Everyday Makeup Look || Video

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Ever wonder how I do my every day makeup look? Well, here it is! It is super forgiving, easy and arthritis-friendly which means I can do it even when I am in pain!

Enjoy!

 

Products Mentioned:

Clinique All About Eyes Serum Rollerball

Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer

Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – shades: Mousse, Truffled, Frosting

Tom Ford Eye Definer Pen Liquid Liner

Make Up For Ever – black: M10, brown: 25L

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara

Becca – Champagne Pop Highlighter

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine – Fetiche (discontinued)

N is for New and Improved

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Two years ago I started wearing a menstrual cup. I said “GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDANCE” to tampons, pads, and other reusable feminine hygiene products. To this day, I used the same box of daily liners and finished the half used boxes of overnight pads.

Well, the other day, I needed a new box of dailies. Unfortunately, I leak quite a bit on the first day and am not 100% comfortable going forth into the world without backup. I skipped into the feminine care aisle with every intention of staying there for no more than three minutes.

Boy, was I wrong! It took 15 minutes and one panic attack to find what I was looking for.

 

There are still only two major brands: Tampax and Kotex, plus the generic versions but within each brand there are countless varieties. Some come in small pocket size versions, while some come in four different sizes (and no, I am not talking about absorbency). Others have three separate versions of the same product, some come in thin or extra thin but all of them come in an assortment of loud bright colors and packaging.

Long gone are the days of three different absorbances in three different colors for easy reference. I’ve never been more thankful for a menstrual cup before!

 

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Silver and Blue Eyes | Tutorial Video

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Hey all! I hope you enjoy this look I created using blues and silvers. Below, I linked the products I used.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – Medium Deep

Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette (no longer available…sorry!)

Urban Decay Electric Palette – Gonzo, Chaos

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil – black (M10), brown (25L)

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

NYX Butter Gloss – Tiramisu

 

#AtoZChallenge – L is for Lines | Nail Art

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Playing a bit of catch up because of a nasty flare up but I did a quick and simple (and yes, arthritis-friendly) waterfall look for today’s prompt.

I hope you like it!

 

lines.jpgBase: Milani Vivid Violet (old formula)

Details: Zoya Payton, Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess, Nfu-Oh 51, OPI I Drive a Supernova

 

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K is for the time Affie turned into Kibble

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I don’t think I ever really went into detail about Affie’s attack four years ago. Saachi tore Affie’s lower mandible off her face. It was possibly the most dramatic event to ever happen to me.

 

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It was Saturday morning. I was warming up the dogs’ AM meal in the microwave (they eat home cooked food). My aunt was at the sink washing dishes. Suddenly, we heard Affie cry and we turned to see Saachi shaking her like a rag doll.

My aunt shrieked bloody murder and grabbed Saachi by her neck. I grabbed whatever part of Affie I could and pulled in the other direction.

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Our yelling woke the entire household and they came running from every direction. I was still in complete shock. There were pools of blood all over the floor.

We rushed her to our clinic. My dad drove while I kept Affie conscious. We were almost at the hospital when she went into shock. The light left her eyes…I tried to stay calm and said “Come on Affie, wake up…wake up”. Dad freaked and almost crashed into the car ahead of us. I didn’t know what to do except grab Affie’s tongue and yank and pull almost hard enough to pull it off. She woke up (thankfully, because that would have been the end) just as we pulled into the parking lot.

Our vets called the closest emergency clinic and made calls to friends (dental surgeons) to get her into surgery as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the earliest appointment was Monday so we took her to emergency. I don’t know why we didn’t initially go there first. We probably should have but we were on autopilot and went to my work instead.

Photo on 3-2-13 at 9.20 PMThe veterinarian-on-call told me Affie’s lower mandible was separated from the top. I did not understand her words. I couldn’t fathom that my dog’s head was in two pieces and she was still alive.

 

IMG-20130430-00069Affie stayed in emergency, with her jaw taped closed, through the weekend. She, being the stubborn brat that she was, kept tearing off the tape. Her doctor worried she was very anxious to which I laughed and said she just didn’t like it and she wasn’t going to wear it!

Monday came and we took her to the surgeon. He took x-rays and showed us (read: me) the breaks (Dad can’t stomach this kind of thing). The right break was while the left was shattered pieces of jaw. He wired her mouth closed but left enough space for her tongue to grab food. He knew the right side would heal while it was a waiting game for the left. If the bone did not repair itself properly Affie faced paralysis for the rest of her life.

 

IMG-20130506-00086Affie wore the wires for six months and it took just as long for her broken leg to heal. Thankfully, given her diet, she had no trouble eating (the food is mostly ground). She was on house arrest and cranky but her bones healed perfectly.

 

IMG-20130411-00353Affie felt better within 10 days of the attack and immediately forgave Saachi. She wanted to run and play with her. She wanted to jump up on her face and lick her (which is how we ended up in this debacle). It was a full time job separating the dogs and keeping Affie from injuring herself more.

Affie was a stubborn dog. An obstinate and hard-headed dog. She was resilient and refused to die. I frequently called her my Nalgene bottle because no matter what happened she never broke.

 

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“Mom! Look! I got my wires out!

 

It’s weird to think Affie might not be here today. She should have died. It’s unnerving to think about that sometimes. What is even more amazing it’s like nothing happened! She is as strong as ever and has the exact same temperament (even around Saachi). She has frequently has nightmares but hey, if that’s the only trauma that came from this then I consider her extremely lucky!

 

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#AtoZChallenge – J is for Just Barely

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During a flare every sentence starts with “just barely”.

I just barely got out of bed.

I just barely washed my face, brushed my teeth and ate my breakfast.

I just barely made it to work.

I just barely kept my own head together playing emotional referee to second graders.

I just barely forced dinner down my throat due to nausea.

I just barely slept because every position was painful and I kept moving.

 

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#AtoZChallenge – I is for Ice Cream Nails!

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Doing your nails once a day is hard…let alone every day for a full month. I considered a few different words starting with the letter I. Last night though, I was eating my favorite ice cream and it just came to me: why don’t I do a simple Neapolitan-inspired gradient?

Admittedly, Neapolitan is not my favorite flavor but I frequently buy it when my favorite brand is on sale. I mix all the flavors together until they are a yogurt consistency and chow down.

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If you live on the East Coast you might be familiar with the Omish Country brand “Turkey Hill”. This brand makes the BEST ice cream. Ever. Seriously, nothing compares. It is super sweet but not sickly. The taste is rich and smooth and totally filling. You want for nothing when eating this ice cream.

My all time favorite flavor is Mint Chip but it is always sold out (especially when the tubs are on sale 2 for $6, which is all summer long). So, I settle, not really, for Chocolate, Vanilla or Neapolitan! Turkey Hill also makes a fantastic coffee flavor too!

So, I hope you like this gradient inspired by my favorite ice cream brand! I used acrylic paints for this look. Unfortunately, the tips of my nails started to wear the next morning (when I take my photos). Tends to be an occupational hazard when not using true polish!

 

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