2.21.2018

New At Sephora

Yesterday, I was at Sephora and I noticed a ton of huge displays promoting new and unique products. I thought it would be fun to do a quick roundup of some of these products to let you guys know what's out there and what products you'll probably see a lot of hype about in the coming weeks.


  • Dr. Jart Shake and Shot Rubber Masks - These masks come in adorable little smoothie-cup-looking containers and the display case set them up to look like a refrigerator. These already have amazing reviews, so I'm super excited to try these (especially the Brightening Mask - I'll keep you updated as soon as I try it!) 
  • Too Faced Life's A Festival Eyeshadow Palette - This palette also comes in super fun and girly packaging and features 12 candy colored eyeshadows and 1 highlighter/eyeshadow. The colors are definitely a bit bright and out there, not something I'd use often enough to justify a purchase, but they all swatched beautifully and were extremely pigmented.  
  • Violet Voss The Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette - This is another eyeshadow palette with bright packaging and extremely bright shadows. Again, not quite my style, but I did swatch it and they were super buttery and pigmented. 
  • Benefit BadGal Bang Volumizing Mascara - I've tried all the other Benefit mascaras, so I was super excited to see this one. However, I didn't love this one. It clumped and I did find that it ran very easily, even though it's supposed to be waterproof. I'll give it another try, but as of right now, I'm not a fan. 
  • Peace Out Pores - These are detoxifying strips that are meant to help clear your pores and minimize them. They are incredible and I completely recommend them! They work wonders and worked really well on sensitive skin. I've always seen their acne healing spots in the checkout line so I'm already thinking about going back to test those out as well. 

Ok, so these are just a few of the new things I've seen at Sephora. I'll definitely keep you guys updated about my thoughts on these, but as always, let me known down below what you think of them! 

XOXO, 

Samantha 




2.18.2018

Before Bed Yoga Sequence

Everyone always says "No electronics at least an hour before bedtime", and while I do know this is extremely important for getting a good night sleep, it's not always feasible. If I'm already up until 2am doing school work, I'm not going to stay up for an extra hour just to get in my electronic-free hour. So, I created this before bed yoga sequence. While it probably isn't as great as not using electronics, it definitely helps calm my body and mind and helps me fall asleep very easily.

  • Standing Forward Fold - Start standing tall with your legs hip-width apart. Fold forward at the hips, until your hands reach the ground (or close to it) and your torso is close to your thighs. Make sure you release your neck so your spine stays in one straight line. If you can't place your hands on the floor, bend your knees slightly to avoid putting strain on the backs of your knees. Hold for 20 deep breaths. 
  • Child's Pose - Sitting on your knees, fold your torso over so your forehead is on the ground and your arms are on the floor behind you, by your tailbone. This is a great way to relax your hips and can help relieve back pain. Hold for 20 deep breaths. 
  • Legs Up on Wall - Lie on your back, your tailbone pressed up against the wall, and rest your legs straight above you on the wall. Try to keep your legs as straight as possible, however if this puts too much strain on your hamstrings, bring your tailbone a little further away from the wall (so you make more of a triangle with the wall). Make sure you keep your back flat against the wall and keep your feet completely relaxed. Hold for 20 deep breaths. 
  • Rock 'n' Roll - Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Roll back and forth on your back, carefully trying to feel every vertebrae on the floor. This should feel like a gentle massage on your back, and if it hurts to much, make sure to find a carpet or mat to complete this on. Roll back and forth 20 times. 
  • Lying Spinal Twist - Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms in a T-shape. Bring your right knee over so its bent at a 90degree angle on the opposite side of your left leg and look back at your right hand (here's an image if this is more helpful) You should feel a nice stretch and elongation of the spine. This pose has also been said to help with digestion, which is perfect for right before you go to bed. Hold on each side for 20 deep breaths. 
  • Savasana - This one looks very simple, however the real challenge is allowing yourself to relax while staying engaged. Lie on your back with your legs extended in front of you and your hands, palms up, by your side. This is considered a resting position, but you don't want to just let your mind wander. Try holding for 20 deep breaths, this will give you a great chance to practice your meditation and calm your mind before crawling into bed. 
Ok, so here's a quick yoga sequence that's perfect for bedtime. I don't do this every night, but when I do, I find this so effective. Comment down below if you try this out with your thoughts, and share anything else you would love to add to it! 

XOXO,

Samantha 


2.14.2018

The Best Red Lip

I tend to lean towards more pink, nude or lights glosses for lips. But someone once told me that "Everyone needs that one standout red lipstick", and I could not agree more. There is something about a red lip that is unlike anything else. And even if it's not something you wear on a daily basis, having that one bold product on hand is essential. So today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I would share my all time favorite red lip.

I recently just discovered the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and they are too die for! They have over 50 shades, and I want them all. As for the reds, Underage Red is the way to go. This product is described as a "bright crimson" and I could not agree more. It has slightly cool undertones, so on the lips it is definitely a vibrant red but doesn't scream Crayola Crayons. This liquid lipstick uses a doe foot applicator for one of the smoothest applications ever; it literally glides on to your lips. It's smooth, creamy, and easy to use. It also doesn't budge for hours (trust me, it's stage/bright light proof), so theres almost no fading or running. It does have a matte finish, but I feel like with such a bold lip color, it works really really nicely.

Guys, I can not recommend this liquid lipstick enough. It is absolutely stunning and the perfect addition to any makeup collection. Let me know any of your favorite lippies down below, I'd love to check them out!

Have an amazing Valentine's Day!!!

XOXO,

Samantha

2.13.2018

Favorite Youtubers

Hi guys!
For today's post, I wanted to share my favorite YouTubers. I spend a lot of time watching beauty youtubers. I always have a video playing in the background when I am doing my homework, cleaning/organizing my room, and even before bed. All the youtubers I am sharing are people I enjoy watching because they are relatable. All these women have created a very positive community that I want to be a part of.
Here are my top 5 youtubers!
Jaclyn Hill- 4M subscribers on youtube. She posts on youtube about once a week, but she keeps her snapchat, twitter and Instagram almost daily.

Tati (Glam Life Guru)- 3M subscribers. Tati posts 5 days a week. Her reviews are very thorough and complete. She is very up to date on all new products. If you want a very information based channel, this is the one for you!
Kathleen Lights- 3M subscribers. Kathleen is such a personable youtuber. When watching her, I feel like she is a close friend just giving me makeup advice. Kathleen is more of a “normal” youtuber. She creates very wearable makeup looks for the average working woman.
Shaanxo- 3M subscribers. Shannon is one of the only foreign youtubers I watch. Her reviews are also very thorough and she posts frequently. Shannon creates very dramatic, fun makeup looks as well as natural, everyday looks. She tests out so many products that it is easy to get great suggestions for all my needs!
JuicyJas- 320K subscribers. Jasmine is the youtuber I relate to most closely. She is a college student at Penn State, so watching her gives me a glimpse of what my life will be like next year. Jasmine also is the only youtuber that seems to have some sort of a budget. All the other youtubers use very expensive products, and recommend them frequently. Jasmine only recommends the best of the best high-end products because she knows that college students don’t have a very big budget.
I'd love to know who your favorite youtubers are, so be sure to leave a comment down below!
Thank you so much for reading, and I'll see you guys on Friday.
XOXO,
Jordan

2.09.2018

Breaking Bad Habits

Hey guys!

So at the beginning of this year I decided to not set many New Years resolutions. Instead, I would set a goal for the month, and work towards it every day. 

For the month of February I want to break my worst habit: Snacking. 

Whenever I am bored, I turn to food; food has become an activity, not just something I need to live. I first realized this was a problem when I heard Dani (@CoffeebreakwithDani) talk about the same situation. This has become a very bad issue because I eat to feel better and to make myself feel good. 

Another bad part of the snacking is my love for sugar. I love sugar. Always have and always will, but I realize that once I start eating it, I just don’t stop. My goal for this month is to cut down on processed sugars. When I crave sugar, I have started drinking more water. Not only am I hydrating myself, I am also preventing the bad loop of sugar withdrawal. 

I won’t do these posts every month, but I was wondering if you’d find them helpful sprinkled throughout the year…

I’ll keep you updated on my progress on Instagram stories!

What bad habits are you trying to break this year? Let me know down below!



XOXO,

Jordan

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