*DUN. DUN. DUUUNNNNNNNN…..♪♫*
One makeup item that I get asked about often is highlighter. I mean, sure, you use it to single out key words and phrases when studying or when your phone company has charged you that extra dollar or two, who cares, right? WRONG. *record scratch* Sorry, friends, I’m coming off of only 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night so I’m a wee bit tired today, hence why I’m clearly in the wrong frame of mind. Let’s try that again, shall we?
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One makeup item that I get asked about often is highlighter. I mean, sure, you slap some gold or iridescent glitter on your face, bing, bang, boom, you’re out the door lookin’ like Beyonce, right? WRONG. Oh no, this isn’t another mistake…I’m here to tell you that highlighter is so much more than that . While the terms highlighter, illuminator and luminzer are used interchangeably in the beauty world and all, technically speaking , do different things, they are all created for the same purpose: to illuminate you from within. Nothing scary, nothing shocking, and nothing overly obvious, just a subtle glimmer to make you look healthy and radiant. In other words, a good highlighter will give you that J. Lo glow that you have long yearned for, with ease (shout-out to my friend and ex-colleague Amanda for repeating the phrase ‘J. Lo glow’ to me so often, it stuck. Miss you, girl! ♥).
The start of a new month means many, many things to people; time to pay rent and other bills for some, time for a new film or book to reflect on for those in monthly clubs, and for most, time to plan ahead and/or see what the new month has in store. But, let’s be real for a sec: I’m a beauty lover, hoarder, blogger, first and foremost, and while I should be doing all of the above as October edges its way in, the first thing on my mind is makeup (naturally). Now, if you’ve been around for a while here at the bylaws, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of lipsticks and lip glosses, and that I believe in the power of the tube and/or using different colours to completely change up one’s look. As it is October, the forecast calls for crisp fall days and bright orange, amber and red leaves crunching beneath our feet, and thus, I wanted my lipstick to reflect the change in weather and mood! #sweaterweather #hooray
So, let’s have a look at the lipsticks I’ve been wearing more and more of lately and what lipsticks will be sticking around for the rest of the month, shall we!? 🙂
When I first read about Urban Decay’s impending release of yet another “Naked”-themed product, I must admit, even I — the self-proclaimed makeup addict (seriously, y’all, please don’t call the producers at My Strange Addiction on me, I’d love to be on TV, but not in that fashion) — rolled my eyes with chagrin and sighed. “Again!? Seriously??” were among my first thoughts, along with several other, possibly R-rated thoughts with the words ‘greedy,’ ‘ballsy,’ and ‘bastards’ tossed in around the thought of the product developers at Urban Decay. However, I did my duty as a beauty blogger and I hustled online to check if it was in available on the Sephora website. As soon as I saw it, I clicked the little (but awfully dangerous) “add to basket” button and checked out. I didn’t expect to like it, and quite frankly, I expected to want and/or feel the need to return it to my local Sephora as soon as it arrived on my doorstep…but then it did and my life changed forever.
It’s been a full month since I last hit the publish button on the ol’ bylaws, and I think it’s time for a comeback. You know, a resurgence, ressurection, renewal; a return, if you will. Yes, life is busy and hectic and crazy and mad, but isn’t that what makes it so awesome!? We would all be very boring people if we didn’t have plenty of things to occupy our days, and hey, they all make for lovely stories down the line. Yes, it’s true, you may think that doing mundane things like walking your dog or going to the grocery store are boring, simple things but have you ever considered this? What you do in your day may seem totally foreign to someone else, and vice versa, and that’s the fun part! To me, the chats I have with the security guard in my office every morning around 6 am seem totally normal, but to someone whom I’ve never met before, that may seem totally strange. Then, there’s also the simple truth of, sometimes your normal, almost mechanical routine could simply, not be. Your commute into work or school could take three times as long because of traffic. Or, say, you could bump into a childhood friend at the dry cleaners. Sure, it might be random, it might be odd, hey, it might even just be plain inconvenient, but at least it’s something different, something that you’ll probably share with friends and family and could even turn into an anecdote. My point is, life throws the unexpected at us everyday, and, speaking for myself, the busier we are, the more caught up in the “busyness” we get, but sometimes, it’s nice to be busy. Social interaction is something that is so important for us here on Earth, and so much of that interaction is us sharing stories from our day, and just think about it, we wouldn’t have any stories to tell if we weren’t busy at all, would we? 😉
With that being said, today I’m going to share a few photos, a few stories and a few things that have just made me happy in all of my busyness since I last wrote an article. I honestly, truly deem each and every one of my readers as one of my friends, and dude, it’s been a while, so this is going to be like one great, (hopefully not too) big catch-up. So, pull up a seat, grab a libation of your choice (I’m sippin’ on some iced coffee as I write this and it is delicioso!), and get comfy. Here we go! 🙂