Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Life Changing Documentaries

I've been sick the past week and have spent a lot of time in bed watching Netflix. The latest documentary I've watched has been Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which I'll talk about later in this post. I like how documentaries have the ability to open our minds to new ideas, concepts, and ways of living. Here are 5 that I particularly enjoy. 

Forks Over Knives: 
This is an incredible documentary. It advocates for a plant based diet by showing the correlation between the standard american diet and health issues. I have watched this documentary at least five times and it has changed the way I view the role of diet in my life. 

13th:
This documentary is especially relevant in America today. It looks at how mass incarceration of blacks is a form of institutional discrimination stemming from slavery in early America. It is a fascinating documentary and one that every American should watch especially considering racial discrimination is still a major issue in America today. 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:
It's literally just the story of this old Japanese sushi chef that owns a three-michelin star restaurant. Sounds boring, but is actually super interesting. 

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
I've been following the Minimalists for a year or so since I saw their Ted Talk on youtube. This documentary focuses on the consumerist culture and how you can add more value to your life through minimalism. Super interesting watch and they have a great podcast series that's great too. 

Fed Up:
I am really in to food documentaries (if you couldn't already tell from this list) and this is a really good one. It pushes veganism and plant based living less than something like Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, or even Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. My sociology professor actually made us watch this and write a whole paper about it and it is really fascinating learning about how obesity and childhood obesity is a sociological issue and not necessarily a personal one. 

Let me know in the comments what types of documentaries you like. A couple others that I'd like to mention as good watches are Blackfish, the Cove, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I also think that Somm is a fascinating watch, but it was a little too long for me. 
-Sienna

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to be a Good Roommate When Sick


So, you tried to stay healthy when everyone else was sick, but you caught the bug too. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us (written by the girl very sick in the middle of finals). I've been living with roommates for the past couple years and I'm sure many of you live with other people, so here are my tips for being a courteous roommate when sick. 

1) Quarantine Yourself
If you're sick with something very contagious (like the flu), please quarantine yourself until you're not contagious anymore. A good rule of thumb is if you have a fever you're contagious, although use your own judgement. This will hopefully prevent you from infecting everyone else. 

2) Disinfect
I am a firm believer that if you're the sick individual you're responsible for disinfecting everything. Even just taking a clorox wipe to all the handles, remotes, and switches helps cut down on the amount of transmittable germs. Also, if your roommate gets sick with whatever you have, if they've seen you disinfecting, they're less likely to be mad (this comes from personal experience). 

3) Do Basic Chores
If you're sick with the flu, nobody expects you to whip out the vacuum and clean the whole house. But do your dishes! Nobody wants to deal with dishes that are covered with your germs and it's annoying to have dirty dishes pile up in the sink for days. Load the dishwasher, take five minutes to tackle your dishes, eat off of disposable plates! Just make sure nobody else has to take responsibility for your messes. 

I feel like a lot of this is common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people don't consider these factors when sick. Let me know in the comments if you have anything to add to this list! And if you're not sick, (lucky duck), check out these tips to make sure you stay that way!
-Sienna

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Faux Fur Everything

One of the biggest trends this winter (and every winter) is fur. I believe that fur is cruel, which is why you won't see me promote any Canada Goose or other real fur products. That being said, I love the look of faux fur and because faux fur is inherently cheaper than real fur, my wallet loves it too! Here are three ways to wear faux fur this season. This widget is shopable, so if you see something you like, click the image for more info! 




Faux Fur Vest: This is the best way to wear faux fur if you live somewhere south or west and don't experience freezing temperatures. I believe that less is more when it comes to wearing vests like these, and they're best used as a layering piece over plain, basic shirts. 

Faux Fur Trim: This is my personal favorite way to wear faux fur. The trim makes it trendy without making too big of a statement. If you get a jacket in a neutral color, this can be your go-to piece during the cold months layered over whatever else you want to wear. 

Full Faux Fur: This is the full shebang. Best reserved for fashionistas in trendy cities like NYC or LA. This can be really cute with heeled boots, jeans, and a basic shirt, but can go overboard really fast!

Let me know what you think of the faux fur trend in the comments! Also, let me know what the weather is like where you're at! It's been unusually warm here in Reno for this time of year (like mid 50s), but I know a lot of you have been dealing with snow and cold!
-Sienna

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What's In My Party Purse?

I've been going out a little bit more this year (it is college after all), and I've gotten really good about packing my bag before a night out. In this video I wanted to go through my party purse essentials! 


A lot of these items are geared towards people that stay out late and may or may not be applicable to you or your situation (definitely not everyone needs to cary makeup wipes on them!). If you wear contacts, I highly suggest bringing the contact case with solution and a spare glasses because I really have been poked in the eye when I'm out, lost a contact, and spent the night practically blind because I didn't have glasses on me. Be smarter than Sienna! Stay prepared! 

Let me know in the comments what your party purse essentials are in the comments below! Also, give this video a thumbs up and subscribe if you like my videos!
-Sienna








How To Start Daily Journaling

I've been journaling regularly for the past nine months. I've made a really good habit of taking time to write every single day, and I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you. Journaling is so beneficial and you should definitely give it a chance if you're curious! My method takes less than ten minutes every day, and is the easiest thing in the world to do! 



If you don't want to watch the full video, here's how I journal...

Everyday I take some time to write three quick bullet points. These can either be things that I'm grateful for, things that I did, or just general statements about how I feel that day. Really, it can be anything! Most days this takes around five minutes to do and is super quick. Other days, I want to write more. Either as a reflection on life, goal setting, or I want to write a longer paragraph about an event that occurred. It's great when I write longer statements, but I never pressure myself into feeling like I need to write a lot. That's when I get overwhelmed and stop writing regularly. 

Watch the video for more information about my journal and to see me read a couple of my entries! Let me know in the comments if you journal as well and what type you do! I was thinking about trying bullet journaling at the start of next year, but I am a hardcore planner gal and don't know how easy of a shift that will be. Give this video a thumbs up and subscribe for more! 
-Sienna



Christmas Gift Guide: For The Hard To Shop For



I've done a lot of gift guides in the past, but I wanted to do a very special one this year. A lot of gift guides are tailored towards certain types of people like the athlete, bookworm, fashionista... This gift guide is for the hard to shop for. These are the people that you end up putting off until the last minute and end up giving gift cards or cash. Here are a few gift ideas that they'll love and you can order online!  

Amazon Prime is amazing! It gives free two day shipping and access to movies, books, and music. Giving the gift of prime would be really good for young adults or college students that might not want to spend the $99 for it, but would benefit from it greatly. The best part about gifting Amazon prime is that if the recipient is already a member, the gift turns into a Amazon gift card automatically.
Wanna Gift This? Click here! 

COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION BOX

The Perky Goat is a cool new subscription box company that I recently came across. Each box is $30 and comes with two bags of coffee and a bonus item. You can gift either a 3 month, 6 month, or year long subscription. If you're interested in buying this, I have a coupon code for you! Use HOLIDAY2016 to get 15% off a purchase made before 12/24/16! 
Wanna Gift This? Click here! 

NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION
Everyone has Netflix, everyone needs Netflix, and the perfect gift would be gifting a subscription so your friend doesn't need to buy their own Netflix. You can buy Netflix gift cards, which they can redeem for a subscription online, in stores, but if you're too busy for that, you can gift an e-gift card too! On a side note, you could also give this to someone if they're currently using your password and you want to kick them off of your account ;)
Wanna Gift This? Click here! 

UBER GIFT CARD

If the person you're shopping for lives in a large city, doesn't have a car, or simply uses Uber a lot, a gift card would be a great gift! Uber gift cards can be used for rides or food through Uber eats! If you don't already use uber and would like to, you can use the code siennao23ue for a free ride up to $20! 
Wanna Gift This? Click here! 

Let me know what you like to buy for the hard to shop for in the comments! Also, let me know what types of holiday videos or blog posts you'd like to see! I'm not doing Vlogmas this year because I am so busy with school and don't fly home until the 20th, but I want to do lots of fun holiday videos anyway! 
-Sienna

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

24 Hour Social Media Detox



Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day spent reflecting on the things your grateful for with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, I'm going to challenge you to take a 24 hour social media detox. 

What is a 24 hour social media detox?
It's pretty much what it sounds like! 24 hours without social media. This means no instagram, snapchat, twitter, tumblr, linkedin, facebook... Obviously there are exceptions to this, especially if your job relies on the use of social media, so this isn't a hard and fast rule. A 24 hour social media detox doesn't even really need to be 24 hours. The main thing that it needs to have is intent. 

To understand the social media detox, you have to first admit to yourself how often you're online and how it is affecting you. If you're anything like me, I spend so much time mindlessly scrolling when I could be doing much more productive things. Or I am on my phone when I'm talking to someone in person and am never truly engaged in whatever conversation I'm having in real life. If these things describe you, it may be time for a detox. 

How to do the detox?
Your method will depend on the level of willpower that you have. One one hand you could just vow not to go on social media for the day and hold yourself to that. You could also delete the apps (not the accounts, just the app) from your phone so you have no choice but to not check it for the day. 

What to do instead?
You may find that you have more time than you realize once you stop checking your phone. Use this time to call a friend, go on a walk, people watch, or read! 

At the end of this, the goal is mindfulness. Once you know and realize how much time you spend online, you can implement changes to make sure your actions align with your beliefs. 

Honestly? I'm going to do the detox, but probably not this week. I am staying in Reno for the holiday by myself, so my Thanksgiving will be spent writing papers and filling out applications for various things. But if you're going home for the holiday, if you're spending it with family, think about doing the 24 hour social media detox during that time so you can spend quality time with the people you love. 
-Sienna

Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Stay Healthy When Everyone is Sick



We are quickly approaching the most stressful time of the year. The holidays are upon us and people are finding themselves overwhelmed and overworked. Whether you work in an office or are a student in school, it becomes difficult to stay healthy when it seems like everyone around you is sick. Here are 5 ways to stay healthy this winter. 

1) Get a Flu Shot
This is by far the easiest thing to do and one of the best. We are already into flu season, but if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, you should still get it. Most flu shots are covered by insurance, and if you're a student, check and see if your health center gives them out for free. On a side note here, make sure that you get the physical shot and not the nasal spray because those have been proven to be very ineffective. 

2) Hygiene
Hygiene is always important, but more so when you know that germs are going around. Wash your hands and make sure that you continue to disinfect high contact surfaces such as handles, remotes, and phones. If you can, carrying a small container of hand sanitizer and using it consistently, is one of the best ways to stay on top of your hygiene. 

3) Sleep & Stress
Stress is known to suppress the human immune system as does lack of sleep. Stress tends to build this time of year as people try to figure out spending and finances, travel itineraries, along with the typical day to day stress. Try to minimize the amount of stress you carry with you through meditation, yoga, journaling, or mindful breathing. Sleep is another thing that tends to get neglected this time of year, especially for students. Try to shoot for at least 6 hours of sleep each night, although 8 would be ideal. 

4) Eat Well, Sweat More
Diet is the most important part of health. Nobody wants to be on a diet this time of year, especially when there are Thanksgiving feasts to be had. Practice moderation, make sure you're consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit the amount of processed foods and baked goods that you consume. 
Fitness is another thing that impacts how we feel. Try to break a sweat daily, whether that's in the gym, outside, or in the comfort of your own home. 

5) Supplement Wisely
I am not a huge fan of taking supplements because the industry is so unregulated that you never really know what you're consuming. With that being said, I've been taking Zicam for the past few days because I've been feeling under the weather, and I think that it's been helping. If you feel a cold coming on, definitely consider taking Airborne, Emergen C, Zicam, or another supplement if you think it could help. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips on how to stay healthy during the winter! Also, make sure you're following this blog on bloglovin and youtube because there may or may not be a few holiday giveaways in the near future! ;)
-Sienna

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My Week on Instagram #43

I've been so bad about posting on Instagram lately! It's been a couple weeks since my last MWOI post, but I have one image to write about today. 


A photo posted by SIENNA 🐶 (@miss_sienna) on

11/11/16
I didn't have school on Friday because of Veteran's day so I got to go on a date. The guy I've been seeing works in the parks so we picnicked and went park hopping for a couple hours. At one of these parks I found a bench near the river, which is where I took this picture. It felt like fall with the leaves falling all around us, but luckily for me it wasn't too cold so I could sit for a bit without freezing. 

Wow, this was such a short post! But that's all I got for today! Let me know in the comments what types of posts/videos you'd like to see for the holiday season and make sure you're following me on instagram @miss_sienna so you don't miss anything! If you've missed any of my previous my week on instagram posts, you can check out the full archive of them here. 
-Sienna

Saturday, November 12, 2016

WINTER WISHLIST

I've had the shop page on my blog for a while now, but I haven't been too good about keeping up with it. The goal was to update it seasonally, which I finally got around to doing tonight! If you haven't taken the time to check out that page, I thought I'd also post the widget here in case you'd like to see some makeup, shoes, clothing, accessories, and home decor that I am loving for Winter 2016! This (and all my widgets) are shopable, so if you see something you like, click the image! 


A lot of these items (especially the makeup and home decor) could also double as good Christmas gifts! I've written countless Christmas gift guides the past couple years, but I definitely plan on making a couple this year if that's something you're interested in! Let me know in the comments what types of content you want for the holidays and make sure you're following me on bloglovin so you don't miss new posts!
-Sisi



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tips for Flawless Lips and 3 Holiday Lip Colors



The holiday season is the perfect time to step up your makeup game with a bold lip! Whether you have a specific shade in mind or are looking for something new (three of my favorites are below!), we can all agree that the application is just as important as the color! Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure your lips look flawless at your soirees! 

1) Exfoliate and Hydrate!
It's impossible to get a flawless application when your lips aren't properly prepped! You can use a store bought one (like this vanilla bean sugar scrub), an old toothbrush, a wet washcloth, or even a mixture of sugar and oil! It is especially important to remove dead skin if you're wearing a matte because the finish can accentuate any flakes. 
Now that you've exfoliated, it's time to hydrate! Using something like an evolution of smooth lip balm will make sure your lips are in tip top shape. 

2) Conceal
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to use concealer to outline your lips so your lip color really pops. This isn't a step that I do everyday, but if you're wearing a bold shade for a special occasion, it really makes all the difference! While you're at it, pop a highlighter on your cupids bow to make your lips shine. 





Now for my favorite lippies! These three shades have survived my countless makeup purges, and have a special place in my minimalist makeup collection

1) ELF: RAVISHING ROSE (bottom swatch)
I originally bought this lipstick for my senior prom, but it has become one of my favorites. It is the brightest color and pulls very pink on the lips. It is a berry shade, but because it is so pigmented and has a glossy finish, it takes a little bit of work to apply. Regardless, it's nice for when you want to go big on the lips and light on the rest of your makeup! 

2) CLINIQUE: BROADEST BERRY (middle swatch)
This is my favorite everyday lip color. It is similar to the first shade, but has more brown and less pink in it. This is a color that can look very mature, but is so natural that anyone can wear it. This formula is also amazing because it stays put, but is also moisturizing and feels good on. 

3) NARS: CRUELLA (top swatch)
This is the best red lip color that I have ever owned. It was an old birthday freebie from Sephora and is my go to sexy, bold lip. This is a very neutral toned red that is bold without being too bright. It works well with all skintones because it doesn't pull blue or orange and the matte finish is perfect for the holiday season! 


I have a lot of gift guides and fun holiday posts and videos in the works, but if there's anything specific you'd like to see, let me know! And if you have any great tips or favorite holiday lip colors, I'd love to read them in the comments below!
-Sienna

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

LOVE TRUMPS HATE

So, the election happened...

Not trying to get too political on here, but there are some things I felt I needed to write about the election. These are completely my opinions, take it or leave it, but please be respectful of that. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Easy Everyday Fall Makeup Routine

It's been a few weeks since my last video, but I'm back with a makeup tutorial! This has been my everyday makeup look for the past few months because it is so fast to do and looks great! The video quality isn't the greatest, I'm trying to make do with my iphone until I go back home for Christmas and I'm still trying to figure out lighting/sound when filming in my new apartment! 




PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

I hope you enjoyed this video! If you did, it would mean a lot if you gave the video a thumbs up and subscribed! Let me know in the comments what other videos you'd like to see for the holiday season!
-Sienna

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Week on Instagram #42

Yikes! The last MWOI post was over a month ago! What happened! 
I've been so swamped with midterms, papers, and trying to get my academic life together, that I just haven't been posting much on social media! But I've been trying to get back into a schedule, and I actually have images to share with you in today's MWOI post. 


A photo posted by SIENNA 🐶 (@miss_sienna) on


10/26/16
I am obsessed with this group of stores and restaurants across from campus that are located in repurposed houses. One of the cafes there, Hub Coffee Roasters, is my absolute favorite. Last year, I went a few times, but I haven't gone this year! On Wednesday I had a particularly rough Physics test and needed a pick me up. I got an americano and spent an hour catching up on reading in a corner of the shop. The class I was reading for is Nevada Constitution (haha yes, this is a core! I wouldn't take it otherwise!) so that's what my notes are about if your curious! 

If you've missed any posts in this series, you can read all my MWOI posts here! Let me know in the comments what other blog posts or youtube videos you'd like to see for the holiday season, and follow me @miss_sienna if you want!
-Sienna

Friday, October 28, 2016

FRUGAL FALL HAUL: Everything Under $12!

I have been posting SO MANY hauls lately! I posted a Fall Haul a month ago when my mom was in town and we did some shopping, and I posted another when I received my Influenster vox box! I like to think of myself as a minimalist and I am so aware of my shopping, but with that being said, I have a few things to share with you! Each individual item was less than $12 and was on sale! 

FOREVER 21


Dress - Short LE Plum
This dress was originally priced as $17.90, but I got it on sale for $7! On the tag, it says that the color is "plum", but I like to think that this dress is more on the red side of the spectrum and that it's a "wine" color. Anyway, I like how the fabric is knit, so it's warm enough to wear if it's slightly chilly, but isn't too suffocating. It was on the sale rack, so I can't link it for you, but if you find it, definitely try it on because it is super flattering! 




Knit Top/LSLV Indigo

Despite spending the majority of the year in a place that experiences cold weather, I don't have very many "warm" clothes. I went shopping with one of my friends, and I kept saying that I hated how warm they keep the school buildings because you have to layer so you don't freeze outside and boil inside. This sweatshirt was originally $22.90, but I got it for $11. It's a typical navy sweatshirt, but has a really nice, warm, lining. It is a boxy style, which I love because it is universally flattering and falls super nicely. 


Forever 21 Leggings and Aeropostale Lace Bralette

Forever 21 had a huge display of their $3.90 leggings, and I actually needed another pair of gray leggings, so it seemed like a good time to get them! They also had a really cute pair of plum colored leggings that I might go back for! 
Aeropostale is closing, so everything in the store was half off! I am obsessed with bralettes, and Aero has some of my favorites, so I decided to pick one up! This doesn't fit perfectly because the band is slightly too loose and the length of the lace part is slightly short, but it looked so cute and I knew that I would wear it (because I'm very anti-bra) so I bought it for $8. 



RUE 21


Pumpkin Pie Candle
Rue 21 had a sale on their three wick candles, where if you buy one, you can get a second for $1. My friend and I split the deal, each got one candle, and paid $7. I really like the pumpkin pie one because it smells spicy and like fall without getting too heavy. My friend got the cinnamon sugar one and that smelled super good too! 



Overall, I spent less than $40 and got a bunch of things that I will be using this season and for years to come. My personal shopping philosophy is to divide the cost of an item by the number of times I wear it to get a theoretical cost/wear. I definitely think that by looking at my haul like that, it was very successful because these are all things I will wear over and over and over again.
Let me know if you've bought anything recently! And also let me know what other types of content you'd like to see for fall and winter!
-Sienna




Monday, October 24, 2016

Mini Makeup Haul: Max Factor, Pure Ice, and More!

A few weeks ago I got a vox box from Influenster. It was the "Pep box" and contained a bunch of items targeted towards college students. I have already reviewed the Pure Ice nail polish and the 7th Heaven peel off mask, but I wanted to share the full haul with you today!



Items Mentioned: 
Simple Makeup Wipes
Max Factor MasterpieceMax Mascara
Max Factor Masterpiece Eyeliner
Pure Ice "Really Royal" Nail Polish
Pure Ice "Lock it Down Top Coat" (Can't Find Online)
Compostable K-Cups
7th Heaven Peel

I still haven't tried the mascara and coffee yet, and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to use the eyeliner (the tip is really odd). Make sure that you're subscribed to my youtube channel because I'll be posting a lot more in the coming weeks! Also, let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these items and what your thoughts are! I'm especially interested to hear if any of you have tried out the Max Factor products!
-Sienna

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pure Ice Nail Polish Review

Hi guys!
I recently got the Pure Ice Nail Polish in the shade "Really Royal" as well as their top coat in an Influenster box and wanted to review them for you! I also filmed a video unboxing this and a whole bunch of other makeup and lifestyle items that's on my youtube channel! 




Coat 1: You're probably looking at this and thinking "this nail polish sucks" because that's what I thought after I painted the first coat. This isn't the prettiest look, but it gets better, I promise! On the bright side, it dries really fast so you can do tons of coats in not a lot of time!





Coat 2: See! I told you it gets better! This coat was thicker than the previous one, and there was still some slight transparency, but it was 1000X better than coat 1! It didn't apply streaky, and once again it dried really fast and left a beautiful, glossy, finish. 




Coat 3: This was the third coat of the purple shade. It was thinner than coat 2 and wasn't really necessary. I just wanted to see if I could get it to full opacity (I can!) and how it would dry and layer. It dried really fast, once again, and layered beautifully with no streaking whatsoever. 


I didn't take a picture after I applied the top coat because it was just a normal clear nail polish. Overall I'm really happy with the way my nails turned out! It's been two days and they look just as good as they did when I first applied it. You can buy Pure Ice nail polishes at Walmart or Amazon, but I can't find the exact shade I used online anywhere. Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything from this brand and your thought on it because I'm so surprised and impressed!

-Sienna


UPDATE! It's been a full week since I applied this nail polish and it still looks super good! There's slight wear along the edges, but no major chipping! I am actually highly impressed because I'm not easy on my hands and high end polishes usually don't last this long on me! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to Ace Your Midterms


If you're in college, you're probably in the midst of midterm season. For me, they come in waves every couple of weeks, but I know friends that have tests weekly up until the end of the semester. Midterms are so stressful, but I have some test taking tips and study tips that will help you do well. I am a biochemistry major so the classes I'm taking tend to be math/science based, but the tips should work even if you're studying something different. 



STUDY TIPS

1) Caffeinate Wisely
It can be so tempting to drink coffee, redbull, or 5 hour energy to get through a study session, but it ends up being really detrimental in the long run. It is important that you treat your brain well and sleep plays a huge role in memory and retention. Drink a coffee, but don't use it to pull an all nighter or as "sleep replacement" because it really doesn't help that much. 

2) 30/10, 45/15, 60/20
These are just three on/off times that I use, but feel free to come up with your own. With this, you are hardcore, no distractions, completely focused on school for a set amount of time, then you have a break. Use the break to get food, use the bathroom, watch youtube, and then repeat. This only works if you do it right, so make sure your phone is off or better yet, somewhere you can't see it. I have found 45/15 to be my favorite ratio, but experiment with it for yourself!

3) Location
Where you study is just as important. This is another subjective topic because everyone's different. I have one friend that cannot study in her apartment and has to go to campus to be productive, but I'm the most productive at my desk with music going on in the background. Experiment with different places, noise levels, and with having people around, and hopefully you'll find where your optimal place is. 

4) Get Help
At my school there is a lot of help available either through office hours, tutoring center, or supplemental instruction. Use whatever resources are available to you to make sure that you understand and are prepared for your tests. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help, especially if it will help you do well in the class. Alternatively, you could also make friends with people in your class and you could study together in a group. 


TEST TAKING STRATEGIES

1) Do a "Once Over" when you get the exam
After you fill out your name and all the general info stuff at the beginning of the test, flip through the test and scan the pages. Do this first, before you start working on problems! It is so helpful because you can start to gauge how to manage your time (nothing worse than spending forever on multiple choice and having to rush through the short answer problems) and you can also see what types of problems there are. After I do this, I generally just go back to the front of the test and work through it from front to back, but if you're in a writing heavy class and have a long essay to do, it might be worthwhile to start with that. 

2) Manage Anxiety
If you suffer from testing anxiety, or if you are just nervous, make sure that you keep those feelings in check. Focus on your breathing, think positive thoughts, and take it problem by problem. It's also extremely dorky, but ever since high school I've written myself positive affirmations on my tests or cheat sheets. For example, on my physics midterm I wrote "you got this!" super big on the bottom of my cheat sheet. It may sound stupid, but sometimes you just need to see something like that. 

3) Skip Questions
If you don't know how to answer a question within the first 30 seconds of reading it, skip it and come back to it later. The 30 seconds is arbitrary, but if you know how to do it, you should know instantly, and staring at it won't make you remember how to do it. It is so much better to answer the questions you know how to do correctly than it is to spend so much time on a question you don't know how to do and have to rush through everything else. 

4) Checking Answers
I am a huge believer in taking time to check answers when you finish a test. A lot of time the first answer you put down is the correct one, so unless you know for sure that you made a mistake and that another answer is the correct one, don't change your answer. What you're checking for here are computation errors (either you do the math wrong or write the wrong sig figs...), reading errors (didn't answer the question), or you're going back to answer a question you skipped the first time around. 

These are the tips that I use when studying. I am one of those people that actually *gasp* tries in school and I do spend a lot of time prepping for midterms, but that's because doing well is important for my future goals. Definitely feel free to alter these tips to better suit your needs, and let me know your studying/test taking tips in the comments!
-Sienna



Friday, October 14, 2016

7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask Review!

Hi guys!
If you've seen my Influenster Vox Box Unboxing video, you know that I got the 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask. I think I've tried masks from this company before, but I've never tried this mask or a peel off mask in general. Because the mask sounded so cool and I'd never tried anything like it before, I wanted to write a review!


Before: Just a heads up, you're not going to see a huge difference between the before and after pictures. My skin has been okay. I'm on my period right now (sorry for the TMI) so my skin is slightly worse than usual, but in general, I have redness and pore troubles, but no active breakouts. 



During: So I was expecting a terrifying green mask from the packaging, but while there is a green tint, it is pretty much clear. It is a gel that you spread over your skin and let dry for around 25 minutes. It is a mask that dries, so it feels tight on your skin. It also contains tea tree, so it has a hot/cold feeling similar to icyhot. I don't know that I would recommend it if you have active breakouts because I think the tea tree could be highly irritating. 




Peeling: I was terrified to peel this mask off even though it is a "tea tree peel-off mask" because I thought it would hurt. It didn't, although I felt like I was tugging a little too much when I was peeling it off my cheeks. It did peel off completely and left no residue on my skin, which was nice. 



After: No huge differences in the way my skin looked. I originally wanted to use this to get the gunk out of my pores on my cheeks and nose, and while I think that it did a decent job of doing that, I would probably choose a clay mask next time. I like this mask and I think that it's fun for like a girls night in, but if you're planning on using this for a relaxing night, I don't know that this is the right mask. While it's drying you can definitely feel the tingling and in that sense, this mask might be better when you want to be energized instead of relaxed. 

Final thoughts: I like this mask, probably won't spend my money on it, but if someone gave it to me, I would use it. I didn't notice anything after using it, which is good because it wasn't irritating, but bad because that's 20 minutes and $2 wasted. Let me know if you've ever tried this tea tree peel-off mask or if you've tried anything else from the Montagne Jeunesse brand in the comments!
-Sienna

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Fashion Wishlist With StyleWe

Hi guys!
I've been doing so many fall fashion posts lately (like how to style three dresses for fall), and I have another one today! StyleWe is a website that I just discovered and I thought I'd share some of the pieces I've been eyeing with you! I've never bought anything from them, but if you have, let me know what you've gotten in the comments! 



CAMEL LONG SLEEVE SWEATER
Camel is one of those colors that is so quintessentially fall, yet I don't have any of it in my wardrobe! I like how this sweater is oversized, but still looks feminine. The boxiness of it is also super chic and lets you wear it with tighter bottoms such as skinny jeans or leggings! 


GRAY FLARED SLEEVE TUNIC
Another sweater that I am absolutely obsessed with! I like how the hem is high low so you could wear leggings with it, and the sleeves are so different from anything I have ever seen before! This is super cute for running errands, going to school, or work, but I could also see this as a really nice warm sweater for when you're just lounging around the house. StyleWe has a lot of really nice loose tops and tunics, which are my favorite style to wear during the fall! 



BATWING BUTTONED WOVEN WORK DRESS
Fun fact: my favorite color is yellow. I adore mustard for the fall, and this is a nice dress style for this time of year because it looks just as good layered over leggings as it does by itself! You could also wear it with a pair of booties or even thigh high boots and it would look incredible too! StyleWe has a large selection of yellow star dresses and a whole bunch of other styles perfect for the fall! 

Lastly, I had to finish it off with a bag! I wear black, navy, or shades of gray pretty much all day everyday, so I love a pop of color with my outfits. This bag looks like the perfect size to hold all of my things and would give such a nice pop of color to any outfit! It's also red, which means you could use this bag as your daily one all the way through the winter! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you've tried anything from StyleWe or if you're eyeing anything on the site! Also, leave me a comment letting me know what types of blog posts or videos you would like to see in the future!
-Sienna