Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Camera Ready: NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

[Product was purchased by me.]

I don't get particularly oily throughout the day, so I have never really been interested in finishing powders. However, I do need to set my undereye corrector with powder, and I find that using a foundation-colored shade can often make the area look too ashy. So I went looking for a translucent powder, and found many helpful reviews on NARS's version.
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
They make both a loose and pressed version, but as a klutz, I am against all loose powders, so I focused solely on the pressed. These are two of the reviews that I found the most helpful.

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I was a little concerned that I would have to use a sponge (don't like sponges, either) for application, but I find that my RT Buffing Brush is fine for the job. I use a clean brush, swirl it in the pan, and then pat gently and methodically along my face, holding the brush perpendicular so that the flat head of the brush is patted against my skin. There is no white cast that I can see in photos, and as you can see, it looks fabulous on camera.
Makeup from this post. NARS powder on your left, without on the right. I can tell the difference, and the difference is also marked in photos with vs without. I am wearing the same makeup all over, with the exception of the NARS powder being split down the middle. The side on your left, (with NARS), seems more "airbrushed" to me. Or maybe I'm just crazy.
I usually apply this over a full face of makeup. I've also tried it over a less pigmented, color correcting cream (Ole Henriksen's, which I may or may not review); it gives skin an overall smooth finish, and a subtle glow. It also tamps down on shine - skin glows, but doesn't necessarily look oily or excessively dewy.
With NARS Pressed Setting Powder all over face.
I don't wear this powder every day on my full face, as it is an extra step, but I wear it often, and definitely if I am going to take blog photos or for a nice day/evening out. I actually don't find it as fussy as some reviews have suggested, but I haven't experimented beyond the one RT brush. It does also seem like makeup lasts a little longer when set, but I suppose that is what people have been saying for years. And finally: yes, it works as I initially intended - as a setting powder for my under eye corrector.

I bought mine from Sephora; it retails for $34 but I expect the pan will last forever. It comes in a nice case with a tiny flat sponge that I have never used and don't expect to use. The pouch is nice, though. Overall, recommended.

Ingredients: synthetic fluorphlogopite, silica, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, glycerin, squalane, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, polysorbate 80, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, carrageenan, xanthan gum, 1,2-hexanediol, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxydrocinnamate, maris aqua (sea water), ascophyllum nodosum (ascophyllum nodosium extract), magnesium silicate, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, tin oxide, mica, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxides).

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Juice

[Product purchased by me.]
Gray, matte tube.

Even though I still love bold lip shades, I've taken a liking to the sheer variety this summer. I don't have Kate's or Becca's collections of sheer, juicy lip shades, but I've picked up a few here and there.
On nails: Dior Shadow.

This is the latest: Bite Beauty's Lush Lip Tint in Juice. I saw Becca's review and thought they looked like good options for hydrating, barely-there lip colors. I need my sheer lip shades to be at least somewhat moisturizing, as I like to wear them on low-key days to bring a bit of cheer to my face. If they're not hydrating, though, I might as well collect more Dior gloss.
Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Juice
This one mostly delivers. I find that I can wear it for a full day comfortably (with several re-applications, of course - it is sheer), and that makes me happy. It's got a milkiness to it - it's not quite a jelly finish. But I like it. It's perfect for summer, but I think it will also serve in winter, on days when you just want to look flushed and fresh, like you just came in out of the cold. For another look featuring this product, see this post.
Other makeup: I forget what base I was wearing. Erm.
Eyes: Tarte
Gold under Fyrinnae Jade Ghost, Smashbox Limitless Liquid liner, Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, MUFE Aqua Brow 25
Cheeks: Dior Capri
At $24 each, they are pricey, but I don't have the same comfortable wear with the drugstore versions that I've tried (my lips are so, so picky). The tube is a little weird - it snaps shut, but you have to press hard, and the swivel-up portion is kind of rickety and shakes back and forth. Hasn't affected the product itself, yet, but still something to note.

Do you have any of these lush lip tints? How do you feel about sheer lipsticks or tinted lip balms?

active ingredients: 10 mg trans-resveratrol from red wine polphenol and polygonum cuspidatum
other ingredients: organic ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, organic argania spinosa (argan) oil, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, triisostearyl citrate, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, organic cera alba (beeswax), acacia decurrens/jojoba/sunflower seed wax/polyglyceryl-3 esters, siraitia grosvenorii fruit extract, polygonum cuspidatum extract, vitis vinifera (grape) vine extract, tocopherol
+/-: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue no. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C yellow no. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C yellow no. 6 (CI15895), FD&C red no. 40 (CI 16035), manganese violet

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sympathizing with Captain Jack: Recent Empties



I couldn't resist.

What I'm talking about, though, is this sort of crazy mission we beauty bloggers seem to be on - to empty out ALL THE THINGS so we can buy MORE THINGS. You know what I mean. It happens every so often, though, that we run out of staples or things we love, and then it's like WHYYYY. This is a feature highlighting some of the products that make me do the Captain Jack face.

Caudalie Divine Oil: Such a luxury, and the product that turned me on to the beauty of body oils that can be lightly misted on skin. As I mentioned, I found a much more budget-friendly alternative, and this small bottle didn't last very long at all, but now I like body oils, and that's something.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach: I'm not a massive fan of Bobbi Brown makeup, but this corrector is the ultimate for me and my insomniac raccoon undereye circles. I pat some on over eye cream and under foundation, and set with a light powder (like NARS Pressed Powder or Annabelle BB Compact Makeup). A little compact lasts a decent long while, and I'm on a second one. Daily staple!

Kai Fragrance (sample)*: A lovely white floral, very green and uplifting. I went through the little sample vial and am tempted to acquire more, but it's not the most unique scent (I still have the very similar Olivine). Still, it's such an easy to wear scent.

Jennifer Aniston perfume (mini): My original review wasn't very positive and I still don't think this is a particularly unique variation of a beachy white floral, but there is something about being able to spray a light scent with reckless abandon and pretending to be JA, with her carefree hair, perpetual tan, and laid-back CA style. I think I'll pick up a mini Philosophy Amazing Grace to fill this hole next summer, even though it lacks the salty element of JA. I need something light and easy in the summer, though.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum: I bought this set (can I say, I love brands that allow you to purchase mini trial sets of skincare), and I purchased the full size to replace this. I like vitamin C serums, and this sinks into skin very easily - it's a gel. I'll do a full review on the Truth line items soon.

Prada Candy (sample): I told you I fell in love with this. And then I used it all up. I wish they sold perfume in smaller bottles, because the initial investment always feels a bit high. Perhaps it can go on the birthday wishlist, or Christmas. It sort of feels like a classic me scent, and I doubt I'll change my mind about it any time soon.

A lot of these were samples, but I think that emphasizes the importance of bringing home a sample for an extended trial. Items like perfume and skincare take some time to thoroughly test. I am guilty of simply buying full sizes of skincare to try, though, because a lot of times it just isn't possible to obtain an adequately sized sample.

What have you finished lately that you're missing? Fall in love with anything new?

[Products marked with a * were received from PR for review.]

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Being Braver and Giving Scents a Second Chance: Prada Candy

[Sample received as a GWP.]

I remember trying Prada Candy in stores, and being turned off by a very strong whiff of something weird and astringent. I was a bit disappointed, as the notes sounded lovely and gourmand, but it was really only a tiny blip on my radar, anyway.
image from
However. I recently received a sample as a lagniappe (!), and decided, what the hell, I'm being more adventurous nowadays. I spritzed. And fell in love.

With notes of "caramel, vanilla, musk, benzoin," this is definitely a sweeter blend, but it's not sticky, sugary, cavity-inducing sweet as the name suggests (can I say? I hate the name, and I dislike the packaging. At least I know I'm not falling for clever marketing only, right?). I don't really consider it a gourmand, either - I'm not reminded of burnt, sumptuous caramel so much as an elegant vanilla, the shade of cream-colored walls and soft leathers. Or the vanilla orchid.
Vanilla orchid and beans.
On first spritz, I get the warm, vanilla beginning - something that reminds me of Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise, although that is far greener and simpler, and I like Candy better. But then it evolves into its full potential - a drydown with a slightly medicinal edge, tempered with just the right amount of sweetness; the benzoin keeps it fresh without being green. I kind of adore it.

Candy does last all day on me with two generous spritzes - I can still catch notes of it lingering around before I shower in the evening, and it always makes me smile. It's not a bold perfume - it doesn't shout out at you, or call attention to itself. It's comforting and sweet and cozy, though, and I can see wearing it through the winter with perfect happiness. It's dependable. Sweet. A paramour.

The full bottle is on my wishlist.

Need another opinion? (of course you do!)
Cute and Mundane
Bois de Jasmin
Olfactoria's Travels

Have you sniffed this one? What are your thoughts?

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's All in the Nuances: Shiseido BE213 Nude Eye Shadow Trio

[The featured product was purchased by me.]

[I passed my final exam, so there will be no more whining and panicking. Just thought you'd like to know. I'm not this kind of doctor, or this kind (unfortunately), but I do have my Ph.D. in chemistry now, and that's quite nice, isn't it?]

After I picked up the colorful YE406 trio, I absolutely wanted another Shiseido eye shadow palette. The colors are usually gorgeous and have a duochrome quality, making them beautiful to wear - shades never look flat or chalky. I find the lasting power on par with other brands I own and have tried (with primer or over some kind of base - I rarely wear any eyeshadow without these prep products). The colors are often subtler, but there is a variety and I find myself drawn to nearly every trio available.
Shiseido BE231 Nude Trio. It looks so flat here! But the shadows look really luminous and nuanced in person.

I purchased the new BE231 trio (a fall 2013 release) because I was looking for those perfect neutral shades that serve as easy washes of color. What I currently have are either too frosty or too matte or not quite the right shades, and BE231 looked perfect for my skintone.

I'm very pleased with it. My photos don't really capture the duochrome sheen that's present in all three shades. You have to see them in person. But I'll try to show you what I mean.
The darkest shade looks muddy here, but it's really not. It's hard to see their potential in arm swatches, and really, it's meant to be worn on the face, as Tracy says. Hopefully you can see the gold glimmer that each shade has. I tried to build up the swatches, so it looks chalky. You don't need to do that when you actually apply it.

The palest shade is a gold-ivory when a beautiful yellow gold sheen. The center shade is a peachy champagne (my absolute, absolute favorite), and the last is latte-colored brown. It seems quite light in the pan, but it works as a crease shade for me - a subtle deepening of color toward the outer edge of my eyes. I could use this as a browbone, lid wash, and crease shade trio. I did. But I could see mixing and matching, too.
Wearing BE231. Also: NARS TM Finland, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, MUFE Aqua Brow 25, Dior Capri blush, Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Juice, NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder.

Shiseido's eye shadows are totally overlooked and underrated, in my opinion. They make beautiful, nuanced shades in simple, chic packaging (the only thing I'll mention is that I don't use the provided applicator or brush). They are all shimmery, so if that's not your cup of tea, you can safely pass.

If you love delicate, foolproof neutrals, I'd take a look at these. I'm not sure how they'll fair on deeper skintones; I think they will probably only serve as "nudes" for a certain range of skintones. But the shimmer element gives them life, so other trios may still be worth looking into. RD299, Beach Grass, is the next one I've got my eye on. If I just filled my eye shadow drawer with Shiseido, I'd be perfectly happy...just give me some time.

Need to see more? Tracy has a feature of Pink Sands here, and Claire has a lovely single here.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Budget-Friendly Option: Solstice Scents Burnishing Glacé Mist

[Products in this post were purchased by me.]

You heard me rave about Caudalie's Divine Oil, and rightly so. However, I went through the little bottle very quickly, and the $49 price tag for the full size (3.4 oz) isn't really charming me. What I did find, though, was that I really liked the feel of a body oil - and all this time, I thought I'd hate it.

Enter Solstice Scents, one of my favorite indie shops for bath and body products (and perfume oils). I knew I wanted to get Tropical Moon this summer when it was re-released, but I didn't know in what format. I have a lot of perfume oils, and I didn't want to get another whipped soap, so I was looking around, and settled on the Burnishing Glacé Mist. It's $14 for 4 oz., comes in a spray bottle, and is intended for "light moisture" as a sprayable, scented body mist, or for use in a bath - it's not for use on the face. There is an unscented version, Ghost, which is supposed to be more moisturizing, but part of the experience for me, is in the lovely summery scent of Tropical Moon.

[Ingredients for the Tropical Moon version: Cyclomethicone NF, fragrance and/or essential oils, argan oil, rice bran oil, monoi oil (contains coconut).]

And guys. GUYS. This stuff is awesome. Yes, the ingredient list is different than Caudalie's, but I didn't say I had a dupe (and the burning glacé mist list is pretty simple, which is pretty impressive, actually). And the end result, for me, is the same, which is what is important to me. I spray the burnishing glacé mist on my skin after a shower - the spray pump is more dispersive and less strong than the Caudalie pump, which I actually prefer - easier to "mist" on my skin, rather than spraying down one spot excessively - and then lightly run my hands along the skin to ease it in. As with the Divine Oil, there's no need to vigorously rub. It sinks in nicely, leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy, and as with the Divine Oil, there's no unsightly residue left over.

In the winter, I suspect neither version will be enough moisture, but since I can also pour some of this into a hot winter soak for a small burst of sensory summer, I don't feel too bad about perhaps not using all of this up seasonally. In addition, at $14 a bottle, I don't feel like I have to save it or ration it, and I feel so much more comfortable using it liberally. And if I spray the walls, I spray the walls. Coconut scented walls are the new thing, you know.

All in all, if you're a fan of the Divine Oil but cringe at the price tag, I'd suggest you give this a shot. It comes in a variety of scents (or unscented, if you prefer), and the experience afforded is quite similar - and importantly, affordable. Indulgent, summery sleekness in a bottle.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Study Break! Current Quests: Perfume, Skincare, and All Things Cream

Current Quests

Current Quests by eyeheartit featuring giorgio armani
Things on my mind:

Perfume. I been going mad for new perfume, lately. Reading all kinds of reviews and hunting down scents I think I'd like. Based on my success with a recent Luckyscents order, I think I'm getting better at interpreting descriptions and choosing perfumes I'll like. These are four of the ones on my list at the moment: Serge Lutens Un Lys, Prada Infusion d'iris, Acqua di Parma Magnolia, L'artisan La Chasse aux Papillons.

Cream/cream-esque products. As far as colored cosmetics go, I've been into cream products lately. The Dior cream blush (I got one!) is divine, and since it reminds me of the YSL versions, I think I'd like those, too. Smashbox's cream shadow is on my list of things to try (especially in a shade like Gemstone, which is far from what I normally buy), and so are Armani's ETK shadows, even though they aren't really a cream product. Can we talk about Armani Fall? Gah. I love duochrome shades - they are an easy way to add depth to a look with only a single shadow. And I forgot to include them, but Dior's Fusion Mono shadows are also on the list. I swatched one in person. I want one.

Skincare, again. The Ole Henriksen berry enzyme mask or the Juice Beauty Green Apple peel - one of them will be mine. Actually, add Boscia's black mask to that list. And the Dermalogica eye serum sounds really good (I read about it on Beautyholics Anonymous). I also created a new Pinterest board for skincare. Oops.

Okay. Study break over. Larie, out. What's on your wishlist or your radar right now? Let me know. We'll ogle together.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Makeup Favorites (2013 Edition)

[Products in this post were purchased by me, except for *, which was won in a brand-sponsored giveaway on Twitter, and **, which was a gift from a friend.]

I knew I said I wouldn't be posting as much, but I find myself needing a break every now and again, and what better than to put together a blog post? I already did a feature on my summer skincare products, so I thought I'd do a roundup of the colored cosmetics that I'm enjoying this summer (I was inspired by Danielle). I surprised myself by reaching for a lot of baby pinks and neutrals, in addition to my usual oranges and reds. I've also been reaching for cream textures.
Erm. Spot a theme? Or two?

Eyes: (L-R) Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow, Tarte Gold, theBalm Nude'Tude** Stand-offish
I never used to like cream shadows, but Tarte's Gold convinced me that some of these pencil formulas can be easy to use (blends out well before setting), and last. Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Sandglow is also a nice formula. Both of these only last all day with primer or with a powder shadow layered over them - I prefer the latter method. They make a nice alternative to a colorless base, and add complexity to a look. Along with them, theBalm's Stand-offish marks my return to champagne shades for an all-over lid wash that brightens my face.

Cheeks: Guerlain Sunny Pink Sun Shimmer*, Dior Capri Diorblush Cheek Creme, Marcelle EnchantmentIllamasqua Libido

It's been cream blushes all the way, baby! I sometimes layer a similar powder shade over cream to increase lasting power, or if I feel like the extra fuss is warranted. I already professed my love for Dior Capri, and I've fallen back in love with the coral Guerlain Sunny Pink, as well. Marcelle Enchantment is a lipstick, but I find that it works beautifully as a cream blush. Illamasqua Libido is a nice orange, and I often layer MAC Honey Jasmine over it for a little more dimension.

Lips: (L-R) Dior Lucky Addict Extreme**, Dior Red Serum Rouge de SerumMAC Rising Sun Cremesheen gloss, Dior Bed of Roses gloss

Ah, lip products. Happiness for a bandit. Dior Lucky is still in rotation despite its blatant pink-ness, and Bed of Roses is a slightly warmer, glossy counterpart. Red Serum (why yes, I like Dior lip products) is the perfect juicy red for summer, and MAC Rising Sun is a brightening, sheer orange on my lips.

My favorites this summer have been pretty different than my picks in past summers, though I can't remember them, and this is the first time I've actually done a round-up post. I've been really into cream products lately, though, and it doesn't seem like this cream craze will end any time soon. Funnily enough, I'm not that excited about fall right now, even though it's my favorite season. I'm having a great time running around in sandals, shorts, and clean, simple makeup.

What have been your go-to products this summer? Anything I need to check out?

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Cream Blush Game Changer: Diorblush Cheek Creme in Capri

[Products in this post were purchased by me, except *, which was a Sephora promotion freebie.]

I will start off by saying that to my knowledge, these are only available at Macy's right now (in the US, I mean), so that is where you should look.

Because you should look. And buy one. If not two. Or four. I rarely encourage people to buy out a line, but that's how much I like this blush.
Diorblush Cheek Creme in Capri.

I got the baby pink one - Capri. I usually try to pick new shades when trying something new, so I don't accumulate too much of the same color. I have been really loving baby pink this summer (evidence), and this looked perfect.

It didn't disappoint. I use my RT Stippling brush to apply it to my cheeks, straight from the pot (yes, the brush head is slightly bigger than the pot, but it still picks up plenty of product) for the best natural blush. It's seamless, and really has that "skin lit from within" color that a natural flush would give you. Illamasqua's formula feels more slippery to the touch and can look a little flat in comparison; Becca's Beach Tints are liquid but have the same lasting power. With respect to how the blush looks when worn, I'd have to say that Dior's formula is my favorite.
Dior Capri, swatched with a finger.

Capri has a slight shimmer, but it's not really sparkly - it just seems like you added a touch of highlighter to your foundation. It's nearly impossible to overdo, and lasts all damned day. Even through dance class. I seriously want another one - maybe Panama.
Also wearing:
Laura Mercier Smooth Foundation* in
Buff, Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach, MUFE Aqua Brow 25,
UDPP Eden, theBalm Nude'Tude, Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner pen, Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara,
Capri, MAC Whisper of Gilt.
However, if these are sold out in your area, don't despair. They remind me of the YSL cream blushes (which I don't own, but have tested in stores) in texture, and I think you could happily settle for one of those. I am going to explore that line, as well.
Lip gloss: Dior Bed of Roses

If you don't believe me, you can go see Capri on Teri, Paris and Tracy, as well.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dressing down THE RED LIP

[Products featured in this post were purchased by me, except for *, which was a gift from a friend.]

I think red lipstick doesn't have to be reserved for date nights or glamorous, big events. It's perfectly fine for a day look - a casual day look, even. As I've been sitting at home writing dissertations/putting together presentations, I find a red lip boosts my morale. Whatever helps, you know? Red lips and pajamas, the new black!

After prepping my face (NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Finland, Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach under eyes, MUFE Aqua Brow #25 on brows), I picked a lipstick. I think for a casual look, I'd stick to something with a jelly or glossy finish - nothing matte or super creamy (although a nice matte, red lip is very classic, and one of my favorite looks, as well).
Usually I start with eyes and work my way down, but here, I want to be sure not to use too much color or apply something too strongly, so I start with lips. I'm using Dior Rouge Serum in 850 Red Serum. Similar (slight variations in shade): Dior Addict Extreme Fireworks, Dior Addict Red Carpet, Chubby Stick Intense Mightiest Maraschino or Heftiest Hibiscus. Generally, those balm-hybrid lipsticks work well here! Or a very opaque gloss. I line my lips with Dior's Universal Contour lip liner first, and then apply lipstick.

Then eyes: I used the Clinique Teddy Bear quad for neutral, matte eyes, keeping them well-defined with Clinique's Brush-on Cream liner in Black and amping up the lashes with Clinique's High Impact Waterproof mascara. I really like this Clinique quad (the new revamped version seems shimmery, though!), but other good options for matte/low shimmer neutrals include Burberry's singles and quads, and neutrals from MAC's permanent range.
I added some color to my cheeks with Tarte's Stellar*. I would stick with something that doesn't differ too much in tone from the lipstick you choose, and also doesn't overpower or clash with your lip choice. Dusty roses like this include MAC Harmony, Tarte Exposed. I also like Senna Cosmetics Trés Jolie.

Et, voila. Something for the summer. Go out and rock your red lips. With shorts, with that little black dress, on your way to the mall, on your walk with the dog. It's all in how it makes you feel, right?

What's your favorite red lipstick, and what occasions make you pull it out?

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Thursday Post

Nina Nesbitt: Babylon (David Gray cover). Dreamy covers. I love them. Another ethereal voice, like Birdy.

I'm guilty, but this reminds me of the lessons I had in school. Going to try harder.

Tips from a pro climber, but I think they are relevant to life in general.

MM did a piece on serums.

Unfortunately, the Thursday Post is going on hiatus for a while. With my defense coming up, I don't have the time to read as many blogs as usual, so there aren't any links to share. Thanks for all of your support! In the meantime, you can keep up with me via TwitterPinterest and Instagram (follow buttons on the right hand side bar). I'll have a few posts up this month, but not many. Have a happy August!
Sleepy and sunbathing. He's been with us for two years, now! Here's to many more, Dennison. <3