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Top 10 Makeup Favorites | Reviews & Swatches

I’ve spent way more money on makeup recently than I’d like to admit, but that has led me to discover a lot of great products that I am able to wear with pride and confidence.

Suddenly, doing my makeup everyday has turned from a chore to a fun and artistic activity that I enjoy doing day after day. I get to experiment with different products and pallets of color, using my own fresh clean face as a canvas each morning.

Of course, this has only been possible with the use of my wonderful selection of quality makeup products. Otherwise I would be applying my makeup in frustration, continuously trying and failing to get the desired effect, and finding myself disappointed with the final result.


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Thankfully though, that is no longer the case. Now it’s so much easier for me to create a look that makes me feel beautiful, I dont have to repeatedly correct any mistakes or mishaps, and I don’t need to worry about mid-day touch-ups.

With the correct tools at my disposal, beauty has become more like a hobby of mine than a task on my list of things to do during my morning routine.

So for the sake of your sanity and for all of those who have to look at you throughout the day (lol, just kidding), I’m going to share my favorite new products that can better your beauty without the added stress and frustration.


NEW MAKEUP FAVORITES


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1. ECOTOOLS MAKEUP BRUSHES

I was given a set of ecotools makeup brushes for my birthday when I was younger, and I just recently decided to try them out again.

So I ended up buying two brushes from their eye collection, and I have to say that I’m in love. The two I purchased are dual ended, so really its like I have four new brushes instead of only two.

Their brushes are so soft and fluffy, and they pick up product very well. You can easily tell they are quality made, and the hairs don’t fly out or lose their original definitive shape.

2. MILANI MAKE IT LAST SETTING SPRAY

Now I haven’t tried too many setting sprays, but I don’t need to try them all to know that this spray is one of the best for its price.

It comes in a translucent bottle, which helps to determine the amount you have left. It also sprays in an ultra fine mist and dries quickly, without leaving an ultra shiny or wet finish to your face.

Using the elf setting spray, I noticed the product wouldn’t come out evenly from the bottle, leaving white drops on my face where larger amounts of product had joined together. This didnt matter much once it dried, however it was inconvenient. The elf setting spray also left my face looking extremely shiny/sweaty after drying.

Another aspect of the Milani spray that I love, is that it doesn’t drown out the shimmer of my shimmery eyeshadows. I sometimes noticed this happening with other setting sprays. Not to mention it has great lasting power, and does exactly what it’s supposed to by keeping my makeup looking fresh all day long.

3. MAYBELLINE LINE STILETTO LIQUID EYELINER

I have been using liquid formulas for winged eyeliner for years, but I never liked how many of the pointed wands were either to thick or two thin. The other liquid liner I liked, which had the ideally sized pointed wand, was made out of a material that sometimes became flimsy towards the very tip after long term use. This would make it difficult to achieve a sharp point when drawing on winged eyeliner.

The tip of this wand however, is made of a much sturdier material that is able to maintain its shape throughout its lifetime of use. It’s also the ideal size for drawing on both a thick line above the upper lashes and sharp points for the ends of your wings, unlike the ultra thin applicators that take forever just to draw on a thick line.

4. REVLON BROW FANTACY BROW GEL & PENCIL

I purchased this gel and pencil duo in the shade light brown. This is actually the first time I’ve used a pencil for filling in my eyebrows, and I love that it also comes with a gel.

What I didnt like about other brow formulas I’ve tried is that they always appear too dark. As a brunette this may not seem like that big of an issue, but dark bold brows doesn’t fair for anyone unless they have black hair.

This pencil, however, is much more subtle and natural looking than gel formulas that you’d apply with an angled brush. The gel also helps fill in color without leaving smudges of color on the skin around the edges of your brows.

Lastly, I like that it does a firm job of taming my wildly long eyebrow hairs without causing them to look stiff, glued together, or stuck to my skin.

5. MAYBELLINE MASTER CAMOUFLAGING CONCEALER

When I bought this concealer, I was looking for a lighter shade that I could apply under my eyes (bridge of my nose, center of forehead, chin, etc.) to help me achieve more contrast when highlighting and contouring my face.

I ended up purchasing this formula in the shade 20 Light, and I’m pretty pleased with it so far. It doesn’t have the dense coverage that I’ve seen from other concealers, but it also doesn’t feel heavy or cakey.

Its formula is light enough that it allows my skin to breathe and doesn’t crease, but it still provides me with enough of the extra coverage and lightening power you’d expect from other concealers.

6. REVLON ULTRA HD MATTE LIPCOLOR

I am beyond obsessed with this lipcolor formula, and the shade. I purchased the shade HD Forever (645), and I am undoubtedly in love. The wand is much like that of a lip gloss, with a soft applicator tip, and the formula feels creamy and hydrating.

Different from matte lipsticks, this formula doesn’t dry out your lips or make them look cracked or flakey. When it’s first applied it looks shiny and feels like a moisturizing butter, but it dries to a matte finish. Which is perfect because I can’t stand to have a shiny lip, never have.

The color also lasts forever, and I mean forever! After hours of wear, when I can’t even feel any product left on my lips, the color is still matte and bold.

When swatching the lip color on my arm (see swatches in photo found later in post) and removing the product with a makeup remover wipe, I still noticed a trace of color left on the area where the lip color had been.

This can be a bad thing when you’re wanting to wash off your makeup or ready to try a different shade, but that just goes to show it has some incredible lasting power.

7. RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH MAKEUP PRIMER

If you’ve ever used Elf makeup primers, then you’re familiar with the thick, sort of plaster like texture that it has right? Well this primer doesn’t have that kind of texture.

This primer has a consistency similar to that of a lotion, which feels much more comfortable on the skin. Upon doing a side by side comparison between the two on the back of my hand, I found that the primer by Rimmel London also had a luminous finish while the Elf primer simply had a matte finish.

Further in my comparison, I didn’t find much of a difference after applying concealer. But when I went on to apply eyeshadow over the concealer, I noticed the eyeshadow went on more evenly over the side that had been primed with the Rimmel London primer.

When I applied the same eyeshadow with the same brush to the side that was primed with Elf, the shadow seemed to go on more heavily on the areas where I started and changed direction with my brush (the left and right sides of a straight line), while the middle area looked a little lighter.

I also noticed it was easier to rub off the eyeshadow with my finger on the side that had been primed by elf. The colors were dulled down and with harder rubbing the products would cake up into little flakes and brush off.

It took more effort to rub off and dull the colors of the shadow I had applied on the side where I used the Rimmel London primer. It also didnt get flakey when I rubbed with more force like it had on the side used with Elf.


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8. MAYBELLINE ROCKET VOLUME EXPRESS MASCARA

Believe me when I say I’m a huge mascara connoisseur. I’ve bought and tested a different kind of mascara each time I went shopping for makeup (3 or 4 times just within the past 2 weeks), and I’ve compared not just those, but all the mascaras I’ve used throughout my lifetime by their formulas, and their lengthening and volumizing capabilities.

Let me tell you that this is my favorite mascara that I’ve used in a very long time, if not ever. When searching for a mascara in the store, the first thing I search for is a package that advertises both length and volume. Next, I look at the wand.

I NEVER purchase a mascara that uses a wand that looks like a pipe cleaner. You know, the wands that are just like the basic disposable ones that you can buy in bulk? I always search for a wand that has plastic or hard rubbery bristles to separate the lashes (see photo).


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This mascara has both the ideal brush and formula for achieving long, clump-free lashes with bold volume. Other mascaras may have a formula that is too thin in consistency, which will give you longer lashes but cause them to look too thin.

Some formulas, and sometimes the wand, can’t help but cause the mascara to get icky and clumpy. The formula could either be prone to dryness and result in unwanted clumps, or the design of the wand may cause the product to collect into clumps all over the bristles.

The formula of the Rocket Volume mascara however, is perfect. It has a thick consistency that, when combined with its amazing wand, gives your lashes a full and more voluminous look while separating and lengthening each lash. It also stays nice and moist, preventing clump build up.

In the photo above you can also see the wand from the Maybelline Line Stiletto Liner that I mentioned earlier.

9. RIMMEL LONDON SCULPTING PALETTE BY KATE MOSS

This palette has to be one of my top 3 or 4 favorite products in my makeup collection right now. I have the shade 003 Golden Brown, and it has a light shimmery tan/nude highlight illuminer shade, a matte dark brown contour sculpter shade, and a gorgeous light salmon colored blush that has a faint orange shimmer.

These colors are so beautiful together, and they are extremely pigmented. The shimmery highlighter and blush also reflect the light incredibly well and I honestly feel drop dead gorgeous when I wear it. It adds the perfect amount and shades of color, and makes my skin look glowey and flawless. I really don’t even know how I ever lived without this palette, nor will I ever go without using it again.


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The swatches truly don’t give this palette the justice it deserves, and I seriously order you all to go to your local Wal-Mart makeup department and buy this product. Because if you don’t already have this palette, you’re losing at life and I fucking mean that lol.

You can also check out the swatches of my Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (Shade 645 HD Forever) and my Maybelline Master Camoflaging Concealer (Shade 20 Light) in the photo above. Keep in mind that the Lipcolor had not yet dried when I took this photo, and the actual finish is not glossy like it appears. The lipcolor dries to a totally matte finish, and also remember that each of the color swatches pictured above may appear different in the photo than they actually appear in real life (thanks to my shitty camera and lack of natural light).

10. FLOWER SHIMMER & SHADE EYESHADOW PALETTE

Holy hell you guys, this eyeshadow is phenomenal. I have the Golden Natural ES3 palette and I literally use almost all of the 10 shades on a daily basis. And by that I mean I like the mix and blend their colors together in a bunch of different ways, and it makes for absolutely stunning eyeshadow looks.

This palette comes with a total of 7 ultra pigmented shimmery shades and 3 ultra pigmented matte shades (that do have a couple of sparkles here and there if you look close enough). They range from almost a white shimmer, to a light yellow gold, to an orange and bronzey gold, to a bronze. These shades are incredibly stunning, and you would be shocked at how bold they are.

The colors just go on so easily and blend like a champ, there’s honestly nothing more that you could ask for in a palette. Its got brilliant sparkle and color, fantastic lasting time, and some of the shades can double as a highlighter or bronzer.

Their lightest matte shade is my #1 favorite transition shade of all time, and I couldn’t NOT use at least 4 colors from this palette every single day if I tried. I’m telling you, this palette is DA BOMB, and much like my Kate Moss Sculpting Palette, you are fucking losing at life if you don’t go to Wal-Mart and buy this product now.


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Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that it comes with a fucking incredible blending brush that’s valued at $6! It is literally one of the softest brushes that I have and definetally one of my favorites in my brush collection, just as this palette is my #1 favorite shadow palette right now.


Well, we’ve covered A LOT of amazing makeup products today, and I highly recommend each and every one. Plus, all of the products I mentioned are affordable and great for both beginners and those that are more advanced at doing their makeup.

And despite the fact that the prices on these products aren’t down right outrageous and extremely expensive, I think they’re just as good, if not better than similar products you’d find at Sephora. Just try them for yourself if you haven’t already and tell me what you think!

Lastly, if you’d like to share some of your current favorite makeup products, just mention them in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for the next best in beauty products, so I’d love to hear any and all of your suggestions.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and I’m looking forward to hearing about your own experiences with the products I mentioned. Thanks so much for reading everyone! Until next time my lovelies. ❤

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Hair Care Routine For Thin, Dry, Heat-Damaged Hair

Hey everyone, I’m sorry for being absent so much lately. I’m still really busy with my new job and I haven’t had as much time to write these past few weeks.

Fortunately though, I have discovered a new hair-care routine that really seems to have made a huge difference in the health of my hair. So what normally looks like a head full of dry and damaged hair, now looks like a hydrated and healthy set of locks that feels soft and smooth to the touch.

 


MY DAILY ROUTINE

So like most hair-care routines, my process begins in the shower. The difference is that I don’t just shampoo and condition my hair. I condition my hair 3 different times with 3 different products before it’s all said and done.

 


STEP ONE

First I like to start by washing my hair with Pantene’s Repair & Protect Shampoo. I’ve noticed that my hair usually feels a lot softer when I use Pantene, and it’s honestly been one of my favorite brands for quite some time. I highly recommend their products, and if you’re not a fan of Pantene then get the f*** off my blog… Haha, just kidding guys. Sorta?

Lol anyway, after my hair has been stripped of all the dirt and oil that made it completely unmanageable, I move on to the next step in my process, which would be to condition my hair with Not Your Mothers Way To Grow Long & Strong Conditioner.

 


STEP TWO

I started using this conditioner just recently in hopes it would maybe help my hair grow a little bit faster, since my hair grows at an unbearably slow pace. But like I said, I just started using it so I’ll have to give you all the low down on how it works for me after a few weeks/months of continued use.

To be honest though, I have pretty low expectations because I’m starting to feel like nothing will ever help my hair grow longer. But we’ll see.

What I don’t really like about this conditioner is that it doesn’t actually do much conditioning. My hair doesnt get that silky smooth, totally detangled texture that you would expect from a conditioner, which is okay because I just rinse it out and apply Pantene’s Repair & Protect 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.

 


STEP THREE

Instantly after I add the deep conditioner into my hair it feels like silk. I leave it in for 3 or more minutes as advised, and then I’m on to the next phase of my process.

 


STEP FOUR

My fourth and final step (in the shower) is to apply a generous amount of Garner’s Whole Blends Honey Treasure Repairing Mask all throughout my hair!

Like the deep conditioner, I allow the mask to sit in my hair for over 3 minutes and then I take a comb and run it through my hair. I make sure to thoroughly rinse out what remains of the hair mask and I wrap my hair in a towel.

 


STEP FIVE

Finally out of the shower, I prepare to complete my hair-care routine. I remove the towel from my head and proceed to part and comb my hair once more.

With my hair still wet, I take my Suave Honey Infusion 10 In 1 Leave-In Conditioner Cream and work it throught the ends of my hair.

The instructions direct you to use about a quarter sized amount, however I use about 2 or three times that. I make sure to massage the product through the ends of my hair as evenly as I can, and I comb my hair one last time.

At last, after allowing the leave-in conditioner to sit in my hair for a few minutes, I finish styling my hair with a hair dryer and straightener.

 

 

 

 

My First Ever Versatile Blogger Award!

Yay, everybody! Today is the day that I finally get to claim my very first award as a blogger, and I’m so honored! To be honest, I definitely didn’t expect to be nominated for an award so early in my blogging experience, but hey. I’m not complaining!

So, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Victoria Moreira from Tashnee V. Mavee! And a very special thanks to her for nominating me, and for being so supportive! She’s always posting fun and fabulous content onto her fashion and style blog, and I highly encourage you all to visit her page and give her a follow!


“According to the VBA website, this award is meant for people whose blogs have a good quality of writing, cover unique topics and reflect their commitment and passion.”


HERE ARE THE RULES

 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

 

Nominees – don’t forget the rules and pay it forward to other bloggers, too.

 


MY NOMINEES

 

  1. McKenzie Morgan | Styled By McKenz
  2. Bea | Beafree
  3. Sarah | Lifewithlilred
  4. Kali Borovic | Kaliborovic
  5. Mona | Preppy Pink Piglet
  6. Brooke Clarke | Brookeclarke
  7. Mackenzie | Mack Makeup
  8. Bay Area Beauty Blogger
  9. Style As Needed
  10. Karalee Shotola | Tales of Belle


7 FACTS ABOUT ME

(THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT ALREADY KNOW)

 

  1. I go bowling numerous times a week, and it is currently my favorite hobby! I’m still improving day by day, but my highest score right now is a 188 (and my second highest score is a 181). I finally set my personal record of 188 just a few days ago, and during that particular game I bowled 5 strikes in a row!
  2. I am currently working part-time as a server at a bowling alley in order to earn enough money to pay for a Medical Assistant Certification Program. I have worked as a Medical Assistant in the past (at the early age of 18), however I need to become certified before I can land another MA position.
  3. Whenever I’m not working or bowling, I’m most likely fishing, kayaking, or jet skiing at the lake near my home. I tag along with my best fishing buddy and boyfriend, Mitch, and together we fish for catfish and spotted or large mouth bass.
  4. I am the mother of the absolute cutest dog in the world. His name is Jax, and he is a 2 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog and Pit Bull mix. He only has 3 legs, as he had one of them amputated late last year, and he is the #1 thing that I love most in this world.
  5. My favorite color is orange, as I’m a huge Denver Broncos Fan. During football season I like to visit my parent’s house on Sundays so I can watch the games with my dad and older brother.
  6. I’m an abstract painter, and I’ve been painting my entire life. I come from a whole family of artists and painters. My mom used to paint murals, my uncle was an incredible tattoo artist and painter, my older brother is an outstanding drawer, and my dad has been a self employed commercial painter since before I was born.
  7. My two favorite bands of all time have always been (and always will be) AC/DC and Metallica. I’ve been listening to their music for as long as I can remember.

 


 

Thanks for reading everyone, and thank you all so much for your support. I couldn’t have earned my first award without you guys!

My Current Mood Music Playlist

I’m the kind of person who likes to listen to almost every genre of music. Heavy metal, country, classic rock, oldies, rap, EDM, pop, punk, comedy, you name it. But the music I decide to listen to during the day depends on what kind of mood I’m in, and I guarantee you can all relate to that.

And even though I can’t identify the exact type of music mood I’ve been in lately, because I’ve felt like listening to a lot of different genres, I’m going to share a playlist of all the songs I’ve been diggin’ recently.

*WARNING: Some content may be inappropriate for a younger audience* 


CURRENT MOOD PLAYLIST

•      “Nocturnal Rainbows”Hopsin

•      “Pans In The Kitchen”Hopsin

•      “Arm And Hammer”Kevin Gates

•      “What I Got” | Sublime

•      “Santeria” | Sublime

•      “Wrong Way” | Sublime

•      “MAAD City” | Kendrick Lamar

•      “Backseat Freesyle” | Kendrick Lamar

•       “Hot N*gga” | Bobby Shmurda

•      “Thunderstruck” | AC/DC

•      “Let There Be Rock” | AC/DC

•      “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” | AC/DC

•       “Whiskey In A Jar” | Metallica

•      “Enter Sandman” | Metallica

•      “Professional Rapper” | Lil Dicky

•      “Lemme Freak” | Lil Dicky

•      “Jump” | Lupe Fiasco

•      “Goldie”A$AP Rocky

•      “Lost Stars” | Adam Levine

•      “Do You Even Hear Yourself” | The Everyday Anthem

•      “Grey” | The Everyday Anthem

•      “Always Been You” | The Everyday Anthem

•      “Stage Dives & Pick Slides” | The Everyday Anthem

•      “Brass Monkey” | Beastie Boys

•      “Partition”Beyoncé

•      “Hooked On A Feeling” | Blue Swede

•      “#Twerkit” | Busta Rhymes

 •       “This Is The House That Doubt Built” | A Day To Remember

•      “Sticks & Bricks”A Day To Remember

•      “It’s Complicated”A Day To Remember

•      “2nd Sucks”A Day To Remember

•      “Cover Of The Rolling Stone” | Dr. Hook

•      “Santa Monica” | Everclear

•      “Rollup – Baauer Remix” | Flosstradamus

•      “Lotta That” | G-Eazy

•      “Headsplitter” | Getter

•      “Clint Eastwood”Gorillaz

•      “Keep It 100” | Keys N Krates

•      “Smoke Screens & Pipe Dreams”Rhyme Asylum

•      “Make It Bun Dem” | Skrillex


So this playlist does include some screamo (not much at all), which I doubt many of you will be fond of. It also includes some older songs that I listened to growing up, some rock music, a lot of rap, some trap music, and a few other genres. I promise though, all of the songs I have listed above are amazing!

And even if you’re thrown off by the title or artist, I want you guys to at least click on every link that I provided and listen to a little bit of each song (Even if its just a few seconds in the beginning).

Then, comment below telling me which songs/artists you liked from my playlist, which ones you didn’t like, and you can also share some of your personal favorite songs! I’d love to get your opinions!

So thanks for reading (and hopefully listening) guys! You’re all the best, and I hope everybody has a fantastic weekend!

Blog Milestone 001 + A Special Giveaway | First 100 Followers (1 Minute Read)

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

So today I’m excited to announce that my blog has finally reached it’s first 100 followers!

And though it’s not exactly a huge milestone, it’s the first of many to come and I have no one else to thank except for all of you!

Now to celebrate my first 100 followers, I’m going to be hosting my very first giveaway! Here’s what you could win:


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A beautiful handmade necklace, made with a 1″-2″ long real deer antler tip pendant. It’s hand painted with metallic gold and a white stripe, and hangs from a 31″ gold plated chain!


Now here are the rules to enter the drawing for the giveaway:

1. You must be a follower of my blog

2. You have to check out my last post and vote for your favorite topic in that post’s comment section

3. Comment “Done” on this post when you’re finished!


Your chance to enter the drawing ends on June 30th, 2017, so hurry before it’s gone!

I’ll be randomly selecting a winner on the 30th and I’ll be announcing the results that day or the day after! So good luck to you all, and I hope to see many of you participate!

Exciting New Blog Series | You Choose the News 001

Hey everybody, I hope you all are doing well! I’ve got EVEN MORE exciting blog news for you guys this week, and I hope you all choose to participate in what I’m about to tell you!

So I want to begin a new series called “You Choose The News”, where every week I post a short list (3-4 different options) of potential topics that YOU (my readers) can vote from.

Each of you will be welcome to vote for which ever topic you would rather me write about the following week, and the topic with the most votes obviously wins.


Here’s all you have to do to cast your vote:

1. Leave a comment stating which topic you are voting for

2. In a single sentence or two, explain why you voted for that particular topic


It’s super quick and easy guys, and I’d like to take this opportunity to really get to know you all (my kickass readers) a little better and start posting more content that you’re actually interested in reading!

But for all of this to happen, I need your help! I need all of you guys to take part and participate by voting for your favorite topics every week! And all you have to do is take a few minutes to share your opinion!


So now I’m going to kick off the “You Choose The News” series with the first list of topics:

TOPIC 1

LIFESTYLE | 9 Things I Would Tell My Fifteen-Year-Old Self

TOPIC 2

FASHION | 3 Outfits Styled By My Boyfriend

TOPIC 3

LIFESTYLE | What It’s Really Like To Have A 3 Legged Dog

TOPIC 4

FASHION | A Look Inside My Shoe Closet + How I’d Style Each Pair


Now it’s up to you guys to cast your votes in the comment section and explain why you voted for your topic!

I’ll be publishing my post on the winning topic next week along with the next list of topics for you all to vote from!

So go now and vote for your favorite! Do it, do it, do it! And I’ll be back in a week!

Destination Destin | Beach Get Away & Vacation Clothing Haul

Hey everybody! I know I haven’t posted in a while, I was a little busy the past few days. But feel free to tell me all about how you spent your last week in the comments, and don’t be shy! I don’t bite very hard lol.

So last Wednesday I drove down to Destin, Florida with my boyfriend, Mitch, to spend some time with him and his family at the beach.

Mind I haven’t been to the beach in years, and the only reason I went back then was for a softball tournament so it wasn’t exactly a “vacation”.

So considering this was my first legitimate vacation I’ve ever really had (bummer, I know. I don’t get to travel much), I was totally stoked to go.


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WEDNESDAY

On my first night in Destin, after the sun went down and the usual herd of beach-goers had fled the sandy shores, Mitch and I walked down to the ocean for a moonlight adventure. We searched for ghost crabs and walked the shore line for a few miles, then turned back towards our condo to call it a night.


THURSDAY

Early on Thursday afternoon, Mitch and I met up with his family at the beach. Then, after swimming in the ocean for a while, we decided to go parasailing.

Neither of us had ever gone parasailing before, and I think Mitch was a lot more nervous than I was to be honest. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t scary at all! It was peaceful and the view was pretty amazing.


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FRIDAY

On Friday the whole family got together for a homemade seafood feast. Later that night, Mitch and I went back out onto the beach searching for more crabs and scanning the seaside with a metal detector.

Then when we realized a piece of aluminum foil and a bottle cap were the only two things we would find, we started collecting sea shells and made our way back to the condo again for bed.


SATURDAY

Early the next morning, Mitch and I finally had the opportunity to go shopping. We drove down to a huge strip mall with about 50 different stores and circled the parking lot, and I decided to stop at American Eagle Outfitters first.

As always though, Mitch couldn’t stand walking around the store while I shopped, so he rushed me out pretty quickly. I was sure my shopping spree would end there, but I was lucky enough that he took me to Target too.

We made two more stops at Bass Pro Shops and Pizza Hut, then drove back to the condo to eat and change into our bathing suits.

After lunch, we walked to the beach and spent a few hours snorkeling and searching for sand dollars. By mid afternoon both Mitch and I were tuckered out, so we decided to call it a day and spent the rest of our Saturday recuperating.


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SUNDAY

We continued to recoup until it was time for dinner on Sunday evening. The whole family met up again to ride the water-taxi down to a restaurant on Harbor Walk.

We all ate and rode back to the dock near our condo on the water-taxi, then Mitch and I ditched to walk down to the beach one last time before returning to Georgia.

With both of us well rested, we decided to bring our fishing poles and spend the whole night fishing. It wasn’t until we ran out of fishing tackle that we had to turn back, but we still stayed up all night digging for sea shells in the sand.


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MONDAY

Sunday night blurred into Monday morning. After the cup I had brought to hold all of our sea shells got full, Mitch and I walked back to the condo just two hours before Dawn and restocked on fishing supplies.

We made another short walk back to the water to fish just a little bit longer, and when the sun finally came up we were back to the condo to pack our things and hit the road.

Surprisingly we were able to make it out before 7am (8am Georgia time), and we arrived back at home by 2:30pm!

But it wasn’t long after we were unpacked that Mitch brought me out to the lake for even more fishing. I was exhausted, but I really didn’t mind much. I just thought it was pretty cool that we were able to fish in two different states in a single day!


VACATION CLOTHING HAUL

So even though I wasn’t able to shop around for very long, I’m still happy with what I ended up with.


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The first item from my vacation clothing haul is this pair of American Eagle Jeggings. They’re so comfortable, and I love the light/somewhat dirty wash they have. I bought them for $34.99 in Florida, but you can purchase them online for $39.99 on the AEO website!


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Next I have this second pair of American Eagle Jeggings, which are also incredibly comfortable. They have a dark grey wash, mild distressing, and they are super low-rise. In Florida they were on sale for $19.99, but you can find them in the clearance section on the AEO website for $29.99!


I also bought this adorable cold shoulder soft and sexy tee from American Eagle (in black). It’s strappy, has a keyhole front, and looks great with my new jeans! It’s even on sale right now for $12.47 on the AEO website!


My last item from American Eagle was this totally cute mock-neck shift dress. It also has a keyhole front (so it looks sort of like a choker dress) and it has a beautiful ombre effect. You can actually buy it from the AEO website now for only $20.97!


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After shopping at AEO, I also stopped by Target to look at their bikinis. While I was there I picked up this cute pair of ruffle bikini bottoms for $17.99. I just love the scrunched cheeky look!


Lastly, I purchased this pair of extra cheeky bikini bottoms, which were also at Target for $17.99. They have two straps on each side, and they match well with the black bikini top that I already own.


Well that was it for my clothing haul, thanks for reading! Don’t forget to tell me about how you spent your last week in the comments! And remember to follow my blog Vital For Style if you haven’t already, because I’ll be posting again later on this week. So be on the lookout, and I’ll be back soon my loves!

Trust Me, You Don’t Really Want Bigger Boobs—And Here’s Why

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great Saturday, and please feel free to let me know how your week went in the comments!

So today for Style Saturday, I’m gonna talk about the struggles we “chestier” woman face when it comes to fashion, and why you should stop wishing for bigger boobs! I mean, you have no idea how lucky you truly are.

And let’s be honest. If you are someone who just wants a bigger cup size to appear more attractive to men (which I get it, we’re all human and we all want to appear more attractive to the opposite sex), then you’re wasting your time.

The right guy for you will love you exactly the way you are. If you’re using your body as a way to attract a man, you’ll be attracting the kind of man you DON’T want to be with! Annnndd that’s how toxic relationships are formed, but that’s a topic for another day.

Plus, you should already know that all you really need to attract a guy is your kick-ass personality, and that’s a fact!

But whatever it is that makes some people think that having big boobs is such a great thing, I can assure them it’s honestly not worth it! Here are just a few of the things that make big boobs such a burden.

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1. YOUR OWN BRA CAN’T EVEN KEEP THEM UNDER CONTROL!

I swear, I have to adjust my boobs at least 100 times a day. And I don’t mean bra, I mean boobs.

Every time I look down to my chest, I see that my boobs have mysteriously tried to escape from my bra and are starting to pop out of the center.



It’s the most annoying thing in the world, and it happens just about every time I move. Literally the only way to avoid it would be to wear some sort of granny-nursing bra, and I am neither a granny, nor am I nursing so..

*Makes classic resting-bitch face*

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2. THEY MAKE YOU LOOK FAT

Even if you’re skinny, having big boobs can make you look so much bigger when wearing certain styles of clothing.



Since having a larger bust means your boobs actually extend further out infront of you, clothes like tunic tops and shift dresses that just drape over your body will make you look wider.

These kinds of styles create the same illusion for everyone, though. Even smaller chested women will look wider than they would if they were wearing something fitted.

But imagine two different woman that are equally as thin, but differ in cup size. One woman wears a size 32A bra while the other wears a 32D, and they both try on the same shift dress.

Which woman would appear thinner in that dress? The woman who wears a 32A of course! And even though the woman who wears a 32A is no thinner than the other underneath the dress, the woman wearing a 32D would simply look wider because some styles of clothing (such as shift dresses) are less flattering on large chested women. Not science, just the cold hard truth!

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3. BIKINI TOPS ARE ALWAYS A HASSLE

If you have big boobs, you probably have a very hard time finding a good bikini top during swimsuit season. Am I right?

You can’t wear bandeau bikini tops, because they provide no support whatsoever. I’ve honestly never even bothered to try one on because I already know that it would just. not. work!

Then you have halter neck bikini tops, which are always painful to wear. Why? I’ll tell you why. Because boobs are freakin’ heavy, man! And if you want to hold your big girls in, you’ve gotta tie that string around your neck pretty dang tight. Then by the end of the day the back of your neck just hurts like hell.

But we’ve also got those bikini tops that are similar to your everyday bra, with straps that go over each of your shoulders. The problem with these is that without an under wire, almost any movement can easily trigger an escape (you know what I mean).

Then the rest of the bikini tops out there are either too ugly or they make your boobs look weird, and those are really our only options!

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4. THEY EVEN STAIN YOUR FAVORITE SHIRTS

How you ask? Because they are sneaky little bastards that have minds of their own, minds that hate us! And here’s how they will do it…

You could just be relaxing at home, minding your own business, ya know. Maybe you’re munching on some chili and watching TV on the couch. You mindlessly feed yourself one mouth-full of chili at a time while your eyes are glued to some infomercial you’re watching. You’re about to take your next bite, but just before it reaches your mouth… BOOM!

One little bean, or one tiny drop of sauce finds its way off of your spoon or fork, or whatever utensil you use to eat your chili, and it lands directly​ on your boobs below staining your shirt. And just like that, your new favorite shirt is officially ruined! (You’d be surprised at how often this kind of thing actually happens)

If your boobs weren’t so big and always in the way, that little bean or that drop of sauce could have missed your new shirt completely and just fallen back into the bowl, on the table, or even on your lap. Literally anywhere else besides your favorite shirt.

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Alright now ladies, I could literally go on and on about how having big boobs is more of a pain in the ass than anything else. As a female that wore a C-cup by the 5th grade, I can honestly say I hate them.

So just take my word for it and be thankful. They’re really not all that they’re cracked up to be, and stressing over them, or potentially spending thousands of dollars to enlarge them one day would NOT be worth your time or money.

Rainy Day Activities To Brighten Your Otherwise Gloomy Day!

Hey Everyone! How have you been doing lately? Please remember to let me know in the comments! 👇

I’ve been feeling pretty groggy lately, to be honest. The past three or four days have just been humid, wet, and gloomy, and my mood has definitely been affected by this bull-crap weather.

Not to mention my cable keeps going out from these crazy “crack-so-loud-you-jump-out-of-bed” and “shake-your-whole-house” kind of thunderstorms I’ve been having in my area lately.

My dog is even on edge, and for the past few days he’s been quick to snap at my boyfriend’s dog for invading his personal space. But, that could just be because he’s also a big ‘ol brat and he feels entitled to everything because I spoil him to death lol.

Anyway, I got sick and tired of laying around the house and decided to think up some rainy day activities I could do to occupy my time. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far!


RAINY-DAY ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BRING OUT THE SUNSHINE

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1. Go bowling with your boyfriend or girlfriend

This is the perfect date-night activity! Bowling is so much more fun when it’s just you and your man, and it can be a great way to bond with your partner.

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2. Try your hand at abstract painting

I specify abstract because there’s no limits to what you can paint. And what better way to combat the bad weather blues than to get knee deep into an art project and express your creativity?!

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3. Clean out your closet and take pictures of the clothes you no longer want and post them on Poshmark to make some $$$

You may or may not be totally familiar with my blog, but if you are then you know that I’m addicted to Poshmark!

Go read some of my other posts to learn more about Poshmark and remember to use code GOZXK at sign up to earn and extra $5 towards your first purchase! Woo-hoo!

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4. Catch up on that spring cleaning you never started

I know I haven’t!

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5. Indulge in some self-care activities

Give yourself a mani-pedi, look online for homemade face mask recipe​s, or conjure up a hair mask to nourish and strengthen your hair and fight against those little bastard split-ends that we all have (whether we like to admit it or not, they’re there lol). Or you can relax and find a good book to read, or download an e-book on your tablet or phone!

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6. Look up yoga videos on YouTube and follow along on your phone

This idea can go for workout videos too! Just pick one of the millions of exercise videos on YouTube, clear out some space in the living room, and follow along to the video on your phone!

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7. Finish some laundry and organize all of your shoes and the clothes in your dresser or closet

The clothes in my dresser only stay folded for so long before my drawers are just a mess of loose articles of clothing. I’ll take my folded clothes and try them on, decide not to wear them, and throw them back in the drawer. By the end of the week my clothes are all over the place and I can’t find a single thing I’m looking for.

Organizing your clothes will make them easier to locate, and keep them in good condition! Which will come in handy (and make you more $$$) if you ever decide to sell them on Poshmark!

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8. Check out my different DIY posts and try out one of the projects I featured

I recently decided to convert my Fashion Blog into a Fashion + DIY + Lifestyle Blog so I could share tutorials from some of my many fun DIY projects. The materials you’ll need will usually be household items you already have, they’re fun and kid-friendly, and they can make great gifts for friends or family!

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9. Clear out your fridge and make sure you don’t have any old foods or expired condiments sitting around

Since my boyfriend never looks at expiration dates on anything other than the milk in our fridge, I’m responsible for clearing out the rest. You’ll be surprised at how many expired condiments you might have in the doors of your refrigerator lol.

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10. Bake something yummy, look up neat recipes online until you find one that only calls for ingredients that you already have on hand.

Cook up some kind of new concoction of your own and Chow down at your delicious masterpiece, or keep it simple and bake some of those “just add milk” muffins you get in a bag from the grocery store. Whatever butters your bread boo-boo! 😉

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11. If your significant other is present, try playing a new game together to keep things interesting

Look up cute couple games on the internet, have a drawing contest, write each other love letters, play would you rather or 20 ?’s

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12. Get caught up on your finances and plan out your next week’s schedule

Make up for all that time you spent procrastinating during the week while it was sunny and there was tons of fun things to do, and get caught up on all the Adult stuff that just makes you want to be a kid again.

For example… paying the bills, coming up with your next month’s spending budget, deciding what to bring to that family get-together your mom keeps calling you about. You know, stuff like that.

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Well, that’s all I can think of right now. Truth be told I’ll probably just blog, Netflix, and chill all day lol.

But what kind of things do you like to do on rainy days? Let me know which ideas you liked from my list, and Share your own in the comments below so I can add on to the Activities above! And don’t worry, all those who share their ideas will be credited if they’re added to the list!

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