Money is the anthem of success, So put on mascara, and your party dress

Since I have admitted my problem with buying ALL the cosmetics, I figured I’d share some of my
(GASP) drugstore faves! For anyone that knows me there are more than you may think. Okay, here we go!

1. EOS lip balm — I got so many of these little egg shaped lip balms for Christmas, and I know I have mentioned them before. There are amazing and like crack, which I guess to a fiend, would be pretty amazing. My favourite is the sweet mint, not only does it do wonders for my lips but it is also calming and cooling.

2. Neutrogena Naturals facial cleanser — I have been using this cleanser with my Clarisonic for about a year now, and even before Clarisonic entered into m life and I love it, it is not super drying, and washes the day off. I always keep a back up.

3. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo — I blow my hair out once or twice a week and the only way to maintain it is dry shampoo. This stuff is total HG status in my world. It is no more that $5.00 a bottle at my local Wal-Mart (a total steal). It smells great and even though I am a brunette it does not leave residue.

4. Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease volumizing hair spray — Again total HG in my world. This hair spray smells amazing, holds like a dream and just won’t quit on me.

5. Equate sponge applicators — I have been using Wal-Mart brand make up sponges to apply my foundation 85-95% of the time since I started wearing liquid foundation. I only use them once then move on, and for the price, one can afford to. This year I do plan to use my nice brushes more often, but these are great to fall back on.

And on that note it’s time to end. I had a ball sharing some of my favourite drugstore beauty finds, I hope those of you who read try them! Let me know what you think, and even share your own favs!

All for now,

Kiki

Title from; National Anthem by Lana Del Rey (yes, I have an LDR problem and I’m totally coolest with it)

Whitman is my daddy, Monaco’s my mother, Diamonds are my bestest friend.

Today I want to share my favourite books, some of which I have read over and over and over. There is nothing better than reading and exploring new places, feelings and using your imagination. I’m not going to stay away from series, specific genres or types of writing. This list comprises writing that I have enjoyed throughout different stages of my life, in no particular order of course. Ok, here we go!

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger- I read this for the first time in eighth or ninth grade, when I was still really emotional from the big move my family put me through. We moved from New Jersey to Upstate New York the summer before I started High School. I read a lot, I didn’t really care what I read, I even read the dictionary around that time. But Holden Caulfield, became a part of my psyche, I was angry, cynical, tortured and distracted with everyday life. I still read this over again from time to time, just to bask in the nostalgia of my EMO teen years and feel grateful of where and how far I have come.

 Sloppy Firsts By Megan McCafferty- This is another eighth/ninth grade obsession. Which grew into a series obsession. I saw so much of myself in the Jessica Darling character. It’s almost like I became her. I was cynical, hyper-observant, and sort of a mean girl, I always fell for the bad boy, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. Similar emotions were evoked from reading these novels, like The Catcher and the Rye, but it was modern and a lot of the New Jersey pop culture in the books I knew all too well. I still have my middle and high school journals that I filled with my deepest thoughts, poems, songs and artwork. I followed Jessica on her journey through high school and college and early adulthood. I would read these books religiously, they made me feel close to the friends I left behind. I didn’t really like my new friends (I definitely had a case of the Veronica Sawyer{s}), they didn’t get me and I felt alienated. Books were my escape.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- I still remember the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was home from school because I had a biking accident and I had a huge scab on my face for three months, and my teacher let me borrow her copy. I had just turned 11, and I was immediately smitten with Harry Potter and his world. I wanted to be Hermione, hang with Ron and Harry, as they learned from the best and worst teachers, gotten in constant trouble and tried to defeat Lord Voldemort. The series spanned my teen years and even into adulthood. Then we got movies, additional books, and even a theme park. Every time I do a reread I think back to when I first got my hands on my own editions (all hardcover first editions!) I held them in my hands, and stared I was so happy, I couldn’t wait to read them. I went to almost every midnight release, I waited in line, I saw all of the movies opening day, I even went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for my honeymoon for the sheer purpose of going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A wand even chose me! This is not only my favourite book series, but a big part of my life. I think I should also mention that although the series as a whole is great, and each book has a special place in my heart, my favourite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because we meet my favourite character and Harry’s Godfather Sirius Black.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein- This was one of my favourite books as a child, when I could read on my own. It has such a great lesson and is really touching. Just thinking about it now makes me tear up.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare- I read Hamlet the first time in eleventh grade in English class. From the moment we started, I wished that I had read it sooner. I never met any Shakespeare writing that I didn’t like and this was no exception. Also the Royal Shakespeare Company version with David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart as Hamlet and Polonius is amazing.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite and Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice- I have always been fascinated by the supernatural and occult. I read both of these books about vampires at a young age. Yes, they are both more advanced for the age that I read then, but I always read above where I should have been. Both have their similarities and differences, but they are both great in their own way. This is how modern supernatural romance should stay. It should not be about a teenager who falls in love with a sparkling vampire.

With these books being my favourites I have read hundreds more that I have failed to mention. And my reading list is ever growing. And I like all different types of books too. But the main genres are YA fiction and scifi/fantasy/supernatural/occult. I will continue to share what I am reading on a semi regular basis. Right now it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I am currently loving. Even though when everytime Jonathan Harker’s narration comes up all I see is Keanu Reeves stupid face. I’m not letting that ruin the book for me though! And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Body Electric by Lana Del Rey

They judge me like a picture book By the colors, like they forgot to read…

February is really winding down, it’s so insane how quickly time is going, it’s almost surreal.  I have been listening to Lana Del Rey like there is no tomorrow. Today Husband and I went shopping and had some lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (insert TBBT joke here: Penny, Penny, PENNY). We headed up to Albany early this morning to beat the weather that started early afternoon.

 First we went to Crossgates mall and got some new towels and a new, nice model Keurig, our 2 + year old single cup is getting really tired, so we upgraded, and I am super excited because I use it everyday. Our towels desperately needed replacing we have had the same set that we received as a wedding gift. Then we walked around the mall for a bit, before leaving I picked up some camis from Forever 21, at $1.90 plus tax, you really can’t go wrong. I got 2 black, 2 charcoal, a navy, and a hunter green. I love them for many reasons, they are lightweight, extremely comfortable, easy to wear, easy to style, and layer. And layering is a must up my way in NY. It has been extremely cold, and today was no different. After our Crossgates stay we made our way, after getting a little side tracked, to Colonie Center for some lunch and of course cheesecake! I got the Kahlua today, it’s really good! I strongly recommend it! And after lunch I did it, I found Lancome Visionnaire and I bought the 1 oz size. I saw it was available and I bought it before I could talk myself out of it. I also played around with some NARS red lipsticks. I think I am going to try Audacious Annabell, it was a nice, semi matte red, that I think will work well. I also played around with some liquid eyeliner. I am terrible with it, but now they have marker like applicators and I think with a little practice, I could become an old pro in no time. Alas these are items to be purchased for another time, possibly this summer, or when I start running out of the items I can’t live without and the new products I am trialing. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Brooklyn Baby by Lana Del Rey

But you fit me better than my favourite sweater…

I recently discovered Lana Del Rey and I must say (and rhyme apparently!) I am obsessed. Super cool, 60s inspired, makes me want to drink a martini, shaken not stirred, dress like Marilyn, style my hair like Priscilla, all while smoking a cigarette. I’m loving what I’ve heard. I need to get her albums. Feeling inspired I filed my nails, shaped them almond like and painted them red. I need a creamier red, and more red. My ensembles for the week are a little retro inspired and all will work well with my new nails. I wish I could wear a floral crown to work. And maybe get up at 4 a.m. everyday to curl set my hair to make it look like Veronica Lake.

My J. Crew order arrived, I can’t wait to wear everything. Like I mentioned I planned all of my ensembles for the week. I’ll have to take some pictures of my new pieces and how I plan to wear them.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, Husband and I enjoyed $70+ of sushi, which we ordered out from our favourite sushi place, Kyoto, in Kingston, NY and we enjoyed some wine. I was feeling crummy after working all day and we had a snow storm in the Hudson Valley. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey

Now every February, you’ll be my Valentine

With Valentine’s day fast approaching I thought it might be a good time to share my favourite things from January. This month buried under snow has taken a turn, so I look forward to when I get out of work this Saturday evening to spend some quality time with Husband. Since I have to work we will keep it low key and probably cook a nice meal at home. We don’t really have any Valentine traditions, we hardly ever exchange gifts for the occasion, or go out to dinner. Husband says “Nothing says I love you more than an engagement ring and a wedding band.” He is mainly joking, but all joking aside let’s get to my favourite things!

1. Lancome Visionnaire – I have been raving about it for weeks to anyone who will listen and I can’t seem to get my hands on a full size! I am so bummed I tried to order it from Macy’s and Sephora, I checked again today and now it’s available again online… I need to chill out with my spending hopefully in a few I can get this stuff. But it really is a Holy Grail serum.

2. Opaque tights – My mom bought me every colour she could find for Christmas, I still haven’t been able to wear them all. I love them because this means I will still be warm while wearing skirts in the fall and winter. Thanks to my mom I have solids, patterns, and some with texture. I love finding easy inexpensive ways to spruce up tired work outfits. Especially since I work with the public, and some people comment if I wear certain pieces too often.

 3. Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – I Finally opened And God Created the Woman eye palette and the primer was included, I did my eyes subtle for work, but I used the primer first and my eye shadow did not budge! There was no creasing, movement, loss of colour, and this was after 10+ hours. I was gobsmacked. Never in my life has that happened to me. This stuff is quickly becoming HG in my world.

And on that note it’s time to go!

All for now,
Kiki

Title from Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

The way your makeup stains my pillowcase…

I’m still trying to feel better, I’m sure it has something to do with my stress levels and the stomach bug I acquired last week. I have to shake this feeling some how, and I don’t know how. It’s like I have a pit in my stomach that will not pass. And on top of that it was a trying week and I see no signs of stopping. My skin has calmed down a bit which is always helpful.

I finally received the J.Crew gift cards that I ordered from my reward card points. I got a few transitional wardrobe items that I am looking forward to trying in the next few weeks. I ended up only spending about $10.00, which is a total win, considering all of the money that I have spent over the past few weeks on m new Fresh obsession.

I finally opened Diorshow… I am in love, I wear this mascara now daily (2 coats to my top lashes) and it does not move for 10+ hours. It is creamy, build-able and super long wearing. Go out and buy it, you won’t be sorry you did! And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Of All the Gin Joints in All the World by Fall Out Boy

Despondent, distracted, You’re vicious and romantic;

It’s February, the Superbowl happened, and it’s snowing like a motherfucker. This week is a week of big changes at work, we’ll see how this all plays out. And I haven’t been feeling well the past few days. I am trying to feel better, so far it’s not really working…

Now, I said I would share what I thought about my Sephora haul from last month. So here goes! I finally opened my Fresh Black Tea Firming mask. It is amazing. I like it so much more than GlamGlow ThirstyMud. I feels nicer, smells like cucumbers, the texture is velvety smooth, and it super cooling and soothing. So far I am in love. I got a deluxe sample of Lancome Vissionaire serum and this is my new best friend. I don’t ever want to be without it, so what did I do? I ordered Fresh Umbrian Clay Serum, which I have been using for a few days, and I have to say, I am on the fence. I started using my Benefit eye cream twice a day instead of just at night and I have noticed that my eye area is smoother, but not brighter. I may have said it and I’ll say it again, but I will not be repurchasing. I’m going to open my Diorshow mascara tomorrow and wear it to work. I have really high hopes for it. I am also going to play around with Nars And God Created Woman eye palette, I have never been disappointed with Nars in the past, so again I have high hopes since I will be experimenting for work, I will take it easy. I felt the colours would work for both night and day. And if I play around I can get a nice little look going.

I have been scoping out my next purchases, but decided that I must take it easy since I spent over $500, in January alone. Lancome Vissionaire is definitely on the top of the list. It would probably consist of replacing other favourites. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Divine Intervention by Taking Back Sunday