The Beginning

Hi there!

I guess there is no better way to start something than to just jump right in, so here it goes! It has been exactly one month today since I graduated from Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Look! Here’s me as a college grad! Me at Graduation!

Though it has not been the smoothest month of my life, it has definitely been an interesting one. A few days after graduating I went on a ten day trip to London, which was absolutely amazing, but when I came back home reality hit. (But here, look at how pretty Big Ben is!)Big Ben

Plans change, life goals change, people change, etc.  and I’m not too sure how I am going to end up where I would ultimately like to end up. So that’s why I wanted to start AmysPostGradPath. I hope it will encourage and inspire others to keep moving forward and taking things one day at a time. Nothing happens over night and I believe that the journey is just as important as the destination, if not more.

One month post grad and I finally got a job! After many many applications and worried nights later, I got that desired email back. Though it isn’t in the field that I would like or have anything to do with what I want to do with my life, it is a job and I am lucky to have the opportunity to save what I make to get me closer to my goal. But that’s what I mean when I say plans change, a couple of days ago I had no source of income and it wasn’t looking too good. And this isn’t exactly a direct path I’m taking here, in all reality I don’t even know what the right path or direct path looks like. With this little job, this little steady paycheck I can start getting to where I need and want to be (more details on that on another day!).

I will hope to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my Post Grad Path and we’ll see where we end up! Thanks for adventuring with me and see you soon!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

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Ulta Haul, February 2018!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week! So the most exciting thing happened… A new Ulta store opened ONE TOWN OVER FROM ME!

Ulta Haul February 2018

My Mom and I are was too excited for it, of course we went to the opening! Our closest Ulta is a good half hour, forty-five minute drive away from us! This one is a dangerous 10 minute drive… So both of us went a little nuts and in honor of that let’s do an old school, “Amy’s Post Grad Path” haul post with pictures of every single product!

Shea Moisture Replenish & Rejuventate Lip Balm

First up we have from Shea Moisture’s “Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Shea Butter Vegan Lip Balm” this is their “Replenish & Rejuvenate” one the display had four and the one I was really eyeing was all sold out so this was my runner up. It was about $4 and I’m always down to try new lip products especially vegan and cruelty free ones!

Nudestix Purity

This Ulta stocks NUDESTIX and I am way too excited about it! This is their “Intense Matte Lip and Cheek Pencil” in the shade “Purity”. I love these. They are incredibly smooth and long lasting products in a gorgeous variety of shades. But of course I had to go for the your lips but better shade, leaning more towards a brown… I digress. This is an absolutely beautiful nude shade leaning more towards the brown side, so right up my ally.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang

I am super super excited to try this mascara. This is Benefit’s brand new mascara called their “Bad Gal Bang” mascara and it is getting a lot of attention. It has a cone shaped plastic wand and the before and after pictures look incredible. I cannot wait to give this a try.

NYX Eye and Eyebrow Pencil SPE 931

Guys… I found a dupe for my beloved Mac “Coffee” eye pencil. I’m so excited. This beauty is NYX’s Eye and Eyebrow Pencil in the shade “SPE931 Black Brown”. It’s a great dupe and like $13 cheaper.I already love these eyeliners and I’m thrilled I found a dupe that is a great color match and cruelty free and super affordable.

Essence eyeliner pen waterproof

And finally I picked up an oldie but a goodie. This is from Essence and it is their “Eyeliner Pen Waterproof” it’s a liquid liner that is a felt tip liner that for $2 does a darn good job. It’s super easy to work with and has decent lasting power. I’ve been itching to do liquid liner again but don’t necessarily want to shell out $20 right now for my beloved Kat Von D “Tattoo Liner”.

That’s everything that I picked up from Ulta this past weekend! I hope you have a great week!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

New Lip Treatment from Burt’s Bees!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Today I wanted to talk about something new (I know I’m reviewing new things again, I’m just as surprised) from one of my favorite brands Burt’s Bees!

Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment

This is their new “Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment” and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It has a delicious minty flavor but not as overpowering as their normal menthol chapstick!

For claiming to be such an intense lip treatment I was expecting a really thick product but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on at night for the first time on how light it was. It honestly feels like their chapstick but not as waxy.

I’ve been sick for the last week, after traveling; as well as going from warm/hot Florida to very cold New York, my lips really took a toll. I kid you not, after the first night of this my lips looked like nothing was wrong with them. I was blown away. So yeah, obsessed is a bit of an understatement and I will be keeping this with me at all times.

It also has a partner in their new line and it is their “Honey Lip Scrub”. But I’m a little hesitant to try it because I like really gritty lip scrubs (like the ones from Lush) and usually lip scrubs that have honey in them tend to be not as intense and I’m not a fan of those haha!

What I also love about this product is the formula, so just because it’s marketed for “overnight” which works wonders overnight, I love that it’s still light enough to also use during the day!

Have you guys tried anything new lately? Let me know!! I’ve been itching to pick up some new things!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ Timequake!!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week! Today I want to talk about yet another Kurt Vonnegut book.

Vonnegut Timequake

This one is a bit different than the other Vonnegut books I have read. I read this on the plane to Florida and wow. More autobiographical and less fiction Vonnegut talks about the truths of life and if you love his work, by far one of his best because of how vulnerable it feels.

He goes on to discuss how insignificant our lives are in the grand scheme of things, but that doesn’t make our lives unimportant. Living life is awful at best, but there are some moments and some things that just make it all worth it. The book opens after the dedication with a sentence, “All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.” followed by the prologue and the last seven words of the first chapter “‘being alive is a crock of shit.'”

And if that isn’t classic Kurt Vonnegut than I don’t know what is. He talks about his life as an author, as a husband as a brother and as a father and all the people he met in between. Of all his stories and books, I find this one the most human. What I mean by that, I found Timequake the most vulnerable and honest about life and awful it can be and how okay it can be and how great it can be and how unimportant certain things are.

If you’re like me and kind of cynical, believe that in the grand scheme of things our lives are a pretty insignificant blip in history and the world, then this book is for you. And if you’re not like me and pretty optimistic and think that our lives are important I argue to read this because I think there is a really positive message in it for you too. Mostly to appreciate the little things because that is what makes life great.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

January Favorites 2018!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great day and week so far!!

Today my monthly favorites are going to be pretty boring. This month was filled with travel and not really trying any new products or venturing off from my already beloved Mac Eyeliner in the shade “Coffee” which I know you all saw coming or the amazing Chanel lipstick in “402 Adrienne”!

So today, my favorite is the latest Florida trip I just got back from with my favorite human (my boyfriend) and got to see my best friend (who lives in Florida) and my other best friend (who works for Disney).

Disney 2018

It was a super short jam packed trip and I wouldn’t change a thing (okay, maybe I’d make it a bit of a longer trip)! We started off at Universal Studios, then Hollywood Studios, followed by Magic Kingdom (pictured above with their new firework show “Happy Ever After”) then ended the night at Disney Springs and ended the trip at Epcot and drinking around the world.

It was the most amazing trip and I’m so lucky that I was able to share it with Jason, Sara and Rob. So thank you guys for putting up with me the whole trip as I dragged you all around the parks for three days! Disney is and will always be one of my favorite places to visit and spend time at; I’m so happy I got to do it with Jason and I cannot wait to see where we go next.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ What’s On My Reading List!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week! I know I am because I am currently in Florida on vacation with my boyfriend and best friend and it’s freaking amazing! Today I wanted to share what’s on my reading list currently! So let’s jump in shall we? (And don’t worry, a very sappy fun post about my trip will be coming when I get back haha!)

New Books to Read

I picked up two books from the Barnes & Nobel classic collection, they were (and I still think it’s going on) on sale for $5 so of course I couldn’t say no. I picked up The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and Candide by Voltaire. My favorite part about the Classic Collection is that they have so many different options for such great prices that allow you to look and go oh yeah I’ve heard about that book all my life I should read it! And that’s what happened this time around!

And finally I picked up yet another Kurt Vonnegut book because how could I not?? I picked up Timequake;  look if they have a book of his that I haven’t read you know I’m gonna pick it up. Vonnegut is such a unique writer and voice and I can never get enough. If you’ve never read him before and enjoy some dark humor and tough questions and topics that leaves you reflecting then 100% go find a Vonnegut book and read it. You’ll be hooked.

That’s the current books on my nightstand that are waiting to be read! Oh! Also! Not pictured are the last two books in the Marnie Rome series by Sarah Hilary! But they haven’t arrived yet and I can’t wait to get my hands on them to see what’s next for her!!

As always, let me know if you have any book recommendations because I’m always looking for more books to read! And let me know what you’ve been reading!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are having a lovely week! It’s my favorite kind of blog post to write about! That’s right, as you guessed by the title, I’m about to head on a plane (by the time you read this I will be on the plane!) to go on a really quick jam packed vacation to Florida to see my best friend!

And with that, planning and packing, my two favorite things! So of course because I love reading these posts and watching these videos, I had to write one for this trip too!

As you may have noticed I’ve really been cutting down on the makeup I’ve been wearing and products I used. If you look at any of my other “What’s In My Makeup Bag” posts you’ll see a decent amount of products that I will take… But brace yourself, because this is barely any makeup…

Orlando 2018 Makeup

Yup! Three products! That’s it! Can you believe it??? This coming from the person who’d bring like three different lipsticks of basically the same shade but slightly different undertones!

So the products I’m bringing is of course, my beloved MAC Eyeliner in the shade “Coffee”, my NYX Dark Circle Concealer Corrector in the shade “Light”, and a mini Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in the shade “Whip”.

Basically, I’ll wear the eyeliner everyday. I’ll use the concealer if I don’t get enough sleep or going out for the night or hungover… And then I’ll use the lipstick if/when we go out for drinks or something with friends!

Can you believe it??? I’m always a light packer but I’m super proud of myself and super happy that I am finally at a point in my life where I feel proud in my skin and don’t want to/feel the need to coverup completely like I used to. And to be fair I’ve also gotten super lazy.

Until next time!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Make Your Own Magic with Ohana Performing Arts!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I’m super excited because tomorrow Saturday, January 20th is another performance with the incredible Ohana Performing Arts! And I wanted to talk to you guys about it! Oooo another sneaky self promotion…

Make Your Own Magic with OPAC

My last performance with Ohana Performing Arts was Broadway With a Twist and this one is Make Your Own Magic and we are singing some of your beloved Disney Broadway songs! So you know I was all over that audition and couldn’t wait to get started.

This is my second show with this amazing company and they have become some of my greatest friends and I am so honored and lucky to not only be friends with them but also work with them and create not only some amazing art but a true community filled with support and encouragement something that is very much lacking in the theatre community on Long Island.

So our show is tomorrow at 8pm and if you’re on Long Island and need something fun to do tomorrow night well call that number and reserve your ticket!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy