The Only Thing That Feels Right

But on the other hand, nothing feels right tonight.

My second post in and I already have to bring sadness here. But that is the twisted, sick, real world we live in and this blog will not be a place where I ignore that part of the world. Especially on days where it is thrown in my face.

This morning I was tweeting back and forth with my little sister, a student at Purdue University. We were chatting about how we missed each other and couldn’t wait to see each other in a few weeks when she comes home. Not 10 minutes later I get a message from another one of my sisters, who is also a Purdue student, that there was a shooting in the building where my aforementioned sister was attending class. She is completely safe, thank God, but one teaching assistant is not. His family isn’t sitting around tonight thanking God for protecting their loved one, like I am.

Immediately after hearing about the shooting, my heart broke and I began sobbing. I cried for my sister’s safety. I cried because my family and I can’t be there to hug her and just be there for her during this traumatic time. I cried because I doubt Purdue will ever be the place of complete fun and innocence that it has always been for both of my sisters. I cried for the entire University, because so many people’s lives will never be the same. I think I’ve been numb since I stopped crying. I just can’t wrap my head around tragedy like this.

My sister is completely safe. Her entire class and everyone else in the building got out safely. It feels so wrong to thank God that there was “only” one victim. But again, I won’t be anything but real in this space, and I’m so relieved and thankful that God protected my sister today. It feels completely ironic that this happened on National Hug Day, when all I want to do is hug both of my sisters, but I can’t. Please, go hug your sisters for me, if you can.


Julep Maven Review

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I received my first Julep Maven box this past week and I love it so I thought I could do a Julep Maven Review! A few weeks ago Kate posted a coupon code on her Facebook that made the box $free.ninetynine. Well ok, I paid $three.ninetynine for shipping, but still…great deal and highly recommended to try at least once! I was already a fan of Julep nail polish, but they are kind of expensive ($14/bottle) and I don’t treat myself to them often. I love that I usually only have to apply one coat, that is a HUGE plus and something I always look for in nail polish. Their colors are always really on-trend, too.

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To become a Maven you first take a “test” (as you do with all these kinds of things) and tell Julep about your personal style. Then they assign you a Style Profile. There were five results available based on your answers: Modern Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic With a Twist, and It Girl. I got Boho Glam, which apparently means I am a “dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.” Uhhhh…maybe? Sometimes? Whatever.

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My first box did not disappoint! I got two polishes, a cuticle serum and a small sample of a face primer. One of the polishes is a deep burgundy and the other a dark teal that I haven’t seen anything like before! I love them both already. The serum is already transforming my AWFUL cuticles (Seriously, they are embarrassing. I doubt you ever see a picture of my nails on this blog.) The primer was ok, but honestly I’m never impressed with primers. I don’t feel like they do much for me.

Overall, I loved my first Julep Maven box! The box is normally $19.99 and you can preview what is in your next box before you pay for it. I think that is awesome in a world of OTHER boxes where you take-what-you-are-given-and-you-best-be-happy-bout-it. Which usually means one of two things for me: A) I hate/won’t use anything in my box or B) I get hooked on an amazing product I can not afford to buy when I run out of the tiny sample. That’s what I call a lose-lose my friends.

I digress. Try a Julep Maven box, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Just remember to use the code “FREEBOX” so your’s will be free.ninetynine, too.