My Knitted Sock and This Election Have A Lot in Common

My Knitted Sock and This Election Are A Lot Alike // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hear me out.

I’m not happy about the election results. Not at all.

I’m scared for the groups of people in our country that could face danger if the policies this man promotes become reality. I’m scared that a man who wants to control a body that is not his, and people with preferences that are different than his own, is going to be his #2. I’m scared that friends of mine could see progress that they’ve fought so long for ripped away just when they were beginning to feel like things were changing. I’m scared that a state that just lost 49 of their own citizens due to gun violence and hate just voted to have the men who promote it lead our entire country. I’m just really scared.

So I started knitting. Again. And I took a sock I was working on to a friend’s house to watch the election results. We were so excited. We wore Hillary shirts, I baked cookies, and we ordered bottles of champagne. We kept one unopened to pop when we made history. We couldn’t wait to hear the glass shatter.

And I was still working on the sock when Trump’s lead grew. I stopped anxiously fidgeting and checking my phone and put my nervous energy into my hands instead. But I could no longer ignore the nag of doubt at the back of my mind that the idea that I had made fun of for years could really happen tonight. The bottle of champagne in the fridge might remain unopened.

As the sock pattern was a stitch I was familiar with, I stopped paying close attention. I repeated it in my head in a panic as Trump took Ohio, and my heart sank. Knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl… How many electoral votes does Iowa have? Knit, purl, knit. Have they called Virginia? Knit, purl, knit, purl.

By the time I noticed the mistake I had made, it was too late. I was too numb to rip it out and fix the problem.  Several rows were wrong, leaving a noticeable mistake in the design. It didn’t matter anyway; these socks were forever ruined by the memory of this night.

During my lunch break on Wednesday I took the sock to a coffee shop near my office. I worked on it for awhile. The row that I had messed up seemed to draw so much attention the night before, but after a few more rows were added, it blended in. Adding more around it made the problem start to fade away.

Knitting is a continuous loop. A singular stitch depends on the stitch that comes after it to help decide it’s shape. One stitch cannot exist without the others around it. A finished product is the result of hundreds of thousands of stitches. A final product may have visible mistakes but you can move past them. Those bad parts are visible because you can’t deny they happened, but it doesn’t have to ruin all the work you’ve done around it.

Our country is a continuous loop. We rely on another in ways we wish we didn’t have to. We don’t always agree, and the people around us may not always shape us the way we would like. But that doesn’t mean everything is ruined. This election and the decisions that are made because of it will forever be in our history and will shape our future. But time can make it okay again. Today, tomorrow, next year and even longer after that, we will deal with this. And it won’t always be pretty, and it won’t always feel good. But we will get through it.

So today I am taking comfort in my sock amidst this frustrating and terrifying reality. This may not be part of the pattern we chose. To a lot of us the state of our nation looks truly awful, but that doesn’t mean it will always be like this. This is a mistake in the execution of our pattern. We adjust and we get back on track. Time will soften the issue, just like more time will help my sock.

We just have to get back to our pattern.

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50 Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice

Out of all the fall flavors, Pumpkin Spice is far too overrated. Here's a list of 50 other ideas... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

It’s Autumn. The best season of the entire year, and the best potential for delicious fall flavors to indulge in while you can cover up your foodie sins with endless layers of puffy clothing. And yet, this is the season that we celebrate the worst flavor known to mankind:

Pumpkin Spice.

In an entire world of culinary treats… how is this the damn fall flavor that consumes us from September-December? Literally thousands of flavors, and hundreds of which could easily compliment the background of a crisp fall breeze and leaves crunching underfoot… and we decide that friggin’ Pumpkin Spice is going to the the theme of the best season known to man?

I don’t think so.

And I’m not just saying this because I hate Pumpkin Spice almost as much as I hate Cheeto Jesus, but because in a world of endless tastes we are set to suffer with this one flavor profile to rule over the other delicious flavor profiles? Nah bro.

In the interest of spreading the good word of oh, I don’t know, any other flavor ever, I thought I’d share my top 50 other flavors that are better than Pumpkin Spice (in no particular order).

50 Fall Flavors Better Than Pumpkin Spice

  1. Chocolate
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Chocolate AND Peanut Butter
  4. Mint
  5. Butterscotch
  6. Stale Chocolate
  7. S’mores
  8. Toffee Nut
  9. Apple
  10. Cinnamon
  11. Day-old apple cinnamon
  12. Caramel Apple
  13. Cranberry
  14. Orange
  15. Orange Spice
  16. Toasted Marshmallow– not to be confused with S’more, as this one contains NO chocolate
  17. White Chocolate
  18. Maple
  19. Salted Caramel
  20. Bad apple flavoring that really tastes like what a bad candle smells like, kind of waxy and sour
  21. A gym sock, probably
  22. Nutmeg
  23. Apple Pie
  24. Peach Pie
  25. Blueberry Pie
  26. Literally any kind of pie, like any pie at all, including spinach
  27. Caramel Corn
  28. Candy Corn (AKA literally the shittiest candy known to man)
  29. Turkey & Gravy
  30. Mashed Potato
  31. Green Bean Casserole
  32. Canned Cranberry Sauce
  33. Pink Gelatin Mold Your Grandma Makes But Nobody Eats
  34. Raspberry
  35. Toffee (minus the nut)
  36. Amaretto
  37. Wet Dog Smell
  38. Leftover Chinese Food
  39. Cat Treats
  40. Water
  41. Mint Chocolate Chip
  42. Cloves (or whatever that Christmas-smelly spice is)
  43. Apple Pie Spice
  44. Dirty Diaper
  45. Dollar Store Lip Gloss You Didn’t Mean to Eat But It Accidentally Got In Your Mouth And Now You’re Full of So Much Regret
  46. Cinnamon Toothpaste
  47. A day-old Skittle you found a the bottom of your purse
  48. Coconut
  49. Drinking Orange Juice After Brushing Your Teeth Taste
  50. Vanilla

And I could go on, but you get the picture. F*ck Pumpkin Spice.

 

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Lorac Mega PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Mama got a new baby. And her name is the Lorac Mega PRO 3. And I have swatches. You are welcome.

This palette is part of the Holiday 2016 collection and is a limited edition Ulta Exclusive. It’s the mega version of the regular sized Lorac Pro palette from that year– so this one is based off the Lorac PRO 3. It goes on sale 10/2, but I snagged one early.

A little history: In early 2015 I saw swatches of the original Lorac Mega PRO palette. But holiday time had passed and they weren’t selling them anymore. Bummer but whatever. I moved on. Fast forward to the holidays of 2015 when the Mega PRO 2 came out, but I didn’t have any money. I lusted hard and even got Kimberly from Life of Kimberly (perviously of Blogs for Days) to do a guest post using the palette for an eye look. But yet again, I missed out on getting it.

So last weekend when I got a cute little email to my inbox saying the Lorac Mega PRO 3 was going on special 1-day pre-sale for Ulta Platinum members, I cashed in my Ulta points that I had been saving and snatched it up faster than you could say “PayPal One-Touch.”

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Um, are you hearing the angels sing the “Hallelujah” chorus right now, or is it just me? Because they are singing and they all have gorgeous eyeshadow.

My new child This palette comes with 32 total shades: 16 matte on the first two rows and 16 shimmers on the bottom two rows.  It follows the trend of being mostly rose-gold toned, but has a few blues and purples mixed in, which is awesome. It is similar to the cool nude shades of the regular Lorac Pro 3 but has even more warm nude shades, which helps make the palette very wearable. I can easily see doing neutral looks and more dramatic looks with this one, which is great.

As far as formula, this gal is so creamy and beautiful with a super soft texture. The shades can be kind of powdery though and when grabbing product with a brush, it did kick up a lot of product onto the packaging– which I will discuss later.  Some colors are more pigmented than others but they are all incredibly buildable. Even the purple shades “Dusty Mauve” and “Eggplant” that didn’t swatch so well were very easy to work with and looked beautiful when I used them this morning.  I would recommend using a base or primer with these though so they have something to stick to.

Matte Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.Shimmer Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.
Unfortunately the beautiful shimmer does not show on my pictures, but trust me, they pack a punch. Some come off straight metallic– like Rose Quartz, Pink Bronze, and Cider– while others offer more of a sheen, like Snow, Bellini, and Pomegranate. I have not tried them wet yet, but I am assuming they would be gorgeous and almost foiled if you used them with some MAC Fix+ or primer water. I’m already thinking ahead to a wedding that I am in in September of 2017 that has a navy theme and how gorrrgeous Rose Quartz would look as an eye look. *heart eyes emoji*

In addition to the beautiful colors, they also passed the wear test by lasting all day on my eyes. Using the Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base, the colors looked just as vibrant when I got home today as they did when I left. Two thumbs up for that.

My tiny complaint is of course… the packaging. The mirror is giant and bomb AF, but I’m not a fan of the white cardboard packaging. Not only does it feel fragile, but it is already dirty. As so much powder gets kicked up when you use it, it why in the world would you make it white?! And because it’s a cardboard package, it’s harder to clean than had it been made of plastic.  I’m also slightly surprised at how small the pans are with only 0.45oz of product.  My research showed that that’s less than the product in the Mega PRO 1 & 2 from years past, but the $59.00 price tag has remained the same. Now I don’t have the 1 & 2 so I can’t speak to quality differences, but it seems fishy that its pricer but less product.

Depsite the downfall of the packaging, I give this little beauty an 8/10. Gorgeous colors and super creamy formula, but the dirty packaging and tiny pan size is a little bit of a turn-off.  This palette goes on sale on 10/2/2016 at Ulta for $59.00, and I would recommend it, despite it’s few downfalls.

Lorac Lovers or Lorac Virgins– what do you think? Will you be purchasing? Let me know your thoughts!

 

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The Ultimate List of Facebook Groups For Make-Up Addicts

Do you ever feel like nobody in your life understands your love of makeup, and you have nobody to ask questions to, or share in excitement with? Welcome to Facebook Groups... // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

If you’re ever feeling alone in something you like– don’t. Welcome to the world of Facebook Groups.

My beauty product obsession is only an interest I developed in the last few years. And until recently, I was pretty alone in that obsession, especially when I was living at home in Ohio. There are only so many times you can show your cat mom a swatch of a lipstick before she goes to her bedroom and locks the door.

So I turned to Facebook Groups to help curb my addiction for talking about products. To this day these groups are still the reason why I have yet to delete my personal Facebook. It’s not very often that you can get a group of women and men together who will all fan girl over a Sephora shipping notification with you, or help you guess the brand/shade of a lipstick that a celeb is photographed wearing. And all from the comfort of your own home!

Get a new lipstick and you’re feeling yourself? Post it to the group, and share with (literally) thousands of others.  Curious if a product is worth the hype? Ask the group and get answers immediately. I’m serious– there is even a woman who is SO talented at creating these gorgeous, intricate eyeshadow looks that there is currently a campaign going to get her to create a Youtube channel or to study make-up professionally. Outside of Alpha Delta Pi, never have I ever belonged to a group of such supportive people.

Obviously there are bound to be a ton of these groups, but I do have a few favorites.

Make Up Tips Connection

This was the first group I joined. It had a few thousand members when I found it, and now it’s got nearly 20,000. This is the perfect place for product recommendations, to ask questions, gossip over the beauty guru committee (like the Kat Von D & Jeffrey Star Cosmetics feud?! DAMN!), and more. People even post selfies with “How do I look?” or “Make-up looks banging today, just needed to share with people who understand!” and everyone is pretty much always very nice and encouraging. Even if you’re a make-up newbie, this is a great group to join.

ColourPop Fanatics

This group is dedicated purely to ColourPop Cosmetics (as you can tell from the title) so if you’re a ColourPop fan, I highly recommend joining. Not only is it the best place to hear about new releases, see swatches, examples of make-up looks using ColourPop products, etc, but it also has a really great community feel with people thanks to creator of the group hosting giveaways and other games.

Everything Makeup, Hair & More

This one is as large as Make Up Tips Connection, but has a much different feel. People “go live” a lot in this one and just hang out and chat while they do their make-up or hair. And as you can guess from the title, a lot more general beauty topics are discussed instead of just make-up. It’s less informational than the other two, and more of a community-based group.

Makeup Addicts

Though the other groups seem to have a wide variety of genders, this one has a wider variety of ages. It also seems to be a much more international place– with (I THINK, so sorry if I am just an ignorant American and am so wrong) a large proportions of Australians. A lot of the references that are made that I don’t always understand, but everyone is again super supportive. If you’re outside the U.S., I would check this one out. Everyone is really nice and helpful, and is great for reviews.

 

And those are just my favorite beauty Facebook Groups. If you’re looking for a great online forum, just search your interests on Facebook and I guarantee there is a group out there for you. This social media age is great (and a little creepy) for finding people who are interested in the same things you are.

Have any makeup Facebook Groups you love? Let me know. I’m already in six, what’s a few more?!

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ColourPop Lipstick Collection & Reviews

If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I am in the midst of a ColourPop lipstick addiction.

(Hiiiiiiiii Kelsey.)

I know I shouldn’t even bother explaining ColourPop (thanks to the hype from the Kyle Jenner Lip Kits dupe drama— Google that ish if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but in case you don’t know what it is, or are my mother, then here we go.

ColourPop is an online beauty brand that sells crazy affordable make-up that is great quality.  They’re best known for their lip products and their Super Shock Shadows, but they also do highlights, blushes, bronzers, eye liners, brow products, sculpting sticks, and are coming out with new products everyday. (Edit: As of 8/3/2017 they even have CONCEALER!) And for how affordable they are, it’s not hard to get hooked.

In my case, it started out innocently enough. Two liquid lipsticks and an eyeshadow. And then there were three liquid lipsticks. Then there was a 20% off sale and then.. well.. You saw the picture above. I have developed a tiny collection.

And that isn’t even all of them. I have two Ultra Satin lips and a Lippie Stix missing from this that have gone AWOL.

Though ColourPop is known for their Ultra Mattes, I very much prefer the Ultra Satins.

ColourPop's "November" and "StingRAYE" are to die for. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

On the left is November, a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, next to StringRAYE, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (that is a dupe for Jeffree Star’s Androgyny and is being discontinued on August 18th so RUN AND GO GET IT NOW!). The difference in the formula is very apparent. The Ultra Mattes tend to be much dryer and the Ultra Satins have a mousser texture that is much more comfortable to wear.

Some swatches of ColourPop Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

My go-to is Midi, an Ultra Matte, and November, the Ultra Satin.  I also love Alyssa, another Ultra Satin that is slightly more mauve-y. Both are great for everyday wear.

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix are also great. I find myself reaching for these when I’m looking for something I’m not worried about wearing off my lips or looking uneven throughout the day. I highly recommend them for an understated work-appropriate lip color.

A couple ColourPop Lippie Stix, each in a different finish. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Pictured above is Creature, Cami, Frida and Aquarius, all of which have different finishes. Though the Frida, the Satin finish, is my go-to, I do love Aquarius over a pink lip liner, and am dyyyying for fall to hit so I can start wearing Creature.  Cami, the Matte X finish, is a beautiful color, but because it is so matte, I have to prep with an exfoliant and lip balm before I wear it.  I’m hoping Creature, a regular Matte finish, will be more comfortable.An example of each of the finishes of ColourPop Lippie Stix. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Despite my undying love for the ColourPop lipstick, I do have one complaint. The logo on the packaging rubs off quite easily– as you can see in the first picture.

I used to think people that got hung up on packaging were crazy… until now. I am the kind of person that gets excited over packaging. When did that happen?

I get a weird thrill out of seeing each ColourPop lipstick in a row, all nice and neat.  Maybe it’s because I clearly have a thing for the same color family– (they are all DIFFERENT when you put them on the lips! I promise!)– but there is something about seeing all of them lined up, in color order, showing off their pristine ColourPop logos that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m assuming this is how men feel when a fancy car engine revs.

HOWEVER. The liquid branding rubs off SO easily– as you can tell in the picture above. I know I shouldn’t gripe about a $6.00 lipstick, but having the logo rub off so quickly kind of ruins the whole warm-fuzzy-feeling thing. “Midi” took an all day trip in my purse and when I pulled her out to put her away at night, the logo was gone!  Disappointing, as she is one of my favorites.

Aside from that, I’m a happy camper.

If you’ve never tried a ColourPop lipstick, I recommend taking a look around the website. First time customers can get a $5.00 off coupon, which basically means a free lipstick. And who doesn’t want a free lipstick?

Are you a ColourPop junkie as well? Tell me what you have/what I need to get in the future. Or, if you have other lipstick brands I should try, let me know in the comments!

**It wasn’t until the end of this that I realized I was referring to my lippies as “she” but whatever. Dudes can call their cars by the female pronoun, then I can call my make-up “her.”

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