Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Recent Beauty Purchases 4

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black: I had received a sample of this and really liked it, but when I purchased the full sized version I was disappointed. I don't know what happened between the sample size and the full size, but the full sized version seemed way different. It just didn't really do anything. It really didn't look like I was even wearing any mascara as it just didn't coat my lashes well at all. I ended up returning it because there's no reason to keep it if it isn't going to do anything!

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black and L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black: I am including these two together because I use them together. I like to use the Voluminous Original mascara first because the angled end of the wand works great to get in close to the root and then separate my lashes. And then I like to use the Voluminous Lash Paradise next to get a fuller look. I think these both work really well together and work better than some of the more expensive mascaras I've used.

Revlon Kiss Balm in cherry: I wasn't able to find a link to the cherry flavor, but I did purchase this at Target. I did like this lip balm. The color isn't as bold as I thought it would be, and the flavor isn't very strong, but it does give a nice bit of color. It is pretty moisturizing too! More so than I thought it would be. And at just under $4, it's a pretty good buy!

Pixi Glow Tonic: - I actually got this using my Ipsy points, so while not exactly a purchase, I thought I would include it anyways. I had been wanting to try this for a while because I had heard SO much about it. I did like it. It seemed to smooth and even out my skin. I wouldn't say it was the greatest product ever (like some seem to claim.) but it is nice. I guess it's something I would be excited to receive as a sample but I wouldn't spend the money to purchase it myself. I'll just stick with my favorite Neogen Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water!

L'Oreal blow dry it quick dry spray: This has a ton of positive review, so I was interested in giving it a try. I have long probably medium weight hair. Meaning my hair isn't particularly thick or thin. I was pretty surprised at how well this worked though. It dried hair pretty quickly without leaving my hair feeling dry. I was afraid this was going to leave my hair feeling really dry since it is a drying spray, but I was really glad that it didn't! I mean, this isn't like an instant dry or anything, it still took me a bit of time to dry my hair, but it did lessen the time it took to dry my hair. Again, I do have long hair and drying long hair always takes forever!

Anyways, it's pretty inexpensive and definitely worth a try if you hate how long it takes to dry your hair. Also, the scent is nice and not overpowering.

Have you purchased any new beauty products lately?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Visiting Williamsburg, Virginia

Our first outing after moving to Virginia was to Williamsburg
Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780. (Here is a link if you want to know more about the history of colonial Williamsburg.)

You can purchase tickets so you can visit the museums and go inside the houses and such, but they were pretty pricey (there was four of us that day) so we opted just to walk around modern Williamsburg and the colonial Williamsburg areas.

The colonial Williamsburg area is set up as a living history museum with people dressed and acting as people did when the town was first active.

It was pretty hot the day we visited, so we didn't get to spend as much time walking around as we would have liked, but I guess that  means we will have to go back again sometime!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. I'm sure you all have heard about hurricane Florence, and we've been watching it closely. We're in Virginia, so we are only expected to get a lot of rain, as well as some thunder and lightning. It's supposed to start raining about noon today and throughout the weekend. This is our first hurricane experience and it's so weird to be watching to footage and seeing what's going on just a state away.

My sister's birthday is this weekend so it looks like we'll be stuck indoors for the weekend. She wanted to go up to DC but it looks like we'll have to hold off on that until another time.

2. A couple of weeks ago we met up with my brother and explored Alexandria a bit! I didn't have my camera with me, so I just got a few pictures with my phone, but it's definitely a place we'll have to go back to and explore some more!
3. A couple of weeks ago we started to remove the wallpaper in my sister's bedroom. The entire room in papered in the stripes, but upon removing the striped wallpaper, we were not expecting the ugly baby car paper underneath! And unfortunately the people who put the car paper up put it directly onto the Sheetrock without any sort of primer or anything, so when we were trying to remove it it started taking off the Sheetrock itself!

So after lots of research it looks like we'll have to just leave the wallpaper, put some primer over the wallpaper, and correctly prep the wall from there. 
4. I made some minestrone soup earlier this week and decided to try to make some bread to go along with it. I usually make this rosemary and olive oil focaccia, but I really want to get better at baking a loaf of bread.

The first loaf I made (on the left) was a no knead rosemary bread and it did not turn out very well. It's just a terrible recipe. Bread needs to be kneaded! The texture was just way off (very spongey). 

The second time around I made this rosemary bread and it turned out way better! Much better texture and overall flavor. I mean, just look at the difference!
5. In case you missed it, on Monday I shared our itinerary from when we were in Washington DC for the day, and then on Wednesday I shared a Currently post!
Hope you have a great weekend!