1/28/17

Hi Beans! 

I had no idea what to post today so I decided to show you what I did today 🙂 it was relaxing and just what I needed.


Every good morning starts with a cup of tea in a Disneyland mug. I also fed the two fattest cats in the world, and our friend Chris overheard the yelling match between myself and Derpy, the fattest of them all. 



Then I made my bed, which I immediately regretted because I knocked over a full glass of water on my bedside table. But, cleaning the table warmed me up and I hadn’t cleaned it since we bought it so POSITIVE THINKING.


I realized that the blog hasn’t seen my sushi family. From top to bottom, Ginger, Tom, Tuna, and Wasabi. Wasabi may be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


After tidying up the house, I decided to work out. I’ve worked out five days this week! I’m incredibly proud of myself. 

Then I went to Walgreens and bought Andrew some pedialyte and distilled water because he got THE TINY CHICKENS. I say this in all caps because when he was smootching me when I had the tiny chickens and I told him he shouldn’t, he DENIED THE POSSIBILITY HE COULD GET SICK BECAUSE OF HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM OF STEEL!!! Immune system of cat poop more like.


Then I took a shower and used this stuff on my hair (and body).


And then I used skincare stuff. This is my morning (top) and night (bottom) routine. Faaannncy.


This is what my face looks like now thanks to wonderful products from my amazing dermatologist. I’m very pleased. Also, please ignore the hives on my neck. I’m dying of something slowly. 


I got two packages today. One was a scale from Amazon. Second was a City Chic purchase. They were having a freaking ridiculous sale, where nearly everything was either $10 or $20. I spent $40.00 on these amazing pieces, one of which cost around $100 on its own! I love that sweater, the kimono and shirt! 


Then I spent the rest of the night starting this guy! Which is a special present for a beautiful new bride! 

I plan on going to bed very soon. 

Best day! 

❤

My Simple Makeup Routine

Hi Beans! 

I missed your stream today and I feel very guilty! But we had an incredibly productive and busy day! 

J&L are here with us for the weekend so we started our day at Chompies (Andrew’s favorite new breakfast place thanks to you), went to Hobby Lobby, where I got a shadow box for my Tsum Tsums, HomeGoods, where we got some bedding stuff and a new cat tree, DSW for Joseph’s fancy weddding shoes, and finally Nick’s to pick up Joseph’s suit. Then we came home and rearranged the spare bedroom because our new bedroom furniture comes in on Monday! I’ve stupidly forgot to take before and after pics so YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO DEAL. 

I knew I was going to be running around a lot today so I wanted a fresh and simple makeup look. 

bronzer, translucent powder, concealer, undereye correcter, a cream shadow stick, mascara and brow gel


no makeup face


base done!


eyes done


all done!


All photos are totally unedited 🙂 

❤

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! 

❤

New Skincare

Hi Bean! 

I got a couple new skincare things because I had a 10% coupon at Sephora for spending too much money there. Sounds right. Here’s what I got!

I repurchase a full size of the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley and picked up their new Tidal cream to replace Artemis. Turns out, Artemis wasn’t really my thing. I also purchased Dr. Dennis Gross’s mineral sun spray and a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. 

I feel like I can talk to you about three of these items, but the Tidal review is going to need to wait. I like it a lot – but it takes about 30 days to know if a product is working its magic. I can say I like it a lot though after 4 days of use (morning and night. 

The Luna Oil is a must for me. This is my third .oz since I bought it for the first time in December. It’s a lovely oil and I hope you give it another shot!

The spray sun screen by Dr. Dennis Gross is really nice. I spray two squirts (I dislike the word squirt) into my hand and rub it on my face. It’s slippy in consistency and it’s a physical sunscreen so I’m liking it a lot! No breakouts and I don’t feel gross when I use it.

The Hourglass power is a repurchase but in a more yellow color. I stopped wearing foundation so I just put this all over after I’ve concealed and I like it a lot. Hourglass is one of my favorite cruelty free brands!


Lastly, this monstrosity. The waterproof Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. You and I both hated the regular version because it swam down our face by the end of the day. Well this one does it too. Usually waterproof formulas don’t do this so I was very excited. Too excited. My dreams were dashed.

❤

PS you’re currently sitting on my couch, talking to your dogs and husband (mostly your dogs). We had such a nice day today, going to Sephora and Ulta and seeing Ariel(!!) and getting Dutch Bros and in a few hours we’re going to leave to go to the midnight release of HP! Yay! Yay for good days ❤

Makeup Geek Haul

Hi Bean,

This week has been very hard. I’ve been in a well of despair, along with most of the country, I think. There’s nothing I feel that I can add to the conversation, or should add to the conversation. But there’s something I can say. Shopping and Makeup are a wonderful. They are wonderful lights. So here’s what I bought.

Makeup Geek has the most wonderful packaging. It makes me mushy.

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This Sephora exclusive Z Palette can hold 9 shadows. So pretty. 

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Top Row (left to right): Tuscan Sun, Chickadee, Peach Smoothie. Second Row: Sand Dollar, Vintage. Third Row: Tiki Hut, Desert Sands, Creme Brûlée 

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Tuscan Sun is MUG’s new formulation and I almost died. It’s like butter. I cannot wait to play with these. 

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Fairly certain that both of these are the new formulation and dear god. Vintage is INSANE.

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Since I can’t be trusted with life, these colors are in reverse : Creme BrĂ»lĂ©e, Desert Sands and Tiki Hut. LOOK AT THAT EVER SO SLIGHT SHIMMER ON DESERT SANDS. END ME.

Sending my love to anyone who needs it.

❤

Shopping Spree: Daiso

Hi Karabean and Cheese,

I wanted to show you what I got and saw from Daiso, a Japanese Dollar Store chain in the LA area (we went to the one in Orange/Anaheim). 

Powder puff, face masks, piggie timer (cuz duh), cute tabs

Eyelash carrier and eyelashes


I’m excited to start trying these! 

And here are some things that I saw but didn’t buy.

It was very hard not to buy this for you, Bean

D:


I had so much fun exploring this place and I can’t wait to go back soon! 

❤

4/1/16

Hi Karelala,

I shouldn’t have waited to do this post until the end of the day because we went out to eat at this terrible dim sum place and they tried to kill me with pork. I haven’t eaten pork in over 10 years. My stomach is very unhappy. Let’s see if I can make it through this post without vomiting.

I wanted to show you my day yesterday 🙂 

My day started at noon – after spending the morning working from Henderson, NV. 

I went from looking like this :

  
To looking like this:

  
Which was a small but kind improvement.

Then I went to this place and looked at a bunch of beautiful and unique furniture :

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I really wanted to take this home.

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Then I drove back to Andrew’s dad’s house and this guy smiled at me :

  
And then we went out to eat and you bet your perfect butt that I didn’t take pictures because I was too busy inhaling my food.

Then we went to the Belagio:

   
  

I lost $0.80 for you Kara

  
  

I technically won $50 cuz I bet $40 BUT STILL!

  
 

And then we went home and this happened:

  
And these were the things that made me happy yesterday. 

❤

PS no barfing! Yet!

101 in 1001: Revised

Hi Kara,

I’ve felt discouraged lately to continue to do this list. So I’m copying and pasting my old list on to here, updating the tasks that I have done, deleting some that no longer apply to my life, and then I’m going to leave some spaces blank. And that’s okay. Because I don’t know how much I will change in the next year and a half.

I never thought in a million years that I would be headed to Japan for my honeymoon – but here I am and I’ve never been so excited for a trip before in my life.

I never thought that I could honestly say that I have no interest in going to Disneyland for a whole year. (No more Aladdin, no more train, NO MORE HOPE JOY LOVE ANYTHING HAPPY LIKE SNAILS AND BUTTERFLIES AND CATS AND I’M REALLY MAD AT YOU DISNEYLAND OKAY)

So here is my revised and holey 101 in 1001 list.

End Date: June 6th, 2017

Progress: 37/101

Travel:

1. Go to Disney World with Andrew

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1/19 and 1/20 2016

2. Go to Harry Potter land with Andrew

hp land

1/21/2016

3. Travel abroad

4. Go to San Diego again (after 2/23/16)

5. Go to IMATS or BeautyCon

6. Plan a trip to Hawaii in 2017

7.

8. Go to Mickey’s Halloween Party

6

10/31/2014

9. Go on four romantic weekend get-aways

a. 12/2/14-12/5/14 (not a weekend but w/e)

10. Visit Flagstaff for a weekend

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Jamie and Ian’s Engagement Party weekend! 12/19-12/20 2015

11. Visit Tucson for a weekend (obvi, this really means spend a weekend with Kara)

10/10/14 We need to take a selfie together the next time I’m down there so it can be DOCUMENTED.

12. Visit the aquarium Andrew is always going on about

13. Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum (doesn’t count as #14)

14. Visit a museum

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Museum of Man in San Diego 12/3/2014

15. Visit a Disney Park outside of the county

16.

17.

Self Care:

18. Fall in love with myself (corny, yeah whatever, but it’s a thing)

19. Wear tank tops for a week in the summer

I wear tank tops more than anything else now, but here’s proof!

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4/2/2015

20. Wear a sleeveless dress out and about

me

10/26/2014

21. Go to the beach in my fatkini

22. Do a try-on haul for PT

23. At least two no pants weekends a month for 12 months (nonconsecutive)

I never wear pants

24. Go two weeks a year without makeup

It’s about a 6:1 ratio for days that I don’t wear makeup. But I’m still proud of this so it stays!

25. Throw away any clothes that don’t fit

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I do this every end of season (end of summer/end of fall because Southern AZ doesn’t have other seasons) – so here is my most recent donation (which includes home stuff – not all clothes!) 2/21/2015

26. Learn how to exercise for me and not for skinny benefits

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Self Love Progress

27. Get back in the gym for a month (two workouts a week after 2/23/16)

28. Have a pamper night once a month for 6 months (not consecutive)

29. Get a facial

30. Get a massage

31.

32.

Things to Do (No Money Required):

33. Volunteer at an animal shelter (without taking anyone home)

34. Spring clean

35. Be reunited in Disneyland with Kara

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36. Do 5 makeup looks on PT

a. Drag Makeup

b. Bridal Makeup

c. My Trail Bridal Makeup

37. Convince Andrew we need a third cat.

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Meet Scrump (or Scrumperoni and Cheese. Or Teeny. Or Teeny Tiny.) And he actually cost us a lot. 7/30/2015

38. Dance like an idiot in public

39. Go without electronic social interactions for a week (Facebook, Instagram, Texting, etc.)

40. Watch every Disney movie I own, A to Z, sing loudly along

41. Convince my friends to let me use their faces for a makeup portfolio (3)

a. Drag Makeup (Maggie)

b. Bridal Makeup (Danielle)

42. Try nail art

43. Photobomb a picture and ask someone if I can have a copy

44. Learn 50 words in sign language

45. Kiss Donald Duck

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1/30/2015

46. Do a makeup purge

Done.

47. Marathon Harry Potter

48. Sing Karaoke

49. Go to Maryann’s and NOT LEAVE SOMETHING

(11/26-11/27/14)

50. Watch a new show that Andrew likes (even if I don’t)

I had Attack on Titan on here, but I’ve upgraded. I’m obsessed, and rightfully so, with Parks and Rec.

51. Play a table top game

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A table top game is played every time I go to Kara’s. Also sometimes at our place. What I’m trying to say is that this happens more than I ever expected it to.

52. Marathon a new show on Netflix

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9/2014

53.

54.

55.

56.

57.

58.

59.

Things to Do/Buy (Money Required):

60. Get married

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Nailed it. 12/3/2015

61. Take engagement photos

Done! View the album by clicking the link!

62. Read 50 books

Goodreads Bookshelf

63. Finish Kara and Mine’s 2016 Book Challenge

Goodreads Bookshelf

64. Buy an outrageous animal for someone from Heifer and name it Fido.

65. Donate to Kiva.org

66. Kickstart something

67. Buy a stranger coffee

68. Give a homeless person dinner

69. Have crazy colored hair again (the day after my wedding I swear to Walter)

70. Buy a Jo Malone perfume

I’ve bought two. Blue Agava & Cacao was my first and Wood Sage and Sea Salt was my second.

71. Become a VIB Rouge Member at Sephora

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10 or 11/2014

72. Get platinum status at Ulta

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10/2014

73. Try a teeth whitening thing

74. Do a puzzle

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75. Plan two disneybounds

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Mad Madam Mim 10/31/2014

76. Make a YouTube video

Watch it here! Click me.

77. See a show at Gammage

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Andrew and I looked like this on the day we went to see Wicked. 9/3/2015

78. See Disney On Ice

79. Donate to Project for Awesome

12/11/2015

80. Go to high tea with Kara, dress fancy, wear hats, sing songs from Alice in Wonderland

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The Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge 10/11/2015

 

81. Eat at five new restaurants in my area

a. Indian Paradise

b. Marigold Maison

c. YC’s Mongolian Grill

d. Z’s Greek

e. Uberito

82. Ruin a cake with my face

83. Spend too much money at an arcade with Andrew, claim winnings as my own

84. KEEP THE DAMN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS A SECRET UNTIL CHRISTMAS GODDAMNIT.

85. Subscribe to a news outlet

86. Play one new game a year that Andrew suggests

a.FantasyLifepic2 (2014)

b. story of seasons(2015)

87. Get another tattoo ANY TATTOO DAMNIT

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2/2015

 

Things to Make:

88. Make sushi

89. Learn to make 3 new cookies

a.

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9/2014

90. Make French macaroons

91. Bake a pie

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92. Make homemade ice cream

93. Plant an herb “garden”

94. Accumulate 10 new “staple” dinners

a. Shrimp Ceviche

b. Pita Pizza’s

c. Stirfry

d. Ramen

e. Tuna Pasta

f. Lasagna Rolls

g. Salmon on a Bead of Arugula & Quinoa (so fancy)

h.

95. Complete a DIY project of my choice

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Main Street Mad Hatter Pumpkin 10/19/2014

Ways/Things to Save:

96. Save $3000 for my honeymoon

Check!

97. Put $1000 in an emergency savings account

98. Get a raise

10/14/2014

99. Don’t eat out for a month

100.

101. Put $10 into a savings account every time a task is completed

Yay!

Also, I finished my book and started another but MORE ON THAT NEXT WEEK.

To the furthest star and back,

Skin Care

Hello Karibbean,

I’m going to talk your ear off a bit about skincare. This post comes to you in a few excessively worded parts.

After buying the Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley (post here), and seeing such a huge difference in what a quality/expensive product can do for my skin, I’ve really become more interested in taking care of my skin and choosing products that are both good for me and good for our little furry friends.

Sunday Riley’s products are made in the USA, they don’t have a parent company, and are 100% cruelty free (and some products are vegan, I believe). I say they don’t have a parent company for reasons: NYX is a “cruelty free” brand, but they’re owned by Loreal, which is a shitty company that likes testing on bunnies. When you purchase anything from NYX, a portion of those profits are going to benefit Loreal. And that sucks.

I really like this website for checking to see if a brand is cruelty free: Cruelty Free Kitty. I just found out, because of them, that REN – a well known prestige, cruelty free skin care brand – was just bought out by a bad parent company. NOT COOL.

I just bought Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil as a day moisturizer and I’m planning on purchasing Dr. Dennis Gross’s (another cruelty free brand!) mineral SPF spray to layer on top of that. I’m excited for this new skincare journey I’m about to embark on!

Here’s to looking a subtle 30 when I’m 63!

Part two: A review.

 

yes, that’s a harvey butt

 
I bought a cleansing oil at TJ Maxx not too long ago called Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil – Grapefruit and Geranium. This product is kind of what spurred on my interest in buying better skincare because this product is 1) cheap and 2) sucky. It does the job of getting off my makeup but it made me break out in these little surface bumps – some of which had nothing inside them. I wouldn’t suggest this product and it is going to find a home in my trash.

Part three: I know I’m late to post this, but I had a really weird day yesterday. I will explain why in a private post to you. I’m going to do it as a private post because 1) it’s personal 2) I want to keep this blog as an honest account of what’s going on in my life but I’m not super comfortable sharing the negatives with the world yet because 3) I’m really bad at doing what Margaret Atwood describes as telling the truth slant. I have a very hard time talking about things in a kind way if they make me upset. But hopefully, the more I try – the better  I will become.

That’s it for me! To the furthest star and back,

PS halfway through this post, derpy decided he wanted to sit between me and the computer and I tried to get a Photo Booth picture but IT DIDN’T WORK AND NOW I’M SAD.

PPS books! I finished Voyage of the Basilisk, the third book in the Lady Trent series and it was SO GOOD. I don’t know what book I will move onto next, but if I don’t start one by next week, give me a mini punishment. Which is something I think we should do. 

Luna

Hi Kara,

I wasn’t going to talk about this. It was just going to be our dirty little secret from the night before my wedding but you know what?? IT’S THE MOST AMAZING THING AND I WONT BE ASHAMED.

  
I’m talking, of course, about my shameful purchase of Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley. 

Let’s just get this out in the open. This 1oz bottle is $105.00. That’s a lot of money. In the skincare world, it’s not really that bad, but that’s like 40 trips to Taco Bell. But…

I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my skin since using this product in conjunction with my other skincare. First, I’m not breaking out. I have my occasional period zits of doom, but even when I get those, the spots dissapear within a week – something that would normally take my very fair skin at least a month to deal with. My skin seems more balanced and even in tone. I can’t get enough of this stuff and I know that I will be repurchasing. 

A couple things to note: this product has a very herbally scent. I like it a lot but it could be off putting. It also has two dyes added to the product, which I don’t really understand or like but my skin isn’t bothered by them, clearly. This product contains the highest level of retinol that is available over the counter – which can be drying to the skin. Retinol promotes cell turnover and is very happy making to your skin. As an oily skinned person, I have no trouble using this on a nightly basis and I find that it’s helping to dry me out a bit, which is something I need, but people with dryer skin might want to use a product like this every 2-3 days. 

Here is my unmakeuped face. Ohhhh. Aaaahhhh. 

 

airport selfie!

 
Thanks for keeping my secret, Kara, but it was too good not to share. 

PS it’s my birthday! Happy birthday to me! 

To the furthest star and back,