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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The 6 beauties that I currently cannot live without.  These bad boys are honestly game changers.  

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle:  This has to be the perfect fragrance.  Light, sexy, long lasting--perfect for day or night...really just perfect in every way.  I mean, what more can I say. We are talking about Chanel here.  

NARS Digital World Lip Pencils: This was a limited edition set that came out around the holidays this year.  I have been dying to try out the NARS lip pencils for such a long time now.  At $25 for a single color, I could never really commit to a single shade or finish.  When I first saw this set at Sephora, I was sold.  Such good value for money--$49 for 5 pencils, ranging from bold and bright, to subtle and neutral.  I have been loving the consistency and staying power of these--just an amazing formula.  Also, the perfect size to toss in your bag for touch ups.  In love.

NYX Butter Gloss: I'm not sure how or when it happened, but I have not been a huge user of lip gloss as of late.  Well, all of that has changed.  Enter the NYX Butter Gloss.  First of all, the price.  This is literally $4.99.  You just can't go wrong with that.  The range of colors they offer is incredible.  But the game changer here is the formula.  Not too sticky, and gives just the right amount of color and shine.  The shade I have is strawberry parfait, but I plan on picking up more immediately.  

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: I am a relatively newcomer to the whole brow game.  I have naturally pretty thick brows, with just some sparse areas sprinkled throughout.  I was hesitant to try this product at first, despite the rave reviews and cult following it has.  I was afraid it would give too harsh of a line and an unnatural finish.  It has completely shocked me.  The small tip of the pencil allows you to draw in the tiniest little hair like lines wherever you need it.  And that spooly.  I mean, come on.  Combine the two and you get the perfect, natural looking brows of your dreams (I can't be the only one that dreams of this, am I right?).  

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette: Oh my...where do I begin with this one.  I teared up a bit when I first unveiled this beauty under the Christmas tree this year (shoutout to the best husband in the world who is the best gift giver in the world).  It is literally the perfect palette.  You get a highlight, three blushes, and a bronzer.  Not just any bronzer--laguna.  Hell. Yes.  There is such a gorgeous range of color options within the blushes: Sex Fantasy, Deep Throat, and Final Cut--other wise known as pale pink, peach, and coral.  Another limited edition holiday style that is such an amazing value.  And that packaging...I just can't.  Beautiful inside and out.

Seche Vite Top Coat: I have been looking to step up my top coat game for quite a while now.  The search is over.  This does what is says on the bottle--quick drying, helps your mani stay put that extra bit longer.  A no brainer.  

Make It Happen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I'm not the biggest fan of New Year's Resolutions.  In reality, January 1st is just another day--the same as the 365 that came before it.  If you want to make a change in your life, do it. Whether it's March 14th, May 3rd, January 4th--do it.

That being said, I have noticed myself falling a bit off course over the past few weeks.  I feel like I am not being the best version of myself--I am not doing things that I know make me happy, I am not pursuing the dreams that are the most important to me.  To put it simply, I have become a pretty huge lazy ass.

So here I sit, on January 4, 2015 ready to make some positive changes in my life.  Here is what I hope to accomplish, not solely because it is a new year, but because I'm tired of sitting around and waiting for things to happen.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Really, this line pretty much sums it all up for me.  I constantly fall victim to this: I wish I read more, I wish I wrote more, I wish I was in shape, I wish I lived in a different country, I wish I had job I get the picture.

Wanting all of this is great, but without action, without a plan, it remains a dream.  This is perhaps the biggest change I hope to make--to take action, to make a plan, to make it happen.


Miles that is.  The good old half marathon.  I feel like this really encompasses two goals: to get in shape, to accomplish something I set out to do.  Right now, I could painfully bang out a mile or two on the treadmill.  But I would be near my death bed and miserable by the time everything was said and done.  I want to start at the beginning, I want to train every day, I want to look back at where I am now after crossing the finish line.

Respect my body inside and out

It's all well and good to look amazing in a bikini, but really, health and fitness is so much more than that.  For me, this has been a really long journey, one that I have struggled with for pretty much my entire life.  I'm not looking for a quick fix--I want to put in the work, I want to earn the results.  I want to be good to my body.  And yes, I also want to look amazing in a bikini.

Be more organized

Physically and mentally.

Challenge my mind

Because spending the majority of your day wondering which model's ass will sell denim better on a website can sometimes start to rot your mind.  I want to write more, I want to read more, I want to wake up my mind.

Move abroad

A goal I have had for many years.  My husband and I always dream about our life abroad--what apartment we would live in, where we would work, what restaurants we would eat at.  For him, it would be moving back home, returning to the friends and family that he misses on a daily basis.  For me, it would be the adventure of a lifetime.  Starting over in a new place, with new experiences, new people, a completely new life.  Obviously, this is something that requires tons of planning.  The planning starts now.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes

"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one."

Let go of that fear.