Ipsy Glam Bag Review | November 2016

Hey everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you what I received in the November Ipsy glam bag. I just recently subscribed to Ipsy, which is a beauty subscription box that sends you 4-5 products a month for $10.  I only bought the November bag, because I wanted to try it out first before I committed to a whole year. Once you sign up, you fill out a questionnaire that will determine the kinds of products that will be sent in your bag each month. I think it is such a great idea, because the bags are personalized and customized just for you. 

I did some research before I bought the bag and compared it to other beauty subscription boxes like Birchbox. I decided on Ipsy because they focus more on makeup products, while Birchbox focuses more on skin and hair care. 

Another thing I enjoyed about Ipsy was that you can earn points by reviewing products you have received or by referring friends. You can click here to use my referral link if you'd like- http://bit.ly/2gQa9jx. You can use these points to redeem extra products in your next glam bag.

M Y  B A G  I N C L U D E S
-Benefit POREfessional Primer (3.0mL) // http://bit.ly/2gfSleE
-VERB Ghost Oil (17mL) // http://bit.ly/2geTBPu 
-LAQA & Co. B’lighter in Peacher’s Daughter (2.7g) // http://bit.ly/2gfRPxs
-The Balm Mad Lash (2.5mL) // http://bit.ly/2gaSsa0
-Skone Brow Wand in Chocolate (.3g) // http://bit.ly/2geSe3k
I already have this primer and I really love it. It's great at smoothing over pores and imperfections. It also makes your skin makeup look flawless and makes it easier to apply foundation and concealer. This product was a trial size which is perfect for makeup beginners so they can test out a new primer. 

This hair smoothing oil smells nice and makes my hair feel smooth and shiny. I like to use it on the ends of my hair. I also use it on any spots that are frizzy. 

L A Q A  &  C O .  B ’ L I G H T E R  I N  P E A C H E R ' S  D A U G H T E R
This is a creamy gel pink highlighter. The color is really pretty and looks nice on tan skin. It is perfect for highlighting cheekbones and can also be used as blush. It gives a nice healthy glow to the skin.

I really love this mascara! The wand is great for lengthening and volumizing your lashes. The small bristles are also good for separating the lashes so they don't look clumpy or give a spidery effect. 

This is one of my favorite products from this glam bag. The shade matches my brows nicely and the brow wand is dual-ended. On one side is a brow pencil and on the other side is a spoolie to comb out your brows. The brow pencil doesn't make my brows look too harsh and the product is very easy to blend out to give a more natural look to you brows. 

My favorite product from my November glam bag is the...

I resubscribed to Ipsy for the December glam bag because I really loved my November bag. If you're interested in receiving a glam bag of your own, you can sign up here

Thanks so much for reading!

Tips on How to Eliminate Stress in High School

Hey everyone! It's been a busy school year for me so far. I'm a junior in high school and I've had to learn how to manage my time and eliminate stress that school, extracurriculars and other activities bring. I'm part of the International Baccalaureate program, and I am currently taking 8 IB classes. I'm also the leader of clubs; I am one of the officers of DECA and I am also the co-president of a human trafficking awareness club at my school. I am also a member of National Honor Society, IB Council, and an IB Leadership Group. I play recreational soccer and basketball with my friends, and I babysit and tutor kids to make money. I also like blogging obviously! My plate has been super full this year. A big change from my Sophomore year has been having 8 classes at a time instead of 4 or 5, that would change after one semester. 

Here are some of my tips for eliminating stress if you are in high school! 

First off, make a list of all the activities you have going on in your life and prioritize them. When prioritizing, think about what activities and aspects of your life are most important to you. If you have a lot of things going on in your life, than most likely cutting down will decrease stress. Figure out which things on your list aren't as important as others or are causing you this stress and cut back! I quit my job in September because I had too many things going on and not enough time for them all. I would leave school at 2:15, go to work at 4 and then come home as late as 10. Then I would start all my homework and studying. I also had certain days that I couldn't work because of clubs or sports. I decided to quit my job because it took up way too much time and wasn't as important to me as school and clubs. Lucky for me, I didn't need the money and I quit early enough that I my job never got too much in the way of my school work. Once I quit my job, a lot of time opened up for other things that I wanted to do.

Another tip I have for decreasing stress is to exercise. It's scientifically proven that your brain releases endorphins (think of it like happy hormones) while you exercise that make you feel calmer and happier. If you aren't a sporty kind of person, than try yoga. There are many different types of yoga, yoga that deals with more breathing exercises and yoga that is more focused on flexibility and strength. You also don't have to go to a studio to do yoga, you can just do it in your house and follow a video on YouTube. My favorite channel to watch for yoga is YogaWithAdrienne. 

This next tip goes along with exercising and it is to eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and spend time outside. Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables can put you in a better mood than eating unhealthy foods like chocolate or fries. Healthy food will give you energy and will overall make you feel more positive. Also, drinking a lot of water can reduce stress. It clears your mind and can have a restorative effect. It helps you to think more clearly and gives you energy. Spending time outside, whether it's reading a book or taking a walk will also clear your mind and is better for your overall well-being. It can definitely help if you are feeling overwhelmed of anxious about school or anything else you have going on.

Something that I struggle with is turning off screens. Everyone can get wrapped up in their technology at times and it's important that we power off. Reading is a great way to get your mind off of things and feel less stressed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, checking out a book at your local library that interests you and reading it.

My last and most important tip is to take time for yourself. Relax and spend time doing things you enjoy. Maybe make your room nice and cozy and listen to music or create a peaceful playlist. I make my room feel cozier by turning on fairy twinkle lights and throwing a bunch of blankets on my bed. You can also get a fireplace app on your laptop that will set the screensaver to a fireplace. You can also change the settings to make it crackle and sound like a really fireplace. I also write in a journal to feel less stressed. I constantly juggle things around in my head so putting my thoughts to paper makes my head feel clearer.

Those are my tips and tricks on how to feel less overwhelmed and stressed about high school and life in general. I hope you found this post useful!

Thanks for reading!

Outfit and Makeup Look for a Night Out

Hey everyone! I recently went out to dinner for my friend's birthday at the Melting Pot. I spent a really long time doing my makeup and picking out my outfit. Hopefully my outfit and makeup look will give you inspiration for your night out look!

Choker (discontinued from Forever 21) - Pacsun (similar)
Shirt - LA Made
Skirt (discontinued from H&M) - Poshmark (sold all over Poshmark)
Shoes - J.Crew

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
Benefit POREfessional Face Primer
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (almond)
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer (light/medium)
Essence Eyeliner (black)
ELF Cream Eyeliner (black)
Morphe 35T Palette
Revlon Lash Curler
Benefit Roller Lash
Essence False Lash Princess
Maybelline Volum Express Colossal
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Blonde (for brows)
Maybelline Brow Gel (transparent)
Benefit Dandelion Dew
Profusion Contour Palette
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (bronze)
Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Thanks for reading!

Benefit First-Class Faves Review + Makeup Look

Hey everyone! I wanted to do a review of the Benefit First-Class Faves travel makeup set that my mom gave to me. My mom got it at the airport at one of the Benefit machine kiosks. This set comes with 6 travel sized makeup goodies. It includes a travel-sized POREfessional primer, Roller Lash mascara, Dandelion Dew, Cha Cha Tint, Dandelion Brightening Blush and Total Moisture facial cream.
Here is a picture of me with the new makeup on. I applied the Roller Lash mascara to my eyelashes on my left eye, and no mascara on the right eyelashes. The mascara is super lengthening and it holds a curl really nicely. I used my new Morphe 35T palette for my eyeshadow. I will do a review on this palette later! Here are my thoughts on all the makeup in the Benefit travel set...

P O R E F E S S I O N A L  P R I M E R
I really love this primer! A little goes a long way. I find this this primer does a nice job at blurring away any imperfections and smoothing them over. I don't have huge pores, so I didn't see a huge difference there. I also think this primer makes putting on face makeup a lot easier and makes your foundation look a lot nicer. I think the POREfressional primer is very similar to the BareMinerals primer.

R O L L E R   L A S H  M A S C A R A
I've been using this mascara so much lately, because it's extremely lengthening! It also separates the lashes very nicely. It isn't super volumizing, so I usually pair it with my Maybelline Volum Express Colossal mascara or my Essence Lash Princess mascara. If I want a more natural look, I will just apply the roller lash mascara. This mascara isn't waterproof but it still holds very nicely. It's also super easy to remove since it isn't waterproof.

D A N D E L I O N  D E W
I usually don't wear blush, because I think too much can look really unnatural. However, I really like how this gives a nice pinky glow to the skin. Since it's a creamy product, it looks very natural and it also smells really good. It blends very well and is very subtle. I also think it would look good on any skin color.

C H A  C H A  T I N T
This tint can be worn on cheeks and lips. It's a darker color than the dandelion dew and blush. The tint lasts long as a lip color and acts like a lip stain. The tint applies nicely and looks good, but I prefer to use the lighter dandelion blush and dew, because it looks more natural.

D A N D E L I O N  B L U S H
This blush is the same color as the dandelion dew but it's a powder instead of a cream. I think the dew lasts longer than the blush but the blush is nice is you have really oily skin.

T O T A L  M O I S T U R E   C R E A M
This facial cream smells super good and is very moisturizing! I am definitely going to use it more in the winter when my face gets super dry. 

Thanks for reading!

My Go-To Fall Workout Outfit #flirtyfallflatlay

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing with you my favorite Fall workout outfit. You wouldn't think shorts and a tank top would be a typical "fall" workout outfit, but if you live anywhere South, you know where I'm coming from. It's the beginning of November but Charlotte still has weather in the mid-80's. 

I was inspired by Adore Me's Pinterest and their new fitness wear, to create my own fall outfit look. Adore Me's mission is to encourage, inspire and recognize body positivity and confidence. I think this is such a great statement because it's all about empowerment and embracing your own body. 

For my outfit, I chose is a blue sports bra from Lululemon which I got on sale for $29 a few months ago. I love how strappy it is, and I think the color is so pretty! I also chose a grey tank top from Gap's Be Inspired collection. Lastly, I chose my polka dot and striped Lululemon speed shorts. I think these are really unique and fun! 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your favorite fall clothing items are!

How to Personalize a Laptop, Water Bottle, etc...

Hey everyone! Today I'm going to be sharing with you how I have decorated my laptop and my water bottle. I always scroll through Pinterest and Tumblr and see laptops and water bottles with really cute stickers on them. I decided to decorate my own laptop and water bottle, because they were both very plain and dull. A bunch of my friends bought stickers of their own on a site called Redbubble, so I decided I would look there. 

I went to the trending page, where there were a bunch of popular stickers. I immediately fell in love with a few of them and decided to purchase them. If you want a specific sticker (like one from your city) you can also search for them using the search bar.  I really like that people actually designed these stickers, because you get to support individuals and small businesses. I bought over 6 stickers from their website so I got 50% off my purchase!

My stickers took about a week to arrive and they came in this little package. 

I ended up buying 14 stickers to decorate both my laptop and water bottle. You can also decorate your agenda, binders and other things with these stickers! I got the small size in all of them. They are also waterproof which is really great! I have washed my water bottle in the dishwasher with the stickers on, and none of them came off or got bubbles!

Here are the ones I purchased:
Central Perk - http://bit.ly/2eS2hws
NYC Skyline - http://bit.ly/2favKQm
Kale - http://bit.ly/2fb7TjE
Life is Good - http://bit.ly/2f7A3OI
Explore - http://bit.ly/2exmOTN
Dogs - http://bit.ly/2fauWdX
Charlotte - http://bit.ly/2fsEy7O
White flower - http://bit.ly/2fatVmh
Hydration Station - http://bit.ly/2ebgqAI
Avocado - http://bit.ly/2dZUs8x
Be Happy - http://bit.ly/2eYKQYK
Marble elephant - http://bit.ly/2fbfrmq
Lululemon - http://bit.ly/2dZXDxf
Namast'ay in Bed - http://bit.ly/2ekGwEF

Thanks for reading! I hope you guys finds some great stickers too!

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