IPSY UNBAGGING | October 2017

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!

Somehow, Friday the 13th’s have always been good days for me. No idea why, considering they are usually seen as “bad luck” days for 99.999999% of the population. *shrugs* Anywho…

Guys I have ANOTHER video up this week! (I’m low-key super proud of myself)

Like I said in the video, I will definitely be using and trying out these items throughout the month of October, so that by the end of the month/beginning of next month I will be able to post my thoughts on all of them (how the liquid lipstick lasts, how long the nail polish wears without chipping, etc). So keep an eye out for that post later on!

Have a great weekend!!!

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5 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down

Sometimes life throws us curveballs. And occasionally, we miss and strike out. That’s ok though, because we all go through those times when life gets just a little too rough all at once. It can really throw you off track and have you feeling all sorts of depressing things.

All too often I’ve found myself stuck in a loop of “what’s wrong with me”, “I can’t do anything right”, “I’m a failure”, “I’m so lost”, and more recently – “I have no idea what I’m doing”.

This can really tear you apart from the inside out. Literally. So I’ve put together a small list of things that I like to do when I’m stuck in a low rut, so that maybe you’ll be inspired to try something to help yourself out of your own rut.

5 things to do when you're down

1) Spa Day

This can be as simple as taking a bubble bath to going all out and going to a day spa for the full massage, hot stones, etc.

Personally, my favorite spa days are spent at home. I take a nice relaxing bath with either bubbles or a bath bomb. Once I’m done soaking I’ll get out, towel dry and put my hair up and put on a sheet mask. This gives my hair a chance to dry more plus a good 10 to 20 minutes to just chill and read or scroll through Pinterest. Afterwards I may or may not do my nails, depending on the day.

2) Yoga and/or Meditation

I find that sometimes I just need to get a really good stretch, both in my body and in my mind. When I’m doing yoga for mental wellness reasons I try not to push myself physically too much. I try to make the positions flow smoothly and easily, so I can focus fully on the motion and my breathing.

3) Read

What better way to forget about you me worries (and perhaps realize upon returning that they aren’t that big) than to escape into another, imaginary, world? Reading stretches the mind, builds vocabulary, and is quite soothing in my opinion. I prefer to curl up on a comfy couch or chair with a blanket and coffee or tea to read, which usually means Harli will jump up and take a nap next to me.

4) Painting/Coloring/Drawing

Expressing yourself artistically can sometimes be really helpful for releasing any deep-seated emotions. Creativity can occasionally turn some of the darkest thoughts into beautiful pieces of art. Or if you’re like me and paint/build models for fun, the repetition can be soothing.

5) Have An Adventure

Other times, all you need is to actually escape. Having an adventure of your own can help shake any feelings of being stuck in a rut, or of feeling like every day is always the same. Go to a theme park or the beach, see a new movie with friends or family. Even something as simple as going on a hike or bike ride on some nature trails can help.

So there we are my lovely geeks. My 5 favorite ways to feel better when I’m feeling low. Depending on how poorly I’ve been feeling I will often combine these and do several in one day, or one once a week if it helps.

But while doing things may help you release tension and bad emotions, just remember that you also have friends and family that you could turn to. If you’re feeling really poorly, reach out to them. You may be afraid of looking weak or of being rejected. I promise they won’t bite. Go to them and trust them to be able to listen.

And, if you’re feeling darker, lower thoughts of self harm or worse. Please please PLEASE seek help. Nothing in this world is worth harming yourself over. Trust me.

Now then. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and an even better rest of your week.

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Go The Distance

Another rough day, and yet 6 more to go. You ever feel like you’re just running in a circle to nowhere? Maybe like you’re on a hamster wheel? Spinning. Spinning. Constantly running forward and yet…never actual moving forward? For some odd reason I’ve been feeling that feeling more and more recently, and it’s quite unsettling. 

I once had a clear dream – or a vision, perhaps – of what I wanted in life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do as a career, where I wanted to be in 5 years. Yet now I come across a point in my life where things are no longer quite as crystal clear as they once were. I feel, well, lost. It’s one thing to graduate out of high school, maybe even get through some of college, without really knowing what you wanted to get out of life. It’s something entirely different to have known what you wanted to do with your life since the age of 15 and to suddenly be unsure of yourself and your plans. 

Which is why I found myself thinking of one of my favorite Disney cartoons (it’s funny how so many of my QOTW’s are inspired by films from my childhood, more often than not Disney films). I was thinking about Hercules. Obviously the cartoon is a glorified version of the original story. But in the Disney re-telling Hercules grows up being unsure of where he belongs, feeling as though he belongs elsewhere. 


This quote today is a reminder that every mile you take will be worth your while. You can go the distance it will take to find your place in the world, to find your calling. If you try hard and actually search for yourself, you will find who you really are. And that’s exactly what I needed this week. 

A reminder that somehow, I will be strong enough to get through this. Because I CAN go the distance. And I will. 

Fall Leaves Mani

Hello my loves! I’m trying really hard to get back to posting more often, as well as creating more content for my YouTube channel! Today I’m brining you this really adorable Fall manicure.

I recently got this super pretty (and 100% FALL) polish, Foxy, by Picture Polish and all I could think about was how to use it in a manicure. I just needed this on my nails ASAP. So. I made this cute simply manicure using some pretty leaf nail decals that I bought from What’s Up Nails.

AAAAAAAANNNNDDD I MADE A VIDEO!!! Yay! It’s live on YouTube! Check it out below!

I’m going to be trying to up my editing and video-taking skills, and hopefully I’ll be able to save up for a decent camera soon.

Products Used:

  • Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat
  • Foxy by Picture Polish
  • Monumental by Formula X
  • Fall Leaves nail decals by What’s Up Nails
  • Orly Sec’ N Dry Top Coat

I hope you guys enjoyed the video! Please feel free to give it a like & subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want more!

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September 2017 Favorites

I’ve decided that a good way to spice up this blog would be to start doing a monthly summary of all of the products I’ve been using a lot of and loving over the past month. (AKA – a list of my monthly favorites). It’ll be a good way for you to see what things I’m liking and maybe you’ll want to try some stuff for yourself. Maybe these things are things you’ve wanted to try but just haven’t felt like investing in (money or otherwise).

I guess before we get started I should make it clear that I am not being paid for mentioning ANY of the items below. These are all items that I bought myself and have really loved using, and think that my readers might like them too.

If you’re interested in any of these items, I’ve left a link where you can buy them below each image.

Coffee Cozies by Heartmade By Emily

These coffee cozies have had me giddy with delight allll month long, and it’s becoming quite a problem. My sister originally gave me one as a gift last Christmas, but it quickly became an addiction. It’s just so fun to swap them out depending on my mood.

Each one of the cozies is handmade by Emily, who has been selling them on Etsy for about a year now. I’ve never had anything but pleasant experiences with my orders, which usually take about a week to get sent out and received in the mail since she makes each one to order.

 

First Aid Beauty Skincare

It’s been a long time since I’ve found a skincare line that has worked really well for me. I was a diehard fan of the Wexler Skincare line for acne prone skin, but since it was discontinued I have been bouncing from one line to the next without full satisfaction.

Then I decided to give First Aid Beauty (or F.A.B.) a go after I received a jar of their extreme moisturizer in a subscription box. Naturally, I went for the Acne Prone line, which is said to prevent breakouts, control oil & minimize pores. I use the Deep Cleanser, a really nice gel-like cleanser, every morning when I wake up. Then I use the Daily Face Cream moisturizer twice a day after cleansing. I love how all of the items in this line are oil free! At night I use an exfoliating cleanser from another brand (the F.A.B. one just wasn’t as “scrubby” as I’d like). And about once or twice a week I use the Purifying Mask with Red Clay to give myself a nice deep cleanse and some relaxation time. It’s a gel peel-off mask that makes my skin feel super clean and refreshed.

I’ve been using these for a little over a month now, and only recently needed to buy a replacement moisturizer. My skin has cleared up a LOT, and it’s helped reduce breakouts for sure – I usually break out worst close to my period, and even then I’ve only gotten a couple of spots!

 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

I used to be a hardcore BareMinerals addict, but out of the blue I decided to try this out, mostly to see if it was as good as I’ve heard it is. I haven’t touched my BareMinerals items since. AND I’ve already bought a replacement tube. XD

This feels just soooo nice on my skin, smells nice, applies like a dream, and it stays put! I started applying this before going to work, and now I can’t stand to go in without it on my face. Even on my worst days when I haven’t gotten much sleep it helps cover and even things out so wonderfully, I rarely even need to use under-eye concealer.

Plus, it’s SPF 50+, which is a good bit more than BareMinerals.

 

Wuthering Heights Polish by A-England

I originally bought this from LiveLovePolish, my go-to shop for indie polishes. However, as of the time I’m writing this post it’s not in stock, so the link below the image goes directly to A-England’s site where you can currently still purchase it.

This is a gorgeous smoky gray-mauve with a hint of holo shimmer tossed in, making this the perfect color for Fall. I got so many compliments while wearing this! It’s rich, creamy, super smooth formula goes on opaque in 1 coat, though I always use 2.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of September favorites. What were some of your favorite items to use last month? Have you tried any of the items in my list? What were your thoughts?

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