Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4 Colors, 1 Pen, All Your Note Taking Needs

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you remember when you were a kid and you had that one really awesome pen that allowed you to write with multiple colors by pushing down the little tabs? Well guess what friends: BIC© 4-Color™ is bringing that back!

The new pen offers 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen -  red, blue, black, and green - great for fun expression, color coding your notes in class, or, let's be real, adding a bit of color to your doodles while you're supposed to be taking notes in class.

But seriously - these things are lifesavers when it comes to studying and taking notes in college. You can easily underline and color code all of your notes without the awkward shuffle dance of switching pens or highlighters. I don't know why no one has thought of this before.
You can buy the BIC© 4-Color™ pen at Amazon and Staples, like all good school supplies. And be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter for fun posts, contests, and even a few chances to score a free BIC© 4-Color™ pen!

To advertise, they've come up with these hilarious videos, depicting each pen color as a personality (with matching Spandex body suits). Each one has it's own little personality; Blue is the pack leader, Green's a little jealous of the others, and kind of strange, Red is the perfectionist (you know, the one all your professors are always grading your papers with), and Black is classic and underappreciated.

Personally, I identify with Red. Maybe it's the grammar freak in me, but my favorite day in class was always peer editing other people's papers. My friend got mad when I'd use red pens in high school ("You're not an English teacher!") but I just smiled and drew more stuff on her papers. 

Check out the videos below:



So, whether it be doodling, correcting, or color coding, the BIC© 4-Color™ has you covered, no matter what! Grab yours today and see why having four colors is way better than just one.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

McGraw-Hill Smartbook #2 (Sponsored)

Hey y'all! I mentioned in a previous post that the textbook giant McGraw-Hill has developed a new system to make it easier for college students to study. 

It's called Smartbook and it revolutionizes the way students read and study by highlighting the most important and impactful passages of the reading, and adapting to highlight the material that the student does or doesn't know as they engage with the Smartbook.

And as I mentioned, they've launched a hilariously clever new video campaign to advertise the product. This week's video is entitled "How to Fight Dirty and Outsmart Your Repulsive Roommate" and is way too funny.

Take a look here and don't forget to check out the revolutionary new Smartbook!


This post was sponsored by McGraw-Hill and compensation was provided. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What I've Learned Since High School


It's been nearly two years to the day since I graduated high school (please don't remind me). In that time, I've learned a lot of valuable life lessons, things that are way more important than anything I ever learned in any classroom (but stay in school, kids).

I think more than anything, I've learned a lot about myself since the end of high school. What I like, what I don't like, what I am and am not willing to put up with, etc. But without further ado, here's what I've learned since walking across the stage at graduation.

>>Forgiveness is a lot easier than being right. Coming from someone that REALLY LOVES having the final say, I've found that it's sometimes just not worth it. There have been so many times that I've wanted to say something snarky or unhelpful just to get my point across and I just have to stop and take a breath and let it go. It's not worth starting a fight over in the long run. Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride, erase the Facebook message, and move on with your day.

>>...But don't be afraid to speak your mind. Yeah, I know you're thinking "But you just told me to keep my trap shut..." Okay, first and foremost, you need to stick up for yourself and for others if they need it. If something majorly uncool is happening, speak up. Have a backbone! What's the worst that can happen? Literally nothing, probably. If it's some petty little remark that really won't do anything but bring everyone down, then forget it. But if it's something that really bothers you or matters to you, pipe up!

>>Know your limits. That's the thing - in high school, it's easy to go along with what your crowd is doing (and don't give me that 'there aren't cliques in my school' bullshit, everybody knows better. I was a drama nerd who hung out with band geeks. And I still am, it'll probably say that on my tombstone. The end.) But anyways, back on topic. The thing is, everything gets blurrier and gray-er after high school. You need to know what you stand for and what you won't stand for, or people are forever going to be walking all over you. It sort of goes along with the 'speak up for yourself' thing.

>>Get over yourself. I can't stress this enough. In high school, everyone is worried about how they look and seem in relation to everyone else. They want to be cool enough, to not overstep their bounds, etc. Don't worry about looking dumb. There are way worse things to be. Learn and understand that there are more important things in this world than whether or not someone saw you trip on the way to class or how your hair looks today.

>>Be a nice human being. I'm gonna say it: teenagers are mean. Obviously, there are exceptions. And obviously, not everyone is magically cured of it at age 20 (I wish it worked like that). But the mob mentality of high school can lead to bad things. One big one is feeling afraid to socialize outside your group lines. That's dumb. If you see someone you sit next to in your chem lab, say hi. Talk to people in line at Starbucks. Sit by someone new in the cafeteria. Offer to buy your coworkers drinks after work (or bring donuts in the morning). Plain and simple, be nice. Friendliness goes a long way.

>>Some days are really, really awful. And it's okay to call home crying because your backpack strap broke and you were late to class and your professor called you on it and you got a C on that test you studied really hard for and you don't feel very good and the cafeteria food sucks and your roommate locked you out of your room. But I think one of the most important things you can learn is how to function after a day like this. Even if all you do is detox by lying on your bed and binge-watching Orange is the New Black. Learn to take care of yourself and pick yourself back up, cos you're pretty much all you've got. 

So yes, sometimes high school can feel like a weird Twilight Zone of first dates and bad hair styles and poofy prom dresses and anxiety. But once you're out, you realize how much you learned then, and after, that will really, really come in handy. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Beauty Must Haves


Spring has finally sprung here in the midwest! For the time being anyways, we had a brief relapse of snow the other day, but it was back up to 60 this afternoon.

So, I decided it was high time to share my favorite beauty products for the season! They're all pictured above, with my favorite "Hello Sunshine!" bag from Bath and Body Works.

So, from left to right, they are:

1. Bath and Body Work lotion in Country Chic - I love this stuff! I don't know how many of these tiny lotions I have floating around in my room, but I can't get enough. And I love this scent so much - in a weird way, it reminds me of my childhood. It's a very clean, fresh scent that just puts me in mind of blue skies, sunny days, and wide open spaces. I love it!

2. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - This stuff is amazing, I picked it up somewhere a while back, and it's so great. It makes your nails strong and shiny and your cuticles look nice and soft. It's perfect for those who work in the foodservice industry, because my hands and fingers are always dry (#baristaprobs). 

3. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray - Phew, that was a mouthful. I do adore this product though! When you spray it into your hair, it makes fun beachy waves that are a perfect spring/summer style. Plus it smells amazing, kind of like coconut! I made my own version of this last summer, but had since used it all. One day I saw this in the store and decided to give it a try - it was great! It didn't make my hair as stiff as the DIY stuff I'd had, so I was grateful for that. I love it because you can use it on dry hair, so it's a really quick style.

4. Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish - Remember when you were 12 and had Bonnebelle scented nail polish? Yeah, well this is like the classy, grown up version of that. I've talked about this stuff before, but I absolutely love it. I have it in the "Sunlit Grass" shade, which is a nice, bright, sunny yellow, and it smells amazing! Sounds weird, but really it works. It smells good after it dries, and it lasts for ages, even through washing your hands and showering multiple times. They have a ton of pretty shades and scents too, I need to get more.

And finally...


5. Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette - I got this in my first PopSugar Must Haves box (which is awesome, btw) and I'm in love with it. It's got 9 different neutral shades, which are perfect for basic eye makeup. It has them separated into 3 different looks, with a little booklet that tells you how to get specific looks, but you can mix and match if you so choose. I can't get enough of this thing, and it looks so pretty on the outside too! It's a nice little tin with a magnetic closure, so it's portable if need be. 

What are your beauty picks this spring?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work Smart: Smartbook by McGraw Hill (Sponsored)

Listen up college students! McGraw-Hill (yes, THAT one) has developed a new way to read and study textbooks - and it's about to take your college experience by storm.

It revolutionizes the way students read and study by highlighting the most important and impactful passages of the reading, and adapting to highlight the material that the student does or doesn't know as they engage with the smart book.

I can really see it helping the way I study, so I can't wait to learn more about it. And, to promote the amazing new smartbooks, they've released a hilarious video campaign. 

The first video, titled "How to Spit Smart Game and Charm the Opposite Sex" offers a clever perspective, urging students to work smarter. Check it out here, and watch this space for more amusing videos and info about this awesome new technology.



This post was sponsored by McGraw-Hill and compensation was provided. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Guest Post: How to Deal With Oily Summer Skin by Emma Elise

Hello, lovely readers of October June! I'm Emma, and I'll be guest posting for you today. I write about fashion, beauty, college life, and everything else over on my own blog, It's Emma Elise.

The warm weather is starting to arrive! While it's long overdue and much appreciated, the heat brings with it some not-so-nice beauty problems. And the most common complaint is about oily skin. No one wants that extra shine or greasy feeling to ruin your look! Here are some quick and easy tips to help you deal with oily skin in the warmer months.
  1. Know your skin type. Take notice of whether your skin is naturally oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. If you're unsure, try going a couple of days without any makeup or special skincare products. Knowing how your skin tends to act will make it easier for you to choose the best products to use.
  2. Remember to blot. Blotting sheets are an amazing thing. They are easy to carry on the go, and they're a super quick fix when dealing with any extra oiliness.
  3. Get creative. Don't be afraid to improvise if you're caught with oily skin and no blotting sheets. Tissues, toilet paper, napkins, toilet seat covers (yes, really!), and even the inside of your shirt can all act as temporary oil blotters.
  4. Be on time. If you're rushing to get somewhere, you're naturally going to sweat a bit more due to stress. Plus, if you have to speed-walk or run to your destination, you're definitely going to wind up with extra-oily skin. Plan ahead to avoid being late, and you'll avoid this mess altogether! Plus, you might even have time to duck into a bathroom for a quick touch-up.
  5. Sweat-and-shine-proof primer is your best friend. Don't waste your time, energy, or money by applying makeup that will melt away within the hour. Invest in a face primer to help your look survive all day long.
  6. Cut down on coverage. Don't cake on heavy foundation during the warmer months. Try a lighter coverage, such as a tinted moisturizer or BB cream.
  7. Switch out your winter foundation. You should have a different foundation for each season. Not only will your skin tone vary slightly, but you're fighting different skin problem-causers during each season.
  8. All SPF products are not created equal. Do your research to find the best sunscreen for your skin type. As a general rule, you want lightweight coverage, without sacrificing in SPF.
  9. Let your skin breathe. Give your skin a break every so often! Regularly enjoy a makeup-free days to give your skin time to recuperate.
  10. Let go, and stop stressing. Stress wrecks havoc on our skin. So stop stressing about your oily skin problems (along with everything else in life), and you're guaranteed to see some improvement!
I hope you enjoyed my beauty tips! Let me know if you stop by my blog or any of my social media sites. I love learning about my new readers!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Internship Style With Macy's MStylelab

It's that time of year again: the time when college students and young professionals are interviewing for and starting their first (or second, or third) internships! And of course, a big part about being in a professional environment is dressing (and acting) the part. Below are some of my favorite picks for a profesh environment from Macy's Mstylelab!

Dresses

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If your office (or wherever your internship is being held) is more of a business formal environment, then you would probably be best wearing dresses or skirts to work. As a general rule, a work skirt or dress should be on the conservative side. Nothing to revealing or too flashy. When in doubt, black is always classic. Pencil skirts, peplum, and monochrome colorblocking are all in for this spring's business looks.

Shoes

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Shoes can vary, but in general, a business formal environment would be more geared towards pumps. It all depends on your office. But make sure that no matter what you wear, you're comfortable! Especially if you're going all over the place running errands and getting coffee orders (though I hope your internship is more enriching than that).

Separates


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Separates are best suited for a business casual environment (unless you're talking a pencil skirt and blouse, I suppose). If you wear pants, make sure they are dress pants or khakis. No jeans, unless your office has a casual Friday or similar policy! Also, when in doubt, blazers are the bread and butter of business separates. Add some flair with a brighter color underneath and some coordinating shoes!

General Tips:

>> Always, always, always know and follow your office's dress code. If you're unsure, just ask your supervisor or one of your coworkers! You won't look stupid, you'll look prepared. 

>> When in doubt, go with neutrals. Beige, blacks, browns, blues, whites - these things are timeless and give off a chic, business vibe.

>> Opt for put-together over couture runway. Comfort and function are key. Avoid looking sloppy, by all means, but you don't have to look like a model or a red carpet correspondent every day. Unless you happen to be working for Meryl Streep a la the Devil Wears Prada. (Or you actually are a red carpet correspondent).

>> Keep jewelry conservative. A stylish statement necklace may be one thing, but again, don't be dripping with jewels every day. It comes across as gaudy and trying too hard. Keep it to the minimum unless it really coordinates with your outfit and you know your work environment is conducive to it.

I can't even believe the amount of cute business-casual clothes Macy's has in their Mstylelab, so make sure to check it out before your interview or first day at your internship!

For more info, visit www.macyscampustour.com or check out #macyscampustour!


This post is sponsored by Macy's, but as usual, all opinions are my own. This is the final post in a series of six for the Macy's Campus Tour Campaign.
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