Combo Post

First of all, let me state for the record that life is an adventure. Sometimes it’s the adventure you get, rather than the adventure you want.

This is going to be a combo post. I’ll start it with the story of yesterday’s lake day, then move onto a pic of the one week with one palette, shop my stash for the week, boxycharm unboxing combo. This may be a long one. However, I am not posting pictures from yesterday’s adventure, for the squeamish.

Yesterday I headed out to the lake cabin to meet my friend. Our idea was to hang at the lake, go for a short gravel ride, then hop in the lake like we did on the fourth. We started out by sitting and overlooking the lake for a bit, then chatting with her father for awhile, then we geared up for our little bike ride. We took her youngest son who is not the fastest rider, but we were glad to have him with us. We knew we weren’t going on a long ride, so we decided to ride one huge hill up to a catholic shrine nearby. We did so, we rested, we hydrated. Then she gave her son instructions on heading down the steep gravel hill. “Be careful to stay in that white trail where there’s less gravel, make sure you are going slow, you don’t want to be going fast because you have to turn at the bottom of the hill.” And he headed off, at the same time the elderly caretakers came down from the shrine to put the heavy gates up for the night. She wanted to help the caretakers, so I decided to follow her son in case anything happened. Her son was going at a perfect pace, nice and easy. Then I heard her coming up behind us at a fast rate of speed, she passed me, she slowed rather suddenly, and then she bit it hard on the gravel.

It was so alarming, I’ll be honest. There was blood everywhere very quickly, her face covered in blood. We scrambled to get out of the middle of the road, me moving the bikes while her son tended to her. Once upright, she assessed that nothing was broken but I noticed her knee immediately beginning to swell up. We made a plan, she’d ride at the pace she was most comfortable ahead of us, and I’d hang at her son’s pace to get us back home. After a while, I noticed her waiting, and I realized that I may have to ride back fast for a car. But instead, she said she wanted me to ride back fast and tell her father that everything was ok, as her arriving looking the way she did, with a face full of blood, was going to be very alarming for him. She decided to ride back with her son.

So I did ride fast and arrived at the cabin. After hunting through the cabin, not seeing dad or the dog, I realized he had already left, which was a bit of a relief. I hopped in my car to go get them, but they were pulling in as I pulled out.

We did some assessments of the damage once in the cabin and realized we were going to have to get her in to be seen. We finally decided to leave one vehicle at the lake and lock one bike in the garage. I took two bikes on my car, we quickly put our food away, packed up, got everything in my car, and I took her to the emergency department. After that, I took her nice bike to her house along with her son, got the bike in the garage, and son in the house, and then headed home to wait for news.

In the end, she had to get 9 stitches in her face, and they immobilized her knee while it heals, but thankfully nothing major happened. She’s going to have some horrific looking bruising in the upcoming days, but we are just SO thankful she realized while she was on the bike that she was going down and was able to slow as much as she did. Quick decision making on the bike really does often change the outcome of a situation.

So, today she’s home healing, and her family is arranging the transport of her vehicle, and I am hoping she’ll be feeling better in short order. I am thankful she wasn’t riding alone, and I am thankful we were able to make the best decisions we could after the fact.

Now on to the other stuff. First the photo.


My boxycharm came this week, and so I’ve added that to this week’s shop the stash because I want to use the new palette this week, as well as quite a lot of other items. The boxycharm items are on the left.

There’s a palette from crown which I am excited to use. It’s a warm-toned palette, as so many are, and it doesn’t have any pops of unusual color, but the oranges and the browns are pretty so I think they’ll be fun to try. Above that in boxycharm we got the dr. brandt no more baggage eye cream, which I will totally try this week. Above that there’s Chella eyebrow cream which I am totally excited to try. Above that is a mascara which is the one item I have pictured here that I have no intention of adding to my routine right now. I’ve got more than enough mascara open now, this one gets saved for down the road a bit. To the right of that you’ll see a blush open, and that is the final boxy charm item this month. It’s a nice warm toned blush, from Note, and since I sent my warm toned blush with Miss Butterfly on her trip in order to let my mom test it out, I was very happy to receive this one as it will pair well with the warm toned palette I am using this week. So, that’s boxycharm, and I am pleased with my box. I am not gonna lie, there was another box combo that did not contain the palette, and I was afraid that was the one I’d receive. I am still in the mode of wanting to play with all the palettes, and I care little about face sprays which is what the alternate item was. Most thrillingly, none of the items was an eyeliner, and for that I am grateful!

I do think that there are certain things you need never to purchase if you are getting subscription boxes. Eyeliners and mascaras seem to be top on that list. I do like trying out new mascaras though, so that’s fun. Eyeliners, not so much. Unless it’s an interesting color I suppose.

Ok, the remaining items left to right, top to bottom.

Above the blush is becca backlight priming filter. I used this during the week, and while it looks alarming when I put it on my entire face, it does work I suppose. I probably won’t repurchase, but there isn’t much left in this sample size so I figure it’s time to use it up.

Next to that is the makeup forever HD foundation that I tried for the first time last week. I like it! Not sure if it’s one I’ll purchase on my own, but I do like it better than others I’ve tried. It holds up pretty well, and this past week was very hot, I had multiple activities that had me walking around in the heat, and I was surprised at how well it performed under those circumstances.

There’s the butter bronzer which is a staple in my collection, not much needs to be said about that. Then under that is my bare minerals matte foundation which out of anything works the best in the heat. So, it’ll be another staple in these shop the stash posts through the remainder of the summer.

Next row-the hair custard I am trying to pan will be used this week. I’ve decided what this product does best is give freshly washed hair the texture and grip that it needs to actually put up and get it to stay that way. Meaning, if I use this after I wash my hair and just leave it, my hair gets a bit too big for me. But if I use it, and then put my hair in a french braid or two, the hair stays in that braid nicely. When it’s hot, I love a braid, so it’s getting use.

The clinique powder and the wet n wild contour palette are also staples and items I am working on panning this summer, you’ve seen them many times before. Same goes for the dandelion twinkle highlighter. Below that I’ve got a style sepia eyeliner, it’s brown/green with some sparkle and it’ll pair well with the palette. Added bonus, I am trying to pan it so I am glad to choose something I can pair with it this week.

Below the eyeliner is a sample size of the marc jacobs velvet noir mascara. Guys, I may never purchase lash paradise again. This mascara, which I broke into out of curiousity, makes my eyelashes so so very long! I decided that the travel size is only 2 bucks more than the full size of lash paradise, and so if this holds me for 3 months I am totally purchasing another. (After sampling the ones I have waiting of course.) I really love this so much.

And finally, the bare minerals bareskin concealer is a good one for use this week. I can use it on my eyelids as well as my undereye, so that’s what I chose for this week.

Let’s review last week. Here’s the photo:


I already gave some thoughts on the palette. I’ll just give some thoughts on the most noteable things. The tiny container of highlighter that says thank you on it I tried using this week, not on my cheeks. At home, I thought that the inner corner and browbone highlight I’d done was subtle enough, but once I got to work and looked in the mirror, I wiped it off a bit, as it was blinding! I still haven’t had the courage to use it on my cheeks, but perhaps I will if I play with makeup today. I am not going anywhere, so today would be a good day to try it.

The pretty vulgar gel eyeliner got lots of action this week, as it paired well with the eyeshadow palette. I would line my eyes and then smudge that out a bit to look less harsh. I really like how easy it is to apply the gel liner and get such an intense black line. I still don’t have the courage to try a wing though, and especially not in the mornings while getting ready for work.

The cover fx primer needs more use to figure out how I feel about it. The nyx eyebrow pencil was entirely not my favorite and I am unsure how I will use it at this point as the color is all wrong in addition to me not liking the product itself. And finally, I must confess that my use of the urban decay all nighter foundation has pretty much dropped off entirely right now. I can’t get it to stick to my face for long on a good day, and so it’s just too awful on a hot day where I have to be outside walking during the work day. That’s why I didn’t even bother to put it in this week’s stash shop.

Ok ok, that was THE LONGEST POST ever, and I probably should’ve split it into two. But here we are. If you made it to the end, I am completely amazed. Have a great week!


3 thoughts on “Combo Post

    • That poor kid, we really did scare him good. But, he handled it well too, and I am glad I was there, and it wasn’t just the two of them.

      • Yes! That would have been very scary. My mom had a bad sledding accident when we were kids. Three of us knew full well what was wrong, my littlest brother didn’t have a clue. While she was lying in the snow waiting for the ambulance, he went sailing down the hill “mom, look at this one!” Over and over. I guess he felt safe! We were lucky my aunt was there, so we knew everything would be OK. She was a trooper!

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