Fighting Post-Grad Blues | 11:47 PM Update

My entire life, I had this idea in my head that after getting a degree and making my parents proud, life would just be uphill from there on out. It’s been about four months after walking the stage, and I’ve been feeling pretty confused. However, I’ve been reflecting a lot and I wanted to write my thoughts out. Despite how rambly this might be, it might help someone in my situation not feel alone. And it’s good for me to write down my emotions and thought processes so I can look back and see how much I’ve changed. I’ve wanted to become more personal with my blog, so it felt only right to post this.


As I write this, I’m snacking on mini M&M’s in a bath robe, and I have been scrolling through so many job postings, my eyes are starting to burn. I think back to how I felt graduating and walking that stage, and I compare it to how I feel now. Confused, hopeless, honestly a little bit scared. Now I’m not going to discredit all the hard work I put into graduating because I worked my ass off and finished on such a high note! But a bish is going through some post grad blues right now. Reading through the endless lists of qualifications that I don’t meet has me bummed out. I’m not asking for sympathy, because I know that a big reason why I feel the way I do is because I didn’t take advantage of opportunities. At the same time, I was doing things I didn’t want to do to please others, at the expense of my happiness. But I digress (LOL). I realized this is not what I want to be doing. Like am I stupid for thinking that there has to be more to life than working a 9 – 5, coming home, then doing it all over again for the rest of my life? Why can’t I find a job that I love and am passionate about? Why don’t I know what I’m passionate about???

In an ideal world, I want to wake up every day and know that I’m fulfilling my purpose in life. I want to help people, I want to connect with others and I want to be happy and feel limitless. I want to come home exhausted from a job that doesn’t feel like work.  An ideal world doesn’t exist, but who’s to say that I can’t create one for myself? And I want to do it without fear. How many times have you heard people who are older than you say they wish they could go back and do more with their life? Like, no one ever really regrets the things they do. They look back and wish they did more, pursued more, became moreSo much of my life thus far has been ruled by fear, and I don’t want to end up like the people who wish they could go back in time and do what they wanted to do, regardless of how crazy it seemed at the time. Fear has kind of ruined my life, but I’ve allowed it to. At least I’m aware of it now.

And it’s not even about a career either. I want to become the type of person that my younger cousins can look up to and admire because I wasn’t afraid to take risks. I want to be someone that radiates so much positive energy that it’s contagious, even to people I don’t know.

Your brain is your most powerful weapon, but it can also be your downfall. It’s time to get focussed, speak your plans into existence and go out and do it! The two main things that have really helped me thus far have been:

  • Making goal lists: CJ and I made one for a bunch of time periods in our life, and wrote down as many as we could. I found that this really helped me see what I really wanted in life, because a lot of my goals repeated over the years. Doing this helped me envision an imaginary endpoint and helped me sharpen my focus on where I want to be, and how I could get there. And it’s up to me to do whatever I can to reach these goals. I also liked doing this because CJ and I talked about our goals together and how we could help each other achieve them. I think it’s nice knowing someone is on your side, and since we know about each other’s goals, we can help keep each other accountable
    • We made goals for tomorrow, next week, one month from now, six months from now, a year from now, five years from now and ten years from now, but you obviously dont have to do that many. Set a timer for a minute, and just write whatever comes to mind first!
  • Reframing my mindset: I try to see everything as an opportunity, rather than an obstacle. When I dread going to work, I just tell myself that more hours mean more money and more learning opportunities – something I didn’t necessarily have when I was starting out. When I dread exercising, I just keep telling myself that I’m one step closer to achieving my dream body, and by making changes to be healthy now, I will be able to live a long, healthy life and be able to keep up with my future children and be there for them. Rather than letting myself stay in a state of anxiety and stress when I think about my future, I let myself feel those emotions, and then realize that nothing good comes without struggle.
    • This is not to say that the underlying message is “Stay positive!!” because let’s be real, life sucks sometimes. I think this only works when you can accept that life is not perfect and you will never be perfect. Some things are going to suck. And you’re going to hate doing them or going through them but failure is a part of life and you need to accept that in order to be successful.

If you made it this far, then wow. I hope this made sense in one way or another. I feel like a bunch of people are going to read this and roll their eyes, and that’s fine. Like, I get it. Re-reading over some of this has me sounding like an entitled crybaby. Maybe I am… But I just ask that you have a little compassion and realize that the route you are taking to navigate life is not the one I, personally, can or want to take. I might fail. But I might not. And I’ve made leaps and bounds from where I was 5 years ago, and that’s something I want to celebrate because it means that I’m changing and I have the potential to find what out what I want in life. I think I’ve come to the realization that the only way to get out of this “funk” I’m in, is to do everything the opposite of how I’ve been doing it. It makes me uncomfortable, but I’m also feeling confident. To me, that means I have nowhere else to go, but closer to the person I want to become.

To end off, here’s an uncomfortably close up photo of my face. Kinda awkward, but I’m feeling myself and my eyes say “You got this bish!!!”. Nothing worth having comes easy. I know myself, so I know I’ll figure it all out and find my way eventually. Until then, you’re all invited to accompany me along my journey! If you have any tips, or comments you would like to share, please feel free to reach out in  the comments 🙂

💖, B

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August Favourites

It’s officially the end of summer y’all. How was summer for you guys? Mine was amazing. I feel like I did so much, while also being able to experience full-time work for the first time. As much as I have loved the summer heat, I’m lowkey really excited to wear my winter parka (YES, I already know I’m going to regret saying that once Calgary hits -40C).


Influencer by Brittany Hennessy

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I found out about this book months ago, and it got released at the end of July which gave me lots of time to devour it this month. This book is all about how influencers, bloggers and the like can take their platform to the next level. Full of tips, tricks and insight on the industry from Brittany Hennessy. She’s the senior director of influencer strategy and talent partnerships at Hearst Magazine Digital Media. So she knows what she’s talking about. I loved this book because I genuinely learned valuable information that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I’ve been utilizing some of the things I’ve learned from this book, and I’m already seeing growth (mind you, it’s not a crazy amount of followers/engagement, but it’s constant and that’s what matters to me!).

I think that regardless of how many followers one has, any person who is interested in using their blog or Instagram page as a side hustle can benefit from this book. It covers everything from creating quality content, attracting followers and negotiating deals with brands. Truly valuable information.

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser

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This is something I picked up from the Glossier showroom when I went to New York in June (If you’re interested in seeing the things I got up to in NYC, head to my Instagram! My whole NYC trip has it’s own story highlight on my profile). This cleanser is perfect for those with normal or sensitive skin. It reminds me a lot of Cetaphil, because it’s so gentle on my skin, but still super effective in the sense that it cleanses and keeps my skin moisturized. If you’re looking for something that will fight acne, or help with oily skin, this is most likely not the cleanser for you.

I only use this cleanser in the morning, and I apply it on a dry face.

Glossier Boy Brow – Black

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Another thing I picked up from the Glossier showroom! I bought it because my cousin said it was her holy grail brow gel, and her brows are ALWAYS on fleek, so I figured that this would work for me. Long story short, it made it onto my monthly favourites, so you know I LOVE this. I’m so sad I didn’t get more than one (I’m pretty sure she picked up like 3 when we went).

The thing that sets Boy Brow apart from other brow gel products that I’ve tried is that the formula is wax based. My brows literally don’t budge when I use this, which makes it perfect for a night out, or for a full day of doing errands and running around.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50

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My sister brought this back for me after her trip from Japan. This can be worn alone like a normal SPF, or under makeup. The formula is watery (like the name states), which makes it easy to distribute on your face, but it dries down kind of tacky. I think this is  a big plus because 1) it doesn’t make your face oily and 2) you could definitely use this as a primer!! I love multi-use products!

The Greatest Showman (Movie and Soundtrack)

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Okay, so I’m a little late to hop on The Greatest Showman bandwagon but WOW I understand the hype now. CJ and I watched it this month, and the movie had me humming, laughing and tearing up.  Basic synopsis: A guy starts his own circus, and it follows the trials and triumphs that him and his troupe go through. But it’s also so much more than that. And it’s also based on a true story.

I’m not usually into musical movies, but I loved this one. The soundtrack is amazing, and it’s constantly on repeat. (This Is Me really makes me feel like I can do anything you guys. It’s my power jam. Listen to it and try to tell me it doesn’t make you feel powerful and courageous!)

Best Shot

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This is a 8 episode docu-series on Youtube that Lebron James produced. (It just ended, so if you wanted to binge watch the series, you can). It’s follows the real story of a high school basketball team from Newark, NJ on their journey to the state championships. You learn a lot about the players and the coach, and I couldn’t help but root for them. I don’t play or watch sports, but Best Shot really took me through the motions of loving a team. Y’all, this series really made me bawl my eyes out.

This also humbled me a lot because it made me realize how lucky I am to live in suburbia in Canada. I’ve never had to worry about poverty, ending up in the streets and having my friends killed or my parents incarcerated. But it also made me respect them so much more. These people go through a lot every day, and I hope only good things come their way.

Terrace House – Opening New Doors

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My friends got me addicted to this show. The best way I could describe it would be like Japanese Big Brother, without the competitions, eliminations and prize money. It’s also produced way better, and has hilarious commentators. Six strangers live in a house together, and we watch them adjust to living together. It has drama and romance.

I’m gonna be honest, it does start out a little slow, but as you get further into the episodes, you can’t help but have favourite housemates. I’m currently waiting for part 4 to get uploaded on Netflix!


Aaaaand that’s it for my August favourites! If you would like to share some of your favourite things with me this month, you know where to leave your comments! I hope the rest of the year treats us all well. Big thank you to all the people who still rock with me, and a shoutout to all my new followers 🙂 I hope you all like it here and look forward to my future posts.

💖, B

 

The Skin I’m In

For as long as I can remember, my peer group has always consisted of mostly Filipinos. Growing up, and even sometimes now,  the one thing that everyone seemed to always point out was our contrasting skin colors. A lot of my friends had lighter skin, and I always heard remarks such as “You’re so dark!” or “How do you get so dark?” as if it was something to be ashamed of. At first, this never really bothered me because it was something that was always said to me (which is the reason we should stop normalizing toxic Flip culture and standards of beauty!!!!!). But eventually, these remarks began affecting my self-esteem and how I saw myself as a person. My skin colour became something I was hyper-aware of. I always felt a bit awkward in the summer months whenever I would be wearing shorts and tanks every day while my friends would be wearing pants, jackets or close toed shoes because they didn’t want to get dark.

The sad thing is, I’m sure my friends don’t mean anything by their comments. And I definitely don’t hold it against them! The thing is, this is something that’s almost like common sense in Filipino culture. Whiter = better. This belief isn’t a problem exclusive to Filipinos, as I know many southeast Asian cultures promote the same thing. It’s just crazy to, me that in this day and age, someone’s worth and someone’s beauty can all be boiled down to the colour of their skin… It’s not okay!!!!

Besides the women in my family, I never had a role model that looked like me. Even when I turn to Filipina or Asian celebrities that I look up to, I can’t think of one person who had darker skin. It’s unfortunate. But I think things are looking up for the upcoming generation. I’m seeing so much more movements on social media and print that are helping empower the underrepresented women (see #MagandangMorenx, or @from.label on Instagram – a label started by one of my favourite Instagrammers, Jeanne Grey!). I think exposure to these types of movements is so crucial, because as Jeanne Grey says herself, no one is really talking about these things. Unfair expectations of beauty may be something we think about, but not many people take action to make a change because these expectations have been engrained in us for generations.

As I get older, I am understanding how important representation is. For this reason, I hope to always stick up for those affected by these standards of beauty, and become an advocate for all my sunkissed sistahs and bruthas out there. No matter what, people will be stuck in their ways and still believe that darker skin is less beautiful. And that’s okay. I’m not here to change that (although I would like to!). I love talking about makeup and beauty products, but I’ve come to realize that this issue really means something to me and it’s a topic I need to speak up and out about. I will continue to use my platform to help my fellow morenas see the beauty in our complexion. Brown is beautiful, and not something to be ashamed of. I haven’t always loved my skin colour, but I do now. I love the way gold jewellery looks on me, and I think bright colours look stunning on me. And I always get a kick out of the fact that white people are envious of my “year round tan”.

So just know that you are not alone. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it also just take one person to start change! Let’s bask in the beauty that is our brown skin, and not be ashamed of it. Let’s use our voices to help build confidence in those who haven’t found it yet. Also, let’s all be more aware of the words we use when talking to other people. Don’t make remarks about someone’s appearance if what you are commenting on can’t be changed in ten seconds. Words have weight, so use them to uplift others rather than dragging them down. If you have any stories or experiences with me, I would love to hear them!

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“When you love yourself, literally nothing anyone says about you can affect you. You know who you are, you love who you are, and that is enough.”

💖, B

Summer Favourites!

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a monthly favourites post at all this summer, so I decided to just do another collective favourites post. A lot of these items are makeup/beauty related, which is great because I feel as if it’s been a hot minute since I got to talk in depth about makeup on here! I hope everyone’s summer has been fun and eventful!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

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This is at the top of the list because it’s arguably the most summer essential item. I like this sunscreen because it’s SPF 110, so I know my face is going to be well protected against those harsh UVA and UVB rays. It doesn’t make my skin oily or greasy and it absorbs pretty fast. Everything I need in a good sunscreen!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Gel Creme

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This was sent to me free from Influenster, and they couldn’t have sent it at a more perfect time! During the summer, I don’t need a moisturizer that’s thick and heavy, like I do in the winter time. This gel moisturizer still gives me the moisture that I need for the day, but it’s also super light and fast absorbing, which means that it won’t make my skin feel like it’s caked on with product! I also have to mention the packaging. It looks super cute on my vanity!

Dodo Lashes – D115

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I love these lashes from Dodo Lashes because they give me the length I want, while still looking relatively natural. I find myself wearing these out as every day lashes, but also being able to “dress them up” and wear them when I’m going out. Regardless of the scenario, these always look good! I’m definitely going to be ordering more because all their lashes are $5 – $12 and you get free shipping when you spend $30 or more! (BTW, planning on posting this look too, so keep your eyes peeled!)

I’m super stoked to announce that I have a coupon code with Dodo Lashes! If you use the code “brittney” at check out, you can save money on your already affordable lash order!!

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

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I picked this up at Ulta during my trip to New York, and I was so hype about it that I felt like I could cry. I’ve been wanting the JH Palette forever, but I’m that bum bish who doesn’t like paying for shipping. I love the versatility of colors in the palette, and I feel like this has reignited a spark in me. I love playing with all the colors, and I’ve used it for both my recent MOTD posts!

Tarte Shape Tape – Medium

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Another pick up from Ulta. I wish I bought more, I love this concealer! It’s definitely full coverage, but it just makes my under eyes seem so flawless and smooth! I’ve never really used concealer before I bought this, but now I feel as if I can’t live my life without it.

I do have to say, I don’t know if I got a faulty product or something, but whenever I close the tube, concealer always squirts out from under the lid (does that make sense/does this happen to anyone else?) I hate it because I feel like I’m wasting product!!

Miniso Pink Panther Eyeliner

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This was definitely a steal, and a life changing one at that! This is one of the best eyeliners I’ve ever used, and I genuinely think I will have a hard time finding something that I like better. You can draw such a crisp wing with this, and the formula is amazing. Waterproof and lasts all day! Shoutouts to Tose for putting me on this. I’m lowkey sad that I can never find the black version, but I still do like the brown. It looks really nice with more neutral eye shadow looks, but it’s also dark and pigmented enough that you can really use it for any occasion.

What are some of your favourite products this summer? Let me know in the comments! And if you want to stay more updated on what I’m up to, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I hope you guys will see more of me soon. Love you always!

💖, B

Here’s the thing… | Life Update (ish)

I feel like there is a never ending list of things I need to do at any given time, but my mind always feels so cluttered and I get distracted easily, and my mental to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. After graduation, I remember feeling so liberated because I could finally “do me” for the summer, and live my life the way that I want to and at my own pace. However I’m coming to learn that my transition from the student life to complete freedom (“complete” freedom isn’t exactly true, but this is the closest I’ve come to it in a while) has been a struggle to say the least.

Now that I don’t really have deadlines that are enforced or straightforward laid out goals I am required to meet, I feel like a large part of the structure that I actually once loved is gone. I don’t know how to keep myself motivated or accountable. And that’s another thing. Consistency and accountability are two things I seem to be struggling with a lot lately. Now that I think about it, these things are things I have struggled with my whole life. I’m consistent, but not in the habits and mannerisms I want to be consistent in. I make goals but I don’t hold myself accountable to attaining these goals.

So what’s the whole point of this? I don’t really know. I feel like I just needed to get this down as a reminder to work harder than I ever have. Life doesn’t come with a manual, so I gotta work even harder to pave my own way and make it possible for myself to live my best life. I read this and feel lowkey ashamed because I know that I only have myself to blame and I feel as if I am always writing about the same things, with no results BUT I’ll just take this is another sign from the universe. It’s telling me that I need to be comfortable being outside my comfort zone and that I need to CHANGE.

Things I need to remember (aka paraphrased quotes I’ve taken from some of my favourite Youtubers and books):

  • Your mind is a terrible office, so always write things down
  • Not everything is a matter of motivation. I’m never motivated to go to the gym, I just go because I have to. It’s like going to school. I don’t always wanna go but I know I have to
  • Alway create content for yourself first, and others second. If you are creating something that you wouldn’t be interested in consuming, you need to ask yourself why you’re making it in the first place.
  • WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK! At least you have the guts to put yourself out there in the first place. And at the end of the day, that puts you steps ahead of someone looking at what you’re doing an wishing they had the confidence to do the same … Always be proud of yourself!

But real talk… I realize this is all talk. I keep saying the same things over and over again, and still somehow seem to fall short. I want to be better so I really need to try. I know I’m destined for way more than what I am and where I am in life right now. If you’re struggling like I am, then I wish us the best of luck. And if you aren’t, please tell me your secret!!!

I’m gonna end this post off with a picture of CJ floating peacefully and carefree in a raft down the river, because this is what I need my mental state to look like right now.

💖, B

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P.S. I know these are always so rambly and never make sense and are alway about me being confused, but thanks for sticking with me through this regardless!

MOTD: Tingus Pingus – MorphexJaclyn Hill Palette

Hey yall! Back with another MOTD using the Jaclyn Hill palette again. I was inspired by this video (LOL):

Porzee is my fave basketball player, and he plays for the Knicks. So as you can guess, the colours of this look were inspired by the Knicks colours! The video is from when he got drafted. Tbh I didn’t know much about basketball, and I still don’t, but the one thing my mans always tells me is that NY fans are intense (clearly). Jokes on them though cause Porzee is cool and good. Fun fact, I’m 7 months older than him. Wild. ANYWAYS, here’s the look:

  • Creamsicle and Orange Soda (from the ABH Soft Glam palette) together all over the lid
  • Twerk from the inner lid to the middle, keeping it below the crease and on the lower lash line
  • Creamsicle to blend everything out!

The lashes I’m using are from Miniso! They come in a box of two and they’re just called “Corner Lengthening”. For $3, 10/10 recommend!!!

Loving the way this look turned out. For my first attempt at a cut crease, I think I did pretty decent! I ‘m loving how vibrant the colours look, and the contrast between blue and orange make them really pop. I’m slowly getting used to the idea of colour hehe. Let me know what you think, and I’ll see you back here in a week 🙂

💖, B

P.S. For anyone who does makeup/takes pics for IG, I need pointers on how to take better pics of my eyes with my phone for these posts! Help a sista out please!!

MOTD: Caramel Apple Eyes – MorphexJaclyn Hill palette

Hey everyone! I’m the kind of person that hoards eyeshadow palettes yet, ends up doing the same neutral look whenever I decide to wear eyeshadow. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself to do a different look at least once a week. This way, I can get maximum use out of all my palettes, get more practice in which will allow me to become better at application and force myself to be a bit more active on here. I’ve been lacking inspiration and I think this is a good way to get my creative juices flowing (but mostly, I just really need to practice).


I’m super excited because on my trip to NYC (which I will update you all on eventually), we were able to stop at an Ulta and I was finally able to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill palette! I know it’s been out for at least a year now at this point, but I didn’t want to pay shipping or hit my credit card with that foreign exchange fee y’knowwhatimsayinnn.

This look is a recreation of Holly Boon’s look on Youtube (click here for the link to the video).  I loved the way she used the green as a pop of colour against the neutral shades in her crease. It also just looked really pretty on her, so I wanted to try and recreate it as the first look of this series. She didn’t really name the look, but I called it Caramel Apple, because the way it looks on my eyes reminds me of those Caramel Apple lollipops I loved as a kid. I won’t go into detail about the steps and which shadows were used, because it’s all included in the video!

 

First of all, ignore the fact that only my eyes are done and not the rest of my face. That would’ve helped balance the look out, but I didn’t, and I’ll do it next time hehe. I also wish I had more dramatic lashes, because I think that would really elevate the look. The green doesn’t appear as vibrant as Holly’s. I think it’s because I didn’t use a light enough eyeshadow primer (I used concealer, but I blended it out first, so that kind of took away the brightness of it). I definitely need to keep practising blending and working on shaping the shadows nicely, so that it doesn’t look like a blob on my eye.

Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how it looks! I seriously never incorporate colour into my makeup (like I said, I’m a warm/neutral hoe), so even that little bit of green was a big change for me. I’m quite impressed with how pigmented and easy to blend the shadows were. I can’t wait to use every shade in this palette!

I still have lots of room for improvement! If you have any tips you would like to share, or looks you think I should try out next, you can leave a comment down below and I’ll make sure to try it out!

💖, B

Does Biotin Actually Work?

Last summer, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Basically, this is a disease that causes my body to attack my hair follicles resulting in my hair falling out in large chunks. Specifically, I developed three large bald spots at the top of my head. If you’ve ever had to wait for an appointment with a specialist (in my case, I was waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist), you know just how painstakingly long the process is. I went to my family doctor about it at the beginning of August of last year, and didn’t actually see a dermatologist until the end of November. That’s three whole months of watching helplessly as the spots grew bigger and more of my hair started to fall out.

I didn’t have very many options available to me, so I decided to try biotin. My intention was to use it as something to offset my hair loss, not as a cure (currently, there is no known sure for alopecia!). I’m sure most of you know that biotin is supposed to promote healthy skin, hair and nails, or you’ve at least seen one Sugarbear Hair ad on Instagram or Youtube. Being the skeptic that I am, I wasn’t about to spend money on Sugarbear hair because I didn’t trust it. So I just went to my grocery store and bought straight biotin supplements.

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I bought the Jamieson Biotin supplements, and each little tablet contained 10, 000mcg of biotin. There were 45 tablets and I took one everyday until I ran out. Then I went and bought biotin gummies at a lower dosage (which I still have because I stopped taking them, so they kind of just sit on my shelf). And long story short, I didn’t notice any change in my hair. There wasn’t anything growing where the bald spots were, and I didn’t notice a change in the length or thickness of my hair either.

IMG_5825 But, I did notice that my nails were stronger and grew faster than normal. I normally wouldn’t be able to grow them out as long because they were usually brittle and broke easily. My nails in this screenshot may not look very long to some, at least in comparison to the claws I have now, but back then, this was considered a big achievement for my natural nails (so you could imagine how cheesed I was that I broke one of them).

From my personal experience, I can vouch for the positive effects biotin has on nails but it didn’t do anything to help my hair. Obviously, my circumstances were quite different from the average person, but I didn’t lose all my hair, so I expected at least some change to occur.

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In terms of Sugarbear Hair, I can’t speak on it because I have never tried it before. On their website, they do have a breakdown of all the ingredients in the gummies. They use more than just biotin in their gummies, so maybe the combination of ingredients helps to better promote hair growth. But I would still take this with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that while Sugarbear Hair says that their products are manufactured in facilities that use FDA approved guidelines, they aren’t actually an FDA approved product.

I asked my dermatologist about biotin at my first appointment, and he said that there hasn’t been solid, conclusive evidence and research that shows that biotin actually helps your hair. And I’m not going to lie, I did try to look for research articles using my school’s database (yes, I ACTUALLY researched this… old habits die hard) and I couldn’t find many articles that supported the use of biotin for hair growth. In fact, a lot of the ones I came across concluded that there is a lack of evidence to support healthy individuals taking biotin for hair growth, and that biotin supplementation is actually unnecessary in healthy individuals as the daily amount that we need is usually obtained through our food.

My hair is still in the process of growing back, no thanks to biotin, but from the Kenalog injections I receive from my dermatologist. My take on this is that I personally don’t think biotin products work for hair growth. I trust my own results and what has been presented in scientific research. I’m not trying to bash anyone that uses or wants to try biotin supplements. But if you want to try other options, my dermatologist told me that Rogaine works (don’t be fooled by the fact that there is a Rogaine for men and women, he said that women can use the men one, and it’s cheaper too), and there’s some evidence (not conclusive) that fexofenadine aka Allegra aka a type of allergy medicine, can help with hair growth in alopecia areata patients as well.

DISCLAIMER: Please use common sense, and don’t start popping allergy medicine like candy or start using a men’s hair growth cream, before talking to your doctor. This advice was given to me by my dermatologist because I was dealing with a disease resulting in major hair loss. Strong hair is nice, but health is wealth!

I hope this post has helped to open your eyes on this topic and I’m curious to know your thoughts on this. If you’ve ever tried Sugarbear Hair or biotin supplements, did they actually work for you?? Let me know!

💖, B

April Favourites!

I missed a March favourites post, but I’m back for April! How has everyone’s month been treating them? April was a busy month, but definitely one I needed for my sanity. After an intense year, I felt like I was truly able to relax and take some time for myself, while still keeping myself busy with my hobbies and side projects.

Sidenote: Wow my blog is turning 2 on May 5! Crazy! I have to give my thanks to everyone who has supported my blog, read my posts, given me ideas and creeped me on occasions. I’ve been able to do some pretty cool things since creating ALBOE, and I can’t wait to see where this next year in blogging takes me!

💖, B

Fitbit

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My sister let me borrow her old Fitbit since she never uses it (but imma borrow it so much that it becomes mine – anyone with a sister knows the drill 😉 LOL). I’m not the most active person, but I really like seeing how much steps I get in a day and how much calories that I burn. Also the neurotic Capricorn in me loves the fact that I can track so many things! I especially love the water and sleep tracking feature.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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I don’t know if I’ve included this in a monthly favourites yet. But definitely deserves a spot in this month’s post. Yes, I know. SK-II is luxury skincare, but there is a reason why this is priced so high. It’s a miracle product (for me at least). I use this after I tone and it seriously does wonders for my skin in terms of texture and brightness. I used this regularly since I got it (in November, for the VIB sale), and when I noticed I was running a bit low, I stopped using it so I wouldn’t run out so fast. But during that time, I noticed my skin started to feel dehydrated, bumpy and dull. I rarely change anything with my skincare routine, so I have a strong feeling it was because I stopped using the SK-II essence.

I know that Sunday Riley’s Good Genes treatment is another luxury item that has really good reviews, but in all honesty, if I had to choose between the two, SK-II blows Sunday Riley out of the water. If you can afford to splurge a bit, then I highly recommend giving this essence a try. Be mentally (and financially) prepared to become addicted to it. I bought a new bottle during the April VIB sale, so I saved a bit of money that way.

Atelier Cologne – Clementine California

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I’ve been looking for a new summer scent, and after many trials and free samples from Sephora, I settled on this guy. My ideal scent is something fresh, clean and light, and Clementine California checks all those boxes for me. It’s very citrusy and fresh, but it doesn’t make me smell like a straight up orange. Great staying power, and fades away gently.

Optimal Living Daily

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I love listening to music when I’m doing chores or getting ready, but I’ve been trying spend my time consuming things that are going to help me develop more as a person. Optimal Living Daily is a podcast I discovered through one of my favourite Youtubers (Amy Lee, who actually narrates an episode!), and each episode is a narrated blog post or book chapter related to personal development, minimalism or productivity. Each episode is around 7 – 10 minutes long. I just find that this is something nice to listen to when you feel like you need a boost of motivation, or a push in the right direction!

Avengers: Infinity War

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No words needed.


Favourite Albums of the Month

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Bazzi – Cosmic

 

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Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy


Also I wanted to include this cute lil crochet top I made this month. I’m so proud of it! I’m working on a lavender one as well. They’re going to look so cute this summer!

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What I Got in my Radiance Voxbox!

Hey everyone! I wanted to show you all what I got in my Radiance Voxbox from Influenster and share my thoughts on each product! (In other words – a review. It’s been a hot minute. I miss this.) I’m super pumped because this could not have come at a better time. I just finished my last semester of school, and every single product I received is perfect for a much needed day of rest and recovery.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Influenster! It’s a great way to connect with other like-minded people about all things beauty, fashion, food and more. It’s the first place I go to read reviews about products I want to try out, and I always make sure to leave my own honest reviews on products to help other people out. The best thing is, everyone has a chance to receive free products. Who knows, by the time Influenster’s next Voxbox launches, I may be reading one of your reviews!

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Shoutouts to the universe, I see you!

I don’t believe in coincidences. To me, coincidences are meaningful signs from the universe. Just ask my boyfriend. I can’t even count how many times something has happened to us (whether we send each other the same meme at the same time, or we bring up something that the other was just thinking about) that has made me look at him with wide eyes exclaiming “OMG WE’RE MEANT TO BE!”

Okay so. Last night, at exactly 11:02 PM (I wanted to remember this moment!), I handed in my very last final exam. Meaning that I am officially done my undergrad degree. Now if I’m going to be blunt with you, I really don’t have any solid plans as to what I’m going to be doing in the next year. Of course I should look for a full time job or I should be thinking about going back to school and I should be starting to look for all these things right now, but if I’m going to be really blunt with you – I haven’t put any effort into it. At least not yet. Now, okay. I feel like most people will be rolling their eyes at me for not being realistic, but some people may also find themselves to be in the same situation as me. I initially felt like I have no experience whatsoever, so my chances of getting the job I want (I don’t even know what that is yet!) are very slim.

Anyways. Tying this back to my first paragraph about signs from the universe… You might recall that I included the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero in my January Favourites. I used to read it religiously, but when the semester started picking up, it became more difficult for me to set time aside to read. With today being my first day of “freedom”, I figured this would be the perfect time to finally sit down and read! So I picked up the book, sat down, and began reading from where I last left off. And as I continued to read, I kept thinking that there has to be someone following me around and leaving these signs for me to see because it’s scary how accurate this chapter was for my life and my current situations.

This chapter is pretty much about how she felt unqualified to get a cool job involving something she loved doing, but she felt unqualified, so she lied on her resume and ended up with the really cool job. The take-home here isn’t “lie to get your dream job!!”, it’s that saying you aren’t experienced enough is really an excuse to stop you from what you want to do, and you lack determination to do what you need to do to be successful – whatever your version of successful looks like. Rather than putting in large amounts of energy to make up excuses as to why you can’t do something, invest that energy into yourself and your dreams. Actively seek out opportunities and connections that will allow you to do what you are truly passionate about. Passion trumps fear.

It is so easy to say “don’t procrastinate!” I mean we all do it, and I swear I’m the QUEEN of procrastination. But as Jen Sincero puts it “If you’re serious about doing something, you will find a way to do it. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse. The one thing that has really been stressing me out is the fact that I’m going out into this big, big world with no experience in my field whatsoever. And knowing that I have no experience has made me not even look for a job in my field. And I want to grow my blog, but I’ve always told myself that no one would want to work with me because of my small following. So as you can see, this chapter seems like it was aimed directly at me. I’m taking it as a sign that I must do the things I’ve been wanting to do, regardless of how experienced or knowledgable I feel. I need to stop letting fear and anxiety stop getting the best of me!

Anyways, I wanted to write this  post for two reasons:

  1. If you believe in signs, and if you are in the same situation as me, then I hope you will see this as your sign to go out and do whatever it is that you were too scared to try.
  2. I haven’t written in a while and now that I have more free time, I really want to devote it into making ALBOE more personal and something that means even more to me. I mean, my blog is literally called A Little Britt of Everything (emphasis on the everything), and a slew of monthly favourites posts aren’t living up to that.

I hope this wasn’t too ranty. And I hope that you will begin to see more of me soon! Exciting things are coming!

💖, B

February Favourites!

My favourites for this month are honestly kind of random and personal, but I hope you may be able to discover something that you like! I feel like ever since school has picked up, it has been very difficult to sit down and write about the things I want to write about. I’m trying to get into the swing of things, or at least make another transition into blogging regularly, and I hope you all enjoy it. I have a couple of ideas, so stay tuned hehe. I want to get my blog feeling like itself (or myself?) again.

Anyways, enjoy!

💖, B

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