THREE THINGS

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Okay so the donut was actually Justin’s (I’m allergic to red dye so there’s no way I was eating that) but I couldn’t resist snapping the photo on my new Sony a6000 camera!

Anywho, where were we. Ah yes, three things.

1. I clearly have a new thing for resting donuts on my iced coffee, and I’m sure you’ve noticed that too if you follow me on insta. I am soooo trendy, right? Ha! Usually once a weekend, I treat myself to  *GASP* a flavored nonfat latte! Sugar overload, I know, but it’s the only thing that keeps me sane while trying to lose weight. J-man was annoyed because I was using his donut as a prop for pictures while I played with my new camera. Haha poor guy, I almost felt sorry for him until I remembered we JUST ATE A REAL BREAKFAST so he wasn’t dying of hunger anytime soon.

2. Speaking of dying from hunger, I am kinda-sorta watching what I eat more now. Not a diet per se, just watching. I feel like my whole fitness history has been like one big roller coaster and I’m looking for more of a straight, flat road. That’s possible, right? I’m not counting calories or macros or anything like that, just being mindful of what I eat and trying to consume lots of produce and lean protein. I really haven’t felt like “myself” in over a year,  because I weight more than I used to and quite frankly no one likes feeling like a fluffy version of their younger self. So for right now, I’m just figuring out what works for me in terms of losing and maintaining my weight without deprivation or anything crazy.

3. Last but not least, KEMBA baby! Why did no one ever tell me that having a puppy is like having an infant?! Getting Kemba is still one of our top 3 best decisions, but geesh he is really draining a lot of my energy. Thank goodness he has some redeemable qualities! ;) Kemba’s newest kick is to be super hyper at 12am, 4am, and 6am. I don’t know how I raised a nocturnal dog, but please someone help me correct this fast. Despite the dark circles he’s causing me, I’m still obsessed. I take him to the grocery store, to Target, to take out the trash, and he even waits outside the curtain while I am showering haha. We even had Justin’s parents “puppy-sit” when we were going to be out late one night. So embarrassing! I’ve become one of those people.

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Top 4 Drugstore Beauty Buys

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My favorite cosmetic brands are Urban Decay, MAC, NARS, and Laura Mercier but unfortunately for me and my bank account, they are a tad pricey! Here are just a few of the drugstore makeup alternatives I always keep in my purse, and I highly recommend giving them a try.

1. Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara- ($8.99) I USED to be addicted to Benefit Cosmetic’s “They’re Real!” mascara. It’s $23 a bottle, and while yes it is amazing, it always ran out quickly and I cringed every time I had to pick up a new one. A few months ago, I ran out of my beloved mascara and had no time to stop by Sephora. I found this mascara based on the online reviews, and let me tell you, they are RIGHT! Loreal’s Extra Volume Collagen mascara works so well with my eyelashes- it creates super thick AND long lashes for a fraction of the price. I’m wearing it in this picture here if you want to check it out! (I buy the blackest black color, not sure what this specific one is called.)

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer- ($7.99) I use this in the Light Pale color as a highlighter under my eyes. It has the perfect creamy consistency you need for under eyes, and it completely erases my lack-of-sleep dark circles! It’s a great dupe for my old MAC and NARS concealer, for much less mullah. P.s. I fell in love with this after stealing it from my mom’s makeup bag. Sorry mom!

3. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm- ($7.19) One day I plan on owning every single one of these lip pencils! They are a mix between lip balm and lipstick, and the pigment in them is great. Pictured here is the shade “Elusive” and it kind of reminds me of Kylie Jenner’s new pout! ;) They come in three different versions, so you can choose the finish you like (balm, stain, or lacquer).

4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick- ($6.89) I know I’m listing two Revlon lip products, but it’s who I trust most when I want a cheap alternative to MAC. Love That Red, Cherries in the Snow, and Wine with Everything are my favorite reds.

What are your favorite drugstore makeup picks? I usually don’t try a new product without a recommendation so I’d love to hear yours!

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