Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Book Haul

Hey everyone! I hope your holidays have and your 2014 have been awesome! Recently I got a few books for Christmas so I thought I'd share them with you! Just so you know I have not read most of them so I won't write a synopsis or a review, but I will tell you my thoughts of the ones I have started to read or have paged through.

Ladurée Savory

I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive this for Christmas because I got Ladurée Sucre last year and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The pictures are incredibly beautiful, but the recipes are a little exotic and gourmet for the everyday cook. There was a lot of raw fish and foie gras, which are definitely not up my alley. There were some that sounded more manageable, like the salads, the steak, and the fish. It's a good addition to the collection of Ladurée books, but it wasn't what I was expecting. 

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

I haven't had the pleasure of reading this one yet, but how cute is the cover?!?! The blue is perfection and the arrows and the bubble remind me of The Fault in Our Stars! From reviews I've read, it seems like it's sort of a Breakfast Club type book. I've never seen that movie, but I think it's like a bunch of kids stuck in a place. In this case, I'm fairly certain it's a grocery store they are working at. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I haven't read this one either. I picked it up because the author also wrote the If I Stay series which I adore! It's also about a girl who just graduated and is going on a European tour type thing when she meets this guy and they go to Paris! Literally me, oh my gosh, can that happen?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I have actually started this one! Woohoo! I'm about half way through it and, guys, could this be the next Hunger Games or Divergent? Possibly! I love love love it! At first it was a little slow but then it picked up and now I can't stop reading! The book is divided into sections; so far there have been sections about Cassie and her brother Sammy, Ben Parish, and a Silencer. I don't want to give too much away, but it seems like the main idea is about these aliens who have started attacking Earth and are taking the people out in waves (hence the 5th wave). It focuses on what everyone is going through and how the humans are dealing with being attacked. It's kind of weird how Ebola is the 3rd wave (I think) and everyone had that Ebola scare this year. It's even weirder that the book was written last year, before that happened. Foreshadowing? Hopefully not! I've gotta start working out if it is because I would not survive! haha :)  I feel a review coming on when this one is done!

Hope you enjoyed! Did you get any good books recently or have you read any of these? Have a great break for everyone who is enjoying time off and stick to those New Year's Resolutions! 

Au Revoir! 

"We're here, and then we're gone, and it's not about the time we're here, but what we do with the time." -The 5th Wave

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Youtubers to Watch

Bonjour mes amis! About two years ago, I discovered YouTube. No, I didn't make a channel (although how fun would that be?), I started watching videos. That actually sounds really lame when it's written out, doesn't it? Gosh, it sounds seriously, seriously lame! Haha, anyways... since then I've been a religious watcher and I've found some amazing channels that need more subscribers!!! Here are some of my favorites:

Savannah Brown
Savannah is seriously so cool. She has great videos that are funny, inspirational, and relatable all at the same time. One of her most known videos is her slam poem that she wrote in response to one of Nash Grier's videos. I love that she followed her dreams and moved to London for university even though she was terrified and wasn't sure if it was the right move. Definitely a role model!
Here's her video "Can you tell I'm excited?"

Nathan, oh Nathan, how are you so funny? I love this guy. He's so funny and it's awesome how he's funny without swearing or being inappropriate, which is how so many Youtubers are these days. His humor is just so amazing and he can practically make anything funny. He does occasionally deal with some heavier topics though. Nathan is so down-to-Earth, too, and deals with his fame in a great way. Like, Savannah, he also made a Nash Grier response video which is hilarious, but still gets his point across. Just watch him. You won't be sorry.
Here's his video "How to be Confident in 5 Easy Steps"

I'm Adam, I'm Nolan, I'm Nick... and we're MANNN! And I'm in love! These guys, oh man. They are so funny! They're super consistent with uploading every Monday and they always have great videos. Whether it's telling you what guys wish girls knew or doing the Youtuber whisper challenge, they've got you covered. All of them seem like all around great people (not to mention they're pretty good looking)! You can tell they genuinely love being Youtubers and are in it for the long run!
Here's their video "Wax My Body Challenge"

Jana vlogs
I don't even remember how I stumbled across Jana's channel a few weeks ago, but I'm so glad I did. I literally binge watched her videos at midnight. I love how she's not your typical Youtube girl in the sense that she doesn't do beauty videos or anything. Her videos are funny and not too short but not too long, and she just shares her insights on different things. She's just so awesome, definitely check her out!
Here's her video "British Girl Trying American Candy"

Allie Marie Evans
This girl, I love this girl. She is literally Taylor Swift. No joke. She's so funny and awkward and has great life, style, and beauty advice. Her style is a mix of modern and vintage, her haircut is fabulous, and she always (always) has red lipstick on. See, Taylor Swift! She used to model and now, well, I'm not actually sure what she does, but she's definitely climbing the ranks of my favorite Youtubers! I can guarantee you will love her videos! They're filmed and edited super well, too! 
Here's her video "Awkward Fall Haul"

Oh my gosh, Katy is amazing. Her brows are on point, of course, and her style is awesome. I love how she is so relatable. She recently went to college so a lot of her videos have been about that recently. She offers great life, fashion, and beauty advice (like Allie) and all of her videos are literally perfection. If you don't want to watch any of her videos, please please please watch the one below and the one called "How to Be Popular" because they changed my view on a lot of things! She and her friend Allegra have a blog too!
Here's her video "How to be Pretty"

I love everything about her and her channel. Rachel is so bubbly and fun and happy in all of her videos! She literally does everything and if you love lipstick, this is your girl! She always finds the best clothes and beauty products and she shares a lot about her life, especially her baby girl! Rachel has great reviews on a mix of drugstore and high end products! Her channel is awesome, her videos are well edited and her personality is perfect! 
Here's her video "November Favorites 2014"

Emily's fashion and beauty videos are so well done and she has such great style! It's cool to see how her style has changed over the year or so that I've watched her. She's really relatable and she uploads videos regularly (I would say once a week). I love how she does a lot of the fashion and beauty things, but also branches out to do DIY and OOTW and things like that. If you need some fashion inspiration, look no further!
Here's her video "My Style!"

I hope you guys liked this! Check these guys out because they try so hard and make amazing videos! It's winter break soon so hopefully I'll be able to get some more things written and posted (finally)! I'm also doing 25 Days of Outfits on my Polyvore (wallflower1888) where I post a Christmas themed outfit everyday! Have a great week!

Au Revoir!

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Review: Paris Street Style

     Bonjour! A lot of people think of fashion when they think of Paris. French women have that je ne sais quoi. They have that ability to create an outfit that is simply amazing and perfectly chic. One day I was stalking the anthropologie website (don't judge, you know you do too) and came across Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic by Isabelle Thomas abs Frederique Veysset and I knew I needed it. Thankfully I finally got some spending money and it is now in my possession! So let us hop on into the review!

     To start off with, the book is beautiful. The cover is simple and fun and just feels Parisian (not to mention the font is completely awesome). It's a fairly tall book too (not overwhelmingly tall, but taller than the average book) so be aware of that if you don't like big books. Inside, the pictures are beautiful. There's at least one on practically every page. The fashion is impeccable and it makes me feel like I should step up my style game! Haha! The book is sectioned into parts and most have interviews with designers, stylists, ordinary people, and brand owners. The interviews are interesting, but, personally, I like just looking at the pictures!

     Now onto the content. If you are expecting a play by play on what you should and shouldn't wear in order to look Parisian, this probably isn't for you. It does say how French women like to dress, but I think the main point is that they all have their own unique style that becomes a part of them. Some like to wear classic pieces while others wear out-of-the-ordinary things like feather headdresses. They aren't a cookie cutter of the trends of the moment. The French stick to what they feel comfortable in and what they like. Paris Street Style really has some great tips to find your unique style and look "Parisian."

     Overall, I love it. Okay, okay, I'm an all-things-French nut so I'm a little biased, but if you like fashion (or France) you should definitely check this out! It's a great coffee table book because it's one of those books that you can open to a random page or just look at the pictures and still enjoy it.

You can buy it from Barnes and Noble or from Amazon! (It is also available at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters)

Other books/ items shown:
The New York Times, 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe
Paris notebook
MetalEarth - Arc de Triomphe

Thanks for reading! Have you read this or do you have any questions? Comment below!

Au Revoir!

"Faire de sa vie un rêve et de ses rêves une réalité" 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Motivational Quote Monday

Get excited!!! Here's a little motivation for your week! 

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." - Lewis Carroll

"You're allowed to scream, you're allowed to cry, but do not give up."

"Don't let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours."

"Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow."

"Change your thoughts and you'll change your world."

"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be." - Rick Warren

Have the best week you've ever imagined!!!

Au Revoir!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Review

Hey guys!!! Today I'm reviewing the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in natural rose. I'm super excited about it so I'm just going to hop on into it! By the way, I literally could not find this lip balm at any Target in the color I wanted, but eventually I found it and I love it, so don't be discouraged if you can't find it. You can find it on Pixi's website or at Target.

To start with, the color is awesome. It's very natural and a "my lips but better" type of color. I would say it's a pinky brown. It lasts a while, more than other colored balms I've tried and it's just so pretty!

It's fairly moisturizing too, although I still put on some lip balm before I use it. The packaging is awesome and the color scheme is great. It makes it seem very natural or eco-friendly or something, but still girly.

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The one thing I can't decide if I like or not is the smell. It's very vanilla-y, but it smells kind of floral at the same time. It's also quite strong. Other people who have reviewed this have said they like the scent, so it's probably just my nose. Definitely not bad enough to make me get rid of it though!

Overall, this product is one you should be sure to look into. It's perfect for on the go, easy, every day wear. If you're looking for a natural looking balm, try this one! Fabulous product, fabulous packaging, fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! :) 

Hope you enjoyed!  

Au revoir!

"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

Hey everyone! I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the amazing Lauren O'Rourke from LittleLo16!!! You can check out her blog here. It's super awesome and she is so relatable (especially with her socially awkward post). After you look at here blog, you can continue reading. Well, let's jump right into it, shall we?

Here are the rules:
-You must display the award logo at the top of the post 
-You must thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post
-You must add this set of rules to your post so that your nominees will know what to do
-You must add 7 facts about yourself into the post
-You must nominate 15 other blogs and leave links to each of them in your post!
-You must let the people who you have nominated know that they've been nominated
-You must FOLLOW BACK the person who NOMINATED YOU on GFC and BLOGLOVIN'

My 7 Facts:
1. My favorite season is Christmas season :)  It's the best time of the year!
2. I have a lovely golden retriever who likes people more than other dogs
3. I refuse to eat mushrooms because they are a fungus and who wants to eat a fungus?
4. When I drive, my colorful language comes out to play, if you know what I mean ;)
5. I suck at talking to guys (with the exception of a select few) because my words always get jumbled up (ugh) this does not help in the flirting department 
6. I love love love reading, but I despise English class. Teachers put way more thought into things than the author does
7. Someday I hope to travel the world. Or at least Europe. Traveling is just so magical! There are just too many beautiful places to see!

The Tags:
15. SimonaMoona

Au Revoir!

"What's meant to be will always find a way"

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Survive Classes With No Friends

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Hey guys! I'm baaaack (I hope)!!! Today I'm just gonna chat about something that isn't really talked about too much as far as school goes: not having any friends in your classes. It seems like every post out there about school is about looking amazing or being outgoing or getting good grades, but why doesn't anyone talk about the introvert who finds it a little hard to make friends? Maybe it's hard to understand, I don't know. I hope this helps some of you guys who are just kind of there, alone, in some or all of your classes without a friend.

You know that person that's in your class who is a good student and never talks? Yeah, that's me. Maybe it's you too! It is sooooo incredibly hard to be an introvert or be a quiet person in a world where teachers and society are telling you that you need to be outgoing. It's especially difficult when you are in hard classes and you have no one to talk to or partner up with and when the teacher says to pair up? That's a nightmare. I've been there. I am there. Girls can be so cliquey. Personally, I hate it when people tell me to make new friends. Most girls don't let you just jump right in to their conversations or sit at their lunch table. I think it's because they have friends so they think they don't need any more. It's annoying and disheartening. Before this gets to be some sort of sob story, I'll get to the point: how to survive class without friends.

1. Know that it will get better
Honestly, the only thing that is getting me through these classes is the fact that college is right around the corner. College will be better. High school or middle school are such a small part of your life that when you're done, it really won't matter how many friends you had or how popular you were. 

2. In the words of Kelly Clarkson, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
Even though it is terrible now, later on you'll be able to look back and say that you survived it. So many people go through school taking classes to be with their friends, but you, you got through it without a friend and that's something to be proud of. 

3. Try to make aquantinces 
Okay, so making new friends is obviously not going to happen in a short amount of time and it's harder when you aren't used to putting yourself out there. But try to make at least one aquantinces that you can ask a question.  At some point you'll need a little help and aquantinces are the way to go. 

4. Google is your best friend. 
Practically everything can be found on Google (including some labs *hint, hint*). If you're ever stuck on a question at home, look it up or ask your parents or siblings.

5. Take detailed notes. 
Since you don't really have anyone to talk with, you need to make sure you're attentive and you don't slack off. This will help you in the long run with tests and whatever else you need to do. 

I really hope these helped. Remember that you're never the only one going through this. It may seem like it, but I can guarantee that there is someone out there that knows exactly how you're feeling. It stinks being in a class with no friends, but it's an opportunity to grow. I'm going on an overnight trip for a class where I have no friends. I'm terrified, not going to lie. But I'll get through it and so can you! 
Be confident. Be friendly. Be attentive. You can do this!

If you guys ever need any advice or anything don't be afraid to leave a comment or drop an email. I'm always here!

Au Revoir!

I've revised some things in this post from when it was previously published last year!

Everything will work out if you just believe!!! Seriously though, it'll all work out!

"And when she stood, she stood tall. She'll make a fool of you all." 
-Slow It Down by The Lumineers 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Motivational Quote Monday

Hello everyone! This week seems like a week that needs an extra push! Motivation begin!

"Don't stop until you're proud"

"What's comin' will come and we'll meet it when it does." -Hagrid

"Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping it will transform into a door." -Coco Chanel

"A negative ins will never give you a positive life"

"Sometimes overcoming a challenge is as simple as changing the way you think about it"

"Don't be delicate... Be vast and brilliant"

"Start each day with a positive thought"

Have a fantastic week!!!

Au Revoir!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to Stay Focused While Studying

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Staying focused is my downfall. Especially if I'm studying something I hate. I am the biggest procrastinator ever too. Even as I'm writing this I'm getting sidetracked! Here are a few tips to help those of you who are like me when you're studying!

1. Put away the electronics
Leave your phone or iPod or laptop or whatever out of sight, in your room, or some place where you won't find yourself reaching for it. If you need to use your computer for studying, make sure you know that you are there to study and only to study, not go on Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter. This means no listening to music too!

2. Don't study in your room (or on your bed)
Keep your bed for sleeping or relaxing. Not for studying. Last year this was all I did. I did homework on my bed, I studied on my bed, I procrastinated on my bed. You will feel soooo much more motivated if you sit at the kitchen table, at your desk, or someplace quiet. There will always be something in your room to distract you, so take away those distractions!

3. Know why you're studying
Studying, however painful it may be, is something you have to do (unless you're one of those people who has a photographic memory or can remember everything). It's not only important so you can do the best you can in your classes, but it also helps you put your academic goals in perspective. Sure there will always be a test you do poorly on no matter how much you study, but at least you tried! Better to try and fail than fail without trying at all!

4. Don't cram
Start making notecards or reviewing your notes at least a couple nights in advance. I know this isn't always possible, but even making a few note cards or studying for 10 minutes can make a difference. Set aside a little time every weekend to study. I'm guilty of cramming for practically every test. It's hard to find time to study every night like teachers expect you to do. I mean, come on, you have a life outside of school! Review a little before bed or use the Quizlet app to study on the go!

5. Stay organized
Make sure you have a designated notebook (or notebook section) for every class. Keeping everything for the chapter you are studying in the same place will make everything easier. Don't have some notes in one place and some in another. It will seriously cut down your studying time if you have everything right there.

Hope these tips helped! What are some ways you stay focused? Comment below!

Au Revoir!

"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." -J.K. Rowling 

Motivational Quote Monday

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts... I've been super busy.  Here's a little motivation for your week!

"Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn't give you credit"

"The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed" -Chinese proverb

"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion" -Muhammad Ali

"If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it" 

"This is a brick wall. It's in your way. You can climb over it. Or tunnel underneath it. Or kick it down. Or try to walk around it. Or you can sit down on the ground in front of it and weep bitter, life-is-not-fair, brick wall-hating tears. But let's be honest: when you cry, your mascara runs. And so does your nose. And your eyes get red and puffy. And when you're done, that brick wall will still be there. In your way. But the choice is yours."    

Don't ever give up! You're awesome and beautiful and fascinating even if you don't think you are!

Have the best week ever!
If you have any posts you would like to see, be sure to comment below! (I'm kind of in a creative block)

Au Revoir!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Liebster Award


Hey guys! I was nominated for the Liebster Award! I've been secretly hoping that I would be although I didn't expect it! A big thank you to the lovely Hayls from Love Everyday Life!  

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions they've asked you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers (they must have under 200 followers)
4. Write 11 questions for the next bloggers to answer
5. Be sure to tell the bloggers that they've been nominated!

The questions from Hayls:

1. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Singing along to the radio in the car (when I'm alone) -- I could seriously sing Stay with Me by 
    Sam Smith and Amnesia by 5sos all day long. Unfortunately, I cannot carry a tune to save my life,
    but it's still fun! 

2. Favourite band, singer, or type of music?
    One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, or Birdy.

3. Describe yourself in 3 words?
   Quirky, quiet, creative.

4. Tea or Coffee?
    I don't really drink either, but I'll choose coffee because it smells so good!

5. If you had one wish what would it be? (And not I would wish for 3 more wishes haha)
    I would wish to travel around the world.

6. Describe your perfect partner?
    Well.... he would have to be nice to everyone, responsible, smart, funny, athletic, tall (although 
    most guys are seeing I'm 5'2), caring, passionate, and he cannot be arrogant. 

7. Favourite animal?
    Dog! My golden retriever and I are tight!

8. What do you most like to blog about?
    I haven't been blogging for too long, but I love product reviews. They are just so helpful,
    especially if you aren't sure whether or not to buy something!

9. What is your favorite social media site and why?
    Pinterest. I am completely addicted- I can literally spend hours on there. Right now I am so 
    obsessed with home decor.

10. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
     Jane or Elizabeth Jane. They are my favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice, which I love! I
     know I would probably be plain Jane a lot, but in the book, Jane is so sweet and kind and is the
     most amazing sister. And Elizabeth because Lizzie is so strong and determined and not afraid to 
     speak her mind.

11. A saying/ quote that describes you or your life?
     "I think a lot, but I don't say much." - Anne Frank

My Questions:

1.  If you could go one place in the world, where would it be and why?

2. If you weren't a human, what would you be?

3. What is one food you cannot live without?

4. Favorite song to sing along to when you're alone?

5. What is your favorite part about blogging?

6. Who is your favorite blogger and/or youtuber?

7. If you had to shop at one store for the rest of your life, where would it be?

8. What has been your happiest memory?

9. What was your weirdest dream ever?

10. What's your biggest pet peeve?

11. One thing you wish you could change in the world?

I nominate:

1. pipsqueak
2. Chloe's floral world
3. The Devil Wears Primers
4. Cupcakes and Candyfloss Blog
5. Wandering Meanderings
6. marleewho
7. Planet Vikki
8. Floordrobe
9. abbie-says
10. She was Art
11. Fashion & Beauty = Heaven

Please go check all of them out!!! Every single one is amazing!!!
Answer your favorite question below!!!

Au Revoir!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Motivational Quote Monday

Here's a little motivation for your week!

"When someone tells you it can't be done, it's more a reflection of their limitations, not yours"

"Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality"

"If you know you can do better.. then do better"

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely." - Henry Ford

And the grand finale, courtesy of Mark Twain....

"Twenty Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Have an amazing week!

Au Revoir!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

End of Summer Book Review Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I can't believe summer's over! It seems like just yesterday I was leaving those hallways after final exams. Since I didn't review every book I read this summer, I figured I would list all the books along with a rating (out of 5) for you guys. For books I have reviewed I will have a link in the book title.

1. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn - 4/5
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - 5/5
3. The One by Keira Cass - 5/5
4. How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer - 4/5
5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - 3.5/5
6. Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas - 5/5
7. The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Robin Palmer - 3/5
8. Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin - 4/5
9. Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita - 5/5
10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - 4/5
11. Made of Stars by Kelley York - 4/5
12. Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell - 4/5
13. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen - 5/5
14. Paper Towns by John Green - 3/5
15. The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard - 5/5
16. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan - 5/5
17. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - 3/5

Please comment down below if you would like to have a full review for any of these books!
What was your favorite book this summer?

Have an awesome school year!

Au Revoir!

"A book half-read is a half-finished love affair." - David Mitchell

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bare Minerals Blush & Concealer Review

Hey guys! Recently I went to a city that had a Bare Minerals store so my mom and I popped in there for a few things. I purchased the READY Blush, the Correcting Concealer, and the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush.

First off, the blush.

This READY Blush is in the color The One, which I first picked out because it was the title of the last book of the Selection Series, coincidentally, when I was "matched" the person picked this one out! I would describe it as a pinky nude color (sorry, the photo does not do it justice). It does have some shimmer, but is is not noticeable at all once it is on. Very pretty, very natural. I prefer just a flush of color, but it is buildable. From the one time I wore it, it didn't get too much darker than when I put in on in the morning. Last year, I had one Clinique blush, but I realized that it had darkened so much that it looked like I had two red spots on my cheeks half way through the day! Thus, I had to stop using it. There is a slight smell, but I'm fairly certain it is from the packaging. Speaking of the packaging, it is very nice. The plastic is the soft velvety stuff that I love so much although it is a little hard to open, but that's probably just me. So far I am very happy with this!

Next up is the concealer and the concealer brush. 

This thing is magical. Really. I purchased this Correcting Concealer (with SPF 20, no less) in the shade Medium 1. I needed a concealer so badly and this was a life saver. For a while I was using the CoverGirl + Olay one, but it seemed drying and it was a little too light so if I put it on a blemish it stood out. This one on the other hand is full coverage, not drying at all, and just the perfect color. It does make my dry skin stand out a little, but that's to be expected. It is super creamy and a minuscule amount goes a long way. I used it for the first time the other day and I put on way too much because I had no idea how much I needed! I don't use it under my eyes, so I am not qualified to review it on that front, but it does cover my acne pretty well. The packaging is great and there is no scent. I would highly recommend this!

Since I was not going to be using my fingers to apply the concealer, I decided to get the concealer brush. This is the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush and it works wonders. It is just like painting, let me tell ya! I felt like a work of art! Quite possibly the Mona Lisa. In all seriousness, it was a great companion to the concealer. It applied the concealer perfectly and picked up just the right amount of product. 

Click on the product for the link!

Hope you liked this! I'll try to do more beauty related things soon. A haul might even be in the works.   And a DIY. And a book review. Sorry about the pictures, my camera is terrible so I had to use my iPod!

Have a great day!

Au Revoir!

"I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that, then I realized I was somebody"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivational Quote Monday

Hello! I've been thinking that since Monday is the start of the week - and everyone is unmotivated on Mondays - that I will try to spark your inner motivator by having some quotes every week. I'll have about 5-10 quotes per post. Unfortunately, this is a little late because I was quite busy today. Erm, a little busy. Well, I was procrastinating. See? I need motivation too! (Quotes courtesy of Pinterest)

"Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow"

"She's a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere"

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." - George Bernard Shaw

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." - Bill Cosby

"You don't have to be better than everybody else. You should strive to be better than you ever thought you could be"

"All glory comes from daring to begin"

"Making a big life change is pretty scary. But, know what's even scarier? Regret."

There ya have it! Good luck for everyone with school or college or university or whatever you are starting! Stay motivated and stay positive!

Au Revoir!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mwah Lip Balm Slider Tub Review

Hi guys! Today it is a product review with pictures! Be warned, it could get ugly. I will be reviewing the Mwah lip balm in the flavor coconut chick that I purchased at Ulta (you can get it here).

I was roped into buying this product after seeing it in a magazine because they have very good ads (and look at the packaging- how can you resist that?). It is also "99% Natural, Solar-Factory Made, and Never Tested on Animals" as stated by the Ulta website, and let me tell you, I am always looking for a good natural lip balm. After having it on my wish list for months, I finally saw it in Ulta and bought it. Once I was in the car, I ripped it out of its plastic wrap and tried it. Boy, was I disappointed. Okay, so let's start with the packaging. It is this amazing soft plastic stuff (you know what I'm talking about!) and it's bright and fun. The lip balm slides out of the cover completely and you have to apply it with your finger.

That brings me to the product itself. Gosh. I literally have no words. It was that bad. I have nothing against applying lip balm with my finger (although it is not ideal), but I couldn't even get any product out! It was so hard, very unlike the more creamy lip balms out there, and I had been carrying it around with me in my purse, no doubt getting warm, for a while. At one point, I tried scraping some product out but that didn't even work. The little product I could get out was more of an oil consistency and didn't even taste very good even though the reviews I read raved about it. The smell wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I mean, you could tell it was coconut, but to me it didn't seem like a true coconut scent.

Overall, I would give this a 1.5/5 because I couldn't get the product out, it didn't smell or taste good, and it didn't seem very moisturizing, thus a complete waste of about $4. It does have good packaging though (hence the 1.5)!

Have you tried this out? If so, tell me what you think of it!

Au Revoir!

"Look ahead that is where your future lives"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 Things to Know Before You Start High School

The start of high school is one of those times where you can either be incredibly nervous or incredibly excited... Or both. Hopefully with these tips, you will be extatic about the start of a new chapter of your life, prepared for all the possibilities you will be offered, and ready to be the best 'you' you can be!

1. Try new things
I cannot stress this enough. Join a sport or a club. Try out for the school play. Volunteer. You will be sorry if you don't. Even now, as a junior, I wish that I had gotten involved in more things my first two years. I know everyone always says this and it may seem a tad cliche, but step out of your comfort zone and try something. What have you got to lose? Be brave. 

2. Make an effort to talk to people
This is one I am still working on. Don't get discouraged if you aren't the most outgoing person. I know I'm an introvert so I really have to push myself to strike up a conversation. Try complimenting someone or joining in to conversation if it's about your favorite band or TV show. At least put yourself out there. It may seem super awkward at first, but you will make so many new friends if you do. If you are skeptical about this, read Popular by Maya Van Wagenen because it will truly show you how talking to others can change your life. 

3. Always do your best, and never compare your best to someone else's
Honestly, you will feel so much better if you do this. I know that I've always compared myself to other people, whether it be grades or looks or whatever. You have to remember that everyone is great at something and that you can't be the best at everything. Who cares if you got a bad grade? I'm sure you've received plenty of outstanding grades in your life. So you're not the best on the track team. Who cares? At least you're trying. Trying says a lot. Worry about yourself because thinking about someone else won't make you any better. Figure out what needs to be done to be your best and do it. You can compare yourself to others or actually do something about it. (Hint: choose that latter)

4. Be confident, or at least fake it
Seriously, confidence is key. If your confident, people will respect you so much more. You will feel better about yourself and you will be happier. Confidence is usually not one of those things that can
be found overnight. You have to practice it and improve it constantly. Try doing little things to start becoming more confident. Start small and work up to what scares you the most. Like the great Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Do something everyday that scares you." Make this your mantra. Having better posture can even make you appear more confident. Sorry for the double quote, but "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud." It's true. Even if you are the least confident person out there, you can do it! You are amazing and always will be (not to make this cheesy or anything). Faking confidence is a good start. I know first hand that it works. Throw your shoulders back, keep your head held high, and take on the world with your awesome-ness!  

5. Have fun
This might not seem like advice that is given too much, but it should be. If you're anything like me, you are all about school. Honestly I like school! Learning is so important and is so thrilling when you find something you enjoy! Sometimes though you gotta take a step back from the books and let loose. Go to the football games, go to the dances, initiate a group activity, or even just have some friends over to hang out. It's important that you don't get worn out. Rejuvenate, relax, finish that scarf you've been knitting for that past year. You don't want to look back on you high school years and realize all you did was study, do you?

6. If you don't like something about yourself, change it
Do it. Change it. I dare you. There is a quote that says, "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." I feel like high school is a time to grow and figure out who you are. I have tried to change at least one thing about myself that I wished was different ever year. Freshmen year it was getting over my fear of being with older kids because I was one of the few freshmen in one class. Sophomore year I changed a lot (even if it wasn't too noticeable). I wore sweaters because I wanted to and for some reason never had the guts to wear them to school before (it's stupid, I know, but don't judge!). I tried to have fun, be myself and talk more in classes. I actually made a few new friends because of that. I even forced myself to raise my hand in some classes (the raising of the hand is very strange for me. I hate it.) and I ended up sort of liking it. I also embraced my love of British television (specifically Doctor Who and Sherlock) and my love of bands (specifically One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer) and bonded with many people. It's also a great conversation starter. Junior year, hopefully I am going to join some more clubs, work backstage for the play, raise my hand more, and talk more in general. It is possible to be who you want to be. Take baby steps, be the person who you envision yourself as. Just remember: what you change should be more of an enhancement; don't become someone you're not.  

7. Stay true to yourself and stand up for others
This piece of advice is particularly important. I will start off with saying that there will come a time when people will try to get you to do thing you will not want to do. Just. Say. No. Don't care if it doesn't make you look cool. Don't care if you are the only one not doing something. Don't do it. Know who you are and stick to it. If you hear someone being mean to someone, even if it's your friend who's the one doing the bullying, stop them. I know it's hard because I've been there. Seriously, I have. Always try to stand up for someone, even if you know it's just gossip or if you don't even know the person. Say something like, "I'm sure that's not true." or " He (or she) seems really nice!". Wouldn't you want someone to do that for you? In the end, you will wish you stood up for that person and you will regret it if you don't. Of course, don't be mean about it, do it in the nicest way possible, but do it nonetheless. 

8. Be studious
I know this kind of contradicts number 5. There needs to be a balance between fun and study. Don't spend all of your time partying or procrastinating. Sure a new episode of your favorite show is on or a new youtube video was just posted, but those things will always be there. Record them. Add them to watch later. School won't always be there. That paper that's due next week? Yeah, time's not going to stop so you can procrastinate and still be able to finish it. Don't overwork yourself because that won't help anything either. If you work at it for a little bit, you'll be able to find your perfect balance between having fun and studying away. 

9. Don't care about what the "popular" kids think of you
Now, you should care a little bit about what people think of you. You should be aware of how you
are being perceived and you should always try to be the best person you can be. What you shouldn't do is get wrapped up in how popular you are or do something you hate just because the "popular" kids are doing it and you would be cool if you did, too. Precious time should not be wasted stressing over how people think of you. You know what? High school is such a small part of your life and chances are you won't even see any of your classmates after you graduate unless you go to one of those reunions. Don't hold yourself back because you aren't beating like the "popular" kids. Be you! Don't care about messing up. Don't be someone you're not (we all saw how that worked out for Cady in Mean Girls). I know this is easier said than done. In my life, whenever I get a question wrong in front of the entire class, I always get embarrassed, but then after the first minute of embarrassment wears off, I'm like, "So be it! I got something wrong! Who cares!" You gotta be you. Have friends who let you shine your light. There are so many better things to do than obsess about how people think of you.   

10. Have goals
Having goals has really motivated me throughout high school. Goals allow you to really think about what you want. I think one of my teachers said, "A goal without a plan is just a wish." It may have been an actual quote, now that I think about it. If you have a goal, do everything humanly possible to make it happen. Whenever I feel discouraged or like I'm never going to be good enough, I always remember my goals. Then you don't feel so bad anymore. One day I found myself absentmindedly scrolling through Pinterest and I realized, What the heck am I doing? This isn't doing anything! It made me feel motivated to start my summer homework. Then when I was procrastinating my summer homework, thinking of why I was actually taking the class, I realized that this was what I've always wanted (no joke, I've wanted to take the class since day one of freshman year) and that taking this class was really going to get me places. Goals are funny like that. At the toughest of times they will always be there to motivate you. If you're doing nothing, do something.

Hope you found this helpful! I'm sorry it is so long! For any incoming freshmen, I wish you the best of luck. You will have a blast wherever you are. Aim high, dream big, and be awesome!

Au revoir!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review: Paris, My Sweet

     Bonjour mes amis! Today, I am reviewing "Paris, My Sweet" by Amy Thomas. This book is a true story which was very intriguing for me. It is also set in Paris which was why I initially wanted to read it. I'm pretty obsessed with all things France (and England). "Paris, My Sweet" is about Amy, a New York Times writer and Sweet Freak blogger. She had gone to Paris to try out different sweets for her blog and fell in love with Paris even more than she had on a study abroad trip in college. When she returns to New York, one of her coworkers offers her a job writing for Luis Vuitton in Paris! Amy can't believe her luck and snaps it up like a macaron in Laduree. As she arrives in Paris, she realizes there is a huge language barrier, despite her French lessons, and she misses her family, friends, and life back in New York. She is constantly reminded of her lack of a love life since it seems everyone in Paris is in a relationship and, after a year of being in Paris, her best friend in NY is getting married! Amy realizes that even though her hectic life in New York doesn't even compare to her life in the city of light, she misses her old routine. After her first year in Paris, does Amy decide to stay in the city she's dreamed about for years or go back to the city where everything is constantly changing?
     I have read many reviews for "Paris, My Sweet" (on GoodReads, specifically) and some say that Amy is being very self centered. I didn't think this was the case. If you are reading a piece of literature that is about a person finding their way and is nonfiction, I think that it is okay to talk about yourself. I mean, the book is about Amy and the ups and downs of her Parisian life! For someone who is considering moving to France (or at least doing a study abroad there, this was very beneficial for me. I didn't want to read a book about all the places she went because there are guidebooks for that. I wanted a real story about someone like me! "Paris, My Sweet" delivered! It definitely made me re-evaluate my plans. I never thought that things like being a single woman in a sea of couples could be difficult, but I suppose it could! Then there is the fact that the language barrier will make it hard to make friends, even if you are somewhat fluent. Besides the reflection part, there were so many mouth watering deserts described in every chapter that it made me want to board a plane and hop on over to Angelina for some thick and creamy hot chocolate. This was practically a guide to pastries, too!

     All in all, "Paris, My Sweet" earns 5/5 for me. If you are considering moving to Paris, definitely pick this one up!

     You can grab a copy here!
     And be sure to check out Amy's Sweet Freak blog and her current blog!

Au Revoir!

"Paris is always a good idea" -Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: The One + The Selection Series, The Prince, & The Guard)

       "The One", the last book of the Selection series by Keira Cass, definitely did not disappoint. I read it in a day it was so good! But I will get to that later. For now, let me tell you about my first experience with the Selection series. This was a total case of judging the book by its cover for me. When I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be some frilly princess book. After downloading and reading the sample on my nook, I realized that that wasn't the case. Sure, it had royalty, but it was different. 

       The Selection series, the first two books being "The Selection" and "The Elite", follows America, a girl in the fifth caste, who unwillingly enters a contest to be one of 35 girls vying for the chance to become Prince Maxon's wife and belong to the first caste. To her amazement- and disappointment- she is picked. As she deals with adjusting to her new life in the palace and in the public eye and leaving her secret boyfriend, Aspen, behind, she realizes that she actually is finding friends and forming bonds with her maids. After a horrific first meeting with the prince, everything goes uphill and America finds that she really likes Maxon, and he might just like her, too. When Aspen is drafted into the royal army, he is stationed in the palace. With Aspen near her, America has to face the decision of devoting herself to Maxon or to Aspen. The 35 girls are dwindled down to six, forming the Elite, and America realizes that the king's ways are not all that great. She deals with drama between her and the other Elite and she must try to make the people see how Illea, her country, could change without angering the king, all while making Maxon fall in love with her- or like her enough not to send her home. 

       "The One", the newest book, follows America through her journey as one of the last 4 girls. The tension is palpable and the girls become increasingly more aware of their standing with Maxon based on what he has done with each girl. America decides that she must let Aspen go because she is falling in love with Maxon. Unfortunately, the king despises her, leading to much drama between the pair. Maxon, on the other hand, is becoming increasing more distant as he and America have multiple fights. The rebels are attacking more and more frequently and America and Maxon put their lives in danger as they try to figure out how to stop the madness. When America's father dies, she is allowed to go home to be with her family. She is given a letter from her father that reveals that he was a rebel. Her family finds out about her and Aspen's relationship and she decides that she needs to tell Maxon. As she returns to the palace, she discovers the true motives of the girls left in the running. Finally, there are only two people left (she is one of them -no surprise there!). Maxon tells America that he wants to marry her. America and Maxon have a fight and drift apart yet again. This time, he had seen America hugging Aspen. Maxon reveals that he should have known there was someone else in her life and he says he will never marry her. On the day when Maxon chooses his bride, the rebels come and start shooting the royals. Maxon is injured and America rushes over instead of taking cover and says that she loves him. Maxon becomes king and chooses America to become his wife.

       "The Prince" and "The Guard" told Maxon's and Aspen's view of what was happening. Honestly, they were a little disappointing because of how short they were, but it was very interesting to see how Aspen and Maxon reacted to everything that happened with America. Definitely wait until you've read "The Elite" before reading both books or else there will be some spoilers. There is also a book coming out called "The Queen" which, you guessed it, is from the queen's p.o.v. It should be good because the queen loved America and obviously wanted her to be chosen. It will be interesting to see how she deals with the king in certain situations since the king always disagreed with America. 

       Personally, I loved the series. At times I did get a little aggravated because  there was just so much fighting between America and Maxon and because America and Aspen were meeting up so much and could be caught, not to mention the fact that Maxon was thisclose to choosing the other girl (the name will not be disclosed- hey, ya gotta read it to find out!). It did make you feel like you should always be yourself because America never changed who she was even though everything else was changing and Maxon loved her for who she was. She was strong and confident and all around awesome. I do see a potential for another book, although I am not sure if that would ever happen. 

       I would 100% recommend this book series. If you like romance, read it. If you don't like romance, read it! 

Click on the title to grab the book!
The Queen (available December 2, 2014)

       I whole heartedly apologize for the lack of posts, I was on vacation last week. This one is pretty long since the entire series is reviewed (and because I just loved these books so much!). I did finish six books though, so stay tuned for more!

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

       Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts… I have not been very inspired lately (ugh!). I just finished a book today though so I figured I would write a review!

       Let's start off with saying that I had very high hopes for "How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True" by Sarah Strohmeyer because I loved her previous book "Smart Girls Get What They Want". I would rate her newest novel as a 4 out of 5. This read follows Zoe, a high school senior, through the twists and turns of her summer internship at Fairyland as the Queen's personal assistant. When she gets caught breaking the rules, her chances of winning the $25,000 Dream and Do award could be jeopardized. As she finds herself in the middle of some major drama, will she be able to fix everything under the radar, get the guy, and please the Queen? (Be prepared for some plot twists!)

       Honestly, I couldn't relate to Zoe very much. Don't get me wrong, she was an incredibly amiable, witty, smart and outgoing character, but I just didn't feel as connected to her as I have to other characters. Besides Zoe, all the characters were very well thought out and had their own personalities. Sometimes I find that I feel as if I have already read about a character because he or she is such a typical young adult-novel person, but the characters in this novel were not like that. Sure, they were a bit cliche, but they all had their quirks.

       Seeing that the book is set in Fairyland, I had a huge craving to go to Disney. It brought back so many memories what with all the rides and princesses and such. If internships at Disney are like that, sign me up! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed "How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True" and it is a fabulous beach read (or summer read, if you're like me and don't have a beach to go to!). Quick and light-hearted.

Grab the book here!  

I hope you enjoyed! I'm still not the best summarizer, but don't be discouraged, I am working on it! Stay tuned for some more book reviews in the coming weeks, including: "The Corner of Bitter and Sweet", "Summer on the Short Bus" and "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek". Hopefully I will be able to include some pictures for a few!

Au Revoir!

"Reading a book gives us somewhere to go when we stay where we are."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Favorites: Books, Music, Fashion & Beauty

Hey everyone! I have some favorites for you! There aren't a ton, but there are some really good ones! Just so you know, I don't reread a lot of books, but I cannot go a summer without reading my first two book favorites! I have linked the books and most of the items so you can find them.


  1. The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall 
  2. Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli 
  3. Made of Stars by Kelley York
  4. Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita (and its companion novel, Summer State of Mind)
  5. Paper Towns by John Green
  6. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

  1. Good Girls by 5 Seconds of Summer
  2. Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
  3. Best Song Ever by One Direction
  4. Wings by Little Mix
  5. Live While We're Young by One Direction
  6. Brave by Sara Bareilles
  7. Rhythm of Love by Plain White T's
  8. Really Don't Care by Demi Lovato
  9. Summer's Not Hot by Selena Gomez
  10. Undefeated by Jason Derulo
  11. We Are Who We Are by Little Mix
  12. Heartbreak Girl by 5 Seconds of Summer
  1. Printed shorts- So cute and some of them feel like you're wearing pajamas! My favorites are these flowered ones and this black and white pair from Macy's. 
  2. "Leather" sandals- They make any outfit instantly look put together! For a higher end pair I love these. For a lower priced option, this pair is amazing (bonus! right now they are half off!). 
  3. Plain tee shirts- Incredibly versatile. I love adding a necklace or wearing them with my printed shorts. 
  4. White dresses- You just look so tan! Unfortunately, the one I purchased from Macy's is no longer available but I adore this and this
  5. Crossbody bags- Soooo much less annoying than carrying a shoulder bag! I love this one from Fossil and this one from Forever 21. 
Beauty: (I apologize for the lack of products, but I don't wear much make up or anything)
  1. Burt's Bees Hydrating Coconut and Pear lip balm- this stuff really keeps your lips moisturized for a long time… it's actually better than, dare I say it, my eos lip balm. Plus, it smells amazing! Buy it here
  2. Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry- Such a perfect pink for summer! Just enough color and super moisturizing (I always use a lip balm before though- double duty!). Grab it here or at most department stores (i.e. Macy's, Younkers, etc.). 
  3. Simple Moisturizer- This stuff really works. It was literally the only moisturizer that could cure my dry skin. I tried so many- even Clinique and CeraVe! Definitely a staple. For some reason the one I use I can't find online, but I will link their website here.
  4. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30- I know I said that this isn't a great moisturizer, and it's not the best, but the SPF part is very good. I recently took a summer gym class, which was at least 2-3 hours out in the sun. I didn't use any sunscreen other than this and my face never burned once! Buy it here.
  5. Dove Solid Deodorant: go fresh Cool Essentials in cucumber and green tea- Okay, I know no one talks about deodorant, but everyone uses it. This works great and smells great, too! You can find it here or at Target or drugstores. 
So there you have it! Sorry there are no pictures or anything… I have to sort out some camera problems and figure out how to take good pictures. I will be setting up an email for this, so feel free to email if you have any comments about things that could be better with the blog or posts you want to see. I will try to post once or twice a week! 
I also have a Polyvore so follow me on there! I usually follow back! (It will be linked in the 'Contact' tab). 

Au Revoir! 

"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."