Tips For College

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So with school starting up again, I thought that I would share with you guys some important tips that I learned along the way on my college journey, since I am now entering into my senior year. To be completely honest, I really didn’t have the “stereotypical” college experience that you see on TV. I started a year late, and was VERY unsure about what I wanted to do. I also was going through a lot of things personally, but that’s another story. But anyways, here are some tips to survive your college years.

  1. It’s OK to be a little bit confused about what you want to major in or to drop a class here and there. Give yourself some time in your first year to explore your options and to get a feel for what interests you. Everyone is different when it comes to this situation, some people know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives and for some it takes a while. Once you finally do know give it 110%, and gain experience by taking an internship or job shadowing.
  2. If you commute it’s harder to make friends, believe me I know. Just start talking to people in your classes or join a few clubs. Really get involved and a social life will come to you.
  3. Speaking of a social life, PARTIES. I really didn’t go to many, like I said I really didn’t have the “typical” experience. I went to a community college the first 2 and a half years and now I’m at a university. Just have as much fun as possible, your only young once but just watch out for yourself.
  4. Balancing work and school can be very difficult. My suggestion is to only work part-time if needed or find a simple job on campus. It SUCKS not having a lot of money, but you have to put school first and concentrate on your grades. Afterall that’s why you are there, and you will thank yourself in the long-run.
  5. Living on campus. I only lived on campus one semester, my first year at my university and I didn’t really like it. The independence was great, but it wasn’t how I thought it was going to be, it also was a huge waste of money. I didn’t have a roommate either, but if you decide to share a dorm make sure the people that you are living with are compatible with your personality. For example, if you are hermit don’t room with someone who likes to party. Find people that get you out of your comfort zone a little, but that also make you feel comfortable enough to be yourself.

So those are all my tips for college, I hope you enjoyed!

X.O.

-Kelly A.

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June 2016 Monthly Favorites & One Year Anniversary

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Hi babydolls! I decided to share with you some of my favorites from June, since I haven’t done one of these in a while. Also, some exciting news, today is the one year anniversary of my blog! I can’t believe how fast time flies, and I would just like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has supported me. Let’s make the next year even better!

1.) L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Smooth Shampoo

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2.) “Peach Bellini” Bath & Body Works Body LotionΒ Peach Bellini Lotion

3.) Tazo “Zen” Green Tea K-Cups

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4. Pretty in PinkΒ on DVD

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5. Britney Spears’ Everytime

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X.O.

-Kelly A.

Where have I been?! (Update)

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Hey sweeties, long time and no posts! I have been SUPER busy with school, finishing up my junior year of college and have not had much time to blog. However, I have a lot things that I would like to share. Stay tuned, mwah!

X.O.

-Kelly A.

My Rant, Dying Your Hair at Home, and Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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I don’t know about you but I am fed up with going to the hair salon to get my hair colored. It is way out of my budget and I am never satisfied with the finished results, not to mention it is extremely damaging especially if you are planning on bleaching your hair of any sorts. My natural hair color is a very dark brown but recently over this past year I have been experimenting with balayage highlights. Every time that I went to get my highlights touched up they would come out horrible and brassy. Yes, I am aware that dark and chemically processed hair is very difficult to lift but I was determined to get my desired color. Two months ago I finally just had enough and I have come to terms with the fact that light hair is just not a cute look on me (even though I feel like I was a blonde in another life, but brunettes are sexy too don’t get it twisted). Also, I felt like my former hair dresser was ripping me off. I didn’t have the balls to tackle that mess myself, so I found a more affordable salon in my price range to cover my orange balayage highlights. This hair stylist did a decent color job but she didn’t even style my hair, she just blew dried the shit out of it and with my course and wavy hair texture that was a big no no. Since my hair is so thick and I have a lot of it with it only being just medium length, they needed to use more hair dye than for the average person to obviously completely color my entire head of hair, which increased the price even more but to be fair the receptionist did mention this to me ahead of time when I called into schedule my appointment. Within a couple of weeks my “chocolate brown” hair color immensely faded, so this time I decided to take matters into my own hands and color my hair at home myself.

My Dying Your Hair at Home Essentials:

1.) An old shirt that you no longer care about

2.) An old towel to put around your neck to eliminate getting hair dye all over you

3.) 2 to 3 hair clips, one to securely hold the old towel around your neck in place and the remaining clips to hold your hair up while sectioning it off when coloring

4.) Vaseline is a must to avoid dye stains on your skin, put a pretty thick layer around your face, ears, and the back of your neck

5.) A plastic bag or shower cap to put on your head after you have finished coloring your hair to lock in the heat to ensure an even coverage (also you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting dye everywhere while you wait)

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Since I can’t show you exactly how I colored my hair step by step, here is Kandee Johnson’s video. I always use this method! However, if you are covering up balayage highlights or an ombre concentrate the dye on your ends or wherever there is bleach, rather than the roots.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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Obviously hair color or bleach of any kind is damaging, especially if it is drugstore but if you are on a budget and your hair needs a quick fix sometimes box dye is your only option. I always enjoyed using the Garnier hair color line in the past and decided to give the Olia permanent color a try after hearing some positive reviews. As I mentioned I have a lot of hair, so I ended up purchasing two boxes and had just enough to cover my entire head. So if your hair is longer than medium length and it is pretty thick, I would suggest getting 3 to 4 boxes of color.

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Inside, the Garnier Olia hair color comes with two professional looking black gloves (which I was impressed with), a unique bottle applicator that did not contain the developer, a separate tube of developer, colorant, and after color conditioner.

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I know this is a review, but I actually prefer to use a brush and mixing bowl from Sally Beauty Supply instead of the bottle applicator to apply my hair color. However, this is totally optional and is not necessary to achieve the perfect look.

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Pros:

  • Professional black gloves that are just the right size
  • Does not have an overwhelming smell
  • Creamy formula that sticks to hair, reducing mess and clean-up
  • Stains on the skin where fairly easy to remove

Cons:

  • Not enough product
  • The color results are a little bit darker than what is shown on the box
  • My scalp was slightly itchy after application

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After

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Whala! Even though the color was darker than expected, I overall was very pleased with the results and would repurchase the Garnier Olia hair color again.

XO,

-Kelly A.