January Favorites 

Hi little loves. sorry I’ve been Mia. Plz don’t hate me. Also if you’re worried something profound happened with me and that’s why I’ve been gone, that’s not the case. School is just busy and I hate homework. My daily goals include sleeping, drinking coffee and passing my classes. I usually succeed on completely at least two of those. Anyways I’m here to share my January favorites! Cuz you’re probably super curious about the products that I like to use. So if that is indeed your dream, to hear about my favorites, it’s your lucky day.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lipsticks are my new obsession. They are $6 and last forever on your lips. Which with Lax, the darker color, it can be a little bit of an issue if you smear it before it dries and also I use a makeup wipe to take it off and end up looking like some kind of blood sucking vampire. But it’s worth it because it looks hot on. Also it’s $6. Starbucks costs that much. So you have zero excuses.

Beeper: https://colourpop.com/products/beeper

Lax: https://colourpop.com/products/lax

Not much to say about Maybelline FIt Me concealer besides that its the SHIT. It’s like Nars creamy concealer but only a few dollars. And as a college student I need to save every penny to buy textbooks that I will never read and alcohol that I shouldn’t be drinking. Ya feel?

Fit Me concealer: https://www.maybelline.com/face-makeup/concealer/fit-me-concealer

So probably not a lot of you have crazy curly hair like me but if you are that one lucky one that does, I’m sharing my biggest secret. I accidently bought this a super long time ago and it is my absolute, holy grail hair product. It is the work of angels. It’s not crunchy or heavy, which I didn’t think was possible. Sending a quick praise up to my man JC for blessing the world with Garnier Curl Sculpt.

Garnier Curl Sculpt: http://www.garnierusa.com/products/styling/curls/curl-style/curl-sculpt-conditioning-cream-gel.aspx

The Ulta woman gave me this for free and for being free, it’s pretty dope. It’s hairspray but more. That’s really the best way to describe it. It just keeps the frizz down which ya girl needs during the winter. We do not want to be walking around looking like we just got electrocuted.

It’s a 10: http://www.ulta.com/miracle-finishing-spray?productId=xlsImpprod6481222

Since I’m on a roll with divulging secrets, here’s a doozy. This is actually just a normal sweater but in a size too big. So it’s super comfy cuz I dont have to wear pants but also I get tons of compliments on it so everyone is winning. Also can we just talk about how fantastic old navy is. I feel like they don’t get as much credit as they deserve. My closet is almost entirely Old Navy. You go girl.

Sweater: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=60790&vid=1&pid=334456052

Booties: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1035956&vid=1&pid=275755022

So I found these pants in my old room and I’m in love. Had them for years, forgot about them, found them again and it’s like love for the very first time. A gift from past me to present me. I’ve definitely worn them more than once this week. But the thing with college is that you don’t see the same people everyday so you can wear the same outfit twice and no one has to know. Except for whoever reads this but whatev.

Also white converse are all I wear. Shoutout to the children’s section for making them small enough for me. You’re the real mvp.

Boyfriend Jeans: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=91608&vid=1&pid=495205002

Two of my favorite things: my mom and things that are witty and make me laugh. This book had me stupidly smiling to myself the whole time and thinking about my mom and then I gave it to my mom to read and she finished it in two days, no joke. Also she has an instagram. The author, not my mom. It’s pretty funny.

Mother Can You Not: http://kateesiegel.com/mother-can-you-not/

Get ready for a shameless plug because here lies that opportunity for that. My instagram game, if I must say so myself, is “lit” as the children would say. I just got back from San Francisco, my fav place ever, and so my aesthetics are off the charts right now. I used to want to be a teacher, but now I think I might just become instagram famous instead.

P.S. I really like to follow other bloggers, photographers or anyone with a really aesthetically pleasing feed wink wink follow me

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rainatayson/

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Holy Grail Skincare

This has been a transformative year for my skin. And you lucky ducks get to hear all my secrets. First, a little bit of background. I never had super bad acne but I just always had a few spots, some discoloration and anywhere that there was a pimple, a scar was left behind. On top of that, I have incredibly sensitive skin so a lot of skincare products would make my acne worse.

Cleanse

When I was in Greece over the summer, a wonderful little salesman at the market told me I just HAD to try his donkey milk bar soap. He said “You buy this today and tomorrow you come back and buy another one” (because I would love it so much). He also promised it would clear up any acne that I had. So I succumbed to the pressure and bought it. That was the best £4 I’ve ever spent. The soap is light and not drying and cleans my skin without being abrasive. People always turn their noses up when I tell them that I wash my face with donkey milk soap but this is the closest thing to a miracle product that I’ve ever found. Also rumor has it that Cleopatra loved taking donkey milk baths so maybe I’ll turn into some gorgeous Egyptian queen now.

P.S. I only wash my face at night once I have taken all of my makeup off using Simple Makeup Wipes. More than this messes up the skin’s natural balance.

Moisturize

Even with acne or access oil, it is important to keep your skin moisturized or it may begin to produce even more oil to make up for it. After washing my face at night, I use Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Moisturizer. After showering in the morning or before putting on my makeup, I use normal Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin. I find this combination keeps my skin moisturized without being oily or having acne. I’m not sure if there is any scientific fact to it but I only ever moisturize in an upward motion. Someone told me once that if you rub down then it will clog your pores.

Exfoliate

I’m not big on exfoliating as I don’t want to mess with my skin’s natural balance. I do however use a Clarisonic or exfoliating face mask about once a week to prevent the buildup of dead skin. (that sounds so glamorous doesn’t it haha) Lush’s Mask of Magnanimity is my favorite because it is exfoliating without being harsh or abrasive. The only issue is that I can never pronounce the name of it.

Diet

I’m a firm believer that diet affects everything. I’ve recently eliminated oil from my diet. I don’t even use olive oil or coconut oil to cook with. Every time I do have some kind of fried food, chips or another snack high in oil, I notice it in my skin. It is important to keep your face clean as well as your diet.

 

What are your holy grail skincare products? I’d love to hear some suggestions of products to try out! Comment down below

2016: The Year of Realizing Things

Just as Kylie Jenner predicted, this was a year of just, like realizing things. In 2016 I did not learn who I am, I did not fall in love, and I did not become financially grounded.

However, I did learn that two coffees a day give me sufficient energy and make for a healthy digestive tract.

I learned that Jägermeister is absolutely the most disgusting liquor. Why would anyone chose to drink that?! Never again.

I learned that in Germany you must buy a train ticker or you might get arrested (I’ll tell you more about that one a bit later)

I learned that some places have outdoor escalators and it’s the most amazing architectural decision I’ve ever witnessed. Seriously, just a random escalator in a city neighborhood.

I learned that donkey riding is not comfortable. Like at all.

I learned that I’m extroverted. I had no idea! T god for an online quiz that told me.

I learned, from the absurd number of hours I spend watching Greys Anatomy, how to be a doctor. It’s a beautiful day to save lives.

I learned that some people really take offense to being called an asshole. Sorry, the truth hurts.

I learned that Spanish wine is fantastic and costs like $5 a bottle. It makes almost anything else taste like absolute piss. Except maybe a nice bottle from Napa.

I learned how to ride a quad. Super easy.

I learned not to take three languages in school at once. Not easy.

I learned that Europeans have no idea what real Mexican food tastes like. Don’t get me wrong, they do have Mexican restaurants but it is surely not the same as in the United States or Mexico.

I learned about the different levels of poo. The highest being level 11: taking a poo in the woods and making eye contact with an animal who is also taking a poo.

 

Obviously there was so much realizing that happened in 2016, so much learning. My brain might explode because of all the realizing and learning I did. Cheers to 2017. Bye.