REVIEW ALERT: Too Faced “Glow Job”, glo-up or glo-down?

writtenL

Hi, my name is Lily and I am a makeup fanatic. When dealing with an addiction we all know the first step is acceptance. The second step is to get the help you need to be on the path of sobriety from your addiction. For me, I chose to overdose on all the wonders that is contour, highlight, cut-crease, and more! Makeup is an art. It is a way to express yourself through color and illusion. Now, I’m no M.A.C. Pro Artist, but I have been told my winged liner could cut glass. To me, there is not product I would turn away just based on first glance. This may come as a shock to people who know me because, while I struggle with my addiction to blend and conceal, I am also a bit of a bookworm who only chooses books based on either the cover or their Amazon reviews. That isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to my cosmetics addiction. My makeup mantra is “you don’t hate it until you can officially say ‘that $45 could’ve been spent on a glamorous blowout at Drybar instead.” Continue reading “REVIEW ALERT: Too Faced “Glow Job”, glo-up or glo-down?”

REVIEW ALERT: The Mimosa House

img_8747-2

“The Mimosa House” doesn’t that just sound like something from a fairytale?

A house filled with a colossal amount of mimosa flavors that you cannot help but taste test more than one and warm, delectable brunch plates served on white porcelain that are waiting to be savored.

Within the cookie cutter homes and neatly lined bushes in East Sacramento hides a restaurant visited by brunch masters, by the name of “The Mimosa House”. In honor of my past birthday weekend, a friend and I decided to be amongst the brunchiest bunch and experience what all the hype was about.   Continue reading “REVIEW ALERT: The Mimosa House”

Sprightly’s Guide to: College

writtenL

College. The chapter of our lives we dream about since our elementary school years. It is also the biggest let down of my childhood dreams. College is nothing like it seems in your fantasies and definitely not what it seems in the eyes of Hollywood. Not to put a whole downer on the entire college experience. I truly am going to miss going to school in the clothes I found on my floor on my way out the door. Once I receive my diploma, which is essentially my golden ticket into the big adult world, I will be biding my sweatpants and leggings farewell. Continue reading “Sprightly’s Guide to: College”

Birthday Brainstorm: Happy Birthday, Emily!

writtenL

23 years ago TOMORROW, Sprightly’s co-founder Emily was brought into this world. Though I was not yet even a fetus, I can already tell you she probably came out of where the sun don’t shine laughing instead of crying like all other babies. I say this because Emily isn’t your average woman. Yes, she puts her pants on one leg at a time, she’s not bionic, but she brings a shocking amount of light and positivity into every room she walks into. The day Emily stops smiling is when you know the end of the world is near. When I first met her I thought her happiness was all an act. Being by her side for over a year sure proved me wrong. Continue reading “Birthday Brainstorm: Happy Birthday, Emily!”

Eat me, try me, savor me: Breakfast Edition

img_8747-1

Here’s a little known fact about me: I love breakfast. I mean, I love breakfast so much that I find myself lying in bed at night imagining what I’ll have for my first meal of the day and quite honestly, catch myself getting excited about it.
I’m not embarrassed and no, I am not ashamed. I proudly stand by my firm belief that breakfast is what keeps this world together because if it wasn’t for that meal, the world would be a very, very scary place in the wee hours of dawn (but, isn’t it already?). Continue reading “Eat me, try me, savor me: Breakfast Edition”

A beauty guru’s dream, a competitor’s nightmare: Fenty Beauty 

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your ride or die product, the definition of perfection and your endless beauty craze. No, I’m not talking about the discovery of setting spray (even though that really transformed my life), I’m talking about the latest foundation that hit stores and shook the boots of beauty glamazons and competitors alike. That’s right, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, the musician turned beauty queen.  Continue reading “A beauty guru’s dream, a competitor’s nightmare: Fenty Beauty “

Kombucha Power

writtenL

WARNING: DO NOT SMELL THE PRODUCT BEFORE TASTING.⚠️

Cleanse your body with a nice cold glass of fermented sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Doesn’t that just make you want to run to the nearest bathroom stall and upchuck your last meal? That’s exactly how I felt when I heard the Kombucha train making its stops around town, picking up more people every time it came back around. My hometown is the birth and center for most trending fads, especially if it can be categorized with the health-nuts. Now I’m not a Kombucha-enthusiast or connoisseur in any way. I’m just a curious-mind who decided to jump on the fermented-beverage bandwagon to see what the hype was all about. Besides, you’ll never know if you don’t like it until you try it. When I say “try it” I don’t mean to take one sip and that will be my deciding factor, like what I did with Monster and Rockstar energy drinks. *Cue the gag reflex* (No offense to those who like beverages that taste like battery acid.) My point is, I wanted to try every single flavor, brand, and style of Kombucha to get a solid opinion on it. Continue reading “Kombucha Power”

Hot Seat: Should president’s be allowed to use Twitter negatively for their own perks?

writtenE

Freedom of speech has been seen as a right of passage for all walks of life. I imagine that back in “horse and carriage days” our ancestors dipped their toes in gossip and shared their opinions over the butter churner. Fast forward to the year 2017 and people are sharing their opinions through social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (repeat offender) and public forums) within their techie toys for the whole world to see. All it takes is one screenshot, one news article, one curious set of eyes to see something that perhaps cannot go unseen, let’s use Twitter as our shining star.

Continue reading “Hot Seat: Should president’s be allowed to use Twitter negatively for their own perks?”

Don’t feed the fear, keep the faith

writtenL

On October 1, late Sunday night, 22,000 country fans stood to listen to country singer, Jason Aldean, perform at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not long before Aldean began to sing his song, “When She Says Baby” rounds of shots were fired from the 32nd floor window of the nearby hotel, Mandalay Bay Resort. That night, America faced a tragic attack that resulted in the loss of 58 lives. Technically speaking, the death count is 59, however, I am only counting the number of lives that matter. It is inhumane for someone to take the lives of innocent people. That may sound like common sense to most of you, but with what’s been going on around the world lately I felt the need to clarify that it is most certainly not okay. Continue reading “Don’t feed the fear, keep the faith”