Monday, October 24, 2016

NARS vs. Estee Lauder Concealer Combat

When I first decided to blog about beauty, I decided to purchase every new makeup item or skincare product I saw on Sephora's website. I scoured beauty blogs and YouTube channels for hours as I watched girls apply luxury creams and foundations to their skin. YSL brought out a dewy highlighter? I'm buying it. Nails INC created a high-tech top coat? It's already in my shopping bag. It got to the point that I was buying so many products my bathroom countertop looked like I had just returned from a beauty counter heist. As I've grown older, I developed a routine of tried and true skincare and makeup products. I don't need the newest 'it' item, even if it has Victoria Beckham's name sprawled across the lid (okay, I do really want her Estēe Lauder line). One of my holy grail beauty items is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. When I first heard about this concealer I thought it would be thin and glow-giving, so I was delighted to find that it's the exact opposite. The concealer is a thick liquid that conceals blemishes and under-eye circles flawlessly. I recently discovered the exact same formulation in the Estēe Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in 03 Medium. One of the lovely ladies at the Macy's Lauder counter gave me a deluxe sample of the concealer and I fell in love with it. Double Wear is $5 cheaper than Radiant Creamy, but the formulas are identical. The only difference between the two is Lauder's lasts a skoshi bit longer. Both are fabulous concealers and work double duty on dark circles and spots. If you're in the market for a new cover-up, head to the NARS and Lauder counters and compare the two for yourself!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Notable CFB Games of the Weekend

#6 Texas A&M vs. #1 Alabama

The top ranked team in the nation proved why they're the best after a 33-14 win over A&M. Bama's freshman QB Jalen Hurts threw for two passing TDs with one rushing against a competitive defense. However, any scheme the Aggies drew up just weren't enough to stop the Crimson Tide. Alabama is the best simply because they are able to consistently recruit the top players in the nation. Even the worst coach could win games with Bama's talent. A&M will likely drop a few spots in the next AP rankings, but they still have a shot at the CFP.

TCU vs. #12 West Virginia

West Virginia is one of, if not the scariest Big 12 team of the season thus far. The Mountaineers are undefeated and 3-0 in conference play after defeating Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has a talented group of receivers and a QB with star power, not to mention one of the best defensive cores in the nation. The 'Eers trounced the Horned Frogs as TCU HC Gary Patterson wasn't able to pull together a playbook quick enough to stop them from winning 34-10. TCU is now 4-3 while WVU is undefeated.

SMU vs. #11 Houston

Arguably the most exciting game of the night occurred between Chad Morris' Mustangs and Tom Herman's Cougars in Dallas. Herman is the most sought-after coach in the nation, but his play-calling weaknesses were exposed as unranked SMU destroyed Houston at every turn for a 38-16 loss. SMU hasn't been competitive all season, so another loss to a mediocre team should leave Houston questioning their offensive and defensive plans. Look to a mighty fall for the Cougars in the next poll.

#16 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

Oklahoma hasn't looked like a playoff contender all season and their performance against Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech wasn't any different. Tech's defense is notoriously poor, but OU showed similar fragility as both teams gave up 854 total offensive yards. The Sooners scraped by with a 66-59 win, but Tech QB Patrick Mahomes was the true star of the night as he recorded 734 passing yards and five touchdowns. Although both teams showed excellent offensive stats, they should worry about their lack of a pass rush.

#2 Ohio State vs. Penn State

Penn State completed the upset of the night after defeating No. 2 Ohio State. A touchdown and field goal early in the fourth quarter kept Penn State in the race before the Nittany Lions' Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game. While Ohio State should be stunned by the game's outcome, I highly doubt the CFP committee will keep them out of the top-four discussion come November. However, right now let's just celebrate PSU's victory.

Kansas State vs. Texas

My favorite game of the day was Kansas State's 24-21 decision over Texas. The Wildcats are known for their clock-control and back-to-back scores kept them in the lead going into halftime. An 80-yard Texas TD by Devin Duvernay wasn't enough to come back from K-St's edge and an unrelenting Wildcat defense continuously stopped the Longhorns. Although Texas scored with two minutes left in the game, the Snydercats recovered an onside kick to seal the deal. UT is now 3-4, which leaves many questions surrounding HC Charlie Strong's status, while K-St is 4-3.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

5 Things

1. Witnessing the greatest documentary of all time

2. Always face timing Brandon

3. One of the largest homecoming features

4. Breakfast with dad

5. Missing home

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hamilton's America

Tonight PBS aired the documentary special featuring years-old clips of creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's writing process; original cast performances; actor excursions to historical monuments and interviews with President Obama, Hamilton biography author Ron Chernow, Questlove, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Steven Sondheim, Nas, Jimmy Fallon, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and more. The documentary was created and produced by Miranda's college classmate Alex Horwitz who began shooting film before LMM even decided to write a play. Intimate videos of the creative process between Miranda, musical director/composer/conductor extraordinaire Alex Lacamoire and director Tommy Kail give the audience a special perspective on how much time and energy it takes to create a piece of art. The film develops chronologically with clips from Miranda's first performance of the title song at White House in 2009 and includes special interviews and song performances throughout the length of the play. For those of us who have never and will never witness the beauty and greatness of the original cast's artwork, this documentary gives exactly what we needed. Watch the full-length film on the Great Performances' Facebook page before it's immortalized on PBS!
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