Why I Believe that Judging Other People's Creative Spaces is Wrong

 Shameless photograph recycling!

Julie & Julia was one of those movies that I knew I would love as soon as I saw the trailer. Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are an acting dream team and almost every scene involves tantalizingly delicious food. While the prospect of seeing these two extremely talented actresses together onscreen (still disappointed that Julie never met Julia) was reason enough to take a trip to the movie theater, it's not the reason why I fell in love with the film. The raw sincerity that Amy Adams brought during the times when her character was frustrated with her Beef Bourguignon and her life was extremely relatable and drew me into the story. Having watched it for the second time last night, I was able to find more similarities in the story of Julie and Julia that related to my life, especially my feelings about my blog and the blogging community as a whole.

Face of the Day

Make Up For Ever Flash Palette (used the palest blue and lightest pink to create light purple base)
Sigma Creme de Couture Palette (Violet Whip on inner half of lid, Lavender Honey on outer half of lid, Cassis in crease, Elderberry to deepen crease and outer corner, Cherry Blossom as a 'transition' shade)
Mac Carbon to line the upper lash line and Blanc Type to highlight
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Dior BB Eye Creme for dark circles

Clinique Superprimer (Color Corrects Redness)
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to cover blemishes and redness
Josie Maran Matchmaker Powder Foundation

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm 

Do Beauty Blogs Really Make Navigating Counters Easier?

I read quite a few beauty blogs, and although I do make an effort to seek out bloggers who are just finding their feet, a chunk of my Bloglovin' feed contains posts from Internet megastars like Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg. Blogs with large readerships draw lots of PR samples and sponsors, so I'm always seeing an influx of posts about one product around its launch date. Seeing all of the coverage on Benefit's new Push-Up Liner made me start to think about the effect that this subtle form of advertising has on my purchasing habits. While I have more knowledge about what's available across many different brands and know much more about applying makeup than the average female, I still wonder: am I really better off than a woman who relies on sales associates at makeup counters to give her the 411 on all things makeup?

My Favorite Pair of Shoes

I might have been holding out on you guys a bit when I said I'm in grungy clothes and Crocs every day. That statement rings true about 95% of the time, but the other five percent (aka when I absolutely must dress up), things get a little more glam. My favorite pair of shoes to slip on in the rare event that I have somewhere to be are these studded platform sandals from Michael Kors.

I Hate Foundation

Although I've seen several girls mention that they don't like foundation in one or more of their blog posts, I've never seen a post from those bloggers entirely dedicated to the topic. I must say that my aversion to liquid bases of every kind (including tinted moisturizer and BB cream) has left me feeling like the odd woman out. I couldn't even hop on the bandwagon with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and I've tried concentrating the product only on the area where I need it - my (unintentionally) bright red cheeks. Unfortunately, everything I've tried in the face base category even with modified methods of application has left me feeling the same way - someone get me a makeup wipe before this skin toned cement suffocates my face. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but that reenactment is fairly similar to the real life scenario.

If you're like me and you can't stand the feeling of foundation on your face, here are some products that I've just picked up that serve as color correcting replacements for my least favorite makeup item.

My Favorite Makeup Multitasker: Mac Fascinating Eye Kohl

With all of my beauty bits still sitting in the suitcase that I used to transport them from my family's old house to our new one and no other storage solutions available for them, I've found it quite difficult to access the myriad of products that I'd use on a daily basis. I've been working with an edited selection of products from my travel makeup bag and one of my favorite multitasking eyeliners, Mac's Fascinating Eye Kohl, has come to my rescue over and over again, helping me to create the illusion of a good night's sleep.

Baking 101: My Best Tips for Tasty Treats

Flour, eggs, sugar, butter, baking powder - all of the ingredients that get mixed together to create scrumptious, moist baked goods don't sound like they would taste too good before they're scorched in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Being able to create palette pleasing desserts out of a few basic ingredients that we all seem to have in our pantries is one of the most magical everyday occurrences, but it takes a few skills to get from point A - one big, floury, unappetizing mess - to point B - a delicious indulgence that will require all of your willpower not to devour in one sitting. Here are some of my best tips for other people out there who fancy themselves bakers.