Chit-Chat with Me. /// July 2018

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve wrote a blog post and I’m very sorry that I’ve been MIA for over a month, so much has changed the past month. Unfortunately, a couple weeks ago I resigned from my job due to many personal reasons, and it was a bit tough at first, however I’ve dealt with it and moved on.

Also to be quite honest, I lost a lot of motivation to write on my blog the past few weeks, it felt forced and I do not want to put out content if it’s not my best work. More recently, after having some time to reflect my life, I realized how much I missed blogging and how essential it is for me to blog. This is a creative outlet for me, and when I blog, I feel empowered that I am able to share my thoughts/info into the world. Therefore, I will be back to blogging for sure once a week, hopefully twice the next couple of weeks before I start college. I begin college in late August however I move in mid-August. Another few updates with you all is that I will be going on vacation to San Francisco in a couple of weeks, which is very exciting for me, since it’s my favorite city (outside of Chicago of course!). Lastly, before I finish this post, I just wanted to give you all the run-down of some of the next few posts I plan to write next (in no specific order):

  • Favorite Makeup Brushes
  • A Traveling Post
  • Spotify Playlist
  • Highschool Tips/Tricks
  • A Food Truck review

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Pride Makeup Look 2018/// Cruelty-free

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since my last post, and I apologize for being so inactive. Last week I started work again (I work as a swim instructor at a local pool), and then some other things came up and because everything was so new again, I did not know how to balance my week out, anyways I hope to get back into my routine of posting at least twice a week.

I hope you all are doing well, and since I have hardly posted this month, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Pride Month! For those of you who do not know, June is known as Pride month for all those who identify as LGBTQ+, and today I am showing my support for the community and well of course celebrating Pride! I’ve been wanting to do a Pride rainbow makeup look for quite awhile and since throughout the month of June, Pride fests and parades are happening all over the world, I thought I’d show you one makeup look to try out. I will be attending Chicago’s Pride Parade this upcoming weekend, and I’m planning to complete this same makeup the day of. Anyways I hope you all enjoy this look and maybe even try it out for yourself.

Starting off with the eyes of course, since it happens to be the main action of our look. I decided to mimic the Pride flag on my eyes, a rainbow transition from red, orange, and yellow on one eye and on the other, green, blue, and purple. For today’s look, I used the BH Cosmetics “Take me to Brazil” Palette and the Nyx Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in “Brights”. I used a few different brushes, that I will mention in the process of this look.

Before starting this eye look, I did apply the Urban Decay Skin Concealer onto my eyelids using my Beauty Blender, and then setting my eyes with the shade “Peach Butter” from the Too Faced Peachy Mattes Palette, (You can use any light neutral shade).

The first color I begun with was the yellow color, I started off towards the inner corner of my eyes, building it into my crease. I used a mix of the two yellow shades in the TMTB palette, using a “Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush” that I received in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. (I probably had the most trouble with the yellow, the pigment really was not showing up for some reason, which why it took me a little longer).


The following color was the Orange that I used on the center of my lid, I used a blend of the orange from the TMTB palette and then the tangerine shade in the Nyx palette. To apply the orange, I used an It Cosmetics shadow brush, this is really good for picking up color. (Orange was the other color I struggled with for some reason, hopefully when I do this makeup look again, the color is more pigmented).


The last color used on this eye, was the Bright Red. This is where the pigmented really started to show up. There is only one matte Red shade in the TMTB palette, and to apply the color onto the outer corner of my eyes/crease, I happened to use the “It Cosmetics Precision Shadow Brush”, another brush I adore.


Once I had gotten all three colors onto my eye, I then blended them with the “BH Cosmetics V5 blending brush” to make sure that there was not any harsh lines and to give it an ombre effect. I also wanted to mention that if I use a repeated brush, I do clean it with the Vera Merona Mini Color Switch, to remove any of the previous colors.


Next up is my other eye, which holds the other three colors of the Pride flag. I went ahead with the Green first, starting in the inner corner of my left eye working it into the crease. The first green was from the TMTB palette and then the darker green was from the Nyx palette to begin the transition for the blue. To apply the green colors, I used this thin brush that I also received in my Ipsy bag a few months back, by SL Miss Glam.


With my blue shades, I used the same brush when I did the Orange. I decided to start off with a turquoise like blue and then darken it up with a midnight blue color, as it would be transitioning to the purple.


Lastly, for my purple color, I kept it pretty simple and only used one color. Using my Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush. To compact and slightly smoke out the color.



That completes my eyeshadow look, and now onto the glitter magic. (I finished the rest of my face makeup before starting on the glitter). For highlight, I used the cream highlight stick by Milk Makeup in Techno, I know they were promoting this for Pride Month, so I am unsure if this is sold only for a limited time. Next, I applied the Nyx Glitter Primer with a little precise brush by Real Techniques, where I decided to primarily focus on the highs of my cheekbones. I applied the Nyx Crystal Glitter with the same brush and just compacted a bit onto the primer. I decided to keep it to a crescent shape.


Once I was done applying the glitter to both sides of my cheekbones, I finished off by highlighting areas of my face with the shadeChehoo” from the Babe in Paradise Palette.



That completes the final Pride Makeup look. I am no MUA, but I was happy with the way everything turned out. I do hope that the colors come out more pigmented on the day of the Pride Parade and I will also be applying more Glitter than I did here. Hopefully you all enjoyed, and happy Pride! 🌈 I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows my blog, I hit 200+ followers!

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Spring DIY Projects///2018

Hi everyone, I am finally getting around to my Spring DIY projects post! I worked really hard on making these diy’s so I hope you all love them. I also thought it would be fun to show you all a time lapse of my process making these diy’s, hopefully the videos turned out well (this is my first time, lol). These projects are very inexpensive and super cute, not much is required, and they are not difficult at all. There are a perfect way to spring up your living space this Spring/Summer. Without further or do, let’s jump into the fun.

Cute Succulent Plant Pots

Materials Needed:

  • Terra cotta pots (2)
  • Succulents or plants of your choice
  • Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Paint
  • Patio paint in the color of your choice (Blue Bahama)
  • Foam Brush/Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Stones or pebbles for planting

Instructions for Painting Pots:

  1. Start by pouring the color paint of your choice to paint your first coat on your pot. (I used a foam brush first, however I switched to a regular brush after the foam brush was not giving the pot full paint coverage.
  2. After painting about 2 coats, you want to set aside your pots to air dry for awhile, about 20-30 minutes.  
  3. Begin choosing your design, I highly recommend Pinterest for ideas! (I first tried to complete a gold triangle on on side, however when I put the masking tape on, it was not fully dried and chipped off a bit of paint. So I improvised and just used two index cards to create a sleek triangle look.)
  4. Take the second color of your choice, in this case it was gold for me. I just began painting the triangle area until coated. (This paint was not as full coverage as I expected, however I did end up liking the marbleized look it gave the pot.)
  5. For your second pot, repeat steps 1-3, either making the same design as the other or choosing a different style. (I first did polka-dots, but I did not like it as much, so I then painted it silver, adding a gold triangle pattern on the rim of the pot.)
  6. Let them fully dry for about a day, resisting any moisture. Then on the following day you may begin to plant them.

Instructions on Planting Succulents:

  1. Once both your pots have completely dried, you can begin to plant them. Start of by pouring in about half an inch of your pebbles into the pot.
  2. Then  take out your succulent (I recommend it to be pre-planted in which most come in, so that you don’t need other soil).
  3. Once I place my plant inside, I spray some water to moisten the soil a bit, pushing down the soil all round the sides to elevate it a bit.
  4. I go in with another few sprays of water to hydrate the soil since it was dry.
  5. Once I get the plant into a straight-up position, I put the black stones all around near the top to equal out the soil level, (the pebbles are good for soil drainage since the roots of succulents do not to well in water).
  6. Lastly, spray your plants with a few squirts of water to hydrate them one last time. (Succulents really should only be watered once a week or once they are dry to the touch).

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Easy Spring Flower Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • Grapevine Wreath
  • Faux Flowers (of your choice)
  • Glue gun
  • Floral Wire Cutters
  • Twine or string
  • Scissors


  1. Start by collecting the flowers you’re planning on using, then using the floral wire cutters, cut them however short you’d like them.
  2. Gather all your floral pieces, then rearrange them however you’d like on the wreath.
  3. After warming up your hot glue gun, begin to glue either on the floral pieces or the grapevine, then placing your piece down, making sure to apply pressure to the glued area.
  4. Continue to repeat Step 3, until you are satisfied with the way it’s looking.
  5. Lastly, cut a piece of twine, begin wrapping it at the top of the wreath, then hot gluing it down, and then cut another piece repeating the same step, until it is fully covered on top.
  6. Your flower wreath is then ready for display!

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Okay so the next one isn’t necessarily a DIY, however it’s a little area that you can create in your room or living space to bring some relaxing vibes and zen into your life. My zen area happens to be on top of my bookshelf and on it I have various Buddha’s to look for spiritual guidance at times, plants for some freshness, and my cute candle. It’s very simple and does not require too much, make it however you’d like. Down below I will state what I have in my area and where everything is from.

Cute Little Zen Display:

  • Geometric Terrarium- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Pebbles inside terrarium- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Real Succulent Plant- (Any Garden Center/store)
  • Faux Succulent Plant Holder- Michael’s Craft Store
  • Buddha’s-various places/mostly in Chinatown.
  • Small Candle- Anthropologie
  • Ceramic (candle) trays- Little boutique (can be found at Homegoods)

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I hope everyone got some great ideas to try for themselves, please tag me on instagram: @girl.who.blogs or let me know if you make any of these DIY’s! Also comment down below which project was your favorite, and do not forget to give this post a like if you’d love to see similar posts in the future! If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages down below, I will follow back all other bloggers!

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