Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I Feel Happier! Here's Why...

My biggest goal this year is to be happy.

As a girl I often find it very hard to be consistently happy with myself. It doesn't help that I'm a TEEN girl. Sometimes I wake up and I can't find anything good in life, in myself, or in anything that happens. Since I started high school, it's gotten out of control, and I'm sick of it.

When I made this resolution to myself, I was determined to make it happen. This wouldn't be one of those things I throw out the window at Valentine's day. I'm going to stick with it. So far, I have.

It's been a month. I have bad days and I have great days. Here's 7 things I've changed in my lifestyle that have made me happier.

1. I exercise everyday. Right now, I'm using SELF magazine's monthly workouts and I love it. It takes up to 15 minutes and I feel satisfied when I'm finished. Exercising helps your physical and emotional state at the same time!

2. I read my Bible everyday. Start off the day right with a word from the Lord and keep it with you throughout the day to keep your anger, frustration, and hardships at peace.

3. I choose beautiful everyday. A couple months ago, I went to a girls conference. They showed a video by Dove on women and girls who had the option of Beautiful or Average doors to walk through, essentially giving themselves that title in the process. The effects of the choice changed the way they went throughout their day. I remember this video whenever I feel average and remind myself that it's my choice. I have the option of beautiful, so why not choose it?

4. I don't wear makeup everyday. I love makeup. I love the way it makes me feel and look, but sometimes, seeing me is better than seeing the made up me. I would rather put on makeup and feel the same amount of happiness when I had none on than take it off and feel like my energy source has left me. 

5. I wash my face every night. Even if I don't have makeup on. It's refreshing, clean, and sometimes helps me sleep better!

6. I go outside everyday. Just ten minutes outside can usually change my mood from grumpy to happy. 

7. I only wear what I like. The clothes in my closet are things that I like to wear and wear on a regular basis.

Some things to remember:
  • It's up to you, you're in charge of your happiness. Your attitude towards things you do, will change the way you enjoy them.
  • Give it a chance. You could do it if you really tried. 
  • It's okay to "miss a day" or to forget to do something. It's not the end of the world, there is always tomorrow.
  • Your inner beauty reflects your outer beauty. 
  • Life is going to be crazy, days will be harder than others. It's okay to take a step back and breathe. 
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! Come back for more like this, and make sure you subscribe by putting your email in the box on the right.

XO AnnaD

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Birchbox: January 2017 Reviews

For Christmas this year, I got a subscription to Birchbox. I'm very happy about it because I get new beauty and hair samples every month sent to my door for only $10 a month. So far, I have received two boxes. The first one was made up of their best sellers because I had not yet set up my account. This month's box I got to personalize, though, and I actually got things that I wanted/needed.

I'm going to try to share the boxes monthly, but today we'll just be testing the waters with this month's box. January 2017 Birchbox:

 It's funny, I feel like getting the box itself is just as exciting as the products. The last two boxes have been absolutely gorgeous. Last month's box was chic and pretty, and this month the box is artistic and inspiring. Can't wait to see the February one!

When You receive the box, it comes with a card. On one side is a note from birchbox about this month's theme/inspirations and on the other side they have all of the products they've included in your box. The products have a little bio and also their prices on birchbox next to that. It's very helpful and informative if you were going to purchase a product, or do a review 😉

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray | Full size is between $22-$39 - I can tell you with complete honesty and knowledge that this product works. I especially like it because I've never used a anti-humidity spray, and I love how it works without greasiness! It's easy to use and spray on and it smells super good. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk | Full size is $20 - When I first used this dry shampoo I was not expecting the amount of pressure that was in the bottle. It did it's job very well, coating my hair in a white powder that was easy to rub in. It was little white, but the more I ran my fingers through my hair, the better it looked. I will say that the volume I got from this dry shampoo was amazing as well. It looked as if I had washed and blowdried my hair. 

IpKn Moist & Firm Beauty Balm SPF 45 | Full size is $35 - This has an interesting story. So I accidently put the wrong skin tone in when I was personalizing my account. I said light/medium, and I am definitely light not light/medium. So this BB cream is a little dark for me. I'm saving it for the summer, because maybe by then I'll have a tan. Anyways, the cream's coverage is very good, but for sure, it's main priority is sunblock. If you're looking for that, this stuff works. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Full size is $18 - I love this eyeliner. I don't use eyeliner very often, but this one has a very controlled tip, so it's super easy to apply. I will say that it is not waterproof whatsoever. It will easily some off in any water so be careful concerning that.

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic To-Go | Full size is $18 - At first, when I applied this tonic pad, I noticed my red spots becoming redder. It really freaked me out, but I waited a few moments and I saw them going down. Once I waited a few more minutes, I could clearly see my red spots going down, almost completely! It was a refreshing use after I got over the fear of my growing spots on my cheeks. 

That's all for the January 2017 box, but I will be trying to do this again. I loved reviewing the products, so it makes this even better. If you want to subscribe to birchbox, you can go here

Also, birchbox is partnered with SELF magazine and because of that, for this month, they are doing a free SELF New Year's Challenge. The challenge is a full month of step-by-step workouts and easy recipes. You can check it out here

If you want to see more reviews like this, let me know! Thanks for reading, be sure you subscribe for future posts, and check out my previous posts! 

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY Hair Emergency Kit From Gum Packet

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If you like to chew gum, this is definitely a tutorial for you. This DIY Hair Emergency kit is made from a gum packet and your creativity. It's a recycling project that is handy for everyday life, and you can easily make it with stuff that you have at home. All you'll need to do in prep is save an empty gum packet. 

When you finish this project, fill the packet with some bobby pins, small elastics, hair ties, and etc. Plop it into your purse and get going. When you find yourself in a situation where you need a hair tie or a couple of bobby pins, you'll be happy you made this hair kit. 

What you'll need: 
  • an empty gum packet (any and every size would work)
  • acrylic paint
  • sharpie
  • pencil
  • paintbrush
  • toothpick, dotting tool, or hair pin
Paint the entire gum packet with a thin coat of your choice of paint. I used a sky blue paint for the front and a light pink for the back. Wait for it to dry, and then paint on a second coat. If you need another coat after the second one, just make sure the second coat is dry before painting again. 

After this point, you can personalized the kit however you like. I'm going to be showing you how I did mine. 

Once the paint is completely dry, sketch the words or picture you would like on the front of the packet with a pencil. My packet says: In Case Of Hair EMERGENCY. When you are satisfied with the words or sketch, copy over it with your sharpie. I used plain black. 

Next, dot your toothpick, dotter, or hair pin in some paint and create small hearts all over the front of the packet. You can easily create hearts by dotting two small dots, and the dragging them down towards each other. 

That's all! Place in your backpack, purse, of wallet for future hair emergencies. If you chew a lot of gum, you could make a ton of these and put them in all of your purses so that you never have a hair emergency again!  

Thank you for reading. If you would like more diys like this, let me know at girlslovechevron@gmail.com. Be sure to subscribe by putting your email address in the box on the right! 


XO AnnaD

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Small Mall Haul! (Charlotte Russe, Victoria's Secret, Target)

Hello! Happy Saturday! Welcome to Who's Anna Grace?, I'm Anna the writer of this blog. Subscribe in subscription box on the right, and also check out my previous posts in the archives on the right. 

I had a wonderful day, as I hope you did too! I went to the mall with my sisters today and bought some stuff. We walked the whole mall, but we only actually purchased things from a couple of stores.

Here's my small mall haul!

Victoria's Secret:


Charlotte Russe:

Victoria's Secret:
Sports Bra - $11 on sale, usual price $15
Deals in store: Victoria's Secret is having the Semi Annual sale right now where you can buy 5 pairs of panties for only $15! Usually, the best they do is 5 pairs for $27.50. Also, most of their bras where $10 
Comments: The deals are amazing! Even if you're not shopping for underwear, they had some other things on sale too. 

Knee High Fuzzy Socks - $4
6-pair ankle socks - $6
Sensationail gel nail polish (island oasis) - $4 on clearance, usual price $8
Deals in store: Amazing clearance in every department on select items. CHeck it out! 
Comments: In hindsight, I bought a lot of socks. I actually don't need all of these socks, but I seem to have a weakness when it comes to cute socks. The sensationail gel polish is for my new gel lamp kit. I got it for Christmas and will be doing a review soon! 

Charlotte Russe:
Black Leggings - $5 on sale, usual price unknown
Pink/beige top with pockets - $12 
Deals in store: Charlotte Russe isn't having a giant annual sale, but their normal sales and clearance are still pretty amazing. 
Comments: Because Charlotte Russe always has such instyle clothing, I tend to shop for tops here a lot. If you're looking for so awesome tops, go to Charlotte Russe. They are known to have reasonable prices, and great service. 

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XO AnnaD