Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Birchbox!

Hey guys!
I was going to do an unboxing video on this, but I decided against it because I have a couple videos that I need to post soon (like my collab with Hope from Beauty and Bliss 67) and if I had done this in a video, it wouldn't be up until October! 



I got my birchbox relatively late this month (September 27th), but it's all good because look at that box! It's so stunning! I love how its geometric print and even the bottom portion of the box was a solid ice blue shade! In my box I got...

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
This serum retails for $79, and I'm actually going to be giving this serum to my mom! I've been sticking to the basics with my skincare because it's been a little irritated lately, and I think that she'd enjoy this!

dr. Brant  pores no more vacuum cleaner
This is a mask that is supposed to cleanse pores so you get fewer blackheads ad smoother skin. Although I said I'm sticking to basics, I might use this only on my T-zone because this sounds really cool! This retails for $45. 

Dr. Jart+ BB Black Label Detox
I've been sticking to mineral and powder foundations lately, so I might not use this for a while, but I have loved all the Dr. Jart samples I've received in the past, so I'm really excited for this! The full sized product is $36. 

Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner
I am really excited for this because I am in total need of a good (long wearing) black pencil liner and this sounds fantastic! I received a full sized of this, which retails for $15 (so this product alone makes my $10 birchbox worth it!)

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
I'm a little disappointed in the sample size as the Caudalie retails for $79 and had a larger sample than this product, which only retails for $16! It is supposed to be an all over moisturizer and I'm not quite sure if or when I'll be using this!

Chapstick Hydration Lock Day and Night
I'm not quite sure about the retail value on this product, but it was included as an extra in my box this month! It is really cool because it has one end with SPF for daytime and another without for nighttime! I already used it last night and this morning and I'm loving it!

Overall I'm so pleased with this birchbox! I love everything from the box to the items and I can't wait to use it all! If you want to get a birchbox, you can click here to get it for $10 a month! Also, don't forget to follow this blog and enter my giveaway!
-Sisi
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shop My Favorite Things!

Hey guys!
So on all three of the blogs that I run (this one, my life one, and my sister's) I recently added a "shop" section! You can find it in the bar in the header on each of the blogs!

On This Blog...

You'll find beauty and fashion items that I've been loving! I update it monthly and its everything that I've been loving or that I want to purchase for myself!

On My Life Blog... 
You'll find all of my home decor items that I've been eyeing!


On My Sister's Blog...
You'll find outfits and cute things for little kids, curated by my 6 year old sister!

Be sure to check out all of the blogs for more shopping options, and don't forget to enter my giveaway! Also, the shop section does include affiliate links!
-Sisi
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Friday, September 26, 2014

OOTD With the Floral Bag!

Hey guys!
In one of my posts (I can't remember which one!) I mentioned that I've been into floral bags in my into/over section! I recently went out shopping with one of my friends and I thought I'd do an outfit of the day featuring the lovely floral bag!




Top: I'm wearing a black tank from American Eagle. It's hard to see in the photo, but on the front of the top, there are sheer woven panels. 

Shorts: As usual, my shorts are cuffed dark wash shorts from Old Navy


Necklace: It's a turquoise pendent necklace from American Eagle! I got this very recently, so I'm sure you could find the same one if you look at your local store!

Bag! The bag is a Nine West bag from Macys. I got it a while ago as a present for my grandmother, but she recently gave it back to me because she bought a ton of new bags and wasn't using this one anymore (thanks grandma!). It was bought in March and I haven't seen any of this style bag at Macys at the moment, but if you search online you could probably find something similar!

So I went with neutral clothing for this outfit because I wanted the colors of the bag to really pop in contrast to what I was wearing! I did, however, use a colored necklace, which is odd as there is no blue in the bag, right? Well for me, turquoise is sort of a neutral because I wear it so often and frequently with anything and everything! Also, I made sure that everything was cohesive by matching the hardware of the bag (silver) to the necklace (the string part is silver as well!)

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and enter my giveaway!
-Sisi


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Super Fun Time Excellence Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person Award


Hi guys!
Kate, from Okay Kate nominated me for the Super Fun Time Excellence Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person Award and I thought I'd do it today!

I'm pretty sure the rules are: to answer her 10 questions, nominate people, and then write 10 questions for the nominees! So let's get into Kate's questions!

1) What's your favorite thing about makeup?
It would definitely be the ability to change yourself and be creative! I love how you can look so different depending if you do a smokey eye or a dark lip, and how you can almost take on a different persona depending on what you do!

2) What's your favorite drugstore brand?
I'm going to go with Covergirl! I love the covergirl mascaras (just finished the Flamed Out, and now I'm using Clump Crusher) and they also have really good blushes and face products too!

3) What's your favorite high end brand?
I really like MAC! It's expensive, but they have really good products all around (love their eyeshadows, concealer, and lip products) and for a high end brand, it's not too pricey! 

4) How often do you wear makeup?
Almost everyday. But I don't necessarily wear all of my products everyday. Usually just some mascara, powder, and brow products!

5) What's your favorite film?
I love Divergent and I also love The Spectacular Now. Haha both Shailene Woodley/Miles Teller films, but they're both so good and I could watch them a billion times and still want to watch it more. 

6) What's your favorite book?
On the Road - Jack Kerouac. I love how it's all about seizing the day, and doing something with your life, despite the consequences. It's a book I love because if you read it "on the surface" it's really good, but it gets better once you start reading into it and exploring the hidden meanings.

7) Have you got anything on your beauty wishlist?
Not right now! That's actually really surprising, but I'm trying to use up what I have currently!

8) What's your go to makeup look for a night out?
Probably a smokey taupe (with shimmer) all over the lid, blended up. A cream eye shadow under the brow and a thick line of black or navy eye liner on the upper lashline (smudged out) and some pencil liner smudged on the outer half of the lower lashline. And for lips, probably either a nude or a red!

9) Do you follow trends (beauty & fashion)?
Beauty: it depends. I sometimes follow trends, but in the end I do whatever looks best on me!
Fashion: it's very hot where I live, so for the fall and winter, not so much "style wise". But I do try to incorporate the "in" colors such as burgundy and deep shades into my fashion choices!

10) How often do you pamper yourself?
I try to do my nails once every two weeks and I attempt to do a mask or something for my face once a week (although I've skipped the last couple ones!)

I nominate:
Hope from Beauty and Bliss
Cali from CaliJae
Natalie from Yours Truly NY
and the rest of you!!!

My questions:
1) Favorite song?
2) Top 5 blogs?
3) Coke or Pepsi?
4) What's your favorite hairstyle on yourself?
5) Favorite model?
6) What's your dream job?
7) Straight hair or curly hair?
8) Heels or flats?
9) What's your favorite food?

10) What's your 3 "can't live without" products?

So I hope all of you guys answer these questions in the comments, and Hope, Cali, and Natalie I want to see you guys answer my questions!!! Thanks for reading everyone, and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin (if you don't already)!
-Sisi


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday #3

Hey guys!
So this week we're throwing it back to a few of my "series" posts! Some of these are still going on and others have been stopped for the time being, but all of them are super fun to read!

Share The Love Saturdays
These posts let me share the love with smaller bloggers/youtubers that wanted to gain some exposure! It's been slightly defunct for a while, because I haven't gotten many submissions, but I'll start it up again if you guys want it!
My Favorite Posts from This Series:

  1. Favorite Bloggers
  2. Share the Love Saturdays #5 (featuring Natalie from Yours Truly, NY)
  3. Share the Love Saturdays #4 (featuring Cali from CaliJae)
The Science Behind Beauty
This is a post that got out the bio/chemistry junkie in me! I haven't done one of these in a while, but I will once I come up with some topics to write about (and if you have any ideas, let me know!)
My Favorite Posts from This Series:
This is the series I've been really working on lately! I give tips and tricks for new (and older) bloggers! I recently got requests for "how to make your blog shoppable" so that'll be the next post in this series!
My Favorite Posts from This Series:
  1. How to Network 
  2. Monetizing Pt 2! (Websites I use to Monetize)
  3. Posting!!! (all about that content!)
I hope you enjoyed this throwback post, and check out all of my series! I'm going to try get back into writing for these because they're really fun and different (especially the science behind beauty posts!) Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas for blog series and enter my giveaway!
-Sisi

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Starting a Blog: Full List of Posts

Hey guys!
This is going to be a really quick post! I posted a "How to monetize your blog pt 2" yesterday as a part of my "Starting a Blog" series, when I realized that it's actually very hard to find all of the posts in that series! 

So I'll link them all (in order) at the end of this post, but if you want more tips and tricks for navigating this blog, here we go! 

You can always find my main types of posts (share the love saturdays, hauls, reviews, tutorials, and starting a blog) in the side bar. It's in the right hand bar, under the search bar!

Which brings us to the next way: search it! I tag everything in this series "starting a blog" so if you search that, you'll get a list of posts!

Or... Here are all of the posts if you wanted to check them out!


  1. Setting Up Your Blog!
  2. How to Write a Good Post
  3. Monetizing Part 1 (the basics)
  4. The Importance of Networking
  5. Monetizing Part 2 (more advanced & my 5 favorite websites)
I hope that this post was helpful for you! Also, a new "starting a blog" post all about making your blog "shopable" will be up as soon as possible because it was requested!
-Sisi
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Starting a Blog Part 5: Monetizing pt 2!

Hey guys!
So there has been a HUGE break since my last "starting a blog post" (which was on Networking by the way) and this one! If you want to see all 4 previous posts, you can click here and as always, they're linked in the second row of the header under "Blogging Tips"!

This post is going to be a Part 2 to the first monetizing post! The first one focused on the "big picture" and general ideas about monetization and the main ways that I monetize my blogs! I totally recommend reading that one before this one so you have a bit of background info, so I'll link it here for you!

I wanted to do some "Insider Secrets" and tips on utilizing websites to monetize blogs! 

Adsense
This is what gives me most of the ads on this website in the side bar and at the bottom of the page. It is hands down what most people use and it's wonderful! Your commission will be based on your RPM or rates per a thousand views, and you'll get paid extra for clicks! Google keeps around half of the profits, so it's not easy to make money with adsense unless you have tons of views!

Amazon Affiliates
Amazon affiliates is great because amazon literally has all the products that you'd want in one place! Plus there's a new tool that lets you create links on your blog by highlighting text in "view" mode rather than having to go back and add them in manually. 

Skimlinks
This is a site that I'm sure not a lot of bloggers know about, but it's amazing! It pretty much converts any links to sites (i.e. sephora, macys, nordstrom...) into affiliate links! You don't have to go through a special website and you can link anything and can earn a commission! Also, the rates for commission vary on this site, but are (generally) much better than Amazon Affiliates as some sites pay over 10%!

Brandbacker
This is a site that I know a ton of beauty bloggers use to get samples from companies! It lets you apply to different campaigns and if you're selected from the applicants, you can get free samples, exposure, and sometimes even money for reviews!

PassionFruit Ads
This is what I use to auction off advertising space on my blog. You can use this along with the other four, and is just an additional form of revenue, that allows you to sell directly to companies and others instead of going through adsense and getting random ads! Also, if you want to advertise on my blog, you can purchase slots here!

So these are the main 5 that I use! There are more, but I think that if you're starting out, these are the 5 to use (because that's what I use!) Let me know in the comments if you're a blogger and what sites you use to monetize your blog!
-Sisi

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