Skin Care Products

Today I thought I would just share with you the skin care products I use on a regular basis. If you have any recommendations for sensitive skin, pop them in the comments please! Also if you have any questions of prices or brands or anything comment that and I can give you some links!

Again, if you have any questions let me know!

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Box Swaps Gone Wrong?

Yesterday I was sick (still) so I was just laying around perusing through depths of YouTube, and I stumbled upon a box swap, really cool concept, well after watching about three really good box swaps, I stumbled upon something called “the worst box swap ever” well of course I had to watch it and I was astonished. People are complaining about the things they got, I found ones where people were ripped off, or the two of them were going back and forth calling each other liars, it was insane!

The one thing I understood was the ones where specific things were set to be purchased and there was a set budget, especially when you’re spending up to $500 on stuff for them and they barely spent $100. However, when there’s not a set budget, specific products aren’t purchased, then what’s the point? You shouldn’t complain that you didn’t get what you asked for if you didn’t ask for anything. Also, if things are broken that’s probably not the person’s fault, things break in the mail, especially if they’re being sent internationally. That doesn’t make them scammers or cheats.

It was really bothering me how people kept freaking out about little things like a lotion being dented, that doesn’t mean it’s unusable! I felt like a lot of people were being very ungrateful, especially people who really like the products until they found out how much the costs (usually cheaper and drugstore brands rather than high end like expected/wanted) but that shouldn’t change how much they like it. If you’re excited about something I don’t understand why it makes a difference whether or not it’s expensive, especially if there wasn’t a set budget or items.

I think for me what it comes down to is that people should just be grateful for what they have. I mean it’s one thing to get nothing or to get not even half of what you spent, but if it’s close or if you like it until you find the cost, be grateful. Don’t go on YouTube and complain about how terrible the people are, that’s not right. Let me know what you think about box swaps and box swaps gone wrong in the comments! Have any of you ever had a good or bad experience with these?

XOXO,

Mary.

Astrological Signs

Astrological signs have always been a fun thing that I read just because, not something that I typically took seriously. However, I’ve been noticing how accurate somethings are. I’m just going to share some examples with you.

Virgo Traits: Methodical, meticulous, analytical and mentally astute, the Virgo natives are perfectionists to the core, or at least, they like to believe that they are. They are excellent managers, and may even ruthlessly ensure that the work is done, and well done, at that. Fastidious to the tee, they may be perceived as narrow in their outlook, critical and quarrelsome by many. Yet, unperturbed by the others’ view of them, they will go on doing what they feel if right, quietly and with a dogged determination.

My thoughts are in this color, look at me being all fancy. I do agree that I am the first four qualities, and I  would say that I am mostly a perfectionist. I just don’t mind clutter, which I know most people do, it’s like organized clutter in, I know where everything is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called bossy (and that’s being kind) because I take charge and I do ensure work is done.  I can be very critical, and I’m not a good person to argue with whatsoever, I will argue until you give up. It is also very true that I am “unperturbed” by how other people see me, I literally don’t care at all.

Traits and Characteristics: You are thought of as quite shy and introvert, and even quite naive. Qualities that make you lucky are systematic, rational, communicative, and discriminating. Qualities that hinder your success are unbending, indifference and argumentative.You might also possess that nervousness and apprehension that is quite characteristic to people who work hard and want their results too bad.

I can be shy, especially if I don’t know someone well at all. Even then I can still be shy. I am extremely introverted, ask anyone who knows me, I’m far happier alone than I am with anyone else. Again, I’m very systematic and rational, even though I am shy I am fairly good at communicating what I want and just in general. I’m the first to take charge of the situation and communicating what needs to be happen. I do get nervous and apprehensive though simply because of my anxiety. 

Okay so that’s all I’m actually going to get into today, let me know if you think your sign describes you, maybe I’ll do more another time! Let me know what you think in the comments.

XOXO,

Mary.

 

Skin Issues

I’m going to be doing a post on my skin care products very soon but I thought I would just tell you guys some of my skin issues currently going on because I feel like it’s another one of those “Just Mary Things”.

So I went to the beach last week and I used SPF 70 because it was basically the first time I had been outside all summer. Well the spray that I used must’ve been empty or expired because it just didn’t work. I have a huge splotch in the middle of my back that’s white and then all around it’s red. My upper thigh, right below my bathing suit line also burned, and then the back of my knees and right above that too. So basically half of the backside of my body is peeling right now. It’s disgusting. Only I would end up with the not working sunscreen spray. Only me.

My face has also been particularly dry, even with my daily moisturizing that I have upped to twice a day so I went to Target to get a facemask to try and moisturize it a little bit more, like give me a little oomf ya know? Well don’t worry because there will be a full review soon. Anyway, I believe it was a clay mask, well I bought it in the hypoallergenic section because I’m allergic to most skin care products, especially ones that aren’t hypoallergenic. I read the back and it said something along the lines of “remove if it irritates skin, does not happen in most cases”, sounds promising right? That’s what I thought too! Well I lather it on my face and after about three minutes it burns I was convinced that my skin was on fire. I start scrubbing it off like there’s no tomorrow. I gave up about half way through and wiped it off because I couldn’t handle even washing it off anymore. I was in so much pain. So I was one of the “not most cases”. Let’s just say my skin is not happy with me right now.

I would also like to apologize because I’ve been a lazy blogger lately. I don’t want to edit videos but I don’t want to do the travel posts until the videos are ready, so hopefully Saturday or Sunday those will start rolling in. I feel bad but I haven’t gotten home until later the past few nights so I haven’t had the time either. I don’t even know if anyone cares that I haven’t posted them yet, it’s just one of those things that I feel bad about anyway because I said I was going to do it and I didn’t.

XOXO,

Mary.

Master of the Saggy Bun

I’m sure if you’ve seen picture of me, you may have noticed that my hair can be a little unruly. After taking some hair care product advice from Alyssa over at From Campus with Love on the argan infused shampoo and conditioner.  Up until probably junior  year I cut my hair to my shoulders constantly, and probably once a year, even shorter. For whatever reason, every time I cut it I thought it would prompt me to do my hair, straighten it, properly curl it, you know all of that nonsense. Well I finally decided junior/senior year that I don’t want to look like Princess Mia before her makeover every time there’s a little bit of humidity in the air that maybe I should grow my hair out.

As the hair grew, so did the curls. They are windy, frizzy, and quite unmanageable curls, yet they’re finally starting to grow on me. On rather anxious days it gets to me, I think because the fizz touches me and I don’t like things touching me when I’m anxious. Anyway, it’s starting to define me I think, my frizzy unmanageable curls, not defined with the curling iron, not flattened out by the straightener, but my natural hair.

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Oh who would’ve guessed that we would have stumbled upon a little selfie here.

Yet, somedays this does get to me. I don’t like that I don’t have that perfect silky smooth hair, hair that can just air dry and fall in perfectly into place. My hair requires smoothing oil, straightening serum (yes believe it or not straightening serum is in there) and slight towel drying, but not too much because otherwise the curls separate and it just looks like a mess.

Those days where I just can’t do it, I have masted the messy bun. From a tight top knot to a sloppy messy bun, I’ve masted the art of getting my hair out of my face and looking slightly less everywhere. Even if Alex like to tell me that it looks like I haven’t left the house in eight days, believe or not girls, he’s single! He’s usually a sweetheart, he was in a bad mood that night, I’m just glad he told me once we got to the restaurant, please sense my sarcasm. Well him being a good guy is not sarcasm, that’s true.

Anyway, I’m just rambling. I don’t really know what this post ended up as. I think to brag about how I’m managing my hair, whatever. On the plus side I ordered my camera today and it’s supposed to get here tomorrow. Only 16 hours of work is standing between me and vacation, I can do it! Meag comes Friday, New York Sunday-Monday, New Jersey Tuesday, and Rhode Island Wednesday-Friday. Let me know if I’m in your area!

XOXO,

Mary.

I’ve Defeated the Bikini

First of all, I know it’s really late, but I wrote a post and didn’t like so I didn’t want to post. Okay, I didn’t actually finish it but that’s okay too. I’ve also been catching up on YouTube because I was busy yesterday and today so I’m far behind and I don’t work until noon tomorrow so why not stay up super late?

After reading this article here it’s safe to say that I have not only regained my own body confidence but I’m not going to let people shame other’s weight. I don’t think it’s okay to say “oh her shorts shouldn’t be that short” or “why is she wearing a bikini?” or anything like that shouldn’t be said. You shouldn’t make someone feel bad for being confident. I remember when I came to this realization a few summers ago in the editorial section of Seventeen Magazine someone sent in a comments saying something along the lines of “I don’t understand why the bathing suits in the curvy section were all tankinis or one pieces, I’m curvy and I like bikinis.” I thought to myself, and mind you at this time I wouldn’t wear anything that wasn’t straight so I was just like okay good for you, plus I was like 120 lbs with big boobs and I just felt uncomfortable in everything. Now, that I’m a curvy girl, who maybe’s a little bit chubby bathing suit shopping is a nightmare.

I’ve been postponing this inevitable event all summer but I’m supposed to go to the beach a week from tomorrow (okay well technically today) and my friends are tiny, they are just small, people and they pretty, and that was no motivation whatsoever to try and find a bathing suit. After a full day of anxiety for no apparent reason I decided to go shopping. My youngest sister wanted to join me, her mistake, and mine. She likes to complain. We went to Walmart, Boscovs, Bon Ton, Sears, American Eagle, and finally Target. I couldn’t find one that I liked at all, let alone on me. I found two at Target but I went with the one I liked better, maybe the other one looked better on me, but that wasn’t the one I was comfortable in. I was comfortable in the one I picked.

I’m sure you guys will see it eventually see it since I have many, many trips coming up so do you know what that means? Finally some more adventure posts filled with friends and family.

So yes, once again, don’t body shame anyone, including yourself. Also, please read that attached article, it’s much better written and makes clear point rather than my jumbled up mess of words. This is why I stopped writing in the middle of the night. Please share with me your opinions of bikinis and bathing suits in the comments, I love other opinions too.

XOXO,

Mary.

Hair Frustration

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Here is a selfie of my horrible hair, yes this is my all natural hair. The only thing I did to it was take it out of a bun that it was twisted up into after I washed it so that maybe, just maybe, it would be maintainable. I recently switched shampoos to the Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner and I couldn’t be more disappointed in the lack of smoothness it has made my hair. There has been no improvement whatsoever. I had such high hopes for this set since I had heard good things about it and it was a flop. I would never recommend this to anyone.

So I am here today with a plea. I am at a loss for what to do with my hair. From the picture you can try and determine what type of hair I have for those hair gurus out there. Tonight I took it out of my bun and cried a little bit, I almost just want to cut it all of. It’s literally a bush and I don’t know what to do anymore. The only thing I can think to do is straighten it everyday, but heat is horrible for hair, and to be honest I don’t even know if that would last through the Pennsylvania humidity. The other problem with that is for some reason the to half of my head hair is very thick and the bottom half is kind of thin. This makes for a kind of awkward looking hairdo when I straighten it.

Please, I really would love some help with this problem. When I curl it all it does is frizz out and I’m at a loss for solutions.  What do you think about a pixie cut on me? I feel like I would have major hair loss remorse but if it would help I would maybe consider it. I need help and I’m desperate. Which is sad. I’m so insecure about my hair- insecurity post coming soon!

Also I know, two posts within like two hours. I just need help now. Someone please help me.

Exciting News and Clothing Haul!

Guys I got majorly exciting news yesterday but I had to wait to share it with you today because I had to tell some other people first. I GOT AN INTERNSHIP! I am so excited to not be working at my other job five days a week. Instead I will be there every other Saturday. Here’s to a summer of saving money!

So there’s my exciting news and since this is a more professional job I of course had to buy some new clothes for the occasion. I want to do a lookbook for outfits so today I decided just to do a haul thing. I’m using website pictures, I know that’s terrible but I’m too lazy to take my own pictures. The place of my internship seems to be more of a business casual so that’s why the outfits are a little more causal. This is actually really good because I’ll get a lot of use out of the clothes.

I did try very hard to make links to these items but I couldn’t get it to work. If you want to know the details of any one item imparticular let me know which and I will be glad to direct you to the correct website.

It was two fun little shopping trips. I’m glad I got this new job and I’m glad I don’t have to work my old job so much. I’m ready for this new transition in life.

XOXO,

Mary.

“What Girls Want”

We’ve all seen them, those tweets saying “relationship goals” or “this is all I want” or a list of high demands from girls about morning texts, instagram pictures and tweets all about them. Well I’m here to say never have I ever wanted any of that.

Here let’s make a list of all these things girls “want”:

  • random cheek kissing
  • random texts saying you miss me/cute texts
  • tweet about me
  • a picture of us on instagram/ being your woman crush Wednesday
  • the purchase of Victoria’s Secret bras/bathing suits/underwear/ect.
  • flowers on the front seat
  • declarations saying that I’m yours
  • jealousy stuff
  • morning/ goodnight texts
  • checking up on me
  • cuddling whilst driving
  • don’t talk to any other girls. ever.

All of this stuff is so stupid. First of all a relationship is a two way street. If you are expecting a guy to do all of that for you, I hope that you do all of that for him. Secondly, those are some pretty high demands. Personally, I would not feel comfortable if my boyfriend were to buy me underwear or bras, let alone $50 ones from Victoria’s Secret. I don’t even like flowers, they die I would not be impressed if I got in a car with those. Also, I don’t think jealousy is attractive and if I have a friend of the opposite sex, that shouldn’t be means for jealousy, just as I would not expect a guy to stop being friends with any girls. Sure, public acknowledgement of a relationship and all is nice, but  it’s not the world’s relationship it’s ours. I don’t need comments on my instagram pictures or pictures of me with the caption “#wcw” if you’re in a relationship with me I’m pretty sure you like me and probably my looks at least a little. Good morning and good night texts are okay, but I better not be waking up to a text when you get up because that will not lead to a happy Mary. Even texts saying how you miss me, that puts a little pressure on me, that’s kind of clingy. Too much to handle if you ask me. I don’t know why I kept seeing cuddling while driving in my little research on twitter. That’s just not safe! Come one people! Two hands on the wheel.

Okay now here’s a list of things I find practical in a relationship:

  • Being in the same room together, whether you’re doing something together or not, spending time together is what counts.
  • Going out without distractions, no twitter, no email, no texting, being able to talk and laugh with each other.
  • Talking on the phone maybe once a day or every other day, there doesn’t have to be constant contact.
  • Running errands together, simple things like getting shopping done and simply spending time is better than big fancy dates.
  • Chocolate over anything else. However, it’s not a necessity, I would consider that being high maintenance.

To be completely honest, relationships are only about the two people in it. I guess if you want all of that stuff it’s awesome and I really hope you find someone like that for you. Personally, I could never handle a relationship like that and I think guys should know that there are girls out there that have lower, maybe more realistic expectations.

Sorry this post might have offended people. I am only putting my own two cents in the matter hopefully you don’t get too upset with me. Thanks for reading either way!

XOXO,

Mary.

The Scrunchie is Back

Okay so I went out to dinner and to the mall with some of my friends tonight and my one friend owed me some money and  I was going to buy a few scrunchies, but instead she bought them for me. I thought I would just do a quick little haul thing because I think scrunchies are coming back. My opinion. Everything is from Forever 21.  I think these will had a little more to my messy bun that I constantly have my crazy hair pulled up into.

Say what you will about scrunchies, but I like them. Is this 90’s fashion back or am I looking ridiculous? Let me know in the comments. Sorry  I know this isn’t what I usually write about, do you like it though? Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mary.