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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Recent Beauty Favs


It's been awhile since I've rounded up my favorite beauty products and I’ve been using some new (to me) products in my daily routine lately. I’m not sure I’ll rebuy all of these when they hit empty – I’ll explain why below – but I have discovered a few holy grail products that I know I’ll be rebuying again and again. My makeup artists for my wedding (who I loved!) swore by BareMinerals so I’ve added a few of their products into my routine since then.

Benefit Roller Lash - $24.00: This product I will be repurchasing. The formula is dark and buildable so I can apply two coats for the day and an extra coat for a nighttime look without my lashes getting clumpy. The wand is curved which gives my lashes a voluminous curl at the lash line and upwards length. And it doesn’t smudge during the day.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue - $29.50: This product is similar to a BB cream or light tinted moisturizer in that the formula is really smooth and light. In fact, it so light it feels like naked skin. It’s not as buildable as I would like so it doesn’t offer me the exact coverage I’m looking for. It gives me a dewy shine which I like but if I don’t set it, I toe the line of dewy and oily by the end of the work day. I love this product for light weekends.

BareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Concealer - $21.00: I use this on weekdays or nighttime when I need a bit more coverage than the Complexion Rescue offers. The color is perfect and formula thick though it blends better with my foundation than the Complexion Rescue. A little goes a long way so I see this lasting a while. Good bang for your buck.

BareMinerals Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel - $18.00: I will buy this again and again and again. This is the perfect just pink enough color for everyday wear and high shine. It’s not too sticky and lasts hours. Aside from the color, the applicator is a dream. It doesn’t pick up too much formula and is narrow and long enough to evenly apply the gloss without extending past your lips.

RCMA No Color Powder - $12.00: This is it, you guys. The holy grail-est of all holy grail products. I could never bring myself to spend $28 on the Laura Mercier setting powder all of youtube swears by so I can’t compare it, but this is the best setting power I have ever used. Ever. It is completely transparent so don’t be afraid of looking like Casper and it sets your make up all day. No shine and no budging and it’s not drying at all. The best part? It’s only $12 for 3oz!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush - $42.00: I go back and forth on this product. The color is really pretty (though its not as pigmented) as I would like and it applies very easily. It is one of the most blendable blushes I’ve used. The downside is that it doesn’t have great staying power. That being said, I still use it most days but don’t plan to rebuy it. With a $42 price tag, I expect a little more lasting power. I got this product in an Influenster box earlier this summer so while I like it, I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Bronzer - $13.99: This is a drug store bronzer to add to your arsenal. The price point is on the higher end for drugstore products but it is worth it. The formula is really pigmented and super blendable. A little goes a long way. This is a good hue for contouring as its really warm and not orange giving you a sunkissed glow.



Monday, October 31, 2016

this weekend




This weekend was one of those weekends you just don't want to end. I've had a pretty full few weeks getting acclimated to a new workplace and also working on three events in the first 5 weeks on the job. My sink or swim training culminated in my first work trip to manage an event on site last week. The event went well and I was happy to get to know my team better by traveling together. But I welcomed a quiet weekend at home.

On Saturday, Aaron and I woke up early and drive out to Bluemont,VA which is about an hour outside of DC. We spent the morning hiking to Raven Rocks which was about a 5.5 mile, 3 hours round trip hike. I'm wouldn't call myself a hiker (far from it in fact) but there really is something to be said about the quiet of the outdoors and the crisp air compounded with the endorphins earned from an uphill climb. 

After our hike, we visited Bluemont Vineyards, Great Country Farms, and Dirt Farm Brewing, all of which were conveniently located just a few miles from the hike start. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees so the winery and farm were packed. But in that moment, I was just happy to be there with Aaron (and Lucy, of course). 

People keep asking me how married life is and if life has changed at all. The truth is that day to day life hasn’t changed much except that I’m drinking out of nicer wine glasses and cooking with a new cast iron skillet. But what has changed are my feelings. Life feels fuller. It’s comforting knowing that this is it -- it’s us together forever. Its us fighting over where to park or us chowing down (without shame) on Taco Bell breakfast before a strenuous hike. It’s us sharing a bottle of wine in a overcrowded winery just happy to be together.. Life is richer than it was just two months ago for no other reason than I’m proud to call my best friend my husband. And there is something truly settling in the pride.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

how to find a job (while you have one)


The most important part of finding a new job is absolutely not to wait until your current job becomes unbearable. In fact, I subscribe to the idea that you should always be looking for jobs to a) know how your field is evolving and b) to stay apprise of your market value. This way when you do start to think about leaving your current job, you already have a sense of what's out there.

But still, you know what they say: looking for a job is a full time job. It doesn't have to be and I would know -- remember I just started a new job a month ago?

// 1. USE LINKEDIN ALERTS
Linkedin is a great first stop in your passive job search. The jobs feature allows you to set filters and schedule alerts for when jobs are posted fitting those filters. Depending on how active you want your search to be, you can receive emails daily, weekly, or even less frequently.  Regardless, this app takes away all of the work  of searching and delivers prospective jobs straight to your inbox. 

// 2. IDENTIFY COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK FOR
Bearing in mind that you should never wait until you're miserable in your current role to start looking for a new job, identify companies that you would like to work for. This can be based on industry leaders, company values, word of mouth recommendations, or work culture. Many city based magazines will release an annual ranking of the best places to work -- start there. Once you've identified the places you want to work, keep an eye on their job boards or opportunities to network with their current staff. Networking with their staff may give you insight into their hiring process or staff goals like what jobs need to be created.

// 3. TALK TO YOUR (PERSONAL) NETWORK
Don't keep it a secret that you're open to new work! Send an email to your personal network alerting them you're curious about new job opportunities and what skills you bring and are looking to expand upon. People are far more likely to send you interesting job opportunities if they know you're receptive to the prospect of leaving your current role. Your personal network can also connect you to their professional network for informational interviews. You never know what will come from an informational interview; at worst, you have a 30 minute coffee with someone new and learn about your industry despite not leaving with a job prospect. At best, you get yourself in front of someone who is looking to hire someone like you now or down the road.

Most importantly when you're job searching, follow the advice of one of my mentors. She always said it's "this or something better". Don't leave your current job for another job unless you're certain it's better than what you already have.