Girl Scouts: Kicking Ass Since 1912

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By Valentina Boré

I get weird looks sometimes when I tell people I’m in Girl Scouts. Actually, I get weird looks all the time when I tell people that, but those same people were knocking down my door during cookie season, so I couldn’t care less.

Let me explain: I’m not a Girl Scout, I’m a troop leader for a troop of second year Brownies. I’ve been with this troop since October of last year and I love it more than I could say. I always wanted to be a Girl Scout when I was growing up, but all I had in Chile was a brief stint with a scouts club at my school in sixth grade.

When I first joined the Girl Scouts, it was for a service learning project for one of my women’s studies classes. I saw Girl Scouts as one of the suggestions for what organizations…

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Fitness challenge with Savannah: week one update

Hi! Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekends and are ready to go back to school/work/whatever responsibilities you have. Since I work in theme parks, I usually work on weekends and my days off are during the week, which was really strange at first but by now I’m used to it! But anyway, I digress.

Today is the end of the first week of my fitness challenge with Savannah. I think we both did well this week, we kept each other up to date with what we did and all and we both worked out for our agreed upon times!

In case you don’t remember or haven’t read our other posts about it, for our first week, we had to work out twice a week for 30 minutes. This week, I did yoga for 30 minutes on Wednesday and 10 minutes of various cardio exercises (jogging in place, jumping jacks, that type of thing) and 20 minutes of yoga today. I wanted to start with something simple that wouldn’t overwhelm me so I could ease myself into working out after a quite long time without exercising!

Along with working out, I’ve been keeping track of what I ate every day for a week now and I’m doing pretty well so far. The point isn’t necessarily to diet, more so just to be more aware of what I eat and how I could be eating better! It’s helped me not be so easily tempted to go to the Taco Bell drive through instead of cooking dinner. The app I use is called My Fitness Pal, and it adds in how many steps you’ve walked from the iPhone step counter, which actually helped me to realize that I was underestimating how much I walk in a day! On average, I’ll walk about three or four miles, and on Tuesday, during an especially arduous shift, I walked a whopping 11 miles at work!

So that’s it for the first week! This coming week, we’re working out twice a week for 45 minutes. Wish us luck!

How I came to love makeup: my foray into the cosmetics world

Alright guys, settle down. This might be a long one, because I’m talkative and I love talking about myself, so we might be here a while.

Just kidding! (I hope.)

I don’t want to speak for girls everywhere, but much like a lot of other people, when I was around 13, I was intrigued by makeup. I hadn’t grown up watching my mom put on makeup and wanting to wear it just like her, both because my mom never wore much makeup and because I had better things to do (in my little self’s opinion).

I remember attempting to wear makeup a few times. One time, I borrowed some navy blue eyeliner my mom had and lined my eyes with it. I remember lining my waterline and looking in the mirror and liking what I saw. And another (horribly embarrassing time), I remember using a vaguely nude colored shimmery eyeshadow to use as powder instead of just on my eyes (I know, I’m cringing just thinking about it!). When I came downstairs, my mom took one look at my face and sent me upstairs to take it off.

Nevertheless, other than these two ventures, as well as a few others here and there I don’t exactly remember, I was never much into makeup. I remember my classmates in seventh grade, putting on foundation and powder in the locker room after gym. (I also remember one classmate wearing foundation that was way too dark for her and not blending it properly. I know.)

I don’t know how I came to think of makeup like this, but I remember hearing friends, cousins and grown ups saying that they couldn’t go anywhere without wearing makeup, that they looked terrible without it and couldn’t be seen like that. I remember thinking that I never wanted to feel like that about myself, that I wanted to love my face with makeup and without it.

Because of this, I didn’t bother to wear makeup for a really long time, and when I did, it was very minimal amounts. Of course, this is part of the reason why I still can’t do my eyeliner right and why I struggle to do my foundation sometimes.

In 2013, my friend moved down to Florida and was staying with me while she looked for an apartment, and she brought her extensive makeup collection with her. I would ask her to do my hair and makeup sometimes when we were going out to dinner and she would, and between that and watching her daily routine, I started getting more and more into makeup.

She introduced me to birchbox and ipsy, and I ended up signing up for both, which led to me starting to wear makeup more and want to learn more about it. It’s been a process between 2013 and now, but by now I would consider myself a full-fledged makeup addict.

Why did it take until 2013? Because that was when I finally felt I could wear makeup whenever I wanted, and not because I felt like I needed it. It was a long journey for me to fully accept myself the way that I look, but once I finally did, makeup no longer felt like something people used to hide their flaws, and I realized it was an art, a hobby, and a way for people to enhance their best features.

But here’s the thing: I’m not trying to say that everyone should see makeup the way I do, because that’s not at all the case. This is simply my opinion and I will fully respect yours if you disagree with me. If you wear makeup because you feel like you need it, it’s not my place to judge or criticize. If you’ve been wearing makeup every day for five years, or wear no makeup at all, that’s fine!

I’m all about people doing whatever the fuck they want with their life and their bodies, as long as it’s not harmful to them or anyone around them. I just wanted to share my story with you, and I hope to hear from you about your journey with makeup.

Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

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Long awaited Make Up Academy haul!

I know I said last haul would be my last one for a while, but surprise! Before anyone says anything: no, I didn’t break my spending ban already.

No, seriously.

Here’s the thing: my friend Hannah Jean was in the UK in June and I asked her to get me a few things from MUA while she was there. She was there in early June, AKA WAY BEFORE I DECIDED TO DO NO SPEND JULY. So no judgment, okay?

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that over with, let’s go on with the fun stuff: what I got! I was so excited when I realized I could ask her to bring this stuff back and she was all too happy to help me out! I knew what I wanted and she did her best to find most of it in stores, which she did. I’m so excited to try this stuff out!

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  • Spring Break Palette (£4).
  • Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder in Pink Shimmer (£3).
  • Nail polishes in Steel Blue and Whitewash (£1 each).
  • Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers in Aflush and Dare (£3 each).

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These were arguably what I was most excited about, and also what really started it all. I wanted to get these after I saw someone I follow talk about the ones she got and I knew I had to get my hands on some! Luckily, Hannah Jean was more than willing to help me out and get some! I wanted Aflush, Funk, and Halcyon, but she couldn’t find Halcyon (and I think she confused Dare for Funk, but it’s okay because I love Dare anyway). I want a few more but I’m hoping Lucie will get me them when we do our care package/makeup swap (hint, hint).

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Alright so Steel Blue wasn’t actually one of the colors I wanted (I wanted Bold Blue) but I’m not too fussed about it as I like the color and I can definitely see myself wearing it! And I love the idea of having crisp white nails (is that a word I can use when talking about nails?) so I loved Whitewash!

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THIS THOUGH. This was what I was most excited for (after the lip lacquers, of course). I’ve never used a highlighter before and the only one I have is a cream one that I’ve had a lot of trouble applying, so of course I was hella excited to get a powder one. It’s not super pigmented so I don’t have to worry about accidentally putting too much on but I think it’ll be buildable and I’m really psyched to try it!

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And lastly, the Spring Break Palette. What a beautiful, beautiful range of colors that are not all nude and therefore just the slightest bit out of my comfort zone. Considering everything else I got is firmly lodged in my comfort zone (even if I’m new to highlighters, it’s still a simple enough concert), this was definitely something a bit new to me that I can’t wait to experiment with! The colors are all beautifully pigmented, as you will see in the swatches below.

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From top to bottom, we have Dare, Aflush and the highlighter. I barely rubbed my finger and swiped it over my skin and it was hard to photograph but it’s there, I promise! It’s just nice and subtle but still shimmery and I LOVE IT. The lip lacquers are definitely matte and they felt matte before they were even dry! And when it came time to wipe them off so I could swatch the palette, I had to fight with them quite a bit so that’s really good too.

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This picture just makes me so, so happy. So pretty. Much wow. As you can see, some of the colors are definitely in the nude range and within my comfort zone, but the ones that aren’t are still within reach of it. The purple and blue colors, which I was most intimidated about, are light enough to not be scary, while that shimmery copper shade is to die for! I can’t wait to try this out.

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And lastly, we have the nail polishes. Sorry for the awkward hand positioning, it’s hard to get a good picture with only one nail in it! This is Steel Blue, which is a light blue shade, slightly reminiscent of Disney’s Cinderella. This was about three coats, which isn’t too bad for something that only cost one pound!

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And here we have Whitewash! This probably could’ve used another coat but I figured it wasn’t too pressing if it was just for a quick picture. I absolutely love this color and I can’t wait to get a chance to wear it! Maybe I’ll get away with it at work.

What’d you guys think? What are your favorite MUA products? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on twitter, instagram and tumblr!

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The Story of How I Met Ed Sheeran

I was lucky enough to meet Ed Sheeran a few months back and here’s the story!

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11120544_10153218606820734_7036690502820248659_nBy Valentina Boré

A couple of months ago, I got the amazing and incredibly opportunity to meet Ed Sheeran. Sometimes I still think back on this day and can hardly believe it happened, but I have the selfie to prove it! Let me tell you more about this magical day.

Last semester, I worked for one of the school publications as a digital producer, which basically meant taking the work one of my classes produced and editing and uploading it to the site. One of my classmates was always super enthusiastic about pitching stories and she told me she’d written a story about the Chegg contest that UCF won to bring Ed Sheeran on campus. I jokingly told said how great it would be if we could actually attend the event and cover it for the site, obviously not expecting anything to come of it, and she said she actually…

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Fitness challenge with Savannah from Beauty Bunny

Just the other day, my blog bestie Savannah and I were chatting about how we wish we could make ourselves go to the gym or work out more often instead of just sitting on the computer all day. This is something that I think about on a regular basis but just never actually get off my ass to do anything about it, with some half-hearted attempts every so often, but I’ve wanted to work out on a regular basis again for a long time now.

With this in mind, Savannah and I decided that doing a fitness challenge together would be a great way to get us both off our asses and on our feet, and that this way we could motivate each other and keep each other accountable, even though she’s all the way in Tennessee and I’m in Florida! (If only we could go to the gym together, that’d be much nicer.)

The way this will work is we’re starting with four weeks of working out and then prolonging the challenge to make and keep the habit of working out on a regular basis again. We’ll start with a set amount the first week and then increase it in increments until the fourth week, when we’ll reach the schedule we want to keep at long term.

We’re going to start week one by working out twice a week for 30 minutes each time. It can be anything we want (going for a walk, going on a run, yoga, going to the gym, swimming, zumba, etc.) as long as we do it for the specified time. The second week, we’re working out twice a week for 45 minutes each time, the third week it’ll be three times a week for 30 minutes each time, and the fourth week it’ll be three times a week for 45 minutes each time.

With that schedule, we’ll hopefully get on track to getting back in shape and making working out a habit! Hopefully this helps and we stick to what we agreed to do. Expect weekly updates from me and posts from Savannah on her blog as well throughout the challenge!

What do you like to do to stay in shape? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter, instagram and tumblr!

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#NoSpendJuly and why I’m on a spending ban

I’ll be totally honest here — I was going to do this in June originally but I caved before I could even make it official. The good thing about that is that I spent all of June mentally preparing myself to not spend any money throughout July and with the month one third of the way through, I’m doing alright so far!

Okay, so I definitely should’ve blogged about this earlier in the month, but time just got away from me. Oops.

So why #NoSpendJuly? And how does it work?

Well, ever since I made this blog, I’ve been spending way more money than I should on beauty and skincare products. I’ve always been very easily tempted, but following other beauty bloggers and seeing the products they recommended ended with me spending way too much money in a short amount of time. I saw a few other people were doing this no spend thing (shoutout to Stashy for doing it for a whole year!) and I thought, well, I might as well do that.

So now here I am.

The way this works is for a whole month, from beginning to start, I won’t spend any money on beauty or skincare products. I know other people have made exceptions for essentials or repurchasing things they’ve run out of, but I don’t wear enough makeup on a daily basis (plus I have enough of everything I do use on a daily basis) that I won’t need to.

This spending ban also works in conjunction with my mission to try out all the samples I’ve collected through my time with ipsy and birchbox. I have quite a few of those that I’ve been using for a couple of weeks now, and when I have a few more empties, I’ll be writing about that!

Depending on how I do, I’m tentatively thinking of continuing this through August so that I can also keep saving up for my trip to Canada in September! Which, while I’m thinking about that — I’m looking for two more people to write a guest post on my blog while I’m on vacation! If anyone is interested, let me know and we’ll chat!

Have you ever tried a spending ban? How’d you do? Let me know in the comments! And as always, don’t forget to follow me on twitter, instagram and tumblr!

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