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Giving these guys a try as I have been having TONS I trouble with my makeup removers/cleansers. For some reason ALL of the ones I’ve used in the last 6 months (and I’ve tried plenty) have burned my eyes. And by burned my eyes I mean irritated to the point that my eyes tear for hours. HOURS!!!

So far (the one time I’ve used them) these have not had that effect.

I don't look like this right now. At all. It's just a curl reference.

I don’t look like this right now. At all. It’s just a curl reference.

I eat eggs for breakfast a lot.

They seem to be one of the best things to have before I go to work and can’t ever be sure when my break will fall. I’m pretty simple about them, I like them scrambled on toast, or scrambled in breakfast tacos. The trouble is that at random I really hate them, and I can’t figure out why. There are some days, and I’m not doing anything different on those days, trust me, that they just taste gross. It’s annoying.


So next week I’m going to start swimming laps. Hopefully. The next several weeks are pretty busy for me and I have a lot on my mind. I feel like the water will help relieve some of the mind pressure, but it’s also exhausting, so I’m trying to be balanced about it. My goal is to get to the pool Tuesday and Thursday (at quite a painful hour of the morning).

I have to admit that lap pools totally intimidate me. I’m a good swimmer, but I’m by no means a great one and you get those people in there who have been swimming forever or who take it very seriously and look like they are training for the olympics and I’m pretty sure to them I look fairly ridiculous. I mean, it’s not really important how I look to them, but still. It’s intimidating. Usually in these situations I just have to steel myself against all of the alarms going off in my head about what people may or may not be seeing/thinking and just dive in (no pun intended).


I leave for California the 19th and I’m trying to prepare myself to pack next week. My work schedule is such that if I don’t plan to pack, bit by bit, early, then I will be rushing at the last minute and forget something important. I’m really going to try packing lightly… kind of.  As lightly as I can manage to get away with. Trimming down the makeup I’m using is definitely going to help with that, but now I have to consider hair stuff. I don’t know if in cutting back on the makeup I’ve somehow transfered some of the product usage to my hair, but I kind of have a lot of hair stuff to deal with. The only thing that I’m really torn about taking is my clampless curling iron. I like the soft curls. Hmm.


I know this is just what you all wanted to read about this morning, random hatred of eggs, packing and hair, but I woke up with so much on my mind and my heart. It felt like I had been sleeping with a huge rock on my chest. It wasn’t really worry so much as concern for too much all at once. Sometimes life doesn’t give us any sort of break and no matter where we look, everything is changing, everything is dying and being reborn at the same time. It’s exciting, but there are moments when it feels like a crushing weight because you don’t know what will come next.

As my sister often says,

Oh great God give us rest.

Do your worst Saturday.

Do your worst Saturday.

I was tempted to do 21 and use the lyrics from Alanis Morissette’s 21 Things, but I have to start doing my face in a minute so I don’t really have the time for that.

5 Things I am going to attempt to do today:

1.) Stay in a good mood (whatever nonsense work my bring). I slept really well, so well I don’t remember what I dreamed, which is… so weird and rare for me.  I feel like I can handle today.

2.) Buy a bathing suit. This may very well undo #1… Seriously, seriously. Ugh. I’ve made the choice to go with something more athletic than frilly. First, because I’m not ready for frilly, I still have lots of work to do. And second, I’m about to start swimming laps with a friend and I feel like that calls for functional more than frills, and I don’t want to have to buy two.

3.) Wear turquoise eye liner. This is actually something that doesn’t require an attempt, I’m just going to do it, and I do it pretty well, to tell the truth.

4.) Enjoy the moment I am in. That sounds a lot more flowery than I mean it to… ugh. I just want to take time to realize that there are good things around me.

5.) Eat a lot of vegetables.

The End

messy-makeupMaybe it’s just me.

I’ve been cleaning out my always growing cosmetic pile (“you can always unload some of that on me” trust me, I know. I know I can. I have 3 sisters and enough female friends and aquaintances to unload it all).

I need more order. I need more simplicity.

Somewhere on the makeup artist journey I forgot that most “normal” women wear pretty much the same makeup everyday and I want to get back to that myself. I don’t know if this is just a personal problem or a makeup artist problem, or a retail problem. But I’m sick to death of a million and two options. I’m exhausted with trying to decide what to wear on my face and how to wear it, and I want to feel like myself everyday, not feel like I’m putting on a mask every day. I also want/ need to be using the two plus hours I used to spend putting makeup on my face, on other things.

Maybe this is why when I see the famous makeup artists they aren’t ever done up like the makeup they put on other people. They look pretty much the same all of the time.

With all of that in mind I’m going to take this moment to go ahead and mention that even in my efforts to simplify, I will NOT being switching to a bb cream or cc cream. Ladies if you want to drink the kool-aid, by all means help yourself to a big glass, but you will have to do it without me. I know that bb’s and cc’s are all the rage right now (bb= beauty balm, cc= correction cream) but please keep just a couple simple things in mind. No matter what either of these products promise, they are made like primers. Look at the ingredients and remember that primers are built to stay on the surface of your skin. With that said you can safely assume two things-

1.) All of those great skincare benefits your bb’s and cc’s are promising are only going to go so far because the medium they are made in is built to stay on the surface of your skin, not penetrate through.

2.) No matter how much “coverage” they claim, they will not do what a foundation does. If you’re a minimal girl who wants to look like you’re not wearing anything, then it will be fine. If you like coverage you’re not going to be satisfied in the long run unless you use your bb or cc as a primer and put real foundation on top of it.

So let’s recap, bb and cc= Not a replacement for foundation, not a replacement for skincare, not a miracle in a bottle. =)

IMG_5295You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust.

You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us


It’s Friday!  Tomorrow I go on my first camping trip since I was… maybe eight? I’ll be spending a night in the woods with teenagers and doing my best not to look terrified. HA. This is a part of myself that I don’t fully understand. I love being outside, I love hiking, and being on boats. I don’t know why I feel so dubious about camping, but oh well. Here’s to embracing adventure! I’m also looking forward to hanging out with group I volunteer with.

Speaking of teenagers…

Yesterday I had to google a word I kept hearing teenage girls using. I officially and finally had a moment where I felt my age, and I have to say, while it was shocking, it wasn’t as horrifying as I though that moment would be. In fact, it felt kind of liberating (even though I kind of hate using the word liberating).

In cosmetic news, please, if you have fine hair, as I do, do yourself a favor and pick up some of Living Proof’s new Style Lab product Satin Hair Serum. I’m sure it works great on all hair types but I think it’s especially great for fine hair. I can always feel product in my hair and it makes me crazy, but this stuff smoothes my hair and detangles it and I don’t even have morning hair the next day. It’s fantastic. DO NOT over use though. I have 24 inches of hair and I only use a drop in the palm of my hand that is maybe pea sized, maybe. I rub my hands together and then finger comb it in, run a brush through and blow dry. =) Good stuff.

This week has been good. I feel like I’ve learned a lot this week. I’m really thankful for the quiet moments through which God has taught me about himself and myself. I’m thankful for the opportunity to trust and to know real peace and joy. Expect pictures tomorrow, I can’t camp and not blog some pictures, this is seriously something that needs documentation.

I have this problem. I set REALLY high goals for myself and then feel like a total loser when I can’t reach photo (9)them, because they are so incredibly high that it would honestly be a miracle if I managed, and I’d probably kill myself in the process.

“Respecting where my body is at today”, as my yoga teacher would say, is not something that comes easily to me. I want to push. Not all pushing is a bad thing, but there’s a line between challenging yourself and being irresponsible. I’ve crossed that line in the past… a lot.  So I work hard to be balanced, I’m learning to know when enough is enough today. 

Today is simply that- today.

In spite of what we all believe most of the time, today doesn’t have to be the culmination of all the yesterdays that have been and it doesn’t have to dictate a portion of what all of our tomorrows look like. I know we want to focus on how far we’ve come, we want to plan ahead too, and know that the choices we make today will shape our future. Those things are true and they are not at the same time. The only thing we can impact is today, so while yesterdays and tomorrows are there and they matter, they shouldn’t be what we focus on.

So today my body is tired.

Today I needed to be gentle with myself, and instead of walking as fast as my short legs would carry me, I needed to slow it down a bit and take time to look up into the giant tree branches in the park and notice the difference in the bark and the shapes of their leaves. I needed to remember that I’ve been looking at some of those sturdy trees my entire life.

Today I needed a waffle when I got home. Not the healthiest choice from one perspective, but healthy because for me it gives me a chance to be balanced in the way I think about food and remember there’s room for waffles when you are disciplined and mindful.

But just because that’s where I’m at today doesn’t mean that I haven’t worked hard in the past, or that tomorrow will be the same.


On a completely different note. I ran into Wal-Greens.

One day when I’m not working in retail cosmetics anymore you’re going to find me wandering the cosmetic isle of drug stores looking deeply confused.  How does anyone find anything on those shelves? It’s insane. All I wanted was a simple brow pencil!


It’s 6:35 am.

This is so not what my view from my deck is like, and I'm pretty sure this is a sunset that I took, but oh well. It's peaceful.

This is so not what my view from my deck is like, and I’m pretty sure this is a sunset that I took, but oh well. It’s peaceful.

I’m sipping coffee and having breakfast that I made (a little toast, egg, black beans and of course salsa, what’s breakfast without salsa?) and thinking.

I’m wishing that it was just a little warmer outside and I had a table and chair on my deck (why don’t I have that yet?) so that I could be doing this out there, looking into the morning sunrise through the trees and undergrowth that border and protect my little apartment. I just know that if I were outside, all this thinking would be going better.

Some people don’t believe in being able to sense energy around you and it somehow effecting your own energy. I was probably one of those people at some point or other. Not so much now, the energy around me has a pretty significant impact on my mood, the way I think, the way I move.

Being outside, feeling the wind and the sun, smelling the earthy green smells, seeing tree branches sway and the various colors all around is the most hopeful energy I have experienced, and I need hopeful energy.

Yesterday my head was full to bursting, but I -think- I managed it well. “Now panic and Freak out” is usually my calling card, this time I think I kept a pretty calm… something. Attitude?

I’m learning to be be still and know that He is God.

There’s a lot I’m still processing, but it will take it’s time, I can wait for it to come as it will. In the meantime, (and certain readers need to close their eyes right about now, or pretend I have stopped typing), I’ve been playing with self tanners. =D

I’m very committed to not looking orange and so I only work with the best. People if you want self tanner in your life. St Tropez and Vita Liberata are the way to go. Together. Carefully. And don’t go overboard because then you’ll just look weird.

Thanks for listening to me ramble.

Yesterday was amazing.

Someone should have told me that I would enjoy film-related makeup/wardrobing/writing a LONG time ago. I feel like I’ve been missing the key element that makes all of these little things I’m relatively good at make sense! I love it.

This post isn’t going to go into huge details (that will come later) (probably), however, I wanted to post some pictures and say some thanks.

Super big thanks to my zombie horde: Trey (who’s up-close picture I did not get so if anyone has one I would LOVE to see it, pretty please), Hayden, Ryan, Avi, and Matt. You all suffered the zombification process with reasonable dignity.

Huge thanks to Christina Guevara. my fearless assistant who possesses magical skills in getting people covered in dirt and blood. She was seriously a huge help and has great fashion sense… even zombie fashion sense. Way to get your hands dirty Chrissy! ;>

And last, but certainly not least thank you, thank you, thank you, to the boss himself, Aaron Kirk for the amazing opportunities to do makeup and lots of other stuff in a way that makes me feel better about humanity and not worse (Ha! Except, for real), and for all the fun that comes with it.

Today I’m working on a music video shoot and super excited about it!

Expect lots of pictures to start popping up around here in the next several hours. =)

photo (5)You know just how important the act of creation is to you when you find that it overrides your nature. This blog is nothing if not a testament to my adoration of all things sparkly, pretty, and girly, and yet, all that girlie stuff doesn’t inspire me artistically the way gross stuff does.

It’s ridiculous how much I’m enjoying getting ready for this next project.

You don’t know how much you enjoy something until you find yourself excited about researching how to DIY puss.

Picture- Last night’s experiment with using glue instead of liquid latex. If you want your actors to like you, I highly recommend only resorting to glue in a pinch.  Pretty uncomfortable on and coming off.

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August 2020