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Hair Diaries: Black & Blue Inspiration

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I did it! My appointment is for next Wednesday afternoon and I can’t wait to get my hair done! Just a few short months ago, I went from my natural and comfort color of darkest brown to a purple ombre. I loved it! I’ve been wanting to put purple in my hair since I got my little streak several years back, but knew a whole head was going to be too much upkeep for me to deal with. Meeting myself in the middle with a colored ombre was most ideal.

Megan will be going in and doing a blue back on the top half where my original natural hair color is and going over the bleached areas with a nice royal blue for a sweet blue black ombre effect. Since we figured out what we were doing a few weeks ago, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for the best ideas and thought I’d share the pretty photos with you guys! I’d love to get to #4′s look. I guess we’ll see what comes out! Let the adventure begin!

Have you put color into your hair before? What were the colors you did? Let me know your color stories!

Geek Chic ; 2

Looted: Unboxing June Birchbox

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You guys, I’m in love June’s Birchbox and it has everything to do with Davines’s Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, and their OI All in One Milk. Seriously, unboxing June’s Birchbox and Loot Crate felt like my birthday had somehow come two months early. I had no idea how amazing the Davines products were until a friend, who’s mom’s salon is a distributor for them, gave me the low down. I’m a believer. The sizes of the samples caught me off guard because the shampoo bottle is bigger than some of the other samples I get, but the conditioner and milk were smaller. Turns out their products actually stretch out. In last month’s unboxing, I had complained to you guys about how small the sample was in comparison to how much freakin’ hair I actually have. I’ve used this sample about 3 times now and I’m barely reaching the half-way point. The shampoo lathers and spreads pretty well, and the conditioner spreads significantly and evenly. I’m out of everything but the shampoo and I’m already jonesin’ for more.

The other items included in this month’s unboxing were the ElevenSkin Perfection Eye Cream + Concealer, Harvey Prince Hello perfume sample,  Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream and a chance for flight ticket credit towards JetBlue Airlines. The ElevenSkin cream + concealer worked a lot better than expected. The tinted cream blended really well with my skin tones and went on smoothly. I’ve only used it a few times, but I think it’s great. I highly recommend stopping in your local perfume department and looking for a Harvey Prince Hello sample to smell. It’s a perfect scent for daytime summer outings! It’s very light and floral based.

You guys should really take advantage of all the great things you could be getting a month if you signed up for Birchbox. The subscription is available for both men and women, though the men’s box is a little bit more in cost. All you do is take their questionnaire and wait for your first box to roll in! The subscription also makes for a great gift. They’re good to best quality brands that anyone would love, with discounts available for purchasing a year at a time.

 

Disclaimer: I was not endorsed by Birchbox to write this post. These thoughts are of my own and the box was paid out of my own pocket.

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Geek Chic: Pattern-Spangled Nerd

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Every time I wear this dress to work, my coworkers all say that I should be walking around with a martini in one hand and an apple pie in the other. Honestly, I would totally be cool with being able to get away with having apple martinis and fresh baked apple pies all day long. Of course, I’d also be a drunk with a very specific eating disorder but I’d be cool with it.

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Speaking of parties, I’m very excited for experiencing a BBQ pool party for the first time in years tomorrow. I also haven’t been in pool for years. Which reminds me, I really need to go get a swimsuit. Mike is taking me to the beach on Saturday where we will lounge on the beach with our fancy picnic basket in our pasty skin under a hot California sun. Where exactly we’re still trying to figure out, ha ha! We’ll figure it out eventually.

The great thing about Stockton is it’s location in the Central Valley; it’s 40 minutes to the state capitol, two hours to San Francisco, and about six to seven hours to Disneyland. Getting to a beach, any beach, is not even a problem. Deciding on one is where all the problems lie. We’ve narrow our beach cities to Peach Beach, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. I’ll let you know where we end up.

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I’m going to get back to starting off my three-day weekend with a Big Bang Theory marathon. What are you planning for the holiday weekend? Let me know!

This Outfit:
Dress – baileyblue (TJMaxx, old)
Shoes – Target (similar)
Scarf – ModCloth (exact)
Sunglasses – Forever 21 (similar)
Bracelet – J. Crew (thrifted)
Necklace – Unknown (thrifted)
Watch – ThinkGeek (exact)

Geek Chic ; 3

Mary Kay Beach Ready Party

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Earlier last week, I went to my second ever Mary Kay party with my friend, Janine, as her guest. Having never been before, it was actually pretty fun. She had one a free party a couple of weeks ago and brought me as her guest then, too. Our consultant, Kristina, invited us to her Beach Ready party where she showed us the best products Mary Kay had to get you all nice and bronzed for the beach. Having never really successfully used bronzer before because I’m so pale, I was interested.

The verdict: while I liked how everything applied on and settled, I don’t think bronzing makeup is for me. I like my pastiness too much. I also think my natural skin tone is a little too yellow to be adding a brownish-orange anything that isn’t eyeshadow (and even then I’m hesitant). I liked how it looked on Janine and the other guest at the party. I just don’t think it’s for me. However, their new Mary Kay @ Play Triple Layer Tinted Balm in Atomic Red is definitely something I want to go back for and get. It was very moisturizing and the color was very subtle. Red lips are my jam, you guys. I will rock red lips until my lips fall off. I also tested out their mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow. I tend to stay away from crayon liner because my eyes get a squinty shape when I laugh or smile – which is all the time – and it causes crayon and pencil liner to smudge and stamp all over the damn place. By the end of the day, I usually look like I cried for an hour. I didn’t wear the eyeliner for more than 3 hours, but it stayed in place and was easy to apply. Their mascara was very light and looked very natural on me. The eyeshadow was far more pigmented than I expected and am sure that if I had my familiar makeup brushes I would have been able to apply it more properly.

All in all, it was a pretty fun experience. I learned a lot about using a crease brush and highlighting tips that I didn’t know before, and walked away knowing how to use bronzing powder should I ever decide to use it in the future. Those were definitely pieces of information that I know will be useful in the future if not for myself, then for applying on someone else. I recommend you guys giving Mary Kay a chance. I’m currently testing out their Clear Proof Acne System. I’ll be doing a blog post later on, but I can tell you right now that I’m pretty sure I’ve found the system for me. Let me know if you guys have tried Mary Kay and what your experience with them was like!

 

This outfit:
Shirt – Target (exact)
Tank top – Forever 21 (exact)
Leggings – Forever 21 (exact)
Watch – ThinkGeek (exact)

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Looted: Unboxing June Loot Crate

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Transformers 4 releases today you guys! So how fitting is it that Loot Crate‘s June box is themed Transform?! To celebrate the release of the movie, I’m rocking the Marty McPrime shirt that came out in this month’s box. I’ll be saving those Warheads for when I see the movie. Also, I just had to take a photo next to my boyfriend’s Corvette (thanks Mike!) for at least one photo. Not quite a DeLorean time machine or an Autobot, but still sexy to me.

This month’s Loot Crate unboxing features a Looter’s exclusive Marty McPrime shirt, a Transformer blind box from The Loyal Subjects (I got Soundwave), a HEXBUG Nano Transformer (Optimus Prime), a Decepticons sticker from The Loyal Subjects (that will be on my car very soon), a few Warheads, an MLG wrist sweat band and MLG team support stickers, this month’s button, MLG join codes, and this month’s Loot Crate magazine.

I’m actually really glad that they brought back the magazine. I was pretty bummed last month when I dug for the bottom of the box and came up ended handed in my search for it. Definitely read their featured article on Transformers, if you haven’t already. I’m still undecided as to whether or not I’ll be taking my HEXBUG out of the package or not. It was pulled out of the box and, with this face -> O_O, I whispered to myself, “you shall be protected forever, my precious.” I ended up creeping myself out.

Thanks for the MLG codes, Loot Crate! I had heard about MLG in the past and had contemplated possibly joining them now that I have these sweet codes. Still in the process of looking further into the program. I’m more of the minor minor league gamer type. For example, if this were hockey I MIGHT get accepted into the ECHL. Maybe. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of the second half of Tomb Raider with my sweet new wrist sweat band while Soundwave watches from my collection shelf.

What did you get in your Loot Crate this month? If you reviewed this box too, let me know so I can check it out! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch Beastwars on Netflix and get my 90s on (judge me all you want but I loved Transformers Generation 2).

 

This Outfit:
Shirt – Loot Crate
Jeans – Lucky Brand (thrifted, similar)
Shoes – Seychelles (exact)
Purse – ModCloth (exact; one left today!)
Sunglasses – Target (exact)
Belt – Unknown (thrifted)

PS: Thank you to those of you who have been commenting on my posts as of late. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize my Disqus plugin was in need of an update and didn’t see any of them until today. Problem solved, though, so yay!

Geek Chic, Geekery, Looted ; 0

Geek Chic: Sailor Dresses and Regal Puppies

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Saturday afternoon lunch is always best spent with close friends. Especially when said lunch means also having fun photoshoots and trying out new pastries!

This was such a fun day! The weather was perfect for photos and for food. My friend Sheena, from Ugly Duckling, and I spent most of the morning shooting pictures for her blog at my apartment and headed across the street for a quick lunch break at Penne Bakery. Afterward, we headed back and burnt through the last of my camera battery to finish up her shoot. You can read about her experience with the shoot here. It was her first time doing a shoot and was pretty nervous about it, but I think she did great once she loosened up a bit. I think the pictures above are a great testament to that. It probably also helped that we had full and happy tummies!

I think we both overly excited for her shirt, but I mean… how can you not be?! IT’S A PUPPY WEARING A MONOCLE AND A TOPHAT! He’s so adorable! She even had one of a bunny wearing a glam collar. A tip of the hat to you, Lane Bryant, for shirts of win.

 

My Outfit:
Dress – Forever 21 (old, similar style)
Shoes – Target (old, similar)
Wristlet - Coach (old, similar style)
Sunglasses – Unknown (gift from Kristen)

Sheena’s Outfit:
Shirt – Lane Bryant (old, similar)
Jeans – Lane Bryant (old, similar)
Shoes – Payless (old)
Purse – Target (old)
Glasses – Juicy Couture
Earrings – Claire’s (old)

Geek Chic ; 4

Captain’s Log: Sonora Photoshoot

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I recently had the wonderful opportunity to do a family portrait shoot for one of the manager’s at the company I work for in beautiful Sonora. I’ve never been to Sonora and was captivated by the farm land and scenery around me as I drove over rolling hills in the bright morning sun. There was a time when that much greenery made me irritated. I remember making the 8-hour drive from my hometown in Stockton to my dad’s childhood home in Glide, Oregon, and being upset that I was so far away from a big city. I’m a city girl, through and through. I’ll take horns, gunshots and siren sounds over frogs and crickets any day. I even got to the point where I hated the color green because I would see so much of it on a trip. I loved seeing my family, but I hated the surroundings. These days, I have a better appreciation for nature. You still wouldn’t catch me camping in the “great” outdoors, but I’ll always have that urge to pull over at a view point and snap a few photos. That’s what I loved most about making this trip alone, I didn’t have to worry about inconveniencing someone else to stop for five minutes on the side of the road and take photos.

Towards the end of the shoot, one of the family members pointed out that a deer had wandered up and was watching us. I quickly, without shame, tore myself away from my paying work to snap a few shots of the deer. When we realized that the deer wasn’t moving, I starting walking up towards it. I got almost within arms length of the fence line and it still didn’t move. It was like it wanted to take pose for me or it was terrified out of it’s mind and was like, “what the hell are you doing, woman?” It was pretty incredible. The Cucuzza family treated me to lunch, which I greatly appreciated, at their favorite Mexican restaurant in town who’s name escapes me. They had the coolest decor at the entry way! It really was just the neatest experience. I can’t wait to do my next family portrait!

PS: I would like to point out that I had no idea there was a bee near the flowers I had taken a picture of. I’m pretty stoked that the little guy showed up in the photo!

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Looted: Hautelook Review

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About three months ago, I placed my first and, so far only, order on Hautelook.com on some discounted Urban Decay makeup. For those of you not familiar with Hautelook, they are a free member’s only site that gives people access to discounted designer items. I don’t really remember how I got turned onto them in the first place, but it was more than likely due to designer I liked being really cheap on their site. Kinda of like how I was drawn to buying all this Urban Decay goodness. The eyeliners and shadows I bought were only going for about $5, and the glitter liners were going for about $8. Kristen and I took a chance and got excited and went for it.

A month later, I still didn’t have my products.

So, like any concerned person, I reviewed my order ticket and chatted online with one of their representatives. This is probably one of those moments where doing a little more research and reading the fine print would have been ideal. I didn’t know that sites like this take nearly two months to get their products out to you because you have to wait for third parties and all sorts of hoops to be seemingly jumped to get your products. Even then, you aren’t guaranteed that you’ll even get the products you order! However, this also does have dependency on the company providing the products as well, not just Hautelook. Poor Kristen, her one item that she ordered was the only piece that didn’t come in and “ran out” even though it was another week or so before it disappeared off their page on the site. Additionally, I was pretty disappointed with the glitter liners. I tried to use them last month when I had my first club experience and it barely applied any glitter to my eyelid.

Having never placed an order with sites like Hautelook before and never having read or heard the experiences of others for sites like these, I went in expecting a normal shopping experience. Months later, I’m still not sure if I’ll ever place an order again with the site, but I know that if I do I won’t place an order or anything I have my heart set on getting by a certain date or even at all. I’ll probably just save of the extra money and buy it from a normal store.

Don’t let my stand alone experience dissuade you from purchasing something from these guys. Have you ordered through a site like theirs? What was your experience like and what did you get?

Geek Chic, Looted ; 2

Looted: Unboxing May Lootcrate

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SO MANY THINGS WERE INVOLVED IN THE UNBOXING OF MAY’S LOOTCRATE! So… many… things…

I got a shirt! The graphic designer in me experienced much pleasing of the typography Link design for the Describing the Legend shirt. Since having put on a little happy weight over the last few months, I was concerned that the shirt sizing I had previously given Lootcrate and failed to updated would result in this fantabulous shirt not fitting me right. (Most sites automatically send baby doll style shirts to women that don’t necessary flatter the figure). I was so excited when I put it on it fit perfectly and even more so after washing it and having it fit just the same! Points to Lootcrate for giving me a nerd shirt I don’t feel self-conscious in!

Along with this sick ass shirt, I also got a The Friend Zone soundtrack loaded with 8-bit jammie goodness that currently pumps me up for my morning rides to work. I haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet, but they’ve really peaked my interest since playing the soundtrack over and over for weeks.

Adding to my figurine collection is this sweet Adventure Time Tin Marceline collectable from Funko that I know is going to look great on my shelf next to my Funko Pop! one. I’ve already done a revamp of my keyring to house my Dangerous to Go Alone bottle opener keychain and Minecraft Hanger sword keychain. The pins from this month and last month are currently on a shelf awaiting a permanent home when I have one for them. The sticker sheets and tattoos were a little confusing. Not familiar with where they come from and haven’t quite figured out when I’m going to use them. I think more 8-bit and cartoon centric stickers and tattoos might have been more appropriate for the theme they were going for this month, but I like the love they’re trying to send the companies with these. If you’re a huge fan of Maker, Markiplier and Polaris, these are definitely for you.

June’s Lootcrate is supposed to be themed Transform, so I’m really curious to see what ends up in my box! All I know is I get another nerd shirt and I’m tickled to pieces.

Disclaimer: I was not endorsed by Lootcrate to write this post. These thoughts are of my own and the box was paid out of my own pocket.

Geek Chic, Geekery, Looted ; 0

Looted: Unboxing May Birchbox

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Remember how last month I stated that I was close to canceling my Birchbox? This month’s box solidified my decision to stick with them. Today, I review my unboxing for my May Birchbox!

The star of the show this month was my 3-piece sample for Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Shampoo, Conditioner, and Pre-Wash Primer. My hair had been bleeding quite a bit still around the time May’s box came in. I was at the point where I was a little uneasy about washing my hair because I didn’t want to lose all the purple coloring Megan had worked so hard to achieve. The pre-wash primer did cause a little bit of bleeding onto my hands when I applied it, but I didn’t up with any bleeding once I jumped in the shower and used the shampoo and conditioner. The only thing I’ll say I was disappointed about was the size of the sample, and I know that’s not anything Birchbox themselves can really control. I have a ridiculous amount of hair and the tiny sample they provided barely covered my hair. The end result was my ends, which have been looking dry, sad and fried for the past month, looking almost back to full health! I was very excited.

Other gems from this box were the SmartyPants All-in-One Adult Complete Gummy Vitamins + Fiber and the Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. Not being a fan of swallowing pills and always reaching for the chewables, I was very excited to see this vitagummies. You know how most of the time these things end up tasting like the worlds cheapest, driest tasting gummy candies? These ones were actually juicy and flavorful! I was sad to have only gotten two and can really tell you if I got a pep in my step, but I didn’t die so I guess that’s gotta count for something positive right? The BB cream has only been used once so far and I was a little bit concerned on the tinting of the item. While it did an amazing job of evening out my skin tone and moisturizing me without making me oily, it was a shade darker than my skin can handle. I didn’t really get a “glow” from it as I was expecting.

Lastly is the Supergoop!! Everyday Sunscreen, which has not been used yet at all. I’m saving it for a trip that Mike and I will be taking on July 5th to the beach for the day and testing it out there. I’m not usually a burner, but this last month’s trip to Disneyland made me rethink this notion. Plus, skin safety is important and I’m the one that always forgets these sorts of things. Also not used was the $25 offer for Kate Spade. I love her items, but they’re a bit out of my spending range.

Overall, I’m really quite pleased with the May Birchbox I received. Their branching out from the usual pink tissue paper has also been exciting me because I hate the color pink and love recycling tissue paper for other gifts.

If you or someone you know would like to sign up for the awesome service that is Birchbox, click the link here and start your profile creation today!

 

Disclaimer: I was not endorsed by Birchbox to write this post. These thoughts are of my own and the box was paid out of my own pocket.

Geek Chic, Looted ; 3