you’re a female with internet access, of course you have. She is one of THE biggest YouTube beauty gurus, and this hardcover shares her story along with actionable tips to be your best, beautiful self. 
Michelle runs her YouTube channel and blog, her makeup line Em, her beauty subscription service ipsey, and her television company FAWN, along with being Lancome’s beauty guru. Can we say BUSY?
While Michelle’s tone is a bit elementary, there are some interesting stories and tips to be found from poring over this book. I was pleasantly surprised. Her story is interesting (she started out as an art student) and I enjoyed seeing a behind-the-scenes peek into her life and routine. I was expecting this to be a thumb-through book but I enjoyed spending time with the book. Michelle covers a LOT of ground, from makeup and skincare to job interviews, etiquette, and finding your online persona. I think this would be a great gift for any teenager or twenty-something. A beautifully presented book, and looks pretty in any stack or bookshelf, too, which is a huge plus in these visual days! 

Happy Easter

I LOVE EASTER! I love Jesus, I love spring, I love pink and green, and so, obviously, I love Easter. It’s my favorite-favorite I think.
(did I say that about Valentine’s Day, too? Hmm…)

It’s Easter, so of course I had to throw a vintage edit in here: 
Shows the colors better than the mid-day sunshine pictures!
 Pink lace H&M dress, H&M necklace, Target sunnies, vintage green purse, bangles from Kohls, cute hairpins from Target, thrifted nude/rope wedges, Revlon seafoam green nail polish

Purrrtttyy makeup. 
Smashbox palette from my “Everyday Makeup” video
Clinique HoneyGloss lipstick
Happy Easter, my dears! 

Weekend Bonus! Makeup Vlog

Hi friends! I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday! I’m getting ready to head out for lunch, but I thought I’d just pop in and share a video about my basic, everyday makeup routine. When I am just doing this in real life (and not talking to the camera!), it takes me under 5 minutes to do this start to finish.
Starring (In Order of Appearance):
CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Makeup (bummer, looks like they changed it a bit)
Discontinued Lola blush color, but here is their website
Sonia Kashuk for Target blush (looks like travel version is sold out)
Discontinued Smashbox Palette, but this one and this one look similar
(makeup bag is Estee Lauder freebie :-))
If you’re looking to add something dramatic, check out my False Eyelash Tutorial. Love false eyelashes, they don’t have to look fake or tacky.

False Eyelash Tutorial 

Like I said, I am no makeup expert by any means, but I do love to see other people’s routines and favorite products, so I thought I’d share mine. Is this similar to your everyday routine? 
Have a great Saturday!

Kiss Slavery Goodbye: Shades of Pink

Wearing my Radiant Cosmetics Daphne lipstick all this month to support #KissSlaveryGoodbye. You can read more about this awesome company, awesome mission, and awesome lipsticks here and here.
My heart has been so encouraged this week with help from a coffee date with my sister-in-law, the women in The Influence Network, and so many kind words from friends & others. Thank you, lovelies, for lifting my heart!
This awesome nail polish from my December Birchbox is my new favorite! It’s a silver/purple/pink depending on the light. Don’t you think it’s fun? 
Have a great week! 

Dressy Dress



Exposed Zipper!
Bumped hair with pink bobby pins—rest of hair twisted around back to side pony 🙂

Lots of studs…studded belt + stud earrings, too,

Purple makeup + false eyelashes. 
Light pink headband plus light pink belt. 
This dress is yet another item I wanted to wear before it got too warm for such a heavy (visually and materially) item. I brought in a bit of lightness with the light pink headband and belt, and a sparkly cardigan that catches the light (you know the one, gray with sequin stripes, right?). 
I was so happy this day! I love a good full-skirt dress with pockets and a vintage vibe with decidedly modern touches (exposed zipper!). This has a unique neckline, too. It will be so great to wear to Christmas parties, don’t you think? We are 1/3 of the way through with the year! Gah!
Style Secrets
Headband: Gift
Stud earrings: F21
Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Claire’s
Shoes: Dress Barn

Tutorial! False Eyelashes

{no it’s not a coffee tutorial. but coffee makes everything better. so get some coffee while you read, k? also, if you listen to this song while you read, it will make me seem cooler. glad we got those two important things settled}
After my photoshoot a few weeks back, I have been totally smitten with false eyelashes. I just cannot get enough of them! I’ve picked up a few pair, and some tips along the way. False eyelashes don’t have to be over-the-top unless you want them to be–and most of the time, I just want them because my natural lashes are, well, puny. So here, I’ll show you step-by-step how to do everyday wear false eyelashes for a beautiful, classically pretty finished look. 
First: The Lashes. 
#1: Forever21, $1
#2: Photoshoot, ?
#3: Andrea #53, $6
For the tutorial, I’m wearing #3, the Andrea lashes.
1.): Great Lash BIG mascara. Love the bigger brush. 
2.) Brushes (both are BareMinerals), Wide Tip Angle brushe, and Dual Shadow Brush
3.) Eyelash Glue (the one with the pink ribbon is sold with the Andrea lashes, and is much better than the clear glue that comes with the F21 lashes)
4.) E.L.F. Cream eyeliner in black or cocoa (I have Cocoa)
5.) BareMinerals “Retro” eyeliner 
6.) Eyelash Remover
7.) Cute bow, because it’s cute
8.) Normal eyeshadow you plan to wear
9.) Tweezers if you want them to apply the lashes (not necessary)
Then start with a clean, happy, overeager face. 
{it’s my first tutorial!!!!}

Apply a THIN line of glue on the top edge of the ‘band’ of the eyelash. This white glue dries clear, so don’t worry. Let it get tacky for about 30 seconds. 
Then carefully use your fingers or the tweezers to place the eyelash band as close to your own lashline as you can. Take your fingers and smooth it from one end to the other, pushing down so it is right on the lash line and even. Blink a whole bunch of times because it will feel weird at first! Proceed to apply the second eyelash on your other eye.
Two false eyelashes, applied.If there’s a glop of glue somewhere, dip a Q-tip into some makeup remover and swipe it off, so your makeup will apply smoothly.  
Then, pick your eyeliner and line those lashes real good! Wiggle the brush and get it in there so it covers the ‘band’ of the lashes. I LOVE the BareMinerals stuff, it’s so quick, easy, and natural. My boyfriend’s sister-in-law turned me on to the cream eyeliner, and it’s pretty amazing and super easy, too. Apply a few coats of mascara to “stick” your own lashes to the falsies.
I did one of each so you could see the difference. Looking at the picture, the left is the cream eyeliner, and the right is the bareMinerals. Don’t they look great so far?
Then finish up your regular makeup and get your smile on.
‘Cause you are lookin’ gorgeous, I’m sure of it!

.**To remove your eyelashes, you can just pull em off like a bandaid. But I think that might be bad for your skin, so I like the remover. Just put a drop in the lid, dip a brush in the lid, hold that on the lashes for a second, and work the lashes off gently. Use a little eye makeup remover if they get gunky from the glue and mascara, and reuse until they get misshapen or too gunky.
I posted this on a Thursday on purpose–you have tonight to practice, and all weekend to wear your lovely new lashes! Let me know if you’re smitten, too…oh, and share the love by linking, Tweeting, or Pinning. Thanks, dears!