Tuesday, August 1, 2017

June and July 2017 Overviews

This isn't going to be a super long update since I included a lot of the June things in previous posts.

When I posted back on July 11, I was still in the midst of a whole bunch of stuff. When I said that things had settled down in that post, they were really only settled for a little while.

I've since had an emergency visit with my optometrist who explained that my eyes were reacting to my contact solution and I would need to go back to wearing my glasses for a while. I then had to get used to using a different kind of contact solution, and so far it doesn't seem to be bothering my eyes at all.

I also met up with the surgeon from getting my gall bladder out, and I had to go in for a scope this past Monday (I'll be doing a post about it later). I haven't gotten the results back from it yet, which is kind of nerve wracking. I feel like I've had a whole bunch of medical issues all at once!

On the plus side, I've smuggled my guinea pigs up to college with me. Technically speaking they're not allowed in my apartment... Haha I'm also going to be doing a post about that this week, so be sure to check back on Thursday.

Overall, I'm feeling like I have a better handle on everything than I did before even though I still have a million and a half things going on. I actually moved into my new place this morning, and it's really really amazing to be able to actually move in and get settled and know that I won'e be moving again for a long time.

I have some work things to update you on as well, so that'll potentially be something to look forward to later this month.

When it comes to my relationships, someone that I work with actually asked me out, and we had an amazing time going to see the new spiderman movie and getting food. He was gone this past week for a mini vacation, but even before he got back he was starting to plan another date! I'm not entirely sure where it'll go at this point, but I'm really excited to find out.

July was filled with a lot of planning and sorting out life, as well as a ton of work. I'm glad to have been able to stay for July, as it turns out, because I was able to keep working and saving up for this upcoming school year.

Welp, this wasn't a particularly exciting overview of what's been going on in my life, but I guess it'll have to do!

I'll see you on Thursday

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Favorite Earrings

I really like earrings, but I have a hard time finding earrings that I like that actually match things that I wear. Which basically means that I own a ton of earrings but I only wear a select few of them...

This pair seriously catches some looks! They're probably the most "extreme" pair that I own.

 I'm not entirely sure what they're made of because they're extremely lightweight, but they reflect almost every color depending on the angle that you're looking. If I'm wearing my hair up I'll wear these earrings, and people definitely notice them. 

The only downside is that some people probably think I'm wearing earrings that don't match because they only see them from one angle... Haha But aside from that I love this pair of earrings.

This is the pair of earrings that I wear the most often. They're a soft, dusty pink with little pearls in the center. There are very few things I wear that these don't match! They're really delicate looking even though they are really large for floral earrings, and they add to an outfit rather than taking all of the attention like that first pair of earrings.

Lastly, my go-to earrings for when I'm in a rush or want a little bit of a change from the first two pairs, are these. They're in every color that I wear (which is super convenient) so I don't have to put any thought into which pair to put on. They're much smaller than they look in this photo, so they're really comfortable to wear.

The only downside with these is that, because they're predominantly a type of metal, they can be really cold.

All of the earrings that I talked about in this post are from Charming Charlie.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Favorite Movies on Netflix

I think this movie is the least well known out of all of the ones that I've chosen for this list. The Matchbreaker is an easy to watch Rom-Com with some hilarious actors perfectly portraying some really amazing characters. Although I was apprehensive about the plot of the movie (based on the title), after watching it I was really happy to watch it again and again and again. For some reason, there's something awesome about watching someone try to fix relationships that he broke in the first place (that's kind of a spoiler... but not too big). If you want something lighthearted that doesn't take a lot of focus to follow, be sure to watch this movie.

It's Finding Dory. This movie is everyone's favorite on Netflix.

I started off by just watching the trailer for The Fundamentals of Caring and I was really interested in the characters. After actually watching the movie I wished that I had watched it sooner! The characters, although in more specific/dire situations, are really easy to relate to. Their senses of humor throughout the film air on the darker side, but overall the film is something that will make you laugh. If you've been holding off watching it, then hold off no further! There's no better feel good film than this one. 

To The Bone only recently went up on Netflix, however I continue to go back and watch it over and over. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but if you really want your heart to be filled with a lot of emotions all at once then you'll really like this movie. It's extremely honest, in a way that I don't think people usually address eating disorders. There's a messed up family dynamic, some weird romances, and some seriously sad imagery. However, it's a very clear picture of what it's like to be living with an eating disorder.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Favorite Shows on Netflix

Death Comes to Pemberly is the show that I pull up to binge watch all in one afternoon. There's only three really lengthy episodes, so it's great to take up a whole day but not a whole week. This takes the character from Pride and Prejudice and continues their story in a hilarious but suspenseful way. Any fans of the original will be fans of this continuation. If I was asked to pick something for a girl's night in, I would for sure pick this show. 

I was first introduced to The Paradise by my mom, and it quickly became my favorite. Whenever I need a comforting thing to watch for several days, I turn this on. There's something really relatable about the characters. There's friendships and courtships, espionage and betrayals, as well as some really BEAUTIFUL costumes and sets that really set the scenes perfectly. This show will keep you on your toes and keep your attention on the screen. No matter how many times I watch it I never get sick of it! There's always something new that I didn't notice before, which just makes it more fun to watch.

I really loved this show. For some reason, even though I'm not from England and I've never been there, there's something so interesting to me about their government. Especially their royalty! There was such a focus on the people themselves and their planning and reasoning, and it was really amazing to get to watch Elizabeth fit into her role so perfectly. This is definitely a must-watch show!  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some Life Bits

Since my last post, I took about a week off from blogging. I needed some time to work out everything that's been going on and to focus.

At the moment things have mostly settled down, which is really great. I got completely moved into the place for July, which I owe to my coworker who helped me move. In my old apartment, I ripped the paint off in 4 or 5 places, turned in my keys, and said good riddance. I stayed up until about midnight that night unpacking and then repacking to drive home the next morning.

I wasn't chosen for Jury Duty, they never even got to my number so I didn't have to be interviewed or anything. At first I thought that was really great because I'd get a week long break, but that wasn't how it worked out. As mentioned in my last post, my parents are moving. While I was there for that week, I had to pack up everything of mine in the house so that it can go into storage until I'm able to settle somewhere and take it all.

The weirdest thing is driving away from a home knowing that you're not going to come back to it. The next time I'm in my hometown my parents will have moved to a new house that, at this point, they haven't found yet.

I feel very out of place at the moment, because everything is so up in the air. I don't really feel like I have a firm footing yet, but I'm hoping it will come soon.

I have a few east posts headed your way in the next few weeks so that I can continue to have a bit of a breather.

I'll see you on Thursday

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughts on Moving and Other Complete Craziness

Previously, my summer plans were to stay in my college town until the end of my lease (the end of June) and then go back to my hometown for the month of July... Well things haven't gone at all according to plan!

A few weeks ago, my dad called me right before I was going to sleep and told me that I would be able to become a resident of the state I'm going to school in if I could find a place to live for the month of July (because my next lease would start up again in August for my new apartment).

(Side note, I'm living in school owned apartments so they have us leave for the month of July to "clean". I'm going to be moving into a different school owned apartment, with a different roommate than my previous one, in August)

That gave me a little over two weeks to find a place to live.

Luckily someone from my church had a spare room that they were willing to rent to me for a month! Which was extremely fortunate for me!

I had to get my phone and my car in my own name, register my car in this state, and get my driver's license for this state (all of my other bills/renting was already in my own name within this state). Then, with all of that stuff and my proof of living here for a full 12 months, I'll apply for my official residency.

Tomorrow, after I get off from work, I'll have to load up all of my things and make the trip to my new place where I'll be for July. I have a small car, so it'll most likely take me several trips before I'm fully moved. (And yes, I will be doing all of the moving completely on my own.)

Just add to it all, I got jury duty for the first week in July.

I'll have to move all of my things, on my own, and then leave for a week to go home to fulfill my jury duty. Then I'll drive back up to my college town to work 40 hour weeks up until I have to move AGAIN into my August apartment where I'll be for this next school year.

I've got a lot of rent and bills to pay on top of the gas money I need to get home for jury duty. Not to mention the upcoming textbooks and school supplies I'll need to get.

It's been particularly stressful and heartbreaking for me all at once because my mom then dropped another ball on me. My parents have decided to move house as well.

That's not it, though!

I called my mom to talk to her about all of the moving and work stuff that I've got going on, and I kind of already knew that they were planning on moving. But my mom didn't want to hear about anything that I wanted to talk about or was worried about. She told me that they're for sure moving and that they aren't going to be taking my guinea pigs with them.

In fact, they wanted me to rehome them before the start trying to sell the house because they'll "turn away potential buyers". My mom then ended the call because she needed to meet with the realtor.

It didn't help that the next day, when I tried to talk to my mom again about how much stress I've been feeling, she complained to me about having to box up the stuff in the garage, and that I'm lucky I don't have to do that.

I would do anything to have my biggest worry be boxing up the garage!

Everything in my life has been completely out of control. It's been to the point where I haven't been sleeping well because I'm so stressed and worried and upset all the time about everything. June has been trying to kill me, and it doesn't look like July is looking any better....

This was a really long kind of angry/ranty post... But I really just needed to get it out into the world somehow.

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


As of TODAY, this very day, I have had my guinea pig Pepe for 4 years!

Pepe came with the name when I got him. He was an owner give-up living in a foster home, and I went to go see him. He was full grown, and they estimated that he was around 1 or 2 years old at the time. I had found out about him off of an ad placed online by the foster home that was taking care of him. They mostly had dogs, and seemed to be a little in over their heads with a rodent.

I got Pepe all set up, and I was so excited to have him!

Pepe loves cuddles, but only with his best bro Hamilton. He isn't afraid of my dog as long as he knows she can't get him (i.e. she's on the other side of some fencing, or on the ground rather than on the couch, etc.).

He weighs in at a whopping 3.4 pounds, which is really large - even for a male guinea pig. However, my vet doesn't think that he's overweight, he most likely has some cuy in him. Considering I got him from a foster home there's no way of knowing where he originated from so I can't say for sure. He certainly doesn't seem to be bothered by his size at all!

Pepe LOVES food, but he is a really picky eater! He won't eat anything that's cold - we have to wait for the lettuce or other veggies to warm to room temperature or else he won't go near them. He also won't eat foods that have small seeds, like strawberries, and he won't eat any type of dried fruit.

When people first meet Pepe they're always surprised that a guinea pig of his size is so picky about the foods that he's eating.

My mom and I joke a lot that he wouldn't be able to survive in the wild because he wouldn't understand that romaine lettuce doesn't just appear.

Pepe is the 3rd guinea pig I've ever had, Hamilton is the 4th.

I absolutely love this piggy! I can't believe it's already been 4 years with this handsome little guy in my life making my days brighter.

Do you have a favorite pet? How long have you had your pets for? Pets are a magical thing! I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So Many Things to Buy, So Little Time

Like most people, I am no stranger to looking up products and reviews online to make sure that I'm getting the best product for me and the best price.

Just recently I was introduced to Reviews.com, and it has saved me so much time!

It's run by real people who really try and honestly review everything they write about. You can look up their views on the best antiperspirant, the best dog food, the best tax software, etc. There's nothing they won't try and review.

So when I interested in getting one of those health monitors that have become really popular recently, I was happy to know that they had a review comparing the different Fitness Trackers that are on the market along with a comparison of the quality to the price.

Their reviews are so thorough that every question you could ever have about the product is completely laid out. However, if you're looking to a quick answer, they do have a short summary at the start of the article about the overall opinions.

It's spectacular to be able to see an honest review of the products you're interested in purchasing without having to do a whole bunch of digging around on the internet!

10/10 recommend it to everyone!

Let me know what you think about reviews.com! Or if you've used the site before for information!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

The Fitness Tracker Article is HERE

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer in a Small Town

For all of May and June I've been staying in my little college town to work, which has been dandy!

I love how quiet it is, and how quickly I'm able to drive around because there's absolutely no traffic anywhere.

There aren't any lines, the stores never run out of anything - and there's all the cool summer stuff going on like farmer's markets and swimming.

A group of people I know recently went out cliff diving because that season opened up here!
(Don't worry, there's a company that does it and they ensure it's as safe as cliff jumping can be)

One of the best parts for me was being able to see Wonder Woman right when it opened in theaters because there were only about 30 people in the whole theater, and of those 30 about half were there to see Wonder Woman! So I got both arm rests because no one sat by me! And really, what more could you want out of life?

I've been loving being here, and being able to have all of the luxuries that come with staying in a small college town when all of the students are gone.

I do understand how some people wouldn't enjoy it though... Even though there are no lines, all of your options are always the same, and you only have about 20 options. 20 may not being enough to keep someone entertained and happy for an entire two months.

However, there's a way to make it feel as if there are tons and tons of things to do!

Work 40 hours a week...

No, I'm just kidding!

In all seriousness though, the best way to get through a summer in a small town is to keep busy. Whether that means you plan friend parties every night, or you go swimming for a certain amount of time every day, or you plan to go to the markets every week (even if you only sit and people watch from a food establishment).

For me, when I'm not working, I like to go for hikes and take photos. That's something that I really enjoy, and it's different every day. Otherwise I go see movies (movies change pretty often, which is great) or I hang out with my friends to play board games, picnic, or just to talk for hours!

The summer nights where I am are beyond beautiful, so sometimes it's worth it just to sit outside and watch the world happen from a happy little perch above it all (which is part of why I enjoy hiking in the summer).

All in all, there's nothing like summer in a small town whether you love it or not. In my case, I really love it!

Do you live in a small town? What are things you love to do in the summer? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My High School Internship

Ever since I was little I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I didn't have imaginary friends, I had imaginary kittens. I would have tea parties with my stuffed animals rather than dolls. I would love doing animal reports in school because I got to spend a lot of time learning about an animal and then got to present about it to my classmates.

When I was old enough, my parents would sign me up for the day camps that our local zoo had in the summer, and then I moved up to doing the week long camps they offered. During that time I was learning so much and I was so excited to get to be at the zoo so often!

As soon as I was old enough, I because one of the teen volunteers at the zoo. I would work as many hours as I could every summer for the next 5 summers.

I knew the zoo like the back of my hand by that point, but I still wanted to learn more to be able to do more!

My senior year of high school, I was able to get an internship position at the zoo where I was able to work up close and personal with a lot of animals. It was a dream come true to be able to see what my dream job of zookeeping would really be like, and I loved every second of it!

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't at all glamorous, but there was something about spending a morning cleaning out the giraffe barn before being elbows deep in a salt water jelly fish tank that made me extremely happy.

I worked with a variety of exotic animals, which I was grateful for because I was able to see how the care works for each of them. Fish, Reptiles, Insects, Birds, Small Mammals, Large Mammals, Rodents, Felines, etc.

I've got a lot of funny stories about a lot of different animals and their amazing personalities!

Did you know that Giraffes can throw temper tantrums?

While I was there, there were two giraffes - one of which was much older than the other. The older one would get extra vitamins in his food every day, and would also do some extra training (which meant extra treats) so that he was amply prepared for his regular checkups with the vet. The younger giraffe would very often dump his food out and then run around and throw his head back in protest of not being given the same extras! He would throw a temper tantrum! Sometimes he would even try to reach the older giraffe's food!

I learned really quickly how to put up his food so that he wouldn't be able to dump out the whole thing.

The best part was getting covered in giraffe hair and having to explain to people what it was... Haha

One of my other favorite animals to work with were the Binturongs. There's nothing better than spending time with an animal who smells like buttered popcorn. They were so beautiful, and had such strong personalities! I had the opportunity to prepare their food for them on many occasions and even that was fun. It was like making a big fruit salad most of the time!

As you can imagine, I wasn't alone with a majority of the animals that I was working with. I was supervised by the keeper I was assigned to for the duration of my internship. However, there were a few things that I was able to do on my own!

I would manage a small building in a section of the zoo, which included jellyfish, cichlids, a lizard, a sand boa, and a tailless whip scorpion (which was always fun to talk about because one was used in one of the Harry Potter films, so people have sometimes recognized it).

There was only one time when I was left alone to clean, and that was with some red panda cubs. they stayed up in the trees and watched me while I cleaned. I raked up a lot of leaves, and cleaned out their little water feature that ran through the enclosure. I also moved around some of the wood that they use for climbing to make it so they could explore a little bit more. They were really adorable, and I was able to get a lot of photos of them.

During my internship, the biggest thing that I was trained on and learned was safety when it comes to wild animals. Not just my own safety, but the safety of the people who come to the zoo. Part of the internship included me being able to design and set up an enclosure. In my case, I set up a little aviary for an assortment of birds. Before that I had very little knowledge about how much thought goes into setting up an enclosure.

You have to keep in mind the birds' natural tendencies, making sure the ropes and branches aren't too thick or too thin for the birds to perch on, that they have the ability to hide but are visible enough for visitors to view them - and the safety of the keeper. If the keeper needs to get out of the enclosure in a rush, they don't want to be stepping over and under a million things trying to get to the exit.

Now I did my internship before the whole Harambe thing... But even then it was top priority to ensure that the enclosures couldn't be entered by the people visiting the zoo. Even people who would try. There are locks and keys, double door systems, alarms, nets, tall fences, etc. (Of course there were signs, but no one tends to read or pay attention to signs.)

I could go on and on about my internship! It was what made me really serious about going into this field - what made me want to study the care and management of exotic animals in addition to wildlife ecology.

Anyway... Haha I'll see you on Thursday! I'll be posting a selection of photos that I took during this Internship.

What do you think about your local zoo? Or about my internship? Let me know in the comments :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

About Me


Back in December of 2014, I got up the courage to start this blog, which was a lifelong dream of mine. I've always wanted to write and have people read what I've written!

For the time being I'm an anonymous blogger, but who knows what the future holds! 

I'm in the United States, living life as a 20 year old college student. I'm a double major studying the care and management of exotic animals, wildlife ecology, and conservation. I'm going into my 3rd year in August 2017, which is both exciting and nerve wracking for me. 

This blog is made up of my thoughts, experiences, opinions, and A LOT of photos. I have new posts going up every Tuesday and Thursday by 2:30 pacific time, and the occasional random post, so there's almost always something new to check out over here.

My Camera is a Canon Rebel T3
My blog layout was made by Envye 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 Overview

May was a nerve wracking, but happy month for me. At the beginning of the month I had my final exams, and the wait to find out about my grades. Luckily everything went well and I got the grades that I needed!

My summer vacation from school began, which also meant my 30 hours a week at work began. I'm really glad for the work, and the ability to pay for so much myself. However, walking around in a hot parking lot giving out tickets or sitting in a hot parking garage booth wasn't exactly how I pictured my summer being. I'm mostly excited to go back to my hometown for July to actually relax and do some more summery things.

May was really glorious in that my awful roommate finally moved out!! :D It's so nice to be in the apartment alone - I don't have to worry about taking out the trash all the time, or how many dishes there are, or how the place smells.

The only thing is that I haven't been able to get the smell out of the room that was hers... It smells like there's something rotting in there, but I can't find it. For the time being I've just been keeping the door to that room closed so that the smell doesn't go all over the apartment.

One of the big things that happened in May was my surprise trip home to see my family for a few days. I was beyond excited to see them, and my pets, and to be in my own bed! No one could believe that I'd pulled off a surprise as big as that without letting it slip even a little bit that I was coming.

For the month of May, I'm really proud of all of the things that I was able to do! I'm especially proud that I learned how to back into a parking space - which was something I'd never been taught before.

At work I'm allowed to drive company cars, which requires the ability to back them into their designated spaces at the end of my shifts. At first they told me it was okay not to back in, but that I needed to learn how. Nothing's better than getting paid to learn a new driving skill on the job! I spent a few days out in empty parking lots practicing, and I had the help of some of my coworkers. The first time I went and backed the car in on my own my coworkers clapped and told our boss that I deserved a raise! Haha

I hope you had a great May as well! Let me know what you did, or if you learned any new skills during the month :) I'll see you on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Life Update

Sorry this post is going up later than usual today, I totally forgot about it so I'm frantically writing this up while in the parking garage booth at work. It's a good thing they're nice and have wifi in here so I can get some things done in between rushes of cars!

Do you remember that post I posted a long time ago? You know, the one about having my Gall Bladder removed, and that lead to my post about one bad semester? Well my Fall Semester was actually pretty great! I had a hard time in my math and statistics classes, but that was what I expected going on. The great news is that my grades/gpa were good enough and so probation is off the table! I was so unbelievably relieved when grades went up after finals and I saw that I was for sure in the clear.

I'm hoping that I won't have any more surprise organ removals this upcoming school year, so my grades will continue to be good. Like I said in that post, it was only one bad semester.

As I mentioned in my hair update post, I made a surprise trip back home on the 19th! I got off of work at noon, dropped my apartment keys off at a friend's house so she could watch Phillip and Jimmy, and then I drove home as quickly as I was able to.

When I got into my neighborhood, I called my dad (who was the only one home at the time) and asked him to go look at something on the front porch for me. He jokingly said "You're here!" and I said "As a matter of fact, I am" before I came around the corner onto our street and I pulled into the driveway. He was so excited! He then had me pull my car into the garage, so that I could surprise my brothers as they got home because they wouldn't see my car.

All of my brothers were equally as excited to see me! We then decided that we were going to keep it a secret from my mom that I was back home. (She had been on a trip with my grandparents in a different state and would be arriving at the airport Saturday afternoon.) I went with my dad to pick up my mom and grandparents from the airport the next day - and as my mom said "The exit doors opened and she was standing right there waiting!".

I got to do lots of fun things while I was at home, and I spent a lot of time with my family. I had to drive back up to school for work on Tuesday (I had a post already scheduled to go up) and then I started back up again at work on Wednesday!

I mostly loved getting to see my guinea pigs, as well as my dog and fish. I made several trips to the pet store, because I can't help but spoil my pets - I love them so much.

As of right now, I'm still working and in my apartment by myself. My lease ends at the end of June, so I'll be going home for July, but I'll be back up at school in August!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Skincare Products

I've been wanting to put this post up for a while now, and I've finally gotten around to it! I'm not being paid at all to talk about these products, they're actually my current favorite skincare products. Stick around, and be sure to let me know what you think of them too!

When I first heard about Micellar Water I was really skeptical. I didn't think that it would work as well as people were saying it did, and I thought that it would irritate my skin if I did use it because pretty much every product except for the one I was already using would upset my skin. 

Once when I was at the store with one of my friends she convinced me to grab a bottle to try, and after I started using it I never wanted to go back.

It doesn't irritate my skin at all, and it does a much better job a removing all of my makeup than the product that I was using before. It also feels really nice on my skin, and there's no need to wash it off which saves me a lot of time! 

Now I know it may not seem worth it because of the size of the bottle verses the cost, but one bottle does last a really long time. A little bit goes a lot way with this product, and it really gets the job done.

So if you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend that you check it out!

Now I'm one of those scaly people whose skin really dries out if I'm not paying attention. CeraVe makes many different types of lotions and creams for different levels of dryness, as well as a face specific lotion. When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated, this is the product that I reach for every single time. One tub like the one pictured above lasts me for an extremely long time, because once again, a little bit of this product goes a long way. 

Another thing that's super great about it is that it's unscented. When put on already chapped or dry skin it doesn't hurt at all, which is a major plus. I also like that it's unscented because then I can wear a perfume and not worry about the two smells competing. 

I personally prefer the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin because I've found that it works the best for me. Especially since it's made for people with sensitive skin as well as dry skin, so there's no risk of irritation.  

I had a hard time getting a good photo of this product because I've already used so much of it. This was a product that I bought because I felt kind of obligated to.. Haha Which sounds kind of bad. The sales woman was really excited about it, and she was sure that I would love it, and she was completely right. It's the Mary Kay Timewise Night Solution. I normally put it on before bed after I've put on my CeraVe cream, and I want up to such beautiful looking skin in the morning. Like with the other products, it doesn't irritate my skin at all, which is super great. I'd highly recommend this to someone looking for a some kind of night cream or serum. It's definitely worth the cost.

This is no surprise, but I love wearing lipstick, especially matte lipstick which can be really drying. When I'm not wearing lipstick and I'm trying to get some hydration back in my lips, my lip balm of choice is Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. It doesn't have any really color or smell, and to be honest it doesn't taste particularly nice, but when it comes to hydrated, healthy lips I always go for Cortibalm. It has 1% Hydrocortisone in it to promote healing in chapped lips in addition to other ultra hydrating products. Using this lip balm, chapped lips are a thing of the past, and I can wear as much matte lipstick as I want!

It's no secret that sheet masks, especially charcoal sheet masks, are really popular at the moment. Well, I jumped on the bandwagon! The Yes To paper masks are really cheap, and there are so many different types. Hydrating masks, soothing masks, acne fighting masks, etc. Plus they're a really good price! I've been doing them all the time, without any skin irritation, and I've been really enjoying it. There's nothing wrong with taking some time to put a slimy piece of paper on your face for 10-15 min of relaxation, especially when it helps your skin feel so nice! 

I think a paper mask is the best way to go for a pamper evening because it doesn't require any rubbing or rinsing to take off, you simply remove the paper mask and throw it away. Paper masks are really easy too, and when they work as well as the Yes To masks you can't go wrong with them for a relaxing time.

I'd love to know what you think about these products if you've tried them, or if there are any other products you think I'd like. I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 2017 Hair Update

A while ago, I got my hair dyed while my mom was visiting me, and I did a post about it - which you can check out HERE

As I said in that post, I love having my hair dyed. Previously I did a huge thing of dark blue/purple in my hair, but then I cut all of my hair off at once and I didn't dye it anymore. Since I've been growing my hair back out again I've been loving the color in it!

(Here's an old photo I found of how my hair looked when I was in high school when I had the purple in it)

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm planning a trip home to surprise my family. As of right now, I'm going to be driving back after I get off of work tomorrow which is really super exciting! Well, because I'm going back for my brother's graduation, there's going to be a lot of photos taken... Haha I wanted my hair to look nice in the photos, and to be able to see people that I haven't seen since last summer looking cute, so I went after my payday and got my hair dyed once again!

Below I have the photos of my hair so you can kind of see how it's changed and how the color faded out and everything. The photos are not edited at all, they're straight off of my phone!

Photo Taken March 11, 2017

Photo Taken May 1, 2017

Photo Taken May 13, 2017
I've really used the ChromaSilk Vivids hair dye, and it seems to be what works best for me and lasts the longest in my hair. The color I used in high school was the "Violet" shade, and the one I've had these last two times was "Wild Orchid". I don't know if it's just me, but I think that the Wild Orchid looks a little darker the second time - which may be owing to the fact that the stylist used almost an entire bottle of the dye! She really layered it on!

I absolutely love the color! 

At one point I used a demi-permanent hair dye, but it hardly lasted two weeks in my hair. I was able to go back and get it redyed with the Chromasilk dye, which has always worked really well. 

Let me know what you think of my hair, or about your experiences with hair dye. I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oh Yeah, Before I Forget

I know I already posted my last roommate update... But there was something I wanted to document.

When my awful old roommate moved out, she left behind a bunch of random stuff.

Her own small trash can in the bathroom, a pen, some boxes, dishwasher detergent, frozen vegetables, and... Half a cube of butter in the middle of her shelf in the fridge.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lipstick Collection

As you may or may not know right now... I love lipstick. There's just something about wearing lipstick and having lipstick that I absolutely love and enjoy.  

More recently, in my ipsy glam bag that I get monthly, I've been getting a lot of lipstick samples but I've also been buying my own lipstick. Over time, I've increased my collection by a lot, and I wanted to do a post on the lipsticks that I have and which ones I love and which ones could be better. 

So if you like lipstick, stick around!

(I did my best to round up the links and prices, but not all of the colors I have are still available in stores/online.)

The most recent additions to my lipstick collection are these 6 Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip shades. I've heard so many good things about them, several of those things being from youtubers that I know and love, so I decided to treat myself and get some of them for myself to try! I have to say, I absolutely love them! The color payoff is amazing, they dry perfectly matte, and they don't smudge or wear off. I drank a can of soda and none of it came off onto the can or smeared around on my mouth. This is a date lipstick, for sure - if you're going on a dinner date or any other kind of date where lips are involved, this is the type of lipstick I would recommend because it's not moving after it drys on your face!

($6.00 for each one)

The Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks were the very first lipsticks that I purchased for myself. It's no surprise that I love Zoe (Zoella), and one of her most worn lipsticks is Rimmel Kate Moss 107. I don't have that particular color because I didn't think it looked the best on me, but I did get several other shades that I really love. These are some really good quality lipsticks for the price, but they do wear off after several hours, and they do smear. Although if I want a lip color for a job interview or to wear to school, these are the lipsticks that I'll go for.

(I was unable to find the other shades online, I'm not sure if they were discontinued or not...)
(All are around $5.00 each depending on which drug store you prefer)

Out of this bunch of lipsticks, the ones that I like the best and wear the most often are the first three. Centerfold from Buxom, Passion from Revlon, and Pin Up from Ciate. They're really easy to apply, the color payoff is amazing, and I don't find myself having to top them up very often. I also think that I'm a little bit partial to them because they're liquid to matte lipsticks. With the Katy Kat Matte lipstick, this particular on is in the shade Cat Call, it's a really beautiful color but it's kind of hard to wear because it is such a bright orange tones pink. It also has the tendency to smear. The two Revlon Colorburst lipsticks that I have are really great when it comes to being able to apply them quickly, but they do smear and transfer really easily.

Centerfold (Buxom) ($21.00 for the full size)
Passion (Revlon Ultra HD Matte) (around $8.00 each)
Pin Up (Ciate Liquid Velvet) ($19.00 for the full size)
Elusive (Revlon Colorburst) ($6.00-$9.00 depending on the store)
Standout (Revlon Colorburst) ($6.00-$9.00 depending on the store)

These lipsticks are all really good, they just aren't ones that I find myself reaching for very often. NYX as a great selection of colors when it comes to their liquid suede lipsticks, and they're all a really good price, I just find them to be a little hard to apply. To me personally, they also feel kind of like a layer of plastic on my lips when I wear them. The two Tarte lipstick samples that I have are amazing quality, but because they're typically really expensive I choose not to wear them very often because they're too magical to wear every day! The Pacifica lipstick that I have was one that I used to reach for all the time because the color looks really good on me and it lasts a really long time. The only downside is the shape of the lipstick making it hard to apply, and the smell/taste is really not good. When it comes to the Pixi lipstick it is very similar to the Pacifica lipstick except the smell/taste is better. 

I have to confess that I haven't actually worn the Mellow lipstick for more than a little while on my own because it's such an orange shade. Orange can look great on some people, but I do now think I am one of those people... Haha

Rose Naturelle (Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick) ($12.00 for the full size)

If you have any of these lipsticks, or have any lipsticks that you love and think I should try I would love to  know! I'll see you on Tuesday!
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