Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dark Circle Drama

I write this post both as a potential reassurance for others and as a (semi) cry for help. 

I have dark under eye circles.

So dark, in fact, that they match my soul.

Just kidding, I don't have a soul.

Kidding again! You're a gullible bunch.

Regardless of the state of my soul, you're probably thinking, So what, Maggie? Every human being on this planet has dark circles. And that's true. But it's also true that a lot of people are able to cover up their dark circles or erase them with a good night's sleep or a gallon or two of water. 

That is not the case for me. For years I have tried to cover up my dark circles. People who know me probably don't even notice them, but that doesn't mean I don't feel self-conscious of myself because of them. They make me look tired and older than my ripe 20 years. And I feel like I'm the only person on the entire planet who struggles with this. Even though I know that that's completely illogical and just not true. 

However, after looking back on some old home videos, I noticed something. My young, freckled, fresh-faced self had dark circles. ??? Young-uns shouldn't have dark circles?! But, alas, I did. And still do. And it's because my dark circles are hereditary. No amount of sleep or water will change the state of them. 

Still, I like to at least try my best to appear like I'm a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 20 year old, not like a tired, dehydrated woman battling with a mid-life crisis. 

Lately, I've been trying these three products, along with moisturizer, lots of water, and at least 7 hours of sleep each night:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind
NYX Dark Circle Concealer
Hard Candy Color Correct Cushion Wonder

You might notice that these are drugstore products, and the simple reason behind that is because I've got two more years of tuition to pay. Whoopee. HOWEVER, if I get really desperate and if someone has a holy grail product that's high end, let me know and I'll definitely splurge. 

Still, out of these three, I've come to love the Hard Candy concealer the best. It has the most peachy color to contrast dark circles, and it has a great consistency, smooth and creamy. 

So if you're like me, a hopeless 20-year-old girl with hereditary dark circles, this is a post to let you know that you're not the only one with stubborn dark circles, and this is what I do to combat mine. Not super effective, but it'll do for now.

If you have any products, tips, or tricks that help YOU combat your dark circles, don't hesitate to let me know! I'd be more than happy to hear from you, and thanks for reading! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Current Favorites

I really, really thought getting up blog posts would be easier now that it's summer...boy, was I wrong. This full-time adulting thing is hard. Props to actual, real adults who do this 8 a.m.-5 p.m. job thing ALL YEAR-ROUND. Like, wow.

The month of May is nearing an end, and I've been loving quite a few things as of late. And because I haven't gotten up to anything terribly exciting in the past few weeks and I REALLY need to put up another blog post, here's a Favorites. Yay! Exciting! Innovative! Never-been-done-on-the-internet-before!


New Computer - Dell XPS 13

I got a new computer because my old one was total and complete crap. Okay, it wasn't that bad, but it was pretty terrible. It was buggy and the camera didn't work and it broke my jump drive and it had non-existent battery life and it weighed a LITERAL TON (perhaps I'm over-exaggerating), which was very unfortunate for my poor back during school. But enough about that decrepit piece of junk. My new computer is a Dell XPS 13 and it is tiny and wonderful and I love it. So far, no complaints!

Television Shows - Call the Midwife and Outlander

Since we're on the topic of my new computer, I think it's fitting that I tell you what I've been watching on said new computer. First, I began watching Call the Midwife at the end of the school year, and wowza, do they make childbirth look easy or what? Call the Midwife is my go-to, family friendly feel-good show that I turn to when I need a pick-me-up. On the other hand, Outlander is the television show that I have to watch with headphones plugged in and/or my bedroom door closed, no parents allowed, thank you very much. That being said, it is an incredible show that my friend has been telling me to watch for at least two years now. And I'm very sorry I didn't listen to her sooner. If this picture of the dreamy Scotsman, Jamie, doesn't convince you to start watching, I don't know what will.

YouTube - Allana Davison

I've got my go-to group of YouTubers that I always add to my Watch Later playlist, and Allana Davison has been pretty high on that list for a while now. She's a Canadian beauty and lifestyle YouTuber and I love her. More recently I've been watching her vlogs, and let me tell you, I've got a major girl crush on Allana. Her style is flawless, she's hilarious and weird, and I just really like staring at her face. Too weird? Ah well. Here is her Instagram so you can stare at her face, too.

Candle - Bath & Body Works Tomato Vine

Right, I know what you're thinking. Tomato Vine? DISGUSTING. Guys. I do not like tomatoes. I don't hate them, but I certainly wouldn't choose to eat one or put one on my sandwich or something abhorred like that. HOWEVER, I grew up with a mother who loved (and still loves) gardening. We always had tomato plants, and this candle smells EXACTLY like a tomato plant. It smells like my childhood, and more specifically, my childhood during the summer. Long days, warm sunshine, and tomato plants (among other things) were what my summers looked like, and I just really like this candle, okay?!

Soap and Glory - "Clean on Me" Body Wash and "The Righteous Butter" Body Lotion 

I've known about Soap and Glory for some time, but never really had the chance to try their products. Target and Ulta Beauty are the two places I know for sure where they are sold, and I have neither in my hometown. So I made sure to make one final Target shopping spree before I left school so I could get a body wash recommended by one of my favorite YouTubers, Estee Lalonde. Let me tell you, it was a great recommendation. It smells DIVINE, and when I went to a nearby city a week ago, I stopped by Target again so I could pick up the body lotion, which has the same scent as the body wash. I am in olfactory heaven.

Nail Polish - Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

I don't even know how long I have been contemplating trying these nail polishes, but I finally cracked. And boy am I glad I did. This polish has lasted at least four full days without cracking or chipping, and only showed small chips on day five. INCREDIBLE. I have two shades plus a top coat as of right now, a pretty nude pink called "Pinky Promise", and an actual nude called "Birthday Suit." They're about $8 at the drugstore, so they're up there with polishes like Essie and OPI, but the product is well worth the price.

Book - A Court of Wings and Ruin

A few weeks shy of an exact year ago, I put up THIS blog post about a book favorite. Well folks, that series has come to an end with the final installment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR for short) trilogy. And let me tell I cried and laughed and basically experienced way too many emotions all at once. It was fantastic. I think it's safe to say that this is one of my favorite book series. I am a huge fantasy lover. Always have been, always will be. And this is one that I will read over and over again.

And those are all the things I have been obsessed with lately! Let me know what your recent favorites have been in the comments, and thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Summer Plans

There are about 36 hours standing between me and my freedom. My sophomore year of college has been successful and memorable, but I'm ready to say goodbye to schoolwork and hello to summer. I thought I'd share with you some of my summer plans, because I've got quite a few exciting plans for the next four months!

1. New Summer Job
This summer I landed a paid internship at a substantial business in my hometown. I'll be working in the marketing department, trying my hand at technical writing among other things. I'm so relieved to have gotten this job, as it's an 8-5, Monday-Friday deal, so I'll be getting lots of experience (and money) but I'll have the weekends to relax and have some fun!

2. Family Camping Trip
Each summer for I don't even know how many years now, we have gone camping on Madeline Island (click HERE  to read about!). Even though we're missing a family member this year, our trip is still a go, albeit a little earlier because brother is starting college this fall (!!!!!).

3. Family Wedding
A cousin of mine is getting married this summer, so my family will be taking some time off to head up to northern Minnesota to attend! I do love me a good wedding. The wedding is near our family cabin, (click HERE to read about!) so we'll get to spend time up there for a day or two. I haven't been up in a couple of years because my summer schedule has been pretty crazy-packed these past couple years, so I'm looking forward to going back.

4. Lake Time
My house back home is on a lake, so even if we can't manage to squeeze in a vacation over the summer, we're still set. My dad bought a new speedboat because his old one kept dying in the middle of the lake, so I plan on getting my boater's license this summer so I can take the new boat out for a spin with friends. I plan on doing a lot of tubing, swimming, and cruising this summer!

5. Minnesota Renaissance Festival
I am a shameless medieval/renaissance/fantasy nerd, so a trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is an absolute must for me. I first went when I was a junior in high school (after hearing about it from my mom for a number of years), and now I just can't stay away. It's an absolute dream if you love food, crafts, games, fantasy, or history.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what summer plans you're looking forward to in the comments below!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Como Conservatory

The amount of posts I wrote in the month of April is shameful, but I fully blame finals and the stress they have caused me thus far. So while the bags under my eyes grow steadily darker and my mind slowly slips into oblivion, here are some pictures I took at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota during my time home for Easter break. Enjoy staring at a bunch of plants!