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The Raconteurs Concert

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The Raconteurs Concert

Hello hello my darlings! On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be able to see my beloved Jack White for my second birthday concert in a row with The Raconteurs at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. As we all know, I love Jack White more than I love myself most days so when The Raconteurs came out with their first album in eleven years, Help Us Stranger, going to see them was an absolute necessity when they announced their tour.

As luck would have it, they ended up playing in one of my favorite cities (Pittsburgh), at one of my favorite venues (Stage AE) so my parents treated me to two tickets for my 25th birthday. For the past several years in a row, I have attended a concert with my sister for my birthday outing with her and it always ends up being one of the best nights of my life. I am so thankful to Kristen because even if she doesn’t like the band or is unfamiliar with them, she will go with me and words can’t describe how appreciative I am for that.

So, off to Pittsburgh we went to get re-antiquated with Stage AE, where we went to see Marilyn Manson two years ago and Jack White who we saw last year. Stage AE is such a fantastic venue because you can get so close to the stage, and we ended up being in the front row like how we were for Marilyn Manson. And, being that close to some of your favorite musicians is an experience that everyone should have.

Now, you’re probably wondering “where are the pictures?”. And, unfortunately, I have none. Jack White is quite strict about his “no phone” policy at concerts so Kristen and I just left ours in our car. However, the people who did bring theirs with them had to put them in a bag that was sealed with a security tag like they use at clothing stores and could only be removed by security after the show.

I understand this rule and I don’t. It is definitely nice to fully experience a concert without your phone in hand. However, not being able to snap a few pics or take a video is disappointing – especially since we were so close to the stage. I just feel lucky that when I saw Jack White at X-Fest last year, he was performing with other bands so the no phone rule didn’t apply and I was able to take pictures and videos to my heart’s content.

Speaking of other bands, Ex Hex opened for The Raconteurs and they were very good! The all female alt band really held their own nicely on stage and performed songs from their new album It’s Real. Ex Hex hasn’t been on my radar since my PacSun days so it was nice to see them evolve musically and I enjoyed their performance. They wouldn’t necessarily be who I would pick to open for The Raconteurs but it set a good vibe for the amazingness that was to come.

The Raconteurs came out swinging, opening with Bored and Razed and following up with a much loved favorite off of Broken Boy Soldiers, Level. They played a solid mix of nine songs off of Help Us Stranger with nine other tracks from Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers Of The Lonely peppered in for good measure.

I would have loved for them to throw in more of their heavy hitters from the albums, because a few of their choices were a bit too slow paced for my liking. This is especially due to the fact that a lot of their more mellow songs are sung by Brendan Benson with Jack White only accompanying on vocals. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the songs. But, Jack White has an undeniable presence and Benson just didn’t have that. It was also difficult to hear him throughout the concert.

It was awesome hearing a majority of the album Help Us Stranger, though, and their strong points were definitely with Don’t Bother Me and Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying). Shine The Light On Me was another especially powerful one off of their new album. The lighting was also very cool throughout the concert, going between green, red, and a lovely pale yellow which looked awesome on stage.

The highlights for me during the concert were when they brought back songs off of their first album, Broken Boy Soldiers. Their performance was really strong during these songs and it was amazing to hear them close with Broken Boy Soldier, because that’s my absolute favorite song by them. The instrumentals paired with the shocking green light made for an unforgettable version of it and that is what I immediately think of when replaying the night in my head.

Thankfully, they encored with SEVEN MORE SONGS because the first half of the show just wasn’t enough. And, it was a spectacular ending when they concluded with a long version of Blue Veins set to moody midnight lighting and, of course, ultimately bidding their farewells with Steady, As She Goes – as to be expected.

Despite some qualms with not having my phone and a few song choices I could have done without, it was an overall fantastic concert. The gentlemen in The Raconteurs play off of each other so well and are such a cohesive group that watching them put it all together was nothing short of mesmerizing. Although they sounded great, Jack White definitely carried the weight of the show on his shoulders. And, believe me, I am so okay with this. But, it would have been nice to have seen the other guys step up a little more because they are all extremely talented, in their own right.

My fourth concert experience in Pittsburgh was an absolute success and I am looking forward to attending more shows with the best sister a gal could ask for. Sadly, Jack White didn’t notice me pounding White Claws in the audience, but there’s always next time, right?

What concerts have you been to this year? Who else is a fan of The Raconteurs? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Happy Birthday, Sister!!

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Happy Birthday, Sister!!

Hello! Today is a very special day, because it is my big sister’s birthday! Kristen is my best friend and has granted me the gift of having two other besties – her boyfriend, Ramon, and my darling niece, Valerie. Together, we create a foursome of awesomeness and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be surrounded by.

Kristen’s little girl is one month and one day old and it has been the most amazing thing seeing Kristen blossom into a mommy. I am so incredibly proud of her and I brag about her every chance that I can get. How can you not when you share DNA with a lady like that?! I love you so much, Kristen, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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Happy Birthday, Kristen!! ❤

Blush, Baby: Seraphine Botanicals Swatch In Happy Hibiscus Edition

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Blush, Baby: Seraphine Botanicals Swatch In Happy Hibiscus Edition

Hello, hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Blush, Baby! Today, we will be discussing a Seraphine Botanicals hue in Happy Hibiscus. With all of these new shades of blush that I got from my sister, I will never be without color in my cheeks! Take a look at Happy Hibiscus and let’s get to it:

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I can easily say that this color is definitely more of a shade for my sister than for me. Kristen is a tan goddess and the browns, purples, and oranges with a more “baked” appearance all look awesome on her. Happy Hibiscus is an interesting shade, because I can see undertones of all three of those mentioned colors mixed in to create this hue. And, of course, a little shimmer never hurt anyone, either!

Despite Happy Hibiscus being a more “Kristen” blush, I can see myself wearing it during the colder months for a more dramatic look. And, it will be nice in the summertime if I ever manage to catch a tan instead of just burning and going back to pale. But, let’s all be honest, that is never going to happen! -___-

What colors look best with your complexion? How does you and your sister’s or best friend’s taste in makeup differ? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Blush, Baby: Seraphine Botanicals Swatch In Lychee + Gold Edition

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Blush, Baby: Seraphine Botanicals Swatch In Lychee + Gold Edition

Yoohooooo! In today’s new edition of Blush, Baby, we will be discussing a lovely hue by Seraphine Botanicals in Lychee + Gold. My sister gave me the hookup with a bag full of makeup hand me downs, many of which came from her Ipsy subscription. It has been a treat going through these goodies, because a lot of them are from brands that I have never heard of, and it is always fun to try something new. So, take a look at this pretty shade and let’s get to it:

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This blush actually reminds me of a toned down version of the Smoked Peach shade that we looked at yesterday and I am in loooove. The lychee pigment in my Seraphine Botanicals blush definitely still has an orange-y hue, but it has a soft rose undertone to it making it much more wearable than the harsher Smoked Peach color. I love the extra touch of gold mixed in, too, because every girl needs a little shimmer!

Of course, this blush will look gorgeous in the summertime. But, it is not as boldly orange as the one in yesterday’s edition of Blush, Baby, making it appropriate to wear even during the more grey winter months. I can see myself wearing this to add some extra brightness to my MOTD year round and I am really happy with this new blush. 🙂

How does your makeup differ depending on the season? What is your favorite season to create a makeup look for? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Blush, Baby: Bang Beauty Swatch In Smoked Peach Edition

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Blush, Baby: Bang Beauty Swatch In Smoked Peach Edition

Helloooo everyone and welcome to the newest edition of Blush, Baby! Today, we are going to be discussing a shade called Smoked Peach by Bang Beauty. This is another makeup goodie that I received from my sister and it is a pretty one. The color is definitely unique and it is perfect for some fun in the sun. Check it out:

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At first glance of the Smoked Peach blush, I was super ambivalent. In the package, this color is a loud, fireball red and I almost didn’t even bother taking another look at it. But, I decided to swatch it anyways and was really happy with the results. Smoked Peach is a lot more toned down on the skin and it looks like the juicy center of a ripe peach. The gold shimmer mixed in is like the sun catching the soft fruit at just the right angle and it will look so perfectly glowing on a bright summer day.

This isn’t my favorite blush by any means, but I can see myself wearing it once the weather gets warmer. It still is a bit too pigmented for my liking and would look kind of crazy during the dull, winter months. However, this Bang Beauty blush will be fun to wear during an outdoor concert or a fireworks show come July, especially with the sun kissed shimmer that Smoked Peach offers. Not the best, but certainly not the worst, either!

What is your favorite color of blush? Could you see yourself wearing Smoked Peach? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Swatch In Checkmate

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Swatch In Checkmate

Howdy! Having a sister is awesome. You get a built in BFF, a wing girl at family get togethers, and someone to always receive hand me downs from. My sister, Kristen, for example, passes down all of her unwanted makeup to me. Like I said, having a sister is awesome. On Christmas, Kristen bestowed a big bag full of makeup that she was no longer using onto me and, now that we’re done swatching the Emerald Obsessions palette, we can go through this goodie bag together to see what is a hit or miss. Today, we will be talking about Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Checkmate. Check it out:

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Let me start off by saying, I love me some Jeffree Star. I used to bump his MySpace music in my teen years and enjoyed watching his transformation from scene kid super star into a makeup icon. And, this product had a lot of things that I liked about it. But, if you read my blog, then I feel like all of you should already know what I’m going to say about the color… IT’S TOO ORANGE FOR MEEEEE! There is nothing that I love better than a good red lip, but when there’s even the slightest hint of orange to the pigment, it ends up looking so clown-like against my hair and I just can’t deal.

But, this is not to say that it’s a bad lippie, it just doesn’t work for me. The product applied really smoothly and it was so smudge proof that I had to take a washcloth of micellar water and use some serious elbow grease to get it off. So, if you’re looking for a lip product that you don’t have to worry about budging all over, I would definitely recommend it!

And, finally, I love the packaging. It’s simple but still has this cool rocker edge to it and I would feel mighty cute having it sticking out of my front pocket. I also feel as though one tube of the lipstick will last you for a good long while, because there was a lot of product in it – and you guys all know that getting a lot of bang for your buck is a must for me.

I’m happy that I got to take a closer look at Jeffree Star’s lippie line, because I have been curious about it. And, in a different shade, I would probably be all about it. So, that might be a nice treat yoself purchase in the future!

What do you think about Jeffree Star’s makeup line? Who is your favorite celebrity makeup guru? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Haulidays: Sister Edition

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Happy Haulidays: Sister Edition

Hello everyone and welcome to the last post of the Haulidays! Today, we will be looking at what my sister, Kristen, gifted me with. Kristen is an amazing gift giver and always seems to pick out the perfect presents, even if it’s never necessarily what I ask for! But, that’s just what sisters do, I guess. 🙂 Take a look at some pics and let’s discuss:

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The Haul:

  • Lush Jelly Bomb in Turtle
  • Lush Bath Bomb in World’s Smallest Disco
  • Huda Beauty palette in Emerald Obsessions
  • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels bra

Quite the haul, right?! Like some of my other friends, Kristen knows to gift me with Lush products for holidays and birthdays. I love every single item from Lush, but they are treats that I rarely buy for myself, so it always makes for the best gift. And, let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t need a new bra? I only wear the Dream Angels collection from Victoria’s Secret and will opt for black lingerie nine times out of ten, so the bra Kristen picked for me is definitely one that I would buy for myself!

Finally, the Huda Beauty palette in Emerald Obsessions. Long story short, it is GORGEOUS! We will look at it in more detail tomorrow so be prepared for a palette filled with the most stunning metallic golds and greens that you’ve ever seen. Both of which are my favorite eye makeup colors to wear. Each gift that Kristen got for me was a home run, and her thoughtfulness and generosity truly makes her the best sister that a gal could ask for. :*)

What did you get for your holiday haul? What do you like to gift for your siblings? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah