Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello Spring!

I know Spring has officially been here for the past week and a half, but it surely hasn't been feeling like Spring. However, yesterday and today, Spring was able to obtain control over the weather, even if it had to rip it from Winter's deathlike grip! Since these were the first few days that I could actually wear sandals and not freeze, I've been trotting around in the black Coach wedges I purchased last year at a ridiculously low price. I found the same wedges in a different color at DSW recently, but they weren't nearly as cute in the champagne color and they were more than I paid. I've been dying to wear mine, but wet weather and these babies just don't go together.

I like brand names as much as the next person, but I don't always like to advertise for them, which is why I especially like these shoes. Though there is "Coach" writing on the straps, it's understated and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. So, I get the quality I'm looking for without my feet screaming, "Look at me! I'm wearing Coach!" These shoes aren't available at Macy's anymore, but you can find them on eBay ranging anywhere from $84.99 to $114.99.

Yesterday I wore a thrift store find spaghetti strap, dress-like top that is clearly from the early nineties (though my mom asked me if it was new!). With my black American Rag jeggings and my Coach shoes, it received the update it needed and didn't look dated at all. Actually doing my hair yesterday helped a little, too!

Coach 'Maryanne' Black Patent Wedge Sandal

Today, I paired them with an artsy dress I purchased at TJ Maxx which I accidentally shrunk (oops! dry clean only!) and a pair of American Rag cropped pant leggings. They used to be full length, but the legs shrunk up a good 5-6 inches after the first wash. I actually like them better this way! I'm wearing a black tank with lace detailing because it would be too revealing for work. I also added a belt to give the dress a better shape and added an impulse buy key necklace from Cost Plus World Market.
Pardon the quality and office location...hazards of blogging at work (I'm on my lunch btw)
As long as this weather holds up, I'll be wearing sandals to work more often! Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beauty Shop

Once upon a time, I had virgin hair. It is a hair stylist's dream. A blank canvas, if you will. I've been dying and highlighting my hair in one way or another since 6th grade when I first tried Sun-In in the girls bathroom after school. From there I graduated to temporary box dyes in jr. high and eventually permanent box dyes in high school. Senior year I received free highlights from a *gasp* professional hair stylist. They were awesome.

Even though I've always wanted to be a blonde, my signature hair color is dark. When I grew tired of dying my hair, I simply stopped coloring it and let it grow out. Luckily I did not have much of an awkward stage in growing it out, and it blended in fairly well. The grow out process was tedious and by the time it was au naturel, I was ready for a change again. 

Enter the ultra talented, beautiful Bonne.

I met Bonne at a party in Discovery Bay. We were casually chit-chatting when I discovered she was a hair stylist. I instantly became excited. When I found out she worked in my hometown and not Disco Bay, I was elated! I've been utterly faithful to Bonne since our first hair session. I let her dye my virgin hair BLACK, much to the chagrin of my mother, who insisted she liked my hair lighter. From that point, I pretty much gave her free reign to do whatever she wanted. When I expressed that I wanted something different, we discussed options and I let her go at it! She has never let me down. I've had dark hair, black hair with blonde, black hair with blonde and red, light light brown hair, red hair, and back to dark. My black hair even inspired my seester to cross over to the dark side and go jet black. Eventually my dark hair grew on my mom and she now scoffs at my lighter locks and thinks my level 4 hair was better! Go figure. 

I'm seeing her today to get my hair back to the headshot color since it's lightened up a bit too much since my last coloring. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of my hair evolution...or at least some of it. 

Geez, how vain of me!

My natural hair
My long natural hair before dying it
My signature black...I was Cleopatra for Halloween
I chopped my locks and kept the black hair
My favorite and blonde
Back to normal hair after an emotional crisis
Exaggerated wasn't quite so red in real life. Then I went back to black.
Me and my seester with matching black hair!
The last time I had dark hair :(
My current headshot
Eventually I will return to my signature color, but for now, I'm in hot pursuit of some acting gigs and representation. Apparently my lighter hair exudes youthfulness! My acting peeps seem to like the lighter hair too, saying my eyes pop more. I'm just going with the flow. Maybe I'll get representation and they'll ask me to dye it dark again! Who knows what the future holds.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Two Times Tuesdays

Monday was a BUSY day at work. Sadly, I wasn't able to finish blogging like I'm sometimes able to do (I know, shame on me, but it's during my breaks!), so I've decided to implement Two Times Tuesdays where I can write two entries and post them on the same day without feeling guilty about bombarding people with posts. I still wanted to do my Scentsy post, but I also wanted to write about my evening yesterday. Now I've solved my dilemma! Besides, sometimes I just have a lot to say!

Yesterday evening I was more than pleased to be in the presence of Miss Hayley from Vintage Hay. Okay, I was ecstatic! Once again it had been far too long since we had last seen each other, so we made dinner plans for Monday. Since she came out my way this time, we went to a Mexican restaurant we both know and love. Seems like we typically choose Mexican restaurants whenever we go out, but I'm certainly not complaining because I could eat it every single day!

yummy to the tummy!!!

It was so nice to catch up and hear all about her training for the Triathlon. She's so dedicated! I admire her motivation to go out and take part in a cause that is so important. Maybe I'll follow suit and do a run for some cause or another someday. We shall see! I'll be donating money to support her and the cause, and I hope more people will, too! I wish I could donate $1,000, but like I said before, I'm a girl on a budget! I'll be giving what I can because every little bit counts!  Check her out! She's the cutie in the center of the photo wearing the hat!

Hay doin' her thang!  

After dinner, we sank into the couch and had some more girl time chatting before she headed home. We talked about our shopping addictions, our mutual obsession with thrifting, and so much more! This time we didn't promise to do something within a couple of weeks like we do every time (and then a month or two goes by!), but we instead agreed that we'd go do some thrifting together soon! Seriously cannot wait!


Ooh Ooh That Smell...

Can't you smell that smell!

If you couldn't, then I'm certainly surprised, because there was an abundance of floral, spicy, and clean smells wafting through my seester's house on Sunday! Why were there so many fragrances? Well, I went to a Scentsy "smelling" party to smell all of the new scents for the Spring.

So what is Scentsy?  Scentsy is essentially a flameless candle. It uses a warming pot to melt squares of wax and voila! Your house is filled with the sweet smell of Baked Apple Pie, or the fresh scent of Clean Breeze, or the sexy man smell of Simply Irresistible, which just happens to be my favorite. I already have one warmer that plugs directly into the wall, but I really wanted another one for my bathroom. My mom was kind enough to purchase the new Tea Rose warmer for me and several new scents, including Mums & Marigolds, Enchanted Mist, and Lucky in Love (which smells JUST like Love Spell from Victoria's Secret). Every month there is a Scent of the Month and for the month of March you can get Jumpin' Jellybean which smells like yummy!
Tea Rose Plug-In Scentsy Warmer

The warmers are really nice because you can get the Plug-In Warmer that plugs directly into the wall, or you can get a Mid-Size or Full-Size Warmer that sits on a table or countertop and has a cord that runs down to the outlet. There are various sizes and shapes, whimsical designs, nature designs, and even warmers for the sports lover! There really is something for everyone. Even kids! They have these adorable little stuffed animals that hold Scent Paks. I'm partial to Lenny the Lamb...he's just so darn cute!

Lenny the Lamb

Besides the traditional warmers, there are also Room Sprays, antibacterial Fragrance Foam (no water required!), Travel Tins, and Scent Circles (think Christmas tree car fresheners). I definitely recommend going to a party (or hosting one!) before purchasing a Scentsy Bar because a scent you think you'll love, you just might not be so crazy about after all. Likewise, a scent you thought you wouldn't like, might just turn out to be your favorite!

You can view all of the products in the online catalogue, but it's a bit of a pain in the boo-tah-tah. I prefer looking on the website of an actual consultant because it's far more user friendly. If you're looking for a Scentsy consultant (and with my family buying so much, I'm not sure why I'm not a consultant yet!), I recommend Karen Rosenbrock. You can contact her and see all of the products on her personal Scentsy website or even become a fan of Karen sells Scentsy on Facebook for updates!

Happy smelling! 


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's...

Miss Hepburn looking fab
Such a memorable movie for a memorable day. My friend, Kels, who I've known since elementary school, is getting married to the man of her dreams! I was lucky enough to be able to attend her engagement party today. Today it wasn't breakfast at Tiffany's, but Breakfast at C's! With iconic blue splashes of color, the movie silently playing, and soft music in the background, C nailed the details and had the most delicious hors d'oeuvres and cupcakes. The cupcakes were from Kara's Cupcakes on Santana Row and I tried both the gluten-free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes...they were fantastic!

Since there was a theme to the party, I was dressed to the nines in my black dress and strands of pearls. While my dress wasn't exactly, or even close to a Givenchy, I felt confident in the length (just above the knee) and the style (not too snug, but hugging in all the right places). I was channeling Miss Hepburn while still maintaining my own look with my Calvin Klein heels and a different hairstyle. Instead of the updo she sports, I chose to do something a little different. After seeing Amanda Blair's amazing braid headband and side ponytail done by Reagan over at Hairdresser on Fire, I decided to try the look for myself. I'd say it was pretty successful! The side ponytail had some loose strands by the end of the party because my hair isn't quite as long as I'd like, but it worked and it was easy to do!  

Calvin Klein 'Carley' Platform Pump in Anthracite Lizard

Overall the afternoon was a complete success and I was fortunate to be able to visit with some old friends and celebrate the upcoming union of the two lovebirds. Kels looked so happy and I can't wait to see how beautiful she's going to look at her wedding! 

C, Kels, Kat, and me


Friday, March 25, 2011

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

I watched this show when I was younger and it used to scare me half to death. In answer to the question...

Why yes, yes I am.

I know, I know, it's a silly and irrational fear. Don't judge me.

Regardless, the power outage last night left me feeling slightly freaked out. Especially once I realized that I don't have a single flashlight upstairs. I have two in the trunk of my car, but none inside my place. It was too cold and too dark outside for me to trek downstairs to retrieve the working one, so I retreated to my bed. I just hoped the boogie man didn't come knocking on my door, or worse, see a ghostly figure hovering in the hallway.

My first thought when the darkness hit was, "Did I remember to pay my PG&E bill?" Luckily, I did, but I still had a mini panic moment! I also thanked my lucky stars that I opted not to do a late night load of laundry (I can only imagine the sudsy mess that would've been) and that I rely on my phone for my morning alarm and not the digital clock radio I have sitting on my dusty nightstand (dusting will occur tomorrow morning or possibly tonight after work). Now that I think about it, I'm happy I was able to finish all of the DVD episodes of Entourage, too!

Besides the flashing numbers on every digital clock (three to be exact), I wasn't really affected much by the sudden blackout. My coffee didn't brew itself this morning like I originally planned, but I did have a reprieve from that utterly annoying knocking sound that has become increasingly worse over time. It was only a theory that my heater was the culprit, but now I'm fairly certain that it is because all of that stopped once the power went out. It was the best night of sleep I've had sans earplugs in months.

So while I hope there won't be another power outage in the near future, I will be stocking up on some supplies to ensure I'm in a well-lit home if it does. Emergency candles, a flashlight, extra batteries. Never hurts to have an emergency kit around the house!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's Raining It's Pouring...

The old man is snorrrrrrring. Okay, so maybe there isn't an old man snoozing and snoring here in the office today, but it's still raining! It's also COLD! And windy. Keep in mind, anything below 75 degrees is a little chilly for me and my California skin.

With the rain pouring down, I took the opportunity to wear my Hunter rain boots today. They aren't the standard black Wellies I usually wear, but a new pair I received a month or two ago.  This isn't the first time I've worn them, but today was especially fitting because this rain isn't letting up anytime soon! I couldn't remember the name of the style, so I popped over to Hunter's website for a quick trip. Introducing my new Brixen boots!

My Brixen boots!

I've been wearing these puppies with my skinny jeans or jeggings and they're doing their job by keeping my feet dry!

As I continued to peruse the site I learned that they also sell boots with heels and wedges! I had no idea! More than likely I wouldn't wear either one of these because I'd rather invest in a pair of boots I'd wear more regularly, but why not show them off anyway!
Hunter Lapins shown in Navy
Hunter Verbier Shown in Green

Further investigation revealed flat and wedged sandals that were well worth wearing. Though the price point is a little steep for me (I am on a budget after all) they were quite cute. The Abaco wedge caught my eye in both colors and the more simple, flat Camia sandal looked great for any day when rain isn't in the equation.
Hunter Abaco shown in Cuoio
Hunter Camia shown in Natural

Even though I love wearing my rain boots, I'm really hoping for some warmer Spring weather in the near future. I'm dying to wear dresses without tights and open-toe shoes!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


First of all, I hate labels. That said, I've been a vegetarian off and on for quite some time now. I stopped eating meat in high school as part of a project I was doing, and I found that I really didn't miss it. Despite this revelation, I reverted back to my carnivorous ways because my loving mom made my meals and it seemed to be easier that way. Since then, I've been fending for myself and I've found that when I eat meat, I often feel sick afterward.  So the meals I make for me are always meat-free.

Too many times people have asked quite smugly, "Where do you get your protein from?" to which I reply, "Beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, quinoa, nuts, spinach, etc." I generally eat balanced meals when I'm not reverting to a bowl of cereal for dinner, but that's not any different from when I was eating meat either.

In all actuality, I really enjoy eating vegan, although I am not a full-blown vegan like my friend Amanda over at A to B. I'm rather attached to the cheese on my pizzas (though I do enjoy a good pizza with vegan cheese like the Berkeley Vegan at zpizza) and just cheese in general. Yep, cheese is definitely my weakness. When I'm not partaking in cheesy goodness, I try to avoid dairy products. For example, when I eat that bowl of cereal (or two), I use vanilla flavored rice milk or almond milk.  Rice milk has a lighter, less noticeable taste to it, while the almond milk is thicker, sweeter, and richer than rice milk. Thanks to the great birthday present from Amanda last year, I've found that Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet has a lot of yummy recipes that are simple and easy to make.

It wasn't difficult for me to make the transition to becoming an herbivore, but for others, they just can't seem to give up their cheeseburgers! I don't impose my views on others because it's not my place to do so. Do I think that too many animals are slaughtered for our consumption? Yes. However, you won't find me on a soap box preaching. I have no room to talk considering I am guilty of nibbling on a tiny piece of bacon and I own a few leather purses and a very cute pair of leather boots. I try to make responsible purchases, but sometimes a leather purse or pair of boots hold up better than  synthetic ones.

my favorite boots - ordered from Victoria's Secret

I truly admire Amanda for the vegan quest she's been on for well over a year now. Because she is my favorite vegan (and one of my favorite people EVER), and also because it's her birthday, I'm dedicating this post to her! I miss her all the way out in NYC, but she's living her dream, and for that I couldn't be happier.


Amanda and me...miss this girl so much!


Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Just Another Manic Monday

Today was one of those mornings where I had little desire to get up before work to go to the gym and even less desire to actually go to work. So I skipped the gym and caught a few more Z's before dragging my sluggish self out of bed and to the shower 25 minutes late. I still managed to make it out the door on time even though I had to race back upstairs once I realized I had left the heater on. I made my daily Starbucks run and started my morning off right with a grande Tazo® Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade in my personal cup, but I still couldn't shake the blues.

Taking a week off of work is great...until you have to go back. I'm trying to ease back into the swing of things, but I keep getting irritated when I find certain items have been moved or things aren't entered in the way that I do them. Mainly a lot of little, insubstantial things that are irking me that I'll have to shake off before the end of the day. These blues, however, aren't going away anytime soon, and I will be so bold as to say that I am a little depressed.  I don't use the "D" work lightly, as I'm personally aware of what the word entails, and believe me, I'm feeling it.  It'll pass, like it usually does, but right now this dreary weather isn't helping at all.

So while my mind is wandering and I'm dreaming about winning the Mega Millions Lottery, which is currently estimated at $244 million dollars, I can only hope that my future includes tropical vacations, an early retirement, and the ability to have homes across California. I'll be buying my lotto ticket either today or tomorrow before the draw because you can't win if you don't play!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Madness

I don't usually watch college basketball very often, however, I do watch March Madness along with a bajillion other people. This is the first year I haven't filled out a bracket in I don't know how long and I wish that I had!  Last year I picked every winning team for the entire first round. Shocked? I was! From there I had some bad picks, but by George I killed the first round. Because I spent the week in LA, I completely forgot to fill out a bracket, so I'm forced to watch the madness without rooting for the team I picked to go all the way.  Surely not

My choices aren't exactly based on the way each team has been playing all season or how strong their offense or defense is. Rather it's me looking at the seeding and figuring out who I think will advance. Or sometimes my decision is completely arbitrary and I choose based on whether or not I like their name or if I have a good feeling about a certain team. I know, I know, it's ridiculous, but it generally works for me.  

I don't like to bet on the games because it takes the fun out of it for me, but Fox Sports had the right idea when they made the $1,000,000 Bracket Challenge. If you're like me and didn't register in time, then you're out of luck, but for those of you who did, good luck to you! Hope you chose your teams more wisely than I would have!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Love and Airports

I fell in love at the airport once. He was a handsome fellow and he bought me a cup of coffee while we stayed on our best behaviors over conversation. It was fleeting, however, and we never did share that second cup of coffee or the possible glass of wine instead...

Okay, so maybe it wasn't love per se, but I do love going to the airport. It's one of my favorite places to be. It's the thrill of travelling, people watching, eavesdropping on conversations, and buying an overpriced bottle of water. It's waiting at the terminal for the plane and hoping the sick girl popping antibiotics who chose to sit directly next to me (aren't I lucky) doesn't cough any germs in my direction. I'm just praying she's not sitting next to me on the plane itself. I don't think I can hold my breath for the entire flight. Big sigh of relief as they announce rows 20-25 and she gets up. That means I'm at least 3 rows away.

This might be my first time flying jetBlue. Their first bag free policy is favorable, but their fee for changing your flight PLUS the difference in ticket price must be why they give you a free bag. If Southwest flew into LBG I would have done that, but they don't, so I'm making the best of it. Besides, right now it's not about being at the airport at all. Rather it's about getting to my destination and the adventures that are to follow.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Samoas and Such

It's that time again...Girl Scout Cookie season!  Every year I look forward to eating these precious cookies.  I know that Thin Mints tend to be the best selling cookie of the season, but I can't get enough of Samoas, the runner up.  If you don't like coconut, then you probably don't share my love of this complex creation, but they are my FAVORITE!

When I realized it was the season, I couldn't seem to find my local girl scouts anywhere!  Their usual place outside of my bank and grocery store were barren.  I didn't have any girls come knocking on my door this time around, so I didn't know what to do!  I had driven by Jamba Juice one Saturday morning and saw that they were out, but I didn't have time to stop.  There was no way to know whether or not they would be there Sunday or the following weekend.  Or so I thought...

I signed onto the Girl Scouts of Northern California website and learned that there was a Cookie Locator phone app!  You have no idea how excited I was to learn about this!  Instead of entering in my information and waiting to receive an email telling me where my local girl scouts were selling, I was able to download the "FindCookies" app to my iPhone. All you have to do is type in your city or zip code (I found more results by using my city), and then chose between Today, This Weekend, Next 7 Days, or All and voila!  A list of cookie sellers complete with the time frame they will be at each location.  Easy as pie.  Or cookies rather.

Armed with my newfound knowledge, I raced over on Sunday and bought 6 boxes of cookies, though they weren't all for me. Sharing is caring after all! Needless to say, the girl was both surprised and pleased! So after 1 box of Samoas (I already had one box at home from my mom), 3 boxes of Thin Mints, a box of Tagalongs, and a box of Trefoils, I was good to go.  I immediately put one box of Thin Mints in the freezer because I'm convinced that's the only way to eat them.  Besides, they'll keep longer, and when the warmer months finally roll around (and why aren't those warmer months here yet???) I'll have a cool, minty cookie to sink my teeth into.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go support the Girl Scouts and buy some cookies!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I've had the blues...

The blues for Starbucks' Blueberry Oat Bar. It was my favorite. Whenever I saw that delicious lil treat sitting patiently waiting for someone to buy it, I bought it. And enjoyed it. Immensely. Then one day, it wasn't there. I thought perhaps they were sold out that day. The next day I went in, hoping they were restocked, but much to my chagrin, they were not. Finally, after a week of agony and hopelessness, I asked my favorite barista Susie where they had run off to. Starbucks had pulled them off of the shelves. For no apparent reason. I was sad, but I survived.

I figured it was for the best. I could do without the added calories each morning. Then, Starbucks sent me a free coupon to try their Perfect Oatmeal. And dare I say it? It is perfect.

Perfect providing, of course, that whoever is adding the water doesn't make it too soupy for my liking. I pour all of the brown sugar, dried fruit, and nuts into it and it's bliss. So my thoughts of the Blueberry Oat Bar diminished and eventually I forgot about it's crumbly goodness.

Then today, while I was deciding if I really wanted my Perfect Oatmeal, I glanced over at the bakery section and there it was! My blues were officially gone. The Blueberry Oat Bar had returned!  I indulged. Well, I partook...indulging would have meant I had two, which I was tempted to do, but I refrained. After all, I haven't been to the gym lately!

Had I remembered, I would have taken a photograph before I started eating it, but it was calling my name and I couldn't resist!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I'm constantly trying new hair products in search of the magical combination that will produce the results I want every time.  In my arsenal of products there are a fair amount of Bumble & Bumble items that I simply love.

One of my top picks is their Styling Lotion, which I simply cannot live without!  When it's a day that I want more defined curls in my hair and I'm using my curling iron, the only product I use is this one.  Why?  Because it gives me the hold I need without the crunchy curls that hairspray gives me.  I can run my fingers through my hair, run around town all day, and by evening, my curls are STILL holding.  For me, this is an amazing feat. Usually it takes half a bottle of hairspray and a handful of other styling products for my hair to keep its curl, but with Bumble & Bumble's Styling Lotion, it's all I need.

With that major success, I quickly tried some of their other products like the Styling Creme and also the Surf Spray which is amazing!

With so many great products, I knew when I read this article last week, that I had to try Texture ASAP.  Like the article states, it gives a matte finish, which I like, because my hair doesn't look greasy from hair products, but I get the texture I'm looking for.  I highly recommend it...just don't forget to use it while your hair is damp!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday Recap:

My weekend was mostly low-key, which is generally fine with me because I tend to hibernate a bit when it's cold outside!  The best part of my weekend was definitely Saturday, so here are the highlights...

Saturday was a BLAST.  I started off my morning with an audition in Santa Cruz, which might just be the greatest audition I've been on to date.  The director? Laura, was super friendly and easy-going.  She made the whole experience fun and I got to do more than just read lines from a script, she had me improv a few scenes which actually ended up giving her some ideas too!  The best part of the whole thing was that I got to let loose and play in my craft.  Always a good thing!

After my stellar audition, I met up with some of my favorite peeps for lunch.  Vicky, Diana, Ankur, and I had a great lunch "business meeting" at Pasta Pomodoro.  It was great to finally all get together.  We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more!   The afternoon was fantastic and Vicky even brought us all gifts.  I probably shouldn't show you because then you'll know where I keep my super secret files, but this lil transformerish guy is actually a flash drive!  Silly and practical.  I love it!

Sir Ankur and I...I'm enjoying my lil flash drive

LOVE my ladies


Friday, March 4, 2011

Makeup and T.Swift

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am NOT a Taylor Swift fan. Maybe it's because so many of her songs that get played out in a matter of days over the radio waves are all "poor me" songs where she doesn't get the guy. Sure, she's a pretty decent song writer and she's definitely improved over the years, but for someone who sells so many records, she sure doesn't hit the right notes very often when she's singing live. Need I remind you of the Stevie Nicks debacle where S.N. was singing back up and saved the entire performance?  Anyway, despite my inability to move past her hair flipping, sour note performances, I will admit that Back to December struck a chord with me and I did listen to it on repeat. Moving on....

This post really wasn't supposed to be about my lack of love for Miss Swift (and praise the good Lord above she's not with Jake anymore...that's a whole different rant), but rather about a new product she is the spokeswoman for.  

It's new, it's met with great reviews on CoverGirl's website, and with T.S. headlining the product, it's sure to fly off the shelves from all of the teenage girls with a Swift obsession.

Since, I'm always on the lookout for new products, I recently purchased my own tube of the stuff in Alabaster. CG recommended that shade for me via their website, and after testing it out, I was fairly content with the color, but only after I set it with a loose powder that was more my color.  I tend to have fair skin in the winter months, but I have yellow undertones, so it's difficult to find a foundation that works with my skin tone.  I need one that doesn't make me look too pink or too yellow. I also have extremely sensitive skin.  

After giving this makeup a fair run and letting my skin adjust to it, I'm less than pleased with the results.  I have oily skin, and it didn't really do much to prevent that, just enhance it.  No bueno.  The jojoba smell is decent and not too strong once it's been on for a while and the line definitely caters more towards women with pink undertones, so be warned!  Because of the "nature" title of the foundation, I guess I assumed it would be a little more "natural" if there even is such a thing for makeup. With the cucumber water and rose hips extracts, I was optimistic at first, but the final results, left me feeling, well, sticky.  Even after I set the foundation with powder, my skin still felt vaguely sticky, which is not a comfortable way to spend my day.  Luckily for me, CG has a 3x Money-Back Guarantee.  I'll be sending back my unused portion to get a little cash to try something new!


Thursday, March 3, 2011


Outlets.  And not the shopping kind.  At least not today.

I've been blogging for way longer than most people probably know.  I always seem to find some reason to delete each one, but they remain safe and sound in my personal files so I can reflect on them when I'm feeling nostalgic.  Perhaps some day they might resurface, but in the meantime, I'm starting anew.  Writing has always been an outlet for me, but a very personal one.  Personal to the point where I refuse to allow some people to even read my musings.  In an attempt to break out of this habit, I'm blogging yet again.  Highly personal details of my life will likely be omitted, however, a little dirt now and then always keeps things interesting!

So here's to new beginnings!