Back to School: All of the Essentials!

Hi guys!
So this is my 3rd blog post in my back to school series. I really wanted to do this, but I have been super busy with field hockey. I will continue to post back to school blog posts after my school year begins because I have more I want to talk about. This will be a longer blog post so I will just get right into it.

The first things that come into my mind when it comes to back to school is makeup and beauty supplies. I guess I care about my appearance a little too much. But a solid, quick morning routine is needed for early mornings right before school. The first thing I do after brushing my teeth and putting my contacts in is foundation. I usually skip on moisturizer and a setting powder because I moisturize at night and I only use a primer for special occasions. I find that wearing eyeliner makes it look like you’re wearing a lot more makeup than you are. I use the Almay bright eyes eyeliner because it has a black eye pencil and also a highlighter. Then I finish with blush and that’s it! A few hair essentials are hair ties, butterfly clips, and a mousse or hairspray. Butterfly clips are great because they don’t pull your hair, but hair ties are easy to store and I personally would rather wear my hair back for tests. Since we’re going to be stressed out more than during the summer, a good acne system should be incorporated into your bedtime routine if it is not already.

I do have a few outfit musts for the school year, but I understand schools have different dress codes. My school recently changed theirs so now we must have sleeves. I have many tanks, so I bought a sweater to wear over them. For the cooler weather, an oversized sweater and skinny jeans are so cute and comfy. I love to wear boots all winter long and they look great over skinnies. A sweatshirt is also great because it is cold in most of my classes and you can rewear a sweatshirt. My school also has dress up days, so I splurged on 3 skirts that are really cute and look great with boots. If I feel like I need to wear a looser top, I will pair it with a bodycon skirt. Whatever you choose, make sure that you stick with your sense of style. I don’t in all situations, but for school, stick with whatever is comfortable. Remember, check the weather and dress appropriately!

A good school year starts with a supplied backpack. I don’t know about you, but I usually am fully stocked with school supplies on the first day of school and somehow I’m left with 2 pencils and a borrowed pen by the last day. In my front pocket I keep my go-to essentials. I keep a pencil case with pencils, pens, and a highlighter. Pretty basic. Then I have a sleeve of tissues, hand sanitizer, and a mini lotion that smells amazing. I keep a sweet-smelling hand sanitizer and lotion because it just makes the room smell better and my hands. On the top pocket I just keep my cell phone, iPod, ear buds, and car keys. In my back pocket I have an extra sleeve of tissues, a few feminine care items, and things I don’t use as much in another pencil case. In that pencil case I just have a sharpie, extra lead, and a flash drive. I have 3 pencil pouches but I got them all on sale for just a penny each! Lastly, I keep my textbooks, binder, and iPad in my backpack.

As for my locker, I really don’t decorate it at all. I barely use my locker so I don’t put many things in it. I put my lunch in it and my extra textbooks. There are many inexpensive locker organizers for people who do like to accessorize.

Lastly, I have a few essentials for anyone who uses an iPad like me. The basic apps that are pre-installed are Safari, Calendar, and iBooks which I love. I use my calendar so much; it keeps me prepared for upcoming tests, field hockey games, and appointments. I also use the Kindle app for a few of my textbooks. A new app I recently downloaded is called inClass. You can take notes and set homework reminders on this app. After I take notes on that app, I would transfer them to Google Drive which can be accessed on any computer with Internet access. I love Google Drive for exams because you can share your documents with friends and form study groups. I also love Quizlet because I hate keeping leftover flash cards and it’s super easy to study with this app. It keeps everything organized and it’s easier for midterms as well.

I wish all of you luck on your school year and I will try to upload my next blog post shortly!

Back to School: School Bag + Desk Essentials Checklist

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Hello, darlings!

This is going to be the last instalment of my back to school series, (cue: sad music) and for today, I prepared a list of all the things you need for your school bag and/or your study area at home. Oh, and check out Skye’s blog! She’s doing a back to school series as well. :D

This may be a lot for some of you, but personally, I like shopping and keeping school supplies. I’ve always been the girl scout at school and I’m always prepared for everything and anything. Besides, you never know when you’re going to need these since most of them are really handy! And, this applies to all year levels.

I’ve been using this list for years and I would now like to share it with you guys!

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Weee I made this collage myself. Hahaha. I’m too proud. :P

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Back to School: Resist Junk Food Temptations

Dieting during the school year can be very difficult. At my school, we celebrate with donuts and ice cream and junk food. Just like exercising, using your brain and thinking a lot in classrooms works up an appetite and it’s easy to fall back in your diet. With vending machines full of candy, chips, and soda, it’s hard to resist temptations.

The first 2 years I was in high school, I caved in. My diet was horrible! I would buy a Gatorade and candy as my lunch, and even more for an after school snack. I would even borrow money from my friends almost daily. This past year I was able to overcome that habit. I bought maybe 3 things total the entire year, but it was from pure hunger, not boredom. I have a few tips to help you resist bad cravings during the school year.

1. BYO Lunch
The convenience of cafeteria lunches, vending machines, or catered lunches look appealing, but in the long term it’s faster to eat healthy than to work off all of the calories. If there are healthy options, then that is O.K. Most likely if it is coming from a vending machine, it is not healthy. Many snack companies trick consumers into thinking that their food is healthy, and it is deceiving since you can’t physically read the ingredients until after you buy their food. In another blog post I will explain what snacks I do recommend to bring and some easy lunch options.

2. Don’t go for everything that is free
Free ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, and hot chocolate sound great! While I don’t want you to deprive yourself, I don’t want you to go for every single free dessert. For exams, we have a donut station and a hot chocolate station. You’re allowed to get both and generally there is enough for seconds. Just because we’re offered both doesn’t mean we need to take full advantage of it. I personally, would enjoy a hot chocolate with a mini candy cane in it so I get some of the benefits of peppermint oil. That way I’m not watching everyone enjoy their donuts and hot chocolate, but I’m not eating/drinking a ton of sugar either.

3. Avoid Being Hungry
This goes back with the first tip and brining your own snacks. Don’t bring snacks that leave you feeling hungry! This will only result in either buying food from the vending machines or sharing food with someone else. Foods with fiber will keep you full. Just don’t go on fiber overload. Be aware if you have after school practices that you will be hungry right after school so a small snack is necessary. Staying hydrated will also help you not confuse hunger with thirst.

4. Remember your diet
We all have that person inside that reminds us of the healthier option and we sometimes let that person inside tell us to get the unhealthy option. The more you cave into your cravings, the more likely you will repeat. If you’re accustomed to eating healthy food, your body starts to crave it. That’s how I like to think to resist my cravings. Other people think about sports and how sluggish they will be after eating poorly. Some people find it easier to think about their body and how great they look after dieting. Whatever mindset works for you, memorize it and stick with it.

As for people in university/college who have dining halls, the best way to avoid cravings is just fill up on veggies and healthier food and eat fruit for dessert. Again, don’t deprive yourself. Just don’t eat a dessert every day for lunch and dinner. I would make a deal with myself. A sweet dessert after dinner every other Friday night is reasonable. Maybe every Friday night after dinner is easier to start out with. Look at all of the options and form a pact with yourself regarding junk food.

Anyway, I hoped this was a little helpful because during school is one of the most important times to eat healthy. It not only helps with concentration, but overall health when it’s the easiest time to get sick. As bikini season is ending, many people get lazy with their diet and then stress right before bikini season starts up again during exams and the hardest time of the year. Eat clean and I bet you will fit into your new jeans by the time it is cold enough to wear them!

Back to School: Wardrobe Essentials

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Hello, darlings!

This is the second installment of my Back to School series, where Skye and I talk about things you’re going to need for school (so go check her blog if you want to see her posts)! :D

Today, I’m going to be doing wardrobe essentials. Basically, this is a checklist of the basics you need in your closet so you can come up with any outfit for any school day!

You don’t have to follow this list to the T; adjust it to your style and to your personal needs. But, through the years, I’ve found this list to be helpful so I want to share it with you guys as well! 

Let’s get cracking!

CLOTHES

1. 4-5 Pairs of Jeans (that fit well)

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2. A Classic Dress

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3. 4-6 Basic Tank Tops

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4. 1-3 Cardigans

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5. 1-2 Dressy Tops

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6. 1 Pair of Nice Dress Pants

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Back to School: Everyday Makeup Look (Guest Written by Julia)

Back to School: Everyday Makeup

Written by Julia

Hello, darlings!

Skye invited me to do ‘Back to School’ blog posts and I really liked the idea, so I’m planning to do three posts on makeup, fashion and backpack+locker essentials. She will be doing one as well so go click on her post and suggest what you guys want to see on her page. And if you have any other requests, just comment below! :)

Oh, and FYI, I forgot to mention that school started in June for me since summer where I’m from happens from March-April. :P

Today I will be sharing with you guys the first of the series which is makeup!

Okay, so let’s be honest here, no one in this world ever has time to get up early in the morning just to do their makeup (unless you’re the type who actually gets up early, sings in the shower and has birds lay out your clothes…). But, this makeup is for days when you have time or you just want to look as presentable as you can or all you’ll be doing is sitting in class all day.

I would normally advise to wear minimal makeup or no makeup at all on an everyday basis, but let’s face it: who has the courage to walk out the door looking like a walker? (click like if you love The Walking Dead!) If you want a purely basic and practically nothing makeup, check out my In a Rush Makeup where I list all my ‘go to and slapdash’ makeup products. :)

So anyway, let’s get started!

We first start out by taking a shower, getting dress (or lazing in a towel, that works too), then…Image

 Step 1: Moisturize

Your moisturizer can either mattify your complexion or double as your sun protection if it contains SPF. You should always moisturize just so you can prep your skin for makeup and to keep it supple and soft. I’m using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar M Moisturizer.

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Step 2: Prime

This is essential in any daily makeup look since you want your makeup to stay in place all day, so use your most trusted primer. I’m using Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

Image Step 3: Foundation

Normally, I’d skip the foundation, but for those of you who don’t, go for a light foundation with enough coverage. You don’t want to sport a full face of foundation because it’ll just look heavy and cakey. Go for something like a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer, or like I said, a light foundation. I went for Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Shade 54, which is a light foundation with a good amount of coverage and contains a bit of SPF.

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Step 4: Concealer

To me this is the most crucial step in any makeup look since you want to cover up all your imperfections as much as you can. The imperfections being any blemishes and dark circles; you don’t have to pound it on all over your face! For dark circles I used my trusty Lóreal Lumi Magique highlighting concealer to brighten under my eyes…

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…and my Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer over the top of the highlighting concealer and on any blemishes.

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Step 5: Eyes

Again, normally, I’d skip this step, but for some of you who don’t want to, I did a very basic eye which involved contouring the eye area. So again, prime. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over my eyes and underneath.

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Apply an eyeshadow base. I used the bone color from my Too Faced Natural/Neutral Eyeshadow Palette all over my eyelid and under the browbone as a highlight.

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Next, I used a windshield wiper motion to blend out the bone color and to define ‘the crease’. I used the taupe eyeshadow next to the bone color.

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I placed a bit of the taupe eyeshadow on my lower lashline as well.

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Then, I put the darkest brown to emphasize ‘the crease’, then blended it out.

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I didn’t want to use a harsh liquid liner so I decided to go for a softer look using eyeshadow as a liner. I took the dark brown eyeshadow again and lined my upper lashline as I normally would and winged it out.

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I then took whatever was left on my brush and dragged it on my lower lashline, as close to it as possible.

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Oh! And highlight the inner corner just to brighten your eyes even further.

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I then lined my lower waterline with a flesh toned waterproof kohl pencil (NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte) to brighten my eyes and to make them look wider and more awake.

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Curling your lashes is again another very important step. It opens up your eyes a lot and curly eyelashes is always a pretty look. I’m using the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers.

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And last, I put on mascara on both my upper and lower lashline. I’d suggest using a water resistant/waterproof mascara to avoid any smudging throughout the day, but if you don’t want to waste your time rubbing at your eyes at night, go ahead and use any regular mascara. As always, I’m using my MaxFactor Clump Defy. :)

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Step 6: Eyebrows

This is an essential in any makeup look because brows frame your face and you for some reason look so much more put together when your eyebrows are done well. I just used the dark brown eyeshadow again and used it to fill in my brows. I’d normally put on an eyebrow gel to set them in place, but I didn’t have any… :S

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Step 7: Cheeks

If you want to put on a bronzer, go ahead and do that now and give yourself a nice healthy bronzed glow. I decided to skip the bronzer since I… well I couldn’t be bothered. I chose a stain for today’s cheek product since I trust that it will last all day on my face. I usedBenefit’s Benetint which gives a natural flush to the cheeks.

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Step 8: Lips

You could just use the stain on your lips as well, but…

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…I decided to go for Revlon’s Lip Butter in Pink Truffle since it’s my favourite lip product for everyday use. It’s moisturizing and gives me the prettiest and seemingly natural pucker.

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And you’re done! You could set all your makeup into place by using a finishing spray or a setting powder, but I didn’t want to use either today (since where am I going anyway? :P). Again, you don’t have to put on this much makeup on everyday, but do whatever floats your boat!

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Now’s the time to fix up your hair and choose your outfit for school (or put on your uniform, whichever)! I will be doing an outfit and hair post next so stay tuned for that next.

Thank you again for reading and leave me a comment below what your daily makeup essentials are for school or for work! Or you know, any other requests. :D

With love,

Julia

Read the original post on her page! Complete credit goes to Julia for this blog post. I am featuring her post on my blog as a part of our series. Thanks for reading! -XOXO Skye

Back To School: How to Overcome Shyness

Hi guys! Its’s Skye and this is my first back to school post in my series with Julia. It is not a typical back to school blog post, but I feel like so many people struggle with shyness, especially at school. I hope this helps and be sure to read Julie’s blog posts as well!

Growing up, I was a very shy person and making friends wasn’t always easy. However, I’ve started to break out of my shell and talk to more opportunities. Overcoming shyness takes time, but I’ve talked to a few people who are shy and they wish that they weren’t anymore. It was definitely something that I knew for sure that I wanted to change about myself. Since school is just around the corner, it’s a very stressful time, especially for people who are shy. If this is something that you would like to change about yourself, keep on reading.

Most people are generally shy around people that they do not know. That’s normal. Some people are more approachable or more likely to talk to a stranger than others. The first step to overcoming being shy around people that you see everyday, such as classmates, is to understand why. Are you intimidated? Are you afraid of saying something weird?

Many shy people are also very self conscious. Instead of focusing on every little detail and flaw about yourself, spend your time thinking about things that interest you. I like to be aware of my flaws just in case someone points it out, but I don’t obsess. That only causes nervousness around other people and intimidation.

This one is obvious, but put yourself out there! Sports are a great way to meet new people and it is also an easy conversation starter. The same goes with arts, clubs, and other hobbies. It is important to do what you are interested in. If you don’t like to play sports, then I wouldn’t recommend trying out for a team if you are just going to be miserable. Instead, I would suggest volunteering. Organizations are always looking for volunteers and usually the other people are nice and friendly.

Another tip I have is to keep a close group of friends that you can just be silly with. Having a close group of friends is important because you know they are reliable. However, you can’t hide behind them. Don’t always be their partners or always be talking to them. You need to be your own person and talk to other people, too.

So, have you ever said something and 10 seconds later think: “Why did I ever say that?” I have thought this to myself multiple times and it happens to everyone. As for this situation, this worst thing you can do is dig yourself deeper. Don’t try to reverse it or keep going with it. Depending on the situation, laughing at it or just ignoring it might be the best option. Don’t let these moments steer you away from interacting with people. It happens.

Maybe you need to change your body language. Looking approachable looks more appealing than someone who just never looks happy. Posture is important for your health but also in how people see you. If you’re slouching with a scowl on your face, you’ve already closed yourself off. I’m not saying you need to always have a smile on your face no matter what, but appearing friendly and showing some emotion will make people want to talk to you.

Lastly, you need to build up your confidence. Just like overcoming shyness, building confidence takes time. In the meantime, I keep a few quotes handy when I need confidence or right before an oral presentation. The first one is from the movie, We Bought a Zoo, and it is: “All you need is 20 seconds of courage. Just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery. And I promise something great will come of it”. I love this because after those first 20 seconds, you won’t even have to think about it anymore. If you show confidence, something great might happen because other people like being around confident people. Another quote is: “Walk like you’re worth a million bucks”. It’s a little more silly, but every time I think this, I stand a little straighter and get instant confidence. These are only temporary though. You need to find your own confidence, and no quote can achieve that.

So, this was definitely one of my longer blog posts. I put a lot of time into it because I know many people struggle with this, including myself at times. I force myself to say hi to somebody at school, or to make an effort to help someone out. Even small things as holding the door for someone will help create some type of interaction with somebody else. But anyway, I hope this post was a little bit helpful and I wish you luck in gaining confidence and overcoming shyness.

Thanks for reading! – XOXO Skye