Category Archives: Winter

Famliy means Christmas

She was Red

As the Christmas season nears, I’ve realized a few things: most of them being that family is really awesome. Also, that I really like to look as pale as possible in photos for some reason.

Anyway, I sprained my ankle on Tuesday. It was terrible and one of the most painful things ever and I thought it was broken and I’d have to amputate. I knew I was being a bit dramatic (who, ME?) and I especially felt bad because I’m the only female in my immediate family that doesn’t just look at some stairs wrong and end up with broken/torn things.

At first, my sister pointed and laughed (like any good sister), then came and helped me do the one-foot-hop into the house. I had managed to hold it together until then, when I just started crying. She apologized and brought me a couple mini-snickers.

As I mentioned before, I’m not used to needing help, so my pride was definitely tried (RHYME) as I had to ask for a glass of water, some ibuprofen, a pair of sweatpants instead of my snow-soaked leggings, and a pair of slippers. I don’t know what I thought they would do, but I was so surprised when they responded with “of courses” and “don’t worry, we’ll take care of its” and eagerly helped. Not only that, but since all the women in my family have back, knee, ankle, neck, etc.problems but me (and my dad was at work), my brother-in-law was chosen to help me back down our porch stairs to the car. He came and picked me right up, without hesitation, and carried me to the car. He also took me out for pancakes on Monday. He also teases me a lot. He’s the brother I never had!

On the way to the Urgent Care, the pain subsided, but my mom told me that sometimes sprains hurt worse than breaks. I said I thought it was fine, although now I couldn’t go running for a week or so.

A week? She laughed. If it’s broken or the ligaments are torn, try SIX weeks! I about fainted! The semester starts in only 3 weeks! I laid my chair back and was silent until we arrived.

The nurse said “sometimes sprains hurt worse than breaks,” then made me WALK by mySELF to the X-Ray. Then the other nurse was helping me move my foot on that little X-Ray table and I commented how glad I was that I shaved my legs, but I wish I’d have painted my toenails. But, I said, you probably don’t care about whether my legs are shaved. She laughed and said, “there are much worse things than unshaven legs. There was a time I didn’t think that.” She then burst into a fit of giggles. I was giggling too, but I don’t think about the same thing.

To ruin all the dramatic buildup, the doctor said my ankle’s just a bad sprain (he went “oooh” when he saw how much it had swelled. So did the nurse! Way to make me feel self-conscious!) and said, according to my x-rays, I have “excellent joint space” in my feet and I should be fine after a few days.

I felt kind of silly for making it a big deal, but the last time I hurt myself, I was like 4 years old. 15 years ago. I couldn’t comprehend for a while the feeling of something hurting and the hurt not going away after a couple minutes. I didn’t realize how lucky I am to be blessed with such a healthy, strong body. I also didn’t realize how lucky I am to be around people that are totally willing to help with my problems. Maybe I should utilize that more.

Obviously, this would’ve been much harder without the overwhelmingly loving help my family gave me and I am SO excited to be with everyone for Christmas this year!

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Blue Smokey Eye Tutorial

Blue Smokey Eyes are fun and unique! Here’s how I do them:

First, start with a blank canvas! Obviously, make sure you have all your base makeup on first, and no left over eye makeup.

Then, apply an eyelid primer. The primer helps the eye shadow to last longer and not smudge or crease after time. It’s a miracle worker. Once you use it, you won’t know how you lived without it.

Then, apply the lightest of 3 blues to the inner corner of the eye.

Use the medium blue in the middle.

Use the darkest blue along the outside and top. I don’t have a dark blue, so I mixed my medium blue with black and applied like that.

Then, apply eyeliner and use a brush to smudge it.

All that’s left is to apply mascara and fill in any spots you missed!

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Winter Lipstick Diaries pt III – RASPBERRY

I just recently got this color in the mail (thanks Mom & Dad!!) and it is fantastic! Rich Raspberry (6718) from ELF’s mineral collection is my new favorite lip color.

I think I’m starting to get better as far as the sinus infection/cold goes. I still don’t really have a voice, but I’d rather only be a little better than worse! The 15 hours of sleep I got last night helped, I’m sure!

It just so happens that this beautiful lipstick perfectly matches this thrifted tee I bought (thanks again for your advice, Maria), these new leggings from Forever 21 I bought on Wednesday and the belt I stole from Katrin! Yes, I tucked a shirt into my leggings. Get over it. Happy New Years Eve!

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Winter Lipstick Diaries pt I – RED

Totally listening and dancing to “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and “Pretty Girls” by Iyaz during these photos. (and maybe singing along)

F – A – V – O – R – I – T – E

(with ELF Celebrity and Glamorous eye shadows)

Almay Vitality #36 (they don’t make it any more!)

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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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Hello, Fall!

By no means am I completely saying goodbye to summer, but I have been thinking a lot about what look I’m going to go with for fall. I can just imagine the hayrides and corn mazes and hot chocolate! I wanted to go a little bit more dramatic and opted for a cherry lip and dark purple eye. It’s just a step lighter than smokey, which I love! I also put my hair in a side pony tail and just barely curled the ends with my straightener.

Is it me or does it seem like you have to work a lot harder in the colder seasons to look good? In summer,  you can just look as natural as can be because the sun does all the work.