yurbuds

Until I found yurbuds, I thought I’d never find a solution to my problem of headphones always falling out of my ears. When I’m working out, when the wind is blowing, when I’m walking around campus…my headphones and just did not agree. I used to use a cheap pair of Sony headphones with the little foamy things over the earbuds (without those they would fall out even MORE easily). But when I went on a Google trek to solve my problem, I figured I’d give yurbuds a try, because they claim to never fall out.

So far, so good. I got a navy pair for Christmas and have been using them during my workouts since. They haven’t fallen out yet, and I run with them, do squats and sit-ups with them, etc. Here’s how they’re different:

Unique Shape with Ear Tunnel: yurbuds aren’t just circular earbuds you stick in your ear. They have a tunnel that fits into your ear canal when you twist the earbud into place, locking it into your ear more securely.

Different Sizes: yurbuds come in different earbud sizes for men and women, and in those categories they come in a large size and a smaller one for people with different sized ears.

Designed by Athletes: I think we can trust athletes to know how their bodies move with earbuds when they are working out, so it makes sense that athletes designed a headphone that stays in no matter what kind of movements you’re doing.

Flexible Silicone Material: yurbuds are not made of slippery plastic like some headphones are. They are made of soft silicone that shapes to your ear and adds comfort to your earbuds.

If  you have headphone problems like I did, I strongly suggest getting a pair of these. Whether or not you work out regularly, yurbuds stay in your ear a lot better than plain old round, plastic earbuds. You can find them in stores like Target and Best Buy for about $30.

Christmas Lights :)

I have this odd obsession with Christmas lights year-round. But now that the holiday season is approaching, I can finally fit in!

Honestly though, I know I’m not the only one with this problem. I could fill an entire Pinterest board with pins of other people’s Christmas lights they have strung throughout their homes (when it’s clearly not Christmas time). There’s just something about Christmas lights, whether they’re multicolored or not, that make a room feel warm and cozy. I would choose that type of lighting over a regular lamp any day.

So, whether you want to get in the holiday spirit or just get some new deco ideas, here are some cool ideas to string Christmas lights in your room:

 

Best Face Forward

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve learned so many tips and tricks that I wish I would have known sooner. So I’m spreading the love. This post will probably reappear with different tips later on, but I’ll start with the most important part: keeping your skin healthy.

If you wear concealer, foundation and power (like I do), that’s a lot to be putting on your lovely, flawless face. And that’s before you even get to blush and bronzer.

So the solution: prepping your face properly. It’s simple, and only requires three products. But they are essential!

1) Moisturizer with SPF

If you are using nothing else, you should at least be using moisturizer (with SPF!) on your face every day. It keeps your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, which is important even if you’re hardly outside during the day. Your face is the LAST place you want skin damage or wrinkles from the sun, so protect it! Use every morning – no need to wear SPF at night, so either use an oil-free moisturizer without SPF or no moisturizer at all! (Remember, if you’re using the oil-cleansing method, you don’t need to moisturize at night).

2) Eye Cream

I don’t care how old you are. Use eye cream! It will prevent circles and wrinkles down the line, and it gives your eye-areas the special moisture they need. You’re technically supposed to apply morning and night, but I only use it in the morning. Starting young = less wrinkles when you’re old. Yes please.

3) Primer

Primer does a LOT for your skin if you wear makeup every day. It will perform different duties based on the type you buy, but most offer to smooth (even out your skin tone),  brighten (give your skin the glow it deserves!), mattify (keep your foundation from making you shiny), and protect your skin from your makeup. I know it may seem unnecessary, but primer acts as the guard between your skin and all the makeup products you pile on. If you want to keep your skin clear and happy (and especially if it is sensitive or acne-prone) then primer is your friend.

Pictured above is the primer I use because it helps prevent acne on top of doing all the other wonderful things I mentioned. But you can certainly buy a cheap drugstore brand–as long as you’re using it!

A makeup artist once told me, “Please, don’t ever ever NOT use moisturizer, eye cream and primer every day.”  I know it may seem pricey to be using these products every morning, but they last a long time. You use so little with each application that the bottles/tubes last several months. So no excuses! Keep your face happy, healthy and beautiful. 🙂

This Water Bottle

Camelback

I fought a hard battle trying to find a good water bottle that wasn’t too big, inconvenient or loud before I came across this wonder. While I was visiting a friend at the beach, she let me borrow one of her Camelback bottles, and because she had three of them, she let me keep the one I borrowed. I was beyond ecstatic to be so pleased with a water bottle at such little cost! The only thing is, I already broke the top somehow (it was old anyway) and buying a new bottle would mean paying about $15 for a new one. But its worth it for a perfect water bottle aka new best friend.