My Eye Brightening Trick

No matter how much sleep I get I always look tired. Pair that with an important interview or a date and people start to think I look disinterested. I almost wish I could have a sign that reads “This is just my face. It’s how it always looks. I’m not tired or mad or bored. It’s just my face.”

While I’ve tried lots of different things, like the cold spoon technique or Blaq eye masks (review on those coming soon!), I always end up looking like I need a cup of coffee and a nap about an hour after. Go figure. So instead of trying to fix the skin around my eyes, I decided to make it stand out by adding a little sparkle.

I do my normal concealer and foundation routine, adding some extra concealer in a shade lighter than my skin tone around my eyes, and then pop some thrive cosmetics brilliant eye brightener in Stella in the corners. The product is sheer and sparkly, allowing me to build it to the intensity I want. On a normal day I usually go for one swipe. The very pale nude is many shades lighter than my usual skin tone, and when popped directly into the corner of my eye it instantly brightens my eyes and makes me look a little more awake.

A lot of the reviews online express disappointment that the product isn’t full coverage on its own. I’d encourage you to think of it more like a highlighter. You wouldn’t use your highlight as concealer or foundation, so why are you doing that around your eyes? Instead of being used alone to cover up dark under eye circles the thrive brilliant eye brightener is meant to distract.

The best part about the product? I got it for a discounted price in my winter FabFitFun box. Usually $25, I got this product along with a handful of others for only $50. Boxes are usually a $200 value (!!!) but you only pay $50. Better yet, you can purchase through my FabFitFun link for $10 off your first box! Here’s the link: http://xo.fff.me/lIjDp

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Celebrating Lunar New Year at the Botanical Gardens

Will and I went to the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA this past weekend as part of our Valentine’s celebration. The gardens are broken up into different sections: the garden house, the greenhouse, the kids area, the trails, and the outdoor cultural gardens. I personally like the greenhouse best. It reminds me of going to the Biltmore House with Will back during our first spring break together. How cute!

This weekend the gardens were decorated for the lunar new year. Chinese lanterns were hung everywhere in the greenhouse. It felt absolutely magical!

There were quite a few educational activities. They were meant for kids, but Will and I checked them out anyways. I taught him how to use chopsticks!

This year’s the year of the pig. Did you know that some American kids are developing British accents because of Peppa Pig? Conversely, did you know that Peppa Pig is banned in China? Crazy, right?

That’s all for now! Zài jiàn!

My Five Love Languages and Acts of Service for Valentine’s Day

A friend turned me on to taking the five love languages quiz at the end of last semester. My top love language is acts of service. While it came as no surprise, it was nice to have some affirmation that I like what I like and I know what makes me happy.

Acts of Service: Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Finding ways to serve speaks volumes to the recipient of these acts.

Five Love Letters

Affirmations are always nice (and they’re almost all of my friends’ top love language) and they go right along with acts of service if you’re making Valentine’s Day cards this week!

Delta Gamma got together and made cards for the visually impaired using puffy paint for the braille! If you go into stores, you won’t find many cards for the blind (or any at all if you shop where I shop). Making your own is super easy. Send them to a school for the visually impaired near you! Delta Gamma sent ours to schools in Atlanta.

Another card writing act of service I’ve done recently is through More Love Letters. My group of freshmen and I got together yesterday night to write cards for people going through hard times. More Love Letters is an organization that provides a short story about someone’s hardship (that’s asked for letters, or has had someone ask on their behalf) and an address for people to write notes of encouragement to them. You can find them by clicking here! My Freshman Forum group wrote more than fifteen letters for Joe, Shelby, Regina, Anthony, and Erica.

Those are just two small acts of service to think about this Thursday (or before!). Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!

A Sweet Valentine’s Day

Will and I love cooking and baking together. This Valentine’s Day, our plans are to eat lots of pasta, go ice skating, watch a movie, and then make a bunch of pink cookies! With icing and sprinkles of course 😉

Here are some recipes you all can try out:

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites from Tip Buzz

Frozen smoothie bars from Bakers Royale

Rose Madeleines from Lauren Conrad

Valentine Sugar Cookies from Alice and Lois (these are the one’s Will and I will be making!)

Chocolate Lollipops from Shutterbean

If you’re looking for even more Valentine’s Day inspiration follow my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board (or check back next week for another ~*pink*~ themed post)!