The Great Mascara Dilemma

So, I promised the return of some beauty and fashion posts a couple weeks ago and here one finally is! Like every single woman in the history of the world, I want eyelashes that seem to only be granted to men and cows. I am also not willing to risk my baby blues to eyelash prescription growth serums and nobody has time to put falsies on every morning. Hence the dilemma. I went on a shopping cleanse post Christmas until recently and had therefore run out of a lot of my beauty products. I was on a mission to get the eyelashes I wanted, come hell or high water. I finally came to terms that it was going to be a multi-step process. Unless you're blessed with long, thick lashes that curl naturally and can just throw on a coat of mascara to enhance that, this is what you have to resign yourself to.

You'll need an eyelash curler, a primer, and two to three mascaras. The eyelash curler, obviously, gives you the curl, the primer makes your lashes thicker and longer before you even put mascara on, and then the mascaras...I have noticed that no mascara truly accomplishes everything, so I like to choose two or three that can spilt the jobs I expect them to do between themselves. This is mainly because different shaped brushes do different things. I choose one that lengths and defines like a champ, and another that thickens and adds drama and curl. Oh, and a final tip, getting rid of any clumps and separating them perfectly requires another tool that I've hardly used till now and is way safer than a safety pin!

The Great Mascara Dilemma

  • The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is considered the best of the best. One size does not fit all with eyelash curlers though, so find the one that fits your eye shape as that will be what gives you the best curl. Also, curling in three different places, at the base, middle, and at the tips of your lashes will take it to the next level. Honestly, I could write a whole post of eyelash curling alone!
  • Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum "primes, plumps, and lengthens" and "promotes longterm lash growth, strength, and vitality". It really makes all the difference, my friends.
  • For volume I like Diorshow, Benefit BadGal Lash, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Carbon Black, and L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.
  • For length, something that seems trickier because it can easily turn into spindly spider leg lashes, my only two favorites as of right now are Benefit They're Real! and L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black.
  • This isn't always necessary, but I have Clinique Bottom Lash for getting into those corners or when I put mascara on my bottom lashes.
  • Finish off with an eyebrow/eyelash brush like Makeup Forever Eyelash Comb and Brush. It will really get rid of any clumps, take off excess product, and fix lashes going in the wrong direction, so while they still look luscious and dramatic, they'll look natural too.

I should note that I am still in the process of narrowing down my favorite volumizing and lengthening mascaras. That is again, a whole other post. This is more about the technique to get your lashes looking their best once you have found your favorites. These mascaras though I do recommend, but I'm still looking for the holy grail.

That is all folks! Trust me, there will be a post when I find my ultimate mascara cocktail combo extravaganza. And I am sorry for being absent for so long and will try to get back to posting at least once a week!
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Emma Approved is Danie Approved

Monday has surprisingly become one of my favorite days of the week and I am here to tell you why. I promise there will finally be some fashion and beauty posts after this, but first I have to get real about an addiction of mine. After reading all of the Jane Austen novels and watching all the adaptations {multiple times}, I was at a loss of how to keep scratching my Austen itch. I've branched out and watched Lost in Austen, as well as Becoming Jane {controversial} and Austenland, but I needed more. While searching for this elusive "more" {I was convinced there was some adaptation I hadn't seen yet and I was starting to consider books written by other authors continuing or doing another version of Austen's novels}, The Lizzie Bennet Dairies kept popping up on my radar. Youtube videos? How was three to seven minutes ever going to satisfy me?! But it did. Oh, boy, did it ever. I soon discovered Emma Approved after I swallowed The Lizzie Bennet Dairies whole and this time I was right at the beginning! Well, almost. I still had some catching up to do, but at least I wasn't over a year late to the party this time. Part of me wishes I hadn't discovered it till after it was over because I think I love Emma Approved even more than I loved LBD and having to wait for each new episode {Mondays and Tuesdays, 12 pm for us EST folks} is torture. BUT, on the bright side I get to be apart of the immersive and interactive side of the series. There is a fashion/advice blog, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter accounts for all the characters, and they have question and answer videos with the characters from the series. I have now developed a major crush on Alex Knightley/Brent Bailey {I totally run to the TV if I hear his Microsoft commercial on, no shame} and want to be Emma Woodhouse/Joanna Sotomura. Anyone who can wink and gesticulate that much and only become more adorable instead of annoying is my hero. I also would not mind in the least having her hair and wardrobe. I honestly could go on about all the characters, but you have to watch for yourself - some of the Harriet Smith and Robert Martin moments are just too good, I am so glad they get a little more action here than in the book or any adaptation.

So, hence the loving Mondays now {and Thursdays}. I felt like it was my duty to share to the world this awesome series before you all miss out on half of the fun, like I did with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Here's an idea! You can watch LBD in between waiting for new episodes for Emma Approved! Now that, is pure genius, if I do say so myself.


Links I Love

What a week. Normally a busy week followed by a busy weekend would equal a very grumpy and unmotivated Danie, but that is why the quote above rings true. I just decided not to care that I didn't get much downtime and move on. Monday was work and then out to dinner with my grandpa for my mother's birthday, Tuesday was my mother's actual birthday so after work and getting my hair done {a blonder, higher up ombré - which is actually just a way to not have to get my roots done all the time but still have highlights breaking up my natural color} I met my mother for dinner and drinks...and with losing an hour springing forward this week, I was feeling more tired than usual. During the rest of the week I also got it into my head that maybe I should go a little bit blonder so I ended up going in at 9 am on my only day to sleep in before my weekend away with my mother for her birthday. We went to one of those movie theaters you can get alcoholic beverages and then went out to dinner at this really old and authentic Italian place where my mother proceeded to get a whole glass of wine spilled on her lap! Thank goodness it was white and we got a free dessert out of it...the last thing we needed after that extremely decadent dinner, haha. Oh, and we witnessed a guy on crutches get knocked flat on his back by some a-hole. Pretty exciting night by our standards! The next day we went to brunch and the art museum and I got to come home to a freshly groomed Eloise. Who knew she was even cuter underneath all that hair? But anyway, the purpose of this blog post is to share some of my favorite links lately, and boy, I think this is a pretty good roundup if I do say so myself.

How Much My Novel Cost Me was a chilling and enlightening read for me. While I'd love to think I wouldn't handle things this way, I understand the slippery slope she was on and the mindset she was in. Unfortunately, hindsight really is 20/20.

The Five Love Languages is this idea that each person feels loved in different ways {and they usually show love through the way that they feel loved}. Some people feel loved through touch, others gifts, or acts of service. I've taken the test multiple times and always get words of affirmation and quality time as my two highest - sometimes one is higher than the other, sometimes they are tied. Why I think this is important and not just another silly quiz is because there are many times in relationships with your family, friends, or significant other where acknowledging this difference could make all the difference. Touch was usually the lowest for me, so if I started dating someone who showed love and affection through touch and that was how they felt loved, I would actually feel incredibly uncomfortable and maybe even wonder how he felt about me even though he was clearly showing it in his way. I'd make everyone I know that this quiz if I could.

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime As an avid traveler, this was a great list to incite more wanderlust!

I am obsessed with the Olsen twins, the result of being a child of the nineties and a lover of fashion, so this article on How to Master The Olsens Look is both a godsend and hilarious because someone finally did what everyone was thinking {I'd love a series on different style icons, like how to master Alexa Chung's look, etc.!}. How do these two always look so done and undone at the same time? It is mind boggling how perfect their skin and eyebrows always look and they've definitely wrote the book on the perfect beachy waves.

The Reluctant Father. This is straight up realness and it is awesome. 

Ten Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets I love this list - again, another example of no ordinary quiz or list found all over the internet these days. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to acknowledge these things. It struck me the other day how much I worry, from the little things to the big things, but for all my worry, the idea that I will die one day and should live each day to the fullest doesn't occur to me, I just continue worrying. It is a habit I would like to break. As much as we are an instantaneous, now culture {instant updates on Facebook when checking in somewhere, live tweeting everything, Instagramming photos of your night out with friends in real time, online shopping with overnight delivery, etc.}, I think we are also the five year, ten year planners, the high school students who joined certain clubs to get into the right college, the college students who were already sure of their major to be on the right track for grad school, waiting a year to get engaged and another year to get married and two years to have children, planning to finally move after x amount of money is saved and that big promotion, and on and on. That is all good stuff. Plans are great, I loveee plans {to the annoyance of my friends, sorry guys!}, but all that planning and worrying takes a little away from living, don't you think?

Hope you enjoyed these and have a great week!
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Oscars 2014

I have to admit I'm kind of embarrassed it has been a week since the Oscars and I have not posted my favorite looks yet. Not that you were all holding your breath or anything, but the OCD side to me feels that since I did it for all the other award shows this year, I must obviously do it for the Oscars, cause it's like, kind of the biggest one of them all.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada perfection. I love that she chose a princess gown in a princessy blue and a princess headband because this was totally her princess moment. Though, I think she should have kept her hair fuller on the sides so the headband had something to be tucked into.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. I adore this ethereal look, she looks like some kind of forest goddess.

My girl Emma Watson is always on my best dressed list. I loved the shimmery top, I love her slightly messy updo, I love the smokey eye and red lip. She is wearing what everyone wants to be wearing.

Angela Jolie is gorgeous in this Elie Saab gown. The only thing is I feel like the sleeves are a little long and if the beading around her bust was slightly higher it wouldn't give a sagging effect.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu. No time like being pregnant to rock this shape gown. The slit, the color and sheen of the fabric, and the detail up top takes it to the next level for the Oscars. I'm also all about that dark lip, which adds just the right mix of vamp and sophistication. 

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra. No surprise here that I love this dress, right? Didn't think so.

Julia Roberts in Givenchy. Some thought this was underwhelming, considering she is Julia freaking Roberts and she was nominated. But it seems like a lot of the Oscar nominated ladies went for more understated looks, simply because that is their taste - Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams tend to veer towards the classics in simple colors like black, blue, red, etc. Anyway, back to Julia - I think it was Kelly Osbourne who suggested that the lace in between should have been taken away and instead made little lace cap sleeves, which I agree with, but thinks she looks beautiful and elegant either way.

Thank goodness I finally got this posted, though really it does not even matter anymore {sort of nuts since it was all anyone cared about weeks and months beforehand}, the OCD side to me can finally rest easy knowing everything is right and ordered in the world again. If only this were true for other areas in my life, like say, my bedroom.
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Dream Life

Coveting someone's life is not a good habit to get into, because it can soon go from inspiring and motivating to jealousy if left unchecked, but I think when you stumble upon someone who is so completely living what you hope to be your future life, you have to stop and take notice.

P.S. Who else is super excited for the Oscars tonight? Check out these two fun links, Oscars Night 2014 Astrology : Who Do The Stars Favor? and Every Best Actress Dress Since 1929!
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