The Easiest Makeup Routine EVER!

Happy Saturday, loves! I’m excited to be back today with an updated makeup routine that consists of so few products. Doing my makeup routine is kind of like my morning ritual. I love getting ready for the day and looking my best to help motivate me throughout the day. I’ve been experimenting with different products lately and am happy to have found my holy grail of products.

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  1. I always start off with this Wet n Wild natural finish spray. I use this as a primer and as a setting for my makeup. I love the finish of it and it always wakes me up!
  2. Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation is amazing. I’ve mentioned this product on the blog before but this foundation is my favorite on the market and it’s less than $10! I always apply a light coat of this with a makeup sponge.
  3. It Cosmetics under-eye concealer is a little pricey but it really gets the job done. I recently picked up the under-eye illuminator that I think is better than just the actual under-eye cream.
  4. Depending on the coverage I want, sometimes I add a light coat of powder on top. Sephora powder is great but I especially like Loreal TrueMatch.
  5. I brush out my eyebrows first and then apply a coat of Essence eyebrow gel. I love how full this makes my brows look!
  6. I use both a mascara primer and then the actual mascara. I love the primer because it adds volume and separates my lashes. I use Loreal Primer and Covergirl Lashblast on top.
  7. I just got the Anastasia Glow Kit and am loving it so far. I wish the palette wasn’t so large and bulky but the colors really can’t be beat. I apply the highest and darkest shades to my cheekbones for an added glow.
  8. Fresh lip color in “Rose” is my everyday go-to. I don’t like wearing lipstick so the Fresh option was my best bet. I love the rosy color that is sheer and goes with everything.

And there you go! Happy Saturday 🙂 

 

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Thankful, Always

I know this post is belated but I wanted to write it anyway. Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to give thanks for the people we have in our lives but I don’t think that these feelings should be reserved for just one day of the year. Today I wanted to share what I’m thankful, especially during the time of year when giving thanks is so abundant 🙂

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  1. Family: Family is everything to me. There is nothing I love more than the Saturday family lunches that I had back in elementary, middle and high school. Even I don’t live far from home, I am always excited to go home.
  2. Home: Living in southern California is truly a blessing. I grew up in California and was lucky to also go to university here. Although I would love to travel when I’m older and perhaps live somewhere different at some point in time, my heart will always be here.
  3. Friendships + Relationships: I truly value each and every friend that I have. I have been blessed by friends both at school and at home that feel like family. I am also beyond blessed by the relationship I have with my boyfriend. He is the sweetest in all the land.
  4. Health: Being healthy and having the ability to have a living, breathing body is something I can sometimes take for granted. I am so incredibly thankful for all of the abilities that my body given me.
  5. Sunshine: I didn’t realize until recently how important sunshine was in my life until we had a period of cloudiness and rain in southern California a few weeks back. I need sunshine to thrive both physically and emotionally.
  6. Music and movies: These two kind of go hand and hand. One of my favorite ways to recharge is to sit down and watch a film or to listen to some music. I am currently all about the holiday movies and music, so “The Holiday”, “Love Actually” and Leslie Odom Jr.’s new holiday album have me feeling all of the feels.

How I Stay Positive

I get questions from friends and family a lot about how I manage to remain so optimistic. Especially as a student in college who is constantly in the midst of exams, homework and having a social life, life can really get you down sometimes. When asked about my ability to stay optimistic, however, my answer is always the same: positivity is a choice and I have simply chosen to be happy “because it is good for my health”. This is a quote that I read on the internet a few years ago and it really struck a cord within me. I have found that by maintaining a routine that makes me feel good, my happiness and health have improved exponentially. Today, I’m going to be sharing details from my everyday routine that make me feel more positive, and remain positive over the long term.

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  1. 3 full meals. For me, one of the key ingredients to maintaining my happiness is eating three full meals a day. If skimp on breakfast, I end up in a slump for the rest of the day. What’s also really important to me is that I eat a lot of greens every day and avoid gluten. I try to have a salad as one of my meals every day; if this doesn’t happen, I make sure to stock up on veggies elsewhere.
  2. Sticking to one cup of coffee per day. I love coffee – not just because it keeps me awake for most of the day but also because I love the taste. I have a difficult time limiting myself to one cup of coffee a day but I’ve been sticking with it for the past week and I feel so much better. I typically will have a cup in the morning and then make myself some tea before going to bed.
  3. Cutting down on phone time. I’m an Instagram addict and can sometimes waste so much time scrolling or looking up new accounts to follow very week. One of my goals for the new year is to limit the amount of time I spend on my phone, especially later in the day. I’ve discovered that I can still feel connected to my friends, family and the outside world by spending half the amount of time that I do on social media.
  4. Investing time in relationships in which I feel valued. I’ve developed some amazing relationships in my life and also some really toxic relationships. For me, interacting with others is vital to my wellbeing. Especially long conversations over a good lunch – those are my absolute favorite!

Life Lately

Hi! Life lately has been crazy busy. Junior year has been nothing short of a lot of hard work, social activities, and exploring career options. I also can’t believe that I’m halfway done with my fall quarter already! Below I’m sharing some photos from life lately…

BBOW7026.JPGMy boyfriend just got an internship in Santa Monica and his office is located right across from the beach! (#jobgoals) am I right?! I’ve visited him during his lunch breaks a few times; it’s so nice to take a break in the middle of the day and take a little stroll along the beach.

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My sorority had it’s “Presents” ceremony recently. The entire chapter takes photos together (new members wear white and older members wear black) and then there’s a small ceremony following. I’m officially a grand big and I feel so old!

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I went back home the weekend before Halloween and enjoyed a really nice stroll next to the beach with my mom. I loved how people decorated their homes and even created Halloween-inspired sandcastles!

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My boyfriend and I dressed up as Sandy and Danny from Grease! Although we weren’t about to go out and do anything on Halloween night (we both had midterms the next day) we still had a ton of fun just dressing up and eating candy.

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This past weekend I went to the Arts District in Downtown LA and had brunch with two of my friends from high school. It was so much fun to catch up with them and enjoy a delicious meal at Zinc Cafe!

 

How I Unwind At Night

I love getting ready for bed every night (anyone else?!) I find it so relaxing to take my makeup off, to hop in the shower and to later burn a candle or turn on my oil diffuser as I read or watch a show before heading to bed. Now that I live in my sorority house I’ve developed a relaxing night routine.

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  1. Slip into my robe. I have the softest, coziest robe that I look forward to wearing every. Single. Night. Putting on my robe also motivates me to actually get ready for bed.
  2. Take my makeup off/take a shower. I love taking my makeup off after a long day and hopping into the shower. Around this year I like experimenting with different body washes and scents such as peppermint and cinnamon.
  3. Put on a facemask. Especially with being back in school I find that pampering myself a little each night is a great way for me to wind down. Sometimes I’ll put on a facemask and other nights I’ll do my nails.
  4. Start my skincare routine. I apply moisturizer and under-eye cream every night before bed. I also love putting on lotion to make sure I can wake up to silky-smooth skin.
  5. Climb into bed. My nights differ depending on how I feel. Sometimes I like just being on my own and snuggling up in bed and listening to a really good playlist. Sometimes I like going downstairs and making a cup of tea and chatting with some of my sisters. Recently I have really loved making tea and writing in my journal before bed.

As you can see my bed-time routine is incredibly simple. I believe that self-care and wellness is so important; taking the time out of my day to pamper myself before bed makes a world of difference. 

Friday Inspiration

HAPPY WEEKEND! I am so happy to finally have some time to rest and recharge this weekend. For some reason I am sooo tired this week, which has also made me feel more uninspired than usual. This week I wanted to share some of the images I’ve been pinning on Pinterest. Pinterest is my go-to for finding creativity and inspiration so here ya go!

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Calm Among the Chaos

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Fall quarter is in the very early stages and I’m already feeling pretty overwhelmed. I’m taking on the course load of a senior, which includes getting my senior courses and thesis completed by the end of this year. It’s crazy that my years in college have gone by as quickly as they have. I’m spending this time finding calm in the chaos, knowing that later on I’m going to miss being surrounded by friends all the time and engaging in amazing topics and discussions in class everyday.

One of the key things that has allowed me slow down amidst all of the craziness in my life is my journal. Although I wouldn’t consider myself an avid journal-er, I love to write (hence this blog!). I have also found so much relaxation in scouring Pinterest for simple images/designs and then re-creating these images on my own. Because fall is upon us, I’ve taken a liking to drawing small pumpkins and leaves, two things you rarely ever see in SoCal! Anyway, I’m excited to be spending a weekend near the beach with my sorority sisters and to see my parents next week when they come to visit L.A.! Here are just some thoughts I wanted to share before I leave this corner of the Internet for the night…

(1) When was the last time you had a really good hug? Not like an awkward side hug but a real hug that enveloped you and made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

(2) Coffee-shop connoisseurs are a real thing, right?! If so, I want that to be my current job title on LinkedIn.

(3) It’s amazing what a good friend and a good laugh can do to your mood.

(4) There is so much darkness in this world but there is also room for so much light.

 

Happy almost Friday!