And there you go! I have a ton of other products that I love and would love to share with you if you have any questions!
I have always, I mean always loved makeup. I began experimenting when I was really young and haven't stopped since. I have become more laid back about it, discovering ways to look more natural and leaving the darker eyeshadows for the evening. I didn't really understand the difference between daytime and nighttime when it came to my daily makeup routine. I have figured it out (sort of) and would love to share my favorite things I use almost every day.
Face wipes rock. They really do, otherwise I would be so bad at taking off my makeup every night. It is SO important to wash your face after each day, you will regret it when you are older if you don't. I love Neutrogena wipes they have a ton of moisture that makes it really easy, I use these when I am exhausted, or intoxicated (you know the feeling) and don't want to spend time taking off my makeup. It does have a fair amount of alcohol in them which dries out your skin, making you look even worse in the morning after a night of drinking. Investing in better wipes is a better and smarter option for your skin. I love Josie Maran's Bear Naked wipes. The first is because buying these supports the polar bears. Yay! Also, they are way better for your skin! It is best to wipe your face at the end of the day with actual makeup remover. I haven't found one I love yet, but stay tuned I'm still searching!
One time I read in a magazine that Drew Barrymore uses these, so I obviously ran to CVS and grabbed a bunch and I am in L O V E. These things have saved my life. I use them every morning and night and they make my face feel so clean and refreshed. When I absolutely can't stand the thought of splashing water all over my face before bed with regular cleanser, I use one of these wipes and my face feels instantly refreshed. Nothing bothers me more than when I see someone use a makeup wipe then hit the sheets. Ew. Too much oil and your face is not clean yet. I like to use these in the mornings too before my moisturizer, I may be over doing it but I'm addicted. They can be hard to find in store now so head to drugstore.com and buy a whole bunch of them! Trust me! The best part about these is their individually packaged wipes that you can travel with!!
I picked this guy up in the sample aisle in Sephora. You know what I'm talking about, that little aisle is the worst. I get all these little samples and end up spending three times what I was planning on spending! However, it is a great place to experiment and try new things (aka what samples are for!). This argan oil is amazing!!! I really don't know what it can't be used for. I use it as a moisturizer for my skin, and my split ends. It also is great for acne, bug bites, and literally everything else. Try it once, and you'll never want to be separated from this! It also comes in a travel size!! A little goes a long way so a travel size may be all you need! It also comes in a lighter formula.
Okay, yeah I love Josie products. They feel so natural and make my skin feel so soft. I want to buy everything they make. Seriously, This body butter (also picked up in the sample aisle) smells so good I want to eat it. I am pretty bad about putting on lotion, I hate the feeling of being sticky. but this stuff is so lightweight, I keep it in my nightstand and run it on my hands and arms before bed. The calming smell puts me right to sleep.
One of the main things I am self conscious about is my dark circles. I have really really bad ones probably due to stress and lack of sleep, but they are so hard to get rid of. I went to a makeup counter and they recommended three products to cover them up. The thought of layering that much under my eyes every morning did not sound fun. Then, I found this. Cle de Peau, a bank breaker, but a face maker. If that makes sense. This is my #1 can't live without product, and at $70 for one thing of concealer, it better be really effin' good.... and it is. I apply this with a concealer brush and a beauty bender say goodbye to dark circles and gross pimps.
Bobbi Brown is one of my favorite makeup brands, very trust worthy, and not too expensive. This is the first non-drugstore brand I started using when I was younger and I still love it today. This bronzer is the best. I hate shimmery bronzer. What most don't realize is that shimmery bronzer is not made to be put on your whole face. I can't tell you how many women I have been with in the sun and they look ridiculous with a glittery face. Just don't do it. This bronzer is perfect, and natural. Make sure you do an E shape on the sides of your face, and a swipe down your nose and on your chin. Also please blend into your neck, you don't want two different skin tones that's embarrassing.
Luckily I was born with a pretty pink face, which I used to hate. I rarely use blush, but on the rare occasion I use some foundation, blush is necessary. It is very hard to understand how to apply blush therefore most women avoid it, but it makes you look younger, and prettier if you use just a little bit. This pot rouge for lips and cheeks is amazing I touch it lightly with my pointer fingers and blend a teeny tiny bit onto the apples of my cheeks. Really focus on your blush because there is a fine line between youthful, and looking like a clown.
Nars is the trendy brand I go to when I'm looking to experiment. This liquid liner is amazing I found this sophomore year of college and haven't stopped using it since. I use navy (Atlantic) during the day, which is slightly unconventional but I love navy liquid liner, it's more my style. I use black (Carpates) at night when I am doing a smoky eye. Liquid liner is tough, I get it, but don't be afraid of it! I use a simple Almay black liner from the drugstore first and try to line my lash line as close as possible because its hard to get right up to the edge with a liquid liner. After that, I apply this and it really looks good (I think) I use this every single day, no exceptions.
I have gone through one hundred million different mascaras and Lancome will always be my go-to. However just because this works for me doesn't mean this will work for you, everyone is different and needs a different type of mascara. I love this because I like a thin wand that lets me get to the bottom of my lashes without messing up my eyeshadow.
I used to think curling your lashes was only for high maintenance girls, until I started using them, now I can't go a day without it. TRUST ME you need to start curling your lashes I can't stress this enough it is such an underrated step. I love Shu Uemura, but honestly that's just because I was told it was the best. I haven't tried any others because this has worked so well for me.
Recently, yesterday, I hit up Sephora for a makeup brush and came out with a ton of good stuff.... because I have a problem.
A NEW NAKED PALETTE!!!! I walked into the store and this was the first thing I saw and I freaked out (on the inside) I love Urban Decays Naked Palettes I have all four. They are fairly expensive ($50) so you don't need all four, check them out and decide (or get help) which one works best for you! This one is the new smoky eye palette and I can't wait to try it.
I'll start by saying I never ever use any kind of foundation. Ever. I just think it looks caked on and it's too much effort. I decided to try this tinted moisturizer for oily skin, honestly because I was in a spending mood. Its pretty good so far, feels really nice and light. I use it under concealer and translucent powder and it works great!! Laura Mercier is known for her tinted moisturizer and now I see why!
I always buy lipstick, but never wear it. I like the thought of wearing it but I feel self conscious and feel as if I'm trying too hard. But as I am entering the adult world it feels okay to try it out. This one is pretty close to my natural lip color and is super moisturizing! The feeling really sold me on this because it feels like chapstick. When looking for lipstick spend the time to find the right color and be patient. Nothing makes you look more inexperienced than the wrong shade. This color is Rose Boudoir from Givenchy.
And there you go! I have a ton of other products that I love and would love to share with you if you have any questions!
As many of you may know I am currently in a class called The Literary Culture of Facial Hair. I am obsessed with beards and so when I heard there was a class about them I was thrilled. However, we don't sit around looking at pictures of men with beards all day (I wish), we examine famous men with beards and how they have embraced their part in various counterculture movements throughout history. We examine the work of famous bearded writers and poets and how a certain 'beardedness' relates to a life of creativity and counterculture. It is a little hippy dippy for me being surrounded by a class full of major hipsters but I am loving it so much. I thought I would share a few things I have seen and enjoyed in this class thus far.
Anis Moshgani - spoken word poet
I loved learning about his because as many of you probably agree, there is such negative stigma in our brains about slam poetry, but watching just one video of his changed my mind.
Allen Ginsberg - American Poet and one of the leaders of the 1950's Beat Movement
I have read his famous poem, HOWL before and it is complete madness. We read a Supermarket in California and that was amazing. The quote below (courtesy of tumblr) was one of my favorites a long with,
"for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon."
Henry David Thoreau- American Author and Poet
We all know this transcendentalist (I hope) nature freak. He is absolutely amazing and if his work wasn't shoved down your throats in high school I seriously recommend looking him up.
Ralph Waldo Emerson- leader of the transcendentalist movement
doesn't have a beard so he's dumb
All these men went against the grain, and were apart of these counter culture movements of creativity. I can't wait to learn more!
To top it all off i'll post my favorite video of my favorite bearded men.
The Avett Brothers, I feel really represent the counter culture movement happening right now. They also have great facial hair.
It is finally time I write a blog post about my time abroad in my favorite city in the whole wide world.
I posted a while back about the amazing weekend trips I took abroad in Barcelona, Paris, Edinburgh, and Bath. However, I couldn't get myself to write about my time in London because I missed it so much I honestly might get emotional ... I know. I wish all my pictures and videos could accurately describe my time in London but it doesn't come close. It was honestly the most amazing experience for me. Being somewhat alone in a foreign city for two months. It was my first time out of the US (not counting my trip to Atlantis in HS). It was so scary (especially that 7 hour flight over the ocean) but I, without getting too cheesy here, grew so much as a person and after only two months I now know myself better and have become so much more independent.
I met the greatest people in London and was so fortunate to have experience this trip with 25 other amazing people. We are all so different and probably would never have become friends if it was not for this trip, but I am so glad we did. I know these people better than I do most of my friends that I have known since elementary school.
Enough sentimental time.
Our trip consisted of navigating London, finding the best shops, museums, restaurants, markets, and pubs, drinking cider (all day every day), a little bit of class, and a whole lot of pub crawls.
My favorite memories actually are the days I had to myself. Trying to make my way around the busy city without a working phone was definitely interesting. But, I made it and stumbled upon some amazing things (Tour de France, and a tattoo museum- cool!)
I don't think I could write just one post about London, it would be 100 pages long. Therefore I will start with my favorite part. The Art.
I was so excited to go to London knowing they are a huge city full of famous street art. I couldn't wait to explore and every time I stumbled upon something it just made me fall more and more in love with the city.
Most of the Museums I went to, I went by myself which I enjoyed more than having tour guide. I like to spend my own time there and not worry about taking too long and certain exhibits. Most of the museums unfortunately did not allow photography. Occasionally I would get a sneaky pic (and often got into trouble) but I do have some pictures of my favorite places!
This is the one museum I had been dying to go to because I did a presentation in my graphic design class on the man who created the logo!
I went by myself and this was by far my favorite day in London.
It was so stunning, they had sculptures and tapestries from countries around the world, they had a history of fashion exhibit, and the Glamour of Italian fashion. A huge room filled with jewelry, a photography exhibit, Wedding dresses, stain glass, graphic design, and theatre costumes and sets. It was honestly the coolest place I had ever been.
I have very mixed feelings about this museum. First, it smells weird. Second, I really don't enjoy modern art, half of the art exhibits looked like shit. Actual shit (see below). However, overall it's a really cool place regardless of your taste in art.
My last free day I went and spent 20 pounds on the Henri Matisse cutout exhibit, it was amazing!
Last night I went to a Nationals game, baseball definitely isn't my sport but I realized I probably should get more interested in it once I saw Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth up on the big screen!
Football is starting up, and the hockey anticipation is rising.
In honor of my beloved DC sports and my History of Facial Hair class I am taking this fall, here are the men with the best beard game around.
Big Men, Bigger Beards
at least Jayson and Bryce make up for the the team's lack of facial hair
therefore they get two photos.
Finally some REAL men, even the newbies
They also have luscious locks
This is why I love them...
I realize that's a stupid title.
I love Instagram probably too much! It is my favorite app and I want to use it everyday! I love finding new people to follow so I can be jealous of their lives, photography skills, and creativity.
Here are my Insta favs that you should follow!
Photographers, artists, designers, and explorers. I love them all!
I have this friend Donya Mossadeghi who I have known since elementary school. Growing up with her and going off to college together I watched her change and become the person she is today. As many of you know I'm not a very sentimental person, but I recently read a blog post about her and was in awe of how much of an amazing person she is!
It just goes to show how everyone has a story, and you may not know someone as well as you think! She is super inspiring and will do AMAZING things in life, I know it!!
Read the blog HERE
She is a crazy talented musician and I will leave her story to the blogger above, and I'm just show you how freaking cool she is.
(pictures by the amazing Taylor Kampa)
Comic Con 2014 just finished and I felt so left out. It is literally my dream to go, it's embarrassing I know, but you can't admit it would be the coolest thing in the world to attend!
A lot of cool things happened the past week at the convention and I have to share them all.
If you think I'm strange; read this entire blog and at the end you can come apologize to me because this is where all the cool stuff happens.
Charlie Hunnam couldn't make Comic Con and sent this video, if you watch Sons of Anarchy, you will understand that this is the greatest video in the world.
(Thanks to my cousin Gray for sharing this with me)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer
For those of you who know me I am obsessed with Family Guy. I have watched every season and sometimes the voice in my head sounds like Stewie, not kidding. At the Family Guy panel they did a Family Guy and Simpsons crossover aka the best thing ever. Here's the 5 minute clip they released.
Game. Of. Thrones. BLOOPERS. Need I say more?
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies trailer
aka the movie where shit finally starts happening.
YES. YES. YESSS.
I seriously CAN'T contain my excitement over this upcoming film. Kevin Smith is one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world. I believe he may have been like one of my first couple of blog posts! Ugh I am so obsessed with him and everything he does because it's weird and I like weird stuff.
Anyways here's his newest film (finally). It's about a podcast writer who travels to Canada to meet with this old guy who tries to turn Justin Long (yes) into a walrus. I know everyone reading this is like wtf Mady but I don't care.
Also: drop everything you are doing and go watch Clerks I and Red State.
Okay I could probably write about Comic Con all day but I would like to keep some of my friends and this is getting weird. Awesome, but weird. SO, here some outfits I liked because that's what this blog was originally supposed to be about.
FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!
It actually doesnt though I miss London more and more everyday. I had two months of constant excitement, people to spend time with, and an entire foreign city to explore. Now, I am back in Virginia and I honestly do not know what to do with myself. It seems like everyone I went on the trip with is going through a little Postpartum.
There are a few perks to being back in America though like seeing my family, being able to drive (especially on the right side of the road), and fountain drinks. They don't use ice over there, and it was really bothering me! Their drinks are warm and I just hated it!
The last two months were the best moths of my life. Seriously, I had such an amazing time and I just wish I could have stayed longer. For those of you who are interested, I took four classes; Media and Society, Media and Design, Justice, and Film. Two of my professors were british, one was a JMU student who currently lives in London, and the last is a JMU professor. I absolutely loved my teachers and how they took us on outings throughout London everyday, gave us recommendations of where to go, and sometimes took us for an afternoon pint.
I did my fair share of traveling, however did not take full advaantage of it. We were all so in love with London, we wanted to stay there on our free weekends! I traveled to Barcelona, Paris, Scotland, and Bath.
This was the first trip I made, since arriving in London. It was so scary going to my first foreign country where they don't speak English. I went with my friend Jordyn and the two of us navigating a country by ourselves, I'm shocked we're still alive. It was a beautiful city, but we didn't really take advantage of this opportunity, we were a little nervous to explore too much, being two young and sometimes ditzy girls. Things got off to a rocky start, but eventually we figured it out and had a great time.
We stayed in an awesome Hostel that was so welcoming, and full of young travelers from across the world. In our one room we had 12 girls, inculding Jordyn and I. There were German, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Canadian girls. We became instant friends with the super sweet Canadian girls because we were the only ones who spoke English.
It was a weekend full of unruly hair, the hot sun, exploring, getting lost, and a decent amount of Sangria.
Edinburgh (pronounced Edinborough), Scotland.
I was super excited to go to Scotland after an interesting interaction with a bunch of wasted old kilt-wearing Scotsmen on the tube after a football game. There accents are by far my favorite in the world and I couldn't wait to be surrounded by them! This trip was with our whole program so we got to go with all of our friends! It was so fun switching up roommates and living with Natasha and Pauline in our own room! Getting to Scotland was a little rough. The crew did a pub crawl the night before so everyone struggled a bit to wake up in time for our train.
The weather was a lot drearier than in London, which I thought was dreary enough. Luckily I brought my Barbour jacket so I was okay. Scotland was beautiful, as a group we toured two different castles which were both gorgeous! We had a lot of free time to explore the city which was great. I walked around the city with Mallory, who is interested in art like I am! We found a super cute art print store, then went to the Scottish National Gallery! At night, on Friday the 13th we went on a ghost tour in throughout Edinburgh which is the most haunted city in the world. At first I was having a bit of a panic attack. I didn't want to talk to anyone I was so nervous. I knew this was a bad idea especially since watching Paranormal Activity and not being able to sleep for days. I however warmed up to the tour and became very interested in the history. We went through a graveyard and then down into the catacombs!
I loved the city and the constant sound of bagpipes, however it was the hilliest city in the world, I will not miss that! It had the best shopping, with cool art stores, old book stores, and the best thrift shops!
Paris and I have a love/hate relationship. I went twice while abroad, once with my group, and once when my family came to town. Although I loved both trips, they definitely had their low points.
The first trip was with the whole crew, the hostel we were put in... absolutely sucked. It was 45 minutes away from the city and was not very nice: I also had to sleep on a top bunk.
Anyways, we toured the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, the Lock bridge, the Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. I Loved every tour we went on they were absolutely gorgeous! We had a few issues when we got on our own. Paris is extremely expensive, far apart, the people are not friendly and we were all very overwhelmed and exhausted.
But, we did have a great time. We went to the top of Le Tour Eiffel and had a glass of champagne, went to an absinthe bar, ate macaroons, went shopping, and saw Sacré-Cœur.
Round two with the fam also had its highs and lows. First of all, I traveled by myself on the train then took the metro to the hotel. I didn't tell my mom I was taking the metro and I also underestimated my travel time. She was in tears when I got there because she thought I had been taken. I don't know who ever let her see that movie, but they were not smart. We stayed at the Marriott on Champ Elysees which was a completely different experience than my last time. Going to actual restaurants with my parents was also nice, no more baguettes for lunch and dinner... and breakfast! I missed them so much and it was great being in this beautiful city with them! It did however rain the entire time so that was pretty disappointing. The best part about my first trip to Paris was the perfect 75 degree weather!
Paris had its ups and downs, being in a city where the people are pretty rude and very few people speak english is pretty difficult, but overall I definitely want to go back! Third times a charm!
Best part: we convinced Susan to go on the Metro! That princess!
I absolutely LOVED Bath! The one place I was not looking forward to going to became my favorite! We first stopped off in Stratford to see a Shakespeare play, and then to see Anne Hathaway's house... shakespeare's wife, not the princess of Genovia. I wish we had more time there, and didn't have to see that play because it was such an adorable town with a river flowing down the middle, filled with swans and adorable boats! The next day we traveled to Bath. The city was so beautiful and I'm not sure why, there was just a calming air about it! Also, there was an Anthropologie so that may have had something to do with it! I think it was also nice going to a place where people were very friendly! I loved it so much because it was so relaxing during the day, but it also had the best night life, comparable to London! We went to an Arabian nights themes place called, Po Na Na the first night which was super fun! It was the 4th of July so there were American flags everywhere and familiar music! I loved it because there wasn't a ton of things I was dying to see, we strolled around and it was just amazing!
The last day we went to the Stonehenge, which was very cool! I unfortunately forgot my phone on the bus and was extremely disappointed because it was the one place I was most excited to see while studying abroad. However it was nice because I wasn't just looking at it through my camera I actually got to enjoy it without other distractions!
Finally we went to the Wilton House, an absolutely stunning house on a gorgeous property where they filled some of Pride and Prejudice. We had time to play on the playground with the little kids, and roam through the garden before we had a tour of the house!
This was my favorite weekend so far, I went in with low expectations and had an amazing time!
I'll do a post about London next, but I would like to congratulate my little PAULine on her engagement!!!!! So excited for them!!!
Her Fiance, Derek started a blog right when she left for London and continued it until he proposed! So adorable check it out here:
Letters to Pauline
Happy Mother's Day Sue-Sue!! Thanks for putting up with me, I know i've been quite an interesting child… but let's be honest, I definitely made your life more entertaining! You're the best mom in the whole world and we would probably be dead if you left us with dad!! Love you forever!!
Also, Happy Mothers Day to the greatest grandmothers anyone could ever ask for, from the sweetest lady and best chef in the world to the wildest and most artistic lady I know!
Bomby, Thanks for putting up with me, I know Im a little too crazy for your taste but you truly are such an amazing grandmother and I can't imagine life without you!!
Gigi, you and I are the same person and I couldn't be happier about that! You are so fun, loving, and open to do
just about anything! (Segway tour through Sarasota). Love you more than anything!!
I come from an amazingly talented family. Both my mom and dads sides have an unbelievably artistic eye and talent.
I hope to write more about my family showing how unique each member is!
I will start off here:
I was sent this video, made by my cousin Conor, of his dad Peter Hagen (my great uncle) I thought I would share the superb talent of both Conor and Peter!
American Landscape Painter
Santa Fe, NM
Conor I had to go deep into your Facebook to get this picture….sorry.
I really have to get to work to prove myself in the awesome family!!
Check back soon for a post about my grandma, Lynn Hagen Grow!