September Favorites!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hi everyone! Another month has gone by and once again I bring to you my monthly favorites. These are all products I've actually gotten this month and have been using nonstop!  Let me know if you decide to try any of these out yourself or if you're already a huge fan!

Stila The Natural Pallet - Recently I've started experimenting more and more with different eye looks but it's something that I've never really been into before so I didn't have very many eye shadows to play with. I came across this pallet while browsing the Ulta website and I thought it was just what I was looking for! It's a gorgeous neutral pallet that's a little on the pinky-mauve side which I really like. The top row has three matte shades, the second row has three shimmery shades (my camera didn't pick up the shimmer too well, but it's there!), and the third row has a shimmer and a bronzer which truthfully I haven't used yet. The pallet is pretty versittel and the mix of matte and shimmer shades allows you to create many different looks with just these few colors. I didn't see much fallout with these either as you may get with some shimmer shadows. This pallet is lightly pigmented but very buildable. This makes it perfect for a beginner because it's really hard to be too heavy handed with the colors. I've since gotten a few more pallets but I keep reaching back for this one!

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - I'm obsessed with mascaras and I love to constantly try new ones! I've had my eye on this one for quite a while, but I couldn't bring myself to purchase it because I've been in love with my BADgal Lash mascara from Benefit. But I finally decided to give it a try this month and it became my new favorite mascara after the very first time I put it on! It has a great formula and brush combo and it makes my lashes look like I've curled them without even having to do so! It makes them look fuller and longer without clumping and giving me spider lashes. If there's one new product that you try this month, I recommend this one!

NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie -  I love these butter glosses from NYX and I wear them almost on a daily basis. They're very creamy and don't dry out your lips. I've been loving a very nude lip lately and this gloss is perfect for that. I like to put it over pink shades, as you can tell in the photo above, to give my lips a really nice pinky nude look. Plus, the price is hard to beat for such a great quality product!

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ - I have very dry skin so I always like to use a spray after applying my makeup to revitalize my skin. Not only does this help my makeup to last longer but it helps to hydrate my face and keep it from looking dry and cakey. I especially love this spray because it's extremely hydrating and gives my makeup a really nice dewy finish. It also smells like a field of flowers which always makes me really happy when I spray it on my face.

B&BW Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow Candle - I love all of the fall pumpkin scents that are coming out but sometimes they can all blend together and I can't even tell the difference from one candle to another. But this one is a clear stand out for me. It smells so warm and cozy, it makes me feel like I should be wrapped up in a blanket next to the fireplace drinking a cup of hot chocolate. It's also very sweet but not in an overpowering way. The vanilla is the dominant scent but mixed with the other two it has a really unique and cozy scent that immediately makes me think of fall.

What have been your favorites this month?
Happy Tuesday!

Summer Recap!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm so happy that it's officially fall and so I thought it would be fun to take one last look back on this summer and to say goodbye to the swimsuits and sandals for the year! I have to say it was a pretty good one for me this year filled with lots of time spent with loved ones in the sunshine. I turned 23 and spent a lovely weekend camping in Michigan with Marc. I spent weekend mornings on the farm picking blueberries and the afternoons swimming at the Michigan Dunes with my family. I really learned to enjoy summer this year and here are a few things I'll miss the most:

+ Bike riding through the woods.
+ Eating out outside. 
+ Skater dresses. 
+ Picnics. 
+ Watching the kitties playing outside.
+ Driving with all the windows rolled down.
+ Fresh fruit from the farm! 
+ Bright colors!
+ Eating ice cream! 

What are some highlights of your summer?
Happy Saturday!

Life Lately.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hi everyone! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may know that I've been sick for nearly the last three weeks now, which is why things have slowed down a little around here. I usually don't get sick, I honestly haven't had a cold for at least two years. So when it hit me this time, it hit me hard. But I'm mostly all better now, I just have a cough that refuses to go away! I don't like using heavy medication for small things like this, I feel like my body can fight it off on its own. But I think I'm going to have to try something a little stronger because this cough doesn't seem to be going anywhere and I'm so over it!

In other news, you guys may know that I was in the midst of applying to nursing school. I finally got my answer last week, and... I'm in! I've been accepted to the nursing program I applied for and I'll be starting in January! I'm so thankful and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can finally take a breath and stop worrying about whether or not I'm going to be accepted! Phew!

How have you been spending your September?
Happy Wednesday!

DIY Pinecone Centerpiece!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

1. Assorted colorful spray paint (Home Depot, $3.44).
2. Clear container (Burlington, $4.99).
3. Pinecones (Backyard, free! You can also find them at the craft store).

You can skip the first two steps but I do recommend them if you gather your pinecones from your backyard like I did

1. Place your pinecones on a baking tray, be sure to line it with wax paper so the sap doesn't get all over your tray. 
2. Bake them at 250°F for about an hour. This will sterilize the pinecones and take out any moisture which will give them a really nice shape. 
3. Spray paint your pinecones. I did this by holding them by the tip so I do recommend wearing gloves for this step. Be sure to spray paint the pine cones while holding them facing up as well as down. This will ensure that they are fully coated on all sides since they do have a lot of crevices. 
4. Let your pinecones dry for a few hours.
5. Place your dry pinecones into your container. Be sure to do this gently as they are slightly brittle.

I hope you guys enjoyed this super simple DIY. I absolutely love the way these pinecones turned out and I'm probably going to make a few more of these to scatter throughout the apartment. I think that this is a super fun way to decorate for fall while still keeping it fun and colorful! 
  
Let me know if you try this DIY yourself!
Happy Saturday! 

Life Lately.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hi everyone! Recently I spent some time with my best friend, Isabella. We went on a little shopping trip where I picked up a few craft supplies and some Halloween goodies. I love this time of year and I can't wait to get to work on some new DIY decorations for my apartment! Afterwards, we had a late breakfast lunch at one of our favorite crepe cafes. I ordered a s'mores crepe because I'm obsessed with all things s'mores, yum! Speaking of s'mores, I can't wait to start using our fireplace again! It doesn't get any better than roasting marshmallows and drinking a nice cup of tea with the fire going on a chilly fall day! Aside from that I've been spending my time hanging out with Marc, snuggling with the cats, watching lots of Doctor Who, playing The Sims 4, and doing a bit of schoolwork.

How have you been spending  your September so far?
Happy Tuesday! 

This Week.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hi everyone! I can not tell you guys how happy I am that these last two weeks are over! Like I mentioned before I took last week off of work in order to study for my HESI exam this Tuesday. To my surprise I did an excellent job overall so it was well worth loosing half my paycheck. I've also submitted my personal statement along with my transcripts so all I can do now is wait. My admissions adviser has told me that I have a competitive application so I'm cautiously optimistic. I also started school and I've had an increase in my hours at work (I think it's time to ask for a raise!) so this weekend I'll be playing catch up on everything that I've had to neglect in the last two weeks. I'm just thankful to be finished with the application process, it's out of my hands now so I can get back to focusing on real life. Phew!

How did you spend your week?
Happy weekend!

Happy September!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hi everyone! Where has this year gone?! We're already welcoming September and before we know it the leaves will be changing colors and we'll be wearing our favorite fall boots! I can't say that I'm sad to see summer go, but I did genuinely enjoy it this year. Usually I'm not a fan at all but I feel like I turned over a new leaf this year. Fit & flare dresses and bright colors were a big hit for me throughout the summer months. But I'm excited for the weather to start cooling down and to be able to bring my ankle boots and parkas out of the back of my closet. Mostly though I'm looking forward to October. It's my favorite month and Marc and I will be celebrating our fourth anniversary this year!

What are you looking forward to this month?
Happy September!