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Semester Reflection

This semester was crazy, but a good crazy. I want to share with you the classes that I took this spring semester, and what I hope I can keep with me possibly as lessons that I learned from each class. I got this idea from Life With Karla, so go check out her semester reflection.

History 490t- Senior Research Seminar

This was a class where I totally felt alone throughout all of it. Which I guess was the whole point of the class. The entire semester was dedicated to us conducting our own research on a topic that covered World War I, and to be able to write a paper about it and present our findings to the class. I felt alone because unlike this class, the class that comes before this one, 300B-historical writing. In that class, we were required to meet with our professor at least 3 times to go over our research and to have the professor suggest ideas. Now in this class, she did have meetings with her scheduled but she revised the syllabus over 3 times, and because of that she ended up just canceling class instead of holding these meetings.  I know what your thinking “Jessica if you felt lost go to her office hours”. Yeah I wish that I would have put the entire semester there were issues with where all the history professors offices were because a pipe burst, so everyone was everywhere else, and not on that floor so I had no idea where to go. And plus, when we did have that 1 meeting, I felt like she didn’t help me at all with my research. But I got it done, and my research topic, Women’s involvement in World War I was interesting. Because I learned that the U.S. Marines and Navy allowed women in their ranks. Yes, there were women involved in munition factories, as nurses etc before WWII. All in all, though the class was fine, we all just were trying to get our research done and it was only a once a week class.

History 386B- American Social History Part 2

This class! There was like 13 books that we were required to read throughout the semester which was a lot. A book a week, and maybe 4 articles to read throughout the semester. I tried to read a lot of the books starting out the semester but then I started realizing that I did not have to try and read every page, just the intro, which usually gave the whole synopsis of the book, to be honest. And the requirements for the writing assignments were to give a summary of the book, information on the sources that the author used and how it fits in with social history. All in all, the class was interesting with the different topics that we discussed, which surprisingly enough was about minorities throughout U.S history and a lot about women. The only thing that I regret is really not reading a lot of the books entirely, but with trying to balance out my other classes, I was not able to.

History 481- California History

This class was not “oh California how awesome!” This class was all about the things that have been ignored throughout California History, with mainly the focus on the dark history involving the California Indians, and how the U.S. government funded the genocide of the native population within California. There were other topics at the end of the class that focused on other things, like the counterculture movement with the hippies in the ’60s and ’70s which was pretty interesting but all in all the main focus was on the native Americans. The final project presentation that we had to do the week before finals were cool because we got to pick a topic from contemporary history (current events) and relate it to what we learned in the class about California. My group ended up working on female homelessness in California and related it to a book that we had to read during the semester which looked at the history of incarceration within L.A. and how it was mostly minorities that were and have been incarcerated throughout L.A.’s history. We ended up getting a high grade on the assignment because I connected our topic to the book, and mentioned how the book failed to mention anything about women being homeless, even though they make up a huge portion of the homeless population within California. I really enjoyed the content of the class, and I learned stuff about California history that I don’t think I would have learned if I did not take the course. Because we had been discussing throughout the class how we would address these topics to students when we became history teachers (because like 90% in the class was taking this to fulfill a teaching credential requirement). And we all recognized that these topics were just being presented to us, since there was little mentioned about California history when it came to elementary school and junior high, because there was more of a glossing over of the harsh truths about California’s history, and the curriculum at the time only wanted to address the California missions and the gold rush in a positive way. All in all, I know that what I will be taking away from this class is the history that I learned and that hopefully, I could be able to teach kids about it when I become a teacher.

Secondary Education 320- Adolescent Development

This class I took to fulfill a requirement to get into the credential program. it was all about, adolescent development, and how and why adolescents change and what outside factors throughout there life are involved. This was a pretty easy course for me since it was online. It only required discussion posts once a week and maybe a write up about 4 chapters that we had read the textbook after every month was done. The final project, a powerpoint presentation, had us picking an adolescent from a film or book and explaining certain aspects of their development and how it was portrayed in the film. I kind of underestimated how long it would take me, but I addressed the criteria well and my B+ shows that I put the effort into the class, because of course when you find something interesting you are going to put your best efforts towards it.

 

That’s it for my semester reflection! All in all, I had a great semester with very dedicated professors. And I already know now that I will be definitely doing this same post again at the end of the Fall semester, with a twist since all of my classes will be the rest of the secondary education courses, which are offered online.

 

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May Ipsy Bag Review| It was a disaster…

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Jivi Moisturizer with micro-algae (lavender scented)

This has to be the weirdest moisturizer that I have ever used. It comes out, as you can see in the photo green, and thankfully doesn’t stay green when it gets rubbed into the skin. But what I found while using this was that it did not moisturize my skin at all. And while I usually love the scent of lavender in products, i found this to be overwhelming.

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Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in the shade Namaste By the Pool

Now this is a pretty nail polish, don’t get me wrong. But nail polish is something that I made very clear on the ipsy profile that I went back and changed probably 3+ times. I said that I didn’t want nail polish and I still get sent nail polish almost every month it seems.

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Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

This is another thing that I don’t need. Another setting powder. If you guys aren’t aware, I am going a year project pan. And as of right now I have one container of NYC smooth powder that I’m trying to use up, I have 2 containers of it and that works for me. So I haven’t even opened up the container.

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Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask

This is something that I am keeping from the bag because I am always looking for a hair mask that can tame my frizzy hair.

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Lord & Berry Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Spice

This is something that I always seem to get in Ipsy bags. Lipsticks in pencil form, that are usually neutral shades, which is fine if you get maybe 1 or 2. But in almost every ipsy bag I have received I’ve gotten a neutral lipstick. Which is another reason why I’m pausing the subscription service for now because there is not a way to buy the products that they like through ipsy (there is but, you end up paying an arm and a leg for the products, unlike Birchbox where you can redeem points to get the full-size product that you like).

 

So are any of you interested in these products? Because I plan on either putting these on poshmark to sell or just give them away since they are unused (with the lipstick crayon being swatched on my hand)

So if any of you want these products let me know in the comments!

 

See you in my next blog post!

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MAY EMPTIES & DECLUTTER

I know this video is early, but i found time during finals week to film. I had a lot of products to the point where I couldn’t store anymore of them. But yeah this month i got rid of some stuff that was either expired or just stuff that did not work for me in the skincare department.

See you guys in my next blog post!

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Update on the Sephora PLAY! April products….

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So I wanted to give an update on the products that I received in my April Sephora PLAY! subscription that I previously talked about in the blog post that I wrote showing you the products.

The Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (full-size price, 3.3 oz/100 mL for $62)

This mask was really nice, it provided moisture and exfoliation to my face. All you have to do is put it on your face for around 5-10 minutes, and then wash it off, and in doing so, you rub the exfoliating particles into your skin to take off the mask with warm water. I found that this left my skin really soft, but I’m going to stick to the deluxe size sample that I got in the box because I honestly can’t see myself buying the full-size product for $62.  Even the 1 oz container of the product, at $25 seems too much. Even though it’s nice to have a product that exfoliates and moisturizes, I would rather just use a simple exfoliant and then moisturize my face afterward.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Sing Ultra Cushion lipgloss, in the shade SPL, (full-size, $20)

This lipgloss is pretty don’t get me wrong. It gives off a nice sparkly pink look that looks great as a lip-topper. But I’m not really much of a lipgloss person, so I wouldn’t go out and buy this, and if I was into lipglosses I would just buy one from the drugstore.

Miu Miu L’eau Rosee Perfume (full-size, $28)

This perfume is so good! I have a whole bunch of deluxe size perfumes from a Sephora perfume sampler that I bought in January, but I would definitely purchase this perfume because it smells like you rolled around in roses. The staying power of this perfume to is fantastic because after a good 10-hour wear I could still smell it on me.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder (full-sized, $29).

Personally, I don’t support the brand It Cosmetics, but I did try and product, and it did blur my pores all over my face. I like the product but I wouldn’t buy the full-sized product because of the lack of diversity in It Cosmetics products. But I will finish the product once I finish the other powders that I’m working on in a year-long project 18 pan.

 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Blurring Skin Tint, with SPF 25 (full-size, $36)

This is the second product that I have received from the brand through the Sephora PLAY! subscription box. This is supposed to be a light skin tint and it is. And it wears beautifully on my skin, even though the shade is not quite right for my skin tone, (I usually wear classic ivory in foundations) but I made it work. There is a fragrance that the product has that I felt was overwhelming but soon dissipated (thank god). The smell reminded me of the It Cosmetics CC cream. But despite the scent, I would buy the full-size product because it wears nicely throughout the day and it is buildable.

 

I hope you guys liked this update on last month’s Sephora PLAY! Subscription unboxing of the products!

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Tumblr Q&A Video

This is the Tumblr Q&A, I got questions from my Tumblr followers and I answered them. This was a really fun video and I hope to do more videos like this. So if you guys want another Q&A video, leave me questions and once I get enough, I’ll do another one!

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April Sephora & Ipsy Subscription Unboxings and Reviews

Hope you guys like this video! I think May will be the last ipsy bag that I will be getting (might do a video about it separately)but lately I haven’t been really happy with how much use that I get out of the products that I have received from the service and the fact that most of the brands that I get products from, I really don’t know. So what do you guys think? Should I cancel my ipsy subscription or not? Let me know in the comments.

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May Bullet Journal Layout

Just completed the layout for May’s spread in my bullet journal and I thought I would share it with you guys. Now, I’m not really much of an artsy person, so there isn’t any fancy calligraphy going on. But I just wanted to show you how I’ve created the spread for this month, because I will be working on finals until the 15th of this month, but then it’s back to the grind of filming youtube videos again and writing more blog posts since I have the summer to work on both this blog more and youtube.

My May cover page, I always love finding an inspirational quote to put on the front.

The monthly expense tracker that I use to track my purchases and bills throughout the month. Since I’ve started writing out my purchases it makes it more real on the amount of money that I used to spend on trivial things.

The video tracker for my youtube channel. I haven’t uploaded a lot lately due to university, but I do want to start keeping track of when I film, edit and upload the videos because I know that I want to be filming almost every day at the end of May.

My blog post tracker. Again, for the same reasons as the youtube video tracker. I just want to see when I write a blog post, edit it and publish it. I want to try and figure out more posts that I can work on and share with you guys that aren’t just about my youtube videos, maybe some DIYS, if you guys have any suggestions leave a comment.

May braindump section. Just because I know I’m going to be stressed in the next couple of weeks working on presentations and finals for my classes, so I wanted to have a section where I can get my ideas out, because despite the fact that I will be stressed, I always get the most random ideas, even when I’m stressed. So i want to have a section where I can write my ideas out so i won’t forget them.

My personal/youtube blogposts schedule so far. As you can tell it’s all going to start picking up the day after my last final. I honestly cannot wait for the 16th to come around.

My layout and plans for this week. Again a lot of prepping for presentations that are going on next week, and submitting the last assignments for my classes.

My schedule for next week, which consists of just presentations at the beginning of the week and the first of one of my finals being due. (which mind you, I have no idea why this teacher made their final project due before finals week. But all I know is, is that I’ll be starting to work on it probably Thursday afternoon because it’s a huge powerpoint presentation that we have to submit for our final grade.

My finals week layout which is probably going to be me, sitting in my room working on papers in my pajamas all day before submitting them at the last second and feeling relieved that this semester is finally over.

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April Sephora PLAY! Subscription Unboxing

This month’s Sephora PLAY! box items:

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in the Shade SPL ($20/ 0.23 oz/7 mL).

On the Sephora website, the shade is described as a holographic candy pink with an iridescent sparkle.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Pressed Powder ($29/ 0.31oz/9g):

On the Sephora website, it is described as a translucent powder that erases the look of pores and imperfections.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask ($25/ 1oz/30mL)

On the Sephora website, it is described as a multi-benefit five minute facial in a jar that instantly resets the skin while targeting dullness, rough texture, and uneven skin tone.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Perfector Blurring Skin Tint in the Shade 6, Warm Sand ($36/ 1.01 oz/30 mL)

On the Sephora website, the product is described as a revolutionary skin tint that blurs and enhances the look of skin for a perfected complexion.

Miu Miu L’eu Rosee Eau De Toilette ($28/ 0.33 oz or 10 mL travel spray)

The perfume sample that was the fifth item in the box. It has notes of blackcurrant, lilly of the valley and musk.

 

I’ll be filming a video reviewing these products further. So far, I have tried the perfume which smells just like roses, and the lipgloss, which is a nice item but I’m not very fond of lipgloss that much.

All in all, the Sephora PLAY! box that I received this month was really worth the 10 dollars, just for the deluxe size sample of the Fresh Lotus Rescue Mask.

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Some Changes In My Life

Now, I know that I have not posted an actual blog post in forever. I hope to redeem myself for that with this blog post.

This is not to say that I won’t still be sharing my youtube videos, which there has not been one in like a week or two, because of final projects because the semester is coming to an end. Which means that I’m stressed beyond belief trying to get multiple papers done, and getting groups projects being assigned (which I have to say if they did not work in elementary school, why are you making us do group projects in college?).

But there are things that are going to be changing for me soon because if you guys have not checked the About Me Page on this blog, you should. But if you don’t want to, it’s just a description of myself what my blog is about and where I am at in life right now. And one of the things that I felt like would never really come was the time for me to start taking my proficiency testing to be able to apply for the credential program to become a history teacher at the secondary school level (aka, middle school and/or high school).

What is great about this is that I can take these tests during the summer, so studying for them won’t be a problem for me. And once I get the CBEST completed and finish off my bachelor’s degree in the fall, I will be able to start substitute teaching if I choose to.

I just wanted to let you guys know what I will be prioritizing during the summer, which is the studying for these exams. The CBEST covers reading, writing and math (which I haven’t taken a math class in over 3 years now, so I’m kinda worried about that section) and the CSET, specifically the history ones (since I’m a history major and want to become a history teacher) covers a lot of history (much of which I haven’t learned since middle school or even high school, so again a lot of studying for that one).

But I will try and make blog posts around my studying techniques and how I’m doing on studying for these exams, and maybe go further to explain the examination process etc.

I just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on if I don’t post as many of my youtube videos on here or post any blog posts during the summer time.

If any of you have questions about the process or more about the tests, leave them in the comments down below!