September 23, 2012

on some September swoonage...

September swoonage.
I've decided to get back into the groove of things with my monthly swoonage posts (I'm well aware I only did one before this, but let's just go with it). So, considering it is now the last week of September (how is this real life?), here are a few of my favorite things from this month!

1. e.l.f. — Um, hi? Are we all aware that you can purchase makeup brushes for $3 a pop? I recently came across the e.l.f. section at Target and it made my thrifty heart have some serious palpitations. I had been using the same makeup brushes for the past seven years (shameful, really) and when I saw I could get 3 new brushes for a total of $7, I knew I had no excuse. I picked up a blush brush, a complexion brush (which I use for bronzer), and an eyebrow/eyelash comb. I also purchased their Studio Compact Blush/Bronzer (for $3!) and am in love. Are there any other products of theirs I should try out?

2. Bloom, by Kelle Hampton — Two words: ugly cry. Two more words: utterly inspired. I picked up this book from the library because I'm a sucker for memoirs and after a quick glance at the cover I thought I would give it a try. When I got home I realized it was written by a blogger I had come across once or twice, Kelle Hampton, who is an absolute gem. Honestly, if there's one book you make time to read, it should be this one. It's a beautiful story about Kelle's journey after her second daughter was born with Down syndrome. I'm pretty sure I cried the entire way through the book, but it wasn't from sadness. It was from love and hope and everything about her honest, charming, enlightened way of sharing her story. Read it. You'll love it.

3. John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze — I purchased this on a whim when I was feeling a little bit cruddy and felt like some fancy hair treatment would make all my problems go away. (It's better than buying a box of candy bars from Costco, right?) Anyway, I absolutely adore this stuff. I've been using it on and off for the past month and I can't get over how my hair actually feels LUMINOUS. Well, okay—soft, shiny, glorious, healthy, all of that. I have the Brunette version and it works perfectly with my current natural shade, adding shine and a teeny-tiny amount of color after about 5 washes.

4. Hand Drawn Jars from The Ink Nest — I saw this clip art/Photoshop brush set and knew I had to have them. Mason jars! Adorable illustrations! They call to me! I adore everything from this Etsy shop. I'm finding it rather difficult to not buy everything. Help.

5. Lush Bouquet Cards from Tiny Prints — Tiny Prints recently had a special offer where you could get 10 thank-you cards for free. I am a wee bit obsessed with stationary and have loved the quality of everything I've ordered from them in the past. I decided on the Lush Bouquet cards and had them customized with my first and last name. They are so gorgeous. And the envelopes they came with are lined with an adorable polka-dot pattern!

6. Daisy cottage cheese — Okay, folks. It's a little embarrassing, but I seriously live on this stuff. Never in my life have I eaten and/or enjoyed (or had any remote desire to eat and/or enjoy) cottage cheese. It doesn't seem right. The very idea of it is like one terrible mistake. I know these things because I've felt them for years. That is, until I discovered how incredibly amazing a bowl of cottage cheese can be, when topped with fresh peaches or nectarines. I'm obsessed. I don't like liking it, but I do. And I've tried several brands, but keep coming back to Daisy because it is the best. Trust.

Are there any inspiring memoirs, cheap cosmetics, adorable graphics, or disturbingly-textured (yet remarkably delicious) foods you've discovered this month that I should be aware of? If so, do share!

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  1. Those makeup brushes are the best! I love the eyeshadow one, I think it's the "c" eyeshadow brush, or something like that.

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  2. The E.L.F. line is awesome :-) The luminizer is exactly like Benefit's High Beam at a fraction of the price and that blush/bronzer duo is a dupe of Nars Orgasm duo. Also, the waterproof marker liner in black is great. I can use it on my water line or when I want to go swimming. I also have two of their blushes and they're great too.

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  3. I love you. And will be stalking e.l.f. at Target.

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  4. I've always liked cottage cheese on top of salads... Kinda weird? But good! And you don't need salad dressing.

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    1. You may have changed my life, lady. I never even thought to try that! This week it's going to be all about salads. Mmmm...

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  5. I'm afraid to read Bloom because i'm just soooo emotional these days. But since you say it's not sad...maybe I'll give it a try. I don't know though. Even good emotions are overwhelming to me!

    If you like cottage cheese with peaches & nectarines you should also try pineapple! I've eaten it that way since I was a child. :)

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  6. i am addicted to the ink nest toooooo. cutest graphics EVER.

    and hi, i like you.
    happy sunday!

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  7. I just bought an e.l.f. eyeshadow palette that is supposedly as good as Urban Decay's Naked palette but it's like, one tenth of the price.

    I'm reading Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls right now and it's so good!

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  8. I LOVE elf's lip stuff. :) The twistable kind. It smells good and isn't too sticky. I love love love. I also love NYX brand jumbo eye pencil's (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-6-jumbo-eye-pencil.aspx). They make them in every fun color imaginable and they are under $5. WIN!

    I'm about to start The Little Bride. Waiting to pick up from the library tomorrow!

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  9. I want to pick up that book (after I finish the 2 I have started and one I have waiting for me...)!

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  10. I just finished Bloom too! It was so well written and I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye the entire time I read it. So inspiring.

    I will have go get some of their brushes!

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  11. I read 'Bloom' awhile ago. But I agree with you on that it's such an inspiring book! I loved it. I have read her blog as well, and it is great too.
    Both of those Etsy shops look good. I love Etsy, but I've only bought something from that site twice. Yep, you read that right! I love a lot of stuff on it though!! And it's great to see Etsy shops to check out.
    But other things to check out: Have you read the memoir by another blogger, Stephaine Neilson called 'Heaven is Here'? It's about her experience being an a plane crash accident. It's a pretty amazing read as well.

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  12. Oh dear, I, too, have been on a crazy cottage cheese kick. I scoop it up with veggies, alternate spoonfuls with grapes and sometimes just eat it with a spoon. :-) Give me some ideas. How do you eat it?

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  13. I LOVE E.L.F.

    I'm right there with Natali... their blush and felt tip liquid eyeliner are both AMAZING!

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  14. I love Kelle's blog, it's so full of hope and happiness mixed with the sadness of life. I want to try that hair dye now, I Feria'd not too long ago, but I find the colour a tad orange, even if no one else sees it, I do!

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  15. Oh my. Thank you so much for alerting me about TinyPrints! I just ordered my official author stationary. Woohoo! Thank you! Swoon-worthy: I've developed a crush on Canadian music. Here in Detroit, so close to Windsor, we get CBC radio. Check out The Sheepdogs. I dig. Also, I recently discovered this awesome event invitation/management site: www.pingg.com. Lots of super cute invites and it makes it really simple.

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    1. Oooh, thank you for the music recommendation! I'll definitely have to check them out this week. And I had no idea something like Pingg even existed—such gorgeously designed e-invites! Definitely swoon-worthy.

      :)

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