Archives for January 2014

01.31.14

Eyelash Extensions

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I’ve tried 3 different brands of eyelash extensions Novalash, Extreme Lash, and Blink Lashes. Extensions really work wonders on your overall look, however they do require attention. When I was pregnant I loved them because I never had to do my makeup to look “awake”. But this time I find that they are annoying the heck out of me. They look good, but I feel like they are more work than they are worth. This last time I got the Extreme Lash brand and they are pretty exteme. I have pretty nice lashes naturally, so I find myself getting more and more annoyed with the extensions. They are really crunchy because they are plastic basically. Sometimes I really REALLY want to itch my eyes but I can’t because the extensions. In a week I am going to someone in my town to get a new MINK extension done and I am SO SO excited. She said they were much much lighter and softer than the traditional lash extensions. So far my experience has been LOVE/HATE. A full set is anywhere from $150 – $300 and every 2-3 weeks you must pay $40 – $80 for a fill. The Extreme lash brand tends to be a little more expensive. I paid $200 for my full set and the Extreme Lash fills are $60 – $100. Now if you consider that you would spend MAYBE $50 – $200/ year on mascara (depending on brand) extensions are pretty costly. After about a week they become harder to control and they tend to criss cross because your natural lash has grown out. I’ve also had really bad allergic reactions to the NovaLash glue. I think NovaLash is a brand you have to be cautious about. The person who applies the extension needs to be really good or it could be a disaster. So far it seems like anyone can apply NovaLash with little to NO expertise. So I find that word of mouth is the best way to find someone trustworthy. Like anything in the makeup/beauty world you have to find someone who knows what they are doing. I’m going to try these mink ones in a week and I will update with the results.

Cons:
They criss cross when your lashes start to grow out
They feel heavy on my eyelids
They are crunchy/pokey
You can never get your makeup 100% off
You have to be careful with them
They did effect the length of my natural lashes (used Latisse for a while and they grew back)
Very expensive vs. annual mascara costs

Pros:
Who doesn’t want movie star lashes?
Don’t have to bother with mascara
They are always curled

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01.30.14

Weekend Ski Trip

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This weekend we booked a last minute room up in Beaver Creek. We stayed in a pretty unique hotel called Christie Lodge. It was one of the weirdest hotels because there were doors to nowhere, indoor/outdoor pools, weird railing, and all kinds of weird seating areas. Our room was backwards too. The bedroom was the first room you walked into, the living room was after that. We were pleased though because we weren’t expecting a 1 bedroom. Audrey sleeps pretty bad when we have to share a room with her, so we put her crib in the living room. THE BEST part about this hotel was the Vietnamese restaurant inside of it. YUM. They actually served me the best Pho I’ve tried in Colorado. The broth was perfect, and I’ve tried a lot of Pho! The pictures above are of Audrey playing peek a boo with Tom.

Saturday we went up to ski at Beaver Creek, which we had never been to before. Our initial plan was to drive to Vail (10 miles south) and ski there, but when we arrived at the hotel the front desk kept telling me how Beaver Creek is really a hidden gem. She also said that the weekend before was so busy in Vail and the slopes were really congested. I hate going down a mountain with dozens of other people. You are always dodging and hoping that people dodge you on their way down. A shuttle from the hotel went up to the slopes in Beaver Creek so that was also convenient. We ended up having a really good day there. It wasn’t crowded and the mountain was really easy to maneuver. Beaver Creek is nestled up in the mountains so it’s a lot more intimate than Vail. Vail is right off the highway so that takes away from the beauty a little bit. I enjoy both places but it was nice to go some place new.

 

01.25.14

Fashion Friday: Channeling Hepburn

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Today I wore my very comfy striped pants from Forever 21 and a beaded black top. I paired it with my new Ugg boots from Nordstrom Rack. I was trying to decided if I should keep the Ugg boots but I am very happy I did keep them. They are so comfy and warm. We walked over a couple patches of ice and there was NO slippage at all. I was pretty impressed. I have been on the look for a good pair of snow boots for a while and I found them with these.They are also cute!

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I got this necklace from Charming Charlie. This whole outfit is kind of Audrey Hepburn-ish, especially when my hair is up. I love it!

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01.23.14

Make It YOURS!

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So I didn’t used to wear a helmet while snowboarding because I hated the way they looked.That wasn’t a good excuse but it was the reason I avoided them. So finally I decided to make it into something that I would love wearing. I picked up some crystals and bedazzled a little bit. That turned into a little more……… until my helmet was almost completely covered with them. I used a mixture of acrylic, glass, and swarovski to keep the cost low. Of course I WANTED to do the whole thing in Swarovski but that wasn’t gonna happen. Each year I add more crystals here and there. This year I put purple rhinestones all over my goggles! I LOVE my helmet now. I get so many compliments every time we go snowboarding. People always ask me where I bought it and I have to tell them that I made it myself. I LOVE sparkly things and now Tom will never lose track of me when we are going down a mountain!