The Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardI was nominated by my lovely blogging pal Amanda over at The Next Seven to do this fun and insightful post! If you haven’t yet, please check out her blog all about living life to the fullest! I can definitely get on board with that!

I always enjoy doing posts like these-I find that they’re a great way to connect with other bloggers and to learn more about ourselves and each other. The Liebster Award is usually given to newer bloggers so other bloggers or readers can learn more about them (I decided to tag some cool bloggers who aren’t necessarily new!).  Anyway, should you choose to give it a go, here’s how it works:

1. Thank your nominator 🙂

2. Answer the questions he/she has created for you.

3. Create 10 new questions.

4. Nominate around 6 bloggers for this award and include their links in your post!

So anyway, here are my answers to Amanda’s questions!

What’s the #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list this year? Oooh! Well if we’re talking about from this October to next, maybe start growing our family? And that’s a MAYBE. We’ll see how life goes-certainly can’t promise anything. I would also like to continue growing as a blogger.

What does a good friend look like? To me a good friend is someone who is dependable, has a great sense of humor, and makes an effort to reach out somehow whether it’s through a text to say “hey” or making actual plans to hang out- something, anything. Life does get very busy so I know that isn’t easy to do- I am not always the best at it myself. But you don’t realize how much any of it matters, but if it’s missing….you notice.

Tell me about the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done. The most adventurous thing I’ve done up to this point was become a mom. It’s a constant adventure as I’m sure most moms will tell you! Starting a blog (which made me a bit nauseous at first) has definitely been adventurous, as well as going to Europe for two weeks! That didn’t make me want to throw up, however.
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Formal/Evening Makeup Look and Products Used

Earlier this month my hubs and I had the chance to go to a wedding out in Arkansas! Though we were only there for three nights, we had a great time and it truly felt like a getaway, being away from the city for a little (while we don’t live right in the city, it’s certainly busy enough!). The bride and groom of course looked amazing and everything was beautiful!

A little different for me, but I thought it would be fun to document the makeup I used and my overall look from that night. Usually for a formal event like a wedding, I like to do smokier, more dramatic eyes and have a little more fun playing around with my makeup since I don’t wear quite as much normally. Here’s the makeup look I decided to go for:

My formal makeup look/Smokey eye
Formal Makeup/Smoky Eye

I recently got into wearing false lashes for occasions like this. They’re fun and truly take your eyes and overall look to another level! I went with E.L.F Natural Lashes and I used Duo Lash Glue rather than the glue the E.L.F. came with. So far I’ve worn these lashes about three times and they’ve held up pretty well.

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E.L.F. Natural Lashes and Duo Lash Glue

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My Perfect “Fall” Pink: Essie’s Mrs. Always Right

September is always an interesting month- fall is right around the corner and yet it’s still warm enough for sandals and shorter clothing! At least around where I live. So while I love my pumpkin lattes and hayrides,  I can’t quite get there mentally (or just won’t let myself) until later in the month or until the weather starts dropping (all fall-lovin’ peeps please don’t take it personally! I’ll be sippin my hot cider and wearing my boots right there with you in no time!).

So I was trying to pick my next mani shade out of my ridiculous stash of nail polish and imagine my surprise when I couldn’t quite find the right color to fit my between-seasons mindset. I’m putting away the bright coral, pastels and neons for now, but not quite ready for oxblood and other deeper shades quite yet. I was definitely in a “pink” mood but every pink I had was either too summery, too magenta, or too dark. So during my next trip to CVS I decided to hunt for my “fall pink” and found it in Essie’s Mrs. Always Right ($9.00)!

While not necessarily a super unique color, I didn’t have one like it yet and for me was that perfect summer-into-fall pink I was looking for!

Essie Mrs. Always Right in natural sunlight
Essie Mrs. Always Right in natural/indirect sunlight

I love this color because it’s not quite a regular mauve- it’s a little rosier and pinker. What’s also interesting is that this isn’t from a fall collection either- I believe it’s from Essie’s Spring 2016 Bridal collection. All of the colors in this collection look so pretty as you can see in this wonderful post I stumbled upon! 

I used two coats of this nail polish topped with Essie’s Gel Setter Top Coat (9.99) which I have really liked using! To give you an all-around better idea about how it looks in different lighting:

Essie Mrs. Always Right , natural/indirect sunlight
Essie Mrs. Always Right , natural (indirect) sunlight
Essie Mrs. Always Right in sun
Essie Mrs. Always Right, indirect sunlight
Essie Mrs. Always Right in more direct sunlight
Essie Mrs. Always Right in more direct sunlight
cEssie Mrs. Always Right, Gel Setter Top Coat
Essie Mrs. Always Right, Gel Setter Top Coat

I hope these pics give you a good idea of what this shade looks like! It dries relatively quickly and evenly (again I used two coats but probably would have been OK with just one), no streaks, and doesn’t seem to chip easily.

Have you found any great “between-summer-and-fall” nail colors? What nail polish colors are you rockin’ these days? 

~Jen

August Product Empties!

August Empties
August Empties

Hey guys!! I’m getting to this post a little late-it’s been a crazy past three weeks! Work started back up with a bang: two weeks of professional development, getting a classroom together, meeting my new students and flying out to a wedding in Arkansas (which was great, btw!) has meant less time to chill and type. Though it’s been quite the whirlwind, something tells me it’s going to be a good school year!

If I thought having four empties in July was a lot (for me at least), imagine my surprise when I was able to finish up nine products this past month (OK- six. I found three I used up a little while ago but decided to include them here). And I was surprised to see just how many hair products got used up around the same time! Isn’t it weird when that happens?! Anyway, here they all are:

Hair Products:

Empty Hair Products August 2016
Hair Empties

Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Cream – I have been using this stuff for years! According to the package it’s for sealing hair and “to eliminate frizz and flyaways.” I use a little bit in my palms and smooth it through my hair before pulling it up or after styling. I really can’t not have it. It’s a staple.
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The Versatile Blogger Award Tag!

The Versatile Blogger Award Tag
The Versatile Blogger Award Tag

I was tagged by my girls Jay and Hollie to do this fun little post! Thanks so much ladies! (All please check out their sites!)

For the Versatile Blogger Award tag, give seven facts about yourself, tag some cool bloggers to do the same-no idea what the rules are on how many but I chose five, and include the link of the person (or in my case, people) who tagged you.  I hope this tells you a little bit more about me and I look forward to reading more about you guys! Here are my seven:

1.  I prefer soda at room temperature. People think I’m weird when I say no to ice!

2. I think there is truth in astrological signs. Sure, some descriptions are pretty broad and could fit anyone, but I’m a Capricorn and fit the typical description pretty accurately (organized, cautious, moody…).

3. I have so many tabs open in my brain at any given time and tend to get sidetracked easily. I have to really get focused in order to complete something!

4. I’m lively but have a major lazy streak. I always want to lay down and relax-that’s like the goal every day haha. I say it’s because I have a kid but I’m pretty sure I was like this before that too.

5. I don’t like fans directly blowing on me unless it’s absolutely disgustingly sweaty weather. Maybe this is because I don’t like being cold but it irks me.

6. I have a major sweet tooth. Love sweets! Candy, cake, and ice cream make my life.

7. I’m pretty short at 5’0 but never wanted to be taller (except when I’m trying to buy pants lol). It’s just part of who I am and I can’t imagine it any other way!

Those are my facts! And now I am tagging these lovely ladies:

1. Amanda at The Next Seven

2. Srna at A Crush on Life

3. Ella at Whimsicella

4. Mommy Needs Coffee

5. Courtney

Have fun guys!!

~Jen
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