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April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Reviews {Monthly Subscription}

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Reviews {Monthly Subscription}

My favorite time of the month, April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is almost always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

This month’s bag is quite different from past bags, but I really like it. It’s probably just the film obsessed part of me that likes it so much. My mom gave her bag away as soon as she received it, haha. I’m not sure if I will use it as a bag or just decoration, but part of me really likes it.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

OFRA Cosmetics Rendezvous Blush

Blush is one of my favorite products to use so I always get a little excited when I receive a new one. This blush is a very natural tone and has a slight brown tone (the picture does not show true color). I normally go for more pink and red tones for blush, but I am excited to try something new. I’ve also never used this brand which is always very exciting. However, it is a very small size and comes without a compact, which is kind of annoying.

WHEN I TRIED IT

Like I said this is a very natural looking blush, but I really like it. This will be perfect for my minimal makeup days. It blends out very smoothly and lasts all day long.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

MintPear Vitamin C Serum

This product is very interesting to me and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It is a Vitamin C Serum that is supposed to “lighten, tighten, and brighten” your skin. The bottle is a very small size (like everything else in this month’s bag) but I should be able to get a decent amount of uses out of it. It doesn’t have a very strong smell, but the scent that it does have is not very good.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I used this every night for a week and was SO impressed with the results. Even the first morning I noticed a difference in the color of my face! I deal with redness in my face and this lighten the red color so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this product and continuing to use it to see if it will continue to improve my skin.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter

A BEAUTIFUL shadow AND highlighter from Elizabeth Mott. I am very excited for this product! It is also a small size, but as a shadow/highlighter it will last a long time. It is a gorgeous color, but it is a little more natural looking than most of my highlighters. However it will be GORGEOUS on the inner corner of my eyes! Overall I am happy and very excited about this product.

WHEN I TRIED IT

This product is SO GORGEOUS and lasts all day long! I absolutely love it and I hope it lasts me a long time! Elizabeth Mott never fails me.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner Brush Tip

I LOVE receiving new eyeliners because I have yet to find the “perfect” one. Trying different types of formula and applicators is always good because it helps me know what I like and don’t like. This liner has a very nice pigment and goes on easily. I am excited to give it a try to see how long it lasts on my oily eyelids!

WHEN I TRIED IT

It isn’t my favorite applicator for liquid eyeliner but the product is so nice. It lasts all day even on my oily eyelids! I’m going to play around with it a little more and hopefully I will start to like the brush tip more.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

I always enjoy trying new skin care products so I was pretty excited about this product. It is a very small size, once again, but I should be able to get a few uses from it.

WHEN I TRIED IT

After using this for a few days, I was neither impressed nor disappointed. It’s a decent face butter, but it doesn’t do anything extra special for me. If I had a bigger size and was able to use it for longer, maybe I would like it better.

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing Overall Review:

I wasn’t very impressed with my April Ipsy. All of the products are something new to me (which is awesome), but they are also all very small sizes. The bag is different, but I like it. Also most of the brands are new to me so that is great as well. I have nothing to really complain about, except the sizes of the products, but I also don’t have anything I am super excited about. It wasn’t a terrible bag, but it wasn’t great either.

Rating: 2/5

 

I would love to hear about what products you got in this month’s Ipsy and what you thought of it! Also let me know if you did a April 2017 Ipsy Unboxing!

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March 2017 Monthly Favorites

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

Time for my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! How in the world is it almost April already??  I seriously can’t even believe it, but I am SO ready for Spring and Summer! I made my Spring Wish List awhile back and just recently made my summer bucket list! Living in Wisconsin, I have been over winter since the day it started. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of winter and snow, but the cold can leave now. Plus I hate the transition period from winter to spring because EVERYTHING is muddy and wet. Yuck!

It’s okay though! March was a great month! I moved (almost done unpacking) and am finally feeling like I’m getting back into a good routine. Here’s to hoping April will be a good month! Make sure to start it off right with some AWESOME APRIL FOOLS PRANK IDEAS! I am SO excited for April Fools this year!

Sorry about the long intro, but NOW lets continue with my March 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my March 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my February Monthly Favorites as well!

 

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

YOUTUBERS

I’ve been watching A LOT of youtube lately because I realized how much creativity and inspiration it gives me. Something about watching youtube videos makes my creative side start going crazy and I love it! My favorite people who I’ve been watching this month are:

If you have been reading my monthly favorites for a while then you know that I have been loving Hayley Paige for such a long time. She is a new mom and also has a ton of recipes and fashion videos. She also has a blog that I LOVE! 

I discovered LaurDIY through MissRemiAshten and I have been loving her videos! As you can tell by her name, she has a ton of super awesome DIY videos. She also has a lot of life hacks and they are all super useful. Plus she has such an amazing personality!

LoveMeg is a mom of two, a SAHM with a firefighter husband, and such a genuine person! She has a ton of cleaning and organization videos, which I LOVE. Her videos are helpful and inspiring and I have been loving watching them.

I know, I know. I am so late with this one, but I recently started watching TheGabbieShow videos and I’m obsessed. She is so real in all of her videos and is hilarious!

APPS

  • Balloon Tower Defense Battles

A HUGE throwback to my childhood! I used to play the normal Bloon Tower Defense games on the computer all the time. I found the battle version on the app store and have been playing it way too much. Haha

  • AllRecipies

If you enjoy cooking or you just want ideas for meals then I highly recommend this app. It is like a pinterest just for recipes. You can save recipes to different boards to look back on later. It is so useful and I find myself on it all the time getting ideas for new meals.

  • Spending Tracker

I have a really hard time keeping a budget, but I’m getting better at it! This app is a life saver and is perfect for someone like me who struggles to stick to a budget. The app is super simple and you just add your income and expenses as they come. You can set up expenses at a future date and the app shows your current balance along with a breakdown of each category!

FOOD

  • Breakfast Foods

I have honestly just been loving breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and everything breakfast related. I’m not sure why, but I decided to make a post with my 3 favorite super quick, easy, AND healthy breakfast ideas!

  • Smoothies

I LOVE SMOOTHIES! enough said.

  • Soup

Soup is probably my favorite food. This month I made homemade chili, homemade potato soup, and homemade chicken dumpling. I love them all so much! I don’t make a lot of soups during the summer because that’s kind of weird in the hot months. So I decided to make them now while I have a good chance still.

So dramatic.

QUOTES

I have been reading and loving so many quotes this month! I have been feeling a little discouraged in life and quotes help me get refocused on my dreams and goals. I’d love to hear what your favorite quotes are!

  • “All our dreams will come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  – Walt Disney

Disney quotes are incredible and so encouraging! I made a post of my 10 favorite motivational Disney quotes! I love reading them when I am feeling defeated.

  • “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

I LOVE this quote SO MUCH! For all of the women reading, you are amazing (men you are amazing too, but I’m talking to the women right now). So women, you are amazing and powerful and are more than capable of following your dreams and succeeding beyond your expectations! If you want more inspiration, check out my Quotes for Queens!

  • “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

You can’t have goals and dreams and then barely do anything to reach them. It will take a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it! I have similar quotes on my Fitspirational post and they are especially perfect for those of you needing inspiration for a healthier life!

  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I read this quote the other day and I LOVE IT! Doing things outside of your comfort zone can be awkward and intimidating, but I promise that it will be totally worth it in the end! It will help you grow as a person and open your mind to new things!

CANDLE SCENTS

I know this is kind of a weird category to have, but I finally got my candles out of storage (and bought some new ones) after 2 months. I LOVE having candles all over the house so this month I have been going crazy with them. So I decided to add it as a category on my monthly favorites. Judge Me. I don’t care <3

  • Sweet Pea 

This is one of my all time favorite smell and it’s PERFECT for Spring! 

  • Fresh Linen

Yes I know this is weird. Clean laundry, fresh linen, you can’t tell me they don’t smell super good!

MAKEUP

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

I love this so much I made an entire post about it. It’s so worth checking out, so CLICK HERE quick!

TV SHOWS

  • Grey’s Anatomy

One of my favorite shows ever. Don’t recommend watching… SPOILER:

everyone dies.

  • Supernatural

Such a good show! My boyfriend and I started watching it and we are obsessed! He keeps watching it without me though…

  • The Voice

Loving this season so far! Happy Gwen is back, but I loved Miley too.

 

I hope you enjoyed my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of March as well!

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IPSY UNBOXING && REVIEW {MARCH 2017}

IPSY UNBOXING && REVIEW {MARCH 2017}

My favorite time of the month, March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is almost always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

This month’s bag is so adorable! It is a gorgeous rose gold color with a gold zipper and black detailing. The top folds over slightly giving it a super chic look!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

mPRINCESS PRESSED EYE SHADOW IN CHESTNUT

I always enjoy receiving new eye shadows so I can try out new looks regularly. This mPrincess eye shadow is super gorgeous. The chestnut color is a coppery brown shade and I love the shimmer that it gives off. The consistency is very creamy and it seems to blend well.

I would like to receive more colorful shadows in Ipsy that I can play around with more rather than just neutral colors. However, it is still nice to discover new brands and their formulas.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I decided to try out this eye shadow in my crease and I LOVE it! It blends so well and is such a beautiful color. The pigment is amazing and it lasted throughout the day (even on my oily lids)! Very happy with this product!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

BEAU GACHIS TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH

Every time I get a new brush from Ipsy, I get super excited. I love trying new brands of brushes without having to pay an outrageous price. This brush feels super soft yet a good firmness. I have high hopes.

WHEN I TRIED IT

As amazing as I had hoped it to be. It applied my eye shadow so nicely and it works so well for blending. I will definitely be using this brush often!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

AIR REPAIR SKINCARE COMPLEXION-BOOSTING MOISTURIZER

It is kind of a small amount at only .34 FL OZ, but besides that I am happy. I love having travel size moisturizers for nights away from home. I use them all the time and it’s so much easier than bringing my huge bottles. This one has a very ‘clean’ smell to it. I’m sure I will like it.

WHEN I TRIED IT

Regardless of the small size, I love the product! The moisturizer went on so smoothly and dried very quickly. I hate when I have to wait for my moisturizer to dry before applying makeup. It is a quite thick moisturizer, but I love how smooth it leaves my skin feeling and it doesn’t feel heavy once it is on my face. Overall loving this moisturizer!

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

MARC ANTHONY ALOE VERA & JASMINE OIL DEEP REPAIRING CONDITIONING TREATMENT

I always love getting a new conditioning treatment! Usually I use one twice a week so I am always looking for new ones that I love. I’m extra excited about this Marc Anthony one because it is a deep repair, it has aloe vera in it, and it has an amazing jasmine smell.

WHEN I TRIED IT

I LOVE how this left my hair feeling and smelling! After one use my hair feels so soft and strong. It smells absolutely amazing and I will definitely be using this again.

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Product Review

TARTE COSMETICS TARTEIST QUICK DRY MATTE LIP PAINT IN ROSE

YEEESSSS! I LOVE TARTE. If you know me then you know I get excited any time I get a Tarte product. I always end up loving them! (Just yesterday I reviewed the Tarte Maracuja Oil!) Plus I LOVE having small lippies to throw in my purse and for traveling!

WHEN I TRIED IT

I’m not entirely in love with this lippie, but I do like it. I LOVE the color! It is perfect for this time of year as we are transitioning from winter to spring. Also it dries very quickly, but doesn’t leave your lips feeling too dry. They do feel a little more dry than I like, but it’s hardly noticeable. It lasted a good amount of time before I had to reapply, but I would’ve liked it to last even longer.

Overall I like the lippie and will be using it, but I’m not sure if I will buy any other colors in this formula.

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing Overall Review:

I am super happy with my Ipsy this month! Generally there are 1 or 2 products I’m not too happy with, but I will be using all of the products and the bag is one of the cutest I have received so far (which is A LOT of bags).

 

I would love to hear about what products you got in this month’s Ipsy and what you thought of it! Also let me know if you did a March 2017 Ipsy Unboxing!

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Tarte Cosmetics Product Review: Maracuja Deluxe Oil

Tarte Cosmetics Product Review: Maracuja Deluxe Oil

I recently received the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil in an Ipsy bag. I talked about it a little bit in my December Ipsy Unboxing and again in my January Monthly Favorites. Since December, when I received the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil, I have fallen in love with this product and all the things it can do. I know that this product has been out for years, but I stayed away from it because oils and I don’t always get along. However, I am now kicking myself for not giving it a try sooner.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

I hope you read that disclaimer because I know the way I talk about this product makes it seem like it’s sponsored. So let me say it again for the people in the back… THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED all though I wish it was ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.


Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil {Product Review}

My First Thoughts:

Number one: “Oh my goodness, this packaging is adorable!” Seriously though I love the packaging it came in and the product bottle itself. Tarte always does such  good job so I wasn’t surprised.

Next thought was a little less positive. I am not always a huge fan of new oils, especially for my face, because I tend to have pretty oily skin. However, this product is NOT just for your face (I love it on my face anyways though).

Overall I was very excited to try this, but little did I know how much I would LOVE this product.

Full Product Review:

Tarte you did a really good job with this product! At first I only used it on my hands and face. I loved it! It left my face and hands feeling soft and looking so smooth and dewy, but not shiny at all. I didn’t really like the smell that much, but the results are so worth it!

After a little while I began mixing it with my foundation and OH MY GOODNESS, this is AMAZING! I love the glow that this mixture creates on my skin, it is gorgeous. Plus my face doesn’t get too dry or oily throughout the day.

The next use is for your hair. Similar to any other oil, you rub a little bit (2-3 drops) into the ends of your hair. I use an oil in my hair everyday to help with dry and split ends. This maracuja oil worked really well, but left my hair feeling a little more greasy than I wanted. I use it at night if I know I will be taking a shower in the morning. I still really love it!

Now if you didn’t think all of that was enough then this incredible oil can also be used to soften your cuticles.

Will I Repurchase?

I looked at Tarte to find the price and it is $48 for a 1.7 oz. bottle. This bottle would literally last me over a year. I also saw that it is on sale at Ulta right now for $25 so I ordered myself one for when mine runs out. I’m not sure how long the sale lasts.

So this means that Yes I will repurchase because I already did.

Overall Rating:

4.3/5

It would be higher if it smelt good and if it didn’t make my hair so oily. Otherwise I love the product!

 

If you’ve tried the Tarte Maracuja Deluxe Oil, let me know what you thought! If you swear by a different oil, let me know what it is and why you love it!

Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Deluxe Oil

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This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

Tags are some of my favorite posts to read! So I am doing the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition! I would love to see all of your choices so I tag all of you! Let me know which ones you choose and if you would like me to do anymore “This or That Tag”s!

→ Makeup

Blush or Bronzer

If you’d ask me a year ago I would’ve easily said blush. Now it’s definitely bronzer!

Lipgloss or Lipstick

Again I would have said lipgloss about a year ago. Now I definitely have to say lipstick!

Eyeliner or Mascara

MASCARA. No competition.

Foundation or Concealer

If I had to pick one it would be foundation, but they are the perfect duo!

Neutral or Color Eye shadow

I love me some color eye shadow, but I wear neutrals way more often!

Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows

Pressed. Always pressed.

Brushes or Sponges

I love both! It just depends on what I am applying.

→ Nails

O.P.I or China Glaze

China Glaze

Long or Short

I prefer short over long, but a medium length is my ideal.

Acrylic or Natural

Natural! I also have been loving gel though!

Bright or Dark

Depends on the season

Flower or No Flower

No flower for me.

→ Body

Perfume or Body Splash

Perfume

Lotion or Body Butter

Lotion unless my skin is really dry, then body butter.

Body Wash or Soap

Body Wash!

LUSH or Other Bath Company

I LOVE LUSH, but Bath and Body Works still remains my favorite.

→ Fashion

Jeans or Sweat pants

Leggings.

Long Sleeve or Short

Once again it depends on the season.

Dresses or Skirts

I tend to wear dresses more often, but I love both.

Stripes or Plaid

Plaid

Flip flops or Sandals

Sandals!

Scarves or Hats

I love hats, but I wear scarves more.

Studs or Dangle Earrings

Studs on a daily basis

Necklaces or Bracelets

I love both, but wear necklaces more often.

Heels or Flats

Depends on the outfit. I wear flats more, but love my heels!

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots

Riding Boots!

Jacket or Hoodie

Hoodies are more comfortable, but jackets are more stylish.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe

Love them both. Love Charlotte Russe more.

→ Hair

Curly or Straight

Curly

Bun or Ponytail

Bun

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips

Definitely bobby pins

Hair spray or Gel

Hair spray for sure

Long or Short

Longgggggg

Light or Dark

I prefer dark on myself

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs

Side sweep if any, for myself.

Up or Down

Down!

→ Random

Rain or Shine

I LOVE rain!

Summer or Winter

Summer. I hate the cold.

Fall or Spring

Fall is by far my favorite season!

Chocolate or Vanilla

I’m a chocolate kind of girl!

East coast or West coast

Never been to either, but I always dream of the west coast!

Leave some of your answers in the comments below OR if you do the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition, leave the link down below!

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Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

I know February is a short month, but it still went by really fast! It was a great month, but I am ready for Spring! I just made my Spring Wish List because this weather is amazing! I know we still have some winter left, but I’m sooo over it. So here we are, my February 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my February 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my January 2017 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

I didn’t branch out with my use of different makeup very much this month. I’ve been really busy and just haven’t had the time to experiment. However, I have been LOVING two products that I got from my January Ipsy!

Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer: My favorite primer to this day! It has an amazing consistency that feels light and hydrating. It absorbs into my skin quickly and does an incredible job keeping my makeup in place all day long. I also tried it as an eye primer, which failed, but it’s a great face primer. Highly recommend!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer: The only thing I’m sad about with this product is that I only got a sample size and it’s almost gone. I’ve been savoring it, but I think I am going to have to get a full size. I struggle with dark circles and this stuff makes my under eyes look so awake and bright!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I didn’t spend as much time this month watching Youtube because like I said, I had a very busy month. However, when I had time I was obsessing over these three a lot in February!

Zoella: I’ve loved her from the first video of her’s I saw. She is so genuine and comes off as a huge sweetheart. She is hilarious and very entertaining to watch. Her and Alfie are the cutest and I love their content! The one complaint I have is that her videos are always so long. Some people love that, but I always have so many videos that I want to watch. So I don’t want to spend a half an hour on one video, but its worth it for Zoella

PointlessBlogVlogs: Alfie’s vlogging ability is SO GOOD! He is hilarious, inspiring, and always honest with his viewers. I’ve also been loving his game challenge because him and Zoella are currently playing Sims together!

Hayley Paige: This isn’t anything new. I have been loving Hayley Paige on youtube and her blog. She is a new mom and makes really honest and cute videos! Her and her husband are so amazing and inspiring.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

MyFitnessPal: This is a calorie counter/exercise tracker. You enter how much water you’ve drank, what you eat for each meal/snack, and any exercise you do through out the day. I’ve used this app in the past multiple times and I love it every time, but I can never stick to it. It always makes me more aware of what I am putting into my body on a daily basis, which I love!

AllRecipes: I recently discovered this app and fell in love! It is like a Pinterest just for recipes! You can even enter what ingredients you have and it will find you recipe options. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes to cook/bake.

Pokemon Go: They just released Gen 2 so of course I have been playing a lot! It’s still too cold to go for walks while I play, but I am looking forward to that day.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

I haven’t been loving any specific recipes this month because once again (last time I swear) I haven’t had a lot of extra time so I haven’t been cooking much. With that said, I have been loving oatmeal, yogurt parfait, and fruit of all kinds. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, and kiwis! YUM!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

SO MANY GOOD TV SHOWS ARE BACK ON!

The 100: Obsessed since I’ve seen the first episode. The season this year so far isn’t the best, but I have high hopes! I love the story, characters, everything. Seriously go watch this show.

Scandal: I started watching Scandal my senior year of high school. I’m currently behind a season because last year I had a class Thursday nights and I just didn’t keep up with it. Now my mom is watching it so I’m trying to catch up right now. If you are interested in politics or government at all then you will love this show. Olivia Pope is a badass!

Grey’s Anatomy: This show is everything. I started binge watching my freshman year of college and I finished all of the seasons way too fast. Most of my favorite characters are no longer on the show, but I still love it. The characters are amazing and there is always something huge happening!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Movies

Finding Dory: I finally saw this movie (because it’s on Netflix already!) and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Finding Nemo was one of my favorites so I had high expectations for Finding Dory. Pixar did a fantastic job.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

No matter how serious life gets, you will constantly need those people you can be completely stupid with.

If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.

 

Let me know what you have been loving for the month of February 2017!

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My 2017 Spring Wish List

My 2017 Spring Wish List

Never did I think that my 2017 Spring Wish List would be on my mind in February?!?! Living in Wisconsin, we NEVER get this nice of weather this early in the year! Granted it is supposed to cool down again and some more snow is expected, but I have hope for a shorter winter! I’m so ready to bring out my bright colors again, but this mud can go away anytime.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and it does not contain any affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

For the Spring Time I love all things tiffany blue, light pink, and floral! I love off the shoulder tops and open shoulder tops. Bright pants are a must, but neutral pants are too. Sandals are my best friend in the spring along with some ankle booties.

Forever 21, PacSun, and OldNavy are a few of my favorite stores for spring time clothing and accessories!

My 2017 Spring Wish List: Full Outfits

2017 Spring Wish List 1

I love everything about this dress. The gorgeous floral print, the adorable shoulder cut outs, and the perfect length!

I have a ton of full Spring outfit ideas and inspiration on my Spring Fashion Pinterest Board!

My 2017 Spring Wish List: Tops

My 2017 Spring Wish List 2

Mascara & Coffee, the two necessities in life. <3

My 2017 Spring Wish List 4

I love the cute sleeves and the beautiful color of this shirt. Perfect for Spring!

My 2017 Spring Wish List 3

Again this color is so beautiful! && you can never go wrong with a cute hoodie.

My 2017 Spring Wish List 6

This color is more for the fall time, but I love it so much. Plus the cute “I Don’t Care” is perfect.

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My 2017 Spring Wish List: Bottoms

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My 2017 Spring Wish List: Accessories 

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My 2017 Spring Wish List: Shoes

2017 Spring Wish List

2017 Spring Wish List

Along with this Wish List, I am also wanting a pair of white converse, nude pumps, a light-colored blazer, tops with 3/4 length sleeves, and anything tiffany blue colored!

What items do you have on your Spring Wish List?

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Winter Health && Beauty Tips: My Top 5

Winter Health && Beauty Tips: My Top 5

Winter time takes a huge toll on our mental and physical health! I came up with my top 5 winter health and beauty tips that I use to survive and thrive during the long winter months.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #1: Moisturizers are your Best Friend

Seriously use lotion on everything, every.single.day! Due to the dry winter air, your skin and hair will be dryer than normal. Moisturize your legs, face, arms, hands, lips, hair, feet, and anything else you can!

My Favorite Products to Use:

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #2: Sore throats? Natural Remedies!

Sore throats are so common in the winter time and they are so annoying. However, there are so many different foods to eat to help soothe and make your sore throat, well, not sore. In addition to fixing your sore throat, they are all very healthy for you to eat anyways. It’s really a win-win!

  • Tea (Lemon is my favorite)
  • Honey (put it in your tea)
  • Ice Cream (as if we need an excuse to eat some)
  • Bananas! (You should eat these everyday no matter what)
  • Cooked Carrots (I don’t like my carrots cooked, but this really does work)
  • Cooked Cabbage (I know it doesn’t taste the best, but it is worth it)

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #3: Watch your water!

  • First of all ALWAYS: Hydrate! I’m sure you hear this all the time, but it’s for a good reason! Water does miracles for your hair, skin, health, and body. Just drink it, all day long! Get yourself a good water bottle (my favorite) and take it with you everywhere!
  • Avoid hot water on your skin and hair! I literally suck at this and I always will. I LOVE steaming hot showers and I’m not giving them up. As a result, I have dry hair and skin. However, I try to end my shower with cold water, for a short time. If you can, avoid hot water. It dries out your skin and hair which we definitely don’t want!

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #4: Stay social and active!

Once again, I suck at this one in the winter time. It’s cold out and I just want to stay inside with my robe and slippers where it is cozy and warm. Don’t do this though. You need to continue to do activities with friends and family so you don’t fall into a slump. It is very common in Winter and sometimes uncontrollable, but planning weekly activities is a great way to try to avoid the winter blues.

  • Plan a girls/guys night
  • Go out for coffee or a meal with friends
  • Join a weekly activity in your community
  • Volunteer your time
  • Meet up with a friend once a week to try to learn a new hobby
  • Have dinner at your (parents, grandparents, friends, etc.) house once a week

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #5: Set weekly or daily goals

Finally, the last of my winter health and beauty tips. I recently started doing this one and it makes a huge difference on my overall mental health! Having a goal that you are working towards daily and weekly helps you stay motivated and stay on task. It helps my mind feel less distracted and stressed. Instead of thinking about every little thing that I need to do, I write it all down, and focus on my overall goal of the day and week. I also have larger goals for the month, year, and next 5 years. These goals may change and that’s okay! Most of all just make sure you are working towards something bigger, one day at a time!

 

What tips do you have for surviving and thriving in the Winter Time? I love trying new winter health and beauty tips! Also let me know if you try out any of the above tips and what you thought!

Winter Health and Beauty Tips

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Ipsy Unboxing && Review {January 2017}

Ipsy Unboxing && Review {January 2017}

My favorite time of the month, January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is almost always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

*Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing and Review

I really like this month’s bag. I saw that so many people didn’t, but I think it is adorable and I LOVEEE the color! The material, I must admit, is quite weird and easily unlikable. It just doesn’t bother me that much and the cuteness makes up for it. I will be using this bag!

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing 2

I received a beautiful blush from Mannakadar Beauty. It is a gorgeous pink/red color. I normally wouldn’t go for a color this dark, but I was very excited to give it a try!

When I Tried It:

First off, it may just be me, but I had a really hard time opening this packaging! Once I finally did, it has a very smooth consistency and was super easy to blend. The color isn’t my favorite, but it lasts all day. I’m excited to step out of my comfort zone and use this more often.

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing 3

Next in my January 2017 Ipsy bag, I pulled out a Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask and Exfoliant by Pur-lisse! I am always excited to try a new skin product especially face masks! I use them really often so having a big variety is super nice!

When I Tried It:

 I didn’t have a chance to try this yet, but plan to soon. Check back soon to see my thoughts!

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing 4

I received the “Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer” by IT Cosmetics in the shade light. I was really excited when I pulled this out of the bag. I love IT Cosmetics and always love a new concealer! It was a pretty small size, but I will get a good amount of uses out of it.

When I Tried It: 

Sadly I’m very disappointed with this product. It is extremely sticky and quite hard to blend. There is barely any coverage and it isn’t very easy to build. I do however LOVE the color. It is very illuminating and gorgeous! I plan to use it as a natural looking highlighter rather than a concealer.

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing 5

When I pulled the next item out of the bag I for sure thought it was an eye shadow. It is actually a bronzer by the Balm Cosmetics in the shade Bahama Mama. I love this color and may end up using it as an eye shadow anyways! I’m not a huge bronzer user, but it is also hard to find a shade I love so I’m excited to give this product a try.

When I Tried It:

 I love the color and it is so easy to blend! I used it on both my eyes and as a bronzer. It worked great for both! Very happy with this product!

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing 6

Lately I have been obsessed with finding better face products to use. I received a face primer by Temptu and am so excited to try it out! I have pretty oily skin so finding the perfect primer is a struggle for me.

When I Tried It:

I love it! It smells amazing and it goes on feeling very light. It lasts throughout the day and keeps everything from sliding around! It didn’t quite work as an eye primer for me, but that’s not what its made for anyways. I will definitely be using and possibly repurchasing this item!

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Overall I was very happy with this month’s Ipsy bag! I felt like the products were all pretty small compared to usual. However, I like the majority of the products and will be using most! I’ve definitely had better months, but I’ve also had worse!

 

Let me know if you did a January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing or what products you got  and your thoughts on them!

 

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Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my January 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my December 2016 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

Banana Setting Powder by Bella Pierre: I received this powder a few months ago in Ipsy and I love it! It is by far my favorite powder ever and I need to start searching for ones that are similar. It does everything I want and more. I wasn’t sure if I would like the loose powder, but I definitely do!

Mini Highlight Stick by Trestique: This is the perfect highlighter if you’re looking for a more natural look. I wear it on a daily basis to work and love it. It has such a beautiful glow, but isn’t anything too dramatic.

The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline: I have a love/hate with this mascara. I love it when I first apply it and you can easily add more coats. However, it does not last very long at all. I am reapplying it multiple times throughout the day and have been getting irritated lately. I’m just not sure if it is worth it, but for the month of January it has been my go to everyday!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

I haven’t been watching very much tv this month (which is weird for me). But a ton of my favorites are staring up within the next few weeks and I am so excited!

Troll Hunters: I discovered this show on Netflix and I am so sad that there is only one season! It is an animated children’s show, but I really enjoy it. I normally put it on at night before I go to sleep.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: This has been a favorite for awhile. I used to watch it all the time then took a break. Now I guess I’m back to watching it all the time again. I hated it at first, but now I’m obsessed. Highly recommend you give it a chance with an open mind!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

Sadly there has been a lot going on this month and I wasn’t able to cook very often. I hope that will change in February!

Yogurt: This one is simple, but has been such a life saver! I love yogurt and its perfect for a quick breakfast or even for one on the go! Plus its healthy and delicious! Strawberry is by far my favorite flavor!

Chicken Alfredo: I think I finally found a recipe that I love!! Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorites so I have tried many different variations before I found my favorite! Let me know if you would like me to do a post on my favorite recipe for it!

Sunflower Seeds: I have been addicted to these again this month! My boyfriend and I eat them instead of popcorn or chips. Its a little bit of a healthier option. But we end up eating so many at a time haha! Personally I just like the normal salted kind.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

NPR Politics: This has been my favorite podcast for over a year now and has helped me keep up-to-date on all of the crazy things happening in politics. I highly recommend it and I listen to it all the time!

CodeSwitch: This podcast is also made by NPR and it is so amazing! It is so eye opening and informing and I wish I would have found it sooner. I recommend it to everyone especially if you are interested in learning more about race and identity!

Stuff Mom Never Told You: This podcast always entertains me and teaches me something new! I wish I would’ve found this wayyyy earlier, but glad I did now! It is the perfect podcast for feminists or really anyone interested in gender today in America. They have podcasts on so many topics surrounding women. Plus the two women who make it are hilarious, intelligent, and honest!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

Hayley Paige: I have been obsessed with Hayley Paige since I discovered her in November. Her videos are so genuine and I absolutely love it. She recently had her first child so many of her videos have been about pregnancy and newborns. I’m not planning on having children anytime soon, but I still enjoy her videos and I’m not entirely sure why. Highly recommend her!

Sarah Nourse: Sarah is an American who now lives in Berlin with her Swedish (this could be wrong) husband. They are living a minimal lifestyle and are the most positive and inspiring people I have found on youtube. Their challenge is all about going for your dreams and your goals no matter what! It motivates me every time I watch one of their videos!

LoveMeg: LoveMeg is a mom of two living in the south. She seems like such a sweetheart and she is literal #momgoals! She has a lot of cleaning and organization videos and I am obsessed!

Julien Solomita: I discovered Julien through Jenna Marbles awhile ago, but just started recently watching him often. He is a EXCELLENT vlogger and I typically don’t follow just vloggers. He is hilarious and has AMAZING skills when it comes to filmmaking. #filmmakinggoals

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I received this in my December 2016 Ipsy and I have loved it ever since! It has a bit of a weird smell so I use it at night before I go to bed. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth. I barely use any each time so it will last me quite awhile, but I will be sad when it is gone. It may have to be one I repurchase.

The Perfect Lip Scrub: I wrote an entire post on this super easy DIY lip scrub and you need it in your life! It’s perfect during the winter when the air is so dry (at least where I live). It leaves your lips feeling so smooth and soft! Just do it!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

Duolingo: This has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile and will continue to be. It allows me to keep myself practicing Spanish when I’m not taking a class for it. Highly recommend it as a supplement to learning a language!

All Recipies: This app is so amazing and I didn’t realize it existed. You are able to save recipes and it has been a lifesaver. When I don’t know what to make I just scroll through some of my favorite recipes on there!

Bloglovin’: Why didn’t someone tell me about Bloglovin’ sooner?!? I am constantly on this app reading new posts and discovering new bloggers!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do”     This quote helped me a ton this past month. I have so many amazing plans for later in the year, but right now I have to continue hustling in order to make them possible.

Earlier in the month I posted “17 Quotes to Help you Start your Day” and here are a few of my favorite out of those!

“Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.”

“All things are possible with coffee and mascara.”

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.”

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

Daily Dose of Darling: Also known as Hayley Paige Blogs. Her content is so useful and relatable. She is so talented at what she does and is such a genuine person (from what I can tell).

Amy Lynn Andrews: I just recently discovered her and have already learned so much! She has so many posts on blogging and social media. She has a ton of experience and some amazing advice. I barely know her and already have so much trust in her opinion!

Believe in a Budget: Her name says everything you need to know. If you want tips on budgeting and all things money, follow her blog!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Video Games

Skyrim: This game is so addicting! I normally don’t have time to play, but this month I have been putting aside time for it (maybe a little too much). Honestly I could play this game all day long.

Clash of Clans: I played this game a lot over the summer and then didn’t play for months. I started playing again a few weeks ago and have been addicted again. I play it for a little bit everyday and I have a ton of friends play too which makes it 10x better. (BTW its an app!)

 

I’d love to hear what some of your January 2017 Monthly Favorites are!

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Beating the Dry Winter Air: DIY Lip Scrub

Beating the Dry Winter Air: DIY Lip Scrub

I personally live where the winter air is very very dry right now and this easy and cheap DIY lip scrub has been a life saver (or a lip saver). My lips become chapped so quickly no matter how much chap stick I use. I have used a few different lip scrubs in the past, but none of them compare to this easy and cheap homemade lip scrub. You can make it any flavor or color so it is perfect for gifts too! I’d love to know if you give this a try and what you thought!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

Ingredients You Need for a DIY Lip Scrub

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Vanilla Extract (Optional)
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Small Jar or Container
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil (Optional)

The vanilla extract is for flavor so you do not need to add this. You can also use different kinds of extracts to get different flavors.

DIY Lip Scrub food coloring

The food coloring is only to make our DIY lip scrub prettier, but it is not necessary. I used neon food coloring and was a little disappointed with the end colors.

I have been loving Tarte Maracuja Oil that I received in my December Ispy and I talk all about it in my January Favorites! You can add your favorite oil as well, I just suggest using a little less olive oil if you do. In the end there should be a total of 1/2 Tsp oil.

DIY Lip Scrub Instructions

First of all you just add all of your ingredients together, stir really well, and place the final result in your jar or container.

Rub the scrub onto your clean, dry lips for about 30 seconds.

Finally you can rinse your lips off and you’re done! In addition to the DIY Lip Scrub, wearing chap stick after and throughout the day will help keep your lips smooth!

 

*Other good ingredients to use in addition or in replacement are brown sugar, honey, or coconut oil.

 

I do this DIY lip scrub about 2-3 times a week depending on how dry my lips are. What are your tips to getting rid of dry lips?

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Ipsy Unboxing & Review {December 2016}

My favorite time of the month, December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing! For those of you who have never heard of Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription. It costs $10 per month and in return you receive a makeup bag with 4-5 samples. I love it and it is always worth the $10! When you sign up they have you take a little quiz to give you products that you will like. Then each month you can review everything you’ve received so they can adjust what they send you. I highly recommend this monthly subscription!

Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own.

 

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing

 

I absolutely love this month’s bag! It is a deep pink/red color that is so perfect for the holidays. It also has a very smooth fuzzy feeling that I love. Attached is a shiny pink handle that makes the bag look so nice. Definitely one of my favorite bags from Ipsy!

 

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing 2

 

The first thing I pulled out of the bag was this Mad Lash black mascara. I love having lots of small mascaras to keep in my purse. I also enjoy trying different types of mascara so I know exactly what I like and don’t like. The wand is very long with a slight curve. It has a lot of bristles, but they are kind of short which worried me.

When I tried it:

At first I loved it a lot! It made my lashes look longer and very dark, which I love. And it lasted all day! The second day I was running late for work and just wanted to put mascara on real quick. I’m not sure if I applied it wrong or what, but my lashes were so clumpy! I decided to try one more day and on my third day it worked great again… I want to continue to use it because when it works, it works great!

 

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing 3

 

The next thing in my bag was this pink beauty sponge from mint pear. I have never heard of them, but I love discovering new brands. The sponge feels very soft and squishy so I had high hopes for it!

When I tried it:

I really loved this sponge! It is not as good as the beauty blender, but I was very happy with it. While running water over the sponge it got bigger, but remained soft and squishy. It applied my foundation really well. I plan on looking into repurchasing this depending on the price!

 

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing 4

 

Next I pulled out a snow cream moisturizer from Symphony Beauty. Again I have never heard of this brand, but I love new skin products. It is a very small size and I will only be able to get a few uses from it, but this will be nice to just throw in my purse.

When I tried it: 

This moisturizer made my skin feel so soft! It dried really quickly which I love and it barely had a scent. It is a small size so I plan on keeping it in my purse because I am always needing lotion in this cold, dry winter weather.

 

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing 6

December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing 5

 

This item is what I was most excited for in this bag. Maracuja oil from Tarte! It is oil for your hands, face and, neck. The oil can also be used for your cuticles or split ends. The packaging is absolutely adorable and I am excited to try it!

When I tried it:

So excited to continue using this oil. It made my skin feel really smooth and did such a good job at moisturizing it! I did not like the smell of it, but it wasn’t strong at all. It also dried really quickly so that’s a huge plus.

 

 

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The last thing in this month’s bag is an eye shadow in the shade melting maple from M Princess. It is a beautiful gold sparkly color. I normally don’t like powdered eye shadows as much as pressed ones.

When I tried it:

The color is so beautiful and pigmented! I’m not sure how often I will reach for it just because it is a powdered eye shadow. However, it lasted all day (even on my oily eyelids) and barely transferred at all!

 

Let me know what you thought of the products you received in this month’s Ipsy bag! Also if you did a December 2016 Ipsy Unboxing, send me the link!

 

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Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. I will talk about my December 2016 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Music

This month I’ve pretty much been exclusively listening to Christmas music.

  • Glee Christmas
  • Pentatonix (My all time favorite for Christmas Music) https://www.youtube.com/user/PTXofficial
  • Any Christmas Movie tunes

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I love discovering new youtubers and in December I found several that I have since become obsessed with!

  • Hayley Paige – She is a beauty/fashion blogger and youtuber and is also a new mom! Her videos are so genuine and she is so enjoyable to watch!
  • Kayln Nicholson – She is also a beauty/fashion/lifestyle youtuber. She is a vegan and lives a very healthy lifestyle and almost always has such a positive outlook on life. She is literal goals and I love all of her videos!
  • MissRemiAshten – Remi is a lifestyle youtuber living in LA and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover her channel. She is hilarious and such a sweetheart. Her vlogs are especially something I love watching!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

December was an extremely busy month for me so I didn’t spend very much time reading blogs. However Hayley Paige has a blog and I have been obsessed with it!

  • www.dailydoseofdarling.com This blog is created by Hayley Paige and I love reading her posts. The aesthetic of her website is so feminine and calming! She usually has posts about fashion and beauty, but as a recent new mom she now has many posts surrounding little Annabelle as well. I highly recommend checking out her blog!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Apps

I am always looking for new apps to entertain me or make my life easier! Besides the obvious (social media) here are my favorite new apps that I discovered in December!

  • Amateur Surgeon 4 – This game is hilarious and fun! Its kind of like a strategy game, but doesn’t involve very much thinking. The games are short so it doesn’t require a lot of time commitment. It also isn’t a game that expects you to log on multiple times a day (I try to avoid those as they tend to take over my life).
  • Duolingo – I started learning Spanish through college and Duolingo has been such a huge help! It gives me extra practice and I am able to compete with my friends as well. They have a ton of different languages on there! I don’t recommend it by itself to learn a language, but it is a great additional tool.
  • Quizlet – This is a site where you can create flashcards! It has been a huge help to me through out college and I recommend it to everyone in school. They also have an app so you can practice on the go while you have a little downtime.
  • Pocket Points – I also recommend this app to everyone in college! While you are in class, turn this app on, and lock your phone. You earn points for being off of your phone during class time. You can then use the points to get huge discounts at select stores (online and local) and sometimes even free products!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Makeup Products

  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser – I have been loving this affordable primer from Maybelline! I have mainly oily skin and large pores and this does such a good job!
  • Naked Palette – A little bit of a throwback, but I have been using this palette on a daily basis this month! Loving the colors!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

  • Cetaphil Lotion – This lotion is so affordable and does such a great job. I used to use it and stopped for a while. Started using it again recently and I don’t know why I ever stopped!
  • Not Your Mother’s Leave in Conditioner – I have tried to many leave in conditioners and this is my favorite so far! It leaves my hair feeling so soft and smells amazing!
  • Organix Moroccan Oil – This oil is inexpensive and lasts forever! It has done absolute wonders for my hair and split ends, especially during the dry winter!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Food/Drinks

  • Egg, Ham, and Cheese on Toast – This has been a go to for me in the morning. Easy, quick, and pretty healthy!
  • Homemade Chili – I love soup and homemade chili is perfect in the winter time! I found a recipe I love, let me know if you would like me to share it with you!
  • Easy Berry Smoothie (Recipe coming soon) – I LOVE smoothies, especially if they are cheap and easy to make. I often don’t have time for breakfast so this is perfect for on the go!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

  • “Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!” – This quote has been one of my favorites for the last couple years, but it continued to pop up in my mind a lot during December while I made some tough decisions. I try to live by this quote everyday!
  • Matthew 6:34 ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – I made a lot of life changing decisions this month and many caused a lot of unknown for my future. When I read this verse, it makes me feel so much better.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

  • NPR Politics – NPR helped me stay sane through out this crazy election. They kept me informed on all of the new things happening and they were easy and fun to listen to. HIGHLY recommend them!
  • Grownups read things they wrote as kids – This is the funniest podcast I have found so far! Constantly laughing out loud while I listen to this.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows & Movies

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – This show was hard for me to watch at first, but now I love it. It is weird and sometimes insulting, but I like watching it when I want a laugh.
  • Gilmore Girls – I finally started watching this series and I’m obsessed! It’s the perfect show to have on in the background while I do a little work.
  • Once Upon A Time – This show is so good! It’s definitely one that you need to pay attention to so I only put it on when I’m not doing anything else. I love it!

What were some of your December 2016 Monthly Favorites?

 

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