November Recap

November Recap – Favorites & Other Cute Stuff

I can barely believe that December is already here, let alone 11 days into the month! Christmas is just two weeks away friends! However, as usual, I have to do my November Recap before I can fully move into this month. There is so much to be thankful for that happened last month!

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November Recap – Cosmetic Faves

This might seem like a bit of an odd choice, but this has been my go to primer for at least the last two years, so it’s about time that it had it’s little moment to shine. The Nivea Men Post Shave Balm for whatever reason makes for the most incredible primer, and doesn’t leave you feeling really sticky or gross. Plus, to me at least, it smells really fresh and the scent dissipates really quickly. While it doesn’t have that really silicone-esque feel that a lot of primers do, I do think that it does help to make everything dry down a little bit more and help keep everything in place all day.

Not just this brush, but really, the it Cosmetics brushes in general are the best that you can buy, seriously. My mother bought me a few as a Christmas gift back when I was in high school, and they are still some of the best and softest brushes I have ever felt. They can be a little expensive, but think of it as an investment. I haven’t had to repurchase or replace any of them, and like I said, some are probably around 8 years old. They hold up extremely well to washing (I wash my brushes weekly!) and don’t lose shape. Get yourself some and change your life, seriously.

The Just Peachy Mattes palette has pretty much been the only palette in my hands for the last few months. It’s pretty much a dream when it comes to neutral mattes, and I really love Too Faced’s shadows because they are so easy to work with. Plus, its a good everyday palette and I like to travel with it, just because it is smaller and the palette itself is extra sturdy.

Clarisonic systems have been a serious game changer when it comes to skincare. I’ve had a brush since high school, but just replaced it with a new unit, which is amazing! It seriously helps to get all the makeup out of your skin, so that you don’t have any left behind overnight. You can buy attachments to blend out foundations as well, but I can’t speak for those. They are fairly popular though!

November Recap – Shows/Creators I’m Loving

With the colder weather closing in, its been nice to cozy up on the couch and watch some TV shows or catch up on some of my favorite vloggers and their happenings. It’s a nice escape from school work and obligations, thats for sure!

I’ve definitely been on an animated show kick, lots of cartoons and anime. I think its just been a nice escape with all the stresses of school and life currently. Pretty much no shame in my game, I’m just enjoying low stress things right now!

November Favorites

I’ve been on a mecha fantasy kick thanks to a TON of good suggestions for show from friends, and its been awesome. It really helps with the cosplay plans for the upcoming year (Do I even want to think about that?) and Darling in the Franxx is seriously so good.

November favorites

I’m really late to the party, but I binged Neon Genesis Evangelion in a two days flat and full on fell in love with this mess of a show. Cosplay plans are already in the works for the upcoming month, and I am EXCITED. Seriously Excited.

I am also in heaven with all the vlog-mas content thats been coming out over the last week, even though I guess it isn’t *technically* November recap stuff. Kim Dao has been making some amazing videos, you can check out her channel here. It makes for some great content to binge on colder nights!

What are your favorite things for your November recap? Shows? Foods? Shopping?! I need all the help with the holidays coming up, oh my gosh.

Good luck to my college friends on upcoming finals!


Influenceher Holiday Essentials

InfluenceHer Holiday Essentials – My Kit Has Arrived!

It’s an exciting day… my InfluenceHer Holiday Essentials Kit arrived in the mail! A big thank you to Her Campus and the InfluenceHer Collective for choosing me to receive this years holiday kit! I am so excited to dig into all the goodies and treats! It is always a blessing to get these little packages in the mail. I received this kit at no cost in order to try out all these fun products!

There was SO much good stuff packed into the package! Seriously, this might have been the best little packages I’ve gotten in a long time. I am really thankful that they were SO generous!

So.. Let’s get to whats inside!

The InfluenceHer Holiday Essentials Kit

So much goodness!

So much packed into one great package! This seasons pack had products from Alba Botanica, the Her Campus shop, Steripod, Luna, Almay, Otterbox and Rent the Runway! I am SO excited to try it all out!

Influenceher Holiday Essentials

Luna bars are one of my FAVORITE snacks when I’m not on Keto! They’re seriously some of the most delicious easy snacks, and a great breakfast on the go. I am in love with the chocolate peppermint stick flavor (I’ve loved this one since my freshman year of college!) and I’m so excited to try out the mint chocolate chip flavor. Yes. Please.

Influenceher Holiday Essentials

These goodies from Steripod are so cute! I needed these for travel and my travel beauty bag, plus the holographic bag they sent the goodies in is perfection! I am so pumped to try these out and report back (probably on my Instagram!).

Influenceher Holiday Essentials

Okay. So the next bunch of products are from Alba Botanica! Let me say this; wow. I am ALREADY in love with the facial cleanser (it smells like dole whips!) and the detox scrub is amazing! I can’t wait to try out everything else too, because I am seriously so impressed. I’m in love.

Almay also sent me this lipstick in the shade Girl Boss! I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet (again, keep an eye on my Instagram!) but the packaging is really cute. I’m always down for a new lipstick formula or shade!

I’m also super excited to try out Rent the Runway! I’m so excited to get some cute looks to wear in New York City after Christmas, so yet again, check instagram! I’ve always been curious, so I’m excited to try them out!

Influenceher Holiday Essentials

I love mugs more than the average person that doesn’t drink coffee. They’re good for holding just about anything and everything you could need, so I was pumped to see that Her Campus sent out a mug from their store! Seriously, it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Influenceher Holiday Essentials

The last item in the kit was a phone case from Otterbox! I have been DYING for this little mermaid Disney case, so getting to try it out has been so lovely. There is a fine glitter in the case that adds a nice little bit of shimmer, and like other Otterbox cases, it protects my phone from drops! Love love love!

Again, a big thank you to the InfluenceHer Collective for sending all of these lovely treats my way! I can’t wait to report back on how everything is going!


Formulate Haircare

Formulate Custom Haircare – Does It Work?

A big, big, big thank you to Formulate for sending this custom haircare my way to test and review. All opinions are exclusively my own. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win some Formulate custom haircare for yourself!

Thanks to the internet, you can now get just about anything customized, and hair care is no exception! My hair can be on the finicky side (curls, curls, and more curls) so having customized options out there is a serious win. I was contacted by Formulate to test their new system of custom haircare, and also, offer a giveaway! Don’t forget to enter to win your own set of customized haircare to try things out for yourself. It is seriously SO fun.

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Week Two of Keto - Diet Update

Week Two of Keto – Diet Updates & Weight Loss

Week two of keto is in the books! Time to celebrate because I’m actually full on falling in love with this diet. How? Why? I honestly have no clue.

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I started keto two weeks ago because I knew that I needed a change in my life, and it was about time. I cheated all my prior diets, and I knew that it was time to get strict and make a change. If I didn’t I’d continue to feel sorry for myself, and that was getting me nowhere fast. Keto had been floating around my mind for a while, but I was honestly scared to start. It seemed extreme, difficult, and honestly, I thought it would be impossible for me. But then I tried it, and woah.

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First Week of Keto

First Week of Keto – Real Talk Experiences

In case you live under a rock, keto is one of the bigger trends right now for weight loss, and is also on the slightly controversial side. Keto focuses in on eating carbs in very small amounts, while ramping up consumption of fats and proteins in order to switch your body into burning fat for energy. I decided about a week ago to dip my toes in myself to see what happened and if it was all they claimed it to be. I’d like to journal my feelings weekly, so here is my first week of keto.

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