First Facial Experience

Going to my very first facial was very exciting and it was just what I needed. This facial was a deep cleansing facial that left my skin looking and being healthier.

These are the steps that the esthetician took:

Facial Cleansing:

First the esthetician talked to me to get an understanding of my skin and started to cleanse with a cleanser. My face was now clean from any makeup and dirts, so we began right away. Through the whole process the esthetician explained what she was doing and why she was doing it. She mentioned that for every step she does it takes a minimum of 15 minutes to make sure the product is doing what it would.

Exfoliate/Mask:

After cleaning my skin she rinsed my face by using a towelette. This first step, step up the rest of the facial. She then applied an exfoliate and worked that in. After doing this the esthetician applied a mask to deep clean the face.

Chemical Mask:

A chemical mask was then applied to fully open up the pores. The esthetician spread the lotion around. This had a warm effect, in which she sealed the mask with a covering and wrapped a towel around the face to prevent the heat from escaping.  This was part of a 2 step process to get rid of top layer of skin

Riding of Dirt:

After 20 minutes, the esthetician  took the towel and covering off and went in with a tool that was rolled on the face to relieve any clogged pores. This got rid of the dirt that was in my pores .

After this tool, the esthetician went in and cleared stubborn pores.

Closing the Pores:

The second step to get rid of the top layer was using an ultrasound machine to remove/ close the pores.

The esthetician then toned, applied sunscreen and moisturizer to the face.

The overall experience was very calming and felt refreshing. It was a new experience that I would be open to do again. Our skin is the largest organ of the body, so lets take care of it.

Winter Ideas

Cold air, and lights are around. Big coats, scarfs and hats. The sound of Christmas songs on the radio and in stores. Winter is here, and so are their activities. Here are some ideas for the winter season.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a great way to get some winter exercise in for the holidays. Put on some skates and skate your heart out. This is also a great winter date idea. You can always use your partner as balance, and just hold their hand. 

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is also another great winter activity to get some exercise in. Strap on your boots and side! Bring some friends along and make a weekend out it.

Skiing

Skiing, just like snowboarding and ice skating gets the exercise in. Put on your skis and have fun. This also another fun winter activity to do with friends.

Caroling

With the holidays coming up, going caroling is a great way to get in that holiday cheer. Cheering up people, young and old in the cold winter air. Winter is not the same without it.

Trips to the snow

Just a trip to the snow is nice to relax and enjoy your time away. On this getaway you can even participate in some old school winter activities like snowball fights, sledging, building snowman’s and creating snow angels.

Rent a winter home

If you want the snow and cold, but stay cozy rent a winter home. Enjoy all these activities in a cozy home.

Midterms:Tips for Exams and Tests

Midterms, the horror of students. No wonder they are around this time of year considering today is Halloween. To pass or to not pass, to study or wing it. Mid-terms and their exams put a panic in all of us and reminds us that the semester is almost over. Here are some tips for midterms and future exams and tests:

Stay on top of things:

Throughout the whole semester it’s a good idea to stay on top of your classes and material that is being covered. A way to do this is after the lecture ends try to review your notes as soon as possible. The more time the material is not reviewed the less likely you are to absorb and understand as much information as possible. This will give a higher possibility of passing the exam.

Don’t wait till the last moment:

This is similar to the point above. Studying the night before an exam is not the most efficient way to study for an exam. If you combine these two points together then only a small portion of time will be needed to be spent studying for a test and the material will be learned and later on applied. With less time required to study for the exam, the time can be used for other classes that may also have an exam.

Sleep:

I know how midterms and finals delay our sleep. It may be because of nerves or staying up to studying, but a fresh mind is a more functional mind. Try to get sleep throughout the semester, not just the night before the exam. For me personally, I am more tired if I change my sleeping pattern. If I got 6 hours of sleep on the daily, then I would not change 6 to 8 hours of sleep for the next day. My body does not adapt that quickly, therefore I would be more tired. Try to keep the same schedule, food and sleep wise.

Fall Ideas

With fall here, it’s a new season with new adventures, new experiences, a new wardrobe, and a new attitude. With cozy weather, it’s nice to stay inside and cuddle up with some blankets. People say that the hardest part of getting up and out there is convincing yourself to get up and get out there. For me personally, it’s finding something to do. Here are some ideas for fall hangouts and dates:

Apple Orchards

Apple orchards are a great place to visit during fall. The apples are ripe, the leaves change colors and nothing says fall like a caramelized apple. A farmers market is open and always a good way to try new treats and buy produce straight from the gardens. Fall is here so an orchid/ farmers market is the place to go.

Corn Mazes

Corn mazes, are a fun way to spend your fall time. Typically, corn mazes give you a map of the maze, but if you are feeling spontaneous ditch the map and have fun! One of my favorite things to is to pack a light lunch and have a little picnic on one of the lookout spots.  Not only is it a nice break, but food is always a good idea.

Fairs

Not all fairs are open, but the ones that are, are a good way to spend quality time with family and friends. With lots of games and rides, fall makes the fair fun without the heat.

Hikes

It might as well be called the hiking season. With summer ending and cooler winds coming in, hikes are a great way to get some exercise and distress. Great views and beautiful fall golden sunsets. Just make sure it’s not supposed to rain.

Spa Treatment

Another way to distress is to do a spa night. Nights are getting colder and hot bathes just hit the spot. Fall smelling candles, some Epsom salts or bath bombs/ bubbles, dimmed lights and some sort of entertainment. A book, a movie, music, or my favorite, my thoughts. Pamper yourself- put on a mask and paint your nails. Something we rarely get to do.

 

Starting the new school year

Fall is coming up and we all know what that means, school. Even though it’s coming up in a couple of weeks it’s still on our minds and we just can’t wrap our minds around it. Here are some things to try to get the school year started.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you are new to the campus / school, take a tour to get familiar where the buildings are. This will help save time.
  • Print your schedule ahead of time to not worry about any servers shutting down.
  • Buy a parking passes. Not only is it more convenient, it’s cheaper.
  • Buy your textbooks before hand. Some website that are great for comparing different prices are http://www.bigwords.com/, http://b-ok.org/http://www.slugbooks.com/
  • Be prepared the first day. You never know what to expect. Have some notebooks/loose leaf paper and a writing utensil.

Over all be open to meeting new people and new experiences!

Date Ideas On a Budget

As someone who is young and in love, I like to spend my time with my boyfriend. Now, let’s not forgot the key part of that sentence, young. While dating, you are eager to see one another, but at what cost? I believe, like most people do, that money doesn’t buy happiness. Money can bring ease but not memories and experiences! Some memories and experiences of mine that are great date ideas are outdoor adventures, or something as simply as a stay home movie night. I’d like to share a couple of these ideas with you:

-Have dates at parks, swings are a must for me. A nice walk around the park is also a great way to get to know each other. Rather than buying something to snack on during your date, make something from scratch at home. From there, you can enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better. P.s the more food you bring, the longer the date; if it’s not going great… hurry up and eat!

-Hiking is not only a great way to get active, but closer to your date. You may find out some things you have never known before. To top off a hike, you can always watch the stars. Watch them sparkle and see the moonlight hit your date’s face. But this is a date that I would recommend if you have been on a couple of previous dates… just in case.

-Also you can just watch the stars without the exercise, maybe even dance under the stars.

– Don’t have a place of your own? Crash your friends or in my case your sister’s house and have a mellow movie or game night.

– Use your gift card (if you have any). Go out to eat or just a coffee date.