My First Job

Hello, friends! I have just started my new job at a major theater in my city and it has been a whirlwind of learning so far! If you don’t already know, this summer is devoted to getting work experience and building up resources for the upcoming school year. While I  would rather be galavanting around Italy with my dad and sister, I’m trying to make the best of my time at home and at my new job.

I am currently working as a ticketing customer service representative, which means that I help customers with any questions they might have, help them buy tickets, and work on small projects for the theater. I mainly work either at the call center talking to patrons or in the box office, where people can come in and get assistance. Working in the box office is my personal favorite, because communicating face to face is a lot easier for me.

I was super lucky to come across this opportunity, because I had planned to work somewhere else for the summer. When that didn’t work out, this job presented itself and it’s turned out to be so much more rewarding and suiting to what I want to do. When I first arrived at work, I spent about 2-3 weeks in training–learning the policies, procedures, etc. I am definitely still in the process of learning everything, but I definitely feel a lot more comfortable than I did before. This, along with the people I work with, makes coming into work a lot more enjoyable.

Because this job is located downtown, I have to commute about thirty minutes from where I live. This can be a pain sometimes, because commuter traffic sucks, especially in the evening. I feel like I have been thrown into the corporate jungle, where everyone has either a badge, a tie, or a briefcase. It’s pretty intimidating and I feel pretty darn young. It’s definitely strange coming from the collegiate world where  I am constantly surrounded by people my own age to working with adults, but everyone at work as been really nice and welcoming. Working downtown has also made me more comfortable being on my own, even in a big city. I have always loved the downtown area of where I live and getting to know it better has been really fun. There’s large buildings and skyscrapers everywhere!

As far as the work that I’m doing, I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I am definitely a people person, so I love getting to talk to patrons. Even though it’s not always easy, especially since I am new to the job, interacting with a variety of different people is super fun for me. I also get to educate people about theatre, which is awesome since I come from a theatre background. My knowledge of different shows and venues has definitely helped me in this job.

My first job has been a great learning experience so far and is keeping me busy! Even though this isn’t the most adventurous summer I’ve had travel-wise, it’s been an adventure learning about the working world. Ahh adult-ing is wild!

-Love Ling

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise Review

Hello, friends! I don’t know about you guys, but I find that all of my mascaras tend to do the same thing. They all work “pretty well”, do their job, and finish off my makeup look for the day. I’m not the type to spend a lot of money on a product that simply gives my lashes a little bit of a boost, because I can find one that does a similar job at the drugstore. Despite all of this mascara cynicism, I think I have found a product that is worth raving about.

Today, I’m going to be reviewing the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara–letting you know if it truly is worth all the hype and if you should purchase it or not. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Background

The L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara just recently hit the shelves of drugstores, and I have noticed that it has become quite popular in the beauty community. For good reason, too. A lot of beauty gurus are claiming that this $10 mascara is a dupe for the Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara. I’ve never tried this specific product, but I do know that it costs about $23 and is a favorite of a lot of the makeup loving community. How cool would it be if the drugstore came out with a product that was of the same quality of a product twice its price? Well, L’Oreal is just that cool.

The Basics

 

Claims: This product claims to give voluptuous volume and length with a “soft wavy brush” that contains nearly 200 bristles. It also claims to have a “smooth glide formula”, which allows the product to adequately plump your lashes with just one coat.

Price: $9.99 at most drugstores

I purchased this mascara in “Blackest Black”.

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I really like the packaging for this product! It’s sleek, simple, and pink. What more could you want?

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First of all, the brush is huge! I agree that it is a very soft brush and applies comfortable, unlike some mascaras that can be a bit scratchy. I was surprised at how my lashes looked after just one coat. They were significantly volumized and lengthened! It looked like I had doll lashes! This formula is a little bit wet, so I tried not to bat my eyes too much, lest I smudge mascara all over my face.

Once the mascara dried a bit, I noticed that my lashes felt a little bit heavy. Because this mascara is so volumizing and coats the lashes, this can be expected. However, it did feel a little weird once I put sunglasses on. You know your mascara is working when your lashes touch the lenses of your glasses. Annoying, but slightly satisfying.

I had a hard time applying this product to my lower lashes, due to the larger brush and high impact product. I found that my wee little bottom lashes were no match for its intensity and clumped up. The mascara also got all over my lower lash line. This inconvenience is not a deal breaker for me, but I definitely prefer its effects on my top lashes.

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Wear

Y’all, my lashes looked glamorous and doll-like for the entire day. This mascara did not smudge, wear off, or flake off whatsoever. I was very impressed with the lasting power of this product, because it made my lashes look great for nearly ten hours. I definitely noticed that my lashes were coated with mascara throughout the day, but again, this is due to the intensity of this mascara. It really coats your lashes and delivers on volume and length.

Final Thoughts

I am very impressed with the Lash Paradise Mascara! It makes my lashes full and thick for a long period of time, which is the dream for makeup lovers. This product is also really affordable, which gives it a thumbs up in my book!

The only thing I don’t like about this mascara is that I have to be careful when applying it to my lower lashes and it makes my a lashes feel a bit heavy. This may not be an issue for everyone, but they’re definitely things that I noticed. Despite these little annoyances, I really like this product and think it’s a jewel of the drugstore. Definitely try it out.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day!

-Love Ling

 

 

 

Avocado Parmesan Toast

Hello, friends! Today I am sharing a snack that I recently concocted. This arose from the desire to eat something filling and delicious after my long day at work. You know how it is. Something about sitting in traffic for an hour listening to pop-country music just makes you really hungry!

In this quick and easy recipe, I am putting my own spin on avocado toast. You know how much I love this classic snack/meal/dish and I love that with just a few add-ons, your avocado toast can reach a whole new level of delicious. Here’s my variation!

Avocado Parmesan Toast

Pumpernickel bread

1/2 avocado (Mash with a fork)

Salt and pepper (Go wild)

Parmesan cheese (Treat yourself)

For my toast, I used pumpernickel bread, which has a rich flavor and is nice and soft. I then spread one half of an avocado with a fork until it looked beautiful and fluffy. For a bit more flavor, add some salt and pepper! I personally love adding a lot of these seasonings, so I was not shy about this step.

The crowning jewel of this snack is parmesan cheese.  Let’s do this thing. To tie this whole delicious, easy snack together, sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese over the top. I chose to add sliced parmesan, because I like the texture. However, if you want to add shredded cheese, that’s totally fine too. I am a huge fan of parmesan cheese and find that its saltiness and slightly dry texture fits perfectly with the creamy avocado.

You guys, this variation on avocado toast is so delicious! I know adding parmesan over the top is really basic, but it really does make a big difference in the overall flavor. I offered a bite to my mom and sister and could hardly keep it away from them! I will definitely be making this again.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try out this recipe and I’d love to know if you guys have any recommendations for other avocado toast variations. Have a great day!

-Love Ling