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Hello everyone! I have been having so much fun finishing up my last year as a high school student (it’s so crazy to finally be able to say that!!). I’m never one to go all out for dances, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to pamper yourself. I did a little extra since it was my senior prom, baccalaureate mass, graduation, and a bunch of other events are coming up where I need to look semi-decent for.

Anyway, back to prom. One of my best guy friends asked me, which was super fun, and we decided to do white orchids for the corsage and boutonniere. My whole friend group rented a party bus which took us from pictures to dinner to prom, and then we all broke off into separate cars on the way to after prom, where we got to go ice-skating, play bumper cars, and laser tag until 2 a.m. I had such a good time hanging out with all my friends and dancing the night away! As for actual prom preparations, let me take you throughout the day of prom:

A few days before…

EYELASH EXTENSIONS // This may not have been the day of, but it was definitely something to prepare for prom with. I’ve never had eyelash extensions before, but graduation is coming up and I’m actually in Florida right now, so I wanted to look good without having to wear any makeup around the pool. I actually had a really good experience and am loving them so far! They’re pricey, but worth the investment in my opinion. My friend and I got 20/20 lashes, which is the most natural option, and they look great!

Day of prom… 

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LIFEGUARD SWIMMING PRETEST // Okay, definitely not prom prep… but I’m going to be a lifeguard this summer and since my schedule has been so hectic, there wasn’t another time I could do it. It actually helped me a lot, though, because it started my morning off with a really nice and calm cardio exercise… And I passed!! LOL.

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MANI & PEDI // I love getting my nails done and choosing from all the different colors. Whenever I look down at my hands because I’m writing something down or doing something on my phone, I get an instant mood boost when I see how good my nails look. I really like doing brighter colors, like baby pink or blue, because it lightens my day. Lol I’m literally the cheesiest person I know, but I honestly just feel more put together with pretty nails. #GirlBoss amirite?

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2 P.M.

BLOWOUT AT DRYBAR // This is honestly one of my favorite things to do. My hair always smells and looks so good afterwards, and I just love the atmosphere and aesthetic of it all. Their buttercup yellow everywhere makes me happy!

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3 P.M.

MAKEUP AND DRESS ON // I did my own makeup, because my eyelashes were the focal point of my face. I did a very light gold eye and regular concealer, highlight, bronzer… you know the drill. Then I put on my dress, grabbed the boutonniere, and we were out the door! Pictures were at 4:30 p.m. which actually ended up being a little rough because the sun was still pretty harsh, but everyone looked beautiful and we made the best out of everything (even when we showed up with a group of 24 at a restaurant who had lost our reservation… another story, another time). Enjoy these semi-decent photos of all of us!

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Hi everyone! My life has been a little crazy, but a good crazy, where I have time to do things that I love doing, instead of obligations that can make my life a little too hectic sometimes. I’ve been doing more beauty and fashion related posts lately, and thought it would be a good opportunity to let you guys know how I’m doing and what’s been going on behind the scenes of katherinelibby.com!

School

Being a second semester senior, entering into the last full month of high school has been crazy! It’s definitely hard to stay motivated, but talking about college and how it’s all going to be next year makes me wish I was talking about this more earlier. Little freshman Kat thought that college was a million years away, and didn’t think that forgetting to do homework for History class was going to affect my future. Let me tell you– IT DOES. It’s all turned out fine and I’m touring some great colleges and getting scholarships, but I know if I had worked harder earlier I could be getting maybe double that. Anyway, I’m really excited to be graduating high school and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me!

Also, shout out to Emily for taking my senior pictures! I love the way they turned out and would highly recommend her to any upcoming seniors looking for a good photographer that has good pricing. Check out her website here.

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Sports

I’m a 10 letter athlete coming out of high school, and would be a 12 letter athlete if I had done a sport every season. I’ve had a great time playing a sport every season since I was about six years old, and I’ll definitely have my children play sports too, but for my senior year, I didn’t run cross country or play soccer. My parents coach a middle school cross country team so I still helped with their practices (which were only 3 days a week, so it was a perfect medium) and I had a pretty long basketball season, and by the time it ended, I wasn’t up for another sport to immediately follow that. My high school also offers an opportunity to do an internship for the last two class periods of the day. Going to Anschutz Medical Campus and then rushing back to practice wasn’t something I wanted to be doing every day either.

Job

Speaking of the internship, I have loved being here! It almost feels like I don’t go to school half the time. I feel like Carrie from The Carrie Diaries, but not as glamorous. Every week I work more than 5 hours (which is the internship requirement), I get paid by the hour! They offered me a full-time job in the summer, so I might end up actually working here. There’s also a Vineyard Vines opening in Denver (I’m SO happy), and I applied for a job there too. With no retail experience, I’m not sure how great the chances of me getting a job are, but it’s good to know I have a backup that would look GREAT on my resume!

Blogging

I sort of stopped blogging for a few months, and that was mainly because of basketball. I managed to stay on top of my grades, but it was one of the most intense seasons I’ve ever had in any sport. Once I got back to blogging I realized how much I missed it and how much it helps me recharge and reflect. I also started writing in my journal again, which is nice to have something for just me to think things out on a page. I’m hoping to start making more content and taking more pictures (which have been lacking recently), and it’s the constant emails that another one of you guys have subscribed that keeps me going! My dad subscribed recently and it’s SO funny when he reads my blog posts– if you’re reading this, HI PAPA! 🙂 If you guys have any feedback, I made a form for you guys to fill out, or just comment on one of my blog posts, if there’s anything you want to see!

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Personal

Personally, I’m feeling really good. Waiting for colleges to give you an answer, waiting for the school year to be over, just WAITING has been a constant thing for a while now. Now that I’ve heard back from all my colleges and I’m in the last full month of high school, I feel like things are starting to move along. I’m writing, taking pictures, traveling, and meeting so many people along the way! I think when you are happy and being yourself, people are naturally drawn to your confidence and positivity, or at least that’s how it’s been feeling recently– I think the good weather is helping a little too.

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Faith

My faith has been especially strong lately. I was feeling pretty alone, and didn’t really understand why. On my senior retreat I saw God working through so many people around me, and realized that I hadn’t once asked God for a little help throughout this whole thing. Now that I’m paying more attention to my faith, it’s becoming more and more clear that the loneliness was a huge part of being distant from Him. Seeing the Lord act more and more in my life helps me appreciate the small things, and I’m going to strive to see more of His love instead of everything that’s going wrong.

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It’ll be hard to find someone as passionate about pampering yourself as ME. I’m telling you, the amount of bubble baths I’ve taken, facials I’ve left on all day, and massages I’ve scammed my way into you would NOT believe. And now I’m here to give you a few tips! Normally I try to avoid shopping at Target (I end up wasting all my money on things I don’t need), but I’ve found a new reason to go there! THE. FACE. MASKS. Guys. They’re $2 at the VERY most. So of course, I couldn’t afford not to buy at least 50 (it’s a bargain, okay?!). There are a few different versions of face masks so I took the liberty of picking out a few of each kind and trying them out to review for you guys. I’ll also be reviewing the Lush mask I got to compare.  So let the pampering begin:

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These Target facials are SUPER refreshing and I’m addicted. They’re so inexpensive and there’s always a new fun “flavor” (I’m not sure what to call it) to try.

There are also different types of masks. These include peel-off, coffee scrub, and paper masks (which looks like a tortilla that has holes for your mouth and eyes). I like them all but wouldn’t recommend any peel-off masks to people with sensitive skin, stick to the mud masks you can rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes. Personally, those are my favorite anyway, and it’s what I’m using in the pictures below.

Like I said, I love these all & love that they make it so much easier to pamper yourself without cleaning your wallet out.

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And then the bass dropped…

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But I seriously love these masks, my face feels so clean and rejuvenated afterwards!

LUSH products

I personally love all LUSH products. They’re so aesthetically pleasing and they all smell incredible. I recently got three things that I’m dying over, which I’ll show below, but I’ll mainly be talking about the facial.

Most of their facials are fresh, so they have to be refrigerated. This can be kind of weird keeping my beauty products where my family keeps the food, but I really like that it’s cool and refreshing, and the ingredients really are fresh!

They all smell delicious, but I personally like minty or fruity flavors. I’m not crazy about coffee scrubs or earthy scents because a huge part of the “treat yo ‘self” facial aspect is in the smell for me. I’ll link the pictures below so you can get a feel for the prices for each product. The only reason I don’t constantly use LUSH products is because it can add up pretty quickly.

Hi everyone! I just came back home from my senior retreat, which was so special. I’m definitely not one to get sentimental about high school, but these people I’ve grown with these past four years have played such a defining part in my life. I feel truly happy with who I am going in to college and I owe it to these people. We also happened to have the most gorgeous view of the mountains, so we took some last minute pictures. The last few years have had their ups and downs, but I feel stronger with the Lord behind me. These retreats always remind me that He is holding my hand every step of the way and that He loves me no matter what. Our retreat theme was Abide, so here’s a Bible verse that carried me throughout the weekend, and a song that I’m loving right now:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”

-John 15:4

And the song I’m still obsessed with… Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

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