Thursday, January 28, 2016

INSPIRE // Being Happy in 2016: A Reminder to Myself

Since I'm rubbish at them, I didn't want to label this as my New Year's Resolution.  I think quick fixes will get you quick results that vanish quickly and I much prefer and try (keyword: try) to make healthy lifestyle changes that become second nature so it's long-term and permanent.  Makes sense, right?  Something I struggle with is staying positive and happy, especially in the moment.  Sometimes it's due to stress or anxiety and other times I'm afraid I'm losing my mind when I get sad for absolutely no reason.  Self-help authors and Pinterest quotes alike say happiness is simply a choice.  Easier said then done. I often wondered how certain people can always, always be happy.  Are they genetically predisposed with it?  Since that's not me, I've had to figure some things out on my own.  I've come to the conclusion, with a lot of experience and the help of loved ones, that you have to rule your mind or it will rule you.  To be content with who you are, where you are and what you have takes practice. I've got a good feeling about 2016 and the potential it holds (not just because my birthday this year will be 06/16/16, I promise.)  So in an effort to make this a life-long habit, I choose to be happy.  To remind me should I get lost, here's a few things to get me back on track:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

TRAVEL // Five Things I Learned From Living in India

Oops, I did it again.  I can't believe how long its been since my last post.  I confess that I'm not a blogger with lofty ambitions of gaining this many pageviews or followers per day.  I really just want to start writing again for my family and friends, who are wondering what the heck I'm doing with my life.  And it was never my intention to stop blogging all together.  However, I greatly underestimated just how long it takes to get settled in a new place.  I don't mean a new house but a new COUNTRY.

Because I did it.  As of September of 2014, I've been in India (read this blog post if you're confused).  Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can't believe I actually had the guts to do this.  I'm no daredevil nor adrenaline junkie.  I can't even watch scary movies without asking my little brother to bunk with me that night (and every night that week).  I like to play it safe, stick to what I know and be in bed by midnight.  I'm so incredibly happy I got to do this because it's astounding how much you learn about yourself when you are taken out of your comfort zone.

As today marks India's Republic Day, the day the Constitution of India came into force, I wanted to write down a few realizations I've had since moving to india.  Afterall, India is a teacher and travellers are its students.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Primp // Minimal Make Up Routine (featuring Jouer Cosmetics)

I've been *trying* to be minimalistic with my make up.  It's hard when I have quite a collection to play around with, I can get overwhelmed with my choices.  So I tried to limit myself to one brand for a few weeks or else pick out only 3-5 products to use daily. One option I really liked is Jouer Cosmetics fun click-and-go philosophy to effortless beauty.  It's a great collection of eyeshadows, blushes, powders and lip products that snap together to create a customizable palette.  

The packaging is ideal for travel, too--very compact and flat enough to fit into any makeup bag.  It's nice to have the option of switching out the colors to suit your needs or to be able to click the whole collection together to keep it organized.

The product themselves are high-quality and long lasting.  What I really like about them is how natural and fresh they look.  The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is a great tinted moisturizer if you have oily/combination skin. While it doesn't stay matte on me, it's the lightest weight base I can wear daily, with a touch of powder (the sheer matte/bronzer duo) throughout the day.  

I like that the tint in "amaryllis" is a soft red that looks great on darker skin tones and doubles as a cream blush and a lip tint.  For a slightly defined eye, I can use this eyeshadow duo or build it up with the darker shade for something more smokey.  I love this lip sheer tint--it just adds a light color to my lips but provides moisture and protection (spf 15) and I like to keep it in my purse.  The red lip gloss is good to have to take the look from day to night.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Lookbook // Celebration

Dress (similar and similar)  // Flower Crown // Lip

Another year gone by in a flash.  I turned 26 years old three days ago and with it a flooding of realizations and thoughts.  As always, I'm reminded by how loved I am by an outpouring of affection from friends and family, both near and far.  How I got so lucky, I'll never know.  It's the best part of birthdays--to be hugged and appreciated just for being me.  And I think that I am just striving to be more me than I have ever been before.  To create a life that feels good on the inside matters more than one that just looks good on the outside.  In fact, some might argue that my life doesn't look so good on the outside and yet, I'm happier now than before.  I love birthdays, as I always gain some perspective on the direction of life, both good and bad.  I am not the same individual I was a year ago, a month ago, etc.  I am always growing.  Experiences don't stop--that's life.

"The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be." --Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Product Review // L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Okay, a little bit obsessed with this one at the moment.  You should know by now that anything with the word "matte" is destined to be tried on my face, especially if it's a drugstore find.  It claims to be 24 hour wear but lord knows I'm not pulling a beauty all nighter to put that to the test.  However, for a normal work day, I'm fairly impressed with this staying power.  And it doesn't get oily on me through out the day!  Hallelujah! I'm wearing this foundation in this post, if you'd like to see it in action.