Ulta Haul Y’All

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My one (and only) New Year’s Resolution was to start caring for my skin. Once a 16-year old with a yearly tanning membership –¬†I have traded in my goggles and Australian Gold for Mystic Tans and SPF 70. But that’s where it has stopped.

To me, turning 30 hasn’t meant many changes. Case in point: I still listen to hits from High School Musical. OMG Sharpay yes. But it’s time to start smearing on the ol’ war paint so to speak. A war against wrinkles, crows feet and laugh lines.

So with no further adieu, I give you my newly acquired army hailing from Ulta.

You’re welcome for the awesome pics I took on the carpet.

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1. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Moisturizer $21.99

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After doing a small amount of research, I discovered this product by Neutrogena. Earning high marks for it’s wrinkle-smoothing effects and a high SPF – I decided I would give it a try. Since it contains retinol, I wasn’t sure how it would react with my dryish skin. Jury’s still out, I’ll keep you informed.

2. Boots No. 7 Lift & Luminate Night Creme $17.44 (on sale)

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This I bought based on an article I read on Oprah.com because, really, it’s Oprah. I chose this because it does not have retinol (don’t want to go overboard) and so far, I have been loving it’s ULTRA thick consistency and the great smell.

3. Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment – Collector’s Edition $38.00

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This I bought after Rebecca, from the Issaquah Ulta recommended it. I luuurve me some maracuja and anything that is going to brighten up my dark circles. Plus, the packaging is adorbs.

4. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater $7.00

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I got this based on a recommendation from YouTuber Jaclyn Hill. Plus, anything that is rose-scented wins my heart.

5. Zoya Pixie Dust Nail Polish in Godiva (on sale for $4.99 in case the sticker isn’t orange enough)

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I got this because I saw another YouTube (I’m obsessed, clearly) Kristin Gehm. The pic doesn’t do this justice, it is SO pretty with subtle, itsy-bitsy sparkles and a great nude undertone.

Here it is on my nails, in really orange light:

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6. OPI Mariah Carey 2013 Holiday Nail Polish in My Favorite Ornament $4.95 (Also on sale)

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Rebecca, from Ulta was wearing this as an accent color on her ring finger and as we were talking, I totally interrupted her and was like “WAIT STOP WHAT IS THAT COLOR?” It is seriously the most beautiful glitter of all time. Ever. Amen.

7. Hoola Bronzer by Benefit $28.00

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I needed a new bronzer and they were sold out of the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soliel, so yeah. I have heard wondrous things about this bronzer and so far…I FREAKING LOVE IT.

8. Samples: Perricone Nutritive Cleanser, Juice Beauty Trio, DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer (Moisturizing Serum)

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I am VERY excited to try the DDF serum, as I have heard great things about this line. I’ll be sure to share, don’t fret :).

And last, but not least check out my Seahawks eye look:

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Thank God I saved that glitter from 7th grade volleyabll games

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Back in the Saddle

G’Day Gents!

Pointy.

Pointy.

How have I not used this title before?  Anyways, the point is Bryan and I have commenced this beautiful Seattle spring with our very first hike-o-the-season!! Extra punctuation is pertinent here, no?

Last Saturday, we began our morning per usual, with Bry springing out of bed much sooner than I, while badgering me with periodic updates as to the time. ¬†Once I was up, I was given about 30 seconds to do what takes most around 20 minutes. ¬†When Mr.Nash is promised a day in the mountains, his attention span is shorter than Miley’s hair.

Out the door by 7:30 and to Starbucks for his & hers mistos by 8, we were doing great. ¬†Our destination? Tiger Mountain. Where neither of had been, nor knew what to expect. ¬†I was “bajigady” to say the least. ¬†Since moving from Jackson, the biggest hill I have climbed are the escalators at Nordstrom, mmmkay? The drive was beautiful and the company, cute.

Upon arrival, we were astonished to find way more cars than we had anticipated. ¬†I guess we’re not in Jackson anymore. ¬†As we made our way to the trailhead, Bryan pointed out that, true-to-form I didn’t look “the part”. ¬†I kindly reminded him that, of course I didn’t look the part. ¬†I’m not burning $100 on a pair of actual hiking pants at REI when my beat-up Abercrombie capris (circa 2005) will do. ¬†Or¬†succumbing¬†to a top from Lulu when I’ve got a perfectly good hot pink hoodie from Victoria’s Secret with rhinestones. ¬†I’ve got furniture to buy and makeup to save for. ¬†My old running shoes are good as new as soon as I pop some orthodics in.

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Hood Utilizer

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The trail started off nice and mellow and then gradually got steeper. ¬†I’ve always been a fan of trails that have ebbs and flows, ups and downs, much like life (philosophical) and Tiger Mountain pleased. Even in my “20 minutes on the treadmill” shape, I was feelin’ mighty strong. ¬†And wouldn’t you know it, we smoked past every single person! ¬†Not that I care :). At one point, I looked at Bryan and said breathlessly, “We still got it!”. ¬†A high-5 ensued and maybe a chest bump. It’s real.

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Trailblazin’

Of course any hike is not complete without a healthy dose of good ol’ fashioned drama. ¬†This time it came in the form of a tiny critter which I openly loathe: a¬†garter¬†snake. ¬†I must give them a nod of approval for their color scheme (black & white) but otherwise my feelings closely parallel what I feel for Spencer & Heidi Pratt. ¬†Just complete and total hatred. Too strong a word??

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Summit!

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Mountainy

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Classic G.Danielson Pose

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Ahh..Vitamin D

We thought the hike was around 4 miles round-trip but it turned out to be about 6. ¬†Probably 6.5 if you add the walk to the car. ¬†It took us around ¬†2 hours car-to-car and I was pretty tired on the way home. ¬†That is, until Bryan snuck in my old Dixie Chicks CD and once again I was ‘ready to run’. ¬†See what I did there?

The rest of the day was spent painting my nails pastel pink, deep conditioning my hair and watching a Lifetime movie while Bryan studied.

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Then we basked in the sun on the patio for the remainder of the 65 degree day and drank 1 2 pitchers of margs.  I pulled my laptop outside and made a station on Pandora comprised of Carly Rae Jepson (for Bry of course), Mumford & Sons, Lucky Dube and Taylor Swift.

Delish

Delish

A perfect day.