Friday, January 24, 2014

Current Makeup Routine Products

I love makeup. Like, maybe too much. But I'm not a total makeup snob, so that's probably good. I have a good mix of expensive makeup and drug store brands -- it all just depends on what works and what fad I've fallen for recently. Today I want to show you all what I've been totally obsessed with lately.

Lately I've been trying to go for a less made-up look. (Isn't it funny that the expensive makeup is the one that makes you look like you're not wearing any?) 

Ulta Lip Crayon: This is the most amazing $4 lip stuff ever. I especially love this color -- it's a deep red. I've been trying to go for less eye makeup, so the darker lip really makes everything pop. Plus, if I don't have color on my lips I look like a ghost. I generally stay away from lip stick or anything that has to be reapplied a million times (except chapstick) or gets clumpy, so I go for stains and stuff like that. This lip crayon is awesome, and for $4, you can't beat it. I also love Ulta's Double Duty lip stain and balm, but I'll save that for another post. 

Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer: It's a little pricey at $20, but it's worth the splurge. It lasts forever, so it doesn't really feel like you're spending so much. I use Light 2, which has a yellow tint, because my skin has red undertones (dang Irish skin and freckles). I don't use a brush to apply this; I just use my finger. Works like a charm. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics: I know. I really didn't want to fall for it, but I did. I don't even regret it. It looks so natural, and I love that it's matte. Shimmery eyeshadow gets old after a while. 

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner: I actually bought this on accident, but it's been a great addition to my routine. I use the Cocoa color and it's so light, but still adds a little something to make my eyes stand out. And with the matte eyeshadow it just looks so natural. It's the kind that you twist, but it also comes with a pop-out sharpener for when you just need that pointy line. No complaints here! 

Baby Lips Chap Stick: The cherry and grape are my favorites because they have such great color. The purple looks a little scary at first, but it's pretty sheer. This stuff stays on forever (but of course I reapply every 5 minutes just because), and the tube lasts for months! Between this stuff and eos, I don't think I'll ever need another brand of chap stick. I also like to apply this underneath the Ulta lip crayon so it glides on smoother and doesn't clump, and then again on top to add shine.

And I also should mention that I never leave the house without putting on Great Lash mascara, but I professed for my love for that already

I love hearing about what everyone's using, so feel free to share. Or if you have any recommendations I'll always take those! A girl can never have too much makeup!  

**This is not a sponsored post. These companies do not know I'm writing this post. All of these opinions are my own and I just really love these products. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

IKEA Furniture is the Worst... and the Best

Does putting together IKEA furniture make anyone else rip their hair out?

That's a stupid question. It makes everyone want to rip their hair out. Last week I finally decided to start putting together the desk I bought a month ago. I kept seeing this corner desk every time I went to IKEA and I knew I had to have it. I had a really small corner desk before, but I couldn't even use it because it was so cramped. This new desk had SO MUCH SPACE! So I got a gift card for Christmas, specifically to go buy this desk. Win!

Erich usually puts my furniture together for me, but he had been so busy and I decided I just couldn't wait for him to get around to it. Well... fail. I put together three pieces before realizing I put them together backwards, so then I just gave up.

Our living room floor looked like this for almost a week:

It got worse after this picture. It spread to cover the WHOLE living room floor.

Nothing can put me on the verge of tears quite like IKEA furniture. Ugh. Anyway, Erich finally made the time to help me with this (read: do it for me), and it got done over the course of two days. But I helped a little! And I got to use a drill! 

Just a girl and her power tools, which leads to a finished desk! 
I'm happy to say that putting this together prooooobably only took about 4-ish hours total (after we got the mess cleaned up from our living room). I posted the finished product on Instagram, and it's been one of my most-liked photos. I guess I did a pretty good job. 

Because pretty. 
So basically... IKEA furniture is the worst, but it always ends up working out. Now we just have to never move out of this apartment. Ever.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Hey everyone! I've been gone from blog world for a bit, so I thought I'd hop back on board by co-hosting a giveaway with Leanne! Her own words about this giveaway are below:

This has been an amazing, fun year! I started blogging because I was lonely, honestly. I was in the middle of starting an Etsy business and I got involved with some social media outlets and noticed a lot of people also blogged. The idea of building a community of friends like me got me so excited I couldn't wait to get going! I was very impatient and wanted everything to flourish right away. 

My first blogging name was the name of my business, "Top This by Leanne". That name gained a lot of followers and I had a wonderful time interacting with all of you! I got so sick with my pregnancy in 2013 that I took a break until I could focus on my blog more. When I came back after a couple of months I had decided not to continue my crocheting business because I just didn't have the time. Between school, work, motherhood, wifeyhood, and being a human being, there wasn't time to work on lengthy projects. I could barely write a blog post! I then decided that since my business was no longer, I should change my blog name so that it had a meaning. I went with "Sock Monkey Momma". Initially I adored it and thought it encompassed everything I was and wrote about. 

As time went on I realized it didn't have the class that I wanted to emanate from my blog. It didn't sound versatile enough to last me years and years, and to reach a variety of people like I intended to. Yes, I am a mother, but I hope to be even more than that in my daily life and blog voice. 

Hence, "Being Jane" was born. I think I am happy now! I have a huge passion for Jane Austen novels/films and thoroughly enjoy any book or movie from that time period. I mean, my girls are named Emma Jane and Audrey Elizabeth. Just last week I noticed that their middle names are the two eldest daughters in Pride and Prejudice, and they have their coloring! This was done partially on purpose, but I didn't have any control over their coloring ;)

I hope you'll take a moment to look back on some of my favorite posts from this year!

Now please celebrate with me and enter my "One Year Blogoversary" giveaway below!
     I am SO excited to be able to team up with some great bloggy friends and bring the opportunity to win a $50 Starbucks gift card!! I mean, you can NEVER have too much Starbucks. Good luck!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Golden Moments

Well, let's start with the obvious:  it's a new year. January last year is when I decided I'd become a forreal blogger, and I have to admit I stuck with it longer than my track record suggested I would, but  not as long as I'd hoped to. Granted, I haven't completely given up on it -- I still come back every once in a while and post something.

I don't want to make myself any promises surrounding this blog because I know I'll only be disappointed in myself when I break them. So I will say that I'll try to come back to this space every now and again and update my readers (I mean, if I even still have any...) on my life.

With the start of a new year comes many changes. It's only January 12th and I've already made new friends, traveled a bit, and started a Master's program. I'm just gonna assume that things will only get crazier from here on out. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I need to take active steps to keep myself happy and grounded amidst the mania this year.

When I was younger, as you may or may not know, my dad died. It was a hard time for my mom and me -- I'm an only child. What we started doing was keeping a "happiness journal." The goal was to write three things every day (give or take) that made you happy or smile, or good things that happened to you that day. We did this for a little over a year. (Let me just tell you how entertaining it is to go back to that journal and read all about what makes an 8-year-old happy.) I want to start this habit again. It's always nice to reflect on good things that happen because it's so easy to get caught up in drama and let the little things get to you. I'll be real here; I'm not trying to keep myself out of the drama and I'm not promising to not get caught up in at least once in a while, because that's nearly impossible. I just want to have something to reflect on to remind me how great my life is, even when it's just the little things that bring a smile to my face.

I encourage everyone to join me on this if only because it will make us happier people. (And happy people just don't shoot their husbands.)

I bought a notebook from Target -- because where else? -- and that's where I'm going to keep my notes.  I was inspired to call them golden moments because the notebook is gold and white stripes. How perfect, right?
I obviously chose the one far left.  :) 
This won't necessarily be an every day thing. I'm totally expecting to fall off the wagon a few times, but I do plan to carry the notebook with me everywhere so as soon as something awesome happens I can write it down. If you do something similar to this, or want to join me in my personal "challenge" I'd love to hear from you. Comment, email, whatever. If you have an idea you'd like to share, don't hesitate! This is a really personal thing for me, but I'm happy to be sharing it with all of you. I think we could all use a little inspiration now and again, especially when it comes to reminding ourselves how great life really is.