BEAUTY | 3 New Products You HAVE To Try

Sunday, September 25, 2016

So you guys know how much I LOVE skin care and healthcare products. ("Love" is definitely putting it lightly!) Well, I've compiled a small list of 3 products that you have got to try! I went ahead and tried them out for you, so you're about to get the 411 on these 3 awesome products.

The first product on my list is from the brand Cora

So who is Cora? What is Cora? 

They are a healthcare company and they sell tampons. Yes, you read that right... TAMPONS! The most amazing, organic, chic-as-hell tampons that you will ever get your hands on. So before I tell you about the products, let me first tell you about Cora. 

Cora is a subscription based service that delivers feminine products to your door, but they are so much more than that. They also take social responsibility to a whole new level. Not only are their products sustainably sourced and 100% certified organic, but for each subscription service that someone enrolls in, Cora helps to donate feminine products to girls in other countries who don't have access to them. It may seem kind of odd to send pads over to another country, but what you guys may not realize is that in other places in the world, girls have to miss school and sometimes get sent away from home just for being on their periods. We really take what we have for granted. Imagine having to be restricted by something EVERY month and having to lose that time for learning or even working or even just being with family?? We all get periods, it's not our fault, we have periods because we can give LIFE. It's an amazing tradeoff really. 

Now, let me tell you about the products. They are compact, which means you can toss them into the tiniest of handbags. Trust me, I know because I carry the worlds smallest Kate Spade cross body bag. The packaging is so top notch. I'm such a sucker for good packaging and Cora gets an A+ for style. You can literally close up that black box above and store it anywhere in your home. ( I placed mine on the coffee table for a week and had company and no one even noticed! My husband thought it was a jewelry box!) I didn't think tampons could be cute, yet this is proof they can be. When you order your subscription, you also get two other nifty little products: the vegan leather clutch that can hold 4 tampons and cute little tubes called stowaways that look more like lipstick cases than a house for a hidden tampon. They are great for handing off to friends who suddenly find themselves in need one.

Even though they are a subscription service, you can actually now get Cora at your local Target! So try them out! I think you girls are going to love them. I definitely do. Chic, functional, and socially responsible. I'm so in!

The next product I am obsessed with right now is from Lush.

Lush is another one of those great companies that really have a stance I can stand by. Lush is a company that sells all handmade, natural and cruelty free products. They are so fresh and they best part, they actually WORK! Using a Lush product feels like a spa experience. Their bath bombs are the best of the best! The product I am talking to you guys today about is the Mask of Magnaminty.

It is a self preserving, minty, deep-cleansing mask that uses China Clay and fresh peppermint to pull the dirt from your pours, aduki beans to exfoliate your skin and vanilla and honey to smooth your skin. When you put it on your skin, it feels cool and refreshing. Like a drink of water, but for your face! Since I have started school again, I have been SO bad about making sure to clean my face at night. Of course, as a result, I have been breaking out! This mask has been helping me to bring my face back to a clean and calm state. And they best part, is that the mint helps me actually relax. I love the way it feels. Pretty much anything you are going to try from Lush is amazing, but I would really recommend giving this one a try. 

The last product I'm going to tell you guys about is from Bite Beauty.

Ladies, meet the Multistick

You can literally use it on your lips, eyes AND cheeks! There are 18 different shades to chose from and they make getting ready a completely breeze. Clearly, this is an amazing product to travel with too! The more you blend, the more diffused it looks. You can apply it from the tube, with a brush or even your fingers. Lately I have been using a sheer foundation, using this on my lips, cheeks and eyes, lining my eyes then curing my lashes. Thats it! Done! My favorite color is macaroon because it looks so romantic when you put it on and it gives the right amount of flushed cheeks and a just bitten lip. It is so feminine. There is no need to make your morning make up routine complicated! Combine three products into one!

Which products are on YOUR must try list?

I received the Cora and Bite Beauty products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

LIFE | MIA 2.0

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wow! It has definitely been a hot minute since I have posted. SO much has happened since July and it has taken me a bit of time to sort everything out and get a good gasp on it all. I like to keep things relatively quiet, because I always find it very discouraging when people don't react to my news like I hoped they would. I am the kind of person who feels everything, usually a little too deeply. And when I experience someone not being as positive as I wished they would be, it really gets me down. Not like in a "well, maybe I shouldn't be doing this" kind of way, but it definitely sets the tone for the way I will feel for the next day or two.

I really wish I could be someone who didn't care what others say and have that coveted "eff-you attitude", but that's just not me. I always do what I'm going to do anyway, so I supposed maybe I've got like a mild version of that attitude? "Like, I don't care what you think, I'm doing it anyway....but you totally bummed me out..."

So, what I'm trying to get to is why I took my break from blogging for a bit.

My life is changing. I am changing it. Because one of the worst things you can do for yourself is to continue living a life that you have decided you are stuck with. Because you are not. Like at all. Despite what you may think. Your life can be changed. Is it easy? Not necessarily. Will it take a lot of work? Hell yes, it will. But it IS possible.

Do you know the Lewis Carroll quote, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Well, that was how I was living my life. I didn't know what I was trying to do because I didn't even know the kind of person I was. Society forces us to choose really early on what we want to do with out lives. Pick a college, declare a major, get a job! Well, we have to make money don't we? So off I went in the direction of doing so, only to find it a wrong fit. And when I came back home, I started taking business courses, because that is what I was told I would need to do. Society has also told us that we need to have a bachelors degree. Doesn't matter in what, but you won't get hired without one. So off to business school I went, while simultaneously trying to work my way up the retail management ladder. I didn't know what I wanted to be or do, so I decided to be good at what I was doing.

When my husband deployed, I needed to take a break for retail to care for my son. He was going to start pre-school and paying all that extra money for him to stay in wrap around care seemed crazy, especially when I had the option of staying home. So I did. We hung out all summer and then I got to take him to pre-school and watch him blossom and grow. AMAZING. But that left me with a good amount of time to sit and thing some more about what I was doing with my life. During the deployment, I was able to focus and finally finish my bachelors degree that I had been working towards on and off for about 8 years. It felt really good to finally get that piece of paper in my hand. I did it. I was proud of myself. I was an entrepreneur, a mom, a full time student, and I did it. All on my own. I go back to retail? None of that was something I could deal with. It nearly made me panic at the idea of going back because I knew deep down in my heart, that wasn't something I could do. So I started thinking about going back to school for a masters. Equally as panic inducing. I half halfheartedly took the GRE and all I could think was that I was taking it to get into a master program I didn't care for, just to get a degree in a field I never want to work in.

AH! what do I do?...

I know that I am blessed with an amazingly supportive husband. A husband who has listened to me cry and complain about these thoughts I am typing up here for you. And all I could think and say was that I wished I had a chance to start over and do something that is meaningful to me. Something that puts more good out into the world. Something that is helpful. I want, correction, I NEED my life to be meaningful in a way that is meaningful to ME. Let me be clear on that, because I don't want anyone upset with me because they think I'm looking down on anyone or that I don't think other people have meaningful work. That's not at all what I am saying. I need my life to have meaning in a way that is meaningful TO ME.

Are we good? Okay, good. Nobody be upset with me. Kay?

So, we researched and we researched and we researched some more. And in the meantime, I pulled my weight by creating art and selling cards and working on some graphic design (all things I enjoy very much, as hobbies) and I finally found it...

So, now I am back in school. Taking science courses and biology courses to set myself up for the next big goal in my life. At this moment, I am a BIOLOGY MAJOR. Technically, working towards my second bachelors. Kind of crazy, right?!

Anyway, so that was why I went missing for a bit. I had to get all my stuff sorted to put in applications and begin to cut back on all the projects I had going on. (Goodbye CopyCatChic! I miss you!) I still am selling my cards regularly, but I am only selling my art selectively. School is taking up nearly ALL time and on top of being a full time student, I am still a mom and a wife. Both of which are incredibly important roles for me.

So! That brings me to the question: If you had a do-over at life or even school, what would you do?