An August Challenge

by Ginger on August 1, 2014

in Blogging & Social Media

I miss writing here, or more specifically, making myself take the time to write here. I miss a lot of things about “old”  blogging, but that’s the big one.

So, I’m giving myself a challenge this month. I’m challenging myself to write here 5 times a week. And not just a one line post with a picture, an actual post. Words and words and more words. Let’s see if I’ve got them anymore, or if I need to rethink this whole blog thing. This month marks the birthday of both this blog and its writer, and this is my birthday present to both of us.

I’m also going to give myself a secondary challenge–a commenting challenge. I’ve gotten really bad about commenting on blogs. It’s kind of ridiculous actually, because I read, but I don’t respond much anymore, even when I feel like I have something to add. So I’m going to challenge myself to comment on at least 5 posts a day, whether I comment on the blog or on Twitter or on Facebook.

If anyone wants to join me in either of my challenges (or your variation on my challenges), I’d love to have some company. But if not, just look for me here 5 times a week. Let’s see if I can do this.

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Ok, so I have some more makeup/nail/face stuff hanging around that I don’t use, and I’d like to get rid of it for things I DO use, so I’m doing a bit of a blog sale. I tried this on Instagram a while back, and while that worked, it kind of ended up being difficult to manage. I’m hoping that having it all in one place will make it a bit easier than the 3 or 4 different instagram pics.

Anyway, moving on.

If you’re interested in something(s), just comment on this post with what you want, and a zip code where it would be shipped, and I’ll respond back with a total including shipping. (I’ll be unpublishing this post when everything/most everything is sold, so your zip code won’t just live on my public blog forever). If you want multiple things, I’ll probably give you a discount too. Time stamp on the comments will determine who gets priority if multiple people want the same thing.

Oh, & everything will be sanitized before I send it to you.

On to the goods!

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BH Cosmetics 10 Color Blush Palette (each color used 2x) $5

UD Deluxe Palette (all colors swatched 1x, Shag, Scratch & Ransom used 2x) $10

UD Feminine Palette (colors used 4-5x) $8

LORAC Rock Star (used 2x) $5

Benefit High Beam (full size, used 2x) $13

Garnier 5 sec Blur (full size, used 3x) $8

ElevenSkin Perfection Eye Cream & Concealer (full size, swatched 1x) $15

Elizabeth Moss Tints & Sass Lip & Cheek Tint–Cherry (full size, swatched 1x) $10

Julep DD Creme–light (full size, used 2x. I recommend googling swatches, it’s fairly dark for being called light) $8

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick–Smoke (full size, used 1x) $20

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Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer (sample size, used 1x) I didn’t mean for this to go in there, but if you want it and you buy something else, I’ll throw it in. It’s not worth the mailing cost otherwise.

tarte Pure Maracjua Oil (.23 fl oz. used 1x) $10

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss–Hot Mess (full size, swatched 1x w/finger) $7

tarte Lipsurgence–Glitzy (full size, used 5x) $10

NYX Butter Gloss–Eclair (full size, never used) $3

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil–Yogurt (full size, used 1x. The cap is cracked, but I promise it’s only been used 1x) $2

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick–Get Ready (sample size, swatched 1x) $5

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinare–Nude Ballet (full size, swatched 1x) $4

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick–Naked (full size, used 2x) $15

(not pictured) Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick–Protest (full size, used 2x) $15

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm–Pixi Pink (full size, swatched 1x) $4

Bare Minerals Marveous Moxie Lipstick–Light It Up (full size, swatched 1x) $9

Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil–Jasmine (.29 fl oz., never used) $5
(I also have some miscellaneous perfume samples I’m happy to send to you if you want. I don’t wear perfume, so they just sit, unloved, in my vanity)

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Zoya Mason (full size, never used) $5

Zoya Odette (full size, never used) $5

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear–Pacific Blue (full size, used 1x) $1

Nailtini–Caviar Cocktail (full size, used 1x) $5

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri–Lively Lilac (full size, used 2x) $2

Kleancolor–Neon Sapphire (full size, used 2x) $1

Butter London–Shag (full size, used 1x) $7

Julep–Padma (full size, used 1x) (it’s not black–it’s a dark purple. See the swatch below) $6

Ruffian–Fox Hunt (.17 oz, used 1x) $3

Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish–Mini Kitten Heels (.25 fl oz, used 1x) $2

If someone were to take all of the individual polish, I’d sell it all together for a steal, $25

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And finally:

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Sensationail Gel Polish Starter including LED lamp (includes Raspberry Wine) + Island Oasis (never used either) $30

Whew, that’s everything. Let me know in the comments if you want anything (or multiple anythings), along with your zip code, and we’ll make a deal.

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Oh hai there

by Ginger on July 23, 2014

in Random

So, um, oops on the whole posting to the blog thing. Let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

Right now, I’m a ComicCon widow–N.C. has a booth at SDCC this year, and so he’s down there at the show and I’m up here with the child. For the most part it’s no big deal, but tonight when I had to battle J to get his homework done (not because it was beyond his ability, just because he was being squirrely), I KINDA wished I was able to switch places with N.C. just for a little bit. And you guys know I don’t love conventions and trade shows. That’s how annoying the kindergarten homework is already proving to be.

Anyway, I think N.C. is going to do amazing at ComicCon, and reports from the preview night seem to be positive, so fingers crossed the whole event continues on that way for him. If by chance you’re going to SDCC, swing by and say hi to him at his booth 4531!

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So back to that homework thing.

Man is that a pain in the ass.

I don’t actually have a problem with the homework–so far it’s all been totally within Jackson’s abilities, and he actually kind of likes it–we just need to figure out a better schedule for doing it. The kids get the packet on Thursday and it’s all due the following Thursday. There’s more than enough time to get it all done, we just need to get in the right rhythm for it all. But so far we haven’t hit that rhythm and tonight it bit me in the ass.

This whole kindergarten thing is taking some adjusting, for all of us. We’ll get there. Eventually.

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I’m working on putting together a simple get together for SoCal folks. I’ve wanted to do it for a while, but always have this fear that no one will want to come. But I finally just said, eh, screw it, and threw it out on Twitter. I’m fairly confident at least a few people will come, and the idea wouldn’t leave me alone, so I thought I’d try.

I don’t have it all figured out, but it’s definitely going to happen in some form or another. If you’re local (or want to come visit here) and would like to come, let me know (if you haven’t already).

(and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already thinking about making it a semi-regular thing if it ends up being fun)

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Summer colds are bullshit.

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I’ve been wanting to try Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while–there are always people out when we’re at the beach, or when we drive by the lagoon, and it looks like this cool combination of peaceful and challenging, without being surfing (I don’t know that my knees or my clumsiness could take surfing). There’s a place nearby I could do a rental to try it out, so I’m putting that on my list of things to try this year. I’m putting it here to keep me accountable.

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So what’s up with you?

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Reasons I Wear Makeup

by Ginger on July 2, 2014

in Makeup and Beauty

You guys know I’m into makeup, yes? Yes (everyone rolls their eyes at this DUH statement). It’s been something that has become a fun little hobby that I happen to take with me wherever my face goes, and it makes me happy. I kind of wish more people would get over whatever that THING is that makes what a woman does or doesn’t put on her face any of their business (I hope if you like makeup, you wear it because you like it. If you don’t like makeup, I hope you don’t feel like you have to wear it. Who ever (whom ever?) is the owner of the face should be the one who decides what, if anything, they put on it.), but at 34, I’m confident enough to know that my feelings on what I put on my face are all that really matter.

That doesn’t mean it’s not nice occasionally when other people, especially people with a platform, re-jig their previously held opinions on makeup. Enter–John Green:

I love this for a lot of reasons, from the fact that he’s a man saying he likes wearing makeup to the fact that he admits he used to have sort of bullshit reactions to makeup. I *don’t* really love a lot of the comments, which get into soooo many of the same comments about makeup wearers and non-makeup wearers that just irk me, but as long as I don’t read the comments, I think this is pretty great.

It has, however, had me thinking about why I DO like to wear makeup. Not that I’m trying to justify, but just to analyze for myself what it is that makes makeup such a “thing” for me. There’s no one answer, and frankly it can vary from day to day, but here are a few of the reasons I wear makeup:

  • To make me smile when I look in the mirror. When I really like my makeup, or even just a part of it, it makes me happy every time I see myself. Whether it’s shiny or glittery eyeshadow, an awesome lipstick color, a blush that I applied perfectly, or a really good eyeshadow blending job, it makes me smile to see my face.
  • To express my creativity. Every day I wear makeup. Unless I’m running late/sick, I rarely wear the same exact thing day to day, especially in eye makeup. I play with colors, I play with placement. I try new techniques to try and bring out different features. Sometimes, I’ll come home after work and do a completely different face of makeup, just because I like to play. It’s a creative outlet that I happen to wear on my face.
  • To remind me of my own awesomeness. I sometimes use makeup as a way to reinforce my confidence, particularly at work. For example, I’ve been known to wear a power red lipstick when I have a meeting with our division president, because I feel powerful and badass when I wear red lipstick. It doesn’t GIVE me confidence, but it helps remind me of the confidence I already have.
  • To perk me up. I’ve been known to wear sparkly eyeshadow when I’m feeling beaten down at work/life, because I know sparkly eyeshadow gives me a little jolt of “life is awesome” regardless of what else is going on.
  • To make me feel pretty/put together/stylish. Much the same way I wear clothes that make me feel pretty/put together/stylish, or do my hair to feel pretty/put together/stylish, makeup helps me feel polished. Occasionally, I even wear makeup because I want to feel pretty for my husband, the guy who gets to look at me no matter what I’m wearing. (though it should be noted, on a day to day basis I’m pleased if he likes my makeup, but if he doesn’t, I generally still wear whatever I’m wearing if it makes ME feel awesome).
  • To get better at something. Makeup techniques are a skill that take work. I like makeup, and it has turned into a hobby, so I like getting better at it. I feel accomplished when I figure out a new makeup technique, because I have to work at it.
  • To match my personality/events/celebrations that day. If I’m feeling feisty, but I have to go to work, I can throw on some purple blush as my own subtle little FU to the corporate world. If I’m feeling bossy, I can put on a bold lipstick because who’s not going to listen to someone wearing bold lipstick? If I’m feeling a little sad, I can wear a grey eyeshadow (but maybe with some sparkles to make me feel better). Makeup can be an expression of my mood, the holidays (pink lipstick for Valentines day), things I’m celebrating (rainbow sparkles for a birthday), heck, even shows I’m watching (yes, I own Game of Thrones themed makeup).
  • To make me look on the outside how I see myself on the inside. Sometimes, I use makeup to cover up imperfections, be they dark circles or blemishes, age spots or scars. That’s usually because when I think of how I look, I don’t see imperfections. Frankly, I don’t care if people think that’s “deceptive,” I like having my image in the mirror match the image in my head. It makes me feel like me.
  • To have fun. I have fun with makeup. It’s fun, for me, to wear purple lipstick, or green eyeliner, or silver sparkly eyeshadow. It’s fun, for me, to know I’m wearing an eyeshadow called “Jareth’s Tight Pants” or eyeshadow that smells like chocolate, or lipgloss named after Nicholas Cage. It’s fun, for me, all of it. If it stops being fun, I’ll probably stop wearing it.

Notice, none of the reasons are because: society thinks I should, I look ugly without it, a man/men want me to, it’s what women should do, I want to hide the real me, I want attention. Screw all that noise. I wear makeup because I like to wear makeup, for me. For a lot of reasons, but all of them for me.

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Last Day, First Day

by Ginger on June 29, 2014

in Mom Thoughts, The Kid

Last week was J’s last day of preschool.

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They had a little graduation ceremony complete with caps and tassels and Pomp & Circumstance and, despite thinking the idea of a preschool graduation is utterly ridiculous in theory, in practice with my kid it was freaking adorable. Much like herding unruly cats. Jackson was a little ham, clowning it up during the songs, singing super loud, etc. It was super cute, and a good way to close out preschool.

I thought I would cry, what with the whole “mah baybeeeeee is growing up!” aspect of it all, but despite one little tiny moment with a lump in my throat, I was too busy enjoying the whole scenario to get too worked up.

We’ll see if I stay so composed when we drop him off at kindergarten Monday morning.


Because he’s going to a year round program, there’s not as much of a heavy air of beginnings and endings. He’s at the same school, we’ll park in the same parking lot, take him in the same building, see all the same teachers and administrators. The transition is so much smoother (I imagine) than it will be when we eventually move to public school. But for now, June just doesn’t feel like the end or the beginning of school after a lifetime of late August to late May being the school year.

And yet, I look at his new big kid backpack sitting by the door, filled with number 2 pencils and glue sticks, erasers and scissors, all the trappings of honest to goodness school, and my heart catches a little bit. I was reading the letter sent home by his new teacher (NOT in comic sans!) where she outlined not only the supply list, but talked about homework packets and field trips and Back to School night, and it feels surreal. How is it that he is old enough to be talking about homework already?

He is growing up, so fast but imperceptibly so sometimes. He just got here, and yet he has always been here, by some weird quirk of parental time.  These big milestones from one stage to another sometimes catch my breath, even though I see them on the horizon as we go along. I know they’re coming, but then they seem to just…appear out of nowhere somehow, and smack me in my emotional mommy core with how quickly this all goes.

The beginning of “big kid school” is the beginning of the next 13 years, of homework and learning, of field trips and recess, of first days and last days. It’s also, in a lot of ways, the beginning of the real process of letting him become who he is going to be, and of letting him go into the world and break away from us. The stakes only go up from here, and there is a weight and responsibility to trying to do our best to guide him through it with level heads and loving hearts. I *think* we’re up to the task, but only time will actually tell.

Whether I cry or not tomorrow doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. For now, I am excited for him, for what he will learn and how he will grow this next year. I’m excited to see the boy he’ll be on the last day next year, and I hope, oh I hope I hope I hope, that he comes through this year as excited to learn new things as he is today.

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