(Early) Birthday Haul!

Hey guys! So my birthday is this Saturday, and I got an email from Sephora reminding me to pick up my free birthday gift. So naturally, I made my way out to the store and spent a bunch of unnecessary money, but hey… you only live once, right? I also went to a few other stores, so I decided to make this a collective haul, since I haven’t done one of those in a while. So enjoy! (Also, I had to use my iPhone to take these photos because my camera died, so please don’t hate me for the terrible photo quality!)

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Can we just talk about Alexa Chung for a second? I’m completely and utterly obsessed with this woman. (I have a Pinterest board dedicated solely to her). But really, she’s classy, fashionable, wise beyond her years and downright gorgeous. But not the typical Hollywood blonde bombshell gorgeous, she’s uniquely stunning in her own way and I think she’s redefining what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, and I really, really love that. This book is all about her — her beliefs, her fashion, how she became the person she is today, what she believes in, etc. Plus, it’s just a really cute book with photos and doodles. It’s like reading her diary.
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I picked up these three Brandy Melville tops today and I. Love. Them. I’m obsessed with floral and unique prints/designs, but I absolutely love this crescent moon top. Since my last name is Eclipse, I’ve always loved everything involving moons, suns and constellations of any sort.
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Is it just me, or is Old Navy always having a sale? Anyway, I’m not complaining. I got these sweats and tank top for $20 total. (WHAT???)
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Last, but not least, I went to Sephora and picked up my birthday package (and a few other things, of course…)
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I had over 600 Sephora points so I redeemed this Alterna Hair Care kit! Honestly, I’ve never even heard of this brand or this kit, but I’m, excited to use it because since starting this new medicine, my hair is just not doing well at all. I’ll keep you posted on this!
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I’ve been obsessed with lipstick lately. Obsessed. And when I walked into Sephora, this was the first thing I saw and I grabbed it (and contemplated buying all of the colors). Bite is a great brand that makes all-natural, high quality products. Plus, this matte nude color (Glacé) is absolutely gorgeous.
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This was the free birthday gift (yes, this is it…) But hey, at least Makeup Forever makes the best mascara!
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You know I’m always searching for new facial cleansers (check out my skincare routine here!), and recently I was turned onto Purity face washes by a few YouTubers. It’s also all-natural and it smells like heaven.
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Lastly, I picked up this new Porefessional (Okay, it’s not that new, but it’s new to me!). I usually buy the original pore minimizer, but I figured I would try this powder version out and see if it makes a difference.

 

That’s all for this early birthday haul! I hope you enjoyed seeing all the things I waste my money on (haha), have a great Thursday!

Humpday Playlist Pt. 6

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been seriously feeling ’90s grunge-esque music this past week, so I decided to make a playlist dedicated solely to my favorite artists from that era (Alanis Morrisette, Stevie Nicks, The Cranberries). Enjoy!

 

Now that you’ve got some butt-kickin’ music, go out and make it your day.

‘Heaven Is For Real’ or is it?

Hey guys, I recently watched the movie “Heaven Is For Real” and it was a really thought-provoking film. I have rarely ever talked about religion here on this blog because religion hasn’t been a big part of my life as of late. However, I don’t really think you need to necessarily be religious in order to believe in an afterlife or at least resonate with the feelings and/or frustrations associated with life and death.

Before I went away to college, my family and I regularly went to church, we talked about God and I even got into Christian gospel music for a while. But during the four years I was away, I lost touch with my faith, I haven’t been to church in about four years and oftentimes, I question what I believe or don’t believe. I haven’t even thought about any of this until I saw this movie.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a true story about a young child who believes he went to heaven and in doing so, reaffirms the religious beliefs of many of the people in the town. The film also represents the frustrations of those who are grieving a death, which I could relate to.

So. Do I believe in a heaven? An afterlife? Do I believe in God? I’ll admit, I was moved by this movie, and after watching it, I realize that I really need to reconnect with my faith. Since losing touch with Christianity, I’ve noticed a lack of stability in my life, and I’d love to regain it.

What about you? Are you religious? Do you believe in an afterlife?

Photos: Storms and sunny days in paradise

Hey guys! This week went by really quickly and I got a lot done! Hurricane Wali hit us, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t really a hurricane. As Meryl Streep said in The Devil Wears Prada, “It’s just a little rain.” Anyway, here’s some photos from my week!

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I spent a majority of the week at the beach, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Also, I got shave ice at a local (and super popular shave ice stand), Ululani’s, if you’re ever on Maui you have to go there!

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My babies also love the beach, aren’t they just the cutest?

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Hurricane Wali???

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Since it was raining, I got a little crafty with some shells that were lying around the house!

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Yes. I’ve also jumped on the Kim Kardashian game bandwagon. Don’t ask. I’m obsessed. I’m in too deep, there’s no help for me now…

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Baby Jasmine!

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And last but not least, (if you don’t follow me on Instagram, I’ve been posting pictures there but…) I’ve been playing around with my hair a lot!

I hope you guys had a great week and an even greater weekend! I have a lot of cool and thought-provoking posts going up this week, so look out for those! Keep smiling!

Spend some time with yourself today

Hey guys, happy Saturday! I usually don’t post anything on Saturdays, but here I am! Something exciting is happening and it involves horoscopes. Yes, I’m one of those people. Anyway, I’m a Leo and recently Jupiter has come into my sign, which means that there is a huge surge of positive energy coming into my life. (Good things!) Now, whether you believe in horoscopes or not, they’re always fun, right?

So, one of my favorite horoscope sites is Free People because they lay it down in real words and plus, Tracy Allen is just incredibly up-lifting. Here’s what they say about Jupiter entering my sign, and what it can mean for me (and for you!)

Between the 26th and 28th, spend some time alone contemplating what you want out of your year.

  • Who were you put here to be?
  • What were you meant to offer the world?
  • How will you go about fulfilling your purpose?

    I think these are great questions to ask yourself regardless of what your sign may be. These are questions we should all be asking ourselves, every day, just because. So I challenge you to do so. You don’t need to wait until January 1st to make a resolution. Do it now. Think out-loud, dream without limits, write it down and go out and make a difference.

Don’t simply drift along on your journey. Steer by the compass of your soul. Make the choice to dedicate your efforts to self-actualization, with significant help from Jupiter in the coming months. Writing things down in this new moon phase will help to concretize your hopes.

Have a great Saturday! (Look out for some fun photos tomorrow morning!)

Six impossible things before breakfast

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Hey guys, Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week, can you believe it?

Today I want to share a fun journaling topic with you guys. Do any of you keep a journal? You should. I’ve had so many journals in my lifetime, of course, I don’t have any of them anymore. Once I vowed to live a more healthy and positive life, I threw all my old journals away. Anyway, here’s a journaling topic that you might enjoy.

I read Alice in Wonderland with my younger sister this week, and it got me thinking: we should all be much more creative and lively in the mornings in order to jumpstart our days. Instead of using your journal to rant about all the negative things that happened to you that day, use your journal to write out quirky things (ie, this post), your dreams, things that inspire you.

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Think of six impossible things. They don’t have to be real, relative to you or your life or even the world you live in, they don’t even have to mean anything or make much sense. Just think of six impossible things. After you wake up from your slumber, get your creative juices flowing first thing in the morning, and let yourself escape the real world for a little while longer. After you’ve thought of six impossible things, think of six possible ways you can make those things possible. Mix your creativity with some realism.

Here’s my six for the day:

  1. Sleeping on a plane.
  2. A sensible and responsible government.
  3. Finding a cure for incurable diseases.
  4. Finishing and winning a game of Monopoly.
  5. Ghosts.
  6. Nothing.

What do you think is impossible?

Healthy, Paleo-friendly Subscription Boxes!

Hey guys! As you know, I’ve been working on getting healthier and I’ve always been a huge fan of subscription boxes! So a few days ago, I came across these awesome companies that put together nutritious, gluten-free, paleo-friendly boxes for all of us “health nuts” to enjoy!

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Steepster — $24.95

I love tea. Always have, always will. I think I can credit my tea-drinking obsession to my mom and grandma, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, when I came across Steepster I immediately fell in love. They send you five different types of teas from all across the globe, each month for less than $30! Plus, these are teas that you aren’t going to find in stores, and they’re much higher quality than your typical boxed tea from the market.

 

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PaleoPax — $49

For people (like me), who are new to the whole paleo lifestyle, this subscription box is perfect because it includes a bunch of paleo-friendly snacks and goodies! This is also a great way to get to know some paleo brands and get your body used to this type of diet.

 

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Healthy Surprise — $40

I first heard about this box while watching Oprah, and I’m so happy I did! This box comes to your doorstep with over 12 snacks packed inside, and the best part about this box is that all the products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and all natural. Plus, they actually taste good! My favorite is the Dang toasted coconut chips (yum!)

 

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Bulu Box — $10

Lastly, this box is perfect for anyone looking for health and nutrition products, but scared to fork over a ton of money for a product they won’t even like or see results from! The Bulu Box comes packed with various nutritious snacks, vitamins and fitness gear that will aid you in weight loss or overall health optimization. And if you sign up right now, you’ll get a free one-year subscription to Women’s Health magazine! How awesome is that?