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?

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on INSTAGRAM!

-Sam

Book Haul!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today is all about books. I have been reading so much this summer and I love learning about spirituality and about myself. I have had so many  books on my wishlist but never wanted to go to Barnes and Noble and spend too much. One day I was told about this bargain bookstore in Nashville called McKay’s used/new store. I was finally able to go and was amazed. They had everything from electronics, to records to cassettes to any book you could think of. Once I found the spirituality section, I was there for a while. These are the books I picked up!books (1).jpg

The first is called The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I remember reading this book in Spanish class. My teacher knew I didn’t exactly need to do the work because I knew spanish so he gave me this book to read. I loved the story so when I saw this book at McKay’s, I didn’t even question it. I’m so excited to read this book again.alchem2.jpg

The next is a book that I’ve heard Oprah talk about alot. I believe she once called this book her favorite. I’ve read this author before and I like how eye opening his words are so why not read this and see what this book has to say!neweartbook.jpg

Iyanla Vanzant is a such a powerful speaker and I love her strength and philosophy about life and empowering yourself. I’m super excited to read her written work. If you want to learn about what she has to say, go to YouTube and you’ll love her too.iyanlabook.jpg

This last book is the book that first opened my eyes and mind to spirituality and the idea that you can get what you want and feel good. I read this book so much that it literally fell apart. It turned into quite a used book so spending $2 on a book that is about $25 at Barnes and Noble was a no-brainer. I love this book and while I don’t follow it to the letter, I love the majority of what it has to say. secfret2.jpg

I’m so excited to talk to you about what I thought about them in an upcoming post. What type of books do you tend to read?

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on Instagram!
-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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Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on Instagram!

-Sam

Gratitude Journaling

Hello hello! I hope you are well! Gratitude is something I have been more aware of lately. My mother has been telling me for years to say thank you for waking up to the day. I don’t remember when I started saying thank you every morning but my energy has shifted since I began saying these two words in the morning

I started watching and listening to Oprah and she mentioned having a gratitude journal. Every night, she writes down at least 5 things she is grateful that day. This idea struck me so deeply so I went out and got a little journal and began. I started with writing 5 things a night, but it grew to fill the whole page of the little things in my day that have made me stop and appreciate it. I have been writing in my gratitude journal for about 3 weeks and I find myself looking for things to be write in my journal.gratjpurnal2.jpg

I love the concept of this process. My days have become more seperate and I see that I am grateful for the little things in life. After I write down the things I am grateful for. I close my eyes and go through each one all over again and when I open my eyes, I am filled with such appreciation. 

Want to start your own gratitude journal? Go get yourself a journal and start tonight! You’ll soon see that you will begin looking for things to make your journal entry.journal.jpg

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on INSTAGRAM!

-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?

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me in Instagram

-Sam

My Tattoo Story!

Growing up, tattoos weren’t something that was forbidden, but they were not encouraged. I have always wanted a floral tattoo because I have always seen so much beauty and life in them and they always remind me of my mom who has a jungle of plants all around the house for as long as I can remember. I knew that if I were to get a tattoo one day, it would have something to do with flowers or plants. It wasn’t until last year that I finally decided to get it done. (Sorry about BB-8 in the background. My boyfriend is all about it)tat.jpg

I have two sisters and of course my mom and wanted to get three black and grey flowers on my arm representing them. Black and grey because I like how that minimal color looks on my olive skin. A peony for my mom and a rose for one of my sisters. I chose the minimal look because that is just the style I like and am drawn to.  I went to Kustom Thrills in East Nashville and had Brandon Henderson work his magic.  I talked to my mom right before I got it done and all she said was “can you not get it done smaller?” I assured her it would not be that big and that I would let her know when I was finished. The process was unlike any other. It was a very sanitized space so I wasn’t worried about that. I was worried about how I would feel. Would it hurt alot? Would I be able to handle this? What if I move and I make him mess up?

I was overthinking but my boyfriend reassured me I would be fine. The pain started off as little pokes. This was okay….until an hour in. This pain became raw and annoying. I could handle it, it just felt pretty uncomfortable. My tattoo took about an hour and a half to finish and I ended up getting only two flowers done instead of the three. I didn’t know  how much it would end up costing.tat2.jpg

I am quite the indecisive person so I chose to just leave it plain without any shading and then, If I wanted it, I could go back and shade it in. It has been almost a year since I got this tattoo and I am still so in love with it. I am so excited to go back and get my third flower and have some line shading added in a bit. I love the idea of tattoos because they are extended representations of oneself. I never get old of looking at this little garden on my arm everyday. 

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on INSTAGRAM!

-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!

Stay connected with me on Instagram!

-Sam

 

May Newbies

Hello Hello! After months of non-stop homework, writing papers and working on projects, my Spring semester is finally over and I am now on break for a few months so why not celebrate with new makeup!?

I made my first Makeup Revolution purchase today and I’m pretty excited about it! Their Liquid Eye Primer and Sealant has an oil consistency. It feels quite light so I hope it does the job of keeping my shadow and liner all together!

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The next is one that has been talked about for years and I am just now trying it out! Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer is one I have been hearing about for so long, so I have no idea how I’ve never tried it! 

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NYX cosmetics is my favorite brand and I am always elated when I buy a new product from them. This time around I picked up an eye shadow base and an eyebrow pencil. I am so antsy to try the eyebrow pencil! 

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New makeup always makes my day so I will be trying all of these products tomorrow morning even though I have no plans but to clean my apartment. It’s the little things in life. If you have tried any of these products let me know how you liked them!!!

Much love, 

Sam