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Random Ramblings~~ 5:30 am Wakeups and Makeups

Work starts again tomorrow (well, I guess it’s actually today now) and I’m so worried about not waking up to my alarm that my body has apparently decided to combat that by still not being tired.

You can’t sleep through an alarm if you never go to sleep! 

5:30 am wakeup, come at me, bro.

Thank God the kids don’t come back until Tuesday. My goal of not drinking coffee all year may get ruined before it has a chance to start. 

I honestly am excited to get back to school, although as per usual I have a TON of anxiety about this school year. The last one wasn’t the best, so I am determined to make this one a great one, it needs to be a palate cleanser after this past school year. 

Anywho, now for the meat of my post! Early wakeups are never fun, especially for a night owl like me who struggles daily with being a morning person. The time zone I work in is also an hour ahead, so that throws my mornings for a loop as well. By about the 3rd month of school, I have dark bags under my eyes, an ever present ponytail, and will opt out of wearing real pants to work in favor of leggings at least twice a week. I have two fur babies to care for in the morning before I undoubtedly leave the house approximately 9 minutes late for work. The few times I have went without some makeup to work I was asked at least two times in each class period if I was sick. 

So, how do I combat the craziness? A simple hair, skincare and makeup routine does the trick. Here is what I try to stick to:

Step one: attempt to style hair the night before. I try to throw my hair back in sme braids after I shower each night so I have some loose waves to work with in the morning. Also helps to avoid using a flat iron daily. 

Step two: a great micellar water. I’ll just swipe a cotton pad over my face in the morning to cleanse and use a touch of moisturizer to cut down my usual skincare routine. I do the bulk of my skincare at night so I can wind down from the day and make sure I can sleep in those extra 5 minutes. 

Step three: make products multi-purpose. I have a small caddy for makeup on my bathroom counter. I try to make sure everything in there is something I can use for more than one purpose. I use bronzer as eyeshadow. Cream blush can double as lipstick. Quick brow routine rounds things out, as I don’t have to impress students with Instagram brows (as if I have enough brow hairs to do that…hahahahah. Funny.) Simple, fuss free makeup is important. 5 minute face, because that’s usually all I have time for. I recently got very familiar with a makeup brand that is based around a 5 minute face called trèStiQue that once I start using up some other makeup I have had sitting around I will be using daily, too! All stick makeup. Love it. 🙂 

Step four: hydrate. The one thing I do in the morning and all day long is make sure to drink tons of water. As a teacher, it’s hard to stay hydrated because I’m constantly talking, walking around class, and I can’t leave to pee whenever I want. But if there was one thing that helps me to avoid looking as burnt out as I feel by the time Christmas break comes, it’s hydration. One bottle by the time I get to school, and I try to make sure I have to refill after every other class period to keep on track with my daily goals. 

Well, this is probably the most random post I will every have on here I hope, but it did the trick of helping me get a bit more tired! Here’s to a great school year! 

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Random Rambling Quick Updates :)

Oh man, has it really been three months since I last posted?!? Shooooooooot. How does that even happen?

Well, for one, the last month of the school year was insane. I can hardly believe that it was as busy as it was. My students were struggling with staying motivated in the last few weeks, impatiently waiting for the final bell that would say “it’s summer!!” and wearing me out as a result.  I had students participating at the state level for livestock judging (PROUD FFA ADVISOR RIGHT HERE!!) that my husband and I were helping them prepare for, and all other manner of craziness was happening.  I wasn’t even out of school a week before I was meeting with students to prepare for county fair week activities, setting up online classes for some students, and going back to the school to work on my classroom a bit. When your last day of school is the 2nd of June, the rest of the month tends to zoom by as well.

July was a whirlwind of events as well, with friends coming into town for 4th of July celebrations (that actually happened on the 8th, silly Paris…), to my husband being gone for work trips for almost 2 full weeks. Dillon’s stepfather had a knee replacement so I was helping my mother-in-law out a lot, feeding cattle before going into her beauty shop to paint since she had to stay home with her husband. For those two weeks I spent most of my time covered in various shades of paint (and destroying a few shirts and workout pants in the process!).

It seems that before I could blink it was the end of July and now I am in full blown stress-mode getting ready for school to start (ALREADY?!?! WHY?!?!). Teachers are back in the classrooms on Aug. 7 and students come back the following day. Doesn’t seem real that I will be starting my 3rd year of teaching! Time has flown.

I am HORRENDOUSLY far behind on the blog posts I wanted to write, so these next few posts may be a bit action packed. In an effort to catch back up, I will be posting next week a blog about my last few Sephora Play boxes (and the fate of that subscription…), followed by a post about my recent Ipsy bags and how I am going to decide the fate of that as well.  I will have my seasonal FABFITFUN box review, along with a blurb about my first Add-On purchase and how happy I was with it, as well as an upcoming in-depth review on the new brand I am seriously considering dumping ALL my other makeup for (seriously, I like it so much I want to put a ring on it, no joke..).  Just waiting for one more package to arrive before I finalized that blog post review. 🙂

I have recently won a giveaway containing a VERY sought after, popular, divisive, out of stock product, the moment that arrives I will start playing so I can get my thoughts on that posted as quickly as I can.

All in all, this summer has been a whirlwind, and I appreciate all of you who have stuck around despite my radio silence! I promise you I will get back to posting WAY more regularly.

In the meantime: SURVEY TIME!! In the comment section below, what kinds of posts are you wanting to see? Tutorials? One brand reviews? Like I said, I have lots of content bouncing around my head I need to get written, but I want ideas and requests from you lovelies!

Thanks for stopping by, MUWAH!

 

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Sephora Benefit Event

Back on April 22nd I was able to participate in the event my local Sephora inside JC Penney was having for Benefit as part of their launch of the new GALifornia blush and Hoola Lite bronzer. I was so excited to be able to go since I haven’t tried a whole bunch of items from Benefit and I was curious as to how some of their products would perform.

Needless to say, I quickly fell in love with some of the products and had to make a purchase. There will be some mini haul details and reviews to come.

But first, my finished look. 🙂  The cast member gave me a beautiful, summery, light look. I was so excited with what my looked turned out to be.

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#carselfie #noshame #squinty #itwasbrightout

Some of the products the cast member used on me are as follows:

  • Stay Flawless Primer
  • Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation
  • Hello Flawless Powder Foundation
  • Hoola Lite Bronzer
  • GALifornia Blush
  • Dandelion Twinkle Highlight
  • Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 03
  • Gimme Brow in 03
  • They’re Real! Double the Lip in Juicy Berry

Seriously fell in love with this look! I made the splurge for a few of the products that were sure to sell out and and waiting to purchase the last few later on. 🙂

I hadn’t used any of the products before except for the Gimme Brow (mine was in the old packaging way back when), and the only thing I didn’t really fall for was the primer/foundation, but I feel that if the foundation was maybe set with a different powder, it might have been better for my skin. It felt SUPER hydrating, on my skin almost to the point that it was too dewy. I’m thinking I may try to get a sample of it to try it again in the future to for sure rule it out or not.

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The products I decided to purchase were the Hoola Lite bronzer (I got one of the last ones my store had that day, my lucky day!), the Goof Proof Brown Pencil, and this ridiculously adorable ‘Sunday My Prince Will Come’ set that included several perfectly sized minis of a couple of the other products the cast member used along with two that she didn’t use but that I really enjoy after trying them out for a few weeks.

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Details on the cute little kit are:

  • Mini size GALifornia blush
  • Mini size High Beam liquid highlighter
  • Mini size Gimme Brow in 03
  • Mini size They’re Real Tinted Brow Primer

 

 

As mentioned previously, I have used Gimme Brow in the past, before they re-branded everything with new packaging and all. I have always been a fan of it, and luckily it still performs beautifully. As someone with incredibly sparse brows (damn you brow waxing circa 2006, seriously THEY NEVER GREW BACK!), I have to do a lot to keep myself from looking like Mona Lisa. I really loved the way the Goof Proof Brow Pencil filled in my brows and how the Gimme Brow made my brows look fuller and held my few hairs in place.  High Beam is a really pretty, satiny pink (as stated on the package) high light that really helps to make cheekbones and other high points on the face glow. The GALifornia blush is a glowy, golden pink color that brings SO MUCH SUMMERY LIFE to the cheeks.  It is radiant. If you are in the market for a new blush, I highly suggest that you take a look at this blush.

Overall, I have quickly fallen in love with these different products and it makes me want to go out and get more products (looking at you, Double the Lip!).

I’m so thrilled that the SiJCP has these events so customers can better acquaint themselves with the different brands offered. Can’t wait for the next one!