30 November 2015

Cyber Monday Deals

I know I'm a little late on the game, but I've been scouring and found some pretty fantastic Cyber Monday deals! Who needs to fight on Black Friday when you can sit in your pajayjays at home on Monday to get even better discounts?

Wishtrend has some insane deals going on right now on for just about everything, from their Sol-Kits to much loved favorites. Head over to Wishtrend to see their deals now. No coupons needed for most discounts, yay!

If you spend $59 you can get free worldwide shipping, and if you spend $139 you get free expedited shipping.

Some products have up to 80% off right now, so get them while you can.

Pinky Paradise is also having a huge sale. Up until the 9th of December use coupon code BlackFriday2015 to get 50% off of yearly lenses except sclera, Phantasee, and Toric lenses. 

Full terms and conditions for the sale can be found on their Black Friday hub page. 

For those craving a little luxury, Tatcha is holding their Friends & Family event. You can get 20% off of the entire site until December 6th using the coupon code FRIEND2015 or FF2015. They have some of the best products I've ever used and I cannot recommend them enough. Take advantage of this deal with their giftsets. It would be the perfect chance to spoil yourself, or a special lady in your life! 

Another of my favorite stores, Beauteque, is having a one day sale that ends tonight at 11:59 PM EST. Use coupon CYBER30 to get 30% off of all purchases site wide.

Use code CYBER50 to get 50% off of certain items. 

They are even doing deals on their subscription boxes!

There are a ton of stores doing deals that either end today or end within the next few days, I've only listed my favorite places. 

Maybe it's time to treat yourself? 

Happy shopping!

29 November 2015

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday!

It's been so relaxing. I normally clean house all day, so I took the day and gamed all day long. 

I have been working on completing my FFX and I managed to get all of Wakka's reels and a trophy for learning all of Kimhari's overdrives. 

I won't lie - I spent the last six hours gaming. Hard. 

My sister came by and left me the most beautiful cuff. 

She weaved this by hand. If you want to see more of her work, you can find it at The Forward Knot on Facebook.

We are going to have a family game night after my bf finishes cooking dinner. My mother got me Monopoly so we are going to see how quickly family game night can turn into a family feud. 

To top it off, the mid season finale of The Walking Dead comes on tonight, so it's like I'm getting a birthday prezzie from my favorite show!

I'm just glad that my birthday hasn't sucked, like it has in years past. I'm either always sick or some kind of dumb friend drama comes up. It's been an incredibly good day.

I've also decided to get my first tattoo! I won't reveal it until I've actually gotten it done, if I have the balls to go through with it ^^ I'm going to get it when my bf goes to finish off the color on his thigh piece. Hopefully I won't back out like a sissy xD

See you later!

28 November 2015

Dolla Dolla Makes Me Holla!

So in my post yesterday, I mentioned that I had gotten a bunch of higher priced makeup at my local Dollar Tree for only a dollar. Yeah. One dollar. Four quarters. Ten dimes. An assload of pennies.

I am not posting all of my haul here because some of it is going to be part of a gift for my step-daughter and I don't want her nosy butt to see ^^ I also gave some stuff to my sister because the colors simply didn't look right on me.

I apologize in advance for my crappy photos - my phone took a poopie and now I'm stuck with a pretty junk LG phone that only has a 5 megapixel camera. BF was supposed to get me a new one yesterday on Black Friday but the only ones in our price range weren't much better than this one that I have. Wah!

So here are seventeen of the things that I got.

As you can see, some of these brands are really freakin good. 

27 November 2015

Thanksgiving 2k15

It's been so long since I've posted!

Since then I've changed my medications and I feel much better. I'm even starting to travel more, something that I was unable to do this time last year!

My sister has tried taking me on daily trips so we can get out and see how much I can do. We've done a little shopping, eaten lunch at our favorite eatery, and even just driven. So far, so good. Haven't gotten sick once!

I went a little insane at our dollar store when I found they had a stash of Revlon, Maybelline, Milani, and Essie products. Usually things like that are an upwards of $5, but since it's the Dollar Tree everything is only a dollar. I think I spent an upwards of $50 on just beauty products that would have cost me almost $200 had I gotten them at a regular drug store. Insane, right? 

I also got a fake septum ring to wear around, to test the idea of it. 

I love how it looks! I tried to surprise my mom with it, telling her that my sister and I went to the piercing parlor instead of going shopping, and rather than being surprised she just told me it looked nice. Prank fail!

If you're in the US, how was your Thanksgiving? 

I made my very first baked mac and cheese yesterday, and it was such a hit that my boyfriend's sister asked to keep the rest if she brought back my pan. 

This is the only picture that my boyfriend and I took together. His sister manned the camera. If you're interested, you can find the rest of our pictures on facebook. 

I ended up meeting a few animals yesterday at my boyfriend's cousin's house - it's like a damn zoo. I met some goats and a pig or two, but I was terrified of the turkey. It's huge and roams free!

He also had a little cage of guinea hens. They were so small and adorable!

Today has been incredibly rainy, and I've been recovering while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With chronic illness, even the littlest trips and events can tire you out. Yesterday was a pretty big event, starting with me in the kitchen from 8AM until noon, then an entire afternoon running around out in my boyfriend's dad's neighborhood eating and enjoying spending time with family. 

My sister and her kids came over last night. The night ended up being so long, full of food and good times. 

Tomorrow my boyfriend is off from work, so we are going to lounge around. My birthday is on Sunday and he works, so Saturday is our day to celebrate together ^^

I'm slowly but surely recovering. Hopefully I'll be back to my normal self, soon. 

13 October 2015

How Do You Glow?

With summer at an official end and fall moving in upon us, keeping that summer glowing skin may be a concern for some.

My pale butt never has a summer glow - I prefer to call it nuclear winter!

I use a combination of diet, exercise, and skin care to keep my skin looking it's best.

09 October 2015

Depression Is...

Depression is hell.

I have dealt with depression and anxiety issues since I was a teenager. It seemed, to someone on the outside looking in, strange for a person in my position to be depressed at all.

I came from a nice two parent household, my dad made decent enough money to help me finance a car when I was sixteen, I had a a decent circle of friends and good grades. I was given a small allowance for clothes and makeup and I essentially wanted for nothing even though we weren't the most well off.

No matter how nice things looked I've always had issues with feeling depressed, sometimes for no reason.

It wasn't until I was older and started regularly seeing a doctor that I learned that it is chemical. There is something off in that lovely noggin of mine that makes me have some days where I just want to sleep because my dreams always seem better than the reality that I'm living, even if the reality I am living is pretty good despite the changes I've experienced over the last five years of my life.

Depression doesn't always have a reason to rear it's ugly head.

I can wake up one morning and it's just there

And any plans that I may have had for that day are thrown out of the window because all I want to do is wear my fluffy footie pajamas and watch Netflix all day long. 

It can't be resolved by throwing chocolate at me and screaming "Satan has been fed" or by taking me out to do something I like. 

Depression can kill all simple pleasures in life. Even my favorite activities become monotonous and simply miserable. I want to get it through as quickly as possible and go back to my little hidey hole and sequester myself away from the rest of the world. 

Depression can actually hurt. Physically hurt. 

During my worst episodes it's not uncommon for me to ache all over like I have the flu. It's deep muscle aches, too, not just your standard take some ibuprofen and it's over ache. No amount of medicine takes it away and it makes getting anything done almost impossible. 

All you can really do is put on some comfortable clothes and hope for the best. 

And if you have other things that make you ache? Be prepared to hurt worse or have a flare. 

It makes my yet to be diagnosed gut issues flare up and causes cramps and nausea, and other side effects that are really too terrible to discuss in public without becoming a total TMI. 

I may have depression, but I am not lazy. Sometimes I have bad days. I have even worse days. I will spend a week at a time only doing the minimum of household chores because I can't bring myself to be fully productive. But that doesn't mean I'm lazy. 

I have depression but it doesn't mean that I'm a constant spoil sport. If anything, having depression and coming to terms with it has made me even more sassy and sarcastic, and it's given me the ability to throw shade and have the target not know what the hell hit them. Get me together with another person who has depression that acts like mine and we are unstoppable with the sass. I also think it can make me one freakin funny individual. 

I may have depression, but that doesn't mean that I can't function like a normal person. I'm just a little more cynical and harder to motivate on a bad day. On a good day I'll run circles around you. 

I may have issues with depression, but that doesn't make me any different. 

Most of all, depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

Mental health is a serious thing that does come with a stigma, especially if you are taking medication. I take several just to make me completely human, to balance the chemical imbalances. 

I just get really sick sometimes of the things that I've heard from others, like if you would exercise more then you'd feel much better. Balance your diet. Meditate. Think happy thoughts. 

Sometimes only medication will help, not standing on my head or doing a warrior pose while breathing through my nose. 

For those reading this and can relate, know you're not alone. 

For the past month and a half I've had a really bad low. Really bad. I haven't met some deadlines and I feel terribly bad, I just can't help it. I'm not trying to be lazy or behind or whatever, it is just the way it works when you've got an issue. All of the medications in the world won't help some of these lows. 

You're not alone and there is no harm in having to take a time out from time to time. To time. To time. To time. 

Just be you, because there is only one and that's pretty damn special in itself. 

07 October 2015

Mini Hiatus

I know I've been gone for longer than usual. I've been rather sick. I also have issues with depression, which can kill motivation for me to do anything at all other than sleep. It's been very severe in the last month or so. I think it's because this time last year is when I was starting to get sick. 

I have tons of things I want to post and share, I just need to get myself back on track to do something other than be a useless lump of sappy and depressed chick bundled on the sofa watching mystery diagnosis shows. 

Love all of your faces!

26 August 2015

Etude House Curl Fix! Mascara Review

I have been dying to try this mascara. After seeing the commercials and doing a little research it looked like it was going to be so damn fantastic that I'd never use another mascara again. I apologize in advance - the song is really catchy and it gets stuck in my head and I have a sinking feeling that you will suffer the same fate after watching this. 

After seeing the brush and how nice their lashes looked I knew I wanted to try it. I have never had a mascara applicator that looked like that before. 

25 August 2015

Etude House Haul #2 + First Impressions

I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm a total Etude House whore. 

My last haul I fell in love with the products so much that I had another small shopping spree. 

19 August 2015

Better Sleep Naturally

I've always had problems sleeping. Once I hit middle school, my entire sleeping pattern changed all by itself. I can remember being little and watching Beverly Hills 90210 at nine, and then always falling asleep during the intro to Melrose Place at ten. Never fail.

My sleeping problems began when I was thirteen. I can remember staying up late reading and wanting to sleep most of the morning.

After a terrible two weeks of insomnia my senior year of high school where I didn't sleep for four days I finally started looking into sleep aids.

I remember the night so vividly, the night I finally fell asleep on my own, and my friend Rome showed up at like 11PM with a bottle of a natural sleep aid.

18 August 2015

Song of the Night + A Cause

It's been a while since I've posted one of these!

Tonight's song is close to my heart because it's for a good cause: for AIDS patients. I've been very touched by this horrid disease. I've known many who are pos, I've also lost a few really good friends due to complications. 

Alaska and Willam were promoting the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride to End AIDS. It is a seven day ride from SanFran to Los Angeles to raise awareness and donations for those who have HIV/AIDS.

Registration for 2016 is already open! If you are in Cali, be a do gooder and help our friends who are pos. 

As I'm all the way on the other side of the country I'll definitely be donating to the cause. 

I grew up in the era of the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and early 90s. 

In the 80's, it was considered a gay disease, even though IV drug users could easily contract the disease as well as people who had blood transfusions in like Ryan White due to shoddy testing of blood hemoglobin and plasma taken from places like blood banks.

I vividly remember always seeing commercials on television about using protection to prevent disease. Sex ed for us was more concerned about preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS than it was preventing things like pregnancy. 

To get an idea of the environment of the time, here is a video about that. 

This post ended up being much longer than I had anticipated. 

I'm extremely passionate about this cause. When you really think about it, you think "oh, this can't happen to me" or "this won't touch me", but it might. I have lost too many to just say that this isn't a cause that isn't worthy of the attention of the world, just as cancer awareness or awareness of poverty and starvation of those in third world countries. 

While I cannot find the whole movie on Youtube, look for The Ryan White Story. It will really give you an idea of the stigma that went along with having HIV/AIDS. Dallas Buyer's Club is also a really good one to look at. 

Have a great night, everyone, and I'll see you later!

17 August 2015

Win or Fail? Hair Edition

Lately Korean dramas have really been my thing. I don't see a lot of American shows that compare, that tell an entire story in the amount of episodes that would usually consist of one season of an American show. Right now none of my regular shows are on (damn you summer!). RuPaul's Drag Race ended in a really crappy way this season, and I've got to wait until October for American Horror Story and Walking Dead though I'm probably not going to watch this season - the second half of last season lost me.To me the characters are going way too far from what they were when they started and it almost feels like the writers have made the leaps too quickly. It's like reading OOC fanfiction. Really bad OOC fanfiction. 


Two of my favorite shows right now are Sensory Couple and Oh My Ghostess. Since watching them, there is always something I've wanted to do with my hair - kinda kink looking curls. 

I was inspired by Oh Cho Rim from Sensory Couple and Shin Soon Ae from Oh My Ghostess.

Oh Cho Rim

Shin Soon-Ae

13 August 2015

Be Your Best Self Tag

Right now at Beauteque they are doing a week of positivity. All of the festivities include giveaways on their various platforms as well as blog posts from their staffers on the Beauteque blog about what makes them their best self.

I decided that it may be a good therapeutic thing for me to do this tag. I've always dealt with depression and self esteem issues, though I hide it well.

Why not give this tag a try for yourself?

  • Was there a time when you had to be brave in a difficult situation? 
When my father went to jail, and subsequently prison. I will not get into the details of his crimes as that is family business, but I essentially had to try and step up and be a crutch to my mother. 
The day of his arrest I had a breakdown, physically and mentally. I spent most of the afternoon and evening crying until I vomited, until the point that my body just gave out. 
As a daddy's girl, it was tough to have to pull myself together to help support my mother through the situation, not only emotionally but financially. Around the same time all of the employees of the shop I worked at quit all at one time, leaving me working twelve hour days essentially by myself. That definitely helped on the financial side of things, and being so busy kept my mind away from the troubles I had at home.
  • Who inspires you to be your best self?  
Definitely my kids and my family. I do not wish to set a bad example for my boyfriend's kids that I've been raising for the past ten years. I consider them my children at this point because their mother hasn't exactly been the shining example of stability. 
 I want them to see that they can accomplish their dreams and do what they put their mind to. 
Sure, to some other parents I may seem rather hard on them, but I'd rather be a little hard on them now and have them succeed in the future rather than try to be a friend to them and not give them the discipline and structure that they deserve. The oldest boy looks to be beyond my help, the girl child seems to have a bit too much of her mother's personality so I hope that she does not relive her mother's mistakes, but the youngest (the one I've raised from diapers) has taken on mostly mine and my boyfriend's personalities. He came to me at the age of 9 and told me he wanted to be an engineer. That moment made me feel like I hadn't failed as a parent. It still makes me proud to think of that.
  • What is your greatest personal achievement?
As of right now, my greatest personal achievement is raising a very well rounded 11 year old boy. 
He's smart, very polite and courteous, a total goof ball. He is always willing to learn or try something new, something that the other two kids do not do. My Monkey is already more than willing to get into the kitchen to learn to cook (though he doesn't like doing the dishes), try foods that may seem weird at least one time, excels at sports....
He is my proudest achievement. 

  • Share a time when you acted selflessly.
If I listed all of the times I acted selflessly, I'd write a novel.
I grew up without very much, but we were very happy for what we did have.
Now, when I see someone who does not have much, I am the type that will give up the things that I have to make sure that all of their needs are met.
For a long time, my house was more like a hostel. I had so many people living here in and out because they didn't have places to live. At the time, they did it rent free because I knew that there was no way in hell that they were going to be able to pay anything at all. All I asked is that they picked up after themselves because I'm not their bleedin mother.
Now, when I cook, I always send the extras to my friends who are struggling to make ends meet. I'd rather have them eating my home cooked meals for free rather than going to some place like McDonald's and buying fatty nasty foods off of the dollar menu.
I've always been the mother hen of my group of friends.  
  • What is the best compliment you have ever given? 
I'm honestly not sure. I'm not sure if this counts or not, but the loving little insults my boyfriend and I share? I generally won't insult you unless I like you. 
  • What is the best compliment you have ever received? 
Oddly enough, it was from a little girl when I was a waitress. 
I always had a habit of getting down on the level of the children when I would ask them what they wanted to order (it made them feel grown up and their parents adored it), and I distinctly remember this little girl of probably about seven, in this little whisper tone, saying "woah, you're pretty! I want to be like you when I grow up!".
At the time I didn't feel so pretty because one of my front teeth had a huge hole in it from getting hit in the mouth and I hadn't been to the dentist yet to fix it.
It almost made me cry, especially since children are brutally honest. Just the day before my youngest great niece asked me why my tooth was nasty. The little girl I served, who has to be at least seventeen by now, really made an impact on me that day. 
  • What's your best beauty tip? 
Take care of your skin!
Your skin is your largest organ, as well as your canvas for your makeup. Make your skin the best it can be by having a skin care regimen. You'll glow! 
I have my own little routine, though I recommend you find the things that are right for your skin.
I always use a foaming cleanser, toner, serum, beta salic cream and a moisturizer morning and night, plus an oil cleanser when I wear makeup. Don't forget your sunscreen!
  • What beauty product makes you feel like your best self?
Tatcha's Kyoto Red lipstick. 

There is just something about this product that turned me into camwhore central.
It's one of those products that just makes me feel good. Like I feel like if I'm wearing it I can conquer the world. It makes me feel so pretty.
  • What do you do that makes you feel like your best self? 
I suppose staying spiritual. Religion has always been a large aspect of my life in one way or another, and for me serving Allah and following the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) makes me feel like I'm doing my best in this life. 
  • What is something that you love about yourself? 
I have a big heart, sometimes a little too big. It gets me into a pickle at times. I wouldn't know how to live if I didn't help people. 

So what makes you your best self?

If you participate in this tag send me a link so I can read your posts, too!

12 August 2015

Hair Color Adventures: Etude House Hot Style Cream Hair Color

My hair has taken a lot of crap over the past few months. After trying to dye my ends purple and ending up with this weird red thing going on, I've been trying to dye it back to it's normal color. The last one I used was from Confume and I ran out of color so my hair was patchy. 

When I did my Etude House haul I picked up some of their Hot Style Cream Color because they said it was good for grays, which I have in abundance. I figured I could use the rest of the color, after I hit my grays, on the ends of my hair to get rid of the patchy red brown junk.

This is the color itself. It's priced very decently in my opinion. It is just about the same price level as a Garnier or L'oreal at $9.10 USD. 


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