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SUPER Personal and Nosy Q&A

I love talking to all of you guys, catching up and listening to what you’ve all been up to. I always am super candid on my Twitter (not that I’m not myself on my blog).

It has been a while since I did a “get to know you” type post and I’ve gotten a bunch more new followers and visitors since my last one. I decided to do something different and to answer all of the super personal questions you guys sent me! (By the way, being nosy isn’t necessarily a bad thing…. there’s no shame in being curious!)

Bernie, Max, dating, break ups, bloggers that hate me, and blogging full-time. Stalkers, weird DMs… I answered it all.

I hope you guys all enjoy and get to know me a bit better!

By the way, I think now would be the time to shamelessly plug my Snapchat. I am always sharing little videos and snaps of what I’ve been up to and super fun and exclusive content! I do hauls, mini reviews, and tell lowkey embarrassing stories. So I think it’s worth the follow, at @chrisseybui

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Also, if you like super personal anecdotes and heart to hearts, I do a weekly microblog on my Instagram where I talk about various topics and ideas! Life, career, relationships…I write about it all! I post the “Real Talk” microblogs on my Instagram every Thursday. And you know, normal Instagram photos the regular days!

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Of course, I wanna know you guys too, so don’t ever hesitate to send me a tweet or message on Instagram… or a comment!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
-Maya Angelou

This was definitely a fun post/video to do, and I plan on doing another Q&A. I’ve already gotten a few question requests from Snapchat and Twitter, so comment or message me any more!

ALSO, I love getting to know you guys, so comment with a fun fact about you!

Chrissey

 

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My Most Requested Makeup Tutorial

I posted a few Snapchats the over the weekend and a bunch of you guys asked me for the details behind the makeup look. It’s so simple but somehow my most requested makeup look!

I paired my current favorite: a simple but pretty matte makeup look, with a half french braid fishtail combo. It’s honestly super easy to do, and I would feel guilty if I took credit for it! But I’ll explain it below, after sharing my little matte makeup tutorial.

I had been looking at various small, but simple matte eyeshadow palettes but struggled to find one that fit me well. One of the biggest makeup lessons I had to learn was how to properly identify my coloring and to buy products that suit me. Cool-toned eyeshadow palettes are significantly more flattering on me and there aren’t too many out there! I picked up the Physicians Formula Matte Quad in Canyon Classics. It”s the perfect matte, neutral cool-toned eyeshadow palette.

The palette is pigmented and the shadows are buttery smooth. They blend like a dream and are long-lasting.

The newest addition to my makeup routine is my Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Finland, I use it as my main “face makeup” and I use the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup as concealer. I love the DW and it’s still my 100% all-time favorite but it’s a little “extra” for normal days. I really, really love the Velvet Matte Skin Tint for summer because it’s light but provides really good coverage, and has spf 30! It also makes my face stay matte, and non-oily! (PS, it’s lowkey pricey so I am trying a dupe for it that I will review when I can!)

The last big routine change is my mascara. I use Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and it is so, so good. I thought the Tarte mascara was my holy grail but this mascara is the BEST.

Anyways, here’s how I got the look:

  1. I moisturize my face with my moisturizer, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™ from Clinique. I don’t use primer, I just make sure that my skin is hydrated because I use matte face products.
  2. I then prime my eyelids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, my skin gets really oily and this is so necessary to make sure that my eyeshadow lasts.
  3. I first apply a combination of the two light colors of the Physicians Formula Matte Quad to my lid, then use the third darkest shade from the quadblending it into the crease.
  4. I then apply the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup as concealer, and then the Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 all over my face with a beauty blender dupe sponge.
  5. I then do my eyebrows, and fill them in using my Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar.
  6. I then highlight under my brow and on the bridge of my nose using Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter very sparingly. PS, if any of you know dupes, please let me know!
  7. I then lightly bronze and contour my face using Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in light. This is my all-time, ride or die favorite bronzer. I’ve talked about this bronzer so many times because it’s the best.
  8. I then apply my favorite blush, a pretty cool-toned bright pink, Cheek Pop, from Clinique in Berry Pop. Once I switched from warm-toned blushes to cool-toned it totally changed my makeup game.
  9. I know this is unconventional, but I do mascara and eyeliner last. I line my upper lash line (top and under….NOT TIGHT LINE) very thinly with the Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Brown. I love how easy this liner is to use and how pigmented it is. It also makes my lashes grow thicker, longer, and look amazing.
  10. I then smudge the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Jade, along my lower lash line. NOT the water line.
  11. I use Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my eyelashes. I don’t curl my lashes, I just use the mascara.
  12. Once I’m in the car or out and about, I’ll apply a lip color.

As for my hair, I French braided it along then back and then pulled it to the side for a fishtail. I secured it with a small elastic and it this simple but chic look paired perfectly with the romper I wore that evening!

I find that the messier it gets, the more effortless it looks!

It’s my easy, casual, simple but pretty everyday makeup look that works well for pretty much every occasion!

““Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

-Bernard M. Baruch

What is your usual makeup routine? What products are new favorites, and which ones are older but reliable? ALSO, what is your favorite small matte eyeshadow palette?

Chrissey

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Being The Unabridged Sass

First and foremost, I am writing this blog post on my new Macbook Pro, so I am excited af because of that.

I have had so many requests about my fishtail braid and my makeup on Snapchat (and from the pictures in this post!). I will share the tutorial and products on Thursday, I pinky promise. Anyways… on to the blog post!

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I have a confession for all of you.

I envision various scenes in my future, and imagine them woven into various blog posts.

A post all about how I graduated from graduate school paired with what I wore for graduation. I imagine myself writing a post about wedding planning and things I wish I knew, and ultimately a post about my actual wedding. I see myself, posting pictures of my baby’s nursery after I obsessively decorate it and drag my husband to the hardware store. All these scenes in my life have one element that’s shared: these stories are all told on my blog.

I may not outwardly write about what’s going on in the most obvious way, but this blog is one hundred percent a chronicle of my life and the experiences I’ve had. Whether I write about getting scrubs for clinicals, or things I’ve learned from post-graduate life, it’s a reflection.

It’s crazy that I started all of this, ten months ago. Time flies by so fast and it’s crazy that I’ve almost been doing this for almost a year. I love rereading old posts and re-experiencing things, all over again. But also, I love how hopeful and excited this blog makes me for my future.

I think a lot about my blog and how it’s evolved so much since I first started blogging. I also think about how it’s going to change so much as I continue to live my life and have new experiences.

I also cannot help but think (and wonder) if my blog name will transcend time. The Unabridged Sass was a name that I found to be perfect and fun when I first started blogging. I was also, admittedly a lot more immature and uncontrollably sassy. It’s not that I don’t think that I’m no longer sassy (because I think I always will be, at least a small part) but it makes me wonder if years down the line, if this blog name will still be one I fully resonate with. I wonder if it’s too childish or if I will outgrow it when I’m a board certified MLS or someone’s mother.

I’m not always going to be twenty one and blogging about post-grad life, but I will always be Chrissey. It’s something I can’t help but think about.

Even right now, it seems like I am so much less sassy than I was when I first started. And sometimes, I feel like I’m slowly outgrowing my name. Sometimes, it’s perfect. I don’t know if I’ll hate it someday or if I will love it forever.

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All I know is, right now it feels right. And maybe someday, it’ll be something else, or maybe it’ll never change. But I know that no matter what happens in life, that you guys and this blog will always be here. And for that, I am grateful.

I may not be The Unabridged Sass forever, but I will always be Chrissey.

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

-William Barclay

How do you feel about your blog name? Do you think it will transcend time? Would you ever change it?

Chrissey

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25 Before 25

Hey guys!

I had already made a bucket list post a little while ago, but I decided that I wanted a “list” that was a little bit more pressing. I’m turning twenty-two in August and the fact that I’m nearing 1/4 of my life has hit me. I’ll be twenty-five in a few years and there are quite a few things I want to do in the next few years.

A twenty-five before twenty-five list is a pretty common blog post idea (so are bucket lists) so I decided that I would share mine. I’ll definitely combine both and turn them into a page that I can cross off and keep track of on the blog! But anyways, here’s….

Twenty-five things I want to do before I turn twenty-five

  1. Take a spontaneous solo trip, all by myself. (I have always wanted to do this!)
  2. Write the (e)book of short stories/essays that I’ve always wanted to write. (It’ll probably be a short one… but who knows!)
  3. Run a 5k. (So many people tell me I can’t… and I will).
  4. Perfect a recipe for Chicago-style cheese fries. (My all-time favorite food!)
  5. Live somewhere other than Chicago (or Illinois). (This one is self-explanatory)
  6. Learn how to code. (Something I always always wanted to do and many have said I cannot).
  7. Get a MacBook. (I have always wanted one!)
  8. Fall in love. (It doesn’t have to be with a person, it can be a passion or a hobby).
  9. Eat at a Michelin rated restaurant. (The ultimate foodie bucket list!)
  10. Take a class for something fun. (like cooking, pottery, dance…something!)
  11. Graduate from graduate school. (I can’t wait!)
  12. Go on a helicopter ride. (But not like the one in Master of None).
  13. Go on a trip to Vietnam, again. (I have always wanted to go back!)
  14. Go on a backpacking trip through Europe. (My friend Kevin went for two weeks after he graduated from medical school and it looked so fun!)
  15. Have a phenomenal clinical year. (And not a Grey’s Anatomy drama-filled one).
  16. Perfect a recipe my grandmother taught me to make. (Vietnamese cooking is so out of my element).
  17. Watch the sun rise. (If I can get up).
  18. Become a board-certified (ASCP) Medical Lab Scientist. (Of course, this has to be on the list!)
  19. Throw an adult, drama-free, unforgettable Friendsgiving dinner party. (don’t ask about the previous ones).
  20. Have a beach bonfire. (Something straight out of the movies).
  21. Give up drinking soda. (I’ve tried so many times before!)
  22. Take care of a plant without it dying. (In undergrad my boyfriend at the time left me with two cacti when he went to Mexico and I accidentally killed both).
  23. Learn how to parallel park. (I am so serious about this one).
  24. Go to a place (coffee shop or something) so often that I’m considered a “regular” and they know my order. (Supporting local businesses and Bucket List dreams!)
  25. Watch my blog continue to grow into something special. (You didn’t think I could go through this list without something blog-related, did you?)

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

-Thomas A. Edison

(PS, I am turning 22 soon!)

What are some things you want to do in the next three years? What are your x before x? Or some things on your bucket list?

Chrissey

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The Power of Scrubs (FIGS Review)

Spider-Man has his spidey suit, Wonder Woman has her lasso… every superhero has their costume of choice. When they put on their super suit, they feel like they can take on the world.

And that feeling is exactly what I feel when I put on a pair of scrubs. The first time I ever put on a pair of scrubs was when I was nine years old and tried on my mother’s scrubs, and as soon as I put them on I felt like I could do anything. 


After hearing so many phenomenal things about FIGS, I knew that I wanted a pair for clinicals. I knew that I would be scurrying around the lab, running diagnoses and various tests, handling specimens and spending the days in motion. I wanted a pair of scrubs that I could trust to handle the rigorous schedule and demands of clinicals and whatever life threw at me.

I also wanted scrubs that looked fashionable and chic. I’m not going to lie, saggy pants and baggy tops aren’t really my style. There aren’t brands out there that combine both but FIGS manages to be innovative and highly functional. The scrubs are not only anti-microbial and wrinkle resistant but also ridiculously soft and so comfortable.

They also make lab coats… but I’ll pick one up when I get to that stage!

I selected the Catarina one pocket top (simple but chic) and Yola skinny scrub pants in Purple (typical Chrissey). I was completely ecstatic when I got them in the mail and as soon as I put them on, that exact feeling I felt years and years ago came back. That feeling that I could take on the world. I felt like I was Wonder Woman, if she were a medical professional.

Some girls feel invincible in a tiny dress and heels, and some feel that way in sweatpants. But nothing makes me feel more unstoppable and confident than a pair of scrubs, especially scrubs that are chic and fashionable. Who says you can’t be professional and chic at the same time?

My Aunt Kim says that each pair of scrubs has its own memories, and I know that I’m going to have great ones in this pair (and the others I’m going to pick up from FIGS!). I can already see myself running through the lab and wearing the cutest pair of scrubs throughout my intern year, running tests and processing analyses. And I know, with a pair as phenomenal as these, each and every time I put them on I’ll be able to take on the world.

FIGS donates a pair of scrubs with every purchase to a healthcare provider in need through their Threads For Threads initiative, which I think is so amazing. As someone that’s worked for multiple non-profits its crazy when we realize how difficult it is for some populations or areas to access some things that are considered basic. I think this just highlights how great this company really is!

DISCLAIMER: FIGS was generous enough to send me a pair of scrubs to try, but as you all know I would never write, endorse, or mention a company/brand/product if I did not believe in the company or product. I am always 100% honest on the blog and FIGS is truly a great company and their scrubs are PHENOMENAL. I only work with brands I support and trust. 

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”

-Henry J. Kaiser

What do you feel most confident wearing? What’s your super suit?

Chrissey

 

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My Top 5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

I have admittedly tried a lot of products. But when I find a holy grail product, boy do I find a holy grail product. Once I find an absolutely amazing product that blows me away, I bond to it for life.

I decided to share my five products, THE five beauty products that I would only subside on if I was absolutely forced to. Shockingly enough, there is a hair product in here too which says a lot because I am incredibly lazy with my hair.

This is my deserted island, ride or die list. I managed to somehow pick only five items, although I admit that it was hard to pick only five. But nevertheless I persisted!

So, let’s take a peek into my beauty bag…

(PS I do not keep my hair products in here or anything like that, it just sounded better than “let’s get started” because that’s what I always say!)

Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar

This is my go-to, ride or die eyebrow kit. I used to hate powders but then I tried this kit with wax and I immediately fell in love. The wax is so easy to work with and the powders apply and blend like a dream. I have done eyebrows for tons of people using my kit (like mini makeovers) and they are all ALWAYS in love with their eyebrows after. I don’t think I will ever purchase another eyebrow product in my life. I love how convenient it is and how there are tweezers and brushes in the bottom!

I always think (aka every time I use this) about how Urban Decay had this on sale for $9 and I swooped it up because they changed their packaging, and how it now costs $30 and I get a little sad. But I’m still going to buy it… because it’s worth it.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

This is my go-to bronzer. It applies so easily and blends out effortlessly. This is the only bronzer I trust for contour and it doesn’t make my face look splotchy or muddy. It’s the best bronzer that I have ever tried in my life and smells like a vacation that you deserve. It’s a unique soft powder-ish texture that makes blending it so easy and so effortless.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum

I originally thought it was a gimmick but this eyeliner truly has made my lashes grow longer and become thicker! The pen is super easy to use and manipulate and I am able to line my upper lash line and truly get the best stroke out of it. It’s pigmented, easy to use, and doesn’t get weird and dry. I usually hate eyeliner pens because they get dry af in like a week. It’s a super underrated eyeliner and by far the best liner pen I’ve used. And it makes your lashes grow! (I use the shade brown). It also doesn’t irritate my eyes and is perfect for sensitive eyes.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Pure Beige

I already wrote a blog post about how much I love this foundation, but I swear it is the greatest foundation that has ever existed for my oily skin. It lasts forever, doesn’t get oily or nasty on my skin, makes my face look like there’s a permanent filter on it, and is so pigmented. It’s the only foundation I like and worth every penny. I do wish it came with a pump, but I’ll forgive it because it’s so amazing.

Biosilk Silk Therapy

I am going to casually slide in a photo of my hair because it has been looking bomb af recently.

Okay, and another because my hair has been extra bomb.

This is the only hair product (besides shampoo and conditioner) that I use and the fact that it’s the only hair product on this list says a lot. I have straight, thick and coarse hair that is super prone to split ends and being dry and crusty at the ends. I tried this hair oil and it completely changed my life. I had tried coconut oil and other products but found that they made my hair feel heavy and incredibly greasy. This makes my hair absolutely amazing and silky smooth but doesn’t weigh it down or make it feel caked and heavy. My hair is instantly healthier, shinier, smoother and sleeker every time I use this and a little bit goes a long way. I’m in love.

These products are my top five and for very good reason! I think that they all are absolute game changers to my beauty routine and truly phenomenal products! They’re all worth every penny and a necessity for me.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

What are your top five products? What products are your holy grail or game changers? I’m always looking for new products to try, so give me a comment! (They also don’t have to be beauty related!)

Chrissey

 

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The Light In My Life

I’ve been told that I’m a pretty good storyteller and I think it’s been a while since I’ve told you all a story.

It was 2015 and I was nineteen years old; I was in a long-term relationship with a boy who I was absolutely certain was a integral part of my future. I thought that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together (and I was so certain of it).

It was mid-summer and I was working grueling, exhausting shifts as I had basically signed my summer away in exchange for free summer housing at my university. It didn’t help that the love of my life (or so I thought) was halfway across the continent in rural Mexico without any wifi or cellular signal, and it didn’t help that my roommate was problematic and my job was ridiculous. Oh, and I was taking a full summer courseload and trying to pay for it all on my own. 

Bottom line, I really missed my boyfriend and things were stressful as hell.

My friend Olivia and I were hanging out casually talking with some coworkers and I was talking about my boyfriend. At the time, I didn’t realize that I was the girl who talked about her boyfriend too damn much (and at that very moment in time I talked about him a lot because I missed him!). I know it sounds inconceivable because I’m so independent and totally different now, but that’s who I was at that moment.

“God, do you ever stop talking about your boyfriend. Just stop talking about your fucking boyfriend,” this coworker had said. Everyone in the room stopped, and looked at me, waiting for a reaction. I was fuming, furious, and on the verge of annihilating her with a death stare. I didn’t even have a sassy comeback or intelligently respond, which is rare for me, I just walked away.

Because her comment not only deeply offended me, but it reminded me that my favorite person was thousands of miles away. And I started crying, not slow motion single tear rolling down my face crying, but absurdly ugly-crying. I felt like everything that had gone wrong that summer had hit me and that even though we all knew I missed him, that single comment made me really aware that he was so far away. I hadn’t talked to my boyfriend in weeks, and it was incredibly hard. People in long distance relationships had the internet or FaceTime, I only had faith.

My friend Olivia sat with me, and calmed me down in my ridiculous state, as I scrambled to find the words to explain myself. Although she assured me that it was perfectly normal to respond like that (now, retrospectively I think she’s so nice because I genuinely think my reaction was ridiculous), fumbled words came out of my mouth. 

“I just feel like part of me is missing, like the light in my life is gone,” I sobbed, as we sat in the courtyard of the dorms. 

And now, years later, I think of this story and I am so damn embarrassed that I called a boy “the light in my life.” Especially since it’s that boy.

I think about how so much time has passed but in reality it was only a few summers ago. I’m turning twenty two soon and my life couldn’t be any more different now than it was back then.

When I ask myself what the light of my life is now, what keeps me going and makes me absolutely and unbelievably happy, I think of two things immediately. I think of my career and how I’m so excited to continue my education; I also think of how much I love this blog and how happy it makes me. I love blogging and it’s no secret that I love doing this (I’m so grateful for all of you and I wouldn’t be able to do this if I wasn’t for you guys!).

I am a firm believer that you don’t need a relationship to be happy and it’s something that I believe I learned way too late. But the truth is, when you find something that you’re passionate about and continually make it blossom, that’s the absolute best thing to light up your life. Find whatever makes you happy and do it… contrary to what people might think, there might be a few things. And I consider it a blessing that I have a few things that are “the light in my life.”

Sometimes I remember this story and I am tremendously embarrassed, and sometimes I remember this story and I reflect on things. I’ll be honest… most of the time I’m embarrassed because I was soooo enamored with my boyfriend from undergrad. 

But the honest truth is, I was young and I didn’t know better. And in that moment, that relationship was something that made me tremendously happy and fulfilled. And I am so, so lucky that today I get that feeling from not someone else, but from myself. I get that feeling from working on the passion project of a lifetime (my blog) and focusing and working on my career. I think that it’s so much better to be self-fulfilled.

And who knows what the “light in my life” will be years from now when I’ve achieved my career goals or when I graduate from grad school?

I will tell you though, it won’t be a boy (unless I have a son). But it will be something that I am passionate about that makes me happy and fulfilled.

“I’ve noticed that the more professional success I have, or the more happy I am professionally, the less I worry about that because I have a great deal of professional confidence. I’ve noticed whenever I’ve felt the most boy crazy or when I wanted to get married it was when I was not so happy professionally.”

-Mindy Kaling

What is the light in your life? What’s something that makes you feel fulfilled and happy?

Chrissey

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