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Chick Flicks That are Worth a Damn, Part II.

Where's the popcorn?

Where’s the popcorn?

After writing part one (and watching a ton of QUALITY chick flicks), I knew a part two was in order — so let’s do this!

Sex & The City (2008)

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Plot: Our favorite New York writer Carrie Bradshaw gets engaged to Mr. Big, and when the wedding plans change, her beloved friends Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda are by her side (with their own plot-lines, of course). 

If you saw the series, you’ll appreciate the fact that the movie features all of the same actors and actresses for the movie-version of this continued story. I saw this movie in the theatre, on opening day (after finishing a job interview), and I pretty much hated it.

To me, it didn’t represent the boldness of the HBO series — it was a sugar-coated version to suit the masses, those who watched the adaptation on TBS (weak).

And dare I say it? The scene with the flowers and Carrie and Mr. Big… it had me in ugly girl tears. I still hate the scene where Charlotte has her “accident” — original Sex & The City fans know damn well that perfect Charlotte would never let that happen.

But the more I watch it, the more I can appreciate it for what it is, and I like it more and more with each view.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Fall...in love

Fall…in love

 

Plot: When Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet, they pretty much hate each other. But after a shared road trip from Chicago to New York, the two form a unique friendship that begs the question: can men and women just be friends?

My parents love this movie, so I grew up watching it, and have come to love and appreciate it on my own. While witty and funny, it raises many real-life situations that are timeless in the dating scene.

And then there’s that infamous fake-orgasm scene in the diner… you must see that if you haven’t checked this one out yet!

Aside from the plot, the characters are lovable, and the scenes of New York, along with an entire soundtrack by Harry Connick, Jr., just cannot be topped.

Mean Girls (2004)

 

On Wednesdays, we wear pink!

On Wednesdays, we wear pink!

Plot: New girl Cady wants in with the in-crowd, also known as “The Plastics,” but things don’t exactly go her way when she falls for lead-plastic Regina’s man, Aaron. Will she get the guy and rule the school, or fall to the rude ways of The Plastics? 

Since this movie just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, it’s pretty clear that this flick has a massive following. And why wouldn’t it? It was Li-lo’s last giant hit before things went bat-shit crazy, and the movie is chock-full of one liners meant to be remembered:

—Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!

—I just want you to know, if you ever need anything, don’t be shy, OK? There are NO rules in the house. I’m not like a *regular* mom, I’m a *cool* mom.

—Is butter a carb?

—I know it may look like I was being like a bitch, but that’s only because I was acting like a bitch.

I know lots of people have seen this movie, but you must check it out if you haven’t!

The Lucky One (2012)

Hottie with a body...

Hottie with a body…

 

Plot: Logan, a marine, travels to Louisiana after serving tours in Iraq. While overseas, he receives what he feels was a good luck charm — a photo of a woman, that he carries with him, and survived. In order to thank her in-person, he goes on a search to find her, and possibly create a future with her. 

Based off the wildly popular novel by Nicholas Sparks, you know this movie is going to be moving, and it’s going to be good, not to mention the eye candy that is Zac Efron.

Yu-um.

I’ll admit, one thing this movie has over other Sparks-based flicks is that it’s not quite as sad. So there’s that. One disappointing thing though, is that I don’t find the leading lady very attractive, and I hate seeing such a hot guy wasted… yeah, that just happened.

Anyway, read the book, and then watch the movie. Or just watch the movie and wish for a hottie to come stepping onto your front porch.

Bridesmaids (2011)

BridesmaidsPosterPlot: When her best friend gets engaged, Annie is thrilled to be asked to be the maid of honor. But before any planning begins, her friendship with Lillian is threatened by another bridesmaid who’s got all the class, money, and enthusiasm to make the perfect bridesmaid, and friend. Will Annie and Lillian’s friendship survive the wedding? 

I saw this movie in the theatre, and I thought it was funny, but not as funny as people were saying (people were comparing it the The Hangover). But, after watching it at least a dozen times now, I can see just how funny it really is.

Each time I watch it, I pick up on new evil stares or funny one-liners, and it’s definitely a sharp film. It also picks up on some of the real drama that happens when you’re in someone’s wedding — of course stories are going to arise when you get a bunch of women in one room!

What are some of your favorite chick flicks to watch?

Guest Blog: A Word From The Groom.

Super groom!

Super groom!

Matthew Sanchelli is a self-proclaimed “nice guy,” and apparently, something worked, because he’s engaged to be married, and is all up in the wedding planning, right along with his bride-to-be! 

Matt, and his fiancee Becca, met online (gives me hope!), and eventually met in-person at a dog park — aww! Check out their joint blog, Love At The Dog Park, which is all about their journey to the altar. But for now, Matt has something to say…

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After getting engaged, one of the first things Becca and I did was go to a used book store in the hopes of finding some advice on planning the type of wedding we wanted.

She had relatively no problem finding books with worthwhile advice targeted toward the bride.

Sadly, most books I came across were severely lacking the worthwhile portion of advice geared toward the groom. The vast majority had the same general condescending, and insulting, theme on how to survive the wedding planning process; or even the wedding day itself. There were even a couple that went as far as providing steps that could be taken to avoid as much responsibility during the planning as possible.

Weddings are stressful. Planning them can be a giant pain-in-the-ass or emotional drain. They can cause financial distress. Family jealousy. Frustration. This I understand. BUT I can guarantee you two things:

  1. No matter how stressful it gets I will not have lost sight that I’m planning my. fucking. wedding. This is exciting to me.
  2. The wedding day is not something I need to survive. I’m looking forward to it just as much as my future wife.

For me, it’s annoying [irritating] that it still seems to be the societal “norm” to perpetuate the impression that not only will the bride inevitably doing most of the planning between the two of them, but that the groom will want almost no part of that process whatsoever.

Over the last 12 years I have been to probably 30-40 weddings; which could be a conservative estimate. Up until the last year, most of those were as a vendor, shooting the wedding video, rather than being just a guest. When you’re working a wedding from the perspective behind a camera lens you tend to take notice of the details. You easily take a mental note of what you like, of what works, and what doesn’t work.

Needless to say that long before being engaged, and even before having met Becca, I had some ideas about my own wedding. To name a few:

  • More variety for dessert. Many weddings are moving away from HUGE, multi-tiered wedding cakes. Numerous flavor combinations of smaller cakes, or cupcakes, are very popular; but I’ve even seen success with cookie platters and pies.
  • Cream cheese wedding mints are a MUST. This is my wedding crack.
  • No ‘Dollar Dance’. As a wedding guest I’ve typically despised this part of the reception. I’ve only participated in one once since becoming an adult and that was for one of my best friends from college.
  • Limited amount of posed photos. My ideal percentage of formal posed photos is no more than 20% of the pictures taken.
  • Groom POV video during the beginning of the ceremony. Because I wanted to be able to relive the moment over and over again, exactly as I saw it that very day, until the day I die.

Since the planning began back in February, Becca and I have been a unified front making decisions together. She’s even been a bit surprised when I had opinions about her wedding dress and even the bridesmaid dresses. Both things I concede she has ultimate final say in regardless of my thoughts, but at least I know I have a voice that she’s willing to hear.

So…here’s my final advice for those readers who are in the midst of planning their “perfect wedding.” Ladies, let your future husband know you value his thoughts/opinions, and that he matters. Guys, don’t be afraid to speak up if you have an idea, or something you want.

Ultimately, for the both of you, remember that your wedding day isn’t for just the bride, or just the groom, it’s for BOTH of you. I mean, it’s because the two of you are together that there’s even a wedding… right?

 

Pic of the Week.

My tupperware collection...

My tupperware collection…

No, I’m not quite cool enough to be featured on an episode of MTV’s Cribs, but yes, that is the inside of my fridge.

After an incredible week back home, it’s time for me to detox and get back on a tight diet — I can’t lie, I’ve put on some pounds this summer, and I’m feeling jiggly in all the wrong places.

So, here we are.

Tone It Up trainers

Tone It Up trainers

To combat this added weight, of course I’ll be hitting the gym my usual five times per week, but I’m following the Tone it Up Plan, as far as my meals go.

You may recognize Tone it Up trainers Karena and Katrina, from Bravo’s reality show, Tone it Up. Together, they’ve created a lifestyle that revolves around staying active, and of course, eating healthy.

However, the difference with this meal plan is the timing — you eat five times a day, and you eat certain things at particular times of the day (fruity in the morning, clean & green in the evening).

So, I spent Sunday grocery shopping, and then cooking up a storm in order to prepare all of my meals for the week (or maybe two weeks). Here’s some of the things I purchased:

  • Salmon & scallops
  • Chicken breasts
  • Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts
  • Celery, snap peas, bell peppers
  • Kale, arugula, baby spinach
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Quinoa
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, lemons
  • Chocolite Protein 
  • Hummus, guacamole
  • Flaxseed, granola cereal

I chopped, cooked, and prepared nearly everything! I prepped tupperware containers with meals consisting of salmon (5oz), asparagus or broccoli, & quinoa (1/4 cup); scallops (4oz), quinoa, & brussel sprouts; salad (kale, spinach, arugula, onion, tomato, bell pepper, snap peas, 4oz baked chicken breast & a side of tomato basil vinaigrette — 4tb).

I also prepped tupperware containers with measured protein for shakes, measured almond milk, and measured cereal for breakfast — preparation is key.

And yes, it took a few hours, but now everything is ready for the week. And while today is only my second full day on the plan, I can say I’m liking it so far. Tone it Up gives me the opportunity to eat the things I enjoy (like fruit and carbs), while learning when and how to eat them so my body can use it as fuel, instead of storing it as fat.

Weight loss, and staying in shape is a constant journey, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of — especially as we get older, I am finding it isn’t getting easier. If you have any questions about Tone It Up, or are on a plan that’s working for you, feel free to share it!

Survival Guide: Traveling Alone.

Nice legs.

Nice legs.

I’ve traveled a lot my myself — in fact, I’ve traveled more on my own than I have with other people (same goes for seeing movies). Sometimes, I’m traveling alone to meet others at my final destination, and there are times I’ve taken an entire trip by myself. Either way, traveling solo (I just finished a train trip on my own) can be really, really fun!

  1. Research. Blech, I know, that doesn’t sound like fun. If you’re not a planner, then maybe skip this step. But before I go anywhere, I like to find out where I’m going, what kinds of things I need to pack, and what to expect. Maybe you’re looking for a certain hotel, or if you’re going to a foreign country, get the right exchange rate, etc.
  2. Inform. To be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to inform at least one person of where you’re going, leave them a copy of your schedule (if you want), just in case. Assuming you’ll have a cell phone, let them know that’s where they can reach you, or leave the number to your hotel/where you’re staying.
  3. Do you. This is YOUR trip, so plan to do things that you’ve always wanted to do! Go to that restaurant you’ve dreamed of, get a massage — treat yourself!
  4. Make friends. But only if you want. Check into taking an organized day tour to meet people, while seeing some great sights (I did this while visiting Los Angeles on my own and it was a blast). If you’ve still got time to plan your trip, pick a place to stay that’s got a buzz around it — you can meet people right in the hotel!
  5. Keep an open mind. Plan, but be spontaneous. Be open to discovering new things — including yourself — while traveling on your own. That’s the best part (aside from those single discounts)!

I can’t post this without making a note that, of course, traveling on your own, especially if you’re a woman, comes with risks. Use common sense. Don’t go places that look shady, or make you feel uncomfortable. Keep tabs on your finances. Let someone know where you are. Be smart… and have fun!

Fresh Friday: Infusion d’Iris.

The bottle really isn't that big...

The bottle really isn’t that big…

Oh yeah, I’m starting a NEW series on the bloggy, called “Fresh Friday” (#FF), where I will feature a perfume. Over the years, I’ve collected several scents, some of them are full bottles, and some of them are just samples, but as of this moment, there are 40 different perfumes in my bathroom closet (no joke!).

Actual bottle.

Actual bottle.

So, for awhile, I considered writing a strictly perfume blog, but I figure, why not squeeze in a few scents around these here Bitter Lemon parts? So, here goes — and for the first entry, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite scents, Infusion d’Iris by PRADA.

According to (the description at) Sephora, “Tradition and innovation fuse into a dreamlike ideal in Prada’s Infusion D’Iris, the new fragrance for the modern woman. Prada’s exceptional quality ingredients evoke the classic ambiance of a luxurious Italian voyage, from the clean freshness of Florentine Iris Padilla to the warm, subtle glow of Sicilian Mandarin. Savor the floral citrus reverie of this scent’s unique, elusive essence.”

Oddly enough, other websites described this fragrance as “woodsy.” That’s not the smell that first comes to mind when I’ve put it on, but I’ll admit that I do have a love for anything “woodsy” (including the men, heh heh). So, don’t blame me on this one. Other words used to describe Infusion d’Iris:

  • Mandarin
  • Orange blossom
  • Galbanum
  • Iris
  • Cedar
  • Vetiver
  • Incense
  • Benzoin

I first smelled this as a sample, and I fell in love with it immediately. I will say, that I love floral scents, and it should come as no shock that this one is floral. However, I would describe it in general as light, and clean. It’s a fresh scent, but I cannot promise that it lasts all day.

Other cool ways to purchase Infusion d’Iris: Set (perfume, travel perfume, & lotion), Bath salts (!), Body lotion, Set (perfume, lotion, & cosmetic bag), Set (perfume, lotion, & body wash)

Single Girl Recipe: “Prownies”

Guilt-free, yummy, brownies? I'm on it!

Guilt-free, yummy, brownies? I’m on it!

I’ve spent the last few months trying to make different protein bars from scratch, so I could avoid buying the expensive ones from the store. I used bags of coconut flour, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut, protein powder, flaxseed, paleo-friendly chocolate chips… and while, some of the recipes I tried were okay, they weren’t really what I had in mind.

So, I looked for some options that were partially-homemade, and I finally found what I was looking for. Here’s my method, and you can switch it up any way you please:

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

Put the brownie mix and the protein powder into a mixing bowl. Drain the can of black beans (rinse, if desired), and puree them until smooth. Add the peanut butter to the food processor, too, and blend until everything is completely mixed.

Add the beans/peanut butter mix into the dry ingredients, and mix until smooth.

Now, here’s where you can mix things up, if you want. You don’t HAVE to use the Pilsbury brownie mix, I just love it’s consistency. You’re using the black beans and the peanut butter instead of oil, water, and eggs, so if you start mixing and things aren’t quite coming together, feel free to add one egg or a few tablespoons of water. The consistency should be thick, but you want to make sure all of the powder is mixed in.

If you want, you can omit the protein powder, and still have fantastic, pretty healthy brownies. Feel free to add nuts, for extra protein and flavor, too.

Use the instructions on the brownie package for pan size, oven temperature, and baking time.

FACTS

Using the above recipe, the entire batch of “Prownies” has 101 grams of protein in it. If you cut it into 12 prownies, that’s a little more than 8 grams of protein per piece, plus fiber from the beans and peanut butter. It’s really not bad for a delicious treat!

Pic of the Week.

Sunset over Chicago.

Sunset over Chicago.

After a pretty epic weekend, it was difficult for me to choose one picture to represent it all — but I can never turn down a sunset (hope you’re not getting tired of it).

I got to Chicago Friday morning, and meeting up with one of my best friends. After checking into our hotel downtown, we took a walk to the Water Tower Center. Along the way, we caught a street show, and I nabbed a decent picture of Trump tower.

Once we got to the Water Tower, we went shopping at the American Girl store — a stop I was really excited to make. We had plans that night to take a dinner cruise on the Odyssey Chicago, so we had to get ready.

We boarded the boat, and to our delight, the view was gorgeous. We enjoyed a four-course meal (lobster & cilantro salad, crab cakes & pecan salad, filet mignon with brussel sprouts & mashed potatoes, and bread pudding). The dinner was followed by dancing (a DJ on the main floor and an acoustic guitarist on the deck) and of course, the magnificent view.

Saturday morning, my friend and I went to Chicago’s Bliss Spa, located in the W hotel, and were treated to pedicures and the “Fabulips” treatment, which included a lip cleanse, scrub, collegen mask, and lip plumper.

Following the spa, we enjoyed brunch, and then got ready for a wedding, followed by a fabulous (still doesn’t even do it justice) reception at Chicago’s renowned hotel, The Drake.

We enjoyed yet another four-course meal, followed by dancing. Sunday, we finally checked out of the city, and headed for home.

A fantastic weekend, indeed!

Pros & Cons: Making the First Move.

Drinks are important when making the first move.

Drinks are important when making the first move.

Ah, making the first move. This is something I think about often. Should I, or women in general, make the first move? I know, the men out there are shouting from the rooftops, “YES! Make the first move, already!”

But, I’ve had some failures in the past with doing just that — so, what gives?

There’s not some mile-long list of pros and cons when it comes to making the first move. The pro, for the woman, is that the guy knows you’re into him, and you can get this party started. The con is, you could get rejected.

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, rejection isn’t fun, and depending on your current relationship with the person, you could risk losing a friend, or creating an awkward situation for yourself.

I don’t want to reiterate my gym story (you can read all the details here), but basically this is what happened:

  1. Met a hot guy out
  2. Found out we went to the same gym
  3. Talk to him several times at said gym
  4. Flirting happens (or so I think)
  5. I consider CASUALLY mentioning that we should hang out
  6. He introduces me to his girlfriend

And so, I am now left with the often-awkward moment of seeing him at the gym, and ignoring me like he’s paid to do so. I mean, really, it could have been worse, say if we would have been friends, or something.

But still, gathering the courage to ask someone out is tough — especially if you’re not sure how they feel about you.

There’s one thing I worry about more than rejection though, and it’s based around the entire relationship. Let’s say I ask a guy out, and he takes me up on my offer, and things go great. We go out several times, and things might even start to get serious.

Is the ball still in my court because I initiated our relationship? I have always been afraid that a woman making the initial move would result in the man taking a backseat for the ENTIRE relationship.

And, not to get all scientific here, but that goes against nature. Men are supposed to be the hunters, right?

One of my guy friends assured me that this was not the case, that even if a woman made the first move, the guy would take the lead thereafter.

But I haven’t been in a relationship where this has happened, so I sadly cannot support this claim with evidence.

I was going to include a list of “ways to tell if he’s into you,” but most of the ideas I found were stupid, i.e “He sends you emails” — Who does that? Never email me. Or, “He laughs at your crappy jokes.” Hrmm okay.

Truthfully, there’s no surefire way to tell if a guy’s into you… unless, of course, you ask.

All Aboard: NOL > CHI.

Favim.com photo: Will I find love on the train?

Favim.com photo: Will I find love on the train?

Greetings! I am publishing this post while aboard the Amtrak #58, traveling from New Orleans, LA, all the way to Chicago, IL. With more than 900 miles between destinations — I shouldn’t have to tell you that it’s been an interesting ride on the “Spacious Superliner.”

Really, this is my first time traveling via train. I like planes. I like driving, too, but I also like to sleep, drink, and sometimes, read. A train, I figured offers the best of all worlds, while offering an affordable ride, with a view to write about (that’s what I do).

I rode the train as a child, from Indianapolis to Chicago, and remember feeling ill — which is why I packed Dramamine. Other than that, I’ve never been aboard a train. And I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t have “Love Train” stuck in my head for the entire trip (see my Twitter account for proof of this).

To make my ride as comfortable (and as fun) as possible, I purchased some travel essentials specifically for the train:

Of course, I packed a few snacks, drinks, and loaded up my iPad with tons of books (of the romance variety). For the sake of blogging and Tweeting along the route, I brought my own WiFi, via my T-Mobile HotSpot.

While I had reserved a seat on the upper-level of the train car, the seat was first-come-first-serve. I was thankful to get a window seat. Honestly, I expected the train to be like a bus… but I was in shock at how nice it is. It’s clean, and roomy (stretching my legs out all the way, I still can’t touch the seat in front of me).

I did a little bit of work on the train, but was really excited to get started on a book. So, aside from chatting with my fellow passengers, I read most of the 19-hour journey.

Sunset in Greenwood, Miss.

Sunset in Greenwood, Miss.

As we approached Greenwood, Mississippi, I was able to catch the sunset, and many of my readers may remember, that I am a sucker for sunsets and sunrises — I think they are the most beautiful things to see. I was all smiles to see that sunset.

Around 8pm, we stopped the train for a “cigarette break” and I checked out the observation car (which was very cool), and purchased a sandwich for dinner, along with some wine.

I fell asleep around midnight, and awoke as we were traveling over a bridge, and could see two boats on the water.

About a month ago, I went on a date with someone whom I told my upcoming trip about. Having traveled a similar route, he told me to pay the extra money for the sleeper car, to avoid meeting people. He also said there was “nothing to see” on the way.

Call me a sap, but miles of fields, a sunset, water, neighborhoods… that’s amazing to see. And of course, I set my alarm to wake up in time for the sunrise.

It wasn’t until I woke around 5:30 am that I realized I’d gotten a passenger in the seat next to me (the train stops nearly every hour) — she was already asleep. At a reasonable hour, I asked her what time she got on the train and where she was headed (4:30, Milwaukee…if you’re curious).

So, what am I doing in Chicago? While my train ride wasn’t necessarily full of love (although everyone was kind), my trip is. I’m in Chicago for a wedding — quite possibly an epic wedding — and of course, to see my friends.

Traveling, and especially traveling alone, always leaves time to reflect. And often, when I’m traveling home, to the Midwest, I wonder what exactly I was hoping to find when I left. I really wanted to land a Southern gentleman… but I’m still waiting for that to happen.

Sometimes I wonder if what I was hoping for isn’t still waiting for me right here, at the end of the train tracks.

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

It really did spill like that.

It really did spill like that.

I have always loved seeing these types of posts in magazines and on beauty blogs, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m not someone who keeps the same thing in my makeup bag every week, as I like to change things up with the seasons, or with my mood. And let’s face it, sometimes I just see something on a shelf (and on sale) that I just cannot wait to try!

  1. Zebra cosmetic bag: I got this bag as a gift from my friend and sorority sister, Jenna, when I was in her wedding a few years ago. I love anything animal print, so I love cramming all of my favorite things into this bag.
  2. E.L.F. Blush in Pink Passion: This is one of those items I recently found on the shelf at T.J. Maxx and could not resist. I love the bright pink for summer, and it goes on really light. Before, I was using a liquid blush, which I liked, but often didn’t last throughout the day.
  3. Covergirl Trublend Liquid Makeup #2/420: I have never been disappointed by a Covergirl product, and this one provides great coverage for under-eye issues and blemishes. I put this on after my moisturizer, give it a minute to dry and then apply powder.
  4. Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Bronzer in Fair: Although this is called “Bronzer,” it’s really not dark enough to be considered as one (they sell it in different shades, I use “Fair”). What I love about this powder is that it offers a 50 SPF, so sometimes I wear it with sunscreen as an extra layer of protection.
  5. Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder: I don’t use this everyday, but if the rest of my body is tan, and my usual makeup is covering that up, then I dust on a little over my forehead and cheekbones. While I’m not against a shimmering bronzer, this has no glitter, no shimmer, and is totally matte.
  6. Tweezerman tweezers, in pink: I’ve had these for years, and they’re worth the high price. They stay sharp forever, and when they get dull, you can send them back to be sharpened.
  7. L.A. Colors 3 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Sunflower: I’m not really a fan of the red tone in this palette, but I love using the yellow right under my brow, and the taupe-brown on my lid. I am a huge fan of shimmering shadow, as I think it looks natural, especially in the summer.
  8. Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner in black: I have always loved liquid eyeliner and this has been my go-to brand for years. It’s inexpensive, and it lasts forever, while providing a straight line — and yes, it can be done without pulling your eyelid!
  9. Covergirl eyeshadow blending brush: This came with my Covergirl palette listed below, and I absolutely love it for under the brow and blending. It’s not good if you want concentrated color, but that’s what the sponge applicator is for!
  10. MAC eyeshadow palette: I’ve had this palette for years, and as you can see I’ve used most of the shadows. Unfortunately, most of their names have rubbed off the back, but they were neutral tones, a few mattes and a few shimmers. I keep this around for the black and the brown that remain. I use the brown to fill in my brows, and if I’m going for a smoky-eye look, I use the black to line my lower lashes.
  11. Total Moisture Facial Cream by Benefit: I’m not picky when it comes to moisturizers, but this one is light, and oddly, I really like the way it smells.
  12. Victoria’s Secret eye defining brush: I use this for my brows and for powder liner, when needed. It’s a fantastic brush that I’ve had for years, so I’d be pretty lost without it.
  13. Smashbox Full Exposure mascara in Jet Black: Mascara is my favorite, favorite, favorite item of makeup. If I only had to choose one thing, I’d choose mascara — but I don’t really have a favorite. This one is great, but there are other great ones, too. I really just love to layer, layer, layer. I love thick, long lashes for days. And I usually brush on a little for the lower babies, too.
  14. Covergirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Shadow Palette in Vivid Greens: Covergirl, and I think Almay, have really gotten off on creating these “looks” to compliment your eye color… well, this palette is supposedly for green eyes and I’ve got blue. The palette for blue eyes included blue and teal shadows, and I’m not into it. So, eat it! I love to use the light purple just under the brow, the shimmer pink in the crease, and the remaining shades on my lid. It’s a perfect, one-stop shop for eyes.
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