Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentines Day Gift Guide: For Him

V-day for boys

Shopping for men can be difficult. Here are six ideas of gifts you can shower your man with on Valentines Day to show him just how much he means to you. 

1. Keafus Atake Music Fountain Mini Amplifier Dancing Water Speakers $68.90
For the music junkie in your life, give him these speakers filled with colorful water that resonates to the beat of the music.

2. Bacon Jelly Beans $5.99
Guys are crazy for bacon, so get him this silly/ whacky little gift that'll make him laugh.

3. Guitar Pick Punch $25.00
Does your man tend to forget or misplace his pick? This pick punch will allow him to customize and create his own personalized guitar picks out of old cards.

4. Men's Baldessarini Ambre by Hugo Boss Cologne $31.50
This gift is not only for him, but for you too! Get him the cologne of your choice so that he can smell great all day long. This cologne in particular has a soft woody smell with a splash of vanilla. It smells great, but is not overpowering.

5. Michael Kors Watch $275
Spoil your man by buying him a nice watch. Mickael Kors has watches in a variety of styles to fit any mans taste.

6. Heart Shaped Snack
The way to a mans heart is through his stomach, so bake him something heart shaped like pancakes, cupcakes, a pizza or all three for extra brownie points. He'll love it! Plus it's a lot more personal and special because you put time into baking for him. That's something he'll appreciate!

For the Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her Click HERE!
For a DIY Heart Nail Tutorial Click HERE!

Insta Life #1: December/January

       Starting at top left:
       1. Date night with the boyfriend
       2. Outfit of the day:Tights under shorts/ Trying something new :)
       3. Boyfriend found this huge stuffed animal hanging out in the car next to him
       4. Blehh... Don't you hate sick days! Thankfully my boyfriend made me soup and grilled cheese to 111111help me feel better
       5. Perfection at its finest! Delicious red velvet cupcake from my universities bakery
       6. The most wonderful time of the year!
       7. Once a gymnast, always a gymnast. Couldn't resist doing handstands in the snow.
       8. Long day for my puppy, Misty.
       9. Don't you just love sunsets?! It's like a beautiful painting in the sky!
      10. Mah eyeballs... Trying to make my photos look artsy!
      11. Small Macklemore concert at my university! What's your favorite song?
      12. And so the Panda Raige banner was born!
      13. Flowers from my ahmazing boyfriend!
      14. D.I.Y. Phone Cases: Check out my post to find out how to make your own!
      15. My campus is so beautiful, especially when it's snowing!
      16. I couldn't resist! I can't go into Target without leaving with at least one thing!
      17. Getting my hair dyed black!
      18. Trying something new with my makeup. I tried drawing on my bottom eye lashes.
      19. Rockin a bold, red lip
      20. #ThrowBackThursday I miss my gymnastics team so much!

Decided to join the bandwagon and got an instagram to go along with my blog! Here is a sneak peek of some of the pictures I have posted. Check out my insta to see more:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Review

One of my current staple makeup products that I have been using for over a year now is the Makeup Forever HD Foundation. This foundation has quickly been circling around the beauty guru sphere on You Tube, so I thought I’d review it for you all.

  Mugshot of me without any makeup on

Mugshot of me with only the Makeup Forever HD Foundation

In the past I’ve struggled to find a foundation that matched the exact color of my skin, but had no problem finding the right shade for my skin tone with the 25 different shades ranging from yellowy to beige to pinky undertones.

Another pro is the packaging. It comes with a pump and usually 2 pumps are enough to cover my entire face evenly.

I was hesitant at first to buy this product when I was recommended it by one of the employers working at Sephora because it’s pretty pricey. It costs $42.00, which is a lot compared to drugstore foundations, but I feel like you get what you pay for. I usually stray away from buying drugstore foundations because I am not able to test them out first to find the right shade for me. And the bottles don’t usually do a great job of depicting its true color, so by the time I do find the right shade; I’ve spent around the same amount I’d spend for a higher end foundation. Plus, I feel that foundation is something that is okay for a girl to splurge on because you can be sure that it will cover everything from redness to acne on your face. And for me, it's sometimes a big confidence booster!

This foundation is oil free and has medium to full coverage.  According to the Sephora website it “covers skins imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.” It is marketed to be the perfect foundation to wear for HD pictures and is the foundation I recently wore in my Senior pictures. It made my skin look amazing and luminous and will definitely be my go to pick when I have my picture taken because it can withstand bright or harsh lighting. This foundation doesn’t contain SPF, which is one reason why it looks so good in photos because the flash from a camera usually causes foundations with SPF in it to make the skin look very pale and blah.

I usually apply this foundation with my beauty blender because I feel that it gives my face an airbrushed effect and has a satin dewy finish. I then set my face with the Loreal Hydra Perfecte loose powder. With both the foundation and the powder, it lasts up to 8 hours with out creasing or moving around my face, which is exactly what I need when I’m at a special event and don’t want to constantly be rushing to the bathroom to see if my foundation has bunched up.

It also blends well into my skin, evens out my skin tone and doesn’t look cakey. It also feels very light and isn’t too heavy on the face.  Plus the coverage is very buildable and covers up pores, redness, hyper pigmentation and freckles.

What impressed me the most is that it looks like my own skin and doesn’t wear off or melt throughout the day because I hate when I’m talking on the phone and then I have foundation rubbed off onto the screen. Plus the feeling of an oily greasy substance on my face is neither attractive nor enjoyable.

A huge problem I have faced in the past with different foundations (especially MAC foundations) is that by the end of the day, they tend to oxidize (turn orange). Now as much as I love the Movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” I don’t want to look like an oompah-loompa. With this foundation it looks the exact same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning of the day so if you find that your foundation oxidizes, I would definitely recommend trying out this foundation.

All in all this foundation makes my skin look very healthy and is a great confident booster on days when my skin feels dull.

I would give this a 9/10 because it lives up to the claim of being HD.

Things to think about:

 Keep in mind I don’t use this everyday because of the price, but this is my go to pick for special occasions when a ton of pictures are going to be taken or when I want my skin to look healthy and luminous.

 This works with my skin type, but might not necessarily work with yours. (But I’ve heard from other reviews that it works well on all skin types)

 My Skin type: dry skin with little to no acne (I’ve been very blessed with this, so far…
*knocks on wood*)

I feel that this is more of a winter foundation for me when I have a cold and my nose is red or my skin is really dry and is a little too much coverage for the hot and summery months.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Be Happy Monday

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I hope you all had some time off of work or school to relax! I spent the day visiting my boyfriend up at his university. Him and I go to different universities and our schools are actually rivals. We live about an hour and a half away from each other, so I don't get to see him often. We enjoyed a lazy day of Netflix and napping. How'd y'all spend your day off?

Here is the third "What makes me happy" post to my Be Happy Series. So far i've done well with updating this every Monday. Lets see if I can keep it going, no promises though!

#1 Listening to waves crash

#2 Tree houses

#3 Blowing bubbles

#4 Newley painted nails 

#5 A cup of hot coffee in the morning
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 What makes you happy?

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Sweater- Gordmans
Pants- Kohls
Shoes- Gordmans
Necklace- Gifted by my boyfriend

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Futuristic Style

Futuristic Style

Lately I’ve been obsessed with shoes and in particular the Alejandro Ingelmo futuristic shoe collection. I love the unique symmetry and modern look. It looks like something straight out of the old cartoon show, “The Jetsons.” The prices of these shoes are crazy expensive, however so I guess I’m left to admire the shoes from my computer screen. Oh well… a girl can dream; can’t she.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy girls are the prettiest

Wow, a whole week has already passed. Where does the time go?! I found this quote while surfing through Pinterest last night and thought it was fitting for todays post! Today I am going to be sharing with y'all five more things that make me happy. ENJOY!

#1 Fresh Fruit

#2 Sleeping on freshly washed sheets

#3 Reading blogs

#4 British accents

#5 Looking for images in the clouds
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 What makes you happy?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

After Christmas Shopping

My boyfriend recently began working at Kohls, so he let me use his employee discount to buy some clothes. I also received some money from my grandparents at Christmas to go back to school shopping for the new semester. I actually ended up finding some great deals! Here are the goodies I snagged!

I went a little crazy at Kohls:

Then the other store I went to was Gordmans, which is basically a discount retail store. I spent my time checking out the 60% off and 75% off racks!


And then I stopped by the drugstore to get some more powder for my face and decided to try something new. I've heard a lot of great things about the Revlon PhotoReady Powder and once I use it, I'll let y'all know what I think!

Where do you like to shop at?