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The Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons Ulta Exclusive Kit

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The Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons kit, an Ulta holiday exclusive

It might look strange to see someone holding an eyeshadow palette up to their nose and deeply sniffing it, and that someone might also end up with a purple nose, but you gotta do it with the Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons palette. Because it smells like vanilla macarons. And it’s yum!

I acknowledge the absurdity of scented eye products…but Too Faced does it all the time (see: their Chocolate Bar Eye Palettes).

I’m just waiting for the day when science figures out how to give us eyes that can also smell, but I digress…

Merry Macarons is a $39 Ulta exclusive in the Too Faced Holiday 2016 Collection, and you you get a whole bunch of stuff with it, including this really cute diorama box.

There’s a puppy in there, a Christmas tree… You know, if I were eight, I would be all up in this, although I would also have some questions for my mom regarding the mascara. There’s a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara in the kit, and I would be like, “Mommy, what’s sex?”

And that would just be awkward.

In addition to the mascara, you get 12 powder eyeshadows that smell like vanilla, and there a good number of mattes and some browns, which I dig (yes, I know that I sound like a broken record sometimes).

There are some shimmers too, like purples, some taupes, a golden taupe, which I’m all up on, and a shade called Cookies and Cream, which is like a shimmery, blackened greenish galaxy of glitter flecks.

I played with the shadows a bit, and there is some fallout, which is typical of Too Faced. But NBD. No big deal. It’s manageable if you do your eyes first, then clean up. The powders are easy to blend, which is a big plus.

One thing I love about Too Faced is how well they balance neutrals with party colors, and they do it again with this palette.

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The eyeshadow palette

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Halloween Outtakes

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If you ever meet a photographer who says that they only have to take one or two pictures to get the right shot, they’re totally pulling your leg. On average, it takes me about 20, especially when a baby and/or a cat is involved.

Obviously, when we go trick-or-treating tonight, Connor isn’t gonna be able to eat her candy…and that’s where Mom comes in. 🙂 I hope she gets pounds of Snickers and Twix.

I had a mini Twix the other day, and it was phenomenal!

It’s been years since I had a Twix, which now, in retrospect, is a travesty.




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Operating at 70%

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I was talking to somebody about this the other day, about perfectionism and how there are so many things that I want to do in my life, with my house, writing, everything, but I want to do my best, you know? Everybody does. For me, I feel like unless I give something 100%, it’s not even worth trying, and even when I do give 100%, I still see the things that I could have done better.

It’s a theme that’s been running through my life for the last few years, and to be honest, when I got pregnant, it got much worse.

Something happened with my hormones, and I don’t talk about it a lot on the blog, but I developed anxiety. It’s not something that, you know, I want to lead with ever, but I have it, and I’m working on it. I work on it every day.

The person I was talking to was my therapist, and she said that sometimes 70% is good enough, you know. Sometimes 60%. Sometimes 50%.

I think most of us know these things, but it’s so easy to forget them… 🙁

I was telling her that the thought of doing things, like a task, becomes so debilitating for me sometimes that, because I want to do it well, but I don’t feel like I have the tools or the time or the energy, I won’t even do it at all. In my mind, I see this perfect picture of how the task should go, but because I feel so married to that thought, because I can’t do it this way or that way, I get paralyzed, and it’s… I’m kind of over it. I’m really over it.

This has held me back in so many aspects of my life, to be honest, with my family, my writing, my house, it’s just made everything so difficult, and I’m at a point where it’s just, you know what? I want to not feel like I’m being held down by so many things. I want to feel light and free. I want to do things.

So I’m just going to commit to doing stuff at 70%, you know? 70% may not be 100%, but 70% is still something, and I’m gonna do that for a while and hopefully move forward in some ways.

My gawd, if you could see my house… It’s such a mess, but I have this perfect picture in my mind. But I’m letting that go now. If I can just get it to 70%.

Actually, 50% in regards to the house. That’s what I’m committing to. If I could just do 50%, then at least I’m moving forward a little.

I’ve basically been like this pretty much all my life. I mean…I did not expect to get teary right now but…

Please don’t ever feel like you’re alone, you know? You aren’t. Things happen to us all. I’ve never met a perfect person in my life. Not a single one of us is perfect, and you don’t have to be perfect. Ever. Please remember that.

With any task that bothers me, like with my office or any room in the house, if I give myself an hour and tell myself that I only have to work on one pile, if I get through the pile in the hour, that’s great. If I get to anything else after, that’s good, too.

I’m gonna try to remember that small steps, no matter how small they are, are still steps. It’s about taking bite-sized steps. You’ll get there. You can do it.

Have a good day, my friend. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Cost Plus ❤ Cat Ladies

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Cookie storage or cat treat storage?

In case you were wondering how Cost Plus feels about felines, FYI, they appear to love them…and the ladies who love said felines. I spotted these there the other day, and I thought, “Would it be too crazy cat lady of me to buy all of them??”

It probably would, right?

Cat Ceramic Cookie Jar ($14.99)

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This kitty looks like someone I know…

Black Lucky Cat Ceramic Cookie Jar ($14.99)

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I wonder what his tummy says…

Cat Ceramic Measuring Cups ($12.99)

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When kitties help you with cooking…

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Flavored Snow at the Sno Crave Tea House

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My sweet tooth is throbbing! In the best possible way!

Two words: flavored snow. I tried it for the first time at Sno Crave Tea House, and yes, it’s a thing.

It’s like a mix of Hawaiian shave ice and ice cream, and it comes in a bunch of flavors, but the thing is…most of the flavors aren’t sweet, so if you want more sweetness, you have to add one or more toppings.

I know this sounds complicated, but it’s not. Stay with me here…

OK, your first topping layer is usually a syrup, and I picked condensed milk because, let’s get real, I can chug a can of that stuff if left to my own devices.

Then you add other toppings on top. I chose Japanese adzuki beans (like you can get in Hawaii with shave ice) which, to be honest, wasn’t the best idea, because we went to the movies afterwards and…

Anyway, next time I go, I want to get fruit toppings and maybe a caramel sauce.








The “sno” flavor I got was taro, which is a purple root similar to potato (in Hawaii it’s what they make poi out of). It was very tasty. Taro is pretty common in Asian cooking.

They also have different kinds of tea, of course, at the Sno Crave Tea House, if flavored snow isn’t your thing. I saw customers with boba teas, which are those drinks with the little tapioca balls in them that look like bubbles, and other customer with hot green tea and things like that.

They also have a bunch of things on the menu with toast in them…


Well, it’s called toast, but it looks like layers of pound cake sandwiched between scoops of ice cream, so basically a dieter’s nightmare, or a sweet tooth’s dream, depending on how you look at it.

The Sno Crave I went to is in Union City, but there are othes in California.

Keep your eye out for places like this, because they seem to be popping up more and more. Give it a try sometime! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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