Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || What's in My Makeup Bag 2 of 2

There are two more weeks of the Summer Reading Program. After that is over, things should start to slow down at work and these posts should actually go up on Fridays!

Continuing on with the list...
You can follow the link to last weeks post for Part 1.

The brush I use to apply my eye shadow is in the previous picture and my E.L.F. Sheer Eyelid Primer fell out of my bag this morning and was on my headboard when I took pictures this evening. Oops! 
Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow Not Just Nudes: Although I am not yet confident with my eye shadow application skills, this is a nice ombré assortment to try different looks with, two have shimmer and two are matte. For everyday I mainly use my powder shadows because they are more subtle.
Maybelline Expert Wear Champagne Fizz: This eyeshadow I tend to just put on the inner corner of my eyes to brighten them but I have recently been using it on my entire lid with the darker color in the crease.
Covergirl Eye Enhancers Tapestry Taupe: I was just reading opinions of other bloggers on this shade. It's yet another shimmery product I use and I've been wanting to try some more matte things lately. That being said, all the reviews I could find on this were great! As you can see, I do like it. It's almost gone! I think I'm just wanting to try something new at this point...like I've said so many times this post, ha!
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Brownish Black: I had the non-waterproof kind of this before and only bought the waterproof by accident. It turned out to be a happy accident. This stuff stays on ALL. DAY. If you happen to sleep with it on you'll probably have to clean up your lower eyelids a bit in the morning. (Not that I ever sleep with makeup on. ;) ) 
Almay Eyeliner Black Brown: This is one of those twisty eyeliners. Love them. They're easier to use than a traditional eye pencil but way more forgiving than using
 a gel or liquid liner. This one also comes with a sharpener on the end of it so you can make a finer point on the end if necessary. Ever since summer started I've kind of gotten lazy and have just been using mascara and no eyeliner.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray: Having hair on the dry as a desert side of things I don't actually have to use this too often. If it's a particularly humid day And I haven't washed my hair for a couple of days I'll use it because it does absorb oils and really does get rid of the greasy feel and it smells great! A lot of dry shampoos will leave a powdery residue, but I don't really feel like this one does as much as some other brands. I just sprayed it on my hand to see if it left any powder, which it didn't, but WOW, it absorbs oils!
Paul Mitchell Express Style Round Trip: This is my favorite hairstyling product! If I scrunch my hair with this when it's damp it will curl and will stay curled for a couple of days! My hair does have a little natural wave to it so I don't know how it would work on very straight hair. This gel leaves curls feeling soft and natural and not stiff like hairspray would do.
L'oreal Nail Color Tangerine Crush: I really love coral colors right now. This is a bit more on the orange side of coral shades. It is so much fun to wear on fingers or toes in the summertime!
Essence Colour & Go That's What I Mint: This is one of the $1.99 polishes from Ulta. Don't let the price fool you. This shade (I can't vouch for others at the moment but would love a few more!) is long wearing, fast drying, and covers very well in just two coats. I've had it on my toes for almost a week before it chipped or began to wear off! It's highly comparable, even better in my opinion, to higher end nail polishes that I've tried.
Exclamation Cologne Spray: I don't wear perfume or body sprays too often but I think this one smells pretty. I am not good at describing scents, so here is the description from Walmart's site: "Exclamation is a sharp floral fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of peach, apricot, amber, and sandalwood."
Olay Wet Cleansing Towlettes Sensitive: These are great! They remove almost all my makeup. I say almost because I do have a bit of a hard time getting all my waterproof mascara off. These wipes have no trouble at all taking off regular mascara. What I really like about them is that they are alcohol and fragrance free! My skin used to dry out when I used makeup remover that contained alcohol so it's really nice to just have it take off the makeup and not irritate my skin. It also doesn't sting to take off eye makeup anywhere near what it did when I used the wipes with alcohol in them! 

I hope you've enjoyed the lists of products that I use and enjoy. I would love to read some of your favorites in the comments! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Keeping Myself in Stitches

The past week was full of stitches of all kinds. Thankfully none of said stitches are of the medical designation. 

When July 4th was coming up I decided some patriotic yarn stash busting would be quite appropriate! I always have an image in my head of being able to make a giant granny square afghan which, of course, is never the case with leftovers. I used three strands of yarn and just went around....asquare?...until I ran out! As you can see compared to my Clementine feet (Her shoes were number 9 ;) ) it's not very big, but it's a decent lapghan. I'm testing it out right now!

I also pulled out a counted cross stitch that I started a year and a half ago! I bought it at Hobby Lobby when I went to visit my friend in Jacksonville in January of 2013. I'm hoping to finish it soonish. More than a year is way too long to be working on a counted cross stitch that's only 5 by 7 inches. So, we shall see how this goes.

And lastly, I'm going to be making a blanket. One of my co workers who quilts gave me a quick rundown on working with batting, and tying, and binding, etc. I have a feeling YouTube is going to help out a great deal while I am constructing this blanket. Stay tuned!

Crochet stitches, cross stitches, and sewing stitches. Which type is your favorite?
Did any of you see the super moon the other night?! It was so cool!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || What's in My Makeup Bag? Part 1 of 2

I know I enjoy these sorts of blog posts and YouTube videos so I thought it would be fun to share my everyday or almost everyday beauty products that I use. I didn't start wearing makeup regularly until just a couple of years ago when two friends took me shopping and stocked me up with some of their favorites! I'm still using most of the products they suggested but have branched out slightly so I could experiment with some others. I am not an expert, but it is fun to try new products and see how they change my fairly basic look.

San Francisco Soap Company Sugared Citrus Moisturizing Body Butter: This is my favorite lotion! The first time I got this lotion it was from a tiny travel sized hotel sample. I finally looked it up online and found that they had all kinds of other products but were in the pricier side of things with shipping added on. However, much to my surprise, my best friend bought me a big tub of the body butter for my birthday! (She even confessed to opening it when it arrived so she could smell it herself!)

Next up are the products I use on my face. I need to find a lotion with SPF that doesn't make me break out. I was using Oil of Beauty the generic Oil of Olay but seemed to break out A LOT so suggestions are welcome! Anyway, what I currently use is: 
Maybelline Fit Me 125 Nude Beige Face Powder: I actually used to use the Dream Matte Powder but they were all open or broken (gross!) last time I had to buy more. I do prefer the Dream Matte Powder to Fit Me, but I am content enough with this to continue using it until I run out again.
New York Color Cheek Glow Central Park Pink: This is a pale pink color with almost a coppery hue to it. It has quite a bit of shimmer which I'm not to fond of, but I like the color and it actually layers really well. You can put on just a tiny bit for a little color and shimmer or add some more to get to color to stand out better.
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Fair: I really like how this blends and covers. I have dark circles partially because of my natural skin tone and partially because of my autoimmune issues...and yes, partially because I stay up too late. I think this gives really good coverage without looking unnatural. I had to buy a liquid one recently. Same trip, and same problem as with the face powder. All opened and gross. That shopping trip was at Target too not a sketchy drugstore or anything! I was a little disappointed.
Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm 225 Rose Twist: LOVE this! It goes on sheer so the color isn't overwhelming, adds shine, goes on smoothly and keeps my lips feeling soft. This is the only product I bother to carry around in my purse when I'm wearing it!
E.L.F. Professional Brushes: Total Face Brush and Eye Shadow Brush

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Thank You Rit Dye

The last Tuesday Cables post that went up was about dyeing my bleach blotched vest.. I knew dye probably wouldn't absorb into the bleach spots, but I still held out a little hope. Over all, the end result was not too bad. 

I was so surprised when Ruth from the Rit Studio commented. She told me that bleached fibers are damaged and usually won't take dye. Then I went to Twitter and saw that someone at Rit had replied to the blog link that I tweeted and had offered to send me some other dye colors to try out! How awesome is that?! Of course, I went straight to the Rit website and started looking at what colors were available. Finally I settled on Petal Pink, Pearl Gray, Dark Green, and Teal. 

I just want to take a moment here to note that I am not being sponsored by or receiving payment from Rit Studio and Phoenix Brands for any part of this blog post. I'm simply posting as a thank you to the company for their great customer service and generosity. 
When the package arrived I had no idea what it was. I was mid-cold at that point and had completely forgotten that I was being sent the dyes. So I was surprised again when I opened the package and realized it was the dye!

Sunday afternoon I gathered up all the essentials, dye, salt, gloves, and went down to the basement where we have a giant sink. Last time, which was my first time dyeing anything, I used a powder dye and the stovetop method. This time I used liquid dye in the sink, which also happens to be right next to the hot water heater which is very convenient considering that the instructions call for hot water!

First was Pearl Gray and a pair of white pants with dirt stains on the knees. I am SO happy with how these turned out! You can't even see where they were stained!

Second into the sink was a white tee shirt that just needed a little something to make it more interesting. I toyed with Heiden of tie dye, but I didn't feel like preparing more than one color.

 I attempted to make it a Teal ombré by setting sections of it in the dye bath for a little while and then lowering another section in. I didn't use any exact science with this one. I'm happy with the results and this shirt will definitely be worn now. 

After having used both powder and liquid dyes, I like the liquid better than powder. The instructions are pretty much the same exact thing but you don't have to worry about whether or not the powder has completely dissolved. Plus, The liquid mixes so quickly and evenly into the water. Thank you very much to The Rit Studio for sending me some dyes to try out! 

Again, I just want to say that I was not paid by Rit Studio or Phoenix brands in any way for this post. I just wanted to write it as a thank you for their great customer service and generosity!!

And as always, thanks to my subscribers and anonymous readers as well. :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || When You Read You Begin With A B C:VonTrappSeries Part 4 (Final)

Happy Independence Day!
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD... Psalm 33:12a

Today, it's raining. A very welcome blessing after a hot and humid week. My cold is getting better too! 

In the 3 previous posts of the von Trapp Series I've posted about the German language, my own appreciation (obsession ;)) with all things Sound of Music, and the genesis of the 1965 film from book to German movie to Broadway play, to American movie. I hope you've found something interesting in each post. 

Today, I want to talk about the books written by Maria Augusta Trapp. Here is a link to a list of her books on Goodreads.com

The first book of her's that I ever read was Maria, which is an autobiography of her life starting with her birth on a train headed to Vienna up until living in Stowe, VT in 1972. Throughout the book when certain subjects and stories are mentioned you will see "You can read more about this in The Story of the Trapp Family Singers." (Or whichever book of hers the story is told in more detail.)  

I think Maria, though not the first book Maria von Trapp wrote, is an excellent one to start with because it covers her life from the very start. Her style of writing is so easy to read and she has the most wonderful sense of humor! I think a lot of her funny stories are told in The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. This is the book that contains many of the events which are portrayed in The Sound of Music, though the book does differ from the movie quite a bit but it is SO enjoyable to read what this family was really like!  This was the first book she wrote but is great to read second.

The best book to read third in my opinion is A Family on Wheels: Further Adventures of the Trapp Family Singers. It is so much fun to read not just about Austria and America, but about the worldwide concert tours of the Trapp Family Singers. I love reading about Maria's persistence to get permission to sing for a leper colony. 

Fourth and fifth can be bought as two books in one. Yesterday, Today, and Forever and When the King was Carpenter.  Yesterday, Today, and Forever begins with the von Trapps as refugees from Austria and the children (many of them were actually quite grown by the time the von Trapp's immigrated to the US) asking questions about Bethlehem and Jesus. Maria begins to compare fleeing Austria with 9 children to how it must've felt for Joseph and Mary  to go from Bethlehem and live in Egypt when Herod declared that all male babies in Bethlehem were to be killed.

When the King was Carpenter is also a very interesting books in which Maria shares what she has learned in research on Jewish customs and daily life and  really paints pictures with her words describing how Jesus would have lived from infancy to age 30. It is very interesting and so wonderfully written and full of details! I've been trying to get my family to read it but have been unsuccessful so far. I think they assume I love it so much because it's written by Maria von Trapp, but it is such an interesting and informative book!

I really hope this post has piqued someone's interest into finding out about the real von Trapp family, and not just the group of children put together by casting directors. 

Here is a little example of Maria's sense of humor that I mentioned earlier. This is an excerpt from The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

 -Pages 94 and 95, Maria describes a very funny ordeal with her nurse, Sister Agrosia, in a Vienna Hospital while recovering from a kidney stone operation. She wanted pets to keep her company while she laid on her back for a few weeks, and had to get rid of three chicks, which her husband replaced with a little turtle.-

          "Sister Agrosia was a saintly nun with only one fault: In her childlike innocence she believed every word I said, however silly my stories might be.  She had stirred up in me the urge to find out to what depths her trustfulness would go, which made my stories sillier each day, and still I hadn't reached the limit of her credulity.
          When it became evident that Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar had to be taken to greener pastures, Georg went to a pet shop and came back radiant.
          "Look what I got you!" and he put a little turtle on my bed. At this very moment Sister Agrosia came into the room.
          "Oh," she said, "what is that?" looking curiously at something she had never seen before in her life.
           Truthfully I answered: "That is a turtle, Sister."
          "A turtle, what is a turtle?" she wanted to know.
           That was bad, all my evil instincts were at work.
          "A turtle is an animal which feeds on the toes of newborn babies," I said looking straight into her eyes.
           This she can't believe, I thought to myself. But I was mistaken.
          "Oh, oh!" Sister said, and looked with horror at the little brown lump on my blanket. "But we'll have to be very careful and keep the door shut."
           I had been given the only vacant room in the whole house, which happened to be right next to the maternity ward, babies being born constantly all around me.
           Cruelly I answered: "That won't help any, Sister, because a turtle can make itself flat like a sheet of paper, crawl under the door and blow itself up outside again."
           Sadly I must confess I was not a bit ashamed of myself at that moment, nor was I the next morning when I heard from eyewitnesses that Sister Agrosia had been seen sitting on a chair outside my door with a stick in her hand while the little turtle slept peacefully on my chest.
           During the next days I did my best to break the spell. I assured Sister Agrosia that I had been mistaken. This was not the wild type of turtle, but a tame one, living on turtle feed."