Month: July 2016

Bye, July!


Goodness, the summer is flying by!  July to me has been full of vacation– family fourth of July weekend [here and here], and Evo in Las Vegas [here, here, and here]!

Home life has been readjusting testing new make-up products [more soon!], enjoying our home city [here], and lots and lots of poké-walks to catch ’em all in Pokémon Go [here, everywhere, and more to come]!

We’ve got lots planned for August too, so stay tuned!  What’s up next for you this summer?!


You know Hourglass cosmetics– sleek packaging and beautiful high-end products.  I was psyched when Influenster* sent me an Hourglass Vox Box.  The only Hourglass product I’ve used (and in fact, use regularly) is the Ambient Lighting blush.  I received Hourglass’s Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick and couldn’t wait to check it out!


First, an issue: my product arrived damaged.  This is in no way Hourglass’s fault, but it did highlight how messy this product can be.  The cap of the stick runs the length of the packaging and when I opened mine, the entire product was stuck in the cap.  I was immediately devastated, but my boyfriend knocked the product out of the cap and I slid it into the base– not the nicest looking, but it’ll do!

The very idea of stick foundation was off-putting to me, as used to liquid as I am.  I favor water-based, light products these days (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water, Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation) despite dealing with frequent summer break-outs.  I was afraid that this formulation would feel heavy on my face by comparison, but it’s actually quite light and wearable!  The coverage is more of a medium, and it’s buildable.

They also sent me the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush, so I’ve been using the duo over and over again.  This foundation could be a real contender for a permanent spot in my routine!  I wear shade vanilla and find it a perfect match.

The quick run-down:

  • Long wearing?  Mostly, but the summer heat has given it a run for its money.
  • Coverage?  Concealer-level.
  • Application?  Not quite as fluid/blendable as a liquid, but very nearly!
  • Wear?  Weightless for sure!

I recommend you try it if you want a higher coverage, but light feel foundation!

What foundation are you wearing right now?  Tell me all about it!

*Products provided in exchange for review; all opinions are my own.

Vegas Vlog

Okay, okay, I’ve been back for a couple days and catching up with work, life, and the blog has been a process… but content is returning!

I’ve started pulling together my Vegas vlogs and it’s looking like there will be quite a few of them!  Part one is here for you now!

How is everyone else’s summer going?  Any trips planned?


Vacation Vlogging

As you are reading this, I am up in the air en route to Las Vegas!  There will be vlog(s), so stay tuned to find out what I’m up to out there.  Until then, you can follow along on instagram or snapchat: nikkisee47!

To tide you over, I strung together the rest of my fourth of July footage for you:


Hope everyone is having a fun, relaxing summer!

What I Read: June 2016


I crushed it in June, you guys.  I read 9 books this month, and I’m pretty sure the only reason I didn’t read more is because I had to order the final three books in the series I was plowing through.

See, I got sucked into the Percy Jackson series.  I bought the 5 book series in a box set at Target, thinking it would save me money as opposed to buying each book individually.  I was, admittedly, a little worried that I wouldn’t like them.  These are middle grade, not even YA, and I sometimes have issues with YA feeling a bit too young.  These books were not immature, though; sure, they were aimed at a younger audience, but they have literary merit.  The mythology is well done, unlike a certain book I read last month, and the books mature as the main character does.  They’re a bit silly, but they’re definitely funny and compelling!  I loved this series and as soon as I was done, I picked up the Heroes of Olympus series also by Rick Riordan.

I could only find the first two in my bookstore travels, so after reading those, I was forced to read something else as I waited for my three books to arrive.

I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman in a couple of hours– it’s a short one, but not as scary as I expected.  This is my third Gaiman book, and I’ve marked a couple more as to read.

I’ve also been using Audible this month, and although I’m not a huge fan of “reading” this way, it is a more constructive use of the quiet times while I work.  I listened to The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg.  The narrator took me a while to get used to, but I ended up loving the book!  I wished I’d read it instead of listened to it, though.

I’m already working my way through the rest of The Heroes of Olympus in July… check out my Goodreads for more!