That Time I Died + Getting To Know You Round 2

Not really. But I feel like I did! Where has the last week and a half even gone?! I’m still trying to work my way through my daily schedule. Sad, I know. But I have phone reminders to blog now! IT’S GONNA HAPPEN, Y’ALL!

First of all, I had a fantastic weekend. Yes, I’m blogging about it a week late. I’m ashamed. But I did! My brother and I went and heard some local music at Fenian’s on Friday, and then Saturday we drove up to Starkville for the MSU game against Troy! We got there early, bought some state gear, and had some fun tailgating and watching the drumline before the game started. My brother’s old RA at Mississippi College transferred to State and is apparently the bully mascot now, so we ran into him and talked for a second, too. Small world, no? The game itself was awesome. I’m so happy I FINALLY got to see my team kick some tail!

I am still really enjoying student teaching. I started teaching third period this week (and I subbed for two days last week and survived my first fire drill… that’s a story for another day). I’m loving teaching. I hear some people tell stories of making it to student-teaching and realizing that they weren’t called to teach. It couldn’t be further from the truth for me. I love teaching. I know it’s what I was made to do. I am exhausted – as in, I got home at 3 yesterday and fell asleep and didn’t wake up til 7, but I love it. So much. I may even have a few interviews coming up, so keep me in your prayers…

I’m also trying to pick up some slack with MSWB. I’m Blogger of the Month there for October, so I’m working on some phobia/fear related posts. And believe me, I have a lot to say on those topics. I hope you enjoy what I contribute. Speaking of MSWB, round two of their getting to know you link-up is here!

1. What is your favorite thing to do in your hometown? I love running in Raymond! It’s a small town, so I feel like I really get to explore on my runs. Is that a dumb answer? I don’t care. I love it!

2. What is the best vacation spot in Mississippi? Natchez is pretty awesome!

3. Tell us about the most fun date night idea in Mississippi. The most fun date night I have ever had here wasn’t really partial to Mississippi. My date, being the poor broke soul he was, took me to the dollar tree and we each picked out five things to do, and then we got Chinese take out and had a picnic. It was a super simple date, but it was so much fun.

4. What is one fun fact that very few people know about you? My stomach is upside down and it is physically impossible for me to burp!

5. Who is your favorite sports team (if you have one) and how did it start? Mississippi State. I feel like I was raised on MSU sports!

6. What are your top three “Best Eats” in Mississippi? 1. Keifer’s. 2. Sal and Mookies. 3. OEC. Variety, right?!

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Teaching, and hopefully still acting. Married, possibly, although who knows!

8. If you could choose an actress to play you in real life, who would you choose and why? It’s a toss-up between Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, and Jennifer Lawrence. I feel like a ‘why’ isn’t even necessary with those three.

9. What is a southern tradition you and your family have? Reading A Cajun Night Before Christmas

10. List 5 things on your Bucket List you hope to do before you die.

1. Do voice-over work.

2. Get a lead role in one of my favorite plays.

3. Have a book published.

4. Find someone who makes me happy.

5. Own a ragdoll cat named Mr. Tumnus.

I aim high, y’all. All around!

Mississippi Women Bloggers

Positivity Sunday

Wanna hear my goal for the week? Update at least ONCE before Sunday! Sheesh! But where did this last week even go? It flew by!

1. I love student teaching. This could be all that I write about this week for Positivity Sunday. While I haven’t written up my own lessons or anything yet, I have been very involved in the classroom. I’ve made bulletin boards, done some one on one work with students, proctored some tests, graded about 50000000 papers, read aloud to the class, gone to a faculty meeting and a professional development workshop, and had the class left entirely in my hands one afternoon. To say it was a busy first week of student is an understatement, but I love it! Fourth grade is studying Greek myths and reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief this nine weeks. I’ve never read it, so I bought it on my Nook this weekend to read. It’s great so far! My assignment this week is to do the read-alouds from the book, so it’s nice to actually know what’s going on.

My cooperating teacher snapped this picture on Friday. (I’ve since fixed the terrible root issue, don’t you worry!)


An Update + Positivity Sunday


I am so sorry. Between a thousand projects for my two week long class (I still have a take-home final to finish before tonight), and my birthday, I just completely forgot to update this space! I start student-teaching for real tomorrow, so hopefully I will find a schedule and routine really soon. One thing I’m not looking forward to? 5 AM alarms. The rest? I’m pretty excited about it!

So, onto some positives from this week!

1. Tuesday was my 24th birthday! I can’t even begin to tell y’all how loved I felt. I have the best friends and family in the world, and they completely spoiled me.

(My sweet, sweet cousin Ashley got me these adorable nerd cat socks and this mug! It’s too cute to hide in a cabinet, so she lives on my desk)

(My friends Lauren, Trisha, and Molly took me to Keifer’s for an early birthday celebration where they surprised me with a present full of teaching supplies!)

(My mom painted me this adorable cat series for my new home when I move out. I can’t get over how cute they are! I think the calico is my favorite! If you are interested in any kind of artwork, check out her new facebook page at Sara Barnes Artwork. She’s holding a giveaway soon, too!)

(To round things out, my mom and brother treated me to a lovely evening of a movie, dinner at Georgia Blue (YUM), and a Gigi’s Cupcake. 24 was one of the be st birthdays ever.)

2, An evening at the theatre! If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, you know I love plays. I really love being in plays, but I’m sitting on the sidelines this semester to fully concentrate on student-teaching. Well, one of my sweet friends Trisha is currently in God’s Favorite by Neil Simon, so I went to see her be awesome on Friday night. She is so talented and I look up to her so much! It was a great evening at one of my favorite places.

It has been a great, great week. Those two positives encompass a whole lot, so even though I don’t have very many this week, I am still beyond blessed. Please pray for me on my first day of school tomorrow. I am so excited, but really nervous, too. I promise normal posts will be back as soon as I figure out some new time-management skills!

Foundation Routine

Here’s a little fact about myself. 

I have never had good skin. I think I started struggling with acne when I was around 11. I turn 24 on Tuesday, and it’s nowhere near getting better. Sometimes it’s a little more under control, but sometimes – like now – it’s like I have Mount Vesuvius living on my chin. I used to get really embarrassed about my face. I distinctly remember skipping half a week of class my Freshman year of college because my face was out of control. And when I get acne, it’s big and it’s deep and it hurts.

I also love playing with makeup. I started having fun with it when I got really involved in theatre. I loved being able to transform myself into somebody else by changing the way I look. I have been building up my collection and learning tricks and methods on YouTube for the last two years. While I love being able to do it for the stage, I also think it helps me with teaching. I feel like I come across as looking really young (I mean, my face looks like an acne-prone 14 year old), and therefore I feel like people (parents, administration, etc.) don’t take me quite as seriously. I wish that weren’t the case, but it does. Also, a nice application of makeup also makes me feel more professional.

So. Today, I felt like I would share what I do to clean my face up.

ImageI mean, y’all can just see how bad my face is. 

ImageImageFirst, I moisturize my face and put on eye cream. If I don’t do this, my acne tends to dry out really badly because of all the medication I put on it, and then the makeup I cover it with just looks really crusty and cakey. I’ve also pictured the brushes I use when I am doing my foundation/concealer. The only one I forgot to picture is a Sonia Kashuk powder blush. The pink thing is the Studio 35 version of the Beauty Blender, and I LOVE it.



I didn’t think to number these in the order I use them, so I’m going to list the products here, and then I’ll take you step by step through what I do.

  1. Hard Candy Glamoflague Heavy Duty Concealer in medium light.
  2. Elf Tone Correcting Powder
  3. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in nude beige
  4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in brightener
  5. This is just a translucent loose powder that I ran out of today and accidentally threw the packaging out. Oops!
  6. NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in porcelain
  7. Milani Baked Blush in luminoso
  8. Wet ‘n’ Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
  9. I also used the eyeshadow palette called Walking on Eggshells by Wet ‘n’ Wild. I used the top, light color for a highlight.


First, I take the NYX concealer and the tiny foundation brush. I dot it all over any redness or bumps on my face, and also apply it to my baggy eyes. This is a very light concealer, but it is very full coverage. I’d rather use a concealer that is too light and correct it with blush and bronzer than use one that is too dark. Then, I take my beauty blender, and using the small, pointed end I tap the concealer into my skin. I don’t rub it, because I feel like that takes product off of my face. I just dab it until it settles in.

Next, I put two pumps of the Covergirl foundation onto my hand. Using the small foundation brush, I dot that all over my face. I then take the beauty blender, again, and dab that in as well. I never rub. It’s lots of patting and dabbing. 🙂 To get to the corners of my nose and my under eye areas, I use the small end. It’s the most versatile foundation/concealer tool ever!

After the foundation is on, I take another look at my face. If I still see blemishes showing through, I will take the Glamoflague concealer and apply more of that. This stuff is super heavy duty and thick. I normally use it as a tattoo concealer, but it does the job in tricky situations!

Next, I apply the Maybelline brightener under my eyes and under my nose, and pat that in with my finger. Regardless of how much sleep I get, I always have baggy, purple under eyes, and this stuff works miracles!

Once all the concealer is applied, I use my big Sonia Kashuk powder brush and apply the Elf tone-correcting powder. This is a translucent powder with really faint pigmentation of green, blue, yellow, and pink. The faint pigmentation counteracts problem colors and helps set all the makeup on my face. After this step, my face looks like this.


You can still see the raised bumps, but the redness and irritation is covered! However, all that foundation and concealer gives my skin a yellow, dull cast, so we just need to fix that with some blush and bronzer!

The next thing I do is take my elf blush/bronzer brush, and my Milani blush. I just tap it into the product, and apply the blush to my cheekbones. I have a really round face, so it’s important to put the product on the cheekbones, not just the round cheek area. This blush is a really nice pink with a faint, faint shimmer and it really helps give my face a glow. After that, I take the brush into the Wet ‘n’ Wild bronzer. I apply this in a ‘3’ shape on both sides of my face. I start at the temples, bring it onto the cheek, and then down to my chin/jaw line. If I am feeling like it, I will also apply this under my cheekbones as a bit of a contour to help define my cheekbones a bit. Lastly, I just swipe my finger in the highlight shade of that eyeshadow pallete, and apply that above the blush. The final step is applying the loose, translucent powder to set everything.

Then, I go on with the rest of my makeup. Maybe I’ll share my eye and lip routines another day.Image

HUGE DIFFERENCE, RIGHT?! You can’t even see that volcano on my chin! I was ready to go out to a birthday dinner with my friends after this and feel completely confident about my face, something that never would have happened a few years ago!

If you’re interested in some more makeup type content, or you’d like to see a video tutorial of something, leave a comment! I’d love to hear what you would like to see here! Makeup just happens to be something I really enjoy. 🙂

Have a great labor day weekend!