Make It Up

    Trying On Makeup On A Friday Night

    That’s exactly what I did.

    I am becoming more interested with doing my makeup.  I usually keep it simple – nude lip, neutral eyeshadow with some golds. But I’m challenging myself to do more.  Getting inspiration from YouTube videos, I’m taking the plunge.

    One of those challenges – colorful lips!

    Here you can see below, I have a bunch of red items.


    I don’t usually wear red anything on my face. But I’ve collected a few items over time (samples I’ve received from Sephora, random purchases); I was determined to try and see what works for me.

    The items I tried on were Sephora cream lip stain, Nars satin lip pencil, NYX Matte lipstick.

    Needless to say, I didn’t seem as comfortable with the ruby shades on my face. But I kept going. I heard everyone can wear a bold red lip, I just need to figure out which one. Not feeling the matte, but one day I’ll get used to it. I’ll have to purchase Ruby Woo in the near future.

    Still working out the concealer deal. It’s okay.  When I had a consultation over a year ago, I was recommended to get this.  It’s been fine. But covering more canvas helps – using it from under my eye to the top of my cheek, plus the V of my forehead that leads to the bridge of my nose.  Then, I sealed everything with the HD Micro Finish powder (also from Make Up For Ever). Update – I tried this technique on Sunday morning for church and it worked very well! Always looking for ways to step up my makeup game.

    The pink sponge? The beautiful original Beauty Blender. Purchased it a few weeks ago and I love it.

    Verdict?  Not too bad. Practice makes perfect.

    Have you experimented or made bold choices with your makeup recently? Let me know!


    Let's read

    I just finished Ugly Love.

    Girllll… I wasn’t ready!

    I made the “mistake” to start reading when I went to bed last night.  Read up to Chapter Seventeen the other day, then stopped.  I don’t remember reading anything so quickly and still remembering many details.   Apparently, Miss Colleen Hoover has a track record of writing some sweet, passionate, heart-wrenching stories. But man oh man, this was a doozy!

    Have you read it?  Do you like any of her other books?  If so, which ones?

    What books are on your to-read list?  Let me know!  I could always use a good recommendation.  (I tend to go towards the romance with a bit of angst, but I’ll try anything.)  I set up a Goodreads account a while ago and I’m trying to get better at reading/finding ways to wind down after work. Add me, if you like.


    30 by 30, My Life

    30 BY 30: Do!

    Right before the new year, participants in an online group that I’m in, challenged themselves to find a word or phrase that would shape or guide their 2016.  It took me a few days to find the “perfect” word.

    So, with that in mind…


    That’s right. DO. An active kind of word. A right now kind of word.

    This is what I wrote on the forum:

    Accomplishing what I want to do with love, joy, and excellence! Including goals I set for myself and making sure the friendships and connections I have are successful. Just getting stuff done. 

    A Bible Scripture that motivates me is from Habukkuk 2:2 – “Write the vision, make it plain!”

    This is how I can start – writing thoughts down, making reasonable to-do lists, willing myself to make it happen.  It helps to see visuals to push me along on my journey. Like right here; this post is a reminder that I can do what I want to do.


    • I’m drinking more water.  I bought a big, blue container from Five Below and I fill it up!
    • Speaking up and voicing my opinions, whether or not they are popular.
    • Trying new things – makeup, travel routes, food, exercises, etc.
    • Also, here is a big deal – I’m getting my knee checked out again (very old dance injury) and finding out what I can do to make it better. If that means surgery, okay, but hopefully not!

    So that’s my “word” for 2016.  Not just thinking and wishing things would change.  But just going for it. Taking small steps, that elevate to huge leaps.


    My Life


    Where I am, it’s supposed to snow.

    A lot.  Like, over 2 feet.  In our area, snow is such a big deal, everyone goes HAM on buying all of the things.

    I’m not a fan of it, or the bitter cold. Right now it’s really affecting my knee (old injury) so everything is a little achy. Not fun! So, I’ll be right here inside the house. Brightside – I’m not working until Tuesday (no school) and I’ll do my best to rest and be productive.

    Look at my basic lunch from the other day.

    Look at my basic lunch from the other day.

    I finally started reading Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Thank you, Rain!). Hopefully, I’ll finish it over the weekend.

    What are you reading right now?

    What do you like to do on snow days?



    That's My Song

    That’s My Song: Infatuation (Lipstick Gypsy)

    On Thursday night, I was coming home from a small get-together, and I heard this song on the radio.  I automatically felt a connection and was hooked.  Gave me a very strong Maxwell-meets-Jamiroquai vibe (anyone remember them?).  So, I assumed it was a ’90s-early ’00s jam that I missed.

    But I found out, Lipstick Gypsy, is fairly current. Only two guys.  Their sound has that silky blend of funk, soul, and R&B, that can stay in your head for a little bit. It gives me a long drive on a summer night, or chillin’ with your friends or special friend with a glass of wine kind-of-feels. Just makes you want to move, however you can.

    Take a listen.  The lead singer’s voice reminded me of Daley.

    Just listened to their other single, “The Cure”. Now, this one has a bit of Hall & Oates influence going on.  Not too shabby. 🙂

    I just watched the video…wasn’t expecting all that! (Blushing!  Giving you a heads up – parental advisory.)

    But def check out the song. I think you will enjoy it.