Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Royal Makeover

Sick of the royal wedding yet?  Well hang in there because I have a royal makeup tutorial for you today.  Kate looked stunning with her simple wedding day makeup and now you can do the look on your own.  Note: I didn't realize how bad I needed to pluck my eyebrows so please ignore the strays ;)



What I used:
Eye 1: Clinique Touch Tint for Eyes in Sable Shimmer
Eye 2: Mark Eye Shadow in Nomadic
Eye 3: Mark Eye Shadow in Gioia
Eyeliner: Avon Glimmersticks in Blackest Black
Mascara: Avon SuperExtend Mascara in Black
Blush: Clinique Rich Texture Blush in Rich Currant
Lip 1: MAC Select cover-up
Lip 2: Lancome Lip Dimension in Pure
Lip 3: Mark Glow Baby Glow Luxe Lip Gloss in Flirty Luxe

Step 1: Apply Eyeshadow #1 on eyelid from lash line blending up into the crease.  This cream eyeshadow acts as a base to help hold your eyeshadow in place and add some shimmer.

Step 2: Apply Eyeshadow #2 across the eyelid and under the brow.

Step 3: Apply Eyeshadow #3 in the crease of your eye.

Step 4:  Using a small amount of Eyeshadow #2 blend Eyeshadow #2.  Also apply a Eyeshadow #2 into the inner corner of the eye (I forgot to show this on the graphic.)

Step 5:  This is probably the most important step to achieving Kate's wedding look.  Apply eyeliner all around the eye making the liner thicker at the outer corner of the eye and tapering to the inner corner.  If you have difficulties applying  eyeliner the simplest way is to to your best and then use a Q-Tip and smudge it to where you want it.

Step 6: Curl your lashes then apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.

Step 7: Apply blush from the apple of your cheek back towards the ear.  Use a face powder to blend if it appears to bold.

Step 8: My lips had a bit too much natural color to achieve this look so I started by applying some concealer over my lips.  Then I applied Lipstick #1 for the color and then Lipgloss #3 just to the center of the lip for some shine.

Look Complete

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Follow Me!

Oh how I loathe HTML but I am slowly figuring out how it works!  My accomplishment thus far had been adding a blog share button.  Which you are welcome to grab!




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Today I added some nice little "Follow Me" buttons that you will see at the top right.  You now have a choice of 3 methods to keep up with my blog, email subscription, RSS Feed and Blogger.  This one was all very confusing but with a little dedication it now works.  So if you would please chose one or multiple.  It is great to know that someone is actually reading what I write.


Next is adding comments to comments!  Wish me luck :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

As you probably noticed I didn't post much last week and I missed my weekend makeup post but things were a little hectic.  Preparing for a trip away from home with a toddler is crazy!  Between trying to pack and chase after Jameson it took me nearly 3 days to prepare for a 3 day trip.  We are back and nearly recooperated but what a whirlwind of a long weekend!

Thursday:
After working all day I got home, fed Jameson dinner, finished packing our bags, packed the car and finally got on the road around 8:00 only to realize we forgot Jameson's Easter present and had to turn around!  20 minutes later we were on the road again.  Jameson was an angel sleeping for the whole 3 hour trip but of course once we got there he had other plans!  We arrived around 11:15 and let Jameson sleep in his car seat while we carried the luggage in and got his bed ready.  Once we got Jameson out of his car seat he realized we were at Grandpa's house which means it is time to play.  So for the next 2 hours we were up playing instead of sleeping.

At this point mommy and daddy are exhausted and have early dentist appointments the next day.  We put Jameson in the pack and play for bed and the way he screamed you would think we were torturing him. After 30 minutes of this we finally put him in bed with us and he passed out immediately.  Which was great for him, however, Jameson is not a sweet angel when he sleeps.  You know the term "Sleeping like a baby." well only if that baby was possessed would it be the way Jameson sleeps!  Hitting, kicking, crying, snoring, rolling, tossing, turning, grunting all while he is sound asleep!  Needless to say Zack and I were exhausted come morning.

Friday:
Zack and I had early dentist appointments and the good news was no cavities! We go back to the house for a much needed nap and once again Jameson refuses to sleep in his pack and play.  So while Zack went out and enjoyed the nice weather golfing with my dad.  Jameson slept on me but there was no napping for mommy once again the devil sleeper made sure of that.  At least I got a cute picture!

After nap time it was time to go out and play!  We played with Spud (my sister's dog), played in the tractor bucket, threw the ball and rode around the farm on mommy's shoulders.  It was a good time for mommy and Jameson.





Once Zack and Grandpa got home from golf we went hunting through the woods for a nice tree to cut slices out of for wedding centerpieces I am helping with.  (I will explain in a future post.)  We found a nice tree and the parasites found us!  Ticks on both Zack and my dad, luckily the rest of us made it out tick free.

After another unsuccessful nap we went shopping and decided maybe the reason Jameson wouldn't sleep was because he didn't like the pack and play.  We headed to Wal-Mart to purchase an inexpensive big boy bed for Jameson but they didn't have any.  Off to Target, guess what, they didn't have any.  One last desperate stop at K-Mart and thank goodness found what we needed.  I was starting to wonder how people with children survived in this town!  I love living somewhere with options!!

Good news!!  The big boy bed worked!  We had to stay in the room until he fell asleep or else we found him laying by the door when we came back in.  He thought it was pretty neat crawling in and out of the bed.  I think we will still wait a little longer to transition him at home but I am glad to know that it was easy for him.

Saturday:
After a decent night of sleep (we are still exhausted) it was time for family Easter #1.  Lots of people, lots of kids, lots of running, lots of noise and lots of adorable pictures later Easter was a success.  Jameson didn't quite get the egg hunt thing put he had fun playing in the dirt piles.  He did discover that he loves suckers!

The only picture I got with his whole Easter outfit on.

The Spencer Great Grandkids
Sunday:
It's Easter!  The Easter brought a bunch of fun toys to play with, golf clubs, a big ball, bat and ball, and of course candy (thanks Grandpa).  Our favorite Easter present was the fold out couch!  He loves it, grabs his book and sits on it to read.

Time for Family Easter #2.  He finally got the whole egg hunt concept and had a blast but it was all business.  Very few smiles.  Silly boy!
Stud
Oh...now I get it!
I got this!
The kids
Playing football with cousins


We made it home that night, all of us exhausted from the crazy weekend.  It is nice to visit family but good to sleep in your own bed!

This post turned out a lot longer than I expected so congratulations if you made it all the way through.  I hope you all had a great Easter weekend.  What did you do?  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today's Randomness

Question: How many architects does it take to decide where to put a new printer?



Answer: 5!!

I think after a nice long discussion of different options they finally figured it out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Worthless Teenagers and the Parents Who Make Them

One of my favorite blogs posted a wonderful article yesterday.  It relates back to my "Is Your Child Perfect?" post and I felt the need to share it.  If you don't already follow Dan, I highly recommend checking out his blog, Single Dad Laughing.

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Worthless Teenagers and the Parents Who Make Them
By Dan Pierce


The following is an email I recently received.

“dear dan, i am 16 and i was wondering if you could help me know what to do, cause i am at the point that i hate myself and anybody else and i feel like theres no hope and i thought that you might be able to give me some advise since you are good at stuff like that.  my mom is always screeming at me and her and my dad don’t love me and i don’t know why cause i try to do everything i can and i'm not a bad kid but they always tell me i am in fact my mom today sayd that i am one of gods biggest mistakes cause i slept threw my alarm and missed my bus. my dad doesnt ever hit me but he is always calling me an idiot or a retard or stuff like that. anyway at school i don’t really have very many friends cause i'm to shy i guess. i don’t know what to do cause i am just wanting to give up even trying anymore cause why should i? have you ever felt like nobody cares if you just disappear cause i really feel that way even with my parents.”

It kept going, but you get the gist.

I got that email a week ago. I cried. It was definitely a “last straw” moment for me.

It’s days like that when I hate opening my inbox. Those days when monstrosities lurk within that completely anger or sadden me. I’ve received at least thirty or forty emails like it in the past seven months. All from teenagers. All from broken, hurting, sad teenagers. My heart has weakened a little more with each and every one of them. In truth, I always feel so lost when I get them. I mean, what can I do other than offer encouraging words in response while I sit on the sidelines being a useless cheerleader for the wounded and bleeding?

[sigh] Today’s post is a long time coming, far overdue, and is probably among the most difficult that I’ve written for a lot of different reasons, most of which are personal to me, some of which will become easily apparent as you continue reading.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Vlogs vs. Blogs

Now that I have a couple makeup Vlogs and several makeup Blogs under my belt I want to get your opinion.  

Which do you prefer?


Picture tutorials like my "Smokey Eye" post.


Video tutorials like my "5 Minute Makeup" post


Or maybe you have another suggestion?  

To the right you will see a poll where you can choose which you prefer.  You can also comment below or email me at AtoZandJ@gmail.com with your opinions.

Thanks for your support!

Abby

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Applying Concealer the Right Way

For my 2nd vlog I chose concealer application because a lot of people do it the wrong way.  I'm not sure this video went quite as well as the last one so in addition to the video I have typed out the key points.

Key points:
- Pink Concealer helps hide Green skin coloring (veins, under eye).  You usually see this in people with more olive tone skin.
- Yellow Concealer helps hide Purple skin coloring (under eye, spider veins, scars).
- Green Concealer helps hid redness (acne or general redness).
- Apply skin colored concealer over any of the color correcting concealers.  To blend them to your skin.
- A light touch is best for applying concealer.  Just use light taps instead of pulling it across the face.
- The best way to think about where to apply foundation is to think about how you dress yourself.  If you want to look slimmer you wear dark colors where lighter colors can have the opposite effect.  So for example, if you have dark under eye circles you want them to appear to "pop" out so you want to add a light concealer to that area.  If you have a wide nose and want it to appear narrower make sure the concealer is as close to you skin tone as possible so it will not emphasize that area or draw any attention.
- There is no reason to apply concealer everywhere.  Only in small specific areas that are needed.  For example if you apply concealer under the entire eye you are just basically putting a blanket over it and not ironing out the wrinkles.  Just apply it in the dark area.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cake Pops

Zack asked me if I could make him some cake pops so I took the opportunity to make a blog post out of it.  I know I posted this once before but I didn't have step-by-step pictures to share.  Just make sure you don't cook in white!

Step 1: Bake a cake!  Any flavor you choose, boxed or from scratch.  Let the cake cool completely.

Step 2: Crumble the cake.  I use my hands for the majority of it then used the masher to make the crumbs smaller.

Step 3: Choose a complementing frosting.  Mix 3/4 to 1 full can of frosting into the crumbs until it is a dough.

Step 4: Make the dough into balls.  I used a Pampered Chef scoop to get them to the right size.  Last time I discovered if you make them too big they fall off the stick and are hard to dip.  One batch made 60 balls.

Step 5: Melt you candy coating according to the package instructions.

Step 6: Dip the sucker stick into the melted chocolate.


Step 7: Insert the stick into the cake ball and wipe off any extra chocolate.  Place the cake pops into the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes or the freezer for 15-20 minutes.  The longer the better.  This helps keep the cake pop on the stick and from crumbling in the next step.


Step 8: Remove 3-5 cake pops from the refrigerator at a time to keep them cold and dip into the melted chocolate.  If the chocolate is too thick add shortening to it to thin it out and make easier to dip.

Step 9:  Gently tap off extra chocolate then place the stick in a Styrofoam block to dry.  If you plan to decorate you should do this before the chocolate is dry.

All done!

I only made the one with a stick this time for the blog since we were just going to be eating this at home.  I also made cake balls with the same method minus the stick.

Jameson loved them!


And was angry with me when I wouldn't let him have another one!



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