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


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