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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Coming to this blog in March!

Hi everyone, I've been thinking about making a few changes to my blog, diversifying here and there as well as sprucing up the layout. If all goes well, this is what you can expect in March...
 
  • A new blog layout!
  • Blog Hop! ( I've been seeing a number of these and I would love to get involved)
  • Guest posts (there are so many good bloggers out there, even persons without blogs who I think deserved to be featured)
  • Blogging Schedule (Finally, it's about time I did this and not be so sporadic about posting, I owe that much to you).
Now get down to the nitty gritty details...

I don't know if you may have realised the subtle changes, but I've been tweaking the layout, adding new pages, removing older ones, as well as addign a blog button. By the time this post is up, the new blog logo and background should be up. (I will definitely miss this chevron one though). I still have a ways to go with the layout as I want to add social media buttons in the sidebar so that I can completely remove them from the top navigation.

I've been thinking of participating in Blog Hops as I've seen on other blogs. It's a great way to find new blogs and gain exposure! Still looking into hops to join, but if you know a good few please do suggest, and add my blog button in the sidebar, to your blog if you'd like to as well!  I'll be leaving a space open for blog buttons from other writers.

I might have finally settled on a blogging scheduled. This is still tentative as I am still a student and soemtimes school must come first, but I will try to schedule posts ahead of time if there be a need to.
I will be trying to post at least 3 times a week*. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the occasional Guest Post on Thursdays.

Reviews /Beauty Chit Chat/ Hauls- Monday
Fashion/DIY/ Make up Look- Wednesday
Guest Posts- Thursday
Aspiration diaries (goals for the week)/ Random post- Saturday


Hopefully the changes are good and well appreciated. If you have anymore suggestions for improvements, just leave a comment.

*Schedule is subject to change at my discretion.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Girlfriend's Expo on a PLANE! (Picture loaded)

Hey all! This year the Girlfriend's Expo (February 2nd -3rd) was held at the Barbados Concorde Experience. It's a beautiful setting for the the showcase, however, it is a bit too tiny for so many people. As a volunteer, it felt like if my head was spinning on Sunday around 3:00 p.m when the flood gates of people started to flow in from all over Barbados.


MUDC booth was always packed!

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes Review

I'm always in search of a good make up remover wipe for those nights when I don't feel like going through all the steps. Typically, I wear mascara and fix my brows everyday, but when I go out, I wear a lot more make up and after a long night, I just want to come home and sleep, so I was looking for something that would clean off everything and not cost too much, since I am a student.


 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

EOS Lip balm-Smooth Sphere | Review

IThis product has been raved about all over YouTube and the blog-o-sphere, and now I finally have tried it. But is it worth the hype?

EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth and is the company has some very innovative packaging. When I take this out of my bag (as I can't keep it in my pocket), people usually stare and wonder what it is. A classmate of mine actually stared at me like I was nuts, it was hilarious. Anyway, I definitely give them huge thumbs up for the cute packaging and the way you can apply the balm, that is with your mouth closed instead of that weird open mouth thing us ladies do.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Aspiration Diaries #3

Hi everyone, I apologise that I haven't been able to give you an update on last week's goals or post new ones since the beginning of this week, as it has been quite hectic. So hectic in fact that it's already Friday and strangely enough, I'm not excited. Btw, I'm going to be changing the title of these posts to Aspiration Diaries, I'll be giving a summary of how the previous week's goals went, things I need to work on and finally the next week's goals.

Tracking back to last week's goals, I feel very accomplished as I have been successful in completely a number of things *happy dance*. As you might have noticed, there were new posts this week and I have a ton more new ones scheduled to be posted. I have edited almost all ofmy pictures (watermark, resizing, exposure) and I just have one more set to be done, those will be on my post about Girlfriends Expo 2013. That may be posted by Saturday.
I also got up my DIY lip scrub tutorial which you can see here, in time for Valentine's day along with its blog post.

I was also able to spend some time on Organic Chemistry, although this week's assignment was a bit last minute, but no fault of mine at least. I will definitely be ready for next week's assignment, however I'm not all sure that I will be ready for the test this Monday. Sigh definitely need to run through a couple of things but I'm about half way in the revision at least.
As for the research project, I've been reading articles and more are being added with methods I may use along with background information. I think I may have 3 or 4 more articles to read. Then i can hopefully start my introduction.

I was also able to save a bit, granted being at schoo for longer hours than you intend seems to be the chief culprit for expenditure (buying snacks to study with etc). I will conttinue to work kn it, perhaps buying snacks at the supermarket, rather than campus and storing them in my locker.
I have been so busy that I hadn't the chance to post pictures to my Instagram, but I will get on those pictures I have skipped ASAP! You csn follow me here.


Finally moving onto my goals for next week:
1. Record, edit and post my announcement video for my channel.
2. Keep blog posts consistent (maybe twice a week at least).
3. Try to study more for Bio-organic and Medicinal Chemistry.
4. Continue to save (exploit the supermarket, campus food is pricey)
5. Try out more make up looks and post pictures to blog.
6. Remember to post on Instagram for my February challenge.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

American Apparel Nail Lacquer "Lipstick" & "Hunter"

Hey all! Today I'll be showing you some quick swatches of two nail polishes that I recently recieved. These are the American Apparel Nail lacquers in the colours "Lipstick" and "hunter". Usually when you hear the name of a company known for selling clothes and then cosmetics, people think that it's junky but surprisingly, these nail polishes are very good quality.



Being kind of lazy, I just swatched them on one nail each, but the colour that you see in the bottle in definitely what you get on your nails. Lipstick only required one good coat, but I did 2 thin ones because I'm prone to smudging my nails, while Hunter would need 2 - 3 coats.


Mind you, these polishes stain your nails, I hadn't the chance to remove them right away and did I regret it, at least it was just 2 days. Be sure to use base coat so that you avoid that.


 
Lipstick is a true red, not too pink, not too orange and would make the perfect lip colour HAHA. Hunter reminds me of pine tree leaves, that awesome dark green. Oh I love the smell of Christmas trees. If only this nail polish smelt like pine...I had some trouble taking good shots of Hunter, and I probably will re-take them.

 

I don't remember the nail polish having a very strong smell, so that's always a plus with nail polish. I would love to try more of these polishes. The colours on the American Apparel website are so pretty.  

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

You probably have seen in one on the hauls on my YouTube last year, that I got a Revlon lip butter in "Candy Apple", which is a gorgeus warm-toned red. Recently I've acqured another from a giveaway I won, in Raspberry Pie, which looks as yummy and pretty as it sounds.




The packaging on these lip products are very sleek and they do not look at all cheap. I also love the viewing window for the colour and how the lid is a similar colour to the lip product. Sadly, being the clutz that I am, I had the hardest time opening it at first and got lip butter all over the cover haha.


The formula is very good, a nice smooth even colour when you're applying it to your lips. No patchiness, and very moisturising for a lip colour. As the name suggests, it's like butter, but beware in tropical, warm places this can melt in storage. I have found my older one melted a bit in my cosmetics bag.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Valentine's Day Questions Tag!

Happy Valentine's Day! I was reading through my blog subscriptions today and I found this tag on Elle & Blair.com ! Yay, I was a bit lost to what to post along with a quick Vday greeting.

1. What is your favorite Valentines Day treat?
Mmmm... I'm not very picky, annd I definitely feel bad accepting extravagant gifts. So If you buy me a box of Converstional hearts, or even a cupcake, I'd be happy.

2. Sweethearts or chocolate covered strawberries?
Sweethearts!!!

3. What was your favourite Valentines day memory?
Last year, my boyfriend Tyrell surprised me (well technically, he told me that he was going to but I didn't believe him) with some beautiful carnations, and a gift basket with all the trimmings. :) He actually brought the flowers to my lab, I was so shocked and just didn't know what to do. I had to tell him to put them in my locker.. how anti-climatic I know haha. But I loved them. They lasted for a few weeks, I still have the petals saved and the Baby's Breath that was in the arrangement. I actually got him Chocolate truffles (he loves chocolate) and I made him cupcakes. He loved that, I don't know if I would ever be able to give him as great a memory as he gave me though.

4. What movie would you rather watch on Valentine's Day: Pretty Woman or You've Got Mail?
Both, I dont I've seen either.

5. What celeb would you not mind having as your Valentine?
Channing Tatum. Nuff said.

6. What would you do on your perfect Valentine's date?
Hmm, I just like to relax really. School is pretty stressful, so just chilling at home, eating pop corn, not necessarily a movie, but cuddling for sure.

7. Red or pink lips on Valentines Day?
Pink, I'm still getting into red lips and they're still a bit intimidating.

8. What is your ideal Valentine's Day date outfit?
Well it depends on if I'm going on a dinner date or just staying in. If I were to go to dinner, I would probably wear a knee length strapless dress, I love a sweetheart neckline. And comfortable heels (if that isn't an oxymoron), or ballet flats. If I was going to be relaxing, just some nice jeans, and a cute T-shirt. Depending on the temperature outside, I may add a coat or hoodie.

9. Homemade or store-bought gifts?
Homemade!

10. Would you wear your hair up or hair down for a date night?
I like my hair up and out of the way if I want to comfy, but I know my boyfriend likes it down. I think it looks nice down too.

Hope you enjoyed this tag and feel free to do it and post a link!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Giveaway haul!

Hey all! I was lucky enough to win the Pretty (Squared) giveaway for Christmas! I was so happy and grateful to have won, they are two sisters who share a blog. AND they are extremely nice! Go check out their blog, they give some really informative reviews and tons of great posts!

I've never won anything that I've entered online, so I was super stokedwhen I got the email. A lot of the products in this giveaway, had been raved about my other bloggers and beauty gurus, and I had always wanted the chance to try them out. To see what all the hype was about, you know?

I'll probably do full reviews on a some of them and mini reviews on others. The prize pack included:

  • American Apparel Nail lacquers in "Lipstick" and "Hunter"
  • Wet N Wild Trio in "I'm Getting Sunburned" and "Don't Steal My Thunder"
  • EOS lip Sphere in "Blueberry Potion" (LE collaboartion with Disney)
  • Revlon Lipbutter in "Raspberry Pie"
  • Target make up bag FILLED with samples (YAY!)
  • Snowflake ornament (very cute and glittery indeed)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

DIY Lip Scrub for the softest most kissable lips!

With Valentines day on the horizon, us ladies want to have the softest most kissable lips for our significant other.  During the colder windier months, the environment takes a toll on your lips.  Applying lip balm frequently may remedy the problem for a short time,  but sometimes lips need a bit of exfoliation to allow them to absorb moisture more effectively.  Today I'm going to show you a simple do-it-yourself lips scrub that isn't expensive and all of the ingredients are probably  in your cupboards.  The texture of my scrub is more of a liquid, especially since the sugar settled to the bottom, which I didn't like, so I added in more brown sugar a day after. The best part about this scrub is that it's edible!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Last Week update & Goals for next week

Hey all!  Last week flew by so fast and was so busy I almost did not recognise it was the start of another week.  Although it is already mid-way through the week,  I going to give you a status update on last week along with some new goals for next week. 
One of my goals was to readthe literature associated with my research project within a week.  I really think that was a bit too ambitious for me.  I got some read,  however due to the language and juat how flooded with actual work I got,  I couldn't read it all.  However that is going to be a running (long term) goal that I will hopefully have achieved before the end of February.  *fingers crossed*
The next goal I had was to start some planning for an event.  Strangely enough I did for 2 other events during the week and saw progres for this one at the beginning of this week.  I will continue to work on the planning for that particular event next week however.
I remembered to remove all my eye make up before bed!  Yay!  Like the only goal I completed fully,  haha.  I jope to keep in the habit if doing that.  Although I may not wear a boat load of make up to school,  it's better for your skin and even your lashes,  to clean off the gunk coating them all day long.
I did save some money, but...  Let's say GFE as mentioned last year,  was this weekend and I ended up spending on transportation and a few items from the expo.  Haul on that later though.  I was so busy the weekend working there,  that I only had time to do pending assignments and instagram a quick pic, so sorry no blog post. BTW you can follow me @thebajanchristina I usually follow a lot of people,  and like more than I post haha.
 
Finally,  I'm going to list my goals for the rest of this week and next week also.  I am going to usethe KISS rule and as I go on work on harder things, I've learnt my lesson being overly ambitious.
 
1. Edit the product pictures for upcoming blog posts (reviews included).
2. Edit and upload my DIY Lip scrub video. 
3. Work on scheduling time specifically for Organic Chemistry before weekend (it's very demanding).
4. Remember to post to Instagram for my February photo challenge.
5. Continue to read the scientific journal articles associated with my project.
6. Save some money.
A face of the day from last week using my Wet n Wild trio in "I'm Getting Sunburned".
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