A Little Bit Personal

Since I have not written anything in about 2 months (::sigh::) I figured it was time to get back into the swing of things… so to make it easy I figured I would tell you a little bit more about me!


What is my dream job? 

At this point in my life I have realized that I don’t want to do the same thing forever.  I love to change it up.  This is probably going to sound like the lamest job ever, but I would love to be an assistant to a writer!  First, lets be honest, I would get to read free books all the time.  I am not an editor by any stretch of the imagination, but getting to look over books before they are published so I could give my thoughts and help in any way would be the coolest thing ever.  Second, I would be able to write.  I could help write back to fans, write blogs about how AWESOME my author/writer is (if I was working for someone they would have to be awesome)!

This is the type of job that would never be the same and I would get to meet so many different people along the way.  I would probably not be sitting idle for very long, but that would be okay with me since I can’t do that currently in my life!  So Abbi, Colleen, Tarryn, Katy, Veronica and Alice…If any of you are reading this please get in touch with me!

Favorite song at the moment?

Closer by the Chainsmokers/Halsey

You either love this song or hate it! There is no in between!  I have probably listened to this song about 549 times already this week and it is only Wednesday!  No Lie!


Guilty Pleasure?

Twix Candy bars or really any kind of chocolate candy, but mainly TWIX!

Something you probably don’t know about me?

I was born in Hawaii and lived there for years before moving to the “mainland”.  I was born in a bright pink hospital on the navy base!  I have the same birth certificate as Obama… I know I know, but they are the same!  

When I left Hawaii I spoke a different language.  Did you know that Hawaii has it’s own language and alphabet?  Well now you do!  

‘A’ole pilikia <–you’re welcome

Favorite super hero?

Black Widow!  That is an easy one!  She doesn’t really have a super power other than her being a total badass!  She is just like you and me except she can and will totally kill someone if they cross her.  When I grow up I want to be black widow… it is never to late to follow your dreams!

Can I change my answer to the first question and say my dream job is to be black widow?!

If I could buy one thing at this very moment what would it be?

Okay, I am kind of ashamed to say this, but here it goes!  I would ABSOLUTELY go out and buy a pair of Christian Louboutin’s.  These to be exact!  I have a shoe obsession (if you have been reading my blogs then that should not come as a shock to you)!  I have obviously never had a pair of these shoes and I think that every girl deserves a pair of red bottoms! So if anyone out in the internet world is interested in getting me these or any other pair for that matter I would happily let you!


So there you have it.  A few things that you may or may not know about me.  Now that we are friends I would love to know more about you…  answer the questions yourself below so I don’t have to pry it out of you all down the road!

Love,

Bri

Four Fun Fact Friday

Got this idea from a fellow blogger named Meg.  So I figured I would give it a whirl!

 

Four names people call me other than my real name: 


  1. B
  2. Bri (real name is actually Brianna!)
  3. Breezy
  4. Bri Chi

Four Jobs I’ve Had: 


  1. Cashier at a Food Lion grocery store (Got to start somewhere!)
  2. Receptionist at a Plastic Surgeons office
  3. Server/Bartender while in college (still one of my favorite and oddly least favorite jobs that I have had to date)
  4. Drug Rep- by far my favorite job.  So much freedom to work when you want.  I loved getting to meet so many different people (mainly doctors and nurses but that’s okay). Shout out to my Rockin’ Raleigh team!

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once: 


  1. Harry Potter…”There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”  The right thing to do in this instance is watch Harry Potter as much as possible.
  2. Back to the Future- McFly…I literally have Marty and his DeLorean sitting on my desk!  True Story!
  3. Dirty Dancing- What girl/woman hasn’t watched this movie 1000 times?  This one should be an obvious answer!
  4.  Dumb and Dumber- the original was the best.  Old school Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are untouchable.     

Samsonite... I was way off

Four Books Or Authors I’d Recommend: 


  1. Christina Lauren- This is a joint team that writes some amazing books.  They have some great Erotic/Romance novels as well as some pretty awesome supernatural ones as well.
  2. The Diary of Anne Frank- I know that this is a book that children usually read in middle school, but I love this book.  I have a cop that I got when I was 13 and it is falling apart because I have read it so many times.  Such a compelling story of a truly amazing little girl.
  3. Colleen Hoover is another good one for me.  I have written a couple of different blog reviews on her books.  I only have a couple left that she has written that I have not read yet, but they are on my list!
  4. Harry Potter- I know I have said it before but I will say it again.  I am obsessed.  Every time I read these books I find something I missed previously or I feel a different way than I did the first time I read them.  They are a very easy read and a must have on your bookshelf.

Four Places I’ve Lived: 


  1. Honolulu, Hawaii- Born and raised.  I know I know.  I am so lucky.  Blah blah blah.  I miss it everyday.  I wish I could move back.  Maybe we will get lucky with some special orders one day!
  2. Virginia Beach, Virginia- I went to high school here.  I hated living in VA when I was there, but now that I am gone I actually miss it.  Always want what you can’t have!
  3. San Diego, California
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana- When we got stationed here 5 years ago, my husband sent me a text message that said we are moving to LA.  I literally could not contain my excitement.  I was moving back to CALI…  except I didn’t realize it for about 10 minutes that he meant Louisiana.  Joke was on me…

Four Places I’ve Visited: 


  1. Niagara Falls- Took a road trip with my coach and his daughter when I was a teenager and it was a blast.  Maid of the Mist for the win!
  2. Virgin Islands- Cruising to some of the most beautiful beach around is not a bad gig.  If you ever get the chance, TAKE IT!
  3. Mexico- We went zip lining through the Mexican Jungle in Puerto Vallarta and it was breathtaking!  It definitely put me out of my comfort zone, but was so worth it.
  4. Washington DC- This is a must see for everyone.  There is so much to do in this town and most of it is free!  I could spend days upon weeks just museum hopping and still not see everything!

Four Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now: 


  1. Sitting on a beach drinking a Corona.
  2. Sitting by the pool and relaxing.
  3. Travelling through Europe
  4. Gambling at a casino

Four foods I don’t like:


  1. Peas- “I Hate Peas”  Heath Ledger’s answer in 10 Things I Hate About You was pretty spot on.  I cannot stand peas!
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Green Beans
  4. Cheese- I have already been told I am un-American for this one multiple times.  I H A T E the smell of cheese.  It totally grosses me out.  So I will pass!

Four of my favorite foods: 


  1. Pizza- Most amazing food out there if you ask me.  You can have plain pizza, white pizza, meat pizza, veggie pizza, deep dish, thick crust, thin crust, gluten free, etc. etc. etc.  There are literally never ending choices when it comes to pizza!
  2. Chocolate pudding pie- I will eat an entire pie if I make one (which I don’t do very often).
  3. Asian food- any Asian food of any kind actually, but if I had to pinpoint my absolute favorite I would say LUMPIA.  If you are Filipino and know how to make Lumpia and you want to send me some, I will not say no, I will happily give you my address and pay for shipping!  Just a thought!
  4. White Sticky Rice- I guess this kind of falls under Asian food, but I am putting it in its own category because that is how much I love it.  I could literally eat this every meal or every day!

Four Shows I Watch: 


  1. Supernatural-  I never got around to watching it when it first started so now I am trying to catch up.  I finally just made it to season 3 and now I see what all the fuss has been about!  Wow..  Team Sam Winchester all day long!
  2. House of Cards- Something about Kevin Spacey in this show is so mesmerizing and hot!  All that power.  All the corruption.  No one could have a played a better Frank Underwood!
  3. I am a sucker for the housewives of anywhere.  Beverly Hills.  New York.  Orange County. I love them all and they are my guilty pleasure and I don’t care who knows it.  Hello my name is Bri and I am obsessed with the housewives!  Okay that sounded better in my head and way less creepy!  Oh well.
  4. Big Bang Theory- Probably because I can relate so much to this show.  I love all the geeky talk and the nerdiness that comes out.  Plus it has a catchy intro song!

Our whole universe was in a hot dense state, then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started wait…The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool, neanderthals developed tools, we built a wall (we built the pyramids)… Maths, science, history, unravelling the mysteries that all started with the Big Bang. 

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year: 


  1. Kindergarten- My daughter starts Kindergarten this fall and I am so happy and absolutely terrified at the same time.  I am looking forward to it, but I know once it gets here I will be dreading it 100%!
  2. Seattle- Going to visit my dad this summer and I can’t wait.  it has been almost 3 years since I have been to Seattle and that is 2 Years 11 Months and 364 days too long!
  3. Football Season- Let’s be honest.  I am looking forward to football season every year.  GO PATRIOTS!
  4. My hair finally growing back out so I can do more fun things with it!  I always cut my hair and then immediately wish that I didn’t!  Ever happen to anyone else?

Four Things I’m Always Saying: 


  1. Okie Dokie (not spelled Okey Dokey)
  2. Mother Trucker… Needs no explanation! 
  3. Because I said So… When you have a child this is uttered around the clock!
  4. Song Lyrics- I listen to music all day and night… Literally.  I can not get enough music.  I will just bust out in song and randomly dance for not reason at all!

 

So this is a little bit more about me.  Do you feel like you know me now?  Are we friends?  I would love to see what some of your favorite or most hated things are.  Post below!

Love,

Bri

Brighter Skin, Brighter You

Like any other girl out there, I am always looking for the next best thing that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freshen up my skin, and give me that overall youthful glow.  Although I am only 30, I like to take the proactive approach and start doing these things before it is too late!  Below are my go to products that I could not live without!


Peels

When it comes to choosing any kind of peel for your skin, you should always test a small portion of your skin at first.  I have had some friends that have had some serious reactions to acid peels.  If you have sensitive skin, you may need to take a different approach.

I don’t have sensitive skin, so I use all kinds of different peels on my skin.

Ole Henriksen Power Peel 

This is probably the most powerful peel that I have used outside of a spa.  There is a 3 step process to this power peel.  

  • Step 1 exfoliate with an almond scrub.  This takes off all the dead skin cells, exfoliates and opens up all of your pores.  This step alone is amazing.  My face feels so much fresher after this step.
  • Step 2 is the lemon acid peel.  I am not going to lie.  THIS PART BURNS.  Your pores are open and you are basically putting lemon juice on your skin.  You have to leave this on for a couple of minutes.  Try to make it the whole time if possible!  I turned on my blow dryer on cool and blew it on my face to help alleviate some of the stinging.
  • Step 3 is a chamomile lotion that goes directly on top of the lemon peel.  This step feels amazing!  I could not get this lotion on quick enough!  After a few more minutes of letting it set, you can rinse it all off. 

Overall this peel was great.  My face was a little red immediately after, but it went away after about 3o minutes.  My skin felt so smooth and clean after all was said and done.  I have used this peel multiple times, so obviously it is not that uncomfortable!

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel

This is almost more of a cleanser than a peel.  You simply rub it all over you face and it peels off all your dead skin cells.  Then you rinse it all off.  The results leave your skin silky smooth.  There is no irritation to this gel at all.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

This is by far my favorite peel.  I actually bought the 30 pack after I initially tried it.  I have tried the extra strength peels (since I am not as sensitive).  This comes in a 2 step process.  There is an alpha wipe and a beta wipe.  

  • First you rub the alpha wipe all over you clean face.  I rub it in until the cloth is pretty dry (2-3 minutes) and then I let it set on my face for another 5-10 minutes.
  • The beta peel goes on the same way.  You will wipe the beta cloth all over you face again until the cloth is dry.  After you are done you DO NOT wash your face.

I love to use this peel when my face feels a little more oily or when I feel like I might be getting a breakout.  I have literally felt a pimple coming on my chin, use this peel and then woke up the next morning with nothing there! I highly recommend these!


Masks

I am all about sheet masks.  They are easy to put on, stay in place and give you results!  If you haven’t tried one then you are seriously missing out.

Karuna Brightening Face Mask

Karuna has a great line of products.  I have used their anti-aging masks, their hydrating masks and of course their Brightening masks.  You can’t go wrong with these one time use masks.  They are perfect for perking up your skin and giving you the results that you are looking for.

Dr. Jart Water Full Hydrogel Mask

I like to stick this mask in the Fridge for a little bit before I put it on my face.  This is the best hydrating mask that I have used so far.  When you take it out of the package the gel is dripping from the mask (that’s how much is on there)!  I will wear this mask for about 45 minutes and let as much of the liquid soak into my skin before I take it off.  When I wake up the morning after using this mask you can see a clear difference in how dewy your skin it!  I LOVE IT!

Miss Spa Deep Wrinkle Hydrogel Eye Treatment

I like to use these in conjunction with my under eye creams.  I like to use these (even thought I don’t have deep wrinkles) because I feel like these are more hydrating.  They stick right onto the skin, but I have found for best results you should lay down while wearing them so they do not slip!


Lotions

Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector

I cannot say enough good things about this eye cream.  Since I had my daughter I have dark circles under my eye.  It probably has something to do with the lack of sleep or the amount of stress that I now have, but I could not figure out how to cover them.  I got a sample of this product from my friend and was immediately hooked.  After the first night of using it I could literally see a difference the next morning.  My eyes were not as puffy or as dark.  The more I have used it the better the results.  I honestly can tell when I don’t use this product, so I use it E V E R Y night!  A must have in your beauty repertoire! 

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

This is by far the best bang for your buck.  I have been using this face lotion for about 3 years now and I absolutely love it!  This tub will last me about 10 months!  This is a very lightweight lotion that is not oily.  You can actually feel this lotion soak into your skin.  This is my everyday lotion.  There are times when I use thicker lotions (at night) or lotions that have SPF in them when I know I will be outside a lot, but I always come back to this one.


Although these are my favorites, they may not be yours.  Sometimes you just have to try things until you find what works for you.  I literally am obsessed with all types of beauty products so I would love to hear what works best for you!

Have a B E A U T Y -ful day!

Love,

Bri