Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mascara Reviews, Application, and Removal {+tips for shopping!}

I have a Mascara post today for you guys! It contains application, removal, and my experience with difference brands. This is for beginners with mascara, I also included some tips. 

I have only used three different brands of mascara before. Usually I find one I really like and keep using it until I find a better one. I will be starting with my first experience: 

Reviews: 

Maybelline Great Lash.
I didn't purchase this one to start with. I snuck into my mom's bathroom and used it on special events. Even after she found out I still used. Finally on Christmas I got my own. Maybelline is a great brand. I have had a good experience with all of their products. 

Great Lash is awesome in it's quality and price. It is sold for different prices at a lot of stores. I usually get all of my mascara at Target, seeing that they have the best price. Target sells it for $3.99. A great price for a great product!

My next experience is the E.L.F. Volumizing Mascara. I love this mascara mostly because of the price. It was $2.00 exactly when I bought it. The only thing I do not like about this mascara is when you put it on it is grainy and crusty looking. Once it sets it's great. It's not something I usually bring anywhere. 

My last one is my newest mascara. It is the Revlon Lash Potion (waterproof and volumizing). I bought this one knowing it was waterproof. I did not think that it would take so long for it to come off. I spent at least 10 minutes trying to get it off the first time I used it. Waterproof for sure! I finally found a way to get it off. 

I love the quality, just not the price. I am a very cheep person. So buying a mascara for $10 was a very hard thing for me to do even though I used a gift card. I got this mascara at ulta. 

Application:

Applying mascara is not hard at all! Keep a steady hand. Do not point the tip of the wand towards your face. Blinking is okay to do, and can help a lot when applying mascara. Curl your lashes before you apply mascara. If you have long lashes, I don't think it's necessary to curl them every time unless they point out. 

Each mascara is different in how much you need to put on. Don't over do it. Also, if you brush your eyelid with the wand, don't freak out. Use a wet Q-tip to gently dab it away. Don't rub, and don't use any makeup remover. 

Removal:

Usually mascara just washes off in the shower with some soap. But if you can't get it off  (and don't have access to makeup remover),try vaseline, coconut oil, and baby shampoo. These work! 

Removing waterproof mascara: I use the Simple eye makeup remover. Sometimes it doesn't get the mascara all the way off. If it doesn't, I use the Neutrogena makeup removing wipes

Tips:


  • Talk to the salesperson, it's their job to give advice. They probably have a recommendation.
  • See if there is a coupon. It's not tacky! It's being (or acting) put together.  
  • If you react to the product, take it back!
I hope this helped you. If you have any extra questions, please let me know. Come back for more posts like this!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Book List: The Hiding Place

Hey guys! 

Today I don't have a list, but one book. The book is called The Hiding Place. It is Corrie Ten Boom's story. I was really reluctant to read this book because it wasn't like what I usually read. This book automatically was thrilling when I started it. I think it's amazing just how much Corrie trusted in God, and how much faith she had when she hid the Jews.

The review link is below. It is 241 pages long and was published October 1st 1984. 
The Hiding Place

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will read this book. 

XO AnnaD

An Eventful Yesterday!

Yesterday, I set the oven on fire. It was a very big accident that happened when my mother was not home, and all of the kids were. It was crazy. Despite the fact that I took the Red cross babysitting course, I forgot a few steps that are very important. 

First when I started to see and smell smoke, I opened the oven. Because I did, the flames started when the oxygen was given to the heat. Then I left the oven door opened! The flames were licking the stove, and they darkened the buttons. 

My other sisters got the baking soda while I turned off the oven. Then I threw the baking soda on the flames. It filled the air with a fume that made our eyes water. As soon as I got the baking soda in the oven, the flames went out. We left the oven door open for about 45 min before taking the cookie sheet out of the oven and scraped the burnt coconut and almonds into the dumpster outside. 

So in all seriousness, I hope a fire will never happen again. I hope that you guys will never be in that situation. But if you are remember:

  • Keep the door closed (if it's in the oven.)
  • Turn off whatever is feeding the heat.
  • Use baking soda to put out the flames. 
  • Open the windows and doors.
  • Keep all kids younger than you away from the scene. 
 Thanks for reading, have a good day that doesn't involve fire. Bye!!

XO AnnaD

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sugar cookie bars

Sugar cookies are great, but sugar cookie bars are the bomb. My sister made a recipe for sugar cookie bars in the summer, and they were delicious. I just found the recipe and decided to make some. 

I got the recipe from High Heels and Grills. She did pink frosting, and I did teal with sprinkles.
Here's the recipe:

Cookies: 
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Several drops of food coloring (optional)

Directions:
  1. COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (The longer you beat it, the fluffier your cookies will be.)
  4. Add egg and combine well.
  5. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Gently press the batter into the greased baking dish and spread out with hands. (If you butter your hands, this will help with the stickiness.)
  8. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
  9. Set aside to cool completely.
  10. FROSTING: In a medium bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and half and half until light and fluffy.
  11. Stir in vanilla and salt, combine well.
  12. Add food coloring until desired color.
  13. Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.
  14. Cut into squares and serve.  
It is a really good recipe. You should totally try them. You can do it!

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tips For the New Year

Hey guys!

I have had a wonderful 7 days of this New Year. Who watched the ball drop? It was over in a blink of an eye! You didn't really miss out if you didn't watch. If you went to Times Square, that's a different story. (It was probably a lot cooler.)

Anyways, i have for you today some tips I gathered over the year of 2014. I did gather more than this, I just cannot remember them all. Oh well. Most of these are from my trip as in packing and traveling. But there are also regular ones mixed in. So here they are:


  • When packing to leave for a trip, make a list of everything you bring. When you're packing to go home you can make sure everything is on that list. If anything is not I suggest finding it... :)
  • If you do not have access to a washer, wrap your dirty underwear in dirty socks. 
  • Get a planner with a calendar in it. I just got one for this year (it's chevron) and I think it will help me out a lot. It might help you too!
  • Don't rub your wrist together after applying perfume. It breaks the scent.
  • Use vaseline to remove mascara without smearing.
  • If you use a product for yourself from any store, and it doesn't agree with your skin take it back immediately.
  • Soak in epsom salt and lavender for 20 minutes once a week and feel really relaxed.
  • If your flats are giving you blisters, but you have or need to wear them, put the bandaids that are meant for your knees around your ankles. 
  • Use lotion in winter even if you don't have dry hands.
  • Even if your purse has a built in wallet, bring a wallet for backup. It will definitely come in handy.

I'm going home tomorrow. Please pray for nice weather. Outside it's 2 degrees and with the windchill, it's -13. I cannot wait for the sunshine and blue skies. Again, please pray, and have a great January! 

XO AnnaD