Beauty, Lifestyle

Current Loves & Life Update

Hey lovelies, hope all is going well on this fine Wednesday where ever you are.  Today, I thought I would share some products that I’ve been loving lately from shopping my stash and some life updates since I’ve been so inconsistent with my posts.  First off, how are all of you?  What’s been happening with you all?  If you live in America or celebrate American Thanksgiving, can you believe it is next week?  I am not ready!  Although, I am ready to eat some delicious foods!  Anyway, let’s get on with it!

Currently, I’ve been working on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation mixing it with the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Lifeproof Foundation.  I really love the combination, the finish, and wear time.  However, with it finally being fall up here in Seattle heading into winter, the FLOWER foundation is running too dark, even mixing it with the C.Y.O. foundation.  So, I’ve pulled out my Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate and boy do I NEVER want to part from it.  Unfortunately, I’m not 100% sure if Fiona Stiles is a cruelty-free brand.  So, I’m just going to be cherishing this bad boy.

The next product is my Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette.  Yes, yes, the ever so controversial ABH palette.  I love my palette.  As you can clearly see.  The pan for Roxy may be empty, but I still have it.  I just mixed it with a peach shade to make a FrankenBlush.  However, I still have great pan in Dawn & Mercury.  The look I’ve been wearing with this palette gives me such fall vibes.  I’ve been taking a mixture of New Wave & Edge into the crease, then taking a touch of Mercury & Fudge into the crease but more concentrated.  Then running those colors along my lower lash line.  Probably one of my favorite looks that I’ve pulled out from this palette.

Another product I’ve pulled out from my collection and can’t put it down is my Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 01 Be My Highlight.  Oh my gosh, I truly forgot how beautiful this highlighter is on my skin.  When I’ve seen videos by Charlotte Tilbury talking about her Film Star Bronze & Glow Contour Palette and talking about how the highlight gives the skin a soft candlelight glow, that’s what I think of for this highlighter on my skin tone.  And it was less than $5.  Seriously, I just want to bathe in this highlighter.  Is that possible?

One makeup item that I never thought I would truly see a difference, let alone be obsessed with is a setting spray.  Honestly, most setting sprays I have used tend to give the same effect, do the same thing.  However, Taylor raved about the Catrice Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Setting Spray and holy shitzies.  Makeup game changing.  So much so that I currently have 4 backups.  It melts all of the powders together so beautifully and gives such a dewy, healthy finish, it looks like I’m not wearing face makeup.  Good Lord, love, love, love!

Lastly is a lip product.  I’ve really missed wearing black lipstick.  Black lipstick has always been my jam, so much so that I own several different black lip products.  However, the one I have been reaching for the most is my Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit.  Hands down the best black liquid lipstick formula I have found.  It is not drying on the lips and super comfortable.  The wear time is pretty good as well!

Now onto what’s been going on/new with me and the girls.  Work wise, nothing too crazy has been going on.  It is starting to pick up again with the holiday’s approaching.  Both the girls are doing well.  Lillith’s skin is finally healing up a bit moving from the heat of the summer to the coolness of winter.  Poor thing, it’s almost like she is allergic to life.

For me, personal life has been amazing.  I actually finally found someone which is insane for me to say.  I’ve been single for about 7 1/2 years.  Yes, you read that correctly, 7 and a half years.  I haven’t been intimate with anyone in over 5 years.  I have been focusing on myself, bettering myself, figuring out my priorities.  I finally decided that I wanted to get back into the game and I instantly found him.  How similar we are and how many “coincidences” there are between us, is almost uncanny.  Love at first sight, for sure, even though I never thought that would happen to me.

End of April we are planning on moving in together and in about a year or two, we plan on moving to Texas.  We have also been planning a few other things, but we are just taking our time and just going to go with the flow of how everything pans out.  He’s so wonderful and I have never been treated like this before.  Makes me realize I have only ever dated boys and not a man.  I definitely don’t regret my previous relationships because I wouldn’t be where and who I am today without the past shaping me.

So other than that, everything else has been going great.  Being in this relationship has been tricky just in finding a balance, figuring out how to fit all of my “before him” activities and duties to coincide well with him.  Do you know what I mean?

Well, I think I have blabbered on enough, wouldn’t you say?  Now I would like to hear from you guys!  What have you been up to lately?  What products have you rediscovered in your collection and have been loving?  Is there anything new and exciting going on in your personal life?  Let me know in the comments!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Lifestyle

What I’ve Been Into.

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Hey guys and welcome back!  I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of monthly favorites posts or videos.  Most of the time, people have been trying products out for a month if that, then talking about their favorites and then do it again for the next month, never hearing about the previous products again.  Now, that’s not a terrible thing and if you love those types of posts, power to you!  For me, however, I enjoy favorites posts about products people have been using for a while and continue to use, do you know what I mean?  Today, I thought I would share some products that I have really been enjoying for a while now and this isn’t just going to be about makeup.  I thought I would share movies I’ve been enjoying, music, fragrances, and makeup.  So if you are interested, just keep on reading!

 

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Should I start with makeup?  Yeah, let’s start with makeup.  Now, I don’t try a shit ton of makeup or buy a shit ton of makeup to test out, but I have been shopping my stash and rediscovering products.  One of those products is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Sin ($26 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  On Ulta’s website, it is described as a pale nude with a gold shift.  I forgot how much I enjoy this highlighter.  I don’t get it to the point where it is super blinding, I’m more into a natural, lit-from-within type of glow, but it reminds me so much of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator that’s been discontinued.  I’ve pulled it out recently again to use with my August Makeup Basket but forgot to add it to my post.

 

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The second makeup item is my EM Cosmetics True Gloss in Truffle Haze ($17 US Regular Link).  This gloss is absolutely beautiful, feels hydrating and comfortable on the lips.  It is also not sticky, which I love.  Now, I don’t wear this to work, because that is asking for a disaster to happen (dog hair stuck to my lip the entire day, um no thank you).  However, I have been wearing this almost every day that I’m off of work on top of whatever lip product I am wearing (although, not on top of my black lipsticks lol).  Such a beautiful, beautiful gloss.

 

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Last makeup item I’m going to talk about is my Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Spoiler alert for my 13 by Halloween Project Pan, I finished off my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), so I have been using this nonstop all month.  I’ve used it a little bit before but stopped in order to finish my brow wiz.  I didn’t think I would love this so much, but I really do.  The shape is perfect for getting hair like strokes and the formula is creamy enough to easily get pigment on your brow, but not too creamy to wear I think I am going to add too much product to my brows.  I would definitely agree that I can achieve the micro-bladed look with this product!

That’s it for the makeup portion.  Like I said previously, I really want to hone in on products that I have been enjoying, not just throwing something on here for the sake of throwing something on here.  Now onto everything else.

For music, what’s been on repeat on my phone has been Love Lies by Khalid & Normani, Apeshit by The Carters, Natural by Imagine Dragons, Cry Little Sister by Marilyn Manson, Go to War by Nothing More, Sin Pijama by Becky G & Natti Natasha, and Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars ft. Halsey.  As you can see, I tend to listen to a wide range of music.  These have all been played on repeat so many times, it’s almost ridiculous.

For movies, I haven’t gone out and seen anything new.  Although, I did see Deadpool 2 in theaters when it first came out (funnier than hell mind you), but at home, I’ve been watching Jaws 3 and Maximum Overdrive on Amazon Prime Video nonstop, and on Netflix watching Blackway and Se7en (my all time favorite movie).  For shows, I’m not a huge show watcher, unless of course we are talking about Hannibal, but I have been rewatching season 1 and 2 of Queer Eye quite often on Netflix.  Damn, if you ever need a good cry, Queer Eye delivers!

 

So that does it for things I’ve been into lately.  I would really love to hear about some things that you’ve really been into lately, what songs have you been playing on repeat?  Or what makeup have you really been gravitating to?  Let me know in the comments!  I don’t plan to do this kind of post often because like I’ve said, I don’t buy a shit ton of makeup and I’m also a creature of habit when it comes to movies and music.  But every few months or so is what I’m thinking.  Anyway, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read this and until next time!

Fitness, Goals & Motivation, Lifestyle

Popping My Half Marathon Cherry: Rock N Roll Seattle 2018

Well, it has definitely been a hot minute since I posted anything.  11 days to be exact.  Honestly, mental health wasn’t the best, wasn’t motivated or inspired to do anything.  Thursday night however definitely boosted my spirits.  My best friend since high school flew up to help me make it through my very first Half Marathon.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, a half marathon, 13.1 miles of grueling awesomeness.  Yes, contradictory, I get it.  BUT if you have done one, does that not sum it up well?

Last Friday was the Expo.  To start the day off right, we went to the Wayward Vegan Cafe in Seattle.  It’s been YEARS since I’ve been there.  Location changed, but the food was still just as delicious as before.  I ordered the Country Fried Seitan and oh my God, it was to DIE FOR!!  After we were both done stuffing our faces, we headed out in the wonderful Seattle traffic (sarcasm folks) and made it to the expo.  It was not as overwhelming as I anticipated, huge plus there, but there were so many glorious vendors, we got samples of everything!  My bestie showed me the ropes on how to work and go through an expo for maximum sample carnage.  Okay, a bit much, but oh well.  Cliff Bars, Bulletproof Coffee, temporary tattoos and FIELD ROAST!  I was beyond excited for a good amount of vegetarian and vegan options for samples, including Quorn, Field Roast, and Cliff Bars.  I also grabbed a sample of vegan gummy bears, but for the life of me, I can’t find them.  Sad face.

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We walked around for a bit, just sampling away, looking at items for purchase.  Unfortunately, I got there a little too late to pick up the 13.1 sticker for my car, but I did pick up a shit.  When you sign up, just in case you don’t know, you do get a shirt.  You pick it up after you have grabbed your packet and bib at the front.  However, I wanted another proudly showcasing the mileage.

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There was a fun little photo booth that my bestie and I took some photos in and Toyota was there offering a virtual ride in a car through a race.  Super cool.  We found the track we were going to be doing.  I will say, didn’t look as daunting on flat paper as it was in person.  Just going to leave it at that!  The rest of the evening we pretty much relaxed, watched some Netflix and tried, TRIED mind you, to go to be early.

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Now onto race day!  I set my alarm for 4:15am because on our parking pass, it said we needed to be parked by 6:00am.  So I showered, shaved, walked the girls, and got ready for the event.  My bestie KT taped my right knee for me, we both downed some Immodium and headed downtown.  Traffic was very light and we were parked right at 6:00am.

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We made sure to use the bathroom one last time and headed to our designated corral.  I was put in the last corral, 20, and my bestie was placed in the same one as me, thanks to the lovely people at the expo.

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There were so many people and it felt electric.  I realize that sounds a bit corny or cheesy, but honestly, that is the only way I could describe it.  Everyone was here to do something crazy, walk or run 13.1 miles.

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The race originally started around 6:30am.  The time our corral made it to the front it was about 7:10am and the blowhorn sounded, marking the beginning of our corral.  The first few miles were pretty easy, I was walking and jogging what I could.  By around mile 5, my left hip started hurting.  Go figure right, the one area I have never had a problem with before, started acting up.  My knee was doing great though, so yay KT tape!

By mile 9, my hip was extremely painful.  By 11 I was in an immense amount of pain.  It almost felt like someone was taking a pick to my bone every time I put my left foot down.  However, I kept going.  Kept on keeping on.  My feet hurt and I was sore all over, but I could tolerate that.  The hip was what was absolutely killing me.  You bet your ass however that I was not going to let that stop me.

By mile 12 I wanted to burn down Seattle and everyone in it.  I wanted rains of fire pouring from the heaven decimating everything in sight.  I was in pain, fucking miserable, wondering why the FUCK would someone sign up to do this stupid shit.  I wanted to scream and cry, but my stubborn ass refused to do that shit.  But I kept hobbling.  Oh yes, hobbling.  I could barely walk by mile 12.  At one point, I turned a corner, saw a band playing and thought, Halle-fucking-lujah the end!  But it wasn’t.  That’s when I cursed out loud, “Are you fucking kidding me?!?!”

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But, I kept going.  I finally saw the finish line and I smiled. I hobbled over that line, making it about 4 hours and 10 minutes for me to complete my first half marathon, and I picked up my very first medal.  For once in my life, I fucking completed something.

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It took over an hour to rest for a bit and hobble to my car.  Sitting for a bit, eating some hummus and a protein bar directly after, then having to take breaks between hobbles because my hip was in excruciating pain.  I picked up Taco Bell on the way back to my house and when we reached my house, I hobbled one step at a time up the stairs, then collapsed on my chair and ripped off my shoes and socks.  I was bleeding on my left foot, forgot to trim my toenails, and only had one blister!  Although, a couple of days later learned I had a blister under my toenail on my right big toe, as in directly under my toenail.

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So after all of that, being sore and in pain for almost 4 solid days after the marathon, would I do it again?

Abso-fucking-lutely.  I always laughed or wondered at the running memes of runners and marathons.  Saying something along the lines of, if you do one, you want to do them always.  Now, I can’t at the moment say yes to always, but I am already planning to do the Seattle Half Marathon and the Las Vegas Half Marathon next year.  I have learned so much from “training” for this half marathon, that I know a bit more of what I need to do to improve.  I have just about a year till the next Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon and my time goal is 3 hours and 30 minutes.  I proved to myself I am fully capable of anything.

I’m getting back on track with my eating, worked out a plan for running and strength training, and am ready to take on this next challenge.  I can’t thank my bestie enough, because she was with me, pushed me, and supported me.  I have hung my bib and medal on my vision board to further motivate and inspire me.  So here’s to the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon 2019!

 

Lifestyle

The Score at Neptune Theater in Seattle

Like most, music is a big part of my life.  I listen to music every single day, several times a day.  Over a year ago, I discovered The Score, a band based out of Los Angeles and I have been hooked ever since on them.  You need motivational music that you can move to?  Look no further than The Score.  When they offered their first actual album (mind you, they have EP’s which I do have) available for pre-sale, you bet your ass I ordered it.   So, the only thing I had been waiting for is for them to go on tour, hitting near the Seattle area.  Finally, FINALLY, it happened on Saturday.  They were one of the opening acts for Echosmith, Inside a Dream Tour.  Let me tell you, well worth the wait!  They did not disappoint!

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They opened up with one of my favorite songs off the new album, Who I Am.  “Take me as I am or don’t, cause I don’t give a damn no. I have my flaws, I make mistakes.  But I’m myself, I’m not ashamed.  That’s who I am, oh, that’s who I am, oh, that’s who I am, oh.  I have my doubts, I lose my strength.  Sometimes I fall, but I don’t break.  That’s who I am, oh, that’s who I am, oh, that’s who I am, oh.

Some other songs included Revolution, Unstoppable, Strange, as well as Miracle (another strong favorite) and Higher.  Of course, they couldn’t forget to play one of their more known and popular songs, Legend!  “Blood, sweat, I’ll break my bones, ’till all my scars bleed golden.  My name’s forever known, bang, bang, won’t stop till we’re legends!

Overall, it was so much fun.  They brought so much energy to the stage and absolutely killed it.  After their set was over, the headed to the merch booth to do some meet & greet.  I picked up a shirt as well as a poster.  They were kind enough to sign my ticket (something I tend to have signed if I ever meet a band) and my poster.  Eddie even commented on liking my AC/DC shirt, but let’s be real, who doesn’t love AC/DC?  They were both super nice and Edan kindly took a picture of all three of us (thank the lord for tall guys with long arms).  The crazy thing to all of this, I wasn’t even sure I was actually going to go.  I started getting major anxiety thinking about driving downtown Seattle, trying to find parking, not getting lost.  You know, the stereotypical “Hi, I’m your mind, let me tell you all the ways this could go wrong!”  In the end, I told my mind to shut the fuck up lol and remembered when I was a teenager and in my younger twenties, how I would travel across the state (Texas) by myself with NO GPS to a concert.  I wasn’t going to allow my mind to win that war.  Parking wasn’t terrible nor pricey, I didn’t get lost once, and I had an absolute blast!  I can’t wait for them to come back up here again (hopefully sooner, rather than later).  If you haven’t listened to them, I highly recommend!  My absolute favorite song from them is Believe.  There are days that my mind gets away from me and I will listen to that song on repeat to help bring me back.  Well, I guess that is enough for now.  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!