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A few of my favorites (in terms of makeup)

They say... beauty is only skin deep, but we as women know that sometimes we need a little help from our friends, that go by the names of Cover Girl, Revlon, Smashbox, Stila, and the like. Well, I have decided to share a few of my favorites:



1. Smashbox primer- I had never been a primer girl, until I received a sample of Smashbox Photo Finish primer, and instantly fell in love. Yes, this stuff is expensive, but there are things on the market that can dupe for it, but it will never be the same. So for now, I shall use my samples, and when I run out, think about paying the $30+ for it.

2. Rimmel Scandal eyes eye liner- Hands down the best eyeliner I have tried, and it's relatively cheap.

3. Physician's Formula Natural Nude Pallet- I just bought this about a week ago, because I am too cheap to buy the Naked or Naked 2 Pallet, and I am in love with the colors. I personally think that it is a dupe for the Naked Pallets, and I couldn't be happier.

3. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara- Sephora sells a Smashbox try it kit, which is a miniature set of primer, eyeliner, lip gloss, and THIS mascara. I have tried many tubes of mascaras, and have found that this coats and lifts my eye lashes. It actually looks like I am wearing falsies!

5. Dr. Jart + Premium BB Cream- Like mascara, I have tried a lot of BB and CC creams (a review is soon to come), and when I received a sample of this, I was amazed. The way that it glided onto my face, and the color that it gave me... I was so sold that I actually went out and bought a full size tube.

6. Benefit "Hello Flawless" Liquid foundation- I love this stuff, because of the color and the coverage that it gives me. Yes, it is expensive, but it is so well worth it!

7. Physician's Formula Super BB cream- A drugstore Dupe for the well loved and famous Smashbox BB cream, and it is almost the same. Yes, I said almost... It doesn't glide over my skin as well as the Smashbox BB that I have sampled, but it is a great BB cream.

* I don't use the same foundation/bb/cc cream daily, but those are the 3 that I switch between*

There you have it! My favorites (in terms of makeup).

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Thirty by thirty

Hello and welcome to my blog! For my first post, I am going to tell you guys about the thing that started this whole bloggy idea.

My 28th birthday is coming up in a little over two months, and I have really been thinking about how close I am to 30. Some people would say that I am pre-mid-life crisis, but I don't think I am. There are just some things that I have wanted to do before the big 3-0. I know that I am not the only one who has had this idea, and when I came across a thirty before thirty post on a blog I follow, I knew I had to made a list. This is not a bucket list... it is a list of things that I would like to complete by the time I am 30.

To view the post I am talking about, read here: 30 before 30.

*Disclaimer: In making this list, I realized that I should have started it long before I turned 28, so almost 10 of them have already been completed*

My list (the ones I have completed are in Purple with a date after):

1) Experience love at first sight. (completed September 2010 when my son was born)

2) Marry someone that I am deeply in love with. (completed September 2009)

3) Swim in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean Oceans.

4) Take a cruise.

5) Finish a novel (publishing not required).

6) Go to New Orleans. (completed March 2012)

7) Find a happy weight.

8) Find a job that pays well, and that I love.

9) Have a baby! (completed September 29... His name is Gavin Michael)

10) Read and finish book. (completed 2013.. Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy... what can I say)

11) Go to a Chicago Cubs game, Chicago Bears, and a Chicago Blackhawks game.

12) Meet a moose at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, OH.

13) Play with a Penguin in Gatlinburg, TN.

14) Go to Las Vegas and see at least one show. (completed September 2009)

15) Get another tattoo.

16) Go to Niagara Falls.

17) Take a trip to Washington DC, and visit all of the monuments and museums.

18) Obtain a passport and take a trip to Canada.

19) Go apple picking in Michigan.

20) To have a blog following of 50 within the first 6 months.

21) To buy a house.

To be continued...

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