10.25.2014

My Favorite Book - #Blogtober14 Day 25

My favorite book of all time isn't a classic novel. It's not a thinking piece. It's won't go down in history as an epic tale. It isn't an exquisite example of writing. But I love this book. I happened to read it at an important time in my life. By that, I mean puberty.

It was a time when I felt pretty bad about my crooked teeth and lack of any boys wanting to ask me to prom. This was junior year of high school. I wasn't asked to the prom. No one asked me. It was devastating. It was something I never really talk about. But it happened, and there was this book. I think I read it that weekend. All at once.
It was Rebecca Wells' "The Crowning Glory Of Calla Lily Ponder." It just made me feel good and remember the important things in life. And really, that I'll get over it.

Tomorrow's Prompt: Who'd Play You in A Movie
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10.24.2014

One Beauty Product I Can't Live Without - #Blogtober14 Day 24

I don't wear make up much during the week, so on the weekends I like to play with it a bit. That is, if I have time. I admit that I'm horrible at eye make up. In high school I wore dark eyeliner around my entire eye. I finally realized that wasn't doing me any favors and stopped wearing it completely. Now it's saved for fancy occassions. I also used too much bronzer. (Although sometimes I know I still do.) One time Michael asked me if I had "dirt on my face" and I knew there was a problem.
the one beauty product i can't live without

Besides my trials and tribulations with eyeliner and bronzer my one make-up go to is lipstick. Not just any lipstick. Maybelline Vivids Lipsticks. I wish that I was being paid for this. I really do. Because I love this lipstick so much.

I have 5 different colors and you can tell how much I've worn some of them...

I'd like to think it's part of my "signature" look (if I had one of those.) Hot plum is my go to. Followed by Fuschia flash. On Fire red is my neutral and pink pop or wild rose if it goes with what I'm wearing.
Bright lipstick is fun and makes me feel made up without wearing much makeup. And these colors are neon, so basically it's everything I could ever want. Oh the best part, it lasts a long time and it's under $8. Sorryboutcha MAC.

I couldn't leave you hanging with just mine, so invited the darling Shelly of Behind Blue Eyes (great blog name huh?) to tell me her favorite beauty product today! Shelly knows a thing or two about beauty, getting crafty, and being a mom to her daughter! Take it away Shelly!

If you were to ask me what my favorite beauty product is, I would first tell you lip balm. But the more I think about it, I honestly do not consider lip balm a beauty product. It's more like a necessity to life. I do not go anywhere without lip balm. If I end up forgetting my lip balm, I will immediately go to the nearest Target, Walgreens, etc. to buy some. The Honest Co. organic lip balm is one of my favorites. This one is lavender mint. lip balm So, what is my favorite beauty product? My favorite beauty product is Juice Beauty's Conditioning Lip Color.
 juice beauty lip color 
I believe lipstick is a girl's best friend. On days I don't feel like putting on a full face of makeup, I just throw on a little lipstick. You could look like complete crap, but throw on a little lipstick and instantly enhance your appearance. shelly no make up I don't believe I ever loved a lipstick as much as the Conditioning Lip Color in Fig! The fig color goes with everything, looks completely natural and even works well with my red hair! I love that this is not one of those lipsticks that leave your lips with a dry, flaky color. It is full of jojoba and sesame seed oils which provides deep moisturizer and leaves your lips so soft. For a pop of shine, I add a little of the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig. I also like the fig color because I think it makes my blue eyes pop. shelly with lipstick Juice Beauty is all I use for both skin care and cosmetics. Their products are organic, made without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances and never tested on animals!

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Tomorrow's Prompt: Favorite Book
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10.23.2014

Fave Instagram Editing Apps - #Blogtober14 Day 23

Who isn't insta obsessed these days? Everyone seem to be on instagram (although, let's keep mom off instagram, please.) There are a few apps that I use regularly that I'm sharing with you today. Most of them are free or super cheap. So instead of just showing them to you, I am going to show you my typical instagram process!

1. Take a cool pic. This is something I'm working on. I try to take interesting photos but that's not always the case. I take the pictures using my phone's camera, never the instagram camera.
Here's the original image:

2. I open the photo in a photo editing app. I generally start with After Light. This is my favorite app. It's great to make the photo brighter, give it a pop of color, or sharpen it. I generally don't use any of their filters, I just like what it does to my pictures.

If I want to add a filter, I'll use Vscocam. Their filters are really pretty and I especially like their black and white options.

3. After I save the photo I've edited I like to use Whitagram. This gives the picture the white border and allows the entire image to fit in the square instagram frame.

4. Then I try and think of a clever hashtag. And upload it to instagram!

5. Some other apps I don't use as often, but like are: Pic Stitch: A great app to make collages if you want to showcase multiple pictures. Camera+: This is an easy app to make pretty pictures. Mirrorgram: this allows you to make a "double" image or mirrored image. Hyperlapse: This is for instagram videos, but you can upload videos and make them super speedy.

P.S. My favorite editing tool for my blog by far is picmonkey. I do pay for the royal feature (it's $10 for the year) and I love it!

P.P.S My instagram is @heleneinbetween

Tomorrow's Prompt: One Beauty Product You Can't Live Without
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10.22.2014

My Top 10 Pet Peeves - #Blogtober14 Day 22

I'm an irritable person. Always have been. To quote a Drake song, I go 0 to 100 real quick. I'll be perfectly fine and if Michael happens to say something to make me mad, I go off. It's a horrible quality but like I tell him, "You married it."
Therefore, my list of pet peeves is extensive, but these are the ones that I could readily think of. Come to think of it, it's a pet peeve of mine when I can't remember all my pet peeves.
I am Michael's pet peeve. Not sorry.

1. Ebola. The hysteria in Dallas is palpable.

2.  When I find a new song I love, but it's not on Spotify.

3. When a Facebook friend posts a question that could easily be answered by Google.

4. Couples that sit on the same side of the booth. How do you talk?

5. Automated phone conversations. "We're sorry we didn't understand everything you just said." RAGE.

6. How long my hair is right now. I need a hair cut badly.

7. When I can't find the right emoji for my text.

8. The sound of fingernail clippers. Not when I use them on myself. Just when I can hear Michael using them. Can't handle it.

9. People that don't like dogs.

10. When you meet someone new and they don't ask you one single question about yourself. I'm ending here since this is my number one pet peeve.

Tomorrow's Prompt: Favorite Instagram Editing Apps/Tools to Edit Your Blog
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