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Friday, April 17, 2015

My All-Time Faves: Beauty

Thanks for joining me in today's installment of my all-time favorite things. Today I'm talking everything beauty! You might remember a few weeks ago I shared what's in my makeup bag and you might wonder how today is any different. That post just focused on makeup, while today it's everything to do with beauty: hair, skin car, nails, and more. Also, if you have any questions you would like me to answer, leave them in a comment, tweet me, or email me - I'm pulling together a Q&A/FAQ post for Monday!

All-Time Favorites: Beauty - Kate the (Almost) Great


Rusk clarifying shampoo - $14 - I only use this once a week so that I'm not stripping my hair of its natural oils
Rusk full shampoo - $14 - I use this the rest of the week!
Bumble & Bumble straight blow dry - $30 - If you go to Sephora stores, they usually have a small version near the cash register for cheaper!

Biosilk silk therapy - $25 - I've been using this since my junior year of college when I lost a lot of hair from my arthritis and it has really helped it stay healthy and reduced how much I lose! 
Revlon Pro Stylist Shine Boosting hair dryer - $25 - I got this going into my freshman year of college and I'm so obsessed with it that I bring it with me on short trips because I don't trust other hair dryers
Lush No Drought dry shampoo -  $14 - Using dry shampoo every other day instead of washing it every day has also helped how much hair I lose.

Best Hair Products - Kate the (Almost) Great


Essie nail polish - $8.50 each - My favorite colors:
Butler Please, Lapis of Luxury, Watermelon, Shop Til I Drop,
Mint Candy Apple, Mojito Madness
Sally Hanson Insta-dry polish - $4.50 each - Seriously dries SO fast! My fav colors:
Petal Pusher, Slick Slate, Pink Blink
Jamberry nail wraps - $15 for a sheet, which is enough for 2 mani pedis with leftovers

Best Essie Colors - Kate the (Almost) Great


First Aid Beauty facial cleanser - $10 - I got a free sample of it and loved it so much that I keep going back for more (and got a large tube of it for Christmas ... seriously)
Clean & Clear Advantage spot treatment - $8 - It's expensive for how much you buy, but I absolutely swear by it and recommend it to everyone.
Sephora Collection paper masks - $25 - You can get individual ones for $5, and they also come in eye masks

Top Beauty Products - Kate the (Almost) Great


For what makeup I use over and over, check out what's in my makeup bag!

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What are your all-time favorite beauty products? I'd love to hear about them!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

How Do Adults Celebrate Their Birthday?

We are now just about 7 weeks away from my birthday - June 5 for those of you ready to shower me with adorations - and, per usual, I'm now starting to think about how I want to celebrate it. I'll probably do a fun dinner out with friends before the actual day and then celebrate with family the day of. Because I'm still battling low energy and my circle of friends is small, I don't see a fun party in my immediate future. But maybe I'll be up for it next year for my 25th, and if that's the case, then I need to know how to throw a great grown up birthday party.

Birthday Party Ideas for Adults - Kate the (Almost) Great


Themes


I really love dressing up, and what better excuse than your birthday? I'd love to do a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme or do a murder mystery (more on that later) that would have cocktail party attire.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Photobooth
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Decorations


I think I'd like a garland, maybe at the food and drinks area, as well as a banner that says, "Happy Birthday." 

Glitter Happy Birthday Banner
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I love the idea of big numbers, and, depending on what the theme is, I would either go with balloons or decorated cardboard ones like these.

Big Numbers Pinata
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And how fun is this glitter bottle? I think that it might be better as a centerpiece or maybe holding flowers.

DIY Glitter Champagne Bottle
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As for colors, probably pink, gold, and Tiffany blue.

Food and Drink


If I'm going with the Breakfast at Tiffany's theme, a Tiffany cake is definitely needed, or at least cupcakes with Tiffany frosting.

Tiffany Birthday Cake
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How about having the drinks in a cute and designated area?

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This moscato punch looks delicious.

Moscato Lemonade Punch
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Activities 


Like I said, I'm interested in having a murder mystery party. My friends in high school used to have these, and they were so fun. Essentially, everyone who attends the party is assigned a character. They attend dressed up as that character, act like them during the part of the party that is the murder mystery, and try to figure out who is the killer. There are websites where you can peruse different types of mysteries so you can figure out which type would fit the best for you and your attendees, including the number of people.

How to Throw a Killer Murder Mystery Party
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It would also be so fun to have a photobooth! And it would be even better if it's a murder mystery.

Blush and Gold Photobooth
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What would be your ideal birthday party? How do you celebrate your birthday as an adult?

If you need any supplies for your party, check out PartyOpedia. They have lots of options!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On Hillary Clinton Running for President

Yes, dear readers, I know that you are shocked to learn from me that Hillary Clinton is running for president. She announced it on Sunday in a video message that took us all by surprise. Absolutely no one saw this coming.

Now that I have that sarcasm fest out of my system, let's move on ...



1. I'm so ready for a female president, and she actually seems like she could win.

2. She was Secretary of State, a senator, and First Lady, so she could totally do the job.

3. Wait, what does she believe in? Do her beliefs line up with mine?

4. What does she want to do as president? Are those things actually doable or are they just things a candidate says to get elected?

5. "Everyday Americans need a champion." Well, I do agree with that. It seems like so many candidates try to seem relatable and fail. Middle class Americans tend to be the target of candidate's attention, but then the candidate shows that they don't get what life is like for the middle class. Will Hillary be one of them? I mean, she's been apart from regular Americans for decades because of her and her family's political presence.

6. The part of her bio that goes over her parents's background clearly tries to align her with the people she's trying to govern ... and I'll admit that it's working.

7. I will admit that her background is even more impressive than I thought.

8. On paper, she seems like an absolutely fantastic potential president. If I lived half a century from now and read about her in my history textbook, she would be my new idol. So why am I so hesitant to jump up and down about her running?

9. Is this internalized misogyny? Is the patriarchy getting me down?! (Horrified screams)

10. No, but seriously, what is Hillary's platform?

That basically sums up how I feel about Hillary Clinton running for president. I want a female president, but only if that president is right for our country. I love Hillary's background, but I care more about how she plans to use that to help our future. Based on the current candidates, I would probably vote for her, but I'm not gung-ho about it. I would rather have Hillary Clinton as president than a man who tries to tell reporters how to do their job when he doesn't like how an interview is going. Last election, it felt like voting for who I disliked the least. I don't want this one to be the same.

I may be opening a can of worms here, but I'll ask it all the same: what are your thoughts on Hillary Clinton running for president?


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Monday, April 13, 2015

87 Blogging Tutorials

These are the best blogging tutorials - and NONE of them are blog post ideas. Just 87 tutorials that will help your blogging in other ways!

87 Blogging Tutorials - Kate the (Almost) Great


Promoting Your Blog with Social Media








Blog Traffic


How I Went from 250 Pageviews to 20,000+ Pageviews










Blogging and the Law














Blog Pages






Everything About Blog Pages




Working with Others








How to Make Money Blogging













Blog Business







Email Newsletter








Website






SEO & Blogging









Writing a Blog








Images




Super Simple Tips for Better Blog Photos


Images & SEO


Media Kit








Time Management





General Tips















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