I meant to have this up on Monday but after sitting down to my computer this weekend and trying to install Lightroom I realized that the version of OS I was running was slightly outdated so I had two wait two days for my upgrade to come in. But now, I've had my OS system updated, I've downloaded Lightroom and added VSCO 05 and this was my first time playing with BOTH programs. I've never even seen either of them in action. I've used Photoshop before and a lot of people told me that I would have a pretty easy time navigating Lightroom since I'm familiar with Photoshop but I felt like everything was drastically different it took me hours just to do the above photos and they are by no means meeting my own standards.
That being said, I've been spending a lot of my time watching Adobe Lightroom 5 tutorials and trying to figure out exactly what this software's capability is. Hopefully, the next photos I put up will be a little more on the cleaner side. But I wanted to share these anyway! This past weekend my youngest sister and I decided to take a little day road trip like we used to since it was so warm out and we didn't really have any plans for anything. So, we set out in the morning with our coffees and cameras and drove out to this little antiqueing (I know - not a word) town about 45 minutes from our house but it was PACKED with touristy looking people so we said fuck that and drove another 15 minutes north to the Tulip Fields.
I don't know if many states have flower fields like this, but it is amazing. Just fields of flowers stretching out for what looks like forever. We really wanted to walk out in the daffodils and they looked so close but holy shit, they were like over a mile away. So we stuck with the bright tulips. We found some beautiful fuchsia ones that were so vibrant they almost looked fake. After we left the fields (where we found this awesome old abandoned school bus) we just kind of kept driving until the highway curved around towards Deception Pass. We basically just kept going and drove across the entire island and took the ferry home. I don't know why, but I just love long drives. Seriously, any road trip. Sign me up.
I realize we're already almost onto "next" weekend but I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and hopefully your weather was as nice as ours. I can't wait to break out the sunhats and wear dresses without tights. *sigh*
Isn't this photo so beautiful? It's from a photoshoot done by Russian photographer, Katerina Plotnikova, and the images and poses are so surreal you'd think it has to be photoshopped. But that's the beauty of it, it's not! She used real like animals right alongside her models and the outcome was absolutely spectacular.
I don't know what it is about getting old that makes birthdays kind of a sad thing (who am I kidding? I know exactly what it is). I spent a nice weekend with my family and went out with some old friends that I haven't seen in a (fucking LONG) while and had a nice relaxed time. I may have said this before but I'm not big on birthday celebrations for myself. When it comes to other people I'll go all out over the moon to throw a part, pick a perfect gift, whatever but I just feel like it's weird having a day to just celebrate my "being". On that note, I just picked up my little sister's birthday present (she's on the 25th) and for the sake of being safe I'm not going to list what I got her on here buuut she's going to love it. We're finally supposed to have a semi-nice weekend so I'm glad my family picked this weekend to go to opening day at the Emerald Downs track to see the horse races. We've made it a tradition to go ever year around my dad's birthday (the 17th - our family is a whole lot of April babies) and reserve a box seat with a little television box and our own waiter. No one seems to do the whole dressing up with the fancy hat thing but there's almost some extravangtly dressed woman to stare at. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Does anyone else ever feel like this?
What an awesome dad!
A moving piece on the power of forgiveness.
I don't know about you but I'll definitely be doing some major looking into what's in Emma Watson's makeup kit.
I'm definitely not the only on excited for a Goodnies sequel.
An interesting app that helps you control your dreams.
So pumped for 22 Jump Street.
A beautiful color palette that has me dreaming of warm Summer nights.
And don't forget the Rimmel Sweepstakes I posted about earlier this month. There are going to be 25 winners and you still have two weeks to enter!
Wouldn't you love to be serenaded like this?
Ever heard of prank it forward?
Butterflies creep me the fuck out but their wings are beautiful.
A kickass birdhouse.
Rose gold pants for Spring.
Some of you may be aware that tomorrow is my birthday and in place of birthday gifts or wishes, I'm asking anyone who can to donate to this awesome campaign at Charity Water that provides fresh clean water for those in need. Check out my charity and please donate if you can!
A sweet fucking ring that's way out of my price range. Like way out.
As if you even needed a reason to love Kristen Bell more.
ALSO, don't forget to enter the Rimmel London giveaway I posted about the other day. There will be 25 winners receiving some awesome prize packs so hurry!
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade $18 / Dr. Jart Water Fuse Gel $38 / Too Faced Bulletproof Brows $30Every couple of months I get this really strong urge to go to Sephora and blow an entire paycheck on new products either that are brand new launches or products I've been dying to try that I haven't have a chance to yet. Am I alone in this? These are just a few of the products that I have my eye on and plan on picking up over the next couple weeks (or days). Just as a side note, these are not actual product reviews as I have never used them but more of just an overview of what the product is supposed to deliver. If anyone reading this has used any of these products I would love to hear what you think. Or if you've done a review of any of these products on your own page please leave your links below so I can have a read!
Lush Floating Island Bath Bomb $7.95 / Hot Tools Curl Iron $24.95 / Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes $18
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic $29
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade: A waterproof (smudgeproof!) creamy pomade that glides over skin and hair smoothly. This product works as a primer for other products as well. Ideal for oily skin or humid climates. I have a big problem with brow products smudging on me or transferring throughout the day as I tend to have oily skin in my T-Zone area. Not sure how a pomade could end up being waterproof and smudgeproof but I love Anastasia so I really want to try this one out.
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Sure Gel: An oil free gel/cream moisturizer that is infused with hyaluronic acide to hydrate and plump skin all day long. Provides long lasting hydration without stickiness or sitting on top of the skin. Contains olive leaf and cranberry to strengthen the skin barrier and boost elasticity. Made without parabens, synthetic fragrances, alcohol and GMOs. Ideal for oily and hypersensitive skin.
Too Faced Bulletproof Brows: Can you tell I'm on the prowl for a new brow product? This one is supposed to be a brow definer that is a powder, gel, pencil AND setting wax all in one. Which sounds amazing. Includes a mirror and dual sided angled/spooley brush for precise application. Provides 24 hours of waterproof, smudgeproof wear.
Lush Floating Island Bath Bomb: Vanilla, sandalwood and lemon? Count me in. This foamy, slow melting bath bomb is meant to calm and cool a weary mind and restless body. This bomb uses creamy cocoa butter with the signature Lush bath bomb formula to create this fizzing bath melt that will float around your bath and dissolve gradually. That's what really gets me about this, I hate the ones that are just gone in an instant. I mean... I hate them but I love them.
Hot Tools Curling Iron: I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Hot Tools is one of the more affordable brands that I've found works fantastic on my thick hair. I definitely recommend this for those of you with long, thick hair that has trouble holding a curl.
Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes: I don't know why but for some reason I'm always trying out new cleansing wipes or makeup removing wipes. I have extremely sensitive skin so it's rare when I found a brand or formula that agrees with me. These biodegradable wipes melt away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on your skin throughout the day. You can also add water to these wipes to create a milky emulsion. Contains skin-softening aloe, apricot oils, conditioning rice bran and vitamin E. This gentle blend can also be used around the eye area to remove waterproof mascara (love that! A lot of wipes can't be used around the eye area). Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. Granted, I feel that 20 wipes for almost $20 is a bit of a rip off, I still might have to give these a try.
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic: Lately, my skinecare regime has been lacking a toner because my skin is so crazy sensitive but when I stumbled across this alcohol free toner I decided I would put it on my metaphorical "list". It's best for normal to dry skin that is supposed to tone, firm and tighten your skin. Suitable for aging or sensitive skin.
Any products that you have your eye on this Spring?
Stay Matte Mousse Foundation $4.99 / Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic $4.79
Stay Matte Powder in Natural $3.97 / Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 110 $4.97
Wake Me Up Concealer in Light $4.47 / Scandaleyes Shadowstick in Bulletproof Beige $3.97
Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara $5.47 / Glam Eyes Liquid Liner $5.47
I was recently contacted by Rimmel London, through the #collectivebias community, with the opportunity to try out and create a Spring makeup look with some of their newer products and having never used Rimmel before, I was super excited about this opportunity. I'm going to be honest, I'm not generally one to even both trying out a drugstore foundation just because from past (like 8 years ago, past) experience they never impress me. Drugstore mascara however, I'm all about that. Luckily, this little experiment forever changed my opinion on drugstore makeup.
So, I popped over to my local Walmart and picked up the above items. I will say that I was blown away at how inexpensive everything was. Each item was either right around or under $5 and that's definitely not something I'm used to. As part of the Rimmel London Spring #beautyinspiration campaign, I decided to just go for a really easy natural look with a bright lip color because for me, when I think of Spring, I think bright corals and hot reds. Please forgive the awkward photos, I seem to have left my tripod somewhere so I had to try and take them myself. I used both indoor and outdoor light so you could see the difference, hopefully they came out alright!
Here's how I created the above look:
Eyes: Scandaleyes Shadowstick all over the lid with a darker matte brown shadow in the crease. Glam Eyes Liner along the upper lash line and slightly flicked out. Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara on upper and lower lashes.
Face: Stay Matte Mousse Foundation in combination with a fluffy buffing brush and Wake Me Up Concealer along cheekbones, undereye area, center of forehead and above eyebrows. To work that in I used a slightly damp beauty blender. Then, brush Stay Matte Pressed Powder lightly over nose and forehead. Matte brown shadow or contour color used beneath cheekbones and around my hairline. Very light subtle pink blush.
Lips: Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick with Show Off Lacquer over the top. Use a cream concealer to define and create cleaner lines.
A couple of things I'd like to touch on. Firstly, I was blown away by the mousse foundation. Normally, I use Estee Lauder Doublewear because it provides full coverage and has a semi-matte finish but this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation is literally about 1/6th of the price and I actually think I like it more. I'm wearing it now actually. It is definitely 100% matte and doesn't even need a finishing powder, it has a full, even and extremely blendable coverage. All in all - a MUST try for oily skin sufferers. Secondly, I love the formula of the Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. I'm not normally partial to the kind of tapered brushes (in fact, I normally just wear false lashes) but this one is just the right shape and size to get every single little lash without clumping and it's SO black. On that same note, the Glam Eyes Liner is revolutionary. The teeniest most precise brush you will ever use and it's the first liquid liner I've ever used that does not transfer whatsoever to my top lid (damn my Asian descent). And THIRDLY, the Lasting Finish Lipstick tastes like... Tastes like I want to eat it. End of story.
Now that I've shared all of that information with you, time to share the fun stuff! A sweepstakes** with 25 (that's TWENTY FREAKING FIVE) winners and some opportunities to pick up some coupons! It is Rimmel's 180th Anniversary and in honor of that successful feat, there will be $1 off coupons for both the Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara and the Stay Matte Foundation in this week's Sunday paper so keep your eyes out for that! The sweepstakes is open until the 25th and you must be a US resident over the age of 18 (Sorry international readers - will have another international giveaway soon).
Have any of you tried Rimmel products? What products or looks do you recommend for Spring, leave your own posts or suggestions below - I love to read them!
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