January 21, 2016

Updated Makeup Routine ((Winter 2016))

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Lately I've been all about three things: avocado toast (!!!) seriously I want everything avocado, all the time and I'll start with it in the morning... thanksssss. Catching up on New Girl, this had been one of my all time favorites since the show first premiered but somehow I let myself get behind and stopped watching half way through season four. So if you need a show to watch and haven't actually sat down and watched the whole thing, I highly suggest it/ A lot of times I am just dying in my bedroom laughing til I can't breathe over the show. Lastly, makeup but then again when is that new? Lately I've been trying to find out the products that really work for me and being a little more adventurous with my eyeshadow than I used to be. I figured with all that being said, it was time for a brand new makeup routine.

In order of how I use them:
1. Apply Garnier BB Cream to a
Real Technique's Miracle Complexion Sponge and work into face evenly but sparingly. On days I want a little more coverage, I use ItCosmetic's CC Cream. I have a travel sized I keep with me incase I ever feel like I want that extra coverage (like meeting up with a boy or a fancy dinner)
2. Using my hands I work ItCosmetic's Bye Bye Undereye into my skin under my eyes making a triangle formation and blend.
3. I then contour my face using (similar) brush and using either the bronzer from the Naked Flushed palette or the Hoola bronzer. Highlighting my cheek bones, framing my face, and of course my neck. When I went a hard contour, I go for the Hoola. For a softer, everyday wear I reach for the Naked Flushed.
4. Next I add blush using the Real Technique's Contour Brush from this collection. I feel that the shape works the best for my face in creating the perfect blush. I use the color from the Naked Flushed Palette.
5. Next I do my eyebrows, because I just can't get the full effect without them. I actually use a shadow color from the Lorac Pro 2 palette, I also use the ELF small angled brush to achieve the look. In all honesty, I am super impressed with how well these two items work in achieving my eyebrows. I'm never disappointed and I never feel like they rub off amazingly enough.
6. If I decide to use a highlight, this is when I add it. I don't do it very often as I typically feel like I look like a pull of sweat if I do at times. I just use the highlight color from the Naked Flushed which is gorgeous, by the way.
7. I always prime my eyes with Lorac's eye primer, I have used sooo many eye primers and have never found one that worked as well as this (!!!)
8. I have all three of the naked palettes (not the smoky eye one) and I use them interchangeably all the time but I would say I use the second and third the most.
9. Next I layer my two all time favorite mascaras to achieve the eye look I want, Urban Decay's Perversion with ItCosmetic's Hello Lashes.
Honestly, I long for the day I am tan again and when a boy snapchats me after I take all my makeup off, I don't have to run around like a chicken with their head cut off trying to find the perfect lighting. NOT. ABOUT. THAT.
**None of this makeup is waterproof, so if you plan on bawling your eyes out like never before... then it will be all down your face. ((Actually happened to me when I found out I couldn't go home due to car troubles thanksgiving morning.)) But if maybe a little happy crying appears, you're safe ;) ((Also happened to me... you know when something clicks and you happy cry all the way home to A Wonderful Guy from South Pacific because you're just so genuinely happy and in shock...))**
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January 11, 2016

Desperately Clicking My Heels


From the time I can remember, my favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. I spent hours dressed up in a Dorothy costume as a kid, and lately I feel like I'm spending a lot of time in that same costume.. you just can't see it.

I often times want to write a blog post with depth.. my real emotions and flood the internet with a true part of me (not that I lie when I do makeup routines, outfit posts, or an insta recap... that's all me too. I just want the chance to be unapologetically raw.) I feed into the lie though, that we can't post something until it's resolved. Until God has proven himself faithful in this exact issue and the problem is fixed and wrapped up in a perfect, little bow. Don't get me wrong those testimonies and stories help me just as much as the look at how much of a hot mess I am posts do. This is a mix, I know God is faithful and that I have to wait it out... but in the meantime look at how much of a hot mess I truly am.

I had a plan I had many plans. I was supposed to be graduated by now, in fact the original plan was to be graduated with a communications degree on the way to becoming a news anchor. Yes, that was the plan. I went on a missions trip my freshman year of college to help out flood victims in New York, it was on that very trip I realized that being a news anchor wasn't where my life was leading. Through heavy prayer and a random out of no where spark... I decided I wanted to study theatre performance. That scared me to death, I had considered it pretty much all my life but when it got down to making a decision I wanted to stay as farthest from it as possible. I wish I had the answer for you as to why I wanted to run away from it for so long... my best bet is fear but I honestly don't know the answer for sure. Fear. That's the very thing that keeps me up at night worried and slightly wanting to cry... fear makes me run. I wish I could say I'm one of those people whose first reaction is to fight, but I flee... oh boy am I fleer. Feelings are scary, rejection is scary... and not just when it comes to your love life, also when it comes to your academic life and so here I am still picking up the pieces of my decision to not flee, but fight for theatre. Spoiler alert, I didn't make it. I had a plan and right in front of my eyes through an email it disappeared. My stomach still drops to this day when I think about it, I don't let myself dwell on it and I very rarely let myself cry over it. Usually that happens if I have had a tiny bit too much alcohol, most people cry over an ex... I cry over a theatre major. It's like my first love broke up with me.

Then I had a new plan. Basically I had no clue what my actual plan was so I planned on running away from my troubles and going to Disney World. I would work there while auditioning to be a Disney princess. I had researched, practiced, and was all ready when my would-be-roommate then changed the plan. I was lost, confused, and plan-less yet again.

It's been a reoccurring theme, I think I have it figured it out and then it changes on me. It just happened again to me last night but this is where I realize I'm learning and growing. While writing this post I realized I'm not freaking out like I usually am. I won't lie, I cried and being stuck yet again in a small town of VA isn't ideal. I just feel strangely calm, this is what is supposed to happen... and God already knows my story and life plan, I'm in the most capable of hands.

I have no clue what's going to happen next. I am job searching, as I mentioned previously, and this time all my stuff is in Jersey while I'm in VA instead of the other way around. I'm basically making it up as I go along and my whole life right now is a huge game of improv. I miss my Jersey friends already, I had been desperately clicking my heels for so long to have a place that felt like home and they were the answer to that prayer. Thank God for snapchat, texting, and group chats because I really think I wouldn't be as calm and collected as I am right now if not for that.

For now I'll focus on blogging, finding a full time job, writing, and being present in every day activities and lives. 2016 is off to a great start and I literally have no clue where I am going or what I am even doing... but I've grown a lot since April 2014 where I basically thought my life was a black hole and everything was over. I'm ready to find out what other talents I have and how I am going to give back to the world.

I haven't found a physical home but I think I've found home in every "unsuccessful" plan thus far. I'll be wearing that Dorothy costume loud and proud from now on on LookBrooke...

January 7, 2016

Instagram Round Up + Life Lately

What a whirlwind this holiday season has been, looking over the insta recap I'm already getting emotional about 2015. This was a special year for me: I finally found my voice and started really focusing on LookBrooke, I finally found peace about the whole not making it as a theatre performance student thing that was weighting me down, plus I meet some of the best people I've ever met in my whole life (shout out to summer 2k15). Honestly I met a lot of people that I know are going to drastically change my life, and I can't wait to see what 2016 brings (and year 23 ahhh... my lucky number!)

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A few thoughts as of late:

THE BACHELOR. Call me crazy, call me happy but I love January because my favorite show comes back on. And Ben Higgins, well he just might be my favorite person in the world right now. Totes Team Olivia and Sam, and well Lace makes the show interesting lol.

NEW YEARS EVE. This NYE was spent in Washington DC. My biggest regret was the somehow lack of planning involved that left us in the streets at midnight. (Thanks to the fact the first club we tried to get in was a $60 cover charge which translates to tons of puking because people are going to try way too hard to get their moneys worth). It was super fun though and might have been one of my favorite NYEs so far. ((I wore this dress.))

DREAM DATE. Currently would be like that scene in 10 Things I Hate About You where they're in the paint ball course throwing paint balls at each other, yes please. (Also like one of my fav movies) but for right now I'll settle for tea and a trip to the monogram (hint,hint.)

BIRTHDAYS. I swear just yesterday my little sister was three and played with dolls in her free time.. now she's 15 years old and has her boyfriend. Time flies, and it's almost scary.

JOB HUNTING. I'm currently applying for jobs, so please keep me in your prayers. What's meant to be will happen, let's pray I stick to God's plan and let him direct my moves.

THIS MUG. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it in Target, true life: #youhadmeatcoffee

EMOJIS. Ok, I'm about to rant but the emoji with the teeth that kinda could resemble braces... THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A GOOD RESPONSE when a girl tells you yeah she'll be around when you get back once you ask her. End rant :)

MAKEUP. I have been changing up some products I used daily and have currently been loving this concealer, this CC crème, and this palette.

Can't wait for 2016 and what it will bring
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