101 in 1001 Complete!

Hello Steffibuns!

August 23rd marked the end of my 101 in 1001 challenge. I’m proud of myself for keeping up with this for 3 years, let alone complete 74 tasks. (I’m counting #14. Go camping, because we’re going this weekend. idec.)

Start date: November 26, 2013
Tasks completed: 74/101

Which task(s) are you most proud of?
#18. Make a few things to sell on an Etsy shop. I have gone so far beyond this with K Hook Creations. I am so proud!

#66. Run in a fun 5k. I think back on that race and how hard it was and I’m so proud of us for finishing it!

Which one(s) are you most disappointed you didn’t finish?
#17. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I’ve worked on my Disney scrapbook. I did make some progress on the HP one, but it’s far from done.

#21. I was so close to nailing the crow pose a couple of years ago, but I stopped going to yoga class.

Is there a task you’re going to complete anyway?
#49. I will complete the Harry Potter Top 200 quiz. Someday.

Are you going to make another list?
It was really fun checking these things off as we completed them! I’ll take a break before trying to come up with 101 new tasks though.

-Karabean

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Good Things

Hi Bean,

I wanted to share with you some good things – because we’ve both had less than stellar weeks this week.

1) My husband graduated!! Woo!!! I am very proud of him and his face. He’s not walking because that’s beneath him (code words in our family for “no I’d rather not have anxiety for months, thank you”) but I’m trying to convince him to do a photo shoot in my cap and gown (which is for someone who is 5’3) and nothing else. It would be just for me so I don’t understand his hesitation. I’ll keep you posted.

2) Grant Gustin’s face.

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CEASE AND DESIST YOUR FACE, SIR.

3) Look at these vicious little bastards:

DEAR GOD. Harvey at the end just kills it.

4) It’s 57 days until we leave for Japan. I bought this amazing jacket for our trip and I plan on putting my Disney pins in the jean part and I AM SO THRILLED. Because in 60 days we will be in TOKYO DISNEYLAND AND IT WILL BE OUR FRIENDVERSARY AND, EXCUSE ME, YES, I WILL TAKE THAT BUCKET OF HAPPINESS.

UPDATE: MY BRAIN DIDN’T PROCESS THIS BUT THIS IS A VERY BIG THING. We will be. In Tokyo Disney and DisneySea. DURING THE HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS AND I MIGHT JUST FALL OVER AND DIE RIGHT NOW.

the jacket

I hope you have an amazing day and weekend Bean!

Stitch Fix #6

 

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Hi Steffibun! Last Tuesday was a beautiful day when I received this in the mail! Thanks to Jamie, I had a credit and I needed new tops for work so I went ahead and ordered one. I bought everything in my last box when I asked for all sleeveless tops. This time I ordered all sleeved shirts. This is what they sent me!

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 From top left to bottom right:

Vidal Henley Blouse – this was too big so I didn’t keep it.

Londonderry Henley Blouse – this preppy style was adorable but it was just a bit too see through.

Ervin Cutout Detail Blouse – I kept this! The material is super light and I love the color.

Piazon Scallop Detail Blouse – I kept this one too. The sleeves are see through!

Lisbon Stud Detail Blouse – the shoulders are puffy so I wasn’t sure about it at first but the color and studs got me. I kept it!

Skin Inc. Serum Review

Hi Keddahbean and Cheese.

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The three serums I purchased in the bundle are Vitamin C (Rebalance and Tackle Pores – but also Vitamin C boosts the effects of all products applied after Vitamin C. This is especially important for SPF!), Licorice (Calm Irritated Skin), and French Pine Bark (Antioxidant Protection – which helps to prevent aging from free radical and UV damage). The three serums in the sample were Vitamin A (Even Tone and Reduce Dark Circles), Hyaluronic Acid (Long Lasting Hydration) and Chlorella (Brighten and Tackle Spots). 

First I will let Sephora describe the product to you:

Patented Japanese seaweed encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure, potent ingredients, while the humectant-rich base delivers lasting hydration. Layer individually or blend with up to two additional Skin Inc. customizable serums to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multipurpose product.

Now, I want to talk to you about Skin Inc and their Custom Serums. But I feel like to talk about the good, I need to start here:

The Bad: I purchased the My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum Set from Sephora on 7/7. This kit allows you to get 3 full size Custom Serums and a Serum Bottle for $90.00. You essentially get one Serum and the Serum Bottle for free. I think this is a spectacular deal. But I’ll be done with the product by the end of this month if not sooner. And I stopped using it day and night about a week ago. $90.00 for a product that lasts less than 45 days – I don’t know how I feel about that. It could be 100% my fault but I am having a hard time recommending the product or deciding if I will repurchase simply because of this. But, knowing that, let me get into the MANY positives of this product.

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The Good: There are so many I need to break them down.

Customer Service: I contacted their customer service to find out if this is a cruelty free brand. I sent this email on 7/7 at 10:03am.

Hello. Do you test on animals, at any point during the production of your products? Are your ingredients tested on animals by your suppliers? Do you test on animals when required by law? Are you owned by another company? Thank you!

They responded with this email on 7/7 at 10:57am.

Hello Stephanie,
Thank you for your inquiry.  I am happy to share that Skin Inc is a cruelty-free brand, and that we do not currently sell into China, or any other countries which require animal testing.  Skin Inc does not acquire ingredients from third parties who conduct animal testing.  Our company is privately held so we are not affiliated with any other brands which conduct different practices than what I have outlined here.
I hope that you find this information helpful; please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.
Cheers to awesome skin!
Kind regards,
Brie
  1. Fast and amazing customer service.
  2. Kind and detailed response
  3. Cruelty free line!
This is the kind of company I want to support!
The Product: This is a really incredible product. First, it’s a fun product. It had a very apothecary feel and I love that. I loved mixing the three bottles into one – I loved the bottle itself – the whole thing. I loved the targeted aspect of this product. It’s awesome that you can use balancing serums where you need it, cell turnover serums on dark spots or healing breakouts, and vitamin C for balancing all over.

Also, it’s an educational product. The three serums I purchased plus the three I received as samples from Sephora informed me about my skin in ways I wasn’t expecting. I have dry skin? Well of course I do. I live in the hottest state in the nation, I use acne products, and I don’t drink nearly enough water. OF COURSE I need moisturizing products. So when I started using the Hyaluronic Acid all over, my skin perked up and my breakouts lessened.

Lastly, I truly feel that this product has changed my skin.

Overall: I think I would recommend this product to people who are very interested in skincare. I also think that I will repurchase the kit – but I think I will change the serums. I think I can drop the Vitamin C and replace it with a Vitamin C serum by another company (I’m looking at you, Drunk Elephant). I will keep the French Pine Bark for sure because duh. And, I think I will keep my products separate so that I can do more area correcting vs all over correcting.

I think this was my most educational skincare post so far. I hope you liked learning about my little apothecary bottles as much as I loved using and learning about them.
HAVE THE VERY BESTEST DAY KARA & FRIENDS.
((And you better, Kara, because I’m at your house RIGHT NOW))

Dear Steffi

Sorry for the really lame post, Steffi. It’s been hard to motivate myself to take more pictures and find something to post about. Me and Grayson went to our workout and this is what we came home to. I’m glad I could get a picture for you 😊. 

I am so excited to see you this weekend I could burst. It’s going to be a long week to get there, but Friday night should be very fun. Stream will finally get to see granny horcrux!

I love that you’re not wearing foundation anymore. I don’t wear any during the day either. I only wear it for streaming and that’s only because the camera does weird things to my skin. I love my face without makeup and I’m glad you are loving yours too!

I didn’t read last week. I know. I tried listening in my car, but I get too distracted. I’ll make sure to read a little before you get here 😊.

❤Kara

San Diego Makeup Bag

Hi Karabean and Cheese,

I wanted to show you what I brought in my makeup bag for a week in San Diego. I think you you will be very impressed.

All makeup related things. I brought my two largest eyeshadow palettes simply because I had the room and didn’t feel like breaking them down into a smaller one. Top are my Inglot shadows and bottom are my Makeupgeek ones.

The cat bag holds all my makeup brushes. This bag once held a sleep shirt and I don’t think my mom expected me to get more use out of the bag it came in. But it’s great! The best part is – I can bleach it. No contaminants! 

And what we all came to see…

Bronzer, eyeliner, translucent powder, blush, two lippies, two mascaras, two concealers. You will notice that there’s no foundation. And you would be correct. I’ve completely stopped wearing the stuff and I think my face is happier for it.

I can’t wait to see you next weekend! And I will make sure to tell you about either the Mistborn trilogy or those serum potions next week! 

My favorite days

My favorite days are ones where I get to wake up and drink a cup of coffee while I crochet.

My favorite days are when I come home and the summer Olympics are on TV.

My favorite days are when Grayson surprises me with chocolate.

My favorite days are when these boobahs cuddle on the couch with me.

My favorite days are full of thunderstorms and coziness.

My favorite days are ones I get to spend laughing with my family.

My favorite days are when you find out NBC buys the rights to play Harry Potter.

My favorite days are when I wake up to find a major yarn company has featured another of my instagram photos.

I may not have had your awesome week in San Diego, but I’ve had a really good week, Steffibun 🙂

Reading update: Me and Grayson listened to NotW in the car and he recapped each chapter to me to fill in the blanks when I zoned out. Chapter 23!