Apr 18, 2013

New YouTube Channel!

This is just a quick post to let you all know that I now have a vlog channel on YouTube. I don't have any videos on it yet, but I've got a few ideas! Please give a warm welcome to... HillarieVlogs!

I will be uploading non-beauty related tags to my channel as well as lifestyle, follow me around, and Q & A vlogs. And of course I'll try to make some more videos for my main channel.

Apr 15, 2013

Get to Know Me: The Beauty Blogger Tag!

Although I have a few weeks left of school and should really be working on my class video project or any of my three papers, I decided to take a little break for the sake of my sanity. So here I am with a blog post. I haven't filled out a tag in a long time and I saw that emilynoel83 aka Emily (BeautyBroadcast) posted this tag earlier today and I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know me (in terms of the beauty community) in a nutshell.

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally straight, but it has its own random waves when I let it dry naturally. I have trouble curling my hair without certain products.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I haven't dyed my hair in about a year, but I have only ever dyed it myself. I want to dye my hair dark red this summer, but I don't know if I am brave enough to try it.

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I usually am too lazy to do anything with my hair because it is long and I am in college, so I have to prioritize whether or not it is worth my time to style my hair and usually it isn't. Eventually I will practice doing different things with my hair.

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I have gone to a salon a few times for a mani/pedi, but honestly it wasn't worth my time or money. My nails are strong, so I never get fake nails. I can also make my own "treatments" (like a brown sugar scrub for my feet) and do everything on my own.

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
Realistically, once per week. When I am busy I don't really paint my nails.

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I still polish my toes in the winter, but I don't change the color as often.

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
It can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. For class it usually takes 10 minutes, but on the weekends I take more time.

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I always do my face first. I'm not sure why (because I have never really thought about it), but it's just how I've always done it.

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I do collect makeup, but not to the extent that I used to. I am trying to work my collection down to a manageable level so I have a variety of products, but I am not overwhelmed with options.

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I have never worn false eyelashes, actually!

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Nope! I used to, but since I am in the more stressful stretch of my semester, I have to prioritize.

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
I do sometimes. It's good to practice different techniques, especially since I'm not actually so great at applying makeup to begin with.

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Two years ago my answer would have been: "Never, no way, will not happen." and now my answer is: "Sure, why not?" - I love makeup, but if I don't have time to put it on, then I don't.

14. How many high-end products do you have?
I have a fair few. I haven't gone through and counted how many I have, but I have more than I did when I first came across the beauty community (2008). I think it is important that I know what I am willing to splurge on, and for me that is certain face and eye products.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
I plan my outfit every night because I don't want to wake my roommate up in the morning. When I am at home it depends on what I am doing the next day.

16. How often do you change your handbag?
It depends on my needs. I try to change by season or depending on what I am wearing. I don't really splurge on bags, though.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I wake up around 8 and go to bed around midnight. That sounds so bad, but my earliest class is at 9:30, so I like to sleep in as late as I possibly can.

18. How often or when do you workout?
I do a little bit here and there every couple of days, but I'd like to get a routine going where I do cardio 3-4 times per week and then find something else to do on the other days.

19. Left handed or right handed?

20. How tall are you?
I am somewhere between 5'3 and 5'4, so I'll go with 5'4 ;)

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I can speak a little bit of Spanish, but I'm nowhere near fluent.

22. How many pets do you have?
My parents have two dogs and two cats, but I claim one of the cats as my own when I am at home.

23. How often are you on Blogger?
I read posts every couple of days and I don't post nearly as often as I wish I could!

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I do read comments posted on other blogs and I definitely read all of the comments I receive.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I've got a list of things I want to try, but I'm trying to wait until I finish products up before I buy anything I don't need... this way I won't break any of the project minimize rules.

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
Once upon a time I thought I was a clever girl. And I thought Blushing Antics was clever. To be honest I can't think of a better name for my blog, but I wish I could have thought of something a little more clever and definitely something shorter.

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I use a Canon PowerShot for my photographs. Before I got my Canon, I used my iPhone for pictures

28. How often do you clean your house?
I clean in sections, so when I am at home I'm always cleaning something, but I couldn't do it all at once

29. What's your favorite color?

30. Do you swear?
Actually, no. I have before, but I just think I can get my point across without using swear words.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Filming for my video project and writing a little bit for each of the papers I've been assigned.

Let me know if you answer the questions to this tag on your blog because I'd love to read what you have to say!

Apr 11, 2013

Video: Beauty Things I Suck At!

Be sure to comment, rate and subscribe if you enjoyed my video! And perhaps tell your friends ;)

Apr 8, 2013

March 2013 Empties!

I hardly finished anything during March. It's a little disappointing, but I knew that at some point I would begin to finish fewer and fewer small items and then I'd have to tackle the full-sized products. My classes have also been rather busy so I didn't notice until I sat down to write this post that I don't actually have the bottles from the products I've finished here, so I'm going based on memory. This post might be funny or it might be awful.

Not Pictured/Actually Emptied:
J.R. Liggett's Shampoo Bar: I reviewed this a while ago and I finished it during spring break. I have other shampoo bars I want to try eventually, so I won't be repurchasing immediately.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap: this was the last of my little 1 ounce bottles. I finished Baby Mild and Tea Tree. I might repurchase eventually, but as I said in my "Guilty Pleasure Products" post, I started using Dial soap when these ran out and it doesn't actually dry my skin out, so I might stick with that for a while since it is so inexpensive.

Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap: I had a few of these lying around for a long time, but the one I know I finished is the original formula.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder: I hit pan on this, but I didn't finish it. I noticed it was making my skin shiny within two hours, even when I wore it alone. The color was also orange on my skin. I don't know how this affected any breakouts (if it did at all), but it certainly did not help my skin. I also don't know why it stopped working for me because I liked it at first.

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup: the color just didn't work for me.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow: the color was too dark. Too Faced released a lighter shade that I've swatched before (and turned out to be a lovely match), but I don't love the formula of the Too Faced BB cream as much as I liked the Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer's formula.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation: I received this in a swap on Makeup Alley and used it once. I didn't like it for my skin. Everything just seemed wrong for me - the color, the texture, etc. Basically now I have my Tarte tinted moisturizer and my Shiseido liquid foundation. Once I am closer to finish those, I want to try something different.

I think that is everything! I hope that by the end of the school year I will have a more impressive list of empties. I think my dad and I are going to build a vanity I designed as a birthday present to myself (June 4! I'll be 21, which is crazy to think). Once my vanity is built, I will have an updated makeup collection. I haven't added anything that isn't on my Project Empties page, so I have been keeping track of that. I just haven't kept track of everything I no longer have.

What did you finish in March?