Lifestyle, Personal

I Have a Second Website – Plus a Podcast!

Hello friends!

You might have noticed that I’ve been a little less active than normal these past few months – part of that was the fact that I moved, but I have a much more exciting reason for being a little MIA.

I started a Podcast!

What's New Around the Barn

I have dreamed of starting a Podcast for years, but I’d never really known what a good topic would be.  Well, since I’ve gotten back into horses lately I thought I could share what that experience has been like!

I totally get that horses aren’t really everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m so passionate and in love with everything surrounding them that I had to share!  I’m really hoping that you’ll give it a try and see what you think; stop by my website for more information on the Podcast, as well as my social media channels. I plan on sharing each new Podcast episode, any YouTube videos that go live, and other information I think is important for horse people to know!

You can find my Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and more by searching “What’s New Around the Barn?”.

I hope to see you there; happy listening!

Personal

Monthly Favorites | August 2019

Hello friends!

So I was bamboozled this month – for some reason, I had so much less in terms of productivity than July, and yet July was shockingly busy.  This makes absolutely no sense to me, but unfortunately it does mean that my August favorites are pretty weak.

I only had three things that really stood out to me this month – however, they’re awesome so you should definitely check them out!  September will be more exciting, I swear!

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Beauty & Fashion

New at Ulta | August 5 – September 1, 2019

Hello friends!

I’m back with yet another New at Ulta, and this month was pretty exciting!  New brands were introduced, as well as awesome new products!

I’m especially excited for all the new collections being released; like Beauty Bakerie, Tarte, and Too Faced!  Plus anytime Colourpop can be purchased at Ulta makes it even more awesome, since basically half of my makeup is Colourpop.

As usual, there’s a ton of eyeshadow palettes that peaked my attention; surprisingly, I seem to have also been drawn in by concealers and setting sprays!

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Beauty & Fashion

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “951” | Review

Hello friends!

Funny story with this lipstick- I ordered the Kathleen Lights lip bundle, and was accidentally sent the IluvSarahii set instead.  When I told them about it, they said I could keep it, so yay for bonus reviews for all of you!

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Color: 951 is a really beautiful warm medium brown shade.  I’d say it has a little more depth than your average nude, but is still pink enough to be less intimidating for those scared of a traditional brown.

Finish: The Ultra Satin lips have an almost-matte finish that never quite dry down.  It’s like a demi-matte with just the slightest bit of sheen to keep from the traditional flat finish that most liquid lipsticks have.

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Packaging: The tube of this lipstick is just like their standard tubes, but the cap is a beautiful gold instead of their traditional silver.  The printing on it is also gold versus their traditional holographic text, and it says “iluvsarahii X Colourpop” to notate the collaboration.

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Applicator: The applicator on this is standard for Colourpop; a basic doefoot. While mine does fray a bit and doesn’t sit smooth, I had no difficulties at all with getting straight lines.

Application: I found the application of this particular shade to be very easy.  The color is opaque in one swipe and easy to get a smooth, straight line, even on the edges.

It does remain slightly tacky because it never truly dries down, so in the first few minutes after application it feels a bit off until you get used to it.  If I hadn’t been paying specific attention to that detail, I wouldn’t have felt this on my lips at all.

There is no discernible scent with the Colourpop lipsticks; it smells a bit like chemicals, but the scent isn’t offensive and did not linger. I could never smell it once it was on my lips.

This color had a tendency to emphasize the texture of my lips, especially when they were dry, so even upon application within a few minutes you could see each crack and crevice.  This can be helped by either having smoother lips than I do, or exfoliating/using balm the night before use to minimize the clinging!

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Transfer: One thing that I’ve noticed with all Colourpop Ultra Satin lips is that they transfer quite a bit; this one was no exception.  I found that it would come off on my water bottle after just drinking water, and always came off on my food.  I left lipstick everywhere, especially as the first layer wore down.  After it faded off a bit the amount that transferred did lessen, so if you blotted right away you would probably have less issues than I did!

Fading: Despite the fact that the amount of transfer was frustrating, I was surprised that the fading wasn’t too bad.  After eating a larger or more messy meal, there was a definite need for reapplication, otherwise I had a ring of product around the outside of my lips, and my lips looked even stranger due to the line emphasis.  However, just wearing throughout the day with drinking, breakfast and a non-messy lunch means that this lip product would still look good!

One thing I did notice was that the product built up a bit as the day wore on, which meant that I had patches of slightly orange dry spots on my lips.  This is something that I had only noticed when my lips were especially dry, so again if you properly moisturize beforehand I don’t think you’ll have this issue.

Comfort: Unlike a normal matte liquid lipstick, this never dries down completely. Because of that, I could always feel a bit of stick when I pushed my lips together and I felt more aware of it being on my lips.  That said, it remained incredibly comfortable throughout the duration of wear.  It’s not hydrating,  but it’s also not drying at all and is a great formula for those who hate liquid lipsticks for the feeling of them.

Overall: I love the comfort of the ultra satins, but the fading and transfer of them is definitely frustrating. I think part of the problem is that I have yet to try a lighter shade; both Stud and this one are a bit darker, more brown-toned nudes so it’s not a surprise that the appearance and wear would also be similar.

I haven’t quite decided if I’ll keep this yet, but I’m leaning a bit towards yes.  It’s really beautiful, and if you love this formula and can put up with the fading, you absolutely will not be disappointed!

Price Point: If you really love this color but don’t want to purchase the bundle, you can buy the single lipstick here for $7.  However, if you’re looking to buy a few lipsticks and save some money, you can buy the whole kit here!

Have you ever tried the Ultra Satin formula from Colourpop?

Books

Books I’ve Read Recently #3

Hello friends!

I’ve finally made it out of the busiest time of my life and so I’m now back to getting stuff done!  Today I’m sharing another iteration of the books I’ve read recently; these were read between June and July.

A ton of these books were on my 2018 GoodReads winners list, so I’m stoked to have them crossed off.  I’ve also found a few new favorites of my own this time around; read on to find out what!

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Lifestyle

Podcasts I’ve Listened to Recently | Summer 2019

Hello friends!

I have listened to yet another four podcasts, and thought I should share them with you all!  One thing that I’ve really started doing is taking horses more seriously, which is why you see some horsey podcasts on the list!  I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there are some other awesome podcasts that I definitely recommend as well!

I’ve been just devouring podcasts, so these were listened to between June and July – my current podcast has a ton of episodes, so that’s definitely slowing me down (in a good way!).

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Lifestyle, Personal

Monthly Favorites | July 2019

Hello friends!

I’m back to share some of the non-beauty things that I loved during July!  All of my favorites were tech-related; I had a love affair with some podcasts and found amazing videos that are totally worth watching.

Life Update:

This month has been the most wild in terms of changes in my life, so it’s the big reason why I don’t have a good variety of favorites!

I got a new vehicle, I switched departments at my job, I started riding horses more frequently, and I moved – wow, what a list!  I did share a small update about my move in a previous blog post, and that’s why I ended up skipping some blog posts for the last week of July.

Podcasts:

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