My Favorite Memories of 2015

2015 is officially coming to a close. It was one of the best years that I’ve had so far! I just wanted to take some time to share some stories and highlights from throughout the year.

• My favorite part of the year was having Josh back in the United States for almost 4 months after being stationed in Japan for two years. He came home on February 15th, and tried to surprise me because I thought he wasn’t coming home until the following week. Nice try, but I figured him out! While he was home, we spent as much time as we possibly could together and ate at nearly every restaurant in town. After his leave was over, he completed MSG (Marine Security Guard) school in Virginia, and I made at least six road trips down there to see him every chance I could. On June 4th, he was off on a plane again to his next duty station in Mongolia. I haven’t seen him since then, but we have big plans for 2016!

• I paid off my car! I bought a 2012 Ford Focus named Elsa in April of 2014 and submitted my final payment in May of 2015. She was my first “big girl” purchase. We’ve spent nearly 26,000 miles together already with many more to come.

• Two words: Country. Concerts. Need I say more? My best friend Rica and I went to so many over the summer! My favorites were Parmalee, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, but of course I love them all. The best experience was the time we met Parmalee at a local bar/concert venue and got to hang out on their tour bus. I am still fan-girling about it to this day. I love them. Enough said.

• I got to meet up with my long distance bff in  Washington, D.C. I haven’t seen her since last summer, so it was great to catch up and see her again. I also got to become an auntie because she had a beautiful baby girl earlier this month!

• I finally turned 21! I’m an adult now! (even though people still think I’m only 17)

• My biggest accomplishment of the year was graduating from Penn State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) at age 21 with ZERO debt. I also already have a year and a half of nursing experience. It took a total of three and a half years to complete my ASN & BSN versus the traditional four year nursing program. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty proud of myself for this.

• I spent a lot of time with my friends which is something I have not done in years past. I don’t know how we did it! It’s so nice knowing that I have such an amazing group of friends that are there for me. There are definitely more girls nights to come in 2016!


There you have it, a little synopsis of 2015. Overall it was a great year, and I can’t see what is yet to come.

Stay tuned to see what plans I have for the new year!

March Glam Bag Review 



NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk

At first I just looked at this lipstick and thought, “There was no way I could ever wear this. It’s purple.” The same thoughts ran through my head the first time I put it on. How disappointing! However, after some trial and error, I found that if I put on regular Chapstick first with the lipstick on top, the color is less vibrant and quite wearable! It lightens it up a lot and it doesn’t look purple at all. 

I definitely would not purchase this particular color of the NYX Butter Lipstick again, BUT I would buy it in a different color! I love the way it feels on my lips. It glides on smooth and feels creamy and moisturizing. It’s very affordable too! All I need to do is find a color that works for me!

pūr~lisse 4-1 cleanser

I’ve tried a lot of different facial cleansers, and so far none have stood out to me as, “OMG, I love this, and I’m never buying any other product again!” This product is no exception. The bottle claims that it even washes away mascara, but I don’t believe it! I can never get all of mine off no matter what!  Overall though, this product works good, and my face feels nice and clean after using it. I like the creamy formula and it’s subtle hint of fragrance. 

Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter in Crystal Pink

At first I thought this was eyeshadow because it’s in such a small container! Good thing I read the packaging. And good things do come in small packages! I really like this product. The color is very subtle with a hint of shimmer and looks very pretty. It gives a sort of sun-kissed shine. I just wish the sample was bigger so that I could get my brush on it better!

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer 

I would grade this concealer as average. It does not give as full of coverage as other products I have tried. It is also a little too yellow for my skin tone. It does cover up blemishes adequately, but like I said, there are other products out there that do a better job.

LeeAnni Eco. 3 in 1 Revolution Light This product is a toner, serum, and moisturizer in one. It’s all natural, vegan, gluten free, and not tested on animals if you are looking for those qualities in a face product. I really like this as a nighttime moisturizer. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth. If I wear it during the day, however, it makes my face way too shiny. I’m sticking to nighttime usage.  

This has not been my favorite ipsy bag I’ve received, but for $10 a month it’s worth it just for the cute makeup bag it comes in! I love the colors and floral print on this month’s bag! 

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