Quarantine

March 23, 2020 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


My last post was scheduled in advance and went live before I had the chance to reschedule it. I wasn’t sure if I should continue to post as if nothing was going on or acknowledge it in some way. What does one even do in a situation like this?

In the weeks leading up to our shelter in place order my son had been going on and on about coronavirus. So much that I’d roll my eyes and tell him we literally have nothing to worry about. Surely we are equipped to handle something like this. I tried to reassure him that everything would be ok and explained that we shouldn’t worry until it was time to worry. And then we went out to do a little last minute grocery shopping (I needed cheese for my chilaquiles) and saw everyone panic buying the hell out of everything. If it wasn’t nailed down they were stuffing it in their carts. The woman behind me in the checkout line was frantically yelling ‘There is none! It’s all gone!’ Looking in her cart I could see it was full of merchandise. I’m not sure what more she needed, but she was angry as hell that it just wasn’t enough.

We all got in the car and looked at each other. What the hell is going on? It was like something out of a movie. It was crazy. I went home and decided to do a little online shopping. You see, I’m a couponer of sorts. Not the extreme kind. But I can appreciate a good deal and will take advantage and stock up on things like toilet paper, paper towel, laundry pods, and Lysol wipes. I actually buy Lysol wipes often because I bake from home so I’m forever wiping down every surface and often. I also like to use them for my beauty stuff. I wipe down my vanity and makeup products after each use. So you can imagine how bothered I was when I could no longer find them. Thankfully I do have some stored away. I also collect a lot of the Mrs. Meyers limited edition scents. So I had enough hand and dish soap too.

Do you what what I didn’t have a lot of? Food. Because we usually shop weekly. I buy a lot of perishables like fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, etc. We aren’t big on canned or boxed foods. My pantry is stocked with dried goods such as quinoa, polenta, rice, and beans. But it’s definitely not enough to last weeks or months. And who knows when these things will even come back in stock? So now I was forced to grab whatever I could. I wasn’t happy.

As someone who has asthma and other health issues, getting this illness could be very bad. Yet that’s not even the scariest part of all this. The scariest part is how people are acting. I get that people are scared. I’m scared too. But buying shit you don’t need leaving others without is so uncalled for. There would be enough if we all shopped like we normally would. And don’t even get me started on the people reselling these items at outrageous prices. It’s absolutely disgusting.

The world won’t end because I can’t get a hold of my go-to cleaning products. It won’t end because I can’t buy baking supplies to at least work on my craft while sheltering in place. And it won’t end if we should run out of toilet paper. It’s an inconvenience and I can improvise. However, this really shouldn’t be an issue. There’s plenty to go around. Or at least there was.

Anyway, before the world got flipped upside down, I was stressed over other stuff. I was feeling overwhelmed and… off balance. I just needed everything to slow down for a minute. So I’m going to take this time to do just that. I’m going to try and center myself. My posts will continue as scheduled. But I felt like I should at least acknowledge what’s going on right now. I hope this all gets sorted out soon. Stay safe, everyone. And a huge thank you to farmers/farm hands, truck drivers, delivery drivers, hospital staff, grocery store workers, gas station attendants, restaurant/fast food workers, etc. for all you do. It is appreciated. Even before this madness.

By the way, if you see me sharing memes on my social media, please don’t assume that I’m not taking this serious. My family and I are very much taking this seriously. I just turn to humor in rough times. We all cope differently.

6 Year Blogiversary Update

December 24, 2018 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments »


Ask Me Anything

Last month I mentioned in my 6 Year Blogiversary post that if I got enough questions I’d follow up with the answers. I know I mentioned the possibility of a video follow up, but that isn’t going to happen. I must have made a dozen videos and cringed through every single one of them. I thought weeding through hundreds of selfies was tough to do. Well, watching myself on video was tougher. In the end I just couldn’t do it. I’m sorry. Maybe one day I’ll have one too many margaritas and give it another go. Until then here are the answers to your questions!

Do you like “the dong”?
Hahaha! I know who asked this. Yes. Yes I do.

Why don’t you try YouTube out.
You know, I get asked this a lot! From family and friends. At some point I actually considered it because I thought it was what the people wanted. But you know what? It’s not what I want. I’m a blogger. I love to write. It’s who I am.

What’s your favorite and your least favorite makeup brand??
I would have to say ColourPop. They’re easily both my favorite and least favorite brand. They have so many great products and offer them at such an affordable price. They aren’t afraid of color. They do some pretty interesting collabs. I feel like they’re always keeping things interesting with the new product launches. The downside? They’ve hurt me on numerous occasions. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve received broken products and have had to reach out to customer service only to be be given the run around. Thankfully I haven’t had any issues lately. But you never forget the ones who have hurt you.

What are your top 3 favorite lip products?
It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweetheart

Jouer Lip Topper in Sweetheart

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Trinket

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Trinket

Besides your makeup blog, what other hobbies do you have?
Besides my blog I love to cook. Baking specifically. I would bake every single day if I wasn’t so tempted to eat the stuff I bake. I also love walking. I know it sounds lame, but I have a lot of fun going for walks. Sometimes I’ll talk and vent my way through it and other times I’ll just walk quietly admiring the scenery. There are also a few games I like to play on my phone.

If you could go shopping with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
This is a really good question! I would have to say my husband. Probably not the most exciting answer, but he’s my number one choice. Sometimes I like to venture off on my own and will call him to meet up when I’m done. And he doesn’t get offended that I’d rather be alone. On the times I could use a little help he’s always there to help me weigh out the pros and cons. And he’ll convince me to get the thing I’m eying.

If I had to choose another person it would have to be my best friend. We’ve never even met in person, but we’ve been friends for well over a decade! We do have a lot of fun online shopping together. So I just know we’d have a blast shopping together in person.

What’s your favorite beverages?
Coffee! Margaritas. COFFEE! Tea.

Tell me something I might be surprised to know about you.
I’m not really sure what would be surprising to you. I do have quite the potty mouth. I suppose that might be surprising to people who don’t know me personally. I try to keep things clean around here.

You have 2 chins!
Not really a question, but ok. Yes I do. I believe I mentioned that a few posts back.

I’m actually surprised that there was only one negative comment/remark. I was warned not to do this because it would attract the trolls, but I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little better. Well, I hope you learned something new!

6 Year Blogiversary

November 15, 2018 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments »


Ask Me Anything

I can hardly believe that on the 25th my blog will be 6 years old! When I first started this blog I wasn’t really sure where to go with it or how I would fit into the beauty community. All that I knew is that I loved makeup. Looking back on some of my very first posts it’s clear that I didn’t even know to talk about it. Some of y’all can describe these products as if you created it in the lab yourselves. It can be intimidating. But I knew that if I kept at it eventually I’d loosen up and would feel comfortable just being myself.

That’s the approach I have taken here at Midwest Glam. A more personal approach. I often share tid bits of my personal life. I’ve had people tell me I should keep the two separate. I’ve even had people say that they don’t care they just want to hear about the makeup. The thing is the two are very much connected. For example, any time I’m sharing a new Wet n Wild product you can bet that my husband drove me around (on his ONLY day off) to at least 20 different drug stores trying to track it down. All while keeping me caffeinated and fed because I can get cranky otherwise. In fact both of my guys play a VERY big role in my blog. Even my son who will compliment my looks telling me that my eyebrows are ‘on fleek.’ Believe me, I know that my brows are anything but fleeky, but I love him for trying.

This coming year I would actually like to start sharing MORE of my world with you all. Starting with an Ask Me Anything post! You can click this link to ask me anything. Completely anonymous! Or if you’d like you can just ask in the comments. If I get enough questions I’ll follow up with the answers in another post. Maybe I’ll even answer in a video? No promises though!

I know it’s not the most exciting Blogiversary post, but it’s different from the others I’ve done. And I thought it might be a nice way for y’all to maybe get to know me a little better. So if there’s anything you’d like to know, now is your chance!

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