Monday, June 30, 2014

Most Listened To #4:

Angel With a Shotgun by The Cab 
That's Unusual (Jump) by Ghost Town
Hocus Pocus by Ghost Town 
Neon Lights by Demi Lovato 
Just in Case by Conor Maynard 
Buzzcut Season by Lorde 
Trouble (original) ft. Jenna Pemkowski by Memorecks
Paradise (Freestyle) by Yonas 
Small Bump by Ed Sheeran 
Louder than Thunder (Quiet Like the Snow) by The Devil Wears Prada 



Friday, June 27, 2014

FOTD #4:


Today I am wearing a short sleeved t-shirt from Khols.  I also have this shirt in white.  I got it right before spring started, and it cost about $10. 


On my face is Rimmel London Concealer #125. 
NYC Sun n' Bronze bronzer #706 Hamptons Radiance 
My Eyeshadow is L.A. Colors Palette Wine & Roses. The last two colors.  (Close up here
Mascara is L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. 
Top eyeliner is Flower eye marker and mascara. 
Bottom eyeliner is Almay bright eyes #03 soft black.
My lipstick is Sonia Kashuk #88 Rosette.

That's it!  Hope you day is going well! 
xx 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

7 Things: Favorite Lip Products:

I was going to limit this post to favorite lip colors, but really I’m not very different when it comes to my lip color.  I was looking through my lipsticks, and I noticed that I have pretty much all of the same color.  So, I picked the items that I use the most. 


1.       Covergirl #280 Rapture
It has more shimmer than what’s showing up. I usually throw this one on if I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing.
2.       Flower LS7 So Gladiola
I noticed that this one is really just the matte version of the one above.  So if I want less shimmer, I go to this one. 
3.       Revlon #063 Wild Watermelon 
This one is a lip butter, and it was my first red color.  I like to wear this one more in the fall or spring.  I like paring it with my mint sweater.
4.       Rimmel London Showoff #300 Out of this World 
When I want to go pink this is my go to.  I’m not a big fan of lip gloss but this one, and the one below, are my favorites ever. 
5.       Rimmel London Showoff #500 Luna
This is another one that I noticed is just like 1 and 2 but in lipgloss form.  It’s a solid color meaning that is has no shimmer but it is shinny like a lip gloss. 
6.       Maybelline Lip Liner Clear
I’ve talked about this one before, and I still love it.
7.       Burt’s Bees Revitalizing Blueberry & Dark Chocolate
Everyone need a chapstick, and this one smells amazing.  I didn’t know that it had dark chocolate in though, so if you’d rather it be chocolate, you’re out of luck. 

xx
 
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recipe: Oreo Truffles:

So, just a short story, I’ve been having sleeping issues, so I asked my mom to get me a package of Oreos  while she was out, so she did so, but she wasn’t clear on why I was asking for Oreos, and she only got me a small sleeve.  This sleeve included only 13 cookies (why 13, I don’t know) and so I just looked at a different set of Oreos and saw that there were 24 in a pack, so I just used 12 cookies and half of the cream cheese.  Also, I forgot to take a before everything was opened pic, so the cookies are already a little smashed.  Soz.
The full recipe down below, should make 36 truffles. 

Ingredients:
1 package of Oreos
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese 
melting chocolate



Directions:
Set out seven cookies and crumble them using a Ziploc bag or a food processor (optional.)


Crush the remaining cookies.


Add in the cream cheese and blend with the back of a large spoon.


Place the cookies on a cookie sheet on wax paper.


Melt the chocolate according to the instructions provided. 
While melting the chocolate, chill the cookies.


Roll the balls in the chocolate, then place back onto the wax paper cookie sheet. 


Let the chocolate harden.  (I put them back into the freezer.)

Enjoy!
xx


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish Review:


Last month I noticed that Garnier Fructis was giving out free samples of their newish marvelous oil.  I have wanted to try an oil treatment for my hair for the longest time, and I was really excited that they were offering samples.  I put in my information, and then I started to wait.  It took around four weeks to get here, maybe a little less, and then I waited two weeks until I was ready to try it. 
They offer three different types, the one that I got, deep nourish, then they have one for color treated hair and then one that is for frizzy damaged hair.  If they’re still offering samples, then you’ll get the marvelous oil, you don’t get to choose, which is fine by me.

Let me tell you a little bit about my hair.  I have straight hair.  I can’t do much to it because it all just falls out.  Even teasing dirty hair, with dry shampoo and hair spray it tends to fall flat.  I also have a tendency to touch my hair/ scratch my head and my hair get super greasy really fast.  Even without a lot of touching it tends to get greasy.  I do sometimes deep cleanse my hair, just in case of product build up, but I don’t have a scheduled timing for that.  I just do it when I remember.
I also don’t get regular haircuts.  I’ll sometimes take scissors to the ends of my hair, but I probably only get my hair cut by someone twice a year.  So, as you probably can guess, my ends get a little dry and frizzy looking.  That’s why I have been wanting to try an oil treatment.  

The oil itself, at first, smelled a little bit like coconuts, but as I was putting it through my hair, the coconut smell went away, and a light sweet smell took its place.  I love the way it smells.  There are five ways that you can use this oil. Those ways were mentioned, but the full instructions were not included. I had to visit the website to see which way I could use it. (if it had to be dry or wet hair.) 

This is what the website told me:
Use in any of 5 ways:
1. Pre-Shampoo Treatment: apply to wet or dry hair before shampooing to prime hair for gentle cleaning.
2. Conditioner Booster: Add 1 or 2 drops to conditioner to improve detangling.
3. Blow-Dry Accelerator: Apply to damp hair to dry faster than a conditioning cream leave in.
4. Ends Finisher: Apply to damp or dry ends to smooth split ends and tame flyaways.
5. Overnight Leave-In: Work into wet or dry hair, leave in overnight to restore softness.

 I decided on the overnight repair on wet hair. 

I used the whole sample, but I think that was a little bit too much, because I can feel a little bit of residue.  Not while touching my hair, but on my hands after.  My ends are very soft, I can definitely feel a difference.  I don’t see a difference in the shininess, but I have naturally shinny hair.  I wouldn’t say that it’s lightweight. 
In the end, would I suggest this to a friend?  Yes.  Would I go out and buy a bottle?  Yes.  I plan on it.  I like the way my hair feels.  It’s super soft and I like the smell.  I don’t know if the others have different smells to them, I might go to the store and see soon. 

If you have tried Garnier Fructis Marvelous oil, did you like it?  Let me know.
xx 



Monday, June 23, 2014

Education:



I remember growing up and not exactly being forced to do well in school, but when I brought home bad grades I was always told that I could do better.  When I was younger, after a while, I was pegged as the ‘student who doesn’t apply herself.’  And I didn’t.  The only time I tried in school was when a test was coming up, and I studied the night before.  I barely passed my classes. I failed a lot of my classes too.  I had to repeat a lot different classes in high school.  I didn’t really mind, as long as I was going to graduate on time, with no summer school, I was okay with how I was doing.  My teachers didn’t like me, and I didn’t like them.   I didn’t like the way that I was treated, and I don’t like school system learning.   To put it nicely, they’re crap. 
When I want to learn something, I find ways to learn.   That is how I work.  When I got to college I tried very hard, and I applied myself, and I passed all of my classes.  I loved most of my professors, and the ones that I didn’t, they still didn’t treat me like I was scum.  I wasn’t treated any differently, because none of my professors knew who I was.   All they got from me was a quiet girl in the back of the class.  I was like that in high school, but they knew that I had an attitude, and if I was pushed, they would see it. 
Education is very important.  If I have children, then I would hope that they would try their hardest in school.  If they end up like me, then all I can do is encourage them to graduate with their class.  I know that I would never want my child to get their GED, but that is just my personal preference.   I would want better for my children, and that means that I want them to go to a 4 year (or more) college/university.  Not community college like me.   That is better.  By the time I do have children, it’s going to be so hard for someone who did decide on just community college to go very far.  That is how this world is working.  The more education you get the better job. 
But education to me is not just book smart.  You have to be street smart also.  Have a little bit of common sense and you will go far.  I don’t know what I would do, if I didn’t have the little bit of street smart I do have.  (Which is VERY little.) 
But, even after I have said all of that, if my child said that college is not for them, then I would have to understand.  A college degree can’t take you everywhere.   You have to have the social skills also.  You have to have talent, and everyone has a talent.  

College is not for everyone, but education is.
xx 


Friday, June 20, 2014

FOTD #3:


Happy Friday everyone! 
Today I’m wearing the same shirt from FOTD 1, it’s ¾ sleeve, from khols, and has a cute little chest pocket.  I’m loving those at the moment.  
My scarf is from Ross.  I paid around $8 for it.  
My earrings are little cat ears with fake pearls in them.  I got those from Target and paid $7.99 for them.  (Up close here.)



On my face I have the usual Rimmel London 125 concealer.  
My blush is  Revlon 007 Melon-Drama.  
On my eyelids I have Covergirl Smokey Shadow Blast in the gold brown color.  It’s a duo cream stick.  It has no name, and it's really old.  Sorry about that. 
 My mascara is the same as last week, L'Oreal voluminous Carbon Black.  
On my lips I have Rimmel London Lip Lacquer in Luna.  It’s my favorite Lip Lacquer I own.  

Hope you have a great weekend! 
xx 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

7 Things: Favorite Physical CDs


I have a lot of music that I love, and I have a lot of CDs on my iPod but I don’t have the physical copies of all of my favorites.   I love having the physical CD because it means that I can take it to more places.  Not all cars have the ability to take iPods and I just can’t stand the radio.  They play all of the same songs and all that other horrible mess.   I guess you could say I’m still stuck in the times of making mixed CDs rather than getting an adapter put into my car. 

1.       Ed Sheeran +
2.       Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
3.       Demi Lovato Unbroken
4.       Rise Against  Appeal to Reason
5.       Demi Lovato
6.       Conor Maynard Contrast
7.       Blink-182 Greatest Hits

Anyways, these are my favorite physical copies.  They all have great meaning to me from some point in my life.  And I will cherish them forever.
xx


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mixed Drink: Nuts and Berries:


This cocktail is so yummy!  I found it to be a little bit strong, but you can leave out the vodka if you want a sweeter taste.   It’s also a very simple drink.  All you need to do is add it to a shaker.  Also, if you have them, you can garnish the drink with raspberries to make it look more presentable. 
To make two, double the ingredients below!

Ingredients:
1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur 
1 oz Raspberry Liqueur 
1 oz Vodka 
1 oz Half and Half



Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Pour into a martini glass and serve.  


Enjoy!
xx 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Empties #3:


Today I have my 3rd empties post.  I love these posts!  I don’t really know why but I can’t  get enough of them!   These are all smell good products this week.  Lots of soap.  Haha.


Dove Go Fresh Bodywash Blue Fig & Orange Blossom Scent:
Dove is my go-to brand when it comes to bodywash.  I tend to switch it up between this scent and the plum and sakura blossom.  I have no idea what a blue fig or an orange blossom are supposed to smell like, but I can tell you that this body wash so refreshing.  There is a light floral scent with like a creamy smell to it. As for being super moisturizing, it is.  I’ve never had another body wash be so moisturizing.   I love it and I suggest you got to your local store and give this one a try.  


The Bodyshop Shower Gel Atlas Mountain Rose Scent:
My last empties post had the other two shower gels that I got with this one.  And I do love them.  I find The Body Shop to be a little bit pricy vs going to a drugstore, and that is why I haven’t repurchased anything by them.  They are definitely a brand that I would visit around Christmas time or my birthday for a splurge, but as for every time I run out of soap, I can’t do that right now. 


Puffs Fresh Faces Wipes Light Lavender Scent:
This was my first box of these little face wipes, and I liked them to a point.  What it says on the back of the box is that they remove make-up and they can help you freshen up after a workout or if you have a runny nose.  They are primarily saline, aloe and vitamin E.
  The smell is a little off putting. I didn’t ever get lavender when I smelled them.  These are amazing for taking off my mascara and only my mascara.  I’ve struggled with other make-up wipes and these do the trick, but not so much for my other make-up which I found odd.   They are a nice thing to have in my bag after I’ve gone shopping and I just feel like my hands are covered in dirt and if it’s a hot day, I use them to freshen up my face a bit.
The only problem I have with the packaging is the lid.  It snaps in place fine, and opens fine, but about the third or fourth time I opened them, I noticed that they were dryer than before and that is when I discovered that the lid had slightly separated from the box, leaving air space. 
I got the other scent about two weeks ago and I like that one much better.  I’ll let you know if the lid of this box breaks off too. 


Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser:
I love this face wash.  I really do.  It works just as it says it does.  I’ve also never had any problem with my face becoming red because of the exfoliating beads.  It also works really well with my problem areas.  When I use it consistently, I don’t have any problem areas. 


Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden Perfume:
This has been one of my favorite perfumes since I was about 13 or 14.  An old friend of my used it and I loved it, so I started wearing it.   It might be a little strong for some, but I’ve never had complaints of it being too strong from the people around me.  (I have one perfume like that.)   I love it.  It’s definitely a go to for me. 


There you have it, all of the empties that I have collected recently.  Let me know if you’ve used any! 
Xx


Monday, June 16, 2014

Life Update:


Not much has happened since the last update really, except for A LOT of Netflix.  Since I haven’t been sleeping well, I’ve been spending almost all of my hours on Netflix.  I’ve watched Braveheart, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Bob’s Burgers (Season 1 only), Temptation, The Snowtown Murders, World War Z, Lovelace, The Host, Blue Valentine, The Possession, The Virgin Suicides, Safe Haven, Stuck in Love, and my favorite episodes of Skins.  Now that I type that out, it seems like so much.  Gosh.   If you haven’t seen any of the above I suggest watching all of them except for Temptation, Blue Valentine, and The Virgin Suicides.  I wasn’t very pleased with those. 
I know that The Virgin Suicides is supposed to be this amazing movie, and everyone loves it, but I just didn’t see it.  Same with Blue Valentine.  I found that one to be a little boring, and I wasn’t in favor with Michelle Williams’s character.  I don’t know.  That’s just me though. 
As for Temptation, I felt like the plot line was a disaster.  I feel like I’ve seen it over 1000 times really.  The acting was a little stiff and forced.  I thought that the cast was beautiful though.  Except for Kim K, I don’t think she should act.  She’s better on reality TV. 
I didn’t think that I was going to like The Host, because of it being based off of Stephanie Meyer’s book, but it’s actually pretty good. 
Other than my life being all about Netflix, tonight is the premiere of Switched at Birth and The Fosters new season!  I’m so excited!  Pretty Little Liars did not disappoint, I’m sure these ones won’t either. 

Have you seen any of the movies above?  Did you like ones I didn’t?   Did you hate ones that I loved?
Let me know!
xx 

Friday, June 13, 2014

FOTD #2:

Here we are again with my FOTD pic.  Today I am wearing a sweater shirt from Khols (surprise surprise). I got this shirt last fall and I fell in love with it.  It is a 3/4 sleeve, and light weight enough to wear on sort of chilly sort of not days.   I pair this shirt with black pants and black shoes.  ( I mainly wear black... not going to lie.)  



As for on my face I am wearing Rimmel London concealer in #125.  
My Blush is from Maybelline mineral power in Soft Mauve. 
 My eyeliner is L'Oreal Le Kohl Duo in the color black brown/ hazelnut.  
My mascara is the same that I used last week, L'Oreal voluminous carbon black.  
My eyeshadow on my eyelids  is Estee Lauder #12 Rasins. And on my brow bone is #60 Sugar Biscuit.
And finally my lips are Rimmel London Showoff lip lacquer in #401 Aurora.  

xx 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

7 Things: Favorite Books:

These are my favorite books.  The ones that made me cry, made me think, and just made me happy.  
A few of these books I have written about before, so you might have already read how I feel about these books.  But I love these books, and I can't get over them.
 When I was younger, the books that I read  were the forced books that were assigned for class, and I never really liked them, so I never really liked reading.  That is until  I was about 17 and I haven't stopped reading since. 

I got Gone with the Wind, The Last Victim, and Dear John at a second hand shop.  That is why they're so beaten up.  I don't know what happened to Lucas.  


Gone With the Wind
I fell in love with the movie a really long time ago.  I think I've been watching it since I was six or seven.   I bought the book two years ago, I think, and I instantly started reading it.  It amazes people that I have read this book.  (Great company I keep right?)  I'm actually planning on re-reading this book over the summer.  I also have been planning two different tattoos from this book. 

The Last Victim
I saw this movie called "Dear Mr. Gacy" On T.V. about two or three years ago and at the end I found out that there was a book that went along with it.  I read this book in about two days.  It a very dark and emotional book.  But it's not bawl my eyes out emotional, it's play with your mind emotional.  Jason, the narrator, tries to get into a few different serial killers minds, mainly John Wayne Gacy, and really Gacy gets into his mind.  (If you know anything about Gacy then you'll know how twisted he is.)  It's a great read if you're interested in Serial Killers. 

The Outsiders
I read this book when I was 14 and then I re-read it when I was 20.  I love this book.  This is one of those I've read the book and seen the movie, and I think that the movie did the book justice.  I've never read then instantly watched, but I think that the movie was done really well.  This also is another book where I want a tattoo from.  But not "Stay Gold" because too many people have that.  I would want one that people would have to ask about, not just know.  


Lucas 
This book intrigued me a lot.  I got it when I was 12, and didn't touch it until  I was 19.  I liked it because it kind of put me into the mind of a teenager in the UK. I had never read a book that was written by someone from the UK until then, and I felt like it was a little different than an american teenager.  (Maybe I just have a complex. I don't know.)  Anyways, I thought about this book for a while after I finished it, and I really want to re-read it just because.  

The Bell Jar
I have written about this book before.  I'm pretty sure this was the first book I've read this year. (I'm actually in a book funk atm.)  When I read it, I fell in love.  I've always known about Sylvia Plath, and I've read a few of her poems for an English class, but I never thought that I would really like something by her.  Poems really aren't my cup of tea, but I decided to give The Bell Jar a try after I took the English class.  I'm glad that I did.  If you have never read this book, I really do suggest it.  


Dear John
I've thought about doing a whole separate post on all of the Nicolas Sparks books I own but for now, I have picked my favorite.  I am a sucker for a book that makes me cry.  Anything that will tear my heart out I will read.  This book did it for me.  I saw the movie first, then read the book very quickly, and then re-watched the movie, and let me tell you the movie is awful compared to the book.  I now hate the movie because of reading the book.  

White Lines 
This book makes me smile, makes me laugh, makes me angry, and makes me cry.  I love this book. I think I got this book around the age of 16 or 17 but didn't read it until I was 18 or 19.   There is a second one, but that one is not as good as this one.  If you have no interest in drugs then this book is not for you.  I definitely cried during this book.  I loved it.  

xx 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Recipe: Baci Di Dama Cookies:


About two months ago now, I went to Wegmans and spotted little green cookies that looked so delicious I had to buy them.  When I tasted them, I liked them so much, I decided to look up what kind of cookies they were and how to make them.  I then wrote down the how to and now  I have finally made them. 
I did go against the rules a little bit because I used chopped hazelnuts from a package instead of getting hazelnuts that I had to prepare myself and  I used chocolate chips instead of chopped up chocolate squares because I already had some in the house. 
Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup Toasted Hazelnuts 
1 cup Rice Flour 
3 ½ oz Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature 
½ cup Sugar
2 oz Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate 
A Pinch of Salt


Directions:

Pulse hazelnuts until very fine then transfer them into a bowl. 


Add the Rice Flour.


Cut the butter up into pieces then add it to the mix along with the sugar and salt. 


Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until it stay together and is smooth. 


Divide the dough into three equal parts. 


Roll them out until they’re 2cm.  (I kind of just guessed at this part...I'm not very good at measurements.) 


Chill the dough until they’re firm.  I put them in the freezer and they were firm 15 minutes later. 
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Take the chilled logs out one by one and cut equal sized pieces and roll them into marble sized balls.


Bake them for 10 to 14 minutes or until they are a light gold brown color.


Match up the cookie sizes as much as possible.


While they’re cooling take the 2 oz of chocolate and put it over simmering heat.  


When it’s fully melted take a small about and spread it onto the cookies. 



Now enjoy them!
xx 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Garnier Ultra Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream Review:

This cream costs exactly $14.47 at walmart
I got this face cream a week ago, and it says on the box that you’ll see results in five days.   I’ve been using it for seven, and I don’t see any results, but I can feel them.   By which I mean that my skin is softer and feels smoother than it did five days ago.  This was also the only cream that I was putting on my face, except for a one time use of Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone.   The reasoning behind that was because I didn’t want any interference in my testing. 
The cream itself is heavy, which is to be expected since it is a night cream.  For me it was a little bit hard to get it to fully absorb into my skin.   I tried different amounts from what I normally put to a whole lot less and I still had a little trouble.  When I woke up the next day, I could still slightly feel it on my t-zone. 
My biggest problem with this cream is its smell.  Garnier usually has a typical fruitish smell to all of their products but this one is more like heavy hot plastic.  It’s not something that I can see myself getting used to; unless it after the jar is empty I see a vast improvement in my skin. 
As for the packaging, the jar is glass and the top is plastic.  It’s seems like a very durable jar, I don’t see myself breaking it, or it breaking if I were to take it on a journey with me.  It surprised me that it’s as heavy as it is, but that just makes me feel like it’s even more durable. 
When I use it all up, I’ll give an update on how much it worked for me, currently I would suggest it to a friend who was looking for a new night cream to try that is in the affordable drugstore range. 

xx



Monday, June 9, 2014

My Future:

Hello everyone!  Today I've decided to do something a little bit different.  This is still going to be a personal post, but I'm going to give it an outer starting point.  
I've decided to take questions from tumblr and put them here and go into depth a little bit.  (30 Day Challenges, but picking and choosing which questions I wouldn't mind answering.)  I know that sort of defeats the purpose of the challenge, but then again that's why I'm not calling this a 30 day challenge. 
Anyways, the first question is:



When I think about the future, I get freaked out.  At 22 years old I feel like nothing will ever fall into place.  In my life, I have been very spoiled and now that I have left school starting the next chapter in my life has been slow to say the least.  
I hope my future turns out like I planned.
 I hope that I go back to school and I don't quit because I think that the coarse work is too hard.  Then I hope to get a job in that field of study.  By the time I do go back to school (around 25) I hope to be living on my own, supporting myself.  I hope that I'll be less shy.  In the past few years I have grown so much and I've become a lot more comfortable being me, and I figured in a few more years, I'll be able to do everything I want, in public, without really caring.   
I hope in the future that I have my dream home.  Many girls dream about their wedding, and how amazing that is going to be, but I dream about my future home.  I have lots of ideas, and so many different styles I hope one day I'm able to put it all together.  
But most of all, I hope that my future is full of laughs and love.  I hope I find a spot where I feel comfortable and I have things in common with the people I surround myself with. 

What about you?  What is the number one thing you want for your future? 
xx