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Friday, August 28, 2015

My Makeup Routine

I thought I would do a post about my current make up routine.  I have tried a few new things lately, some I'm still deciding on and some has joined in the reins of the regular routine. I'm thinking about doing a separate post on my current skincare routine too! I'll list all of the products in the order I use them.

This is my everyday routine:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - I just picked up this from Sephora last weekend, because I had heard some great reviews on it.  I'm still fully deciding what I think of this product and if it will be something that I will repurchase.  Before I started using this I was just using a moisturizer and the concealing I mention below.  I always thought a tinted moisturizer wouldn't provide enough coverage for me, but I was really shocked with how thick this product is.  I thought it would be more runny like a true lotion, but it almost feels as think as my double wear foundation from Estee Lauder.  I'll keep you posted on whether this product joins my regular routine, but for now I'm pretty happy with it. Side note: it does smell a little like sunscreen when I'm putting it on which I'm not exactly a fan of, but I don't think that smell sticks with me all day. The color I'm currently using is called "Nude."

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Brush - I just picked up this brush from Sephora last weekend as well.  I use to to apply my tinter Moisturizer and my concealer. I have been looking for a good brush to apply foundation and thought I would give them one a try.  I don't have many other brushes to compare it to, but it seems to do the job and I'm finding that I do like using a brush rather just just using my fingers to blend which is what I used to do.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place flawless wear concealer - Next I apply this concealer just where needed.  Typically under my eyes and on any blemishes. I have been using this concealer for probably close to 10 years.  I am a big fan of Este Lauder and have collected almost the whole Double Wear line.  I really recommend this stuff and it seems to agree with my skin.  I try to go a shade lighter than my skin tone which obviously changes depending on the season.

MAC Prep + Prime Finishing Powder - I've had the product for a while, but just recently started using it again.  I put this on after the liquid moisturizer and concealer to make sure my face is completely dry before I put on any powder, bronzer, or blush.  It is a white powder that just helps keep my powders afterwards for looking too thick in certain locations on my face.  Nothing fancy, but does the trick for me. I'm not a huge MAC fan, but I haven't found a product similar to this anywhere else. I use the same brush to apply this finishing powder as I do my foundation powder.

From top to bottom (all Estee Lauder): Double Wear Mascara, Double Wear Highlighter, Double Wear Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Powder - I love this stuff.  I have been a loyal user of this powder for probably 10 years.  It takes away shine, doesn't have too much coverage, but definitely evens out my skin tone.  I also throw one of these compacts in my purse at all times and even keep one in my gym bag.  If it's just a lazy day at home I may even just use this without anything under it and feel like it gives me enough coverage without looking like too much.

Estee Lauder Powder Foundation Brush - I usually use this brush to apply the double wear powder foundation.  I've had it for a few years now and have found it really holds up well.

Benefit Hoola Matte Brozer - I just started using this bronzer in the last year.  I was always a loyal Estee Lauder Bronzer user, but was looking for something a little more matte for everyday use.  I had read a bunch of reviews on this stuff and it seemed to keep popping up everywhere so I thought I'd give it a try.  I'm really impressed. It is completely matte with no sparkle to it so I think like it's much more appropriate for the everyday use.

MAC Longwear Blush - I have had this blush for so long I can't believe I'm not even close to using it all.  I'm not a big blush wearer, but like to put just a little dot on everyday.  The color I wear is "Whole Lotta Love"  It's very pink so it doesn't take much for it to be noticeable.

Estee Lauder Blush Brush - I use this brush to apply the blush.  Nothing fancy and usually just a dot on each cheek.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brow Lift Duo - I wasn't kidding when I said I was loyal to Estee Lauder's double wear line. I love this stuff.  I usually use this pencil after I fill them in mostly with a powder and small brow brush, but they no longer carry the brow powder I use so I don't know what I'm going to do once it's gone.  It will be a sad day, because I don't think just this pencil will work for me.  I have super light eyebrows so I need all the help I can get in this area.

Shiseido "The Makeup" Eyelash Curler - I picked this up a few years ago.  I stopped into the make up department and asked which eyelash curler was the best and was lead to this curler.  I can't say one way or another as to if I love this product, because I really don't have much to compare it to, but I think it does the job.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-smudge Lengthening Mascara - For as long as I can remember I've been wearing this mascara.  It probably dates back all the way to middle school.  I don't know how I became so brand loyal to Estee Lauder, but it's just been working for me.  I love the mascara and I think the main reason is because I've found it actually stays on my little lashes all day.  I never get the raccoon eyes with it slowly coming off all day.  I also love how easy it is too remove even though it is double wear. I don't have to spend 5 minutes every night and a box full of remover wipes just to get it off.  It literally comes off in clumps rather than becoming liquid again, if that makes sense?  The only con I've found is that it's not a dramatic mascara; I typically layer this with another mascara if I'm looking for a more fancy look.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - I typically throw on a little of this lip color since it's so easy for everyday.  At work during the week I'm not big on wearing lip color since I'm typically drinking something (tea, water, latte, green juice) almost all day long so without getting it all over all of my glasses, it's just easier not to wear anything.

On tray: Hoola Bronzer, Este Lauder Brow Powder, Estee Lauder Bronzer, Estee Lauder Powder Foundation, MAC Blush, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation

Now I'll add a few things here that I use on the weekends or when I'm getting a little more fancy:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Makeup - I love this stuff.  Another product I have been using for as long as I can remember.  This is a little more full coverage than I prefer to go on a typical day, but I love it for special occasions. It is a full coverage, but still feels very lightweight on my skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow Highlighter - This product I love to use to highlight my cheeks and cover under eye.  It gives me a little extra glow and it an easy way to contour a little without it being too dramatic.  I usually put this on at the same time as my concealer and use it under the eyes instead of the double wear concealer.

Estee Lauder Bronzer Goddess Powder - I mentioned this product earlier.  It has been a staple in my make up routine for as long as I can remember.  It recently got replaced for the day to day, because it is a big shimmery, at least for the workplace.  I still love to brush on a little somedays if I'm feeling extra pail otherwise I save it for the weekends.  I think it quickly adds some fancy for a look to go from day to night.

Estee Lauder 'Sumptuous Extreme' Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara - Well that's quite a name.  I mentioned earlier that sometimes I like the layer other mascaras with my usually zero smudge mascara and this is it.  It definitely has a drama factor and quickly doubles the size of my lashes.  I love this stuff and wish it was a longer wear mascara.  If I know I'm going to be wearing it all day I typically skip this stuff, because it doesn't seems to have the long wear that I'm used to.  It also is more labor intensive to remove at the end of the night.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette - This is the very original naked palette. I haven't tried the naked palette 2, 3 nor the smoky eye. I've had this palette since it first came out.  I'm not a big eye shadow wearer, hence why I still have the palette and it hasn't run out yet.  But I love to use a little of this on my eye lids if I'm going somewhere extra fancy like a wedding.  I love that's it's not bold.

You would think from this post that I would be sponsored my Estee Lauder.  I've been quite the loyal customer for so long.  It was really stepping out of the box for me to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  Hopefully this will spark me to branch out and try some other make up lines too. Any suggestions? Should I do a post on my skincare routine too?!

Side note: The tray that make up is on is from West Elm and we have the matching tooth brush holder and I love it.

Anyway, enough make up talk.  It's Friday and I'm ready for the weekend.  We don't have any big plans on the agenda and there is supposed to be some crappy weather in Chicago so I'm sure it'll be a relaxing weekend.  The cleaning person came this morning so it'll be nice to enjoy my freshly clean apartment!  I'll keep you posted on our allergy results we get back tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Random Thursday Thoughts

Is it just me or has this week been moving at a snails pace? I don't know what it is, but I'm extra anxious for the weekend.  I thought I'd share a few thoughts for this gloomy Chicago Thursday.  Fair warning, this is a very random post so I may jump around a little more than usual.

1. Yesterday I went a little overboard with my workouts. I went for a quick run in the morning, only 3 miles and then did two workout classes last night.  Let's just say I woke up this morning TIRED! I'm pretty much just all over sore right now. I did my usual Body 360 class at my gym which is my favorite class and then I headed over to the Bucktown Daily Method to do their free Planks in the Park class with some friends!  It was a little chilly for an August night in Chicago, but we warmed up really quickly once class got started.  I don't spend much time in the Bucktown area and was amazed at all of the shopping up there; that's going to have to be added to my list to check out more often.  I'm not much of a "barre class" connoisseur, but that class was harder than I thought it was going to be.  I wish I had a studio closer to me in the West Loop, because I might check it out more often if that were the case.

Ready to get sweaty!

The class was in such a cute park!

After class we checked out Goddess and the Grocer which had a great salad bar.  Obviously I ate imy whole salad before I even had a chance to get a photo.  It was honestly delicious, but I think I'm spoiled by checking on Whole Foods on a daily basis.

2. I was supposed to have a cleaning person coming this morning, but she cancelled on me last minute.  We have never had a cleaning person come to our apartment in the almost 2.5 years we have lived there so I was really excited to finally get a really deep clean.  Hopefully I can get her to reschedule soon, because I was like a kid on Christmas looking forward to that.

3. We are getting our food allergy test results back on Saturday and I'm getting very anxious.  The test we did tests 184 food allergy's and rates them on a scale of 1-5 for how intolerant our body is of that food. It's going to be very interesting what it comes back with; I'll make sure to share my results! Worst case scenario would be that I'm not allergic to anything and this is as good as I'm going to feel ever! Ha!

4. We are still on our juicing kick, but have found that we don't have the right glasses to house all of our juice so we bought these mason jar's from Target in hopes that it will make our juicing lives easier, but they're pretty cute too with the monograms on them.

5. I don't think I've mentioned this, but I bought the Apple Watch a few months back and to give you a quick review: I LOVE IT.  I get asked all the time what I think of it and I tell everyone how much I love it.  I use it quite a bit to track my fitness and I've found it to be really accurate (as if I would expect anything less from Apple). I love the alerts it gives me and being able to answer a phone call straight from my wrist is really impressive.  Apparently they are coming out with some updates for it this fall so I'm really excited to see how those go.

6. I am still eating gluten free. I think it's been 6 weeks now. I haven't noticed a huge different except maybe my skin being more clear.  We started juicing right around the same time so it could easily be from all of the extra veggies I've been having through the juice as well.  Honestly, the biggest thing I miss is eating a sandwich. It's pretty much daily now that I crave a good sandwich.  We have been finding some good gluten free pizza so I really don't miss pizza since we still eat that regularly.

I think I've dragged you all through enough of my random thoughts for today.  I'm still working on some other exciting posts so stay tuned!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Recap

It was quite the relaxing weekend for us.  Friday night I hit the gym straight from work.  I got in 4 miles on the treadmill and a 45 minute class called total body blast.  It was a different instructor than I usually take so the format wasn't what I am used to, but either way great workout.  That has to be a record for me for a Friday night.  Usually I take my Friday's off, but my Thursday was weak so I thought I could use one more good sweat before the week was over.  Friday night we stayed in and watched stand up comedy on Netflix. Netflix has a lot of great comedy shows and they always seem to keep in updated.

Saturday morning was walked to our favorite West Loop breakfast place, Wishbone.  It was a gorgeous day and we got to sit out on their patio so that was perfect.  There happened to be an art show right outside Wishbone so we checked that out afterwards too.  A lot of really cool art, but a bit out of our price range, at least for now.  There was a really cool place called Then & Now which merged together prints for 1905 and then the same Chicago location in 2014; I think that one was my favorite.  We ran a bunch of errands all day on Saturday which was really productive.  Dentist, West Elm, Sephora, Banana, Nordstroms, Froyo, Anthopology, JCrew, Target, Nordstrom Rack -- I think that might be a record for me!  We even ended up going to the grocery store late Saturday night to avoid the crazy crowds that are there are Sundays.  I wasn't kidding when I said we were productive.  We took the bus up to North Ave, because the traffic was just insane that we didn't feel like fighting it all day.

Nike's waiting on the bus!
Late lunch/early dinner at Nando's PERi PERi - we are officially regulars there!

You can take the girl out of Iowa, but you can't take the Iowa out of the girl!

New used bookstore opened right around the corner from us! 

Look how packed City Winery was on a Saturday night! 

The weather in Chicago this weekend was amazing!
Our Sunday was a much more relaxing day than Saturday.  It was a gloomy morning with some scattered thunderstorms on Sunday morning so it was a good excuse to lay around and relax.  We went on quick run in the afternoon when the sun came out, but otherwise really didn't leave the apartment!  We ordered our favorite Roots Pizza, as we do most Sundays and watched golf and preseason football - I'm surprised I didn't fall asleep.  A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!

Rainy Sunday morning in Chicago.

I have some new posts I'm hoping to get up this week so stay tuned!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Elkhart Lake

A few weekends ago I made the journey up to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a family reunion.  There were 25 of us in attendance and we took over the Osthoff Resort.  It's a huge resort with lots of things to do.  It's situated right downtown Elkhart Lake which is a small town of less than 1,000 people.  I won't go into too much detail of everything we did, but it included a daily visit to an organic juice bar in town which was amazing, lots of water sports, lots of great food, and even some bowling!

Such a fun weekend and I'm sad it's over.  I don't have any trips planned anytime soon or any planned time off of work so it's hard not having something to look forward to!  Hopefully we'll get something planned soon!


Monday, August 3, 2015

The Weekend of 4 Froyo's

Another successful Chicago summer weekend in the books.  Last week I set some records by making to a class at the gym Monday-Thursday and logging 21 running miles!  Thursday class was called Iron Ride and it was outside on the pool deck- so nice! It was a mix to spinning and strength which was really fun.  I'm not much of a spinner.  It is so hard for me to get my heart rate up when I am on the spin bike.  I feel like I'm much more effective just going outside for a run, but at least I gave it a try!

My friend, Libby, getting ready to ride!

Friday night I got home from work, put on my PJ's right away and then decided I wanted to get up and walk.  Go figure, I make a few pit stops on my walk to check out the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale!  The Michigan Ave Nordstrom's store is finally almost done with their renovations and it looks really nice. 

So fancy!  Surprisingly I didn't end up buying anything.  But I did end up stopping for frozen yogurt on my way home. Spoiler: I ended up getting frozen yogurt 4 times this weekend! Talk about a good weekend!  

Saturday we went for a walk around the city and along the riverwalk and of course, make another stop for some frozen yogurt.  We had a doctors appointment that afternoon to get checked for food allergies.  Confession: I've never in my life had blood drawn. I figured better time than ever to check my blood for anything else possible so they ended up taking 3 veils of blood! I cried through the whole thing.. like a baby.  We went to a doctor that had been recommended to us, but I thought he was a little weird so I'm not sure we would go back.  I'm excited to get our results; it should only take a few weeks. They test 184 foods for possible allergies or intolerance's, 

Proof of our pain!  

Saturday night we went to Nando's Peri Peri on Randolph St.  We went there over the 4th of July and it was really good.  It's nice that it's pretty quick and it wasn't busy since I think they get people their food fast.  Again, it didn't disappoint and I would recommend anyone in the Chicago area to check it out.  And again, we had to end our night with some froyo again!

I just can't get enough!

Sunday we made the journey out the Arlington Park to take my cousins to Lego Discovery Center.

I think they had a great time and we ended the play date with frozen yogurt again!