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About: I graduated from a 2 year masters program slammed into 11 months, met and married the love of my life, have an adorable little boy, moved to San Francisco, have my dream job at Stanford University, and own an adorable Australian Labradoodle named Wookiee. I love my family, friends, church, fashion, soccer, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Lost. I am extremely blessed!                                                                                                                                               
Jeslive?

I hate the word “Easter”. It just bugs me. I love what this holiday celebrates and I feel like a dumb bunny with Easter eggs takes away from it. I’m not one of those mom’s who refuses to let their child participate in activities, though. Samuel loved hunting for eggs. But I wish we had at least ONE Christian holiday where we only focused on Holy things - and I wish Resurrection Sunday (or better yet, a Messianic Passover AND Resurrection Sunday) was it. If you’ve never been to a Messianic Seder, you should. It reminds you of how SMART God is. Jesus is EVERYWHERE in a Seder. It’s amazing, and I love it to pieces. 

I don’t really like the name “Resurrection Sunday” either. I feel corny whenever I say it. Maybe I’ll start calling it “Jeslive”. You know, for “Jesus is Alive”. I don’t know. Taking suggestions.

Moving on. Jeslive is a perfect day for pastels, but unfortunately (or fortunately), I own mostly black and white apparel. I made up for that by using all pinks on my eyelid. I’ve really been getting into pink glitters - they’re so girly, feminine, and perfect for Spring! 

I used L’Oreal Infallible in Amber Rush for the entire lid (might be my favorite eyeshadow ever), followed by Urban Decay’s “Last Call" on the outer half. Urban Decay’s "Hustle" went in the crease (I typically use black for this step to make my eyes pop, but I refrained to keep it nice and bright). I didn’t want to take away from my pretty eyeshadow, so I used L’Oreal’s Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner to avoid making my eyeliner too thick. I love how it turned out!

A perfect day in my favorite city!

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Defeat Dry Lips!

My lips have been CRAY-ZAY dry. Seriously. Every time I try to put on lipstick, they end up looking like I have thousands of miniature Grand Canyons. Sick.

I had been using Philosphy’s "Kiss Me’ exfoliant and it worked great. I apply in the shower and behold! My dry lips were gone…for 5 seconds! The key to a great exfoliant is a getting a great MOISTURIZER. I tried Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Eos, you name it. Nothing worked. 

Until I discovered Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm! It is AMAZING. The smell is quite intense (I’ve only tried the mint one, so a different flavor might be better). This is best right before bed. I let it work all night and in the morning, my lips are CRAY-ZAY moisturized. I wouldn’t recommend putting this on right before lipstick (it’s somewhat thick…but maybe that’s because I apply it like this). 

If you have dry lips, this will be your saving grace. I promise. 

P.S. It looks like Philosphy’s lip exfoliant is no longer in stock, but Tarte looks like they have a nice one. There are also plenty of DIY lip scrubs out there - I’ve never successfully made one, but maybe you have some Hogwart’s magic that I do not. 

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Makeup Storage.

I feel like a little kid again (I say this with the tone of pretending to ALWAYS feel like an adult and that this is a rare occurrence). I finally got my makeup storage under control AND I CAN’T STOP STARING AT IT. 

I had been trying to figure out a way to keep all of my makeup organized. I was using a travel hanging bag on the back of our door, but it was so messy (I don’t do messy). I thought about a cart or stand-alone drawer, but Samuel would tear through that so quick. We have zero bathroom counter space or drawers (seriously? Who builds a bathroom without any DRAWERS?!). Solution? Sephora’s Train Case! Yes, expensive, but we received a $100 gift card from our apartment complex for dealing with the fire. Is it bad that I want another non-inhabited building to burn down? 

I love that it clips shut (Samuel hasn’t figured out how to open it…yet). It has adjustable dividers so you can move your treasures around according to their unique shapes and sizes. I don’t have a HUGE collection, so it fits everything perfectly. 

Our family moves every year, so this is a wonderful, organized, clean solution to keep my makeup in one place. 

I love it, I love it, I love it. 

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Gold Rush.

I love me a gold, glittery, smokey eye. I used L’Oreal Paris HiP Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Gilded 806.  What a perfect eyeshadow for us dumb-dumbs! It shows you which two shadows to use on your lid (gold) and crease (black). I love how the black has gold specks - makes for a perfect transition from gold to black. Eek!

Fun tip - I dipped the makeup brush in the gold eyeshadow and spritzed with my Mac Fix+ Setting Spray (but water can work, too!). This creates an even more intense look on your eyelid.

I’m using my trusty L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi foundation, concealer, and powder. I used Smashbox Matte Sunkissed Bronzer to contour and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful to give my cheeks a healthy glow. I wanted to make sure I drew most of the attention to my eyes, so I completed my look with Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Honeysuckle for a soft finish. 

Hot date tonight! Dinner with my love <3

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Drugstore Favorites

I’ve tended to be a high-end makeup snob, but with a tighter budget (we live in San Francisco - need I say more?) I’ve needed to find the best drugstore makeup. After watching lots of YouTube videos, I’ve tested and can give the following products two thumbs up:

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

Guys. Seriously. I used to hate drugstore mascara. I never found one that did the job of my trusty Urban Decay Cannonball & Buxom duo. One blogger RAVED of this stuff (and she uses all high-end makeup) so I knew I had to give it a try. It does everything my expensive mascara does. I am SO impressed…and maybe even in love. AND it’s only $3.00. Best kept secret out there. 

NYX Eyeliner Pencil

I’ve already written a post on this product, but I’m letting you know I still love it. Works nicely in place of my Urban Decay Glide On Pencil (although…Urban Decay’s is a little bit more…glidey on-ey). 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

If I want to go for a more natural look, I’ll use this gel liner in between my lashes. It creates a fuller-lashed look without needing to perfect a perfectly lined lid. 

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow

Another drugstore obsession. These are so rich and pigmented. My only beef is they don’t have any matte eyeshadows (which I love) but if I want any with glitter? YES, PLEASE. 

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

If I had to pick one thing to be a makeup snob about, it would be foundation. UNTIL NOW. Stays on all day, has a medium to high coverage, and comes in a wide range of colors. I’ll admit that I still like to use my expensive foundation if I’m going on a date, but for an every day look, I’ll turn to this. 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer

I actually haven’t heard any blogger mention this concealer, but I bought it when I started trying out their foundation. I use this every single day (again…if I go out on a date, I’ll turn to my Makeup Forever concealer). It works well for blemishes and under the eyes. It’s creamy, not too thick, and doesn’t crease (note: it WILL crease under the eyes if you use too much). 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder

I’ll set my foundation and concealer with this powder. It makes everything not as shiny and controls my oily face. Plus, I love that you can buy all three (foundation, concealer, powder) in the same color range. 

Milani Baked Blush

I actually haven’t tried this yet, but other bloggers love this blush. I’ve always walked past it and thought it looked weird and cheap, but I’m definitely going to try this out (and will probably end up loving it). 

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Ok. I’ve saved the best for last. Seriously. Are you paying attention? This will change your life. 

BURT’S BEES TINTED LIP BALM

It’s TINTED CHAPSTICK. Sure, we’ve heard of products LIKE these before, but none have actually WORKED. See all of those capitalized words? That’s how much I love this product. It’s moisturizing, gives you a hint (or lots!) of color, and doesn’t make your lips look cakey. My favorite shades are Honeysuckle (for a natural look) and Hibiscus (when I want to have slightly brighter lips). Please try these out. They’re amazing and I can’t recommend them enough. 

Enjoy your weekend! Am excited to spend mine with family and friends in this 78 degree weather. <3

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About a week ago, I decided to start a “week-long beauty challenge” for myself. I enjoy a challenge (I’m slightly competitive) and like all things beauty related, so I thought it’d be fun to combine the two. 

Week one challenge was to wear makeup EVERY SINGLE DAY. This was huge for me…I generally save my makeup for the weekends. Surprisingly, I ended up enjoying it. It made me feel more awake, put-together, and have more energy. Strange, huh? I know, I know. B-words be all like, “Woman’s rights! Woman’s empowerment! You’re beautiful without makeup! Feminism!” But the truth is, I look better, feel better, and act better. I even wore makeup to the gym. While that seems a little extreme, it made me feel prettier as I pumped iron. I think every woman has “that thing” that makes her feel better about herself. Maybe it’s dressing up. Maybe it’s painting her nails. Maybe it’s wearing sweatpants. Maybe it’s drinking a latte or taking a walk. For me, it’s makeup (and coffee). Whatever it is, do it and feel beautiful. 

I’m still not going to wear makeup every single day (although my acne would love me if I did), but it was a good perspective on how it transformed my look and feel of the entire day. 

This is my happy place. <3

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I know. ANOTHER “no poo” post. Well, I have news for you. I haven’t posted ONCE about it on my blog. BOOM. 

Anyway, about a month ago, I decided to try a natural(ish) shampoo. I missed the feeling of lathering up my hair into a ball of white, foamy goodness. I used that for a couple of weeks until finally my husband begged me to go back to the baking soda/vinegar solution. Yes, my hair was that greasy. I would wash my hair at night, then the next morning, my bangs would basically have enough grease to fry our morning eggs. 

Not really, but you get it. 

So I finally went back to my “no poo” routine. Below are pictures (from my iPhone…so they’re not the best), but you can tell how NOT greasy my hair is. And guys…this is DAY 3. 

Never turning back. I’m sorry I cheated on you.

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