Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where have you been all my life!!!

One thing is for sure blogging has truly opened my eyes to new beauty brands... Being a Makeup Artist, I have this addiction to MAC. I love MAC and everything, but there is so much more out there in the wonderful world of makeup... Throughout these last few years I have become addicted to several different brands, the latest....... Kat Von D! I mean really why have I never given this brand a shot!!! Ahhhh, well you live, you learn! Ok so, here we go... I picked up a few thing the other day at Sephora, specifically 3 of the shade shifter eyeshadows. They are $16.00 for 0.09 oz. and are supposed to be a powder eyeshadow that shifts, as in a duochrome finish that is activated with water. I also picked up 2 everlasting love liquid lipsticks & 2 studded kiss lipsticks.

Swatches below
Love Letter
It's a purple-maroon color.  It medium/dark, warmer plum with a frost finish. I found it to be super soft, smooth like butter, and very blendable.

On the Road (my favorite)
 Is a sort of brown-green change! It’s  medium in color, but it's very buildable so you could easily make it very dark. It has a warmer tone brown with reddish undertones and it shifts to a green frosty finish. Once again the texture was soft and buttery, which made it easy to blend. This is the type of shade that I gravitate to.

it's a beautiful sunset golden color. It shifts from a deep orange in some lights to a yellow-green, with a golden yellow in between... This one is just like the others with buttery smoothness. I have found all of these to be incredible eyeshadows. This color though I feel like you will have to be very careful a little goes a long way and you don't wan to look crazy!

The everlasting love liquid lipsticks are EVERYTHING!!!
I mean to tell they wont budge, after I swatched outlaw, I took a shower and literally had to use my pumice stone to get it off!

I picked up Lolita (which I love) however it does come out very dark I wish it was closer to the color you see in the tube.
It is sort of a dark mauve color think mid 90's, now it's all coming back right!!! You weren't cool unless you had at least 3 lippies in this color range...

I also picked up outlaw. Because, you know you have to have an all powerful everlasting red!
I really went back and forth between outlaw and underaged red... I went with outlaw because it was a more cherry type of red.

Now for the studded kiss lipsticks, which have to coolest tubes EVER!
I grabbed Lolita!!!

I'm not even kidding I love this color and it is the perfect 1995, Kylie Jenner color!
I also picked up Lovecraft...
Lovecraft is super matte and a pinky nude color, it sort of reminds me of MAC mehr just a little less warm.

Swatches below left to right
Lolita studded kiss lipstick, Lovecraft studded kiss, Outlaw everlasting love liquid lipstick,
Devotion shade shifter es, On the Road shade shifter es, and Love Letter shade shifter es

With flash
without flash natural light

Make sure you are following me on instagram I will be posting some look using these in the next few days! instagram name onceuponamanda
So what makeup lines have surprised you? Do you own any Kat Von D? I'd love to hear your feedback!!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Revamp, Renew, Reintroduction!!! This is me!

Hi Loves!!! Long time no talk!!! I have really missed this, so much has been going on, so much has changed. I have wanted so many times to write a new post, I have actually reviewed a few things and then never hit publish.... So here we go a new start and kind of a change up. This will absolutely still be a beauty blog, but I am also going through a new journey. A get fit, get healthy and self love journey. It's something that has been a long time coming, I am hoping that by putting myself out there you will help me to stay accountable.

I think it's safe to say that I have tried every diet possible. Some have worked and some not so much. I have always had good luck with weight watchers. It is a magnificent program, however I just ate whatever in moderation and stayed in my points. This is great, but eventually I would revert to bad habits. I never TRULY changed my lifestyle or mindset.

I feel like I have always struggled with my weight and been contentious of it. I gained 32 pounds with my first pregnancy and it took a year to get it off plus some. I went back down to high school weight before I got pregnant with Bella. Then with Bella I gained 30 pounds and I worked that off in 6 months, then I had a brilliant idea to get an IUD!!!!! BIG MISTAKE HUGE!!!! I started breaking out and gaining weight back slowly and it was around the holidays to so I didn't think anything of it at first... The sad thing is, it took me over a year to figure out what was going on and by that time I had gained about 45 pounds. I had it removed, downloaded the c25k app started running, tried herbalife stayed under 1200 calories a day and nothing!!! Not one pound, my hormones were so out of whack. I was facing an uphill road and then I got pregnant.... I only gained 16 pounds with Scarlett, and it really was a hormone reset for me. I have now lost 45 pounds since I had her and she is a year old today. Honestly though I hit that 45 pound mark in May and have just been maintaining. That is no longer good enough I am 12 pounds away from prebaby weight (Noah the first baby) and I am determined to get there and keep on going!

So if your still reading (sorry for all the ramblings)...This is what I am doing now... I use the my fitness pal app to stay on track, I am eating as clean as possible and I am working out 5 days a week. I am working out at home, I don't have a gym membership although I plan on getting one at my 6 month mark. I have been using my eliptical for cardio and doing lotts of push up's squats and using my kettlebell. I will just say to you, in the small amount of time that I have changed my eating up, I have NEVER felt better. I'm talking NEVER, not even in high school. I guess because I have never attempted to eat clean before, even while on weight watchers. I never knew the difference that it actually made. I have days now where I actually feel good about myself and that is no small thing for me. I can already see a difference in my arms and my clothes fit so much better.
This is it for me I am all in, I don't want to live my life hiding in big clothes and not wating to take family pictures. I want to enjoy going places and not wonder what people are thinking of me. I want my little girls to be proud of me and to know that they can be strong. I want my husband to think I'm the most beautiful woman in the world. I want my son to be proud that I am his mommy, and I just don't want to feel like crap about myself anymore. In short I want to lift heavy!!!! 
So if anyone is still out there thank you for reading, and please share with me any similar struggles. Like I said this is still going to be a beauty blog, but I will also be talking about my victories and struggles with my self love journey...