Life in Mascara: January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016


I guess it was only a matter of time before some Kate Spade inspired spread came about. I used a mishmash of different shops as well as online print outs. Check out my Instagram @lifeinmascara for better tagging. 

Planner Bowtique- pink, black, and grey washi strips, page flag, notes, and to do list.

My Newest Addiction- Weekend banner, plan glasses page flag, and floral page flags.

Pookie Bear Cuties- Crockpot sticker.

Camila Ximena- Glasses, high heel, Starbucks mug. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016


January has been a good reading month for me so far. I have had a couple trips that allowed me to get through some shorter audio books. Flipping from audio, to ebook, to hard copy has turned into a fun experiment for me. It helps keep me focused and that is always a good thing.

1. Gandhi An Autobiography- this was a bit of a tough read for me. This was our first book for Life in Mascara Book Club and although I did find it interesting, I did find that it did not flow from topic to topic. Choppy almost. But I will discuss this more once I finally get my voice back and am able to film a video for you.

2. Killing Jesus- This book went well into the pages of the Bible and brought out more information that could fill in certain gaps or help explain things with more detail. It talked more about the kings and their treason and how they felt threatened by Jesus. It also spoke more about the laws and hardships at the times.

3. Modern Romance- A bit of a disappointment for me here but I guess that is all my fault. I took the title to be more of a sarcastic one rather than a literal one. The book is a study into modern romance. Go figure. 

4. The Lost Symbol- Apparently I had been living under a rock and was not aware that the Robert Langdon series continued after Angels & Demons. Well as soon as I found out I jumped right in and have not stopped ever since (I am currently reading Inferno). I really enjoy all the mystery and mayhem he gets into.

5. Killing Kennedy- I am a bit obsessed with the Kennedy legacy and I will read pretty much anything on them. I hadn't had a chance to get to this one yet but I was glad that I did. While it did not shed any unknown information to be I did enjoy the way it was written and the tiny little part at the end where a young Bill O'Reilly actually has a part in history. 

6. A Is For Alibi- A friend of mine recommended these books to me since she knew I am a fan of the Stephanie Plum series. Well she was correct. Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator and we follow her through her routine to find out what really happens. And of course, fun ensues through out. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016


I am not sure how I let all of these empties pile up without doing a video or a post. But in any way here is what I have used up these past months. Let me know if you have tried any of these out. I always enjoy seeing how one product that didn't work for me worked for someone else or the other way around. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Our Church wedding is just around the corner. Less than two months! I will say that although I am a crazy planner, planning my wedding really just came together in the last 3 months. There just seemed to be nothing much I could do until right before. Maybe it is because we are keeping it simple and choosing to use most of our budget on the honeymoon. Still, I do want to look the best that I can on that day and that obviously starts with my makeup. 

I wanted to make sure that I had a good skincare regime in place so that my skin could be as healthy as can be. I think I pretty much have that down and now it is really just about what I actually eat to keep my skin clear. I am also really good about washing my face before going to bed so I don't clog my pores. But ever since I started using more products on my skin I did notice that I have to use a setting spray or else the makeup literally melts off my face. For every day, I still continue to use e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set. This generally gives me a good 8 hours of not having to touch up at all. But on my wedding day, my makeup will need to last upwards of 12 hours. So I decided to start the testing now rather than later.

I have never been a primer girl. I just never saw the point to it. But again this day is special and my makeup needs to withstand hours, tears, and sweat. Now I have tried Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer during special events and no joke my makeup is fused to my face. So logically I figured this is what I would be using. I'm not going to lie, I do not like rubbing this on my face. I just feel like my skin can't breath and it's thick. But again it works amazing. My makeup stayed on, it didn't settle into lines, and my pictures came out great. Still I wanted to try something else just in case.

So when I saw this bottle by the same brand and in a liquid form I jumped on it. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is supposed to be the same base as the Iconic Primer but in a liquid form. Logically it is more hydrating. You basically spray your face with it, wait a bit for it to absorb, and then apply your makeup as usual. I used it during a night out and I noticed my foundation went on seamlessly. Again there was no settling into fine lines and the pictures looked great. I want to give it a go where I actually wear it longer than 6 hours and see if it holds up as the original version did and if that is the case this one might just be the one.

One that definitely didn't make the cut is Two Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. The consistency of it is like a light moisturizer and maybe that is what it is supposed to be? Because I can't honestly tell you it does anything for me. I apply it after my skincare and my makeup does go on smoothly afterwards but that is it. If I don't set my makeup, my face is bare by end of day. I had heard a lot of hype about this but it is not the one for me. 

Let me know if you have any recommendations for my BIG day. I would greatly appreciate it!

Monday, January 18, 2016


True story, I am not an Audrey Hepburn fan. I know, I know! I have seen several of her movies and none were memorable for me. That being said when I saw this sticker pack from That Moxie Chick Studio I thought 'how adorable!' and bought them. Really what got me were those mini chandeliers and eye masks. I like the idea behind Breakfast at Tiffany's, the glam aspect of it and I thought this theme would work great to lead me into a girls weekend. And can we please take a minute for this adorable gold foiled envelope journaling card? I really like putting a journaling card in every weeks spread so that when I look back I have a moment captured.

Sewing machine and pincushion from The Planner Junkie.

Kawaii stickers from Planner Mania

All shops tagged @lifeinmascara.

Friday, January 15, 2016


How are we half way into the first month of the year? My Christmas decor is still embarrassing up in most places of my house. I guess I should really get on that. Honestly I have been busy just getting back into the groove of things after being off work and blogging for 2 weeks. A girl can really get used to no makeup, house pants, and a messy bun. Sigh...

With all the holiday rush gone, it can be easy to feel a void of excitement. Almost like you have nothing to look forward to. Last year in order to combat this I decided to do monthly events that would ensure something was on the horizon. 

This weekend was the first of such events. We all come together as a family to celebrate a birthday. We planned it in two days, all pitched in, and probably had one of the best times together. It was cold as Texas can be and we all huddled by the fire talking, laughing, and eating. As the night got on I looked around and I saw my family smiling just enjoying each other's company. It was the most relaxed I had ever seen them be. It was beautiful. No holiday frills, no dressing up, no elaborate spread. Just us, the grill, the fire, and some marshmallows. Oh and my boot kinda caught on fire but not really. The sole warped and bubbled and smoked but my foot was warm so its all good. Anyways, we stayed there a good amount of time and when we drove away, I left with a full heart. There was no message clearer to me than we are meant to live and love in community. Family is the basis of our lives and we must nurture it together. The energy and support that you will receive from them is invaluable. It was a wonderful benediction to receive to begin the year.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Two videos in one week? Who am I? Let's just say it was a productive weekend. Take a look at what I was loving this December. Always remember to check the description box below (so open it in YouTube) for all products mentioned. And make sure you subscribe to my channel as well. I am very close to 100 subscribers and that means a giveaway!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Finally got to filming a full plan with me session. I used a spread from Two Lil' Bees that I had been dying to use. I tagged all the shops on my Instagram @lifeinmascara so make sure you follow me there.

Also make sure you subscribe to my channel. I am so close to 100 followers on YouTube and I will be doing a giveaway at that time!

Friday, January 8, 2016


Raise your hand if you have that dry, itchy winter skin! As much as I stay on top of it, there are days where my skin is begging me to sit in a tub of oil and just marinade. We obviously know that can't happen so here is what I am using to keep my skin as hydrated as possible all with out that slick oily feeling.

Let's start from the top, literally. My hair is very straight and thick and finally long again. During the winter the front pieces where the layers are can get rather brittle and just stick out in all directions. I like to deep condition my hair once a week to two weeks during this time to help bring moisture back to it and help tame those crazy hairs. Design Line Olive Oil Hair Masque is the way to go for me. I have been using their entire olive oil range for years and it is not something I plan to change. I highly recommend it.

Right before I get out of the shower I have been loving taking a tiny bit of Anfora Rose Body Oil and massaging it into my skin. It has a very delicate scent to it. Not too old lady at all as some rose scented products can have. The oil sinks in right away and leaves your skin with an added boost of moisture.

Once I am out of the shower I apply a generous amount of The Body Shop Shea Body Butter. This product is very thick but melts into the skin like butter on hot toast! Say goodbye to dry patches with this one. 

Now my face is probably the most sensitive part of my body. Any allergic reaction will start first on my face and then reek 
havoc on the rest of my body. I have to be very careful with what products I use. As far as cleansing goes I have had luck with some extremely sensitive formulas in both bar and cream form. But in winter, oil based products are the way to go. So for the time being I have switched to Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. This product has a light lather that helps restore the skins moisture and ph balance. The scent is a wonderful citrus aroma that I love to breath in while I wash my face in the mornings. It doesn't leave any residue when you wash it off and leaves your skin really soft.

Nothing new for my lips as I stay true to my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I have to keep my lips moisturized for my overzealous use of liquid lipstick.

Finally for my hands I have been using The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream. I constantly wash my hands so I didn't want something too thick that would take a while to sink in. While this is on the lighter side it still provides the moisture that I need. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Working in an elementary school has its perks. For one you can't beat the hours and you also get all the school holidays off. And that means two weeks at Christmas. So Sunday night after New Year's when all the kids are screaming and crying that they don't want to go back trust me when I say all teachers and staff are crying too. 

It is not for lack of love of the job or one another. It's because we (me) spent two glorious weeks not doing our (my) hair, makeup, or wearing anything other than pj pants (or no pants...again me). Going back into an everyday routine can be difficult. Couple that with all the New Year's resolutions and you sometimes just want to wave that white flag.

It doesn't have to be that way. But instead of overwhelming yourself with unrealistic expectations, why not slowly start incorporating some small steps into the direction that you want to go:

1. What do you want? Before you get all cheerleader, what exactly are you cheering for? Take a minute. Look deep inside. What is the main thing you want to accomplish here? Write it down. Then further break down that goal into smaller steps that will take you there. Keep breaking it down until it feels attainable.

2. Wake up earlier? Say what??? I am promise I am not trying to devoid you of the precious elixir that is sleep. But so much can be accomplished in those waking hours. Start small here. Set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier. Increase it by an additional 5 minutes each week. That way your internal clock and groove aren't shocked and it becomes a natural step for you. In less than 2 months, you will have an extra 30 minutes in the morning just for you. What will you do with it?

3. Be creative. The brain is a powerful thing my friends. And nothing gets the brain working like doing something creative. I am not asking you to go out and paint a mural. You don't even have to paint at all if you don't want to. Just find something that you're passionate about and start doing it. Or even think back to when you were a kid in Art class. What did you like to do then? Did you like to cut out pictures from magazines and glue them on a piece of paper to make a collage? Then why not make a vision board. Print and cut out all those lovely pictures you have pinned on Pinterest and get gluing! 

4. Quit something. I am not trying to trick you here. But why do we have to "start' things in the New Year? Why not "quit" something that is not fulfilling you or harming you? Stop smoking, stop biting your nails, stop saying yes to everyone because you feel like you have to. So many things. How about cooking? I am a HUGE fan of food but cooking is such a chore to me. I always felt like I had to make these elaborate meals for my family on a daily basis. This is after being at work, tending to the dogs, shoving in me time, and cleaning house. Cooking a 5 course meal is the last thing I want to be doing. Instead I have changed my way of going about it. I try to do at least one crock pot meal a week and always on a Monday because Monday's are HARD! This meal will require little to no further assembling and will often yield for two meals. Sometimes we eat it the next day, sometimes for lunch, and sometimes it gets frozen and eaten a couple weeks later. I also now reserve my more tedious recipes for the weekends when I have more time. So quitting can also mean readjusting here. 

Monday, January 4, 2016


Continuing with my Winter Wonderland theme, I decided to stick to a blue color scheme here. Even Baby Jesus' blanket matches my color scheme for Dia de Los Reyes! Go figure. Clearly it was meant to be.

Blue theme boxes, blue dots, grocery bag, gas pump, clock, and laundry clothes line are from Stickeriffic.

Telephone, page flag, glasses, and marquee are from The Planner Junkie.

Crockpot and weekend banner are from Pookie Bear Cuties.

Reading Schedule is from Planner Mania.  

Friday, January 1, 2016

End Of POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge

Another year passed and another year that I have not met my goal of reading 52 books in one year. Overall I read 27 books of the 50 prompts from the 2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. I enjoyed almost every single book I read. One of those I really had to plug along, but still the time spent reading is always time cherished to me. I prefer time alone reading over almost anything...almost...not over going to Disneyland...but almost over everything else.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was 'a book with more than 500 pages'. And let me tell you I felt every single one of those pages. This is the kind of book that goes into extreme detail over everything that then has you wondering what the flinch from a character really means. Nothing. It means nothing. But there you go taking this journey with Theodore Decker who endures loss after loss in his life. I was well over 200 pages in and I still had no clue what the main story line was. I would get really overwhelmed because I had read so many positive reviews over this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning book and yet I could not get behind it. Finally they introduced a dog into the story line and that became my entire drive to get through the book. I needed to know that the dog ended up having a happily ever after ending. Towards the end of the book, the story line took a mobster like turn with yet more unbelievable trials and losses. I feel as if this story could have been told in about 300 pages and been a much better book. 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling was 'a funny book' and just what I needed after my previous book. Kaling picks up where she left off in her previous book and takes on even more hilarious anecdotes of her life. This is a really light hearted book that I read in 2 days. I really enjoy her writing and her works and hope another book is in the making.

My Story by Elizabeth Smart was 'a book that scares you'. I was only a few years younger than Elizabeth when she was captured. I remember obsessively following the story along with my mom. Nothing like this had ever happened and I was terrified that one day this could somehow be me. Days stretched into weeks which stretched into months. I hurt every time I would see her parents on television and would steal side glances at mine thinking how I would never wish this pain upon them. Upon anyone. I rejoiced with the rest of the world at her coming home. I thought 'she is o.k. and everything will go back to normal for her'. Never did I imagine all that would come to light in the weeks there after. In her book, Smart recounts her time spent in captivity. She endured more pain and traumatic experiences than any child should ever have to and yet the entire time that I was reading this book I was amazed and consumed by the amount of faith and love she has for God. Her faith never faltered and she knew God would deliver her to safety one day. And He did. I hope and pray that one day I can have an ounce of the kind of devotion that Smart has. My obsession for her has never waned over the years. Every so often I have looked into her life and have been so happy at all her milestones: college, mission work, marriage, and a baby. She has found a way to put all her pain behind her and really focus on the beauty of life.

Troublemaker by Leah Remini was 'a nonfiction book'. An inside look into the controversial Church of Scientology by a celebrity? You can practically hear the clicks of the paparazzi cameras as you turned the pages! All kidding aside, I can't imagine devoting all my life and time to my church only to be let down and ousted by them. You can choose to believe Remini or not, but I felt for her and hope that the void of no longer living in community has been filled for her.

The Shack by William P. Young was 'a book that made you cry'. I took my time with this one because once God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit starting talking I felt like I was reading the Bible and I should pay close attention and take notes. The gut wrenching story of what happened to Macs' daughter tore at me. A life lost is difficult enough to deal with without it being the life of a child. Add to that the gruesome way in which she died and it was enough to make me loose it. The way in which Mac finally receives peace over The Great Sadness is a wonderful story. A bit difficult for me to follow at times but the overall message of God's love and devotion to his people was not missed.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty was 'a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit'. I really enjoy books with various groups of characters who all intertwine. It is as though the reader is always a step ahead of the characters. This book was set in Australia which is a place on my bucket list. With each chapter, Moriarty gave us a little more insight into the characters personal story. Many things I wasn't expecting and it kept my attention well. Of course there is the question 'What was the husbands secret?'. Read it and find out! Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the ending. More personal insights into what was and what could have been answering any and all questions. Sighing into the ironic turns of life.

Don't forget that Life in Mascara Book Club starts today! Don't forget to follow along!