Try It Tuesday

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Y’all. This declutter challenge is out to get me. Seriously. I’m starting to think that this challenge was not made for people with kids. I’ve been so behind on the daily cleaning goals for this thing! Last week was okay-ish because I had actually done some purging a while back to get ready for a garage sale I’m having. Plus, I like to get rid of things before the kids’ birthdays and Christmas, so some areas of the house have been decluttered.

Day Eight 

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Today’s challenge was to discard old books. I’d already gone through the kids’ books and tossed any that were torn beyond repair or donated any that Huff the Tot deemed “too scary”. I’m still working on Huff the Hubs’ collection of how to draw manga books, *eye roll*. (He works full-time, is married to me, and we have two kids. When does this guy think he’s ever going to have time to draw?!)

 

Day Nine

Today’s task was one I was waiting for: clean out your wallet. I had more receipts than Kim Kardashian had against Taylor Swift!

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I seriously had target receipts from December of last year! This was an easy one!

 

Day Ten

Cleaning out my purse wasn’t as magical as cleaning out my wallet. I typically throw my wallet into a “mom bag” full of diapers, board books, and coloring pages so my purse was pretty much clean already!

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Day Eleven

Y’all, my makeup drawer is ridiculous. Not because I necessarily have a lot of stuff, but because of how long I’ve had certain pieces of makeup.

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Those three foundations? Yeah, I’ve had those since my wedding SEVEN YEARS AGO. Probably the last time I ever wore it as well. I bought three beforehand so I could test out which one worked best, in case you’re wondering. Also, those lipsticks? I *maybe* have worn them each ONE time. A few I also bought during engagement pictures/wedding time. (If you’re curious about how long to keep makeup, I found this helpful article here!)

 

Days Twelve to Fourteen

Thankfully, I had recently cleaned out mine and Huff the Hub’s shower, bathroom cabinets, and also went through my old shoes. So I gave myself a pass on those days!

 

How are you doing on your decluttering? Any tips you’ve learned along the way? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Ah, Friday, the best day of the week. What? You say Saturday is the best day? No way, pal. Saturdays don’t bring a blog post all about your favorite fandom finds, that’s reserved for Friday! And today’s Fan Girl Friday is oh-so-magical! That’s right; I’ve found tons of Harry Potter-themed goodies to make you giddier than a Weasley Wizard Wheezes Love Potion!

 

Last Christmas, Huff the Hubs and I got some of our peeps a subscription to Loot Crate. I think they were pretty much the best gifts EVAH! A box of geeky goodies delivered RIGHT to your door?! Yes, please! LC has a ton of crates to choose from for every fan out there. And NOW they’ve finally added a Harry Potter one!

loot-crate-hpThe crates are delivered every two months and are packed to the brim with exclusive and officially licensed Harry Potter gear! Click hereClick here for more details on prices and what’s inside!

 

JK Rowling is not only an amazing writer, but she is incredibly loyal to her fans. She knows that, even thought Harry is grown with kids of his own, we’re still chomping at the bit for any kind of wizarding world news. This week on Pottermoe, JK announced more information about wizarding history in America and the magical ruling body–The Magical Congress of the United States of America–MACUSA, for short.

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Here’s a little tidbit:

“America remained one of the most hostile environments for magical people, mainly because of Scourer descendants who had vanished permanently into the No-Maj community and who kept suspicion of magic alive. Unlike most Western countries, there was no cooperation between the No-Maj government and MACUSA….

It was in Washington that President Elizabeth McGilliguddy presided over the infamous ‘Country or Kind?’ debate of 1777. Thousands of witches and wizards from all over America descended upon MACUSA to attend this extraordinary meeting, for which the Great Meeting Chamber had to be magically enlarged. The issue for discussion was: did the magical community owe their highest allegiance to the country in which they had made their homes, or to the global underground wizarding community? Were they morally obliged to join American No-Majs in their fight for liberation from the British Muggles? Or was this, simply put, not their fight?

The arguments for and against intervention were protracted and the fight became vicious. Pro-interventionists argued that they might be able to save lives; anti-interventionists that wizards risked their own security by revealing themselves in battle. Messengers were sent to the Ministry of Magic in London to ask whether they intended to fight. A four-word message returned: ‘Sitting this one out.’ McGilliguddy’s famous response was even shorter: ‘Mind you do.’ While officially the American witches and wizards did not engage in battle, unofficially there were many instances of intervention to protect No-Maj neighbours and the wizarding community celebrated Independence Day along with the rest of American society – although not necessarily alongside them.

One of the most significant American magical laws was created in 1790, when MACUSA approved an edict to enforce total segregation of the wizarding and No-Maj communities. Rappaport’s Law, named after then-President Emily Rappaport, was created as a result of one of the worst breaches of the International Statute of Secrecy ever known, a breach in which the daughter of Rappaport’s Keeper of Treasure and Dragots and a Scourer descendant almost exposed the existence of magic worldwide. With the passing of Rappaport’s Law, intermarriage and even friendship between wizards and No-Majs became illegal in the United States.”

Read the full story here!

 

I don’t really wear too much makeup. And, to be honest, I don’t really spend a lot of money on my makeup (Hello, ELF!) But if this Reddit dream became a reality, I’d totes drop the Sickles for it!

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The Reddit user, Spellsandstars, says that while these were just a fun little craft to throw together, that she’s starting to think about making them a reality! I may have to watch some of her makeup tutorials, though, because this momma barely knows how to apply eyeliner!

 

Have something you want featured on Fan Girl Friday? Hit me up on Twitter @thehuffmanpost!

 

Happy fangirling!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, fangirls and fanboys! Now that I’m feeling better, I’ve found some awesomely nerdy novelties to make your weekend start off with a squee!

 

Cover Girl has announced that it will be releasing a Star Wars-inspired line exclusively for The Force Awakens!

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Their limited edition mascaras, lipsticks, and nail polishes hit stores on September 4, 2015! Check out their Tumblr page for more info!

 

 

Y’all, Hot Topic has been getting my money so much lately, I’m pretty sure I pay the light bill there. And they’re about to get some more! Show the world how much you and your Whovian bestie mean to each other with this!

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This necklace is a Hot Topic exclusive and is absolutely a-DORK-able! (Bestie, I know you’re reading this, but try to forget you saw this until Christmastime, mmkay?)

 

 

There’s been a slight chill air lately in Oklahoma (I mean, the temperature was BELOW 85! Its basically winter up in the place!) and I’ve been thinking about cold-weather clothing. Thankfully, Think Geek has my back with a geeky, cozy sweater:

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Seriously, I’m totally about rocking this bad boy when I go see The Force Awakens this winter! (Besides, it’s much warmer than a Princess Leia costume!)

 

 

Y’all, last week was brutal. What with me having a stomach virus ON TOP of morning sickness, Huff the Hubs really earned his stripes in taking care of me and Huff the Babe. He has truly been my hero! And, to show him how awesome he’s been, I think I may send him this:

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This way, he can totally feel like the hero he is! (And look totally ripped without having to work out, ha!)

 

 

Happy fangirling!

Try It Tuesday

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Y’all, being a mom can really change your appearance. We all know that pregnancy totally changes your shape (and center of gravity) and you can also get lovely stretch marks the punctuate your thighs, butt, and boobs. But another trademark sign of a mom (or a teacher, ha!) are those black circles under our eyes.

I’ve been looking for a way to get rid of them–very unsuccessfully. Concealer isn’t the best cover up and my foundation still lets some circles peep through. I came across a very interesting video with an unconventional way to reduce dark circles:

I wanted to see if it worked, so I thought I’d try it out!

Here’s my before pic:

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Hashtag, no filter. And no makeup.

I used NYC lipstick in Ruby (I didn’t choose this for any particular reason; it was cheap and red. I wasn’t about to drop a crazy amount of cash on a lipstick I may not use more than once).

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First, I applied some lipstick under my eyes:

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Not gonna lie. I felt a little like William Wallace. It made me want to give a battle cry in a Scottish brogue. Anyway, moving on…

Next, I blended it in with a foundation brush:

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After that, I went through my makeup routine, as per ush. (Which includes this concealer, this foundation, and this bronzer.)

When I finished, I looked like this:

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True, my under eyes are a little puffy, but that’s from weight fluctuations. But I think the dark circles were pretty covered! What do you think? Here’s a side-by-side for a better comparison:

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Have you ever tried anything like this? What were your results? Did you like it? Do you have any tips for cover under eye circles?

Try It Tuesday

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Soon after Huff the Babe was born, I started a new makeup routine I found on Pinterest. Sidebar: its awesome, simple, and I LURVES it! But, I’ve been noticing that my skin isn’t as fresh as it used to be. Especially now, with the cold winter drying out my face and the lack of vitamin D (due to it being colder than Elsa’s hands outside) I realized I needed to start using a foundation to even my skin tone and just help my skin look more luminous. I didn’t know where to start, so I thought I’d do a head-to-head challenge with some of the highest-rated drugstore foundations.

 

Here are the four foundations I tried:

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Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

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Price: $12.98

Pros:

  • Went on smooth
  • Lasted all day
  • Many shades

Cons:

  • After I put it on, it was sort of cakey and powdery
  • A little dry

 

L’oreal True Match

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Price: $7.97

Pros:

  • Light, not cakey
  • Basically fragrance free (I don’t like foundation with a strong smell)
  • Wide selection of tones

Cons:

  • Didn’t really give me the coverage or skin correcting I was hoping for. I still felt like I could see my dark circles and uneven skin tone areas.

 

Rimmel London BB Cream Matte Beauty Balm

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Price: $6.47

Pros:

  • Fragrance free
  • Blended well
  • Light
  • Stayed on all day
  • Great coverage

Cons:

  • The ONLY con I have (and trust me, I had to really search for one) was that there are not a lot of colors to choose from, which may be frustrating for some harder-to-match skin tones.

 

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

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Price: $7.44

Pros:

  • Went on smooth
  • Light, not a heavy coverage

Cons:

  • Did not cover dark circles AT ALL

 

 

The winner? Hands down, Rimmel London’s BB Cream! Not only is it reasonably priced, but it works BEAUTIFULLY! I absolutely loved it!

 

What foundation do you use? Do you even use foundation?

Writer Wednesday

Typically on Writer Wednesdays, I like to share a short story, a journal entry, or some general help for writers out there.

Today, though, I wanted to write–well, rant— about something different.

Monday night, Huff the Hubs and I were sitting in the living room, watching The Voice (btw, I’m really digging the new energy Pharrel and Gwen Stefani are bringing to that show). During one of the commercial breaks, there was a short ad for the makeup line, Wet n Wild.

As most of us ladies know, that is one of the cheaper brands of makeup/one of the first cosmetics we ever bought as teens with our own money because we could actually afford the $1.50 mascara and $2.00 lip gloss. (LipSmackers was for the wealthy.)

As I watched the commercial, my first thought was: “Oh wow! Wet n Wild is finally doing commercials! I’ve never seen a commercial for them before!”

Then, as the ad played on, I started to get angry.

Why?

First, the ad starts out with young women wearing skin-tight pleather outfits, clearly in a club. Now, when I was younger, WnW was seen as tween/teen line. That was the makeup before you got older and wised up that other brands were better. So I cringed at the thought of 12 and 13-year old’s seeing this commercial and thinking, “Oh, I want to look like that!”

Then, the commercial continues and we see Girl A looking at Girl B enviously. Girl A starts to do her makeup exactly like Girl B to which Girl B loses her cool and starts fighting with Girl A.

I felt as though this commercial was saying: “Compare yourself to others and try to be EXACTLY like them” as well as “If someone tries to be like you/steal your look, slap them with your purse and start a fight for no good reason because they’re not worthy.”

The ad continued with similar circumstances until it finally came to an end, being replaced by a toilet paper commercial and leaving me with my mouth open and eyes wide.

I don’t know if its my new child-centric brain that I’ve acquired since I had a child, or the fact that I’m still all fired up from Emma Watson’s speech at the UN yesterday, but I feel as though this commercial (among many) is sending the absolute WRONG message to our girls. I’m not calling for a boycott of the products or anything like that. I’m all for the free market and the right to advertise your business. However, I feel as though commercials and advertisements like these are setting us back as a society.

Have you seen the commercial?

Watch the commercial below and give me your take:

 

What do you think?