My Hiking Essentials

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Hiking Essentials- Getting out an about while on your period only makes you feel better! I love going hiking and escaping reality, so I'm showing you some of my hiking essentials!

When there is actually warm weather in Ohio, I love spending my time outside.  Getting out in nature has always been something I love doing because it gets me away from reality so I can enjoy what God has created.  When my period strolls around, getting out and being active is more important that ever. Some women may let their period affect how they live their life, but why should we let this happen?  With great feminine products, like U by Kotex®, make managing you period so easy, you barely even know it’s there.

Hiking Essentials- Getting out an about while on your period only makes you feel better! I love going hiking and escaping reality, so I'm showing you some of my hiking essentials!

For my birthday a couple months ago, Cory took me to a state park for the weekend to go hiking.  I had asked to go for my birthday present and must admit, this weekend was the best present!  I was absolutely blown away by the scenery and had such a great time being outdoors and away from reality.  Being home, we rarely have time just the two of us to be together and strengthen our relationship.  Reminiscing over these pictures made me nostalgic about the experience, and it made me want to share my hiking essentials with you guys!

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Trying New Trends: Styling a Romper

Hey friends! This is going to be a shorter post today because I just wanted to share what has been on my mind lately and this super adorable romper from Mo & Cho.  I have also collaborated with Summer, from Coffee With Summer, who is also showing you how to style a romper today!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

I feel as if everywhere I turn or magazine I look at there is a girl wearing a romper.  The trend of this season has really made me want to buy literally all the rompers I see because they are so fun and look so comfy to wear!  And every time I see one, I ogle over the trend and immediately think about how I wish I could pull off styling a romper.  I begin to compare my body with the girl I’m looking at or just start tearing about everything about my own body.  Yes, I know this is extremely unhealthy and I rarely ever body-shame, but we all have slip ups.  

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

I fell deeply in love with this romper from Mo & Cho because the model really made it look awesome on.  However, once I got it and tried it on I felt so out of my element because it’s nothing like what I wear.  Embarased, I told my mom that I didn’t think I could wear this out in public because my body just wasn’t right for the romper. In response, my mom told me that the romper looked awesome on and that I had no choice but to wear and blog about it

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Had I not been told that I was forced to wear the romper, I don’t think I would have.  Not at all because the romper isn’t adorable (for the rec, I’m totally in love with it), but because I didn’t feel comfortable wearing trends I have never tried before.  This really got me thinking though…trends only last a short while, so am I going to be uncomfortable the rest of my life as seasons and trends change?! The answer: hell no.

Yeah, the first time wearing something different may feel a little awk, but what if it happens to be your favorite thing of life?! I heard this quote the other day that said, “You will either win, or you will learn,” which really made me think about wearing different trends.  You’re never going to lose by trying something new–you’ll either be able to completely pull off the look, or learn that it’s not right for you.  Either way, you come out on top.  Looking at these pictures makes me so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone styling a romper and tried something new that really made me nervous!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Styling a romper may feel like something completely foreign and out of your comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that you're not the only one and want to encourage you to try the trend too!

Regardless of the way you *think* your body looks, don’t ever tell yourself you can’t wear a certain style because of what society tells you.  If there is something that you have been dying to test out, go for it and don’t let anyone hold you back.

Outfit Details:

Romper: Mo & Cho (c/o)

Necklace: Gabriel Brothers (similar here and here 

Shoes: Target (several seasons ago, similar here and here)

Bag: Coach

 

Get Your Skin Ready For Fall

Don't let the anxiety of going back to school in the fall cause you to break out! Keeping great care of your skin is so important during this time

You guys.  I need to share a really upsetting story with you right now.  Just wait, because I know this is going to upset you too.

The other day I was casually walking through Target looking for one thing but had about 10 completely unrelated products in my cart (as we all tend to do).  I rounded the corner away from the electronics section and BAM, it hit me.  The school section was already up and practically knocked me over in shock. Okay okay, I know this is severely dramatic, but c’mon it’s still the middle of July though, right?!

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Having a Girl’s Night In (By Myself)

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Girl's Night In- When it's that time of month, I always love having a girl's night in alone to regain some of my energy. Being by myself gives me an excuse to pamper myself and do anything girly that I love!

One of the reasons I have a love for beauty and makeup is because I can use it as a distraction. Whenever I step into the world of beauty, whether it be watching Youtube vids, taking pretty pictures for Instagram, or painting my nails I feel as if I am taken away from reality.  So during that time of month there is nothing better than immersing myself in the beauty world and escaping reality for a little while.

Whenever the oh so lovely time rolls around, there is nothing I want more than some time to myself to not deal with other people.  Being an introvert, I get all my energy from spending time alone and right now I need all the energy I can find! And because during the week I am constantly moving, I need something that will rejuvenate me. This is why having a girl’s night in (by myself) is something that I love treating myself to.

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Concealing My Under-Eye Bags


Concealing my Under-Eye Bags- When we are super busy all the time, sometimes we neglect our sleep (which isn't always the best). Concealing your under eyes is one of my most essential parts of my makeup routine in efforts to make me look like I got enough sleep the night before. Along with how I conceal my under eye area, I am showing you my morning makeup routine!

Busy busy busy. 

Um, guys? Where has this summer even gone?! I cannot believe that it’s already mid-July as I’m typing away at this blog post.  I think that for me, this summer has been flying simply because I have essentially been working 2 jobs: an engineering co-op along with maintaining my blog and social media accounts.  

Not complaining whatsoever about either though, because I truly love both and am grateful to have both experiences! HOWEVER, between balancing both jobs along with a personal life sleep tends to be put on the back burner at times (and I know Arianna Huffington would completely disapprove…).  And what happens when I don’t get enough sleep?? 

Under-eye bags for days.

When I don’t get enough sleep at night, I typically wake up with under-eye bags and a little discoloration under my tired eyes.  And because I want to look well-rested for the day, I have been concealing my under-eye bags with the method I am about to show you.  Personally, when I don’t look as tired as I actually am, I start to not feel as tired and am ready to hit the ground running for the day.

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Easy Essential Oil Skincare Recipes

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Easy Essential Oil Skincare Recipes- Essential Oils add so much to a skincare routine. I love adding them to baths, face masks and so much more!

If you have been reading Blissful Gal for at least the past couple months, you know how important skincare is to me.  Taking care of my skin is essential because I always want a healthy and happy foundation prior to putting makeup on.  During this time of putting more effort into my skincare routine, I have also been getting back into essential oils.  For months, I have been diffusing them in my room to take in the wonderful aroma each scent gives off, but today I want to share a couple easy essential oil skincare recipes that I am loving!

Ever since this post with Nature’s Truth, I have been a huge fan of their line of essential oils. From diffusing the oils to adding some drops to my bath, I love finding new ways to incorporate these wonderful scents into my daily rituals. Nature’s Truth essential oils are great to add to DIY projects, beauty recipes, and diffuse through your home.  So, to continue my skincare obsession, I am sharing a face mask recipe along with a body scrub!

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Love It or Leave It: June 2016 Drugstore Buys

June 2016 Drugstore Makeup Review- This past month I tried out a decent amount of drugstore beauty products and wanted to share what I thought! There are so many wonderful products from the drugstore that I think need to be talked about, so I'm sharing what I love and don't love!

First, I must start off with the most cliche line: Where did June go?!? This summer can just slow down for a hot sec so I can enjoy it a little more! June was such an awesome month and I’m sad to see it go, but am oh so excited to share these June 2016 drugstore buys with you.  My wallet took a bit of a hit last month, but hopefully it will help you guys determine what products might or might not work for you.

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What’s in My Lake Bag

This post was sponsored by Hawaiian Tropic as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

What's in My Lake Bag- During the summer, I love spending most of my time outside and near/ on the water. Since I have spent so many weekends away at the lake, I wanted to share what I pack for a day on the water. This lake bag can also be used for a pool day or for the beach!

What’s summer without outdoor activities and playing in the water?? One of my favorite things to do in the summer is spend time on the lake fishing and relaxing.  The rocking of the boat never fails to put me to sleep.

The first summer that Cory and I were dating was the first time I had ever been out on Lake Erie to fish.  To be perfectly honest, I actually dreaded going because I thought I wasn’t going to like it at all.  However, to my pleasant surprise, I fell in love with catching and holding the Walleye and having an overall relaxing weekend.  There really is nothing better than a weekend away from reality to recharge from hectic schedules.

The first time going to the lake I didn’t know what to expect, so there were definitely some products that I needed but hadn’t packed.  Since this is my third summer taking trips to the lake, I have perfected what’s in my lake bag.  Whenever I go places, I tend to be an over-packer. Seriously…what if you need that one small item while you’re out on the boat and you don’t have it?? Well, friend, you’re screwed.  Because these items are geared toward water, what’s in my lake bag can also be utilized for your pool or beach bag.

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You Don’t Need Others to Feel Beautiful

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

You Don't Need Others to Feel Beautiful- Summer can cause so many nasty thoughts about our bodies when we begin to compare ourselves to other people and what they look like. It's time to take control of our thoughts and feel beautiful from within! Check out how I am making myself feel beautiful

I think that spring and summer are the times of the year when our self-esteem may get the best of us.  With everyone talking about their “summer bod” and feeling the need to look ah-mazing in a bikini, sometimes we can let our thoughts get the best of us. Ever since graduating high school (four years ago–holy crap!!) I haven’t been the most self confident person about my body.  The media also hasn’t helped with this either.  Seeing celebrities and their super tiny swim suits can be a little disheartening.  But I always remind myself that it’s their job to look like that and they spend hours and hours in the gym to maintain that appearance.

My goal here on this blog is to not only share information on the latest beauty and style trends, but also help you feel comfortable in your own skin.  I also want you to know that you don’t need others to feel beautiful.  Beauty comes from within and when you love your own beauty, you will exude that to other people and they will love that too.  I also encourage you to not compare your beginning with someone else’s middle. Yeah, I know that phrase is so cliche and overused, but it is true! While I am telling you that for the sake of this post, I am also saying it to remind myself of the exact same thing.

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Love It or Leave It: Summer Foundations at the Drugstore

Summer Foundations- Since summer is among us and my skin tone is getting a little darker, I thought it was a perfect time to test out some new drugstore bb creams and cc creams. I love lighter foundations in the summer because it doesn't feel like it is weighing down my face. There are definite hits and misses here, so see which foundations I love the most!

With it being summer and my skin tone changing, the need to find summer foundations/bb creams was essential.  During the winter months, I usually wear either the Clinque Acne Solutions foundation or their Age Defense BB Cream.  I have been using self tanner, so my winter colors just did not work anymore.   Lately I have been seeing so many ads for new foundations and bb creams that I have been intrigued to try out.

In the summer months, I gravitate toward face products that are light and don’t feeling heavy on my face.  But for real, when you have the insane Midwest humidity, you need something that will cover up any imperfection but also doesn’t make your face feel weighed down.  Therefore, I decided to try out several new foundations for the drugstore and report back to you!

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