Grind Baby Grind

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As we all know, gourmet salts and spices come in whole sizes. Meaning, that exquisite cooking involves some little extra processing along the way. I have a very hectic life/schedule; therefore, I have found myself trying to juggle cooking at home (to save money) while also trying to save time (time is money people!).

I have found a few fantastic recipes with Himalayan salts, smoked salts, and white pepper, and to complete the process, I decided to try this electric Sterline Salt and paper grinder (available for sale at Betterbasics.com).

My life revolves around technology, and I wasn’t going to spend the time grinding salts on my own (simply boring, and cooking is certainly not my favorite thing). After learning that there was a machine that could do it for me, I couldn’t resist to try it.

When opening the package, what I first noticed (and loved) was that the grinder already brought its own sets of batteries (a total of 6). There’s nothing I despise more than having to buy batteries… the process is like having to find a needle on a carpet (long and tedious). I popped the batteries right away and decided to explore the grinder. The material is super sleek, smooth, and modern, which makes my kitchen look a bit more modern (hey, looks are important too!).

Using this is beyond easy (easier than applying eyeliner). Simply unscrew the bottom (transparent) side of the grinder, fill it in with spices, screw it back on, and then flip… the flip motion activates the grinder and it’s good to go. How cool is that?

I’m overall super happy with my new gadget, and I have absolutely no complaints!

Get yours with this 10% discount code: EPSMWB6V

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Great Lengths

img_0473We all have our own personal beauty demands. As we browse through social media, many of us have a noticed an unlimited demand for the perfect contour. Others may also desire “eyebrows on fleek” or naturally plumped lips, while any others (including myself) are in the journey of finding the perfect mascara for long and voluminous lashes.

I have semi-thin lashes, they’re medium in length, or descent sized. Without makeup, they are the least prominent feature on my face. As a result, I have tried a multitude of methods, styles, and mascaras aiming for extra length and fullness. If you’re like me, and you want to avoid eyelash extensions at all cost, below you’ll find my top 5 favorite mascaras for perfect lengths and thickness.

1- Lancôme Hypnose Drama Insta Full Body Volume Mascara: (one of my top favorites) curved and thin eyelash brush, which allows greater application (and in greater areas).

2- CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara: One of the most economic options. Amazing brush, it provides thickness without the clumps.

3- Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara: the brush provides great length, and the smaller bristles provides great clump thickness without looking messy.

4- Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara: I love that this one is free of parabens and sulfates and provides the same length and volume effects as the mascaras listed above.

5- Benefit Cosmestics They’re Real! Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara: the handle can be a little complicated to manage; however, I can attest that the shortness in length allows manageability and angling for some areas of the eyelash. Overall a great product.

Have you guys tried any of these mascaras? What are your experiences?

The Practice of Self-Love

img_0465I’m sure that most of us can recall the saying that we must love ourselves before being able to love others. “A very interesting phylosophy” I used to think, without giving it much thought. At some point in our lives, people ask us if we love ourselves, and I would dare to say that 90 percent of us agree without thinking what it really means to truly love and appreciate who we are. When being asked this question I would always respond, “I’m my own person, and therefore, I must love myself, right?” As many of you, I was tired of these “idealistic perspectives” and would proceed to the most acceptable answer.

Four years ago, I went through one of the most difficult periods of my life… I was drained…surviving, but drained. And after so much stress and being exposed to extreme conditions, I developed a stomach ulcer.

The sensations started with sharp pains in my stomach, especially when I ate. An empty stomach had a burning sensation, but when I ate, I felt as if I were swallowing food into a wound… that’s exactly how I would describe it to friends “an open wound in my stomach.” After days of avoiding certain foods thinking that it was a simple indigestion, I ended up in the emergency room to the news of an ulcer.

At the moment, I couldn’t help but to think how alive my body was, if that makes sense. Just like you may get an open wound on an arm or leg, similarly, we get open wounds inside our bodies. It seems like we spend much time thinking of the outside, of what we show to the world, without the realization that our entire body is alive and it can feel it… just because we can’t see it, it doesn’t mean that it is not there. Sometimes we mistreat ourselves (ex. get blackout drunk) with the notion that everything disappears right when it passes down our throats, when the reality is that our body is alive and it does in fact assimilate everything we do to it – that was the moment when I truly appreciated the concept of self-love.

What can we do to make sure that we love and care for our bodies, and actually consider the ways in which we can make it happy?

After that success, little things such as taking deep breaths, meditating, feeling the sensation in my belly as I fill it with water, feeling my heart beat after a workout, and even listening to a song that makes me happy are simple acts of kindness… acts that our bodies feel and appreciate, because it is alive… it is so alive that it responds back to us with acts such as increased energy, support, health, self-happiness, and self-confidence to make it through the day.

Have you taken the time to love your body?

Seek to understand its needs, seek to understand what makes it happy, and seek to fulfill its needs, both physically and emotionally.

Everyday Solutions

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I’ve been wanting to try car seat covers for both my Honda Odyssey and my Nissan 360z, but I had my hesitations for a number of factors, one of those being the fit… I didn’t want to struggle getting it together or having to resource to return my purchase because online return processes are seriously the most tedious things in the world. I came across this car seat cover from Leader Assesories, and I must say that I’m overall satisfied with the quality and fit.

Quality: super study material and very well sewn in. It is thick enough to be comfortable, but thin enough to adapt to the particular seat’s surface.

Fit: Super stretchy materials and back pockets which is always a plus. Its airbag compatible and brings all the accessories necessary for a flawless installation. It also brings a cover for the seat’s head, making it match flawlessly.

I wanted to used this on all my cars and couldn’t wait for the second set to come in the mail. As a result, I used the back part of the set on my Honda (greatly necessary as the kids seat in the back and they are the messiest)and the front seat set on my Nissan.

If interested, you can find out more here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CFYYK18

 

A Cup of Joe

hairI have a brief horror story to tell: I have always been very active with my hair processing since a very young age. My first hair color experimentation happened when I was in 5th grade – I got blue highlights. And as I grew older, I grew more conservative, and by the time I was a freshman in college, I was a very light blonde. At the time, I was seeing a hair stylist, and she suggested the “great idea” of getting a perm. And yes! As many of you may imagine, bleach and perm didn’t mix well, I lost all my hair, and ended up with two inches of hair on my head. I won’t lie, this was definitely one of the most frustrating moments in my life… I became depressed and discouraged, as in my opinion, my hair is one of my greatest assets.

Time has passed, (7 years to be exact) and my hair is finally where it needs to be. It hasn’t been easy; I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on hair treatments and salon products. And after my little hair stylist experience, I no longer let anyone touch my hair. I have been able to accomplish a nice bronde hair tone by mixing  blonde and brown hair dye (not boxed people! buy salon brands!). And after accomplishing the nice shade, I avoid re-dying my hair when it fades, or using toners that may damage my hair (been there done that). After so much thinking, and after so much drinking (coffee) I have noticed how coffee spills can ruin a perfectly fine piece of fabric. So I thought, wouldn’t this be a great hair color refresher? So I went ahead and tried it.

The steps are very simple:

  • Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo.
  • Boil coffee (not decaffeinated). The amount depends on hair length. My hair is above my breast, so I boil about 5 oz.
  • Apply to hair and let it rest for an hour under a heap cap for maximum coverage.
  • Wash with lukewarm water.
  • Proceed to regular routine.

I have noticed great benefits from using coffee wash; its affordability, the fact that it is a natural product, it revives my hair color without dying it, and it does an effective job at reducing the yellow/brassy tones from faded brown hair.

Hope you guys find this useful!

The Lonely Owl

owlThere isn’t one day where I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed and not encounter memes with comments such as “I hate people,” “The more I get to know people, the more I love my dog,” “Tell me plans ahead of time so I can cancel ahead of time,” “The happiness I feel when plans get cancelled,” and “Spending the weekend eating pizza to with myself is goals.” I could go on and on, but the message is clear: it seems to me that as a society, we have grown more and more intolerable to other people. Is this a millennial thing? or have older generations also grown intolerable to human interaction?

Not long ago, being alone or seeking to be alone was looked down upon. But now, loneliness seems to be #goals.

I have thought about the multiple reasons to why we have grown so intolerable to these interactions – could it be social media?

When thinking of social media, as we all know, we have grown into a globalized community, where we interact with all types of peoples, seek all sorts of topics, and add/send invites to people who are like minded. Once this interaction fades through aspects such as not liking a post/comment/point of view, we seek to delete/block individuals. On the other hand, the real world is different, as there are instances where we can’t block people out of our lives. This point of view leads a glowingly intolerable interactions, meaning that we seek to avoid people and their complicated lifestyles altogether, and seek to spend time by ourselves, doing what we want to do, and in company of your followers on social media (that counts as company, doesn’t it?)

What He Didn’t Tell You

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Today, I’ve decided to venture out of my fashion vibes do address a topic that should be important to any contact lens wearer: eyes.

I have been wearing contact lenses for 8 years, and it has been a very interesting experience, if you may.

When I first started wearing these, I was 16 years old and I was obligated to pay a $100 dollar fee for a “mandatory training” before wearing contacts; I’m assuming this was due to the fact that I was underage.

The “training” was very brief, outlining the following:
– Wash your hands.
– Fill the contact’s case.
– If they feel weird in the eye, remove them and reapply.
“Very basic” I thought. I followed these instructions for the months to come, and soon enough I developed all sorts of conditions, including eye infections consisting of white spots on my pupils.
After speaking with my ophthalmologist, he prescribed medication and claimed that infections can happen from time to time. After this visit, I proceeded to replace my contacts, the case, and toss all my used eye makeup.
For the months to come, I kept getting the same infections. At that moment, I knew that I must have kept doing something wrong. And after much research, I was able to compile some ideas. So below, I’ll outline the things that your ophthalmologist might not tell you:
– Make sure your hands are dry after washing them! I assumed that there was nothing wrong with handling my contacts with wet hands. However, it has been stated that water has microorganisms that can eat your eyeball until your become blind.
– If your contacts come in contact with water toss them. Yes, this means you may not shower in them.
– You must wipe your contact cases dry after putting your contacts on. Leaving your cases wet can promote the growth or microorganisms.
– It’s best to do a “little scrub” on your contacts lenses with some saline solution before application and after removing them, as the protein buildup from your eyes may cause irritation.
And there you go, the little details that your ophthalmologist might not tell you!

 

 

Ghostly Racks

racks.jpegLet’s face it: we do our best to stay on top of the latest trends. But when your biweekly payroll gets in the way, and you’re on your mid 20’s, there is certainly a load of obstacles that can get in the way of the perfect outfit. There are multiple alternatives to help you accomplish ones wardrobe goals, and one of those is thrift shopping – yep, I’m saying second hand. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a promotion for your local thrift store; instead, it is a lesson about how smart shopping have saved my style and my pocket.
There are a variety of items that I have successfully found while shopping at local thrift stores in major cities such as Boston and New York; as well as small towns in states such as  Pennsylvania and Connecticut. There are also some items that are simply huge no-no when shopping in thrift stores, as not matter what, they tend to always be out of style. For example, in years of thrift hunting, I have never found a descent pair of cute winter boots, tote bag, or fall blazer . However, below I will outline a list of things that are very viable, and that are always crucial to have in your closet, as their classic style and fit never goes out of style:
– Fitted pair of jeans
– Floral scarfs
– Winter gloves
– Basic tank tops
– Work pants
– Plain T-shirts
– Leggings
– Faux fur coats
– Print skirts
Yes I agree, thrifting can often be a stinky and depressing challenge – but with the right eye and vision you can make your ghostly adventure into a fashionably remunerating act!
P.S. I have found brand new items with store tag on them for 85% off the original price tag.
Are you up for the challenge?

Acing The Job Interview

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I promised myself that I would keep my blog fashion focused. See, I have been fashion obsessed since a very young age, and now that I have some free time, I thought it would be a great idea to share my fashion likes and thoughts.

The “problem” is that not only am I a fashion guru, I’m also an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist; therefore, I can’t help but to talk about the topic from time to time. For the many people that don’t know, in short terms, an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist or I/O Psychologist is an individual that apply psychological principles to accomplish organizational goals (this may include formulating performance appraisals, training employees, consulting, etc.).

Now that the above is clear, something that I want to share with my readers/followers today is how to understand the strategies behind a job post. A job post isn’t simply a long boring list of things that are required from an employer. Instead, a job post is divided into the so called “KSA’s” or knowledge, skills, and abilities.

As many of you may guess, knowledge refers to the body of information that an individual should posses in order to perform the job tasks efficiently; skills refers to performance abilities; and abilities refer to aptitudes.

These KSA’s are determined through a variety of methods, with the most popular being , job analyses.

Now that this is clear, I have future recommendations to ace your next job interview:

  • Don’t simply read the job post, read every requirement and determine if these fall under a knowledge, skill, or ability.
  • Account your previous work experiences and take the time to outline how your previous experiences fulfill the KSA’s required for the particular job.
  • Study past organizational successes (e.g. challenges) and integrate how your KSA’s could be an addition to the organization.

I could go on and on with the topic, but this is a blog post not a report!

I hope you find these tips helpful!

Guilty Pleasures

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I won’t deny it! I have unbelievably sick obsession with my Buxom lip gloss set. I know this may seem like your typical beauty store brand, but there is so much to this lip gloss brand that I appreciate, compared to everything I have tried. I started wearing makeup when I was 13 years old. As a 13 year old girl, my closest makeup heaven was my local pharmacy, which carried amazing deals. I would stock on brands such as Maybelline and Loreal, which did very decent jobs (I still sneak some Maybelline and Loreal into my makeup set here and there, which I can discuss in the near future). Today, I own close to $3000 in lipstick, all from brands like Nars, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and so on… all of these with some particular likes and dislikes. $3000 in lipstick means A LOT OF LIPSTICK, therefore, I find myself constantly tossing barely used lipstick because they expire pretty fast. Interestingly, it seems to me that my the most expensive lipsticks and lip glosses expire sooner than the least expensive ones, which I think it’s beyond suspicious… Before proceeding into my conspiracy theories, below I will outline reasons why Buxom is my new (favorite) love:
–  Buxom lip gloss takes forever to expire! Yes, I have owned one of my favorite colors (Sarina) for close to two years, and it is still like new – no funky smell or funky sensation on my lips.
– The mint tastes is fantastic. This is not your typical overwhelming minty flavor. In fact, I hate anything with mint that isn’t gum or tea leaves, but this lipstick has surpassed my expectations. The minty sensation is subtle and comfortable, and it feels great on my lips considering that they’re always dry – it serves as a lip balm if that makes sense. When wearing most lipsticks, my lips get dry and sensitive, so Buxom is definitely a great addition to my care routine.
– It is not messy! Yes, I used to have a passionately love/hate relationship with lip gloss because it is simply messy! I used to stick to lipstick alone, but sometimes it can make my lips look dry; but on the other hand, Buxom is made with a more consistent/heavy formula, meaning that it stays in place (no messes) and allows for prolonged wear.
Overall, I think that this was an amazing find, and I simply won’t give it up. As of now, I have tried 5 of their colors, but I look forward to trying all the colors in the line.
What is your favorite lip gloss/ lipstick and what do you love about it?
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