FIFA World Cup Red Lip

Nyx and Wet N Wild Red Lip Look

I’m going to be honest, really honest, I don’t get soccer. Starting with a play clock that counts up instead of down, that one really throws me. Why is there time added onto the end of the game, who decides how much time, sounds a little shady to me. Despite my inability to grasp the fundamentals of soccer or futbol  or whatever you’re supposed to call it, I still enjoy watching the game. I love watching it even more when the United States came in as an underdog and are now kicking goalie butt. So on this FIFA World Cup day of awesome, how can I resist playing hooky to sneak out to a beer garden for some soccer lovin’ fun?

I can’t, so that’s exactly what I’m doing, and I’m doing it with an awesome red lip. Blue shirt, white shorts, red lip… I’m a sassy little firecracker. Holy Goalie, I’m loving this sport event more now!

For this lip I’m using Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Cherry Frost. This awesome deep red also ads a little bit of a sparkle which is nice, but a little sparkle is never enough. Glam Lip Gloss  Aqua Luxe in VIP by Nyx Cosmetics is is on top to give the look a little added vavavoom.  The Nyx gloss is probably my favorite, it’s smooth and even after wearing it for a couple hours it doesn’t give you that  sticky lip smacking feelings.

Nyx and Wet n Wild Red Lip Sample

For a little edgy bonus I’m adding this badboy. I picked it up at Kohl’s for $2 during an, I’m a tough girl, shopping trip.

FIFA Soccer USA Necklace Inspiration

 

Let’s go USA!!

Brooke

Nyx Cosmetics, Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink Nyx Image

I don’t wear pink, I just don’t… it’s not my thang or thing. However, I’ve stepped outside of my comfort zone and found a pink combo that knocks my socks off. I have a monster crush on anything Nyx  Cosmetics, huge crush, like doodle Mrs. Brooke Nyx Cosmetics all over my binder kind of crush. So I was willing to take the dive into pink lips if Nyx was along for the ride with me.

The Nyx butter Lipstick is fabulous. It goes on so smooth and moistens your lips as it glides on. I tend to shy away from lipstick because it always seems to cake onto my lips in a not so flattering way, but butter proved me wrong. It felt like silk against my happy go lucky lips. I could have easily worn the lipstick without the gloss, but I was in the mood for something a little extra sassy.

Nyx Mega Shine Lip Gloss, lives up to it’s name, wowser does it ever. The first thing I noticed about the gloss was it’s awesome applicator, a little weird right, but it’s a perfect length and angle. The gloss is smooth and isn’t at all sticky when it’s worn alone or worn over a lipstick. When I wear this gloss I feel like a diamond fairy or a shimmering vampire from one of those mainstream vampire movies. The pink hue in the gloss is vibrant, rich enough to be worn alone or accent another shade.

Fizzies LaLa

 

How do you feel about a pink lip? Do you have a favorite brand or shade?

Brooke

Have a Trav Sort of Day, Be Kind

Travs smile

I was going to write about lipstick today, pink lipstick in fact, but then I took a shopping adventure. Radio was blaring, I wish I could say the windows were down, but it’s been a typhoon for the past 24 hours. The rain did not deter me from singing, loudly and off key, to every song on the radio. Then Kenny Chesney “I Go Back” came on and my singing abruptly stopped. You see, people lovingly call me an audiophile, I relate a great deal to music. This song has a line, ” And I go back to the loss of a real good friend. And the sixteen summers I shared with him. Now “Only The Good Die Young” stops me in my tracks. Every time I hear that song.” I mumbled the lyrics, fighting back tears, with a gigantic  smile on my face.

That smile is always on my face when Trav crosses my mind, even if from time to time tears accompany the smile. That goofy grinning guy above, sorry for the picture it’s a print circa 2001, is my best friend. My strength and laughter for countless days of my life. We lost him suddenly in 2003, but this isn’t about his death… it’s about how he lived.

And he lived a selfless amazing life.

If you needed something you could count on Trav to be the first one there. He smiled with laughter that filled an entire room. I didn’t realize until I got a few years under my belt that he’d spent the better part of our friendship protecting me. I never asked him to, I was as proud at 10 as I am now at 30, but he knew that my world could be a pretty scary place even if I couldn’t admit it. His heart was so very gentle and kind. In short he was my gentle lion. Quiet and reserved, but would attack to protect those he cared for.

He lived his life embodying the word, kindness.

Some days I forget to live my life with that same kindness. I honk angrily at the car in front of me who crawls 10 miles under the speed limit in the fast lane, side note please don’t ever drive under the speed limit in the passing lane. Life gets the better of me and I snap at my little kiddo when we are running late. Instead of going to bed I stay up watching Netflix until 4 am, so 7 am I’m grumptastic to say the least. I simply forget to be happy and make a world of selfless action around me. It’s so easy to go through your day tired and crabby or rushed and irritated. What I want to do is encourage you to take a breath and release the negative juju before it impacts the world you are creating.

The only guarantee in life is change, everything at some point in time will change. We can’t avoid change or force time to stand still, but we can remember to roll with the punches. When the world gets you down, laugh at it. There is humor all around us if we can simply turn off the negative thought record player in our heads. Focus on the good, embrace the awesome, and trust that the rest of the stuff will work itself out. Practice random acts of kindness, do something special for those who mean the most to you, and don’t forget to take care of yourself too.

What Trav taught me is to love life, love others, and love myself. It’s really hard to be a big ole jerk face when you’re smiling and embracing kindness.

When you’re out there today, think before you speak or act. Have a Trav sort of day.

Brooke

(Closing with one of Trav’s favorite groups)