Farewell Post

So this is supposed to be a “farewell” post for my blog since I am currently doing this blog for an online journalism class at my university and I need to post this for a grade, but it’s not going to be a farewell because I’m most likely going to continue posting on this blog occasionally. Less often than once a week, but I’ll still be here.

I learned a lot making this blog. I went outside of my comfort zone a lot in order to get interviews for the blog, reaching out to people was tough for me but it was rewarding. I learned how to organize my thoughts into posts more so people are able to read them. Most of all I learned that I do have something to share and that a lot of things that I know aren’t common knowledge or common sense, and they’re worth sharing.

These are my five favorite posts that I have made so far!

Easy Weight Loss for Lazy Gurls

Interview with South Jersey Makeup Artist Nia Clark

N.J Hairdresser Kendall Johnson Talks About Her Views of Hairdressing and Gives Easy Hair Advice

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Q&A With Anna Bankester of Bee Beauty

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Nicole Lynn/Glamwar.ous

Most of my favorite posts were definitely ones where I interviewed people because I thought the stories everybody told were very interesting, and I loved talking to people that were passionate about the same things as me! These were typically more challenging posts, but I found them the most rewarding and fun.

Thank you to everybody reading my posts and liking everything so far! I’ll definitely keep posting occasionally in the future!

Easy Weight Loss for Lazy Gurls

So the freshman 15 hit me HARD, except I’m a junior and it was 30 pounds. The junior 30? I made a new thing.

After avoiding the scale for months, I stepped on it and saw that I was 165 pounds and I knew that I had to change. I was overweight for the first time in my life and it took a huge toll on my self esteem. When I was a teenager I actually struggled with being underweight for a long time, and gaining weight was a struggle. I was on the opposite end of the spectrum then, and years of not caring about what I ate and never exercising finally caught up to me. I realized I wasn’t immune to gaining weight.

So obviously I’m terribly lazy. I don’t like cooking, exercising, or basically any vegetables or healthy foods. I like drinking on the weekends like every other college student, and it seemed like every fitness personality on the internet preached to eat a completely clean diet, exercise for hours everyday, and to barely drink any alcohol.

I do not think that this is sustainable for the average person. In order to lose weight and to keep it off, you need to have a routine that you can continue for your entire life. For me, that is moderation and knowing exactly what I am eating.

Step One:

I did a lot of research and the first thing I realized I needed to know was how many calories my body burned a day. There are online calculators and formulas that you can google to see how many calories your body burns personally, but currently I am 5’7 and 157 pounds with a relatively inactive lifestyle, so my body burns around 1,800 calories a day. That is also how many calories that I need to eat to maintain my weight.

So since I need to eat 1,800 calories to maintain my weight, I need to eat at a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. A lot of people eat at a 500 calorie deficit, so they would eat 1,300 calories a day. But I don’t mind losing weight a little more slowly, so I aim for 1,400 calories a day and if I’m under that it’s fine.

With a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day, you will lose one pound a week since it takes a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose one pound.

Step Two:

I think it is essential to track your calories. In order to lose weight you need to know what you are putting into your body and how many calories it has. A ton of people underestimate how many calories they eat a day and then get confused when they gain weight or can’t lose weight. It sounds like a ton of work to track everything that you put into your mouth, but it really isn’t.

There are free apps to do this such as MyFitnessPal and LoseIt that make it simple.

If you cook a lot of food at home you can buy a food scale and then weigh everything out and calculate the calories like that. MyFitnessPal and LoseIt have a search feature that has basically every chain restaurant, so if you want to eat a McDouble you type it in and the calories pop up for you.

Seeing everything that you eat in the day laid out in front of you with all of your calories is really game changing and makes losing weight way easier. It literally takes a few seconds after you eat and you’re done.

Step Three:

I tried for the first week of my diet to eat completely healthy and I was miserable. Like I said before, I realized that eating completely healthily was NOT sustainable for me and once I was done with my diet I would just gain all of the weight back that I lost.

I realized that the only thing that matters is calories. As long as your body burns more calories than you consume, you lose weight.

So I started eating whatever I wanted again, but in moderation and I recorded everything that I ate into LoseIt. Now instead of eating an entire pizza I eat a few slices, if I want fast food I get some chicken nuggets and not a huge meal, and if I want to drink I make sure I leave enough calories in my day so I am able to do so.

If I want to eat something that is 1,000 calories I just don’t eat it or I split it in half. It’s seriously that simple and it is working for me.

It also makes it much, MUCH easier if you cut out liquid calories and just stick to water. I cut out soda because I found that it was just calories that I could be eating. Also, if you drink water before your meals or when you are slightly hungry it drastically cuts your appetite. Water is great, drink a lot of it.

Optional Step Four:

Alright so I know that being lazy means that I shouldn’t be exercising, but exercising just makes dieting so much easier. It does not have to be running or anything crazy.

When I first started dieting I was DEAD set against exercising, I was set on losing all of my weight without exercising. But then I thought…. hey if I exercise then I can eat more food. I made that connection and that was all of the motivation that I needed.

You don’t have to exercise, but it helps and you can fit boneless wings into your diet more easily sooo you probably should.

I am the most out of shape person on the planet and I can’t run a mile without wheezing and wanting to die. I bought a super cheap gym membership for $20 a month and I do easy exercises like walking on the treadmill at an incline and riding on the stationary bike. Doing this I typically burn around 400-500 calories a workout, which is a ton of food. You don’t have to run, you don’t have to do anything crazy, you just have to walk.

 

I watch Netflix when I exercise too because otherwise I would just get bored and music didn’t stop the boredom for me. Netflix keeps you entertained and makes you stop focusing on how much you would rather be in your bed. It made me from only staying on the treadmill for 15 minutes to staying on for an hour. Three episodes of Parks and Recreation makes time fly.

Also:

Lean Cuisines are amazing if you are too lazy to cook and just need a fast, low calorie meal. Their mac and cheese is my life force.

That’s basically all that I do! You don’t have to buy anything unless you feel like getting a gym membership, but that’s not required and you could just cut calories and lose weight like that! I hope that this helped at least one person get motivated to lose weight! It’s not as scary and intimidating as it seems.

Thanks for reading!

Easy Two Ingredient DIY Lip Scrub! Say Goodbye to Chapped Lips

I struggle IMMENSELY with chapped lips. They get dry so easily, and then I have an awful habit of biting my lips and that makes the situation way worse.

When I feel like my lips are doing especially terrible, I put together this two ingredient lip scrub and my chapped lips are gone instantly. They go from being rough, peeling, and ugly to perfectly smooth. It is the easiest thing in the whole world, and you most likely already have what you need in your kitchen.

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Photo/Kaity Kline

All you need is honey, sugar, and a container to mix them together in. It can be any type of honey, and any type of sugar. It does not matter, just use what you have and it will turn out fine.

I don’t use any specific measurements either, I just eyeball it. There should be more honey in the container than sugar.

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Honey Photo/Kaity Kline
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Sugar on the honey Photo/Kaity Kline

I just used a really small amount of honey since that is the amount that I had left and it is a good amount for a single use. I sprinkled enough sugar to cover the top of the honey. Then I just used my finger to mix it together and put it directly onto my lips.

Then I spend about 30 seconds just rubbing my lips together and then I lick it off. It tastes good and it’s better than washing it off. Then I usually go in a second time and repeat the process. Then my lips are smooth and look great!

This is my before and after!

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Before Photo/Kaity Kline
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After! Photo/Kaity Kline

And that’s all that I do! I hope that this was helpful to somebody that has chapped lips that seem like they won’t go away. It only takes a few minutes, so even somebody as lazy as me can do it, and it makes a huge difference!

N.J. Hairdresser Kendall Johnson Talks About Her Views on Hairdressing and Gives Easy Hair Advice

I sat down with Kendall Johnson, a 20-year-old hairdresser located in central New Jersey to get her views on her profession. She shared with me her favorite and least favorite part of hairdressing, gave tips to beginners, and told me what she thinks people neglect the most in their hair care routine.

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Nicole Lynn/Glamwar.ous

Nicole Lynn is a 34-year-old mother, dermatology nurse, and beauty enthusiast that began her WordPress blog, glamwar.ous last fall. Nicole was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Minnesota in 1991. She currently lives in Excelsior, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She has worked as a dermatology nurse for the past seven years in a primarily medical dermatology practice, and enjoys her job as well as interacting with people of all ages. Nicole also has a 15-year-old son who is a freshman in high school. In addition to blogging, she also loves summertime, boating, and wide-brim hats.

Nicole started blogging during her recovery period after having C5-6 cervical artificial disc replacement surgery, which left her out of work for a month. She always wanted to start blogging, and finally had the time to begin during her recovery period- making blogging her focus while recovering.

Her favorite part about beauty blogging is that she loves sharing her opinion with others as well as the numerous connections she has made within the beauty community. She values the moral support and encouragement she’s received. She enjoys reading other beauty blogs over beauty magazines.

Nicole comes up with ideas on what to post randomly, and has upcoming posts in progress such as Target and Sephora hauls, and is planning on writing a piece on sun protection, which is something she is very passionate about. She does a fair number of sponsored, non-biased product reviews that take a long time to plan and edit. She is planning on limiting the amount of sponsored reviews that she does to focus on letting her creativity shine.

The most challenging part of blogging to Nicole is posting on a regular schedule, and is still trying to establish a consistent blogging routine while working full time and driving her son around to his various activities. She says it’s all about time management and setting a routine for yourself.

Her advice to anybody first starting out blogging is “do it because you love it and want to share that passion. That should be your number one reason. The perks of receiving free products and making money from affiliate links are great, but don’t allow it to influence your opinions that you share with others. More and more people are placing their trust in bloggers and social influencers. Be cognizant of that.”

Nicole believes that sun protection is the number one thing that everyone of all ages should make their top priority, and is also the top thing that people overlook during their skincare routines. She knows many dermatologists that encourage those in their late 20s and 30s to use Retin-A (tretinoin) nightly. She says it has been used and studied for decades and has known effectiveness against wrinkles through the stimulation of underlying collagen.

She also advises to keep your skin well hydrated with a good moisturizer and to drink water to help with your overall skin health. She believes that sunscreen should be used as a daily part of people’s skincare routines, since even intermittent sun while driving and walking to your car adds up.

I asked Nicole what two of her holy grail skincare products were, and the first was Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion, which she says is very lightweight, absorbs oil and also controls excess sebum production. The second is Elta UV Clear Broadspectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen, which she says is the best facial sunscreen she’s used. It’s oil-free, non-comedogenic, zinc-oxide based, paraben free and wears perfectly under makeup.

I also asked Nicole what one of her favorite beauty hacks was, and she said that when her skin starts to feel dry from extreme cold, she mixes her tretinoin cream with her nighttime moisturizer to combat the drying effect of the tretinoin.

Check out Nicole’s blog by clicking here!