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

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense, $16, The Best Beauty Products for December 2012

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

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Coral Crush ($7). #drugstorebeauty

(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?

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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!!

Dresser Renovation

34fc4b0d18ddf7f5974c4a06da23b168As you may or may not know, I go to school at Western Washington University. Last year, my freshman year, I lived on campus in a dorm, I am living at home with my parents for the summer so I can work an save money. Come September I will be moving into an apartment with 3 other girls! So naturally I have spent the summer collecting furniture for my apartment. This new series called Apartment Decor DIY is going to show what I am making and or renovating for my apartment! I am obsessed with finding old pieces of furniture and fixing them so they look shiny and new! My first DIY post is showing step by step how I renovated my new dresser! Granted I didn’t do very much, the small details I did fix however made all of the difference in this piece.

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This is the dresser in the antique shop right after we purchased it.

I found the dresser at an antique shop on Camano Island that I love called The Spare Room, this shop is always my go to when I am looking for something old and vintage that is still in good condition.

Right when I saw this dresser I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it. The owner of the shop had already repainted it and did a wonderful job aging the paint and the colors are perfect, however, she painted blue right over the beautiful knobs and handles. I could see through the paint that the hardware was originally gold or bronze and I was disappointed it was painted over. So I fixed the problem.

First thing to do is to gather your supplies: Collage Creator_1

Spray paint in the color of your choice to use on the hardware and paint in your color of choice if you plan on painting more than just the hardware. I used Krylon spray paint in gold, I bought this from Walmart.

Next thing you need is an empty box to paint in, a shallow box is best for better ventilation of the paint fumes but unfortunately all I had was a deep box so I had to take frequent breaks so I didn’t get  a head ache.

And an important step to remember is to put on a shirt and pants that you can get paint on, and make sure your hair is up so you don’t get paint in it.

All there is left to do is to take the handles off the dresser!

Once the handles are off, wash and dry them to make sure they don’t have dust on them that will show through the paint, put the handles in the box and spray until they look the way you want!

Like this post if this gave you some inspiration to renovate an old piece of furniture!  And comment to let me know what you have renovated or would like to renovate!

Stay tuned for more DIY posts as I get ready for the big move in September!

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Dresser after I removed the handles.

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Dresser with the painted handles back on and in my bedroom!

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Dresser all settled into my room and looking beautiful!

 

 

Rose Gold Eye Makeup

20140721_224816    I got some inspiration for this look from Pinterest however the makeup turned out more pink on the Pinterest tutorial even though it was the same makeup, buuuut I wasn’t a huge fan of how pink it was anyways so I am very pleased with how this look turned out.

This look is very easy to accomplish and is perfect for day and is very easy to spice up for the evening. These two pictures are two different days and two slightly different looks.

What I used to accomplish this look:

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer

an angled liner brush

Maybelline the Rocket Volume mascara

( I used my fingers to apply all of the eyeshadow except for the liner, I find it leads to less fall out and a more vibrant color)

 

 

20140722_112830How to accomplish this look:

(In an everyday situation I put on my liquid foundation first then eyeshadow hen concealer and the rest, but for this look I started with the eyeshadow because of how much fall out I had it was easier to clean it up with the foundation. )

Step 1: apply a generous amount of eyeshadow primer to your entire eyelid, the inner corner of  your eye and the lower lash line.

Step 2: apply Dust on your lid up to the crease area and out about half way.

Step 3: apply Nooner to the outer V area but not the crease, bring Nooner out a ways, this is dependent on how big you are wanting to make your wing, small wing, bring the shadow out a little bit, big wing drag it farther out.

Step 4: on top of Nooner apply a small amount of Buzz just to add some shimmer and a bit more pink.

Step 5: blend Burnout into the crease

Step 6: use Strange as a highlighter in the brow arch and inner corner

Step 7: use either Darkside or Blackheart as your liner on the top and bottom, I used Blackheart on the top and Darkside on the bottom because I don’t care for a dark bottom lash line.

Like I said this look is easy to go from day to night, keep the liner light and thin for a day look and make it darker and heavier for  night look.

 

 

Not the Summer I was Expecting

Every kid that goes to school loves summer and spends the whole school year counting the minutes till summer vacation when they are free to spend all day with friends in the sun at the beach or shopping. Don’t get me wrong I was that kid this school year, I knew I would have to have a job, I’m 19 and in college, a job is necessary if I want to afford anything next year. But I was still excited about summer,  the sun, my friends, no stress from school it would have been great; if reality hadn’t caught up so quickly. I never had many friends in high school, I had tons of acquaintances, sure, but really no good friends. Until this last year at Western I became best friends with one of those acquaintances.. Other than her I  don’t have any close friends in my hometown, all my close friends from college live at least an hour away d they have their own friends at home to hang out with and catch up with. So my summer has been pretty lonely so far. To make matters better my boyfriend is still in Bellingham and since he is doing summer school at the college and working on top of that it is  hard to make time together. One plus to not having anybody to hang out with i that me and my sister have become really close really quick, we never got along before  but I think we are both old enough to understand that we were born to be friends, we don’t have a choice.

In addition to being without friends, I am in general just without people. I am used to living in the dorms with people always with me i was rarely alone and I came to love the constant company. At home it is me and my sister most of the day and now that my sister got her license she can drive by herself and go visit her boyfriend which leaves me alone again. It’s depressing, I really do think it is making me depressed being so alone and sad and I hate it.

Summer this year is not what I was expecting but in the months to come I plan to make worth while of the alone time and try to not be depressed I want o enjoy this summer. I’ll make some new friends, find a new hobby or two, who knows maybe I’ll even excersize! This summer will not be as terrible in the end as it was in the beginning I am making my self a promise to make a good experience of this sad summer.

My Drugstore Lip Favs

I have a relatively large collection of lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms. Most of my collection is bought from Target or Rite Aid because I have a very strict cosmetics budget and you can find quality for a good price in a drugstore.

So I’m going to start with lip balms: my ultimate fav lip balm is the Maybelline Baby Lips, I have two colors/flavors. the original clear balm in the blue tube was my first love and I used it to the end and then replaced it with the Cherry Me flavor which is a red color in the orange tube, which you can purchase here . The cherry Me is my favorite because it gives a very natural red color that isn’t sticky and wont get all over my teeth and face. That is my biggest issue with lipstick, it gets on everything if you aren’t careful. My other fav lip balms are the EOS eggs! I have the lemon drop, sweet mint, and summer fruit flavors and I love them all. I have had the lemon drop flavor for a year now and it’s still not gone even though I use it religiously which is amazing to me! I love a lip balm that will last me a while.

Cherry Me

Cherry Me

I have so many different lipsticks it was hard for me to pick 3 of my favorites! But I finally narrowed it down. First off I have Kate by Rimmel London, I have two shades; 01,a deep red color and 08 a dark nude color. I love these because they go on thick and give a fabulous color that is great for a special occasion. The 01 red was my very first red lipstick so I have a special place in my heart for this one ;). Next I have Maybelline Colorsensational in Coral Crush, I love this color so much I decided to go get a Clinique Chubby Stick in the same color so I could have a longer lasting color. For the price I still recommend this brand though. It goes on smooth and light making it easy to get the color you want by layering. And lastly my ultimate favorite drug store lipsticks, Revlon Colorburst.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only have two colors from this band but if I could afford more lipstick I would continue to buy this brand. It feels like a chap stick on your lips but the color is so rich and beautiful. I have Strawberry Shortcake, a pale pink that makes any face look innocent and fresh, and Raspberry Pie which is a deep magenta that can make anyone look bad a$$.

I hope this review was helpful in your next lip stick shopping spree!!

End of the Beginning

So here begins the beginning of the end of my last few days of my freshman year of college. The end of living in the dorms, sharing a shower with 50 other girls, eating the bland dining hall food. The end of living across the hall from my best friends, being surrounded by people I know, people who are in the same position I am in; freshman year. By far the most difficult, stressful, exciting, and the most fun year of my life. I have met so many amazing people, done so many new things. I started this blog, never thought I would do that in my life, and I love it. I love this blog. I also love my boyfriend. This year started out rough for us but I have confidence that that rough patch was the end of our rough patch.
This year I got to fall in love with him all over again.

I moved out of my parents house; granted I will be living there over summer, but this will be the last summer I live with them. Though it is sad to think about how grown up I am… I am also excited to start being an adult, living in my own apartment, grocery shopping, cleaning, budgeting. Yes, I know they still pay for a lot of the things I have to pay for but I am starting to cut loose from that, slowly but I am. I love my parents and they have taught me a lot, so have my friends, new and old, so has my boyfriend. I learned that you can’t just quit on something you love because it gets hard, you have to work to make something happen the way you want it to.

This year was a year I will never forget, I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to be able to have an opportunity like this one and I will never forget my freshman year.