Life Update & Common Girl Tag!

Hey, everyone! Long time, no talk! Seriously, it’s been, like, a week since I’ve last posted anything, but I promise I’m still alive and kicking! Just super busy. As ya’ll know, Cody and I have finally moved into our new apartment (click here for a tour of my place: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/my-first-video-upload-ever-new-apartment-tour/ ), but I’m still driving the hour every single day to my job here. I get up at 5:30, drive an hour, work, and then drive an hour back. You could say I’m exhausted! haha By the time I get home every day, I just don’t have any energy left to spend on anything else.

On top of traveling two hours every single day, my contract here at work is up on July 18th, so in about two weeks. I’ve been job hunting, but no where seems to be hiring. I’m so unbelievably stressed and when I’m stressed I can’t sleep. So, with getting up at 5:30 anyway, I pretty much get one or two hours of sleep every night. I’m almost dysfunctional I’m so tired. haha

Since I’m pretty much venting to ya’ll anyway, I might as well continue, right? haha I get paid pretty well at my job, but because I drive two hours daily, obviously I need to fill up my gas tank every single week (my car gets awful gas mileage). Because of that, all of my money goes to either gas or my cosmetology school savings, so I have $0 leftover to purchase new makeup or clothing or anything else for myself. Which means I kind of needed to cut back on monthly favorites, new makeup trends, and other blog posts like that. It sucks, but I’m so excited for cosmetology school that I don’t mind (: So just hang in there with me and I’m hoping that we’ll get through this together!

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Anyway, since I’ve been stressin’ lately but haven’t posted in a while, I wanted to do something fun today! I was watching one of my YouTube beauty gurus last night and she was doing the Common Girl Tag, which sounded fun to me! It’s basically just a buncha questions that are cliche girly things. I thought it would be interesting for me to do this because I’m not exactly a girly person and I also don’t typically follow the crowd, so we’ll see what my answers are like!

Here are the questions:

1. Favorite Starbucks drink? I’m actually not a fan of Starbucks! I don’t like fancy drinks and I can just make tea myself at home instead of paying $7 a cup. haha But I’ll go with hot chocolate, because their hot chocolate is liquid deliciousness.  
2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Well, since I’ve been having to get up at 5:30 for work, I want to sleep in as long as I possibly can, so I can typically get ready in 30 minutes. But on weekends or for special events, it can take me upwards of an hour to an hour and a half. 
3. How many selfies do you take on a daily basis? None! Unless I’m posting an Outfit of the Day or Look of the Day, I never take selfies! I hate looking at myself, I don’t wanna make anyone else suffer either haha 
4. How many IG followers and pics do you have? I pretty much just got an Instagram so I could stalk all my favorite celebrities. I don’t have any followers or post anything, I just like seeing a more real look at what famous people are up to! Is that creepy? haha
5. Do you ever say “LOL” or “OMG” out loud? hahah No! I do say “Oh my god,” but never OMG! 
6. Do you wear the same clothing item more than once? Uhmm, yeah. Of course. haha I’m next to broke, this girl doesn’t have the money to throw away outfits after one wear!
7. Are you racist?  I’m not even sure why this is a question, but no, of course not. I don’t see race. Just like I’m extremely supportive of gay rights, race doesn’t bother me either. It shouldn’t bother anyone.
8. How many tweets do you have? I don’t have a Twitter account actually! 
9. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr? Can I just say Facebook? haha (Friend me on Facebook here! https://www.facebook.com/megan.hartman.58 I post way more frequently on there than I do on here!)
10. What do you spend most of your time doing? I work quite a bit. Other than that, I love to spend my time with friends and family, playing with dogs, and eating! I’m a simple person. haha 
11. Who are your favorite youtubers? Jaclyn Hill and Nicole Guierro are my faves (: But I love lots more! I love my beauty gurus! 
12. How often do you do your nails? This is probably the most cliche girly thing that I take part in haha I paint my nails obsessively! I paint them differently at least once a week and always in bright, happy colors and patterns! I love nail art too. 
13. Are you a shopaholic? Ya know what, no. I wouldn’t consider myself a shopaholic. I enjoy shopping, yes. But I’m defiantly not one of those girls who goes to the mall and comes home with 10 different bags!
14. How many times have you watched Mean Girls? Hmmm. I’ve watched it fully through probably three of four times. But I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, like, hundreds of times haha Whenever I notice that it’s on T.V, I usually tune in. On Wednesdays, we wear pink.
15. Do you own a lot of clothes? Yeah, I guess so. But I only wear the same things over and over again haha I need to clean out my closet again and donate! I do that several times a year to keep my closet space free for new finds and give away nice things to people who really need it. 
16. Do you take pictures of your food before you eat it?  Nope! As much as I enjoy eating, you’d think that I would! I don’t bake often, so if I make something that looks exceptionally nice, I’ll take a picture and send it to a friend or something, but I never post it on social media sites.
17. Do you wear makeup everyday?  I do! I have horribly acne scarred skin, so the least I do is cover it up with a few dabs of concealer. The only time I am without makeup, is when I’m sleeping or on lazy days at home!
18. What are your average grades in school? Well, I’ve been out of high school for a while, but I was an awful student. haha I did the bare minimum to get by. I probably sat around C’s and the occasional D. It’s not that I’m dumb, it’s that I didn’t care. I was that kid who sat in the back of the classroom and made everyone laugh. I didn’t go to school to learn, I went to socialize. I’m an awful person. haha 
19. How do you usually style your hair? It’s either always straight and down or just pulled back into a ponytail. I never did anything exciting with my hair, but now that it’s short, I can’t wait for it to grow back out, so I can do cute stuff to it! 
20. Do you always look presentable? Always? Not by a long shot. haha When I go out and obviously at work, I always do, but if I’m just chillin’ at home, going to the grocery store, or anything like that, you can typically catch me in a giant, over sized flannel shirt, black shorts, and my hair lookin’ a mess. haha Keepin’ it real, ladies.

I encourage all of you to do this tag as well and don’t forget to let me know so I can stop by and read what your answers were! I hope ya’ll enjoyed this, sorry for my absence, but I’ll try to get back into the swing of things! Thanks so much for reading today and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

Outfit of the Day: New Maxi Skirt Turned Work Appropriate!

Morning, everyone! Last night I went to the mall with a gift card left over from Christmas and one goal in mind: to find a new maxi skirt! I had initially planned on purchasing a black or gray one just so I could match it and wear it with anything, but what I fell in love with defiantly was NOT black! Complete opposite actually….

ImageImageAs you can see, this is 100% not black hahah I saw this on the rack from halfway across the store and knew right then that I needed it. Turns out, it was even on the sale rack, there was one skirt left, and it just happened to be in my size. Pretty sure the universe was just screaming at me to get it haha

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Obviously, this is gonna be a very cute skirt for vacations and summer time when paired with a tank top or crop top, but that’s not very work appropriate! So I just needed to class it up and make it a little bit dressier. 

Yellow and White Striped Maxi Skirt: Von Maur

Black Cami: Kohl’s

Jean Jacket: Macy’s

Indian Feather Necklace: Forever 21 (maybe? not sure! haha)

So, as ya’ll can see, it didn’t take much to dress it up! I just added a jean jacket and a cute necklace and bada-bing-bada-boom, work appropriate neon yellow maxi skirt! This skirt is actually quite versatile which is surprising because of it’s color, but it’s easy to dress up or down and would work for a lot of different occasions!

Also, I don’t know if ya’ll noticed, but I also dyed my hair and it’s not bleach blonde anymore! It’s a light auburn-ish color. You can’t really tell from these pictures, but it defiantly has some red tint to it and I really like it! I just went to Walmart and picked out some $2.97 hair dye in a box and went at it hahah It turned out really great. It’s not as dark as I wanted it, so I’ll wait a while and then dye it darker, but I’m happy with it. I hope ya’ll like it too! Now if only it could grow 8 inches overnight…..

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this quick post today! Don’t forget to like it and then, if you aren’t already, follow my blog for more Outfit of the Days and beauty related posts like this one (: Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a little bit today and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

Gotta Have It or Live Without It: L’Oreal True Match Foundation!

Hey, everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope your weeks are going great so far. Cody and I are finally beginning to settle down into our new apartment, though we still have plenty of decorating to do! (If you want to see a video tour of our new apartment, click here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/my-first-video-upload-ever-new-apartment-tour/ ) We’ve been busy, but I did manage to get in one trip to Ulta this week and I finally jumped on the bandwagon and picked up the ever-so talked about L’Oreal True Match foundation. I had purchased one not too long ago, but unfortunately I’m terrible at judging colors and it was a little too dark, but will work well after I get back from Myrtle Beach with a tan. So I needed to get a color that matched me now so I could try it out for ya’ll!

ImageOne of the things that I noticed right off the bat about this product was the bottle. I love it! I think it’s perfect for summer travels, it fits perfectly into any travel makeup bags that I have, which is a huge plus for me. I also love how the bottle itself is clean and professional looking. It doesn’t have pictures, fancy fonts, or crazy colors on it. Packaging like that can be cute, but this is just simple and to the point, which I think we can all appreciate!

Now, on to the foundation talk… I highly recommend this product for anyone who’s having a tough time finding your perfect foundation shade. This line has a broad range of colors to choose from and, since the bottle is completely see through, you’re able to most accurately select the best color for yourself (even though I’m an idiot and still picked out the wrong color haha). This foundation goes on really smoothly and has a medium coverage finish to it. For myself, I went over a few spots with extra redness twice, but the first time around, it actually did really well in covering everything up! I apply this with my foundation brushes and I recommend that you do the same because it’s just gonna be a huuuge mess and not blend out well if you use your fingers!

Let me warn you: after applying this, it’s shiny. It’s absolutely necessary that you go over with a setting powder. If you’re a one-stop-shop kinda girl, this isn’t the foundation for you because it does take some extra care to blend it out well and apply your powder over it. I did notice as well that, throughout the day, there was some extra oil coming through around my T-zone that I needed to touch up with powder. Nothing too bad, but it was a minor inconvenience. I do have extremely, extremely oily skin though, so for those of you with normal to dry skin, this would be fine for you!

Final Verdict? It depends! I’m not gonna say this is the greatest foundation of life because I defiantly have some that I enjoy better, but this was nice! The price point was great, it’s readily available, easy to travel with, great shade range, and gives awesome coverage. My skin got greasy throughout the day, but it was nothing unmanageable. I won’t be pulling this out for everyday use, but it’s definitely going to be a great foundation to have in my arsenal. If you have oily skin like me, just be sure to bring your powder with you for touch ups! I do recommend this as a good drugstore foundation because it does just what it claims: it’s true matches to your skin! It held up well and I really don’t have too much to complain about. I wanted to try it for awhile and I’m glad I did! If you’ve tried this yourself, leave your thoughts down below so I can read ’em! If you have any questions, ask away (: Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

Product Update: Witch Hazel

Hey, everyone! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend and are enjoying your Sundays so far! This is actually my second post of the day, but I’ve been meaning to get this product update post up for awhile and I had some extra time today to do it! My first post though is my first video upload ever and it’s a tour of my new apartment, it’s only about 6 minutes, so you’ll defiantly wanna go check that out! 

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This is sucha horrible picture, I apologize, but I needed to take my own picture instead of just pulling one off of Google, you’ll see why here in a second! Since this is a product update, I won’t be getting too much into the actual description of Witch Hazel, so click on the this link right here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/gotta-have-it-or-live-without-it-dickensons-witch-hazel/ and that will take you directly to my first post where you can read all about my initial thoughts. 

Anyway, on to the actual product update now! I raved all about Witch Hazel in my first post and, even though I was pretty positive this product couldn’t get any better, it did. I’m crazy about it. This is my absolute holy grail product! As I mentioned in my first post, I still use this as a toner (since it is so watery, I combine it with just a dab of my moisturizer for a thicker consistency) and that’s the way that I would recommend you use it as well. It seems like every single day I notice some other way that Witch Hazel has changed my skin for the better. For one, I haven’t had a single breakout on my face since I’ve started using it. NOT A SINGLE ONE. This is a big one for me because I used to suffer horribly from cystic acne and hormonal breakouts and to finally have all that under control is like a breath of fresh air! Along with preventing breakouts, here’s what else Witch Hazel has done for me:

~minimized pores (yes, really!)

~evened out skin tone

~smoothed out skin

~got rid of some acne scars

~made skin more glowy 

~moisturized skin 

I know ya’ll are probably like, “There’s no way,” but I swear to you, all of the above is 100% true. For the acne scar one, I did say that it helped get rid of some acne scars because the scars that affect deeper layers of skin likely won’t be touched by anything other than cosmetic lasers or minor surgeries, but Witch Hazel defiantly lightens newer, smaller ones! And, the reason I had to take my own picture instead of getting one off Google is because I wanted to show ya’ll just how much of the Witch Hazel I’ve used. I’ve had this for a few months, I use it twice every single day, and I’ve only used a liiiiitle bit of it so far! Whaaat?! This is gonna last me so long, which is awesome because I never want it to go away! haha 

Basically, my skin has gone through a dramatic change for the better all because of this product. For me to continuously recommend and rave about a product means that it has to be pretty damn good to not get replaced. Witch Hazel is now a staple in my beauty routine, I can’t live without it! I think ya’ll need it in your life too (: 

As always, if you have any questions, just ask down below! I’ll get right back to ya. And don’t forget to check out my earlier video post showin’ ya’ll around my new apartment! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll talk to you later!

XOXO, Megan ❤ 

 

My First Video Upload EVER: New Apartment Tour!

This is my first video upload EVER (I reeeally hope it actually works haha)! This is my first day back at my apartment for a few days, so I thought today was the perfect day to get a new apartment tour video up for ya’ll! Cody’s at work, so it’s been a lazy day and I apologize for my lack of makeup and normal clothes! haha Can’t wait to show ya’ll around my new place (: Remember to comment below if you have any organizing or decorating tips for smaller spaces below, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

The Sunshine Award Nomination & Thank You! (:

Good morning, everyone! Happy Friday! I hope ya’ll have some fun things planned this weekend! I have a busy one ahead of me (but what’s new, right? haha). Today is my mom’s birthday, so we’re going to be out celebrating tonight, tomorrow I have wedding #2 of this summer to go to, and then on Sunday I’ll be driving back up to my apartment and then hopefully gettin’ some time in there to film a quick look around my apartment video for ya! As much as I would like a weekend to just chill and relax, I do enjoy my busy ones (:

I have some makeup reviews to get up for you guys, as well as a product update, but today I have something else to do. I was nominated last week for the Sunshine Award (my 5th nomination! Woooow!), and I figured what better way to celebrate Friday than with an award nomination and thank you? I was nominated by the beautiful and so so kind Natasha over at http://blondebeauty13.com/ and, I know I’ve said this about her before, but I don’t mind saying it again: go visit her blog! She gives the greatest makeup and beauty tips, tutorials, and reviews and she’s always ready to talk with you and answer any questions! She goes out of her way to be kind to every single person that comments and I absolutely love that about her! I promise that you’ll adore her just as much as I do!

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The Rules

1) Display the award logo to your blog
2) Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post (see above)
3) Share 7 random, interesting things about yourself
4) Nominate up to 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post
5) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

My incredible nominees are:

http://milliemakeup.wordpress.com/

http://msbeautyguru.com/

http://themosthappy.me/

http://madisonblanding.wordpress.com/

http://sincerelyjeunebelle.wordpress.com/

http://beyoutiful-beauty.com/

If you are looking for fun posts, amazing tips, great pictures, and genuinely sweet people, then go check out any and all of these above blogs! I’ve made a connection with some of these people personally, others I just really enjoy their blog, but no matter what, I know you won’t regret goin’ to check ’em out, you’ll love them too!

7 Random Facts About Me

1) I will be going to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina exactly one month from now!

2) I haaate reading. I’ll be the first to admit that. But I’m currently in the process of reading all of Stephen King’s books and I’m on “Cell” right now. I’m obsessed with him! His books are so amazing that, when I pick one up and start reading, hours could fly by when I look at the clock.

3) Maybe it’s just because I grew up in Texas, but sweet tea will always be my drink of choice.

4) I don’t eat like a “typical girl.” I’d much prefer a loaded burger with fries over a salad and I can out-eat almost anyone when it comes to pizza! Sometimes that makes me feel extremely awkward when I’m out with a big group and all the girls order soups or salads. But then I realize that I don’t really give a shit and order myself that burger anyway!

5) My favorite dog breeds are Pit Bulls and Pit mixes. I think they’re so beautiful and so misunderstood. But there’s really not a dog that I don’t absolutely love!

6) On my third day of driving with my license, I ran over a kitten. I thought it was a plastic bag in the street, so I didn’t slow down. I had to pull over because I was crying so hysterically I couldn’t even drive anymore. haha

7) I love people! Even when I was younger, I would go up and talk to just about anyone. It’s by the grace of God that I never got kidnapped haha There are no strangers to me, just friends waiting to be made. I have a naturally outgoing personality and that’s one of my favorite things about myself.

(Check out my About Me blog post to get to know me even better! https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/get-to-know-me/ Be sure to comment on there if you did an About Me post as well, I’d love to read it!)

I just wanna give a huge thanks to Natasha again for thinking of me and nominating me! I can’t believe this is my 5th award already! Each one means so much to me. Ya’ll are so amazing for reading and following my blog and there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not so appreciative of it! I hope ya’ll have awesome weekends and I’ll talk to ya later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

Life Update, Outfit of the Day, & Look of the Day!

Hey, everyone! After a week or so, I’m finally back! I have some stuff to update ya’ll about today, but first I wanna say something before we get into all of that. I just wanna say thank you to those of you who were so sweet, supportive, and patient last week after I had to put my dog down. It would have been a really tough thing to do anyway, and it just made it harder knowing that I practically grew up with her, so I was really distraught over the whole situation. Even though I haven’t posted anything for a few days, I did get on and check my blog updates and it made me feel so loved seeing all of the kind words you had to say! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WordPress is the most supportive online community I’ve ever been a part of and I absolutely love that! I couldn’t have gotten through it without your support, so I defiantly just needed to take some time to tell ya’ll how much I appreciated it (:

Anyway, on to everything else that’s been goin’ on! I’ve had the craziest weekend I’ve had in quite some time… I finally got all moved in to my new apartment! We started moving in on Friday and continued to move and clean until Sunday night and now Cody and I are finally settled into our new place! I haven’t taken any pictures yet, but I promise I will! I’m back home from today until Saturday night for my mom’s birthday week, so I’m thinkin’ Sunday once I get back will be a good day to get my apartment post up, be on the lookout for that (:

ImageAmong all of the craziness, I did manage to get one picture! Even though it’s dark and blurry haha This picture was taken in our little living room on our couch. The apartment is teeny tiny, but it’s newly renovated, has gorgeous wood floors, new carpet, and new cabinets. It might not be much to most other people, but it’s ours and we love it. We already feel so at home in it. Can’t wait to share the rest with ya! If I have time, I’ve even been thinking about doing a video post for ya instead! I think that’d probably be the best way anyway to show ya’ll our new place!

Now, with all the new apartment talk outta the way, I have an Outfit of the Day for ya! I haven’t posted anything for about a week, let alone anything actually along the lines of fashion and beauty, so today is a good day to start that up again!

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White Skinny Jeans: Hollister

Jean Jacket: Macy’s

Black Tank Top: Kohl’s (it’s actually a workout tank top!)

Woven Brown Belt: Macy’s

Gold Studded Sandals: Forever 21

I also have on a really gorgeous necklace (I shoulda taken a close up for ya) that mom got me as a going away present. It has two white sapphires in the shape of hearts and around it and it says “A mother’s love has no end.” I cried when she gave it to me haha It’s so pretty, I’ve worn it every day since I got it! I believe she got it at Kohl’s at the jewelry counter. And also, just a side note, if you like those jeans and are planning on getting any from Hollister, make sure you go waaaaay up in size! I’m a size 2 or 3 and these jeans are a size 7 or 8! Big difference!

I also tried a little somethin’ new out today, check it out!

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I’ve always, always, always been a fan of colorful eyeliner, so I just recently purchased this really gorgeous one! This is the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green, it’s this really gorgeous emerald color that has some light shimmer to it. It reflects light beautifully. I also bought a really pretty pale blue color, but I wanted to give this color a go first because I thought it would work best with my eye color. This is the first time I’ve used this product, so I’m not sure if there’s gonna be any smudging or fading that’s gonna go on, so I brought the pencil with me to work for touch-ups throughout the day if need be. I’ll have a product review up on these as soon as I test them out enough (: These eye pencils are available wherever Nyx products are sold and I purchased mine at Ulta for under $5 each! I also finally jumped ship and joined the so many ladies that are tryin’ out the L’Oreal TrueMatch Foundation! Be on the lookout for that makeup review to pop up here soon as well (:

So this post was a little crazy, I had so many different topics to over with ya’ll since it’s been so long! I really hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below with any apartment decor suggestions, comments about the Nyx Jumbo Pencil if you’ve used one yourself, questions, or just to say hey! Don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog for more beauty/fashion/lifestyle related posts like this one (: I’ve also been nominated for another award, so I’ll have that post up here soon! As always, thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit today and it’s so good to be back! I’ve missed you guys!

XOXO, Megan ❤