The Lipstick Tag


I tag devoted solely to lipstick, which is SUCH an important part of my life 🙂

lipstick-tagI was tagged by the lovely and talented Heather, of Coconut and Cotton. She does great makeup reviews, OOTDs and lots more – thanks Heather!

Here are the questions:

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Errr…ummm….probably close to 30. AND I NEED MORE.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

Well, the first lip product I owned dates back allll the way to 6th grade. Where I kept a menagerie of the latest from Bonne Bell stored comfortably in my pencil pouch. Favorites:




The first actual lipstick was a from a Clinque Bonus Time that my mom got, in Sweet Honey.

3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?

High end would be MAC for sure. Drugstore would be the Wet’n’Wild ones for $1.99.

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

Definitely Mac Creme Cup and Mac Viva Glam Gaga 1.


Creme Cup


Viva Glam Gaga 1

5. What is your favorite finish?

In terms of MAC, I would say Cremesheens are my go-to. Otherwise, I like a satin finish.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

I just bought the MAC lipsticks, from the Fantasy of Flowers collection. Check them out here.

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7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Surprisingly, only seven. Here we have:photo (23)

Wet’n’Wild lipstick in Think Pink, Mac Viva Glam Gaga 1, Mac Fleur D’Coral, Maybelline Color Sensational  Lip Gloss in Fuchsia Sparks, Too Faced Glamour Glass in Sex Pot, Em Cosmetics Lipstick in Posh and Lancome Juicy Tubes in Simmer.

8. What is your favorite red lip color?

I usually stick to red tinted lips, because I usually end up looking like a hot mess with a true red lip. Here are my faves:

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet (easy to wear)


Wet’n’Wild Lipstick in 24 Carrot Gold (more orangey-red)

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9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I have a couple acrylic holders, as seen here:


But mostly they are just everywhere. In the car, in my coat pockets, coming out my ears, etc.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?


Nars Schiap


YSL Rouge Volupte in No. 7 Lingerie Pink


MAC Lipstick in Pink Noveau


Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette & Babette



And that’s it folks! I tag anyone who is reading and luuurves lipstick.

Get to Know Me Tag

Oh, hello.

Omg I am soooo classy.

I was tagged by the beautiful and talented, Debe to do the “Get to Know Me” tag. So automatically, I start humming “Getting to Know You” from The Kind and I. Here goes…

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

BOARD straight. I’d like to think it has a bit of natural beach-wave to it. But let’s call a spade a spade. It’s straight and kinda homeless looking.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

Salon, all the way. I have pulled it through a cap FAR too many times in the past and was left with cow spot highlights and a very sore scalp. Currently, I go to C.Joy Salon and I love it!


You can tell how much I love my grow-out

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?

I assume we’re still talkin’ hurr. It changes constanly. If it’s freshly washed, I like to do loose curls or straighten it a little. The next day they will be a bit messier but better. The next day it may be pinned back! I am CRAZY! I may throw in a sock bun (kinda done with those, though) or a messy pony for S’s and G’s.

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

DIY girl! Getting my nails done is a treat and not one that I could afford based on how often I change up my nail color. With great products like Out the Door Topcoat and Seche Vite – it’s pretty much fool-proof. Pedis are nice but I always feel horrible for the women who have to deal with my hobbit feet after sandal season.

5. How often do you change your nail polish?

I would say I change it about 4 times per month. I usually have nail polish on my nails unless I am being lazy or hate all the ones I have.


6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

Err…all year round! Because I am a perfectly-kept woman. JOKES. Unless my toes will be seen (i.e New Years party and I’m wearing a peep-toe) they are stored safely in fuzzy socks or boots and are likely bare with Saruman toenails…


7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?

Monday through Friday for work, it takes me about 10 minutes. Weekends I can take up to an hour if you let me!

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

Face. Unless I am doing a really dark, smoky eye which will inevitably end up all over my entire face.

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t have a bajillion mascaras but -Bryan – EARMUFFS! I do have an abundance of blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks.

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

Special occasions only. I want to order a pair of mink lashes for my wedding! I am thinking these:


11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?

Oh heeeyll nah. I ALWAYS wear the following: under eye concealer, mascara, blush and lip color. Everything else comes and goes.

12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?

Usually I do. You never know when a good photo-bomb opportunity will present itself.

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?

I will. It is a rare occasion when I am 100% naked-faced (usually I will at least throw on concealer and mascara) but I definitely have and will.

14. How many high-end products do you have?

I would say I definitely have more drugstore than high-end. If something works, I am likely going to get it, no matter the price. The exception to this rule is (as an example) the Clé de Peau concealer because it costs $70 that sh*t is just cray.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?

I maybe did this the day before 8th grade…and that was the last time.

YOU KNOW this tasty outfit was planned in 2005

16. How often do you change your handbag?

I would say 2-3 times per season. Right now, I rotate between my Rebecca Minkhoff Mac bag and a gray Longchamp.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

Up and at ’em at 6:30 am. In bed usually by 9 and asleep by 9:30. I. Am. OLD.

18. How often or when do you workout?

This fluctuates ALOT. Since we joined a gym, Bry and I usually go together after work (around 6 pm) for 40 minutes or so. I try to go about 4 times a week.

19. Left handed or right handed?

Right handed.

20. How tall are you?

5’11”. I used to be 5’11”1/2 (or six-foot denial) but I am shrinking I think.

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?

I am pretty well versed in baby talk and pig latin. I can also ask for wine, vodka and candy in French.


22. How many pets do you have?


23. How do you blog?

Ummm. I login to WordPress and start typing.

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

Yes, I often times do. Sometimes people say really funny things in the comments or ask a useful question. Obviously if there is like 10,000 comments I don’t.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

I need to be better about this. Although, I usually only purchase things that lots of people are deeming Holy Grails. Then it is easy to remember.

26. How did you come up with your blog name?

It has changed over the years. It was Bry and Nat Cook, Adventures in Jackson and now The Natalie Diaries. It has morphed and changed along with what’s going on in my life.

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

My iPhone 🙂

28. How often do you clean your house?

We just moved in so I haven’t cleaned it top to bottom yet. Certain things need to be cleaned more often than others, obviously. So it will likely vary.

29. What’s your favorite color?

Do you really need to ask? PINK.

30. Do you swear?

Not often. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think it’s lady-like and I think it can make people sound just plain dumb. When used strategically, a well-timed cuss word can definitely enhance a story or joke. You just gotta be careful.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Since I’ve not been to the gym for a few days, I am going to spend a little time on the stair stepper and roll around on the mats, pretending to do sit ups. Then Bry and I are having pasta, wine and watching something from Redbox. Maybe a froyo run, I don’t know. We are so unpredictable and spontaneous!

I would love to hear from anyone who wants to participate in this tag! Now that you know me, I feel like I should know you…or else it will get awkward.

The Liebster Award

Well color me purple, there’s a sofa in here for two I got nominated for a Liebster Award!


What the heck is a Liebster Award, you may ask?

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

I was kindly nominated by the lovely and talented Paige! Merci beacoup 🙂

And the rules…

  • You must link the person who has nominated you.
  • You must share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee.
  • You must pick 11 bloggers under 200 followers to be nominated for the award.
  • You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • You must go to their blogs and notify them that you nominated them!

Here are my 11 Random Facts. FEAST YOUR EYES!

  1. My elbows hyper-extend. I don’t think is terribly uncommon but it looks pretty gnarly because my arms are quite veiny and white.
  2. I used to play the clarinet in high school and was also in choir. I can still play a little and sing in the car on the daily.
  3. One of my biggest pet peeves are check-writers. You know the type. Lug out their GIANT wallet and painstakingly balance their checkbooks while standing in line. WHO balances their checkbook anymore?! Hat tip if you balance your checkbook NOT standing in line at the grocery store.
  4. I am a die hard Lord of the Rings fangirl and wore a shirt that says “FRODO LIVES” to the openings. Nerd Alert!
  5. The first makeup item I can remember buying (besides bubblegum Lip Smacker) was a pressed powder from Maybelline.
  6. I was 5’10” in 8th grade. Read: NOBODY asked me to dance.
  7. I am attracted to all things cotton candy, coconut and birthday cake scented.
  8. I am not a natural blonde. I KNOW. I know.
  9. The largest amount of money I have ever spent at once was paying off my student loans.
  10. I can walk very fast.  Like Michael Flately Lord of the Dance fast.
  11. When I was little, I was bow-legged, had a killa pot-belly and a MULLET.

Here are the 11 Questions that Paige asked:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to learn WordPress because of a job I was at. I was editing and moderating blogs all the live long day, so I figured I may as well learn this thing and get a little something out of it for myself . Originally, I wanted a way  to store all of my fiance and I’s stories and recipes while living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It has now become my sole creative outlet. I write what I want and basically…I love it.

2. What’s the one beauty thing you absolutely suck at or hate doing?

Oh law, I could name quite a few here. Blow drying my hair! I obviously don’t suck at this, but I just hate doing it. I usually overheat like a menopausal woman and end up with a mess of tangled hair. Second place would easily go to my arch nemesis: liquid eyeliner.

3. What is the one thing you have to have in your purse/handbag at all times?

For a little while I had a pair of disposable underwear in my purse from Victoria’s Secret. My sis gave it to me a while back with a look that said “You never know”. More seriously, I guess I always have to have anti-bacterial gel from BBW because again – you never know.

4. If you read fashion magazines, what’s your favorite & why?

VOGUE is always fun to read. Right now I am into Bridal Magazines because I am engaged! Gah!!

5. What’s your favorite animal & why?

Chihuahua. Don’t say you want to kick them. They are incredibly cute and funny-looking at the same time. They do really funny things and their BM’s are teensy. What’s not to love?

6. What’s your favorite hobby or pastime?

Reading! By far. I also enjoy hiking or walking…one can be the other, you know 🙂

7. If you had to read one book for the rest of your life what would it be & why?

Babysitter’s Club #7: Claudia and Mean Janine. Bahahahhaaaa. I kid. Probably Great Expectations or something classy like that.

8. Do you like YouTube beauty & fashion vloggers? If so who is your favorite & why?

I don’t just like them. I LOVE them. My favorite of all time is Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter. She is SO funny.

9. If you had to pick one person to be stuck with you on a desert island, who would you pick & why?

The fiance Bryan comes to mind first, because well, I love him so much. Secondly, Rainn Wilson. Or Dwight K. Shrute. Either/or. We would talk Battle Star Galactica  and solve math problems using our calculator watches.

10. Since it is almost Halloween, what’s your spookiest experience?

Spookiest? Well, a legit SCARY experience would have to be when someone broke into our house when I was in 5th grade. 3 cop cars came. It was maje.

What is one moment on your blog you are really proud of? It could be starting your blog or it could be that one photo in that one post…just one moment that made you said, “Damn self…you did good.”

I did the Slim Fast diet before our cruise in Mexico AND I posted a pic in my swim suit so I suppose I’m proud of that post. Please note: I am NOT a dieter. I eat carbs and drink beer. I just wanted to “tighten” a bit before a week in Mexico.  On the writing front,  I have yet to publish a post I have already written about being an “older” bride and once that goes live, I’ll be pretty darn proud of that one. It has been hard to write because I feel like to absolute last person on earth to get married. And no, I’m not being dramatic or unrealistic :).

sick of me yet?

11 blogs I Tag

Sorority Girl in the Real World

Coconut & Cotton

The Girl in the Little Black Dress

Pretty Wednesday

Patty’s Way

Arica’s Beauty Blog

Carrie Travel

A Duchess

Jax’s Mama


My Daily Toast

11 Questions For These Ladies

  1.  What is the one thing you never leave home without?
  2. Favorite holiday?
  3. What motivates you to blog?
  4. What would your last meal on earth be? (You can choose an entree, side, drink & dessert)
  5. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
  6. Would you rather have green teeth or no eyebrows or eyelashes? (you can’t whiten your teeth, pencil on eyebrows OR wear falsies. you just have to DEAL WITH who you are.)
  7. Most favorite breakfast cereal, or breakfast item?
  8. Lipgloss or lipstick? Why?
  9. Finish this sentence – On Saturday mornings you bet that I am…
  10. If you could have the body of any celebrity, who would you pick?
  11. What would you spend $100 on if you had to spend it in the next 30 minutes?


The Autumn Tag

Much thanks to Kate for tagging me!

Fall is hurr and I couldn’t be more excited.

autumn tag

  1. Favorite thing about it? Wrapping up in blankets, Brach’s Autumn Mix (the candy corn, indian corn and pumpkins one), crunchy leaves and (dare I say it?) football! Too many.
  2. Favorite drink? Starbucks Chai. Mmmmm!
  3. Favorite scent/candle? Leaves from Bath and Body Works! Pumpkin Cupcake would be a close second.
  4. Best lipstick? Er…Mac Creme Cup. I know it’s not a darker shade but I truly wear this color every day.
  5. Go to moisturizer? I need to be better about this! I still love the Origins Vitazing for underneath my makeup. Body Shop body butter for my body is just KILLA.
  6. Go to colors for the eyes? HANDS DOWN my Stila ‘In the Light’ palette. I left this at a hotel two weeks ago and almost broke down in tears. Luckily, they found it and shipped it back to me for free! The colors are buttery soft and there is a great mix of shimmer and matte shades. I find I can create any look with this baby.
  7. Favorite music or band/singer to listen to? Anything Disney, per usual.
  8. Favorite outfit to wear (i.e. boots and scarf combo)? Definitely jeans, ballet flats or flat riding boots and a tank with a baggy grandpa cardigan. Can’t go wrong!
  9. Autumn treat? Besides treating myself to multiple baskets of wings on Sundays…I’m really wanting the new Rockateur blush by Benefit. Can’t help myself when it comes to anything rose gold!

YAHOO for fall! Check out Kate’s blog if you’re in the mood for awesome reviews and all types of products. She is awesome!