new february beauty faves

This month has been all about trying new things, so I'd love to share some new beauty favorites with you guys that I discovered and fell in love with recently! Hope you guys enjoy! Share in the comments below if you've got any products that I need to know about!

1. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash (available for purchase February 27)
I visited my local Sephora and got a VIB sample of this awesome mascara and absolutely love it! I already have long eyelashes, but always find getting that perfect curl to be a challenge! For it to really work, you have to know how to use it. I start with the brush looking line a frowny face, or an arc with the ends facing down. Then, I roll it up my lashes inward until it's a smiley face (an arc with the ends facing up). I don't stop there, though. On it's own the mascara wouldn't be very effective since it's such a thin consistency and isn't exactly waterproof. I take my They're Real! Mascara (by Benefit as well) and add a protective top coat. I've never had mascara stay so well! With a lot of mascaras, my lashes will look beautiful at first, but I'll end up having raccoon eyes within an hour, but this mascara truly stays put. As you can see in my photo below, there is a dramatic difference. The first photo is with no mascara, the second is just Roller Lash and the third is Roller Lash and They're Real! I'm looking forward to doing a review of Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash once I've worn it for a couple of weeks!
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2. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Tatin
Okay, as much as I like to say I'm a lipstick girl, I'm really not a lipstick girl. I own dozens of lipsticks but end up using my tinted lip balms and glosses more than I'll ever use lipsticks. I just find them to be so intimidating. Lining my lips is hard and then I'm afraid to eat or drink and then I'm afraid my lips are going to be too dry and it's going to look crappy. But. But! This lip crayon has actually been what I've been reaching for the past week (*gasp*). Hear me out, though! Because it's more like a crayon, I feel like the lining is made easy! Plus, the color is just a little pinker than my actual lip color, so it's just an accentuation of my real color which makes me feel a little more fearless when wearing it. I may even branch out into some different colors, who knows! This is just a win in my books. I mean, is this color fabulous or what? (featuring the carousel at Disneyland)

3. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow
I've apparently been on a Benefit kick; I couldn't leave this product out! I've been using the Anastasia Brow Gel forever, but have only felt meh about it. Then, I went to get a new bottle of it and it looked super discolored and smelled weird, so I decided that was a sign that I just needed to find a new brow gel. So, I hurriedly picked this one up as a replacement and found I actually like it! I hadn't really researched or looked at it as an option before, but I'm glad I picked it up the other day! I love that the wand is so small because it allows for more natural placement of the gel. It seems to pick up hair more than skin which is also great, because using brow gel does not come very easy for me! I just love how uniform brow gel makes my eyebrows look and how it makes them look just a teensy bit darker and more defined. It has definitely beat out my Anastasia Brow Gel.

february goals

I was inspired to write this post after seeing Danielle of Sometimes Sweet post her own February goals! Maybe posting them on here will make me more accountable. ;)

1. Drink more water. I've gotten a little better at this, but I know the only way I'm going to feel better is by staying hydrated. It can be so hard to get in a good amount of water in a day, but I think if I plan it out; I can get there.

2. Bring lunch to work (more often). I'm not being so ambitious to completely drop my habit of going to the commissary, but I need to make a personal initiative of bringing my lunch especially when I know there is a fridge available. That $5 I spend on chicken and fries could be put towards new shoes! I've just got to keep that very thing in mind.

3. Think before I buy. It's really hard for me to grasp the concept that I will be able to go to Disneyland anytime I want until August. Anytime I see something in a store that I really want, I'll usually jump to get it. I really need to slow down and realize that I do have the luxury of thinking before I buy!

4. Pick up after myself. This I have definitely gotten better at since moving, but I know there is room for improvement. Being on the go all the time, it's almost critical to be picking up after myself. If anything, I want to create a basket organizational system where I can tell what needs to be put away and addressed and what needs to find a home.

5. Stay in more. I went into this program feeling like I couldn't say "no" to anything. Everyone told me, "go to the parks with friends, even when you're tired." ... But I'm realizing I'm really hardly ever home. I need to make time to just sit down and relax a little before I burn out.

Bonus goal: Read more. I didn't realize until yesterday how little I read now. Whether it's articles online or a good book, my brain could definitely use more stimulation.

I think my thoughts are needing to be focused on self-appreciation and self-health. The more I can value myself and my body, the better I'll feel! I'm hoping that slowing down and having some reflection time is really going to help me reach these goals.

long time no freeze.

I know I've been completely MIA. I won't even try to deny it! Luckily, however, I feel like I'm truly finally getting settled in over here so some blog posts and creative juices should be flowing and coming out pretty soon! For now, I just wanted to share these two photos I took of our Frozen pre-parade over in Disneyland! It's crazy to see how much love the kids here have for these two characters.
I'm not even that tired of Frozen yet (*gasp*).
Now excuse me as I scurry off to the For the First Time in Forever Sing Along Show.