Weekly Photo Roundup #6

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What have I been up to since I got back from Ocean City? Not too much, aside from going back to work, watching movies, and eating lots of food. I got to try some new food places recently, which I’ll get to later in the post. I seriously get so excited about food! Haha.

At the end of August, I got bored one evening while I was still on vacation, so I decided to get all glammed up. Where did I go? Nowhere, but who cares. Sometimes it’s just fun doing your hair and makeup for no reason other than you just feel like it.

Ocean City 2018

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I just got back from Ocean City, MD yesterday evening. I went with my mom and aunt, and I also met up with Brandy while I was there. That was my first time seeing her in six years. We initially met through blogging and social media over a decade ago, and we’ve met up in person a total of five times now. It just worked out that we were able to take a trip to the beach at the same time, so our paths crossed again.

I hadn’t been to Ocean City since 2009, despite living only four hours away. We were only there for a few days. We left Monday morning and got home Wednesday evening. That’s more than enough for me though. I was so glad to be coming home. I absolutely love the beach, but going away on vacation is so exhausting. I’m highly introverted, so being around people non-stop for days straight with absolutely no alone time had me feeling tired and overwhelmed. Add on the swimming, walking, being in the sun all day, and lack of sleep, and it just about killed me. On the drive home, I felt so terrible. I had a throbbing head, my muscles were sore, and I was feeling a little queasy.

Butter Me Soft Bath Haul

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My goodies from Etsy shop Butter Me Soft came this past week! I love shopping on Etsy and purchasing from different shops. This is my first time ordering anything from this shop, but everything looks so lovely. I can’t wait to use everything! I just wanted to do a quick post to share what I got. I might even do some future blog posts on some of these items.

I ordered five bath bombs (Midnight Rose, Galactic Dream, Celestial, Majestic, and Summer Sunset), and two bubble bars (Galactic Dreams and Unicorn). The seller included a thank you card with a hand written note, which I thought was really sweet. In her note, she mentions that she upgraded my Summer Sunset bath bomb to a larger size than what I ordered, and she included a free sample of the Sweet Dreamsicle whipped sugar scrub. How nice of her! This is one reason why I like buying from little shops like this as opposed to big companies because the sellers are usually very nice and generous and you can tell that they really appreciate your business.

August Glam Bag

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This was my first glam bag in three months. I put my Ipsy subscription on hold back when I was going through the process of buying my house and moving, and I needed to save some money. I decided to reactivate this month because I like the excitement of finding out what products I’m getting each month, and I kind of missed that. Of course, I’m generally left disappointed though, and I end up wondering why I still subscribe. This month wasn’t really any different.

MILK Blur + Set VoxBox

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I received another VoxBox from Influenster, this time with a product from Milk Makeup. I had heard of the brand, but I had not yet tried any of their products, so I was excited to be able to try something of theirs. This box only contained one product, which was the Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder. I received the Translucent Light shade, which was right for my skin tone. I was happy that I received the correct shade this time so I could accurately try it. I received a makeup product in a previous box that was suited for a darker skinned girl, so I couldn’t really give a fair opinion on it.

The Blur + Set powder retails for $29 and is vegan, cruelty free, and talc free. The product is described as blurring pores, imperfections, and fine lines. It cuts shine, locks in makeup all day, and smooths skin.

Recently Watched on Netflix #2

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Time for another recently watched post. I’m going to try to do one of these after every three to four movies I’ve watched. I might include shows as well, as I have some I’m currently watching. I want to get to the end of them though before giving my thoughts. I’ve watched a few more movies recently, so here are my thoughts on those. You can see my thoughts on other movies in my last Recently Watched on Netflix post.

Vegan for a Day

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Today’s post is a little bit different from what I usually post here on my blog, but I am super excited about this one! I am pretty much obsessed with food, and yet I am not skilled at cooking, and I’m basically the queen of takeout and frozen meals. Rarely do I ever prepare my own food. I usually order food and go pick it up, or I just pop something in the microwave for several minutes and voila. Most of what I eat on a daily basis is not exactly healthy, and some type of meat is usually included. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, and I finally decided to go for it.

I thought it would be a fun experiment to step outside of my comfort zone, at least for one day. Not only would I be preparing all of my own meals, but each meal would be vegan. It sounds easy enough, right? For someone like myself, who never thinks about what I’m putting into my body and just eats whatever I’m hungry for, this took quite a bit of planning and dedication on my part.

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