#IST646 – First Assignment!

Hello People of the Internet,

I have completed my first assignment for my first ever Grad Class – IST 646 – Storytelling for the Information Professional.

This week we had some great reading assignments and our first Exercise was to record ourselves telling a story. It had to be either a myth, tall tale, or a personal story.

I chose the tall tale of “Babe the Blue Ox.” I picked this story because I’ve been thinking about my Grandpa a lot lately. He passed away last November a few days before Thanksgiving. He was a man of few words, but the stories that he told were always so amazing! He was the first person to ever tell me the story of Paul Bunyan. I remember the first time he told it to me, I thought Paul was a real person! Haha! I wanted to go meet him! I’m sure I didn’t tell the story as good as my Grandpa did, but I gave it a shot!

http://alyssamaeharvey.podomatic.com/entry/2016-05-29T10_52_54-07_00

Cha-Cha-Changes!

Hello my beautiful bloggin babes!

It’s been awhile, I know. Shame on me.

In case anyone was wondering what happened with Birchbox, I got sick of it and canceled. I’m so fickle…

Anyways…

Little ole me got into GRAD SCHOOL!!!!! Whoot Whoot!!!! I will be attempting to get a Masters in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.

So I will be using this blog for some of my assignments in the next couple of years. So not every post will be me whining about my life, or about makeup reviews. Sorry to those of you who are hard core whining fans 😉

So keep reading and see what happens!

Stay beautiful, people of the internet!

October 2015 – Birchbox

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What?!?!? Alyssa is actually reviewing her current Birchbox in the current month?? IS THE WORLD ENDING?!?!? Maybe.

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Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara – For this month’s box I was allowed to pick from 4 different mascaras, which sample I wanted. I have been wanting to try this mascara for awhile because I’d heard people rave about it. Now it is true, it does lengthen your lashes, but that’s about all it does. I assume because the lengthening formula is so heavy, it got rid of all the curl in my lashes. I was left with very long and very straight lashes. You’d probably have to whip out your eyelash curler and go to town after using this mascara. (Full Size $24)

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Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion – GENTLE MY BUTT! Their is NOTHING gentle about this dermabrasion. NOTHING. This is from SATAN himself!!!!! After using this my skin felt like it was on fire, my eyes watered for over an hour, and my skin was beat read for 2 days. 2 FREAKIN DAYS. I don’t know what’s in this, but I assume hellfire and brimstone. (Full Size $39.50)

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Too Cool for School DinoPlatz Highlighter – I generally prefer a powder highlighter. I tried this 2 different ways. The first, I put it on over my pressed powder, it didn’t blend as well as I hoped and was VERY shiny. The second, I put in on before I put my pressed powder on and it blended nicely on my skin and was a more muted highlight. (Full Size $33)

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Dear Clark Thickening Balm – I was very excited to use this product because I have thin, fragile hair and I’m constantly looking for new ways to boost up my volume. A warning though – use a lot less than the directions say. The first time I used this it was too much and made my hair turn out stiff and greasy. The next time I just used the tiniest amount on my ends and it looked a lot nicer. Didn’t really look like my hair was thicker though. (Full Size $26)

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BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Purifying Mask – My new found love this year is face masks! They are my favorite thing and I love using them when I take a bath. They are perfect for “me” time. This mask was lovely! It felt great, it smelled awesome, and it made my skin super soft and bright. (Full Size Set of 3 $14.50)

Stay pretty (and warm)!

September 2015 – Birchbox

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September’s Birchbox theme was “You’re Beautiful.” Well… Birchbox that’s pretty presumptuous because you haven’t seen me first thing in the morning. Yikes.

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ModelCo Ultra Long Lasting Lipstick – I have never heard of this company before and I was pleasantly surprised by this lipstick. It is a beautiful bright red that goes on great and last for several hours. (Full Size Trio Set $20)

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Rusk Elixir Mist – THIS. IS. HORRIBLE. Don’t put it on dry hair, don’t put it on wet hair, don’t put it on any of your hairs anywhere!!!!! Made me look like a greaseball. (Full Size $24)

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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser – Even though this was just last month, I don’t remember much about this product. I know I didn’t finish it up because it made my eyes sting when I used it, and I even made sure not to get it near my eyes. It felt very stringent on my sensitive skin. (Full Size $35)

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream – First off, this was “blueberry” scented. If by blueberries, they mean, the fakest blueberry chemical scent ever, than sure, it was blueberry scented. This shaving cream went on like a gel, but never foamed up at all. It was hard to see if it was even really still on my leg. The gel clogged up my razor as well. I would not recommend this. (Full Size $20)

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Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads – I bought a similar product to this from China off of Amazon. Those were gold colored and worked really well. These worked EVEN BETTER! I love collagen eye pads and I would recommend them to anyone who suffers from tired eyes and dark circles. One trick I’ve learned is that you stick these in the fridge a few minutes before you put them on and the feel oh so cool and lovely on your skin! (Full Size Set of 5 $18)

Stay pretty internet peeps!

August 2015 – Birchbox

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August’s Birchbox came to me slightly squished, but the pool theme was absolutely adorable.

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Coola Makeup Setting Spray – I really liked this spray and as a bonus it was SPF 30! The spray went on nice and dried quickly. The only downside was that after 2 uses my spray top broke! I tried for a week to fix it, but sadly I didn’t get to use the rest of my sample. (Full Size $36)

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LAQA & Co Cheeky Lip – In a previous box I got a LAQA lip color that I loved, this one was disappointing. It said that it could be used on your lips or your cheeks, neither worked for me. It’s an orangey-coral color that didn’t look great with my skin tone. On my cheeks, it wouldn’t blend, it just smeared all over the place. On my lips, it was like the color wouldn’t set. It was constantly streaky and smearing all over. Not great. (Full Size Trio Kit $20)

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I Am Juicy Couture – I think it’s every 20 something year old woman’s dream to have a Juicy Couture perfume. But to afford it, I’d probably have to sell a kidney on the black market. This smelled heavenly. I loved it. (Full Size $94)

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Parlor Smoothing Blowout Spray – I’ve used blow out sprays in the past, and so far I haven’t found one that I’m in love with yet. This just gave my hair the teensiest extra shine, but that’s about it. (Full Size $24)

    
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IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer – I’m not a big primer person anymore because I’ve gone off of foundations. I mostly like to use tinted BB creams now because they compliment my freckles better. But I’ve used the primer when I mix a smidgen of foundation with my BB cream and it comes out very nicely. Seems like a pretty average primer to me. (Full Size $28)

Stay Beautiful you lovely people of the internet!


July 2015 – Birchbox

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July’s Birchbox theme was “Go Bold.” I assume they meant to be bold with beauty and maybe not like boldly go break the law…

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Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum – Yet again, the name Supergoop baffles me. This was a special sunscreen serum just for your face. My sister and I went to Roseland Water Park and Enchanted Forest Water Safari this summer. I used this serum on both occasions and it worked really well. I’m always wary about using regular sunscreen on my face because it’s such a heavy product to put on. This serum was lightweight but still protected my skin from the sun. (Full Size $42)

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Stila Look At Me Liquid Lipstick – People really did look at me. I usually wear pink and red lipsticks (sometimes I throw a berry on to be daring). Never in my life have I ever worn a shade of pink this bright. People definitely noticed and most of them did not have nice comments about it. BUT I liked it. It went on as a liquid and dried quickly to a matte lipstick. It lasted FOREVER. Like by the end of the day after eating 2 meals with this lipstick on, I had to use makeup remover to get it off. This is some long lasting color! (Full Size Trio Set $35)


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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream – This product was just strange! It promised to do 1,000 different things on the packaging and in actuality it did nothing.It was supposed to color correct to my skin, but it never was really the right shade. It smelled awful. Like a freakin green smoothie. It didn’t blend in well. It was streaky. Just awful. Don’t buy it. (Full Size $39)

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Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream –  Yet again, I was sent a Harvey Prince scent. This time it was a body cream. I had been sent Hello perfume previously and I liked the smell. The body cream was nice, smelled good, and made my skin feel soft. (Full Size $22)

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – Ironically I got this and then a day or so later I was watching Grace Helbig‘s favorites video and she mentioned this spray. You use it instead of a dry shampoo. I liked using this on just washed hair because it gave it the little bit of texture that I needed, but I didn’t really like using it instead of a dry shampoo on my non-hair wash days. It doesn’t absorb the oils in your hair as well as dry shampoo does. But it’s still a really cool product. (Full Size $42)

Hey there Internet, Stay Beautiful!

June 2015 – Birchbox

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  June’s Birchbox theme was “Adventure is a State of Mind.” I don’t know what that means. If adventure is just in my mind… Then that sounds like a terribly boring adventure.

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Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – I loved this stuff! This is a great high end dry shampoo! It was light, brushed in well, and didn’t make my hair look horrible. I would absolutely recommend it! (Full Size $22)

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Supergoop Every Day Sunscreen – It will always bewilder me that someone actually wanted to name their company “Supergoop.” I am pale. Very, very, very pale. SPF 50 is my minimum requirement for sunscreen. The sample was quite small, but I would use this on my shoulders (one of the first places I usually get burned) during June and July. It worked really well and didn’t make my skin feel overly greasy. (Full Size $48)

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Dr. Jart Night BB Beauty Balm – I love Dr. Jart stuff so much! This stuff was fabulous and I really need to purchase it! This is a moisturizing night mask that you put on right before you go to bed. When you wake up your skin feels much more refreshed and looks brighter. Love it! (Full Size $38)

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Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner – I’m still on the fence about this liner. I love blue eyeliner, and this stuff (though it looks dark) is a bright blue. It’s really nice on my water line and it goes on smoothly on my eye, but it doesn’t blend out well. So if all you want to do is a line, with no smudging or smokey look to it, then this liner will work for you. (Full Size Kit of 3 $35)

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel –  This stuff was awesome. You put it on your face and then literally 3 minutes later you peel it off and it looks like you’ve peeled off a layer of your skin. My skin looked great after I used this. I used it once a week for 3 weeks and my skin did brighten and felt better. (Full Size $48)

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L. Erickson Narrow Grab and Go Pony – This elastic SUCKED. It claimed that the weird spiral thing on it helped keep the elastic in your hair without leaving an imprint on your hair. That was a lie. I could wrap this around my ponytail like 4 times and it would still just slide off of my hair. I wouldn’t even do anything to shake my head around and it would just fall out of my hair. WORST HAIR TIE EVER. (Full Set of 6 $12)

Stay Beautiful Internet People!