Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Makeup of the Day! ~ 2/28/12

Hey guys! So today I thought I'd post a "Makeup of the Day" or "MOTD" blog post because I know I recently started getting people from my YouTube channel to read my blog, so here's a little something they'd enjoy!

See you soon! :)

So you may not be able to tell in great detail because I took this picture from my phone, but I'm wearing a shimmery dark green on my eyelid, with a bronze base under it, and a dark shimmery purple in the crease. I used these colors from my Sigma "Fun Colors" eyeshadow palette and under that is my Coastal Scents eyeshadow primer.

I decided to be a little more daring with my eyeshadow today since many of my YouTube fans know I'm more of a "neutral kinda girl"! ;)

Just for anyone who's reading my blog and doesn't know my YouTube channel, here's the link:

I hope you enjoy my videos as well as my blog posts, since I know they're usually polar opposites! :p

Remember to have a positive day! :)


P.S. I totally forgot to put lipstick or lip gloss on before this photo - I ended up wearing a neutral Revlon lipstick with a shimmery nude lip gloss from Bare Minerals on top of that. Oops! :p

Monday, February 27, 2012

Motivational Monday! ~ 2/27/12

Here's Week 2 of Motivational Monday, guys! See, I'm keeping up with my blog... and to think you doubted me... ;)

Enjoy! <3

This is so true right now. It's one thing to not know what you're meant to do, and another to know you're destined to do something and just wait around thinking it's going to happen itself.

Be motivated! Be independent! Be bold! Be ambitious!

Go for what you truly love to do and DON'T SETTLE for less than you deserve!!!

Remember to have a positive day! :)


*Image credit to google.com*

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wisdom Teeth Tragedy

So I've been sitting here thinking of what my first serious topic should be and I thought I'd ease in, so I don't scare you away. (hehe)

Wisdom teeth. Almost everyone has them naturally, and many people opt to take them out when they're in their teens or twenties to avoid over-crowding or something like that.

Well, I got mine taken out when I was 17 years old - April 18, 2011. I remember that date because it was not only one of me and my boyfriend's "monthly anniversaries" but I've found I'm just really good at remembering exact dates that important things (or sometimes even little things) happened.

Anyways - you're thinking big deal, I got my wisdom teeth out. So does 98% of America.

Aaaand, that's where you're wrong.

Well, first of all I had braces from February 29, 2008 to February 2010, which is vital to know because it's what ended up leading to the extraction of my wisdom teeth because my orthodontist suggested I take them out before they cause me pain and start ruining the beautiful work he just did with my new smile.

 So, of course being not only so young, but being myself, I was very anxious and nervous for this surgery because I never like the idea of going under the knife, or under sedation. I always get freaked out that I won't wake up...

Next, I had the worst case scenario from the start, because not only did I have to get all four wisdom teeth out, but they were also ALL impacted. This means none of them had even started poking through yet, which means more digging and drilling for my doctor. Yay, more fun for both my doctor and me! *rolls eyes*

Onward, on April 18, 2011 (as stated above) I went into the room in the office in which I was going to get operated on. See, it was performed in a doctor's office setting because I was getting put under what's called a "twilight sleep" or regional anesthesia - where I felt as if I was asleep most of the time and couldn't feel what was going on, but was not under general anesthesia, in which you have to be in a hospital setting to be safe.

So as I was sitting in the chair, yes, with my mom in the room with me, (love you mommy) I felt like I was going to puke I was so nervous. (Just wait for it - that becomes ironic later on in the post) But what made me feel comforted was the dental assistant. She talked to me about what I was going to go to college for (I was a senior in high school at the time) and just simple things. She was honest but nice, and that's rare to find now-a-days in nursing staff.

So the time had come, and I was injected with an IV sedation solution and had that stupid nose thingy with oxygen on and I drifted off to "sleep". What's weird and freaked me out is during the surgery, I couldn't open my eyes but I heard them talking, things happening, and started moaning because I was scared I was waking up when I shouldn't have been. The doctor reassured me I was fine and I went back to sleep slightly after.

When I awoke from the surgery, I had to go to the recovery area and my parents walked in. I was in the usual state someone is after being sedated, extremely drowsy and my face felt very puffy and numb. You know that weird feeling when you feel like your lips are as big and tingly as a fish's lips?

Yeah, lovely.

Anyways, let's get to the real point of this post. After a little while, we went home, I took a Vicodin, and went to my bed and slept like a rock. After waking up though, that's when the FUN started. (here comes the irony of that saying from earlier...)

I instantly ran to the bathroom and threw up. I thought it was no big deal since I just had a surgery... but then it happened again VERY shortly after.... then again... and yep, you guessed it... again. (Now if you forgot the irony of the saying, I said earlier I was so nervous I could puke, but didn't... but later I did. So there you go - hehe)

Basically, all throughout the day I kept vomiting - I was fortunate enough to have the help of my loving parents and boyfriend, but it was one of the most terrible feeling days of my life. Not only did my face hurt like hell and I was endlessly vomiting (it seriously seemed never-ending) but I was also scared of becoming dehydrated or getting an infection in my newly opened holes all over my mouth.

Just to give you a vivid idea, minus the intense details, I was doing this since mid-morning until 11:30 at night. It was a constant, draining, and long process. Throughout the day, once I felt good enough to try eating - and that abruptly ended... I was also able to nap for a little while mid-afternoon while my boyfriend played Call of Duty on my Playstation 3... well, at least he was amused, right?

Finally, an end did come to this dreadful day.

I was desperate and knew this wasn't stopping - so I begged my mom to call the doctor for advice. It ended up being maybe a bad reaction to the IV sedation or Vicodin, or both. She said that once I started vomiting this much, there was literally no end unless we stopped it - and there was only one way to do that when you can't keep ANYTHING down, not even water.

A suppository.

For those of you that don't know, a suppository is something you have the pleasure of putting up your bum to stop vomiting when you can't take things by mouth. It's cold and looks like a white bullet. Ya know, like the kind you'd put in a gun.

And yes, it feels just as lovely as it sounds. (Awful, uncomfortable, and it makes you feel like you have to go to the bathroom - both ways - in an incredibly powerful way)

But the great thing about it is, it melts completely in about an hour and makes you tired, so you can fall asleep and be comfortable after the trauma your body just experienced. So I awoke the next day, not throwing up AT ALL and feeling better - well, drained, naturally - but my body was finally going to start recovering - both from the wisdom teeth getting yanked out and the constant vomiting.

So there you have it... my wisdom teeth tradegy. It may seem like a random and odd story to some, but I hope somewhere along the line it will help someone - even if it's just so they know they're not alone. I know that's a big help during times when you feel you're the only one going through something.

So after several nights of going back to write some of this blog, I'm happy to say it's finally posted! :)

Enjoy and remember to have a positive day! :)


Monday, February 20, 2012

Motivational Monday! ~ 2/20/12

Hey guys! So because I've told you this blog is meant to help people, I came up with a good idea that helps me (so hopefully it helps you, too!) and it will keep me coming back to post every week!

It's called, drumroll please:


 *hold for applause*

Yeah, may sound corny. But basically the gist of it is I will post an inspirational or motivational quote every, single Monday. (even when I'm really exhausted from school!)

Not only does this keep me coming back to write more, and I've found that quotes like these help keep me focused and inspired, but it's also Monday. You know what that means! The day that everyone hates, the day the work or school week comes back, full-force! So what better day to post?

So here's this week's quote! I hope you enjoy these weekly pick-me-ups! :)

This couldn't be more true, huh?

Anyways, thanks for joining me for this week's Motivational Monday! I'll see you in my next blog post, which I hope is something you guys have been looking and waiting for! :)

Remember to have a positive day! :)


*Image credit to google.com*

Friday, February 17, 2012

30 Facts About Me!

So you may be asking yourself, why did I choose the random number 30?

Well, you see: 12+18=30... yeah? So? It's just math, right?


12 is my lucky number and 18 is the date when me and my long-term boyfriend, Dylan, started dating. So they are two very special numbers for me.

So here we go! Enjoy! :)
  1. My favorite color is purple. (could you tell by the layout of the blog?)
  2. My favorite band is Rascal Flatts...
  3. ...my SECOND favorite band is Daughtry. It's like these two bands write about me personally!
  4. Country music is my favorite type of music. Other than that, I also enjoy pop, rock, and today's hits. (most of them, at least) I'm very eclectic, though. So if you'd like to share a song, post a comment! I'd be glad to give my opinion. :)
  5. I'm a makeup artist - certified in both Makeup Artistry and Theatrical Makeup Artistry... I'd like to take an airbrush class someday as well.
  6. I'm currently enrolled in college - doing my second semester - working toward a bachelor's in nursing. My goal is to become a Registered Nurse and work in labor and delivery. I've always wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse since I was a little girl.
  7. I have one older sister. She also likes blogging, actually.
  8.  My favorite movies consist of Mean Girls, The Notebook, Dear John, and The Spongebob Movie. And most recently, I think I can add The Vow to that list... I mean, it's The Notebook and Dear John combined. 'Nuff said. ;)
  9. I've always loved playing online games. My current obsession is Runescape, which I've played on and off since middle school.
  10. I'm a Playstation girl. Sorry Xbox lovers!
  11. The thing with videos games is, whether it's an app on my iPhone, a game for a console like my Playstation 3, or an online game, I always get addicted to playing them for a few months, then leave them for months, sometimes years at a time before I get back into them again.
  12. <--- There's my lucky number! ;)
  13. I LOVE chocolate and cheese. I get that from my mother.
  14. Unfortunately, dairy doesn't like me that much anymore... I developed a mild milk allergy in January 2011.
  15. As I may have hinted earlier, I love Spongebob Squarepants. You're never too old for stupid, funny cartoons!
  16. I always loved watching Tom & Jerry growing up. Something about the fact that they never talked but it was still so funny fascinated me.
  17.  I believe in God, love, & karma.
  18. <--- My boyfriend's name is Dylan and he's my rock. I honestly don't know what I'd do without him in this very difficult time in my life. <3
  19. I also believe everything, everything, EVERYTHING happens for a reason. I know it's hard to believe sometimes and can even take years to find out why something happened, but it's always worth it in the end... I need to remember that right now.
  20. My favorite food is macaroni & cheese. Yes, generic and childish. But I still love it over anything else to this day.
  21. I absolutely hate soda. This includes fanta, coca-cola, sprite, ginger ale, anything fizzy, and anything I can't see through. I hate the fizz and especially the taste!
  22. I also despise (yes, despise!) oranges, with a burning passion... I can't stand the smell or taste... now don't get me wrong. I don't hate the color or even seeing an orange. But when someone's peeling one near me or if I need to chew a vitamin that tastes like it or even the real thing, *bleck*... gross.
  23. I like celestial designs and such... ya know, suns, moons, and stars.
  24. I was a major tom-boy growing up. I dressed in t-shirts and sweats all the time, wore rubber bracelets (remember those things? They used to be the coolest things.) and never wore makeup or did my hair. I still love t-shirts and sweats but have grown out of it quite a bit...
  25. ...now I consider myself your typical girly-girl. I love purses, (they overflow in my closet) shoes, jewelry, (rings are my favorite!) and makeup. (of course!)
  26. I got my first job when I was 16 as a server at a banquet center. You know, the place you go for a wedding reception or sweet sixteen... wasn't the best experience is all I'm gonna say...
  27.  I love cheetah patterns! It's my favorite pattern. The way I came to love it began with The Cheetah Girls on Disney Channel... :p
  28. Speaking of purple and cheetah being my favorite color and pattern, that's the case I have on my iPhone. Perfect combination! :) (pictured below... hey! You can see the corner of my laptop in the left... that's where the magic happens!)

   29.  I'm exactly 5 feet tall. No inches. I come from a short family, so blame them. :p But in all honesty, I kinda like being short and petite sometimes. :)
   30.  My favorite car is a red, convertible corvette and I hope to own one someday!

So there you have it. 30 facts all about me and let me tell you - it isn't as easy as you'd think! My math teacher was right when she said it was difficult coming up with 25 interesting and random facts about yourself - try 30! :p

 Alright, so I hope you enjoyed these little tid bits about me and please feel free to comment some of your own! It's getting late and I think I'll be heading to bed soon. So I'll see you soon!

By the way, don't forget to follow my Twitter for more constant and simple updates than on here! (link below)

 Remember to have a positive day! :)


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Welcome to my blog! (not your average first post)

Greetings fellow online searchers, seekers, and gurus! My name is Lauren and I decided to start making a serious blog about serious stuff. (well, don't get me wrong - we gotta have some fun along the way!) I have tried maintaining several blogs in my past and failed at them all - for one huge reason. In all honesty, it bored me to tears. But back then, I really didn't have any topics that would draw people in or that would keep me coming back to type.

But that's all changed now.

I've found a way to incorporate my love of making videos, writing, taking fun pictures, and helping people into one thing - this blog.

Now, I know what you're thinking. How am I any different from the other zillion amazing, smart, witty, and talented bloggers and vloggers out there? Well here's the secret - I'm not. I will never claim to be. I'm just an average 18 year old girl typing on my laptop (that I use primarily for college actually) from the comfort of my bed.

Okay, so long story short (well, there went that!) I created this blog primarily to help people. I am currently going through one of the worst times in my life, and I'm not asking for your pity, but instead I want to help strengthen other people's hopes and beliefs as I work on strengthening my own. I've always found that helping others doesn't only help the other person, but helps me too. Sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally, sometimes mentally... but something about it lights a spark in me.

So I ask that you follow me on my journey to recovery and in the process you open up your minds and hearts to let me into your lives. Complete strangers, forming new kinds of relationships - healing ones.

In this blog, I will be opening up to the world completely... well, mostly. Let's face it - we all need to maintain some sort of private life. ;)

I hope to help others with how I was able to cope and move forward through many things. I was very sick as a child and faced a lot of issues from it... in middle school, I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For those of you who don't know what that is (and many surprisingly don't) it's comparable to mono. I've had many complications in my life - for example, allergies to medications and food. And let's face it - I'm average. I've been through the whole mess of a terrible break up, failed business ventures, and everyday stuff like piercings gone wrong and bad issues with trust.

I'm going to talk about all of that - and much more.

Now like I promised earlier in this post, even though I am very much looking forward to helping my peers, it'll also be fun along the way. I'm thinking about several reviews of products I can do (including pictures and videos) and just fun posts about the daily quirks of life. So I assure you, it won't all be a dark cloud - but instead, I hope it'll be a very helpful resource for people who are going through many of the same trials I have, and then be able to smile about a funny picture of my sister's cute rabbit. :p

Now, I'm not going to go overload and talk about religion on every post but I will state now that I am a Christian. I was raised Catholic and believe that God has a plan for me, even though I sometimes question it. I just wanted to point out that I don't care if anyone reading believes in God or not and I will not judge anybody about it. I believe that we have free will, so we're free to use it the way we want, right? While we're on this earth, we can live how we want. It's up to whatever higher power there is after we leave this world, as to how we handled this one life.

Anyways, the whole point of me saying this is because I believe that it's in my plan to help people from all the things I've experienced in life. Now, I'm not saying I've had the worst life scenario, because I really haven't. I haven't had cancer at 5 years old, or had a parent die when I was 2, or even broken a bone. And I feel so bad for people who have experienced those things, or even worse. But I have had hardships that many haven't, or at least not as many at once and so young. So I believe it's in my plan to help others with their hardships since even though sometimes it seems like an evil plot, I'm thankful for them. They have made me so much stronger and into the person I'm supposed to be today.

Alright, well I think that's enough for you to digest in one long, random post. So in the end, I just hope I can reach out to the people who need it and maybe make some friends along the way. Because this time, I'm in it for the long run and I promise to take this blog thing seriously, okay? You have my word - and I never go back on a promise. I can promise you that. Oooh, double promise right there! ;)

And just a head's up - my next post will probably be just a little bit about me in general so you get a feel for who I really am and what I personally enjoy to do in my spare time and what I'm studying in college - all that good stuff. Then we'll get down to the nitty gritty stuff.

Well, until then - ta ta for now!

Remember to have a positive day! :) (I know it's hard but always try - I gotta remember that myself)

Hugs, (because hugs rock!)