Friday, February 21, 2014

What Are You Waiting For?

On the drive home today from school, I found myself thinking about how much more exciting my life will be once I'm out of high school and in college, but then I thought, why do I have to wait? Don't get me wrong, I love my life right now and I am so thankful for everything and everyone in it, but I do wish I got out and just lived more. It seems like my life is just engulfed with homework, studying, applying to college (well that part is over, now I'm just waiting for the decisions from these colleges) and scholarships, and just general mundane, everyday-life-stuff. Why do I have to wait until after high school to "start" my life? Am I not living now? I want to have crazy stories for my kids about the adventures I went on, but those adventures don't have to wait until I'm 20-something. 
I think it's in our nature to be afraid of immediately starting something; there are always excuses as to why we have to wait to go out and do something great. Of course, sometimes there are legitimate excuses, but for the most part, I think as people we're afraid to drop everything and just go. It's understandable, since routine is comfortable and change is scary, but I think we would be a lot happier if we actually went out and had some fun. I want to do so many things: travel, see the sights around me that I have never bothered to see, hike, sleep under the stars...the list goes on and on. And really, there isn't a reason as to why I can't start doing those things now. I don't mean that tomorrow I'm going to go out with reckless abandon and go for a thirty mile hike, but I want to start with baby steps maybe, and try to at least "go on an adventure" (If you've read/seen the Hobbit see what I did there...I know, it was cheesy, but it's my favorite part) a couple times a month instead of staying holed up in my house stressing over things that I cannot change. 
I challenge you to do the same! Go out and do something you have always wanted to do, even if it scares you. Go outside and talk a walk, or maybe face a fear. I don't know, just live. Relatively speaking, we don't get too long on this earth, so you should make the best of the time that you do have. You don't want to be 80 years old, wishing you had gone for that hike or jumped in that lake. Try new things and find the good in everyday. Why wait?!
I don't know what has gotten into me, maybe it's spring fever, but I am just rearing to go out in the world and explore all it has to offer. This has been on my mind a lot lately, so I just wanted to share it with you guys (: I really hope it has inspired you!

What is one thing that you have always wanted to do?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a great rest of your day! (:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

No Longer a Lush Virgin

Hey guys!
So for the longest time I have been dying to go to Lush! I have seen so many bloggers rave about their products, and watched so many hauls of all the great products they sell, but I hadn't even been to Lush yet! The most local one around where I live is about thirty minutes away, which honestly isn't that bad, I have just been way too busy to try and fit that visit in. However, I had varsity swim districts this past Friday and Saturday, which was literally five minutes away from Lush, so I had the perfect excuse to go on Friday!

I didn't get a lot, just the It's Raining Men shower gel and three samples, the Ocean Salt Scrub, Dreamwash Shower Smoothie, and Skin's Shangri La Face Moistourizer (not pictured because that one is actually my mom's haha). I didn't get the full size of the scrub or shower smoothie because I wanted to try them out first to make sure they didn't irritate my skin, as I have suuuuper sensitive skin that tends to be very picky with new products. However, I have tried all of the products except the face lotion since it's for more "mature" skin (my mom tried it and she absolutely loves it!) and they have worked wonderfully with my skin! They all smell so amazing, and my skin feels so soft after I use all the products. I will be going back this week to get the full sized tub of each sample!
I am so excited to go back, because I also want to look at their body butters and deodorant. I looked up some reviews about the deodorant because I want to make sure it actually works, and the general consensus seems to be good! I also love that they make all of their products themselves with natural ingredients and that they don't test on animals! I always try and get products from companies that don't test on animals, so Lush is a godsend. Honestly, I could just go on and on! I'm just so excited to have finally been to Lush haha!

Have you ever been to Lush? What is your favorite product? Have you tried any that I mentioned in this post?

As always, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your day! (:

Monday, February 10, 2014

Prom Dress Lust List

Hey guys!
So prom of course isn't until May, but I really want to get my dress sooner rather than later so I'm not running around trying to find one a week before! Last year I got my dress when my family went to Florida over spring break, so I knew no one else would have the same dress. I want to order it online this year so it goes the same way! Haha I really want to have a unique dress that no one else has, since there isn't really a vast variety of dresses for prom in stores. So I thought I would share with you guys some of the dresses that I have found so far that I really like!

This is one of my favorites that I have found so far. Probably actually my number one as of now! I really want a bold red dress because I absolutely love the color red when it comes to special occasions, or if I want to stand out. I think it really makes a statement and would look nice against my pale skin.

I really love the cut and style of this dress! It reminds me of the typical Greek Goddess dresses haha. The color is also so pretty.

This one is so pretty. I love the top of it, and how it is a sweetheart neckline, but a little different. I don't know, maybe this one is my favorite...

These two are really similar, but I don't know if I like the one with the little jewel piece, or the one without. But looking at them side by side, I think I might like the one without it more.

 Blue is my favorite color, so of course I had to look at some blue ones. I don't really know if it would compliment my skin tone or hair color per se, but I thought this one was really pretty regardless. I love the cut of it and the ombre effect.

Here is a similar one, except in a deep purple color. I really love this dress surprisingly, since I don't really tend to go for purple clothing. However it might really make my green eyes pop and look really pretty against my skin and hair.

I absolutely love this color, I actually have a really similar color in an Essie nail polish, and I love this dress as well! The back is so gorgeous - I really like dresses that have interesting backs. And the detail in the front is also really pretty. I could definitely see myself in this dress!

It also came in yellow, which I thought was really pretty. I love the color yellow, and I have a shirt that's almost the exact same color that looks nice against my skin, so this dress might look nice on. And again, the detail on the front is so gorgeous.

So there is a little peak at what I have been pining over for prom! I hope to order my dress soon so I will let you guys know what dress I end up ordering (:

Which dress is your favorite? What color formal dress do you usually end up going for?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your day! (:

Disclaimer: None of these dresses are mine, and were found on various prom dress websites.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Favorites

Hey guys!
So it is finally February, and honestly, I'm so glad! January is always so dreary and gloomy, so hopefully February will be better. But I really can't believe we are in the second month of 2014 already...and there are just four months until I graduate high school! Really exciting times (:
But, back to the point of this post, I thought I would share what my favorites of January were because I actually had a couple this past month! 

 I of course have to start out with my Naked 3 palette! I got it for Christmas and I used it a lot in January! The colors are so pretty and they really compliment my skin tone since I have a lot of pink undertones. And the shadows are so nice and buttery, and combined with a good eyeshadow primer, they stay all day! I didn't show all the swatches because I figure by now there are tons and tons of posts about the Naked 3.

The next product is the Honey Baked Bronzing Powder in shade 02, fair matte, from the Body Shop. This bronzer is so amazing! It is really buttery and it looks so natural on. Since my skin is really fair, I have to be careful about getting bronzers that don't have the same undertones as my skin, but this one looks really great on! It gives my skin a nice glow without looking like I spread some Nutella below my cheekbones. They also have three other shades that are really pretty.

 Next up is the Almay Oil Free eye makeup remover. Before I got this product, I was using baby oil to remove my eye makeup, but I read on a couple of different websites that it actually isn't that good for your skin, especially the sensitive skin around your eyes. I also didn't like how it left such an oily residue on my skin. Since Almay is made especially for sensitive skin, I tend to lean towards them because I know it won't irritate my skin.
I have really been loving this so far! I put some on a little cotton pad and it takes off all of my eye makeup with a couple of swipes! Even mascara which makes me really happy because I hate taking off mascara. I used this makeup remover to take off all my eye makeup after Winter Formal, and I was very satisfied.

 I have actually been using this face wash for a long time now, but I have just recently started using it every night after I use a face wipe (the same brand and type as this face wash) to take off my BB cream. I have noticed that my skin has been really soft and it feels so much cleaner instead of only using a facial wipe! I really love Burt's Bees because they have so many sensitive skin options, they are all natural, and they don't test on animals. A win-win all around!

Now onto some non-beauty favorites...
 My parents got me this sweater for Christmas, and I have been wearing it non-stop! It is so comfortable and warm, and super easy to throw over anything to make it look like I actually made an effort instead of just throwing on a shirt and jeans. I also really love the pattern! I have really been into tribal prints lately.

I got this little guy at Forever 21 and I love it so much! I have been looking for a ring holder forever, and when I saw this one I was sold. I have always loved the ocean, so anything sea related, I'm game. This is also super nice to have because now I have a place for all of my rings! Before they were just scattered everywhere on top of my dresser in my closet and super easy to lose.

This is also my favorite ring that I bought this month. I really love jewelry that looks like branches, or leaves (really anything nature related) so I instantly fell in love with this one! Haha, I was actually talking to one of my friends earlier this month that this is how I want my wedding ring to look like.

    I got this candle for sale at Bath&Body Works and it smells so yummy! It's the perfect spring scent and it really goes with the other decor and color scheme of my desk. It's just a really good candle for a nice post-January blues pick-me-up! (what a mouthful)

 I got these curtains for Christmas as well, and I love them so much! Before I just had plain white ones, but these really pull my room together. I also have a set on another window in my room, but the lighting looked really weird in the picture so I couldn't take a picture of them haha.

A closer look at the pattern.

 I also have fairy lights in them! I have always had them in my curtains so I was glad they worked with these ones as well (: They just make me so happy and I love they way they look at night.

 I also got matching pillows for Christmas to put on my couch, and I adore them. I loved my room before, but now everything really comes together!

Well that's it for my January favorites! I'm so glad to be entering a new month and I hope it's a really great one for you!

What were your favorites for January? And what are you looking forward to in February?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of your day! (: