Friday, January 30, 2015

Whats in My Make-Up Bag?!

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing with you guys the contents of my make up bag!!
Hopefully you guys like it ! I would love to hear what your favorite make up products in your bag are!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Guide to Flawless Skin!

   Hello! Today I wanted to share with you guys my skincare routine I’ve adapted in the New Year. Following finals as I was wrapping up my degree and getting ready to move home through the holidays I felt like my skin was a mess. It was really dry and I had several spots that made me feel super self-conscious and uncomfortable. 

 I’ve watched Zoella’s videos for a long time now and I’ve often taken cues from her in her personal skincare regimen as I seem to have similar skin problems to her. 
   Between her recommendations as well as many other bloggers recommendations and hundreds of reviews on these products I was very excited to see what results these products would have for my skin. The three products I’ve grown to swear by is the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, the Sunday Riley Good Genes serum, and the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer.
  I was both eager and apprehensive to try the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. Although I read nothing but raving reviews, it seemed really strange to cleanse my face and remove make-up with a balm. However I am absolutely in love with it. The balm has the consistency of Vaseline which you apply with barely damp hands. It easily removes all make-up including mascara and is accompanied with a muslin cloth that gently exfoliates your skin as you dry it off.  My skin feels so clean and clear! Even cleaner than when I am using my Clarisonic.  It is a little bit expensive, but it comes in a pretty large pot and I think it lasts quite a long time. 
  The Sunday Riley Good Genes serum is probably the single best product I have ever put on my skin. The serum is designed to fade hyper pigmentation, reduce fine lines, and plump your skin. It is extremely brightening and smoothing and the moment I use it I see a difference in my skin.
   The Clinique Moist Surge moisturizer has been a long time favorite of mine but I had never know that a thicker application of the product can double as a moisturizing mask! This alone has turned my skin around as it is no longer dry or peeling. Before bed I apply a thick layer to my face and neck and leave it for the entire night.
These are the products I absolutely cannot live with out in my skin routine that have turned my skin around. My skin is brighter, moisturized, and clearer. Some of the products are more expensive but to me clear skin is worth the cost! You can find Clinique products at most department stores as well as beauty shops like Sephora. And I purchased the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and the Sunday Riley Good Genes skin treatment from Amazon!
What's your skin care routine?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Design Your Workspace | Increase Your Productivity!

Hello! Today I’ve decided to share with you just a small corner of my workspace. I have just finished my first college program at FIDM receiving my AA in Fashion Design. And right now I am in a bit of a transitional period. I am searching for a job, as well as preparing to apply for schools to continue my education, and also write this blog!  Oh and of course also run my YouTube channel.  All in all it is really important for me to manage my time and stay extremely organized so that I can get everything done! 

The best way I have been able to remain focused and productive has been by creating a work space that is clean and organized. I try to keep this area really tidy as it is where I get a lot of work done and when it is too messy it is hard for me to focus! Here are just a few of the things I have on my desk!
  1. BKR silicone glass water bottle! It is important to stay hydrated!
  2. My laptop & phone! To stay up to date on my social medias! And also look for a job!
  3. Several notebooks for jotting down ideas! And of course matching pens!
  4. In the back I have a file holder to keep any important papers organized
  5. And then I just have a framed photo of me and my boyfriend

My desk space is a work in progress that I want to continually change and add to but right now I am so happy with it. And I think having an aesthetically pleasing work place increases my productivity so much as it inspires my work!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On the Go Blogger | The Perfect Blogging & Vlogging Camera!

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my new biggest obsession! As I mentioned in my post sharing my first ever vlog on my YouTube channel, my boyfriend Trevor gave me a vlogging camera for Christmas! I was beyond excited as I have been wanting to dip my toes into vlogging for a while but always found it impossible with my hefty DSLR.  It was one of the biggest surprises ever!

So this is the Canon S110 and it’s the perfect camera for anyone who wants to start vlogging or even just want a great digital camera.  Aside from taking incredible videos, it also takes really beautiful photos.  Being a blogger who is always on the go I have often had to resort to using my iPhone for a camera as I haven’t been able to bring my heavy DSLR around with me. So this camera has been absolutely amazing.
The camera is touchscreen and can be manually focused. It is super lightweight and compact. And overall it is just really simple to use.
I am so excited to be able to capture more and more moments on the go and I’m even more excited to start vlogging more!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Guide to Perfect Brows | The Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil

     Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you one of the biggest beauty obsessions I’ve had through 2014 and into the New Year. And that, is the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil.  In the last couple of years it has become every beauty lover’s dream to have perfectly full and shaped eyebrows but unfortunately for some of us it doesn’t come naturally.
Whether you are a victim of over plucking in the past, you’re eyebrows are too fair, or they just don’t have the shape you want, you can help make them look fuller and expertly sculpted with the Anastasia Brow Pencil.     
This has been the most amazing pencil I’ve ever used for my eyes. Previously I was always intimidated by the idea of coloring my eyebrows as I see plenty of eyebrows gone wrong situations walking around town but as I’ve learned different tricks and techniques I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with filling them in!

     This is the simplest pencil to use as it has a really fine tip that makes each stroke look like real hairs. Now these are just a few of the tricks I’ve learned using this pencil that I thought I could share with you!
  1. Use light brush strokes that are quite short to imitate the look of real hair
  2. Avoid drawing drastic or harsh lines in your brows that can look to painted on
  3. If you need help with shaping your brows, consider by the Anastasia Brow Stencils that can help you create the best shape!
These are just a few of the tips I’ve learned while using this pencil and I’ve grown to absolutely love it and I really don’t use anything else!

Friday, January 23, 2015

January Ipsy Glam Bag!!

Hey guys! It’s Ipsy Glam Bag time again! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now then you know that each month I receive an Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail that consists of a new make-up bag and 4 to 5 products to sample. I absolutely adore receiving these in the mail as it is always like a little gift to myself and the perfect time to try new products!

This month I received a blue and white bag with an orange zipper. And although I think it is totally sweet I do find it a little summery and was surprised to receive it as the January bag. 
However inside I absolutely adore the products. This month I received the Hey Honey Take it Off exfoliating face mask. This product is so refreshing and different from other masks I’ve tried as it is a peel off mask. It smells amazing and made my skin feel so moisturized and soft.
Next I received a lipgloss from Velvet 59 by Paris Manning in the color Noisette. This is a stunning nude gloss that is the loveliest color. However it is quite sticky, and honestly I really don’t love sticky lip glosses. But the color is really beautiful for people who don’t mind a sticky lipgloss.
There is also a liquid eyeliner from Coastal Scents. I’ve never heard of this brand but the brush applicator is amazing and super fine and is perfect for a dramatic cat eye look.
Lastly I received a beautiful eye shadow from the brand Pacifica in the shade etherial that is entirely natural and infused with coconut oil for a velvet finish. The color is really beautiful and just slightly shimmery. It is really really beautiful.
Overall I really like all of the products I received in this month’s bag however overall I really think their theme is pushing for a really summery look which I find interesting. Have any tried Ipsy Glam Bags?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

One Minute Eye Make-Up!

Hi everyone!! Do you ever wake up incredibly late for work or school? Or do you even have days where you wake up and just want 10 extra minutes to sleep? Well I have two products that I now swear by that give me bright and awake eyes and don't take up any of my precious sleep time!

The first product that I absolutely adore is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in the color R.S.V.P. This product is super easy to apply, you can just use the tip of your finger and it instantly brightens your eyes and makes you look much more awake! This product blends really easily, and after just adding a layer of mascara your eyes are complete!
The second product that I love alternatively is the Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Eye Shadow. This is another eye product with super easy application. It has a wand attached to the cap and can be lightly blended with the tip of your finger.  This product is amazing as it has primer and sunscreen infused in the formula and also plumps fine lines. It is really beautifully pigmented and instantly gives your eyes a fresh and awake image. Again just add a swoosh of mascara and you're ready for the day!
Buy the Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow at Sephora! and you can buy the Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Eye Shadow at Sephora!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sephora Fiber Masks | Pamper Time!

Happy Wednesday everybody! We're already halfway through the week and I think it the perfect time to take a little break and have a little pamper session to get us through the rest of the week! Over the weekend I took a trip to Sephora and found these beauties. 

I picked up several different flavors as each one has different cleansing, brightening, and perfecting properties for your skin!
The Honey Mask directly focuses on nourishing and balancing your skin.  
The second mask is a Pearl mask that perfects and brightens while soothing irregularities in your skin
The third mask is the Green Tea mask which focuses on mattifying and cleansing blemishes from your skin.
Lastly is the rose mask that is ultra moisturizing and brightening to instantly boost your skin for a radiant glow!
These masks are perfect for a spa night with your friends or just when you want to pamper yourself!
Pick them up at Sephora!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Only Palette I'l Ever Need | Naked 3

Hello everyone! For the longest time I have resisted purchasing any of the Naked palettes. As much as I admired them,  I found them to be a bit pricey and I honestly didn't want to buy into all of the hype.
However, as time has passed I've found myself reading more and more reviews on the palettes and wanting one for myself! By Christmas I was aching to get my hands on the Naked 3 palette and it just so happened that Santa had brought me a surprise!

My Urban Decay palette of choice was the Naked 3 which consists of 12 rose gold themed shadows in a beautiful rose gold tin package.  This palette has 9 shimmer shadows and 3 matte shades that can be combined for a beautiful wide range of looks from natural barely there make-up to dramatic smokey looks.

I have used all of these shades so much in the last few weeks that I have barely used any other eyeshadows, but I thought I could share with you some of my favorite combinations that I use the most!
For a barely there make up look: On your eyelid use Limit (fourth shade) along your crease use Nooner (seventh shade) and use Strange (first shade) for a highlight on the inside corner of your eye and under your brow. 
TIP: if you want to move this look from day to night use BlackHeart (twelfth shade) along your lash line for a smokey liner. Also feel free to add a little sparkle by patting in Dust (second shade) or Buzz (fourth shade) to really make your eyes pop!!
So there you go! I am absolutely obsessed with this palette I think it is really flattering and can especially make blue eyes pop! However all three of the Naked palettes are absolutely beautiful and which ever one suits your skin tone will be the best for you! If you are interested, you can pick up any of the three Naked palettes at Sephora!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pining Away | The Perfect Day Escape!

Hello everyone! How was everyone’s weekend? This weekend my cousin and I decided to head to the mountains for a day of exploring and attempting to find a bit of snow for sledding in the mountains!
Last week was a tough one and by Saturday I was aching for an escape. We took a break, and went to play in the snow! But our trip didn’t turn out exactly as planned. In fact we never really made it to our final destination but on our way we made it an amazing day! We made plenty of stops taking in breathtaking views, singing all the way up the mountain, and even making our own snowman! (Well, kind of!)
As far as my outfit goes,  I was really inspired by one of my favorite bloggers and vloggers Hannah Maggs . I loved her styling of fur vests and maroon sweaters and aimed for a similar look! My sweater is from Topshop, while my vest is from Victoria's Secret, and my jeans are from Paige Denim! And I love my booties from Topshop! If you haven't checked out Hannah's channel yet, then I highly recommend it as her and her husband as well as their adorable baby Gracyn are my favorite family on the internet.

Sometimes taking a day away, being somewhere out of service from your phone, or simply turning it off for a couple of hours and enjoying the outdoors can be the perfect cure to a lousy week! Take a moment to step back and get some fresh air, spend some quality time with a best friend, and don't forget to have a little boogie!

I hope you guys have the best week!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sugar | Maroon 5 Crush!

Hi everyone! Today the new Maroon 5 music video came out and after watching it I couldn't help but want to share it here as it is probably one of the cutest videos I've ever seen! Maroon 5 is the first band that I ever remember being my 'favorite band' growing up. Their album 'Songs About Jane' was the first CD I ever owned myself and all in all I've always loved their music. So seeing this video my heart almost exploded as Maroon 5 went out surprising as many weddings as they could and performing for them!
It may be cheesy, but I always find these sorts of videos so heartwarming and sweet and watching each brides face when the curtain dropped was absolutely adorable.  I loved it!
Anyways, starting tomorrow I should be back to posting with some exciting new content I can't wait to share with you guys! Have a lovely day!!! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy Sunday's with Fresh Food & Pretty Flowers

Hi everyone! Today I was feeling particularly adventurous and decided to visit my local market to pick something fresh to make. I settled on a tomato cream soup, picking up fresh basil leaves for a little extra green, and bread for a parmesan toast. This year one of my biggest goals is to start cooking for myself and even though this is such an easy recipe simply adding the basil leaves, salt, and pepper it felt like a small accomplishment in my day! 
Along the way I picked up a fresh bouquet of flowers that always make me feel cheery and together I had the loveliest Sunday afternoon! One tip for those of you who love to have fresh flowers in the house that I've learned along the way is to snip 1/2" up the stem of the flower before putting it in your vase so that the flower can absorb the water and live a lot longer! 
What is your favorite homemade meal or your favorite way to spend your Sunday afternoon?
Soundtrack of the day: Louisa Wendorff: Blank Space// Style

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Vlog!: The Best Day in the Snow!

Hi guys! Today is a different kind of video than anything I've done before! While Trevor and I were in Big Bear I started playing with the new vlogging camera Trevor gave me for Christmas (he's the best isn't he? :) Anyway,  we just filmed some of the fun parts of our day and I had so much fun editing this kind of video and I really want to start vlogging more! Leave a comment below if you liked this kind of short fun little video!! Trevor says hi! Have a lovely day guys!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

S.O.S. Traveling on a Budget?!

         Hi everyone! This year I've decided I want to begin traveling! I've been fortunate to travel quite a bit with my family in the past, but now I want to begin traveling on my own! That's where I need your help! I'm doing the best that I can to save, but traveling as a college student is a little tricky and traveling is so expensive! Have any of you travelled on a tight budget? Where do you recommend visiting first? I would love to hear any other tips and tricks you may have to share!
         Until then, I've decided to start exploring my surroundings that are a little closer to home.  To start off my travels, Trevor and I drove up to our local mountains and spent the day playing in the snow! Taking this trip made me realize how much I have to discover close to home! I am so eager to see the world!
But until then, this isn't too bad either! Do you have any suggestions for traveling near home? :) What is your favorite weekend getaway? Thanks for any comments you leave below!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcoming a New Year: Hello 2015!

Happy New Year! First off, I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday! I took a little time off after finishing my degree 2 weeks ago to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy the holiday season! I have felt so accomplished in 2014 but am now really looking forward to what 2015 has in store! This year I am really excited to expand on my YouTube channel and blog, travel, and experience new things. I don't necessarily have specific resolutions but I do know that I want to challenge myself this year to do more, see more, and try more.  This year is going to be a great one I can just feel it! Also, if you took a moment to read this post then say hello down in the comments :) I want to get to know you this year :) Feel free to leave some of your resolutions, or what you're looking forward to this coming year. 
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