Monday, August 8, 2016

#ManiMonday 8/8/2016

#ManiMonday 8/8/2016

For this #ManiMonday I've decided to show you the mani I've got while I'm away in Japan. While I'm out of the country I chose a super muted blue/grey Essie polish and an awesome sparkly accent nail. I didn't want to do anything crazy for my vacation so that my nails would look polished and wouldn't stand out too much. Chris helped pick out the color and specifically requested 'pastels/muted colors'.

I'm excited to be out of country and enjoying myself!

Friday, August 5, 2016

5 Tips for a Successful Vacation

5 Tips for a Successful Vacation

I'm terrible at disconnecting and stepping away from work when I'm supposed to be 'On Vacation'. I'm getting better as I get older - but here are a few tips from a seriously Type A personality to help you LET GO and ENJOY your vacation.

Don't Over-Plan it:
This is my problem - I have a tendency to wayyyyy over plan things. Leave yourself enough wiggle room that if something fun & spontaneous happens you can do it - but also leave yourself room just in case something doesn't go exactly to plan. There's no point in being stressed out over little things when you are supposed to be on vacation!

Don't Under-Plan it:
Okay - contrary to what I said above, at least plan SOMETHING. Having a rough daily plan helps your day have a purpose. I mean even lazy vacation days have a simple daily plan!

Don't Be Afraid to do Things Spontaneously:
Yes, it may throw you off schedule. Yes, it may not be what you wanted to do. But guess what - life happens! Don't let potentially awesome experiences pass you by!

Step Away from Work:
No seriously - unsync your work email, and log out of all work accounts. Tell your boss and coworkers you'll be unavailable and you won't have access to a computer and phone service will be limited. It may be a lie - but my boss has a tendency to pester me while I'm on vacation/sick and I always feel some sense of duty to find a way to make it happen. Don't forget the word 'No' exists.

Don't Bring your Emotional Baggage at Home with You:
You are specifically on vacation to get away  from the everyday stressors and baggage that you carry with you. You can be the best and happiest version of yourself when on vacation - so do it! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July Erin Condren Planner Spreads

July EC Spreads

The month of July was a tumultuous one for me. A LOT of things needed to get done in the month of July to prep for my two week vacation! It's been a bit of a hectic one - as you can see. But the last week a lot of things evened out and although I'm super crazy at work, it's not too terrible but I am DEFINITELY ready for this vacation.

All of the weekly kits are from LittleMissPaperie and the cute Japan countdown stickers are ones I specifically requested from KPL Plans. She now has them on her etsy store so you can buy them too!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Planner Sticker Organization

Planner Sticker Organization

I've reached the point of no return - it's time to try mini binders from Target to try and organize my sticker collection. (the ball is still out on how to organize my continually growing washi collection) For this project I did the only thing I could do: Drive to target and spend more $$.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Favorites 2016

July Favorites 2016

This past month has been a month where I've completely been obsessed with skincare. I've been trying new body lotions and face creams all month. I've got a few other random faves too!
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion
My skin has been so damn dry and this heat is doing nothing to help it. I've just been using this on the super super dry parts of my face and I used it while my legs were peeling from being burnt. Its definitely been helping! 

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for Fair to Medium Skintones
Once my legs and ears and whatever was done peeling I started using this on the rest of my body to help me keep SOME of the color I got while I was on vacation. It doesn't smell bad and honestly its one of the only moisturizers I've actually liked to spread all over my body. I seriously hate feeling like a slip & slide because of some of these lotions.

Garnier Micellar Water
This stuff seems to work magic to take your makeup off at the end of the day - and it doesn't burn your eyes!

Que Bella Moisturizing Eye Gel Masks
These are amazing little moisturizing masks for right under your eyes - and I love them. I put mine in the fridge and let them get cold (in the wrapper of course) and then I pop them on and they feel so refreshing and lovely.

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple
I don't know what it is about this color but I love it when I've got a bit of a tan going on. Its definitely one of my summer 'go-to' colors.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Night Recovery Cream
This night cream smells good, works amazing, and isn't super greasy. I mean, ticks off all the boxes in my book.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Mauve Fetish
I've been reaching for a more neutral lip this summer - and this has just the right amount of gloss to color. Its not overly fragrant and looks great for summer looks.

Pokemon Go!
I'm a nerd - and I love pokemon. I've gotten up and around much more since I got this app. Also I enjoy naming my pokemon silly things. I've also written an entire post about Pokemon Go - if you are interested!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mani Monday 7/25/2016

Mani Monday 7/25/2016

Once again I went with a bright color - this time a coral-y orange! I added a little bit of length, but kept the rounded edges. I find that I really like the rounded look more and this is going to be one of the last manicures before I leave for Japan! I'm definitely going to need color suggestions for while I'm gone. I'm thinking more pastel/neutral colors? Leave me suggestions!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Milani Amore Metallic Lipsticks

Milani Amore Metallic Liquid Lipsticks

I FINALLY GOT MY HANDS ON THESE DAMN LIQUID LIPS. I've been hunting and searching everywhere for these since I first saw them 2 months ago. I have a friend who works at a local drugstore and he messaged me when they got them in stock. He picked 'em up for me and I've been in love ever since. Let me give you the low-down.

There's 8 tubes of this glorious stuff - I managed to get my hands on 7 of 'em. (I couldn't get my hands on color 01 Beige, last one in the store was open) It retails for $7.99 at my local CVS (although on Milani's website it says $8.99 ) and you get 0.17oz in a tube. Milani claims that they're pigmented, long wearing, and dry matte. 

This stuff honestly reminds me of Milani's Amore Matte liquid lippies. Milani killed it with that formula - and they definitely killed it again. Their claims weren't wrong either - this lippie lasted through a yoghurt breakfast, a sandwich lunch, and pasta dinner without having to reapply. Almost all of the colors are one swipe pigmentation - a couple of the colors are a little streaky but nothing too terrible. I really love all of the colors it's kind of ridiculous.

The 8 colors they come in are: 01 Beige (not pictured), 02 Matterialistic, 03 Matte About You, 04 Cinematic Kiss, 05 Dramatic Kiss, 06 Mattely in Love, 07 Automatic Touch, 08 Raving Matte. My favorites and most worn are definitely 06 and 04. I'll be delving into 07 & 08 this fall with a sprinkling of 02. 05 is streaky AF - but nothing a couple coats won't fix.