Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Photo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Photo. Show all posts

Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Day of Spring 2019

Me today.
Today is officially the first day of Spring. It is hard to believe, as it seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter. Today is also Norooz, the Persian New Year. Is it bad to say that all I can think about is sleeping, eating and gardening? Perhaps, this is just Spring's effect on me considering I have been busy working 9-to-5, Monday through Friday for the last four years. 

I just looked outside and there isn't an inch of snow on the ground. Not even a fraction of an inch. It is sunny and beautiful outside. Not hot at all and definitely not too cold. Although flowers aren't really blooming, my chocolate mint bush seems to be making an appearance. I'm also noticing the tulips in my yard, but everything else seems to be non existent at this point. 

Time is virtuous, as time is relative but it flies by so fast. Sometimes I wonder if I can get everything I want to done in a 24 hour period. Perhaps I am persistent or impatient, but either way I am content with the way my life is going. Nothing bad has happened yet this year and I am hoping and praying it stays this way.

I want to also share that I just took the selfie I am sharing with this blog post using my LuMee case I got for Christmas. I now own 5 of these cases. They are the best especially for taking pictures up close. If you don't own one, you need one. As much as I love the factory camera that comes with my iPhone, this case will enhance your photos naturally. You don't have to edit them, as it naturally edits them. I love it. 

After work, I have to make a quick trip to Whole Foods to buy some Gardein Mini Crabless Cakes. I also want to pick up somethings to make homemade vodka tomato sauce. I have been finding myself in the kitchen at home a lot more lately, as I don't find any urge to eat out anymore. I just enjoy the comfort of not having to travel let alone spend a fortune for something I can make as good, if not better at home. Know what I mean?

Well, I am going to make a smoothie, talk to Sumit for a few and then, go to work. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 Makeup Look

Me today. Celebrating the day of love.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love is in the air, as I can admit that I am very much in love with my amazing boyfriend and happy it is Valentine's Day. I woke up in a wonderful mood and decided to create a dramatic yet fun makeup look to complement my mood today.

Utilizing pink and fuchsia, I wanted to create a look that would complement my fuchsia ruched-style dress, which I got from Hot Miami Styles a few years ago and am wearing for the first time today. Yes, I bought the dress back in 2016 and left the tags on until 2019.

So, is it possible to re-create my makeup look? Absolutely. I will share now.

First and foremost, I prepped my skin. I like to have a very smooth finish especially this time of year because my skin tends to be the driest during the Winter time. I decided to apply the Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm as it is one of the greatest products that has ever touched my face. This is the perfect product if your skin is dehydrated or looking for that much needed yet perfect pick me up. After applying this product, I applied the erborian High Definition Radiance CC Crème. It is currently my favorite beauty balm product and works great to protect, prevent and even repair my skin. I love to apply this before I apply any makeup because it produces a beautiful finish and prepares my skin in a fantastic way.

As I continued with this look, I applied the Japonesque Radiance Primer, as it is one of my favorites, if not my favorite primer at the moment. I love applying primer with my beautyblender because it doesn't waste product and still applies everything flawlessly. My hand also works, but today I just want to use my favorite makeup sponge. Also to prep the skin, I love using the MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ as it is my favorite makeup setting spray and works amazing when you spray it before and after you apply color cosmetics.

For the face, I went with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Honey followed by the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5. My skin tone is a light medium, unless I decide to go tanning or I am vacationing in the Maldives and find myself achieving a darker glow. To set the foundation, I went with the Mehron Pro-HD Mineral Finishing Powder in the shade Medium. Contouring is something I love to do. I did light contouring here using the KIKO Milano Sculpting Touch Contour Stick. As I have quite a few favorite contouring mediums, this is definitely a favorite right now. To highlight, I used the Mehron Highlight Pro 3 Color Palette in Cool. I didn't use any blush for this look.

As I continued, I decided to do my eyebrows. I used the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 04 - medium. It is literally the best eyebrow product I have used in years. I am a big fan of their brow products, as they give Anastasia of Beverly Hills a run for their money. To prime the lid, I went with the Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer. As much as I enjoy others, this is one of the best I have used.

Using a standard eye shadow brush, I decided to use several shades to create this look. The first shade I used was the deep pink fuchsia shade in the Ciate London Fearless Palette. Then, I applied the Urban Decay shade "shade" from the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette. I went with the shade Hot Pink from the Mehron intense Pro Palette in Fire mixed with Kylie Cosmetics Eye shadow in the shade Bible which created a very unique fuchsia shade on my lid. As a highlight I used the Ellis Faas Lights in E301 Antique Silver and the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Highlighter in Monarch. I lightly lined the bottom part of my eye with "Shade" from Urban Decay and "Bible" from Kylie Cosmetics.

For my lashes I just applied some lash primer courtesy of Lancôme. The Lancôme Cils Booster XL to be exact. It is almost gone, so I am going to have to either get more or buy another one from a different brand. If you have any suggestions, please do let me know in the comments section. After applying this, I decided to use several coats of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the color black. I didn't use any eyeliner for this look, but went very bold with color and mascara.  
To finish the look, I decided to go with the Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L104 Deep Fuchsia mixed with Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in the shade 512 Drama Nude. I topped the lips with the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Highlighter in Monarch.

Congratulations! You have just re-created by 2019 Valentine's Day makeup look. Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Only 10 days until Christmas

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day. You know, it dawned on me that it is December 15th today. I have to admit, it is so hard to believe it is December. It seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter, although it is technically not Winter yet as Winter is only four days before Christmas. But to think it is already December. Christmas is only in 10 days. That is only one week and three days away. And if you do the math, you will realize that the New Year is two weeks and two days away.  

On a much different note, a lot has been going on in my life and needless to say, I am very happy. As you are aware, I am dating a man from India. His name is Sumit. He is the same guy that I mentioned previously here on the blog in Spring, earlier this year. We have a strong connection that is a bit complex to explain in context, but easier to say in words. Does that make sense? Although I must admit, I could probably write quite a few epic love stories inspired by him. With that said, as our love continues to grow so does our connection, our chemistry, our compatibility and our communication. 

It is a very cold yet gloomy day here in Idaho today. As I have been working from 9 am until 5 pm everyday, I feel extremely tired on the weekends. As much as I contemplated going to the gym today, I decided to stay home and veg out. Right now I think I may export a few articles I've written in the past for now defunct publications (e.g. Yahoo! Voices, Examiner, etc.) and move them here to the blog. I know this would be a big project and I couldn't do it all today, as I have flushed out thousands of articles throughout the years. 

I'm also thinking for dinner I want to make homemade pizza. I've ordered pizza and I find that no pizza places around here compare to my homemade Margherita. I make everything from the sauce to the actual dough completely from scratch. I've made homemade cheese in the past, but that is probably the only thing that isn't homemade I would put on it tonight. At least at the moment. Buffalo Mozzarella is everything. 

When I was in Italy I remember how the older Italian ladies would make their sauce. They would crush up tomatoes straight from the vine, add herbs and place them on picnic tables in the hot sun for a day just to create their own paste. Utilizing this paste as a foundation, they would place multiple things (including more tomatoes) into a pot and cook the sauce all day long for that classic authentic flavor. I think I will save this for a separate blog post.

Ok, so today I took the selfie I am sharing. I took it about an hour ago, as I attended my company Christmas party. Shortly before, I had to do some shopping, as I didn't have the chance to. I never know what to get during gift exchanges so I went with a practical gift anyone can use - a portable charger. I like the one from Mophie because it's convenient and lasts a long time. I have one in black and one in white and love taking them everywhere, especially when I travel. 

And speaking of practical, I decided that since it is still technically Fall, I wanted to do an orange glam look that was both practical and wearable. The dress (although you cannot see) it is from Hot Miami Styles

For my makeup today, I used the following products: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5, Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Compact in the shade 4.5, OFRA Cosmetics Pro Contouring Cream PaletteBenefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5, Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner, Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 309, Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in M Orange 250, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the shade Black, and Ellis Faas Hot Lips in the shade L409. 

I think I want to eat now. I am hungry. Time to cook. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The last Sunday of October 2018

Me today.
Hello everyone. It is officially the last Sunday of October. As we fly into Fall, I can only think about the work week ahead. I've garnered a fondness for multitasking and am now discovering this to be one of my strongest virtues. Perhaps, I have no choice other than to work on multiple things at once, as that is the only way to get the job done. 

Today I decided to do my basic home chores in the early morning (cleaning, laundry, etc.) before making my way to grocery market to buy a few things. Recently, I am really loving Albertsons. Not only do they have a great selection of produce and cheese, but vegetarian alternatives, including some of my personal favorites. I also love the customer service there too. 

I saw a bunch of fresh red bananas and the sales associate was so kind of ask if I wanted to try one. I had tried them before and although they are good, they fail in comparison to match the traditional yellow. And it seems like every single time I inquire about something in the store, I am always offered a sample. I literally would love to go to every Albertson's store in the United States and review them each individually. 

I'm rambling, I know. 

Anyways, today, I decided to not do full glam, but embrace more of a natural yet wearable look. Although my makeup is visible, as you can see from today's photo, I wanted to just enhance my features. For today's selfie, I used the following makeup products:


Smashbox Cosmetics 24 Hour Shadow Primer in the shade Barely-There Sheer, By Terry Eye Designer Palette in 1 Smoky Nude, Motives Waterproof Eye Pencil in the shade Black Magic, Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Eyeliner in the shade Slate, and Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara in Black. (Eyes)


Motives Lip Crayon in the shade Dusty Rose and Motives Maven Matte Lipstick in the shade Reveal Me. (Lips)


And in case you are wondering where my dress (although you cannot see much of it) is from, it is from Hot Miami Styles.

Additionally, I am really loving and appreciating the Bhagavad Gita. In case you are wondering what it is a Hindu scripture written by Lord Krishna. It is quite possibly one of the most inspiring texts I have read. It is modestly complex, as the translation is in old English. I've read it multiple times and find myself still looking at it when I can. Needless to say, I am quite inspired. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day. As much as I am contemplating and debating whether I want to go to the gym and workout for a few, I've decided that I want to take a nice relaxing bath and catch up on some much needed sleep. Today is national chocolate day, so I may take serious advantage. 

Have an amazing day!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Day of Summer 2018

It is officially the first day of Summer. I woke up in a relatively great mood. The weather is incredible, as it is not too hot or cold. Although the humidity prevents it from being pristine, I would say the environment is close to it for the first day of the hottest season. I am going to leave for work shortly, but want to make a smoothie before I go. I am thinking banana and dates with perhaps some chocolate almond milk? I like to add some coconut sugar for good measure. I don't know what it is with me and coconut sugar, as I seem to really be loving and appreciating it. 

And speaking of coconut sugar, I do have to go grocery shopping after work today. I really love the fruit and vegetable stands here in Idaho. Everything is modestly fresh and organic. The prices are exceptionally good. I have lived all over yet I find myself appreciating this. One thing about Idaho that I find fascinating is the fact that it is hotter in the evening than the late morning/early afternoon. I think it is the only state I have ever been in that is like this. Perhaps this is why so many grow crops (potatoes and onions more than anything else) here.

For work today, I am wearing a simple mustard, gold colored v-neck shirt with a black belt and black pencil skirt. The shirt (which is visible) is from J.Crew. As you can kind of tell in my selfie today. The skirt is from BCBGMaxAzria (which is non-visible from the selfie) and the belt I bought from Forever 21

In terms of beauty products, I am very much obsessed with the Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Face Balm, LORAC POREfection Foundation, By Terry Paris Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow Pen in Bronze Moon (No. 4), Benefit Cosmetics goof proof eyebrow pencil, and Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Libra. I love more things, but I only have a few minutes. I want to also add that I am currently obsessed with the Goutal Paris Rose Pompon Parfum. I own an array of perfumes yet I find myself reaching for this one the most. The fragrance is one of the best things you will ever smell in your life. I'll create a beauty favorites and share what I love for the month. 

Anyways, I am off. Off to work that is. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

FOTD: May 20, 2018

I know I haven't been active on this blog as much I would like to be, hence why I am writing this message tonight. I guess you can say that I am very busy with my life. I work full-time during the day and managed to take on an additional part-time job in the evening for some extra money. 

In addition to this, I have a new man in my life. It has been over a year (late 2016, to be exact) since I had anyone in my life, so when I met Sumit (my new boyfriend) I guess you could say my life has been busier than ever before.

I have so much to be thankful for as I have so much to be proud of. I am very content in my life, but I know that my life can be much better than what it is. I've noticed a pattern; however, when thinking, that I tend to overthink more than I should. That overthinking is worse than thinking, as overthinking is worse than not thinking at all. I've come to realization that overthinking is a sign of rumination (and ruination) and can do more harm than good. 

When it comes to overthinking, I truly believe that it can create problems. Especially problems that do not exist. Instead of living happily in the moment, I always think hypothetically. "What if this happens?" or "What if this doesn't happen?" And thinking hypothetically truly has no solution, as it is clearly the wrong way to think. When you start to overthink, you tend to dip into the realm of the hypothetical. This isn't good. 

I've been really looking at my life practically. What can I do to improve without overthinking about it? What can I do to make it better than what it is without thinking hypothetically? Recognizing and acknowledging the problem is vital, as is eliminating it without giving it too much value. That is my approach to solving my own problems and it works. 

Today I realize how much I love the Japonesque Velvet Touch PrimerLa Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation + Concealer, KIKO Milano Sculpting Touch Creamy Contour StickUrban Decay Eyeshadow in Serious, Smokeout and in Loaded, eyeko Fat Liquid EyelinerEstee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil and Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Lipstick in Commando and in Bare. And in case you are wondering why, these are the products I am wearing it in my photos today. I also want to add that I am also very obsessed with applying the Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm to my face before applying any makeup. This product is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

On a serious note, I haven't ate all day long, so I am thinking of having something great for dinner. As much as I want to have pasta, I am kind of too exhausted to cook right now, so perhaps I may just order a pizza from the local pizza joint here in town. In fact, that is what I will do right now. I hope everyone is doing well and having an amazing evening.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Just a quick selfie before I go out tonight

Just a quick selfie before I go to the local wine tasting event this evening. A good friend of mine invited me and insisted that I attend. I haven't seen her in a year, so I am looking forward to going. Did I mention that I am so happy it is Friday? #TGIF I don't usually drink (or at least a lot), but I could really use a glass of Moscato d'Asti right now with a wedge of formage brie.

It has been a while since I have been to any wine tasting event and to be quite frank, I do miss it as they can be fun. Kind of a more refined rendition of a traditional tap takeover with a twist. Anyways, in terms of wine, I'm usually a fan of sweeter wines such as Moscato d'Asti, Tokaji Azsú, Sauternes, Lambrusco, Ice Wine, etc. but can appreciate some of the bitter ones too such as Bordeaux and Burgundy once in a while. Sparkling wines seems to be my choice of port, but sometimes the smoother wines really bring an acquired taste to the palate. Especially when paired with the right food.

I can appreciate dry wines such as Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc and even a fine Burgundy, but to be honest, they are not my first choice. Of course I am not a connoisseur (like I use to be, that is), so more than likely I just haven't tried the right one. My least favorite is Pinot Grigio if I were to choose the one I would unlikely consume tonight.

Now if you ask me to choose between red and white, I honestly cannot choose as some of my favorite wines have been both. Red wine (in moderation, that is) seems to be the healthiest and loaded with an array of antioxidants which is always a plus and a good thing. Rose wine can also be good. Did I mention that I love pink moscato?

But the question remains, what are my favorite wines? To be honest, I love quite a few right now. They include:

-Mascota Vineyards Unanime (the 2013 bottle is the best I have tried)
-Chanteau D'Yquem Sauternes (the 2010 bottle is my favorite)
-Foss Marai Moscato Dolce Reale
-Caposaldo Sweet Peach Sparkling Moscato
-Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial
-Neige Apple Ice Wine
-Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
-Riunite Lambrusco

Tonight I decided to wear a simple blue, v-neck shirt with a belt and matching pencil skirt. It's starting to get warm, so I don't think I will need a jacket. I may take a shawl or even a light hoodie in case it gets cold. My makeup is dramatic yet wearable (as you can see from today's selfie), as my hair is pulled back in light headband. Most of my makeup today is Giorgio Armani Beauty, but if you have any questions on specifics you can ask me in the comments.

If you are filled with knowledge about wine, please do not hesitate to share in the comments. I do read about wine from time-to-time, but I feel like some of the content I read is one dimensional and really doesn't provide me with universal knowledge and accuracy of wines. I think that is a reason to both love and hate non-fiction content on the internet. Everyone is different as everyone has a different point-of-view, so therefore the commentary is different too.

Anyways, I hope you are having an amazing day, afternoon, evening or night depending on where you are in this crazy world, as I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I hope you will enjoy your Friday as I plan to enjoy mine.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

TBT: Me at my cousin's wedding

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I went tanning this Summer hence why I was super dark. I also had my hair stripped from black to this color. And although I looked a little "orange" that was primarily from using artificial bronzer. I did both my makeup and my hair and last minute decided to wear my hair like this. I had a great time in spite of the wedding not being planned well. 

I always love taking pictures though, as you can capture memories in virtually every photo. When I look at these photos, I remember that day like it was yesterday. And although the details seem to be somewhat of a vague blur, I haven't forgotten anything. 

These were taken in North Carolina. The town or area was called Pittsboro, which was very close to where my cousin was living at the time. I was invited months prior and honestly, was uncertain about attending as I was a workaholic and didn't know if I could have any time. After much contemplation, I decided to attend. I stayed in a hotel nearby for a few days. 


The day was beautiful, as it was warm but not too hot. There was sort of a breeze going on. It wasn't the Summer, but more so early Fall. I attended the wedding in late September years ago. One thing about North Carolina that I appreciate is the weather. 

I haven't seen my cousin many years which was the main reason I wanted to go. I only spoke to her few times on Facebook, so I just knew going to the wedding would be a great idea. As she is my cousin from mother's side of the family, The wedding was also a good chance to see family and old friends. 

My cousin Dawn was there. Only a few years later, her mother Carol Reiff was murdered. And still until this day, there has not been one single lead let alone suspect of her death. Those who have followed my blog know about her, as I have talked about her several times. Tragedy is an understatement. 

I know this is kind of off topic, but with the Morgan Ingram case, I have garnered more than an interest in true crime, but a strong passion for justice. Although I have always loved true crime and mystery (being a little girl and watching Unsolved Mysteries was what really made me realize how much I enjoyed it) it wasn't until I interviewed Toni Ingram where I discovered the true darkness of our world. 

I remember sitting in the backseat of a family member's car and snapping this picture of myself. At the time I had an old iPhone. 


This picture (the one to your right) was made popular by Michael Odegard, an internet stalker who made a series of hate blogs about me shortly after I published these online. I think the blog was called "Sarah Afshar Bimbo" or something. Why he chose this photo, I have no idea. Shortly after, I think this individual used the picture again when he made another hate site about my ex boyfriend Joe. 

Shortly after I took these photos, I uploaded them to Facebook. Afterwards, I rekindled with my old flame Joseph Valo. I've known Joe for about 20 years. And although he and decided to part ways late last year, I remember the time I spent with him. We are still friends. 

When I look at the additional photos I took, I only remember the day. I remember some of the details too; however, a lot of things are a blur now. I don't know if it is because I have been busy for years upon years since or simply because I don't really want to go back to that day, knowing what I know about my cousin's ex husband. Either way, a picture tells a story. And whether that story is small or large, that is one story you will always remember for the rest of your life.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Loving my blonde hair!

It has been officially 7 days since I colored my own hair blonde. And guess what? I am truly loving it. I don't really like attention, but for some reason I am getting a lot of it since I went blonde. Perhaps the saying "blondes have more fun" really can apply, since it is a proven fact that most men prefer fun women.

I am fun as a brunette, but I guess my personality must shine more so since becoming blonde. Platinum blonde, that is. I feel more compelled to style my hair on a daily basis now since becoming blonde also.

Is this normal?

Either way, it has been a week and I am truly loving my blonde hair. It's a change, a dramatic change at that, but I really like it. I'm also noticing my hair doesn't seem to be damaged and feels like it has more texture to it. The only thing I don't like is the fact that my hair grows fast and I feel like I have to touch up my roots once every two weeks.
For today's look, I decided to really dip into quite a few new hair products. Right now I am really loving the Oscar Blandi At-Home Salon Glaze. It really does wonders for my hair. Probably the most used styling product I use.


A lot of you have asked me what shampoo I use since becoming a blonde. I have tried quite a few, but right now I really love the Schwartzkopf Professional Bonacure silver shampoo. It is literally the best one I've used for blonde hair. If they were to come out with another one, I would not hesitate to use it.

In terms of conditioning, I condition my hair using Matrix Biolage Oil Conditioner has it tends to bring the moisture back into my locks and treats my tresses amazingly. I haven't tried as many as I could be, as I have been sticking to only a few. So far; however, this one is my favorite.

I'm currently living in a very old Victorian house in Butte, Montana, but will be moving soon so I will have more space. Which means more beauty products to try and hoard. I am on the lookout for a good curling iron. I've used so many different types, but haven't touched as many as I should or could as I would go to a stylist and get my hair professionally styled. If you have any you want to recommend please do so.

I hope you are having an amazing day. It is beautiful here.