Reset and Reintroduce

Good morning/afternoon/evening!

I have been wanting to reintroduce myself back into blogging for the past year, but once my spark sets in, it suddenly dwindles down to a meer dim. Wow, didn’t that sound like it came out of a book? Lol! But all jokes aside, I have been back and fourth with the thought of rekindling my blog or just deleting it all together. It has just been sitting there for a while – with far too many fails of revamping it back up -, but after much deliberation, I found that it was because I wanted to keep a strict schedule with it. Ya know that whole W.I.A.W, Fun Fridays, yadda yadda ya, but that’s very repetitive to me personally. By no means am I bashing anyone that does that, it’s just not for me. I do still get those e-mails from some of my favorite bloggers and checking up on their thoughts, foods, and victories.

I’ve even wanted to try youtubing! I bought a camera, tripod, and an editing software, but it just didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I wasn’t up to the expertise standards and it all just flopped. I want to start making videos so bad, but I just have a back-in-the-mind thought always preventing me. I’m hoping that blogging again will help give me that umph.. or is it oomph?.. to start creating content. For now, I want to start small. I want to reset and start by a reintroduction of myself.

My name is Natalie Marie (last name with be hidden… for now), and I am 19 years old. I go to Grand Canyon University to receive my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Specials Education. I’ve gone back and forth with Psychology and a fitness centered degree, but ultimately teaching has my heart. The thing that has me already stressing – TWO WEEKS BEFORE I START – is that I have not three… not four… BUT FIVE CLASSES this semester!!!! WUT. I just…. oh lordy lordy lordy. I can’t imagine how much sleep I am going to lose over the next four months. You may be thinking (or not…), “four months? That’s not so bad! Law students and medical students have it far worse!” Yes.. yes.. yes… I have been watching a lot of How To Get Away With Murder, and I see how stressed the eff out they get, but I barely made it through four classes last year. By the way, I am obsessing over How To Get Away With Murder a.t.m.

I live at my boyfriend’s mom’s house out in AZ. She owns a rescue, so there are A LOT of dogs running around and A LOT of barks going on throughout all hours of the day and night. I also have an adorable puppy Crush. I remember it like yesterday when I held him at 6 weeks old and declared he was MINE instantly. You know it’s just one of those instincts you have when holding an animal and being like, “You’re mine now you precious little creature.” Well, that was what it was like with Crush. He looks DRAMATICALLY different than he did four months ago. He actually turns six months old today! Cue the puppy treats and toys! I spoil him so much, but I know he loves it!

I also have two hermit crabs, and two (soon to be three!) tortoises, and they are all my little babies. My hermit crab names are Miso and Roshi. Roshi is far more active whereas Miso just keeps to herself a lot of the time. My tortoises’names are Sheldon and Berry. My newest tortoises that should come this week is named Toby. I live with a lot of boys… good thing make-up keeps my girly side in tact.

I work at PetSmart as a pet care associate/professional dog bather. I am around a lot of animals, but I honestly love it. I would have gone into the animal field with being a vet, but I CANNOT under no circumstance can stand blood. Not even my own! One sight and I get dizzy instantly. I may have my own animal rescue one day, but that will be in the way future!

I’ve covered some basics, but let’s get down the the cookie-cutter traditional questions..

-Favorite animal: Owls


-Favorite color: purple and rose gold!

-Favorite movie: Titanic! (FOREVER AND ALWAYS) – I even have a tattoo of a quote from the movie!

-I do have five tattoos. (One Lion King, one Winnie the Pooh gang tattoo, two quotes, and a bunch of roses)

-I am obsessed with Disney. YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.

-Favorite song: Closer by the Chainsmokers and Halsey

-I love me some make-up. I may or may not have gone on a lot of make-up sprees a few months ago…

-I am VERY big on skin care. (Current skin care products shown below)


-I love love love love love coffee.


-I have been with my boyfriend for almost two years now.‚̧


-I am very into planning, organizing, and making lists.

-I am a big foodie.

-I love to exercise even though I also love to be super freakin’ lazy.

-I have taken three public speaking classes, and only the last one has made me more comfortable talking to people in public.

-I am a natural blonde, but I am rockin’ the red hair now!

-Hazelnut anything is my jam!

-I was born in upstate New York, but I have lived in Arizona for a majority of my life.

-I had heart surgery at three years old.

-I am extremely clumsy.

-I only lasted as a vegetarian for two years.

-I want to live a minimalist life, but I have a problem of accumulating a lot of things in a short amount of time.

I can’t really think of any more facts, but if you happen to have any more questions, you can ask my below!

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February Ipsy & BoxyCharm Review

Good morning/afternoon/evening!‚̧

Over the course of the past few months, my love for beauty products have grown exponentially. For years I have watched probably over 1000 make-up tutorials, and my biggest inspiration has always been Michelle Phan. Seeing her grown as both a YouTuber and business women, it has given me that boost to finally venture on beyond mascara and eye liner to a full range of beauty products. I love expressing myself with different looks with different color pallets every day! Beauty products are something I invest in, because it is a major thing that makes me happy.


A few months ago, I learned that I could get boxes each month with beauty products to try out, and eventually buy if I like them that much! I get monthly boxes from Ipsy and BoxyCharm. For Ipsy, it costs $10/month for 4-5 travel/sample size products that match you answers on a survey that you take upon joining as a member. These products can be up to over $50. As for BoxyCharm, you receive 5-6 full size products for $21/month. They are not based on a survey, but the total of all of the products are up to over $100 in value.

I have tested out all of these products, and I want to share my experience and opinion of all them with you!



  1. Jessica Liebeskind Vintage lip gloss
    1. The color is beautiful on this product. Although I was not a big fan of the brush to apply the lip gloss, it did give me a sheen that could not be outmatched. It in a color I would put over a pink lipstick, because it does look a bit tacky on plain lips.IMG_20160218_141712
  2. Margaret Dabbs London nail filer
    1. I didn’t understand what the product was at first until I looked it up. I found that there are fine crystals that make up the file for a clean cut file. The file did not apply much force, and it did its job. I was very happy with the end result. My nails turned out smooth and had no sharp edges.IMG_20160218_141729
  3. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in “I’m Kind of a Big Deal”
    1. When it comes to nail polish, I have a hard time finding a polish that that covers the area with thick coats. This nail polish came out thick, but not in a bad way. It provided a full covered, and there were no streak marks when applying an over coat. Plus, the color is super cute!ūüėÄIMG_20160218_141856
  4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
    1. I’m still iffy about this product. Although it acts as a good primer, it leaves my hands feeling oily for a few washes. I like to stick to a lotiony primer, because it feels like it applies more coverage. The oil is lightweight, and it does a good job, but I can’t really get past the oiliness.
  5. Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment
    1. I typically stick to tightly compacted pallet eye shadows, because they lack fallout, but this pigment was beautiful when blended with other eye shadows. As you could guess, this eye shadow is very pigmented. I thought it would be a but much with my fair skin, but it complimented both my blue eyes and red hair. There is a shimmer to it, and the sunlight really captures that. I would highly recommend it!



  1. Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String
    1. This body brush is great at exfoliating the skin! My skin felt a whole lot softer after using it the first time. The downside to it is the smell when it gets wet. It has a similar smell to Nair, and that smell makes me sick. I can get past that, because it is a great exfoliater, and my conditioner can out-smell it any day!ūüėČIMG_20160218_075355
  2. Beauty for Real Blush – Glow Stick
    1. My skin is very fair, so both the blush and illuminator showed up very clearly on my cheeks. The blush gave my cheeks a subtle natural rosy look (which I adore), and the illuminator (paired with my BH Cosmestics Carli Bybel highlighter) gave my face a dewy finish. I am all about that glow!ūüėÄIMG_20160218_142412
  3. Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask
    1. The mask was very cold upon putting it on my face, and when I rubbed it in. It was a but painful at first (I’m a baby with the cold), but it started to feel very soothing once I let it settle. After taking off the mask, it left behind a thicker moisture to rub in. I noticed that my face felt softer and cleaner than usual in the morning!IMG_20160218_142241
  4. Ofra Banana Powder Gadget
    1. I used this powder as a powder foundation instead of an eye shadow. It complimented my foundation and helped oxidize to a more natural shade. The powder actually helped tone down the redness in my face, and there was no oiliness or smearing at the end of the day.IMG_20160218_142259
  5. Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum
    1. I’ve only used the serum for the past few days, and I haven’t noticed that much of a difference. My bags haven’t been so badly lately, so I hope that it is helping with that. I don’t have any wrinkles or crows feet from using make-up, but I hope that this serum will help to keep it that way!IMG_20160218_141319
  6. RealTree for Her
    1. I don’t wear perfume that often, but I do enjoy putting it on before school! It has a sweetier more flowery smell. It is a more intense smell after two sprits, but it is lovely. I would recommend it to perfume enthusiests.ūüôā


Overall, I was impressed with all of the products. They had their pros and cons, but I cannot wait to see what I receive next month to review!


-Do you try monthly sample boxes?

-What are some of your favorite beauty products?

-Did any of these products capture your interest?

-What is something you did over the weekend?


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Currently . . . Feb. 2016

Good morning/afternoon/evening loves!‚̧

I am slowly making my way into blogging again (by slow I mean a tortoise trying to walk through peanut butter slow!). It feels good to write everything out again and connect with the bloggers I used to read every single day! I typed up this post just before I have to head to class while sipping on some hazelnut coffee… mmmm.‚̧ Today marks 1 year 4 months with the love of my life which even makes today that much more special.‚̧ January was a good month for me, but February is already turning out to be even better! ¬†mI thought I would share some currently’s, and hope to see what you are currently into as well! Without further ado…


Currently Reading . . . Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner


Currently Listening to . . . We Found Love – Rihanna

Current Non-Guilty Pleasure . . . Napping, napping, and even more napping

Current Nail Color . . . Nude

Currently Drinking . . . Arizona Green Tea Zero


Currently Eating . . . Power Crunch Salted Caramel Energy Bars


Current Obsession . . . Sharp eyeliner wingsūüėČ


Currently Wishing . . . to go back to Disneyland


Currently Needing . . . some cute dresses for the warmer weather

Current Bane of Existence . . . stress overloadūüė¶

Current Indulgence . . . Make-up‚̧


Current Procrastination . . . Making more videos…

Current Confession . . . I’m really bad at taking my fish oil pills everyday…


Current Blessing . . . I am getting more hours at work!

Current Excitement . . . I just started my first week of a 90-day challenge to kick start my fitness journey again!

Current Mood . . . Motivated af.ūüėÄ


Current Workout . . . Fast paced treadmill walking after lifting weights

Current Link . . . (literally obsessed <3)

Current App . . . Instagram!



-What are you currently indulging in?

-What are you currently excited for?

-What is your current blessing?


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And We’re Off to Flagstaff, AZ!

Good afternoon!ūüôā

I had the pleasure earlier this week to take a mini trip with my boyfriend to Flagstaff, AZ to go play in the snow before it all melted! It was kind of a last minute idea, but never-the-less we had an amazing time!


Also, I finally got the chance to film for the first time with my new camera that I got back a few months ago. I’ve been wanting to record videos for the longest time, but I’ve always shied out of actually filming a video. Although this was just testing the water to see how I felt with the camera, I actually quite enjoyed filming the trip! I do admit that I went a little overboard with the speed, but it was my first time editing a personal video with a new editing program.


At the beginning of the trip, we went to Northern Arizona University to meet up with two of my friends from middle school! It was a last minute trip, so we only got a cup of hot chocolate at Starbucks and walked around the campus a bit. Little did I know how windy it was, and I was only wearing jeggings. /: It was so nice catching up with them a bit and see how they have been all of these years, but unfortunately we did not get to take any pictures together.


Afterwards, we went to Wendy’s to have a small meal and decide where we were going to go next. Wing Mountain¬†closed at 4 p.m., so we decided to make our way up there just to see if there were any open fields to play in. Luckily, we found a little field on the side of the road to play in! I couldn’t contain myself when I saw all of the open area to make a snowman and play around in.ūüôā

Of course we took a few pictures before actually going into the snow, because how can you not take any pictures on a vacation?! Once we finished, I practically darted into the snow to go build my first snowman! It was a process, but well worth it to create Oswald! What an accomplishment he was to me; my first ever snowman!ūüėÄ After we finished him, we wrestled a bit in the snow and explored the woods a bit. It was such a magical feeling to be there and experience nature’s beauty. It saddened me to leave, but it was such a memorable trip that I have captured in the video.


My boyfriend, Donald, was kind enough to be the film-man while I got to soak up the snow and all of its goodness! It was a bit rough to make this video flow together well with all of the different random clips, but ¬†I will get better as time goes on. I hope ¬†you enjoy my video, and don’t get too dizzy from the shaking in the beginning.ūüėČ ALSO, please provide feedback with what would be good video ideas and what content you’d like to see! I will be experimenting a lot, so I hope you enjoy what is to come.ūüôā


Thank you again and have an amazing weekend!‚̧


-What kind of videos should I start making?

-Do you enjoy the snow or the heat?

-Have you ever made a snowman?


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Hello, again!

Good morning (or evening)! It has been quite a few months – almost seven months – since I have last posted on my blog. At the time, it become so overwhelming as I was transitioning into more schooling, work, and spending time with family, friends, and my boyfriend. I am happy to say that I am back! For good this time! I’ve actually been wanting to for a while now, but I was… nervous to come back. I was nervous to open up about my life again, but so many great things have happened, and I miss sharing important events to whoever stumbles upon my blog.


Along with blogging again, I am in the process of starting up my own YouTube channel. In the past I started making videos on my blog, Visionesque, but I never took it so seriously. Those were the days where I planned to make videos, do voice overs to blog posts, blog every day, and practically be on social media 24/7. It lasted for a week, but then it became a little too overwhelming. I am coming prepared this time with an actual camcorder, a tripod, good camera quality, editing software, and an open mind. I’m hoping to reach a wide range of people with my videos, and for now I am thinking of making it a lifestyle channel. Of course the word “lifestyle” is a very vague word, but that opens up for a wider range of imagination!

I’d also like to do a little life update in this post – since I am returning and I want to catch up, or introduce some of myself, with you guys! To start off with my schooling, I did start going to a traditional classroom again for classes. I took a year to work in the online environment, but I feel more confident with my learning and work in a traditional classroom. It’s great to make actual friends that I can have conversations with instead of sending e-mails or commenting back and fourth on posts! For work, I am working two jobs right now. My first job is working in retail as the phone operator, and my second job is putting together lost orders for Macys! My retail job is a day job, and my second job is overnight, so I do unfortunately lose a lot of sleep some days. Le sighhh… Ya girl needs her sleep! Lol! As for my love life, I am going strong with my love, Donald. We have been together for almost a year and a month! We are planning to day a quick trip to Flagstaff this Sunday to see the snow, and once my birthday comes about in December, I will be going to Disneyland for three days! *Squeeeeeeel* I also got a new car, a great dane, and a tortoise named Sheldon!


I feel like ¬†am in a place where I am genuinely happy with how my life is going. I am ready to take on new challenges with creating YouTube videos and blogging! I am doing this because I think it will be fun and a great way to connect with different people! I miss the connection I had with the bloggers I did talk to. You all really got me. I’m excited to be back, and I have a lot of different ideas as to what will come!

P.S. I have now officially taken on the nickname HunnnyBuns!‚̧


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We’ve Got the Power in our Hands

Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Instagram. Tumblr. Youtube.

Those are some of the names of the largest social media websites on the internet. There are millions of people that long on or go to these websites every single day. They hold the attention of both past and present generations. People are on their iPhones, iPads, iPods, Androids, tablets, etc. constantly liking, commenting, and sharing content. It’s pretty hard to go outside into the public and not see someone on their phone.

These websites hold influence to many actions and opinions, especially to the newest generation today. Pretty much every time I go out and about, I see an electronic in a child’s hand. I’ve heard, and seen, children talking about their profiles. They use derogatory terms like “thots” and other profanity, making judgments about themselves (like saying that they’re “soooo fat”), and especially judgments of other people for being different or not keeping up with what’s “cool.”

In my opinion, social media is a VERY powerful thing. It’s where people connect, learn new things or learn about what’s going on in the world, and open up their horizons to new ideas. BUT it also has the power of persuasion. Companies send out messages on what beauty “truly” is or what people need to do/buy to be accepted or “cool.” They have the power, on social media, to distort images of what people “need” just so they can get a quick buck.

I admit, I am constantly checking social media, and all throughout my scrolling, I’ve seen negativity on each of the websites listed above in some shape or form. People degrading other people for being different or not reaching their standards. As much as some people don’t want to believe it, words are a powerful thing. Beauty has been distorted by words and images. (You know what they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”). What’s essentially “cool” has been altered by words over the years. What’s “wrong” has been distorted by words. Hate has been promoted. Envy has been promoted. Unrealistic expectations have been promoted.

In this situation, I don’t believe the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” holds true here. I’ve fallen victim to, along with other people, judgment, envy, and hatred.

Social media has so much power, and in all honesty, it scares me. It’s worries me for the generation now and for future generations to come. Technology is everywhere and it is constantly expanding every day. Its intention was for good, but there has been so much negativity that has grown over the years on it. Yes, I agree whole heartedly that people have the right to speak their minds. I respect that people have their own views, but I think that people should spread more positvity rather than negativity.

“Your flame doesn’t grow any higher by blowing out anothers.” -Unknown.

-No questions.. Just your thoughts.

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Thinking Out Loud ; 4/9/15

Good morning/afternoon/evening!‚̧


Whew, you guys! I’m excited to once again join the Thinking Out Loud link up over on Amanda‘s page! It’s been quite some time since I last posted my thoughts, and in all honesty, I missed it. I missed typing out my sparatic thoughts and reading what others said/thought. I’ve learned to come that other people think how I do about things, and I think it is a fantastic way to form friendships! I hope to spark some new friendships as time goes on. I’d love to be all of your friends!ūüėÄ Now, onward to the thoughts!

1. I saw the absolute CUTEST video two nights ago. It’s about a baby elephant meeting their mother for the first time in years. The baby was taken years earlier for exhibition. Their reunion made my heart melt. Seriously, my eyes were tearing up as I was watching it. All my parents could hear me say was “My heart! Oh my goodness.. SO PRECIOUS.” You NEED to watch this video. It is a guaranteed way to make your day.ūüôā

2. I am SO close to getting my first car! I am hoping to get it by the beginning of May, because let’s face it.. I simply cannot ride my bike to work and other places in the Arizona heat. Riding in 115 degree heat? No thank you.

3. I’m excited to celebrate the six month anniversary of my relationship with my boyfriend! I don’t know exactly what we are going to do, but regardless I’m excited. These six months have flown by, and he has been making me the happiest girl in the world! I could go on and on and on with all of the lovey-doveyness, but I’ll save that for a later post.ūüėČ


4. I am really liking my darker hair color after about 2 months. It took some time to get used too, but I actually think it suits me better than blonde!


5. Do you ever get those really sudden urges to do so much with your life and complete so much? Well, that’s me whenever I am working. I don’t know what it is about cleaning, but it sure gives me so much motivation. I guess it’s because I am doing something productive, but I get my best ideas then. Does this happen with anyone else?!

6. I am addicted to the app Tsum Tsum. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever. If you download, I warn you that it can be addicting.ūüėČ


7. I’m really excited that I get to go to the Lana Del Rey concert in about a month! It’s on May 14th, and I keep telling my friend how epic it is going to be!


8. I have been having the urge to go to California lately. Specifically the beach and Disneyland. I miss Disneyland, and I would love to lay out on the sand next to the beach. I am hoping to take a mini vacation to CA when I get a car, because I would need to pick it up there. I will make it a priority to go to the beach.. maybe even a pier. Gahh, SO excited thinking about it.ūüėÄ

9. Currently obsessed with these two songs:

10. I hope that you are having an amazing day!‚̧

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