Monday, March 2, 2015

L'Occitane Comforting Cream Review

Hey guys!
I received the L'Occitane comforting cream in my Refresh Vox box (click here to see an unboxing of it), and I thought that I'd review it for you today! 

This is a facial cream, but it has 5% shea butter in it. This mens that it is semi-hydrating, but won't leave your face feeling oily or greasy. If you have combo to oily skin, I would suggest this because I think it'll provide the moisture that you need for your skin, but won't make your skin any oilier than it already is. This seems to me like a day cream because it won't provide the hydration that I need during the nighttime. 




This is wonderful for mixing with foundation to sheer something out to be more light coverage. It spreads really well, and the way that it absorbs makes your skin feel like skin without it being too thick or goopy on top. 

I don't know that I'd purchase this because I'm super content with my Instanatural facial lotions, but if you are looking for a light moisturizer that absorbs well, definitely give this a try! Let me know in the comments what your favorite lotion is, and don't forget to follow this blog for more posts!
-Sisi
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Disclaimer: this was sent to me for free in a Vox Box. 

Enter the Giveaway!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

100 Youtube Subscriber Giveaway

Hey guys!
We just hit 100 youtube subscribers, which isn't super huge, but gives me another reason to do a giveaway! This is a giveaway for 2 MAC lipsticks! One winner will be picked from the blog, and another from the youtube channel! To enter the blog portion, check out the widget below, but to enter the youtube one, click here!




This giveaway will run for 2 weeks, so from 3/1-3/15 and after that, a winner will be chosen! This is US only, so sorry to all of you international people, but hopefully we can do more giveaways in the future! Thank you so much for supporting me and I am so happy that I can give back a little something to a few of you!
-Sisi

Saturday, February 28, 2015

InstaNatural Essential Oils + How I Use Them

Hi guys!
As most of you know, InstaNatural often sends me skincare products to review on this blog or my youtube channel for you. Recently, they sent me two of their new Essential Oils to try. I got the lemon and mint one, but there's also a lavender one that I don't have. 



First off, these are huge bottles (4 ounces)! They will seriously last you forever. They have a dropper, and are in a large glass bottle. The lemon one is okay. It's not my favorite scent because it has a slightly medicinal quality. The mint one is really amazing, though! I love mint in general, and when you dilute this oil, it smells really great and fresh! These cost around $20, which is amazing for the amount of product you get!




Essential oils are not for everyone, but I really love them. There are a lot of different ways that you can use them, but here are my three favorites. 

1) Dry Diffusion
This means that you allow the oil to evaporate dryly. This could mean placing a few drops on a cotton ball or paper towel and leaving it in the room you want to fragrance. 

2) Water
If you're planning on using it to fragrance a bathroom or somewhere with standing water, you can place a few drops in there and it'll work. You can also put a few drops in hot water to get a steam effect, or in a bath if you want to absorb some of it. 

3) Topical
You can use a diluted version of this (just mix a drop with a different type of oil to dilute) as a topical treatment. You could use this for healing purposes or also for fragrance. Both work great!

Let me know in the comments if you use Essential Oils as a part of your routine and which scents you like the best! Also, you can click here to purchase the instanatural essential oils, and if you'd like to see all of my instanatural reviews, click here!
-Sisi
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Beauty Scenario TAG

Hi guys!
I was recently tagged to do the Beauty Scenario TAG by Natalie (you can read her posts here). I decided to do the TAG in a video, which you can see here!




Thursday, February 26, 2015

5 Minute Makeup Challenge / Everyday Makeup Routine

Hey guys!
I really wanted to do the 5 minute makeup challenge because they are always a ton of fun to do! I decided to do pretty much my everyday makeup routine within the 5 minutes, so it's both videos together! I'm going to do a giveaway once I reach 100 subscribers (I'm 2 away), so click here to subscribe to my channel!








So, I hope that you guys enjoyed this video, and if you're a vlogger that's done the 5 minute makeup challenge, leave me a link to it so I can check it out! Also, let me know how long it takes you to do your makeup in the morning because for me, I give myself around 5-8 minutes on most days! Thank you so much for watching this video, and don't forget to subscribe!
-Sisi

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Starting a Blog: How to Run Giveaways

Hey everyone!
It's been a while since I've done a post in my Starting a Blog series, and I wanted to do a whole post on giveaways for you! I'm going to share a few of my do's and don'ts for running giveaways and I'm also going to share some tips and tricks with you! If you haven't seen other posts in this series, you can click here to get the full list!

Do:
1) Have good intentions
It's easy to think that giveaways are going to boost your blog following, and while that can be true, most times the growth spurt you receive after a giveaway goes live is short lived. Have good intentions with your giveaways and do them to give back to your readers!

2) Follow rules
Depending on your host, there may be some rules you need to abide by. For example, you can't make "liking" a video an entry on youtube or you can get suspended from your account. Be aware of the rules and regulations and even if others are breaking these rules, try to follow them!

Don't:
1) Run too many!
There is such a thing as too many giveaways! You want to space them out a little bit, just to see your analytics and figure out how your demographics and other statistics change after an influx of new readers and followers.

For me, personally, I use Rafflecopter for my giveaways. It's super easy and I like how it compiles the data. If you're running it on youtube, however, you're going to need to go through everything manually, which is super time consuming, but there's no other way to do it!

As for what to giveaway? I like to giveaway things that I know people won't have. So for me, I like to giveaway a lipstick and let the winner choose the color or something like that!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and don't forget to check out my other starting a blog posts! There is a giveaway coming really soon for you guys, so subscribe to my youtube channel as it'll be going live on there later this week!
-Sisi
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ebates

Hi guys!
I wanted to do a quick post today on Ebates. It's a site that gives you a certain percentage back on purchases that you make. I'm a huge online shopper, and it's crazy that I only started using this site recently! 

So how it works: You find the store that you want to shop on and you can see how much their cash back % is. For example, Nordstrom is 6% and Sephora is 4%. Then you can click a link that redirects you to the site you want to shop to, and that's it! You'll see how much money you received in a few days depending on the store you shop at! Ebates pays quarterly, so you get 4 checks or deposits per year. You need to have more than $5.01 or the amount will roll over to the next month. With Ebates, you can either get paid through check, paypal, or you can designate it to a charity. 

So far, I've used Ebates on Nordstrom and I've made $8.93 back. If you're a blogger, I'd really suggest using this because many of us spend a ton of money on giveaways and reviews, and this is a way to make some of it back! 

If you want to sign up, click here! It's 100% free and it's just an awesome site! Let me know in the comments if you use ebates and how you're enjoying it so far! Also, check out my Deals and Steals page for more money saving sites!
-Sisi
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Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Achieve Your Dreams!

Hey everyone!
I got such great response on my "What Does it Mean to be Driven?" post, and I decided to elaborate on those same ideas in a video! This video outlines my top 5 tips for achieving your dreams. These tips can be applied to literally any dream and scenario and are ones that I use a lot in my own life!





Watch the video for my full explanations, but if you want the 5 tips, here they are!
1) Figure Out What Your Dream is!
2) Research and Educate Yourself on Your Field!
3) Find Your Niche
5) Go For It!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this video, because I really like making videos and posts like this! Subscribe if you like my videos because I'll be doing a giveaway once I reach 100 subscribers (and I'm only 4 away)! Also, give this video a thumbs up and let me know your thoughts and tips on achieving your dreams in the comments!
-Sisi