Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beauty Tips & Tricks

At 24 years old, you'd think I would have this whole beauty and makeup thing figured out but I am still finding out new tips and tricks that I seriously wish I had known back in high school or college!

Being the nice beauty blogger that I am, I thought I'd share a few of the tips I've learned over the past few years with all of you lovely people! Let me know if you have tips to add to this list, I always love hearing new tricks of the trade!

Beauty Tips and Tricks

*All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post*

~ Foundation is returnable. As is most makeup. Say what!? You mean all of those bottles of foundation I bought and never used because they were the wrong color could have been returned!? Save those receipts ladies, until you know for sure that the shade is right for you.

~ Got mascara somewhere you don't want it? Wait until it dries, then wipe off with a q-tip or tissue. Boom. Gone. Yeah, wish I learned that a few years ago....

~ Filling in your eyebrows makes ALL of the difference. I never filled my brows until about a year ago and now I always do, even if that's all I do. It frames your face and opens up those gorgeous eyes! I use eyeshadow as my brow tint, but pencil and other products work good to!

~ Expensive isn't always better. Ever hear of e.l.f.? Because they are worth the $2-$6 dollars you'll spend on a product. I tend to wait until they have a free shipping special online and grab everything I'm out of (plus some) and score free shipping on top. Their eyeshadows and bronzer are some of my favorites! The lip exfoliate is a holy grail item and their new skin care line? Can't wait to try it!

~ Even if that eyeshadow palette is a little pricey, buy it. You get way more use out of it than a single shadow, more bang for your buck! And plus, traveling with makeup just became easier.

~ This one I've known for a while, but I was always to chicken to just ask. When you're shopping at a department store or specialty store like Ulta or Sephora, ask for trial sizes! They might not always have them- or always give them- but if you show interest in a product but don't want to commit, just ask! Never hurt to ask, right?


And there we have a few of the tricks I've learned in the last few years that would have been oh-so-helpful back in the day.

Got any more tips or tricks of the beauty world? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Books I Read ~Last~ Month

So I almost didn't even write this post this month, because I've barely read anything.

The series I mentioned last month? Read the 3rd book. Haven't bought the 4th (newest) book yet, although I will probably cave and buy it on my kindle when I get paid this Friday.

I don't know what happened. I was doing so well with my 25 books this year. And then I graduated Cosmetology school, had to find a place to live, started training at my new job, had to move...you all know the drill.

So with that being said, my goal is to read at least 2 books this month.
Could be Percy Jackson again, because I'm craving it...

Here's a question for you- are you a rereader or a new book kind of person? Me? I reread. All. The. Time. If I love a book, if it gives me so many feelings while reading it, I'm going to reread it probably five more times. If a book doesn't catch my interest in the first couple of pages, I'm just going to put it down. Even though that book might turn out really good! I just can't force myself to get through crappy parts or crappy writing to get to the good parts that might be there.

I read book reviews. I get recs from friends. I download the samples on my kindle. I do all of these things before I buy a new book because I have a number of books I bought and have still never read because I didn't sit in the damn book store and see if I'd even like the book or the writing style.

That turned into a rant...

But my question stands! 

Are you a rereader or a new book reader?

I'm curious. Have a great day! xx

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Beginnings

If you caught my other "update" post, you'll things have been a little crazy in my life recently. Crazy like graduating with my Esthetics license. Crazy like applying, interviewing, and getting a job that I really (read REALLY) wanted. Crazy like packing up my life, trying to find a place to live in a city 4 hours away, and moving, all within a month.

It's been stressful to say the least. And with all of these crazy changes and my life suddenly moving at mach 20, I've found myself doing things and watching things I used to love back in college. You could say they're like secruity blankets. Mindless activities that take away the craziness of the world and make everything less scary, less complicated and make adult life bearable. 

My Netflix is getting a run for it's money.

I'm sitting in my room in my parent's house, the room I'll be vacating and moving 4 hours from in 2 days, and I feel like a freshman all over again. Except I don't think I was this terrified when I was 18 and going to college.

Here I am 24 years old, moving out of her parent's house for the second time, getting my first ever "big-girl" job, living on my own, paying bills with no financial aid support and I am terrified.

Terrified I'm going to screw up.

Terrified I'm going to fail at my new job.

Terrified that I won't be able to make my bills.

Terrified of being so far away from my parents. Again.

I guess these feelings I'm having are just a point of growing up, right? Well that's all fine in theory...in the mean time, I'll just binge watch Tennant Doctor Who, snuggle my kitty and read fan fic. Maybe the world will get less scary after a bit?