Monday, August 18, 2014

They Look Like Falsies, But These 3D Lashes Are Real

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

Always a huge mascara fan, I'm never against trying out something new if it promises big, beautiful, bold lashes. My holy grail mascara has always been Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash and I've never been able to find anything that can top it. But this—Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes—might just make it even better.

My cousin Lindsay, a Younique consultant, told me about this "mascara" recently and I knew I needed to test it out. I think what I love most about it is that you can still wear your favorite mascara with it, and it just adds a nice "pop" on top of your overall look. For those of you that don't know what these "3D Fiber Lashes" are—it's essentially a mascara & green tea fiber combo (it comes in two tubes) that you layer on top of your regular mascara. You apply a coat of your regular mascara, let it dry, apply a coat of their "transplanting gel," immediately swipe the fiber wand over your lashes—the fibers stick to your lashes and add instant length & volume—and then seal it with another coat of the transplanting gel. It's like a mascara/fiber sandwich! Removal is simple—all you need is warm water and makeup remover (depending on your mascara/eyeliner combo). Wash your face per your usual routine, and you'll see the fibers come right off.

At first, I was a bit of a skeptic. But after a coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes, I was a believer. See for yourself below in my before and after photos.

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

3D Fiber Lashes, I love you. And here's why... they are buildable. If you want to do one coat for a bit of added length and volume, it's all good. But if you want a truly dramatic, glam look, you can keep layering the fibers and they make your lashes bigger and bigger. Also, if you just want to just add length, simply add the transplanting gel & fibers to the tips—not the whole lash, as I did.

These 3D Fiber Lashes will transform the way you look at your regular mascara. I've worn the fiber lashes for the last two days, and today—without them—my lashes just don't have that added oomph. I'm telling you, this product is so great for creating that glam look. You will feel your eyes sparkle when you wear it. But that's just my two cents!

Also, 3D Fiber Lashes retail for about $29, which is definitely on the higher end of the price range, but when you think about how you only need to use a little bit at a time, you can really make this product last. If you've considered spending about that much on a higher-end mascara, this product is worth its weight in gold because it will deliver much more pack for the punch than any mascara ever could.

If you'd like to pick up a set of these 3D Fiber Lashes, head to my cousin Lindsay's page to place an order, or shoot her a quick email here. Thanks for supporting her business!

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

Products used in this look // Cheeks: MAC Refined Golden Bronzer, Base Eyeshadow: Younique Sexy Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, Eyeshadow Liner: Lancome Liner 5 in the Sienna Sultry Palette, Eyebrow Shadow: Anastasia Brow Duo in Medium Brown, Mascara: Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash, Fiber Lashes: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, Lipstick: MAC Modesty, Lip Gloss: Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss in Loyal

/ / The Younique products featured in this post were provided to me by my cousin & Younique Independent Presenter, Lindsay NcCorchuk (email her here!). All opinions are my own (and true—I love these products!).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Enjoying Every Minute

Annelise Rowe, an update on life, blogging and sauce

You know, now that I'm not posting every day, it seems like time is just zooming by. Life, summer—every moment—it's just whizzing past. Taking a step back from blogging has really changed my perspective on the little things. No longer do I feel the need to blog or Instagram each day, nor carry my camera with me everywhere we go. In fact, we went up to McCall this last weekend and I had left my phone in the garage (I had been jammin' to some tunes during my workout & accidentally left it plugged into the speakers), and I didn't give not having a phone for the entire weekend a second thought.

When I returned from Basic Training, I wasn't sure how much blogging I was going to be doing or what I'd even desire to blog about. While I plan on still sharing photos of our travels, tidbits about my fitness routines, and progressions with my new part-time military career, I definitely have scaled back on some of my other past topics & advertisements. And it feels good. I want this blog to be a diary and a place to reflect. A place to share photos or journal entries as they happen. Sure, it's informal and super part-time (like once a week—maybe), but that's where I'm at right now. And I love it.

Lately, life for us has just been all about living in the moment. I've been spending lots of time with my sweetie and we've been working out, cooking lots of delicious meals, taking spontaneous road trips (to McCall for a jazz festival!), we recently changed churches and are so excited about all the places we've been seeing God show his goodness lately, and this morning we just began a new patio landscaping project. It's exciting, it's so fun, and it's great to just be able to take a moment to ourselves to breathe. The direction we're going in—whichever direction that is at the moment—is right where we want to be. Life is good!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Messy Bun Tutorial

messy bun tutorial for long or short hair, hair tutorial, low bun tutorial

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I filmed this tutorial last year—the day before I whacked off 12-inches and donated my hair to charity. Looking back, I don't regret my decision to opt for a shorter 'do one bit, though this does make me miss my longer hair.

This messy bun is my go-to look for 2nd (or 3rd or 4th!) day hair. Though my hair is currently shoulder-length, I can still do a bun like this—I just have to modify the steps a little. My favorite part about this look? That it's a messy bun—it doesn't have to be perfect and will look different each time you do it.

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Make a little bun
  2. Double the bun
  3. Twist and tuck loose ends into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug bun to add volume
  5. Secure loose & floppy bun pieces with bobby pins
  6. Pull & tug crown to add volume
If you're trying this look on shorter hair, that's no problem! When you make your bun, skip step 2. Instead, twist and tuck the loose ends into your hair tie above your bun, creating what looks like a mini bun on top. It will give that "double bun" effect. And then, just like in the tutorial, pull & tug to add volume and secure loose pieces in place. I used this same method to create this bun and this bun on my much shorter hair.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Being Home: a Candid Look at Reintegration After BMT

Reintegration to Civilian Life After Air Force Basic Military Training

I've been home from Basic Military Training now for a month and a half. I can't believe how fast time is going. It's crazy that it's already the middle of summer and I'll be heading off to my second round of training at tech school in just a little over two months. Part of me is excited for that next adventure. Part of me is nervous. And this post will explain why. I'm about to give you a candid look into my thoughts about re-joining the real world after my time spent at BMT. Everyone handles the successes and stresses of BMT differently... this is a look into how I'm handling life at the moment.

Coming home—reintegration as the military calls it—has actually been a lot harder than I ever thought possible. Chalk it up to the BMT version of "Stockholm Syndrome" (where the hostage begins to identify and/or bond with their captor... in BMT it's like our bond with our MTI's, ha!)—but some days I just want to go back. Man, life there was so... simple. There was always a routine. There was always a certain way to do things. There was always something to do, somewhere to go, some rule to follow. Structure. And sure, there was drama... but it was drama that I sat back and had no part of, and I knew that I would be away from it within a matter of weeks.

After coming home, it's been mentally challenging for me to get back to life-as-I-know-it. To become a civilian again. My civilian job—working in the fundraising office of our local non-profit hospital—is great. I'm adjusting back there just fine, and if not better and more on-task than before. It's at home where I'm realizing my struggles. No longer are there 46 other trainees who I live/sleep/shower with—now it's only my poor husband who is feeling the brunt of my post-BMT stress management. Stress management... I think that's the key word there. I haven't found a good outlet for my stress (and in fact, I don't even know why I'm feeling any at all... life is truly easy these days). I've been working out 7-days a week, trying to channel my anxiety into beads of sweat that I can wipe off my forehead without a care—but it just hasn't been that easy.

In fact, I'm actually embarrassed to admit it, but I've just been so sad lately. Maybe it's a slight version of the "post BMT blues"—I was so excited for it to come, and now that it's gone, I feel an empty void there. I think I just picked up a bit of emotional baggage while at BMT and I'm having a hard time letting it go. It's turning me into a "little ball of stress," and I want nothing more than to be that carefree, low-maintenance person again. I know I can get back to that... it's just going to take some time.

I've finally arrived at the point where I want to hang out with people again, where I have started doing my nails and having fun with my makeup, and where I'm beginning to feel like a civilian... finally. While at BMT and even shortly after returning home, I didn't think I had changed at all. Now that a bit of time has elapsed and I can look back over the last several weeks, I can see just how much I changed, and how much more changing I'd like to do.

BMT was an amazing experience. I gained so much and learned so much about myself. I have big, big dreams ahead in my Air National Guard career and can't wait to move forward. I am looking forward to finishing this soul-searching and re-integration, though. Sometimes I wonder how different my mental process had been if I'd have gone straight through to tech school instead of coming home for a 4-month break. I just sort of feel like I'm in a state of limbo, and my mental thought process seems to be reflecting that. I'm promising myself now that I won't let myself experience a second round of this after returning from tech school (hence why I've felt nervous about leaving for it). In fact, I've found so much of a comfort from writing out my struggles in the past, so I'm hoping this journaling of my thoughts will help me move past what's been holding me down—me, myself and I.

In so many letters home, I swore up and down that I would never take my husband, my home or my civilian life for granted again. It's amazing to see how easy it is to forget those promises when you get back in the swing of things. This is my vow to move forward. Right now. To get back up on my feet, brush off the past, and move forward—as a civilian and Airman—ready to conquer whatever challenges lie ahead. After all, wasn't it Dorothy who said, "There's no place like home?" She's right. There's no place like home. It's time to get myself back to it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake, Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho

A few weeks ago, Daniel and I headed up to the Sawtooth Mountains with his family to enjoy a couple days at the lake—and what a relaxing paradise it was! We vacationed at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho and it was the perfectly rustic, secluded, dream-worthy place we had heard all about. The 18-room lodge sits on Redfish Lake, and is completely surrounded by the rocky, jagged peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains. We were there in late June during the work week, so it was right before the big 4th of July holiday, and hardly anyone was there—it felt like we had the place all to ourselves.

We were up at the crack of dawn (well, I was anyways) each morning hiking, running, and exploring the hills. One morning, Daniel and I beat the sun and trekked 10-miles over a beautiful hiking trail that ended at a beaver dam. That trail began just off Redfish Lake Lodge, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for an easy-going, forest hike. While we were there, we also boated, fished, lounged on the beach, and ate our fair share of ice cream—consisting of at least one soft serve cone (if not two) per day.

For meals, we enjoyed breakfast at the lodge's restaurant, dined at the lodge's outdoor gazebo for most lunches, and drove into Stanley each night for dinner. We ate burgers at the Bridge Street Grill, pizza at Papa Brunee's, and a very nice steak dinner at the Stanley Kasino Club. If you visit the Kasino Club, you must try their mud pie. It's out of this world—I get mud pie everywhere I go... I just love it—and this slice was top notch. It was big enough to feed four, but as you can imagine, I ate the entire thing by myself—and savored each bite.

See more photos from our weekend surrounded by the Sawtooths below.

Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho
Sawtooth Mountains in Stanley, Idaho
The beautiful Sawtooths in Stanley, Idaho.
Fishing at Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho
Fishing off our pontoon boat. I was the unlucky one who didn't catch anything but some good sun rays that day.
Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho
The guys, enjoying soft serve under the shade of the lodge's patio.
Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho
Redfish Lake, Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho
Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho
Redfish Lake Lodge General Store in Stanley, Idaho
Redfish Lake Lodge's General Store. There were many, many treats to be found inside.
Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho
Redfish Lake hiking trails in Stanley, Idaho, Fishhook Creek Interpretive Trail
This is Fishhook Creek, which runs right alongside most of the trails surrounding the lodge.
Fishhook Creek Beaver in Stanley, Idaho
We spotted a beaver!
Sawtooth Mountains in Stanley, Idaho
Fishhook Creek Interpretive Trail in Stanley, Idaho

If you're in the Idaho area and looking for a getaway spot that's rustic, romantic, and boasts some of Idaho's most beautiful scenery, be sure to check out Redfish Lake. I can't wait for our next trip back.