Video Review of ELF and Outfit

So that’s the first video I ever made having to do with makeup! Yay! I forgot to mention the nail polish I’m wearing in the video is one of the ones I got in the Purple Trio. I don’t know what it’s called, though. It’s the lightest of the 3. Ugh, fine, I’ll go look it up. It’s called “Mod Mauve.” The darkest is on my toes right now, too. I like it!

Here’s the full outfit I was wearing in the video, headed out to a little bakery in Pasadena! (plus a white sweater, which isn’t shown).

Dress: Urban Outfitters, Nail Polish: Mod Mauve by ELF, Twizzlers: Package from parents! <3

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Yesterday’s Little Lunch

Well, I wanted a PB&J for lunch yesterday, but there wasn’t any bread. So I had one on a Cinnamon Swirl bagel. It seriously was so delicious. Have they invented cinnamon peanut butter? Because they should. I also used strawberry freezer jam. I mean seriously, so good.

Doesn’t this photo make you want one too? It was a mini bagel, so it was the perfect amount of food. Mmm.

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E.L.F. Package (!!)

Guess who got her makeup today! Yay!

You can click this photo to see it larger if you want. I don’t normally do that with my photos. Keep scrolling for a delicious photo sampler of the makeup! More to come by the end of the week–I’m hoping to maybe even get a video. I’m in LOVE.

ELF Liquid Eyeliner in Cobalt (4214) and Black (4203). These are only lining the top lash.
ELF Barely Bitten (6705) and Natural Nymph (67151) Lipsticks
ELF Body Shimmer in Golden Glow (86614), Cosmic Coral (86612) and Mystic Moonlight (86611)
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal (81157 – lining the bottom lash on bottom left eye) and Black (81160 – lining the bottom lash on top right eye)
ELF Eye Primer in Sheer (7501) and Golden (7504)
ELF Natural Lash Kit in Black (1713). I’m still awful at putting on these. I’ll get better and report back!
ELF Hollywood False Lashes Kit (86001)
ELF Purple Trio Nail Polish (1529)
ELF Dramatic Eyes Kit (35028)

It was so exciting to get this package! I hope you like the photos and remember to come back later this week sometime for a video.

Both my eyes had different makeup on, teehee!

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Music Monday II

“Pyramid” By Charice – Dave Audé Remix

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The original of this song is really good too, but this remix…well, I am in love with it. I have been listening to it for over a year and have yet to get tired of it. It is awesome and makes me want to dance. I’m upset that I don’t have headphones with me because I’m sitting in a public place and don’t want to force everyone to listen to this song.

Although they’d probably like it.

Charice is a singer from the Philippines (which is just about the hardest word to spell ever) and she is super talented. After I heard this song, I saw her on an episode of Glee and I was like, “OMG Charice!” and she proved (and has since proved on another episode of Glee) that she can SING! Yes. I was listening to Charice before she was on Glee…but I’m not a hipster, I swear.

Also, I heard this track on SoundCloud.com. It’s basically a website where anyone can create an account and upload tracks they’ve made. Kind of like YouTube, but for just songs and not videos. It’s pretty cool. Just from browsing around, you can find lots of cool music to go buy, or in some cases, download for free (depending on if the artist says it’s okay).

It mostly has underground electronic music, I think. I don’t really know for sure, but that’s all I use it for.

I swear I’m not a hipster, okay?! I like just as much overplayed, popular, “mainstream” music as anyone else. And some new stuff. See? Well-rounded…

Haha, so for anyone wondering, the kitten is a meme called Hipster Kitty, and it basically is supposed to make fun all the ideals of people who consider themselves hipsters.

Come back tomorrow for my exciting new ELF package that came yesterday! Makeup makeup and moooorrre makeup!

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Nail Polish Experiments

I love doing my nails when I have nothing else to do. There was a time in my life where I did my nails every couple of days. I’ve talked before about how I have a case full of lots of nail polish, but I generally don’t use but a few of the colors. This time, I decided to just pick a color at random, and I chose this blue! Normally, I don’t like blue nail polish, but I really liked it this time.

As far as the decorated hand, I was thinking about doing multi-colored nails (ya know, bringing it back 90’s style), but I ended up playing around with it a little more and came up with these dice-nails.

Then I started thinking about Halloween and maybe trying to find a costume where I could use this style of polish as an accessory! I’ll keep you updated!

And then I discovered a tutorial for Newspaper Nails:

This is my first attempt, so it’s not as polished and clear as I’d like, but I’m pretty pleased! Here are the steps and materials needed (newspaper, nail polish, rubbing alcohol):

I decided to use the horoscope section because of the stars and nicer words; however, this doesn’t really matter because the words end up being mirrored onto the nail, so you can’t really read it anyway.

First, coat your nails with the polish. Make sure it’s completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Then, cut out nail-sized clips from the newspaper that you’d want on your nails & pour the rubbing alcohol into a small container. I used the lid to my nail polish remover (making sure to clean it out before and after).

Then, place the clipping on your nail until the alcohol soaks through and remove! I added a clear top coat to make sure they stayed as long as possible and to add shine.

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Music Monday I

I was driving in traffic when this song came on the radio. Immediately, I really liked it. I looked up, when I got home, what I could find about the back-story of the song. Apparently, the artist came up with the song after asking one of the men he worked with in construction–who was a drug dealer as well–why he did what he did, and the man replied “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.”

That response must have really made an impression that lasted long afterwards, since he decided to expand the phrase into the chorus & title of a song.

I like that the song doesn’t have the narrator (the artist himself, presumably, since it’s based of a real event) state an opinion directly. The reasoning or rationale for the less-than-savory actions in the song are given by the characters themselves, not from the person behind the “I.”

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E.L.F. Order!

A mini-update because I just ordered some make-up on E.L.F. and I CAN’T WAIT to get it! They’re have a 50% off sale for some of their makeup. Let’s just say I got a $50 order half off!!

So excited! Below is a list of what I purchased. I’ve been needing new makeup, but some of this is also for the Halloween costume upon which I’ve already decided. More about that on Monday! Hope the weekend’s going well!

You can search any of these product numbers on the E.L.F. website (http://eyeslipsface.com) and it’ll pull up all the colors and versions of the product.

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Books & Beach, Update on Updating

I’ve really just not been around the past couple of weeks. I think about the blog at least once a day and I feel bad that I’ve been unable to post. I think mostly because I don’t like to start things and not finish them, but I also really enjoy this site & blogging and I miss it when I don’t do it.

To hopefully keep this from happening in the future, I’ve made a new little schedule that I swear I will stick to from now on regarding posting. I’m going to have my posts up every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday by 8am PST/11am EST.

Something else I’ve decided to do is “Music Mondays,” where I’ll share & talk about a song I heard during the week, along with a normal posting. I figure it helps fulfill the purpose of this blog–to broaden my horizons, boost my talents a little and mostly to become more acquainted with the finer arts in life.

Speaking of being more cultured, I’ve found myself with quite a bit of time on my hands during the day. I chose to give myself a couple weeks to enjoy California before starting back so deeply in work/etc. I’ve taken to going to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica and setting out a little blanket to read books in the shade. I think the last time I read a book front-to-back was probably in 11th grade for the assigned reading–(I don’t think I read any of the books for senior year, sorry, Ms. Hall-Lewis.)

I think maybe the last time I read a book for pleasure was…well, I can’t remember the last time. Is it sad/unusual that I haven’t read a book in like, 3 years? Is that unusual? I don’t know–well, in the past two weeks I’ve read 3 books, so maybe that’ll make up for it.

I have always kept the books we were assigned to read in school because I felt that it made me look distinguished to have a shelf full of books boasting of titles such as “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Freakonomics,” and other such nationally ranked books. Some of the books I have read–I should probably make that clear. I don’t have tons of books that I’ve never touched. I’ve totally read at least parts of all of them.

Anyway, when I moved to CA, I put them all in a big trunk. This trunk is really heavy–like way too heavy for me to carry alone–so I have just left it in my car.

I was sitting in the grass wishing I had something to do when I remembered said trunk! I pulled out a book reluctantly. I have to say that at first it was hard to get back into the whole words-to-images-in-your-brain instead of not having to do much work as when watching films. I read with a conscious effort for a while, as if I was expecting the words to swirl together into a movie.

Kind of like how in movies, they have a narrator talking and the screen ripples and the dreamy music plays, transporting you to the scenes playing out exactly what the narrator was saying?

But, books are just black on kind of a creamy yellow and it was all very hard to get used to again.

I also forgot how tired reading makes me. Maybe it’s just being silent for so long. Sorry if this really long post makes any of you tired. Happy Friday!

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Trip Photos from Moving to California

I’m officially living in California now. The drive wasn’t too bad. I left Thursday night and drove to St. George, UT for the evening, then left at 7am MST. I got to LA around noon PST. I don’t think I’m used to the time change yet, because I can’t shake this feeling of being absolutely exhausted.

I’ve been to the beach twice already and this morning I went to the LA County Fair. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures. Mostly because I didn’t have my camera. I guess I did take one with my phone at the fair, but it was of some artwork because I thought it looked awkward.

But here are goodies from the trip! And now that I’m settled, I’ll be able to update on a schedule again.

This is Mesquite, NV. It’s literally RIGHT outside of Arizona. Since NV is known for Las Vegas and gambling, you better believe they had a casino within a stones throw of the border. I love the lighting in these photos. People always get photos during sunset, but not as many for sunrise.

I don’t know if all of you have seen the giant windmills that are in the midwest and western states, but this is one of the arms/wings. Sooo giant, it’s almost unbelievable how much bigger the body must be.

I also don’t know how many of you have seen Joshua Trees, but I’ve always been intrigued by them and so I tried to get some pictures…that I took while driving out the window, so this isn’t, ya know, professional type pictures. They look prehistoric. You can see them a little better here, but I mean they are some sweet lookin’ trees.

So I figured I oughtta take some photos while going through Vegas. There’s not that much to see during the morning hours. It doesn’t look nearly as impressive than at night. So the biggest photo that looks like it’s just of a road is the first view you get of Vegas coming down the I-15. You can kind of see that there may or may not be a city in that valley during the day, but at night it’s all lit up and super cool.

And here we go! Beautiful mountains, then look at that smog in the 2nd photo…Well, hellooo California!

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