Monday, October 13, 2014

Products I DO NOT Recommend

Hey all! Way way way back when, I wrote a blog post about products I regret buying, and it got a ton of positive feedback, so I thought I would write up something similar. I only have five products to share, which, in the grand scheme of things, doesn't seem so bad. Nevertheless, here they are:

First up is the Garnier Fructis "Hi-Rise Lift", which is a volumizing spray for your hair. The idea is that you spray it onto your roots, rub it in a little, and the effect is supposed to be as if you backcombed/teased your hair. My issue is with the spray nozzle - it doesn't spray evenly! It comes out in a single stream of product, and you end up getting way too much in one spot on your head and it gets sticky.

Next is the Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo. This stuff SUCKS. It's overpriced, and doesn't do a thing. It doesn't clean your hair at all, no matter how much you use. My hair felt really matted and fluffy afterwards, instead of smooth and clean like I was hoping. I don't even like the scent. Overall, terrible product.

The Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Clay Facial Mask was a huge disappointment. I'm always drawn to the "Yes To" brand - they have really nice packaging and I like that their products are organized by skin type. I don't know how, but this mask left my skin feeling really oily. Also, it's hard to spread because the clay is so thick.

Soap & Glory "Clean On Me" is a raved about shower gel, but I couldn't find myself liking it. I felt like it left my skin dry and itchy, and the scent isn't great either. I'm not sure it really did a good job cleansing. Thankfully I only had this travel-sized version.

Finally, the Elizabeth Arden Refining Toner Lotion. I like using a toner before putting makeup on, just to prep my skin a little, but this one was not good at all. It left a gross film on my face after I applied it and I almost felt the need to wash my face afterwards. Bleh!

Luckily I got most of these products on-sale, but the fact that they actually retail for more than what I paid is unfortunate. Let me know what you think of these products if you've ever used them!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My 2014 Fall TV Lineup

Sometimes I feel like there's nothing good to watch on TV, but this fall (for some reason) I have at least one show to watch every single weekday! That literally has never happened to me before, so I thought I'd share what I'm watching with you guys.

You'll notice I watch a lot of reality TV. I don't know why, but recently I've become really fascinated with competition-based reality shows. I'm taking a lot of media classes this semester and a lot of what I learn can be applied to these shows, so maybe that's why! If reality TV isn't your cup of tea, I'm not sure how interesting this will be for you haha.

The Voice: I used to lovelovelove watching The Voice, and then I got bored of it, but this season I decided to start watching it again. This girl whose covers I used to watch on YouTube is on this season - her name is Brittany Butler and she's on Team Pharrell, and she's so good! She's definitely my favorite of the season. The Voice is hands down the best singing show there is on TV. I love the anticipatory element of the chair turns, and the tension in the battle rounds (and the steal!).

How To Get Away With Murder: This. freakin'. show. is. so. good. It's Shonda Rhimes' new show about a murder law professor who takes her students on her cases with her and they have to help her find evidence and whatnot. It's so interesting and the show has so many different layers to it. It's only 3 episodes in so you can definitely find the episodes online and get caught up! It had me hooked right from the pilot episode.

The Amazing Race: I honestly just like watching The Amazing Race because I like seeing different parts of the world, and I like to imagine how well I'd do in the competitions. I don't watch it religiously or anything (it plays on Fridays after all), but it is fun to watch and sometimes the competition gets intense.

The Mindy Project: If you're going to indulge in one guilty pleasure sitcom this season, make it The Mindy Project. It's clever and hilarious, and I'm all for supporting women-driven television. Don't get me wrong, Mindy Lahiri is a definitely not a role model character, but the jokes are just so on-point. Mindy Kaling is one of my idols.

Survivor: I think I'm only watching this season of Survivor because last season was SO INTENSE and amazing, but so far it's been pretty "meh". I'm hoping it gets more interesting eventually. I'm not really a fan of the casting this season (how many pretty white blondes do we need?) but I'm still holding on...!

What are you watching this fall?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bedroom Decor Inspiration: Etsy

I have some fantastic news to report... My room re-decoration is FINALLY underway! I've been blogging about re-decorating my room for months, so this is kind of a big deal. I repainted my room and got new blackout shades, and slowly but surely I'm working on decoration. I've been getting inspiration off Etsy and Pinterest, so I thought I would share some of my finds. I'm not necessarily purchasing all of these things, but I like to keep track of what I'm drawn to so I can develop my tastes!

I have plans to make a mix-and-match gallery wall, and I want to include both photographs and mixed media prints. For some reason I was drawn to this one. It reminded me of some sort of chic adult version of "Up" and I loved the effect of it overlayed onto the newsprint. I've already ordered it - can't wait to see it in person!

I came across this sweet little bowl and I thought, instead of using it for berries, I could use it to place my keys and small jewelry items.

With a $1349 price tag, this branch chandelier is a smidge out of my price range (!), but I thought it was so cool. If I could afford this I swear I would buy it.

Is the mason jar fad over? Am I late on this? Well anyway, I love these. This shop sells hand-painted mason jars and the results are beautiful. I figured I could DIY something like this myself, but I have a feeling they could never turn out as lovely.

I came across this clock and thought, YES. I love the colors and texture. You can actually get these custom-made, and you can pick out the color of the hands and the frame.

How awesome are these ombre curtains? The blue color wouldn't match my room, but in an orange color they would look really great.

These glass bottles are stunning. I love the effect of the wood paired with the glass & copper hardware. So beautiful.

I am soo obsessed with terrariums and this dodecahedron one is perfect. Unfortunately it's out of my price range right now ($126.61) but I love it nonetheless.

Last but not least, I'm really liking this metallic lotus. It would look amazing on any blank wall and especially in my room in particular.

I'm honestly so happy Etsy exists because I think these pieces are so unique! I look forward to eventually purchasing a few more items :)