Monthly Archives: February 2017

Youtube Vlogs?

Hello everyone!

Phew, cutting it close to missing a daily post. The reason I want to do daily posts is to make sure that I write every day. Whether it’s from a daily prompt or whatever I want to talk to you guys about, I want to be in the habit of posting. Just thought I would get that out there because I started daily posts without really saying anything.

Anyway, this is just a short blurb on what I’m thinking about doing with my Youtube channel, (pssst…subscribe). I tend to do a lot of makeup tutorials, unboxings, DIY’s, and a couple random product videos, like unboxing tea.

Recently, I’ve had a lot of random thoughts on my mind that I wanted to get out. Most of the time it’s about things I’ve learned from class that day and want to talk a little more about it.

So, I’m thinking about doing vlogs where I do just that; talk about whatever I want. What do you guys think? It’s not going to be me going somewhere cool or anything like that. Just me in my room, telling you about things that have been on my mind.

I know this seems like a dumb idea to deliberate, because everyone does that, but it’s because the content of my channel isn’t about that. I suppose there are a lot of people who have their ‘opinion’ vlogs, but it’s usually on a different channel than their main content.

It’s random, but I would love some opinions. Also if you’re a fellow Youtuber, let me know and I would love to check out your videos and support you!

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Gold and Shimmery Full-Faced Tutorial (Video)

Hello lovelies!

Today I finally have a beauty post for all of you! I know I’ve been doing a lot of the daily prompts, but those really help get my thoughts out and I hope that you guys don’t mind too much.

But today is a beauty day! I created this gold and shimmery eye look, using a mixture of NYX’s Natural pallete and their Dubai palette. It’s a full-face tutorial, using the Clinique Foundation and Concealer foundation, which I will definitely be doing a separate post on.

Thank you so much for reading and feel free to leave any comments!

Expecting Unexpectedly

Hello everyone,

Today’s topic came to my mind via Daily Prompt: Baby.

Recently, a friend of mine announced she was pregnant. She’s the first one among my group of friends to have a child. Everyone congratulated her and so did I, but in the back of my mind, I was wondering why. I know, that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but it’s honestly what I wondered.

She has such a bright future, and I know she still does. She’s a hard worker and very smart, even with an unexpected pregnancy, I know she’ll achieve her goals. But, I just felt sad for her because I know it’ll be a hindrance. Am I a horrible person for thinking that?

A lot of people I know who have kids or are pregnant, aren’t married. I know, I know, it’s 2017, who cares if they’re married are not. I’m not coming for a judgmental viewpoint, but a logical one, at least to me it is. I might be putting this in cold, logical terms, but having someone contracted to be with me forever means double financial help to raise this little person. I’m twenty-two and the people with kids I know are all around the same age, or younger. Many of them weren’t in college or stopped going after the pregnancy.

I just…I feel sad for them because they weren’t able to experience things like college, their first apartments, living alone in general, travelling, the freedom to do whatever they want for themselves. It’s like they lived dependent on their parents, still in their parents home and now all of a sudden, a little person is dependent on them.

I have no clue how they handle the financial burden. That’s what scares me the most, I can barely pay my rent, much less a child and all that comes with it. Also, they’re now kind of now stuck with someone for life…a lot of friends were dating their significant others for maybe six months and now they have a kid together. To me that’s absolutely crazy, I know it’s unexpected to them too.

I just wanted to get my thoughts out about unexpected pregnancies. I don’t think less of people who that happens to, but I think that now a chunk of fun and life is gone. I know that babies bring people happiness and love, but it’s just different…I don’t know exactly how to put my thoughts into words. If any of you have any comments, even if it’s to argue my opinions, please share. I would love to have an inkling of what goes through peoples minds when they find out they’re expecting, unexpectedly.

Thank you for reading!

Can’t Talk, Must Run

Hello all,

Today’s topic is Slur, via Daily Prompt: Slur. It made me think about slurring words, but not because I’m intoxicated. Because I am a horrible public speaker.

I know a lot of you can relate to that too. I always feel fine before presenting anything, but as soon as I get up in front of people or even just speaking at my desk, I start to get heart palpitations. It’s the horrible human instinct of fight or flight when you feel all eyes on you, and it sucks.

I looked up a lot of tips to help ease the nervousness, but nothing helps. My words are always too fast, too shaky, slurred, and just overall the entire thing is pretty embarrassing. People say practice makes perfect, but I’ve done speeches my entire academic life, and it hasn’t gotten better.

Sometimes, I just have to accept that I’ll be a bad presenter. I have done better when it was a topic I was interested in, such as Sea World, but on assigned speeches where I have no choice, boy oh boy do I suck.

Let me know if you guys have had the same experience with public speaking, you know wavering voice, shaking body, slurring words, and sweat everywhere…the normal.

Tea Unboxing & Tasting

Hello all my lovely people!

I recently got in touch with the owner of the store Good Life Tea, via his instagram. He was generous enough to send me six of their most popular teas and I made an unboxing video of it all! So far I’ve tasted the Belgian Chocolate Rooibos tea, the Kyoto Cherry Rose Organic Green tea, and the Last Mango in Paris tea. They’re all delicious, but my favorite is definitely the Last Mango in Paris so far. It’s such a delicious, fruity tea! Check out my unboxing:

To all my tea lovers out there: What’s your favorite?

Thanks for reading everyone!

Rhythm and Our Moods

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about how music and rhythm (via Daily Prompt: Rhythmic) helps set my mood and day in general. I’m sure that’s true for a lot of you guys too!

Let’s just state the obvious first: upbeat songs tend to put the majority of us in great moods, while slow, melancholy songs put us in sad or sour moods.

I think the lyrics play a part, but for me personally, it’s really all about the beat and rhythm. I listen to a lot of foreign songs and I have no clue what they are saying. I listen to Bollywood songs (mostly in Hindi), Spanish, Japanese, and Korean songs. With the Bollywood and Spanish songs,  I can sometimes get the gist of it all, but more often than not, I have no idea.

It’s not the meaning that makes me like it, it’s the beat. An article from HealthLine states “A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks”.  It’s amazing how music can alter our moods like that. In the study, they found that upbeat music correlated with happier moods, compared to when people listened to sad music.

The correlation is so interesting, but people really never talk about it. I guess it’s because music is so available to us and we don’t need to think about it in those types of terms. If we’re happy, we want happy music. If we’re sad, we want sad music. But have you ever been sad and crying, and when an upbeat song comes on, it tends to take your mind of off everything that’s stressing you out? I’ve had that experienced that a lot, it really is amazing what music can do.

Fields such as music therapy are exploring what music, sound, and rhythm can do for us, and I think that’s amazing. Music can really mold us into what it wants and that’s important.

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to leave any comments!

 

For All My Awkward People

Hello everyone,

Today I can really relate to the term “hideout” via Daily Prompt: Hideout. I like to think I’m a pretty outgoing person, whose easy to befriend. I noticed that I’m that way with strangers and my close friends. But, my awkward tendencies come out when I’m around people I like or just make me uncomfortable.

Just today, I ran into an old acquaintance who I like and also makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes. So it was double the awkwardness. Boy, oh boy, did I wish I had a hideout available so I could just ran away from the entire situation. It wasn’t even that big of a deal, but you know, we always over analyze our selves.

After that, I didn’t know what to do with myself and ended up walking around my campus for almost an hour, cursing myself for not being more ‘normal’. I’m sure everyone has had moments like that.

It takes us all a bit to get over our socially awkward moments, but eventually we’re able to shrug it off. What helps me is remembering that it’s not the end of the world. Everyone goes through moments they wish they could go back in time and fix, trust me, I would know. But sometimes, we just need to accept that it happened, get over it, and maybe laugh about it….eventually.

I guess what I’m trying to get across is, feel free to want that hideout and crawl into it. But, eventually you need to figure out when to get out because life is going to continuously throw fun, exciting, and yes more cringe-worthy moments to you and need to just accept it. Life is unexpected in that way.

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Au Natural or Glitter All Day?

Hello everyone,

I’m aiming to do a post a day, with the help of the  Daily Prompt: Glitter.

When I think of glitter, I think of makeup and beauty. That’s the primary content of my blog. I think it’s interesting how makeup and looks in general are being viewed in today’s world.

Of course, there are so many opinions, I can’t possible talk about all of them. But, I have noticed two polar opposites.

The first are the makeup lovers, such as myself. Nowadays, makeup is so popular. Whether you like it or not, it’s always on your Instagram explore page or featured on some other site. It’s fun and brings out the creativity in people, at least in my opinion. So many different looks are being done today, and it’s just amazing! I love makeup because it brings so many different people together, like any other interest. Men have been able to climb over huge gender stereotypes because of it too.

Of course, there are people who don’t like all of the glitter, glows, and bronzy looks these days. When I browse through comments for pictures that makeup artists and makeup brands put up on their pages, I see a lot of makeup haters out there.

Disclaimer: Not hating on people who don’t like makeup, just commenting on what some say.

I notice a lot of comments such as “Why is she putting so much on her face?”, “Too glittery”, “Who would wear that ever?”, and of course the “Try what I do. Makeup free and natural”. I just wonder, why comment all of that on a makeup page, that’s literally what their about.

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Most recent example of some of those comments on a makeup artist’s video on a makeup brand’s page. Why comment when it’s literally their business/job? From LorealMakeup’s Instagram.

I know I seem to be coming off as against the ‘natural’ way of life, but I’m just against telling others off for what they like doing. I totally get the no-makeup people, and understand that they want people to confident in their own skin. But what I just don’t understand is judging others for actually using it. Why can’t you do what you want, and let others live how they want, (and keep rude comments to yourself)? Of course, isn’t that what the internet is known for, telling everyone and everything what to do.

Personally, I love how my face looks like with makeup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t go makeup free. Without makeup, I still feel confident, but with it, it’s such a boost. So what if people hide their pimples or wear bright blue eyeshadow? How does that affect anyone else?

Also, for people who use makeup for self-confidence, is that so terrible? People take drugs to feel happy, so what if some foundation helps someone get through the day?

This is all my opinion and I’m definitely interested in your opinions, so feel free to leave any comments! Thanks for reading!

How to ‘Live Life to the Fullest’

When I think of blur, via Daily Prompt: Blur, life comes to mind. I know it’s an obvious connection, but it’s so true. Life is such a blur. One day I thought I would be in high school forever living with my parents, and now a minute later, here I am about to graduate college and having to struggle with everything.

People are always saying “live life to the fullest”, but sometimes I think, ‘easy for you to say, you don’t have anything to worry about’. Things like work, money, bills, family, etc., prevent us from doing what we want. Most of the time, I spend my days in school or working, so days just slide by without a second thought, and the next thing I know, it’s the new year. I’m only twenty-two and I already feel like I’m throwing days away.

My goal is to graduate as soon as possible and then get a job. I guess that’s the goal of all college students, huh? But, after getting a job, hopefully I’ll have enough free time to just enjoy life.

I realized a long time ago that you don’t need to spend anything besides time to ‘live life to the fullest’. Today I took a venture out to a local Asian garden and walked around the woods. It was really fun going and doing something I don’t usually do.

Time with friends and family is also a goal of mine. Of course, everyone’s busy, but when you can finally get them together, that’s what life’s about! Whether it’s time to yourself or making time for others, I believe time is the key in allowing yourself to enjoy life to the fullest.

Thank you for reading and let me know what you do to enjoy your life!

 

“Translate for Me” – Racially Ambigous Problems

Hello everyone!

I wanted to try to blog a lot more, and thought I would try out the Daily Prompts. Today’s prompt is ‘translate’.

It made me think about all of the wonderful languages out there and the fact that I only know one, as you may be able to tell (I hope), English. Though I know how to read and understand a little Spanish, I’m no expert and definitely cannot hold a conversation in it.

Ever have people come up to you and assume you can just speak another language? I do, all the time. See, I’m Indo-Guyanese American, which means technically my race is Indian, but my parents are from Guyana, South America and I was born in the U.S. Basically, I look Indian, but my culture I grew up with is a fusion of South America and the U.S, but I only know English. Though I believe that I look predominately Indian, people tend to associate me with Latin countries and sometimes Middle Eastern, (once I even got Jamaican).

People come up to me all the time and speak to me in another language and I have to do the awkward shrug and say “Sorry, all I speak is English”. It doesn’t bother me that people do that, but I always get that feeling of shame for knowing only one language.

Especially at work, it’s the worst. If there’s a customer who doesn’t know English well, and they’re Hindi, Arabic, or Spanish speakers, coworkers tend to look at me, expecting me to take them off of their hands. Sometimes they even say “Hey, can you translate for me?” Uhhh….no, sorry. Might be brown, but can’t speak another language.

Sometimes it’s frustrating because when people find out I only speak English, they give me a face and ask “why”. I don’t know, my parents barely speak another language, and there wasn’t any point since English is what is spoken where I live. Spanish speakers in particular eye me up and down, and make me feel so ashamed, even though I’m not of any Latino relation.

Being racially ambiguous sometimes can be a pain. I once had a man argue with me that I was lying about speak Spanish. Are you kidding? I wish I could speak another language, because that would be extremely cool. But, right now, I just don’t have too much free time to put in all that studying into something that’s not related to my college work.

But one day, definitely. I did take three years of Spanish (and passed), but it’s really hard for me to wrap my head around all the different tenses and changes. I’m hoping to one day learn Farsi. I think that would be really cool, love Persians.

via Daily Prompt: Translate

Hope you guys enjoyed my first daily post prompt! Thanks for reading!