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.

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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.

8 Things I Learned in July

Oops!  I’ve been gone from this blog for a little while.  But, hey, at least I am back with good news??  That’s right, folks.  I’m in the middle of birthday week!  It’s only the most fabulous week of the entire year – of which, I jam the most celebrations humanely possible into 7+ days  before laying dormant for the remaining 51 weeks.

The bad news is that I don’t have much to say today.  But, I figured I should pop on over here and get some of the writing cobwebs out before I go absolutely nuts-o’s from pent up word frustration.  Therefore, I decided it was a good time to link up with Emily’s Things I Learned post, especially since she is also returning from a little writing vacation.

In July, I learned that:

1.  There is this weird eclectic festival held in the Midwest each year where people camp out for four days, don face paint, opt for frequent nudity and ‘bond like family’ often with alcohol and drug paraphernalia in hand.  I’m not sure why I find this so fascinating to learn about besides confirming that there really is another person out there for everyone.

Source: The Daily Beast

2. Garth Brooks has (had?) an alter ego by the name of Chris Gaines, which was conceptualized as a creative outlet for Garth’s rock and roll side.  Nothing ever came of Gaines, but I find the whole thing and Garth’s disguise a little creepy.

3. Not writing for almost two weeks makes you question if you will ever write again.  Like, is this just writer’s block or am I losing it?  Let’s hope it’s the former!

4.The  Omnivore’s Dilemma is really long and intense.  I am liking it a lot, but I am definitely going to miss the end of July due date, folks!

5. Flowers from a boy are very nice :)

6. Even though 75 degrees used to scream summer when I lived in Cleveland, it now feels like fall weather to me.

7. After non-intentionally avoiding beef for six weeks, I become sick from eating it.  Awesome.  Another food item to cross off the ‘I can eat that’ list. 

8. Seasonal artists  in France went on a nude strike this month to fight for improved pay and insurance benefits. This article reports on the “ballsiness” of the demonstrators.  I find the word usage downright hilarious.  Mais Monsieur, what will we ever do without our artistes?!