Friday, May 22, 2015

Massive Pre-graduation haul

Hello Beautiful people! 

My apologies for being absent for the past two weeks, life has simply been incredibly busy. However, I have a MASSIVE haul for you all this week, thus I have been editing and creating this post all week long. I will keep the intro simple because there is a lot to put in this post! Basically, I got a lot of things online because so many shops were having big spring sales last week. I have a nice, organized Excel spreadsheet of al the things I need for college and also traveling more often- now that I will be done with grade school!!- so I got quite a few necessary items. All of the items I purchased came from Vitacost, Honest Company, GAP, Vera Bradley, 100% Pure, Bumble & Bee Organics, Sseko Designs, and Ecotools.

This is a lot of product, so there will be very few words, just pictures and links.


VITACOST

Let's be real, I am a woman and Mother Nature likes to do her work, once a month. It was beginning to freak me out as I learned what these things they tell us are "safe" are made of, so I decided to find natural, organic, 100% cotton feminine care. Below are the basics. 























These cloths are reusable, washable, and completely decomposable. 




HONEST COMPANY



















The following items are simply linked. If I were to post an image of everything, this post would be WAY too long. All of the following items I purchased on sale-they were also on my college list, so there are a few more things I checked off! 

GAP
These are my favorite jeans, by far. If you are someone who is petite, but you have curves, these are the jean pants for you. Check them out! 


Vera Bradley
All Items I purchased are in the pattern "Midnight Blues"


100% Pure 

Bumble & Bee Organics 





Sseko Designs
These shoes are FANTASTIC! I was somewhat skeptical at first, so I got one pair with a strap to make sure they worked well with my feet. I have to say, everyone should have a pair of Sseko shoes. They are the most versatile, comfortable, stylish (or casual) shoes you will ever wear. Try a pair for yourself! They currently have a deal where you can get a free cotton strap with a pair of sandals! I wear these almost every single day and my feet do not hurt or overheat anymore. Love these shoes!
green straps
grey straps
blue straps

Ecotools 
Day to Night brush set 


Alrighty, well I hope you all enjoyed this HUGE post. Hopefully these things I have purchased will be helpful. If you made it all the way through this post, leave me a comment below! If you want to check out some of my shoes and things going on these days, check out my Instagram feed (always linked in the sidebar). Thanks so much, and I will see you all soon!

I am graduating high school tomorrow morning...wow.

Also, I will be on vacation in an area that does not have service, I cannot bring my phone because it will cost a lot and we do not have international service, so there most likely will not be a post next week. I will, however, be back in the running in two weeks. Be on the lookout for some gorgeous beach pictures! Bye everyone, have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Somewhat lackluster post, but you should keep reading.

Hello beautiful people! 
I do not have any exciting news for you today, thus I will contain exciting things for next week's post. However, I did not want to leave each of you empty-handed and I am now compiling a list of hilarious videos from the past week that I think any and everyone can and will enjoy. Feel free to share the following with family and friends and enjoy many weekend laughs. I will see you all next week with a massive Vitacost haul. Scroll down for wonderfully entertaining videos! 


"Dad cuts daugher's hair (in 13 seconds flat)"

"Funniest animal fails compilation"

"Can I give you a kiss prank"

"Babies eating lemons for the first time"

"Best fails of the week"
This one is quite frankly scary, but some of them are really funny...the very end is my favorite. 

That is all for this week everyone, see y'all next Friday! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Free pottery, The Beach, and New Favorites

Hello there beautiful people! 

If you noticed, I did not post last week. My apologies, but I was on vacation! My family and I went to the beach in Florida and the location at which we stayed did not have good wifi. Thus, I hardly used my phone, did not ever touch a computer, and only watched HGTV (home improvement shows) for 6 days- this, to be honest, was really nice (to get away from technology and devices for a bit). However, I am back and have quite a few things for you all, so I am going to keep the words to a minimum, let's hit it. 


My grandmother recently moved out of her home, thus we have had many garage sales. Below are many things that I so generously was able to have- most, if not all, of these items will end up living in my dorm room next year. 


Simple clay bowl- i plan to put earrings and rings in her at the end of the day



I loved this little ceramic container! I do not know how I will use it, but keep checking out my blog, you may see it in a dorm tour in a few months. 




My roommate and I are VERY prepared in most, if not all things, that we do so we want to have a first aid kit prepared in our room-just incase. I found this super old, cute tin and thought it would be perfect for this purpose! 


6 super simple blue-tinted glass bowls. 
These will be used as one uses small glass bowls...




4 clay cups


I think these were originally made as a set for drinking sake (Japanese alcoholic beverage), but I will not be partaking in such activities. 


I just really like these cups! 


The bottoms are super cool! Also, my aunt's friends who made these always carved initials and the date of the year into the bottom, so it's like a little piece of history! 



This is a tiny little vase. I gave this little guy to a friend for her b-day. 



Welcome to the beach, my friends. 
As I mentioned earlier, I stayed away from technology while on vacation, thus I only took my camera to the beach one time (also it was VERY crowded and overcast during the days, so I never would have gotten a good photo), so I took these pictures as the sun was setting. This makes for very interesting looking photos because of the way the camera works in night light (I have a digital camera). I hope y'all enjoy because I think they look rather bizarre and neat! 


The sunset




I told my sister to stand still and then run away, and this image was created. She appears to be just a shadow of a ghost. 



So many dead/ partially live jellyfish washed up one day, it was crazy. This little guy was about the size of my thumbnail (the nail on my thumb, not the computer thumbnail). 


My sis found this teeny little sand dollar. 



I also have three brand new favorites. About a month ago, I discovered this website through a blogger I follow, as well as the scrub. I am loving the website because it gives such great discounts on natural products! Basically, the site, Vitacost, provides natural products, dried foods, and supplements that are sold in common health stores at greatly discounted prices. 


This scrub is INCREDIBLE! I use this 3-4 times a week and my skin has begun to improve a lot. It helps to remove dead skin, brighten the skin, and remove pigmentation from acne scars. From the Acure website and Whole Foods, this is $16. I got it on Vitacost for $4.50. If that does not encourage you enough to purchase from Vitacost, they sometimes have double savings marked off, as well as coupon codes, and weekly sales (this week is 12% off, click here to check it out). 


I was getting really sick of using nasty deodorant with aluminum in it, and I could not justify paying $11 for deodorant (from 100% pure, which I am sure is a fantastic product for anyone who can justify the cost). This little guy was on sale for $2.99, retail price is around $4 without taxes included. I have to say, this is just a deodorant so it does not stop sweating, this has completely eliminated any smell from my underarms. Even post-workout when I am dripping sweat (I mowed the lawn 2 times with this on and did not smell) I do not smell at all. The tea tree oil and lavender work really well together to consistently remove odor. This is WAY better than any generic deodorant I have ever used and I have tried every brand. 

I hope everyone enjoyed this post! Hope to see y'all back here next week! Feel free to leave a comment below with post suggestions. Thanks! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Let's get a little bit personal.

Hello beautiful people, 
Welcome to another exciting post on Hidden Beauty! 

I have decided to do something slightly more personal than usual, and this is going to be somewhat short. Earlier today, I was watching a video by HelloKaty on Youtube. She spoke about how she has been bullied her entire life and all of the struggles that we allow ourselves to endure every single day for absolutely no reason. If you do not know me personally, you may not know that I am one of those people who avoids confrontations at all costs. I completely condone being mean to other people and thus people tend to hack on me a lot because they know I am not going to do anything back to them. Generally, my "friends" are the ones who give me the most crap and I am too kind to say anything rude to them, so I generally give them advice and just let the hurt pile up onto me, only to be released when nobody else is looking. 

Why is it that the kindest people in this world are the ones who no longer are allowed to get anything? I am terrified to have my name said in my math class when I am the only person in the class who passed, because I am positive that everyone is going to flip out about it. It is impossible for me to be noticed in my classes in which I must be noticed in order to get a proper "participation" grade. How do we say that we are a progressive society, that all people are equal, but then absolutely destroy and beat on those who are easy targets? The only way to become truly equal is to allow all people to express themselves for who they are and not be afraid to let them do just that. I should be allowed, as everyone else should be allowed, to act in all public places in the exact same manner with which I act when I am home with my family. We should all be comfortable being able to make good grades, and think we look pretty in a certain picture, and express our absolute and unique bizarre characters in public, safely knowing that nobody is going to tell us that we are less than everyone else. Those who are insecure, or jealous, or simply mean and vile and want to push others down in order to glorify themselves need to let loose and realize that they are nothing better than anyone else. 

If you are being bullied or you experience people who are constantly judging you and blaming you because you are the easy way out, just forget about them. It is not worth your time and emotion to worry about some person who is so nasty on the inside that they cannot express love and they choose to hate on everything around them. Forget about the hurt they try to cause you because if you do not recognize it and you do not retaliate, they can only hurt you and push you down as much as you allow them to. 

So today, I ask you all this one thing: Believe in yourself and never let hate control you. 

Spend more time with your parents because they love you more than any other human being in the world, and they always know what is best. Don't worry about what anybody thinks because the only thing that matters is what you think about yourself, and I promise, you are fantastic. Allow your true self to shine through and the people that will honestly love you and share incredible friendships with you will appear without any effort. You should never have to try to get somebody to love you. Love is something that should be easy and natural and hilarious because honesty creates a magical bond. So let yourself be free, take some deep breaths, smile, and tell yourself that you are a magnificently made creature and rid your life of negative relationships that are pulling you down. If this means you end up spending more time with your parents until that best friend really shows up, so be it because those moments are precious. 

Breathe deeply, Love strongly, and Live with great intent. 
You can conquer the world by simply believing in yourself. 

Thanks, I am so grateful for each and every one of you, and I wish you all the best. 
I am now on spring break, so I am off school for the next week!! 
Next Friday will be a glorious post full of beautiful photos! 
Have an incredible weekend and I will see y'all next Friday! 


Friday, March 27, 2015

My top 10 picks for a safe & fun spring break


Hello beautiful people! 

As for many of you, it is spring break time. My spring break has not happened yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my favorite things that I will be taking with me on spring break. If your holiday has already happened, you may simply carry on these ideas for the summer, or use them during the year (they all still apply for non-holiday times). I love and rely on these simple things and I hope they will help y'all out! 



This is fantastic because it is in a small bottle so it will not take up space, but also instead of taking tons of makeup and brushes on your holiday, you may simply toss this into your bag and use your fingers to melt a bit of it into your skin. It will provide a warm glow for a night out with friends, minimal effort required and the only clean up is to replace the cap and wash your hands. 


This is a fantastic invention! Whomever decided it was smart to put sunscreen in stick form was very intelligent. This little SPF stick is simple to apply, you can roll it onto your skin without getting your hands dirty, and throw it into any bag and be on your way. However, this is great for your face, but I would get a lotion or mist for the body (just imagine how long it would take to spread this tiny stick of SPF along your entire body). 


I chose the ivory sandals because they will match any outfit! I do not have my own pair of these sandals yet, but I plan to purchase them prior to my spring break. I first heard of them on Shark Tank, while watching in my economics class, and I have been checking them out online. These are genuine leather sandals, made in Uganda by a non-profit that sends all of it's employees to college. This company is incredible and the products they create have a very high reputation. I am excited to try out the sandals ASAP! Check out their website and story here



This is a fantastic investment for a trip because you can wear it as a cover-up to the beach, or throw on sandals and wear it out to dinner. I love the beachy print on this dress and the fact that it has a slit so the breeze will keep you cool at any time of day. Also, a multi-functional dress will leave more room in your bag for other fun things. 



One thing I love about Vera Bradley is that they always have things on sale. As long as you are willing to go out of your comfort zone and get any sort of pattern, there are specific patterns of each bag design that are always on sale. This bag is handy because it has a cross-body strap, a small outer pocket for things you need to keep close, and a giant inner pocket to throw everything into. The best part is that you can dump your supplies out of this bag and into a drawer, and use this as a tote to the beach. The fabric is completely washer-safe! 



This little bar is tremendously helpful. In order to maximize space in your travel bag, get a facial soap bar that you can toss into a jar and then you can use it to wash your face, your body, and even your hair. If you are freaked out by changing your hair routine, just bring along some of your own shampoo. 




Just so you have a little extra fun on spring break, and also avoid doing something you may regret and getting a permanent tattoo, get some of these little henna tubes. Jagua sells kits of dye. All you have to do is screw on the thin tip and design away. Your temporary tattoos will last up to 3 months, but your parents can be reassured knowing that you do not have a permanent ink mark on your skin. 


This bikini is a fantastic investment because it can safely double as a top (hey, if you're at the beach you may as well take advantage of it). Athleta is a great women's swim suit brand because it is made tough and you can feel comfortable knowing that your top is not going to fly off into the ocean. Click here to check out the super cute back on this swimsuit! 


I love Clif bars because they are so easy to grab and go and feel safe that you are eating something healthy for you and natural. Personally, the full-sized adult Cliff bars are too much for me to eat in one meal (I am only 5' 2" and I cannot hold much food) so I have taken to eating the kid bars. These are organic and very healthy, but they all taste like sweet cookies and desserts. One box of these will last for you and friend to share for the whole week (snacking only, eat some fruit and veggies also!). 


Technology is a wonderful thing, is it not? This water bottle is perfect because it will keep your drink cold for many hours, and it has a autoseal lid so you will not lose any of that fresh water out on the salty beach (it's very important to stay hydrated, especially in the sun). Also, there is a little snap-close pocket for your keys/key card or any other small items that may fit in it. This will most definitely come in handy! 


I discovered an app called Think Dirty via a blog that I follow and this app is really going to benefit me. For anyone who is trying to be more health-conscious in regards to the products used on the body, this app allows you to scan/search for your product and will give a detailed rating of the product and all of the ingredients in it. The products are rated on a scale of 0-10, 0 being the most pure and 10 being the most toxic and dangerous. All of the body products I have shared today have a rating of 2 or 1 on this scale!! Y'all should download this app here and start scanning away to see what you are really using on your skin! 



I hope you all have enjoyed and that this will be helpful to many of you preparing for a safe spring break journey. Have a spectacular weekend and I will see y'all next week!