Friday, January 30, 2015

MAC Rebel + Warm Eyes Makeup Tutorial

Ever since getting back into the beauty community, I have gotten so excited finding new beauty vloggers to follow and get inspiration from, although I still watch some of the OG vloggers. One of my recent new favorites is Mariah from The Gals Guide. Her video editing skills are insane and super professional looking but not commercially. Her personality just seems like someone I would connect with in real life, really loving her.

Anyways, I watched her Pre-Fall Makeup Tutorial and was inspired to try it out, with my own twist of different products. I really wanted to do a tutorial around MAC Rebel Lipstick because it's one of my newer lipsticks. I still feel like it makes my teeth look extra yellow but close lipped, it's pretty LOL.... once the braces come off and teeth are whitened, I think I may just love it!

On a side note, some behind the scenes thoughts.... for editing, I have gotten mixed comments about some liking my talk through tutorials over these more edited ones. I still don't get the difference between makeup tutorials and get ready with me videos... would this one be a get ready with me? Anyways, just wanted y'all to know that I do intend to do talk through videos. It's just easier to film & edit this type of video during busy season when Saturday evening/ Sunday are my only days off. So after May, I'll start doing talk through videos, unless things slow down sooner than that. I actually have 4 other videos filmed and in the process of editing so I will be able to upload one a week! Woohoo!! I still want to be connected with y'all even during busy season, not wanting to let it go like I did for almost 3 years in the Big 4.

I'm still figuring out how to use my new studio lights, so the pictures are a little washed out. But y'all get the general idea of how the makeup looks, right?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

How to Pass the CPA Exam (Updated)

I know, kind of weird to have made a thumbnail for this video but figured I'd rather have a flattering picture than the automatic thumbnail YouTube gives me with my mouth hanging all open ;)

Before I get started I wanted to share a couple funny things Juicy did last night & this morning. I swear, this little lady is so entertaining, I love her to pieces!

I got home around 7 last night from work (busy season joys) and she was super excited to see me as usual. I took her outside, she went pee for a while and ran back in. We all went upstairs and Mike and I were just talking in our room. Suddenly Mike looks over at the bedroom door and screams "Juicy pooped!!!"..... well come to find out she pooped 2 little logs upstairs (carpeted), then ran downstairs (not carpeted) and pooped a whole bunch more at the bottom of the stairs. She was sitting in her area, already anticipating being in trouble but it was just too funny that we weren't even mad. Especially because she knows she if goes downstairs, we don't get mad since it's an easy clean up unlike carpet. So it took a lot of coaxing to get her to come upstairs... she really wasn't in trouble! I just kept laughing imagining her pooing and trying to hold it in to get downstairs. She's such a good girl hahaha.... I think she got really excited when we were playing that it got her poopies moving inside.

Then this morning, Juicy and I get up at 7am so I can fed her and give her insulin. Well normally on the weekends, I'll feed her, set a 30 minute timer on my phone and catch up on my blog/YT stuff. Her alarm goes off and I'm searching for her because I kept the bedroom door shut so Mike wouldn't be disturbed. Well low and behold, I see the bedroom door cracked open (either I didn't shut it good enough and she opened it or she kept scratching at it and Mike opened it for her). As I walk in the room, she's laying in bed and will NOT move lol.... so I had to carry her like a baby downstairs, give her insulin and carried her back up. Seriously, it's a good thing she's so cute..... haha but really I'd do anything for her. It's just funny, her little personality.

Ok..... onto what y'all actually want to hear about which is how to pass the CPA exam. As a disclaimer, these tips helped me pass the exam... it may or may not work for you. I wrote a blog post a couple years ago about how I passed if you want to see it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dressing Room Tour

Hi y'all,

I filmed and edited this video about a month ago so it's a little behind on the times. That's why I had a Christmas tree in my room, it's put away now hehe. I figured doing a voice over would make the video not as long, otherwise I feel it could have been easily 30+ minutes. I'm not used to voice overs so I hope y'all will keep that in mind :)

 I was hesitant in posting it because I'm not the greatest at decorating. Well, I take that back.... once I make up my mind on what I want, I'm good because obviously I keep true to my own style. But it takes me a while to feel comfortable when decorating. I really try to accumulate pieces that I know I'm going to LOVE for a long time, I just can't deal with buying something & being bored with it in a short amount of time. Not only that, my style is very simplistic. I like gray, white & black and am very conscious when it comes to adding colors in my space. It's also taken me a while to get it where it's at since I only really started decorating it in the past year. We've been in our house for 2 years and for a while, I was literally too busy with work and then planning my wedding. Patience has certainly been a virtue I've been working on!

However, I feel like I want to share my personal space & style to hopefully inspire anyone else and to keep track of my dressing room progress. I love how my dressing room looks so far & have a clear picture of where I want it to go in the next year (wardrobe system).

Let me know if y'all like these kinds of posts..... Pictures after the jump.

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Style: Maternity Brunching

Hi y'all,

I'm not pregnant, just FYI. lol

Earlier last month (yeah I'm behind), I met up with a few friends to have brunch in Dallas. Since I don't get out all that often, I wanted to look a little nice for my friends so I used my Lorac liner & MAC Verve lipstick. I am obsessed with it! This top I really love because of the cream, blush & gray color blocking.... it's SOOO me in almost every way. I love how flowy it is too but what I failed to realize is that it's a maternity top.... LOL. Well, at least I'll have something to wear when I start having babies!! Hair is 2nd day & I curled it the day before. Just teased it a ton for volume and I'm good! I ended up switching my shoes to flats because it started raining but it looked good with the outfit.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Resolution Fail.... Kind Of (Henri Bendel Carlyle Croc Tote)

It's not how you start something, it's how you finish it (i.e. trying to justify this).

Ok so I kind of failed at my no spend busy season resolution. I say kind of because I have a plan to make it a real "no spend" purchase. More on this to follow....

So it's no secret that I have a love for Henri Bendel, especially because I found my dream satchel from there. I have been wanting the Carlyle Tote but didn't want to get it in black because that would be just cray. Having the same satchel and tote, just different sizes.... I think no (for my closet anyways). 

Then I saw that Henri's winter sale was still going on and this beauty was still on sale. Seriously, for $249, it is such a steal!!!! That's almost $150 less than what I paid for my satchel! I couldn't pass it up. 

Images from Henri Bendel's website

My Style: First Fur Vest

Hi y'all,

When it comes to my style, I like to keep it classic but if I do end up buying something more "fast fashion" or something I can't wear all year round, it has to be fairly inexpensive.

I have been looking for a fur vest for quite a while now. A month or so ago I was browsing around at Burlington and found this black fur vest for under $20... woot woot! My advice on shopping at Burlington is to have patience and take time to sift through the oodles of clothes or home decor. They have some awesome deals! Anyways, I'm super excited about this purchase, especially because I won't wear the vest all that often since it doesn't stay cold for too long in Dallas. I still really want a brown one so I'm keeping an eye out.

Vest - Burlington | Blouse - LOFT | Ponte Leggings - Lou & Grey | CL New Simple Pump 
Tiffany's Necklace (similar) | MAC Verve Lipstick | NuMe Lustrum Curling Wand