Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Face of the Day: Matte Mauves and Bronze Shimmer

Hey guys! At the end of 2014 I was again addicted to my Naked Palette 2 and I've been using that a lot recently. I just love the bronze colors and they are so easy to create a natural day look or a fun, bold night look. I really hope Urban Decay releases a new Naked Palette this year, cue the grabby hands.

I've also been obsessed with this matte Maybelline lipstick in Lust for Blush. If you are usually scared of matte lipsticks because they are overly drying, you need to try this one! This is the creamiest matte lip product I have ever tried. Plus, Maybelline lipstick's are only about 5 dollars, which is perfect for me! (Poor college student) I'm looking forward to picking up some more shades!

I'm also wearing my usual base makeup (Revlon Colorstay, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, etc.) But I love this look! It's not too bold so it's great for every day wear, but is not boring either.

What makeup products have you been loving lately? Comment below!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Inspiration Bulletin Board

Looking for a way to get inspired? Look no further! I wanted to amp up my bulletin board for the new year so I decided to completely redo it. I always see inspiration boards on Pinterest and I just love the concept. Why not have a bunch of pictures that inspire you in your room? I have been feeling exceptionally unmotivated the past couple months so I figured it would be the perfect time to make an inspiration board. I am so happy with the result!

Selfie time!

Here's the before picture. I got this bulletin board from TJ Maxx for under 20 bucks a couple years ago and I love how it's more chic than a normal bulletin board. Also, it was still decorated for christmas with the garland when I took the picture, but I still love it!

I decided to get some pictures from my Pinterest boards to use on my bulletin board. It is of course a website that has all my favorite pictures in one place! I wanted some photos that would inspire some hairstyles and makeup looks along with some inspirational quotes. Also, I wanted it to be winter themed since it is in fact winter (duh Jessica) so I just wanted some cozy pictures too; cue my warmth Pinterest board! So once I found the pictures I wanted I copied and pasted them into a word document and played around with the sizes. I printed them out on photo paper, which I definitely recommend over regular paper because the end result is much nicer. After everything was printed I just spent some time arranging to photos on the board until I found a combination I liked.

Here's the end result! And now for a closer look.

Puppies, inspirational quotes, and coffee- what more does a girl need?

I added a little list of "50 Ways to Make the Most of Winter" just to remember all the great things winter offers whenever I get the winter blues.

And of course I had to add my current Blogilates challenges! I am just starting the beginners calendar and also the 30 day flat ab challenge. You'll have new posts on how my workouts are going in the near future!

And here is my excitement over the finished product! (I just really wanted to take more selfies)

I hope this post inspires you to create your own inspiration board! If you want to follow me on Pinterest you can find me here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Holiday Review: Makeup, Fashion, and Fun

Oh how I miss the holiday season! Who doesn't love sparkly lights, bold red christmas lipsticks, and lots of food? Since now we are in boring ol' January, I figured I'd post some pictures of my some of my favorite holiday makeup looks, outfits, and experiences.

Here I am wearing NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo. The pigmentation is absolutely amazing! I've been obsessed with matte lippies and this color is perfect for the winter season. A statement lip is also great for when you don't have a lot of time for a dramatic eye look (or just don't want to make the effort). A bold lip makes it look like you spent a lot of time on your makeup, when reality it is a lot less time consuming than blending eye shadow. I am also wearing Revlon Colorstay foundation, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer under the eyes, Maybelline FitMe Concealer for blemishes, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by The Balm, NYC Sunny Bronzer, and the Naked 2 palette using Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite and Busted.

Christmas Eve was spent watching Frozen and It's a Wonderful life while of course eating lots of food. Toby even got in the Christmas spirit.

Steven got me a Clarisonic! I got the Mia 2 in the light pink color and as you can see from my expression, I was so excited! I will eventually do a review once I use it for a bit longer. If you don't know what a Clarisonic is, it's an exfoliating face brush that is supposed to make you face 6 times cleaner than using your hands to cleanse alone. The brush head vibrates and you move it lightly around your face with a non-exfoliating cleaner (I like to use my Cetaphil cleanser). So far I've been really enjoying using it! Thanks Steven! Also, Steven is showing off his new Fossil watch, which he loves!

My mom was super excited when she opened her Christmas present, which was tickets to Trans Siberian Orchestra! She's been wanting to see them in concert and this totally surprised her!

Aren't family Christmas parties so fun! Here I am wearing a Forever 21 dress.

Sister love!

This was my makeup for Trans Siberian Orchestra! It was similar to the makeup I listed before, except I darkened up my eye look using YDK and Snakebite from my Naked2 palette, lined my lids with the Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Demolition (dark brown), added my Tarte blush in Prim, and for my lips I use Maybelline's Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush. I also tried out a new under eye concealer, which I will review soon!

My rings are from Forever 21.

I absolutely love this dress! It's from Forever 21 and it was only 25 bucks, which is so cheap for such a nice event dress. I love the lace and the emerald color looks so nice with my complexion. I paired the dress with some fleece lined tights and my Payless knee boots with the gold hardware on the sides.

The concert itself was amazing! They played for around two and a half hours, which is insane. The music was really impressive and it was so fun to hear the songs you normally hear on the radio live! The first half of the concert focused on a storyline called The Christmas Attic, so they would play and sings songs and in between the narrator would tell a bit of the story. In the second half they played popular and new songs, and just overall jammed out. I didn't realize the concert would have singing too, but I also enjoyed that aspect of it. They had a lot of really cool lights, bursts of fire, and fireworks at the end so there was a lot going on. They even had parts of the stage that would lift them high in the air over the crowd! If you have the chance to see them in concert I would definitely recommend it!

Now just another 10 and a half months for Christmas season to start again :P Did you do anything fun for the holidays? Comment below! Hope your January is going well!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thoughts on 2014 and 2015 Resolutions

Another year has come and gone, and I feel drastically different at the end of 2014 than I was at the beginning. I am amazed how much difference one year can make and I have learned so much about myself in 2014. So let's reflect on this past year and make goals for 2015!

Things I've Achieved in 2014:

1. Learned to Love Myself

I feel like throughout my teenage years I was focused on being someone else or not liking myself because I am not stereotypically "cool" or "popular." I also had a really tough time trying to figure out who I am, especially since I transferred from FIT and gave up my dream of being a fashion merchandiser. Going to New York City for college was my dream and it was heartbreaking to realize that it wasn't actually what I wanted anymore. It took me a couple years to get over this because I felt like such a failure moving back home and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. This was the first year that I have felt content of where I am in life and who I am. Of course, I will continue to discover who I am because that's just a part of life and who knows who they truly are at 21!? This year I feel like I could accept myself, a 20-something girl whose academic, but also loves fashion, make-up, and doing my hair. A person who likes to read rather than going out. A person who sometimes feel too old for her age. Someone who wants to be in a helping profession. I also struggled because I felt like I couldn't be the person who I truly am because I felt pressured to pick and choose what part of myself I wanted to be. For instance, I couldn't have any other interests besides fashion while at FIT or I can't have a fashion/beauty blog and go into a helping profession. Then I realized I don't need to fit myself into a stereotype. I can be whatever I want to be, and that set me free.

2. Self-Confidence

Along with learning to love myself I have gained self-confidence! This ties into self-esteem, realizing my worth, what I'm good at, and embracing who I am. Being confident is a work in progress, but I feel like in 2014 I began to get on the right path.

3. Being Independent

In 2014 I felt confident in my decisions and did not rely on others as much to help make my decisions. This makes me feel like I am more of an adult (which is scary!) but it's great to feel like I can make it on my own. This will definitely come in handy in 2015! And the rest of my life... :P

4. Have a "Go-Getting" Attitude

I have always been an anxious person who fears new opportunities, but in 2014 I really put myself out there! I completed two internships, was president of a club at school, applied to be a learning assistant, quit my job of four years after finding a new job, applied for scholarships and got one, among other things! I've had a really productive year and if I didn't drop my fears and wallowed in my anxiety, I would have never put myself out there. Three cheers for anxiety not ruling my life!

5. More Health Conscious

I am not totally where I'd like to be health wise, but in 2014 I started to make the change. I began embracing a more active lifestyle, and even though it didn't work so well during this past semester, I'm proud of myself for trying. I also started to be conscious of what I was eating and aimed for healthy choices, which was a real struggle in 2013. I am in the right mindset for an even healthier lifestyle in 2015!

2015 New Year Resolutions:

1. Embrace Change

2015 will be a year of change since I'll be graduating college, moving somewhere totally new, and going to graduate school. Usually, I get really anxious about change, but this year I'd like to embrace the changes in my life and all the positive things that are coming. New situations can be stressful, but I just need to put my worries into perspective, take some deep breaths, and welcome the changes with open arms.

2. Be Financially Responsible

As I mentioned, I'll be moving out, which is expensive! I really need to focus on how much money I am spending and what I am spending my money on. This will be hard, but necessary. Goodbye to buying Bath and Body Works candles every chance I get (I have like 30 though, so I need to use those up anyways). I've never really had to focus on budgeting my money, but now that I'll have more expenses it will be a very important skill to have.

3. Be a Minimalist

Since I'll be trying to save money I think it's the perfect time to be more of a minimalist! Instead of having a bunch of stuff I don't really use, I would like to have a smaller amount of things I really enjoy and use. This can be applied to make-up, clothes, home stuff, you name it!

4. Exercise More/Healthy Eating

As I previously mentioned, I have made some progress in the my health in 2014, but in 2015 I really want to make a significant change. The difference in 2015 compared to last year is that I have the motivation to have a healthy lifestyle and my boyfriend will be eating healthy and working out too, which makes the whole process easier. My plan is to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, and eating less processed foods. I also will be doing Blogilates, which is my favorite way to workout! If you've never heard of Blogilates you NEED to check it out! It is run by Cassey Ho, who is a certified fitness instructor and she posts workout videos to Youtube along with exercise plans, health recipes, and constant motivational resources! I find her workouts to be fun and effective. Yoga is another way I really enjoy working out. I also might start going to Zumba again and may attempt to run, maybe.

5. Have More "Me" Time

I achieved a lot in 2014 but I was also under a lot of stress for most of the year! By December I was so burned out and I do not want to experience that again. I would like to incorporate more time for relaxing and hobbies in 2015, while still balancing all my commitments and school work. Even if I can just make time each night to read and treat myself to some pamper nights every once in a while I think it will make a huge difference in my stress levels. Plus, I'd like to really focus on writing blog posts this year because I love it and it makes me so happy!

6. Organize My Time

I am a very hard worker, but I am also a procrastinator. Sure, I made some progress this year on starting things earlier, but I also had more to do so it didn't really help. In 2015 I want to plan out each day and stick to my to-do list. I also invested in a beautiful planner, which will definitely motivate me to be more organized. Expect a blog post on that later this month!

7. Journal

This is a goal I made for 2014 that I didn't follow through on. I think journaling would be so beneficial in terms of stress and emotional well-being but I never have the motivation to write, which I would usually do before bed. I think if I wrote in the morning it might help to keep me on track.

8. Learn How to Cook

So since I'll be moving out I definitely need to learn how to cook some awesome meals! I want to learn how to cook this year (more than grilled cheese or burgers). I think this will be so much fun and it's a great goal to tackle with my boyfriend because he enjoys cooking. I already have a list of Pinterest recipes, so I'll have to write blog posts on how my cooking adventures go!

There's my new year resolutions! I would like to thank everyone who reads my blog and for the kind comments over the past year. I never expected people would enjoy my blog and it makes me over the moon happy that people read it :) 
Here's to a new year with so many amazing possibilities ahead!
Comment your resolutions below!