Love Yourself.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015





MAC Cosmetics Pro longwear!

Thursday, May 14, 2015



 
I was approached my MAC Cosmetics to stop by and do a makeup application for Derby. I was more than happy to see what new goodies they had available, since MAC Cosmetics has been a favorite of mine. I think my first purchase from MAC was a lip glass back in 2003? 



Leading into spring, I've been using their Studio Sculpt foundation, Prep & Prime powder, Japanese Maple lipstick, Pro Longwear Concealer (A couple of times), and their Strobe Cream. (I wasn't lying when I said I'm using these! I'm in desperate need of a new foundation, and I'm going to need a new lippy pretty soon too.)




I have very sensitive and dry skin, so the strobe cream along with the studio sculpt has given me a great canvas to work with. Even on days when my skin hasn't been at its best, my makeup application never feels dry or uneven. It wasn't until this past winter that I *really* got into proper makeup application, and trying new techniques. Anyone into makeup/pop culture, can probably attest to the popularity of a brow "on fleek", and a contour on point. (Oh the things you learn on Instagram...)



Every time I've stepped into MAC, I've been met with happy faces and artists who really know their stuff. Their products are of great quality, and when I've gone in for a consultation, their artists are very well rounded with knowledge of application and their products.

    

   

This visit was particularly fun, because it was my first time going in to get a full face of makeup at MAC. I've gone for several consults, and foundation matches, but never a full face. 

Getting ready for Derby is quite a process. Picking out the hat & coordinating dress, styling your hair, perfecting your spring makeup... and that's not even including all of the other events preceding the actual derby lol. If I'm spending all of that time and effort, I want to make 100% sure my makeup is going to stay in place. The weather for Derby time is typically very hot and/or wet here in Louisville; so makeup absolutely *has* to have staying power and be water proof.

Kayla (a MAC makeup artist for 10 years), prepped my face with their Care Blend Essential oil (it did *not* irritate my sensitive skin, felt great), Mineral Charged Water (it has 77 minerals!!) and strobe cream (which I already use at home.). Funny, I know that matte skin is all the trend, but going into summer, she explained that dewy finishes look more natural. That's because of your already glistening skin. If you have a matte face in summer, it looks off because drier skin is more typical in the winter months. I had no idea. 

I was already familiar with some of MAC pro long wear line, but she introduced me to the new products that were just introduced.


  


Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
  • Lasts 24 Hours
  • Medium to Full Coverage (buildable)
  • Waterproof
  • Can double as a Foundation & Concealer.

They didn't have my color at the time, so she blended NC25 with NW15.


http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/14548/35126/New-Collections/Pro-Longwear/Face/Pro-Longwear-Nourishing-Waterproof-Foundation/index.tmpl             http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/14548/35126/New-Collections/Pro-Longwear/Face/Pro-Longwear-Nourishing-Waterproof-Foundation/index.tmpl


    

The application was flawless, I loved the texture of the foundation, and it had amazing coverage.

She also introduced me to their other new additions to their Pro Longwear line, their Pro Longwear Powder/Pressed.


  


http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/14548/35127/New-Collections/Pro-Longwear/Face/Pro-Longwear-PowderPressed/index.tmpl 

Pro Longwear Powder/Pressed.
  • Wet proof
  • Velvety Matte Finish
  • Sheer to Medium Coverage
  • Lasts in any Climate up to 12 Hours
The finish on this powder was very smooth, I thought it looked great on my skin.

And also their Haute & Naughty waterproof Mascara.


    

Haughte & Naughty Mascara
  • 2 in 1 Mascara that lets you choose to either leave them looking naturally defined, or combed and loaded for a more dramatic look.

   

    

I took a selfie with my gorgeous makeup artist, and took another in natural light in my car. The foundation definitely lived up to its name. I spent all day outside, and nothing budged when I got home.

    


Later on that week, at home (above picture) I decided to try out the Pro Longwear foundation my own, and I loved the results. While I only wore it a few times, the foundation lasted longer than what I've used in the past.

For more information on MAC Cosmetics, check out their website.

The MAC Cosmetics that I visited, was at the Mall of St. Matthews location in Dillards, in Louisville, Ky.

Mall of St. Matthews
5000 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, Ky.


Thank you MAC cosmetics for the opportunity to be the first one to try your new line out! I loved the experience, and can't wait to try out other products as well.

I also heard the new MAC Wash & Dry came out today, has anyone grabbed anything from that new line?


Asian Recipes.

Monday, May 11, 2015



https://www.pinterest.com/pin/62557882300240535/
 {Moo Ping}   
This Looks Delicious! From (CoolCatHotFood.com


    
                                                        https://www.pinterest.com/pin/12736811423301133/
I Love Tofu! This blog looks amazing (blog.Seasonwithspice.com)




While making my grocery list for the week, I glanced through pinterest, and found these delicious looking recipes. I've always loved experimenting with Asian foods (local Asian stores are fun to visit for quirky/new ingredients.). I thought these would be fun to test out! If they turn out good, I'll write about them some more.



What are your favorite Asian recipes?


Quote.

Saturday, May 9, 2015




 





Roots Underwood: Soil to Community Wellness

Wednesday, May 6, 2015



http://www.rootsunderwood.com/ 




I'm a huge Instagram junkie. I look up store hashtags to find new items to buy, I look up the Louisville hashtag to see what's going on around my town. I find beauty products, memes... Instagram is just a wonderful tool for so many things.

As soon as spring time hit, I searched ramps on instagram (omg I love these things!), and somehow came across a picture from Roots Underwood. I contacted her asap to see if she would sell me any, (I noticed it was a shipment going to restaurants, if I remember correctly) and I promptly met up with her to get my green gold.



When I met Hillary, she explained to me how her and her husband had recently started working as partner growers with Fox Hollow Farm. (Fox Hollow Farm is a *beautiful* farm located in Crestwood.) She's a nutritionist, and explained to me how she valued our food and looked at it as medicine.(!!! its very rare that I find other people that are into holistic healing, super neat.) That passion and love for natural food, and sustainability, is what drove her to start Roots Underwood with her husband Matt. She's written about her personal journey here.

When I visited their place, as partner growers on Fox Hollow Farm; she gave me a tour of everything they were doing.

   

   

They proudly showed me their green house, full of little lettuces and various baby produce on their way to be transplanted.

   

They gave me a tour of their happy, healthy, pastured livestock :-) Exactly how farming should be done.

This weekend they are going to be at the St. Matthew's Farmers Market in St. Matthews, with Fox hollow Farm! I asked her what they would have for sale at the market, and she said they hoped to have fresh greens, asparagus, tomato & pepper tarts, some skin care items, and her artisan ramp salt for sale. (I'm really looking forward to see what skin care items she'll have in the future. I know she knows her stuff, a salve I tried out worked amazing! I'll be posting a review on that soon.)

They will also have information regarding their upcoming pastured pork sales and heritage turkey sign-ups for thanksgiving. It's never too early to start thinking of Turkey day!

For Mother's Day, I've already made plans with my family to go to the St.Matthew's Farmers Market this weekend, and I can't wait to see what Roots Underwood will have. Thank you, Hillary and Matt, for taking the time to show me around! I look forward to seeing everything Roots Underwood has to offer.<3 


8905 Kentucky 329
Crestwood, Ky. 40014


St. Matthew's Farmers Market
 4100 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, Ky.

Dates: May 9th Through October 10th
Every Saturday.
Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm


Have you been to the St. Matthew's Farmer's Market?



Future hope.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015






Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to not know where your next food source came from? Maybe wondered what it was like to go to school? Wondered what it was like to have parents? Chances are, you probably haven't thought much of those questions, because you are fortunate enough to have never stepped foot in an orphanage. You've probably attended school, and I do pray that everyone reading this post has never had to worry about food.

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Uganda is located in East Africa, about the size of Kentucky and Tennessee. In the late 19th century, Uganda was colonized by the British, but independence was granted in 1962. Uganda was sadly marked by brutality and turmoil during their early years of independence. Despite that, fortunately, the Government has been stable roughly the last 20 years.

One of the youngest nations on the Earth, Uganda has about 30 million people. The median age is around 15 years old. 50% of the population is at least 15 years old or younger.

Uganda has sadly been ravaged by civil wars, disease, and extreme poverty. 190,000 million children currently live with HIV, and 1.2 million have been orphaned by AIDS. 10% of the population are orphans, that's roughly 2.7 million children. (I could cry at the thought.)

29% of the population live below the international poverty line, making about $1.25 US Dollars per day. And the shocker? The cost of living mimics that of the United States.
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Those statistics are alarming to say the least. The fact that as I am writing this, while my children are warm, fed, asleep in their beds... its just heartbreaking.

My Pediatrician (Dr. Laura White), has this amazing story. (Check it out here!) Her and her family are on a mission to help the children of Uganda. Not only has she/her family lovingly adopted children from Uganda, they've built a school to give children an opportunity for a better life. Their devotion and love for this cause is beyond amazing. I would be lucky to be able to teach my children 1% of the compassion that this family has shown.

They have several ways to help<3 You could donate here, Sponsor a child here, or you could make a purchase here.

When I went to my sons' last appointment, I checked out their little store located in their office.


 

 They carried beautiful handmade pieces from Uganda.

 

These are newspaper pieces that were made into glass beads. 

 

Gorgeous colors, lots of variety<3





http://loveuganda.storenvy.com/products/12034424-long-multi-colored-bead-necklace   http://loveuganda.storenvy.com/products/12034037-pink-bead-necklace

I purchased one of the multi-color strands, but I think I want the pink one too. I had such a hard time choosing! Not only do these one of a kind pieces go to such a wonderful cause, they make gorgeous statement necklaces.

(I was not compensated at all, nor do they know I am writing this post. This is purely a great cause that I felt needed help.)


To learn more about this wonderful cause, check out their website.

I'll have a direct link located on my side bar<3

Check them out on Instagram & Twitter.






**This information was collected from their website. Statistics were made available by UNICEF & UNIAIDS**


47 Days 'Till Summer!

Monday, May 4, 2015



 


Oh my goodness. I can't believe its already going to be summer!! D: How did that even happen?? Winter wasn't so great to me (or more so I took advantage of the fact that I didn't have my brother's wedding to prepare for anymore...), I gained everything back from what I had previously lost. Welp. Carbs are currently not my friend.

I decided to start low carbing, (which helped me drop the lbs in the fall.) so hopefully that (along with exercise) can help me tone up for swimsuit weather. I found a few delicious recipes that I'd love to try out this month. Happy Eating!

Pinterest Round up:

http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2014/10/11/shirataki-sesame-noodles/   http://sweetcsdesigns.com/stuffed-chicken-parmesan/#5eTvR3YdUUK1O20U.32&_a5y_p=1838574 
                                              {Recipe Here}                                 {Recipe Here}
                                      




http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/05/spicy-shrimp-hand-rolls.html



 
Don't these look delicious? Have you tried Low Carb dieting before?