First Impressions: Bite Beauty Liquified Lipsticks

Jul 25, 2017

Bite Beauty

I received my first VoxBox from Influenster this past week and it featured these beautiful Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks from Bite Beauty. I received the colors (from R to L as pictured above) FLAMBE, ECLAIR, and DEMI-GLACE. The whole line includes 13 colors in total. The package also included their lip primer. As we all know, liquid lipsticks have been "in" for a while now, mostly coming in a matte finish. These liquid lipsticks, however, dry to a semi-glossy finish which I do not mind at all. They smell wonderful and feel very comfortable on the lips. I believe lining and filling the lips with their lip primer prior to application added to the comfortability. I will say that after eating or a few hours of wear you will need to reapply but all in all I really like the product and will be heading to Sephora to try some different colors. Please leave a comment and let me know if you guys are feeling the glossy look or are you sticking to the matte trend thats been so big these past few years?

Amuse Bouche Liquified lipstick

Career Struggles: 4 Tips on Figuring Out What You Want To Do

Jul 19, 2017

I spent my whole college career and some many years after trying to figure out exactly what is I wanted to do with my life. I was the girl who changed her major several times before deciding on a criminal justice degree that is now collecting dust in a closet somewhere. While I am grateful that I did stick with something and finished and I know that this degree is one of the reasons I have the steady well-paying job that I have now, I do wish I had taken a little more time to figure out what I was really passionate about. At the age of 29, I finally figured that out and am now back in school pursuing a degree in journalism and writing this blog for fun and as a way to sharpen my skills. It took me so long to realize that what I was most passionate about is something that I’ve been doing really all my life, which is reading, writing and connecting with people through writing and stories. Here are my tips for figuring out what career path may be best for you:

1. Write Stuff Down: I have always been an advocate of journaling and just writing things down in general. You’d be surprised what you may reveal to yourself by just writing down your thoughts without even thinking about it. When it comes to making any important decisions in my life, I find that writing list help out a lot . As far as figuring out a career path, I have found that writing down things that I am interested in and things that I really enjoy help to narrow things down. Whatever career path you choose, you want to be sure that you will be doing something that you love every day. 

2. Do your Research: When trying to figuring out what you want to do with your life I suggest reading up on people you admire. Whether they are in a field you want to pursue or not, I think it helps to learn how people made it to where they are. #GirlBoss is one of my favorites because the author, Sophia Amoruso, chronicles her struggles of being a young adult, homeless and working dead end jobs to a woman building a multi-million dollar empire. It is so important to do the research on any feild you think you may want to pursue. Read books on the subject, read self-development books that help build you up and make you more marketable and inspire confidence. 

3. Take Action: Once you kind of have an idea of the direction you want to go in, even if you are leaning towards multiple career options, find people who are in that job now and see if you can job shadow them. With job shadowing, you are able to get a real feel of what you would be doing everyday if you decided to take that route. If you are unable to set up a job shadow, try setting up an informational interview. Write down questions before hand and ask the questions you know you will not be able to find the answers to online. 

4. Let Go of Fear: My last tip is to let go of the fear that is holding you back from taking the steps needed to get started. And do not be afraid to start over and try something else. In this day and age no one expects you stay in a job or career for 20 to 30 years. It is ok to change your mind and decide that you want to do something different. Your options are endless as long as you are willing to work for what you want. 

Liebster Award

Jul 15, 2017

I am so excited to be writing this post. So I rejoined twitter a few days ago in an attempt to connect with other bloggers. I wish I had rejoined sooner. I found so many new bloggers like myself, who were just as eager to connect with other bloggers as I was. As a result of this I was nominated for the Liebster Award. The idea behind this tag/award is to help new bloggers discover and connect with other blogs. This is so helpful especially to someone like me who is just finding their footing in the blogging community. Thank you so much to Kirsty (@polkalips_avon on twitter) for tagging me! And if you are reading this please head over to her blog and check out her content!

So the rules for this tag are as follows: 
*Recognize the blogger who tagged you 
*Answer the questions
*Write 11 new ones
*Tag 11 bloggers who have less than 200 Twitter followers

My Questions from Kirsty:

1. What inspires you to write?
Mostly what I'm feeling at the time inspires me to write. I've always been someone whose kept a journal so I have been writing since forever. As far as what inspires my writing for my blog, I would say if I am excited about a new product and also looking at other blogs inspire me to write. 

2. Favourite song?
This is hard because I love music and I could never narrow down a favorite song but my favorite song at the moment is Love Galore by SZA. 

3. Who would you rather be stuck with on a desert island?
My boyfriend and my dog Charlie. 

4. Favourite tipple?
So I just had to google what tipple means... lol and it says alcoholic drink and that would be red wine specifically Malbec.

5. What are your hopes for the future of your blog?
I would like for it to be a creative outlet more than anything and also a way for me to connect with different people. 

6. Do you have any blogging regrets?
I wish I would have gotten serious and more consistent with it sooner. 
7. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging on and off since about 2013 I think. But only have just recently began to post consistently. 

8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

9. Whats your guilty pleasure?
Ummmmmm I don't think I have one. I think everything I enjoy from books to movies to music, I would have no problem telling you I quite enjoy them. 

10. What is your biggest achievement so far?
I guess my biggest achievement thus far is going back to school after a 6 year hiatus and pursuing a degree that I have always wanted to. I still have a little ways to go before I graduate but I am glad I took the steps to go back. 

11. Do you have a celebrity crush?
Tom hardy (sorry babe if you're reading this lol) 

Here are my questions: 
1.what is your dream career? 
2. What is your favorite book? 
3. What topic do you like to blog about the most? 
4. Who is your favorite blogger? 
5. If you could write for any magazine or publication who would it be? 
6. What is something you cannot live without? 
7. Do you seeing blogging as a career? 
8. What made you start your blog? 
9. Do you blog on a schedule or whenever you're in the mood to write?
10. What is your favorite book? 
11. Do you have any tips for other bloggers?

Affordable PRO Makeup feat. BH Cosmetics

Jul 14, 2017

Bh cosmetics

I have been using BH Cosmetics for years. I started off with their eyeshadow palettes and slowly started to branch out and try other products. Their liquid foundation (my shade is Mocha if you're interested) quickly became my go to foundation for many reasons. The main one being that it matches my skin perfectly! Im not exactly sure when BH cosmetics launched their "PRO" line but I have only recently discovered it. I purchased the PRO finishing powder, setting spray and mattifying primer and I must say for the price, they are all definitely worth a try. The setting spray I love and the finishing powder I love! The mattifying primer is just ok as I find that it really doesn't mattify me but works as a good barrier between my skin and the makeup as a primer should. All these products were under $9 each so if you are a makeup artist starting out or just someone looking to grow their makeup collection without breaking the bank, click on the link above and get to it. BH Cosmetics has everything you need to complete a full face and then some. You will not be disappointed!

Signature Scent: Nirvana Rose by Elizabeth and James

Jul 12, 2017

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose

I have never been the girl to have a signature scent or perfume and that is mostly because I have never been able to find a perfume that I truly love. That I can wear day or night and throughout all seasons without feeling like maybe this is too heavy for summer or too sweet for winter. But then I found Nirvana by Elizabeth and James. When I first discovered this line, they only had two scents: Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. I was immediately drawn to the Violet and sandalwood notes in Nirvana black and so it became an instant favorite. Not long after purchasing Nirvana black, I had to try White, loved it of course. Then I heard Elizabeth and James were dropping two new scents: Nirvana Rose and Bourbon. I immediately ran to Sephora to see what these were talkin' about, I was not disappointed.  With notes of Rose and Geranium, I fell in love with this dark almost masculine take on a rose scent. It's sophisticated without making you smell like an old lady. Whenever I wear any of the Nirvana perfumes I receive loads of compliments. Safe to say I have definitely  found my signature scent. 

My Introduction to Korean Skincare

Korean Skincare

In the last year or so, I have been hearing this buzz about Korean Skincare, about how amazing it is and how the rest of the world  really needs to take notes. I have also noticed that there are many more bloggers and YouTubers making content on the subject. Some just trying out certain products and others dedicating themselves to a new beauty routine consisting only of these Korean products. With my 30's approaching a lot faster than I'd like to admit, I have gotten VERY serious about my skin in these last few years. And by serious I mean I am willing to try anything that claims it could turn back the hands of time when it comes to my skin. So of course I had to try out some of this Korean skin care stuff everyone is raving about. 
In researching what products to get and where to get them from, I came across a website called Althea. It is a Korean beauty website that ships directly from Korea and has literally EVERYTHING. The prices range from $1 sheet mask to $60 face creams, depending on what you're into. The shipping took about two weeks and your package arrives in the cutest pink box. I have ordered from this site twice with no problems and plan on reordering and trying out other products! Here's what I've purchased so far: (as shown in the picture above, starting clockwise...)

Ruby & Bulgarian Rose Eye Patch: According to the website this product contains ruby powder and Bulgarian rose which keep the skin under the eyes youthful and glowy while also providing high levels of moisture. Some of the reviews said that it helps with puffy eyes so I had to give it a try. I  have used this product a handful of times and haven't really noticed a difference as far as the puffiness goes.

Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack: I loooooove this stuff! It has really made a difference in my skin and I will definitely be repurchasing. On the website it claims to moisturize, brighten, tighten pores, firm skin and replenish it. It does all of that! It has a bit of a weird consistency but you will get over it after a few uses.

Petitfee Gold & EGF Eye and Spot Patch: This under eye patch claims to have gold as a real ingredient as well as aloe, ginseng and green tea. I will say I like these patches better than the rose eye patch and I do see a noticeable difference after 10-15 mins of wearing them. It also comes with little spot patches in addition to the eye patches which are great!
Laneige lip Sleeping Mask: This lip mask claims to dissolve dead skin cells while you sleep. I will say that it is well worth the money. It moisturizes, smells good and leaves your lips feeling so soft after use. 

Feel free to click on any of the links and try out some of these products. I will say when doing your own research pay attention to the ingredients and instructions listed on the site because some of the products will come with only Korean writing on them. As I order and try out more products I will be sure to let you guys know and please comment below and let me know what skin care products work for you! 

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