Pumpkin Spice is appearing!!!!

Well that time of year is quickly coming. Pumpkin Spice flavored things are appearing. A local coffee shop is already serving Pumpkin spiced drinks. The pumpkin spice boycott memes are appearing on Facebook. Pretty soon the vests with long sleeved shirts and skinny jeans (dubbed the “Hans Solo” look) will be on every female, or so it seems.

I am not really one for fades in food. So I had never tried a pumpkin spiced drink before. I know I am probably one of the few middle class white girls that hasn’t had one (not meant to be racist). One of my clients at the salon I work at is an assistant manager at a local Utah coffee shop, convinced me that I should try pumpkin spice in my chai. Now let me tell you I love my chai the way it is. I am a chai-alcoholic and super picky about how chai should taste. So I was a little reluctant to try it.

Yesterday, while at the coffee shop she suggested I try it again. I agreed and I was pleasantly surprised (I should also disclose I am not really a fan of pumpkin). It really complimented the chai flavor well without being pumpkin tasting (I was afraid it would taste like raw pumpkin). I actually will probably have another one or two this season. However, I don’t imagine the addiction that everyone talks about. I guess we will see.

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Movie Review-Nerve

I just seen the new movie “Nerve”. Let me just say, it is a must see. I have never been a person to see a movie twice in the theater but I will be seeing this one again. Why, do you ask? It is simple, the story of the movie is one that anyone who actively uses social media can relate too.

A quick synopis of the movie: Vee (Emma Roberts) joins an app that is similar to truth or dare without the truth after her friend tells her that she needs to take risks. During her first dare she meets Ian (James Franco), and the watchers start daring them to do things together. Throughout the movie the dares continue to get more and more life threatening. In the end Vee and Ian are dared to kill each other. (There is a lot of good stuff that happens in between but I don’t want to give to much away). Vee and Ian won’t complete the dare so another player steps into the ring to shoot Vee. All of the watchers agree that he should kill Vee so he does. Once she is shot all of the watchers names become public with a message saying they are an accessory to murder.

I love the message of this movie because it deals with cyber bulling in a way that you wouldn’t think of. Vee and Ian are bullied into completing these dares that threaten their lives because they both have a reason they can’t back out of the game. Having a sister that is middle school I can’t believe how many girls she knows that are cyber bullied. These bullies think that they can hide behind a screen and username and whatever they say or do has no effect on the real world. The truth is, everything that is done online has an affect. How many times do we hear that someone committed suicide because of something that was said online? How many times have we had our feelings hurt because of something someone said to us online? It happens way to often. People need to realize their actions online do have an affect.

I strongly urge everyone to see this movie. It really is an awesome movie with a great message that everyone can use. Even if you aren’t an active user of social media, there is still something to learn.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be….

Every kid has been asked this question countless times. Of course the answers change as the child gets older.In high school, there are classes and programs to help you choose the best career for you. I remember when I was in one of these classes I told the teacher I wanted to go to Harvard and be a Lawyer. The teacher laughed at me and told me my GPA wasn’t high enough to do that. After that day I really just gave up one school and figured I would be happy with whatever life handed me. (Don’t get me wrong I love what I do)

But do you ever stop and think if I could be anything you want, no holes barred, what you would be? Of course, my first choice would be a celebrity. I would love to be famous. I would love going to fancy parties, have everyone know who I am, have lots of money. After awhile I think it would get pretty boring.

I think I would much rather be a princess in one of the Disney Parks.I would love to make children smile. I would love acting like a princess all the time. I would love to wear the pretty dresses. I really think a job like that would suit me well. And in a way, it would be a celebrity of sorts.

 

 

Living With F***ed Up Brows

Most people have heard of the new eyebrow tattoos’ that are sweeping the nation. Yes, they look great and they are semi-permanent. But what happens if yours get screwed up? Here is my story on the horrors of Microblading gone wrong.

Back in April one of the girls I worked with had took a class on microblading. I had been considering getting mine down but didn’t have the money to go anywhere. After her class she told me it was super easy and that she was very confident that she could give me exactly what I wanted. So I agreed to let her do them.

We went into the salon one day that everyone else was off. The night before I had spent a good deal of time getting them how I wanted. I was getting the microblading so I wouldn’t have to tint my eyebrows and to fill in a bald spot. She quickly drew on the shape without measuring any of the dimensions. She then handed me a mirror to check the shape. They were a little bit thicker than I wanted so she told me she would go on the inside of the red line (she only drew the outline of the brow.) About 15 minutes of being cut open she hands me the mirror to look at them. My face was super swollen from all the pressure she had applied to my face, it was hard to tell how they would look with out it swollen. She then tells me that on my touch up there were a couple of spots that she would need to fix but I was bleeding to much to fix them now. Being so new to this I figured that was normal and went home.

A few hours later I was eating dinner and blood started running down my face. My family was freaking out as blood was pouring from my brows. It was awful. I hadn’t touched them before they started bleeding, they just started.I have had other tattoos and have never had that happen. I was freaking out. I texted the girl I worked with and she didn’t know why it was happening.

Over the next week the swelling went down and I realized I had f***ed up brows. One of my brows was super thick and long while the other one was pretty close to what I wanted. I couldn’t believe it. The eyebrows she had drawn on were not what I had on my face. I was devastated. I finally contacted our boss because I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to punch the other girl in the face. All I could think about was how I was supposed to tell clients that she did an amazing job, even though she didn’t. My boss talked to the other girl and found out that after the first pass of cuts the guide had come off and she decided to free hand it. I was so pissed I couldn’t even work with her. She quit the next week to do microblading and to TEACH microblading. Yes, TEACH microblading.

All I wanted to do was tell people how bad she sucked and that she had f***ed up my face. But I believe in Karma so I didn’t and obviously still haven’t because otherwise I would be listing her name and company.

After she left, the boss took a microblading class and found out you can remove them by cutting a little bit deeper and doing a saline salt wash into the tattoo. I have had that done twice now and they have lightened but they are still there because she went to deep into my skin. I am now stuck with hideous brows and will probably have some nice scars because of her mistake. I have 2 choices at this point; get them redone with a darker pigment where I want them or wait for them to fade out. Either way I don’t get pretty brows like I wanted. In fact they are worse now. I will probably just get them redone so I don’t have to pencil them in…

I did want to share my pictures through out this adventure.

IMG_20160403_115030707_HDR.jpg(Day I got them done)

IMG_20160404_103755914_TOP.jpg(Day after I got them done)

IMG_20160428_201956461.jpg(Day of first removal)

IMG_20160605_130621364_TOP(day after second removal)

 

IMG_20160704_154551671.jpg (current brows, not penciled int)

Keeping That Summer Tan

Let’s face it, we all love that summer tan. But as September rolls around that tan starts to fade. Wouldn’t you love to keep that tan??? I know I would. And I do. I use the following products to extend my tan life. I want to share these products with you so you can too.

Designer Skin Tiny Bubbles Body Wash & Bubble Bath – I love this body wash. I would use it even if I wasn’t trying to increase my tan life. It is a super creamy wash, that lathers up really easily. It has an amazing summery smell that is a blend of pineapple and coconut. This body wash has vitamins that hydrate the skin and increase tan life. I have been using it for a couple of months and my tan is not fading.

Designer Skin No Apologies Tan Enhancing Shave Lotion– I love this shave lotion. It has made my hair grow in slower and lighter. Since I started using it, I only have to shave once a week. My legs still look super smooth. I would also recommend getting a really nice razor to prevent razor burn.

Hempz Age Defying Herbal Body Moisturizer – Using a lotion to hydrate your skin keeps your tan longer. As you tan you are causing your skin to dry out, by using lotion you are re hydrating that skin and so it doesn’t shed as fast as skin that isn’t hydrated. I like using the Hempz lotion because it seeps into my skin rather than sitting on the surface. 

 

It’s Been Awhile

Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the sun and all the outdoor activities. Unfortunately all the summer activities have distracted me and I haven’t had a chance to post any new articles. However, I do have a few great ideas that I am super excited to start. Stay tuned for some amazing new things.

Movie Review-Alice Through The Looking Glass

Last night I got invited to go to the movies with a friend. I got the opportunity to see “Alice Through The Looking Glass.” It was a really cute movie. I was a little nervous because it was a sequel to a great movie. I never liked the old Disney cartoon, “Alice in Wonderland”, but I really like Tim Burton’s version. “Alice Through The Looking Glass” did not disappoint.

I loved in the beginning how it talked about what Alice had done with her life, then when she gets to Wonderland it is about what had happened in the past. I enjoyed learning more about Hatter and his history as well as the Queen of Hearts and why she is the way she is.

My favorite part in the movie was when Alice tells Hatter that she believes him and he comes back to life. It made me start to think, “how often do we shut people down because we don’t believe in them?”

I felt like it was very well written and I enjoyed the new characters such as Time. The effects and make up were amazing. I would defiantly recommend seeing it especially if you liked “Alice in Wonderland.”

 

10 Things to Eat at Disneyland

I love Disneyland, but there is a good chance that I love the food more than anything. Which may seem weird since it is amusement park food. But it is actually very tasty. Below is a list of my 10 favorite foods at Disneyland and where to find them.

  1. Churros- They are sold at little carts through out the Disneyland and California Adventure park. I normally get them right before the castle on the Disneyland side.
  2. Dole Pineapple Whip-Sold at the Tiki Room in Adventureland on the Disneyland side. You can either go in and watch the Tiki Room show or there is a line outside.
  3. Banyan Beef Skewer-Sold at the Bengal Barbeque, also in Adventureland.
  4. French Dip Sandwich- Sold at the French Market in New Orleans Square on the Disneyland side.
  5. Mint Julep- Sold at the Mint Julep Bar, next to French Market on the Disneyland side.
  6. Grilled Cheese-Also known as the Jolly Holiday Combo. It also comes with a side of Tomato Basil soup. Sold at the Jolly Holiday Cafe on Main Street in Disneyland.
  7. Fresh Berry Belgian Waffle- Sold at Ariel’s Grotto on the California Adventure side. You do need dining reservations to eat at Ariel’s Grotto.
  8. Bacon Cheddar Burger- Sold at the Smokejumper’s Grill on the California Adventure side. It is next to Soarin’ Over California.
  9. Turkey Pesto Club-Sold at the Pacific Wharf Cafe on the California Adventure side. It is near Paradise Pier.
  10. Blueberry Muffin-Sold at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.

These are my favorite things to have been I go to Disneyland. I would strongly suggest trying a hot chocolate. You can get one anywhere that they sell food.

 

Questions I Get Asked as a Lash Artist

I spend the majority of my day at work applying eyelash extensions. Which is amazing!!! I love lashing. Hands down it is my favorite thing to do. I get asked a lot of repeat questions and wanted to write a post answering those questions. So in case you forgot to ask your lash artist or they don’t know the answer. Here are answers to commonly asked questions concerning eyelash extensions. If you do have questions I didn’t cover feel free to ask me.

Can I remove these at home?

-Absolutely not. There are other blog posts out there that say if you put coconut oil on eyelash extensions you can remove them. While your extensions may come off using this method, you will lose a good portion of your natural lashes. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people do this. Not only do you lose a lot of lashes, you also cause a lot of eye irritation. Please don’t remove them at home. Find an artist that will safely remove them for you. Some artists also use this method, so pretty please discuss the removal before hand.

Can I clean my lashes?

-Yes. By all means, please clean your extensions. Just be careful what you clean them with. You need to use an oil-free eye make up remover. Don’t rub your extensions carefully brush over them, apply very little pressure. Always use a clean lint free cloth when cleaning them. I really like the Mary Kay Cleansing Cloths. You can order them here: http://www.marykay.com/

Can I use a lash growth serum?

-I recommend using one to all my clients. I personally use Lilash eyelash serum. I have noticed results with my lashes. I have been able to go longer on length using a growth serum and I feel like I can go longer in between fills. Make sure that you are using a growth serum that doesn’t have oils in it. The oils can cause the glue bonds to break down and you will lose lashes sooner. You can order Lilash here http://www.lilash.com

Can I wear mascara with my lash extensions?

-Although there are a few mascaras that are lash extension safe the best rule of thumb is no. When you have things like mascara sitting on lash extensions you are adding additional weight onto your extensions that your lash artist wasn’t planning on. That weight can cause breakage. Also the products in mascara can cause the glue bonds to deteriate causing you to lose extensions sooner. Mascara is hard to clean off lashes even with out the extensions on. When you add extensions to the eyelash it is even harder to clean them without ripping out natural lashes. My best advice: If you feel the need to wear mascara you are in need of a fill.

Can I get my extensions wet?

-I always advise to wait at least 24 hours before getting them wet. If you can go longer that is better. Depending on the glue your lash artist used, the glue can still be active for up to 24 yours. When you get them wet before the glue is done curing, you can cause irritation and the lashes to move. I personally wait 3 days at the minimum to get mine wet.

Do lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

-As long as they are properly applied there should not be any damage to your natural lashes. If your eyelid starts to become sore about a week after your feel you have multiple natural lashes glued together. Contact your lash artist and ask her to separate them. I have had a lash artist glue mine together and I felt like I had to rip out my natural lashes for relief. Please don’t do that.

I hope you have enjoyed. Please let me know if you have any other questions about lash extensions.

10 Must See Disney Movies

As you know I am a huge Disney fan. I love watching Disney movies. I love the happily ever after endings. I have compiled a list of 10 must see Disney movies according to me.

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest
  3. Mulan
  4. National Treasure
  5. Cinderella
  6. No Deposit, No Return
  7. Frozen
  8. Tangled
  9. Mary Poppins
  10. The Rescuers

I would love to hear your favorite Disney movies.