Sunday, September 8, 2013


I've been busy! I'm on week 5 of p90x, and determined to get back on track. I'd done the round of Couch to 5k in Spring, and after I got back from my graduation vacation with my mom, I fell off the fitness wagon. It took a while to get back into the swing, but I feel so good right now. 

p90x is not easy. It sucks to get home from work and spend the little down time I have exercising, but in the long run, it's worth it. I have more energy, I crave less of the things that are bad for me, and I just feel STRONG. Unlike the majority of individuals, I love yoga X. It's a pain in the ass, but the balance poses make me feel so happy. I love pushing the boundaries of my flexibility. I think it's really import to challenge ourselves physically, and to be more aware of the body. It makes it so much easier to treat the body with respect if you are present within it. 

I've made a lot of progress eliminating processed foods from my diet. I finally gave up dairy (with a cheeseburger every once and a while), and I eat primarily fruits and vegetables. I notice the big difference when I consume things that are not good for me, compared to nourishing my body with good foods. My skin is better, my temperament is better.

 I've got a long way to go, but I try to remember how far I've come. I can do push-ups, I can do the wheel pose, plough, and my knees no longer bother me. I definitely recommend it. I will try to see this through to 90 days but remind myself that it doesn't end there! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Plum Eyes: Tutorial

I love plum make up products! I especially love my Benefit's Badgal Plum Mascara and wear it almost daily. Plums are great for enhancing brown eyes! And blue!

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I always begin with Benefit's Eyebright (which I apparently did not take a photo of). 
I apply it in the places shown below to highlight, and brighten the eye. I have naturally dark under eyes so it helps to draw the eye away from the dark color. 

Blend out with fingers. Be careful and make sure you have proper lighting. I have seen grown women walking around with their eyebright-type make up not blended and it can be embarrassing. 
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Then onward to this trusty product. Urban Decay's Primer Potion (or your primer of choice). Apply to the eyelid, and blend. This primer gives the eyeshadow a nice, even, smooth base that the pigment can really "grab" onto. 

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Next, I grabbed my Sephora + Pantone Color block palette

My e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow in Burnt Plum

And this cute little make up color by MAKE that came in my Birchbox, in Purple Sage.

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Using this brush:

I applied the light cream champagne hue from the Sephora palette all over the eye from crease to brow bone. I love this color, it's just the right amount of shimmer without being too frosty. 

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Next, I used the brown from the Sephora palette and swept the shadow in the crease of my eye. 

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 I then, used this smaller, rounder, Sephora brush to apply the e.l.f. Burnt Plum on my eyelids. 

And also a bit along my lower lash line. 

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And using my Bare Escentuals small concealer brush, I applied the MAKE mini purple sage shadow along my lash line and blended it into the Burnt Plum.

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This is Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil in Crash; it is a deep plum/purple. 

I used it along my upper lash line to line my eyes. 

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And Plum Mascara of course, this is Benefit's Plum Badgal Mascara.

And with the eyes finished, I just make sure that all is well blended!

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For my lips, I chose this pink/rose/plum like shade of Stila's Lip Glaze

All done!

What is your take on the current Plum shade trend?