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15 Day Blog Challenge–Day 7: Talk About One Hobby You Have

Hi, everyone! I’m back today with day 7 of the 15 day blog challenge. My assignment for today is to talk about one hobby I have. I actually have many hobbies, so I chose to talk about a hobby I took part in just a little while ago this evening! Keep reading if you’d like to know what my hobby is :)

The hobby I chose for this post is Zumba. If you’ve ever taken Zumba classes you know how fun they can be–especially if you have really good instructors! Zumba is one of my favorite things to do because it incorporates dance, music, and fitness. I usually go to Zumba anywhere between 5 and 7 times per week because I have so much fun in class (lots of my friends go) and it helps me on my quest to be more fit. If you’ve never tried Zumba, I recommend you give it a try! Through going to class regularly for so long I’ve made some amazing friends and I’ve gotten to take part in Zumbathons to raise money for good causes and I also ran my first mud run/obstacle race with the Zumba crew (pictures below).

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Me and one of my favorite instructors.

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Covered in mud after the 5k Foam Fest.

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Thanks so much for reading and, if you have a hobby, I’d love it if you shared your hobby in a comment

15 Day Blog Challenge–Days 5 & 6: One Thing That Fascinates You & One Thing That Scares You

Hi, everyone! I was going to post day 5 yesterday, but fell asleep and forgot to…oopsies, haha. So, today I’m posting day 5 and 6 of the 15 day blog challenge together!

Day 5
One thing that fascinates me is how some people can mix prints/patterns and look good, but when I do it I just look like someone who has no sense of style, haha.

Day 6
One thing that scares me is thunderstorms. The loud thunder, the lightening, the driving rain. No thanks!

What do you find fascinating or scary? Leave your responses in a comment!

Thanks for reading :)

15 Day Blog Challenge–Day 4: What’s In Your Bag?

Hi, everyone! I’m back with the fourth installment of the 15 day blog challenge and this will be a brief post because I don’t carry a purse with me during the summer! What I carry is one of those wallets that is also a wristlet and anything else I might need is usually in my car (a couple pairs of sunglasses, several lip glosses, body spray, etc). Below is a picture of the wallet/wristlet that I use for those who are curious!

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Does anyone else just carry a wristlet in the summer because it’s easy to grab and go wherever with? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for reading :)

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My “Must Have” Summer Lip Gloss

Hi, everyone! Today I want to share with you my “must have” summer lip gloss, which is a NYX Butter Gloss. If you haven’t tried any of these yet, I recommend going to Ulta, Target, or CVS to get some (if you live in an area that doesn’t have any of those stores you can always go to http://www.nyxcosmetics.com and place an order online). In my opinion, the quality of the Butter Glosses is just as good as some high end lip glosses and there’s a great variety of colors. My “must have” summer shade is Peaches and Cream, which look very “peachy” in the package, but once applied leans more toward being a pink.

Below you can see what the gloss looks like on me–it’s one of my all-time favorites!

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Anyone who has tried these can attest to the fact that the formula is creamy, not too sticky (sticky enough to give it some decent staying power, though), and has great pigmentation. Have you tried any of this line? If you have, please leave a comment and tell me what your favorite shade is. Haven’t tried this line? Leave a comment telling me what brand/shade your favorite gloss is! Thanks for reading :)

15 Day Blog Challenge–Day 3: 5 Things You Dislike

Hi, everyone! Today’s installment of the 15 day blog challenge is 5 things you dislike. Keep reading if you’d like to know 5 random things I dislike–maybe we have some in common!

1. The sound of forks and knives scraping on plates. You know what I mean…some people go to town with their utensils and make awful squeaking and scraping sounds

2. Books that have endings that make you wonder why you bothered reading the darn book in the first place (example: Divergent trilogy…what the heck?!?! )

3. The fact that when I apply my eyeliner one eye always comes out better than the other. You’d think after all these years of wearing makeup I could do both equally as well!

4. Bugs/spiders crawling about my bedroom in the evening. I can’t sleep until I rid my bedroom of the intruder…what if it crawls on me at night???

5. People who chew with their mouthed open *barf*.

What are some things you dislike? Thanks for reading :)

Products I’ve Used Up

Hi, everyone! I wanted to write a post on a few products I’ve used up recently, give you some brief thoughts on them, and let you know whether or not I’ll be repurchasing!

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1. Wet n Wild Coverall Concealer (medium)
Pros:
-Super affordable
-Doesn’t crease under eyes
-Lasts 8+ hours
-Color doesn’t oxidize or come off orange on skin

Cons:
-Cheap packaging (what do you want for something that’s like $1.99, though? Haha)
-Only has like 0.24 fl. oz. so you’ll go through it within a few weeks

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

2. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer
Pros:
-Affordable
-Good amount in tube (1.0 fl. oz.)
-Evens skin tone out nicely
-Not greasy
-Could wear with powder over for a low-key day

Cons:
-Can’t think of any

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

3. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (medium natural tan)
Pros:
-Affordable ($8.00 at Walmart)
-Doesn’t have a strong odor while developing (there is a bit of an odor, but not nearly as strong as most other self-tanners)
-Gives skin great color after just 1 application
-Color is tan/bronze and not the color of Cheetos lol
-Decent longevity

Cons:
-Slight odor while developing
-The color guide is wayyyy sparkly so you’ll look like one of the Cullens from Twilight until you shower (I usually apply before bed and shower in the morning so nobody has to see me sparkle)

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

4. Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion with Pink Himalayan Minerals
Pros:
-Smells amazing
-Doesn’t feel greasy

Cons:
-Doesn’t moisturize your skin for up to 7 days (moisturizers for maybe 4 hours)

Would I repurchase?
-Only if it was on sale

So, there you have it…what are some products you’ve finished up lately? Thanks for reading :)

15 Day Blog Challenge–Day 2: Describe the Last Place You Went on Holiday

Hi, everyone! Today is day 2 of the 15 day blog challenge! My blogging task for the day is to describe the last place I went on holiday :)

The last trip I took was mostly for business, but I managed to squeeze in quite a bit of fun and site-seeing! At the end of June/beginning of July I went to Denver, Colorado, for a week-long meeting of a large association. Prior to this trip I’d never been to Colorado before, so I was quite excited to go there! Before the airplane even landed I was astounded by the view of all of the mountains because I’d never seen anything quite like it (I mean, I’ve definitely seen many mountains before, but nothing like the Rocky Mountains).

I stayed in Downtown Denver right near the 16th street mall (also just a short walk to the Colorado Convention Center). Before arriving in CO I was nervous because of all of the altitude warnings I’d read about the “Mile High City” and even higher altitudes, so I followed the warnings and drank plenty of water before I got there and plenty of water while I was there–in the end I wasn’t bothered by the altitude at all!

While in Colorado I visited Red Rocks, Lookout Mountain (saw Buffalo Bill Cody’s gravesite), took a bus tour through the mountains, saw University of Boulder, and many lovely sites! Colorado is a place I’d love to visit again (when I don’t have to work and can spend time seeing as much as possible). The scenery is so beautiful you feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard and the weather is beautiful–hot, dry, and sunny!

Below are a few pictures from my trip:

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Please leave a comment and tell me about your last trip :) thanks for reading !

15 Day Blog Challenge–Day 1

Hi, everyone! I’ve decided to do the 15 Day Blog Challenge, which I saw on Another City Urbanite’sblog, so please go check her blog out!

Now, without further ado, here is Day 1!

10 Facts About Myself
1. I am originally from Southern California, but now live on the East Coast.
2. I love flip flops–specifically flip flops from Old Navy and I have a small laundry basket full of them in my closet!
3. If I want to drink enough water throughout the day I need to drink it out of a cute cup and through a straw. I swear it tastes better that way!

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4. I trip up the stairs (never down them) daily in my house. It’s weird.
5. There’s no such thing a having enough shades of pink lip glosses or lipsticks in my world…you can never have too many!
6. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still color my hair with a $2.97 box of Revlon hair dye (actually I now need two of them) and my hair looks and feels no different than when I get it done professionally. It’s all about using good shampoo and conditioner!
7. When it’s summer I eat all 3 meals sitting at the table outside on my deck as long as it’s not raining–I love being outside!
8. If there’s a spider on the wall or ceiling of my bedroom I can’t go to sleep until I get rid of it. Sometimes I feel like those spiders are laughing at me as I fight an epic battle against them!
9. I love sour apple Jolly Ranchers, but think the watermelon flavored Jolly Ranchers are putrid.
10. Whenever I see Saved by the Bell reruns on tv I always watch them.

See you guys again tomorrow with my post for day 2! Thanks for reading :) if you decide to do this challenge, please leave a comment and link me to your post!

Summer Party OOTN

Hi, everyone! I’m back with a quick post on a summer party outfit of the night! My look was really affordable (total cost approximately $21…I love bargains!) and fun!

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I wore Rockstar jeggings/jeans from Old Navy (I got them on sale for around $15), a tank from Forever 21 (on sale for $2), and a bralette from Walmart ($4.97). I thought this was a fun and comfortable look for a summer party in the evening. The Rockstar jeggings/jeans are my favorite because I think they’re comfy and really flattering on all body types.

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My skin looks wayyyyy lighter in the above picture than it really is because the room I was in gets a ridiculous amount of bright light, lol. I kept my accessories simple and wore diamond studs, button earrings (Charming Charlie), and my initial necklace from Tiffany. Also, I kept my makeup simple with peach tone shadows and blush with a black liner that was slightly winged out.

Thanks so much for checking out this post :)

Favorite Nail Polish Combo Summer 2014

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share my favorite nail polish combo that I’ve been using a lot this summer! I use this combo on my fingers, but not on my toes because, for some reason, I like more neutral colors on my fingers and much brighter colors on my toes. This is a combination of really affordable drugstore polishes, which is always nice!

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As you can see from the picture above this is a really subtle color with a bit of gold glitter. The glitter adds a bit of fun sparkle, but I’ve also found that topping color with a glitter polish gives the color more lasting power. To achieve this cute, but fun, look I used two thin coats of Wet n Wild Megalast polish in Sugar Coat, a layer of E.L.F. gold glitter polish, and then an NYC clear top coat. The top coat I used isn’t my favorite, but the. NYC quick drying top coat that I usually use was sold out at the store and my bottle of it was empty :(

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If you have a favorite nail polish combo, please comment with a photo or link to the products you like (heck, I’m always up for exploring new combos haha). Thanks so much for reading!