Sunday, October 19, 2014

What's in My Makeup Bag

I don't know if I've done one of these but if I have here is an updated version :)
So I'll start with my organization of makeup because this is like a three step process. First, I have drawer organizers with drawers of foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, concealers, etc.  (I believe I have a past post about that). These are the things I will switch out and into my makeup bag depending on the season, my mood, the occasion. And then I have a "to-go" bag that I will pull to take with me on the go for everyday. There will be a follow up "What's in My 'to-go' Makeup Bag" at some point.
I hope that wasn't confusing! But today you'll be seeing the bag that sits on my counter with my most used items right this minute.

Okay! So now I'll just list what's in there kind of in order pictured from left to right- 
Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil in Medium 
Sonia Nashik Randiant + Tinted Moisturizer in Linen 
ELF Powder Brush 
Beauty Blender Sponge 
Paula's Choice Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid 
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara 
City Color Be Matte Lipstick in M7 Cappuccino 
Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in 20 Light Pale 
NYC Sun 'n' Bronze Bronzing Powder in 706 
Hamptons Radiance  
Clinique Moisturizing Gel 
ELF Small Stipple Brush 
ELF Small Angled Brush 
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep
Crown Brush C476 Crease/Shadow Brush 
Senna Mineral Eyes Shadow Trio in Cocoa Nudes (I use one of the colors here for my brows) 
Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Cream Eyeshadow (Don't know the color. I recieved it in an Ipsy bag. I use it as a eye lid primer)
Crown Brush Powder Brush 
Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow in Impressionist 
Clinique Pore Refining Solution 
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 
Benefit High Beam 
Skyn Glacial Cleansing Cloths 

These are the things I reach for most often when doing full makeup so I leave the bag on the counter. Again, I take specific things out when I'm on the go. If you have any questions about anything please leave a comment. 
Thank you for reading, 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Watercolor and Some Inspiration

Every year, the school I work for closes for half a week for back-to-school cleaning and organizing and we have an in-service which usually consists of some type of team building or class. This year it was an art class with a Child Development teacher at a local community college. One of the assignments was to think back to a time during our childhood and visualize a self portrait. It didn't have to be our face; it could be a location or something physical. Next we were to cut out a piece of black paper. In no type of pattern, just cut. Once we were finished the professor handed us a piece of watercolor paper, a paint pan, and glue stick and asked us to glue the pieces of black paper into the self portrait we saw in our minds and then paint around the black paper with the watercolors. 
Every summer growing up my sister and I would stay with my uncle in Pacific Beach, CA at his condo for one or two weeks. We basically lived at the beach the time we were there and this is what I pictured when the professor asked us to go back to a memory of our childhood. After I cut out my pieces I realized there was this strange llama/dog/horse looking shape I had cut out. I decided I would make that piece my corgi, Clementine, because she ties in to the previous beach scene I had remembered. I love to take her to the beach.
The sun, the ocean, and Clementine.
Clementine at the beach! Derp!

After we watercolored that day, I found some inspiration to watercolor paint myself. It's funny because my entire life my grandmother has always pushed me to paint. Any kind of paint. Watercolor, oil, acrylic. It didn't matter as long as I was painting. She is a painter and I guess wanted to push her love on to me. Because she pushed and pushed, I believe I never really gave it a shot. That and I am not a creative person AT ALL so I figured, why try?
I went to Michael's yesterday and picked up a watercolor pad and some brushes. This morning I looked on Pinterest for some ideas and found a beautiful picture of poppies and decided to give it a go. I'm proud to say I actually really like it and I'm quite proud of myself. 
Watercolor poppies.

The only thing I would change would be the two randomly large ones at the bottom :/
I posted this photo onto my Instagram after and a lot of people have liked and commented about how I should frame it. I'm happy with how my first try has turned out.
Moral of the story?: As Nike says, "Just do it." JUST DO IT. I don't think I would have picked up a brush and painted hadn't I taken that in-service but you can. You can try right now if you'd like. You might be surprised with the outcome :)

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Avocado Chicken Salad

Okay, now most "salads" have some type of cream whether it be mayo or greek yogurt, what have you, but I made this completely no cream as I am not allowed any dairy and I simply don't like mayo :) As usual, everything mentioned is from Trader Joe's-
2 Bonless Skinless Chicken Breasts (found in the cold section, usually the wall, in vacuum sealed bags. There are 4 breasts total, each in their own bag.)
1 large avocado
1/4 onion
Sea salt
Half of a lime

You can easily add more if you are feeding more than one person but I made this for myself and there is enough for two meals.
I put the avo, salt, and onion in a bowl and mashed it up then added the chicken and lime and stirred it all together. Delicious and addicting.

Mushroom Turkey Meatballs

I recently went Paleo and kind of experimented with these meatballs. I figured instead of bread crumbs I'd use mushrooms and it worked!
I don't really have exact measurments I just kind of threw things in and hoped for the best but here is what I used (everything mentioned is from Trader Joe's)-
Ground turkey
Half bag of mushrooms
1/4 onion
2 cloves garlic
Olive oil
1 egg
Italian seasoning
Sea salt

I rolled them into balls and placed them on a cookie sheet on tin foil. Oven set at 375 for 35 minutes. I made 10 meatballs but they were pretty big so you may be able to get 15-20 out of this recipe if you make them smaller. I put them in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch and I plan on using an organic mushroom marinara with them. I hope you try this recipe out and like it :) Let me know if you do!