Life: Ins and Outs

Another new weeks means another Ins and Outs post!

Ins:

Himalayan Salt Lamp – There is just something so calming about salt lamps.  They’re supposed to have healing type properties where it calms/relaxes you, pulls out the humidity in the air which can help with your health, and can aid with headaches.  I get headaches so frequently, that really that is why I turn to salt lamps.  I truly feel that they make a difference, and I know that I feel different when I have one on.

Game of Thrones/Audible – Audible has had my heart this week! I purchased Game of Thrones as the first book I’m listening to in Audible, and let me say… it was difficult for me at first.  When I first started listening to this book (almost 2 years ago… no joke), I found myself disinterested in the concept of listening to a book… and listening to a book like Game of Thrones that shifts from character perspective to character perspective. That said, the past few weeks I have gravitated back towards Audible and have fallen in love with Game of Thrones! I listen to it in my car, on breaks at work… it’s just totally sucked me in.

Timeless, tv show on NBC – I have had this on my watch-list on Hulu since it first came out, and I just never found the time to start it… until this week.  I had a snow day one day this week, so I took the opportunity to start the series, and oh my goodness… it is an amazing show! It was so interesting and so refreshing, I watched the entire first season in two days.  I definitely fell in love with the main character Lucy, she is seriously one of my favorite tv characters of all time.  She is strong, determined, fearless even when she is terrified… I just love her.  I really hope this is a show that is picked up for a second season, which it has yet to be picked up.  If you haven’t watched it… watch it!

 

Outs:

Fresh Lip Balms – I want to love these, I want to be able to use them… but I just feel like they dry my lips out.  Not only that, I can’t do the taste/flavor that is put into them.  It breaks my heart to even say all of that because I love the Fresh line, LOVE.  But not the lip balms…

Acne – Yes, I still get acne… no I’m not a teenager, and it just sucks!

 

Those are my ins and outs, I know the outs is a little lacking but I don’t think thats a bad thing! Until next time.. I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!

 

Ashley

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Life: Ins and Outs

With another week down, I present to you another Ins and Outs!

Ins:

Audible – I have been a member of Audible for almost a year now, and in that time I have never fully utilized the service.  I’ve downloaded a ton of books, but I just haven’t found myself drawn to listening to books as I would much rather read a book… until this week.  I started listening to Audible this week during lunch and I’m obsessed! Right now I’m listening to Game of Thrones, which is intimidating to listen to, but I love it! It took me a long time to get into the story because of the shifting view points, but so far I’m loving it.

Tea – I love tea… I love coffee… really I just love warm beverages, but this week tea has captured my heart! I’ve really been gravitating towards a earl grey black tea that I picked up from a local bed and breakfast, so delicious!! Perfect for a morning coffee substitute or an afternoon treat.

McVities Milk Chocolate Biscuits – A coworker of mine brought these into work this past week and I’m obsessed! They’re an English biscuit, or cookie, that taste kind of like an animal cracker/graham cracker, and have a chocolate coating on top.  I have never had anything like them, nor did I know such a thing existed, but I’ve fallen into serious “like” with them!

 

Outs:

Weddings – I like weddings as much as the next person… and I like being a part of weddings as much as the next person….. I’ll just leave it at that.

Girl Scout Cookies – Not because girl scout cookies are awful or anything like that, but mostly because they suck you in and then you realize that you literally bought a years worth of cookies.

 

Alright, I think that about sums up my ins and outs for this week! I hope you all had a wonderful week… Until next time!

Ashley

 

Life: Ins and Outs

A few years ago a blog I really enjoyed reading started an In and Out type post that recapped things that were in and out for their life.  For example, in- chocolate, out-school.  Obviously awful examples because, well, duh… chocolate is amazing and school is not!

Anyways…. I thought I would try my hand at this style and see if it suits my ideas for this blog! So, to start:

Ins:

Reading – I seriously forgot how much I love to read!! I’ve spent the last 8 years faithfully and 100% devoted to college, which means I had pretty much zero time for reading for pleasure.  Now that I am officially done with school (forever) I have had more time to grab a book and just get lost in it.  Knowing I would have more time on my hands this year I set a Goodreads goal of 52 books this year, or a book a week, and set out to read some books that have been collecting dust on my shelves for years! I am so glad I made this challenge for myself, because I’ve reminded myself how important reading is to me.  There is just something about being able to pick up a book and transport yourself to a whole other realm, world, and plot.  I love it. The book I read last week has been my favorite book I’ve read thus far and I have already ordered the sequel!

Lattes – If you read my January Favorites post than you know that I have become obsessed with the milk frother I purchased, and I don’t see that obsession going anywhere any time soon! I just love it… coffee lattes, tea lattes… I love them both! I’ve been drinking tea a lot more recently, so it has just been a nice treat to turn it into a latte.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Line – I seriously wish I could just live in a cloud of the Eucalyptus Spearmint line… it is that amazing! I’ve been battling a migraine this last week, and for me this line really helps.  The scent truly is a comfort zone for me, where it can immediately just put me at ease. I can’t say enough good things about this line, it’s my favorite!

 

Outs:

Mascara…no, makeup really – I LOVE LOVE LOVE makeup and beauty, but this past week I have found myself really disliking all of my products and have had trouble using many of them.  Mascara for instance, no matter what I use (drug store or high-end, or drug store layered under high-end, or high-end layered over high-end) my mascara looks awful! I’m pretty sure every morning I’ve had the urge to wash my face after getting done with my makeup, and if I didn’t have to go to work, I probably would have! I’m just going through a phase, but I hope it passes soon… there is nothing worse than just feeling uncomfortable all day long.

Football – For obvious reasons! I’m a HUGE football fan, and now that the season is over I just don’t know what to do with myself! I’ll be counting down the days until pre-season starts… and watching baseball and basketball in the meantime.  Now if only my region had some contenders…..

Migraines – I’m prone to headaches, and for as long as I can remember I’ve suffered through migraines pretty regularly.  I used to get a migraine every single day when I was a kid, but I overcame that and would only get them occasionally up until a few years ago.  Now it seems that a few times a month I’m suffering through so form of a headache… they suck.

Those are my ins and outs for the week! I hope you all had a wonderful week… until next time!

 

Ashley

Beauty/Life: January Favorites

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With the start of a new year I’ve decided to try my hand at a blog full of things I love, beauty, books and life! To start it all off, January favorites! *Insert cliche, I can’t believe it’s February, January flew by!*…. but seriously, January flew by!!

Based on the picture I obviously did not have a lot of favorites in January, and honestly it’s because I tend to use the same products every single day.  Not all of those products are favorites, most of them are things I have been using to get rid of them, or I just use them without thinking.  However… I tried to branch out a little and found myself falling in love with these babies!

First, the Ulta Beauty Rose Gold palette, I’ve had this for years and I used it a lot when I first got it, but as ironic as it sounds, I stopped using it for that reason.  I didn’t want to use it so fast that I hit pan right away, weird right?  So it’s just been sitting in my collection, hanging out… until this month. I pulled it out on a whim and absolutely fell back in love with the colors and the make up brush (not pictured obviously).  I use it to create a semi-smokey eye using the color sweetheart (the second color from the right) and dessert (right next to sweetheart), and it comes out so beautiful and soft.  I just love it! I highly recommend it, you can pick it up at Ulta for $20.  They also have a matte and a gold palette similar to this one.

Next is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in the color black.  I used to use eyeliner everyday but over the last few years I actually stopped lining my eyes and only tight lined them.  This was a product I picked up in a Sephora’s Favorite collection and thought I would give it a try.  It is honestly so pigmented and applies so amazing! I don’t do a wing or anything, I really just use it to enhance my lash line, but it is so beautiful, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to try it.  I got mine through Sephoras, so you can pick this beauty up at there for $22 in a few colors, including black.

Next is the Revlon Ultimate-All-in-One Mascara in Blackest Black.  I tend to use two different mascaras, one for top lashes and one for bottom lashes, and this is the one I’ve been using on the bottom.  That little brush is just perfect for the bottom lashes, it separates and targets each lash individually, I just love it! I have used it on the top lashes as well and I felt that it really lengthened them, which I loved as well.  I don’t use it regularly for the top, but it is definitely a favorite for the bottom lashes.  I picked mine up at Target for around $7 or maybe $8, and this particular range has several other types of mascaras to choose from.

Next is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone.  I’ve always loved this highlighter, and only pushed it aside to use up another product.  I pulled it out in January to mix it up a little bit and I couldn’t put it down! These highlighters look so beautiful on the skin, they make you look like you’re glowing versus an actual pop of glow/sheen.  I love it and will continue to repurchase Becca highlighters.  I purchased mine at Sephoras for $38, again they have other colors that you can pick up that are equally amazing but Moonstone has been my favorite this month.

Last in the beauty category is the Dior Creme de Rose Soothing Plumping Lip Balm. This was another product that I loved when I first got it but to avoid using it all up I put it away.  I can’t even describe how wonderful this lip balm is, it is so creamy and it feels amazing on your lips.  I don’t notice any plumping, but it makes my lips feel smooth and hydrated, it’s honestly hard to describe how amazing this lip balm really is.  It is really pricey, but it’s a luxury I recommend if you’re ever looking to pamper yourself! I picked mine up at Sephoras for $30 — I did hear that this was a product being discontinued, but it has remained at Sephoras so I’m not sure how true that is.

First up in lifestyle/fashion are the Le Specs The Prince Aviators in Matte Black.  I first saw these sunglasses on a Kristina Braly YouTube vlog (which if you have never watched her, you should, she’s amazing and a January favorite as well!) and fell in love with them! They not only look amazing but they are so comfortable to wear, they go great with any outfit, and to be honest I feel like a total badass wearing them! I purchased these from Amazon for $89.

Last in this picture is the Mind Reader Milk Frother.  I have been obsessed with making my own lattes at home and it is all because of this tool! Normally when I make coffee at home I use some kind of creamer, but with this baby I don’t feel the need to use creamers or really even sugar.  I just froth some milk and use a little bit of sugar, and I get the perfect at home latte.  I’m obsessed, and I think any coffee or tea lovers should get this! I purchased mine from Target for $6.99.

I hope I was able to do these products justice, because they were honestly amazing for me in the month of January.  These favorites also reminded me to branch out a little and try new things, or re-try old products, which I think is the fun part of makeup/beauty. Hopefully next month I will have even more amazing finds to share!

Ashley