Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Packing For South Africa!!

"We travel not to escape life, but so that life does not escape us."

Well as you can tell by the title of this post, I'm headed to South Africa. Cape Town to be exact! I'm leaving in about 2 weeks, so I've already began packing. This trip is based around my international community health nursing class in which I will be receiving 6 credit hours from my University. I've traveled abroad many times, and its always been with family. This is my first trip with a group, so I'm definitely excited and a little nervous, as you can imagine. Upon arrival to Cape Town we will be staying with our host family in a bed and breakfast. Throughout my time there I, along with my instructor and other nursing students, will be working with different health care agencies, and a group called extreme response. Together we will perform health teaching for healthcare workers, in the community we’ll do door-to-door education and also conduct a health fair in a few of the townships. One township we will be working with in particular is called Masiphumelele or Masi for short. This is located in the southern part of the Cape Town peninsula. 

 All together including layovers this is going to be a 28 hour flight. So what did I pack in my carry on for such a long flight? Find out below in the WIMB: Travel Edition video. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram to follow my journey through South Africa!

Thank you to all my family and friends that helped make this trip possible.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ulta: Urban Decay Haul

Hi beauty lovers! So today I'm going to discuss the all so popular makeup brand, Urban Decay! I went to Ulta while on vacation and racked up on so many amazing products. I'll be discussing everything I purchased, & giving you my honest thoughts & opinions! So I hope you enjoy. I also have a video posted with my thoughts as well as swatches! 

So the first thing I want to talk about is the star of the show, the Urban Decay Electric Palette! This palette is not for the faint of heart! This palette contains 10 of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever seen. If you love bold eyes that stand out, then this is the palette for you, & it also comes with a double-ended eyeshadow brush! 
These 10 shades have a velvety texture that glides on smoothly and range from mattes to highly dimensional shimmers. The color payout for every color is amazing. Each color is highly pigmented, which gives you the intense look you may be going for. While using the brush, I noticed there is fallout when applying; so if you dampen the brush that helps decrease the fallout, & applying the colors with your finger works great also. This is my first palette with colors such as these, and I definitely believe the price was well worth it! 

Next up is the Revolution High-Color Lipgloss. I purchased 4 of these babies in the colors Bittersweet, Vice, Savage, & Big Bang. There are 14 different note-worthy shades that have either a creamy high gloss finish or a sparkle, shimmer finish. I love the slim line shape of the tube and the high-coverage, ultra-pigmented formula. These glosses are EVERYTHING! They look amazing on your lips and the pigmentation is intense enough to give you the color you desire without being over the top! It never fails that when I'm wearing any of these, I get so many compliments! Hands down these are my favorite go-to glosses!
Left to Right: Bittersweet, Vice, Savage, & Big Bang
(With Flash/Without Flash)

Another item I purchased was the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, I decided to get the small travel-size since it was only $12. This is a beauty product that quite literally speaks for itself, if you've heard of it, you probably already know how great it is - if you haven't, where have you been?! This primer helps your eye shadow apply more smoothly while keeping your colors vibrant and crease-free for up to 24 hours. The packaging has been revamped, & now includes an applicator for even more versatility. I used this in combination with the electric palette, & my shadow looked great all day! I love how this primer glides on smoothly, and fills in any imperfections on the skin’s surface. 
This primer comes in 4 shades; Original, Anti-Aging, Eden & Minor Sin. I chose to purchase the original shade because I didn't want anything tinted. This formula blends beautifully on all skin tones and dries invisibly, it's very easy on the eyes and the packaging is very appealing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For The Love of Colourpop!

ColourPop is a fastly growing, amazing cosmetic company based in Los Angeles AKA the City of Angels.The quality and care that Colourpop has for their products and customers is what keeps me buying from them. Not only do they have top quality products that are after the latest, greatest trends but they are at prices you can afford! $5 will get you the best lipsticks, or lippie stix as they are named, that can weigh up to some of there higher end counterparts. The wet, creamy, texture of the eye shadows and highlighters is something that you have to feel to believe. They apply perfectly with your finger and are super rich and pigmented. My video below details the 6 items I purchased in my very 1st Colourpop order! Please like, comment, and subscribe if you enjoyed! 
PS. They are 100% fur baby friendly, bunny approved, and only tested on humans (it's makeup, so it should only be tested on humans right!).

The 6 items I purchased from Colourpop, with the prices. 

Highlighters: Avalon & Most Necessary-$8.00

Lippie Stix & matching Lippie Pencil: Tootsi & Pitch-$5.00 (ind.)

Milani Cosmetic Haul!

Hi! Ok, so I'm sure many of you have heard of Milani CosmeticsMilani is a cosmetic and beauty company that has everything from face makeup, lipstick, to nail color. These products are found usually within your local drugstores and they are great for every skin type and tone. I recently went to my local drug store and purchased a number of their products. I'm going to talk about what I purchased, give my honest opinion of them and also give some swatches. Enjoy!

The four lipsticks I purchased were Orange-Gina, Naturally Chic, Teddy Bare, & Violet Volt. You can see these below swatched on my skin. 

Here is the look I created using my Nars sheer glow foundation with the Milani foil eyeshadow palette, the runway lashes mascara, and teddy bare lipstick. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10

Hi everyone!! My post today is to share with you 10 beauty items that are under $10. Now you may be thinking, how are products under $10 all that good. Well, this post proves that price isn’t everything! I know a lot of people are becoming budget friendly, so these 10 products under $10 won’t affect your bank account at all. These 10 items are products that I do own and use so I can tell you that they are definitely worth checking out! I hope you enjoy! (Products listed in no particular order). If you'd rather watch me talk about the products, the youtube video is below!

LIPS: These are 3 lipsticks that are under $10. My ultimate favorite is Teddy Bare by Milani. This is the perfect nude color for any skin tone! 
Violet Volt
Violet Volt-$5.99 Milani Color Statement Lipstick

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Wine & Forever-$7.00  Maybelline SuperStay 14hr