5.31.2015

Days 145-151 ♥ 365 Challenge

Day 145: A sneak peak at my May Happy Mail, which I still haven't posted for some reason. It will be up later this week (probably tomorrow)!

Day 146: Mid-day work snack. These cookies are so soft and chewy!

Day 147: Lucy being sleepy and cute. She sleeps on her back with her paws up and whenever I get close to her when she's still in sleep mode she opens her legs and wants me to scratch her belly. Too cute!

Day 148: Lucy kissing/eating Lady.....she tore Lady's nose off and now I have to buy a new one! ╥﹏╥

Day 149: Coffee and cupcakes. I made my first cupcakes using coconut flour this week. The texture was slightly grainy (like when using whole wheat flour). Overall they tasted amazing! I used a Martha Stewart frosting recipe, which tasted incredible! But I accidentally added too much vanilla so it tasted extremely sweet.

Day 150: I finally got my Popteen magazine in the mail! I was suppose to get it in the mail on Monday but it got delivered somewhere else so I had to wait until Saturday to receive it! I'm glad I finally got it though!

Day 151: I usually only buy Popteen magazine's when the cover catches my eyes, this cover was really cute so I had to buy it! It also came with a really adorable couple bear makeup bag! Can't wait to use it during summer!

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5.29.2015

Larabar Taste Test ♥ Fitness Friday

The other day while I was shopping at Target I found something amazing! As you guys know I'm a huge fan of Larabars. So when I saw these new Limited Edition Larabar featuring some cake flavors I kind of freaked out! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on these new flavors and whether they are worth buying or not.

Larabars are my favorite because they are gluten free, non-gmo, vegan, soy free, dairy free and contain less then 9 ingredients. I use to eat energy bars as snacks but I noticed that they started making me slightly bulky (because that's what they're designed to do) so I switched on over to Larabars, which aren't an energy bar so they are the perfect treat cause they do not make you beefy.

Larabar Coconut Pineapple Cake:
This bar contains six ingredients including, dates, dried coconut, dried pineapple, almonds, cashews, and dried lime juice concentrate. It does not taste like coconut pineapple cake but I knew I wouldn't taste like cake. What it does taste like is like pineapple and nuts! There is a slight sweet coconut aftertaste. If you enjoy tropical flavors you will this!

Larabar Strawberry Shortcake:
Ingredients contain dates, macadamia nuts, cashews, dried strawberries, dried cranberries, pecans, vanilla extract, and dried lemon juice concentrate. It tastes like berries mixed with nuts and a kick of lemon. You can definitely taste the rich tart flavors and lemon! But it also doesn't taste like strawberry shortcake.

What's your favorite Larabar flavor?

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5.28.2015

5 Skincare Mistakes ♥ Skincare Tips

Since my previous skincare tips post was really fun for me to type up, I'm back with some more skincare beauty tips! I really enjoy reading up on the latest skincare and beauty news and since I'm pretty educated on skincare already I feel like I need to inform as many people as possible. Today I am talking about five skincare mistakes you may be following. *I'm no dermatologist or skincare specialist just a skincare junkie who enjoys reading about skincare on her time off.*

Using The Wrong Products
You may be using the wrong skincare products! Finding the perfect skincare routine is an adventure so be patience and find out what products work and don't work for your skin. Also, find out what skin type you have because that is really important! You may even want to keep a skincare journal to jot down all of the products that work (and don't work) for your skin.

You Use Cleansing Wipes
There is nothing wrong with using makeup/cleansing wipes to remove your makeup. However, it should never be the only thing you use to wash or cleanse your face! These wipes do not take off all of your makeup and other gunk that is stuck to your face. You do not want to sleep with that! It's alright to remove your makeup with those wipes but follow up with your skincare regime.

Exfoliating Too Much
A lot of us use facial scrubs to exfoliate our skin but try not scrub too much. In fact, we should only be exfoliating once a week or 1-3 times a month! Why? Because scrubs can be too harsh on your skin (even the gentle ones). Even though scrubs make your skin feel and look radiant! Over-exfoliation can lead to dry patches, redness, dehydration, itchiness, irritation, and much more! So calm down on the scrubs and try to use non-abrasive exfoliants.

Rushing Your Routine
In order to be get good at something you have to practice and take your time. That includes your skincare routine! I know you are tired at night from a long day at school or work but you can't just simply rush your routine just because you are too sleepy. If you want amazing skin then you need to take your time. It really only takes 2-5 minutes depending on your regime, you probably have enough time.  

Air Out Your Skin!
It's really important to let your skin breathe out! Try not to wear makeup every single day especially when you are having a bad skin day (you know those day, pimples/breakouts). Wearing a bunch of makeup for a long time can be really bad for your skin. So as soon as you get home remove your makeup with a wipe then follow up with your skincare routine at night.

What are some of your skincare tips?

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5.27.2015

Etude House Give Me "Salted Caramel" Chocolate ♥ Beauty Review

This is a long awaited review! Etude House released three eye shadow duos in the beginning of Spring called the Give Me Chocolate line. I'm not the biggest eye shadow junkie. I usually just sweep on a single color over my eyelid and finish off with eyeliner and mascara. That's why the salted caramel eye shadow duo intrigued me because there are only two color so I don't feel bad for not using a bunch of colors like most other palettes.

The packaging is so adorable!

The duo was a lot smaller then I thought it would be but it's the around the same size as most drugstore duo eye shadows. There is obviously only two eye shadows and they stunning! Both the eye shadows are super shimmery! The coral pink color contains more glitter then the other color. The caramel brown eye shadow looks like a shimmery copper once applied. But it has a slight pink glow from the other color, which I don't like. Both of the colors glisten on the eyes. I especially love the coral shimmer color because it's absolutely gorgeous!

The only downside is that I wish the copper eye shadow didn't have that coral glow from the other color. If you apply just the caramel copper color on your lid you can definitely tell that there is another color mixed in even thought there is not. If there hadn't been the one con I would've adored this palette even move!

You can purchase the Etude House Give Me Chocolate here

Have you tried this palette yet?

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5.24.2015

Days 138-144 ♥ 365 Challenge

Day 138: I saw these at Target the other day and I went crazy! As you guys know I'm a huge fan of Larabars so when I found out that they had limited edition cake flavors made me so happy! But they don't really taste like cake. If you guys want me to make a taste test post on these let me know.

Day 139: On Tuesday I posted a blog post on my obsession on green nail polishes. You can check out that post here.

Day 140: I really love this month's Birchbox box design. It reminded me of a creamsicle! Check out what I got in my May Birchbox here.

Day 141: Since last week I shared my skincare routine I thought it would be fun to share my hair styling routine as well.

Day 142: I had to go get my passport information done on Friday. We are going to Mexico this summer for 2-3 weeks! After we were done we went to Taco Bell for breakfast. Their egg and cheese biscuit taco is amazing!

Day 143: I tried making cocoroons for the first time but used coconut flour instead of almond (to get more of a coconut taste) and they didn't turn out right. Next time I think I will just buy them first to see how they taste since I never tried cocoroons before.

Day 144: I went to Victoria Secret to score the 7 for $27 panties deal. I love VS panties they're the best!

How was your week/weekend?

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5.21.2015

Hair Care Routine ♥ Favorite Hair Products

I know I just recently shared my skincare routine so let's keep the routines going! Today I will be sharing my favorite hair styling products. These are the products that I use to style my hair either after a shower or on slightly dirty hair. I typically only use a hair styling product until it runs before I try something new but I feel like all these products are amazing and have been making my hair smell and look amazing!

Shea Moisture Coconut + Hibiscus Hold + Shine Moisture Mist:
This is the newest member to my hair care family. It's a shine spray that smells like a coconut! I'm not someone who likes shiny hair because I think it makes your hair look greasy. However, on days when my hair looks dead I spray this on my ends and my hair look polished!

Got2B Beach Trippin' Waving Spray:
I've tried many different beach waving sprays and this is one of my favorites! I spritz this product on my waves to give that sea salt beach wave texture.

LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo:
This is my favorite powder dry shampoo! I don't wash my hair that often (like twice a week) so I use a lot of dry shampoo to make my hair look flawless! This dry shampoo is a powder unlike most dry shampoo's so it's going to last you a long time and it has a strong citrus scent!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush:
Batiste has some brilliant dry shampoos. I have used a few different scents before but the blush scent is my absolute favorite! It smells like roses and has the cutest packaging! Spray some on your roots and massage in the product to "magically" clean your hair.

Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls:
After I shower I use this curling gel on my damp hair to hydrate it. I focus on the ends and then use a wide tooth comb to evenly coat my hair with the product. I really love this curling gel, it's fantastic! This gel makes my curls soft and not crunchy like other curling products I've tried. I also highly recommend Miss Jessie's products if you have naturally curly hair.

Got2B Guardian Angel:
When I use heat styling tools on my hair I use this product. I'm currently using a the heat protectant from Got2B. It's suppose to protect your hair from heat as high as 425 F. I spritz this a few minutes before I start curling my hair to protect my hair from the damaging heat.

Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron:
This is my trusty curling iron. I've been using this iron for years and it still works! I believe it's a 1 inch curling iron, but don't quote me! I only curl a few sections of my hair, like the frizzy strands!

As every curly haired girl knows, we never brush our hair! If we do, our curls become a huge ball of frizz! However, I do use these two brushes to prevent knots. I use that wide tooth comb to distribute product evenly through my hair on slightly damp. The the brush on the right a tangle teezer that I got from Forever 21 last year. It's great at removing tangles! I just run this through my hair when I see knots and they disappear!

What are some of your favorite hair styling products?

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5.20.2015

May Birchbox ♥ Monthly Subscription

It's Birchbox time again! Today I will be showing you all what I received in my May Birchbox. This month Birchbox partnered with Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a very popular lifestyle blog. I've read a few posts from Emily so it was fun to see a fellow blogger team up with Birchbox to pick out this month's products.

For my sample choice this month I decided on the Harvey Prince sea salt spray. I adore sea salt beach mists! I spritz some on my naturally curly locks everyday to enhance my curling waves and get a messy beachy tousled look. I also received some new skincare goodies, an eyeliner and a perfume that claims not to be a perfume? Take a peak at my Birchbox and let me know what you got in the comments!

I love the sweets on the card!

Box Overview

List of products

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist Full-size, $22
What: This styling spray delivers beachy texture, big volume, and a summery scent.
How: Spritz generously onto damp hair and let air dry.

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel Full-size, $24
What: Lightweight, vitamin-packed hydrator that brightens skin and goes on cucumber-cool.
How: Smooth onto face morning, night, or whenever skin feels dry.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream Full-size, $39
What: This multitasker moisturizes, primes, protects, conceals, and provides sheer coverage.
How: In the morning, apply a thin layer to freshly washed, slightly damp face and neck.

Mally Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner Full-size, $18
What: This pencil delivers vivid, smudge-proof color, and never needs sharpening.
How: Glide along lash line. Twist bottom of pencil to reveal more pigment.

Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume Full-size, $90-120
What: This allergen-free, minimalist scent has a single note: elegant, spicy Cetalox.
How: Spritz onto pulse points. This bold fragrance will take charge from there.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?

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5.19.2015

Three Greens ♥ Nail Polish Roundup

Lately I've been obsessed with green colored nail polishes. It all started back when I saw Lim Kim's music video "Awoo". She worn a bright neon green (slight teal) nail polish in the video and I had to find an exact copy! I went through three polishes until I found the perfect match but I think I found it and I'm going to share it with you all in case you're interested in getting that nail polish.

OPI You Are So Outta Lime
The first polish I decide to buy to see if it matched Lim Kim's nail polish was this OPI polish. I thought it would match perfectly but when I applied it on my nails it wasn't as neon as I thought it would be. In fact, I wouldn't call this a neon at all! It's more of a grassy green color and it's sheer too! You need two coats maybe even three!

Color Club Twiggie
The second polish I tried was "Twiggie" from Color Club. If you search this color online there are many different versions but I bought it thinking it would be a bright light green cream polish that I saw first. However, it's not as bright as it looks like some of the swatches you see online. It's pretty similar to the OPI nail polish but the formula is a bit different.

China Glaze Treble Maker
This was the closest shade I could find that matched Kim Ye Rim's nail color in the video. At first I thought it would be too green but I think its a perfect copy! This is from the new China Glaze Electric Light's collection that just came out so I really do believe it could be the exact nail polish Lim Kim wore, because usually artists wear new clothes and accessories in their music videos to promote those items. After two other tries I finally found the polish I was looking for! I'm so happy!

What's your favorite green nail polish?

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