Friday, August 28, 2015

My Ulta Haul

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the girliest of girls. I never have been, really. I'd rather spend a quiet evening home than going out, I choose my clothes for comfort not trendiness, I like being outdoors (if I have have SPF 5000) and I'd rather my husband give me books over jewelry. That being said, I LOVE makeup. When I was a kid I had my little set of Tinkerbell play makeup, as a tween I had a caboodle full of drugstore makeup and nail polish from Claire's, and now my favorite place to shop (other than the Game Store or Barnes & Noble) is Ulta. My mother is also not a girly girl, so she couldn't really teach me how to apply products any more complicated than base and mascara (but she taught me a lot of other nifty stuff *LOVE YOU MOM*). So, for the past several months beauty channels on YouTube have been my friends. I STILL can't apply liquid eyeliner properly. Some things never change.
 I've gotten into prestige brands in the past few years, but every once in a while I like to get a drugstore brand or Ulta store brand product to try it and see how I like it. Some of the time the store brand is just as effective as a prestige brand, and it costs a lot less. Plus, trying new brands and new products can be really fun. Last weekend I had my hair done at the Ulta salon, and grabbed a few new things to try (I can never walk out of that place without buying something, much to husbands chagrin). Here's a look at my Ulta Haul:
  • Ulta Fabulous Face Cream Foundation: I am usually a Bare Minerals girl, but I thought I'd give this a try. I definitely wouldn't use this every day, because I have sensitive and acne prone skin. However, on a day I needed fuller coverage or if I was going out for a date I would use this. I think on a day to day basis I'm going to stick with my Bare Minerals. 
  • Ulta Super Blender Sponge: I grabbed this because I didn't have one, it's as simple as that. I don't use liquid or cream foundation very often so I never needed one before now. I used it with my new Ulta cream base and I liked it. 
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: I've been searching for a good dry shampoo that doesn't make my hair look oilier than when I started, and I think I finally found it. As a bonus Batiste is about half the cost of the other dry shampoos I've tried. It smells pretty good, but the scent is definitely strong.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Not going to lie, I bought this mascara because of its name. I just had to try it. While I would NOT say it was better than sex, it was a pretty great mascara. I was recently disappointed with the Bare Minerals Lash Dominating Volumizing Mascara and was about to go back to my Ulta brand mascara that I like when this little tube of awesome caught my eye. I recommend it. 
  • Ulta Makeup Setting Spray: Before I bought and tried this spray I had never used a makeup setting spray before. Honestly, I didn't notice much of a difference. I'll try it again on a really hot day and see if it helps keep the makeup from melting off of my face. I hope it helps. It sucks to go through all the effort of applying makeup just to end up looking like a sad melty clown. 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Day of School!



A major milestone in my life, and the life of my son, was reached last Monday. The first day of pre-school. Liam met this particular milestone with excitement, nervousness, and pride. He is a big boy now, after all. I met this milestone with trepidation, fear, and pride as well. That big boy is my baby, after all. Monday was his first day of school, and the first time I have ever left him in an all-day kind of facility. Other than the church nursery we've never left our kids anywhere for more than a few hours unless they were with family.

 My husband took the day off from work so he could be there for Liam and for me. He was just as affected by Liam's first day of school, he just didn't show it as much. I'm the emotional one, most of the time extremely emotional. However, I was really proud of myself this time. I held it together for my baby; I smiled and encouraged him in every way I knew how so that he would anticipate school with delight instead of dread. If he saw me looking panicked at the thought of leaving him, or sad because I was going to miss him all day, it would rain all over his parade. So, I waited until we got home to cry.

Liam's first day went really well. He had a great time, made a new friend, and is excited to go back. My first day went pretty well too. After I dried up the tears I got to enjoy spending time with my second son, my little wildman. I'm thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Owen. He keeps me on my toes, believe me. So there, emotional experience documented. 

On a lighter note I got another guest blog post published! (yaaaaaaay). Here's a link to the blog post if you'd like to check it out. It's on a cloth diapering blog that I love. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Things I'm Digging This Week

Hello! This week has been made up of a flurry of small activities. I've been cleaning a lot, cooking a lot, and trying to mentally prepare for Liam's first day of pre-school. He's excited and I'm a wreck, but we won't get into that now. I'm sure an emotional, weepy blog post about how hard his first day of school was for me will be in forecast soon. Here's what I've been digging this week:

My Son's R2D2 Backpack

Liam chose this backpack for himself, with no coercion from my husband or myself. We went to Kohl's on the tax free weekend armed with my coupon, and got this backpack for only $14.99! If you push the yellow button on top it makes R2D2 sounds. Guess how many times that button has been push since we got it? Guess. You'll never be able to get it because it has happened so many times I've lost count. However, he's so happy with it I don't mind. (Oh, and I have no idea why he goes all "Miley Cyrus" every time we take a picture of him now, but that boy will not keep his tongue in his mouth!)

Descent: Journeys In the Dark (second edition)

My husband, our two friends, and I played Descent this past Monday. It was the first time my husband and I had ever played. I chose to play as Widow Tarha (as a necromancer) and I had a lot of fun. After I got over how many pieces this game has (omg so many pieces) and my friend's husband explained the gameplay to us, we jumped right in and had a good time. Now my husband wants to buy a copy for ourselves, but Descent is going to have to get in line. We have a game wish list as long as I am tall. 

Jamberry Nail Wraps

As usual, when it comes to anything new I am really late to the game. I almost always end up getting into something after it's been out for so long that no one seems to be excited about it anymore but me. My friend hosted a Jamberry party on Facebook, so I took a look around and participated in some of the party games. I was talking to my bestie about the wraps and she offered to let me try some that she had (I'm a firm believer in "try before you buy"). I put them on last night and I really like them. They're really cute and not too difficult to apply. Of course, the true test will be how they hold up to the rigors of mommyhood. I need to do some dishes, clean some stuff, change some diapers, and see how the wraps do. If they don't peel off or disintegrate completely then I'll be the newest passenger on the Jamberry train. Toot toot!



Monday, August 3, 2015

The TIE Fighter and the Tattoo

Last weekend, in a fit of madness, I agreed to play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with my husband a.k.a the biggest Star Wars fan on the planet. I knew I had absolutely no hope whatsoever of winning. I played because a) it made my husband happy and if you're married you're supposed to do things for your spouse that make them happy yada yada yada and b) it helps me practice in case we play this game with friends, so I don't look ignorant.
While we were playing, this happened....

Me: How many triangular pieces make up a solar panel on the wing of a TIE fighter *may not be the exact wording of the question, but the number of panels was the important part*
Nate: Six!!
Me....................where is Nicaragua?
Nate..........................................................................shut up.

I couldn't help but laugh out loud. It was too funny that he knew the number of triangular sections on a solar panel on a TIE fighter, but wasn't sure where an actual country was. The amount of Star Wars knowledge inside my husbands head is astounding, nay scary. I would argue that random Star Wars knowledge may be taking up the space where actual facts could live, but I know better. My husband would accuse me of being part of the rebel alliance, I would roll my eyes, he would start quoting Darth Vader or Darth Sideous at me, and the whole game night would have gotten completely out of hand.

On another nerdy note, I took my husband on Friday to get his very first tattoo, which was Star Wars themed of course. He got the Galactic Imperial symbol on his left upper arm, and it looks really good.

He's already planning his next tattoo. I told him that tattoos were addictive, but he didn't believe me.