Saturday, June 24, 2017

| Summer Beauty Tips | Makeup, Skincare & Body Tips!




As the seasons change and the weather gets increasingly warmer I find that wearing makeup becomes a little harder. I feel sticky and my makeup starts to wear off too quickly. I also start to notice changes in my skin when the weather changes. My face gets more oily and the rest of my body gets drier. 
If you're like me and you have a few struggles keeping up with your beauty routine in the summer, I've got some beauty tips for you!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

| My Go-To Casual Summer Outfits |




Summer is right around the corner and of course, we can already feel the summer heat! Dressing cute for the summer can be hard sometimes because honestly, with the heat, I'd much rather be comfortable. 
In this post, I put together 3 of my favorite casual summer outfits, outfits that are just the right amount of cute and comfy for y'all! Enjoy!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

| Did I Accomplish My Spring Goals? | Spring Goals Update



The first day of Summer is in less than a week! YAY! I still can't believe how fast the year has gone by, it feels like Spring just started! 

If you read my Spring Goals post, you'll know that I set myself 8 goals to complete by the end of Spring. Setting goals for myself is important to me because it helps me keep track of the things I want to accomplish. I worked really hard towards my goals these past couple of months, but keep reading to find out if I accomplished any!





1. Exercise More

I'm happy to say that I'm doing really well with this goal! I've been working out regularly, 5 days a week, and I finally have a routine down. I really want to get a gym membership because these at home workouts aren't gonna cut it soon and I want to take my little "fitness journey" to the next level. I have and still do take breaks with my workouts, and I'm learning to not beat myself up over it. As long as I get right back on track, I'm fine! 

2. Eat Better

This is one of the harder goals I set for myself and I have yet to accomplish this one, healthy eating is just such a challenge for me! I still eat too much junk, but I have been slowly swapping out really bad junk food for slightly better foods. I try to snack on Greek yogurt and applesauce instead of cookies and donuts. I've also been eating a high-protein snack everyday around 3 PM to prevent myself from going crazy with snacks when I start to get tired and hungry and dinner isn't for another few hours. I also try not to get take-out as much and cook at home as often as possible, that way I know exactly what's going into my body.

This goal is definitely still a work in progress for me but I'm going to keep challenging myself to eat healthier.  

3. Organize Clothes

I guess I could say I've somewhat accomplished this goal. I recently went through all of my clothes and donated a few pieces. Everything also currently has a place and I'm paying attention to clothing I don't wear often, that way I know what I should get rid of next. This is something that I still have to work a little on, but I'm proud of what I've done so far.

4. Spring Cleaning

My apartment isn't a mess, but I still have loads of organizing to do! I need to go through everything and throw out some stuff, but finding time to do this is tough. I try to do a little bit every weekend, that way I can slowly, but surely, get my apartment into the shape I want it to be in. 






1. Revamp Blog

No, I haven't done this yet. However, I've been looking for ideas for templates on Etsy and planning out how I want my blog to look. I also made a few changes to my social media accounts and I'm loving them!
This is something that I'll have to set aside some time over the weekend to do. I'm also waiting to have a little extra money to purchase a pretty blog template and header.

2. Read More Blogs

I have been reading a lot more blogs recently, but I'm the worst at leaving comments! I hate that I always forget to do it because as a blogger, I know just how amazing it feels when readers take the time to leave a comment. I definitely want to continue reading other blogs but of course, I have to remember to leave comments!

3. Social Media

I had specific follower goals for the Spring on all of my social media accounts and I hit all of them this season! I've also been focusing more on interacting and supporting other bloggers on social media, as well as interacting with the people who read my blog. I'm going to continue to do this and of course try to reach some more goals I have set! 

4. Giveaway

I wanted to be able to do another giveaway this Spring and I had the chance to do one when my Twitter hit 1,000 followers! I love giveaways, they're fun and I love giving back to the people who support me. Right now, I'm planning out an Instagram exclusive giveaway so keep an eye out!


I honestly think I did pretty well with my Spring Goals. I accomplished so much so far and although I still have a few things to work on, I'm really proud of myself! I'm going to continue to work on some of these goals and of course, set a few more for myself. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

| Anti Haul | Products I Won't Be Buying!




As a girl trying to save some money, all of these gorgeous new makeup products being released is such a tease! I can look and admire them all I want, but I have to hold back on buying anything right now. It's a serious struggle at the moment, but I'm getting by. 

In an effort to prevent myself from buying anything at the moment, I decided to do my own little Anti Haul. I've been seeing Anti Haul blog posts and YouTube videos all over and I love them! For those who don't know, an Anti Haul is exactly what it sounds like, just a list of products that people don't want to buy. I really enjoy these because you get a chance to see what products people aren't interested in buying and I feel as though it helps lessen the hype surrounding some.

Take a look at my Anti Haul to see what beauty products I'm not interested in buying!




1. Anything Kylie Cosmetics




I don't think I've ever once really wanted anything from Kylie's line of makeup. It has nothing to do with her, I actually admire how ambitious she is, it has more to do with the company itself. I've heard way too many people complain about the products being inconsistent in quality and I've also heard shipping is a nightmare. Her products are also way too expensive for what you're getting. For a sub-par liquid lipstick you're paying almost $20 and I'd much rather spend $20 on a lipstick that's of higher quality, like Anastasia or Stila. 


2. Illuminating Drops (Any Brand)




This is a beauty product I don't think I'll ever understand. They're drops you either use as a highlight or mix into your foundation to make your skin glow more, and as someone who only wears matte foundations to hide their oily skin, I just can't get behind this trend. I also feel like it's way too much work. If I was going for a more glowy look, I would prefer to use a dewy foundation or even add a little extra powder highlight. 

3. Tarte Clay Stick Foundation




I've heard Tarte makes some of the best foundations out right now and I would really like to try some from them, but this is not one of them. I just hate the idea of a stick foundation. 
I'm dealing with some breakouts at the moment, so I've been really focused on making sure my skin is clean and stick foundations just scream breakouts to me! Even though you're not rubbing the stick all over your face, you are applying it directly to your face and I just can't get down with that right now.

4. Colorful Highlighters (Any Brand)




I love the idea of makeup being an artistic outlet and I love all of the really creative, colorful, and artsy makeup looks I see all over social media. I also love playing around with different colors but as of right now, those super colorful and rainbow highlighters are not on my wish list. I just can't see myself spending money on a product I would barely wear. I love the trend, but I don't think it really goes with my day-to-day style at the moment.



These are a few of the makeup products I don't plan on buying! I really enjoyed putting together this Anti Haul. I just feel like it's so easy to get swept up in all of the hype surrounding new product releases but when you actually take the time to think about whether you truly want or need it, you can save yourself a ton of money. It's important to realize that just because a product is popular doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy it if it isn't something that you really want. 

What did you think of my Anti Haul? Are you planning on purchasing these products? What are some popular products you don't plan on buying? Leave me a comment letting me know!





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Saturday, June 3, 2017

| May Favorites |




May is over and it's June! It's so crazy how fast the year is going by! Since it's now June, the summer is right around the corner and I'm really excited for days at the beach and BBQs and everything else summer has to offer, I love the summer! 

June brings the summer, but it also brings around another Monthly Favorites post! In this post I'm going to share with you some of the products I've been loving this May. I've found a lot of new products that are now some of my all time favorites and even a few oldies that I forgot how much I loved! 


Here are my May Favorites!





Favorite Skin Product: Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

I'm so late to this trend, but I've finally gotten around to using a micellar water for removing makeup. I've been using this one by Garnier a lot this month and I love it. It removes makeup easily and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin! 

Favorite Face Product: Coola Daydream Mineral Primer

I received this primer in my May Birchbox and I'm totally in love with it! I'm picky when it comes to primers but this one works great. It doesn't make my skin feel greasy and it helps my makeup last all day!

Favorite Makeup Product: Rimmel London Brow This Way Brow Gel

I bought this brow gel a while ago and I actually forgot I had it. I've been using it these past few weeks and my brows have been looking so much better! It holds all of my brow hairs in place nicely and it honestly just completes my whole makeup look!

Favorite Hair Product: Beauty Protector Protect + Detangle Spray 

This is another product I received in my May Birchbox that I've been obsessed with this month. I just spray a little in my hair after I get out of the shower and not only does it detangle my hair, it also adds plenty of shine and volume! 

Favorite Body Product: White Rain Boutique Collection Daily Foot & Heel Cream

I actually got this foot cream from the dollar store and it works incredibly well! I've been putting this cream on my feet every night after I get out of the shower, putting socks on overnight, and in the morning I'm left with perfectly moisturized feet, no dry skin at all! This is especially great right now because it's sandal season. 

Songs I've had on repeat this month:

Bad Liar - Selena Gomez

& everything off of Harry Style's new album!


That's everything I've been loving this month! What are some of your May Favorites? Let me know in the comments!


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