Mascara Mess Tip

13 Jan

Does this picture look familiar?

Not my eye…My eyebrows are not that good-looking.

Not my eye…My eyebrows are not that good-looking.

I’m always accidentally poking my mascara wand around my eyes.

Have no fear, I found a solution!

First, finish doing your mascara. You do your thing, girl. Do your lips, whatever comes next in your routine.  Let it dry!

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Once completely dried, take a Q-Tip and twist the tip on the spot. Boom! It might take a few times. At worst, you’ll see a gap in your makeup, but you can easily fill it in with your concealer or eyeshadow :)

My 2015 Resolutions

2 Jan

I’m not amazing at keeping resolutions and because I know this, I’m not going to hold myself to them. It’s great to set goals for yourself every now and then though, and so this is more of that kind of thing. I’m even thinking about making an inspiration board to look at daily and remind myself of the things I would like to do.

1. Drink more water. It was Nate’s resolution last year that I kind of rode on behind him, and I figured that it’s always good to drink more water so why stop there?

2. Practice more mindfulness. Yoga, meditation, baths, writing, etc. I need to do more of that because it makes me feel centered.

3. Blog more. I’m putting a reminder on my inspiration board, promise! I also want to venture to topics other than beauty, but I’m not sure what exactly…

4. Watch Friends on Netflix consecutively from start to finish with Nate. I’ve done this unknowingly nightly on TBS years ago. That show is such a comfort to me and so much apart of how I was raised (as weird as that may sound?), and I just want to share it with Nate because he hasn’t had that full Friends experience.

5. Cook more. And healthy too, duh!

6. New job, hopefully a paid internship in the field. Regardless it is my goal to be able to financially support myself and feel comfortable because Lord knows this last year was a freak show.

7. Keep it up with school!

8. Every day I want to do something for someone that I care about to show that I care whether it be a note or words or encouragement or what have you.

9. Go to Hawaii and or Vegas this year

I think that’s basically it….. maybe if my inspiration board looks cool I’ll post a picture.

My 2014

2 Jan

Wow. I have been challenged this year in so many different avenues, but I have come out much stronger with a clear sense of direction on where my life is going. I wouldn’t change this year for anything, but I also probably wouldn’t repeat it. One thing I regret about this year is how I have blogged so infrequently, and for that I apologize to you- whoever is reading this. I can only hope to create more time for this outlet in the new year. I decided to give you a rundown of all the craziness that has happened. This is mostly for my own reflection and benefit, of course. I broke it down by categories and even reflected back to my horoscope predictions for 2014. It’s pretty interesting how accurate it was!

Career

The first half of my year, I was still a publicist in an unpleasant working environment. A few changes happened in May that made my path switch directions. I knew that I wanted to go to graduate school to pursue my true dream to be a therapist. From the same school alone I had been rejected, put on a prerequisite probation, and shortly after what I had thought was another rejection, I had been called with an acceptance offer. That alone was a roller coaster. I simply had to obtain an A or B in the most trying online, 6 weeks statistics class and I was in. In the same few months I had been laid off the same day that I was planning to quit that horrid job, and started a new one– an hourly minimum wage service job. Talk about backtracking! But I was much happier there knowing that I was on to better, brighter things.

After spending at least 20 hours a week teaching myself statistics and even at one point found myself working on my laptop in a near fetal position doing homework on an airplane, it was down to the final test to see if I had actually passed. I did. It was probably the happiest moment of my year. I could officially start the journey of graduate school.

My first semester of my graduate program has been more than anything that I had dreamt of. Not only was I learning things that kept me captivated, but I have learned a great deal about myself already through the group therapies and reflections from class lessons. One thing that pleasantly took me by surprise about my program is the people that are in it. I’ve been making FRIENDS! With common interests! People who I feel understand me for all my weirdness. Because they are all so similar to myself. I finally found people who would never question my antics because they actually can see where it all comes from without explaination.

Looking back on my horoscope’s prediction for my career in 2014, it said “The first half of the year shall bring in major changes in your career. And the second half shall help you to consolidate your interests.” Accurate much?

Relationships

I’ll start with the horoscope prediction for this one. “You shall learn a new meaning for love and relationships during this year of 2014. Your perspective of love shall change for your better.  Learn to adapt to the needs and deeds of your partner during this time. Give and take is your keyword for this time period. Avoid misunderstandings and be committed to your partner. Feel free and venture into leisure activities with him/ her. Be flexible in your approach to your partner and give them full freedom and independence in their personal life. Of, course they need their breathing space as well. Try not to smother him/ her too much by your emotions.”

I feel that I had wholeheartedly made that prediction come true. My relationship with Nate was tested in the beginning of the year and I feel that we passed with flying colors. This year I realized that though I could live without him, I would never want to. Especially this year with all of the career and life changes, vacations, events and weddings attended, we observed how much joy and enhancement we bring to each other’s lives. This isn’t just another relationship- we established that we are hoping it is THE relationship, a step that neither of us has taken before. I like to think of it as my garden that I try to tend to every day and it has become this beautiful wonderland of blossoms and blooms (as cheesy as that sounds).

Health

How many times was I sick this year? I can’t even count. Clearly it was due to all of the stresses that I have endured with finances, school, my job, etc. It has really brought to my attention the importance of self care. I’ve always been good about taking it easy, but now I know that simply is not enough. I need to make sure that I am eating the right kinds of food and taking the right supplements to prevent future immune system failures. I’ve really gotten to know how fragile my immune system is and I know that for my own health, some more changes in my life need to be made which I am in the process of fixing already. It’s mostly just a matter of finding another job where I can have regular sleeping hours and be able to find ways to cook for myself more. Maybe more exercise or yoga will help too.

Here’s my health horoscope. Clearly it “told me so.” There are some questionable grammatical choices in it though.. “Do not try to take your health as taken for granted this year. Else you need to spend a lot mending your health condition. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it?. Go in for some physical exercises that help to tone your muscles and keep you fit as a fiddle. Beware of what you eat and drink for this time period. It might take a toll on your health. It is the best time to rebalance your diet for your betterment. Some nervous troubles and muscular pains are probable during the first half of the year.”

I think the lesson of this post is that I need to pay closer attention to my 2015 horoscope. As I mentioned earlier, I feel so much stronger after this past year and feel ready to take on the next with more knowledge and faith that things really do turn out the way that best suits you in the long run. If you’ve read this post this far, I’d love to know. You must be really special in my life :)

Procrastinating…

29 Nov

I’m on the final stretch of my first semester in graduate school. I was so excited about going back to school, but now I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’ve noticed all the things that I usually enjoy have been neglected…such as my blog. And knitting. and a clean apartment. Therefore, I have decided that it doesn’t matter that I only have a few more weeks to go and a few more papers to write, these things need to be done now! I’m so selfish. Also, these last projects are pretty grueling.

DIY Poo-Pourri

5 Nov

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I’m sure by now you all have heard of the famous Poo-Pourri that can magically eliminate the stench of your fecal matter. Goodbye sprays that just smell like grandma’s perfume on top of shit! But what sucks is that they all cost $15-$25. But have no fear, I’ve found a recipe that can beat the system!

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Step 1: Acquire a handheld spray bottle. These are commonly found at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. for super cheap

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Step 2: Mix about 1-2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, a little vial of essential oils (the scent of your choice! I personally think peppermint smells the cleanest), and top off the rest of the spray bottle with water.

Step 3: Spray over toilet bowl before pooping.

BOOM. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Younique 3D Fiber Mascara | Review

3 Nov

Guys. This stuff is seriously a MUST. Goodbye forever, false lashes! No longer will I have to struggle with glue, crooked lashes, or premature fall-off. I now can make my own lashes look fake!

I came across Younique through my friend, Julie who sells it (it’s a company similar to Mary Kay or Avon). I decided to join and be a seller so that I can purchase my own products at a discount and get some side cash from social selling if people notice my fab lashes.

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It also comes in a cute hard case!

Younique’s 3D FIber Lashes are all natural. The transplanting gel is basically this beeswax that never dries out. and then there is a tube of nylon fibers. You can make a natural looking long lash with one or two coats, or go all out like me for the super glam look.

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Here are my lashes with 3 coats on

I love that 1) it never dries out so I can wear it for special occasions only if I want. , 2) it’s all natural and does not damage your real lashes anyway whatsoever, 3) it’s so simple to apply, 4) I get no fallout until I wash it off at the end of the day! It’s super easy to wash off too because it’s just beeswax and fiber on top of your regular mascara. PLUS it’s tear proof! Trust me, it’s been tested in my group therapy class!

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My regular mascara on the left, 3D on the right

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3D lashes on the left, regular mascara on the right :)

I know the price is a little steep- I usually go for drugstore over name brands. But this stuff is def worth the investment because of how long it lasts and does not dry out. I’m still on my first tubes and it’s been over 2 months of every day use!

If you are interested in purchasing and know me personally, you can contact me and we can meet up with one of my stock. Just bring me $32 ($29+ tax & shipping)

ORRR you can order some here from my webpage: www.youniqueproducts.com/EmmaPie

I also really recommend looking at tutorials on YouTube for how to apply, or else follow the directions that come in the case. I’m thinking about making my own demo video too…

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I’m also really loving the eyeshadow pigments! They are all natural-just like BareMinerals, yet the colors have the opaqueness of Mac. and get this- they’re only $10 each! My mom likes that they come in matte because she hates shimmer, but I love the shimmer and it stays on pretty well :)

Salt Baths

8 Oct

I’ve talked about how important salt baths are to me before, but it has been a while, so I thought I would reiterate and add to my preachings.

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Epsom and Sea salt baths have many benefits scientifically  proven. It replenishes your magnesium levels which helps your enzymes work and eliminate toxins, prevents inflection, inflammation, relaxes your muscles, all this super good stuff for you. Google it if you want a more scientific explanation. I’m more interested in how it releases toxins.

For those of you who don’t know, I visit psychics and holistic specialists fairly often. I was taught that since I tend to carry my own and others’ emotions with me, it would be good to release the toxins that build up through salt baths. How do emotions become toxins? Well our bodies are 90% water and water takes on energy. Therefore, anxious energy can end up flowing through you. I’m particularly bad where I will physically feel other people’s pain before I even know that they are in pain. Just call me a reversed human voodoo doll! Especially with practicing psychology in school, I already feel myself needing to detox regularly. The psychic told me that it also helps to clear my chakras. I don’t know everything about chakras, but I do know that I can actually feel when the one in my chest needs to be detoxed. I can best describe it as it gets a heavy, guilt-like, anxious feeling when I know I have no particular reason to feel that way.

You’re supposed to take salt baths for 40 minutes- 20 to detox and 20 to take in the good ingredients. Honestly if I do the whole 40 minutes, my body is so physically exhausted afterwards. I don’t think it’s particularly good to get completely free of all toxins because then the first few that come into your body could throw you completely out of balance again. It’s the same theory as people who need to sanitize their hands every few minutes. A little dirt helps your body remember how to fight it off!

There’s also concerns about keeping up with this while there is a drought. Today I drew a shallow bath and used a cup to cleanse my chakras. It’s still like 100 degrees in LA so I didn’t mind not being fulling engulfed in a hot tub of water.

You also might want to hit two birds with one stone and add some aromatherapy to the mix. Lavender, vanilla, jasmine oils/salt, etc help reduce stress and ease you to sleep at night. Lemon, orange, or nutmeg scents will perk you up. If you want to work on something physically or mentally, there’s probably an oil that can help. (more info: http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/)

 

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