A sunny spring day: OOTD

I finally thrifted the perfect blue jeans! I am so excited to show you guys this pair. They fit nice and snug on my waist so I don't have to pull them up too often, and they're very loose and straight in the legs. I've been looking for something like this for months. I paired…

Almost ripped my pants today (OOTD)

Today I put on my favorite pants to wear to work: these pinkish-beige pants that practically feel like pajamas. They have a zipper in the back and a little hook. And guess what happened during my bathroom break... Yep, the zipper would not zip up! I spent a good five minutes in that stall trying…

OOTD: Esmeralda Edition

My brother and sister called me Esmeralda today (as in the Hunchback of Notre Dame lady). They almost always have snarky comments about my outfits. Usually they're something along the lines of "Hey, grandma's home!", or "You look like [insert cartoon character/BTS member here]." I find it funny most of the time... Emphasis on most.…

My current skincare routine

My skincare routine is ever changing, partly because I'm always on the hunt for better products and partly because I can't always afford to repurchase items. However, this is the stuff that's been working for me as of late! Just a disclaimer: I have combination skin that easily gets dehydrated. My biggest concern is keeping…

Back to Old Habits

What we see here, folks, is a common occurrence: Karina all dressed up with nowhere to go. A not so common sight: Karina wearing makeup from the drugstore. As I've said in previous posts, I've been using makeup with more natural ingredients. However, I was broke, had finished most of my products, and had some…

On Caring Less

I often get comments from well-meaning family members about how the way I dressed and styled my hair in the past looked more flattering than the way I do now. It irks me to no end when they say that, because I am in a much better place now when it comes to my self-esteem…

I Want to be a Synchronized Swimmer

My favorite Olympic sports have always been the ones with an element of art to them, like gymnastics and figure skating. Today, a new love has been kindled, one that is possibly stronger than the love I have for those two sports combined. And that love is for synchronized swimming. The Olympic women's duet event…

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lipstick Review

I was really excited to try out the Burt's Bee's lipsticks because I'm a huge fan of their products, particularly their lip balms. I bought these about two months ago around the time that I decided to switch to less-toxic makeup. I wanted to make the switch as quickly and conveniently as possible. At $8…

Switching to Less-Toxic Makeup!

It used to be that I could slather on any makeup product without checking the ingredients first. But lately, I've been wondering about what goes on my skin. I started looking up some of the ingredients that were in my cosmetics. What I found was really scary: that a majority of them have been found…