Copper Nails

Let me tell you the story of how I got to these copper nails. Originally, I wanted a nude nail. However, my skin color clashed horribly with the yellow undertones of the nude nails. I hated them! I didn’t want to go through the struggle of removing them and putting on a new set because it was already late so I took a chance and painted them. I knew that nail polish doesn’t stick to matte press on nails but I hoped that it would!

I used the ILNP polish in “Abundance (H)” and the results were much better. The copper was dark enough to cover the original matte color and I didn’t see any signs of the nail polish lifting. I topped it off with the Holo Taco top coat and cuticle cream plus lotion. I was happy with the final look.

Washing Brushes I

I like to wash my makeup brushes every 2 weeks. I feel like once I got older and developed adult acne, it would be better if I got into the habit of washing my brushes frequently. I knew that doing it weekly was not something I could do so I settled with doing it on a bi-weekly basis.

The way that I like to wash my brushes is to fill up the bathroom sink with water and let them soak as I clean them one by one. My foundation/powder brushes and sponges are always the dirtiest because they are the most used. I do have eyeshadow brushes but I use a dry makeup brush cleaner in between uses. That makes it less brushes for me to wash which is a definite plus.

I’m trying out the Beauty Blender Solid Cleaner in Unscented. I normally use baby shampoo but I ran out. So far I like it because it does a good job at cleaning my brushes.

April Palette of the Month

For the month of April I decided to use the Ciate London The Editor Palette in New England. I got this palette from a friend and it’s probably the most colorful shimmery palette I have. I’m a neutral kind of gal for reference. Although I don’t like to use shimmery shades to go to work, I decided to use this palette to try something new.

I’m not bold enough yet to wear the blues but hopefully in time I will be. Color always causes me hesitation because I’m no makeup pro. Majority of the time I don’t even know what I’m doing, I just wing it and hope it looks good.

JoJo Concert

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first solo concert of the year. I’ve gone to concerts by myself before so it wasn’t that big of a deal. Besides, even when I go to a concert with someone, once the show starts I’m not paying attention to them. I’m paying attention to the artist.

I decided to try vlogging my trip to the venue (featured below). I had to basically rush once I got to New York because the line to JoJo concerts always starts early. It didn’t help that one only track was working coming in and out of the City. It was a windy day and definitely colder since the venue is close to the river but the wait was definitely worth it.

I have been a fan of JoJo since she first started. I have followed her career through her struggles with Blackground Records and her mixtapes. I’m proud of how far she has come and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing her live. This was my 3rd time!

She sang songs from all her albums and PJ Morton even came on stage to perform “Say So.” I had a great time and I’ll be making a compilation of my favorite moments of the night.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Growing up my mom always made soups. It would always be on a Saturday so that she had time to make tortillas. I was never a fan of those soups because I don’t like livestock chicken or oxtails. The only soup I would have was Lipton Noodle Soup or you guessed it, Cup Noodles. It wasn’t until I got older and started working when I started having soup for lunch.

Now, I’m a soup fan! I still don’t eat my mom’s chicken or beef soup but her chicken noodle soup is my all time favorite. She makes it different every time and I haven’t had a variation of it that I didn’t like! This time she added brussel sprouts and corn. I always like to add some lemon pepper and hot sauce to my bowl. It just enhances the flavors and I always go back for seconds.

Matte Blue Nails Removal

I’m currently taking a break from acrylic nails so I have a routine of switching out press on nails every 2 weeks. It was time to remove the matte blue press ons by Kiss. My nails stayed on for the 2 weeks but they did start to lose their shape. My right thumbnail also started to break so I just ended up cutting it down so it wouldn’t get caught on anything.

The method that I use to remove press on nails is just a flat tool that makes it easy to lift the press on from the nail bed. I always start from either the edge of the nail or from any area that the nail has started to lift. After 2 weeks the glue starts to wear off so the removal process doesn’t take too long.

After all nails are off I file them because they sometimes break during the removal. It also helps remove any leftover glue residue. Sometimes my nails grow long enough to be the same size as the press on so, if I need to, I cut my nails. This time I only cut one.

The final step is my favorite because using cuticle cream and lotion is a daily routine. This allows my hands to be soft and also gives my nails a nice look.

Makeup Pans & Replacements

It was definitely time to bring out some new makeup. I hit pan on some of my essential products and I was itching to try some of the new makeup that I had in my stash. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and L.A. Girl Pro.conceal Corrector were from 2019! Throughout the pandemic I didn’t wear makeup so I had ways to go in 2021 when I started wearing it again. It wasn’t until this year where it was time to call it quits. These 2 products have been my holy grail for years.

In case you’re wondering why I have so many mascara pans, I use about 2 mascaras daily. I’m always trying new ones because mascara is the one makeup item I wear because I love it. To go to work I would use the Hourglass Unlocked Mascara, which was too flaky for my liking. Even when it came time to remove it, it was flaky. Replacing it will be the Tarte Surfer Curl Mascara. On days when I’m up for it I will use the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara and Nars Climax. They are holy grail products along with the Benefit Tinted Primer which is always my base. 

The last item on my pans list is your typical Cherry Chapstick. I have about 3 other chapstick/lip balms that I use depending on what’s within reach so that is why there is no replacement for it. I’m not a fan of the Chapstick brand because it’s more on the dryer side so you won’t be seeing me using it often.

I’m estimating that it will take me about 6 months to finish the concealers and I’ll be done with the Tarte and Benefit mascaras in about 3 months since those are constantly used.

Life Update 3.19

Between January and now I’ve been working towards multiple goals. I’ve developed habits that have given me a bit of structure in my life. It’s also allowed me to get comfortable with myself. I find that doing things on your own grants you the freedom to do whatever you want without the opinions of others.

Weight: The main goal is definitely to lose weight. I know in the past I have said that I wanted to lose 5 pounds but I hope to lose more. I am not exactly sure as to how many pounds because I’m not going by an actual number. This time I’m more focused on how clothes fit me because I have no intentions on buying new clothes. For me losing weight is free, shopping for clothes is not. A way I like to keep myself active is by closing all my rings on my Apple watch at least 5 times a week. I also try to complete the monthly challenges. I was on a 4 month streak but February was a difficult month to complete. Nonetheless, I didn’t get discouraged and I’m more than halfway through my March goal.

Savir Blogs: In case no one has noticed, I have been consistently posting for about a month. Savir Blogs is finally starting to be what I envisioned when I first started this blog – a place where I can talk about whatever I want without belonging to a specific niche. Oftentimes I see people so focused on appealing to a certain audience and for me that just builds more pressure causing me to feel unmotivated. I’m not saying that is not the way to go, I’m saying that does not work for me. I’m just writing about the things that I do in my life.

Social Media: I opened up 2 different social media accounts just to be able to try new things. During late 2021 I felt as though I should invest in bettering my creativity skills. I see a lot of cool things on the regular and I wanted to try and recreate it. The process of recording something, editing, and having a final product has become a form of “me” time. Whether I’m doing it in silence or with music blasting it’s a fun thing to do. I’ve been able to create different types of content that I’ll post at some point. I don’t feel a rush to post or looking to gain a following, I’m just trying to learn.

Overall these 3 things have been what I’ve been focusing on but spring and summer are around the corner. Hopefully I’m able to go out and explore.

Amazon Unboxing III

Sometimes shopping on Amazon is more convenient than going to the store. For this unboxing, I received some essentials like Q-tips and panty liners. There isn’t much to say about these since they are commonly purchased items.

What was new was the Fujifilm mini film. My Instax camera needed new film so off I went to buy some more. I like to use my camera when I’m with my family. I’ll just pull out the camera and start taking pictures. It definitely reminds me of how we used to take pictures back in the day. The camera is also a hit with everyone!

The best thing to arrive in this box was the AirPods Pro case. I’m very picky when it comes to AirPods cases because I like the ones that have the lid attached to the body. I find it more secure if the case is in one piece. There’s rarely cute one piece cases so I stuck with a basic silicone design. The one I purchased came with a carabiner and hand strap. Both are really useful!

The last item in the box was for my coffee starter pack. I bought the Atlas Coffee Club because it included coffee beans from 4 different countries: India, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Peru. I got the beans so that the Mr. Coffee grinder from the last unboxing could be put to use. This was the only item I was waiting for to complete the starter pack and I was finally able to give it to my friend.

Soy Georgina Review

I saw the trailer to Soy Georgina and I knew I had to watch it. Anything that involves Cristiano Ronaldo automatically peaks my interest. Georgina Rodriguez is in a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, world famous soccer player. The series follows Georgina and details her rags to riches story.

Besides being Cristiano’s girlfriend and giving birth to 1 of his 4 children, I didn’t know much about her. A point that she makes by saying people know her name but few know who she really is. She met Cristiano in her early 20s while working retail at Gucci. From there, after a couple of encounters, they started dating and her life transformed into what it is today. A normal person turned social media influencer and mother of 4. I found their story to be similar to all those fanfiction stories I would read back in the day. Girl meets the boy of her dreams but he’s rich and powerful and she is just trying to make ends meet.

I enjoyed seeing her relationship with his children, especially the oldest one. As the oldest, he knows that Georgina is not his biological mother but she appears to be heavily involved in his life. It’s different from Cristiano’s twins, who she has been raising since they were born. She claims them as her own and I got the impression that she fell into that motherly role easily. I bet that’s one of the reasons why Cristiano loves her.

I saw her reality show as more of a docuseries. It was very curated with little conflict. I didn’t mind that Cristiano wasn’t involved in the series like one would expect. It’s her name on the show after all. It’s a small behind the scenes look at the woman behind the Instagram profile. I appreciated the bloopers at the end because it showed that although polished she doesn’t take herself too serious and is self-aware.