Motivational Monday (V.17): 8 Things to Give Up

I came across this list on Instagram and as 2015 is right around the corner, literally, I had to do one more Motivational Monday before the year was over. This year for me has been a journey as I’ve changed platforms of my blog and created new content aside from music. While creating new content wasn’t that hard, it became a bit overwhelming as I took on the challenge to blog every single day. Well, I failed at that, BUT I will say I accomplished about 75% of that. My new adventure of grad school took over and between that and reviewing I but blogging on the back burner. In addition I had to part with my high school graduation present, my 2000 VW Jetta and I had to get a new car. I won’t lie, I was attached to my Jetta, but I knew that I couldn’t keep putting money into a lemon. With all the challenges I’ve faced this year they really are just adjustments to my life; adjustments to my usual routine. Enough of me rambling, let’s get into the list.

Screenshot_2014-12-20-14-02-03-1 When listing my flaws in each of these area’s I’ve grouped them into three categories.

  1. Doubt & Fear (#1, #3, #6, #7) I procrastinated entering grad school when I graduated undergrad in 2013 because I was unsure of what I wanted to do. I though that in a year I’d have it all figured out, but in reality I didn’t. I still don’t know exactly what my path is, but I have to act on my dreams instead of being afraid of whether I will succeed or not.
  2. Negativity (#2, #4, #5) There’s so much negativity in the world that as people we need not burden ourselves with negative talk. Whether it being bringing yourself down or bringing others down in an attempt to make yourself feel better. I plan to go into the new year with a more positive attitude. Try writing down a positive note a day whether it be a word or a couple sentences.
  3. People Pleasing (#8) This ties in both categories discussed above as people change who they are and who they want to be in fear of not being accepted by others. Just like it’s easy for you to bring someone down someone can do the same thing back to you when they are intimidated by the possibility of you achieving something they would not, could not, or did not. Stop trying to please others and work on being a better you. People that genuinely care for you and your future will stay. Those that don’t are just lessons that pass by.

To pretty much sum it up:

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I hope that I have been able to shed light on not only my personal experiences, but offer some advice along the way throughout my Motivational series here on the blog. Here’s to more in 2015. Catch up with previous posts by clicking HERE.

Beauty Showdown #2 — NYX v. Wet n Wild

IMG_0625-1In my first ‘Beauty Showdown’ I reviewed the various lip crayons I had tried out. In this Beauty Showdown it will be NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams v. Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors. I will be reviewing both products, giving my pros and cons, comparing similar colors between the two lines, and in the end giving you my take on what was worth the buy.

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The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are $5.99 and are available at Target, Ulta, and from the NYX Cosmetics site. The product comes in 22 shades ranging from nudes to dark purple. There’s even an orange. The colors are named after international cites. The four colors I picked up were: Tokyo, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, and San Paulo. The best place to get these would be Ulta because you can buy one and get one half off plus there’s always a $3.50 coupon floating around. Here are the swatches:

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The colors I purchased were;t thought out. I just purchased what I thought was nice based off the selection at Ulta. I would recommend buying these online to guarantee the color you want because the stores are sold out making the color quantity limited or the color selection you want is just not available in that store.

As for the packaging of this product I love it. It’s sleek, no mess with application, and the applicator is a doe foot (my favorite). When applying I will say I wasn’t impressed. I really had to build up the color, but it’s a great thing that the color is buildable. Based on the packaging versus the swatch verses the color on my lips I will say that it is true to packaging. The consistency no the site is described as:

Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.

I would have to agree. Due to the fact that its a soft matte it would be more moisturizing. Upon initial application it does look shiny and dries over time. I wouldn’t say it’s “surprisingly durable” because you’d have to reapply several times (or more) throughout the day based on how much eating/drinking you’re doing.

IMG_0582-1Moving on to Wet n Wild‘s Megalast Liquid Lip Color, I am going to start off and say how DISAPPOINTED I was after putting this product on my lips and the STRUGGLE it took to get off. The product is sold at local drugstores and grocery stores and the price is $2.99 (depending on location). I picked up these two colors during at sale at Walgreens and they were 2/$3. The colors I picked up were ‘Red My Mind’ and ‘Back To The Fuchsia.’ Here’s what the site describes the product as:

Intense liquid color with built-in moisturizer provides one-step application for weightless, ultra-conditioning wear that lasts up to 8 hours. ElastiSilk™ formula combines flexible color adhesion with silky-smooth pigments for transfer-proof, even application. Paraben-free formula conditions and moisturizes with vitamin E that helps promote anti-aging, protects the skin’s moisture barrier, and balances the lip’s natural hydration for a healthy-looking, plump pout all day.

IMG_0602-1I do agree that the color is intense and it’s true to packaging. As for the “built-in moisture”, the product is extremely dry. It’s like a fake, pasty feeling completely different than that of NYXs Soft Matte Lip Creams. The other downsize aside from the non-moisture I was semi-expecting was the hassle to get this product off. I scrubbed my lips with a baby wipe and it took me nearly 10 minutes to completely remove the product. After researching on YouTube I found that oil was the solution to my problem, but to wear this product and reapply and carry around oil for a seamless application after wear off, no thank you. If I’m running an errand that does not involve me stopping for food then yes I would wear it. I will agree with a “healthy-looking, plump pout” because it looks GREAT on. It’s just the way it dries is like someone is putting glue on your lips. Not a fan off the extreme dryness of it, the messy application, and the hassle to remove it from my lips.

Coincidentally, two of the colors I had from NYX matched of the ones I purchased from Wet n Wild. Here are the colors side by side in packaging and swatched.

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When swatched the Wet n Wilds stuck to my hand instantly. I touched and rubbed to see if the product would budge and nothing. The NYX product on the other hand came right off regardless of how ‘soft matte’ it says it is.

Overall I would purchase the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams again because of the color selection and application. The price, as I stated above, can be easily altered with the constant sales at Ulta. As for Wet n Wild this can be a GREAT product if it were easier to get off. How dry it was really didn’t bother me, it’s the fact that I had to scrub it off. In this case I do say go for he $6 lippie over the $3.

M By Staples Arc System Review / Planner Update

I have been completely in love with my M By Staples planner. I blogged about it back in January in my Getting Organized post. I had a typical planner from Target, but it wasn’t as customizable as I wanted it to be. I also had been checking out the Filofax planners, but I wasn’t a huge fan. I also checked out the Erin Condren planner, but despite how amazing that looked the price point was not worth it for me. I finally found the M By Staples Arc System collection and being that I had points at Staples I decided to use them towards the planner. My total before using the points was under $30 and I was able to spend half that,

IMG_0603-1As stated in my initial post I purchased the 8.5″x5.5″ customizable notebook system, the 2014 weekly & monthly refill, the to do refill paper, and the poly tab dividers. .The to-do paper I never used and I just started to use the notebook paper that came with the planner. I divided my planner into 3 sections: Blog, Planner, & Notes. The blog section holds all of my blog ideas and features that I’m working on. The Planner logs my entire blog schedule. The Notes section holds my miscellaneous things I want to remember and anything else I want to jot down that’s not blog related.

IMG_0605-1Let’s take a closer look at my planner. When you initially open it I have a binder clip that holds my daily devotional. On the first page I have post-its that have upcoming pets I want to do and as I do them I check them off my list.

Next up is the planner section where I log all my blogs and I absolutely love doing that. It helps me plan and I use post-its for the days that I blog more than the daily space given. In my old planner I was logging everything as well, I just love my new system so much more. I’m not afraid to cross out anything. I don’t mind it looking a bit messy at times. I also don’t cross of the posts. It’s mainly marking down the posts I’ve done. If I don’t do it, I just scribble it out.

IMG_0610-1As far as my ‘mini’ organization of the planner, I just use a binder clip to hold my devotional and I have post-it tabs to mark the month and week.

photo-2My favorite feature of the planner  would be the planning section of each month following the monthly layout. On one side I put my monthly bills and my work schedule and on the other side I put miscellaneous bills such as credit card, hospital, and any other bill that is ‘temporary.’ I absolutely love having his because I do not have to lug around my Home Management Binder which has gone under MAJOR changes. I just hold all my bills there are add post-its for the days I paid and the amount paid. It’s so much easier and convenient having it in my planner.

I will say that this collection overall is a bland version of the Martha Stewart Collection: Discbound NotebooksAs stated in my initial post if you want something cuter or with more of a design definitely go with the Martha Stewart Collection. You can also mix and match being that the sizes of both collections are nearly identical. My only con with the notebook overall is that the pages do not stand the test of wear and tear. As I’m planning out posts, which I do in advance, I’m constantly flipping pages, leaning on them, etc. and they fall out from time to time. Being that the holes cannot be reinforced similar to that of Filofax pages, they get bent, but not bent to the point that you cannot fix them. Another flaw is the stickers for the dividers. I currently do not have any on my planner because they basically fell off. Overall I’m pleased with my system and just wanted to share my updated planner organization.