Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Makeup Mondays: 6 things every girl should learn

 Please just ignore the poor quality of this photo and that huge zit on my forehead.

Last week, on September 20th, my oldest daughter turned 12 (holy shit, right?).  She's just one year away from being a full-fledged teenager and I've pretty much been freaking out for the past year already.

Recently, over the past several months, she's picked up more of an interest in makeup/beauty and has been asking me questions about how to do certain things or how to use some of my makeup/beauty products.  Now, while I'm still against her going out in public in full-faced pageant-style makeup, there are a few things I feel that every girl should learn while they're in their pre-teen/teenage years.

Hair Removal.  Shaving, waxing, plucking - all girls should learn the proper way to do these things.  During puberty, hair starts popping up everywhere and it's important for us to teach our daughters how to control the madness without accidentally cutting ourselves or ripping our skin off.

Brow maintenance.  If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have to fill in the sparse areas of my brows from years of over-plucking.  Learning how to properly shape and groom your natural brows will lead to less maintenance in the long-run.  Last month, my daughter asked me to take her to get her eyebrows waxed to which I firmly said:  "Hell no.  You're gonna learn how to do it the hard way like I did in the 90's."  I did however, buy her the ABH Beauty Express Kit to start with.  It comes with stencils she can use to shape her natural brows without over-plucking.  Once she's familiar with it, I'll probably get her the Younique Brow Set to use on a daily basis.  Let's just hope that pencil-thin brows never come back in style.

How to properly use mascara.  It's no surprise here that my daughter has already used the Younique Fiber Lashes+.  It can be a bit dramatic for everyday use at her age, but on picture days or at dances/performances just one coat adds a nice little extra pop to her already bright eyes.

Winged Eyeliner.  When I was a teen I used to love playing around with eyeliner.  I wouldn't rim my eyes with heavy jet-black liner but I did have so much fun using different colors to line my eyes.  Blue, purple, gold, green - it was a great way to add some color to my face without looking too done up.  Learning how to perfect the "winged eyeliner" is a great skill to have because even by itself, it creates a whole new look.  Even now, at almost 30 (seriously, wtf) I still have fun with the different colors of Younique Eyeliners that I have.  Probably not going to use purple eyeliner to fill in my brows again though.

Smoky Eye.  I really could have saved my parents a lot of money if I had just learned how to do a smoky eye when I was a teen.  Every homecoming, winter ball, and prom we would be at the MAC counter spending money for me to get all glammed up.  At the time you could get your makeup done for free - so long as you buy at least $50 in products.  And it was pretty much the same look every time, just in different colors - black smoky eye, brown smoky eye, purple smoky eye, etc.  And while it is fun once in a while to have someone do your makeup for you, it really is much easier and cheaper to buy a good eyeshadow palette and browse Youtube for some tutorials.  I'm currently collecting these Younique Shadow Palettes because they're so convenient and you can create so many different looks with one.

Skincare.  What goes on must come off and having a good skincare routine is extremely important no matter what age.  During my early teenage years I broke out constantly because I ate greasy foods, drank lots of soda and never really had a solid skincare routine.  It wasn't until my late teens that I started using cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc. regularly.  Now that my daughter is heading into her teens, she's also started breaking out with a pimple or two on occasion and since she plays sports all year, it's even more important to clean all the sweat and dirt out of her pores in order to prevent breakouts.

While there are lots more beauty "how-to's" and tips out there, I feel like these are the basic, essential things that I learned back in the day that still apply today and will probably still apply in the future.  I mean, unless shaving your eyebrows off becomes a thing, you really can't go wrong with having these skills under your belt to use when needed.

What do you think?  Do you have all of these skills down?  What would you add to this list?  Are you a victim of over-plucking?  Do you have daughters that you would like to lock up in a tower forever and ever?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 6

It's really no surprise that I've been slacking off on my fitness routine a lot lately.  I've been trying to get back into the swing of things since coming back from our trip.  I seriously gained about 10lbs. during the week we were there because all we did was eat all the good stuff we don't have here on Guam.  Starbucks (Venti caramel Frappe) and breakfast (Sunnyside, Kilani Bakery, Zippy's) every morning, full lunches everyday (Dat Cajun Guy, Kua'aina Burger, Zippy's [again and again]), and HUGE dinners every night (Morton's Steakhouse, Cajun King, Serge's, Cheeseburger Beachwalk).  Basically I ate like #idgaf because calories and pounds don't count when you're in another state, right?  WRONG.

Now that I'm back I have a shit ton MORE work to do since I pretty much canceled out any progress I did make before I left, which really wasn't much to begin with.  I've already restarted my C25k training and did a little yoga last week but I'm really trying to up my routine and commitment so I'm going to aim for C25k training on M/W/F and HIIT workouts on T/Th to make it a complete week of work.

I'm also going to start doing yoga every day (either in the mornings or as a warm-up/cool-down routine) and will be doing the Squat, Ab, and Arm challenges as well.  Yeah, I'm basically killing myself, but I'm really excited about it because that just means I'll be seeing more progress.  The C25k, yoga and squat challenges I'm used to already - it's the HIIT, arm and ab challenges that will be more of a challenge.

As far as dieting goes, I'm still not promising anything, but I have been eating oatmeal in the mornings and eating smaller portions of meals as well as trying to snack healthier (oatmeal cookies, almonds, granola bars, etc. instead of candy and chips) so I don't feel the need to binge on a giant cheeseburger by dinnertime.

Cheers to a new week full of work!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Random things that make me #RAGE

Thanks for all the virtual hugs on yesterday's post.  I'm fine, really.  Sometimes when I'm really emotional (happy or sad) I like to write and just let the feelings flow.  I've always been that way.  Yesterday was kind of a rough day and I was extra emotional from the stress of trying to catch up on everything (work, school, home, kids, blogging, etc.) since our impromptu trip last week.

It gets overwhelming sometimes trying to handle everything, but I'm sure you all know that.  It's funny sometimes how the littlest thing can make you explode when you're already pushing yourself to your maximum capacity of stress.  So, today I decided to share with you a few "little things" that make me want to stab my eyes out with a spoon - even when I'm in a good mood.

-Borrowing things from me without asking.
-Driving too slow and then speeding up when I try to pass you.
-People who don't take responsibility for their actions.
-Half-ass apologies.
-When the lead on my pencil breaks.
-Double-dipping when we're sharing.
-People who talk about stupid things so loud that you can hear them three aisles away.
-When someone steals my pen so I have to use a different pen and the ink on that pen smears all over the place because it's too runny.
-Stray dogs that bark and try to chase me down the street while I'm trying to run.
-Hitting every single red light on my way in to work.
-Finally getting home after a long day only find out my bedroom light is burnt out.
-When they forget to give me a straw in the drive thru and I don't have time to go back.
-Vending machines that refuse to take my dollar.
-Stupid people.

I know there are wayyyyyy more things that make me rage but I don't think I can fit them all on one list.  What about you?  What makes you rage?  How do you handle your emotions when you're overwhelmed?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Sometimes I want to curl up
And lay in bed and cry

Sometimes I feel there's no point
And wish that I could die

Sometimes my heart beats quickly
And I feel like I can't breathe

Sometimes the panic hits so hard
It brings me to my knees

Sometimes I just shut myself in
And keep everything away

Sometimes the gloom is so thick
My heart starts turning grey

Sometimes I can escape it
But I know I'll never be free

Sometimes I think I'm broken
Because the darkness lurks in me

Friday, September 11, 2015

Monthly Mantra: September

Oh, September.

As the temperatures get cooler, most people start getting a little more relaxed and priorities get shifted due to the chaos of the upcoming holiday months.  So while the rest of the world is hibernating and getting cozy with Netflix, keep yourself motivated and focused on your goals.  Don't fall into the same trap by letting things slide.  Keep hustling, get shit done, and kick ass.

Quit making excuses and just get it done - so you won't need to reuse your 2015 resolutions.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Oh, hello.

It's been a hot minute since I've been around, hasn't it?  The past week has been ridiculously crazy and the reason I didn't have a chance to post is because I went home to Hawaii for a week.


It was an unplanned, last-minute trip (literally purchasing the tickets the night before the 6am flight).  Not a lot of rest, relaxation or down time while we were there but it was still just nice to be home for a bit.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things after coming back so please bear with me.  Monthly Mantra will be up shortly along with some posts I had prepared before I left so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday Tips: On Rocksbox

Let me start off my saying this:  just because something seems like a good idea at first, doesn't always mean it's a good idea.  Rocksbox was one of those seemingly good, not-so-great-in-real-life ideas for me.  I'm not hating, I promise.  I'm sure it really is a great idea for people who love buying and wearing designer jewelry.  But, for me, personally, that's not who I am.

Now, I really did like the pieces I received.  And to be able to keep the jewelry as long as I want for $20/month, I thought it was a steal.  However, when I logged in to Rocksbox and saw how much it would be to buy the pieces and keep them forever - holy shitballs!

The packaging is really cute and so were the items I received.  I liked how every piece was in separate baggies with bubble wrap to avoid scratching and bending.

When you first sign up for Rocksbox, you do the style profile thing and then go through a list of items you "favorite" and the Rocksbox stylist takes note of your preferences and sends similar, if not the same, pieces.  The earrings they sent me were one of the items I "favorited" but didn't end up using them because I already ended up getting the same style from The Pi Collection that I love more because it's daintier than the Rocksbox version.  The earrings are listed for $28 (insider's price, $35 otherwise) on Rocksbox.

The necklace was really cute.  I wore it on several occasions.  The big jewels are black and the smaller jewels are like a grey blue.  The quality was nice and sturdy too.  Really nice statement piece.  However, for the list price of $60 (insider's price - $76 otherwise), I'd be able to get 5 different statement necklaces of the same quality at Ross.  Fuck that, bro.  Pass.

I really liked this ring.  It was simple yet chic and not so flashy so I was able to pair it with bracelets and other accessories without looking like those old ladies who seem to be wearing every piece of jewelry they own.  I wore it every day during the week I got it and even pondered the idea of keeping it...until it turned my finger green.  Yup.  And the gold color of the ring then turned to silver.  What. the. actual. fuck.  You would think that if they're trying to pass these off as designer quality jewelry at $30 (insider's price, $38 otherwise) it should be able to keep its color at least!

So, needless to say, my Rocksbox subscription has been cancelled.  I'd much rather save that $20 a month and buy my jewelry at Ross or Forever21 or something.

What do you think?  Are you a Rocksbox subscriber or not?  Either way, I hope this little review has been helpful for you.  I posted it as a "Tuesday Tips" because it's more a post on my advice to not waste your time/money on it like I did, especially if you're a fellow cheap ass and/or you don't wear a lot of jewelry anyway.  My loss is your gain, right?

P.S.  Sorry for the yellowish quality of my photos, it's because of the light in our living room.  Got any photography tips on lighting?