Monday, April 24, 2017

Convention Tips!

Hi there! Happy Monday! Today I have for you something that a lot of bloggers have done before, convention tips. I know it is slightly overused but for each person it's different and you'll always get something new. So here are my favorite tips for convention season, enjoy!

  1. Bring a Bag
    1. Simple, I know, but trust me, you'll thank me later. Think of going to a convention like you're going to a theme park. You're gonna want stuff like a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, etc. in your bag because it'll give you more time outside than going back to your hotel and getting stuff and it's just easier, especially if you're bringing kids. 
    2. Pro Tip: some conventions, like SDCC, will give you those big, graphic bags for free and some vendors will give you those too if you spend a certain amount of money.
  2. Wear the "Proper" Clothing
    1. Again, I know, it's common sense but some people (like the newbies) don't know these things. Wear your walking shoes, dress in clothing that you like to wear and that's comfortable. If you're cosplaying, god bless your soul and good luck. 
    2. Pro Tip: For my curvy girls and guys out there with thick thighs, like myself, bring stuff for chub rub. You'll thank me later.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    1. Chances are you won't be taking a ton of breaks because it's a convention, you wanna do stuff (duh), so you'll need to stay hydrated. Bringing a water bottle will be in your favor because you can refill it and save money instead of buying a $5 water bottle in the convention itself. Hydroflasks are also a great investment :) .
  4. Eat 
    1. Common sense again but snacks will get you far, especially if you're waiting in line for something. If you do go outside of the convention center to eat, try to stay on the lighter side of the menu so you don't carb crash or go into a food coma. 
    2. Pro Tip: Bring more snacks than you'll think you'll need, this way you can share and you'll have more snacks
  5. Be Patient
    1. It happens every convention, some worker or volunteer just doesn't have a good attitude and they come off as snippy or something that rhymes with witchy. Being patient and polite will get you far. Also talking to them about their day and how their doing will benefit both of you in the long run.
  6. Talk to People!
    1. You're at a convention! There's a very good chance that you can find someone that you have a ton in common with! Convention friends are the best because you know someone who's actually there and you can do stuff together! MAKE FRIENDS!
  7. Don't be Afraid to Leave the Convention Center
    1. During a convention, there's always going to be stuff outside the convention center. Don't be afraid to explore a little and see what's out there. I know that during SDCC there's Nerd HQ, the Her Universe Fashion Show, last year the Impractical Jokers had a thing, there'll be shows and a bunch of other stuff. Most of it is free and you won't need a ticket, so if you're the only one with a con badge and you have someone else in your group, go do stuff with them, it's fun and free and you get free stuff sometimes. 
  8. Enjoy Where You're At
    1. This is gonna be cheesy but bear with me. Conventions, especially the bigger ones, are something not a lot of people have the privilege of experiencing. Take it all in when you're there because you might not get to go back the next year. 
Ok, I'm done with the sappiness. Have fun, be safe, use your noggin, listen to your body, follow your gut, etc. Happy Conning!

Love, Ken

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why I Stopped Wearing Foundation

   
    Hi there! Happy Friday, today I have kind of a chit-chat post. I'm gonna talk about why I stopped wearing foundation. If you don't know me, I freakin' love everything about makeup, so it's a big thing. At least to me, it is.
     I know that some "beauty gurus" like Jkissa and Michelle Phan don't wear foundation and only recently did I realize that I stopped wearing it too. It was never that I didn't like myself in foundation cause I did and it wasn't that finding the right foundation was difficult for me because as much as it was I eventually found one whether it was drugstore or high end. It got to a point where two things came to my mind. 1.) I suck at putting foundation on and 2.) I really don't think that I necessarily need to wear foundation.
     Whenever I would put foundation on it would be too much and I mean too much. Too much to the point where it would become "cakey" and it wouldn't look good anymore and it was a pain to take off. My skin also would break out a lot more when I would wear foundation compared to when I wasn't wearing it. When I did my makeup, I liked just wearing concealer and the rest of my face products and it looks a lot better on me too, not gonna lie.
     I think that I would wear foundation again, just maybe a different type. Like instead of liquid, I'd shoot for cream or powder. Or maybe even a BB/CC cream. Now that I'm thinking about it, probably powder because it's a lot easier to work with. That being said, if you know of any good powder foundations, hook a sister up.

Love,
Ken

Monday, April 10, 2017

What to do When Life Gets the Best of You

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Hi there, I'm back. Lately, I've realized that I really haven't been myself. There has been a cloud over my head that just won't go away no matter how hard I try to make it disappear. My day could be going great and I'd still be miserable. These past couples of weeks I've also noticed that nothing is making me truly happy anymore and the only things that are bringing me genuine joy are staying in bed avoiding all my responsibilities and watching Impractical Jokers. Going out with my friends is was doing that too because I could forget about all of the impending doom of next year and finally being forced to grow up. Then it hit me. I'm scared. I'm scared of growing up and I'm scared of the future. I know I shouldn't be because I can handle a lot and I know I'll get through it but at the end of the day, I'm terrified of what I can't control. So, here are some tips that I've been using if you're feeling the same way:

  1. Log off
    1. It helps to not get updates about everything because that'll just make you feel worse. Don't pay attention to what your friends are doing, don't pay attention to the news (just for a while, you should pay attention to what's happening in the world, education is power), let yourself be disconnected for a while and give your mind a break to just regenerate itself. Also, turning your electronics off will give them a well-deserved rest too. :)
  2. Treat yo' self
    1. Small things like going out to dinner at a place that you like either by yourself, with a friend, or bringing a book can make you focus a little more on the world around you and you're giving yourself something that you like and it will make that cloud dissipate just a little. Loving yourself is important and we should be doing it more often, here's my post on how and why you should (x).
  3. Write stuff down
    1. Writing stuff down is a great way of documenting how you're feeling for yourself and getting it out of your system so you're not stuffing it down. Also, plan your weeks and months in your planner and start to get all of your important dates and appointments, what have you written down so you can plan ahead and around them. 
  4. Control what you can
    1. If you're in school, do your school work and get a head start on your projects, this way you're not procrastinating and your work will be of better quality. If your house or room is dirty, clean it and create an environment that you can control. Once you've gained some sort of control life is going to get easier because you know what you're doing and you can distract yourself from all your "what if's". 
These tips, especially #3 and #4, are helping me through this little rough patch. I encourage you to at least try these and see how it turns out for you :). Good luck, you're doing great and it's all uphill from here.

Love, Ken

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Lipstick Junkie's Dream Come True

     Happy Friday! Today I'm taking you to a lipstick junkie's dream come true, the Bite Lip Lab. I recently went over spring break (read my post here) and holy moly it was amazing. If you don't know what it is, it is a shop where you can create custom lipsticks!
     Currently, there are four different locations, New York, San Francisco, San Jose and Toronto, from my experience at the San Jose location, it wasn't busy at all. In fact, I was the only one there and it was great because I got to know the girls who were working really well and we talked a lot. There are also two different packages. The cheapest one being the custom lipstick, one for $55 and two for $80 and the most expensive one being the bespoke lipstick which is two, custom lipsticks for $150. Don't worry I'll explain both.
    There are three steps in each package but what you do is a little different. In the custom lipstick service, you work by yourself to pick a pigment (color), choose a finish from glossy sheer, matte, or amuse bouche (satin) and the final step is you picking a scent of cherry, mint, vanilla, citrus, mango, violet, coconut, wild berry or fresh citrus.  The bespoke lipstick service one of the lip lab artists will create a custom shade to your exact specifications and you still get to pick the finish and scent. Along with that you also get an exclusive lip lab kit (it's not like Kylie's lip kit) which includes Bite's whipped cherry lip scrub (which smells amazing), an agave lip mask (also amazing) and Bite's define and prime clear lip liner.
    I ended up doing the bespoke lipstick package because if I were by myself I would have made something I wouldn't like, I don't know why but I would, trust me. The girls who were working were extremely nice and the one girl who was working with me was amazing. Before I get into everything else, I'm a lipstick addict (mostly Colourpop) and my collection is gigantic and I probably have too many. My two go-to colors are pink and red, mostly red because I know I look good in it and it can go with a lot. When we (me and the girl) got started she asked me what I wanted, so I told her what colors that I loved (pink and red) and she asked specific questions about what I liked, which was nice because let's be honest, $150 is a lot of money so if you're gonna spend it, you better be specific for what you want. The pink started out as a very nude pink that matched my skin tone (which usually I don't mind but I wouldn't wear it a lot) so I asked her to make it pinker. "Pinker" was my response for about 5-6 more times until we finally created the perfect pink. The final color has a violet scent which is perfect for the color.
    My second color, red, was a lot quicker to make because she could have given me the base pigment and I would have been as happy as a clam. The first red was amazing and Marilyn-esque, which I liked. But another girl who was working suggested we make it brighter and a little lighter, so we did and that was the final product. For the scent I chose mint and vanilla and I'm absolutely in love with it.
    I highly recommend this experience to all makeup and lipstick lovers out there. It's a once in a lifetime deal and in my opinion, totally worth it. For these two being my first Bite lipsticks, the brand is high quality and well made, which was nice to see. If you're ever close to one of the locations, I would recommend it, I had such a good time and wish I could do it again.

Happy creating!
Ken

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Break in A Nutshell

     It's Monday and I am not feeling school. Granted I only have 9 weeks left until summer but still, I don't wanna be here. So for today's post, I decided to do a summary of my spring break (with pictures!)
     My oldest sister lives in Northern California and that's where I go during my breaks because it gives me a break from Arizona and I still do a lot of things up there because there's a lot to do. It's more activity friendly than AZ. My spring break started Friday and I left AZ at like 2, we (my mom and I) landed at 4. While I was up there we went to San Francisco for a day because it's literally like 2 hours away from where they live. We took a cable car and drove around San Francisco State University, which was great for me because I kind of want to go there. 
     After San Francisco, my mom and I took my niece to San Jose to go to the Bite Lip Lab to create custom lipsticks (I saw it on BuzzFeed and I was the only one who did it, my niece is only 17 months old and my mom doesn't wear that much makeup. The lip lab is in the Westfield Valley Fair mall, which is a gigantic mall and we got lost, lucky the store has only been there for a good 3 months and we went during the week so I was the only one there! (#holla)
     On the last day there we went to the wharf and ate dinner and I took pictures and got stickers for my niece's and my hydroflask (which I might make a post about but idk yet). Then we went home and today (March 11) was returning registration for SDCC 2017 (there'll be a post later). 
     I had a great time and cannot wait to go back and chill and get my junior year over with because I want it to end, I'm so over it. 
     Let me know what you did on your spring break (or just what you did this week) in the comments below!

Love Ken



Monday, March 6, 2017

An Unexplained Absence...

Hi there! If I hadn't made it clear, I'll be posting twice a week (Monday & Friday) and since I already missed the past Friday (the 3) due to traveling you're getting a makeup post... Since I really don't know what to really talk about, I'd figure I'd do a self-plug for all of my social media platforms.

  1. Twitter
    1. I'm most active on Twitter. I don't really tweet stuff or if I do it's once in a blue moon. But that is how you'll get to know me the fastest (lots of politics and animals). You'll also find most of my blog posts because that's where I share them first.
  2. Instagram
    1. I'm not extremely active on my main account (I have 2, I'll explain later) and if I do it's mostly family, choir, school stuff because that's all I really do. Also, I block a lot of people on accident because I don't know them or they have a sketchy profile, usually I'm pretty good about differentiating bloggers from weirdos.
  3. Youtube
    1. My original platform. I actually wanted to be a vlogger (like Adam Rose, who's an amazing person) but that failed, like crashed and burned right before my eyes. It got so bad that all 3 (yes 3) of my videos have 1 dislike, probably from the same person. 
  4. Google+
    1. I'm never, ever on G+ because I just don't get and I'm not going to force myself to use it like I did last time I had a blog. 
That's it, I only have 4 social media platforms for my blog and I probably won't be expanding anytime soon. If I haven't said this before, let me know what you want to see on here. I'm always open to requests on almost everything (keyword: almost). Makeup, nerd stuff and traveling are a few of the things I'm actually good at and it's stuff that I like doing! So, if you ever have a hankering for a travel tip, makeup tutorial or Batman v Superman post, I'm your gal.

Love,
Ken

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lessons Learned While Traveling

After watching vlogs about people traveling to places I've been to, I have the strong desire to go back. I think I'm not extremely well traveled but I've been to different places, don't worry I'll find pictures. I love traveling, granted it does get stressful sometimes, but it's worth it. Traveling provides so many useful skills that benefit almost everyone at some point in their life. So, for today's post, to honor my wanderlust, here are 3 lessons that you will learn while traveling (inside or outside of the country).
  1. Being flexible will get you far
    1. This helps in foreign countries too because you'll see the more private, "only locals know about it" parts of the country. I learned this in Paris awhile back when our tour guide started taking us to little artist hang-outs all over the city and we saw what everyday life looked like for Parisians instead of the major tourist hot spots even though we went to those too (because if we didn't it would be an incomplete trip).
  2. Know your boundaries
    1. I feel like this goes for everything, but it never hurts to reiterate. If you're uncomfortable with something, remove yourself from it or say something. You gotta trust your gut instinct, especially when traveling.
  3. Step out of you comfort zone
    1. This completely contradicts #2 but oh well. Immerse yourself into wherever you are. If you're in a foreign country experience their culture! It's one of the coolest things ever, trust me. Try the weird food, listen to the weird music, and watch how natives interact with each other. If you're in a different state, do the same thing! Try the weird food (you'll find some I swear) and watch the locals!
There are more lessons that traveling can teach you but you have to experience and find them out yourself or else it won't mean anything to you. A word of advice before you depart, take pictures of everything and anything, you'll be thankful for it when you're writing a blog post about traveling 4 years later. 

Voyage sûr!
Ken


Friday, February 24, 2017

A Teenager's Guide to Loving Yourself

Self-care has been a really big thing within the last couple of years and that's a good thing. Especially with Park's & Rec's, "treat yo' self" episode becoming extremely popular, taking time for yourself has become a mainstream principle. It's important to take a break and show yourself some love when the going gets rough. I know I can speak for students of all ages when I say that school has become a lot more stressful that it has been in the past. I'm in my Junior year of high school and my English class has stressed me out to the point where I've stopped caring about the work and the class itself. Don't get me wrong I still do the work, it's just lost the meaning behind it. Some, if not most, teachers are amazing at recognizing the stress that life in general puts on students in general. Even though some people say that self-care is selfish and wrong, that's not true. In fact, self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your life and weekly routine so I thought I'd share my personal, favorite ways to show some love to myself and relax.
  • 2 words. Bubble. Baths.
    • I've just recently found my new obsession with bubble baths and all the bath products I can possibly fine. Lush has some amazing bath products that you can find here. A lot of companies are coming out with bath products to that wouldn't hurt to try either. Bath bombs are my favorite, I'm also a big fan of bubble bars. But cater it to what you like and what you think you would like. If you're just a water only kind of person that's great or if you're like me and have maybe too many bubbles (there's no such thing) in the bath that's great too. 
  • Take yourself out for coffee

    • Whether you like Starbucks, Dunkin, or Dutch go get some! Or, if you're up for the challenge, go find a local coffee shop and support it! I've found that the best coffee comes from local shops. It may take a little research and some driving time but it's worth it, trust me. Sitting down in a coffee shop is the best thing ever. You can do work, read, people watch, listen to music, or bring a friend and have a chat. 
  • Unplug
    • Turn off all your electronics. All of them. Or put them on airplane mode and chill. Detoxing from electronics is nice, even if it's for an hour, you'll find yourself focusing more and feeling better. 
  • Go for a drive
  • This one I don't do as much because if I do happen to do it, it's usually because I'm going somewhere. But driving is insanely relaxing, even in traffic, it's just something that makes me feel at ease because I know I'm in control of my vehicle.so many different ways that you can relax and take care of yourself. If you're having trouble finding some here's my self-care Pinterest board. Let me know what YOU like to do to for self-care in the comments below! 

Love,
Ken

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hi, I'm Kenna

Hi there! I'm Kenna (I go by Ken too), the author behind Live Love Ken if you haven't read my about me page, I highly suggest that you do. To start off, I'll tell you a little bit about myself.

I'm 17. I have 2 dogs & 5 cats. My caffeine addiction is a serious problem. My sweet tooth is insatiable. I'm a big nerd. This is not my first blog (I was hipsternerdmaid.com too). I'm open minded. I believe in equal rights. I'm somewhere between democrat and republican. I wanna move to Boston someday. I plan on going into nursing or health sciences. I'm not good at talking to people. I think I'm relatable to people of all ages. Golden Girls is my favorite tv show. I'm really weird. I enjoy napping a lot. Warm drinks are my favorite kind. Dunky's (Dunkin Donuts) is my favorite. I've been to SDCC once (and I plan on going again). Rob Gronkowski & Chris Evans are my favorite people in the world. I'm kind of crafty and I love Impractical Jokers.
Now that you know me a little better, here's what you're going to find on my blog. It'll be a range of posts from serious to casual and I'll probably throw in some videos too. I'll post twice a week in the mornings and you can always see my post on my Twitter. I can't wait to start blogging again and I can't wait to share my fragile, little mind with you.

Love,
Ken