Product Review: RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up in 22

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I have been dying to try RMS Beauty products for a while now and am extremely inspired by the namesake of the line, celebrity make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift. Rose-Marie is actually living proof of the dangers of chemicals in cosmetics, and after pinpointing this as the cause of a series of health issues and illnesses, she went on the create her own line of natural cosmetics, RMS Beauty.

One of my friends gave me three RMS Beauty products as a gift for my birthday 3 months ago. She gave me, cream eye shadow in Seduce, living luminizer, and  “un” cover-up in 22. I love the packaging of their products. It comes in a little glass pot. But these little glass pots go a long way because they are very pigmented, so you only need to use a little bit.

The “un” cover-up is formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin and not just cover it up. It can be used as a foundation or light concealer. Because it has coconut oil as an ingredient, it melts into the skin while covering imperfections and redness. The coconut oil helps moisturize and reveal your healthy, looking skin. There are 5 colors in the un-cover up (00, 11, 22, 33, and 44 being the darkest). I choose 22 because this shade is recommended for light-medium skin tones, which is most suitable for me. I spread this product onto any blemishes and discoloration I had with clean fingers. This product stays on a rather long time, even without setting, but also touches up very well. It is incredibly lightweight and pretty much undetectable on the skin. However, if you need heavy, full coverage concealer or have oily skin, it’s not a product I’d recommend to you because the first ingredient is coconut oil. I can’t really believe it has taken me this long to try RMS, but now that I have, I am a total convert!
Let me know if you want to see a review of the living luminizer and cream eye shadow! I’d be happy to do it. (:

xoxo,
Sophie

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Me wearing the Un-Cover Up in 22 & mascara (CoverGirl Clump Crusher)

1 Year Blog Anniversary

Wow, one year has sure gone quick. 365 days from today I joined the WordPress community and started blogging. I don’t regret it one bit! Since blogging, I truly enjoy writing and sharing my views to you all. This is just the beginning and I still have so much more to write and post about.
Thank you to all my faithful readers for watching for my new posts. I have enjoyed getting to know you virtually. Also, thank you to all my new friends in the blogging community. I hope you’ll stick around. Thanks to WordPress for making this a great first year.
Happy anniversary to my blog and me!

xoxo,
Sophie

I Am Thankful For…

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Posts of thankfulness and gratitude have been popping up on blogs left and right recently, so now’s my turn to join in. If there’s ever a trend to jump on, it’s one that encourages you to stop and take a moment to think about the good things in your life!
So here are some things I’m THANKful for:

Family & Friends:
Having family all in the same place at the same time is a rare occurrence these days. That being said, this year, we will get to spend Thanksgiving all together.
My friends are all truly amazing, end of story.
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My health:
I have a body capable of running, dancing, weight lifting, jumping, and more. I also cannot remember the last time I was sick, but definitely not in the last 4 years. So I am certainly thankful for my health.

Seattle view:
Living in Seattle tests my patience at times. While being able to live in an on-campus apartment and being able to attend school are things I look forward to someday, seeing sights such as this on a run is a pretty great thing.
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What are you thankful for?
I hope you all get to spend some wonderful quality time with loved ones and enjoy your thanksgiving holiday!

xoxo,
Sophia

Seattle Bucket List

In order to take advantage of the gorgeous city of Seattle, I’ve created a Seattle Bucket List. One of my current roommates, Danielle, actually came up with the idea.
I met Danielle through one of my roommates my freshman year, Alyssa. Both Danielle and Alyssa have a blog as well, so feel free to check both of theirs out (I’ve attached both of their links to their names). Danielle is one of the most hardworking people I know. She has gotten so far to get to where she is. She is currently in the nursing program at school and this will be my second year living with her. I am definitely blessed to have her as one of my roommates.
With 2 more years remaining in the city I’ve got plenty I want to accomplish to give the city the farewell it deserves. Some of the things I have already done and I want to continue to experience them, others, will be a new treat. I definitely want to accomplish the rest of them with Danielle since we both only have two more years in this amazing city. The places in red, are places I have already been to in Seattle but willing to visit again with friends. Later on, I hope to attach pictures of the places I have already been to.
Here is what I have so far for my Seattle Bucket List:

  • Ride The Ducks
  • Columbia Tower
  • Smith Tower
  • Space Needle
  • The Great Wheel
  • Pike Place Market
  • First Starbucks
  • Dicks
  • Seattle Sounders Game
  • Seattle Mariners Game
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Gas Works Park
  • Kerry Park
  • Fremont Bridge Troll
  • Golden Gardens Park
  • Alki Beach
  • Discover Seattle’s past with the underground Underworld Tour. (Pioneer Square)

This list will definitely keep growing within the next two years. (:
If you are from Seattle, any more ideas you think that I should add onto the list?

xoxo,
Sophia

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Danielle & I (:


A Shot Of Coffee

When most people think of Seattle and coffee, the first thing that comes to mind is usually Starbucks.  You can get Starbucks anywhere, and Seattle has a huge variety of other coffee shops.  If you are visiting Seattle and you want a brief taste of our wonderful coffee culture, Roy Street Coffee & Tea would my top pick.
I could spend all day here studying and I really recommend it to students who want to get off-campus. And with the various beverages and treats they offer here, I don’t ever really feel the need to leave. This place is extremely comfortable and spacious. They have plenty of tables with an assortment of different styles varying form small round table, tall tables, or large antique-style wood tables. There is also a large bar area where you can enjoy espresso or cappuccino. They do really cute designs on their coffees or hot chocolates. The bathrooms are also amazing here! They are regulated and clean. They have a small free parking garage reserved for Roy Street Coffee & Tea customers. Overall, the atmosphere is really calming and soothing. It’s like a better, bigger version of Starbucks. (:

xoxo,
Sophia

What’s your favorite Cafe and why?

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Coconut Oil: The All-Natural Beauty Miracle

Recently, I bought a jar of Organic Coconut Oil after reading so many articles promoting its benefits. I decided to test it out for myself about the claims of its moisturizing and makeup removing powers. The result was AMAZING! It is one of the simplest, cleanest, and easiest ways to remove ALL makeup, including eye makeup and waterproof makeup. I wet my face a little bit and then all I do is, put a little bit of oil on my hands and spread it all over my face, eyes, and eyelashes. Then simply, wipe off all the excess oil with a small towel or paper tissue. Afterwards, I usually reapply a small amount of the oil again to use as a moisturizer, because my skin tends to be very dry. Although, after about 2 days of using the coconut oil, my skin feels more moisturized than it used to be. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and it works really well on my skin. Choose unrefined coconut oil if you desire the fullest coconut flavor and the most phytonutrients and when using it on skin. Choose refined coconut oil when cooking at higher temperatures because it has a smoking point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, while unrefined coconut oil has a smoking point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many more uses for Coconut Oil and I definitely want to be able to try using it for other things as well. Here are 101 Uses For Coconut Oil (Wellness Mama) in case you want to incorporate coconut oil into your life.
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Like coconut oil, coconut water also has many benefits. When I first tried coconut water, I really disliked the taste. I decided to try the Chocolate flavored Coconut Water, which tasted so much better. After drinking the chocolate flavored one for about three times a week for a month, I decided to try regular coconut water again, and it tasted so much better and I just got used to the taste. Coconut water is the richest dietary source of cytokines, plant hormones that have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-thrombolytic benefits in humans. I usually drink the coconut water either pre-workout or post-workout.
▪   Coconut water is a powerhouse of natural electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients, and is low in sugar, but pleasantly sweet
▪   It’s great for post-exercise rehydration, but also has anti-inflammatory properties, protects your heart and urinary tract, is a digestive tonic, improves your skin and eyes, supports good immune function, and can even help balance your blood glucose and insulin levels

I want to know:
Do you use Coconut Oil?
If you do, what have you been using it for and how has it been working out for you?

Hubba Bubba …. Homemade Big Bubbles

Over the summer, on my dad’s birthday, our family went to the beach. Since we were going to be staying there for the weekend and there is only so much one can do at the beach, my sister decided to find a recipe to make large bubbles. After reading through many recipes, she came across one that she really wanted to try. So once we arrived at the beach, I mixed the ingredients together and tested them out. First time worked like a charm! The bubbles kept me entertained for hours. Almost everyone who came for my dad’s birthday tested them out, including my dad.
I got the recipe from www.BubbleArtist.com

The ingredients were:
1.5 gallons hot water
1 tube= 4.25 ozs surgilube
¼ cup Glycerine (99.5% pure or better)
Stir & then add:
16 oz Dawn Non-Ultra
½ cup Dawn Manual Pot & Pan Detergent

Have you every tried making homemade big bubbles? How did they turn out?

xoxo,
Sophia

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Product Review: Morrocco Method International Hair Products

This past week and a half, I have had the opportunity to try out Morrocco Method International hair products. My hair is really thin and dry at the ends. I have tried various volume and thickening hair products that I was about to just accept the fact that I just have thin hair and there is nothing I can do about it.
Since early February, I have tried Avalon Thickening Shampoo with Biotin B-Complex. Their products are supposed to be formulated with organic essential oils and extracts rather than with harsh preservatives and hair-stripping cleaners that take away hairs natural oils. Since I began using their shampoo and conditioner, I have not noticed any changes in my hair. I knew for sure after I run out of the shampoo that I would try a different product because on the shampoo and conditioner bottles it states that it contains 70% Organic Content, which makes me question the other 30% of their ingredients. So after reading many other blogs, I stumbled upon Morrocco Method International hair care products. I read hundreds of reviews and comments about their products and I knew that I have finally found the next products for me.
With Morrocco Method International products, you know you are getting:

  • Purely Natural
  • Raw & Wild-Crafted
  • Vegan
  • Chemical Free and Safe (Absolutely No Chemicals)
  • Gluten Free
  • Cruelty Free

Morrocco Method International focuses on holistic hair, face, and body care. Their products are top ranked for using safe, non-toxic ingredients according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. They are designed to strengthen, support a healthy scalp, and balance the moisture level of your hair. I had then decided to buy the CHI conditioner and all five of the unique shampoos, which are themed after the five elements; earth, air, water, fire, and ether. On the website, it states you can stick with one shampoo that works well with you or rotate through all five of the shampoos to get the most beneficial effect.

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So after a week and a half of using their products, all I can say is WOW! I can definitely say that I have noticed a huge change in my hair. For the first day, I used the Heavenly Chi shampoo with the conditioner. After letting my hair dry, I noticed my ends were not as dry as they were. After about ten days using one full rotation of all 5 of their shampoos, I have noticed that my hair got significantly more shiny, strong, and silky.  My favorite out of the five shampoos was the Pine Shale because after using it, I noticed the most amounts of differences in my hair, and it smells amazing.  Morrocco Method International hair care does not lather at all because it contains no chemicals, so it might be difficult at first when trying their products. All their shampoos are a brownish color, which might be strange at first but your hair will love it. The smells of the shampoos remind me of an earthy smell and make me feel as though I am getting treated in a spa. When I purchased my shampoos and conditioner, I also received free trial sizes of the Euro Natural Oil Conditioner and Moisturizer, Pearl Essence Crème Rinse, and the Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel. I have not tried any of those yet, but once I do, I will be sure to review them.
In addition, you can join with Morrocco Methods International on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Pinterest.
Healthy living is easier than you think.

xoxo,
Sophia

Some Like It Hot … Bikram Hot Yoga

So a few weeks back, I got a coupon for one free class for Bikram Hot Yoga. I have always wanted to try it and this was my chance. The yoga studio had just opened up and it was really close to home.
For those of you that do not know what Bikram or Hot yoga is, it is basically 90 minutes of yoga in a sauna. I am not even joking. The room is heated to more than 100 degrees with about 40% humidity. It is specifically designed to work the entire body, using heat to stretch deeper, prevent injury and flush unwanted toxins.
One of my sisters regularly attends the hot yoga classes, so I went with her and one of my best friends when I did the free class. One thing about hot yoga that I did not expect is that it isn’t the meditative stretches that you probably imagine. Bikram included lunge poses that made my legs shudder so badly, you fall over. It is not being able to lift your arms above your head to brush your teeth or your hair the next morning. Each time the instructor said to move to a new pose, it took every ounce of strength I had to make my muscles oblige. The fact that the room was heated to 105 degrees does not make things any easier.
I am proud to say that I had made it through the entire 90-minute class.
My thoughts on hot yoga:

  • It was definitely exhausting.
  • I will most likely not do it again unless I have more free coupons for it. Hot yoga is not something I would spend money on.
  • The next day, my entire body did feel amazing! Every single muscle in my body just felt relaxed. I was not even able to crack or pop any of my joints, which never happens!

I want to know:
Have you ever tried Bikram Hot yoga, if so, what are your thoughts on it?

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Welcome to Rome!…………. Kids Camp 2013

This summer, my life has mainly been consumed of preparing for a kids camp with a church that I am a part of. Early spring, I was asked to be a leader for the design team. In the past three years that I volunteered, I was always a counselor. I knew I wanted to try something different this year, so I was really happy when they offered me that position. I helped design a few things in the past for the church such as New Years or some other small events during the year. So I also felt really honored but nervous at the same time when I was offered the position. As a design team leader, you are in charge of a group of people. Duties include designing sets based off the theme and coordinating with the drama team to help them create sets for the plays.
Every year, the kids’ camp has a theme that all the plays, games, and bible studies are based off. In the past, we had themes such as Egypt, Peter & The Fish, and Pilgrim’s Progress. This year our theme was “Roman Age.” So when the kids arrive, they enter “Rome.” All the staff was dressed up in costumes to make the setting more realistic. Part of my team was giving the kids a tour of Rome when they first arrived. The kids’ camp usually lasts about 5 days and the ages of the kids ranged from 9-15. The camp dates were from August 11-16. All the staff arrived a day early to set up. The campsite was a great place with a large auditorium, about 4 large fields, a creek, and a forest. So I had a lot to work with as far as design to play out the theme well. With my team, we built a palace where Pilate judged Jesus to be crucified in one of the scenes. Inside the palace we placed a couple of paintings on the wall, made two large mosaics with construction paper that were laminated and placed on the floor inside of the palace. The daily plays consisted of The Last Supper, Jesus’ arrest, Peter’s denial, Jesus’ judgment, the crucifixion, and the resurrection. Every play took a lot of preparation and hard work. The crucifixion scene was the most dramatic and emotional play we had at camp. The scene felt so real and I really felt like I was a part of it. During the evening service, we had a lot of kids repent that day.
After one week, I was sad to see the kids go. I had so much fun playing the games, being a part of the plays, and just interacting with the kids overall. The camp went by so fast, however, it feels great to finally be able to relax.

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ImageThe tour guides during the entrance day :)