Monday, July 20, 2015

Champagne Pop Review

I'm so sorry this post is a week and a half late! Work has been absolutely crazy, and I've been really busy with last minute preparations for LA. I still cannot believe that I'm going to VidCon! That is for another post, though - today I'm going to tell you about the newest highlight from Becca cosmetics in collaboration with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill, Champagne Pop! You may have heard of it since a lot of people have been going crazy about it (myself included), so I definitely wanted to let you know my thoughts on it!

I have watched Jaclyn Hill's videos on YouTube for a while now, so when she announced Champagne Pop, I was so excited! A good highlight is what I had definitely been missing in my makeup collection, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

 The box is a gorgeous rose gold shade with "drops" of champagne (hence the water droplet overlay for the title picture hehe) all over.

 The color shows up a bit better and this picture. The back features a picture of Jaclyn and a little back story to the product!

 The whole product packaging itself looks the same as the other Becca highlights, and I love how it looks and feels! It's super chic and compact.

 There's a little plastic cover over the product when you first open it up. I couldn't wait to get it off at this point!


 Here's a swatch on my hand!

 It's seriously such a beautiful shade, and looks so pretty in the sunlight, and also when you aren't in direct light. I am in love!

 Here's what it looks like in simple natural light - I love how it isn't super in your face (although you can definitely put more on than I did here!), but it also gives a super pretty glow to your skin. I applied it to the upper apples of my cheeks (is that a thing?) and also to my cupid bow area.

 I love how it makes my skin glow a bit, since I have super dry skin that can look too matte sometimes!

 Here's how it looks in direct sunlight!

 I really love how this looks like in the sun - it gives you the perfect summer glow! 

Overall I am SO satisfied with this product! The consistency is slightly buttery (you know what I mean?) so it goes on really well. I've been playing around with how much product to actually put on my brush, and I don't really think you can go wrong. It gives such a pretty glow to the skin, and looks especially gorgeous in the sun and bright lighting. I've noticed my skin also looks much glowy-er in general in regular indoor lighting, and I have gotten many compliments on it!
I was afraid I would be too pale for a highlight, but this shade really compliments the pinker undertones in my skin since it's more of a rose gold color. Even though it is a rose gold shade, I think it would look really good on people who are darker or have a more olive complexion. It really is a versatile product that can work with a lot of different skin tones!
I really encourage you to get this highlight if you've been needing one, or if you want to try a new one out! Becca highlights are known for being really great, and this one definitely lived up to the hype and expectations! I'm very, very pleased with my purchase, and give it two thumbs up!

Do you have a favorite highlight?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Review: Saint Anything

Wow, have I been busy this past week! I started my job exactly one week ago, and I definitely underestimated how tired I would be, and how much time it would take up. I have today off, however, so I decided to take the time to finally write a review for Saint Anything! I finished this book in the beginning of summer, so I'm glad I'm finally getting around to reviewing it.

To preface this, I absolutely love all of Sarah Dessen's books. They are always so well-written and have such a great message to take away. Sarah Dessen is definitely one of my favorite authors because she makes her books so relatable, even when you don't have a whole lot in common with the story. Her writing style is also so wonderful because her message is never forced upon you or literally written out; you get to discover the meaning of the plot line side-by-side with the main character. It drives me crazy when authors have to literally spell out (or shall I say sentence out...I know it was a pretty bad one) what the whole message of the book is, so Sarah Dessen's books have always been a breath of fresh air. And each one literally is! I can't explain it, but there's just such a unique quality about all of her books that make them so fun to read.
This book definitely had all of those qualities! The whole story is about a girl named Sydney and how she is dealing with the trouble her brother, Peyton, has gotten into. Sydney has always felt like Peyton is the star of the show - receiving constant praise from their parents, and usually being the center of everyone's attention. When he starts making bad decisions, however, he becomes the center of attention for different reasons. These bad decisions lead him to drive while drunk one night, and he ends up putting a boy in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and is sent to jail because of it. Sydney has to deal with all of the ramifications from her brother's mistakes, like moving schools to escape the new limelight she has found herself in, and her parents continuous worry for Peyton and not the boy he injured.
Throughout all of this, Sydney meets a boy named Mac, his sister Layla, and the rest of their family. She immediately bonds with them, and finds herself in the middle of a new family who adores her for who she really is. For the first time in her life she feels visible, and finds herself having fun each day she spends with them. Through these new relationships, she is able to figure old ones out and find her place in the world.
As always with Dessen's books, I adored this one! I was able to relate to it a lot since I have an older brother myself, and he has always been the more extroverted sibling who is never afraid to talk to anyone. Sarah Dessen navigates this story so well by creating such real characters and great plot lines. While it is easy to follow, the plot of the book is very detailed and ties together very nicely in the end. There is a reason behind every event in the book, which is something that I really love. Meaningless events are also another one of my pet peeves when it comes to books.
I was also never bored while I read this book, and in fact found myself speeding through it! There was something interesting in every chapter, and I couldn't wait to get through it to find out what happened. I did enjoy the ending, but also wish it had been a bit longer to see how a certain event played out, but I think Dessen did that purposefully so readers could have their own opinion on how it ended. While we all probably have the same idea, it would've been nice to read Dessen's. Knowing her, though, she definitely meant to end the book the way she did!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend reading it because you will not be disappointed! I think Sarah Dessen's books are also really good for people who don't read too much, because they're really easy to get into and are usually a pretty quick read.
I also made a video about my review of this book, so you can check it out below! :)

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How To: Take Over the World

There has been so much women empowerment lately, and I seriously love it. Women all over the world know how hard it is to be successful in any industry. It is still a male dominated world, but their are many women who are trying to break free of this. Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Obama (she is definitely more than "just the First Lady"!), Beyoncé, Amy Poehler...the list goes on and on! All of these ladies make me so proud to be a women, and they prove that girls really do run the world (sorry, I had to). Because of all the inspiration lately, I thought I would put together some of my tips on how you can be successful and, ultimately, take over the world. I mean that's obviously the natural progression of things, right?

Failure isn't bad - as long as you pick yourself up and learn from it.
Sometimes it feels like we take one step forward and two steps back as a world. That's why it's important to always try your hardest in everything you do. That definitely doesn't mean that failing is terrible - sometimes it's necessary! It makes you work even harder to achieve your dreams, and can help you realize what you should do differently. It's really important to not let failure knock you down; that's when it's bad. If one little failure knocks you down and causes you to lose sight of your dreams, then you've only failed yourself.

Don't ever lose sight of what you truly want.
Going along with failure, never lose sight of your dreams. This year I've dealt with that a lot; it's really hard trying to decide what to do with the rest of your life, and consequently, what to study in college. Ever since I could read I've always wanted to be a writer. To create my own stories and share them with other people has always been my dream, and it makes me so excited that that could actually happen one day. It's been a constant in my life, and the one thing that I've always had my eyes on. It's so important to never forget those goals - your dreams from your childhood can turn into your future, so never forget that!

Don't let other people's words get you down.
My dad has always told me that no one can ever make you upset unless you let them. I never really understood that as a kid, but now that I'm a young adult (what?!) I definitely get what he's saying. You are the only person who can let other people's words bother you or not. If you choose to ignore them and not let their words get to you, then you will have such a better life. The world can be a hard place, especially when you go to college and meet new people every day. Some people feel better about themselves by bringing others down, and it's really important to realize that. A person's mean words about you most likely aren't even about you; they are merely a way for the other person to make themselves feel bigger and better than everyone else.

It doesn't make you weak to ask for help.
I am definitely guilty of this because I'm extremely stubborn. It can be hard to realize that asking for help won't make you look weak, or that it'll be a bother to other people. Strength isn't measured only in the things you do by yourself, and in fact can be shown by the things you achieve with others. Admitting you need help can also help you grow as a person because you learn from others, and oftentimes learn more about yourself.

Celebrate the little victories.
All of your little victories add up over time, and nothing is too small! If it's important to you, then it matters. Period. Life can be hard, so being happy about all of the little things can make it easier and more exciting. Everyday is filled with both sad and happy things, so it's your choice which ones you let affect you for better or worse. But just remember that every minute spent upset is one you could've spent being happy!

Treat others as you want to be treated.
This is simply the golden rule, and the courtesy that every human being deserves, no matter how much you dislike them, disagree with them, or how different you are from them. I am a very firm believer that this will get you far in life because people will notice how you make them feel. When you try and treat everyone the same - with kindness and respect - it reflects on the kind of person you are, and shows people that you are someone worth recognition, and support. Plus, the "golden rule" is something that everyone should live their life by, even (and especially) when dealing with people whom you don't get along with the best.

Well, those are my tips on how to take over the world. On a more serious note, I believe that being a woman should not give you a disadvantage in any way. The world can be a very hard place for women because of reasons out of our control. We shouldn't let those reasons keep us down though, and should rather work extra hard to overcome them. Women should also always support each other, and it makes me so sad to see girls tear each other down. If we all supported each other, we could make leaps in bounds in terms of equality, in a shorter amount of time.

What is your tip on how to take over the world?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

DIY Fairy Garden

As you may have seen in my last post (Weekend Recap: Father's Day Photos), my mom and I made our very own fairy garden for my dad that doubles as a hummingbird feeder. Because he loves hummingbirds so much, we decided we would make the coolest feeder possible for them! (And, I think my mom just really wanted to make a fairy garden.)

In order to make this little fairy garden, my mom and I got most everything from Michaels, and what we didn't get there, we already had at home. The piece of wood was found on our property, and we thought it would be perfect for this little project!

The whole process was a bit messy, but it turned out well! We just started out by placing the little jars we fill up with the hummingbird food (sugar and water), and then we started putting on all of the little additional details.

 Here is the whole thing completed! I love how it looks as a whole, and when you look at each individual detail! There are so many little adorable details all over it, so it's cool to look at it closely!

 We put little lights on it as well so it lights up at night. We of course bring it in at night since we don't want the outdoors to damage the lights!

My mom and I were so pleased with how it turned out! My dad ended up loving it, although the hummingbirds are still a little unsure about it. We put little tiny straws into the jars that are surrounded by flowers, so we're just waiting for them to get a little bit more used to it. I'm sure with time they'll be more willing to check it out! For now, it's just really adorable to look at and use as a sweet little decoration.
This project would be so perfect for little kids as well! I'm sure they would have an absolute blast making this, and then playing with it once it's finished. I remember I had this little fairy book when I was a little girl, and I absolutely adored it. There's just something so fun about fairies for little kids! And even as adults, we're all still enjoying this little project!

Have you ever made a fairy garden before?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ten Things To Do This Summer!

Summer has officially started, and I can't explain how excited I am! I'm so ready for sunshine, heat, and fun with friends! It's been super nice just relaxing and not worrying about school, but I'm getting kind of tired of doing absolutely nothing. Since I want to have more fun (and I'm sure you do too!), I thought of ten things you could do this summer!

1. Go to the beach
This is so much fun to do with friends, and you even get to take a mini road trip (depending on how far away you are from the beach). This is one of my favorite things to do in the summer because I absolutely love the sea and the beach. Plus, the beach is usually a little bit cooler, so if it's a really hot day just go to the beach and cool off!

2. Go to the river
If you don't live by a beach, chances are there's a river near by! This is great in the summer because you can just float in the river on an inner tube, or just swim around and cool off! Again, going to the river is great on a hot day because you can just jump in the water and you're instantly cool.

3. Go take a hike
Hiking is something that is so fun and also great for you! The views are always so breathtaking, and once you reach the top, the whole hike is so worth it! It may be hard at times but just keep trying to imagine the ending. I also really love hiking to a water source, like a waterfall or watering hole so you can jump in the water after the hike up! 

4. Go on a picnic
Picnics are so much fun because you can go to a cute little park with a blanket, basket, and friends, and eat some really fresh food! My favorite foods for picnics are salads, potato salads, melons, berries, sandwiches, fruits, and vegetables! Even taking some snacks to eat at a park is really fun, because you get to enjoy nature and good company.

5. Watch the sunrise or sunset
This is another personal favorite of mine, because the time right before the sunrise, and right after the sunset are my favorites! It just seems like the world takes a little pause, and everything's waiting for the sun. I also really love sunrise hikes! They are so rewarding because you hike up to the top of a mountain, or wherever you go, and get to watch the sunrise! It's also really fun to pack a light breakfast and eat it while you watch the sun.

6. Go to the movies to cool off
When it's super hot, sometimes it's just nice to go to the movies and cool off while you watch a good movie. I really enjoy going to the movie theaters, and it's always even better when you go when it's really warm because you get to be nice and cool! Some towns also have fun movies in the park, or drive in movies, so you should definitely check those out!

7. Go out for ice cream
Ice cream is probably my favorite dessert, especially during the summer heat! It's so much fun to go out to a cute little ice cream shop with friends on a hot day to enjoy some nice cold treats. Quirky little shops are even more fun to go to, so make sure to look those up in your area!

8. Go to an amusement park
Even if you don't live near places like Disneyland, there's probably a smaller amusement park near you, or a little summer fair going on! These are so much fun in the summer because there are cute little carnival rides and booths. State fairs (if you're in the United States) are also so much fun to go to at the end of summer, and there are countless carnivals that go on during the beginning and middle of summer!

9. Go to a pool
Something that's really fun during the summer is laying out by a pool, and swimming in one to cool off! Simply hanging out with friends in a pool is so much fun, and even indoor aquatic parks are a lot of fun! This is a great thing to do, again, when it's warm so you can just cool off and have a good time!

10. Go on a road trip
Road trips are so much fun during the summer, especially when you're going to a cool destination! It doesn't have to be to somewhere super grand like Disneyworld - just a simple trip with friends is really fun! There's just something so exciting about packing lots of road trip snacks, making fun throwback playlists to listen to, and enjoying time with friends in a car.

Alright, well those are ten ideas I had in order to have fun this summer! I want this summer to be the best one yet, which is a goal I seem to have every summer. If you try to make all of your summers the best, though, you end up with a slew of summer adventures that you can fondly look back on.

I also made a video about this on my YouTube channel, and I'm really proud of how it turned out! :)

Do you have any fun plans for this summer?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Recap: Father's Day Photos

I'm sure you are well aware that Father's Day was yesterday, and if your friends are anything like mine, all of your timelines were flooded with adorable "Dad and Me" pictures and posts! It was really cool looking through them and seeing all of the love! I spent the day with my parents at home, just lounging around the house for most of the day. It was relaxing, and exactly what my dad wanted. I, of course, was taking snapshots throughout the day, so I thought I'd do a roundup post of yesterday, as well as some pictures from the whole weekend.

Mmmm the cinnamon filling for the pancakes.

Look at those beauties cookin'.

Cinnamon roll pancakes! I made these for my family, and they were pretty darn good!

Look at that little smile!

And of course TJ was taking his morning nap right underneath me while I was cooking.

Sweet little moment between my dad and Miki.

Aaaaand then Willow sees Miki is getting brushed... she of course gets right in the middle of it!

My mom and I made this little fairy garden for my dad that doubles as a hummingbird feeder, since he loves birds!

The card I made for my dad.

It even lights up! I'll be doing a whole post on this in the coming week so be on the look out for that! :)

Perry apparently did not want to be photographed...

I had to show you guys the close-up.

Angel never looks amused when I pull the camera out, but I promise she's a sweetheart!

So there were some little snapshots from my weekend! I love relaxed weekends at home because you get the chance to just be lazy and spend time with your family (and puppies and kitties)! My family had a wonderful Father's Day, and I cooked for my parents the whole day so they could also relax and do nothing! It's nice to be able to do that since I'm home from college for the summer.

How was your Father's Day weekend?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas!

When I found out I had to stick to a gluten free diet - you can read more about it on my post How To Eat Gluten Free - I knew breakfast would be a little difficult to figure out. I usually ate some kind of cereal that had wheat in it, so at first it was kind of hard adjusting. But, after reading from sources online and just simply going to the grocery store to check out my options, I've come up with some really solid go-to recipes for breakfast!

1. Gluten Free Waffles From Vans.

I've always loved waffles, so when I found the Vans Gluten Free Waffles, I was super excited because not only are they healthy, but they taste great too (I promise this post isn't sponsored by Vans, I just really am addicted to their waffles). They have a couple of different flavors which pleasantly surprised me, because usually gluten free foods come in one flavor - and I have seen before where the box lists the flavor as "gluten free." So the fact that this brand offers many different flavors made me super happy. I like to stick to the all-natural one (just your run-of-the-mill waffle), but I've had the blueberry flavor as well and it's really yummy! I just put peanut butter on them, and depending on how I'm feeling that day, I either put chocolate chips or banana slices on top!

2. Gluten Free Toast and an Egg

Can we just appreciate how good this egg looked before I tried to flip it?

Since I was a kid, toast and an egg has been one of my favorite breakfast foods. It really fills you up (especially this 7-grain kind!), and gives you a lot of energy for the rest of the day. I have also been obsessed with Cajun seasoning lately - I have been putting it on everything guys - and I put some on my egg and it tasted amazing! You seriously need to try it. I just put grape jelly on my toast with no butter or anything since I'm not the biggest fan of butter, and it tastes great! This is also a really fast breakfast for days that you don't really have time. And nowadays, gluten free bread doesn't taste any different than regular, so you can have your toast and eat it too!

3. Omelette With (optional) Salsa

You know this is full of Cajun seasoning.

Another obsession of mine: salsa.
Omelette's are such a great breakfast food! Not only do they taste great, but they are great for you! I fill mine with sautéed vegetables, Cajun seasoning, and a little bit of cheese, and top it all off with a generous amount of homemade salsa! My taste buds are probably numb from all the spices I put them through, but ohmygosh does it taste amazing. Seriously, add in some bell peppers too and this is heaven!

Well, there you have it! Three different ideas for gluten-free breakfasts! There are definitely more that I love (gluten-free pancakes, oatmeal, Puffins cereal...) so if you want some more ideas, just let me know! I seriously always wake up hungry so it's super important for me to always have solid breakfast ideas I can regularly fall back on. And since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I like to keep them healthy so I can get my body ready for whatever!

What is your favorite breakfast food?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)