Ulta 21 Days of Beauty is here!

Hey guys!!

We are having some great weather here and to make it even better, Ulta has released their list for the 21 Days of Beauty! Every year, Ulta has their 21 Days of Beauty sale and I always get at least 1-2 items that are really good deals! Here’s the link to the event!

Now since it’s specific items each day, I like to go through each day and see if I want anything and then write it down so I remember to go that day or order online if I can’t make it in! For some of the days, nothing caught my eye, but here’s my list! 

3/19: 

  • Mario Badescu* Botanical Exfoliating Scrub on sale for $13

3/22: 

  • Urban Decay* Eyeshadow Primer Potion on sale for $12, this is one of my favorite eyeshadow primers and works great with my skin
  • Peter Thomas Roth* Hungarian Thermal Mask & Moisturizer on sale for $29.. a little pricey, but I’ve never tried it and it looks good

3/23: 

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills* Brow Wiz on sale for $10.50.. this is a STEAL! I would get one of these, but I have one brand new one at home and one I just started using recently so I don’t need it. If you’re looking for a light, easy brow pencil this one is great

3/25:

  • Skyn Iceland* Eye Gels on sale for $7.50-15.. never tried these but they look like they would work well

 

3/29: 

  • Tarte* Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette on sale for $19.50.. have always wanted to try this one out and it’s a good price. Might be useful for traveling especially because it has a mirror

3/30:

  • Mario Badescu* Drying Lotion on sale for $8.50.. my sister uses this and says it works really well

4/1: 

  • Clinique* Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator on sale for $19.50. One of my favorite moisturizers and it’s a great price on sale, will stock up

4/5: 

  • Mario Badescu* Vitamin C Serum on sale for $22.50. Vitamin C is super good on the skin and I have been looking for a good serum from a brand I can trust
  • M•A•C* Prep + Prime Skin on sale for $15.50.. I have the Mac fix + spray and I love it so maybe this will work as good

4/6: 

  • IT Cosmetics* Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara on sale for $12.. one of my favorite mascaras so I need to stock up! Also got my mom hooked on it, so I will grab one for her as well! 

So there’s my list, does anyone else have any favorites they stock up on from events like this? Might as well get it when it’s on sale, right? 🙂

My Spring Cleaning List! 🧹

Hey guys!

Spring is coming which means it’s almost that time for spring cleaning! Since it’ll be the first time we’ve been in our new home when it’s spring, I feel like I need to make the ultimate cleaning list. There is sooooo much to do and I really love opening up the windows when it’s nice outside and just enjoying the breeze. It makes cleaning THAT much better. Making this list will also make my life easier because I don’t have to sit down in a couple of weeks and think about it, it’ll just be here! FYI, long list ahead! 🙂

Inside:

  • clean all of the windows including the little area between the net and the window
  • take down my curtains and washing them so they smell fresh
  • put away anything left from the winter and bringing out any spring stuff
  • deep clean the bathrooms (sink, toilets, showers, floors)
  • re-organize the pantry
  • dust off surfaces in the whole house
  • re-organize shoe closet
  • move all furniture and clean underneath it
  • wipe down all floor moldings
  • wipe down dust from picture frames + mirrors
  • vacuum and Swiffer the floors including all corners and edges
  • organize office closets
  • re-arrange the den
  • vacuum the basement + laundry room
  • wash bed covers/pillow cases/pillows from bedroom + guest bedroom
  • freshen up and re-arrange guest bedroom
  • re-organize closet that has all my house stuff 
  • wipe down ceiling fans 
  • clean any shoes that got dirty from winter
  • wipe down the basement stairs + basement hallway
  • wash the doors from scuff marks
  • dust the office bookcase
  • freshen up living room furniture and wash the pillows from the couch
  • clean the tiles in the shower
  • replace any light bulbs that are missing in the rooms
  • change air filter
  • clean the microwave + dishwasher + oven 
  • re-organize plastic containers, buy new ones if needed
  • clean + organize kitchen drawers
  • clean out cabinets + re-organize
  • clean coffee machine + coffee bar area.. re-organize coffee mugs (maybe buy the shelf I’ve been wanting above it)
  • clean under the sink
  • clean dining room table (wipe down any dust from chairs)
  • clean out bathroom shelves 
  • put in new bathroom floor matts after cleaning the bathroom floors
  • re-organize makeup table, throw out any old, expired items
  • add shelves to the laundry room and set it up
  • get rid of any clutter like old food and things we don’t want
  • put away winter clothes and bring out spring clothes (wash them) + re-organize closet
  • organize office desk and throw out any unnecessary things

Now, the outside is a whole different story. There is so much to do and since it’s been a long winter, there is a lot of fallen branches and stuff we need to clean up.

Outside:

  • clean off driveway with water hose
  • do any paint touch ups around the door and front steps etc.,
  • clean the grill
  • clean out garage so I can park the car
  • throw out any clutter from the garage, sell it if possible
  • clean out gutters
  • replace broken awning
  • put new lightbulbs in areas where the lights went out
  • trim trees/bushes
  • cut down trees if needed since they are very dry and can fall 
  • get rid of any bugs outside the house (plus add bug spray) and clean out rock area by front door 
  • wash my car (this is sooooo needed)

I think that’s everything.. wow that’s A LOT! But it needs to get done, so I’m going to take my time and break it out into sessions throughout the weekends! Especially since it’s not 100% warm outside yet and the weather is unpredictable, we can’t really do all the outside stuff, but I can do some of the inside cleaning! I’m excited though, spring cleaning can be fun if you make it fun! 🙂

Does anyone else use a spring cleaning list to help you remember what you need to do? Lists in general are super helpful for me, so this will be a HUGE plus. Anything I missed that you recommend needs to be done for spring?? Let me know in the comments 🙂

My 2019 Vision Board!

Hi all!

I finally got around to finishing my vision board and it’s not the very best, but it’s perfect for me! This time I just put a bunch of pictures/quotes that will motivate me for this year. Last year, I had a lot of pictures of my husband/family and random things, but this way is better. 

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Here’s my vision board – I won’t go through each one, but I’ll explain some of them.

Let’s start from the top. A lot of those are about calmness and mindfulness which is something I’d love work on a lot this year. The picture of the woman is about me wanting nicer skin and getting better with my makeup skills. And of course I added something about my husband because he is #1 🙂 As you can see there are a couple things on here about him! 

In the second row, I have a picture of the Kindle which explains me wanting to read more this year. I can happily say that I have read SO much since I have gotten it! Family of course is important so I had to add something about that in here! We are planning to go to NYC this summer, so I added a picture of Central Park in there. And the last one I will mention in this row is the quote, “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” I often get discouraged when I attempt to make some food that I’ve never made before or sometimes even food I’ve made multiple times and it doesn’t turn out the way I thought it would. This is a great quote because it’s true, I will get better with time! 

The third row is just all quotes, so I’ll pick 2-3 that stand out right now. I really want to get rid of any clutter and just make our living space very simple. The picture with Pooh says, “sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” This is referring to my niece and nephew 🙂 And the last one I will mention in this row is the very first quote, life really is precious.

In the fourth row, I have the state of California map because it is one of the best states in my opinion and this map shows a lot of cool places to visit in CA! The woman in the bikini is my fitness goal and it’s very realistic for my body type since I don’t want abs or anything muscular. I feel like I could achieve this in 2019. I used to find really fit people with abs and make them my motivation, but it was too unrealistic and would take YEARS to happen. The picture of the palm trees and beach is a very special place in my heart 🙂 ❤ And the last one is about working out, eating well, and being patient. I’m not patient enough and this is a good reminder to be!

And for the last two sections, I’ll just talk about 4-5 of them. I added a couple things about traveling because that’s what I’m most looking forward this year and there is a picture in Disney Land because we are planning to go there! The pictures are because I want to take lots and lots of pictures going forward, that is the best way to remember good memories. I NEED to drink more water daily, it’s a huge struggle for me, but I am going to make it a habit. The picture of the hair is because I want long, healthy hair. And the last one I will mention is the plant, I want more plants in my house because plants give off good energy and fresh air.

There you have it, my 2019 vision board! I tried to be as realistic as possible and I think I can for sure accomplish most, if not all of these goals on my board.

Did you make a vision board for 2019? What are your top three things on there? 🙂

Black Friday Deals I’m interested in! 🛍

In the past years, I never really had any items I waited for to go on sale for Black Friday. I don’t this year either, but I do have some things I have my eye on. So here’s my little list of items I hope to buy this week!

Coach outlet is having 70% off everything online and in stores. I feel like I need a new purse, or at least a new backpack I could carry my laptop in to work. I did see some backpacks on there, but nothing really caught my eye. I might go to the outlet mall and see if I could pick one out there. Besides a backpack, I really liked these two purses and I think they were each under $100. Hoping to grab at least one this year! 

Next on my list is makeup. I saw that Ulta had a lot of stuff being advertised on their website for Black Friday. I

I want to grab a mascara, specifically the IT one, I got a sample for my birthday and it honestly is one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried and that’s a steal for $10! The Mario Badescu spray trio is a great deal since I’m almost out of mine at home. I love the rose and cucumber one and have never tried the lavender one. Plus, if they’re small enough, I could take them on trips! 

These two sets would be a great gift for my little sister. I know she doesn’t own any of these items and they’re a great deal. The MAC fix + spray is amazing and the HOOLA bronzer is one of the best bronzers I own. Overall, I feel like they’re both a good deal and would make for a great present for anyone!

I’ve heard great things about the Dermalogica brand and if it could possibly help with my acne/acne scarring, that would be worth it! The Microderm device is something I have wanted for a looooong time, but it’s always so expensive. It’s still pretty pricey at $99, but if this actually gets rid of my acne scars, it would be worth the $99. Any reviews on this? And last but not least, the entire YES TO brand is 50% off. I love their masks and lip scrubs so I will stock up on some goodies and maybe make a few of them gifts! 

 

Haven’t found an ad for this, but I am hoping Charming Charlie has some kind of a deal on accessories because I need some new hoop/dangly earrings. I’ve heard in the past they usually have a good Black Friday sale, so I hope I can grab a couple pairs. I went the other day to buy some, but I thought why not just wait to see if they have a sale?

Walmart always has something I want like for example a onesie. I need a new one as the only one I have is with penguins on it, think I outgrew it!

On the ad, I only found 2 things noteworthy. This deal for the soundbar isn’t too bad especially when you get small corner speakers as well. We’ve been wanting one since we got our TV, it really does make a difference. I already have a Fujifilm mini camera, but just wanted to point out that this is such a good deal especially when you get a case, album, stickers, and film. I had to buy everything separately besides the film. Last thing I want from Walmart is the new Call of Duty game, it’s $60 right now, but it should go on sale for like $40, so I am waiting for that! Super excited!

So that’s pretty much my list. If I find anything else I will add to it! I will be mainly buying presents this year, so hopefully I find some other goodies for our parents! 

What products I’ve been loving lately!

Hi all!

So I have been trying out some new stuff recently and I have actually been liking everything. From skincare to haircare products, here’s my list:

Skincare:

  • Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturizer – my skin has been going through this dry phase for some reason and I ran out of my other moisturizer (which was also from Clinique) so I decided to go even further and try the moisture surge. So far, I LOVE this for my face. It really makes it soft, glowey, and hydrates it. I deff think this is my new go to face moisturizing product!
  • Nivea Soft – I really love this for my body. I usually put it on after I get out of the shower, but you can even use it when your legs or arms are feeling dry. It has a nice scent to it and it’s not greasy at all.
  • Thayers Witch Hazel – I tried the smaller version of this since I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it’s so nice on my skin. I like to use it in the morning and before I go to bed and so far I am loving it better than my old witch hazel toner. 
  • Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser – So I only got this because it was $7 the other day at Ulta with their 21 days of Beauty sale. It’s been over a week since I have been using it and what this is supposed to do is not get rid of any acne you have prior to using this, but to prevent any future acne from occuring. I haven’t had any breakouts ever since I started using this so I’m not 100% sure it’s from this product, but I usually do get acne now and then so just knowing my face is looking so much better gives me faith in this product. Originally it is $15, so it’s a little pricey, but none of their products have ever disappointed. 
  • Up&Up Makeup Remover Wipes – Usually I use some makeup remover wipes from like Neutrogena and it burns my eyes when removing makeup. I finally found the perfect makeup wipes that don’t burn my eyes when using!!!! They are super gentle and soft to the skin so it causes no irritation whatsoever. I will keep purchasing these for sure!

Haircare:

  • Garnier Fructis Hair Mask – First time trying this product and so far it makes my hair smell good and it also makes it soft. They say you can use this hair mask as a conditioner, leave-in treatment or hair mask depending on what you need. It makes you hair less frizzy and more manageable. Loving it so far and will keep using it! 

  • Garnier® Fructis® Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream – I’ve used this in the past and forgot about how much I liked it. I mix this with the oil I am going to talk about next and it just makes my hair super soft. 

  • Garnier® Fructis® Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment – Used this in the past also by combining it with the leave in conditioner above. It always worked good for me, made my hair smell amazing and made it super soft as well! 

  • Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Detangler – Used this up already, got it maybe 2-3 months ago and I LOVED it! My hair always gets tangled easily after I get out of the shower and this helped so much. It also smells amazing!

So these are the products I’ve been loving lately, I might do cleaning products next time – I’ve been trying to get into the “organic” cleaning products. 

 

Things that make me happy

  • My hubby
  • Going to bed early
  • Waking up early
  • Getting good sleep
  • Having a healthy breakfast
  • Having a morning/night routine 
  • Having my things organized
  • Writing a to-do list and crossing stuff off at the end of the day
  • Going to sleep right next to my hubby
  • Interior decorating
  • Having a set plan
  • Planning
  • Planning trips
  • Coffee
  • Almond Joy Creamer
  • Making an outfit actually look good on me
  • Shopping (clothes and decorates)
  • Clean sheets and covers
  • When the house is clean and I can just sit down and relax
  • Bubble baths
  • When my skin routine is working
  • Getting new shoes
  • Hanging out with family/friends
  • Avocados with pink himalayan salt drizzled on top
  • Pita chips with garlic hummus dip
  • Writing in my monthly planner
  • Water
  • When my makeup turns out great
  • My makeup room
  • Mountains
  • Colorado
  • Fresh air
  • The beach
  • Traveling
  • Thor 
  • Flowers
  • Gardening (even tho it’s super difficult)

Tuesday 🌿

Good morning!!

I really need to get back into the habit of blogging every morning, I always have the intention, but then a million other things pop up that I have to do so I never get around to actually writing. So I finally have some time right now and I will make it a habit to blog again once a day like I use to! 

So this morning I woke up, kind of feeling a little sick.. for some reason my stomach was bothering me and my head hurt, but I feel much better after eating. I ate a bowl of cheerios this morning, half of an avocado, and half of an orange. BTW my favorite snack at the moment is half of an avocado (bc lots of calories in a whole one) and pink himalayan salt drizzled on top… SO DELICIOUS. Another new favorite snack is garlic hummus and pita chips, seriously these two things is what I have been missing in my life 😋😋😋 the only thing is that when I start eating the chips with hummus, I CANNOT stop lol, it’s so difficult bc its so good! 

So on Friday it’s Bajram which means that Ramadan is officially over and this is one of the best holidays of the year. We get to spend time with family, give gifts, and enjoy each others’ company. Before Friday, I have to clean the whole house (it’s just a tradition or rule I guess) and we have already pretty much bought everyone presents, today we are just going to finish up the rest. 

Yesterday we were at Marshall’s and I think I found a good vanity mirror for my makeup table so I think I might go back and get it since it was only $20 and I think it would look good in the room. I also just found these vanity light bulbs on Amazon for $20 that I can stick on there to give it amazing lighting so I think I might buy those too. All that’s left is to buy a chair and I did find one on Amazon, but it’s $60 so I think I might put that off until I get my first paycheck and have some more money. 

Mirhad has been working, this is his second week so he’s done pretty much by 5 pm so today after he’s done, we’re going to go finish buying the presents and we have to go buy this board game because Adisa is coming over tonight so we can chill! It’ll be fun, I haven’t seen her in so long and I’ve missed her! I need to remind myself to give her the grad gift I have forgotten to give her a million times!!!! 

Thor is probably most likely going to be home on Monday (crossing my fingers) I’m still waiting for the lady to respond about us coming before the 23rd, but I don’t think it would be a problem.

Anyways, I have to go visit my mom real quick and then head to Marshall’s to buy that mirror while it’s still there!!! See ya! 🙂