Get Ready With Me – Wearable Fall Makeup

I know everyone has been posting dark, dramatic makeup looks for fall (myself included), but I understand that the style isn’t for everyone. I wanted to create a more muted, everyday look with neutral colors that everyone can wear! Here is the look I created!

What I’m Wearing:

NYX Angel Veil Primer

BareMinerals BarePro Foundation in Aspen

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair

RCMA No Color Powder

Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Taupe

Benefit Hula bronzer

Wet n Wild Blush in Mellow Wine

ColourPop Highlight in Smokin’ Whistles

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

NYC Liquid Liner

Marc Jacobs Liner Pencil

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in Spicy Blush

Mario Badescu Facia Spray with Aloe, herbs, and Rosewater

Meet Mila | Puppy Update

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Guess what? We got a puppy! Her name is Mila and she is around 6 months old. She is a mix between a black lab and a chow, although we mostly see the black lab in her.

We got her 7 weeks ago from a woman on Facebook who was giving her away. Actually, we got her on the first day of school, so that was very stressful for me – new kindergarteners and a new puppy all on the same day!

We started working on training her right away, since she was so young. her previous owners must have worked a little bit with her because she was house-trained fairly easily. She has also mastered sit and shake and goes right in her crate when it’s mealtime.

Speaking of mealtime she eats a cup of food twice a day (with lots of treats in between). We have been giving her the “I and love and you” dog food which you can find here. We like switching up the flavors when we buy a new bag, but she seems to love it all.

Thankfully, Mila has always slept through the night while she’s been with us. She enjoys sleeping at the end of the bed and occasionally she will be a little cuddly.

I also filmed a video for my YouTube channel so make sure you check that out! It includes a little more information on her including a vet update. I hope to be doing more updates on her as she grows!

Moscow Mule Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing drink? Look no further than the Moscow mule! I love making these on warm days, and I also love the cute cups they come in. Here’s how to make your own version of this popular drink at home!

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Here are all the ingredients you will need (chair and flowers optional, but a definite plus).

  • cup of ice
  • 1 ginger beer (these come in different flavors and I enjoy the raspberry ginger one)
  • 1/2 shot of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 or 2 slices of lime

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I fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full of ice and then pour in a whole ginger beer. I’ll leave links to all these products at the end.

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Next, I pour in the vodka. I’m not quite sure why this needs to be included, but all the recipes I’ve ever looked at had it in there, so I figured why not?! I added about half a shot, but I didn’t really measure it, just a guess and pour.

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The lime juice comes next and again, I didn’t really measure it, but it was about a tablespoon. You can add more or less depending on how much you like the taste of lime. I’m not a huge fan, but this didn’t make the lime taste overwhelming.

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For the finishing touch, I added a lime to the drink and as a decoration on the outside. Once I get towards the end of my drink, I like to squeeze one of these to add to the flavor.

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Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your drink! Let me know if you make Moscow mules with a different variation, I’m always looking to try something new!

How I Unwind

Making time to relax and unwind is important for everyone. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I have lots of time to relax, but it is also important to make time for this when work and life is crazy!

I’ve compiled a list of ideas and things that I do to relax. I’ve tried to include things from all seasons, but a lot of my ideas are still summer and good-weather related. Please use these ideas for yourself!

While I love working on my blog and getting myself prepared for school, I find that because I am working from home, I can’t leave my place of work and separate myself from it. Because of this, I have decided that my “work day” ends around 4:00 pm. I shut off my computer, check my email less, and sit and relax on the couch. I strongly recommend picking a time to be done with work if you also work from home. There are a number of activities that I then choose from to help myself relax and unwind!

  • Read a book – I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series, and yes its just as good the hundredth time.
  • Watch a movie – since movies are longer than tv shows, I prefer this when I am relaxing, but a tv show would suffice!
  • Watch your favorite YouTubers – especially check out my channel!
  • Have a glass of wine – chilled white wine is especially perfect for summer.
  • Sit outside on your lawn or porch – put your feet up and just enjoy!
  • Use a face mask – do this while reading outside!
  • Draw or color – I love the adult coloring books.
  • Write in a journal – I especially like to make “done” lists, things I’ve accomplished that day.
  • Take a walk – I am dog sitting right now and I find it so relaxing to just walk around with him for a while.
  • Take a shower or bath – a bath is clearly ideal but I only have a shower in my apartment.
  • Listen to music – even if you wouldn’t consider it relaxing music.

Of course, there are lots of different ways for different people to relax and this is just a short list of ideas. Please leave more in the comments so everyone can relax and unwind!

Outdoor Date Ideas

I know you don’t want to think about it, but before you know it, all the warm weather will be gone. I know, so sad! This is a list of 25 date ideas that will get you and your date outside to enjoy those last few wonderful days of summer.

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  • Take a drive in the car with the windows down and the music blasting.
  • Go on a picnic.
  • Have a bonfire (and don’t forget to roast s’mores).
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  • Play mini golf.
  • Take a hike!
  • Go to a happy hour outside.
  • Bike on a bike trail.
  • Go out for ice cream.
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  • Go someplace you’ve never been in your town and explore.
  • Play water games (water balloons, squirt guns, slip n slide)
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Find out if your local park has any evening activities such as a local band playing.
  • Eat from a food truck.
  • Go to the movies at a drive-in.
  • Plant a garden (and continue to keep it alive).
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  • Watch the sunrise.
  • Watch the sunset.
  • Go boating.
  • Get out the blankets and go stargazing.
  • Play outdoor games (cornhole, frisbee kan jam).
  • Go explore a farmer’s market.
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  • Go to a local baseball team’s game.
  • Camp in your own backyard!
  • Go berry picking.
  • Draw with chalk on your sidewalk or driveway.
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I’m always looking for more ideas for my boyfriend and I to do. I am home alone by myself all day so I love planning fun date activities for the evening. What are your date ideas?

 

Makeup Revolution Review

When I saw the Makeup Revolution display in Ulta, I thought it was a joke. Seriously, every one of their products looks like a dupe of a popular high-end product. Of course I had to try some out, especially if they really were good dupes!

Makeup Revolution products range from $2-$18 and they are cruelty free. They had a display about the same size as Physician’s Formula in Ulta. I picked up an eye shadow palette, a contour palette, a blush palette, and a lip pencil/liquid lip combination. I’ve tried all of these products a few times.

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Going in order of how I put these products on my face, I’m going to start with the Pro HD Powder Contour Palette. Depending on your skin shade and tone this has 4 contours and 4 highlights. So far, I have used the banana shade in the right corner to set my under eyes, the second contour from the left, and the white shade as a highlight on my cheekbones. This palette is $18, so this is one of the more expensive products from Makeup Revolution.

I’ve been enjoying the banana shade for under my eyes. It sets my concealer nicely, but it doesn’t add much brightness. I like the contour shade I use, but I think it is a bit light for me. The darker shade is too dark. The highlight adds a subtle sheen. Overall, I think this is a good beginner’s contour palette and it is especially good for those with very fair skin. They also sell a palette known as “light medium” for darker skin tones.

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This blush palette was the product that originally drew me to the Makeup Revolution display. I loved the 8 pink, swirly blush shades. This is the Blush Queen Blush Palette and it retails for $10.

Unfortunately, this is my least favorite of all the Makeup Revolution products that I bought. Once you swirl a brush around in a pan, or use your finger for a swatch, the swirl decoration comes right off the top. You are left with a very shiny version of the color underneath. Not only are these all shimmery blushes, but they are also very similar in color to each other. So much so that I can’t tell the difference between them when I put them on my cheeks. I would not repurchase this palette and am interested if all of their blushes in the other palettes are as shimmery.

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This is an eye shadow palette called the Golden Bar Palette. If you own anything from Too Faced I’m sure you can see where the inspiration came for this product and packaging. This palette has 16 shades and they are all shimmery or satin finishes. This palette is $15.

I actually really love this palette! I was worried because all of the shades look too shimmery to be able to do a whole eye makeup look with it, but I have found that once you get the top layer off, some of the brown shades are matte enough to be used in the crease. It may look like a lot of gold shimmery shades, but can you ever really have enough gold eye shadow?! I didn’t think so either. I would definitely recommend this product, especially someone looking for a good eye shadow palette on a budget.

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This lip pencil and liquid lip come together as a lip kit, and the box they come in looks suspiciously like a certain celebrity’s brand of lip kits. This is the Reto Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Reign and it is $9.

I really like this product, except that the lip pencil doesn’t turn up. All the product you see at the tip there is what you get. It’s very creamy and will not last nearly as long as the liquid lip. The liquid lip is a comfortable matte formula. It stays on well all day, but it is transferable. It reminds me of the NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks in formula. The color that I got is a nice neutral pink.

After using all the products that I bought, I am very excited to go out and try lots more of their products. As you can tell from my review, some of the “dupe” products are not worth it, but I do think the formulas are good for a drugstore brand. Let me know if you have tried any makeup Revolution products!

Favorite Face Masks

Face masks are some of the most luxurious and pampering products. I love treating myself to a face mask, a glass of wine, and a good book. I own six different face masks that I interchangeably use when I feel that my skin needs something (like hydration or pore filling). I briefly touched on how face masks are part of my skin care routine in another blog post and video!

I love all the masks that I use and would re-purchase all of them. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to give a review of each of the face masks I own and link to them so you can buy them if it appeals to you!

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The first mask I bought was the Origins Clear Improvement mask. This is an “active charcoal mask to clear pores.” This mask is $27 and I purchased mine at Sephora. I like to use this mask when I have break-outs, which are usually hormonal. This mask is very drying, though, so I don’t use it more than once a week. This is the only Origins product I have used, but I am tempted to buy more because I love this mask so much!

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After buying that mask, I pretty much became obsessed with masks. L’Oreal came out with 3 different masks and I bought the Purify and Mattify Pure-Clay mask. This is the green mask that they released. This mask is $12.99 and I bought mine at Target, although I have seen this in most drugstores that sell L’Oreal. Like the Origins mask I use this when my skin is breaking out or when my face just feels dirty. Again, I only use this once a week as it can be quite drying.

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Another drugstore mask that I love is the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask. E.l.f. released an entire skincare line dedicated to hydration. I bought mine for $14 at Target. This mask is so fun because once you put it on, it starts foaming and bubbling on your face. It actually tickles a lot! I love the feeling of my skin after using this mask, and since it is hydrating, you could use it as often as you want.

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On the more expensive side, I have 3 Glam Glow masks. I didn’t buy these for myself, my wonderful boyfriend got them for me for Valentine’s day. This mask in the blue bottle is the Thirstymud Hydration Treatment. I love leaving this on for a long time. The longer I leave it on, the softer my skin feels. I have also used this as an over-night mask. It retails for $69, as do the rest of the Glam Glow masks.

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The green mask from Glam Glow is probably my favorite of all of my masks! This is the Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment. I love how Glam Glow just throws all their words together and makes new words! This is a thick mask that has granules that exfoliate when you rub it off. I use this when my skin needs clearing.

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The last mask I have is the Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment from Glam Glow. This is the harshest mask I own. This almost hurts while you have it on, but it really does make your skin feel firmer. It is a very thick formula and has chunks (of something?) in it.

For the most part, I like to apply my face masks with a flat foundation brush that I clean after each use. It makes the coverage more even and I don’t get any face mask product under my fingernails.

What face masks do you use and love? Obviously, I love them and would love more recommendations!

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How I got my Job | Interview Tips

As you probably know from reading my bio or my recent A to Z about me, I am a new-ish kindergarten teacher. I finished my first full year of teaching in June and I’m going to be teaching kindergarten again starting in September.

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I love my job, even though it’s difficult, crazy, and took me a while to finally get. The school that I am working at now was not my first application or interview. I applied to LOTS of schools and I even had interviews at a few of them. I learned a few things along the way of how to present myself during interview, what stands out on a application, and what to expect from the process.

**I teach in NYS and can really only speak for teacher interviews, as that is mostly what i have done.**

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I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things that are important for a teacher during the hiring process/interview. Please feel free to leave even more advice in the comments section!

  1. Know the district and school that you are applying for. You should know if its urban, suburban, or rural. You should know what the surrounding community is like. What programs does the school use? What are the students like? Have you heard any other information about the school? These are all super important things to consider even before you apply for a position. These will help you determine if this is a good fit for you.
  2. Always act professionally, but don’t lose sight of your personality. Acting like a professional goes without saying, but I think it’s also important to put your own personal spin on things. You don’t want to act completely different during the hiring process and then have to keep up the act once you have the job. Also, people are looking for “you.” Everyone can act the same, but we each have special and unique traits that can help during an interview.
  3. Look up interview questions that they may ask you. I could list some common ones, but there are so many websites out there that have lists of potential interview questions. Don’t focus on knowing the answer to every single one, they’re not looking for perfection right away. Just have your basic answers ready.
  4. Bring examples with you. Anybody can get a great idea off of Pinterest, but I am sure you have done something that is uniquely you and would grab the attention of the people interviewing you. If you have it, bring in student work or feedback from a colleague.
  5. Don’t freak out. I know, easier said than done. My advice is to prepare until you feel comfortable and then don’t prepare the night before or the morning of your interview. Do things that you enjoy doing that are relaxing (take a bath for example). If you truly have prepared yourself, cramming right before will only make you more nervous and you might actually come off as unprepared because you’ve gotten yourself so flustered.

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This post was a little different from what I usually write about on this blog. Let me know if you would like to see more of this or not. Please leave your best interview advice in the comments, especially teachers!