Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Fear: Getting Sick!

It is the bane of pretty much everyone I have ever met, but it is worse when you have class or work or various other commitments in life. Yes, I am talking about the thing we all dread, getting sick. Especially this time of year when it is the cold and flu season, we are all a bit more susceptible I am going to share a few tips for avoiding getting sick or just getting over your cold faster.

1. This is the most basic of all tips, the thing they have been teaching us since we can remember, WASH YOUR HANDS! This little thing is so incredibly important because it prevents the passage of germs. I would also suggest carrying around a small thing of hand sanitizer from the drugstore or Bath and Bodyworks. They are inexpensive and fit in your backpack, purse, pocket, etc. and especially with how germy college campuses can be, this will come in handy!

2. Don't over work yourself and get those Z's. One of the biggest reasons I get sick is because I am famous for burning the candle at both ends, over working myself and not getting enough sleep. So this is defiantly one area I need to work to improve on. But the more strain and stress you put on your body, the more likely you are to catch a cold because your body isn't fully on its game or it is exhausted. Your sleep is your body's time to repair itself and fight off any potential threats, it is why when you are sick you just want to sleep.

3. Make sure you take your vitamins. I would seriously recommend just everyone, make sure you take a daily vitamin, or at the very least vitamin C to help keep your immune system up and to just help your over all health.

4. Don't forget the C. Vitamin C seriously is amazing stuff and really does wonders. According to WebMD, "the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling." So yeah, it recommends taking 500 milligrams a day. I would suggest either just daily vitamin C supplements or EmergenC powder packs. This stuff is amazing, especially when I am getting sick it helps so much.

5. Tea time! I absolutely love tea, and let me tell you why it is amazing. Tea has antioxidants which can prevent cancer, hydrates your body, can lower the risk of Parkinson's Disease, and has a whole boatload of other health benefits, some of which were reported on by a little publication called Time Magazine. quotes ear and throat specialist Dr. Murray Grossman who said "drinking the tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is antibacterial."

6. H2O! Water, water, water! I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated and believe it or not drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps flush out your system and when your body is 80% water, it is good to keep that level up and water in stock lol. One of the main reasons people get sick is dehydration and being sick also makes you dehydrated, so...enough said?

7. Get vaccinated. The flu shot is really a life saver. Many places offer the vaccine for free or at a low cost. Make sure to check the wellness center at your school.

If you are sick:

Take advantage of the wellness center on campus. They have actual doctors and nurses that can steer you in the right direction and help make sure you get back to feeling like yourself quicker.

Don't risk it. Get some sleep, don't push yourself. If it comes down to going to class or work when you feel horrible, possibly getting others sick and making yourself worse vs. taking one day off to sleep, go with the sleep. Your health should never come second. I know I said in my post about going to class that I am the kind of person that goes to class when I am sick, but I still know my limits and I know when to take the day off, you should too.

To reiterate,  drink lots of water, get sleep, take the right kind of medicine for your cold or flu and make sure that you are taking the steps needed to feel better.

Hope this helps, good luck!

<3 Kimmie

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lustables Vol. 3

Welcome back for Volume 3 of "Lustables" as we delve back into my makeup wish list! 

Too Faced Individual Shadows in Petals to the Metal, Cop a Teal and Poison Orchid. Such pretty colors and I just really like the formulation and feel of Too Faced eye shadows, I think these would be really fun for a pop of color and I would love to add these to my collection. Swatches of Poison Orchid and Petals to the Metal here and Cop a Teal here.

Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Lightscapade. AHHHH this is so pretty! I cant even begin to describe how gorgeous this is! It just makes the skin look so luminous and amazing, it makes me think fairy or mermaid for some reason. In my opinion it can make the skin look ethereal and just beautiful! It is what this girl is wearing:

Becca Mineral Blushes. These blushes are so absolutely beautiful. They aren't sparkly or shimmery but they have the most beautiful sheen to them. These were made wildly popular (and constantly unavailable) by YouTuber Jaclyn Hill. The colors she mentions as her favorites are Wild Honey (peachy nude), Sweet Pea (rosy plum nude) and Flowerchild (peachy pink, gold highlights).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This palette is so beautiful and I have heard so many good things about it. Every time I go into Sephora I walk past this, look at it swatch it and just oogle over it but then I look at the price tag and reminded of why I don't just grab it, put it in my bag and walk up to the cashiers. But one day, I will have you!

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette. These eyeshadow palettes are brand new from Hourglass and they are so beautiful! The pigmentation is spectacular and formulation is that which you would expect from Hourglass, creamy and bendable and definitely oogle worthy! But once again, the price tag makes me sad and I will continue dreaming of these until I have the guts (and the funds).

What are some of the items on your 2015 makeup wish list? If you have these products, what are your thoughts on them? Hope you enjoyed and good luck,

<3 Kimmie

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My 2015 New Years Resolutions

My New Year’s Resolutions

       - Go for a walk regularly. Develop a schedule and stick to it. Aim to get set into a routine.

       - Try to eat vegetarian one day a week. I know a few people who do this and it has helped them by keeping their diets a bit healthier.

       - Encourage a positive attitude and try to be more optimistic. Keep a journal of things I am thankful for.

       - GO TO BED ON TIME! I have a horrible habit of not falling asleep until after 11pm or after midnight when I have to be awake by 6am. I am going to try to stick to a regular bed time; I think this will help stop me from being constantly tired.

       - Keep in touch with family and friends. Call my dad and grandparents at least every other week. I am not the best at keeping in touch but I am going to make an effort.

       - DON’T PROCRASTINATE! This is one of the reasons I get to bed so late, haha. I do have a pretty bad habit of procrastinating that I would like to try and break this year. I will definitely be googling tips on how to break this habit and the biggest part will be just forcing myself to follow a schedule and stop saying “5 more minutes” or “eh, I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Hope you all had a happy holiday season and new year and I wish you all luck in 2015.
<3 Kimmie

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pros and Cons of Online Courses

Ok, so now that your in college you will be in charge of your own schedule and planning out the classes to take. When looking at the available classes you are presented with a choice, take classes traditionally or online. So what do you chose? Now a-days more and more classes are being offered online, but are online classes really better than traditional classes?

Flexibility: When it comes to online courses there is more flexibility provided to students, especially those who do have full time jobs because it allows for planning around your schedule, where as traditional classes there is a set time. You can move at your own pace, plus, who doesn't like the idea of taking a class in your pajamas.

Telecommuting: One of the major pluses to online courses would be not having to worry about being close campus, or if you are someone who travels a lot or has medical issues you wouldn't have to worry about potentially missing classes often. This also fits in with the flexibility aspect.

Discipline: One of the most difficult aspects of online classes is discipline. You have to take charge and actually make sure that you watch any videos, review any lecture slides or material that is posted for you. It is very easy to forget about staying up to date with class material since there are no regular class times to attend. You do need to consider if you have the discipline required to stay active with an online class.

Social: Another argument presented revolves around the seeming lack of social interaction with online classes that you would get with a traditional in class experience. In addition, you would have relatively less access to your professor with an online course.

Feedback: If you have a question, rather than simply meeting with your teacher and getting it answered, you have to wait for an email or message board response.

Technological Challenges: You always have to understand that there may be technical issues with the server, portal, your computer, etc. These are road bumps that you should have a back up plan for.

I hope these pros and cons helped someone out there understand online classes more and see if you want to take an online class and make the decide, online vs traditional?

As always, good luck!
<3 Kimmie