How To: White Eyeshadow

White eyeshadow is so pretty and clean, makes your eyes look bigger and makes you look more awake instantaneously.

It is also one of the infamous makeup looks that screams “MIDDLE SCHOOL” when done wrong, right up there with black eyeliner and frosty lipstick. All of which can be rocked with the right tweaks. Here are my tips to look more posh then frosh (ha ha ha.. get it?)

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1) Use Primer. I don’t care what brand, use SOMETHING to prevent creasing, crumbling, and general nastiness.

2) Stick to the lashline and inner corner. Using a shimmery white shadow here is what really makes the eye-enhancing qualities of white shadow come to life.

3) Try a cream formula. For easy gliding over the lashline and preciseness, I really like pen formulas, such as this one by ELF.

4) And then go over it with a powder. This helps prevent creasing, and also gives the look staying power. Use an angled eyeliner brush or even a q-tip to really push the shadow into the lashline and/or inner corner

5) Use mascara to give your eyes definition. Since white eyeshadow is a pretty soft look, using mascara helps give your eyes subtle, soft definition. Maybe not as much as Kim K., but a healthy coating should do the trick.

 

 

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November Favorites

 

 

 

Tazo Organic Chai Tea Concentrate, Target

Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Style Hold and Finish Hairspray

European Wax Center Ingrown Hair Serum

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Whim

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

Yankee Candle’s Vanilla Icing

Red Peacoat (Scored mine at Target on clearance – check out your local Tarjay!)

TJMaxx Jewelery Tray. Check your local TJ’s to see what colors and patterns they have in stock!

A Satisfying, Guiltfree Mocha

Hello beautiful people!
Are you on a weight loss mission like I am? Do you ever wish your morning coffee could sustain your appetite? Do you not like eating in the morning? Do you hate plunking down $5 for an iced mocha?

Join. The. Club.

So, I present to you: My guiltfree mocha.

I’m sure there are similar recipes out there. I know I probably didn’t come up with the idea. But regardless, I love it, and it’s been helping me keep from gaining a single pound during this first month of school (Jimmy Johns! Dominos! Chinese takeout, oh my!)

 

What you’ll need:

A Blender

Ice

Chocolate Protein Powder

8oz of Skim Milk

Black Coffee, brewed and chilled, amount based on your preference of coffee-chocolate ratio

 

Basically, dump all of your ingredients into the blender and give that baby a whirl! I usually get a nice frothiness on top, adding to the luxe latte feeling.

(I drank most of it. Yumzo)

Nutrition info:

Calories: 186

Carbs: 23g

Fat: 2g

Protein: 23g

For all that, you get a GIANT cup of delicious. I got around 24 ounces. Take that, Starbucks!

 

 

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?

 

Tips for Clear Skin

Hey guys!!

I just want to share some of my tips for keeping my skin as clear as possible and treating breakouts when they come up!

 

1) Invest in your face. For me, this meant buying a Clarisonic Mia and Clinique moisturizer. That way, I can save on the things I use frequently, like face wash! On that note, cleaning your face consistently before bed is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Your internal temperature naturally rises when you sleep, and so if you leave makeup on, it is absorbed deep into the pore where it can trap bacteria, causing a break out. For late nights, keep face-wash pads next to your bed so you can at least swipe off your foundation!

2) WATER! I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but getting sufficient water is easily the best thing you can consistently do for your body. Keeping yourself hydrated helps flush your system of toxins that lurk, and also enables you to produce sweat easier when working out, which literally cleans your pores from the inside, out! Drink up, lovelies!

3) More fruits and veggies, less dairy! This has been a HUGE one for me. I know I’ve blogged about it, but I really think it’s made a huge difference. The best way for me to do this is by having a smoothie everyday, made with frozen fruit, coconut milk, and spinach. It’s tasty (try 1 frozen banana, coconut milk,1 cup of baby spinach, 1 tsp. of peanut butter. NOM!), healthy, and totally satisfying, especially after a workout! After about a week, I noticed a difference in my overall feeling of well-being, and especially in the clarity of my skin.

shown is banana, spinach, and frozen cherries – the coconut milk isn’t in there yet!

4) Tea tree oil is amazing for treating breakouts, especially those horrible under-the-skin, painful ones. I have had one of those on my forehead for around a month and I tell you, NOTHING was helping! Hot compresses, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, even Tazorac – the thing would not shrink or come to a head. I finally pricked a little hole with a sterilized needle and smothered it in a cotton swab with pure tea tree oil on it before bed. By the next morning, it was almost gone. I’m seriously not joking. It’s still not gone, and it’s been 3 days of swabbing it nightly, but it is definitely on it’s way out. I’ve since used it on a few more minor breakouts, and also after popping (I know, I know, bad. So kill me, we all do it) and it works like a charm. The tingling sensation feels so amazing, and the pimple is dried up by the next day. I wish I had discovered this sooner.

So, those are my tips! (For now!) What are your best tips for keeping your complexion smooth and clear?

 

April Favorites! Yay for Spring!

Hi everybody! I compiled a list of my favorite things for spring and a little shopping guide!

I’m a really cheap shopper – I love shopping, but I like to find bargains. When I make these pictures, I choose things that I actually have (or would) spend for. I don’t really put super expensive things, because I can’t afford them, so why tempt myself? ūüôā Makes sense, right?

Also, totally random, but I am LOVING Dove raspberry and dark chocolate swirls right now… nomnomnom.

 

 

 

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A few things about this: 1) I don’t know where the jeans are from. I am just loving the colored jeans trend. 2) The purple pumps and the turquoise sandals are both from ALDO.

With that said…

1) The white dress РI am loving the draping, it is jersey, it is $36.99. A little white dress is perfect for spring and summer barbecues! Plus the white will make you look super tan and sleek.

2) The coral dress¬†– I just got this in the mail! It is such a beautiful color and fit! I usually have a problem with Forever 21 dresses being too short, but this one is modestly right above the knee. It’s adorable, and you can dress it up or down!

3) The turquoise statement necklace¬†– You know me and turquoise. I love this, and it would look perfect with either of the above dresses, or a dark top and white jeans… so cute. I also love the ribbon closure.

4) The pink gemstone earrings – At just under $10, these are such a steal! They’re really luxe looking, and would look so great with a variety of colors like white, turquoise, black, or brown. They make a statement while being simple at the same time. So cute!

5) The nude wedge sandal¬†– How cute are these? And seriously, they’re a classic spring shoe! They’ll look great with jeans, dresses, and skirts, and the price is great! They also come in metallics, which are always a great neutral option!

6) The turquoise earrings¬†– I just love turquoise. I would wear these with my hair in beachy, half-pinned waves. They’ll make any skin tone glow.

7) The pearl bracelet¬†– It’s a fresh twist on a classic. I love all of the detailing, and that you could wear it with either jeans or a fancy dress and it’d be totally appropriate.

What do you guys think? What are you loving this spring?

How To: Wear Cowgirl Boots!

How do you feel about cowgirl boots? Where I grew up, no one wore them; my mother has collected them for a few years and I always felt embarrassed by it. Now that I live in the Southwest, I see people rocking them all the time, and it has totally inspired me!

1) The boots!¬†I chose a neutral brown, because they’re totally wearable with a lot of outfits. Let’s face it, cowgirl boots are not cheap; you want to get bang for your buck!

2) Try a floral dress! This look is more casual; something you would wear on the weekends (or around school!). It plays up the country feel of the boots.

3) Skinny jeans are a great way of showing off your boots! Especially if they have an interesting design.

4) With your LBD!¬†Give your going-out shape a breath of fresh air, and your feet a rest! It’s unexpected, but still adorable!

5) This top. Again, another bargain from my recent Forever 21 order. This would look so cute with the skinny jeans, or just a plain black skirt and the boots!

6) While this dress is a little more casual, it could be work-appropriate if you have a more flexible office dress code. The stripes are really flattering, but the long sleeves keep you from being over-exposed.

7) A denim mini! Again, a more casual option, but still absolutely perfect for the upcoming spring and summer days where you want to show a little leg!

8) A bustier top! This one is under $15! This would look adorable paired with skinny jeans and a cardigan or light jacket!

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?

Bow Rings, My Obsession

I have a lot of obsessions if you hadn’t already noticed. Braids, pink nails, nude heels…. the list goes on. May I know introduce you to another: bow rings.

My favorite is from Forever 21. (I’m a bargain hunter by nature, it’s not my fault!). It was $1.50, and is shiny black, and happens to catch my hair, but I still love it. I guess I just love the contrast of the ultra-feminine and the slightly edgy black plastic.

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Bow rings: too cutesy? What’s the consensus here?