Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 4 - Your parents

My parents.

My parents have been divorced since I was 7 years old. I lived with my mom until I was 21 and I moved to my dad's for a change of scenery, moved back to my moms for about 6 months and then moved into the house I'm in now with my boyfriend.

I don't really see my dad often, we don't go to his side of the family but maybe once a year for a barbecue in the summer but I get to see my mom everyday because I work in the same building with her.

Well that's all I have to say about that for now. Sorry for the boring post!

See ya tomorrow!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 3-Your first love

My first love was a guy I met at work. We met when I was 17 and he was 18, working for the grounds department. It was a really fun time for a while. We would hang out every day at work and after.

It didn't end well...actually, for the last year and a half of the relationship he was completely hurtful towards me. I won't get into details but lets just say I should have gotten out long before it ended.

I'm over it now, and good thing because I wouldn't be as happy as I am now if I had  dwelled on it any longer. It took me a long time to get over the relationship but it was an experience and I won't forget it. Believe it or not, it taught me a lot about myself so I'm grateful for that.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 2 - Meaning behind your blog name...

Okay so my blog was originally called "Beauty in a Boy's World" hence the URL. I had that name because 90% of my coworkers are male and I somehow still got involved with all this makeup and beauty talk. But when I decided to change my blog to a more general one, I changed the name to Always a New Beginning...because I believe in fresh starts and my blog was getting it's own new beginning as well.

I might as well take this opportunity to explain my YouTube user name as well. EP3074 was the name I didn't want to be remembered by but I was so excited to make my first video that I uploaded it before making a new account. I really really wish YouTube would let you change names but they don't. They should work on that. You can change names anywhere else, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook. I don't understand. You can only get a new user name if you open a new account. I got this name from work, actually. It's my computer log in for my email and to clock in and out. Blah...

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's time for a New Challenge!!

Okay everyone, I'm going to attempt something I never would have had the guts to attempt about 2 months ago. I'm really getting better with following through (Jillian Michaels DVD doesn't count, right?) and I'm going to try another Blog Challenge.

30 Day Blog Challenge. (Yes, 30 Days. In a row.)

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts
Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite tv shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 13-Goals
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16-Dream house
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself

Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-3 Wishes
Day 30-a picture

I figure if I start today, the challenge will be completed the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and I'll be ready to be done by then because the holiday season will be in full effect. Here we go...

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Okay, most of you who read this blog know that my name is Liz, I'm 23 years old and I live in Michigan.
This is the only picture I could find of me by myself that was taken recently. I took it mainly because I had just gotten a new hair color and I really like it on me! I think I'll keep it...

Okay, 15 Interesting Facts:
I'm not sure how interesting these facts will be but I'll try my best.

1. I'm obsessed with Tim Tebow. He is one of the most attractive guys I've ever seen and an awesome (I don't care what people say) football player.
2. I love cheese. It's the best food on the planet.
3. The only commercial I hate more than the Swiffer ones are the new Burger King ones.
4. When I read something in a magazine, even if I'm not interested in the article, if I start reading it, I have to finish.
5. My hair grows really really fast.
6. I don't really like Halloween.
7. I get a weird feeling when I go into a Big Lots or Tuesday Morning store. I don't know if it's the 1-of-each-product on the shelf thing, the bright lights or the unbelievable slow service, I just feel uncomfortable.
8. I don't like when people talk with the back of their throats when saying certain words with G's. Like "Grapes" or "Grand." The Tyson Chicken lady and the dentist from the toothpaste commercial have horrible voices.
9. I make lists for everything.
10. No matter how small of a place I am, I will lose the remote.
11. I have had my hair every color in the book. Almost all of them during my Senior year of High School.
12. I can't decide if I want a dog or not.
13. I will never understand promos for shows that are supposed to be funny. The Soup, Chelsea Lately and George Lopez Tonight commercials are always stupid and never funny.
14. I could watch Steel Magnolias every day and not get sick of it. Same goes for the Wizard of Oz.
15. The only thing I love more than Fall is the time period between Halloween and New Year's.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wet n Wild Holiday 2010 Limited Edition Palettes

Hey everyone! I hope your week-leading-up-to-Halloween is less stressful than mine, however, even though I'm stressed at the moment, I have something to post about!!

So for over a week, I've been looking for these Wet n Wild Holiday palettes. I've been to CVS, Meijer, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walgreens again. Well, the 5th time's a charm for this gal, because I found 'em.

I have to give a shout out to Jenn, (Jenny04105 on YouTube), for letting me know that the palettes are usually found on an end of some random aisle, or else I wouldn't have looked so hard for them. They were across from the makeup at Walgreen's, by the face soaps for some reason. But, never the less, I have located them. The display only had two of each of the 4 palettes, with some mascara/eyeshadow combos and nail polish duos below. I picked out the two palettes that looked most interesting to me. Here's my review...

Night Elf Palette

Sugar Plum Fairy Palette
These palettes retail for $4.99 each. They have the same packaging as the regular Color Icon palettes, 6 eye shadows in all, which I also have a blog post of. These holiday palettes come with a free eyeliner, whereas the regular palettes do not.

I'll start where I'm least impressed. Sugar Plum Fairy. This palette looks beautiful in the packaging. It has a frosty white, a tannish brown, a lilac, a mauve, plum, and a black with warm purple shimmer. All of these colors have some kind of sheen, some have shimmer, but none of them are matte. I was envisioning all kinds of looks to create with these colors but I was really disappointed, which I'll get to in a minute. Now, the eyeliner is great. I've owned many Wet n Wild eyeliners that were just so-so, cheap eyeliners I'd buy in middle school. I have to say, the eyeliner in in this holiday palette is very much improved. It glided on smooth and opaque with a gorgeous plum color. The eye shadows left me wanting more, however.

I must have swatched the frosty white color 7 times and this is the best swatch i could come up with. It was chalky and powdery and didn't stick to my finger, let alone my hand. I was shocked, because every other Color Icon palette I own has insanely pigmented colors. I thought, maybe this one is a dud, and moved on to swatch the remaining 5. The color to the white of the swatch, although it is very light, is very pretty. The shimmers in it are subtle and the color is a neutral light brown/tan. The lilac color was a bit hard to swatch, I had to pack the color on for this picture and the one to the right of that was even worse. The last two were decent, with the black color being amazing. My finger is still stained and I'm sure it will blend like a dream.

On to the Night Elf Palette. I was much more satisfied with. This palette comes with a frosty ivory, medium silver, taupe, red, brown with green duo chrome, and a black. This palette also came with a black eyeliner, which I was very impressed with the smoothness of. The eyeliner doesn't have much of staying power, they smear after being dry for over 30 minutes, but I didn't expect that anyway. I was very happy there was no "tugging" with these eyeliners.
These eye shadows are to die for. These, too, have a sheen to each color but they all seem to work well together. I've never owned red eyeshadow before (except for the Coastal Scents 88 Palette, if you count that) so i was a little intimidated. The color that caught my eye in this set was the one swatched on the bottom left. It's a light brown but when in the direct light, it shines blue and green. Very unique in my collection. I've heard it compared to MAC Club, but I don't own that, so I can't say. Each and every eyeshadow in the Night Elf Palette were super pigmented and swatched like a dream. I can see me wearing this to a holiday party in a couple months. I'm so excited to play with these.

I'm very glad I bought these palettes. I'm tempted to go back to get the other two, even though I'm sure I have no use/need for them. The words "Limited Edition" just pull me right in, every time.

Thanks for reading, I hope you guys can find these palettes before they're gone!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn Saturday...

So this weekend is so-far, so-good. My boyfriend and I both have Monday off so today is only my Saturday (yessss!)
Yesterday, however, was actually Saturday and we had a great day. Every year in October, my boyfriend's family has a picnic in Kensington Park. We take a walk (or hike, as it happened to be this time), eat lunch, visit the nature center and the petting zoo. This year we also went to Plymouth Cider Mill afterwords. It was a really fun and relaxing day, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Be prepared, because I took a lot more pictures than I normally do! :)

Josh playing on a tractor, as usual.

His brother

Josh's parents. Aren't they cute?


Josh is something of a pig whisperer...

See what I mean?

I was a little camera happy, but I think they turned out really good . It was such a beautiful day! This is why fall is the best season!

What are some of your traditions?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This or That?


blush or bronzer BLUSH

lip gloss or lipstick LIPSTICK

eye liner or mascara MASCARA

foundation or concealer FOUNDATION

neutral or color eye shadow NEUTRAL

pressed or loose eye shadows PRESSED

brushes or sponges BRUSHES


OPI or china glaze OPI

Long or short SHORT

Acrylic or natural NATURAL

Brights or darks BOTH

Flower or no flower NO


perfume or body splash PERFUME

lotion or body butter BODY BUTTER

body wash or soap BODY WASH

lush or other bath company LUSH


jeans or sweat pants SWEATS

long sleeve of short SHORT

dresses or skirts NEITHER

stripes or plaid PLAID

flip flops or sandals FLIP FLOPS

scarves or hats SCARVES

studs or dangly earrings STUDS

necklaces or bracelets NECKLACE

Sheels or flats HEELS

cowboy boots or riding boots RIDING BOOTS

jacket or hoodie HOODIE

forever 21 or charlotte russe CHARLOTTE RUSSE

abercombie or Hollister NEITHER

saks 5th or nordstrom NORDSTROM


curly or straight STRAIGHT

bun or ponytail BUN

bobby pins or butterfly clips BOBBY PINS

hair spray or gel HAIR SPRAY

long or short LONG

light or dark BOTH

side sweep bangs or full bangs SIDE SWEEP

up or down DOWN

Sunday, October 10, 2010


While searching Google for a survey or random question tag, I found this. It looked interesting so here we go.

1. I've come to realize that my boobs...
...are bigger than I'd prefer but I'm used to them.

2. I've come to realize that my job... definitely one of a kind.

3. I've come to realize that when I'm driving...
...anyone and everyone is annoying.

4. I've come to realize that I need...
...that 3 hour window after work when I'm completely alone.

5. I've come to realize that I have lost...
...a few people I thought would always be my friends. But everything happens for a reason!

6. I've come to realize that I hate it when...
...people don't care about anyone else. Whether they're walking across the street, talking super loud on the phone or driving slow in front of you. Is it that hard to care about someone else once in a while?

7. I've come to realize that if I'm drunk...
...I talk even more than usual.

8. I've come to realize that money...
...makes stress.

9. I've come to realize that people....
...are mostly predictable.

10. I've come to realize that I'll always be...

11. I've come to realize that if I drunk dial people...'s never good.

12. I've come to realize that my mom... usually right.

13. I've come to realize that my cell phone is... lifeline.

14. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning... was Sunday!

15. I've come to realize that last night before I went to sleep...
...I watched Hocus Pocus.

16. I've come to realize that right now I am thinking about...
...the things I want to accomplish this week.

17. I've come to realize that my Dad... one of a kind.

18. I've come to realize that when I get on MySpace...
...I never get on MySpace.

19. I've come to realize that today...
...was probably the last really beautiful day of the year.

20. I've come to realize that tonight...
...I may have gone over my points a bit. But not over my weekly points.

21.I've come to realize that tomorrow I will... making a list and scheduling my days until November 6th.

22. I've come to realize that I really want to...
...start my own business.

23. I've come to realize that the person who is most likely to read this will be... old friends on Facebook and my new friends on Twitter :)

24. I've come to realize that life... a journey.

25. I've come to realize that this weekend... the last "free" weekend until the end of 2010 most likely.

26. I've realized the best music to listen to when I am upset...
...a song that I don't get to hear that often.

27. I've come to realize that my friends...
...are so supportive!

28. I've come to realize that this year...
...I've learned more than I have in the previous 22 years.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Homecoming!

Well it's homecoming season high school is a little different than most, we have 3 homecoming dances every year. Our school is really more of a campus, with three separate high schools. Every student has a "home school" but each has classes in all three schools. Nice in the spring, rough in the winter. But that means three times as many homecoming football games and dances.

I volunteered to do my sister's makeup for homecoming. It's the last one of the year and the only one I was free for. I also did her friends' and my mom's hair and makeup while I was over there. I think they were all satisfied and I really liked how they turned's some pictures!

My sister, Alex.
I used the Wet 'n Wild Lust Palette for her. I also used the Wet 'n Wild Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant. Her dress is black but her eyes are green so I thought a deep purple would look really good.

Alex's friend Sarah:
For Sarah, I used the Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quad in Charcoal Smokes. The taupey -colors really went well with her dress, which was a white with a gunmetal grey flower and sash. I used MAC Blacktrack Fluid Line for her eyeliner.

Their friend Kelsey:
For Kelsey, her dress was gold and her eyes are blue so i really wanted to bring that out. I used MAC All That Glitters on the lid, Mulch in the crease and Lorac Garnet in the outer v and blended. I used the gold color from another wnw palette and it turned out great. No before picture of her though, boo!

My Mom:

My mom looked the most different when we were done. She hardly ever straightens her hair and she never wears a smoky eye look. I used the Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quad in Charcoal Smokes on her as well.

Well that's all for me today, the Michigan/Michigan State game is on, we're winning and I have a really bad headache. I'll probably do a video or post later on or tomorrow. Thanks for reading!