The Truth About Greece

I’ve rewritten this a couple times now. I can’t seem to depict Greece in a way that does it justice and is entirely honest. And for the sake of the integrity of this blog, I am going to go through my days in Greece. The good, the bad the beautiful, (Greece isn’t ugly). It may appear rather journaleque- but I think you can respect it. I do realize that this is quite a bit late. But the wifi here isn’t exactly one of the strong points. That said, I hope you enjoy.

Traveling isn’t a new thing for me. I’m used to traveling alone, traveling in groups, traveling in country, and out. But I’ve never had to travel somewhere and know no-one. It’s this very realizing moment in ones life. When you’re out of grasps with your own control. But it’s thrilling and revealing in who you are when you’re afraid and alone. It’s due to this, that when I first stepped off the plane at the Athens Airport, I felt lost. The signs were all in Greek and I knew nothing. I had a taxi waiting for me under my name as a part of the HISA Program. (Hellenic International Studies in the Arts) But due to the translations, I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. After a little bit of wandering I finally found the Taxi Driver. It was a short drive and next thing I knew I was in the heart of Athens. The Taxi driver dropped me off and pointed me in the direction of the Hostel Dioskurnos in which I would meet the other HISA girls.  I’ve never been great at directions so it was no surprise when I got completely lost. I found myself wandering, with a slightly overpacked backpack, and a purple suit case. (An obvious tourist), After asking several greek people, and a few english people for directions I finally found the hostel. I didn’t end up staying there, but it was just where I met the girls.

I could go in depth as to how amazing, sweet, intelligent and just simply beautiful the girls were, but for the reason you all are reading, I will only speak of Greece. After a few minutes of decompressing, and discovering there is a fuck load of cats in Athens, (And I would soon discover all of Greece) we headed to the Acropolis Museum and site. As beautiful as it was, I couldn’t fully enjoy it as I was on 20 minutes of sleep, a small amount of, by then, warm water, and was just simply jet lagged. I had made the fatal error of thinking, why should I put sunscreen on at the airport? What’s one day without sunscreen? To all those thinking of traveling to Greece or a place with similar weather, by the grace of god, WEAR SUNSCREEN. I am not one who normally burns, but my whole shoulders and much of my chest was burnt and slightly irritated. You may think you’re safe, but you’re not.

I felt rather dizzy that day, but enjoyed Acropolis none the less. Afterwards, we headed to our new home for the next three or so weeks, Paros. The ferry ride was around four hours, and was a rather smooth ride. (Also, pro tip, buy Iced Chocolate when on the ferry, it’s delicious). We arrived in the evenings, was given a walk through the town and shown our new place, known as Jimmy’s apartments. Jimmy’s is in an excellent location, a five minute walk from the beach, a 2 minute walk from a market, and a 20 minutes, (Not 15, unless you’re Ioannis and can walk extremely quickly.) We met Maria, (whom’s name I share), a complete sweetheart. They showed us our rooms and allowed us to spend the night relaxing. This was my first day of Greece, and I apologize for a lack of photos, I felt mine didn’t do it justice.

Anyway, thanks for following along on my journey in Greece, and if you don’t mind the delay, more lengthy posts will follow.

Ipsy Review June Edition

Hey Ya’ll! The Ipsy Subscription Reviews continue. It’s June 2018, school’s out, and now we can go out and have fun, (aka, stay at home and watch Netflix while eating our feelings.)  That said, I’m so excited to have received the June Ipsy bag this month, and on time too!

Let’s start out by reviewing the bag. It’s so cute. It really gives me some summer vibes, and I’m excited to find a use for the bag.  But now on to fun stuff, the makeup!…

The first thing I pulled out of my makeup bag was this fluffy brush just hanging out in the Pink Wrinkly Envelope. I’m no major makeup expert, so I’m not fully sure if this makeup brush is meant for blush, foundation, concealer or powder, but none the less it is soooo flufffyyy. I’ll find it’s use.

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The second product inside my bag, was a strawberry lip balm. As moisturizing as it was, I just wasn’t excited to receive it. I don’t really need any more lip balms right now. That said, it’s my own fault for having my settings ask for lip balms. I changed it. But as for it’s review, the strawberry smell was just too fake and too strong. I love strawberries but it smelled artificial and was a bit much for me. fileAsset

If you know me, you know my favooooriteee makeup product ever is anything eyeshadow. I love playing around with the colors and the pigments, and it truly is a form of art. And the eyeshadow I got, I looooved. The pigments were so present and the formula was this smooth easily blendible color. I loved it. fileAsset

I also got a benefit porefessional primer. Its just a small sample, but I was surprised by how much a little goes a long way. I’m still experimenting with it, but first impressions are positive. Comment down below later on if you have any questions about how I liked it over time.

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Come summer, comes lotion. I do Like lotion, but I wouldn’t say I love it. The lotion I got is very nice, very delicate, and I think most people would love it. BUT I HATE COCONUT. I don’t know why, but I hate the taste, the texture, the smell, and thus, it wasn’t the lotion for me. That said, it’s probably a great product. fileAsset

 

That’s all for this months Ipsy Review! Unfortunately, I will not be receiving a bag for July as I will be in Greece. So expect many blog and travel posts regarding Greece coming soon!

 

 

Ipsy Review

I was ecstatic to receive my first Ipsy Bag. After being about a week late, I was thrilled to see the Pink Bag in the mail. In it, was a small and cute Ipsy bag with Travel stamps covering one side and an orangish shade on the other side. Having accidentally read the spoilers for my bag, my items were not a surprise.

The first item I pulled out was a makeup brush, not in the bag itself but in the package, I was drawn to the blue colors.

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After trying out the brush a couple of times, I was not upset with it, but not exactly too impressed. It was neither a blending brush or great at applying product. That said, it wasn’t bad.

The next product I received was an Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Eyeshadow single in Mermaid Teal. fileAsset

The color itself was pretty, but not as pigmented as the image above that is on the Ipsy website made it seem. Unfortunately, I’m not much in the habit of wearing blue eyeshadow so it wasn’t too nice a product. This, however, is not the problem of Ipsy but of personal taste.

This was one of my favorite products from what I received this month, the Air Repair Skin Care Facial Mist. Initially, I thought this product would be a bit of a sham. But after a few uses throughout the day, and after having applied makeup, I noticed my makeup setting, appearing less cakey and feeling refreshed throughout the day.

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On to nails ladies. I had received the Adesse New York Nail Polish in Oh Cabana Boy.

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It is much more of a pale bright blue than the shade you see above, but it was pretty none the less. It applied well, took only one or two coats, and dried quickly enough. Overall, a rather good product.

Finally, I received a black clay face mask from the brand Tonymoly. I only used it once, and didn’t notice an immediate difference, but perhaps over time there will be a positive skin affect. I will have to try it out more.

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Overall, I wasn’t dissatisfied nor ecstatic with this months Ipsy Package. As of right now, I would give the bag three out of five stars. It was an adorable bag with the highlights being the nail polish and the face mist, but the other products weren’t a big hit. I hope that over time, as I review my products each month, Ipsy will begin to improve on my selections. I will keep you updated as to how the following Ipsy products go!

~ Maria The Vagabond

Ipsy Updates

It is now 6:40 Pm on May 12th 2018. As of yesterday, I was supposed to have had my first Ipsy package arrive. Unfortunately, this did not happen. I have yet to hear any updates from Ipsy, the UPS company, or the Ipsy delivery company. I’m disappointed in the lack of communication from Ipsy in regards to delays, so whilst I have yet to review May’s Ipsy bag, I am already feeling rather cynical towards it. And this is my review as of right now. Perhaps since it’s the first bag, it takes longer than usual, or maybe this is an unusual delay, but none the less, I am here to provide honest reviews.

Greece T Minus 62 Days

On July 2nd, my adventure embarking to Greece begins. You’ve likely all seen the photos, the sandy beaches, the greek architecture and the white houses that appear to float as you stare up at them.

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But on July 2nd, my journey will begin, and this website will become more active. I will share photos of the sights, the good and the bad, photos of the people, the tourists and the natives (With permission of course), and will write of my experiences. I will remain in Greece for nearly 3 weeks through the HISA Study Abroad Program, taking creative writing classes each morning, and a painting class each afternoon. I shall share the works I have created as I journey along.

A Vagabond’s Journey

Vagabond:

  1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic:
  2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
  3. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction:

Why a Vagabond? 

Ever since I was a child, I loved the feeling as my stomach dropped as the plane accelerated into the air. A true romantic and a writer from a young age, traveling gave my the inspiration to write, and to love life in all corners of the world. Whilst I admit, I can not call myself a Vagabond yet, as I can not afford it, it is what I hope to pursue. 

What to Expect?

  • Photos from across the globe
  • Travel Tips 
  • Blogs from my current adventures
  • Some of my writing as inspired by locations
  • AND MORE!

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta