Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Updates + April Favorites

HI ALL! Sorry I’ve been so MIA. This quarter has been the most difficult and time-consuming quarter of my college life so far! Endless research papers, long hours at the library, and lots of Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiatos from Starbucks.

And when I say lots, I do mean LOTS.

Anyways, my schedule has finally lightened up (for now), and I now have some time to work on this blog. As you can see, there have been and will be a few changes to this blog:

  1. I’ve decided to merge my beauty blog with this blog.
  2. I’ve changed the name from PinkaLISA to Lots of Lisa. I just like Lots of Lisa better, and it gives another definition for LOL ;D
  3. I will be tinkering with the design of this blog until I end up with something that I like.
  4.  I have made a resolution to update this blog more often. I will be uploading a new blog every Friday, so make sure to check in every week!
  5. I will document more of my college life so you all can sort of experience college with me!

Alright, well that’s about it on updates! Time to tell you all about my April favorites!

1.       Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Nut

        I’ll admit, at first, I didn’t really like this product. I thought it did not live up to its hype and was a waste of my $3 that I could have used to buy myself another caramel macchiato! But as I used it more and got deeper into the product, I’ve realized that this stuff is AMAZING!! It only sucks at first because the top of it is a bit waxy, but as you dig deeper into it, you get the “buttery” part of the product. It moisturizes my lips very well, not to mention the smell of it makes me want to just get a spoonful of it and eat it (don’t worry, I didn’t). 

2.       Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

        You know when you love something so much that it makes you want to scream? Well…… GAAAWWWWHHHH!!! I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!!!! It’s like if foundation and awesomeness had a baby, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua would be that baby. This is a water-based foundation; therefore, it blends easily into your skin. It offers a light coverage that is perfect as an everyday sort of foundation.
         It is expensive (about $50 a bottle), but I believe it is worth the investment. There is no other foundation on the market that is quite like this bottle of perfection. I’ve tried multiple less expensive foundations, trying to find a dupe that is available at drugstores, but there has not been a foundation created that comes close to what the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation is like. I’ve heard things about Bourjois, a UK high-street brand (high-street = drugstore), offering a foundation similar to the Chanel Aqua foundation. This makes sense since Bourjois and Chanel are owned by the same company.

3.       Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige

        Lately for those days when I only have a couple of minute to do my makeup, I always reach for my Color Tattoo in Barely Beige, pop some on my lids, quickly coat my lashes with mascara, and head out the door. The Barely Beige color came out last Fall as a limited edition color, then Maybelline came out with a similar color called Barely Branded in Winter. It is such a simple yet beautiful product that you can use as a base or on its own. It is shimmery, but because it is a very natural color, the shimmer help to bring some light to your lids to make your eyes look bright and open.

4.       Maybelline Color Whisper in Coral Ambition

        Because Spring has arrived, it’s time to bust out those bright lipsticks! However, I don’t like wearing super bright lipsticks that shout “HEY! Look at my neon pink lips!” The Maybelline Color Whisper range allows me to wear bright shades that are toned down a bit. Since coral is a very popular when Spring comes around, my favorite color for this time of the season from the Color Whisper line is Coral Ambition. In the packaging, it looks like a bright slightly pinky coral that may seem almost scary if you didn’t know it would only give you a hint of color. On the lips though, it’s the perfect coral color for an everyday look.
        Also, what I love about this product is that it reminds me of sherbet! I LOVE SHERBET!!!!! If you gave me a pint of sherbet ice cream, I would eat all of it in one sitting. I know, I have a problem… I also think the product may smell like sherbet, but that may just be in my mind.

5.       Aloe King Aloe Vera Juice

        Guys, I have a confession to make. I’ve been drinking sooooo much……… drinking aloe vera juice that is. What did you think I was drinking?! Cheeky readers. ;D
        It all started when my roommate gave me a bottle of Aloe King’s Aloe Vera Juice in Pomegranate. I blame her for my addiction. After I finished that bottle, I went to Albertson’s and bought two more bottles in different flavors. Then I went onto buying the big bottles of aloe vera juice. I’ve probably gone through at least 5 small bottles and 3 big bottles within 2 months! IT’S SO ADDICTING!!!
        Since it’s getting warmer here in SoCal, this drink is very refreshing after walking around campus all day. They come in a variety of flavors like strawberry, peach, mango, pomegranate, pineapple, and original. I especially love the little bits of aloe vera that you can chew on. In addition to its delicious fruity taste, aloe vera is very beneficial to your skin. My prediction is that instead of milk tea stores, there will be aloe vera juice stores in the future! Team Aloe Vera FTW!!   
6.       Once Upon a Time   

        Girls in my hall would always watch Once Upon a Time very Sunday night. At first, I didn’t bother watching it because I would sit there confused, thinking “Wait, why is her name Mary Margaret and Snow White? Is this fairytale land or the real world? WHOA! Her mother is Snow White?! But she’s her age!!!” It wasn’t until Spring Break that I decided to give this show a try. I was hooked after the first episode!! I was eager to know whether Prince Charming and Snow White would be united as lovers again. If romance isn’t your thing, there is also action in it (Snow White is very bad a** in it). The show also changed the way that I view the world, and any show that can do that is a very special one.

Thank you so much for reading! Please comment below telling me what your favorites from the month of April have been.

Don’t forget, I will be posting a new blog every Friday starting THIS FRIDAY! 

Lisa xx

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

People always tell me at least one of the following things:

“Lisa, how are you always so calm?”

“Gosh, you are such an optimist!”

“I always see you just chilling around the dorm hall. You must not have a lot of work to do.”


Ok, that last one was a bit dramatic, but usually it’s along the lines of those examples.

I feel as if I’m a naturally calm and optimistic person; however, there are things that I do that I feel really help me maintain that positive calmness in a very hectic and stressful environment like college.

I thought it would be a good idea to list the things that I do to stay happy and relaxed during stressful times for those of you who feel like you let those hectic times get the best of you.

DISCLAIMER: I am in no ways an expert. What works for me may not work for you.

1. Listen to music that makes you feel good.

Music has played a very large role in my life. I find it very therapeutic for times when I feel angry, sad, or stressed. I personally like pop music. Not just any pop music, but Justin Bieber and, lately, One Direction!!! Yes, I’m a belieber and directioner…. BUT I SWEAR, I’M NOT CRAZY! ;) That’s the type of music that puts me in an upbeat mood. For you, it may be the exact same thing or the exact opposite. Create a playlist that consists of songs that make you happy and/or relaxed, and listen to it when you are not feeling so great.

2. Thinking positive/motivating thoughts

I think I’ve, without knowing it, trained myself to thing positive thoughts and become to optimist that I am today. I don’t know how, but it has just happened. I did not realize it until my first quarter of college when I was under an immense amount of stress trying to adapt to this new environment and chapter in my life. I would always keep in mind that things will work out for the best in the end and that I am doing the things that I am and working my butt off in college to have a career in a field that I love. A few motivating and positive thoughts a day can do wonders to your mood. Stick post-it notes around your desk or room to remind yourself of these things!

3. Exercising doesn’t only make you physically healthy

Ever since my sophomore year of high school, I’ve been going to the gym. It wasn’t to be “skinny”; I love my body and all of my curves. The reason why I did it was because exercising makes me mentally healthy. It has become a very important stress-reliever for me over these past few years. While I am working out, it feels like I’m reducing my stress with every mile ran, weight lifted, etc. I always leave the gym feeling happy and relaxed! If going to the gym is not your thing, go out for a nice stroll around your neighborhood, hike with some friends, or maybe go for a quick swim.

4. Alone time can sometimes be the best time

If you know me, you know that I sometimes like to just chill in my room and be by myself for at least a couple of hours a day. As much as I love going out with friends, setting aside some time for only me is extremely important in my daily schedule. To put it as a simile (no matter how cheesy it may sound), I am like an iPhone that needs to be charged by itself before going out and performing its tasks. When living in a dorm where your friends are literally a few feet away 24/7, there will be times when you crave a few moments of alone time to do whatever it is you want. For me, it’s going on YouTube to watch a few videos by my favorite YouTubers. Lately, it’s been all about Jack and Finn Harries (aka JacksGap). Darn me and my fancy of hot British guys!! ;)

Speaking of YouTube, I am in the process of creating a YouTube channel! Because I have just entered college, I thought it would be a great idea to create this YouTube channel not only to document my experience at a large university, but to also show those of you who are not in college yet what it would be like. I will also do a few other random videos here and there, but documenting my time at “uni”, as they call it in the United Kingdom, is my main objective.

I hope this blog will become helpful to as many of you as possible!

Lisa xx