Current Beauty Favorites

Y'all know I am a make-up junkie, right?


Not to the level of some I'm sure but no where near low maintenance either.

I like to switch my make-up routine from time to time by shuffling through my stash and occasionally trying out new things. Sometime last year, I think, I started using a few IT Cosmetics products. I liked them for a while and then, of course, started changing things up again. I think my skin gets stuck in a rut and seems to respond better when I switch back and forth between a few different foundations and such.

After setting everything out for this picture I realized I am full-on back in my IT Cosmetics infatuation.

So let's take a peek, shall we? 

Starting from the left, I've been using a drop (or so) each of IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light and Medium as a light foundation, blending it around with an angled foundation brush (not shown). It has nice coverage but I like a bit more so I follow up with a few swooshes of IT Cosmetics Celebration powder foundation with that flat brush shown. You can also wear the CC+ Cream or the powder foundation by itself, which I sometimes do when in a rush.

Sidenote: IT Cosmetics has amazing brushes! QVC offers combinations that include product and brush sets that are really good deals, Ulta also sells IT Cosmetics and their brushes, but separately.

I use a tiny dab, believe me a little goes a long way, of  IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer under my eyes. For contour and blush and highlight I use the Vitality Face Disk from, yep, you guessed it, IT Cosmetics. So nice to have everything all together in one compact! I finish up with Bye Bye Pores powder from IT, which really makes pores vanish, fo' real. They've now come out with a pressed powder version which I carry in my purse and keep the messy loose powder at home.
Shown in the middle are my two current faves for my brows, the top pencil is from Rimmel and is a neutral shade called Hazel, it also has a brush on the cap which is really convenient. My favorite fave for brows though is Brow Power from IT Cosmetics (are you sensing a pattern?) in Universal Taupe. It works well for most brows (the depth of color depends on how hard you press) and has a spooly brush on the other side.

I've become friends with my Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow collection again, as shown to the right. They apply quickly, blend easily and mix well together. I love these shades of muted brown, taupe, bronze, grey and vanilla (these last three have shimmer). They wear well and the shadow pots last seriously, forever.

Of course I use mascara and eyeliner as well, they're just not shown.

I bought this IT Cosmetics lipstick and gloss last year and never quite felt like they were right for me.  They are both in the shade Je Ne Sais Quoi, that's so fun to say by the way, which goes on clear and then changes to a lovely soft pink. Almost like a mood lipstick, I guess. It also acts like a lip stain and the color lasts for quite a while after the gloss wears off. You can wear the lipstick or the gloss by themselves or layer them for a more dramatic, and glossy, look. On a whim last week I started using them again and am now completely hooked.

In other beauty related news, I am currently managing to only wash my hair twice a week, if all goes as planned. It's so freeing! I'd love to push it to once a week if I could!

I'm sorry if y'all think that's gross, but it really works with my hair texture and general lack of motivation to go through the entire shampoo, blow-dry and style process too often. The more you wash your hair the more your scalp produces oil to balance things, so washing it less actually helps your hair. Maybe you can't stretch out your shampoos as long as I'm doing, but maybe try to go at least one day between shampoos to start with. Finding the right dry shampoo is such a game--and life--changer!

I flip between a few brands, and you might need to try out a few before you find the best one for you, but I'm currently loving the Fresh scent Batiste (I've used the original before as well).
In final beauty news, I picked up a new OPI polish last week, Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (I love their names!) which is a pale beige-y taupe, a really nice neutral shade. I also gave these Rimmel cream eye shadow crayons a whirl.They're great for a super fast swoosh of color, but I think I like the Maybelline Color Tattoos the best as far a cream shadows go.

What are some of your current favorites? Do tell.


Miscellany Monday

School is in full swing, as in homework and tests and progress reports and activities and projects.
I don't know who was more excited to turn in her Indian project poster last week, me or her. Or possibly our printer.

Now she's currently positioned herself on the floor working on her book report poster for Wonder. Since it's not due until Wednesday and she might just finish it today, I'm calling that winning.

Last week we went to our first high school volleyball game for Junior High Night. The kids that went to volleyball camp over the summer got in free, which was nice. Clear Creek (my alma mater) played Clear Falls in fast paced, leave it all on the court, exciting matches. Creek won two, then lost one, then pulled out another win to win overall. Whew!

Annelise had her first soccer game of the fall season Saturday and it was a doozy because of the heat. Scott and I were melting just sitting on the sidelines so I can only imagine how miserable the players were. It was a close game but her team lost 2-1. She made one goal though and had a few other almost goals so she felt pretty good about it. Several of the same kids are still on the team, along with one other girl that Annelise has become friends with, so that's nice. 

Sidenote: During halftime one of the moms was talking with us and the convo turned to orthodontics which lead to me asking for her information, which lead to me digging around in my purse for a pen and paper and ended up in me revealing my embarrassing stash of eleventy five lipsticks and glosses and balms, along with a pen, thank goodness, however, she had to write her info on the back of a band aid.

Because I'm so prepared and organized that way.

After the game we recovered from our respective heat strokes and freshened ourselves up, we drove out to Waller to visit Scott's sister and brother and assorted others, which was nice but made for a super long Saturday.

In unrelated news, I finished reading this delight today:
Highly recommend A Window Opens.

I had been reading one of Sharon Kay Penman's historical fiction epics, When Christ and His Saints Slept, and was enjoying it, but took a little break for something lighter and faster. A few years ago I got lost in her Welsh princes trilogy starting with Here Be Dragons, so I enjoy her books, but they are very detailed and require, um...focus (but worth the effort).

Stay tuned for the deets on our annual girls' weekend and more odds and ends...



Miscellany Monday

Aren't three day weekends the best?


We celebrated Annelise's birthday all throughout Friday (full post coming soon) then topped off the day with our first Friday Night Lights of the season.
(cool photo props to Macy, Scott may or may not have snagged this photo covertly.)

It may have also been my last, at least for a while, until the weather changes. By the time we schlepped from the parking lot and muddled our way around some construction zones I was a hot mess and never fully recovered since it was a muggy 87+ degrees even after sunset.

But it was fun to sit with friends and be sweaty and uncomfortable together. Okay, I may be stretching the word fun. It was Senior Night and we got to see two of our favorite senior girls perform, Mikayla with the band (along with her freshman sister, Miranda) and Kelsey leading (!!) the Cavalier drill team. We missed the parents escorting the seniors before the game since we were eating out for Annelise's birthday, but saw some pictures of the festivities and then got to enjoy the halftime show. Kelsey's dad, Jeff, got to dance with her, which was a hoot.
She was also gracious enough to pose for a few photos under the bleachers a little later.
It's awesome to have great role models for our younger girls to look up to (and they do)!

Sunday night we all got together again after church for taco night along with more fun and games over at the Sabs house. Pat had sent us all trivia questions to answer ahead of time and he set up a quiz on Kahoot.it for us to play on their TV using our phones to answer. It was hil. ar. i. ous. And also rather cutthroat (but all in good fun). After that game we played a few other pre made trivia games and then the kids drifted in and got in on the fun, eventually taking over, with Star Wars and cartoon and history quizzes. They got a little cutthroat too (but all in good fun). We wrapped up the festivities in the wee hours of the morning and dragged our sleepy selves home.

Thankfully, today we had no plans other than being lazy and recovering (staying up super late always wrecks me, I'm old).

How was your Labor Day weekend?



Life Lately (The I Am Ridiculous Version)

I am ridiculous.

And here's why.

In most emotional situations I often wonder if I'm missing a sympathetic gene. While I usually feel empathy or shared sadness for others (I don't think I'm a sociopath) I am not a crier. Like hardly ever. All my friends will be red faced and sobbing over something and I'm just putting on my best sad face and feeling left out of the tear fest feeling like a cold blooded oddity.

But then out of the blue, say during the season (series?) finale of The Astronaut Wives Club when Neil Diamond sings Holly Holy at the end, and BAM! I'm doing my own small version of the Ugly Cry.

Like I said, I am ridiculous.

But I do have a severe fondness for the space program and all the movies (The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, various documentaries) and mini-series (From The Earth to the Moon and now apparently The Astronaut Wives Club can be added to the list) and of course, Neil Diamond and when the two are combined, well I turn all Patsy Cline and fall to pieces (see what I did there?).

Another way I am ridiculous is that I bought another MAC lipstick last week.
Yes, two weeks after I got three MAC lipsticks in the mail from Nordstrom.

Y'all know I have a weakness for lipstick. And gloss. And basically all things make-up.

But Fit Rocker Chick got a new lipstick and shared what it was on her Periscope and it was SO pretty that I just couldn't help myself.

Pink Plaid by MAC and Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Gloss together is pretty much perfection.

Like gum from Jill Goodacre while stuck in an ATM vestibule.

(Chandler Bing anyone?)

I also got a new eyeshadow, MAC Mulch, a warm bronze-y brown, that is my new fave.

Sidenote: I did a Scope about what Periscope Told Me To the other day, you can see my old scopes at Katch.me/marathonbird if y'all have time to kill while clipping your toenails.

Scott and I are both ridiculous because we had a date night and were kind of boring.

But we were TOTALLY okay with that.

Annelise went to a birthday party/sleepover Saturday evening so we talked about going to the movies since we hadn't been in a while. But then when it finally came down to it we just couldn't commit. All the movies were after 6:00 and that's way too late (we're old) none of them were MUST SEE (we hemmed and hawed about Mission Impossible Whatever #) or were too questionable (I adore Jason Bateman  (Arrested Development, yo') but a lot (most?) of his movies lately have been raunchy) and we didn't want to wait to eat until after the movie (priorities people) so...
we went to our favorite Mediterranean dive that we always go to instead.

And it was GOOD.

We were the youngest people in there, yes, we ate with the Early Birds at 5:30.

Also? There was live music and even a sing along (we abstained) but no bellydancing this time.


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