Youthful Makeup to Keep You Up All Night

Ola y’all!  I just returned from a cruise with a stop over in Mexico so excuse the ole espanol.   Also I apologize for going a little off radar; wifi was hard to come by while sailing the ocean waters.  Today, however, I’m excited to share with you some great new makeup products from an unexpected source: the one and only One Direction.  If you like what you read below, please check out their facebook page!

I received a free sample of One Direction Up All Night makeup kit for use in connection with this blog.  All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.


It’s not every day you hear that a boy band is coming out with a makeup line.  So when Brand Backer approached me about trying out One Direction’s Up All Night line, I said yes because 1. free makeup and 2. I was planning on being up all night, very soon, to celebrate my 28th birthday bash.

makeup kit in a tin box

The makeup set arrived in the mail in a cute little tin box with a description of each of the included products.  I was happy to see mascara, eye liner and eye shadow on the list since I use these items on the regular.  For my birthday look, I also snatched up the pink lipstick and lip gloss.

eyeshadow (and which colors I used)

After applying my normal foundation and bronzer, I glided on some of the blue and turquoise sparkly eye shadow.  I don’t normally use a lot of color on my eyelids, but I thought this looked fun and wasn’t too overwhelming.  The eye liner was also a cute addition and provided great coverage with limited application.

I Should Have Kissed You lipstick, Up All Night mascara, Rimmel London Scandaleyes, Taken lip gloss
(left to right)

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the mascara.  Even after applying several coats, my eyelashes still looked thinner than Paris Hilton.  Luckily, I still had my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara from the Influenster Vox Box so I threw on a few coats of that luscious stuff and considered my eyes complete for the night.

Leveraging each of the products in the set, I threw on a coat of the I Should Have Kissed You pink lipstick and Taken sparkly pink lip gloss.  I mean with names like that – how could I not give them a try??!  The blue eye makeup and pink lipstick combination definitely upped the ante on my youthful look for the evening.

Overall, I had a lot of fun trying on One Direction’s Up All Night makeup line.  Leaving the mascara out of the discussion, I thought that each of the products was of high quality and contained fun colors!  If I was purchasing a makeup set for a young adult or teenager, I would definitely consider purchasing One Direction’s Up All Night kit.

Now, on to random pictures of my face.

Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Hey y’all! I finished Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris last week.  It’s easily one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.  Although I caused my friends some confusion, the book actually has nothing to do with diabetes and only one chapter is devoted to owls – primarily deceased ones, too.  No big deal.

In actuality, this book is a collection of humorous essays that left me literally laughing out loud.  I know this is an overused phrase, but I received quite some looks at the pool as I was chuckling at my tablet.  Most of the essays chronicle David’s explorations throughout various countries.  In fact, this global element is what placed the book on the 26 Books that will Change the Way You See the World list.  The stories are light-hearted and culturally fascinating as Sedaris humorously points out the different idiosyncrasies from country to country.

There are two aspects of this book that I greatly value.  The first is obviously Sedaris’ ability to write hilarious and entertaining stories out of nearly thin air – no grocery store trip, airport line or standard family dinner is left untapped.  The second is Sedaris’ writing style.  His mix of quirkiness and humor with a dash of emotionally charged storytelling leaves me with writer’s envy.  I’m hoping his writing can inspire a little bit of mine.

There are a lot of knee-slap worthy, and also downright I-can’t-believe-he-said-that-but-I’m-laughing-anyways quotes from David throughout the book.  My favorites include:

  • “Listen,” I’d always like to say, “I’m not a parent myself, but I think the best solution at this point is to slap that child across the face.  It won’t stop its crying, but at least now it’ll be doing it for a good reason.”
  • When my mother announced dinner, he took off his jacket, stepped out of his trousers, and took his seat alongside the rest of us. From the tabletop up, he was business casual – the ironed shirt, the loosened tie – but from there on down it was just briefs and bare legs.
  • Of the many expressions we Americans tend to overuse, I think the most irritating is ‘Blind people are human too.’
  • People didn’t say “artist,” they said “starving artist,” so even if you weren’t doing anything of consequence, as long as you were hungry you were on the right track, weren’t you?
  • Since I’d come back to Raleigh, my most daring achievement was to move into my own apartment, this at my father’s insistence and done practically at knifepoint.
  • He can talk about litter, but when the topic shifts to the price of heating oil or the correct way to lay a paving stone, he can shift with it.  For me, though, there is no other topic.
  • As a child, I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.  By this I meant that I would stop living in a fantasy world; that, while standing in line for a hamburger or my shot at the ATM, I would not daydream about befriending a gorilla or inventing a pill that would make hair waterproof.  In this regard too, my diaries have proven me wrong.


I feel like a book is only as good as what it teaches you.  For me, Sedaris’ Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a reminder to enjoy the simple and, of course, funny things in life.  There are too many things in the world to take seriously, but this book ain’t one of them, folks.  If you’re looking for an entertaining read (ideally by pool-side), I highly recommend LEDWO.  Get some.

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