November Favorites

Okay, so I was wrong; this was supposed to go up yesterday but after work on Monday I came home and felt really ill so I didn’t get a chance to write the post. I spent most of yesterday (Tuesday) in bed because I felt really poorly, I don’t know if it was because I got a little dehydrated on Monday, I had a weird eating day, I was getting a little sick, or I was just overly tired that made me feel really run down. So here I am on my couch watching The Muppets Christmas Carol and writing out this post which I am hoping to be rather short. 

In November I feel like I didn’t have a lot of physical favorites my favorites were more getting my apartment back. My mom and the puppies finally moved out at the very end of October after living with me since the last week in May because my parents new house was finally finished. So getting my apartment back under my control was really nice. 

I feel like most of November was working on getting my place back to being my place but guess who got their office back? I know if it wasn’t me it would be rather sad. It was me, I got my office back and now I have been in a more creative mood because I have that separation back within my apartment. They tell you not to work where you sleep and I had to do that when I lived at my parent’s house and then for several months while they finished off the house. (It took quite a bit longer than originally expected, sub-contractors are so fun to deal with! I’m kidding, but you can’t read sarcasm through the internet.) I was really happy to get my office back but I didn’t have a desk until probably the week before Thanksgiving so I have been able to get back on track with writing novels and blog posts while also working on my Bullet Journal and everything else I do in my office. I got a new across the hall neighbor who talks loudly on his phone and a new upstairs neighbor who tromps around just as loudly as the woman who used to live above me, but this is not a blog post to complain because I feel as if I have been doing that more frequently recently and I don’t like what kind of person that makes me. Here is what my desk currently looks like, it is just a lot of organized chaos at the moment, lots of notebooks, Christmas cards I have send out, stuff for other blog posts, and my computers. Ignore my garbage can and the mess under my table, it is just how life works. 

            Next favorite, so I have been using Micellar cleansing clothes for almost the entire year when it comes to taking off my makeup but I recently purchased a bottle of cleansing water from Garnier and you soak cotton pads and then take your makeup off that way. Now I don’t know if it’s better for the environment but it seems more economical to buy a bottle of cleansing water and cotton pads rather than the wipes. I am a huge fan of it because it does a really good job taking off makeup even the stubborn eye makeup that normally is what gets me every time. 

            I got my office back but I also got the rest of my place back and I have been able to get it back in order so it makes my life a little less chaotic and I have been loving getting everything back where I want it.

            Okay, so I have a confession to make. I am one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas early in November so my apartment was fully decorated well over a week before Thanksgiving. Now I did not light my tree until after Thanksgiving so it wasn’t too bad. All the pictures of that are up at the top, I grew up in a house that had many many Christmas trees so I have four in my apartment, one is not pictured but it is really small and next to my bed.

            Last favorite, I got a new piece of artwork at Hobby Lobby and it is my entire life, it says Messy Bun and getting stuff done and that has been my life motto long before I had ever heard the phrase. When it got around time for finals in university my hair was up in a bun and I had a look on my face that said leave me alone so that has translated into my adult life as well. Graphic artwork with catchy phrases are some of my favorites even if they are mass produced. (Ignore my hand in the picture, I am still figuring out how to photograph reflective surfaces!)

            So did any of you have any favorites in November? 

            See y’all on Saturday!

            -MJ

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July Favorites

I have had a weird few weeks so my blog upload schedule is a little off and I must apologize for that. Sorry, my bad. It’s been an adventure y’all, an adventure.

It’s still weird even though I have been doing favorites videos and posts for a year now to still say that the post is for July even though it is the middle/end of August. I don’t know it’s just something that has always struck me as odd.

I feel like I needed to write something that wasn’t ground breaking, and for sure my first thought was, favorites post. I love favorites posts because sometimes that is how I learn about new things so I enjoy watching favorites videos on YouTube and reading other people’s recommendations for the things that they have been loving over the month prior.

I feel like I didn’t have too many favorites in the month of July just because my last several months has been spent on a house build and that means that I spend my days with construction workers and I haven’t been too adventurous with as many beauty products recently because it is hot as heck outside and makeup melts in this kind of heat, my pores are already clogged with saw dust and Arkansas red clay so I don’t want to do more to my skin.

IMG_8240.jpgThis kind of leads into my first favorite of July, my Luna Fofo from Foreo, I got this in my Summer Fabfitfun box and I have used it so much in the last month or so. I love it, I cannot praise it enough, they recently updated the app and it has made it so much easier to use than it was with the old app. It gives you a personalized skin routine and analyses your skin moisture and that is so great because I live pretty much dehydrated all the time because it is just so hot around here. It gets really deep into the pores on your face and it has definitely helped my skin feel cleaner and less dull. I really do need a better skin care routine, does anyone have any suggestions for sensitive skin? Leave it in the comments below, I would love some suggestions from people who actually have sensitive skin.

Next thing that was a favorite last month, I finally got a monthly planner, I didn’t want a daily planner; I have a Bullet Journal for that, (I do plan on doing a review of my favorite pages so far in the coming months and what I wish I knew before I started and what I will be doing different next year) and I wanted a more condensed schedule so I could plan my blog posts in advance and eventually when I get my YouTube channel back up and running it will house those video schedules and ideas as well. This planner only has a monthly view instead of monthly and weekly and it has made things a lot easier while I am planning out my posts for the next month or the next few months. I have some place to write things down so I don’t forget an idea for a blog post. I had a weekly and monthly last year and I only used the month view and I realized why buy one that is monthly and weekly when I just needed and used the monthly spread. I think in my Bullet Journal next year I will include a monthly spread, but that I will get to in another post.

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I found myself in July listening to a lot of podcasts, I tend to catch up in waves with the podcasts that I listen to. I have been listener of the Jenna & Julien podcast for almost three years now but I find myself liking to watch those podcasts on YouTube but in February when I moved and it was a 12-hour drive that was all I listened to on my way down laughing the whole time. I also have been a listener of Welcome to Night Vale since about 2013 or so and have loved it ever since. My undergrad is in Communications and I spent a lot of time behind a radio microphone and listening to this podcast about a weird little town that sucks you in from the beginning has been one of the staples on my phone and in my podcast feed for such a long time now. I love the show so much and it is so unique for the modern age we live in. I have probably listened to the series twice or three times over the last few years and every time I hear it I love it just as much. It allows you to paint this picture in your head without giving you any actual visual details and that is a mark of great storytelling. A newer podcast that I have started listening to is Good Morning Night Vale which is a recap show with a few of the cast members reviewing and talking about the show as a whole and it is so insightful, like listening to the director’s commentary on a movie and it brings a whole new level of understanding to the show as a whole. Because of Welcome to Night Vale whenever something odd happens I want to say, “and now the weather.” Do you guys have any podcasts to suggest?

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Because of all of the podcasts I listened to I found myself actually needing to carry around my Mophie charger, I have had it since college and I don’t use it all that often but when I am using my phone a lot (thanks Pokémon Go) I need to carry it around with me, even with a new phone. It is not an everyday need but it is nice to have around when I do actually need it.

Just a few favorites in the last month and that is okay. Did you have any new favorites this month? I would love to hear about them.

-MJ

Some Current Favorites

Well it’s been some time since I have actually done a favorites post and I kind of missed it. I feel like I have not had too many favorites in the last few months just because my life has been a little busy.

 

So these favorites are over the last few months (April, May, and June) I did do an April Favorites video over on my YouTube channel but I never actually wrote a blog on it (oops, my bad.)  Also, to be honest May and June got away from me. I feel like most of them are beauty related because those are what I have been using and that is why I remember them.

 

First thing is first, this product was in my spring fabfitfun box, the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I use this product every day, I love it so much, there are very few lotions and skin care products so when I find one that doesn’t make my skin irritated I cling to it. I cannot say enough nice things about it, I actually bought the Oli-Control Mattifier lotion as well which is also a sun screen so it has really been saving my skin and I love that just as much. Seriously one of my favorites for the last few months.

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This was one of my favorites throughout April and into the summer months and that is my Lorac Malibu palette, it is four eye shades and two cheek shades, I normally don’t use the cheek shades when they are included in an eye palette but I have found myself using them throughout the summer because I actually have a tan. I love the summery and more neutral colors of the palette, it stays on pretty well and I found myself reaching for it over and over again when I just wanted to do a normal simple every day look when I don’t use my NYX Cosmetic Metals palette. If you want to read my normal makeup routine, you can, here.

 

I not only got tan this summer but I also burned, that is my usual summer plan, burn, and then back to being translucent. I had a friend tell me to use rose water on my burn to rehydrate my skin. It helped so much and I also use rose water with my moisturizer and the one that I have been using is the Soo AE Revitalizing Rose Mist and I have been using it religiously because I do not hydrate my face enough. It for sure helped my burn though and I am happy to say it did tan out which was the hope.

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I am one of those people who keeps lotion everywhere no matter what because I always need it because my hands are always dry, I think part of it is the air conditioning and I have been spending a lot of time outside in the hot. One brand that I can only get in limited form is Zoella Beauty, I have been following her channel on YouTube for quite some time now and I have not been without a tube of Wonder Hand in a while now and it is one of my favorite lotions at the moment.

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So I bought a CD in June that I loved and have been waiting for the release of for quite some time was the new Panic! At The Disco album Pray for the Wicked. I listened to it three or four times on release day and I love its sound. I can’t ever describe Panic! At The Disco’s sound because it has evolved so much since their first album that I listened to in middle school. I have grown up with Panic and I am always happy to hear new music from them, it’s a new sound, it’s a good sound, and I was here for it.

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One final thing in my current favorites. I had to get a new pop clip for my car, I have one so I can put my Popsocket into a holder in my car. I had one that was adhered to my dashboard but in early May it came off my dash. Well when I was in Indiana in May I got a new pop clip that is fitted into the vent in the car instead of sticking to the dash and I have found it so much easier and so much nicer to use because my phone screen is actually visible instead of being toward the sky. I am a huge fan of the pop clip and because I spend so much time in my car it has really saved my sanity in the car, I listen to a lot of music in the car so it’s nice to be able to have a better control over it when I am at stop lights without moving it from its holder.

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There were some of my current favorites, I am hoping that for this month (July) I will have more to share next month (August) when I actually post that blog post.

 

Do you have any favorites this month that you can’t find yourself living without or find yourself reaching for over and over again?

 

-MJ

 

March Favorites

March was a pain in the butt for me so I didn’t have too many ground breaking favorites but if you would rather watch the video on my YouTube channel you can. This like my February Favorites is a more expanded version than my video. Though this month’s favorites video had a bit of a rambling edge to it (I cut almost 15 minutes from it and it’s still a 22-minute-long video) because I have been so out of it. Though that is a story for another time.

Without further ado, here are my favorites for March.

Frist up, literally rain boots. There is nothing special about them, I will eventually be in the market for some Hunter rain boots but not yet. I got these at one of the local farm stores where I am now living and I have been wearing them every time I have to go up to the build site because it is quite squishy because I moved down here in the middle of monsoon season. (apparently) They have saved all the rest of my shoes to which I am very thankful.

Next, I have had one of those months that has just been difficult and I have been in an extreme funk so I started watching comedy specials on Netflix and they have helped boost my mood considerably, I found Iliza Sleshinger through her joke about Pinterest a few years ago and I finally got around to watching the rest of her specials, I also bought her book because I enjoy her brand of humor. All of my roommates’ senior year of university were obsessed with Gabriel Iglesias and so I ended up watching him as well and his specials also helped me cheer up. It’s the small things, right?

So if you read my March Beauty Haul then you saw that I bought foundation last month and I have been using is so much because it is actually the right shade for my skin tone, it’s been months since I have had a foundation that actually matches my skin tone. For the last several months I have been balancing a foundation that was about a shade and a half too dark with my concealer and after a while that becomes a straight up pain. I love Urban Decay, again it’s their quality and packaging; the perfect storm when it comes to makeup and I love Urban Decay so it was almost only natural that I got their foundation next.

Next, Soap and Glory is clearly one of my favorite skin care brands on the market right now, it has been for quite some time. I feel like I feature them in my favorites every month and I am always excited to see the new stuff that they come out with. I have liked sheet masks for a while now and I wanted to try a peel off mask; the mask is PINK and it’s really fun. I didn’t put on a thick enough layer but I really enjoyed the product and it left my skin fresh and feeling so good. I would highly recommend this product.

Do I really need to tell you all about my love of Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles, I sometimes feel like when I tell people that I play Sudoku and do crossword puzzles they look at me like “you are in your 20’s but you act like you are about 85.” and for the most part that’s true. I enjoy letting my mind gain more knowledge, I enjoy brain teasers. (even though I am AWFUL at them) They keep my brain active and engaged so sometimes to wind down I do Sudoku puzzles and get mad when I can’t figure out one number and then realize that one of my boxes has four 3’s in it and I have to stop look at the book, shake my head, and move on to the next one.

Let me preface this, I am not a vegan, I aspire one day to be one for many reasons; but that hasn’t happened yet. I do however like vegan cooking, I am already non-dairy because my body HATES dairy so I avoid it at all costs if I don’t have my Lactaid with me because otherwise I will be sick all day. I had Vegan Comfort Classics, by Lauren Toyota (Hot for Food) suggested to me by a bunch of people that I follow online and I thought you know what, why not? I haven’t seen many vegan cookbooks that actually have comfort food that I enjoy in them. I looked through it and was drooling the entire time, I am excited to make every dish in this book because I can’t decide what I want to make most. I am super excited to make the dishes and see how they actually are and if I can manage to cook vegan food without failing and having to get takeout. (Wish MJ luck!)

One final thing, I have wanted a record player since at least 2011 and I finally got one! I was excited because it was just one of those things that I have wanted but kept forgetting about whenever someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas because I cannot be put on the spot when it comes to gifts and actually come up with a coherent thought. Like Raphie in A Christmas Story when he goes to see Santa to ask for the Red Rider but blanks and says yes to a football instead. That’s about how I feel when someone asks me what I want. I also got the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, Panic! At The Disco’s Pretty Odd and the soundtrack from The Labyrinth, if you roll over to my YouTube channel you can watch my Top 10 Favorite Movies video where that is heavily featured because it is my favorite movie.

This month’s favorites were much different from last month’s favorites specifically because March was a blur for me. I spent a lot of time hanging around a build site and dealing with boys who sometimes forget that I am in fact a lady, a lady who does not really want to hear some of the things that come out of their mouths.

Did you have any favorites in March? Tell me about them!

-MJ

February Favorites

I feel like this is one of my favorite series over on my YouTube channel. (Same name as the blog I am just a little lame and I really like to match.) Because it allows me to reflect on what I have been using or really rather enjoying over the last month or so, if you want to see the more condensed version with my face than you can watch the video, here. That being said here are most if not all of the things that I loved in February that were newer to my collection of possessions or things that I just found myself reaching for more than others.

Now what is really sad is I had to go back and watch through my video to make sure that I actually could remember all of the products.

So first up is a painting that I found at Home Goods probably last fall and it has been sitting in a corner covered since then because I was in the process of moving at the time and now that I have moved I still can’t hang it because I don’t want to get fined for putting holes in the wall so it is leaning against the wall in my bedroom while I stare at it.

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I love England, it is very much on my bucket list of places to go in my life time, I would actually really like to live there, but that is beyond the point. This print was one of those things that I didn’t know that I needed until I saw it, I am a huge fan of all artwork but I find myself drawn to pen or ink drawings quite frequently because they are normally in a monochrome and they are simple but very elegant when hung on a wall for the world to see. Every artist approaches art a different way, for example when I paint I listen to music and normally my song choices influence what my painting looks like, and most of mine are very abstract and pretty much just for my viewing because they are not very good. Back to the painting though, it is nice and simple but still is recognizable and makes me quite happy when I look at it because it reminds me of a place that I have wanted to visit since I was little. (True story, I am still kicking myself for not studying abroad during my undergrad.)

My beauty favorites tend to flocculate from month to month because I will go and spend too much money on makeup that I only wear for videos. (I should make my face look nice more often but I think that I am self-sabotaging enough that I think everyone around me will judge me for wearing a full face of makeup and I also think I would draw attention to myself and I for sure do not want to do that.)

The first beauty item that I loved during February was one that actually came out in February, I think, don’t quote me on that. That product was NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype mascara and let me tell you, it is for sure worth the hype.

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Normally, because I have sensitive eyes (and skin, and emotions, and feelings) I can’t use certain kinds of mascara for a long wear day. I love my expensive mascara’s believe me I do but I found myself really wanting to try this product because kept seeing it on Instagram (I wholeheartedly blame that website for how much money I spend at Ulta) so I decided to go and buy it actually right before I packed my bags and moved mid-month. I cannot say enough about it, one coat and that is all you really need for a day look, two coats and boom your eyelashes are into the next county; I love it, it adds volume and even as it dries it doesn’t flake off as much as other mascara’s that I have used in the past. I can definitely say that it will be a repeat purchase when I get around to needing a new tube of mascara. Great for everyday wear and from my (limited) experience it does have good long wear sustainability.

Next beauty item, so this is the first ever Anastasia Beverly Hills product I have ever owned, even though I have been drooling over the brand for years. The Prism eyeshadow palette, I am a hoarder of eyeshadow palette’s because they all have slightly different shades and even though I have something similar I do not have that shade and I need it.

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The colors in this palette however were not close to many of the other shades that I had and I think that is why I am always circling back to look at the Anastasia palettes, they have very unique shades that you normally don’t see in most eyeshadow palette’s. In this one specifically there is an almost acid green and I looked at it for a solid three minutes before I purchased the palette and tried to figure out how I would integrate it into a look. (I still have not managed that, but I will. I think it requires a special event or occasion and I don’t have any of those right now.)

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I wanted something daring in my makeup bag and this palette has very much provided that for me. The shades are lovely, the pigments are great, and it was something that I found myself reaching for so much during February, maybe it is all the jewel tones and I just wanted to liven up the very bleak weather that was around me.

The final beauty item is by a brand that I have been absolutely in love with for a few years now, Soap and Glory. I actually found out about them from a British YouTuber that I watch and have watched for quite some time but it was a favorite of hers and at the time they had started to carry the limited original collection at Ulta (yes, I spend a lot of time there, don’t judge me) so I went and I bought the shower gel, body lotion, and travel sizes as well because you can never have enough travel or trial sized products.

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The scent was something that was so fresh and refreshing that I found myself actually using lotion and moisturizing, my skin was very happy with me for that. I always have one of their lotions in my backpack because I don’t want my hands to feel dry and then people ask me what the brand is and I tell them. (I have gotten so many people hooked to it I’m not even mad.) The brand as a whole is some of my favorite skincare, hands down, and the lotion is just one part of my everyday routine so why wouldn’t it be a favorite?

 

Three more things, I find myself normally shying away from food items in favorites videos for personal reasons but I find that sometimes I just want to scream from the rooftops when I have a food product that I love.

The first isn’t really food though, it is tea. I have so much tea, I have a three tiered cart in my kitchen full of tea, I have a sloth tea infuser, I have infuser mugs, and a fancy infuser steeper thing and so much tea (bagged and loose leaf) I never need to buy more but I always will because tea is important.

In case you don’t believe me:

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My best friend’s older sister introduced her to David’s Tea and in turn introduced me as well and I am a huge fan of loose leaf teas so of course I bought tea there, I have bought several teas’ there and I have never had one that I didn’t like. I even went so far last year as to have the tea advent calendar and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Their Honey Black tea is some of my favorite tea, it smells like honey so how could you be mad at it?

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I find myself, when I am feeling just overwhelmed by everything reaching for tea and in February I reached over and over again to make the honey black tea because there is just something about it that I find intensely comforting. If you live in Canada, I am jealous of you because you have David’s Tea without having to order it but I will suffer through the shipping process if that means that I can get my favorite teas no matter where I am.

So this is the actual food item, I am one of those people who will see something that looks good on the internet and I want to try it, well digestive wheat biscuits are for sure one of those things. I could get them up north at a few different stores because I lived pretty close to a rather large city and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get them down here, well guess what; I can. I like McVitie’s biscuits, probably because that is the only ones that I have ever had but they are great with tea or for just a slightly sweet snack. I feel like I don’t have much to say beyond the fact that I rather enjoy them and I was happy to be able to find them here.

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Last thing, so many words, so much repeating myself, seriously the video is much more concise (I promise) but kudos to you if you have made it this far.

My last favorite of February was Marvel Studios Black Panther, I am a huge superhero fan and I am much more of a Marvel fan than DC even though I grew up on DC cartoons (Sorry DC). Black Panther was one of those movies that just sticks with you, you think about it and you want to see it again, you want to talk to people about it, you want to see the influences that it will have or is already having on our culture. It’s important, for so many reasons and it quickly cracked the top three of my favorite Marvel Studios movies because it is a story that has implications for people all over the world and it shows that no matter who you are or where you are from you can be whatever you want and be strong. It is a movie that I loved and I think that Marvel one ups themselves every time they release a movie and I am excited for Infinity War one because it’s Infinity War and two because I am going to get to see most of my favorite superheroes all in one place.

 

-MJ