Our Weekend In Corpus Christi!

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We went to Corpus Christi last weekend because Tom had a conference at the Omni. I didn’t think it was going to be as refreshing as it was because we weren’t leaving the state. I guess I didn’t consider it a ‘trip’. Other than the Omni being a less than average hotel, we had a great time. I still pinch myself that we live in a new state where we can drive to the beach instead of the mountains. It’s a nice change of pace and the people in Texas are just the friendliest around. We arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly discovered that the Omni wasn’t quite as nice as we were used to. Our room would have been wonderful if it had adult sized beds. The room had two DOUBLE beds which are 54×75 inches versus a queen which is 60×80. These are the beds that furniture stores sell for KIDS rooms so why is it in a hotel??? I was almost too long for this bed so I can’t imagine how a 6’ tall man would fare. Another HUGE con was the WIFI. Note only did you have to pay $11-$14 it didn’t work! I called the front desk and their response was “sometimes when the hotel is really full the WIFI doesn’t work well”. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t a hotel be prepared to accommodate a full house?! The room service meals were very good though. The pool was nice except it should have been twice as large because it was getting a little crowded. All in all we gave the Omni a 2.5-3 out of 5. I wish Corpus invested in tourism more. They need a nice strip of land by the ocean with nice hotels and restaurants on the water. The beach in Corpus is nice, I wouldn’t call it a destination mostly because the city really needs to construct a ‘destination area’. I would skip Corpus all together and go straight to Port Aransas if we were looking for beach time. On last night the conference had a reception that we attended. The food…..well let’s be honest it was pretty gross. Tom even got food poisoning from it! They had two protein dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi. The chicken still had it’s skin but it was soggy instead of crispy. It tasted like they just boiled it and tossed in hot sauce. The fish was so dry that it became chalk in our mouths and that’s never a good sign. But they did have a live band and we spent most of the night dancing. It was fun dancing with Audrey. You can see some of her ‘dance moves’ in our vlog! It was great being able to dance as a family. The wall facing the ocean was mostly glass so it was lovely being able to look at the water as the sun went down – too bad the food wasn’t on par with the ambience. Over-all a nice low key weekend that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Is It Better Than Sex? #toofaced

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I have loved the Too Faced line for a long time. This brand is an example of how much product packaging influences people. I am always drawn to the packaging first and the product second when it comes to Too Faced. It really pulls my girl heart strings, so I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to try this stuff. I received a few samples while I had eyelash extensions so I wasn’t able to really try it. Once I made the decision to stop getting extensions I was on the hunt for a mascara. I went back to my old favorite by Hard Candy, but it didn’t have the same magic. I think they may have changed the formula of the Hard Candy Volume mascara because I used to LOVE it and the last tube I tried was disappointing. So on I went in search of a new mascara. I ended up having problems keeping my lashes curled. It seemed like anytime I curled my lashes and then added mascara they would fall flat. No amount of curling was helping them stay up, even products like the Benefit Rollerlash didn’t work. I never used to have any issues with keeping my lashes curled so this was new territory. There is a super talented makeup artist called Amrezy and she mentioned that this was her favorite mascara. This is when I finally decided to go out and give it a try, and I’ve been loving it. The packaging it so cute and sturdy. I think it has an aluminum outer so that gives it some weight. The brush doesn’t look ‘user friendly’ but it is. I was using the L’Oreal Voluminous and I think it’s good……..but I always thought it was a tad too wet. I had to be careful applying it or my lashes would clump. I’ve been using the Better Than Sex mascara for about a week now and I really like it. Some days after I apply it my curl goes flat, but I can easily re-curl my lashes and it actually holds. The only CON I have is that it does flake a little bit. I imagine that the older the tube gets the more the formula will flake……I just don’t know how long a tube will last yet. Right now I only notice 3-4 small flakes at the end of the day so it’s pretty easy to just wipe away.

So now the big question – “Is it better than sex?”. Well I have to say NO of course not, at least to me haha.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

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I like this pink. It’s a very easy color to wear. I have yet to wear it a full day though.

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These lipsticks are pretty unique. I bought the colors Pure Hollywood and Lovely. I am a nude lipstick lover, it’s just what I’m comfortable with. I see all these beauty gurus wearing all these different fun colors and I’m envious. I need to branch out a little more and use colors that make me uncomfortable.

HOW THEY APPLY
Imagine what water would feel like to apply with this applicator……that is how I would describe this. Of course it is a bit thicker than water, but the feeling on the lips is very moist and wet for the first few seconds. They are very easy to apply and so smooth. After about 15 seconds the color starts to seep into the lips and the stain takes hold. The color does take a few seconds to set up and really reveal what it will look like. The color also changes as time goes on.

THE FINISH
Matte…….SO matte. I like the matte look right now. I do struggle to keep my lips from peeling so I have to be careful with what lip products I use. These lipsticks don’t do dry lips any favors…..BUT they didn’t make my lips any drier. After wearing them for a few hours my lips were not any worse than when I first applied. Your lips do feel “tacky” when you rub them together, but I don’t mind that. This exaggerates lip lines like crazy though. As time goes on, the lip lines look deeper and deeper. After about 2-3 hours of wear the lines start to make me uncomfortable.

PURE HOLLYWOOD
I was disappointed that this color came out to a more peach/brown nude on my lips 😦 Everyone has natural color to their lips that will effect how lipsticks show up. I was hoping this nude would be more pink like I’ve seen on a lot of other reviewers….. It’s still a nice nude for me, just not the nude I was wanting.

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After 2 hours you can see in the last picture that Pure Hollywood has become more brown and less orange than when I first applied it. Every hour this lip color seems to change a bit. I’m really interested to try the darker colors now.

 

Sea World San Antonio

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Yesterday we went to the San Antonio Sea World for the first time. It was GREAT! I love Sea World so much. The weekend Tom and I got engaged we were in Orlando Florida and we spent most of that trip at Sea World. So now it was nice to come to OUR Sea World with Audrey. She loved it! I was SO impressed with everything they had created for the young children. There were HUGE play areas for kids and rides for all ages. We went to 5 shows too. Audrey was so funny watching the show because she would get so excited. At one point during the Beluga Whale show the trainer silenced the crowd to let the whale make noises and she asked “are you ready? – well the only person in the whole audience to yell “I’M READY!” was Audrey. You can hear her pretty clearly in the vlog lol. This Sea World was definitely better than the Orlando location. There was a lot more to see and the Orca show was great. I can’t wait to see what the water park is like when it gets warmer.

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This picture is of Shamu bowls that Tom and I got the weekend we were engaged. They actually sell ice cream in them, but we kept the bowls and stuck the on our wall. While we were at Sea World yesterday we got an ice cream sundae with the same bowl for Audrey! Now we can stick our baby shamu under the mommy and daddy 🙂 Watch the vlog of our day

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Beenigma

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I was introduced to this face cream by the youtube beauty guru – Tati. She was talking about this in one of her videos and it sparked my curiosity. I just used the last of my face cream and I have been looking for a new one to try. I like trying new things for my skin and rarely ever re-purchase things. I’ve used products from all over, in every brand and price range. Skincare can get really pricey depending on what your priorities are. My focus currently is anti-aging and this claims to be “natures Botox”. To learn more about this product here is their website. It tells you all about the effects of bee venom and how it tricks the skin…blah blah blah.

http://www.beenigmacream.com/?cp=10713

Cost:
Beenigma is on the more expensive side of face cream. I paid 64.99 and that was with a 50% discount code…………. On TOP of that it was $9.95 in shipping – a total of $78.83. Now come on Beenigma, if you’re going to sell a face cream that is higher end at least give us free shipping. It bugs me when you spend a lot of money on something online and they don’t cover the shipping. I will avoid buying something online BECAUSE of the shipping and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I am going to start using this cream tonight and I will update you in ONE WEEK. I really hope this turns out to be an AMAZING product that really does what it claims. The bee venom thing makes sense for the most part, but I think the skin will eventually stop reacting to it. Sort of like when you plateau because you keep your exercise and diet the same. Well let’s find out…

Smokey Eye

Smokey eye looks are very popular, but I don’t think it’s a really specific look? There are so many types of “smokey eye” looks. There really isn’t a rule on how to do them correctly. I think to qualify as a smokey eye you just have to fade your colors out and blend really well. For this look I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bar…..I LOVE that thing. It’s my favorite palette.

Emerald Green Tutorial – Too Faced Palette

Have I mentioned that I really love this Everything Nice Palette this year? I didn’t buy the one from last year. This palette comes with colors to do smokey natural looks as well as fun colorful looks. I LOVED emerald green last winter, and I find myself attracted to it again this winter. This look was fun and very wearable. If I was going to wear it on a night out I would use some black eyeshadow also.