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a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste

listen: Whack World

musicAnna KellerComment

I go through spells where I get really bored with music. Once this happens, I start heavily relying on Spotify to feed me new tunes through its playlists. While on occasion, the algorithm kills it, often, I'm disappointed. Last week, my boyfriend clued me in to something that definitely wasn't on my radar, but also wasn't an immediate let down: Tierra Whack's audio visual album, Whack World.

Each song runs about a minute, and she creatively transitions between beats, chameleoning her way through musical themes and candy colored wonderlands. Some of them feel a bit campy, some feel surprisingly dark (what happened to her dog?!?), but they all flow together in one surprising piece. Cue this one up for your next hangout and you'll be captivated from start to finish.

upcycled & chic: Furniture Made from Recycled Glossier Packaging

style, insideAnna KellerComment

It's hard to imagine improving upon the packaging of Glossier products. The double walled jars of the Priming Moisturizer Rich are as hefty and substaintial as the formula that they hold. The shimmering transparent pink pump of Solution gives you hope that by the time you finish that bottle, you're skin will also be sparkling. And then there are the perfectly utilitarian but also wildly eyecatching pink pouches that everything comes in. When you see a Glossier product, you just know where it came from.

But what if that packaging is repurposed and reused into something chic and dressing room-friendly? After all, Glossier girls have to sit on something while they put on a fresh coat of Lidstar.

New Yorker Kim Markel answered that question with a collection of translucent furniture, all made out of empty Glossier products.

“The packaging is broken down and bonded with other plastics in large molds, then cured and sanded until an imperfect, slightly dissolved, candy-like effect is achieved,” says Markel. “It takes over 50 jars to make a single chair.”

I think I'm lucky these aren't for sale. I'm currently furniture shopping for my brand new apartment and have a tendency to throw my budget out the window when it comes to anything related to Glossier.

beauty from the inside out

beauty, healthAnna KellerComment

I can be guilty of being too click happy with my online shopping. Rose gold and pink Birkenstocks? I ordered those with the help of half a bottle of wine this summer. They're cute but unnecessary. Not convincing faux leather leggings? I ordered those, completely sober, and then took the tags off before trying them on...I've since shipped them to ThreadUp and learned from my bad decisions.

The internet can bring good things to my mailbox, and not everything I add to my cart comes with buyers remorse. One impulsive purchase that I'm totally satisfied with is my Care/Of subscription. These personalized vitamin packs are designed for you and you alone. I took a quick health-oriented quiz on their website to figure out what I think my biggest problems are, and then they give their more educated two-cents about what I might need help with, and suggest a routine of supplements to take with breakfast.

Each of my personalized packs (which have a fun facts and inspiring quotes on them) has the following supplements: a probiotic blend, vitamin D (I live in Vermont - very necessary to help with SAD), ashwagandha, b-complex, astaxanthin, and magnesium. Some of these would've been a no brainer to me to add to my regimen on my own, but I never would've considered taking some of the more obscure additions to my pack. I'm willing to try it all, though, in the name of good health! And better skin! And better sleep and digestion!

I also really appreciate the packaging of the product - you get 30 little daily packs in a larger, design-coscious dispenser that looks right at home on my desk next to my faux succulents. 

Are they working? Time will tell, but I know that vitamin D and probiotics are things I should definitely be adding to my diet, and after some Googling, I think that the other additions to my regimen can only help in the long run.

Obviously, talk to a real health professional if you're thinking about adding any supplements to your diet, as they can have real and dangerous interactions with other medications or imbalances that you might have.


P.S. I paid for these vitamins all by myself, and all views expressed in this post are solely my own.

what I’m using now: makeup edition

beautyAnna KellerComment

Like many women born before 1990, my first exposure to makeup came to me in the form of my mom's Clinique Bonus Time castoffs. Barely there blushes and stubby mascara samples, zipped up in a colorful fabric pouch. I dutifully used their Clarifying Lotion in my teens, but made sure to time my stock up schedule to align with that Bonus Time. 

When I moved to Pittsburgh for college, I discovered Sephora, and my bank account was never the same (or safe) again. On quiet Saturday afternoons when I'd gotten over my previous night's hangover, I'd make the stroll over to the Shady Side location and peruse for new eyeshadows that would distract me from the fact that I really should've been doing problem sets or securing a summer internship.

Today, I can proudly say that I'm a Sephora VIB Rouge, Birchbox Ace, Glossier Rep, and a slew of other labels that really just distract from my compulsive shopping habits, but also give me some validity about being a sort of beauty expert.

Master Beauty Blogger I am not, but here's a peek at what my daily makeup routine looks like:


Start Out with a Solid Base

After my 8-step morning skincare routine (more on that to come...), I have to prep my skin for makeup. I feel like primers aren't 100% necessary for everyone, but I learned long ago that my eyeshadow starts to crease and my foundation melts off without it. I'm head over heels for NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - it blows Urban Decay's Stay Don't Stray out of the water.

I smooth my skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It doesn't have a mattifying or pore-erasing effect like Smashbox primers do, but it also isn't loaded with pore-clogging silicones. I'm not a huge fan of Hourglass packaging, though; it looks beautiful but their airless pumps tend to clog and the hole in this tube's orifice is too big for the viscosity of the primer. C'est la vie...


Conceal Conceal Conceal

I've seen makeup tutorials where you apply concealer after your foundation base, but I like to do it first - I feel like you can focus on any imperfections first and then you end up using a lot less foundation. But maybe that's just me!

I like to mix and match my concealer, depending on what I'm trying to hide, how my skin is feeling that day, etc etc. 

Glossier Stretch Concealer (in Medium) has been a must-have for me ever since they released it. It's smooth and creamy and blends really well with my skin. I love to use it to touch up throughout the day, as it blends really well and helps to revive any makeup that faded.

I bought NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer because I felt like I had to - all the ITG girls were doing it. It has great coverage, though, and is nice and blendable and layerable. I feel like I got a color that isn't quite right on me, but since I usually wear it under foundation, this isn't too terrible.

I used to rely on Benefit Erase Paste all through college, and I heard that Bo-ing Brightening Concealer came along to replace it in their product line up. I have it in Light-Medium, and I use it to do any additional touch ups after I apply foundation.

Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape is relatively new to me, and I got it for the same reason that I got the NARS one (self-imposed peer pressure?). I like it a lot, though, and works well as an undereye concealer for no creasing. I like to blend it out with a Beauty Blender, while I apply the others with my fingers.


Better than an Instagram Filter

I have a few different foundations in rotation right now, but the one that I rely on the most is Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Ivory. I worked with a sales associate at Blue Mercury to pick it out when I wanted to stop using drugstore foundations, and while I was initially worried about how light it was. It's hydrating and very blendable, and plays well with the Hourglass primer. I'd thought of this as more of a summer-weight foundation, but I'm still enjoying it even though there is several inches of snow on the ground today. I apply it with a Beauty Blender, which I try to clean every few days.



Adding Some Color

Once I've created an even base, I like to go in with some color to make myself look somewhat awake. I've been a big fan of Glossier Cloud Paint and have now abandoned NARS Orgasm powder blush to a dusty drawer. They're just so easy and blendable, and I have yet to feel clownish when wearing them. I like to mix Dusk and Haze, as Haze has a lot of pigment and Dusk can add some contouring with its brownish hue.

So many beauty editors call out Benefit Hoola as a must-have bronzer, and while I of course bought it, I think it's too dark for me. Maybe it's because I live in Vermont, but Hoola Lite is a lot more approachable and a lot less Kardashian for me.


All About Eyes

I can barely tell a cut crease from a cat eye, so most days, I stick to a standard eye makeup look. Starting with the NARS primer, I add a layer of L'Oreal Infallible Paints to really make sure I have that base there. These liquid shadows come in pairs of subtle and intense, and I really like the softer colors.

Next I do a thin line of eyeshadow on my top lash and just into the corner to give a little bit of depth, and I've been doing that with last year's Holiday edition Glossier No. 1 Pencil. I'm just praying that more makeup is in the pipeline for them because I'm almost done with this limited edition color.

I top that off with a subtle bronze shadow from the Tarte Tease pallet, which I purchased mostly because of its small size and not too crazy colors. I've been using Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara for years. It never gives me raccoon eyes and lasts all day, but I'm able to get it off with makeup remover at night. A few months ago, it disappeared from Sephora's website, so I started hoarding them when I found them in stores. Thankfully, they're back in stock and it was all a false alarm.

Finally, I fluff and shape my brows with Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. I never knew I needed a brow pomade until Boy Brow came into my life, and now I have 3 in my back up drawer at all time so that I'll never run out.


Finishing Touches

I used to expect that my makeup would slowly disappear over the course of a day, but then I realized that you actually have to set it to make sure it sticks around. These days, I spray a few mists of Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, let that settle, and then dust Glossier Wowder over my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin to make sure that all of my hard work lasts for at least 8 hours. Then I do a swipe of Glossier Gen G lipstick (my favorite is Leo) and run out the door, invariably 15 minutes late to my first appointment of the day.


P.S. Everything featured here from Glossier was purchased by me long before I became a rep - I've just been obsessed with them for a very long time!