Thursday, April 19, 2018

My New Cartilage Piercing

It's been a few months! My last piercing was back in January... Well I actually got two piercings in the month of January, which is why I had to wait to get anything new. I went in to see my piercer after days of saying that I was going to, and he let me know that my daith is still going through the healing process, but he could add something to my other ear while my daith finished healing. 

When I walked in, I had no idea what I was going to get! I wanted something exciting, but at the same time I thought maybe going for a second lobe piercing, or an inner helix piercing. After talking with my piercer, I decided on a new cartilage piercing!

My piercer said that my ear had a natural indented spot that would be perfect for a cartilage piercing, and I requested a hoop rather than a stud for this particular one. I absolutly love it! I think that it looks really good with the other piercings that I have on that ear!

I did better than a quick snap on my phone this time, so hopefully you get a much better look at my ear this way!

This piercing had the same pain level as my other two cartilage piercings and my tragus. It hurt, but it was tolerable, and it stopped hurting shortly after I got it pierced. I haven't been able to sleep on that side yet, but that's kind of to be expected with a fresh piercing.

So I'm currently taking extra good care of my daith and this new cartilage piercing, with the hope that my daith will finish healing up so I can get a specfic piercing in my right ear! There's a particular one my piercer said he'd be able to do in that ear, and I'm all for it, so I'm hoping my daith finishes healing up quickly!!

My Cartilage Piercings
My Inverted Industrial Bar
My Daith Piercing
My Tragus Piercing

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

VNYL Subscription - Month 2

I finally got my second month of currated records, and I'm really excited to share it with you! I signed up for this subscription back in February and I got my first set of three records in March (you can check out that post HERE) and I loved all three. I was really excited to get this second month and see what else they picked out for me.

For this particular month, I chose the vunly playlist "Bling Training" for my Vibe, and I don't think they let me down at all!

Just like they sent with the previous month's subscription, a really nice handwritten note about the records! Haha I didn't have sticky notes on hand so I used a piece of a ripped kleenex to cover my name on the note, seeing as I'm an anonymous blogger. 

It also came with two new stickers! Which I was so excited about that I had already stuck them in my planner prior to taking photos for this post... Haha

So these are the three albums that I got this month! 
Outside (Briefly) by Froth
Parallel Lines by Gates
Go Down in History by Four Year Strong

I don't really know how to describe these three albums... All I can really think to say is that I really like them, they fit the vibe that I had chosen, and they fit the types of music that I love!

Once again, VNYL hit the nail on the head with the perfect, hand picked records for me to enjoy.

What do you think about these records, and about VNYL? I'd love to know if you have some music recommendations for me as well!

I'll see you on Thursday

**This post was not sponsored, I purchased the subscription with my own money and found the company via a suggested post on social media.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"I'll Be Happy When..."

This post kind of ties in with some of my previous posts, so I wanted to include the links to them in case you wanted to check them out.
Hunt For Stability
Mental Health and Self Care in College

I know that there are probably a lot of people who have talked about this subject that have done a much better job than I ever could, but I wanted to go ahead and share what I think about it and how I've seen this play out in my own life recently.

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I feel a lot of the time like I'm looking at the future through a peep hole and then when I reach whatever it was that I was looking at and finally see the whole picture it isn't as grand as I once thought it would be. I think that really ties in with the idea of "I'll be happy when..." because I look at those future plans as the point I need to reach to acieve happiness.

Things like "I'll be happy when I finish school", "I'll be happy once I obtain this amount of money", "I'll be happy once I have this relationship with this person".

I think the biggest thing for me was realizing that I need to find my own happiness, and what makes me happy outside of school and relationships and money, becuase at the end of the day those things aren't what bring personal/lasting happiness.

One of the things that really helped me come to that conclusion was a video posted by Will Smith where he talked about his own marriage, and what he and his wife learned about happiness when it comes to a relationship. I've linked that video below for your viewing pleasure, and to give credit where it's due.

In my own life, I've found a lot of happiness in working hard towards my education becuase it involves so many things that I'm passionate about rather than waiting for happiness to come after I've finished school. I've also realized that I need to work on being single much more than I have before I put myself into a new relationship. It's kind of mind boggling to me that I never realized that it isn't my job to make my partner happy or my partner's job to make me happy, becuase that ultimatly doesn't work like I always thought it was supposed to.

Of course, the main source of joy in my life is through the animals that I love and take care of. My boys, and the rabbits, and my various fish. There have been several times where I've wished that I could take on more animal care on top of all the other things I'm trying to do just because it brings me so much joy!

Ultimatly, I've realized that you can say "I'll be happy when..." about just about anything, and that you can keep saying that after reaching each new thing, pushing off your own happiness based on events and achievements in your life. You'll be happy when you finish school, and then after you finish school you'll be happy when you get a certain job, and then after you get that job you'll be happy when you earn a certain amount of money or get a certain promotion, and so on and so on forever.

Even though I've thought about this a lot, and am now aware of it in my own life, I still have to make a concious effort to remember to find happiness and be happy with where I am in life right now. I don't want to look back on college and wish that I had taken the time to enjoy it, or look back on every relationship that I'm in and wish that I hadn't had them, and so on. I want to be happy now, and to remember these times as being happy ones in my life.

I'm hoping that things will be better and easier for me where I'm doing my best to do the things that bring me happiness and to learn what it is that makes me the happiest before I take the time to look at relationships and money (student loans mostly) and what my future may hold.

What do you think about "I'll be happy when..." statements? Do you notice that type of thinking in your own life? I'd love to know what you think about this topic!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Nail Art and First Impressions

Last month I posted a really cool haul of all of the nail art things that I had ordered! (You can click HERE to check out that post.) I was going to wait a while longer before doing a nail art type of post, however I got a new set of "chameleon" (Multichrome) nail stamping polishes from Born Pretty and I wanted to do a sort of nail art and first impression on the polish. 

So, starting out, I had a gradient nail art look which was getting fairly chipped, so I removed that nail art look prior to starting on this look.

As recommended by the QUEEN, Simply Nailogical, I apply a cutical oil that's a mix of jojoba oil and vitamin e oil, which has made such a huge difference in my nails. My nails are typically very brittle, and they break really easily, however with this cuticle oil my nails are a lot stronger! This is the longest that my nails have been in a long time, and I attribute it to the oil!

Alright, back to the nail art...

For this multichrome stamping polish, it was recommended to use a black base to make the colors in the polish show up the best. For this, I used my personal favorite black nail polish, which is the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polish in BlackJack. It's opaque in two coats, as you can see in the photo of my nails.

I wasn't super careful applying this, as you can see in the photo, because I do a final cleaning up of my cuticles after I've applied the nail stamp.

Once the black polish was dry, I applied my lifsaving Bliss Kiss Simply Peel all over my skin around my nails down to the knuckle on a few of them in preparation for the nail stamp. I've gotten a lot better at applying it, which I'm really happy about, it just takes some practice to get the hang of it.

As I mentioned previously, I revolved this look around the Born Pretty "Chameleon" stamping polish that I got. For this look I chose to go with "Leo", which is a gold, green, red, and blue multichrome polish. I also chose a repeated circular pattern from my nail stamping plates to be my nail art pattern for this look. I thought that the circles would look good in the multichrome polish, mostly becuase I hoped that as I moved my hands it would appear as if the colors shifted around the circles in the light.

After applying the nail stamps, removing the latex barrier, and cleaning up my cuticles a lot more, I finished off the look with my favorite top coat! The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, which is the best drug store top coat that I've used. 

So here is the final nail art look!

While the multichrom polish did give my nails a really cool effect, the polish primarily appeared as a shimmery gold. The other colors in the polish would come through in some lighting (mostly the green) but they didn't come through nearly as much as I originally thought. There was no changing of the colors as I moved my hands around the circles in the pattern, which was kind of disappointing. However, I still got a lot of compliments while I had this nail art - mostly because the polish seemed to disappear when the light wasn't shining firectly on it. Although that wasn't the effect that I originally wanted, it was pretty cool to have the pattern apear and disappear depending on the angle and the light.

What do you think about this nail art? Are you a fan of nail art and Simply Nailoginal too?

I'll see you on Thursday!

The Products I Used (Links)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March 2018 Overview

March was really rough. I was missing from this blog from the first few weeks of March because I needed to take some time for myself and to focus on some things that have been going on in my life.

I did have the totaly pleasure of having my mom come for a the beginning of my Spring Break, and even though we sadly didn't go to Canada, we had a really great time. We watched some movies, ate a lot of food, did some shopping, and overall really enjoyed each other's company!

On the last day my mom was visiting, we went and I got 4-5 inches of my hair cut off! My hair is into a supre cute bob, which I'm excited about going into the spring and summer. I have thought about going back to dying it, but I haven't really gone for it yet... Haha I'll be sure to update you if I do. I still have some of the bleached stripes from when I had the pink in my hair, but I think that if I was going to redye it I wouldn't go for those same stripes.

One of the main things in March that was really pivital for me was having more similar hours with the guy that I was previously dating who works in my same office. He had broken up with me over text one night and I was really shattered for a long time, but I didn't see him at all after the breakup until those few weeks in March. I found that I got this anger rather than being sad or feeling like I needed to try to look or be a certain way to try to "win him back". I realized looking back on the relatuionship that he didn't treat me well, and that a lot of the things that I felt in the relationship weren't what I wanted in a relationship. This was really pivital for me becuase it defined more specifically what I want in a significant other, and that this particular previous significant other of mine wasn't on my level.

Throughout the month of March I did a lot of planning for this upcoming Summer, where I'll be living, when I'll be going back to my home town, and whether or not I'll be trying to get an internship. I have really high hopes for the summer, and for the potential that I think it has to be really great even though I'll mostly be working.

I also set a goal for myself to be a bit healthier. I got myself a FitBit, so I'm much more aware of my activity level (or really my lack of activity), so I've been doing more to pay attention to my steps and heart rate in my every day life and not just during the athletic class that I'm taking this semester. I've also got high hopes of this playing a role in how my summer goes. More hiking, more exploring, more steps!

For the most part I took March as a self-care month for myself. I needed time to go through some things, and I took that time in addition to realizing some things about myself and deciding to focus on my own health and education in a way I haven't been previously. 

How was your March? 
I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Nail Stamping Haul

Back at the end of January and into February, I fell down the beautiful rabbit hole that is Simply Nailogical videos... Although I am not as talented when it comes to nail art and the use of nail vinyls, I'm pretty good at doing nail stamping (which is actually something that Cristine doesn't like very much). So I went online and did a big order of nail products that I was super excited to get and use!

This is the Bliss Kiss Simply Peel Latex Barrier, which I've seen nail artists use but wasn't totally sold on before watching a bunch of Simply Naiogical videos. I haven't totally gotten the hang of it yet but so far it's saved me a lot of time, and has saved my cuticals from large amounts of nail polish remover. It's easy to apply, it dries quickly, and it is easy to remove. A big plus is that it peels off in one big piece, which is extremely satisfying.

For the nail stamping, one of the sets of plates that I bought came with a dual sided clear stamper and a scraper. I already had a stamper and scraper from a previous set that I had, but I actually have come to prefer the clear stamper becuase it's much easier to apply the stamps onto my nails how I want. The scrapter that came with this set works but I wouldn't say that it works better than the scraper I already have. I think that if this was your only scraper it would work fine, but it does bend which makes it harder to get a clean scrape in the nail plate.

Now on to the beautiful nail stamping plates that I got! First of all, the packaging that they came in was beyond beautiful! I almost felt bad opening them to get the plates out becuase they were so cute. I did my best to take photos of each of the plates so that you could see that patterns that I chose. I tried to go for more full nail patterns rather than french tip or smaller individual shapes just because I personally like the look and have an easier time applying full nail patterns. I've tried a few different brands of nail stamping plates, and I personally prefer the Born Pretty brand. The patterns are amazing, there's so much variety, and they all translate really well onto the nail.

Where did I get these? (Links)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

VNYL Subscription - Month 1

Back in December, I was given a record player for Christmas! I love it, but having only a christmas album and a musical wasn't cutting it for me. I combed through the internet a bit to see what records I might want and how much they cost and whether or not I wanted them when comparing them to the cost. Everntually, on my Instagram account, a sponsored post for Vnyl popped up, and I was totally interested in signing up. 

Vnyl is basically a subscription service that curates records for you based on your music taste and a "Vibe" based on some playlists that they've creadted that you choose at the beginning of every month. They have different subscription options depending on how many months you want to receive records. I signed up for the 3 records a month for 3 months, which was $99, and I chose my first vibe, which was "2020 Vision" and entered in music that I love and some of my favorite artists. 

Now, $99 may seem like a lot to spend on 9 records, but it's actually a great deal! Purchasing individul records can cost at least $20-30 per record! And this is a good way to get introduced to new artists! The best part is that you get to keep all of the records that you're sent forever and ever. They also have records for sale that you can purchase and have sent in addition to your three records if you want a specific album and they have it.

The only downside was the amount of time that shipping took, given that I chose standard shipping. At one point I questioned when it would actually arrive, but when it did I was overjoyed with what I got

The records come in beautiful pink packaging with a tear strip on one end to open it up.

The package opens with a sort of flap, and inside I got some stickers, a note, a cover sheet that contained the released dates for some other albums, and an actually handwritten note before getting to the records themselves. 

I absilutely loved that the note was really handwritten, and that it was specifically talking about the records that were chosen for me this first month. I was a little bit aprehensive at first, because the only one I had heard of previously was Sia, but as soon as I listened to them I knew that they had picked the perfect records for me!

Where they were going off of the music that I said that I liked and the vibe that I picked, I can tell that they really take the time to pick records that I'll actually love, which is what makes me so excited to continue to recieve more of these. They didn't just send me albums from artists I already said that I liked, they instead found new artists that are now my favorites. 

Two Vines by Empire of the Sun
1000 Forms if Fear by Sia
The Alter by Banks

If you have a record player, I would 100% recommend this service! They also make a great gift - they have a whole section that allows you to gift the subscription service on their website. So far, the only potential downside could be the time that it takes for shipping, but there is the option for faster shipping if you're willing to pay a little extra. 

What do you think about this service? Would you sign up? Let me know! I'll see you on Tuesday

**This post was not sponsored, I purchased the subscription with my own money and found the company via a suggested post on social media.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

February 2018 Overview

I've written and rewritten this post a million times in my head but I haven't been able to get across everything that happened in the month of February in a way that makes a whole lot of sense! Originally this post was set to go up at the beginning of March, but I wasn't happy with it and I didn't have time to go back through the whole thing... So I guess you could say that my new year's resolution to never miss a Tuesday and Thurday posting is already really out the window! I just didn't want to post something that I wasn't happy with for the sake of getting something posted.

Unlike January, which felt like a year all by itsself, February flew by quicker than I thought possible! It was full of school and work and sleeping! I spent a lot time in my room in my apartment, just taking a lot of time for myself.

I was still feeling a lot of the residual emotions and stuff left over from my breakup in January throughout the month of February. I was able to take care of my two piercings into the month of February and trying to sort out what I was feeling, I do think that I'm doing and feeling a lot better than I did before, and I've actually realized looking back on the relationship what a negative effect it was actually having on me. The only thing is that I still get upset when I know he's working at the same time as me, or when I hear people talking about him, or if I can hear him talking from across the office. I still need to work on it, but I'm doing much much better.

Another thing coming from a relationship-ish place, Valentine's Day went by and I was happy to be more focused on my family and friends rather than focusing on myelf or on my relationship status.

February was also a month where I found more stability in myself, which I'm probably going to do a post about later on because I have too many things to say about it than I can really put in here.

I also ordered a few things in the month of February that I'm looking forward to doing haul and review posts about.

Hmm... What else happened in the month of February?

At the end of February I started feeling really overwhelmed with everything I had going on. Picking classes for next fall semester, the amount of homework I had stupidly put off until then, some exams, and some personal issues that I had going on. My blog, unfortunatly, went on the back burner because of everything that I had going on in addition to me not being happy with any of the posts that I was coming up with.

I was able to get everything that I needed to done, and I was able to go into the month of March feeling slightly less overwhelmed but I still took some time off from posting to try to come up with more things that I wanted to post about (which is part of why I ordered some things to then post about them).

I'm looking forward to the other posts that I've got planned at this point, so I'm hoping to be getting back into the swing of posting at my regular times!

I'll see you on Thursday
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