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Odds and Ends

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1. I guess leaving a corporate gig for your startup dream doesn’t always pan out.

2. “Idealism and honesty are crucial qualities for me, but I also want someone with experience who knows how to fight hard.” Hilary Clinton for president.

3. Do you know how much more or less you would owe in taxes under each of the presidential candidates? This tool will show you.

4. It’s estimated that US churches are now costing taxpayers 71 billion dollars a year. Interesting.

5. Post-shower, what do you wear when getting ready? (Makeup, hair, etc.) Robes are too much for me, so I prefer something like this.

6. Hey America, it’s Ireland. We need to talk. Hahaaa, love this.

7. Couples that talk comfortably about poop are the happiest. Good to know, folks.

8. Thank you, Joanna, for writing this. TV’s normalization of unprotected sex makes me livid. USE A CONDOM. Geez.

9. Water is so important, yo. 2 liters a day, at least!

10. 30 powerful truths you should know. Love this.

11. You guys, Trader Joe’s is shutting down all 457 of its stores. NO.

Happy April Fool’s Day to all of you gorgeous humans. Enjoy the weekend!

image credit: design sponge

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A Fresh Face for Spring

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This is for all of my friends looking for a fresh, neutral look for the warmer months ahead. (Since I’m usually touting the brightest lipstick known to man, which I guess isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.)

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This entire look (besides mascara) is by Beautycounter, and it’s an easy, no-thinking-necessary look for every day.

1. After cleansing and prepping skin, I apply Tint Skin Foundation in Linen all over my face. Depending on my level of laziness, I will apply with fingers or my Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush. (For those of you who don’t feel your foundation or tinted moisturizer blends well on your face, run, don’t walk, and purchase one of those brushes. Besides my MAC 217, it’s the most-used brush I own.)

2. I put a little dab of the Touch Up Concealer Pen in Light underneath my eyes to counteract darkness. I only apply underneath the eye, close to the nose area…if I take it all the way across, it accentuates my fine lines on the outer part of the eye area.

3. Bronzer time! Apply the Color Contour Bronzer in No. 1 across the top of my forehead, hollow of my cheeks, bottom of chin, and neck.

4. A bit of the Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper on the apples of cheeks. I usually go for the Bloom/Tulip shade during fall and winter, but love this soft peach shade for spring and summer.

5. I use the Color Shade Eye Duo in Pearl/Champagne on my eyes – Champagne on the entire lid, and a bit of the Pearl in the inner corner of my eyes to brighten.

6. Apply the Color Outline Eye Pencil in Violet on the upper lash line only, followed by two coats of Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel. (The best of the best, in terms of green beauty mascara. I ADORE this stuff.)

7. Dab Petal Lip Sheer on my lips, followed by a little bit of the Peony Lip Gloss.

Voilá! A great neutral look for Spring. (Or any season, really.) Let me know if you give it a whirl whoorl. Heh.

Oh! And pssst, mamas of wee ones…Beautycounter finally launched a Baby Line. Hooray!

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My Favorite Spring Accessories

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I am officially in love with this season’s shoes and bags, which is just perfect for me, considering I don’t find myself buying much clothing since the capsule wardrobe days. I definitely have my “uniform,” so I really just look to adding pops of color and making seasonal additions through accessories.

This season, I added a neutral gladiator sandal, a spring bootie, a small black crossbody bag, and some fabulous red pointy-toed flats. I’m all set.

Here are some other fantastic picks for Spring if you are looking to add to your closet. Enjoy!