Winter Essentials

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Winter in New England has been wicked cold so far this year and it seems impossible to warm up, especially when you’re dad keeps the house at 62 F. I wanted to share my winter essentials to cope with the frigid cold & icy weather.

Tea: nothing is cozier than cuddling with a giant throw blanket & watching Netflix with a mug of warm tea. My favorites are Green tea with Lemon and Cranberry Hibiscus.

Slippers: Who wants cold feet?

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Robe: Getting out of the shower in the winter is one of the worst things ever. A robe against freezing to death. The one my mother got me for Christmas is from Saks Fifth.

Deep Hydration lotion: I can’t be the only one who gets insanely dry during the winter. It almost feels impossible to keep your skin moisturized and un-flakey. I love the Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy and the Vaseline Deep Moisture Jelly Cream.

Lip balm: Waking up with cracked, bleeding lips is disgusting and uncomfortable. I always try to have a lip balm around me. I recently purchased the Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Sephora when I was browsing since I left my Vaseline lip balm at school.

Hand lotion: I am really bad at wearing gloves during the winter and I work on the computer a lot and find that hand lotion is an essential. My favorite is the Crabtree & Evelyn Citron & Coriander Hand Therapy.

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Winter Hat: This doesn’t need any explanation, a winter hat is one of the best ways to reach peak coziness. I prefer the hats with the pom-pom on top, I find them more flattering.

Night face lotions: I do wear makeup most days and difficult to find time to moisturize every morning and let it sink in before I put my makeup on. I also have a lot of dry patches on my skin in the winter and need that extra moisture. But I am currently searching for a deep hydration face lotion.

Humidifier: I wake up every morning sounding like I smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, my nose sort of bloody, and lips cracked. I recently remembered that I packed a humidifier when I moved back from school. Using a humidifier at night makes an incredible difference.

Throw blanket: A soft and really large blanket makes the cold months a little more bearable. I’m a cuddler and definitely enjoy a good blanket to wrap myself in.

Heating pad, or heated stuffed animal: My roommate bought me this pig stuffed animal that you put into the microwave and it heats up, like a hot water bottle. It is amazing!! My dad keeps the house at around 62 degrees and cuddling with my lil pig makes it way better.

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Favorite Photos from 2017

Ouai Wave Spray Review

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My hair was stick-straight until I got to college & it decided to frizz and get an odd wavy texture. It was pretty terrible, to be honest. Then I decided to cut my hair short and it ended up being pretty straight and smooth again. I thought it was back to normal for good. But as it grew back it just kept getting frizzy.

I’ve tried hair masks, I’ve conditioned my hair for 15 minutes in the shower, I’ve used Moroccan oil, coconut oil, etc. And nothing tamed the beast.

I heard about Ouai hair products on Youtube and then started looking into reviews. I was at Sephora and saw that they had a mini size for $12 (1.7 oz) and was going to buy it until I saw the 5 oz for $26 (I’m not sure if that’s actually a better deal) but I bought the larger size.

I’ve used it about 4-6 times and think that I can give an honest review. This product is weird. You can use it in damp or dry hair, but I find that no matter when I use it, that this product makes my hair sticky and hard. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. It honestly just makes my hair feel dirty. I watched the ‘How to’ videos on Youtube and on the Sephora website but I just don’t like it. I’m going to continue to use it in different ways and see if I can find a way to make it not make my hair feel sticky and hard.

Ill keep you updated.

Breakfast Idea: Guacamole & Eggs

 

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I ran out of tortilla chips but I bought Stop & Shop’s guacamole which is fairly large. As everyone knows, guacamole & avocados in general turn brown fairly quickly. So this morning I decided to put some guac with my eggs.

  1. Put stovetop on Medium and spray your pan with some non-stick spray
  2. Get your guacamole out, and cut your english muffin while the pan warms up
  3. I used two large brown eggs for this, I cracked them and put them in the pan & tried my best to keep them separate
  4. Sprinkle some brown pepper & some red pepper flakes on your eggs
  5. Throw your english muffins or bread in the toaster, I put mine on 3 because I like mine warm but not super toasty
  6. I prefer to eat my eggs over easy, so once your eggs are no longer transparent you can flip them over
  7. Now that the english muffins or toast has popped up, spread the guac onto the two slices.
    • This time I decided to put some spinach and sliced tomato on top too, because I need to get rid of it before winter break.
  8. I am still new at cooking so I get nervous that the eggs aren’t cooked enough, so I’ll flip them back over and let them sit for another 15-30 seconds
  9. Now place your eggs on top of the english muffins!
    • Hot sauce optional
  10. I put some blueberries and raspberries on the side to balance out the salt & pepper from the eggs and guac
  11. Enjoy!!

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.

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.