Explore More. Explore Your World.

Remember that kid in school who always knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life?
Yeah, I was never that kid.
I don’t think I ever knew why until quite recently, when exploring career options online led me to my answer to that dreaded question: What are you going to do with your life?

Because I grew up in a small, rural community, I believe that I was only presented with limited options for my future when I was younger. I could only imagine a cookie-cutter career as a doctor, lawyer, or teacher. I thought that, for me, teaching sounded almost right. As I grew up, however, I became exposed to much more of the world than just own small community. Through television, the internet, movies, and music, I learned that there was so much more to the world than I had previously known. From a young age, I’ve always been attracted to the idea of exploring that world. Soon, I realized that my goals were at odds with the answer that I had chosen for my future.

It feels completely like fate to me that I was able to find and research the answer that feels fully right to me: TESOL. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. That is what I want to do with my life. I want to travel the world and teach English, the language, grammar, and literature. No one I had ever known had practiced this profession and I had never read anything about it before. But that is the beauty of exploring the internet, it brings our global community and all our unique experiences as individuals closer together than ever. Now I’m able to connect through e-mail with TESOL educators all across the world who have been able to answer my questions and advise me about my own future within the field.

Without the ability to explore the internet, I might have never discovered the opportunities available for me in a career in TESOL. I would have never made the decision to apply to join the Peace Corps after graduating college, which is a step that many who study TESOL take in their careers.
I feel like the internet is an especially helpful tool for people who are researching careers and job opportunities outside of the United States, because the internet allows us to explore other cultures in order to make educated decisions on our own abilities to assimilate into those cultures.
While nothing will replace the actual experience of living in a new culture, technology today allows us to visualize and engage with other cultures in ways we have never before been able to do. I’m able to learn so many things about a culture: the language, the recipes, and the social norms, without ever leaving my own home in the Midwestern U.S..

I encourage everyone to explore their world, both in real life and online, in order to fully engage with their world. Knowledge is a key tool in order to become a member of and participate in the global community.

Life Update: Back From Vacation!

Hi guys! I’m alive! I missed this blog and all of the lovely people I follow here so much! I just got back (well, got back a couple days ago =P) from a week-long vacation in South Texas. If you guys want to see some of what I was up to while I was gone, keep reading!

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Oh, how pale I am… wait, I mean how pale I WAS. Oops. I may or may not have used proper sun protection and I am feeling it now. Learn from my mistakes! It is no fun to come home from vacation and have your most prominent souvenir be painful red, blistered shoulders. Shoulders aside, I do have a bit of a bronze going on… a bit, at least.
I had so much fun visiting my dad, going to the Texas State Aquarium, taking my first boat ride, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in my life, and… drum roll please!… I got to see Fall Out Boy play a concert in Corpus Christi. They’re my favorite band, so it meant a lot for me to get to see them live for the second time in my life!
Now I have only a week before I go back to school for my third year of college! STRESS!!! And I am hoping I’ll be able to blog more often again here before I go and then again once things settle down at school (if they ever will! I hope!).
Thanks guys for reading & I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! Did you go on a vacation? I want to know where! – Lyz ♥

P.S. I’ll leave you with a pic I snapped at the beach of Port Aransas, TX. So lovely! So peaceful at dusk!

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NYX Powder Blush in Peach

Hey guys!  Today I want to share a drugstore product that has a heck of a reputation: NYX blushes. Specifically, this post is on the shade Peach.

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Contrary to the name, Peach is a light, slightly yellow-toned pink blush that gives a very light, natural appearance on the cheeks.

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This up close swatch shows the only small problem with this blush: it’s a touch powdery. It does blend well, and considering the price point of these blushes, I personally don’t mind.

What othet shades of this blush do you guys recommend? I’d love to know! – Alyza ♡

NOTD: 4th of July Mani

It’s that time of year: BBQs, sunshine, parades, fireworks, and the good old red, white, and blue. So here’s my contribution to the, no doubt, onslaught of Independence Day manis that you’ll be seeing!

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The colors I used are: Essie’s Butler Please, Revlon’s Fast Dry Snow Bunny, Sinful Colors’ Ruby Ruby, and LA Colors’ Art Deco White.

I used Snow Bunny alone on 3 nails, Ruby Ruby alone on one, and Butler Please alone on one other.
For two nails I tried layering Snow Bunny over Ruby Ruby or Butler Please for a peek-a-boo color glitter effect. It worked much better over Butler Please than Ruby Ruby. Snow Bunny is quite opaque in just one coat!
I put Butler Please down on my right thumbnail and dotted the Art Deco White over it to mimic the stars on the flag and on the reverse thumb I used a combo of dots and stripes to mock up the flag (and you can see a smudge in one of the stripes, sorry!).

That’s all, folks! Have a happy and safe 4th of July! - Alyza xox

My Everyday Nail Polish Favorites

Hey guys! Today I thought I’d share my favorite nude/neutral nail colors with you guys. Nine times out of ten, one of these colors will be on my nails, and one of them will always be on my toenails. I’m a bit boring in my love for neutral nails, but they just go with everything and it’s so easy, especially during the school year, to not have to think too hard about what you’re painting your nails!

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Essie is a great brand to check out for neutral shades! (I’m totally lemming “Eternal Optimist” right now, it’s next on my list!) A lot of them are quite sheer, but these three have good opacity and are lovely to wear. Sand Tropez is a slightly cool-toned beige, Chinchilly is a grey-ed cool taupe, and Cocktails & Coconuts is a warm tan with subtle white/gold shimmer.

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These three are sort of miscellaneous. Julep Sienna is an odd sort of “everyday” shade, it’s a super shimmery metallic champagne, but I just love it so much and find it quite wearable. Deborah Lippmann Naked is an infamous polish, it’s a nice nude but it’s incredibly sheer up to five coats. If you like a dusty rose/brown nude, then you’ll love Vacation Time by Sinful Colors it’s so smooth, lovely, and affordable!

Hope you guys like this post! What is your go-to everyday polish? – Alyza ♥

NOTD: Essie Cocktails and Coconuts

Hey guys! I impulse-bought this Essie polish on Amazon a week ago because I have almost used up all my nude polishes (I am the rare freak that actually finishes nail polish on the regular) and I’ve been salivating over this shade since it came out this spring with the Resort collection 2014.

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Cocktails & Coconuts is a great nude for summer when you want a break from the usual pinks, corals, neons, teals, etc. of summer. This shade is a warm tan with subtle flecks of shimmer (that really do remind me of shavings of coconut!) and it screams summer to me. It sort of looks like a sandy beach. The formula is smooth and applies like a dream. Looks like it’s giving me lobster hands in this picture, but it really isn’t. I would recommend this for people who are a bit more tan, though. – Alyza =]

Depotting a Bottle of UDPP

Okay, so, like you all, I’ve seen a lot of people depotting UDPP in the old (now discontinued) genie bottles. It’s a bit played out at this point, but oh gosh, guys. I’ve had this bottle of Primer Potion in Sin for 4 years! FOUR YEARS. I thought I had dug it all out by twisting the wand this way and that. Every time I thought it was ready to depot, suddenly it was usable again for another year, but it seemed especially dry today, so I finally cut it open.

IMG_20140605_162948Ugh! It’s great that I’ll be able to use it for another six months or so (since Sin is my all-time favorite primer) but it’s also super messy to depot. I put mine into a nicely airtight piece of Tupperware because it was what I happened to have on hand. I should probably invest in some empty pots.

I see why they changed the packaging after all, but does anyone else hate the squeezie tubes? I used this genie bottle everyday for 4 years (and now I can use it longer) but I bought a squeeze tube of the original UDPP and it kicked the bucket for good six months on! Oh well. - Alyza