Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Goals 002

This weekend was packed with celebrations. 3 birthday parties ranging from 1 year old to 85 years old. & Keith's parent's 35th anniversary. I am exhausted, but in a good way. It's great to be with loved ones especially after a long trip. How was your weekend?

Last week's goals:

Make a onesie. I put a zipper in! This onesie has been pretty difficult for me to figure out. I've never really sewn off of a pattern before and I don't really know what I am doing. Fortunately my mom is helping me! One step at a time, I will finish it! (I just need to keep on making it a priority. :)) 

Get my blog posts in order. Check! I put all of my blog post titles in my iCalendar. I know other bloggers buy a specific calendar for organizing their posts, but in iCalendar, I feel that it's easier to move things around if need be. 

This week's goal:

Scrapbook. I am limiting myself to one goal this week because it's a big one. I want to edit, print and scrapbook all of my photos from our 3 month Europe trip. Huge goal, right? Wish me luck! Haha.

What are your goals for the week? I'd love to hear about them!

- Christina

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Makeup I Packed For My Eurotrip

You cannot believe how many things I packed that I did not need on my trip. My backpack became excruciatingly heavy, so fortunately I was able to ship a lot of the extra load back home. I’ve truly embraced that I was backpacking across Europe. I didn't need all of the extra things. (I also read “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a true story about how she backpacked across the Pacific Coast Trail, a hiking trail that runs from Mexico through California, Oregon, Washington, and into Canada. It’s inspired me to live more simply.)

Anyway, this post was photographed before I left to Europe, and my collection of makeup change throughout the trip. (I shipped a good amount of makeup home. Sorry, mom. I should have listened. It was too much. & to think I wanted to pack a whole palette!) 

But I still wanted to share my selections with you. I think these items create a great, simple, natural look. All of these products are cruelty free, vegan & super affordable. 

My brushes are from E.L.F., Eco Tools & Bare Minerals. Almost all of Bare Minerals brushes are not vegan, they are made with boar hair. But the one I have is synthetic & I purchased it before I became vegan. (Bare Minerals is also not cruelty free.) From left to right in the photo I use the first & second Eco Tool brush for my brows, the two E.L.F. brushes in the middle for my eyeshadow, the Bare Minerals brush for concealer, and the last brush for my mineral foundation. I love E.L.F.’s Daily Brush Cleaner. Not only does it smell amazing (like I would want to use it as a body spray) but it gets the job done.    

For my face I packed E.L.F.’s Personal Blend Foundation which has SPF 15 and 4 shades of similar color so you can blend them. I packed E.L.F.’s Maximum Coverage Concealer which is good for under the eye discoloration and for spots. I received the blush (the name isn't on the packaging anymore) from the VeganCuts Beauty Box. It’s a solid blush that I put on my cheeks with my fingers and blend it in. And I used the Modern Minerals shimmer called Sakura (which I also got in the VeganCuts Beauty Box) as a highlighter. I put it at the very top of my check bones (just below the eyes) and in the inside corner of my eyes. I absolutely love that Modern Minerals shimmer. Using it as a highlighter really gives my face a little extra something. I am definitely interested in purchasing more colors and products from Modern Minerals. You should definitely check them out!

I decided to pack my neutral E.L.F. Essential Flawless Eyeshadow palette. It's a perfect everyday look. The colors are labeled too, so you know which colors go where on your eyelid. It's helpful for a makeup newb like me. I also packed E.L.F.'s Studio Eye Liner, which I put in my waterline. 

I packed two types of mascara. Wet n Wild is a cruelty free company with vegan options. A decent amount of their mascaras are vegan. I’ve done the research on which ones are & pinned them to my Vegan Makeup & Beauty pinboard. The first one I tried was their Mega Volume Mascara. It works fine. It doesn’t blow my mind, and it’s not bad either. 

I also packed Pacifica’s Waterproof Aquarian Gaze Mascara. I purchased this mascara after listening to this reviewThe Feminine Review Beauty talks about how natural and chemical free the mascara is. I knew I wanted to try it out. I was also interested because Pacifica has released a lot of new makeup items that I’m excited about. I’ve tried their tinted lip balms and love them, so I wanted try some of their new products. When I purchased this mascara, I didn’t realize it was waterproof. I’m not much for waterproof mascaras. It really does work. It really stays on. I figured it would be good for beach days. 

The top lipstick and the lipgloss next to it layer really well together. I really love E.L.F.’s Lip Exfoliator. You can see in the picture that it’s more than halfway gone. It’s great. Then I also packed a bright red for a pop of color and a dark brown/red lipstick. The dark brown/red fades away nicely. You know those lipsticks that fade away and look awful? This one fades nicely because sometimes I don’t want to be bothered by reapplying.

What I Shipped Home
I really love all of these products but like I said earlier, I cut back a lot. I ended up carrying more than my men travel partners, and I was suffering for it. Not only was it extra weight but I shouldn’t have been spending that much time in the bathroom getting ready for the day. I should have been out exploring Europe! 

As much as I love my Modern Minerals shimmer, I needed to be brutal with my selections. The blush went too. I technically do not need all of the lip color options & I used my toothbrush to exfoliate my lips (anyone else do that?). I used soap to clean my brushes. I only needed to apply my foundation, eye shadow and eyebrows with brushes. The rest I could apply with my fingers. & instead of waterproof mascara, I’m opted for no mascara at the beaches.

I’m happy with the products I packed and the products I decided to keep around. It was nice to be even MORE minimalistic with my makeup than I already am. I hope you enjoyed taking a mini peek into my makeup bag! What do you think?

- Christina

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekly Goals 001

I'm back! We returned from our 3 month Europe backpacking trip on the 14th. I have so much to tell you and I can't wait to post our adventure here on the blog. If you want a brief idea of where we went, I posted on Instagram (@city_loveee) most of our trip.

I'm excited to get into the groove of things again & especially excited to create weekly goals. It'll be nice to have my blogger community (my friends :)), keep me accountable for my goals. Unfortunately, Weekly Wishes from Nectar Collective doesn't exist anymore! (It was a way to link up your goals with other bloggers participating in Weekly Wishes.) But I won't let it stop me from continuing. Making my goals public really help me achieve them. So let's get into this!

Make a onesie. I want to attend to things that I have put on the back burner for a looong time. Years ago I told my boyfriend, Keith, that I would make him a onesie as Christmas gift. (Here is a photo of us getting the fabric. That was a long time ago!) I've made some progress over the years, but now I think it's time to finish this project. 

Get my blog posts in order. I'm so excited to be blogging again & especially sharing my travels with you. I have a HUGE list on blog post ideas. I need to organize when they'll be posted and start my drafts. I can't wait!

Do you have any goals for the week? I would love to hear about them. If you do post, or are interested in posting your weekly goals on your blog, feel free to send me the link so I can see them!

- Christina