STORY TIME: HOW I GOT INTO NURSING SCHOOL // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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OOF it’s been a crazy two weeks! Nursing school is getting harder and harder and I don’t even want to think about what’s coming up next. But now that I’m reaching the end of “block 2” of my program, I thought I’d talk about how I got into nursing school. You know, before i forget the details and stuff… so let’s get started!

Once I decided that nursing was the right career for me, I started looking into nursing schools. I didn’t even know where to start so I googled “nursing programs” and a bunch of results came out and I was just overwhelmed. A colleague of mine advised me to go out of state for nursing school. (If ya’ll didn’t know, I’m from California). She said that the programs in California are super impacted and she was right. The wait lists were like 2 years long! No thanks, I want to get to nursing school ASAP! So I started thinking of places I would love to go and I thought of Nevada. It’s right next to California and not too far from Los Angeles. Like 5 hours?

Type click search and BAM.

I found a school that I wasn’t even sure was legit. I mean sometimes I come across websites/schools that aren’t really a real school. But I decided to do a little bit more research and I discovered that it was indeed a real school and they had an accelerated BSN program.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: aka second degree nursing program is for those who have completed a undergraduate degree and the required prereqs before enrolling.

I looked around the website to see if it was a program for me and eventually decided to put in my information for “more info”. About a few days later, I got a phone call and lowkey I let it ring. It was an admissions advisor from the school and she ended up leaving me an email telling me that I could call her and if anything, she would try again in a few days. I was nervous and didn’t know what to say. Heck, I didn’t even know if that was the school I wanted to attend. The next time she called, I picked up and I felt so nervous. But the admissions advisor was so easy to talk to! She asked me some questions and got some background about me. She told me everything I wanted to know and answered every question I had about the program. Even though all the information she told me was on the website, it was nice to be informed with information catered to my situation.

She had me send in my unofficial transcript to give me an overview of what I needed to do in order to be eligible to apply. She went through my transcript and told me what prereqs I had left. Turns out, I only needed Anatomy but I needed to get an A to have an eligible GPA. Talk about the pressure… She sent me a list of online anatomy courses I could take. Online courses were essential for me because I was working at the time and online classes are way more flexible. I picked one and rolled with it. (Spoiler alert: I got an A (98.7%) I was so excited!)

The next thing on my list was the The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. It’s an exam used by many schools as an admissions test. I had no idea it existed until my advisor told me to take it. My advisor recommended buying a practice book so I got one from Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon prime. As soon as it got here, I went ham on that Kaplan book.  I started from the first page and ended with the very last page. (click here for my TEAS tips). I walked into the exam half asleep and 4 hours later, I made it out alive. TBH I forgot how painful it was to sit still for 4 hours in a room with 30 other tired people. Damn.. how did I do it in high school?

Well that was done and the anatomy course was done… what’s next?

The application cycle finally opened up and my advisor sent me the link with a detailed set of instructions. I forgot how draining school applications were. Even with the set of instructions, I was so confused and lost. Eventually all went well and I finally got my application done. One of the applications was through the universal application called NursingCas and the other was a supplemental application through the school. Hit that SUBMIT button and fingers crossed. Wait, no.. I still had to submit my TEAS scores and order official transcripts. That was so confusing as well. I think I was out of the school application system for too long. I don’t know, something about this application was so confusing. Through many nights of loud sighing and silent crying, I finally sent in my TEAS scores and transcripts.

Now it was the waiting game, which was accompanied with many sleepless nights. I think it was about a week later that I received an email saying that I got an interview! LIKE WHAT?! ME? AN INTERVIEW? Now it was loud yelling that gave my mom an heart attack cause I swear she thought I was dying. Sorry mom… But yes! I got an interview and that was probably one of the best days ever along with my other …best day evers… it was a very good day..okay?

I went ham on research on possible nursing school interview questions. I took notes and wrote answers to the most common interview questions. I was not going to let this opportunity go to waste.

Then comes the exciting but dreadful interview. OHH that was one heck of an interview but I’ll save the details for another blog post. This one’s getting a bit long. Thank you so much if you’re still with me. But damn, those questions they asked were wayyy different from the questions I prepared for. When I got out of my interview, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to see that school ever again. I blew it, I messed up. Sad life. Loud sigh…

Don’t you hate it when you leave an interview and you start replaying the questions and then you think of ways you could have answered? I do. And I couldn’t sleep for days because of it. But eventually I had to tell myself that whatever happens, happens and it’s not the end of the world. I was going to find out in about two weeks and if I didn’t get in, I could just try again. There’s always a way!

Two weeks go by and I’m driving to the post office and suddenly I get a text from my friend (who I went to the interview with). “OMG DID YOU CHECK YOUR EMAIL?” I’m sitting there like, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. So I rush home within speed limit because I drive like a responsible grandma. I ran through the door, grabbed my computer and started yelling nervously. My dads looking at me like, I can’t believe I raised this kid. LOL But eventually I said, ADMISSIONS LETTERS ARE OUT. I opened my email and there it was, the school’s decision email. It said, “Congratulations, You have been accepted to blahblahblah” OMG. ME? REALLY? I’m freaking going to nursing school!

And yep, that’s how I got into nursing school. Or I guess the the admissions process. My main point is, if you have the opportunity to talk to an admissions advisor, I highly recommend it, They are there to help you and guide you through the admissions process. It was especially helpful because I had no idea what I was doing. The admission advisors literally hold your hand until the first day of classes and I am so thankful for her. Even after being admitted and committing to the school, she still calls me to check up on my progress. I finally met her at the interviews and it was nerve wrecking. She finally met the weirdo she’s been contacting through email and phone. HEH.

Story time over, here are my TIPS with applying for nursing school!

  • Research lots and lots of schools! Even though I only applied to one (which now I think about was kind of risky and dumb) I still looked at many programs. There are actually a lot of roads that lead to an R.N. There’s got to be one that fits your needs!
  • Be patient! It takes a lot of patience when researching nursing schools. I was really overwhelmed at time and it got to a point where if I saw another nursing school requirements page, I’d go crazy. One step at a time!
  • Make a table of requirements! Researching schools and their requirements can get really repetitive and tiring. Many schools require different requirements so I recommend making an excel sheet or something to organize the requirements. If I remember correctly, some schools required microbiology lab!
  • Talk to an admissions counselor! If a counselor is available, you should talk to one! Requirements get really confusing at times, especially when the requirement sounds like the class you took but you’re not sure if it is the one they want. Ya feel? As I mentioned before, I sent my counselor my unofficial transcript and she told me what I had left for requirements. Super helpful! Or else, I would have been wasting time trying to take classes I already fulfilled.
  • Standardized test! Check with the school you want to apply to see what kind of standardized tests they want. Some require the TEAS, and some require other exams like the HESI. So check with the school to make sure you’re taking the right exam.

And that is pretty much it! This was a long post but thank you so so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment and hit the follow button to be notified when I post! Do you have any questions? Let me know down below and I’ll try to answer them to my best ability!

Today’s question is.. What is your dream job? Leave a comment below cause I’m curious! My dream job is a singer-songwriter, an interior designer, or a personal shopper. OR even better, a singer-songwriting interior designing shopper.

I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

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NURSING SCHOOL: THE TEAS EXAM // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is an exam that was created by ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) to assess whether an applicant is academically ready for health science programs like nursing. It consists of four parts: reading, mathematics, science and english and language usage.

Back story/fun fact/side track story: I had no idea this exam even existed. It wasn’t until I was talking to my admissions advisor that I realized that this test existed and I had to take it pronto. Not only that, there was a certain score I needed to qualify. WOWZERS the pressure was on. She recommended me to buy a test book and set a test date as a goal. I set my test date approximately a month and a half so I had 6 weeks to prepare. Then I ordered the first book with 4.5 stars on Amazon and went HAM as soon as it arrived. Thank you, Amazon prime!

When test day came along, I was so anxious, I didn’t get much sleep the night before, which is kind of bad because I was about to enter a 4 hour exam. Man, I forgot how terrible standardized testing was. How did I get through it before college? During the reading section (the first section), I was so tired and out of it that I read the passages at least 3 times each. The rest is a blurrrrr.. Somehow my test scores came back and they were pretty great. Better than I could ever imagine like who is this girl? It goes to show, if you put quality work into something, you will see a greater outcome.

Here are my tips on how to do well on the TEAS exam:

Buy a test prep book and use that to prepare for the TEAS exam. DO NOT TAKE THE EXAM WITHOUT STUDYING. If you do well, great. If you don’t, well that was a waste of $96… I got the TEAS Strategies, Practice & Review with 2 Practice Tests: Online + Book by Kaplan Test Prep (here). This test prep book wasn’t too bad. It was pretty thorough with explanations. You can register your book and there are more practice questions and exams on the site. I personally thought the review portion was great but the practice questions were way harder than reality. I guess that’s how they prep you for the worst, right? However, there are so many options out there to choose from. Pick one, study hard, and you’ll be on your way!

People also recommend the ATI TEAS exam prep book. I mean why not study the exam using a book written by the people who wrote the exam? Yeah…I wish I thought about that too! It’s $45 but the best way to review is to study off a book written by the test makers. You can also get prep book here!

Practice tests: ATItesting also offers practice tests you can purchase on their website. There are two versions and they are $46 each but if you purchase the package, its $82. Yep, it is definitely pricey but it prepares you with what to expect on the exam. The practice exams mimic the exam with the timing and difficulty plus it gives you your score and tells you what you can improve on. I definitely saw my score improve between practice exam attempts. If those practice tests are not in your budget, there’s a lot of free practice exam questions online. I definitely used those a lot before I dived into the ones I paid for. I will link some below!👇

Free Practice questions:

REEELAXXX: Relax the night before the actual exam. You’ve studied hard for the exam, now it’s time to relax. Do something fun but make sure to sleep reasonably the night before. And avoid looking at practice exams the night before. Let’s face it, if you haven’t studied enough by the night before the exam, then whatever you try to cram the night before isn’t really gonna help. Surrender your test materials!

The morning of the exam: Alright, you’ve studied, you’re ready, you just want to get it over with. I completely understand. But don’t forget to eat a balanced breakfast to get that brain workin. I also recommend bringing a snack for break time because if you get hungry, ya’ll gonna be hearing some whale mating noises. That’s too embarrassing and can distract you from your focus, which should be the exam. So pack a snack and a bottle of water cause hydration is also very important.

One last thing: Arrive to the exam site a bit early to find parking and the exam room. Take a deep breath, you’ll do fine. Now go rock that test! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤ Good luck!

Any questions? Let me know down below and I will try my best to answer them! I ain’t no pro tho. Let’s be real, I found out about the exam 4 months before my app was due. But this is what I did and here I am, in nursing school… 🙂

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // WEEK 2 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Week 2 (Oct. 16 – Oct. 20)

What a week it’s been. Today has been an extremely tiring day because I took my first nursing school exam today (Friday, 10/20)! And I have to say, it wasn’t so bad. Maybe because it was a practice exam and it wasn’t graded but hey, if all the exams were that straight forward, that would be great…but lets be real.

My exam was at 7:30AM this morning so that required me to wake up at 6 am to get ready, eat, take the dogs out to poo/pee/feed them and drive to campus. Since it was our first exam, my professor walked us through the whole exam process and explained to us what we were gonna expect.

So here’s the break down: we take the exam four times. Yep, you read that right, 4 TIMES. First, you take it individually, then you take it together with your cohort group, then you go over the answers with your cohort group with the rationales, and finally, you go over it again with your cohort group BUT this time, you can “challenge” the question if you feel the answer was wrong and you were right. Now, today’s exam was 20 questions… imagine what it’ll be like when the exams are 60+ questions. I am not looking forward to that day.

Side note: these exams are taken on the computer through a software called “examplify”. Staring at a computer and trying to click through each individual question takes a lot of patience.

Four times is a lot but I think it’s really helpful. Most of the time, when you take an exam and you get things wrong, you don’t really go back and review what you got wrong. Well, I don’t know about you but I never did that (guilty). So this process kind of forces you to go over what you got wrong and see why you got it wrong. Learn from your mistakes and don’t do it again on the license exam. haha yeah, i’m gonna be that person who gets it wrong again on the NCLEX anyways. 🤦‍♀️

Hmm oh this week, I also filmed my first VLOG! Yep, I finally turned on the camera and talked to it. It was really awkward at first and it still is but I was pretty caffeinated and hyper. So thats my solution, espresso fixes everything! In the vlog, I show you my new scrubs and go on a mini rant about how I can’t keep my plant alive. (update: my plant is doing better now…) So check out my video below! 👇

I get about 3 days off so I’m excited for that mini break. Block 2 starts on Tuesday and it’s health assessment! We’re finally getting into the real nursing stuff and I’m really excited. I finally get to use this snazzy stethoscope of mine and learn how to do health assessments! We also start labs next week. I’m half nervous because I don’t wanna mess up and half excited because I’m finally going to get some hands-on practice. This should be interesting…

Anyways, that is pretty much my week of shenanigans. I didn’t really do much except learn/study/sleep and “study” for this exam. But I thought it was blog worthy because I took an exam lol and I wanted to tell you guys what my exams are like here.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by. It still feels like I’ve been in school for 2 months already but really, it’s only been 2 weeks. *yawn*… Please like, comment and hit that follow button to be notified when I post. I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful!

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

 , TIFF

 

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // WEEK 1 // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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Week 1 (Oct. 9 – Oct.13)

Holy crispy chicken nuggets! I started nursing school and it has literally taken over my life. It’s been about 4 days of school but somehow, it feels like I’ve been in school for a month.

A little background about my program: it is an accelerated BSN that allows you to get your Bachelor in Nursing degree in 16 months. The program is mostly online but the  labs and clinicals in person. The exams are also on campus. The school’s curriculum is in blocks meaning we focus on one subject at a time, take an assessment, pass, then move on. The first block is called “introduction to the profession”.

I spend about 12 hours a day studying/yelling at computer/stuffing information into my brain. I take breaks in between but the studying adds up to about 12-ish hours. Is it crazy? Is it insane? I’m not sure but I really want to do well and make sure I get a good grasp of the information. Cause the scary part is… if I don’t know it, it could kill someone. :|..no pressure..

Online sounds intimidating but I honestly love this method of learning (so far). Even though I don’t get to see my classmates everyday, I find it more convenient for my schedule. ..not like I have anything else to do…but it’s nice to be able to work at your own schedule. You just have to make sure to follow the course calendar provided by the professor. I’ve been about 1-2 days ahead of schedule because I started the assignments as soon as the block opened, which was Friday, Oct. 6. Even though classes actually started Oct. 9th, I wanted to get ahead because I tend to fall behind. I also love that I don’t have to physically leave the house. Campus is about 15 minutes from my house (which isn’t completely terrible) but for some of my classmates, it takes them about 1 hr to get to campus. So it definitely saves time for a lot of us…more time to study… and sleep!

The first block is more about the history and how to be an outstanding nurse. I’m not much of a history person but I thought the history of nursing was really interesting. It’s really inspiring to see women from different backgrounds stand their ground for the better of society. We also learned about the image of nursing, which I never noticed until I read about it. Nurses don’t get much credit for the work they do, do they? It kind of made me sad…but as a future nurse, I want to take part in changing that. And right now, we’re learning the art of nursing and TBH moral of the story, don’t be a butt to your patient. Something as simple as communication can affect the outcome of your patient’s progress. I never thought about that.. but it’s definitely something to look out for when I encounter patients in the future. 🙂

Other things I had to do this week were UNIFORMS! We have to purchase our uniforms from a specific shop that provides the uniforms for our school. We got to try on some samples at orientation but I was really indecisive on the sizes because they kind of fit weird. I also have to purchase a few set of grey and maroon scrubs for lab. I’ve been really conflicted about the lab scrubs. Half of me wants to get cheap scrubs because who knows if I’ll be able to wear grey/maroon scrubs in my future job and the other half of me wants to splurge because what if I need to wear grey/maroon scrubs in the future and the cheap ones broke? Then I would have to spend more money to buy more…you know? First world problems..I can’t decide but I need to purchase them soon because I think I might need em for the next block (which is the week after next).

It took a while to get used to the program and change my habits. Ah change. My least favorite thing. It definitely takes a lot of self-discipline and time management to keep up with the curriculum. But once you get used to the rhythm, you’ll be just fine. After my exam next Friday, we move onto Health Assessment and I’m sure that is way more challenging than this. Yikes…wish me luck!

Anyways, that’s an update on my life. Thank you so much for stopping by and if you’ve reached this far into my rant/blog post, I really appreciate it. The road to R.N. is going to be a long ride but I think it’ll be worth it. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting a blog every week but we’ll see what I can do. I also want to post a few other nursing posts so stay tuned for that!

As always, like, comment and hit that follow button to be notified when I post. I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful! ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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TRAVEL DIARY: CRUISING AROUND ALASKA // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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I spent two weeks cruising around Alaska and saw some of the prettiest things nature has to offer. This 14 day cruise set sail from Long Beach, California and it was the first time this ship went to Alaska and back in one piece. All aboard the Carnival Miracle, we’re going on a journey!

We stopped at 6 ports: Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point/ Hoona, Juneau, cruised around Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Sitka. We also made a stop in Vancouver, B.C.! WOO CANADA! 🇨🇦

Take a look at my trip through my camera lens and I’ll meet you on the other side!

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Alaska is such a beautiful place and it never fails to amaze me. I was surprised by how small these cities were. Like the population of Ketchikan is 8208 people and Hoonah has a population of 745 people! In comparison, Los Angeles has a population of 4 million people! That size difference though..

There are a LOT of fine jewelry stores in Alaska. I’d say 60% of the stores there sold fine jewelry. If that’s your thing, I heard there’s pretty good deals on fine jewelry in Alaska. Since I went in September, it was the end of tourist season and the shops were about to close down until next year. That means…huge clearance sales!! The Alaskan T-shirt company was having a 50% off everything sale so I went a bit crazy there. Don’t let the name fool you, they sell way more than just t-shirts!

TIFF TIP: Look for coupon books. They’re free! These coupon books have hella deals on souvenirs! These books are usually located at the welcome centers and sometimes in front of a souvenir store. The coupon book we found had coupons for Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, which are the bigger cities.

Carnival offered many shore excursions but I don’t think you have to do shore excursions in order to have fun. The prices range from $ to $$$$ but we stuck with the ones that were more affordable. The more expensive ones were usually whale watching or helicopter rides, which weren’t really appealing to us. We bought shore excursion tickets for 4 of the 6 port of calls.  We mainly did the ones that gave you an overall tour of the city to learn more about the cities in Alaska. On the days we didn’t do shore excursions, we just walked around and explored the city on our own.

The ship also made a stop at Vancouver, B.C. It was almost like I never left the States because it looked like the U.S. I got to try Tim Hortons, which is a Canadian fast food chain known for it’s coffee and donuts. I got a ice vanilla latte and a chocolate chip muffin. I thought the coffee was pretty good and the muffin I got was delicious! Vancouver kind reminds me of downtown LA where the driving is crazy and there’s cars everywhere. We had a limited amount of time in this big city so I’d love to go back one day and fully explore what it has to offer.

The ship itself was really fun. Carnival cruise lines calls themselves the fun ship! There were so many activities planned that we were pretty much occupied throughout the days at sea. I went to my first art auction and learned so much about the art world. There was an opportunity to guess how many N’s were hidden in the painting and I won! The prize was an art piece. How cool is that?! I also attended many lectures that varied from fitness and how to live an healthier lifestyle to just a lecture about food. There were also cooking demonstrations by the onboard executive chef and I won a raffle to taste the food he cooked. IT WAS DELICIOUS!! …and awkward because literally everyone is watching you eat. There are so many things to do on the ship that you’ll definitely never be bored.

If anything, go up to the Lido deck buffet and pig out 🐷😂. You can find me where the food is!

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Thinking of going on a cruise? Here are my tips!

  1. Bring a highlighter! Sounds weird right? But they deliver a schedule of events every night to your room so that you can plan out what events you want to go to. A highlighter would have been nice to make the events I like pop out.
  2. Pack some shower flip flops! I don’t know if it’s weird but I wore flip flops in the shower and around my room. I mean you don’t know who’s nasty lil feet have been around that room and even though they clean it, yikes. Better safe than sorry!!
  3. Bring some workout clothes! My ship had a nice gym on board and it was nice to work off some of the free ice cream I was eating like everyday. OH and the french fries.. I love french fries ❤
  4. Coupon books! Like I mentioned before, definitely lookout for these coupon books. They’ll save you some money which can add up especially when you’re shopping for a lot of people.
  5. Take advantage of the free classes! My cruise ship always offered ballroom dance classes but I was too much of a chicken to try it. But I think ballroom dancing would be useful one day or something to know. There were also seminars that range from topics like increasing your metabolism to intro to photography.
  6. Raffles! Keep your eye out for raffles! They’re always giving away free stuff. All you have to do is show up, put your entry in, and hope they pick yours! I won a couple raffles. Even though its just little things, it’s still exciting to see who wins.
  7. Be fearless! You’ll never see these people ever again so why not try everything? I lowkey wish I auditioned for lip sync battle or did those ballroom dances. Maybe next time…

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of Alaska. I prefer going on cruises than Chinese tours because you don’t really have a specified wake up call. Plus, you don’t have to pack up your belongings every night and drag your luggage to the tour bus. It’s nice to just chill out by the pool and look at the ocean. The ocean made me feel like there’s so much out there and it gave me hope that whatever I’m going through will resolve in time and everything will be okay.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey through Alaska. I could go on and on about it but this post would go on forever. If you have any questions about anything, leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer it… 🙂

Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog to be notified when I post! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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DIY TESTED: EGG WHITE MASK // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Happy September!

Today, I’m going to try a DIY egg white mask. When I first heard about this mask, I thought I was being trolled. Like egg whites on your face? Gross. But as crazy as it sounds, there seem to be some awesome benefits. So of course I had to try it out! If you want to know how this mask works, just keep on reading!

BEFORE YOU TRY THIS DIY: If you have sensitive skin, think before you try this DIY. If you’re allergic to eggs, stay away from this DIY. If you’re a vegan or don’t like eggs, uh its up to you! I am not a skin care professional. Just a blogger who loves to try new things! 🙂

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You will need:

» 1 egg

👆 Yep, you read that right, all you need is one egg!

All you have to do is crack that egg open and separate the yolk and egg white. (add another egg to that yolk and you can have an omelette. yum!) Then use a fork to froth up the egg whites. It takes a little bit of work but oof that was a workout! 💪 Finally, use your fingers and apply a layer to your face. Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water.

This mask is said to temporarily tighten your skin, giving you a short term face lift (lol). I don’t think my face looked lifted but okay. It is also supposed to give you this beautiful glow. Did I have a glow? Yes! My skin felt so much smoother than before. Gotta have that flawless base before slapping on some makeup, am i right?

My main skin concern were the pores on my face. They were so visible and the mask supposedly shrinks your pores. I did notice my pores shrink a little so I think it will definitely help once I get onto a routine.

So did it work? 

YES! It did work but in my opinion, you’ll have to do it regularly to really get the affects. My skin felt softer and tighter plus my pore kind of shrunk.

Would I do it again? 

Honestly, probably not often. It didn’t smell very good and you are putting egg whites on your face. There’s also a concern with bacteria and such.

But if you’re curious, definitely give this mask a try! The ingredients are so simple. You can also add a few teaspoons of lemon juice into the egg mask if you want some cleansing effect.

If you think putting egg whites on your face is gross (cause it is..), but want similar effects, check out these options!

» Skin Food Egg White Pore Mask ($10.50) // here

» Skin Food Egg White Pore Hot Steam Pack ($13.00) // here

Let me know what you think of this mask. Gross or no?

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! Like, comment letting me know what other DIYs I should try! Hit that follow button to be notified when I post and I hope you have a beautiful day. Don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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psst… more info about the benefits of this mask here!

 

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SH*T EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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Welcome back to my blog 

Today, I am back with a post about apps you may or may not know about! I know when I was in college, these apps really helped me get through the year. Best of luck with the new school year and lets get started!

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Good Reader// $4.99// If you prefer PDF textbooks over paper textbooks, then good reader is a wonderful app for you! It allows you to read and highlight important information. You can even draw from the tip of your finger.

Notability// $9.99// This app is great if you love taking notes on your tablet. You can change up the “paper” style and write directly onto the document using a stylus. I mainly used this app for physics and it worked great to do practice problems and draw out physics diagrams.

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Spotify// Free// If you don’t know what spotify is, don’t worry, I didn’t discover it until late freshman year of college. Spotify is free and it allows you to listen to music on your computer, tablet, and/or phone. You can search any artist and make playlists to share with your friends. You can also upgrade to premium and listen to ad-free music, listen offline (like on your phone), and get better sound quality…according to them.

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A look into one of my Spotify playlists! You can follow me on Spotify @letiffanyshow

StudyBlue// Free// This app is great if you are always on the go but you gotta study. Those of you who take public transportation to campus would definitely benefit from something like this. You can create, study and share your flashcards for free. I love that you can customize your flashcards using audio and images. It also tracks your progress and you can set a reminder that it’s time to study/review your material.

Duolingo// Free// Duolingo is awesome. It is a free app where you can learn different languages on your smart device. I use mine to enhance and practice my Spanish. Now there are 23 languages you can learn, such as French, German, Danish, Vietnamese, Irish, and of course, English. You can learn a new language from the palm of your hand (and its a great time passer on the toilet 🚽 haha!)

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I’m not far into the progress because I haven’t used it in a while but it’s a fun app!

Venmo// Free// This app isn’t a study app but it is really useful in college. You link your debit card to your venmo account and you are able to transfer money to your friends with a push of a button. Be careful tho, make sure you are aware of how much money is in your account. But this app is really useful especially when you split purchases with your friends or housemates.

DaisyDisk// $9.99// If your computer is running out of space and you have no idea why, DaisyDisk can help you with that. Although it was $10 for the app, I immediately thought it was worth it when I started using it. This is an app for OS X that analyzes your hard disk drive and helps you easily clear unwanted things. I love it especially because it breaks down what’s in the “other” portion of your hard drive. I don’t know about you but that “other” section is the reason why my laptop space is full.

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Welcome to my hard drive disk! This is what the app looks like from the inside.

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♥ Clutch Prep // here

This website saved my arse in organic chemistry 1 and 2. It’s a free website you can sign up for that provides video guides that follow your college textbooks! They offer mostly science courses but also some math courses and accounting.

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♥ Cheap textbooks

↠ Bigwords.com // here

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My biggest tip for saving money in college is, DO NOT BUY BOOKS FROM YOUR CAMPUS BOOKSTORE!! Sorry campus bookstores but y’all overpriced. Going into college, my brother showed me this website. Copy and paste the ISBN of your textbook and this website will generate the cheapest option for you! If you want to rent the textbook, you can change the settings to find the cheapest rent option available for your book! Happy bargaining!

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↠ Abesbooks// here and Albris// here

These two websites often have coupon codes that work on textbooks! So make sure to check google for some coupon codes before ordering! Sometimes it’s not a lot but saving a little money is better than nothing.

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♥ Fun and easy way to make flyers/infographics/graphics

↠Canva.com// here

If you are in a club or in greek life, you may have to make flyers for events. This is where canva comes in handy. You can easily make a free account and start designing your flyer. Most of the designs are free but if you want a fancy design, you will have to pay for it.

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An example of a flyer I made for the Sexual Violence prevention club I was in!

♥ Cute desktop wallpapers

↠Design love fest // here

Dress up your tech using cute desktop wallpapers! Design love fest has some of the most aesthetically pleasing desktop wallpapers I’ve ever seen. New ones are constantly released, which allows m\e (and you) to change up our desktop background! Below are some of my favs with the artist’s name listed!

Zoe Wodarz // click here

 You by Katie // Click here

♥ Angela Mckay // Click here

I hope you discovered something new today! Always keep learning new things and keep that noggin updated with new information.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! Make sure to like this post and comment to let me know what other apps I should try! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

psst… check out my last post here!

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WHY I CHOSE NURSING AS A CAREER // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Today’s post is more of a personal one. I guess it’s more of a pre-nursing school reflection. It’ll be fun to look back and reminisce why I chose nursing as a career. So let’s back it up a bit..back to December 2016. That was the date I graduated from college with a bachelor degree in Human Biology. It seemed like everyone around me knew what they wanted to do and were on their way to get there but for me, I was completely lost.

I actually graduated college wanting to go into Public Health. It seemed like the job I wanted to do because ultimately, I wanted to make a difference in the world. But to be completely honest, what I saw of public health was based on two courses in college and after being rejected from an volunteer position from LA County , I realized that maybe public health wasn’t what I thought it was. So, it was back to the drawing board. Back to the healthcare setting that I knew and loved.

After being rejected from the public health volunteer position, I felt really down and confused. I think I was at the mall with my mom when I almost bursted into tears because I felt like a failure. I couldn’t figure out what to do with my life. I knew it had to be something that I’d want to do for the rest of my life because my worst fear is wasting time and money. My mom, being a nurse for over 40 years, was like, “What about nursing?” then she started telling me about all this nursing information and all the different paths you could take with nursing.

I was sold.

I realized that I really loved patient interaction. During my job at the clinic, I got to have a lot of patient interaction. Instead of being in a cubicle, I wanted to be up on my feet and to be able to work with patients to make a positive impact on their lives. Of course, there’s always going to be those unhappy, mean, and rude patients but the nice and appreciative ones always override them.

There is such versatility in the nursing world. There are different work environments a nurse can work in such as, hospitals, nursing homes, adult health care centers, and schools. Nurses are also constantly learning new things throughout their career as new advances and treatments are discovered, which has always been a passion of mine. Being able to educate people on how to improve their quality of life will be a staple of mine and leaving an positive impact on others.

All in all, I hope picked the right path and nursing is something I fell in love with. Program starts at the beginning of October and I’m scared af. But from all the good things I’ve heard, I hope it’ll be a rewarding experience.

Now that I’m walking on my own path, I want to end this blog post with this: Don’t worry too much if your original plans don’t work out. It may seem like the end of the world at that time but look around you. You’ll be inspired with all the things in the world and soon you’ll be on your way. It’s a good feeling, trust me.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this long ass rant of mine. Stay inspired and keep learning. Stay tuned for more nursing school rants and vlogs! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

Real Nurse (R.N) in the making.

 

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MAKEUP PRODUCTS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD OWN • LIPS EDITION // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Pucker up, friends! Welcome to part 3 of the MAKEUP PRODUCTS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD OWN series! If you haven’t seen my past two posts on face and eyes, check them out here and here!

Today it’s all about the lips! 💋 I love lip products. I love how every lip color adds a little pizazz to your look and GAH I’m obsessed. On a typical school day, I only wear lip balm to keep my lips from feeling dry BUT when I’m feeling a bit saucy, I whip out my liquid lipsticks!

Like the last two parts of this series, I will be including both high end and lower end products to help you with whatever price point you’re at! And of course, don’t forget to check out drugstore weekly ads because something is always on sale! Happy bargain shopping!

Step 1:

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To have a flawless finish to your lipstick/liquid lipsticks, you must start with a smooth base. That’s where the lip scrubs come in. There are a lot of lip scrubs in the market but I love this homemade recipe from The Wonder Forest (original recipe here). It’s made with all natural ingredients and you probably have them at home as we speak! Go give it a try!

You will need:

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and BAM you have a lip scrub! Massage it onto your lips for about 20 seconds and wipe off for smoother lips!

Step 2:

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Chapped lips is a big no no especially if you want to look good during your exam. I mean if you don’t do well, at least you look good doing it, right? (lol im kidding) NOHBODY likes a chapped lip. It just feels so…uncomfortable! So I’ve included a list of lip balms that I’ve tried and loved and I hope you find one that fits your needs!

  • Chapstick total hydration (coconut hydration)- $2.99-get it here

I lovveeee anything coconut flavored (but not actual coconut..) and this chapstick has the perfect hint of coconut flavor. It has a 3 in 1 hydration system that keeps your lips looking gooood.

  • EOS Lipbalm -$3.29- get it here

Some people aren’t a big fan of this lip balm and at one point, it gave people weird rashes on their upper lip but I like it xD My favorite flavors are Sweet Mint and Summer Fruit. It is infused with Vitamin E, which moisturizes and protects your lips from harsh conditions!

  • Burt’s Bees- $3.29- get it here

I’ve tried this lip balm in so many different flavors and loved them all. My favorites are the Coconut & pear, Pomegranate, and Beeswax. This lip balm is made with 100% natural ingredients and is infused with Vitamin E to renew your lips! It tastes good and makes your lips feeling moisturized af.

Step 3:

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As I mentioned before, I don’t always wear lip colors. But sometimes I just want to dazzle up a bit! Here are some lip colors that I’ve tried and love!

  • ColourPop

I’m so glad I discovered ColourPop lippies. It’s great quality lip color for a very affordable price. The only downside is that it’s hard to pick out colors that would look good on you cause it’s all online. Also, you have to wait for shipping and I’m impatient! HAHA Word on the street though, it’s coming to Sephora!!! Yasss I’m so excited! 🙌

Ultra Satin Lip-$6.00

♥ Echo Park// here // satin matte peachy nude color

♥ Lyin King// here // satin matte raspberry color

♥ Tulle//here// matte dusty burgundy color

Lippie Stix- $5.00

Brink// here // matte terra-cotta rose color

Crack me up// here // matte griege rose color

♥ Faded// here // creme rosey coral color

♥ Button // here // satin peachy pink color

  • Maybelline

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick-$7.49

♥ Touch of Spice (#660)// here// Beautiful mauve matte color and is really creamy!

Color Sensational The Buffs Lipstick-$7.99

♥ Untainted Spice (#950)// here// Beautiful nude color my light-medium skin tone.

  • NYX Professional Makeup

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lip- $6.99

♥ Ruffle Trim (LIPLI04)// here // large range of nude-ish colors for any skin tone! This one looks natural with my light-medium skin tone.

NYX Liquid Suede- $6.99

♥ Soft-Spoken (LSCL04)// here // Waterproof and long lasting liquid lipstick! It also dries matte.

NYX Butter Lipstick- $6.49

♥ Root Beer Float (aka Pops) (BLS17)// here // It applies like butter (hence the name ‘butter lipstick’) and I love how low-key the color is!

  • Tarte

Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint- $20

♥ Delish // here // Rosey-mauve color- it’s long lasting and dries matte.

and…

That is it for my lip essentials/routine! I never know what kind of lip colors I should get.

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As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope you liked this series. Like, comment letting me know when you go back to school (I’m curious!) and press that follow button to be notified when I post! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

 

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MAKEUP PRODUCTS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD OWN • EYES EDITION // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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I don’t know about you but I yawned a lot through school so eye products with a long staying power were a must! If not, you would see a girl with panda eyes walking around campus. How embarrassing!

Welcome to part 2 of the MAKEUP PRODUCTS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD OWN series! Today we’re talking about eyes. Typically for eyes, I only wear mascara. But that mascara has to have really good staying power and curling power or else…panda eyes.

Like my past post where I talked about essential face makeup (if you haven’t seen it yet, click here), I’ve included both high end and lower end products to help you discover products in whatever price point you’re at. And don’t forget to check out the weekly ads for drugstores because drugstore brands tend to go on sale!! 🙂

Alrighty, let’s get into the products!

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  • LOREAL Lash Paradise Waterproof – get it here

With the waterproof version, your mascara aint going nowhere… especially on those days you feel like crying cause the stuff you studied wasn’t on the exam. ..true story..  This mascara keeps the curls, keeping you look put together through all the mess. 🙂 I recently wrote a review on this mascara! Check it out here!! Out of all the drugstore mascaras that I’ve tried in my 23 years of life, this has become my all time favorite!

  • Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot- $7.99-get it here

I’m not going to lie, I bought this mascara because of it’s shiny packaging (darn you pretty packaging). I just naturally gravitated to that shiny gold packaging… There was also that ad with MannyMUA in it with the suitcase of mascaras. Raise your hand if you’ve seen it! 🙋 haha! This is a great everyday mascara to quickly swipe on and run to class. It’s also easy to remove so when you come home from a long day, you can quickly remove it and 💤💤💤!

  • Benefit Roller lash- $24- get it here (travel size $12- get it here)

I bought this mascara in the travel size on a whim because I was trying to reach the minimum to get the free gift at Ulta. (It didn’t work out because I guess travel sizes didn’t count. Oops!) But damn.. this mascara makes my eyelashes looking naturally long and full. It lengthens and keeps the curl throughout the day.

psst… I personally love buying the travel size from Benefit Cosmetics because it’s pretty much half the product and half the price of the regular size. What I mean is, you’re not losing any money by buying the smaller one. It works great for me because I am someone who doesn’t wear makeup everyday. I also love to buy and try new makeup products all the time so I don’t waste anything if I buy the smaller size. Does that make sense? I hope so! haha

  • Tarte lights, camera, lashes- $23-get it here

I first decided to give this mascara a try when there was a bundle sale at Ulta during Black Friday a few years back. It was my first high end mascara so I was pretty excited. This mascara lengthens and volumizes your lashes. The great thing about it is that it does not clump or flake! The price point is terrible in my opinion but whenever theres a special or sale going on Ulta, I restock restock restock!

psst… While i was looking for the link of this product, I noticed that they had this cool set for $21. (check it out here!) It looks like you get one full size and a travel size for $21 dollars! Thats a great deal! Hopefully it comes back into stock soon.

and…

That is it for my eye makeup essentials. I know it wasn’t much but I haven’t tried any eyeliners or eyeshadows lately! I also didn’t wear those products in school so I wouldn’t be much help anyways.

Recently I have been playing with some eyeshadows and learning how to use them on my monolids! That way, I don’t end up looking like I got punched in the eye. That’s not a cute look…

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As always, thank you so so so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow me on this adventure (big button is on your right)! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful. ❤

 

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

The fine print that no one reads aka the disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I used my own money to buy these products. These links are non-affiliated meaning I don’t make any commission from those links you click on. I just want to make it easier for my readers to see the products I’m talking about. 🙂 ❤


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