5 Things/Living Beings That Make Me Super Happy

La la la la la/la la la la la la…These are a few of my favorite things…..

Hi. The title of this blog is pretty self explanatory.  Please be warned-the list you’re about to read is as random as I am.

Presenting, “The 5 Things/Living Beings That Make Me Super Happy”

  1. Dogs- I swear I must say the words, “There’s nothing better than a dog” a minimum of five times a week. Rest assured that if we pass each other on the street and you’re walking your four legged canine friend, you can 100% count on me to be that annoying ass girl that asks you to stop so she can pet your dog. There’s really not much you can do to stop me. I love and appreciate the fellow dog enthusiasts who understand where I’m coming from. They are usually pretty friendly, and willing to let me greet and pet their animals. With that being said, I’m very minimally bothered by sour puss faces that aren’t happy to stop and let me say hello to their dogs. Too bad for you, Sour Puss Face-your dog is cute and I care more about his/her opinion of me than yours. True story on numerous occasions. #Shameless

2. Starbucks Anything- I have so many freaking overpriced drink options at Starbucks. If I want java, I’ll usually go for an iced venti soy latte, or (if I’m trying to watch my diet) a grande cold brew iced coffee with a splash of soy milk  & two pumps of  caramel syrup(not the icky sugar free kind)… If I’m very thirsty and eating like I do 97% of the time, I’ll order  a Trenta passionfruit tea lemonade (sweetened) with two generous (push that syrup pump all the way DOWN) pumps of raspberry syrup. The Peach Green Tea Lemonade is also quite good. If I’m thirsty and temporarily dreaming about having an attractive bikini body, I’ll opt to get  a Trenta iced green tea unsweetened. It’s got a hint of mint, which I really like. If I’m looking for something really savory and comforting and don’t care about what I look like in a swimsuit, I’ll  get an iced chai latte with soy milk. Anything larger than a grande makes me feel like a balloon that’s about to pop.

3.Having really really dark hair-I dye my naturally medium brown hair dark dark dark dark brown (Garnier Olia Darkest Brown 3.0, if you wanted to know) every five weeks. I’ve contemplated going lighter many times, but know I just won’t feel like myself. I’m super white (probably too white to have such dark hair, but I honestly don’t care) and love to wear super bold lip colors most of the time. Super bold lips plus very white skin plus practically black hair are just all part of my trademark.

4.Tattoos & Piercings ( mostly tattoos) -I tend to be really thoughtful and careful with my ink. I have five tattoos and made sure I wanted each of them for several months (some, years) before taking the plunge. My piercings were spontaneous, except for the time  my parents fulfilled my request to have my ears pierced at age six. I randomly decided to have my belly button pierced on my twenty-first birthday. I  actually decided to get a nose stud yesterday. I considered it for awhile, and made a spur of the moment decision to go for it.  I regret neither piercing…yet. Loving the nostril stud on day 2, hopefully it works out cause not gonna lie, I’m feeling really cute with my glittery ,tiny tiny nose bling. Fingers crossed!

5.Spending time with my loved ones-My man, my family (and his, who I already consider to be mine), and my best girlfiends. I have so many incredibly awesome people in my life, and I could not feel more grateful and/or blessed. Thank you, God!

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Happy Place

This is the place that hugs me each and every time I set foot on its ground. The place that I love, the place that has always loved me back. The place that has supported me and sheltered me through some of the greatest heartbreaks I have ever endured. It is a place that has watched me fall, and watched me soar . There is so much history here. The room cradles me, the walls are all-knowing. This place is comforting, like a familiar friend. I have traveled far to come here. I will always go out of my way to come back home.

 

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Natalie Freaking Portman…My Top 4 Favorite NP Films

If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a chance you saw the title and went “ohmigod yas, I freaking love Natalie Portman !” To that I would respond, “I know, right? She’s awesome.” I would probably also offer you a fist bump, because that’s something I frequently do.

Or maybe you saw the title and thought, “Ew, why Natalie Portman ?” In response, I would politely suggest that you hop off my blog-Right now, thank you.  I have the most obnoxious Jersey girl accent you’ve ever heard in your life , and so I would actually tell you to hop aww-ff. You might also get a  Bye, Felicia, depending on my mood.

But yeah, I literally went on Netflix last night and did a search for Natalie Portman movies alone.  I must admit, I’m really bad when it comes to watching  films- I have a very limited attention span for them. Most of the time, when my friends asked me if I’ve seen this movie or that movie, my answer is “lol, no.” While I’m an eternal optimist in every other area of my life, I tend to be of the mindset that most movies out there SUCK. I knew I could rest assured that  if I searched only for Natalie Portman movies, I would be sure to find something I would genuinely enjoy. Her movies  always either yank HARD on my heart strings, make me laugh and/or feel warm and fuzzy, or keep me on the edge of my seat with anticipation.

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Not going to lie- I  also think she’s  really, really pretty. I always find myself watching her films going, “hmm, I think I too have that lipgloss color she’s wearing. My hair  is naturally  curly also-  It would only take all fucking day and several hundred dollars to change it  to the same color as hers. No big deal.” I know I look nothing like her, not even in my wildest dreams. It’s sort of like when I was a  little girl, and planned on growing up to become a farmer who taught elementary school and starred in movies in the summer time;  I knew deep down that none of that  shit was actually going to happen, the same way that I’m currently aware that   I look absolutely NOTHING like Natalie Portman. Let me live-or dream.. whatever.

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So now,  here’s the part where I give you my top 4 favorites. Ready? Go!

Garden State (2004)

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I’m obsessed with this feel good movie. Zach Braff ( Did I mention that I’m a sucker for nice Jewish boys?) is technically the star. He plays Andrew Largeman, a young  adult struggling to make it as an actor in Los Angeles, who returns home to New Jersey for his mother’s funeral. He has a very strained relationship with his father. Things have been pretty shaky between them ever since he was a child. For years,  Largeman has been living with guilt  from having caused  a tragic accident, one so severe that it  rendered his mother a parapalegic.  Largeman’s father, who also happens to be a psychiatrist, has always  blamed him for his wife’s traumatic loss. He immediately sent his young son to boarding school so that he would be kept  away from the family. He also  forced him to take all of these heavy duty psychiatric  medications that he didn’t truly need.

Largeman learns how to feel again during his trip home to the Garden State.  This is largely due to his new friendship with a girl named Sam (played by my girl, Natalie P). The  two find each other  by chance in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. All I can say is leave it to Natalie Portman to play the cutest pathological liar you’ve ever seen in your life. Sam is a really goofy, quirky, loveable character. I’ll admit that she would probably be mad annoying if she was real, but on screen she’s just bubbly and  adorable.

Black Swan (2010)

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Oh shit, this is a really dark, fucked up film. NP is scary skinny (but still beautiful, because let’s face it; how could she not be?), and plays a ballerina named Nina, who suffers from severe hallucinations and a hardcore obsession with perfection that is perpetuated by her dance teacher, who is a really sick, pervy dude. He is forever saying inappropriate things to make her feel insecure. Nina believes everything he says, and is eager to oblige him, so that she can fuflill the lead part in the Swan Lake ballet. He purposefully pays a lot of compliments to Mila Kunis’s character, to make Nina feel inadequate af.

Tip-  If you’re worried that your boyfriend won’t agree to watch this movie with you, let  him know that there’s a lesbian scene between MK and NP. It’s a really brief scene-at least it was really brief when I saw the film. I’m pretty sure I skipped over it entirely; I was living at home at the time and my dad unknowingly came and sat down on the couch next to me with his dinner right  minutes before it started . Awkward lol. So glad this happened after invention of the DVD…I can’t imagine having to wait for that to fast forward.

No Strings Attached (2011)

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Miss Portman plays this really gorgeous ER doctor opposite Ashton Kutcher, who plays an equally gorgeous, aspiring screen writer with a famous actor dad who also happens to be dating his ex girlfriend… yeah, anyway..NP and AK’s characters were  summer camp friends as teenagers, who happen to run into each other again as young adults. To make a long story short, they start hooking up and NP won’t let their relationship become more than anything sexual out of  a fear/insecurity of falling in love…they inadvertently (you guessed it) end up falling in love with each other anyway. It’s a pretty predictable movie, but it’s just so cute. There’s a hot guy and a hot girl in it, and so your boyfriend/husband/boy toy probably won’t mind watching it with you. Just saying.

The Other Woman (2009)

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This is what I ended up watching yesterday. Natalie Portman plays Emilia, a legal aid who is married to this rich, successful lawyer who already has a son with his nasty ex-wife. The mean ex is played by Phoebe from Friends.  I should mention that it’s  called the Other Woman because Emilia became involved with her successful, attorney-husband while he was still married to Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow, I know). Their marriage had been falling apart, and probably would’ve ended whether or not Emilia had come into the picture. Mind you, I’m not trying to suggest that it’s a positive choice to sleep with married people-keep in mind that this is just a movie… Still, Emilia is the recipient of a lot of hate and negative attention from the parents and staff at her step son’s school. She’s a pretty likeable, down to earth character. You’ll feel for her when you watch.

It gets worse, in terms of the sadness factor. I have yet to mention that the movie centers around recent the death of Emilia’s new born baby, Isabel. The movie starts out really cute, with all these pictures of the new baby. You’ll find out a few minutes into the film that the  little tiny baby they just spent five  straight minutes showing you  died when she was just three days old. As you can imagine, this is something that Emilia really struggles with throughout the film.

Now, you have a whole list of movies that you simply must go and see, starring the gorgeous and talented Natalie Portman. You’re so welcome!

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I will not buy more make-up. LOL JK

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So I went into the drugstore the other day while my boyfriend was getting deli meat at a grocery store nearby. I told myself I would only purchase what I had come there for, which happened to be  spray-in hair de-tangler-I use the one by Pantene, if anyone was wondering.

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It works awesome if you have super long, thick, seriously wavy/borderline curly hair. Just saying.

But yeah, I told myself I would be a responsible adult, and keep my eye on the prize. I know hair de-tangler spray isn’t what most would consider to be a prize, but with my naturally tangly locks, it’s a  definite necessity. I swore to myself that I would be good…

Lol,I lied! Meet my new favorite red lippy, Wet n’ Wild’s Red Velvet.

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It was only two dollars and some change. I would’ve felt guilty looking at the Maybelline or Revlon display, after what I had originally promised myself. See there, Wet n’Wild cosmetics are good for my conscience.

Not only is this color super cheap, it’s also super bright! Love me some bold lipstick, especially one that stays on well enough to resemble a lip stain after I’ve eaten lunch and don’t have time and/or am feeling too lazy to do touch ups. #dontjudgeme

I think it’s safe to say that this color has made it into the carry-around-with-me-at-all-times collection. Can you blame me? It’s such a fiery, Marilyn Monroe-esque color. I  highly approve.

 

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Lip Products [that I feel the need to carry around with me at all times]

So last night around 10:30 p.m, I  said good night to my man and headed to the living room. I had every intention of vegging out on the couch and browsing on my iPhone 5s (which now has a cracked screen, ever since taking a dive off the foot of my bed last week) for new blogs to follow on WordPress.

Just as I was about to sprawl my body across the couch, I  happened to glance  over at the beautiful Michael Kohrs bag my best friend bought me for Christmas, which happened to be perched on my coffee table…(did I mention that she’s better than your best friend?) The zipper was open, and it looked really full-messy full. I thought “Wow, I need to clean that out…yesterday.” Reluctantly, I sat on the floor and got to work. 

As I was cleaning gum wrappers and old credit card receipts out of my beautiful Michael Kohrs bag ( I love how that sounds),I realized that I had been carrying about a third of my lipstick/lipgloss collection around with me for quite some time. I probably don’t need to  have all of these lip colors in my purse, I thought to myself. Perhaps this is a bit excessive

So, I went ahead and narrowed my carry-around  for-the-lips collection down to 6 must-have items. I insist, I really must have all 6 of these products with me-always. I just must. 

6 Lip Products [that I feel the need to carry around with me at all times]

  1. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Color in  Clueless


This is a pretty,pinky-nudish color. I bought it after hearing it was a dupe for the Kylie Jenner lipkit in Candy K. I love that it only cost 6 bucks, which is way better than Miss Jenner’s outrageous price of $30.00-doesn’t she make enough money for doing nothing? I certainly think so, which is why I bought the ColourPop version of this shade. 

2. Mac Matte lipstick in Honey Love & 3. Mac Prolongwear lip pencil in Nice n’Spicy

I love this combo! It makes for a super subtle, natural nude lip. Great  for  pairing with dramatically made up eyes,  or as part of a ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.

4. Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Cherry Cordial


I love this smoky, sultry-dare I say it-vampy color. It is perfection. 

5. Rimmel Stay Glossy lipgloss in Blushing Belgraves

My favorite gloss formula in my favorite nude color…Need I say more?

6 . Mac Lipstick in Rebel

I honestly tried to talk myself out of throwing this color back into the bottomless hole that is my purse.Then, I thought about its pretty purpley pink (maybe more like pinky purple?) color and how irresistibly gorgeous it is. Back in the bag it went! 

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My April Beauty Favorites- each $5 or less!

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You’ll like this post if you’re trying to save up for something crazy awesome, like a tropical summer vacation get away. Everything featured here  costs less than 5 bucks apiece. You should be able to find these products at a drugstore near you. You can also purchase them  from http://www.drugstore.com. They offer free shipping on orders over  $35.00, which means you can go crazy and buy yourself a ton of inexpensive make-up goodies.  Or maybe you need face wash or vitamins or something-whatever you fancy.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Let me just say, I was really loving me some Wet n’ Wild this  past month.

Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color in Red-y or Not – $2.99


This is a beautiful, soft red. In terms of the texture,I would say that it’s just matte enough to last and just glossy enough to keep your lips from becoming chapped. I love that!

Wet n’ Wild Nailpolishes 0.99-$2.29

I have tried  two different formulas from this brand. First, I did my own mani/pedi with the color Tropicalia, which is from their MegaLast collection. My manicure lasted me four whole days! That was even after I washed a ton of dishes without my trusty elbow length rubber gloves on! My pedicure is still going strong a week later, but I have found  that to be the case for almost any brand of  nail polish on my toes.  My mani/pedi, along with my 3 day old Tropicalia nails.

I also tried Wet n’Wild’s Shine Nail color in Bijou Blue.


Obsessed with this color. Kindly pardon the messy paint job.

This mani only stayed put for about two and a half days, but it was so very pretty. This formula is even cheaper than the MegaLast.  I paid a whopping 99 cents for it. I made sure to get a bunch of different colors. For the price, I simply couldn’t resist.

Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Fantastic Plastic Pink 

 

I actually wore this blush today. It’s this perfect baby pink color with sparkles. Fear not, the sparkly finish is very subtle-you can totally get away with wearing this formula to work.

Behold, the one item in my monthly favorites that is NOT from Wet n’Wild…

Rimmel Stay Glossy lip glosses (various colors-I’m still collecting these!) $3.00-$5.00


Click here for my blog on these phenomenal lip glosses!

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Tarte Cosmetics Create Your Own Beauty Kit for $59.00, free shipping, valid 04/26

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I thought I would let anybody who cares know that tartecosmetics.com is having a pretty awesome sale today! You get a make-up bag (you can pick from several springy colors), a full sized foundation ( with the option of choosing an airbrush, powder, gel, or clay primer formula), a blush (various formulas as well), a lip product (select a  tint, ,a stick, a glosses or a creme), an eyeliner (waterpoof pencil, liquid, or gel), a mascara ( there are several formulas with names that sound cool but don’t really tell you much about the product, so I dunno), and a make-up brush (( choose between blushing, bronzing, contouring, or eye-lining)-all for just 59.00, shipping included!

No, I’m not being paid by Tarte to tell you about this promo, which is called the “Create Your Own Beauty Kit” special. As always, I freaking wish someone would pay me. Or maybe just send me a free lipgloss, or something. I would literally be the happiest girl ever. My beautiful friend Diane, who loves make-up as much as I do, posted about this deal on social media. I really really really wish I could personally take advantage of it, but I just spent a crap ton of money on make-up last week. I’m trying to be a responsible adult and exercise some self restraint. It’s not easy, and so I was hoping that by blogging about this insanely awesome deal that I’m missing out on, I could at least give myself the satisfaction of having helped another fellow make-up enthusiast to scratch the compulsive, ever present itch to buy more pretty shit they don’t need.

You’re welcome. Be sure to check out tartecosmetics.com. Let me know in the comments below what products you decided on.  I would love to hear, as long as you don’t rub it in my face too much. 🙂 If you enjoyed this post, please comment, like, and follow!