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My Easy, Everyday Makeup (free) Routine & 5 Reasons You Should Get On Board

Did You Know? The thinnest skin is found on your precious eyelids measuring at .02mm thick.  The thickest skin is found on your feet measuring at 1.4mm thick. ( v i a )

 


I never thought I’d see the day where I wouldn’t want to wear makeup all day, during work, but here we are.  For the past 2 months I’ve abstained from MOST of my makeup at work.

 

My Daily Makeup Routine

I used to think makeup was important at work because it helps you look awake, alert, professional, clean, put together, on time – but I’ve had a shift in mentality recently.  I don’t want to put shit on my face when my computer screen & a few people are the only ones reaping the benefits.  Most of the time I don’t even look in a mirror so I’m not even able to marvel at my artwork.

I’ll admit, I’ve never been the person that’s afraid to go outside of the house without makeup, or in my sweatpants (sometimes pajamas).  So going without makeup wasn’t necessarily fearful for me, as I think some people that wear makeup every day can end up feeling.

I decided to ditch the bronzer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, highlight, or whatever else I was using every day.

I think the first week was a little shocking for the other employees.  Like maybe I had an illness or was SUPER hungover or Wafiq & I were breaking up.  In my defense, I don’t think I looked like an ailing ghost, I think it was different from what they were used to seeing.  ESPECIALLY in the mornings when my eyes are puffy and usually red because of allergies + without makeup my freckles & sun spots are visible.  I definitely don’t have the smoothness & dimension that foundation & bronzer bring to the table.

After a week or so went by I perfected the moisturizer, concealer, and mascara routine to a point where I still felt put together, but free.  I think all makeup wearing people, including lovers of makeup, can admit there’s nothing like a fresh, bare, clean face.  YUM.

 My Daily Makeup Routine

My Routine:

  1. Clean Face: Stick to your normal face wash routine.  Full disclosure, I skip this step most mornings. I like the oil that my face accumulated overnight & prefer not to wash it away.

  2. Moisturize: As you know, I’ve been using this Tepez Cream, but am always looking for a stellar moisturizer (tell me!!)

  3. Oil: I like an oily face.  Lately, I’ve been trying Avocado Oil.  I put a thin layer all over, including my neck.  Even Wafiq does this step now 🙂

  4. Conceal:  Use any concealer under your eyes to brighten your entire face with little effort. Lately, I’ve been using this one, but I switch all the time.  Make a huge triangle under your eyes & the spots you want to cover << for me, it’s always around my chin.

  5. Blend:  Wet a beauty blender, I love this one, then start dabbing the blender all over the concealer until it’s blended out & looking smooth.

  6. Powder:  Unless it’s really hot outside, I can skip this step.  Otherwise, I put a translucent powder or a nude eye shadow from this pallet under my eyes to keep the concealer in place all day.

  7. Curl Lashes:  I have stick straight lashes, so curling is a must!

  8. Mascara:  I’ve used this one since I was 16.  I noticed doing both the top & bottom eyelashes helps A LOT.  Sometimes I’ll do the top only & when I look in the mirror, I get scared.

  9. Chapstick: Don’t forget to moisturize your lips!  This finishes it all perfectly!

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That’s my new every day, work “look”.

I’m feeling a bit empowered, when I look at my gorgeous coworker’s fully contoured & looking like a hard 10 face – I still find myself happy that my face is clean & nearly makeup free. Confident that I can wear my oily, moisturized face with a dab of concealer & way less product.

So much less to think about, right?!

 My Daily Makeup Routine

5 Benefits of Less Makeup During Workdays:

  • Save money on expensive makeup products

  • Easy & fast – meaning less time getting ready in the morning & more time sleeping

  • Focus on the health of your actual skin – moisturizing & clarifying the skin that you have

  • Enjoy weekend makeup again – you’ll be creative & energized when you get to do a full face of makeup with all your products on a well-rested face

  • Boost of confidence – You’ll feel proud & confident to rock the carefree make up look at the office! Trust me 🙂

My Daily Makeup Routine

I throw on layers of makeup on the weekends or a night out or anytime I’m bored.  Bring on the blush, glitter, bronzer with a glow, fake lashes, red lipstick, and whatever else I can find –  but as far as day to day, super minimal is my new routine!

I totally understand this sounds silly to a lot of makeup-free people but once you get used to wearing makeup it’s kind of weird to walk away from it…  For anyone that sits behind a desk the majority of the day & doesn’t see the point in spending $$$ on an expensive, gorgeous, high glow, foundation to wear all day at work.  Skip it! Save it for the weekends & weeknight outings.

My Daily Makeup Routine

To make my life even easier, I roll my hair up into a clip before bed & let it down the next day for a super relaxed curl.  That’s it.  My morning routine is 10 minutes max.

Anyone else started wearing less makeup during the day when you’re staring at the computer for hours? Let me know! I need a support group.

Have a great start to the week & as always, be thoughtful

Xx

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Catching Up – Why I Don’t Want Wafiq To Get A Job

Hi Hi Hi!

 

I feel like it’s been awhile since I did a little life update and chatted about everything going on…

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Hopefully! Wafiq will be able to start working soon (…after patiently waiting a year to figure out the visa situation.)

I was on the way to work the other day and started wondering – why don’t I want him to start working?

I would welcome the extra income with open arms & would be happy he could finally push forward in his career – BUT, for some freakish reason, I couldn’t figure out whyyyy, in the back of my mind – I did not want him to get a job.

I was almost hoping his work permit would s l o w down, or maybe never come…?!?! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (I know, I’m terrible).

I realized, it’s because he’s not stuck in the conventional work schedule yet –>  He still has that freedom we were living with for so long & by seeing it in him, I feel happier and oddly safe?  Like – I can’t get stuck, as long as he isn’t.

What worries me about him starting a job is drowning in routine, which has always been my biggest fear.   I’m already in it,  and coming home to someone who isn’t – has been giving me l i f e .

Both of us having a full time (conventional) job freaks me out.

Constantly proving yourself to climb the ladder, follow orders, punch in / punch out. Ewwwwww.

I’m fully aware I don’t make sense to everyone.  Because everyone is not the same. For some people – working in a conventional position, with routine, fulfills their purpose.  They’re able to participate in activities that allows them to shine.

For some people, it doesn’t.  We all have different ways to fill our tank, and that’s what makes each individual so cool & special. I’m obsessed with these differences, it’s what makes each person so interesting.

My feelings: Don’t work Wafiqqqqq! Saveeeee yourrrrsellllllfffffff!

But that’s out of control. I get it.

Malibu Beach

I’ll say, from experience, there’s something about being broke that brings out the feels.  (My never-get-a-job-speech.)

When you don’t have any money, life is creative.   You don’t go buy whatever you want & do whatever you want – You figure out other ways.  Keeping up with the Joneses doesn’t exist –  fuck having a posh vacation, a new car, organic toothpaste, or a fancy purse – you’re busy figuring tomorrow out!  (<— As you can see, I’ve been dying to write a post on money… I’ll get into that rant another day.)

Not that money isn’t also incredibly wonderful, but there’s something about being pretty broke that sparkles at night.

Malibu Beach

Howeverrrr, Wafiq will start working soon whether I like it or not… BUT we’re both running our engines with optional career paths to find another, possibly unconventional, way.

[Lucky for me – our crazy minds think alike]

Other news to receiving his work permit: a driver’s license + travel permit + temp social security # + normal, every day opportunities – so we’ll be more ecstatic than you can imagine.

Our life has hit somewhat of a Pause button figuring out those technicalities, but hopefully it’s coming to the end! (Not our life, just the Pause button.)

 Malibu Beach

Being June already! We’re reserving this weekend to check in on our goals & reevaluate where we’re headed.

 

Anyone else taking some time to check in?  It’s crayyy zeeee how fast time flies isn’t it?! I feel like it was JUST January… shiiiiiiiiiiii

What’s everyone else up to? What do you have going on?!?  Anything spicy?  A new dog?  A new baby?  A new boyfriend?! A favorite compliment?! (love those)

 

Have a great summertime weekend everyone, hope your days are as happy as you dream them to be 🙂

Xx

 

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My own apartment, finally.

I don’t think there’s words creative enough to describe how relieved I am.

After more than 2 years of living out of a suitcase and other people’s closet doors… I FINALLY managed to nail myself down enough to sign a lease for an apartment of my own.

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I’m fully aware this is normal life, but a part of normal life I’ve been missing!

The WHOLE time I was in Dubai I had to worry about my living situation. Rent there is f****** insane and you get nothing for the money you can barely squeeze out of your fingertips.

Then, coming back from Dubai, I continued to live out of my suitcase. I decided traveling around even longer was an appropriate choice.

Now – the major P R O to living out of your suitcase: Downsizing.. A LOT. I love not having a ton of possessions tying me down. I have “location commitment issues for sure, and not having too many possessions has been keeping me at ease anywhere I am.

Enabling {spur of the moment} moving.

But I’m realizing having my own place does more for me than having my own place. The space is my own, with my own thoughts.  I really believe alone time is EXTREMELY important for individual growth and clarity –> which then shines through in your relationships with other people.

(If I meet someone that has never lived alone or doesn’t like living alone, or WON’T live alone… I have a difficult time accepting and understanding them)

So, that’s that. I don’t know how long I’ll be on this trip, but that’s where I’m at today.

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Side note –> I have no money now.

I spent anything I had remaining on my deposits, rent, connections, insurance, water, trash, this + that + the other thing, in order to get my lease completed and keys in my hand.

(What savings account?)

And let me add, no I haven’t received a check from my new job yet so this is all still lingering money from Dubai. (TMI?) Meaning, I have near ZERO left. (Comforting, I know)

Not an ideal situation but I saw this apartment and my heart jumped. Too excited. Just too excited. I had to have it. A month earlier than I wanted to move, but I had to make it work.

So I did –> but I’m now taking charity. For the next month. I have my mom mailing me some ramen noodles, dog food and books. (just kidding)

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#essentials

I may be stretching my pocket today – but I feel like one by one my check list is being completed.  And I’m excited. DREAM BOARD coming SOON!

(Then I’ll be planning my next life changing move… Imagine?!)

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I finally got a job!

Can I get a hallelujah?!

Katie (yes, that’s me) finally got a job.

Wow. That was a ride. I applied to every single job posting I could find. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. (Yeah, I wasn’t stressed at all.) Apparently, I don’t qualify to work at Coffee Bean. Or anywhere else for that matter.

BUT it’s all because I was waiting for the right one… right?

Anyways guys, my job is in Austin, Texas – so that’s where I’ll be for now. I’m excited to get back to work, back into country music, and back to wearing my cowboy boots (yesss!).

PS. I really want to discuss coconut oil. I have a lot to say.

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First day at a new job kind of story…

I have a funny story.  Or at least I think it’s funny, I’m just not confident I can translate it into writing, but I’ll give it a go. There’s a couple of you over in the States I would die laughing with after telling this so I think I have to give it a shot…

Here it starts.

Today was my second day of work in the office I’m assigned to.  Of course starting work is always a bit intimidating, especially in real estate or probably any other sales job.  You’re walking into an office with people that see you as the new competition.  And for me in Dubai, I’m new competition, new to the country, and new to working with all these different cultures.  Anyways, I made it through my first day smoothly… (Until I left work. I got lost in the 2 elevators it apparently takes to get to my car by getting on a 3rd elevator that was a service elevator?  And a construction worker had to escort me to my vehicle because I couldn’t figure out the simplest task of pushing the buttons inside the elevator after my nerves were flustered so bad.. Can someone say loser?!)

Back to what happened today.  I came bouncing into the office (2nd day of work! Woohoo!) and sat at one of the empty desks that we can use temporarily.  I looked for the computer to turn on and get started. On the floor to my left was the end desk with a computer attached to it. Couldn’t be mine. So I assumed the computer on the floor to my right was the computer for me. I pushed the power button.  It wouldn’t turn on. Hmmmmmmm….

I sat there waiting, paranoid that eyes were on me to see what I’m up to on my second day of work. Of course I’m trying to look cool, like I totally know what I’m doing.  I push the power button again. This time I was sure to hold the power button for a couple seconds to make sure it comes on.  Still nothing.  Then I hear a loud beep from the computer screen to the right of me.  No one is sitting at the desk.  The veteran real estate woman that was there ran to the restroom so it was empty except for all of her paperwork. The screen then starts flashing and proceeds to a blue screen that reads “Force Shut Down”.

OH MY GOD. I forced her computer to shut down.

In this office people are in and out so quickly. Business must be good because they have showings daily. I was already warned not to bother people when they’re busy because often times they’re in filling out paperwork and have to fly out.

Oh my Lord, and I just forced her computer into a shut down. I’m thinking there goes all her paperwork, she’s going to have to start over, she’s going to yell at me.  What do I do?  I stay, I apologize so much, I explain I’m new, I’m blonde, I’m sorry.

Well that would have been a good idea… BUT I ran out. I literally grabbed my purse and ran out of the office.  Out of the building into the 5 million elevators I needed to go through to find my car. And that was my day. Telling this story, I’m realizing I can’t decide what’s worse. Me shutting down her computer OR me running the heck out of there like I just killed somebody. Either way, it’s the first days at a new company I tell you.  Nerves get the best of me!

But hey….

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It’s about time. Work.

I FINALLY accepted a job here in Dubai.  In my opinion, not working the past couple of months was not by lack of effort, an excessive amount of money, or no desire..  I couldn’t find a job I felt right about.

I wanted something that I enjoyed going to, at least a majority of the time.  Dubai is an expensive place to live day to day so of course I wanted something to keep me financially stable.  And I wanted a company with a good reputation, that was organized and had an human resource department.  Having worked in small companies with no HR department before, lets just say finding a company with one was on the top of my list.

I never closed myself off to just real estate jobs either. As long as it fit everything else, I was open to different career paths. Follow the plan of God and go with the flow! Anyways, I went on about 9 million interviews. Felt hopeful, felt unhopeful. At one point, I had 5 interviews scheduled the same day…  I felt like a robot. Same questions over and over and over. Same answers over and over.

Until, I finally decided to accept my offer from a company called Better Homes.  Of all the real estate companies I interviewed with, this one appeared to take the cake. Set up and organized well. My fingers are crossed!

In order to do real estate in the UAE you need a license (RERA).  I took the courses last week, and I had my test a couple days ago. Let me tell you something, I failed my real estate exam in the United States the first time. Really bad. It was the most frustrating feeling too. So when I had to take the exam here, I studied SO hard. I had ridiculous amounts of anxiety before the test. I thought I may pass out or possibly vomit on myself while entering the classroom. I even imagined what that would look like and how I would then proceed to clean myself.

So here’s how it went.  I scored a 94%. One would think: WOW that’s great, good job. And that is true, WOW great, good job Katie…. You freak! No one here studies for the test, no one takes the test that seriously, and no one scores that high.  When I told people my score they looked at me with a face that said “…Why?”  Needless to say, it’s fantastic I passed. I hate tests, glad it’s over. But I made need to invest in some chill pills in the near future.

The Classroom.. Understand, I was trying to sneak this photo

The Classroom.. Understand, I was trying to sneak this photo

Currently, I’m starting my training at Better Homes and then I’m out on the field trying to be gangster and hustle some money. I’ll let you know how the hustle is going as soon as I figure it out myself…

For those of you that aren’t aware, my best buddy Juliana is coming to visit in a couple days which couldn’t make me happier. Really. Nothing could make me happier right now than seeing a familiar best friend.  I have lots of adventures planned for her so I’ll be sure to post pictures and fill you in on the stories.. that I’m allowed to share 😉

Toodles for now!

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Thoughts

2014. Thank you for this.

I swear it’s like the universe felt me feeling frustrated with the job hunt and life so it delivered this beauty. I promise you won’t regret watching this video. It reminded me of how I felt right before quitting my job in Austin and starting this adventure.

I’m so annoying and wrote down quotes from the video… So I can go back and read them whenever I want to as a reminder. I’m obsessed with motivational videos or documentaries of awesome people and things. I hope this pumped someone else up like it did me 🙂 Here’s to 2014.

“Greatness is not this wonderful, and allusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It is something that truly exists in all of us”

“Most people, they raise a family, they earn a living, and then they die. They stop growing, they stop working on themselves, they stop stretching, they stop pushing themselves. A lot of people like to complain but they don’t wanna do anything about their situation. And most people don’t work on their dreams”

“You know other people more than you know yourself, you study them, you know about them, you want to hang out like them, you want to be just like them. And you know what you’ve invested so much time in them you don’t know who you are. I challenge you to spend time by yourself.”

“When you’re running towards your dreams, life has a special kind of meaning”

“As long as you are being a copy cat you will never ever be the best copy cat in the world

“Everybody won’t see it, everybody won’t join you, everybody won’t have your vision, it’s necessary to know that. You are an uncommon breed”

“I’m asking you to invest in you”

“Someones opinion of you does not have to become your reality. You don’t have to go through life being a victim. Even though you face disappointments. You have to know it in yourself, that I can do this, even if no one else sees it for me, I must see it for myself”

“No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it

“I dare you to be alone, I dare you to spend an hour getting to know yourself”

“Don’t let nobody steal your dream”

“After we face a rejection or a no or have a meeting and no one shows up or someone says you can count on me and they don’t come through… we’ve lost again and again and again, the lights are cut off, but you still look into your breed everyday and say to yourself, its not over until I win. You can live your dream”

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What to do..

I need to get a job.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

I never remember not working. Since approximately 12 years old I was babysitting full time. The only job free period I can think of was right after college, when I graduated. I had about 3-4 months of trying to find work, and I was like a sad wet homeless cat that embarrassingly stole the neighbors food they left out for me. Ok.  Not that bad. BUT it wasn’t the best time, I remember feeling like such a loser. Who doesn’t work? How will I pay this thing called RENT!?

Downtown – Dubai Marina

Not working sounds like a blast. No commitments everyday, do whatever you want, wake up and sleep at whatever time you feel like. Sounds like a dream, but it’s not. People need structure and organization. Something to wake up to, something to tell people they do from day to day.. not to mention MONEY! (The only people that get a pass, probably stay at home moms.  Now that’s a job)

So here I am in Dubai trying to find work. If only I could be a belly dancer..

My dream job

My dream job

My plan was always real estate. It’s what I’ve wanted to do and have been waiting to do for years now. In Dubai, I’ve already interviewed with 2 real estate companies that offered me a job, better than what I was doing in the States in my opinion, but word of mouth is I could do even better..  the problem is.. I could do better BUT not in real estate.  Story of my life. Apparently, many other jobs offer packages with health insurance, more money, plane tickets home, ect.. So that sounds fantastic, but what if it’s not what I want to do?

The tallest building.. at night... OMG

The tallest building.. at night… OMG

So I go back and fourth, back and fourth, back and fourth.  These real estate job offers are on the table, .. I can’t stand not working, but what if there’s something better out there?  Would I just learn to like these other jobs, would I even get any other jobs?!

One of the most frustrating things that still pumps the blood to my head when I think about it was being talked into jobs I didn’t want to do while working in the states. I’m so bitter about being pushed around that I might be borderline physco and paranoid with people’s suggestions and advice now. For example, they’re probably 100% trying to help and they’re excited for me and what opportunities I could have here, but I look at them with dagger eyes thinking “here we go again, pushing me to jobs I hate”.  Like get over it already Katie. I refuse to do jobs I don’t want to do. Life is too short. I’ll just retire to being a dog walker and live in a hut.

Atlantis Hotel (Where the Islands are shaped in a Palm Tree)

Atlantis Hotel (Where the Islands are shaped in a Palm Tree)

Why can’t the Universe just come together and make the stars aline and shine down on the job that I’m supposed to say yes to.

Universe: “Kathryn, THIS is your job. THIS is going to be the one you’ll love forever”

Kathryn: “Universe, thank you so much for your assistance, I trust you”

Well this doesn’t happen in real life unfortunately. So this next week I’ll be deciding what to do next. All I know is I need to work.  Money is going bye bye fast, I’m going cray cray even faster, and I want my doggie.

My BFF conveniently reminded me this morning.. either way, no matter what, it’s something new, fresh and different. It’s better than what I was doing and how I was feeling. I need to go remind myself of that and have a little faith I’ll do the right thing, after all life is good, and it will work out exactly how is was meant to 🙂

Dubai Marina mall down there..

Dubai Marina mall down there..

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It’s party time

Wine, shots, ripped panty hose, dogs, women, and an elaborate going away speech that twisted into a made up fairy tale love story. What a great night, all thanks to my friends from work.

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The party was at my friend Monica’s open, modern, and pretty house, which I couldn’t have been happier about.  I have a major crush on it. I wish I had a better picture to share, but then it wouldn’t do justice anyway.

In saying this, I have figured out why Monica was so willing to have the party at her house… she doesn’t have to drive and she can drink those bottles down without a break for water.   This combination did make for one heck of a party.  I was even asked to “jack open” a couple of bottles throughout the night just for the heck of it. Pretty awesome deal if you ask me 🙂

So of course after the 20 bottles of wine were finished it was time for shots… (Sorry girls, we had to capture this)

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At one point there was a long talk about pantyhose, and some even got torn off a pair of legs?  How pantyhose got to be the topic of discussion and how that proceeded to them being ripped off and shredded at this exact party still blows my mind, but I guess I need to step up my partying game here.

I had to take a picture of my pretty little girl too, because she was being just so good and cute.

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Monica and Cyndi, the original AIM Real Estate girls, with Monica being the last man standing now.  It feels so weird its all changed so quickly. I don’t think any of the 3 of us would have imagined this picture a year ago..

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that helped put this party together.  When I quit my job I expected there to be a party, but not the kind I was invited to. I feel so special and grateful, more than I can show 🙂

Juliana Rosa G Unit. Take a good look people, you’re all going to want to know her someday.

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