Let’s Get Back to The Grind…

Hey cupcakes.

 It’s been too long, but I won’t apologize. I had to take some time off and just enjoy life. Don’t get me wrong, I missed blogging, and you guys; but after the semester I had I decided to enjoy the summer with my family. Guess what, it was the right thing to do. I don’t believe that blogging should be forced, it should be something that makes you happy (mostly, there are some headaches attached), and content should come naturally. I wasn’t in a space where I could really give it my all, because my mind just wasn’t there. That’s not to say I didn’t think about my blog, or posts; I did and came up with loads of great ideas. I took tons of pictures to go along with the posts too. Now it’s just a matter of editing and posting. I also have video to edit for my YouTube channel, and am thinking of revamping things over there, so be on the lookout for that. 

I know being consistent is key when it comes to the “blogging world”, and I really want to be as consistent as possible; however life for me isn’t so consistent. Work is not a regular 9-5, I have school, kids, and other life events. I can’t promise I’ll be here 2x a week, or that I won’t take a break again. What I can promise is to be honest, and try to provide you with some great content, and maybe a laugh or two. With I that being said I’ll be around more, but some rings will be changing here also. I want to share a bit more of my life with everyone, so I’ll be doing some “life updates” from time to time, along with other things I’ll start incorporating. 

Thank you to those who have stuck around. I appreciate you all, and can’t wait to start posting more. I’m also slowl trying to catch up on blogs and videos (I’ve been slacking hard!).  In the meantime I’m off to enjoy some of the warm summer weather before the cold rolls around. 

How was your summer? Did you do you take any special trips, or do anything special?
XOXO,

Desiree



Seaside Heights, NJ 

Summer 2016

Happy Planner Giveaway

Quick update and a giveaway for a Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas.

Hello cupcakes and welcome back. I’m super excited to be running another giveaway on blog. This time it’s for a Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas. I’ve been using planners for awhile now, but this is the first time I’ll be using a Happy Planner. I picked mine up about a month ago, and fell in love. It doesn’t begin until July, but I love the layout already. Plus I can customize the cover, which I did and I’m just too excited.

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I’m so so happy with the cover I ordered!!

I started to decorate it already, I couldn’t help myself. I have so many stickers I use from my other planners just calling out to be used.

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You may have already caught a glimpse of my planner on my YouTube video. I talked about finishing up my first semester of nursing school, and showed off my planner a bit.

Since I love my planner so much I’ve decided to give one away! Yup just enter below for your chance for your very own Happy Planner, along with some other planner goodies.

 

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I’m sure this planner will be right at home with you! 

Just follow the directions down below for your chance to win. Best of luck!

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Thanks for stopping by. If for some reason the Rafflecopter isn’t functioning please let me know via Twitter: @XoMermaidKisses or email: Desiree@XoMermaidKisses.com. Unfortunately I had some issues the last time I set one up. 

 

XOXO,

Desiree

Hello June

Goals and current obsessions for June.

I know we’re like almost halfway into June but I still wanted to share some of the things currently occupying my time, along with some goals. So here we go.


TV: 

I’ve been trying to catch up on all the shows I missed during school. Finally caught up on The Walking Dead and OITNB. I started Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D and I’m really enjoying it. I also started and I’m caught up with Sherlock, so good! I’m going to be moving onto Fear of the Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Agent Carter, and hopefully finally diving into Doctor Who. I’m also currently staying up to date with Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Preacher.

Games:

I started playing WOW last month and have been enjoying it. I went on my first raid with my brother and I think I did pretty good. I also started playing Guild Wars 2 after hearing the gals over on Fake Goth Girls podcast rave about it. I’m still pretty new to it and I’m not entirely sure I’m doing it right, but I like it and will be sticking with it. And of course I’m playing Overwatch on PS4 and having loads of fun with it. Currently I enjoy playing as D.Va and Tracer.

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Music:

Besides Hamilton, I’ve been listening to just different streams and Beyonce’s Lemonade. It’s so so good, and I can’t get enough of the visuals. If you have yet to watch the video/film, please do. The images, the poetry in between, so many beautiful strong women, check it out when you have time to pay attention to it all. I think I may have heard the album, like 100x and still every time Sandcastles comes on the tears start to flow. When Bey’s voice hits that one note and it kinda cracks, Lord it hits my feelings for so many reasons.  Sorry is just that song to throw on those days you feel like you’ve had about enough, and bounce around with your middle fingers up.

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Goals

On to some June Goals:

  • Get to the beach at least 2x. Y’all know summer is my season, and I’m ready to feel the sand in my toes and smell the ocean.
  • Content, content, content. Just trying to get as much queued before August rolls around and school is back in session. So far I’ve been able to put out posts on a weekly basis, so that’s good.
  • Edit and upload more frequently to my Youtube channel. I have so much footage, including form my trip to Puerto Rico, but just haven’t really gotten around to editing.
  • Try to workout 2x a week. I’ll tell you right now, I’m already failing at this. Let’s see if I can make it up somehow.

 

What are some of the things you’re currently into? Do you have goals for June? 

Review: Ka-Brow by Benefit

Hello cupcakes. This past Sunday I was invited by Sephora to a VIB Rogue event where I got to preview some items that are not yet on the market. It was nice to see the products, and have the store mostly to ourselves since it was a closed event. While there I asked about a few products and ask for suggestions for eyebrow products. The overly gal recommended Ka-Brow, and eyebrow color gel (cream?) by Benefit. 

 I currently use powder for my brows, and explained to her the issues I had with wiping it away at times, and how I felt it got darker at times. She assured me with this product I wouldn’t have those problems. Once the gel sets it’s on. I was intrigued as she proceeded to show us how to use it. 

It comes in this little silver container, along with a booklet with instructions and tips. At first I thought this won’t do, I’ll probably go through that so fast. You twist the piece and the bottom comes off to reveal a small pot of gel, the top then comes apart and there’s a brush there.


My brows are dark so we went with the shade in the number 6, my friend’s brows are lighter and she was able to find a natural looking match for her too. So you use the gel by dipping the brush into the gel and applying it onto your brows. I warn you though all you need is a dab, a little goes a long way. 


You can fill in your brows for a natural look, and build up from there for a more sculpted look. However you like your brows to be this product can get you there. The staying power is amazing. You have about 2-3 minutes to work with the gel before it sets, allowing you to build it up or dab some away if need be. I’ve used it a few times now and my brows look just as good at the end of the day as they did in the morning. I live in Jersey and it’s been hot and humid these past few days, but that has not made this gel budge. At night it was easy to take off with the makeup remover I use.  


With just a teeny dab I was able to draw out these 3 lines on my hand. All the worries I had of using this product up quickly have been laid to rest. I am positive that this little pot is going to go a long way. 


I’m more than happy to have picked this up. It’s so easy to use and versatile. Whether I’m going for a natural look or a more dramatic one, I can achieve it with this. The sales girl did inform me that Ka-Brow isn’t scheduled to be released until late June, early July. Once it goes on the market you should stop by Sephora, or a Benefit counter and try it out for yourself. Now that summer is upon us the last thing we need to worry about is our brows getting jacked up, Ka-Brow will make sure they don’t. 

What new products are you looking forward to try? What are your fave beauty products? I’m always looking for suggestions and new things to try.


XOXO,

Desiree

Sparkly Vibes: June

Some of my good things and vibes from the past month.

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Hello cupcakes and welcome back to another Sparkly Vibes post. If you remember from my first post I wanted to highlight some of the good things that have been happening. I think it’s a good way to reflect, and be thankful.

 

Sparkly Vibes:

  • Free time with my family. It’s been so nice just being able to spend time with them. I could get use to not having classes. I have to enjoy it before they ramp up in August.
  • Online friends. Guys you are so awesome, and inspiring! Honestly I can’t believe how supportive you are.
  • Traveling to NYC. It’s been too long since our last trip. So I was all for going this past weekend.
  • Mac lobster…. so so good. We went to the Mac Bar in Soho and this was so yummy.
  • Overwatch, if you been on my SnapChat you’ve seen that I’ve been playing just about everyday. And what is especially nice is that I won my copy from the guys over at Astral Authority.
  • Twitch: I actually streamed and plan on doing more streaming. It’s been fun not just watching gamers, but people streaming other things like their cosplay process. Check out XoMiaMoore  over there, and Imperialgrrl who Mia recommended and I’m glad she did. I’m streaming over at MermaidKisses feel free to add me.
  • Booking my first cruise. It’s not until 2018, but I’m so excited to be going with my family.
  • My Happy Planner, guys I think I finally found the right planner for me. I love it so much I’m going to be giving one away later this month. Check back for that.
  • Lemonade, it’s Bey what else can I say.
  • Summer, yay!!! I’m all about the beach and warm weather. I have noticed an improvement in my mood ever since the sun started staying out longer.

What are some of the good things that have happened to you? Share your sparkly vibes with me. 

 

XOXO,

Desiree

Why I’m Loving T Pain on Twitch

T Pain on Twitch is one of the most entertaining streamers I’ve seen.

So if you’ve been on Twitter you may have heard that T Pain was streaming on Twitch. At first I was like okay, no biggie, but then I was intrigued to go watch.

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Guess what? I was pleased with what I saw and heard. I think it’s just refreshing to see superstars be everyday people like you and me. Now I’m fully aware that many of the rich and famous play video games, however seeing it first hand is pretty awesome. As I watched and heard some of his comments, he became more like one of us. When he says at one point he was proud to have killed an opponent on Overwatch, I thought to myself that’s how I feel too when I finally eliminate someone. Check out video of his stream and see for yourself what the hype is about (you have to get about 7 or so minutes in before he appears). Currently his game of choice seems to be Overwatch on PC, but he’s also played Doom.

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Not sure how long this will last, or how frequent it will be. What I am sure of is that as long as he’s streaming, I’ll pop in and watch when I can. He’s commentary and peppering in of vocals (and yes he has a set of pipes) is everything. I’m here for gamer T Pain.

I’m Mermaidkisses on Twitch, as of now I have yet to stream, but plan to one day. Are you one Twitch? Let’s follow each other. If you don’t stream who are some of your favorite streamers? 

XOXO,

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales~ In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Hello and welcome to Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales, where I review my latest readings. Today I’ll be reviewing Diane Guerrero’s memoir, “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.” 

Most people may recognize Diane from Orange is the New Black, or Jane the Virgin however, while this is a memoir it does not focus on Diane’s journey to become an actress (there are parts here and there that touch on her pursing acting and how that was her escape). Instead it is about how at the age of 14 her life was turned upside down when her family was deported to Colombia while Diane was left behind.

Let me just start by saying that the minute I heard about this book I knew I just had to read it. With that being said since it came out while school was in session I went back and forth between reading, and the audio version read by Diane. If you can listen to the audio version I really recommend you do. Diane brings her family and story to life with her reading. Also I like to point out that while this book also has slang and textspeak throughout, it isn’t annoying and does not take away from the story. I personally like it, and it shows her personality. 

I’ll tell you right now there were parts of this book that pulled at my heart strings and made it ache a bit. Listening to what happened to her family, and being that I have known people who have gone through similar things hit home. While I am myself a first born here in the US, I did not have to fear that my parents would be deported due to my mom being Puerto Rican, and my dad who is Mexican becoming a US citizen. However my neighbors, some friends, and accuaitances lived this and some are still living this fear everyday. I could not imagine what it would be like to come home at 14 from school and to find out that your parents had been picked up by ICE to be deported. But wait it gets worse, these government officials who took Diane’s parents away then left and did not worry or think about the daughter they were leaving behind. In fact no government agency was there to take care of, or look after the well being of Diane who might I add is a US citizen. How screwed up is that? You come and snatch this kid’s parents up, but nothing was put in place to alert this kid, to take care of her, to ensure her mental health and well being? Yet these things happen every day. Parents leave to work and do not come back home to their kids. 

I praise Diane for  sharing her story and using her platform to bring this reality into media. While this is Diane’s story, and her voice, this is also the story of so many more people. So many people are unaware, or just don’t care about these fellow human beings, these families, lives that are shattered. Diane’s story will at the very least encourage discussions to be had. 

Being that I loved this book so much I have decided to give one of you a copy of your own. Yup that’s right, I want to send a copy of this book to one of you lovely people. To enter just follow the instructions below. Good luck and happy reading!!

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What book are you currently reading? Any suggestions for me to review for upcoming Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales posts?

Since I’ve Been Gone

Hello cupcakes. Well as you can see my plan of updating once week was a major fail. I’ve managed to post only 1 new video on my You Tube channel which I forgot to mention here, doh!! No worries I’ll post it down below. 


So here’s the deal, I love to blog and make videos. It’s an outlet I quite enjoy, but with school it’s just super hard to keep up with. I feel guilty for not being to put out new content, and for not being able to keep up with ohter’s blogs and YT channels. It’s not from lack of trying, every morning I wake up and try to get to at least 3-4 videos or blogs before getting out of bed. However I’m missing out on so much still. This has lead me to start thinking of ways to keep content rolling out while I’m at school, and how I can keep up with other’s things. I enjoy reading about books and movies people liked (or didn’t), I love seeing everyone at Cons, and the latest collectible added to a collection. So I’ve began brainstorming, and mapping things out. I’m hoping to have a better system once my semester starts again in August. In the meantime thank you to those who have stuck it out with me, and check in on my blog/YT channel even though it’s drier than the Sahara right now. I’m almost done this semester, and after May 10th (okay maybe May 11th, I’ll need a day to recuperate after my final),  I’ll be free to make updates and create videos.  

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Also I got the above photo from Helene over on Helene In Between, her site is full of all sorts of blogging tips.

Any and all types to stay organized and on top of making content is welcome and appreciated. How do you organize yourself? How do you just keep up with things in general? I feel like I’m behind on life, not just this blog. 

Xoxo,

Desiree

Blind Box: Gudetama Cafe

Hello! Today I’m happy to share my  unboxing of the Gudetama Cafe blind boxes. These blind boxes are made by Rement, and are a little different than some of the other blind boxes out there. Unlike the Funko blind boxes, these are more of a set of items. Depending on the line it could be food, household items, school supplies, etc. The Gudetama Cafe ones are all food related, which I’m surer you figured out from the name.

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I really enjoyed doing this video and plan on doing more in the future. I like that these are sets of things as oppose to just a figure, because I feel like I can use these to take some cute pictures with my Figmas and Sailor Moon figures. Don’t worry I’m still a fan of the Funko blind boxes, mainly the horror ones, and The Walking Dead line; and I plan on doing unboxing videos of those in the future.

Do you like blind boxes? Which are some of your favorites? 

 

 

XoXo,

Desiree

Get Ready with Me

Hello Cupakes. I’ve been MIA for a bit due to school. However I’ve had this “Get Ready With Me’ video sitting, and finally had time to edit and upload. School will be done in two weeks and I plan on working on loads of content. Hopefully I can schedule some stuff before the next semester rolls around. In the meantime I’ll leave you with my video. Hope you guys enjoy it. Check back soon, I’m hoping to host a giveaway before Christmas if time allows it.

 

What kind of videos would you like to see? Suggestions are always welcomed.

 

Xoxo,

Desiree