Life This Week

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  • As you can imagine, this week (and last) has been full of puppy. Having a young puppy (just over 10 weeks old now) is a lot of work. But, last week was an emotionally rough one for me. Twilight has been a welcome distraction and good therapy. For a small puppy, she’s relatively easy, and lets us sleep about 7 hours straight.
  • Does anyone else have so many blogs in their reader it’s actually overwhelming? I’ve been so behind on commenting on blogs, I’m pretty sure I’m not actually ever going to catch up. Sometimes you just have to mark all as read and start over.
  • As you probably know, I play trivia once or twice every week. This week, we only had a team of three, we had to do “lightning rounds”, and the bar was full of screaming sportsball fans, but we still managed to win first place! It’s the first time we’ve won first in quite awhile, so we were excited.
  • I was kind of disappointed in the finale of Dancing With the Stars. I felt at first like I was okay with whoever won, but then I was kind of sad Riker didn’t win. I just thought he did an outstanding job every single time.
  • This weekend, Tim and I are leaving for a family trip to the beach! I’ll be sad to leave Twilight, and I’m sure she’ll grow twice as big while we’re gone, but we have some awesome house & pet sitters.
  • Tuesday is the next Blogger Men Tell All! Take a few minutes this weekend and play “would you rather” with your man, and link up the answers in a few days!

In case you missed it:
Too Faced Sugar Pop + Giveaway
Do Haters Really Hate?
Blogger Men Tell All: May Questions
May 2015 Birchbox vs. Ipsy
The Bachelorette Premiere: First Impressions

Favorites this week:
Simple Instagram Tips – Love the Here and Now
Why You Should Participate in Twitter Chats – Sage the Blog
“We Bought a Zoo” – The Rambling Llama

P.S. I loved Cassie’s post on Twitter chats (and unfortunately I couldn’t make this week’s). What are you favorite Twitter chats, and when do they happen?

Linking up with All the Joys for Blogger Love

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The Bachelorette Premiere: First Impressions

I’ve never watched The Bachelorette before this week. Just a few months ago, I watched The Bachelor for the first time since season one or two (onion girl got me hooked this year). But then I got to know Britt and Kaitlyn, and I realized I had to watch The Bachelorette (and Bachelor in Paradise #teamonion)!

Of course, the second Chris sent her home, I wanted Kaitlyn to be the next bachelorette. She’s much more fun than Britt, in my opinion, and her laugh makes me laugh. While I understood the reason ABC decided to let the men decide between the two women — they wanted both #teambritt and #teamkaitlyn viewers to tune in — it didn’t sit too well with me. This feeling was only amplified during the premiere.


Let me backtrack a little. I mentioned I watched the first season or two of The Bachelor. It was back in the day where reality TV wasn’t quite as common; it was still somewhat new to network television, and the whole idea of the show was kind of scandalous.

I don’t remember anything — not the people, the dates, or even Chris Harrison. I only remember being appalled knowing this random guy was probably (heavily implied, at least) sleeping with multiple women, and the women were still competing for him. Obviously, I was pretty young at the time, but that particular thing still doesn’t sit well with me about the show. I just now know the women who choose to go on there know what they’re getting themselves into.

But The Bachelorette (usually) places the “power” in the woman’s hands. The previously rejected woman gets a second chance, and the tables are turned. She sends the guys home. She calls the shots. It’s the entire premise of this show.

So this isn’t really about feminism for me — although it could easily be — it’s more that ABC has taken away an awesome part of this season. The first night we see both Kaitlyn and Britt feeling uneasy, jealous (although I firmly believe that is largely due to editing and production), and worried about going home again. It’s just not how our bachelorette is supposed to feel, or how any bachelorette in past seasons have felt.


And then it gets worse. We overhear the chitchat of the men in the house. “I’m all for Britt!” The men are comparing the two women, and the power is in their collective hands again. This also leaves me wondering if some of the men here for one woman will even want to stick around if she is sent home — basically, we know from the get-go half the guys will be faking it. As if that’s not bad enough, some drunkard (sorry, “Ryan M.”) slaps Kaitlyn’s butt. The men go into a room, one by one, and place a rose in the box below the picture they like the best (or which box is “pulsating” with energy… GAG). So now we have two bachelorettes, neither powerful, both objectified.

Luckily, Ryan M., the biggest douche of all, was asked to leave. The producers kept him on just long enough to start some drama and allow them to get some footage of him in his speedo.


Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy reality TV and all its flaws like anyone else, and I’m sure I will enjoy the rest of this season now that the power has shifted back to its rightful place. I’m just irritated we had to start off this way. Do better, ABC.

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May 2015 Birchbox vs. Ipsy

This was totally going to be a video post, but sometimes technical difficulties/dark storm clouds/lack of lighting get in the way. I’m working on it.



At first glance, I wasn’t impressed with this bag. The bag itself is clever, but not my favorite material (if any makeup gets on that, it’s not coming out).

Style Me Hair Oil  from Balanced Guru – I’m really tired of getting hair oil in these bags and boxes. How much hair oil do I need? Does everyone use hair oil? I’ll probably be passing this along because my scalp is sensitive.

Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Brown Sugar – The description says matte brown, but this is more of a rusty brown, a color I’m not so sure I can pull off. I’m not the biggest fan of loose pigments, because of their messiness, but this one is very pigmented.

NUXE Rêve de Miel® Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel – I’m sure this works well, but I think the smell of it is a deal-breaker for me.

Chella Eyebrow Color Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe – As a brunette, I’ve spent way too much time searching for an eyebrow product that wasn’t red-toned, so I was pretty impressed with this taupe color. Maybe I’ll save it for when my Brow Wiz runs out.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss – This makes the bag for me. UD’s 24/7 liners cost $20 for .04 oz. This sample is .03 oz, and it’s a clear lip liner — something I’ve been planning on purchasing anyway. I do kind of wish the lipgloss samples were in better packaging, but I’m excited to be able to try them out.



This month’s box is promoting Emily Schuman’s book, Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home.

Coast Scents Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad – I’ve heard a lot about this palette, so it’s pretty cool to be able to try out a few of the colors. They’re well pigmented, go on smooth, and the palette is priced well.

Harvey Prince Sincerely – It smells good, and that’s what matters, right? I love getting perfume samples in my boxes.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream – Just about every time I get a BB or CC cream or concealer in a subscription box, it’s way too dark, but this one actually might be an okay match. It has SPF 30, so it will be good for my beach trip, BUUUT the smell is holding me back from putting it on my face. It smells almost… sour.

Noabay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer – It doesn’t look or feel to be anything special, but moisturizer is good.

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect – This is basically a leave-in conditioner that claims to strengthen hair. I like leave-in conditioners, so I’m excited to try this one out.


So, who “won” this month? I’m not sure. I feel like Birchbox gave me a few more items to try out, but Ipsy has two items I already know I’ll love. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?

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