The global tag starts below The Classic Brunette: May 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for 2016

Most people are out of school or are just about to finish, so it's time to hit the beach, the pool, or if you're like me, snuggle up on my couch to watch some well deserved feel-good movies and just relax for a little while. My summer won't all be spent relaxing and having fun, though, since I'll be starting work on June 20th (I'm working in the Finance Department at Stanford Hospital. I know. Me? Finance? I hope that works out!) and will have to squeeze all my fun into these first couple weeks and fill my weekends with these activities that I've gathered below! This post is similar to my Fall Bucket List Post that people really seemed to love, so I thought I would make one for Summer!

If you're a blogger and you made a Summer bucket list of your own I would love to see what activities y'all came up with, so please link your posts in the comments! I'm always looking for a new adventure or thing to try, hence why cooking a Pinterest recipe and completing a DIY project are my favorite things on this list!

What are your plans for summer?

P.S. you can shop my favorite pool floats below!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Luminess Air Supremacy Makeup Review

My apologies for the lack of posts these past few weeks. I've always heard that burnout was a thing, but I don't think I have really experienced it until now. My finals week was especially crazy and some things just did not go as planned that week which left me overstretched and overstressed with all the things I had to do. I also had to drive up from Orange County by myself so six hours of driving after a stressful week didn't exactly help the situation. I've decided to take most of the week to rest up and just take some time to do as little as possible. Obviously I still have some things that need to be done, but for the most part I'm just regaining my sanity from the past crazy weeks.

Moving on to today's post, I was really excited when Luminess reached out to me again to try their new product Air Supremacy! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have seen my last post with Luminess on their Airbrush Foundation and how much I loved it. I know I'm not the only one who gets acne when they're stressed, and although I'm lucky that I only get a few red spots, they do still bother me. I luckily got to try Air Supremacy just in time for my red spots to come out during finals and it worked so well!

I was sent two foundation shades a blush, and a blending brush/sponge. I was grateful they included two different shades because I actually did end up mixing the two while applying it. It seems like such an odd concept to spray makeup onto your face, but it's actually so much less of a hassle than applying it with a brush. I'm not the most experienced with foundation, so literally spraying on my face makeup makes the process so much easier! All you have to do is spray about 6-8 inches away from your face in a circular motion and bam, you're done! You can layer on as much coverage as you want by just spraying on some more in certain areas. It took me less than 3 minutes to apply and I used the sponge to blend it a little so it looked more "airbrushed." 

Here's the before picture. I have no makeup on whatsoever and there are things that I would love to have covered up including the little red spot on my chin, my freckles, and my flushed cheeks.

Here's the after. My freckles are covered better to make my skin more even, the flush in my cheeks is covered and replaced with the rose colored blush, and you can't see the spot on my chin anymore! I also added a little mascara to make me look a little more awake.Overall it's a great product that makes me feel like I'm not actually wearing makeup. My favorite is actually the blush, because it's so pigmented without being obnoxiously bright.

Sorry for these two pictures and the low quality. My camera has been a little wacky lately and hasn't wanted to cooperate with me, so I had to settle with iphone photos!

Luminess is offering 20% off to my readers with the code 560788211 so if you're interested in trying Air Supremacy I would definitely recommend it! I have dry skin and it works well for me, but I'm honestly not sure how it would work for other skin types.

Hope you're all having a great Thursday, I promise to be back on my posting schedule from now on!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What's In My Bag: Finals Week Plus A Special Gift For Your Favorite Grads

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It's that time of year again...finals week. I'm unfortunately in the middle of my worst finals week ever, but I decided to make a post on what I carry in my bag during this week besides the boring notebooks, binders, papers, and my computer. 

I am a multiple to do list person. I have three different places where I keep my lists: my accomplish notepad, my planner, and random sticky notes that I leave in places that will hopefully remind me to do these things. This week I have about a million things on my to do lists including study guides, final papers, and blog posts! I keep both my planner and my notepad with me just in case I forget to write something down or I need to double check when things are due. 

I also have my mini-mergency kit that has a number of items just in case I have a little emergency while I'm on campus for 8 hours. (I actually went one day last week where I was on campus for 13 hours!!) Then I bring my fun array of highlighters, a comb for when I feel like I look like I've been studying for too long, and some chapstick.

I also bring the new Extra® 35-stick pack in either Spearmint or Polar Ice® that I bought from Walgreens. The packages are recyclable and fit twice as much gum as regular packets! I bought two, but you can split the packages in half and keep one in your bag and one in your car, at your desk, or give it to a friend! I use gum as a way to help me study. I've heard that if you chew gum while studying and then chew that same gum while taking the test it can improve memory. I have no idea if that's true or not, but it's worth trying! The 35 packs also make it easy to share some gum with your study friends as well, there's plenty to share!

Along with finals, it's also the time for graduation! I'm not graduating this year, although I have many friends who are, so I thought it would be nice to give a little more thought to them by sending them off with a small gift!

I just tied some twine around one of the packs of gum that I use, or well, my roommate Nicole tied the twine since she makes a mean bow, haha! And then added a little flower that I got from my local craft store and a cute punny note!

Even Mowgli got in on the crafting!

Hope you're all having a great finals week and aren't drowning in too much work! Go wish your grads a happy graduation too!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Goals

Hope everyone's May has started out well, it's been a bit stressful for me since I'm finishing up school and have had so many things on my plate. I'm happy though because I finally decided on a thesis topic that I'm ready to commit to and absolutely love! I won't bore you all with the details, but it involves New Orleans and voodoo! I hope the rest of the month comes quickly so I can finally go home for vacation, here are my goals for the month of May.

Blogging Goals

1. Reach 35k views this month

I hit my last goal of 30k, so now I'm upping it another 5,000, hopefully I can do it! 

2. Take Instagram pictures ahead of time

I have this awful habit of taking most of my Instagram photos the day I post them which gives me little time for editing, or leaves me without a photo for the day. If I can spend some time, maybe an hour twice a week where I plan my photos, I think that will really help me. 

3. Reach 300 Twitter followers

I cannot for the life of me grow my twitter! I'm not sure why, but even when I'm putting in some serious effort my numbers stay relatively the same. If you have some tips I would love for you to send them my way!!

Personal Goals

1. Make study guides ahead of time and finish assignments as early as possible

A very broad goal, but I'm not that great at making study guides early. I always end up completing my review sheets a day or two before the test, which definitely isn't enough time to study. I get good grades, but I would probably get better ones if I was better at planning ahead! I also want to try to get all my assignments out of the way so I can start making my study guides. I've started implementing library study hours for myself this week which has really helped me be more productive, I'm thinking I should make this a new routine. I'm still hitting myself for not understanding the power of working in the library until Junior year...

2. Only drink water except at restaurants

I've been drinking way too much diet coke recently, and I need to get back into my habit of drinking water! I'm limiting myself to only have soda while eating out, because if I cut it out completely it will suck. 

3. Sell all unused books to the bookstore

I have an extremely large bag of books that has been growing since freshman year sitting in the corner of my room. These are books that I've bought for classes, probably never looked at, and now are gathering dust. I have to go check with my school's bookstore and see how many, if any, they'll take back. Hopefully I can earn some money in the process!

Reflection on April's Goals

1. Reach 30k views - Done! I hit 30,649 last month
2. Post on Instagram at least 5 times a week - I tried my best, but this did not happen for every week, unfortunately
3. Reach out to other bloggers more - Sadly no! I got extremely caught up in schoolwork and barely had time to comment on people's instagrams!
4. Commit to Whole 30 - I got sick, so Whole 30 was put on the back burner. Will try again someday soon!
5. Clean my room once a week - I've actually been pretty good at this one. I would pick up a few things here and there, so my room wasn't a total disaster. Right now it's a little bit crazy, but I still have a few more days until the week is over!
6. Be more social - I have definitely been more social! I've hung out with some of my Alpha Gam friends, I've hung out with people from my thesis class multiple times, and I've just been out and about more and home less. It feels good to be social. 

So I didn't do the greatest job at committing to last month's goals, hopefully this month I'll be better!

What are your goals for the month of May?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Happy Monday everyone, Mother's Day is less than a week away! Unfortunately I won't be able to be with my mom on the special day since I'll still be in school, but for those of you that will make sure to make the best of it! You really don't know how much you love your parents until you can't see them all the time, seriously I'm only a few hours away (well 9, but still) and I miss them all the time. 

Mother's Day has always been pretty special ever since back in preschool and kindergarden where our school invited all the mothers to come spend time with us as we made them paper hats, I'll be the first one to admit that these hats were pretty horrendous, but my mom wore hers like a champ. 

I graduated from making paper hats to my elementary school's "Muffins with Mom" day where we would all spend the first hour of school on Mother's Day eating mini muffins. We have photo albums for practically every year of my childhood, and the ones where I was in first and second grade I can guarantee you will find at least five pictures of me smiling excitedly with my mom and sister or cheerfully stuffing a muffin in my mouth. (And if you flip a few pages forward you'll find similar pictures but at "Donuts with Dad" for Father's Day!) 

Although my college doesn't have any fun Mother's Day themed events, (But imagine how fun that would be, I'm picturing "Mimosas with Mom" or "Molten Lava Cakes with Mom" or both to really excite mothers and daughters. ;) ) I still like to celebrate with my mom as best as I can. Normally this means sending her a morning "Happy Mother's Day!" text and then skyping with her and my dad later that day. It's not much, but it's all I can really do when I'm not actually with her! Of course I'll give her something too, but she normally ends up getting it after school gets out. This year though, she may not get anything if she doesn't decide on what she wants! Mom if you're reading this think of something! :)

I've put together a few things that I think moms will enjoy, but here are a few other things that I didn't add to the collage that would be great gifts: A "book" of certificates for doing chores, spending quality time, cooking, etc. for your mom to use at any time, a mother daughter spa day, a book from her favorite author, flowers, mani/pedi with your mom, an edible arrangement, matching pajamas.

What's the best gift you've given your mom for Mother's Day?
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