Only a few hundred people visit my blog each week, so I’m not betting many of you noticed I haven’t posted in a month. I’ve been busy sleeping, watching T.V., modeling and other things that don’t really make a great excuse except for being lazy. Well earlier this summer I got to attend a steampunk event where I had the privilege of posing for several photographers and their cameras. I had some great networking connections, and it looks like my steampunk work may be continuing in the next several months.
Not in Kansas Steampunk Event
Credits: Prism Photography, Carol Casimir and Matthew Moog
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In continuation of my last post, here is the debut of the navy star romper I picked up with some bday cash from my boyfriend. It’s not his favorite outfit I own, but I like the simplicity. I’m still unsure if I like navy as a spring color, but sites like Pinterest and other DIY blogs always have some fresh looks that keep me believing.
Over the past weeks I’ve obtained some new wardrobe items I’d like to share with you guys. My birthday has passed, so the items I’m sharing in the next few days were actually presents (all $10 and under). Last month I went out shopping with a friend because she had to shop for a wedding appropriate summer dress, and we had been wanting to stop into Ragstock for their last day in business. We began our shopping day at Ragstock, where we scored some good deals. I purchased a navy romper with white stars, and my friend, Nikki, kindly bought me a plaid purple pleated skirt. We wasted some time at the mall, where I obtained my first ever Aeropostale tank top – for free! Happy Birthday to me. Below is the plaid, purple pleated skirt I inherited for my birthday from the late Ragstock in Appleton (2011-2013, R.I.P.).
I’m so behind on blog posts, so I’m just catching up on the new things I’ve gotten in the last month. I have so many new products to share with you guys, that I’ll probably throw in some “new” new items with the slightly older items just so I’m not constantly sharing things that are a month old. That way some will be brand new, and others will be a couple months old. I have so much to share, so I’ll just get on track again!
To my surprise, today was the best day I have had in a long time. When my alarm clock went off this morning I was dreading the 8am departure from my blankets. At least I didn’t have to work, right? Oh wait, I LOVE my job so that wouldn’t have been so bad! Anyways…
My friend and I decided to take some pictures with her semi-new camera so that she can test her eye in photography. We visited St. Nazianz, a short drive with a long history…our first thrift shop stop of the day. *Ques Macklemoore – or whatever his name is* St Nazianz has an old, abandoned Catholic school, and many buildings that once upon a time catered to the use of the Catholic school. With the help of a developing thrift shop, the community is attempting to raise money to restore the historic church, school and surrounding buildings. But until the buildings are restored, there is no admittance into any of the buildings other than the church, so you can see our disappointment when we asked the owner to take photos in her asbestos caked landmarks. She granted us full permission to have our fun around the buildings, so we did. Thrift Shop Stop Report no.1: We departed with a stuffed penguin, a unicorn pillow pet, a Simpson’s puzzle…more puzzles and whatever else Nikki bought that I didn’t actually take notice of.
Even though we weren’t allowed into the buildings, we found remarkable structures, stain glass windows, art and things I could only describe as a broken-”what-is-that”. Most people would not consider a couple hours spent kicking glass a good time, but the day got better. After our departure from St. Nazianz, we traveled to my friend’s house so she could pick up her laptop to upload our images. On our way, we stopped at a consignment shop AND another thrift shop, which thankfully, between the two, only concluded in a couple dollars spend by Nikki on some vinyls she will end up burning.
After picking up the computer, we continued to the gas station nearest my house, and made yet another stop at a rummage sale. I really didn’t want to go, but my friend insisted she sells purses at a reasonable price. Not that I cared at first, since “cheap” and “designer” still end up being hundreds of dollars. To our amazement, we approached the rummage sale and were informed that the rack of brand new purses in her driveway were on clearance for $10, exceeding the slashed $48 rummage sale price. After minimal discussion, we left with two new purses and were greeted by a small kitten when leaving. Like a cherry on a sundae…a purring kitten AND a new purse. What is a girl to do?!
So then we continued to the gas station near my house to get money out, grab Subway and head home. When I arrived at the Kwik Trip nearest to my house, I accidentally pressed the wrong cash amount when selecting a withdrawl amount. To my surprise, yet again, the ATM spat out the sum I requested in error, when I didn’t think I even had that amount available. Not only did it hand out above and beyond what I thought I had, but my balance noted I had a $3 comfort left in my account! SCORE! In a victory lap, we pulled into the Wal Mart parking lot just as a car was leaving the front space – not so uncommon, I know, but sometimes its the small things. We proceeded to order Subway sandwiches inside, when we were informed at the cash register our orders would be free since their system had unexpectedly shut down. Free Subway?!! YES!! Best day ever. Free Subway for my boyfriend, Nikki and myself. We went home, informed my boyfriend of our incredible day, shared a visit with my mom and ate. Nikki went to work shortly after and I left for Appleton with my boyfriend. My day continues…
After two thrift shop stops, a rummage sale and a consignment stop, my boyfriend and I stopped at another consignment shop looking for some odd things we’d been meaning to look for. We found more than what we had been looking for at BumblePuppy, and I even found some unique steam punk buttons I will be using for a photo shoot next month. Our trip concluded at Michael’s, a craft store similar to Hobby Lobby, where I bought a new professional portfolio to fit inside the leather carrying case I picked up at BumblePuppy. There was an additional item I picked up for the “Not in Kansas” steam punk event next month in Chiton, WI., but I’ll just let you guys see my wardrobe selections when I post the images.
I wanted to share my incredibly awesome day with you guys! I will have pictures to post soon of the mini shoots I’ve been doing with my friend, Nichole. She is a photography hobbyist who is learning the tricks of the trade. I know pictures speak more than words, so I’ll post my findings from today in a later post with photos from my time with Nikki. Hopefully, my excellent day will encourage someone who didn’t have such a good day, or at least provide an amusing form of entertainment for those of you who think this had to have been a fabricated tale. Tomorrow will also be a very fun day, as I’m spending the morning with Nikki again and attending a wedding with my boyfriend, but it will also have it’s cons. Tomorrow is the last day the Appleton Ragstock will remain in business. They are closing their doors for now until relocating is possible. Please pray for the lost jobs of those involved, and the decision making process of the corporate staff.
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Lately, I have read multiple blog posts regarding what a model should carry in her bag. Until now, my thinking has always been along the lines of simplicity in my daily life, which would seem realistic. However, my view has changed as I have began to realize that I need to make things easier for myself when I don’t have the extra time to spare. So obvious, right!?
On a usual day, I can wake up when I please, make any phone calls within normal business hours and send emails at any hour of the night, knowing they will be addressed the following business day. On a usual day, I may run to the store, go out to run errands, eat on the go or have a date with Brian. On these “usual days”, I have my own schedule where very few things such as appointments or meetings have a hard schedule, and I can take my time doing my makeup routine. Working days are another story.
On a day where I have a photo shoot, promotional appearance, rehearsal, show or a combination of these things, I am in a rush most of the day. When my day begins, I like to have all of my makeup in the drawer conveniently located under my bedroom mirror. When all of my makeup is there, my morning flows and I can easily complete my look for the day, utilizing the four-way lights and shelves that hold most of my products. After I do my makeup for a day of work, I struggle to recall all the products I will need for the day. After I have my favorite products gathered, I feel like I could recreate an appropriate look for the day if I would need to reapply anything, such as mascara ruined by the rain or lipstick smudged by a water bottle. I don’t always take the exact shade or the same brand that I applied in the morning, but something similar has always worked.
When reading about what models consider essential products to always keep in their bag, I changed my thinking. If I am keeping things in one spot for the convenience of when I have time to locate ‘various tools in different cases’, like my boyfriend says; I should relocate my items to make things easier for when I don’t have the time. From this day on I will have my go-see bag packed and ready to go. No more late nights spent frivolously packing, hoping to get it all the next morning. It is easier to spend two minutes on my days off picking my daily essentials out of the model bag next to my bedroom dresser to get ready, instead of throwing my products in a bag for a long day of work where my job is looking my best.
At home, I also try to give my skin and hair a break. As gross as it sounds, I try to only wash my hair a couple times a week in order to let the natural oils reach the ends of my hair. The products in my bag are coordinated with my routine of creating a natural look, which is always the best choice when making a first impression in the industry. Having my go-to bag finished is a good reminder for me to try using mostly those makeup products when I am at home, also. The products in my bag are as follows:
1. Clipboard: This particular clipboard opens to store writing utensils and paperwork inside. Tomorrow I will doing an Axe promotional event, which allows me to store all my necessary paperwork without creasing the edges of my time sheet or wrinkling my training manual on accident. Inside I have also stored a portable calendar for reference of my schedule on the job.
2. Makeup Bag: Inside I have included concealer (Maybelline), powder (Covergirl), a light liquid foundation (Almay), moisturizer (Gold Bond), lip balm in clear and soft pink (Nivea), water-proof mascara (Rimmel London), makeup remover (Maybelline), facial pads and Q-tips, liquid primer and bronzer (Hard Candy), compact (Estee Lauder), lipstick and a soft colored gloss with matching lip liner(Mary Kay). This seems like a lot, but I included products that are in smaller, flat bottles, or found in travel sizes. Everything is a basic makeup product, and I excluded tools such as an eyelash curler or brushes that would add too much extra.
3. Dial Lotion: Non scented, for sensitive skin. Used in travel bottle.
4. Secret Deodorant: Often times I leave the house for fittings not wearing deodorant because clients do not want to see marks on their clothing. It makes it easier to quickly slip in and out of the clothing without ruining them. It is an essential item I always need to carry.
5. Sunscreen: I use Coppertone Sport High Performance so my skin has the ultimate protection. Try to find the best SPF possible. Your skin will thank you. Being burned is uncomfortable and it damages your skin, making the aging process much harsher, I hear.
6. Perfume: Sweet Pea from Bath and Body Works (travel size $5)
7. Sunglasses: Your choice!
8. Travel box: Includes Tums, Midol, cough drops, hair ties, bobby pins, nail file, contact case, elastic headband.
9. Kleenex: You never know..
10. Comb or brush: You’ll thank yourself later.
11: Anything else you need that is personal. Contact Solution(travel size)/Glasses/Case: At the end of the day, my eyes are dry from contacts and they need a rest. So many times I have left the house without cases and had to ‘deal with it’ for a multiple hour car ride home from an event. ESSENTIAL for contact users. I also just began bringing my inhaler because of my asthma. Bring things you would need to be comfortable on a daily basis. This would include an extra pair of walking shoes, because heels are not comfortable and you’ll wish you had something different to leave the venue in.
Hello little mice,
If you keep scrolling and actually reading, you’ll discover my quick solution to thin, unnoticed lips. My lips are pretty average, so maybe I’m not the best model for the before and after, but it looks summery and bright even if you already have fuller lips. Here we go.
So this is the first post I have done on a topic I hope to cover more in the future. Its not very popular in the beauty industry, but I’d like to touch on it anyhow because you can come up with some pretty creative looks using things you might otherwise throw away. Today, I did an ombre inspired lip look that makes the lips look fuller without showing a lot of color contrast. Everything in my makeup routine today, with the exception of eye shadow, lipstick and foundation, was a makeup product meant for a different part of the face. Stay with me…
The ombre theme is currently very popular with spring and summer trends. Sometimes its fun to rock a colored lip to see how long you can go without rolling your lips together on accident and smudging the two tone masterpiece you spent so long on. However, I created a more subtle ombre look that won’t make you look ombre-obsessed. Especially if you processed your hair in chase of the welcoming trend, or blended your eye shadow into two different shades and you’re afraid of looking too two toned. Here’s the scoop.
I began by using a generous amount of Mary Kay’s Sheer Sensation Lip Color in Peachy Sheen (3503) to the outside edge of my top and bottom lip. I used the lighter color on the outside to mix it up, also thinking that it may be easier to wear. Next I applied L.A. Colors Cherry Red (6460) to the inside of my top and bottom lip, blending and slowly applying. I smoothed my lips together to blend them only slightly, and then I reapplied the lighter shade to touch up the blended line. After both colors were applied, it wasn’t obvious that there were two colors together because the color becomes washed with my natural lip color. However, there are two colors which give contouring to the lips to make them look fuller. I ended this look by applying Mary Kay’s Perfect Pink (6K05) lip liner with a peachy shade of Simply Sweet lip gloss. I recommend buying a different lip gloss other than Simply Sweet. I’m only using them because they were given to me for free. I wouldn’t purchase them because they smell strongly of ink and the company doesn’t care enough to print colors on their products in order to tell them apart. It is a cheap product to say the least.
On to the weird part. Next I applied a peach eye shadow to my eyes with a red accent to the outer part of the lid. This helps accentuate the color blend on the lips without looking too scary. I bought my 3 plate shadow palette online where the brand name wasn’t specified. My palette has no name on it, but surprisingly the colors are very soft and long lasting. This is upsetting because I have no idea who to reorder through! After my shadow application was complete, I gave the eye a bold look by using NK’s red lip liner to my eye as eyeliner. This product takes me forever to use because I very rarely go with a bright red lipstick, however, I’ve been using it with lighter shades to softly blend at the lip edge without making a distinguished line.
After that, I used a product that I decided to save years ago for just this purpose. Old Halloween makeup. My mom asked if I’d ever use an almost full tube of white Halloween makeup she’d found who knows where. I couldn’t bear the wasted money on cosmetics, so I squeezed the remaining makeup into an old Max Factor mascara tube. Max Factor is no longer made in the U.S., so I believe I have a small piece of cosmetic history. Anyways, I had rinsed out the tube before squeezing in the Halloween makeup, so now I have a black tube of snow white mascara. I applied it without using a lash curler because white lashes are pretty weird as it is and they draw attention to themselves without looking really voluminous and fake. That completes today’s look about what is on my face.
Yet again we are entering the early hours of the morning, which usually turns out to be the most productive hours of my day. Last night followed the pattern of the preceding nights, where I got very little sleep due to my recent insomnia (or as I like to call it, “something like it”).
Today, or as some like to call it…yesterday- I was surprised by my mom inviting me out to lunch and buying me a Baby Lips lip balm as well as a bottle of Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Brilliant. After my recent raves over Maybelline’s Baby Lips product she’d decided to try one for herself in addition to generously purchasing one for me to add to my now four strong collection of Baby Lips. My previous product review says enough, but my lips were chapped and bleeding when we were eating lunch; and in a matter of thirty minutes after applying the product my dry skin was peeling away to reveal the softer, healthier skin underneath. This time around my pick was Grape Vine (20) and my mom, who opts for softer, more natural shades, chose Peach Kiss (30). Both are made with aloe leaf extract and vitamin E. This is definitely one of those products that I try to keep spread out around my house. One is kept in my purse, jacket or pants pocket (especially in cold weather or long periods spent away from home) so it is with me most of the time. I also try to keep one in my makeup drawer because it can be used to create a natural look as well as a glamorous look. When using it to create a glamorous look I try to use Baby Lips as a base coat on my lips. This helps the top product glide smoothly over my lips and prevent the product from caking in my natural lip creases. Without too much more on this product, I’d like to conclude that its an ultimate go to product. It works while I sleep to transform my lips overnight and it increases the fullness of my lips to truly make my skin photo shoot ready.You can purchase any shade of Baby Lips here, or at most local convenience centers.
On to the exciting, new product of the day…. Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish. While shopping after lunch my mom invited me to pick out a color for myself because she had a coupon for $3 off when buying 2. She picked up “Peaches and Cream” after pondering over a darker coral hue and I picked “lav-endure” after drooling over pastel nail products for months now. Upon applying this particular product I was impressed by the integrity of the color. The polish actually looked opaque after all of my nails were done, and only a couple nails needed a second coat due to my lack of consistency. I’m definitely giving it a thumbs up. It was well worth the price, even without the coupon since they’re only $4 each. There are 45 high gloss colors to choose from, and some even have a fine shimmer to them. I purchased mine at Wal-Mart, but you can view product information or purchase them at http://www.covergirl.com/. So far I’m liking the sincerity of the Covergirl “go topless” ads. No top coat is needed and there is still a finished, glossy look to each nail.
UPDATE: After 7 days of wear my nails look practically the same! I’m not even going to post a picture because it looks mostly like day 1 from below. There are minor chips on the edges from my nasty lip picking habit. There is also a line where the paint has broken from the cuticle. I’m going to push down my cuticles and reapply so there is a straight, neat line across the bottom of my nails. This product does not disappoint.