Best in Beauty 2014

by agirlandhermutt on January 23, 2015

Happy Friday Friends! If you have been reading for a bit then you know that I LOVE all things make-up, fashion and hair. That doesn’t mean that I’m a pro at any of these, but I do enjoy pretending to be! In past years I have talked about monthly favorites or items I was into throughout the year, but this past year I kind of dropped the ball. So we are doing a whole big ol’ round-up of my tried-and-true products! Warning: This is going to get a bit long! Enjoy!




It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
Color: Light-Medium
This powder foundation is perfect for someone who wants full coverage, but hates the feeling of traditional liquid foundation. I used this foundation all summer and winter long. It goes on perfectly and lasts all day! Even the super sweaty days.

IT Cosmetics Buffing Foundation Brush
This sucker came as part of a little kit that I got off QVC when I ordered my foundation. When applying the IT Cosmetics foundation with this brush I got that airbrushed looked that can be really hard to achieve with powder foundations. It is jam packed with synthetic hairs that don’t shed. A must for any brush.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Color: Luminous Light
After watching about a bajillion bridal make-up tutorials, I was convinced to give this finishing powder/highlighter a try. Yep. It is just as fantastic as people said. It gives my face a light glow (now sweaty looking) that makes me look sun kissed. It isn’t sparkly or shiny, but truly a glow. Perfect for those of us who have grown out of the glitter make-up stage. This stuff ain’t cheap, but it also doesn’t take much so it will last forever!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush
Color: Prim (or any color)
I debated putting this one in because my favorite color doesn’t seem to be a part of the regular Tarte blush rotation. I got the color Prim in the Chic to Cheek collection over the holidays and fell in love. But honestly? All of the Amazonian Clay blushes are fantastic. They last all day long, have a ton of pigment and have a fantastic texture. Is it weird to like a blush texture? I just mean that it goes on really smoothly without having any patchy spots. Which happens with other blushes and that can get weird.

Makeup Geek Rounded Blush Brush
If you haven’t watched Marlena, the woman behind Makeup Geek, on YouTube then go do that and come back later. She has great tutorials and her make-up line is fantastic. What I’m most in love with though are her brushes. This rounded blush brush is PERFECT for applying bronzer. It lets me be a bit more precise in my application and doesn’t get all muddled on my face. These bad boys are always sold out so stay on top of the website to grab one the minute they are restocked.

It Cosmetics Brow Powder Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Color: Universal Taupe
This brow pencil takes some getting used to, but once you do…magic. The universal concept is simple. Press lightly for light color and press harder for darker color. No lie. It works! I alternated between dark and lighter brows throughout the year. When I’m doing a no make-up look, I go lighter. When I’m dressed up, those bad boys are DARK. Bonus, this stuff looks really natural.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
Color: Milk
This eye shadow/liner pencil doesn’t crease. Ever. Which makes it perfect for a primer of sorts. When I want my darker shadows to stand out, I first apply a layer of this pencil, rub it in with my finger and then apply my regular eyeshadows. Suddenly the colors just POP.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
This is a relatively new favorite, but deserves some attention. I’m a sucker for advertisements and this mascara had Katy Perry in it. Yessss. BUT! This is actually a really nice mascara! It provides a really natural look where the lashes are longer and fuller, but not over the top. A perfect every day mascara for sure. And take it from this small eyed gal, it doesn’t smudge!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics
I’m obsessed with the Naked line from Urban Decay, but the first basics palette just didn’t wow me. When the Naked2 Basics line came out I was surprised to see that there was a bigger range of shades. This ended up being my go-to and travel eye shadow palette. They are all matte and just look great with anything.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Color: Brightner
I don’t have a huge under eye circle problem, but I do really like that whole Kim Kardashian bright eyed look. This concealer is perfect for getting the bright look without being heavy and settling into my fine lines. Plus, it is CHEAP!


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm
Color: Pudgy Peony & Whole Lotta Honey
These little chubby sticks are so cute and perfect for my lips. The sticks have a sheer quality to them, but with still plenty of color. They also live up to their moisturizing name. Don’t you hate when moisturizers dry you out?! Not the case here.

NYX Wonder Pencil
Color: Light
Ok, this is my lip secret. I use this as my lip liner. My lips + this pencil= BOOM. Big ol’ lips.

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain
Color: Je Ne Sais Quoi
My lips but better. Gorgeous sheer color that just seems to bring out my natural color. Plus, it stays put all day long for me! Be careful with this lipstick in the heat though. It is a softer lipstick and will become a big ol’ puddle in your bag if you let it get hot.



Sexy Hair Healthy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray
I don’t typically use hairspray. I’m blessed with good hair that just holds curl and styles. HOWEVER! There are times when I want to just make sure everything stays in place. This hairspray gives me the hold I need without becoming a helmet head. I also don’t need a professional hair wash the next day to get this stuff out. Seriously. I have had to do that before. It was awful! This spray really does leave your hair touchable but still provides a great hold.

Herbal Essences Sleeker the Butter Shampoo & Conditioner
Mmmm. This shampoo and conditioner smells so good! I should note that I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. At most. So when I condition, I REALLY need to condition my hair. This combo not only smells good, but keeps my hair looking and feeling healthy without feeling weighted down.

NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand Set
First…don’t ever pay full price for a NuMe product. There is ALWAYS a coupon code to be found online. I think I paid about $65 for this set and I really love it! The variety of barrels give me a great option for curls. I tend to stick to the medium sized barrel (25mm) but have used the others too. I wouldn’t say using a curling wand is faster for me than a regular curling iron, but it does provide a much more natural and relaxed curl. Great for when you want curled hair but don’t want to look like you spent an hour getting ready. And use the glove that comes with it! Safety first folks.


Other Goodies

OPI Nail Polish
Color: My Vampire is Buff & My Favorite Ornament

I’m obsessed with gel manicures and this combo was my favorite for the whole year. Simple. Elegant. Gorgeous!

Ponds Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Never ever ever ever go to sleep with your make-up on! A quick swipe with one of these wipes and your make-up will be gone. It takes off the most stubborn eyeliner and mascara with ease.

The Body Shop Body Butter
Smells: Almond, Coconut, Vineyard Peach, Strawberry, Honeymania
I’ve mentioned these body butters before and I still adore them. They are super moisturizing without being sticky and I just love them.

The Body Shop Body Mist
Smells: Coconut, Almond
If we ever hang out in the summer, I will smell like coconut. If we hang out in the fall or winter, I will smell like Almond. Light, delicious and long lasting. These body mists are perfect for those people that want to smell good but don’t really care for the traditional perfume smell.

Eyelash Extensions
Sigh. I *wish* I had the time and money to keep these up year round! The price is totally reasonable for the amount of work they do, but every time I went I thought about other things I could be doing with that money. I would totally do it again for an event, big trip, etc. They were perfect for my wedding! Locals, I got mine done by Lash L’Amour in Newton. Total pros.


So there you have it! My top beauty faves for 2014! I’ll be posting in a few weeks about my wedding make-up and hair where you will see a few of these favorites appear again. I also plan on doing a bit of a Not So Hot products post. Hopefully I can save you a few bucks with that one.

See you soon and have a great weekend!

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2015 Goals

by agirlandhermutt on January 20, 2015

Hey hey hey! Just like everyone else and their mother, I did not do any resolutions for the year. Instead I did “goals”. Which are really resolutions. ;)

Seriously, these are just a few guidelines on how I want to live my life. I sat down and thought about how I wanted 2015 to be different from 2014. What did I like? What could I do without?

And this is what I came up with.

Keeping my word of the year in mind (“POSITIVE” for those of you who haven’t read my last blog) and utilizing a few goal setting helpers I found on Pinterest, I’ve broken everything down into a few categories.


Over the course of the year, I’ll focus more on the health goals on this blog since that is what I share most here. However, I wanted to share some of my other goals in case folks needed a little inspiration in their goal making. Don’t even try to pretend that all of you are on your game and did this January 1st! ;)


-Continue to be consistent and persistent. I want to work hard and push forward. I don’t have any fitness events on the schedule this year because of my knee surgery, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be working hard. Basically, don’t get lazy.

-Prioritize my gym time. I make a schedule each week that includes fun activities and workouts. I need to stick with it and make working out a priority. If I can’t workout after work, find a way to do it before work! Be creative in scheduling so I can make sure that I fit it in. Again, this all boils down to no going out for bottles of wine with the ladies until I do a little sweating.

-Find what “diet” works for me. Many moons ago I wrote about how I didn’t view diet as a four-letter word. I read a great quote recently that I can’t seem to find anywhere again that said, “Diet is what you eat, not what you do”. YESSS. I go back and forth on all types of ways of eating and I’m still trying to find that perfect niche for me. Vegan, raw, low-carb, calorie counting, macros counting, etc. I still am struggling to find the optimal way of eating that makes me feel good (good god, no bloating please!) AND look good.

-Don’t use my knee as an excuse. Surgery is scheduled for 2/20. Booooo. After that it is WORK time with therapy. I want to follow the plan and come back stronger than ever. I also don’t want to use my movement limitations as an excuse to eat like crap and become depressed. I also don’t want to be one of those people that always says, “Oh, I can’t. I have knee problems.”

-Put my pack first. My husband and my dog are my #1. We spend plenty of time together, but I need to remember to prioritize them when times get busy. It is too easy for us to schedule a billion things after work and miss seeing each other for week after week. Korky needs quality attention. Our relationship needs quality attention.

-Minimize! I moved into my husband’s home in April and we have made it ours. However, my crap is still a little overwhelming. This is the year to bite the bullet and get rid of what we don’t need. When I say we, I really mean mostly me. Mostly definitely means ALL ME.

-Plan together! We have all kinds of fun things happening this year. A honeymoon, a wedding celebration, family events, tons of travel and all kinds of events in between. I want to make sure that we are both on the same page (my page!) when it comes to planning trips to meal planning to budgeting.

*I have goals for work, but since I keep the job off the blog I am going to keep the goals off too. I just didn’t want you all to think I was some bum who didn’t care about her career. ;)*

-Redesign! My blog is in some serious need of updating. I have a redesign as one of my 34 while 34 and I definitely need to dedicate some time to it. This blog be a hot mess right now! Yes, I know you can’t see comments. Whomp whomp.

-Actually blog. You know…do what the purpose of this space on the internet is for. I let my blogging slide this past year and I missed it. Ready for the big reason on why?! This is so pathetic you guys! I didn’t have a computer at home that was reliable and it wasn’t a priority for me to get one. If you know what I do in real life, then you can see why this is super ironic and also super stupid. Fear not. I have a computer now!

-Commit to telling my story here. I’ve gone back and forth on what the purpose of my blog is, but it has ALWAYS been about whatever I am truly interested in at that point in time. Right now, it is all about me! I want to share my weightloss/get fit story and all the fun (and if we are honest, not so fun) bits that go while I’m trying to do that. Plus, a few really great photos of Korky always make me happy.


So there you have it! AGAHM’s 2015 Goals!

Did you do any resolutions or goals? If so, what is your biggest one for 2015?!


NYE & Word of the Year

January 13, 2015

Oh hey there! Did you think I forgot you? Yes, we are almost halfway through January, but I’m still in January 1st mode! So lets chat about the New Year. First, I spent NYE with my husband at a really fun party in a local brewery, Aeronaut. The party was the perfect mix of food, […]

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