Sunday, April 20, 2014

Make Up For Nerds: Fandom Cosmetics Review

FTC Disclaimer: All products were sent to me for review, however all opinions are 100% my own. This post does not contain affiliate links.

 When I first heard about Fandom Cosmetics, I was immediately sold. Make up inspired by all of my favorite fandoms? One of my biggest guilty pleasures in life is geeking out on all my favorite fandoms, including Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who etc. So how could I resist the combination of two of my lifetime favorites -- nerdy fandoms and make up! This company sells nail polishes and loose eye-shadows (among other things) inspired by everything from Disney and Sailor Moon to Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Each full-sized bottle runs about $9, but you can also get mini sizes for $4.50!

Annie, one of the founders of the company, was kind enough to send me three nail polishes to review here for you guys. Here's what I got (from L-R):

  • "Depths of Despair": From their Anne of Green Gables collection. An opaque black base, filled with holographic purple and burnt rose dust.
  • "Off With Her Head!": From their Alice in Wonderland collection. A glitter bomb filled with spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts and white matte glitter.
  • "Fruit Loops": From their Big Bang Theory collection. A glitter bomb filled with metallic donut-shaped glitter, holographic silver dots, holographic silver dust, and blue and green peacock glitter.

I didn't get a photo of me wearing "Fruit Loops." However, out of all of them, "Off With Her Head!" was my favorite!

{What I love}CONCEPT // Again, just the idea of make up and polished based around a fandom has me sold! I was looking at their website, and they do a fantastic job and really capturing each fandom! I keep eyeing all their Once Upon a Time and Harry Potter collections!

 STAY POWER //  Being that these polishes are very glittery, they have MAJOR stay power. I wore them without a base coat underneath and I had THE hardest time getting it off when I finally wanted to switch colors. If you're looking for chip-resistant polishes, check these out. For those of you who like switching polish colors often, I would suggest wearing a clear coat underneath to make it easier to come off (you can kind of peel it off this way)

{What I wish}
SHINE //  The only thing I was wanting out of these polishes was more shine. Their gritty texture means that even the shiniest of top-coats fall through the micro-crevices between the glitter, meaning it takes a lot of top coats to build up the type of shine I like. Even with two top coats on, I could still feel the grit. However, because these polishes are so beautiful, it doesn't bother me much. I can deal with it. :)

APPLICATION // As with many confetti-filled polishes, application of the "Off With Her Head!" polish took some time and strategy. I don't think there's anything you can do with that though.

What are some of your favorite fandoms?
Leave me a comment below! Or if you have any questions about these, I'd be happy to answer!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

LUSH + more Giveaway!

I'm doing an awesome Giveaway for one lucky winner! All items provided by me have been purchased with my own money, because I wanted to thank you guys!

-You must be subscribed to my YouTube channel OR Blog
-Must be 18+ OR have parental permission to enter (winner must be able to provide shipping info)
-Must use Rafflecopter form to enter!
-1 winner will be chosen. Winner must claim prize within 48 hours of announcement.
-The winner will be emailed on Saturday, April 26!
-Once the winner emails me back, I'll make the official announcement on Twitter!

-Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly
-Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion
-Bubbleroon Bubble Bar
-BIG Sea Salt Shampoo sample
-I Love Juicy Shampoo sample
-Ocean Salt Face+Body Scrub sample
-Miranda Soap
-Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler + Deluxe Sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
-1 Ad spot on

Other Hosts:Emma from It's Emma Elise and Brianna from Endlessly Beloved are also participating in this giveaway!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Born Pretty Store Jewelry

FTC disclosure: All jewelry was sent to me by Born Pretty Store, however all opinions are my 100% my own. This post does not contain any affiliate links
If you're looking for a place to get some decent, cheap jewelry Born Pretty Store's accessory section is a great place to start. Right now if you go to their jewelry and accessories website and use the exclusive code VAST10, you can get 10% off your entire order.

Born Pretty Store's website isn't the most glamorous. It can also be a bit overwhelming because they sell so many different things! I've seen different sites like these before, and usually I always end up looking at their accessories because they're the easiest to manage.

I was able to choose three pieces to be sent to me. I have to say, I wasn't expecting a lot (for jewelry at under $5 a piece, can you really expect that much?) but I'm pretty happy with what I received!

This necklace is my favorite out of the three I got! It's perfect to wear to work/internships.

Very cheap and affordable! Everything in their accessories section is around $5 USD and some pieces are as cheap as 99 cents. Shipping is free worldwide as well, so this is the perfect place to get really cheap jewelry.

The quality is actually pretty good for low-end jewelry. I would say to expect Forever21-grade quality. Definitely better than the very cheap quality accessories of Charlotte Russe, but you shouldn't expect it to last forever either. I was definitely impressed though! Everything feels very sturdy and not like it's going to fall apart any time soon.

Being that their store is so big, they have a variety of options. There are girly, romantic pieces and edgy, unique pieces as well. I'm probably going to look for some statement necklaces to add to my collection!

They do free international shipping, which is always nice! However, I think they're based in China, so shipping takes a while. My order took about two weeks and a half weeks to get in. It's a bit of a wait, but I'm still very happy with my order! 

What's your favorite kind of jewelry?
Let me know in the comments below!   

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Find Your *Healthy* Fitspiration

Like the great Cassie Ho always says, "Sore today, Strong tomorrow!" You got this girl, I believe in you! 

Finding a healthy way to get inspired about your fitness can be difficult. People often make the mistake of using "thinspiration" as a motivation device. I am strongly against thinspiration--the idea of using extremely thin, unrealistic, made up, done up models as your fitness inspiration. So please be careful not to do this!

{Find a "real" person who inspires you}
Instead of using sexy models who have had major photoshopping done to their bodies as your motivation, find someone real and down to earth who you feel you can relate to, but also inspires you! Pick someone who lives the kind if lifestyle you're hoping to achieve. Personally, I'm inspired by Cassey Ho of Blogilates. She's happy, fit, and gives me a realistic idea of what it means to be healthy.

By no means does your inspiration have to be someone "famous" either. I'm also very inspired by a friend of my sister. She, again, is a real person with a real, healthy, fit body and her drive when it comes to her healthy lifestyle (including getting literally all of her friends into Yoga and teaching a spin class as a hobby for a short time) is impeccable!

{Surround yourself with inspirational people}
I think this is something that people should do in general, so why not apply it to fitspiration? Make friends that live the lifestyle you want/have. Find friends who you can text about your achievements (and will text you theirs!) or will actually get active with you. Find friends who naturally have that ambition and drive, because it will inspire you to have it too!

Believe it or not, I found a bit of fitspiration in one of my newest blog friends! Kayli from Kayli Wanders! All those photos of her up on mountain tops made me want to get out and do something active! I mean, I've never wanted to go hiking more in my life! Not to mention, Kayli's drive in every other aspect of her life reminds me that I have big dreams I need to run full speed ahead towards. Another friend of mine from school, Natalie from Frugal Fashion 101, genuinely loves being fit and also has that drive in every other aspect of her life. Lastly, I love seeing photos of Justina from The Personal Geographic be a B.A. with her passion for climbing. Having inspired friends is, well...inspiring!

{Start Small}
Believe it or not, the thing that motivated me to get fit again was a walk with my sister's dog. That was it. I'm serious! I had taken my sister's dog on a walk around the Tempe Town Lake and realized that getting up off my lazy butt and getting outside of the house...felt good! It felt so good, I started doing Blogilates literally that day. If you're like me and you absolutely detest the gym, then don't force it. Go for a walk instead. Or a hike! Take a beginners dance class or yoga class. Go to an indoor rock climbing gym (I went for the first time on Monday, with the aforementioned Natalie! It was AMAZING), or one of those indoor trampoline places. Just do something! It'll be completely worth it.

{Cute Clothes}
We all know that as girls, we are so much more motivated when we look cute. If you've got cute gym clothes on, then there's twice as good a chance that you'll actually WANT to put them on and get active! I love me some bright blue and pink sports bras! And I don't even like pink!

How do you find your fitspiration?
Let me know in the comments! Or, show me on Twitter/Instagram by tagging me (@ollivandermo) and using the hashtags #OllivanderFITTs and #mightyMOtivation!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekly Wishes Wednesday #3

Sunset near Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, AZ

My wishes this week are to:
  1. Stay on top of school/job stuff.
  2. Make strategic changes to blog/social media.
  3. Brainstorm for newsletter.
  4. Launch design site by next week.
I told you I had a lot of exciting things coming soon, and the time has come to actively start working on it! I've decided to start selling some great, affordable designs to other bloggers! You can learn more about it once everything is launched (which will hopefully be by next week!)

Quote of the Week:
"Do things with passion or not at all. Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

What do you do with passion?
Let me know in the comments below or show me on Twitter or Instagram by tagging me (@OllivanderMo) and using the hashtag #mightyMOtivation! I'd love to talk with you on social media! 

P.S. Don't forget to check out my recap vlog of last week's wishes!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

How to Stay Organized: Planner Organization Tips

Between school, work, interning, running a blog, two YouTube channels and an online magazine (not to mention my social life), I have to stay really organized in order on top of things. My planner is my number one tool in staying organized. If I ever leave it at home, I feel completely lost!

{Write down EVERYTHING}
I write down my schedule for every. single. day. That includes what time I have class, work, or my internship. Even though I've memorized my schedule, having a visual reminder preps my mind. Plus, having to write down my schedule every week, and cross things out every day force me to make using my planner a habit.

{Visual Organization....How I Use a Highlighter}
Most people I know use highlighters to make important things stand out. I actually use them to cross things out. It's something I picked up at work. I would get pages and pages of different documents, named only with long number series. After crossing out hundreds of documents, finding the one or two documents I didn't cross out in a sea of black was difficult. When I cross things out with a highlighter, not only can I still see what it is I crossed out, but I can immediately see what hasn't been crossed out.

{Sticky Notes}
I always stick a decent amount of sticky notes to the inside cover of my planner. That way I have them on hand at all times. For tasks that I need to do but have no definite deadline, I tend to write them on sticky notes so that I can move them if I end up procrastinating them to the next week.

{Small Goals}
Sometimes thinking about the million and one things I have to do really stresses me out. Instead of writing things like "Do homework by Monday" I'll write "Work on homework for at least one hour." It's a smaller goal that makes me less hesitant to do it.

How do you stay organized?
Let me know in the comments below! Also, I have a special announcement today! Follow me on twitter to figure it out!!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

RECIPE: Simple Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo (pronounced ah-doe-boe) is a really easy Filipino dish to create! It's basically just a Filipino stew. This meal is pretty quick to make as well...usually around 30 minutes! To be honest, this is what I make when I have no idea what to cook or am too lazy to even think about cooking.

-About a dozen chicken wings
-1 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
-1 cup vinegar
-1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
-3 to 5 Bay leaves
-A few shakes of whole peppercorn
-1 to 2 large cloves of fresh garlic (crushed)
-Cooking oil

1. Heat the bottom of a large pot with oil
2. Brown garlic and chicken at bottom of pot on medium-high heat
3. Once chicken is fully browned, add water, vinegar, shoyu, bay leaves and peppercorn.
4. Bring to a boil
5. Let simmer on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked
6. Serve with rice! 

Have you guys ever made Chicken Adobo? Would you ever try this dish?
Let me know in the comments below!

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