Wait It’s Christmas Already?!

tumblr_inline_nyihtj1jWr1t78dpp_500On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… nothing… because I’m single and don’t have a true love and if I weren’t I probably gave them no indication of what I want for Christmas. Bet I’m not alone here, either. It’s tricky being in your mid twenties with friends constantly texting you asking what you want for Christmas this year. You tell them you’ll give it some thought. Before you know it, a couple months have passed, you haven’t gotten back to them, and you realize wow when life is in limbo you don’t give much thought to what you want other people to buy you. If you are anything like me, which I know a lot of you will fall under this category. Asking people for gifts is incredibly awkward. I am always eternally thankful and full of blessed feelings whenever anyone buys or makes me a present, small or large, but there will always be a part of me that has a twinge of guilt because maybe I didn’t get them something or maybe I feel their gift is more extravagant even if it isn’t really. Or sometimes I’m just aware of their financial status at the moment and feel bad that they spent money on me even though they wanted to and I do the same as well. I love giving gifts, and I do love receiving them, I’m just incredibly awkward at the latter task. So here we go. A simple guide to buying gifts for someone in their mid-twenties–more specifically someone with similar interests and likes to me.

  1. Art – I love art, even though being in limbo means most of it goes undisplayed in a closet downstairs or leaned up against my walls around my room until I’m allowed to hang things up again. The cool part about buying or making art for someone like me, it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are artists I will pretty much love anything by (See: mabgraves or any print you can find by Dali) but I also like being exposed to anything aesthetically intriguing or pleasing. One of the coolest ways to buy art for an art lover while on a budget is going to thrift stores. You can find killer deals on beautiful pieces that are already framed!

  2. Cactus Anything – Okay this is totally me specific, so replace this title to make it applicable to others with “niche interest”. If you’ve met me, you know I love cactus ANYTHING. My room is full of clothing, plushes, figurines, art, and even salt and pepper shakers that are cactuses. Find your friends version of cactus in their life and you run with that.

  3. Music – Similarly to the art section up there (wow, because you know, music is art too so that makes sense… anyways) I love when people buy me music. I have a baby vinyl collection I started two years ago and love to see it flourish and grow. Best part about buying music for someone, most people are rather open to being exposed to something new. Even better part? Old used vinyl is far better quality than new presses (okay this is depending really on specifically when the pressing took place) and you can typically get used vinyl and thrift shops or record shops for quite the steal! If you are looking to spend good money on a significant other potentially, vnyl is a great monthly subscription box for someone looking to kickstart a vinyl collection. I sadly had to “pause” mine for a multitude of reasons.

  4. Clothes – Alright, remember when we were little and clothes were the drag gift that came with all the siq kewl toyz Santa brought you? Not so much anymore. It is the most practical gift and the struggle is real so none of us like spending money on clothes despite needing or wanting new clothes. Just make sure you either know the person’s sizes or keep that receipt since no store seems to be universal with the fit.

  5. Beauty/Spa Products – Lush literally ANYTHING will make pretty much any girl happy and even a large amount of guys happy because boy do you feel pampered whenever you use any of their products. However, another great gift is always buying some form of face masks or scrubs. Similarly to the music section, buying a significant other a subscription for a certain amount of time for the multitude of beauty boxes/skin care boxes is always a great way to express serious gratitude for their existence.

  6. DIY – I somehow missed the memo in regards to me vs pretty much all of my friends where I have little to none crafting skills of any sorts, but all of my friends are so talented whether it be knitting/crocheting (*cough* my co-owner and best friend), painting, baking, etc. So, personally, I LOVE when any of my friends gifts me something that is handmade.

  7. Books – I usually suggest people check with me before buying a book, just because I do own a lot of books and would hate for you to spend money on something I already own, however when it comes to reading, it is kind of like music and art–I’m always excited for new options!

Maybe this helps, maybe it doesn’t. What is important to remember with this upcoming gift giving holiday season (Christmas for me in this case) is that the actual present really isn’t what matters. Not at all. There doesn’t even need to be a present. It’s about spending time with loved ones (family and/or friends who are like family) and being joyous. If a gift is involved and it isn’t something you necessarily wanted or even like, who cares? Someone thought about you and loved you enough to get you something. Be gracious this season. Remember you are blessed. And always say thank you. Have a cozy holiday season for those who have a real winter, and for those Floridians out there, wow let’s hope we get some more cold fronts amiright?

Peace and blessings.

alex

My Go-To Summer Reads

Image result for reading quotesWe are nearing the end of summer which means afternoon thunderstorms, ice cold lemonade, and more time for ourselves than we have any other time of the year… While we have been absolutely swamped with life this summer (school, work, people) I still found a few moments to catch up on some personal reading. We decided to compile a list of my favorite authors to read during the summer- some new, some old. The books written by these authors are usually short, easy reads that we definitely did not want to put down.

  1. Jane Austen (Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility)
  2. Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Lullaby, Survivior, Invisible Monsters)
  3. Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -Millenium Series)
  4. Rainbow Rowell (FanGirl, Eleanor & Park, Landline)
  5. Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)
  6. John Green (Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines)
  7. J.K. Rowling (Re-Read that classic series)
  8. Lauren Conrad (L.A. Candy)
  9. Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You)
  10. E. Lockhart (We Were Liars)

The great thing about these authors is you can obviously read their works anytime. Summer may be ending soon, but fall is just around the corner. Hello pumpkin spice everything, chunky sweaters, and perfectly cozy reading weather!

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True Beauty

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Shout out to all our ladies (and gentlemen), ever have those off days where you don’t feel like yourself inside & out? Both of us definitely have those days, more so than not. We all have those days, but don’t worry. They will pass. Here are some quotes to make you realize that you are truly beautiful!

 

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
– Audrey Hepburn

Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.
― Ellen DeGeneres

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.
― Eleanor Roosevelt

There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
William Congreve

Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.
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It’s [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.
Cameron Diaz

There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
– Audrey Hepburn

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
Sophia Loren

 

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Let’s Get Minimal

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Nothing is more stressful than coming home to a tornado of a room after spending all day in class or at work. I have learned the very obvious lesson of having less stuff means less stuff to clean/organize. But how do I know what to keep or to throw away? What if I need those ripped jeans sometime in the near future?(spoiler: you don’t)

Here are some super simple things I do to keep my life minimal and therefore more manageable:

  • When was the last time you wore that tank top? If it has been over 2 years, get rid of it! Do this with your entire closet. Trust me, that shirt from middle school is not sentimental anymore.
  • You don’t need 50 pairs of socks. Trust me.
  • For every 10 items of clothing you get rid of, go ahead and buy yourself 1 that you know you will wear. Don’t forget to donate anything that is still in good condition!
  • Shop for 2 days, not 2 weeks. Save money by not letting fruits and veggies go bad, plus give yourself a chance to walk outside or do some shopping therapy!
  • Keep all flat surfaces clear. You don’t need 5 candles on your coffee table. (At one point I had 7… go ahead and judge me). Clear off that kitchen counter before leaving for work or going to bed.
  • Re-use! I am one of those who brings their own bag to the store… Before, I had an entire cabinet dedicated to plastic bags because you never know when you’ll need a plastic bag!! Plastic bags are perfect as trashcan liners or doggy bags, but you only need a handful, not a cabinet full!
  • Go through your mail immediately. Get rid of junk mail and open the important stuff. Then, make sure you organized your mail in one place (bills, letters, etc).
  • Declutter your bathroom. If you have 10 different face moisturizers, 3 facial cleansers, 25 tubes of mascara, a billion lip products, several eye shadow palettes (should I keep going?), you need to get rid of 99% of them. What do you wear every day? Do you wash your face 20 times a day with each different cleanser? Do you put on 25 layers of mascara? Put everything you don’t use every day into a box, hide the box, & see if you really miss that organic rosewater moisturizer that smells like a grandma. After a couple weeks, if you haven’t touched that box, get rid of it.
  • Do only as much laundry as you are willing to fold that same day.
  • Wash your dishes immediately. Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink or in the dishwasher only to be washed a week later….
  • Organize your closet & storage space. Don’t just shove everything in your closet so your living room will look neat. Keep your storage spots neat and you’ll find it much easier to keep a minimal, clean home.

What are some of your go to things to keep your life minimal and organized? Share them below!

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My Honest Opinion – Glossier

Image result for glossier logoLet me first say that I obviously have no relations with Glossier. This review is not endorsed. I paid for all these products myself. They don’t even know who I am or that this blog even exists so all of my comments are 100% my opinion with no influence from Glossier whatsoever. That being said, I am obsessed.

Rewind. If you have ever fallen upon the comment section of any Glossier ad, people rip the models and the products to shreds. “Why are they so young? They don’t even need make up! Why did they use the entire tube for one application?” I could go on, but it gets worse & we don’t need that kind of language on this blog. However, their phase 1 items (their skin care line) are getting great reviews! Everyone is unique and therefore everyone will have a different experience with most things, especially skin care/beauty items because skin has so many variables.So DISCLAIMER! what I deem worthy of my money may not work for you!Image result for glossier

I have combo skin. This means I have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose) and stupidly sensitive, dry cheeks. All my life I have struggled with my skin, but now that I’ve grown into it a little & found the right skin care regimen (post coming soon, if you all are interested), I can walk out of the house without make up on and not want to hide behind giant sunglasses and a hoodie. Part of this regimen is minimal make up because in reality, applying tons of make up clogs the pores and it’s not great for your skin, especially if you have skin like me!

Enter Glossier. I randomly saw this brand on instagram or something. I don’t even remember. All I remember was the packaging was super cute (super plain which is 100% my style), the models looked perfect, and there was an emphasis on skin care. Since I finally acquired decent skin after 25 years of battle, I was all about make up that focused on skin first. Plus they don’t test on animals, etc. All good things. I already have a good skin care routine so I passed on their Phase 1 collection which is all about skin care (cleansers, masks, etc). Don’t worry. I will definitely be trying out their skin care in the future, but for now, I will stick to my usual. I wandered into their make up section and I wanted it all. Instead, I bought  Generation G (their matte lipstick) in the colors Like, Crush, and Jam. I also purchased stretch concealer in Light. In the future, I will probably try their Skin Tint. I wanted to try their Boy Brow but my eyebrows are already fierce so to save the people, I decided against enhancing them. I’m not a highlighter person so I don’t think I would purchase their Haloscope.

Let’s start with Generation G.

The colors are perfect. I am not an extreme lip color person (at least not anymore) and these shades were perfect. Their lightest color is Cake, but based on the images, it didn’t seem to fit my weird yellow/white skin tone. I seriously wear Like every day. EVERY. DAY. This color is perfectly perfect for my lip color that it simply enhances rather than changes. Crush and Jam are also beautiful, but darker and definitely for nights out or whenever you need a bolder pop of color. The key to Generation G and all of Glossier’s make up is building. In the ads that many people have ripped apart, the models apply many layers of this lipstick for that subtle color look. The thing these people don’t understand it that this color lasts FOREVER. Somehow, it stains your lips so while it may fade a little throughout the day (when you eat, kiss, etc just like 99% of all the products out there) you still have color. Plus after building that initial color to begin with, application throughout the day is super easy. By building up the color, you end up with a more natural look. It doesn’t look like you smeared a layer of lipstick on your lips because this product blends so well as it is applied. Another thing to mentioned is I have had zero breakouts around my mouth with this product. In the past, there have been some lip products that would somehow clog my pores and I would get a break out on my upper lip (where it is the oiliest naturally). I’m looking at you Burt Bee’s (whom I do love, except for you lip shimmer which by the way my mom absolutely loves and wears every day and has zero breakouts– hence everyone reacts differently to products and it is important to keep that in mind when reading any reviews/comments).

OVERALL: I would definitely buy the shade Like again because I wear it all day, every day. I probably would not purchase Crush or Jam because, while they are beautiful, I just prefer Like for my skin tone and hair color.

Next up, Stretch Concealer.

I used to wear foundation every day. My skin has about 15 different colors from freckles to sun spots to redness to dark circles. As mentioned many times, I have found a routine that has helped reduce redness and I’ve been getting more sleep which has helped with my dark circles. Therefore, I don’t need to apply a full face of foundation anymore. However, my skin is not perfect so redness still pops up (especially around my smile lines and around my nose) and I still have a little darkness under my eyes because #life. I purchased this stretch concealer because I didn’t want anything heavy on my face and the idea of being able to build the concealer was appealing. I purchased the lightest shade, aptly named Light. They have a total of 5 shades ranging in color appropriate for all skin tones. When I first received the product, it seemed a bit oily so I was afraid I would break out. However, as soon as you put it on your skin, it blends into perfection and almost like powder. You definitely have to build it up a little (especially where I have my sun spot) but it is so easy to do. After applying to my red areas, under my eyes, on my sun spot, and the occasional pimple (thank you, PMS) I just dust my regular face powder and I am good to go! The coverage lasts forever and I feel like I am wearing absolutely nothing on my face. Because I don’t have to cover my entire face in foundation, my skin has actually gotten healthier. I have had no break outs with this product which has always been an issue with past concealers.

look! no circles, no imperfections, & zero picture editing which saved me about a billion hours when I created listings for my etsy shop. Also, I am wearing Like on my lips with some gloss because gloss makes it look fancy.(not really)

OVERALL: I will definitely be buying this concealer again. The color perfectly blended into my skin and the amount of product I use every day means one container will last me for monthssss.

Now for the cons. THE PRICE IS RIDICULOUS. At least it is for me…. as a student and someone who only works part time…..$18 for the lip stick and  $18 for the concealer. The price of the concealer is not too bad because you don’t have to use much at all. I have been using it every day for like a month and I still haven’t made a dent. It will definitely last me for at least half a year! The lip stick on the other hand, I’m afraid it’s lifespan is about 2-3 months for me (reminder, I wear it every day). However, the products have worked so well with my skin and I have been blemish free this entire time that it may be worth the money.

The best way to describe their make up was described on their website:

“…makeup staples designed to live with you, not on you. Think groomed brows, flushed lips, and even, dewy skin.”

TL; DR Glossier make up products are meant for people who have control over their skin (minimum break outs, control over oil, hydrated dry spots, etc.). If you are looking for a product like MAC, ABH, Urban Decay, etc. then you will not find it with Glossier. The products simply enhance what you already have and the key is to build. While application may require several layers of the product, the product lasts throughout the day and the building application makes the makeup look more natural. Overall, even though I hate the price, I love the products enough to repurchase them when I run out!

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(all images are from the Glossier website)

Fall 2016 Items are HERE!

Image result for fall iconsHello! Have you had a PSL yet? Because I’ve had like 200 already and I could not be more ready for fall this year. This summer was brutally hot and all I wanted were cozy knits, pumpkin spice everything, and halloween movies. I spent all summer conjuring up ideas for new items to add to my Etsy Shop and with more misses than hits, I finally have a few new items for you all! My  goal for this season was simplicity. While I love me a good fair isle, I wanted a more simple design featured in my shop.

I have some super chunky, double knit, long scarves offered in 4 winter-y colors- cream, light grey, dark grey, and pepper. Check out the light grey one here. These have no tassels so you can wrap them around you for extra warmth and tuck in the ends so the scarf stays put. It’s super versatile and my favorite design this season.

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3 of the 4 color options for my favorite double knit scarf

Next I have some simple crochet infinity scarves and cowls. They are the same pattern but one is a simple over-the-head cowl and another is the infinity scarf which can be wrapped around twice for a snug fit. These are offered in all my 9 colors (see color option on any listing). Check out the oatmeal one here.

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light grey crochet infinity scarf

I have also brought back some favorites from the past season so be sure to take a look at everything in my shop! I also still have 4 weavings left. Those make the perfect gift for anyone!

VISIT MY SHOP HERE.

Please enjoy 25% off your entire order with the code HELLOFALL16 from now until September 10th.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Night Shift Essentials

Oh hi! It’s been like….. forever since I had enough energy to write out a decent post. If you saw our drafts section, you’d realize just how much I tried to write a post at least once a week. Anyway, exciting news. I’m finally off night shNight Shift Nurse Quotesift! (I still have the same job, I just work PRN right now so I get to work whenever
*yay*) With the start of intermediate nursing classes, I just could not juggle the night shift and trying to study. Bless those of you who can! I wish I knew how you did it because I almost did not survive it. While I am 100% sure I will work a night shift again in the future, for now I can enjoy the sunshine & normal sleep.

I wanted to share some night shift essentials that helped me get through these past 8 months. To be quite honest, I actually fell in love with working night shift! For those weeks I didn’t have school, working night shift was easy to adjust to and I was able to get the proper amount of sleep the next day so all was well! If you have the right stuff, night shift is definitely manageable for anyone!

 

Nourishment:

  • snacks, snacks, snacks! The easiest way to stay awake is to fuel your body with food. Remember to choose healthy snacks or you will see the pounds (very) quickly. Check out my post about eating while on night shift.
  • WATER! It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated throughout the night. My favorite go-to water bottle is a Nalgene style because it’s the only one that fits under our water machine…. but also it holds so much water that you don’t have to run back & forth filling it up.

Clothing:

  • Stay warm! Always bring a jacket. When that clock hits 3am, it’s as if the AC is on full blast and you’ll find yourself freezing to death. For me, I prefer a lighter athletic style jacket just because they are easy to wash after every shift and they breatheeeee. Nothing is worse being stuck in a patient’s room which is normally always stuffy & getting super hot because you forgot to take your jacket off before you entered the room.
  • Shoes! The right shoes are extremely important. I will write a more thorough post on the types of shoes to wear for 12 hour shifts, but in short, find comfortable shoes that won’t make you feel like your feet will fall off. Nothing is worse than coming home & having swollen, throbbing feet. My go-to shoes are Asics gel running shoes. Asics are particularly amazing because different styles are for different types of pronation which basically means more comfort, less injury, etc.

Body:

  • Eye drops! My contacts never get dry during the day, but if I’m working a night shift, I feel as if my eyeballs are shriveling up and about to fall out onto the floor. Purchasing lubricating eye drops for contacts was the most saved my life. Remember, there are different types so if you have contacts, be sure to find the ones specifically for contacts!
  • Lip balm! Just like my eyes, I found my lips getting super dry during night shift. I always had some form of lip balm in my pocket. Some of my favorites are Burt Bee’s, Nivea, and Vaseline.
  • Perfume stick! Depending on where you work, you may or may not be allowed to wear perfume. No one ever said anything to me, so I always wear some form of light perfume to work. I discovered TonyMoly’s perfume bar which is super cute, but also smells amazing. I have the green tea one (not shown on their website, I got mine at Urban Outfitters) and not only does it make me smell good, but whenever I have a stinky room (and with sick babies, there are always stinky diapers which means stinky rooms) I am able to dab a little under my nose and inhale.

Other Very Important Stuff:

  • Kindle! or rather any tablet that allows you to read. Sometimes I use my phone if I happen to leave my Kindle at home. For those super slow nights, it is great to have a book on hand to read. Tablets are great because you can store so many things & the size is perfect to tuck away if you do get busy.
  • PENS. PENS. PENS!!!!!! For some reason, the hospital is the black hole of pens. No matter how many pens you have in your pocket, you always walk out at the end of the shift with no pens. Go ahead and buy yourself a 20homoglobinopathy:  We all know the struggle.: pack of black clickable pens (no caps…. that’s just unsanitary) and leave
    them in your bag. You will lose them all, but at least if you happen to lose one, you’ll have some more in your bag. Be sure to restock if the number in your bag begin to dwindle.
  • Sunglasses! Nothing is more painful than walking out in the morning and having your eyes burn out of their sockets because of the sun. Always carry a pair of sunglasses and be sure to put them on before you step outside. Trust me. I’m telling you this from experience(s).

There are so many other things I shove into my bag before work that I’m sure I forgot some important ones, but these few are the absolute must haves! If you work night shift, share some of your essentials in the comments below!

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All… Seriously.

oddishEarlier this month, Niantic released an augmented reality (or simply put, AR) game for iPhones and Androids called Pokémon GO and it has basically taken over everyone’s lives. During the first few days of its release, the news was going on and on about how it was currently the most used app (even beating out tinder… Catching ‘Em all is more important than getting dat bootay). I was hesitant at first. I never played any of the previous Pokémon video games (ask my sister, my video game skills are pitiful). I watched the show and movies and collected the cards (though I never learned how to play the card game) and would watch over the shoulders of my sister and friends as the played the video games rather than embarrassing myself. After working a Sunday dinner shift and watching children play all through dinner, I was intrigued. The next morning, (July 11th) I decided to download it before work and see what he fuss was about. Between the two hours of playing before work around my island and then the one hour after work before getting to the bar for Monday Babe Date, I had already reached level 5 and I didn’t even pick my team immediately because I was still pretty confused about what I was doing.

Thankfully while getting Sarah to download the app (surprisingly it is the only app her phone somewhat likes) a friend of ours from the bar showed up, he was much ahead of us, of course, because there wasn’t a delay in him downloading the app. We began our drunken crash course in the app including helping me pick a team. I saw the utter disappointment in his Valor eyes as I picked Mystic because one thing I gathered from Facebook was that most of my tight knit friends were Mystic (Whitney, however, is Instinct). This is when my Pokémon Trainer journey truly began. I was ready. What would follow is the next two weeks (and counting) of running all over downtown until the sun comes up setting out to catch ‘em all. So here I am, almost at level 20, with tips the most important necessity for those with goals of being a Pokémon Master. Your backpack. I’m not talking about the backpack in the game that I THANKFULLY upgraded space wise finally. I’m talking about a real life backpack. I went through a few phases of Pokémon hunting. Using my purse to hold my stuff like I always do and getting annoyed by it flopping all over as I ran, overalls which worked great because of endless pockets but I only own one pair, and then finally I landed on carrying a backpack (I prefer one with side pockets). So here we go…

What Every Pokémon Trainer Needs In Their Backpack:
1.      Phone charging battery (this is why I like side pockets because I can have my batter there with my phone plugged in if I don’t have pockets in my clothes)
2.      Backup phone charging battery
3.      Phone cord
4.      Backup phone cord
5.      Snacks of your choice
6.      Insect repellent… It a buggy time of year here in Florida
7.      Sunscreen if you are going out during the day time
8.      Always have your wallet including your photo ID with you in case of emergencies
9.      Aleve (or whatever headache medicine you prefer)
10.     Beverages! I typically like water and having one Capri-Sun as well

Happy trails in your Pokémon GO adventures. If you are one of those judging all your friends for playing, get a life and let people have fun. Regardless of if it is sad that it has taken an AR app for me to do it, I’ve walked more (outside of working since I’m a server) in the past two weeks than I have since I stopped working at camp. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to get out and move. If you are someone hesitant and unsure if you’d enjoy the app, download it, I’m willing to bet you’ll have fun.

P.S. My favorite Pokémon is Oddish but I mainly enjoy catching water Pokémon!

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My Honest Opinion- Liquid Lipstick

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Alright… let’s start off with a DISCLAIMER: I am not good at make up. I know next to nothing about make up. I don’t maintain my eyebrows. I don’t really wear anything except for lipstick. If I’m feeling fancy I wear BB cream (truth I’d wear it every day if I bought wipes to remove my make up but I keep forgetting). This will be reviewing lipstick only including pictures so do not judge the lack of full face.

If anyone knows me, they know that in this calendar year, I have taken to wearing lipstick essentially every day and you’ll rarely catch me without lipstick on. My collection has gone from 6 that all pretty much looked the same, to 51. See below (not pictured is Unicorn Tears by Too Faced because when I took my collection photo it was the day before Unicorn Tears came in the mail). I personally prefer liquid lippies over bullets or sticks simply because I manage to control liquid better, you can manipulate how it goes on, and blend it with other colors easier.

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Ever growing collection

By popular request from a few individuals, and in honor of National Kissing Day being this week I decided to review the liquid lippie brands I like to use, even if I have only tested the kiss proof level of one formula. (Disclaimer: leaving out one brand that I own because I don’t use it ever so why would I review it?). Feel free to just scroll to the specific lippies you are curious about. I’m looking at Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Metallic, NYX Liquid Suede, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Colourpop: Ultra Satin, Ultra Matte, Ultra Metallic, & Jeffree Star Velour lip.

I will be rating using a 1-5 kisses scale, 1 being the lowest 5 being the highest. I will be looking at the following categories: Applicator, transfer, feel, lasting ability, and cost.

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First we will be looking at an impulsive purchase for the summer line by Wet n’ Wild, metallics! I own all 6 of them. Metallics are super in right now and they are the best way to make your face POP. One thing I love about these is that it has a curved slant at the end of the wand allowing it to form to you lip with ease, however the actual handle is a little bit on the short side. I don’t have problems with it because I have baby hands but if I had a normal proportionate hand for being 5’9” it might suck some. Unfortunately, it is not the best when it comes to transferring. It typically will come off on your cup or straw, rather intensely. One of the downsides with metallic lippies is that you cant put a setting powder over them because it would take from the shine. I do find with these, if you have the time and patience, I like to use four coats, blotting in between, and then I have the best results. It is a stickier feel, similar to MAC Plushglass, which I don’t like. It definitely doesn’t last long at all however, it’s not one I can comfortable wear to my five hour shift without having a good lippie underneath it to make up for the fade. Cost is $2.99 and I purchased them between Kmart and Walgreens.

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Indigo Your Own Way

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The next two focal points are by the brand NYX. NYX has many liquid lippies and so far I have only used two of them, besides swatching Lip Lingerie on my hand at Ulta.

NYX Liquid Suede
NYX Liquid Suede is one of the newer launches by NYX and I personally love it. I own 4 of this formula. I have two photos representing this one because I like to wear it two different ways. The first being applied very very thin where I just dot a few spots on my lips and then I spread it out smoothly with my finger. Then there is the normal way of applying it fully; I typically will just do one layer because the pigment is strong enough. The wand is long given the larger tube, even though I love that Wet n’ Wild had a slanted end, I equally love that the liquid suede wand has a long and flat sponge compared to the standard wand sponge. When I apply this lipstick thin, I find it doesn’t transfer very much, however if I apply it fully I am that girl that pisses off the bar back by adding lip prints very pigmented all over the glasses. The feel is smooth and barely noticeable when I apply it in a think layer, but somewhat stick and heavy if I apply it fully. Despite the fact that the color transfers over in masses, when applied fully, the lip color lasts for just about my entire five-hour work shift. Unfortunately, applying it thin with my finger takes a toll on how long it lasts for. Cost for this one is $6.99 and I have purchased the four I have between Super Target and Ulta.

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thin: Foiled Again
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fully: Foiled Again

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
Another winner, in my opinion, by NYX is the Soft Matte Lip Cream. This was my first introduction to NYX and it was love at first application. I currently own 6. I do usually two coats but in the photo below it is only one coat. When I apply it for best effect, I let the first coat fully dry. It doesn’t go on instantly matte and takes about a minute to dry to a matte finish. Then I blot and add the second coat. If you blot before it dries, it messes the pigment up. The applicator is a standard wand applicator like you would get with almost any lip gloss in the land. The length is mid to short however the actual handle is about an inch and a half long? I’m bad at eyeballing measurements to be honest. But it fits comfortable in my baby hands. I have gone out drinking all night long with this lippie on with no angry glares from the bar back, so it’s safe to say, the transfer isn’t real! When you apply it the texture is almost mousey which feels like pillows on your lips and then it dries to be soft, light, and smooth. I find it to last better than most, its one I’m rather comfortable wearing to work. However it does fade in the center sometimes so I usually carry a lightly tinted balm in my apron at work to touch up around the final hour of my shift that I’ll actually have customers. Cost is $5.99 and I have purchased it at Ulta, Super Target, and CVS.

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Cannes

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I’m going to be focusing on the brand Colourpop for the next three lippies, because they have three very different formulas for liquid lips. All I love. Thanks Chloe for introducing me (will post her insta/twitter/snap handle at the bottom) to this brand and telling me repeatedly to buy it.

Ultra Satin Lip
Colourpop not that long ago in February launched their Ultra Satin Lip. I own 7 of them so far. It can be applied thinly or fully and both are magical. With the exception of going to work with their lavender grey, Marshmallow, I almost always wear it fully because the pigment is fierce and perfect. But grey lips don’t sell food as effectively so I tweak it for that. The applicator is a standard in my opinion, has a longer length, and a perfect size handle even for those with normal sized hands. There is some transfer if you don’t blot in my opinion, but its very minimal and mainly around the inner points of your lips because that area has the hardest time to dry especially with a formula like this, which doesn’t dry matte. I love the way the Ultra Satin feels on my lips because it isn’t a matte finish but primarily appears matte-like. It is the opposite of drying and it feels smooth. I find all of Coloupops products to be long lasting and they do very mildly stain your lips (but it comes off when I dab oil on it and then wipe it off) so even when it starts to fade a bit in the center you can’t tell as much. However it takes hours for it to reach this point. Cost is $6.00 and you can only buy Colourpop on their website, because of this, I find it better to wait until you have 5 lippies you want because when you spend $30.00 you get free shipping!

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The Rabbit

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Ultra Matte Lip
The largest collection of liquid lippies Colourpop offers and the most popular formula they have is their Ultra Matte Lip. I own 6 of this formula so far. The applicator is the same as the above so I’m not really going to discuss this again. Transfer does not exist with this formula and it is magical. The feel is what you would expect with a matte finish. There is some dryness that occurs but I have yet to experience any cracking as a result of the dryness and I have worn it for rather extended time periods, drinking alcohol, eating food, talking frequently, with no cracking occurring. It’s smooth and light. You wouldn’t want to put more than one coat on however because I do find that makes it sticky and no longer a good experience. This has lasted for at least 7 hours for me however I have never worn it for longer than that time before having to PRY it off with lots of oil and scrubbing. Others have told me that they have worn it for 9-hour shifts and had no issues. Costs is $6.00 and please see above for my tidbit about purchasing Colourpop lippies!

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Scrooge

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Ultra Metallic Lip
For summer this year, on June 23rd, Colourpop launched their limited quantity Ultra Metallic Lip that sold out the same day. They came out with 4 shades; I have purchased 1 and possibly will stick with just that one. They have restocked twice already and every time they seem to sell out rather quickly (currently there is only one color available from their restock that took place this week. Metallics are HOT right now I’m telling you!). Colourpop is universal with their applicator so I don’t feel the need to discuss this just like in the previous section, go see the first Colourpop review up there ^. The Metallic doesn’t transfer much in my opinion but it does transfer the most of the three formulas. It mainly leaves a colorless lip print that has glitter in it from my experience. The feel and texture once applied is a little bit stickier than I prefer but not as sticky as the Wet n’ Wild Metallic. A lot of people have posted complaining about how the tube is half empty, and I would like to address this. I got mine from the first restock as opposed to the initial launch and I have not experience this at all. The consistency is a thick mouse allowing you to not feel all the glitter bits that make it metallic. I think this is why some people think its half empty. Instead of shaking it like Colourpop recommends for their other lippies, I find swirling the wand in the tube works best. The lippie itself lasts on your lips forever. I eat, I drink, I lick my lips, and its still just chilling on my lips no big deal, shiny as ever. Costs is $6.00 and as previously mentioned, see first Colourpop review for information about purchasing.

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3-Way

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick
What Myspace fanatic didn’t idolize Jeffree Star and his flawless make up capabilities? No one. He recently came out with his official line of liquid lips with a formula of his own. It sells out all the time and we are left waiting (im)patiently for a restock. I own 1. He has a great slant at the end of the doe foot applicator and it forms to your lip like a memory foam pillow. The actual handle is a little bit tiny making it a bit more awkward to hold if you don’t have much dexterity with your fingertips. I haven’t personally experience any transfer from this lippie but it hasn’t had the official test run of going on a Monday bar date after work. So I have no bar back responses yet. Just a lot of prancing around my house like a pretty bad ass princess because that’s what this color does. The feel is weightless and nondrying despite being matte in finish. It’s the most runny liquid lip I have ever used but it’s so pigmented it takes only one coat and then dries in just about 30 seconds. I usually prance in this around my house for about 6 hours and then eventually take it off because its time for bed or something but it does take some work to get it off given that its such a potent formula! I can only imagine how long it can last! Cost is $18.00 and you can only buy it at Jeffree Star’s website and shipping was $5.95 for standard shipping. You have to spend $100.00 to get free shipping

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Androgyny

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I hope your lips stay as kissable as mine, even if, like me, you are not actually kissing anyone!

alex

Saying Goodbye

You may or may not know that I had a pug. He was my life. As my fiance said, “Whenever I think of you, he is there. He is a part of you. Without him, it is as if a piece of you is missing and can’t be found.” This past May I had to say goodbye. I had to say goodbye to my first puppy, my best friend, the love of my life for the past 15 years. My pug suffered from end stage kidney disease, arthritis, & blindness/deafness. We were able to control the arthritis. We were able to adjust for his blindness, his deafness. We could not stop his kidneys from failing. We chose to let him sleep forever to save him from the pain he was about to endure. One of the hardest things is to make that decision. When is it time to say goodbye? What if we are doing it too soon, too late?

I debated writing about this for a while because every time I think about him, tears well up and my chest tightens. I still have nights where I cry because he’s no longer there for pug snuggles. I cry when I make popcorn or cut carrots. I cry when I see anything pug or frankly, anything dog related. I cried when we covered the renal system in class. I even cried while trying to type this out, several times. However, as each day passes, I still miss him more than ever, but realizing the decision my family had to make benefited our beloved gets easier.

It happened so fast. Several months prior he was still playing, still begging for popcorn, still licking my face.Then we noticed his ribs, how skinny he had become, something we never realized until we looked, until we picked him up and realized how light he was getting. His arthritis was bad, we knew that. He was on medication. We increased the dosage. He still couldn’t walk past the front yard. He had an abscess in his tooth that caused his face to swell. He was too old for surgery, they said. He was in so much pain, we saw, we felt his pain. Then suddenly he wasn’t able to control his bladder.  At first we thought he might have forgotten where his litter box is since he’s blind now. We showed him his box, we cleaned up his accident, and we gave him lots of kisses. Everything started to build up and we saw his quality of life fade away. Once a pug full of energy, personality, life was now struggling to stand, struggling to live, but still everything we loved. We knew what we had to do if we truly loved him. If he was out in the wild, if this was real life, he wouldn’t have made it years ago. We were prolonging the inevitable and now we saw the pain in his face, in his spirit. We talked to vet. We came to a decision after a week of conversations, tears, and fact checks.

The day of was the most beautiful, the most heartbreaking. The sun was shining. There was no rain, as predicted. That morning he had the worse accident he ever had. He knew it too. We picked him up and we kissed him all over. We fed him breakfast, which he happily ate. We gave him a bit extra. Then he peed. He peed in his litter box. Something he hadn’t done in months. We all burst into tears. Was he getting better? Did he know? He has to be getting better. But we knew he wasn’t. His kidneys were basically gone. He knew that. So he let us hold him like when he was a puppy. We held him so tight, for so long. He fell asleep in our arms, letting us hold him for one last time, kiss his soy sauce smelling little head one last time. My parents took him to the vet so he could sleep forever. I chose to stay back, to let my parents who loved him so much be the ones to let him go. They are my rock. I walked around the forest and collected flowers. It was only a few minutes they were gone. Then they came back. And we said goodbye, under his favorite rock and the shade of a tree, forever protected by a stone my father engraved.

He never woke during the process. My mom held him the entire time. He was wrapped up in his frog blanket and the love for him surrounded him. He knew. He was okay. He was finally at peace and no longer in pain. No longer unable to walk without limping, unable to control himself, no longer unable to see or hear. He was free. Forever free. The one thing I learned was that they do not live for us. We live for them. Could we have waited another month, another year? Sure. But did we want him in more pain that he could handle? Unable to walk, unable to get up? Did we want to give him more and more pills? Did we want him to keep running into walls and stepping in his own pee? Never. Animals who love us will live for us. They won’t let go until we let go. It is hard to believe until you personally experience it but when we finally let go, we saw how he let go.

Sleep in forever peace my little pug. All the words and motions of this world will never truly express how much you were loved, still are loved, and will forever be loved.