Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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Proud Owner:

I finally caved! After weeks of having the Catbird website up on my tabs prolonging my purchase of the LoveCats ring, tonight I found myself in a moment of weakness. I had just come back from dinner and I had finished a long work day and was about to pick up where I left off when I decided that making this spend would be a worthwhile one. I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase this ring. I went through a lot of effort to get here. I kept it up on my tabs which meant that I looked at this tab everyday or rather it stared me back in the face. Secondly, I didn’t know my ring size so two months ago I went into Tiffany’s to just get my ring size taken from someone working there.

Dedication.

And now we get to see you in like 10 days.

 

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Song of the Day

Mr. Little Jeans – Far From Home

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The Bachelorette Season Finale Last Night

Spoilers ahead! Last nights “After the Final Rose” was a jaw dropper. We all know what could potentially “happen” during a Fantasy Suite date, but there’s a little part of us that doesn’t – unless it gets outed like it did last night. In the past, contestants like Emily Maynard and Sean Lowe have passed on the Fantasy Suite, whereas Juan Pablo clearly didn’t. With Andi, we weren’t quite sure. That is, until Nick – the runner-up aired out their dirty laundry for all to see asking her directly why she made love to him if she didn’t love him.

Embarrassing.

I’ve been reading on a couple of blogs today and there are a few different stances. Some are wondering if Nick slut-shamed her. Some are wondering if he had been dying to say something like that on live television because she had refused to see him since the show ended.

Here are my thoughts and I’ll try and condense them:

  • Nick seems like a pretty sensitive guy. He is dealing with a heartbreak or maybe it’s just for show, but he looks a little bit torn up. I don’t think he meant to slut shame her, but I think maybe for him (and there are many people that have this point of view!) being intimate in a relationship means a lot more to him than maybe for her. I don’t think it’s wrong for him to question that.
  • If it’s bitterness or resentment towards Andi, then yes – she’s right, it is definitely a low blow. It’s true that that is private and no one really needs to know that.
  • Thirdly, didn’t it seem like everyone was airing out her personal life last night on that episode? First, Nick then Josh and wanting babies? That’s what she gets for being on The Bachelorette I guess.

Overall, … I wish she would have ended up with Marcus. Okay, no. Nick was not the fan favorite throughout the show and I don’t know if people would have been all that happy if they had ended up together anyways. We finished another season though. We hope Andi’s happy. Please tell us who the next Bachelor is. I hope it is Arie.

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Song of the Day

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

#GirlAnthem

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Hilary Duff’s New Single Is Not Good

But, seriously. It’s almost like Lizzie McGuire revived her singing career and she didn’t, herself. I half-expected Aaron Carter to appear out of nowhere because this song and this video were so horrid.

Ouch, is that too harsh? Chasing the Sun? R U 4 real.

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection

So we don’t have a Wedding Mondays video for you this week. I promise, I tried! I was behind for two weeks on two of my favorite wedding blogs and in those two weeks there weren’t any videos that I was dying to share with you all. I did, however, stumble upon a couple of other wedding posts that we think could be appropriate substitutes.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how Yow Yow! could transform over the years. There is never a shortage for what I want to do with it and the content. I may be busy with my new job, but I honestly can’t imagine a life without Yow Yow! And I’m really excited to continue on with this. Wedding Mondays is a huge part of what makes this blog and what I love about it is that it is consistent, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dive into other wedding details. Good lord, can you imagine how Yow Yow! will look when wedding moments happen in MY life? – ie) when my friends all start getting married or I become a bridesmaid and can give you a full insider scoop? I can’t wait!

We’re trying something different today. Monique Lhuillier recently released photographs to Green Wedding Shoes on their Spring 2015 collection and while I always thought I loved the very slim looking white dress, I’m starting to be open to new suggestions lately. These gowns are just too stunning to pass on.

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Five Favorite Pins: Beautiful Backdrops

Readers,

I’m currently working on planning a stellar end-of-summer party for my company so naturally my first source of inspiration was to go straight to Pinterest. Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good photo booth. When I was organizing events back in Seattle, I was a huge fan of the minimalistic photo booth that allowed people to just download their photos digitally. Props weren’t absolutely necessary. Pulling back a curtain was so old school. Plus, I was a huge fan of a great backdrop. As I search for the perfect photo booth for this event, I’ve come across several backdrops that I’ve just saved to my Pinterest boards that I can’t help, but look at again once more and wish I could recreate myself! If only I had all of the time in the world to DIY…

[Designlovefest]

Florals never go out of style. This backdrop is perfect for any garden party!

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Song of the Day

Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me

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Song of the Day

Capital Cities – One Minute More

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Essie to Launch Vending Machines

First, there were cupcake vending machines, then there were beauty vending machines launched in airports across the country. Essie has now decided to get in the mix and here’s why we think it’s a fantastic idea. First off, if you’re like me then you know what it’s like to be an impulsive shopper and boy – are you aware of the negative effects that come with it. You can walk by a store and you have the self-control to not go in because you know you don’t want to make a purchase or you know you can’t afford what’s in it. But then you walk by something that’s a little bit easier and accessible. Nail polish. It’s cheap. It’s quick. You know it’s going to last you awhile. The vending machine is right now and it’s packed with 48 different shades. There’s just no way you can say no. If I walked by an Essie machine at the airport, I’d probably almost immediately by two.

Starting this month, Essie will unveil their vending machines in mall and airports across the country starting with JFK and Oakland in the JetBlue terminals. It’s a smart move for the company because airports were designed to make you wait around for hours and hours and with delays unpredictably happening, you never know when you’ll need some nail polish to keep you a little bit busy. As for having the vending machines in the malls, I think that’s a bit tougher since you’re right where you’re competition is.

Readers, what do you think? Would you ever purchase Essie polish from a vending machine at the airport?

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National Ice Cream Month

Since I’ve moved to California, I am almost certain that I have consumed 80% more ice cream than I ever did in Seattle. Especially since it is National Ice Cream month, I’ve been having it on a regular weekly basis. It doesn’t help that there just happens to always be a shop nearby. My friend Sheila recently introduced me to what is one of the most bizarre flavors I have ever tried. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the best flavor I’ve ever had, but it is definitely intriguing enough that you would eat it until the very last bite. I believe she told me that the cereal milk ice cream that she either made herself or purchased was inspired by Momofuku. To really up your taste game, be sure to include cereal with it! Duh, right? I think when I had it, Sheila offered me corn flakes, but this cinnamon toast crunch pictured above looks like a game changer.

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Internet Things

I’m not sure why I found this to be so humorous, but I did.

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