Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tag! Beauty vs. Brains

Sorry for the lull in posts but I've been truly busy this past week at work so I thought I'd ease back into things with a fun tag! Now, this was a YouTube tag that I saw on Sprinkle of Glitter but I thought it'd be just as easy to answer the questions on here. I quite liked the tag because it was just something different than what your favorite makeup or outfit of the moment might be. A quick warning to you in advance, I will probably cheat because I believe that most questions can't simply be fulfilled with one answer.

1. What is your favorite book?
I am a big fan of many book series like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Southern Vampire Mysteries, and the Divergent Series, but my favorite singular book would have to be a tie (cheating already) between On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I read a LOT so this was difficult, though ruling out the series made it a tad easier.

2. What is your favorite quote?
Most of the quotes I love come from Oscar Wilde, my favorite being:
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
However, recently I heard this one and it made me melt:
"She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short." -Brian Andreas

3. Do you prefer English or Math?
Definitely English. In high school I did exceptionally well in my English classes and even began college as a Journalism major. Even though I didn't stick with it (see next question), I still love writing and am a grammar hound.

4. Do you prefer Science or Art?
Though I do appreciate the arts, I have never been gifted in them. I graduated from college with a degree in Science and am particularly fond of the life sciences (biology, medicine, genetics, etc).

5. Name five albums or artists that have changed your life.
I love listening to music and listen to a little bit of everything. Not sure that I could say they 'changed my life' but I absolutely love The Shins, Kings of Leon, Marcus Foster, The Black Keys, and 30 Seconds to Mars. I will say that I always look forward to the Twilight films' soundtracks as they always have a nice variety of music and include some indie artists that are worth checking out.

6. What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school?
In college my favorite subject was Emerging Infectious Diseases (or basically any biology course) and my least favorite was Calculus (or basically any high level math course).

7. Who is your favorite celebrity with a brain?
Emma Watson. She is well spoken, flits between Brown and Oxford for university studies, and it doesn't hurt that she has an impeccable sense of style (she modeled for Burberry for crying out loud).

8. What is your nerdy little secret?
To people who read this blog my nerdy little secret would be my job (I work in a research lab at the US FDA) but to people at my job my nerdy little secret would be this blog. Funny how different people perceive things, isn't it?

9. What beauty gurus do you admire for more than their love of beauty/fashion?
I admire them all for their courage because opening yourself up to anonymous criticism is a scary thing, but I especially admire Zoe (Zoella). She began as a blogger and was shy about starting a YouTube channel but she's amazing! I'm sure you all follow her already, but on the off chance that you don't, go check her out!

10. If you could study anything, anywhere what would it be?
I would literally study anything to do with science somewhere near London. I studied abroad in London for a semester and have just been aching to go back ever since. If I could get my graduate degree at Oxford University, I'd do it in a heart beat but it's just not in the cards for me currently.

11. If your blog couldn't focus on beauty/fashion, what would it focus on?
Probably just life lessons and personal experience but I find that most people are more eager to hear about your opinion on makeup or fashion than they are to hear about your personal life (that is until you have many followers that want to know all of your business, haha).

12. Name something that you're obsessed with but others might find nerdy or strange.
I came across this last night when my husband and I were watching the movie Contagion. I got really into it and was blabbering on about emerging infectious diseases (which he knows nothing about since he's in IT). He was a good sport about it but I could tell that I was either boring or confusing him at most points in the conversation. I just love biology and medicine though.

13. Name five people (excluding family/friends) that inspire you.
First and foremost would be Audrey Hepburn since she was an icon in so many ways (style, cinema, humanitarian). I have loved her since I was a very little girl and my mother introduced me to Breakfast at Tiffany's (any guess as to where my blog name came from? haha). I also adore Grace Kelly, Johnny Depp, and Reese Witherspoon for various reasons. This last one will be controversial, but I have a big girl crush on Kristen Stewart because of the way she is always true to herself (good or bad) even when you can tell everyone is expecting her to be a certain way. Sorry if that offends any of you, but I don't hold people to their mistakes as we all make them and I certainly don't want to be held to any that I have made through the years.

14. Who is your intellectual soulmate?
Probably my best friend Brittany. Intellectually we have similar interests and can carry on conversations for hours if the right topic comes up. Most of our other friends just think we're strange and that's okay!

If you guys have any other fun tags to offer, send them my way or link them in the comments. I tag all of you and hope that you enjoy answering the questions! One last request, as I'm new to the blogging world, any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Let me know which posts you've enjoyed, what you'd like to see more of, and anything you haven't liked. Thanks so much!

:: katie golightly x

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Applying Mascara: My Secret Weapon!

So I eluded to this in a previous post, but I have a very particular way of applying my mascara that I have found works really well and gives a fluttery finish that I just love. First, let me start by saying, I was blessed with long, full lashes. I have never had lash extensions and never wear false lashes (my wedding day was the one and only exception). I do, however, have a little routine that really helps to make my eyelashes look more dramatic and lush.

First, I will usually start by curling my lashes. Sometimes I accidentally leave this step out but I'm trying to get better at doing it every time I put on my makeup. I then apply several coats of my mascara. Right now I am bouncing between Revlon's Grow Luscious and Benefit's BAD gal lash mascaras. I prefer the BAD gal lash formula and wand (bottom) but the Grow Luscious is nice to use once in a while and the wand (top) is very large which I enjoy.

I like to go pretty heavy on the mascara. My eyes are my favorite feature to play up on my face and I feel like fluttery lashes just bring them out even more. This is where my secret weapon comes in. It can take many forms but the original was something I came up with while in my local Sephora. Now, I doubt that I'm the first one to have this idea but I didn't really learn it from anyone so I think it's unique and worth trying.

Anyway, I was browsing through loads of makeup and trying on several products, as usual. I decided to try a mascara and took one of their sample applicator wands to use. When I was done, I was about to throw the wand away when I realized, this is like a free makeup brush. I wrapped the sample wand up in a tissue and stuck it in my purse. When I got home I unwrapped it, feeling a bit sly, and washed it off to dry for the morning. It was one of the better ideas I've ever had.

After applying gobs of mascara now, I work the wand through my lashes until I achieve my desired effect. It really helps to work the mascara through from root to tip and fan out my lashes, giving them perfect fullness and volume. However, it doesn't stop here. I have now started to save the brushes from mascaras with wands that I love (BAD gal lash being one of them). I simply give them a good cleaning, and then use them when I find a mascara with an insufficient wand but lovely formula or just to work mascara nicely through my lashes.

Now I know that I can pay to buy a special mascara brush from Sephora or what have you, but why would I do that when I can get better ones for free? Just a thought that I hope you guys can take advantage of or enjoy exploring on your own. Let me know how you feel about this tip and if you try it out yourselves! Oh, and here is a peek at what my lashes look like when I'm done this little routine:

Not bad right (besides the photo quality). For me, this is a perfect look for my lashes because it keeps them looking a tad natural but still helps my eyes to really pop. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.. big, full, voluminous lashes included!

:: katie golightly x

everything is my own including opinions, photographs, and rambles alike. this is not sponsored.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Newest YouTube Obsession: ThePersianbabe

As you all know and as most of you will agree, I love a good beauty or fashion video! On YouTube, I am subscribed to many different vloggers and watch them pretty regularly. It's always fun to see what's knew in beauty and fashion through the eyes of others who love it as much as I do. That is one of the main reasons that I started this blog, to meet people who had a similar love of makeup and style.

This month, I discovered a new (to me) YouTuber and have been enjoying her videos ever since. Her name is Barbara and she goes by the YouTube username ThePersianbabe. She does not currenly have a blog page (I wish she'd start one!), but you can also find her on Twitter and Instagram (both @barbarapbabe). Though she doesn't do too much as far as makeup is concerned, I've been loving her advice on skin care products.

The thing that truly sold me on her channel was her sense of style. It is unique and definitely not for everyone, but something that I really appreciate and can take something from. She isn't afraid to think outside of the box and her OOTD posts or styling posts always take me by surprise in the best of ways. Most of her clothing is also on the reasonable side price-wise as she shops at places like Zara, Topshop, ASOS, and Urban Outfitters. I find her to be really relatable and if you aren't currently following her, you should check her out! Here is the video that she did for her July favorites:

Do you have any personal YouTube favorites or perhaps a channel I should be subscribing to? Apologies for the short post today, I've been really busy at work and haven't had as much time as I'd like to put into posting. Let me know if you have any post requests and don't forget to follow!

:: katie golightly x

video taken from ThePersianbabe's YouTube channel which is linked in the text.
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