Five Guilty Pleasures That Cheer Me Up

bear nailsSometimes life is exhausting, and this has just been one of those weeks. It’s time to put some effort into becoming myself again; instead of a crazy, stressed out version of myself. Here’s what I want to do this weekend:

1. I adore this manicure by polishpedia.com. Probably because I’m such a girly girl and love pink and bears. I’m not going to apologize. I will say, I’ve done it before, and pink is actually not a great color. If you’re not a super genius artist, the bear will end up looking like a pig. Also, I didn’t actually watch her video, so maybe that’s part of the problem. But I think I’m going to do it with white and gray.

2. A good work out on my rower while I watch Scandal. I still haven’t seen it!! No one can ruin it for me! Please?! This will give me about 50 minutes of cardio, which should definitely give me happy vibes.

3. A long walk in the park with the Shibas.

4. Undoubtedly, an afternoon nap. I just can’t even tell you how much I want this.

5. This is probably not a guilty pleasure, but I’m going to eat a salad and a green smoothie. I need veggies and vitamins, and I know they will perk me up.

Any other awesome ideas? Tomorrow I get to hang out with my darling M ❤ , and girl time is the ultimate pick me up!

Jillian

Sephora and My Free Nars Gift Review

Nars birthday giftA friend and I went to the mall (not a common occurrence, despite what my blog suggests), and I couldn’t resist Sephora. I need some new basics, and got the Anastasia brow powder duo (I absolutely cannot leave the house without brow powder) and some Sephora mascara. At the register, I got my free birthday gift that I had totally forgotten about!

For anyone that doesn’t know, if you get the free Sephora card, you get a deluxe sample on your birthday, and it’s always something awesome. You also get random samples based on points, which happens pretty often since everything at Sephora is a trillion dollars. Anyway. I was super excited about my gift. It is a two pack of Nars lip pencils. It came with a deep red- Cruella velvet matte lip pencil, and a mauve of sorts- Rikugien satin lip pencil. I tried them on and have cheesy pictures for y’all to see 🙂

The velvet matte felt like a dry lipstick. If I am ever brave enough to wear this in public, which is unlikely to happen, I will put gloss over it. The satin lip was super moisturizing and felt soft and smooth. As for color, I think they both worked, but let me know what you think. My bare lips are first, then Rikugien (in my opinion, so similar to my natural color it’s not worth wearing), then Cruella (cute but OMG not my style and made me feel I needed to put on more makeup).

bare lipsRikugien lipscruella lipsI would never have bought this, but I think it is super fun to play with. The lip pencil is easier to apply than regular lip stick, which was helpful for the bold red.

Jillian

How I Get the Easiest Curls Ever. While Sleeping.

how to gridI know I’ve mentioned before that I hate doing my hair. I want to have it both ways. I want to do nothing, and still have the cutest hair ever. It turns out it doesn’t really work that way, but I still try.

This is my story of how I accidentally figured out how to get curls in my super straight, thin hair by doing almost nothing.

Step 1: shower, comb out wet hair with a wide tooth comb. I have bangs, so I pulled those out to be blow dried.

Step 2: spray hair with some sort of texturizing spray (I use Sea Spray by Lush) and part down the middle.

productsStep 3: put in buns. I use a small ponytail holder (my hair is super thin, I’m not kidding) and pull my ponytail through halfway, then halfway again (pictures 2 & 3). Just make two sloppy buns.

Step 4: dry bangs if you have them. Go to sleep. If you have thick hair, you might need to either let your hair dry a little before putting it up, or dry it when you take it out of the buns in the morning. When I get up, I just take the hairbands out and fluff out the curls. I add the Bumble and Bumble pret-a-powder for volume in my bangs and top of my head, then scrunch the curls with more Sea Spray. Done!

 

 

curls!I’m not trying to claim this is the cutest hair in the world, but after a life of flat hair, I like having texture. I also like that I don’t have to dry my hair before bed.

Finished product!

Let me know if you try this, or have other easy hair tips for me.

Jillian

You Can Host a Free Party at Lush

lush bacheloretteLush is one of the best beauty stores ever. I mentioned in this post how much I love their Big Shampoo. I am also a pretty big fan of their bath bombs and face masks. I don’t buy things there very often, because they are pretty spendy. However, the bath bombs and soaps smell so good that I put them in my drawers to make my clothes smell yummy.

I have also used Lush bars of soap to make liquid hand soap. Their products are great because they are natural, but they do use dyes. I am allergic to a few red dyes, so I have to be really careful.

popcorn lip scrubI recently got a gift card for Christmas from my friend K, and I bought a few fun things. One was the Popcorn Lip Scrub. Lip scrubs are definitely a frivolous thing, I’m pretty sure you can easily exfoliate with a washcloth. However, I am a frivolous, and my lips get chapped in the winter. You just rub a bit of this on your lips, and no more chapped lips! It also smells and tastes yummy. At some point I want to make some myself, and I will post the recipe. 

bachelorettepartySomething we found out about Lush when I got engaged was that many locations let you throw a party there after hours! My friend K and my sister planned a stop there for my bachelorette party. You reserve the store after hours, and they let you bring your own food and drinks. You need a minimum of 10 people, and each person has to purchase $25 worth of products (the rules probably change periodically). That’s it! Basically, it’s free, because you go home with the products that you choose. They did our colors with this color wheel, and gave us each a mini facial and hand exfoliation. We got to play around with the make-up and give each other makeovers. It was a super fun girl’s night- plus we were all made up when we went out afterward.

Does anyone know of other places that let you do cool private parties?

Jillian

35 Goals to Meet Before I Turn 35

birthdayI decided to join Alex’s project! Alex has started a list of 35 things that she wants to accomplish while she is 35. Click here to check out her site and see her list– she is updating as she goes. I adore bucket lists and I turned 34 today. I think that 35 things before 35 is a super fun idea! She wants to get 100 people, so you should think about joining the party as well.

I thought I would provide the adorable picture of Kuma the Shiba Inu’s eighth birthday for motivation. How can you not want to better yourself when you see that face?

My list of goals to accomplish is below. Many of them are ongoing, so the challenge will be pretty intense. I will update on this page when I accomplish a goal or find it needs to be modified. Let me know if you have any great ideas or want to join in the fun!

The list has been edited to show what I accomplished. Italicized items were completed. Some things were partially completed, and the number following will show how much.

Health (1-8):

  1. lose 50 pounds
  2. work out four times per week 2/52
  3. Use my Happy Herbivore meal plans for at least a month (June/July)
  4. lower dose or go off cholesterol medication
  5. do two cleanses (2nd done 7/6/15)
  6. create shopping schedule (7/13/15 combining with Happy Herbivore)
  7. practice yoga at least once a week (can be at home) 23/52
  8. Try a month of Muay Thai

House (9-19)

  1. minimalism: bathrooms (1/18/15)
  2. minimalism: closet/clothes (1/17/15 did main clothes closet and dresser, 1/18/15 did guest room and bedroom closets)
  3. minimalism: guest room (1/18/15)
  4. minimalism: game room (1/18/15)
  5. minimalism: kitchen (2/14/15)
  6. minimalism: living room (2/14/15)
  7. minimalism: garage (4/17/15)
  8. minimalism: linen closets (1/16/15 did main floor linen closet, 2/7/15 did downstairs closet)
  9. minimalism: bedroom (2/28/15)
  10. minimalism: car (smashed car and got free detail with repair, 1/28- unintentionally part way there//finished 6/8/15)
  11. minimalism: shed (4/17/15)

Friends and Family (20-22):

  1. meet up with a friend once a week 42/52
  2. visit at least one grandparent once a month 12/12
  3. send someone a card or letter once a week (thank you cards do not count!) 22/52

Personal (23- 30):

  1. get a new tattoo- possibly a white Shiba on my right wrist
  2. Work harder at planning cute outfits to look put together 
  3. find cuter things to wear at home so my husband doesn’t always see me looking like a slob (4/17/15)
  4. wash face every day and stop using disposable cleaning cloths (used up the last of the disposable cloths, replaced with a stack of colorful washcloths 1/27/15)
  5.  Pay off student loan (12/15)
  6. Budget for Vermont trip (taken and paid off May 2015)
  7. stay strong- do not chop off hair
  8. Take puppy to training and help her graduate (4/27/15. She also finished her second class in September.)
  9. Stick with therapy until I feel confident (7/27/15)

Work and Blog (31- 34):

  1. get blog posts on a dependable schedule (1/18/15- posting every day at 7:00 EST, by 11:00 EST on Wednesdays)
  2. After getting on a schedule, I abandoned the blog. Decided that pressuring myself would make for a bad blog. I’m now  trying to do once a week. 
  3. build blog to 500 followers
  4. Meet annual work goals

Does anyone else want to join me, Alex, and Chloe?

Jillian

The Evolution of My Bangs

Jillian's Zoe bangs

Why is it that getting bangs is usually due to miscommunication or some sort of personal crisis where you end up taking scissors to your own hair? It’s such a small part of your hair, but causes so much drama. My sister and I actually get dread in our souls when the other texts “I have bangs”. It’s usually the kind of statement that comes before the unveiling of some huge crisis.

Anyway… this is the first sort. I went in to my hairdresser with long, side-swept bangs. This is the same hairdresser that initially cut said bangs. I don’t usually let her cut my hair, because I’m trying to grow it out (she just does a tiny trim). She asked if she should trim my bangs and I (with hesitation) said “sure”. The next thing I know, I have the bangs to the left. Adorable Zooey Deschanel bangs. Probably too adorable for my round face, and so not what I came in with.

My biggest issue with bangs is I get all inspired to style them once, and after that it’s just over. On the left below you have the bangs I went in with. On the right you have the way I have worn my bangs almost every day since the bang trim. I’m just so lazy! I don’t know why. The dry shampoo helps a lot, but if I don’t style them the first day, they have to be up until the next wash for sure.

Jillian's side bangs Jillian's bangs pinned back

Does anyone else feel my pain? Or have super cute bangs that they can tell me how to achieve? Which look do you think is best?

Jillian