My History in Makeup

I started wearing makeup in the sixth grade, as was common. I started off small with only mascara. It evolved to include eyeshadow, eyeliner, the works. By eighth grade, I was a strong believer in layering mascaras, a technique otherwise known to make your eyelashes clumpy and your mascara flaky. Enter freshman year. I honed my talents by waking up hours before school to do my makeup. I even started filling in my eyebrows. I got my certificate in makeup artistry during my junior year. These days, I go more natural, unwilling to forsake the time I could be spending doing other things (like sleeping).

I did makeup for other people quite often. I would start on the eyebrows, move to eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eyelashes. I would use concealer to clean those up. Then I would use color corrector and foundation. I would set the foundation with powder, bronzer, and blush. Then highlighter would be applied, followed by a lip color. The end. The process would take about an hour, give or take.

I begin my process by filling in my eyebrows. I used to used an auburn color, but I’ve grown to love the lighter look. I use eyeshadow, maybe two different shades at a time. Darker in the my crease, lighter on my eyelid. Then mascara and I’m done. If I move slowly, it takes about thirty minutes. If I’m in a hurry, it’ll take ten.

My routine has changed drastically. I’m not the person I was in high school. I don’t think anyone stays exactly the same. I still do makeup when I’m asked to. If you ever have questions, feel free to email hellolittleredbaker@gmail.com and I will answer them to the best of my ability!

Finding an Apartment

Hello! With the end of my lease approaching, I have been hunting for a new abode. Having nearly completed my first year of living independently, I thought I might share some of my newly gained (though still limited) knowledge. I’m no stranger to moving around. By my count, I’ve moved approximately seventeen or eighteen times in my life. I moved away from home, into a dorm, and then into my apartment.

Apartment Features

  1. The first thing to consider is what you’ll be doing with your space. Will you be cooking? If so, you may desire a fully equipped kitchen. Will you be using a communal laundry room or would you prefer to have your own machines? With many apartments, there are laundry rooms meant for the residents. However, if you prefer your own machines, you might have to insist on washer/dryer hook-ups. Also consider whether you want carpet or hardwood flooring.
  2. You will have neighbors. Try and be observant of the residents in the area as you tour the various complexes. It can be difficult, but try to notice the thickness of the walls and the proximity of the units. Take into consideration the age group that is predominant in the area. You may not want to live near people that are going out late and honking car horns at all hours, unless you too plan to do so.
  3. Keep in mind that you will be required to move the entirety of your belongings into this new space. If your apartment is an upstairs apartment, you (and your moving crew) will have to carry everything up those stairs. That means a couch or futon, a dining table, a coffee table, a bed. You get the picture. It CAN be worth it, but if you’re not up for it, try and get a ground-level apartment.

Rent

I probably don’t have to say this, but don’t try to live beyond your means. The cost of living varies based on location. Larger cities and areas near popular nodes can stand to raise their rent. Know what you’re willing to pay for. Personally, I wouldn’t like paying an outrageous amount of money for a complex that has a tennis court, a golf course, and a mini bar. I simple wouldn’t partake in those luxuries, but I would still be paying them, ya feel? If your rent is inescapably high, make sure you have a contingency plan. Work hard, save money, and make good choices. It’s quite possible that getting away from the popular areas will lower the rent prices.

There is no shame in having your parents’ help, but don’t take that for granted. Not everyone is granted that luxury. If you can afford to help out, offer to pay some bills or a portion of the rent.

Pets

If you don’t have pets, you can pretty much skip this part. Since getting Casanova (the light of my life), I’ve started taking note of things I never had before. I now require clean, grassy areas where I can walk my boy without worrying about him. Try to consider the best things for your pet. You are their voice.

Nearby Amenities

What’s important to you? Being close to campus or being close to WalMart? Would you prefer to live walking distance from campus? Is it important that you pass a Starbucks on your way to class? Do you need to be near a shopping mall or a library? Location is everything and can inspire greatness.

In the end, be critical of the things that matter to you. Assuming that no one enjoys moving, pick the place you can see yourself being happy at for a few years.

My Recipe Book

Jake and his sweet family got me a recipe book for my birthday. I have had it for a few months now. This recipe book has to be my favorite thing that I’ve ever been given. Jake picked the book and my first recipe cards.

It is essentially a photo album with individual slots for 4×6 photos. Instead of photos, the slots are filled by 4×6 recipe cards. These can be found at various hobby stores and online.

The idea is that you have a place for all of your favorite recipes without the bulk of numerous cookbooks. You can also have the recipe cards filled in by loved ones, making them even more special.

It is definitely a gift I will treasure for years to come.