The Leibster Award!

Hello! I hope you are well.  I was graciously nominated for The Leibster Award by the lovely Hudapervez.

Huda is such a beauty and her blog is one I always look forward to reading. Huda’s blog content has a bit for everyone! Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, haircare, you name it! Go see for yourself! You will love her blog as much as I do.  

Here are my answers to Huda’s questions: 

  • What was the last book you read that you loved? What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. I’ve already started reading it again!
  • If you could be another person for an entire day, who would you be and why? Audrey Hepburn. She was my very first fashion and beauty icon so I would love to go through her beauty and fashion routine. She was also such a deep soul so I would love to see the places and people she touched in her life. 
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of? So far, I am proud of my strength to move away from home to pursue my a higher education and later to be able to give back to them.
  • What is your top skincare tip?  Having good skin for me, starts with taking your makeup off every single night. I cannot go a night without taking my makeup off. If I don’t, I will be breaking out for the next few weeks.
  • What is your favorite physical attribute about yourself? My eyes.
  • What is your top tip for staying positive? Having a gratitude journal. 
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert and how does being that affect your life? Definitely an introvert. It affects my life in a way where I have to push myself out of my head so much  to stop caring about what people think about me.
  • What are your current blog goals? To do all I can to be consistent and work on my photography skills. I have loved photography for the longest time and want to do all I can to be the best I can be at taking photos. 
  • What is your perfect pizza? Veggie pizza with pineapples (yeah, I am a lover of pineapple on pizza), black olives, spinach, mushrooms, the whole shabang.
  • Do you get along with your family? Why or why not? Yes, my family is everything to me. I cannot imagine life without them. My siblings are my best friends.
  • What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? I woke up late and thought “It’s already 10 am?!”

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you

Nominate 11 other bloggers

Ask 11 new questions for them to answer

Here are my nominees:

Savannah Loomis

Everything Beauty

Daniela Soriano

Out N’ About

TwentySomething Style

The Veggie Expat

Life According to Jade

Dii Blogs

From Vanity to Sanity

Holly’s Beauty Blog

Bloom & Co.  

Each one of your blogs have inspired me to try something new, whether it be makeup or a new way of thinking. Thank you for the beautiful content you have created.  Check them all out. These bloggers are beautiful and taltented with such lovely content. Here are my 11 questions for you ladies:

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. Coffee or tea?
  3. What is your favorite step in your makeup routine? 
  4. What made you create your blog?
  5. Your spirit animal and why.
  6. All time favorite band/singer?
  7. Any quotes that keep you motivated/happy?
  8. Last movie/show you saw on Netflix?
  9. What is your favorite summer trend?
  10. Favorite makeup brand?
  11. Who is your style icon?

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-Sam

Face Masks!

Hello! I hope you are well.  What is your favorite step in your skincare routine? Face masks are something I always love doing. I instantly feel like I am fully relaxing when I have taken all my makeup off, am in the comfiest of clothes and am sitting on my couch watching Chelsea on a Friday night. I tend to use the same two but I love incorporating a few others into my facial mask family. Let’s talk about them!

The first is one I use about 3 times a week. However, one of those time is as a full facial mask. The other times I use them are for spot treatment. Indian Healing Clay Mask is 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay. I talk about this mask way too much but since I’ve now made a post all about masks, I think I can lay it to rest and try not to mention it anymore. This mask is it in powder form that will be activated with either apple cider vinegar or water if you have sensitive skin. This facial mask is the most effective one I have ever used. I feel is get deep into my pores and remove all the dirt and oil that has built up throughout the day. It will bubble a bit but that just means it’s working away! I loved removing the mask and seeing that my face is a bit rosy. That is because it has pumped blood to my face. This will go away after about 5 minutes. What is left is super clean and plump skin.indianmask.jpg

Sleeping masks are such heaven. I know it’s working away at giving me a boost of hydration.  This one from Freeman Beauty is their Beauty Infusion Brightening Overnight Mask with Hibiscus and Vitamin C. This was a bit of an iffy product for me at first. The first time I used this, my skin felt like it was on fire. I stopped using it because I thought my face was too sensitive for it, but I noticed it only felt that way when I exfoliated my skin. So when I use this mask, I skip the exfoliation. It has a lovely floral scent and a gel cream consistency.sleepmask.jpg

Peel-Off masks are such a favorite of mine. This one from Soo Ae is a Purifying Brightening Peeling mask. I love a good peel off mask. It removes dead skin, leaving a smooth, hydrated canvas and peeling it off is oddly satisfying. (Side note: recently used this and it is not a peel off mask. It is just an exfoliating peeling gel. My bad. Still a good product though!)peelingmask.jpg

I have been on the hunt for a bubble mask that I can simply get one use out of it. These packets from Soo Ae are amazing because they come in so many types of masks and are only 2.50 at Walmart. This one if their Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask. Like the description for these say, “it is like giving your face a bubble bath!” I have yet to use them but will get back to you as soon as I do to review this mask.bubblemask.jpg

Face masks are the highlight of my skincare time. It’s always fun for me to have a green face and have my boyfriend look at me like I am the Lockeness Monster and for my pups to sniff my face and wonder what happened to their mom. I love that my face is being taken care of while I make food, paint my nails or while I watch Netflix! I can’t get enough face masks. I have yet to try any paper masks, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

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-Sam

 

Go To Lipsticks!

Hello hello! I hope you are well. I recently made a lipsitck post of all of my favorite lip colors, but I want to make a post about my go to, everyday lipsticks. Like most, I love my standard nude color but I also have one shade that gives a 90s brown spin on the everyday lip color. So let’s get to it!

Shroom from Lime Crime is such the perfect nude brown color. It has quickly become a staple in my lipstick collection. I love the staying power of this product and the 90s tone it has when applied with a darker eye. This color is so versatile that it matches with everylook. I wore this with orange hued eyes and that color combo was perfect. The one thing I will mention is the smell. At first, it wasn’t too bad, but after a bit, that is all  I can smell until it dries on my lips. After that, the smell is gone.lcshroom.jpgshroomswatch .jpg

The first is from NYX. It is from their soft matte lip cream collection. London is the perfect color for me. It is the color of my lips but it enhances it so much more. I love that it feels like a lip balm when applied but once dried, it feels so light and creamy. I wear this color so much and have it in my bag at all times. It matches every look I am wearing that day and looks so natural. abudhabilipcream.jpg

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This lip color is also from NYX. Abu Dhabi is also from their soft matte lip cream line. It has more of a pink shade. I don’t tend to go for the pink shades because my skin color is towards the olive color. However, this color has just the right amount of pink. It’s such the perfect shade for my skin color. I go for Abu Dhabi when I have more of a neutral lip and want to add a bit of color. lipcreamlast.jpg

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-Sam

Summer Shoes!

Hello hello! July is already here so this month, I am going to start amping  up my post since I start school next month and want to put out as much content as I can before then because school takes over. Today’s post is about my summer shoes and the ones I gravitate towards during these months.
The first are just some slide on mules from Rue 21. I recently saw the original version from Gucci and was so elated that I got mine for just 5 bucks. They might not last as long or have the best quality but when I can save money, you bet I’ll jump at the chance. I am in love with these babies. slideonmules.jpg

I’m way too into black shoes…they just match everything! These, also from Rue21 are such a pretty flat. They have a scalloped detail. The lace up look adds such texture to a basic outfit. They are way more comfy than I I initially thought! laceupshoes.jpg

Let me add a bit of color….they may just be white but it’s a big thing for me! My trusty high top white converse are the best shoe investment I’ve made. I’ve had these for about 3 years and while they aren’t as white, there is no traction fade, fabric rip, etc. These are such a fashionable and easily recognizable shoe that I absolutely adore and can easily be styled.converse2.jpg

And some real color are ones I have talked about before but I can’t stop raving about them. They are the Forever 21 pointed toe mules….in pink! I love love love these shoes. They add such a western feel with the buckle and detailed pattern. I love pairing these lovelies with all black and letting the shoes be the star of the show.f21pinkmules.jpg

Those are my summer shoes! I love having a bit of every style going on. What’s your favorite summer shoe style!?
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-Sam

Tips for controlling breakouts!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today I am talking about what I do when I see or feel a nasty breakout begin to bubble up. I’ve gotten a few products together to form a team that will always stop my planet zit in its tracks! 

The first thing I go for when I feel a breakout begin is to put makeup on that area at the very end of my makeup routine. This helps me to not spread that bacteria from the effected area out anywhere else on my face. 

Next, I will wash my face using Garnier’s SkinActive Clean+Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser….what a name.This product smells manly and clean and I am all about that. This is for oily skin so if you have more of a normal skin,  try using the Invigorating Daily Scrub for Normal skin. Back to the Clay Cleanser. This removes all the dirt and oil from my face and leaves it feeling soft and polished.claybreak.jpg

To wash my face, I love using my Vanity Planet spin for perfect skin facial brush. I talk about this thing way to much. When I don’t use this, I can tell my face isn’t as clean. This brush makes me feel so confident that any bacteria from the affected area will be treated and clean. vpbreakbrush.jpg

The next thing I do is something I swear by. I’ve made a post about this product before and it is the Indian Healing Clay Mask. This product is in powder form. You add equal parts of apple cider vinegar (or water if you have sensitive skin) and of the Clay powder. I love using this mask about once a week to give my face a super deep clean. For days when I have a breakout the size of Jupiter forming, I take a q-tip, dip it in apple cider vinegar and then into the powder and dot it on any problem areas. I cannot tell you how many times I have woken up and it has vanished that soon to be zit. Go back a bit to read more about this facial product. clayvine.jpg

Another easy thing you can do is make sure your pillow cases are nice and clean. I always put my hair in a pony tail to keep the oils from getting into my pillow. Another thing is I try and sleep on my back to prevent myself from getting unecessary oils into my pores, thus causing breakouts. 

Washing your makeup brushes on the regular is pretty obvious but why not include it. It is important thing to keep those breakouts at bay. After you get rid of that breakout, make sure to wash your brushes to make sure you don’t cause another one from forming. 

And of course, do not sleep with your makeup on. You need your skin to get a good nights rest too! And drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated!
What do you do to control those breakouts?

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-Sam

Summer Highlighters!

Hello! I hope you are well. It is officially summer and it is all about having that glowy skin, but why not turn the volume up on that glow?  I have become obsessed with highlighters because it instanly gives my face such a light and glow. During the summer, I tend to put a bit extra on.  So… let’s get into these highlighters!

The first highlight I want to talk about is the very first one I got myself. It’s called Wisp from Colourpop. I have had this one for about 3 years now and I have just hit pan on this baby. I love that it has a slight bronze color it has the the instant glow it gives. This has a cream consistency and I love the price and color range of Colourpop’s highlighters.wispcphigh.jpg

The next is from Urban Decay and it is called Sin. I received this in my Ipsy bag and it is so incredibly pigmented. It has a neutral color that I believe would match almost every skin tone. urbanhigh4.jpg

Nyx cosmetics always has a place in my blog posts. This highlight called Synthetic is the most beautiful pinky coral color that gives such brightness to my skin. This is the ultimate summer highlight. highnyx.jpg

And the last is from Jeffree Starr Cosmetics called King Tut. It is a bronze color but it is the most pigmented highlight of the others I talked about in this post. Not to mention the size of this highlight. You really get so much for you money and a little bit goes such a long way. tuthigh.jpg

Highlighters are my jam to make my face glow like a disco ball, and these 4 are amazing highlighters to make shine so bright and the price range of these highlighters range from about 5 dollars to about$30. You are sure to love one of these, so go and glow like the sun!

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Sam

 

 

Book Review: The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

Hello hello! I hope all is well with you. I have recently read a book that has shifted my mind. I love books that help me become more motivated and determined to do something to better my life. 

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein is a book that I have seen floating around all over the internet. I have been on an Audible kick and I have been looking for new books to experience. I had recently listened to Oprah’s What I Know For Sure and was so completely inspired and motivated to live my truest self possible. Once I finished the book, I was really wanting to continue that momentum I had built up. The Universe Has Your Back seems like a religious book, but it is about having faith in yourself and the thought that the universe, indeed, does have your back. I loved the idea of this concept. 

As soon as I began listening to this book, I could not listen to anything else. On my way to work, instead of listening to my Spotify playlist, I just wanted to soak in the words from this book. Once I finished it I took so many things away from that help me keep a positive and happy spirit alive. This book does include some meditation exercises and some words to say as you go about your day. 

“I witness I am out of alignment with my power, I choose to see peace instead of this.” These words have helped me shift back to a positive place, if I am feeling like down or if my day hasn’t been good. I just say these words and feel relaxed and centered. Another phrase is ” I step back and let the universe lead the way.” This phrase reminds me to work as hard as I can and live a positive life, after that I just need to surrender the rest to the universe. This makes the work that I do with this blog so much more fun. I do post regularly twice a week and I never feel obligated to have content. I just have fun with it and every week that comes, I have new ideas to create. I’m never without ideas because I trust that I will have them. 

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein is a book that reinforces my drive to keep the faith and motivation with whatever I do. I love the words of this book and have shared them with friends and family. My sister even told me this is exactly what she needed. I wanted to share some words with you because we all deserve to live a life that is filled with positivity. 


Buy the audiobook! If you prefer the physical copy, it is also available!

Thanks for reading!

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-Sam

 

June Ipsy Bag!

Hello all! I hope you are well. June is here and so is my Ipsy glam bag of the month! It arrived Tuesday of this week and I actually wasn’t very happy with the products I received so I wasn’t going to write a post about it but my blog isn’t about everything I like. Sometimes, products don’t work for me but I can always make them work if I want to give it a chance! I am looking on the positive side to see if I can make these products work for me. 

The first product is from Nyx.. I love this brand to pieces! However, I received the Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle. I don’t use blush, but I could potentially use this on my eyes and lips instead.
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The next product is from Beauty For Real. It is their I-Line 24/7 Eyeliner in 24 Karat which is a shimmer gold shade. I typically just go for a standard black liner and don’t really have any reason to wear a gold liner. But I could use this to make black winged liner look a bit more unique by outlining it with 24 Karat.beautyrealeye.jpgFullSizeR (1).jpg

Pure Brazilian is a brand that I have received before from Ipsy and it came to good use to me with the leave in conditioner. This month, I recevied their Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil. My hair tends to be on the oily side so I wasn’t too excited to receive this but today I used it on the ends of my hair and it made it feel so soft and shiny. purebraz.jpg

The Balm Cosmetics is a brand that I am always happy to get from. Using blush however, is not something that I ever use…because…confession time…. don’t know how to use it. I am trying to make this product work so I will look at some YouTube tutorials to learn the ways of using a blush…or I could use this as an eyeshadow. balmblush.jpg

The last product is from Luna Cosmetics in a pink shade called Jace. This was the product I was most excited to see until I opened the packaging. The shadow has broken and loose shadow was all over. The eyeshadow containter was also broken so I don’t think I’ll be keeping this shadow which I am disappointed about because the color looks so pretty!jaceeye.jpg

To the bag! This was probably my most favorite thing about this Ipsy glam bag. It’s pretty cute and I love the lip and the color block pattern. IMG_8816.jpg

That was my June Ipsy bag! What did you get in your June Ipsy Glam bag?

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-Sam

 

 

Morning Routine!

Hello! I hope all is well with you. I recently wrote a post about my night time skin care routine so I thought I would do a morning skincare routine!

The first thing I do in the morning is splash my face with water because it feels so amazing to rinse my skin first thing in the morning.  Then, I like using my Garnier Micellar water to take off any dirt and oil that built up last night. Next I take my 98% Aloe Vera gel and apply it all over my face. I love how refreshing this makes my skin feel. It absorbs quickly and I love the smell of aloe vera. aloevfeat.jpg

Then I wil go to my Dermasil Retinol Oil free day cream and apply that. It is quite a thick moisturizer but it leaves my skin very hydrated and feeling plump.dermasilret.jpg

Once the moisturizer is absorbed I will take my Simple Skincare Protecting Light SPF 15 Moisturizer. I’ve finally been able to stay consistent with a facial sunscreen. It has the slightest scent of sunscreen and after using it for about half a year, I have never noticed a white cast that sunscreens tend to leave. I am loving this stuff!spfmorn.jpg

Now, I have to wake up my undereyes! I recently purchased H20’s Instant Hydrating Stick. It instantly feels so cool and icy which I absoutely love! I pat that in with my ring  finger and I am set!eyeh20.jpg

After all of this, I am ready for a day of makeup or a day hanging around the apartment watching Youtube videos, Netflix, and taking my pups to the park. 

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-Sam

Book Review- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Hello! As written in a post at for what I hope to accomplish in 2017, I wanted to read more this year, and that’s just what I’ve been doing. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso is a book I have read before, but I love re-reading it to inspire me when I am feeling like I am becoming unmotivated. While this book has become a Netflix Original tv series, which is also pretty great, the book never fails to make me get up and do something with my life. gbquotepage.jpg

Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss is filled with so many words that make my spirit, mind and creativity rise. The book instantly starts with an intro that says “I have three pieces of advice that I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.” These words start off my mind in such a postive and empowering state and I am elated at the words to come. 

Sophia states how she didn’t know what she wanted to do, but that she knew she was capable of something bigger. She struggled, she dug through dumpsters for bagels and shoplifted. This isn’t how one would think she came to her success with Nasty Gal. This is so relatable to me. I’ve never shoplifted or dug through dumpsters, but man do I struggle sometimes. I struggle to keep my mindfulness for positivity. But that’s how it goes. One must struggle a bit to get to where they want to be. While they struggle, they keep that determianation alive to keep going and fighting to make something of themselves. 

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This book also talks about the power of magical thinking. If you believe in something and put all your work and focus into something, there is no reason why one can’t accomplish their goal to led their truest self. I love this chapter because I am trying to become more aware and more focused on what I want to do in my life and this clears my mind of the negative and the what if’s. Positive thinking can help one attain what they want if they make that switch in their minds to become and to have what they want. 

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#GirlBoss is a book that gives me so much hope and so much fuel to put aside those negative thoughts and focus on my goals. It’s not easy, this book hasn’t ended those bad days where I feel like I am not getting the results I am looking for. However, this book is helping me understand that there will be bad days, and that I can shift myself in to a more positive place. This book reminds me to keep going and keep grinding out as much as I can. This book makes my failures and simply makes my story more interesting.

Thanks for reading!

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-Sam