Hofstra falls flat in helping students

I really need to express my frustration for my school. After three years of working very hard and recently earning a 4.0 GPA, I pleaded with Hofstra to give me additional scholarship money 1) because I think my grades and hard work deserve it and 2) because I am so far in debt already it’s not even fair. After being told no over and over I reached out again when I faced a student loan catastrophe so close to starting my senior year. I was met again with a no and was told that they don’t have funds. Hofstra costs around $56,000 a year to attend so there is no way I’m going to believe that they don’t have funds. They have funds to give athletes a full ride but they don’t honor academics. At this point every part of me wishes I didn’t even go there to begin with but now I’m three years in and it would be a stupid move to leave this close to the end. The only part I am truly happy with is the journalism program. 

Hofstra boasts this reputation that its on par with Ivy League schools and that it cares so much about its students. I am living proof that Hofstra does not. I’m going to be paying off my student loans until I’m 90 and the president of Hofstra is just rolling in dough and doesn’t care to answer any of the several phone calls and emails I’ve sent. To top off the tuition I’m already paying, I had to pay for my internship credits as well. The internships that Hofstra has zero part in getting me or helping me with. 

As if I wasn’t already under enough stress already, this has only been an added weight on my shoulders. 

Please share similar stories or any advice!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I saw NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream on Pinterest and needed to try it. I’m someone who rarely wears lip color but I still love lip color and I’m trying to find what works for me so I can make it a regular in my beauty routine. 

I went to CVS in search of either the color “London” or “Stockholm” which are two of NYX’s nude colors. Unfortunately CVS was cleared out of every color except for “Antwerp” so I went with it. 

Although not what I was looking for, the color is beautiful (it’s a tad different in person than how it photographs) and I will definitely use it occasionally but overall I’m disappointed in the cream. 

It messy to apply and feels a little heavy on but after some fixing you’re ready to go. It doesn’t claim to have a long lasting wear so you can expect to touch it up throughout the day. 

One thing I really like about this is that you can wear the color two ways. You can either leave it on heavy for a bright statement color or if you dab it off on a tissue it looks like a matte lip stain. I love the latter but the only negative is I can’t always get it to look like that. It only happens when I’m lucky. 

I am still interested in trying one of the nude colors but in general this lip cream was not amazing as I hoped it would be. 

The search for the perfect lip stick continues. 

Negative Space Nails

I am obsessed with nail art. I got into it a few years ago when I finally decided to stop biting my nails, which looked more like stumps than actual nails. In order to let them grow, I always kept them painted but plain nails can get boring so I taught myself through trial and error (& with the help of Pinterest) to do fun nail art. It’s much cheaper than getting it done at a salon and it’s fun to treat yourself to an at home salon day!

Today I did a really easy design but it’s one that I’ve been recently obsessed with: Negative space nails with a matte top coat.

{I ended up changing some nails at the last minute…you’ll see if you continue reading. One thing about painting my nails to avoid biting them is I’ve become so picky about what they look like that I can redo my nails two or three times in a day. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen that often!}

Last week I did another version of negative space nails that were a bit more complicated. Today, I thought I’d show you a really easy, fast way to get a great manicure.

nail polish emoji First, I started with two Essie colors, Minimalistic (the pink) and Petal Pushers (the grey.) IMG_2866

nail polish emoji I used chevron nail stickers (you can get them for less than $3 on Amazon!) For my middle finger I used just one to set off the tip and ended up adding another one later for the top. For my ring finger I used two to create a bigger negative space.


If you’re a nail art lover as well and you don’t use nail tape, I suggest that you reconsider! Amazon sells several different kinds for only a few dollars. I have 30 roles of skinny tape (that cost $1) in addition to the chevrons and I use it almost every time I do my nails. You can get super complicated-looking designs with ease.

nail polish emojiMake sure the stickers are completely flat against the nail. You can paint right up to the line or completely over it. Then let the paint dry a bit before removing. (I use tweezers to make it easier.) It doesn’t have to be 100% dry but at least tacky. This reduces the risk of pulling any polish that may be on the sticker, which will ruin the overall design.

Here is the finished result:


nail polish emojiWhen the nails are basically dry add a matte top coat – I use Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat. And, with a minor change in design, here are my nails for the week!


What is your favorite nail art?

Check back soon for more nail art and beauty reviews!

Get the London Look: Rimmel London VoxBox

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I received my first VoxBox from Influenster yesterday! If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it’s a site where you answer questions (called ‘snaps’), write reviews and earn badges. Every once in a while they send out a box of goodies that you qualify for based on your answers/ reviews.

I received the Rimmel London VoxBox. In it was Scandaleyes Mascara , Stay Glossy Lip Gloss and Natural Bronzer. I’m a beauty junkie. I love trying new skin care, makeup and hair products so I was really excited to get this in the mail and try it out today!

It is important to point out that I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and this review is 100% honest and from me.


5-star-rating The Scandaleyes Mascara gets 5 stars! The brush is fluffy and soft and gets most of your lashes in one swoop. It gave my lashes major length without clumping – which is the bane of any mascara wearers existence. I have very dark eyebrows and eyelashes so the ‘extreme black’ color is perfect. When I usually wear mascara, I use two or three different kinds just to get the right look and get the clumps out but with this, I was happy using just the one kind. I will definitely purchase this once I run out.

5-star-rating The Natural Bronzer I also really loved. Because I have a pale complexion, I use bronzer everyday so I was the most excited to try this out. It was lighter than what I usually use but I actually liked it much better than the brand I use now. Because it’s light, you can build it on without the worry of looking dirty. Some bronzers can be super shimmery and the moment you step into the sun you look like you fell into a pile of glitter, which is, needless to say, not a good look. This one isn’t like that at all. I used a big fluffy brush to apply it but it would work well with a contour brush if you’d rather use that instead.

two-stars_0The Stay Glossy Lip Gloss unfortunately didn’t stand up as well. To be fair, I have never put on a lip gloss that I liked. It is always just way too sticky for me and I constantly feel like I need to wipe it off; I’d much rather a matte lip stick or tinted lip balm. However, the color is gorgeous. It’s a very light pink with shimmer in it which looks very nice in the summer. This just wasn’t a winner for me.

All in all, Rimmel London is definitely on my radar now and I will consider it when shopping for these products. I’d also be willing to try out some of their other products in the future.


“You Look Disgusting”

I saw this video today on Buzzfeed and it broke my heart. I got pimples in high school but my skin was generally very smooth between the random breakouts and then, during my sophomore year in college, my face turned into a bumpy mess. There’s white and red bumps and they won’t go away no matter what I do. I’ve spent hundreds on prescription medicine, over the counter medicine, home remedies, and light therapy with no success. It makes me feel awful. I don’t go anywhere without makeup on and even with it I feel ugly. I try to tell myself that other people don’t notice it as much as I do but seeing this just confirms what other people are thinking. If these people knew how bad these words hurt, maybe they would reconsider posting them.

Intern chronicles 

Being an intern is a tough position to be in for one reason (although you could probably come up with several.) This is the ideal time to make mistakes because you are there first and foremost to learn and grow as a professional. Because you are learning by actual experience and not by sitting in a classroom, you are getting advice from people working in the profession right now – if you have professors who are retired from the field, there are some things they may be rusty on. (For example, I’m going into journalism, a professor who hasn’t worked for 10, or even 5 years would be so far behind on what the internet/social media has done for journalism.)

BUT, here’s the problem: when you’re an intern you feel like you can’t make a mistake no matter how minute. Maybe it is because being inexperienced can make being critiqued feel harsh or personal even though it usually isn’t and is ultimately for your benefit. Or maybe it is because you want to leave with the best impression possible. Your intern supervisors will hopefully be there in the future to offer you a job or write you a recommendation.

My first experience as an intern was last summer at my local newspaper. I was given the full responsibility of a staff writer and was expected to meet the same standard (honestly an intern’s dream – no getting coffees and filing papers.) But my first assignment I really struggled with. I had no idea what they wanted and handed in an unfinished, messy, piece of … well you know. My supervisor worked with me to get it to where it needed to be, and although I knew she wasn’t being mean, I felt awful. I started to tear up and she saw it, which really only made me more embarrassed. I went home that night and actually contemplated if I had what it takes to be a writer, something I have wanted to do since elementary school. I really thought my dream was over. The next day, my supervisor took me for coffee and basically said, Hey, that was a great learning experience and it has nothing to do with your actual potential. I realized she was right and every piece I wrote for them after that was better than the one before.

Now that I find myself as an editorial intern at a magazine, I still struggle with handling critique. When I hand something in that I’m proud of and it gets a lot of edits, it is hard to not feel like in some way, I failed. And how could you possibly be so proud of something and then it flops?

I don’t know when – if ever – that feeling goes away. Possibly with time you learn to embrace it a little more, or you learn to fix the mistakes you’ve been making and then your work doesn’t get edited nearly as much. 

Being an intern, though it can be stressful (and usually unpaid) is one of the best things you can do for yourself before you graduate college. If it isn’t required by your school, you should still look into it. Do a quick search for entry level jobs in the field you want to go into and you’ll see how a lot of them require experience. Entry level used to actually mean entry level, but it doesn’t anymore. (Obviously this can vary by field.)

I’m still on a long road of learning but I know this summer will benefit my future. If you’re questioning whether you should intern, my advice is to absolutely do it and don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. 

A new adventure

Another summer begins and so does another internship. This time around however, I am an editorial intern at a magazine – the business I really want to go into – rather than a newspaper. Not to say that I didn’t learn so much working at the newspaper because I did but this is giving me more of a sneak peak at what my career will be like one day. Hopefully anyway.

On top of adventuring into a new career, I am also spending the summer with my boyfriend who until now was always long distance. It’s going to be a learning experience for us both to spend so much time together after only spending a weekend or two a month previously. And to also respect each others space.

It is going to be quite a summer, hopefully filled with opportunities to learn and to grow in several aspects of my life. And I am up for it all.