SHELBY

I just want to thank poetreecreations.org for sharing my poem. They have a pretty amazing blog and if you like reading and/or writing poetry you really should check it out.

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A Journey Without Luggage 
She left us.
The trip had been planned for some time
Although no ticket was purchased.
We could not join her
Even though at times we wanted to.
We sobbed and said our goodbyes
At her point of departure,
Promising to join her someday.
Her body seemed so light
As it was carried away.
And all the heavy baggage
Was left with us.
I’m Christy, and I’m not so much trying to promote myself (I don’t write as often as I should) as to put this piece out there for others who are hurting like I am. Friday (9/13) around 11 pm my husband and I stroked our little cat Shelby as her fight with cancer came to an end. This poem was born of that pain.

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A hard goodbye…

As you may know, our little girl cat had been fighting cancer for quite some time now. On Friday night that fight came to an end. I miss her so much, even though I am glad she doesn’t have to deal with the failures of her body anymore.
I wrote this poem for her today, so I thought I’d share it.

A Journey Without Luggage

She left us.
The trip had been planned for some time
Although no ticket was purchased.
We could not join her
Even though at times we wanted to.
We sobbed and said our goodbyes
At her point of departure,
Promising to join her someday.
Her body seemed so light
As it was carried away.
And all the heavy baggage
Was left with us.

Rest in peace sweetie. We’ll see you at the rainbow bridge.

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I probably won’t be posting for a little while. I need to process this, and right now blogging just doesn’t feel as important.

E.L.F. haul!

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I got sucked in by the labor day sale
E.L.F was having last weekend. I mostly bought brushes, but I got a little makeup too. Everything studio was half off if your order was over $25 so it was an awesome way to try some brushes without dropping much money to do it.
The brushes are surprisingly nice considering the price. At $3 a pop I expected loose hair, low density, crusty bristles. These are anything but. They are all taklon (synthetic) bristle brushes, which I find makes them less picky to clean. They aren’t shedding at all (at least so far) and the bristles are soft and densely packed.

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The flawless concealer brush is bigger than I expected, so I don’t think I’ll be using it for that.  Maybe under eye though. Mostly I think it will be good for contouring and for eye shadow when I want a soft all-over color. The density of the domed brush head is impressive,  and it has almost a springy feel without being stiff.

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I oredered both sizes in the stipple brush with the intent of using them for foundation. Now that I have them, I’m thinking they may be better for blush, but I haven’t tried them yet. I expected these to feel loose, but they are interestingly firm with soft bristles.

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The small tapered brush is also bigger than I expected.  I’m not sure what I’ll end up using it for, but it has a nice shape and soft dense bristles, so I’m sure it’ll be good for something.

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The retractable lip brush is awesome,  and I wish I’d bought a couple more! I like that it closes into the handle so it won’t make a mess, and the bristles are soft but firm. In the past when I’ve bought lip brushes they were shaped by laquering them with hairspray and the first use made a frizzy, sheddy mess of them. The bristles of this brush hold their shape without product, so I’m excited to try it!

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The contour brush is about the size I expected the concealer brush to be. It’s got a very firmly packed head of soft bristles, giving it almost a sponge like feel. I think this brush is going to see a lot of use, because it would be good for concealer, eyeshadow, and for smaller areas of contouring.  I may need another of this one too!

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The small precision brush (top) and small smudge brush (bottom) are really similar. I probably could have gone with only one of the two and been fine. The precision brush has longer bristles,  but both are small, firm, soft brushes with rounded ends. They seem to pick up color well despite their size, and should be good for small areas of concealer and for eyeshadow, especially in the crease and as a soft liner.

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I love E.L.F.’s matte lip colors (I had nearly nude and red already, and the nude is nicer than the spendy Kardashian one the gal at ulta almost sold me on.) so when I saw colors my local store doesn’t carry I had to give them a try. The coral is really pretty, and is kind of the color of cantaloupe.  Usually orangey colors look gross on me, but this seems cool toned enough that I think it will be cute. Tea rose is kind of a neutral dusty pink, and is similar to the color my lips are naturally,  so I expect it will look very natural. They can be a touch drying, but last well and have a natural matte look that I like. (I find some matte colors are just TOO matte.) They do pretty well under gloss too, so the same color can be worn two ways.

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The baked highlighter had rave reviews,  so I thought I’d try it. It’s very pretty. I wish the lighter color hadn’t been sold out, but pink diamonds is still a nice shade. The finish is shimmery without being sparkly, and leaves a pink glow but no real color. It was hard to photograph it, but trust me, it’s lovely. It might be pretty for eyeshadow if I want a really natural look, and it will be nice for highlights as well.

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Speaking of pointless swatches, the primers seem nice. The packaging and formula was different between the two formulas, so I don’t know if one is older or what. I expected clear to be less… clear. I thought it would be translucent whitish, so the crystal clear color surprised me. The purple looked just like the MUFE stuff I tried at sephora, only it costs WAY less. Both were nice, although the clear feels a little nicer to me. Also, for those who care, the purple contains parabens, while the clear does not. I think the clear may be newer, so hopefully that will be the formula for the purple in the future. One thing I liked is that there is no fragrance to these primers. I like fragrance in products, but I have a fragrant powder and I don’t need too many smells going on at once. Especially ony face.

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Lastly, for referring friends at checkout I got this cute eye shodow quad free. I didn’t want to buy ant eyeshadow because I own a ton, so I might have preferred something else, but the colors are good, and anyway it was free. The two grey colors are pretty similar, but one is a bit lighter and more metallic than the other. The black is nice, and doesn’t have much shimmer although it isn’t a true matte. The white, to be quite honest, kinda sucked. It is matte, and not very opaque, so it doesn’t really show up at all. I really gobbed it on for the swatch, and you still can’t even see it. I use a lot of shimmery white, so I was really disappointed this color was such a bust.

Overall, this was a good order.  I highly recommend the brushes, since they’re inexpensive but still nice. The primer is nice, but get the clear instead of the colored kind. Even though this stuff is already dirt cheap, watch for sales and freebies, which are frequent.

Pros:
Cheap is heck
Brushes are really nice
Good products are good
They give you free stuff

Cons:
Products can be very hit or miss

If anyone has these brushes, please let me know your favorite uses for them in the comments! You can also let me know which E.L.F products you’ve used and what you thought of them so I know what to order in the future!

I got new boots!

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These glorious babies are now mine.
I needed boots. Like,  legitimately needed them. I went searching online, and stupidly decided to see what Fluevogs cost. As soon as I saw these, nothing else would do. The color was perfect. The style was classy and timeless. They were everything I wanted and more! And they were expensive. REALLY expensive. $#@&!
I hemmed and hawed and wrung my hands. I looked everywhere for another pair of boots I could love as much as these.
And then I gave up. I bought them. The last pair in my size. My hands were shaking as I placed the order. Was I worthy of such loveliness?  Could I handle the respnsibility of owning such nice boots? Would they be worth it, or would I wind up with an ugly case of buyers remorse?
The delivery was a debacle.  The store that shipped them failed to include my apartment number, so I waited all day only to have to pick them up from UPS.  I was nervous about opening the box. What if they didn’t fit? What if I hated them? What if the quality didn’t meet me expectations?  Was I foolish to have bought them?
The first thing I noticed when my shaking hands opened the box was the delicious leather smell. Not chemical like cheap leather. It was the rich smell of saddles, warm and lovely. They were everything I wanted.  They were the perfect purple, and made so beautifully you’d expect them to be antiques. The leather is buttery soft and armor sturdy. Magnificent!

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Needless to say, I’m a bit obsessed. 
I haven’t worn them yet, because they are a very slim calf and I’m trying to lose some of the weight stress and meds put on before I stretch them to fit. Also, it’s still too warm. But I’m excited for fall, even more than I normally am. And I did try them on without zipping them all the way. They were SO comfy. Even with my ballet induced bunions they felt wonderful.

I won’t call this a review, since I am too deeply in love to have an unbiased opinion, but I can unquestionably recommend this boot. I hope to get ten years of wear out of them (which is not out of line since the sole is replaceable,  as is the heel) at which point they will be cheap at less than fourty bucks a year.

I should be posting regularly again now. My tablet decided to die last week (right after classes started. Thanks.) and although I am holding out hope that I can fix it, I had to figure out all the passwords I had stored in it and move all my stuff to my phone. :/
I’m settled in to classes and have (mostly) got everything figured out, so it’s back to business as usual!
Thanks for waiting for me!
If any of you are fellow Fluevogers out there, say hi in the comments and tell me about yours!