7 Tips for Starting a New Job

Hello everyone! So this isn’t a beauty related post, but I have realized as I have been blogging, that there are other topics I want to write about! So every now and then, I may have a lifestyle post up, or something career-related in terms of advice/tips and been general thoughts on #worklife. My first post in that realm, is going to be Tips for Starting a New Job. I recently began a new job almost one month ago, so while everything is still fresh in my mind about what it’s like during this transition, I thought I would blog about it! I do work in an office and do the typical 9-5 thing, so some of these tips may not be super applicable to those of you that do something completely different, but hopefully some of them are useful! So let’s jump in.

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1. First up – ask questions! When you show up for your first day, it is totally nerve-wrecking  (at least for me…. hopefully I am not the only one!) – with new coworkers, new responsibilities, new everything. But now is the perfect time to ask questions. Whenever I start a new job I always feel like I am bothering people by the amount of questions I have – but then I realized that everyone is expecting you to ask questions. They know you are new, and that you don’t know everything – so don’t feel bad about having a million of them.

2. Get to know the people you work with. Co-workers are a huge part of the job. Being friends, or at least friendly, makes the work day go so much faster and creates a more enjoyable environment. At my new job, my company does a lot of social gatherings outside of the office, and I have tried (still am!) to attend as many as possible. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it can be a lot to work with someone all day every day, and then go do something after work with the same people. If socializing outside of work isn’t for you, then I would suggest making an effort to get to know people during work – strike up a conversation about your favorite Netflix show, or a fun activity you did over the weekend.. anything! Building friendships takes time, but it never hurts to start early.

3. Offer to do things. In my experience, starting a new job is not only scary… but it can be a tad boring during those first few weeks as well. Since you are still figuring everything out, you may not be given a lot to do at first (don’t worry, that will change!), but this is a perfect opportunity to show your initiative and interest by offering to do things you already know how, or that you want someone to teach you.

4. When you make a mistake… own up to it. I feel like most peoples first instinct when they make a mistake is to ignore it and hope it goes away (if that’s not you… congrats you are killing it in life). But as that instinct arrives, please ignore it and ask someone what to do. When you are new, people are expecting you to make mistakes. You can’t be perfect, especially when you are just getting started! So it may be a tough/scary conversation, but most bosses will understand. It’s much better to say you made a mistake and ask someone how to fix it, then hope it goes away but actually ends up creating more issues down the line.

5. Look good feel good! I think getting a new job is a perfect excuse to purchase some new clothes and/or makeup (not that you ever really need a reason… #treatyoself). Wear what makes you feel confident! Whether its a killer pair of heels or your favorite lipstick.

6. Learn what your bosses expectations are of you and the job. I’m sure some of this was discussed during the interview process, but now that you have started it is the perfect time to figure out what is expected of you. Whether it’s if you should check in with them first thing in the morning, how you should communicate issues that occur with projects etc., it is so important to be on the same page with your supervisor.

7. Be patient. It takes time to settle into a new job, but it will happen over time! One day you’ll come to work and be killing it, and will wonder how you ever thought it was so scary in the first place!

 

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Love Affair with Lumière 

Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about my favorite lipstick of all time (a bold statement yes I know) which is Lumière by ColourPop. Part of the reason this may be d6c20367-4627-4a9a-88a9-9afb6abbce7amy favorite is for sentimental reasons- it’s my first lipstick I ever bought. I didn’t really get into makeup until after college, and although I did wear your basic makeup before then (mascara, concealer, some eyeshadow etc.) I never wore lipstick. Ever. It always seemed very “look at me” and I am definitely someone who likes to blend in with the crowd (of course, now I feel naked if I leave with the house without something on my lips). But, when I started getting into makeup and youtube tutorials, I knew I needed a good lipstick. Because my favorite YouTuber is Kathleen Lights, and because ColourPop is so inexpensive, the first lipstick I bought was the Lumière Lippie Stix (a Kathleen Lights x ColourPop collab for those that don’t know) – and it did not disappoint me. The formula is soooo creamy, and comfortable on the lips. It is a matte finish, but because it isn’t a liquid lipstick, it’s not drying at all. This formula does fade throughout the day, but it fades in a nice way, not in a blotchy gross way. Along with the formula, the thing I love about Lumière is of course the color.

I’m pretty sure this lipstick started my love of mauve-y pink shades. It is such a pretty everyday color, that goes with so many different looks, but it is not quite a nude (at least on me). And I love that it’s not a nude. It is perfect for those days where you want a nice lipstick that pulls an outfit or makeup look together, but that isn’t *super* bold either. It has a really pretty mix of pink and light purple undertones and is just so gorgeous.

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Please excuse my chipped nail polish…

When I first got this, I’m pretty sure I wore it everyday for like 3 months. Then of course once you start to get new lipsticks you rotate through them more often, and then at some point I just hadn’t worn this one for a while. But I pulled it out a couple days ago, and fell in love with it all over again – which is actually what inspired me to write this post! The Lippie Stix are my favorite ColourPop formula and I am so excited to wear this shade all the time for Spring/Summer.

Have you tried this shade before? What do you think of it? What are your favorite Lippie Stix from ColourPop? Let me know in the comments!

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Fresh Face & Bright Eyes

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great Monday. For today’s post I wanted to talk about the three products I reach for when I am in a rush in the morning and need to look more awake than I am. I also go for this look a lot on the weekends when I know I am running errands but don’t really want to put on much makeup. The three products are definitely not new or anything (I’m sure you are familiar with them) but I am always interested in the products people use to look fresh faced and awake in the morning so I thought I would get in on that action! So let’s dive in.
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The first product I use to look awake is my holy grail concealer – Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. I know that literally every beauty blogger has used this and talks about it, but for good reason! The sponge applicator makes it so quick and easy to use – so it’s perfect for those mornings when you are in a rush or just don’t feel like spending time applying and blending out concealer. Not only does this concealer cover up my perma-dark under eyes, but it also acts as a brightener and really helps me look more awake than I really am (especially on a Monday). It does crease a tiny tiny bit, but not enough for it to be a problem for me. If you haven’t tried this product, please do me a favor and next time you are in the drugstore pick it up! It is a great day-to-day product and so quick and easy to use.

The next product I use on the mornings where I need to fool people into thinking I got enough sleep the night before (when really I was probably watching netflix per usual) is Colourpop’s Highlighter in Smoke n Whistles. When I first bought this highlight, I was a little disappointed. Not because it is bad – the formula is actually incredible and the glow is beautiful. I was just bummed because I realized that I’m not the kind of gal the wants a really intense highlight. I prefer a more natural “lit from within” glow. But what I have started using this highlight for is my inner corners – and it works *perfect* for that. It brightens my eyes and definitely helps me look awake. You can really use any highlight for your inner corners to achieve this, but I this is my personal favorite.

The last product I use to help me look fresh faced and bright in the mornings is a cult7B929E34-1562-4746-81B4-653387932B2A favorite – Nars Blush in Orgasm. I know that everyone talks about this blush – but for good reason. It gives such a nice pretty pink flush to the skin, with a hint of shimmer. I love using this on days with minimal makeup, and it really lends itself well to the “fresh face” look that I routinely go for. It lasts forever on the skin and is just all around absolutely gorgeous. Nars blushes are a bit of an investment, however I think it is worth it to get at least one really great blush. Since I usually go for a minimal makeup look, I end up using this blush at least 4-5 times a week, so I think I am getting my money’s worth.

And that completes this post! These are my 3 go-to makeup products when I am in a rush and want to look fresh and awake, as well as my routine look when I am going to be out and about and want to look *slightly* pulled together the morning after one too many glasses of wine…. 🙂  What are your go-to products to help you look fresh and awake in the morning? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Spotlight: Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

Hi everyone! So mini life update: these past couple weeks have been so crazy! Which means I haven’t kept up at all with this blog or my Instagram. I started a new job last Monday, so my whole routine has been thrown off. I am hoping things are finally settling down and I can get back in the swing of things!

10535b8e-eda1-4ce7-b7ff-d4d42484ecadNow, back to beauty! Today I want to to a quick spotlight on a product that I absolutely love! And that is the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub! I first heard about this beauty product about a year ago on a YouTube channel. I had never been huge into shower scrubs because I dislike how coarse a lot of them are but on a trip to Ulta I saw it and decided to give it a chance and I fell in love! This product is $7.99 which is an incredible price given that it is 18 oz… which basically means this will last you forever – especially if you are like me and only use it a few times a week. The first time I used this I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! While this is definitely a scrub, it is no where near as abrasive as others I have tried. It exfoliates your skin, while simultaneously being really gentle. The first scent I got was Pomegranate Acai, which smelled delicious!

a084ef63-8078-469b-b060-4d4a8d75786fAfter I ran out of my first tub, I didn’t purchase another one for a while. It was one of those things where I never remembered I needed it, until I was in the shower. But on a trip to Walmart to look at some Flower Beauty products, I spotted it and of course bought it again! This time I got the scent Lynchee & Plum (pictured) which also smells amazing, and as soon as I used it that night, I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to re-purchase it. I definitely recommend that everyone pick this up! Even if you aren’t sold on body scrubs, for how inexpensive it is, this is a perfect product to test out!

Have you tried this product before? Let me know what your thoughts on it are! And if there are any sugar scrubs you recommend be sure to leave them in the comments below!!

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Caudalie Serum First Impressions 

e0873830-1b09-4fc6-96b5-c506ec0d7711Although I have been wanting to pick up something from Caudalie for a while, the Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quench Serum was actually an impulse buy… which rarely happens for me! I saw it on the Sephora website, and it had great reviews so I just went for it! My skin had been pretty dry that week so that may have had something to do with it… 🙂

This serum cost $49 and you get 1 oz. According to the Sephora website, this product is supposed to be a solution for dryness, dullness/uneven texture, and uneven skin tone. I have been using this product for about a month now so I figured it was the perfect time to do a first review!

deb48ef8-62a0-4c62-9f5f-56bb67bf82aeWhen I got this product in the mail, it was definitely what I expected from this brand. The packaging is super nice and feels very luxurious! I love that it has a pump, and the serum itself has a really pretty floral scent. I was a little worried that the fragrance would irritate my skin (I have mildly sensitive skin), but so far I haven’t noticed anything. I use this serum every other night (switching between the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Serum) and it does a great job at hydrating my skin. You can also use this serum in the morning, but I prefer a very simple morning skin care routine. It feels so nice rubbing in too – it has a slightly milky texture and sinks right in leaving no tackiness whatsoever. My skin definitely looks nice and plump the next day, although I haven’t noticed an difference in my skin tone or texture. It has been a really nice addition to my nighttime skin care routine, but so far I haven’t noticed *super* drastic results from it… and for the price I really want to see some skin improvements!

After I have used it up, I will do another review talking about if I thought it was worth it or not! Until then, I hope you enjoyed this mini review! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used this serum and what you thought, or if there are other Caudalie product I should check out!

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Month in Review | March 2017

Hello everyone! Instead of doing a Monthly Favorites post, I want to start doing a “Month in Review” – that way I can talk about my life a bit more. So let’s dive in!

cc310753-8975-4635-b7c8-68f0c907e21bMarch has actually been a really exciting month for me. After months of searching and applying, I finally got a new job (yay!) which I am very excited about! My first day was actually today, and I think the job and company are going to be a really great fit for me!

Beauty wise, I haven’t really been wearing much makeup honestly. My focus the past few weeks has been on nailing down a consistent morning & night skin care routine and trying to let my skin breathe a bit more. I bought a ton of new skin care products after Christmas and I think I may have over done it a bit (oops..), so now I am trying to take a step back and figure out what is/isn’t working. I’m hoping that by keeping a consistent routine the next few months I will start to see some results. I am going to do post soon on my new routine so stay tuned!

While I focus on my skin, my day-to-day  makeup routine has mainly just been my brows, mascara, and concealer. For the days where I want to look a *bit* more pulled together I will put on my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or use my Neutrogena foundation (review) and then add a lip color. I have also started using my ColourPop highlighter on the regular for my inner corners. It is a bit to showy of a highlight (for me) to use on my cheeks, but by adding a bit to my inner corners it really helps my eyes look more awake.

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In the non-beauty world, I have been *obsessed* with Big Little Lies on HBO. I read the book several years ago and as soon as it was announced that it was going to be made into a series with Reese Witherspoon (love her!) I have been counting down the days until it started. Now that it has actually aired, I still can’t get over how good it is. Seriously. If you haven’t watched it yet, please stop reading this and go do it right now. The whole cast is phenomenal and it is top quality TV.

I also recently stopped at Barnes and Noble and picked up Truly, Madly, Guilty – which was 50% off! This book is by the same author, Liane Moriarty, as Big Little Lies, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! I love to read but I haven’t been doing much of it lately, and this book really reminded me how much I need to make time for a good book.

So that wraps up March in Review! Hope you enjoyed, and let me know how your month went! Any new beauty products I should try? Book suggestions for next month? Let me know. 🙂

 

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Hello Spring! | New Makeup Products

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Hello everyone! With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to pick up a few new makeup products that I thought would be seasonally appropriate!  I have used all of these products a few times so this will be a mini first impression post as well!

The first two things I picked up were from the brand Milani, and it is their Baked Bronzer in the shade Dolce and the Color Statement Lipstick in their shade Coral Addict. I am very excited about these two products because they are my first purchases from Milani! I have heard great things about this brand and have been wanting to try some of their stuff for a while.

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I knew I wanted to get a bronzer for Spring that was a little softer and slightly luminous. Kathleen Lights mentioned this bronzer in her most recent favorites video, and since I will buy anything that girl says is good, I decided to get this one! After using this bronzer several times already, and I must say that I am truly in love. It has the perfect undertone for my skin and does give off a nice Springtime shimmer on the skin. I like that this product goes on very light and that I am able to build it up. Because I am pretty pale, I am always weary off super pigmented bronzers.

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I also knew that for Spring I wanted to get a coral lipstick. Most (okay, okay… all) of my lipsticks are in the mauve/nude pink/plum shade family that is definitely my favorite, but also my comfort zone. I wanted to be a bit more bold and get something that was slightly adventurous… at least for me. This is definitely a bright coral, but I think it is so pretty and has such a nice sheen to it. I have worn this lipstick just once so far and I really like it! It didn’t fade as much through out the day as I expected it to, which was nice. And when it did fade, it was in a nice way, not in a gross crumbly way. I will definitely be picking up more Milani lipsticks in the future.

 

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Lastly, I decided to try a new mascara and went with Maybelline Lash Sensational, which I know is a fan favorite!

After using this mascara a few times, I can already tell it is going to be a staple of mine. My holy grail mascara is still the L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black, but the Lash Sensational adds just a little more volume than the Telescopic – which is perfect for when I want a tad more drama. It also does an excellent job at lengthening my lashes and keeping them curled – which are my top two priorities in a mascara. I typically do about two coats, and it can get a little clumpy, but nothing unmanageable. The wand is pretty thick  which I thought would make it hard to coat my lower lashes, but it also has a slight curve so it was actually really easy and I didn’t end up with product under my lower lashes (a small miracle!).

 

 

 

What new products are wanting to pick up for Spring? Let me know in the comments

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Wet n Wild New Liquid Lipstick | Review

Hello everyone! Today I am going to do a quick product review on the new Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks (phew – what a name) which I am so excited about!

e5b0c37d-4ff1-4b9e-a3a8-f2cc2f34d8afI am a huge Wet n Wild fan, I think they are one of the best brands at the drugstore, and their new Matte Liquid Lipsticks do not disappoint. As much of a fan as I am about this brand, I was actually on the fence about buying a couple of these because I am not a *huge* fan of liquid lipsticks – I tend to prefer your good ole’ regular lipstick. But the color selection looked amazing, and CVS was have a buy one get one 50% off sale on Wet n Wild cosmetics. What ultimately convinced me to get them was that Tati did a YouTube video about them and she had really positive things to say! After I watched her video, my mind was made up so I stopped at CVS after work last week and picked up two!

The two I picked up were Give Me Mocha (top) and Coral Corruption (bottom). I really had my heart set on getting Rebel Rose, but they were all sold out (insert crying emoji).

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I wore Coral Corruption all day on Friday, and Give Me Mocha all day on Saturday, and I am pleased to say I was very impressed – especially given the price tag of $4.99.

4d36fffe-9584-40c2-a83c-2dac4fa84d11Because they are matte, they are pretty drying on the lips- although I would say not *quite* as drying as the ColourPop Matte lipsticks. Definitely not as comfortable as, say, the Stila liquid lipsticks (which honestly is how it should be considering the Stila ones are $26!). They both did dry down completely matte, and did not transfer at all. Coral Corruption did go on a little streaky, but I was able to fix it pretty easily. Give Me Mocha had a lot more even coverage. For both colors, they did start to flake of just a tiny bit towards the inside of my lips after eating lunch, but it wasn’t super noticeable I thought. By the end of the day (after 9ish hours) they had faded down a bit from when I first applied them, but I was still very impressed by the staying power of them.

I would definitely recommend you picking up this product. The colors are gorgeous, the formula is fairly long-wearing, and for the price you really can’t beat them! Let me know if you have tried these are what you thought!

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Worth the Splurge: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Hello everyone! I want to start a new series on my blog called Worth the Splurge, where I discuss the high end products I own/have tried that I believe are worth the incredibly high price tag. I am someone who thinks you can get amazing beauty products at the drugstore that are just as good, if not occasionally better, than the high end stuff you would find at Sephora. Which is awesome, because I think like most people, my bank account would not be pleased if I bought all my makeup from high end brands. However, occasionally a product comes along that is so insanely good, I believe it is worth shelling out the big bucks for.

For my first Worth the Splurge product, I want to talk about the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

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This is hands down my favorite beauty product I own. Not only is the packaging the most luxurious thing in the world (which honestly, if you need to spend an arm and a leg on something, the packaging better be amazing), but the quality is insane. After mentioning that I thought this looked gorgeous while watching a YouTube Makeup Tutorial, my boyfriend bought this for me for Christmas last year (I’m pretty sure I died and came back to life after opening it). And ever since then, every time I use it I am constantly blown away but how great it is. It lasts on my skin all day and is super easy to blend out. Even if you go in with more than you wanted, it never looks cakey and it never looks too heavy handed. I honestly don’t think you could ever mess up while applying this – it is just that easy to work with.

 

img_0769-1This product truly gives off the “bronzed sun-kissed goddess” vibe. The bronzer is such a flattering shade and the undertone is perfect. It is something that you have to build up, which I like because sometimes I don’t want an intense bronzed look, just a little dusting. The highlight is also just gorgeous. – it gives a very “lit from within” glow. This product is technically a contour palette, however I rarely use it that way (I’m not really a contour kind of girl), I prefer just to use it as an all over bronzer and  cheekbone highlight.

 

 

 

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If you are someone who wants to invest in a good bronzer/highlight, or have been wanting to try something from Charlotte Tilbury, I would highly recommend that you check this out. It comes in two shades: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark and it is a whopping $68. But, as I have expressed above, I truly think the quality lives up to the price. I would love to try more products from Charlotte Tilbury, so if you have any recommendations let me know!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what products you have that are Worth the Splurge in the comments!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation | Product Review

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My interest in makeup started about a year and a half ago, so this foundation is actually only my second liquid foundation purchase ever! My first was the Revlon ColorStay (which I highly recommend), but when I ran out I wanted to try something new! I really wanted an everyday foundation with a natural finish, not too matte or too dewey, so after doing some research I decided to pick this one up! I got this at Target for $13.99.

The first time I applied it I immediately texted my sister and told her that she needed this foundation in her life. It really lives up to the “healthy skin” name in that the finish looks like my skin… but better. The coverage is medium, but could probably be built up. One reason I wanted to try something other than the ColorStay is because that one is very full coverage and for day-to-day I don’t really need that. This Neutrogena one is the perfect coverage for me.

I will say I don’t think this lasts *as* long on the skin as the ColorStay, but when I use a really good primer (the Men’s Nivea really helps extend the wear on this) it does pretty good – maybe 8 hours or so – which is perfect for my M-F work day.

I 100% prefer the finish of this with my beauty blender than my brush. I feel like it clings to my dry spots a bit more when I use a sponge, but with a beauty blender it looks so much better. The only big con for me with this foundation is that it doesn’t have a pump. I *hate* having to pour foundations on my hand – I feel like I can never get the right amount. But other than that, I think this foundation is a winner! If you’re in the market for an affordable, medium coverage, and natural finish foundation, I would suggest trying this one out!

What drugstore foundation is your favorite? Any suggestions for me to try out? I really want to try the Loreal Pro Glow but I’m on the fence…. Let me know in the comments!

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