IMATS Beauty Haul


This past weekend I had the privilege to go to IMATS in New York City. For those who don’t know, IMATS is the International Makeup Artist Trade Show. It is essentially a candy land for grown ups mixed in with Black Friday deals, and Disneyland lines waiting to look at and buy products. Luckily, I have a makeup artist ProCard which allowed me to get into the event before the lines got unbearable.

Going in, I had an idea of the things I wanted and the brands I wanted to shop first. I mad-dashed to Beautylish to pick up Bioderma. Next I ran to Stila to snag a liquid eyeliner, and eventually made my way to Morphe before the line of over 200 people arrived.

In the end here’s what I got …  


Not all of the items pictured above were purchased at IMATS; however, here’s what was . . . 

  • Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Pallet – 35E
  • Morphe Brushes Blush Pallet – 9B
  • Morphe Brushes build your own pallet
  • Morphe Brushes Single Shadows – Wink For Pink & Secretive
  • Morphe Brushes Travel Brush Set – Vegan
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – Fair Sand 
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Jet Black
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Remover 

I was very pleasently surprised with my willpower to keep my purchases from getting too excessive. I had heard great things about Morphe Brushes but never tried any of their stuff. Clearly, I fell in love and went a little wild at that booth (a blogpost of swatches will be up shortly 😉 

As for the other things in the picture, I went a little wild at a skincare shop in Chinatown called Nature Republic. I had never heard of this store, however I have heard amazing things about Asian beauty products. Their ingredient technology and outlook on skincare is fascinating to me. There I picked up three face masks; bamboo, pearl snail solution, and olive. I also picked up a collagen eye cream and a shea butter hand cream. The Esthetician in me nerded out in this store and I can’t wait to try it all!

Overall, a busy weekend of walking and shopping and exploring the city made me happy to say the least(: check back to see swatches and product reviews coming soon!

-Sophia Tatiana 

Broke Student Supper

One of the challenges that I have faced since living on my own is coming up with yummy, relatively healthy, quick, and cheap meals to make. Tonight I whipped up one of my favorites from my moms recipe book but dumbed it down to make it quickly and cheaply. 

Here’s how I made the classic “Pasta with Lentils” on a budget and in under half an hour . . . 


Here’s all you need 

  • Pasta of choice (I last minute changed my mind to ditalini)
  • Amy’s organic lentil soup
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan 

The secret to this recipe is Amy’s lentil soup. I have made this dish from scratch going through the long process of cooking the lentils and the stock which makes this recipe grueling while the canned lentil soup is fast, cheap, healthy, and delicious. This could also be considered a “one pot pasta” because all I do is dump the soup and add two to three cans of water depending on the amount of pasta and let it cook until the pasta is done. 

*TIP*  To add dimension to the flavor of this dish add about a third of a jar of pasta sauce.

Once the pasta is done and I added olive oil and Parmesan to taste. *TIP* Parsley is another tasty garnish. 


When using one can of lentil soup and a whole box of pasta this made about 5 portions. The pasta was $1.00 a box, the lentil soup was just $2.69, the sauce was left over, and cheese and oil are a staple in my house. It was only $0.73 per meal which was fast, filling, healthy, and yummy; perfect for a student on a budget! 

Sophia’s Spring Style

Nothing gets me more excited for a new season like fashion does. Spring is now upon us so say goodbye to black (as if) and hello to pastels and pretty colors! 

I packed up my down parka and pulled out this beautiful burnt orange trench coat. This jacket is lightweight and easy to pack away into a purse, but still keeps you nice and warm when spring is more frigid than you hoped it would be. I paired it with simple dark washed jeans and black riding boots to keep the outfit casual, comfortable, and cute. This coat added a pop of spring color, and my teal monogrammed tote was the perfect compliment to my outfit today.  


When I got brave on this cold day and peeled my coat off it revealed a quintessential spring outfit. This crocheted lace, tea rose colored, peplum top screams spring. Being me, I needed some sparkle in the outfit (quite literally) so I added this beautiful statement necklace that is both sparkly and colorful.


When the photographer reminds you it may be spring, but it’s still only 27° outside and your nose is pinker than your shirt.

Outfit details:

 Jacket: Jones New York

Top: Hinge

Pants: American Eagle

Shoes: Sudden

Necklace: Francesca’s Boutique 

Purse: Etsy

Thanks for reading (:

-Sophia Tatiana 

Growing Pains

Where do I even begin this post . . . As some may know, this new adventure of school for esthetics brought me to a new city a few hours from my hometown. Unlike typical 4-year colleges and universities my school does not offer housing. This meant that just a few months after turning 18 I packed all of my belongings (well, not all . . . I could only take so many shoes :p) and moved out on my own. I was now taking on all of life’s grownup responsibilities like rent, groceries, cooking, cleaning, and the list goes on. This is where the pains of growing up come into play.

Being on your own and independent is great and has its perks. However, sometimes all you want is to have someone take care of you and all of life’s worries. For example, grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is one of my favorite hobbies. At least it was. That was until I had to grocery shop with the purpose of feeding myself breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as paying for it all. 

This leads me to my next growing pain. Cooking. Also one of my absolute most favorite hobbies. Then there are those nights like tonight. After a long day of classes and nannying I thought I had the perfect meal planned. I began to prepare it. Quickly, my perfect meal lead to tears. Nothing was cooking right. Nothing tasted good. I was exhausted. The left overs were supposed to be lunch the next day. Needless to say, I went to bed without supper and had to improvise lunch. Growing pains like these make me homesick. Not necessarily for home, but rather for the comfort of coming home after a long day and having food in the fridge to snack on while my mom prepares an actual perfect meal. 

Growing pains aren’t all bad. Some growing pains lead to a feeling of accomplishment. I no longer am homesick. I don’t need Siri to tell me how to get to school and the grocery store, and most importantly Target, anymore. I am now more confident in exploring new places alone. I have a sense of calm knowing that I can handle real life and all of its grownup responsibilities just a few months after turning 18. 

This is the first picture of me in my new room on my first night of living alone. I like to look back at it and think of all of the growing pains I’ve endured, and how far I’ve come.

P.s. That is my roommates cat which I renamed Chubby because…… Well she’s really chubby 

-Sophia Tatiana 

A Day in the life of an esthetic student

I thought it would be fitting to have my first blogpost be about the biggest part of my life at the moment. As of the past 4 weeks my life has revolved around school. SCHOOL SCHOOL SCHOOL. One word I hated for the past 18 years of my life… Until about 4 weeks ago that is. Here is what an average day of mine looks like while in school.

7:25am my alarm goes off and I begin my journey to school.

I throw on my fluffy white bathrobe and head downstairs and have breakfast which usually consists of cereal, yogurt, or fruit. 

Then, I make my way back upstairs where the real getting ready takes place. It’s funny, at first school was about looking good and coming in with a full face of makeup. Now getting ready for school is simplified because why bother wearing makeup if the moment class begins its going to get taken off so your partner can practice giving you a facial?!

WHITE. That is the one word I would use to describe school. I start off by suiting up in my all white scrubs matched with my all white nursing shoes, socks, and the one sweatshirt I am allowed to wear for the next 4 months. Not only are the students a sea of white once I get to school, but everything around us is white. The beds are white. The bedding is white. The floors in the wax room are white. Lots and lots of white throughout the day, y’all get the point. 

At school we spend some time learning the theory portion of a treatment. These are the legistics and such of a treatment which we then go practice on one another.

This is the bed my partner and I used today. Imagine this, but times 200. That sums up what the classrooms at school are like.

Pallets are a big part of my day. Every treatment means a new palette with different products based on what you are doing and your clients skin type. Creating pallets is an art of estheticians (pallet puns ;)

Almost every day at school we practice American facials or learn about something that will help with our practice of American facials. These facials are just slightly different than the typical European facial. Instead of steam we use these scary masks that make us look like we are serial killers. You can see the not so pleased look on my face here… That’s because as hard as this may be to believe, sometimes receiving facials all day every day gets a little boring and sometimes I feel over it. It’s a tough life, I know.

School is a word I hated until about 4 weeks ago. That’s because 4 weeks ago I embarked on this journey of being an Esthetician. Now, I spend every day at school and fall more and more in love with this career. The more I learn the more I want to know and the more I practice the more I love doing it. It’s funny how once you start learning about something you’re interested in, you really truly delve into it and fall in love with learning. 

After a long day at school (9:30am-4:00pm or even 10:00pm some nights) I have a short drive home and throw dinner together out of whatever groceries I have left. 

Thanks for following me on the journey of a day in my life (:

-Sophia Tatiana