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Hello beautiful people! It's been a minute, hasn't it?! I have been enjoying every minute of my winter break. I've had time to slow down. Really slow down. Relax with my friends. Get my nails done. Ice skate. Buy birthday presents early! Plus, I've had the time to catch up on some of my favorite shows. I finished the second season of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and even watched all 3 seasons of Man in the High Castle with the bf!
Usually I blog more when life slows down, but I haven't had much time to shoot and have been enjoying an extended brainstorm session (or a serious case of writer's block). I'm shooting some new content early next month and I'm excited to get back into the swing of school, work, and JMC. Life moves so quickly lately I think I just needed an extended period of time to recharge, especially after my brutal stats class.

Now that I'm on my last week of break I am feeling ready for this next class (as I brace myself slightly). So in case you've wondered where I've been, I'm still here. Just enjoying living life in the present.

Talk soon, friends. New content is coming to JMC soon.

x,
S

Catching Up

January 15, 2019

Hello beautiful people! It's been a minute, hasn't it?! I have been enjoying every minute of my winter break. I've had time to slow down. Really slow down. Relax with my friends. Get my nails done. Ice skate. Buy birthday presents early! Plus, I've had the time to catch up on some of my favorite shows. I finished the second season of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and even watched all 3 seasons of Man in the High Castle with the bf!
Usually I blog more when life slows down, but I haven't had much time to shoot and have been enjoying an extended brainstorm session (or a serious case of writer's block). I'm shooting some new content early next month and I'm excited to get back into the swing of school, work, and JMC. Life moves so quickly lately I think I just needed an extended period of time to recharge, especially after my brutal stats class.

Now that I'm on my last week of break I am feeling ready for this next class (as I brace myself slightly). So in case you've wondered where I've been, I'm still here. Just enjoying living life in the present.

Talk soon, friends. New content is coming to JMC soon.

x,
S
Thank you, next 2018. I'm going to be completely honest 2018 was a challenging year in many different ways. A little less than halfway through the year I started a completely new job while simultaneously taking two MBA classes in subjects I am awful at. Battled anxiety. Let go of toxic friendships. Asked for help.

2018 taught me a lot. It taught me that you can struggle and things can still turn out amazing. I learned gratitude will always be there, even if you don't feel like you're there. It's the light at the end of the tunnel. "Gratitude helps you find meaning and some version of contentment in the chaos."

In 2018 I vowed to live a year of intentional gratitude, be more conscious about my purchasing behavior in regards to sustainability, and read 23 books.

I read 24 books. I was more mindful of my environmental footprint. I bought most of my clothes secondhand and cut down my consumption of beauty products. I even cancelled Sephora Play. I made sure that things I was consuming most often were able to be recycled. I shared my feelings even when it was challenging. I took as many walks as I could. I lost 4 lbs. I mediated frequently.

I am grateful for all that 2018 has taught me, including the proof that when faced against the odds I can still succeed (in heels too). In 2019 I will try my best to continue working on lessening my environmental footprint (bring a recyclable cup to coffee shops, take reusable bags, etc), work on handling my stress, try my best to practice my French everyday, be easier on myself and welcome each new day with gratitude.

What do you want to see on the blog in 2k19?
What are your goals and intentions for 2019?

Thank U, Next 2018

December 26, 2018

Thank you, next 2018. I'm going to be completely honest 2018 was a challenging year in many different ways. A little less than halfway through the year I started a completely new job while simultaneously taking two MBA classes in subjects I am awful at. Battled anxiety. Let go of toxic friendships. Asked for help.

2018 taught me a lot. It taught me that you can struggle and things can still turn out amazing. I learned gratitude will always be there, even if you don't feel like you're there. It's the light at the end of the tunnel. "Gratitude helps you find meaning and some version of contentment in the chaos."

In 2018 I vowed to live a year of intentional gratitude, be more conscious about my purchasing behavior in regards to sustainability, and read 23 books.

I read 24 books. I was more mindful of my environmental footprint. I bought most of my clothes secondhand and cut down my consumption of beauty products. I even cancelled Sephora Play. I made sure that things I was consuming most often were able to be recycled. I shared my feelings even when it was challenging. I took as many walks as I could. I lost 4 lbs. I mediated frequently.

I am grateful for all that 2018 has taught me, including the proof that when faced against the odds I can still succeed (in heels too). In 2019 I will try my best to continue working on lessening my environmental footprint (bring a recyclable cup to coffee shops, take reusable bags, etc), work on handling my stress, try my best to practice my French everyday, be easier on myself and welcome each new day with gratitude.

What do you want to see on the blog in 2k19?
What are your goals and intentions for 2019?

 
My love and appreciation for Mother Earth has been a lifelong relationship. You might remember my post a couple Earth Day's ago called, "Every Day Should Be Earth Day," where I shared a funny anecdote about trying to save a tree in my neighborhood. On the other hand, my passion for beauty really bloomed in high school. I remember dying to figure out how to do my makeup like Lily Ghalici (still quite haven't figured it out yet) and trying so many brands and products to get there. Although I did really learn a lot about beauty and how to do my makeup at a young age I didn't realize how much I was consuming at the time. I know I can't change who I was in the past, but I am trying my best to be an eco-warrior of the present.

Here are 5 Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

1. Buy Less. The first of the three R's is reduce. I know this is something that no one wants to hear, but without reducing you can never truly have a green beauty routine. Today's makeup is so innovative that you can do more with less, and that allows you to buy and consume less! I challenge you to really try to cut what beauty products you're purchasing in half. You don't need to stock up once a year. Buy what you need throughout the year as you need it or you will never curb your consumption. Not only does it save money, but Mother Earth will appreciate it too.

2. Ditch makeup wipes and buy a Makeup Eraser. I had heard about the Makeup Eraser a long time ago but was always weary about it. One day I found it at TJ Maxx for $8 and I was like, "Done!" Since then I haven't bought any makeup wipes. The Makeup Eraser works super well and takes off all kinds of makeup: glitter pigment, lipstick, mascara, foundation, etc. You can wash it in the laundry machine and it lasts up to 1000 washes. It does need to be washed rather frequently but I have been able to get by washing it every 4-6 weeks and it works fine. Sometimes I do miss makeup wipes, probably out of convenience and the fact that the Makeup Eraser has a slight smell, but I've started having a mini bottle of makeup remover which I can recycle to make sure makeup doesn't seep into my fine lines.

3. Join Terracyle. Terracycle helps recycle the "non-recyclable." They partner with collectors, companies, retailers, etc to help recycle all sorts of "non-recyclable" items. Once you join their website you can sign up for recycling programs. I will be honest signing up for recycling programs is a bit secretive. They don't tell you how many spots there are for each program/where you are on the wait list, but that's my only problem. Recently, I was accepted into TerraCycle's beauty recyling program which allows me to recycle skin care, hair care, and cosmetic packaging. Its pretty amazing because you can recycle lipstick tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, eyeliner, hair care products, etc. I am really close to reaching my 10 lb goal!

4. Head to Origins/the Origins counter. Origins recycles cosmetic empties from any brand! Simply bring your empties to the Origins store or Origins counter at Macy's/Nordstrom/etc.

5. Support eco-friendly brands. We all have certain brands that we follow but we should try our best to support brands that are making a difference and making it easier to follow the three R's. I used to be a MAC fanatic in high school and that's something I'm not ashamed to say because you get rewarded for using and recycling makeup. Recycling 6 MAC empties to the MAC counter gets you a free $17 lipstick. MAC is not the only company making a difference. Ecotools, The Body Shop, Alba Cosmetics, Honest Beauty, Kiehls and Burt's Bees are a few other brands making a difference in the beauty community.

I know its not easy to change your ways, but its important to be accountable for our waste. I am working on nail polish/remover/cotton balls and trying to find a balance between my want for polished nails and need to help protect the environment.

Do you have a green beauty routine? What are some ways you could incorporate green beauty into your regular routine?

5 Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

December 20, 2018

 
My love and appreciation for Mother Earth has been a lifelong relationship. You might remember my post a couple Earth Day's ago called, "Every Day Should Be Earth Day," where I shared a funny anecdote about trying to save a tree in my neighborhood. On the other hand, my passion for beauty really bloomed in high school. I remember dying to figure out how to do my makeup like Lily Ghalici (still quite haven't figured it out yet) and trying so many brands and products to get there. Although I did really learn a lot about beauty and how to do my makeup at a young age I didn't realize how much I was consuming at the time. I know I can't change who I was in the past, but I am trying my best to be an eco-warrior of the present.

Here are 5 Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

1. Buy Less. The first of the three R's is reduce. I know this is something that no one wants to hear, but without reducing you can never truly have a green beauty routine. Today's makeup is so innovative that you can do more with less, and that allows you to buy and consume less! I challenge you to really try to cut what beauty products you're purchasing in half. You don't need to stock up once a year. Buy what you need throughout the year as you need it or you will never curb your consumption. Not only does it save money, but Mother Earth will appreciate it too.

2. Ditch makeup wipes and buy a Makeup Eraser. I had heard about the Makeup Eraser a long time ago but was always weary about it. One day I found it at TJ Maxx for $8 and I was like, "Done!" Since then I haven't bought any makeup wipes. The Makeup Eraser works super well and takes off all kinds of makeup: glitter pigment, lipstick, mascara, foundation, etc. You can wash it in the laundry machine and it lasts up to 1000 washes. It does need to be washed rather frequently but I have been able to get by washing it every 4-6 weeks and it works fine. Sometimes I do miss makeup wipes, probably out of convenience and the fact that the Makeup Eraser has a slight smell, but I've started having a mini bottle of makeup remover which I can recycle to make sure makeup doesn't seep into my fine lines.

3. Join Terracyle. Terracycle helps recycle the "non-recyclable." They partner with collectors, companies, retailers, etc to help recycle all sorts of "non-recyclable" items. Once you join their website you can sign up for recycling programs. I will be honest signing up for recycling programs is a bit secretive. They don't tell you how many spots there are for each program/where you are on the wait list, but that's my only problem. Recently, I was accepted into TerraCycle's beauty recyling program which allows me to recycle skin care, hair care, and cosmetic packaging. Its pretty amazing because you can recycle lipstick tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, eyeliner, hair care products, etc. I am really close to reaching my 10 lb goal!

4. Head to Origins/the Origins counter. Origins recycles cosmetic empties from any brand! Simply bring your empties to the Origins store or Origins counter at Macy's/Nordstrom/etc.

5. Support eco-friendly brands. We all have certain brands that we follow but we should try our best to support brands that are making a difference and making it easier to follow the three R's. I used to be a MAC fanatic in high school and that's something I'm not ashamed to say because you get rewarded for using and recycling makeup. Recycling 6 MAC empties to the MAC counter gets you a free $17 lipstick. MAC is not the only company making a difference. Ecotools, The Body Shop, Alba Cosmetics, Honest Beauty, Kiehls and Burt's Bees are a few other brands making a difference in the beauty community.

I know its not easy to change your ways, but its important to be accountable for our waste. I am working on nail polish/remover/cotton balls and trying to find a balance between my want for polished nails and need to help protect the environment.

Do you have a green beauty routine? What are some ways you could incorporate green beauty into your regular routine?
Is it crazy that winter is my favorite season for clothes? I love layers! Any opportunity to wear turtlenecks and put a hat on, I'm here for. I have been challenging myself to re-wear my closet with the addition of a few necessary pieces.

Perfectly Printed

December 7, 2018

Is it crazy that winter is my favorite season for clothes? I love layers! Any opportunity to wear turtlenecks and put a hat on, I'm here for. I have been challenging myself to re-wear my closet with the addition of a few necessary pieces.
After we said goodbye and buried the Naked palette the Urban Decay gods graced us with a new collection. I repeat, collection! Naked Cherry. A collection even Cheryl Blossom wouldn't gloss over.
I'm going to tell you a secret, promise not to judge. I have never owned a Naked palette. Naked foundation yes, gifted 3 Naked palettes yes, but I've never had my own. I've always wanted a Naked palette, but I have just lusted from a far. I hoped someone might gift me this beautiful palette and the Urban Decay gods did, with what I consider the most Chanel-esque palette.
This eye shadow palette is filled with 12 cherry inspired shades. Ranging from demure pinks and beiges to smokey browns.
From left to right:
Hot Spot: Although it looks super white this is a light beige. 
Caution: A pinky/peach beige. Very pretty on its own!
Bang Bang: Is a pretty soft, pink-coral with a pearly finish. This is a pretty color but its a little too light/2011 Sonia for me.
Feelz: A medium pink with a matte finish. This is a great transition shade.
Juicy: A light/medium coral with matte finish.
Turn On: A rosy copper. This is a very Naked palette shade.
Ambitious: A beautiful medium copper with a pearly/bronzy finish. 
Bing: A medium/cherry? pink. This color is similar to the Born to Run shade Hell Ride but its quite a bit lighter. 
Devilish: A pretty, plummy red. This is such a blendable eyeshadow.
Young Love: Medium plum pink/copper shimmer eye shadow. This shade was harder to apply.
Drunk Dial: A gorgeous deep plum! This is more of a satin shadow than metallic, but so beautiful.
Privacy: A dark, red-brown with a matte finish. 
As my first Naked palette I am definitely impressed. I love the color selection the red/pinks are so me. There are definitely some brown eye shadow looks you can do, but I have struggled with them because the browns are so dark. The only problem I have with this palette is the brush. I'm not a huge fan of the brush. Just like the other Naked palettes it has a double sided brush with a flat brush and a crease brush. The flat brush is just so small and delicate which seems unusual for this palette. I gotta pack the colors on!
Cherry is a deep berry wine with a shimmer finish. I really like this color. I feel like its one of those great colors that's not too red and wearable for many occasions.
Devilish is a medium almost berry pink with micro shimmer. Super pretty. I think its cool that they have a lipstick to match an eye shadow from the Naked Cherry Palette. The micro shimmers make this lipstick kind of hard to apply.

Juicy is a light peachy pink with copper flecks. This was a hard lipstick to wear. The glitter made it super hard to apply which was sad because it has the possibility of being such a great lipstick.

I was most excited to try this highlight and blush palette (which I've surprisingly never used) it has a highlighter, blush, and topper. I wear highlighter on the reg so you know I was excited about it! I love and am enraged by this palette. Mainly because I like separation from the shades, but the idea is that you can use this together. Cool idea but hard for make up users who like precision. I like the highlight shade and the blush. The topper I could do without.

Although cherry is not my first pick for a scent this cherry smell is not too overwhelming and I so prefer it over the normal UD setting spray smell that normally makes me sneeze. I like the shift towards scented palettes and sprays. It just makes the product line come together a little bit more. 

247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Black Market
Black Market is a satiny black eyeliner. Urban Decay liners hold up so good I swear. My Makeup Eraser has the hardest time getting it off.

Love Drug is a shimmery plum/wine. I'm low key scared of this eyeliner but just because its so pretty.
Overall, I am really impressed with this makeup collection. It definitely has a holiday feel, but I can see it transitioning really well to the summer. I think the must haves from the collection is the eye shadow palette and the lipstick, Devilish. I always love to see what they add on to the Naked collection because my favorite foundation came out of it! 

What do you think? Are you here for the Naked Cherry collection or are you a fan of the older collections?

I received these products courtesy of Urban Decay. All opinions are always my own.

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Cherry Bomb

November 25, 2018

After we said goodbye and buried the Naked palette the Urban Decay gods graced us with a new collection. I repeat, collection! Naked Cherry. A collection even Cheryl Blossom wouldn't gloss over.
I'm going to tell you a secret, promise not to judge. I have never owned a Naked palette. Naked foundation yes, gifted 3 Naked palettes yes, but I've never had my own. I've always wanted a Naked palette, but I have just lusted from a far. I hoped someone might gift me this beautiful palette and the Urban Decay gods did, with what I consider the most Chanel-esque palette.
This eye shadow palette is filled with 12 cherry inspired shades. Ranging from demure pinks and beiges to smokey browns.
From left to right:
Hot Spot: Although it looks super white this is a light beige. 
Caution: A pinky/peach beige. Very pretty on its own!
Bang Bang: Is a pretty soft, pink-coral with a pearly finish. This is a pretty color but its a little too light/2011 Sonia for me.
Feelz: A medium pink with a matte finish. This is a great transition shade.
Juicy: A light/medium coral with matte finish.
Turn On: A rosy copper. This is a very Naked palette shade.
Ambitious: A beautiful medium copper with a pearly/bronzy finish. 
Bing: A medium/cherry? pink. This color is similar to the Born to Run shade Hell Ride but its quite a bit lighter. 
Devilish: A pretty, plummy red. This is such a blendable eyeshadow.
Young Love: Medium plum pink/copper shimmer eye shadow. This shade was harder to apply.
Drunk Dial: A gorgeous deep plum! This is more of a satin shadow than metallic, but so beautiful.
Privacy: A dark, red-brown with a matte finish. 
As my first Naked palette I am definitely impressed. I love the color selection the red/pinks are so me. There are definitely some brown eye shadow looks you can do, but I have struggled with them because the browns are so dark. The only problem I have with this palette is the brush. I'm not a huge fan of the brush. Just like the other Naked palettes it has a double sided brush with a flat brush and a crease brush. The flat brush is just so small and delicate which seems unusual for this palette. I gotta pack the colors on!
Cherry is a deep berry wine with a shimmer finish. I really like this color. I feel like its one of those great colors that's not too red and wearable for many occasions.
Devilish is a medium almost berry pink with micro shimmer. Super pretty. I think its cool that they have a lipstick to match an eye shadow from the Naked Cherry Palette. The micro shimmers make this lipstick kind of hard to apply.

Juicy is a light peachy pink with copper flecks. This was a hard lipstick to wear. The glitter made it super hard to apply which was sad because it has the possibility of being such a great lipstick.

I was most excited to try this highlight and blush palette (which I've surprisingly never used) it has a highlighter, blush, and topper. I wear highlighter on the reg so you know I was excited about it! I love and am enraged by this palette. Mainly because I like separation from the shades, but the idea is that you can use this together. Cool idea but hard for make up users who like precision. I like the highlight shade and the blush. The topper I could do without.

Although cherry is not my first pick for a scent this cherry smell is not too overwhelming and I so prefer it over the normal UD setting spray smell that normally makes me sneeze. I like the shift towards scented palettes and sprays. It just makes the product line come together a little bit more. 

247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Black Market
Black Market is a satiny black eyeliner. Urban Decay liners hold up so good I swear. My Makeup Eraser has the hardest time getting it off.

Love Drug is a shimmery plum/wine. I'm low key scared of this eyeliner but just because its so pretty.
Overall, I am really impressed with this makeup collection. It definitely has a holiday feel, but I can see it transitioning really well to the summer. I think the must haves from the collection is the eye shadow palette and the lipstick, Devilish. I always love to see what they add on to the Naked collection because my favorite foundation came out of it! 

What do you think? Are you here for the Naked Cherry collection or are you a fan of the older collections?

I received these products courtesy of Urban Decay. All opinions are always my own.

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