Monday, January 30, 2012

It's not sweat, it's LIQUID AWESOME

I don't care what anyone else says - Disneyland really IS a world of magic.

This weekend was the Tinkerbell Half-Marathon in Anaheim, and I've been excited for this one for a while. I haven't been to Disneyland in about five or six years, and this time, I got to RUN through it as well. In addition to racing fun, this was also Jolie's first trip to Disneyland, and though she was a bit young for it, she still had a blast.

Friday, January 6, 2012


I was going to make some sort of joke like, "You down with OCC / Yeah you know me!" but I decided that would be stupid. Yeah.

So, I've heard a lot about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for a while, especially their lip tars. When I finally ordered one, it came with a free sample of their loose pigment in Rime. (This was a separate beauty site, not their brand site, because the lip tar shade I wanted had been discontinued.) Rime is a beautiful ice blue with gold-y flecks in the container, but on me (probably because of the other shadows I chose) it looks gray.

- UDPP Greed
- OCC Rime all over the lid
- Kat Von D Glock topped with First Class in the crease (from the Metal Orchestra palette)
- UD eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line
- UD eye pencil in Uzi along the lower lash line
- Hourglass Film Noir mascara

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Poetica part 2

Today I tried out the other half of Kat Von D's Poetica palette, the purples. And boy was I NOT disappointed! I do have quite an affinity for purples, so whenever I find purple shades that I like, I'm really happy :)

- UDPP Greed
- All over lid: Skiba
- Inner corner: Babe
- Crease: Wonderland
- Browbone highlight: You Alone
- Puro Amor Black Autograph Pencil Eyeliner (included with palette) along the upper lash line
- Wonderland shadow along the lower lash line
- Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extra Black mascara

I LOVE Skiba and Babe! Skiba has beautiful gold flecks in it (which is why I chose to use UDPP Greed - to bring out the gold), and Babe looks like UD's Asphyxia, but more vibrant.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Crossfit total - January 2012

My max weight for: back squats/shoulder presses/deadlifts. Then added together.

This is the first time I've done any of those, so I spent a lot of the time learning how to do the moves. I think I could've gone heavier.

Next time: 400!!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Poetica part 1

My in-laws, knowing me quite well, gave me a Sephora gift card for Christmas, so one of the items I bought with that gift card was Kat Von D's Poetica palette:

I decided to use the left four shades in the palette, the oranges. It's kind of an intense, smoky look:

- UDPP Original
- Chandler all over the lid
- Tijuana in lightly on the outer third, heavily in the crease, and wrapped around the outer corner to the lower lash line
- Sand Timer to blend out the crease
- Forgiveness as a highlight on the browbone
- Puro Amor Black Autograph Eyeliner (included in the palette) along the upper lash line and the lower lash line
- Hourglass Film Noir mascara (my SIL also gave me Sephora's latest Lash Stash =P)

The palette came with a tiny sample of KVD's High Voltage Eye Primer, but I haven't tried it yet.

So far, I really like this palette - the shadows have a nice, smooth texture and they're nicely pigmented (except for maybe Sand Timer, but it's kind of a pale taupe, so maybe it just blends in with my skin). KVD's shadows can be hit and miss (I have the Kimberly Art of Elysium shadow quad, which is meh), so I'm pleased that this one so far is great. It's packaged in a sturdy metal case with gorgeous artwork, and comes with an eyeliner (as stated above), which is a great improvement on her previous palettes, which were in plastic and came with tiny unusable brushes. I can't wait to try out the other four shadows, the purples. I love purples :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012

I'm such a contrarian for waiting until January 2ND to post about the new year =P

2011 brought a lot of new experiences - new derby league, first time competing, first time at Rollercon (oh, you can BET there'll be more trips to Vegas!), etc, etc. I'm hoping to carry that on for the next year.

My primary goal is (of course) to finish my 30 Before 30 list. No easy feat, considering how I've only completed 13 as of this post (it'll be 14 after next weekend's photography class), and one of them is to complete a full marathon. But that's the biggest one - everything else is smaller (except maybe for the steeking one, since I'm nowhere near being done with that sweater). I have an additional 5 started/planned (as in, a concrete beginning or deadline). And all the other things are small - they can be completed over a weekend if I would stop messing around and DO it.

But that's the rub, isn't it? The list isn't just about what's on the list itself - it's about being able to set goals and to accomplish them. Much like new year's resolutions. It's about discipline and focus and time management. It's about commitment. It's also about learning new things.

So essentially, it's like my new year's resolutions are to develop discipline, gain focus, learn time management, stick to my commitments, and expand my horizons. But phrasing it that way is abstract and doomed to fail, so that's why my list has stuff like knit socks and find a beer I like =P

My other big goal (because having 17 other goals isn't enough) is to lose weight for good by developing healthy eating habits and keeping up a fitness regimen. I have successfully lost weight before, but wasn't so successful about keeping it off, and honestly? I'm tired of being fat. Not because I think I'm ugly and that fat is ugly, but because everything is harder when you're fat. It's harder to find cute clothes that fit. It's harder to run faster. If you knit like I do, you have to buy more yarn for yourself if you're a larger size than if you're knitting for your much smaller friend. (Don't laugh, I'm serious - if you're investing in expensive yarn, having to buy like FIVE more skeins of yarn is a big bummer! And don't even get me started about pattern designers who don't size their patterns past a 40" bust.) I haven't yet assessed whether having a fatter face means that you use up beauty products faster (more surface area?) but I wouldn't be surprised if that were true as well. It just sucks being fat.

I have the tools and resources to lose weight, but I lack the motivation and the discipline. I'm definitely an emotional eater. Hell, I'm an emotional EVERYTHING - eater, knitter, sleeper, compulsive spender, you name it. I'm just emotional. Plus, I just LOVE food. I love things that taste good and I like to try different things. I walk around in life asking God why the hell he invented honey-lavender gelato if we're supposed to make healthy choices. (Okay, not really. But honey-lavender gelato is actually really, REALLY good.)

So I'll have a hard time of it. But I'm lucky that I do have a body that responds well to diet and exercise. I put on muscle easily, and every time I start watching what I eat (through Weight Watchers), the scale budges easily (at least, at first - I never stick with it long enough to plateau).

That's about it. Those are my plans for the year, and I look forward to sharing my results with you here on this blog.

Pause and reflect

I haven't written a blog post in almost a year. I've had a lot of stuff happen, some good and some bad, and I could've written a...