hourglass ambient light blush palette 2016

A few beautiful things

Lately I’ve been feeling like my well is running low…

Not like an actual physical well (because I don’t have a well in my condo!), but I mean the well for, like, my soul — the deep place inside of you that soaks up and stores inspiration and keeps you going. The part you can draw from when you want to do something creative.

I really haven’t been good about refilling my well lately or, to mix metaphors, I really haven’t been good about recharging my batteries. Or adding gas to my creative tank.

Reading helps. And listening to music. And watching brainless TV. And laughing. And any downtime, really. And going for walks. But one of the things that also helps is surrounding myself with beautiful things, and here are a few things I’m surrounding myself with this week to help me “refill my well.”

This notebook by Denik, for starters. I found it on my trip to Tahoe this fall, and I’ve been saving it to use on a rainy day. I love the colors on the cover and the message, “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream,” and the lovely silvery font. The purple and blue speak to me.


Don’t you love new notebooks? — the blank pages and all the possibilities? I’m calling this my “Silver Linings Journal” because I’m going to use it to write about any positive things that happen to me.

It’s so easy to fill journals with bad things, isn’t it? I totally get that, and I’ve done it many times before because it feels good to unload when you aren’t feeling great, and when you don’t want to burden your friends and family. It’s just easier sometimes to lay it all out in a journal.

But I really want to use this journal to celebrate all of the silver linings and good things that happen throughout the day.

Next up…

Plants. When I surround myself with plants, I just feel…happier, so while I was at Trader Joe’s last weekend I took some time to smell the roses, so to speak, and admire their beautiful flowers and greenery.

trader joes glitter tree

You can never have enough glitter

This little glitter tree came home with me!

trader joes glitter tree

No really, you can never have enough!

I had to do it. Isn’t it the cutest!? It’s sprinkled with glitter. There’s glitter in the leaves, glitter in the pot. It’s glorious! There’s glitter everywhere.

It’s here on my desk with me right now. I still have to name him (I’m pretty sure it’s a him)…

Speaking of TJ’s, I also got myself this tiny bouquet of flowers while I was there. It was about $5 and has little hydrangeas and other cute, springy sprigs. There’s also a little pinecone in it, which is hidden in this picture for some unknown reason… I guess she was shy!

trader joes petite bouquet

Flowers usually help

Next up…

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Strobe Palette takes my breath away every time I open it.

hourglass ambient light blush palette 2016

So pretty…

hourglass ambient light blush palette 2016

Like flowers, Hourglass usually helps

Hourglass mixed the three blushes in this palette — coral Incandescent Electra, warm peachy brown Brilliant Nude and lavender Euphoric Fusion — with their high-shine Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder highlighters, then added finely milled flecks of golden glitter, which gives the blushes a “Let’s go to Vegas!” vibe.

The finishes are shinier and sparklier than the powders in the original Ambient Lighting Blush Palette a few years ago, so watch out! — sparkly Karen is a-comin’! 🙂

It’s $62 and available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

hourglass euphoric fushion

Wearing Hourglass Euphoric Fusion on my cheeks

Wearing Hourglass Brilliant Nude on my cheeks

Wearing Hourglass Brilliant Nude on my cheeks

hourglass incandescent electra

Wearing Hourglass Incandescent Electra on my cheeks

Last, but not least, my new Sweater Weather candle from Bath and Body Works, because…cold weather and candles, ya know? I think they just go together well.

bath body works sweater weather candle

Time for Sweater Weather

I hope you take some time this week to recharge and refill your well. Sending you lots of love and a big hug. ❤️

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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