A Boy of Five

by Ginger on September 30, 2014

in Mom Thoughts, The Kid

Standing next to me, he fits right up under my ribs. It occurs to me that the last time that was true was a little over 5 years ago, but then it was more his feet bruising my ribs from the inside. Five years was forever ago, five years was just yesterday.

Beach boys


He is so full of personality* these days.

“OF COURSE we’re not going to have donuts for breakfast today Mommy, OF COURSE.”

“Mommy, I just can’t talk about that right now.”

“In a MINUTE Mommy. I’m busy with this.”

“NO. I said NO.”

*Personality, attitude, same difference some days.

Little Hulk


He is also full of sweetness.  He is free with hugs and kisses, for friends and family, and mommy and daddy. He loves to cuzzle at the end of the night, asking me “Mommy, let’s talk about our day.”

His smile and laugh are infectious. His joy is radiant. He is a bright sparkling star, bigger and brighter than anything I could have imagined.

Smiling School Day


I sometimes think, even five years in, that I don’t have what it takes to parent this vibrant ball of energy. He tests me, almost daily–tests my patience, tests my smarts, tests my energy, tests my compassion and what I think I know about parenting. He is my opposite in so many ways, and I don’t always know what to do with that.

And yet, I also know that I am perfect for him. Even when I’m not perfect. Even when I screw up. Even when I’m sure that something wasn’t my finest parenting moment. I’m still his mommy, and the perfect mommy for him.

Me & my boy


Sometimes I look at him, at his smile and exuberance, and my heart catches in my throat. Parenting him is not easy, no. The challenges are real, and hard, and I can only hope I screw up less than I succeed. But the rewards? Oh man, the rewards are just breathtaking.

Holding Hands

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Bring Back the Words

by Ginger on September 24, 2014

in Blogging & Social Media

Someday maybe *I’ll* actually write something with one of these prompts, but my boss is out on medical leave, I’m going on vacation in a week and a half, and my kid is basically taking up pretty much all of my evening time, so….that time is probably not right now. BUT! I’ve had a request for more prompts, and I live to serve!

1.What’s something about you today that would totally shock 10 year old you? Why the change?

2. Highs & lows (whatever that makes you think of/want to write about)

Alright, now do it to it!

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Bring Back the Words

by Ginger on September 9, 2014

in Blogging & Social Media

I’m falling down on the job over here. Let’s get some prompts up, shall we? And don’t forget you can write about any prior prompt at any time!

1. Tell us about a product you’ve been loving or hating lately.

2. Sunset (whatever that makes you think of/want to write about)

Now get to writing!

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So Much For That

by Ginger on September 3, 2014

in Blogging & Social Media

Well, it’s pretty obvious that I completely failed my August challenges. I at least feel like on the writing side, while I didn’t come close to my 5 times a week goal (HA!), I did manage to make 3 times a week pretty much every week. It’s not what I was hoping for, but it’s better than it was. I’ll take the failure that’s still an improvement.

But oof, my commenting challenge. Yeah. That. Not so much. I don’t know WHAT it is lately with commenting. What ended up happening was I kept pretty much all the posts I *meant* to comment on in my reader, so by the end of the month, I had something like 200 posts. Yeah. That wasn’t going to happen. I dunno how to get myself back into the habit. Maybe it’s just time to admit that comments aren’t a thing anymore? I keep trying to hold on to that part of blogging (even though, yes, I do lots of commenting on Twitter & FB, so it’s not like it’s totally gone, just shifted locations in a lot of cases), but maybe it’s time to give up the ghost? I dunno.

Anyway, I’m still glad I challenged myself. Even though I wasn’t successful, it did remind me of the whole liking to write thing that sometimes gets obscured by the whole I’m-really-lazy thing. I need to try and remember that first one more and get past that second one.

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A while back, I was on reddit on r/indiemakeupandmore and I saw a post from a new indie owner. Her shop is Life’s Entropy Cosmetics, & she was launching her store with these products: eyeshadow, Lip Theories (which are sort of like the OCC Lip Tars but better. More on that later.), foundation elixir–a white product to mix with foundation to lighten it (she’s also working on a yellow one to add a warm tone), and contour sticks. She was offering a blogger pack that got me a bunch of stuff with a bit of a discount, so I caved.


The blogger pack came with one full size eyeshadow, one full size Particle Contour Stick, one full size Lip Theory, & 10 eye, lip, or face samples (of which I chose 2 contour sticks–one of which Jane upgraded to full size for me–, one lip theory & the rest as eyeshadows). I also ordered a set of lip gloss mixing tubes. More on that later. And Jane sent along one eyeshadow as a sample.

So let’s get to reviewing!

Particle Contour Sticks

The Particle Contour Sticks are a cream contour product. Jane, the owner, described them this way: “Pigmented, creamy contouring sticks that come in 5 colors: Proton (similar to Illamasqua Hollow), Neutrino, Neutron (cream version of Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder), Electron (similar to Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate 1), and Quark.”

I can’t speak to whether they’re dupes for the products she listed, since I’ve never used any of them, but I can say they’re pigmented, creamy, and pretty easy to use. I’m also basically a novice at contouring, so if I can use them, anyone can use them.

They’re available in full size & sample size.




From bottom to top, it’s Proton applied, Proton blended, Neutrino applied, Neutrino blended, Neutron applied, Neutron blended (terribly). Because these are cell phone pics, the color isn’t totally true to life, but it’s pretty close–mostly Proton isn’t pink like it looks in this picture. You can see a better color in the next pic.

Because the full sizes are in lipbalm like sticks, they’re actually pretty easy to apply.

Proton applied (this is much more true to life than the swatch)

Proton blended out

Neutrino applied

Neutrino blended out

I don’t have one with Neutron on mah face, because I got lazy with taking pictures, and it’s a little dark for me I think. But maybe that’s partially that I’m still not super confident in my contouring.

I basically use one of these every day now. It’s easy to use, easy to blend. A+, would recommend heartily if you’re interested in contouring.


You guys know I’m enamored with my indie eyeshadows, so I was happy to try out a new company. The ones I chose were:  Shadow Walk, Astral Imprisonment, Just Kitten, Exorcism, Horsing Around, Monkey Business, Smoke Screen, and Happy Annibearsary as the full size. Jane sent me Dismember as a free sample. Let’s swatch!


On the left is with regular primer, on the right is on bare skin. Top to bottom: Horsing Around, Monkey Business, Happy Annibearsary. Monkey Business is looking really purple in this light, but it’s more of a reddish purplish color.


Top to bottom: Dismember, Just Kitten, Smoke Screen


You can kind of see the shift on Smoke Screen here.


This one is flipped, on the left is bare skin, the right is primer. Top to bottom: Astral Imprisonment, Shadow Walk, Exorcism

To show the shift in Exorcism.

As you can see, most of these really benefit from some primer. Dismember looks even better with a sticky base like Pixie Epoxy, and some others might as well. In general, I felt like these swatched beautifully (that Exorcism patchiness is due to my rushing, not the shadow).

Working with them on the eye can be a little trickier. I feel like they have a tendency to be a little more finicky than some of my other indies when I’m actually applying them, & blending them. Not enough that I don’t like them, or don’t use them. Just enough that if you’re new to the world of loose shadows & indies, I might not recommend this as the place to start.

That being said, here are some looks I did with them:




One thing I really do like about these shadows though is they’re very easy to make work appropriate. Not that I limit myself to tasteful neutrals during the work week (HA), but I definitely appreciate having the option to tone things down on occasion.

Turn Around Time & Customer Service: I ordered on July 21. My order shipped on July 29, and it arrived on August 4th, which is all a pretty good TAT & delivery in my opinion. Especially since she had just launched. I also have to say her customer service is great too. I had a couple of questions I sent her by email, & each time she answered me quickly and was friendly and concise in her answers. I’ll also throw in a little mention that her packaging is VERY nicely done–samples all come in a little matchbox looking package, full size eyeshadows come in an adorable little box, and all the labels are very cute.

I’ll do another post tomorrow about the Lip Theories & the custom gloss set, which are both very interesting to me & deserve their own post, but know that they were all included in the same package.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the eyeshadows, but the real star here to me is the contour sticks. Easy to use, easy to blend, and good colors for me make them a product I’ll definitely repurchase when these are gone.

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