Sunriver Trip 2016

Happy summer everyone!

Have I even said that yet? Summer is basically like half way over and I am like already depressed. A family trip to Sunriver was just what the doctor ordered.

I arrived on Wednesday night after the entire Britney Spears Greatest Hits album as well as 1.5 Red Bulls and half a tube of Chewy Spree. The fam had just returned from dinner so I toasted myself up an english muffin with gobs of Country Crock and mixed a vodka + fresca for sustenance. We then discovered the cabin we rented for the week came equipped with THEE most necessary board game ever:

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 You guys, this game is somethin’ else, I highly suggest it #zitstickers.

The house also had this enormous deck, in which Tate looooved to run around in his walker on. While we played Girl Talk, he happily ran around like a banshee, baby babbling and drooling away. Then he came over and put his hands up so Nan plucked him out and his little feet were SO filthy and his big toe had popped through his jammies! So, we grabbed a pair of scissors from the kitchen and just whacked off the ends #whitetrashbaby.

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And then he fought sleep for a million years and Nan ended up getting him to take a snooze while I stole a pic:

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The next morning I woke up and of course played with Tate.

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As did Nan and Gare:

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Ok maybe Gary was watching TV

We ate some brek and the gals + Binny decided it would be fun to go for a float down the Deschutes! So we rented tubes, filled a cooler with ice, vodka, red bull and puffy Cheetos and hit the water.

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After we floated, I came home and PTFO took a princess-like snooze. Then I woke up and did some Snaps with the folks.

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That night after dinner, we went for a walk and I wore Tate on m’back. He was being the cutest ever.

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The next morning, we woke up and explored the little Sunriver “village”. Tate found a little kids play area with rocks and a rope walk to be quite enjoyable.

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After that, we ventured over to Lava Lands to walk through the Lava Tube, which sounds really weird. Nan and I decided to stay put in the car with Tate, but we did walk around a little first.

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Next up was lunch in Bend, at Deschutes Brewery.

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This was just my show beer. AKA my Dad’s. I would never drink this grossness.

Then we did a little shopping around Bend (such cute shops) and David joined! I got these cool shades:

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The next day we all went to Cultus Lake and Nan rented us a party barge for the morning! We did a little fishing (unsuccessfully) and drank a bottle of wine (successfully). Tate roamed around the boat, bein’ all cute and I realized that I pretty much reallllly need a boat.

 

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What a beautiful lake! I highly recommend it. as far as bodies of water go. Meg HATED the name cuullltus. It IS kindof a gross name for a lake.

So anyway, that was basically it. Fun times for us!

SK-II Skincare Review

Hello beauties!

A while back, Influenster (gotta love these folks!) sent me the SK-II Vox Box, containing two items from the line. The box contained both the Facial Treatment Essence, as well as the Facial Treatment Mask.

SO. This brand’s whole shtick is this stuff called Pitera, which according to Sephora is known as “holy water” or “miracle water” in the “East” because of it’s skin-renewing properties. What I know is this:

Any expensive skin-care line has to have a shtick. Some kind of story to tell. Whether it is a mud they scrape from the bottom of the dead sea, an elixir derived from sea kelp, or even creams made from baby foreskins (YES, this is really a thing) – brands have to attach a (generally bogus) story to illicit the outrageous price tags.

This brand is no different. I have no doubt that like so many other high-end brands, the ingredients in SK-II are great. All we can really ask for in good skin care these days are ingredients that have been proven to be good for our skin, to be nourishing, moisturizing and feel good. Good skin care is usually free of fillers, heavy perfumes and has fancy packaging – and pretty much, that’s it.

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Facial Treatment Essence

This product came in a smaller size, but is definitely enough to try numerous times. I put it on after cleansing, but before any serums or moisturizers. The immediate effects are minimal. I saw zero instant results and after using it for a solid week, I still don’t see any change. That is NOT to say that this will not end up making a visible difference on my skin, it just hasn’t yet.

Facial Treatment Mask

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I was SO excited to try this. I hadn’t ever done a sheet mask before and this one is super bougie, retailing for $17 a pop on the Sephora website. I decided to give it a shot on a Sunday while watching Game of Thrones with David. The mask was VERY saturated in product and is very thick. After reading about it, it is 100% cotton, which I guess is kinda cool. It felt great on my skin and was fun to use. But again like the essence, no immediate results came from it. My skin looked moisturized but it didn’t feel or look that much different than any other day.

Overall, this brand is SO expensive I will not purchase anything from them. It didn’t leave me super excited and hasn’t wowed me with any results . If the essence kicks in and starts making me look like Gigi Hadid, I’ll let ya know.

Independence, Wine & Sweet Baby Tate

We went wine tasting with David’s folks over in Hood River and had a swell time. The weather was SUPER hot, but somehow we still managed to consume large amounts of delicious wine. And cheese and meat.

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And the next day we got pedicures and it was glorious! (David gets no polish because he is boring a man). P.S I LOVE how all the nail salons are using fresh files, buffers and toe-separators for every person now! I don’t mind spending the extra $2 to know that the file they’re using on me didn’t touch some fungi-ridden old lady foot but like, letsbereal cuz my feet ain’t winning any beauty contests either:).

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Meira got a haircut! Look at this sweet girl.

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I celebrated not only America’s day of independence but also Canada’s! The company I work for is based in Canada so I felt it only appropriate to celebrate by wearing a hockey jersey. Other options were a puff-painted shirt I would have had to make that said ” I (maple leaf) Maple Syrup!”

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Apologies for thee most scraggly hair

I was also introduced to SPARKLING espresso from Portland Roasting and BALLS was it good! They put a little chocolate in it, and the slight effervescence is seriously delightful.

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4th of July was up a few days later and we had QUITE the weekend. Part of it was spent at House Danielson (sorry, too much GOT) and the other half in Portland with David’s family. Here are some highlights.

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Splash pad FUN!

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Of course, Tate remains my tiny best friend. I meaaaaannnnnn…LOOK AT HIM.

p.s he has 4 teeth and the upper 2 are so cute and really far apart, as megan says “you could fit a whole other tooth in there.”

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Here hims is with my Grandma Fran. She can’t remember much these days but she absolutely ADORES Tate and when she plays with him my heart cannot take the sweetness and I literally die  a little inside because it’s so stinkin’ cute.

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Gary D + Tate. These two are completely hilarious together. They crack each other up. Chase one another around the living room and go for sweet walks together. Here we are at the Duck Pond, enjoying some bevs after playing put put.

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Meg proudly displaying the hole she kicked all our asses at. She’s lovely no?

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And of course Snapchat filters on Tate for the WIN.

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Annnnnd one more of Tate in jammies, just for good measure.

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90’s Night + a Mini-Haul

Ladies and gents! G’Day to you!

A couple of weeks ago, David and I attended a 90’s night at a bar here in Portland. All week, I brainstormed outfit ideas. Do I go the high-waisted-shorts-body-suit-flannel-tied-around-the-waist route (that is TOTALLY back in style, btw) or the yellow plaid pleated skirt with white knee socks ala Cher Horowitz look? I also considered the idea of trying to procure myself a pair of Jncos…

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Then, I really thought about what I really looked like in the 90’s. And who I really idolized. The answer was clear:

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MANDY F***ING MOORE

IN THE CANDY MUSIC VIDEO.

What teenage girl didn’t want EVERYTHING Mandy had in this video? A cool attic room with inflatable furniture, probs purchased from Delias? Spaghetti-strap tank tops? Crazy buns!? Don’t even get me STARTED on the cross-body portable CD player. Pah-REACH.

In the 90’s, I was all about frosted lip-gloss, butterfly clips, matching my eyeshadow to my shirt, glitter, and of course Vanilla Fields perfume. So. I dug through my closet to find the ONE pair of flared jeans I own, threw on some white eyeliner + pink eyeshadow and glitter, and of course crazy buns.

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David opted for some baggy jeans, Michael Jordan tee and his high school letterman’s jacket #classof99. A backwards cap completed his look but I reallllly wished we had a pukka shell necklace.

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Then we went over to our friends house to prefunk before we went to the bar and we were the ONLY people who dressed 90’s. Haha, whatever man.

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We played some pong, I tried a hard orange soda (DELISH) and we ended up having a grrrreat night. True to 90’s fashion, we both danced HARD and got sweaty to hits from Mariah, Spice Girls oh man it was glorious. The only thing that was missing was a few slow dances…I mean the best thing about the 90’s was slow dancing for me. All4One, Boyz2Men, Usher. I know you feel me.

And also – I have a few new things to show ya!

Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette

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I randomly happened upon this at Nordstrom Rack! They only had a few colors and as soon as I saw that they had Coquette, I nabbed an unopened tube. It is super pretty and I mean, the packaging…pink with a sparkly unicorn!? Exsqueeze me?

Cell phone wallet case from ebay

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This is such a great little case. Kinda squishy and it has 3 credit card slots inside. I ordered it from ebay for $3, free shipping and Buy it Now. You just have to wait a long time because it’s from China. #duh

Victoria’s Secret Rollerball in Victoria

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Letsbereal. I bought this because of the bow on the bottle and because it was like $3 at the VS annual sale. I tend to go through roller balls quite quickly and my Ariana Grande one is running out so I thought I’d get one. It smells decent, but due to my terrible sinus troubles as of late, I have terrible anosmia so really it could smell like Lady Stetson and I wouldn’t know.

okee that’s all bee bees. BYE.

Disneyland & Universal Studios Trip 2016

Yes, my friends. Your eyes do not fail you.

I went to Disneyland. And Universal Studios. And California Adventure. And Morphe Brushes!

It was as amazing as you would expect from two large young-at-hearts. And really, I am so glad to have found someone as profoundly goofy as I am. There aren’t many out there who would GLADLY wait in 45-min lines to ride Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Or who understand the injustice that the age cut off for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is 12. But David gets it. He loves it. Together, we bum-rushed the gates of Hogwarts to be FIRST IN LINE for the Forbidden Journey. We bought his and hers Slytherin and Ravenclaw shirts. We DID IT UP. And instead of writing an entire post with “and then we______” (got a fast pass, stood in line for Dole Whips, etc) I figure I’d let photos do they thing.

So here is a humble video I made commemorating our glorious 3-day trip to Cali. I would like to thank my boy David for whisking me away on this adventure and being my (very literal) dream come true ♥.

Marc Jacobs Glowstick Review

Shoutout to Influenster for sending me this product to review! (ANYONE can sign up for Influenster, btw I’m not that cool)

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When I found out I was receiving this box, I was of course, overjoyed and promptly watched the application video on the Sephora website. What I really liked about the video, was how the guy was putting it basically ALL over the face. I mean YAASSS QUEEN. It truly looked so natural, dewy and gorgeous on the model.

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PACKAGING

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The packaging is very true-to-form MJ. Black and white, very sleek and modern. I really like the little rounded square shape and the fact that it twists up.

FORMULA

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The formula is pretty much your run-of-the-mill cream product. It’s not too thick, but not too thin. It is not sticky, nor does it have a smell.

PERFORMANCE

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One swipe

I realllllly love the glow this product gives! It is striking without being overpowering and the fact that it’s a cream gives it even more of a natural look. The staying power was good, I did not notice it disappeared on me, but I also didn’t think it was particularly long-lasting either. The way I applied this was with my fingertips and then used a duo-fiber brush to buff it in a bit.

OVERALL

I love it! I am so excited to use this all summer on not only m’mug, but my decollete and shoulders. This is truly the first cream highlight I have seen that really packs a punch in terms of pigmentation and blends out smoothly.

Morphe Brushes Store Haul

Am I on a role with these hauls, or AM I ON A ROLE WITH THESE HAULS!?

As you all know by now, or maybe not, I went to Disneyland with my BF Dah-vide! And Universal! And I got to stay with THEE world’s most amazing and cutest family everrr.

And on our way back from Disneyland on Sunday, he did me a solid and drove to Morphe Brushes in Burbank, California.

I fell asleep with my frowned mouth open on the way there and about hyperventilated when we pulled up to Morphe. David waited 25 patient minutes in the car for me, as I sleepily shuffled around the store in a daze with like 30 other beauty-obsessed gals as techno music pumped. I was sweaty, nervous, completely overwhelmed and STUPIDLY left my shopping list for which brushes I wanted at home. DOH!

I ended up googling Jaclyn Hill and Manny MUA’s favorites and then just going off feel. Here are the brushes I ended up getting:

M441

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M433

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M497

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E56

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I also nabbed some individual lashes

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and these bottom lashes for when I feel like lookin’ like a baby doll.

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I then picked up a couple of things from L.A Girl on a TOTAL whim:

L.A Girl Velvut Blush Contour Stick in Cuddle and the Glazed Lip Paint in Peony

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Lip Paint on top, Blush Stick on bottom

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Lip Glaze on me

Annnnnd lastly (drumroll please!) I got the iconic Morphe 350 palette!!!

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Like I said, I was totally overwhelmed. If I had an entire afternoon, I would have probably gotten a few more brushes, contemplated the Model in a Bottle setting spray and tried on more of the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks (I alllmost bought Rose Matter). They DID have the Jeffree Star mint-green skin frost but were sadly sold out of all the other colors, including the shade Ice Cold, which I DESPERATELY want.