Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Pictures. 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!

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just got home from a long day

I just got home from a very long day. All work and no play. It is Wednesday yet feels like a Thursday and I have to wait two days for it to be Friday. I know I haven't been posting much on this blog, as I have been busy beyond belief with my life, but I promise you will hear from me sporadically until I have more time. So much has happened in my life and although I have so much I want to say, it would probably take forever to cover everything.

As many of you already know, I live in Idaho (Meridian) and have been here for several years now. Not only do I have family that lives nearby, but I felt an immediate connection when I first visited hence why I decided to pack my bags from Bozeman and make the 10+ hour move via drive. Idaho is quite possibly the most underrated state, as it embodies an organic ardor of fields. Some areas are flatter than others, but everywhere you look you see endless fruits and vegetables growing.

What really caught my attention aside from the potato fields were the endless fields of onions and how the scent of onion managed to penetrate through the air, making an entire area within a 30 mile radius smell like fresh onion rings. Needless to say, the smell use to bother me when I first moved here, but now I appreciate it more than ever. And every time you travel through this glorious state you are met with many wonderful Spanish speaking people who sell fresh, organic produce right from their rust fruit stands.

When I first moved here, I felt motivated to grow things. Everything from herbs to vegetables to fruits to flowers to even grass and more. And it is because of living here in Idaho I have garnered a huge love and appreciation for gardening. Time is virtuous and I feel like time is never wasted when growing something. With Earth Day just around the corner, I feel compelled to put some of the wonderful things into the ground. After all, the earth is filled with life.  
Today I am incredibly exhausted and just want to have a nice shower, eat a nice dinner and dive into my bed freely without any thought of anything. I thought about binge watching Breaking Bad reruns, but I am just way too tired this evening and can only think about sleep. Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do was just sleep? That's how I feel today. And besides, tomorrow is a brand new day.

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.

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.