The Lashes of My Dreams

The first time I tried lash extensions was last summer, and I loved them.

I had them for the better part of the summer and loved them, but had them removed before school started because the prospect of going out of my way for a fill every 3 weeks amid papers and assignments seemed daunting.

Now that the weather is getting nice again (tell that to the snow from last night), I got the itch again. I want to spend less time trying to make it look like I have eyelashes and spend more time doing stuff and things.

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Colonialism and Concealer: The Importance of Realistic Makeup Expectations

Realism

Over the past month or so, I have encountered numerous people in search of that one miracle product that will do x for them. I feel so sad when I have to let them down and tell them that there is no makeup product in the world that will do what they want it to do because it is physically impossible without surgery. Consider this a highlight reel and an education in what is reasonable to expect from your makeup.

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Fall TV Picks

Fall TV Picks

I watch too much TV.

Seriously. It’s to the point where I have to write in my planner what I intend to watch and when. But it isn’t my fault! There are too many good TV shows out there these days. Here’s my roundup of the ones I’ve been enjoying most this premiere season.

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Wild for Washi

washi

I purchased an Erin Condren Life Planner back in April. As it turns out, this was a terrible time to pick one up because I had a pretty uneventful summer aside from blogging and YouTube. With few appointments to keep up with, no due dates looming overhead, I did not make the most of my ECLP.

September’s come (and almost gone!) and I’ve been determined to turn that around. Inspired by the #plannerenthusiast tag on Instagram, I’ve slowly started collecting washi tape and printable sticker files to print on label paper…all this in hopes of encouraging myself to use my planner. (It’s working!)

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The Importance of Going Barefaced

No makeup. No retouching. Nada.

This might be a bit of an odd post. It doesn’t feature any products or techniques, and in fact discusses a bit of a polarizing topic: going barefaced.

Remember on Facebook a few months ago when the whole No Makeup Selfie thing was circulating? Donation controversy aside, it was then that I realized how many of my friends really do wear makeup on a daily basis. Some of these friends would wear foundation and concealer so brilliantly sneakily that I didn’t notice they even had it on.

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The Final Rite of Passage into Adulthood

Business Cards

I’ve always wanted business cards. They seem so professional and grown-up.

The fact that I revere them as professional and grown-up probably means I’m inherently not ready for them, but no matter because I have them!

I chose a glossy finish to really make the purple pop. I wanted to keep them simple but not boring, fun but not childish…particularly because I now have 100 of them.

In case you’re curious, I ordered them from Vistaprint. They shipped quickly, were inexpensive, and often have discount codes if you poke around the web.

How I Wash “the Delicates”

Soak Laundry Detergent

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one. It isn’t about hair or makeup or nails, but laundry detergent.

You all probably know by now, though, that I wouldn’t bore you with details about a run-of-the-mill laundry detergent.

Soak is actually a hand-washing detergent made to care for your delicates. However, it can be used to wash almost anything. The best part about it is that you don’t have to rinse.

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Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

A Storm of Swords Audiobook on iPhone 5 read by Roy Dotrice

There’s a joke on the interwebs that goes like this: George R.R. Martin, Joss Whedon, and Stephen Moffat walk into a bar. Every character you ever loved dies.

After reading A Storm of Swords, I can confirm this to be true; however, some characters that you absolutely despise also die. It’s a storm of double-edged swords, one might say. Ha. Ha.

I can honestly say that I found this book to be the most exciting and interesting one so far simply because of the body count. It sounds morbid, but so many characters are dead, which really adds excitement and tragedy and satisfaction (in some cases) to the book. I seriously couldn’t put this book down…figuratively speaking.

I say figuratively because I didn’t read a physical copy of this book; rather, Roy Dotrice read it to me. I got into audiobooks about a year ago after lamenting that I never feel like sitting down to read a for-fun book because I do so much reading for school. My solution was to start downloading audiobooks and listen to them whenever I got the chance: on the bus, while walking to class, while painting my nails, on the way to get groceries, anywhere.

The result has been highly entertaining. I’ve found myself with my mouth open in shock at the grocery store, crying on the bus, laughing to myself while trying to push through a crowd on the way to class. I’m sure people think I’m crazy, but this system works for me and I’ve probably consumed 5+ books this way, so I don’t care.

That being said, thar be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read A Storm of Swords or you’re currently watching the Game of Thrones TV series, you’re going to not want to read on.

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