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Let's cut the chit-chat and get right into my recent favorites. A lot of it may look familiar as I mentioned them on Instagram, Snapchat, or right here on the blog.
  • Milk Makeup Dab + Blend Applicator: This silicone applicator has been such a big game-changer for me and the way I apply my face makeup. Since I've been mainly using skin tints nowadays I've just been using my hands for the application process, but by doing so I find myself with super messy hands. I don't necessarily use this to apply my skin tints, but on days where I wear foundation, this is my go to. 
  • Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara: I have been wanting to try this mascara out for the longest. It isn't one of those highly-raved about mascaras, and I don't know why! Don't sleep on this mascara anymore because it is probably one of the most lengthening mascaras I have ever used. EVER. My lashes are short and sparse but when applying this to my lashes, they have more definition and more length. Love love love it! 
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff: Ironically I thought the two lighter shades of the Cloud Paint were going to be my least favorite, but out of the four shades, "Puff" is the one that I tend to grab for the most. It is not a vibrant hot pink color, but a very soft pink. It gives you that light sunkissed tint, without looking burnt. I find that I look more awake and it gives me a healthy glow. 
  • Glossier Haloscope in Quartz: I never thought I would come across another highlighter that I liked just as much as the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, but I did and I'm in love. This highlight is a lot more natural looking compared to the Holographic Stick. If you're into the dewy-highlight look as opposed to highlights that are more metallic looking, then this is the highlighting stick for you!  
  • Shop Bando Planner: I may have mentioned this in a favorite before, but I'm going to mention this planner again because I can finally use it! I love going through the pages because of all the cute artwork and it makes me a lot more fun to write out your plans, due dates, ideas etc. etc.
  • Hot For Food: A YouTube channel that I've been binge-watching all their videos is Hot For Food. This is a YouTube channel that focuses on vegan food and recipes. I love watching Lauren cook all these different dishes and "veganizing" every day dishes. Her instructions and videos are ridiculously easy to follow, so if you're someone like me who is venturing toward a vegan diet/lifestyle then I highly suggest you give her channel a huge thumbs up and subscribe because you will not regret it! They're also releasing their cookbook next February, which you can pre-order now.
  • Pacifica Nail Polish: If you want a good quality nail polish that doesn't chip and is also vegan, you need to invest in some Pacifica nail polishes right now. I've never  been one to paint my nails often because they always end up chipping off due to my work, but I decided to buy these on a whim and I'm beyond impressed! The formula is thick but applies on smooth and dries rather quickly. After working with my hands all day, my nail polish still looked new! The three colors I bought were Viking Heart, Pink Moon, and Dark Desert Highway. Viking Heart is my favorite out of the three, it's a deep, red color that almost looks black. It's seriously perfect for the upcoming fall season.
  • Pacifica Glow Baby Youth Salvation Walnut Scrub: The one skincare step that I always seemed to neglect was exfoliating my skin, which is ironic considering I have dry skin. I was always reluctant to try sugar face scrubs because I found they were too abrasive, but then I came across this and I strongly believe it's "the one." The scrub is gentle on my skin but abrasive enough to where I feel it's really getting down into my pores and scrubbing away all the dead skin cells. My skin is literally glowing after I use this and is so soft to the touch. Love it and will be repurchasing this again ASAP!
  • Sabrina Claudio: I think I just fell in love. I discovered her music on accident one day and it has enlightened my life so much. Her voice is so soothing and the vibe to her music suits my taste so well. I suggest checking out her song "Belong To You" and "Unravel Me"
Ironic to say that I didn't want to do Monthly Favorite posts anymore and yet it seems I've had favorites for each month that has passed. But here's to a new month and to new adventures to come in September. I should be told this month whether or not I'll be getting my braces off in October, so fingers-crossed that I'll be receiving good news! Not sure what else is in store for this month to be honest. But I'm staying positive! Lastly, September 8th is about to be a good day, because Sam Smith is releasing some new sounds and I'm dying of anticipation!!!!

Falling For These Favorites

September 11, 2017


Let's cut the chit-chat and get right into my recent favorites. A lot of it may look familiar as I mentioned them on Instagram, Snapchat, or right here on the blog.
  • Milk Makeup Dab + Blend Applicator: This silicone applicator has been such a big game-changer for me and the way I apply my face makeup. Since I've been mainly using skin tints nowadays I've just been using my hands for the application process, but by doing so I find myself with super messy hands. I don't necessarily use this to apply my skin tints, but on days where I wear foundation, this is my go to. 
  • Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara: I have been wanting to try this mascara out for the longest. It isn't one of those highly-raved about mascaras, and I don't know why! Don't sleep on this mascara anymore because it is probably one of the most lengthening mascaras I have ever used. EVER. My lashes are short and sparse but when applying this to my lashes, they have more definition and more length. Love love love it! 
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff: Ironically I thought the two lighter shades of the Cloud Paint were going to be my least favorite, but out of the four shades, "Puff" is the one that I tend to grab for the most. It is not a vibrant hot pink color, but a very soft pink. It gives you that light sunkissed tint, without looking burnt. I find that I look more awake and it gives me a healthy glow. 
  • Glossier Haloscope in Quartz: I never thought I would come across another highlighter that I liked just as much as the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, but I did and I'm in love. This highlight is a lot more natural looking compared to the Holographic Stick. If you're into the dewy-highlight look as opposed to highlights that are more metallic looking, then this is the highlighting stick for you!  
  • Shop Bando Planner: I may have mentioned this in a favorite before, but I'm going to mention this planner again because I can finally use it! I love going through the pages because of all the cute artwork and it makes me a lot more fun to write out your plans, due dates, ideas etc. etc.
  • Hot For Food: A YouTube channel that I've been binge-watching all their videos is Hot For Food. This is a YouTube channel that focuses on vegan food and recipes. I love watching Lauren cook all these different dishes and "veganizing" every day dishes. Her instructions and videos are ridiculously easy to follow, so if you're someone like me who is venturing toward a vegan diet/lifestyle then I highly suggest you give her channel a huge thumbs up and subscribe because you will not regret it! They're also releasing their cookbook next February, which you can pre-order now.
  • Pacifica Nail Polish: If you want a good quality nail polish that doesn't chip and is also vegan, you need to invest in some Pacifica nail polishes right now. I've never  been one to paint my nails often because they always end up chipping off due to my work, but I decided to buy these on a whim and I'm beyond impressed! The formula is thick but applies on smooth and dries rather quickly. After working with my hands all day, my nail polish still looked new! The three colors I bought were Viking Heart, Pink Moon, and Dark Desert Highway. Viking Heart is my favorite out of the three, it's a deep, red color that almost looks black. It's seriously perfect for the upcoming fall season.
  • Pacifica Glow Baby Youth Salvation Walnut Scrub: The one skincare step that I always seemed to neglect was exfoliating my skin, which is ironic considering I have dry skin. I was always reluctant to try sugar face scrubs because I found they were too abrasive, but then I came across this and I strongly believe it's "the one." The scrub is gentle on my skin but abrasive enough to where I feel it's really getting down into my pores and scrubbing away all the dead skin cells. My skin is literally glowing after I use this and is so soft to the touch. Love it and will be repurchasing this again ASAP!
  • Sabrina Claudio: I think I just fell in love. I discovered her music on accident one day and it has enlightened my life so much. Her voice is so soothing and the vibe to her music suits my taste so well. I suggest checking out her song "Belong To You" and "Unravel Me"
Ironic to say that I didn't want to do Monthly Favorite posts anymore and yet it seems I've had favorites for each month that has passed. But here's to a new month and to new adventures to come in September. I should be told this month whether or not I'll be getting my braces off in October, so fingers-crossed that I'll be receiving good news! Not sure what else is in store for this month to be honest. But I'm staying positive! Lastly, September 8th is about to be a good day, because Sam Smith is releasing some new sounds and I'm dying of anticipation!!!!

I was recently sent this Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-PowderDry Shampoo from Influenster and I thought it was so cool that I was actually sent something for free to review! I recently just joined Influenster after being on the fence about it for a couple months now. If you haven't heard of Influenster, they are a website/app that anyone can join to review good/bad products that they have tried. Basically they're the "Yelp!" for beauty products, skincare, books, anything really. What's great about Influenster is that anyone can also be a candidate to be sent free items to review! Seriously, there is no cost or forms of payment for you to be a member and I'm lowkey addicted. Whenever I have a bit of downtime I go on the Influenster app and just write a short, simple review of a product.

I rarely wash my hair throughout the week, I want to say no more than twice a week, so I basically live off dry shampoo. I tested the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and it did a really phenomenal job of absorbing any excess oil I had in my hair and made my hair look completely refreshed. The one fallback to this is that I didn't get much volume after using it. I would say this doesn't compare to the volumizing power of the Living Proof Dry Shampoo (which is my favorite dry shampoo to date.) Ultimately this dry shampoo is advertised more for absorbing oil than volumizing, as you can see stated on the bottle it offers to "lightly volumize." So if you're on the market for a dry shampoo to mainly refreshen your roots without creating a giant puff ball on your head, then I would suggest checking this out! It retails for $30 for this full size (3.1 oz) and $14 for the travel size (0.85 oz) 

I do like that this offers UV protection because sometimes we forget that our hair needs protection from the sun too! It also applies clear so you don't have to worry about getting a white-cast into your hair. The product does have a scent to it that lingers a little after applying, I sprayed a little too much into my hair one day and it gave me a slight headache. Lastly, I'm not 100% sure if this product is cruelty-free. On the Bumble and Bumble website they state that they "do not test on animals, unless required by law." They are also owned by Estee Lauder, which is a brand/company that does test on animals. 

Thank you again, Influenster for sending me this product to try out! If you want to be sent free products to review while also joining a community of other friendly reviewers make an account on Influenster now! Also bring Influenster wherever you go by downloading the app in the App Store. 

Bumble and Bumble : Influenster Vox Box

August 30, 2017


I was recently sent this Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-PowderDry Shampoo from Influenster and I thought it was so cool that I was actually sent something for free to review! I recently just joined Influenster after being on the fence about it for a couple months now. If you haven't heard of Influenster, they are a website/app that anyone can join to review good/bad products that they have tried. Basically they're the "Yelp!" for beauty products, skincare, books, anything really. What's great about Influenster is that anyone can also be a candidate to be sent free items to review! Seriously, there is no cost or forms of payment for you to be a member and I'm lowkey addicted. Whenever I have a bit of downtime I go on the Influenster app and just write a short, simple review of a product.

I rarely wash my hair throughout the week, I want to say no more than twice a week, so I basically live off dry shampoo. I tested the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and it did a really phenomenal job of absorbing any excess oil I had in my hair and made my hair look completely refreshed. The one fallback to this is that I didn't get much volume after using it. I would say this doesn't compare to the volumizing power of the Living Proof Dry Shampoo (which is my favorite dry shampoo to date.) Ultimately this dry shampoo is advertised more for absorbing oil than volumizing, as you can see stated on the bottle it offers to "lightly volumize." So if you're on the market for a dry shampoo to mainly refreshen your roots without creating a giant puff ball on your head, then I would suggest checking this out! It retails for $30 for this full size (3.1 oz) and $14 for the travel size (0.85 oz) 

I do like that this offers UV protection because sometimes we forget that our hair needs protection from the sun too! It also applies clear so you don't have to worry about getting a white-cast into your hair. The product does have a scent to it that lingers a little after applying, I sprayed a little too much into my hair one day and it gave me a slight headache. Lastly, I'm not 100% sure if this product is cruelty-free. On the Bumble and Bumble website they state that they "do not test on animals, unless required by law." They are also owned by Estee Lauder, which is a brand/company that does test on animals. 

Thank you again, Influenster for sending me this product to try out! If you want to be sent free products to review while also joining a community of other friendly reviewers make an account on Influenster now! Also bring Influenster wherever you go by downloading the app in the App Store. 
As promised, here is part two of my three year anniversary trip to New York. These photos are from when Anthony and I spent the day in Brooklyn, Coney Island, went to the beach, and just random photos that accumulated during our time together.
You can watch the talented violinist Lee England Jr. out at Coney Island. Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram to listen to more of his violin covers! 




Had to check out Screamer's Pizza while in Brooklyn and they did not disappoint. We ordered a whole pie and enjoyed eating it in the park. We then treated ourselves to some vegan ice cream next door at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Our tummies were happy. 

Anthony and I did some venturing out in Patchogue and as we were walking back to the car we found this shopping cart and Anthony was very adamant about pushing me in it. It was surprisingly really fun and we got a good laugh out of it. It kind of hurt my bum whenever we went over a small bump though lol. 
To end things we lit some sparklers in honor of 4th of July. We also enjoyed a small fire out in the backyard, but it was cut short because so many of the neighbors were lighting off loud firecrackers and whatnot. It was nice while it lasted.

I hate how short our visits to each other are, but we're staying positive and working toward making this our last year EVER of being a long distance couple. Because let's admit it, being a long distance couple has lost it's appeal, if it ever had appeal in the first place that it, and it's run it's course. We're ready for a new chapter in our relationship and that means finally moving in together! 

Photo Diary : Three Year Anniversary Trip Part Two

August 25, 2017

As promised, here is part two of my three year anniversary trip to New York. These photos are from when Anthony and I spent the day in Brooklyn, Coney Island, went to the beach, and just random photos that accumulated during our time together.
You can watch the talented violinist Lee England Jr. out at Coney Island. Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram to listen to more of his violin covers! 




Had to check out Screamer's Pizza while in Brooklyn and they did not disappoint. We ordered a whole pie and enjoyed eating it in the park. We then treated ourselves to some vegan ice cream next door at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Our tummies were happy. 

Anthony and I did some venturing out in Patchogue and as we were walking back to the car we found this shopping cart and Anthony was very adamant about pushing me in it. It was surprisingly really fun and we got a good laugh out of it. It kind of hurt my bum whenever we went over a small bump though lol. 
To end things we lit some sparklers in honor of 4th of July. We also enjoyed a small fire out in the backyard, but it was cut short because so many of the neighbors were lighting off loud firecrackers and whatnot. It was nice while it lasted.

I hate how short our visits to each other are, but we're staying positive and working toward making this our last year EVER of being a long distance couple. Because let's admit it, being a long distance couple has lost it's appeal, if it ever had appeal in the first place that it, and it's run it's course. We're ready for a new chapter in our relationship and that means finally moving in together! 

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