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photo endeavors of 2017

Besides taking a ton of photos of each step of our little cabin that is currently being built, I haven’t had much camera action lately. Sad, I know. But there is still time. A little over half a year to live up to my new years resolution of taking more pictures.
So, back to my original plan of recreating this whole blog. I did do photography in January for my best friend’s adorable son Danger’s second birthday. (That was a loaded sentence. I should probably go back and reword that, but nah. This blog is now mainly about the photos and only slightly about the words that go with them. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves, for the most part.)
Here are a few highlights from the party.

 

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So here is the new blog, retooled. Slightly. Just a name change. Happy first post of 2017 for LMLewis Photography! Only four months late!

Happy end of April!

It’s gonna be May!*

untilnexttime

 

*Said in NSYNC tone.


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A letter to 2016

I am the worst blogger.
I used to be pretty good about blogging regularly, but I guess life just happened. 2016 has been a pretty crazy, hectic year. That year included house building, working, wedding planning, etc. I guess keeping up this little corner of the internet just didn’t fit into that crazy, hectic schedule.

I finally realized the other day, when I sat down to fill out my blogger stats for a group I’ve been a part of since about 2012, that I don’t need to keep updating religiously anymore. Things happen. I’m not the blogger I used to be, not even the person I used to be. I don’t think blogging is going to be the same anymore for me. I missed two months of blogging straight. It’s the first time I’ve missed two consecutive months since I created this thing in 2012, pretty much.

So, I was close to sending in stats for a blog that I don’t even write that much for when I realized, hey, I can let it go for a while if I want. So I closed out the page when I only lacked a few more entries in the form.

I don’t need to hold on to stuff. I have a hard time getting rid of the packages my makeup comes in, but I’ve been slowly throwing them away. Granted, I haven’t gotten rid of the bag I threw them away in yet, but it’s the small steps that matter.

I’ll throw the bag out soon.

I’m not really saying that I’m quitting this blog, but I might throw the bag out on the brand and start something completely different in 2017. New year, new blog brand.

I’m throwing the bag out on unnecessary stress, too. It’s not worth stressing about stupid things that when you look back on it in a few years, you’ll regret wasting even that small bit of time on. There is no room in life to dwell on things that will only lessen it, literally. So, hello to happy times and a longer, happier, stress free life.

I’m throwing the bag out on 2016, while I’m at it, after the month of November (my tying the knot will be the last major good thing about the year 2016). Because, let’s face it, 2016 was the year of horrible things mixed with a few nice things. It will be the end and the beginning of a new stage of life for me. I like to think of it like that.

 

So, bye 2016. Bye blog (for a little while), bye stress, and bye old makeup packages. I swear I’ll put you in the next bag going out on garbage day.

 

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August Play by Sephora Review

This month’s Sephora Play box was the “eye openers” theme. All of it was good. That’s just all there is to it. So many great, high end products that I most likely will never actually buy. But it’s nice to try them out, ya know what I mean? 😛

Here are my reviews.

  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

Highly saturated, iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula and ultrafine pigments for smooth color.

I absolutely love this shade. It’s so pretty, and it looks great when mixed with other earth tone shades of eyeshadow. Very long lasting, too.

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Lengthening and volumizing mascara coats eyelashes with triple-black pigment and a buildable, creamy formula.

This is good stuff. It separates and elongates my lashes, and it doesn’t flake and lasts all day.

  • Clean Reserve Warm Cotton

Bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens.

This smells so amazing. Like a freshly washed batch of clothes. I’m in love.

  • Lancome Energie De Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer

Concentrated energizing liquid lotion visually relieves dullness, diminishes signs of fatigue, and promotes a healthy looking glow.

This smells nice. I need a product like this in my daily routine. Not sure this would be the one for me, but it is good.

  • Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Soothing and moisturizing eye cream visibly reduces dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles with anti-aging Alguronic Acid.

Good stuff. Expensive stuff. $80 expensive. Needless to say, I will not be adding it to my routine. But it’s nice to have a little of it to pamper myself with.

  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Love Affair

Creamy, easy-to-apply pencil with long-lasting, 12-hour waterproof formula in a shimmery plum shade that was handpicked for you.

Love it! It’s not a shade I would normally go for, but it pairs perfectly with the Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow. It really does last a long time, too. You almost can’t tell it’s a plum color if you line your bottom lids with it.

 

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Ipsy August Glam Bag Review

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I wasn’t that excited about Ipsy’s August bag. I didn’t like the actual design of the bag at first, but it’s grown on me. I like that it’s durable, well made, and easy to clean. I may actually use it. As for the products, this month’s haul was the least tailored to me out of all the past bags I’ve received. But, be that as it may, it’s still a good haul for only ten bucks. I still approve.

Here are the products, their descriptions, and my reviews of them.

  • Marc Anthony True Professional Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Conditioning Hydrating Treatment

Did your beach goddess days of summer wreck havoc on your hair? Instantly condition and restore it with this uber hydrating treatment.

This is good stuff. It tames my frizz and makes my hair soft and pretty. I’ve never tried Marc Anthony products before, so I was excited to try this. I give it two thumbs up.

  • This Works in transit camera close-up

This mask-moisturizer-and-primer-in-one instantly preps your skin for photo-perfect makeup. Posh Spice is a fan (and we bet David likes it too).

I love primers. It’s cool that this product is a three-in-one type thing. Works great, it just smells kind of funny. Like… pickles. Meh.

  • Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic

Black magic. This insanely pigmented gel liner wins our title for the smoothest glide. Simple to apply and easy to blend. We’re under its spell.

I love how easily this glides on and how deep and pigmented it is! It lasts all day, too, with minimal smudging. I now have plenty of crayon eyeliners from Ipsy to last me several years. Saves me a ton of money, so that’s nice. 🙂

  • Beau Gachis Paris Pro Series Applicator Sponge

Sponge-worthy. This latex-free wonder is stiff enough for precise application of cream blushes and highlighters, as well as foundation.

I have no need for a sponge applicator, but I’ve always wanted to see what the hype is about them. They’re pretty nifty little sponges. I was excited to get one because I’ve always wanted to try, but never wanted to buy, ya know what I mean? They’re like… twenty bucks at Sephora. So yeah. If I ever decide to start using liquid foundation, now I have the perfect tool for blending.

  • NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam

Oh, do glow on. Lightweight and lustrous, this illuminator hits the highlights and delivers just the right dose of shimmer and shine.

I thought this would be too sparkly, but it blends pretty well into my skin and doesn’t look too noticeable. I still think it’s a little bling-y though. I’d only wear it for nights out on the town. And maybe as an eyeshadow base.

 

This month was the first time I redeemed points for an extra product! I got Ka-Brow. Unfortunately, they didn’t let me choose the shade it came in. I wanted the darkest, and they gave me the lightest. Boo. But it still works. I love it.

 

 

untilnexttime

 


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July Play by Sephora Review


After months and months of being on the wait list, getting off it and then getting back on it because I wasn’t fast enough, I finally got off it it and received my first box from Sephora this month. Yay! The wait was worth it.

Each month Sephora curates a box of products directly from their shelves. I love Sephora, but I don’t really shop there a lot because if I did I would have no money and be homeless. But the Play by Sephora box is only 10 bucks a month plus tax. For what’s in it, that’s pretty awesome. The products are small sample sizes, but they are high end products.

Mkay, on to product descriptions and my reviews.

 

  • Nest Fragrances Citrine

Layers of fresh lotus flower and freesia mingle with bright citrus and a base of precious woods.

This smells amazing. I love the citrus smell. Unfortunately, a bottle of this costs $110. Ouch. So this tiny tube sample is probably worth $15. I’ll make it last. 🙂

  • First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

Foaming gel cleanser uses botanicals and red clay to remove excess oil, purify, and balance skin.

This has some good natural ingredients in it. It makes my skin feel clean and oil free after washing up with it. It doesn’t smell bad, but it doesn’t smell great either. I guess you know it works if it smells natural.

  • OUAI Wave Spray

Weightless texture mist gives hair an effortless, undone look while adding volume and shine.

Well, I definitely don’t have a problem making my hair look undone as that’s basically how it looks every other day when it’s washing day. But it does give my hair a nice piece-y texture. When I sprayed it, I thought, Oh this smells nice. And then after a second sniff, I thought, eh, this doesn’t smell that great. I guess it’s something to get used to. I have a sensitive sniffer. 😛

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Mattifying and velvet-smooth, this primer for combination to oily skin controls shine, minimizes the look of pores, and helps makeup last up to eight hours.

I ❤ Smashbox. I love their primers. So I was excited to get this. I usually use these for my eyelids to help my eyeshadow make it through the day. So it’s good for that. But it’s great for my oily spots, too. I’m going to start using something like this more often for my T-zone, which can get really oily. I don’t really use foundation, which would be good to mix this with. I just stick with powder.

  • Beautyblender blotterazzi

Washable and reusable, this revolutionary cushion blotter is designed to fit into facial contours to remove shine and absorb oil without disturbing makeup.

This thing is so cool. I don’t know how I feel about a reusable oil absorber, but I guess that’s why you clean it often.

  • Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate

Lightweight, buildable matte bronzer formulated with cocoa powder for a natural-looking – and deliciously scented – summer glow.

First off, IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE. Second, omg. Chocolate. On my face. I digress. This is too dark for me as a bronzer, but it’s great as eyeshadow!

 

So this was an awesome box. And the drawstring bag is just adorable. You guys, I’m going to drown in makeup bags if I keep getting these AND the Ipsy bags. But I love it. I have a beauty subscription addiction. I’m not getting anymore than these two, though. I wish I could. 😛

Has anyone else signed up for Play by Sephora? What did you think of July’s products?

 

untilnexttime


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Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

I love, love, love this month’s bag design and all the things in it. This is one of my favorite months so far. That hand creme is number one on my list of products from Ipsy as well. It smells ah-may-zing. Anyway. On to product descriptions and my reviews of them.

  • bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

A silky, moisturizing matte lipcolor in liquid form? Color us happy. Its smooth, precise application and sweet scent of cake batter had us at first swipe. Addicted, much.

First off, the coconut smell reminds me of my childhood. Second, the color is awesome for my skin tone. Third, I thought this matte lip cream would dry out my lips but it actually softens them. I love this.

  • Delectable by Cake Beauty Delectable lemon & cream ultra nourishing hand creme

Double your pleasure. Coconut oil and shea butter soften and nourish skin—while soothing aloe vera rejuvenates hands and cuticles.

This is the most amazing hand cream I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. Seriously, this is my absolute favorite thing I’ve gotten from Ipsy since I started in February. It’s a big nice size, too. And the lemon meringue pie smell. Oh. My. I put this stuff on my hands and I want to eat them. It smells that good. I love this stuff.

  • Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender – EB 13

Not your mama’s blending brush. This powerhouse is the hands-down fav of the all-knowing beauty bloggers.

Nice brush. I like the purple-ish color in the brush. I don’t really mind getting brushes from Ipsy since it’s only ten bucks a month, but let me reiterate this: they certainly don’t go by my quiz in the beginning. I don’t check off brushes but I basically get them every other month. I’ve got a nice little collection going now though, so that’s cool. I like the feel of this brush when I hold it. It’s got a good grip.

  • Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water

Naturally soothing, nourishing and hydrating for every skin type. A refresher course for practically anything that ails you. Dive in.

This is so refreshing on a hot Mississippi summer day. I’ve tried products like this, but I like this better because it says it’s from France. 😛 Jk. But not really. It’s nice to have something to bring with me that’s acceptable to spray at my face in public. Instead of just dumping a bottle of water on my face. Which is a waste of perfectly good drinking water. Thank you, thermal water springs in France. 🙂

  • GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. This innovative peel-off mud treatment goes on white then turns silver as it dries.

I’ve been wanting to try this stuff. It looks like a shimmery silver piece of heaven and it smells nice. The tube basically has about two, if that, uses, which makes me sad but that’s okay. It’s good stuff. This is an expensive product so I probably won’t be buying it unless I stumble upon a rich relative or something.

 

There it is. Ready to see what my birth month brings from Ipsy. I hope they make it fantastic for me. 🙂 Also, I just started receiving the Play by Sephora beauty subscription, so expect my July review soon.

 

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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

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I thought I might not like this month’s theme, or the products, but when I finally got them it was a different story. I love the bag style and the material it is made of. And the colors aren’t too awful bright and involved as the pictures made it seem. On to the product reviews.

  • Colourpop Cosmetics Creme Gel Liner in Swerve

The super creamy formula makes us swoon. And intense color that lasts forever on the lid or the waterline? That’s why we just can’t quit it.

I love it! Got it in Swerve. It’s a nice creamy black, and it looks great on my waterline. It doesn’t smudge like other crayon eyeliners. I would definitely try other colors with this brand.

  • Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser

Major makeup calls for serious removal. This gentle cleansing balm—like nothing we’ve seen before—dissolves away residue and leaves brushes silky soft.

This smells great. I’m glad I have something to clean what little brushes I have now. But normally, this is not a product I have a need for.

  • theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

Triple milled just sounds attractive, doesn’t it? It means this shadow is super fine, making it smooth and easy to blend.

I was skeptical about this matte shade. I received it in Matt Kumar, which looks like a pinkish purple. I put it on and it made me look like I had a bad case of pink eye. This shade might look good on anyone else, but not me. The only reason I am giving it two stars is because smudging on a light tan shade of any eyeshadow with a little sparkle in it over this one will save it. That didn’t make me have to completely start my makeup session over, which we all know sucks.

  • BioRepublic Skincare Fiber Mask Set

Mmm. That’s the sound of soothing. These masks calm stressed-out skin and brighten dull, flat complexions, with results you see even days later. And did we mention they smell amazing? Even more to mmm about.

These are great masks, I’m just not a huge fan of sheet masks. But they’ll be a nice change when I’m in need of a good face pampering. 🙂

  • Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Illuminating Baked Highlighter in Bellisima

Cool tones for hot days. While most highlighters are warm-toned, this unique highlighter is a pink standout that will keep you glowing all through the night.

I love the shade. It works great as eyeshadow, too, which is most likely what I’ll be using it as most of the time. But I used it to highlight my cheeks and it gave me a nice dewy glow. I don’t really use highlighter, but this is an awesome brand.

 

untilnexttime