Thursday, November 27, 2014

10 Things I'm Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
I really wanted to film a thanksgiving vlog today, but it's around 4 in the afternoon right now and it's just a tad bit late to start... But really, this morning was a ton of craziness and it would have been nuts trying to run around with my camera! So this will be my little thanksgiving post on the 10 things I'm thankful for this year...

1) Family
Family is everything to me and I'm so grateful for the family that I've been given. You all have probably seen my sister in a few of my videos (check out our sister tag here) and she's the cutest little thing in the world. I am especially thankful for my parents this year because they've been super supportive both financially and emotionally through my college application process and that's been awesome.

2) Real-Life Friends 
My friends are literally the coolest people in the world and now that we're all seniors in high school everything's been super stressful and it's been amazing to have people going through the same things as me. We also have matching sunglasses, so that's pretty dang cool too :P

3) Online Friends
I have met some of the coolest people in the world through blogging and youtubing and that's pretty amazing! There are literally so many, but a few of them include Julie from The Salt Life Wife, Cali from Cali Jae, Hope from Beauty and Bliss 67, and Natalie from Yours Truly NY

4) My Health
I feel like most of you have heard that I had surgery over the summer, and while it was intense and probably the worse experience of my life, there is so much to be thankful for at the same time. This time last year, I was experiencing a ridiculous amount of discomfort and a bunch of shoulder dislocations and it's amazing not to have to go through that again. 

5) Finding Something I'm Truly Passionate About
I was cheerleading for a while before I had my surgery, and although it was a ton of fun and I don't regret doing it at all, it wasn't something that I was truly passionate about. Now that I can't cheerlead anymore, I've been forced to evaluate myself and figure out what I want to spend my time doing, and blogging and youtubing has just been incredible for me. 

6) Having My Blog and Channel Grow
I've reached a lot of milestones so far with my channel this past year, and it's been fantastic seeing the numbers grow and talking with a whole bunch of you! I know that lots of people have a passion, but nothing ever comes from it, and I love how I feel like I can make an impact on the world and all of you. Also, if you aren't already following me, you can follow my blog here, and subscribe to my youtube here! 

7) Good Food
I'm a huge foodie and thanksgiving is seriously one of my favorite days just because of the food. I've especially loved eating lots of smoothies and acai bowls as well as cinnamon rolls and steak!

8) Finding Some Sense of Independence
I got a job around 2 months ago, and I've been feeling a lot more independent. Granted, I still don't have my drivers license, but I am starting to be more self reliant and I feel like I'm actually growing up and taking responsibility for myself. It's been really cool, especially because a lot of my classmates and friends are still so dependent on their parents for spending money and things like that. 

9) Really Cool Art
I've developed a really deep appreciation for art this past year, especially after joining tumblr (you can follow me by clicking here) and ello (click here) and I've loved seeing the passion and love that other people put into their work!

10) Life
There are so many things that we take for granted, but the one that we take for granted the most, is the most important thing in the world: the gift of life. People die everyday, and I'm so thankful to be able to live, love, laugh, and learn, every single day. 

So all of these pictures are actually from my instagram page, which you can follow (@miss_sienna) if you'd like! I hope that you all had an amazing thanksgiving, and let me know what you're thankful for in the comments!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Jewelry

Hi guys!
So this year I'm going to be doing some gift guides for you all! I think that I'm going to make them in two different formats. One will be (like this post) and on a specific item. For instance, this one is all about jewelry and I think I'll do similar ones with bags and makeup. The second format, which will be coming soon, will be on personas. So what to get the athletic girl, girly girl, bookworm girl... If you have any suggestions for gift guides let me know in the comments because I want to do TONS this year! Also, all of these will be totally shoppable, so click on the picture to be redirected to purchase!

Okay, so when I'm giving jewelry as a gift, I like to go crazy! I go for bold colors, funky patterns, and things that I know the person won't already have in their collection! Like the earrings in the middle on the first row. They are so gorgeous and unique, yet I feel like for the right girl they could be the perfect gift! I also love the fitbit bracelet (first row, third column) because it's luxurious and something someone wouldn't splurge on for themself! I also love going with bold colors so the earrings (second row, first column) and the necklace (third row, first column) are great as a statement. And textures are great too, so that whole last row is really awesome with that!

So I hope you enjoyed this post, and get ready for a ton more gift guides! The next one will be all about bags!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giveaway Goodies Unboxing (from the Salt Life Wife and A Beauty Moment)

Hey guys!
So in October, I won a breast cancer awareness giveaway that the Salt Life Wife and A Beauty Moment hosted! I didn't get my box until this past weekend, shipping to Hawaii takes forever, but I was so psyched once I got it and filmed this video! 

Here are their links!
Ashlynn's blog
Ashlynn's youtube
Julie's blog
Julie's youtube 

So a huge thank you to Ashlynn and Julie! I seriously love you both so much and thank you so much for doing this giveaway! Also, don't forget to subscribe to this channel and please give this video a thumbs up if you liked it! 
P.S. there are only 2 more days left to enter my $25 Wal-mart gift card GIVEAWAY! To enter, click here!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Makeup By One Direction Unboxing and GIVEAWAY!

Hey guys!
Markwins contacted me and offered to send me the three limited edition makeup sets to review for you guys, and this post is going to be an unboxing of those three sets! All of them retail for $16.50 each and are now available! Markwins is so amazing and they offered to let me host a giveaway for you guys, which you can enter at the end of this post! Also, don't forget that the giveaway for the $25 Wal-Mart gift card is still open and you can enter that giveaway here! 

Products Mentioned (click to purchase):

So go ahead and enter that giveaway to win some of these kits (if the widget isn't working you can click here to enter too)! Also, please subscribe to my youtube channel and give this video a thumbs up to show your support! If you've tried any of these kits (or any makeup by 1D sets in general) let me know your thoughts on it in the comments, and individual reviews on all of these sets are coming soon!

FTC Disclaimer: All three sets were sent to me by Markwins. Markwins is also running the giveaway and supplying the prizes. All opinions are my own. I've never accepted money in exchange for a review.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CoverGirl #GirlsCan Makeup Tutorial & Giveaway

Hey everyone!
So I know that many of you guys have seen other bloggers do a similar post (click to see Hope's, Julie's, and Cali's), but mines is going to be different! I'm going to be doing a very berry fall and winter makeup look using all covergirl products! So go and check out the video to see how to get that look!

I also have a little GIVEAWAY for you! I know some of you aren't going to read down to the bottom, so I thought I'd say the rules here! You can win a $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card courtesy of covergirl, and here's how you enter!

1) subscribe to my youtube channel (you can do so by clicking here)
2) leave me a comment in the video letting me know what your favorite covergirl product(s) is/are!
*if you're feeling extra nice, you can give the video a thumbs up because it helps me, but it's not necessary for entering!

So I know I talked a bit about the campaign already, but I'll summarize it here!

Covergirl is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success to help women feel and dress their best for job interviews. There are special edition packaging on the Flamed Out or Professional All in One mascaras at wal-mart. You can read more about the campaign by clicking here. 

Products Used in this Tutorial: 
Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
Sophisticated Sable Blush
Daring Nudes Eye Quad
Flamed Out Mascara

Jam Twist Lip Perfection

Here's my #GirlsCan story...

I love blogging and youtubing and it is my number one hobby and passion in life. I spend lots of hours, time, and effort on trying to make my blog and channel the best that it can be. There is a lot of hate within the communities (not so much the blogging one, but the youtube one definitely) and there are people that don't understand what I do and almost come off as disapproving. I strongly believe that everyone can achieve their dreams, especially because many people are entrepreneurs nowadays, and I think that everyone can try hard and succeed!

Let me know what your GirlsCan story is in the comments below, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


FTC Disclaimer: Covergirl sent me a $50 wal-mart gift card and a flamed out mascara so I could purchase products to use in this tutorial. Read more about my policy by clicking here! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kiss Instawave First Impressions and Demo!

Hey guys!
So Kiss sent me the instawave to try out and review for you guys! I was super excited because I have really hard to curl hair and I'm really bad at doing hair, and this sounded amazing! 

Facts about the Instawave

  1. it's a fully automatic tangle-free hair curler
  2. easy for anyone to use, with either hand, and at any angle
  3. you can curl left and right
  4. automatically shuts off after 90 minutes
  5. 2 heat settings with a maximum 420°
So watch this video to see how I use the instawave and the types of curls that I get with it! You can go to this Kiss website by clicking here to find out more about this product and where to purchase it! Also, please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more videos!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Should Bloggers Use Ello?

Hey guys!
So I know a few months ago, Ello got a lot of press because it was the first social media that allowed optional tracking and no ads. It was said to be the "anti-facebook". I got an invite to join today (yes, it's invite only right now) and I thought I'd do a little post on it! But before I get into that, go ahead and follow me here if you have an account, or if you'd like an invite, leave a comment and I'll invite you!

So, do I think bloggers should use Ello? 
...Well I think that Ello could be really useful because it seems to me to be part tumblr, part twitter, part google +, and part facebook. You have the picture sharing that tumblr and facebook would give, you can categorize your friends like google plus, and you "follow" people like you would on twitter. The majority of people on the discover page seems to be artists or photographers, so I think bloggers could do really well on the site! I also know that it's growing in popularity (it already has over 1,000,000 users) and it's only going to get bigger. 

The problem, though, is that there aren't that many users compared to twitter, facebook, or instagram, so if you're trying to reach a large audience, it might not be the best site for you!

Overall I'd say that if you have time to manage another social media site, go ahead and use Ello, but if you don't, then stick to the bigger ones with more users! 

Don't forget to follow me on Ello (@misssienna) and let me know in the comments if you use ello and what your thoughts on it are!