October Ipsy Unboxing

October Ipsy Unboxing

So I know that it wasn’t too long ago that I did an Ipsy unboxing, but due to my recent blog transfer, I didn’t get much time to post content in between these posts, and I wanted to make sure I got my Ipsy post out to y’all as timely as possible.

This bag was really great. Recently, Ipsy has been doing a fantastic job with the products their delivering to my front door. Seeing that little shiny package in the mail just brightens up my whole month. And since it’s only $10 a month, I feel like I don’t even pay for it, so it’s like a randomized present.

As always, we’ll start with the bag. I got a sneak preview of the bag when Ipsy sent me a *spoiler* email. I like whatever I get to be a surprise, so clicking on the email was actually a mistake. However, the peek I got made me super excited, but it turned out even better than I thought.

Bag:

If you look closely enough, you will see the faintest hint of maroon lace layered over the maroon bag. I thought this detailing gave this makeup bag an expensive touch, with a subtle flair. This little guy is honestly the perfect size to hold all of my essentials. But here’s the best part:

Just in case you weren’t sure it was October, they added the most adorable little bat onto the zipper. I love this. I’m switching all my makeup junk into this baggy and carrying it around with me until it’s Christmas!!!

Powder:

I have watched enough Youtube beauty gurus use this stuff that I knew what it was before even reading the package. I have been wanting to invest in a pore erasing powder, (I HATE my pores), but just never have. I guess Ipsy read my mind? This product is supposed to give you an airbrushed, soft focus look. Ugh I’m so excited to try this out.

Mini Review:

Today I used the pore erasing powder to set my concealer. I was really impressed. Like, usually around my eyes and cheekbone area there’s always these large pore spots that I hate. But with this, my pores were certainly minimized. I thought my Wet N’ Wild clear powder was going to be my holy grail, but it looks like I’m going to be rolling out the big bucks to stock up on this stuff.

Skin care:

If there’s one thing you can count on getting in your Ipsy package, it’s lotion. Lotion, lotion, lotion, and more lotion. I may be complaining about it now, but just like lip balms, candles, and food, I love getting all the lotions I can get. This is an Ultra Repair Cream, intended to give hydration to dry patches. I only really tend to get extremely dry on my knees, so I don’t personally think I’d be using much of this. But I can guarantee it’ll hang out in my skin care drawer for probably the rest of my life. I have a lotion problem okay? However, I do also get dry spots on my chin and around my nostrils, so perhaps I’ll put this little fella to the test.

Now this is something I can behind. Recently I’ve been venturing down the path of scrubs due to the last one I got from Ipsy. Now every wash I use is full of exfoliates. I think it’s done the most to remove toxins from my skin.

This is a coffee scrub that is suppose to target cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, acne, and more. I’m excited to use this because I’ve always been self-conscious about cellulite and stretch marks. Like, trust me, I KNOW neither is something to be ashamed of. I KNOW both are beautiful. I just, you know, want smooth skin. And as well as acne. For some reason I’ve been getting a lot of pimples on my cheeks? But don’t worry I’m drinking more water and getting my skin care routine down. Although it says it’s a coffee scrub, it is peppermint scented. For some reason, I’m trying to get everything I use to smell the same. Right now I’m using honey shampoo and conditioner, honey lotion, and honey facial scrub. Next month I”ll be using brown sugar or maple. So I probably won’t be getting to this facial scrub until December, since peppermint reminds me of Christmas. I know that might seem weird, but that’s just me.

Nails:

Next up and yep, you already know. I’m not sure why I don’t expect to get nail polish from Ipsy ever month, but it’s cool because not too long I threw out a whole bunch of old nail polishes. Needless to say, I’m eager to rebuild my collection.

Now this product I think it a gag. It’s a charcoal polish that’s supposed to “protect against toxins/ pollutants, and restore healthy/ beautiful nails.” Um, maybe. We’ll see. I just don’t see why? I didn’t know nails got polluted. By what? Regardless, I’m gonna do a look with this and another color, and hopefully it’ll hold true to it’s claims.

The color that came was actually this pretty grey. Usually it’s like a blue or whatever, but this grey is something I can actually see myself rocking this season. I’m think I’m going to wear this for awhile. I like to pick out one color to wear for a few weeks, and I’m really attracted to this color right now. Just the perfect amount of gloom, but not dull, and definitely neutral.

Eyes:

TARTE!!!! This is not a freaking drill. I got another Tarte product?? No way. Ipsy pulling out the big guns. Last month I got a makeup forever mascara that I absolutely love for everyday looks. So I’m anxious to see how beautiful this mascara is. As my loyal followers know, I love Tarte. They are legitimately my favorite brand as of right now. So exciting!!!!!

Mini Review:

Talk about natural lashes. My mascara collection has nearly doubled in sized in about two weeks. So to say I know my mascara is becoming a huge understatement. I put this on and said “wooowww”. Natural lashes are my absolute favorite look for eyes. Tarte just simply never disappoints. I think I’m swooning.

 

Thank you for reading. It means so much to me, as you all know. Come back Friday for a special type of post. See you soon.

Until next time,

Tips for Daily Care

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, there are very tiny gaps. And in these gaps lies the land of unhealthy foods, naps, and desperate attempts of getting dressed in a timely manner to get to class. We’re students. Or moms. Or hardworkers in general, and in the middle of it all, we waste the free time, and end up even more behind. 

So I am here to say that I too have fallen victim many-a-times to the grind. I have forgotten to eat, sleep, wash my hair, wash my clothes, and so much more due to working my a$$ off. But I decided enough was enough. 

So, here are some tips to use if you’re a busy buzz buzz bee like me. We got to help each other out, you know. I hope this works out for everyone. 

  • AS. SOON. AS. YOU. GET. HOME.

As soon as you get home, do the thing. The thing you were thinking about on the ride home. Whether it’s “I need to take a shower tonight,” or “I got to print this thing out,” or “I need to read Chapter blah”. As soon as you lock the door behind you and take your shoes off, do that thing. 

This will help you maintain a productive state. I know the feeling of your toes hitting your familiar floors and the urge to just crawl back into bed. I know that feeling well. That feeling is a close friend of mine. But sometimes, you just can’t always text back toxic friends. So block it out, and stay focused. 

If you get everything done as soon as you can, without distracting yourself with relaxation, when the time comes, you’ll be able to actually sleep. You’ll rest easy knowing that whatever you had to do, is already done. You may actually start dreaming again, with the peace of mind you’ll receive. 

  • A little victory is a victory 

Sometimes when people think of self care, they think skincare routine, polished fingernails, a clean room, and blah blah blah. The truth is, you simply can’t do everything everyday. If you don’t feel passionate about skin care, take it easy on the routine. Sometimes self care is as simple as brushing your hair that day. Don’t let the thought of relaxing stress you out. 

  • Eat something 

My main issue when I’m busy is that I don’t eat. I just don’t get hungry. Like I might once throughout the day, but otherwise I’m too worried about due dates and stuff to eat. This is very bad for me. It makes me tired, grumpy, and sick. If you’re like me, I recommend canned foods. 

Things like soups, green beans, and chili helped me out because all I needed was to grab a can out of the pantry and head to school. I didn’t have to wake up extra early and pack an Instagram worthy lunch, or spend a load of money on food. This isn’t always the healthiest option though, so pay attention to what canned foods you’re buying. 

I also recommend cereals. If you’re capable of eating cereal dry, that is the way to go. Or you could also try trail mix. This is an easy thing to prepare, that you can snack on continuously throughout the day to keep you full. 

  • Don’t forget about your passions 

I always tell people that one of the main reasons I started this blog was because I was so caught up in making money and school that I no longer did the things I love. Having a blog with an audience really keeps me motivated to continue being creative, doing the things I really enjoy to share with y’all, and remember what I’m working so hard for anyways. This blog has changed the route of my life in more ways than one. 

I’ve met good friends, figured out who my true friends are, tried new things, and it keeps me connecting to the hobbies and interests I have. Also, hearing back from you gives me encouragement to keep going, and whenever I have a bad day, I always remind myself of the goals of this blog. 

So yes, while making money and hustling is addicting, and it seems like you really are being productive, it can easily steer you away from your true goals. So make sure to carve out some time for reading, or writing, or makeup, or whatever it is that you like to do. This will help you mentally.

  • Sad days are sick days. 

A lot of people don’t understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. So if one morning you wake up and you’re literally in pain with a headache due to all your tasks, go back to sleep. Miss that day of school, or call in sick to work because yes, you are sick. Take some time to calm down, and when you’re ready, get up and finish whatever tasks are bothering you. Usually when I have a ton of homework, or my room is an absolute disaster, or I couldn’t sleep the night before, I just need to take the day off. Stress takes a major toll on you. Take that into account. 

  • Ask for help

Honestly, asking for help is not always easy for me. I like to feel like I have everything under control. I can say, “I did this and this and this with no help”. And that’s great. But you know what happens next? Now I’m exhausted, feel unappreciated, uncared for, and overwhelmed, when really, all I have to do is ask my mom, or dad, or my boyfriend, and they’ll be more than happy to help me. It is okay to admit that you actually don’t have control over every single aspect in life. 

  • You can look like shit 

Now that I run this fashion lifestyle blog, I feel pressure to dress up every single day. And sometimes, what I consider an interesting outfit, others consider trash. And lol, that’s okay. I have a great sense of fashion, but not a great sleep schedule. I don’t have to prove every single day exactly who I am. I can go to my Monday class wearing pajamas, and guess what. I’m still fashionable, just not today. I know a lot of times on self care tips or whatever they’ll tell you to dress up. They say something like “when you look good, you feel good”. And I say that’s it the other way around. When you feel good, you look good. So if you feel good in sweatpants and a T-shirt, or heels and a dress, then honey you are fire everyday of the week. 

I hope these tips help y’all out. These are more geered to your mental self care rather than physical self care. Share this post for your friends and family who may need some tips on relaxing. Have a great rest of your week. Peace,

Emma Katy 

Intermittent Fasting: My Journey and Thoughts 

Being healthier, happier, and still keeping it simple. 

I’m a very busy person. I work, I run this blog, and I try to balance my social life with my love life. Within the next few weeks, my fall semester classes will be starting. The point is, most of us have a lot to do already. And most of us wish we could be healthier on a normal basis. 

It can be so hard finding a good way to fit being healthy into your already buzzing schedule. So today I wanted to talk to you about a technique I’ve taken up, and so far am in love with. 

It’s called intermittent fasting. Fasting has such a negative stigma to it, but it really isn’t like that. This isn’t a “lose weight fast” technique. It’s an easy way to insert some discipline into your life, as far as eating and dieting goes. 

Basically, with intermittent fasting you pick an hour split. I personally chose a 10/14 hour split. So for ten hours a day, I can eat, and for 14 hours a day, I do not eat. Some people decide to do a 8/16 hour, and I’ve even heard a 4/20 hour split. I decided 10/14 was best for me because I’m just starting this, and didn’t want to dive into it head first. 

My start time (when I can begin eating) is 9:30 a.m. I picked this time because right now it’s rare that I get hungry any earlier than this. My end time is set at 7:30. This is kind of on the later side, but as the fasting continues, this time seems to be getting earlier and earlier to me. It’s like “what?! It’s already 7:30??!” I decided this was best for me because I tend to eat later, and if my parents cook, it could be around this time and so on. Basically, when you’re picking your times, you want to think about the times you, and your favorite people eat. It will hard to hold onto your schedule if you and all your friends eat at 7:30 in the morning, but you decided you now want to wait. You’ll miss the social interactions, which will make you cheat on your fasting schedule. 

The cool thing about intermittent fasting is that there are no food restrictions. You can eat whatever you want. That’s what makes this a very nice beginning stage diet. I still eat sugary foods sometimes, and I don’t need to feel “guilty” as long as it’s within my time range. 

BENEFITS I’VE NOTICED:

Starting this journey, I did not think there were going to be much of any results. I kind of just wanted to see how it would go. But I’m actually surprised about all the differences I’ve noticed, not only physically, but mentally as well. 

1) I am more aware of what I eat. 

Along with fasting, I also starting writing down what I eat everyday. I started fasting 2 weeks ago, and have made good on documenting every meal and snack I consume. Over the course of the 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that Im eating less, but feeling more full. My body is starting to get used to my eating schedule and adjusting itself. This is good because it means that I can eat less, but my body is still burning enough calories and energy to keep me going throughout the day. You all know what that means!! I’m losing my body weight, without even doing much. 

2) I care more about what I consume. 

Being conscious of my eating schedule means that I need to eat foods that will keep me full. This has basically made me go cold turkey on all fast food places, a lot of plain old junk food, and late night eating which usually involves chocolate. When I go to eat something, I’ve automatically started to think “well, I AM trying to be healthier, so should I really eat that?” 

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed I have been eating more smoothies, which means more fruit. And also, once for dinner my boyfriend and I shared a salad. And that was it. Usually, that wouldn’t even be enough for a snack for me, but I was satisfied. Plant based foods are the best source of carbohydrates, a very good source of energy, and your body forgets this when you constantly load up on sugars. 

3) I’m getting more hydrated. 

During my fasting period, I sometimes get cravings. This was normal, especially when I first started. Since I don’t want to eat anything, I drink water instead. I find this to be great because my body is getting hydrated, I end up flushing all my toxins by the end of the day, and it’s healthier than drink sodas late at night. That was a horrible habit I had for such a long time. 

4) Fixing my sleep schedule.

With it being summer, it is so hard maintaining a good sleep schedule. I always end up staying awake all night, never getting anything done in the morning. Fasting has helped with that because I stop eating earlier. That means I stop consuming carbohydrate and sugars. There’s less fuel for my body to burn late at night. I’m getting tired earlier, which means I can sleep better. 

5) Weightloss I can notice. 

2 weeks ago when I started, I had been bummed about my body. I just felt like I was so sluggish all the time. My belly was plumpy. My thighs and so on, I just wasn’t satisfied. With this fasting, and the exercising I’ve been doing (that will be a post next week!!) I’ve noticed changes already. I’ve slimmed down my belly, my thighs, and toned up my arms. Seeing results so soon keeps me motivated. Last time I was weighed, the number was 132 lbs. This didn’t upset me. And I don’t want to necessarily change it. I just want my belly to be toned. 

Fasting in this way is easy. You get to decided your times. You get to still eat freely. It’s just a matter of being aware of what you’re consuming. That’s the main thing that makes this fasting thing work. It’s more of aware mental thing. It’s easier the saying “okay no more sugary foods”. Instead you’re saying “I only have 3 hours left to eat so instead of a chocolate bar I’ll eat something that’ll keep me full”. 

If you’re looking to inspire yourself to eat better, try this out. Start slow, like I did, so you don’t wear yourself out. And remember this is a journey, not a contest. If you start to get extremely hungry late at night, eat. If you fail every now and then, it’s okay. It’s something you are doing for yourself, right? 

Thank you for reading. Your thoughts, kind words, and likes mean the world to me. Keep letting me know what you think!! 

Peace,

Emma Katy