Dear Coffee

Dear Coffee, 

In honor of National Coffee Day I have decided to write you a letter as a token of my appreciation for all of your hard work. I know that National Coffee Day was yesterday, but I hope you still enjoy this letter. Over the years I have grown to love you more and more each day. When I was a kid I thought you were a strong and odd drink that only adults drank in the morning. When I was about 17 or 18 I discovered you and your amazing power! Since then I have been hooked and I drink a few cups of you every morning. I love your strong aroma, deep flavor, and your glorious caffeine! I love you for you which is why I only add a splash of creamer or half and half to you in every cup. In the winter I love to have you hot and in the summer I love to have you over ice. I love to make you at home as well and pick you up from my favorite coffee shop. You are always there when I call upon you and I know that I can always count on your help! I look forward to you each and every morning. I also look forward to you each night because I know that you will be there in the morning to help me get a good start to every day. You wake me up for the day and help me be productive! You are a big part of my mornings, but I appreciate you at any time of the day or night. You have helped me stay awake through long lectures, write last minutes papers, babysit kids, and even write this blog! You are my absolute favorite beverage and I don't know where I would be without you! Thank you for all of your help throughout the years and I look forward to us having a wonderful future together! 

Thanks again for always being there, 

Beauty Haul! Ft. Coastal Scents, Maybelline, Wet n Wild, and Sally Hansen

Hello! I love trying out new beauty products and I thought that I would share my latest finds with you! These are the beauty items that I have picked up over the past week from Target, Amazon, and the 99 Cents Store. I haven't been buying much makeup lately because I have been trying to use up what I already have, but I couldn't help myself and ended up picking up a few things. Keep on reading if you want to know more about my latest beauty haul!

Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette link!

I have been hearing about this palette for the past few years and I finally decided to try it out! It basically has 88 eye shadows in just about every color you can imagine. I would show you pictures, but I'm saving them for a full review. This is the first product that I have ever tried from Coastal Scents and I am very impressed with the quality.

Maybelline Colorblur Matte Lip Pencil link!

I got this in the shade 15 Berry Misbehaved and I love it! This is a bright berry color that is very pigmented and lasts for a really long time. I have worn this a few times and I have completely fallen in love with it! It comes with a smudger on the end to blend it out, but I haven't tried it out yet. When I'm not in the mood for matte lips I just top it with a clear gloss. 

Wet n Wild Kohl Eyeliner link!

I got this in the shade Calling Your Bluff because I have been wanting to try the trick of using a nude eyeliner to make the eyes look brighter. I hope that this works because I have been looking for ways to make my eyes look brighter and more awake. 

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips link!

I know that I am late to the whole nail sticker trend, but I could never justify spending money on stickers when I could just buy a bottle of nail polish for the same price. I ended up finding these at the 99 Cents store and I just could resist picking them up! I had no idea that you could find drugstore brands at the 99 Cents store so I was really surprised to find these in the beauty aisle. I decided on the hounds tooth pattern and a fishnet pattern which both look like something that I would not be able to draw on my nails by myself. I haven't tried these yet, but I will definitely do a review of them once I try them out. 

I know that this was a really short haul, but I hope you liked it! I am planning on doing reviews of everything and I am already planning out several looks that I want to feature using the Coastal Scents palettes. Let me know which products I should try out next in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

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First Impressions: Daiso BB Cream

Hello! I have been on the hunt for a good BB cream for awhile so I decided to try the Daiso BB cream. It's only $1.50 USD so I knew that I wouldn't be wasting a ton of money if I didn't like it. In case you were wondering BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. Most BB creams are similar to tinted moisturizers with a few added skincare benefits. According to the packaging the Daiso BB cream is meant to be an essence, makeup base, day time care (what does that even mean?), and foundation. I have this in the shades Ochre and Natural Beige. If you want to know my first impressions of the Daiso BB cream then keep on reading! 

daiso bb cream swatches

The top swatch is the shade Ochre and the bottom swatch is the shade Natural Beige. These look like two completely different shades in the swatches, but when I blended them out they both looked the same. Once I blended them in they seemed to disappear! None of the color showed up on my skin with either shade which was so disappointing! I wasn't expecting them to have foundation level coverage, but I was expecting them to give me some light coverage.

I was hoping that it would at least give my skin a bit of moisture, but once I blended it into my skin it felt like nothing! Once it dried it felt like I hadn't put anything on my face. I was hoping that this would be a great budget BB cream, but it just did't do anything!It smelled like sunscreen and had a thin texture. It blended out really easily, which is probably its best feature! Overall, the Daiso BB cream just didn't do anything for me! I haven't had the greatest luck with Daiso beauty products, but I know that some people love them so if you have any recommendations for Daiso beauty products please leave them in the comments below. 

Coffee Break #2

Hello! I don't really have anything specific to tell you about today so I think this is going to be another coffee break post. I like the idea of doing these coffee breaks so please let me know in the comments below if you enjoy reading these kinds of posts. If you interested in another dose of my coffee break ramblings then keep on reading!

Blogging on a schedule

For the past 2 months or so I have tried to stick to posting every other day. I have done pretty well at this, but I always end up missing a few days. In the beginning I thought that posting every other day would be a great way to build up content. This was a good idea in theory, but in reality I just couldn't stick to this schedule. I would get in the groove of posting every other day, but then life would just get in the way and I would miss a day. It really started bothering me when I couldn't keep up with my self imposed schedule and I realized that it was time to come up with a new schedule. I have noticed that I tend to get more blogging done during the week so I am going to start putting up a new post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is just so much more manageable than trying to post every other day. In other blogging news...

I bought my domain name!

When I first started blogging I didn't really get why I needed to have my own domain. I didn't mind having the at the end of my web address, but recently I have realized the importance of having my own domain if I am going to take this blog more seriously and treat it like a business. I found a great sale and set it up in about 15 minutes! I like that it makes LittleMissFangirly look more professional.

Coffee Coffee Coffee!

If you are a regular reader then you will know that I love coffee! I seriously need coffee to properly function and get through the day. Lately I have found that my normal 2 cups every morning just isn't waking me up as much as it used to which clearly means that I need more coffee! Ha ha, I know that drinking more coffee isn't the best for me, but I just really love my coffee. I have heard that tea is great for an afternoon pick me up, but I don't think that tea has enough caffeine to keep me awake. I like tea, but I love my coffee! This brings me to my next point....

I need to drink more Water!!

I love water and I'm usually pretty good at drinking it throughout the day, but lately I just haven't been drinking enough water. I have realized that I need to have water right in front of me in order for me to drink it. If it's not right in front of me, you can bet that I won't be drinking it. I know that the obvious solution is to keep a glass of water near me during the day, but that is easier said than done. 

Okay, I think that this is a good place to stop for now so I don't just start rambling about nonsense. If you have made it to the end of this post congrats for sticking it out and reading my ramblings!

See you soon, 

LUSH Rave: Fun Soap Review

Hello! I love Lush and one of my favorite products is Fun link! which is a multipurpose soap. Its basically soap, shampoo, and bubble bath all rolled together into a dough that you can play with and mold into fun shapes. I may not be a kid anymore, but I love playing with this stuff! Fun comes in quite a few colors that each have their own scent. I have gone into the Lush store quite a few times just to smell and play with the different colors of Fun. There are 5 permanent colors of Fun and there are seasonal colors that are released throughout the year. To use Fun you just break off a small piece and get it wet. Then it will start to foam up and you can use it as soap, shampoo, or bubble bath. Keep reading if you want to know my thoughts on a few colors of Fun! 

Red Fun
  • This smells just like oranges
  • I love using this in the morning to help wake me up 
Green Fun
  • This has a lemon lime scent that reminds me of 7-Up
  • I like using this with a bit of Red Fun for a citrus smelling shower
Snowman Fun
  • This is a limited edition scent that is part of their holiday collection
  • I think this smells like a combo of the Red and Green Fun
  • It has a bit of black, orange, and white so you can make a snowman! 
  • I'm not very artistic so I have decided to spare you a photo of my awful looking snowman! ha ha 
Pink Fun
  • This has a very sweet candy like scent
  • Smells just like the Snowfairy shower gel by Lush
Gold Fun
  • This smells like honey and it turned out to be my favorite scent!
  • Smells like the Honey I Washed the Kids Soap from Lush
  • The gold didn't stain my shower! 
Overall, Fun is basically soap that is fun to play with and smells great! I do like the amount of lather that it gives and it doesn't dry out my skin. I love playing with Fun and I think it would be perfect for kids. The only con is the price, its about $7 USD for a 8.8oz piece which is pricey for soap. I would love to try making this at home, so if you have any recipes please leave them in the comments below. 

See you soon,  

NARS Lip Pencil Dupes

Hello! High end makeup is great, but it is expensive so I love finding great inexpensive dupes for high-end makeup. I love that there are so many great drugstore products that are just as great as high end makeup.  I was so happy when I got these NARS lip pencils as my Sephora Insider Birthday Gift because they aren't something that I would have picked up for myself. I ended up totally loving them, but since they are expensive I was determined to find dupes for them that were affordable. After looking for awhile I finally ended up with some great dupes, the Burt's Bees lip crayons which are very similar to the NARS lip pencils. Keep on reading if you want to see the dupes in action! 

On the left there are swatches of the NARS Lip Pencils and on the Right are swatches of the Burt's Bees Lip Crayons. The NARS lip pencils come in two different finishes, satin and velvet matte while the Burt's Bees lip crayons come in what I feel is a satin finish. 

These are the two nude shades which are the (Top swatch) NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien link! and the ( Bottom Swatch) Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands. link! I know that in the swatches the NARS one looks more pink and the Burts Bees one looks more brown, but they look very similar on the lips. I think that the only difference is that the Burts Bees lip crayon looks a bit lighter that the NARS one when they are on the lips. They both have the same satin finish and aren't drying on the lips. Both of these colors are the perfect your lips, but better kind of colors that really go with any makeup look. 

The top swatch is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella link! and the bottom swatch is the Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard link! which are both a true red shade. The NARS lip pencil has a matte finish while the Burt's Bees lip crayon has a satin finish, but that is really the only difference between these two products. They are both creamy, highly pigmented, and provide long lasting color. You can easily make the Burts Bees lip crayon a matte finish by dusting a bit of translucent powder over the top. 

Overall, I think that the Burt's Bees Lip Crayons are a great dupe for the NARS Lip Pencils. The Burts Bees crayons are really great quality and I think they were just as amazing as the NARS Lip Pencils without the high end price! I had a lot of fun finding these dupes and I can't wait to find more dupes for high end makeup so please leave your favorite drugstore dupes for high end makeup in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

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Beauty Bucket List!

Hello! I love all things beauty related and there is always something that I want to try that I just can't master! For awhile now I have been coming up with a list of beauty things that I would like to accomplish and I have finally gotten around to writing them down.  I thought that I would call this my beauty bucket list. This is just a list of things in no particular order that I would like to accomplish sometime in the future. Keep reading if you want to know what's on my beauty bucket list!

  • using liquid eyeliner! I have been trying to figure this out for years
  • find my perfect shade of red lipstick
    • I have tried a few, but none are the perfect red!
  • applying individual false lashes
    • Since I finally mastered false lashes I have decided to try individuals because I have heard that they can look more natural than regular false lashes.
  • do a fishtail braid with my very curly hair
    • I have tried this before, but my hair got really tangled!
  • color my hair for the first time! 
    • I have naturally dark brown hair that I have been dying to change up! I keep wanting to add pink to the tips, but I'm afraid of bleaching my hair. 
  • get more creative with styling my hair
    • I am in a serious rut with my hair at the moment! It's so hot so my hair is constantly in a ponytail or a bun. 
  • remember to dry brush more regularly!
    • I did a post on dry brushing a few months ago link! but since then I have only done it a few times a month
    • I love dry brushing because it leaves my skin really soft so I really want to get back into the routine of doing it a few times a week 
These are the things that are on my beauty bucket list at the moment. I hope that I will accomplish everything on the list at some point in the future. I am always on the lookout for new things to try out so I will probably be adding to this list in the future as well as crossing a few things off. I had a lot of fun coming up with this list and I would love to know what is on your beauty bucket list! Please feel free to let me what is on your beauty bucket list in the comments below.

See you soon, 

I Heart Fall Tag!

Hello! I can't wait for Fall so even though it still feels like Summer I am going to do the I Heart Fall Tag. I have seen this tag go around online for the past few years so it feels like time for me to give it a shot! Keep on reading if you want to read my answers to the I Heart Fall Tag! 

1. What is your favorite Fall scent? 

The scent of the Leaves candle from Bath & Body Works is my favorite Fall scent. 

2. What is the best way to spend a rainy day? 

Curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee! 

3. What is your favorite Fall drink?

Cinnamon flavored coffee which I make by adding cinnamon to my coffee. I know that most people are in love with the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I just don't like pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. 

4. Football. Yay or Nay?

Nay! I'm not into sports at all so Football isn't a big deal for me. 

5. What is your favorite article of clothing for Fall?

For me this has to be sweaters! I have way too many sweaters so there is no way that I could pick just one!

6. Haunted House, Haunted Hay Ride or Haunted Corn Maze?

I have always wanted to go on a Haunted Hay Ride, but I have never seen or heard of one in my neighborhood. 

7. The scariest movie you've ever seen is...?

I'm not into scary movies so I'm just gonna go with the last scary movie I saw which was The Exorcist.

8. What is your favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

I'm not a big fan of candy, but I do love mint so I have to say Peppermint Patties! 

9. What will you or your kids be for Halloween?

I don't have any kids, but I am thinking of dressing up as Abby from NCIS!

10. What is your favorite Fall recipe?

I am going to be really boring and say that I don't one. Seriously nothing is coming to mind! Please leave me your favorite fall recipes in the comments below so I can get some ideas. 

11. What is your favorite thing about Fall? 

I love the clothes! I love that I can pull out my boots, sweaters, and scarves that have been tucked away in my closet all Summer long!

12. Who else would you like to see complete the I Heart Fall Tag?

I don't have anyone in mind so I am going to leave this open for anyone who wants to do the tag. Please let me know if you do this tag because I would love to see your answers!

Those were my answers to the I Heart Fall Tag! I had a lot of fun answering these questions and I hope that you had fun reading this tag. I didn't think that it was possible, but this tag made me even more excited than I was before about Fall! 

See you soon, 

Gradual Tan Rave: Ulta Bronze Glow Daily Moisturizer

Hello! Since Summer is coming to an end and Fall is almost here I thought that I would share my favorite gradual tanner with you. I think that gradual tanners are a great way to maintain a bit of a glow throughout the cooler months. I don't like to have a super dark tan, but I do like a bit of a glow to give my skin a bit of color. I have pretty light skin so I tend to have a hard time finding a product that doesn't turn me super dark or even worse orange! The thought of turning orange held me back from trying self tanners for years, but eventually I discovered gradual tanners. I love gradual tanners because they are super easy to apply and they don't give too much color at one time. Keep reading if you want to know what I think of the Ulta Bronze Glow Daily Moisturizer. link!


  • not streaky
  • has a light and fresh scent
  • dries in about 10 minutes
  • doesn't rub off onto clothes
  • adds just enough color for my skin
  • fades naturally without leaving patches 
  • after about 4-5 days it leaves a nice bronze glow 

  • leaves behind a hint of that typical self tanner scent for the first few hours
Overall, I really love this gradual tanner because it leaves the perfect amount of color and it's not very expensive. I usually apply this with plastic gloves because I'm afraid of my hands getting too dark, but I know that most people just use their hands. This gradual tanner is my absolute favorite at the moment and I try to use it at least a few days out of the week in place of my regular body lotion. I have tried other gradual tanners in the past, but they were either too orange or didn't leave any color. I have tried a few traditional self tanners, but I haven't found the perfect one yet so please leave your suggestions for self tanners and gradual tanners in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

Fiesta VoxBox Unboxing!

Hello! I am so excited to be doing my first unboxing post! This is the Fiesta VoxBox from Influenster, which is a website that allows you to review and discover new products. You do not need a blog to join and sometimes they send select Influensters to receive VoxBoxes which contain samples for you to review. You can sign up for Influenster here link! if you want the chance to receive your very own VoxBox. In case you were wondering this post is not sponsored by Influenster, I just really like the site and to be completely honest I love getting Voxboxes!  I love getting VoxBoxes because they give me the chance to try new products. Keep on reading if you want to know what I received in my Fiesta VoxBox!

Suave Skin Solutions Advanced Therapy Body Lotion link!

I have never tried this lotion before, but I have tried other Suave body lotions in the past so I think I will like this one. This lotion is meant for dry skin so I'm sure that I will enjoy using this in the winter. This lotion is unscented so I will probably mix it with a scented body lotion because I like for my body lotion to have a scent. By the way this is a 10 oz bottle which is huge for a sample!

No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream for Normal/Oily Skin link!

I have never tried this before, but it is a great travel size and I will probably take it with me the next time I go on a trip. The No7 line is from Boots which is a drugstore that we don't have in the USA, but I have seen this brand at Target.

Premier Protein Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bar link!

This is another item that I have never heard of before, but it does sound tasty! I love to keep a bar in my purse when I'm on the go for a quick snack. I love peanuts so I'm sure that I will like this bar. I prefer crunchy bars over chewy bars so I'm glad that this bar is meant to be crunchy.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder link!

This is the one product that I have tried in the past and I absolutely love it! This is a great matte bronzer that is just the perfect color for my fair skin. I think that this is the best matte bronzer from the drugstore! I love that this isn't packed with shimmer like most drugstore bronzers. I haven't used this bronzer in a few years so I can't wait to use it again! The best part of this bronzer is that it is less that $3 USD! I really can't say enough good things about this bronzer!

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner link!

I have never tried this shampoo and conditioner, but they do smell great! They smell like coconut which is one of my favorite scents for hair products. These are meant to be moisturizing so I hope that they will work for my very dry and curly hair. These are great travel sizes so they will be perfect for taking on a trip!

Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Healthful Bread

This is a free coupon for one free loaf of Healthful Bread which comes in 3 different varieties, Flax & Sunflower, Nuts & Seeds, and Steel Cut Oats & Honey. I love bread with a ton of seeds so I can't wait to try this out! I think this will be perfect for sandwiches.

Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream

This is a free coupon for Daisy Sour Cream that comes in a squeeze pouch. I'm not a big fan of the flavor of sour cream on its own so I will probably use this to make dip. I have been loving dip at the moment so please feel free to leave your favorite dip in the comments below!

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion

This is a coupon for one free Bloomin' Onion at any Outback Steakhouse Restaurant. I don't have a Outback Steakhouse nearby so I will probably give this coupon to someone who can use it.

Overall, I'm really with what I received in this VoxBox and I will have a lot of fun trying out so many new products! I was surprised to get so many products because in my last VoxBox I only received one product to try out. I already know that I love the brozner and I can't wait to fall in love with it all over again! I think that this is a great mix of food and beauty products which does sound like an odd combination now that I think about it. Let me know in the comments below which products you want me to review in future posts.

See you soon,

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First Impressions: The Face Shop Mung Bean Sheet Mask

Hello! Here is a First Impressions of The Face Shop's Mung Bean Sheet Mask link! which is part of the real nature collection and costs about $2 USD. I picked this up in my skincare haul from The Face Shop a few months ago link! along with a few other sheet masks from the real nature collection. I decided to try the mung bean mask because it looked interesting and also because it is mean to be clarifying. I figured that this would be a great sheet mask to try for my oily skin. Keep reading if you want to know my first impressions of this sheet mask! 

First Impressions

  • has a fresh scent
  • it fit my face!
  • sticks to the face very well 
  • doesn't slide off the face
  • has enough liquid so it doesn't dry out too fast
  • didn't dry out my skin! 
  • left my skin feeling smooth and soft without any oily residue
Overall, I really enjoyed using this sheet mask. This was the first time that I had tried a sheet mask from The Face Shop and I was very impressed with the performance of this sheet mask. When I picked up this mask I knew that it was a lower end mask so I didn't think that I would like it so much! I can't wait to try out other masks from The Face Shop and I will definitely be repurchasing the mung bean sheet mask. By the way am I the only person who has never heard of mung beans? I will admit that part of the appeal of this mask was that I had no clue about mung beans so I figured it was something I had to try. This may just be me, but I find Asian skincare and beauty so fascinating because it is very different than what I am used to in the US. I love trying new masks so please leave your recommendations for face masks in the comments below.

See you soon,
Diana Garcia

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First Impressions: The Face Shop Blackhead Out Dual Pore Strips

Hello! You may remember that I picked up this dual nose strip in my skincare haul from The Face Shop  link! and I was really curious to see how it worked. I just tried it out so I thought that I would do a First Impressions to let you know if it worked out for me. This is the BLACKHEAD OUT dual pore strips link! from The Face Shop. I noticed that you can buy boxes of each of the strips separately, but they only sell the dual strips individually. This is a set of two strips that are meant to remove blackheads and tighten the pores. If you want to know how I feel about these pore strips then keep on reading!

Step 1

This pore strip is meant to remove the blackheads from your nose. The directions said to leave the strip on for 10-15 minutes and then use a cotton swab to gently remove the blackheads. I assumed that this strip would be similar to the Biore pore strips that I have tried in the past, but this is very different! This strip is basically a sheet mask for your nose. I had a really hard time getting the strip to stick to my nose and it just kept sliding off my nose. After about 10 minutes I noticed that the strip was starting to burn my nose so I took it off. I think that this was because of the witch hazel which I have found does not work for my skin. I tried using a q-tip to remove my blackheads, but none of them came off! I was so disappointed that step 1 didn't do anything, but I decided to just go ahead and use step 2. 

Step 2

This second strip is meant to tighten the pores once your blackheads are gone. After step 1 not working for me I didn't have high hopes for this strip. This strip is a gel nose strip. It's just like a gel face mask and it did do a better job of sticking to my nose than the first strip. This strip didn't irritate my nose, but it didn't do anything! It felt nice and cooling while it was on, but after leaving it on for 15 minutes I peeled it off to discover that my nose looked just the same as when I had started this process. 

Overall, I was really disappointed with these pore strips. They are a lot more time consuming than traditional pore strips and in my opinion they don't work. These may work better for other people, but I was not impressed by these pore strips. I love The Face Shop, but I will definitely not be repurchasing these again in the future. Since these didn't work for me please feel free to leave me recommendations for your favorite pore strips or blackhead removers in the comments below.  

See you soon,

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