Fall Scentsy Haul

One of my strongest memory triggers is my sense of smell, and spicy, woodsy scents always bring back great memories of fall and its festivities. As you can imagine, one of my favorite ways to cozy up my home for fall is with candles and wax warmers! This was my very first time ordering anything from Scentsy, and I love what I bought! 

I picked out the following scents: Juniper Berry, Apple Butter Frosting, Cider Mill, Cedar Cider, and Cozy Fireside. The last three are everything I think of when I think of fall 🍂. Juniper Berry is a very mild Christmas-y scent, and Apple Butter Frosting smells delicious, but it’s a little too food-y smelling for me. Cedar Cider and Cider Mill are similar, but Cedar Cider has the added bonus of smelling like the inside of a cedar chest – which reminds me of my Grandma Joyce, who passed a cedar hope chest down to my mom. Cozy Fireside is warm, woodsy, and makes me feel a teensy bit better about not having a fireplace in this house.

All in all I think these were reasonably affordable ($6 a pop or 6 for $25) and smell really great. My only complaint so far is that the shipping is really expensive! Scentsy, why you gotta do us like that?! It was $10 just to ship these five bars. As much as I love the products, the added cost of shipping is definitely a deterrent for me. Have you ordered from Scentsy before? What are your favorite products? Let me know in the comments below! 


Xx Shelbie

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Review | Best of Becca Blushed Radiance

Happy Fourth of July weekend for those of you in the States! Becca is a hot brand right now thanks to the beauty world’s obsession with all things #glow. I bought this kit in Seattle as a last-ditch effort to use up some of my Ulta points before we left for Japan. I’d been wanting to try Becca products for a while, but I already have a handful of highlighters, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different products from Becca rather than investing in a full-size product! The kit retails for $32.50 at Ulta. //

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The kit comes with four products – Becca’s flagship product, which is their pressed shimmering skin perfector in Opal, backlight priming filter, shimmering skin perfector spotlight wand in Moonstone, and mineral blush in Flowerchild.

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From top to bottom: Opal, Flowerchild, Backlight Priming Filter, Moonstone

I’ll cut to the chase – the pressed shimmering skin perfector was my least favorite! It was the product I was most excited to try, and I just wasn’t that impressed. I thought the texture was a little grainy, and it looked more glittery than glowy on my skin. Opal is also very gold, and I haven’t built up much of a summer tan yet, so the shade itself is a little too dark for my skin tone. This is one of those products that got tons of hype, and the first couple of times I used it I was blinded by the hype and thought it was the greatest highlighter I’d ever tried. Now that the novelty has worn off, I think it’s just an okay product.

The spotlight wand in Moonstone is fabulous. I love using this product with the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion foundation for a 5-minute makeup dewy glow! Moonstone suits my skintone much better than Opal, and the liquid has a much finer texture than the powder.

As you can see, I dropped the blush compact and shattered it a bit 😢 Flowerchild is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer. I don’t think this particular shade is anything special, but I do think it’s a universally-flattering shade, which is probably why it was chosen for the kit. The pigmentation and longevity are great! If I were to buy a full size blush from Becca, I think I’d get Sweet Pea or Lantana.

Finally, the primer. I wasn’t impressed. I liked how it looked on my bare skin in indoor lighting (outdoors it looked obviously shimmery), but once I applied foundation, it basically disappeared. I think this primer would work best for someone who wears sheer coverage foundation and naturally has smooth textured skin – it definitely emphasized my pores. I usually wear medium to full coverage foundation on a daily basis, so this product just isn’t for me!

Overall, I like the items in this kit, and I think it’s a great way to try out a few different products from Becca without splurging on expensive full size products. However, I don’t know that I would repurchase the full size of any of the products, at least in the shades that were in the kit – other than the liquid shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone, which I really liked! Have you used Becca cosmetics before? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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Colourpop Haul!

I have been dying to try some Colourpop products, so when I saw that they were having a birthday sale and that they ship to FPO, I hopped on their website to pick out a few things. I love that Colourpop celebrates all skin tones and embraces color as a cornerstone of their brand. It’s refreshing to see such bright, punchy colors at an affordable price! Aaaand they’re also cruelty free!

First up are these Lippie Stix in Cami (top) + Lumiere (bottom). Cami is a “neutral mauve pink ” and in the Matte X finish, which is highly pigmented and a true matte, while Lumiere is a “dusty mauve pink” in the Matte finish, which is obviously still matte, but creamier – and also still really pigmented. I love both of these! The shades are kind of similar, but not really. They each have their own vibe. Lumiere, born through a collab with Kathleen Lights, shows up darker on me than I expected, but I am honestly really pleased with both of them! They are very comfortable on the lips and I love that the applicator is somewhere between the size of a lipstick and a lipliner – it makes it easy to be precise on the go.

I also got two Ulta Satin Lips, Lyin’ King (top) + Naked Ladies (bottom). Lyin’ King is a “saturated raspberry” and Naked Ladies is a “bright coral red.” I haven’t tried Naked Ladies on my lips yet, but I wore Lyin’ King today and was really impressed. The formula was super pigmented, so I didn’t need to layer the product. I have extremely dry lips and am an anxious lip-picker, so I was worried that the formula would draw attention to that, as many other liquid lipsticks do. *Drumroll please* It didn’t! It was so comfortable on my lips and I didn’t feel or see any obvious dryness. I am very impressed with these and can’t wait to purchase some more shades. I’m looking for the perfect nude-pink, so if anyone has a suggestion, let me know!

Finally, I got my hands on some Super Shock Shadows. Trois (top) is part of the Jenn Ne Sais Quoi collab with Jenn Im, Birthday Boy (right) was the free gift for Colourpop’s 2nd birthday, and Beverly (bottom) is from the Kaepop collab with Karrueche Tran. These have the craziest texture! They’re bouncy and creamy, but feel like a powder once they’re on your skin. Birthday Boy and Trois are very pigmented, though I had to swipe Beverly a few times to build it up. I had been eyeing some rich, fall shades of eyeshadows (because fall is clearly the best season) and these are exactly what I was looking for!

I am honestly super impressed with everything that I ordered! I highly recommend trying out this brand, which is also known for its Ultra Matte Lips (which I didn’t try because my lips are probably waaaay too dry for them!). Everything is very affordable, and shipping was free over $30! I purchased everything pictured for $32 and shipping was really fast. The quality and pigmentation has me hooked ass well! What are your favorite Colourpop products?! Let me know in the comments below!

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Fresh Look for 2016

Hi lovelies!

You may notice a different setup on WisconsinWhimsy, and that’s because I have finally gotten around to reorganizing, updating, and designing new elements! I’ve been working on this for quite some time and am proud of the results. Hopefully this new theme + logo better represent WisconsinWhimsy as a whole and make it easier for you all to navigate the site.

Let me know what you think of the makeover and happy hump day!

xx Shelbie

have you ever?

looked in the mirror and thought, wow i’m really ugly this morning. my skin is too red, my teeth are too yellow, my tummy is too fat? have you ever gotten into the shower and wished your existence would just wash down the drain? have you ever thought, if only i’d made a different decision, if only i’d done this instead, if only i’d never said that? have you ever wondered, am i the only one that feels this way? do other people have these thoughts?

we tell people “you wouldn’t understand” and “you would have to go through what i went through”

but we don’t know what they’ve been through and they don’t know what we’ve been through, so all we do is build up fortresses around our hearts and cages around our minds. we belittle others’ struggles in an attempt to protect ourselves from our own. we separate ourselves from the very people who can understand the way our minds tick.

tick, tick, tick.

time seems to pass so fast and so paradoxically slow. we wake up and go to our jobs and wish the time would go by quickly. we wish it would waste away until we could be free. but are we free, after we punch the clock? free from bills, from that stubborn stain on your favorite shirt, from the dishes in the sink, from the efforts we owe to the people we love?

it’s exhausting, being alive. so many things to do in so few hours and so few days. so little money, for so many adventures. so many people to please, and to help, and to learn from. sometimes i put too much energy into loving other people that i forget to save some love for myself. but then i have to remind myself that love is not finite, and to define it as such would be an injustice. there is enough love in my soul for all people, for all things, for all places, and for myself. but it’s hard to prioritize that, and i still make mistakes. sometimes i hurt people and i feel riddled with guilt. but my guilt can’t un-say words, and it can’t un-raise my voice. so i have to ask for forgiveness from the people i hurt and try to forgive myself.

i want to leave a piece of my heart in so many places. i want to say beautiful things and see beautiful places with unfiltered eyes. i want to learn things, not just math problems and historical dates. i want to learn to find peace in my most broken, painful moments. i want to learn to embrace people without projecting my own insecurities onto them. i want to learn to be gracious, and humble, and gentle.

i want to be able to say, have you ever? instead of, you wouldn’t understand.

What Underemployment Has Taught Me on My Journey to Become a Young Professional

After four years of sleepless nights, test anxiety, mental breakdowns in the library, and a brain fresh full of knowledge, most of us want to get a “big girl” or “big boy” job. Unfortunately, that’s rarely an easy process. And as I find myself in the undesirable position of a December graduate, I’ve been reflecting on my personal struggle with underemployment. Here’s what I’ve learned about having aspirations bigger than your current employment status:

1. Networking is awkward.

It’s hard to put yourself out there – especially at career fairs, where you’re just supposed to wander around, walk up to random people, introduce yourself, and then shamelessly grab a free pen. Even for a people person like myself, it’s intimidating to speak to a professional you want to impress. At a career fair on campus last year, I was looking around at a booth, and the company representative reached out his hand to introduce himself to me. I looked up and impulsively said, “Hey, you’re getting married to a girl I went to high school with!” Oh, no you didn’t. Oh yes, unfortunately, I did. This poor guy I’d never seen or met in my life and recognized only from Facebook photos stared at me, laughed, and played it off like it wasn’t medium-level stalkerish. (PS – it was my friend Ashley’s now-husband. Check out her blog while you cringe at my awkward life) Not my shining moment, but you get my point. Networking can be uncomfortable and intimidating, but don’t let that keep you from taking advantage of the opportunity to interact with potential employers and references.

2. You might be overqualified, but that doesn’t mean the work is beneath you.

 Once upon a time, I worked at McDonald’s. I didn’t have a car, so I walked a mile to work in my non-slip shoes, visor in hand, and dignity in the toilet. This once upon a time was my sophomore year of college. I was hard up for money and had been applying for jobs for months, but without transportation, I wasn’t able to pursue any of the opportunities I came across. I go to school in a small college town, and 99.999% of jobs are either waitressing or fast food service. I’m an intelligent person with ideas, ambition, and education…skills surely beyond that of wiping ketchup out of a Playland slide and saying, “Please pull up to the second window.” I was embarrassed. I saw people I knew all the time – friends, classmates, even professors. People called me incompetent, made demeaning jokes, and generally eye-judged me to the point where I once cried in the bathroom on my break. It’s tough to feel small and stuck at a job when you know you have the potential to do more, but that humbling experience has made me realize that I’m not “above” any kind of work. I learned valuable lessons from the people I worked with, and gained a better understanding of the people in America who are struggling to make ends meet – whether they’re the ones flipping burgers on the grill or scrambling to buy a $5 dinner for their family.

3. Keep an open mind.

As stated above, I was able to learn something from my coworkers at McDonald’s. Would you have expected that? I learned about work ethic – some of the ladies I worked with busted their butts full time on 3rd shift in addition to their daytime jobs just to help give their kids an opportunity to go to college. I worked at a grocery store for several years as a cashier and bagger. Patience is a virtue I was not born with, but also a required skill for working in customer service. 5 years of ringing up groceries and explaining coupon policies has increased my degree of patience for life. I live my life with the mindset that I can learn at least one thing from every person I encounter. That open mindedness has allowed me to develop not only professionally, but personally as well.

4. A positive attitude makes crappy work less crappy.

I think everyone has struggled with their attitude towards work, for the simple fact that it’s work. Most of us would always rather be doing something else – spending time with family, exploring new hobbies, eating, sleeping, sometimes even just sitting in a chair staring at a blank wall seems more interesting than the work we need to get done. I think a positive attitude is of utmost importance among the involuntarily underemployed, because if you’re underemployed, it means that you’re qualified to do something “better” than what you’re doing. And what’s so positive about doing crappy work, when Joe Schmoe who tried to copy answers off your test in macroeconomics two years ago is living the high life at a fancy corporate internship? Well, for starters, at least you’re not unemployed. The rest is mind control: for the most part, our attitudes are based on choice, and therefore we can choose each day to be positive despite the glaring negatives we may be facing. And besides, as a customer, do you react better to a friendly, upbeat employee, or someone like Bon Qui Qui? (If you say Bon Qui Qui you’re lying) Everyone knows that happy customers make work easier.

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5. Benchmark your success, but don’t get caught up in how you compare to others.

Unless Joe Schmoe from macroeconomics is paying your bills, his fancy corporate internship has no effect on your life. Comparing ourselves to others does help us set goals, but remember that if you compete with yourself, you can’t lose. Set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-sensitive) goals based on your current or past accomplishments. The saying, “don’t compare your bloopers to someone else’s highlight reel,” while cheesy, is true. Someone I worked with and shadowed at my last internship told me that one day he’d be working for me. Knowing that someone was able to recognize that kind of potential in me as an intern has been a huge motivation for me. Is my goal in life to become his boss? No! But I’ve started to compare where I’m at now to where I was at then and make positive strides towards at least becoming someone’s boss someday. Try to keep things in perspective and remember that success is relative – you don’t have to define your own success by the perceived success of your peers.

6. Don’t give up on your dreams because they seem unattainable.

I’m sure all CEOs found it hard to imagine their current careers while they were serving up french fries at McDonald’s, but they didn’t give up. (Not everyone’s goal is to be a CEO, but you get my point.) It can be difficult to see the big picture when the small picture you’re looking at isn’t what you want to see. Keep in mind that opportunities often come out of unexpected places. I’ve had people slide me a business card while I scanned their groceries because I was able to make a professional impression despite the fact that their soon-to-be dinner was leaking chicken juice onto my shoe. Everybody starts somewhere.

What have you learned on your journey to satisfying employment?

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Believe

A couple Sundays ago, I went to church alone. As much as I love the experience and fellowship of going to church with my friends, I also love going to church solo. I’m free from distraction and able to really focus on the message. This particular Sunday was  the Second Sunday of Easter, and per usual, the message was the Gospel of John 20:19-31.

In summary, Jesus had been resurrected and 11 of the 12 disciples saw him and rejoiced in his presence. The twelfth disciple, Thomas, was not present when Jesus came to see the other disciples, and when he heard the news, Thomas demanded that he see and feel the wounds in Jesus’ hands and side before believing that Jesus had really been resurrected. Although there are many important lessons and points of discussion in this passage, I’ll be focusing on John 20:29 (ESV),which says:

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

It is 2015. It is the Age of Information and we have the world at our fingertips.Google has billions of answers, just two seconds away. We fact check everything. We are suspicious of homeless people on the streets, of our government, of our neighbors, of our policemen, our friends, our children, our news stations…and we’re skeptical of God, too.

Let me write this disclaimer right here in nice pretty bold letters: This post is not meant to convince you that you are right or wrong for believing or not believing in God. Even as a Christian, I am a firm believer that everyone has the right and ability to make decisions for themselves and I respect those decisions. Also, this post uses generalizations. It does not apply to every single person in the world.

Moving on. I am guilty of the skepticism. I’m probably the biggest skeptic out there. My mom calls me her “little researcher” because I’ve been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning researching trivial things that come up throughout the day as well as heavily researching every little (and big) purchase I make. If I’m having a casual conversation with someone and they say something that even remotely catches my interest as unfamiliar, grandiose, or simply too good to be true, you can bet that I’ll be on my phone scouring the internet for the truth once they walk away. I’m self-admitted a control freak. I love to know, and I love to be correct.

There are a lot of times – and I really mean a lot of times – that I have found myself questioning my faith. *gasp* Yes, I question my faith. All the time. “Why does God allow suffering?” “Is the Bible really inerrant? Because it was written by people, not God, and people make mistakes all the time.” “If God loves everyone and Jesus died for everyone’s sin, why do I see my brothers and sisters in Christ judging the sin around them?” “If God is so awesome, why does he need us to praise him all the time?” I am a wanna-be know-it-all to a fault, and not having all the answers regularly challenges my faith.

I have a criticism of the Christian community, and it’s that too often we shut out people with questions. We write them off. We tell them God has the answers. We call them non-believers, sinners (newsflash, we are too!), and more. We get frustrated. And why? Because we don’t know. We don’t have the answers. And why can’t we just say that? Why can’t we be honest? Why do we feel the audacity to tell people what God wants and what God needs when we. do. not. know. what He really wants because we’re not Him?!

Christians believe what we believe for a whole host of different reasons, but at the end of the day it’s a belief. And maybe it’s a fault that I think that way – some will jump on this post to let me know it’s “not just a belief” and yes, to some degree that is correct, but at its most simplest, purest form, it is a belief. And I’d rather be honest and tell my friends that, you know what, yeah I really do believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and was resurrected, and yeah, you know what, it does sound pretty darn crazy and I can’t tell you that I know for 100% fact that it happened, but I believe it anyway. But for some reason that’s looked down upon. Christians are scared of that. We are scared of the fact that it might not be true.

I saw a quote that said,

Faith begins where human power ends.

And I find it relevant. It is not within human power to rise from the grave. And that’s where my faith begins. I believe in what I have not seen, and I can’t tell you exactly why. I can tell you that sometimes I doubt and that I often have internal struggles with what I find to be injustices, inconsistencies, and unrealistic. And yet I believe. Some days I’m Thomas. Some days I’m not. I am not perfect. In fact, I am inherently flawed in the most beautiful way.

What I’ve learned is that sometimes, having a Thomas kind of day can actually really strengthen your faith and give you a renewed perspective. We frown on poor Thomas and his doubting ways, but we are all Thomas at times. And even though we have not seen Christ Jesus or the face of God, we still believe. I have faith in an unfailing love and redemption. I also have doubts, even after immeasurable prayers, weeks of Bible camp, and church sermons galore. And rather than lying to myself, feeling ashamed, and suppressing those doubts, I turn them into opportunities to explore my relationship with Christ. I struggle with not having all the answers, but to this day, I have yet to find myself a non-believer. Every day I learn something new about my faith, and oftentimes, those lessons come from my doubts. So I challenge you to challenge yourself. Challenge your faith and what you think you know. You might learn something new.

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.