Monday, July 6, 2015

June Beauty Favorites

June is already over and the 4th has passed us by. HOW do the months just seem to fly by faster and faster?? I had a moment the other day where I was like, wait, I've lived here in Duluth for 3 months already?? Mind. Blown.

But with a new month starting, it's time for my June Beauty Favorites! I honestly can't remember the last time I did one of these...I'll just hide in a corner and ignore that.

This June I didn't have too many new favorites to share, as I didn't do any shopping until the last couple weeks of the month. So expect some new makeup favorites in July! 
The newest and probably most amazing new things I got in June was the Bath & Body Works lotion in Georgia Peach and Sweat Tea. I about die and go to heaven every time I use it. It just smells like fresh peaches on a warm summer's day. Reminds me of the peach orchard my family lived on for a number of years when I was little. Nothing like grabbing a peach right off the tree!

Make-up wise, I've been using the three items above A LOT. My Maybelline Age Rewind concealer has been my go-to for months, this is just the first time I've mentioned it. I use it mainly under my eyes as it tends to get chalky if I use it anywhere else. The e.l.f. Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in  Toast is the perfect gold color for summer, it's about the only thing I've been wearing on my lids. And lastly is my Estee Lauder bronzer in Sun Bronze that was a gift a couple of years ago. I've become slightly obsessed with bronzers as of late and that has a lot to do with my last favorite of the month.

Banana Boat's Summer Color self tanner is the first self tanner I've used in years. Years. Let me tell you, they've come a long way. I won't go too much into depth on this one since I have a post scheduled for a couple days from now reviewing this self tanner. But I love it! When it says "no streak formula" it's not lying! Sure, it can gather around joints like any self tanner but I can't complain about that when a tube is $6 at Target!

When I was gathering favorites for this post I was surprised when I couldn't pick a lipstick or two that had been a favorite in June. I had been really good about shopping my own lipstick stash and didn't really use one more than another. Next month will be different though, I'm already using one or two more than any others!

What did you love in June?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Being an American

It's that one day of the year where wearing every ounce of Red, White & Blue is acceptable.
When drinking beer before noon is okay.
When BBQ's are done to the nines.
And when fireworks fill the sky, some along to music, and all giving me goosebumps.

So. Why is this holiday such a big deal to me?
Sure, the history of this very large but oh so young country has a lot to do with it. It's our day. Our day to be proud of this messed up country we call home.

I wasn't born an American, not everyone knows that about me. But I think of myself as an American. I was only 8 years old when I moved to the States with my parents. I don't really remember not being an American. And maybe that's why this holiday means a lot to me.

I was born Canadian, only the second generation in my mother's family to be born out of Europe. But those labels haven't shaped me, haven't grown up with me.
The flag in the photo above has.

I remember seeing it raised on a flag pole every day at the camp we moved to when I was 8.
I remember watching people be so happy and proud to be an American.
I remember when I first became almost obsessed with learning everything I could about the Revolutionary War. Or what the flag stood for an how it changed over time.
I remember pledging to that flag in homeroom in high school every day.

So many things have been happening with this place I call home lately. Legalizing marriage for all just being the latest in great changes that are coming.

This country isn't perfect by far. I have days when I wonder what it would be like to live in another country that isn't so one sided in beliefs, but then I can't see myself ever leaving her forever.

This is my home. I'm an American.
With all of her faults and all of her problems, I'm not just going to leave her behind.

I meant for this post to be something deep, about what being an American means to me. Not really sure if I answered my own question or not. 

But this place is my home and this day never ceases to make me cry.
So here's to our Independence Day. Here's to the men and women who sacrifice so much. Here's to our family parties and bbq's and drinking until the fireworks fly.

This is America. And I love her.

Hope your 4th is great, no matter where you are.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July Party

Hello, July. You could maybe slow down summer a bit, kthanks?
What is it about the 4th that just screams BBQ parties, sparklers and red, white & blue everything? Maybe it's the patriotic feeling that just seems to fill the air during the first week in July but whatever it is, it's the perfect opportunity to plan a freaking fantastic party.

And where does one go to find 4th of July themes party ideas?
Pinterest of course!

Here are some of my favorite ideas that I found while stumbling around!

Now THAT is a table setting!

What are you guys doing for your 4th, if you're in America?