Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm Back & Sephora Products

Wow, it's been a while!
I've been M.I.A. because my computer decided to crap out on me and I had to send it away to California to be fixed.
The good news is Apple quoted me a price to fix the screen and they ended up fixing multiple things for that exact price!
I feel like I have a brand new computer.
So shout out to the Anchorage Apple store at 5th Ave...you guys are awesome!
Also, there's a really cute guy that works there so if you see me lurking around the store more than usual...that's why.
Anyways, just a quick little update to let you know what's been going on and then I'll jump into a little overview of some of my favorite products at Sephora so far!

I've still been hitting the gym pretty regularly.
Since September, I've lost almost 20 pounds.
I am still trying to lose about 50 more by this September which means I am clearly behind, but it's still totally doable.
One reason I am really wanting to hit my goal by the end of the year is because my best friend since I was 15 got engaged and I will be her maid of honor!!


I legit stole this pic right off of her Facebook page.
Her soon-to-be sister-in-law took it.
They're in Puerto Rico!

Her fiance told me he was going to propose about a week before and I am so excited for them!
I feel beyond honored to be a part of their special day.
It will be such a fun time and I want to look my best and feel my best as I stand by her side!
Plus, it's in Texas and if I could meet some hot cowboy and move there, I'd be a happy girl. ;)

Now for a few skin products that I have been loving from Sephora!

1. Fresh Seaberry Face Oil

As someone with oily skin, it was hard for me to get on the face oil train, but good oil cuts bad oil and actually helps my skin to be less oily!
I know, crazy and hard to believe.
It's true though.
The creator of this oil was badly burned as a child by a pot of boiling water and he later learned that the doctor used seaberry oil to heal the burns.
Ever since I heard that I have been using this oil on my acne scars, scars on my legs, and some newer blisters that have healed, all in hopes of diminishing their appearance and having more radiant and beautiful skin.
This oil also contains omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9 which softens, improves elasticity, soothes, enhances the skin's healing process...basically it does everything.

2. Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
Yes, another Fresh product.
Love this line!
A lot of people look at the price of this {$85!} and put it back faster than you can say, "I'm not crazy enough to spend that much money on an eye cream, thank you very much!"
I guess they wouldn't be able to say that very fast, but the point is, the price freaks people out.
What a lot of them don't realize is that this is a concentrate, meaning you need a minuscule amount to use on both eyes.
It's perfect for younger people or people who don't have very aged skin because it prevents signs of aging, moisturizes, and firms the eye area.
I don't have dark circles or puffiness under my eyes, but this product is also really great for those.
Since I'm 26, I needed to get in the habit of using an eye cream and this one is amazing.

3. Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment


Again, I may not have wrinkles quite yet, but this product is life changing!
I use this on my clean face before any other products.
It quickly sinks into my skin and provides an intense hydration without an oily or heavy feeling at all.
For someone with wrinkles, this would dramatically smooth and soften them.
I was trained last week by a Kate Somerville representative and she told me this isn't meant to replace your other products, but to enhance them.
My face has been so incredibly soft, hydrated, and glowy lately and I believe it's because of this!

I'll be back to review some more products soon.
These are just a few that came to me off the top of my head because I love them so much!
I am still loving working at Sephora.
Everyone is so awesome and I quickly became part of the group.
It wasn't like other jobs I've had where I felt like an outsider for a long time before I was accepted.
The team is fun and sassy so we get along!
I'm off to bed now, but you will be hearing from me again soon!
XO

Monday, March 24, 2014

First Week of Work at Sephora!

This past week was training for my new job at Sephora!
I had a lot of fun, everyone was super nice, and I played with a lot of products.
What could be better?
Last night I went to a color clinic where some of my coworkers are training to get certified to become makeup artists.
I got to be one of the "models" and this is was the look she came up with.


I loved it!!
The artist wanted to create a sunset eye look.
She used pink, orange, yellow, and a light brown transition shade.
She used a few products I've been wanting to try for a while.
The foundation is Make Up Forever HD Foundation which made my skin look flawless.
I have some acne scars, but for the most part my skin has behaved itself for the past several weeks.
The foundation wasn't cakey at all and I will definitely be purchasing it.
She also used Benefit's Hoola Bronzer which I'd been eyeing for a while.
I'm hesitant with bronzers because I'm so pale.
I don't want to look mudding, orange, or sparkly.
This bronzer was light, yet buildable and looked perfect on my pasty white skin.
The lipstick is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in shade 15.


Just look at that gorgeous packaging!
I hadn't tried these lip shines yet, but seriously fell in love.
It smelled great, the coral color complimented my skin perfectly, and it was super smooth going on!
I will definitely be purchase this and thanking God I have a discount! haha

Also during my first week I got some gratis {complimentary products from my boss}, which I'm so grateful for!
It's awesome to be able to try the products so I will be better equipped to sell them to people.
Here are the items I received:

1} Boscia {pronounced BO-sha} BB Cream Light


This Beauty Balm is awesome!
I had tried the original one a few years ago and it was too dark on me.
It's supposed to be a self-adjusting shade to match skin tone, but I am just too pale.
So, I was super stoked when my manager put this in my gratis bag.
The color is great!
The awesome thing about BB Creams is they are an all in one cream, meaning they treat, hydrate, prime, protect, and camouflage the skin.
That means you don't need to apply a serum, moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, and foundation...you get ALL that in one beautiful bottle!
I still set mine with a light dusting of face powder since my skin can get a bit oily in the t-zone.

2} Algenist Genius Cream


Honestly, I don't use a lot of anti-aging products in my daily regiment.
I am 26 so I think my collagen has started breaking down, which means now is a great time to start!
The cool thing about Algenist is that it has patented alguronic acid for its brand, meaning it's the only cream with this ingredient.
The alguronic acid helps with natural skin cell regeneration and elastin support for smoother and more firm skin.
It claims to help restore skin resiliency and elasticity, delivering a firmer, tighter, more toned appearance, minimized fine lines and deep wrinkles, and unveils youthful radiance.
^^Quoted directly off of Sephora.com.
My mom thinks I should give her this product...we'll see. ;)

3} Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer


I was so excited to get this product!
Some people don't like primers because they find them pointless.
I happen to love primers.
I notice a huge difference in the way my makeup wears when I have a primer underneath.
This stuff gives my skin a radiant glow and has a SPF, making it perfect for my days off when I'm not wanting to put on makeup.

As you can tell, I'm loving my job {and the perks!} so far.
I've spent a lot of time in the skin section, which is great, but I'm super excited to work in the color section too.
I get a little nervous when people ask for skin recommendations because that is such a touchy and personal subject for a lot of people.
Makeup is much more straight forward and, I think, maybe easier to sell?
We'll see!
I'll keep you updated on things I learn and neat tips and tricks!
And if you want to know more about a specific product, let me know!
I'll test it out for ya and let you know what I think.

Now I'm off to go watch Dancing With the Stars! {Go Meryl & Maks!!!)

XO

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clean Eating Week 2

Well, it's been 2 weeks since Lent started which means 2 weeks of clean eating!
It's been going pretty well, but one thing I've noticed is that I'm barely reaching for vegetables.
If veggies are already mixed into a meal like this clean chicken fried rice recipe, I'll eat it, but I have been choosing a lot of fruits over veggies lately.
I know fruits are healthy too, but they contain a lot of sugar so choosing vegetables more consistently would be healthier.
Either way, not having processed foods, sugars, and white flour/breads has helped tremendously.
I've lost 5 pounds and a few inches as well!
So, I'm feeling great!
My goal for the next 4 weeks is to work out at least 4 days a week again, drink more water, and eat more vegetables.
Other than that, I've just been training for my new job at Sephora!
It's a lot to take in and I'm feeling a tad bit overwhelmed, but it's been fun so far.
I'll post more about that later.
For now, I'm off to bed!

XOXO

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top 5 Tuesday: Netflix Binge

It's that time again!
I linked up with Rachel to talk about my top 5 favorite Netflix binges!!
What a perfect link up because I am one Netflix obsessed lady! haha
Here we go!


5. How I Met Your Mother

I was waaay late on this train.
When I realized just how funny it was, I'm pretty sure there was already 6 or 7 seasons on Netflix.
I watched them so fast, but I'm still catching up on this current and last season.
I just love Barney and Robin.
And, while a lot of people think Ted is annoying, I think it's cute that he is a hopeless romantic.
Plus, I love Jason Segel!

4. Orange is the New Black

This show is nuts!
I watched the first season so quickly and can't wait for season 2.
I love that even though it has some sad and crazy parts, it also is really funny.
Mostly, though, it was a real eye opener about female prisons.
Note to self: do not ever go to prison.

3. Breaking Bad

I actually started watching this after the series ended.
I binged up to season 4 and then I had to take a break.
It just got way too intense and like many intense shows I have binge watched {Sons of Anarchy and Dexter} there comes a point where I just have to take a break and watch something happy.
I think after I finish House of Cards I'll finish this series because my brother keeps talking about how the final season is one of the best seasons of television ever!

2. Scandal

I love this show!
Sure, the constant love triangle {or more like octagon} gets kind of old, but Jake is so cute!
I'm team Jake all the way.
I just love how smart the team of gladiators is and it's really interesting to see how they handle crises and fix everything.

1. House of Cards

This is my current binge.
I seriously had no idea how intense this show was.
I just started season 2 and...whoa!
Things are crazzzzy.
I mean, I really liked Zoe so I'm sad now! haha
But it's so intense and all the twists will keep you on your toes.

It looks like I'm really into super intense shows, but I watch Parks and Recreation and The Office when I need something lighter to watch.
I really do prefer comedies and romance over backstabbing and deception, but something about it just sucks me in.

What are your favorite Netflix Binges?!

Link up with Rachel so we can all see!
Wish me luck for my first day of training for my new job!

XO

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Job!

Hi loves!
I have some exciting news to share.
If you can't tell from the title...I got a new job!
I found out today that I was offered a position at Sephora!!
If you know me, you know I am obsessed with makeup/skin care/fragrance.
Basically anything Sephora carries.
I start training Tuesday which will last a couple of weeks.
That was great to hear since my last job only trained me two days before throwing me out on the floor.
It was super stressful to try to sell {especially in a commission based setting} without any floor training on any of the products.
Of course, one of the reasons I'm so excited is because I'll be getting a discount!
So I wanted to share with you tons a few things I am excited to get!

First of all, I can't wait to get color matched and find the perfect foundation.
I have very awkward skin.
I have an uneven skin ton, very dehydrated skin that can be flaky, gets oily throughout the day, while being acne prone.
Talk about a lot of problems!
I have heard awesome things about Tarte's Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation


I'm not usually the biggest fan of powder foundations, but after watching several YouTube videos on how amazing this is, I definitely am hoping it works for me.

I've also been loving this little blush/bronzer/highlighter palette for a while now.
This is in shade Native and is sooooo pretty!!

One product I'm excited about is the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer.

It actually is infused with real cocoa powder which makes it smell like chocolate!
Same with the Chocolate Bar Palette that I'm also going to get...haha

As much as I love makeup, skin care is way more important to me.
This GlamGlow Supermud mask has gotten a lot of hype and I can't wait to try it out.


How amazing is this YSL Glossy Balm Crystal Color in succulent pomegranate?!

I want, I want, I want!!

Of course this is a very condensed list.
My first priority is paying off credit cards and student loans.
I'm also hoping to see my personal trainer once a week now instead of every other week.
Summer is quickly approaching {even if it did snow A FOOT last night} and I want to be ready!
But anyway, it'll be super fun to get trained on the proper way to apply all the products.
If you're in the Anchorage area come visit me! :)

What are some of your favorite Sephora products?

I'll keep you updated!

XO

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gym Stereotypes

I've been going to different gyms for years now, so I've come across many types of gym people.
Whether it's gym etiquette or just common sense, I have seen it all.
Here are the stereotypes I encounter at the gym:

1. Guys that stare.


I don't mind the occasional glance every now and then.
There's a trainer at my gym that definitely catches my eye.
But to stop and stare at a girl lifting weights...
Don't you have something better to do, like um, work out?

2. The runner on the cell phone.


The other day this girl had a 30 minute conversation on the treadmill next to me.
For the first 2 minutes I thought she was talking to me.
I'm glad I had my headphones in, but still, everyone hates you, girl.
Maybe I'm just jealous that I don't have the stamina to run and carry on a conversation simultaneously.

3. The girl who gets waaay too dolled up for the gym.


No, just no!
This is what will happen if you actually work out with makeup on...


Not pretty.

4. People who wear ridiculous outfits to work out.


I will admit, this is more amusing than annoying.
In the past 2 weeks I saw jeans guy, polo shirt guy, skirt girl, and dress pants guy at the gym.
That cannot be comfortable!

5. The guy who smells really bad.


A few weeks ago this guy got on the machine right next to me and I gagged so hard.
I seriously had to move treadmills it was so bad.
I know it's a gym, but come on!
Have you never heard of deodorant?

These are just some silly things I've noticed.
In no way does your gym wardrobe or barbie like makeup impact my workout.
Well, it might make me laugh which is a good distraction.

What are some gym stereotypes you've come across?

XO

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Clean Eating Week 1

Like I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I are doing clean eating for Lent.
It's been 1 week and I'm down 5 pounds!
That's actually without working out too because I was really sick last week and wasn't able to go to the gym again until today.
Friday-Sunday I stayed in bed almost all day, but the past couple of days I have felt a lot better and have had some delicious, clean meals!
These carne asada tacos were one of my favorites.
My mom made this using moose steak and it was amazing!
I normally am not a huge fan of moose steak because it can taste a little bit gamey; however, with all the spices rubbed on it, the steak was perfection.
I omitted the cheese and used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Another recipe I really liked was salsa chicken.
The first couple of days were really hard.
I just wanted to run to the grocery store and buy a dozen donuts!
But after a week, it has gotten a lot easier.
I think after 5 more weeks of this I'll be ready to eat some chocolate, though.
Anyways, just wanted to give a little update on how the first week went.
If you gave up something for Lent I'd love to hear about it!
Also, if you know of some delicious clean recipes let me know!
Until next time...

XOXO