Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

Hi, loves!

It is my second week getting the fabulous ipsy bag, and I must say…I love ipsy! There are some great products in this months bag that you for sure will want to check out.

Makeup Bag

All I have to say is…what the heck is a gudetama? My 13-year-old sister, who is fluent in the world of anime, told me it is a Japanese anime and he is a lazy egg. Well, ok then…He is a cute little fella, but not one I would publically carry around as my makeup bag.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics

Mandarin Green Orange & Ginger Mongongo Lip Conditioner 

This lip conditioner will definitely make your lips feel silky smooth and soft, which I absolutely love. I am not a big fan of the orange taste I tasted when I put it on my lips, but I am not a huge orange fan in general. If you like oranges, then I would definitely try this product out. I might try out another flavor because I do like how this makes my lips feel. I also like that all of the products used to make this lip conditioner are organic, that is always a plus. I would not buy this exact product, but I am curious to see how the other flavors are.

The Mandarin Green Orange & Ginger Mongongo Lip Conditioner is $10.00.

Ciaté London

Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner In Black

My go to eyeliner is always black liquid eyeliner, and this one is a pencil eyeliner. I am not really a huge fan of this eyeliner mainly because it is a pencil. I do not like how pencils do now show up as dark and they do not glide on as easy as liquid eyeliner does. I would not buy this product.

The Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner In Black is $18.00.

Seraphine Botanicals

Lychee + Gold

I love EVERYTHING rose gold, and this blush is no exception! It is a gorgeous color, and I love it on my skin tone. It is a very bright blush, which I do not normally even wear blush. This one would be fun to wear for a special occasion, but probably not my everyday wear. I would buy this product, but maybe just for the summer.

Lychee + Gold is $14.00.

Winky Lux

Double Matte Whip In Angel Food

I love love love matte lipstick. I was super excited to try this product! The color is subtle, but it looks very pretty on. It dries a really pretty color and without any cracks. Do you want to know my favorite part? My lips still feel super soft, which is always a plus for me when it comes to matte lipsticks. I would absolutely buy this product.

The Double Matte Whip In Angel Food is $13.00.

OFRA Cosmetics

Gold Rush Eyeshadow

The color of this eyeshadow is absolutely gorgeous, but it is very bold. It is not a color I would normally wear, but I think it is a fun color for summer. I might not buy this exact product, but if I did it would only be during the summer.

The Gold Rush Eyeshadow is $15.00.

FULL LOOK:

The only other products used beside the items in the glam bag are: Sephora foundation and Two Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.

Make sure to comment what your favorite products in this months glam bag are! I would love to hear your must haves and

XOXO, Sierra

Need New Sunnies? Check out, Civion!

Hi, loves!

A couple weeks ago I was contacted via Instagram by a company that asked if I would be willing to try out their product and give my feedback to my lovely followers. How exciting is that? 

Civion is a cute online accessory store based in New York that sells the absolute cutest sunglasses and bracelets. I had never heard of it before, but I am so glad that I finally got to check them out!

I checked out their website and fell head over heels for a pair of sunglasses called The Designer. You can select your size: small or medium (I chose small because I have a little face). Small is usually the best fit for women. Then you can select the color of the lens: black, blue, or light (I chose light because it looks like rose gold).

Do you want to know the best part? Two words: free shipping! It took a little under three weeks for them to ship to me in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is not too bad. On their website, it says shipping to North America takes 7-20 days, to Europe takes 8-25 days, and the rest of the world takes 14-30 days.

The Designer sunglasses are usually $39.89 USD, but they are currently on sale for $27.35. 

Civion has a special deal for my followers. Who wants a code for 10% off any one item at their store? Use code: SIE10 at Civion to get 10% off! 


Let me know your thoughts on their products in the comments.

XOXO, Sierra

Time For Relaxation: Bath Time Essentials

Hi, loves!

Do you want to know one of my favorite ways to relieve stress?

My go-to stress reliever is simple: a bath. The past two years of college I have lived in a dorm room and my sorority house, so taking baths as a stress reliever never happened. As soon as I go home during breaks or the weekend, I take advantage of my nice, clean bathtub.

Are you feeling a little stressed? Go home, fill up your bathtub with warm water, lock the door and make sure you have my bath time essentials by your side:

1. A Good Book

One of the best ways to relax is to take a little escape from reality. What is the perfect way to do that? Make sure you have a book on standby for days you just need to hop into the bathtub and relax. Tonight (yes, I am taking advantage of being home this summer) I am going to start The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. My Nana recommended it to me, so I hope it is good!

2. A Cozy Robe

There is nothing more relaxing than wrapping yourself up in a cozy robe while you prepare to get in the bath and then putting it back on when you get out of the water. My personal favorite robe is my fuzzy, pink robe from Victoria’s Secret. It is literally the coziest thing ever.

3. A Candle

A scented candle is a must when taking a bath. You want to make sure you have something yummy to smell while you relax. Plus, scents are one of the best ways to relax. My favorite candle at the moment is the Buttercream Icing scented candle from Bath & Body Works.

4. A Face Mask

I love a good face mask while I am relaxing in the bathtub. Not only does it help you relax, but you get to purify your face at the same time. Double win! Tonight I am trying out the Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask from BioRepublic skincare that I got from my June Ipsy Glam Bag (check out my review of this here).

5. Wine

Well, duh? What better way to unwind for the night by popping open a bottle of your favorite wine. My personal favorite is Cupcake Moscato D’Asti. If you have not tried it yet, you have to I promise it will change your life.

6. A Cute Wine Glass

You cannot drink wine without a cute wine glass! My personal favorite at the moment is my pink sparkly wine glass from Francesca’s that says “Wine is my Valentine.” Shoutout to my best friend for buying it for me.

7. A Bubble Bar

Who does not love a good bubble bath? I might be 20-years-old, but I will not pass up putting bubbles in my bath from a cute little bubble bar from Lush (aka heaven).

8. A Bath Bomb

Bubbles are great, and so are bath bombs! I do not think I will ever get over watching a pretty little ball dissolve in my bathtub and turn the water a pretty color (preferably pink, of course). Another one of my favorite things to buy from Lush.

9. Soap

You most likely got in the bathtub to relax, but also to get clean of course. So, another must buy from Lush is their yummy smelling shower gel. Wow, lots of products from Lush, but I promise I am not a spokesperson for them I just seriously enjoy their products. I mean who would not love a company that does not test their products on animals and (for sensitive people like me) does not break out your skin! That is a double win for me.

10. Body Lotion

Hydration is key. Once you get out of the bathtub, do your skin a favor and make sure to hydrate it with some body lotion. My personal favorite at the moment is Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion. It smells yummy and makes my skin feel silky smooth.

What are your bath time essentials? I would love to know! Make sure to comment and let me know your favorite products to use during your baths.

XOXO, Sierra

Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Hi, loves!

I am so excited that I have finally jumped on the ipsy train and decided to try out their monthly glam bags, so I can review them for y’all and give you my thoughts on the products. Friendly reminder that glam bags can be different for each customer due to preferences/wants/skin complexion, etc. Still, I am hoping this can give you an idea of what products out there are worth the buy and which ones are not.

Makeup Bag

This makeup bag is simple but cute. On ipsy’s website, it describes the bag with the caption: “this loud and proud pouch is a not-so-subtle reminder to *always* speak your mind!”

BioRepublic SkinCare

Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask and Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask

I literally got the worst sunburn on my face today while I was laying out at the pool, and the Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask felt like literal heaven as soon as I put it on. It automatically cooled my face down and made it not feel as dry and painful. I am literally obsessed with this facemask and now I want to go buy a bunch of them. This product is definitely one you should look into for the summer.

The Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask and Green Tea Detox Purifying Mask are both $14.95 for a set of 3 or $44.95 for a box of 10.

NYX Professional Makeup

Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle: Cocoa Bean

I used this as a lipstick for this review post. I am a lover of all nude lipsticks, and this one was no exception. It is light feeling on my lips and super easy to put on. It is nude, so it does not stand out a whole lot as a lipstick, but I still love it. I would definitely buy this product.

The Whipped Lip & Cheek Souflee: Cocoa Bean is normally $6.00, but is currently on sale for $4.20. 

theBalm Cosmetics

INSTAIN Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Pinstripe

This blush is a little darker than the colors that I normally go for. I tend to go for light pinks or I just do not wear blush at all. I actually think this blush turned out very pretty when I put it on, and I was happily surprised at how much I liked it. I would not buy this product during the summer, but I might during the fall.

The INSTAIN Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Pinstripe is $22.00. 

City Color Cosmetics

Shimmer Shadow: Cheers to Life

I tend to keep my eyes looking pretty natural and I mainly use various pinks (I know what a shocker). I did not think I was going to like this eyeshadow at all because it is very orange, very sparkly and very bright. However, I think this would be a super cute summer look. You literally can just brush it on, throw on some eyeliner and mascara and be good to go. I think if I was brave enough I would buy this product for the summer.

Shimmer Shadow: Cheers to Life is normally $4.99, but it is currently on sale for $3.99.

Skone Cosmetics

Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner: Brown

I was super excited to get a liquid eyeliner because that is literally all that I use, but I was not excited to get brown because I only ever wear black liquid eyeliner. This liquid eyeliner is super easy to use, and I actually do not mind this brown tone at all. It still looks pretty dark, and I absolutely love it paired with the shimmer shadow above.

Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner: Brown is normally $20.00, but it is currently on sale for $15.00. 

PS: The only extra makeup item I am wearing in the photographs is: Sephora foundation and Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

XOXO, Sierra

SOO AE Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask and Hydrogel Lip Patch Review

Hi, loves!

I am by no means a beauty expert, but I have decided to start a new section on my blog: beauty! It is just a place for me to review certain beauty products that I try out or to highlight my favorite beauty products.

The first post of my new beauty section is a review of SOO AE’s Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask and Hydrogel Lip Patch. This was my first time trying these products, so I was a little nervous, but super excited because I have heard a lot of great reviews.

Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask

I am not going to lie…I had no clue what an oxygen bubbling mask was before I tried this face mask out. I had no clue what to expect or what the heck is was going to do to my face. Nervous much? Well of course. I have super sensitive skin, so I am always a little weary of trying new skincare products because I never know how my face is going to react.

Let me tell you, it is a pretty strange feeling to put a mask on your face and then all of a sudden literally feel it start to bubble up and hear the sound of bubbling coming from your face. It felt like someone was tickling me all over my face. It was a strange feeling, but I got used to it after a couple of minutes.

I have been spending a lot of time at the pool, so my face is a little sunburnt and incredibly dry. Literally, as soon as I washed my face off and put some moisturizer on, my face felt brand new. It felt soft and smooth unlike before.

I give this face mask a 10/10. You should definitely go try it out, especially if you are like me and you are spending a lot of time out in the sun this summer. Do you want to know what the best part is? It is literally only $2.50 at good ole Walmart.

Hydrogel Lip Patch

If you are like me, then you had absolutely no idea that there was such a thing as a mask for your lips. Who would have thought?

I was not really sure what a lip mask would even look like. Would it be a cream that I would wash off? Would it be a sheet mask that I would just throw away? Well, I was definitely surprised that it was neither of those two options. Instead, I took it out of the package and pulled out a jelly feeling lip patch that let out a delicious smelling fragrance of berries.

My lips have felt super dry and chapped lately thanks to that lovely Oklahoma sun that I have been out in all summer. I feel like I have been constantly putting on my chapstick because my lips feel so dry and yucky. I have been so annoyed because I feel like no matter how much chapstick I put on, my lips are still dry and they do not feel good at all.

This hydrogel lip patch seriously changed my life. After keeping it on for about twenty minutes, my lips felt great again. They were soft and felt hydrated. This is absolutely my new favorite product. I am in love!

I give this hydrogel lip patch a 10/10. You should definitely go try it out, especially if you are like me and you are spending a lot of time out in the sun this summer. Do you want to know what the best part is? It is also only $2.50 at Walmart.

If you try out these products, I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!

XOXO, Sierra

PS: The bubble facemask freaked out my little teacup Yorkie, Prince Charming, so use with caution around dogs.

I Stand In Awe

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“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

Life is extremely crazy 24/7. We tend to rush through the day and solely focus on getting our daily tasks completed. Once we are done with our daily chores, we skip to thinking about what we have to do tomorrow instead of living in the present. When every single day is nonstop, we seem to forget to take a moment to just pause and stand in awe of the beauty that God created that surrounds us everywhere we go.

This summer has been nonstop for me. I am a full-time nanny Monday through Friday, I took an online summer class and I try to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends before I go back to school in August. It can be a little overwhelming to balance everything, and I tend to constantly be on the go and rushing through my days.

This weekend, I got to spend a little vacation time with some of my family at Niagara Falls in Canada. I definitely have wanderlust, so I was happy that I got to experience a place that I had never been to before. I was excited to take a little break from reality and just slow down a little bit.

After a plane ride from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania and a five hour drive to Canada, we finally made it to Niagara Falls. When we got there, I just took a second and put life on pause to really take all of my surroundings in.

I stood there in awe when I looked at the beauty right in front of me. I stood in awe of God’s mighty power and the incredible beauty that He created. His power and beauty seriously never ceases to amaze me. I stood there and wondered how people could stand and look at this beautiful place and still be skeptic that God exists. This place is just one of God’s many masterpieces.

It’s crazy to me to think that the God that made Niagara Falls is the same exact God that made me and you. How amazing is that? We are all different and made uniquely in God’s image. He carefully and intentionally made you the way you are, just like he did for all the beauty in this world. That just shows how much God cares about you, more than you can even imagine.

I think it is extremely important for us to pause and take a minute to take in God’s beautiful creations and appreciate everything that He does for us. We get so caught up in life that we tend to forget to just take a minute to appreciate the life that God has given us.

The world tends to focus on the darkness of what goes on, but we have to focus on God’s beauty instead. God’s beauty is all around us. It is literally everywhere, so there is no excuse to not find some beauty in the world even on the darkest days.

Challenge yourself this week to take a few minutes every single day to pause and take in God’s beauty. Thank Him for his creations.

“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number — living thing both large and small.” Psalm 104:24-25

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The Media’s Version of Beauty

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Please take a moment to watch an introduction video to this blog post!

In today’s society, the definition of beauty is very narrow. When you open a magazine, newspaper, book cover, turn on the tv, or go online there is usually a certain type of male or female that looks similar.

You usually see a tall, blonde, flawless, beauty with the perfect hair, makeup, outfit and body. Or, you might see a tall, dark and handsome man who is every girls dream guy.

The problem with this portrayal of beauty is that young girls and boys look up to these figures. They aspire to look exactly like them, but unknown to them, that is impossible.

It is totally okay to look up to someone who has a healthy workout, a healthy dietary plan, and is a model. It is so not okay to let little girls believe that the girls they are looking up to really look like they do in their advertisement photographs.

The models that we all see every day do not look like their picture. These models are perfect because of the skills of many people who spend hours upon hours creating the perfectly photoshopped image in order to sell or promote their product or business.

CBS news interviewed an agent and former model who had this comment on today’s modeling industry: “‘It is important that a fashion model is a fashion model.’ Bethann Harrison said. ‘She has to be lean. She should be tall and it is not someone who is fuller body. That is not fashion. That is something else.'”

As a young woman, that statement is infuriating to read. The fact that so many people believe the previous quote shows just how twisted our idea of beauty really is. It is not realistic for young girls to think that they have to be tall, skinny, and drop dead gorgeous. There are many factors like health and genetics that prevent many girls from being the perfect height or weight. We should not be putting that kind of pressure on young girls. We should be teaching young girls to grow up loving their body so that they will continue to have a positive body image as an adult.

Businesses put out images of models that are unrealistic, yet it works because most people want to look like the model they see in the picture. Consumers buy the product because they believe that it will make them look like the model shown with the product. This puts pressure on young people, but mainly teenagers. Most teenagers already feel the excruciating pressure to fit in, so it adds even more pressure when they see perfect images and try to live up to those standards.

These fake images of airbrushed models have provoked a real danger in the lives of adolescents. It  can make them hate their own body, which can be a serious harm. According to a study from Media Smarts,  “having poor body image can have numerous negative effects: one of the most common is lowered self-esteem, which carries with it its own associated risks. In a national U.S. study in 2008, 25 per cent of girls with low self-esteem injured themselves on purpose (compared to four per cent of girls with high self-esteem); and 25 per cent reported disordered eating (compared to seven per cent of girls with high self-esteem).”

This is an issue we have seen in the world since the start of the media world. The world’s definition of beauty might evolve, but the issue of unrealistic images still remains. It is more prominent in the present media world because now we have more technology to help with airbrush and photoshop to make it more realistic to audiences.

The only way this will change is if more companies take a stand to really show their models as who they are without all of the photoshop. The male and female adolescents need more positive role models to look up to who are proud of their bodies without all of the photoshop.

It is our job as citizens to demand that we want to see a more realistic version of what beauty really is. We should demand to see photographs that are untouched and real. The next generation needs to see a world where they can grow up having a positive body image that is healthy and real.