Harry Potter Vacay

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I don’t have a real post today because I’m enjoying some butter beer, exploring all that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer and hanging out with some minions.

I can’t wait to report back next week! Have a fantastic weekend!

Lipstick Loves

I recently spent far too much time trying to find the perfect lipstick. I’ve never been much of a lipstick wearer, but it’s something I’ve wanted to start doing. I think it adds a fun flare. However, I struggled in finding the right color. I am pretty much clueless when it comes to makeup and what looks good, so I spent a long time trying different shades, getting help from makeup artists at the makeup counter, and then went and looked for cheaper versions of the super expensive shades they had recommended for me. I am all for spending money on good makeup, but since I am still figuring out what works for me, I decided to try to stick to the drugstore brands. That way if a color doesn’t work out, I don’t lose much of an investment. I’m still testing them out and seeing how I like them, but so far I have 6 I really like.

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1| Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Color in Rasin Rage – This is a rich, deep red, that adds personality, but is still tame enough for work.

2| Rimmel London Lip Stick – This is a darker red, much like the dark reds used in the 40’s for pin-ups. It’s great for a night out and incredibly sexy in my opinion.

3| Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in On Fire Red – This is a fun bright red for a fun night out.

4| Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Coral Crush – This is a fun coral, which I keep seeing everywhere. It isn’t as bright as many of the ones I have seen, and is more of a pink shade than an orange one.

5| Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Pink Peony – This is a fun bright pink that I think is perfect for daytime wear, like brunch with the girls.

6| Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Born With It – This is a great nude pink, it looks natural, and is perfect for work.

If you need more lipstick ideas, be sure to check out Amanda’s post below!


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Today I am happy to introduce you to Amanda from Marry Mint. Amanda lives up in Alaska with her husband and beautiful baby girl. Her blog discusses topics ranging from being a mommy, to beauty, and style. Be sure to check out her posts on being an introvert, being an Army wife, and her favorite lipsticks.

What made you start blogging?
Initially I started blogging for two different reasons. The first and pretty standard reason is that I wanted a way to keep our family up to date on our lives from all the way in Alaska. The second reasons I started my blog was to offer a positive light on light after cancer. I wanted to show the world that life can and does go on after a scary diagnosis.

What quote or motto do you try to live by?
I try to worry only about the things I can control and get through each day as gracefully as possible.

What is your idea of relaxing?
EXERCISE! When I’m running my brain is totally radio silent. Bliss!

If you could drop everything tomorrow and do anything, what would it be?
I would take my family on vacation to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica! (Kyle and I went to Ocho Rios for our Honeymoon).

What is your most embarrassing moment?
I don’t know what my most embarrassing moment would be but, Kyle can probably think of several times I’ve embarrassed him. hehehe. Although I distinctly remember knocking over an entire candy display during a gas station stop on a road trip once…oops!

No Makeup, No Problem

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I’ve always been someone who valued comfort and practicality over all else. If I could, I would wear PJ’s everywhere I went with zero shame. But since that is not socially acceptable, I suck it up and put on jeans. I guess I just don’t care what strangers think of me. I’ve just never been the type of person who has to look perfect before walking out the door. I go out all the time without makeup. I’m not saying we should look like slobs. I simply mean I don’t think we always have to put on a specially planned outfit and spend an hour on hair and makeup to go grab some milk and eggs. And I’m only talking about days when I don’t have work, or anything important to do. Of course I take more care with my clothing and makeup when going to work, going out to dinner, or anything more than running to Target or Starbucks.

I had twin roommates in college who refused to walk out the door without full makeup, hair, and the perfect outfit, no matter where they were going. All I could think then was how exhausting it must be to always keep up appearances. They would wake up extra early on exam days to get ready and make sure they looked perfect because they believed if you looked your best you would do better on the exam. Meanwhile, I’d wake up early, throw on yoga pants, a tshirt, throw my hair up, and spend the time I would have otherwise spent primping to get in some last minute cramming before the exam. The three of us all did well in school, so I don’t think one method works better than the other, it’s all about what works for you. I just couldn’t fathom spending an hour on my hair when I could have spent that hour to get in valuable study time before a test. I’d like to note that it seemed most other students used my approach.

My roommates always said that if you didn’t take pride in your appearance, and if you go anywhere not looking your best, you had no respect for yourself  and you must be insecure. I always strongly disagreed with that view but kept it to myself and let them do their thing, and let them judge me for going to Target without makeup. The thing is I’m really not insure at all. The opposite really. I could care less if someone thought “oh my goodness that girl has no makeup on.” If that is all someone has to worry about, they clearly need a hobby. We all have our insecurities, but I’ve been lucky to pretty much always been very secure with myself, even with my weight issues. I don’t feel the need to dress to the nines and look perfect to be valued or respected by others. I think feeling the need to always look perfect is likely a higher indicator of insecurity than not caring if you look perfect.

I’m not bashing those of you that always look amazing, and obviously, as I said before, I take the time to make sure I am done up for work, and when doing anything other than errands. I think that women put too much pressure on themselves to always look perfect. I don’t think there is anything wrong with running to the store in yoga pants, hair up, and with no makeup on, and I don’t think we should put each other down for failing to always look done up.

Getting Crafty

I’m a big crafter and take advantage of any time off by finding fun new things to make. Last week my mom mentioned that my sister had asked her to find a tutu for my  1 1/2 year-old niece before they visit my parents next week. I told her to check it off her list, and that I would just make one for her. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and figured they couldn’t be that hard.

My sister had no preference on colors, so I had a blast picking out colors for the tutus. Seriously, shopping for kids is so much more fun than shopping for adults. Same goes for crafting. I went a bit overboard with the tulle and decided to make 2 tutus. They were much easier to make than I thought they would have been, just a bit time consuming to cut all the tulle into strips. I’m pretty happy with the finished product and I can’t wait to see her in them!

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While I was buying the tulle, I also decided to make Sophie a cover for her crate. I’ve had towels covering it, and I figured it was time to have a cover that is less of an eyesore. All the covers I have seen in stores and online are $50+ and I knew I could make one for a fraction of that. I found a really cute pink and grey (gray?) duck cotton and whipped out a cover in no time. It looks so much better than the old towels.

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Now I’m working on my crotchet skills (or lack thereof) and attempting to make an infinity scarf before it gets cold. Then, I think I am going to make an adult sized tutu for my Halloween costume.