Hi, my name is Hannah and I have a blue mascara addiction.
It all started when I was 12 years old and wanted to start wearing makeup. My mom bought me my first tube of mascara, which happened to be Great Lash Royal Blue. I’m not sure if she felt like wearing blue mascara was more youthful than black, or if maybe she was hoping for an 80s throwback, but I loved it. I loved it so much, in fact, that I wore it nearly every day for 16 years of my life. And even when I stopped wearing it, it wasn’t by choice. It wasn’t until Great Lash discontinued their Royal Blue mascara that I was forced to start branching out. I tried brand after brand and I could never find the right shade of blue or the right formula.
The past few weeks we have been so spoiled with gorgeous warm spring weather! We have been spending our afternoons with the kids in the backyard (when Veda isn’t melting down because of flies!) and enjoying every breath of fresh air. Yesterday however, it started raining and it has been chilly and dreary ever since. I decided to pull a few of my bright spring favorites out of my makeup bag to keep the spring feeling despite the weather! Do you need a spring beauty pick me up?? Read on to learn more about these beautiful bright and happy products!
You may have noticed a bit of radio silence here on the blog, as well as on my social media accounts. While this is a “beauty blog”, I’ve recently been focusing more on the beauty that surrounds me which mostly includes my amazing family. I have to be honest, it feels wrong to be posting about my new favorite lipstick when my heart has been breaking.
This past weekend, Ryan and I celebrated 8 years of blissful matrimony. We had the most incredible weekend as we enjoyed a little staycation in Salt Lake City and ate our hearts out. I honestly can’t believe that it has been that long! We are still kids, right? We actually have quite the history and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of our love story with you, the cliff notes version!
I am so excited to share this yummy and EASY recipe with you today!! I consider myself a bit of a Mexican food snob. My very first job was as a hostess (and eventually a server) at a Mexican restaurant when I was 16. I worked there through all of high school and eventually through a lot of my college career. Working there made me very picky about everything from the way my tacos are put together to the seasonings that are used in my carnitas (oh hi, best pork dish ever!). I also loathed when anyone ordered fajitas because 1) They smelled amazing and always made me hungry and 2) They were sizzling and smokey so consequently I smelled like a walking fajita. My mom always lovingly referred to it as the “fajita facial”. This could be why my dating career was sub par.
Photography by Terra Cooper
This may be old news to some of my readers, but today I want to share one of my very favorite home projects that I have ever done! I can’t believe it has been almost 5 years since I was hugely pregnant and balancing on a broken step stool to paint this big top ceiling!
Concealer is my one true love. Aside from my husband…and my kids…and food. It really is is one of the makeup products that I just can’t live without! I still have acne, and now I’m a super tired mom (HELLO dark circles!) so I’m sure you can image why I need it so much in my life.
Have you ever been to a favorite things party? I have ALWAYS wanted to go to one! So, when my cute friend Dani invited me to her Favorite Things Party I was so excited!! Dani and I met in cosmetology school years and years ago. I always say that hair school friends are like sisters. They have seen you at your worst, you have been through it all together (including every hair color), and you most likely have ruined each others hair and/or nails at one time or another. I can go years without seeing my girls and we can always pick up right where we left off!
Oh how I love MAC. I suppose that I may be a little bit partial because when I was first trained in makeup artistry, I learned with MAC products. Even after all these years, there are still many MAC products that I prefer to any other brand of makeup. I love how affordable it is, even as a high end makeup brand, and that their products are highly pigmented and basically last forever. I also love that they are a company that gives back with the MAC AIDS Fund and their Back-To-MAC program. Did you know that you can return 6 empty MAC makeup containers and they will give you a lipstick for FREE? It’s amazing! You know what else is amazing? Giveaways! Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for information on how you can win one palette for you and one for your bestie!
Photo by Terra Cooper Photography
We have been going through a bit of a rough patch with Veda and Jude. Veda is the epitome of a mean big sister and Jude is the most sensitive little guy on the planet. He is either giggling to the point of hiccups or having a total cry fest. So, the two of them together is usually a recipe for disaster!