Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lipsense Review (Not a Distributor)


I've heard a lot about Lipsense, mostly from SeneGence distributors that I know, but also on social media platforms. As you know, I'm a big lover of liquid lipstick, but I'm pretty picky about it because I want something that's going to last and that looks good and that I find to be good quality. Lipsense is advertised as being long lasting, everything-proof (waterproof, smudge proof, coffee cup proof, etc.) but I was of course sceptical, especially considering the price.

The basic starter kit, which includes a lip color, gloss, and remover costs $55, with additional lip colors being $25 and additional glosses being $20, and a new tube of the remover at $10.

When I first met with my own distributor, I was able to do a trial run on the lipstick before I commited to purchasing it to see for myself how well the product worked. I put on one of the lip colors and then had several swatches of several other colors on the back of my hand. I also had several of my questions answered about the products.

So they're long lasting. 4-18 hours of wear, but as I've used it I've found that it can last even longer than that.

They're Vegan and Crulty Free.

They're GMO, Led, and Wax free.

It's 98% natural products, and they can tell you exactly what's in them.

This lipstick has a shelf life of 2-3 years after being opened, and 7 years if left sealed.

The color doesn't transfer, but the gloss does (except for the Matte Gloss).

1 tube of Lipsense is the eqivalent of 4 tubes of another lipstick (according to the company/distributor, I haven't tested this out myself)

After testing out the product, I was more sure that I would like it. I placed an order for a starter kit plus an additional lipcolor, and then I waited... I think that's really the hardest part. Because it's sold by individuals, they typically don't have a full stock of all of the colors on hand to sell you right then and there, they wait to get a certain amount of orders in and then all of the products come in together. So it's a bit of a waiting game.

What I ordered were the colors Caramel Apple and Fly Girl with the Matte Gloss. I personally prefer a matte lip, and I didn't want to have to reapply the gloss because the other types of glosses do transfer, and I chose the lipcolors that I did because I wanted a nice everyday color and I wanted a bold, special occasion color. 


So the gloss is something that they really emphasize the importance of, and after trying it myself I understand why. It's needed to seal in the lip color and to increase how long the color lasts. And, without the gloss, the lipcolor remains sticky, which isn't very comfortable to wear. I chose the Matte Gloss becuase I didn't want there to be any glass transferring, however you have to apply a liberal amount of the matte gloss for the color to stop being sticky.

Below I've put the photos of the Caramel Apple color when I first applied it and what it looked like at the end of the day. I took these photos on my phone so they're not the greatest quality, but you get the point.

First Applied

At the end of the day
So as you can see in the photos, the waterline of my lips did wear off my the end of the day, but the lip color remained primarily intact. When my mouth is closed it's hardly noticable, I could really only see the wearing off when I would smile or talk. I've found with this lipstick that, at least for me, it only comes off of the waterline of my lips and not on the dry parts of my lips. I occationally will reapply to those areas, however it's normally the end of the day by the time that happens so I don't need to reapply.

Overall, I seriously love this lipstick. I have never had a lipstick that has lasted this long, especially not with my typical food and beverage habits during the day! It's also really satisfying to surprise people by drinking out of a can or a Starbucks cup and having nothing transfer. With my typical lipsticks, they'd only last as long and as well as this one if I didn't eat or drink anything, and if I avoided touching/licking my lips throughout the day (which I have a habit of doing, and may also play into why it doesn't last nearly as long on the waterline of my lips). 

This lipstick is really challenging to get off, which is why they've formulated a remover that is the best way to remove the lip color. I've found that the remover works the best if you put it on and leave it on for a few mintues, and then remove it with the lip color. Letting it sit for a while allows it to do a much better job at breaking down the color so that it can be removed surprisingly easily considering how long lasting the lipstick is!

I'm quite the lipstick lover, I've posted about my favorite lipsticks on this blog before, and I have to say that this lipstick knocks those out of the water! I'll certainly be getting more of these in the future!

What do you think about Lipsense? Have you tried any of the colors before? I'd love to know what you think about this brand!

I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hamilton

July 1,2016. I went with my mom to a local Guinea Pig Sanctuary with my only guinea pig at the time (Pepe). I had arranged the day before to try out Pepe with some of the other single male guinea pigs that they had available for adoption. The first guinea pig responded aggressivly to Pepe, and the second didn't have any better a reaction. But then we paired Pepe with Hamilton, and they've been inseparable ever since. 

Hamilton was full grown when he arrived at the sanctuary, but everyone assumed he was 1-2 years old. He had been given up by his previous owners due to an allergy they didn't know about previously. I was really happy to have him join my guinea pig family and to be with Pepe.

Hamilton was notorious for only wanting, and stealing, whatever food Pepe had. He hated blueberries, but if Pepe was eating a blueberry then he wanted the blueberry that Pepe was eating! The two of them were known to pull a piece of lettuce back and forth, almost as if they were taking turns eating off of the same piece. He loved cucumbers and carrots, and running around. 

Whenever I would pig-proof my room to let them run around, Hamilton would ALWAYS find a way to get somewhere he wasn't supposed to be. Always. I have no idea how he did it most of the time! One minute he's running aorund with Pepe, the next he's wiggled behind some storage under my bed that I had totally blocked off. The only thing that got him out were Pepe's squeaks trying to find where he was. 

Hamilton loved to hide. Or he loved thinking that he was hidden... There were several times when he would have onlu his head covered, but he would think that he was totally out of sight. Or when he would sit under a tunnel that was mostly chewed to pieces. He would often run into the extra large igloo both of them shared and then hide behind Pepe so that he was covered on all sides. 

Once you caught Hamilton, he loved being held. He would cuddle up to you, and especially liked to sit on my shoulders when we were having some counch time. I had to be careful though, he'd peed right down my back on far too many occasions. 

I loved this guinea pig more than I can put into words. He passed away at about 5am yesterday. I wrapped him in a blanket that smells like me and placed him in a shoebox to later be buried. I attached some photos of him at the end of this post so that he can be remembered for both how cute he is, the adorable orange patch in the corner of his mouth, and for his personality that shone through very brightly.

I love you, Hamilton. Pepe and I will miss you every day.







Thursday, May 3, 2018

April 2018 Favorites

It's been a long time since I last posted what my monthly favorites were! Mostly becuase I tend to find products that I like so I don't try new ones, and that would be boring to see the same things each month... But in April I had a lot of new favorites that I wanted to share with you! Plus, this past week had been full of my final exams so I was in need of an easy post... It's hard to post when your brain feels like mush from studying! However, this post is going to be really long... I've been lovng a lot of new things this past month!

(DISCLAIMER: Any photos that I did not take myself, namely the photos for the TV shows that I've been loving, I put underneith them where I got the photos from so that they have the credit for their own photos. None of the things that I talk about in this post are sponsored)


To start off this monthly favorites post, I have a super cute giraffe shaped pot with a little succulent type plant in it! This was actually a surprise gift from my little brother. I make a habit of sending my little brother cards and gift cards and everything that I really valued as a Freshman in college. One day he asked me what time I normally have my mail delevered at, and that I should be expecting a surprise package to come in with my mail that day. I was super excited! The surprise was the giraffe shaped pot, and I then picked a plant for it myself. I love the pot! My little brother did a great job picking it for me! (He chose it from Cuteforyou Cute Animal Shaped Cartoon Home Decoration Succulent Vase Flower Pots if you want to see some of the other options out there, including this giraffe)


I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like to, but I was really happy to get to chose an animal related book for one of my classes to tie in with some of the material that we had been learning for my final project in the class. I chose this book, The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt. At first I was a little bit aprehensive, seeing how most of the animal related books I've read for school have been mostly factual and informative rather than being interesting or a thrilling read, but I completely loved this book. It reads more like a mystery/action book with a little bit of information/facts on the side to help support the different aspects of the plot. Who knew a book about a rare and coveted fish would be such a great read? If you're looking for book you can really sink your teeth into, this is the book for you, I highly recommend it!


Now as you know from some previous posts, I have several ear piercings, and I had a hard time finding earrings that I like that match and look good as a set. Not too long ago, I got a card with several shapes of hoop earrings on them, but this hexagonal pair is the pair that I've been wearing the most often. They look really good with the rest of my earrings, they're very comfortable to wear, and they're super cute! I wish I had the specific brand that they're from, but you should be able to find a pair of these in different sizes almost anywhere. 


There are a lot of summer scents floating arounf at the moment, but these two candles have been my favorites so far. They're both Bath and Body Works 3-Wick candles. The Tiki Beachcandle is a fresh, fruity scent while the Cactus Blossom candle is more floral and sweet scented, but they're both amazing for the sunny warm weather that's (hopefully) here to stay. The candles from Bath and Body Works are my absolute favorite, they burn evenly and the smell is strong enought to fill a room but not so strong as to overpower your sense of smell - plus the large, 3-wick size lasts for a really long time. If you're in the market for a nice summer candle to brighten up your place, I would for sure recommend you check out these two.


Keeping with the theme of summer scents, I've switched from my normal Vanilla perfume to this fruity Tiki Mango Mai Tai body mist, which is also from Bath and Body Works. Because I went for the body mist instead of the perfume, the scent doesn't last as long as a perfume, however I think that I prefer that in the summer (at a certain point everyone just smells like sunscreen). When I've worn this I've gotten a lot of compliments, mostly people saying that I smell as though I had just taken a shower or that I seemed like I was fresh off a beach! Plus, the packaging it really cute, which is always a plus.


For some reason my skin tends to get pretty dry in the summer if I'm not remembering to use lotion or some other kind of moisturizing product. This upcoming summer I'm going to be working quite a bit, so I wanted an option that would be pretty quick without leaving me feeling sticky that would help my skin feel and look amazing. After trying a few different products, I've settled on the Dove Go Fresh Body Wash (this one is in the scent Aloe Vera and Pear). A little of this product goes a long way, it leaves my skin looking and feeling amazing without making me feel sticky, and it's fast/easy to use. Plus it smells amazing! I'm planning on sticking to this product all summer so I never have to worry about forgetting to put on lotion or feeling that gross residue.


That body wash is amazing, but I don't make the habit of using it on my face, so my face gets its own moisturizer. This past month, I've been loving this Garnier SkinActive Soothing 3-in-1 Moisturizer that's made with rose water. Although I haven't tried to use it as a mask, I apply this as a lotion to my face in the morning and at night and my face is looking beautiful! I haven't had to wear any foundation of concealer (except on my undereyes of course) and I've been thrilled with how well it's worked for me! The skin on my face is extremely sensitive - pretty much everything gives me hives on my face - so I love that I can use this product to get great looking skin without having to worry about breaking out in hives. It's a really thick product, I've been using this for about a month and I haven't even made a dent in it yet! This is definitly the best way to keep my face looking beautiful along with the rest of me for the summer.


Lipsense!This product is from the company SeneGence, and it can only be purchased from individual distributors. It's a long lasting, smudge proof lipstick and it comes in a variety of colors so you're bound to find the colors that you want! I want to say more about how much I love this product, but I'm planning on doing a post all about these next week! So be sure to check back to see what I think about these lipsticks.


Last but not least in the beauty products that I've been loving, is the Balmshot Pomegranate lipbalm. My dad got me one of these a while ago and I hadn't really consistently used it until now, but I gotta say I really love it. I use it when I'm not wearing Lipsense or some of my other lipsticks so that my lips stay hydrated and looking good. I also really like the packaging on this, although I wouldn't recommend trying to get one of these through TSA since they are shotgun shells. When I started to run low, I had to get a new one so I photographed the new one in the package to show you! Plus it's Organic, so that just adds to how much I love this product.


As you know from several of my posts on this blog, I've been trying to be healithier for a long time. One of the biggest things I've been using since the end of March is the FitBit Charge 2 (The pink band is off of amazon). I was planning on doing a post just about this (which is why the photo is kind of old) but I decided to include it in my favorites instead! It connects to an app on my phone and lets me track my steps, heartrate, exercise, food/calorie intake, water intake, sleep, and a whole lot of other stuff too! It's given me a much better insight into where I am with my health and the areas that I need to improve on. Plus it's nice to not have to worry about changing the time between timezones and such like I would with an analog or digital watch.



Now on to probably the best part! The Shows that I've been obsessed with! I got hooked up with a student discount on Hulu, so I've been getting new shows that i didn't have before with my tv provider and my mom's netflix account.

hulu.com/timeless
Now Timeless is a show that my mom and I watched together when it was first aired, and we were totally obssed then. We were beyond sad when it was canceled, and then overjoyed when it was picked back up! It was really a rollarcoaster of emotions, just like the show itself! It's got Time Travel, Espionage, Romance, Love Triangles, Action, Historical Events, and everything else that you could ever want in a TV Show. Ever since it started up again I wait on the edge of my seat for each new episode, so if you want a new, bingeworthy show, I highly recommend it.

https://theatrenerds.com/what-we-know-nbc-upcoming-theatre-show-rise/
When I first saw the ads for this show I was already hooked. It's a mix of Glee and High School Musical with looks into modern teenagers dealing with relationships, parental pressure, the LGBTQ+ community, and teen pregnancy with an awesome musical backdrop tying all of the characters and the story together. It's a show you want to watch while wrapped in a blanket with rain pouring outside and a hot beverage in hand. This show makes me glad that I'm not in high school anymore while simultaniously wishing that I could join the cast in their musical numbers. You won't be sorry if you take the time to watch this show.

https://www.geeksofdoom.com/2017/04/27/why-watch-handmaids-tale-hulu
There is a lot of hype swirling around about this show since it first began. Now, with the second season, I'm even more in love with this series than I was when it first aired. I don't know how to summarize this show well enough to give it the justice that it deserves. It makes me fearful for the future, and leaves me feeling like I want to go out and create change so that this future never happens. It's dystopian, but the dystopian future contained in this is way too close to home. While it's on, you want to look away but can't. The kind of show that has you screaming at your screen at 3am. This show isn't for the faint of heart, but if you can manage to watch it you'll love it as much as thousands of others, including myself. 



I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorites from April that will probably continue be my favorites for the rest of the summer! Do you share any of these favorites with me? Do you have nay favorites you think I should try? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 2018 Overview


The month of April felt about as long as the month of January. It lasted forever, but I feel like I spent most of it being really unproductive. A lot of my favorite shows started airing again, and I was almost constantly tired to I spent a lot of time sleeping and taking naps. Although considering that April was the last month of the semester, with this week being my final exam week, I felt like I really needed the extra sleep.

Looking back at my calendar, I had a lot of school and work things going on. Getting ready for Parking Permit Sales at my office, and getting ready for my final exams in my classes. I also had several exams leading up to the end of the semester. I also continued to care for the rabbits throughout the month.

When it comes to my personal life, I gained a lot of self confidence in the Month of April. I spent a lot of time going out for walks and really taking the time to focus on myself and my own life. I've started to develop a sort of "I can do what I want because I'm awesome" type of attitude, which has increased my confidence in myself greatly. At one point in the month I did a recording of myself for a class project and wasn't anxious about it even though being recorded and seeing recordings of myself is something that's always been really terrifying for me due to my own social issues and self-image issues.

One of the biggest things to happen in my life was kind of coming clean to my parents about how hard last summer was for me, and all of the things that I was going through that they didn't really know about. I posted about several of those things on this blog previously. I think that I'll have an easier time this summer and the upcoming fall semester with them knowing what things they need to pay a little bit more attention to now that I've talked to them and asked them to be more aware. I'm really lucky to have such supportive parents who are willing to watch out for me even though I'm so far away from home.

Basically, the month of April was mostly about Self Care for me, with a lot of school and work stuff going on in the background. Plus I got a new piercing, which I'm still loving and really happy about!

I'm really happy with where I am right now in life, and I'm looking forward to the summer! I don't have any plans aside from working and saving up for the upcoming school year, but I'm hoping that it'll be full of fun times and new memories.

How was April for you? Did you have a good month?

i"ll see you on Thursdy
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