Nyx “Strobe of Genius” Palette Review

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Nyx or the distributors of this product. I am not being paid to express any opinions. All opinions are my own.

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to review a new product I’ve been using, which is this highlighting palette by Nyx. That’s right, reviews two posts in a row! Whoo!

When I was in DC back in March, we went to a mall and I got sucked into Sephora. While we were there I was lusting over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits. I ended up pulling myself away from the glittery beauty, and found myself in the Nyx store. To my delight, they had a highlighting palette I’d never seen before.

I genuinely did not think I would like this palette. It has a lot of gold-toned highlighters which I do not typically go for. I have a history of loving white and blue toned highlighters as I think they look better on my skin tone.

I did some swatches on my arm, and surprisingly loved them! The golds are subtle enough that they give more of a dewy look than a golden one. I have found myself experimenting with layering and using a variety of colors on different parts of my face.

Despite my concerns, I’ve gotten so many compliments on my highlight while wearing these highlighters!

The pigmentation is great. I’ve had issues with over-pigmented highlighters, which tend to look like I’ve smeared eyeshadow on my face. These do great though. They’re pigmented enough that they give a good glow, but not so pigmented that they look too colorful.

My favorite highlighters (so far) are the purple on the top row and the pinkish gold on the bottom row.

Have you tried this palette? If yes, how did you feel about it?

“Ask The Passengers” book review

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the author, publisher, or distributer of this book. I am not being paid to express any opinions. All opinions expressed are my own.

Okay, everybody. I’ve never done a book review before, so hang with me.

On my flight to Washington D.C. about  month ago, I read this book.

I read the entire thing in one sitting. I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried, and my heart was torn into one thousand tiny pieces by the time I flipped to the last page.

This is Ask the Passengers.

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Summary

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother’s pushiness and her father’s lack of interest tell her they’re the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn’t know the passengers inside, but they’re the only people who won’t judge her when she asks them her most personal questions–like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can’t share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don’t even know she’s there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives–and her own–for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society’s definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything–and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love. (From Goodreads.com)

Review

This book genuinely made my heart hurt. There’s so much truth in the portrayal of a young, questioning queer girl that I could identify with, and it’s heartbreaking.

I’ve been in a reading slump for a long time, and I appreciate a book that is so good that I can’t put it down. Ask the Passengers is definitely one of those books. It’s so true and real that it feels like it could be you.

The diversity of characters and the subtle mentions of internalized homophobia made this book. Astrid does not come from the perfect family, and that makes the book all the more personal.

I really loved all aspects of this book. The plot was well thought out and true to life, the characters were full and interesting, and the story was refreshing and new. I 100% recommend this book to everyone, especially girls who are struggling with their sexuality.

Have you read Ask the Passengers? Would you like to?

Battling My Body: 16 Months of Injury and Illness

 

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk to y’all about something that I’ve been dealing with for the past year and a half-ish, which is the state of my physical health. (Of course, there’ve been mental health difficulties as well, but I’ll save that for a different post.)

Starting in late 2015, I have been going through a series of serious injuries, and when I’m not injured, I get sick.

It started in early December, when I fell off my bike and ended up with tendonitis in my left wrist.

I was biking home with a friend when I crashed into a pole in the middle of a bike path and landed on my wrist. After a few hours of increasing pain, I went to the doctor and was told I had a severe sprain.

Several x-rays (a total of 14) later and they gave me a brace and told me to wear it until my pain stopped. Unfortunately, my pain only got worse.

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My wrist, fully braced

After a few weeks of consistent pain, I ended up going to my sports doctor. He told me that wearing the brace had caused my sprain to devolve into tendonitis. I stopped wearing the brace, but it took six months to fully heal.

By May of 2016 my wrist was healed, but I was on the verge of another injury. At the beginning of June, I sprained my knee from overuse during a ballet intensive.

I ignored the pain for a few days until it got to the point that I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. I went to the doctor yet again, got more x-rays done (only 3 this time), and again was told I had a severe sprain. I was given a brace and crutches and told to use them until my pain went away.

Clearly I should stop listening to those instructions.

After a few days of resting and elevating my leg, we noticed that I had a lot of swelling, not only around my knee but also in my foot and ankle.

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I spent so much time in the doctors office, they gave me a sticker!

I was rushed to urgent care, where it was decided that the compression had caused a build-up of fluid in my foot, which had aggravated pre-existing bruised tendons.

I was on crutches for about a week, and I stopped wearing the brace and started physical therapy to get my range of movement back into my leg.

I spent nearly the entire summer healing, and I was mostly healed by September. Which is when I got sick.

It was just a stomach bug, but it lasted a week and a half and there were some other, even more lasting impacts that no one could have expected.

I ended up with this syndrome called costochondritis. It’s fairly uncommon, but it usually pops up after a virus. Essentially the cartilage between my ribs got inflamed and it felt like I was being stabbed every time I tried to breathe. Fun.

There’s no real treatment, just taking ibuprofen and waiting it out. For me, that meant all the way until late November. December was relatively tame, just a cold around Christmastime.

January kicked off with a sprained back. That’s right, the entire right side of my back was in so much pain I couldn’t stand or walk. The first morning I woke up with the pain, I was paralyzed for a good half hour until the ibuprofen kicked in and a heating pad loosened my muscles.

It was a relatively short-term injury, lasting no more than three weeks. But I have other back problems, which was made clear in February when I got a pinched nerve between my shoulder blade and spine.

If you’ve never had a pinched nerve, I’ll try to explain the sensation to you. In the origin, or the place where the nerve is located, there’s the sensation of pins-and-needles, almost like a foot falling asleep.

But nerve pain radiates, meaning that I also experienced achy pain in my elbow and lower back. In all honesty, I could have dealt with the shoulder pain, but the elbow and back pain were so bad that I couldn’t make it through a full day of school.

Most recently, a few weeks ago I had a terrible migraine. Many of you know about this, but for those of you who may not, I ended up seeing two general doctors, one neurologist, and I spent a day in the ER. It was terrible, lasting almost a full week. I’m getting an MRI soon and visiting an ophthalmologist so we can make sure everything is okay.

It’s been hard to be so out of commission for so long. I love to move, so it’s hard for me to be stuck in bed for long periods of time. I’m starting cross training and I’m working towards full body healing. Wish me luck!

What is the most serious injury or illness you’ve ever had?

Versatile Blogger Award

Hey everybody! I’m back again with a new award, this time I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Georgia!

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Rules

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful!)

Seven Facts About Me

  1. Luck is my actual last name. It’s not a screen name or a nickname, it’s my legal name! I love my name, but I get a lot of questions about if I’m lucky or not!
  2. I have a younger brother named Carter. He’s fourteen, and we actually get along really well. I have to drive him around a lot, but I don’t mind.
  3. I want to be a social justice lawyer, and work for a non-profit organization like the ACLU or the Human Rights Campaign.
  4. I love socks! My favorites are my Rosy the Riveter socks and my striped sweater-style socks.
  5. My favorite era is the 1920’s. I recently did a project about the era in my history and english classes, and I loved it so much. Everything from film to fashion is just intriguing to me. At least, up until the crash…
  6. I’m a cat person, but I love all animals. Whenever I see a dog on the street I have to stop and ask to pet it.
  7. Seven is my lucky number!

My Nominees

Cheila

Olivia

Jo

Harriet

Glücksgeist

Well that’s all from me today! I hope you’re all doing well and thank you for reading!

 

College Tours & Panic! at the Disco

Well, it’s finally happened. I went on my first road trip.

Over spring break, I convinced my family to take me on a tour of southern California to visit colleges. Here’s a recap.

Monday, 27 March — Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Our first stop was San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly is one of the three public schools I’m considering, so we stopped there on our way down to SoCal.

Cal Poly is great. It’s bigger than I’d like, but their Liberal Arts college is very small, so I would probably only be around a small group of students.

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I’m interested in a Sociology degree, and at Cal Poly they have concentrations within their Sociology program, so I could do a criminal justice concentration. You also apply with a declared major, which means you are only competing with other students who want your same major.

Cal Poly has a “learn by doing” motto that is uncommon in most public schools. There’s a lot of hands-on work and internship and work opportunities that I really like.

It helps that SLO is also one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Tuesday, 28 March — Occidental College

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Let me just start by saying that Obama went to Oxy. Immediate perk.

Another perk? No grad students. Oxy only has an undergrad program, meaning all research and internship opportunities go to undergrads, and undergrads are the professor’s first priority.

They also have an average class size of 18, with a cap of 30. No large lectures, ever.

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Generally, the entire student body is incredibly enthusiastic and social-justice minded. The entire school population is involved in justice or service in some way, which is really important to me.

That evening, my dad, brother and I went to Inglewood to see Panic! at the Disco perform at the Forum. I was so excited to see Panic! again, and Saint Motel, one of my favorite bands, opened. The show was amazing.

Wednesday, 29 March — Pomona College and Scripps College

Before I get into either of these schools, I’d like to mention that they are both a part of the Claremont College Consortium, meaning that students from one can take classes at any of the other four colleges. Each school has different rules, but it’s a possibility for all students.

Pomona is my first choice school. I loved it so much.

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Like Oxy, the students are very social justice-oriented, and there’s a strong sense of service. Honestly, Pomona felt like home.

Pomona has a total enrollment of 1600 students, and there’s a lot of variability within classes. One class may have six students and another 40. No class will ever be larger than 40, but there may be team-taught or lecture-lab classes.

Of all the Claremont Colleges, Pomona has the most variety in majors and classes. It is also the largest of the five.

All incoming freshmen at Pomona are required to take an Interdisciplinary course on a subject like the evolution of Punk or Mad Men. I’m not joking.

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Of all the schools I know of so far, Pomona is the only one I can imagine applying early decision to.

Now, Scripps.

Scripps is a women’s college, which turned me off at first. I want the diversity of a co-ed school.

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Upon visiting Scripps, I learned that it won’t strip me of that. Because they are so small, most classes are co-ed, and the only thing that is truly women-only is the housing.

You can even major in a major that’s not directly offered at Scripps if it’s offered at one of the other Claremont schools. So I could major in sociology at Pomona, but still go to Scripps.

They also have a school-wide tea every Wednesday afternoon. I died a little.

Thursday, 30 March — University of San Diego

My family has a tradition of going to San Diego based schools. Both of my parents went to UCSD, most of my extended family went to SDSU, and two of my aunts went to USD.

There was a lot of things that I liked about University of San Diego. They’re a Changemaker school, are very social justice oriented, and are located in San Diego, which is one of my favorite places in California.

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Unfortunately, USD is a Catholic school, and I am not a Christian. I have nothing wrong with Catholicism or Christianity, but about 50% of USD’s student body is Catholic, and 50% is republican.

Honestly, I’ll probably be happier somewhere that’s more religiously diverse and politically liberal, because I am a part of a non-christian religion, and politically liberal.

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Like I said, there was a lot that I like about USD, but it’s not necessarily on the top of my list.

All together, I learned a lot on this trip. If anything, I’ve learned what kind of school I’d like to pursue more. I know now that I really want to be at a liberal arts school, and somewhere small.

What kind of university experience would you like/did you have?

A Full-Day Pamper

Hello loves, and happy Tuesday!

Today I’d like to walk you through my full day pamper session last Saturday. As many of you know, I had a severe migraine last week, which ended in a trip to the ER on Friday afternoon.

Because of the ordeal I went through over the week, I decided to do a bit of pampering on Saturday. I hadn’t been feeling fully human, and I definitely needed some pampering.

I started the morning with a nice bath. If you’ve read my guilty pleasures post, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of baths.

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I decided to use a new Lush product, the You’ve Been Mangoed luxury bath oil. It made my skin very smooth and it smelled amazing, so that’s a win for me.

After taking a bath, I actually decided to take a shower. Because I’d been in doctors offices and hospitals, I wanted a good cleanse. I used my favorite Lush soap, and I actually used some dandruff shampoo to make my hair very silky and clean.

Next, I got dressed in one of my favorite outfits. I also decided to put on some makeup for the first time in over a week.

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That afternoon I decided to make some cupcakes! I love to bake, and after seeing this recipe, I knew I had to make some. I will say, I used straight up flat lemonade, and they could use a bit more than the recipe calls for. Other than that they’re delicious!

For dinner, we went to one of my favorite restaurants. After dinner, we decided to (finally) see Beauty and the Beast! I absolutely loved it, and I definitely didn’t cry…

All together it was a great day. I am very happy that I decided to pamper myself, and I definitely think I deserved it!

How do you pamper yourself?

The Dawn Dagger Challenge

I am so excited to have been nominated for my first challenge on this blog! A big thanks to Nikki for tagging me in the Dawn Dagger Challenge!

Rules:

  • Answer the questions given
  • Give 10 questions for your nominees
  • Nominate 1-10 people

Nikki’s questions:

  1. What was your first concert? The first concert I ever went to was Carrie Underwood, and Hunter Hayes opened. I’m not a fan of either of them anymore, but if you’d like to read about some of my favorite concerts I’ve been to, you can read this post!
  2. What is your go-to summer drink? Iced chai latte! (Or any iced tea drink)
  3. What did you last purchase? A set of temporary tattoos with quotes from Pride and Prejudice, and a pair of socks with titles of banned books on them.
  4. What kind of phone do you have? I have the silver iPhone 6.
  5. Do you have a cute/cool case? I have a black case with a gold pattern on it, but it’s pretty old and not super cute ):
  6. What is your favorite donut? Maple bar. No contest.
  7. Converse or vans? Converse! I have a pair of really old white high-tops that are disgusting and falling apart and I love them to death.
  8. Coffee or tea? Tea. Coffee actually upsets my stomach, so I can’t drink it anymore. But I drink a LOT of tea!
  9. Current trend: Off-the-shoulder floral top or ruffle gingham crop? Off-the-shoulder floral. I live for florals and exposed shoulders/collarbones.
  10. What is your regular Starbucks order? Either a grande iced chai latte or a tall strawberry acai refresher! Yum.

My questions:

  1. Youtube or Netflix?
  2. What’s the perfect time to get out of bed?
  3. What is your favorite dessert?
  4. Best coffee shop?
  5. What is your favorite kind of blog post to write?
  6. Do you shower in the morning or at night?
  7. At what time of day are you most productive?
  8. Would you rather go for a walk or a bike ride?
  9. Do you play any instruments?
  10. What is your favorite afternoon snack?

I nominate:

Azra

Veronica

Pamela

Danielle

Novi

Amelia

Ella

Of course none of you should feel obliged to do this, but I hope you will! I look forward to seeing any of these lovelies who choose to do this challenge!

huge thanks once again to Nikki for nominating me! And thanks to all of you for reading!