Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Years Eve Tutorial: Pink & Black!

Hey loves! I am here once again with a New Years Eve tutorial, and I LOVE it! It's dramatic and sexy all rolled in to one! I hope you guys enjoy it!

Too Face Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Black Bean
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Hot Pink
88 Shimmer Palette - Black
88 Shimmer Palette - Hot Pink
88 Shimmer Palette - Matte Light Pink
Jesse's Girl - Light shimmery baby pink
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

MAC Blush (can't remember name - but neutral color)

Barry M 101
Victoria's Secret - Seductive

Make sure you check out the tutorial on my youtube page!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Years Eve Tutorial!!

Hey loves! The tutorial for this look will be up later today. Meanwhile, here is a picture and the products I used!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Milk
MAC Crystal Avalance (inner 1/3)
MAC Nocturnelle (outter corner/lower lash line)
MAC X-Rated (above crease/lower lash line)
MAC Beauty Marked (outter V/lower lash line)
MAC Mylar (highlight)
Any glitter of your choice, mine is Fairy Dust 008 from Coastal Scents
I used 2 different eyeliners (left: Physicians Formula purple/right: urban decay ecstasy)
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara/Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Laura Mercier primer
MAC pro-longwear foundation/MAC studio fix foundation
MAC MSF Natural
Shell CCB


Thanks all, hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011=New Journey for Shannon!

I don't know if anyone will read this or what, but I am pretty much going to use this going forward as a journal + beauty related stuff... 

As you may or may not know... in January 2011 I will be starting weight watchers. Let me give you a little background to who I am...

In HS I wasn't the SMALLEST girl...but I was NOT fat. I was average. I have very muscular thighs and calves... and so they were bigger, but not fat. I was in every sport so it helped keep the weight off. I graduated HS in 2004 and I've gained a lot of weight. I never thought I would get to the point where I need to do something drastically about it... until now. 

I'm at the point where I can't even stand looking at myself or pictures of me... 

I do however LOVE to get all dolled up with makeup and do my hair because it's like a temporary "fix" that makes me feel good. I have an amazing husband who tells me ALL the time I'm beautiful and what not... The thing that bothers me is that when we started dating in 2002 I was skinnier and smaller... and now here I am. 

So, I am going to start weight watchers in the first week of January, and also will be joining a gym. My husband got a new job and so he will be working different hours than me so this will help me cope with us not seeing each other M-TH of the week. 

I really want this blog as a spot to vent. I am only telling 3 people about me starting weight watchers. Younger sister, Husband and best friend. Reason being is I want people to notice the changes on their own, and not because they know i'm on weight watchers.

I am SO anxious to start this journey and very excited, scared, and all of the above. I don't want to fail... so hopefully with your kind words and encouragement I can make it through this.

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Hey loves! So here are the prizes to my [updated] Giveaway!!! If you want to know the rules of the giveaway please read the information in the info bar on the video!!

1st Place:
1 Batiste Dry Shampoo (blush OR original)
1 Miracle 7 leave in conditioner
1 Cover Girl Quad in "Shimmering Sands"
1 Cover Girl single eyeshadow in "Champagne"
1 ELF "Powder Brush"
1 Orly FX nail polishes (your choice)
1 OPI Burlesque nail polishes (your choice)
1 China Glaze Holiday nail polishes (your choice)
1 Wet n Wild eyebrow pencil (i believe they only have taupe)
2 Revlon lipgloss' (pink pop, lilac pastel, coral reef or peach petal)
2 Wet n Wild color icon palettes (greed, lust, pride, or vanity)
1 Wet n Wild single eyesahdow "nutty"
1 L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
1 L'Oreal Linuer Intense felt tip
1 ELF "blending eyeshadow" brush
1 ELF facial whip "spotlight"
1 Hard Candy lipstick "fire alarm"

2nd Place:
1 Wet n Wild color icon palettes (greed, lust, pride, or vanity)
1 Wet n Wild single eyesahdow "nutty"
1 Garnier Nutrise makeup remover wipes
1 Milani Liquif'eye pencil (black or brown)
1 Wet n Wild single eyesahdow "nutty"
1 Package of eyebrow razors
1 Cover Girl single eyeshadow in "Champagne"
1 ELF facial whip "spotlight"
1 Revlon lipgloss' (you will choose from the 2 left over that the 1st prize winner didn't pick)
1 Milani nail polish "Bare to Wear"
1 ELF "blending eyeshadow" brush
1 Rimmel lipstick "Airy Fairy"

3rd Place Prize:
1 Wet n Wild color icon palettes (greed, lust, pride, or vanity)
1 Wet n Wild single eyesahdow "nutty"
1 ELF Mineral Lipstick "Natural Nymph"
1 Cover Girl single eyeshadow in "Champagne"
1 ELF "blending eyeshadow" brush
1 Wet n Wild eyebrow pencil (i believe they only have taupe)
1 ELF facial whip "spotlight"
1 TEN nail polish "moonlight"
1 Revlon lipgloss' (you will get whatever one the 1st & 2nd place winners didn't choose)

4th Place Prize: (newly added)
1 ELF "blending eyeshadow" brush
1 Cover Girl single eyeshadow in "Champagne"
1 ELF facial whip "spotlight"
1 Cover Girl Quad in "Shimmering Sands"



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ins & Outs - 12/7/2010

I haven't done one of these in a long time so I figured now would be a good time!

-leggings: OMG, I've been wearing these NON stop! I mostly just wear black and grey, but i'm thinking of investing in some navy blue ones...i've been wearing them with my sketchers boots (just like the tall UGG boot) I normally pair it with a long sweater or something because i'm that girl who does NOT like when people don't cover their butts... argh.

-brown eyeliner: this can be from any company... i use milani or urban decay.. love both. It's just so nice to have a more toned down liner look i've been ordering this like crazy... i know, bad of me... but what can I say? I'm so addicted to nail polish. i got a nail polish rack but I definitely need another one! i'm thinking of doing a overview of my nail polish collection. thoughts?

-combing my hair in shower: i know this is like a "duh Shannon" point... but literally I think it's been saving my hair. I get in the shower, and I put this in my hair for 3-5 minutes and while its in a comb through it with a wide tooth comb... I really feel like it's made a difference in my hair. 

-Christmas: I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOVE this time of the year! I love Christmas baking, decorating, music, lights... all that! It puts me in such a cheerful mood. I am going to start filming some Christmas tutorials!

-ads on twitter: this is one of the MOST annoying things on twitter. you will see like one guru do it and then 10 more and i just want to block them because of it. the most annoying one would have to be hautelook... seriously?? 

-cold weather: i know it just started but i want autumn back! is it just me or did this fall seem SUPER fast and short?

-yellow teeth: i dont have like nasty yellow teeth but they definitely arent as white as i want them so i've just started trying to whiten them, and i will let you know how that goes!

I think this is all for now! What are your ins and outs??

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 30 : A dream for the future

I REALLY want to be pregnant next year. Like REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be pregnant. A lot of people I know are getting pregnant and having babies... and I just feel like I was placed on this earth to have babies. You know how sometimes you feel like you have a purpose in your lifetime... and I think my purpose was to be a mommy. My sister has PCOS and my other sister has already had a baby... so I'm right in the middle... literally. My sister with PCOS is 30 and my sister with the baby is 20... and i'm 25.... I just feel like it's my time, ya know? The truth is, my husband and I haven't exactly been trying but we haven't been "protecting" against it either... 

So within the next few months I am going to go to the doctor and see what we can do, and get on a plan.

Wish me luck loves.

Day 29: Hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days

Oh boy... I set high hopes for myself, so when I look back at this in 365 days, I REALLY hope to have these accomplished... mostly ;)

join weight watchers and get to my goal weight
join the gym
get pregnant
keep growing my hair
finish all the painting and work in my house
have much more money in savings
get my photography/graphic design/makeup business REALLY off the ground

I am not going to list any more because these are some of my BIG goals!

Day 28: Whats in my handbag/purse

Well I am not carrying my "normal" purse like I always have with me... instead I am carry my coach over the shoulder little purse. This doesn't have much in it at all. 

I have my debit cards, sally beauty card, CVS card, gift cards, cash, my wristlet, chapstick, work badge, IB Profin, and my smashbox "pout" lipgloss.... yep, thats it! I know, crazy... I normally carry an entire drugstore in there!

Day 27: My worst habit

Well this DEFINITELY would be biting my nails but i've had acrylics on FOREVER now so I haven't been biting them...

I had my acrylics off for a REALLY long time and I was being REALLY good about not biting my nails but then in May I broke my leg and I was SO nervous in the room waiting for surgery that I bit all my nails... so when I got out and when I was able to go on crutches, I went and got my nails done! :D

But yes, this would DEFINITELY be my worst habbit. I hate it so much. I think i do it because my nails are so brittle anyway and NOTHING really works to make them strong... but ... oh well haha!

Day 26: Your week, in great detail

Monday - stayed home because I was sick... woke up at 12:30 PM... crawled out of bed, went to comfy couch, snuggled up with my beagle and black lab and watched DVR'd shows
Tuesday - went to work, came home, recorded some videos, went and got my GHD... mm thats it.
Wednesday - work, went to Target and got a sweater and a comb and a new "People Style Watch" mag.. went home at swedish meatballs, watched SVU and went to bed
Thursday - work, eye doc appt, work some more... and then volleyball

... that's it so far! :D

Day 25: Your day, in great detail

alarm goes off at 6:45
hit the snooze button....3 times
roll out of bed
go to the bathroom
turn shower on for hubby
brush teeth
look at myself and think "what can I do with THIS today" hehe
look at my phone
pick out what i am going to wear
use my proactive toner
use my proactive repair stuff
put some concealer on
listen to the news
put mascara on
put my hair in a pony tail
grab a headband... put it on
get dressed in my jeans, tee from Target, and a brown long sweater
hubby gets out of shower, gets dressed, and goes to start the car
let dogs outside to go potty
put socks on
let dogs in
put jacket on
grab purse, cell phone, and work laptop
find post office box keys
go to car
drive to post office
get mail
open mail
drive 20 miles to work
get a starbucks carmel frap
get to work
go to eye doc appt
come back to work
go pick up hubby from work
change into volleyball clothes
play 2 sets of volleyball
drive home
let dogs out
eat something
let dogs in
watch whatever is on the DVR
maybe upload a video/record video
crawl in bed
kiss hubby 3 times and say I love you
..dream a crazy dream :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 24: Where I live

....because I live in a "smaller" area... I don't really want to disclose where I live.. but... I will tell you a little bit about it..

I am close to Minnapolis, MN
I graduated with 40 kids
It gets REALLY cold here in the winter
It gets REALLY hot here in the summer
I don't have a Sephora, MAC, Ulta, Marshalls, or Nordstroms close by me .... :(
I LOVE the "small town" atmosphere...
I LOVE being close to a BIG city ;)

... any ideas?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23: A youtube video

Well, I won't be crazy and link to one of my own videos... 

How about something funny? Alright... 

This is one of my ALL time favorite videos... it makes me laugh sooooooo hard [CATS]

Ok, this makes me tear up EVERY time I watch it... *tears up* [EAGLE]

So, I love those two videos!!!

Day 22: A website

I LOVE this website for nail polishes! I order from them ALL the time. They have discontinued polishes, collections... they have OPI, China Glaze, Orly, Essie, Color Club... just tons of polishes!

I have a 10% off code too: BEAUTY10

Check it out and let me know what you think!!!!

Day 21: A recipe


1 devil's food cake mix
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs
Mix the above ingredients together. Roll the dough into dime-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool cookies.
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 square butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 to 4 c. powdered sugar
Mix all of frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost BACKS of cookies and place together to make sandwich cookie.

I always put them in the freezer after i'm done because I think they are SO much better frozen!

Day 20: A hobby of yours

Well this one is pretty obvious.

It's a word I like to describe as... hoarding, expensive, fun, creative... hehe


I LOVE makeup. I love playing with it, wearing it, putting it on others, swatching it... all of the above.

Just check out my youtube channel!

Day 19: A talent of yours

Well since you all know I'm a photographer, that would be boring if I posted that. A different talent of mine would be that I am really good at golf. [not intending to sound like a snob]

I've been golfing since I was really young, and my dad taught me. We used to go golfing all the time. I was on the varsity team when I was in 8th grade and went to state golf every year since I went on varsity. My senior year I placed 9th in the sate... I was sad. But oh well!

What are your talents?

Day 18: My wedding/future wedding/past wedding

I got married on 9/8/2007

This picture just sums up my relationship with my husband. We LOVE to goof!

I love him to pieces >.<

Day 17: An art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)

This is probably one of my FAVORITE paintings, mostly because I've seen it in person... and its so different when you can be so close to something so wonderful....

The Mona Lisa

You would expect it to be this GREAT big painting and it's really not. It's actually kind of small.... but it is so amazing. I hope someday you can see it in person!

Day 16 : A song that makes you cry (or nearly)


Day 15: Your dream house

This one is hard to describe... but.. now that I've owned my first "starter" home, I really know what are some MUST haves. I mean, I have a LOT of must haves in my current house but there are some things that I really REALLY need in my forever home.

1. BIG laundry room
2. Studio for my photography/makeup
3. BIG closet
4. Office
5. BIG [fenced] yard
6. BIG kitchen
7. Jacuzzi tub
8. Basement
9. Wrap around porch
10. Porch swing (i know, I can always add this)

Those are most of the MUST haves I think... what are yours?

Day 14: A non-fictional book

This one isn't easy... because I don't read that many books. I know, silly of me, but it's true. I haven't read one of these kinds of books in SO long... but I think one that is really good is the Diary of Ann Frank. That bok was sooooooo real and so heart tearing.

If you haven't read it, you must.

Day 13: A fictional book

This is really easy. 

The Harry Potter Series.

I LOOOOVE these books. I am so sad that they have finally ended, and now there is only one more movie left. I really REALLY hope she writes more books. 

What do you think of this series?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 12:: Something you are OCD about

Ok, so you are going to LAUGH at this... 

When I am in a store, and let's say I open something up to inspect it... such as a smell, or spray... like a candle oil or a deodorant or detergent... even if I am the one who opens it, I HAVE to put it back and get a fresh one. Sometimes I will grab something in the back too to ensure that no one has touched it besides the person who stocked the shelf. My husband literally laughs and shakes his head everytime I do this, but I HAVE to... like it would BOTHER me so severely bad if I bought it knowing it was already openeing preiviously.

crazy? i think so... exciting!

Hey loves!!! So i've decided that once I reach 100 followers on here, I am going to be doing a giveaway!!!! Yep, that's right, another giveaway!!! So spread the word, and let's have some fun in this journey!!!

What kind of blog posts would you like to see?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11: Photo of you recently

This was taken a few weeks ago. I still need to do a tutorial for this look. I LOVE wearing bright colors... but recently i've been so into nuetrals and what not... i just love all makeup!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10: Photo taken over 10 years ago of you

I don't currently have a picture on my computer from 2001, but this was is from about 2003, so almost. I can't believe this was that long ago.. wow. Time sure does fly by. This is one of my senior pictures, and this is me with our family black lab, Mikey. He's like a brother to me. My family is HUGELY into animals.

Anyway, enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9: Photo you took

I am a photographer so I can't just choose one. I'll post a few, here you go:

Thanks for looking!

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