Blogger Challenge Day 7

Day 7 Do a seasonal inspired post

I haven’t had time to really think about this post so I decided to do something simple and something I can do without having to go buy materials and spend hours working on it and taking pictures, cause ain’t nobody got time for that! I mean some people do… just not me…

Anyways, I decided to do a post on my favorite beverages for this time of year! And yes, i do love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I’m talking about DIY make it yourself drinks that don’t require time, fancy equipment or expensive ingredients!

The first drink I enjoy this time of year is a nice Alpine brand hot apple cider, while some people also like the cold apple cider, I am not a huge fan, I prefer it hot!

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I normally use my Keurig to heat up the water! but if you don’t have a Keurig or another individual coffee machine then just heat water in a pot or in the microwave! If I use my really big mug I will add two packets of the mix just because it tastes watered down other wise. I don’t add anything special to this drink because I think it is perfect just the way it is!

The next drink I like to make is a chai tea! my favorite is the Oregon Chai Chai Latte,

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I normally get the original formula but this last time I went to the store they only had the sugar free kind so that’s what I got. All you have to do is add equal amounts of milk (or any milk substitute) and the chai mix heat up for 2-3 minutes and enjoy! you can also make this drink over ice which is really nice in the afternoon or in the spring or summer! To make the iced version it is the same just equal amounts milk and chia over ice and there you have it!

A few days ago I found a chai drink recipe and I tried it this morning and loved it! Make the iced chai with unsweetened almond milk instead of milk and add some cinnamon or nutmeg (or both) and it is so good! it’s both sweet and spicy because the almond milk has a natural sweetness to it and the chai is a little spicy! I made myself two glasses of this this morning!

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And of course there is the old favorite, hot chocolate! I like the Swiss Miss kind with the little marshmallows! Sometimes if I have a real sweet tooth I even add a little vanilla coffee creamer and it gives it a rich texture and a fun sweet flavor! Closer to Christmas time I add a peppermint stick or just peppermint mocha coffee creamer!

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I hope you try some of these or if you have already tried them let me know which is your favorite!

Day 8 tomorrow! home decor, beauty, or fashion wish list

Blogger Challenge Day 6

So day six is upon us and the topic of this post is to show you  what I am currently reading….

Cue the disappointment because I am not currently reading anything really, I have started a few books and wasn’t able to really get into them simply because of the lack of down time I have to read. When I read I sit and normally will read for a good couple of hours but not being able to read for that long has really put a damper on my reading… I guess I could say I am reading my school text books but you guys don’t want to read about that.

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What I am spending quite a bit of time doing however is watching YouTube videos, I am subscribed to A TON of beauty gurus on YouTube like Heart Defensor (ThatsHeart), Meghan Rienks, and Ingrid Nilsen (Missglamorazzi). I have been obsessed with these ladies for a bout a year now and I cannot go a day without checking to see if there are new videos. My dream right now would be to become one of them, they get to go do such cool stuff, they get invited to events and award shows and they are apart of such a close knit community I want to be a part of it! But I can’t afford a fancy camera and editing programs so tat makes it a little tough to get started there. Maybe someday I’ll be one of them!

So sorry to be so lame! but that’s what’s up with me!!

Come back tomorrow for day 7! A seasonal inspired post!!

Blogger Challenge Day 3,4, and 5

So I realize I am behind by a few days on my challenge, but I promise I have a good reason!….

My boyfriend adopted a cat/kitten he’s about a year so he is still young enough to be a kitten but not really haha. He adopted him on Sunday of last week but we just got to take him home this last Wednesday which was the 5th and also supposed to be day 3. Buuuuuuut as you could have guessed I became a tad preoccupied with the new baby in my life! Don’t worry, many pictures will be posted he is adorable!!

So I decided to combine the last three days into one!

Day 3: Quote of the day:

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”

This is my favorite quote because it was said by my all time favorite person Audrey Hepburn! And it’s just so true and clever ! This quote is actually hanging on a canvas in my bathroom so I get to see it every single day!

Day 4: Top 5

Lipsticks/Glosses-

1. Love and Beauty by Forever 21 nude lip gloss, they no longer sell this color and I have no idea what it’s called but it is by far the most beautiful nude gloss I have ever owned. I pair it with every lipstick ever and it always looks perfect!

2. Kate by Rimmel #08 , this is the perfect neutral pinkish brown color and the quality is awesome!Perfect color! Rimmel London Kate Moss Collection Lipstick 08--Beautiful Color! | See more about shades of pink, lip colors and lipstick colors.

3. Every Revlon Lip Butter ever. I personally have Raspberry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake and love them!!

!Revlon Lip Butter Colors-I want almost all of these.

4. Clinique Chubby Sticks, I only own two but I love both of them so I am assuming all of the colors are beautiful, I own, heftiest hibiscus and heaping hazelnut

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5. Maybelline Color sensational in Coral Crush, bright fun summery coral with amazing lasting powers!!

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(all photos found on Pinterest)

Day 5:Most Loved Possessions

A few of my most loved possessions would be my Turtle Pillow Pet, my promise ring, and my jewelery box .

My pillow pet I have had since I was 16, I got it as a birthday present from my cousins who used to live in Idaho and have just recently moved to Portland, Oregon. It is one of the mini pillow pets and I take him every where… just ask my boyfriend, he would love nothing more than to throw it away but I love it!

Last year for Christmas my boyfriend got me  beautiful promise ring after we went through a rough patch and had to spend some time apart to work on ourselves, it means the world to me because every time I put it on I remember how strong we both became and how we were able to come back together to share the love we have.

When I was young, like super young and I had just started to learn about jewelery and I got my first pair of earrings my grandmother gave me a gorgeous wooden jewelery box with a heart shaped piece of glass on the top, I have always used this box and never bought another one because this one means so  much to me My grandmother has a box that is larger than mine but they came together and she gave me the smaller box.

So there’s three more days from the 12 day blogger challenge! Tomorrow, Day 6: What am I currently Reading?

Blogger Challenge Day 2

Day 2: Review a product, service, or a brand

I have decided to review a product that is a favorite to many people and is very popular, I had so many people recommending this product to me so I finally gave in and bought myself a sample size of the They’re Real mascara by Benefit. My reaction is a combination of feelings. I can understand why people would enjoy this product, however it is not my favorite mascara ever. So for this review I thought a pros and cons list would be the best way to express how I feel about the product.

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Pros:

  • Amazing lengthening power, my lashes are always super long when I use this mascara
  • Very black, some black mascaras take a few coats to appear as dark as I would like but wit They’re Real one coat and my lashes are black as night
  • washes off easily, I have had a few mascaras that are impossible to wash off at the end of the night even though they aren’t water proof and it is the most annoying thing waking up with my eyelashes stuck together in the morning because I couldn’t get all my mascara off!
  • Doesn’t clump, this mascara goes on so smoothly and it is so wet at application that it is almost impossible to get that clumpy lash look some people like, so if you are one of those people, this is not the mascara for you!

Cons:

  • The brush is so sharp!!!!, sometimes it actually hurts to apply mascara because the bristles on the brush are so incredibly sharp
  • Leaves marks on my eyelids? I’m not sure if it’s just because I didn’t get water proof or whatever, but after a few hours I end up with a few black lines on my eyelid where my lashes touch my skin, it’s amazing that my lashes get to be that long! but not so amazing walking around with black marks on my eyes….
  • Not so volumizing, all though this is mascara is crazy good at lengthening, I find myself applying another mascara over top to add some thickness to my lashes, I usually use Maybelline The Colossal Volume over top because I know it will add volume.

Tomorrow is Day 3 of the my blogger challenge: Quote of the Day

Blogger Challenge Day 1

It’s been a while since I posted, I’ve been pretty busy moving into my new apartment starting school back up and figuring things out in Bellingham again. I’ve been a little blog blocked lately not being able to think of anything to post, then I saw the 12 Day Blogger Challenge on Pinterest and decided that would be the perfect opportunity to get back into the blogging groove again!!

Day 1: Why I Blog, and 5 Random Facts About Me

Why I Blog

Originally I started blogging out of curiosity , I was almost done with my first year of college and I wanted to try something new and blogging looked fun and I had a few friends who had blogs, so I started my own blog. After the school year ended I moved back home and blogged a lot during the summer out of pure boredom and a little of it was just being so depressed from being away from all my friends. I spent this last summer working and spending time at home alone, I had gotten so used to being around people all the time and having my best friends living across the hall from me in the dorm I was just so lonely at home without people around all the time I found myself blogging and writing a lot to keep myself occupied; and even better I gained a following of people who made me feel less alone and I started to feel better.

So I blog to have fun, to express myself, and for the loving community surrounding the blogging world.

5 Random Facts About me:

1. I am studying to become an elementary school teacher

2. I have a paralyzing fear of spiders… my boyfriend has a pet tarantula…

3. I have an obsession with Audrey Hepburn and turtles

4. Sometimes I have dreams that I am Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

5. I have an addiction to drug store makeup 0_0

So there’s my Blogger Challenge Day 1! Day 2 tomorrow I will be reviewing a product, service, or brand!!

Get Ready with Me: Job Interview

Today I am getting ready to go to a job interview at Bath and Body Works in the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham!! So I decided to take you along with me in my getting ready process!

 First thing when I wake up is take a shower! I don’t shampoo every day because I have dry hair and I find that shampooing a lot makes my hair even drier, but I do condition every day. After the shower I apply my before styling hair products such as my Paul Mitchell Sleek and Shine Serum and my Garnier Marvelous Oil. Then I wrap my hair in a towel to let it dry a bit and put on some comfy clothes. After getting comfy It is time to take care of my face, I apply my Botanics MAttifying sunscreen and Mary Kay TimeWise age fighting eye cream.

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While I’m letting my face absorb my moisturizer I eat breakfast, this morning I had a toaster waffle and a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Greek Yogurt! My favorite cereal it’s so so so yummy.

Now that I have had breakfast and my face has absorbed my moisturizer, it’s time to prep my face for makeup. Fisrt I apply my Sonia Kashuk face primer to my T zone and my Urban Decay original Primer Potion to my eyes. Then using a foundation brush from Target’s Up & Up brand I apply my Maybelline Fit ME foundation in shade 115 all over my face and then my Covergirl concealer in the shade Fair under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, on my cupids bow and my chin and blend that in using my POSH beauty sponge.

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after foundation and concealer

After foundation I start my eyeshadow, I am using my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette today. First I apply Limit to my crease then Burnout to my lower lid, next I blend Factory into the outer corner and a bit into the crease to add depth, and lastly blend Darkside into the very outer v of my lids. Then using my E.L.F. black liquid eyeliner I line my top lids and make a small wing, small because I can’t ever get to big ones to match each other, whoops.

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After my eyes are done is when I apply my Neutrogena SkinClearing mineral face powder in shade natural ivory and brush bronzer into the hollows of my cheeks and blush to the apples of my cheeks. My bronzer is actually just a dark pressed powder from Maybelline Fit ME shade 240, my blush is by Mary Kay color Strawberry Cream. Then the final steps, brows and mascara. For my brows I use the E.L.F. Brow Kit in Medium and my mascara is a combination of Benefits, They’re Real and Maybelline Colossal Volume. Now my makeup is done and it’s time to do my hair.

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Before I blow dry my hair I spray my Garnier Heat Protect spray then comb a middle part and start blow drying. I give my elf a middle part before I blow dry becuase if I let my hiar do its thing it will never take a middle part! After my hair is dry I spray the heat protect again and apply more Paul Mitchel sleek and shine to control the frizz and begin curling layers of my hair with my Chii Air straightener, making the curls away from my face. After curling I use my fingers to comb through to make the curls loose and bouncy and spray with Herbal Essences Hair Spray, apply some dark pink Mary Kay lip gloss and I’m good to go! Almost… I should probably get dressed! Iam wearing a plain black dress with sheer sleeves from Forever 21 and a Gold necklace I got from a boutique in Winthrup Washington, with black ballet flats from Aldo.

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July Favorites

I know!! I know!! It’s a little late to be doing a favorites post for July, but give me a break this is my first favorites post and I wanted to really make sure I was in love with the products I will be mentioning before I wrote this post. But better late than never!!

Starting with my makeup favorites from July: I received a Wantable box in May and this product was one of the items I found in my box, the Pla Beauty Super Wear Gel Liner in Noir 1. This eye liner is just a simple black pencil but it goes on so smoothly and boldly and I absolutely love how it looks on my eyes. While I have yet to figure out how to or even if you’re able to sharpen the dang thing I still love it.
Another makeup favorite of mine would have to be my e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium. I love how easy this kit is to use and it is so natural looking. I never really got the hang of using a brow pencil, it always turned out way to dark and unnatural looking… But with this I just use the fluffy brush the kit came with for the powder and apply that to the inner part of my brow then use a liner brush to apply the wax to the rest of my brow to shape and fill. This eyebrow kit was only three dollars from Target and I will for sure be purchasing this again!

Now for my beauty and hair favorites: for my hair this is a long time favorite of mine I’ve been using it ever since I started using products in my hair, and yes, I have tried other brands and types of products to get the desired look but I always come back to this certain product. The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. I love this serum because it doesn’t make my hair feel or look greasy if used correctly, and believe me it took me a while to figure out how to use it in a way that won’t make my hair look gross. The way I use it is I use one pump while my hair is wet and just work it through the ends and the top, but not the roots, then I style my hair how I normally would and if it still looks a little frizzy after blow drying and heat styling then I apply another half a pump to the top to smooth down the frizz. I don’t recall the cost of the serum but it is available in Target stores!
Next is my beauty favorite for July. I actually got this about a week before July was over but after one use I was hooked! I have been on the hunt for a good moisturizer for my face that has SPF in it and I couldn’t find one that didn’t smell like sunscreen or make my face greasy and slimy. Until one day I found the Botanics Mattifying Day Cream Sunsceen (SPF 15) in my mom’s bathroom and used some. It was AMAZING so I bought myself a jar the next day at Target! If I remember correctly it was about $14 for a 50ml jar, but trust me this stuff goes a long way. It smells incredible and it feels so soft and not like sunscreen at all!! This product will be a favorite for a long while I can tell already!

One last favorite to share, my fashion favorite! This summer I got a job at a shoe store called Aldo, since I have an amazing employee discount I have been using it A LOT to buy shoes and accessories for schoolwhich has saved me so much money!! Recently my favorite and only little watch broke so I had been going without one and I was not a fan. So I bought one from Aldo! I am obsessed! The face of the watch is gold and big but not so big that it’s heavy or uncomfortable. And the best part is it came with 5 different bands so it matches every single outfit and it looks like I am wearing a different watch everyday, even though it’s the same watch!! I have had it for about a month and a half now and I have had no issues, the bands are super cute and great quality! Highly recommend 10/10!!! you can find sets similar to the one I bought here. unfortunately the set I bought isn’t sold anymore online although we still have it in stores, but the sets they are selling are still SUPER CUTE and I wish I could buy them all!!