Saturday, August 31, 2013

Revlon Lip Butters Collection

Left to Right: Cherry Tarte, Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Pink Lemonade, Lollipop, and Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butters are one of my holy grail makeup items, and for good reason! I never used to be much of a lip product girl, but these changed my whole view. Lip Butters are in between a lip balm and a lipstick, which is the best of both worlds in my opinion! They are moisturizing and smooth like a lip balm but have the color payoff close to a lipstick. I love the names of these lip butters because they are all sweets! Since these are not quite a lipstick, the lasting power isn't as long, but they are easy to reapply throughout the day and usually don't even need a mirror! I think these are perfect for anyone in school because you can get a great wash of color without having to worry about being as exact as you have to be with lipstick. Just throw one of these in your makeup bag and reapply as needed throughout your school day. Since school may cut down the time you have to get ready in the morning, a cute lip color can transform your look (and make you look like you put in more effort than you did)!

Cherry Tarte

Cherry Tarte is a dark red color with some fine glitter. This is great for fall and winter and is very pigmented. I would pair this with some winged eyeliner for a classic look, but keep the rest of the makeup simple to let the lips shine!

Creme Brulee

This is a great everyday neutral. Creme Brulee would be great with a dramatic eye look so the eyes can be the focus and not the lips. Some neutrals can make me look washed out but this doesn't take the life out of my face. The best way I can describe this lip butter is a light caramel color that would go with lots of different skin tones. Whenever I look at my lips after I put this on, I imagine I just drank a caramel latte :P


Lollipop is a bright fuchsia with a lot of glitter. I am not usually a fan of glitter in lip products but this makes the color even more fun! This product would be great for summer nights and definitely would spice up a plain makeup look.

Pink Lemonade

This is a sheer lip butter. It's one of those products that makes your lips look natural but amazing! It is a soft pink that goes with any makeup look or outfit. I love to keep this in my bag all the time and whenever I want a sheer wash of color, I go for Pink Lemonade.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Cupcake is probably my favorite Revlon Lip Butter. It's a pigmented light pink that is so girly and cute! This was one of the first lip butters that I bought (thank God I did) and triggered my love for this collection.

Wild Watermelon

The name describes this color perfectly! Wild Watermelon is a bright red, no glitter. It's a great summer lip color and is so fun to wear. This, along with Pink Lemonade, were just added to the collection this summer and I'm glad they came out with this!

Top to Bottom: Wild Watermelon, Lollipop, Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Pink Lemonade, and Cherry Tarte

Have you guys ever tried the Revlon Lip Butters? Tell me which ones below!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School Advice

There's endless amounts of back to school advice and usually the people giving it make it appear that they have everything figured out, but I've been going to school for 16 years and I still don't know it all! I mean, by now you think I would be an expert at studying and managing my time perfectly, but that is not always the case. This long journey is a learning process and even though I don't have it all figured out, I do have some advice! So here I am going to share with you my stories from past school years of what attributed to my successes and also the things that turned out to be absolute failures. Hopefully you can take some of my tips and apply it to your own life so you have an amazing school year full of A's and as little stress possible! We can hope, right?

1. Start Assignments Sooner than Later
This is a tip that is given over and over and isn't very original, but it is very important. I can't tell you how many times I've been like oh, I can finish it tomorrow, no big deal. And oh, has it backfired. Nothing is worse than finding out an assignment will take way longer than you originally thought, and it's due tomorrow. Doing your homework or essays in advanced will allow you to not feel rushed and be able to go back and make sure it's A quality. Plus, you don't want to say no to hanging out with friends because you waited until the last minute to do your homework! It sounds easy, but takes some practice. I'm still working on this myself and I can say the changes I made last semester had definitely reduced my stress.

2. Get 8 Hours of Sleep
If I don't get enough sleep, I am totally useless. I might as well skip entire day when I get 6 hours of sleep because I'm not able to concentrate as well or be productive. I also just feel negative and stressed when I do not get enough sleep, and that's no way to live my life! Sometimes going to bed at a reasonable time can be difficult when I want to text, go on the internet, read, ect. but all I have to think about it how awful I will feel in the morning if I don't go to bed now and that usually does the trick. Honestly, getting enough sleep can change your entire semester for the better, so what do you have to lose!

3. Study More than the Night Before
I'm going to be honest, this is something I struggle with A LOT. There were countless times last semester I would be up until 3 to 6 in the morning study for Physiological Psychology tests because I did not manage my time to study the days before. This is something I am going to really focus on this semester because tests are a huge part of final grades and I should really put more effort into them. And I need to actually get some sleep the night before so I have my best thinking cap on!

4. Secret Study Weapon: Textbook Notes+Flashcards=A
I have found the best way to learn the material for my classes is to read the textbook and take quality notes. I know what you're thinking, textbooks are so boring and I would rather just skim through it, be done with it, and just use class notes. Well here's the thing, it's scientifically proven that writing down what you are learning makes it more likely for you to remember it later. Yeah, you write down notes in class but it's more of just copying them whereas with a textbook you really think about the material and write the information down in a way that makes sense to you. Flashcards have also never steered me wrong. Writing them alone helps me learn the terms and going through them multiple times helps me remember any vocab. One thing I do suggest is if you can study with a partner, that is best. I learn so much better when doing flashcards with a friend because they help me make up quirky ways to remember the terms. I would study for Physio with my boyfriend and he would make up phrases to help me remember the meaning and when I got to the test I would remember those phrases and it was a life saver!

5. Make Some Time for Yourself
Believe me, I know how hard it is to have some "you" time when school is in session. Last semester I felt like all I did was go to class, go to work, and do homework, which is not healthy. You are not going to do your best in school if you don't have any down time, so make sure to have some fun too! Go shopping with your friends for a couple hours, grab coffee with your boyfriend or girlfriend, go dancing, whatever makes you happy! And no, I'm not saying to put off work because you don't want to deal with it and avoid it. Manage your time to have to best of both worlds! Something that I am doing this semester is making sure I get my work done by 8PM so I can relax for a few hours before bed whether that includes watching TV, reading a book, or surfing the internet. You work hard, you deserve a break at night!

6. Be Healthy
This is something that is so tough at college. It seems like there's never enough time so grabbing pizza or chips is easier than getting a healthier option, but in reality junk food is not going to fuel you to help you, it's going to hurt you. Crashing from sugar, feeling bloated, and weighed down is not going to make you your best self for school. I'm not saying cut out all junk food, lord knows I can't do that, but making some healthier food options can help you feel great and ready to take on your challenges for the day. That also means eating breakfast is important, even if it's just a smoothie. Also, I know I feel way better about myself if I am active. This doesn't mean you have to go lift weights everyday. For example, you could take a walk around campus as the sun sets, practice some yoga, or play some tennis; whatever works for you, those are just my favorite options. Being healthy will help you be your best self for school and do your best!

7. Be Positive
I can't tell you how many times last semester I would be sobbing the night before a test to my boyfriend saying I'm going to fail a test and basically fail college. I know it's dramatic, but when you've been up since the crack of dawn and have a test early the next day, everything is the end of the world. In those times, he helped me be positive and lift my spirits so even though he's away at college this semester I am going to focus on being positive and having confidence in myself. It's proven that believing you will do well on a test is correlated with a higher grade, so believe in yourself! You have nothing to lose! Something that helps me stay positive in general is keeping a journal and writing down everything in the day that made me happy and things I am grateful for. It doesn't take long and it allows me to go to bed with piece of mind.

8. Makes Connections with your Professors or Teachers
Getting to know your teachers will definitely help you in the long run. In the future when you need recommendation letters for college, grad school, or scholarships, you'll have someone to go to who will help you in any way they can. All it takes it stopping by their office a couple times, asking a question so they can separate you from the countless students they teach. They also have been through schooling before and know tons about your major so they are great for advice about career paths and grad school!

9. Get Cute School Supplies
This may sound silly, but having school supplies that I like make school better! Even if it's as simple as getting your notebook in a color that you like, buying a pencil case with your favorite cartoon character,  or making sure you are stocked up on your favorite pens, it can make a bad day a little bit better. I personally love my purple BIC Atlantis pens! They make writing boring notes more fun; it's the little things sometimes.

10. Take Chances
I am not one to really take chances, I do not like the risk and prefer to know exactly what will happen in my life, but this will get me no where. Last semester I debated whether I wanted to apply to be a tutor, many times I said to myself no, you will never get the job. But one day I left that negativity at the door and said what the heck, what do I have to lose? I do well in my classes, enjoy school, and would love to help other students so I decided to apply. Guess what? I got the job! I was shocked at first, but realized I need to have more confidence in myself and go for my dreams whatever they may be. Even though rejection sucks, the chance of a positive outcome outweighs the risk. So whatever you might be afraid of: switching your major to something you really want to do but you're nervous about, trying out for a musical, applying for a new job, or going for a scholarship, push out the negativity and have confidence in yourself! Take chances, because they can truly pay off.

Hopefully this has helped you get some ideas for this semester! Have some tips of your own? Leave them in a comment below! And I hope you have an amazing school year!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Outfit Lookbook

So, it's that time of year again! Back to school can either be exciting with buying new clothes and supplies or it can be a bit of a bummer with summer ending and school work in your future. My feelings are mixed about starting classes again, but something that makes me pumped about going back to college is planning new outfits to wear! I have put together five outfits, Monday through Friday, to spark some inspiration for your first week back to school. So put on your most fashionable thinking cap and let's get started!

1. Monday Outfit, First Day Back
Top: Forever 21, Lace Cami: Aeropostale, Leggings: Old Navy, Flats: Payless, Rings: Forever 21

This is a great first day of school outfit because it's dressy without being over the top, plus super comfy! I love how flowy the shirt is and the pink and white pattern is adorable with the gold buttons. It is also flattering since it cinches at the waist, so it gives the illusion of curves. I am also obsessed with these gold rings! The arrows are so cute and adds a little something to the outfit.

2. Tuesday Outfit, Casual and Cute
Top: Forever 21, Jeans: American Eagle, Owl Ring: Forever 21, Sandals: American Eagle

How cute is the bow cut out in the back of this shirt! It takes a basic polka dot shirt and makes it special. This coral-pink color is starting to take over my closet, I just love how it looks with my fair skin. These American Eagle jeggings are something every girl needs in her wardrobe. When I hear the term "jegging" it makes me cringe because an image of those super elastic unflattering pants pop into my head. And nothing is more disappointing than trying to stick something into your pocket and finding out it's a fake pocket! But these jeggings are amazing! They are still thick like American Eagle skinny jeans but are just stretchy enough to make them way more comfortable. And I got them on sale! Score! By the way, isn't this lose fishtail braid adorable! My sister Carol did it for me, along with take all these pictures. Thanks sis!

3. Wednesday Outfit, Girly Polka Dots
Dress: H&M, Flats: Payless

What I love about this outfit is that it's so simple, just throw on a cute dress and some flats to go with it and you're out the door! Dresses are the best secret to looking stylish because you don't have to focus on pairing different pieces together and layering like you would with tops and bottoms, all the work is already done for you! This dress is great because when it starts to get colder I can just throw on a colorful cardigan, some tights and cute boots so I can transition it from summer to fall and winter.

Thursday Outfit, School to Work
Top: American Eagle, Cami: Aeropostale, Jeans: American Eagle, Wedges: Payless, Watch: New York and Company, Bag: Nine West

As many of you know, I work at TJ Maxx and some days I have to go directly from school to work. I can't wear blue jeans to work so I have to plan my outfit a little differently for these days. I just love these high rise black jeans because they are so versatile; I can either tuck in my blouse for a more put-together look or I can be more casual by leaving my top untucked. I like both, just depends on my mood. Flowy button-down tops are my addiction lately, they go with so many different outfits! I paired this look with wedges, but if I want to be more comfortable I can just switch them out with flats or boots.

Friday Outfit, Comfy Day
Top: Forever 21, Shorts: Aeropostale, Boots: Payless, Bag: Vera Bradley

By Fridays, I am so exhausted! But no fear, you can still look cute despite lack of sleep and a million assignments due! For days when you don't have a lot of time to get ready and just want to be comfortable, wear your favorite sweatshirt and shorts! And instead of putting on the usual sneakers, try some cute booties! It gives your outfit some edge and looks like you tried way harder than you actually did. My school bag is the Metropolitan bag from Vera Bradley and I love it! I'm not a huge fan of Vera Bradley prints but I liked this one and it's so convenient with compartments for everything I need. If you are looking for a new school bag, I definitely recommend this one.

And this concludes by back to school lookbook! What are you going to wear for the first day of school? Comment below!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Top Five Books To-Read

Ok, so here's something sad: I have 193 books on my Goodread's to-read shelf... 193! I don't even know how I managed to gain such a large reading list! And if you do not know what Goodreads is, it's a website where you can make different "shelves" or lists of books you've read, books you are reading, books you want to read, and write reviews. You can also interact with other book lovers through book clubs and commenting on reviews. It's a really great website if you're into reading because you can keep track of books you've read and get recommendations on what to read next!

But here's something even worse than having 193 books on a to-read shelf: I've been in a reading slump all summer! It seems like I either read a book in a day or it takes month to finish it, and this summer I've been on the same book for months. It's not a bad book, I've just had no motivation for reading lately. This is sad because I have way more time to read now than during the school year and I feel like I've wasted so much valuable reading time, but I still want to get back into reading despite my upcoming busy schedule. There's nothing better than curling up in my bed with a good book right before I go to sleep, so I'm going to do it more often. To kick start my reading, I decided to share with you a list of the top five books I really want to read (which was hard to narrow it down to five). So grab some tea or coffee and let's get started!

1.The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

Now this wouldn't be a book I would usually pick up, I'm not much of a young-adult-alien-reading kind of girl, but the reviews of this book are out of this world! Plus, it helps that I got a free copy from my sister who works at Penguin ;) Thanks Katie! So my advice to you would be not pass this book up just because you won't think it's your cup of tea, you might love it! I'm hoping I will!

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park
"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under."

This is another book with stellar reviews! I mean, if John Green raves about it, it must be amazing! (FYI, if you haven't read The Fault in our Stars, immediately go read it! It'll change your life!) I'm a sucker for anything with romance and this book sounds cute and quirky. A must read for sure!

3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
"Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world."

This book sounds so fun and witty, I can't wait to pick it up! I usually read young adult, but I like mixing it up with an adult novel every so often. And can I just say, I love the cover!

4. Every Day by David Levithan
Every Day
"Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day."

This passage made me think My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares,which is a book I loved. The concept is a bit different because in Brashare's book the characters live multiple lives, as in they die and are born again, but the couple always gets separated. In Levithan's novel the main character sounds like he wakes up in a different body every day but the love interest part reminded me of My Name is Memory. But I digress; it sounds like an interesting concept. David Levithan has a strong fan base and people rave about his writing, so I'm excited to read this.

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
"Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first."

I've been wanting to read this book for a while. The 1920s' really appeals to me and to mix it with some mystery and possibly a super natural element? Count me in!

So what has been on your to-read list? Comment below!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Top Pins of the Week

Every weekend I'm going to post some of my favorite Pinterest pins from the week! I love going on Pinterest because it gives me so many ideas involving fashion, hairstyles, makeup looks, cooking, DIY projects and everything in between. So since I get so many great ideas, I thought I'd share my favorite 5 pins with you to spread the inspiration, or should I say "pinspiration" ;)

My first pick is this cute and classy outfit. I think this is a great outfit that can be easily recreated because it uses basics that you probably have in your closet already! An animal print top can definitely be considered a neutral since it can be paired with pretty much anything, so it is a wardrobe must. A black skirt is also a fashion essential and I love the one worn in this picture. Plus the shoes and the bag are to die for! But you wouldn't need those exact accessories to recreate the look, just get a black bag and some cute neutral shoes and you are good to go! This outfit just looks effortless but still chic and pulled together at the same time.

I love how this closet is organized and it inspires me because I know this would be easy to recreate. There's nothing more depressing than looking at pictures of huge walk-in closets that obviously have been created by professionals, and knowing you will never have that much money to put into yours. But have no fear, this closet would not be expensive to recreate and it is still cute and well organized! I absolutely adore how the shoes are displayed on the shelf, it would be easy to see my shoe collection and pick out a pair each morning. Also, displaying shoes on a shelf can double as home decor! Just because you don't wear them everyday doesn't mean you can't admire them! The storage of the bottoms are also great, it's a great space saver and it's cute how they are separated by color.

Isn't this idea the cutest!? Coming from a person who has been in a long distance relationship for almost 3 years, I think this is perfect for long distance couples. Nothing sounds better than opening a letter from my boyfriend after a bad day. Even though he can't be there, it's nice to have some reassurance and love. Plus, since communicating through texts and the internet is now the norm, a hand written letter is something special.

I think this mug is perfect. Do I need to say more?

:) That is all. Come back next week for more favorite pins!
What were some of your favorite pins this week?