Valentine’s Day OOTD & Makeup Look!

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Hello, loves! Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day of love, I thought I’d share an OOTD. Initially, this post was going to be strictly a makeup look, however I remembered I had the perfect outfit for the day! It’s been so long since I’ve written a post like this, and I forgot how much I enjoy sharing them with you all. Whether you are in a committed relationship or a single pringle like me, I hope you can find some happiness today and celebrate the love that is so abundant in this world. Enjoy the OOTD!

Pink, Purple, and Poised

Once I knew Valentine’s Day was coming up, I really wanted to do a pink inspired makeup look. It quickly turned to a more purple look, but I’m not really mad about it. I started out with the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay, which is completely made up of pink shades. I personally love the looks you can get from this palette and I use it quite often in the spring time. I then went in with the two dark pink shades from the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. This really brought out the perfect pink/rosey shades to the outer half of my lid. Lastly, I used the Purple Palette from Kylie cosmetics, which I wrote a full review of (you can find that here), and I was definitely not impressed with it. However, the one shade I truly do love I used today on my lower lash line and a bit in my outer V. I finished everything off with some black Stila waterproof eyeliner and the Better Than Sex Mascara (what else would I use? lol)

For skin, I used my usual Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and translucent powder to set everything in place. As for bronzer, blush, and highlighter, I went in with the Benefit Hoola bronzer, Nars blush in Orgasm, and a pinky toned highlighter from Kylie Cosmetics (let me know if you guys want a full review of her highlighters, I’m very torn on them too). As for lips, I went for a simple tinted chapstick from Burt’s Bees in Pomegranate.

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For the Love of Yellow Hearts

This top I found at Topshop a while back. It’s a cropped blouse with a little tie in the front. I normally am not a fan of these types of tops, but the print completely won me over. The small black and white dots with the yellow hearts made for the perfect look today! The zipper running down the front gives a very edgy look, which of course I’m obsessed with. Sleeves are a big deal to me, and the one on this top definitely don’t disappoint! I love the length and combined with the flowy material, makes for a flattering ensemble.

I paired this top with my favorite jean skirt (which I thought was appropriate for the weather today, but it actually ended up raining!) I added these black heeled sandals and I think it went super well with the top. For accessories, I kept it simple with medium sized silver hoops. I love how casual yet put together this look is. You could definitely spice it up with some more serious heels if you’re going out at night or throw on some tennis shoes if you’re simply running errands.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little Valentine’s themed OOTD. Let me know what you think of the makeup and outfit down below in the comments. If you have any questions, feel free to ask as well! Have a great day everyone!

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Life Update & Thoughts About Illness

Hey everyone! Many of you may be wondering where I’ve been. If you remember, about a month ago I came down with the flu. It was just another cold; I missed about a day of school and it was completely manageable. However, the past week I caught the flu again, and this time it was much, much worse. I don’t think I’ve had a sickness quite like this before and I missed an entire week of school. That is unheard of for me, since I’m very good about attendance. I just wanted to write a quick update on the blog and show you guys I haven’t forgotten about it (I don’t think I ever could!)

This week of illness (and this entire flu season altogether) has reminded me of a few things. Firstly, sometimes your body and your wellbeing have to come before anything else, including school. Secondly, you shouldn’t feel bad about that or be punished for it. In this society, everyone has such packed schedules and being present for every moment in life seems like a must. Although many of us love to be present for these moments, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Your health (including mental health) must come before everything at the end of the day. This week I definitely missed out on a lot and felt like I was letting some of my friends down. That’s one of the worst feelings in the world since I want everyone surrounding me to feel happy. However I came to the conclusion that if people truly and genuinely care about you, they will want your health to be at 100%.

When it comes to school, my university is extremely strict about attendance, which usually isn’t an issue for me since I’m always present for lectures, tests, etc. This week though, I missed every single class, which brings down my grade unless I bring in a doctor’s note (which I have ready, don’t you worry). I’m not quite sure if I agree with schools around the country that have this same rule. I get a little confused when professors consider a sickness an unexcused absence. Would they prefer a person come to class and infect everyone else instead of missing a day or two? I personally believe you should heal completely instead of rushing to get back to school when you’re still weak and sick. What do you guys think about illness being an accepted excuse for absences? I’d love to know your opinion since many of you have been through school.

Lastly, being sick in general makes me truly appreciate being healthy and able to finish tasks, work, etc. Life can get hectic sometimes, but we often forget to reflect back and appreciate the small things we have like health. I’m very lucky to have my good health and that this was just a second go at the flu for me. I’m excited to get back into my normal school, gym, and homework routine. Sometimes we need to reach a little low to fall back in love with our day to day lives. I hope this is a nice little reminder for you guys today! Have an amazing night, everyone!

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Some A’s to Your Q’s: The Mystery Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you all have been enjoying your week, it’s been so sunny and in the 80’s here in San Diego. Through my classes and working endlessly on my graphic design portfolio, I’ve been trying to appreciate my city and take advantage of the sun and beaches. It’s been about a week since I’ve posted and I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award, so I thought I’d answer some questions today. Thank you so much to Moonlight and Macaroons for the nomination, definitely check out her post to learn more about her, I loved reading through the answers! Since I’ve done so many of these award posts now, I’m just going to get straight on into the questions.

Three Facts About Me

1. I’ve been to five different countries in Europe, but only been to one city on the east coast of the United States.
2. I was a complete tomboy when I was a kid. My sister and I loved going to the skatepark and wearing camo (yikes).
3. I’m a complete art kid and have nerded out just standing in a room full of Monets and Picassos.

Questions

Q: If you were a season, what season would you be and why?
A: I believe I’d be Summer (or Spring, since my birthday is in March). Summer has always been such a happy time for me, especially as a kid. We had so many traditions and my parents would always hype up the beginning of the season. I’d spend my days in our pool, lounging on the beach, or playing in the waves. My favorite thing to do at the beach was to stay in the water for as long as possible!

Q: What/who is your spirit animal?
A: Considering I was obsessed with bunnies as a kid and had a Peter Rabbit room as a baby, I’d say a rabbit is my spirit animal. Although, dolphins absolutely fascinate me and I see them fairly often back home. They’re beautiful and extremely intelligent.

Q: Where would you like to travel?
A: My answer would usually be to go back to London. I haven’t announced this on my blog formally yet, but I’m going back to England with my family this summer! You better believe there will be plenty of posts about that!! As for places I’ve never been to, I’d love to see somewhere tropical like Bora Bora or the Maldives. Scotland and Ireland have also been pretty high on my bucket list as well.

Q: What is the craziest thing you have ever experienced?
A: Moonlight and Macaroons mentioned being robbed in her answer, and I realized I had a very similar story that was one of the craziest things I’ve experienced! When I went to Athens, Greece this past summer, my friends and I were walking around one evening through a pretty touristy spot. This is where a lot of the local kids would attempt to pick pocket or sell things to unprepared Americans like ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could’ve done something to help these children so they wouldn’t have to pick pocket anymore. Anyways, one of my friends was a great photographer, so he had some sort of bag with him. Many of the kids were reaching into his bag to try and take what I believe was camera equipment. They got very close to stealing from him, and we were shocked by the whole experience. Combined with the hustle and bustle of a big crowd while trying to stay with our group, it was pretty crazy.

Q: What would you choose as a superpower?
A: I think a fun superpower would be the ability to create healthy food out of thin air. I struggle sometimes when I come back from class, I’m super hungry, and I just want to stuff my face with whatever is available. Most of the time, it’s not very healthy things. So to instantaneously be able to create a preferably vegan and delicious meal would be so amazing!

Those are all the questions for the Mystery Blogger Award! I nominate everyone who is reading this to attempt these questions. It really helps your readers to get to know you better, which is why I always love to participate. I’d love to know more about YOU, so comment down below if you decide to answer these questions yourself! Time to get ready for class, I’ll talk to you guys soon! xx

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How to Treat Headaches/Migraines

Hey everyone! I’m happy to say I am finally almost completely healthy. In my last post about my L.A. trip I mentioned how the flu hit me pretty hard. However, I’m back and I wanted to go a little more in depth about something I’ve dealt with for a long time that also relates to health: headaches or migraines. I knew so many people could relate to this topic, and it’s definitely affected my life majorly at some points. I’d like to mention that I’m not a medical professional, but these are steps I’ve taken to relieve my own pain.

My Experience

Throughout my early childhood, I can’t remember a single time when I experienced a headache. I was a very active kid, played soccer for eight years, and was out in the sun it seemed like all day. When I hit my early teen years though, I really started to go through a rough time when it came to migraines. Specifically when I turned 14, I remember it getting really bad. Looking back now, it was definitely because of all the new hormones and simply becoming a teenager (not such a good look). It would usually happen at the end of the day after school or towards the end of a school day. A simple headache that was slightly annoying would turn into having a complete intolerance to light, sound, and at times even my own movement. When it came to migraines, the only thing that helped was trying to sleep in a dark room (more details on this below).

Here’s where it gets bad: at times my migraines would get so unbearable that my body would get a bad case of the shakes. I couldn’t control my whole body and while they weren’t full on spasms, I got extremely shaky and queasy. This queasiness would then lead to a complete upheaval of my stomach. Yes, gross I know but I want to be completely honest in case any of you have gone through this too. I haven’t had one of these episodes in quite some time now. It was 100% just a phase my body was going through. However, usually once a month around the same time I will get a pretty bothersome headache (I think you girls know what I mean by that). But it’s the truth, and I’m sure most women can relate to this.. They aren’t nearly as painful as I’d experienced when I was a girl, but I still take the same steps to treat it. Here’s a list of exactly how I get my headaches to die down:

Place a cold towel on your head and over your eyes
This is one of my favorite tricks. When I personally get a headache, it feels like my brain is pulsating and my entire head feels very warm. Putting something cold on your head (ice packs work very well too) will bring you a lot of relief and make you feel more relaxed.

Sleep in a dark room
As I briefly mentioned above, one of the only things that truly helped my migraines disappear was sleeping it off in a pitch black room. When I was younger, my mom would place me in bed, turn all the lights off and let me sleep. I do that same thing today. As soon as I can, I close my door, place a cold towel on my head and drift off. I will normally wake up in the morning feeling so much better, or at the least with a less horrible headache.

Advil
This may be a bit obvious, but I take Advil for my headaches. There are plenty of over the counter medicines out there that do the same job, but Advil has always worked for me. Usually if I catch a headache early enough and take Advil, it doesn’t become a big production and I can control the pain.

You go ahead let your hair down!
Although these may be some cheesy lyrics to an old song, they speak some truth. As simple as it seems, it’s very common for people with heavy hair to get headaches. My sister has beautiful, long, yet very heavy hair. At times when she would wear it in a ponytail for too long, she’d end up with a headache. If you’re one of those people, let those long locks free!

Take a break from technology
I’m not sure what your specific habits with technology are, but I know personally it’s an enormous part of my life. Most of my classes involve sitting and staring a computer screen for multiple hours. That really takes a toll on your brain and your eyes. If I stare at my computer or phone for too long, I end up with a headache. Ask yourself how much you’ve been on the computer today, and it’s probably too much (I’m totally guilty of this, which is why I’m including it). In the case of your eyes, my eye doctor has made it clear that between every 20 minutes you’re on the computer, look away from the screen just for a minute or two. You may save yourself from eye issues and headaches in the future just by doing something so simple!

That’s about it, I hope you guys enjoyed these tips! Headaches are just a part of my life and I’ve learned how to deal with them well. Have any of you gone through similar experience and do you have any good tricks to clear up symptoms? PLEASE let me know down in the comments, I’d love to hear how you deal with it, especially since so many people in the world can relate! Have a great rest of your week!

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Art Museum Hopping in L.A.

Hey everyone! It’s been almost a week since my last post, which makes me super sad but I honestly didn’t have a choice. Firstly, school (especially my graphic design portfolio) has kept me busier than most semesters, which I wasn’t expecting from my last few months of college. Secondly, I caught the flu! What a great time to get sick, right? It’s been hitting me pretty hard so I’ve had to miss a few classes. The one thing I didn’t allow myself to miss though, was a field trip to L.A. for my Studio Seminar class, which focuses on Contemporary Art. We took the trip yesterday, and even though I was feeling absolutely terrible, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t attend. So today’s post will be all about my trip to L.A. with my class and everything we saw!

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The night before I made sure to pack a small backpack with DayQuil, cough drops, and TONS of tissues, because your girl was sick as a dog! We all met in the morning and started off our day with some bagels. The drive from San Diego to Los Angeles took a little over two hours, which definitely wasn’t bad. Depending on traffic, the drive can take three or four hours (foreshadowing our drive home). Our plan was to museum hop to a couple different places all in and around the Arts District, which if you remember, I just posted about a few weeks ago when I went there with my fam. You can find that post here to find more fun adventures to be had in L.A.

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Since we got into the city a little earlier than the rest of our class, we stopped by Vista Hermosa park, which has a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline. I’d definitely recommend this spot if you want the classic L.A. photo! Here I am cheesin’ even though I was under the weather. Who am I kidding, I absolutely look like I’m sick, lol!

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In the Arts District, we started with the Geffen Museum, which is a part of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). We saw a massive piece by an artist we weren’t planning to check out. Spatially it was quite a large pice, so it took a while to walk around and see the whole thing. It was dark inside and was painted blue, so it looked like a movie set where they would film CGI and special effects. The pieces mirrored a post apocalyptic era, in which nature, modern times, and robotics, all intertwined and were a thing of the past. I took a few photos of it, but since it was pretty graphic and most of the animal remains were real, I don’t want to disturb anybody on this blog. I’m sure many would find this art interesting, but I won’t take my chances.

For lunch, we went to a place called Wurstküche, which was a great hotdog place. Best of all, they had TONS of vegetarian options. I got the vegetarian Italian with onions and classic ketchup and mustard.

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Moving on to the second museum, we visited Hauser and Wirth to see an artist named Mike Kelley. Even though he has passed, his work is still very much alive and fascinating!  His collection centered around the story of Superman and how he kept the city of Kandor alive in a bell jar. The first few rooms started off at a macro scale, with illuminated miniature cities filled with color and hope. As you move into other rooms though, Kelley zooms into the micro world of the Kandor people, who are oppressed and extremely zombie-like. Here are a few photos of the first few rooms, but again a lot of these pieces are a bit shocking, so I’ll refrain from showing those.

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To end the day, we found an adorable little coffee/frozen yogurt shop called Bae. It definitely had a specific aesthetic and was a very trendy place you’d usual find in L.A. Of course, I love the looks of lots of marble and tiles with black walls and illuminated type. We bought some charcoal frozen yogurt (with free toppings) on a charcoal cone. It was very refreshing even though it was about to rain outside. Sitting with a few of my friends in such a cute place was a great way to end our busy day.

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Finally, we made our way back to San Diego, this time it took us over three hours to get home, through a little bit of rainy and cloudy weather. I was still feeling very sick by this point but I made it through the entire day! I’m really glad I stuck it out and got to see so many amazing places and such unique art. I would love to move to L.A. one day so it’s nice to walk around and get familiar with all the different areas. Have you guys been to any of these places I’ve mentioned? Or do you have any opinions on contemporary art or  art in general? Let me know down in the comments!

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Are Smartphones Trashing Our Lives?

Hello everyone! Since school has started up again and I’ve finished my first week of the semester, I wanted to share something quite interesting with you all that we’ve been discussing in my Art Seminar class. During this class, we will be taking multiple trips to Los Angeles to visit some museums and galleries while learning the ins and outs of contemporary art. Not only that, our professor has had us dive into topics that not only affect the art world, but every single human being individually. The first idea we’ve been reading about is how smartphones are affect our lives. Are they assisting us in our everyday tasks like they were assigned to do? Or are they slowly taking over our society and setting limits to our intellectual capabilities? Keep reading to hear my take on things!

The Smartphone Experiment

To start off this conversation, my professor had us read a short article from October 6, 2017 by Nicholas Carr entitled “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds.” I will link the PDF here (WSJ Smartphones) if any of you are interested in reading the entirety of the article.  Basically an experiment was conducted with three separate groups. Each group was given an assignment, however the major differences between each group was where their phones were located. In Group 1, their phones were places right in front of them. For Group 2, phones were kept in backpacks or purses beside them. In Group 3, phones were left in a completely separate room while they worked on the assignment.

The results were in! Interestingly, Group 3 had the highest scores and Group 1 had the lowest scores. How crazy is that?? The phones simply sitting in front of Group 1 caused a distraction (even if they weren’t turned on) and made them not perform well. We aren’t even aware of the control that smartphones have over our minds. All day we are subconsciously waiting for something to pop up on that screen or to hear that PING or feel that vibration. We can all admit that we pull out our phones countless times everyday, and its definitely become a habit, almost involuntary.

I’ll Just Look It Up Later

Let me see a show of hands (or comments) for whoever has said this statement before. “I don’t need to know that now, I’ll just Google it when I really need to” or something along those lines. Smartphones and specifically search engines like Google have made it increasingly more easy to find an answer to any question we have. They were built to help us with problem solving and designed so that we need (and want) them everyday of our lives. How has that affected our minds though? The truth is since we don’t have a need to memorize or remember any of the information we search, our brains don’t truly take in any of that information. We subconsciously know all the answers are sitting in our phones or our laptops, so what’s the need to retain any of it? We let the phones remember for us. In one section of the article posted above Carr states, “As strange as it might seem, people’s knowledge and understanding may actually dwindle as gadgets grant them easier access to online data stores.” Unfortunately, there are effects to this lessening of understanding for our brains. Carr also mentions, “Only by encoding information in our biological memory can we weave the rich intellectual associations that form the essence of personal knowledge and give rise to critical and conceptual thinking.” 

What You Can Do

Alright so I know I just threw a lot of information at you in some giant paragraphs. But stay with me here. You don’t have to fall into the hole that is the technological takeover. I won’t dismiss the fact that smartphones, tablets, and desktops are simply a part of our world now and are necessary for business, profit, and staying connected to those we love. There is absolutely no way a person could cut out technology and not struggle a bit. However, this article and this discussion has made me review my own relationship with my phone and computer lately.

I am totally one of those people that constantly has my phone on me and checking it way more than I should. I love social media, it honestly does intrigue me, especially the business aspects of it. But when it becomes a nuisance is when you are spending time with friends or right before bed. I personally have been making an effort to not look at my phone before I sleep; I’ve been trying instead to read a book or write in my journal. It’s small changes like this that will lead to a better sleep and an overall higher quality of life in my opinion. Slowly cutting out times where you truly don’t need your phone and replacing it with YOU time or giving yourself moments to check your mental health is extremely important.

As for computers, obviously I am completely attached to mine because of this blog. My blog is something I’m extremely passionate about and is my way to stay connected to you guys. Not to mention, my entire graphic design major is dependent on my Mac. I literally could not earn my degree without this keyboard and mousepad. So again, I will try to make an effort to stay off my computer (specifically YouTube) as much as possible, since I’m already using it so much for my designs. Alright, I think I’ll cut this post here. Let me know what you think of this topic, I personally find it so interesting! If we could start a conversation about this in the comments, that would be so awesome! Talk to you all soon!

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Confused by Kylie Cosmetics…The Purple Palette

Hello loves! Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm during these chilly January days. I’m back with another beauty post and I want to get immediately into it because I really want to know your own thoughts on this. A while back I wrote a glowing review of a Kylie matte liquid lipstick (you can read that here if you need to catch up) and its honestly been one of my favorite shades. However, for Christmas I received one of her eyeshadow palettes because I was really curious if she had the same good quality throughout the variety of her products. Reviews in general of Kylie Cosmetics have been so up and down but I really wanted to form an opinion for myself.

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I saw this palette when Kylie first posted about it on her snapchat (and yes I’m afraid I do actually follow her on snapchat) and I was very interested. Not only because I’m a big fan of purple, but because the types of shades she paired together was very unique and I wondered what kind of looks she (or I) could possibly create. The Purple Palette consists of many different shades of purple, from matte tones to shimmery ones. However, it also includes some muted tones as well as some golds. See what I mean by a unique pairing of colors?? But wait, there’s more! Lol, that really sounded like an infomercial! She threw in a green…A GREEN SHADE, PEOPLE! What the heck??

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Alright so here are the swatches. The lighting in my apartment is very yellow, but I hope these swatches give a good representation of the palette. These colors applied fairly nicely. As with many palettes, the shimmery shades were much more pigmented than the matte ones. I’m starting to wonder if maybe this is the case for ALL shadows? Maybe that’s just how the formulas work? Let me know if you can confirm or deny this. Anyways, one thing I noticed was these shadows are not very creamy. I’m used to Urban Decay’s shadows, which in my opinion are quite creamy. Kylie’s shadows just seemed…more packed in and rougher in texture. This leads me to conclude that her shadows may have a lot of fallout. I’ve only used it once so far, so maybe that’ll be my next experiment.

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Let’s talk about packaging very briefly. You guys know me, packaging means a lot and it says so much about the integrity and care of the company. Kylie is not good at packaging in my opinion. The drips in her logo are honestly a bit boring and are overused in design. This palette in particular felt very cheap and thrown together. You can tell it obviously wasn’t her biggest concern, which is troublesome to me because an outer appearance should be a customer’s first impression of who you are as a brand or company.

Okay, I feel like I’ve been brutally honest throughout this whole post, so let me tell you some things I truly like about the palette. The color Amethyst (bottom left corner) is one of the most unique shades I have ever seen. I used this on my lid, and although I ultimately regretted the placement, it really is a gorgeous and unique shade. It would look lovely as an accent color on the lower lash line. Similarly the shade to the right of it, Purple Smoke, is something I have never seen before. On first glance, it looks like a shimmery bronze shade, maybe with some pink in it. When I swatched it however, it came out a golden purple. That sounds confusing, but it’s a gorgeous mix of shimmery gold and lavender that somehow combine to create this shade. The lighting doesn’t show that very well on my arm, but I’d love to do a makeup tutorial with it. Let me know which shades you find most interesting and post them in the comments below! Whichever shades are the most popular, I’ll do a makeup look with!

That’s about it! I’ve told you all that I will always be honest on this blog, and this has been one of those times. As much as I wanted to be head over heels for this palette, it leaves me confused and puts me at risk for an overly bright, costume makeup vibe. That’s a no no! Until next time, bye guys!

xx Sage

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