3 Things I've Learned This Year

December 30, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I think it's important to reflect on the past year. When you sit back and look at how you have grown and changed in the last 12 months, you can really get to know yourself better and know what things you can tweak to make an even better version of yourself.
Now it's time for me to get pretty sappy and sound like bad inspirational speech, but some times it's necessary.



1. It's okay to be alone 
I used to be so intimidated by being alone. I always hated eating or running errands by myself. As silly as it sounds, I felt like everyone was looking at me or judging me. This past year I really got more comfortable with going out on my own. I realized I was missing out on some really great things, whether it was a workout or trying out a new café just because I couldn't find someone to come with me.
You don't always need to be surrounded by people to know that they are there for you. I think this is something I will come to realize even more in 2018, with my best friend moving away in a few weeks.


2. Let it go 
No, I totally didn't break into song when is wrote that (yes I did).
Let. The. Bullshit. Go. If it's in the past there is nothing you can do to change it. If you continue to dwell in past events, the future will end up just the same and you won't change as a person at all.
You can't change what happened, but you can change how you see it and how you will react to a similar situation in the future.
Holding a grudge isn't going to do anyone any good. As my aunt would say, build a bridge and get over it. Leave the past in the past and the negative people there too if you have to but just move on with your life and the lessons you've learned.


3. Don't worry about them
We spend so much time worrying about where other people are and what they're doing, especially in such a digital age. You will actually drive yourself crazy over this. Stop caring so much, stop checking Snapchat stories, stop refreshing your feeds, just stop keeping tabs on other people 24/7. It's not healthy in so many ways.
Taking a detox from your phone, even if it's just for a few hours can really help this. You don't even need to shut off all electronics, just the ones you access social media on. Feel free to Netflix binge all day. Or you know, read a book or do something productive. 

Red Lipsticks Every Girl Needs

December 22, 2017

Red lipstick is such a classic look. It is a color of confidence. Even if you're not all that confident, the people around you won't know because you're wearing such a bold lip color. Red lips are very common for the holiday season. Since Christmas is only a few days away I though I'd share my all time favorite red lipsticks.

As a general rule of thumb for red lips, you want ones that have cooler undertones. Warmer undertones can bring out the yellow in your teeth, while cooler tones can help mask that. If cool undertones just don't work for your skin tone, i recommend using a whitening toothpaste the night and morning before you plan on wearing your red lipstick. 

I always make sure to line my lips before and after putting on a bright lip color to get the most crisp line. There is nothing worse than a "squiggle" lip line on someone, and you really can't say anything about it. You don't need to have a lip liner that matches your lipstick exactly. You can use darker colors for more of an ombre look. I like to use this Maybelline lip liner.





What is your favorite red lip color?

5 Holiday Movie Workouts

December 21, 2017

At work, the fitness center has a bunch of workouts that correspond to movies for members to take home with them. Some of them are so clever and honestly I think they're a great idea. I know I always spend the first few days of break on the couch doing nothing to give my brain a break. After vegging out, I find it really hard to get up and start moving again. Doing little workouts like these while I'm binge watching Netflix really helps make that process a little easier, and makes me feel better about myself. 

Here are 5 of my favorite work-while-you-watch holiday movie workouts. 

1. elf



Watch the Movie Elf and workout at the same time!

2. the grinch 

How much fun is this? The Grinch movie workout! Grab the kids and get them moving while you burn a sweat too!

3. home alone

The Home Alone Workout! #FitFluential

4. rudolf 

Tough Rudolph movie workout!
So this is technically for the song, but it totally works for the movie too 

5. christmas vacation

We thought it would be fun to add in a little exercise while watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...Have fun! #heandsheeatclean #eatclean #holidays


Hopefully you can use these workouts to keep off any extra weight this holiday season, or just keep moving during the chillier months. 

7 Festive Phone Backgrounds You Need To Download right now

December 19, 2017

I don't know about you, but I get bored of my phone's wallpaper so quickly that I probably change it once a week. Maybe you're as crazy as me, or maybe you just want a festive background. I searched the internet far and wide for the cutest, most festive phone backgrounds to get you in the Christmas sprit if you're not already. If you're not excited for Christmas yet, what's wrong with you (kidding...kind of). Okay and maybe my search "far and wide" was just a Pinterest search, but I did all the hard work for you, so you're welcome.


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Christmas Tree

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Android Pusheen Free Christmas Wallpaper

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Christmas Backgrounds! ☃

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Bath & Body Works iPhone Wallpaper Christmas Tree

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Christmas Phone Background ~ Pinterest: MisunderstoodWarlock//misswarlock

How you can give back this Holiday season

December 17, 2017

The holiday season is all about giving. While it is important to give to your loved ones to show them how much you appreciate them, it's also important to give to those that cannot. 
You can always make monetary donations, which are obviously always welcomed and needed, but there are so many other ways you can help if you're unable to donate.



If you want to do something a little more personal, you can buy gifts for families. Some people "adopt" a family for the holidays and buy all their gifts for them. At work every year we have a tree with ornaments that have different gifts written on them. You can take one or multiple. You go out and buy the gift(s) on the tag and bring them back wrapped or unwrapped. It's a really easy way to help out a family in need. You can pick a gift that will be most convenient for you to get and in a price range you're comfortable with. At the end of the day, the family will be grateful for their gift and helping out others will bring you joy.



You can also volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen. There are so many people who don't know when or where their next meal will be this holiday season. You can help out by making or serving food at a soup kitchen. Food banks always need volunteers to help sort and organize food and distribute it to recipients. Each semester my program at school goes to the Regional Food bank and volunteers for 3-4 hours. When we go during the fall semester it's usually around Thanksgiving and it really feels good knowing that all the food your going through will be helping someone in need for the upcoming holiday. And let me tell you, this isn't boring at all. We go with a big group and we never stop laughing. It's actually how I got to know a lot of people in my program.

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One little thing that has been really popular lately is buying someone's meal or drink. This works especially well in a drive through because they total for the person behind you is already calculated, but you can also tell the cashier you're paying for the next persons order and wait to the side while they order. This can seriously make someone's day and you can do it almost anywhere. Make sure that you have enough to cover the persons entire order though, just incase they're doing a coffee run for the office or have a large/pricey order. No one wants to see the aftermath of that situation.



These are just a few starting points of things you can do to give back this holiday season. You can look up holiday volunteering near you for more inspiration or ask around and see if your friends do anything unique to give back.

Gigi Hadid x Maybelline: First Impressions & Review

December 16, 2017

Last week I went to Ulta for one $5 mascara. After acquiring two coupons from a very lovely woman passing by while I was walking in, I left with a good amount of the Gigi Hadid line. I think the only thing I didn’t end up coming home with is her eyeshadows and the mascara. 

I’ve seen so much hype over these products, and with celebrities collabing with cosmetic companies becoming more and more popular, I wanted to see what this line was all about. 

I love trying out new products and sharing them with you guys. The more information you have about a product, the better you can decide if they're worth your money. That's why I love first impressions and review posts so much!


My first thoughts on this was that for the most part it was pretty reasonably priced. I think it's a little more than Maybelline's usual prices, but it's still super affordable. I got everything in the picture above for less than $30. 

Let's start with the primer

When I was in the store, there weren't any tester products of any of this line, so I really had to go off of the packaging. Her tinted primer only comes in two shades, so it's really not great for really fair or very dark skinned girls. That being said this is a primer not a foundation but in several promotional videos Gigi said she uses it in place of foundation for a lighter coverage, which was my main motivation for buying this.

When I first swatched this on the back of my hand at home I was shocked at how dark it was since it was the lightest shade. I honestly thought I was going to have to return it. Once it started blending it out, the color started to lighten up a lot and look much less visible and dark. 
I've been using this for a few days now and it still doesn't match my skin as well as I wish it would. I haven't started self tanning for the winter yet, so I'm hoping once I do it will match flawlessly.

The coverage is really good for a lightweight tinted primer. It's just enough to blur imperfections but feels like you're not wearing anything on your face. It blends out well with a Beauty Blender and stays on all day. I do use the Laura Mercier translucent powder to set it for the day, and that could add a little extra staying power.


Let me start off by saying I love this product to the moon and back. It's a liquid strobe, which it basically a liquid highlighter. It opted for the color Iridescent over Gold because I am on the more fair side and it works a little better with my undertones. 

You can wear this under your base for a "glow from within look" or you can layer it with a similar highlighter for a more intense look. I like to pair it with the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights, putting it on over my primer and concealer but before my powder. Then I set my face with the Laura Mercier power and add my powder highlighter. 

I really don't have any complaints about this one. It has a beautiful purple/blue iridescence to it and really goes give you a great glow. 


I was super excited to try one of Gigi's lip kits. A friend of mine has this one and compared it to a Kylie Lip Kit. Now obviously this is a crème lipstick and not liquid so there are differences there, but I think she meant in terms of quality and feel. I can't vouch for this since I've never tried any of Kylie's products. 

This is her West Coast Glam Lip Kit, but I honestly think red is a little more East Coast since it is so classic, but that really has nothing to do with the actual product.

On the back of the packaging it says the Gigi recommends lining your lips before and after applying the lipstick, so that's what I did. The lip liner goes on smooth and opaque. In my opinion the lipstick needs two coats to be full coverage. That being said, it stays on great. I wore this for 12 hours and only had to touch up twice. I felt like my lips were a little dry but everything dries out my lips plus the weather doesn't help at all. 

This lipstick has made it into my top favorite red lipsticks for sure. 

Final Thoughts:

I really like this line a lot. The nude packaging is very sleek and I love the holo signature (Cristine/ Simply Nailogical better see this).

It's affordable and they're really good about keeping the line in stock, unlike some other influencer collaborations. If you're thinking about getting anything from this line it's definitely worth the money. 



If you guys like these First Impression/Review posts, let me know in the comments and I can do more!





My Favorite Face Masks

December 15, 2017

I'd like to say that I have pretty good skin. I 100% credit that to my skin care routine. Besides the face washes I use in the morning and at night, I always make sure I exfoliate and use a face mask once a week. 

Every time I'm on Instagram I see another post or story about a cool face mask (I'm guilty of this too don't worry) but those aren't necessarily always the ones that could be doing the most for your skin. 

In today's post I have some masks that are actually good for your face and a few fun ones too. 
Enjoy!



I have combination skin, and one of the treatments I use dries out my skin a ton. I love using hydrating masks to help that, especially the Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask. Honey masks like the Body Shop Ethiopian Honey mask are great for hydration as well.

Charcoal masks are great for those days where your skin feels like it needs a deep detox. One of my favorites is the Origins Clear Improvements active charcoal mask. These make your pores feel really tight and maybe leave you a little dry, so make sure you add a good moisturizer after. I swear by the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

Under eye and lip masks are great for mini pamper sessions. You can use them while you're getting ready if you don't have the time to do a full face mask. 

Oxygenating bubble masks or gold masks are super fun and make for great snap chats. A lot of these come as sheet masks but you can also get ones that you "paint" on.

I like to use a synthetic foundation brush to apply all my masks that aren't sheet masks. It doesn't need to be high quality to get the job done either. Mine was a dollar at TJ Maxx.

One mask I wouldn't recommend are peel off masks. They pull on your skin, which can cause wrinkles. They can also actually make your pores larger over time. Your pores are clogged which usually means what ever is in there is too large to come out on it own. When you pull that gunk out with a peel off mask, you're stretching the pore to pull it out. I recommend using products that will break down the stuff in the pore so it can come out on it's own or with washing/ a face brush.



Comfy, Cozy Winter Accessories You Need Right Now

December 14, 2017


Tuesday was the first day it really snowed where I live, and with that came some very, very cold weather. I've had to pull out my puffiest winter coats and my warmest fuzzy socks to make my walks to and from classes bearable. 
I've talked to a few people who have moved to New York from some warmer states that were shocked by everything you have to do just to get ready to leave your house in the winter. One girl just moved here from Hawaii and didn't even know what a snow brush was! 
I thought it would be helpful for any of you who may be facing your first real winter, or just want something new, to put together a list of my must have winter accessories to stay warm.




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If you haven't discovered the miracle  that is camp socks you are seriously missing out. They're so thick and warm and if you get the fuzzy ones it will feel like your feet are being cradled in a cloud. Seriously.
I like to wear mine with my bean boots, but you can really wear them with anything. I've seen people wear them both under and over whatever pants they have on and it looks cute either way.

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Something about a fur lined hood just makes you feel warmer, even if the jacket isn't all that great. I wear my fur lined down jacket all winter and let me tell you it's a life saver. It's so thick and warm even the strongest winds don't reach you underneath. 

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A scarf is the key to keeping your neck and face warm while you're outside. Added bonus: it doubles as a fashion accessory once you've made it into the warmth that is indoors. 

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I always have some sort of hit beverage in my hands in the winter. Most mornings it's coffee, then it turns into tea and some of the times hot chocolate (check out the best hot chocolate recipe ever right here). Not only does it warm up your hands, but it warms your whole body from the inside out. At least it feels that way. 

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Fun fact, your fingers and toes are the first things to freeze off so your body can use their blood to keep your major organs warm longer. Don't let your fingers freeze off, wear some gloves. And not those ridiculous fingerless gloves because that defeats the whole purpose. Get some "tech gloves" that have a different material on the finger and thumb so you can still scroll through Instagram while you're out and about. 

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You want to keep your hear warm too, since a lot of heat can escape from there. A warm, but still cute option is a pom-pom hat. They even make versions that you can pull a ponytail or messy bun though. 

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If you're not a huge fan of hats like myself, it's still important to keep your ears warm. Have you even had super cold ears when it's windy. That stuff hurts bro. A great option that won't mess up your hairs is ear muffs. I used to wear there all the time as a kid, then I went through a phase where I was too cool for them but I have to say, they're making a comeback. 

I hope you all stay nice and toasty warm this winter! 


My Favorite Mascaras

December 13, 2017




I’m not one of those girls who needs a full face of makeup on in order to leave the house, but it is very rare to see me without mascara on. It’s honestly one of my favorite parts of doing my makeup.

Mascara can open your eyes so much, and a look never seems complete without it.
I have super short, thin sparse lashes and I definitely don't have the time or patience to put falsies on everyday nor the money for lash extension, so I spend a lot of time trying out different mascaras. To save you guys the time, I put together a round up of my favorite, tried and true mascaras.

I also threw in a few of my favorite lash primers too.






I swear by the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, as I'm sure you know if you've read any of my other beauty posts. It's really an all around great mascara. It lengthens, adds volume and holds a curl. The secret is all in the brush shape and length. One or two swipes and all your lashes are coated.

I recently tried out the Essence Beauty Lash Princess False Lash mascara and it really does do what it promises. Usually if I want that fake lash look with any other mascara, I need to layer it on (not with my MVP Too Faced BTS though) but this mascara does the job in just two coats. Added bonus: It's only $5!

The Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes mascara is another great mascara that adds tons of volume. It doesn't get clumpy or flake off either. This has a really great waterproof version that I love using for work over the summer.

The Tarte Opening Act lash primer is a new favorite of mine. It goes on white and dries clear. It's a great, lightweight way to add a little extra to a mascara that really only focuses on one thing (usually they focus on length or volume, not both). I put this on under the Too Faced or Essence mascara and my lashes go on for days. I only use one coat before it starts getting a little too clumpy for my liking.

My favorite thing to wear on days I want that "no makeup" makeup look is the Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash primer. While this is marketed as a primer (and it works great for that) I like to use it to tint my natural lashes and add just enough length and volume to define them so you know they're there but still keeping it very natural.

The Benefit They're Real and Roller Lash mascaras are my favorite to layer. I like to start with the Roller Lash to add length and curl. Then I let it get a little tacky before adding the They're Real for volume and drama. It's like Benefit made them to be the perfect pair.

I'll keep you guys updated with any changes or additions to this list. If you have any mascara recommendations, leave me a comment! 

10 Holiday DIYs to make your house look like a Pinterest board

December 12, 2017

I don't know about you, but I aspire to have every room of my house to be Pinterest worthy. I want to be everyone's dream home inspiration. While that may never happen, a lot of that "Pinterest worthiness" comes from the decorations that a person has. I've looked at the prices of some popular pieces and let's just say they're not in my budget. 
What's the solution to have picture perfect décor without killing your bank account you may ask? DIYs of course. 
Today I scoured the Internet to find 10 of what I thought to be the most Pinterest-worthy aesthetically pleasing DIYs I could find.


1. Food Candles

Source: Tastemade

This combines two of my favorite things: food and candles. Just don't eat these.
 There are a dew different options in this video, so there's a style for everyone.

2. Giant Wall Snowflakes

Giant red craft stick snowflakes
Source: CraftyNest

These are super cute, temporary and once again totally customizable to your style. 

3. Holiday Card Display

DIY Christmas & Holiday Card Display
Source: LollyJane

Display all the cards you get this year somewhere a little cuter than the front of your refrigerator. Store this and reuse it each year to keep your holiday cards neat and an on display.

4. Twinkling Canvas Art

Create a beautiful holiday sign with a canvas and Christmas lights.

You can add any quote, lyrics or saying you want to make this your own. It looks great over  the mantel, or just about anywhere else in your house. You can make this almost any size you'd like.

5. Mini Tree Planters


DIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomess

These are super cute for small spaces or if you want the smell of a real tree but not the mess.  You can even add little strings of twinkle lights to make them more festive. Don't want a real tree? Stick a fake one in there instead.

6. DIY Stockings


You can make these super cute stockings with any fabric patter you want. Hello endless options.

7. Arm Knit Blanket

Source: Made Up Style

I won't lie I've attempted a few of these in the past and they haven't came out great. I also didn't have a tick yarn or the patience to watch a tutorial all the way through. If you do have all of those, this will most certainly be a cozy addition to your home.

8. Lights in a Bottle

Source: eHow

This is a super easy DIY for any space in your house. I personally like the idea of putting these is a darker corner or on a bathroom counter.

9. Holiday Garland

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a gorgeous, professional-looking Christmas garland to decorate your home for the holidays this year.

I love a more rustic aesthetic during the holidays and this garland fits that perfectly. You can make this to go anywhere in your house and add or remove things as you see fit.

10. Clock Advent Calendar 

DIY wood clock christmas advent calendar! Easy and simple project!

Every one loves an advent calendar for the holidays and this is the perfect calendar that you don't even need to remember to change. 

Holiday Baking: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

December 11, 2017

In case you guys didn't already know, I'm a future soccer mom in training. I spent the weekend running errands, cleaning, decorating and baking. Seriously at least 50% of the gifts I plan on giving this year are baked goods. You can basically call me the next Martha Stewart, minus the jail time. 

My mom and I made the best gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from a recipe I found on Pinterest. You guys can find the recipe for the cupcakes here and the cream cheese frosting we made was the one she linked in her post. 


Now mine were not nearly as beautiful as hers were, but I really wanted to share them with you guys. I'm pretty proud of my frosting ability, I won't lie. If you guys want to recreate this recipe make sure you go check out Sally's Backing Addiction for the recipe. I won't be including it here since I made no changes to the original. 

If you aren't a huge fan of gingerbread cookies I say you should still give these a shot. They aren't hard like a cookie usually is and the taste of the molasses and spices is more subtle and you can tone it down even more to your liking. 

I'm just going to take you through step by step with pictures. Enjoy! 

The wet ingredients


The dry ingredients


The butter and brown sugar creamed together


Add the rest of the wet, then dry ingredients. I also have no idea why this picture is so blue and I'm not skilled enough to fix it. #sorrynotsorry

Scoop into 12 cupcake liners. 2/3 of the way full.

Pop those in the oven for 20 minutes and make the frosting while you wait.


The ingredients, featuring my dough covered iPad.


Whip together the butter and cream cheese.


Add the rest of the frosting ingredients.

Let the cupcakes cool at least 20 minutes before frosting.

Voila! The finished product.

I hope you guys liked this type of baking post. I'd really like to try doing a few more of these before the holiday. 










Refresh, Recharge, Recap

December 10, 2017

Sunday is the start of a new week; a fresh start. It's the day most people spend running errands, lounging around the house and prepping for the week ahead.




Putting up a blog post every day is hard, I won't lie to you guys. It's also hard trying to promote a post every day across all my platforms without forgetting a site or post every once in a while. I feel like some of my posts haven't gotten the reach I would've like because I am failing to promote them. I wanted to use today's post as a recap and to refresh and recharge through the craziness of finals week.

The best was to make sure that you don't miss a post from me is to sign up for my newsletter. There's a form on my side bar,  a link right here . It gets sent out once a week, on Friday's, so you don't have to worry about your mailbox getting flooded.

Another great way to keep up with all my posts is Bloglovin'. You can follow me, and my blog. Once again you can find my page from a link in the sidebar, at the bottom of my blog or right here. You can also follow more of your favorite bloggers here and do all your reading in one place,

Both of these are automatically sent out when I post, so you don't have to worry about finding my posts.

Despite finals week starting tomorrow, I have to say that this has been a pretty stress free weekend for me. By that I mean only one or two moments of panic about finishing my work. 
My mom and I did some Christmas shopping yesterday, I (finally) made an appointment to get my eyebrows done, I finished the last assignments for two of my classes and even squeezed in some time to bake some cupcakes. I plan on having a post up on those sometime this week. 

I feel pretty confident going into this week. My online class is already finished and I already delivered my final speech in public speaking. That leaves me with one sit down test for physics and a presentation for my astrobiology class. Good luck to anyone taking finals this week. To anyone who is already done: want to trade places?

Now to recap everything you might've missed from me this week.

Monday 






Tuesday



+ My first video!


Wednesday




Thursday 



and from Instagram




Friday 




Saturday





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