My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, lovelies! 

I hope your 2016 is starting off full of health and happiness. 

Here we are almost one full week into the new year and I am just now taking time to make my goals for the year. I actually think it’s a good idea to wait a few days into the new year before cementing your resolutions. You need time for the newness of the year to wear off a bit and reality to set in. It’s so easy to get hyped up on December 31st and make resolutions that, in reality, you won’t keep. Then you feel bad when you can’t complete your unreasonable resolutions. One week ago I was resolving to cut my hair short, dye it purple, and run a marathon before May. Now, I have settled down a bit and have compiled a list of reasonable goals that will help me improve myself and my quality of life in 2016. 
SIDE NOTE: When you make your own resolutions do not be afraid to add, subtract, or change goals as you see fit. If you are working towards a goal and realize you need to change it to most benefit yourself, then do it. These are your goals.  Don’t eliminate or change a goal just because you are tired and don’t feel like trying anymore. If you think a goal is unrealistic then switch it out for something more attainable but still challenging. 

Ok, without further ado…here are my 2016 new year’s resolutions. 

1.  Read 15-20 books. This is one carried over from last year. I read about 10-15 books last year so only half of my goal. I read a lot of online newspapers,  blogs, and magazines but I want to set aside more time to read actual books. 

2. Complete a Tone It Up fitness challenge. I’m a Tone It Up girl! Are you?  I’ve been following the Tone It Up nutrition and fitness plan for about 4 years now and it is life changing. It helped me get into great shape for my wedding and the nutrition plan helped reduce my migraines and completely eliminate my stomach issues. Plus, there is a huge community of women who are all here to support each other. If you want to check it out you can visit their website HERE. Every year they have  a bunch of free challenges so my goal is to complete one. They have one going on right now if you’re interested. I also have a separate Instagram for Tone It Up and fitness in general. Follow me @liveloveandtiu. 

3. Volunteer at least once a month. I really want to get involved with the House Rabbit Society and volunteer with them at least monthly. Do you have any suggestions of other good places to volunteer? Let me know in the comments!

4. Create more great content for you. This year I want to take my blog, Instagram, and Youtube channel to the next level. I am already working on a brand new blog website that will hopefully be ready soon. I’m also planning out a new filming and editing set up for my YouTube channel.  Let me know in the comments if there are any specific video requests you have and I will try my best to make those happen. I can’t wait to share amazing content with you in 2016!

5. Take a class…or two. I love learning new skills and I think continuing education is good for everyone. Last year I took an American Sign Language class which I absolutely loved. This year I would like to take another ASL class and maybe something else. French? Photography? French Photography!? 




6. Try a new hairstyle. I’ve been rocking these straight, long locks for about a year and a half. It’s time to spice it up with a new cut and maybe color. 

7. Cook more. This year I want to set aside more time to cook and try new healthy recipes. Someone requested I make healthy recipe videos for my YT channel so I will definitely share those with you. 

8. Write more…with my actual hands. In this age of technology we don’t really even need to get out a pen and paper to write things down. I was recently looking at some old notebooks of mine and I noticed that my hand writing used to be so pretty. Now, it’s a jumbled mess because I hardly ever have to actually write things down. This year I want to handwrite in my journal, notes to friends, to-do lists…anything to get me hand writing things again. 

9. Stay connected with far away friends and family.  This year I want to make more of an effort to Skype, Facetime, text, and send cards to my family and friends who live far away. Sometimes it’s hard to manage different schedules and time zones but I really want 2016 to be the year that we stay connected better. 

10. Participate in my local community. This year I want to explore my local community and take a more active role. I would like to attend more community events, network with people, and participate in the local culture. This can also tie into my goal to volunteer more. I also want to explore the local nature and get outdoors more. 


What are you new year’s resolutions or goals? Let me know in the comments section below or on any of my social media sites. 

Cheers to an amazing 2016!

Courtney

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Bubble Curls: Quick and Easy Hair Tutorial

Today I combined two of my Black Friday finds to create a hair tutorial for you all.

If you follow me on Instagram (courtney.val) then you may have seen my new camera (yay!). I spent all of yesterday taking photos of my rabbit so today I thought I would branch out and give the video function some love. I also found a new hair curling device at a Black Friday sale yesterday and after I tested it out I was so happy with the result I just had to *try* to film a hair tutorial. This is my first tutorial so I hope it is easy to follow and you all enjoy it! 

Let me know if you would like to see any other types of tutorials and I will do my best to film them. 
Watch here:

Have a great weekend! 
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Affordable High End Makeup Splurge: Inglot

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today I uploaded a new video on my YouTube Channel sharing with you some high end makeup products I purchased semi-recently. While I was in Chicago this past September I stopped by the Inglot counter at Macy’s and picked up some new makeup goodies to try. I am sorry this post is so late but it just slipped my mind. Opps! Check out my video to see what I picked up and I also share some mini reviews of the products I’ve already used.

You can watch the video HERE or below:

As promised in this video I took some high quality photos while playing around with my dad’s Cannon T5 camera when I was visiting home. Check out the photos below. ** Their products have numbers instead names.

Overall view of my beauty splurge.

Empty Freedom System Palette.

Blush in shade #55 and face powder in shade #55

 Eye shadow trio in shade # 112R

Lip paint in shade #64
Eyeliner in shade #77
Thanks for stopping by! Leave any comments or questions below. 🙂

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Misogi Naturals Lather Master Soap Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hello Lovelies!
I have just posted a new video on my YouTube Channel reviewing the bath and body products from Misogi Naturals. This company is all natural, vegan, and eco-friendly. My husband and I have been using the Silk Kimono Lather Master soap for about a month and we are in love. It comes with a special exfoliating pad attached to the soap so you can exfoliate your skin, cleanse your skin, and then create a rich later to shave your legs. (or face, or wherever…) It also leaves a lasting fresh scent that is not too overpowering. The photos below are the 6 available scents. The 4.5 oz soaps retail for $12 each and the accompanying body butters are $18 each. I am doing a giveaway on my YouTube channel where you can enter to win of the the gift sets which includes both the body butter and soap. If you would like to enter head on over to the video HERE
Also I have a coupon code for you all to use to receive %15 off your order. Use code LatherMaster
**Giveaway rules at the bottom of this page**

GIVEAWAY RULES:
~ Must be 18+ or have permission from guardian to give out shipping address.
~Must like Misogi Naturals Facebook page HERE
~Be a subscriber to my YouTube channel. Subscribe HERE
~Give my review video a thumbs-up 
~Share the review video on any social media site and then leave a comment on the video with the link to where you shared the video and also say “enter me”.  You can enter once a day for 2 weeks. 
**You can also enter by leaving your link to where you shared the video on this blog post with the link to the shared video and state “enter me”. 
~Giveaway will run from 11/17/14 until 11/30/14 at 11:59 EST. 
~Once the winner is announced they will be contacted and have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. 
Thanks for joining me and good luck!
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30 Before 30 Challenge

Hello there!

I have decided to challenge myself to something a little crazy. While searching for birthday items for my husband’s 30th  I can across a lot of “30 before 30” pins on Pinterest. Many of the ideas related to a birthday scavenger hunt or 30-beer birthday cake but I have something else in mind.
I decided to make a list of 30 things I want to complete over the next year before I turn 30. Not only will this adventure be really fun and inspiring I think it will take the sting out of turning the big 3-0.

This past Sunday (Nov, 9th) I officially turned 29 so the challenge has begun. I had planned to have this post up on Sunday but life got hectic and that just didn’t happen.

On to the challenge….

Here are 20 of the goals on my list. I have a full set of 30 goals in mind but I want to leave a little wiggle room in case I get inspired or want to change something. After all, this is my challenge so I can do what I want. Ha!

I will be documenting this journey through this blog, Instagram, Twitter, and my YouTube channel. See below for all the links to follow me.

THE LIST:

1. Get Certified Medical Interpreter’s License
2. Reach 3,000 YouTube subscribers.
3. Read 30 Books in the next year
4. Run a 10k.
5. Start learning French.
6. Visit a new city.
7. Teach Luna (my bunny) 1 trick.
8. Write someone a letter every month.
9.  Vlog (video blog)  for 30 days
10. Invest in a better video/photo camera and lighting set-up.
11. Upgrade blog and buy domain.
12. Pay off my car.
13. Go Skydiving.
14. Go to a concert
15. Volunteer
16. Master 5 recipes
17. Take one photo a day for a year.
18. Make Christmas cards and send them out
19. Take care of dental work I have been avoiding.
19. Stay up all night and watch the sunrise.
20. Make and stick to self-care plan.

Thank you for joining me on this journey! If you have tried something like this before I would love your advice.

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New Social Media And Contact Info!

Hey there!

Some big changes are coming to my blog and a few have already happened. I want to make it easier for people to find me and my content so I have created a special Instagram and Twitter for all things Courtney!

Follow me!
Instagram: courtney.val
Twitter: @courtneywval

I already had a personal Instagram and Twitter but I know some of my family and friends don’t really want to constantly see pictures of meals, make-up, etc. So follow me through the accounts listed above!

Other types of posts you can expect on my new social media sites:
~Photos of sales, discounts, or bargains I see while shopping
~Motivational and inspirational content
~Pics of my bunny, Luna
~Mini-product reviews
~Beauty content
~Fashion content
~Budget-friendly and affordable ideas for every day living
~Travel content
~ and more!

I also have a new email address for comments, questions, business inquires, and vidoe/blog requests.  Email me at courtneywval@gmail.com

As always you can also connect with me through my Youtube channel .

Thanks for stopping by!

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Dollar Tree Haul Price Comparison

Hello Everyone!

I just posted a new video on my YouTube Channel. It’s another Dollar Tree Haul and this time I really found some great bargains. After I purchased the items from my haul I did some research to compare the actual value of the items to what I paid for them. I found these prices by doing a simple Google internet search so if you search yourself it is possible you will find prices that vary by $1-2. 

Below are the items from my haul with the quantity I purchased along with the total retail value. As you can see I saved 89% off of the retail value! That is amazing and so far all of the items I purchased at Dollar Tree have performed really well. 

 I encourage you to stop by your local Dollar Tree next time you are out shopping to see if you can find some great deals too. 

3 Fembody vitamins= $66  
3 Physician’s Formula spf 50 powder foundation=$30
3 Physician’s Formula Rose Quartz lip gloss=$21
2 Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips=$14
2 Physician’s Formula concealer pen=$14
2 Physician’s Formula baked eye shadow=$16
3 Physician’s Formual Mineral Blush-$30
1 Sports muscle ache cream=$9
2 Claudia Stevens Overnight Lip Plumper =$12
2 Claudia Stevens Plumping Lip Balm-$12
1 Raid Fly ribbon-$10
1 Got2b Smooth Operator Hairspray-$7
1 Got2b Fat-tastic Volumizing Hairspray= $9
1 Neon index cards=$3
1 Quinoa conditioner=$2
2 Sassy and Chic nail set= $2
1 Chalkboard labels= $4
3 Soft T-shirts=$18
1 2 count Soft Lips-$3
1 Sally Hansen Mineral Foot Soak=$9
2 Fing’rs Nail Polish Strips=$12

Total Value:$303
Total Paid: $38
89% savings!

Click the play button to watch my 2nd Dollar Tree Haul!



Thank you for stopping by and please leave any comments, questions, or blog/video requests in the comments section below. 

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L.A. Colors New Lipstick Packaging (Review+Swatches)

Hola!

A new video just went live on my YouTube Channel about the new revamped lipsticks from L.A. Colors. In that video I showed 6 of the colors on my lips so if you’re interested head on over there to check it out.

I found these at my local Dollar Tree but you can visit the L.A. Colors website  to see a complete list of stores that carry their products. Below I have included a full review and swatches of each lipstick. There are A LOT of colors in this line but I only found 6 colors at my local store. At $1 each I decided to get all 6 to show you. It was all for you! 😉

Bright Pink
This color is the most matte of all the shades I picked up. There is still a good amount of shine and it doesn’t make your lips look dry like some matte lipsticks I’ve tried. The color comes off quite bright on the lips and there is definitely a hint of purple or fuchsia in the shade.  This shade also makes your teeth look whiter.
Nectarine
This is another bright, daring color. In the tube it looks like a coral color but on the lips it comes off pretty orange. Orange-toned lipsticks are super trendy right now so this might be a good way to sport the trend without spending a lot of money. The finish is very silky with a little added shine.
Sorbet
This color is a really flattering rosy pink shade. I call this type of lipstick a “throw in my bag” color because I can just throw it in my purse and apply it wherever I am. You don’t need a mirror to get a nice application. The color is sheer but build-able. 
Dusty Rose
At first glance Dusty Rose and Sorbet look very similar but on the lips they look quite different. Dusty Rose is a more purple-toned color with a tiny bit of shimmer to it. It doesn’t look glittery though. This color also seems very flattering for a wide range of skin tones. The coverage is more opaque than Sorbet. I would say this is a medium coverage lipstick. 
Mauve Glaze
This color is the most neutral toned of all the shades I picked up. At first I thought it was a bit too mature for me but after applying it I think it looks nice for any age. You can build up the coverage on this one too. The finish is creamy and there is no shimmer or glitter. 
Luscious Wine
This last color is one of my favorites. In the tube it looks more berry than red but on the lips it has a nice blue-toned red hue. The finish is not matte but it’s also not super shiny. This shade is very pigmented so I would recommend using a lip brush for best application. This is another shade that makes your teeth look whiter. 
Here are the swatches I tested on my arm:
From top to bottom: Bright Pink, Nectarine, Luscious Wine, Mauve Glaze, Dusty Rose, & Sorbet

Overall I love these lipsticks and for the price I love them even more. The pigmentation is amazing and they glide on so smoothly. According to the packaging they all contain vitamin E and aloe. They feel like a lip balm but have the pigmentation of a lipstick so it’s the best of both worlds. While some of the shades stain your lips I was able to remove the majority of each color with a make-up wipe. I would definitely  recommend these lipsticks to women of any age.

Have you tried these or other L.A. Colors products? Let me know your thoughts or experience! You can comment down below, tweet me@imperfectperla, leave a comment on my YouTube channel here or even email me at cwlinguistics@gmail.com

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Courtney

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New Health Video!

Good Morning!

I just posted a new health related video on my YouTube channel. It’s about the current vitamins I take. I have been really good lately about consistently taking all my vitamins and I am noticing a positive difference inside and out. Check it out and let me know which vitamins you recommend.

Have a great day!

Courtney

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Have you seen my latest videos? Giveaway ending tonight!

TGIF Ya’ll!!

Have you seen the last few videos I have posted on my YouTube channel?  There is a giveaway happening on my April Favorites video and it closes tonight, May 9th at 11:59 PM EST. Enter to win a few neat treats!

You can head on over to My YouTube Channel-Blush&Bunnies to watch the videos or just watch below!

April 2014 Favorites+ Giveaway!

Review: Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant Face Serum

Hope you enjoy! Leave me any comments, questions, or requests below. Subscribe to my channel here for more health and beauty content.

Have a great weekend!

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