It’s a wonderful Thursday now that the sun is out and the snow is melted for now. Every morning I wake up and see snow on the ground is another day that I die a little inside, and today was just one of those days. Apparently UNR believes in snow-driving as a regular activity and likes all of its students to practice it on a daily basis, so there is no chance of a cancelled school day anytime soon. With that being said, snow & school are at about the very top of my least favorites list right now, so instead of continuing on with my whining, I’ll share my list of recent favorites with you.
It has been ages since I did a favorites post, and I have not stopped using random products that may or may not work sooooo I have a good chunk of things to throw your way. As always, I will only tell you the good-good because I appreciate your time and money more than I appreciate my own apparently (insert shrugging emoji here). Alrighty friends, let’s get this favorites party started.
IGK Toning Drops – Honestly, I didn’t know these existed up until a couple of months ago, and I think my life has been forever changed since that discovery. My brassy ass has the brassiest of brassy hairs and a toning in the salon every 8 weeks is just not in the budget.. luckily these drops take care of all of the nasty copper colors in my hair that I try to avoid. Disclaimer: it will make your hands purple if you are not careful.
Isle of Paradise Dark Tanning Water – If there was a contest for the most tanning methods tried by any one person, I think I would win (if there is one, please let me know). There are definitely pros and cons to each method, but this spray water gives the perfect purple-tinted tan. Also, it doesn’t rub off on your clothes or easily sweat off, because surprisingly enough your clothes don’t want to be tanned as well.
Beauty Blender Case – Although you may not want to admit it, that spongy thing that you are applying makeup with is not germ free. Those little suckers are crawling with bacteria, and deserve to be washed and nuked in the microwave more often than you would assume. The case is the perfect everyday necessity to house your blender post-makeup application and air out all of its sins.
Citrus Stitch Hair Scarves – There is no better accessory than a hair scarf when you are just feeling a wee bit blah about any outfit. Ashlyn, the maker of these hair scarves is also the nicest, kindest soul and deserves all of the success in the world. She hand sews each one with love and makes sure you feel super super cute.
White/Ivory/Light Pink Eyeliner – I used to be on this white eyeliner kick in high school where I outlined my eyeball with it.. but I looked more like an extra for an ice princess role instead of like someone that knows how to do their makeup. Nowadays I use a light shade of eyeliner right on the inside of my tear duct just to brighten up my eyes and look a little dewy for the day.
That’s all I’ve got for now, mostly because I can’t force myself off of the couch to see if there is anything else I need to add to the list. If I think of any additions, expect to see them on the next edition of ‘Favorites with Ciera’. Have the best of days and the wildest of weekends.
Yupp, I am here on the blog two times in one week.. just like the good old days. I am hoping to get back at it with multiple posts a week, but it takes a lot more work than you might think. And surprisingly enough my body and brain needs sleep, so I won’t make any promises that anything will FOR SURE happen (because I don’t wanna let ya down) and we will just hope for the best. 🙂
So we all know that any girl’s night is pretty much incomplete without a couple of face masks and some popcorn, right? Well I have decided to have my own girl’s night once or twice a week.. but by myself because I also like to binge watch TV while I do it. It has done sooo much for my life in general. There really is nothing quite like taking a little break from everything else in life and slapping some mud on your face during a teeth whitening treatment. And since I have been oh so happy since throwing this activity in my routine, I will share some of my favorites with you to give you the best chance for pure joy and relaxation.
GlamGlow Bubble Sheet Mask – this mask is terrifying on your face, I wont deny that. I would say I looked similar to Christoff’s rock family in Frozen, but kinda saggier. However the good thing is that this mask cleans out pores soooo well and makes your face smooth and glowy right after.
Love Island on Hulu – it is my guilty pleasure show that I just cannot quit. It’s pretty much the UK version of a trashier (for lack of a better word) Bachelor in Paradise mixed with every reality show to be on MTV. I really enjoy their accents and the show kills me. You will probably hate it at first, but its a real good binge. Also UK TV shows have like 7326648 episodes in a season, so be prepared to be in for a long one.
IGK Hydrating Hair Balm – I don’t understand its magical ways, but just know that this balm left my hair with zero frizz and kept it straight for more than 2 days. My hair was smooth and silky and the flat iron glided right over it and I loved it and yeah I think that was the longest run on sentence ever, but everything I needed to say about it.
Take some time to relax, throw on a face mask, and make that hair silky girlfriend. You deserve it, you beauty queen.
I don’t know why but I felt way fancier using the word autumn instead of fall in my title.. like a more worldly version of myself. Just imagine me being a world traveling gal who spends half of my time in New York and the other in the Maldives since I need a vacation from my vacation. That’s the version of me that I imagine using the word autumn on a regular basis, but here I am, regular old me using it anyway. Thank goodness I did use such a good word since my title was a little lackluster, however it is a very good depiction of what today’s post is really about – my favorites of the season.
So although the title and intro to this has been of little entertainment, I promise we are going to get back on the horse and get moving in no time. As it is slowly beginning to creep into lower temperatures and crisper air, it is time to break out the fall scents, beverages, and oversized scarves. Anyway, you no longer need your watermelon & sunscreen scented candle or strawberry lemonade starbs, you need autumn (there it is, that word again) in every part of you life.. so I am going to tell you just how to bring on the fall!
A fuzzy sweater or two – I don’t know why but I have never been the cute loungewear type of gal, like if you see me on a Sunday afternoon you may want to shield your eyes for your own safety. However, I love a good sweater or cardi, and I think it somehow makes any outfit like baggy sweats or a pair of skinnies and booties look so much cozier. And I like to look cozy, because you know on cold days you don’t think to yourself, wow that girls looks cute.. you think wow, that girl looks warms. So let’s look cozy together
Pumpkin spice errythangggg – I love a good pumpkin flavored anything just as much as the next gal, but the thing they don’t tell you about (even though they kinda do) is that pumpkin spice is not calorie/sugar free. VERY SAD AND RUDE IF YOU ASK ME. But I have a solution for you. Instead of ordering a grande pumpkin spice latte and intaking your weekly calories in a few sips, try this: Grande coffee (I like mine iced), 2 pumps pumpkin spice and 1 pump sugar free vanilla, and you have yourself a much lighter version of a fall favorite!
Christmas music?? – okay I know no one else listens to this as early as me, but I would suggest it. Great music. Yay Christmas.
Cinnamon stick witch broom thing – I am really not sure how to describe this one, but I got a large stick that smells like cinnamon at Trader Joe’s last week and it has made my home smell heavenly.. kinda like a burning scent at times, but still good nonetheless.
Scarves and hats – I don’t know why, but it is just way easier for me to accessorize in fall than it is at any other time of the year. I haven’t worn a scarf yet, but hats are creeping up as my most worn item this month (does help that they cover my dirty hair once or twice a week as well). And scarves just make me feel so upper east side NYC chic.
That’s all the ideas I’ve got in my brain since I think I have a self diagnosed concussion, but here’s hoping my brain functions yet again next time. Much love.