Monthly Favorites: August 2014

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August went by way too fast! I can’t honestly believe it is September 1st today (or September 5th, when I post this). August was a busy month for me, especially with starting a new job. I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, so why not come back with a monthly favorites post!

BEAUTY FAVORITES

1) Lorac Pro 2 Palette
When I first saw that Lorac was coming out with a new palette I wasn’t quite sure on if I would want to pick it up or not. I do have the original palette which I do love, but I always forget about using that palette. Well with seeing reviews and some beauty blogger’s creations with this palette, I decided to pick it up with my 20% coupon. I really love the cool tone hues in it and of course the fun colors included. The packaging is the same as the original palette, except this one is gray. The palette is very thin and sleek with a magnetic closure and a mirror as well. The shadows are nice and soft, but powdery. So all you need is a light touch otherwise your palette will be a mess. But, that doesn’t bother me too much because I love how soft they are.

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2) Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Another palette in my monthly favorites! Well…why not? I do love myself some eye-shadow palettes. Too Faced came out with a couple new palettes for the Fall collection, but I decided on this one. This palette is a Sephora exclusive, whereas the Country and Rock & Roll palettes are Ulta exculsives. There was just something about the colors in this palette that made me grab it off the shelf at Sephora. Too Faced is one of my favorite makeup brands, and I feel like this palette doesn’t disappoint. I do wish that Kitty Glitter was more pigmented, but in reality I think it completes the palette as a nice shimmer shade. I used the pink shades in the palette for a nice pink look and then added kitty glitter for some extra shimmer.  With Too Faced shadows once you get past the first layer the shades become more pigmented, especially with Kitty Glitter. In the picture below I am wearing Kitty Glitter to add some extra shimmer.

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3) Glo~Minerals Water Resistant Mascara
I have a love-hate relationship with mascara! I seem to be never satisfied with mascara and end up trying new ones all the time. I don’t understand the hype of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara or Benefit They’re Real mascara. I just hate the application process whether it be too wet, too dry, too clumpy, too sticky, etc. Also, it is hard to find a mascara that keeps my stick straight lashes curled. Also, I like to use more natural nourishing mascaras. A lot of the drug store mascaras and even a lot of the high end mascaras use tar in their formula. I hate the feeling of lashes not feeling like lashes after application. I don’t need my lashes to feel/look like a statue because I decided to coat some tar on them. That is not good for lashes! Sorry end of rant! My salon started carrying this Glo Minerals brand and she recommended that I try this mascara after hearing about my love-hate relationship with mascara. This mascara does not have tar in it so I was happy to hear that. The mascara brush is amazing and so easy to use! I can use the brush vertical and horizontally and coat the lashes. No clumps! No spidery looking lashes either. The formula has the perfect wetness needed. I hate those super wet formulas where it takes 10 millions years to dry! Not for me! Also, my lashes feel like lashes. I have been really impressed with this mascara. I am wearing this mascara in the picture above.

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4) Naked 3 Dual Ended Eyeliner Pencil
I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette quite a bit! I am always grabbing for it in my makeup collection. When I saw they had a dual sided 24/7 glide on eye pencil dedicated toward the Naked 3, I knew I needed to pick it up. It comes with the shades Darkside and Blackheart. I especially love the Blackheart shade because I love the red shimmer in it. Urban Decay’s eyeliner pencils are my favorite out of all the brands that I have tried. Sure, I have to sharpen them, but no big deal. I just love the creaminess of them and how easy they are to use. I am always grabbing for this eyeliner especially when I use my Naked 3.

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5) Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in Luster and Texture Brush
I also got this shimmer brick and brush at my local salon. I just wanted something that would give me a natural glow during the summer months. I was recommended by the Glo-Minerals rep to try this. I love it! I can just slightly dust it onto my cheeks and it gives me a healthy glow. It comes with 4 shades in the pan, but I just swirl all 4 shades together with the texture brush. This brush is super soft and it works really well with the application process. I have a Sigma brush like this, but I like this one quite a bit more. It is dense, but not too dense. With that being said, it picks up the perfect amount of product.

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6) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Rollerball
I have always wanted a full sized (meaning not a rollerball) Marc Jacobs perfume, but I always say no because of the price tag! I love the packaging on his perfumes! Every single one! Especially his newest ones: Daisy Dream, Honey, and Dot. This is my first rollerball from Marc Jacobs as well. I just loved this scent, but couldn’t reason spending the price tag for the full perfume right now. It is nice because I can take it with me because it is travel friendly. I can’t describe the scent very well, but it is very clean and floral smelling. Just go into Sephora or Ulta and see if you like it because everybody has different opinions. But, I quite like it. 🙂 Also, my cousin was here this weekend and she had a rollerball in Honey and omg…amazing! I think that may be the one I get when I get a full sized perfume because the packaging is ADORABLE!

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LIFESTYLE FAVORITES (Movies, Books, Games, and Food)

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1) The Amazing Spiderman 2
I ❤ Spiderman. This is honestly my favorite out of all the Spiderman movies (including the originals as well). I think that the cast did an amazing job. The story line kept my attention.

2) The Count of Monte Cristo 
This is not necessarily a monthly favorite, but my all time favorite movie. I just wanted to share it with you all because you NEED to watch it. It is a little slow in the beginning, but believe me it is amazing. There are many themes in the storyline: friendship, love, betrayal, and revenge.  This is based off of a book written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. Trust me, go watch it.

3) Aladdin 
Aladdin is a good childhood memory of mine. I always loved that movie. I still do! I may be 25, but there is always some room for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu, and of course Rajah in my life. Even before hearing that Robin Williams died, I had watched this a few days prior. Genie is one of my favorite characters in this movie. Robin Williams will be missed.

4) Mario Kart 8 
My niece recently came over and we had fun playing this game. I am a big Nintendo fan and one of my favorite games for any Nintendo game system has been Mario Kart. My niece had so much fun playing this game with me.

5) If I Stay Book and Movie
I started this book and was about halfway through it when my friend and I went to the movie. I finished the book afterwards. It was an easy read. Sure, the movie was a little predictable, but it was still a good movie.  Oh how I wish that I could play the cello like that because that was pretty amazing. This book makes a person think about life and how fast it can be changed. Well, it sure made me think about it. Every second in life is important and it is important not to take that for granted. Right now I am reading the second book, “Where She Went.”

6) Trader Joes Chocolate Covered Powerberries
Usually I hate dark chocolate, but in these I love it! They’re sweetened with natural fruit juices such as: acai, pomegranate, blueberry, and cranberry juices. Then they’re covered with smooth dark chocolate. All I can say is….yum!

7) Young & Hungry

I love love love love this show! It makes me laugh! I love those type of shows. This show is aired on ABC Family. The characters in it are awesome together and I just love it.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! Comment and let  me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned or if you watch any of the movies or shows I mention. Also, don’t forget to check out the movie “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Hope you all had a wonderful August and have a wonderful September.

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100 Happy Days: Days 22-28

I can’t believe how fast summer is going!!! July is almost over!!! EEK! If you have been following me on Instagram, you may know that I have been taking part in the #100happydays. Basically, I take a photo a day of something that makes me happy then post it onto Instagram! Sometimes it is hard to think of something to take a picture of each and every day. I know my Instagram account (@thebeautydeputy) explodes with photos of Mirya, Maddie, and Molly. What can I say?!? I love my pets!  🙂 Hope you enjoy this week’s photos!

Day 22 of #100happydays I learned that Kohls carries The Balm! I looooooove The Balm and usually only can order online. Hooray for Kohls carrying The Balm
#thebeautydeputy #thebalm #makeup #makeupobsessed
#makeuplover #bbloggers #bblogger #cosmetics #kohls
#shopping #makeuphaul #nailpolish #nails #blush #lipgloss

Day 23 of #100happydays Staying up late getting ready for my night shift tomorrow. Im watching a favorite movie of mine #Aladdin !!
Disney movies sure make me happy. Never too old for a #disney movie. Princess Jasmine is my favorite!

Day 24 of #100happydays My adorable kitty lounging in her cat furniture.
#mollythecat #mollykitty #cat #kitten #kittens #cats
#catsofinstagram #animals #petbloggers #pets #thehappypawfiles

Day 25 of #100happydays My March of Dimes charitable cause #Scentsy buddy (Roosevelt the Rabbit) hanging out on my #alex9drawer from #ikea
#marchofdimes It makes me happy when companies donate to charities!

Day 26 of #100happydays Sharing a pizza at #Zorbaz with the family!! #pizza #eating #supper #minnesota

Day 27 of #100happydays Going canoeing with the family down the river! #minnesota #summer #canoeing #familytime #canoe

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At the drive in!!! 🙂 my niece is so excited!!!

At the drive in!!! 🙂 my niece is so excited!!!

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Day 28 of #100happydays My niece and my shiba inu Mirya.
#shibainus #shibainu #miryatheshibainu #dogsofinstagram
#dogs #puppylove #puppies #puppy #pets #petsofinstagram
#animals #animallovers #thehappypawfiles #petbloggers

As you can tell, I had a fun week! We went canoeing down the river! My niece loved it! It was a lot of fun! We also went to the drive in. Planes 2 Fire and Rescue was playing. My niece was so excited! I really love the concept of a drive in movie theater. It seems like the tradition is dying, which I find extremely sad! A lot of drive-ins had to close once everything went to digital. Luckily the one close by my hometown is still in business.  Going to drive in movie theaters is something different than the norm. Comment and let me know if you ever go to a drive in movie theater. I would love to hear from you all!

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100 Happy Days: Days 15-21

Time for my third week of #100happydays on Instagram! Make sure to follow me @thebeautydeputy in case you’re interested.

Day 15 of #100happydays #happybirthday to my#shibainu Can’t believe that my Mirya Mae turned 1 today!
#dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #puppylove#puppies #thehappypawfiles

Day 16 of #100happydays what makes me happy is sunny days and being able to wear summer clothes. I can’t believe that it is already July 8th. Aaaah getting closer to another Minnesota winter! Waited so looooooong for this summer! #mauricesisthebest #maurices
#fbloggers #fblogger #bbloggers
#bblogger #fashion #sunnydays

Day 17 of #100happydays Mirya being adorable playing with her new birthday toy.
#dogsofinstagram #dogs #doggy #puppylove #puppies
#miryatheshibainu #thehappypawfiles #puppy
#agirlsbestfriend #shibainus #shibainu

Day 18 of #100happydays Getting back into learning the guitar makes me happy! I haven’t played it a lot lately because of my busy life. I got out of playing it when I went to nursing school and lived in a dorm and then after that an apartment. Today is the day that I start to relearn everything I forgot! #guitar #music

Day 19 of #100happydays my cousin got an adorable kitty named Rosie today! Isn’t she just adorable? A kitten\cat who has found a forever home makes me happy. #kittens #catsofinstagram #cat #cats #kitten #animals #animallovers #petbloggers #thehappypawfiles

Day 20 of #100happydays Geese crossing!

Day 20 of #100happydays Geese crossing!

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Day 21 of #100happydays Starting a new book makes me happy!! #ifistaybook #ifistay #reading #novels #books

That concludes this week of my #100happydays on Instagram! Hope you all enjoyed my photos! I really can’t believe that my Shiba Inu Mirya is already 1! Time sure does fly by!  Let me know if you’re doing this type of post as well so I can check it out!

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100 Happy Days: Days 1-7

On Instagram there is this idea going around where you post a picture a day for 100 days of pure happiness. It is called #100happydays. Well, there are a lot of things that make me happy. They always say that a smile takes less muscle than a frown. 😀 Come on let us bring on the happiness!

Day 1 My adorable molly kitty! #100happydays#thehappypawfiles #mollythecat #mollykitty
#cat#catsofinstagram #humanesociety #ilovemycat
#pets#animals #animallovers #shorthairtabby

Day 2 of my #100happydays My shiba inu mirya is so adorable! She makes me happy! #thehappypawfiles#miryatheshibainu #shibainus
#shibainu #pets#petbloggers #animals #animallovers #dogs#dogsofinstagram

Day 3 of #100happydays ORGANIZATION!!! Love my#ikea #alex9drawer #alex #bbloggers #bblogger#storage #organization

Day 4 of #100happydays #3musketeers in the break room at work. Can’t say no to #chocolate!

Day 4 of #100happydays #3musketeers in the break room at work. Can't say no to #chocolate!

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Day 5 of #100happydays !!! I love that #lushcosmeticsfights against animal cruelty!!! #crueltyfree #lush#bbloggers #makeup #lipstick #naturalmakeup

Day 6 of #100happydays spending time with my nieces and feeding the ducks!! #ilovemynieces

Day 6 of #100happydays spending time with my nieces and feeding the ducks!! #ilovemynieces

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Day 6.5 of #100happydays at the park with the nieces.

Day 6.5 of #100happydays at the park with the nieces.

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Day 7 #100happydays so many books to read! Can’t wait! #reading #novels #readers

Day 7 #100happydays so many books to read! Can't wait! #reading #novels #readers

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A Little Extra….

Waiting for the marching band parade. I miss the days of marching band!!!

Waiting for the marching band parade. I miss the days of marching band!!!

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I hope that you enjoyed this post! Comment and let me know if you’re doing the #100happydays Instagram post as well! My Instagram name is @brittany72416 !!! Hope you come along on this journey with me!

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Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this tag on AlleyHope and I thought that it would be a fun tag to do! It has nothing to do with beauty products, but it has to do with reading and books.  Books have their own kind of beauty in the world. Although, I’ll be truthful and tell you that I have been horrible with reading this year! Horrible! My New Years resolution was to read more and yet I am miserably failing with that.  😥

Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much information or not enough?

Some books hardly have anything for a book summary, that I find to be very annoying! With that being said, I would rather have too much information. Although, I do feel like most books give a good enough summary on if I want to read it or put it back on the shelf.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback or hardcover?

Hardcover! I have a Kindle, but I just love actual books. I love the look and the smell. I love having actual “evidence” of having the book instead of a e-book. If I am traveling then I would like to bring my kindle because of it being easier to travel with.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean?

Definitely not write in my books. I did a little in my nursing books when I was in school, but my novels are too precious for writing in them. If I need to make notes, I use a separate sheet of paper that I use that as my bookmark. But, usually I don’t take notes. I just read and enjoy the story.

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

Since I am typing this you can’t hear my voice. This is a hard question! I am going to just type the first sentence from one of my favorite books. “A brisk, wintry wind whistled along the South Carolina Coast.”

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

No! I love books from all over!

Ever read ahead? Or have you read the last page before you got there?

Guilty! Sometimes I just can’t wait! I don’t do that as often as I used to.

Organised bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized, but not  “library organized.” I organize by size of book and author. My Harry Potter books are on the bottom shelf because well they’re heavy!

Under oath: Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?

Guilty again! Usually the cover is what draws me in and gets me to read the summary of the novel.

Take it outside to read or stay in? 

Take it outside! Love when it is nice outside and being able to enjoy the nice weather with a novel.

That concludes the questions! If you’re reading this then I tag you! TAG YOU’RE IT!!!

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