Friday, July 31, 2015

July Favorites | Wandering Through Life

Hello world!

Can you believe it’s already the last day of July?? As always, the summer is going by waaay too fast. But, monthly favorites are one of my favorite (lol) posts to read and videos to watch, so I thought I’d start making my own! Keep reading to hear my fashion, beauty, and other favorites throughout this last month.

Makeup and Beauty

If you’ve seen some of my recent posts, you’ll know that I’ve recently been loving the Benefit Roller Lash (click here to see my original post) and the Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner (original post).  In addition to those, I’ve had quite a few favorites this month....and every other month, who am I kidding?


1). I recently picked up the NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Cruella and a satin lip pencil in Rikugien also from NARS.  They are some of the best lip liners I have ever used. I really like these because they are great for just lining your lips, but also for filling in your lips before putting a lipstick over the top to give a deeper, longer-lasting color. I normally get stressed out when using thinner lip pencils, especially when using a red like Cruella, but the thicker size of these make them way easier to use.




Cruella is a deep, blue-toned red that is a perfect shade to pair with almost any red lipstick. Rikugien is a mauve-pinkish color. I’ve never been one to wear nude lip colors, but after seeing so many people loving it, I wanted to give it a try, and this pencil seems like the perfect place to start. Both colors are so smooth and soft on the lips and even though one is matte, it isn’t very drying. 


2) Bath and Body Works perfumes are a bit of an addiction for me.  Currently, I have 3 at home and 4 in my apartment at school. Nobody needs that much perfume at one time, but they're seriously amazing and I can't help myself.





Never have I ever met a Bath and Body Works scent that I didn’t love. This month I have been using mostly Forever Sunshine. I’ve used this one mostly on vacations and in warm weather, so every time I spray it, the smell reminds me of those times. It’s a light and flowery scent that, in my opinion, is great for daytime and evening, so I get a ton of use out of it. Honestly, whatever scent you get from them is always amazing, so I definitely recommend picking one (or a bunch) up if you haven’t tried them already.


Fashion

1) Loose patterned shorts - I’m sure you’ve noticed, but these bottoms are huge right now. I’m obsessed with some of the patterns available nowadays and regularly have to stop myself from buying 10 pairs every time I see them.






I picked this pair up from a little shop in my town because a) I love elephants and this pattern caught my eye and b) I felt like a black and white print would be a much more versatile piece and that I would get a lot more wear out of it than some of the brighter/bolder patterns (even though those are great too). Plus, the elastic waist makes them really comfy and the material is loose and flawy - perfect for the Summer heat!


2) My next favorite is a little hard to explain, haha. I’ve been really liking short tops. Not full-on crop tops, but not full-length either. I’m pretty short, only 5’3” so sometimes when I wear full-length tops, they cover my shorts and make it look like I’m not wearing pants. If you’re anywhere near my height, you’ll know the struggle I’m talking about. 



Tops like this one are great for me because they fall at just the right length. I’m not really a fan of the whole “show your entire midriff”, at least for a daytime look that seems to be all the rage nowadays. So, I find this length shirt to be a happy medium. I especially like pairing them with high waisted shorts.


3) Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of long statement necklaces.  I think they are simple looking enough that it doesn’t overpower an outfit, but add enough extra something to a look that can take a basic outfit to the next level. These can be especially cute when paired with black or solid tops or a sold/color blocked maxi dress.





Miscellaneous

1) I know I’m way behind on this, but I recently jumped on the Fitbit bandwagon and ever since, I’ve been wishing I’d hopped on earlier. I got the Flex in the slate color because I didn’t really want it to stand out on my wrist or clash with my jewelry too much. This shade is nice because it seems more subtle than black and matches pretty much everything.



I love using this little guy and the app on my phone. It’s a really great motivator, especially because you see it a thousand times a day, right there on your wrist. 

Unfortunately, this was kind of bad timing for me to get started. I had pretty major knee surgery at the beginning of the month, so I’m barely getting in any steps during the day right now. But, getting the Fitbit has made me 100 times more motivated to workout more and walk 10,000 steps everyday once I’m back in action.


2) My last favorite for this month is a new monthly subscription box I recently discovered called GrazeBox. This should come as no surprise if you’ve read my last post on my most recent Birchbox where I confess to my subscription box obsession.

The reason I’m loving GrazeBox is the uniqueness of the snacks you get sent each time.  This month I was sent 4 snacks I had never seen anywhere else before, and they were all delicious. I’m planning on making a full post about this in the next few days, but I promise, this box is worth signing up for!


That was a lot of stuff, so congratulations if you’ve made it this far! Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Birchbox | Unboxing

Hello world!

I’m obsessed with subscription boxes, and Birchbox will probably always be number 1 in my heart. When this beauty arrived in my mail a few days ago, I was so excited. Pretty sure it made my day — is that sad?

As always, I was super pleased with the amount and variety of product I received for only $10. Every time I get a Birchbox, I feel like I’m getting away with something sneaky because it’s so cheap and I get such cool stuff.  If you’d like to see what I got this month and hear my first impressions, please keep reading!

First things first, the outside of this month’s box is so pretty! It’s such a bright and fun pattern for summer.



Inside, I received the usual 4 sample size products plus a much-awaited Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick from the summer collection.


Product 1: Rusk heat shift re-styling cream - Full size, $18.  I was a little unsure how I would feel about this product because, as far as hair goes, my routine is pretty low maintenance due to my thin/straight hair. But, after trying it out, I actually liked it.



First Impression:  I love the smell of this product because it reminds me of summer and the beach and all those good things - and who doesn’t want their hair to smell like that?? After using this, I felt my hair was a bit more textured and had more weight to it, which for me is a good thing.  The ends of my hair are so damaged (go get a haircut, Christine. I know, I know.) that the added weight/body this product gives is a definite plus.

Product 2: Klorane dry shampoo - Full size, $19.50. I was so excited when I saw this because I have been meaning to pick up a dry shampoo to try out for so long, but I forget all the time. The bottle says it’s made with oat milk which to me sounds like it would be healthy and not harsh at all on the hair - which is a necessity for my damaged locks. 



First Impression: I may not have any products to compare this to, but I felt like this was pretty high quality.  It smelled good, and felt extremely lightweight in my hair - so much so that I really didn’t feel it at all.  When it’s first sprayed on, it’s a whitish/gray color which scared me a little haha! But after brushing it out, it disappeared completely.  I used it on a day where my hair wasn’t all that greasy or really in need of a wash, but I still felt like it gave a nice revitalized look and made my roots feel fresh and clean. I also noticed that my hair looked shinier after a few minutes and even felt a bit softer.


Product 3: a teeny bottle of CC cream from Supergoop - Full size, $32.  I laughed at the name and was pleased to see that it was SPF 35.  I’m too lazy to remember to apply sunscreen everyday (which is dumb because it’s a super important step), so I’m always looking for makeup or skincare with SPF in it already. 



First Impression: The shade is light/medium which was a little dark for me, but once applied it blended right in. I was pleasantly surprised with the way it masked my dark circles because it’s rare for me to find a product that does this satisfactorily.  I only wish this tube were a little bigger because I have a feeling I’m going to go through this amount fairly quickly. 


Product 4: Full size, $18 clariSEA SeaSalt solutions rapid detox charcoal exfoliant. That was a mouthful! Basically it’s a treatment that you blend with a face cleanser.  Or, you can make it a stronger treatment by just mixing it with water or using wet hands. 

I’m really excited to have been sent this because I’ve heard really great things about charcoal products from a lot of people and how great they can be for detoxing and cleansing.  This is super fine and feels almost like sand.





First Impression: I chose not to mix it with a cleanser because I wanted to see how strong it could be on its own.  I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but this was definitely powerful, so be careful if you are sensitive to things like that.  I really liked the way my face felt after using it - super clean.  But, I wouldn’t use this in the morning, it’s more of a nighttime routine product, in my opinion. 

Bonus Product: Finally, my favorite part of the box! The Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick (set of 3 is $20).  I was sent a tube in the color Venezia which is a reddish/coral color and it’s super pretty. I would definitely recommend putting on some chap stick before applying this because, like most liquid lipsticks, it can be a little drying and if your lips are cracked or dry already, it will be obvious once you put this on.  

First Impression: I loved this product right away.  When I opened the tube I could tell it wasn’t very runny like some brands of liquid lipstick can tend to be and it has a really nice doe foot applicator. The brush has enough give that you can apply the product quickly and accurately without getting it all over the place.


I really like the formula of this liquid lipstick and even though it did feel a bit drying, I was really pleased with how long it lasted. Not only did it stay on all day (as it should with a name like that!) it didn’t start to get patchy until after I had been eating and drinking a lot and even after that it was only a little patchy in the center of the lips.  I was surprised that it didn’t come off at all on the ring of my cup or budge at all for the whole day. Based on my success with this color, I will probably invest in a few more colors from this range.

All in all, I was very pleased with this box and felt it was well worth the $10.  As always, well done Birchbox!

Have you received any great products from them or any other subscription box service? I’d love to hear as I’m always looking to find new brands to love! Leave a comment or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homemade Granola | Recipe

Hello world!

Granola is a healthy person’s breakfast staple. Whether you sprinkle it on cereal, add it to yogurt, or just eat it plain, it appears all over the place.  But, those boxed brands from the grocery store can be really high calorie (sometimes hundreds of calories in just one cup filled with preservatives), which kind of defeats the purpose. So here’s my take on healthy homemade granola!

There are a ton of different ingredient options you can choose from! For example, I prefer almonds and cashews, but if you prefer walnuts or something else, feel free to put those in! The list below is all my personal preferences.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup honey
3/4 cup mixed almonds and cashews
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried fruit (I like apricots, but again choose whatever you like best)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (preferably roasted, unsalted)
3 tsp brown sugar


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300
While you’re waiting, chop the nuts into tiny pieces…my mom told me I should cover them with a paper towel and hit them with a hammer. I thought this sounded ratchet, but after a few minutes of chopping them with a knife, I wish I had gone with the hammer haha!

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon
Once these are combined, add the fruit, nuts, seeds, and chocolate chips
Stir until well mixed

In a second, smaller bowl, combine honey, canola oil, and vanilla.
Then, add to the larger bowl.
Stir everything together until well mixed



Spread the mixture in a thin layer onto the parchment paper, until the whole thing is covered
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
Let cool once finished.
Prep time: about 15 minutes
Total time: 30-40 minutes


Have you tried any other homemade recipes? How did they turn out? Leave me a comment and let me know! Or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com 

Bye for now,
Christine

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | Product Review

Hello world!

Warning: Holy Grail product coming your way.

I have pretty average length lashes, not too big, not too small. I don’t like to wear false lashes unless it’s for a special/fancy occasion, but I do wear mascara pretty much everyday.  The issue I have with most mascaras is the flakiness that can occur after a few hours of wear.  Nobody likes walking around with those little pieces under their eyes for hours without knowing it or looking like a raccoon once they’re wiped off.

I’ve always liked Benefit’s They’re Real, even though I know some people take issue with it.  My one complaint is, again, the flakiness that seems impossible to avoid after about 3 or 4 hours of wear. Yet, the look my lashes had after using They’re Real made me keep coming back for more.  So, when I started hearing about Benefit’s Roller Lash over and over again, I was eager to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed, in fact, I was obsessed.



One coat of this mascara and oh.my.god. It seriously looks like you’re wearing false lashes. Amazing. I could feel the tops of my lashes brushing under my freakin' eyebrow, they were that long. Roller lash made them super soft, fanned out, clump-free and beautiful.  I applied the product mid-morning and my lashes were still looking good late that night.  I even accidentally fell asleep without taking it off (ugh.) and even then, my lashes looked better than usual.


Before.......please ignore the bags under my eyes, it's a curse.

After one coat. No curling, no nothing. You see what I mean!?

Apparently the wand in this mascara has a special “hook ’n roll” technology that grabs onto the lashes, giving a full coat and curling at the same time.I’ve also heard that pairing Roller Lash with They’re Real is amazing, but I’ve been so happy with the Roller Lash alone that I haven’t tried it yet. Has anyone done this or paired with a different mascara? What were the results? 
I can’t see myself finding a mascara that works better for me than this one. But don’t just take my word for it, click here to watch CoffeeBreakWithDani discuss the product, or here to see Zoella discuss it (skip to 13:38 if you just want to hear about the mascara).

If you want long lashes that won’t leave you looking like a raccoon by the end of the day, you’d be a fool not to run out and pick this up. It's a little pricey ($24 at Sephora), but it's worth every single penny. Just do it, seriously. Thank me later.

Let me know some of your other favorite mascaras or Benefit products in the comments! Or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sevilla, Spain | Dream Travel Destinations

Hello world!

I have been extremely fortunate in the last several years to be able to travel to many amazing countries and cities throughout different parts of the world.  These opportunities have opened my eyes to the beauty of travel and have left me stricken with an incurable case of wanderlust (hence the name of this blog).  I want to start this series of posts that explore the different places I’ve been, the food, culture, and nightlife of these cities, and maybe inspire someone to book a trip or two. 

It only makes sense for me to start with a city in the country that first stole my heart, the place where I got bit by the travel bug. Spain, of course.

Sevilla is located in the southern part of Spain known as Andalucía.  Each region of Spain is vastly different from the rest, with different accents, dialects and traditions.  Andalucía is extremely beautiful and rich in culture with beautiful beaches and great food. What more could you ask for?




When I spent a few days in this beautiful city, I was astounded at how instantly I fell in love. Here are some of the reasons why:

The People
Spanish people in general are relaxed, but I found the ones I interacted with in Sevilla to be particularly easy going, which I love. I never once felt like an out of place American tourist, and was treated more like a local and even an old friend. A word of caution: if you speak some Spanish, like I do, prepare to be confused when you come here. The Andaluz accent can be very hard to understand for non-native speakers because they drop letters in many words (for example: “espalda” becomes “epalda”.  That’s not the best example, but trust me on this one, it can get confusing. Still, there’s nothing funnier (or potentially more embarrassing) than practicing Spanish with some locals over a glass of sangria (which is always delicious).


The Food
I can sum it all up in one word. Tapas. It doesn’t get better than these small plates, usually including some kind of awesome sea food, that you can share with everyone at the table. I laughed at one restaurant where I ordered gazpacho (a kind of cold tomato soup), and it was served to me in a wine glass. Still delicious. I never ate as well in my life as I did in Sevilla.

The Nightlife
Spanish time is a bit different than in most places.  Dinner is at 9 or 10pm and people don’t go out until after midnight.  This does take some getting used to, but once you get in the swing of things, it’s magical.  Staying out until the wee hours of the morning (sometimes even until the sun comes up!) is an experience everyone should have at least once.  I visited with a group of students who were also studying abroad and we were able to find bars with tourists, Americans, Spaniards, young people, old people, etc. all within a few streets of each other. And all of these people are looking to have a good time.

This is also the land of Flamenco.  My group went to see a Flamenco show on our first night and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The music, singing, dancing, everything was so impressive and amazing to watch.  It took place in a little hole in the wall, which gave everything a really cool vibe, and felt like we were watching something totally authentic (which can be a rare treasure for many American tourists). If you’re in Sevilla for any amount of time, definitely consider making this a top priority, I promise you won’t be disappointed!




There are also many historical sites throughout the city that are not to be missed.  Also, it’s where Game of Thrones is filmed, if you need any more incentive to go! Here are some pictures of my favorite churches and exhibits I visited:


The body of the angel in this crown is made entirely of pearl, making it the second largest pearl in the world.

This silver relic is said to contain a thorn from the crown of Jesus.


Our tour guide told the group that the Pope cried when he visited and saw this wall in the Cathedral because he had never seen this much gold.

This coffin is said to contain some of the remains of Christopher Columbus.

Another shot from inside the Cathedral of Sevilla


My heart literally aches at the thought of this spectacular city.  I know my words don’t come even close to doing it justice, but trust me, this is not a place you want to miss out on seeing. Has anyone else fallen in love with Sevilla? I’d love to hear about your trip, leave me a comment so I can see! Or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MAC Strobe Cream - Is it worth the money? | Product Review

Hello world!

I recently ran out of my daily moisturizer and wanted to try out a few new brands before deciding on a favorite.  Since I had a gift card for MAC, I thought I would give something from their skincare line a try.

Strobe Cream is marketed as a product that “boosts the look of dull, flat, or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea”.  I however, find it to be a bit so-so. To me, these claims seem to promise powerful and noticeable results. And while I do see some difference when using this product vs. a moisturizer without the “iridescent particles” in strobe cream, it’s not enough to wow me or make me want to repurchase this product over and over.



I am also frustrated with this product being marketed as a moisturizer. While it does provide some moisture initially, I feel that it’s basically gone by the time I apply my foundation.  Definitely not what you want from a moisturizer. I’m prone to dry skin, especially around my forehead and nose, so this was not hydrating enough for me. 

Another issue I had was the oily feel it can give to the skin.  As I said before, I am prone to dry skin and rarely ever break out.  But, after using this product, I had problems with this on one or two occasions.  So if you’re prone to oily skin or breakouts, use with caution! (Ok seriously I just rubbed a little on the back of my hand to see how it looked on other parts of the body and now my keyboard is covered in oiliness. Ew.)

And now, the smell. It’s hard to accurately describe how this product smells, but I can tell you it’s not good.  Now, if this were a product that worked really well for me, the smell wouldn’t bother me at all, but since I’ve had some problems, the smell bugs me a little. It’s fairly unpleasant for something you’re putting on your face, and therefore up close and personal with your nose.

Ok that was a lot of negativity.  I promise I don’t normally have such bad things to say about MAC products.  I actually love MAC and I think that’s why this was disappointing to me.
On the plus side, this product leaves the skin feeling soft and looking healthy. Also, if you like to go for a more subtle highlighter, this could be used over foundation to give a nice glow with a subtle shimmer on the cheekbones. 

A final word of advice is DON’T BUY THE LARGE BOTTLE if you don’t know for sure that this product will work for you.  The 50ml tube is $33 but the 30ml tube is only $10. Whaaat? Stick with me for a second.  If you were to buy 2 of the 30ml tubes (a total of 60ml), it would only cost $20. So you would have 10 extra ml for $13 less than if you bought the larger tube.  I’m really glad I purchased the travel size bottle, especially now that I’ve gotten less than stellar results.

Now after all I’ve just said, keep in mind that this product may simply not have been a good match for me or my skin type.  This could be a great product for you and if you’re willing to drop $10 on an interesting product that is, admittedly, fairly unique, why not give it a shot? The reviews on the MAC website are mostly very positive, so maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for me hahah! I have to say, I feel a little guilty even slightly bad-mouthing a product from this company as so many other MAC products have served me extremely well. 

Has anyone else had a similar experience with this product? Or did you try it and love it? Leave me a comment and let me know! Or if you want, email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kayla Itsines Inspired Protein Shake | Recipe

Hello world!

If you don’t know who Kayla Itsines is (AKA you’ve been living under a rock), she is a fitness goddess/queen of the bikini body workout.  Click here to view her Instagram/feel inferior. 
I recently discovered a recipe she posted on Facebook for a morning protein shake, and it is awesome.  But, as the original recipe calls for a banana (which I have tried and failed many times to force myself to like), I tweaked it a little.

Instead of using 1/2 - 1 banana as the recipe calls for, I replaced it with 1/2 - 1 Weight Watchers latte bars.  Now, of course doing this is going to make the recipe slightly less healthy than if you were to use a banana.  But, the ice cream bar is only 90 calories, and you can opt to only put half in. To me, that’s a very acceptable number. I also feel that this makes the recipe a lot tastier and a much thicker consistency, which I tend to prefer.
Additionally, I sometimes like to add in a splash of vanilla extract, just for an extra bit of flavor, as without it, the drink can taste a bit bland.

So, all together here’s what you’ll need:

4 ice cubes (more if you want it thicker, less if you prefer a more liquid consistency)
1 (or 1/2) Weight Watchers Giant Latte Ice Cream Bar
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 tsp honey (just a small squeeze)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (just a dash)
(optional) splash of vanilla extract



Any brand of protein powder will work.  I like to use the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Flavored Whey Protein Powder. For almond milk I use Vanilla Silk Almond Light, as it has 50% more calcium than regular milk and 1/2 a cup is only 30 calories.

Add everything together into a blender and blend until you get your desired consistency.

I accidentally added a little too much cinnamon this time, but oh well :)


Total prep time: about 5 minutes

Total calories: Using the brands I mentioned above it comes to about 180 calories if you use the whole Weight Watchers ice cream, and 135 if you only use half.



Overall, such an easy recipe to make! It’s healthy, tastes good, and can be used as a quick breakfast on the go or really any time throughout the day. Have any of you tried another recipe like this? I’m always looking for new ones. Let me know in the comments!

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Bye for now,
Christine

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner | Product Review

Hello world!

One of my biggest beauty issues is my dry, damaged hair. And I know I’m not the only one.  My hair almost reaches my waist and it’s in desperate need of a cut, but I’m too attached to do it. So, I’m always on the hunt for products that can temporarily fix this problem, and I’m never quite satisfied.

But then I discovered this new conditioner.  The Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner has seriously done wonders for my hair and I’ve only used it a handful of times so far.  I could honestly tell the difference after the first shower, it’s that good. 
Ok, now here’s the con — it cost $49 a bottle.  Yikes, I know.  But continue reading to hear why I think it’s worth the money. 

If I’m going to pay this much for a bottle of conditioner, I expect killer results — and that’s what I got. It comes in this awesome ombré bottle and it even feels high-end when you squeeze it into your hand. Plus it smells amazing.



This bottle is super hard to photograph because it's reflective, but it's really pretty in person!

You can tell this product is very high quality just from the way it sits in your hair.  It feels so smooth and soft even after you rinse it out. Now, my problem usually starts when my hair is almost dry.  As I said, my super-fine hair is not happy with me for letting split ends take over, and when my hair starts to dry, it becomes frizzy and does not cooperate.  After using this conditioner, my hair looks and feels so much softer, shinier, and healthier.  I really feel like it gives “salon-quality” results.

I felt like I had to write this blog post because I have been so pleased with these results.  I know how hard it can be to find a good product that actually does what it’s supposed to do, and I was so happy to find this one.  The conditioner claims that it “softens and revitalizes, smoothing each cuticle to undo the damage of time (and style)” and I definitely agree with this statement.  

Other than the price tag, one downside is that it can be a pain to find.  If you look on the Oribe website, it shows a list of salons near you where you can go to pick it up.  But, if you don’t want to take the time to do that, just do a quick search on Amazon and it pops right up.

I’m not sure that I will repurchase this product every time I run out of conditioner because that would become extremely expensive.  But, I will definitely be buying this every now and then when my hair needs an extra pick-me-up. If your hair is dry and damaged like mine, definitely give this a try, it’s well worth a shot.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried any other Oribe products and what your experiences with them have been! Click here to follow me on Pinterest or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com

Bye for now,
Christine

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Q&A a Day - 5 Year Journal | Product Review

Hello world! 

I recently turned 21 and, for my birthday, my aunt gave me this journal.  I’ve always been the type who wants to journal, but I only ever make it, at best, a week before I lose interest or just forget to keep it going. Until now!

This journal is so awesome because it asks a different question every day of the year.  Not only that, there’s also a space to fill in your answer every year for 5 years.  I find the thought of looking back over your own answers to see how you’ve grown, changed, and even stayed the same so fascinating.

There are only 4 lines of space for each year, which really appeals to me.  I feel like just jotting down a few thoughts each day will be so much simpler and less time-consuming than writing pages and pages.  The best part is that there’s always a topic of interest, so even on an uneventful day, there is something interesting to write about.  I also think that if I happen to miss a few days here and there (and I mean, really, who could actually fill this in EVERY day for the next 5 years?) it will be super easy and fun to catch up.







Today’s question (July 14) is “Do you have a secret? More than one?” I feel like I couldn’t have started on a better or more interesting question.  I’m trying so hard to stop myself from looking through all the questions for the coming weeks, but if I’m being honest, I’m failing miserably.  It’s so entertaining to imagine myself as a 26 year old reading back on my answers from my college days and the years to come. 

I took a peek (because I have no self control) at tomorrow's question, "What is your heroic downfall? Your Achilles' heel?"

Apparently, I'm not the only one who's discovered this gem of a product.  I just happened to stumble across a video of YouTuber, Zoella (who I watch all.the.time.) talking about it in a recent video! Click here to see what she had to say about it (jump to 10:55 if you only want to hear about the journal).

I already feel quite attached to this little book. I highly recommend picking up one of these yourself, as I’m sure everyone would enjoy something like this.  After a quick search, I found that it can be purchased for $10-15 on many different online stores. Leave a comment if you’ve ever seen any other products like this before!

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Bye for now,
Christine

Monday, July 13, 2015

NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray | Product Review

Hello world!

Especially now that it’s mid-Summer, I need a setting spray for my makeup and I need it bad. I usually have a pretty light hand when applying in the morning and find that by the time I come home from class around 2 or 3 o'clock most of my makeup is gone. So annoying and a waste of time and product to have to reapply everyday.

I used to use MAC Fix+ for this, but after doing a little research I found that this product is better put to different uses.  Then, I saw a bunch of Youtubers talk about this drugstore product, the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray. So, I gave it a shot since it wasn’t crazy expensive ($8/bottle at Target, Ulta, etc.)



The bottle is definitely tiny, but it’s crazy long lasting. I don’t use it everyday, but definitely 4 to 5 times a week and it has lasted me for months now.  I bought it sometime in mid-April and it still feels fairly full in July.  So, even though it’s a small bottle, I feel like it’s already given me my $8 worth. 

This product is marketed as giving a matte finish, and it does just that for me.  I notice the effect immediately and I really like the formula.  It doesn’t leave the skin feeling wet for more than a few seconds, as I find the Fix+ tends to (but as I said, this isn’t the best use for that product, and I do love the Fix+ in other parts of my makeup routine). 

I have noticed a difference in the lasting time of my makeup when I use the NYX Matte Finish setting spray.  It’s not a HUGE difference but it definitely lasts longer and doesn’t just disappear after a few hours. I will say that it does keep everything matte all day, even when it's super hot out.

One negative thing I could say about this product that might be pretty obvious is that it tends to slightly dull any sort of sparkle or shimmer (duh, it’s a MATTE product).  If you, like I, tend to wear a highlight with a slight shimmer, it will mostly disappear.  Whether that’s a bad thing is up to you.

I often use something like MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle as a highlighter on the cheekbones. Sometimes I find that it’s a little overpowering as it’s VERY sparkly/shimmery. So, the NYX matte setting spray actually helps me tone that down a bit.

NYX also released a very similar setting spray that claims to leave a dewy finish.  I would be interested in trying this one out too, I just haven’t seen it around. Has anyone had a good experience with this product?

Overall, this is not one of my holy grail products, but it does the job and it doesn’t break the bank. Sounds like a great deal to me.  There’s a good chance I will repurchase this once I finish the bottle I currently have because it’s served me well, but if it were to suddenly get discontinued, I wouldn’t cry about it. You know what I mean?  Definitely worth a shot, but don’t feel like you have to drop everything and run to Target to pick it up.

I hope you found this little review interesting and helpful! Do you agree with me? Is it worth the money? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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Bye for now,
Christine

Wander with Me | Introduction

Hello world!

Do you ever hear that little voice in your head telling you to give something new a shot? Well, that voice has been nudging me to start this blog for the past few months now.  After so many second-guesses and ‘what ifs’, I’ve finally arrived at ‘why not’? So here we are!

I’m Christine, a 20-something originally from New Jersey but going to school in North Carolina.  My biggest passion in life is traveling.  I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in a bunch of different countries, and nothing is more exciting to me. 

Here's a shot of me hanging out at Parc Güell in Barcelona last fall


I’m also a little obsessed with beauty, wellness, fashion, and the like. That said, I am by no means an expert on anything I just mentioned, haha!

This is a space for me to empty my head a little.  Expect my musings on travel, food, fitness, hair, makeup, and everything in between.

Feel free to leave a comment on anything you find interesting.  I’m always open to hearing your (kind or constructive) opinions.  I’ve created an email strictly for this blog, so contact me there if you wish! christinembushell@gmail.com or click here to follow me on Pinterest.

I hope to see you soon so we can wander some more!

Bye for now,
Christine
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