Friday Favorite – Lip Stuff!

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I remember the day that I discovered YouTube makeup tutorials…It was a few Halloweens back and I was just looking for some inspiration. I had no idea that these things existed and I was super impressed and instantly addicted. As I was watching one Halloween video after another I slowly discovered that these aren’t just limited to crazy, scary, cool looks, but people have entire blogs and YouTube pages dedicated to everyday looks and products. I love having fun with makeup, but I am by no means an expert! I check out beauty blogs to see what kind of stuff is out there, but I don’t have a huge collection of things myself. I’ve been trying to use up stuff and clean out what I do have for what feels like an eternity! I think I would prefer to have a very small collection of things I really like, but I also don’t want to just throw stuff out! Sigh. I’ve seen a few makeup collection videos online, which always makes me feel better about myself. Holy cow, I would go crazy if I had an entire dresser full of just makeup!?

ANYWAY, I never imaged I would ever take photos of lip product swatches and post them to the internet. However, I tried this combination of lip stick and lip gloss today and felt it was worthy of sharing. I really like these two colors on their own and never thought to use them together. Come to think of it, I never really think about combining different shades together. I’m usually more matchy-matchy. But not no more, folks! I think this is cool because I’m sure I could easily go out and buy a more pinky-orange color, but now I can just use what I have. I’ll definitely be trying out other combinations! How do you guys feel about makeup collections? Do you like to have lots of options or just your favorites? Thanks for reading this uncharacteristically long post about lipgloss! Scroll down for more makeup musings, color details and pics.

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Top is both colors layered. Middle is Revlon Colorburst Glittering Garnet and bottom is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren. If I remember correctly, I got the lip gloss in some kind of holiday display, so I don’t know if you can still get it? I think the sparkle is really nice with the flat orange shade. By the way, I’ve had this orange lipstick ever since I saw it in a magazine a couple of years ago and had to have it. It was like my first kind of ‘out there’ makeup item and probably what got me into lip colors in the first place. I think I had two lipsticks before that. And I’m pretty sure both were purchased specifically for high school dances…

DSC_2194Eek, something else I never thought I would post to the internet! Fun fact: I have had this scar type thing on my top lip ever since I fell off my bike and onto my face in 3rd grade. It wasn’t pretty. But the lipstick is! ; )

DSC_2196It sure has been a while since I’ve shown my face on this blog! Hey guys!

Black + Gold Favorites

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I found the coolest toothbrush ever. Ok, I’m sure there are way fancier ones out there, but I was pretty excited when I spotted these black and gold toothbrushes at TJ Maxx. There’s definitely no reason that I need a shiny, $8, made in Italy toothbrush! That’s what’s great about TJ Maxx. You find things that you definitely don’t need, but it’s half off so I might as well buy two, right? The cashier was baffled when I brought these to the register! This isn’t the only black and gold purchase I’ve made in the past few weeks. I was cleaning out my desk today and noticed just how out of hand the theme is getting. So here are some of my latest black and gold finds!

DSC_1946I’ll be sad when I run out of these! I haven’t been able to find them online.

DSC_1930I got  this Russell + Hazel mini binder on sale at the art supply store. They had so many cool items in the sale, but I restrained myself. It was tough! I got the weekly planner filler pages to keep track of assignments and such.

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I had to get some matching, giant paper clips too! These were a couple bucks from Staples.

DSC_1926This definitely isn’t a recent find! Maybe you’ve noticed them in my little profile picture up above? I saw them sitting next to the binder in my desk and realized this obsession is taking over. I always get questions about these when I’m at the airport! I got them on Amazon, but I’ve also seen them at Urban Outfitters and recently American Apparel online.

Friday Favorite :: Texas Pride

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Happy Friday! Today I’m just posting one really cool favorite. I saw these Kris Nations pendants online a few weeks ago and really wanted one, but couldn’t decide on a state (I’ve lived in a bunch!). I would consider Colorado my home, but ya know…Colorado isn’t the most interestingly shaped state. Last week Paul actually pointed out a bowl of these at Nordstrom and I was so excited to see them in person! I was most drawn to California and Texas simply because they look awesome. I was born in Texas, so I figured why not sport my birthplace around my neck?! I only lived there for like 6 months, but it’s still significant I’d say! I love wearing this necklace. I like that it’s delicate, but also intricate. The quality is great, the chain is a nice length and it also comes in either silver or gold. Plus, you get to take it home in a cute little test tube! What state would most want to display around your neck? DSC_1496 DSC_1503 DSC_1507I’ve never used a clasp like this. It’s really handy!

Friday Favorites

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Pretty much all of my favorites this week are gifts that I received for Christmas. I can’t pick a favorite – I love everything I got! Here are some of the pictures I remembered to snap.

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:: my old pair of bunny slippers were very sad looking…these are so cute! ::

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:: I love the dots, I love the black and white, I love the city names. I love it! (from Madewell) ::

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:: is this not the coolest Harry Potter shirt you’ve ever seen?? ::

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:: my gifted ornament for this year reflects my weird interest in butchery. Can’t decide if this pig is cute or creepy ::

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:: totally obsessed! Chanel Wild Rose and Gabrielle ::

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:: I love this Mondo tote bag! I usually carry around a red tote bag day-to-day, but this one is so much cooler. (Mondo is from Denver and Project Runway and he’s the coolest) ::

20130104-141226.jpg:: I’ve been planning and planning to do posts about my clay projects. I will eventually, but I’m putting together a big project that I’m waiting to post until I’ve made more progress! These new clay tools have made my clay crafting soooo much easier (and fun) ::

Friday Finds :: Day After Xmas Shopping

DSC_1097Going shopping on the day after Christmas has become a pretty solid tradition around here. I always look forward to browsing the sales, even when I don’t have anything in mind that I need. This year, I kind of wanted to get some new sneakers, but didn’t have a whole lot of luck with that. The purchase I’m most excited about is the First Aid Beauty kit I picked up from Sephora. The funny thing is, I came really close to getting one for myself, my mom and my sister for Christmas and then we all ended up buying one on our shopping trip! I had heard really good things about the brand and then the Sephora employee gave a rave review, so I was officially sold. A few days in and I’m loving this stuff!

My best bargain award goes to the folded base tote bag I got from H&M. It’s from the Maison Martin Margiela collection, which I didn’t know much about and assumed had long been sold out. This bag was thrown in with all the other totes and marked down to…$20! I honestly don’t think I would have noticed it if it weren’t for the red sale sticker and I certainly wouldn’t have bought it for the original $199! A (kind of weird) leather bag for $20 was too good to pass up. I think it will make for a good airport bag. Did any of you brave the crowds after Christmas? Any good bargains??

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DSC_1114      :: a few little goodies. Necklace and nails from Forever 21. Glitter polish from a drugstore run on the way home ::

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:: heeeeeey guys! :-p Cozy flannel from J.Crew ::

Friday Finds :: The Two Best Things

It’s no secret that I love sporting cutesy animal gear. I’ve been doing so since I was a little girl (maybe I’ll find some pictures when I’m home?), but I took a long hiatus. I started rebuilding my collection a couple of years ago and now… I’ve found the two best things.

I got an Ipad a few of weeks ago and totally love it. Then I found this amazing bunny sleeve at West Elm for only $14.00! It kind of matches a bunny sweatshirt that I already have and I just knew I needed to get it. They have a fox laptop and owl phone sleeve too. I love the bunny one best, but it would be super fun to have the whole set!

OK, and then there’s this polka dot cat sweater. I actually saw a woman wearing this on the street a while back and literally did a double take. I wanted it right then and there, but had no idea where to get it. THEN I saw Taylor Swift wearing it, which made my hunt much easier. I got it on a great sale and am sooo happy to have it.

:: I think we need a closeup of this cat cuteness ::

:: Cute overload? A perfect pair ::

:: This sleeve is perfect. I highly recommend it! ::