Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blogging Advice: Dealing with Negativity

Blogging Advice: Dealing with Negativity

Dealing with negativity is something that everyone will have to deal with in their lifetime - and it is probably one of those things that never gets easier. The one thing about negativity is that it is almost guaranteed that you will experience it, and the bad experiences have a tendency to stand out more than the plethora of good ones do. So in hindsight, I've got some advice on it all.

Don't let it get you down. 
No seriously - just because there are a few people who don't like your content or don't like your writing style, your point0of-view, etc. there are always people who will! Don't let one bad experience negate all the good!

Trolls be trollin'
They do it for the reaction, they are trying to get you upset so you'll act out of character. Don't fall for it. Let them find another bridge to hide under. And if it bothers you enough - delete the comment! You are the one with all the power and don't forget that you've got that lovely little button where you can delete all negativity!

Take it all with a grain of salt.
There is definitely a difference between constructive criticism and someone who is just being plain ol' mean. Most of the time, people try to hide their shady/back-handed remarks as 'constructive' when really they aren't constructive at all.

& most of all - Stay Strong.
Blogging isn't always sunshine and roses, and when we all start we start knowing that other people may not always agree. But thats okay - because its your blog and you are allowed to express your opinion. THATS WHAT A BLOG IS FOR.

If your reading this and need help with some negativity - get ahold of me:
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&& Remember that you are LOVED.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New year - New Hair!

New Year - New Hair!

I've joined the majestic unicorn club and decided to take my natural golden blonde hair to a GORGEOUS metallic rose gold. But first, some backstory.

Right before Christmas I went in to get my hair trimmed and my hairdresser and I were chatting about Guy Tang and how we both LOVE his metallic hair creations. You know, one thing led to another and all of a sudden she goes "We should totally do that to your hair! You have virgin hair and I really want to enter the Guy Tang Hair Battle for Metallics!" I was super apprehensive, my hair was virgin hair, I hadn't done ANYTHING to it in about 7 years. But after talking it over with my fiance and a few family members I decided to just go for it. It will grow back the same way every single time - and I was ready for a change.

Fast forward to Sunday January 3rd, 2016 @ 9AM. I arrived at my hair salon and the whole process began. By 9:30am my hair was being bleached (the first time) and after a short wait my hair was very, very blonde. Next came the the second round of bleach and my roots - which in all honesty it didn't hurt quite as much as I expected it to. I expected a terrible stinging but it didn't really bother me much at all. After that second bleach it was time for some violet toner and a quick nap while I sat.
While I was sitting, it was her chance to mix up the colors that were going on my hair. We were going for a rosey metallic - so we went in with shades of pink and purple (it's wayy more complicated than that, but I see colors in a mixing bowl and not much else). So she applied those colors to my hair and after a short sit my hair had magically transformed into a beautiful unicorn!

ANNND - the finished product:

I am SOO in love with my new hair. 

If you are ever in the area and want to have magical unicorn hair, or just want a great hair stylist to do your hair GO SEE CHRISTINE. You guys need to check out her Instagram so you can see all the awesome hair that she does. She is a braiding wonder too!

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Monday, January 11, 2016

15 Favorites from 2015

15 Favorites from 2015

1. Erin Condren life planner in the Horizontal Layout
Brooke totally suckered me into buying one of these majestic planners, now I'm never going back!
2. NYX Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen 
Nyx Matte Lip Cream's in general are bomb AF - but Copenhagen is my favorite color. I've been loving it for fall/winter.
3. Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black
Best felt tip liquid eyeliner pen I've ever had the opportunity to use!
4. Elf Smudge pot in Cruisin Chic
Because I like eyeshadow that I can do with my nubs and at my desk - no brushes!
5. Maybelline Baby Skin face Primer
Super duper easy to use and smoothes my pores and holds my makeup really well!
6. Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove
This was an impulse buy I wrote about here - and I'm still just as in love! Its become my everyday go-to blush.
7. Lush Mask of Magnaminty

Okay so I'm guilty - if you read my review you know that I wasn't the biggest fan of this in the beginning. But as time went on and I continued to use the pot I realized it was actually helping my skin. I've since finished said pot and now my face is breaking out. D:
8. Elf BB cream in Light
We all know this has been a go-to for me all year, its got awesome coverage, does not oxidize, and doesn't flash back! I even wore it for my graduation photos! (which came out great btw)

9. Cardigans
A simple black cardigan can take a weekend dress to a more work appropriate style. This year has definitely been the year of the cute cardi for me.
10. Jeans from Target
I hate pants, this is a well known fact - but I managed to find 2 (!!) pairs of jeans that I love and wear on the regular from Target. They've got just the right amount of stretch and are a perfect fit! 
11. Pink Coach Tote Bag
I got this bag for my birthday (?) and loooove it. Its a large pink tote bag from coach and fit everything I need perfectly!
12. Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
I lusted after this palette for a year and then I finally got my little nubs on it - it did not disappoint.
13. LUSH Blackberry Bath Bomb
Bought on impulse while on a Lush trip - made my bath water a lovely shade of purple, made my skin feel like butter, and was supposed to be a gift for my mom - oops! ;)
14. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
My go-to fash wash, it is amazing. I really can't say anything but good things about this cleanser - I love it and have recommended it to sooo many people who have oily skin and are looking for a good cleanser.
15. Regal Beagle Stitchery Bags
I've chatted about these bags a few times on here, I loved carrying my skull bag around for Halloween and their small over-the-shoulder bag are perfect for everyday!
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Friday, January 1, 2016

Pinterest Test: Pecan Crescent Cookies

Pinterest Test: Pecan Crescent Cookies

My Grandma is finally learning how to use Pinterest, so of course she has about a billion recipes that she wants to try and this is one of them. We decided that our first Pinterest Test was going to be a cookie, and this is how they turned out!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup softened butter
1 cup ground pecans
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

1. Mix butter until creamy then add the flour, 1/2 cup of  confectioners sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
2. Mix well then refrigerate covered for 30mins.
3. Preheat oven to 375°F
4. Shape into crescents and bake for 12-15 mins.
5. When cool enough to handle roll the warm cookies in the remaining confectioners sugar.

The dough was super easy to make - although it did have to sit and rest for 30mins after it was made. I also accidentally dumped like 3x the amount of almond extract in it than your supposed too - whoops! They came out super good though, and they even were probably the favorite cookie this year. Everyone grabbed a these first out of the 6 cookie types we made, so I'd definitely consider this one a hit!

See the pin here.
See the original cookie recipe.

Happy New Year!
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