Elf on the Shelf

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Okay so I’m not a parent or anything of the sort but I have heard a lot about this ‘Elf on the Shelf’ and it’s very interesting. Basically the elf “goes to see Santa” to report the behavior of the children every night and is back by the next morning in a new place. I’ve heard that sometimes it brings presents too. To me this is very strange, I never had this growing up, I was threatened with coal and no presents if I kept fighting with my sisters, I never had a creepy elf watching over everything I did.

It’s very odd to me that a toy is watching children and they’re believing it. I guess I believed in Santa for a very long time, but believing in a plastic toy watching you seems different. It’s also kind of creepy to me, like your mom and dad just stick this little guy on a fireplace, or the kitchen cabinets, or in your bedroom and he just watches you. What happened to Santa doing that? “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake,” if that wasn’t creepy enough already now his helpers are in your home.

I don’t think that as a child this would have changed my behavior, and of course I don’t know because I didn’t have it, but I think the threat of coal was almost enough for me, then the threat of no presents was definitely enough.  I don’t understand why the elf enforces it more so than threats because the way I see it they’re probably just going to end up getting the presents whether the “elf’s report to santa” is good or bad, it’s just another way to have empty threats and if a kid is going to bad they will realize this.

I’ve also heard that some people leave toys or small presents with the elf everyday too, like an advent calendar with toys. I don’t understand that either. I got a piece of chocolate every three days with an advent calendar because my sisters and I shared it. I did not get a toy everyday from Thanksgiving until Christmas, the advent calendars don’t even start until December 1st anyway.  I just don’t get why children can’t just listen to their parents, or maybe that’s just my jealousy of daily presents getting in the way of this toy.

So how does this work exactly? Do you use one or do you refuse or what about in the future when you have kids?

I think that a lot has changed between when I was five and five year olds now, I mean I  had dial up and Aurthur games to entertain me at most, not tablets and iPhones, but there is nothing electronic about this elf, unless I missed something where it actually does record everything a child does, which I do not think it does and if it does parents need to reevaluate how they monitor their children but that would be a whole different post.

Elf on the shelf, I would love to see different opinions and same opinions in the comments. Keep in mind I am a 20-year-old college student with zero children and no plans to have any in the foreseeable future so maybe I just don’t get it. I just think that I’ve gone 20 years without the need for an elf to keep watch over me during the holidays, so what’s so different now that kids do? I’m really curious to hear other opinions so let me know!

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Does anyone find him to look kinda creepy though? Maybe it’s just the fact that he “watches you” but I think he looks a little creepy.

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Daily Makeup Routine

So yes, I know this is not something I normally do but I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I think I want to try and add some more girlyish type things on here, like fashion and makeup on occasion when I do things like shop, or just to share with you guys and we’re just going to see how this goes. I would like to make a note that at most this will not happen more than once a month, if that so don’t leave if you don’t want to see that because it’s going to be rare. Okay? Well wish me luck, and sorry boys, but I’m going to give this a try.

Okay so this is how I start. Please excuse the messy hair from the beginning because I do not take care of that at all in this process. Also, I do have a few more blemishes in this picture than I normally do because I had an allergic reaction to some makeup remover wipes. Fun stuff there.
Okay so this is how I start. Please excuse the messy hair from the beginning because I do not take care of that at all in this process. Also, I do have a few more blemishes in this picture than I normally do because I had an allergic reaction to some makeup remover wipes. Fun stuff there.
Ah, one of my favorite products, mostly because it makes my skin super soft. It is Pore fessional from Benefit, I only use it if I know I'm doing something important, so not just going to class or something because it's not cheap and I need to conserve it. Thanks to Katie for buying it for me for Christmas last year, so it has lasted me a year so far.
Ah, one of my favorite products, mostly because it makes my skin super soft. It is Pore fessional from Benefit, I only use it if I know I’m doing something important, so not just going to class or something because it’s not cheap and I need to conserve it. Thanks to Katie for buying it for me for Christmas last year, so it has lasted me a year so far.
This is my favorite concealer. It is from ELF, which is a cheaper brand that fits in my budget perfectly. This tube was only $3 at Target (the only place I know of that you can buy this brand at). I have super sensitive skin and this doesn't effect anything at all.
This is my favorite concealer. It is from ELF, which is a cheaper brand that fits in my budget perfectly. This tube was only $3 at Target (the only place I know of that you can buy this brand at). I have super sensitive skin and this doesn’t effect anything at all.
This is just another shot of what it looks like, it's super easy to roll on and I just blend it with my finger.
This is just another shot of what it looks like, it’s super easy to roll on and I just blend it with my finger.
This is the foundation I use, Almay Smart Shade. I can't say I'm a huge fan, and I think I'll probably find something else when it runs out. It tends to need a lot of rubbing in otherwise the "smart" parts leave your face a little orange.
This is the foundation I use, Almay Smart Shade. I can’t say I’m a huge fan, and I think I’ll probably find something else when it runs out. It tends to need a lot of rubbing in otherwise the “smart” parts leave your face a little orange.
This is the bronzer I use, again it is an elf product. I'm also not a huge fan of this bronzer, it does it's job, but it's also super shimmery and I would like something a little toned down next time.
This is the bronzer I use, again it is an elf product. I’m also not a huge fan of this bronzer, it does it’s job, but it’s also super shimmery and I would like something a little toned down next time.
I don't know if this picture displays it any better but if you can tell, it's super shimmery.
I don’t know if this picture displays it any better but if you can tell, it’s super shimmery.
This is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in transparent. Basically it just holds all of my makeup in place, and it works rather well. This product was suggested to me by my friend Katie, who actually helps with a lot of makeup and stuff since I'm not super girly and into it like she is.
This is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in transparent. Basically it just holds all of my makeup in place, and it works rather well. This product was suggested to me by my friend Katie, who actually helps with a lot of makeup and stuff since I’m not super girly and into it like she is.
Here you can see just how light the shade is, it's basically clear.
Here you can see just how light the shade is, it’s basically clear.
So here I am with my messy hair once again, just to show how my blemishes and the redness in my face is pretty much gone after all of this product I have just loaded on it.
So here I am with my messy hair once again, just to show how my blemishes and the redness in my face is pretty much gone after all of this product I have just loaded on it.
This is my absolute liquid eye liner. It is Almay Intense Eye Color for Hazel Eyes. I think it's so pretty and the brush is pretty stiff so it doesn't quite go everywhere and isn't as messy as some liquid liners.
This is my absolute liquid eye liner. It is Almay Intense Eye Color for Hazel Eyes. I think it’s so pretty and the brush is pretty stiff so it doesn’t quite go everywhere and isn’t as messy as some liquid liners.
These are the two mascaras I use. They are both black, I use the black tube one on my bottom lashes because the brush is smaller. It is an ELF product and was only $1 at Target. The blue one is Covergirl, but I don't think they make it anymore, sadly.
These are the two mascaras I use. They are both black, I use the black tube one on my bottom lashes because the brush is smaller. It is an ELF product and was only $1 at Target. The blue one is Covergirl, but I don’t think they make it anymore, sadly.
This is the Elf eye shadow palette that I received as a gift from my friend Katie. It's amazing and it gives me lots and lots of choices. If I knew about makeup I could tell you about the pigmentation and that sort of thing but I don't so I can't. Also, it has shimmery and matte colors which is good for dressy days and not dressy days.
This is the Elf eye shadow palette that I received as a gift from my friend Katie. It’s amazing and it gives me lots and lots of choices. If I knew about makeup I could tell you about the pigmentation and that sort of thing but I don’t so I can’t. Also, it has shimmery and matte colors which is good for dressy days and not dressy days.
This is the base color I used for a little tiny bit of shimmer.
This is the base color I used for a little tiny bit of shimmer.
Then I used a hot pink to add some colors, however it looks super bright and it isn't very dark and doesn't show up in an intense manner.
Then I used a hot pink to add some colors, however it looks super bright and it isn’t very dark and doesn’t show up in an intense manner.
Finally I used this to kind of tone it down, so I guess the thing was kind of bright. I don't know, I experiment with all different colors and shades and stuff.
Finally I used this to kind of tone it down, so I guess the thing was kind of bright. I don’t know, I experiment with all different colors and shades and stuff.
Oh look here I am again.
Oh look here I am again.
This is like the best chapstick ever, Baby Lips, and it just makes your lips super moist and non chapped. Like it fixes it all together. well I mean not like cuts and stuff but it helps a lot.
This is like the best chapstick ever, Baby Lips by Maybelline, and it just makes your lips super moist and non chapped. Like it fixes it all together. well I mean not like cuts and stuff but it helps a lot.
I got tired of smiling, and it shows how glossy it actually is and I feel like this picture also shows my mascara a little bit better too.
I got tired of smiling, and it shows how glossy it actually is and I feel like this picture also shows my mascara a little bit better too.
Finally this isn't actually part of my daily makeup routine but if I'm going to dress up or look half decent I like to add some lipstick, and this one is my current favorite, it's  Love and Beauty by Forever 21 and the color is simply called Hot Pink
Finally this isn’t actually part of my daily makeup routine but if I’m going to dress up or look half decent I like to add some lipstick, and this one is my current favorite, it’s Love and Beauty by Forever 21 and the color is simply called Hot Pink
So I leave you with a bad selfie of the finished look. Again, sorry about my crazy hair, it doesn't like to cooperate in general, let alone the morning.
So I leave you with a bad selfie of the finished look. Again, sorry about my crazy hair, it doesn’t like to cooperate in general, let alone the morning.

So yes everyone I know this is different for me and I’m apologizing for that, I just need to experiment with what I want to write about, and you might have to deal with that. Now if there is something imparticular you would like me to write about please comment anywhere or email me or tweet me or send me a telepathic message- who know it might work, but your best bet is to actually tell me.

Also, if you have any questions about the products that I used go ahead and comment them and I will answer them to the best of my ability!

Well thanks for bearing through my bad selfies, bad explanations, and my experimental post, you guys are the best!

XOXO

Mary

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