Writing to the soul //
Gem B.

Writing is
fresh sheets,
blank space,

He pens
ink stains,
smudged hands.

He scribbles
soiled spreads,
unseen limits.

And pauses.



Since I've been in a 'face-care' moment, I thought I would share some of the things I use in my everyday makeup routine. I have the bare necessities when it comes to makeup: eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lipstick. I'm not much of a foundation gal, but I am looking around for a BB cream. If you have any suggestions on brands that work well, leave it in the comments below!

The first thing in my routine would be to moisturize. Once that step is over, I move onto either my eyeliner (lazy day) or my eyeshadow. For my eyeliner, I use a generic store bought pencil. The one in the picture above is two in one: half black and half white. A regular cat eye suits me. Some day it draw it thicker, but still maintaining shape. I am a huge of Wet n' Wild products, so I use their Petal Pushers palette on the daily. Although in the picture above, it looks pretty busted from the palette slipping out of my hand every so often.

My daily lip products rotate from day to day. Sometimes I wear lipstick, other days I don't. It all depends how I am feeling. I either use my Kleancolor lipstick, or Wet n' Wild lipstick. The lip product in the center is a lip balm with a spicy cinnamon scent and taste. On occasion, I like using them as cheek colors.

Now my question for you is: What are your staple everyday products?



Lately, I have taken more notice to my skincare routine since winter has started to take it's full effect where I live. To combat the harsh breezes, I have been using these three product occasionally to deal with the weather.

CVS Oil-free Moisturizer//
I remember talking about this face moisturizer in another post during the summer time, which worked great on my skin. In the summer I have very oily skin, so I tend to avoid using any type of creams on my face for fear of my glasses slipping off. I only used this moisturizer in generous amounts. Wintertime is a different story. My skin is still oily, but only in my T-zone. The rest of my face has awkward dry patches in the lower region of my face. 

Aveeno Skin Relief//
For dry patches, I like to dab this product on these areas. It is a pretty light product that works really well. 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula//
Last but not least is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. I don't like to use heavy products on my face, so I use this periodically. When I am applying the cocoa butter, I place it on the edges of my face which tend to be where my face is harshly dry.



Happy 2015 everyone! You know what time it is: New Resolutions. This year, I have decided to make my resolutions less vague and easier to follow. If you want to view my resolutions from 2014 click here.

365 Project//
I've been meaning to do a 365 on here for a while, but I wanted to wait for the new year so I could start from day one. Instead of calling the post 365 Project and making a post every single day, I want to add a little personal touch. Instead of my usual Monthly Babble, I could call them Weekly 365 to make it easier on myself.

Read at least 12 books//
This comes down to at least one book a month (not including books required for school). I'll admit, 2014 was not a book reading year for me at all. If you have any books suggestions, leave a comment below and I'll make sure to look them up. My favorite genres include mystery, thrillers, historical fiction, sometimes horror, all mixed in with a bit of romance.

Finish watching old animes//
I am the queen of unfinished books, TV shows, you name it! That's why, this year I need to put my foot down and finish my long list of unfinished animes. I'm that type of person who watches a show up until the very last episodes and drops them off. To name a few of the animes I need to finish: Peach Girl, Fushigi Yuugi, Magi the Labyrinth, Free!, SAO, Log Horizon, Hanasakeru Seishounen and add 100 other shows I probably forgot about.

Take better pictures//
Taking great pictures is an art I'd like to master and I know it isn't something that happens overnight. I'm hoping to save up money to buy a better camera (a DSLR hopefully), but that may not happen anytime soon. I'll have to make do with my Coolpix for now!

Perfect video editing skills//
I'm still fairly new to using iMovie, but this make it more of an adventure. I'm looking forward to learning the inside outs of the program and sharing some cool tips.

Love life more//
I realized that sometimes life isn't about the the big scale things. If you look closer, there are a hundred little things that make everything better. This year, I want to capture those little things on camera and share them all with you.



Time sure knows how to fly by fast. Two years ago, I decided to start my blog and it has taken a long journey to get to where it is today. 

Reaching 50+ followers
Starting an instagram
Writing more posts than the year prior
Receiving my second Liebster award

I would like to take a moment to say 'thank you' to those who have been there from the beginning, to newer followers, those who take the time to write comments, read my babble and everything else I forgot to mention. I look forward to writing even more posts than I did this past year (the number to beat is 43) and bring new ideas to the table. I hope you will continue to follow up with my posts and feel free to stop by and say 'hi' every so often!

"How fun is a straight road in comparison to a road with twists and turns?"



Here we are in 2015. We made it.

Now it's time to refresh ourselves and bring on the resolutions! I can't remember what I started off wishing for this year, but all I can say is that I was pretty content. 

2014 flew by even faster than 2013 if you ask me, even though so many things took place. Soon enough, I'll be graduating, starting college, and making new friends. It's pretty scary thinking about all the changes that can go down in one year. Not only this, but the hurdles that will pop up this semester. 

While uncertainty hangs in the air, I know one thing for sure: Changes don't occur overnight. They are usually gradual; which allows us time to think things through before making any tough decisions.

Who knows? Maybe 2015 will be smooth sailing from here on out? Let's see what it shall bring us.


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