Friday, January 29, 2016

Space Saving Makeup Storage Idea!

Helloooo! 
So.
I've been in the process of re-organizing my room for a while. I have a tiny room and a ton of stuff. That makes my room look super cluttered and disorganized.
Anyways, the most recent project I've been tackling is my dresser, which is where I keep all of my makeup & most of my clothes. My makeup collection is huge compared to the amount of storage space I have; So, its been getting really out of hand lately. I've been looking up all sorts of DIY's and "hacks" and have found a few useful one's.
I've gotten into re purposing old candle jars, but you can only use so many candle jars for so many things before it starts to look like a candle jar mess. lol I mostly enjoy decorating the candle jars, but then I really have no use for them after that. 
This year I've accumulated a lot of makeup palettes, which take up a pretty large amount of space.
I was going to use this idea from Vasseur Beauty (she has a ton of great organization videos btw!) where you use a letter holder to hold all your palettes in place, but I've been to a few different stores and couldn't find a letter holder that I was content with. However, I did find this cute wire mail basket that hangs on the wall!  
I hung It right next to my dresser. Honestly, It turned out a heck of a lot better than I thought it was going to and I'm very proud of my fabulous little basket. :)
I got it at Hobby Lobby for $5.83, It was originally around $8 something, but I used a 40% off coupon.
They always have 40% coupons on Retail Me Not, so always make sure to check their website before you shop.
I'm still looking for a better way to store compacts & shadow pots, so feel free to leave suggestions! :)
I hope this helped you in your makeup organizing endeavors! 
<3

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2015 Favorites: Part 3! Fashion ,Lifestyle, TV & Music!

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Welcome to My last 2015 Favorites post!
Basically, this one will cover everything that isn't, beauty, makeup, or skincare related!
First, I'm going to start off with fashion!
Those of you that prefer the lazy approach to fashion might find this category interesting considering I hardly ever sacrifice comfort for fashion. Comfort is always my number one priority! If its cute, thats an added bonus. lol

  • Ava + Viv Wrap Dresses- For those of you who dont know, Ava + Viv is a plus-size brand sold at Target. These dresses were probably the most worn items in my closet this year. They are so versatile and comfortable! They can easily be dressed up or worn casually.The fabric is stretchy & breathable. The wrap dress silhouette is probably the most flattering silhouette I've ever worn. I cant say enough positive things about these dresses. I bought one with a green leafy looking pattern on it and a black patterned one and basically wore them all summer & fall. They put out long sleeved ones for the chillier months and I bought those too. lol I'm seriously addicted to these dresses. They are the perfect effortless item you can just throw on in a hurry! I LOVE THEM!!!!
  • Steve Madden Black Brandos- basically its a Birkenstock look alike and I got mine on sale at Macy's. I wore these with my Ava + Viv dresses. They are so soft and comfy & they have held up well considering how much I've worn them!
  • Lane Bryant No Wire Cooling Bra- I normally wouldn't post about underwear lol, but as a plus-size girl, I know it can be hard to find the perfect bra. Especially, if your not into under-wire. So, I feel like someone might find this information helpful because most people would automatically assume that a plus size woman needs the support of under wire because a lot of bras will lack support without the wire, but that is not the case with this bra! It supports everything that it should, it supports the back nicely, & it keeps you cool. Its the most comfortable bra I've ever worn & they have a cute selection of colors and patterns! 
  • Torrid Lace Bralettes- This is another item that can be tricky to find if your plus size. These come in a gazillion colors & are very supportive for a bralette. 
  • My Earthbound Sunglasses- I'm not sure if I put these in my last year's favorites post, but they are still my favorite sunglasses. I get so many compliments on them. 
  • Viva La Juicy- I should've put this in my previous post, but I totally forgot! lol But I think this was probably my most worn perfume this year & I got a ton of compliments on it!
Since I couldn't find good photos of the sunglasses & wrap dresses to use in my collage, here are some photos of me wearing them! :)


Lifestyle, Music, & TV Faves!

  • Sony DSC RX100 Camera- Its my camera that I use when I want to take higher quality photos and I filmed my Youtube videos with it! I love it.
  • Amazon Basics Lightweight Headphones- These are literally the best headphones ever! I honestly don't understand people that blow tons of money on headphones when these amazing, $15 ones exist! They sound great, they're comfortable & flatten out for easy storage. 
  • Gilmore Girls- I watched this series from beginning to end with my sister this year and we love it! It is just an all around good show. 
  • Parenthood- I watched this after Gilmore Girls because Lauren Graham is in it and I was trying to get over my Gilmore Girls withdrawals. Its about the Braverman family and there is a ton of family members, so there is a lot of story lines and characters. It is a really good,heartwarming show. Similarly to Gilmore Girls, it has that quality of just normal people living normal lives and I love that. I think everybody could relate to this show. I think this might be my favorite show of 2015.
  • Future Hearts by All Time Low- All Time Low, AKA my favorite band, released a new album this year & its wonderful! My favorite songs are Missing You, Old Scars/Future Hearts, Runaways, & Satellites
  • Spotify- I use this everyday. I really love the new discover weekly playlist. I will link the playlists I listen to the most below :) 
I hope you enjoyed my 3 part 2015 Favorites posts!
I hope you found it interesting and helpful!
Let me know if you've tried any of these items and your opinions, so leave me comments!
Also, if you haven't seen my previous two favorites posts with makeup & skincare, be sure to check them out!
Also, feel free to subscribe to my Youtube! I've posted a few makeup videos, so feel free to watch those! I'd really appreciate it :D
Thanks for stopping by!
<3

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2015 Favorites: Part 2! Health & Skincare!

2015 Favorites part 2


Welcome to the health and skincare portion of my 2015 Favorites!
I'm really excited about this post because it contains a lot of products I don't believe I've ever mentioned on my blog & the products are just amazing! They have worked so well for my skin. 
  • Clarisea Products- I wanted to start off with this line of products because I think It is my absolute favorite! Here is a little back story of how I discovered this product and why it is so dear to my heart! lol Any time I go to the beach, I love the effect that the ocean has on my skin. The ocean, from my experience, heals almost anything. It heals soreness, wounds, & best of all, acne! I'm not a doctor or a dermatologist or anything like that, but the effect the ocean has on my skin is miraculous! Since I don't really live near the beach and only go maybe once a year at the most, I dont get to enjoy the benefits of the sea's skincare properties as often as I'd like. :'( I have went so far as to attempt to make a mixture with store bought sea salt with no success & even went so far as to bring back ocean water in a container, but it was just smelly and kind of gross, I guess, because it wasn't moving; so, I didn't even attempt to use that. Can you see my desperation?! But anyways, my sister got a sample of the the Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant by Clarisea in her Ipsy bag. I noticed it sitting on the counter and saw that it said "Sea Salt Solutions" on the label and got super excited and she so kindly let me borrow it! So I tried it out and I absolutely LOVED it!!!! It literally made me feel like I had just emerged from the ocean. My skin had that slight burning sensation from the saltiness and as rinsed my face I could even taste the saltiness. When I woke up the next day my skin was behaving exactly as it does at the beach. It was doing what I like to call "the purge", where everything starts coming to the surface. I kept using it and my skin only got better & better. I had to make sure to moisturize a little bit more because It can be a tad drying. But honestly, this is a great product for anyone who loves how the ocean effects their skin. I ended up purchasing the kit with the charcoal salt soap bars, mask, & more of the Detox Charcoal. Its awesome! I highly recommend it!

  • Face Soap & Clarity 3-In-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash- This has been my everyday cleanser since February! I love It! its very gentle and great cleanser. I noticed that when I ran out and had to order more I actually broke out a lot more than normal, but when I when I started back using this my breakouts subsided. 

  • Embryolisse Moisturizer-  This moisturizer is great for people who are on the dryer side. It has really basic ingredients- aloe & shea butter. It leaves my skin feeling really nice.

  • Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask- I dont know a lot about this product. I usually pick it up randomly at Walmart for spa nights. All I know is that I have repurchased it a lot. It smells so good, it exfoliates, its affordable and it really makes my skin feel nice afterwards. On their website they say it contains "Sparkleberry Extract". I don't even know if thats a real thing, but it sounds amazing. lol

  • My Kettlebell- I really enjoyed working out with it. I watched a lot of kettlebell workouts on youtube & I really like a lot of the kettlebell moves. They make me sore to the point of being able to hardly walk the next day, so I know they're working. Right now I have a sand filled one though, and every time I lift it lately it leaks sand on my face, so I really want one that is not filled with sand. I would not recommend buying a sand filled kettlebell, lol 

  • Emergen-C- I took this anytime I started getting any cold symptoms and It knocked it right out. This stuff works really well. 

  • Kinesiology Tape- I feel like this is something everyone should keep handy! Kinesiology Tape isn't traditional sports tape. It is like a second layer of skin. Its not tight at all. It just forms to your body. It miraculously relieves most pains, especially muscle related ones. If your not into popping Tylenol for every little pain, I'd try this out because It is a really great drug free alternative. 


Friday, January 15, 2016

2015 Favorites: Part 1! Makeup & Beauty Tools!!

2015 Favorites


Foundation:

I actually have a few favorites in this category because I wear a few different products regularly depending on what activities I'm doing.
  • Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte- When I'm feeling more glam or just putting more effort into my makeup, I reach for this foundation. It has really nice coverage & I don't have to wear a face powder with it. Its a great foundation!
  • Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Stick Foundation- I wear this foundation to work. It is so easy to apply in a hurry. I wear this when I need to look presentable but don't feel like getting out a damp beauty blender or brushes. You can blend this easily and quickly with your fingertips and your good to go! I highly recommend this to anyone who is always running late or on the go!
  • Laura Mercier Powder Foundation- This is another favorite of mine because its another quick option that I find myself reaching for very often. I just apply my concealer first then put a thin layer of this powder foundation all over and it gives you a very natural finish. 

BB Cream:

  • Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue BB Cream- This stuff is amazing! Not only is it a great makeup product, but It also is a great skincare product! 

Concealer:

  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer- Very affordable, great coverage!

Powder:

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Transluscent Pressed Powder! This is a GREAT product! Its been a favorite of mine forever! Its also very affordable!

Bronzer:

  • NYC Sunny Bronzer- sadly I think it has been discontinued :(

Blush: 

  • Laura Geller True Color Baked Blush in Bali

Lip Product:

  • Malin & Goetz Lip Balm- This literally cured my lips when they were so dry to the point of cracking and bleeding at the corners. I had tried burts bees, blistex, & numerous others, & this lip balm completely cured my lips!
  • Sephora Cream Stains
  • NYX Butter Lip Sticks

Eyeshadow/Eyeshadow Palette:

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette- IDK why I didn't purchase this sooner, but I reach for it almost every time I apply eye shadow. Its a great palette! 

Eyeliner:

  • Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner- It is precise, doesn't smudge, & doesn't irritate my eyes! Its the only eyeliner I can wear to work that wont be all under my eyes by the end of the day. You get what you pay for with this product!

Mascara:

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara! Doesn't smudge & doesn't irritate my eyes at all! It also make my eyelashes look amazing!!!!

Eyelash Curler:

  • NYC Eyelash Curler- Its been a favorite for a few years & Its less than $5!

Eye Primer

  • MICA eye primer- I got this in my Ipsy bag & I have used it every time I wear eye shadow! I prefer it over the UD Primer Potion. Unlike the UD primer, it doesn't dry my eyelids out. When I run out I will be repurchasing for sure!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Random Blog Post: Pretty Little Liars, Overhyped Perfume,& 2015 Favorites!

Hello everyone! 
I'm currently watching the Pretty Little Liars marathon and I'm so excited for the premier of 6B tonight! Although I was super disappointed with the 6A finale, I'm still excited to see what happens throughout the rest of the series just because I have been watching PLL since it began. 
While I'm watching PLL I thought it would be fun to just to this random little life update since I'm just relaxing right now. 
Nothing too exciting has happened lately. I just recently had to get a new laptop because the T and the Y and a few other keys stopped working on my old one. It was going to be over $200 to repair so I just got a new one. For a few months I was typing by using the on screen key board any time I had to use a T or a Y and that was incredibly annoying. My new laptop is a HP Stream. It had really good reviews on Amazon and It was very affordable. Its also a super pretty, shiny, bright blue color. School just started back, so I've been using It a lot and it works really well so far! Now that I have a fully functioning laptop I feel like I'm going to be able to post more efficiently now.

Speaking of posts, I am going to be posting a 2015 Favorites in the next few days! I'm going to be breaking it up into three different posts: Makeup & Beauty, Health & Skincare, Fashion & Lifestyle! 
Also, I have a few items that I want to do reviews of. I went to Sephora the other day and got a Foreo Luna Mini, so I will be posting about that In a few weeks. So far I like it a lot. Also, this is kind of random, but while I was at Sephora I smelled the Atelier Beach Walk perfume. I have been wanting to smell this perfume for the longest time because I've heard so many people rave about it on Youtube. I was expecting like a tropical beach vacation scent and It wasn't like that at all. There was nothing to it. It smelled nice, but it didn't remind me of the beach. I was so disappointed. lol

Anyways, thats my little life update for now, 
hope you enjoyed lol 





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