Freeman’s facemask

Face masks are something I discovered in the days of middle school when any zit remedy available was good enough for me. I started with Freeman and since then have not changed brands because they’re so good! I do eventually think I’ll try making my own mask just for kicks, but for now I’ll stick to my go-to.

I get the chocolate &  strawberry scent because it smells so good! Th consistency is really smooth and thick, a small dollop goes a long way. I spread it all over my face and leave it on for about 10 minutes until my whole face is dry. Sometimes the time varies if you put it on unevenly, so I suggest waiting until everything is the same shade, but no part has started to crack yet.

Wiping it off is really easy, I just stick my face under the faucet to warm water and rub the mask off with my hands. My skin is left feeling really soft and smooth. I try to use this once a week to keep my pores small and to really cleanse my skin of bacteria.

You can find the product here or at Ulta. I think I tried the Avocado Oatmeal mask a while ago and liked the results but wasn’t thrilled with the scent. I’m almost done with this tube so I think I will buy one of another scent soon!

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Me looking just beautiful with my face mask on

 

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

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A guide to healthy hair

In my years as a teen, my hair has been through a lot. I went through phases of short hair, bangs, colored hair, bleach, and lots and lots of split ends. With all the changes I’ve made, I’ve made some discoveries on what really is good and bad for your hair.

My hair is very very dark brown very straight, and in between being thick and thin. I don’t use any products on my hair daily and really don’t use an particular shampoo or conditioner. Everything I’ve come up with is based on my own hair type.

DO

Wash your hair every other night::washing every night strips away essential oils that keep your hair strong, but if you wait too long in between washes, you will have super greasy hair.

DON’T

Go to sleep with soaking wet hair::your hair is fragile, if you shower before bed brush your hair out first and give it time to dry. Going to sleep with soaking wet hair will cause your hair to break easier and in the winter cause you to be more prone to colds!

DO

Dry your hair anyway you please::I come out of the shower and put my hair up in a towel, then take it down, brush it, and dry the top of my hair with a hair dryer. I let the ends of my hair air dry because then my hair isn’t super frizzy.

DON’T

Be super rough:: like I said before, your hair must be treated gently! Turbie Twists are super great and absorbent, but the towel texture can be really damaging to your hair. What I actually do is turn the towel inside out so that the rough towel absorbent side is on the outside. That may sound like it’s defeating the point of the towel, but the water is still absorbed and the towel is much more gentle on my hair.

DO

Use protection:: it is so easy to mess up your hair with dyes, bleach, and heat. Whenever you are doing something that involves anything that changes you hairs natural form, think of investing in some sort of heat protectent and special shampoos/conditioners

DON’T

Use 5 million different products: Ok so you like your hair to look super sleek with no frizz and no fly-aways, but putting 3 different anti-frizz products in your hair every morning will eventually do more harm than help. Find a couple products that create a look you love, and stick to them! There is no need to put unnecessary chemicals into your hair.

And finally, DO

Keep it natural! You are beautiful as yourself, so let whatever type of hair you have shine!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

**featured picture is  not my own

I’m Back!

Well it seems that working at a sleep away camp for 8 weeks didn’t leave me much time to post oops!

Now that I’m back and getting ready for my senior year I’ve been doing a lot of shopping recently, so get ready for haul posts 🙂

My favorite purchase so far is from Kate Spade

I subscribe to many different sites for promotional deals.  Yesterday Kate Spade has a secret 75% off sale, which is amazing because all of their products are too expensive for me to buy usually.

With the 75% off I was able to purchase a normally $258 bag for $79. Incredible!! Pictures are below

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Hopefully I’ll be making a trip to Sephora soon too 🙂

until next time bloggers

xoxo, Sarah E.

Shoe shopping 

Today I took a trip to the outlet mall near me to get some new sneakers before school starts. I currently own a pair of black converse that have lasted about 4 years and have definitely seen better days. As for my “sport” shoes (I use this term loosely as I don’t actually play sports) I own a pair of Reebok running shoes that I got at dsw a while ago. I wear them for gym class and when I hike…that’s about the extent of my “sporting”.

Lately all over instagram and style blogs, people have been sporting the “sneakers with everything” look. I personally love this because as much as I love sandals, flip flops, and toms, my feet just don’t like them. Sneakers are extremely practical and I love that brands are now coming out with some super stylish and practical looks!

Today I bought a new pair of black converse, though this time high tops. I love the look of them and I think they really amp up any outfit to a more edgy level. Converse don’t have the best support but for everyday in school they go perfectly with basically anything I wear.

Next I headed to the Nike store in hopes of finding a pair of sneakers that would encourage me to work out more…no such luck. I did find a pair that I really love which are not at all running sneakers, but extremely stylish. I was looking for black and white and I like the look of leather on sneakers rather than mesh which is what a lot of running sneakers are made with now. The pink tongue adds a little fun to the shoes but don’t stop them from also going with virtually anything I wear.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

Ulta buys

As you may have realized by now, Ulta is my go-to place to shop makeup. They have so many good quality brands, including the fact that their makeup is great as well! I love Ulta brand products and was happy to expand my collection even more with their buy one get one free sale.

Double Duty wet and dry pressed powder foundation

This foundation is so great, I usually use loose powder foundation so I was excited to try something new. This comes with a cute sponge perfect for touch ups in the middle of the day. I got this in “medium” which is a shade darker than my actual skin color because it’s summer and I’m a little bit tanner.

Liquid liner in black pearl

I was a little disappointed in this product. Liquid is my favorite form  of liner because I find it the easiest and most versatile. For this product is was a brush sort of thing that had to be re-dipped into the liquid after not even finishing an entire line. It did not go on super smoothly but once I did get it on it looked pretty good. My only other complaint was that I thought this was straight black when instead it’s actually black with very pigmented silver sparkles. It is much better for a night look. 

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

Sleep no more 

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I do not have enough words to describe this amazing, weird, riveting experience. Sleep no more is an immersive theater experience; meaning that the play of Macbeth is happening around you. You wander through rooms wearing a mask; it is completely silent. Around you, actors without masks act out scenes of the play through beautiful, expressive dances.

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I went with a group of friends (there were a total of 4 of us, the smaller the better) but we all separated and went off on our own. You wander through the McKittrick hotel’s 5 floors going through hundreds of rooms exploring, looking through room items, and following characters through their scenes. It is eerie and weird but extremely extremely cool. The magic is that though at some points you are surrounded by a bunch of people it is always silent with only the 20’s jazz age music playing in the background. Plus, as soon as you are surrounded, you can turn a corner and be completely alone with only an eerie room full of secrets before you.

I absolutely loved everything about this experience. My friends had been before but this was my first time, they loved it just as much, if not more than the first time they went. Every time you go you will experience something new because the hotel is full of secrets (including a 6th floor!)  and the actors sometimes surprise the guests with “one on ones” or “missions”. I highly recommend doing this when you are next in NYC and you can read more about the event or people’s experiences in the link above.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

P.s There is no photography allowed in the venue, which is why I have none/internet ones are shitty

P.P.S Sorry for all the lifestyle posts, I’ll be doing a beauty one soon!

 

 

 

Summer reading list

Reading has always been a favorite past time of mine, but during the year I often don’t have time to relax and read a whole book. Summer has given me plenty of free time, so I have created a reading list for myself.

It by Alexa Chung, as she is an inspiration in so many ways plus the look of this book is so cute.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey, I’m such a fan of SNL as well as so many of her movies, she makes me laugh in every role she plays. I was laughing through out every chapter of this book. 9780316198035_p1_v2_s192x300

On the same track with comedians, I borrowed Yes Please, by Amy Poehler as she is also a favorite SNL cast member and comedian of mine. Her book had a bit more of a serious side but still plenty of humor and I highly recommend this one as well.
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For school I have to read and write about How to read literature like a professor by Thomas C. Foster. I haven’t gotten very far into it yet, but so far it’s better than I thought it would be so that’s pretty good.

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I also have a choice from a list the school gave us and from it I think I am going to read One flew over the cukoos nest by Ken Kesey. I’ve heard amazing reviews about the book and the movie so I’m excited to start this one.

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And finally, the book of the summer, Harry Potter and the cursed child. I fully accept the fact that I have an intense Harry Potter obsession and I am pumped to read the continuation of my favorite series.

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Xoxo,

Sarah.A