Thursday, November 17, 2016

Looking on the Bright (But Cold) Side

I’m going to regret staying up when my alarm rings at 5:30am, but I just have a strong desire to blog. Why? I can’t explain it. I just feel like doing this. I genuinely miss it. It’s been a crazy several weeks of school, work, wedding planning (Yep, you read that right, I’m engaged! But more on that in a later blog post…), etc.
A friend of mine shot these photos several weeks ago. The entire purpose was to show you how to take a summer outfit and incorporate it into the cooler weather. However, I feel like turning this post into something else…

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Power Couple (Trio?) 2.0: Base & Top Coats #SystemAddict

You may or may not already know, but I previously wrote about my fave base and top coat combo.
Today, I bring to you an even better combination of products for an amazing mani!
Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to the System XCEL from Formula X...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Here's to a New Season

It's always a sad moment when you realize summer is officially over and autumn has fallen upon us (see what I did there? ;-) ). But there's no reason to fall in spirit, there are so many great things to fall in love with in this new season.
(That's the last of my awful joking, I promise.)

Today, I'd like to take a moment to say one last farewell to the summer season and all the fashion that goes along with it, including a beautiful, flowy dress that was an absolute favorite these past few months.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I Should Be Doing Homework... Or Sleeping...

I feel like every time I write a post I say "Wow, I haven't blogged for a while."
But it really has been a while (a little over a month actually, whoops).
I thought I'd stop by and say a quick hello. 
Ok, fine, I actually wanted to take a break from my working on an assignment.
But I also wanted to let you know that I have exciting posts coming up! 
In fact...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Angels in India

On June 4, 2016, 21 of us flew from the United States to Hyderabad, India for a week. 
Why? To open angel homes and love on the beautiful angels. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Estee Edit #BeautyAttitudes

Honestly, I've basically never had any interest in trying any makeup from Estee Lauder.
Why? Every time I think "Estee Lauder," I think "old women makeup."
My nighttime eye cream is actually from Estee Lauder because I heard how their skincare aims towards helping older women with lines and wrinkles. I'm not that old, but never too early to start taking precautionary measures, right?

The Estee Edit (sold exclusively at Sephora) is actually a campaign/collection aimed more towards the younger generation, the rule breakers and risk takers. So I was a bit curious to see if that would change my mind about Estee Lauder makeup! 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Lipstick Loves

In honor of yesterday being National Lipstick Day (I know I'm a little late onto the bandwagon), I thought I would share two of my very favorite lipsticks. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this photo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Why Everyone is Going Coconuts

It is like the most talked about beauty secret of basically the decade
Okay, a little exaggerating there, but who has not heard about coconut oil and all the useful things it can do?!
Therefore, I thought today I would share a few of the unusual ways you can use coconut oil and why it's such a great product. You won't see any "hair mask, moisturizer, body scrub" tips here. Nope. 

What is it about coconut oil that is so special? Why is it often considered the "Tree of Life" in Southeast Asia, India, Philippines, and other tropical locations?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Bestie for My Nails

To all the gals who are trying to grow their nails but are having a disaster of a time doing so, I would like to applaud you for your effort. I would also like to make your life a little easier and happier today. 
How? Well, allow me to introduce you to *drum roll*....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Power Couple: Spring's Must-Try Color Combinations

A couple of years ago I went through a huge color-blocking phase when it came to my outfits. Not only did I mix colors, but I really enjoyed mixing patterns as well! It was just so much fun! 
When I saw Christina Shanahan's article on spring's seven "must-try who-knew" color pairings in the April 2016 InStyle magazine, it just really took me back to those good ol' colorful days! 
Therefore, I thought I'd share three of the color pairings from the article that had inspired me and made me miss incorporating some color into my more neutral outfits nowadays. 
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Pale Blue + Aubergine
How great is this color combo transitioning from fall/winter into spring?! 
I love how the pale blue brightens and adds an interesting element to the deep purple!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Next New "It" Product? Essences + My Fave Toner!

It hasn't been talked about much (at least as far as I know), but I do believe that it will become quite the talk of the "skincare town" by the end of the year.
I actually didn't even know of essences until about the end of last year when I walked into Sephora looking for a toner I had just ran out of. However, I couldn't find it so I decided to ask one of the beauty advisors at the store. She asked me why I was looking for a toner, to which I responded that it helps assure that all of my makeup is off at the end of the day. Then, she wanted to know what kind of skin type I had. At that time, I was dealing with a lot of dry skin issues and my makeup would constantly look dry and "cracked" in areas. She explained to me that toners have alcohol as one of the main ingredients and that the last thing I needed was alcohol on my dry skin. Therefore, she recommended that I try an essence. She recommended the Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence in particular because it helps with redness and calming that down, which was another skin issue of mine. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Love So Deep

It's probably the fact that the marketing team and society has made it feel like it is the most luxurious and classy product line/brand ever, but I am absolutely hooked! Their marketing emails are always so amazing and definitely inspire me to go on the site and make a purchase. Therefore, please don't be alarmed by the proportion of Chanel products vs anything else in this post where I simply want to share the items I am loving lately.
Actually, "loving for a really really long time" would be more accurate. 
There's no rhyme or reason to the order of products I mention below or even the type of products I speak of. I have so many items that I am loving, but these are just a random few that I picked from my possessions. I think that throughout the weeks I will go through more and more items that I would like to share.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Life Lately

I have genuinely missed blogging!
So then why haven't I blogged?
I'm sure you can already guess my answer, but I've just been busy. The worries of every day life has gotten the best of me. On top of that, I was feeling a bit uninspired, to be honest. 
Why? Well, for a few reasons:
1. Tired, so I just did not have the energy to work something up. 
2. Life got a bit busy so I had to reprioritize a bit in order to stay somewhat sane. 
3. I just wasn't feeling my blog theme/template. For some reason, I wanted something new and fresh, which brings me to my next point...
I've redone my blog a bit, YAY!
What do we think? 
I personally love the cleaner, more simple look. I'd love to hear what you think!

Anyway, back to the point of writing this blog post...
I wanted to start up blogging again. I've been able to start 2016 with a more disciplined schedule that allows me to have some more time to do something other than go to work, school, and do homework. Therefore, I thought I'd put in some time creating some content for you to read/view. 

To begin, I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments from 2016 so far. 

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