August marks the end of summer, the start of school, and overall a lot of changes. The leaves will soon begin to change, nights come earlier, and the temperature gets colder (well, that hasn’t really happened yet but me and my sweaters are eagerly awaiting the autumn weather). It was a busy month for sure, filled with highs and lows. My sister moved to Knoxville, I started my third year of college, I pet sat a lot, my car flooded, I had a sleepover with my best friend, worked a lot, and dealt with some family struggles. Through it all, there are always bright spots that be found shining through the darkness. Here are some things that provided light to me in August, and hopefully some of them can be a source of light for you!

Glossier Boy Brow – Where has this product been all of my life? I’m not gonna lie, I’m not the best at doing my brows. When the trend came the really shape your brows, I never learned how. My sister often poked fun at the way my eyebrows looked. Glossier’s Boy Brow has changed the game. It’s so easy to use, gives my brows volume, and keeps the hairs in place all day. I was a little skeptical to use it thinking it wouldn’t do much, but BOY was I wrong. I’m never going back to a brow pencil.

Back to School Shopping – Call me a nerd if you want, but I love back to school shopping. Getting new notebooks, pencils, pens, and all sort of supplies tend to really excite me! It’s one of the best parts of preparing to go back to school. Also, I’ve only had one week of classes but I’m really enjoying the classes I’m in. All of my professors seem really nice and I’ve made friends in all of them. I’m really excited to see where this semester takes me!

The Carrie Diaries on Netflix – After seeing clips of episodes from The Carrie Diaries pop up on my Instagram discover feed, I decided to give the show a watch. I’m really glad that I did! I’ve never seen Sex and the City, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like this show but I really did. However, it did make me wish I was in high school in the 80s. I’d love to just let my curly hair get as big as possible and whack a huge, neon bow in it every day. Plus, the blue eyeliner I rocked in middle school would have been perfect! I also now wish to be a writer in New York City who wears fabulous clothes every day.  I’m pretty sure it only took me a week to finish both seasons. I’ve been known to skip scenes in TV shows that I find “boring” because I have an attention span the size of a flea, but I never did that in any episodes of The Carrie Diaries. Follow up, why could there not have been more than two seasons?!

Fall Scented Everything – Yeah, that’s right! Fall scents have returned to candles, room diffusers, car air fresheners, soaps, and more. I couldn’t be happier about it! I did make myself wait until the end of August before buying any fall scented things to make sure I cherished the remainder of summer, but when Pumpkin Spice Lattes hit Starbuck’s all my inner fall excitement was released.

I’m excited to see what all September has to hold. There’s lots going on as summer turns to fall, the air turns crisp, leaves begin to fall, and football games are played. School will start to become regular and lots of fun is to be had. I’m hopeful that this next month will be filled with light!

What brought you some brightness in August?





Cruelty-Free Cosmetics


Ever since I was little I have been an animal loving person. Proof of this being that one time I cried seeing a cat wandering around campus late at night thinking about if it had a home or food, certain hormones could have been involved in this, but we’ll just focus on the part of me really caring about animals . They are so cute and provide unconditional love, and who couldn’t love a loyal companion? One thing that I have been increasingly more aware of in the last couple of years is cruelty-free brands. It’s easy not to notice or think about how the products you use every day were made. I know I never really considered it until I saw this video by LUSH for their Fighting Animal Testing Campaign. This is a very powerful video that struck something in me to realize how horrible and frequent animal testing is in the cosmetic industry. Seeing the kinds of things that they do to animals when testing for the cosmetic industry makes me sick to my stomach.

After seeing that video I decided it was time for me to go through my makeup box and throw out anything made by a brand that was not cruelty-free. Now, this can be tricky because some companies that are cruelty-free won’t always make that obvious on their product labelling. It can be kind of hard to figure out if a brand is cruelty-free or not, so here are a free of my favorite cruelty-free makeup brands.

1. NYX Professional Makeup


NYX is a brand that I absolutely love using. Their products are a really good quality, especially for how affordable they are! A lot of their products can be really good dupes for high street makeup brands.

2. Colourpop Cosmetics


As you may know from my Febraury favorites post, I LOVE Colourpop Cosmetics. They are another really affordable makeup brand that “leaves fur babies to be fur babies.” Their products are ones that I swear by and use on a daily basis. My all time favorite product from them being their lippie stix! Every formula is amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on the new crème formula.

3. Urban Decay


While Urban Decay products may be a bit on the pricier side, they are totally worth it! I have used their concealer, primer potion and Naked palettes every day for the last year and I think they are amazing. You absolutely get what you pay for with their products because the outcome is fantastic.

4. Too Faced


Too Faced is a brand I recently began using and immediately fell in love with. The Better Than Sex mascara is truly magical as it makes my stubby, little eyelashes so much longer while giving them great curl as well!

5. LUSH Cosmetics


I saved the best for last! LUSH is a brand that is 100% involved with stopping animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry. Not to mention their products are FENOMINAL. You just walk in to a LUSH store and are instantly hit with amazing smells. Plus, in every LUSH store I have been in their staff has been so helpful and nice. They are well known for their amazing bath bombs, but seeing as I am not much of a bath person I can tell you that their other products are amazing as well. I love their face masks, shower gels, moisturizers, toothy tabs, lip balms, and basically everything else they offer (my faves being the bubblegum lip scrub, snow fairy shower gel, and imperialis moisturizer). They make the BEST seasonal products for holidays that make me so happy. I am pumped for their Easter range that recently launched! You all know how much I love holidays, so holiday themed products from one of my favorite brands make me incredibly happy. The Curly Wurly shampoo has been a saving grace for my dried out from winter curls! Their products are an amazing quality and are handmade. I just love everything about this company. The only downer is that the nearest store to me is four hours away, but I stock up when I go! I could go on and on about LUSH, but I’ll spare you for now and save it for a later post.

I hope this post helped to get you thinking about the brands you use and their impact on animal cruelty. Hope you all had a great start to your week!! What is one thing you are looking forward to that’s keeping you positive this week?


Bails ❤

(In no way am I an expert in this matter. These are just my opinions!)

The Bright Spot: February 2017 

Now that I don’t feel like complete death (just slightly dead inside now) thanks to the flu I have decided I want to start a monthly list of things that have made me smile and brightened my month called “The Bright Spot!” It’s basically my favorites from the past month. Certain things can turn your month in to a complete positive when you look back at it. I thought it would be nice to share some things that I have been loving or just things from the month that were particularly positives. I am hoping this will inspire you to either discover new things or notice things already in front of you that you love and make you happy!

1. Spring Weather

One of my favorite things to do is roll down the windows of my Chevrolet Malibu and drive around with my music blasting when the weather is nice. This month seemed to produce some really nice days to do just that! I felt myself wanting to go outside more, I got to break out my sandals, and beautiful trees and flowers seem to have begun blooming. I love when it snows but something about this Spring just seems to be getting me really excited!

2. Makeup

I may have had a little splurge in February when it came to the makeup department, but when you have a 20 % off coupon for Ulta and Colourpop offers free shipping it is hard to resist. I’m going to talk through a few makeup products I discovered, and have been loving, this month.

– First is Colourpop Lippie Stix and Super Shock Highlighters. This makeup brand has changed my life! It is quality makeup that is extremely affordable. What isn’t there to love? They’re lippie stix are extremely long lasting and not super drying and they have so many gorgeous color choices! I have about 6 of them and am slowly making my way to owning every shade. They just came out with a creme formula nude lippie stix which I really want to try! Visit Colourpop’s website!

– Second to mention is Real Techniques makeup brushes. I discovered Real Techinques at a recent Ulta visit and in the words of DJ Tanner from Full House, “oh my lanta!” I got the expert face blush for base and it is fantastic. Super soft and does a great job! 

– Third and last in the makeup category is Benefit’s POREfessional. This stuff has been a real life changer. If there’s one thing I have it’s huge pores on my nose and this product does an excellent job of blurring them and also works as a great primer! 

3. Hats

I have always loved the idea of floppy hats. I think they are adorable and when you don’t feel like doing your hair they’re a great way to hide it while looking cute! However, I never though they were for me because I have really big curly hair and not to mention a pretty big head. I decided to go ahead and buy one anyway and I LOVE it. It’s been a lifesaver on days that I’ve felt poorly and just haven’t felt like dealing with my hair. 

This one I got from Charming Charlie at the Mall of Johnson City. Wearing it with a choker (also from CC) gave me a cool “American Horror Story Coven” vibe in the words of my wonderful coworker! 

4. Maurice’s Spring Clothes

When I walked in to Maurice’s a couple of weeks ago and saw all of their Spring clothes I was overjoyed. They had so many things that I loved and I may have went a little crazy. I just can’t resist a nice olive green or blush pink clothing item! They’re a store I’ve always loved and I have to say their new Spring clothes for 2017 exceeded all my expectations. I definitely recommend you checking them out in store or Online! 
What were some things that made your February more positive? 

I hope you all had a wonderful February, and to my fellow ETSU students enjoy Spring Break!!