Ominous Online Dating

Dating has really gotten burdensome to me lately. Since my last relationship I have had no luck whatsoever and it sucks. I mean I have gone on dates but rarely has it passed beyond the first date. It has been so disheartening. It is like the universe is sending me signs that I am destined to be single the rest of my days.  That is not true but it feels like that right now.  I mean how many guys do I have to date to find my most compatible man?  At the rate I am going I will be alone for quite a long while.

My lackluster dating life must be the universe telling me that I need to work on myself or that I should take break from dating.   The guys I have been chatting with have not been impressive.  They seem to just be after sex or ghost you in the middle of the conversation.  I jumped into the online dating world full force after my last relationship ended and when all of my friends have been in successful relationships  It is so hard to be the only single one or constantly searching for love.  Maybe this is the time to truly narrow down what I am looking for in partner and to fix the shortcomings of myself.

 

 

All I want is the love like some of my friends have in their relationships.  I want someone to choose me everyday, prioritize me, and spend quality time with me.  I want to find someone who compliments me and just helps make my life better.  The most important test is when we hit bumps in the road during a relationship.  Like my parens say:  “When something is broke you fix and you do not throw it away”.  They have had fights ver the years and have always fixed things and made things work.  They never gave up on their relationship due something that was temporary.  That is the relationship that I want.  The image below has things that I want in a relationship!  The things below will help a relationship be strong and last.

 

 

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Weekly Wonders Lush Edition

I was fed up with my usual night and morning routine face cleanser. I needed a change and went to the local Lush store to see what goodies they had. My skin was in a funk and in need of a change in products and figured to go more natural and find products that wouldn’t disrupt my skin.  Here are the products that I found.*This post is NOT sponsored by Lush and I am not affiliated with Lush in any capacity.  All opinions are my own and I love share products that I have tried with my readers.

9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion

This is an easy breezy cleansing lotion that also removes makeup.  I enjoy using this product because it is convieniet and leaves my skin feeling refreshed after I use it.  Also, it is fantastic at removing makeup too!.  There is no need for makeup wipes anymore.  This lotion smells nice and my skin is not irritated by this product.  I have been using it for two weeks now and I am in love with it.  I threw out the remainder of my old facial lotion.  This is great for the busy college student or working professional.

Mask of Magnaminty

This body and facial scrub smells so good and works just as well!  I do not use this often usually when my skin is really having a bad day.  This helps soothe and calm mt skin when it is red or when I have acne.  The best part is that it smells amazing!  I love the smell of mint because it is so refreshing!  Try this scrub out!

Cup O’ Coffee

This is another amazing smelling scrub.  I like the smell of this one better than the Mask of Magnaminty.  This scrub essential works the same way as the magnaminty mask it just smells differently. It leaves your skin feelings refreshed and rejuvenated.  This mask helps liven up the skin and will make it look and feel better.  Coffee is one of my favorite things to drink and this product smells just like the perfect cup of jo.

Chocolate Lip Scrub

Over the years I have neglected the care of my lips.  Since I live in the South and the sun is a lot stronger than up North I have decided to care for my lips as well.  I use this twice a week and it is amazing.  It cleanses m lips and removes the head skin that has accumulated.  The best part is you can lick off the excess scrub because this product is natural.  It smells and tastes like chocolate and I love it!  This product will help my lips stay healthy during the hot summer months.

Ambrosia Shaving Cream

This is the first shaving product that I have used from Lush.  I usually use Barbasol or SKintimate shaving cream but my legs kept getting irritated from some ingredients in the shaving cream.  I decided that I had enough and I could not stand the itchy bumps that formed after I used the the other shaving creams.  I picked out this shaving cream from Lush to help with the irritation.  This cream has totally helped with the irritation but I do not love it.  I need a lot of product to cover my legs and it wastes so much of the product.  On the bright side my legs have not been irritated.  When this product runs out I will try another shaving cream from Lush and let you know how it works.

Products to Try

Shower Jelly

This product looks awesome!  It comes in a variety of scents, colors, and just looks like a fun product.  It is different than what is out there and it is made by Lush so you know it is good quality!  Pines and Needles looks like an amazing smelling jelly.  I love a woodsy or piny scent because it reminds me of Christmas trees.  But sadly this scent is not going to be produced anymore so that Lush can make room for new products.  I will get one before it goes and also look into its new scents and colors.

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

I came cross this product while searching the web for some good Lush products.  This is looks interesting and moisturizing.  The reviews on the Lush website are great.  When I run out of my current shower gel I will need to try this one.

What Lush products do you love?  What are your thoughts of the ones that I have used? Any recommendations of Kush product that I should try out?

 

 

 

Lip Loving

Recently I have been obsess with a variety of lip colors  and wanted to explore different colors and new brands.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon

 

This is the perfect summertime color!  I have loved using this lip product so far!  It adds a natural pop of color to my lips and can go with any outfit or with a night and day makeup look.  The variety of colors are amazing and I going to purchase more colors.  If you have any color recommendations let me know.  This is my new favorite lip product!  I can not wait to go and purchase new colors!

Bobbi Brown: Blue Raspberry

This is my favorite lipstick of all time!  I love it and have been using since college.  I love this color and it is such a classic.  One day I would like to get more colors from Bobbi Brown but for now I am set on this shade.  This is my go to shade an a classic one at that.  I love it and it has been in my makeup bag for the past few years!  A classic staple that will never fade.

Urban Decay: Sheer Liar

This is another lip product that I have been using on the regular now and I enjoy the color it adds to my lips and makeup routine.  I do not like how little it lasts.  It does not last long and fades rather quickly.  If you are looking for a color that stays the whole day then this is not the product for you.  I do like the natural look that this product provides for me and it is not an intense color for me or my makeup routine.  I will be interested to try another natural color from them in the future.

Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip: Nude Scandal

This is pretty expensive but well worth the price!  I love this product and will definitely buy again once I am out of this product.  It is part lip liner and lipstick.  So the top part is the lip liner and the bottom is the lipstick.  You apply the lip liner first and then apply the lipstick.  The colors match my natural lips so it adds just the right amount of color.  I would not have know about this lip product if the Sephora employee did not recommend it to me.  So, kudos to her for knowing such a good product.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balms

I love, love, love these although sadly I have ruined way too many of them by leaving them in my pockets and they wound up washed and I had to throw them in the trash.  But these lip balms are amazing!  They keep my lips hydrated and most throughout the day plus they smell great which is a plus.  The price is a little bit much compared to regular chapstick but it is totally worth it!

Not so lovable Lip Products

L’Oreal Riche Lipstick: Tropical Coral

This brand is great but the color of this lipstick is not.  For some ladies this might be a complementing color but for me it is not.  It is way to bright for me and does not work for most of my outfits.  Maybe if I was more tan than this color would work better for me.  So, I will be trying another color from this brand to see if it works for me.

Sephora Collection: Sweet Balm

The packaging is very cute on this product but the the product itself is another story.  It does not offer a hint of color unless you apply like 4 coats of it.  Plus the color is very bright pink which is too much for me so I am not loving it at all.  For some people the color might work but me it is just too much and I look a bit ridiculous with all of that pink on my lips.  This has been one of the worst products that I have used in a long time and I am sorry that I bought it.

Lip Products to Try:

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

I want to try this lipstick so badly!  I am in love with Bobbi Brown products and will just have to get my hands on this lipstick.  the packaging is so cute! I like the new take on the lipstick tube compared to the traditional tube of the Bobbi Brown lipsticks. In the meantime I will have to read reviews about it before I purchase the item.  Have any of you used this products?  What do you think of them?

M.A.C Lipstick

I have not tried nay M.A.C lipsticks yet and have heard so many good things about these products.  Plus the lipstick tube is so cute. I know they are known for their reds but I am not a red person.  Anyone have any color recommendations for a natural color for fair skin?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Let me know some of your favorite lip products in the comments below! 

 

Weekly Wonders: Beauty Products

Fresh: Rose Face Mask

I was expecting a stellar performance from this product due to the quality and popularity of the Fresh brand.  It underwhelmed me a whole bunch.  I received this product as sample from Sephora and figured I would give it a try.  It smelled great and had pieces of rose petals in it.   It is gel like, goes on smoothly, and is not clumpy.  It dries naturally so you can forget you put it on your face if you are not timing the length of wear.  I was not happy with it because I did not recognize any difference in my skin.  I used it for about two weeks and didn’t feel like it actually did anything except make my face feel clean.  Let me know if you have used the product before and what you have thought of it.  Leave a comment in the comment section below.

Origins: Charcoal Mask

I love this mask!  It is amazing and I have been using it for years!  My skin looks and feels great after it’s use. This product does not irritate my skin which is a plus because tons of products do leave my skin red, blotchy, or broken out.  This product is thick and messy when applying but stays on the skin and is not watery.  Once the mask is applied you let it sit on your face still it is dry and cracking.  After you wash it off and it does take a bit of time to get off all of the charcoal mask.  After using this for a few weeks I have noticed a difference in my skin although this charcoal mask does not remove all of the blackheads.  This mask works great for me and remains a staple in my beauty routine. What are your reviews on this product?  What are some recommendations of other Origins products to try?

LORAC: Black Tie Affair Eyeshawdow Palette

I ordered this product from Ulta during their Black Friday sale.  I have been trying this product since i have received it and have liked it so far.  I like to experiment with my shades and mix colors.  I am not a fan of dark colors due to my fair skin coloring.  Usually I use the lighter shades for my daily look and will occasionally put on a dark hue on a night out or fancy event.  The shadows on this palette are natural, silky, and have lasted most of the day.  I like how the colors are natural and how the colors work well with a natural look.  So far I am loving this palette so go try it out today!  FYI, I own both palettes and love them!  I use the darker shaded palette for nights out or fancy events. Any other users of this particulate palette on here?  If so, what are the pros and cons of it? Just seeing what others like and love about these eyshawdows.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

This is a new primer for me.  Previous to this one I have not consistently used primer as part of my makeup routine.  I went to Sephora and was recommend this primer.  It is very pricy and I took a leap of faith on this one.  I  do like that it feels lightweight on my skin and does not feel heavy.  Honestly I cannot tell if it makes a difference in my makeup application or if it makes my makeup goes on smoother.  It is lightweight and does not feel heavy on my skin.  I will need to use this product more to see how it works.  Reviews of this hydrating primer?  Does it help your makeup routine?

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara

My go-to mascara by Tarte is quite expensive so I figured I would try a drugstore one for the time being.  My eyes are extremely sensitive to mascara so this limits me to certain brands mainly ones that are hypoallergenic.  I saw Neutrogena and waterproof in the name and I had to grab this product and try it out.  My Tarte mascara would always run or smudge during the day  or night.  I wanted to try a waterproof mascara to see how it will last during the day or night. I used it for a day and night and it lasted and did not irritate my eyes.  I applied the mascara  I started my day and it lasted until late into the night. There was no smudging or running of the mascara.  I was able to get good length by applying a few coats of the product and it was a bit clumpy.  But all of that was worth it for it to be waterproof and not cause my eyes to be red.  I will definitely be adding this to my makeup routine.  I do not like it as much as I do my Tarte mascara but it comes pretty close.  Let me know your thoughts and experiences with this product. 

First and Only Birchbox

So, I was so excited to order my first Birchbox for the month of December after hearing so many good things about it from friends.  Of course they convinced me to subscribe and I was excited to see that my BirchBox arrived in the mail this afternoon.  It was packaged nicely and liked that there was a card describing all of the products included in the box. Since this was a holiday box a small mirror was included. This is sweet but cannot be used for travel or in purse do to the fact that it is only one sided without a cover to protect the mirror.  So this item was a waste for the company to make and waste to place in the box.  This mirror will probably be headed to the trash because there is no way to keep it from getting scratched or broken.

Now on to the fun stuff!  The items in the box!  I am so happy that there were no perfume samples in here because I hate those.

IPKN Radiant Cream Primer

This is such a simple product design and it is so adorable!  This is a primer and has SPF 15 in it. I will let you know how this product feels and works.  I occasionally use primer in my makeup routine.  I should probably use primer more often than I should.  So I will let you know how it goes.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 minute Peel

I am nervous about this product due to my sensitive skin.  This could irritate my skin so I’ll see what happens after I use it.  It will be my first peel mask.

Wilma Schumann European Skincare: Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

This product looks very fancy.  I have not used eye pads before and am willing to try them out.  I am not a fan of these types of products and do not use anything like them in my skincare routine.  Since there is only one set of pads I do not know if I would be able to see a difference in the skin around my eyes after only one use.

Ardency Inn: Modster Eyeliner

This eyeliner is supposed to be waterproof so I will see if that is true.  I am not a fan of eyeliner and it is not part of my daily makeup routine.  I will try it or give it to a family member or friend to try it out and report on the results.

Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo

I am excited to try this dry shampoo!  It smells amazing and the bottle is adorable!  I due use dry shampoo on my hair so that I do not have to wash it or use the blow dryer on my hair.  I have seen a vast improvement in the quality of my hair from doing this.  I will have to let you know how it goes when I use this product.

Overall, I was not sure impressed with this box.  It is more like samples I could get from Sephora for products that I do not really use or need.  So far Birchbox does not seem like it is worth the money each month.  I will stay subscribed until next month to see what products are sent.  If I like the products I will stay subscribed.  It the products are lackluster I will stop subscribing to the service.  I’ll keep you posted.

Have any of you tried these products? If so, what do you think of them?

Also is Birchbox worth it in the long run?  I was not super impressed with my first box.

**An update to this post since it was written awhile ago and I have had time with the products that Birchbox sent to me.   All of the products seemed like quality products but were not ones I would use frequently with the exception of one product.  The dry shampoo I have loved so much.  It worked well and smells amazing!  Overall I was not impressed with the products sent to me and that can be due to the fact that I do not use many of those products.  I will not be subscribing to Birchbox again due to my lack of interest int he products of the first box. 

Guess who is back … back again

So, it is safe to say that I have been missing from this blog for a few months. It is not something I planned on happening but it did and I am ready to jump back on the bandwagon!
I have missed blogging so much and in lieu of logging on here the notes on my iPhone is chock full of future posts and ideas! The pas few months have been emotional and frustrating for me due to certain things happening the holiday, difficulties in my relationship (which is now non-existent), family, career, and self worth. All of those factors were overwhelming and resulted in me not blogging like I should have done. Blown helps me connect with others, express my ideas, and document aspects of my life an thinking during my life. So, I am back and excited to finally start positing again. I am not sure how frequently I will blog, most likely as fast as I can edit and elaborate on those ideas and posts in my iPhone notes. so, cheers for now and see you soon!

XoXo ~ Amanda

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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I was so excited when I heard that more episodes of Gilmore Girls were coming to Netflix! So of course I marked my calendar and anticipated the day that the four episodes would be released! November 25th could not arrive soon enough for me!

Finally the day arrived and I was thrilled! I just had to watch all of these episodes no matter what. I almost did a binge watching session but decided against it. Instead I watched two episodes on Friday and the other two on Saturday.

I was thrilled to see old characters and the writers sure tried to cram everyone in to these four episodes. I was very pleased with how things went and could relate to Rory’s struggle of finding her place, her career, her voice, and just feeling lost. I am currently going through some of those things now. So, I think these four episodes took a different path than how I thought but in a good way. Before diving into the episodes I figured the focus would be on a successful Rory with a great journalism career. She would be taking time out or a vacation to visit Star’s Hollow to see her family and catch up with the happenings in town. But Amy Sherman-Palladino,the writer, took another path and showed a more reality type version of events. Not everything goes as planned or is like a storybook ending.

The episodes were lengthy and some of them felt a bit dragged out such as the episode where Lorelai and Emily were going to therapy. I think most of the old characters

Questions/Comments I have from the episodes:

No theme song … I repeat no theme song.  I was so bothered by this to no end. Yes, the episodes were titled by the seasons which were featured in the Carole King theme song but it is not the same.   So, it is safe to say that I was really disappointed by this detail being left out. 😦

Who and why is Mr. Kim at the food festival? He was never in the original Gilmore Girls and now randomly appears. That was unnecessary.

Dean shows up at Doose’s.  Really?  There was absolutely no point or reason for him to be there.  Regular Gilmore Girls fans know that Dean is married and that Rory almost ruined that relationship.  Another random pop-in

Kirk is so annoying throughout this series. He was always a bit quirky and annoying during the regular seasons but he go under my skin so much more in these episodes. The ooh-ber thing drove me nuts. He just annoyed me throughout the episodes.

Who is Paul and where did he come from? I think this was such a silly character to add and even have in the series.  it was literally pointless and it didn’t add anything to the series.

I felt that all the writer attempted to cram pop-ins and sightings of majority of the old characters in the four episodes.

Rory, why is it a good idea to stay at Logan’s place when he is engaged.   This is a big no-no.  Logan should have known better also and suggested that Rory stay somewhere else.  These were just poor decisions on both of their parts.  No good can come from  this situation.

Rory so needs to end up with Jess!  I think they should wind up together!

Leaving everyone hanging at the end when Rory announces that she is pregnant!  I need more episodes!  Amy Sherman- Palladino needs to make more episodes to address this little dilemma.

What are your thoughts on the new Gilmore Girls episodes? What were some of your favorite and least favorite parts?