Product review: Full LashBloom Mascara

Monday, January 12, 2015

am a big fan of Influenster. If you've never heard of it, it's a company that sends you products in exchange for your reviews of the products every so often. 
A few weeks ago I got a #goBloom box to review Covergirl's new Full LashBloom Mascara. 

I'm super picky about mascara. There are only a few that I genuinely like and keep in my makeup drawer regularly. For me, mascara has to be a few things: smooth, light and easy to get off. I don't like mascara that clumps and chunks up my lashes or any that feels too heavy and unnatural. When I say easy to get off I don't mean mascara that wears off throughout the day or comes off if you accidentally run your eye. I like mascara that comes off easily with makeup remover. 
Before:

During: 

After: 

As you can see, it definitely plumped up my lashes with a nice, rich color. However, it did clump them. No matter how hard I brushed, rolled and even reapplied that clump would NOT go away. 
Overally, I did like the look it gave me. It was pretty casual and not too over the top. I would not recommend this to anyone who has issues with clumping though. It did remove easily with makeup remover though!

*I received this product complimentary to test and/or review from Influenster.

Conscious in 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, there's a good chance you saw this post from last week. In this particular post, I detailed a little bit about what I am working toward in 2015.

I started yoga at the end of last year (so weird to say since "last year" was last week) and it has proven to be a great addition to my life. It forces me to focus on what I need to be doing. I've decided to apply that principle to my life, therefore using "conscious" as my word. I have never been a resolution maker and have never had a word before, but I think it's a good one to start with.

Conscious (to me) means not spending hours a day scrolling mindlessly through Facebook and Twitter. Conscious means truly being present when spending time with others. Conscious means having a purpose when I go somewhere, do something, say something, etc. Conscious means being aware of everything and everyone around me.

Last year I got rid of toxins that were negatively affecting my life and I can breathe a whole lot easier now. I plan to continue putting my wellbeing first to ensure that I am at my best. After all, how am I any good to anyone else if I'm not well myself?

Dear 2015, please be less exciting than 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This year has no doubt been a busy one for me.

First, I remember absolutely nothing about January. Let's fast-forward to February, probably the biggest, most exciting, most stressful month of my entire life. Exactly halfway through the month, on February 15, I married my best friend and other half, becoming Genna Freed (at last!). After that was a complete whirlwind of activities. We left at 6 AM the next day from Columbus and flew to Miami to catch our cruise ship. February was awesome. 



March and April I once again remember nothing. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary. We worked, we came home, we ate, we slept and then started all over again.

I graduated in December 2013, but our school is small so there was no ceremony until May when most graduate. So I be grudgingly agreed, much to my mother's chagrin, to walk in the May ceremony. Don't tell her, but I'm glad I did. Putting on a capping down in joining all my friends was exciting. And I'm glad I got to celebrate all my accomplishments accordingly.



The end of June was another big month for me. On June 23 I began my first "big girl job." I still love it, and am still surprised that I ended up in radio after focusing on print all those years in college. 



Almost exactly a month after I got my new job, we bought a house. We got the keys around 3 PM July 29 and had our house completely moved in by 9 PM that night. At 8 AM on July 30 I turned in the keys to our apartment.



That first weekend in our new house, I got an unexpected call from a friend. He had adopted a dog and wasn't allowed to keep him. And that's how Bo join our family. A silver lab, he's unique and beautiful. He's a handful, but has the biggest, funniest, most energetic personality.



In November, the crappy '99 Chevy Cavalier the Cameron has owned for a few years and used just to get from point A to point B died on us. And there came our second big purchase together, a new (to us) car. I've never purchased a vehicle, so it was an adventure. 



December was a welcomingly slow. I turned 23 on the 5th, we celebrated that weekend in Indianapolis with a Mannheim steamroller concert with my parents and aunt and uncle. I decorated our house for the first time and loved it. And Christmas came and went.



Now onto 2015, which I hope is a hell of a lot less exciting than 2014. Honestly, I'd be okay with it if nothing big happened in our lives. We've had enough excitement this year for the next few. 

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Monday, December 22, 2014

So I've already talked about all the big things that have gone on this year. But there have been some chain reactions from those things as well.

First of all, getting a job is hard. Not to mention it's my first full-time, big girl job. It's been a hard transition. Eight-hour days don't seem like much, but they're tough. I'm exhausted by the end of the day and then there's dinner to cook, a house to clean and laundry to do. Also? We've had one employee potluck since I started, with another for Christmas tomorrow. I nailed it with my pumpkin snickerdoodles last time so now the bar is super high and I have to impress. Ugh, this is rough.

Why did I want to grow up again?

Oh yeah, because being married is awesome. Cam and I have been together for more than five years, but it's amazing the dynamic that comes with marriage. It was like an instant, forever bond. It's been pretty awesome (but not without ups and downs). If I had to sum it up in these last 10 months, I'd say "so far so good."

Down side?

There's been plenty of negative changes. I have three younger siblings still at home (when the older two aren't at school) and I feel like I'm out of the loop. Our relationships outside of our marriage have changes, but I'd say for the better (anyone else start singing For Good from Wicked whenever you say for the better?).

All in all...

I'm happy. I'm happier than I was 10 months ago and a lot of that I attribute to my husband. He's forced me out of my comfort zone. I have a new job, new coworkers, new friends and a new extended family. All is well and I am grateful.

So much to talk about, so little time

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I feel like I've been gone forever, and I kind of have. I read and comment on blogs regularly but I've been neglecting my own. This season of life has been an interesting one for me and blogging has just not made it to my priority list. So what's been going on...
I turned 23, work has been crazy, I started doing yoga, our house is all decorated and cozy for Christmas,  I've been cooking a lot, my house is a mess still and life is crazy.
Each of those could probably be their own post, but let's just wrap it all into one.
My birthday was amazing. I spent time with family, had a great meal and got to eat cake. Win, win, win. Also, I received the Lisa Leonard handmade nativity I've been swooning over forever.
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I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday as well, so I ordered a bunch of ebooks and a yoga mat. I have been wanting to try yoga for stress/anxiety relief for a long time but I was surprised that the benefits have gone far beyond my expectations. I've only been doing it for a few days and I'm only using YouTube tutorials, but so far so good!

I love Christmas. People that say you can't decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving are just Negative Nancys in my book. The way I see it is if someone enjoys something (like I enjoy having Christmas decorations up) who is to say they can't enjoy that thing for as long as they want? Seriously, people who judge are straight-up joy stealers. Don't get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. But the holiday season is all wrapped in one to me. And if that's wrong, I don't want to be right.




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As far as cooking goes, I literally hand my husband my laptop open to my Pinterest food board and tell him to pick out 2-3 new recipes every weekend. Then we shop for the necessary ingredients and I spread them all out throughout the week. We've had many successes and a few failures (I'm looking at you, crockpot lasagna), but it's really breaking me out of my comfort zone.

Now when we bought our house, I told you all it was old. We've been slowly (I mean really slowly) painting and updating. We moved in July 29 and have so far put in a patio and painted our living room. Not so great for being there almost five months. In an ideal world, I was hoping for a room a month. Well, this weekend Cam got this surge of motivation and started our guest bedroom. It was slow coming, but progress is progress! I cannot wait for my house to be put together. Really, it's driving me (and my OCD) absolutely up the still unpainted wall.