Monday, October 9, 2017

December Colourpop Haul

Hey everyone!

I know, it feels like I just put up a haul post a few weeks ago, but tis the season for spending money!  I got hooked by the kit deals and by the free lipsticks I'd get, honestly. Darn companies for hitting my weakness every time!

I really enjoy Colourpop liquid lipsticks, and I've already owned a few (6 I think?) so when I saw the chance to buy a bunch of minis and get free full size lipsticks I had to jump on it. I love trying the new shades out, plus I get to try the formulas on their Ultra Satin and Ultra Metallic lipsticks, so it was worth it!

Here's the haul for you in all of its glory! If you couldn't tell, liquid lipsticks are my downfall.

The first set I got is "Foxy", which is five of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks in their OG colors.  This is the first liquid formula they came out with, as well as the first and only formula I've tried until this haul.  The colors are all from their original launch, and you could consider them staples in any Colourpop lover's collection.

Here they are swatched! From top to bottom: Beeper, Tulle, More Better, Clueless, and Creeper.  I personally really enjoy the way they all look, and am super excited to try them out and add them to my collection!

The next set I got is the "On a Whim" set, which comes with five of their Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks, which is essentially their revamped version of the Ultra Mattes. These are a little less matte, and a lot less drying from what I've heard. I personally have yet to try them on my lips, but with these nudes I don't think I'll be forcing myself!

Here's the swatch of them! Again, from top to bottom: Magic Wand, Mess Around, Stud, Toolips, and Dopey.  I'm really pumped to try these out! There are a few similar shades if you look between the two sets, but with a different formula I'm completely okay with it. Plus, I'm a lipstick hoarder anyway.

Finally, as part of their deal, I got three Ultra Metallic liquid lipsticks.  I have been admiring these for quite some time, but I was nervous about buying them because I've never seen a metallic on me before.  Plus, it was between these and their Ultra Glossy lips, and I really am not a fan of gloss.

Let me just say, I have some kind of strong opinions. Also, ignore the left over swatch; it wouldn't come off!  From top to bottom: Zebra, Mugshot, Kween.  The formula for the most part was a moussey texture, and a lot thicker than the Ultra Matte and Satins.

Each of these had a slightly different formula, but you can definitely see that in the swatches.  The top swatch, Zebra, was completely opaque in one dip into the container.  The middle swatch, Mugshot, needed a little extra to make it totally opaque, but in my opinion it is the most wearable shade and is simply stunning on the lips.

Kween was the biggest disappointment to me.  I really struggled to get a decent swatch, and it took a lot of swirling around in the container to get product. Once I got it started it swatched better, but I was getting a little frustrated with the time it took to build the color. As you can see in the picture, it is far more glittery looking than the other two as well.  I'm going to need to work with this one to see if I want to keep it or not, but hey, it was free!

Overall, I'm really happy to have purchased everything I did. Not only did I get some iconic shades, I also gave myself the opportunity to try new things I wouldn't have otherwise and fell in love with something I never thought I would!

What do you guys think? Have you tried Colourpop before?  Which shade is your favorite? Let me know!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

September 2017 in Review

Hello everyone!

I hate to sound so negative, but I'm happy that September is over!  It was full of so much stuff going on, I didn't feel like I had any time to even breathe!  I'll talk about that more below, but due to this month being so ridiculous, I really didn't have a lot of time to myself for anything.  I'm hoping that when I get to show you all my review of October it will go much better!


Movies


This month, I went on a binge-watching spree and watched Saw 1-6.  I love the Saw movies but for some reason have never seen them all the way through!  I decided that it was totally worth taking the time to watch them.  I didn't like the ending of 6 at all, and I started 7 but it just didn't have the same feeling as the rest of the movies.  As gory as they are, I feel like the plot twist at the end of the movies always draws me in and has me shocked.  This is especially true in Saw 4 and 5.  Just writing about them makes me want to watch them again!

 Wow, September isn't even Halloween Month and I still watched so many scary movies!  I went to see It in theaters with Kory on its opening weekend and honestly, it was really good! If Kory and I had talked about it before we went, I would have definitely said no because clowns freak me out.  I will say that I do not regret going, and it wasn't as scary as I expected it to be. It was creepy for sure, but also had some hilarious moments and down right disturbing as well.  If you're on the fence about watching It, take this as my recommendation to go!

TV Shows
I don't watch a lot of TV, or shows like on Hulu, but I did happen to do watch the first 5 episodes of The Office!  I know, how have I not seen it already?  Like I said, I don't watch much TV.  It's a great show, but let me be honest, Michael drives me crazy.  Since my degree is in management, it's very uncomfortable seeing the things he does, TV show or not!

I've also been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on and off. I've already seen up to season 4, but I'm rewatching the show up to that point again.  Currently I'm on season 2, episode 11.

Activities
Where to start?  September was a go go go month for me!  To start, Primary Recruitment happened in the beginning of the month and was one of the biggest stressors of my life!  It was so much to do, without the support I had hoped to have, and I fought with a lot of anxiety.  Thankfully I was allowed to reunite with my sorority pretty early in the month and stop stressing so much!

Presli's birthday was this month!  I got to spend time with her shopping at Target and enjoy being with her for her party.  It was also my first time going home since school had started.

The biggest thing this month actually happened at the end!  I updated my resume quite a bit and got it "career ready" AKA ready to give to various companies at the career fair that was hosted on the 27th! I gave out 10 resumes and spoke with every table that was relevant to my major, which was huge for me.  I applied for a part-time HR job as well, which then led to a phone interview and an in-person interview the day after!  I unfortunately did not get a second interview, but I am thankful for the opportunity to interview!


Notables/Loves
I only have one thing I wanted to share this month that was a really notable thing, and that was a video by YouTuber Belinda Selene.  She shared a video called Cleaning and Declutter Motivation: Office that for some reason really resonated with me.  I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do after  graduation because I really need to stay busy all the time, and this just felt like something I could see myself doing.  The video certainly hadn't meant motivation with my entire life, but it certainly gave me good feelings, so I wanted to share those with you all!

Well, that's September!  Like I said, it was so busy that I don't have a lot of fun things to share with you all, but this coming month is HALLOWEEN MONTH!!!  My favorite for sure.  I hope I can give you all a great update!

How was your September? Did you have a good month?

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess 

Friday, September 29, 2017

October & Fall Semester Goals

Hello friends!

I have an exciting post today!  I want to share with you the goals that I have for my fall semester as well as my goals for the month of October.

One thing that is super important to me is being able to set goals; I use them as directors in my day to day life for things I want to accomplish.  I like to set monthly goals, as well as yearly goals and, being in school, goals for the semester.  It is certainly quite a bit to keep track of, but I also feel like I'm doing something good by following them.

I've fallen a little off of the wagon for my 2017 goals; I'll need to do an update on them as well to both show you all how I've been doing and also do a goal review for myself.

Let's just jump right into them!

Fall Semester Goals
1. Wake up at least 1 hour before class/work.
I chose this goal because I do not want to wait until the last possible minute to wake up; that leads to me not feeling awake or alive when I roll out of bed and leave.

I'm pretty good at doing this when I don't work at 8am; that being said, I work at 8 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, meaning definitely not doing it a majority of the time.  While I do well on my Tuesday Thursday's, I need to get back into the routine. I try to make it a habit of going to bed before midnight but I haven't been following that recently.  Hopefully I'll put myself back into that habit and find myself better able to get up at 7 instead of 7:15 or 7:30!

2. Do homework when it's assigned.
I have a bad habit of procrastinating, so this semester I wanted to try and combat it by setting a goal to complete my homework when it gets assigned and not at the last possible second.

If we're being honest, this is pretty hard to do!  I don't have much homework assigned, rather it's just due on a certain day.  I always get my homework done before it's due when it's worth points, so it would be ineffective to write that I want my homework done before it's due.  I think I will define this goal as completing readings the night before they're due since I'm lagging on this.  I'll give you all an update when the semester is done!

3. Get all A's.
This is always a goal of mine; I want to constantly be striving towards a better GPA and working hard to earn positive grades as well.

Since it's the beginning of the semester, I certainly can't speak to how I'm doing.  I can't say I'm NOT succeeding in this goal since I have no failing grades or low grades thus far, but I do know that I'm not doing enough right now to say that I am actively working towards A's in all of my classes; this WILL be changing! 

4. Don't skip any classes.
This is a goal of mine simply because I want to constantly remind myself that even if it might not seem worth it right now, it's always important to attend every class!

I've only ever missed one class, and that was because I was really sick; I missed work as well.  I didn't email the professor because I woke up right as class started and figured that it wasn't worth trying to get dressed and go for half of the period.  Other than that, I have not missed a single period and am proud to say that! 

5. Stay off phone during class. 
I get easily distracted, and if you're on your phone you're not paying attention, simple as that!  By setting this goal I am reminding myself to pay attention.

This is a hard one for me to do, if we're being honest.  I am struggling to stay off of it which means that I need to try harder than I currently am. I have the Forest app and hopefully I'll get back into using it, meaning that I'll stay off of my phone.

October Goals
1. Read TWO books.
It's always a goal of mine to read two books every month. I'm doing a crap job at that, but I'm still going to try to get it done!  I love reading, I just don't have the time for it. Hopefully I'll have more luck this month!

2. Write ONE prompt.
I also enjoy writing, so I'm going to try to write at least 1 prompt from my 100 Variations Challenge each month.  Again, this is something that I haven't been doing a great job at but I'm going to keep working on it!  I'll never do it if I don't hold myself accountable by setting it as a goal.

3. Makeup no buy.
I've been making this a goal the past few months, but I definitely broke it in September after TJMaxx and Sephora.  I'm going to say that since I spent my money on makeup I didn't need this month, I will definitely not spend any more in October.

4. Work on habits.
This might seem a little weird; making doing habits a goal. However, I'm trying to put a real effort into actually doing the habits I put on my list because they're obviously important to me!  I'll share my habits in a post later on, but for now I just want to try to make them actual habits and not just things on a list that I wish I was doing!

5. Update makeup inventory. 
This month I need to update my makeup inventory!  I did a massive declutter over the summer and have been both bringing products in and removing them, and I need to update my counts and also create a makeup inventory spreadsheet with each item so I can be a little more aware of when I purchase things.

Well, that's it for today!  I'm excited to see where things go this month in terms of applying my October goals and continuing with my Fall Semester goals.  Feel free to share what your goals are, too! I'd love to see what other people are working on.

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sephora Current Loves List - Summer 2017

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share some of the products I have on my Sephora Love's list right now!  This definitely isn't everything that I'm interested in from there, but I wanted to show you guys what sounded like something fun for me to try from their newer makeup launches.

1. Anastasia Bevery Hills Matte Lipstick - $18
Dead Roses
Rosewood
 These lipsticks are a new release and there are so many different shades!  I ended up picking two of the deeper neutral shades that I'd like to give a try. As you can tell, they're very similar colors, just different undertones. I love cool toned lipsticks on me! I think they make me look really great.  Warm toned lipsticks are more of a mixed bag; sometimes I look good in them and other times they happen to be super orange and just not for me.  I chose the darker colors because my lips are really pigmented and I hate when I can see my natural lip color peaking through!








2. Burberry Beauty Box - $35
I have a bit of a confession to make: I love the idea of luxury makeup, especially Burberry. I have Burberry print scarves and skirts on my huge wish list of clothes; I have a thing for them. Unfortunately, I can't afford it!  I love this beauty box because it comes with their lipstick (my obsession), their Cat Lashes mascara, Fresh Glow primer, and Light Glow highlighter. It's a wide range of products that I'd never be able to justify individually, but as a set?  Sign me up!






3.  Pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow Palette - $35
 I watched Jessica Braun on YouTube reviewing Pretty Vulgar cosmetics, and she gave a raving review for the eyeshadow palettes.  This one caught my eye the most; the colors are stunning! I really don't wear all that much makeup (which is crazy considering the amount I own), however I have been obsessed with pink toned eyeshadows lately. There's just something about them that really draws me in!  Hearing her talk about the great quality of this palette combined with the stunning colors, packaging, and reasonable price (for Sephora), I knew this was definitely going on my want list.













4. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon - $24
Pastille
Cava
Tatin
It's really no secret; Bite Beauty is hands down my favorite lipstick company. I am in love with their Amuse Bouche lipsticks.  I also have two samples of their Lip Crayons that I really enjoy, and so I figure, why not try more of them?  I picked three shades that I would really love to give a shot.  Obviously, they're a little more unique!  Pastille is a great dark nude for me, Cava is a really gorgeous light greige, and Tatin is a pink that might work on my lips since it's dark and rosey!  I'd love to give these a shot; they're clearly a bit more expensive than other lipsticks, however!






5. Tory Burch Love Relentlessly (1 oz) - $68
The final product I wanted to list on here is this fragrance!  I just finished off a sample of it, and wowza was it good!  It was incredibly light and fresh, and also floral.  It reminded me of a sweet floral, and honestly I just loved it!  The bottle is really pretty and in terms of price, this isn't the most expensive fragrance I've seen.  That being said, it's also not the cheapest; however, I'd be willing to pay for it.  It's honestly just a lovely smell. I have the notes listed below as well, since really I'm no good at describing scents.
Notes: Pink Pepper, Rose, Orris, Sandalwood










This is actually not my entire list of wants from Sephora; I have other items I really want as well!  These are just the new releases, or items I've recently added that I really want to try out.  I may do a "oldie but goodie" edition, where I showcase five items that I'm interested in trying out that aren't new products, or some similar idea!

I'm hoping to get back into posting on the blog once a week, but I also know that making plans and promises is the exact way to be sure I don't get back on schedule!  At this point in time, I'm super busy and I may post a life update next week about what's going on in my exciting day to day.  Either way, hopefully I'll get back to putting something up when I can!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Goals: Winter Update

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you how my 2017 goals and resolutions are going!  In some aspects I'm doing very well, and in other, not so much.

Personal Goals
Read 60 books in a year.
Yeah, this isn't going so well!  I severely underestimated the amount of time I wouldn't have, and it's been tough to spend any time reading.  I've read two books so far, which is literally one book every month. I know I can do better than this!  It's just important that I spend more time focusing on what's important to me, and I'm still learning to do that.  Besides, this semester is just full of a ton of extra stuff!  I'll hopefully pick my pace back up as I get out of school and into summer.

Finish all items in project use it up.
I started the year with a goal to finish up 63 products.  Now, I definitely didn't realize until actually starting that I picked some terrible ones!  There's a lot that I won't be able to finish this year, so this goal really is impossible for me to complete. So far I've used up/decluttered 11 products. That's not bad!  I've been using a lot of different items from my entire collection, and not just my oldest products, but I'll continue to try and use these as often as I can.

Read one chapter a day.
Well, I can tell you all right now this is a fail!  I haven't been doing it nearly as often as I wish I was.  Like I'd mentioned above, I don't feel like I've had enough time to properly devote to it.  Hopefully, I can learn to make time better!

Continue to track finances.
I haven't started this yet.

Create more DIY decorations.
I haven't done this either!  Once summer rolls around, I'll have more time to devote to crafting.

Read ALL stories in FF folder.
Finally, something I have progress on!  At the beginning of the year I had 163 emails, and as of today I have 133. That's 30 less emails!  While it's certainly not the most impressive progress, it's still something.

Clean out my pinterest.
This is also something I've slowly but surely been working on. I've deleted a few boards and organized a few more, so I'm happy with progress!

Complete one reading challenge.
Unfortunately, I don't believe that this will be a goal I complete this year. While I will continue to work towards it, I haven't had enough time to read and really work like I thought I would.

Empty YouTube folder.
I haven't been doing the best job at this!  I need to delete a lot more emails than what I've done so far.  Still, I think I can do this. I just need to take a day to get at lot of cleaning out done.

School Goals
Get A's in every class.
It's half way through the semester now, and I'm not doing as well as I had hoped!  I have a C, a B, and 3 A's. Really, that's pretty great all things considered, but I want to do better! I know I can if I just keep trying.

Attend class regularly.
So, I was doing an amazing job and then I realized that I absolutely hated one of my classes! It's so boring and I feel like I never pay attention or learn everything, so I didn't go for a little while.  However, that's the only class I decided to do that with and I stopped, so really I'm doing a great job!  I just need to keep it up for the rest of this semester.

Finish homework when it is assigned.
Another goal that isn't being met!  As sad as it is, I know that I can do it, I just need to push myself. I have plenty of time each day to get stuff done, I just need to remember that I had a goal of finishing it all early.

Fitness Goals
Squat 160 pounds.
Well, I was doing a good job at the beginning of the year, but I've fallen off the squat wagon!  I maxed out at 115, which is great, but I really need to get back into squatting more often.

Be able to do the splits.
I haven't started working on this yet.

Work out 3x a week.
I've been doing better at this than I had expected, honestly!  I've been pretty good about going there, even if it's not really a difficult or intense workout.  I want to up the quality now!

Do a daily food log.
I haven't even thought about this yet!

Career Goals 
Become a Rho Gamma.
Amazingly enough, I received better than Rho Gamma; I was chosen as the Panhellenic Public Relations chair! This is something I had wanted before, but didn't get the first time. The position opened back up and I got it the second time!  So beyond happy!  Because of my position, I will also be a Rho Gamma, so two birds with one stone! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to prove myself, and it's been amazing so far.

Be fun/points/PR/lifestyle chair.
I've had the opportunity to see and learn about each chair, and I've decided the only position I really want anymore is Points, and that won't be until Spring of next year. This goal will be removed because of this!

Create an event for the College of Business Dean's Advisory Board.
This event is in less than two weeks. How exciting is that?! I'm not crossing it off of my list just yet, but soon!

Well, that's it everyone! I hope that by seeing how my goals have been going, you are inspired to look into your own goals and how you're doing.

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 Month in Review

Wow, what a crazy year this has been so far!  Please forgive me for not posting; I just really haven't felt like I've had any time!  I am staying pretty active on my Instagram, so if you're interested in keeping up with more of my makeup, hop over there!

As I look at what I'm interested in right now, I'd rather write about the things I have going on in my life and accomplishing my goals over posting about a bunch of makeup that isn't really a priority right now.  With that in mind, I'll likely only post once or twice a month for a while, until I have a strong desire to write about other things!

Books

Wow, this was intense. It's a heartbreaking, lovely coming-of-age tale about a young man who suffers from abuse at home in a myriad of ways. I really loved reading this and it was easy to continue flipping through.  However, I would not recommend this to anyone under the age of 16. I feel like the content is extremely graphic and could be very triggering or disturbing to some.  I struggled to understand where Russell was coming from with all of his actions, and I'm just going to assume that's just a good thing.  Stepping back and looking at this, I also get a hint of political commentary with regards to the school system, as well as justice. 

The end had me shocked and still confused; throughout the entire story I had a lot of confusion with Julian as a character.  He was incredibly complicated in his thinking and I didn't understand it.  I am just assuming that this is due to the experiences he's had in his life making it difficult for him to open up to anyone. 

Overall I would recommend this book to a lot of the teachers I still know, as I feel they would get the most benefit from reading this, or mature minds who can look at this and think about what they can learn.  I gave this 4/5 stars.

I received this book for free to read, and after I finished A List of Cages, I started in on this.  I'm 16% in so far, and it's interesting but not necessarily captivating. We'll see how I continue to feel, and hopefully you guys will see a final review of it next month!

Movies
A favorite of my childhood, I watch this movie constantly. I've probably seen it close to 50 times now, but I just love it!  I watch this along with the sequel.

Like I said, this is also one of my favorites!  I love both of these movies, and they make awesome background noise during homework time.
One of the sisterhood's we had was a movie on Valentine's Day! We obviously went to Fifty Shades Darker as you can tell, and I loved this movie.  It's not exactly the most family friendly movie, but it felt like a very dark rom-com to me, and I liked that.

I also went to The Lego Batman Movie in theaters! While it wasn't the most interesting movie in the world for me, but I didn't necessarily go for me.  It was really cute, and one that I'd recommend for any Batman fans.

TV Shows
I've been trying to catch myself back up in Grey's Anatomy; I fell off the wagon right before season 12 came out on Netflix. My roommates wanted me to watch it with them, so I did and it was great! I watched a few by myself too, so I'm now on episode 5 of season 12.

Activities
February was an insanely busy month for me all around!
 
This month in the College of Business, there were a few different things that happened. First, the Human Resources event has been developed quite a bit more and the planning is going smoothly! I have some more things to work out, but it's going along well. I also was on a panel this month where I got to talk about the college and everything we do.  I love doing things like panels; they make me feel so good about what I do.
I had a lot of big sorority events this month! First, we had a sisterhood retreat where we all went to cabins and spent the weekend together.  It was great, and I had an amazing opportunity to bond with lots of my sisters! I also volunteered for the blood drive with my sisters, and it was an amazing opportunity.  I really enjoyed being able to help out for an event that can save so many people.  We also celebrated our 25 years of being a chapter, which is super exciting!  We had a wonderful brunch and got to meet some of our alumne, which was really cool.

This month for Panhellenic there were a few small events.  We had three club fairs where admitted students came and looked at the college & various organizations on campus. I represented Panhellenic instead of my sorority, which was sad but I was happy to tell girls about what Panhellenic & sorority life is all about.  In addition, we had PACT training, which is active bystander training.  I really enjoyed learning it and knowing I have the knowledge of being able to stop something before it even happens.

Finally, I had PALS weekend because I'm an ambassador for my college. We essentially had admitted high school students come by and participate in a few fun activities and getting to know each other and us.  It was a really great time, and I'm looking forward to it again next year!

I know there are a lot of sections I skipped out on this month, but honestly I haven't been taking a lot of pictures for them or I've just been so busy that I haven't had free time to do anything!  I have a few updates coming out this month in regards to my goals this year!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quarter .5 Empties & Progress

Hey everyone!

Sorry I've been so hidden this month, I've had quite a bit going on that you'll read about in my January 2017 Month in Review when that's up!  I'm sorry I've been putting you on the backburner, but school does come first!

Anyway, today I'm going to share with you my Project Use it Up and Rolling Project Pan progress and empties!  If you don't know what either of those are, check out my post here.  If you still have questions, please let me know!

Calling this quarter .5 might seem strange, but since my projects were technically supposed to start in January and I was too excited to wait, I just decided to start them when I created them.  All of the products in this post were used up from October to December of 2016.

In total, I used up 12 products this quarter!  All of the items go towards my Rolling Project Pan, but only a few were products from my Use it Up unfortunately!

These are the three that count in my Use it Up!  First was the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Goat Milk.  I really enjoyed the way it made my hair feel clean and fresh after using it, and I'm kind of sad to see it gone!  I also used the Kaunis Anti-Aging Mask, which was a sheet mask and super easy to use up. I don't remember it doing anything special for my face so I wouldn't buy it.  Plus, I don't need any anti-aging products.  Finally, I used up the Balanced Guru coffee scrub. I didn't like the smell, but the scrub itself worked just fine. It was a little messy, too, but no surprise there.

Aside from using up three products, I got rid of two lip products; the Mica Beauty Lip Pot in "Velvet Rose", and the Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip + Cheek Stain in "Red".  I just didn't like the format of either of these products and so I decided to get rid of them and not worry about the hassle.

Now I'm going to move on to my Rolling Project Pan!  I'll give you each pic by category, and then I'll give the numbers and how I'm doing with that.

First I have my bodycare items.  Again, I used up the Balanced Guru Body Scrub.  In 2017 I want to use up 3, and I've used 1 as of this quarter.  I also used this Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Lotion. This worked fine, but the coconut scent wasn't my favorite at all.  I want to use up 6 and have a stretch goal of 4, and so far I've used 1.

This is the fragrance category, and as you can tell I've only used one, but I am so proud of it. This is the Ralph Lauren Polo Blue, and I got this as a gift from my mom a long time ago. Like, probably 5 years at least. Super old!  The smell is wonderful, but the lasting power wasn't really there. Then again, I don't know if that's because the perfume was so aged.  For my fragrance goals I want to use up 30 with a stretch goal of 5, and I've used one. I know this seems like a high goal but the small sample fragrances do count!

For hair care, I have three items.  The first is the Klorane dry shampoo, and for dry shampoo I want to use up 4, and so far I've used 1. The foil packets are a shampoo and conditioner duo by Hask; their argan oil repairing set.  I really liked this, and I'd consider buying it when I get through all my other stuff!  I want tot use up 12 Shampoos/Conditioners with a stretch goal of 2, and I've used up 2 so far.

Next, I have all of my makeup empties!  First, I have 2 makeup removers I used up. They're the Olay Makeup Remover wipes and the GBC Green Tea makeup remover wipes. I honestly really enjoyed both of these! They both worked very well, but the green tea wipes were really thin and ripped easily. I think they're super cheap though, so that's not surprising.  For makeup removers, I want to use up 5 with a stretch of 1, and I've used up 2.

Next, I have my Sugar Rose Lip Treatment. I have very mixed feelings on this product, but I have another one I can try out so I'll maybe be able to form a full opinion.  For lip balms I want to use up 5 with a stretch of 1, and I've used up 1.  Finally, I have a Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which many people have heard of, I'm sure!  Honestly, I didn't like it a lot, as it flaked on me terribly. I'm going to retry it and not let it get dry before I give it a chance.  I want to use up 3 mascaras with a stretch of 1, and I've used 1 so far.

I've used two items in the skincare category so far.  The first is the Kaunis sheet mask.  For masks I want to use up 4 with a stretch of 2, and I've used up 1.  Next, I have the Biore Charcoal nose strips. These didn't work as well as I had hoped unfortunately, so I just wanted to get them out.  I counted them into my Cleanser/Exfoliator category, and for that I want to use up 4 with a stretch of 3, and I've used 1.

Well, that's it!  I'm not super impressed with my totals so far, but it's technically just the start of 2017 so I have an entire year to go.  I know I need to do a better job at focusing on certain products, even if I'm not doing too hot on that so far. I'm hoping to get myself onto a good routine and that should help with getting things out faster.

What do you think? Are you trying to get rid of products? Let me know!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

Monday, January 2, 2017

My 2017 Goals and Resolutions

Hey guys!

Today I really wanted to share with you the goals I've set for myself for 2017!  It's definitely quite a few, but they're things I really, really want to push myself to do!  If nothing else, I have them as a way to at least get myself thinking about what I want to do and if it's something I really want to push myself for or not.

If I had to pick a single word to to describe what I want to get out of this year, it's "less". I know, this seems like a weird word to pick, but I'm thinking about the sheer amount of stuff I have. Makeup, samples, stationery, clothing, shoes, books, the list goes on and on.  This year I want to work on downsizing my collection of everything before I buy more of it. This means less impulse buying, more focused shopping.  If I find something I really want or need I'll get it, but other than that if I don't need it, I won't get it. 

I categorized my goals into a few different sections, to make it a little easier to see what exactly I wanted.

Personal Goals
Read 60 books in a year.
In 2016, I tried to set a goal of reading 100 books, and I think that was a little too lofty for me.  I had a lot of things change, and didn't make the proper time for reading. This year, I'm going to drop the goal by 40 books, and I don't have moving across states to deal with, which will help with a lot less stress. I really want to make this happen, though, because my bookshelf is beyond full!

Finish all items in project use it up.
If you looked at my Project Pan & Use it Up Post from November, you'll recognize what this is and probably understand why it's a goal of mine. I want to use up all the items I got in 2015 so they don't get too old before I use them completely!

Read one chapter a day.
I know that one chapter isn't going to do it for finishing off 60 books, but I want to make sure I'm taking just a little bit of time each day to relax and enjoy being in another world, especially if it's been a stressful day for me.

Continue to track finances.
I need to make sure I know where my money is going, and watch what I'm spending. As I move into a more independent place of residence, I need to make sure I know where it is so that I'm not caught off guard!

Create more DIY decorations.
Instead of buying things, I want to make more of them.  Also, I just really love being crafty! I see things on Pinterest and just want to recreate them.  There are 5 specific crafts I want to accomplish this year, so you'll be seeing them if I do! I'd like to create at least: a DIY travel photo map, a motivational notebook, a crayon melt, a memories album, and a dream journal. If I see others I want, I'll add them too!

Read ALL stories in FF folder.
I have stories people have written in a folder on my email, and this year I want to read all of them!  That way, I won't have emails from 2014(!) still sitting and waiting to be read.

Clean out my Pinterest.
I've had my Pinterest for a few years, and I've posted quite a bit on it.  This year, I want to clean up each board, delete double pins, change captions that don't fit, get rid of pictures I don't want, etc. If you've gone to my Pinterest, you'll know I have quite the sizable amount of pins, so it's definitely a year long task.  I know I'll feel so much better after it's done, though!

Complete one reading challenge.
Listed on my GoodReads are some different challenges a few groups I'm in think of.  If a challenge sounds interesting, I'll join it and try to read books that fit it and complete it!  For example, there's a "Title Challenge" where you read 26 books that's title starts with A-Z, but it has to be a different letter for each one. I want to complete at least one of these challenges this year!

Empty YouTube folder.
I have a folder on my email where I put all the video emails I get from YouTube. This year, I want to go through the emails I have in it and delete the videos I don't want to watch and watch the ones I do.  The catch is I have a lot of emails, but I think I can do it! 

School Goals
Get A's in every class.
I know that this is a lofty goal as well, and that grades don't matter that much, but I really want to make this work!  It's motivating for me to have a lofty goal to work towards, because even if I don't quite reach it, I still am going to have good grades.

Attend class regularly.
I know that this seems pretty obvious, and it really is, but I still want it on here as a reminder.  Attending class is one of the easiest ways to ensure you understand what you're learning, so I want to make sure I'm showing up. Also, the further I get into classes for my business majors, the more class work is done in class, and you don't get points when you're not there.

Finish homework when it is assigned.
This is a big one for me!  I want to make sure to get my homework done at a reasonable time instead of procrastinating on it like I always do.  Even if it doesn't get done the second I'm free, I want to make sure I'm not waiting until the last minute to do it so that I actually get something out of it and can ask questions if I have them instead of just guessing.

Fitness Goals
Squat 160 pounds.
I'm a little intimidated by this one, but I think I can do it if I just push myself!  I'm starting out with squatting 100 pounds, so I just have to add 60 pounds over 12 months, which really wouldn't be too hard.  That's only 5 pounds a month!

Be able to do the splits.
This has been a goal of mine for quite some time now, so I want to make 2017 the year that I get it done.  I'll be looking up a safe routine and stretching every day until I can do the splits and feel comfortable!

Work out 3x a week.
This is a habit I've been meaning to make happen for a while as well.  Fitness is something I want to get in the habit of now, so that when I'm older and my metabolism doesn't work quite so well I won't suffer nearly as bad.  Also, working out is just good for you and fun anyway! I want to make it happen.

Do a daily food log. 
I want to pay attention to what I eat as well as how much water I'm taking in, and this is the perfect way to do it! I'll probably work my way slowly up to doing it by recording water, then one meal a day, then another and another until I'm recording everything I'm taking in.

Career Goals
Become a Rho Gamma.
One of the biggest goals I have is to become a Rho Gamma, or someone who disaffiliates from her sorority to help potential new members find a sorority they'll fit with. I really hope to have the opportunity to do that, so it's a goal for me!

Be fun/points/PR/lifestyle chair.
I don't want to be chair for all of these positions, but I want to be chair for at least one!  They're various spots in my sorority that have different responsibilities. 

Create an event for College of Business Dean's Advisory Board.
I think I've already accomplished this goal, and 2017 just started! I have an event that I'm in the works of making happen right now, but I won't call this one done until I can make this event actually happen.

Well, that's everything so far!  There are smaller things I come up with here and there, but these are the most important ones I want to accomplish.

I really hope that by seeing the plans I've laid out for this year, you guys can get an idea of what you want to do with your own 2017!  Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about help establishing goals or tracking them!  I'm hoping to have a small series devoted to setting goals, tracking them, and accomplishing them this year.  

What do you think?  Are you inspired to make your own goals happen this year? Let me know!

Hugs and Kisses,

The Cornfed Princess