Have a Great Thursday!

This day has just gone by way too fast – but at least I finally have a clean apartment and some clean clothes! Actually, this whole week has just flown by. Very busy, but fun. And next week it’s spring break! Now I only have a few more minutes to get ready before I’m heading out the door again.

So I’m going to leave you with this beautiful picture and quote. I know that it’s definitely true for me!
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Tuesday’s Caual Outfit

Here’s the whole outfit from yesterday’s post. A lot of red and black going on, those seem to be my go-to color choices lately. Well, that’s actually been my favorite combination all winter.
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Which colors do you often end up with in your day-to-day outfits? Any favorites?
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Now I’m heading over to Maren’s place for a girls night. Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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Blouse: Forever 21. Jeans & Necklace: Body Central. Rings: Asos. Shoes: Converse.

Birthday Festivities, Part 2

Yesterday was the second of a three to four day birthday celebration for Maren! It will (most likely) be concluded on Friday after her party. It really should be called your “birthday week”. Or month. Anyway. We went out for sushi at Utage, one of our favorite places in Athens.
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You can’t have a birthday dinner without a saki bomb! The waitresses even made us do the chant.
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Am I the only one who thinks sushi is automatically more fun when it comes in a boat??
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Me and Andy went with a more boring option and shared four rolls. But it was still delicious, and you never leave Utage without being uncomfortably full! I swear they were extra good this time.
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My Eye Makeup

Mascara:
As I’ve mentioned before, Clinique’s high impact and high definition mascaras (in black) are my all time favorites. You can get them for $16 each online, but I always buy mine at Belk for $15. I think I buy them about twice a year, depending on how much I use them.
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Okay. Here’s a quick “before picture” with my eye shadow already done. My lashes are almost blond and invisible without mascara. However I’ve never used a lash curler, since they are naturally curled.
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First I apply two layers of the High Definition mascara. It is great for separating your eyelashes and to avoid any lumps. It’s a great everyday mascara when you don’t want anything too dramatic.
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Afterward I apply two layers of the High Impact mascara, which makes you lashes fuller. I used to use this mascara by itself, but it tends to be a bit too wet which makes all your eyelashes stick together.
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Eyeliner:
As you can see in the above picture, I’ve also applied eyeliner on my top and bottom waterline. This is where I prefer to apply mine – I think it’s much faster and I like the way it looks. (If I want a more dramatic look I will use a darker eye shadow and apply my eyeliner to my top and bottom lids instead.) But, of course, you will need a waterproof eyeliner for this to work. I use a cream one from Makeup Forever. Well, technically it’s an eye shadow, but it works just fine either way. I have had mine for close to two years, and I’m only two thirds through it. Just make sure you close it properly, or it will dry up. You will need an angled eyeliner brush to apply it – and a bit of training. Make sure you don’t apply it too close to either corner of your eye, because it will then smear onto your skin or gather in the corner of your eye after you have worn it for a few hours. Something I noticed in the beginning…
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Eye Shadow:
I have two favorite eye shadow sets, both from Too Faced. The Natural Eye Shadow Collection I use on a daily basis and the Smokey Eye Shadow Collection is more for special occasions.
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I tend to mix-and-match a bit, even though the looks are great the way they are intended too (day, classic, and fashion). For the look below I have first applied Silk Teddy to the entire lid. Then I used Push-Up (it’s my favorite) on the lower part of my lid, from the crease down, before moving on to Cocoa Puff. I start at the outer corner of my eye and follow the bone about halfway across my eye, in the shape of my sickle moon. I like to make the outer edge dark while going lighter toward the middle. When I’m done I use a little more of Silk Teddy in the inner corner of my eye and along the bottom of my eyebrow, just to smooth out the edges of my eye shadow.

I normally use a similar technique, even when I use different colors. What do you think?
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I took these pictures last week before posting my “boyfriend jeans outfit”. It’s definitely a bit too much for an everyday look, but this is how I do my makeup when I go out (though sometimes I use the smokey eye shadow set). For an everyday look I would normally stick to two layers of the High Definition mascara and the eye shadow from the “day look” – just without the Sexpresso, it’s a bit too dark.
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On The Mend

I think I have actually tricked myself into believing that I can’t gain weight on my birthday, when I’m on vacation, or when I’m sick. At least I eat as though it’s true… So as soon as my taste buds started functioning again I whipped up a big batch of comfort food and curled up with book five of the Mortal Instruments. And I’m already feeling quite a bit better! Tomorrow I should be on my feet again.

Bacon, yellow onion, and corn. Random, delicious, and not exactly low-calorie.
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Now I’m catching up on all the blogs I’ve neglected in the past few days. I have no idea how I’ve gotten such a long list of great blogs that I read regularly, but I might make a list of them to share with you. And I always love finding new ones, so feel free to share your favorite ones with me. After all, being sick is pretty boring.

Midnight Sky Nails

For a base I used OPI Roadhouse Blues, a polish I had almost forgotten about. I love the formula and the dark blue color, but when you’re inside the shade looks more black than blue – which was disappointing because the bottle looks more navy. Since I haven’t posted it before, here’s a quick swatch so you can see the polish by itself. Using a flash you can see the gorgeous blue that shows up in sunshine.
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Then I applied two thin layers of Essence More than Words. It’s a glitter with a bit of a pink and gold tint, and I love the way it looks on top of dark colors. Afterwards I finished it off with two layers of top coat.
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Isn’t it amazing?! Andy said he thought it looked like a starry night sky, which I absolutely loved. It’s such a simple manicure, but it’s still one of my favorites.
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I keep looking at my nails, admiring how the specks of glitter sparkles even in dim lighting.
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