Summer Approved Foundation: Drugstore Edition

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Hi y'all! First off I just want to say thank you to all 30,000+ people who read and shared my last post!!! I was seriously so blown away, but that's how you know competitive cheer is really that serious :-)

Since summer is finally here I decided to update you ladies with my favorite foundation routine for the hottest days of the year. The best part is that it's super cheap too!! You can buy these foundations anywhere, but I've found them to be cheaper at Target rather than Ulta. I wore them every day in Disneyworld where I was constantly sweating soooo much. The foundation left me with perfect coverage all day, and somehow I never got oily or shiny even through the heat and humidity. If you prefer matte finishes like I do, you will be amazed at how long you stay completely shine free. The finish also photographs wonderfully (just in case you were wondering if maybe you're like me and take 500 selfies a day) !!

Both are made by L'oreal - True Match & Infallible Pro-Matte
(applied with my Real Techniques sponge shown in the middle)

So what I do is I take these two foundations and put a few drops of each on the top of my hand and mix together with my finger, then apply to my face. I tend to use 2 parts Infallible, 1 part True Match. I use both because the Infallible does give the perfect matte finish, but the True Match contains a little bit of sunscreen to protect my face in the summer. It is also easier this way to create the perfect color to match your face. You just have to mess around with it a bit to find the right combination for you! Even together, this gives you full coverage but doesn't feel thick and heavy on your face. It's light for summer, but both are definitely buildable if you desire a more harsh coverage maybe for going out at night. 

I apply my foundation combo to my face using a wet beauty sponge. I prefer the Real Techniques (linked above) sponge, but that's because you can buy two at Ulta for half the price of one authentic Beauty Blender sponge. I run the sponge under water and squeeze out the excess before applying. This is to make sure your foundation gets blended evenly throughout your entire face. I know it sounds weird, but trust me it works. All the professionals do it!! If you have never worked with a sponge before, just know that it takes a little more time to use rather than a brush. This is because you have to dab all of your foundation on your face. With my finger, I put a drop of foundation on my forehead, nose, chin, and each cheek. To blend it in, you literally have to use pouncing motions with the sponge to dab it onto your entire face. Just think about bouncing the sponge into the foundation and then bouncing all over your face. It's a lot harder to explain through text...maybe watch a YouTube video if you are unsure :) I have found that using a sponge rather than a brush gives you a more light, airbrushed complexion that leaves people wondering if you're actually wearing makeup or if you just have super healthy flawless skin! 

These are definitely my favorite drugstore foundations. I have two colors of each so that I can wear them when I'm super pale or super's that serious. I wanted y'all to see how it looks in different lighting so scroll down for pictures of my face :-) but thanks for reading guys!! If you would like my posts emailed to you as soon as they're published, just subscribe in the box on my page. I would love to hear from y'all, so post a comment if you have any questions or suggestions or if you're just super bored and want to say hi!

PS- Above on my lips I am wearing the 'Brink' Lippie Stix from ColourPop Cosmetics. It's the perfect dark nude and I'm obsessed with everything they have!!!! Make sure to register to their site to get $5 off your first purchase!

Competitive Cheer: Everything I wish I could say when I don't know whatto say

Regardless if you're a current competitive cheerleader or you retired from the sport (yes, it's definitely a sport), you've been there- the awkward situation where you're not exactly sure how to explain what you do to someone who knows nothing about it. The quote "from the outside looking in it's impossible to understand and from the inside looking out it's impossible to explain" describes it perfectly. The cheer world is a completely different universe. People don't understand everything that truly goes into being a competitive cheerleader, and I would never expect them to understand if they haven't been in our Nfinitys. Cheerleading will make you cry because you're so frustrated or cry because you're so happy, but when it comes down to it, cheerleading truly changes your life.
I decided to write this post after I experienced life on both sides, the competitor and the spectator.

When people ask what competitive cheerleading is, I start by saying it's nothing like the sterotypical cheerleaders you see on TV. The competitive cheerleader is full of confidence, knowledge and ambition. These girls and boys are the definition of leadership and perseverance. We give everything we have to the sport we love, and that's why we should be respected as athletes. Competitive cheerleading is 100% a sport, zero questions asked. No matter how many YouTube videos you try to make them watch, there will always be those ignorant people who are convinced what we do is not a sport. That doesn't bother us (too much) though, because nothing they say will ever be able to take away the countless victories we've had as cheerleaders. We let them keep talking as we perform in front of thousands and thousands of people and appear on ESPN and CBS Sports. That's okay though, because we probably don't want them in our world anyways. All we can do is feel sorry for those people because they don't get to experience something so impactful and life changing, something that is truly bigger than yourself. 

Looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I can truly say that I've learned so many life lessons and things about myself that school or anything else would've never taught me. I joined a sorority in college, giving me 250 new sisters in my chapter that would help me through the years to come. It's been cool, but it doesn't come ANYWHERE close to being on a squad with 35 of your genuine brothers and sisters you've come so far with. The people on your team are the greatest people in your life. Your teammates are ALWAYS cooler than your friends at school (sorry yall), and that's because you share something so special with them. You win with them and you lose with them. You fight with them. You grew up with them. They've seen you at your worst and they've seen you at your absolute best. Through it all, they will never judge you. They don't judge you for what you look like in a sports bra & Nike pros, and they don't judge you for the person you're dating or what you wore to school that day. Most importantly, they don't judge you for how many spray tans you get or how big your hair is. Regardless of the kind of day you were having, walking into the gym was like a fresh start. You forgot about your problems and left your attitude at the door. When you see your teammates every day, they know pretty much every detail about you. They know how you act when you're happy and they know what you do when you're in a bad mood. Your teammates will do anything to pick you up again. They'll be the ones to chew out the guy that broke your heart. They all have your back like you have theirs. It's the type of friendship that lasts for life. 

The coaches are a whole different story. They are also your best friends, but they have so much to teach you. They will joke around and mess with you, but at the end of the day they're the ones you owe all your success to. You may get so frustrated with them for yelling at you or making you condition till you puke, but you wouldn't trade them for the world. Making them happy and proud is your number one priority. Watching them go crazy when you hit a perfect routine is what makes it all worth it. The way they flail their arms and jump all over the place when all your stunts hit gives you the kind of adrenaline rush that's absolutely unexplainable. Your coach is there for you always, giving you the type of advice not even your parents can give you. 

Competing is why we do it. It's the feeling you get when you're on deck standing behind the stage and you hear the music end for the team in front of you. It's hearing your team's name being called out and taking the mat in front of thousands of people screaming for you. It's the ginormous smile on your face when you can see absolutely nothing except for the bright lights shining on you as you say a quick prayer for your team. In those two minutes and 30 seconds, you are truly "high on life." Competing is honestly like an out of body experience.. Some crazy inner super ninja comes out and gives you the strength and power to make your tumbling feel like you're actually floating on air. It's like you're not even concentrating on anything because it's such a rush- your body literally takes over.  And at the end of the day, placement really doesn't matter. Your biggest competition is your team itself. The feeling of hitting a perfect routine is the ultimate victory, because that was the goal in the first place. All you can do is hit the best routine you possibly can and after that, it's all in the judges hands. It's the feeling of all your hard work paying off and seeing your coaches so proud of you. It's overcoming all the issues your team has ever had and coming together as one. It's the feeling you get as your pyramid hits and you know you did it. You put everything you have left into that dance and the crowd goes absolutely crazy. Winning is awesome, but it's not everything. Winning doesn't define all that you & your team has accomplished. It's truly the journey you experienced getting there rather than the number the judges gave you.

Through it all, the cheer world is one huge family that's constantly growing. We understand each other. We owe it to our teammates, our coaches, our other competitors, and our parents. To the parents that sacrificed so much to have you cheer and the parents that spent so much of their time driving you to and from practice. The parents who agreed to have their kids cheer when they knew nothing about it, only to get them just as crazy about it as you are. It's amazing to grow up in a gym and watch it get bigger one day at a time. It's even crazier to watch the itty bitty kids on mini level teams grow up and become amazing performers. It's seeing the underdog gyms come to competitions and getting better and better each season, to where they may even become your competition. It's impossible to escape from the cheer world because it's always changing and you always want to keep up, even if you've retired. It's something that you can't give up because it's made such a huge impact on your life. It's something you never even want to give up, because you have a great amount of pride to be able to say you were a part of something like it. 

Now I am able to say that being on the other side officially sucks. I miss everything about and I wish I could go back. If you're able to try out- do it. Do it for those who can't. It was seriously the time of my life and I met my forever friends. My experience was something that I'll carry with me forever, and I can speak for all competitive cheerleaders when I say that. People that aren't like us will never be able to understand, and it's pretty cool for all of us to share an unspoken bond like that. 

Organization + A blowout makeup sale

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I'd like to say that organization is super important and blah blah blah. But if you know me, you'd know that I'm probably the only girl who wouldn't give 2 seconds to organize anything. As long as I know where all my things are, I'm golden. This applies to (literally) everything except makeup. 
I've found that it saves so much time in the getting ready process to have your makeup out and in front of you, rather than keeping everything stored in a makeup bag. It's so nice to be able to see everything (because I end up forgetting a lot of things that I actually have, oops) and having such easy access to anything! Here's my set up:

I got everything from the Container Store! It's awesome because the top piece is separate from the two drawers, so you can add or take away whatever you want. They make all kinds of combinations so you can really make your own. These also make great jewelry holders too!

You can buy them from GlamboxesAmazonUltaTarget, and of course The Container Store.

Another thing happening right now is the AMAZING Mother's Day sale at BH Cosmetics!!!! I love BH because it's super affordable and the quality is actually really nice. BH Cosmetics is perfect for beginners, because they have SO much to choose from at great prices. The brushes are even used by a lot of famous YouTubers I watch. Prices start from $3. This is a serious sale.

I have a huge shipment arriving Thursday, so hopefully I'll be able to give some more reviews on BH. I got my very first contouring palette from here and it didn't disappoint. All of their palettes are wonderful and I see SO many artists I admire using them. I am OBSESSED with the blush palette I have, mainly because I love to create custom shades by mixing multiple pinks together. 

But like I said, if you are looking to experiment with some new looks or different shades, I highly recommend checking out this sale. I would imagine it's going on through Mother's Day. Get you & your momma some makeup! The prices are so wonderful it's hard to feel guilty after.

Thanks for reading today and I definitely have some exciting things coming up! Don't forget to subscribe! If you buy some things from BH let me know how you like them :-)

My favorite curls, waves, and other hair tips

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Hi guys! Sorry it's been forever. I blame college :/

When I was younger, I hated doing anything to my hair because it was so dang thick (and it most definitely still is). Whenever most people get their hair colored, hairstylists typically use 1-2 bottles of color to dye it completely. Whenever I get my hair done, it takes about 6-8 bottles to do the entire thing. So that's what I'm dealing with..... I shed like no other, but now it's my biggest blessing. I love to do my hair! (Even though it takes an hour or two) Today I am sharing how to do my favorite curls, and also how to modify them to make better-than-beachy waves.

First, I need to show y'all my favorite hair products. Here's the lineup:

From left to right: (everything in pink is a link to the product!)

This hairspray has changed my life and that's not any kind of exaggeration. It's so light but it holds so nicely. It's not sticky at all and it doesn't make your hair gross and crunchy. It also does wonders at protecting your hair against the awful Texas humidity. I like to get the color protection kind, but the regular works just as well. And the smell rocks. 

The Kardahian Beauty Blow Dry Cream helps hydrate my hair before blowing it out. I put this on my (dead) ends and it helps them stay not so matted. It also keeps your hair shiny and less frizzy.

This next thing is my favorite for the big Texas hair look. It's magical volumizing powder, who knew this even existed?! You just hide it underneath your roots at the top of your head, scrunch and poof it up a little, and just like that you have awesome volume. Your hair is BIG. But be careful because it can make your hair pretty greasy and if you use too much, you can see white! Also if you're wanting big hair, this is my favorite teasing comb.

Heat protecting spray is SO important. Protect your hair!! This one's flowery smell is my favorite.

Next on to the curls: 

I love my curling wand, but I have learned that my curls don't hold as well and they can be easily brushed out. I practiced with a real curling iron and realized how much better it worked out for me. I use this 1" iron, it's super cheap and you can get it anywhere. My curls stay nicely for about 5-6 days!

Next, I split my hair in two sections right down the middle. I do this because I curl each side in the same direction, away from my face! That is so important in this look. Sometimes I alternate each piece in a different direction when I tease it for more of those big Texas curls. This is more of an every day/go all week long look. (It's great for me and my dirty hair in college, LOL)
After curling each side in the same direction, you can stop here if you'd like. My only problem with this is that the curls usually clump up together and I hate the way that looks. Here is what my hair looks like after I curl it:

It's nice, but we can do better. To achieve my favorite every day, kind of big retro curls, you take a magic wand also known as a brush, and brush it out. I was scared to brush out my curls the first time, but they all held great and I loved the look. It's important to spray hairspray before and during the brushing though. Like I said earlier, use this hairspray

and then you will be left with this! 

I think this is so pretty, and it looks so clean and frizz-free. The best part about it is that I can sleep on it, brush it out the next day, and it still looks great. I may have to touch up a few pieces in the front, but just give it another spritz of hairspray and you're good. I do recommend the L'oreal hairspray for this especially, because you can spray it on over and over again, and the only way you'd be able to tell it's there is by the way your hair holds its curl all day!

Again, you can stop here and call it a day. But I love to do these Khloe-inspired waves. 

image found here

You do all the same steps as above, but once you finish, just straighten the tips of your hair. You can straighten as much or as little as you want. I had to experiment a little at first, and it doesn't have to be perfect every time. It'll look good any way you do it. Just make sure you still brush and spray. Mine usually look like this:

You guys can compare the two looks and see which one you like more. 
Left is curled ends and right is straight!

My last hair tips I have for you guys are.......

  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase! It helps your ends not get tangled up, is soft on your face, and you wake up a with a whole lot less frizz. It's really nice on your hair.
  • Don't wash it every day!! I don't know how many times I will say that. The oils you keep in it helps it grow.
  • If you color your hair, protect it. Make sure to use color-safe shampoo and conditioner to preserve your beautiful shade.
  • Also if you have colored hair and you tan in tanning beds, make sure to wrap it in a towel or sometimes I even use my shirt because my hair doesn't fit in one little towel. The UV on your hair makes it fade (and is also super bad for you skin but we've already accepted that)

Thank you guys for reading! And thank you guys so much for the awesome feedback about my first two posts. I am blown away by everyone's nice comments! I hope your hair always looks fab and don't hesitate to ask me any questions.

How did I ever live without you?

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There's a lot of things I like to think I couldn't live without, but these are truly my 10 essentials. They have changed my hair, skin, and home for the better!

As many of you probably know, it's best to not wash your hair all that often. It helps the hair retain oils to make it healthier and I love the way my curls look the next day (maybe even 3 days after...oops). This dry shampoo smells AMAZING. I'm not just saying that because I'm Kardashian obsessed, I'm literally in love with the smell. I spray it on every day to keep my hair looking shiny and not so greasy after I go days without washing it! Perks of dating me, right?!

Otherwise known as the magic fix-all potion. My skin is super dry no matter what season it is, and this makes the dryness go away in less than a day. I've tried so many moisturizers but this one leaves my skin so hydrated. It may sound weird putting oil on your face, but it's so smooth you can't even tell (or see) that it's there. It also brightens and firms your complexion. The other great thing about it is that it literally saved the ends of my hair from the dead. I am one of those girls who fear haircuts, and my ends get pretty dry and nasty. I put this on the ends right before I blow dry my hair and they look just about good as new. I am SO happy I found this miracle product.

These pretty speakers come in 2 sizes, I have the mini one that I take everywhere! The size is perfect and the quality is awesome. It gets pretty loud for such a little Bluetooth speaker. They have so many colors and you can even customize them like I did. I preferred this one over the Beats Pill and the Bose Soundlink Mini.

I am obsessed with this. Whenever my lips are extra dry and feeling super rough, I just scrub this all over my lips. I got the confetti cake limited edition one (I am a sucker for anything cake/cupcake/sprinkles related) it's not sold anymore but she just released some springy ones. This saves my lips and makes them super soft and pretty!

5. Biotin
If you don't take this, you should. It makes my hair and especially my nails grow like weeds! I bet y'all didn't know it also helps with digestion too. It really makes a difference in hair growth.

This is my favorite smell in the whole world. Have you ever smelled Anthropologie or Altar'd State? They use it as their scent inside the stores. It comes in sprays and sticks too, and also like 5 different kinds of jars. It's fruity and kind of grape-y but overall super refreshing and a clean, really pretty smell.

This stuff is always sold out EVERYWHERE because it is such a game changer. I put this on underneath my foundation and it makes me look poreless and matte, just like that airbrush blurred finish that everyone wants. Smashbox also has other kinds of Photo Finish primer, like hydrating and different color correcting kinds. There's also mini tubes available for half the price if you'd like to try them out!

This is by far my favorite eyeliner because it literally stays ALL day. Once when I fell asleep with all my makeup on (I'm sorry facial Gods), I woke up the next morning and my eyes seriously looked the same as before I went out. Nothing moved or smeared. The felt tip is wonderful for any kind of eyeliner look you want to go for. 

Since contouring is so popular right now, I have tried so many contour palettes and bronzers, but I fell in love with this magic stick. It's basically a giant pen that you contour your face with. It's super smooth and blendable. I blend it with a beauty sponge after applying it to my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. If you're trying to contour, this is definitely what you need. Here's what application looks like by yours truly: 
Robe (leopard no longer available, linked similar) | Necklace | Headband

I will never wash my face with just my hands again after seeing how much you actually leave behind! My skin is so incredibly clean after I wash with this thing. There's so many kinds of Clarisonics out there, but I just got the first Mia with the universal speed. There's tons of different brush heads for acne, pore minimizing, etc. I love it and so does my face!

What are y'all's essentials?! I'd love feedback!

10 things you should know about me

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Hi guys! I'm so glad y'all have made it here to my blog. 
I have considered blogging for a while, but I was worried I wouldn't have much to talk about. But then I thought, who am I kidding?! I have so much to talk about. 
Fashion blogs are so popular at the moment, and I'm very guilty of stalking my favorite fashion bloggers daily. I love them! But in reality, what college girly is going to go out and buy your YSL purse? (I sure wish I could!) I feel like sometimes people are just looking for a way to show off the things they own, but hey, maybe if I had 50 Louis' I would too. Nonetheless, fashion blogs are super fun to look at, but I decided I wanted to blog about something more people my age could relate to. I would call this more of a lifestyle blog where I share things of all categories, not limiting to just one! 

As my first post, I figured I should introduce myself and let you readers know more about me. 
Here's 10 things you should know:

1. I LOVE to share my opinion about everything. Even if you might not care, I will still let it be known. I am very opinionated and some people love me for it, but some people also hate me for it. 

2. Good food is everything. If you follow me on Snapchat, there's a chance you already know this due to all my mouth-watering food snaps. If you're looking for a good brunch, call me, I'll take ya. Lubbock unfortunately has limited my options. 

3. I am a sophomore currently at Texas Tech University. It's been fun, I did my time, and now I'm ready to get outta here. Quick. Lubbock really isn't as bad as people try to make it out to be though. Actually compared to other college towns, Lubbock is pretty awesome and it has way more than you'd think. It's just not the place for me! I am transferring in the fall and getting back to Dallas ASAP.  

4. I looooooove the Kardashians, but before you exit out of my blog (because chances are you hate them), keep in mind I don't agree with most of the things they say or do. They are more of a fashion/beauty icon to me. They do some pretty irrational things I know, but they look awesome 24/7. Khloe is my girl though.

5. Lubbock has also turned me into an extreme shopaholic. I wish I was kidding or maybe exaggerating a little, but it's true. I need to seek help. But the problem is that there's really nothing to do out here. If I'm not shopping online, I'm boredom-shopping at Target for whatever little goodies I can find. But Ulta is right next door....and so is World Market....and then there's DSW right next to that. So really it's just a continuous cycle. I truly believe I have developed a real behavioral addiction and I need a 12 step recovery program. 

6. I am a makeup hoarder. I love makeup of all kinds and even if I find a product I love, I can't stop there. Need makeup advice? I'm ya girly. 

7. I am a 10+ year Cheer Athletics alumni, aka a retired competitive cheerleader. If you're not familiar with competitive cheerleading (most likely you've seen some "famous" cheerleaders on Instagram, I promise it's waaay more than that) you should take 2 minutes and watch a video of my team from the world championship in 2010 here. I'm still very involved in the cheer world, since all 3 of my diva little sisters have taken after me. 

8. I have 3 perfect kitties. A fluffy teacup persian, a giant maine coon, and a domestic longhair with type 2 diabetes. It's true, he requires two insulin shots daily. I am more than in love with those cats and they will be the reason I turn into a crazy cat lady.

9. I love to Yelp! (I've turned my sweet boyfriend into a closet Yelper too) When you try as many crazy restaurants like I do, it's a must to post reviews and read reviews before trying. If you don't Yelp, I recommend that you get on that. I love to look at pictures of dishes when I don't know what to order at a restaurant. And it's great for when you're out of town and not familiar with the area. It's also good for businesses' reviews too, like looking for a new nail salon to try or something like that. If you're already on Yelp, add me as a friend! I'd love to see your reviews.

10. Lastly, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with my life. Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor. I was even in this awesome program where I was able to work as a CNA at the hospital every day for a high school class credit. I got to go inside the operating room and watch procedures, take patient's vital signs, and even ride around in ambulances and hang out with the super awesome (and cute) firefighters of Frisco, Texas. During my freshman year of college, I had to take general chemistry and wow it truly ruined my life. People say that chemistry at Texas Tech has the highest failing rate of any class, but I'm not sure if that's 100% true. Anyways, I didn't fail, but still it made me despise chemistry and I can't see myself doing it for 4-10 more years of my life without jumping off a cliff. I'm interested in dental school also, but that too involves torturous chemistry and other hard sciences. I really don't know what I want to do, but I need to make a choice/commitment quick. Help.

Well that's it for today. Thank y'all so much for stopping by and I hope to catch you guys here again!