February Favorites

Well, that was fast. We have made it through the first two months of 2016! This post is a little late coming, but school has been keeping me quite busy and thought “better late than never.” Without further ado, here are my favorites for the month of February.

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Nighttime Essentials

There is nothing I love more than a good night’s rest. A good night’s rest starts with your bedtime routine. I’m guilty of spending time on my phone scrolling through feeds while in bed. According to Russel Johnson, MSU assistant professor of management, the light emitted from our smartphones interferes with our body’s level of melatonin, a chemical that promotes sleep. So, instead of spending your night on your phone, here are some things you can use instead for a great night’s rest:

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January Favorites

I can’t believe how quickly this month went by. 2016 is on a roll and will continue to be! This month has been such a great month. I traveled to Tucson, Arizona and Mexico to learn about violations of social justice dealing with immigration and spoke with individuals whose stories will forever remain a cherished memory. The trip truly my highlight of the entire month.

I also tried some new products, rediscovered an old favorite and caught up on some reading.
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Beyonce, New Mani Love and Star Wars

It’s hard to believe that the first week of 2016 has come to an end! Reflecting on this past week made me realize how important it is to live in the moment. This year is going to fly so lets make the most of it.

This week has been an eventful one. From a new mani favorite to Channing Tatum channeling his inner Beyoncé, there has been so much to love.

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Mini Haul: New at the Drugstore

I am so excited for all the new beauty products coming out this year! I walked into a Walgreens and, of course, made a stop in the beauty department. There are so many new things out right now. I decided to limit myself to only a few items, so I bought the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, the Milani Prime Shield Face Primer and the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in the shade Devotion.

I’m excited to try the cleansing water more than anything else. My goal this year is to experiment more with skin care. I am hoping to stop by the drugstore soon to purchase more items!

What new products have you seen/bought at the drugstore?

-jess.

Welcome, 2016

I wanted to make a quick post to wish you all a happy and relaxed New Year! I hope you all had a great time with friends and family last night. I also wanted to give a huge thank you to anyone who reads my posts. It truly means so much and I am so thankful. I’m so excited to continue this passion of mine and hope you all stay for the ride. Have a rocking and kick-butt year, everyone!

 -jess.

Christmas 2015 Makeup Routine

Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you’ve all a great time with friends and family. This is the best time of the year; I love nothing more than blasting Christmas music, watching Christmas movies seeing beautiful lights everywhere. For me, the holidays also mean family time. As I’ve grown older, Christmas gained a deeper meaning and became less about the materialistic things. That being said, this season was a successful one because my entire family gathered under one roof. It was a blast! Here are the products I used to get ready for Christmas:

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Books to Read Over Winter Break

Winter Break is my favorite time to catch up on my reading. I usually don’t have time during the academic semesters because, well, school and priorities. So, if you’re looking to find something new to read this break, check some of these books out:

  1. “Wildflower” by Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore is someone I have admired and looked up to for years! I fell in love with Drew in The Wedding Singer. I was super excited when she came out with her cosmetics line, Flower Beauty and was even more excited when I heard she was coming out with a book. I pre-ordered it on Amazon right away! I’m intrigued to find out more about Drew and her life.
  2. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling is my comedic and style queen! She is such an inspiration and a true role model; I absolutely adore her. Her personality, her style, her attitude…everything about her is so loving. I turn to Mindy when I need a good laugh or spark of inspiration, whether that be through watching The Mindy Project or scrolling her Instagram feed. I can ramble on and on about her. I can’t wait to start reading this one and will for sure have a full review soon!
  3. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell This novel took me back to my high school days. Eleanor & Park is such a cute novel about a 15 year old girl named Eleanor who is the new girl in town. She meets a boy named Park on the school bus. I’ll leave it here and you can go read the rest. You’ll be reminded of your young romance days and what’s it’s like to fall in love with a good book again. I would 10/10 recommend this book.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading this month, or your recommendations. Happy Holidays!

-jess.

A Day in the Life: The Art Institute of Chicago and Bar Toma

Finals are done and Winter break is here! What better way to celebrate the end of the semester than exploring the beautiful city of Chicago. I was very excited to visit the Art Institute after finishing a semester of Art History. The last time I took a trip to the museum was Junior year of high school. But after learning so much about the symbolism and deeper meaning behind each paining, I’ve found a new form of respect for the beauty that surrounds us. I truly have. What helps even more is that I had an amazing professor teaching me. After the Institute my friend and I headed to Bar Toma near Michigan and Pearson.

Quick fact: My uncle has a brick oven in his backyard and we always make our own pizzas there. Pizza’s at his place are #1 in my book, oh my goodness; the BEST pizza I have tasted in MY ENTIRE LIFE. But after today, I can honestly say Bar Toma comes in very close to stealing my love for pizza at my uncle’s place. Bar Toma was absolutely phenomenal. And they have a S’mores Pizza. Yup, you heard that right.

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The S’mores Pizza!

 

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– jess.