Friday, February 27, 2015

The Best Drugstore BB Cream?

Happy FriYAY! I'm so happy it's the weekend. I'll be honest, today's post is just a plug for my last YouTube video. It's one from my Battle of the Drugstore Beauty Products series, which you all seem to love, so I figured I'd share it here too.  
If you're new to Battle of the Drugstore Beauty Products, I buy 5 of the same kind of product from the drugstore and try them out.  Then I come back to you, report my findings, and show you how they apply! I also giveaway one to you, you'd have to check it out on my YouTube channel for that info ;)

For a while I shared all my thoughts in writing for this series here on my blog, but people just seem to prefer to watch the video instead of read about it. So, I'm going to skip the written bit for this round (especially because it takes me a good hour or two to write, edit, and link that type of post.)

Let me know in the comments which BB cream you thought won the battle after watching the video!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gray on Gray


Outfit Details:

Sweater  //  Old Navy (similar)
*Coat  // Sheinside
Jeans  // Forever21
Boots  //  G.H. Bass & Co
*Necklace  // PopBasic
*Clutch  //  PopBasic

Gray on gray is pretty much the perfect way to sum up how I feel about the weather right now.  It's not the snow that bothers me. I quite like snow, it's pretty and as a teacher I never have to worry about trying to venture out in too much snow to go to work.  The cold, however, is another story.  30 degrees, I gotchu, but these negative temps are too much.  I think it's OK to start counting down to Spring now, yes?

Honestly, I'm never one to wear a lot of colors.  I have to remind myself to buy colors when I'm shopping otherwise I'd definitely own all black, gray and brown. I have a student who actually comments on my outfit if I'm wearing a color. It's the truth. But, it's even worse in the cold weather. Just put black and shades of gray on repeat for days and you'll know what I look like.  At least I spruce it up with a hot pink lip, right?

If you happen to live somewhere warm, just keep it to yourself.  If you're somewhere cold like me, let's all wallow in misery. Haha!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Confession Session


How about a little confession session to do the soul good? I've done this twice before and always have a grand old time with it.  You can see my last two here and here.

Alright, let's do this!

ONE  // My socks never match.  And I don't mean the cute kind of not matching with the same kind of sock but different colors. I mean that sometimes I'm wearing a short, white athletic sock on one foot and a calf-high, Christmas printed sock on the other underneath my boots and you'll never know. Winter makes me do some weird things.



TWO // I just wrote an entire confession here and then erased it because I'm afraid it will offend too many people. I'm not into hurting feelings, so I deleted it.

THREE  //  While we're on the topic of writing and deleting things, I write a lot of tweets that never get sent for the same reason as number three. The other day I was writing one about Hummers (like, the car), and I deleted it because I was afraid someone with a Hummer would read it and it would hurt their feelings.


FOUR // The other day I ran a red light. Totally on accident and I wasn't doing anything illegal like texting or talking on the phone. I was honestly just really into my lip synching sesh of Blank Space. I was so horrified after the fact that I pulled into the first parking lot and sat there for 5 minutes waiting for the cops to surround me.

FIVE  // It's been way too long since I've washed my makeup brushes.



SIX //  On Valentine's Day one of my students gave me a box of chocolates and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. I mean, it was only five chocolates, but still. Where's the self control?


SEVEN  //  Currently, one of my biggest fears is that one of my students will discover my blog or YouTube channel.  Not ready to cross that bridge yet.

EIGHT  // I wore Michael's deodorant three times last week because I couldn't find mine.


Alright friends, there you have it! I'll be sharing one more confession over on my instagram later this afternoon. How's that for a cliffhanger. No? Maybe not?

You know I wanna hear some of your confessions!! Tell me in the comments, it's Wednesday and we could all use a giggle!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BoxyCharm February 2015 Unboxing


Hey friends! Let's take a peek inside the February BoxyCharm*, shall we? I'm currently HOOKED on BoxyCharm,  for $21/month you get four full size products and at least one sample.  This month, obviously, had a Valentine's Day theme.


Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush – Full Size, $15
I'm already smitten with this brush.  It's the perfect small size, but is also very soft and dense, so it holds color well and is perfect for packing color into your crease or outer corner.


Mullein & Sparrow Facial Mask – Deluxe, $15
I've been wanting to try one of these powder clay masks so badly, so I was very excited when this was in my box! I've already used it twice (you can just add water or you can jazz it up and add some oils or other things.) I really enjoy it so far.


Mistura C-2-P Complexion Corrector – Full Size, $36.99
This concealer is so creamy, the only disappointment for me is it is WAY too dark for this fair-skinned lady.  I won't ever really get a chance to know if this is good or bad, because the color is just too dark.


ncLA Nail Laquer in Heart Attack – Full Size, $16
I was so pumped when I saw this, little hearts in a nail polish?! I loved it. Unfortunately, when I tried it I was lucky if I got one or two hearts on my nail, no matter how hard I tried to slop it on. I think it'd be fine if I just wanted to grab a single heart and strategically place it somewhere, but as a "glitter top coat," it doesn't cut it.


Jing Ai Velvet Shine Lip Jewel in Pink a Boo – Full Size, $22
Love this lip pencil.  The color is perfect, suitable for tons of people, and the formula is creamy and shiny.  I think I'll get a lot of wear out of this product.

Have you tried BoxyCharm?
What were your thoughts on this month's box?
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Monday, February 23, 2015

My Must-Have Winter Skincare Products



Oh boy, this cold weather has my skin like, "whoa!" And whoa as in the bad "whoa, whoa, whoa hold up!"way, not in the good, "whoa, girl look at that butt!" way.  You feel me?

This winter is the first winter I feel like I finally have a routine that can actually battle the cold and the dry, so I thought I'd share my winter skincare must haves with you!

1. Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub - This stuff is my boo right now! It has 3% glycolic acid to help buff away dead skin cells helping reduce my dry patches and keep my face fresh and rejuvenated.  If you struggle with dry patches I highly recommend this.

2. Tarte Maracuja Oil - It's a little miracle in a bottle.  I was using a sample and loved it so much I had to get the full size.  I add a few drops of this to my morning and night moisturizer to add instant hydration that lasts for hours.

3. Olay Brightening Cream Cleanser - This is my nighttime cleanser and one of the products in my routine that transitions from winter to summer. Just a great little cleanser with mico-exfoliants to get a deep down clean.

4. Olay Anti-aging Daily Moisturizer - This is one other product that transitions from my winter routine into summer.  I use it in the mornings because it's is quick absorbing and offers great hydration.

5.  Coconut Oil - I massage coconut oil into my face multiple times a week and then lightly pat off with a hot towel.  Coconut oil is a natural cleanser, had anti-bacterial properties, but also offers tons of hydration.

6. Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette - These are the perfect wipes for removing the day's makeup without irritating or drying out the skin.  Plus, these nighttime ones smell amazing!

7. Blistex Lip MEDEX - A lady's BFF in the winter. Not even the worst of chapped lips can stand up to this stuff (trust me, I have tried too many!)

8. Olay Night Recovery Cream - If you want a nighttime moisturizer that will give you mega hydration and leave your skin feeling hydrated into the next day, this stuff is worth a try.  I'm in love and so is my dry skin.

Curious on my routine for applying my skincare products? Check out the video!

What are your must-have winter skincare products?
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Coffee Moments (& coffee giveaway)


If you're a coffee drinker, you know coffee is more than just coffee. It's not always just about the caffeine and the prospect of energy to start the day.  Coffee is a moment and an experience. 

Looking back on all the memories in my life, they all have coffee in there somewhere. Late night coffees with Michael at a local diner while we planned big life plans, iced coffee with my best friend while we cruised down the highway on a summer day, coffees in the city with friends after a (seriously) wild night.  It was there after every family dinner growing up and is sometimes the only real form of communication after enduring hard tragedies.  Coffee is a way to experience new places too: iced coffees in Austin, TX, cafĂ© in Paris, cappuccinos in L.A., espressos in New York City, nitro cold brewed coffee on summer road trips (YES iced coffee on Nitro is a thing and it's AMAZING).


Five Star Coffee has tapped into that idea that coffee is about moments and created a line of coffee "collections." Five Star Coffee is dedicated to bringing you the "best-of-the-best" in coffee beans, and it shows in how delicious the coffee is. They are currently running the *Romantic Moments collection. The sample packs each feature 4 varieties and comes with conversation starters for couples.  I think this is such a unique idea as it really makes the coffee an "experience" with someone you love!  The packs cost $25 plus shipping.

Five Star Coffee is kind enough to offer a free Romantics Moments Gift Pack to one of you! Pop over to their Facebook page, like it, and write on their wall sharing your most treasured coffee cup moment for a chance to win a Free Romantic Moments Gift Pack with free shipping.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Daydreams of Summertime

Hey friends! Today I want to introduce you to Sarah from Daydreams of Summertime.  She's a fellow coffee snob and travel enthusiast.  Take a minute to get to know her, then pop over to her site and say "hi!"

1. Quickly introduce us to yourself and your blog:
Hello! My name is Sarah, I currently live in Yorkshire, England and I blog over at Daydreams of Summertime which is a lifestyle blog with a strong dose of travel thrown in for good measure! It is full of musings from my day to day adventures and I use it a way of documenting all of my happy memories!

2. You know I gotta ask, how do you take your coffee (or tea, or whatever)?
I enjoy a strong Flat White, I am very fussy about my coffee and it needs to be made with care and attention. I am also a bit of a tea fan, milk, one sugar please!


3. Your travel photos are ah-mazing! Share one of your favorite recent travel posts and tell us why you love it.
 I have recently just came back from holiday in Australia and I have shared quite a few posts about our trip! My favorite post would have to be this one about a little trip we took to the Hunter Valley which is a wine region north of Sydney. Both my boyfriend and I love this place for it's beauty (and the wine!), we had such a wonderful weekend there and this post just takes me right back there into all its beauty - the scenery is just so photogenic!

4. Ok, let's get serious, if you could own a food truck, what kind of food would you sell on it?
This is sooo hard because I pretty much love all food! I would have to go with pancakes! What with celebrating pancake last Tuesday I had forgotten just how yummy there are! They should definitely be eaten everyday!

5. What's your favorite thing about blogging, or best thing you've learned from it?
I absolutely love blogging and I couldn't imagine a life without it now. I think my favorite thing would have to be the connections I have made with people. I was pretty lonely before I started Daydreams of Summertime as I had just moved to a new town, but through blogging not only have I come across so many liked minded people online but I have been lucky enough to meet some of them in real life too, and now consider them really good friends which is just lovely.

Visit Sarah at Daydreams of Summertime
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