My Makeup Collection

1 | It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Medium
2 | Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer in Light-Medium
3 | Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder
4 | Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed
5 | NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
6 | Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Pallet
7 | L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black
8 | Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner in Wild Roses
9 | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Safe Word

I use the eyeshadow palette for multiple things so I don't have to buy separate products. I use the shade "sexspresso" to touch up my eyebrows and sometimes I'll use the same shade as an eyeliner for my top eyelids. Since I don't use eyeliners, I also use these eyeshadows underneath my eyes to give that area some color. I only use neutral colors. I'm not one to wear pink blush and red lipstick. I feel and look my best with a brown-mauve color on my cheeks and an antique rose color on my lips.

Determining how much makeup to own at once is really quite simple. I only buy makeup that can fit inside of my makeup bag. Since my bag is quite small the only time I buy new makeup is to replace something I've used up or if something I will have to repurchase in the near future is on sale. The one thing I'm not picky about is face powder, I only ask that they be translucent. I just recently started using a new powder and so far I like it. Other than that, I know where I can find my perfect foundation, concealer, blush color, bronzer formula, mascara, eyeshadow palette, lipstick shade, and lip balm. I'm a creature of habit and once I find something that works, I stick to it. It has taken me so long to use up makeup I've already purchased only to go back out and buy more makeup just to find what works for me. It took a little more than a decade, but I'm glad I found the products that work well with my skin and complexion.

Personally, I've never understood the mentality of owning so much makeup at once since makeup has expiration dates and the more you own, the less likely you are to finish a single product before it expires. I also find that having only the essentials makes getting ready in the morning a simple task. Ten minutes is all the time I want to devote to my makeup application in the morning. I do wear a vitamin C serum, eye cream, and sunscreen underneath my makeup, however, I did not include them here because they are skincare products.



Library of Congress and Jefferson's Library

September 9th. Lea and I visited the Library of Congress twice during our trip. Our first visit was right after we left our tour of the Capitol and the second visit was a few days later on the 13th. Our first visit wasn't planned, we simply used the tunnel to get to the Library of Congress from the Capitol. We wandered around on our own and got a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson's Library, which was perfect timing since the following day had us exploring Monticello. Because we were too late for the tours that would have given us insight to the building's history and art, we promised that we would come back on another day.

On September 13th we returned to the Library of Congress. We visited the bookshop and gift shop first, where I purchased Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries by Tom Shachtman. During the tour, our guide did point out some interesting facts about the art in the Library of Congress, its founding, and of course Thomas Jefferson's contribution. I have already dedicated a separate article to Thomas Jefferson's books, if you would like to read it you can click here. What I loved most about the art within the library is that everything is there for a reason, every piece of art is an allegory for something, someone, an event that took place in history, an idea, etc. Many symbols were revealed to us, so many in fact that I could barely keep up.

After our tour we decided to register for Reader Identification Cards so we that we could gain access to the Reading Rooms. While we didn't have time to request materials and wait for their retrieval, we still wanted to get the cards knowing that there was a chance we wouldn't use them during this trip. I may return someday and use it for research since I am a student of history. That said, there's also plenty of resources on their website.



United States Capitol

After wandering the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, Lea and I walked to the Capitol Building to begin our tour at three o'clock. When we arrived, we entered a room to watch a short documentary about the history of the United States Capitol. Afterward, we were paired with our guide and began our tour of the neoclassical building. We went to the Crypt, the Old Supreme Court Chambers, the Rotunda, and the National Statuary Hall Collection. After our tour of the Capitol Building, we decided to use the tunnel to get to the Library of Congress. We did a quick self-tour of the national library, but we promised ourselves we would go back on another day to receive a proper tour.

The original Capitol building stood completed in 1800. During the War of 1812, the Capitol was partly damaged after it was set ablaze by British soldiers on August 24, 1814. Reconstruction commenced in 1815 with a redesign of both the Senate and House chambers, and later with the addition of the center front steps, the portico, and the interior of the Rotunda in the 1820s. During the 1950s the Capitol expanded more than twice its original size and a new design for a much larger dome was authorized by Congress. It's been suggested that the Statue of Freedom at the top of the dome faces the east so "the sun can never set on the face of Freedom".

The Crypt was the first place we proceeded to, it's directly below the Rotunda. It was originally intended to be an entrance to the tomb of George Washington. The designers of the Capitol obtained permission from Martha Washington sometime after her husband's death to have the tomb built. However, the crypt was not completed until 1827, twenty-eight years after the death of the First President. George Washington wrote his will and testament in July of 1799, "The family Vault at Mount Vernon requiring repairs, and being improperly situated besides, I desire that a new one of Brick, and upon a larger Scale, may be built at the foot of what is commonly called the Vineyard Inclosure, on the ground which is marked out. In which my remains, with those of my deceased relatives and such others of my family as may chuse to be entombed there, may be deposited. And it is my express desire that my Corpse may be Interred in a private manner, without parade, or funeral Oration (Washington)." Because of the restrictions in his will and opposition from the proprietor of Mount Vernon at the time, the plans to retrieve George Washington's body from Mount Vernon were abandoned.

Of everything we saw inside of the Capitol, the Rotunda was my favorite. The ceiling is remarkably high, naturally, the first thing I did was look up. My eyes were met with The Apotheosis of Washington. It was painted by Constantino Brumidi at the end of the Civil War. The Apotheosis of Washington portrays our First President sitting in the heavens as a god, to his right is the Goddess of Liberty and to his left is goddess Victoria. Thirteen maidens with stars above their head, representing the original Thirteen Colonies, complete the circle. Six scenes depicting war, science, marine, commerce, mechanics, and agriculture surround them. Eight large historical paintings, four scenes of the American Revolution and four scenes of the exploration and colonization of America, are also found in the Rotunda.

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