July favorites

Hi everyone,

As it is the last week of July I thought it would be a good time to talk about my favorites and what I’ve been loving this month. Starting with beauty, I have a few favorites from my July Glam Bag, and I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. My first favorite is the bag itself, I don’t think they could’ve chosen a more adorable mascot than Gudetama and I love that the bag has a 360 design.

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Next up we have the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I have loved this since the minute I put it on and it’s become an important part of my nightly routine. It’s light, smells good and my face feels so good. I have since ordered a full size version of this. Definitely recommend it.

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My next beauty favorite is the Ciate London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid liner in Black. Like I mentioned before I really like Ciate London, I think they’re a great brand with great products. Since joining Ipsy my collection of eyeliner has grown and I love it. This one goes on smooth and it’s long lasting. It’s also double ended so one end is the pencil and the other end is a smudging and blending brush.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel. I’ve been using this to take off my makeup and cleanse my face and I love it. The whole Rainforest of the Sea collection is brilliant and if you want a good cleansing product I recommend this. Like the Caudalie moisturizer, I’ve ordered a full size of this.

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And my last beauty favorite is the LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Color Me Confident. LOC stands for Love Of Color and it’s a Birchbox brand. My mom is subscribed to Birchbox and she told me about this brand so I ordered one of these lipsticks just to try out and I really like it. This particular one is a cranberry red shade, which is usually the red I wear and I quite like it. I always love a matte lipstick, this one is highly pigmented and will last you all day without feeling like you’re wearing a matte lipstick because they can leave you with a heavy feeling. I definitely recommend it.

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Next I have a book favorite and that’s Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I mentioned this book in my summer reading list post and if you haven’t read that I’ll link it below as well. But this book is about the African American women who were part of some of NASA’s biggest successes. I have loved every bit of this book so far, being the huge history nerd I am I’m so intrigued by this and I’m almost finished with it. It has been turned into a movie with the same name, and I wanted to wait until I’d read the book to see the movie but everyone has told me how great it was, so I can’t wait to watch it.

My next favorite is the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT and it’s an international airshow, the world’s largest, held every year in England. This is an airshow that I’ve always wanted to go to and hopefully within the next few years I will, but I’ve been watching videos of it on YouTube and I think it’s really cool to see how many aircraft show up and how many countries take part.

My last couple of favorites are music related and the first is the song Grand Illusion from Barry Gibb’s 2016 album In The Now. The album is full of great songs, but Grand Illusion is definitely my favorite. I’ve loved Barry Gibb forever, I love the Bee Gees and I was happy to see that he had released another album. I’ve said this before but I honestly love to sing with Barry Gibb.

Next up we have the song Shame by Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. I’ve thought this was a great song since it came out and it popped up recently when I put my phone on shuffle. This was the first song the two worked on after they resolved their issues and fixed their friendship and that’s what the song is about. The video is kind of ridiculous, but in a good way and I love it.

And my last favorite is Face To Face by Gary Barlow and Elton John. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Elton John and I love that he and Gary did this song. You can tell that this song is special and I think the meaning behind it is really sweet. Not a lot of people stuck by Gary when he went through his rough patch, but Elton did and this was his way of saying thank you. It’s a brilliant song and I 100% recommend looking it up on YouTube, just like the other songs I mentioned, if you haven’t heard them.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites let me know and if not let me know what you loved this month.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great July :).

-K

July Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/july-glam-bag-unboxing/

Summer Reading List 2017:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/summer-reading-list-2017/

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I want your input

Hi everyone,

This isn’t the typical blog post, but rather something I want your opinion on. I’ve been wanting to do a Q&A for a while now, and I want to know how you guys want me to do it. What I’m thinking is I can do the traditional blog post where you send me your questions and I write out my answers, or I could do a livestream on YouTube. Let me know what you guys think and remember to send in questions. The questions can be about anything you want, so don’t think it has to be solely about makeup and beauty. Anyway, let me know what you guys think :).

-K

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Throwback: Seafair edition

Hi everyone,

Recently I was looking through old photos and came across some from Seafair 2012. If you’re unfamiliar, Seafair is a Pacific Northwest tradition, this year is the 67th year. It’s a weekend of hydroplane racing and an airshow on Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington. I’ve been going to Seafair since I was very little and it’s definitely where my love for airplanes came from. The main event of the airshow is Fat Albert and the US Navy Blue Angels. The Blues are one of the absolute best demonstration teams and have a special place in my heart. I will leave links to all of their info below and if you have a chance to see them perform you definitely should :).

So, going back to 2012 and starting with Fat Albert, the pilots were; Capt Benjamin Blanton, USMC, Capt John Hecker, USMC, and Capt A.J. Harrell, USMC. For anyone wondering, the Blue Angels are a Navy and Marine Corp operation. Moving on to the Blues, the delta consisted of, in the #1 jet, Boss, Capt Greg McWherter, USN, #2, Right Wing, LT John Hiltz, USN, #3, Left Wing, Capt Brandon Cordill, USMC, #4, Slot, Maj Brent Stevens, USMC, #5, Lead Solo, LT C.J. Simonsen, USN, and #6, Opposing Solo, LT David Tickle, USN.

These pictures are from Thursday August 2, 2012. I went with my brother and we hung out, watched them fly and had a really fun day. Thursday is the day the Blue Angels fly around at two different times for practice and finding their spots and landmarks for the shows. Usually Fat Albert doesn’t fly on Thursdays, but he did that time and it was so cool. His high speed pass was crazy and seeing that massive C-130 land was insane. There is a rule at Boeing Field that unless you’re a photographer and have credentials you have to stay behind and below the fence, so some of these pictures have the fence in them.

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That about wraps it up for this post. There were two videos that I wanted to add, so I put them on YouTube and if you want to see those my channel name is Kyra Sage. If you ever get the chance to see the Blue Angels perform I hope you enjoy it and I highly recommend coming to Seafair, it’s a very exciting and fun filled weekend. This year it’s August 6th and 7th and if you’re in town on Thursday look up between 9:45 am to 12:00 pm and 1:15pm to 2:40 pm because they’ll be practicing.

Until next time, enjoy your weekend and I hope you have a chance to see the Blue Angels perform :).

-K

Blue Angels info:

Website: https://www.blueangels.navy.mil

Instagram: usnavyblueangels

Twitter: @BlueAngels

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Into the blue

Hi everyone,

Recently I’ve been doing more reading, so I wanted to talk to you about the book I just finished. The book is The Wild Blue; The Men and Boys Who Flew The B-24’s Over Germany 1944-45 by Stephen E. Ambrose.

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The main focus is on George McGovern and his crew on the B-24 Dakota Queen. In reality, the Dakota Queen was actually the Yo-Yo, but the crew decided, because McGovern was the only one on the crew who was married, to name the plane after George’s wife Eleanor who was from South Dakota. One of the things that I really appreciate about this book is that while the main focus is McGovern and his crew, you get to read about so many others and really know their stories. There is so much detail and you really get a feel for how difficult it was to actually get to fly one of these planes. They don’t say the B-24 was the hardest plane to fly for nothing. There were no frills and it took all of your mental and physical strength to fly and keep in formation and not crash. While reading this I really felt like I got a good understanding of what it was like to be living in Italy at this time, what it was like to fly these missions and how perilous it truly was. It definitely made me think and I have a whole new level of respect for not just the pilots and their crews, but everyone who fought and risked their lives in World War II. I 100% recommend reading this book.

Now normally this is where I would end a book review, but this one is different. I have a connection to the B-24. My great-uncle Joe Sage was a B-24 pilot. Now while he is still alive, I didn’t know much about his time in the war and still don’t know all the stories. I do remember him coming to visit ages ago and telling a bunch of stories, but I wasn’t at an age to where I appreciated it and I wish I could remember some of it. Anyway, going off of what I did have which was basically a name and when he was born, I went to the internet. I was actually amazed with what I was able to find. I found out that he was part of the 461st Bomb Group Heavy and it’s 765th Squadron. I was able to find out his crew number, and I even found a picture of him and his crew in front of their plane which was incredible and attached to that was a story from a radio operator about how he was an amazing pilot and on multiple occasions was able to save the crew and the plane. And it honestly made me a little emotional.

I also have another connection to the B-24. I’ve walked through one. This was about 3 or 4 years ago when The Collings Foundation came to an airport near me. They brought their B-24J Liberator, B-17G Flying Fortress, and P-51C Mustang. Basically you can walk through the B-24 and B-17, which is super cool, you can watch them fly, and you can even pay for a ride which I would love to do one of these days. It’s a great experience and I would highly recommend going to see them if you can. I’m going to post some pictures that I took on that day and I’ll leave the link to their website below.

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I do already have my next read in mind, but if you guys have any book suggestions I would love to hear them :).

Until next time, enjoy reading and take as many pictures as possible :).

-K

The Collings Foundation:

http://www.collingsfoundation.org

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A little something for everyone

Hi everyone,

Over the weekend I did a bit of cleaning and organizing. A big part of that included sorting out my overflowing bookshelves. After going through and rediscovering books that I hadn’t seen for a while, I got the idea to gather together a few books and do this post. I did end up with quite a random selection of books, but I ended up picking three great ones. These don’t go in any particular order, but I do highly recommend them all. The first is Funny Car Fever: The Birth of Drag Racing’s Wildest Class by Steve Reyes.

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This book is about the rise of the funny cars in NHRA drag racing and how they evolved throughout the years. There are tons of amazing pictures and stories from the author. I think what is so intriguing about this book is you’re getting stories from someone who was there when it all happened. As someone who loves drag racing and has wanted to be a funny car driver since childhood, I think it’s the perfect book to have in your collection, especially now. This year the NHRA is celebrating 50 years of Funny Cars and this is great refresher course.

The next book is Phantom in the River: The Flight of Linfield Two Zero One by Gary Wayne Foster.

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I could probably write about this book for a year, there are so many things to say about it. Basically it’s about an F-4B Phantom II that flew during the Vietnam War. It covers how the Phantom came to be, the stories of the pilots Ev Southwick and Jack Rollins and what happened when they were shot down. There is of course more to it, but I don’t want to give it away. It also includes photos. I think that the author is due a lot of thanks because had he not thought this story needed to be shared this book would not exist. For me, one of the things that I have always had a love for and geek out over is aviation and military history for that matter. I’ve been going to airshows since I was four years old so I love this book and find it very fascinating.

The last book appeals to the romantic side of us all and it’s The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.

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I’ve been seeing the trailer for the movie for a while, thought it looked good and knew instantly that I wanted to read the book. I’m going to be honest with you, it took me a day to read this. One day, I got it last Saturday and finished it as I was going to bed that night. I’ve read many Nicholas Sparks books and there is just something about the way they’re written that draws you in. I definitely got emotional, as one does when reading Nicholas Sparks, but I loved it and I can’t wait to see the movie.

I’m always looking for a book to read, so tweet me any suggestions you guys have :).

Until next time, enjoy your books and you never know what you’ll find when you’re cleaning.

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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