Favorite Things – Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

Good morning, lovelies!

It’s been eons since my last Favorite Things post, so there’s no time like the present to tell you about the new product I’m obsessed with.

My friend started using this powder foundation instead of a translucent powder for just a bit more coverage and she told me that it was her new favorite product.

So, obviously, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

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The Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $48.00, is just what the title describes –weightless.

Because it’s so light, I don’t think it should really be called a foundation, because you would have to be using a heck of a lot of it to get full coverage.

However, it is great for sealing-in your undereye makeup, giving you a bit more coverage and blending everything together to get a flawless, matte finish.

To apply this, first I put a CC cream all over my face with my Beauty Blender. The best CC cream I’ve found so far is still the Mary Kay CC Cream, Light to Medium. Seriously, this is the cream to try if you want a nice even base that doesn’t look cakey.

Once you put a thin layer of CC cream on, start on your undereyes. I swear by Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil. To get good coverage, draw a upside-down triangle, with the point hitting just below the bottom of your orbital bone. Then blend in the concealer with a Beauty Blender or a cosmetic sponge.

After you finish blending in your concealer, keep your Beauty Blender or cosmetic sponge out and gently glide it over your Bobbi Brown powder foundation.

You’ll want to put a light layer all over your face, but concentrate the pressed powder over your concealer for a photo-finish look. You should *gently* run your foundation sponge on your undereyes and below your brow bones. Your skin around your eyes is very susceptible to pulling, making for early onset crow’s feet.

If you want a bit more oil control, try pressing some powder over your T-zone. Once you’re done with that, you’re ready to add contouring or even just some blush, but now you’ll have a flawless base for any makeup trends you want to try.

Putting a thin layer of Bobbi Brown’s Skin Weightless Powder Foundation not only provides more coverage, but helps set my makeup as well.

Gone are the days I’ll come home and look in the mirror, only to wonder if I had really looked that bad all day because my coverage was seriously lacking.

Go give this pressed powder a try at your local Sephora; you won’t be sorry you did.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Think Positive

Congrats! You’ve made it to another Wednesday, y’all!

I saw this quote a while back and it made me chuckle a bit, so I thought I’d send it all to you for your Wise Words.

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This week, the message is short and sweet, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

You can’t stop the bad things from happening to you, but you can choose when they end.

Think positive and remember that in order to find a silver lining to something, you’ve got to have a cloudy day.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Keep Not Settling

Happy Wise Words Wednesday, y’all!

Today, I just want to put out a photo I saw on The Everygirl‘s Instagram page.

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I love this because I think everyone should have this as a daily reminder. I mean, we’d all like to think that we never settle for less than we deserve. But let’s be honest…we know we do.

Stop. Just stop.

You know what you’re worth and you know that you only deserve the best. So today’s Wise Words are just your daily reminder to not settle for anything less than than what you think you deserve.

Whether it’s with work, with relationships or with uneven winged eyeliner.

Don’t you go settling on anything less than what you want.

Have patience because it’ll come. And don’t fret when it doesn’t come right away. Just make it through the day.

If you feel like you can’t make it through the day, try what Kimmy Schmidt does. She claims if you can make it through the first 10 seconds, see if you can make it through the next 10 seconds and so on. Keep doing that until you calm yourself. Because everyone can make it through 10 seconds, right?

Have patience and don’t settle. It’s simple to say and hard to do, but you’re strong as hell. I wouldn’t be betting against you. 😉

Keep not settling and until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Scars Make You Who You Are

Yesterday I woke up to a Facebook message from my mom. No, she’s not pestering me like everyone’s favorite @crazyjewishmom on Instagram –although, that would be hilarious–she just ran across something and thought it sounded like me.

The story she came across was from a woman named Genevieve V Georget who elegantly put something into words that immediately hit home, leaving me brushing a tear from my eye after reading it.

She talks about how your scars make up who you are, and after the tough time I’ve been having lately, I believe her.

So this week’s Wise Words are taken straight from Genevieve V Georget herself because I couldn’t have said them any better:

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If you’ve got some time, I would definitely recommend reading through her passage (taken from her Facebook page):

“It was a Wednesday afternoon when I walked into Starbucks that day nearly six years ago. I stood at the bar, waiting for my drink, when the barista politely asked me what I was up to that day. As it turns out, I was en route to the airport at that moment…about to catch a flight to Italy with my husband. After a brief minute of chatting, the barista handed me my coffee and wished me a nice trip. “But then again”, she said “why wouldn’t you…your life is golden!”

I’ll admit…the gold star was nice. But at the same time, the words knocked the wind out of me. She wasn’t being rude. She wasn’t being sarcastic. In fact, she was being totally genuine. And that’s the part that really took my breath away.

Because here’s the thing…

This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.

And truth be told, there is darkness in this kind of knowledge. Especially now, when so many of our connections happen only five minutes at a time…fully filtered and perfectly hash tagged. In our defense though, it’s not entirely our fault. That battle we’re fighting…those rough days were having…they don’t tend to translate very well when you have twenty people in line behind you for coffee or a hundred and forty characters to spell out your day.

Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista?

“Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby…we had a terrifying health scare…I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder…and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day.”

No. I wasn’t going to tell her this. Because shocking total strangers into oblivion is a bit harsh and cruel. Especially when she’s the girl in charge of making your coffee every day.

But I did spend the entirety of that flight wondering; about our sense of authenticity…our collective vulnerability…our polished identity. And it made me feel like a total fraud. Because I’m not any of those things that this girl sees on the other side of her coffee bar.

If I showed up one morning, wearing my most ragged and scarred self…it would be a very different girl staring back at her [and she would likely feel inclined to serve me alcohol instead of coffee!]…

Because I was bullied a lot as a teenager.

I’m afraid of thunderstorms.

I spend an absurd amount of time worrying about what other people think of me.

My biggest challenge in life is letting go of people. Even if they hurt me.

I hide behind my humor for fear that people won’t accept me without it.

I feel like I have failed as a daughter.

I try to avoid big groups so that I won’t feel like the invisible one among it.

I’m insanely self-conscious of my smile.

I feel like I’m an easy person to walk away from in life…and it haunts me on a daily basis.

I almost always operate under the assumption that I care more about everyone else than they do about me.

I unfollow people on Instagram if their life seems too perfect because it makes me feel inadequate.

I feel like a terrible mother pretty much all the time.

I hate emptying the dishwasher.

Every day, I’m afraid that my husband is going to wake up and finally realize how much crazy he married.

I thank God for every day that he doesn’t!

I don’t like to try new foods…so I travel with my own jar of peanut butter.

I want to write a book so badly that it hurts. But I’m afraid of people telling me that my life was never worth telling.

I struggle, every single day, with feeling like I’m enough. Skinny enough. Funny enough. Good enough.

And I cry. A lot.

I highly doubt I would get a gold star for any of this. But, now, six years later, I do know one thing for sure; that even with all of my frailty…all of my fears…and all my faults…none of those things make my life any less golden.

Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it.

And we’ve all got them…even the sweet girl serving my coffee. She’s fighting her own battle…defending her own front line…struggling in her own way.

And maybe it’s not about collecting gold stars for the perceived reality we give the world on Facebook…but it’s about the purple hearts we get for living bravely among the real one.

Because life requires guts…it requires bravery…and it requires vulnerability.

So, buy your coffee…wear your scars proudly…and carry on, dear soldier…

You’re not in this battle alone.”

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Push Yo’ Self

Good Wednesday morning, folks!

I’m in such a good mood today and who knows if it’s how much sleep I got or if it’s these nifty pain pills I got from the docs for my sprained ankle, but I’m feelin’ fine.

Apparently, this week, I thought, “hey, you know what I haven’t done in awhile? Used crutches!”

So in a subconscious attempt, I fell down Monday morning and sprained my poor little ankle. It’s now a color purple that is so deep, you would think I colored it on there with Magic Marker.

Fun fact: it’s all natural, baby.

Anywho, today’s Wise Words are about a different kind of fitness; a kind I think we can all get on board with: sleep.

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Being that my social calendar has now been wiped out almost as fast as I did Monday morning, I’ve been able to catch up on some much needed sleep.

So my Wise Words are short, sweet and to the point this week: go get yo’ sleep on. You’ll feel like a completely different person after getting a solid 8-9 hours for a couple of days straight.

However, if you’re starting up your school life again, sleep is hard to come by, so just make sure you’re staying healthy, my friends.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, my newfound kankle needs to be iced.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Completely Capable

G’day mates and happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a less hectic day than me!

So with that being said, let’s get to the main (short but sweet) event.

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Today’s Wise Words are just your daily reminder that you can do pretty amazing things. Never sell yourself short because even things you think you could never do, you might look back at in the future and think, “why didn’t I try this earlier?”

Also, I would like to point out that you need to find your own definition of ‘amazing.’ Your definition and someone else’s definition could be totally different, in fact, they definitely are. So don’t compare your ‘amazing’ against anyone else’s.

Do you think you’re capable of doing amazing things? Are you also doing amazing things right now?

If your answer is anything other than “F**k yes I am!!” then I suggest you reread this post. 🙂

Until next time my amazing readers,

C. Brooks

Food for Thought – Blueberry Doughnut Holes with Blueberry Glaze

This morning, I woke up and only thought one thing: it’s time to make the donuts.

I saw a recipe for these and was so excited to give them a try. Baking new things means finding new favorites and I’m all for new favorites.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!
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2 cups of flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup buttermilk (fun fact: if you don’t have butter milk, use 1/2 cup milk stirred with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes)

2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon melted butter

3/4 cup blueberries

For blueberry glaze:

3/4 cup blueberries

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons melted butter

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, vanilla Greek yogurt, eggs and vanilla.
  • Pour both mixes together and beat with a hand mixer.
  • Gently fold in blueberries.IMG_1659
  • Pour into greased doughnut hole or doughnut pan about 3/4 of the way to the top of each indentation.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes
  • For the glaze, blend together blueberries and powdered sugar in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into small mixing bowl, add lemon juice and butter and then use a hand mixer until glaze is thick and smoothIMG_1660

Once the doughnut holes are out and cooled, dump each doughnut hole into the glaze and set out to let dry.

This mixture makes about 40 doughnut holes, but you can always halve –or double!– the recipe if need be.

Enjoy the treats and until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Getting Started Is the Hardest Part

Guess what day it is???? Guess. What. Day. It. Is.

If you said, “Hump Day,” I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. It’s Wise Words Wednesday, folks!

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Today, I want to focus on goals for the long term.

Right now, I’m joining the millions of people out there trying to get into shape. When I was training for my first half marathon, I was in such great shape and loved being able to go on a five mile run and not have to really think anything about it. Now, however, if I want to run five miles, it’s a walk/jog that is just as painful to do as it probably is to watch.

I had an injury that still causes me pain, but for the most part, I’m  just so out of shape.

Every week, I think “tomorrow, I’ll get up early and work out.” But as we all know by now, “tomorrow” never really comes.

Starting from square one for a second time has been so frustrating because if I wouldn’t have gotten injured, I wouldn’t have had to start again from the beginning. It’s hard to wake up early and push your body in new trying ways, all the while knowing that you’re going to end up sore (even though it’s a good kind of sore) for the rest of the day.

Just as with any goal you have in mind, starting is hard. Once you’re in a routine, it’s great, but getting yourself to change one habit into another is probably one of the hardest personal challenges you’ll face.

Have the courage to start. No lie, it’s going to suck at times, but know that you’re going to get ahead eventually. Stick with it because you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.

When you put hard work into starting the goal, the end goal is that much better.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Favorite Things – Kayla Itsines BBG

This morning was an odd morning because I actually got up early.

I turned over to see my alarm clock and, sure enough, it was 5:45 am and I actually wanted to get up.

Now, I’m anything but a morning person, however, I’ve just started Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I absolutely love it!

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Beast mode, right here. (picture from Kayla Itsines’ Instagram)

While I think the title of the guide could be a bit less cliché and Suzanne Somers via the 1980s, the exercises she has you do feel so good.

Okay, so obvs they don’t feel good while you’re doing them, because when you’re on your second circuit, you almost want to roll over, curl up and give up, but after you’re done, you feel that good burn.

The kind of burn that lets you know that you -capital W- Worked out your muscles and is giving you toned arms, killer abs and a Kim K bootayyyy.

I’ve only been doing these workouts for the past week, so I don’t have major results yet, but I do love how I’m feeling.

Her guides are a bit pricey, but if you follow her on Instagram, she sometimes does mini workout vids like the one below or if you go to her website, you can get a free 7-day workout guide.

I know you’ll want to go grab this guide ASAP though; she’s awesome and you’re going to love the extra boost you get after you’ve got a good sweat going.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – It’s Better That Way

Good Wednesday morning!!

Today’s Wise Words will be short because I feel like they’re pretty self-descriptive, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important.

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Sometimes I get so caught up in my mind that when I’m working on a project, whether it be at work or in my personal life, and it doesn’t come out the way I had planned, I freak out.

I’m horrified of the unplanned.

But most times I’ll just need a simple reminder to take a step back from the situation and look at the bigger picture and see that it turned out exactly how it was supposed to, or sometimes, even better.

So don’t freak out if you think you come to the end of a plan and it isn’t how you turned out. If you’re still freaking out, it’s not the end. You always have time to change things around and make them better than what you had planned from the beginning.

Until next time,

C. Brooks