Beauty Hacks for Every Girl

I’ve gathered a few of my own tips regarding beauty in my seventeen years of life. It may seem short and not only is it my experience, but my mother and sister’s, too, along with Youtubers and bloggers. So, let’s get into it!

1. Wash your hair the night before

This has been a hack of mine ever since I was a kid. My father would wash my hair and blow-dry it for me until it was perfectly straight (despite how many times I would put up a fight for it). The next morning, all I had to do with it was run a brush through and I was done.

As I got older and I started to go to high school, it was all on me and I switched to the morning hair-rush. I do not recommend this at all, as I also do not advice anyone to wash their hair daily. Both are mistakes. See, if you wash your hair and make sure it’s done the night before, you will only have to touch up in the morning (under 2 minutes, I swear) and move on with other matters.

If it’s hot in your house and you don’t mind having wet hair and letting it dry alone, check out this messy braided bun for instant, natural curls in the morning.

2. Keep your make up in the fridge

I know it sounds weird, but my mum keeps her most expensive make up in the fridge. It can last years in there, I swear! This works for foundation, mascara, eyeliner…

If you’ve got a very creamy lipstick that melts in the summer, pop it in there, too, and keep it intact! It literally has saved my only red lipstick, which I bought at the drugstore – no surprise there –, fell on my bathroom floor and didn’t break, but smudged all over.

Remember: your fridge is your friend.

3. Get up fifteen minutes early

You probably get up really early already, but I’m one of those people that like to take their time in the morning. I’m groggy but awake, so I’ll go slow as hell as I get myself ready and therefore I get up two hours before my time is up and I have to go to school. I know I could possibly do all that I do in an hour if I was any more awake, but I know how lazy I am and I know how to prevent going late.

Getting up those fifteen minutes earlier for you to whine and wake yourself up actually work. (Though you should always sleep for at least seven/eight hours!!) During those fifteen minutes you can get your coffee and sit around for a while until the caffeine kicks in and you’re ready to start your routine.

4. Shower in the morning

I know I just said you should wash your hair at night, or in the evening, but you should totally hop in and go through a 5-minute shower to wake yourself up. You can also brush your teeth at the same time (believe me, I’ve done it) if you’re running late, but you should always shower in the morning. You don’t want to carry your groggy self for the next few hours and this will do the trick.

5. Mascara is your friend

I know my mum doesn’t feel like mascara is that much important, but whenever she doesn’t wear it, she really looks sad and tired, even if she’s completely okay. If you are one of those people that doesn’t like make up but your face needs some pop, you will only need three drugstore products: mascara, concealer and lip balm.

Apply concealer under your eyes and on your top eyelid to give your face a makeover. I swear, it works like a charm. Being careful here, apply some mascara without touching your top or bottom eyelid THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME, and watch as you look like you’ve slept for days. To keep your lips hydrated and looking fine, apply a lip balm (maybe with some color to it?) and head out. You’ve got yourself ready in under five minutes.

6. Drink water

I know it’s easier to pour yourself a Diet Coca Cola but, seriously, you need some real water in your life. Put some fruit juice in it to make it more appealing, but drink water. Eight glasses a day aren’t that hard and your whole body, including your skin, will thank you.

7. JUNK food

Junk food belongs, you know, in the actual junk. It will only make your whole health worse. Keep those chips and cookies away and substitute them for fruit.

It may be because I’m a diabetic or because I live in the Mediterranean coast, but it simply is so nice to open the fridge, grab a (quite big) peach, peal the skin off and cut it into bite-sized pieces. It is refreshing, it fills up your stomach easily and it doesn’t make you pick up unnecessary weight. Unless you’re like my mum and I and you can’t stop eating fruit for your life.

8. Wash your face

You want to wash your hands throughout the day a lot, since you’re touching your phone, your laptop’s keyboard, your tablet’s screen… It’s all full of germs and washing your hands is very important, but I don’t think it’s as commonly known that washing your face regularly can be a good skin care.

There’s tons of oils, masks, scrubs, but washing your face twice a day at least is a great skin care alone. Grab your face soap, like this one from Dove, and with warm water, rub it on your face. It is not at all pricey and it removes any makeup you may have on your face as well as your oils and dirt.

I am not one to suffer from acne, but I have my fare share of oil and small blackheads, specially on my nose, and this soap makes it so much easier to cope with the troubles. It leaves your skin baby smooth and completely clean. There’s no magic solution to skin problems, but this is some awesome stuff.

9. A cat-eye in 20 seconds

I am one to go all-in with my eyes on my morning routine. I love my eye-shadows, my eyeliner, my mascara and my brows, so I’ve gone through a few tricks when it comes to this particular part. I don’t use liquid eyeliner, but the pencil one and I still manage a pretty decent cat-eye.

Grab a tissue and unfold it, put it under your bottom eyelashes and tilt it to follow the line of your bottom waterline towards the end of your brow. Draw your cat-eye using the edge of the tissue from the outer corner to the inner one. Repeat to your other eye and, boom, (almost) flawless cat-eye.

10. Foundation hunting

When you’re starting to use foundation and you don’t really know which is best for you, you should definitely try it on your skin. Do not use your hand or your face, but your neck to check which tone is better for you. You don’t want your face looking darker or lighter, though the last is preferred, than your neck. Half a tone lighter can be dealt with but if you’re as much as a tiny little bit darker, it is noticeable.

For foundation application, you should start with a good moisturizer and follow up with a primer. With a sponge or a brush, apply your foundation evenly. Once you’re done, you want to use concealer on problematic spots or dark circles under your eyes. Powder will help set it and highlighters, blush and bronzers will bring your face back to life, though these last three are optional. Setting spray will help keep your make up stunningly flawless during the day.

Got any tips and tricks of your own? Have you tried any of these and want to talk about your experience? Would you like more posts like these? Answer all these questions in the comments! 🙂

Diabetics in School: Tips

Diabetes is a very common disease and most people know at least one or two of us.

Just a heads up, if you’re not one and you know diabetics… Don’t you ever imply or say out blatantly that it is not important. Not only does it hurt, but it’s completely ignorant of you. Diabetes Mellitus (type 1) is #7 in death causes worldwide, so it is not to be taken lightly.

I’ve been diabetic ever since the two years of age, so I’m not new to this. Always remember that in medicine, and diabetes is no different, two plus two doesn’t always turn out to be four. From one day to another, you may see enormous differences that may startle you, but don’t you worry, I’ve got your back here.

1. Go to your doctor regularly

I can’t stress this enough. I’m one of those people (aren’t we all?) that hates going to the doctors, but we just have to. Maybe it’s weekly (like I’m doing lately), maybe it’s monthly, maybe it’s annually… It depends on how you’re doing and how your doctor wants to handle you. Do always remember that if you see your disease uncontrolled and your doctor can’t help, you can, and should, switch.

Also, when you’re there, give them your full attention and tell them everything. Without every fact, they can’t do their job. They can’t guess for you, but they’re there to help you as you need it.

2. Tests, tests, tests!

I think I’m talking based on my latest experience with a new doctor, but it is important to take tests everyday at least twice. For example, I have to take six daily; one before and after each every meal. You may need more, you may need less. It doesn’t matter; take them! Even if you’re feeling odd in the middle of Maths class and it’s not due, do it.

3. Take all you need to school and have the talk with your teachers

Taking everything with you at all times, most specially school, is very important. In Spain, the canteens aren’t allowed to have sugary food and therefore there wouldn’t be a Coca Cola for me if I didn’t take it there myself.

Talk to your school’s teachers and they’ll even let you keep your drink(s) in the fridge. Also, having them informed on your disease (AKA the talk, as I used to call it) is also highly recommended. You want them to know how to react if you have a sudden change of moods, you start trembling or you drop on the floor.

Having switched schools a couple times, I know what I’m talking about. As my mum is a Primary teacher, I used to be at her school before I first switched during Year 4. No family with me, though the hospital was just down the road.

We (my parents and my 9-year-old self) had a meeting with most of the teachers in the school. During that time, we told the teachers how my character usually is and that it would be very convenient for them to look out for any weird behavior (crying, shouting…). I’d be told to take a test. I had full-on permission to go to the bathroom or the office if I wasn’t feeling okay, with a classmate. If I ever had a big BS drop, which I sadly did, they were to give me a glass of water with sugar stirred into it if I could still swallow and then take me to hospital so I could be taken care of properly.

When I switched again, my sister was there and the rest of the teachers knew that they were to call her if anything happened. Having them know that you are to be let out to the bathroom is very important, since highs can also happen and should be taken care of as well.

Have handy some sweets in your pockets or your bag. As a girl, I used to take a second messenger bag in addition to my school bag where I’d have my full kit (glucometer, needles, insulin) and a few sweets for me to have if I had a BS (blood sugar) drop in the middle of a lesson.

If you know you’re not okay, tell your teacher. Raise your hand or have your classmate do it to inform them and be let outside to the bathroom or the office, so you can call your parents if you need to as well as taking care of the situation.

4. P.E

Talk to your P.E teacher so they’re aware that if you’re too high (+250mg/dL) or too low (-80mg/dL), you aren’t allowed to do any sport. If you do, in the first case, your sugar will keep on rising to the clouds; in the second one, it will drop to the floor. Having a juice close is essential for this class. Water is, too, for a high, so make sure you have that handy, too.

5. Fitting in

It’s already hard enough to fit in at school as it is, so having diabetes is a little add-on to that fear of not being like the rest. Let’s be realistic, we are not like the rest. Grab a pack of tissues and cry the pain out while you’re alone. It hurts and it’s hard. Why us? Well, there’s no answer at all. No human is free of diseases or imperfections, so let’s please get that out of our heads now.

You can and will fit in when you know you’re you and not a disease. Do not let that define you. You have to own it and make it depend on what you’re going to do for the day. You’re having a P.E class in the morning and woke up with a reasonable BS level? Make it work for you; reduce insulin, eat a little more, maybe do as usual with a juice right after.

Diabetes is quite annoying since what works today won’t work next week but it doesn’t mean you can’t control it as you wish. Again, you can and you will.

Comment down below if you’re diabetic and what are other tips for handling diabetes at school!

Consejos para los Estudiantes Universitarios Españoles de Primer Año

La Universidad en España no tiene nada que ver con la Americana ni con la Inglesa, seamos realistas. Si buscamos en Pinterest algo relacionado con la Universidad, salen listas y consejos en inglés o para otros países. Yo misma escribo este blog en ese idioma, pero me parecía que hacía falta un artículo así en internet para aquellas personas que estén tan perdidas como yo.

Para empezar, nos hace falta un papel y un bolígrafo para poder hacer la estructura general que ya conocemos de nuestra carrera. Si no, mira en la página oficial de tu Universidad e infórmate de cómo está estructurada tu carrera el primer año al menos.

Pregúntate cosas como: ¿me hará falta una calculadora científica, programable o ninguna?, ¿me vendrá mejor un calendario o una agenda?, ¿me va mejor apuntar con el ordenador, la tablet o a mano? Así podrás averiguar más sobra qué es lo que necesitas.

Una lista general de cosas que puedes necesitar en la Universidad (juzgando por las que hacen en otros países y más o menos lo que nos puede venir bien):

  • Lápices número 2 o portaminas.
  • Goma y sacapuntas.
  • Bolígrafos de color negro/azul.
  • Una calculadora (incluso los de magisterio la necesitan).
  • Papel, cuadriculado o no.
  • Una o dos libretas para tomar apuntes o hacer resúmenes.
  • Un calendario o una agenda. (Hablo sobre esto más adelante.)
  • Un ordenador o una tablet.
  • Los libros (si no salen aún en la página o no te han dado una lista, ya te lo dirán. Puede ser que vaya por PowerPoint.)
  • Una mochila y un estuche.
  • Una impresora y cartuchos de tinta.

Además, para aquellas personas que son muy organizadas y tienen afán por tener los apuntes visualmente agradables:

  • Bolígrafos de colores Staedtler/Stabilo de punta fina.
  • Subrayadores de varios colores.
  • Post-its, banderitas post-its.
  • Archivador o carpeta y separadores.

En cuanto a la agenda o el calendario, es bastante importante por lo que he leído. Planear con antelación en la Universidad cualquier trabajo o ejercicio que manden es más que imprescindible. Si la semana que viene tienes dos trabajos por entregar, empieza esta semana y “quítatelo de encima”. Además, estudiar día a día un poco (tampoco nos pasemos) nos llevará a estar muchísimo más relajados cuando lleguen los exámenes en Enero, Junio y Julio.

Las agendas pueden ser las “típicas del chino” que llegan a ser sosas y poco motivadoras, o como las de Kate Spade o Bando.

Cuando te dan el calendario de las asignaturas, apúntalo. Cuando te den algún ejercicio para mañana o dentro de dos semanas, apúntalo. “Ya me acordaré”… No.

Suerte en todo y seguíd organizados para sacar las mejores notas posibles.

How to: Use a Planner as a College Student

Being unable to move after a surgery even in your own home makes you surf the web like a pro. I’ve searched a lot of stuff in the last hour and that includes the college tags on Pinterest. I cannot being to say how much Pinterest makes life ten times easier. So, today I am still hung up on the planner I talked about on my last post from Kate Spade. This woman is a queen and deserves a freaking monument made in her honor. The “I AM VERY BUSY” planners make my heart ache as well as the one I mentioned I’m going to buy.

You’d think I’ve used a planner before, but I haven’t. I used journals back at school and I’d jot down every piece of homework I had to do. I’m not very consistent on that so I’d miss out on a lot of those when I started to lose motivation. To start off using a planner, I’m going to set some steps that I’ll make sure to follow as much as I can. On a little side note, remember you’re not obliged to do this ever but being organized will help you out in life so making a tiny weeny of effort now will pay off. Routines are built within three weeks so let’s get down to it.

Step 1: Find the one

Go through your favorite store’s planners, see if one fits what you’re looking for. If they don’t, surf the web and find it! If it’s a bit into the pricey side, try to gather enough money and get it before your college starts. You want to find one that includes more or less from this August to December next year (these are the 17-month planners!). Make sure you’ll be able to start from the moment you arrive there, guys!

As I said on my previous post, you’re going to have to be very aware of your email and syllabus. This is going to be very important for the next steps so make sure to be very conscious about both things at all times.

Step 2: Fill it in

Once your planner has arrived and you’re jumping around in your room all happy, you should grab your syllabus and write down everything listed on the due dates. I recommend color-coding. Why, you’d ask, or how am I going to keep it up.

Well color-coding makes everything easier to scan through. You can write a legend and add it into your planner with a simple DIY so you can move it around as you go.


  1. Grab a piece of paper or cardboard and cut it so it fits your planner as you want it to.
  2. Punch some holes into it after measuring the spaces to meet your journal’s and cut slits in the middle so you can slip it into the book.
  3. Write down the color-code you like best (you can get some inspo on Pinterest or on Tumblr’s studyblr community!).
  4. Slip it in!


Step 3: Make the most out of it

Whether your planner has a meal list, shopping list, to-do list, or any other extras, make the most out of it! You bought it, so use it! I know that if I want to, I’ll keep it up. So, keep yourself motivated, enjoy those colors and stickers you’re using on your lovely planner. Add in your doctor’s appointments, your workout schedule, your blog/online/writing/creative duties, some friends outing, important occasions like your family’s and friends’ birthday… It will be part of your life, because it actually holds all your life! You’ll definitely love it. You can even add the books you’re interested in purchasing and reading! Just make it work for you and make it comfortable.

If a planner is not your ideal thing, go for a wall-calendar or use an online planner or calendar, such as Google Calendar or One Note. I’m currently using the latter for to-do lists and it really does help. Though, I’m one of those people that like to cross out something on a paper and feel a huge satisfaction out of it.

Also, if you lose motivation for it, go through Pinterest and some blogs and you’ll definitely want to pick your planner back up! Or even check on this blog, I’ll definitely have some stuff gathered for you to fall in love with your agenda once again.

Comment down below if you’ve got any planners and tell me how you use them! I’d love to see your creativity with these. Have a great day!