Father’s Day gift guide 2017

Hi everyone,

This week because Father’s Day is coming up I thought I would do a gift guide. I have always found it really easy to buy presents for my dad. But I know it’s not that way for a lot of people. And whether it’s that way for you or you’re just stuck for an idea this Father’s Day, I hope this post is helpful for you. I have a number of categories, and I will have a link down below to the things that I mention.

So the first thing is a Father’s Day classic and that’s anything in the area of grilling. I don’t think there’s a dad that doesn’t love to grill during a sunny summer weekend, or even during a rainy weekend. A set of grilling implements, an apron and anything like that is always a solid and probably safe bet. My dad is more into smoking than grilling right now, and most times when we have family get togethers he’s smoking some sort of meat and it’s delicious. If you’re going to go that route Masterbuillt is the best brand. Their products are top quality.

Next we have the personal care. I’ve always found that pretty much most men need and use a razor, so that’s always a good present. Along that same vein, cologne, lotions and products like that are good.

Pretty much one thing that never misses, doesn’t matter the event is gift cards. Everyone loves them and it takes the stress away of having to buy the perfect present.

One thing that pretty much everyone uses is some sort of streaming service. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. Subscriptions to services like that are like gift cards. They have something for everyone.

Next up is a dad classic, tools. There is always a need for tools, in every household. Screw drivers, saws, drills. All always needed.

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is watch sports and talk (occasionally argue) about it. I, like my dad, am a huge Mariners and Seahawks fan so anytime either of us see anything Seahawks or Mariners related that the other would like we buy it. So if your dad is a sports fan any kind of jersey or knick knack type thing will be a hit. Especially if you can find anything signed by his favorite player or players.

I have two things left on my list and the second to last is anything related to technology. I know that technology isn’t everyone’s forte, but for the technology lover, Bluetooth speakers, drones, you can’t go wrong. I personally really want a drone, but haven’t bought one yet. Maybe I’ll buy one for my dad and “borrow it”.

And lastly, anything personalized is always a hit on Father’s Day. Cups, plaques, anything you can think of you can personalize. I’ve found that a personalized gift usually draws a couple of tears. And is always appreciated.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this, hopefully this post is helpful to you guys and you find something that your dad will love.

Until next time, I hope you find something and have a Happy Father’s Day :).

-K

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Three easy makeup looks and OOTD’s- Spring 2017

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This week I wanted to do something I did last summer and really enjoyed. And that’s going through three of my recent outfits and makeup looks. I said that I may do one in the winter, but I totally forgot, and here we are. I went through my recent Instagram’s and picked the ones I liked best and I think the oldest is from April, so these are recent. And if you don’t follow me on Instagram, it will be below like always. So starting with the first one, this one is the one from April, so it was still a bit cold and rainy, and I wanted a fun look.

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Starting with my face, after I did my morning routine and prepped it, I started with my foundation. I’m still using and still loving the L’Oreal true match super-blendable foundation and I’m the shade N2, Classic Ivory. For my concealer I use the matching true match concealer in N 1-2-3 Fair/ Light. Next I use the e.l.f. HD Powder in Sheer on my whole face and apply with an e.l.f. powder brush. As for bronzer I used the e.l.f. Blush Palette in light, as you can see I ran out of it in the original palette, so I did buy another one and I use an angled contour brush. And finally for blush I use the same e.l.f Blush Palette and I use the blush in the bottom left corner (palette on the right) with a big fluffy brush. And finally for my highlight I used the Manna Kadar 3 in 1 highlighter/ bronzer/ eyeshadow in Fantasy and to apply that I use the e.l.f. fan brush. If you don’t own a fan brush I definitely recommend getting one.

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Moving on to eyes, for my shadow I used a Hikari Cream Pigment in Latte and a Bare Escentuals eyeshadow brush to apply and blend. In the  inner corner of my eye and under my eyebrow I used White Lie from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette, then I used Maybelline Expert Wear in Velvet Black eyeliner. When it comes to my mascara I still use two, first I use the Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express, it has a slightly curved brush, which I love, then I use my eyelash curler and on top of that I use the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes. I’ve been using that on my bottom lashes as well. And finally I comb out my lashes making sure there’s no clumps. The second to last thing I do is fill in my brows. I brush them out, then with and angled brush I fill them in using Up in Smoke from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette. It’s pretty much the perfect match for my brows, a nice ashy brown. And the last thing I do is my lips. For this look I used the NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry.  And I finished it with a top knot.

The second look is less of an OOTD, but I really like this look. In the interest of fair reporting I was wearing a Mariners shirt and blue skinny jeans.

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For my face I used the same products, but changed my highlighter to the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour powder highlighter in Sin. This highlighter is amazing, I definitely recommend it.

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For my eyes I used In a Flash from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette and White Lie in the inner corner and under my eyebrow. The EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner with a brush tip, if you’re looking for a liquid eyeliner this is a great one. The Falsies and Great Lash for my mascara, Up in Smoke to fill in my brows and one of my favorite lipsticks, the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb. And a braided, side ponytail to finish.

And my last look is from Monday. The weather has been gorgeous lately, so I went with a summer dress. I forgot how much I like wearing summer dresses.

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I pretty much kept my face as the last look for this one.

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This look I like a lot, for my eyes I used both colors in the Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense eyeshadow duo in Electric. I used the rose gold one as the base and blended in a tiny bit of the gold. In the inner corner and under my eyebrow I used the Hikari Cream Pigment in Honey Dew, it’s a gorgeous sparkly pink. Eyeliner was the EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner with a brush tip. The Falsies and Great Lash mascara. Up in Smoke to fill in my brows and finally for lips I used the Cake Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key. And a top knot to finish off the look.

That about wraps it up for this post, I’ll probably do another one of these come summer because I really enjoy them.

Until next time, enjoy your looks and take as many OOTD pictures as possible :).

-K

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April favorites

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As it is the last week of April I thought it was time to do my April favorites. I think I have a fun mix this month, so let’s get into it. Starting with beauty, the first thing is from my April Glam Bag from Ipsy, if you haven’t read that I’ll link it below, and it’s the bag itself. As far as design goes, this is the most fun bag they’ve done this month. It’s a red-orange ticket and I think it’s so perfect for this time of year. Fair season is coming up and if you’re like me and don’t really go to a lot of fairs this is perfect for spring/ summer. It will bring an element of color and fun to any outfit.

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Next we have the EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner with a brush tip. I’m always looking for a good eyeliner, especially liquid liner and I have found one in this. It’s quick drying, smudge proof, it lasts all day and it’s super easy to take off at the end of the day. For anyone looking, I would 100% recommend this.

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And lastly from my April Glam Bag is the Meg twin nail polish in Lovey Dovey. I’ve worn both the colors, I’m actually wearing the nudey one right now. I really like the formulation, the color comes through nicely and the staying power is great.

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Moving on, we have the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip kit. I will also link that post down below if you haven’t read it. I really like everything that’s in that kit. I have worn the Buxom Full on Lip Cream since then and I did like it. It smells amazing, and it lasts on your lips for a while. If I would change anything, I think it would be the color. This one is in White Russian, and I think it was a little bit light for me personally, but I would order any of their other colors.

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My next favorite is Easter. This year when my family got together we had a pretty chill day, watching baseball and playing games. But it was really nice and relaxing. And this is what I wore.

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And speaking of baseball, that’s my next favorite. Baseball season is here, we’re almost through the first month of the season. My Seattle Mariners are off to a slightly slow start, they’re 8-13 right now which isn’t too horrible, very easy to get to .500 from here. And they’re in the middle of a road trip right now. I think this is one of the most talented teams we’ve had in a little while. Everyone is wanting to hit, having good at bats, defense is great, and the thing that has excited me the most is how many guys we have stealing bases. For the last five years at least I’ve been saying that we need to steal more bases and it’s finally happening. For the most part they have really adopted the Whatever It Takes mentality and I’m excited about the rest of the season.

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Next up we have a food favorite. The other day I was looking through an ad that came in the mail for Fred Meyer or QFC and it was advertising a new flavor of the Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces so I thought I would try them because I hadn’t yet and I love pretzels. When I got there they were sold out of the new flavors so I ended up buying the jalapeno ones and they were so good. When I opened the bag it instantly reminded me of the Tim’s Cascade chips, which I absolutely love. And they don’t hold back on the jalapeno flavor. Now I definitely want to try all of the other flavors.

And my last April favorite is The Bee Gees. Every couple of years the Grammy’s does a salute to a person or group who has been making music for a long time, they have other artists perform the honorees songs and at the end that person or group comes up and does a couple of their own songs. That I know of they’ve done Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, who I love very much, and this year it was The Bee Gees. I was pleasantly surprised at how many of their songs I knew, and since then I’ve been listening to their music regularly. And I very much want to sing with Barry Gibb, he’s amazing. If you’re not familiar with their music look them up on YouTube or iTunes, they’ve got some great songs.

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’ve been loving this month.

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

-K

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September favorites

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So this week, as we’re a week into October I figured it was time to post my September favorites. This one is a bit of a mash up, so enjoy :), So, my first favorite is a beauty favorite and it’s the Maybelline Great Lash, Lots of Lashes mascara. I mentioned that I was using this in my Three easy makeup looks and three OOTD’s post because I ran out of my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, but I’ve really grown to like it. It is a cheaper drug store makeup product that’s been around forever, but they’ve changed a few things. This particular brush is shaped like a Christmas tree and it feels more long lasting. I would highly recommend this mascara because the way it makes my lashes look is insane.

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My next favorite is a book, and it’s The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I cannot say enough good things about this book. The story is absolutely incredible, it’s so well written, I could picture every scene and I honestly cried like a baby at the end. After I finished it I immediately wanted to start reading it again. It’s now been made into a movie, which I haven’t actually seen yet, but I can’t wait to see. It was one of those books that once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Highly, highly recommend it because you will love it.

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So, moving on, my next two favorites are food related. Well actually, ice cream. The first is a very beginning of September, when it was still summer fav and it’s Ben & Jerry’s Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core. I can’t even tell you how good this ice cream is. It’s chocolate and cheesecake ice creams with chocolate cookie pieces and the best cheesecake core. It was like eating the best cheesecake mixture you could imagine.

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The next ice cream is one I found at the end of September and it’s Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. This is essentially fall all wrapped up and put in a box. It’s pumpkin cheesecake ice cream with a graham cracker swirl. The graham cracker swirl adds a nice textural element and helps in making sure it’s not too overpowering. Which this isn’t because while you can taste all of the pumpkin flavors it’s not like a lot of other pumpkin flavored things this time of year that get a little out of control. And this is a limited seasonal ice cream, so get it while you can.

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Next up we have a couple of music favorites. The first is Pandora radio. I’ve had Pandora for a long time, but lately I’ve been using it more and liking it more. It’s been playing great music on all of my stations, so I’ve been appreciating it a lot lately.

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My next music favorite is something that just came. And it’s Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre. Ever since Joe has been around and making music my dad has been telling me about him. There are a lot of his songs that I do like, but for some reason, this concert and album I really like a lot. Maybe it’s because it is slightly different than things he’s done in the past, but I’m really enjoying it. And I have ordered the Blu-ray version of the concert from his website. And so far, my favorite song is “Ole Time Religion”. It’s really fun and not typically what I would go for, but the arrangement and his guitar playing takes it to another level. Plus as someone who loves to sing and sings all the time, the vocal possibilities with this song are great.

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My second to last favorite is a TV show and it’s Archer. The last week and a half or so of September I was sick, so I watched a lot of Netflix. And after listening to my brother talk about Archer forever, I decided to watch it and I’m so glad I did because it’s so great. It’s my sense of humor, the jokes are so funny, the characters are great, and it makes me laugh a lot. If you haven’t watched it I would recommend doing so. Netflix has season 1-6 and I think you can probably find the latest season, season 7 on demand somewhere.

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And my last favorite is the Seattle Mariners. I can’t even tell you how proud I am of this team. They had a really good season and just barely missed out on the playoffs. And I mean just barely. I think that this season more than those in recent years, they played like a whole team and when they needed to score runs and hit home runs they did. They ended up finishing second in the American League West at 86-76. Considering there was a new General Manager, Jerry Dipoto, and Manager, Scott Servais, it was a good year and it gives me a lot of hope and excitement for next season. Go Mariners.

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That about wraps it up for this favorites, with the seasons changing and it being holiday time, I’ll probably be doing a monthly favorites until the end of the year. But, if you and I had any of the same favorites in September let me know :).

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and have a great October :).

-K

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April favorites

Hi everyone,

Since we are in the first week of May, I thought that this would be a good time to talk about my April favorites. I have quite the random mix, so enjoy :). The first thing I want to talk about is beauty. My first product is from the e.l.f. blush palette in Light. Lately I’ve been going for a more bronzed look and the bronzer in this palette is one of my favorites. It’s not too orange or too dark for my face and it gives me the look that I want. And I actually quite like the blush that is right below it. It has little gold flecks in it, gives a nice glow and it’s not too pink. It’s got a nice reddish tone to it.

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My next beauty favorite is from Hard Candy and it’s three of their All Glossed Up lip stains. I know that I’ve talked about these previously, but this last month I really liked them a lot. The dark pink and nudey brown I’ve used more so they’ve taken on kind of a weird shape. But I just started to use the peachy one. I’m not gonna lie, when I first swatched it I was hesitant because it looked quite orange, But I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on to find out that that wasn’t the case. It has a nice peach tone and goes with pretty much any look as do the other two. And I think my next purchase from Hard Candy will be the matte lip stains.

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My second to last beauty favorite is a simple one. And it is the vanilla Softlips lip balm. I’ve been using Softlips for years and they are my favorite lip balm. I’ve tried different ones, but the vanilla is my favorite. What I’ve been using it for more recently is after I take off all of my makeup and go through my nightly routine, right before I go to bed I’ll put it on. And I’ve actually been seeing a difference. I use a lot of different lip products and this really has kept and probably put some moisture back in my lips. And this particular one is SPF 20 which is an added bonus.

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My last beauty favorite is actually hair care and it’s my shampoo and conditioner. They are from Paul Mitchell and it’s the Awapuhi Shampoo and The Detangler conditioner and they are some of the original products. I’ve tried a lot of different shampoos and conditioners and I’ve found that for me these work the best. I dye my hair blonde and that can be slightly damaging for the hair, but these keep it silky and smooth. I also have quite thick hair so the detangling conditioner is a dream for me. Plus they smell amazing.

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Moving on to food, I have one favorite and it’s the Kashi Honey Almond Flax chewy granola bar. I know that I’ve mentioned this bar before, but it really is my favorite and when I’m feeling snacky this is what I’ve been going for and I would recommend it.

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My next couple things are accessories. The first is a watch. I bought this watch at Kohl’s during an after Christmas sale and was wearing it a little bit. But more recently I’ve been wearing it a lot. It’s rose gold which I love and it has a grey leather band. I also really like the size of the face. It’s not too big, but it’s also not dainty like a lot of women’s watches can be. It goes with practically everything and I’m just so in love with it.

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The next thing is kind of an accessory, but it’s more practical. And that is this knife. I carry a knife probably everyday and have for years. Why I carried this one a lot in April is because of the size. It’s nice and small which was perfect because we had the hottest April in 30 years so I was wearing shorts most days and my shorts have really small pockets. I’m not sure the name of this knife but it’s from Precision Point.

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My next favorite is the book that I’m currently reading. And that is Beyond Band of Brothers; The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Major Dick Winters, Commander, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Colonel Cole C. Kingseed. I’m two thirds of the way through with this book and I’m absolutely loving it. If any of you watched the HBO series Band of Brothers then you know about the Easy Company and Major Winters. And how amazing he was. From parachuting into France on D-Day to taking over command of Easy Company Major Winters was a great leader. I said the other day that I wished I could go back in time and meet him and I truly mean it.

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My next couple of favorites are two racing series. IMSA and Indy Car. I grew up watching all kinds of racing, you guys know that drag racing is my favorite, but I found that I’ve been enjoying these two more than in years past. Of course I have my favorite teams and guys that I root for but it’s always competitive and exciting to watch. Especially this season with the rivalry between the Corvette’s and the Porsche’s in the GTLM class in IMSA being so intense.

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My last favorite is the Seattle Mariners. I’m from Washington so the Mariners are my team and I could not be more proud and happy with how this season is going so far. As I’m writing this they have won their last six series, including sweeping the Oakland Athletics yesterday. They are in first place in the AL West and won today in their opening game in a four game series with the Houston Astros. For the first time in a long time I feel like they are playing as a team. Pitching is good offense is good and defense is good. We’re getting production from the whole lineup and it’s really exciting.

I think that’s about it for this favorites. I had more than I originally thought and I probably won’t do another one for a few months. If you guys had any of the same favorites let me know and if not, I would love to know what you guys have been loving :).

Until next time, have a great May and enjoy your favorites :).

-K

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