My Everyday Makeup Faves



Hey there everyone,

I am kind of obsessed with everything that has to do with makeup/beauty/skincare products. So I tend to switch up things pretty often. As of recently, my skin has been the best it's been in months and I really think I have found my "holy grail" makeup and skincare products. FINALLY. Every product that I use kind of just works together. I honestly have so much fun doing my makeup and it is my favorite part of the day to be completely honest. My face makeup is usually pretty "natural" looking for the most part, but I am kind of loving warm/coppery eyes lately. Here is what I have been loving lately and could not recommend more.

 

 

 

Let's get into it, shall we? 

SKINCARE

I have recently started using the Simple skincare brand and guys, I think I'm in love. Seriously, adding the two products that I have into my routine have been a blessing. The moisturizer is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, like myself. I have extremely dry skin in the winter, so this little guy has saved my life. LOVE the micellar water, all I have to say is try it. I use it in the morning after I was my face to take off whatever makeup may still be hanging on. My favorite brand of face wash since I was 13 has been St. Ives, the green tea scrub is really gentle and smells so good. Lastly, the Walmart brand of eye makeup remover works just as well as the name brand and is $3 cheaper. It even takes off water proof, so WIN. 

This photo turned out to be a little blurry for whatever reason!

MAKEUP

I think I finally found my dream foundation. The Two Faced "Born this Way" foundation is everything. It is so perfect, I cannot even stand it. My concealer is my tried-and-true Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It will probably always be my favorite concealer. My eyeliner is the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in the color trooper, I use the Tartelette pallet on my eyes, and top it off with whatever mascara I have. Anyone have any suggestions on GREAT mascaras? I do my brows with the Anastasia Dip Brow in the color Chocolate.

CONTOUR

I am NOT a very good contour lady, however I try my hardest. I have my NYX Matte Bronzer in the color light, my NYX blusher in the color Peach, and my Becca Highlighter in the color Moonstone (my pride and joy).  Swatches down below, Including my NYX soft matte lip creme in the color Athens.

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So these are my favorite products, and now I'd like to know what yours are! Leave a comment down below of your Holy Grail Products because I would LOVE to know what you guys are loving as well. 

Hannah

Best Part of 2015



Hello Everyone,

 

So, I have some pretty exciting news to share with y'all! I"M ENGAGED!!!! Oh my gosh, I honestly cannot believe that this moment even happened. Sam (my boyfriend of 4 years) proposed on December 22nd and it hasn't really sunk in completely yet. He proposed to me at the Rotary Lights in Lacrosse, WI and between the holiday spirit and tons of lights it was such a magical moment.

Sam and I started dating WAY back in High school when I was a junior and he was a senior. However, I had the biggest crush on him for years before he even knew who I was. My dad was his basketball coach, and I was always the stats girl that travelled around every where with the team. Somewhere down the line he actually started to like me too and the rest is history. 


I knew that I wanted this to be my very first blog post of 2016 since it was by far the best moment of my year. I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life. I can't imagine life without him, and cannot wait to see where God takes us in life.

Hannah

The Evolution of Instagram: Growing up alongside an App

Hello Reader,

 

This week I wanted to talk about the Evolution of Instagram. I started using Instagram in January of 2012 on my very first piece of "smart" technology. My iPod touch, crazy to think about how much technology has changed. Ever since my very first photo (which was a picture of my cereal bowl) I was hooked. I didn't realize it at the time, but Instagram really has become my very own photo album. It isn't the traditional bound photo album, with pages of plastic sleeves that held our parents Polaroid. It is a photo album that you can carry around with you every where, no matter where you are in the world, you can always be connected to your memories. 

Instagram was started by Kevin Systrom and Mike Kriger in October of 2011. The name Instagram they decided would be the perfect combination of the words " instant camera" and "telegram" to show that the free app was meant to capture and store photos. January of 2011 is when Hashtags were introduced. These hashtags were meant to connect people all over the world. The hashtags would also be able to connect people with similar interest, leading to more follows. In September of that year, filters were introduced to create different looks to photos. 

In April of 2012, the app was finally available for Android users. Facebook offered to buy Instagram and by the middle of 2012, Instagram and Facebook reached an agreement. At the end of 2012, verified twitter accounts came into the mix, after Facebook changed it's terms an services to allow third party groups to sell celebrity selfies. Shorty after, in 2013 these terms were changed so that no one had the right to sell photos. In November of 2013, we begin to see "sponsored" posts, were people could actually make money off of Instagram deals. Sponsored posts are still very popular today. 

Fast forward to present day, and we are offered so many different filters, geo tag capabilities, the ability to tag friends, and create photo maps. Instagram "themes" are very popular as well. This is when the user creates a color scheme or photo layout that is unique and constant to their account. People are making a lot of money off of sponsorships through companies asking users to take a photo of their products. Any time you see a celebrity with a product, and tag, you can almost guarantee that their post is making them thousands. We have the ability to buys apps that make our photos stand out, and our smartphones have camera's with similar quality as a DSLr. 

Apps have a huge role in our life. Even if you don't realize how big of a role that they have in our lives, you can't help but appreciate what they do for us when you sit back and think about it. There are a few changes in the works right now coming up with the newest update of Instagram, so stay tuned for that.

 

Hannah Fendt