my makeup essentials

my makeup essentials -

Lately I have been obsessed with watching YouTube makeup tutorial videos. If there’s nothing on tv, I will just watch a million makeup videos. I’ve had the same makeup routine for years but recently I’ve slowly started mixing it up. I’m usually too lazy to wear foundation and just do the same very simple eyeliner everyday. But as time flies by, my face is reminding me that I ain’t gettin’ any younger (my face apparently has bad grammar…) so I’ve been trying out different foundations and actually wearing (nude) lipstick on occasion! Baby steps. So here are my fave new items of the moment along with my old standbys.

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L’Oreal lipstick in Fairest Nude – Apparently the hot thing right now is big old Kylie Jenner lips in a nude shade. I do not have those lips but I do like this lip color a lot. I’m still getting old the whole “I-look-like-a-demented-clown” thing when I wear darker colors, so a nude lipstick suits me just fine. Plus I usually like more eye makeup, so a lighter lip works out.

Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation in Elegant Beige – Yeah, this is pricey but I just fell in love with it when I tried it at Sephora. As I said, I’m new to wearing foundation, so I love how light this is and non-sticky or greasy feeling. Plus it has SPF 20 which is a nice bonus.

Givenchy Mister Light Corrective Pen in Macaroon –  Ok, ok, the people at Sephora definitely saw a sucker coming and I bought this other pricey item by Givenchy. This is a great lightening concealer that I use for my dark under-eye circles. It’s also lightweight and I like that it doesn’t crease.

Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black – I’ve been working on my cat eye game and I love this gel liner. It’s a little pot with a skinny little flat brush. I thought it would be a mess but it’s actually really easy to use. You can see my most recent attempt on Instagram.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother (SPF 30) – This blur cream is awesome. If I’m not in a foundation mood (which is pretty likely), I love using this to even out my complexion a bit without a face of makeup. Plus it’s got some SPF too.

L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher – This works similarly to the blur cream but since it doesn’t have SPF, I use it in the evenings if I’m not wearing foundation. Easy.

Nars blush in Angelika – This is a great blush – it’s very pink and natural looking. A little goes a long way to add a little color to my cheeks.

MAC eyeshadow in Coquette – I’ve been using this eyeshadow for years to fill in my eyebrows. I have pretty much no eyebrows so I need all the help I can get. I might try some brow gels and things soon too, to help out the poor little eyebrows a bit more.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Ebene – This is my number one product. I’ve used it for years and it is the perfect eyeliner. It goes on easily and stays put all day.

Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara in Very Black – This was my favorite mascara for years but then I tried out some pricier mascaras. But I seriously have pretty much no eyelashes at all soooooooo nothing is going to be a miracle. I like this mascara because the skinny brush doesn’t make my lashes clumpy.

Benefit Eye Bright – This eye brightener is great for helping me to look more refreshed. Sometimes I will just apply it to my eyelids to even out the skintone. Then I add a little to the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up a bit too.

Sigma Beauty F82 brush – This is pretty much the first nice makeup brush I’ve bought and it’s great to use for apply foundation. It’s so soft and fluffy!

So those are a few of my go-to’s and newer faves! What are some of your current faves? Also what are your plans for the weekend? I have some news to share with you all next week so check back!

the pug life chose me

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Pinterest (and the internet in general) is full of pugisms, such as the ever popular “I didn’t choose the pug life; the pug life chose me” with a corresponding pug life photo. And this made me realize – seriously, the pug life did choose me.

I was never much of a dog person. We didn’t have pets growing up (except for the summer we randomly had a duck, but that is another story…) My grandparents lived a few blocks away and have a Bichon Frise named Eric and we were the same age. Seriously, me and Eric the dog were born the same year, so I kinda grew up with him. But he was an old people’s dog and wasn’t very exciting. No offense, Eric. (Oh and anytime I meet anyone named Eric, I immediately think, “That was my grandma’s dog’s name.”) So basically I was indifferent about dogs.

I had a boss at my first job after college who was this old guy with a tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Tara who he brought to work. He basically made out with this dog and was obsessed with her. This was when I worked in London and her bed was from Harrod’s and she had crystal collars. Every morning, he would tell her to go greet us and I’d say a “hello” and give her a little pet. Because I didn’t freak out and make baby noises at her, he would then say, “Come on, Tara. Jackie doesn’t like you.” Sigh. So that’s a good example of my pre-pug dog life.

I slowly started warming up to dogs more and when I started dating Jarrod, he would talk about how he loved dogs and couldn’t wait to get one. For some reason, he had a thing for pugs, even though he had never had one. We visited his cousin in Nashville after we had been dating for a year. His cousin had found an old partially-toothless pug wandering around her yard. She took the dog in and eventually a neighbor told them that she was their dog Cheeto, but they didn’t want her anymore. People are awesome, huh? Anyways, his cousin kept her and got her back into better health. Watching that dog eat was the most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen and my old grinch heart opened up to this gross old dog. She was so lazy and chubby and snuggly and sweet. Maybe I was a dog person after all? (Here’s a photo of me meeting Cheets…)

Nearly two years later, Jarrod’s family surprised us with Bowie. I had agreed to wanting a dog but wasn’t quite ready yet. But Jarrod told his family that all we wanted for Christmas was a pug. So Bowie was a surprise I thought I wasn’t ready for. But once we got him, I was totally in love and obsessed. I then became the crazy pug lady who was posting 1 million photos of Bowie on Facebook and convinced Jarrod that we needed a second pug about 2 years later. I never thought I’d be the crazy dog lady but Cheeto (aka Cheets) convinced me I would be the perfect crazy dog lady. Bowie initiated me into the pug life and Rosie made me the unofficial president of crazy pug lady town. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Has the pug (or dog) life chosen you too?

life in motion by misty copeland review

life in motion

I just read Misty Copeland’s book, Life in Motion. If you don’t already know, Misty is the first black soloist at the prestigious American Ballet Theater in 20 years. I knew a little about Misty’s background but it was great to read more about her life.

Misty grew up in a lower class family with 5 siblings. Her mother remarried 4 times and moved the kids around a lot. At one point, the family was even living in a motel room with the kids sleeping on the floor. During all this turmoil, at age 13, Misty discovered ballet classes at the local Boys and Girls Club. She found great mentors who helped her with great opportunities. It takes most dancers years and years to starting dancing en pointe (in pointe or toe shoes), but Misty starting pointe just a few months after beginning ballet.

It was so inspiring to read a story of this underprivileged girl who sorta accidentally discovered that she was a ballet prodigy. The story is amazing on all these levels, but the fact that Misty broke all the molds of the typical white-washed ballet world is another feat in itself. Plus, after she was hired by ABT, her body changed from the typical long lean ballerina lines into a curvier, bustier and more muscular type. Despite her not fitting the mold of professional dancers (both with her skin color and her body type), she has been super successful. She’s also taken ballet mainstream by appearing on tour with Prince and in ads for Diet Dr Pepper and Under Armour. Oh and guest judging on my fave show So You Think You Can Dance. I don’t know if that’s “mainstream” but it was awesome.

As you may or may not know, I started dancing ballet when I was 24 years old, which is obviously super late in life. It’s a hobby for me, so that’s ok, but I definitely initially felt intimidated. It was something I always wanted to try so I kept going to class and fell in love with it. Knowing how crazy difficult it is gives me even more love for it and appreciation for dancers like Misty who are amazing at it. If you’re a ballet lover, you’ll love this book. Or if you just like stories of people overcoming their circumstances, I would recommend this book. It’s a fast read and will leave you feeling inspired!

Have you read Misty’s book? Thoughts? Or what have you been reading lately?

trend following

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I just made up this term (or maybe I didn’t – who knows or cares). Trend following is the opposite of trend setting. It’s that thing where you jump on a trend. But in my case, I apparently like jumping on trends waaaaay late. Here are just a few of those things.


I feel “meh” about the ombre trend in fabrics but I hated it on hair when it first became a thing. A lot of times it just looked like people forgot to dye their roots. I finally decided I liked it a few months ago. AKA like 3 years (?) late. And I had my hair ombre’d after the wedding. My hair is dark dark brown but I think it looks a little blah without some highlights. I had it highlighted for the wedding but it’s SO hard to keep up with. I get roots immediately and they are very noticeable. Plus I have to cover some grays (wah). So going ombre made sense – it’s easy to touch up my roots and the lighter ends give my hair some dimension. Longest explanation ever. Moving on.

Ankle boots

Last year I lamented about the fact that I couldn’t find cute ankle boots. But long before that, I didn’t like ankle boots. They just seemed to hit your leg at a weird spot and I was against them. Until a few months ago when I found the perfect pair by Tommy Hilfiger. I love these boots and wear them so so much.

Thick eyebrows

I’m eyebrow/eyelash challenged. Meaning my facial eye hairs (new term?) are extremely sparse. Like I can’t leave the house without filling my brows in or I look like I have no eyebrows. I’ve been filling the brows in forever, but I’m just finally getting on the thick/dark eyebrows trend. I wish I could transplant my husband’s luscious eyebrows onto my face. Sigh.

Green smoothies

I’ll admit it – they look scary and I was afraid of them. But I finally got past that and am spinach-ing up my smoothies on the reg. Pardon the slang.

Midi rings

Are these still in? I’m guessing yes because I see young people showing them off on Instagram.

Game of Thrones

I thought it was just for dudes since it’s on HBO and there’s boobs and fighting. But we finally started watching it last year and I’m obsesssssssed.

So those are just a few “trends” I’ve jumped on. Any trends you’ve jumped on too?