2020-The Year of Healing

There’s nothing more refreshing then a new year. For me, Christmas can stand down because New Years Day has a certain excitement that can’t be reached. It proves to me that I made it through one hex of a year, and you know what, I’m gonna kill another.

If I’m honest, I love fresh starts.

However, I feel as if I need to wrap up 2019, and this decade, in some of my most notable moments.

  1. I became dual-enrolled, and received B’s in the two classes I did take. (I only took two because I was just trying it out). I’m proud to say I paid for a majority of each class and their requirements.
  2. I dyed my hair. This is big because I’m not really a rebellious kid-I’m kind of a stiff neck, but this was one rebellious thing I wanted to do. So I begged my mom to let me do it before I was eighteen, and she agreed. I did have it professionally done because I’m a clumsy hot mess and I didn’t feel like cleaning out the tub or trying to fix my hair if something went wrong.
  3. I was officially employed for one whole year.
  4. I started working in both retail and food services, and have in fact realized that I do not want to do either for the rest of my life.
  5. I got my license.
  6. Sponsors!!
  7. I reached 165 followers (and counting, here’s to ya’ll)!
  8. I went self-hosted.
  9. I joined a church I’m truly comfortable with.
  10. I found my writing niche.
  11. I met some great, real friends. Even if they are online, I finally found a group of friends that I feel comfortable enough not to have to filter myself.
  12. I stopped trying to live my life pleasing others, or proving them wrong.
  13. I stopped trying to be better than everybody else and just decided to be the best me that I can be.
  14. I accepted that the emotional/mental abuse I went through as a child is not something I should blame myself for; nor should I try to bottle up the emotions that come with remembering.
  15. I’ve recovered from major past trauma and events, and I’m finally ready for the next step-healing.

In wrap-maybe I didn’t do my New Years Resolutions, but I sure did pretty well. I will say, when I talk about emotional and mental abuse, I’m talking about some extended family members. Earlier this year, I had a breakdown and had to admit what I was feeling from it. It was a lot to admit, but ultimately, I’ve spent a lot of the year trying to talk with someone about it, and just be honest. You know, recover-thank God for my brother and parents; couldn’t have done it without their support. I’m moving on from the abuse (again, strictly emotional and mental, but definitely a dark point in my life).

So with the conclusion of that, here’s to Twenty-Twenty.

The year I Heal.

The year I step outside the box.

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Even though it’s late, I will be posting a review for it; I loved the box that much-I got some incredibly aesthetic photos-a rarity for me, I don’t usually. (Seriously, I was so proud I showed my mom like it was artwork or something).

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Also, about the sponsors, I really appreciate the fact that nobody’s lost their mind about this-I wouldn’t do it, however, I’m trying to turn my blog into something that I can keep up in college, and even the smallest amount helps there.

Anyway, see you next year!

The Science Behind Self-Care

Over the past few years, self-care has been increasingly popular with the ever-growing acknowledgment of the mental health that plagues our society. Stress is our drug, it’s what keeps us going…right into an early grave. So naturally, we’ve decided that enough is enough, and we are just as important as what we’re fighting for. You can’t pour from an empty cup. But even with this common popularity, people still argue that they do care for themselves, and they can’t slow down too much. We can however agree that hygiene and taking care of your health is important and to that extent, I bring you to…The Science Behind Self Care.When It BeganAccording to ISF (International Self-Care Foundation), it was a movement that began during the 19th century and carried on into the 20th century. It was revolutionized as people began to accept the idea of the medical world. What It Is

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.”-Psych Central

Psych Central wrote an article summary on what Self-Care is-and isn’t. And in summary, it appears most everybody says the same thing-self care is taking care of those three aforementioned qualities.Why I’m Making a Whole Darn Series On ItI like to do research, and I like to make a point, but with facts, so here it is.What to Expect

  • Different Areas of Self-Care
  • Scientific Reasoning (A.K.A, Information pulled from studies/articles), on why you should focus on self-care.
  • Tips on how to manage self-care

I’m not a professional, by the way.I’m just a teenager who genuinely finds the reasoning behind these fascinating. I know last week I said I’d launch the series, but I wanted to provide an actual idea and cover what I mentioned above.That being said, I apologize for the delay, I got slammed with work, and then I’ve been procrastinating getting sick (it’s not worth explaining).Now, onto the sponsor.Today’s post is sponsored by FabFitFun. Fabfitfun is a seasonal subscription box that gives you a chance to experience quality products worth over 250 dollars combined, all for just $49.99. Fall’s box was a lot of fun, and I know they’re currently running a few a codes that gives you 50% off your purchase, so by clicking on the image bellow, and using for the code fall50, (for a limited time), you should be able to get 50% percent off this box, which will get you started down a path of, if nothing at the very least, some quality re-gifting. (Because if you’re cheap like myself and my mom, and some things make for great gifts for our friends).20190413_235924_00006191441673412637315.png

An Introduction to a New Series

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I HAVE ACNE.

Clearly.

I, more specifically have Cystic Acne.

I was going to write a list about the annoying things with acne-but, to be honest, I feel like it’s been done. I’m not going to sit here and tell you it’s a beautiful addition, because, for me, I don’t enjoy it. I can tell you, that something such as that should not define you as a person, and doesn’t take away from your already standing beauty and worth.

That being said, I was trying to think of a phenomenal post to take it’s place.

I thought, maybe, I could do what helped my skin, but like most things, that changed, and eventually, I found certain products to be making it worse over time.

And then I decided, maybe, just maybe, I should get a little serious about acne. So I started thinking; what would be an interesting topic?

Well, let’s start off with the basic information on acne.

-Roughly 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 25 develope acne (DermNetNZ, Medical News Today).

-Acne has varying signs and symptoms, and the reasons behind why they happen.

-Mayo Clinic lists four major reasons for acne;

*Excess oil production

*Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells

*Bacteria

*Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)

-Acne appears more commonly on the upper body but is not limited to your facial area.

And with all this information, I started to realize; well, if acne’s so common, then how come all of the influencers I see don’t seem to have the same problems? Their skins remarkable, and granted, it might be make-up, but when the make-ups off, and they’re putting it on, what makes it…glow? What makes their skin so…perfect? If you will?

And then I realized, that Science literally has given us a reason for Self Care, and acne isn’t the only area.

This is where I want to start a new series-the scientific importance behind self-care, and why it’s important.

I’m excited to explore this, and see where this series takes us!

So, look forward to Friday’s, because they’re going to be very interesting, as we explore why you should be taking care of yourself; and how!

(I kid you not you’ve just experienced a written version on how I concoct an idea, because I didn’t have an idea about this until I concluded it).

Before I go though, I want to say, today’s post is sponsored by FabFitFun. I’m genuinely excited about this sponsor, as I find it corresponds quite well with today’s post, and this series. FabFitFun is a subscription box that offers quality items in health, beauty and wellness. With products worth well over 200+ dollars, I think you’ll find this box to fit some of your self-care needs. Thankfully, they’ve provided me with a link for you to use, and if you use the code Fall10, then you will get ten dollars off your first box!

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A BUTT TON of Make-up (Nyx Everyday Glow Look Kit Review)

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So, I recently had a birthday, and have approximately 359 days until I’m a whole grown adult. That being said, I also lost my make-up (catastrophically) in the midst of house renovations (and moving rooms around), so I decided, what better excuses to burn my hard-earned money on beauty enhancing things, other than my birthday.

So, here’s a little run-down on what I got (just the basics, I’m not a beauty guru-I barely mastered the hand of applying mascara).

Nyx, Everyday Glow (Look Set)

Place of Purchase: Kohls

Total: $16.00 (On Sale)

Thoughts:

I do love this set, I really do.

Mainly the eyeshadow.

Basically the eyeshadow.

Anyway,

I have this great Asian skin, that once tanned, but then, my Italian side started to play a role, and now, I just…sweat…when I’m in the sun.

The point is, I can’t wear lipstick very well, it interacts with my skin color in a funny way, gives my this strange illusion of being a dollar store goth girl (I wish I could pull off the goth look). And if not, I just, don’t have lips, and they are a naturally more pink color, and it’s really just a bunch of factors that make the lipstick TERRIBLE for me, but luckily, there is one color that really matches my skin-and forgive my babbling.

Here are the swatches.

The color that I found looked the best on me was the top color, it was just the right pink with a hint of a darker color that I needed.

On other thoughts-this lipstick does last a good amount of time. I put it on when I went to work, and it lasted until lunch (so roughly five hours), and then I went to my party (I went bowling with a few friends and my family-good times) and it lasted well into the evening, and my TV binging following, so I do suggest this lipstick, in general, if you’re looking for something that lasts.

Now, for the highlight.

(I’m still learning how to use the camera function on my phone, apparently.)

Listen.

I don’t understand highlight.

I have oily skin-the whole point of concealer and foundation for me is to be less of the shining sun and more of a lightning bolt.

So why am I whipping more shiny juice on my face?

I digress, I do sometimes put it on-and then regret it because people can see me a mile away, and I just want to make friends-not blind other drivers.

But for highlight, and from other people’s ideas on highlight- I would say it’s really nice all things considered, it’s very sparkly and bright. I do appreciate the way it swatched across my hairy arms (are you supposed to shave your arms-the juries still out on that, but even then-winters coming, and I’m not getting rid of my built-in coat anytime soon). I also appreciate the color variety, I don’t know how highlight works, but it seems okay. I do have to say that I can use two colors on a normal look, and then maybe one or two if I’m feeling wild, and I don’t have to go out for another two hours (give them time to cool off before they meet the real world). The other colors are darker, but I guess anyone can wear them?

Again, I don’t watch beauty gurus, I watch health & fitness channels and mukbang channels (you know, balance).

The Eyeshadow-

(I I these pictures aren’t phenomenal, but I was SO excited to try this new makeup, nothing was stopping me from these types of photos).

She’s gorgeous. Seriously, my favorite eyeshadow. I have a huge E.L.F pallet from Christmas, but I do love this pallet-just one problem.

I can’t get it to layer/blend like I want. I know how to layer two-to-three colors and make it look consistent (sort of), but with this pallet, the colors are so over-powering that it actually will cancel out any other color that it’s paired with, and it doesn’t really work as an under-eye color. But I still do love it, and the colors. It works really well for a natural look, and I still am very excited to use it.

All that set aside, I am very excited to announce, that along with my attempt at make-up (it says part one, so let’s hope I actually make a part two) post, I actually have a sponsor to go along with all my lifestyle folk (including myself).

*I also want to note that before I jump into this pitch, that by having sponsors this will help me to keep ads off my blog. I know I’ve been adding them a lot, and it can get annoying, but I do appreciate the patience you all have exercised. As a high school/college student, I’m hoping to be able to put more time into this, but in order to do that, I have to pull a little bit more revenue. I actively reached out with these sponsors, because I knew of their brands, and found them to be something I personally am very interested in. Please don’t let this affect your interactions with my blog, this is very exciting, as, after three years, we’re finally doing really well. My content won’t change because of the sponsors, and again, I do appreciate your patience!*

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**PITCH OVER**

So, now, my question stands-what exactly are some key parts of make-up? Is setting spray important, and most of all? If my eyebrows are bushy, are they still something I’m supposed to fill-in? I’d love to know!

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