Tuesday, May 31, 2016

18 Things I Wish I Could Tell Freshman Me

As I'm sitting in bed on a Monday summer night, while all my friends are at a party in the woods, my mind has been pondering... What would I have told myself, if I could go back to the summer of freshman year?

A lot of things have defiantly changed since then, physical appearance and mental state of mind! I grew apart from my best friend since kindergarten, but I've also grown closer to the best group of friends anyone could ask for. I cut over 12 inches of hair off, and probably lost about 10-15 pounds. I thought I was in "love" with my next door neighbor, and now I've been in a relationship with a rocking dude for 11 months and we haven't even said "I love you yet" and I'm perfectly okay with that! 

A list of things I would tell 14 year old me.. 

1) STOP WITH THE HEAVY EYE SHADOW!! Seriously girl!! You look 10x better without dark circles around your eyes 

2) Be nice to everyone in the grade, don't judge to quickly. Popularity literally doesn't matter!! Being nice to everyone will help you grow in so many ways!

3) Don't form a friend group so quickly, make friends with everyone! You never know when your "friends" are just going to decide that they don't like you... 

4) Spend time with your mom, it's perfectly okay to stay at home some weekends. She's going to be your best friend

5) Try your hardest to make friends with your teachers and administration! Seriously, in the long run for college, they will turn into your best friends!! No Joke! 

6) I know Spanish sucks, but just put in a little more effort! You can raise that 85 to a 90, trust me. 

7) Start focusing on the ACT early. You will thank me for this, it sucks trying to raise it junior year.. And yes your grades might rock, but the ACT still is challenging. 

8) Don't subtweet. Please don't. Just don't.

9) Driving at first sucks, but thank Dad for teaching you! 

10) Boys don't matter, go ahead cry over them, but seriously. I look back at it now and laugh. It's actually better just not to date until you can drive!

11) Don't cause unnecessary drama, it's really not needed and doesn't give you the attention you need. 

12) Don't be the super loud girl who always needs to have eyes on her. It's annoying. 

13) The girls who you "hate" now, might become some of your good friends.. Let the hate go 

14) Don't go bragging about how you ran varsity, humble and kind is so much better.

15) Don't worry if you don't have a stable friend group, or if your not always invited. Everyone always says "Junior year, you'll find true friends." Guess what, they were right. 

16) Don't throw God away, just because others don't think it's "cool" to believe in him. He's a baller, and you'll always need him. Try to pray more often! 

17) Posting a selfie, is not bad!!

18) Love yourself. Love your hair, and the whitehead on your chin, love your nose, your smile, your body, love it. Look at yourself in the mirror, and say your name over and over until your just smiling. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cheap Makeup Hacks!

I've never been the type of girl to go spend hundreds of bucks on makeup. You usually can find me in the drug store aisle!  I love going into Sephora or Ulta, but the price tag usually scares me away! Through out the year I've noticed more and more my friends and girls in my grade, are always dying to get the new high end makeup. Seeing them spend 100$ on lipstick, made me do some research.

Is it really worth it, to spend all that money? Can drug store make up really not live up to those expectations? 

Looking on many makeup websites and seeing many swatches (when people test the makeup on their hand) I have decided, NO!!! Buying expensive high end brand name make up is not worth it!! Sure it will make you feel classy and good about yourself. But won't saving 20$ and looking the same feel even better? I think so!

NYX and E.L.F are easily the cheapest makeup and are most similar to the high end brand makeup. For example; Nars Desire Blush is 29$ compared to ELF Pink Passion for only 3$! If they are the same exact color why would you by the 29$?? No boy or girl is gonna look at your cheeks and be like "Oops, sorry! I can't talk to you, your not wearing Nars Blush!"

If you really want to see for yourself, Dupethat, on Instagram does a really good job of comparing cheap brands from high end brands! I also put together a collage of some brands that are the exact same, just to give you an idea!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Face Mask DIY!

Acne.. That four letter word can either make or break your night out, your prom night, or even just in general, your day. If your anything like me, I struggle hard core with acne! It's honestly my worst enemy. I've had it since 7th grade, so I know how to cover it up with makeup pretty well, and I've also have become a pro at home remedies!

I will spend hours and hours searching through pintrest for the perfect remedy to get rid of the white head on my chin. We live in a world where that one pimple is known to be a sign of imperfection, but really it's just natural!! Acne is a part of life and although it sucks, I've learned to combat it through serval techniques!

Honey and Cinnamon are perfect match together when fighting acne. Honey has antibacterial property and skin saving antioxidants, which will help your skin glow! It helps prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to breakouts. Honey is also a natural humectant which means it draws moisture from the air, into the skin, so if your face wash is drying your face out, that this face mask will help revive your pretty little face :). Now Cinnamon helps get rid of acne by drying the skin and bringing blood and oxygen to the outer skin surface. It also helps removed dead skin cells and help restore shine to the skin.

As you can see this face mask is full of benefits and it only takes 2 minutes to make!! Seriously! It's so quick and easy and it won't make a mess! I've used this mask many times, especially during times of uncessary break outs! I highly recommend it! If you only have one annoying pimple, it works equally as well as spot treatment, but all girls know that it's always fun to wear a face mask!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just Getting Started

Welp, here goes nothing...

Hi! My name Is Lu, well actually only my family calls me that! But lately I've figured out my name doesn't sound too good in a blog post. So for you my friends, just call me Lu! I'm currently 17 years old, and I just finished my junior year in high school. I'm super freaked out that in 3 months, I'll be starting my last and final year of high school. Woo!

I've always known that I have wanted to do something with writing when I got older, and now that I am starting to grow up, I have decided that I want to major in college with communications/journalism/publications... So that is why I'm starting this blog! I hope that this will  help me get a little head start for my future career and help me not be so bored in the summer. I don't know where this blog will take me, or actually how it's going to turn out, since almost all blogs fail, but I have good hopes.

Anyways, here is some background information about me because I bet your seriously wondering who is this girl and do I even relate to her??? Like I said before I am 17 years old and will be a high school senior in August! I run XC and track for my school. I love to work out and keep active, but I'm not some super health freak!   I don't live some crazy teenage life, it's pretty normal. I like to hang with my friends, drink iced vanilla chai tea lattes, I'm struggling with my ACT score (don't even get me started on that), I get in trouble with my parents for driving around "too much," and now blogging!

I hope you have faith in this blog and my life dream to be a professional journalist, that way this blog can actually go somewhere. Maybe when I'm living the Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle in New York City, I can look back on the blog and be like "that was my starting point!"

- Lu