MAY HAUL | NYX, BECCA, ETC

The last month or so I may have splurged on makeup once again (yikes!) and honestly I blame Youtube. Ulta is a trap and I went in only wanting some new LA Girl products and came out with more than I wanted lol. I had heard so much about the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation and that it rivaled the Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Foundation so I wanted to see the cheaper alternative and I’m honestly on the fence with it.

  • As far as the BECCA Chrissy Teigen Palette was a splurge buy and by no means did I have any idea that ULTA had it or that it had just been released. It’s honestly so beautiful and pictures don’t do it justice. I mean just look at it! 😍😍😍
  • The lashes in the picture, I picked up from TjMaxx but found out that they were more expensive there then the actual website, these lashes are super easy to put on and are only 3$!
  • The NYX Perfect Filter palette is absolutely amazing! the pigments are so creamy and blend really well.

 

Foundation: L.A. GIRL |Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation:  in Beige

Concealer: L.A. GIRL | HD Pro Concealer:  in Pure Beige

Lippie: L.A. GIRL | Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Instinct

Skincare: SOAP & GLORY | Puffy Eye Attack Eye Rescue Gel

Palette: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP | Olive You Perfect Filter Shadow Palette

Lashes: The Creme Shop Dramatic Lashes in #702

 

IPSY MAY BAG | SUMMER 2017

I am officially obsessed with Ipsy.

For those that don’t know Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a bag every month, with 5 products to try for 10$ a month.

I normally enjoy what I receive but lately they’ve been hitting it out of the park each month. Since I know have a monthly schedule set up of posts, I’ll be putting these posts up more regularly and on time as I receive them each month. Reviewing items is super important when it comes to getting what you want.

For me for instance:

I love brushes, brow and lip products.

So, the longer you are with Ipsy the better your products are. So definitely review your products and let them know what you want and don’t want! I’ve heard of so many that were subscribed and then unsubscribed due to the fact they were not getting things they would even remotely use.  Which is a bummer. So review, review, review and change your beauty preferences and choose only those items that you would definitely want to see in your bag.

 

I recently updated my profile, and added more of the new brands that are now with Ipsy which is exciting! (TOM FORD & YVES SAINT LAURENT?!).

If you wanna take the jump and subscribe yourself click the link below and sign-up:

Subscribe to Ipsy!

This month I received:

1. Global Beauty Care: Charcoal Wash Off Mask

2. Manna Kadar Cosmetics:
Radiance Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo

3. Benefit Cosmetics:
Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in shade 5-Deep

4. trèStiQue:
Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine

5. Royal & Langnickel MODA™
Royal & Langnickel: Precision Angled Brush

ULTA HAUL: Anastasia Beverly Hills and Tarte!

ULTA HAUL: Anastasia Beverly Hills and Tarte!
I made a few purchases at Ulta a while ago and figured I’d show you all <3 
Reviews on the foundation are coming, now that I’ve been able to use it and see how it works both with a brush and a blender. I’ve been dying to get my hands on all the products I purchased, and am grateful I was able to buy my dream palette as well. 
P.s: The Shape Tape is absolutely amazing and is definitely worth the hype! 
TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY: TAN HONEY
TARTE SHAPE TAPE: TAN SAND
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS | MODERN RENAISSANCE 

CANON REBEL T5I | BIG GIRL PURCHASE

CANON REBEL T5I | BIG GIRL PURCHASE
As some of you may know from Instagram, I made a big girl purchase a couple of months ago in hopes that I would be able to post quality photos of my purchases and hopefully start a Youtube channel in the year to come. I’m slowly building a kit to create quality Youtube videos; I just need the space for filming.  I also needed an awesome camera for my trip to Europe in July so after tons of research: The Canon Rebel T5i was the one I’ve chosen. and it is incredible and easy to use. 
I managed to buy it on a payment plan through QVC and it’s a 6 payment term. So if anyone is in the market for a new camera that comes with an extra lens, definitely check out QVC! 
I wanted to do a longer review but I’m still learning on how to use the camera so once I’ve learned everything, i’ll be sure to talk more about it <3

GRADUATED AND 23 | LIVING LIFE FOR ME

Words can’t describe what it’s like to be graduated and also turning 23. I didn’t realize how many emotions I would feel once I was done with school and let me tell you, the last couple of weeks has been extremely emotional and stressful. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the future is closing in and now all I can think about are my student loans, a better job, among other things. I haven’t stopped thinking about the future which is absolutely terrifying. I have to take a step back and enjoy it for what it is: I get to sleep in and go to work in the afternoon, I have time to dedicate to things that I enjoy (such as blogging), and just enjoy the time between now and the time I go to Europe!
Also it calls for more posts that I’ve had sitting in my drafts and fully focusing on my blog once and for all. Now that I have all the time in the world, I want to dedicate my time to things that I enjoy and do things for ME.

My Graduation photos were taken by the lovely Madison Martin over at Cedar & Sage Photography <3

European Road Trip

European Road Trip
The picture above was taken by me 🙂 on a plane to California back in July. 
   
My dream of traveling used to be such a far fetched idea, and I never thought it would happen..ever. mainly because of financial reasons and putting other things before travel. My dreams were answered because of EF College Break and it’s wonderful payment plan options. I cannot speak highly enough of the customer service of this company, and I have never had an issue getting ahold of someone whenever I had questions– and I have had quite a few before holding my spot on the trip I had chosen. I knew I wanted a semi longer trip, without going for the extreme 35 day Ultimate Europe trip so I decided on a 16 day European Road Trip reaching 7 cities in June. Which is exciting in itself and also completely daunting at the same time, making EF absolutely appealing since I don’t have to lift a finger in planning my first European adventure. Because I am a worrier, it took me a little bit to convince myself of booking my trip through EF but after countless hours of researching and watching videos, reading blog posts, etc. I knew I had to book through them. The most appealing feature was being able to hold my spot for the trip by only putting a $150 deposit and from that point forward starting a payment plan. Being a college student it’s extremely difficult to pull 4k out your butt (hence, why I never did study abroad in the 4 years I’ve been in school); EF made it affordable for me. They also have an awesome referral program as well, that makes it possible for your trip price to go down once someone books a trip or the same trip as you!
The awesome perks of booking through EF was that it took the stressful planning phase out of the whole ordeal, and I could spend the majority of my time just being excited about the trip. While the price of a trip may be daunting; it does include flights and these other wonderful things:
  • Accommodations 
  • All your city transfers are taken care of 
  • Once, you’re two months away from your trip they even create a private FB group so you can meet others going! ( most excited for this!)
  • Metro Pass is included in most major cities 
  • Attraction passes to popular sights is also included ( the Lourve, Sistine Chapel, etc)
  • Free breakfast
I don’t know about you but that saves me a whole lot of money knowing I don’t have to worry about getting to and from destinations, the metro pass and attraction passes is completely awesome because those could’ve added up in the 16 days I’ll be on the trip with EF.  EF also has the option for you to extend your trip by either coming before your trip starts or staying longer for your trip ( hell, or even adding another one of their trips on!). A friend and I added Rome for an extra 6 days which is going to be handled all on our own, minus the flight back home. So if you do plan on doing either, you are held responsible to getting to the country of choice and taking care of accommodations amongst other things you would like to do. We plan on staying in AirBnB while we are in Rome ( haven’t made concrete plans yet).  I think it cost me an extra $25 to extend it and change my flight back from Rome to the US. 
This is only part one of my EF college trip, Part two will be a detailed breakdown of what I plan on doing and what my itinerary through EF is like, plus the Rome extension on my own. I’ll be back to review the trip and company as a whole along with a bunch of other posts about the trip once I get back as well! 
If you’re worried about taking a leap, I say go for it! traveling is good for the soul <3 

New Year.. New Resolutions

New Year.. New Resolutions

                                           

( I found this lovely picture on Unsplash)

Seeing as it’s the first week of January and the beginning of 2017, I saw it fitting to write down my resolutions or start thinking about things I would love to implement in this new year. The few resolutions that I wanted to achieve last year were easy enough to manage and I completed them! So onto a New Year and even Newer Resolutions!

The year of new memories and new adventures, xoxo

1. Be More Social: Y’all this is such a struggle for me, more often than not I’m either at Work or at school during the semester and I don’t really push myself to go out with others. I have such wonderful people around me in my life and really want to do a better job at making plans with those around me even if I’m working that day, etc. My problem is making time and or not just sitting around like a lard and binge watching Netflix from the comfort of my own bed. The goal is to build closer relationships, and make new memories with the people in my life.

2. Learn Patience in Life: This concept is a genuine anxiety causer in my life especially in 2016, the constant pressure of what society expects from a 22 year old woman can be a lot to handle. It’s completely okay to not be sure of where I’m going and what I want to do with my life, and I just have to accept the idea of the unknown which has a tendency to freak me out just a bit. It’s also okay to do things at your own pace and never have to explain yourself, the amount of older people who ask when I’m getting married and what do I wanna do when I graduate is much too many. In the new year, my goal is to allow myself patience and let life take its course.

3. Be Healthy and Workout more: I know, I know everyone has this resolution and it’s so cheesy but it’s really hit me that I want to be stronger and eat better. My goal is to work on a stronger core and build a bigger butt, and to workout at least 3 days a week. Which is completely reasonable considering my schedule works around school and gives me free time before and after. Be on the lookout for new workout clothing hauls and how I’m going to stay on top of working out.