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Dear October: Good Paths That Never Stop

I wish there was some kind of book or guide on being 21… but there isn’t.

That’s a GOOD thing.

Living up to normal standards all the time is exactly how new ones are never made.

Why should you do what everyone else is doing and not what you want to do?

Why should you worry your life away about not having money when there are a million ways to live happily without it?

I’m not going to say the regular, “compare your life to someone beneath you and you’ll find they are much happier” thing or the “rich people may seem like they have everything, but they don’t really because where’s the real love” that has probably been said 50 times.

But, what I will say is that there is NO rule book to being 21. There is NO rule book on LIFE, for that matter.

Everyone makes decisions which lead them on and on and on into the future…. there are people before you, and people after you.

The world doesn’t stop.

It never stops.

It turns, and turns, and turns, creating the happiest and most devastating moments in every single persons every day lives.

As dreadful of a day you’re having, it could be someones best.

As amazing as the day is, there will be some point where it will take a tubmle…

But does that mean you should dread the happiness you’re experiencing now, only to realize you’ll be hurt later?

NO.

Create the life you want, live the life you want, do what YOU want.

Do not sweat the small stuff, the past, the future, the side-eyes or back-talk.

Do what YOU want, what YOU love, what YOU know you are here for a reason to do.

You’re young, you’re 21, you have a whole blank canvas in front of you that you have the ability of morphing into whatever way you please.

You are meant to live one life, that is you’re own and no one else’s as much as you may wish you were living someone else’s or someone else wishes you were living theirs…

Every path you’ve ever been on has been a good path whether or not you’re still at the top of them.

There is no right way, there is no rule book, there are no guarantees in life, but there damn well is the decision to follow who YOU want to be and BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO with your life.

You’re 21, you practically just started living.

Love,

Nat

Job Interview Makeup

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IMG_8733Begin with a moisturizer, because moisturizeing your face is IMPORTANT. Then, prime your face– some say this makes no difference whereas others like me find it vital so it lasts all day and goes on nice and smooth.

IMG_8736Onto face necessities, I wouldn’t say foundation is necessary because it’s important to not completely cover up, at least it’s a tip I carry when meeting someone new- and especially for an interview. Eyebrows are up to you, but I find filling mine in a task worthwhile since they may be accidentally covered in concealer and it tends to bring any look at all together on the face. I have with the dip brow, an essence eyeliner brush which I find works just as good as the matching $18 brush which sits next to the product on the shelf.

IMG_8737A cat eye is a bit much for an interview, so a nice brown smudge of a line with a slight flick at the end brings attention to the eyes without being overpowering. Mascara is a go-to no matter where I’m going I feel a little more put together with mascara on, and once again it brings attention to one’s eyes.

IMG_8739Blush is always a fun time; I have a matte and a shimmery one- its personal preference really. I like to go for shimmery coral because I find it looks natural and glowing whereas matte reminds me of fall and works best for a super natural approach. Along with powder (which should go on before blush) I would suggest using a setting brush instead of a giant fluffy one if just going with concealer.

IMG_8740Highlighter is to glow, and I am one who loves glowing haha. I also have a lip balm with color (completely go for Burt’s Bees because this is Dior and this was a splurge for me) so it’s not too much like lip gloss or lipstick can sometimes be. Setting spray to set the face and re-hydrate is next, if needed.

 

Products used:

  1. Fresh Rose Deep Re-Hydration Face Cream
  2. Travel Size Benefit Porefessional
  3. Benefit Erase Paste (under eye circle miracle worker) in “Light 01”
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in “Soft Brown”
  5. Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in “212 Rich Brown”
  6. Yves Saint Laurent BabyDoll Mascara
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Glisten” / “Blushing Bride”
  8. Essence Powder in “10 Light Beige”
  9. Wander Highlighter in “Ivory”
  10. Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in “001 Pink”
  11. Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

The 3 Best Makeup Removers

IMG_8475.jpgFrom left to right: No. 7 Beautiful skin wipes, Simple Micellar water, Lancôme Bi-facial Double Action eye makeup remover

 

  1. The No. 7 Beautiful skin wipes I discovered in Ulta over the summer, they are made in the U.K. (at the time Ulta was incorporating more U.K. brands into the mix so I jumped on the bandwagon, of course) and these were one of the first things on my list.

They are hydrating, a stretchier, covered material rather than     dry and harsh on this skin. They remove makeup in a swipe and leave zero breakouts.

2.  The Simple Micellar water is one of the first products I ever tried from the brand, and still the reigning champ of the brand in my eyes. I first used it in 2014 (during the summer, once again) and instantly fell in love. Didn’t break me out, can be used without water, and gets off makeup whether using a cotton pad or my hands.

3. The Lancôme Bi-Facial Double Action eye makeup remover is my tried and true, old and blue favorite. I began using it when I was 12, whenever I wore the odd bit of brown eyeliner in middle school– yes, you heard that right. Not even consistent, but random days I decided to line my bottom lashes and not even think to add mascara.

It gives an oily consistencey– I would suggest shaking it up to mix the ingredients. It also provides very little effort in removing makeup, the littlest bit will clean my entire eye, that is with mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrows, highlight, foundation, etc. A little goes a long way, it can be used on more than just the eye are of the face, it smells amazing and clean, your face will feel like a baby’s bum after using it. It’s flipping amazing.

 

If you have tried any of these products, please let me know what you think of them, I love them and all opinions are my own and nothing has been sponsored (just in case I get a doubter) or embellished. I freaking love all of these, they have reserved spots in my heart forever.

Thanks for reading! ^_^

Love,

Nat ❤

We call this reality 

Everything in books and movies is better. The reason it’s better is because we know their future or the beginning plot of the story, however in our lives we have no damn clue of where we’re going or what’s going to happen. 

It’s comforting to watch an anime or a movie, knowing even if that scene was literally taken and drawn exactly from real life, it still managed to look better in an anime or fiction realm. 

Why? Because it’s comforting to relate to other people’s lives in a story and hope that it ends up being in ours. 

It comforting to know we can live many different lives from the perspective of one life we call our reality. 

And most likely than not, the stories we grow attached to are the ones with happy endings. 

Examples (no photos are my own, they all were found on Google): 

What’s In My Bag?

 

This is my current handbag. I’ve had it for at least three years, and it has done me well to this day. I bought it at Nordstrom for $40-45 and before you can gasp at the amount I spent on it, I fell in love with it and it is still my staple bag to this day. Yes, I switch handbags around as everyone does, but without a doubt this is my favorite and still looks to  be in good shape.

Here’s what’s inside…

  1. Gloves
  2. A book- “Saint Anything” written by Sarah Dessen (her books are my absoulte favorite ever since I can remember).
  3. A water bottle (I carry around water 90% of the time)
  4. Superman Headphones
  5. My wallet (holds mints, little memories such as movie tickets,fortunes from fortune cookies, my license, and $10 at most)
  6. Movie tickets
  7. A Star Wars notebook I couldn’t help but buy
  8. A pink USB flash drive
  9. A mini Paris notebook
  10. A Carpe Diem bracelet- reminds me little moments matter and not to dwell on the future (or anything for that matter) too much
  11. A mini blue comb
  12. Tweezers
  13. Kate Moss Rimmel 107 lipstick
  14. Jack black lip balm in “natural mint”
  15. Bare minerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in “rebel”
  16. Revlon lip butter in “strawberry shortcake”–I’ve repurchased this for as long as I’ve owned my purse
  17. Mac lipstick in “pure zen”
  18. Versace bright crystal rollerball
  19. An array of pens and pencils
  20. A mini orange pencil I stole from a mini golf club on accident
  21. Neosporin tube
  22. A little Kleenex pack
  23. Mini orange sticky notes– I’m just now realizing how many “mini” things I own here
  24. Hand warmers–its chilly out!
  25. Peanut M&M’s–I love me some of these.

And that’s everything in my bag at the moment! Sorry there was nothing exciting like a dog. ❤

Let me know what you carry around, no really, these are my favorite types of tags. 🙂