The Glam Series – Face Time

The Glam Series

Hello!  I am finally almost recovered from the worst sickness of 2014 (fingers crossed).  I am excited to join back in to Jordon’s linkup this week to talk all about my face makeup routine!  Now bear with me…none of the items I am about to discuss are fancy or expensive but they work for me and have been longtime staples in my routine.  I have found that spending more moola on facial treatments has been more beneficial to me than breaking the bank on foundations which gives me more room to splurge on other items (ie fancy eye makeups and eyebrow kits).  But if you are looking for some amazing drugstore finds, you have come to the right place! 🙂

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Benefit Porefessional

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After applying my Nerium Day Cream (which I talked about last week), I then apply a layer of this magic to my face.  I have been blessed with larger pores (which I am hoping my beloved Nerium shrinks down) so when I received a sample of Porefessional in my Birchbox a few years ago I was very excited to see if it could assist with hiding my pores.  I was immediately sold based on the texture.  It felt like I was applying liquid silk to my face!  It is a somewhat nude color which blends into my skin tone that helps disguise the pores and also redness.  I feel like it acts like an warmup to the foundation.  Kind of like a wannabe concealer, but for all over not just certain spots.   I have since gone through multiple tubes.  The only downside is the price.  At $30 a pop, I can’t help but ration it.  I try to only use it when I know I am having a long day without time to touch up my makeup, or when I know I will be taking lots of pictures.  I am actually all out and planned on using my Birchbox points to cash in on a new tube…but they are on backorder!  If that doesn’t tell you this product is a winner, I don’t know what will! 🙂  If you have any other suggestions for a winner primer that is possibly cheaper, please let me know!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

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Now, this isn’t really marketed as a foundation, but I have been using it as a foundation for about 3.5 years.  After applying my primer base, I slap on a layer of this “Healthy Skin Enhancer” by using foundation brush and I feel like it helps tone out my skin and leaves me a clean pallete to apply my blush and bronzer.  I really like this product because it acts as a moisturizer, foundation, and a sunscreen and doesn’t leave me feeling like I have a thick layer of makeup on my face.  I like the light clean feeling when it comes to base layer makeup.  I use shade #30, light to neutral and it has not strayed me wrong.  It is very light so I feel like I don’t have to worry about having a dreaded makeup line.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder

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Notice a trend?  I have had nothing but luck with the Neutrogena cosmetic line for the past few years, so I have been loyal.  After applying my “foundation” base in the form of the Healthy Skin Enhancer, I then apply it’s cousin, the Healthy Skin Pressed Powder with my kabuki brush.  I also use shade #30 in the pressed powder.  I like this powder because it helps prevent shine and makes me feel like my foundation layer is set.  It also helps serve as a touchup for shine throughout the day.  You can also see an alternative use to this powder in my eye makeup post last week.

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Milani Baked Blush

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Brace yourself…this may be the best drugstore find you will ever experience.  I picked this blush up on a whim.  Now mind you, I like the “dewy”/”sunkissed” look when it comes to makeup so I gravitate towards more shimmery  blush, eye makeup, and bronzers.  I was at Walgreens and I saw this blush and since Ulta had recently discontinued my current blush I figured I might as well branch out to something new and have never looked back!  I have always found that I liked the “baked” blush and bronzers because they incorporate different shades within the blush so it isn’t just one uniform color.  This blush has several shades of pink, bronze, and a natural that all blend together for the perfect blushy glow.  I have only used the Bellissimo Bronze shade, but depending on your skin tone there may be a better one for you.  Milani offers a total of 7 different blush shades!  It is only $8 so you can’t really lose if you are looking to branch out.  Beats paying $20-$30 at the department store counter!

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Physician’s Formula Custom Blush and Eye Shadow

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This was another random pick.  I was at Target one day and we all know what happens when you go to Target…you walk in for toothpaste and you leave with a shirt, shoes, workout top, and a few new makeup purchases.  Am I right?  Well this one fall day around my birthday, I was running out of of summer glow and also on my bronzer so I thought I would do some experimenting with a new shade of fake summer glow.  I liked the different colors of this compact and how the different colors could blend together to create a unique bronze color.  At first, I thought it was really dark, but then learned to just slowly blend from the top and then work to the bottom of the compact.  I have only used it as a bronzer due to the shade I purchased, but I think you could possibly look into a different shade and use it for both a blush and a bronzer.

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There you have it!  My face makeup routine in a nutshell…and all (except the Porefessional) can be found at your local drugstore or Target!  How’s that for keeping it simple!  I can’t wait to see what other products everyone is using!  Happy Thursday!

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5 on Friday – The Sick Edition

Happy Friday!  It really does seem like it was just last friday, and I honestly wish it still was.  I ended up getting sick last weekend while in Austin and am currently still fighting off what ended up being strep throat.  More like the world’s worst case of strep throat, at least that I have ever had!

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I thought I would share my top 5 saving graces while being sick.

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Full House

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“You got it dude!”  One of the perks of being home during the work week is the ability to catch re-runs upon re-runs of classic childhood television.  I think I have watched a total of 25 episodes this week.  I did get angry reach a low point when I realized that the same episodes from the morning also play again in the afternoon.  No worries…I quickly found some episodes of “Boy Meets World” to ease my pain.

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Green Tea

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I am usually more of an iced sweet tea drinking girl, but since my throat has felt like it has a cactus shoved in back of it, I was willing to try anything.  I picked these K-Cups up randomly as a last minute purchase while stocking up on soft cold food items the other day and was pleasantly surprised.  It feels so good on my throat and has a nice citrusy taste.  I can see myself drinking these even when I am not sick.  I think they would taste good iced on a hot summer day!

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Personal Sized Blender

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This was another Christmas gift I received but I didn’t use it until this week.  When my throat hurt so bad I couldn’t eat I busted out this bad boy and made a protein shake which held me over for about 30 minutes BUT it was much easier than busting out (and then cleaning) my huge blender.  This personal sized blender doubles as a cup so you can just pop it off, and start sipping away!  This week has been perfect for experimenting with shakes since I haven’t had much of an appetite and been craving cold treats.  I also used this to make my new favorite frozen treat…

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Gatorade Slushies

This recipe will blow your mind…but beware it is very complicated:  Fill blender with ice and then fill with your favorite flavor of Gatorade.  Blend.  Ta-Daaaa!

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Simple, yet so refreshing.  I feel like these would make an excellent pool drink in the summer with the addition of vodka! 🙂

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Cold Treats

In addition to the Gatorade Slushies mentioned above, I stocked up on a large supply of Jello, pudding, sherbet, and popsicles which are all a dream come true on my poor throat.  Plus, when else can I allow myself to eat this much sugar without feeling guilty?  PS the sherbet is my favorite and reminds me of that yummy punch that is always served at bridal showers!  Also, why is it spelled “Sherbet” and not “Sherbert”?

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(My grocery store haul)

That’s all folks!  Hopefully I am on the upswing and will be back to 100% next week.  I am looking forward to not cringing in pain every time I swallow or eat! 😦  Have a great weekend!

db7528c5-a5c8-4eb0-9519-22997b018248_zps7d56832d-1I am linking up with the fun ladies above again!

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28.

Today is my 28th birthday (this is being posted exactly at my time of birth!)  so I thought I would reflect on 27 of my favorite memories from my 27th year:

(in chronological order)

  1. Aggie football weekend with my family
  2. Dressing up as Katy Perry for Halloween 2011
  3. Rock n Roll San Antonio Relay w/ my sister Lauren
  4. Vegas with some awesome kids to celebrate Andrew and Hayes’ B-Days!
  5. Surviving the White Rock Half Marathon in freezing rain (and dressed as a penguin!)
  6. Jenn’s awesome Christmas party in my nutcracker costume
  7. Ringing in 2012 with some of my favorites
  8. Frank’s epic going away party
  9. Snuggie Pub Crawl in my nontraditional Snuggie
  10. Mardi Gras 2012 – enough said!
  11. Shaving 13 minutes off my half marathon time at the Cowtown
  12. Stephanie’s Bridal Shower in SA – The premiere of J&J Events
  13. St Patty’s Day shenanigans
  14. My first trip to Chicago, and PRing again at the Chi Town Half (by 30 seconds, but still a PR!)
  15. Random April tornado that totaled out Stanley the Sebring…but resulted in the new Howie the Honda
  16. Stephanie and Brandon’s couple’s shower and my parents visiting Dallas
  17. Rebecca’s visit to Dallas where she asked me to be her Maid of Honor
  18. Finishing up my provisional year in the Junior League of Dallas
  19. Napa trip with Jenn and Elana
  20. My sister Lauren’s visit to Dallas for the LMFAO concert and uptown shenanigans
  21. Stephanie’s Bachelorette party – Call Me Maybe?!?!?!
  22. My cousin/first/best friend’s wedding to one of the greatest guys I know
  23. 4th of July shenanigans with my partner in crime, Julie
  24. Cancun vacation with Julie, Una, and Katie
  25. Leah and Andrew’s shower for their sweet baby Graham
  26. Cousin trip to LA with Stephanie and Julie
  27. Boston trip to celebrate Elana’s Birthday (part 2 this weekend!)

What will 28 have to offer??

 

Read me maybe?

Sooo I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my blog – so read me maybe??

…Ok so after saying I was going to do this about a thousand times, I decided to start a blog to cover all the bases of my JRaabulous lifestyle: family, friends, food, fashion, fun, and fitness!

New to the blogging circuit so no judgement please!  Stay tuned…