Monday, April 20, 2015

Snapchat Saturday: Record Store Day 2015

I recently moved to the Bay Area in California.
I thought it would be fun if I took you all along on my Saturday adventures
discovering this new land.
Follow me on Snapchat: Mo.lovez
It's where I post everyday shenanigans and things get real stupid.

This past Saturday was RECORD STORE DAY! Mark and I decided to head up to Ameoba in Berkley (which we have been wanting to go to anyway due to it's iconic status). After that we drove to Alameda and had some wine on a beach with some of Mark's old College pals. Well, they drank wine, I had some delicious Dopplebock at the authentic German restaurant we ate at afterward. It was a pretty awesome day, all of which I documented on Snapchat (which is also why the video is flipped in that annoying vertical way). Hope your day was as fun as mine!
Here, have a random pic of my tired face from that day. It's like you can see the fun all over it. 

What did you do this past Saturday?
Did you partake in the some record store day fun?
Also, are you from CA? Some rec's on fun and cool things to do are certainly welcomed!

Usually there is a disclaimer here. 
Today it is totally unnecessary.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Obsession Confession: Bumble and Bumble BB. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer

I'm seriously dying over how amazing this product is... luckily for me, it gives me LIFE! (see what I did there?)

I received a sample bottle of the Bumble and bumble Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer a few months ago with a random, late night Sephora order. Since then, I have gone through 3 bottles. I should just break down and get the bigger size, but I really like the compact size of the 2 oz bottle. 

So, why am I obsessed?
According to the, it is "A pre-styler that protects, conditions, and eases styling for dry, brittle, or coarse hair. ... This multitasking primer is infused with six different feather-light oils for complete hair transformation. It has been shown to make hair softer, smoother, silkier, and less tangled as it tames frizz and protects against breakage from heat and UV radiation—all without weighing hair down. It also features a pleasant scent with sweet, fruity hints and tropical touches."  Guess what? It's all true.

I have dry, coarse hair that I foolishly lighten and boldly color because I am a terrible person. Better said, I torture my hair. Like, GoT's Theon Greyjoy style torture. I am ALWAYS looking for new products that will not only protect my hair, but also make it healthier (instead of just LOOKING healthier - although that is always nice, too) and this one does exactly what it claims. I use it every time I was my hair before blow-drying. On days I don't "shampoo" (I use a cleansing conditioner, more on that later) I use this product on my dry hair before styling. It leave it looking, feeling, and smelling fantastic. 

Have you tried this product or anything else from Bumble and bumble?
What are your thoughts? What are your recommended "hair savers"?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

April Giveaway: Sephora, n00bs, and lotsa thank-yous!

What... is... happening?

Over the past fews months - once I found out that I was moving to California - I knew I wanted to bring this blog back to life after the "nesting" phase of moving was over. So while I was busy NOT paying attention, hundreds of you crept up on me and starting becoming fans of the FB page. I'm not sure where you all came from, I'm just happy you are here!

To show my thanks, and to bring you over to the blog (where the party is just now starting!), I would like to do a giveaway! One lucky follower will get a $25 e-gift card to Sephora (so make sure you use an email you actually check, lol).  The winner will be announced in a blog and posted via the FB page. You will also be contacted directly via email. Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Have no fear, little dears! 
There will be a giveaway every month here on the blog!
Spread the word 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Updates, Timelines, and Wibbly Wobbly Stuff.

Oh man... has it been an ENTIRE YEAR all ready?! I blame time travel, black outs, and an obscene amount of epic events throughout 2014. [editor's note: only one of those things is true]

2014 was a tumultuous year. It left me saddened, sickened, excited, and overwhelmed. It was chaotic, depressing, disorderly, and amazing. While I am so happy it has ended, and 2015 has started out strong and will only continue to get more awesome as time progresses, I feel I should share what exactly happened in 2014. So here my year in review (to help you better understand why this blog fell to the wayside--- A LOT longer than intended, btdubz).

January- The last you saw me here, I wrote this post about my little guy, Mustard Danger, being ill. It was a tough post to write. I still remember crying over my computer and the words the spewed out onto the keyboard. That same evening, Muppy passed away in his sleep. Waking up that morning was different. Before I opened my eyes, I knew he had passed. I couldn't even get up to check on him. I just knew. I leaned over, woke Mark up, and started to loose my mind. Even talking about it know makes me tear up.
About 2 weeks later, I caught the worst flu bug I ever had in my life and missed about 5 days of work. Great start to the year, I must say...

February- It took a long time to "get over" Mustard's passing. To be honest, I don't think I will ever. Does that make me a crazy dog lady? Probably. I was so riddled with grief over Mustard that I swore off dogs. I never wanted another one again, and, IF so, then certainly not one right away. But then again, Mark knows me (remember that "crazy dog lady" comment. Yeah, that).  He knew that even though I could never replace Mustard, my heart needed a companion to help get me out of my depressing funk.... enter WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT! Whiskey is also a rescue pup (and he has quite the personality - 3 of them, really). Mark surprised me with him, and instantly became a part of the pack!

March- I bought a car and I didn't even mean it!! What?!
After 33 years of life, I had decided that I wanted to learn how to drive. Partly because I wanted to help take my Mom to her treatments, and partly because I didn't want my little sister to get a license before I did. lol.  So, one day, Mark and I decided to go look at the new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage's. Randomly, without intention (or a license) I walked out with a brand new car. Score!

April- was INTENSE! In October of 2013, my Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Even though we were all aware of the eventual outcome, we were all still very hopeful. Plus, if you ever had the pleasure of meeting my Mom, you KNEW there was no way she was going down without a hardcore fight!
At this point it wasn't uncommon for Mom to be in and out of the hospital, with her weakened immune system, she was sick a lot. On April 7th, my Mom was rushed to the hospital during the night for an emergency operation to have her appendix removed...
She returned home with the news that she had 3 months to live.

May was a roller coaster of emotion. One of my Mom's request was to see me and my fiance, Mark, married before she passed. Because we are nerds, we got hitched on May 4th (May the 4th be with you). It wasn't the wedding we hoped for, but it was the one that mattered the most. On May 16th, my Mother passed away. It felt like someone ripped the heart out of my chest. Not a day goes by where I don't cry.

... and because my life is a series of poorly-timed events, we went on our honeymoon IMMEDIATELY following my Mom's funeral. Truth be told, I was a bit relieved when I didn't have time to stick around after the funeral. Running away seemed much more desirable at that stage in time.
Mark's family planned an awesome honeymoon/weekend getaway to Chicago for our wedding gift. While it came at one of the absolute worst times in my entire life, it was also some of the most amazing times I have spent with Mark. He was (is) so wonderful and I am truly lucky to have him in my life.

June was the month I fell into a weird depression and decided to hide it with copious amounts of retail therapy and packing my schedule so tight that I wouldn't have a chance to think about my Mom.
I fell in love with ModCloth dresses (and proceeded to buy 40 of them over the next few months).  Mark also bought a brand new car.
It was a good month for music, too. I saw Nick Cave in Milwaukee, where my super shitty seats were randomly upgraded to AMAZING seats. I also discovered one of my new favorite bands, July Talk.
All in all, deflecting works!
July was my birthday month. 34 years down, woohoo! We went to a Brewer game. Many mishaps occurred along the way, but in the end it was a good time.
Mark and I also celebrated our 6 year anniversary. I also took a promotion at work and passed my certifications with flying colors!
For the most part, the entirety of this month was spent packing up my apartment, packing and unpacking a friends apartment, helping her re-decorate her entire apartment, moving into a new house and unpacking there.Remember that deflecting & keeping busy thing I mentioned up there? Yep, still doing it.

In August, two of my close friends got married to each other and I has the honor of standing up in their wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony. Lots of fun was had by all! The day following the wedding was my Mom's benefit. It was nice to see everyone coming together to show their support, but it also brought up a ton of sads. I had a hard time being there, but was thankful people were understanding when I wanted to jet after only being there an hour.
I also decided to close my business, MSC. It had been a wonderful 4.5 years, but after re-evaluating the major stressors in my life, I decided it had to end. C'est le vie.
September happened...
October was officially the first month after my Mom's passing that I legitimately felt happy. Mark's work sent him out to San Francisco for a week long conference and I got to tag along. My Mom was from the Bay Area, so this trip was extra meaningful. It was one of the best times in my life (even though we hit a deer and got stuck in Des Moines for 13 hours)
November... My sister is having a BOY!! We are looking forward to meeting you, Enzo Heath!
My sister and her daughters moved in with me this month. It's awesome I get to see their faces everyday.
We also had out first "Friendsgiving" this year. It was a great success. Close friends brought delicious dishes to pass and, for a breif moment, I forgot how overwhelmingly sad I had been and just enjoyed the moment.
The Holidays without my Mom were super hard this year... I wonder if it will ever not be hard?

... and before I knew it, it was Christmas. It was a bittersweet time, but was still a good time with the family.
Mark was randomly contacted by a company in CA that wanted to speak to him about a possible job. After a few interviews, they flew him out there and offered him the job... so it looks like we will be headed to the Bay Area really soon! He actually leaves in 10 days (*sad face*) and I won't be able to join him until mid-May (*bigger sad face*) but I know things are going to be amazing once we re-unite.
His current job did offer him a heafty counter-offer, but in the end we decided CA was the best move for us.

So that's it. That's my last year. Hopefully you can understand why this blog was an innocent causality of life. It was unintentional, to say the least. I vow to make this a major priority once the dust settles after I make the life-changing move that's ahead of me.

Until then, make terrible but harmless choices. 

Usually there is a disclaimer here. 
Today it is totally unnecessary.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Update on Mustard: Blog 1.0

A lot of you have been asking about Mustard, my puppy (see also: the love of my life. <3) I was going to post this as a FB update, but words just kept pouring out of me. So, here it sits, on a makeup blog that has nothing to do with puppies, but everything to do with awesome things I love.
The deets on Mustard:
As most of you know, Mustard Danger was diagnosed with diabetes about 1.5 years ago. We didn't know until it was too late. He basically went into severe ketosis overnight, resulting in blindness. It was a very rough time for us. He was pumped full of fluids, and for a few days we thought he wasn't going to make it. Since then, he has been on a strict diet and getting insulin shots twice a day. If not for these shots, his Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) could send him into a diabetic coma and kill him.
This past week, Mustard had been acting weird. He hasn't been eating and he seemed weaker than normal. Losing weight is a side effect of his diabetes (diet), as is occasional muscle weakness. I have been very worried about his weight (he is currently only 16 lbs - he should be around 23!!) and we had talked to the vet about ways we can help him gain. No matter how little he weighed, dude never had an issue eating. The fact that he wasn't eating OR drinking water (diabetics need copious amount of water to regulate insulin levels) had me worried. In the same breathe, I knew that since we upped his insulin (as instructed by the vet to help him gain) that him acting "weird" was probably just a temporary side effect of the new dosage coupled with adjusting to a new eating schedule.
This past Friday night was one of the scariest moments of my life (btw, I've lived a very odd and wild effin life, so this is saying a lot). Mustard started showing signs of a catatonic state. He was shaking, dizzy, and not very responsive to sounds. For a blind guy, he is always awesome at navigating and following the sounds of your voice/taps to gauge where he is. It was almost as if he couldn't hear. He was falling over, his joints were locking up, and eventually he started seizing - which lasted for over an hour. It was an emotional ride, and a crash course in severe hypoglycemic seizures thanks to my google-fu. After feeding him bits of honey (rubbing it on his gums with a cotton swab when we could find an "in" between spasms and bites) his blood sugar rose again and the seizing subsided. Around 3 am it happened again. This time it only lasted for about 2 minutes. We fed him a lot more honey, and he eventually passed out. I crawled into bed a little before 4 am and woke up around 7 am so Mark could get some sleep (he stayed up the whole night watching him).

Saturday (yesterday) we got to the vet  at about 10 am. She  concluded that it was in fact a hypoglycemic seizure, just as we suspected, and it was due  to  renal (kidney) failure.
Science time:
A proper blood sugar level for Mustard would be about 100. Since he is diabetic, his blood sugar levels are heightened. We give him insulin to bring down those levels. When we took him into the vet, his levels were estimated to be about 35. This is obviously WAY under where he needs to be, so it sent him into a hypoglycemic seizure.
Kidney's filter toxins from the blood. Because Mustard's kidneys aren't working, all of the toxins were getting into his bloodstream, which made him feel sick and nauseas, which is why he wasn't eating. If he doesn't eat, his glucose levels drop dangerously low and it is extremely  hazardous to his health.
There isn't an easy way to tell how much his kidneys are failing without doing a biopsy, but she said that by the time these symptoms occur, the kidneys are at about 90% failure. I am assuming it is just a matter of time before his other organs start shutting down.

The vet wanted to keep him for the weekend, but because they are closed on Sunday he would had to have been admitted to the referral clinic, and simply put, we just can't afford it.  She then suggested we put him down. (Ummm?! What?! Not my baby!!). Please also note that she didn't just say this because she is an asshole, she really is doing all that she can to help him (us) but has to be realistic at the same time. So, we met in the middle: she pumped him full of fluids, prescribed some anti-nausea medication along with some Gaviscon to help ease his stomach pain, and put him on a baby food diet... without insulin. A part of her is convinced he won't make it through the weekend. Of course, it's 5pm on Sunday night and he's still here - albeit not quite mentally. He's not physically suffering, but I can tell he isn't happy. He has bouts of alertness, but for the most part he is dazed and confused. And drooly.

I wish there was an easy fix, but his illnesses are working against each other. If we give him insulin, he could become hypoglycemic. If we don't give him insulin, DKA could send him into a diabetic coma. If we treat one and not the other, he could die. Finding a "happy balance" is frightening. It won't happen overnight. It will be trial and error. What if one of those errors are fatal? I fear the day I come home to find my heart has passed away.

He goes back to the vet at 8 am tomorrow to start a full day's worth of IV treatment. I'm not sure where we go from there. To be honest, it is all dependent on how well he accepts the treatment tomorrow. Even if he does respond well, will he be this miserable for the rest of his life? In fact, will he even have a long life, or are we just temporarily prolonging the inevitable? Will he go back to being a smart, sassy, sweet cuddle-bug like he was just a few days ago, or will he continue to be stuck in this sad, wandering state of confusion and uneasiness that we have to pump full of medication just to satisfy our selfish needs of not wanting to lose him? I want to do what's best for all of us, but it seems, no matter what decision is made, someone is going to suffer. Man, tomorrow is going to suck.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Madd Style Cosmetics... on Buzzfeed?!?! *dies*

As most of you know, I am the creator/owner/mastermind behind Madd Style Cosmetics. It is my baby. It has been at the center of my life (Fiance and Puppy excluded) for the past 4 years. TODAY, after a trying day at work, and an even trying-er (is that a word? can it be?) day at home (the most amazing dog ever opened the refrigerator, ate all of the Christmas candy, and demolished the house... awesome.) I was tagged in a comment with a link attached. Go ahead, click this... then come back here so we can jump around and squeal together about Buzzfeed placing Madd Style as #5 on the List of Online Beauty Shops You Need In Your Life.

Happy New Year!

Usually there is a disclaimer here. 
Today it is totally unnecessary.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MAC Spider Queen Pro Palette by Rick Baker

"Six shades of highly pigmented powder in a limited-edition M∙A∙C + Rick Baker Pro Palette. Applies evenly, blends well. The mid-tone violet of Dusty Purple, deep eggplant of Indian Ink, citrus green of Lime, intense black of Carbon, bright frost of Deep Purple and warm yellow green of Moss" -

"Legendary special-effects artist Rick Baker brings his movie makeup magic to M∙A∙C with a unique collection of three Halloween looks designed by the artist (Bride, Day of Dead and Zombie). Includes: M∙A∙C Monster FX, two limited-edition Pro Palettes x 6, four Acrylic Paints, two Paintsticks, three Chromagraphic Pencils, Set Powder, and more." (from website)

When I first saw this collection, I knew instantly that the Spider Queen palette had to be mine. Purple and green is my favorite color combo for eyes, so it just made sense to pick this up. I decided not to get anything else from this collection just because most of it is permanent to the line  (standard and PRO) and I can get that at any time.

What's Included:
  • Lime - Muted medium dark chartreuse green with yellow (matte) (permanent, PRO)
  • Moss - Warm yellow green (frost) (limited edition)
  • Deep Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)
  • Indian Ink - Deep eggplant (matte) (permanent, PRO)
  • Dusty Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)
  • Carbon - Intense black (matte) (permanent) 

Photo Pr0n:

Lime - Muted medium dark chartreuse green with yellow (matte) (permanent, PRO)

Moss -  Warm yellow green (frost) (limited edition)
Deep Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)

Indian Ink - Deep eggplant (matte) (permanent, PRO)
Dusty Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)

Carbon - Intense black (matte) (permanent)
Have you picked up anything from the Rick Baker Collection for MAC?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tarte Power Couple Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo

"This limited-edition power couple blush and bronzer duo is the ultimate accessory to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Infused with Amazonian clay and mineral pigments, Tarte’s signature Amazonian clay blush in Dollface and matte bronzer in Park Ave Princess will give you a healthy pop of color and a beautiful sunkissed complexion." -

When I first saw the Tarte Power Couple Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo I knew I had to have it in my collection. I absolutely adore Park Avenue Princess. As a super-mega-pasty girl, it's hard to find a bronzer that isn't too dark or won't turn me orange. Park Avenue Princess is the only bronzer, that I have found, that plays well with my skin type. Then there's the blush... as we all know, I LOVE Tarte blushes, so purchasing this was sort of a given. 

Product:  The quality of this compact is everything you would expect from Tarte. The powders are soft but not very dusty, highly pigmented, long lasting, and blend flawlessly. As with my previous Tarte reviews, this blush/bronzer duo had a general wear of 7+ hours without fading. When I used it with setting spray, it lasted for more than 9 hours before I noticed the bronzer fading and 10 hours before the blush needed a touch up.

Packaging. This compacts is gorgeous. It's on the larger size, covering most  of the palm of my hand, yet is sleek enough that I still feel comfortable carrying it around in my bag. Because of the size, the mirror in the compact is also huge. It is the perfect sized mirror for traveling.

Price.  This duo retails for $30 and contains .25 oz of blush and .25 oz of bronzer. To give you an idea of how awesome of a deal this is, let's break it down using SCIENCE!! (or maybe just some basic math will suffice)

The average Tarte blush is .2 oz and retails for $26. You are getting MORE blush here, PLUS a full-size bronzer for only $4 more than a regular blush. Hot dayum, folks!

Photo Pr0n.

Park Avenue Princess swatched on left to show pigmentation.
Blended out on right.

Dollface Blush swatched on left to show pigmentation.
Blended out on right.

Have you checked out this compact from Tarte?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mascara Of The Moment: Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara

I was sent Lash Love Lengthening Mascara as a promotional item to test out for Mary Kay. Being somewhat new to the brand, I was pretty stoked to try it out, especially when an acquaintance - who is a Mary Kay rep - told me that this is her favorite mascara. 

I like it. The formulation is nice: it's not too wet, yet it's not crazy thick so clumping is basically a non-issue. I did notice that it gives my lashes some length, but it's not *omfg wow*. This was sent along with the Lash Love primer, and when used in conjunction with that, the length was superb (however that product dried out rather quickly, so let's leave the primer out of the equation.)

The wand head is nice as well. It's not my favorite, but I don't hate it. It's a plastic tip with plastic bristles. It does a wonderful job at combing through the lashes. It's curved like a curling wand, however I don't notice it adding any curl.

Worth a re-purchase?  Unlikely. Don't get me wrong, I like this mascara. I would just prefer something that beefs my lashes up, since my lashes are pretty long already. I'm a volume kinda gal! I also think there are better length enhancing mascaras out there at this price point. This mascara would be good for anyone who wants to add a bit of length while still keeping a natural look.

Photo Pron:

My naked lashes! Ooooh lala!

Two coats of the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara
Have you tried this or any other Mary Kay mascaras?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I was sent this product for consideration of review.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Finders, Keepers! Olive Oil Hair Care by DesignLine

"Finders Keepers" is a quick little blurb about the awesome finds I decide to keep 
throughout my everyday adventures. Enjoy!

I think my stylist is catching on to the fact that I want ALL THE NEW THINGS! Upon my last visit, she used these two new products in my hair - Olive Oil Restoring Oil and Olive Oil Evoo Lite Leave-In Conditioner.

By nature, my hair is very thick and coarse. Coupled with bleaching the roots every 12 weeks, and dying it hot pink every 6 weeks, it is also pretty dry. Needless to say, I am a bit of an expert when it comes to taking care of it so it always looks healthy... especially when it comes to products. You name it, I've probably tried it.

These two products are amazing. I've been using them for about a week and a half now (both work on damp and dry hair). The shine they give your hair is out of this world, but the major difference I've noticed is how soft it leaves my hair! Mark even noticed - and any of you who have a man in your life KNOW that them noticing you've switched a hair product is darn near impossible!- so that basically solidified my love for these. No matter what product I've tried in the past, these trump them. Consider me a fan for life.

I bought these on sale at Regis Salon about a week and a half ago. The sale is still running currently. It is BOGO 50%. In the end I believe I paid a little under $18 for the 2. Let me know if you check them out!

Have you tried these or anything else from DesignLine?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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