Sunday, December 23, 2012

Deck the Halls

 We've finally finished decorating the house for Christmas and I thought I'd share a few photos. Doesn't everything look prettier at Christmas. 
 Here's our lovely white tree that is in our foyer. Its always been our vintage inspired themed tree. One year the ornaments were small vintage books from my mom's childhood. Then we just did vintage ornaments. Now we've settled on a blue and red vintage ornament theme.

 I wish I could take ownership for the adorable tree skirt, but I can't. My mom made this baby a few years back and its still darling!

 This is our big tree, or rather the main tree. Its crowded with ornaments! And that is my mother hanging up the snowflakes in the window.
 I spy my little cardboard gingerbread house...
 These two our my favorite. They are so charming!

Again, another craft I wish I'd come up with...crochet door nob hangers. We have a couple of these around the house made by my two great grandmothers. I come from a long line of crafty ladies...
Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a happy holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cardboard Gingerbread House

 While I'm sure many are used to the tradition of decorating gingerbread houses, I have a new one for you! Cardboard Gingerbread houses! 
Actually this whole craft idea came about after I decorated a house from a horrible kit I bought at Walmart. It was terrible. I'm usually very good at decorating, but that kit was so destined to be a disaster that even my diligent decorating skills couldn't save the house. Then I stumbled across this free template and decided to put my own spin on the idea.
 The Materials I used:
- Brown (almost like Kraft Paper) Cardstock
- White Acrylic paint
- Washi Tape
- Ric Rac
- Baby Pom Poms
- Oragami Paper
- Scotch Tape
- Tacky Glue
 This is the front of my house. I absolutely adore the ric rac and thought it would be perfect for some extra decoration. 

Here's the back of the house. I almost think the back is my favorite! 
I loved making this little house. I'm actually entertaining the idea that I'm going to make a new one of these every year and I'll have a little Christmas village! Hope you enjoyed this little craft! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kiss and Makeup?

 Hello blogging world! I've missed you! I'm finished with finals and have been at home enjoying the pleasures of having nothing to do. And instead of blogging, I've been relaxing and watching The O.C. (whoops!) 
But today I wanted to admit to something...I'm a closet makeup junkie. Like I'm one of those people who watches makeup tutorials on YouTube and likes to indulge myself in reading makeup reviews online. I know, I'm a little weird. But just for kicks I thought it would be fun to show a few of my makeup faves. I don't wear this makeup all at the same time (usually). Actually you wouldn't really know I'm such a makeup fan because I usually don't even wear that much makeup. But on with the goods...
 Face products! My favorite. Actually not really, I just like what I like and that's it. Anyways I've truly bought into the Loreal True Match line. Mostly because I tried the foundation last year and found that it was the only foundation that actually matched my skin tone so naturally I figured all the products were the right fit for me. 
1) Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W2. I love this foundation. Its a little messy, but its so worth it. Nothing has ever matched my skin perfectly, but this stuff does the job.
2) Loreal True Match Crayon Concealer in W1,2,3. This stuff is new. As in maybe released last week. But its excellent. I used to use the normal true match concealer but it was so messy and the packaging was terrible, so when I found this I couldn't be more excited. Its creamy and perfect for hiding those nasty zits (yes, my skin is clinging to the fact that this is my last year of being a teenager). 
3) Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Ivory. I bought this to brighten up my dark circles. And its excellent!
4) Nars Blush and Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. This stuff is perfect. The blush is supposed to be the most universal blush there is and I can see why. Its a perfect pinkish gold and its super flattering. The bronzer is also the only bronzer a pale girl like me can pull off. Its super light, but also very buildable. 
5) Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 120. This product isn't really that special, but it keeps me from looking like an oil slick mess, so two thumbs up!
6) Loreal True Match Blush in Warm Honey. Perfection.
7) Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light. This product is a lifesaver for special events when I need my makeup to stay all day and night.  
 Am I boring you guys yet? Hope not! Here are a few of my favorite eye products...
1) Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I know there are a lot of natural eyeshadow palettes out there, but this one is my favorite. As you can see, I'm completely running out of the top colors but that's because they are the best! 
2) Wet and Wild's Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Egg Shells. I just bought this, mostly as a replacement for some of the colors in my other palette. But for a $2 eyeshadow palette, I have to admit that it is pretty amazing. The colors are very pigmented and last all day and they are very comparable to high end eye shadows. What a deal!
3) Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Black/Brown. I love this formula. I accidentally bought the curved brush recently, but its kind of growing on me. People always ask me what mascara I wear because it looks so natural and makes my lashes look extra long. This is it folks.
4) Elf Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I'm cheap. Sue me. But this $1 eyeliner is the best stuff I've used. Very precise and very easy to use.
A few bonus products (but ones that I couldn't live without!).
1) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. I'm a HUGE lipstick gal. But if I had to pick just one to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it. I'll admit, this is the second tube of it that I've gone through--its that good! Its the perfect formula. The perfect color. Perfect everything!
2) Sephora by OPI nail polish in Shiny Dancer. This is my color man. My entire family is obsessed with this color. So much so that my mom has already bought me 2 back ups (it was a funny accident, but still). 
3) Marc Jacob's Daisy Perfume in a Rollerball. If I had a signature scent, this would be it. I adore this light perfume. It isn't overbearing and is just a lovely scent. I've never owned a bottle but I kind of prefer the rollerballs because I can throw them in my bag for later. 

Thank you all for indulging me in my little makeup post. I love sharing my secret obsession and this was a fun way to go through some of my favorite products. I'll be back soon with some fun crafts and other more normal posts :)

P.S. What are some of your favorite makeup products? I'd love to know!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Few Favorites...

 So now that I'm basically done with school (one little acting scene tomorrow and I'm home free!) I can actually enjoy blogging once more! So I thought I'd share a few pinterest favorites from the last 3 weeks. Lately I've only been allowing myself to get on Pinterest for 5 minutes a day so that I may get all my work done. I know, even I am impressed with my discipline ;)
 This typewriter dress is perfect! I want one especially since those typewriters look like my gorgeous red typewriter!
 These ornaments are so sweet. I may try my hand at making a few over the break if there is time.
I love this print!

 I need this squirrel mug. Like really I need it.

I just discovered this blog the other day and I'm seriously in love. Aren't these two looks perfect? Cozy and cute!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Juries Juries Finals Juries

 Its finals week and there is so much to do! 

 These pictures were taken after I had an 8 am final for my Fundamentals of Theatre class. So, I feel like that justifies my general look of gross hair and somewhat frumpy clothes. 
 Tomorrow I have my BFA application Jury and I am deathly nervous. Its all I can think about right now. Once its over with, I will feel so much better about my life. 
 We've been practicing extra hard on juries lately and I hope all the hard work pays off! Tonight we a christmas party for the department and I'm really excited! Maybe I'll post some pictures of our sophomore costumes ;) 
Happy finals week everybody!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Best Albums of 2012

As a music enthusiast, I get to this point of the year and I like to evaluate the music I've been listening to and make a list of the best albums. So here we go! They are in no particular order although I will admit that I have worn those Passion Pit and Beach House albums out! Also, Mumford and Sons. Okay, I guess I should stop hehe.
1) Beach House- Bloom
2) Mumford and Sons- Babel
3) Passion Pit- Gossamer 
4) Regina Spektor- What We Saw From the Cheap Seats
5) The Lumineers- The Lumineers
6) Trampled by Turtles- Stars and Satellites
7) Kimbra- Vows
8) Andrew Bird- Break it Yourself
9) Rufus Wainwright- Out of the Game
10) Miike Snow- Happy to You
11) Noel Stephens and the Darlings (Are We Breaking Up?)

If you like to make these lists too, link me to your list! I want to find some new music!