Lets talk: Colourpop

Lets talk: Colourpop

Well I finally did it. I let my will power (that I never really had to begin with) disappear into thin air as I placed my order with Colourpop #onlineshoppingaddictionstillgoingstrong.

 Quite frankly, I am not sure why it took me so long to do so!

I placed an order with Colourpop during their Labor Day promotion (if you spent a certain amount you would get a certain number of items free) and of course I spent the amount that allowed me to get all 5 items for free #prayforsami2016.

I was SO unbelievably excited to receive my order in the mail and it’s safe to say it completely exceeded my expectations. 

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Let’s get into what I purchased shall we?!


Eyeshadow:

Sequin, La La, Tang, Stereo, Nillionaire

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Swatches top to bottom: Flexitarian Face Highlighter, La La Eyeshadow, Sequin Eyeshadow

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Above NO FLASH, below FLASH

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Lips:


Lippie Stix top to bottom: Brink, Bound, Tootsi, Lumiere  

Ultra Matte Lip top to bottom: Viper, Love Bug, Time Square, Notion

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Ultra Matte Lip top to bottom: Times Square, Notion, Viper, Love Bug

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Let’s talk:

I have to say, after experimenting with some of these products I’M IN LOVE. I am not only blown away by the price (nothing was more than 8 dollars), but the quality compares and beats some of my higher end makeup. 

The Lippie Stix in particular are my favorites. I am not one to throw on a lip product and go on my merry way, mostly because I usually stop at chapstick. However, the Lippie Stix are incredibly light weight while giving you the perfect amount of color. Not to mention, they are so moisturizing. 

The eyeshadows and highlighter are so buttery and smooth and you couldn’t ask for better color pay off, especially at the price AM I RIGHT LADIES. 

If you are lacking in the eyeshadow, lip or highlighter department I would highly recommend checking out Colourpop! Just in time for fall ♥ 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Many more to come:)

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

Let us snack: Graze

Let us snack: Graze

If you are a student, person on the go, or just an all around snack lover like myself, Graze is about to become your new best friend.

Living a healthy lifestyle is so incredibly important to me and keeping up with it while going from class to class tends to be a struggle that I’ve been working to fix. Not to mention, snacking can become quite dangerous if you’re not reaching for the right ones. 

Not only are these snacks portion controlled so you can’t over indulge like most of us do on a roll of Oreos, but the options are endless. When I say endless I mean over 100 snacks to choose from aka regardless if you have a sweet tooth or a salty tooth, you’re set. 

I was sent a box of amazing snacks from Graze to try, and spent this week doing just that! Let’s take a look:)


 

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ON TO THE SNACKS:

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1. Kettle Corn Kern Pops 2. Protein Cashew Kick 3. Zesty Lime & Red Pepper Salsa with Pita Chips 4. Cocoa & Vanilla Protein Flapjack

 

 

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5. Hazelnut, peanut, cranberry & raisin mix 6. Strawberries and Cream Granola Topper 7. Pumpkin & Sunflower Soy Roasted Seeds 8.Almond, Carrot & Apple mix

 

HOW good do these snacks look!? Like I said, this last week I spent time trying out these snacks for myself. So here are some of my favorites ↓

Cocoa & Vanilla Flapjack– SO good. The perfect pre workout snack and reminded me of cocoa krispies from my childhood days *sigh*

Protein Cashew Kick- If you like yourself a nice trail mix, you will definitely enjoy this one. The dried chickpeas were my favorite part not to mention it has got quite a kick to it if you like spicy food!

Kettle Corn Kern Pop– Need I say more?

Strawberries & Cream Protein Granola Topper- Great for on top of some yogurt, or by itself as a snack!

 

Those were just a few of my favorites out of this Graze box. Who doesn’t love snacking? Be sure to check out Graze and try out a box of your own!!

 

Meet you here again soon,

Sami 

Standouts of September

Standouts of September

It has been way too long since I’ve talked about my current favorites. So what better day than today!? I feel like I’ve dabbled quite a bit with some cool items and have accumulated a few new favs from fashion, to beauty to music that I would love to share! (Warning: these are incredibly random). 

Sidenote: You know it’s been a successful month when you discover a new podcast (In the Dark) and finally pick up a book after way too much time using Netflix as a time passer (this is what happens when you break the sound on your computer and have no other choice). 

On to the favorites ♥♥

 

TJ Maxx Rose Planner • Beauty Blender Duplicate (TJ Maxx) • Lululemon Align Crop Leggings Maybelline Better Skin Foundation • OPI Mod About You • Girl On The Train Book • Weekend- Mac Miller ft. Miguel • Cool Girl- Tove Lo • Bad Remix- Wale ft. Rihanna • Colourpop Lippie Stix • Conair Infiniti Curling Iron • In The Dark Podcast 


 

What are your current favs? Let a girl know! Also- on the search for my next book and podcast so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear it.

*EXTRA FAVORITE* 

This amazing little post from celebrity journalist Keltie Knight, on an article I had written for my internship with The Odyssey that is now posted on The Ladygang website:) High key one of the best moments ever. Check it out! ↓

http://theladygang.com/blog/2016/7/31/10-struggles-every-girl-has-had-when-applying-makeup

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Meet you here again soon,

-Sami 

Protein Pancakes for the Win!

Protein Pancakes for the Win!

 

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PROTEIN PANCAKES. Where have they been all my life!?!?

Today I will be sharing with you how I created my first successful batch of protein pancakes! I used two items and a child could do this but hey, why not share.

HOW TO:

 

  • Mix one cup of Kodiak Cakes mix (shown below, purchased mine at Target), with one cup of water
  • Mix together to create your pancake mix (for thicker pancakes use less water)
  • If you would like to add more flavor you can add vanilla extract or peanut butter however I kept it plain!
  • Pour mix onto your pan (spray non-stick spray prior & set stove to medium temperature)
  • Let mix sit about one minute on each side then flip over until it is golden brown/a little dark
  • Added sliced strawberries and bananas on top and it was PERFECT! ENJOY
  • YOU’RE DONE!!

 

 

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*Also, I successfully did 6 unassisted pull-ups at the gym today. By the end of my workout I did about 20 total and I shocked myself! A year ago I couldn’t even do one. Just goes to show ya that with hard work and dedication you get stronger mentally and physically!

 

Meet you here again soon,

Sami

December Favorites!

December Favorites!

Well helloooooo!

Today I will be discussing my current favorites. Or I guess my favorites from December? A December favorites.

The last few years I have controlled myself when it comes to buying new makeup. However, over the last month I really don’t know what happened but I am assuming the reason why my wallet is currently empty is because I blacked out in Sephora three too many times.

Below I have a list of my favorites of the moment, from makeup to music to food and everything in between! I hope you enjoy!

  1. ANASTASIA BROW WIZThis product has really changed the game for me when it comes to eyebrows. I have tried every Anastasia eyebrow product on the market thus far, and this is by far my favorite. The most precise and quick application that I have discovered and a TRUE holy grail product for me.

 

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2.  OATMEAL AND AVOCADO FACE MASK – Purchased this face mask about a month ago and I absolutely love it. I am a die hard lush fan, however this face mask being four dollars TOPS is insane. So incredibly gentle and good for your skin. I use it about two times a week and leave it on until it dries/hardens then wash it right off!

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3. MAYBELLINE FIT ME CONCEALER-  Instead of investing in a high end concealer from Sephora, I was on the search for a concealer from the drugstore that would still do the trick, and I found one! This concealer does a great job at covering up my under eye circles while still brightening and highlighting! I would definitely recommend setting this concealer with a powder however, because I have noticed it tends to crease in the lines under my eyes. But for the price you can’t beat it!

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4. MAC WHIRL LIP LINER/FAUX LIPSTICK/VELVET TEDDY LIPSTICK–  I successfully found my everyday pairing! I have heard great things about these specific colors and had to pick them up for myself and I am so glad I did! These colors are incredibly natural while giving you that “my lips but better” look. Velvet Teddy is very similar to my lip color while Faux has a pinkier mauve look, but they are both perfect paired with Whirl!

 

5. STATEMENT SUNGLASSES-  Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories. They can do so much for an outfit at such an affordable price. Trendy sunglasses are all the rage now, and although I have a few of my own already, it can never hurt to amp up your collection a bit.

 

6. SILVER COIN NECKLACE & CHOKERS- Over this past month I’ve realized that I am either wearing little to no jewelry at all, a choker necklace, or a huge statement piece. I had been lusting over the Free People coin necklace for a while but couldn’t justify spending 90 dollars on it. However, while doing some searching I found a dupe (but better) on Amazon and I LOVE IT. It’s the perfect statement necklace not to mention the quality is A+! However, if you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum and enjoy a toned down look I love chokers with crystal pendants attached. I found my first one at a flea market for a dollar but found a duplicate on Colabination🙂

 

7.  WHAT A TIME FOR MUSIC, WOW This is a really dangerous topic because once you get me started I don’t think I have the willpower to stop. Soooo much good music came to my attention this month my ears were truly blessed.

Trap Soul- Bryson Tiller —- What an album.  Some of my favorites—> Sorry Not Sorry, Exchange, Overtime, Right my Wrongs. Listen now, and thank me later.

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In Return- ODESZA —- The ultimate feel good tracks. This album was my fuel when studying for finals last year, and I just forgot about it. But, it has made a return and i’m so happy it did. Love me some ODESZA. Some of my favorites—> Say My Name (obviously), All We Need, Sun Models, Always This Late. 

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Lastly, It would be morally wrong if I didn’t include the obvious…. Adele and Bieber. Enough said.

 

NOW for my favorite part… FOOD.

If you know me in real life, you’d know that I am actually the pickiest eater probably ever. So when I find something that I do like I tend to become obsessed with it until I become completely sick of it (normal right?). I’ve been on an acai/smoothie bowl kick for a while now and UGH ARE THEY GOOD.

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I usually tend to make smoothie bowls over acai bowls because they are sweeter, but if you want the benefits of acai, you can find acai packets in any natural foods store! For smoothie bowls however, I use frozen fruit of my choice which is usually strawberries, blueberries and TIP: peel a banana and freeze it, then let it defrost a few minutes and chop it in a 3 pieces then throw it into your smoothie! Makes the smoothie a really thick and creamy consistency while adding the banana flavor! Then I add about half a cup of milk, greek yogurt of my choice, and blend it up!

Adding ice isn’t necessary because of the frozen fruit, in fact I think adding ice makes it too thin and watery which is not the consistency were going for!

Then the fun part which is adding the toppings. For the photo above, I added honey roasted granola, carob chips, and coconut flakes! But, you can always top it off with fresh fruit, chia seeds, or whatever you’d like! You’d be surprised at how filling this is! Try it out for yourself instead of spending the money on one!

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AVOCONTROL! Just recently got over my fear of avocadoes, and have been experimenting with avocado toast! For this I used 2 pieces of carb style bread which is 5 carbs a slice, mashed up some avocado, added salt and pepper then drizzled some balsamic on top! Sooo good!


 

I hope you have enjoyed me rambling on about my current favorites and maybe try one or two of these things out for yourself!

Meet you here again soon,

Sam