I hope that the first weekend of 2019 was fun, relaxing and rejuvenating for you all! 🙂
For today’s post, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my goals, but not necessarily by doing it the old fashion way of just mapping them all out for you guys.
This year, Diego and I thought it would be fun to create vision boards for goals of 2019. Neither of us had done one before, and we both have SO many things that we want to do/accomplish together and individually that we figure, why not?! It’s a great way to have fun and be creative while also doing serious thinking about the major things we want and hope to get done this year.
So that’s what I’m going to be talking about and showing you guys today!
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What’s a Vision Board?
Even though I just briefly discussed it, for those of you that don’t know, a vision board is ultimately a fun and creative project that people do to map out their goals/plans.
Personally, I’ve only ever REALLY heard of people doing this for the new year, but I’m sure people do it for other times as well.
It’s completely up to you, the person making it, to determine how creative or simple it is that you want to have it, but based on THAT will determine whether or not you have printed pictures, cut-outs from magazines, stickers, etc. and how MUCH of those things you end up including as well.
You use all of these things to basically either back-up the goal your mentioning (as a visual for it) or substitute what you’re actually trying to say with an image instead. As long as you understand what it means, that’s all that really matters.
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My Vision Board!
When it comes to doing little art projects like this, I LOVE getting as creative as possible, even if it means going all out in buying little art supplies and what not.
I take my time, I’m extra as hell, and end up being a perfectionist about it! haha.
For this in particular however, it was creative and cute yet pretty simple. I’m super happy and proud of it.
Most of the supplies we bought were actually from Dollar Tree; the poster board, stickers, speech/dialogue bubbles, glue stick and markers (reason #12281057047 why Dollar Tree is the bomb.com especially if you’re on a budget like me).
My Vision Board is pretty self-explanatory, especially since everything is pretty much written on it exactly how I want it, but ultimately for this year, I just want to be happy. I want to be happy and doing anything and everything that I love and am passionate about it.
I want good health, happiness and prosperity, doesn’t everybody? But it goes more in depth when you see the final product of my board.
So, scroll down to see the (semi) final product of my Vision Board!
I say that it’s semi-done because I still want and need to add a few more little pictures to it before I can officially say its complete, but the majority of it IS done.
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I really hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also felt inspired to want to go out and create your own vision board!
And whether you already have created one, or are going to do it in the coming days, I hope that 2019 is an amazing and productive year for you all and that you get to accomplish every single thing on your board/list.
Let me know in the comments below if you guys have ever created a vision board and if so, what are some of the goals on them for this year?!
Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 😉
*Also, special shoutout to my mama, who’s birthday is today!! Happy Birthday mama, i love you! ❤ *
Hey Everybody! The title of this post is self-explanatory, but I’m going to be speaking about my overall first experiences of getting tattooed; where I went, what I got, why I got it, and a ton of other things involving that.
Obviously everyone’s experiences are different and will be different, but I’m going to share with you guys how it was for me both times.
I really wanted to be able to document the first time I got tattooed, but it was so in the moment, that I completely forgot and by the time I thought about it, it was over. So, I’m going to be incorporating my first and second one in this.
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Firstly, I just want to start off by saying that I’ve always been interested in tattoos, like the artistic-ness of it, the meanings behind certain ones, etc. BUT, I really never thought I would ever be the type to want and/or get any. For a LONG time, I never even considered it. Like are you crazy?! Going through that pain, inking my body like that and having to literally live with it for the rest of my life!?! Naw, not for me, sorry….
However, I think that drastically changed (obviously lol) in the past year. I would say what really pushed me to get my first one, was when Spencer passed away almost a year ago (my cat who I wrote an entire post about and will leave linked here in case you wanted to check it out). It took me a while to really push myself to go and get it, but I knew that, for myself, I wanted and needed to do it for him.
I was researching like crazy, looking up ideas for what I wanted and trying to plan the entire thing out so it could be perfect. It was about a month after he passed that I settled on what exactly I wanted (which is pictured below).
I settled on what I wanted about a month after he passed away, but didn’t actually end up getting it done until about 6-7 months after I settled on it. There’s a variety of reasons for this, but mainly because of the nerves I had about it all.
I actually kind of got lucky because a friend of mine who I’ve literally known since I was a kid, is a tattoo artist, and so once I finally settled on what I wanted, I contacted her and she completely talked me through the whole thing and settled my nerves TREMENDOUSLY. Even on the day of, she was talking me through everything, answered every single question I had from the amount of pain I may be feeling, to the equipment she was using, etc. It was SO comforting and an overall great experience.
The name of the girl I went to is Shamalee Delacruz (her Instagram name is @tatubuny if you live in New York and wanted to check her and her work out, which you guys totally should). She is such a sweet person, and her work is really great. She’s so great at detail and making sure you get EXACTLY what it is you want, which is obviously extremely important when getting a tattoo. So I 100% recommend her if you’re considering getting any sort of tattoo work done.
I obviously spoke about the general meaning of it, as in who it was dedicated to, but to be more “specific”, my first one is just saying that Spencer will always be apart of me, in my heart. As for the placement of that tattoo, I got it on my wrist because it was somewhere that I knew I would always be able to see it. So now, whenever I miss him or anything, I just always look down, see it there and it always weirdly makes me feel better.
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So that was my first tattoo, which I got back in June. For my second one, which I just got done 2 days ago, I went to Shamalee again and got something that was extremely deep in meaning and important to me.
It always feels weird to talk about this one, just because it’s not something that I’m like trying to brag about to people, and I also just don’t generally talk about it much to anyone that isn’t super close to me (although I am trying to get better at being more vocal about it).
Ultimately, the second one I got has to do with mental health. I’ve briefly spoken about it a few times on my blog before, but for those of you that are new and/or just didn’t know, I suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s something that I think I’ve always sort of dealt with throughout my life, but only recently did it start to get worse and really make me realize how real it is. This is something in my life that I’m probably always going to have to deal with, and if you know me, you know that I’m a fighter. But, when I have bad days, I have REALLY bad days, which I don’t always like to admit because of how intense it is, but the thought of suicide does come to mind every now and than. And I really don’t at all mean to say that light-heartedly, but it’s the truth, and because of that I decided to get this tattoo.
For those of you that don’t know, in literature, a semi-colon is used when an author could’ve ended a sentence, but chose not to. In this case, specifically, the author is myself and the sentence is my life. Something so tiny, yet so meaningful and impactful. So that’s the meaning of the semi-colon itself, as for the birds, I’ve just ALWAYS been obsessed with little bird tattoos for some reason, I think they’re so cute and just add more meaning to most tattoos. With that, a bird usually symbolizes freedom and perspective. See the finished product below.
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For both times, it was the weirdest thing because the days leading up to me actually getting them, I was nervous as hell. But the day of and throughout the entire process, I was strangely calm. Partly I’m sure because of how comfortable Shamalee made me, and I guess the other part is just because I knew how much they both meant to me and how badly I wanted them.
Which now leads me to one of the most important aspects of getting tattooed that most people wonder about….the pain. And rightfully so considering you should know more or less exactly what you’re getting yourself into before doing it. Now, as I mentioned earlier, everyone’s experience is and will be different, which means that everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Personally, being that I had never done anything remotely close to this before, I was pretty much going in blind since I had no form of reference for how much “pain” or not I was going to be in. The place that I got both my tattoos (the wrist area) is supposed to be an extremely sensitive spot for them; as in, it’s typically suppose to be more painful, especially since my second one kind of wraps around my wrist onto my bone. But personally, it really didn’t hurt much at all. It really just felt like hard, repetitive pinching….is that weird? Just me? Okay then….
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Overall, for both of my tattoos, I had two (thankfully) great and easy going experiences and healing processes.
And to be honest, I’m already addicted and planning what I might…..probably…..most likely will be getting next….don’t judge me!! 🌚
Anyway guys, that’s it for this post. Those were my first 2 tattoo experiences. I really hope that you guys enjoyed it. Leave me a comment down below or write to me on social media about what your first tattoo experience(s) were like, I’d love to hear from you about it! 😀
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys in my next one.
*Special thanks again to Shamalee for doing this for me and making me feel super comfortable throughout it all, and for doing exactly what I wanted! As well as Diego for taking these great pictures! ❤ *
In this post I’m going to be going in depth about what exactly this subscription is, how I found out about it, how much it is, and whether or not I think it’s worth it.
So let’s get right into it!
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How I Found Out About It:
I actually found out about this subscription box by reading a fellow blogger’s post all about it. The blog I read it off of was by Stella Hudgens, a lot of people know her better as Vanessa Hudgens little sister although she’s SO much more than that (I’ll leave her blog linked here if you wanted to check it out, which you definitely should!). She’s such a great writer/blogger and one day while I was going through her blog, reading her posts, I came across the one about the subscription. It was kind of similar to how I’m writing about it now, but her’s wasn’t so much a review as it was like a praise for it because she’s actually really good friends with one of the creators of the subscription.
Anyway, after reading her post about the box I decided to do my own research on it, so I checked them out on social media, checked their website, etc. and I was interested in it so that’s how I ended up trying it out.
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What it is & How Much It Is:
I believe the creators of the box are Shenae Grimes and Jessica Stroup (former stars of the popular show 90210). I know for a fact Shenae Grimes is one of them because Stella mentioned that in her post, but not 100% sure about Jessica Stroup being the right Jessica lol (although I’m pretty sure it is).
Nonetheless, these ladies created this box because their signature styles tend to lean more towards wearing all black, animal prints, a lot of leather, and a lot of studs, leading most people to assume they’re either goth or punk. They are NEITHER of those things!! Ultimately, they put this box subscription together for those people in the world that have been misconstrued for that as well. They just like to feel badass, and dressing the way they do and having the styles that they do makes them feel that way with confidence and all. So with each box they throw together about 6-7 items that are a mixture of fashion, beauty and lifestyle goods to help other people feel that way as well and bring their inner badass out.
The box itself is (BRACE YOURSELVES) …….$75, for the quarterly subscription. And the annual subscription would be $285.00. The boxes ship 4 times a year: May, August, November, and January. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it’s definitely a hefty price for a subscription box when there are most definitely others out there like Boxycharm and Ipsy that do and carry similar things for a MUCH cheaper price, but before I give my input on whether or not I think it’s worth it, let’s go into the products I received in this month’s box…
The first thing I got in the box was this candle from the brand “Evil Queen,” and it’s called “Let’s Makeout.” When I first smelled it, I thought it smelled really weird, but the more I kept smelling it the more the scent grew on me and I actually like it now. The packaging says that it’s reminiscent of the best selling Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood (which is an AMAZING scent if you haven’t checked it out), this one has all of the best fine wood fragrances, with a delicate touch of lavender and geranium. If I were to have gone out and bought this on my own, it would be $20.
2. The next thing I got in the box was this 3oz canister of Toffee from the brand B. Toffee. I’ve never heard of this brand, nor have I ever had or tried toffee, but I thought this was cute and kind of cool. This product was not mentioned on the subscription website or the pamphlet of descriptions and prices so I’m not sure if it was a free little extra or what, but I looked them up on my own and saw that this retails for $6.95.
3. The next thing I got was this Pore Perfection Face Mask from the brand Veise beauty. This was interesting when I first saw it because I’ve never used or really seen many masks that are powders and you have to mix things together to actually make the mask. So that was a little weird, but it says that it’s supposed to give you glowing skin, shrink your pores, and calm any redness. You’re supposed to mix 1/2 tsp of the powder with 1 tsp of water in a non-metal bowl to make the mask. Then apply a thin layer to clean, dry face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes, making sure to avoid the eye area. Purchasing this on its own would be $24.
4. The next thing I got was this Fashion Power Bank – Electronic Charging Block from the brand iDeal of Sweden. When I saw this I was legit like HOLY FUCK! I thought it was so freakin’ dope to get a portable charger in a box like this, and it’s good too. It’s not like cheap quality or anything, plus the design on it I think is REALLY cool. I need to use it for one whole time to see how quickly it charges my phone and how long exactly it lasts, but I’m super excited for this product. This alone would cost $54.99 if I bought it separately.
5. The next thing in the box was this Freematic Master Eyeshadow Palette from the brand Doucce. I’ve NEVER heard of that makeup brand before, so I can’t really speak on them. But just from first impressions of packaging, shade range, etc., it looks really pretty. Based off of packaging, I would give them a 4-5. For $65, I wouldn’t expect to see just a plain all black packaging that also feels kind of cheap. The colors are pretty, but I don’t really see being able to create too many looks with it. The palette is a combination of mattes and shimmers, but from what I saw, their all the same colors just in a matte and shimmer form. So that was a little odd to me. I only tried swatching ONE of the shades, which I believe was the third shade in the top row (it’s a shimmer) because I thought it was a pretty gray-ish purple, but just from one swipe, there wasn’t really much product that showed up on my finger. I only tried it for that one shade and that one time, so let’s see. Hopefully I’m wrong and it ends up being a good palette, especially since it’s the most expensive thing in the entire box. If I bought it on my own, separately, it would’ve been $65.
6. The next thing I got was definitely one of my favorites in the box. It was a pair of Luxe 2 Cat Eye Sunglasses from the brand Perverse. I LOVE sunglasses, so when I saw these I was SO excited, especially for the color and shape of them. They are SO cute and I cannot wait to rock these throughout the summer! Alone these would have cost $55.
7. The next and last thing I got was this pair of REALLY cute lightning bolt earrings, which I think was either another extra or they just didn’t mention it on the description card or on their website. I was really surprised when I saw these because it says that they are 18K Gold Vermeil, and they’re from the brand Kris Nations. Since it wasn’t mentioned on the subscription website, I looked around online for them and saw that they retail for $38.
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Do I Think It’s Worth It?:
I do definitely think for a subscription box it’s a bit pricey. BUT considering everything that it comes with, and how much you would be paying for those products individually as opposed to in a bundle like this? I think it’s an insane steal. For this month’s box, with all of the products, if I were to have gone out and purchased them individually, it would’ve come out to $263.94. Plus, they only bill you once every three months, so personally, I don’t think it’s terrible. Now obviously if it was $75 EVERY month being charged for the box, that would be excessive, and I don’t think I would think it’s fully worth it. Also, I think it’s really cool/convenient that if you don’t have the money after the 3 months, or you just choose to not want the box, you could always just skip that billing/shipping month. It’s convenient because if you like the subscription as a whole, but maybe don’t want to or can’t do it for that month, you’ll just skip it instead of cancelling the subscription altogether.
*Halfway through writing this, I realized that either I got 2 extra products in my box for free, or they just did not add these 2 products to the website for this month’s box because the Toffee and Earrings were not mentioned on the site at all with the descriptions of this month’s products 😮 ….yay freebies!! 😀 haha*
Overall, yes I agree that compared to typical subscription boxes that are similar to this like Boxycharm or Ipsy, it is A LOT pricier which could instantly turn people off to it, but I do think that considering everything you’ll get in it (5-7 FULL-SIZED PRODUCTS), it’s worth it. But to each his own, make your own judgment about it. This was my first box with them, and I really did like it. But who knows what’ll happen in the future and whether or not my pockets will allow me to continue getting it haha. I do think it’s worth it to try the box AT LEAST once though.