My Make-Up Routine, Part 2, Night-Out

Part 1, aka the base make-up I wear is here

Now, what if I have a "night out"? Basically, it's everything mentioned before plus:
--Bronzer: I don't have a favorite, I've gotten samples and a few in my FabFitFun box. I'll use this on the sides of my face, sides of my forehead, and under my jawline
--Eyeliner: I swap out my drugstore one for this Marc Jacobs jet black one. It goes on too thick for it to be a daytime one (and black eyeliner is not a good daytime look for me).This was a sample. Don't know that I'll replace it when it runs out as I don't really need this.
--Highlighter: I use a few different thingsas a highlighter, but a sample of this is what got me on the highlighter train. I follow this diagram:

--A Bold Lip: my old roommate (who was a guy) could never remember what this was called, and would say "your intense lip, your serious lip, what's it called?!". My gateway to a bold lip was NARS Charlotte (there's a theme here, …

Monday Rants

I've been off-and-on in a Mood. I blame lack of sleep, cold weather, and feeling like I'm constantly on the cusp of getting sick, but not actually getting sick. So, what better time to rant about things that I'm really annoyed by?

--First, Daylight Saving Time. I KNOW that I like all the extra light in the evening. But when my alarm went off at 7 a.m. today (after I fell asleep after 1 a.m.) and it was PITCH BLACK outside. I never hit snooze, but did this morning.

-- Articles entitled "How to Pack for an XX Day Trip in Just a Carry-On" (examples here and here). Ok, I am a seasoned traveler. I also don't like to carry larger luggage than I need (my mother, on the other hand, would rather take a big suitcase that's half-empty). I don't trust airlines to not lose my luggage (ok, it has happened once, and I can't really blame British Airways because my itinerary got really screwed up, and the luggage was delivered the next day, and Chase reimbursed me…

My Make-Up Routine, Part 1

I was a bit late to the make-up game in life. I went to a private school until high school that said we were not to wear "noticeable" make-up. Well, I don't know if you remember what being a new make-up wearer was like, but I recall really bright eyeshadow and and hot pink lip gloss. So, pretty noticeable. I remember a friend trying to put mascara on me before a seventh-grade dance, and I proceeded to blink super hard and sneeze in her face. So, yeah, make-up and I needed a bit of a warming-up period.

It wasn't until I moved to DC that I even started shopping at Sephora regularly. Before that it was mainly drugstore make-up (which I'm not knocking, there are good products out there) with the occasional high-end item from Sephora (like powder that was $40!). But moving to a place with the humidity of a swamp, as well as being outside and in the elements a lot more, and getting, ahem, older, I decided to slowly upgrade my make-up products and routine.

What spurred …

January Happenings

If I made New Year Resolutions, I would be failing big time on one about keeping this more updated. But I don't (anymore), so ha!

Anyways, I couldn't let January pass with only a post about my favorite things in 2017. So here's some things happening around here:

--I spent the first weekend of the month as a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's weddings. It was quite the experience (and party). I don't know that I will ever feel more glamorous than I did that day (FYI, makeup that feels like a drag queen at 11 a.m. photographs beautifully at 9 p.m.).

--I got a dog! Leo joined my household two weeks ago, and is the best little snuggler. Dog motherhood is not without it's challenges, but he's cute so that helps. I'm looking forward to him realizing he's in his "furever" home.

--I've spent most of January under the weather. I left Houston with a cold, and have felt exhausted most of the month (wasn't sleeping well either, so that cert…

2017 Highlights

I always like looking back on previous years and seeing the highlights. So, here we go, 2017.

Bests: Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Movie: The Big Sick and Hidden Figures. Honorable mention: Coco Song: The entire Hamilton soundtrack. And "Despacito" by the Biebs et. al.  TV Shows: Net best: The Americans, as I watched seasons 4 and 5 this year and season 4 is just fantastic. I continued to enjoy Younger. Most surprising show: One Day at a Time (give it a watch!) Meal: So last year's meal was Rose's Luxury in August for my birthday. I'm inclined to say that again, as well as dinner at Bouchon in Vegas for a conference. We all agreed we're going there every year!
Other notable things this year: 42 plane flights (and no lost luggage or cancellations!) 3 new countries (The Netherlands, The Bahamas, and Korea) 3 weddings 2 bachelorette parties 98 classes on ClassPass
10,000 torq points at Flywheel
Saw Hamilton for my birthday

(This wasn't  me th…

2017's Top Travel Moments

I realize that I traveled a lot in 2017 without recapping it here. Perhaps the thought of a full-blown recap for all these trips is exhausting. Perhaps I don't think these trips are especially fun to read about for those who weren't there. Perhaps I'm lazy. You pick.

But, I do want to capture some of what made this year so memorable. I took 42 plane flights, visited three new countries (four if we count stopping at the airport in Tokyo, I do not), and saw countless friends (really, I tried to count them, I failed). So, let's see what the highlights were, shall we?

1. Riding an adult tricycle around Key West in January on a cruise with three friends. It was THE BEST.

2. Introducing a co-worker to "Fun Vegas" on a work trip in the span of 4 hours before our return flight. It involved drinks at Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan, visiting The Willy Wonka Slot Machine (it's so fun!), watching the Bellagio fountain show (which did not play my favorite song, sadly)…

December Odds and Ends

A few thoughts, links to things, and miscellany from this month . . .

1. I recently re-watched Anastasia (confession: I thought it was somehow related to Christmas, it's not. But it is winter in the movie, and there's a song called "Once Upon a December", so I think I can be forgiven). I was both pleased and startled to discover that I remember a LOT of the song lyrics.

2. Speaking of songs, I've added a Christian station in the DC area to my pre-sets because they play a good variety of Christmas music (I need more than Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree in my life, which is what the dedicated "Christmas Station" seems to play at least three times an hour). Sometimes, though, the Christian station will only play Christmas music like every third song, and I realize I'm listening to Christian rock/pop. And I don't hate it. Each song is so positive and uplifting. Watch the current world/political climate turn me on to Christ…