Monday, April 23, 2012

Darling Girl Cosmetics

There's really only so much drugstore, department store and Sephora shopping a girl can do before she moves on to the hard stuff. After a few months of heavy beauty blog reading, I'd consistently caught myself ooohing and aahhhhing over the gorgeous colors created by one indie cosmetics company in particular: Darling Girl Cosmetics. And once I caught wind of Darling Girl's Hunger Games inspired shadow line, I literally couldn't place my order fast enough.

Darling Girl offers three size options for shadows: Samples (1/8 Tsp. in a ziploc baggie, 10 for $8), Petit (1/4 Tsp. in a screw top jar for $2.50) and Full Size (3/4 Tsp. in a jar for $5.90). Any of the three size options would be an excellent value, in my opinion. I opted to buy all of my shades in the Petit size (for ease of storage over the sample baggies) and that decision proved to work out well for me.

I ordered 10 shades, 7 from the Hunger Games collection, which I'll show off later, and three that I picked just because they were pretty. Choosing makeup for reasons other than shade names . . . how very grown up of me!

The look below was done using Plunder (an aptly named, pirate-y antique gold. OK, fine, I chose it for the name.) in the crease, Polaris (dark green/grey with crazy multicolored glimmer) to darken the outer v and Taupe of Ole Smokey (silvery taupe) on the lid.

You know what? All of the shade names are awesome.

My general impression of Darling Girl's shadows, after a month or so of use, is that the colors are, like, whoa with the awesome. The shades are spectacularly pretty and much more interesting than anything I've ever bought in a drug or department store. The only drawback I can cite is that, like most glitter/shimmer shadows, they're prone to fallout and fading. Here's where a proper primer and base (or two!) can really shine. In the photos above I've used e.l.f. Mineral Eye Primer in sheer, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk annnndddd Fyrinne Pixie Epoxy (on the lid, under Taupe of Ole Smokey only). Three primers/bases and three shadows. This is how you know you're obsessed with makeup.

The extra prep work is well worth it though . . . with proper bases and application techniques (pat, don't brush!) these shadows look spectacular and last all day. I'm thrilled with my purchase and I'd say I plan to buy more Darling Girl shades, but that wouldn't be completely accurate as I, er, already have. I'm waiting on order #2 as I type this. For unusual, super pretty shades at a (VERY!) reasonable price, you really can't beat Darling Girl!

I can't wait to show you guys some of the Hunger Games shades. I'll be working on looks for those this week. Wait till you see Mayor's Daughter . . . SWOON!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Art? I'm going to call it art.

We recently replaced the short, white shelves in our living room with longer, dark wood shelves. The new shelves are great looking, however, since they're about a foot longer than our prior shelves, all of our existing shelf artwork suddenly looked shrimpy and lame.

We fixed up one shelf by moving around a few framed pieces from other parts of the house. The second shelf, however, I felt needed a specific layering piece. Something to hang out behind the existing framed wedding photos that I love and wanted to keep up.

I'm kind of obsessed with anything chevron print right now, and I thought something simple and graphic like a chevron printed piece would work really well for layering. I begged a plank of old, unused wood off of my SIL and her husband, used my quilting ruler to measure out a chevron pattern and painted it in with leftover paint samples from the mouse door project I did for Rhys' room ages ago. So: FREE PROJECT.

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! Drawing and painting are two crafts I rarely get involved in . . . for all my creative inclinations, I can't draw to save my life (Don't believe me? Find me on DrawSomething and let me prove it to you.) Something as simple and graphic as this though would've been hard to mess up. I love how the board takes up wall space and makes the shelves look filled out while adding a pop of color without looking too busy or overdone. In fact, if I can bum another board off of someone, I just might make another!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dear Meyers

Dear Meyers,

You know, for all we’ve called you “Meyers”, almost to the exclusion of calling you by your real name, you still refer to yourself exclusively as Rhys. Rhys or I or Me . . . Mr. Pronoun Learning Guy.

Other things you’re learning and doing include jumping (you’re all wind up, not much air), spinning, reciting your ABC’s (which usually come out ABCDHYZ, but which you can recite through to Y if we offer up EFG quickly after you’ve said D), counting (you can count from 1 to 13 perfectly in order, and largely because we have thirteen steps on our staircase), mimicking facial expressions of cartoon characters, coloring, cooking with your play pots and pans (you always tell me you’re making soup), taking (quite good) photos with my iPhone or with your little point and shoot camera, singing songs (a recent composition was “Choo choo, I love you, YAY!”. We’re considering registering it with ASCAP.), building block castles, opening zippers and climbing.

Choo choos are still high in your estimation, but you’ve also been playing quite a bit with blocks, your Millennium Falcon, crayons and your play food lately. Books are another favorite . . . we do read together but you also look through books on your own in the car on the way to and from work/school. You’ll hold your little hand up from the back seat and say “Mommy, I need book”. You have very specific opinions on your books too . . . sometimes you want a choo choo train book. Sometimes you want a fish book or a car book. Sometimes you want a Mickey Mouse book and sometimes you clarify that further by asking for an OLD Mickey Mouse book. Little Golden Books are your favorites . . . you have about 10 new ones that I’ve bought for you, a collection of about a dozen of mine from when I was small and then a further 6 or so vintage copies that I’ve bought on Ebay. Your favorite books to read with me, in addition to your Little Goldens, include: “I Want My Hat Back”, “Little Owl Lost”, “Star Wars ABC” (a long time favorite), and anything Yo Gabba Gabba, Thomas the Train or Mickey Mouse related. Snuggling up with you on my lap, reading a book is seriously my favorite thing in the world to do.

You’ll be starting preschool in 4 ½ months, which blows my mind every time I think about it. I hope you’ll love the school we’ve picked for you. We toured it back in October and you seem to remember the playground vividly. Every time I mention preschool you shout back “Playground!”. The playground consists of a sand pit, swings, slides and monkey bars as well as a gutted classic car and a motorcade of tricycles. One of my favorite things about your school is that they leave easels with paper, markers, crayons and paints out on the playground. If ever you feel like making a picture instead of climbing, you’ll have that option. I think that you, my sweet, sensitive, creative boy, will likely take that option more often than not.

You still nurse just once every evening, before bed. We’ve been discussing giving it up, you and I. I think you’re almost ready. I’m so pleased with us for making it this far and I know that the little nursing you’ve done has contributed to the relatively healthy Winter you enjoyed this year. You no longer fall asleep while actually nursing, like you did as a baby. Now, after you’ve nursed for a few minutes, you pull off, roll around, snuggle up with me, sometimes stick your sweet face right up against mine, noses touching and say “Hi, Mommy”, before curling up against my arm and drifting off to sleep. I look forward all day to those few minutes with you right before bed, when you’re at your sweetest and snuggliest.

You are SUCH a character. After baths you like to look in the mirror and proclaim “I nakey butt!!!”. When you’re dressed for the day you look in the mirror and say “I look goooodddd”, while sticking out your belly and patting it with both hands. You use the force on the elevator door, holding up your hand and shouting “foooorrcceeee!” until it opens. You love your rainboots, and ask to wear them often. You insist on having a hat when it rains and glasses when it is sunny. If I don’t have your own glasses handy, you make due by ripping mine off of my face instead. Sometimes you pretend to be asleep, one eye open complete with fake snoring. You make excellent elephant, horse and Darth Vader noises and you talk in your sleep, shouting out the most absurd things (“No, Daddy, MOMMY’s iPhone!” or “Dapaw no here!” or, simply, “CHOO CHOO!!!”).

You’re just an absolute delight. I can’t even remember what your dad and I did for fun before you came around, but it must’ve been really boring, whatever it was. I just can’t picture a world without your silly songs, excited squealing and happy playing.

I love you more than anything in the world, my sweet boy.

Your Mommy