Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Break From Makeup: Fellowship Coffee Co.

I'm not sure if I've stated it here before, but I love coffee.  Not like in the casual I need some caffeine in the morning way. In the I drink it every morning regardless of whether its caffeinated or not because it tastes amazing way.
A few months ago my boyfriend's amazing parents gifted me a french press and my relationship with coffee has improved to levels I never imaged possible.  I take it black now all the time because it tastes delicious enough to drink without creamer.  I've dumped my single pod coffee maker in the trash and am now obsessed with fresh french pressed coffee.

It just so happens that a young couple I went to high school with have started roasting and flavoring their own coffee.  Being a coffee addict and also a person who likes to support small businesses whenever I can, I placed an order at Fellowship Coffee Co!

I decided to buy an 8oz jar of their lavender flavored coffee because I absolutely love the scent of lavender and having it mixed with my coffee just sounded divine.  At the time of purchase they were running a special and including a 4oz sample size with every purchase so I chose blueberry because fruit infused coffee sounded both interesting and delicious.

Before I get into the coffee I purchased I wanted to talk briefly about the company.  This is the card that was included in my purchase providing their web address and available flavors.  As you can see they offer some really unique options which is the reason I turn towards small businesses in the first place, especially for my makeup and perfume needs.

Katie and Josh flavor and roast their coffee themselves.  They will also grind the coffee to suit your needs.  I asked for a french press grind, but they also offer fine and whole bean. 
The coffee also comes packaged in very cute glass mason jars with the type of coffee included on the lid in a very neat font.  For the larger sizes there is also a label on the front with their logo.

Now onto the coffee itself!

I'm going to start with the lavender since this flavor is the whole reason I made the purchase in the first place. I had been looking for some edible lavender flowers for a while now but was having no luck at grocery stores, so I decided to get my lavender kick from this flavored coffee.  As you can see from the picture I did end up finding some flowers (yay!) at a local market and have since made lavender shortbread, lavender milkshakes, and lavender lemonade (I'm not obsessed I swear).

Anyway, from the jar this smells like regular old coffee so at first I was a bit worried. I scooped some out into my french press, added some hot water, stirred it up, and then took a sniff. YES.  There it was, that amazing lavender aroma. Mixing it with the hot water really brings out the smell and it is amazing. After it finished brewing I poured myself a cup and got to sipping.  The best thing about this coffee is that at every sip you are assaulted by the lavender.  It is absolutely perfect for those lazy mornings where you want to slowly sip and relax.  I would imagine the decaf version would also be wonderful at night before bed. I have only had this hot and black, but personally I don't see myself enjoying it any other way.  There is something about the simplicity of the lavender mixed with the coffee that I just do not want to ruin.

I would definitely buy again.

Next is the blueberry. I didn't go out and buy lavender and blueberries for these pictures I swear! It just so happened I had both already on hand, haha. I was between blueberry and rose for my free sample flavor but I decided to go with the blueberry because it is one of my favorite fruits and also I was already getting a flowered coffee so I wanted to mix things up a bit.

From the jar this smells incredible.  There is a very strong blueberry aroma and if I could bottle this scent I would wear it all the time.  Who knew blueberry and coffee could smell so amazing together?! Mixing it with the hot water in the french press provides the same results as with the lavender, there is a very strong aroma created. However unlike the lavender this flavor falls a bit short once it is poured onto a cup.  The scent isn't near as strong and the flavor is very weak.  Don't get me wrong, it is still very much enjoyable but I was hoping for a bit more punch.  It is possible however that I'm not using a high enough coffee to water ratio in order to produce a strong flavor.  I enjoy this the most as an iced coffee, as I think it helps bring out the blueberry flavor a bit better and the fruitiness just seems to work better cold.  Generally I have been mixing the coffee with some almond milk, a bit of sugar, and some ice. The website says this 4oz jar is good for one pot of coffee.  I've made 3 cups of it in my fresh press and still have about half left. 

I would probably not get this flavor again.

I do sort of regret not going for the rose as my free sample, but I'm glad I got to at least give the blueberry a try.  Once my lavender runs out I will probably be buying a 16oz size of it and also picking up an 8oz of the rose.

If you love coffee and are looking for some interesting and unique flavors, definitely give this business a try!

Where to buy: 

4oz $5
8oz $8
16oz $12

Katie also has her own line of handmade bags and clothing, so look forward to the review of my A Girl Named Katie purchase in the near future!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May The Fourth Be With You Boba Fett FOTD

Happy May the Fourth!
Last year I did some Darth Vader inspired makeup.  This year I decided to go with everyone's favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett!

I was worried I wouldn't be able to do this look as I realized this morning that I don't have an olive green eye shadow.  Luckily I'm at home so I had access to my mother's stash.  Therefore I was able to put Estee Lauder's Precious Jade cream eye shadow all over my lid and crease.  Personally I don't like cream eye shadow.  I find it hard to blend and just overall annoying to work with, but it was all I had.  I then lined my eyes with Aphrodite from the Galaxy Chic Palette.  I finished this bounty hunter themed look with a dab of Thrash from the Electric Palette at my inner corner. 
On my lips is MAC Russian Red.

And of course because the Boba Fett colored makeup may be a bit too subtle I wore my only (unfortunately) Star Wars shirt today.  I got this from Think Geek but I don't think it is available anymore.

May The Fourth Be With You.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Black Lavender FOTD

Forgive the name.  I really had no clue what to  call this look but I rather enjoyed it, especially because of how simple it is. 
I also really like combining stereotypical spring colors with an overall darker look.  I just love the contrast! :)

I started by applying NYX Milk just because light colors like this tend to not show up very well on my skin.  After blending Milk I patted Hello Waffle Cosmetic's Catticus Finch onto my eye lid and blended up to my brow bone. I then took a tiny dab of Urban Decay's Blackout and used it to darken my outer corner. I then took my Jesse's Girl liquid liner and made a super long exaggerated wing because why not!

I love Catticus Finch so much but it photographs really crappy.  It is such a beautiful pale lavender but my camera just hates it.....:(
On my lips is Cold Hearted by NYX which I will review very soon!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fairy Wing Nails Using Zoya

This is another manicure that started out simple but the longer I spent studying the more I kept randomly adding to it.  It's just a coincidence that I used all Zoya polishes for this look, haha.
The gradient blue into the purple with the light sparkle at the base kind of makes me think of fairy wings :D

For the base I used Hudson which is an incredibly pretty metallic lilac.  I love this color so so so so very much for spring. I then gentle used Mosheen to create a blue sparkle gradient from the tip of my nails.  Finally I took Lux and created a light half circle at the base of my nails.  Now my nails are sparkly fairy wings.

I actually sketched out this fairy two days ago, perhaps when I color her in photoshop I'll base her wings off of this manicure!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Golden Raspberry FOTD

This week is finals week so I've been doing a lot of studying and definitely not any procrastinating whatsoever......
Today is my physiology II final...its in about an hour....and since its such a nice day out I decided to do a springy look using a color I normally don't work!

For this look I first put down NYX Milk to make that gold pop as much as possible.  I then used Saturn from the galaxy chic palette on my lid.  Next I took Jilted from the electric pallete and blended it into my crease and under my eye, creating a halo effect. I then finished the look up with Urban Decay's Blackout by using it to darken my outer corner and give my upper lashes a very fine line. Very easy and very cute!

On my lips is Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Lead the Way.

I also wanted to share my outfit because why not!  I absolutely love this top.  I got in at H&M while I was in Turkey.  It is one of the few floral prints I own and for whatever reason as of a little bit ago I've been really eyeing floral prints more and more.  I think when I do some shopping this summer I'll be picking up quite a lot of floral.  The dark green tank top is by Loft,

Now I'm going to do a small bit of extra studying before heading out to take my first final!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Jamberry 7 Day Chip Challenge

So with my free Jamberry sample came this little slip of paper describing how to take the 7 day chip challenge.  Always up for a challenge I decided to go ahead and do it! 

Basically I couldn't touch up my nail polish for 7 days to see how Jams held out over conventional polish.

And here you have it!  After seven days my nail polish was looking pretty nasty but my Smitten nail wrap still looks almost perfect.  If we go in a little  closer the wrap was not left unscathed.  It is starting to peel up on the edges but it isn't so annoying that I feel the need to take them off.  I could probably wear these for a few more days until they start catching on things and pulling up too often for my liking.  

Overall I'm happy with my Jams so far and can't wait to try them out some more!

Friday, April 24, 2015

I'm Fabulous and Totally Not Sick FOTD

A few days ago my throat started to hurt and before I knew it I had a full fledged cold.  Bleh.  Life for a graduate student goes on so I slapped on some makeup to make myself feel and look less crappy. 

I wanted to really stress the bright colors idea to help mask my tired sick self.  Therefore I chose a bright mint green top and paired it with some equally bright makeup!

On my lid and lightly blended under my eye I have Shiro Cosmetic's Maiden Queen.  In my crease I blended Darkside from the Naked 3 into my crease.  I then darkened my outer corner with NYX Cosmetic's Punk Heart eye shadow to add a bit of purple.  After winging it out I added a touch of sparkle under my eye with Urban Decay's Heavy Metal glitter liner in an unfortunately discontinued shade. 
On my lips is NYX's soft matte lip cream in San Paulo.

I seriously feel so adorable today.  I think I need to invest in more mint colored clothing.  
Also Kamelot's new video was scheduled to release today so I was taking ridiculous pictures while waiting for it to finally go up.  Much to my surprise after uploading these to my laptop I check facebook and BAM, ITS UP! 
So happy!

For your listening and viewing pleasure, Insomnia by Kamelot <3

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Black and White Nail Art Featuring Jamberry's Smitten

So a few days ago my mom hosted an online Jamberry party and the hostess sent out free samples to anyone who asked.  Smitten was the sample I received so I used it to create this black and white mixed mani! I ended up buying four wraps during the online party so prepare for me to be reviewing and posting those! I'm all about this new nail wrap trend. 

The sample of Smitten I got was actually the smallest size meant for the pinky but because I have very thin nails I was able to wear it on my pointer finger.  Luckily the jams are easy to cut so its no problem trimming them down a bit to get the perfect fit on my nail. For this look I first painted all my nails with Flormar's matte nail enamel in M02 Satin Black which I picked up in Turkey.  Obviously I put top coat over it so the matte effect is lost but its my only black nail polish at the moment....I then stuck on my nail wrap.  Application went much better this time since I used the baggie method and an eraser to help apply pressure.  Finally I took my white nail art pen from Sephora's nail kit and drew on the designs.  

I'm all about this manicure and I would definitely do this again.  I can see myself using Jamberry as accents and doing my own nail art to create a mixed mani fairly often.