Worth the hype?

Happy Tuesday guys!

I have purchased a lot of hyped up beauty products over the past few weeks, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.

Today, I will be sharing a review on the Cover FX setting powder and the Physician Formula Butter Bronzer.

Starting with the Cover FX powder... The product is on the pricier side-- $34 for the full size and $14 for the travel size. I bought the travel size while I was waiting in line at Sephora. I figured it was a great way for me to test the product out. The powder is absolutely incredible. I have very dry skin, and even the RCMA powder is too drying for me. With the Cover FX perfect setting powder, I can bake and just simply set my whole face without it being too dry! The ONLY downside to the (other than the price) is that the packaging of the travel size sucks. I dropped half the product because the sifter fell out. I am not sure how the packaging for the travel size compares to the packaging of the full size product. Other than that, this is hands down the best powder I have ever tried. I love it so much, and will 100% purchase the full size soon.

The Physician Formula Butter Bronzer is another fan favorite product. Everyone is obsessed with the PiƱa Colada smell it gives off. I have to admit, it is a very pleasant smell haha. The formula is very very very smooth and creamy. It almost feels like a colour pop bronzer, but less like a cream. The color is very light-- I am pretty fair and I don't think it would work on any complexion darker than medium. The bronzer is also not matte. This doesn't bother me, though, because it gives you a really healthy glow. I love using this on light makeup days to make my skin look better and naturally bronzed. I bought the bronzer at CVS and it was on sale for $10 (go this week and you can get the same sale!!). I highly recommend this product as well.

Both these products were hits for me; they really are hyped up for the right reasons!

Let me know what other products you want me to test out. I think this might be a fun "series" to create!

Thank you so much for reading. I'll see you guys on Friday!



7 Beach Cover Ups To Rock This Summer

Some may say that it's a little bit premature to be posting about beach cover ups. But those people are wrong. Here in NY, it's been in the 90s + Memorial Day is next weekend, so I'm pretty much already in summer mode. Except for the fact that I'm still in school + dealing with finals. I've been looking for a new beach cover up, so today I wanted to share a few styles that I found that are all absolutely gorgeous.

1. This is a longer dress that is perfect to throw on before going for lunch or into shops. 
2.  This crochet dress is so pretty and it will still show off your cute bathing suit. 
3.  This sarong is perfect to tie around your waist when you're casually just sitting trying to dry off. 
4.  This tunic is perfect to help protect your arms/shoulders from the sun without being too heavy. 
5.  This romper might be my favorit item on this list. It's gorgeous and it won't give you odd tan lines. 
6.  This dress is an understated piece, but the open back detail gives it a flair. 
7.  This is another option with covered shoulders (but it still shows off your bathing suit), perfect for avoiding burns. 

So, these are a few styles/peices I've found that have really caught my eye. Let me know any other favorite beach cover ups down in the comments; I'd love to here them!




What I learned from turning off my Snapchat notifications

The average person checks their phone 200 times a day. To me, that sounds like very little. I am almost never found without my phone in my hand. Phones have become a safety blanket for many people.

In the world we live in today, we are constantly being bombarded with information: texts, snapchats, Facebook and Instagram updates, tweets from our favorite celebrities, etc...

Today, I want to share with you my experiences from turning off my snapchat notifications. From the reasons, to the outcomes, I think the lesson I learned was a very valuable one that is worth sharing.

A few months ago, I started have issues with my best friend. I felt I could not trust her and had no idea what to do because of the possible consequences of any actions I took (I am planning on writing a whole post about toxic friendships). Essentially, I was super unhappy with my friendship and started obsessing over my snap streak with her (which was about 550 at the time). I spent a lot of unnecessary time and energy worrying about who she was snapping behind my back and if I was her #1 best friend on snap (If you don't have a snapchat this might be a little confusing, but stick with me for a minute).

On Monday afternoon, after I lost my streak with this girl, I decided to turn off my notifications. I thought this might help me relax and stop obsessing. The first few days I noticed no change. I was as focused on being responsive on snap as I had previously been. After about a week, I noticed I had been way less active on snap. I was less obsessed with what others were doing (via watching stories), and with who was snapping me.

It has been 3 weeks since I decided to step away from social media and my phone, and I find I am happier overall. Without the constant interruptions of my phone lighting up, I am able to focus on my work more, be more present with my friends and family, and enjoy everything around me. Although I did not disconnect from social media completely, the small steps are steps in the right direction. I am no longer obsessed with what other people are doing with their snapchats, and I am not even slightly upset over not being friends with this girl anymore (again, a story for another day).

As hard as it is, I challenge you to "disconnect" from snapchat of 1-2 weeks. You might realize your life will change for the better:)

Let me know how you think phones impact our lives. I have an amazing video on cellphone usage in our society and, if you're interested, I'd love to share it with you guys.

Thank you so much for reading.

Have an amazing day!



How To Be Make Your Weekend Mornings More Productive

I love mornings. There I said it. I know that this isn't something everyone can relate to, but it's true. I get my best work done in the mornings, have the most energy, and am able to be the most productive. But I completely understand that not everyone feels like this. Trust me I get it; it can be so tempting to sleep in on the weekends, lounge around, and pretty much just not do anything. But then 5o'clock rolls around and it hits you: you just wasted your whole weekend, and now you feel like shit. Today I thought I would share a few of my tips to help make your weekend mornings a little more productive.

  • Get Some Sleep - I'm not saying don't go out on the weekends, but I am saying that a huge part of the reason you feel sluggish in the morning is when you don't get enough sleep. Make sure that even on the weekends you're still getting all your zzzzzzzs. 
  • Keep A Routine - Kind of similar to the last tip, but if you keep changing your routine/schedule your body might go a little whack. Trying to keep a similar bedtime and wake up time on the weekends as you do during the week is a great way to keep from feeling lazy and blah throughout the day. 
  • Get Out Of Bed Before Checking Your Phone - We've all fallen down the hole of checking insta or snapchat while still lying in bed... and then an hour later you're still lying there and literally have not moved an inch. I make it a rule to not check my phone while lying in bed - this gets me out of bed quickly and helps me get on with my day. 
  • Workout ASAP - I know I've written about this before, but working out first thing in the morning is one of my favorite things in the world. It gets me energized and at least if I lounge around the whole rest of the day I will have done something active. 
  • Get Dressed - I love hanging out in my pajamas as much as the next person, but I feel that I am much more productive if I get dressed. Also, if I'm already dressed, going out doesn't seem like such a chore and I'm much more likely to actually go out and get errands done.
  • Eat Breakfast - I don't understand how people don't eat breakfast in the morning. Don't you starve? If I eat a filling breakfast, I am definitely able to get more done and I have a ton more energy throughout the day. 

So, these are my tips for making your weekend mornings more productive! I love waking up bright and early on the weekends and just getting s*** done. Comment any other tips down below, I'm sure we'd all love to read them! 




10 Plank Variations For A Stronger Core

We've all heard that having a strong core is incredibly important. A strong core can help prevent injuries, help prevent back pain, help improve your posture, help protect your organs, and a whole bunch of other things. Planks are by far one of the best ways to strengthen your core. While crunches will only work one specific part of your abs at a time, doing planks correctly will work the entire core for the whole length of the exercise. So today I thought I would share a few variations on a typical plank to help change up your workout routine and keep planks interesting.

- Forearm Plank - This is your typical plank, down on your forearms. Make sure your feet are hip distance apart and that your body is flat (make sure your hips aren't raised making a tent shape).
- High Plank - This is another fairly typical plank, instead of being on your forearms you'll be up in a push up position with your arms extended. Again, make sure your body is flat and that you do not hyper extend your arms.
- Sliding Plank - I posted about this plank variation a little while ago because I honestly think its the best varitation out there. Start in a regular forearm plank with sliding disks or a towel underneath your feet. Slowly slide backwards, so your elbows do not make a 90° angle with your forearms anymore. Then using only your core, slide yourself back into the starting position.
- Side Plank - To work your obliques, the side plank is perfect. Start in a regular forearm plank and then bring your feet together so they're touching. Extend your right arm up into the air and rotate until you are facing the right side. Repeat on the left side.
- Walking Plank - Start in a high plank with your feet hip distance apart. Take a step out with your right arm and right leg at the same time and then step your left arm and left leg in to come back into a regular plank. Continue 'walking' in one direction and then repeat to the other direction.
- Raised Arm Plank - Starting in a forearm plank, raise your right arm until it is parallel to the ground. Replace your arm and raise the left arm. Make sure not to shift your too much when you raise each arm.
- Raised Arm + Leg Plank - Starting in a forearm plank, raise your right arm and your left leg (simultaneously) until they are both parallel to the ground. Repeat on the other side. Again, make sure not to shift your weight too much as you raise each arm/leg.
- Knee Cross Plank - Start in a high plank with your arms extended. Pick up your right leg and bring your knee across your body until it touches (or almost touches) the inside of your left elbow. Replace your leg and repeat on the other side.
- Hip Dip Planks - Start in a forearm plank. Dip your right down until it just barely touches the ground. Come back to your starting position (making sure to keep your hips in line with your body and not in a tent) and repeat on the left side. Twist a little as you do this, but make sure you're focusing all your attention on your core.
- Plank Jacks - Start in a forearm plank and jump both feet out (they should be wider than hip distance). Jump your feet back in to your starting position and repeat. It should look like you are doing horizontal jumping jacks with your feet.

So these are some of my favorite variations on planks - they're all super effective and super fun (I mean as fun as planks can be). I find that switching up which type of plank I do helps keep me interested. Comment below any of your favorites, I would love to check them out!



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