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bareMinerals BarePRO Foundation

I received bareMinerals BarePRO Foundation free for testing from Influenster in exchange for honest reviews online. If you’d like to join Influenster, please use my referral link.

 

I got this product about a month ago and have put it through multiple tests so I like to think I’ve got a good idea of how well it works:

Pros:

  • Color match is great for me and the overall range is pretty large with 30 shades
  • Medium coverage (It’s listed as full though…)
  • Lightweight and feels good on
  • Awesome packaging! Bottle is thick and luxurious, pump works well AND LOCKS, it’s all simple and sleek
  • Relatively long lasting — for the most part

Cons:

  • Difficult to blend and NOT buildable! If you want to build coverage, use a different foundation because this one just picks product up and gets patchy
    • And forget about making it have more coverage by using a sponge, that produces the same result
  • Not ideal for oily skin, but not the worst
    • Rubs off of my nose (but I’m oily and I wear glasses so…)

The way I’ve gotten this to work for me is by mixing in Urban Decay’s Velvetizer. This makes it have a little more coverage, be more blendable, and last a little longer (especially on my nose). However, I have to use more product for each application and it takes more time.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this product and won’t use it on a daily basis, but it’s not the worst I’ve ever tried.

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anxiety, real life, Self improvement

Falling off the bandwagon in more ways than one

First, my presence on social media. My favorite social site is Instagram by far, I have two accounts (@racheltheharvey and @rachelswatches 😉) and I really do like uploading pictures with what I’m doing or what I think, and even plan posts in advance. But I haven’t been doing as much of that lately. Partly because my phone is at memory capacity, partly because I’ve been so busy lately. That’s why I haven’t been blogging as much in the past month or so, too. 

I just started my senior year of college and I seriously just wish I was already graduated. 

My summer ended nicely, I got fairly positive feedback from my internship and even interviewed for a real life, adult job before school started. 

My morale took a big hit though because of a decision made by my boss and the staff at my college job; they decided to demote me. No one can deny that I had a rough semester last spring, but this is a job I’m seriously passionate about and which I put maximum effort into as I struggled through grief, depression, and anxiety, things that are still affecting me today. I lost friends because all my effort was going into my job and my schoolwork, and I felt unappreciated and unnoticed by my superiors. I guess this proves me right, but I don’t want to go on too long and sound defensive or rude, but this has really caused me a lot of stress, anger, and most of all sadness. The only thing I can do now though is prove them wrong and earn a re-promotion. 

Sometimes I just feel like nothing is worth the effort though. I feel like I’ve lost the drive and motivation that has helped me excel academically and professionally in the past. 

In case you’re wondering, I have made an appointment with a counselor to talk about the anxiety and panic attacks I experienced this summer as well as my feelings and problems now. 

Another cause of stress and insecurity has been my recent weight gain, in the last year and a half or so I’ve gain upwards of 60 pounds I don’t need. I am a big comfort eater and not a big vegetable fan, a dangerous combination. So today was my first workout day. I started small, but I started and that can be the hardest part, so I’m hopeful. 

I’m also working on saving money. As well as being an emotional eater, I go in and out of retail therapy, especially since I’ve started loving and honestly collecting makeup. But I’ve cut back and I’m working to keep saving more than I’m spending. 

So, if you’ve made it this far, thank you  as you can see, I’ve got a lot of self improvement to do, but I’m determined to become a healthier me in every aspect. 

real life

Something that makes me happy

Exploring with my best friend for my birthday weekend last week:

A sleeping Red Panda at the Indianapolis Zoo. 


Sushi at Mikado not far from the Circle in downtown Indy. We were the only ones there! It wasn’t our favorite sushi, but good and good quality. 


We went to Funky Bones, which I’d never seen before, but was awesome!

We also went to an ice cream place called Lick, which was a strange experience to say the least. First, we got to the address and didn’t see anything but warehouse-like buildings. So, we called the listed number and they told us there was a sign out front, we had to drive around the block again but finally saw the tiny sign poking out in front of a little art shop. We walked into the art store and asked the person working who directed us down a hallway. It had a really school-in-the-summer type vibe, in that it was totally deserted with linoleum flooring, cream walls, and tube lights. At the end of a hallway and around a corner, we finally found it. Just one small room with a kitchen visible in the back. The decor was cool, a counter with vintage ice cream scoops stood in one corner and the wall had posters depicting the same. In the other corner was a small cart with four or five flavors of ice cream in it. The only person working was one of the two sisters who share the business. No one else was in sight. Just as we were thinking, this is odd, the lights flickered and the lady working went, “oh, hmm.” And then she murdered us. 

But not really, obviously, she was just a chill lady who was passionate about ice cream. We got a sweet corn cookie sandwich with salted caramel ice cream. And it was actually really good! 

That was a long tangent on ice cream; it was certainly a memorable experience. 


It was a really good day. 

recipes

Cheese & Spinach Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped, Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • ~2 lb. thin cut chicken
  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Spinach
  • Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line baking sheet with tin foil
  2. Take a piece of chicken and sprinkle with and rub seasonings into it. Place some spinach and a slice of cheese on one end and roll the chicken up around it.
  3. Wrap a strip of bacon around the rolled chicken, going the opposite direction.
  4. (Optional) Sit another slice of cheese on top the wrapped chicken and sprinkle with seasoning. Cut a strip of bacon in half and lay both over the top perpendicular to one another. My pieces had trouble staying together with this on top, but it was still really good 🙂
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes.

I prepped this, wrapping each piece in parchment paper before placing them in a container and freezing them. Then I thawed them for a day before baking!

beauty, thoughts

A Zen Moment brought to you by Tree Hut

Hey, guys, I can’t sleep. It’s because I fell asleep at 7 pm, but still. So since I’m up anyways, I thought I’d do a quick post while I’m relaxing before I’m actually supposed to be awake.

So to help me with that, I’m doing a charcoal mud mask from Tree Hut. It was sent to me by Influenster free for testing! (If you’re interested in trying Influenster, here’s my referral link!)

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The directions say, “apply a thin layer on clean skin and cover face completely.” I like using the e.l.f. mask spatula pictured to apply this, it makes it nice and even and doesn’t get stuff all over your hands. Next, all we gotta do is wait for it to dry, it takes about 10-15 minutes to start cracking. Then, we’ll remove it with warm water.

I really like how this mask feels! It’s very cooling and tightening without being too much. It also smells like sunscreen, but in a good way!

While I’m taking time to relax, I’m thinking about my old standby mantra. Whenever I get overwhelmed I often repeat to myself, “Everything’s gonna be okay.” I’ve done it for a long time, but lately it doesn’t really help. Not that I don’t believe it, I know that everything will be okay, that I’ll be okay. It’s just that lately it hasn’t been what I need to remember. What I really need during those times, is just to breathe. So, what I’m going to try to do now is tell myself to just breathe followed by a big breath in, holding it in for a hot minute before slowly letting it out.

Now, I’m gonna wash off this mask and start my day!

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