Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm Sorry.

Hey guys. 

I'm sorry that this blog isn't going to be such a happy one.. I just want to get all of my feelings out, and I feel that this is the perfect way to do it.

I have been really sad lately. Now, I don't know if I would be considered "depressed" so I am not going to say that I am. But I sure as hell feel quite close.

I am a freshman in college, and I thought my first year was going to be great. Turns out, its not really. At all.

First off, I was not doing so well in classes, well math to be exact. I really never have been, so that was not much of a surprise. But then when I found out how hard it was to get and keep a good GPA in college.. well that's when I started to worry.

I am doing much better in that class as of now, so I feel as though I am going to finish off the semester okay,

Second, my friends are not so much friends anymore. My so-called best friend is not acting the way she did, and I miss it. It is so true when people say that people change when they get in college.

And I'm not going to say that I haven't changed, because I have. I know that, and it is a part of life. But it's crazy how much you can do for a person and they just treat you like utter crap. 

I have always tried to be a good friend, but in turn all I get is a slap to the face. Get called ugly. Get told that you aren't going to have a boyfriend if you don't "put yourself out there".  But what exactly does that mean?

The new app Tinder has been a hit with many teens.. and adults. I have it, and I am really considering deleting it. I don't feel comfortable meeting someone I've never seen, because I am scared. And that's okay. Everyone is entitled to their own belief, and mine is not wanting to meet someone online. I much rather have a guy come up to me after class or something, but that's just me. 

I've had someone try and take me on a date from the app, who lived hours away mind you, and of course I declined. You never know who could be behind a computer screen or phone screen. I feel like a hypocrite right now because it seems as though I am that person to whoever is reading this, right?

Well that will change soon. I am going to do it. I am going to start a youtube channel, so you can put a voice and face to my words.

Anyways, sorry that's really rambly. But last, I miss home. I'll admit it. I don't feel that going off to college was right for me, and I don't regret it because if I didn't come, I wouldn't of seen my best friends true colors, or found my true best friend.
What I am going to say now is something I should have done a long time ago. Stand up for yourself. Be nice, but not too nice. Don't let anyone walk over you, or take advantage of you. Believe me, it sucks. A lot. 

Be proud of what you are doing, and even what you look like. I struggle with that because I don't believe that I am pretty because of what society says you have to look like. I don't have straight teeth- but it's okay, because eventually I will get braces. I have a big nose- but it's okay, somebody out there loves it. 

That's what everyone needs to hear, is that everyone is truly beautiful inside and out. We all have bits and pieces that we won't like, but that's okay because there is always someone out there that loves you for you.

That's all I have to say. I think I have rambled enough. To whoever may read this, I love you. You're beautiful, wonderful, amazing, GORGEOUS. 

Don't worry too much, because it will be okay. I promise. 

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shayla.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Influenster!



I'm not sure if you have heard of this amazing opportunity, but I am here to share with you my opinion on this "sample" service!

I have been a part of this for almost a year, and I believe I have gotten about 4 boxes so far, and they send you full size products from some big companies such as Mary Kay, Victoria's Secret, and more. It is a great chance to try new products for FREE. I absolutely love that I came across it.

All you have to have is social media follows. Like your twitter or Facebook, and Instagram. I do believe that you have to have kind of a high "impact" as they call it, but it is really like 1500 follows on the combined platforms. ( For example, I have 900 followers on Twitter, 300 Facebook friends, and 400 followers on Instagram so I am considered high impact. )

However I do think that pretty much anyone who signs up is pretty much guaranteed a box- as long as you check your email frequently for the surveys that lead to the boxes!

I will try and round up some items that I received in these various boxes and post some pictures in a future blog- I am away at college right now and many of the products are at my home.

I hope some of you sign up, and get some of these great products. It is completely free, all they require is a overall survey a couple of weeks after you receive the box. I love it!

p.s. I am not sponsored, I just really enjoy the box!

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

Shay

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award!



I wanted to say a huge thank you to Zaria from Floral Escape for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! It’s so amazing to be recognized for something that I truly love doing. She is fabulous and you should definitely check out her blog!

Rules:
  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post!
  2. You must thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post!
  3. You must add this set of rules to your post so that your nominees will know what to do!
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself into the post
  5. You must nominate 15 other blogs and leave links to each of them in your post!
  6. You must let the people who you have nominated know that they've been nominated!
  7. You must follow back the person who nominated you on GFC (I don't use this) and Bloglovin

Seven Facts About Me:
  1. I recently became obsessed with Victoria’s Secret
  2. I rarely pay full price for anything- I love a good steal!
  3. I love saying the word ‘Cookie’
  4. I really want to start a youtube channel, but I’m really scared
  5. Mint green and blush are my favorite colors
  6. I love blue gummy bears
  7. Boyz II Men are my jam!

Nominees!
  1. Camille from Coco Cami
  2. Vanessa from Circle of Chaos
  3. Anna from Anna-Alina
  4. Hannah from Trust in Vogue
  5. Lauren from Laurey’s Fashion
  6. Alice from Socks and Sparkles
  7. Emily from London Beauty
  8. Victoria from VVNightingale
  9. Holley Marie from Holley-Marie
  10. Melissy from Melissy Goose

The people I nominated are truly beautiful bloggers and I love their posts, and will continue to read and check up on them(:

If you do this, leave the link below and I will check it out as well!

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shay

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Estee Lauder Haul!



1. Pure Color Lipstick in '61 Pink Parfait' ( Shimmer )

2. Pure Color Lipstick in '82 Pinkberry' ( Creme )

3. Pure Color Gloss

4. Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara

5. Pure Color Eye shadow Quad 
( 79 Summer Linen ( Matte ) 47 Nude Fresco ( Satin ) 35 Hot Cinnamon ( Shimmer ) 45 Lavish Mink ( Matte ) )

So as I metioned previously, I recently went off to college, and so many family members and church members gave me either graduation gifts from my senior year or going away gifts. This was one of my gifts that I wanted to share with you guys because I have recently become obsessed with lipsticks and make up in general more than usual, and I was SO excited to receive this gift!
Estee Lauder was not really something that I thought I would be getting or ever wanting but after seeing the quality of their products I am wanting to purchase even more!
The lipsticks ( which was what I was most excited for ) are in these two gorgeous pinky shades, and I am ever so excited to wear them soon! ( Have I said excited enough? )

Now since it is becoming fall, I think I am going to purchase a brown shade and maybe a deep red, which if  I do I will surely do a post because I think they will be YSL or MAC(:
Leave comments down below with your thoughts and your favorite make up brand! Also if you have any recommendations of lipstick brands or shades because I am defiantly in the market for some new ones(:

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shay

Monday, September 8, 2014

Forever 21 Earring Haul!





1. Classic Drop Leaf Earrings

2. Elegant Faux Stone Drop Earrings

3. Luxe Faux Stone Chandelier Earrings

4. Fancy Floral Studs

5. Touch-Of-Glam Faux Stone Studs ( My personal faves! )


So last week for Labor Day, Forever 21 had a BOGO sale on some clearance items, and I scored these beautys!

Now yes, there is only 5- because I bought a sixth pair and my grandma stole them from me! Lol yes, my grandma has style(;

But I am totally in LOVE with these earrings and I'm so excited to pair them with future outfits! 

And I am so freaking happy of the quality considering it came from there, but I am not complaining their items are becoming a love of mine as well as the store in general.

I just thought I would share these with you and get your opinion on them as well as what you think about Forever 21, good or bad?

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shay

Saturday, September 6, 2014

College.

col·lege

ˈkälij/

 noun

  1. 1.
    an educational institution or establishment, in particular.


     So you may have noticed, ( or probably not ) but I haven't made a post in almost a month. The reason is 

because I started college a couple of weeks ago and it's been crazy trying to get adjusted and everything, so I 

really haven't had time to do much of anything other than go to class and do homework. It's so much different 

than what I expected, and I am so happy that I chose to go because I love it ( at least so far. ) 

      Where I am going- which I haven't decided if I will say just yet- is not all parties ( though there are some ) and

 I am thankful. I am not the party type of girl, and I cannot picture myself going! I feel as though I belong where I 

am and I love it. Coming home and sleeping in my own bed is kind of crazy now.


      I'm not going to lie, I have not made friends as fast as I thought I was going to, but I did come with 4 of my 

other friends from school, so they are who I am with most of the time. I think it is fine to go with people that you 

already know instead of a college away from everyone because I'd rather not be alone my first day of class. 

Hopefully I will make other friends, I just have to give it time. Don't get me wrong, I do talk to people in my 

classes and things like that, but I just haven't met anyone that I would want to 'hang out' with quite yet. And 

that's okay. I kind of like having my close friends around me, then the alone time as well. 

      As far as the being on my own part goes, I am enjoying that as well. Nobody to tell me what I can and

 cannot buy or do, I have to make the good choices on my own. Also, I am rooming with my best friend, so that

 worked out to my advantage. I have come home twice since I have left, but for personal reasons, and it's kind of 

weird. But if you are in college or are going soon, don't worry- I'm sure you have made the right choice on where 

to go and you will love it(:

      If you are in college or university comment down below how well you like it, and whether you think I should 

post some tips I have in a future blog post! 

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shay

Monday, August 18, 2014

NARS Eyeshadow!






Alrighty, as promised, here is my first NARS product!

It is a single eye shadow in 'Silent Night' and let me just say.. It's a beauty.

I received it in the mail just under a week ago, and have been so busy and couldn't upload but I finally got the chance today. I also wore it yesterday (Sunday, August 17) and I am in love with the color pay off. 

It is a gold color with many flecks of shimmer and sparkle, and is right up my alley. I love browns and golds on my lids personally, and this one has quickly become a favorite of mine. 

Now I do want to say that I am not bragging, in fact I will say that I did not order this off of the original NARS website. ( insert crowd gasps here. )

If I were to buy this from the website, this small compact would of cost me almost 30 dollars, and I am not one who spends loads of money on well, anything. I actually stumbled across this piece on Storenvy, from a seller that was just clearing her unused or lightly used makeup, and scored this for only 10.50 shipped. A steal right?

So I would definatly buy NARS products from the original place now that I know what good quality their products are, but also if I am on a budget ( like now since I am about to be in college ) I do not mind ordering items such as this from other people, AS LONG AS THEY ARE CLEAN. Just to make that clear. 

But all in all, I am in love with this eye shadow, and I am so glad I purchased it. Leave a comment down below telling me what your first NARS product was/is or even what you want to be your first product. 

This is the end ( for now ) of these sort of product reviews for a while, as I said I am about to be attending college for the first time, so I will be focused on that. However, I do have some ideas about some new DIY blog posts, and also the tips I have for college freshman, or things of that sort. 

If you have any suggestions for blog posts, leave them in the comments as well(:

Keep Calm and Sparkle On,

-Shay


Thursday, August 7, 2014

MAC Lippie!





Isn't crazy how something so small can make a person happy?

My first ever MAC lipstick in Angel!

I was so excited to be able to buy my first item from MAC the other day, and even more excited to receive it in the mail yesterday. 

It matches perfectly to my lip shade, and gives them a finishing gloss look, and I am absolutely in love with it! I was really scared to order online with out swatching it and all that ( I know, bad right? ) but when I received it, I fell in love with it.

That's not the end of my MAC dreams either, as I am going to ( hopefully ) buy another one or two in the next few days. I bought this one straight from the MAC site, but I think I am going to try my first blog sale, and buy some from there as well. 

Along with these lipsticks, I also bought my first NARS product, which is a single eye shadow, and of course I will take photos and share that with you guys as well! 

But this was just a quick update blog, as I have not written one in a while other than the spur-of-the-moment one at midnight this morning. 

I am finally achieving at least one of my dreams of owning "high-end" makeup, and I am so excited!
Thanks for reading, and comment down below one of the high-end products that is on your wishlist!
( P.S. That may or may not be a future blog post (; )

-Shay

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Feelings.

Very very VERY quick post.

This is not going to be a typical blog post that I would post, one because it is midnight and I should be sleep and two because I am just going to pour some feelings out.

Feelings are a weird concept to me.. I don't understand them at all. Not like physical feelings like sadness and sickness (although those are weird too) but rather liking someone.

Now I've had a stupid crush on the same guy for a while now, fading in and out my whole high school career.. It seems as if I'm in the friend zone and can't get out. Probably won't. But its weird to think that a certain person can hold your interest for that long, but doesn't even have the same feelings in return, right? I just do not get how I haven't moved on from this guy, like I want to but it just seems as though he just draws me back in.

I look back at the pictures we have taken over the years and I just get a goofy smile on my face, and I daydream about what it would be like to be with him.. Always hoping that one day it will happen.

I am up this late doing that exact thing. Looking at pictures, daydreaming (if you can even call it that) and reminiscing on certain memories... and I am smiling. I have a love/hate relationship right now with it.

But most importantly I am thinking that it is okay to have this "stupid crush" because it just reminds me that I am a normal human, and I am going to want things I can't have.. And I am just going to have to live with it. This comes with a lot of things in life, and I know that I am just beginning to experience it, seeing as I am a college freshman this year. (annnnnd I'm pretty sure I am going to see a lot more of this guy.)

In the end, I am just going to have to deal with these feelings, because it looks as if they aren't going away anytime soon. But I'm okay with that(:

-Shay

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Liebster Awards.

Nomination.


nom·i·nate


verb


ˈnäməˌnāt/


  1. propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.

So these beautiful bloggers, Nicole Mboya and Cielo, tagged me in something that is going around that is called the Liebster Award, which is for bloggers who are newcomers. I did not know what it was, so learning about it was really cool!  As Nicole said, it is sort of like a chain letter with no bad outcomes. It is simply the blogger answering eleven questions given by the nominator, and then them tagging eleven up and coming bloggers and giving them eleven questions. ( There’s a theme of eleven lol (: ) So here goes!


Rules!
1. Thank the bloggers who nominated you
2. Answer the set of questions they gave you
3. Nominate eleven bloggers, and let them know


Since I was tagged by two people, I will do a couple of each questions that they gave(:


1. Why did I start this blog?
I really started this because of Zoella’s blogs, which I have said many times in the few posts that I have made, and I love to write as well, so it is a great way to get my feelings out, and also communicate with other people who may feel the same as I do.


2. If you could replace any character in a book and live out their life, who would it be?
I am going to go reallllly girly and say Mia out of the Princess Diaries series because that was the first book series that I read I believe.


3. What is your biggest fear?
Tornadoes and storms. I hate them!


4. Do you or have you ever done youtube videos?
I literally uploaded one, and I took it down because I hated it sooo much. But I want to try it again, and I possibly will in the future… when I get a camera… and a computer I can actually edit and make the videos look decent on. But comment down below if you have, or if you think I should(:


5. What is your dream job?
At this moment in my life I really don’t know… I am going to school for business but I am not sure if I will stick to that plan. I like interior design, but I really just want to do something like youtube and be an inspiration… Probably not going to happen though.


6. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Zoella. I have said this many many times. She just is happy with what she does, she inspires people, she’s writing a book ( which I want to do ) and more and I just want to be a piece of what she is to somebody.


7. One thing people may not know about me.
I try and be happy all the time and end up over thinking things and making myself upset.


8. What food would you never eat?
Seafood. It comes out of the water and I just don’t know thats not a justifiable reason >.<


9. Who is your favorite disney princess and why?
Elsa from Frozen because she didn’t need a prince to save her, and she was strong enough to do what she needed to in the end. Plus, the cold never bothers me anyway. ( Just kidding I hate being cold )


10. Which youtuber/actor would you want to be best friends with?
… I bet you could guess.


11. What are three things you could not live without?
Family, youtube, and cookies.


Those are the questions I split from the two, and these are the ones I challenge you to answer:
1. Who is your biggest inspiration?
2. Why did you start your blog?
3. How would you like to be remembered?
4. Would you like to be a celebrity? If so for what? ( i.e. a singer, comedian, etc. )
5. If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be?
6. What is your dream car?
7. What historical figure would you love to see in the 21st century?
8. What is your favorite movie?
9. What quote do you live by?
10. Do you have a lucky number or item?
11. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?


The eleven bloggers I am nominating/tagging are:
Amyra
Helen


If you do this, leave your link in the comments, and I will surely check them out! And just because I nominated you doesn’t mean you have to do it(: If you do let me know though!
-Shay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sparkle.: Youtubers.

Sparkle.: Youtubers.: Youtubers. 1. One who spends so much time browsing youtube videos that they have metaphorically taken root, in the manner of a potato o...

Youtubers.

Youtubers.


1. One who spends so much time browsing youtube videos that they have metaphorically taken root, in the manner of a potato or other root vegetable. A couch potato of the new millenium.


I didn’t write a blog post for today, so I thought I’d just write about something I love a lot- youtubers. Now this post isn’t going to be my opinions on different youtubers, rather the Urban dictionary’s take on each of them. I just searched some and thought I would share some with you if you haven’t already seen them(:


1. Alfie Deyes- A british youtuber with a crooked smile, a heart of gold and a whole lot of handsome.
Everyone everywhere: "My perfect man would be Alfie Deyes. Nice, funny, handsome, and british."
alfie.jpg
Spot on, you think?


2. Zoe Sugg-Zoe Sugg, British YouTuber/Blogger who people know her by her channel name Zoella
-Inspires people to overcome anxiety and self consciousness
-Does Fashion Vlogs and Collabs
-Humble, Pretty, Perf, Etc.
-Can Sing and is a Directioner
-Has social media accounts in which she named ZoZeeBo

Zoe.jpg





3. Marcus Butler-
1. A British YouTuber from Brighton who makes funny videos and vlogs
2. He is SSSEEEEEEXXXXXXXYYYYYY
3. Has blonde hair, blue eyes, an accent to die for, and is just perfect
4. Often introduces himself with an adorable "Heeeeelllllooooooooo!"
5. he also has a big bum so he calls it his "nicki" or "minaj"
marcus.jpg








4. Jc Caylen- A boy popular on youtube. Makes the best videos. All the ladies are dropping their panties for him. Gettin' more popular than Justin Bieber. If you come across one of his videos brace yourself because your heart will start beating a mile a minuet. Jc Caylen is pretty much the deffinition of swag. Swag is so last year, so just use Jc Caylen for now on.
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5. Connor Franta- An awesome popular american youtuber. One of the most adorable, funny, hot, sexy and interesting guys you will ever come across. He makes your heart melt with his witty comments, beautiful green eyes and perfect smile. He posts videos every monday., also known as "Frantastic Monday," to a collab channel called O2L (Our second life.) Yet he also has his own channel.


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Accurate? Leave me your opinions on these in the comments!

-Shay

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crushes.

Crush.


crush
krəSH/


1. informal
a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate.


When I think of crush, I usually don’t think of crushing something, but more in an aspect of having an infatuation with someone, (quite possibly something if you wish). I believe that crushes are inevitable, and you can have them in grade school, all the way until you basically wither away.
Crushes come in all shapes and sizes (literally) and they can leave you feeling all giddy inside. I think it is amazing that we were put on this earth to find our one true love, which I am a strong believer of, and I think crushes are put there to as a challenge to find out if you have found your true match or not. They are the test to see what ‘type’ of person you are most compatible with, or in some cases your total opposite. However, I’ve had my fair share, whether it be in school, or a person I fantasize about from the big screen.


I believe that again having a crush is inevitable, and you really can’t do anything about it. Not saying that you can’t turn that crush into a relationship, but you will always think someone is cute, or like a person’s personality. I think it is great that we can find things to admire about one another, and that also helps you get closer to your perfect match, because you start seeing things you like about a person more and more, and think, “That’s a quality I want my partner to have.” However, if your crush is someone that is just out of reach, or even if it is a celebrity, that doesn’t mean that it is completely wasteful.


Such as me, I have had a crush on someone for all of high school, but it never really blossomed into a relationship not because I didn’t try, but because I didn’t really view it as romantically possible, I guess you could say? I liked being just friends, and I feared that if we became more than just friends, our friendship could be put in jeopardy if anything happened, such as us breaking up. But that is just a chance that I should have took- and I may not get the chance again. But, it has shown me many qualities I now look for in a guy, such as a sense of humor, sensitivity, etc.


Where I am going with this is that life is to short to not say yes- a thing I learned from Zoe, of course. Not even just that, but to take chances while you can, which is something that I have not done until now. I took a chance making this blog, and pouring out my feelings and thoughts to people I don’t know, but it is helping me so very much. Back on the crush situation though, you may have to take that chance and tell your crush about your feelings, even if that means rejection. I know its going to hurt, but in the long run it will help you, and make you stronger. And you never know, it could turn out that your crush has been crushin’ on you back(;. But if its a celebrity, tweet him/her until your hearts content, or they reply, whichever comes first(:


I wanted to post this mainly to get my feelings out, but to also encourage not only myself, but others to take chances while you can. Not to be cheesy or anything, but you really and truly only live once and you have to make the best of it, because one day that person you fancied so much might not be there anymore, and you missed your chance. Of course it is not going to be easy at all, but it could quite possibly change your life. And girls, you don’t have to wait on a guy to tell you they like you, or ask you out, take charge sometimes! Just don’t go overboard(:


Thank you for reading my thoughts, and comment below some qualities you look for in a person!

-Shay