Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dreams From Long Ago

Beauty is my obsession.

Ever since I was 13 and started wearing a bit of nail polish and my Bonne Bell Lipsmackers, cosmetics have been my hobby. When my friends would come over to my house, I'd always pull out the nail polish and make homemade face masks out of oatmeal and honey (disastrous!). At 17 when I was going to graduate from high school, my friend Katie and I had plans to live in London (Ontario) and go to cosmetology school together. My ultimate dream was to do makeup for celebrities or learn special-effects makeup for sci-fi television shows and movies.

But then reality set in and the need for a "steady" job began to rear its ugly head, so I graduated from college with a somewhat more practical degree in History. (And what do you do with that degree, you ask? Turns out, not much actually)

Fast forward to NOW.

I have been an administrative assistant for the past 6 1/2 years. It's steady work. It's a decent income. It's responsible.

But at the end of the day I still come home and put on a face mask and give myself a mani-pedi. Sephora is my home away from home. I obsessively eBay-surf for all my favorite cosmetics at discount prices.

So I guess it comes as no surprise that I have been thinking long and hard about getting my esthetician's license! For years, my friends and family members have commented that it would be the perfect profession for me. The more I think about it, I think they are spot on! It's the only thing that I LOVE and can't imagine tiring of. It gives you the space to be creative, to pamper people, and to grow professionally.

My goal for the next several months is to save as much money as I can and then apply to attend Aveda Institute in the late spring/early summer. Preferably somewhere along the East Coast, where my heart truly lies! (yeah, Denver, not so much. But thats another topic and another looooong ramble).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Life's Too Short

I care faaaaar too much about what other people think of me.

And more often than not, my perceptions of what other people think of me are a far cry from what they actually do.

I need to lighten up a bit.

Do my own thing.

Find my passion.

No excuses, no explanations.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Current Obsessions

This Illume candle in Coconut Milk Mango transports me to my favorite place in the world - THE BEACH!

Pacifica body butter in Malibu Lemon Blossom takes me back to my childhood surrounded by lemon and grapefruit trees.

OPI San Tan-tonio is the perfect nude/tan color for my skin tone. I first saw it here.

Essie's new line of Luxe Effects holiday polishes are just awesome and definitely worth your money. My favorite is the opalescent topcoat second from the left, which looks fantastic layered over San Tan-tonio.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Lust List

Burberry Body fragrance - clean, sophisticated, and very sensual. This is at the top of my list!

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut and Dewy Papaya. This will be my reward to myself if I lose 10 lbs by Christmas.

This print by vendor Thedor is the illustration of one of my favorite sayings.

The book Arkitekternes Sommerhuse makes me drool and dream about building my own cabin someday.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Party Nails

Zoya Cynthia with OPI Rainbow Connection layered overtop. Fun and super sparkly!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

#23 Get Nose Pierced

Last Friday night, my friend Melissa and I, along with one of my roomates, went to Bound By Design, a local tattoo and piercing shop, to get our noses pierced.

I love it! So far it's healing nicely and I can't wait to change it out for something a little prettier :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Your Great Name

This song is the cry of my heart lately ... Enjoy :)

xoxo Erin