Random Bits of Everything

Empties:
1. Glossier mega greens galaxy pack- Love this as a detoxifying mask that isn't too strong.
2. SKII facial essence- Love this, even though it's $$$
3. The Ordinary buffet serum- Love the low price, but I wasn't wowed with results.


Earlier this month I treated myself to a facial. It was so relaxing and I now I understand why they're so addicting. You leave with clean pores, fresh and glowing skin, and stubborn acne (like the planet on my chin)  cleared up within days. I've even noticed that I need less base makeup. 
I can't wait for my next appointment.


 #teacherlife
I finally have a small classroom leveled library, and am really pleased with how the interactive notebooks have been going. I feel like I'm starting to get into a natural rhythm of things, and the kids have really caught on too. I've been slow to incorporate the technology pieces, and it's been hard to keep my energy up... BUT my lesson plans for when I'm gone in the Bahamas are DONE! 
That has really lifted stress off of my plate. 


Empties

If I were to rate these products out of 5 stars, these products would be in the 2-3 range. They weren't terrible, but they aren't all time favorites... Here's why.
Glossier milk jelly cleanser: This gets 3 stars. I recommend it has a morning cleanser, but I have issues with it at night. Yes, it's super gentle and can get rid of makeup...BUT sometimes even after I wash my face twice with this, I'll still get leftover makeup traces when I go over my face again with a cleansing water or a cotton round with toner. I always have to triple cleanse my face when I use this- which isn't something I was expecting. Formula wise, though, I really like this- as with most things Glossier. 
Etude House Moistfull collagen water jelly cream: This gets 2 stars. The texture is kind of fun, but there are other 'water' creams out there that are much better- such as the Belif one, and I think Dr. Jart has one out too. I think the regular collagen cream even beats this one. I just found this to be sticky and it didn't provide long lasting moisture. Maybe it's better for people with oily skin?
Kiehl's ultra facial overnight hydrating masque: This gets 2 stars, but maybe I'll reconsider when it gets colder. This feels like putting gloop over your face. You definitely feel it as a layer. Over this one, I'd recommend the  Kiehl's calendula mask because it soothes and hydrates, whereas is this one is  heavy and feels tacky on the skin- even though it does lock in moisture. 

#teacherlife

I've decided to start including posts about my job. There's no shortage of teacher Pinterest boards, Instagram classroom posts or teacher blogs, but teaching is such a diverse profession with many different styles and voices- from classroom to classroom, school to school, district to district, and beyond. 
Every year I feel like this profession adds more and more to my plate, and yet every year I feel a little more prepared, and ready to challenge myself more. 

This year in particular, I have a 60 student case load, but less time to work with everyone. My students' literacy rates are very low, and the majority of students are scoring as beginner English learners and need to develop academic skills. I feel like if there was a year to take on more, and to try more, this is a good one. 

This year, I want to do more with English language development being directly tied to literacy development. Getting my students to be able to read with more confidence and fluency, will help them progress more in English and access grade level content. In general, I want my students to enjoy books and enjoy reading.

This year, I'm also going to experiment with interactive notebooks, using QR codes, and student driven video and voice recordings. I also want to keep up with my learning centers, progress monitoring, and overall organization and relationship building. 

Something I've experienced is that, teaching is not one of those jobs where you can stay stagnant and focus to be good at one thing. If we do that, we aren't making a difference. 

As with every year I've done this, basically, I just don't want to be a crappy teacher. 

*Tip: I cover the students' work space with paper so if they write all over it, it won't ruin the table. I don't like that it's a waste of paper when I have to replace it over and over, but for now it works. When I have a moment, I want to look into those covers that make the table a dry erase surface. 


New Products


Sometimes no matter how many products you've tried, sometimes you just want to try more. Maybe this is will be the perfect concealer or highlighter or whatever.
Lately, I've been into the soft matte concealer by Nars in vanilla  and the Dior luminizer powder in 001.
The concealer covers dark spots and blemishes well. It blends well, so it's good for days when all you want to do is use concealer. The luminizer powder gives off a soft and natural glow, but can be built up. For the price it's nice that it comes with a little buffing brush. To me, it's not as shimmery as the Becca shimmering skin pressed highlighters, but sometimes you don't want such a strong beam.

Ulta Haul


1. Dermalogica clear start overnight treatment
I've mentioned this before in the past, and I'm glad that I can find it at Ulta. I was dealing with some stubborn spots around my chin, and even though they have cleared up I know that this will help in the future.  
2. Skinfood egg white pore foam
I like to rotate cleansers, and I decided to try this one out since my perfect whipped foam one is gone. I have other products from Skinfood, but I've never tried a cleanser from them. I've heard good things about Korean products with egg whites and it should help combat oil and purify pores as the weather heats up. 

3. Urban Decay vice lipstick in Tryst
I haven't swatched or tried on this color yet, but it looked like a nice bright coral color for summer that wasn't too orange. 

4. Big Sexy Hair powder play
This looked similar to the Bumble and Bumble pret-a-powder, so I thought I would give it a try. 
(It's actually cheaper on Target online) It definitely adds lift and texture at the roots, but a little goes a long way. So far, I actually like this formula better than the Bumble and Bumble because the hold is better. I will make sure to buy this again. 


*This post is not sponsored by Ulta or any of the brands mentioned. 

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

In this post I'm sharing about gifts for bridesmaids!

I am pretty sure the bridesmaids in my wedding know that I have this blog. But who knows if they read it... Anyway! If you happen to be one of the bridesmaids in my wedding please don't look any further! 

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I knew that I wanted the gifts for my bridesmaids to be a little extra special. Not only are my bridesmaids buying their dress and traveling for my bridal shower and bachelorette party, but they are traveling and taking time off of work to come to the wedding. No gift could really show how thankful I am to them, but I did put thought behind what gifts I chose. I wanted a mix between fun, pretty, and practical. As a nice gesture, I also am covering the cost of manicures at the spa. 

As a side note, originally I was thinking about including earrings, but then I remembered that one of the bridesmaids doesn't have her ears pierced. Besides, I think it will be nice if each bridesmaid gets to accessorizes to her own taste since their dresses are different colors too. 

Even though jewelry is a very common and beautiful gift, I don't think you need to feel it has to be a part of yours. In lieu of jewelry, you could do a pretty headband or a sparkly belt/sash for them to wear. 

Just remember that it's more personal when you think of the women in your bridal party and pick gifts based on what you think they would like.


Stressed Skin Savers

Wedding season is here! I personally have 3 weddings going on within the span of four weeks, so that means some partying and going out has been in order. That also means the I have had to be proactive and reactive, since the late nights and drinking (and that time of the month rolling around) can do some damage.

Mediheal's tea tree mask is soothing and is drenched in stress fighting serum. The tea tree helps control sebum, but doesn't leave your face feeling irritated or dry. The mask itself is very soft and the serum is very cooling to calm the skin.

Glossier's super pure serum contains niacinamide and zinc. These two ingredients calm redness and clean out impurities.

Care Zone's spot patches are these little stickers to use overnight on blemishes. They make the healing process quicker and reduce the size of spots. For blemishes that have already 'erupted', the patches don't make them go away completely. However, for smaller ones under the skin that have yet to emerge, I have found that these patches make them disappear after 1-2 nights.