Round-up: October 2016

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

October is officially over in just a few minutes!  I really don’t mind.  It seems like every round-up that I say “this” month was my “favorite.”  So today I’m breaking the mold!  October was not my favorite month.  It was not a bad month.  There was actually a lot of really great moments.  But there were some downies too, to be real.  Looking at the glass half-full though, I got done exactly half of my monthly to-do list:

  1. A family trip to the mountains.  A long and fun day that included 3 pumpkin spice lattes.  A very good day.
  2. Do a family photo shoot.  Turns out professional photography isn’t always best.  We did our own afterwards!
  3. Finish reorganizing the spare bedroom.  I never thought the day would come.  It improved so much.
  4. Begin a knitting project.  I’m knitting an ivory cardigan for her…a mini version of my favorite sweater!
  5. Join a club.  I basically “re-joined” my local prayer/social group, and it was a lot of fun.
  6. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Not even close.
  7. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Big surprise.
  8. Enroll in a class online.  Next month?
  9. Finish One Tree Hill. Still on season 8.
  10. Begin using Amazon Associates.  Oops?

October’s good moments were filled with the usual autumn suspects: changing colors on the leaves (maybe cliche but literally the best part of autumn), pumpkin spice lattes (MANY), pulling out leggings and sweaters from their summer hibernation, and of course the first cold(ish) morning.  There were nature walks and lunch dates and a lot of shopping.  I even didn’t mind “the cold.”  (60 degrees)

But to address the elephant in the room, or what hasn’t been in the room, I haven’t been posting as much lately.  Much like music, my writing is rooted in the creative side of my brain and heart.  (And while I have unfortunately/fortunately learned how to play music and write under forced circumstances, luckily my blog doesn’t call for that kind of action).  Needless to say, my creativity has been sparse at best.  I can only attribute the lack of creativity to the fact that October had some tough times up it’s sleeve.  Some of the difficulty has just been part of adulting in the Army life–which is to be expected from time to time.  But the hardest time came with the loss of a very special family member, buddy, and furbaby.

“If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever.”

Taking one day at a time, I just haven’t felt the kind of creative flow that my blog runs on.  In a time where the days haven’t been the best, it’s nice to have a baby-step to focus on, like getting my creativity back.  The surest way to recover from a creative slump (at least in my experience) is to usher in a new time with new creative outlets.  I think a fresh month will do just that for me!  And while I plan to resume my previous posting schedule, I won’t try to make up for lost time.  I do best by stepping right in where I left off, and picking up a familiar, favorite pace.  So please come back soon for my welcome-to-November post!  It will be up soon.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!

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Glam Bag Unboxing: October 2016

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Ipsy sent the October glam bag out in their usually timely manner, and I couldn’t have been more excited.  Except for the fact that this month’s theme was “spooky” AKA Halloween AKA my least favorite “holiday.”  It’s not a holiday.  And it’s definitely not my favorite.  BUT, despite the theme, the contents of my Ipsy October glam bag weren’t too bad.  I would definitely say this was not my favorite bag, but it had some redeeming products.  I’ll list them in order of favorite to least favorite.

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Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish – Heavenly

Usually, nail polish isn’t my favorite beauty product (though it’s pretty important to me!)  And I really didn’t think this particular bottle was “my color.”  And wearing it, I still don’t think it is.  But I really, really like it for some reason!  It’s the perfect moon-blue with a hint of lavender.  And the quality of the polish is amazing too: smooth, milky, dries evenly, etc.  It’s everything a polish is supposed to be.  And it’s not extremely fragile or chipping-prone.  This product was definitely my favorite of the October glam bag.

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theBalm Cosmetics blush/highlight – Hot Mama

I had been wanting to try theBalm for a while (can’t believe it hadn’t happened before) and so I was most excited to get this product.  In terms of quality, this is theBomb (sorry).  It’s very creamy and doesn’t have a lot of fallout or beading.  In terms of usability, I wouldn’t say that the packaging/pan lends well to this being a blush.  It’s really hard to get any brush besides an eyeshadow brush onto the little pan.  A fluffy blush brush just wouldn’t fit well.  Maybe a delicate highlighting brush would fit, and an eyeshadow brush definitely does–but the size of this product doesn’t read “blush” well.  Regardless, I’m pleased with this product!

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Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

It’s eyeliner.  As a rule, it’s my number one favorite type of makeup.  So naturally, this item was a crowd-pleaser.  It’s felt tipped, which is also one of my favorite applicators for eyeliner.  Small note–but the packaging is not my favorite.  Completely irrelevant, but true.

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Indi Beauty Buttercream Antioxidant Lib Scrub

You may remember from previous glam bag success stories, but lip products are not my favorite of beauty items.  This product is little more “my speed” because it is a lip scrub and I happen to like those a lot.  The real reason this piqued my interest is because it has a lot of naturally good ingredients: shea butter, sweet almond oil, and avocado, which also means its a good-quality product in my books.  To be honest, I didn’t need another lip scrub.  But also to be honest, I can always use another product named after cake icing!

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tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon – Belize Bordeaux

The packaging here is adorable.  At first, I thought the crayon had lost it’s cap.  Then I realized the crayon tip WAS the cap.  Well played, tre’StiQue!  Since this is a lip crayon, and a dark one at that, this is my least favorite product.  The packaging was a plus…but I don’t think I’ll have much use for the product itself.

An honorable mention in all of this is the bonus product I got from redeeming my Ipsy points.  (Ipsy has a points system by which you earn products through earning points– writing reviews, following on social media, etc.)  My bonus product was a pair of Vixen lashes by Social Lashes.  They are probably my absolute number one favorite product of the unboxing, but they technically weren’t part of the official October glam bag, and so I couldn’t rank them with the others.

Well, that’s a wrap for my October glam bag unboxing.  Thanks for stopping by!  This post comes out a *little* later than my normal unboxing posts.  Read my September round-up or October to-do list for a little revelation as to why that is.  And stop by again soon, as I plan to resume frequent postings!

PS. If you want to sign up for Ipsy yourself, you can do so here!  Doing so will not compensate my monetarily, but it will give me some bonus points for free products!

 

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Fall 2016 Wish List

I like making a beauty wish list every season…but it goes without saying that I have a non-makeup wish list running through my mind every day.  I started this one a while back, but never posted it.  In fact, I didn’t post anything for a while.  A big part of that reason was the family we trip we finally took (it made an appearance on not one but two monthly to-do lists!)  The other big reason was the fact that we aren’t moving.  We decided to take the time to re-discover what we love about our apartment and re-design what wasn’t working.  It’s still in process, but there has been a lot of progress and we are loving it.

But back to my fall wish list.  I have a lot of wish lists.  And if I started writing those down, I could easily post every day. haha.  For now, these are the makeup items I’d like to try:

  1. Maskcara Beauty IIID foundation
  2. Masckara Beauty IIID highlight
  3. Maskcara Beauty IIID contour (basically anything Maskcara Beauty)
  4. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
  5. Shimmer from the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale collection
  6. Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel
  7. Neutrogena Pore Refining toner
  8. fan brush by Wet n’ Wild
  9. cuticle tool
  10. essie gel topcoat

Is there anything else I should try?  Let me know in the comment bar below, and if there is any products you are planning to try this fall.  I’d like to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by.

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October 2016

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

I would like to skip straight to December, if I could.  But that would be a crime against nature.  Autumn is so nice, but I can’t help but wish it was winter the MOMENT it gets cold outside.  Two reasons for that: 1) I hate being cold and so it’s not worth it unless there is snow and things are visibly different outside and 2) I love Christmas.  It should always be Christmastime.

But in the spirit of forcing myself to enjoy October 2016, I am coming up with a list of things to do.  The list is just a starting point for me, and will mostly involve things I’m looking forward to.  This is kind of a tradition for me.

  1. A family trip to the mountains.  A hurricane can’t find us there!
  2. Do a family photo shoot.  I love those, and fall is my favorite seasonal background.
  3. Finish reorganizing the spare bedroom.  The decorating will be next month.
  4. Begin a knitting project.  Probably a hat for my baby.
  5. Join a club.  Either a social club or a Mommy and Me club.  Either way, baby’s coming with me!
  6. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Maybe a smaller goal will help me get it done.
  7. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Again, small goals.
  8. Enroll in a class online.  Free is good.  There was an aromatherapy one I haven’t finished…
  9. Finish One Tree Hill.  I’m on season 7.
  10. Begin using Amazon Associates.  It’s up and running but I have to plug it into my blog better.

Going off-list for a moment, there are a few other things I want to accomplish this month: listening to my baby, taking time for hairstyles, tidying around, cooking enjoyable things, posting here more regularly, and lots of phone calls.  Sometimes it’s easy to fall behind on the little things when focusing on the “big list” things, but the little things matter just as much.  It’s just that they are little.  Luckily, having an adorable baby around all the time helps remind me that the “littlest” things in life are the best!

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment below regarding your aspirations for October 2016.  I’ll be sure to reply!

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