My Everyday Face

Vintage Makeup Case // JATWSo, I have a decent amount of makeup. Now by “a decent amount”, I just mean that I have more than I typically use on any given day. I know there are plenty of ladies out there that have drawers full, and that’s cool too. I’m also pretty messy about my makeup. I asked for a vintage makeup case this past Christmas, thinking it would help me contain and organize it a little bit. It kinda of has… but I’ll always be cluttery. It’s in ma bones.

Messy Makeup // JATWThis wasn’t staged,  I promise. And yes, I set makeup in the sink because we never use the sink in our master bath anyway.

But anyways, I thought it would be fun to showcase my daily picks when it comes to makeup. Since a good portion of my week ends up being an adventure that I didn’t plan, I don’t put a ton of makeup on. I hate waking up any earlier than I have to, so I don’t have much time. But here’s what you’ll normally see on my face:

Magic Nude Liquid Powder from Loreal  // JATWLoreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder may be the best thing I’ve ever discovered. You don’t have to use a sponge or brush to put it on, it has sunblock in it but doesn’t smell like it, it blends in with my skin flawlessly, and somehow makes my face look like I don’t have foundation on, but I do at the same time. AAANNNDD… it’s $10.

F21 Bronzer // JATWThis Forever 21 Bronzer is my most recent daily addition, and I’m really diggin’ it. I use the top and bottom left to highlight my face, and the top and bottom right for shadowing and blush. I haven’t used a bronzer in years, because I’m just the pastiest compared to my past sun-kissed skin tone. But this one manages to blend in well and not make me look like a beach face with a winter body (if that makes any sense).

Eyes // JATWHard Candy is great. So far everything I’ve bought from them goes on like something I bought at Sephora, but only costs me a fraction of the price. Their Lite Bright Concealer is great under the eyes, and it seems to last forever. I’ve discovered that this Maybeline mini palette goes really well with my skin tone. I’m usually one to gravitate towards blues and greens, because they are my favorite colors, but I’ve started to branch out. The Flamed Out Mascara from Covergirl is whatever… nothing special. Honestly, every mascara I’ve ever bought has been pretty much the same ol’ thing.

Naked 2 Palette // JATWWho doesn’t love the Naked 2 palette, am I right? Every now and then, I’ll get around to using all of them, but I apply Foxy every day.

NYX HD Studio Powder // JATWThis NYX finishing powder, as far as I’ve heard and have now experienced on my own, is exactly the same thing as the Makeup Forever HD finishing powder, but you get a lot more for a lot less. And it does exactly what it implies: It finishes my daily makeup routine.

So what do you use on a regular basis? Anything unique about your daily makeup routine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Inspired.

I’m a very visual person, so I really enjoy inspiration that I can look at and that will stimulate me, even if it’s in a small way.

I’ve been adding to my daily visual inspirations here and there, as I’ve gotten little bits of spending cash. For those of you that know me, some of these additions have been thrifted. But I’ve also really gotten into smaller, artisan prints and creations lately, and have enjoyed supporting other’s talents. It’s nice to buy something and know exactly who’s hands made it.

I just cleaned off my walls this week, and I’m excited to start putting all of these pieces up.

Thrifted Pieces // JATW

I found these at a local thrift store, and both in such good condition. Usually pieces like these are stained or some of the thread has been pulled out. The top one is an especially encouraging inspiration.

The Bee and the Sea // JATW

I’ve been following Betty of deerlittlefawn for quite some time now, and finally decided to purchase some of her gorgeous prints. It was really hard to choose, because all of her stuff is so great. I’ll definitely be back for more. If you like what you see, go grab some prints at The Bee and The Sea .

Makers Gonna Make // JATW

When I was visiting Greenville, South Carolina a few weeks back, I was finally able to visit Knack Studios and see my spirit animal Angie Thompson. She was sweet enough to give me this print by Jude Landry from The Makers Summit she attended. Sidenote: if you are EVER in or around Greenville, please go enjoy Knack Studios. You will not be disappointed.

Jesiiii print // JATW

This print speaks for itself. It’s just the most adorable thing ever. Want one? Go get it at jesiiii’s etsy page! She has gnome pillows, hand painted rings, and all kinds of handmade pieces.

Flower Tapestry // JATW

I really, REALLY like this. So much. And I don’t know why. It was a dollar at the Hospice Attic in town and it’s not even finished… I don’t think? This tapestry is perfect just the way it is.

Vintage Bohemian Platter // JATW

I mean, just look at it.

Florida Panther // JATW

Ya’ll, this is so fun to me. The frame is huge, so I just took a closeup of the middle. I’m not NOT going to buy a giant embroidered Florida Panther. Gosh.

 

This is nothing new.

-MLW

Flashback Friday: Singing Songs Together

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? // JATW

 

Yesterday morning I decided to go for a jalk (a walk/jog because #ImOutOfShape), and I was already fighting off the feelings of failure. As the endorphins started to coarse through my veins and the pain in my chest, legs and feet were making me aware that I was very much alive, I passed this piece of paper on the ground. As I abruptly came to a pause and looked down at it, a smile creeped across my face.

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? :)

I don’t know if some day-dreamy little girl decided to write that and put it there intentionally, or if it fell out of her backpack as she walked home from school the day prior. I’ll never know why it was there in the middle of the street, but what I do know is that it made me think of a good things both then and now.

I don’t have a lot of happy memories involving my family from my childhood, and I don’t say that out of self loathing (I already went through that phase), but it’s just the truth. So when something small allows me to reminisce on sweet moments from my younger days, I take full advantage of it.

From birth to when I was in 8th-ish grade, we didn’t have a radio in our car. It’s really weird to think of that now, but it was quite the 90′s #FirstWorldProblem at the time. Since we didn’t have any tunes to listen and sing to while daring the battlefield of US1′s traffic every day, a lot of times my mom and I sang whatever song would come to mind. She ALWAYS found the harmony, which is probably where I get it from. It was nice, because we would try to make the sounds of the instruments too, inevitably running out of breath from laughter. When my sister grew old enough, she joined in as well. A major hit in our tiny, blue Honda was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Man! Could we sing the hell outta that song and laugh uncontrollably…

Together.

In recent months, Abe has started to remember and recite (or sing) phrases and songs that he hears more than once. It’s something you don’t ever think about until you watch a small human being sing a song. It’s phenomenal to me, that this once-baby who had no idea what language was, let alone words set to music, can now sing songs that HE MEMORIZES.

So, we drive a Volvo from 1991. It does have a radio, but last year when a tree fell on our car, it broke the long metal thingy that allowed us to receive most radio waves. With the exception of a fuzzy sounding 94.3, we have no radio.

And guess what we do now?

We sing. We sing A LOT. Even Daniel! And as of late, our car is filled with the Webb’s rendition of Frozen. I don’t care if it’s cliche and I don’t care if you think it’s stupid, because I adore it. We sing together, and we replace words with “fart” together, and we laugh together. If Abe or Daniel grabs the melody, I grab the harmony. Sometimes we will scream the songs, and sometimes I will pretend I’m Julie Andrews and sing with her voice. Every now and then, Daniel’s “Scott Stapp” makes a vocal appearance, and… well, you can only imagine.

That piece of paper with those 6 words on it not only reminded me of something good from the past, but it also reminds me of how good I have it now.

I need those reminders, because I’m kind of an a-hole and it’s really easy for me to forget all of the good in the midst of ol’ regular life that feels hard a lot of the time.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

 

 

This is nothing new.

-MLW