I Got Eyelash Extensions| My Review! | Worth The Money?

Here’s what I’ll say: Eyelash extensions are expensive, but worth it if you put mascara or fake lashes on most days.

I used to say I would never get eyelash extensions, that they weren’t worth the money. But, after seeing so many girls with stunning lashes rave about them, I had to give it a try.

Kaylee at The Feathered Flip in Hailey, ID did an amazing job on my first set of lashes! They ran me $175 for the first full set with a mix of classic and volume and D and C curl (I’ll explain what that means, don’t worry!)

I based what I wanted for my first set off of my friend Bailey’s lashes. Hers were the prettiest I had ever seen. They looked dramatic but natural at the same time. She had D curl with a mix of full and volume. She explained to me that D curl is the most curled lash type while a B curl would be straighter.

I think curled lashes are more flattering to most eye shapes and look a little more natural than a straighter curl. I also love having a mix of length and volume lashes because it makes them full and long at the same time!

I scheduled my fill for 2 1/2 weeks from my first appointment but Kaylee said some people can go longer depending on their natural lash cycle. The fills are much less expensive than the initial appointment, about $50 per fill depending on where you go.

The eyelashes are applied with a safe, long-lasting glue. Extensions are individually glued to each natural lash already on your eye. It’s incredible how strong the glue is. You can’t get them wet for the first 48 hours of having them, but after that you can treat them like normal eyelashes. It’s safe to get them wet and wash them, just avoid any oil based products on the lashes because it will break down the glue.

I find with these lashes that I don’t feel the need to wear makeup at all anymore. For days when I want to look more put together I’ll apply a CC cream but for my day to day routine I only use under eye concealer, the lashes make me look awake and put together all the time!

While these eyelashes are expensive, for me their worth the money to save time in the morning applying makeup. Plus, they look way better than mascara. For someone who wears mascara a lot and wants to save time and reduce effort getting ready in the morning, eyelash extensions are a great option for you!

ALL ABOUT MY TATTOOS! | Meanings, Healing & Aftercare, Pain Rating | Thoughts On Matching Tattoos

Hey everyone!

I get questions everyday, in person and on the internet about my tattoos. Today I am going to tell you about all the tattoos I have on my body, what they mean to me, when and why I got them, and how bad they hurt.

DISCLAIMER: If you don’t like or believe in tattoos then don’t read this post. To each their own! 🙂

Healing & Aftercare 

While every tattoo artist is different and will recommend different products for your tattoo’s aftercare, I have used the same products for every tattoo I have gotten and I haven’t ever had problems with the routine.

Before I go to bed the night after I’ve been tattooed, I wash it with warm water and Dial Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap. I then apply a thin layer of Aquafor and go to sleep. I wash my tattoo at least twice a day with the soap for the entire healing process.

After the 3rd or 4th day I usually transition from Aquafor to a lightweight, natural, scentless lotion like this one. I apply lotion generously throughout the day whenever my tattoos feel dry and tight.

The healing process of a bigger, full-color tattoo can last up to 2 weeks or sometimes even longer. When you leave the shop, your tattoo will be clean and smooth. Usually by the end of the first week the tattoo will begin to peel and itch. After 2 weeks there may still be some scabbing (depending on the location) but the tattoo should be almost completely healed by this point.

It is SO SO important not to itch or pick at your tattoo! If you remove the skin that is naturally shedding too early you can cause the tattoo to heal patchy. I’m telling you, it can be VERY hard not to itch them. Sometimes I feel like the healing process is worse than getting the actual tattoo. If you can’t stand it and need to relive the itch just lightly slap your tattoo, DO NOT USE YOUR NAILS TO SCRATCH!

The Tattoos & The Pain

#1

To start, lets go back to my 18th birthday when I got my very first tattoo. I decided I wanted it to represent Sun Valley, where I grew up spending my summers with my grandparents. Since Sun Valley is a mountain town I got a mountain silhouette on my left rib cage for my first tattoo.

Because this was my first tattoo I think it did hurt more than a lot of the other tattoos I have gotten. I remember describing the pain as a burning sensation, which is still how I would categorize tattoo pain.

This tattoo hurt probably a 5/10 but I could imagine a larger tattoo on the rib cage being much more painful than that.

It healed quickly with little to no itching.

#2

The summer I was 18 I got my second tattoo, a teal colored diamond at the top of my right forearm. At the time, I was having some personal struggles in my life and decided to get the tattoo as a reminder to be confident and love myself. This is my least favorite piece on my body because I didn’t go to a very good artist and the line work is really patchy. I plan on having it redone once I start my right arm’s sleeve.

Like my first tattoo, this one was very quick and not very painful. I would give it a 4/10 pain. The healing was also very easy because it was so small.

#3

I got my 3rd tattoo the summer of my 19th year. It is my mom, step-mom, grandma, and little brother’s favorite flowers around my left wrist. When I decided to get the cuff I knew I wanted to continue working on my arm from there. It was important to me that my arms have a consistent style so I did my research and chose an artist that I wanted to complete my sleeve.

My friend Gavin recommended American Classic Tattoo in Nampa, ID to me and I fell in love with the owner Wit’s work.

I was expecting this tattoo to hurt a lot because the wrist seemed like a sensitive spot to me but it really wasn’t painful. This tattoo was 6/10 pain. The healing took about 2 weeks with a lot of peeling and itching.

#4

I got my 4th tattoo right after my 20th birthday, the beginning of this year. I wanted a tattoo that represented my passion and desire to travel the world so I asked Wit to draw me up a hot air balloon with the globe inside of it. This is definitely one of my favorite tattoos on my entire body and one that I get the most compliments on.

After I got this tattoo I knew what I wanted my sleeve to look like. The pain was a 4/10, a very easy spot to have tattooed. But the healing was irritating because it was such a large space to have tattooed at once, it peeled and itched a lot.

#5

My 5th tattoo is one I deeply regret and debated including in this post. I decided I wanted to talk about it and urge people not to impulsively get matching tattoos with friends. My friend and I decided we wanted matching tattoos because we were so close and it was her birthday. Not even 2 months later we stopped being friends (pretty embarrassing mistake to make).

If you’re considering getting a matching tattoo with a friend, DON’T! Go get your nose pierced together, or buy some friendship bracelets. Don’t make the same mistake as me! Luckily, I love the tattoo on it’s own and plan on altering it by adding more mandalas up my foot and leg.

This tattoo was by far the most painful I have gotten. I would rate it a 10/10 (and I am pretty tough when it comes to tattoo pain). The healing process was easy and quick but the pain of getting the tattoo was definitely the worst I have experienced so far.

#6

My 6th tattoo was only a few months ago and was really more like 3 tattoos in one session. Wit added a rose, representing The City Of Roses (Portland, OR), where I was raised. and 2 birds flying below the balloon on my upper arm.

These tattoos were all pretty painless  but the healing was very itchy and the red rose took the longest of any of my tattoos to heal (almost 3 weeks). I did some research and found out that a lot of people struggle with red colored tattoos because the skin rejects the color more than others, causing it to stay irritated longer than usual. 5/10 pain.

#7

I got my 7th tattoo and the 4th session for my sleeve this month. My sleeve is finally almost finished and I couldn’t be happier with the results. We added the St. Johns bridge, a bridge in Portland, OR that I grew up around. As well as many little flowers, clouds, and shading to fill in the arm.

The inner arm was the second most painful spot to have tattooed so far. The healing was also very itchy and uncomfortable. I think it’s well worth it because the work turned out beautifully but the ditch (inner elbow area) was a 9/10 pain and the rest of the work we did in this session probably a 6/10.

Tattoo Future – What’s Next?

I plan on waiting a little while to get my next tattoo because I am a small girl and only have so much skin to fill over the course of my life. I do know exactly what I want next. The underside of my upper arm, the only part of my left sleeve that isn’t finished yet, will have the Sun Valley sun and a rainbow arching over the bridge.

I plan on having my right arm be a full ocean sleeve. with jelly fish on my forearm and a big ship on my upper arm. I want this arm to be primarily blue because that’s my favorite color and it calms me to look at.

Tattoos are like an addiction as many people will say! I love seeing all the beautiful work different artists do so show me your tattoos in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading! <3

Healthy Chicken Fajita Soup! | SIMPLE & EASY 30 Minute Gluten Free Dinner

Hey guys!

This is one of my all time favorite healthy soups to make! It tastes like comfort food but is a totally clean dish. You only need one pot to make it and it takes about 30 minutes to make with very little prep time! The recipe feeds 6-7 people and is super yummy to save for leftovers!

Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 151  oz can black beans (drained)
  • 151 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 64 oz chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 fajita seasoning packet
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:

Start by chopping peppers, onion and garlic. Heat olive oil and sauté ingredients on medium-high with fajita seasoning packet until tender.

Add black beans, fire roasted diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, whole chicken breast and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes remove chicken and shred with 2 forks or shredders like the ones I have. Season with salt and pepper and add back to soup. Let simmer till everything is heated and mixed together.

Don’t forget to taste your soup and make sure that you don’t need to add any more salt and pepper. It’s all preference based! 🙂

Quesadillas are a great side with this meal! Here’s how to make them:

  1. Spread butter on one side of a tortilla. Season with salt, pepper & garlic powder (optional). Heat tortilla butter side up on medium heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add however much cheese you want to one half of the tortilla and let the cheese melt.
  3. Fold the tortilla in half and push down with your spatula so it sticks to the cheese.
  4. Let each side of the quesadilla cook to a golden brown color. When it’s done, cut into slices to easily dip in your soup!

 

Small Closet Tour | 5 Tips For Maximizing Space In A Tiny Closet!

Living in a small home can be challenging sometimes. I’ve always lived in a small house, and I’ve always had a lot of clothes. I’ve become very good at maximizing my space to fit all of my things over the years.

In our current home, my boyfriend and I share a small walk-in closet. We have a dresser and clothing rack separate from the closet that mostly stores his things. Dressers and clothing racks are great ways to store clothing if you don’t have a closet at all. If you’re working with no closet space at all, try storing things under your bed in easy access containers like this one.

While different methods of organization can be helpful in different homes the following tips are great ways to organize most small closets.

1. Get a clothing rack and keep extra stuff on it separate from your closet.

I have had the same clothing rack in 3 different homes. I usually use this for big coats that take up too much room in the main closet as well as storage for bags, hats and robes on the sides.

2. Use collapsable fabric storage bins.

These are a game changer for small house organization. I don’t just use these in my closet to store all of my t-shirts, tank tops and socks, I use them all over the house!

3. Use felt hangers, they’re thinner so don’t take up as much room.

Not only do these prevent your clothing from falling off the hanger, they are better for the shape of your garments. They take up noticeably less room than the typical plastic hanger, allowing more hang space in your closet. I use black hangers, but I’ve seen closets with pink and tan ones that look very elegant too!

4. Put shoes in bins.

Shoes are my biggest storage problem because my boyfriend and I both have many pairs. I use one hanging shoe rack as well as this cute laundry bin to store my sandals and tennis shoes. The combo of the hanging shoe rack and laundry basket really helps free up space on the closet floor where almost all of his shoes are.

5. Cycle your winter and summer clothes out.

I used to live in Oregon where the seasons are less definitive and sometimes you need warm things in the summer and cool things in the winter. But here in Idaho where the seasons are extreme, I cycle my clothing out seasonally. It saves a TON of space, plus it’s like going shopping when you pull out the clothes you’ve been storing at the beginning of each season. I almost always forget what I have put away!

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful in organizing your own home. Let me know some of your awesome ideas for small home organization in the comments below!