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Sephora vs. Walmart* Concealer Smackdown. Benefit Boing vs. Hard Candy Glamoflauge

 

Italy. We have great food, amazing culture, beautiful countrysides, interesting history, and outstanding fashion. You’d think that we have it made.

Well, there had to be a trade off somewhere. We have the WORST skin. Any Italian can tell you that there is truth in the “greasy Italian” stereotype. Most people eventually grow out of acne. Italians don’t.

Therefore, I’ve become a concealer connoisseur. I’m also allergic to benzoyl peroxide so I can’t use the heavy duty acne medications or most of the over the counter stuff. If I don’t have concealer on, I will look like a 12 year old starting puberty.

Last March, I was in Sephora looking for the perfect concealer because I was going out on a date with a boy that I haven’t seen for years and well, I wanted to look pretty haha. First dates are a wonderful excuse to buy makeup! Next thing I know, this wonderful Sephora makeup artist sweeps me away into his chair and gives me a makeover. He noticed that my skin needs a heavy duty concealer, so he let me try out Benefit’s Boing, an industrial strength concealer.  I was impressed! Not only did it hide all of my flaws, but I did not have to re-apply the concealer for the whole day! Even though you only get 0.1 oz of product for $18, it lasted me from March to October. My only con is that it gives you a shine-y look if you wear it by itself. You will need a powder if you want a natural look.

Since my unemployment, I’ve been trying hard to save money and although it’s an amazing product, I couldn’t justify spending 20 bucks on concealer. So I was in Walmart* and I wanted to find a nice concealer under $10. I asked the attendant and she recommended Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge for $6. I was skeptical because I did not have a good experience with Hard Candy’s Baked Blush, I thought that product was very cake-y. However, I needed to buy something because I was out in Oneonta and I was getting ready to see a ton of people that I haven’t hung out with in so long. As soon as I walked out of Walmart*, I got in my car, flipped up my sun visor’s mirror and put it on. Just like Benefit’s Boing, a little bit of this goes a VERY long way. It has a very sticky texture and I was surprised because I found that I did not need to re-apply the whole day! Unlike Benefit’s Boing, you get 1.7 oz of product. My only con is that just like with Hard Candy’s Baked Blush, the product has a cake-y finish, so you will definitely need to apply a powder over it if you want a natural look. The pencil that it comes with is also useless.

In a perfect world, I would love to buy Benefit’s Boing. Until I have the budget to splurge on makeup again, I’m satisfied with Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge.

Also, if you’re like me and you’re allergic to benzoyl peroxide, I HIGHLY recommend Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick for $8. Whenever I feel a breakout coming on, I just glide the stick over the affected area and I wake up the next morning to find that my acne is healing. Yet I’m alarmed right now because I think Burt’s Bees discontinued the product! If you can find it, pick it up! It’s my little miracle worker!

 

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Scottish man slides down 1000 feet of mountain and lives to smile about it. Scotsman 1, Mountain 0.


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I really should watch Mad Men.

It honestly looks like a series I’d throughly enjoy!

But I don’t watch Mad Men.

Why?

I feel weird watching it without seeing the first season.

I hear all these great things about it.

I also want to see what was so great about Lost too.

Oh hey Albany Public Library…


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Decorating Your Bathroom: Part One of Many. (Quirky Shower Curtains Under $20)

I feel that sometimes we forget about decorating our bathrooms. I don’t understand why though. Admit it- we spend a good amount of our time in there. You might as well make it a fun space!

I find that shower curtains can either make or break a room. Why is this? I’ve seen way too many bathrooms that have the typical white or clear shower curtain and it gets boring after a while. One of the things that make me smile is whenever I walk into a bathroom and seeing a cool and quirky shower curtain in there. It’s a real conversation starter! You also don’t have to break the bank to get a cool shower curtain. I found a few on teh interwebz. 

I found these movie themed shower curtains on UncommonGoods.com. They are $16 each! You can choose from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Yellow Submarine, or Singing in the Rain! These are a steal and I want to collect them all!

Another movie themed shower curtain from UncommonGoods.com that is also $16. A must have for Hitchcock fans.

Here is a shower curtain from Target that has a Map of the World on it for $14.99. Unfortunately, Target is lame and won’t let me display the image here, so you’ll have to click this link to view it. One of the reviewers said that she learned all the countries that ended in “-stan” from this curtain. You could also play a game of Risk on this too.

Also from Tar-jay…a Dinosaur shower curtain for $19.99! rah, Rah, RAH, ROAR Dinosaur!

If you like Peanuts like me, you’ll love this shower curtain from Target that has a whole Snoopy comic strip on it for $19.99! 

This isn’t 20 bucks, it’s 38 but this is pretty sweet. It’s a DIY Shower Curtain kit from UncommonGoods.com. I figure this could be a fun project you could do with your roommate or your friends! 

Here is a Jolly Roger shower curtain from ThinkGeek.com for $15.99! Shower Faucet Spewing Out Rum not included. 


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asserting your independence.

There are many things that are racing through my brain right now. I feel like it’s the last week in July again, I was offered a job that I would be crazy to refuse, and I have to move to Potsdam in a week.

Everything about this situation is the same except we need to replace Potsdam with Albany. The campaign was sudden. This is sudden. Something that I didn’t plan for. Usually, when it comes to big life changes, I have a plan to execute. Hmm…maybe that’s the big lesson I’ve learned- there’s no such thing as a solid plan in this economy. Yet I know that in two months, I will find solace because everything will be figured out and normal but I know that the life that I want, ideally, is still a little ways away from me. I talked with one of my friends in Oneonta, he still has yet to clear it with his roommates, but he said that it would be fine for me to crash in Oneonta and commute to Albany on the days I have work. My dad offered to pay for a deposit and first month’s rent for me to move back into my old apartment building for two months until I move in with my friend in April. I am so touched by his offer but there’s no way in hell I’d ever let him do that for me. Would it be easier? Yes it would be. Would it also be a waste of money? In my eyes, yes. We’re talking $1300 here for deposit and first month’s rent because February is in 2 days. I could never allow him to do that. If he was to do that, let it be for the place I’d be living in for a year. Not for something so temporary. He also said I could stay in a hotel for the days I’d be interning and that he could help me out with that. On the days I’m not interning, I would move back home in Sullivan County.

Although my last apartment was nothing to write home about- the ceiling always leaked, a bird lived in the walls, there was always a mouse running around, my neighbors had legit bat nets (yes, the image in your head is right, they had fishing nets that they’d use for catching bats), for the most part I slept on an inflatable mattress, and the bathroom light blew out in April so I had to put an office lamp in there for light…I’d give anything to return to Apt. 5D again. It was a hole in the wall but it was my hole in the wall. It felt safe. I didn’t have to depend on ANYONE or ask favors from anyone while I was living there.

I’ve been depending on people since August. It won’t be until April that I will be independent again. I lived with my host family from August to November. I’ve been living with my parents since November. Now I find myself asking my friends for a really insane favor until I can get on my feet. 

It will only be like this for a short time. I have to remember that. I’ve been through tougher things. This will all be figured out. And come April 1st, I will be one happy Alex =D I will have my independence back. 


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Chapter Two of Life in Transit(ion): I have a job in Albany.

Through hell or high water, I will be an Albany resident by January. 

I wrote that back in November. For a long time, I thought that it was just a pipe dream. For those of you who read this journal (I hate the word “blog”), you have seen me struggle emotionally and hit new personal strides during my unemployment. 

Was this one of the worst things that happened to me? No. It wasn’t. Even when I when I couldn’t sleep, thought that I was unworthy of being hired, thought that I was stuck in Sullivan County for the rest of my life, saw my dog get run over, woke up one morning to find out that only hours of having such an amazing conversation… that someone I really cared about got into a lot of trouble, mutually ended a long distance relationship, saw two of my family members battle cancer, saw a family member get laid off, found out that my brother has this lump in his jaw and after a MRI and a CAT scan the doctors still don’t know what it is…we’ll find out on Wednesday about how to proceed, saw my social life die because I’m the only one left in the SC, kept in contact with the outside world through Facebook, twitter, and Tumblr, dealt with the insane bureaucracy that is NYS unemployment, and have someone tell me to my face while I was applying for a job “if you were so good, how come you’re laid off”…it still wasn’t the worst thing that happened to me.

Because from November 3rd to January 27th, I realized I am surrounded by so many people who love and care about me so much that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make me smile again. I don’t know what I did to deserve that, but jeepers thank you all so much. You all know who you are. Whether you let me kick back a couple of days to stay in your apartment, shared a beverage with me, found me a job, made me laugh, listened to me when I was sad…you all rock. I’m never going to forget that. 

I found love for Sullivan County again. I decided to go out and volunteer because it was better than staying home doing nothing. It was short but one of the best experiences of my life. 

Thank you everyone =D

Now you may be wondering about the new jay-oh-bee. I’m really excited. I’m interning at a lobbying firm in Albany! I really don’t care that it’s only 20 hours a week, I get paid well and seriously…I thought that the next job I was going to get was going to put my political career to a screeching halt because the market is D-E-A-D, DEAD. There is nothing better than getting paid to do something you’re passionate about because you’re willing to whatever it takes.

Even if you have NO idea what to do about your living situation. The next two months are going to be interesting, to say the least. In April, I plan to move in with one of my friends. We have our eyes on, what Craigslist makes it seem to be, an awesome apartment. I want to live with her, it will be an amazing time, and I hated living by myself. Not to mention- it’s a LOT cheaper. I can’t afford to live by myself. You see, I had no idea that I was going to get hired so quick and I would have been out of my mind to turn down the offer. Rest assured, things will be figured out. If I have to commute from home, I will. I don’t care about the money. If it has to be used as gas money, so be it, the internship means that much to me. 

I also have to find a part time job too. 

So yeah. Life’s going to be very interesting until April. It will all work out though.

I’m sure of it.

All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

-Conan O’Brien

Ever since I’ve lived by that, things have been good.


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Looking for a replacement for Robin.


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the dream apartment. part two of many. (windows)

The downside about renting an apartment or living in a college dorm is, more often than not, you can’t paint your room. Unless you decorate, you are stuck looking at the same white walls all day long. Personally, I can’t do that. I love color and whimsical decorations. As I mentioned before, I really couldn’t do a lot with my Albany apartment because I didn’t have the income to decorate, but next time around I really want to focus on that. My college dorm rooms always had decorations from wall to wall and I always thought that the RAs were going to call me out because in hindsight, it really was one big fire hazard. Then again, I think the kids who couldn’t properly cook popcorn were more of a danger to my residence hall than my tapestry could ever be. 

Although the economy isn’t doing anyone any favors, you can still shop around and draw some inspiration in order to find decorations that you’ll be happy with! 

This curtain is from Urban Outfitters and costs $32-38 (depending on your window size). If you want a pair, you’ll have to throw down $64-76. I absolutely adore these curtains but I also have to be realistic- I probably won’t be able to afford them just yet until I land myself a jay-oh-bee that will let me indulge a little bit. Sooooo…let’s continue on this journey.

These curtains are from Ikea and are $14.99 for the PAIR. The print is still whimsical and although they’re white…if I wanted them to be green, I could just buy some Rit Dye and upcycle them! 

(by the way, the Rit Dye website has an AWESOME color matching tool so you can achieve your perfect color). 

See! Although I love those curtains from Urban Outfitters, you just have to look around and even if it’s going to take a little elbow grease- you can still get what you want! If I got the pair of Urban Outfitters curtains, the bill would be an easy $64 bucks for the pair without tax. But! If I got the Ikea curtains, it’s $14.99 for the pair, $4 for the dye…and it comes to $18.99 without tax. You save $45.01!

You can now use that money on other things! 

Such as these adorable curtain tie backs from Urban Outfitters! They are 2 for $24 which is an AWESOME deal and looks so much better than anything you could have purchased from Ikea, Pottery Barn, or Crate and Barrel. 

So let’s see how we did here…the curtains from Urban Outfitters that I really wanted would have come to a total of $64-76 without tax. I already determined that the my curtain project would cost $18.99 without tax, which would save me $45.01. Now with these curtain tie backs, I still save $21.01! 

To top the whole window off, you can hang a mobile in the center of the curtain rod. Some say it’s a fire hazard, I say it’s charming. You can purchase this darling mobile from Etsy or make your own. I will probably be making my own- it’s just more fun that way =D

This is how we can still have nice things ;D


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Not going to lie, I’m in LOVE with the designs from this Etsy shop.

sarazucker:

etsy highlight: pretty penny designs

kelly massey, creator of this quirky line of screen-printed ponchos, leggings and scarves, started following me on twitter recently and we bonded instantly over our love for slouch socks (don’t judge us). not sold yet? her jersey-infused collection is comfortable and well-priced. see, i knew you’d like that.

for a limited time, enjoy 15% off with the promo code “farpitzspring”.