One Positive Thought

It has been long known that positive energy attracts positive energy, and negative energy begets negative energy. People that are always happy go-lucky and bright and quirky seem to never have a truly bad day, and if they do, they often bounce right back to their usual selves. Those that are usually mad or upset over something can usually be found complaining…about everything. Because for them, for some reason nothing ever goes right. And there’s really only one explanation for this.

It’s all dependent on how you let yourself look at things.

This week’s quote art was borrowed from Livvit’s Instagram:

That’s why just focusing on one small good thing during your day can make you feel better. If you wake up and immediately think about how it’s Monday and you wish the weekend hadn’t ended yet and how you just want to go back to bed; well you’re not going to have a great day because you’re setting yourself up for a bad one.

You can’t go into your day already expecting it to be awful and put it on the world to prove you wrong. Trust me, it’ll do everything in its power to prove you right in this instance. That’s why it’s up to you to change your mindset. Your happiness is ultimately up to you, so if you chose to harshly judge everything by first glance you’re never going to be happy. You have to open up and give things a chance.

Rather than waking up and thinking about how you’d rather roll over and go back to sleep, focus on something you’ll look forward to that day. Focus on the really good lunch or dinner you’ve got planned, or being able to see a work friend during the day. Remind yourself that there is something to actually look forward to that day, and it won’t seem all that bad. Even if you’re in a really rough depressed patch and the best thing you can think of is getting back home to crawl right back into bed – remind yourself that the sooner you’re up and moving the sooner you’ll be crawling back into bed.

You’d be surprised how uplifting it can be to remind yourself of all of the GOOD things in your life rather than focusing on the bad and making yourself depressed. If you do start feeling bad and putting the world down, go ahead and let it happen for the moment, but don’t let it take over. Once you’ve had your moment look around you and find one thing to be happy about, or that makes you feel good about your surroundings. Maybe it’s the photo of your family on your desk, or your dog or cat curled up nearby taking a nap, or even the sun shining outside lighting up a beautiful view outside of your window.

Focus on finding the good in the world, and eventually you won’t notice the bad as much.

What’s one positive thought that you have?

Mine is waking up and being able to cuddle with Zach and our dogs before I get up to go to work, and knowing that I get to come home to them all happy to see me at the end of the day.

Let’s be positive this week.

till next time,

~katie

Make A Plan

This week’s QOTW is inspired by none other than Winston Churchill himself. Recently we found out that although we were originally told we would be able to renew our lease, we will have to be moving out at the end of April due to our landlord’s personal reasons. So up until now, at the end of March, we haven’t worried about packing or purging or obviously even looking for a new home. So now more than ever, I need a plan.

We have a LOT to do over the next few weeks, so this week I’ll be formulating a plan so that hopefully everything runs smoothly. I will probably turn the experience into a blog post because, hey, that’s what bloggers do. Lol.

That being said, we will be SUPER DUPER busy this month. So off I go to start making a short notice moving plan. Here goes nothing…

till next time,

~katie

Full Face Of Covergirl Cosmetics

There’s no doubt about it. Quality makeup is expensive! But in the world of beauty, 99.9% of the time you get what you pay for. There are exceptions, however. Occasionally you’ll come across a drug store brand that a) is affordable AF and has AMAZING products. Or b) is affordable and has a few really great products. Either way, it’s always a great day when you can sub in a cheap (or cheap-ish) item for something more expensive.

In that spirit, I decided to try out an entire face-full of Covergirl makeup. I was inspired when I was browsing through the beauty section of the most dangerous store ever Target and I came upon the Covergirl section and saw that they had a new 3-in-1 foundation that looked fairly promising. Let’s dive in, shall we?

I opted for fairly simple products, aiming to purchase items that I would use again and again if they worked out for me. This meant grabbing very basic, daily wear items and steering clear of anything super bright or obnoxious. Thus, I ended up with your basics; primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer/contour/highlight, blush, setting powder, eyeshadow primer, neutral rosy shades of shadow, eyeliner, mascara, a brow pencil and a pinky-nude lip color.

Face

Covergirl full face - face 1

  • Outlast All-Day 3-in-1 Foundation + Sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 20 (in Creamy Natural)
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer (in fair)
  • Outlast All-Day Prime

Thoughts:

The primer seemed kind of thin in my opinion, though it went on smoothly and didn’t seem to cause any issues with the application or wear time of the rest of the makeup. I’d definitely use it again, though I’ll have to try it with my usual go-to face makeup.

As far as the foundation goes…I can’t say I hate it. I really loved the fact that it came in a glass bottle WITH a pump (isn’t it so annoying when liquid foundation doesn’t?!), and the color seemed to be an ok match for my skin, though I couldn’t tell it oxidized or the loose mineral powder I used to set everything was a little dark. Either way, it didn’t look bad and I’ll definitely use it again. I’ll also have to try to use it sans the primer, because it is supposed to be a 3-in-1, meaning have the power of primer, have the coverage of concealer, and blendability of foundation. I feel like it didn’t have the full coverage that I would expect out of a concealer, but it is definitely buildable without issues so if you need a little extra help in some spots this foundation makes it fairly easy to build up where you need it.

I purchased the concealer in the shade fair specifically to use under my eyes. It comes with a doe-foot applicator in a squeeze tube – which I can’t say I’m a fan of. I feel like these kind of applicators get really messy really fast, but that could just be me. Anyways, the concealer also wasn’t as full coverage as I expected/wanted, and it also didn’t seem to blend or build as nicely as the foundation did.

Covergirl full face - face 2

  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Cheekers Blush (in Natural Rose)
  • TruBlend Loose Mineral Powder (in Light)

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize it when I purchased it, but the contour palette is actually a cream palette, which I don’t usually go for. However, it seemed to apply fairly well with the exception of the highlighter. I feel like I wasn’t able to really get enough product and it was a little too close to my skin tone to really act as a true highlight. So I was able to get a tiny bit of glow out of it, but not as much as I expect from a highlight. The contour and bronzer however, were really nice. I used a brush to slowly build up color for the contour and did the same to bronze the couple of areas I felt needed some love. I made sure to use all of these BEFORE blush or powder, since creams/liquids NEVER blend well on top of powders.

As for the blush…ehhhhh…I wasn’t a fan. And I can’t really tell if it was simply not pigmented enough or the color I chose was just not the right shade, but I couldn’t seem to be able to get enough color to make any sort of a difference. *whomp whomp*

Last of the face items – the loose powder. Again, I’m not sure if this is why everything seemed a little off-colored compared to my neck or not, but I would definitely use it again as a setting powder. It’s light, smooth, and seemed to help smooth things out where my pores are usually a tiny bit enlarged.

 

Eyes + Brows

Covergirl full face - eyes 1

 

  • Lid Lock Up Eyelid Primer
  • TruNaked Roses Shadow Palette

Thoughts:

The Lid Lock Up primer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, which is a little different for me (I’m used to the UD Primer Potion in a tube) and is a very basic nude color that helps even out any patchy-ness or discoloration on your lids without adding much color. I’ll more than likely use this up once the very last of my UD Primer is finished up.

The shadow palette, on the other hand, I wasn’t quite as pleased with. Firstly, LOTS OF FALLOUT! I barely touched the pan with my brush and *poof* a cloud of shadow rained down. So, make sure to tap the crap out of your brush after picking up color. Secondly, they don’t really seem very pigmented. It took me a little while to build up color in my crease, though the darker colors were a tad bit more cooperative when it came to deepening the outer corner. I personally wouldn’t recommend this palette if you need good color payoff, but it’s definitely a great starter palette for someone just getting into makeup and they don’t want to worry about having too much color on their brush.

Covergirl full face - eyes 2

  • So Lashy! Blast Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Liquid Liner (in Black)
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil (in Soft Brown)

Thoughts:

Ok. Last of the eye products. I can 100% say I loved the brow pencil. I got the soft brown pencil so it seemed to match my natural color well enough without appearing too dark or too light. There’s also a spoolie on one end to help blend it in, and the formula was fairly long lasting and creamy enough to go on easily and blend well. 10/10 would recommend.

The So Lashy Pro Waterproof mascara was also a great item – absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the applicator definitely separated and coated my lashes evenly. I opted for the waterproof version (though they do have a non-waterproof one).

Unfortunately the liquid eyeliner didn’t quite measure up like the others – it comes in a little pot with an felt (?) applicator wand tip. I usually aim for a felt tip pen or a liquid pot with an actual brush. This eyeliner dries very quickly, which makes it hard to apply and build up color – which you also shouldn’t have to do with a black eyeliner. The applicator tip is not really flexible, making it a bit more difficult to create a winged eye, and the liner itself dries down matte but not as a dark jet black like I prefer.

Lips

Covergirl full face - lips

  • Outlast All-Day Lip Color (in Nude)

Thoughts:

I probably should have grabbed a slightly darker lip color, but again I wanted to get items that I would use fairly regularly if I liked them. This is a two-step set, the first being the actual liquid color that you apply and let sit for about a minute before applying the gloss top coat that helps seal in the color and moisturize your lips. Nude is a very pretty pinky-nude slightly shimmery color which makes it perfect for day-to-day wear. It also held up very well after a sushi lunch date. Another pro is that it never felt heavy, sticky, or gooey – all things I hate in lip products.

Final Look + Thoughts

Covergirl full face complete

Overall, I ended up with a decent look. Again, I’ll have to do a retest on the foundation and loose powder separately to tell which one made my face look darker, and there are a couple of things I wouldn’t really reach for again.

I would say, at the end of the day, these are all pretty decent and fairly affordable products. They’re great for people new to makeup or those that are on a budget.

What I’d Use Again

  • Outlast All-Day Foundation
  • TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder
  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Lid Lock Up Primer
  • So Lashy Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil
  • Outlast All-Day Lipcolor

What I’ll Probably Toss/Rehome

  • Outlast All-Day Primer
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer
  • Cheeky Blush
  • TruBlend Roses Palette
  • Liquid Eyeliner

 

till till next time,

~katie

Hello + Welcome!

Hi there. If you couldn’t tell from the sidebar or the About page, my name is Katie. This is my blog. And you, my friend, are reading the first post ever to be made live here.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I’ve been blogging for years…my first blog, and the one that I have since grown out of, was started in June of 2012. Yup. Long time ago. I had just turned 18, so obviously I knew everything there was about life and how this thing called “being an adult” should work. HA. Anyways, that blog started out as just a place to share nail art that I did. Soon after that it blossomed into a full on blog, covering all the topics I loved – nail art, makeup, games, and more.

It’s been 5 years since starting that last blog, and over the last year or so, I’ve come to realize that I had outgrown it and the presence I had built. Don’t get me wrong, I still love nail art, makeup, video games and the like. But I’ve developed as a person to the point where I felt like trying to change my old blog to be everything I NOW need it to be was kind of pointless. So rather than essentially gutting my online 5 year old baby, I’ve decided to let it grow old, I will let it go back to the free-given webname that comes with the WordPress.com sites, let the CSS customization come down, and essentially saying goodbye to my past. Because I had realized why I was clinging so hard to something that I no longer was enjoying. It was the last piece of my younger self, when I thought that so many things would be different from how they are now.

But people change and grow, and just like flowers we sometimes need to be uprooted and replanted elsewhere if we are to continue to grow.

With that all out of the way, I give you a big through-the-computer hug to welcome you to the next chapter in my life online. Live Love Sunshine is going to be where I come to chat about life and things that I enjoy, including games, movies, DIY projects, self care, and my journey to start living healthier (because let’s face it, at 23 – 24 in June! O.O ) I need to stop eating pizza and takeout 4 out of 7 days in the week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall, I want this to be my de-stressing zone. My chill and fun area where I can share all of the things that I love and figure out this thing called “adulting”.

I hope you enjoy the ride with me.

till next time,

~katie