Treat Yo’ Self

Question:

What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind?

Punchline:

A maybe.

 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d compile a little list of some of my favorite ways of treating myself. I think self-care is super important especially in the busy lives that me and my peers tend to lead. It becomes increasingly easy to neglect the little things in order to fulfill exterior obligations and please others but it’s really difficult to give the best of yourself when you’re not feeling quite your best. There are some things that I have found so essential to keeping a positive mindset that they have become a part of my routine while other things I just indulge in once in awhile. Either way, it’s important to keep taking care of yourself on your “to do” list, no matter how long it gets.

 

Skin Care:

This is a category that I definitely consider essential and take care of every day. I just don’t think it’s possible to feel your best if your skin isn’t keeping up. Also, my skin tends to be the first indicator of my stress level so paying extra attention to it during times when I have too much on my plate is always worth it in the long run.

 

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser-

This stuff has been a true miracle for my oily skin, serving to both dry it out and keep my skin clear.

Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Moisturizer-

I love using this on no-makeup days which tend to happen often when I have a lot going on.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Night Balm-

A quick coat of this before I go to bed and I’m guaranteed to wake up with glowing skin.

 

Clothing:

Lately, I have found some great pieces in places I wouldn’t expect. They’re styles I have been drooling over at places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters but resented the price tag so when I found them at these prices, I just couldn’t resist.

 

SO Sherpa Zip-Up Jacket from Kohls-

Since buying this jacket I have worn it every day, and I only wish this was an exaggeration. It’s sherpa on the inside and outside making it a real treat for you as the wearer and anyone hugging you.

Universal Thread Wenda Cut Out Bootie from Target-

These shoes are not only extremely trendy but also surprisingly comfortable. They’re perfect for professional settings when you want to add a little edge to a business look.

January Favorites

Question:

What kind of shoes does a pedophile wear?

Punchline:

White Vans.

 

With the first month of the new year already halfway over, I thought I’d take a second to appreciate some of my favorite creature comforts and tiny luxuries that I have discovered in 2018 or have held onto since 2017. These are the tiny things that brighten my day and that I can’t stop recommending to anyone who will listen long enough. I have either stumbled upon them myself or had them first recommended to me and it just seems selfish not to share the wealth.

 

Mama Ramen Noodles (shrimp flavor):

I’ll  be the first to admit that I’m decently picky and the thought of tiny, freeze-dried shrimp doesn’t really spark my appetite. However, the first time I tried this it was made for me by a friend and I never would’ve guessed the flavor. It carries flavor in its spices, is laughably easy to make and has quickly become a staple in mine and my friends’ kitchens.

 

Burt’s Bees Chapstick:

I consider myself somewhat of a chapstick connoisseur. I have been known to spend copious amounts of money on chapstick even if I have multiple unopened tubes in my makeup bag. What can I say? I think having dry lips is an issue that our species has evolved past suffering through and so, I like to live in comfort. Burt’s Bees has been a longstanding favorite of mine (especially the honey and original flavors) and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone looking for a simple solution to an extreme annoyance.

 

Himalayan Salt Lamp:

I got this for Christmas and have completely fallen head over heels for it. I am a sucker for mood lighting because historically, it has been proven to really help me wind down in the evenings. This lamp gives off a gorgeous pink glow and while I can’t speak to the positive ion claims, I can say the soft lighting certainly puts me in a good mood.

 

Tazo Boxed Chai Tea:

This stuff has gotten me through so many late classes and library study sessions that I think I owe half my GPA to it. It has just enough caffeine to wake you up without feeling jittery and the taste is phenomenal. Seriously, better than half the overpriced chai tea lattes that I have bought at various cafes. I make it with half almond milk, half chai tea and then a tiny swirl of vanilla extract mixed in to really bring out the sweeter notes.

 

Toast:

I’m sure this seems like a bizarre favorite but lately, I have been having toast for breakfast and as someone who is adamantly NOT a morning person, it has really changed my perspective on mornings a bit. I use Heartland Grains Farmer Style White Bread lightly toasted with a thin layer of peanut butter on top and then a layer of Oregon Red Raspberry Preserves. Cannot recommend enough as a snack anytime of day but I think it’s best in the morning when you’re still in pajamas to make it while playing music in the kitchen.

 

Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment:

I don’t like wearing foundation on a daily basis because I think it feels heavy and it tends to slide around a bit with the first signs of sweat. However, my complexion is towards the oily side and I have some uneven redness that I like to cover up. This product is the perfect in-between of powder and foundation. It stays decently matte throughout the day, is extremely lightweight and covers any and all redness with a natural glow. Also, it smells wonderful.

My Night Routine

A guy walks into a bar … and sustains a mild concussion.

 

 

Hello dear readers – long time no type. It’s been a crazy month or so here at school dealing with moving, sorority recruitment and the general housekeeping that comes with starting a new school year. I have not had the time I want to be able to make quality posts for this blog and I would rather take longer to make something I’m proud of than put out sub-par material quicker. Hopefully, that hiatus will be a rarity rather than the rule and I’ll be able to dedicate the time I want to this project going forward. About a month ago I started a new nighttime routine that has really kept my skin clear and on some days even glowing so I thought it would be fun to share. Enjoy!

  1. I take my makeup off with Son & Park Beauty Water on a cotton round. If I have a heavier eye look to take off then I use an almost excessive amount of this and hold the cotton pad to my eye for a few seconds – the mascara will easily melt off.
  2. Twice a week I use the Mario Badescu Strawberry Tonic Face Mask. I love this mask because it smells amazing, is a nice thin texture and I see the effects on my skin immediately.
  3. I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on any breakouts. This stuff is super strong which is apparent from the smell and tends to work quite well.
  4. Next up is the Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. I love the thicker texture of this because I always get dry spots around my eyes which irritate me throughout the day if I don’t properly care for them at night.
  5. I then use Caudalie Eau De Raisin facial spray to give my skin a light layer of moisture. I also spray this on my neck because that’s where I always forget to lotion after my shower.
  6. While the facial spray absorbs into my skin I put Carols Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray into my hair. This keeps my hair silky soft which is a deceivingly difficult task since my hair is wavy and tends to dry out pretty easily.
  7. Lastly, I spread a thin layer of Formula 10.0.06 P.M. Perfecto Overnight Hydrating Cream all over my face except my eyes. This night cream is the perfect balance of thick moister while still letting my skin breathe. I also love the blackcurrant & licorice smell of this since most of my routine leans towards citrus notes.

While I do all this I usually light a candle (Autumn from Bath & Body Works is my current favorite) and listen to music (currently loving the “Jazz for Sleep” playlist on Spotify).

The Supers: A Super Honest Review 

From the design of their website to their pink packaging and the products within, Glossier has been a front runner in the competition for space on my vanity for a few years now. Although their Super serums aren’t their newest product, it’s one that has entranced me since it’s arrival. 
Super Glow:

This lightweight vitamin c and magnesium serum is my favorite of the three. It really does give my face a nice subtle glow and tends to limit oil production throughout the day. I like layering it under my primer or wearing it alone on a fresh face day. 
Super Pure:

This serum is one of my favorite products for when my skin is being temperamental. At the first sign of a breakout, I use this product once a day until my skin seems to have evened itself out again. I either apply this after I wash my face at night and before my night cream or alone in the morning if it’s a no makeup day. 
Super Bounce:

This serum is the one I use the least simply because my skin tends to be on the oily side. In the summer I sometimes use this at night instead of a heavier night cream to let me skin breathe a little better. I usually don’t use this is the morning because it’s more moisturizing than I need. If you do have drier skin and are looking for a super lightweight injection of moisture than this is the serum for you. 
Overall I highly recommend the Supers because their price point is affordable, the amount of product lasts at least a couple months and the brand itself focuses on making your skin ideal rather than creating products meant to cover it up. 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash: an Extremely Excellent Mascara 

For years I have heard hype about Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara and have been frustrated about its lackluster results on my own lashes. For all of you who have felt the same way or are simply looking to fill your mascara drawer a bit more I have the mascara for you: Stila Huge Extreme Lash. 

I first tried this mascara from a sample included in a Birchbox many years ago and have not found another comparable mascara since (and believe me, I’ve tried). This mascara is medium thickness which really grabs onto your lashes and helps curl them. This is also great if you’re in a hurry and don’t have tons of time to wait for them to dry to avoid messing up your eyeshadow. Throughout the day it’s doesn’t flake, smudge or smear and keeps my lashes curled and black as coal. 
Every time I try to switch mascaras I am less than wowed by the competitors results. And then after a few days I go back to Stila and am beyond impressed with how well this mascara works. 
Mascara tip:

 I try to buy mine travel sized since they expire after 3 months and I never finish a full-sized tube in that time.

KaaBoo: The Jewel of Del Mar

If you haven’t been to San Diego’s newest music festival but have ever desired to see Logic, Muse and P!nk in the same day – this is the festival for you. Having gone to this festival for the second time of its three-year existence, I can truly say it is only getting bigger and better.

The festival focuses more on representing a festival lifestyle rather than just the bare bones of music. There are more than 50 gourmet food booths, personal massages, surf lessons, a Vegas Style day club and so many more luxurious amenities. This wide range of services pulls in a very diverse crowd ranging from toddlers to senior citizens who all migrate out to the coast for a three-day weekend of music, art exhibits, and quality booze.

There are three comedians performing each day in the Aces Comedy club including David Spade, Patton Oswalt and Norm Macdonald. This is the first year that KaaBoo has offered LaughPass distribution which equates to a Disneyland FastPass that can be acquired at either the 1:30 distribution or 3:30. They also have six renowned chefs doing live exhibitions at the Palate stage throughout the weekend for those looking to add a few more tricks to their cooking repertoire.

On the masculine side of luxuries, they offer over 40 varieties of cigars at a booth near the Pub n’ Play area. Keeping in the men’s luxuries,  Annie Lush of J. Hilburn Menswear is offering personal men’s style consultations and fittings. For the more feminine palate, they provide hair styling and makeup at the Paul Mitchell the School San Diego booth for ten dollars per service. The Cake and Punch booth makes personal flower crowns for twenty-five dollars with the option to add in LED lights for an extra ten dollars.

They have a wide variety of food options ranging from Acai Bowls to Greek cuisine to a Mac-n-cheese bar. There are many vegan and gluten free options and the booklet displays a color coded key to these booths. My personal favorite was The Big Cheese which sells a variety of sandwiches that give a back seat to the meat, letting the multiple kinds of cheese be the true star.

Overall, I would recommend KaaBoo music festival to most people in my life because it truly does offer something for everybody.

Closing Note:

The Red Hot Chili peppers, Logic and Muse all put on an amazing and visual live show so if you have the chance to see them, take it.