April Monthly Favorite

Happy May everyone! I find it so crazy that April has come and gone, and that summer is nearly here. I can’t say I’m complaining, though. That being said, today’s post is a monthly favorite for April. It took me a little while to figure out what I would talk about because I haven’t really tried any new beauty products, but there was one things I had to buy this month that is more of a beauty tool: a new curling wand.

I’m the type of person that uses things to their death. I already had a curling wand, but I had been using it for 7 years and it finally died on me. I didn’t think buying a new one from the same company would give me different results when styling my hair, but it did! I use a 1-1/2 inch ceramic curling wand by Remington. It has all of the same features as my last one, but the newness of it definitely showed. The loose waves I create with it last way longer throughout the day, even into second-day hair, and the waves themselves just look nicer than they did before. There are also some added perks to the wand, such as:

  • only takes 30 seconds to heat up
  • comes with a heat glove to protect your hand from the open barrel
  • easy to use
  • rotating wire plug which is so nice because you never have to worry about the wire ripping open from twisting it around
  • inexpensive at around $20

If you’re in the market for a new curling wand, then I highly recommend the Remington one. Plus, the last one I had from them lasted seven years, it basically paid for itself. Comment below a product you’ve been loving this month and follow if you like the content. (: See you all next Wednesday!

End of Semester Stress

Happy Saturday! I’m sorry I didn’t post on Wednesday like I do every week, but this past week as just been crazy. If you’re a college student, then you know how had it is to get through these last few weeks of the semester. With essays, projects, and finals happening, it can all get really stressful. So for this post I’m going to talk about a few things I do to keep myself calm during this time of the semester.

  1. Get organized- being unorganized is one of the worst things when you have a bunch of assignments coming your way. I like to write down a list of all of the major assignments I have coming up, in order from when their due. This helps you see exactly how much work you actually need to get done and when you need to have them done
  2. Don’t cram- college students are notorious for cramming the day before an exam or an essay is due, but DON’T DO THIS. It makes everything so much easier when you start early on assignments or studying so that you can space out your work and not feel so weighed down by the amount you need to get done in a short period of time
  3. Actually study for exams- sometimes in college when you have a lot of things on your plate, it’s easy to just say “oh well, I haven’t gotten bad grades yet so what does it matter if I study,” but let me tell you, studying gives you peace of mind, knowing that you understand the material and won’t really have to worry about your grade plummeting
  4. Study in your most motivating setting- Everyone is different when it comes to how they like to study, but I find it much easier to get work done when I’m in an environment that is motivating. For some that is a quiet spot in the library, for others it’s with a group of people who have the same assignments. For me personally, I do best when I have one other person in the room working quietly with me. It has to do with accountability, they’ll know if I’m slacking off
  5. Get good sleep- I know everyone starts to go out a little more and stay up a little later toward the end of the semester because hey, we made it!! But it’s important to put priority in things most important and getting good sleep is conducive to being more productive and helps with memory as well (some of my psychology nerdy-ness for you)!

I promise you that if I can manage to do all of these things, then so can you and they’re worth it. You’ll know that when you aren’t feel stressed and getting good grades when others aren’t! Hope this was helpful, I’ll try to be back next Wednesday on my normal schedule again, and please follow or share if you enjoy the content!

Goshen Park – Travel

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

I’m super excited to write this post because two weekends ago, I did one of the most exciting things of my entire life. I’m a member of the Outdoors Club at my school and I’d never gone on any trips with them before, but when I saw there was a chance to go rock climbing, I just had to do it. I also convinced my boyfriend to go with me (he’s a member too) because he loves doing adventurous things.

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We had a wildlife guide with us who set everything up and taught us how to do everything from the climbing to belaying to repelling off the side of a mountain. It was insane!!

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It was a beautiful sunny day and I could not have asked for a better view!

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I highly recommend every try rock climbing at least once, especially if you’re a thrill seeker. Hope you all like this week’s post and I’ll see you next week with another one!

My 10 Minute, Daily Makeup Routine

Hello friends! Let me just say that the weather this week has been amazing! It was 85 degrees yesterday – how crazy is that?? Summer is fast approaching and I’m very ready for it.

As for the matter at hand, this week’s post, as I’m sure you can tell from the title, is my daily makeup routine which only takes about 10 minutes! As a reminder, all of the steps in my routine come after I have cleansed my face thoroughly with either Dove bar soap or Simple Micellar water. On the majority of days I have 4 main steps to my routine, including:

  1. spot concealer- I use Almay Clear Complexion Concealer Corrector in the shade 100 light for any uneven skin tones, acne, or redness
  2. under-eye concealer- I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin 3-in-1 concealer for eyes, which is a concealer, eye cream, and sun protection all in one, in the shade fair 05
  3. matte powder foundation- I use Covergirl Clean Matte powder foundation to get rid of any shininess in the shade 510 classic ivory
  4. mascara- currently, I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar in the shade blackest black

You may notice that I don’t use a liquid foundation in my daily routine and that is because I have very sensitive skin. I try to use very minimal makeup on a daily basis to keep my skin from braking out too badly. I only really use liquid foundation and I have major redness or dry patches on my face. However, if I want to add a little something to my look I’ll lightly fill in my brows using the Naked Basics palette. I’ve been using all of these products (minus the mascara) for years and I love all of them. It gives me the perfect, effortless, no makeup-makeup look.

I hope you all found this post useful and let me know what your daily makeup routine is! I have a great post lined up for next week so subscribe if you want a notification when it comes out!

March Monthly Favorite

Happy first Wednesday of April! Spring is definitely among us, everyone, and I am SO here for it. The weather is steadily in the mid-50s and 60s and I’m very excited for all the things that come along with warmer weather! One thing I will be happy to say goodbye to is dry skin. This past winter has been the worst for me as far as dry skin goes – my normal lotion (which I’ve used for years) wasn’t even cutting it. That being said, all of this leads into what my favorite was for March.

I can’t believe I’ve never thought to do this before and some of you probably use it all the time, but Vaseline saved my skin when I last had a cold and the skin around my mouth and nose were grossly dry. I would just take a cotton swab and put a decent layer over the areas that were really dry and I’d wake up in the morning with soft and significantly less dry skin. I did that for  few nights towards the end of my cold and once it was over, my skin was completely back to normal, thanks to Vaseline. If anyone else is having this problem, I 10/10 recommend using it!

This had led me into thinking about switching my lotion over to a Vaseline lotion too, because it worked so well and didn’t cause any horrible side effects to my very sensitive skin. If any of you do have the Vaseline lotion please comment on how it works for you and if you recommend it!

I’ll be back next week with another post! In the mean time feel free to go back and read some of my past blog posts and follow if you like what you’re reading! (:

5 Tips to a More Relaxed Weekend

Happy Wednesday everyone! Isn’t it crazy how fast this month has gone? 2017 is flying by which makes me a little sad and anxious because this time next year I’ll be a college graduate!

For this week’s post I thought I’d share with you my five tips to having a relaxing (and somewhat productive) weekend.  If you have a job like mine where the weekend is your only time of then you cherish it. I like to try to have the most relaxed weekends I can now and here are five main ways I go about doing that:

  1. Do a face mask- I am a sucker for a good charcoal mud mask and it leaves my skin super soft and hydrated for the rest of the day
  2. Wash your bedding- I find that I sleep so much better with freshly washed bedding which is great since I frequently take naps as well
  3. Read or do work outside if weather permits- It’s officially spring and the weather is definitely getting warmer. Being outside can be more peaceful, gets you out of the house to avoid cabin fever, and vitamin D is so so good for the soul (but wear sunblock!)
  4. Take a mid-day nap- If you’re having a super laid back weekend with no big plans, indulge in a mid-day nap for an hour or so. It reenergizes you and may help you catch up on sleep you missed out on on Friday night
  5. No work on the weekends- Get all of your work or homework done during the week so you don’t have to do it during the weekend and can relax or go out as much as you want

I take part in all five of these things and let me tell you that they really help. If you have anything that you do to relax on the weekend, comment down below and follow if you would like to see more posts like this!

See you next Wednesday! xo

Product Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

Hello everyone! I’m sorry this post is a week late, but I was pretty sick last week with a sinus infection that made me feel so horrible that I, admittedly, cried about how bad I felt. haha However, I’m not back and feeling much better and you may have noticed that I didn’t do a Monthly Favorite for February. Well, that’s because I only bought one thing and I have to say it wasn’t much of a favorite.

That being said, I’m doing a product review of the one item that I mentioned I bought, which was the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara in the shade “blackest black” (darn my hazel eyes).

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It wasn’t that the product was bad, by any means. It was actually a great product, but it didn’t give me results that I couldn’t already get from the mascara that I had been using and trusting for years. It’s a two-step product: 1) eyelash primer and 2) mascara and the idea of a two-step mascara intrigued me since I had never tried one before. I initially liked it more than my other mascara, but as I continued to use it I realized the results were almost the same except – and it sucks that this is true – the mascara was more clumpy than I’m comfortable with. I’m okay with a little clumpy-ness because I think it helps make my lashes stand out more, but this was more than I would like. Again, not a bad product, just not better than my beloved mascara, but give it a try if you’re in the market for a two-step mascara!

I’m really enjoying trying out products and letting you all know what I think of them, so comment or like this post if you would like to see more of these kinds of posts! See you next Wednesday!!