Vlog | Road Rambles | Makeup and a Movie


The thing you notice about yourself when you do a Vlog and then play it back is…you have some weird ticks when you’re nervous or unsure of yourself. I say “Um” a lot in this one. I also move my mouth in funny ways when I talk, which I have heard from other people. It’s different when you see it for yourself though. Anyway, I ramble about makeup and going to see a movie with a friend.


I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a month! Lots going on recently with work and traveling to visit friends. I’ll probably try to get a photo blog post done soon but until then… I’m debating new hair color for an appointment I have next month. These are my favorites.



Leaning toward the above for the one below because I could possibly do my own roots at home when my gray is showing up. I have a sprinkling of it around my bangs/temple.

purple2012w1 red-violet-hair-color-omg---inspiring-ideas



CLOSED! Giveaway!! Mary Kay mascara, primer, eye shadow and lip gloss

GIVEAWAY ENDED!!!!IMG_8441Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I

Mary Kay Lash Primer

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Shadow in Amber Blaze

Mary Kay Lip Gloss in Berry Tart

The lip gloss and eye shadow are two of my personal favorites! I bought two of each for a future giveaway and while cleaning over the weekend I found them and wanted to share.

How to enter: In the comments tell me your favorite make up product (any brand) -US/Canada only


I’m a rebel.

2.365It’s been rainy and cold for what feels like weeks. I’m not a big fan of this weather! It’s just so nasty and depressing. The funny thing about that is…I love rain in the summer, but it’s not as nice when it comes with freezing temps.


We spent most of last weekend taking down our indoor Christmas decorations. That’s always an adventure. How is that it seems to take longer taking it down than it does to put it up? On Sunday I used my Skinny Taste cookbook and made Gina’s homemade granola. I scooped out the serving size and placed each one in little snack size bags so it’ll be easy to grab and go. We’ve also made her “Un”stuffed Cabbage soup, which was amazing.

Mac Rebel

To brighten up my day on Tuesday I wore a turquoise cardigan and Mac ‘Rebel‘ lipstick. It’s one of those shades I LOVE but rarely wear. On the mornings I don’t have time to do eye makeup I often grab bold lipstick to put on in the office. It makes me feel more complete, maybe even a bit more glam. For this I used Mac’s prep and prime lip primer and a neutral lip liner, but I have my eye on a Mac liner that would go great with Rebel.

What do you do to brighten up your winter days?

Modcloth and Vines

Guest of Honor Dress in Vines By Effie's Heart

I should probably start changing it up when I pose for a picture.

This is the dress I wore for my office party. After reading the reviews I sized up since it’s 100% cotton (which I LOVE). I think it would be great with a petticoat or crinoline under it! The belt that comes with it is pictured on the website to be worn tied in the front but I wasn’t feeling that.

Also, the dress has pockets! Ya know, in case you get overly excited about that sort of thing like I do.

dress: modcloth

cardigan: target

shoes: shoe carnival

necklace: charming charlie

IMG_7826After my regular work hours I added Mac blacktrack fluidline gel liner and Mac Viva Glam Rihanna 1 lipstick and lipglass.

a few of my favorite things

Mac Viva Glam Rihanna A few weeks ago I went shopping with my mother. A new Belk and Mac counter opened a month or so back so I finally checked it out. While looking at red lipsticks (because the five or six I already owned weren’t enough, obviously) the girl working suggested I give the new Viva Glam Rihanna 1 a try. I’m so glad she did! The lipstick I’d been looking at originally was pretty sheer (Cockney), but I was wanting something that wasn’t like my usual Russian Red since it’s matte and dries my lips out. At first I was only going to purchase the lipstick and then she layered the lipglass over it and WELL. Guess what came home with me!? I bet you’ll never get it right. Mac Viva Glam Rihanna The lipstick has a bit of a iridescent, gold shimmer to it at different angles. BUT THE LIPGLASS SPARKLES. It’s soooo pretty. I’m wearing the lipstick alone on the left and the lipstick with lipglass on the right. IMG_7556 I can not stop listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989. Even during my Christmas baking and candy making sessions. Tay Tay all the way! IMG_7555 Lately I’ve just been throwing outfits together, I’m not even going to lie. Random colors and what not. This mustard and white striped top is a standby on mornings I don’t want to think about my wardrobe too much. It’s super soft and comfy but short sleeve. I throw on a cardigan (from Old Navy) and call it done. Please ignore my wrinkles. I’m kind of embarrassed to even post this photo. Oh, but the part I love about this is my necklace from Venbead!! It’s an old bullet casing with a hand blown piece of glass. It’s the coolest. I’ve had it for a while and wear it pretty often. I get a lot of questions and compliments. IMG_7569 Cookie baking machine, am I! Last year I posted the M&M cookie recipe my family has been using for years. It produces a crispy cookie, which I’m not crazy about. This year I talked the family into trying something different. I’m using this recipe from Averie Cooks. It’s super simple and makes nice soft cookies. I make my cookies smaller than her recipe suggests. They are so yummy! I’ve made a third batch already, making them both with and without the chocolate chips. IMG_7543 A few weeks ago I had my hair done. I finally did something I’d been wanting to do for a while. Violet low lights/streaks/whatever you want to call it. I love it. A lot. I had colored it myself, a darker color than I intended, to cover my gray a couple of weeks before I went into the salon for this. So it didn’t turn out as visible as I’d have liked BUT I plan on doing it again once I can get my medium brown back. IMG_7542 My favorite part is someone will say “oh you colored your hair red!” and then as soon as the sunlight hits it they gasp “it’s purple!” The tone of the color makes it easier for me to get away with having an ‘unnatural’ color at work since I’m in an office. 17738217 I’m currently reading, Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs, a book I downloaded from NetGalley. It’s part of a series (which I haven’t read) but I was in the mood for a Christmas novel. I’m 60% done and really enjoying it. It’s a light read and has some pretty fun characters. That’s about it, I think! Just a few things I’m currently enjoying.

Makeup organization


I posted my makeup set up a while back, showing my makeup organization but it felt like such a mess. I had been wanting the Ikea Alex storage unit for years but two issues have held me back. 1) we don’t have an Ikea store in Alabama and 2) shipping from Ikea.com is expensive.

I went to Atlanta, GA for a girls weekend back in September and I finally scored Alex to bring home with me.

Ikea Alex Storage Unit

I love that some of the drawers are shallow, and others are deeper, for bigger items.

The clear box on top of the unit stores single Mary Kay eye shadows. I forgot to take a picture of those.


Top drawer: My foundations, concelors, primers, hand mirror, tweezers, hair chalk


Second drawer: single eye shadows, palettes, eye crayons

Third: pigments, liquid eye liners, small pencil eye liners, fake lashes


Fourth: loose powders, blushes, mineralized face powders

IMG_7519Fifth: lip products

IMG_7049Sixth: Nail products (not to mention the nail polish rack I have)

IMG_7050Seventh: Hair tools and a few random clutch purses


Eighth: Hair products


Ninth: Spare products and empty Mac containers

Sensationail gel polish

I’ve had this Sensational gel polish kit for probably a year or so. Frankly I’ve been scared to try it. I wasn’t sure I’d get the application right and I knew I’d need to take my time doing it.

I love the longevity of gel polish though so I finally sat myself down and did it while watching tv.

SensatioNail Raspberry WineI originally applied the above on Tuesday September 30th. Please ignore how terrible my cuticles look. It’s an ongoing battle.
IMG_6930This photo is after more than a weeks worth of wear, taken Thursday October 9th.

I have to say, I’m impressed with how well it’s held up. Especially with me being a newby at applying gel polish. I’ll probably remove it this weekend since I have some obvious growth. But first, I’m gonna run to the store and pick up another shade. I feel like this is going to be a new addiction.

FOTD: Browns

make up in brownsCC Cream in Light to Medium –http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Face/Mary-Kay-CC-Cream-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-15-/Light-to-Medium/111651.partId?eCatId=10005

Rosegold Mineral Eye Shadow on lid –http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Eyes/Eye-Shadow/Mary-Kay-Mineral-Eye-Color/Rosegold/130867.partId?eCatId=10021

Sienna in crease – no longer available

Truffle in outer corner – http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Eyes/Eye-Shadow/Mary-Kay-Mineral-Eye-Color/Truffle/130845.partId?eCatId=10021

Cafe Au Lait on lips – http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Gloss/Mary-Kay-NouriShine-Plus-Lip-Gloss/Cafe-Au-Lait/140517.partId?eCatId=10016

Light to medium Bronzing powder on cheeks –http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Face/Bronzing-Powder/Mary-Kay-Bronzing-Powder/Light-Medium/111050.partId?eCatId=10006

Shy Blush mineral blush on cheek bones –http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Gifts/Mary-Kay-Mineral-Cheek-Color/Shy-Blush/120207.partId?eCatId=10670

Ultimate mascara in black – http://www.marykay.com/agraham81/en-US/Makeup/Mary-Kay-Ultimate-Mascara-/Black/130710.partId?eCatId=10003