Health

Summer Sunburn Misery

By on July 17, 2019

*This is a fun repost from a few years ago. I am still in Israel and you will hear more about that soon! 🙂 

I’m really white. Not the Starbucks frappuccino, Ugg Boots, and leggings type of white, but my skin is so pale that when I go outside I’m being cooked like a pizza. I have always had my run ins with the sun, but let me tell you about the summer from a few years ago.

I feel like I should have known better about protecting myself since skin cancer runs in my family and I have had some lesions cut out for prevention, but you live and learn.

Then this happened when I was working softball working camp:

The sun double burned me on the neck and legs. I wore long socks with shorts, but the sun still got me in the space between. Now, I have a sliver of a tan in the crack of my knee on my left leg where I got burned the worst.

Now after all of this you would think that I would just never go out in the sun with my skin uncovered ever again? Right? Wrong.

Now I’ve really learned my lesson. It’s a real hassle sometimes to put on multiple layers, but that’s something that I have to do to keep from turning red in .2 seconds of being outside.

Now you tell me, ” T this is why you should get a base tan.” and to that I tell you “NO!”. I already have my permanent hand tan and I’d just rather not take the time to damage the rest of my skin cell DNA.

My body reacts a certain way to the sun for a reason and when I’m sun safe, I’m happy.

Because I totally *much sarcasm* go swimming so much I bought this long sleeve swimsuit and swim pants from the internet. The top is from somewhere in China that I got off Amazon and the bottoms (which look like leggings, but I promise they are made for swimming) are from a modesty swim suit website.

This outfit was THE GREATEST THING EVER when I went swimming at my friend’s birthday party.  I didn’t have to worry about the sun and I had fun at the pool. How great is that?

Even though I felt like I looked like a total mom in it, I could not be any happier being outside.

Circumstances are different for everybody, but it is important to become comfortable in your own skin and ignore everyone’s crap. You have to be able make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.

It definitely took a lot of time to get comfortable wearing pants and long sleeve shirts all the time around other people growing up. Not because I was physically uncomfortable, but because people would always say: “Aren’t you hot?” or “You’re so pale, you should get some sun.”

Now if I just tell someone who asks why I do what I do they are like “Oh, that makes sense”.

Strange thing that in the 115 degree Arizona heat I promise having my full body covered doesn’t make my body temperature any hotter than yours. It sometimes even has a cooling effect.

Moral is to get comfortable with yourself and always reapply sunscreen after 1.5 hours.

What is your worst sunburn story? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

T

This is a repost from a few years ago! 

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Health

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Fail

By on July 3, 2019

My college best friend, Michelle, and I decided that we were going to do the Dr. OZ 3 Day Detox Cleanse because it’s the beginning of summer and why not?

Little did I know that I would make people’s day on Snapchat with how much I got my life together with this cleanse.

How much did I get my life together you ask?

Not at all.

And I’m about to give you this experience as real as Kim K’s ring.

So let’s begin with the price: Reading other blogs and reviews, I thought the price tag on this 3-day ordeal was going to be close to $100. Surprisingly, it cost me $63 for three days. I did, however, skip out on the Epsom salt and tea mostly because T does not like the taste of tea and I already had Epsom salt. I was pretty pumped because I read about people having good results from this cleanse.

Day 1: 

The first drink was not too bad, it was warm when I juiced/blended it so I put it in the fridge for a bit to make it colder. It was drinkable.

Then came the demise of the detox:

Even though I was pretty traumatized by that event, I drank whatever was left of the celery-cucumber lunch concoction and then made the dinner juice for later.

I’m not going to lie the breakfast and dinner juices were not too bad, but the lunch one was just not good at all.

I don’t know why the lunch recipe calls for so much celery and cucumber, but it fills an entire quart Ziplock baggie and trying to get all the ingredients inside my tiny blender seemed impossible.

Day 2/3: 

So I did not give up, I just opted to eat food with my juice drinks… I was making sure that my calorie intake would be enough in order to do physical activity… so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The juices tasted better during the 2nd and 3rd day because I think I knew what to expect this time around.

I also wound up going to In-n-out late after WCS on Friday night, but hey I got a lettuce wrapped patty. Which was actually really good and totally worth it.

I’m keeping track of what I consume on MyFitnessPal, so I’m still keeping to my goals, but this juice thing was a nightmare. Especially if you’re an on the go person, who is not always home for meals (aka staying over at a friend’s house).

As a side note, on day 2 I did feel less bloated.

I also clearly don’t know how to work a blender. Live and learn, but at least nothing is broken so some success right? 

Juice is not my answer for trying to start my forever journey for eating better, which will begin once I stop eating chocolate chips directly from the bag.

What is your favorite detox? Let me know in the comments below since I am clearly in need of a new one.

xoxo

T

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Israel Softball: Touring Israel Experience

By on June 26, 2019

This summer, I have been given the unique opportunity play for the Israeli National Softball team. As I write this, we are preparing for the European Championships. Last week, we were able to travel all across Israel. These were some highlights:

Masada: 

An ancient fortress, hike, and educational spot. Masada has an interesting history to where some people may feel an unknown juju while they are at the top of the plateau.  

Yad Vashem: 

This is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It was an informative experience. We only had about 1.5 hours in there because they close at 5pm, but one could spend days in there. This was my second time at Yad Vashem and fourth holocaust museum experience; this museum has so many stories to tell and if you are ever in Israel, I recommend that you go. 

Western Wall (Kotel):

This is a holy site where people come from all over the world to pray. I was able to do this with my teammates and it was incredibly special. 

We also took tours of the underground tunnels at the Kotel. It is remarkable how they were able to excavate this site and how they are continuing to do so. 

Tel Aviv: HaCarmel Market Shook

HaCarmel market is one of my favorite markets. Here, you can purchase tchotchkes for your family at home. These stores will likely rip you off if you do not haggle, so do not take the first price they give you.

At the Shook there is also extremely cheap street food for 10 sheckles or less (less than $3).

Just beware, personal space does not really exist here. 

Rosh Hanikra

This is not only the border between Israel and Lebanon, but it is also home to beautiful caves with spectacular views.

Bahá’í Gardens 

This terrace garden is a magnificent site in the middle of the city of Haifa. This holy site belongs to those of the Bahá’í faith. It is a whole lot of green surrounded by city and desert. 

We arrived too late to walk up the terrace, but I still managed to get a picture of this beautiful garden from the gate. 

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in the northern part of Israel just near the Golan Heights. This lake has a lot of historical and religious significance and many people come to see and go in the Sea.  

Dead Sea

This is the lowest point in the world and you actually float in the water! The saltwater does burn, so do not shave right before you go. If you have any unknown papercuts or wounds, you will find out where they are when you go in. 

Unless you go to a spa, you will have to purchase Dead Sea mud from the stores nearby. 

That was my touring adventures in Israel! We head out soon to the Czech Republic for the European Championships! I can’t wait!

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, where is your favorite tourist spot?

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Eyeshadow Face Off: Tarte v. Urban Decay

By on June 19, 2019

This is a battle between the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III Versus Urban Decay OG Palette

After receiving my Boxycharm last month, I realized that Tarte Rainforest of the Sea looked exactly like my Urban Decay palette.

The Urban Decay palette I am referring to is now discontinued, as I bought it half off at Ulta and saw multitudes of them at Nordstrom’s Rack. However, I still wanted to show the difference because Urban Decay does have really similar colors in their other palettes.

When I first saw the Urban Decay palette on sale, I nearly had a cow. It was my first “brand name” makeup purchase. I wanted to love it so much!

However, the real test for eyeshadow is making it through a softball game without half falling off.

Pros:

Urban Decay (1, aka dead palette)- Comes with a Brush, Comes with mirror. Neutral colors, shimmers, and darks. There is a good variety of colors, but I usually stick with one or two color themes and the palette offers about four.   

            Would stay on, but just enough to know it was there at some point. Color on the lid was pretty much non-existent. 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: All colors have at least a bit of shimmer, Comes with mirror, Simple variety of light neutral colors. You can see the light colors.

          I happened to wear this palette the game that I got hit in the face with a ball and a black eye resulted following the swelling. This eyeshadow stayed on that’s for sure. The next day I was still trying to carefully get all of the shimmer off of my eye.

Cons:

Urban Decay: Doesn’t stay on eyes for long time, no black color included (but there’s a dark blue), light colors don’t show up as well.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: No brush. Palette fits a specific tone.

I feel like I became biased the second that I was able to try out the Tarte palette. I feel like there’s just not a comparison with a palette for every-day use. I realized that I like shimmer, and not everyone likes having the shimmer at all times of the day.

If you like the matte base color where you can then add the subtle shimmer, then Urban Decay is perfect for you.

For me, personally, I’m all about the glitter and shiny part of the eyeshadow and this Tarte palette fits that need.

What is your favorite brand of eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nike Internship Experience

By on June 12, 2019

In the summer of 2018, I traveled to Beaverton, Oregon to intern at the Nike Headquarters for ten weeks. It was an incredible experience. If you are seriously considering working in the retail corporate structure, I recommend that you apply for this internship. You will really get the feel if you want to pursue a similar job post college.  

This video explains how the process was to get the job and some tips and tricks for working there.

Have you worked any cool internships? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Women’s College World Series Experience: As A Player

By on June 5, 2019

This year was the first time in 9 years that Arizona Softball has been able to go to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). The WCWS is where the top 8 teams in the country go head to head for a national championship. This is after a grueling regional of 4 teams where we played Harvard and then Auburn twice. I had a pinch-hit opportunity in the regional against Auburn where I hit a single up the middle that scored our only two runs. Pinch hitting is definitely a mindset, and I am glad that I was able to come through in that situation. The super-regional, that next weekend, was against Ole Miss, where we won two games to clinch a ticket to the WCWS in Oklahoma City. 

            The Monday after super-regionals we had practice and we left on Tuesday morning. No journey is without some road blocks; we got to school at 5:30 am to find out that a bird flew into the engine of our plane. We had to wait until 1pm to get a new plane. The flight was bumpy with lots of clouds and tornado warnings, but we got there and were ready to roll!! Unfortunately, we missed our practice slot, so our first stop was the NCAA Banquet that involved food and mingling with former teammates from other teams. I even got a picture with the Championship trophy! At this banquet, the NCAA welcomed us to the WCWS and gave out a few awards for national players of the year. Soon after, we went to the hotel to go to bed. 

            Wednesday morning, it clear that it had rained the night before and would continue to be gloomy for the rest of the day. Practice at the USA Softball Hall of Fame complex was cancelled, so we went to an indoor facility to practice instead. After practice, we rested, and then were treated to gifts from our equipment lady, Emily, aka Santa! It was a Nike swag bag filled with a bunch of goodies. We also received this cute wristlet from Rawlings.

         

   Thursday morning was game day! We warmed up on one of the fields behind the stadium field. Our bat bags were carried by volunteers around the ball park. That’s how you know you made it big time. It was a little strange though not carrying our own stuff. The locker room at the stadium field had name plates with our names on it and a gift from Degree. It was deodorant. Are they trying to tell us something? I am not mad though. 

            The field is a different experience. It feels like you are playing at a high-level minor league ball park. The stands are packed, it smells like ballpark food, and camera people are everywhere; by everywhere I mean mostly in the way. This stadium doesn’t feel too much different from our own beautiful Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium that was renovated/built this past year. Arizona softball has been lucky enough to have sold out games for weeks on end. We are used to playing for lots of people in a cozy atmosphere. HOF stadium is different because there are more spectators than actual fans there, so it does not necessarily feel like everyone is there just for your team or any team in general. The atmosphere is different and electric, but at the end of the day it is the same game that we can play anywhere in the country. 

            We won the first game against Washington. We lost to UCLA on Friday. Saturday there was a three-hour game delay during the first game of the day, we were the fourth game. Our game versus Alabama started at around 10:30/11pm. We were done around 1am, with unfortunately a loss playing on the biggest stage in the world.

After a five-hour plane delay, because a bird once again broke our plane, we finally flew back to Tucson. 

Our season and my college softball career are now over. The end. 

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MakeUp Eraser – I Try Before You Buy

By on May 29, 2019

I kept getting ads to try out the Makeup Eraser’s free sample. I caved in and got it. The sample was literally a small square that I was able to use once. It worked, so that was good, but it was left on my counter for about two months.

I got an advertisement email from Makeup Eraser about a Big Bow Headband being given for free with purchase of the original product. After comparing the discount code that was included with the sample and the discount with the bow, for some reason, the discount with the bow was cheaper, so I went with that.

Now here I am with a big Makeup Eraser bow headband that’s supposed to make it easier when taking the makeup off of my face.

When I opened the original makeup eraser package, it tells you to wash it first in the washer, but I did not have access to a washer and dryer at the time. So, I did what anyone would do and just use the product.

I kid you not, this Makeup Eraser thing works. Like really works. It’s way easier than trying to use some sort of soap and burn my eyes in the process.

It took off all of my makeup from mascara to foundation. I used separate sections for different days and all I have to do to completely wash it is to throw it in the laundry with my clothes.

The answer is yes, if you see a clickbait ad for this, you should buy it. I am going to buy another one for my sister who constantly uses makeup wipes. 

How do you normally take off your makeup? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.  

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Boxycharm | Makeup

Boxycharm: May Box Review

By on May 22, 2019

*Disclaimer: Thoughts are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinion of anyone else

For me, Boxycharm tends to come in the mail in the middle of the month. So I am able to see what people get before I do. This box, is a little different than the other ones with the products, so at first look I did not think I would be happy. Then, when I started trying out the products my attitude changed.  

This is what came in the box this month:  

GLAMGLOW – GENTLEBUBBLE CLEANSER: MSRP: $28 

This is a vegan face cleanser that is supposed to condition, deep cleanse, and remove face-makeup. I have used this a few times in the shower and it does indeed remove face-makeup. The formula is a beautiful pearl color and it does go on extremely gentle. This product does not contain SLS and SLES (sulfates), which are supposedly bad for you and your skin. I like it, but I’m not sure I would pay $28 dollars at the store for this. I will probably stick to my CeraVe gentle facial cleanser.  

Alamar – Colorete Blush Trio: MSRP $22

I have never really used blush before, but these colors are gorgeous. They are subtle enough to where they go on and you do not look like a clown. I will definitely be adding it to my full face makeup routine, or when I look extra pale and without color. 

Ciate London – Eye Lustre Crème Eyeshadow: MSRP $22

I was a little skeptical about this crème eyeshadow since I have never used it before. It comes in a lip gloss looking tube which makes it look suspicious. I thought it was going to be straight pink glitter on my face per the swatch seen in the first photo. When I actually put it on my face, it was not like that at all and it blended into a beautiful gold. I paired this an eyeshadow first and put the Eye Lustre on over. It looks amazing! 

Dose of Colors  – Liquid Matte Lipsticks: MSRP $18

This color is bright, like really bright. Literally goes on as the same color as the swatch. I put it on, and it is not drying at all! It does leave a little lipstick stain on glasses/bottles, but not too much to where it’s horribly obnoxious.  

Bodyography – Eyeliner Pencil MSRP $14

A normal eyeliner pencil that is a navy-blue color. Nothing special. I will have to get an eye pencil sharpener to make this thing work. 

Closing Thoughts: 

Total MSRP: $104

Overall, I am happy with 3/5 products. The crème eyeshadow is probably the only product I will purchase when the time comes (or find an equivalent to).  

This box was worth $25 less more than the previous box. I will be going out of the country for June/July, so I discontinued my subscription until I get back. 

What is your favorite makeup product? Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo 

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Makeup | Softball

5 Different Game Day Eyeshadow Looks

By on May 15, 2019

Having a key game day eyeshadow is clutch when you want some consistency in your life. The game gets tough, but doing your eyeshadow shouldn’t be. Here are 5 different eyeshadow looks that my teammates and I have worn to games.

35F Fall Into Frost Artistry Palette $24 fromMorphie

Urban Decay NAKED1 Palette This palette was purchased while it was discounted before it was off the market. However, this look can be recreated with the NAKED2 or NAKED3 Eyeshadow Palette $54

This palette was purchased while it was discounted before it was off the market. However, this look can be recreated with the NAKED2 or NAKED3 Eyeshadow Palette $54

It’s All In the Eyes Volume 1: Cactus, Desert, Fog and Sand $86 ($68 for preferred clients) from Arbonne

Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol III $36 from Tarte Cosmetics

Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow: $22 $22 from Ciate London

What is your favorite eyeshadow palette or colors to use for game day? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: These thoughts are solely my own and we purchased our own makeup.

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