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#OOTD Casual Casual

Hallooo!  I’m back and ready to write my little heart out.  I’ve recently been having some dental issues which stemmed from an event that occurred about 15 years ago, when I was 10 years old. **eyeroll**

I chipped my pearly white front tooth (lucky me) and I’ve been exploring the cosmetic dental abyss ever since 🙂

Recently, the said chipped tooth had been causing me SO MUCH pain, and finally I learned, after multiple visits to my dentist, that after tooth trauma the nerve typically takes 10-15 years to die.  Well my card was pulled, so here I am with a set of new crowns on my front teeth.  My bill was not cute either.

Anyhow enough about that annoyance and onto a subject I love to discuss.  Clothes, fashion, style, what-have-you.  Without further ado please see the look I styled below and my commentary:

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Ugh, this look is just so juicy.  I really don’t know how else to describe it.  It’s like fresh warm towels directly out of the dryer.  Don’t you just want to curl up and take a nap in its coziness?  I do.  The t-shirt is effortless while the jeans and shoes paired together are comfy and familiar, something you’ve worn a million times but can’t get over.  The watch is simple yet elegant and the fragrances are called “Clean, Warm Woods” and “Clean, Fresh Laundry,” need I say more?

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The t-shirt came from Plato’s Closet, one of my favorite places to scavenge for cool finds.  I’m certain it was no more than $7.

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The watch is Skagen brand.  I now own 2 Skagen watches – they are extremely simple and exude practicality.

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Last, but not least are the fragrances.  These scents are incredibly versatile, and good for everyday wear.  They are layer-able, but I do find they wear off midday, which may be a no-go for some, but I could care less.  I feel fragrances are most effective in the morning anyway – to provide a clean, fresh ready-for-the-day feeling.

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by little corner of the internet – have a wonderful rest of your week 🙂

 

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#Beautyblog Bath Essentials

It’s meeeeee again!

I hope you’re having the most wonderful Saturday there ever was, and if you’re not please read on to indulge in a little piece of bath-time heaven.  Yes, I take baths; don’t judge me.

If you don’t already have ALL of these products, then I highly recommend you purchase them or, at the very least, check them out, as they are my favorites.

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First and foremost the “Erase Your Face” reusable makeup removing towelette.  Can I just say, the moment I tried this I knew that I could never be without this product again.  It. was. lifechanging.  The soft furry towel literally removes even the most stubborn mascara/eyeliner combos, no cleansing products necessary.  (Yes, you read that right, you do not need a face cleanser, just water and the towel.)

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The second product I need to share with you is the Soap & Glory Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel.  I am an absolute sucker for anything with a unique smell, and I have never smelled anything quite like this.  De-lic-ious.  The silky, creamy texture allows for smooth application, and it also has an amazing lather.  Take little trip to Ulta (I know I don’t have to twist any arms there) and smell this product for yourself; you won’t regret it.

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Razors, who doesn’t use razors?  I order mine from Dollar Shave Club; $3 every other month.  You cannot go wrong with this steal, and you’ll never find yourself without a fresh razor.

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The newest and most beloved member of my bath-time product fam is my natural sponge.  I must say that I’ve never really been a loufa fan, they get gross, slimy, and moldy when left in the shower for too long.  I’ve also found that they take forever to dry properly.  Enter, the natural sponge: first of all, it’s natural, so there is no faux about it.  Second, it dries like a dream and distributes product the same.  I love it and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon!  Ditch the old smelly loufa and invest in a natural sponge.

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Pricing and Product Info:

Erase Your Face make-up towelette $9.99 for 4 pack can be found here

Soap & Glory Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, $10, can be found here

You can sign up for the Dollar Shave Club here and choose whichever plan suites your needs; I have the $3 for 5 blades every other month

Natural Sponge can be found here for $11

 

 

 

 

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Taking it Personally

Recently I’ve been finding myself taking so many things personally.  Some prime examples include the success of other people and someone requesting me to complete tasks that do not benefit me.

Having written those down and taking the time to read them back to myself, I feel incredibly child-ish and ridiculous.  Does taking things personally inadvertently display one’s level of self-love?

Breaking down the phrase “taking it personally” always leads me back to pride.  In the occurrence that someone is gaining more success or is more successful, I find myself thinking about how disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to achieve that level and about how I could do much better, given the situation.

That leads me to getting rid of this so-called “pride;” I can imagine the only way to rid yourself of it, or suppress it, is to look at these situations in a different light.  To examine them in a way one wouldn’t normally.  In the example of success, what if said person’s success created a success path for others or myself?  Is it prideful for me to think like that?  If so, how should I be providing enlightenment to this situation?

And finally, conclusively, do those with the most self-love have the smallest “pride?”  Should we not possess pride at all or should it be reserved for appropriate moments?

Have I missed the mark completely?

Please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#BeautyBlog – My Day-time Skincare Routine

I’m so excited to create this post.  I am in love with skincare, and experimenting; that might even be an understatement.

First: Coffee.  Don’t mind my ruined British Virgin Islands mug, D put it in the dishwasher -.- that’s a story for another time though.

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Day-time Products Include:

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Osmosis Brand “DIM” Supplement $25-$26 – Mine happens to be Osmosis brand, but DIM stands for diindolylmethane.  I’ll stick to calling it DIM for sanity purposes.  Anyhow this ingestable tablet is taken once or twice per day and is composed of cruciferous veggies (green veggies: broccoli, brussel sprouts, and all of the other good ones I don’t eat regularly enough).  In my experiences it has effectively helped clear my acne, especially that around my chin and nose.  My bottle is completely empty and I need to order more; when I do, I believe I’ll be purchasing a brand from Amazon to save some coin.  If this supplement interests you and you would like to know more, please read here: http://blog.healthybynaturehwc.com/a-super-supplement-for-hormone-balance-dim/

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Osmosis brand “Calm” Vitamin A Serum $78 – I’m honestly thinking of dropping this off of my routine.  It’s supposed to promote cell turnover in the skin and prevent dryness and dullness, but honestly the only difference I’ve been seeing is more acne.  It applies a little thick and eggy for my taste, and it’s just an all around under-performer.  I’ll probably be finishing that one up soon, and will not repurchase.  My esthetician urges patience, but for me, if I don’t see changes in a month, we’re done with that.  Here’s an up close:

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Osmosis Brand “Clear” Activating Mist $26:  This mist is supposed to be mixed with the calm serum, to dilute it a bit, so it is easier to apply.  It is called “Harmonized Water” whatever that means.  I’m pretty certain it’s just distilled water; which isn’t a bad thing to apply to your skin but I’m sure distilled water can be found anywhere at a much cheaper price point than 26 buckaroos for 3.4 fluid ounces. (I’m not even going to bother with an up close of this one)

LAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Sunscreen

Osmosis Brand “Protect” SPF 30 – $30 for 1 fluid oz: This product is made of zinc oxide, a physical sun barrier, rather than chemical.  I love the smell of it, it smells like coconuts and a tropical island.  It is a little thick, but overall I really have no complaints.  If you would like to read more on physical skincare barriers vs. chemical, check here: https://www.tatcha.com/tatcha-institute/ingredients-in-sunscreen-chemical-vs-physical-sunscreen/

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A summary of how I feel about my current skin condition:  When I first began using Osmosis products I was SO impressed by the way they made my skin look and feel: glowy, hydrated but not greasy, and most importantly, NO BREAKOUTS.  After a while those conditions slowly declined, until I was back to square one.  To be fair, I was using a handfull of different products back then, but I think I’m over the brand, and I’m interested in trying some new items.

One particular product I’m looking to try: Chanel UV Essentiel – $55 for 1 fl oz

I had a random sample of this, likely from Sephora, it literally lasted me days.  I loved the smell, the ease in which it blended, and most importantly it didn’t make make my skin oily.  There is nothing I despise more in a product than oil promotion; I’m certain most can relate to that.

If you have any products I should try or any reviews of the products I mentioned above, please leave comments below!

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Breakfast for One Please! (With Oven Bacon)

I love to cook; I cook every single day, no fail.  One of my favorite, basic meals to make is Saturday morning breakfast.  Sometimes I go out on a limb and compose a fancy French quiche, while other times I like to stick to the basics.

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If you’re looking for an easy, super delicious, Saturday morning breakfast walk-through, keep reading.

First I have to clean my kitchen, my least favorite, but very necessary step (gross):

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Okay, finally that’s done.

Let’s start with the ingredient that takes the most time to prepare, bacon.  Who doesn’t like bacon?  I’ll save my ranting and raving description of bacon, as I’m certain you’ve heard just about every one there is already.  In my opinion, bacon is easiest to prepare in the oven.  If you haven’t yet made Oven Bacon, you’ve been wasting time, energy, and pain (of being splattered with grease in the face, possibly even in the eyeball).

(Please, please, if you haven’t tried this yet, do yourself a favor and try just once for me – let me know how it goes, and if you’ll ever be using a pan to make bacon again.)

Ok, let’s get on with it.  Preheat your oven to 400-425 (depending on how impatient you are) Put your tin foil down on a rimmed baking sheet – I usually do a double layer so none of the grease drips down to the pan, as I’m lazy and aim to do as little cleaning as possible.  Next put those beautiful strips down on the shiny, and bake until it reaches the doneness you prefer.  I prefer medium and it usually takes about 10 minutes or so, I think:

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Here is the finished product:

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Now, don’t judge me, but I prefer a nice white processed bread – Wonder Bread.  Get that beautiful square in the toaster.  I would write a tutorial on that too, but if you don’t know how to make toast, then I don’t know what to tell you, sorry.

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Onto the main event: the over-easy egg, not sunny side up, not over medium (who came up with that term anyways, people are way too extra) OVER-EASY, that’s all you get!  So originally I put some butter down in the medium heat pan but that burned before I could take a picture, cool right?  THEN I decided to be a woman about it and put down some of that bacon grease leftover from my Oven Bacon – just right.

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Crack that egg in, salt pepper to your desired level:

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Now here is the challenge with over-easy eggs: getting the whites nearest the yoke cooked so they’re not runny, while keeping the yoke itself runny.  Sounds like a PITA, right?  Well, it is, and it takes some practice and skill, so don’t get frustrated with yourself if it doesn’t work for you every time.  Observe the picture above, that egg is not ready to turn, your egg is ready when that center light-yellow portion blends better with the whites around it.  Once it’s slightly blended, TURN THAT BABY.  When you turn it, you HAVE to commit.  Loosen the egg from the pan by maneuvering your spatula beneath, allowing for a smoother separation.  Once loosened slide your spatula beneath the yoke portion, ensuring the yoke is completely on the spatula, and FLIP!  Salt, pepper side 2, and leave it cook for about 1 to 1.5 minutes.  Slide your spatula underneath the yoke, once more and lift the egg from the pan and onto your plate!

Make your plate, and make it cute.  Don’t mess around when it comes to plating, even when you’re alone you should make your plate irresistible, here’s mine:

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Rustic, but still OMNOM-able.

I’ll just sign off with that last picture – have a great Saturday!