Affordable Fall Favorites

Hey all!

Happy almost fall! With the fall equinox fast approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall finds from my three most trustworthy online shops: Target, Forever 21, and Urbanog. Everything you see here is available on each website, respectively.

Target:

Forever 21

 

Urbanog

 

 

What styles are you loving this fall? What are some of your favorite cheap thrill websites?

 

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I’ve Got it All Figured Out

…. with regards to my face, anyway.

It’s been awhile since I’ve b*tched about my face on here, so let’s go! I discovered what causes those horrible blind pimples I seem to know all too well. You’d never believe the confession.

Ready for it?

That’s right, folks. That guy up there. All this time I thought I was “investing” in my face, “taking care of” my sensitive skin by using the gentle giant in terms of skin care. And all this time, it was my problem.

BS!, you say?

 

I don’t want to believe it either.

If you remember, I used the skin tone correcting moisturizer. I attributed the nasty skin to stress from school, the gross dorm food, blah blah blah. I finished the jar around the time I finished school, and never refilled it

Summer has been great, my skins been clear as could be. I think, okay let’s get some more moisturizer, I haven’t bought a nice one since I was at school.

GUESS WHAT FOLKS. I bought the plain old classic Clinique in the big yellow pump. Now I’ve got 2 blind pimples. Thanks a lot, Clinique! Thank god for Sephora’s return policy, is all I can say.

I can’t wait until my skin clears up again so I can buy a new moisturizer just to guarantee that Clinique is the problem. When I was debating returning Big Yellow, I looked online and found other people saying that this lotion broke them out too, so I don’t think I’m alone in this.

Have you ever had a problem with Clinique lotions breaking you out?

 

July Favorites

It’s hard to believe that July is almost over! This summer feels like a whirlwind to me.

Here’s my favorite things for July!

 

Kim K’s turquoise jeans. Love the way she pulled them off. There’s hope for us girls with hips and colored jeans!

St Tropez Bronzing products. I’m stuck in an office all summer, but I like to have a little cancer-free color on my face and chest!

J Crew Blazer. I love the preppiness and that it’s a statement while also being versatile and classic. I pair it with white jeans and a coral top for my overly air conditioned office!

A glitter tipped French manicure. It’s such a fun twist on the classic.

These Elle for Kohl’s heels. I just got them for $13.99 on clearance the other night! Score! Can’t wait to wear em.

Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliners. I’m really loving the chocolate brown one right now. It’s smudgy perfection.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. It’s a great base for layering shadows in jazzy looks, but it’s also perfect on it’s own for a super natural look on my skin.

Megan Fox’s chunky turquoise necklace. It just screams summer,especially with a suntan and a strapless top or dress.

 

What are you loving this summer?

 

 

Makeup from Tutorials

Hi!

I had a random thought last night as I was getting ready to go out – what was the first time you ever were reading/watching a tutorial and realized ‘Hey! I already own that product!”

For all the makeup I own, I feel like it should happen to me a lot more often than it does. So my collection grows. Le sigh.

I can still remember the first time it happened to me. I’m pretty sure it was a tutorial in Seventeen magazine. It was how to get Angelina Jolie matte lips, and the lipliner they used was Simply Spice from Avon. I really wanted that lip look, and rummaging through my mom’s makeup drawer (I think I was maybe 11 when this happened – lipliner was foreign!) I found Simply Spice.

…I still own and use it. ūüôā Even though it is a little too brown for my lips everyday. I think it might just be a sentimental thing.

picture from Bonanza.com

 

What was the first product you realized you had?

 

 

Review: Sephora by OPI TrendTips in Feathers

Hey guys!

So this weekend I picked up these nail stickers at Sephora for some birthday nail excitement! I have used the Sally Hanson ones before, but I thought these ones were slightly less tacky looking, so I decided to give them a shot.

I love this print. I think it’s so cute ¬†but not over-the-top. These were easy enough to apply! I didn’t have a problem with them wrinkling. I do have two gripes, though: there is not a file included to remove the excess, and they are not very sticky so it’s hard to get them to stick to the nail without a lot of pressure, which I found annoying. I found using my normal-size file to be awkward and not abrasive enough to cleanly remove the excess.

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This photo is my left hand. Not too bad! There’s a little bit of chipping on the pinky, but I think it’s because the strips were not cleanly filed off.

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This is the right hand. As you can see, it’s much, much worse. Look at that chunk that fell off on my middle finger! And all of the chipping on the tips of the nails! Seriously, for $12 plus tax, I expected much, much better. I’m going to stick to Sally Hanson’s. ¬†I put these on Saturday night, and there’s already this much chipping on Monday… that’s not okay with me. These need some improvement.

Makeup Story

 How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I started wearing mascara and eyeliner in 7th grade, so probably around 12 or 13.

2. How did you get into makeup?
I always loved art and crafty stuff as a kid. My mom has the most amazing vanity with a drawer just full of makeup. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I started playing with it, but I remember when I would be home sick or just on the weekends, she would let me just play with it. I’d come up with obscene look using eight lipsticks, wash it all off, and then do it again – for hours.

3. What are some of your favorite brands?
I love MAC, Maybelline, Sephora brand, Clinique, and ELF; among many, many others!

4. What does makeup mean to you?
I think it’s just something to boost self-esteem and confidence. But at times makeup definitely feels like an art form. It’s also a pretty good way to bond with people – by enhancing what other people have, and making them feel more attractive, you can create a good relationship. Also, it’s just fun!

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Maybelline Fit Me foundation, any mascara, MAC naked lunch eyeshadow, and Tarte Emphaseyes Gel liner. That’s pretty much my routine anyway!

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?
Its so versatile: you can go from a very natural look, to a very ‘done’ look in a matter of minutes and products.

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
There’s good in each one! I love both, though I do see a benefit in splurging on things that I use often, and won’t have to get rid of quickly, like eyeshadow, gel liner, and brushes. The drugstore always has gems though. I always get foundation, mascara, and more trendy colors there.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Get yourself a good brush set, and practice! Figure out what looks best, and don’t be afraid to play around until you find looks and colors you like.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Lipliner that is significantly darker than your lips/lipcolor. Why does one want to look like they have a dirty ring around their mouth?

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
There are some really talented people on there! I can waste hours and hours watching their videos. It’s a great place to get inspirations, get reviews before you purchase something, and find looks to wear!

Making the Switch

Hi everyone!!! 

Although it’s not completely beauty-related, I want to talk to you all about one of the best things I’ve done for myself in the last month – going off of dairy. I know this may not work for everyone, but so far, so good for me!¬†

I feel that I should note that I did not cut dairy products out of my life to be “trendy”. When I was about 12 years old, I was diagnosed with a bunch of food “sensitivities”, including dairy. As a result, I really didn’t eat a whole lot of it, because it made my stomach hurt. I always kept milk in my fridge for my coffee, though, and ate cheese and cheese snacks, and pizza. Finally, I decided “what’s the point? I know this isn’t good for me anyway” and decided to see if I could survive with next-to-no dairy in my life. I picked up a small container of coconut milk to put in my coffee, and stopped eating cheese, pizza, and other things with dairy.¬†

And guess what? Aside from a non-related medical problem I’ve been having recently, I feel great. I had a stubborn patch of pimples on my forehead, between my eyes, for over a month that would not respond to ANYTHING, and guess what? They’re gone. Poof. I don’t feel bloated, either.¬†

Mind you, I still eat butter, and occasional cheese, but no more milk in my coffee or tea (which i would have up to 4 or 5 times a day). I honestly don’t notice a difference with the coconut milk – it doesn’t impart a coconut taste to my coffee. (Although that is what I get when I’m home at Dunkin Donuts! Yumzo), so if you don’t like coconut, don’t let that scare you. It honestly doesn’t taste different to me.

Overall, I’m SO happy I made the switch, especially when I see the benefit it has had on my skin. I plan to keep this up!¬†

Just thought I’d share the latest I’d found in beauty news in my life! Have you made a diet switch that’s made a big difference, whether outwardly physical or not?

XOXO

March Favorites!

Hey guys!

So I know it’s only the 13th, but I wanted to show you guys some things that I’ve been loving this month! Get excited!

1) This top I just bought from Forever 21! So cute! I’m totally planning on wearing it on a date next week with tight jeans and boots!

2) Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick. I love these things. Plus, that color just looks so fresh and springy.

3) Teal¬†pumps. How cute are these?? I am picturing so many outfits with these. They’re so fun and perfect for spring and summer.

4) The Limited’s¬†lace skirt. Okay, I don’t actually own this, but I love lace anything. This skirt is just so classy but at the same time totally on trend.

5) MAC Cosmetics Satin Taupe eyeshadow. This color literally looks good on everyone, and is extremely versatile.

6) This¬†bracelet. LOVE the color combination. I’m going to try to make this next week, hopefully I will have a DIY post!

7) Okay, I know this picture is from forever ago! She’s definitely not preggers in this pic! But her hair! Oh my goodness, her hair. I’m obsessed. I need to start growing my hair, NOW!

8) A Chanel pearl necklace. A girl can dream.

 

What are some of your favorite things this month?

Jazz Up Your Brush Collection!

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been mega stressed with finals this week. Crafting always makes me feel better. Back home I have a giant craft arsenal, but with limited space here at school I had to improvise!

I decided to take some old, cheap makeup brushes and give them new life. They are from Eyes Lips Face, I’ve accumulated them over the years from Target, and they are $1 each, plus tax; or you can buy them online here.

Using my neon pink Sinful Colors nail polish (color 920), I painted the white body of the brush using 2 coats.

The final result:

I’m interested to see how the paint holds up! I was thinking that this would be a fun idea for a gift for a ¬†friend who is just getting into makeup ¬†since an entire set is only $12 (I don’t have the whole set). Additionally, this would be perfect for a pre-teen birthday party! Instead of gift bags, buy each girl a brush set, buy some cheap, fast-dry nail polish, and paper towels! They would be cute with little designs on them too, if you’re especially nimble!

Happy crafting! Hope you will enjoy this new DIY section I’ve added!