May Favorites

May is over and summer has officially begun! I’m excited to discuss my favorites for this month with all of you because I’ve got a lot. Also, I linked all of the products if you are interested in checking any of these out!

Beauty

  1. Hawaiian Topic Dark Tanning Oil– okay, I know a lot of people flip when I say I like to use tanning oil, but I think tanning oil is great when used safely. At the start of summer, I love to use a bit of tanning oil on my body and soak in the sun for about an hour or two just to start my summer tan. This tanning oil is great because I darken so fast without burning and get that summer tan in no time without spending an excessive amount of time outside baking my skin. It’s perfect to use at the start of summer.
  2. Sephora Pearl Face Mask– this face mask is great for brightening the skin. I love using the Sephora face masks in general because they aren’t too expensive and are perfect for a little spa day. They make my skin feel much cleaner and fresh.
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve– I talked about this in my last favorites post and I will keep talking about it because it is 100% my holy grail of lip moisturizers. My lips get so dry and I swear this is the only product that helps. Not to mention one little jar lasts a lifetime.
  4. Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation– I’ve been loving this BB cream because it’s so light and perfect for summer. It also is great for my acne prone skin and doesn’t clog my pores. I currently wear the color medium light, but will probably go up a shade as I get tanner.
  5. Mally Poreless Perfecion Glowing Foundation– I use this product on top of my BB cream and together makes the perfect result. This powder alone is not quite enough coverage for me, but it really ratifies my face without looking cake-y. I find it to be the perfect powder for sealing in my foundation and eliminating an oily T-zone. I wear this in light.
  6. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki)– I use this bronzer in the shade Tiki and it works as the perfect highlight for summer. Since it’s actually a bronzer, the shade is perfect to highlight my summer glow. It’s dark to add a bit of color, but is so illuminating that it really brightens my face. It’s also great to use as a bronze eyeshadow. Overall, it’s a very versatile product that can be used on a wide range of complexions.
  7. IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette– This palette has been perfect for adding color to my face. Honestly, I haven’t really used the powder since I’m so obsessed with my one by Mally, but I love the bronzer and the blush. The bronzer is the perfect dark shade to contour and the blush is bright and natural looking and adds the perfect flush of color. The palette is a bit pricey, but worth it.

Fashion

  1. Tee Shirts– As boring as this sounds, I’ve been enjoying wearing just plain old oversized tee shirts lately. I really like to be comfortable, especially when it’s so hot and sweaty out. Still, I think big tee shirts are extremely cute paired with some cute sneakers and high waisted shorts. Cute, casual, and comfortable. (BTW I linked a cute one for you to check out!) IMG_2803.JPG
  2. Twist-Front Crop Top– This has been one of my favorite pieces to wear lately because it is such a cute little top, and so versatile! I wear it with jeans and sneakers, or I’ll pair it with some high waisted shorts and sandals. I also love to dress it up a little by pairing it with my corduroy skirt and a denim jacket. IMG_2895.JPG
  3. Bralettes Bralettes are the best for summer because they aren’t as restricting as a regular bra and go perfect under cutoff tanks and backless tops. I might be biased since I used to work there, but my favorite place to buy bralettes is definitely Aerie. IMG_2904.JPG
  4. Sneakers– I love wearing sneakers when it’s still a bit breezy out. I also find them way more comfortable for walking on the boardwalk than flip flops because there is no toe chafing! I particularly love my Adidas, Converse, and Vans even though they’ve all gotten super run down because I wear them so often!IMG_2907.JPG
  5. Open Cardigans and Tanks– Since it’s still a little chilly some days, I like to wear loose sweaters and cardigans on top of my tank tops. Layering is perfect when the weather is still constantly fluctuating.IMG_2733.JPG

Entertainment

  1. Big Little Lies– I just started watching this show so I’m not very far in, but I’m already hooked. Also, I want to note how awesome this cast is. I definitely recommend.
  2. 13 Reasons Why Who isn’t talking about this show?? I wanted to see what all of the hype was about so I decided to check it out. I’m definitely not as obsessed with the show as some people are and I do think the show has its flaws, but it’s still an intriguing show. Plus, Clay Jenson is the cutest creature to ever walk the earth.
  3. Invisible Monsters– I started reading this before and got sidetracked with school and never was able to finish, so i started again. I was obsessed with this book from the start. Chuck Palahniuk never disappoints.
  4. Empire of the Sun– I just discussed this band in my last post because I was lucky enough to see them live, but I decided they were worth mentioning again. Swordfish Hotkiss Night is the ultimate jam.
  5. The Killers– I’m so excited because I get to see one of my favorite bands perform in a few weeks!! I’m so excited that I’ve been nonstop blasting the Killers ever since I bought the tickets (aka like 3 months ago).
  6. Poshmark– One of my favorite apps, Postmark allows me to sell clothes I no longer wear and buy clothes from others for affordable prices. I use Postmark constantly and find it a great way to earn some extra spending money. Check out my closet!
  7. Duolingo– I really want to brush up on my Italian and this app lets me practice and overall is really effective. Not to mention, it’s free!
  8. MyFitnessPal– I’ve been really trying to eat healthier and this app is one I always go back to. I’m able to keep track of what I eat and check my calories. It also breaks down the nutrition so I can see how much protein, carbs, etc. that I’ve consumed. This app also allows you to set goals. For example, you’re goal might be to lose .5 pounds each week. The app tells you how many calories and such you should consume to achieve this goal.
  9. That Poppy– I’ve been really addicted to Poppy lately and I can’t tell if I like it or not. Her music is awesome no doubt, Lowlife is a great song for the summer. Her channel; however, is a bit strange, yet I can’t stop watching?? Her vids are definitely a bit odd and I wish she were to give a meaning for it all, but I’m definitely hooked and can’t stop watching.
  10. Sarah Baska– I discovered Sarah last summer and I’ve loved her ever since. I’ve been catching up on her videos lately now that classes are done for the summer and I can’t stop watching. She’s absolutely hilarious and her videos never fail to make me laugh.

Food

  1. DIY Trail Mix– Lately, I’ve been snacking on trail mix that I create myself with whatever I have in the house. I try to keep it as healthy as possible by mixing together some cashews, dried cranberries, dark chocolate, and pretzels. It makes the perfect snack to munch on.
  2. Bananas and Peanut Butter– Bananas and peanut butter are a perfect combination and a great snack. I love eating this if I want a quick snack before bed or sometimes even for breakfast. I also like making peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch because basically I’m obsessed with this combination. 10/10 would recommend.

Hope you all enjoyed your month of May and found something in this article worth checking out! Everything is linked!

 

 

 

19 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

1. I am in Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. I’ve mentioned in other posts I’m in a sorority and you may have already been able to guess due to pictures I’ve posted, but I never formally announced I am a sister in ZTA.

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3. Titanic is my favorite movie of all time. I am a HUGE Leo fan.

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4. So huge in fact I’ve seen every Leonardo DiCaprio movie at least once.

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5. My family breeds dogs sometimes.

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6. I love all things horror– movies, books, etc., but I can’t stomach anything with gore.

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7. Boy Meets World is my favorite show of all time and I keep up with Girl Meets World even though I am 19 years old.

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8. P.s, the reason I’m writing this post is because it is my 19th birthday.

9. I don’t think there is much better in this world than fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.

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10. I have an overabundance of makeup.

11. I am currently reading Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut.

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12. I really don’t like driving all that much.

13. I’ve only been to three concerts in my whole life. The first one was a One Direction concert because I got a free ticket, and the other two were both concerts to see the 1975.

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14. Last semester of college I dated a boy from Australia. 

15. I work at American Eagle.

16. I am awful at both singing and dancing.

17. I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood).

18. I once met Rob Lowe at an airport and made it onto his Instagram. I totally wrote about this before but it’s too cool not to mention it again.

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19.I can’t wink or whistle.

Those are some fun facts about me. Writing this was a lot of fun, hope you enjoyed! I’m gonna go celebrate my birthday now! 🙂

July Faves

Hellooooo!

July is over and we’re on to our final month of summer! For once in my life I’m actually excited for summer to end because I get to start college and I’m so beyond excited! But anyways, since it’s August I felt I should do a July faves post since I haven’t done a favorites post in awhile. I would like to apologize in advance that I have not been able to get my camera to focus so these pictures are either blurry, taken from my iPhone, or taken from the internet. Sorry for that! I have a Canon Rebel.. T3i I believe? If anyone knows what the problem could be please let me know!

Okay, let’s begin with my favorite beauty products. Since it’s summer I, like most people, have been going for a more natural look. Instead of wearing winged eyeliner, or eyeliner at all, I only use eyeshadow. Usually I’ll use the shade darkhorse from my naked palette and line my upper and lower lash line. As my eyeshadow base, I use a NYX jumbo eye pencil in the color yogurt. I find the smudged eyeshadow look to not only be more natural, but a lot easier to accomplish. It doesn’t have to be as precise as a liquid or gel liner which saves a ton of time. Of course, I finish this look off with mascara.

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Recently, I purchased a beauty blender. I honestly have no idea how I’ve gone so long without one of these things. This makes applying foundation and concealer 10000x easier and I’ve never found something that blends makeup into my skin so well. For those of you who don’t know what a beauty blender is, it’s an egg shaped sponge that is used instead of a makeup brush to blend in your makeup. I bought mine at Sephora for $18, but you can find cheaper alternatives at your local drugstore.

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When I bought this beauty blender, I also bought a few Sephora face masks. I bought two face masks and an eye mask. For the face masks, I bought Pearl and Green Tea. I felt these would be a good idea since I’ve been having a lot of problems with breakouts recently. I’m not going to lie, they haven’t helped with breakouts, but they do make my skin feel smooth and refreshed. This isn’t an amazing product, but it’s nice for relaxation. I also bought the pearl eye mask which also didn’t really give any results, but still just gives a pleasant feeling.

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Like I said, I’ve been dealing with bad breakouts. Not only on my face, but on my body as well. I swear by Neutrogena Body Clear body wash to get rid of body acne. Warning: it really dries out your skin so make sure to either apply a thick body cream afterwards, or use this maybe every other day or only a few times a week.

Okay, onto fashion!

I’m really lazy in the summer and never feel like getting dressed. Finding shirts and pants that match is too much effort. That’s why in the summer, I live in rompers!

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This romper I especially love because it looks like a top tucked into high waisted shorts, but it’s really just one piece! I bought this from Joyce Leslies, but other great places to buy inexpensive rompers include Forever 21 and Rue 21. I especially have a hard time finding rompers that fit me because I’m very petite and the shorts always end up being too long on me, but Rue 21 I believe has the best rompers for short people, so all fellow short girls, check it out!

One of the biggest trends right now thanks to fashion icons like Vanessa Hudgens and big music festivals like Coachella, is the boho style.

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Top I’m wearing: actually my friends so I’m not sure (sorry!)

Shorts: pacun

Friends top/sweater: Once again not sure, but pieces like this can be found at Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters

Pants: Urban outfitters

Accessories: Joyce Leslies

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My dress: Target

Okay, movies and television shows.

If you haven’t watched OITNB yet, what are you doing with your life. Seriously. Ruby Rose is SO hot and this season was utter chaos. Get on that.

Under the Dome finally came back and I’m so happy because I’ve missed it so much! I was so painfully addicted last season. This season has been weak so far, but Alexander Koch is so hot that I just don’t care.

As for movies, this month I’ve seen The Gallows, Inside Out, and Jurassic World and all three were amazing!

Let’s start with The Gallows- so I’ve heard mixed reviews about this movie. I’ve heard it was stupid and not at all scary, and then I’ve also heard it was terrifying. I don’t think it was either. I wasn’t scared out of my mind watching this movie, but it definitely did keep me on the edge of my seat. I thought it had a unique plot compared to other scary movies and I genuinely liked it. Scary movies these days are pretty lame, and it’s one of the few I would actually watch again. Plus, it’s a great date night movie! I’d give it 4 stars!

Inside Out was SO SO SO CUTE! I loved everything about it. 5 stars!

I feel like everyone has had to have seen Jurassic World at this point. If you haven’t, yes it is as awesome as everyone says it is and yes you need to go see it. Plus, Chris Pratt is a total babe. I’ll give it 4.5 stars.

As for books, I’ve read two books this month (yes I have a lot of free time lately). The first book was Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk and this book, my God this book. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read… although I feel like I say that about every book I read. If you’ve never heard of this book, I’ll give you a brief overview.

Basically, it’s a group of people trapped in a house on a writers retreat where they are supposed to work on writing a story. The book goes from being a chapter of what’s going on inside the house, to being a poem about one of the characters, to being a short story based on that character. The story is so twisted and creepy. I highly recommend this book.

The second book I read is Looking for Alaska. Another phenomenal book! I wanted to see what all the John Green hype was about and Fault in Our Stars didn’t seem like something I’d be that interested in, but I’ve heard Looking for Alaska is another great one he has written. I really hope they make this book into a movie as well. Personally, I feel like I could identify with all the characters in one way or another and I really loved that. Finally, I get the John Green hype.

As for my music obsessions, I’m gonna keep this short. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the Veronicas, a group consisting of two Australian sisters. Their newest album came out quite some time ago, but I just found it. My favorite from the newest album, The Veronicas, is “You Ruin Me.”

I’ve also been really into the Naked and Famous. I’ve been especially obsessed with the song “The Mess.” I like songs that I feel relate to my life at the moment, and this is one of them.

Alright, one more random favorite. I doubt anyone cares, but I love it so much that I had to throw it in here. White cheddar popcorn. OMG! It’s heaven.

Oh wait and another great snack- White Chocolate Macadamia Luna Bars. SOOOOO GOOD!

Okay, that’s it! Hope you enjoyed!

-Andrea

Presents From Santa 2014

Christmas was a success this year! I got some wonderful presents that’ll keep me busy during my winter break. Check it out!
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One of my good friends bought me this cup that says “Cheers Bitches.” I honestly think it’s the cutest thing.

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I also received these two mugs that I think are both very pretty. In case you can’t read it, the one with the fox says “you make the world a better place just by being in it” and the one with the whale says “you are so loved.” Nothing like starting off your day with a cup of tea and positive quote!

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Next I got this little pretty dress. It’s a one size fits all.. isn’t that weird? I’m very petite so I thought if anything it’d be too big, but I was sure wrong! It fits okay, but it’s a little bit too short. I don’t know if I could get away with wearing this without tights.

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I’ve wanted this book for as long as I can remember. I’m not going to lie, so far I’m quite disappointed. I am a strong believer in astrology and all of that stuff, but this book hasn’t seemed to be too accurate so far. Anyone else have this book? What do you think of it?

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Miranda Kerr is my role model. I think she’s so inspirational and so beautiful inside and out. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Let me know if you’d like to hear a book review on this book or any of the ones mentioned! I’ll probably write a few either way haha.

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Okay so I’m really into spirituality and self-help books. I personally feel it’s important to be in touch with your inner emotions and to keep yourself centered. Books like these definitely help me succeed in doing that (along with meditating twice a day).

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I’m a big Jenna Ushkowitz and Glee fan. I’ve heard great reviews on this book so I’m really excited to read it.

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I’m graduating soon which means I need to start thinking about my future. I definitely want to work in the fashion industry and so hopefully this book can give me some tips and tricks to do that.

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Alright, now let’s look at actual books. Haunted is a novel, but is made up of 23 short stories. I actually don’t know much about it other than that, but I’m very excited to read something by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Okay, okay I know I’m a bit too old to be reading The Clique series, but hear me out. I was obsessed with this series from 6th-8th grade, but I never finished the last book. I’ve made it a mission to finish this book. And I can’t really lie, the series is such a quick and easy read that I still enjoy them. I’ll probably have this book read within the next day or two.

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I haven’t had much of an interest in John Green. Fault in Our Stars doesn’t seem like my kind of book, but I’ve heard great reviews on Looking For Alaska and it sounds pretty interesting so I decided to give it a try.

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Elsewhere is a book by Gabrielle Zevin about a girl who dies in a hit and run accident. The book, from my understanding, is about her after life.

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I’m not just now jumping onto The Perks of Being a Wallflower train. I read the book a few years ago and honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. This is one of those books that I genuinely believe is worth the hype. Not only that, but the movie is great too! Of course the book is better (as always) but the movie still did the book justice. Which is why, for Christmas, I asked for my own copy of the book and the movie. I can’t wait to reread it.

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This book really caught my eye. It’s about a mother and daughter who do not, I assume, have much time to see each other. What they do to keep in contact is write notes and put them on the refrigerator door for the other to see. The entire book is written in these little notes that they write. It’s honestly so unique that I just have to read it.

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Best. Diary. Ever.

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Titanic is my favorite movie of all time. Always has been, always will be. The thing is, my brother literally owns every movie known to man; therefore, I never really bothered to purchase movies in the past because I would always just borrow his. But now we’re getting older and we’re both moving out next year so i can’t rely on borrowing his movies anymore. Now I finally own my own copy of Titanic so now I can stop stealing his.

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Like I said, we’re both moving out soon and I don’t have that many movies. I figured if I’m leaving home I at least need to own a few of my favorites.

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I watch Moulin Rouge! like once a week. It’s about time I have my own copy.

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Well, I’m a sucker for musicals. Rent is a classic.

That’s basically everything I got for Christmas!! I love everything I got and I’m so excited to spend the next week watching movies and reading books. Once again, let me know if you would like me to write a review on any of these books (or even movies!)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!! xoxo