Friend’s Night Out Makeup Look

Last night, my friends & I went out to watch a friend’s band, Mama’s Marmalade, perform in a small town’s town hall. I hadn’t done a face of makeup in a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I used the Morphe 35W palette for this eye look.

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I have pretty clear skin so I tend to stay away from heavy face makeup, so I did my basic face makeup ~again~

  1. I always start my makeup with my Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter lip balm.
  2. Maybelline Age Rewind concealer under my eyes, on and around the tip of my nose, a little on my chin and upper lip.
  3. I used the Smashbox 24-hour eyeshadow primer on my eyes and while that dried I,
  4. I contoured my face with my (light) Smashbox contour kit, the contour color under my cheekbones, on my jawline, and on the sides of my nose.
  5. I used the highlight color from that Smashbox trio and put it on my cheekbones & tip of the nose, then put my Becca highlighter in Moonstone and put that on top of the highlight that was on my cheekbones.Morphe 35W Palette
  6. I used color #1 all over my lid and then blended it into the crease as my base color
  7. Then, I put color #2 all over the base color and into the crease using a fluffy blending brush
  8. I put a little bit of #3 into my crease with a fluffy brush and used the tip of my pointer finger to put some on my outer corner
  9. Put a little bit of #4 onto the fluffy blending brush and concentrate that on the center and outer parts of the crease
  10. Use our pointer finger to place #5 onto your outer corner
  11. I use a small brush to apply the highlighter color from the Smashbox trio and put that on my inner corner, I like to try and blend it out into the center of my lid for a gradient effect
  12. I like to layer a little bit of the Becca highlighter right into the inner corner, and I usually blend this out a little along the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline
  13. I suck at eyeliner so I used my Jane Iredale black pencil eyeliner and just lightly lined my upper lashline, I like the thinner eyeliner look, just to make my eyelashes look a little more full.
  14. I used my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara in black, I like to take my time with this and try and make sure my eyelashes are separated, I love this mascara but I think it takes patience and multiple layers to make them long and separated.
  15. Now I usually kiss the back of my hand to get the excess lip balm off of my lips
  16. I used my Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma
  17. Then used the highlighter from the Smashbox trio and put that on my cupid’s bow and on my brow bone.
  18. If I hadn’t run out of my setting spray this is when I would have sprayed my face.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


When I was a junior in high school my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, waiting for her test results felt like the longest & most emotional days of my life. My mother was only 47 when she was diagnosed, which is very young compared to the majority of diagnoses. It was a huge surprise for my entire family & everyone who knew her. It took her two years to complete chemo, radiation, to have her lumpectomy & getting her ovaries removed. She wasn’t ever diagnosed with ovarian cancer but her medicine for her breast cancer could cause ovarian cancer and she did not want to take that risk.

Bright Pink is a company that is based around educating woman about breast cancer & their risks. They teach “prevention”, as well as how to cope with having breast cancer. They offer a quiz where you can assess your risk based on your family history & daily habits. They also offer monthly text reminders for self-breast exams, which is very important to many women.
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What I wish I had done differently

This year, I am a Senior in college and everyone is talking about graduate school. Everyone is making a list of graduate schools that they’re interested in and taking their GREs. But I am not, and why’s that?

My sophomore year of high school I transferred to a catholic high school, which was not free. My parents spent about half of my college savings on high school instead of college and that set us pretty far back. I was childish and didn’t consider the long-term affects.

When you go to college you take a variety of classes alongside your major classes. My first semester I didn’t have a job, I only had to worry about school and I did really great. The next semester, I took this one class that destroyed my GPA, I’ve been waiting three years for them to offer the class again so I can retake it for a better grade and they have decided they’re not. That bad grade is going to weigh my GPA down forever. Overall, I am a solid B+ and A- student, with an occasional C+ in a class that I should’ve put more effort into.

One of my biggest mistakes was not taking advantage of internships and research assistant opportunities. Grad schools require recommendations and I’m in my second to last semester and I’ve never met with a Communicaton Disorders professor, which is fatal. Graduate schools are looking for experience, determination, and great connections with faculty.

I wish that I had taken my classes more seriously and studied more. I wish I had cared less about trying to have a 3 or 4-day weekend and applied for a research assistant position. I wish I had met with teachers, whether it was a question about class or just something about the major or career. I think one of the smartest things you can do in college is be a TA so you can get close with your professors while also recieving credits.

For those reasons, I will not be applying to grad school right away. I am honestly devastated by how much I took college for granted and didn’t put my all into school. I’m not saying neglect the fun college experiences but don’t let FOMO ruin your academic performance.

Cook with Me: My Go-To College Meal

As you may know, I recently moved into an apartment and have started “cooking”. I am trying to not eat on campus and eat healthier meals. I don’t love buying groceries which is why my meals don’t require any skills or effort. I really want to try and cook a nice meal for my boyfriend but I haven’t gotten around to cooking meat yet, I’m afraid someone will die.

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But I have been making the same meal for breakfast or lunch a lot recently. It is extremely easy and keeps me full for quite a while.

♦Whole wheat toast, spinach, tomato, & over-easy eggs♦

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  1. Put your stove on Low-Medium and spray your pan with non-stick spray
  2. Cut your tomatoes, I find that four slices do the job.
  3. Put your toast in the toaster.
  4. Put your first egg onto the pan, and sprinkle some pepper, once the egg is no longer translucent, flip it. I usually add a little more pepper to this side too…I use Large Brown eggs.
  5. By the time this egg is done, the toast should have popped up.
  6. I don’t want my egg to overcook, so I take my egg off the pan and put it on the plate while I place the spinach on the bread.
  7. (if you’re feeling crazy you can always put guacamole underneath the spinach, too)
  8. Then I put my other egg onto the stove (don’t forget the pepper) and put the spinach on the next piece of bread.
  9. I like my eggs over-easy, which is a runny yolk. If you don’t like a runny yolk you can just leave it on longer.
  10. Then I place the two tomato slices on top of the spinach, then I lay one egg per piece of toast.
  11. My roommate inspired me to put some Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce on my eggs because she hates when I eat eggs without a sauce.
  12. I recommend using a steak knife because toast doesn’t always cut well with a butter knife.

 

 

Meet my kittens

Meet Obi: we adopted Obi, originally Toma, in January before my sister & I went back to college for our spring semesters. We adopted him at four months, which I think makes him a year-old this month. He is a very gentle cat, he isn’t very vocal unless he is looking for his best friend to play or he’s hungry. He is a very lazy cat and pretty chubby. He’s not much of a cuddler but he is a very friendly cat and is known for giving (gentle) love bites when you come home from a long day of work and pet him right at the base of his tail. He loves to be up high, we have three cat condos for him. He loves the mice with the “life-like” fur on them, as well as biting anything that is metal. But he mostly likes naps, he likes to change up the locations, too. He occasionally naps in the shoe racks, in the corners of the rooms, on the kitchen chairs.

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Meet Buddy: We (haven’t officially) adopted him in the end of July or early August. We haven’t been able to officially adopt him because he had ringworm when we got him and you cannot adopt a cat without a clean bill of health. Buddy is the name he came with, we tried other names but Buddy was the only one that stuck. But this kitten is extremely lovable, adores to be pet. He purrs when he eats, when he sees you, and when you pet him. He is also extremely playful like Obi was when he was a baby. We are almost positive that Buddy is now 5 months old. He loves to eat lint, play with his toy pickles and try and copy everything that Obi does.

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September Haul 

NYX Mega Shine lip gloss in Clear: Over the past year, I have purchased multiple matte liquid lips, and I don’t personally love the way matte lips look (on myself) and I saw KathleenLights on Youtube talk about how she puts this on top of some of her matte lips.

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Lush Lip Scrub: I have purchased their lip scrub in the jar before but this one was cheaper and because I’ve been more into lipsticks I find a lip scrub to be a very important product.

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Three Lush Samples: Breath of Fresh Air toner, Ultrabland cleanser, Skin Drink moisturizer

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Urban Super Slim Round Sunglasses in Pink: The other day I stepped on my sunglasses and broke them so when I went into Urban I found some pink sunglasses that were out of my comfort zone but I thought were very pretty.

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Target Mossimo Shirts:

-I’ve only worn the blue shirt so far and it is incredibly comfortable. I wore it to a full day of classes and it was great for the hot day because it lets in a nice breeze. Also, Mossimo was smart and made this shirt tagless which I am a huge fan of.

-The maroon shirt can be made more conservative. There is a tie in the center that can be tightened or loosened depending on how much cleavage/boob you want to show.

-The velvet tank top doesn’t dip down as low as I wish it did but it is very comfortable and loose which I’m a big fan of when I go out to the bars.

Nalgene 16 oz water bottle: I bought this water bottle about a year ago but my best friend left it at a party last weekend so I bought it on Amazon and got Free 1-day shipping to UMass Amherst. I don’t drink a ton of water so I like that this is 16 oz because it is less intimidating. This water bottle is narrow-mouth so I don’t spill all over myself. I don’t know if you can tell in this photo but this actually is sparkly which is a super cute touch. It is in the color Fire Pink.

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Covergirl Bloom Mascara: I have worn this two times now and I actually don’t like it very much. My eyes get very itchy when I wear this mascara and I’m not sure if it’s the mascara or the seasons changing. Also, I think the applicator is a little “sharp” although I do love the shape of it. I am going to use it a few more times because I like the way it separates my lashes and makes them long.

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American Eagle Tops: All of these tops were on clearance.

-The bright pink tank top of the left is a tank top that has the cold shoulder detail, it is cute but I find that the sleeves fall off easily.

-I haven’t worn the green shirt yet because I got it in a size Small by mistake and I need to lose some weight before I’ll wear it in public.

-The third shirt, on the right, is a sweater material and it is very cute, I might wear it this weekend but I haven’t yet. It is very soft, too.

Earrings: I recently lost my earrings that I wear in my second holes so I stopped at Francesca’s and picked some up. Now that I’m looking at them I think that one of the small ones is missing the middle piece, but I’m still going to wear them.

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Yankee Candles: My best friend & I are now roommates and she loves candles which is making me love candles. I found a few at Bath & Body Works that I loved but they were $25 and I couldn’t justify that. I stopped at Yankee Candle and picked up three small candles. Autumn in the Park (not Autumn Leaves, I hate that one), Honeycrisp Apple Cider, and Farmer’s Market. They all sort of smell like apples to me, but those are my favorite scents.

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Going Out Makeup Look

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On Saturday we celebrated my roommates twenty-first birthday. We threw her a party and then went out to the bars for midnight (since her birthday was technically Sunday). I had absolutely nothing to do but a few last minute birthday party errands so I decided to take my precious time with my makeup for that night. I decided on a reddish-brown look, I wish this photo showed how truly reddish-orange it was in person. But if you like the way this looks, then continue reading 🙂

Step 1: I used my go-to concealer, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Light Pale, under my eyes, where I have redness on my nose and a little on my chin.

Step 2: The Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy is my holy grail. I applied this towards the beginning so it would have some time to penetrate before I apply my lip color.

Step 3: I applied the Smashbox 24 Hour photo finish shadow primer on my eyes.

Step 4: I’m not sure if you’re supposed to wait for your primer to dry so I always apply my contour and highlight while I wait for it to dry. As always, I used my Smashbox contour trio. I never use the bronzer color because it doesn’t match my skin tone. But I put the contour color under my cheekbones, on the sides of my nose, and on under my jawline. I then put the highlighter on my cheekbones, tip of nose & under my eyebrows.

Step 5: I used the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette for 90% of this look. I applied Ludwin (the base color from the warm quad) all over my lid and blended it out a little. Then I used a blender brush to apply Succubus into my crease, you always want to start light with this color because it is really pigmented, then I slowly build up. Then I used my finger to lightly apply Sytry to the outer corner, then a q-tip to apply a little to my lower lash line. Then I put a mix of succubus & Sytry on my blender brush and blended it into the outer 1/3 of my crease. Then because I wanted the look a little darker I applied Reef from Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea palette to my crease. It’s sort of a brick color.

Step 6: Now that we’re all done with the main eyeshadow I applied Latinus to my inner corner but it wasn’t as bright as I wanted so I went in and applied my Becca highlighter in Moonstone to my inner corner.

Step 7: If you haven’t noticed, I only use pencil eyeliners. I’m not skilled enough for gel or liquid. I used my Jane Iredale eyeliner in Basic Black, at first I just put a small line right along my lash line and then slowly built it up. I’m not big on a bold eyeliner look.

Step 8: My current favorite mascara is Clinique’s high impact mascara in 01 Black. I put this on my upper and lower lash line, I only put a very little on my lower lash line because I don’t like a dark lower lash line.

Step 9: I blotted my lips with a tissue to take away the excess lip balm.

Step 10: Time for the lip color. I have a really bad habit of wearing lip colors that are basically my natural lip color. But I applied Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma.

Step 11: Apply Becca’s Moonstone highlighter on top of the already applied matte highlighter and onto your cupid’s bow.

Step 12: Spray your face with your favorite setting spray. I only have ever tried & owned one so I used the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

 

All Done!

Now you look fabulous!

 

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Road Trip to OBX: Trip 3


Normally, we wake up at 3:00 and leave my 3:30 am, but this year only 4 of the OG group was coming on the trip so instead of having a sleepover we woke up at 5:00 am and met at one house. We hit the road at 6 am, we went grocery shopping when we got to the island and were at the beach house by 6:30 pm. We go over the Tapan Zee Bridge instead of the George Washington Bridge in New York City to avoid traffic.

Where do we stay? Duckingham on Cook Drive. It is a gorgeous house with 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, & a full-size pullout couch. Full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, 3 showers (one outside shower), washer & dryer. There is also a charcoal grill outside. There is a porch on the front of the house & one on the back. They have a collection of DVDs, Books, and Magazines for your entertainment.


Where did we go this week?

Sunset Bar & Grill was our favorite place of the week. They have some really good seafood and some great salads. They also have two full bars, most of the bartenders are really friendly (& if you’re cute you might get some free drinks). This bar is within walking distance of Cook Drive, which is where we stay, so it’s convenient that no one needs to drive. 


Duck’s Cottage is always a staple during our visits. Kate & Hannah adore coffee and they have some really great coffee drinks, baked goods, oatmeal, etc. This is also a bookstore, it’s always nice to be able to read a $16 book without paying for it. Duck’s Cottage saved the day, we didn’t have wifi Sunday-Wednesday and Hannah had to take an online test for a summer course she was taking so we hung around there for a bit. 

The Beach, we are a 5 minute walk from the beach. We didn’t go as many times this year because some of us got nasty sunburns on the first day & there were other things we wanted to do. But the beach is nice because there isn’t a public parking lot so it’s only the other people renting houses on the beach. 

Walmart, this is where we did a majority of our grocery shopping. One night we picked up salmon, 90-second rice, and some steamable vegetables and made dinner. It all came out really great and was healthier than the cheeseburger I was craving. The walmart down there, along with most of the convenience stores, sell beer & wine, too.


Indian Masala, this is right over the bridge and the food was AMAZING. I personally love Indian food, and now I think all of my friends do too. This place has indoor and outdoor seating, a great selection on their menu, and plenty of parking. We didn’t sit outside because it was super humid but the are right on the water & have a beautiful view. 10/10 recommend. I got the Saag Paneer and it exceeded my expectations. 

-In Kitty Hawk there is a “speakeasy”, Grandstaff & Stein, that looks like a bookstore from the front. We went on a Friday night but it was super dead but the desserts were good and so were the drinks. The service was a little too friendly but I think he was just really bored. 

The Black Pelican, we go here every single year and dress up a little bit just because it is a tradition. But this year we found out that they serve the full dinner menu and full bar list on the deck, which also has a gorgeous view of the ocean. Wasn’t air conditioned but there were fans and it was covered so the sun wasn’t beating on our backs. You must try their pizza.

Norfolk, our friend Jessie’s sister lives in Norfolk, VA as a news anchor. She invited us to stay with her for a night and go out for some drinks. Norfolk is 1 ½ hours away which isn’t bad at all. Fun fact: mermaids are like Norfolks mascot or something, so if you love mermaids you’ll have no problem finding some cute mermaid accessories here. We went to 5 different bars. Jack Brown’s for chicken fingers, fries, and beer at the very end of our night, we went to a rooftop bar, Torch (but it was really crowded), as well as PBR which is a dance club….but not the dance club we were expecting. In Boston when we say dance club we think of some rachet ass dancing but in Norfolk they mean country line dancing with a mechanical bull. 


-Right next to Duck’s Cottage is the Coastal Cantina, they have only Beer and Wine for drinks, but they make Margaritas that are wine based, sangria, and sangria slushies. They have smoothies as well as Mexican food as well. They give you a free thing of tortilla chips and salsa when you get there, we also got their chicken quesadilla with a side of guacamole, and it was AMAZING. We took the quac home so we could enjoy it later.

Sunset Ice Cream is a little pricy, but about the same as the expensive ass ice cream we buy in Central, MA. This place is CASH ONLY, somehow we all just had enough pennies and quarters to pull it off. 

The drive home was horrible. We left around 10 am which was our biggest mistake, we ended up hitting a revolting amount of traffic. There was traffic getting off the island, we were stuck on the Chesapeake bridge for at least 30 minutes, somehow we ended up going over the George Washington Bridge and hit terrible traffic there, as well. We got home around 10, so it took about the same time both ways (I think the Tapan Zee adds some time) but the traffic made it seem so much worse. Also, I’m an anxious asshole and drove for 9 of the hours because 1) I don’t love when other people drive my car and 2) I am such a backseat driver.

Ideas & Tips & Tricks for Minimalism?

Recently I have been thinking about my student loans, I have been in college for minmalthree years and I have almost no money saved up. How did I let myself buy so much clothing, makeup, and unnecessary junk instead of trying to pay off my loans?

It got me thinking about all of the things I have and how important is it all really? I convince myself that I’m gonna do it, I’m going to go through a deep cleanse and get rid of the things that just sit around and collect dust….but the truth is, I’m afraid. What if I miss it? What if there’s a memory attached to it? I wonder if I will regret not having that token in 30 years when I want to show my children what my childhood was like.

As I’m writing this post I can just hear how ridiculous that is, when my parents show me their past it’s through photo albums or varsity letters. They don’t show me the junk that was sitting on their bureau.

In 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 years I’m not going to care that I didn’t have the perfect outfit for a night out to the bars with my friends. Instead of buying quality, versatile clothing I have dug myself into a hole of cheap clothes that are hard to pair with anything but jeans or leggings. I own about 15 pairs of shoes and I think I truly wear about 6 of them throughout the year.

I need tips & tricks for how you have successfully started the process towards a more simple life?