Friday, July 15, 2016

Ipsy June Glam Bag 2016

This months bag is pretty nice. I love love the bag it came in! Recently I have taken on quite the love for the holographic color. Here is a list of the items I got! 

Lip Liner in Maya - OFRA Cosmetics
tre'Stique Mini Highlighter in Maldives Luminescent
Luxie Rose Gold Small Angle Eye Brush 215
Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar - The Balm Cosmetics
Delectable Lemon & Cream Nourishing hand cream by Cake Beauty 

I cannot wait to try everything I'm especially excited about the eyeshadow it is a beautiful deep burgundy color and the hand cream smells sooooooo good. 

What did you get in your ipsy bag? What are you most excited to try?

I hope you all are enjoying July, crazy to think we are well over half the year. 

Be kind to yourself and others always. x 

A Feeling Too Well Known

I've written things that come from the heart . . . but there are parts of my heart that hold things I have not yet written about. I think we all carry different worries upon our shoulders and walk with different monsters tracing our footsteps. Anxiety has always been my biggest monster among my monsters. Lately it has been walking ahead of me. The roles are suddenly reversed in that know it is me that is tracing in its footsteps. It is hard to escape it because it knows exactly where to step next, it knows me. It is one thing to fear your monsters and another to be at the point in which you are friends with them; casually greeting them as they walk through the door of your mind every day. 

Not every day is the same. Not every day is bad. I often shut myself out when it comes to talking about my monster because I feel like anxiety disorders are still thought of as a mystery. Like they can't be real and if they are then why? There must be a reason for why . . . I wish, I wish I could have a reason for it. I wish I could say I have anxiety because of this, that this made up thing was the sole reason and that was that. But I don't. I guess you could say school, work, and the combo of just life in general all make up for it but there is no one true reason. It is frustrating to the point of tears. Tears come and go when they please, anxiety attacks are the worst. Lately this has been me. It is like when you are drowning and you panic; panicking will only make it worse, in fact it is a certain death. I try to tell myself to not panic, to not give in, but in truth the feelings I experience scare me and I give in. Although this is me right now; I know that I cannot get worse. I guess once you have reached a certain low you are determined to never again revisit those conditions again. At least that is how I keep myself out of those dark places and those low lows. 

Not everyday is the same. Besides the obvious every day is a good day. I learn a lot about myself. I learn how to cope, I learn how think positive, I learn how to keep going. If it weren't for the people around me I would loose my mind. I think it is important to have a safe place from your monsters no matter what they are. Build an environment in which you are safe. Build it, nurture it, let people that help you in. Don't deny yourself the right to fix yourself . . . just because you find yourself in difficult circumstances that seem like a dead end doesn't mean there is no way out. Your mind is as vast and as endless as you allow it to be. I have learned a lot and I have yet a lot to learn and every day is a new opportunity for that. A new day is a new opportunity for a good day. 

By throwing all of this out into the world I feel lighter. I feel like all I've just said is no longer brewing inside. I hope this has helped in better ways than none. If you are feeling this way . . . just know there is no monster you cannot take one, yes they may have the upper hand at times but you will always hold the reins. 

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire." 
- Charles Bukowski 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

June Favorites

Well it is the end of another month and like always I can't believe how fast time flies. I don't know about you guys but the weather here in Arizona has been deadly and frankly I cannot wait for fall. I hope you all have been having a wonderful summer nonetheless. Anyways here are my monthly favorites!

I guess we can start from left to right. . . Two of my favorite products that I have been using this month in combination with each other are the Benefit Dandelion blush and Hoola bronzer. The bronzer is matte and I have used it for quite some time now and recently hit pan *sad face, I am quite late on this but oh my gosh . . . it is the best. Oh also they are both mini versions, I like to buy minis to see if I like them and if so I go on to buy the full size version. The Dandelion blush is the softest lightest pink I have ever seen and honestly it is so cute and smells like the sweetest vintage flower.

As for the two brushes the blue one as you know I recently got in my June ipsy bag, when I said I had a good feeling about it I was definitely not wrong. It not only is it the perfect crease brush but in general a great all over brush. The next brush I have been using is for my eyebrows, I am incredibly picky when it comes to the brush I use on my eyebrows and in reality have been on the hunt for the perfect one. This one is by IT cosmetics, No. 217 Angled Liner/Brow, it is perfectly tapered and stiff for precise lines. My brows have never looked better.

The Hanalei lip treatment is also another item I got in one of my ipsy bags, my lips get a bit drier in the summer and this has really been a huge help in keeping them be moisturized and healthy, plus it also smells really good. 

I have been a huge fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade for quite the time now and recently decided to try the Brow Powder Duo, I tried it on its own and wasn't completely sold on it . . . but I have been using it to set my brows once the pomade goes on first and it really has made all the difference to use both products. I also noticed they last longer and don't smear, even with the pomade alone if I brushed it every now and then it would smear and that is no longer the case! 

Last but not least my Bath and Body Works sanitizer in Fiji White Sands. The fragrance is so refreshing and pure. I can't explain it but it is really nice and relaxing. 

Oh, and this is the palette I've been diving into non-stop. I love the little message at the cover of it, it is very relevant and inspiring. Tarte has got to be one of my favorite brands of all the time. The formula of their eye shadows is so creamy and long lasting how can one not fall in love with everything they put out? My favorite shade has got to be rise & shine, it matches the color of my lid to a t and that makes it the perfect transition shade. Sometimes all I wear on my lid is rise & shine and it gives such an even and simple look. All of the shades are sheer yet build-able and the blush is such a nice pink mauve. This palette has been it for me this whole summer. 

Here is the a list of all the products and their links.

Benefit Dandelion Blush 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Royal & Langnickel Crease/Smudge Brush
IT Cosmetics No. 217 Angled Liner/Brow Brush
Hanalei Lip Treatment
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Duo
Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel - Fiji White Sands (I don't think they are selling the sanitizer anymore but here are more products in that fragrance).
Tarte Double Duty Beauty™ limited-edition eye & cheek palette - Classic Courage

Till next time! Stay cool and smile always. x 

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