Friday, April 14, 2017

Joys of THAT Pink Mailer

I recently re-subscribed to ipsy as I canceled my monthly shipment a few months back due to I wanted to save a little. At only $10 a month it doesn't seem like much but it all adds up. Although, I realized how much I missed the joys of seeing that bright, shiny pink mailer in my mailbox each month. Also before my "21 Days of Beauty" splurge I couldn't remember the last time I actually bought mascara, I had samples upon samples and since I wear little to no make up on a daily basis those mini tubes were lasting me a long while. 

Ipsy finally coaxed me back with "miss you" emails or "see what's new"notifications. In February they were offering a free ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip with MY choice from 3 shades and I was suckered in right before the offer ended. I chose a pink/purple-ish color called Viper. Patiently waiting for it's arrival and TODAY - it finally appeared!

As it is Friday and for some reason that always makes me happy no matter what I'm doing, the trademark pink mailer from ipsy was icing on the cake that is Friday so I just had to share :)

I've listed the products below, click and check them out:

The IPSY pre-launch of the Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush tickled my inner child, reminding me of pencil holders, backpacks and notebooks from fourth grade.

 I love a good lip balm so Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm was so smooth on soft on my lips! *heart eye emoji* CLICK HERE

I don't know they do it but I've been wanting to try a new bronzer but never know where to start and then this arrives. Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer - check it out HERE.

A girl can't go without her liquid eyeliner and precision is key. Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliner has got to be sent from the cat eye wing gods. Perfect your cat eye HERE.

Eau Thermale Avene's Rich Compensating Cream is like silky smoothness on the skin. Mind you if you don't like thick moisturizers this might not be for you. See it HERE.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ulta's 21 Days Of Beauty 2017

I could not believe my eyes when I came across an article about the "best products to buy" for Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. I had never even HEARD of this wonderful 3 week beauty bonanza! Of course, I ran to the nearest Ulta to join in on the fun. I could have done more damage but I had to refrain from draining my entire bank account #willpower

Ulta's 21 days run from March 19th to April 8th giving you plenty of time to shop and save. I really wanted to try the EXUVIANCE Performance Peel AP25, originally $77 at 50% off. After that I couldn't help myself and purchased my first ever bareMinerals powder foundation and brush, bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing mascara, itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye water proof concealer, along with a couple extras make up setting spray and purse hand sanitizer.

I've never purchased or used bareMinerals products even though I've always heard great things so I am excited to use the foundation and mascara. I don't wear make up every day so I have yet to try it out. I might have to do a make up post ;) There's a couple days left to get some great daily deals, which I'll probably be doing, and if you want to know exactly what's on sale each day go here: Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

If you'd like to buy some of the items I purchased follow the links below:

Foundation:  bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 - Medium Tan
Brush: bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush
Mascara: bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing mascara
Concealer: it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer - Medium
Facial Peel: EXUVIANCE Performance Peel AP25

Monday, March 27, 2017

Big World, Petite Girl: Murphy Ranch Hike

I am so excited to share my Saturday adventure. 
The boyfriend suggested this great hike that also includes some interesting history. 
Located in Rustic Canyon not far from the Pacific Palisades a little piece of World War II is tucked away in the hills. Take a mile hike up a paved road until you reach the stairs (so many stairs) that will lead down to Murphy Ranch. Once a large compound with a water storage tank, a fuel tank, a bomb shelter, now only a few structures remain scrawled with many layers of graffiti. Murphy Ranch was built in the 1930s by Nazi sympathizers for Nazi activities in the United States. The compound was intended to be self-sustaining for many years until law enforcement seized it in 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attacks. By 1990 the ranch was abandoned and closed. Just last year many structures were demolished as they were deemed unsafe.

Unfortunately when we took the hike to check out the grounds many of the buildings we had heard about were boarded up or knocked down. Although there isn't much left it is still fascinating to see the remnants of what could have been and signs of people that actually lived there. We spent 2 to 3 hours exploring the area, even taking a trail that lead to nowhere. 

Check the pictures below. I highly recommend Murphy Ranch trail, if you're bored on the weekend, need something to do or just like history... Just make sure you do it before they tear down the remaining buildings.

For directions to Murphy Ranch and what trail to follow, these ones proved to be the most helpful:

Thanks to Jeff Hester, creator of this one.

And AllTrails... one of my favorite apps.

Hopefully this will be the first of many in the "Big World, Petite Girl" series. :)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl LI: Patriots Nation

For those who know me, you know I'm a die hard New England Patriots fan. 
I attended my first Pats game this year when they dominated the 49ers in San Francisco #happiestgirlever
I've been counting down the days 'til February 5, 2017 and being that politics are trying to ruin my favorite sport and surround my favorite team (they're already the most hated team in the NFL, it comes with the territory) I wanted to share the fun things that I read over this last week or so in honor of the most celebrated holiday of the year, Super Bowl Sunday.

First off, the Puppy Bowl -- you heard right, the PUPPY BOWL! 
C'mon, what's not to love!? Check it out below:

Bad Lip Reading... 
The guys who came up with this are geniuses, click below.

Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets are always funny... 
and even funnier with NFL players.

Who doesn't enjoy little rivalry.... Sam Adams definitely does.

Tom Brady on Instagram is pure gold... if you haven't seen it yet, you should. 

Last but not least to throw in some fashion fun for my fellow female football fans.
How to be fashionable and rep your team for the Super Bowl.
Thanks Gisele!

Enjoy the day and root for the right team ;)
The Patriots are the right team if you haven't caught on.
All my love to Brady, Edeleman, Belicheck and Kraft today.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Holiday Hiatus
Happy 2017!

Oh how I have missed writing! I took an unintentional hiatus over the holidays - I am so glad to be back in 2017! I can't believe we're already through the first week. I seriously feel like I just finished the countdown and kissed my boyfriend at midnight. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and didn't overdo the season because it's never worth it. #losethestress

I'm usually into a low key NYE, this year I did it a little differently and I spent ringing in the New Year on a yacht cruising the San Diego Harbor - no, I'm not a baller but it was a kick ass party with an opportunity to dress fancy. Unfortunately the cold, beautiful day turned into all night rainfall so no top deck dancing but it was a lot of fun celebrating with some great friends and good drinks.

End to all the fun - 2017
Like I mentioned last year I'm not much of resolutions person but I received a Fitbit Charge 2 for Christmas, by far my favorite gift, the boyfriend did well ;) so I decided that I need to step my gym game up to get my Summer body by Spring. A great end to the last year in my 20s and a great start to the year my 30s begin! I'm so ready for more amazing new adventures in amazing new places.

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Top photo compliments from: The Styled Society Instagram - give her a follow, she's amazing!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hair Identity Crisis: Part II

Back in February I wrote a post about my "hair identity crisis". Hopefully you've read it, if you need a refresher or if you missed it you can catch up here: Hair Identity Crisis

My mane was, and is still, going through a massive amount of changes this year. Though my undercut is not completely grown out, I am finally content with my hair color. As I had previously posted I had dark brown/black hair for all of my 20's and I wanted to go back to my natural blonde roots. 

The process all together took about 9 months because I wanted my hair to remain healthy and continue to grow. I am extremely happy with the end results, after stripping out some of the dark allowing it to grow out more, toning it and finally putting a gloss to get rid of orange tones I look like my old self.

Now all I need is Rapunzel long hair to experiment with braiding and I'll be set ;)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christine and the Queens

If you're a lover of all music like I am you'll appreciate Christine and the Queens. Christine (birth name Nantes) is a French singer/songwriter who happened to blow my mind last Saturday. My adorable father came across her one late night on MTV Live and decided he needed to see her himself. Her music is not a typical sound to the average American ear but I think if you're a fan of Michael Jackson you'll see the similarities in her dance style and beats. Even my S.O. is not a huge concert person no matter the music type but he really enjoyed Christine and the Queens 

Besides the amazing show I witnessed the Theatre at the Ace Hotel was unbelievable. The architecture inside - the walls, the mirrors, staircase, and ceiling... all just jaw dropping. It was hard to capture a great picture due to the dim lighting but if you're ever in Los Angeles I highly recommend checking out the Theatre and the Ace Hotel itself.

Check out my favorite song Tilted from Christine and the Queens below.

Share in the comments your favorite music so I may broaden my musical horizons.
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