Sweater Weather Tag

Happy Thanksgiving loves!

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy that meal with loved ones!

I’m changing things up for the holiday season. 🙂 A tag post for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

SWEATER WEATHER TAG QUESTIONS:

1. Favorite candle scent? If we’re talking about Bath and Body Works, then I’d have to say Eucalyptus Spearmint. Now if we’re talking about any place..that would be from Ross. I have one that’s called Scentsational Candles in Bold.


2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Umm can I chose all 3?! Iced coffee in the morning, tea in the evening to unwind before going to bed. As for hot chocolate, it would be during the winter season especially while reading a book!
3. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? I would have to pick winged eyeliner personally for me just because I don’t know if I can pull off dark lips. I’ve barely gotten into berry matte lips. (More on that in an upcoming post!)
4. Favorite Thanksgiving food? I’d have to say mashed potatoes and ham, smoked turkey when there’s an opportunity lol.
5. What is autumn weather like where you live? Classic California weather! One day it’ll be chilly the next day, it’s 95 degrees! Just like today. I honestly can’t wait til it actually becomes chilly! I do remember a few Thanksgiving that it was raining. Very rare though :p
6. Most worn sweater? It was a purchase from Meryvns if anyone remembers that!? It was a black cozy long sleeve sweater that I’ve have worn a little bit too much!
7. Must-have nail polish this fall? Oooo I don’t think I have one in the moment! But I have been looking into CND Vinylux that I found at CVS.

8. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? Even though I’m older than most, I’d have to pick jumping in leaf piles. Shockingly I’ve never jumped in a leaf pile! That’s another one on my bucket list.
9. Skinny jeans or leggings? Again, I’d have to say both! Leggings for the days where you don’t want to wear skinny jeans. We all have those moments where sometimes the skinny jeans are too tight? Or is that just me? I’d wear skinny jeans for social events or dates.
10. Combat boots or Uggs? I’d have to go with combat boots. I feel like Uggs is a beginners step into boots.
11. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? I think it depends where you go! I personally prefer Starbucks pumpkin spice frappacino. I’ve tried the iced pumpkin spice latte but I don’t know how it went wrong.
12. Favorite fall TV show? I’m going to have to go with Gilmore Girls! I blame my best friend for that one! I mean it’s got coffee, food and books. What’s not to like? Oh and a little trivia about Gilmore Girls: you remember how Rory and Loreali always drank coffee? Well in fact they were drinking hot chocolate!
13. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? It’s not exactly a fall song but every time I walk into Starbucks, they’re playing Last Christmas. That song is so darn catchy, it doesn’t matter who is singing it. Either it being Taylor Swift or Wham, I love this song.

14. What’s your favorite fall scent? Hmm hands down, anything with a hint of cinnamon! Walking into Michaels or any other store and all I can smell is cinnamon!

 

 

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Get to Know Me Tag: The Beauty Blogger

Happy Thursday loves!

I’ve been wanting to do a Get to Know Me Tag “the beauty blogger version” for the longest time! So I thought I’d do it today 😀

I actually found this tag from Katie at the From My Vanity and liked the question so why not!

1.  Is your hair naturally curly or straight?  Oh its naturally curly. When I was in college, I’d straighten it often as compared to now. I’m trying to get enjoy my natural curly hair and I’m having fun trying out natural products.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? First time I ever dyed/highlighted my hair was at a salon. However after that, I just dye my hair at home: a reddish brown shade

3. Do you do your own mani/pedi at home or go to a salon? To be honest, I’ve only had my nails done once at a salon. Never had a pedi at a salon either. That’s one of my goals before the year is over!

4. How often do you change your nail polish? Hmmmm, I’d say about every week or so but sometimes you just need that break and let your nails breath.

5. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer? For me, I’m always updating my nail polish on my toes. I just don’t like having my toes bare lol.

6. How long does it take for you to do your makeup? Umm, it depends! It can range from 10-30 minutes. It depends on how glam I want my makeup and what I’m doing that day. On a simple day, a little bit of moisturizer, BB cream, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara and maybe a light lip balm depending on my mood.

7. What do you do first? Eyes or face? I’ve been trying to start applying the eyes first just because there’s always a tendency of fall out. So the days I remember, I’ll do the eyes first. However though, I would put moisturizer and primer first before anything.

8. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it? Ooh that’s an effy one :p If I see a sale going on and I love that product, I’ll buy it just because it’s on sale! Either way, I’ll use it eventually! For example, I already have the L’Oreal Voluminous Paradise mascara but I saw it on sale, so I bought it. I don’t plan on buying beauty products without using it. I was at the mall recently and ran into a makeup store and they were selling their individual shadows for $5! I don’t know about you, but thats pretty cheap so I had to buy it. And guess what?! I still use it!

9. How often do you use false lashes? I’ve only worn false lashes probably 4 times in my life and 2 of those were when I was in beauty school! I’m more of a mascara kinda gal.

10. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday? No, not every day. Just the days I feel like it or have a get together with some friends.

11.  Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family? Yes when I’m in the creative mood. Also if I have a get-together with extended family, I’ll wear makeup!

12. Will you leave the house without makeup? Sometimes yes and no. When I haven’t had a good night sleep, I’ll wear makeup. If I’m at work at 5am, 99% of the time, I won’t wear it.

13. How many high-end products do you have? Hmmmm…Does Urban Decay and Origins count? lol If yes, then I’ve got about 8. Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette, Origins Mattifying Moisturizer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume and Kat von D liquid lipstick. I’ve even have 2 Betsy Johnson purses.

14. . Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?  For the most part, I plan my OOTD when I’m getting dressed. But when it comes to events or a date, then yes I’ll plan it!

15.  How often do you change your handbag? I’m actively growing my handbag collection but at the moment, I’ll change it about 4 times.

16. What’s your favorite skincare brand and/or makeup product at the moment? I’m loving the Bliss Triple Oxygen skincare line. Just a little tip, you can find expensive brand names at Marshalls and TJMaxx. I’m also loving the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette!

17. How often or when do you workout?  I’m probably the worst when it comes to working out. I try to go to the gym 2-3 times a week and if I can’t, then I’ll take a walk in my neighborhood.

18. . Left handed or right handed? Lefty! When I was studying at the university, they actually had seats for lefties.

19. How tall are you? I’m 5’0 🙂

20.  Do you speak any foreign languages? Yes I do speak Arabic. I understand it more than speaking it but you know what? At least it’s something. Just a little sneak peek: Ezayek means how are you in the feminine term. :p

21.  How many pets do you have? At the moment, I have one dog. He’s a daschound pitbull mix and such a sweetie pie!

22.  How often are you on WordPress? A few times a week ranging from once a week to 4 times a week.

23. Do you read comments posted on blogs? Yes of course, I love reading people’s opinions!

24.  Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? Yes, from blog posts, Instagram and Youtube

25.  How did you come up with your blog name? Hmmm, I wanted something unique and something to match me so this is how I got it. Blooming since I love florals. Beauty because of course anything beauty wise! I included Bites becaise I’m such a foodie and plan on posting more food blog posts!

26.  What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? I actually use my iPhone 7 camera at the moment.

27. What photo apps do you use to edit photos? I use A Color Story on my phone and while I’m on the computer, I use Fotor and Picmonkey.

28. What time do you go to sleep and wake up? Oooh, this is a tough one. When I’m working, I’ll try to sleep by 10pm-11pm and wake up about 5am or 6am depending on what time I start. On my days off though, I’ll sleep late and attempt to wake up by 8am or 9am.

29. What’s your favorite color? Umm, I actually have 3: silver, black and pink.

30.  Do you swear? I try not to, but it happens.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day? Run some errands and then off to a Book launch for “The Mask of Masculinity” by Lewis Howes! Extremely excited for that one!

Now first time ever to do this but I tag 5 other Beauty Bloggers to do this fun tag:

Arielle – With All My Affection

Brianna – Online Beauty Finds

New Lune – New Lune

Sydney Rose – Her Unusual Journey

Marione – No Strings Attached

Birthday Freebies!

Happy Monday loves!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Can you believe we’re only one week away from Halloween?! This year has been a blur!

I wanted to change things up a bit and post Birthday Freebies since this week might be a Birthday theme. Yes, you guessed it: It’s my birthday today! 😀

Beauty Freebies:

* Sephora: come in 2 weeks before your birthday and get a free gift, every year it changes!

* Ulta: 2x more points when you shop at Ulta during your birthday month. On the day of your birthday, you’ll get an email about picking up your gift. This year I got an IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara sample.

* Charming Charlie: If you sign up with their emails, you can get a $5 off any purchase. Last year I ordered online and this year I went into the physical store and bought more! A little tip: go towards the back of the store and look at the clearance section along with any product that has a red sticker=more deals!

* Sally Beauty: It’s not technically a freebie, but you can get a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $20. Still a really good deal in my opinion!

* Bath and Body Works: if you download their new app, you can get a free travel size product.

* CVS: During your birthday month, they’ll send you a $3 ExtraCare Reward Bucks to spend on anything your heart desires.

* DSW: Sign up with DSW Rewards and get $5 off any purchase.

*Kohls: Sign up with the Kohls Yes To You Rewards program and get a $5 voucher on anything in the store.

*Godiva: Sign up with their rewards system and get a free piece of chocolate every month and for your birthday month, you’ll get a $10 off any purchase.

*Jamba Juice: Sign up with their rewards and get a free juice or smoothie.

* Nektar Juice Bar: Sign up with their rewards and get a free ginger shot for your birthday. Sounds intense I know, but so so worth it! No one wants to get sick around their birthday.

* Starbucks: A free drink, any size or even a sandwich. The possibilities are endless!

* Rubios: A free meal up to $7.

* Red Robin: A free burger, who can go wrong with that?!

There’s way more freebies for your special day but I posted the ones worth mentioning. hehe

Am I missing anything else that I haven’t mentioned?!

My Top 5 Podcasts

Happy Thursday loves!

I’ve recently have been getting interested in listening to podcasts. Sometimes you get tired of the same songs playing over and over, right? Or is it just me!? Since my last birthday, I’ve wanted to change many things about myself including self-development, so rightly so, most of my podcasts I listen to are all about that!

Top 5 Podcasts!

  1. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod: this is my very first podcast I followed and listened to. I first heard about Hal Elrod by Bestselling Author of: The Morning Miracle. This guy has been through hell and back and yet still has the energy to create a 30 day Miracle Morning challenge. I have so much respect for him! This again is my first book I purchased after realizing I wanted to change myself for the better! A few of his guests would be: Drew Canole, Robert Kiyosaki, and David Osborn.
  2. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes: He’s a bestselling author, an entrepreneur and a former pro athlete. He brings in other celebrities and well known guests who help you find out what makes people great. A few people he’s had on this podcast: Maria Sharapova, Kyle Maynard, and Mark Manson!
  3. The Art of Charm: Social Science – This is actually one of the top 5 podcasts for Business, with over 700 episodes and has about 3.8m of downloads per month. He brings in guests to talk about improving your career, confidence and life in general! Some of his guests have been: Shaquille O’Neil,  Vanessa Van Edwards, Jim Kwik, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  4. 10% Happier with Dan Harris: Dan Harris is a skeptical, fidgety ABC newsman who had a panic attack on Good Morning America. He has speakers talk about meditation and different ways to deal with stress. He’s also an bestselling author “10% Happier:Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics”. LeAnn Rimes, Rich Roll, and even Gary Vaynerchuk have been guests on his show!
  5.  Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu: It’s a business and mindset-focused interview show that teaches anyone and everyone the secret to success. He’s a serial entrepeneur and co-founder of Quest Nutrition. His favorite quote: BE LEGENDARY! He’s brought in a lot of guests, both international and domestic. Some honarable mentions of his guests: Bassem Yousseff (the Egyptian Jon Stewart!), again Vanessa Van Edwards, Noah Galloway, and Mel Robbins. He’s all about the mindset, and usually includes The Matrix.

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*Another reason why I love these podcasts, is that even though these podcasts are pretty much different: they bring in some of the same guests and you still get a benefit of listening to different topics!

There you have it folks! What do you guys think? Do you have any podcasts you recommend? 🙂

My 2017 Goals

Happy Wednesday loves! I’m changing things up a bit this year by talking more about me personally. We always have New Year Resolutions but must we label it as such? I rather consider my resolutions as goals, that seems better right? Anyways, I have a few goals I want to achieve this year. Here it goes!

*Write More Blog Posts and Attend More Blogging Events-I haven’t posted as much as I wanted in 2016 and that’s about to change! Just a little hint: Eventbrite has a lot of different types of events locally (free and not free)

*Cook More Often and Eat Healthier-At least cook once or twice a week, cut back on soda and sugar. Easier said than done right?! Drink more water and even post some healthy lifestyle blog posts.

*Go Back to School and Finish my BS in Sociology and Work a Full-time Steady Job. (also taking online classes such as self-improvement)

*Get More Organized and Write in My Planner (TJ Max has really cute and efficient planners)

*Don’t Overthink and Enjoy Life-this is probably one of my important goals just because I can tend to overthink and worry. Just a fun fact: did you know that overthinking can actually backfire and ruin things!

Well there you have it folks, my goals of 2017! Do you have anything you want different in 2017? I’d love to hear it!

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming Beauty Bites New Business Cards!!

Happy Monday everyone! I’m finally back and rebranded my blog!! 

I may have been absent for a few good months but I have learned a lot these past few months. 🙂

I recently ordered my business cards on vistaprint and boy do I love it. To me, Vistaprint is a great start to creating business cards especially when you first need to test out a few things. When I came across the design of the business cards, I was stuck on 3 designs but ended up picking this one just because it fits so well with my blog theme. 

In case you haven’t noticed, Blooming Beauty Bites has a certain ring to it. I needed a name that would define me. 

Blooming- I love flowers (hence the background of the business card) 

Beauty- come on its beauty!! 

Bites- snacks, food, restaurant reviews, healthy hacks.

What do you guys think? 🙂