product reviews!

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Lush is the only way to fight off winter moods. PT 2. which came first?

I was looking for a present for a friend whose baby turned a year old. The first review on this cracked me up.

I am torn in reviewing this toy.  Here’s why:  The toy is definitely well-made, will not come apart, will not break unless subjected to massive violence.  It definitely builds motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, and even thinking skills–as deciding which colors should be up or down or evenly matched in height requires some intricate choice and physical application.  So, the toy is a great toy!

But …

You are basically giving your child a miniature of Thor’s hammer.  Not a hollow plastic hammer, mind you.  No, no.  This is a toddler weapon the great god of thunder would approve of.  Two solid wooden pieces held together very well.  The head of the hammer is sculpted to allow attacks from many interesting angles.  Great for the toy.  Not so great if your little one might decide to go “a-viking” during a playgroup, family get-together, or school function.

Like the mighty Mjolner, this hammer throws well, flies fast and far, and can kill the mightiest of trolls.  Or televisions.  Or PC’s.  Or Grandma.

So … the only reason I take a star off is because of the deadly weapon that comes with this awesome toy.  Maybe it should have been fastened by a cable to the toy, Melissa & Doug?  It’s not cool that parents have to do this thinking for you.  But we love Grandma.  Having our toddler turned Thor send her to the hospital is not our idea of fun.

If your child is meek and kind and dependably non-violent, go for it.  GREAT TOY!  If your little one may just be a conqueror of lands reincarnated into this tiny body, please beware the hammer! 

lmfao!

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🌲62/100 days of productivity 🌲
🌸04/03/2017🌸  I know I’ve made a similar post in the past but this is the complete revision that I’ve done an upcoming bio test! It’s so satisfying to see how much work i’ve done..

LUSH SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW✨

DARK ANGELS CLEANSER:
Very exfoliating, charcoal cleans out pores, not too rough if you use as instructed (mix a tiny amount with water into a paste, lasts FOREVER!!! I’ve had mine for several months and I haven’t even made a dent!! (Careful- it may leave a gray residue on your skin, which comes off very easily with water and a little makeup remover or other cleanser)
HERBALISM CLEANSER: Amazing for oily skin!!! Not too abrasive, but very good at balancing the skin and oil production
CELESTIAL MOISTURIZER: Very good for putting over an oil or serum!! Very moisturizing, but won’t clog your pores!! Not too heavy for those with oily skin!
SKIN DRINK MOISTURIZER: Heaven for dry skin!!! It’s very thick and rich and does a great job getting rid of dry patches! (Smells a little odd because it’s made with sesame oil and avocado, but TOTALLY worth it!)
BREATH OF FRESH AIR TONER: Very refreshing!!! Not much for acne, but good for balancing oil production in the skin!
TEA TREE TONER: Great for acne or oily skin!!!! Super refreshing and healing!

How to Annotate Literature

Many times language and literature classes require students to annotate the books that are given to them, but in many cases tips and advice on how to do so is lacking. I will be sharing my personal strategy for efficient and successful annotating that will not only help your understanding of the text but also gain the love of your teachers!

The tips have been divided into 5 components, each with their own explanation.

Sticky Tabs are Your Best Friend

I don’t know how I would manage to annotate without my sticky tabs. They help me organize and navigate the book before the reading, remind me what to look for while i’m going through the text and help me find whatever I may need once I get to further analysis for the class. 

Create a key for your tabs, personally I use five colors each having a few specific purposes based on where I place them in the book. Most stickies are accompanied by a specific note that will remind me of what I wanted to point out, these stick out of the right margin. 

  • Pink- Anything to do with characters, be it development or certain traits to remember. It can also be used for when you have questions about character related aspects of the text.
  • Orange- Refers to setting, in plays it is also applicable for stage directions.
  • Yellow- Is used for literary devices and use of language (tone, diction, patterns) and syntax, if there is a particular word the author used or a structure you want to take note of, this is the color to use. 
  • Green- Applicable to any important plot events, notable scenes or things that you think will be significant later in the story.
  • Blue- Themes and context of said ideas, anything to do with time, place and space in which the text takes place. It can also relate to how your context (a student reading a book for a literature course) impacts your perception of the text.

These are the things teachers usually look out for and it is certainly useful in any kind of further task! 

The top and bottom margins can be used to divide the book in to sections, such as chapters or scenes, mark the most important pages and to also highlight text to text connections. These colors you can pick yourself!

I do not recommend having more than 5 sticky tabs per page, otherwise it gets too crowded and they lose their purpose! (but you will still need to buy aaa lloootttt)

This is my key for the book I am currently annotating, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. 

Don’t Overdo it With the Highlighter

Find one color highlighter that you like the most and use it to mark explicit words or phrases that catch your attention, you can also use them in correlation with you sticky tabs! 

I prefer to use a yellow highlighter because it seems to bleed the least, and I usually use it in relation to the the yellow and blue tabs because those are the ones that relate to the most detailed and minute parts of the text. Once again you can find your own preference! But don’t overdo it, otherwise, like the tabs, the highlighter will lose its function to highlight important points. 

This is an example of how much highlighting I usually do. For non-fictional texts or parts of a book (like in the introduction you see here) I reserved highlighter for dates and names. 

Have a Conversation With the Author

This is one of the first tips that my high school teacher gave me and it’s really one of the most important ones to remember. And I know, it may sound kinda silly, but I find that it really helps me in developing my ideas and remembering exactly how I felt about a certain aspect of part of the text. 

Whether the text is fiction of non fiction, anything in between, you can always do these few things

  • Ask questions- As if you were going to get an answer, ask questions, write them down and write down as many as you want. Writing things down helps people remember so then it is more likely that in a class discussion you will be able to recall your queries or wonders. 
  • If you don’t like something, or you’re surprised by something, write it down! Use exclamation marks, use words that you would use in a regular conversation. I always write ‘WOW!!’ or ‘OMG’ when i’m especially impressed, and having such vocal- well written vocally- emotions will bring you closer to the subject of the text. 
  • Talk to the characters as well, if you are questioning a character’s actions ask them and provide an explanation as to why you speculate they may have acted a certain way. Not only does that further contribute to your involvement (also making things more entertaining) but it also deepens your thought!

What i’m trying to say is write down anything that comes to mind, your first response is your true response, and it is a valuable addition to your notes! And if you want to write a whole essay in between the lines… Actually, i’ll come back to that later! 

Pens, not Pencils 

I used to make notes completely in pencil but my approach changed when I realized that overtime the pencil would rub off and get illegible. I think it was because I used my book so much, but having switched to pen I realized that it helps me in quite a few other things as well. 

The good thing about pen is that you can’t erase it and let’s say you started writing down a note, scan down the page and realize what you are taking a note of is completely wrong. That’s ok! That’s actually really good! Don’t scribble out what you just wrote down, but instead continue and explain why you may have thought a certain way and what your understanding is now. That relates really closely to the previous note. 

Evidently pen also appears darker on the page, then there’s no possibility of it ever disappearing. It also won’t smudge or bleed as long as it’s ballpoint! That’s a good thing when drawing arrows between lines, underlining in addition to your highlights and circling/boxing whatever you deem necessary.

Time, Effort and Commitment

It’s clear that this post took me a while to make, and it took me a while to develop this system with all of the things that I have considered. So it must be self evident that using this type of annotation won’t be quick. It might get tiring at some times, and for me it really does, but at the end I find that it always pays off! You have to stay committed to this technique, you have to put in the same amount of effort for every page, which means you need time. So here are a few final general tips I will leave you with.

  • Don’t procrastinate! As goes for any task, and this one more than any, don’t waste time getting to it! I advice you check how many pages you have in total and make sure that you do a certain amount per day (usually 5-10 pages a day is good!)
  • If you go off on massive tangents in the side bars, make sure that you don’t get too distracted by them because they will take up a lot of your time. But one now and then may be good! Be sure to mark it for later reference!
  • Play mind games with yourself. This one is actually pretty interesting but it personally gets me a long way. If you have 20 pages left, don’t look at it as 20 pages but instead as 4 times 5, then the amount will seem a lot more manageable! It’s a kind of self encouragement!
  • That can also be said by looking now and then at how far your bookmark has moved through the book and giving yourself a pat on the back for all of you hard work!

That’s all I have for now! If you have any further questions for advice or explanation please message me and I will be more than happy to help! And I hope that this helps some people out too! (I’m counting this as 21/100 days of productivity as all I did today was related to annotating.)

Night Time Skin Care Routine🌚

Skin Care Night Time Routine

While you sleep, your skin cells are regenerating faster than throughout the day. It is important to have a skin care routine set for your sleep. This will help your skin appear brighter and healthier in the morning☀️

•Cleansing:
This should never be questioned. You must cleanse your skin before going to sleep in order to get rid of all those toxins, bacteria, and gunk your pores have built up from the day. I use the Burt’s Bees 🐝 Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser. This cleanser is great for those with oily and acne prone skin, it contains willow bark and salicylic acid to treat your breakouts and balance your sebum production.

After the cleanser, I use a daily exfoliator. Many people say you shouldn’t exfoliate every day. (I use to abide by this rule) but I recently found out the Koreans (which are widely known for their amazing skin care products and skin care obsession l) exfoliate their skin on a daily. This makes sense because the cleanser will leave dirt behind, which makes the exfoliator do its job by thoroughly dig into your pores. I use the Garnier Balancing Daily Exfoliator (grapefruit and pomegranate). This scrub is meant to be used on a daily basis, it is foamy and gentle on the skin which makes it ideal for evening/nighttime use✨
*make sure your scrub does not contain microbeads*

After this step, it is important to tone. Using a toner after cleansing will help your skin balance its PH levels (which are disturbed after cleanse) and prep your skin for moisture. This is a very essential step, no one should miss it. I use Witch Hazel as my toner, and also the L'BEL Mattifying Toner for oily skin. (Also contains salicylic acid)👌🏽

•Hydrating:

Your skin will need back the moisture you just stripped away. It is very important for you to know that moisturizing is key, it will keep your skin healthy and prevent wrinkles. Even if you are oily skin, you must moisturize! I use a hydrating face mist first, and then a water based moisturizer. (Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water, and Garnier Moisture Surge Gel Cream)💦

•Treating

This is where the serum is put to use. Depending on your skin concerns, you should have a serum that will address these problems. In my case, I have an overproduction of oil, acne, and big pores. So, the serum I use is formulated for my concerns. If you have dry skin or dull skin, you should get a serum that is hydrating and brightening. (I use the L'BEL Perfecting Cream)💙

In addition to the serum, I also use an eye cream. I do not have dark circles or under eye bags so I’m not always loyal to this step. I do however, have dry eyelids from time to time. What I like to do is use the moisturizer as an eye cream, and added to that I use a natural oil (sometimes Argan, others Rosehip) and apply it for extra hydration. In the morning my flaky eyelids will be smooth as my butt👅

Because I have acne prone skin, I get blemishes. I took an aromatherapy class not so long ago and I learned to make my own formulas. Therefore, I created my own pimple potion. It is a mix of aloe vera juice, witch hazel, vitamin E, and essential oils that will help my pimples heal properly. I apply this directly to my blemishes❤️

Finally, I apply a small amount of Rosehip Oil🌹 all over my face. This oil has many skin care benefits that will help with acne scars, dry skin, blemishes, among other things🙆🏻 You do not have to use this oil specifically, but if you apply an oil, it must be at the end of your product application. Oil will penetrate all the previous products, but if applied beforehand, the products will not penetrate the oil. Keep this in mind!

Remember, your skin is your largest organ, take care of it!

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october 17, 2016 | 1:47 pm | 13/100

aaah i haven’t posted in awhile because of my hectic schedule 😰 finals are this week!!!!! 🌟 wish me luck i def need it! ps: i made a treat yo self purchase aka a dotted moleskine for my bujo next sem i’m v happy 😌💞

Skin-care routine: BEFORE and AFTER makeup application

Before:

•I always start with cleansing my face. Right now I’m using the Aqua Marina Lush cleanser (which I really regret buying👎🏾)
*But I also use an artisanal all-natural soap after I use any cleanser.*
•I use Witch Hazel as toner with cotton pads after cleansing💯
•Then, to make my skin extra smooth for my makeup application I mask for 15 minutes with the Cup O’ Coffee ☕️ from Lush (this leaves my skin like a baby’s bottom, and my makeup look more flawless)
•After masking I apply Witch Hazel again (I love to tone lol) and I also spray my face with the Ole Henriksen Truth facial water 💦 (the orange 🍊 one)
•I then proceed to moisturize with my Belif Aqua bomb🌊
•SPF (If I know I’m going to take a lot of sun I use the TarteGuard☀️, but otherwise I skip this step because it makes me too oily)
*the purpose of the before care is to make my skin soft and ready for makeup*

After:
•I remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar water 💦 (this stuff is so amazing)
•I now started to use a cleansing oil after the micellar water (The Burt’s Bees 🐝 one I posted previously)
•And I cleanse my face with the same Lush product and artisanal soap
•after cleansing I like to exfoliate (right now I use the St.Ives Blemish control apricot scrub but I’m in the process of making my own scrub)
•I tone my face with the Witch Hazel✨
•and I apply the L'OREAL charcoal mask (detox and brighten😍)
*the point of the after care process is too take out all the makeup and gunk from my pores and make sure they’re squeaky clean*

I usually go to sleep after taking off my makeup so I then apply my nighttime products🌝🌚

Time to refill the tea-jar-thing. I got it at Goodwill for $3 years ago and it holds a little over 100 tea bags at a time.

Red Rose Original is a naturally sweet-ish black tea that rarely gets bitter even if it’s oversteeped.

But that’s not the only reason I buy this brand.

They have surprise toys inside. More accurately, small, themed ceramics by Wade of England

The theme changes every couple years or so. Right now it’s American Heritage.

I got The White House.

The figures aren’t highly detailed and are hastily dip-glazed, but you can tell by looking that they are sculpted by hand before being cast for molding.

Kind of random, and kind of neat at the same time.

I’ve been drinking Red Rose for over a decade, and have amassed a decent collection of Wade figurines, not to mention a hefty stack of duplicates.

I like some of them better than others. The nautical set was really nice.

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august 21, 2016 | 12:27 pm | (9/100

i’m so inconsistent with my 100 days of productivity but oh well 😅  the past week was so busy and tiring, but i actually made it through!! 💪🏼  here are my math midterm reviewers 📝🤓  two midterms to gooo!

Lush Reviews✨

I love Lush. They create such amazing cruelty free, vegetarian, fresh, affordable products that are very effective. About a month ago, I got these three products from Lush and I wanted to try them out before I gave you guys a full review. Please keep in mind that I have oily, acne-prone skin and what might work for me might not for you😌

•Don’t Look at me fresh face mask💙

This mask is made with lemon juices and ground rice. It is this vibrant blue color that definitely draws attention. I like this mask, but I don’t love it. It did leave my skin smooth, and it did exfoliate, but I was expecting my skin to brighten up. Because I’m oily skin, I’m looking for something less Hydrating. This mask is intended for all skin types, but I’d suggest it more for sensitive-dry-combination skin. I feel like it was too soft on me and didn’t do much. I would rather put on the Cup O Coffee ☕️ mask. It did leave my skin soft, but it’s not as much as the coffee mask would.

•Tea Tree Toner Water 💦

This has been a game changer for me. I barely use my cucumber water anymore because of this product. This toner comes in a spray bottle, and when sprayed on my face it left me refreshed, hydrated, and it took care of my redness. It is redness reducing and it has helped with my blemishes. What I like to do is, after cleansing I swipe some witch Hazel all over my face and then spray my face with the toner water. I love how fresh my skin feels and how quickly it calms my redness and blemishes❤️

•Magical Moringa Moisturizer

The magical moringa Moisturizer is truly magical. It has been my first matte moisturizer. This moisturizer contains Rosehip, Argan, and Moringa oil so it has the perfect combination of GOOD oils for your skin. It does feel a little oily (I wonder why) but it leaves a very smooth matte finish. It is not drying for me, but it might be for more dry skin types. It says it can be used as a makeup primer. I personally haven’t tried it as a makeup primer but I have used it every day and I apply my spf ☀️ afterwards and I’m still Matte so I do not need to bake my face with translucent powder. I will keep you guys updated for when I do use it as a makeup primer and tell you how it went😘

The only product that I can say for sure that I will repurchase is the Tea Tree Water Toner. I want to give the other products a chance. Don’t get me wrong, I love the magical morning moisturizer, but I want to try out other matte moisturizers (like the new GlamGlow Matte glow moisturizer). I will keep you guys updated💕

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4-01-17 | 50/100 Days of Productivity (halfway there!!)

1. How do you stay motivated?

in terms of school i think of how happy i will be when finish high school with graduation (let’s go c/o 2020!!) and the look on my parents’ faces when I graduate ;v; (i love them so much)

other than that, i tend to tell myself, “c'mon katy, you can do it! things may look rough now, but for sure, you are one tough cookie (monster, from sesame street). keep that chin up! everything will turn out a-okay!” or something similar to that ^^“

🎶 currently listening to : Twenty Four - EXO

PRODUCTS TO TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP 💄

You have probably heard this a thousand times: never go to sleep with your makeup on. But it is so important to get that message through. Leaving your makeup on when you go to bed is unhygienic, gross, and very very VERY bad for your skin. It is your pores worse nightmare…pun intended.

Washing your face with your daily cleanser just won’t cut it. It will leave makeup behind that you don’t see. So, here I present to you the products I use to go naked.

The first product is the Burt’s Bees Makeup Wipes 🐝 The ones I use are specifically for oily skin, but they do have others for your skin type or concerns. These wipes will get your face makeup off.

After that I like to use the Burt’s Bees Cleansing oil and massage it into my skin and my eyelids. Then, I use the Garnier Micellar Water🌊 (that’s my second bottle) and with cotton pads I take away the remaining face makeup and my eye makeup.
I love to use this combination of micellar water and cleansing oil because it really does break down my eye makeup (I have very sensitive eyes) without irritation. 🙆🏻

After I take off my makeup I proceed with my cleansing routine💖

Product review?

Wtf am i doing with my life? Okay so i got a sample of some random korean beauty products the last time i ordered something online…like you always do, you know those little things. And there was this one packet of something with this long ass description of super vague korean trendy words translated into english that all make sense but like…what is this stuff? It said essence and i see the word moisture and so i put it on my face one night before bed because whats the worst that can happen right?

and i swear to god i woke up with my fucking FACE FEELING LIKE MAGIC holy shit it made my skin so nice.
So i tried it the second night and i swear to god ive gone BACK IN YEARS with only two days of using this stuff, what the actual fuck.
So i look at it again and its, hilariously called Snail 96. And im like okay so it has the souls of 96 snails in it, thats cool.

Well i bought a bottle today on amazon and AFTER i paid for it im reading and it says 96% Snail mucin….mucin sounds…kinda…

So i googled “what is snail mucin” and guys…its the slime.

Its 96% snail SLIME and im willingly rubbing it all over my face and ive never felt more alive.

I didnt even cancel the order. Im gonna let these fuckers slime me, i dont care.

okay the brand is Cosrx and its called Advanced Snail 96 mucin power essence and i got it for less than $15 bucks on amazon. Someone just said something about horse spit in the replies and im….man i love korean cosmetics, theyre so brave hahaha