Thursday, July 3, 2014

MAC'S FLAMINGO + REBEL LIPSTICKS

Back in May I decided to splurge and get some MAC goodies. Two of which were these two lipsticks: Rebel and Flamingo. Rebel because well, every girl needs to own Rebel and Flamingo because I'm a sucker for a coral lip.

These two have truly been one of the best beauty purchases I have ever made.



and on the lips...


Rebel is a really talented little lipstick. On its own it's a vibrant fuschia but layered on top of a deep lip liner it turns into a vampire's dream. I personally LOVE it over top of NYX's 'Plum' lip liner. You can see it in action on my Instagram photos here and here. Easily one of my favorites in my collection. The satin finish is so comfortable on the lips and the color is just too badass. I will never regret that pickup.

Flipping over to Flamingo on the complete opposite side of the color spectrum— Though this is considered a lustre finish, I don't see any sign of pearl or sparkle within it. In the bullet, Flamingo is a bright yellow-coral that makes me turn into the *heart eyes* emoji. I am such a sucker for a coral lip it should be illegal. I've got an addiction. What's annoying about my addiction is that corals probably aren't the BEST choice for my pale, cool skin. But Flamingo makes me fall in love because it applies sheer so that the lip color looks natural. It's the perfect color to pop on before running errands or going to class.

Two very different but very flattering colors. These guys have been getting a lot of wear this summer and I don't see that stopping any time soon!

Now that I've got these two plus 'Please Me', I have gotten all of the MAC lipsticks that I really aimed to get when I started obsessing over makeup. Now I don't know what to get! Please help me by leaving a comment below of your favorite permanent MAC lipstick shade.

IT FEELS ABOUT TIME FOR AN UPDATE

Wow. Two months removed from blogging feels like an eternity. How are all of you? Are there any people actually reading this? I hope so. My life has flipped upside down and has turned around in the past couple of months and although I've been enjoying every second of it, I'm glad to be back on Blogger right now typing this post out. Let's just keep the retrospective talk short and simple, ok? Finals kicked my butt. School in general kicked my butt. I moved. Twice. In four days. Then I moved again a few weeks later. I have found myself in a relationship with a great guy. I have a new job. That's about all I've got… except not even.

I've had a lot of opportunities present themselves lately and I've tried to take all of them on head-on. That being said, I'm finally settled into a routine and can find some time to blog again! I am going to start off with some lipsticks that I bought back in May that I have photos of but never got a chance to put up. It'll be a slow process but I will get into the swing of it all eventually.

I may have a lot going on but I bet you all do as well. If you're reading this, please leave me a comment letting me know what I may have missed out on in the beauty world! I'm anxious to be on the tail of breaking beauty news again.

Until the next post (aka later today),
Thanks for reading this after my blogcation. Means a lot.

I will be back.

Monday, April 14, 2014

MTV MOVIE AWARDS 2014 BEST DRESSED

Two posts in one day! eeek! How exciting of me! But the MTV Movie Awards were last night and aside from the crazy antics from host Conan O’Brien, “best shirtless” winner Zac Efron (and the ripping off of his shirt on stage!) and rockin’ tunes from performers such as Twenty One Pilots (!!!) the awards were pretty tame. One could not say the same about the red carpet fashions, however!

Celebs came dressed to impress in all kinds of trends from slits to laser cutting and lots and lots of cutouts. It was all about showing some skin with the dominating trends of the evening: white and cropped pieces. Here are my top five best dressed from the evening…


#5 Ellie Goulding
In fifth place came Ellie Goulding in her simple, long white gown. Ellie teetered between formal and casual but was able to cool down her attire with loose hair and side cutouts! She was one of many ladies rocking the white tonight and she pulled it off tastefully and event-appropriately.


#4 Tyler Oakley
Not often are men placed into “Best Dressed” lists because of their usual attire but Tyler Oakley’s outfit definitely placed him apart from the others earning him a spot on my list! His eggplant-purple tuxedo jacket looked great against the rest of his all-black ensemble and his silver locks looked better than ever! He kept fashionable and cool, the key to any MTV awards show Red Carpet. It's also Tyler Oakley. He makes the list just by being himself.


#3 Rocsi Diaz
Entertainment Tonight host Rocsi Diaz played up the night’s white trend by rocking an exquisite lasercut shirt and skirt combo. Just like the others on the list, Rosci kept it casual while still looking put together. Matched with minimal nude heels, a simple gold bracelet and spunky pink lips, this outfit was a definite winner and landed her in the third spot! The only thing keeping her from being higher up on my list is her hair and eyebrows.. the hair just isn't doing it for me and those sharpie brows don't help either!


#2 Zendaya Coleman
Rolling into our second spot is last month’s Naked covergirl Zendaya. The “it” girl wore a rose patterened dress that had a solid color blocking at the bottom. The sleeves and length made it age-appropriate while the colors and killer thigh slit edged it up a bit. She let the dress do the talking with simple wavy hair and black accessories and looked like a total gem during her pre-show hosting. Also, +5 points for those eyebrows! Gosh, could she be more amazing?


#1 Jessica Alba
Without any doubt in our minds the best dressed celeb from last night was Jessica Alba. She wore an adorable scuba crop top/skirt duo and paired it with her signature honey waves and a giant black handbag. Her chartreuse skirt looked awesome on the red carpet and looked even more outstanding when she announced an award later into the evening. Her black and white heels added a little bit of interest into her outfit without taking away from the simplistic nature of it all. Scuba materials are a growing trend this Spring and Jessica rocked the trend wholly. Just can’t get over it! Ugh! I love her!

Aside from these five fashions, I really did not enjoy the awards show last night. Either MTV is getting worse at hosting these kinds of things or I'm just outgrowing them but I couldn't seem to watch for more than a few minutes at a time without cringing. Here's to forever checking the red carpet photos but never watching the event itself!

Did you watch last night? Who's outfits did you enjoy the most?

SPRING LOOKBOOK #3: EDGY

Last week I photographed my first fashion show for Dress For Success of Central Virginia. I wanted to look especially fashionable that evening and this outfit is what came from it! I've been having trouble styling this crop top that I bought a little while ago because I'm NOT into the high-waisted shorts trend and most high-waisted skirts look odd on my very long frame but this maxi skirt from Lulu's is the perfect complement to it. I love!

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That wonderful skirt that is pictured is from Lulu's! I have really been loving Lulu's lately. I love that it's long enough for my long legs and is so flowy. It's SUPER comfortable. The crop top is just the basic one from American Apparel and I have found that I really, really love that neckline. It looks really good on me and accentuates my narrow shoulders! Those adorable earrings are from Forever 21. I'm wearing my black + studded J.Crew CeCe flats, too!

I have one more Spring Lookbook look to post after this one.. keep your eyes peeeeled!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAKEUP OF THE DAY: 04/08/14

10 points to me for this look! I'm having a little internal victory at the moment because I'm finally sharing a look of mine that isn't just a light color washed over the lid with a defining color in the crease and deep shade on the outer edge. I've been feeling like my posts were starting to get a little bit repetitive so I decided to throw this look together and share how I came up with it!

I'm not sure what to call this look.. maybe a cool/purple smoke? I don't know. I tried something different that's all that matters! I have the products listed below that I used as well as a video showing just how I applied those products!

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*swooning* over that nude lip.. I LOVE the new Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs lipstick in 'Bare All'! It's the perfect nude-nude for us pale folk.


Products used

Eyes:
LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo 'Seashore Frosts'
LORAC eyeshadows 'Slate', 'Light Pink' and 'Mauve'
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream '18 Mauve'
Urban Decay eyeshadow 'Fishnet'
Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner
Maybelline One By One mascara
Maybelline Colossal mascara
LORAC eyeshadow 'Slate' (lower lash line)
MAC Pro Longwear concealer 'NW15'
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural 'Light'

Eyebrows:
Urban Decay eyeshadow 'Secret Service'
Benefit Gimme Brow 'medium/deep'

Face:
Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation '010 Porcelain'
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural 'Light'
NYX Blush 'Taupe'

Lips:
Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs 'Bare All'

and last but certainly not least.. the video tutorial. Hope you take the time out to watch it! It's short and sweet with some rockin' jamz in the background. Enjoy and have a GREAT Tuesday!




Saturday, April 5, 2014

ORLY BONDER

Hello my beauties! Today I'm going to be posting about a nail product that I've been testing out for the past few months. Orly's Bonder is a fairly popular base coat product and I've been wanting to try it out for awhile! Once I saw it on sale at Ulta a while back I decided now was the perfect time to do so. Orly describes this product as:

  • This exclusive rubberized basecoat grips polish to the nail surface for adhesion that lasts.
  • Prevents nail color from peeling, chipping or wearing off for up to two weeks.

Now, let's be real. No nail product can prevent nail color from peeling, chipping or wearing off for up to two weeks. Even my gel experiences haven't lasted that long! So I knew that claim would immediately be busted and as expected, it was. This base coat did not extend my manicures nearly as long as my beloved OPI Nail Envy does which really surprised me with the whole "rubber" aspect in this one. With a typical mani, Orly Bonder extended my wear time by about a day. Compared to Nail Envy which easily extends the time by at least three days.


What I think this product does best is to adhere the polish to the nail bed better so that the polish is less prone to peel off in one giant sheet (you know what I'm talking about). When it comes to wear and tear on the tips of your nails, this doesn't help you out that much. While that's what I really need the most help with, it doesn't mean that I'm going to completely forgo this! Whenever I'm using a thicker polish, I will be sure to use this so that the polish doesn't do the peel off in one fail swoop deal.

How have your experiences been with base coats? What is your favorite?
I'm always down to try new ones :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

RIMMEL STAY MATTE MOUSSE FOUNDATION

TWO MAJOR THINGS TO START OFF WITH…. Where have I been?! Man, school has been crazy lately. Not even school. My sorority has been so active with so many things and of course me being the natural leader and social butterfly that I am (okay well not the butterfly but I'm trying really hard to be) I have been doing things all day every day so I have not had time to dedicate to this lovely blog of mine. Man, I miss y'all.

Second thing, This is a foundation post. WHAT?

If you know me you know that I don't wear foundation. Occasionally I will dab concealer on my forehead and make my own kind of foundation but I never ever wear anything on my face for numerous reasons. If you're interested in knowing those reasons, you can watch my video titled "Why I Don't Wear Foundation". Such a self-explanatory title. Now, I did not purchase this foundation. I got it in my most recent Influenster UniBox which I will be posting about later this weekend. I was skeptical at first but since I received it for the purpose of reviewing it I decided that I needed to try it out.

Here's where the weird thing happened.. I liked it.


The foundation that I'm blabbering about is the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I should have known to trust Rimmel in that they would keep us pale folk in mind when they made this line. The shade 'Light Porcelain' is LIGHT ENOUGH FOR MY PALE, PALE SKIN!!!


As you can see above, the foundation does not entirely block out my freckles (good) and blemishes (bad). The texture of this stuff is a thick mousse that applies just as you'd imagine. It's pretty thick until it's completely blended out across your skin but then at that point it turns into a powdery kind of product that rests really well on the skin. One of the claims of this product is that it's 'lightweight' and although it's not necessarily heavy and cakey on the face, it's not the most lightweight of products. That could also be because I'm not used to wearing face products..

Nonetheless, I am sold. This stuff almost makes me want to start wearing foundation. The staying power is no joke with it staying well on my T-zone for around six hours before starting to get a little shiny. When that happened I just slapped on some of my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural and it kept going strong until the end of my day after that!

My sorority's formal is coming up in a couple of weeks and I think I'm going to wear this that night. That's how great of a time I've had with it in the past week. Formal is like grown up prom so just imagine the trust that I will be putting in my makeup products for that evening! If that doesn't speak volumes about this stuff then I don't know what will.

I am going to repeat myself and say that this product was given to me via Influenster but this opinion of mine is entirely my own. I truly am having a love affair with this stuff. It ranges from $4.99 to $5.49 in different drug stores so it's very affordable and I recommend it to all of you. All skin types. All skin colors! The only issue with colors is that there are only eight shades so finding the right one for you may be a bit difficult. With that, I wish you luck!

Let me know your thoughts on this stuff and what you would like me to cover in my future posts! I'm glad to be back after my mini blog-cation.