Backpack Essentials

Backpack Essentials

School is just around the corner! I start school on the 28th and it is my last semester of college. After having gone through all these years of college I have learned what is the most important to keep on you at all times. I’m not going to elaborate too much on everything because it’s pretty straight forward, but I show you what I like.

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  1. of course the most important is your school supplies. I have five-star notebooks and folders. Highlighters are great for when your teacher gives you hints to what might be on the test. The pencil bag I’m using is actually an Ipsy back from Halloween. Then inside that is just pens and pencils. pretty boring.
  2. Lip balm is so important! That little tube by the highlighters is the yes to coconut lip oil. I’ve really been enjoying this lip oil that is not greasy. Along with lip balm, you need hand sanitizer, lotion, deodorant.  I personally like the bath and body works hand sanitizers because they have so many different scents.
  3. Lens cleaning wipes are another great thing to have. You can use them to clean your glasses, phone, or computer.
  4. A portable charger is perfect if you are a commuter. I got this one for $5 at Target, which is a great deal.
  5. Having a planner has always been important to me. Some people don’t use planners and some do. It just really depends on the person. I’ve been enjoying the badass planner for this year.
  6. Last, but not least, is a laptop. I have a Chromebook which isn’t the best laptop but it was very affordable. This laptop does everything that I need it to do and that’s what matters.

 

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July Favorites| 2017

July Favorites| 2017

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Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser-  I told the lady at Sephora that I needed a new cleanser that wasn’t super expensive and she immediately ran over to this. The full-size bottle is $30 but I bought this travel size for $10. This cleanser has a gel consistency which I love and it warms up once you start rubbing it on your face. So far I am loving it and I think I am going to end up buying the full size. You can check it out here.

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara- This was an impulse buy in the Ulta check-out lane but I ended up loving it. It curls my lashes and keeps them curled throughout the day. This is $8 at Ulta.

NYX Duochromatic highlighters- I have the shades snow rose and twilight tint. Snow rose has a pinky shift and twilight tint has a blue shift. I have been wanting to try some funky colored highlighters and I have loved these. I think next I want to get the Kat Von D alchemist palette. If you want to check out these NYX highlighters you can click here.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Scrub- This smells so good! To me, it honestly smells like Coca-Cola. I also think this scrub has been helping my body acne. I bought this at Target.

Super Cola Candy- These are kind of like a warhead. They start off sour but then it’s a sweet cola candy. I have been eating these so much. I found them at world market.

Song of the month- Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

Show of the month- Handmaid’s tale

 

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Sephora and Ulta Birthday Gifts| 2017

Sephora and Ulta Birthday Gifts| 2017

Hello! I recently switched my posting to schedule to Sundays but yesterday was my birthday. I decided to just relax and post today instead. Since yesterday was my birthday I got my birthday goodies from Sephora and Ulta. For Ulta’s gifts, each quarter gets a different gift. For July, August, and September the gift is a NYX birthday palette. I heard a rumor that the last quarter also gets the palette but don’t take my word for it. I was really excited for this palette because I think this is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received from Ulta. The first two-quarters kind of got gypped. The first quarter got a sample size of the porefessional. Which is cool but I feel like everyone has received a sample of that at this point. The second quarter got a sample size mascara. With Sephora, everyone has the opportunity to receive the same gift. There’s a choice between a makeup gift and a skin care gift. I chose the makeup gift.

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The Sephora gift is a Tarte makeup set. I haven’t tried either of these products so I was really excited to try them out. The Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the shade paaarty. The Tarteist creamy matte lip paint is in the shade birthday suit. I love both of the shades and both of the products. The blush does actually last a long time and so does the lipstick. The lipstick is also very comfortable. Now onto the palette.

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For the most part, I really enjoy this palette. It has pretty good pigmentation. The lighter shades don’t show up that well. The blend-ability is good also. I like the shades that they chose and the green color is different than any other greens in my collection. I’m really excited to see what different looks I can create with this palette.

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Quad

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Quad

Hello, everybody! I hope you all are having a fabulous week so far! I’ve been on vacation this week so I’ve just been relaxing. The other day I took a trip to Sephora to get my birthday gift and picked up a few things as well. I picked up one of the Kat Von D eyeshadow quads because they’re only $22. They come in 3 colors: plum, rust, and sage. I just bought the warm neutrals palette from NYX and I have a couple green colors, so I decided to get plum. There aren’t really any purple shades in my collection so this is a good edition. I think eventually I would love to get the other two. These palettes are great for travel. You can get a couple of simple looks out of the palette.  Another thing I love is the packaging. Kat Von D always has great packaging. I’ll show you some pictures and give you my pros and cons on the palette.

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Pros:

-Pigmentation is great

-easy to blend

-can get a couple looks

-small packaging

-base color can be used as a blush

Cons:

– the two dark colors can sometimes look the same once blended out

-highlight shade doesn’t really show up on my skin tone that well

 

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask| Exfoliating and Refining

L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask| Exfoliating and Refining

Hi, Everybody! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Today I wanted to talk about a face mask that I have been enjoying. It is on of the L’Oreal pure-clay masks. I picked up the exfoliating and refining mask with red algae. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my skin has been on the dry side so I like the exfoliation. All the masks in this line are made with 3 different kinds of clay. It doesn’t really say anywhere what those clays are. I wish that they made it more obvious on the packaging somewhere of what the clays are. Each different mask is enhanced with something. The one I picked up is enhanced with red algae extract. They also have masks that are enhanced with charcoal and another one enhanced with eucalyptus. L’Oreal has only advertised these 3 in the line but I noticed on their website they have another one that’s blue. The blue one is enhanced with seaweed. I would like to get all of the masks in the line. Apparently, in the red one, the exfoliant is volcanic rock which is pretty cool.

L’Oreal Claims

-“addresses rough skin and deep clogged pores”

– “polished pore-minimized, smooth complexion”

-“refined and smooth skin”

-“imperfections are less visible”

What I’ve noticed

-love the packaging

-skin does look smooth and healthy

-does not help my acne or my pores

So I was a little disappointed that this didn’t do much in terms of cleaning out my pores. However, I do enjoy how healthy my skin looks after I use it. I definitely want to try the other masks and see how wells those work. To be honest I probably won’t buy this one again once it’s empty. I’m sure I can find a mask that makes my skin look and feel the same and also cleans out my pores. Let me know if you guys have had any experiences with these masks and what you feel. If you want to check out the line you can click here. Each mask is about $13. Thank you for hanging out with me and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Some Disappointing Products

Some Disappointing Products

Hello, everybody! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Yesterday was the 4th of July, which means we set off a lot of fireworks and ate a lot of food. It was a great day off from work but now it’s back to the real world. Anyway, I have some products that I’ve used that straight up disappointed me. 20170705_113921.jpg

Ulta Contour Trio- This was the very first thing that I bought when I decided to try contouring. The darkest shade isn’t too bad. The other two don’t have any pigmentation at all. I used it for a while until I got some better highlighters and contouring products. There’s actually a lot of Ulta brand products that I like but this is not one of them.

Ulta Lip Sugar Scrub- The sugar in this scrub is almost nonexistent. That’s all there really is to say about it. It didn’t scrub my lips at all.

E.L.F. Concealer Palette- The color correcting shades in this work really well. I realized that I don’t really like color correcting. It feels like an unnecessary step.The concealer shades are terrible. They don’t conceal all the well and feel heavy on the skin. I love E.L.F. but just not this palette.

Urban Decay Retractable Lipstick Brush- This brush came in the Vice Lipstick Palette. I love this palette and if you want to see my review on it, you can click here. The bristles on this brush completely fell off. I don’t know if it was the way I was cleaning it but I was kind of mad that it fell apart on me.

Pacifica Eyeshadow in Ethereal- I got this eyeshadow in an Ipsy package a very long time ago. It has no pigmentation. It disappears once it’s put on the lid. I’ve heard from other people that Pacifica’s makeup isn’t the best. I enjoy their skincare line though.

 

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June Favorites| 2017

June Favorites| 2017

Can you believe that it is already July?! Very soon I’ll be back in school for my last semester. I’ve been so relaxed with just having to work that I don’t want it to end. This month had a couple of exciting changes. I got bangs which I love. I pretty much had bangs all growing up and I wanted a hair change without going shorter. In the same week, I also got a Hamster. I have a female long haired Syrian hamster and her name is Zoidy. Zoidy is an unusual name that most people are confused by. Honestly, it’s because I wanted to name my hamster after Zoidberg from Futurama because I love that character. So I shortened it with just Zoidy. I love her so much and she’s just now getting comfortable with me holding her. She loves to explore and could probably spend hours in her ball if possible. I’m also going to be changing my Saturday posting day to Sunday because I rarely work Sundays. Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot but let’s talk about my favorites this month.

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Yes to Tomatoes Detox Charcoal Wipes- These wipes smell so good. They kind of smell like a light cologne. Also, the color of these wipes is black instead of the usual white. They aren’t the best probably if you have sensitive skin but I still love them. I got this at Target for $6.

L’Oreal Red Algae Pure-Clay Mask- I have been wanting to try these masks forever. This is the exfoliating and refining mask. I really like how soft my skin feels after I use it. My skin feels soft and looks healthy. I also got this at Target for $10.

NYX Ultimate Palette in Warm Neutrals- There aren’t a lot of warm colors in my makeup collection and I have been wanting some new shadows to play with. These eyeshadows are really easy to work with and really pigmented. I will for sure do a whole post for this soon. I just want to play around with it so far. I got this at Ulta for $18.

Favorite Show- American Dad. I know that is so random. I recently started it and it was so funny that I got hooked.

Favorite Song- Stay by Zedd and Alessia Cara. Please leave me music suggestions! I need some new stuff to listen to.

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