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. 

07 August 2015

Wishtrend August Coupon Codes Are Here!

Where has the summer gone? One moment school is out, and now it's almost time for the kids to go back to school again. 

I hear that collective cheering from the stay at home moms out there!

There is another thing to be excited about - Wishtrend's August coupon codes have arrived!

This month, if you spend $55 or more, use the code WISHAUG2015 to get 10% off of your order.

Use code WISHGIFTAUG2015 and get one free Cosrx Embo Cotton Puff on any order.

These puffs are amazing for applying toner or other moisturizers. They are fluffy, soft, and a real treat to add to your beauty routine. 

Don't forget about the free shipping zone! 

What are you waiting for? Update your back to school makeup collection with Wishtrend!

05 August 2015

Slowly Back To Health

It's been one week on antibiotics and I'm finally starting to feel better!

I've been hanging around the house, watching a lot of dramas (I just finished Mask and started Oh My Ghostess), and snuggling with the dog. 

One good note is I can finally hear out of my ear again, and I can pop it. Yeah!

Since I'm always rather unhealthy, and take more medications than a thirty year old woman should, today's post is going to be about medicine!

This is for all of my fellow spoonies out there <3

Rather than one of those "what's in my bag" thing, I'm going to do what's in my medicine bag ^^

Since I like to be organized, I like to keep all of my things in this VS Pink bag that I got from the girl child. I've got a fairly large computer, so you can see a bit of the scale. 

It keeps a ton of stuff. I think I have six or seven bottles in there plus other miscellaneous things. 

(Note on the Walmart bottles: my Walmart is a terrible pharmacy as far as organization, but they have the best prices in my city. It makes me so mad that they screw up so much. I suppose I pay for the service when it comes to the savings I'm getting. If I didn't pay out an arm and a leg each month for medications, I'd kiss them goodbye and go to a local pharmacy. Unfortunately most of my local pharms are not at all cost effective and charge almost double for most of my meds.)

In addition to my regular meds, I have other things in there because I'm one of those people who always likes to be prepared. 

The inhaler is a given since I'm asthmatic. Also immodium because of whatever the hell is going on with my stomach. It's a must. 

I'm not sure why I have matches in there. I suppose they will come in handy one day. I may need to set a fire. Or light a candle. 

I also like to keep a pen in each of my bags because you never know when you're going to need a pen. 

The Reed's Peanut Butter Ginger Candy has to different uses. 

Not only is it damn delicious, albeit a bit on the spicy side thanks to the ginger, but ginger is also very good for nausea!

If you've been following me for a while you know about all of my nausea issues. I like to have these on hand if I start to feel woozy and queasy, or if my sugar drops. It's got a very lovely protein count thanks to the peanut butter so it gets me as right as rain very fast. 

Sorry for the blurry picture!

They are about as big as my finger and really chewy like taffy. You can find them at your local health food store, or possibly even at the supermarket. 

So that's my spoonie edition of what's in my bag! 

I hope you have all been well, and I will see you soon (hopefully!)

I know they have broken up but DWV has been on my mind a lot lately so tonight I'm going to share the song that is stuck in my head <3


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