10.29.2014

Revisiting October 2014 Four Simple Goals

October is over....my favorite month just flew by.  I got about zero of these goals done.  I just wasn't feeling it this month I guess.  Sometimes I find myself really wanting to do something but I have zero motivation to do it.  Like, I'd really like to open up my etsy shop again and work on some stuff in my Zazzle store but I am just not feeling it.  But anyway, lets just look at the goals, shall we:

Get the Blog Sidebar & About page organized - Well, I did it.  I finally took out the post grad part of my about me.  Can you still claim that 3 years after graduation and when you have a full time job?  I mean I still feel like I'm parading around in my adult suit but I guess moving into your late twenties means you can't really consider yourself fresh out of college.  I need to find a new way to identify myself!

Clean out the garage (again) - didn't really happen.  However we pulled all the carpet up from the upstairs in getting ready to do the remodel, doesn't that count? No, it doesn't.

Make something new - I made a few new things this month actually.  I got a loom for loom knitting and I made a hat.  I'm not quite sure that I like loom knitting.  I thought it would have been something easy to do but I don't quite like the end result.  It's definitely easy but I think that crocheting is easier.  I also made a DIY soft box that I might share in a Make it Monday later on.

Go to the Pumpkin Patch - We didn't do this but we did get our pumpkin carving on.  I got some big ol pumpkins from a local market down from my work.  So we just sat in the floor and carved away.

It always feels good to look back on my goals even if they didn't really get accomplished the way they were intended.  This Four Simple Goal project keeps me accountable.  Here's to a successful November!

xoxo, Moe

10.28.2014

Revlon Moisture Stain vs. Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain

Today I wanted to share something interesting I found while playing in my crazy make up collection - the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains are quite comparable to a cheaper drugstore product - the Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains. (Long name but longer  lasting than the Moisture Stains!)  We're doing some remodeling on the house which involves the upstairs, which in turn involves the bedroom, where my vanity is.  So I had to move all my make up to the bathroom and in doing so I played around a bit.  Honestly, I can't clean up my collection with out playing around and swatching all the things I have!
Currently I have quite a few of the Vicious Varnish stains but only two of the Moisture Stains.  The Wet n Wild stains are about $3.99 (.17 oz) & the Moisture Stains are around $9.99 (.27 oz).

Each of these has the same sort of sticky, glossy texture - so the formula is quite similar.  Now, that stickiness doesn't mean they are annoying, at least to me.  Personally I think each of these dry down or set and leave a long lasting, gloss finish that is comfortable to wear on the lips.  When it comes to application the WnW stains are a bit thicker and apply more evenly.  The Revlon stains seem to be thin and can skip over your lips when you're applying it.  The consistency is a bit thin, and you do have to go over the same bit a few times to build up the color.  But be sure not to go over the same place too much as you'll pick up the color as the formula starts to set.  Another difference to note is that none of the WnW colors have shimmer or glitter in them, but in the example above Revlon's London Posh (the lighter peach shade all the way on the left) does have shimmer.

Each have a doe foot style wand.  The Revlon wand is similar to the Maybelline Color Elixirs (which I don't own but I don't think the formula of those are like these stains at all) in that it is a tear drop shape.  The WnW wand is more of a skinny, paddle shape and is less stiff than the Revlon wand.  Each foot has a bunch of little fuzzies on it and I think that the fuzzies work better with the thickness of the WnW version but it seems that since the Revlon consistency is really thin, the fuzzies sort of pick up the product as you move across the lip.

The lasting power for each is pretty much the same.  Each has a unique texture - and by that I mean each feels the same but they don't feel like any other lip color/product I've ever used - and it is the texture that lends itself to the long lasting nature of these stains.  If you pick up a lighter color of each of these products it's not going to stain your lips as much as the darker colors.  For example the deeper shades pictured above - WnW Throwing Shade & Revlon India Intrigue - will stain better than the lighter shades - WnW Legendary Face & Revlon London Posh.  Additionally, each do live up to their names - The Vicious Varnish is very glossy and the Revlon Moisture Stain is moisturizing.  Both come of very glossy which does last and both lock in moisture because of the texture of the product.

Overall, I would recommend you pick up the Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains over the Revlon Moisture Stains.  I think they are very comparable, but in price and performance the Wet n Wild comes in slightly better!  With coupons that are often offered at the drugstore and sales that run every now and then you're getting a better deal with the Wet n Wild option.

Have you tried either of these?  Which do you prefer?

xoxo, Moe

10.27.2014

My First Project Life Album

Well, isn't this a long time coming?  Today I want to share with you a picture heavy post - my first completed Project Life Album!  In the next week or so I'm going to share with you my journey with Project Life - what I've learned, what I will continue to do, what I hope to do, etc.  Today I just want to share with you my first experience with Project Life.  I tried a few things, realized I didn't like a few things, and really fell in love with the process.  So get comfy, this is a picture heavy post!
This album goes from when we first me in October of 2011, to we we moved to Michigan, to when we moved into the house, through working on the house, and ends after Christmas 2012.   



More photos after the jump!