Friday, October 24, 2014

Beauty Essentials

When it comes to makeup and beauty products, I cannot pick just one beauty must have. I figured I would share a few of my absolute holy grail products.

bareMinerals BareSkin Foundation

NARS Orgasm Blush

Naked2 Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel

Benefit They're Real Mascara

Benefit the POREfessional

Benefit boiing concealer

Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Lip Stain

These are some of my must have beauty products and I always have these in my makeup bag. Of course there are some other products that I use, but I know these products are going to be sticking around long term in my beauty bag.

What are some of your beauty holy grail items?

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Helene in Between Blogtober

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Do You App?

Apps are the bread and butter of not only the blogging world, but our world as a whole nowadays. I have way too many apps on my phone according to my sister & A, but I feel like I utilized 85% of those apps. There are only a handful of apps that I love for social media editing and blog and they are:

This app is great for collages and you can add cool borders and backgrounds as well. I believe this is an app I purchased, but I can't entirely remember. If it did cost something, it had to be $1.99 or less because I won't spend more on an app than that. I've noticed that this app is included in bundles in the app store, so it might be more cost effective to get a bundle if you're interested :).

This app actually took me a few months before I actually used it, but when I did I fell in love. I love the many different filters that are available and it's different than Instagram because not everyone will be using the same filters. I feel on Instagram (as much as I love it) I typically only use 2-3 diff filters. This is also a free app, so if you don't have it, I suggest you download it asap.

This is an app I love not only on my phone, but when I'm typing up blog posts. You can create collages so quickly (and with a ton of pictures) and edit pictures too, all for free!! I highly recommend getting this app!

This is totally a given. I am obsessed with the way Instagram filters can make a dull picture jazzed up. This is probably the most used app on my phone. If you don't have an Instagram, I need to talk to you because I want to know why you're holding out. Get it, take pictures, filter that, amazing.

I don't use a whole bunch of apps, but I love these 4 and use them constantly. What are some of your must have apps?

Linking up with Taylor & Helene!

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pet Peeves

Pet peeves. We all got them, some irritate me more than normal, but you'd be kidding yourself if you said you didn't have at least a couple of pet peeves. I could probably nit pick and list a ton of things that tick me off, but I'll spare you all the novel-like list. 

...drivers who don't use a turn signal

...couples who sit on the same side of the table when there's nobody on the other side

...people who blame anyone but themselves for THEIR failure

...students who prolong class by asking dumb questions

...going through the drive thru then having to return when/if they mess up your order

...using speaker phone in public areas

...people who cannot function at stop signs

...not washing your hands after using the bathroom

...people who ride their bikes on the road when there is a clear sidewalk & they act like they're a car

...people who don't send Thank You cards

...people who don't cover their mouth while sneezing or coughing (hello, Ebola)

...jerks who take up 2 parking the winter...during peak holiday shopping times

...people who don't know the difference between its/it's, they're/their/there, and you're/your

...people who go the wrong way in a parking lot

...when someone with a full cart of groceries gets in the 10 items or less line

...ignorant people

..telemarketers that don't understand people don't want to talk to them

...people who walk slow in front of you then stop out of nowhere

whoops I guess I lied about the whole long list thing, once I got started I just couldn't stop. Hopefully no one's pet peeve is long lists. What are some things that irk you or rub you the wrong way? Link up with Taylor & Helene.

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dream Vacation{s}

I have an insane sense of wanderlust 99.5% of the time. I'm constantly thinking and dreaming about warmer, more tropical paradises while I'm stuck in cold and snowy Chicago. These cold cold days have been horrible on my motivation to do anything besides work and watch netflix for countless hours (hello, Gilmore Girls). A and I were actually just talking about planning a tropical vacation yesterday, granted it probably won't be happening for a few years. There are far too many weddings happening in the next 2 years and in between A and I moving forward in our relationship (meeting the parents, family, friend, etc) along with me starting a brand new job just this week, extended vacations are totally out of the picture. Hell, I feel bad taking off a Friday & Monday to spend a weekend in Houston or vice versa when A comes here. 

Although I'm not 100% for Barbados, I'll be ok with anything with a beach and fruity drink!

Some of my dream vacation spots (trust me I have tons) are:

Corfu Island, Greece

Puerto Rico
Montego Bay, Jamaica

What are some places you are dying to travel to? I really hope I get a bunch of traveling done in the next 5-10 years!

Linking up with Taylor & Helene for BlogTober14.

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Biggest Fear

We all have fears in our lives and some of us have to deal with it either on a daily basis or at least frequently enough. 

Like many people I have a bunch of fears, but most of them I can deal with. There is definitely one thing I cannot deal with.


I absolutely despise spiders and any creepy crawlers for that matter. I've had so many encounters and even the number of times the pest control guy has come sprayed the house, they seem to weasel their way back in our house just waiting for me to yell "MOM!! Another one, come quick!!!!!" It's usually much more panicked than it sounds in text. 

I know a lot of people (see: everyone) doesn't care for spiders and if someone does like them, don't trust em.  I've already made it clear to A that we need to have pest control on speed dial, but he has assured me that Houston isn't rampant with spiders like Chicago which is kind of a relief. Knowing my luck, they'll just follow me down there.

At the expense of freaking everyone, including myself, I will refrain from any spiders pictures.
You're welcome.

Linking it up with Helene & Taylor!

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


...Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth...

Sorry if that song is stuck in your head now, but it is catchy. Today is all about what makes you happy. So much can make a person happy and giddy with excitement and the beautiful thing is not everyone has the same list of happies. I could seriously list things that make me happy for pages and pages, but I figured I would confine my list a bit. 

//crawling into bed after a long day//


//hot showers on a cold day//



//waking up in the middle of the night & realizing you still have hours to sleep//

//Sunday brunches with mimosas//

//falling asleep to rain & thunder//


//changing into sweats after work//

//my boyfriend//

//my nephews//

//my friends//


//new handbags//

//fresh peonies//

//country music//

Linking up with Taylor & Helene!

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Secrets, secrets...

Telling a secret can set you free is what they say. When I tackled this prompt, I was unsure what to share with you guys. When I finally thought up of something, I realized that it's not really a super secret as many girls may do this as well. But without further ado...

I have many aspects of my wedding planned already!

Ya I'm sure many girls have things that they want out of their wedding, but I'm talking a little bit more than the norm. After meeting A, I knew almost immediately that this was the guy I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Cue the aww's I know, but the saying is real when you know, you know

At the time that we first started dating, my friends were in full wedding planning mode and I felt a bit left out. I went to a few different venues with my best friend and fell completely in love with one and I know I will be getting married there in the next few years. So just like that, the future venue was chosen. After finding out some of the details of the venue like number of guests, costs, etc., the next logical step for me was creating a 'mock' guest list. 

The guest list was difficult, Indian weddings are large and mine would be no exception much to my dismay. I sat down with my mom one night and made this guest list of mine. Let's just say I was able to keep it under 300 for my me this is a huge accomplishment.

With helping friends plan their weddings I'm gaining ideas and vendor contacts which is great and I am collecting cards and ideas of what I want specifically. I do have a little notebook with my ideas, song ideas, cake flavors, etc. But of course I don't have things set in stone, however I do think having the knowledge I have will definitely help me when I am setting things in stone in the future.

Here are some of my favorite ideas pinned on my Pinterest boards.
*Some images are from my secret board*

Oh and let's be real, I've had my ring picked out for quite some time...isn't she pretty???


So does this secret make me crazy? I hope your answer is no, lol!

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Helene in Between Blogtober

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