The Sunshine Blogger Award//2018

Hi everyone! I am back with another post today. I am sorry that it’s been a little over a week, I have been again busy with some stuff and I was also running behind on my next blog post, I was going to post it today, however it will be tomorrow! Get excited because the post will be on “Spring DIY Projects”! Anyways, yesterday I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely EverythingbyEsther , so thank you very much Esther, and if you’re not already then go check out her wonderful blog! The tag consists of 10 questions and then a little message at the end to all your blog readers, now onto the questions!

  1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?

I usually get my inspiration from literally so many outlets, sometimes ideas just come to me, Pinterest, I get inspired by other bloggers, and most of the posts that I blog about are posts that I would read or call my attention! Honestly inspiration for posts is everywhere, there is an unlimited amount that you could blog about.

  1. What are your favorite things to do?

Besides Blogging, I really enjoy collaging/diy projects, watching tv (a little too much, but I just love it), exploring no places whether it’s in the city or traveling, and I also love playing with my dog, she is a comfort to me.

  1. What is a Song that holds Sentimental Value to you?

“The Reason by Hoobastank”, I’m not really sure why, but because of its value to me, I forbid myself to listen to it.

  1. A few things you’re grateful for right now?

I am grateful for a lot of things of course the simple values of life (family, food, a home, etc.), but also my therapist, my blog, my blog supporters, and the many opportunities that are given to me in life.

  1. Do you prefer a large family or a smaller one?

I have a large extended family which I like, however for my household family, I prefer a smaller one.

  1. If you had the opportunity to either Go Back In Time or See the Future, which would you do and why?

Without a doubt, I would go back in time to relive some of my best moments in life. I’m a very nostalgic person and would definitely take the chance to experience those moments at least one more time. I would also change some things to prevent them for happening in the future.

  1. Who’s your mentor?

I am not sure if I necessarily have one right now, I have people who I of course look up to, but not a mentor.

  1. What is the most recent milestone in your life (it does not have to be blog related)?

Mine happens to be blog related, because I recently hit 100 blog followers, not including email subscribers. I am so thankful for everyone who follows, supports, reads my blog!

  1. Introvert or extrovert?

I would definitely say that I am an introvert, through and through, I’m very awkward which is something I hate, but I really cannot change it. I used to be an extroverted introvert, meaning that with people I was close too I was very open and comfortable, however things have changed.

  1. A few of your favorite movies? Why do you love them?

My all-time favorite movie is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I endlessly love that movie, it’s very emotional and although I cry every time, there is just something about the movie that I feel this personal connection. A favorite comedy movie of mine is She’s the Man, it’s so funny and pretty much iconic. I also really love Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films because they are my childhood and super cute, but overall there’s way too many movies to name that are my favorites.

  1. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

You can get through difficult times. For the longest time I felt in a rut and that I could not get through something, and even though I am not completely through with this difficult time, I got through some of the obstacles that felt like they held me back forever. I still try to tell myself that it will soon be through, just remember that when you feel like you cannot get through a hard time, you will, there will be light in the end of the tunnel.

Questions to all the Nominees: 

  1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?
  2. What are your favorite things to do?
  3. What is a Song that holds Sentimental Value to you?
  4. A few things you’re grateful for right now?
  5. Do you prefer a large family or a smaller one?
  6. If you had the opportunity to either Go Back In Time or See the Future, which would you do and why?
  7. Who’s your mentor?
  8. What is the most recent milestone in your life (it does not have to be blog related)?
  9. Introvert or extrovert?
  10. A few of your favorite movies? Why do you love them?
  11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

My Nominees:

If I did not tag you and you are interested please feel free to do this post and tag me so I can check it out! I hope you all enjoyed this post and I will see you guys soon!

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– Ariana. 

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Current Makeup Routine | Winter 2018

Happy Friday, I hope everyone is doing well today! Today’s post is going to consist of my current makeup routine! I am excited to be sharing my go to makeup look today. Now I do not wear makeup everyday; however when I do go out and decide to put on a full-face of makeup this will be my casual look. My makeup routine often changes, but these are the products that I am currently using throughout my routine.

As a disclaimer all these products are cruelty-free, and my makeup routine is pretty minimal. These products work pretty well for me and if you have any questions at all about the products then ask me down below. Now onto the routine!

Makeup Prep: 

I find that to get the ultimate makeup application it is best to have a fresh cleansed face. Whether I shower or wash my face, I go in right after with my Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream mixed with my Lush Grease Lightning Tea Tree and Aloe Gel to create my moisturizer (Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018). To prime my face, I use the Pixi skintreats H2O Skindrink: Pure Hydration Geljust a little goes a long way. Lastly, spraying my face with my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea, to lock in all that hydration and moisture into my skin. 

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I start off my makeup with eyeshadow just in case I ever have fall-out, I am then able to clean up with the rest of my routine. My go-to palette is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow palette, definitely a cult favorite for many beauty gurus or makeup lovers. As my transition shade I use “Warm Taupe” using my Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush seamlessly blending the tone into my crease and lid. Then, I use the same blending brush to blend “Buon Fresco” onto the center of my crease by doing a halo effect, in the center of my crease. To add depth for the corner of my eyes, I take my Blending Crease brush from It Cosmetics 105 and dip it into “Red Ochre” lightly and blend in a circular motion. Taking my Elf Crease brush, I apply the shade “Vermeer” to add a pop of highlight underneath my brow bone arch. That completes the simple eyeshadow look that looks amazing in sunlight if I do say so myself. (Also please excuse my brows, I am currently growing them out, so the natural look is going to have to do for now. Either way I do not do anything to my eyebrows except comb them through with an eyebrow gel.)

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Currently, I have been using the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in the shade Light/Med that I apply with a Black Original Beauty Blender (my favorite way to apply any foundation/bb/cc cream). I have not had any recent breakouts, and luckily my skin is actually pretty decent right now. My one skin issue is slight hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and around my upper lip. Surprisingly, I find that the Burt’s Bees BB Cream has good coverage, it illuminates the skin, and it is very moisturizing. For concealer I will be using the famous Tarte shape tape in the shade light neutral, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the concealer it is extremely high coverage, which is why I use a Silicone Liner Brush by Real Techniques to be precise with the application under my eyes and in other areas I want to conceal such as, my upper lip or above my brows.

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Setting the Face:

I usually prefer my face to be more matte since I have oily skin, but throughout the winter I also want that glow; which is why I do not bake but instead lightly set my face using one of my holy grail products, the Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder. I dip my beauty blender into the lid and set the makeup under my eyes and on my T-zone to prevent oil and creasingOnce I am done setting my face, I apply my NYX HD Finishing Powder (My favorite finishing powder that does not cause flashback in photos!) to reduce shine throughout my T-zone using the BH Cosmetics V2 Face Brush. 

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For bronzer I used the Bahama Mama Bronzer by the Balm Cosmetics, a favorite of mine on the sides of forehead and temples. I also lightly contoured my cheekbones to define them naturally, using my Real Techniques Contour Brush. The blush I reached for was the Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine 328B using my Real Techniques Blush Brush (Real Techniques is my favorite brush line, their brushes are synthetic, extremely soft, and cruelty-free). For highlighter I went back into the ABH Modern Renaissance palette and took the same shade I used to highlight my brow bone, “Vermeer”, using the SLmissglam highlighter brush that I received in my Ipsy bag this month.

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To curl my lashes I use a Sephora eyelash curler and finally apply a few coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, a sample that I received in my November glam bag. Short and simple, just the way I like it. A tip I recommend doing before applying mascara is, to comb through your lashes with either a lash or brow comb, this really helps separate the lashes and gives them a fuller look!

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Setting Spray:

I often switch my setting sprays, but as of now I am using the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. Perfect for that natural glow and helps keep makeup in place with a delicate scent of roses. Also for my lips (not pictured) I used the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Peachy, a sheer gloss.

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The Final Look: 

This is my final makeup look, I love the natural glow that this look gives, it especially looks gorgeous in the sun. I hope you appreciated this post, if you did please like and subscribe! Also comment down below if any of these products are in your current makeup routine.


Much love, Ari. 🍑

Check out my last post: Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018