The Prahjeckt: In Review

I’m Kara. I’m quite the plain Jane, so no fancy fonts from me. I’m fond of orange and I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.

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My name is Steffi and I speak largely in italics. I have a fondness for purple and picking my nose. I’m in a perpetual state of wishing I was in Disneyland. 

This is our Prahjeckt: In Review.

So.. How’s it going?

Really good! I run 2 blogs and crochet like a mad person in my free time. I’m momma to 2 puppies and a kitty, I’m a maid of honor this year, and I’m planning 7+ trips out of state. I’m good, but may be slightly crazy.

Good! But I didn’t get enough sleep last night and I have a rash under my arms. It’s never too much information on the internet right?

No, how’s the blog going?

Oh it’s great! I am so proud of us for keeping it up a whole year! It would be so easy to quit, but it’s so fun I don’t think either of us wants to. Plus the punishments really help 😉

It’s great! I love this damn thing. I’ve been so mushy this past week. I can’t believe we’ve been writing in this for a year! That’s 52 posts (except the ones that we missed maha)! I am so incredibly proud of Kara, who hates writing, to have continued this journey with me. This is a HUGE feat for her. And I, guh, I’M JUST SO MUSHY. I have the best best friend in the whole world and I really feel like this Prahjeckt has made my life more fun.

Who was punished the most?

I think it was Kara at the beginning but in the last few months, I have 100% turned that around. But I’m too lazy to count and make sure. Kara, can you count the things?

Well I can tell you we made it 4 months without missing a post! I was the first one to receive a punishment. Though I posted very late on several occasions, I only have 2 1/2 punishments. You have 3 1/2 😛

What was your favorite post you did?

My favorite post I’ve done is the Complete, Official and Absolute List of Underappreciated Disney Songs (which is also my most educational post). But the ones I’m most proud of are my posts about my eating disorders: Part 1 and Part 2

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What was your favorite post the other person did?

I love Steffi’s Complete, Official and Absolute Guide to the Best Disney Kitties. I love when she talks about kitties. And the gifs, the gifs are amazing.

Kara’s Phoenix Comicon 2015 Recap was easily my favorite post she’s done this year. She put so much effort into her part of the booth at PCC and it really shows. Her creations are amazing and it was so awesome to see how many people love her work. I admire her so much! GUSHGUSHGUSH.

Any new interests? I recently got into planner decorating and I, very much on purpose – it was not even slightly accidentally, got Kara into it too (I knew that video I posted last week would hook her). I also got into reading again. This is, obviously, an old interest, but I’m reading a lot more than I was before and it sparked my interest again. Watching Let’s Plays on YouTube and getting into the gamer community (just dipping my toe in, don’t send gamergate after me). I never thought I would have an interest in that kinda stuff, but it’s been such a fun thing for Andrew and I to do together. Plus, I like being “in the know” about gamer things. Makes me feel cool, like a hip mom.

I’ve been playing more flash games recently; I took a bit of a break from Kongregate. And I’m still on hold with my WoW account, though I’ve been dying to play. Instead, we’re playing Heroes of the Storm! It’s like LoL but by Blizzard so instantly cooler. You’ll probably see more planner insanity because, yes Steffi did hook me with that video. Last year at this time, we were super into playing blind tag every week, but now we go to the trampoline gym! Steffi can do backflips over and over again and I’m just learning how to do front flips. Activities!

How will you celebrate the blogs one year anniversary? We’re going to Disneyland, duh! I’ll be there for Disneyland’s 60th (Friday-Sunday) and Kara will be joining me on the weekend! We’re going to do so much of nothing. All the nothing will be had by us.

We’re going to Disneyland! I can’t wait to eat ice cream on Main Street all day and see the new parade and fireworks for the 60th. Doing nothing in the parks is so MAGICAL.

Will you keep posting?

Since this doesn’t seem to be a goodbye post, yes I think we will.

Imma have to say duh.

Goals for the new blog-year?

More gifs. And I really want to see more harsh punishments. I think we’ve been too lenient this year (first person to skip a post has to put peanut butter on their face?). Also, since Kara and I are getting into planner decorating, I hope there will be some Plan with Me series, or the blog equivalent. As a person: I’d like to say that I’m more well rested by next year this time. Also, it would be nice to start working out again. And save some money. And be happy. If those things happen, I will be a happy girl.

Yes, gifs. I miss gifs. I lost all of my saved ones on my old computer D: I want to be more harsh with punishments too. And we need to start a youtube channel. Maybe punishments have to be vlogged? I definitely want to be more organized this year, like actually plan out posts. Good thing we bought new extremely satisfying planners!

How many days has it been since you’ve been to Disneyland?

73 days!!

I hate that you’re winning, WHY ARE YOU WINNING. 88.

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Takenoko!

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Hi Steffi! If you want to play a new board game and you love adorable fat panda’s with belly buttons, you have to play this game!

You can watch TableTop play this game right here:

You build the land, grow bamboo, and make the panda eat the bamboo to complete missions for points. Whoever has the most points at the end wins! There’s handy player cards, bamboo shoots, and tiny mission cards. The panda token is the cutest thing you will ever see.

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There is a collector’s edition version of this game that is super-sized, but there were only 400 released in the US. It’s running over $200 on amazon.

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I settled for the collectible giant panda figurine. Him with his umbrella was just too adorable.

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PLAY MORE GAMES!

Also, punishments! You still have your half punishment and now you have a real one: go one week without watching TV shows. That includes Netflix and Hulu and DVDs!

Diorskin Nude Air Serum Review

Hello Keddah,

First, this was a very naughty purchase. Remember when I said I was going to try to have a cruelty free makeup routine? Well, that would be a lot easier if 1) I had any semblance of willpower and 2) this foundation didn’t exist.

Let’s transition into the dream I had last night (which, bless its heart, woke me up at 4:30 IN THE GODDAMN MORNING). I’m living in my parents old house, my dad is hounding me about something stupid and I’m telling him to fuck off. Why? Because my new foundation is causing huge blackheads to erupt all over my face. The first one that I extract is in this really cool geometric pattern made out of a bunch of little round bits, and the second one becomes multiple tapeworms/snakes that are EATING EACH OTHER. Don’t even BEGIN to look up what this dream might mean. I don’t want to know. But clearly, I’m feeling the guilt.

Okay, now for the review.

First: Packaging.

Diorskin Nude Air Serum

Diorskin Nude Air Serum

The packaging is obviously stunning; however, I don’t find it very practical/to my taste. This is a foundation that requires shaking, so the way to remove product isn’t very practical. The lid/top of the bottle area becomes covered in excess foundation and you’re always going to be at higher risk of contaminating your products when you have to expose them. I feel that the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation bottle would have been much more practical, if not as beautiful. But this shit is gonna look gorg on your vanity, so who am I to complain?

Second: The finish.

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PSST: no editing was done to this picture!

This is possibly the most stunning foundation I’ve ever used. It’s a very thin, watery formula, matches my skin perfectly, and quite literally makes me look angelic. I’m amazed by the coverage (sheer to medium) and I love that I can apply it with my fingers. It lasts all day, with minimum touch-ups needed, and keeps my face at a nice satin finish (more matte in the morning because I set it with a powder and a satin by the end of the day). If you didn’t set this foundation with a powder, it would be the perfect glowy look, but I imagine you may need a powder touch-up/blot by midday.

I want to shout my love of this foundation from the top of the roof. I don’t want any other foundation ever; if woman could marry foundations, I would consider polygamy.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Grayson, I’m really sad that Andrew wouldn’t write you a post back cuz it could have been mancrush week here on PT. D=

Guest Post – Multirotor Mania

MAAANDREW! I am writing you this week because Kara is in need of a little rest from all of the craziness of getting ready for Phoenix Comic-Con.
As you know you got me into this amazing hobby of flying little helicopters/quadcopters/multirotors, this list goes on and on, and we both dreamed of having our own amazing, big, fast, cool ones since we started. Well I am here to tell you that I pulled the trigger and bought an almost-ready-to fly kit.

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That is pretty much what comes in the kit, shout out to miniquadbros.com for their awesome kit. It really does look like this out of the box with maybe some different colors for straps or something. I highly recommend this kit. It comes with everything you need except your tx/rx and batteries. You will need some tools but really a soldering iron/gun and a hex set will be all you need.

Now I am not going to tell you how to build it, because honestly it’s relatively easy. I will show you before and after of my build tho. 20150504_140022[1] 20150506_191701[1]

There is a piece that goes over the top of everything and protects it but I thought being able to see the innards would be cooler. I have destroyed my hand trying to figure out the issues with wiring and getting the damned thing armed, I have broken about half of the props that I bought (somewhere in the 8-10 range, so far), I have burned out a motor (I blame factory defects), crashed a half dozen times(twice into trees, in AZ, I know), but I honestly have not had this much fin putting something together and then using it. I implore you oh best of friends, as soon as you can, buy one of these.
Then I can crash mine into yours.

Until you and your soon to be bride come visit us I will continue to enjoy this beast of a copter myself.

Sephora Haul

Hello Keddahbean,

I wanted to show you what I got with my VIP Rouge 15% off coupon!

First, last year was 20% and not giving us 20% this year is a bunch of horse hockey (this phrase is now added to my vernacular thanks to Northernlion. Andrew and I watch his videos more than I’m comfortable admitting to you, Kara.) Second, when Maryann had her fall, Andrew and I packed up about a days worth of clothes and toiletries, because we didn’t know where she was going to end up. When she was transferred down to Phoenix, I left my skin care in the car – and since skin care needs to remain at a certain temperature, otherwise it’s no good, I had to buy all new stuff (which I was eager to do – I didn’t care for my old stuff anyways). Third, all products purchased DO NOT test on animals. Working with Alison has reminded me that fighting against animal cruelty with my dollars spent is not an uphill battle. I want to get back to having a cruelty free beauty regime! 

Edit: I wrote this blog post before I found out that Tarte was bought last year by a company in Japan that tests on animals. I may or may not be returning my Tarte product, but all of my opinions on the product are still true haha.

Edit (again): sorry for the lack of pictures! It’s moving day!

Let’s start with skin care.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40: This is a wonderful moisturizer. It has a really odd/lovely mouse like texture, it doesn’t break me out, it’s light and sinks into the skin right away, and the best part is, it has more natural ingredients for sun protection, like zinc oxide! For those who are natural sun-care savvy, this sunscreen/moisturizer does not leave a white cast on my skin, but I’m not a hundred percent sure if anything could make me more white.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream: Again, this is a wonderful product. A unique texture, again, but it’s so soft and it melts into the skin. I’m experiencing no irritation using this product and I’ve noticed that my skin is really looking lovely even though I’ve had a hard couple of weeks with little sleep.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm: I currently use FAB’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy: Brighten, Depuff and Smooth in the morning and I’ve used their 5 in 1 Eye Cream, so I was eager to try their overnight balm, which is a recent release. This product is creamy, balmy, and is doing wonders for my eyes. This is the first overnight eye product I’ve used that hasn’t caused irritation. My eyes aren’t puffy when I wake up and they seem much more hydrated. It is not helping with any fine lines, but I know I’m going to have to spend more than $38 for help in that area.

Also, this product is a balm so I massage it into my eye area. There’s no tugging or pulling involved so it’s safe to do, but I feel that massaging it into the skin leads to the best results.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen: I’ve used this product before and I love it so. It’s such a nice, velvety, simple, sheer foundation. This is my third or fourth bottle and it will continue to be a staple in my beauty regime for a long time to come. Best of all, it’s pale enough! Almost too pale! Woohoo!

Extra Goodies: I spent a few of my beauty points and got a few naughty extras. A sample of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which is arguably NOT better than sex. This mascara was halfway down my face by the end of the day [there’s a dirty joke here but I’m too lazy to find it]), and a Beauty Insider 500 Point perk which included a cute little makeup bag (which is actually wonderful quality), a sample size of Tarte’s LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy (which I haven’t tried yet), a sample size of Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Copper Pink (haven’t tried and I don’t know if this is a cruelty free brand), a sample size of  Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (again, haven’t tried and I don’t know if this is a cruelty free brand), and a sample size of First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (which is lovely and I will be keeping for travel!).

That’s it for my naughty purchases! Hope you enjoyed =D

To the furthest star and back,

Stitch Fix #3

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Hi Steffi it’s Stitch Fix time! I was surprised I didn’t get more spring stuff in this box, but it was still a fun box. I love coming home to try on a box of clothes! Here’s what I got.

Papermoon – girtha printed dress. It’s more navy than black and it’s super soft. My stylist said I could dress it down with flats and a jean jacket or dress it up for work with the blazer in the box.

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41Hawthorn – benson 3/4 ruched sleeve blazer. This is very cute, but super heavy. I really can’t wear this anytime but winter in AZ and it’s too pricey to buy now.

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Market & Spruce – corinna striped dolman top. I’m loving these comfy, loose tops they’re sending me!

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Dear John – marson wide leg denim trouser. I liked these dark wash boot cut style jeans, but they’re expensive and I’m not a huge fan of having to wear heeled shoes to get the bottoms off the floor. It’s getting too hot to wear jeans and boots anyway. I’m wearing them with the green top above.

Bay to Baubles – sauna curved bar necklace. This is cute! I got a gold necklace last time too, but I love the simplicity of this one. I may have to get it.

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Here’s a look at the note included in this fix so you can get an idea of why I love these so much! And here’s my Stitch Fix link in case anyone would like to try it out!

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Bye Steffikins!

Makeup Haul & Other Things

Hi Steffi this post comes to you in 3 parts.

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Ulta BB Cream – I was running out of my Almay BB cream so I thought I’d try a new one. I go really cheap with these since I use them when I don’t feel like wearing foundation, which is a lot. It’s a little orange-y for my skin tone but it goes on mostly sheer. The illuminating shade really makes my face “dewy”!

Too Faced Freebies – This is what pushed me to finally buy the palette I’d been eyeing for weeks. The sample of shadow insurance you gave me has long since dried up so I was excited to get a small tube of it. The Better Than Sex mascara is alright, just another mini mascara I can add to my bag. I told you I never buy mascara right? This is why. The eyeliner is really nice, it’s like a pencil except it’s waxy and goes on really smooth. I just hate that it’s waterproof because I’m lazy when it comes to taking off my makeup and this shit stays on.

It Cosmetics Freebies – Their waterproof gel eyeliner is even smoother than Too Faced and it stays on even harder. I can’t deal. It’s also really easy to eff up a smooth line because it’s not sharp enough. You should’ve just seen my eye. The brow power is awesome though! A brush on one end and an oval-shaped pencil on the other that spins up, you don’t need to sharpen it. Oh BTW, I fill in my brows now ;). The tightliner is interesting, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s nice for a quick 2-in-1 tightline and mascara, but I ended up putting real mascara over it.

Eyebrow pencil – I only bought this so I could get free shipping. It’s pretty nice though.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection – The big splurge! I’m really glad I went with this palette. I’m in love with all of the colors except the right side, I just don’t like dark shades. I think it was Honey Pot that was the deciding factor between this and the all matte palette. I’m in love! ❤Pixlr_20150326172357731

Part 2: 101 in 1001 update

Progress: 40/101 complete, 510 days left
26. Buy groceries with only reusable bags for a month
53. Leave a Nerdfighter note in a John Green book
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60. Rewatch LOST

Part 3: Punishments

You were especially bad last week, not posting on Friday and then teasing me saying you’d post over the weekend. This calls for an especially bad punishment. I am sorry, but I am not sorry. You must ride the teacups this weekend in Disneyland with Andrew. He’s going to spin you at an acceptable speed and you are going to instavideo yourself telling me how much you love me. This will be EXCELLENT. Did you just say excellent because I said excellent?