Monday, September 30, 2013

September Favorites

It's favorites time again! Let's look at everything I've been loving this month!

1. Michael Todd Jojoba Scrub

I got this in my Ipsy this month, and I absolutely loved it. It wasn't too abrasive, but I felt like it got my skin really clean and left it feeling really smooth. The sample size lasted me for a good time, too. And it's not even that expensive. I may have looked into purchasing a full size if not for the next product..

2. St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

I've only had this product since Wednesday, but in those four washes, my skin has improved dramatically. I've been dealing with a lot of stress and negativity this month (more on that in my next personal update) and my skin has been showing it. I bought the Loreal Anti Breakout Go 360 Clean, but it didn't seem to have a huge effect. Then I saw Ingrid talk about this product on Youtube, and I am so glad I picked it up. My face is finally calming down, and it's definitely due to this product.

3. Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in French Lace

I added this into my recent Elf purchase to use as an eyeshadow base, and I'm so glad I did! It's making me fall in love with my eyeshadows all over again. Some of them just perform so much better over a base! This pencil does has shimmer, which I wish it didn't, but most of the eyeshadow I use on a regular basis does too, so it's not a huge deal. I'm going to try and seek out the new Color Tattoo in Nude Pink to see how that performs, but for $2, this one definitely ain't bad!

4. Lorac Mint Palette

Using the Elf stick has really made me love my Lorac Mint Palette this month. Before, the eyeshadows didn't seem that pigmented, but the base really makes them stand out. And, because the palette has a blush, I've been reaching for it most often this month. I usually go for the bottom left pink on my eyelid, the matte light brown in the top for my crease, the shimmery dark brown on the bottom in my outer corner, and the cream as a highlight. It's a great natural look. I haven't been brave enough to try the mint or the dark purple yet.

6. Space Heater

Yes, I'm giving my space heater a shout out. I don't know where I'd be without it. It may be dinky, but it's kept me from freezing at night, and for this Florida girl, that is something to be grateful for.

7. Nyx Slide on Liner in Brown Perfection

After trying this this month, I'm kind of mad at myself for waiting so long. I love this eyeliner. It's creamy, it's thin and easy to control, and it lasts! It's on par with my Tarte ones that I have loved forever, but SO much cheaper. I'm definitely picking up a plethora of other colors when I next end up at Ulta.

So that's everything! I have some very exciting new things coming in the mail, so be sure to stay tuned for some new make up goodies!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Farewell, Patience! Farewell!

While I have a little bit of time to breathe, I figured I'd update you on my life!

So after my awful date last week, I have two pretty good prospects. One is a guy I'd actually talked to before, but things didn't work out. I'm giving him a second chance, though, so we'll see how it goes! The other is a guy who lives in Portland. We're supposed to meet up in Brunswick on Monday, and I'm looking forward to it! I've talked to this one long enough to know that he isn't a complete douche!

I'm trucking along on the marketing road. On Wednesday we received the first post card that I created, and it was really cool to see something I made come to life. Even if I didn't design the image, per se, I still put a lot of time and effort into setting it up, and now it's a tangible thing!

I'm working on things for the Twelfth Night tour currently. I'm close to finished with the press release, and I'm playing with a poster for the public performances. Meanwhile, I'm also updating the website with the 2014 education tour stuff and starting to get things ready for This Wonderful Life. Combine that with working in the box office, and I'm usually exhausted when I get home. By tomorrow, I will have worked 39 hours this week! I'm not getting paid enough for this!

My fall family will leave soon, and the tour people will arrive. I'll also be moving into a home stay shortly, and I won't lie, I'm not really looking forward to it. I like feeling like Toad is my home and not that I'm intruding on someone else's.

I guess that's it! It's been a crazy couple of weeks, so I'm looking forward to it calming down some. At least for a little bit!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ulta and Drugstore Haul

I've gotten a lot of new products lately! It seems like my purchasing happens in spurts. I can go for a while without anything new, and then all of a sudden, I have a ton of stuff to try out! Some of this is from my Ulta excursion, some of it I got in a swap, and some of it I order from Elf!

1. Butter London - British Racing Green

Totally excited about this color. It's gonna be awesome for winter/the holiday season.

2. Nyx Slide On Liners in Brown Perfection and Jewel

I've been meaning to try these for a while, and I am not disappointed! The brown is more pigmented than jewel, but they're both gorgeous, last forever, and are super creamy. I definitely need to get all the colors!

3. Ulta quad in Illusion

Naked, Seashell, Mystique, Twilight (Top L, Top R, Bottom L, Bottom R)

I'm loving this natural quad from Ulta. I use Naked as a highlight, Seashell on my lid, Mystique in my crease, and Twilight in the outer V. 

4. Mica eyeshadow in Bronze

I haven't gotten to try this yet, but I'm quickly becoming obsessed with bronzes, so I'm very excited to give it a try!

5. Almay lip balm in Blooming

This is a beautiful "my lips but better" color, and it's not too sticky, which I'm pretty sensitive about.

6. Elf Matte Lip Color in Coral

Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but I love everything coral, so I'm not worried.

7. Elf brushes - Crease and Blending

New brushes! I'm really enjoying adding these into my make up routine. It's nice not using the same brush for everything!

8. Elf eyeshadow stick in French Lace

I got this to use as an eyeshadow base, and it's quickly becoming a must-have for getting ready!

9. Wet 'n Wild Megaprotein Mascara

Despite it's name, this mascara gives me a super natural look, so I'm really liking it. It has a little bit of a tendency to smudge, though, which I'm not a fan of. Plus, I love the packaging. This has inspired me to try more Wet 'n Wild mascara!

Tell me what new things you've been trying lately! Very soon, I will have a ton of nail polish to share with you! For now, though, I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You put my love on top!

I apologize that this is late. It was a crazy, chaotic first weekend of Patience, and my blog got away from me.

The good news is, we're very busy and the audiences seem to really be enjoying the show!

I had my day off yesterday, and my Toad family and I went on an adventure to Two Lights State Park, Portland Head Light, and Portsmouth, NH.

Instead of boring you with words, look at gorgeous pictures of Maine instead.

Cape Elizabeth, Two Lights State Park

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

And, no, I haven't edited these at all. It really was this beautiful.

Hope you all have an excellent week!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 2013 Ipsy Bag

Alright guys, it's time to talk about Ipsy again! Thankfully, I had no mail problems this time, and my bag got to me the first time!

Let's see what I got!

This month's theme was 'Classic Beauty'

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple

The packaging is kind of weird on this, but I've heard that it's a great product - even for those who don't do red lips.

Starlooks Eyeliner in Obsidian

I don't use pencil eyeliner, but I think this will probably be good for waterlining when I feel like doing something a little bit darker.

Nyx Eyeshadow in Hot Crystal

I feel like it's my curse to get products I'd be super excited about if only they were in a different color. I just don't care about white eyeshadow. I'm trying to trade this for a different color.

Elizabeth Mott It's So Big mascara

I kind of need more mascara like I need another hole in my head, and, as I've mentioned, I'm really picky about my mascara. When I opened this, the formula seemed really goopy and thick. I'll try it out, but I'm not that optimistic.

Freeman paper masks

I'm not a big facial mask girl, and when I do indulge, I like clay masks. I'm trying to trade these away too. I might've been more intrigued, but a girl in one of my swap groups said her face started burning and got really red after using one, and she doesn't even have sensitive skin! I think I'll stay clear of that!

So that's everything for September! Anything that you are intrigued by? I'm not the biggest fan that I keep getting different products from the same brands. I want to try new brands, not the same ones! I am excited about the lip balm, though. Everything else is pretty disappointing!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five Products I've Emptied

It's time for another products I've emptied post! Let's see what I've used up recently:

1. Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in Fair

I had never tried a non-translucent powder until this one, and I love it. When used with the foundation, it gives me the perfect combination of warmth and that little bit of extra coverage I need. I hit pan on this pretty quickly, but it also lasted for a really long time afterwards. I was very impressed!

2. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory

I really love this foundation. I don't like full coverage foundations, and this is the perfect mix of light coverage while still making my skin look flawless. I'm always impressed when I look at myself after I've put this on. Oh, and I've already repurchased (and use daily) both this and the powder.

3. Elf Makeup Mist & Set

I've raved about this before, and I will rave again. It's literally $3 and it works better for me than the Urban Decay All-Nighter. I never want to put on makeup without it. I'm already halfway through my second bottle.

4. Victoria's Secret Pink Body Mist in Fresh & Clean

After rediscovering my love for this body mist this summer, I finally made it through my original travel-sized bottle of it. I love it. It's not overwhelming, and it's not super girly, so it's perfect for me. I'm already more than halfway through a second travel bottle, and I have a regular bottle of it waiting for me. Clearly, I'm obsessed.

5. TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

Another thing I've had forever and just recently got around to finishing. This wasn't a bad product, but it wasn't amazing either. Compared to the one I'm using now (the Suave version), it doesn't smell as good, BUT it does make my hair feel cleaner when it's oily. I think this is a better dry shampoo for cleaning, but the Suave is a better one for volume and texture.

So that's everything for this round! Anything you've finished recently?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Dating Game

Instead of my regular update, I'm going to tell you a little story.

I've been on the dating website OKCupid on and off now for probably two and a half to three years. It's been up and down in terms of quality, but I've never had any really awful dates. Boring dates, yes; dates where I totally wasn't interested in the guy, yes, but never truly awful.

Until Saturday.

I finally decided to reactivate my account in Maine, and I wasn't having too many really interesting prospects. I've been chatting with a bunch of different guys, but nobody really stuck out to me. Then I started talking to two pretty interesting, seemingly intelligent guys. One's name is Craig (more about him in a minute) and the other's is Ben.

So after not too long (maybe two or three days) of messaging on the site, Ben gives me his number. I waited for a little bit, and then on Saturday, while I was in Augusta, I sent him a text. He texted me back later that day, and eventually asked if I'd like to get dinner with him. I said yes, showered and made myself pretty, and headed back to Augusta.

We met at this little bar/lounge which has really good pizza. By the time we walked inside, I knew this had been a mistake. My first clue was the fact that he immediately gave me a side hug when he got close enough to me. Now, I know some people are huggers, but we had not been talking long enough for me to be comfortable with that right off the bat.

Then we got inside. We were trying to decide what kind of pizza to get, which is when he started asking me questions while referring to me in the third person. "What kind of pizza does Liz like?" he asked me. Classy, dude. We continued to make awkward conversation (I was letting him do all the work cause I had already checked out) and every time there was a lull in conversation, he'd do this creepy smile at me. He also wasn't really listening to my answers, letting me get halfway through an explanation before he'd make some snide comment or joke about something I had said. One I remember in particular was when I was talking about how I thought that I could be happy doing marketing for an arts company. He responded, "So you're gonna go work for Crayola?"

Later, he made a snide comment about our waitress "taking her sweet time" bringing us the bill. She was fabulous, really friendly, and was a) tending to other customers and b) trying to let us enjoy our time together. In the grand scheme of things, we probably waited between five and seven minutes. He left her a $2 tip on a $21 bill. Rude.

Then we went to walk by the river (because I don't feel right dining and dashing like that) and continued to talk. He continued to make douchey comments and ask me questions without really listening to the answers. When I asked him what he did, he handed me his card. I held out for another 10 minutes or so before telling him I should probably go.

The minute I got into my car, I burst out laughing. I couldn't believe it had only been an hour and fifteen minutes. Literally, I didn't know people like him actually existed. I have never met someone so arrogant, self-centered, and just all around douchey in my life. He had told me previously that he had been in a four year relationship, and all I could think was, "Who would be dumb enough to spend that much time with you!?"

The good news is, I got a free meal out of it, and it was so hysterically bad that at least now I have a good story. And, regardless of him being a douche, he's not an idiot because he hasn't contacted me since.

Learn from my hilarious mistakes, guys. Always talk to people long enough to make sure they're not complete assholes before you go out with them.

On the Craig front, he's in Colorado for a week for a wedding, but when he gets back, we're gonna hang out. We've been talking for a little while (over a week) and he seems really great. Even if he doesn't work out on the romance front, he could definitely become a really good friend.

Monday, September 16, 2013

June-August Ipsy Bag Reviews

Since I haven't really reviewed anything I've received in my ipsy bags, I'm gonna catch up with all of that here and then post reviews each month for that bag. Note: This is not everything I've received from my ipsy bags, just the things I've tried. I usually note if I'm trying to or have swapped things away.

Pop Beauty Crayon in Rose Romance

I love lip crayons, so I was totally excited about this product. I wanted the coral version, but the Rose Romance looked like it would be a great nude color. It was not. It made me look dead. I was disappointed, but I figured, "Hey, it's just not right for my skin tone." So then I tried it on Beth, Beka, and Amadi. In reality, it's just an awful color for ANY skin tone. 

BH Cosmetics Sample

I heard this sample get a lot of flack for a multitude of reasons. Personally, though they weren't though most pigmented in the whole world, on top of a primer, I thought these shadows performed just fine. And while they're from three different BH palettes, I used all three together, and they worked great for me. 


I'd heard so many great things about this product that I was really disappointed by how it performed. I wanted to use it as a lip tint (cheek tints and I don't get along well) but it barely made any different in my lip color. It's a nice idea, but in practice it just didn't work for me.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

My first product to rave about! I love this stuff. It was a little disconcerting to have it be black (I know, I know, it's a charcoal scrub. What was I expecting? I don't know, but not that!) but I love how gentle it is and how soft my skin feels afterwards. I definitely have to look into getting a full size once I run out. It's not that expensive either!

Noya Lip Balm in Vanilla

I really liked this lip balm. It's smooth, very hydrating, and it smells good but not overwhelmingly like vanilla. For me, the only downfall was it builds up pretty quickly, so for someone who likes to frequently apply lip products, it got thick quicker than I would've liked.

Pixi Lash Booster

My biggest issue with this mascara for me was smudging. My lashes are pretty long, so I have issues with that anyway, but I didn't even have time to get a second coat before there was mascara places. Also, the brush was a little too packed with bristles for me. Maybe I'm weird, but I felt like it didn't facilitate coating my lashes well.

Pacifica BB Cream

I actually ended up swapping this away, but not before I tried it once. It wasn't bad in texture or color, but it gave me no coverage at all. I understand it's a BB cream and not a foundation, but I don't understand the point of using a product like this if it literally doesn't even even out your skin tone.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Second week madness

Well, I've survived another week! Administrative land is crazy, but lots of fun.

This week I:

  • Created a post card for Twelfth Night which included lots of fighting with Photoshop
  • Finished writing a press release for Twelfth Night
  • Created an ad for Patience in about half an hour
  • Started creating a poster for Twelfth Night which included lots of fighting with InDesign
  • Made Facebook cover photos for both Twelfth Night and This Wonderful Life
  • Spent a day looking at Wordpress and its capabilities as it's the platform for our new website
  • Had a photo shoot with Matt for the show where ridiculous pictures ensued
  • Learned how to and then (I think) successfully closed the box office
And in non-work land, I went for my first run for my couch to 5k program. It was raining and dark, but I kind of loved it. I was going to go for my second run today, but I might put it off until tomorrow. My legs are still sore from the first one (and my heel wearing last night) and I don't want to overdo it.

Also, I live with a couple who're in the musical, and they announced last night that she's pregnant! Very exciting news.

And finally, we went out for Marie's birthday last night. There was a band playing in a bar a few towns over, and they were awesome. There was lots of drinking and general merriment. It was nice to be out with people my own age.

Matt and I, rocking it out

Next week should prove to be even crazier, since the show opens! I'm excited to see what my friends have been working on! For now, though, I'm off to Augusta to do a little bit of beauty shopping (Ulta 21 days, anyone?)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sephora Haul

Since becoming a Beauty Inside at Sephora, I try every year to buy at least something for myself as a birthday gift and so I can get Sephora's free birthday gift. 

This year, I bought myself an acne spot treatment from Origins. I also received my birthday gift: a mini size of Benefit's They're Real mascara and Watts Up highlighter and three samples, two Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner (one gentle/super rich, one surf foam wash) and an Ole Henriksen CC cream.

I was a little thrown off by the size of the spot treatment because it's TINY. After doing a little researching and trying it out, though, they were not kidding when they say a little goes a long way. This stuff is crazy powerful and brings down redness and fades dark spots. I hope it continues to be effective for me. I have a problem with acne medications after continued usage.

I used the BB gentle/super rich shampoo and conditioner sample when I was on my way to Monmouth. I normally lament the amount of conditioner in a little foil packet (I'm kind of a conditioner whore), but I was impressed with how well the amount I had worked. Plus, it smelled really good.

The only other thing I've tried so far is the Benefit minis. I like the They're Real, but I wasn't blown away. There was too much product on the brush for me, and the brush itself wasn't the same style I like. I tend to go for a more natural lash look. As for the Watts Up, it might be a really great product, but it's definitely not for oily skin. I spend so much of my time trying to reduce shine that adding a stick high lighter wasn't going to help. I used it a few times before giving up hope.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think? What's worth and hype and what's not?