About Him (Pt. 2)

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There are so many things I love about you, but I’ve really come to love all the little things about you the most. The little things that not everyone else sees, that you don’t even notice half the time, little things that are often unconventional to fall in love with, yet I do because they’re so uniquely you. There are so many things that I love about you, and I want to tell you all those things, but never in a million years would time be enough to tell you because every day I find at least one thing more about you that I love. **Cue cheesy “Awwww”**

You value your education and future.

You’re always trying to be a “better boyfriend” but you’re already the best.

When you tell me to go to sleep, but we just keep talking (even though we’re half asleep and nonsensical)

I love your handwriting.

I like that you like that I post these blogs about you because it makes you blush, and you are the cutest thing when you blush.

When you sing to me.

Our mutual appreciation (and borderline obsession) with bagels and cream cheese.

You’re so used to me being weird and random that it doesn’t even phase you anymore (which is great because it only gets worse)

I love that sometimes your words don’t come out as words.

You never fail to make me laugh, even when you’re not trying to be funny (and you do the BEST impression of a leaf I have ever witnessed)

You value my thoughts, opinions and ambitions.

You listen to me and talk to me.

I can tell you about the strangest things and you will still listen (prime example would be when I called a cow a “fluffy milk horse” or that I wanted to get a cat and name it Jesus)

You talk about me to your family and friends so much they must hate me by now.

Everything seems so easy with you, and when you talk to me all my stresses melt away.

You have a kind soul. Everything you do is with good intentions. You need to remember that people make mistakes, and you don’t let those mistakes define you. You’re better than that. 

You get so nerdy about editing videos and watching sports, it’s actually adorable. 

You work hard every day. And it doesn’t matter if you’re running on two hours of sleep, if I needed something, you would be right there for me. You are selfless.

I love hearing you try to pronounce Hawaiian words.

How your lips move and your eyes light up when you’re talking to me.

When you say British things like “Oi” and “Mate” my heart melts a little bit (a lot)

I’m the most me I’ve ever been, I’m so comfortable around you, and you know every little thing about me, yet you still love me with all you have. 

<3

Birthday goodies: Rocksbox, flowers + letters

Hey guys! I just want to thank you for your sweet birthday wishes, reading through your comments really brightened my day. I never really ask for anything for my birthday, and I also don’t like sharing things I do receive for my birthday, but this year I got some really sweet, sentimental things, that I really love. (And I have some goodies for you, too!)

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Rocksbox sent me some goodies for my birthday, and I was so excited about it! If you’ve never heard of Rocksbox, you’re seriously missing out on something huge. Rocksbox is a company that allows you to choose unlimited designer jewelry for only $19 per month! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my discount code for your first month completely free!(JASMINEBFF84) <3

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Since my boyfriend couldn’t be here with me on my birthday, he wrote me the sweetest letter and we spent the day together on FaceTime, which was the best gift. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a sucker for letters written on paper, they’re so much more sentimental than an email or a tweet, and you can tell the person took a lot of time and effort to do something special. Letters are my favorite (and this was the first time a guy has ever written me one!)

I had a beautiful day, and I really appreciate all your comments. You guys make me smile! <3

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23 trips around the sun

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Today’s my 23rd birthday, which means I’ve gone around the sun 23 times already. I’ve seen hundreds of sunrises and sunsets, I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve let people into my life who’ve given me their positivity and light, and I’ve cut people out of my life who weren’t serving my happiness anymore. I’ve moved, I’ve learned, I’ve relished in my good decisions and learned from bad decisions. I’ve read books, I’ve written things I’m proud of, I’ve begun my journey toward figuring out exactly who I am. I’ve fallen in love. And I’ve grown closer to my faith.

I don’t share a lot on this blog about faith, because I know there are some of you who practice different religions, and that’s totally fine. But one thing we all get from practicing faith and recognizing religion is striving toward bettering ourselves, which is exactly what I’ve been doing over the past year, and it’s what I plan to continue to do. It’s actually ironic that I bring this up because a little verse I really love is Psalms 23, and since I’m 23 today, it seems fitting to mention it. Basically, it says:

through faith my soul is restored, I will be lead to the paths of righteousness, I will fear no evil, and goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

And I think no matter what you believe, this can be applied to your life, and I have been applying it to mine and I’ve seen such a positive difference in my thinking and overall approach to living.

Here’s to another year of living, loving, and growing. <3

Haul: Sephora + YSL

Hey guys! Last weekend, I went shopping at Sephora and I also received goodies from YSL, which is super exciting. And if you follow me on snapchat, you already knew all about my little fangirling episode when I got the YSL box in the mail. Anyway, here are some things I picked up recently. What is your favorite makeup right now?

**Disclaimer: I received products from YSL as a complimentary gift for review on this blog. All words and opinions are my own**


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat — I’ve never purchased anything from YSL, so when I received this package in the mail, I was eager to try it out. These products are perfect for shine control and larger pores, which is something I’m always on the lookout for!

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YSL Blur Perfector — This is to be used throughout the day whenever your face gets a little shiny. If you like a matte look, yet still want to be radiant, this is the perfect product. Plus, can we just talk about how perfect their packaging is???

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YSL Blur Primer — You could have the best foundation on the market, but it wouldn’t mean anything if you don’t use a good primer. I’ve always been, and always will be, a Benefit Porefessional girl, but this primer is great too. It mattefies, and because of the gold flakes, it doesn’t give a dull appearance.


Sephora Haul — It’s been a while since I’ve actually purchased something from Sephora (because the closest store is 40 miles away!), but I decided to treat myself since my birthday is this Sunday! Benefit and Urban Decay are my favorite brands. What are yours?

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Operation Pore-Proof Kit — I absolutely love Porefessional, so when I saw that there was an entire kit dedicated to mattifying and reducing the appearance of pores, I jumped and bought it. These Benefit kits are perfect for those of us that want to try different products, but have commitment issues (especially when one bottle costs about $30). Ya know??? Anyway, I love this so far!

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion — If you don’t use this, you need to. This is the best primer for those of us with oily lids. It keeps your eye makeup stay on all day long, and keeps it looking perfect. I’ve been using this for years, and I’ve tried other primers, but none of them compare.

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Hoola Matte Bronzer — I’m really in love with bronzers right now, but a lot of them have shimmer and highlight in them, which I don’t like. I like matte looks, so this bronzer is perfect.

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Versace Bright Crystal — I love the smell of this! This is actually the first fragrance I’ve purchased that doesn’t smell like vanilla. This smells like a variety of flowers and it’s so light and perfect for the day time. I’m obsessed.

I’m other places on the Internet too!

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Photos: Sacred Garden on Maui

Hey guys! This week I spent a lot of time outside and with friends. Earlier in the week, a friend and I explored Maui’s countryside, we ate at a new restaurant, and we visited Maui’s Sacred Garden for the first time! Here’s some photos from the week:

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This little farm was really cute. I usually go here during the fall when the pumpkins and sunflowers are growing, so it was different visiting during the summer. They have a cute little country store and lots of little animals too. (Not pictured: two really mean miniature ponies. But I think if I was a miniature pony, I’d be bitter too).

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My friend and I ate at a new restaurant (it’s not new, but it’s new to us), and it was really good! It’s in an older part of Kula, which is in Maui’s countryside. I saw this neat old car, and got overly excited. I really like old cars, probably because of watching Top Gear with my dad. Thanks dad.

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I’ve been drinking so much tea lately. I stopped drinking coffee about two months ago, and I’ve never felt better. Yes, I’ve had a few cups of coffee since then, but I’ve mainly been sticking to tea. Maybe my Dutch/British boyfriend is rubbing off on me? Who knows. Whatever it is, I’m loving tea. What are you favorite kinds of tea? (I’m obsessed with Teavana, and I’m unashamed)

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Also: I highly recommend this book. It’s all about finding yourself, and the meaning of your existence. I’ve heard nothing but praise for it, so I’m excited to read it!


 

Maui’s Sacred Garden

I’ve lived on Maui for 17 years, and only recently stumbled upon this little slice of heaven. If you couldn’t already tell, I’m utterly obsessed with plants (Exhibit A: My Instagram) As soon as we walked in the entrance, we were greeted by one of the owners: “Welcome to your new favorite place!” Then he showed us to the tea room and offered us tea and some silent meditation before he would give us a quick orientation of the nursery, gardens, reading rooms and labyrinths.

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As soon as I walked into the nursery, I felt so calm and ridiculously happy. It was so quiet and serene, I could’ve stayed there all day long.

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This smaller, 7-circuit labyrinth is inside the greenhouse, and is the most common universally. Labyrinths are used as walking meditation. Before visiting the Sacred Garden, I’ve never walked a labyrinth before, and honestly I’ve never even heard of one! So this was a unique experience for me.

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In the reading room, there was a little book where guests wrote thank you notes, testimonies of how meditation changed their lives, and how their visit to the Sacred Garden increased their happiness and wellbeing.

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The Buddha Garden in the center of the nursery was breathtaking. Regardless of your religion or beliefs, I think everyone can benefit from sitting here and meditating. While I was sitting here, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders, and an overwhelming happiness wash over me. Plus, the statue itself was so beautiful. It’s 600 pounds of solid monkeypod wood from Bali, which is incredible.

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Labyrinths are often confused with mazes, but this shouldn’t be the case. While mazes are designed to trick you with dead ends and false paths, the labyrinth has only one path leading into the center and the same path leads back out. Mazes are games that cause you to get lost. Labyrinths are paths of peace, prayer and contemplation and are designed to help you find yourself.

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Paia is one of my favorite little towns on Maui because of it’s vibrancy and hippie culture. This store is also a favorite of mine. If you want to see celebrities on Maui, this is the place to be. Alice Cooper, Owen Wilson and Steven Tyler frequent this shop, and it has the cutest things inside!

 

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The sunset view from my house is always so stunning. I love my home.

 

 

Haul: Lush (aka overpriced, organic stuff I didn’t need)

Yes, I caved again. Lush is too addicting, I can’t stop. I’ve only purchased things from Lush a few times, but every time I always get a mask/scrub. I never got the whole bath bomb thing, mainly because I don’t have a tub at my house, but also I don’t want to be floating in glittery water. Anyway, here’s what I got from Lush!
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The thing I love the most about Lush is that their products are organic, cruelty-free and they really do help your skin be the best it can be. Yes, they are expensive but I think it’s worth it since they don’t test on animals, they’re all natural and they are of a higher quality.

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Ocean Salt — Living in Hawaii, I’m obsessed with anything sea salt and coconut. I’ve seen this product around before, but I’d never purchased it because I was worried it would be too harsh on my sensitive skin, but after using it a few times now, I’ve found that it’s actually very soothing. The sea salt and lime work to exfoliate and cleanse the skin, while the coconut oils moisturize and calm the skin. Plus, it smells so good!

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Mask of Magnaminty — This is my second time purchasing this mask, because I’m absolutely obsessed. It’s so great for people with blemishes and sensitivity, because it’s made out of clay and peppermint, which purge your pores of all impurities, and it has vanilla and honey to soothe the skin as well. I usually use this a few times a week, and it really helps to keep my complexion even and happy.

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Bubblegum Lip Scrub — I love soft lips (but then again, who doesn’t?) This lip scrub is so amazing and it tastes good, and since it’s all natural, it’s safe if you accidentally consume some! I use this every morning, and it really helps to keep my lips soft and healthy looking.

What are your favorite Lush products?

Beauty Swap + My new favorite things!

Hey guys! I’ve met some really amazing people through this blog, which I’m so thankful for! Some of the great things about blogging are networking, discovering new things, and creating lasting relationships. Alexandria at Winifred Jac, organized this blogger beauty swap, which was so much fun! My partner was Tristan of Pursuit of Beauty and she sent the cutest package!

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Can we just talk about these Kate Spade cards? I need them.

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This. This is the cutest package I think I’ve ever gotten… ever. I was so happy opening it, I had the biggest smile on my face!

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Here’s what I got in my beauty swap package! I haven’t tried any of these products, so I’m super excited to try them out. Have you guys tried these products out?

Butter London lotion — I’ve seen this lotion around before, but I’ve never tried it because I buy cheap lotion in bulk at Costco #Merica. But after a few days of using this lotion, I really love it! It’s full of healthy vitamins and oils, but what I love the most about it is that it’s vanilla-scented!

ChapStick Hydration Lock — Keeping hydrated and using sun protection is so important in the summer, but a lot of people forget about their lips! I use a lot of lip products because I’m one of those people who can’t stand having dry lips. It drives me insane. And from the very first time using this lip balm, I fell in love. It makes my lips so soft and visibly plumper too! Seriously, stop reading this and go buy it right now because you’ll thank me.

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics — Candy is great. Candy is necessary. But cocktail-flavored candy? Sign me up. These are so yummy!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil — I’ve always been a brow powder kind of girl, because the pencils and gels intimidated me. So I’ve always used NYX brow cake powders. And I’ve only used this pencil a few times, but I think I’m getting the hang of it! And it really does make it so much easier to apply especially on the go.

Eccolo Journal — You guys know how obsessed I am with notebooks and journals and making lists, so when I saw this in the box I squealed.

A huge THANK YOU to Alexandria for hosting this beauty swap and Tristan for these lovely gifts! This was so much fun! Go check out these two ladies, they’re pretty amazing! <3