The past week or so I haven’t felt like writing anything. My mind has been, well, blank. I haven’t really cooked anything lately. I haven’t gone anywhere extraordinary. I’ve mostly worked, and….existed? Call it a pre-summer restlessness.

Oh wait. I did finally get caught up on ‘Mad Men.’ I’m not going to lie to you, I did NOT like it at first. The first season seemed sooooo slow. And then suddenly, we were in the middle of Season 3 and watching 3 episodes a night. This season has been especially great.

Anyway, Mad Men aside, one other thing I have been doing is feeding my newest addiction. I call it the Walgreens-Target-CVS-who knew they had amazing stuff?- addiction. I know. What?

Let’s just say that I have always had a thing for makeup. I love it. Nothing makes me happier than a new lipgloss or nail polish. Give me an afternoon at Nordstrom and I won’t even make it past the Beauty department. Chanel, Nars, and Bobbi Brown have long been my brands of choice. However, in recent years I’ve been less and less satisfied with my regimen. This probably has to do with me not doing my homework, or not really sampling new products before I purchase them. I’ve been in a makeup rut.

The old standbys:

Unfortunately, in recent weeks I’ve been trying to seriously limit my discretionary spending. And let’s face it, I’m not dipping into my wine fund anytime soon. So I’ve been experimenting with drugstore makeup.

The verdict? Drugstore brands have come a loooong way since I first bought a Covergirl pressed powder. (You weren’t anyone in junior high unless you had that green compact!)

Some of my recent loot:

Some of them have been winners. Some have been ‘meh.’ I think I might go through my favorites in the next few weeks (and actually, the duds too). In the meantime, go get yourself some liquid eye liner by e.l.f. It’s an instant and cheap way ($1!!!) to channel your inner-Joan. And I think we can all agree that that’s a good thing.

p.s. if anyone has some recommendations, send them my way!

Maybe I’m A Ditz, But At Least I’m Happy

I would never describe myself as particularly “girly.” I would MUCH rather spend the evening watching hockey and drinking beer (go Coyotes!) than going dancing and sipping some fruity drinks. That said, I love clothes and I love makeup. Although I’ve had to remind myself of that lately.

It’s easy to get in a rut. Back in law school I ALWAYS took time for my hair and planning cute outfits. I took a lot of crap for that. A lot of people thought I was ditzy. And yah, sometimes I am. I’m definitely goofy and I do not take life seriously. But you know what? I felt good about myself, had fun, AND I got pretty good grades too. After law school however, I kind of lost that. My first job out of school had a starting time of around 6AM. I’m not a morning person and my routine quickly went from a full face of makeup and coordinated outfit to mascara and lipgloss and whatever was ironed/clean in my closet. It’s gotten better, but still.


So this month I’m making it a point to put a little effort into my appearance. It’s silly, but those 10 extra minutes make me feel like a million bucks. Coinciding with this effort I’m thinking of rolling out a new series of reviews on my favorite makeup products. I’m a beauty junkie, and I’ve tried ALOT, so why not share?

It’s okay if you think I’m a little ditzy. I probably am. But at least I’m happy!