eye candy

So I have a not-so-secret confession.
I am obsessed with makeup.
Actually all beauty products, but especially makeup.

A few years ago, I was on yet another shopping trip to Sephora, in search of the greatest mascara they could give me. I had tried several of their brands before, but none tickeled my fancy (mostly because they weren't water proof... that is a MUST. I know. Sooooo picky)
Anyways, an ever-so-helpful beauty consultant recommended Diorshow blackout mascara and HELLO. New love affair. So for about 3 years now, I have been forking over 25 bucks a tube... NBD because I love the stuff.

But then I realized something.

Every beauty article online or in magazines that I have ever read swears by Maybelline's Great Lash mascara, especially for us oh so classy Dior lovers. You know the little pink tube with the green (or black for water proof) lid? Yeah, that one. Well, I officially decided to give it a go about a month ago, with that whole "college student on the college budget" thing. pft.

Well guess what.


If I wasn't the one applying it every morning, I would believe it was my trusty Dior and never in a million years a $4 drugstore find. Thank heavens for budget saving values, like this gem :)


Le guilty pleasures. Music style.

So I must admit that there are many things I very guiltily (word?) enjoy.
Like caffeinated beverages the size of my head.
And Friends marathons.
And using exercise as an excuse to eat things that would otherwise result in absurdweight gain.
Yeah. Things like that.

But today I was thinking about my musical guilty pleasures. You know, like artists I really only listen to by myself. Or only with other people who share the same guilty pleasure... which doesn't happen TOO often, but it's great when it does :) Anyways, I feel like being ultra bold and have decided to compile a list of aforementioned guilty music pleasures. Buckle up.
(it's probably not THAT crazy, but it's more fun to create such a hype.)

1. Any boy band aka mostly NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Specially when I am sad/lonely/nostalgic... you get the idea. So sue me. I will always love Justin and Brian and their entourage.
2. Speaking of Justin... JBiebs. Yes, Bieber himself. Love him. And his sweet 16 year old voice.
3. Kenny Loggins Pooh Corner album. I LIVED on this as a child. It is like the mashed potatoes of the music world... ultimately comforting. Holla for my boy Kenny, even if he does sing songs about unicorns.
4. The Ocean Avenue album. SEEEWWWW middle school, but also sooo great to drive around to.
5. Anything Chris Brown. So what if he bites girlfriends? His voice is still ultimately sexy. And hi! look at him!

6. That Taio Cruz song "Dynamite". Oh em gee I could dance to that all the day long.
7. Owl City. I have yammered on about them A LOT. But for reals, Adam Young is one of my heroes. And I even still love Fireflies. Try not to throw up.
8. The Titanic soundtrack. HAHA this even makes me laugh. But how can you NOT love the majestic music, bag pipes and all? And Celine Dion's belt-y-ness in the theme song? I die. Also look at Leo and Kate. AH. So presh I can't even handle it.

9. Oh yeah, did I mention I love Celine Dion? Or according to Celine herself, I "lurve" her.
10. The Maine. Quite the "main"stream sound, but freak. The lead singer is hott, and so is his voice. AND his last name is soooo Irish. Also sooo hott. Proof.

11. Neil Diamond's "Don't Turn Around". It makes me feel like a powerhouse.
12. Pretty much any sappy love song. As long as the lyrics are slightly above par. Aka none of the "Baby, baby, baby OHHHHH" stuff. Sorry JBiebs, but really?
Well, that's about all I've got for today.
And I am not even 2% percent embarassed.


if you don't die laughing, there is something wrong with you

I found this a while ago and I came across it again this morning. I am dying all over again. Its just too good not to share. 
Also, please excuse the french.

1. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

2. More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can
think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my
own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

3. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

4. I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to
have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks
when they've invented the lighter?

5. Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be
going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction
from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or
phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no
one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching
directions on the sidewalk.

6. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was

7. The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This
recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be
ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

8. Do you remember when you were a kid playing Nintendo and it wouldn't
work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix
the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to
fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just
figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

9. There is a great need for sarcasm font.

10. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the fck was going on when I first saw

11. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes
stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes
shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right
parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond
earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

12. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

13. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

14. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your
computer history if you die.

15. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish
a text.

16. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the
spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

17. Was learning cursive really necessary?

18. Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to

19. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

20. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron
test is absolutely petrifying.

21. Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I
hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

22. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and
smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

23. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples,
I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had
to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said "Yes that's G as
in...(10 second lapse)...ummm...Goonies"

24. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each

25. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and
instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

26. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

27. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

28. I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the
shower first and THEN turn on the water.

29. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

30. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

31. Bad decisions make good stories

32. Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile
is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder
BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

33. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every

34. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would
probably just be completely invisible.

35. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly
nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a

36. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive
for the rest of the day.

37. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want
to have to restart my collection.

38. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going
to fall after leaning your chair back a little too far.

39. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if
I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did
not make any changes to.

40. I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching
TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I
keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a
matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be
friends after this?'

41. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!),
but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail.
What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

42. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing
anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

43. When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't
already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

44. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then
I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

45. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed
for pedophiles...

46. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but
no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

47. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not
know what time it is.

48. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

49. I think that if, years down the road when I'm trying to have a kid, I
find out that I'm sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact
that I was not aware of my condition in college.

50. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to
with it.

51. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys
in a pocket, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my ass
everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7
seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

52. It really pisses me off when I want to read a story online and the
link takes me to a video instead of text.

53. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

54. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than with Kay.

55. The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw
they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone
at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then
estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a
large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like
being made to feel like a fat loser before dinner.


here is what I have learned since coming back to provo. and it's not even school time yet!

- Don't try to live on nutrigrain bars and granola for more than 3 days straight. You start to feel woozy and uber tired, 100 percent of the time. "Nutri"grain my behind.

- Jobs are good. Even if day 1= information OVERLOAD. Probably I couldn't handle it because I didn't eat or drink all day again. Who is this weird, non-eating person I have become? Good thing I went to Wally world after and enjoyed a twix.

- It is so incredible to walk outside at 8am and feel the balmy 80 degree weather on my skin. I love Arizona, but meeyan! This is great!

- Playing catch phrase is NOT a very good way to deliver my first impression. What I am trying to say is I am sure everyone thinks I am nuts by the end of the game. I must find myself a man who won't mind. Or who is equally as nuts. This could be a difficult task.


- Sometimes, bathrooms are nast-ville. Mostly you should just laugh about it. Because hey, being mad wont fix the fact that the paint is peeling and you can't even move your elbows all the way out when toweling off. HAHA.

- I really don't mind 10 hour drives all by myself. Especially with a liter of D.DR.P and excedrin. I HAD A HEADACHE, OKAY?!

- It's so cool to sleep in a bunk bed again. No but really.

I am so exhaustified from making this list. Also, I am really starving, so I am giving up on blogging and going to be a great college student instead...

aka eat ramen for dinner.
Ah the life :)


here at the end of all things

Well, not really the end of ALL things...
just the end of all Arizona things for a while.
Yes yes I am returning to Provo IN TWO DAYS.
It's always a teensy bit sad to leave my sweet family, my darling friends and my lovely mesa, but I am SOOOO super excited to be back in Provo again that I may or may not get an ulcer thinking about it (the good kind of ulcer, happiness-induced of course).

So, in light of my plethora of emotions concerning the matter, I have heretofore decided to compose the following lists. (how's THAT for a verbose sentence)

*hem hem*

Things I will miss about my dear home of Mesa

1. Being with my family every day, especially evenings and Sundays. That is when all the magic happens.
2. Football games for Mckay and Ty. AND Mckay is playing for Red Mountain this year boo.
3. The beautiful winter and spring weather aka THE reason to live in az.
4. Golden Spoon, Yogurtland, Yogurtology, In-N-Out, Tia Rosas, and all other food-y things associated with Arizona (yes there are now 154 In-N-Outs in utah, but hello. It's utah.)
5. My baby girl aka Maggie the bulldog.
6. My darling room.... and the fact that I am the only one living in it.
7. Tiffany Smith, my favorite co-worker EVER.
8. Being home on my birthday.
9. Shopping trips with madre.
10. Mill Avenue
11. The smell outside at 5am
12. Driving on the 202 at night with the windows down
13. Circle K and QT drinks
14. San Tan village and the puppy store with my family
15. The sunsets

Quite the list yesh?! Mesa is a pretty great place if I havent made that ever so clear enough.
Now in contrast, because of course I do love Provo too...

*hem hem*

Things I am excited about in my imminent return to Provolone

1. Football games. I love my Cougs.
2. EVERYTHING FALL. The leaves changing, the smell, the sweaters, the boots, the school-ness, the bonfires, the chilly evenings, halloween.... ALL OF IT.
3. Being on my beloved BYU campus again. With so many people that I adore.
4. The lights in the trees at Christmastime
5. Operas in the HFAC. Also, other musical events
6. Walking through the bookstore between classes
7. Living with my life-long friend Lauren Adkins
8. Spoon Me, Cocoa Bean, Cafe Rio... all things food-y in Provo :)
9. Seeing old familiar faces on campus
10. Partying with my 7 chinese brothers and other fun people
12. Married friends, and their babies :)
13. Running by the temple and MTC
14. Spanish classes coming out my ears
15. Springtime, one full of happiness, love and flowers (just like the 60's)

Well there you have it.
I think to sum it up I can just say that I am pretty lucky to have such wonderful homes to travel back and forth between.

p.s. "imminent" does NOT sound like a word if you look at it for too long.

p.s.s. Also in honor of summer ending, I deem it appropriate to list all the wonderful books that I had the priveledge of reading whilst school was out *sigh*. Simply for memories sake, because they have all made me very happy. And apparently I am in a list making mood.

-books 2 and 3 in the Kingdom and the Crown series.
-Hunger Games
-Catching Fire
-I Capture the Castle
-The Help
and I will finish these three before school starts, mark my words
- The Last Lecture
-Pride and Prejudice
-Mockingjay (THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!)

Bee tee dub, The Last Lecture has been one of the most life changing books I have ever read. The kind of -make-me-question-who-I-really-am- life changing. HIGHLY recommend it.
And eeshka I am so thankful for literature. It makes life really happy :)


to bathe or to bask?

As mentioned several times previously, I Capture the Castle is one of my favorite literary treasures. Cassandra Mortmain offers such charismatic insights, and just puts my feelings into words, but in the most beautiful way! AH.

Anyways, at one point in the book, she is taking a bath and she goes on to describe several things about bathing. I couldn't agree with her more fully.

"I believe it is customary to get one's washing over first in baths and bask afterwards; personally, I bask first. I have discovered that the first few minutes are the best and not to be wasted-- my brain always seethes with ideas and life suddenly looks much better than did."

Isn't this the truth! And then the water starts getting cold and I realize I should be done basking and actually bathe myself, which was of course my original intention.
She then says this, which is my favorite.

"Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression."

Of course there are quite a few other cures for depression aka chocolate for days :) but these seem to be the fastest fixes. Just make sure there are some candles included... aka Capri Blue's Volcano ... and what do you have? Oh yeah. HEAVEN. Thank you Cassandra for confirming these things :)


well if this isn't the truth...

I was reading an article on Yahoo today and came across this:
"you may find happiness in being less connected to the virtual world and more engaged in the real one."


Sometimes I get so tired of all the "internet, facebook, blogging, ipod, laptop, email, blahblahblahblahblah" Everyone just needs to BREATHE sometimes, right?

I am going to test this out :)


10 things to be happy about

1. Maggie's wrinkly face right when she wakes up
2. When mom and I text Nacho Libre quotes to each other
3. Brother hugs
4. When it rains... even if it's only for 4.2 minutes like usual
5. Arcade Fire's "Wake Up"
6. A big... fat... Diet Dr. P
7. Russel Crowe movies
8. Every Friends episode ever
9. Franklin Covey planners
10. Coconut car fresheners


dream a little dream

Yes yes, another one of my fabulous dreams. This one was just too good, I had to write it down somewhere.

So I am just wandering around some random dorm hall on some random college campus with some random girls I don't know.

All of the sudden,
In what MUST have been a telepathic moment,
A group of about 7 of us look at each other and break into perfect harmony, singing Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek".

Soon an audience had gathered,
and we were theee spectacle of the century. I mean, this was a song of staggeringly epic proportions. It was mezmerizing.

Then, we finish.... and all walk away like it was nothing.
Like "oh NBD we just sang the coolest version of that song ever without even discussing it beforehand but lets just all walk away without even talking to each other"


Oh and p.s! Explain to me how this works.
So Jason DeRulo right? Remember his song "Whatcha Say"? PFT YEAH. Can you say he totally ripped off Imogen Heap?! He totally ripped off Imogen Heap! Not even a "feat. Imogen Heap"!

Srsylz? Come on let's not be lame Jason.
also, here is the original song, the one we sang in my dream... just for kicks :)



wanna know how many books I am reading right now?

Oh I dunno.
Probably 47ish


I have a problem.
It's called pickupabookandread30pagesbutgetboredalsoneverhaveenoughtimetoreadanyways-itis.
Here is the list of books I know FOR SURE I am technically "reading" right now.

1. Going After Caciatto
2. What is the What
3. Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
4. Time Travelers Wife
5. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
6. The Price of being a Wallflower
7. Jane Eyre (this one I have been reading for about 8 years. THAT IS NOT A LIE)
8. Anthem
9. Atlas Shrugged
10. The Fountainhead
11. Walden
12. The Last Lecture
13. The Secret
14. Watership Down
15. The Diary of Anne Frank
16. Catch 22
17. Alice in Wonderland (which is surprisingly good, just let it be known)
18. Pride and Prejudice

And those are just the ones I can remember!

Oh em gee I am so embarassed slash ashamed. I have failed the literary world.
I hereby proclaim that over the next 5 years of my life, I WILL FINISH EVERY ONE OF THESE.

Even if it kills me.


Aaaannndddd one more thing

Seeing as how I was all "out of town" and such, I have not had the chance to birthday post for my dear friend Raquel Andrus! Rewind to July 24, and Happy Birthday my dear sistah!

1. I met Raquel my freshman year of high school when my family moved to Florida. I was the meager age of 14-15, while she was the ever so old senior. Age did not keep us from being friends however. I grew to love this incredible girl with my whole heart. She always set such a tremendous example for me, and I was amazed at the things she did... at who she was. She always seemed to be so "above" petty, silly, worldly things. Her head was screwed on tight. I heard once that a good friend makes you want to be a better person, and they make it easier to live the gospel. She has done both for me. Even though I only lived in Florida for a year, her influence in my life has lasted through all 6 years I have known her. What a tremendous friend :)
plus we make cool shirts together with lyrics from our favorite spanish songs HA.

2. She is such a super model! I mean look at her! She is a mom now too, which only adds to her already radiant persona. And I was always so jealous of her amazing ebony mane of hair. Gorge.

3. She makes me laugh and she is easy to talk to. Even though she is all married, and I really havent seen her in about 2 years, I did enough talking to her while living in Florida and through the rest of high school to verify my first statement. One time, we skipped school and went to the beach, and we really spent the whole day wandering around the pier and lounging on our towels... just talking. One of my fondest memories with Raquel.

4. Her spirituality rivals that of the general relief societ president (I hope that doesn't sound ridiculous, because it is true). I remember this one time she came to spend the night at my house because my parents were gone, and as we were getting in to bed, she pulled out her scriptures and Ensign. I was so impressed at the fact that even though she was at another person's house, she didn't let the important things falter. That has always stuck with me.

How lucky I am to have such a tremendous friend. Maybe one day when I am actually un-single, I will be able to hang out with her and her cute family more! :)
Happy late Birthday Raqui!

*baby picture courtesy of Raquel's blog*

Well, HIYA!

Oh em gee, it's been ages.

No but really.

Right. So like several times before, I feel it is necessary to begin with a disclaimer.
This post has the potential to be the most absurdley long, assasinating, drabest EVER. Ok maybe not drab, but yes the other 2. It's alright I guess, the ensuing breakdown of the adventures during the last 2 1/2 weeks are probably so interesting and exctiting to make up for the length. Lets hope.

So obviously I am home from Hawaii SQUEE! 13 days is a looooonnnnggggg time to spend away on vacation (I was feeling the itch by the last 3 days), but really it was a great time. My family is theee best. So, due to the fact that I don't have the time- or patience -to break the whole trip down RIGHT NOW, here is the sweetened condensed version. I give you:

Hawaii 2.0, part 1
days 1- 6 (ISH)

day 1: wake up at 340 am (YES I am being real), fly fly fly fly fly, land, costco, condo, BEACH
day 2: church, relax in the sun, movies or something of that nature
days 3-6 are speculation aka I am having trouble recalling each day exactly; they included more beach time, snorkeling, kayaking, captain cook monument, the best key lime pie OF MY LIFE, a trip down and up the most terrifying steepest hill I have ever seen, toffee macs, hiking, sea cucumbers, a nice hammock, Kona temple, shave ice, turtles and their eel friend, and lots of good reading. (side note: I Capture the Castle is officially #3 on my list of all-time favorite books. That is news. I am so much in love with it, I may or may not have re-read all my favorite parts again already. HAHA)

Well not going to lie, I am tired or writing about everything that I have already recorded via journals, letters, iPods, lalala, so.... you guessed it..... pikchur time!

Right. So I can't figure out why the pictures decided to go all midget on me, buuuuttttt... I am not going to get my underwear in a bunch over it.

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