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Vancouver + Whistler Vacation

Here’s a really special video my sweet husband made documenting our recent travels in beautiful BC! I’m currently working on a travel guide detailing our favorite food and adventures that will be on my site later this week. Stay tuned! <3

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Greenbelt Adventures – Hill of Life Trail

One of my favorite things to do on sunny, warm weekends in Austin, TX is to explore the surrounding pockets of nature. It’s hard to feel as landlocked as we actually are here in Central Texas when there are swimming holes at every turn. The Barton Creek Greenbelt has tons of great options to park yourself for a day of sun n’ fun!

The Hill of Life Trail is arguably one of the best spots on the Greenbelt. It’s about a ten to fifteen minute rocky hike or two minute bike down the trail to a lush mini waterfall surrounded by juniper and oak trees. We always bring backpacks with snacks and towels and park it just across the creek on a little bank among the shade of the trees. I find it’s best to get there early because as the day wares on it can get pretty crowded and the sun can be mighty fierce. Dogs and children are welcome! 

Also, it is important to note that the hike can be especially steep and rocky on the way up. Many bikers and runners use it as their outdoor workout of choice. It is smart to wear or bring shoes that you can hike up the hill in and if you are bringing a little one be advised you may want a sturdy backpack to carry them in.

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Hi, How Are you?


A few years ago I thought it would be fun to start a beauty blog. I’ve long followed other beauty gurus blogs and youtube channels. I’m a professional hairstylist and avid makeup collector so I simply figured why not offer my expertise to the world?

And so, I set to work creating a site and correlating YouTube channel under the moniker hey pooker. I posted for a few months and made a couple of  videos with the aid of my videographer husband, but truth be told I wasn’t having the best time doing it. I found myself suffering from imposter syndrome. When I would sit down to compile a list of topics I thought people could be interested in I felt both disinterested and overwhelmed. With a million beauty bloggers all attempting to review or share the same information what new content could I possibly even offer? I, by no means, consider myself an excellent photographer, and I’ve been known to make a grammatical error or ten. Who would even be perusing this blog of mine when there’s always a better one only a click away? I only wanted to post what I felt was perfect content and nothing felt good enough. I posted nothing.

For close to two years my site has gone unused. In those years my personal life has seen many changes. I’m currently enjoying my first year of marriage and I have a baby boy on the way this Fall. It’s really the latter of those two things that has me posting this today. There’s not much like bringing a new person into the world to make you reflect on the kind of person you are or the kind of person you would like to be. Aligning myself with that way of thinking, I want to be the kind of person that isn’t afraid to put myself out there or be vulnerable. I want to be the kind of person that doesn’t worry what other people think of my creative endeavors. I want to be a doer not just a thinker or a talker.

I’m here today with new goals in mind for hey pooker. I’m going to post about whatever I want whenever I want from here on out. It may be a post about beauty, food, events, my personal life, a random thought that crossed my mind. I could post about anything. I love to look back at years I spent on tumblr curating my page. While I didn’t have many followers, when I look at my archives I smile because I have a digital scrapbook of my life and interests during those years. Sure, some of it makes me cringe, but I’m happy that it exists either way. I’m beyond excited to see what the future has in store for me and to see what pieces of it I choose to  share with you here.

 

 

 

 

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Authenticity

Authenticity“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” -Coco Chanel

The last bit of life here has been an absolute whirlwind for me. I suppose we all need a shake up now and then. It’s those “reality check” moments when everything around you seems to happen all at once that really cause you to be present. These past couple of months have brought such an abundance of joy along with the occasional sorrow. Alas, there isn’t one without the other. It’s strange how intertwined every part of life is. Sometimes it feels like coincidence. Other times it feels like design. The beauty of these moments is that they really force you to take stock of what’s important and help you to forge the kind of person you would like to be. Since I have been having my own personal renaissance as of late I figured I might as well share what I’ve learned so far.

Authenticity is Everything.

To be authentic means to be genuine. It means to be real. First of all, if you aren’t this then what are you? It’s in life’s most difficult and profound moments that we are forced to stand by our convictions and decisions. The importance of knowing what your beliefs are and presenting them to others is beyond measure. This is not to be confused with giving your opinion. It’s simply important to know what your opinion is. It is imperative that we don’t present two faces to the world. We can’t control how we are perceived, but we can control what we know about ourselves to be true. It is only with this self awareness that we can be confident in our decisions and actions.

 Confidence is Beauty

Duh! This is a given. Now, I’m not talking about the BS confidence that comes from getting a manicure or putting on mascara. That’s all well and good. Let’s face it I’m a fan; however, true confidence derives from knowing your authentic self. Not to be confused with knowing everything. It is equally important to realize the extent of your own ignorance. No one knows everything. Life is a lot of learn as you go which at times can be hard. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Wether you are letting your freak flag fly or simply telling someone else how you feel, don’t be scared. There’s plenty of stuff to be scared of: Donald Trump, spiders, war. Don’t waste your time worrying what everybody else thinks of you. That being said…

Practice Kindness

 The one thing everyone else will remember about you is how you made them feel. You don’t have to be fake. You don’t have to best friends with everyone. In fact, that doesn’t sound very authentic at all. Just be nice. Do all things in kindness. It’s just a matter of practicing good mental alchemy. Complaining won’t make you happier; nor will being shitty to somebody else. If someone is driving you up the walls keep your head down and work on you. You can’t change anyone else. You can change yourself!

Here’s a short list of random places where I have found inspiration this past month.

  • Dear Sugar is Cheryl Strayed’s podcast. Each week she reads various letters written by the lovelorn and lonely touching on various topics. I find this less of your typical advice giving and more of an attempt at offering empathy and understanding to each and every one of the writers. So many words of wisdom on this show. I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Yoga With Adriene is an awesome free online source for any yogini wether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet. She is an ATX native and has such a fun personality. I particularly love her yoga based on your mood. Pretty cathartic stuff.
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My Current Drugstore Favorites

drugstore makeup favorites!

Lately there have been so many inexpensive products from the drugstore making their way into my makeup collection. In fact, some of these have become favorites over my high end buys! Honestly, I never thought there would be a day when I reached for a 7$ foundation over all of my other ones! Here are 8 of my favorite drustore staples. They are perfect for a natural “no makeup” makeup look or if you just want to brighten your complexion before you run errands on your day off.

 

1.) Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte and Poreless  Don’t let the name fool you. While this says it is for oily skin, this foundation looks great on all skin types. It does leave a matte finish, but It doesn’t cling to any dry patches. It lasts all day long and it looks so natural. Not to mention they have a really decent shade range.

2.) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser  I use this in shade neutral to brighten up undereyes as well as highlight above my upper lip and center of my forehead. The sponge tip applicator makes sure that you don’t use too much and it leaves an even natural finish.

3.) Revlon Cream Blush in charmed enchantment– I am obsessed with cream blush. It always gives the most natural glow. Revlon cream blushes are some of my all time favorites. They come in only a few colors. I own them all. I can’t recommend these enough. I often layer 2 blushes and these are perfect as a base or on their own. They are super user friendly. They blend very easily.

4.) Milani’s baked blushes are another all time favorite formula. These are stunning. They have a little shimmer, but nothing glittery. They are pigmented, but bendable. They hold up to some of my favorite high end blushes. I love this one in rose d’ oro to bring a touch of life to my face.

5.) NYX prismatic eyeshadow in Girl Talk is a pinky shimmery eyeshadow that can be work as a highlighter or on the eyes. I use it all over the lids as well as the high points of cheek bones for a natural glow.

6.) NYX wonder pencils are great for many things. They can be used as eyeliners or lip liners. Here I used one in the lightest shade on the inner rims of my eyes to make my eyes look brighter and more awake. This is a great tip for those mornings when you aren’t feeling so hot.

7.) Ok! so it feels like everyone and their grandma has been RAVING about this Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. Rightfully so. It has the same effect as Too Faced Better Than Sex for about 1/3 of the price. Drug store mascaras are what’s up. They are much less expensive and there are so many good formulas. This one lives up to the hype.

8.) I don’t think I can say enough good things about Loreal Le Matte Lip Pens. For those of you wary of the drying effects of liquid lipsticks this is your jam. They glide on smooth and they last without making your lips look parchedI have every color and every time I wear one I get a compliment.

Let me know any and all of your drugstore favorites in the comments below<3

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The life-changing magic of tidying up…my makeup collection

Tidying Up!

So I might be am definitely a makeup hoarder. I start off with the best intentions when I shop. My goal when I am in the store is always to find the holy-grail foundation that perfectly matches my skin and compliments my complexion so I can finally put all of the others in the past. I often think to myself now THIS is a lip color I can wear with everything. I legit can’t actually leave a store without purchasing a nail polish. It is a problem.

Recently I realized that I stopped knowing exactly how many eyeshadows I own. I was no longer able to count how many periwinkle blue nail polishes sat in my collection unused. I bought the same exact lipstick on 3 different occasions not realizing that multiple tubes sat unused in a drawer. Not to mention, the startling fact, that multiple days a week I don’t even wear a stitch of makeup. I decided it was time to host an intervention with myself. Enter Marie Kondo’s book, the life-changing magic of tidying up

In the book Marie outlines a clear method for clearing out the clutter.

1.) You start with a category as opposed to a room or space.

2.) You put everything in the chosen category in the middle of the floor.

3.) You hold each individual item in your hand and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If it makes you happy it stays. If it doesn’t make you happy it has to go.

It’s all pretty straight forward, yet sometimes we need that extra push to let go of things even if they are no longer serving us. In the end I was able to find better homes for all of the makeup sitting unused and unnoticed. As a plus, I now am much more aware of what I do have and am able to put it to much better use. I do recommend this book. I thought Kondo’s method contained a more cut and dry mentality that I had not seen before. It is extremely helpful if you are the kind of person that cleans out their closet multiple times a year. If you follow this book accordingly you won’t be cleaning it out again for a long time. The best part is there is a genuine freedom and happiness that comes with having less.

(though I still have more than plenty.)

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Korean Beauty Haul!

Here is my first youtube video featuring all of the treats I brought back from NYC as well as a very brief explanation of  the South Korean beauty culture. Enjoy and please subscribe! <3

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Korean Beauty Shops in NYC


TonyMoly shopping window

This past weekend I was in NYC visiting my bests and I had to go to Chinatown and visit a few Korean beauty shops! For those of you that don’t know, for Koreans skin care is not just frivolous it’s a way of life. Korean’s have been at the forefront of skin care technology for years now. Many American product lines have slowly followed suit by introducing BB creams, CC creams, and sheet masks. I have ordered tons of goodies from  Charlotte Cho’s site Sokoglam during the last year, and have been aching to get to a store so that I can sample all of the treats in person.

TonyMoly NYCOur first stop was TonyMoly


pure joy @ TonyMoly
FUN @ TonyMolyBen reading product reviews on MakeupAlley

TonyMoly swatches

TonyMoly sheet masks

TonyMoly NYC Ben
We were a couple of kids in a candy store. Korean beauty lines are also known for extremely high quality at very reasonable price points as well as their beyond adorable packaging.

oo35mm chinatownThen on to  oo35mmoo35mm goodies

oo35mm carried a wide variety of Korean skin care lines. It was almost overwhelming!iope skin cushion

Korean Beauty HaulNeedless to say I still managed to come out alright. 😉 Stay tuned for a video in the next couple of weeks where I will go into detail all about my Korean Haul. There are some interesting items that you won’t want to miss! <3

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Glossier’s new face masks!

glossier masks  I am a mask junkie. I love hair masks, face masks, sheet masks, nail masks. GIVE ME ALL THE MASKS! Glossier’s new masks are no exception. First of all I adore the packaging. It’s simple and cute, vaguely reminescent of Korean brands. Each of these retails for 22$ which is completely reasonable because they are packed to the brim with product. They are hands down my new favorites.

mega greens galaxy mask First up is the mega greens galaxy pack. This one claims to draw out toxins and impurities all while feeding your pores vitamins and antioxidants. I was a little nervous with this one. My combination skin doesn’t handle anything astringent or too drying very well and overcompensates on oil production causing major breakouts.

Key Ingredients

: Green Phytonutrients
Parsley, spinach, and detoxifying cress sprout extract clean and help protect skin against environmental pollutants.

Bitter Orange Peel
A calming oil regulator and super soft, spongy exfoliant.

Creamy White Clay
The mildest form of kaolin clay gently purifies pores by drawing out oil and build-up.

Avocado Oil & Aloe
Natural moisturizers soften and condition skin.

Superfruit Antioxidant Blend
Eight powerful, vitamin- and omega-rich fruit extracts, including acai, aronia, and bilberry, to protect against cell damage.

 

glossier mask reviewIt’s unlike any mask I have used before. It applies thick and rich and white with small little flecks inside. I could feel it drying, but unlike mosts masks my skin did not feel tight as it dried. I looked in the mirror at the 20 minute mark and I was shocked to see the mask had pretty much turned clear on my face! I rinsed it off and was beyond surprised to feel my skin soft to the touch! Glossier recommends using their moisturizing moon mask in conjunction so I followed suit with that.

moon mask

Next up, the moisturizing moon mask is a lotion mask that also wears for 20 minutes and is rinsed off afterwards. It applies much like a cold cream but thins out to a clear consistency on the face. It boasts softer well moisturized skin and frankly it delivers.

Key Ingredients

Oxygenating Agent
Supplies stressed skin cells with oxygen, improving texture and leaving a radiant glow.

Natural Emollients
Shea butter, plant-derived squalene, and sweet almond and soybean oils are superb moisturizers.

Licorice Root and Lemon Extracts
Natural brighteners that work to even skin tone.

Hyaluronic Acid
A mega hydrator that plumps skin up with moisture.

Honey and Aloe
Natural skin soothers that help attract and retain moisture.

 

Glossier. recommends using both masks up to twice a week. I can already tell you I will be emptying both tubs and repurchasing over the course of the next few months. My face feels like a baby’s booty and I like it. I also adored the thoughtful packaging even down to the box everything was delivered in.

glossier.

 

 

 

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