I have really nailed down getting my makeup done in 15 minutes. I love sleep, and unfortunately, I love TV that keeps me up at night.
The thing that slows me down the most is my eye makeup! It is easy to slap on some BB cream, powder and eyebrows – but the eyes take time.
Now, using my Vanity Planet Classic 10 eyeshadow palette and the Palette Make-up Brush collection, I have my look perfected for work!
First, I apply a layer of concealer to my eyelid to hide veins and provide even color. Using the smudging brush, I take the flat cream color from the Classic 10 and set the concealer.
Then, I grab the medium blender brush and take the flat brown color into my crease. After I have that blended in, I grab the shimmer tan color on the precision concealer brush and apply it all over the lid.
The final touch is using the rounded liner brush with the dark brown shimmer color and apply it to the bottom lash line.
Then I apply my eye liner and my mascara like normal!
This takes about 10 minutes, and it’s great for everyday!
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Vanity Planet provided the makeup brushes and palette. All opinions are my own.
If you are just now starting off as a blogger, the whole blogworld can seem intimidating at first.
I am entering three years of blog life, and I still am learning new things every single day! My favorite thing as a blogger is the amazing community. Everyone is always offering tips and holding each other up!
So if you are just starting, be sure to join a blogger group. It will help you out so much in the long run.
Lately, I have been wanting to share some advice that I have learned in my 3 years, and I thought of sharing my favorite free tools that I use.
These tools are great assets to your blog, and you can use them how you see fit!
Creative Market is a website with themes, templates, stock photos, fonts, etc. While Creative Market is an amazing tool, most of their things you have to pay for. However, if you look at the top of the website, you can click free goods.
Every week, they offer 6 new free goods for downloads. This is a great place to find fonts, free photos and so much more!
I literally use this every week and have a growing file on my laptop.
I am going to start reviewing things that I order/get sent to me in a cumulative post, so welcome to the first What’s In My Mailbox!
Also, I am a subscriber to Ipsy, Birchbox and FabFitFun, so expect to see these in here from time to time. I hope you enjoy!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
This has been a favorite of mine for a while. I was lucky enough to get this sent to me for testing purposes through Influenster (here’s how you can do it too).
This primer makes my face poreless, and I just need to put a little on for a great base for my foundation!
Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+
The next three Lancome products were also sent to me to review from Influenster. I was really excited to see this facial sunscreen because it is already getting hot in Texas and protecting your face from the sun is so important!
I tend to not wear a lot of foundation in the summer months, so I will be reaching for this often!
Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo
I have not had this for two weeks yet, but my skin in so much tighter and softer! If you want an update with I finish the two weeks, let me know!
Lancome Matte Shaker Lipstick
I love this color for summer, and the color is beautiful!
In my Ipsy bag, I got a Gel ColourPop Eyeliner in Swerve, SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner, Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm, Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island, PEEK Beauty eye will stay Naturally Long Wearing Eye Shadow in 250k8.
My first impressions put the lip balm as my favorite! I love ColourPop, but I am a liquid eyeliner kinda girl – even though I enjoy the liner.
Off the Shoulder Top from Forever21
I have been wanting to test out an Off The Shoulder top forever, and this is my first success! I love the color and the fabric! You can find it at Forever21!
I had an Beer Olympics party, and as team USA, we needed these. I can’t wait to use them at pool parties as well!
I know I haven’t written anything personal on my blog in months, but I can assure you I have attempted to multiple times.
For example, I have three of four drafts that just are labeled “UPDATE”. They just look at me every time I start another post, reminding me of my shortcomings as a blogger.
It has been so hard to sum up the last 6 months in an update because so much has happened in my life. In my last personal post about my anxiety journey, I talked about how I was in an uphill tick.
Good news – I am still in the green. I have very few unreasonable spazz-out moments compared to a few years ago.
This is because of so much positive change that keeps flowing into my life. I have wanted to talk about it with y’all so badly, but it has been so difficult to put into words. Besides getting a new dog and a new house, I really have grew so comfortable and happy in this place in my life.
I’m just going to organize this update as if I was filling writing a blog post.
As you may know, I bought my first house at the end of January. You also might guess (since it is my, it is a little bit of a fixer upper.
Since I have moved in, I have discovered plumbing issues, tile issues and appliance issues. Because I have a slow-budget, I am learning to just deal until I am ready to make the right upgrades.
Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe I got the best home with my budget. I am in a great neighborhood, and I have close to 2,000 square feet.
Here are some photos from Zillow of the home before I purchased it:
I have already made a lot of progress on the home with my family. We have done a lot of painting and patching walls.
Keep a look out for future posts! I really want to do a before and after of each room when we complete it!
I think the biggest negative in this move has been yard work. Yard work is hard – especially if you have no idea what you are doing!
By family, I mean myself and my two Australian Shepherd children.
Fiona is now 7 months old, and she has been pretty mild when it comes to chewing. She has only destroyed 4 of my things, which compared to other puppies – is nothing.
During her first few months with us, she cried every night, all night. I didn’t get any sleep, and I had no energy for anything. She is now at the point where she cries only in the early morning to let me out.
Now that I have the new house and the new yard, the dogs are in heaven. I feel bad for Fiona, however, because I haven’t found time to bring her to the dog park or teach her to use a leash. The two of them go crazy in the yard, so they get plenty of exercise without it.
I know I will need to leash her eventually, so my little goal for myself is to start taking her on short walks.
We will see how that goes because she literally bounces off walls. I am so convinced she has ADD.
Schmidt loves his new sister and his new yard. Well, he doesn’t love the fleas that came with the new yard. He still is eating the trash every time I leave. If you have any advice on how to stop this, please let me know.
Work is still taking all of my energy.
Little thought about fact – when you are in severe weather and rush home to stay safe, journalist rush to work to start informing the community.
If you know anything about Texas, it is severe weather season. This is when we get our damaging hail storms, tornados and flash floods. There have been multiple weeks where I have worked 24 plus hours straight, and I can promise you, I am exhausted.
On top of severe weather, being in charge of all digital platforms constantly strains you. As you know, technology is always evolving and changing. So I am always having to do trainings and adapt to new ways of doing things.
I love my job, but lately, it has been wearing me out! This is the main contributing factor in why I haven’t posted consistently and have taken a break from Youtube.
Please bear with me!
I love this blog, and I have not been giving it the attention it deserves.
I am trying to find a groove, and once I get it, I will push forward! I plan on doing a lot more house posts, so if there is anything in particular you would like to see, let me know!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias
I know you guys get tired of me saying I am busy – BUT GUYS, I AM SO BUSY! I spend so much time at the 7-Eleven near my work because I never have time to make food, buy food, buy supplies, etc.
On top of a demanding job, I am trying to work on my house, love my dogs, put quality work into my blog and maintain my social life!
I thought I would give you a look into my bag and see how I handle my busy schedule. Luckily, I got to partner up with LIFEWTR in my post, and it fits perfectly into my bag and has a secure nozzle so I don’t have to worry about spills.
Plus, it’s conveniently at the 7-Eleven near my work, so I am always able to enjoy my favorite water!
One the most vital things in my bag is my beauty bag. I depend on this after I work out, while I am at work, at the dog park, etc. In the bag, I have bobby pins, ponytail holders, disinfectant, concealer, lip balm, compact hair brush and a small mascara!
I also have tissues and ibuprofen packets for when my body decides to be working against me.
I always carry a spare pair of glasses and sunglasses. It is Texas, and the sunlight will kill you here. I always wear my sunglasses – even in the winter.
Also, I have my regular glasses. I do not wear contacts because my vision isn’t terrible, and they freak me out, but I have a hard time seeing at night. With these in my bag, I don’t have to worry about going home to grab them if I need to dart somewhere after work when it gets dark.
LIFEWTR is such an essential for me. I am the worst at staying hydrated, and I love how the design and packaging inspires me to drink more. Every single drop of LIFEWTR is purified and pH balanced, with electrolytes for taste!
Plus, I need the electrolytes in LIFEWTR to keep going all day. I drink way too much coffee, and without my LIFEWTR, I would be so dehydrated. When I talked to the 7-Eleven cashier about LIFEWTR in my latest purchase, my favorite thing she told me was that she loved LIFEWTR because it looks good with her nails! The packaging really fuels you to be creative and adventurous!
I drink LIFEWTR when I walk my pups, chill out on the porch, work all day, take a long drive and work out on the treadmill to expel all the stress. I love how just a little time alone and LIFEWTR can refuel me and give me so much energy! My mind feels so refreshed when I stay hydrated with LIFEWTR.
I don’t know if you can tell, but the blue bottle is my favorite! I carry it every day, and it keeps me inspired in every aspect of my life. I love how simple things like the bottle’s modern design can help me stay creative and motivated. Bloggers usually surround themselves with creative-fueling objects, and LIFEWTR is definitely one of mine!
Of course, I have a wallet. No need to explain here.
I love this mirror! It’s super large, and I can use it on the go to apply mascara, concealer, etc.
PLANNER AND NOTEBOOK
I would be useless without my planner and notebook. My planner has every due date and event that I have to attend, and my notebook is full of ideas and random lists.