Lippie Haul

I kindof get annoyed when people refer to lip products as “lippies”, but I just did it myself so maybe I don’t hate it that much.

Rimmel Lipsticks in Rock n Roll Nude (Right) and Coral Nude (Left)

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Rock’n’Roll Nude

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Coral Nude

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I really like both of these lipsticks, especially for the money. Rock’n’Roll nude is def more of my color (more on the pink side) but both are pretty. They also have a slightly sweet scent to them, in case you’re in/not in to that.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

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Soooo…I may be hooked on this formula. I love the way it applies and the coverage! I feel like I need at least 2 more shades. Yes?

Neutrogena Moisture Stick in Sweet Watermelon

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I picked this up because one of my favorite YouTubers swears by them. To me, this is just mehhhh. A very natural color and super moisturizing, so maybe I’ll wear it to yoga, or camping, or while eating granola.

Treat Jumbo Lip Balm in Confetti Cake

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I have wanted to try this lip balm for AWHILE now. Kandee Johnson raves about these and uses them basically as an all-over balm. They are like $8 on Amazon and come in AMAZING flaves. They are totally organic and mostly contain coconut oil. The smell is SO good and I love squishing my lips together and just rubbing this all around #TWSS. I have also dabbed this around my eyes and on my cuticles too. I want the marshmallow cream one next!

DIY Queen

This blog title makes me want Dairy Queen…m&m blizzard to be exact. But. Anyway.

I am in fact, the antithesis of a DIY-er. If anything, I am a DB-er (don’t bother-er) or I just go to Ikea and make David put things together. Most cosmetic endeavors, other than actually applying cosmetics are just not in my wheel-house. Sure, I’ll hang up a picture frame I super-glued back together or make the odd bunting for a bachelorette party (as evidenced below), but when it comes to really making an effort, I tend not to really give AF.

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BUT THEN. Then I saw this video on Facebook.

“Totally brill!” I thought, as I recalled the millions of little prints I have purchased over the years but never framed.

So, I went to Fred Meyer in pursuit of super glue, magnets and paint sticks. I already had the jute string at home. Here’s how it went down…

The paint sticks had a little indentation, which bugged me but I just figured they were good enough. The magnets I found were more decorative than the ones they used in the video and were in these multi-colored little casings.

So I just took a hammer and broke off that part. Then, I laid out all the sticks and super-glued the magnets to the ends of the paint sticks. Note that I did not stain the wood like they did in the video because I DON’T CARE THAT MUCH.

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HAAaaa NM my undies in the background

Then, I cut pieces of jute and tied the ends around both sides.

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Then I got out this old 2014 calendar of Paris prints my mom gave me and cut out one of the pictures I liked.

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Lastly, I clamped a picture between the sticks and adhered another set to the bottom. Then, David and I decided it didn’t need the set at the bottom so we just took it off. And ta-daaaaaaa.

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Like, not bad eh? I made another one with the Paris flag and hung it up too.

And yes, I am aware that like every BWG loves Paris decorating sh*t and I am fully one of them #noshame.

 

 

2016 Olympics – My Thoughts

Greetings fellow Americans!

Today I bring you MY thoughts and opinions on all things ‘lympics. From gymnastics (obvi), to swimming, judo, women’s basketball and every other sport in between….except skeet shooting…I guess I didn’t watch any skeet shooting…

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Y’all know I’m totally obsessed. My pink ombre sparkly leo for a 6-footer is LITERALLY on order for 2020. The following are the questions I have while I watched them compete:

  • Is butt glue used to avoid a large, perpetual wedgie?
  • If there is no butt glue in use, how CRAZY do those panties have to be?
  • How do you feel knowing that the only thing between 3 million people’s eyes and your crotch, is a thin piece of spandex?
  • Is it not a little sad that when they’re done doing doing gymnastics, they will be these eensy tiny people with high voices?
  • What if a piece of the glitter from their face or hair falls into their eye right before they hit the vault?
  • Have they ever farted while on the balance beam, and lost their balance?

JUDO

Since when was slapping eachother’s hands out of the way and grabbing for one another’s baggy jackets a sport? To me, Judo looks like two chicks fighting over the same Burberry trench for 75% off at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly.

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WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Soft porn.

MEN’S INDOOR VOLLEYBALL

SRSLY just cover yer vital organs. If I was a men’s volleyball player and I was in the back row, I would literally get into the fetal position with one arm dangling out and just hope to GOD the ball didn’t puncture a lung. It is insane how hard they smack that ball and it is also nice that many of the USA men’s team is good-looking😉.

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MEN’S SWIMMING

I noticed a pretty big discrepancy in the bodies of these male swimmers. Most are ripped, like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (or the world’s stupidest man) but others are not. And a few actually had little guts! I was allllll about the guys with the tummies. I felt that they were the Rudy’s. The underdogs. The little tummies engines that could!

Gotta Love this Paunch! Photo Cred

Gotta Love this Paunch!
Photo Cred

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

I would not participate in this sport for two reasons, and two reasons alone:

  1. swimming caps
  2. the knee-length swimming suits

Not even Giselle would look cute in those get-ups and in my experience with sports, the better you look, the better you perform. I am sure the way they cut those suits to come in on the sides of the chest and expose SO much of those crazy latissimus dorsi muscles is for aero-dynamic reasons but LAW, is it fug. NO can do amigo.

I must say these gals make it look FIERCE THO…

#swimpits

WOMEN’S RUGBY

I feel like each and every women’s rugby player had to successfully complete the following rigorous training: 7 years of roller derby, wearing 2 sports bras during 5 of those years, drinking Spicy V-8 every morning and NEVER getting to wear your hair down ever. Also, for whatever reason…I feel like I would be okay at women’s rugby? yes? im kinda scrappy.

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Photo Cred Khaleesi’s not-so-famous sister gettin’ her 15 min of fame as a ref

What are your thoughts about the olympics!?

Kat Von D Lock-It VoxBox

Hey makeup nerds!

I am back with you for one heckuva Vox Box. Like, the Simone Biles of Vox Boxes.

(and no, I am still obsessed with Simone. or any of the other gymnasts for that matter. including the 41-year Uzbeki old one.)

As I have mentioned countless times, I am signed up for Influenster, and so can you. I have no affiliation with them other than the fact that I am a member. Check out their site to learn more because I am not an expert. What I do know, is that they send me cool sh*t. This time it was a box of goodies from Kat Von D! A brand I have never tried before (SHOCKING I KNOW) but always wanted to. Here is what I received as well as my initial, very early thoughts!

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The box included:

• Lock-it Concealer Crème in Light 11 Neutral
• Lock-it Concealer Crème in Light 5 Neutral
• Lock-it Setting Powder
• Lock-it Edge Concealer Brush
• Lock-it Setting Powder Brush

Lock-It Concealer Cremes

As of right now, I really love these concealers. Both shades are nice and fair (perfect for my Scandinavian-princess skin) and the packaging is really cute. The wand is a nice angled doe-foot and deposits a good amount of product.

I swatched these both on my hand and then blended them out slightly (pictured below). They blended really nicely and both looked like they had great coverage.

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Here are a couple shots of me with the lighter concealer on under my eyes with the setting powder (sans mascara in the first one #alienface). Overall, I like this concealer. It may not be as crazy of coverage as say the Mac Pro-long Wear, but I def need to play with it more!

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Lock-It Setting Powder

10 points for packaging on this one, Miss Von D! I also LUURVE that the product is dispensed out of a star! I only used this one time but so far it is an excellent, finely-milled translucent powder!

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 Lock-It Concealer Brush

Both brushes are very nice. Super soft too! I usually use my finger to press concealer onto my undereyes but this brush might convert me. I love the slight angle to it and the fact that it is a duo-fiber.

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Lock-It Powder Brush

Can I also get an AMEN for these stiletto-like handles!? This brush is stupid soft and I love the fact that it is tapered at the top. Getting the perfect amount of under-eye setting powder on this brush is so easy and it deposits the product perfectly in that area.

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Seattle + Baby Policar

Happy Thursday guys!

Who is watching the Olympics!?

OMG I could NOT be more obsessed with women’s gymnastics. I need to order myself a leotard for a 6-footer for 2020 because I would just like, walk around the house in one while it’s on.

But today, I’m not here to talk about Michael Phelps, The Fierce Five or the CRAZY latissimus dorsi muscles on those woman swimmers (circled below, for reference).

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 Today I am here to talk baby. A Policar baby, to be exact that shall belong to my cousin Mike and his wife Karen.

The shower was on Saturday morning, which meant David and I left the night before. On our way, we encountered a 1980’s RV fully engulfed in flames #nature.

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I rode to the shower with my mom and Meg (the hosts of the shin-dig) and sat next to  none other than Tate M. Johnson. We talked about politics, the upcoming Olympic competition and of course, growing teeth.

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We arrived and I admired my mom and sister’s decorating handiwork.

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My job was to watch Tate so they could arrange, prep and yell at eachother. SO I did.

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Trying unsuccessfully to get him to take a nap

Then we put out all the food and Karen showed up to grace us with her royal cuteness.

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OF COURSE Nan and Tate matched the party #ontheme.

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Then I snapped what is now one of my fave pics of Tate…

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His face THO

Then Rachel showed up with the cupcakes! These had marshmallow cream in the middle.

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Auntie Rachel relieved me during the present-opening and rocked Tate for a bit. When I came back, I found Tate partaking in his favorite activity!

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She got some baby sh*t, you know.

I forgot a card for her gift of diapers (PRACTICAL) so I made one real quick in the kitchen:

Outside (and Office fans out there?)

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Inside

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Karen got my mom and Meg THEEEE cutest thank you gifts ever too. Does it get better than macarons and champs? No, I don’t believe it does.

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All-in-all a great little shower for Karen. No poop diaper game or chugging beer through a baby bottle but hey, there’s always my shower when I’m FORTY.

Random Haul + Mini Reviews!

Hello kidlets!

August is officially bumming me out. HOW is summer almost over? I am def NOT ready for fall – not ready for PSLs, not ready for pants and DEF not ready for the election #voteforpedro. The only saving grace this month is the Summer Olympics where I will inevitably stay up until 2 am watching gymnastics because SIMONE BILES.

Anyway. Here is some random crap I have purchased lately. Most things I have used a few times and therefore, will provide a quick review on.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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 I decided to return the two-pack of Ulta sponges I bought in this haul and go for these ones from Real Techniques instead. I have used this a few times since getting it and it is a close dupe for the Beauty Blender…however, it is still not as good. I really like that it has the flat side, but it just lacks that Beauty Blender BOUNCE (you know what I mean) that I am obsessed with.

Lipsmackers “Tsum Tsum” Lip Balm

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This Minnie Mouse EOS-esque lip balm from Lip Smackers is absolutely ENORM. I really like the size, because it is SO easy to find in any black-hole purse or backpack. I did leave this in David’s car, in a dashboard compartment so sadly, most of the lipbalm is now stuck in the lid but like whatevs. You know I be scrapin’ it out with my dirty fingernail.

My iBeauty Skin Brush 21

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I found this at Marshalls for $7.99 and after doing a quick Google search on it, (and discovering it retails for about $25, I decided to go for it. I am REALLLLLy glad I did because I am truly obsessed with this brush guys. I have used it with BB Creams as well as foundation and both work flawlessly. I especially like to use this with my Nars Sheer Glow because it goes on SO incredibly smoothly.

Essence Lipliner in #11 In the Nude

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I really like this color! It is PERFECT with Buxom’s White Russian lip gloss but is also pretty on it’s own, as you can see here:

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Dermadoctor KP Duty Lotion

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This seemingly boring product is something I am actually REALLY pumped about. You all know I suffer from keratosis pilaris (or KP, or chicken skin) and I have tried different product to help keep the bumpies under control. After doing some research on the active ingredients I need, I ran across STELLAR reviews on both Ulta and Sephora on this particular product. First of all, it is $38 for 4 ounces. YIKES is right. Waaaaayyyyy to much. But then I compared the prices to some other cheaper options from the drugstore, costing anywhere from $15-$25 and decided to take the plunge and buy the spendy one. So far, it really has made a noticeable difference. I put it on every night before bed on ONLY the areas I need it. I still have the bumps, but the are way less prominent and not red at all. I hate to say it, but I will probs be a life-time user of this stuff.

Protein Bars, Pandas and Tate’s Baptism

Now there’s a grab bag for ya!

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Lipstick: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve

Now let’s talk about the grossest food I have ever spent $3 on.

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I purchased this at Rite Aid, where I do much of my lunch-time shopping. I was pretty hungry, but didn’t feel like my normal Cheez-Its and string-cheese grub. I decided to spend a whopping $2.99 on this because I have heard that these are delicious and taste just like candy bars. The only way this tastes like candy bar is if you like mushed-together chocolate chip cookie astronaut food from 1971. HARD PASS.

Also, last weekend was Tate’s baptism! He is now a pure baby of God (like he ever wasn’t).

David and I got in on Friday and watched Gare play some sassy jazz at the Carousel of Dreams.

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The next morning Tate got baptized and I was his godparent and I got to hold his tiny body over the little bowl thing while the priest dumped holy water on his head. He took it like a CHAMP (seriously SOOOO much better than the other babies) and was just looking up at us, totally mesmerized.

Here we are at his little reception. If you look closely, you’ll see that he is wearing teeny tiny white BABY SUSPENDERS. Nan MADE them. She is the best grandma everrr.

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After the reception was over, we all took naps and then went to Columbia Center Mall, as any normal Tri-Citians would do on a 90 degree baptism day.

My mom insisted on getting him one of those annoying car carts that cost $5 and are probs covered in an assortment of baby poop, vom and of course a sh*t ton of drool. Meg wiped it down and we set little Tate in there and it was then that I realized why Nan so badly wanted to get one.

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IT IS THEEEEE CUTEST F-ING THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. HE LOOKS LIKE A MINIATURE OLD MAN IN HIS COLLEGE ALUMNI TEE, JUST GOIN DRIVING TO SONIC FOR A SMALL FRY.

Once inside Gymboree, we put this tiny drivers hat on his head and he hated it. So we waited a second and put it on him again and tricked him into looking at Megan while we snapped a pic #babiesaresogullible

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We cruised around the mall and Tate just absolutely loved being in the little car. I got some wallflowers from BBW and a cold-shoulder boho shirt from Francesca’s. So, basically, a successful Columbia Center experience all in all.

 The next day I said goodbye to my little baby angel and kissed him MANY times on the lips even though he was struggling desperately to not let me.

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Other interesting tidbits from last week include this amazing snapchat filter:

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SIA 4 LIFE

Annnnd lastly, I took the giant panda bear that David won at the fair to work for my friend’s/co-worker’s daughter who loves pandas. We ended up having some fun with it and made everyone take their pic with it. Here were my contributions to the album:

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Classic back-to-back buddy pose

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Slow-dancing. Obvi.