E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer


As someone who doesn’t really know a lot about makeup, I have a hard time deciding which products are worth investing real money in. I recently discovered BB cream (which is worth every penny), but still debate about buying any eye shadow that is over $4.00. Price point is the main reason I love E.L.F. products. In my experience they are worth way more than the company charges. Their mineral face primer is no different.

I went to Target determined to buy ankle boots. When that didn’t work out, I headed to the cosmetics department. I didn’t need anything, but if I made the effort to go to the store, I didn’t want to walk away with nothing. That’s when I discovered E.L.F.’s face primer. I didn’t know what it was, but with “creates a flawless finish” printed on the bottle, it caught my attention. Despite my ridiculously through beauty regimen (cleanser, scrub, eye serum, face serum, oil), I still feel like have crater skin.

At $6.00 it did take some convincing from my friend to pull the trigger on buying a product I had never really heard of before and didn’t feel like I needed, but I’m really glad I did. Just like with paint primer, face primer smooths out imperfections and evens your color. (Or at least mine did. I got the tone adjusting green.) It makes your skin look and feel like velvet, which in turn makes your makeup go on smooth and stay on longer.

I’m guessing that primers can get fairly pricey, but I’m so happy with the E.L.F. brand, I don’t know why you’d need to spend over $6.00 on it. Plus, they do have other options including clear, brightening lavender, and radiant glow to fit whatever type of skin you have. This one is going on the “must have” list.

You can buy it here.


My Mighty Return

Pardon my three month hiatus. With a full schedule and a broken laptop, my blog time has dwindled to nothing.

When I wrote last I was beginning my 90 Day Challenge – three months later and I’m still in the middle of things. You see, “90 days” actually means 90 sessions… I’m not sure if I’ve hit that yet, but it doesn’t really matter. Carey has committed to stick with me until I reach my goal – 17% body fat. If you’re like me, you have no idea what that really means, but I’m told 25% is average. We have yet to do a second weigh in or BMI test, so I can’t even really tell you where I am as far as progress is concerned, but Carey will be reviewing my fit test next week. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the results will be good.

All I can tell you for sure is that I am light years from where I began. Three months and I feel like a completely different person, like when you look at your high school pictures and think, “Man, that was a lifetime ago!” While the things I was struggling with when I walked into her office still peek their ugly heads up on occasion, they mostly stay away these days. I’m far more confident, happy and optimistic than I’ve been in years.

I know my body is improving, but that’s not where these things stem from. As cliche as it sounds, the old “looks don’t matter” thing is mostly true. I won’t deny that looks can get you places in life, but the things you can achieve through looks are temporary and superficial. You’ll never find peace until you can accept who you are – the good and the bad. That’s what I’m coming to realize through this process. No matter how beat down you are, there is good in you. When you see the bad things, take steps to change them. It won’t happen overnight, but that’s okay. Any step forward, no matter how minor, is not moving back. Rejoice in your little victories. Find friends who truly love you. Demand respect that you deserve.

I won’t sit here and tell you I’ve got it figured out. I still have people point out things I still need to work on or behaviors that need to change, but I’m getting there. I’m moving forward.

Enough with that business…
Training is tough. I mostly go in the mornings and if you know me, you know how much I despise mornings. Still, I make my way across town to the gym about three times a week. Carey takes sick pleasure in watching me sweat. I think it’s a trainer thing. Still, she’s been fantastic at pushing me, providing me with supplements and nutritional knowledge and making sure I’m growing mentally and spiritually. I cannot thank her enough for this opportunity. We’re reaching the point where I’ll start being filmed as part of the story that Carey is writing on me. Let’s hope the camera doesn’t really add ten pounds!

I see changes in my body, not just in the way it looks, but the way it feels. And honestly, things haven’t been picture perfect. I’ve “fallen off the wagon.” Not following the program that Carey has laid out for me – eating poorly, not doing my cardio, not tracking my food – but with seven months left for me to hit the goal that I set for myself long before Carey was in the picture, it’s time to get serious. While it’s nice to have someone pushing you, they can’t do the work for you. In the long run, you’ve got to do it for yourself. I’ve hit the point that I have to ask, “How badly do you want this?” And I want it.
I want it bad.

5 Things I Love (May 2012 Edition)

I go through phases of obsession with various and assorted things in life.
February was my last update, so here are five things I’m currently in love with, in no particular.

1.The Oklahoma City Thunder

Yeah okay, I’m always in love with the Thunder… but we’re in the post season now! If you thought I was obsessed during the regular season, you have no idea how much worse I get during the playoffs. We’ve had a good run thus far, despite our current struggles with the Spurs in the WCF. Win or lose, I’m proud of these guys. I’ve never seen a group more dedicated to hard work or more resilient. We’re so fortunate to have this organization representing our city.

2. Instagram

Welcome to 2010. In my defense, I’ve had an Instagram account for quite awhile… I just didn’t invest any time into figuring out how to use it or finding people to follow. Now that I have, I’m sort of addicted. My two favorite photo finds thus far are KD shoe shopping with Miss Wanda and Nick Collison getting some investment advice.

3. Blended iced coffees

It makes no difference to me if it from Starbucks, McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Doughnuts – I’m loving blended iced coffees. It’s become a nightly tradition to grab one before heading home to sit on the couch and watch movies.
P.S. Carmel > Mocha

4. Game of Thrones

Rachael loves a fantasy period drama?! I’m as surprised as you. Yet, every week I find myself looking forward to watching it more than any of the other shows we’re currently making our way through. It’s amazing how good a story can be when the writer figures out that the characters are the focus and events are secondary.
Also, props to Peter Dinklage for being so awesome.

5. Dreaming of a vacation

The last time I spent the night across the state line was when my friends and I packed up to see Al Pacino perform in Central Park in 2010. Since then it’s been a series of 2 to 3 hour trips for movie marathons, plays and concerts with the understanding that after arriving home no earlier than 4AM, I’ll have to get up and work by 10 the next morning.
With multiple jobs, I want nothing more for my 29th birthday than a vacation. Even if it’s only overnight in a surrounding state and I have to pay for it myself, I just want a break. So, I’ve begun planning. Mark my words, I’ll be out of here by the end of July.