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Simple Ways to Feel Fresh and New

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Occasionally, I enjoy reinventing myself. Now, I don’t have the money to undergo a complete transformation, as fun as that would be, but there are little things that I do (some more than others) to make myself feel refreshed. These things help me feel less restless with my appearance and my lifestyle.

Try something completely new

I like routines, but sometimes routines can be boring. When I’m feeling stagnant, I like to try something new. This could be anything. Sometimes it’s as simple as visiting someplace I have never been before in my city, or cooking a new recipe. Sometimes it’s more extreme like purchasing a Groupon for an activity I never thought I’d try. Doing things like this keeps life very interesting and I even end up discovering new interests and things to love.

Extreme house clean up

No one likes cleaning. Well, I guess some people do, but I certainly don’t. I end up tossing things around as the days go by and eventually I feel so cluttered and overwhelmed that it’s difficult to get things done without going wacky. So about once a month, I have an extreme clean up. This means I reorganize things and get into every nook and cranny with surface Windex. I throw stuff out. I light candles. I do everything. By the end of my extreme clean up day it’s like I live in a new apartment. I don’t want this to come off like I never clean at all, I do. But on this one day, I take cleaning to a whole new level. It’s amazing how revived a clean and uncluttered environment can make you feel.

Manicures

When it comes to changing up my look in a simple way, nothing beats a manicure. I’m obsessed with gel manicures because they look beautiful and they don’t get messed up and start chipping the moment I decide to use my hands for something. I own a manicure lamp and my collection of polishes specialized for UV light is growing rapidly. At this point, you may even be able to say that I have a bit of a problem. The next time you’re bored with your look, why not try a funky color and at a little pop into your life?

New haircut/hairstyle

I cut my own hair. This probably sounds very risky to most people, but I’ve been doing it for years now. I started after a series of bad salon visits left me with a distrust of letting anyone else handle my hair. It took a bit of practice, and I do need to enlist the help of a friend or more often, my sister, to make sure that everything in the back looks decent. It’s a lot of fun. Cutting your own hair means that you can change the length on a whim without paying anything. However, the real point of this isn’t about cutting your hair on your own. It’s about changing your hair, no matter how you do it. Changing how you style your haircut, or taking a visit to your (trusted) salon is a wonderful way to feel like a new you. Go for a look that you love, even if you’re nervous to try it out because the change is drastic. Remember that it’s just hair, and it’ll always grow back!

 

Easy and Healthy Snacks

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I’m a snacker. It’s my curse. I love eating, but as everyone knows, snacking all the time isn’t very healthy. So over the years I’ve had to find ways to indulge without completely killing my body. Even though the effects of my oversnacking weren’t visible on the outside, I knew there was no way that eating candy and chips all the time would be good for my body in the future. Here are the snacks that I eat nowadays that I (hope) are a better option than grabbing a cookie.

Pretzel Chips and Hummus

This is such a simple snack to go for. I always make sure that I have a nice big bag of pretzel chips around and hummus in the fridge. When it’s snack time, or even lunch, I’ll limit myself to about 15-20 pretzel chips and dip them in delicious hummus. It doesn’t sound like much, but hummus is actually extremely filling, so this is the sort of snack that leaves me feeling satisfied when after I’ve eaten it all.

Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

There was a time when if you’d have told me I’d enjoy goat cheese, I would have looked at you like you were out of your mind. Turns out I love it. This seems to be a regular theme in my life. Thinking I don’t like a thing and then trying the thing and liking the thing. What I do is divide 4 or so large cherry tomatoes into halves, and add a tablespoon of goat cheese on to each piece. You can sprinkle parsley or basil on top too.

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Sometimes I want my snack in drink form. This is the best type of snack that I can think of when I’m really craving Starbucks, and I know my body and my wallet won’t thank me if I decide to indulge. I blend together a couple of ice cubes, strawberries, an entire banana, and about a half a cup of milk. This usually makes enough for a full large cup of shake or 2 smaller shakes. I but any extra in the freezer to be reblended later, in case I don’t want all of it at once. If I have any at home, I’ll sometimes add a tablespoon or two of chocolate protein powder. So yummy.

Why I Love Tarte

I adore makeup and one of my favorite makeup brands is Tarte. That’s because Tarte’s products are 100% cruelty free. I haven’t tried every single product by Tarte, of course, but own enough that I absolutely have some favorite products that I could never live without.

LipSurgence Power Pigment

My first favorites are the powder pigments. These are excellent lip tints that I was completely skeptical about at first glance. They come in a twisty pencil shape, and they’re shimmer-free and moisturizing. I own four of these, that’s how great they are. These are slimmer in size than the usual chubby shape that lip color pencils come in. Application is very precise, and they’re generally easier to store away. The pigmentation of each is very nice and you can even layer up the colors, which is great in my opinion. Sometimes I like my shades softer, and sometimes I want everyone to be blasted away by the color of my lips. It’s nice to have options.

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Next up are the incredible Amazonian clay blushes. I used to hate blush so much. I received one of these from a friend as a gift, and my first thought was, “well, what am I going to do with this?” Well, I was incorrect. These amazing blushes turned me not only into a blush wearer, but a blush lover as well. These blushes can be worn sheerly, or they can be built up a bit. I loved the option of being able to wear my blush sheer. It was completely essential for learning how to apply blush the correct way. The formula is long wearing, and the blush will pretty much last the entire day on my face, especially if I wear it with a formula. These also blend very nicely into the skin, another important thing for those bad with blush.

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The Lights Camera, Lashes Mascara from Tarte is hands down one of the best mascaras I have ever used in my entire life. I prefer non-waterproof mascara because I have never had any problems with it coming off as the day goes on, and it’s a lot easier to take off at the end of the day. I really hate rubbing my eyes for hours trying to get every bit of product out, only to find more left behind when I wake up in the morning. Fortunately, that is not a problem that I ever have with this particular product. I know it’s not that important, but I love the packaging for this mascara. It’s very pretty, Only a couple of swipes will build and volumize the lashes. It does a very nice job of holding lash curls as well. The first time I used it, I was honestly so shocked at how it made me look like I was wearing false eyelashes. They looked amazing. This is now my go to mascara. I’m a bit of a mascara freak, so I buy a lot of different brands, but I always find myself reaching for this one when I want to look my best.

 

3 Gorgeous Etsy Prints

I’m decorating my home office, so I’ve been looking for some prints to hang on the walls and lighten up the room, which is a bit drab at the moment. I’ve never been a hang things on the wall kind of gal, but I think it would be nice to have some images that inspire me. So I went straight to Etsy to find awesome artists to support. I haven’t made any purchases yet, but I thought I’d shares some of the beautiful stuff I came across during my search.

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There are tons more that I love, but I am just so drawn to the beautiful colors and patterns used in these. Looking at the images all together is showing me that I certainly have a preference for certain colors and shades.