35 Before 35

August 21, 2017

I got this idea from Georgina from Georgie Nicks. I really love the idea. I have a huge bucket list, like an whole book full, but I really love the idea of setting 35 things to do before you're 35. So here is a collection of 35 things I'd like to do before I'm 35!

The Liebster Award | Round 3 & 4

August 17, 2017

I woke up the other day to find that I was once again nominated for the Liebster Award. This time by the lovely Susanne of With Surprisingly Little Information About Flowers. You can check out her Liebster Award here.

Then I woke up the other day to find that I had be nominated again by the lovely Daisy of Daisy Hudson. You can check out her Liebster Award here.

Thank you lovely ladies so much for nominating me! Today I'll be answering both of their 11 questions and nominating some other bloggers as well. Make sure you check out their blogs and their Liebster posts!

I Hate Summer

August 16, 2017

It's hot, it's muggy, it's humid as hell. I hate it. So today since there is about 2 months left in Summer and I'm dreading it I thought it'd be the perfect time to go on a little rant about why I hate summer.

I Wish I Would Have Kept My Blog A Secret

August 13, 2017

I love my blog and the content I make but there are posts I want to write that I'm just not sure I can. And that is why I wish I'd kept my blog a secret from my family.

Meet My August Advertisers

August 9, 2017

I'm so excited to introduce you to my August Advertisers! Victoria of Lylia Rose is joining us again! And Melaine of A Prego Helping Pregos! 

Thank you so much to my advertisers this month! Your support means the world to me!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

August 8, 2017

I am so excited to do the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was nominated by the lovely Britt of Alternately Speaking! I love her blog do much! Make sure you go and check it out! You can read her Sunshine Blogger Award here! Thank you for nominating me Britt!

Taking A Step Back

August 2, 2017

Until the last week of July I uploaded a post every other day in 2017. I loved it but I became to much. I really love creating the content that I've made so far this year but the pressure to upload every other day was too much. 

The Harry Potter TAG

July 31, 2017

I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I watch the films at least 3 times a year and I have so many HP shirts and jumpers. I am dying to go to the Wizarding World! I need to go!

Anyway as a lover of Harry Potter I thought it would be fun to do the Harry Potter Tag today! As it is Harry Potter's 37th Birthday today. And this year marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book's release!

Monthly Favorites | July 2017

July 29, 2017

I legitimately have no idea where July when. I'm writing this on the 27th and when I realized yesterday was the 26th I thought my laptop and phone were broken. I honestly have know idea what happened and I'm pretty sure I'm going to wake up on Christmas morning tomorrow.

Anyway I've fallen through a wormhole and this month has disappeared but I still had a few favorites this month. So let's get into it.

Thoughts I Had While Re-Watching Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone

July 27, 2017

Since this year marks 20 years since the first book's release and this is Harry's birth month I have been watching the movies a ton this month. I realized I had a lot of unanswered questions so I decided to watch the whole series over and jot down everything.

That ended up being way way to0 long so I'm going to just be going Philosopher's stone today. It is still a long one so grab a nice cup of tea and settle in.

Warning Spoilers. Obviously.

Draco Malfoy | The Boy Who Didn't Have A Choice

July 22, 2017

A few days ago I wrote a post about how I hate Dumbledore and now I'm sticking up for Draco. Most of you are probably thinking I'm insane or that I read a different series. But let me tell you how I view Draco and maybe you'll understand why I love him and feel so sorry for him.

Spoiler Warning.

Why I Hate Dumbledore

July 17, 2017

I hate Dumbledore... So hear me out. 

5 Disappointing Lip Products

July 15, 2017

My soul hurts just writing that title. I am a lip product addict. Lippies are my favorite product of them all. Finding lippies that were disappointing makes me so sad. But it is inevitable as I have so many lippies and I can't leave Ulta without at least 1 lippie product.

Getting a lippie that just doesn't perform or meet expectations is the most disappointing for me when it comes to disappointing products. I love lip products and I've always looking for the new best lippie. Getting one that doesn't live up to hype or doesn't perform as promised always makes me sad.

 I'm just happy there are only 5 lip products on this list today.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara | First Impressions

July 13, 2017

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

"What it is: A BIG volume mascara that delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

What it does: You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.
*than bare lashes alone

What else you need to know: Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others."

- Lancome's Product Description

From Lancome's Website:

Research results

- 95% feel this mascara glides easily on lashes during application
- 95% find this mascara comfortable to wear all day long
- 92% find the color of the mascara very dark / intense
- 91% feel this mascara make their eyes look bigger
- 90% feel this mascara lengthen their lashes well

This mascara is available for $25 at Ulta, Sephora, and on lancome-usa.com It offically launches in the US on July 17th but you can pre-order now!

Here is what I think of the Lancome mascara so far.

My Pottermore Results | My Wand, My House, My Patronus

July 11, 2017

So in honor of the 20th anniversary and Harry's birth month I've finally caved in a joined Pottermore to be sorted. I kept putting it off because like any wizard kid going to Hogwarts I was worried about my house.

I will not lie as I was taking the test I kept saying "Anything but Hufflepuff." There isn't anything wrong with Hufflepuff I just feel that I really don't fit in that house.

I took the quizzes in order of how you would be present them had you really been going to Hogwarts. Get your Wand from Ollivander's, then be sorted into your house, then learn to cast a Patronus.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang | Review & Swatches

July 9, 2017

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

"The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick is a rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipstick that delivers dramatic, vivid pigment and 10 hours of luxurious wear. Enriched with seaberry, meranti and cocoa butter."

- Marc Jacobs Product Description

"What it is:  A rich, creamy lipstick that redefines luxury with instant indulgent color while providing 10 hours of wear. 

What it does: Indulge lips with a color-rich, creamy lipstick in a sleek black case. In just one sensual swipe, Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick delivers indulgent color that lasts all day long. The unprecedented color payoff comes from concentrated color-boosting pigments that are triple-milled and enriched with hydrating ingredients—imparting ultimate long-lasting color and moisture.

Your lips will feel instantly plumped and nourished from powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Its subtle vanilla taste and scent mimic a decadent dessert. Just snap the case shut and hear a satisfying click, which Marc Jacobs describes as "the sound of luxury." 

- Sephora's Product Description

This lipstick is available for $30.00 at Sephora and on marcjacobs.com

Here is my experience with the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick.

Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

July 7, 2017

I think every blogger writes a post like this at some point. We look back at when we started and wish someone had given us some words of wisdom. So today I want to tell you the things I wish I knew when I started blogging.

Why I'm Happy Being Single

July 5, 2017

I see so many people complaining about being single. Or complaining about dating. I have never being in a relationship or felt like I had to be in one. I never really understood why people were so upset with the idea of being single. So I asked you all on Twitter if you'd be interested in this post and it was met with a pretty welcoming yes.

Meet My July Advertisers

July 3, 2017

I'm so excited to introduce you to my July Advertisers! Victoria of Lylia Rose is joining us again! And Melaine of A Prego Helping Pregos! And we are joined by Spokhette this month! 

Thank you so much to m advertisers this month! Your support means the world to me!

The Liebster Award | Round 2

July 1, 2017

Thank you to Hannah of Illuminated Hearts for nominating me! You can read her post here. I am so excited to do this award for a second time! The awesome thing about these awards is that the person who nominated you gives you the questions so you can do them over and over again!

Monthly Favorites | June 2017

June 29, 2017

How is June almost over? This year isn't even happening. It was December yesterday, right? Maybe it feels so fast because 2016 dragged on.

I didn't try much this month in the way of makeup. Using some old favorites. I did discover a bunch of movies and TV shows this month.

NYX Matte Bronzer | Review + Swatches

June 27, 2017

NYX Matte Bronzer

"Perfect for Spring Summer and beyond – the Matte Bronzers have arrived! Achieve a natural and healthy looking complexion using any of the powder bronzers available in five russet shades. Perfect for that desired honey glow all year long!"

- NYX Product Description

The NYX Matte Bronzer is available for $8.99 at ulta and $9 on nyxcosmetics.com

Here is my experience with the NYX Matte Bronzer.

25 Little Things

June 25, 2017

Life moves by so fast and sometime we don't stop to enjoy all the little parts of our lives. So inspired by Columbus's Rule #32 in Zombieland I've recently decided to enjoying the little things.

I decided to make a list of the little things that make me happy. And enjoy them more. Take time to let them make me happy.

Product VS - Bronzers

June 23, 2017

Last week I told you about my favorite bronzers. Today I thought I'd put all the bronzers I own head to head to see which one is the best. I currently own 5 bronzers but only put 4 in the favorites post.

I love the bronzers from my favorites post but there has to be one that is better than the best right? So which bronzer is the best? Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Lorac Matte Bronzer, NYX Matte Bronzer or Rimmel London Natural Bronzer?

Why Harry Potter Should Have Been A TV Show

June 21, 2017

When books get turned into movies so much is lost. I really wish they would do TV shows honestly. So much import but little things get cut when the book hit the big screen. So many details could be saved if they make the books TV shows instead.

This only applies to series but series are pretty much the only books that get so much dumped during production. If they were TV shows instead 1-3 chapters could make up an episode and each book could be a season. It would be so much better that way. 

So here is why I think Harry Potter should have been a TV show.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask | Review

June 19, 2017

"This clarifying mask draws out dirt and congestion while helping absorb excess oil and improve the appearance of troubled skin. A proprietary blend of African Black Soap and Raw Shea Butter helps to clarify, balance and soothe blemish-prone skin. Skin feels purified and refreshed."

- Shea Moisture's Product Description

This mask is available for $15.99 at Ulta and $14.99 at Target and on sheamoisture.com

Here is my experience with the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Mud Mask.

A Blog Without a Niche | Why I Blog About Anything & Everything

June 17, 2017

When I started this blog I really only wrote about beauty. I wanted to do DIYs and lifestyle too. I decided early on that I wanted this blog to be about everything I loved. I wanted to be about my life and my loves. So that's what I decided to do this year.

My Favorite Bronzers

June 15, 2017

Summer is almost upon us! That means everyone is about to go bronzer crazy! I really love bronzers! I'm a huge fan of matte, warm bronzers. So that will be a common theme in this post.

I fell in love with bronzer so much over the last year! I think it may partially the fact that I'm super pale so everything looks orange and partially the fact that it was only recently that I learnt how to truly use bronzer.

My Summer Bucket List

June 13, 2017

How is the first day of summer a week from today? This year has flown by so far! When you're a kid they don't tell you how fast time goes the older you get. Time feels like trudging through sludge as a kid. And as an adult it feels like it's going to fast you haven't even lived it.

So I've decided to start making seasonal bucket lists to help me slow down and enjoy things. I have a 35 Before 35 List but I want to make season lists. So today I have for you a list of 40 things I want to do this Summer from June 21st to September 22nd.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams | Review + Swatches

June 11, 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

"Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a fan favorite."

NYX Product Description

"NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream straddles the line between lipstick and gloss!

- Creamy, lustrous formula applies like silk
- Soft matte finish exudes a sensual glow
- Unique innovative texture adds the perfect polish to any look"

Ulta Product Description

These lip creams are available for $5.99 at Ulta and $6 on nyxcosmetics.com

Here is my experience with NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

2017 Goals - 6 Month Check-in

June 9, 2017

I can't beleive that year is half over! I swear the older I get the faster they go by. In January I uploaded my 2017 Goals. In that post I set 5 goals for my blog and myself in 2017.  

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed | Review + Swatches

June 7, 2017

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

"There’s nothing sexier than bronzy, glowing skin—sans the sun damage, of course. When you get the look right, it’s SO right. But get it wrong, and you risk looking like you had a run-in with an Oompa-Loompa (not pretty). Nail the golden goddess look every time with Beached Bronzer. 

Dust this silky powder on your face or all over your whole body—and look like you spent a week hanging out on the sunny beaches of Fiji (rather than in a drab, windowless office). 

Our finely milled, super-soft formula applies smoothly, doesn’t streak, and creates a radiant glow that won’t quit. Get Beached (not burned); these universally flattering matte shades provide sheer, natural-looking coverage every time. 

If you swore off powder bronzers because they always felt dry and applied unevenly, you’ll be blown away by how different Beached Bronzer is. Wende loves to use this formula after contouring to make her skin look less flat and more dimensional. Finely milling the powder gives it an ultra creamy texture that feels amazing on your skin, while HPP (Highlighter Performing Pigments) Technology provides rich color, long-lasting elements and the perfect level of coverage. And wait until you see how easy it is to use! 

One glance at the artwork on our Beached Bronzer compact, and you’ll feel instantly transported to a tropical island. (Picture yourself on the sand gazing up at palm trees, and you’ll get the idea.) We even included a full-size mirror—perfect for applying on the go."

- Urban Decay Product Description

This bronzer is available for $28 at Ulta, Sephora and urbandecay.com

Here is my experience with the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer. 

Meet My June Advertisers

June 5, 2017

I'm so excited to bring you my first advertisers! I started offering ad spots and these are the lovely people supporting me in June!

My Favorite Video Games

June 3, 2017

Video games are my favorite thing to do when I have free time. I have loved video games since I was a kid. I started playing the Nintendo 64 when I was only 4 years old. I started playing young and will keep playing until I can't anymore.

5 Lipsticks for Life

June 1, 2017

I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do at least one lip product post per month. So while brainstorming ideas for lip posts I thought, what if you could only have 5 lipsticks for the rest of time. Sometimes my own brain scares me.

The idea of 5 lipsticks forever is a bit horrifying. So of course I had to do it!

SPI Cosmetics Pink 12pc Brush Set | Review

May 30, 2017

I was so excited when SPI emailed me about reviewing some of their brushes. I love makeup brushes so much! I mostly use Real Techniques so I love trying new brands. 

"Sassi's cruelty-free brush set is perfect for applying your favorite cosmetics with style. This set includes twelve of our high-quality brushes for the eyes, cheeks, and complexion.

SET INCLUDES: (1) Angled Liner Brush, (1) Brow and Lash Comb, (1) Smoky Liner Brush, (1) Bent Liner Brush, (1) Small Concealer Brush, (1) Large Concealer Brush, (1) Small Eyeshadow Brush, (1) Small Eyeshadow Brush, (1) Fan Brush, (1) Foundation Brush, (1) Contour Brush, (1) Powder Brush, (1) Brush Case

Makeup application is effortless thanks to the Pink! Synthetic Makeup Brushes.
Featuring two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex that mimics the consistency of natural hairs to pick up formula effortlessly.

Holds any cream, powder, or liquid formula without absorption.

- Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
- Two-toned synthetic fibers
- Exclusively designed ergonomic handle for total control"

-SPI Product Description

These brushes are from SPIcosmetics.com and are $18.

Monthly Favorites | May 2017

May 28, 2017

How is May almost over already? It seems like it just started! I feel like I say that every month. I think I should probably just give up on the months feeling longer.

May was a pretty great month. I when to Cincinnati and visited my sister and my niece and nephew. I started selling ad spots and got my first advertisers which I'm so excited to tell you about next week!

This month I also posted my 75th blog post of 2017. My goal for 2017 was to upload 75-100+ posts this year. This post is my 83rd of the year. I'm so happy and I'm so proud of myself for hitting my goal and keeping to my every other day upload schedule!

So onto what I loved this month. I didn't try many new products this month so I'll be throwing in some old favorites in that I have been using this month.

Geek Confessions

May 26, 2017

Not to long ago I did a post about my unpopular geek opinions. This is kind of similar. People in geek communities get so offended if you say you have never seen something or read something.

So today I'm going to share some of my geek confessions. The things I've never read or watched.

Influenster #GlowVoxBox - Unboxing

May 24, 2017

I'm so excited to try out another VoxBox! I've done 3 so far. The GlamVoxBox, the SproutVoxbox and the Maybelline BetterSkin Powder VoxBox. I got the Maybelline one when I was in a blogging slump so I never did a post on it.

If you haven't heard of Influenster they are a company that send products to Social Media influencers for testing and review. I did a whole post about them when I got my first box. You can read that here.

Anyway onto wants in the box.

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Big Sexy Double The Lip Kit | Review + Swatches (Lipstick & Liner All In One)

May 22, 2017

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Big Sex Lip Kit

"They’re real! double the lip creates visibly fuller-looking lips in one easy step. The BIG sexy lipstick set includes four of these sexy lipsticks & liners. Each custom teardrop tip grabs & defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing color for visibly fuller, sexier lips instantly!"

- Benefit Product Description

Benefit says that in a 1 week panel of 110 women "95% said it’s super easy to apply, 91% said lips look visibly fuller and sexier, 92% said it grabs & defines the lip line" and in a test with 20 of the panelist they had "8 hours of BEYOND BELIEF color!"

Benefit describes the colors as Flame Game, a fiery orange-red, Pink Thrills, a real pink, Revved-Up Red, a cherry red, and Lusty Rose, a rosy neutral.

This set is available for $29 at Ulta, Sephora and on benefitcosmetics.com US. This set is also available in the UK for £25.50 at Debenhams and benefitcosmetics.com UK.

My Favorite Disney & Pixar Films

May 20, 2017

When I was a kid I never liked musicals. So I never really watched Disney films. I still haven't watched any originals other than Cinderella. And to be honest I don't remember it very well.

So most of the Disney films I like are the ones they've made partnered with Pixar. I only recently started to like musicals a little bit and so I like some of the newer Disney films but some are still to show tuney for me.

Ulta Birthday Gift - 2017 2nd Quarter

May 18, 2017

I love beauty reward programs! Coupons, exclusive deals and birthday gifts! Sephora does same gift for the whole year but Ulta changed their gift every 3 months. I did a post in February about Ulta's first quarter gift and sephora's 2017 gifts.  

My mom got this quarter's gift and gave it to me. I was so excited to see that it was the new Lancome Mascara as a pre-release sample! This mascara is coming to Ulta in July. I'm so excited to try it before launch!

Summer Lips

May 16, 2017

I can't believe it's almost summer! How is the first day of summer only a little over a month away? I say that but I've had my AC on for about 2 weeks so I shouldn't really be surprised.

I have always been a fan of any shade in any season so instead of going all reds or all corals or nudes I've compiled a little list for you if my favorite lip products that wear really well in the heat.