Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Week through the eyes of an MUA

I realize sometimes it's easier to read a blog then commit the time to watching a
 beauty video, or hell, maybe you can dig into both!  The video will be posted below of all the gratis I recently received from work.

This has been a very exciting week in cosmetics for me!  First off, a friend got married last weekend and I was one of the lucky few who got to be in the courthouse when they exchanged their vows and were officially wed.  I did the hair and makeup and had such a fun time documenting and vlogging the day for Heather.  She wanted a seafoam green/teal eyeshadow look with a lot of drama to match her beautiful freshly dyed mermaid hair.  I have a bunch more weddings this summer and am looking forward to seeing how each bride is different and elegant in their own way! 
(Not all of them are into social media so I will only be sharing those who seem OK with it)
I also drove to Tacoma, Washington this week for cosmetics training with four of the eight brands we carry in Macy's Impulse department.  Smashbox, Urban Decay, Benefit, and Tarte cosmetics were all there to educate us on their brand and the latest product launches.  I look forward to more of these, not only just for all the free products we received (which I flipped out like it was an Oprah favorite things episode) but really the hands on learning experience and perspective of artists who travel regularly and have a lot of knowledge in the industry.
 Smashbox gave an abundant amount of Gratis and I mean A-bun-dant!  
Such a generous company I tell ya.
All brands brought snacks.  Actually all but Urban Decay.   Womp womp, haha.  
Urban don't care about nobodies bellies *snaps fingers*   

We discussed how the company was formed though which I found really interesting.  The owner used to be bullied a lot, she drew inspiration for the brand from ugly pretty.  Like a broken down metal staircase outside of a NY apartment building.  The rainbow in an oil slick or vacant buildings growing ivy.
  You get it right?  I thought that was neat.

Benefit won me over with their personalities plus they brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts with sprinkles...a company after my own heart.  If it had been cupcakes I would have lost my head.
I tried a lot of new products recently and woke up on Saturday with a swollen eye.  It's probably completely unrelated but I haven't worn lashes this week for good measure.  I honestly think something bit me in my sleep.  I was terrified when I woke up.  I looked in the mirror and saw Igor looking back at me...
Urban Decay gave us Vice liquid lipsticks in the color 1993 and it paired nicely with my most recently purchased tanning kit from St. Tropez which you can totes tell I've got on here.  I love my makeup on this day...fresh and simple with clean bushy brows.  Into it. 
I will be doing a favorites update soon and discuss how I used the tanning product in fuller detail on my Youtube channel and/or blog.
These Enchanted Rose brushes are on my wishlist at the moment.  It's SO HARD to not spend every dollar I have on beauty products but I have to restrain myself sometimes, especially when I get so many perks from work but COME ON!  Look at these beauties.

 I'm still pressing on my nails and actually I'm still using the same kit I purchased over a month ago.    They last me over a week with only needing to fix maybe one or two in between. 

 I have no shame when one goes missing and I have to dig around for it...yes this happens in front of people.  Don't care. 
 I keep glue in my purse for good measure.  
Here I did a little flower design inspired by my favorite pillow.
And last but not least, a very good cause!
Cosmetics don't have to hurt innocent creatures.  We don't HAVE to test on animals.  Humans have the technology and knowledge to find alternatives in how we sell products.  Large corporations insist on selling in countries that require animals are tortured, poked, prodded, and locked away without relief from the pain or any hope to an end for the sake of making us look pretty. These are the same companies that send influencers on lavish vacations to help promote their product but they somehow don't have the funds to make a change?  Doesn't add up.

 It is inhumane and I can't believe it's still legal.  Come on US. 

It takes just a few seconds to sign this petition to help stand up against animal testing and bring it to an end.

Hopefully we can all band together and make a difference for those who can't speak for themselves.
or type in foreveragainstanimaltesting.com in your browser and sign.

Thanks for visiting!!
X's & O's
Seanna and Booger-dog

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Moving to Kirkland, WA

Last year, we actually considered moving further south for a change of scenery and to be closer to the city of Seattle so we already viewed apartments in the Kirkland area however, moving sucks and we couldn't imagine packing and moving again so we stayed in Mill Creek.  Well when our lease was up and rent was raised by nearly $200 we couldn't stand the thought of paying so much to live so far North.  We were left with downsizing and purging a lot of our belongings to move into a smaller apartment.  Three truck loads of clothes, kitchen items, curtains, and randomness went to the Goodwill.  We brought only what we needed.  We got rid of anything that looked nasty including our only can opener that was rusty as shit. 
 We have yet to buy a new can opener by the way, instead using the spoon method to open up beans and corn.  I'm surprised we still have all of our fingers.
 My mom arrived during our packing phase to visit and to help out.  She and my step-dad are trying to sell their house on one of the islands in Washington, away from their usual home in Mexico so I am lucky enough to have her for the summer close by! 
We went through boxes of memories and pictures and laughed so hard we cried...my favorite kind of mom visit.
Our new home is cozy and perfect for the three of us.  We are settled in and things are starting to slowly feel like home again.  
Booger seems to really love it here too.
Our porch has no cover, just clear blue skies above us.  Early in the morning, it's my favorite place to sit, have coffee and breakfast with lil Boog sun bathing at my feet.  Summers are usually pretty mild here but can get hot on occasion.  Since we don't have A/C units in most apartments we have to get creative with fans.  We moved during one of the hottest weekends of the year so far.  It felt like a sauna in our place, being top floor doesn't help either.  I was sweating so hard I swear I could hear myself squeaking when I walked.

All that aside, I love our open beautiful patio in the trees.

We are so close to Juanita Bay beach where we can stroll along the water and explore the trails to find lotus flowers, lily pads, ducks, and frogs.  A plethora of nature's goodness.  I tried to get the same shot below of the Lotus (Lyle took this) but he was afraid I was going to fall in.  For some reason, it is just known that "Seanna is clumsy" and WILL inevitably fall in... so don't even try.  I thought it was romantic he held out his hand to help me back off the log.
The fish and chips joint (Spud) has been calling me this whole time but I've saved it for a very special and rewarding day off.  They have fried halibut, cod and salmon.  Fried green beans, asparagus, even Twinkies! 
Smells like trouble...delicious, sinful, guilty pleasure trouble.
Floating on the lake has been one of the most relaxing moments I've had since the move.  I'm somewhat of a control freak in the sense that I have to be the one to unpack the house because I want to know where everything is.  So I've been exhausting myself getting everything just right.
 Lyle was completely OK with this arrangement, ha.  His job was to hang the heavy stuff like the T.V., the new pot rack, and put the lights on dimmers.  It's so handy having an electrician around.
Royal India in my neighborhood has absolutely amazing food and live performances on the weekends.  My friend Heather is getting married this weekend so we met there to discuss the hair and makeup I will be doing for her and caught up after almost two years of not seeing each other!
 The pan seared Paneer and fig appetizer was SO delish!
Lyle and I love taking a stroll to Top Pot getting coffee in the mornings and walking the pier. There is also an organic juicing cafe' I can't wait to check out, it's been closed every time I've wanted to go due to weekends and holidays but, "Super Detoxifier Juice" I'm coming for you.

Super Detoxifier Juice
Green or red cabbage, apple, celery, parsley, beets, carrot, cucumber, beet greens, ginger root, lemon, dandelion, milk thistle.

In my Ivy Park bodysuit that I'm LOVING.  Sunglasses are from Charming Charlie's.  "S" engraved necklace is from Tiffany's.  Nails are press ons from Sally's.
 Lyle's 4th of July themed sprinkle doughnut and my raspberry one.  He got an iced mocha with whipped cream and I got a drip coffee with coconut milk.  
It's Fourth of July as I'm writing and posting this.  Earlier, I could see the city across Washington Lake where the fireworks will be going off.  We've tried the routine before of going into the city for the festivities and honestly the cab rides, traffic, and chaos isn't worth it if you don't already live conveniently closer to the city.  We used to live next to Lake Union for years where they shoot off the fireworks from a barge on the water and it was a breeze to go enjoy it.  This year, meh, we will have dogs and beers at home and relax.  
Watching movies of the Earth being infiltrated by alien life forms.
I don't know if it's the Pisces in me, but being near the water and smelling the fresh air off the beach has me inspired by my surroundings and looking forward to the life we'll be living out here in Kirkland.  

To many amazing times and a great summer, cheers everyone!

Seanna & the Fam

Monday, May 22, 2017

Whidbey Island Adventure

When we woke up Sunday and saw the sun had finally started to shine here in Seattle we took the opportunity to get out and adventure.  We sat on the couch with our computers and searched the Internet for locations.  First we thought we could hike Rattlesnake Ledge but realized the traffic to get there would take up most of our day.  Then I thought, we can go Spelunking!  Aren't there tons of caves around here? Then we realized most of them were hours away.  "How about ziplining??"  Oh crap, that would cost nearly $200 for the both of us and we are moving in June so time to save save save.
I know!  Let's go to the ocean!  
I opened the map and pointed to Whidbey Island.

We hopped in Lyle's car and headed out not knowing exactly where we were going and how it would turn out.  Just the two of us on an adventure.
A short ride later we were already docking at Whidbey's Terminal and off we went for some brunch.

Stopping at a gas station to gather our plan I used the timer on my Iphone to do a mini photoshoot in the parking lot and a phone stand I got at Daiso Japan for $1.  Works great!
We kind of stumbled upon Charmer's Bistro in Freeland which was like stepping into the past.  They had Sinatra playing on the radio and an old man was reading a newspaper at the bar.  It dawned on me that this is the place people move to when they retire.  Time to slow things down, kind of a reminder of how they lived as a kid.  I imagined them wanting the feeling of living in a Mayberry town where everyone knows everyone and you fish for your dinner.
 "Hiya Joe how's the grand kids?"  "Great Bob, they're all off to college".
I got Eggs Benedict on polenta cakes and Lyle got the veggie omelet.   It was absolutely delicious.
We drove down to the beach in Freeland and sat on a bench for awhile.  I love to take super deep breathes so I can taste the salty air and soak up as much of the moment as I possibly can...

I was ready for a nap after laying in the sun, it was warm but with a cold breeze off the water.  I was surprised when we got a second wind as we decided to explore the wine tasting event going on across the Island.  We stopped at a place called Dancing Fish Vineyards which had Bocce Ball, Ladder Toss, and Cornhole.  
The whole time we were there you could hear horses neighing loudly in the background and sparrows kept landing on the fence and singing crazy songs.  We were laughing at one in particular that had such a different sound, it literally seemed like it was talking to us.

We went with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (which isn't actually made at that particular winery apparently) and also ordered the chocolate truffles and cherries.

I thought their chandelier was so clever, just a bunch of Clam shells linked together.  
I want to make one!  I have to share this idea with my mom, she would love it.
When it was time to head back (after splitting that entire bottle of wine mind you) we had just missed the ferry and got stuck sitting in line waiting for what felt like forever cause I had to pee.  It got so bad and painful I started to panic and looked around desperately for a building I could squat behind but there were people everywhere.  Lye handed me a stack of blue plastic cups and said, "Here, pee in this".  I'm going to admit something to you and I hope you still look at me the same way...I peed in the cup...and I don't regret it.

Our last stop on our way back was Diamond Knot brewery which had been on our list of places to visit for awhile.  When we walked in I was excited to see it was one of those bars that has cracked peanut shells all over the floor!  A highly recommended pit stop for those who are headed to Whidbey on the Ferry or coming back since it's just right off the terminal.

We had such an amazing sunny Sunday off together and we plan to keep the fun going this summer with lots of activities so stay tuned.  I made a vlog with my Iphone which you can watch below.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

Friday, May 5, 2017

New Beauty Advisor Job!

Hi!  Has it been a minute?  No it's been a week, Seanna.  Geesh it just shows how one week at my new gig already has me feeling like I've completely neglected my Youtube channel and blog.  WOW! That was my best segue yet.  So, I got a new job.  It's actually something I really enjoy and can see myself putting in the care and attention that I've lacked in a workplace in a very very long time.  I have just been floating around with no direction, trying to make a buck bartending and freelancing at MAC but overall just miserable.  

It actually turns out that my dream job was right under my nose (well, my actual dream-dream job would be full time beauty blogging and creating videos on Youtube).  As you may already know, I've been a MAC artist off and on for over a decade.  I was permanent at one point but just stuck with freelance while I figured out what I wanted to do.  I just knew I didn't want to be permanent at MAC again.  Across from us is a department at Macy's called Impulse.  I always glanced over there with curiosity but stuck to my zone.  Finally one day, I walked over there to borrow some nail polish remover and was like, "HOLY shit!  You guys have Tarte, Smashbox, Too Faced, Anastasia, and Urban Decay over here?!"  These are the ones that I personally purchase and discuss in my makeup tutorials.  I wanted to work with these brands so bad.  I wanted to learn about them more so I applied for a full time position and guess what? I got it!
 I can still see my MAC buddies just over the horizon and say hi.  Even though I have been freelancing at this location for over a year off and on, I still feel like a complete newbie.  It's weird how the MAC counter felt like a separate entity and now that I'm at Impulse I communicate with all the other counters more (Clinique, Benefit, Estee Lauder).  There is definitely more of a connection to other makeup gals.  It doesn't hurt that I've now got health care and a 401k either.  
Let's talk perks!  I got a bit of a Welcome-to-the-team handful of gratis from our regional manager.  She just kept handing me things out of a box in the trunk of her car like, here take this, this, oh and this...my eyes were bugged out of my head like I was an addict being handed free crack.  In my head I was saying "gimme gimme gimme dat".  I can never have too much makeup.  
I have the mini Naked Basics palette so it was quite exciting to be handed the bigger better version of it.  It's an all matte palette too...bonus for aging eyelids.
One of my coworkers swears by these Buxom plumping liners.  She said the feel, the formula, and the look of these are her favorite thing to wear on her lips daily.  I haven't tried them yet but am excited to give em a go.
This is a very popular eyelid primer in the beauty blogging world.  Because Urban Decay is cruelty free, a lot of people chose this over the MAC primer Painterly or Soft Ochre (Nikki Tutorials has everyone addicted to soft Ochre).  I tried it for the first time a couple of days ago and really loved it.  I'm looking forward to doing a full face with an in depth eye blend to truly test its longevity.
I wore this "Crimson" red liquid lip by Urban Decay and it sold itself.  I was helping a really sweet Indian girl who was going to wear it for her Bharatanatyam performance.  The feel of the formula is superb with lasting power but doesn't dry the lips out.
This is an army green eyeshadow called "Chains" by Urban Decay.  Another I received but haven't tried but I have swatched the eyeshadow line and they are super powdery.
 I already had a deluxe sample of this primer and knew I liked it.  It has blurring technology that really helps diminish the appearance of pores.  This one is ideal for dry skin but there is a whole line of Urban Decay primers for all skin types and purposes including color correcting.
Not only did my boss give me a bunch of new things to play with, but the Representative of Smashbox also came in to deliver these kits.  My counter is known as one of the top sellers in the region and had won a contest.  I just happened to be on the team when they won.  
Yay team!
All of their mini palettes have these neat cases where the top is a holographic moving explosion of pigment.  I have a one on one meeting with Smashbox next week to train in the brand and learn more about it.  It feels like my own personal heaven already with this position.
These... (bites knuckles) OH M GGG.
They are like butter.
Soft, smooth, amazing. 
 Smashbox is known for its professional line of primers and photography friendly foundations. 
 I am very excited to get to know the brand a bit better.

The skincare that is prominent in my section is Philosophy.  The field rep for them is always around so it's nice to have an expert around to assist since I am not well versed in their products yet.  I've used Purity face cleanser and one of the masks but that's about the extent.  
There is a daily exfoliant on my "to-buy-when-I'm-not-broke" list and I intend on having it in my shower caddy at all times.  
I have had so much fun playing with different looks.  It's nice (no shade, MAC) to not have to be told what makeup look to wear or being forced to sport a foundation you hate just because it's the new launch.  I have the freedom to get creative and have loads of products and brands at my fingertips.  I also love that I work with a group of all ages, from 18 to 50 and beyond.  
Just women and their beauty obsessions to tether us all together.
This is a really exciting new adventure for me!  I can't wait to share what I am learning with you guys and on my Youtube channel.  This has opened up a whole new door for my beauty blogging so stay tuned and come buy makeup from me!  
I am even going to check with my boss but I believe you can order with me over the phone and I can ship anything you need to you.  Just message me for details.

Here's a mini tour of my job~

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