Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Beauty Favorites

   I can not believe that the summer is over.  Even though I've already finished up setting up my classroom and my students arrive tomorrow, I am still in complete denial that my summer vacation is over.

   However, September does mean that fall is soon upon us.  Fall is my absolute favorite season.  Between the cooler weather, the beautiful foliage and FOOTBALL, it is by far my favorite season.

   Ok, I went off topic! Here are the beauty products I was reaching for during the sweaty and sticky month of August.


*Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss in Luxe*

This lipgloss is the perfect nude lip!  It's more of a brownie nude and it works on almost every skin tone.  It's not goopy and it has a cute little mirror on the side of it- what could be better?

*Younique Splurge Cream Shadow in Noble*

Every month Younique releases a new cream shadow shade, and every month that shade becomes my favorite.  Noble was August's shade and it is a gorgeous, deep, shimmery purple.  This is perfect for a night out and especially great to help bring out the green in your eyes.

*Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation*

I've had great success with the Glamoflauge concealer's and even better success with the foundation.  This stuff is full coverage, but feels like nothing on my face!  I still get pooling around my glasses line when it's really hot out, but for the rest of my face it stays put. If you are looking for a drugstore foundation, I would give this baby a try.


*My clip-in hair extensions*

A few weeks ago my best friend and I went down to the Bronx to a beauty supply store where they do custom clip in extensions.  I of course had to buy like 10 pounds of hair since my hair is so thick but I am so obsessed! I can see how people can wear these all of the time, because they are amazing!  I felt like a new person with them on!

Swatches:
Luxe lipgloss, Noble Cream Shadow, Glamoflauge Foundation

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Interested in the Luxe lipgloss or Noble shadow? Click here

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vitacost Haul!

    I live down the street from Mrs. Green's, which is basically like a Whole Foods.  I can go in there and walk out with a small plastic bag full of a few things that cost me like $50!  That's not usually the case when it comes to my Vitacost Hauls.

   Vitacost is an online retailer specializing in natural and organic products.  I tend to buy a lot of my more natural based beauty products from them and since moving out I like to purchase my cruelty free cleaning products from there as well!

   Here is my recent Vitacost haul!




First, let's take a look at the packaging! It's awesome.  Everything is individually wrapped in packing paper and plastic bags to cut down on leakage! 


Cleaning Supplies

*Ecover Natural Rinse Aid for Dishwashers*

My dishwasher has not been making its keep lately and it's relatively new! I am hoping that a rinse aid will help fix that problem.

*Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Free and Clear*

I have been trying out a few cruelty free detergents and Seventh Generation home products tend to get awesome reviews! These tend to be more expensive than drugstore detergents, but better for you.

*Ecover Natural Stain Remover x2*

For some cheaper products on Vitacost you are required to purchase multiples.  That was the case with this product.  I am trying to transition all of my cleansers to cruelty free products so I am hoping this stain remover will work!


Beauty Products

*Alba Bonatica Natural Even Advanced Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream*

This product is a repurchase.  I love this as a night cream as it is nourishing and hydrating yet simple enough for my super sensitive skin.  If you are looking for a great and affordable night cream, try this baby!

*Desert Essence Hair Defrizzer and Heat Protector in Coconut*

This product is supposedly the creme de la creme of cruelty free heat protectants.  I am running out of my non-cruelty free heat protectant so I am hoping this one works.  If it doesn't, it smells amazing so I will find some use for it!


Vitamins

*Natrol Omega-3 Fish Oil*

As school gets closer, my anxiety begins to increase and my migraines begin to get more frequently.  This supplement is recommended to prevent migraines so I decided to add it to my daily vitamin routine.

*Vitacost Vitamin B2*

This is another vitamin recommended for migraine prevention.


Baking

*Organic Traditions Coconut Palm Sugar*

*Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour*

After discovering With Peanut Butter On Top, I want to bake everything and these are 2 main ingredients in a lot of the baking recipes and they were a lot cheaper here than at Mrs. Greens or Whole Foods.

Have you purchased from Vitacost before?  If so, what are your must haves?

If not, get $10 off your first order by clicking here! 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Product Rave: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes +

    As some of you may know, my "side hustle" is selling Younique makeup.  During the middle of June there were rumors of a big Younique announcement.  My sponsor and I assumed it would be some sort of pay increase. We were a bit disappointed when we found out it was just an improvement to our already awesome fiber mascara.

   I ordered the mascara as soon as it went on sale, but still didn't understand what the big deal was.  Then I received the mascara and I began to understand the hype.

   If you aren't familiar with Younique's previous 3D Mascara you can see my review here.  Basically, it is a sandwich process of applying a base layer of mascara, fibers to enhance, lengthen and thicken lashes and a final layer of mascara to seal it in.

   The fibers cling to the base and top layer and it really did give the impression of falsies.  As someone who is horrible at falsies, this was a great invention for me!  It's actually what led me to becoming a distributor.

  The process is still the same with the new mascara, but the results are a bit more dramatic.  I compare this newer version to about 3 coats of the older version.

Let's look at some pictures!


My left eye is bare sad lashes and my right eye is one coat of the new 3D+!


This pictures shows both eyes done.  You can see that my lashes seem to have doubled!  They not only seem to have doubled in amount, but in thickness and length!  


Pros:
❤ easy to apply
❤ easy to remove
❤ gives the impression of falsies without the hassle
❤ cruelty free
❤ naturally based
❤ one of the ingredients is Younique's Uplift Eye Serum so the mascara helps nourish lashes

Cons:
❤ the base layer is a bit goopier than the previous version- take your time applying the base layer and wipe off the wand on the side of the tube

Price:

❤ $29

Where to purchase?:
❤  https://www.youniqueproducts.com/FabulouslyLashy/products/landing
Would I repurchase?
❤ Hells yes! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating According to Melissa

     This summer I have found myself single yet again.  Since I am not a bar going out type person I rely heavily on online dating websites and apps to boost my dating life.  My preferred method would obviously be a meet cute of some sort or a matchmaking from a friend, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

   I am currently using a few different websites/apps.  The websites I use are Match.com and Pof.com and the apps I use are Hinge and Tinder.  While my 2 serious post-college relationships are both compliments of online dating websites, I am still not their biggest proponents.  However, I find myself using them a lot and I've been on quite a few dates where I feel like I can share my personal tips and tricks.

* Only post pictures of yourself*

If you have a picture that you are obsessed with and your 3 best friends are in it, crop them out.  I can't tell you how many times I see a profile with the first few pictures being a group picture only to find out the profile does not belong to the guy you found attractive in the picture.

* Post your best pictures, but realistic ones*

I am obviously not going to post pictures of me looking a hot mess, but by only posting pictures of me at a wedding or gala I am showing my best self, but not my every day self.  I always include pictures of me wearing my glasses as I wear them on most days and with neutral make up.

* Don't write a life story*

Write a brief description of your likes, dislikes and that's it.  No one wants to read a novel.  You need something to discuss on the first date anyway.

*  Don't give out your phone number too soon*

I can't tell you how many messages, initial, introductory, first messages with a guys phone number in it.  I do not know anything about you I am not going to text you right off the bat.  Message back and forth a few times before giving out your digits.  

* Once you do exchange numbers, don't wait too long to make the first date*

You don't want to waste your time sending out tons of flirty texts if you the flintiness isn't felt in real life.  I can't tell you how many times I've felt chemistry with someone through text only to find they had no personality in real life.  

* Always, ALWAYS tell someone where you're going and give them the guys name and number*

I can't stress this enough.  Even if you have talked for a while and feel like you know someone, you are still meeting a stranger.  Give this information to a friend or relative.

* Try to keep a first date short and simple*

I've made the mistake of having a grand first date and while there were  a few times it did work out, more often than not it dragged.  If you stick to coffee, drinks or lunch it gives both parties an out if there isn't chemistry, but also the ability to prolong the date if it's going well.

* Pay attention to your gut instinct*

I do truly believe women have an extra sense.  If your gut is telling you something is off, don't worry about coming off rude, just get yourself out of there or block the person.

* Most importantly - have fun!*

Whether it's an amazing first date, or a disaster that you and your friends can laugh about.  Just enjoy it!

One of my favorite messages that I actually saved:

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