My Favorite Youtubers

Throughout high school and my first two years in college, I watched a lot of Youtubers. I watched comedy YouTubers like nigaghiga and beauty YouTubers like Ignrid Nilsen. My junior year of college I fell out of it and found myself with a Netflix addiction. In September, I seem to have watched all of the shows that I wanted on Netflix and found myself enjoying Youtube again. I only watch beauty Youtubers and their vlog channels now, though. If you’re interested, below is a list of my favorite YouTubers at the moment (in no particular order).

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  • KathleenLights: OK, so KathleenLights is my #1 favorite currently. She is extremely relatable and quirky. She has a few collabs with Colourpop, an affordable makeup brand. She just started her own nail polish line, KL Polish which has exploded. Also, Kathleen just always seems so excited. She mainly does makeup tutorials, makeup hauls, makeup reviews.
  • Aspyn Ovard and her vlogging channel: Aspyn is a lifestyle Youtuber, she mostly does life hacks and fashion related video. She has her own clothing store online. I like her vlogs with her husband, Parker because they seem sort of relatable and I get bored with my own life sometimes.
  • Gretchen Geraghty: Gretchen is not relatable at all. She goes to Boston University, which is very expensive and lives a very luxurious lifestyle. But she posts A LOT of clothing hauls which I personally enjoy. I watch her luxury hauls even though I could never afford anything.
  • Ingrid Nilsen: I have been watching Ingrid for YEARS, #tbt to missglamorazzi (not sure how to spell it). She used to mainly be beauty and fashion but she has expanded her channel to be more of a lifestyle channel. She is very open about self-care and women’s health. She does still do beauty and a lot of skin and hair care videos. She has done extremely well on Youtube so a lot of her products are unaffordable but I appreciate how real and honest she is.
  • Zoella and her vlogging channel: I’ll be honest, her accent drives me crazy but Zoella is SO cute and has some great beauty videos. She also has her vlogging channel, that I don’t love because to be honest, I don’t really care for her boyfriend. She also has some of her own beauty products which are adorable.
  • Rachhloves: She is a Canadian Youtuber who has a beauty channel and a lifestyle channel. I haven’t watched her lifestyle channel yet though. Rachel is super relatable and does a lot of beauty reviews and hauls. I love watching her honest beauty first impressions.
  • mirellabellebeauty: I sort of forgot about this channel but Mirella is super relatable and very honest which I really appreciate. She is a professional makeup artist and does some breathtaking looks. She is very down to earth and I feel like she doesn’t show off like a lot of other YouTubers.
  • Hot Ones by First We Feast: This isn’t a beauty channel, but watch the Kevin Hart video. It may be the funniest video!!!

I have been enjoying a lot of their Vlogmas videos this year as well, so if you like that kind of videos definitely check them out.

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First Impressions: Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash

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I tried the Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash for the first time on Sunday. I looked at their reviews online and although a lot of people were overwhelmed by the floral scent, a lot of people talked about how hydrating it was for their skin. So I bought it.

First, this bottle was much smaller than I expected considering it costs $18. Second, It comes with a pump but also a twist cap for traveling and storing. When I opened up the bottle to put the pump on I had to smell it. It definitely has a strong floral scent but I personally enjoyed it.

I usually use Dove’s Deep Moisture or Dry Oil Moisture body wash, I love Dove because I have very sensitive skin but my skin occasionally breaks out and I heard that some people’s body acne subsided when they started using Body Hero by Glossier.

So, let’s get on with it. This product comes out as an oil but turns into a foam/lather, it took me a pump for my arms, chest, another for my back, another for my legs. This seemed reasonable to me. The oil felt really nice and luxurious on my skin, too. I like a body wash that has a scent that lingers and this one does that. When I got out of the shower I noticed that my chest wasn’t red and I didn’t have any blemishes which is sort of unusual.

I will not buy this body lotion again since it is $18 and I’m a struggling college student but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts and give you guys an update over winter break when I start using it more.

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*I’m sorry for the lack of photos, I left the bottle at home

Birth Control: Nexplanon Update

What is the Nexplanon?NEXPLANON is the small, thin and flexible arm implant that provides up to 3 years of continuous birth control.That’s why NEXPLANON is considered a long-acting birth control option. It’s placed discreetly under the skin of your inner, upper arm by your health care provider. It’s also reversible and can be removed by your health care provider at any time during the 3 year period…Hormones in birth control stop an egg from being released by your ovary and also prevent sperm from reaching the egg. NEXPLANON puts a steady, low dose of hormone into your bloodstream. NEXPLANON works for up to 3 years to prevent pregnancy.”

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*This photo was taken 6 days after implantation

My fall semester of my sophomore year of college I decided I wanted to get the implant, for my lifestyle this seemed better than the pill because I didn’t need to remember to take anything. On November 13, 2015, I had the Nexplanon implanted into my right arm. My doctor used a local anesthetic so the (mini) procedure wasn’t painful at all, but my arm was sore for about a week. I had her put it in my right arm because I’m a lefty, so getting shots and getting blood taken out my right arm is preferred.

They told me that I might spot for a week or two after receiving the implant, and I did. Then for about 4 months, I didn’t get my period which was amazing! But then I started to bleed all the time, for like 2 weeks at a time.  I talked to my doctor and asked if this was normal and if it would go away. The bleeding was SUPER annoying and inconvenient. I debated on getting it removed, that’s how long I had to deal with it. I made an appointment to have the implant removed by my doctor and when I arrived she recommended that I take the birth control pill, in addition to having the implant, to control the bleeding. I was really annoyed because I got the implant so I wouldn’t need to take the pill. But because the implant is 99% effective and the birth control pill is less than 90% effective I decided to keep both.

So now, I take my birth control pills daily and skip the sugar week and just continue onto the next pack, I usually get a light period once every 3 months or so, but I think that’s just my body regulating itself.

I know other girls that had great success with the implant, but I personally have not.

What’s in my bag?

Meku Card Holder: I got this card holder off of Amazon when I realized that I hated carrying around a huge wallet in my backpack & coat pocket at school. This cardholder was under $10 and I bought it in February. It has three slots for cards, one for cash, and one for your driver’s license/ID. I currently have 8 cards in the back, my tile in the cash slot and then only my ID on the other side. This has been holding up great.

Vaseline Lip Balm: I’ve mentioned this many times but this is my favorite lip balm, it smells super great and is one of the only lip balms that doesn’t dry my lips out. It’s durable and I own about four of them to keep in various places.

*Tip: Don’t leave these in your car during the summer, they’ll melt and leak.

Altoids: When my sister started driving about 2-3 years ago she always kept Altoids in the car, and I used to sneak them all the time when on long rides or after eating something particularly smelly. I now consider them a purse essential.

American Red Cross Stress Ball: I brought this with me when I went to get my most current tattoo because I hadn’t gotten one in three years, had never gone alone and couldn’t remember how badly they hurt. It didn’t hurt at all but I wanted to have this just in case.

Colourpop’s Deja Vu Blotted Lip: I like to have a natural lip color with me because anything can happen. I like this one because I can build it up if I want but it can also be super subtle. They don’t sell it anymore but it was about $6 so it won’t be devastating if I lose it.

Two Calw Clips: I prefer clips over ponytails, especially when doing a bun because I have really thin hair and they work best at keeping my buns in place. Also, now I know where to look when I can’t find one in my apartment.

Shock Top Coaster & Bud Light Vouchers: A few of my friends have been turning 22 lately and Bud Light has had some sponsors out giving out vouchers 2 of the times we went out.

Tampons & Pads: My body loves to surprise me so I always have tampons and pads so I can be prepared. I actually prefer organic tampons but I just happened to have these

Snickers Wrapper: Clearly I was very hungry because guess what, I got a surprise period the other day. I got this Almond Snickers because they didn’t have any 3 Musketeers and this Snickers was actually so good! 10/10 would buy again

Keys: In April, I bought a 2011 Subaru Legacy and let my sister keep the Hyundai. So I have that key, my apartment/building key, a house key (that I have never ever used), my stop & shop and CVS loyalty cards, my Haiti Designs Co. keychain and then my other Tile.

The Purse: The purse I’m currently using I purchased this summer at a Coach Outlet in South Carolina, it is a light tan color with yellow and silver hardware. I got it for an extra 50% off their outlet price. There aren’t any pockets on the inside which I don’t mind. It is very light and can be worn as a crossbody. I can’t find it online but their 1941 collection is gorgeous.

I obviously don’t have enough followers to be sponsored but I highly recommend the Tile. It is a phone app that you should always have running in the background on your phone and connects via Bluetooth. I have one in my wallet and on my keys. If you lose your keys/wallet you can press Find on your phone and it’ll make them ring and show you the last place it connected with them. If you lose them you can tell the Tile community and when someone else with Tile comes near them it’ll update their location for you. It also works vice versa (sorta), if you lose your phone and press the little button on any tile twice it’ll make your phone ring (even if it’s on silent). These have saved my ass so many times.

My Typical College Grocery List 

If you don’t already know, I recently moved into an apartment for my senior year of college with three of my girl friends. Last year, I lived in a house but somehow almost never bought food. But this year I decided that I wanted to eat healthier & therefore I should go grocery shopping and eat on campus as little as possible (other than when I’m at work and get to eat for free).

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I go grocery shopping about every week and a half to two weeks. This is what my typical grocery list includes…

  • 1/2 gallon of 1% Milk
  • Dozen large brown eggs
  • Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers
    • there’s 8 so I don’t buy these every time
  • Container of Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 pound of Deli Meat
    • I prefer Roast beef, but sometimes I get Turkey Breast
  • Loaf of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
  • Two bags of steam-in-bag vegetables
    • Green beans are my favorite, especially eating them with some red pepper flakes on top
  • 90-second white rice
    • This flavor has way less sodium than all the others and it’s nice to eat alone, with red pepper flakes, eating as a side, or with some veggies mixed in.
  • Two tomatoes
    • I use these in my sandwiches, I eat them with my eggs, too.
  • Guacamole
  • Apples or plums
  • Three granola bars

I still have a few things from when I moved on September 1st.

  • Almond Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Ramen Noodles
    • these are my backup food. For when I don’t feel good or I’m just too lazy to cook.
  • Peanut Butter
    • I prefer the natural crunchy peanut butter
  • Ketchup
    • I must be doing something wrong because I still haven’t opened my ketchup and I love ketchup
  • Salad Dressing

Because I don’t cook anything other than eggs I buy a lot of the same things. I think this works for me because I do work at the Dining Common on campus so I get to eat there but also I think I save money by keeping it simple. I normally only spend under $40 each time I go.

October Favorites 

This month I rediscovered some items that I already owned and did a little bit of shopping. Here are the things that I enjoyed a lot this month and used frequently. 

Formula 10.0.6 Berry Face Wash: I already have two of their mud face masks. The orange Deep Down Detox mask and the pink Pores Be Pure mask, and I liked this brand a lot so I decided to get one of their everyday face washes. It smells like berries, it’s pretty gentle and not drying. I use it morning and night on most days. I also occasionally use it with my Clinique face brush, too.

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Head & Shoulders Almond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve been using Head & Shoulders for years and every time I try to branch away from Head & Shoulders my dry and flaky scalp comes back. I have the Smooth & Silky conditioner at home for a while and I loved it, maybe more than this conditioner actually. But this conditioner really hydrates my hair, it doesn’t really help with my curls though. It smells super good and I like that the H&S conditioners are meant to go on your hair from scalp to ends. The directions actually tell you to massage it into your scalp.

Oral B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush: My mom convinced me to buy an electric toothbrush a month or two ago and I surprisingly love it. So every 30 seconds the toothbrush has a distinctive vibration to let you know to move onto another quarter of your mouth, and then another distinctive vibration at 2 minutes to let you know you’re done.It also has a light that tells you when it needs to be recharged. This lasts me about 4-6 days between charges.

Gold Nike Rosches: I bought these at Marshalls for about $50 and they have a snakeskin pattern to them. They go great with jeans and leggings. I like to wear them to campus and work because they’re super comfortable, I would never work out in these because they have don’t have the right arch, in my opinion.

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Old Navy vest: I bought this last year but we’ve had a few days where this vest came in handy. I like to wear it over my flannel or a long sleeve sweater. I bought it on sale and I think it was a great purchase. I don’t love the hood but not a huge deal. I think a vest is a great fall piece, especially since a lot of my leggings & sweaters don’t have pockets.

Checkered Vans: Lately, these have been my go-to shoe. They were super easy to break-in. They go with almost everything that I own. I’ve worn them to work, tailgates, classes. I am asking for a solid-color pair for Christmas, too.

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Navy Blue crocs: I love to wear these after a long day of work or during my 1 hour and 15-minute drive home on Sundays when I’m a little hungover. I love to wear these with socks because I don’t like when my feet stick to them. I normally wear these with leggings, flannel, and vest. My go-to cozy outfit.

Covergirl Lash Blast Bloom mascara: I included this in a previous haul but I ended up loving it and had to share. I was previously using the Clinique High Impact mascara but I bought this one from Target because I liked what the applicator looked like. I tried it out and it makes my lashes so much longer than the Clinique one and I love it. It’s probably 1/2 the price but I like it so much better.

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My New Tattoo

I have three tattoos already and decided to get another one last week. I wanted to share my experience. I googled and Pinterest-searched “tulip tattoo” and “tulip sketch” and I pinned and saved a lot of pictures. This was my favorite.

I decided that I didn’t want the tattoo in color so I changed it to black and white in the iPhone settings. I made an appointment with a tattoo artist and emailed her the photo, I asked for it to be about 6 cm long on my inner upper arm. I basically put the shading into her hands and had faith since I stalked her on Instagram before and after scheduling with her. This is how it turned out….it looks a little pink from my skin being slightly irritated. If you wanna read about the time, pain, and price then keep on reading 🙂

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I made sure I wore a tank top under my sweatshirt so I wouldn’t need to roll up my sleeve and accidentally rub the tattoo too hard while pulling it down (I am super paranoid for like two weeks after I get a tattoo). It took her about 10-15 minutes to clean down and prepare her place, so she took me around 2 and I was out by 2:17. Alysha had me lay on my back with my left arm slightly twisted towards her. I asked her about the pain scale and she said that it wouldn’t hurt but it might be a little pinchy. I already have a tattoo to the right of my right knee, on my right ribs, and on my left shoulder, none of these hurt so I wasn’t scared. This one was a little more pinchy though because the skin was looser. So I would say 0/10 on the pain scale and a 1/10 on the annoying scale. I paid $80 for this tattoo, their minimum was $70 and then a 20% tip.

 

Songs of the Week: 10/23

This week I have been listening to the same 6 songs on repeat. I also linked my everyday playlist down below, I prefer to sort it from most recently added. This has a mix of music because this is the playlist I download on my phone in case I don’t have service or don’t want to use data.

  • How Long ~Charlie Puth
  • Too Much To Ask ~Niall Horan
  • Again ~Noah Cyrus
  • Lay it On Me ~Vance Joy
  • Concentrate ~Demi Lovato
  • Pray ~Sam Smith

 

 

My Holiday (& Birthday) Wish List

 

 

I know that the holidays aren’t about gifts but about family but my mother requests a wish list every year and gets mad at me if I don’t put one together. She loves buying presents.

So, my birthday is about a week before Christmas so making a wish list can be sort of overwhelming. But here is what I am thinking about adding to my wishlist this year…

-I already have all of the technology that I would want, so that’s not on my list this year. But for those interested in something cool, the HP sprocket is a popular item this year.

A new phone case. I have the loopy phone case, which I love, but sometimes, I just want something with a little more protection and a little more fashionable.

Makeup brushes. Right now I use the contour brush that came with my Smashbox trio and I hate it. It’s not as soft as I want.

Mules/Slide Ons. It’s no secret that I adore shoes. But this year, especially this fall, I’ve been eyeing the mule trend, I love slip on shoes and I think they go super great with jeans

Black Booties. Everyone already has these but I am a little behind, but this year I am trying to step up my bootie game

Oversized sweaters. I love sweaters but a lot of mine are from high school, so they’re a little small now and just not as cute as I want. I love the oversized trend because it’s cozy and can go with leggings, jeans, skirts.

Oversized Denim Jacket. I love the denim jacket style. I’m not sure I’d wear it with jeans but I would definitely wear it with black leggings, black jeans, dresses, skirts.

Bomber jacket. A style that I loved when I was in elementary and middle school and a look that I think would be great to rock again. I think it would go great with a t-shirt, jeans/leggings, sneakers or even booties. I think a bomber jacket and a denim jacket are both staples in a wardrobe.

Denim Skirt. I am not really a skirt girl but I would like to be and I think a denim skirt is the perfect way. You can dress them up or you can dress them down. You can wear them with tights or they can be a great alternative to shorts.

Basic White Tee. Today while thinking about outfits I realized that I don’t have a basic white tee. A white t-shirt is the perfect layering piece for any outfit or the perfect top for an outfit with a statement shoe or bottom.

Ring. Lately, I’ve been thinking that I want a birthstone ring or just a ring from my mother that I can have forever. A simple ring that I can wear every day.

Two-layer makeup bag. I really need a new way to keep all of my makeup together and I think these two-layer bags are a great way to organize your makeup whether you’re traveling or you have limited space in your apartment.

Tarte Toasted palette. I love warm-toned makeup and this is a little warmer than I’m used to but I think it’ll be perfect for every day, the holidays, etc. I swatched the colors and they’re a great formula.

what’re you thinking of asking for?

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