How to Survive Nursing School | 7 Tips for Success

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As summer comes to an end, and the new school year approaches again,  I figured that it would be appropriate to share some of my tips and tricks for how to survive nursing school. Nursing school is a roller coaster and is both rewarding, and overwhelming at the same time. In the past three years, I have gone countless hours without sleep, spent almost all of my of time stressing and even had some mental breakdowns here and there. Although nursing school is hard, you CAN make it, and you WILL become a RN if it is something you are truly passionate about. So, without any further ado, here are my top ten tips for surviving nursing school, and for being successful.

Review | July Birchbox

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I cannot believe that it is almost the end of August, and that summer is basically over already.  This morning I was going through some of the pictures that I took for my blog and realized that I totally forgot to post my review and thoughts on my first Birchbox! The first box I got was the July Birchbox. So far I have recieved the July and August boxes, but I forgot to photograph the August box when it came in the mail so I will not be reviewing it this month. As I've mentioned before, I decided to try out both Birchbox and Ipsy to see which I liked better between the two. So far I have received two Ipsy bags, and two Birchboxes. Personally, I think I like the Birchboxes better, and I am considering canceling my Ipsy subscription. You get larger sized samples with the Birchbox, so in my opinion it is worth the money while Ipsy is not (I might post a comparison of the two later). so, what was in my July Birchbox?: 

  1. Supergoop! Anti-Aging city Sunscreen SPF 30 - this was the perfect product to receive for the summer. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have very fair skin so I need to be really careful when spending time in the sun, and that means applying lots of sunscreen. Since it was a small tube of sunscreen, I mainly used it on my face, though it doesn't specify if it's a facial or body sunscreen. I used this every day when I was in new jersey last week, and I didn't get sunburnt at all. Not to mention, it isn't oily and didn't break me out either. 

  2. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Hair Primer - this is by far my favorite product that came in this months box. I got a sample of this a month or so ago as a point perk from Sephora but I didn't end up trying it out until I got a sample in my Birchbox too. You apply this to your hair when it's wet or damp, and
    it protects from heat damage from styling tools AND UV rays, which is pretty awesome. I not only style my hair a lot, but I also spend a lot of time in the sun during the summer and this was great for protecting my hair from any kind of heat damage which would cause my hair to break and become even more damaged. I'm actually considering purchasing the full size bottle of this product sometime soon since I really loved it. 

  3. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - I actually haven't gotten around to trying this yet since I just started a new skincare regimen that has been working out well for me. My dermatologist also told me that I avoided facial scrubs, because they tend to break you out more, but when I try it, I'll let you all know.

  4. Harvey Prince "Hello" Perfume - I actually really liked this perfume. I am very picky with my perfumes, and tend to go for floral or citrus scents when picking them, and this was just that, a perfect scent for summer.

  5. Stila Look at me Liquid Lipstick in "Beso" - I've been obsessed with liquid lipsticks as of lately, and I ADORE the Stila ones. These typically come in a set of three, but you get one of the three colors in your box. I got the color "Beso" which is a gorgeous bright coral color. They are very long lasting and have amazing color.
    I'll definitely be buying the full-sized versions of these in a variety of different colors in the very very soon.

Influenster Vox Box Unboxing | Sunshine Vox Box

Sunday, August 16, 2015

I was recently selected to receive the Sunshine Vox Box from Influenster. If you don't know what Influenster is, it's a free website that you can join, where people review products. You can review products from fitness products, to food, beauty products, pet care, electronics and so much more! The more reviews you post, social media accounts you link, and questions you ask, the more likely you are to receive one of these Vox Boxes. You qualify for the Vox Box based on the type of reviews you post so, if you review mostly beauty products, you most likely will get a box filled with beauty related items. This is the third Influenster Vox Box I have received so far and I love these! This is also the first one I have reviewed since I have been so caught up in school. I filmed a YouTube video which will be going up tomorrow reviewing all of the products in this box, but here is a brief summary of each of the items I got:
  1. Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds (not pictured) - my boyfriend and I ate these as soon as I received the Vox Box in the mail. I'm not really a huge fan of anything spicy, but these were pretty tasty. I think my boyfriend liked them a lot more than I did. If you like spicy things, I would totally recommend trying these out though! 

  2. Bark Thins (not pictured) - This box also came with a coupon to get a free bag of Bark Thins, which are very similar to brownie brittle. I thought that they came in the box, but they actually give you a coupon to select the specific flavor you want. I haven't ordered mine yet, but I can't wait to try them because they look good. 

  3. Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Cleansing Cloths - these work as both a makeup removing wipe, and facial cleanser all in one. I think these are great for traveling or if you are on the go a lot. I haven't tried them yet, because I want to finish my other makeup removing wipes first, but I'll post updates here when I try these!

  4. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in "Beverly Hills" - I LOVE the Sinful Colors nail polish line. They're the same quality as Essie and OPI nail polishes, but are A LOT cheaper at only $2 each (you can also find them for $1). To be honest, I didn't really like the color I received very much but I would recommend the Sinful Colors polishes.

  5. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer (Aloe) - I am obsessed with spray moisturizers. They are another product that is great if you are on the go. I personally am not someone who likes to spend time putting on lotion which is why I think these are great. You just spray it on, and you are good to go. It's not greasy, this smells great, and is really soothing, especially on sensitive skin. I'm especially prone to getting burnt in the summer, so this product is perfect to apply after I've spent the day in the sun to relieve itching or irritation. 

  6. Infusium 23 Smooth Moisture Replenisher Leave-In Smoothing Cream - I REALLY love this. It's essentially a leave-in-conditioner that keeps your hair silky smooth and frizz free. You apply it to wet or damp hair after you shower, brush it through your hair, then let it do it's thing and it leaves your hair feeling really smooth. 

Review | Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I just got an order in from Sephora that included these two beauties. I've actually been wanting to try these out for a while now especially since everyone has been talking about how amazing liquid lipsticks are recently. I have also heard a lot of amazing things about Kat Von D cosmetics, so I decided to finally give these a try when I ordered my Becca highlighter in "Champagne Pop" a few weeks ago. These are actually the first products I've bought from the Kat Von D line at Sephora but I can confidently say that I will be purchasing more of her makeup in the future. I've tried a few different liquid lipsticks before, but none compare to these. I did a bit of research before buying these, and found that these were the two most popular colors. "Vampira" and "Lolita" are also very popular colors that I would like to try, but they were sold out. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from, but naturally I chose the bright shades. I got the shades "Bauhau5" and "Backstage Bambi." "Backstage Bambi" is a hot pink color, and is very similar to "Candy Yum Yum" by MAC (one of my favorites) and"Bauhau5" is bright plum color. These liquid lipsticks have amazing color pigmentation and dry completely matte. I'm a huge fan of matte lipsticks since many lipsticks, especially those in bright colors, tend to rub off throughout the day. The "matte" lipsticks I've tried from MAC, including "Candy Yum Yum," do not dry completely matte, so I'm really happy that I found these. These dry completely matte (I'm talking all you can eat and drink and these lipsticks will stay put). I wore "Backstage Bambi" out to dinner with my mom last week and it didn't fade at all. I would recommend these if you are a fan of bright lipsticks, or just want a lipstick that will stay on all day without budging. I'll be purchasing more of these for sure! Have you guys tried the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks before, and if so which shades are your favorites?

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