Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Need Your Help! (+ Giveaway Opportunity)

Hey y'all! It's been a while since I used this blog to give back, and since I'm steadily gaining on 1,000 readers, I thought, what better time to start thinking about a giveaway?!

That's where you all come in! Surely, I should let you all decide what you'd actually want to receive from me! Since you all are a big part in why I do this, I'd also like you to play a big part in choosing the prize!

If you would be so kind, please fill out this survey to let me know how I'm doing! You'll also be asked what kind of giveaway you'd be interested in entering, and even have the option to enter your own prize idea completely!

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If you'd like to get involved with (or help sponsor) the giveaway, please shoot me an email at jessbuckley2012@gmail.com! I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you all so much for being here.
Can't wait to hear your opinions!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Day in Gifs

Waking up - no matter what time it is:

After finally getting out of bed:

Rude drivers on my way to class:

Attempting to pay attention in class:

Then, it's off to my job in childcare:

When tantrums happen:

Once getting off work:

Then I realize I live in the Nation's Capital... and it's rush hour.

And I'm stuck in traffic for the next hour and a half:

When I finally get home, I'm like:

But I see my roommate is watching something good on TV:

I try to get some blogging done:

But then I realize I have a paper due the next day:

All the homework puts me in existential crisis mode:

But then one of my friends wants to come over:

And we end up doing something totally stupid:

Way too late at night, I finally decide to make dinner:

And I realize I have to be up at 7AM the next morning:

And even though it should be like this:

It always ends up like this instead:

Thanks to Renee from Getting Fit & Fab for posting her hilarious day in gifs and for giving me the idea to steal! :)

What is your day in Gifs like?
Do you relate to any of these?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chick Chat - What Your Starbucks Order Says About You

Chick Chat, when two of my best friends and I sit down and discuss topics of the utmost importance.
Think of The View, but 80 years younger. Think of Congress, but 100 times cooler, and wearing pink plaid pajamas. We have opinions and we have snacks.

This week, we're discussing Starbucks Coffee and what we think of the individual drinks and those who order them. This is merely a matter of opinion, and not intended to offend any coffee drinker.

First up, The Strawberry & Crème Frappuccino

Jess: I’m like “why are you at a coffee shop?”

CarlyBahahah exactly. Like it tastes good for like five sips and then it's annoying. 
Monotonous and too sweet.

Emily: Yea and not even caffeinated.
It's not even coffee.

Jess: It's a milkshake. Go to Tropical Smoothie or something.

Emily: And so not worth the $5.

Jess: I feel like only tweens drink them.

Emily: Yea because they aren't really into coffee but want to look cool.

Jess: or their moms say they can’t have coffee *laughing emoji*

Carly: Exactly. They think they're hot sh*t going to Starbucks spending mom and dads money getting a frilly drink. Wait til you're 21 and get a daiquiri, then you can have a frilly drink.

Caramel Macchiato

Jess: I think it’s like “hey look everyone, my coffee is ombre”

Emily: This person is not complicated. They like simple things.

Carly: Haha I think it says I like caramel and I like to say fun words.

"Just a Water"

Emily: You either want to be healthy and just need a quick thirst quencher or you're a broke college kid who can't afford coffee.

Carly: I'm thirsty as f*ck and this was the first place I found that I could buy a drink at.

Jess: haha! I’ve done that!
or it could mean “I just want to carry around this cup. It looks good with my outfit.”

Pumpkin Spice Latte (AKA #PSL)

Jess: I’m not a fan.
Not really interested in drinking pie.

CarlyAgain, tastes good for five sips and then I'm done. Not a huge fan.

Emily: Neither am I. I love pumpkin pie but not in liquid form and it's too much in the spice side for me.

Jess: I think it’s one of those drinks you either love or hate.

CarlyI seriously don't get why people go bat sh*t crazy for it.

Jess: I think you have to be wearing Ugg boots to be able to enjoy it fully. Maybe that’s why I can’t appreciate it.

Emily: Haha maybe 

CarlySee I've drank one while wearing Uggs, but it didn't do it for me. 
Although mine were Target brand Uggs lol

I want a chocolate cinnamon iced latte with two pumps of raspberry, no whip, steamed milk, shaken, no ice, 16 pumps of mocha, an expresso shot, and extra whip.

Carly: You're a f*cking entitled asshole.

Emily: Pipe down and just get something off the menu. 
I can understand getting soy instead of milk but adding all the shots and sh*t...calm down

Jess: I saw somewhere that the most expensive drink ever ordered was like $49.

Carly: It is Starbucks so it's understood that your order can or may be several words long, but if you have more than 5 specifications, go away and come back when you've figured out what drink that is on the menu that you actually want.

What We Order

Emily: I love getting the white mocha frappe with and extra shot of espresso and two shots of raspberry

Jess: I always get a “venti, unsweetened black iced tea with light ice.” Yeah, that is a mouthful, but it’s literally just tea. In winter, I'll get the Peppermint Mocha. That's my stuff right there.

Carly: I am the easiest motha truck to ever come through there. I either get a grande sweetened green tea lemonade or a tall mocha frappe and an iced lemon pound cake.

What is your favorite Starbucks order?
Is there any drink that you have a strong opinion about?
What do you think of Chick Chat? Should it be a regular feature?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First Impressions - Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner - Review

I'd been wanting to try Benefit's They're Real Push Up Liner since it came out. I'd done my research, and decided that I wanted to give it a go, even though there were totally mixed reviews. My two favorite beauty vloggers hated it, but I still had a glimmer of hope. I liked the way the swatch looked when I played with it at Sephora, and the associate sold me on the method of applying it. Since I'm such a fan of gel liners, and the ones in pots usually dry up on me, I thought this product might be a good fit for my needs.

The rubber tip is one of the major selling points to this product, as it claims to help in smooth application and helping to get the liner all the way down to the lash line. I was a little afraid at first, as it seems a little too flimsy, but it was easy to get used to.

There were also some instructions included, which were helpful. I learned that it's important to apply in a fluid motion, instead of attempting to use the applicator like a brush or liner pencil.

This is the result of my first ever use of the product. Not too bad, right? It's not perfect, but I'm sure with practice I'll have it down in no time. It's fairly smooth, but requires a steady hand like all liner. Maybe it's not a miracle product, but I'm happy with the result it delivers. What do you think?

Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I also got a birthday gift from Sephora and Make Up For Ever! How fun!

What is your favorite eyeliner?
Do you think you'd try this product?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Best Ways to Unwind after a Long Day

There are a few little gifts that come along with being a responsible adult. Those gifts are called stress, anxiety, and irritability. I've gotten my fair share of these gifts over the past few months. Life takes us for a ride sometimes, and we still have to hold on, while balancing work and a social life and sanity and all that jazz. It helps, if at the end of a long day, or week, or month, you can sit down and do something for yourself. These are a few of my favorite things to do when I've had an abundance of those gifts we talked about.

Read - Reading is a great way to sign off from the real world for a while. Not only is it relaxing (so relaxing that I often fall asleep) it's a great mental exercise. Too often we get caught up in emails and texts, but forget to actually read for the sake of it.

Take a Bath - A bath is one of the best things to do when you've got aches from tension or stress. It also helps you to feel fresh and clean. I'm a definite believer in the life-changing power of a LUSH bath bomb!

Use Your Hands - Making something can help ease your mind while also making you feel creative and establishing a sense of pride. Knitting, crocheting, beading, cross stitching, painting, coloring, or even working on a puzzle, there's something for everyone!

Drink Some Tea - Have you ever tried Celestial Season's Sleepytime Tea? I swear, that stuff is like a relaxation potion. One sip and I'm ready for bed. If you're looking to unwind, chamomile, peppermint, or any kind of caffeine free herbal tea should do the trick.

Purify - Have an at-home spa night! I can't tell you how great I feel after scrubbing, cleansing, and slathering my face in moisturizer. Exfoliating, painting your nails, or doing a hair treatment are great ways to feel pretty and pampered.

Stretch - When I need a break, I take a minute for some yoga and do a Sun Salutation exercise. It's simple, quick, and will have you feeling calm, strong, and focused in no time.

Snuggle - Never underestimate how nice it is to spend a little time cuddling with a pet, your boo, or a comfy blanket!

Reflect - I recently got a book of quotes from Rumi, a poet and mystic of the 13th century. His poems are a great way to remember what matters, and to reflect on the beauty of life. You can reflect by looking at old photographs, writing in a journal, reading the scriptures of your choice, or anything that keeps your heart in the right place.

What are your favorite ways to unwind?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Scariest Thing I've Ever Done

A few weeks ago my lovely friend Emily invited a group of friends to visit her at her house at the beach. We had a really awesome trip, full of late night giggle sessions, countless episodes of Orange is the New Black, yummy home made lasagna, and of course, the beach! The most memorable experience from our trip, by far, was the day we spent at First Flight Adventure Park. Em had scored us some sweet free tickets, so we gladly harnessed up and hit the ropes.

What is this place, you ask? Only 5 stories of challenging obstacle courses and zip lines that total in 50 feet of pure adrenaline, sweat, fear, and some pretty gnarly bruises. Oh, and it was super fun too. Rachael, Emily, Bridget, Carly and I all started out on the beginner level that they had named the "Tropical Storm." Even being the easiest level, it was quite challenging for most of us. 

That's me crawling through some wobbly tunnel on the "Category 1" level. Emily is on the right, about to get in the boat. Carly and I both HATED that boat. It's like the uncertainty of boarding a regular kayak, only 25 feet in the air. Think about that for a minute. And it only got harder from there.

Bridget was nice enough to snap some pictures for us in-between levels.

After finishing the next level, I was super stoked, and we were all really proud of ourselves. I think I can speak for the group when I say we proved to have more strength than we originally thought. It's totally cheesy, but I'm like 1000x more confident in myself after completing this exercise. I wanted to give up numerous times, but there wasn't really a way out. You had to push yourself to the very end. It was a rewarding experience.

Rachael made the obstacle course her b*tch. No joke. That girl was a trailblazer. Or a ninja. Or both.

As you can see, the platforms got tinier as the levels got higher. The smaller the obstacle, the more one would have to rely on their physical strength. I made it to the 2nd from the top (the one with the logs) before I peaced out.

Rachael put us all to shame, however.

Let me put that into perspective for you.

Have you ever done anything like this?
What is the scariest thing you've ever (willingly) done?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birthday Wishlist 2014

I've never been one to make a big list or to ask for much (or anything) for my birthday. I'll be following that same path this year, as all I've asked for is a few friends to come over for a slumber party to watch silly movies and eat junk food with me. (Hello 2003!) Other than a sleepover, there are a few things I've got my eye on.

Alex and Ani - Living Water Bangle - This bangle is so pretty, and a part of the proceeds go to delivering clean water to those in need of it. What's not to love about that?

Currant Scones Heel in Black - These have been on my wishlist at Modcloth for quite some time. They're super cute and retro, but also professional, and they're actually pretty affordable compared to a lot of heels out there.

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda - Hot Spot - For as long as I've lived, I've been the worst at keeping organized. This planner could potentially inspire a pulled-together and on-top-of-things Jess. Potentially.

They're Real - Push Up Liner - Cat eyes are my jam, and if they're easier with this nifty liner, sign me up. I can't tell you how many times I've messed up a perfectly good face while trying to apply that pesky liquid liner. No more!

What are you wishing for?