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sparkliest eyes in all the lands | Jordana made to last liquid eyeshadows review

6.24.2016

I like to think it was fate that brought me to these eyeshadows. It was the perfect storm of events one Sunday afternoon which led me to Kmart with some time to kill. I was surprised and thrilled to find the Jordana liquid eyeshadows featured in a tiny cardboard display hidden on the bottom shelf. After quickly researching some swatches on my phone, I ended up buy 01 forever sand, 02 not a wink pink, and 04 uphold gold.

These eyeshadows aren't really new per se, because they started popping up at Walgreens back in February. Buut I would still call them new since they aren't in any of the permanent collection displays I've seen at Walgreens or Kmart.

To be honest, before I picked these up I had no ideas that liquid eyeshadows were a thing and thought I had bought some new, magical, makeup invention. A quick, little google search sorta burst that bubble. Jordana are not the first ones on the liquid eyeshadow scene, but they are one of a handful of brands who have recently released a liquid eyeshadow line. NYX's lid lingerie , Maybelline's color tattoo eye chrome, and Elf's aqua beauty molten liquid eyeshadow are three new drugstore options for summer 2016. On the higher end of the spectrum, there's Dior's dior addict fluid shadow, Giorgio Armani's eye tint, and YSL's full metal shadow.

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Price: I purchased mine for $2.50 at K-Mart, but at Walgreens and on the Jordana website, they're listed as $4.99.

Size: .23 oz or 6.5 g

You can find the claims and full list of ingredients on the Jordana website here. Highlights: crease-proof, water-proof, made in the USA, up to a 16 hour wear time.

Color Selection: There are 6 neutral shades, including a light champagne, an orangeish gold, and a dark smokey taupe. The Budget Beauty Blog has got swatches of all 6 shades!

Packaging: They come in cute, little tubes that fit perfectly into the palm of my hand. The applicators are a flat brush covered with a furry looking material. I'm not crazy about the applicator since it does have a tendency to pick up large globs of product. But this is easily avoided by wiping some excess along the inner sides of the bottle.

Swatches: 
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Formulation: Since this is my first liquid eyeshadow, I don't really have anything to compare it too. I would say the consistency reminded me of your typical tube and wand concealer such as NYX's HD concealer.

Application: On the Jordana website they suggest you sweep some across the eyes, and then blend up and out. Since it takes a few seconds for the eyeshadow to dry down, I find them very easy to blend out. After they've dried, I've also worn them over and under other powder eyeshadows with ease. The Jordana site also suggests ways to pair the shadows together. I haven't given this a shot because I think it would be too much of a glitter bomb look for me.

Pigmentation: These get an A+ from me in terms of pigmentation. All three shades that I picked up apply so smoothly. No streakiness whatsoever! They provide a beautiful wash of color over my lids. It's also easy to build up the pigmentation by applying an extra layer or two after the first one dries down.

I should mention that they are very glittery. Way more glittery than they look at first glance in the bottle.

Longevity: Even without a primer, I got a solid 8 hours of wear with these shadows. There's was a little bit of glitter fallout but nothing particularly noticeable. I did have some creasing near the inner corner of my eye. But when worn over my go to Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, I wore it for 11 hours with no creasing in sight!

As part of their claims, Jordana says that these are water proof and I do disagree with that. After swatching them I tried washing my hands with water and found the color slid off while the glitter stuck around. But even if they aren't waterproof, I have found them to be sweat proof.

Final thoughts: These get two thumbs up from me! They're pigmented, easy to use, don't fade, and are ridiculously affordable! I'm not one to wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, but lately I've been using the shade 'not a wink pink' as a shimmery wash of color across my lids. It creates almost a glossy look that I have fallen in love with. It's the kind of makeup that's so easy to use but creates a high impact sorta look.

If you spot them at a store near you, definitely pick up a color or five! If you can't find them at a store near you, they are available on the Jordana website. And they've got free shipping over $25!




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cliff walker

6.22.2016

Last weekend I headed up to Rhode Island with my family. It was a weekend filled with sun, sand, and loads of lobster (including a stop at McDonald's where I tried their lobster roll. Spoiler alert: it sucked.)

One of my favorite parts of our trip was doing the Cliff Walk. It's a scenic 3.5 mile long stretch along the Newport coastline. On one side you've got bluffs and a nice breeze from the ocean, and on the other side are some of the most beautiful and lavish homes from the Gilded Age. Fingers crossed I eventually whip up a post about my trip, but for now, here's what I wore!

crop top: h&m; similar from nordstrom, topshop
maxi skirt: old navy (perfect for the vertically challenged!); similar from nordstrom, uniqlo
kimono: urban outfitters (on sale)
anklets: india; similar from free people
sandals: forever 21; similar from schutz, dolce vita, vince camuto, sole society
sunglasses: illesteva; similar from le specs, urban outfitters

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5 fashion-y things I've been loving lately

6.17.2016

When I was first drafting this post, I had titled it "5 trends I've been loving lately," but then it got me thinking, what exactly constitutes trendy?

As I see it, there are two definitions for trendy. The first is something that's temporarily popular, it's hot now, but its got a fleeting lifetime. The second is something that's currently popular, regardless of when it became popular or how long it's been popular.

For example, the problem arises when it comes to something like.... overalls. Yeah they're popular at the moment, but they've been popular for a few years now. So would they be considered a trend? I don't know! The moral of the story is that saying "fashion-things" was a safer option than saying "trends" for this post title.

Silky printed bomber jackets

For me, one store single handedly brought back the bomber jacket-- everyone's favorite high-street Spanish retailer: Zara! They've got prints, they've got silk screens, they've got solid colors, any type of bomber jacket you're looking for, they got 'em. I'm partial to the ones with the appliques on the back.

The only thing holding me back from purchasing one is the weather. It seems we've completely skipped spring and have dived head first into summer. 80 degrees with high humidity is not exactly ideal conditions for bomber jacket wearing.

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Chokers

I've got a short, chubby neck so perhaps chokers aren't the best trend for me to embrace. But I've decided to give no f*cks and have embraced the stuffed sausage look.

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Tanks over tees

I know I could say this about every item on this list, but tanks over tees are so freakin' 90s. And I love it. The best part of the tanks over tees style is that you don't have to worry about exposed bra straps, or even worse, strapless bras! Praise the fashion gods!

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All things red

For whatever reason, I've been loving all things red lately. Red shoes, red lipstick, red dresses, red accessories, red everything. It's a far shift from my usual looks of black, black, and oh, more black. And I'm totally okay with that.

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Slide ons

Even as I'm typing this, the words "slide ons" is making me pull an unimpressed face. When I think slide ons I think of the shoes I wear to the pool or after taking off my sneakers at the gym (...if I ever went to the gym.) On the other end of the spectrum there are the the grotesque "high fashion" slides with their hideous hot pink fur detailing (yes they are real, and yes they cost $500.)

But for whatever reason, the slide-ons that look like flat mules are currently on my wish list. There's something so minimalistic chic about 'em that I can't resist.

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mac n' cheese, macbooks, and mac daddies

6.10.2016

I've been trying out the whole editorial calendar thing lately and had a post all set and ready to go up today. But then MAC had to have a sale, and I had to go buy stuff, and then I just had to post about it. And that sale is all thanks to MAC select. If you haven't heard of MAC select, it's a new loyalty program by MAC! It's free to sign up for and comes with a bunch of perks... like exclusive sales and free shipping with no minimum. To read more about the program, check out the MAC select site or this article by Racked.

Currently they're offering 15% off all purchases on their site or in their stores, ending today on the 13th!  I didn't read the details on the email I got yesterday so I ran to the mall like a chicken with its head cut off thinking I would miss the sale. So since I already rushed to make my purchase, I figured I would do a mini haul and first impressions for y'all.

Oh and if you would rather make your purchase through Nordstrom, they're price matching the sale on their site today! They've got all of MAC's lipsticks, eyeshadows, lip liners, one of my favorite concealers, and a whole lot more.
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First up is MAC's Fix+, a product I raved about in my March favorites. I've gone through about 75% of my original bottle and figured I should stock up while there's a sale.

Even though my skin has been more combination oily (normal for the most part with an oily t-zone) lately, I've still been reaching for Fix+ daily. I still like to spray some all over my face before I apply my makeup as it lessens the likelihood that my foundation or concealer is going to congeal around old acne spots. It's also become my go to "makeup-refresher," so to say. After I've been wearing my makeup for a few hours, I like to spritz some Fix+ on my face, then use a blotting sheet to remove excess oils. By using Fix+ prior to blotting, more oil and less makeup comes off.

My next repeat purchase is the MAC 217 blending brush. I'm mostly a drugstore brush kinda gal, so it's a pretty big deal for me to now have two of these blending brushes. Eye makeup isn't my forte but the 217 makes blending out shadows much, much easier for a noob like me. It's so soft and fluffy and blends our shadows sooo smoothly.

The next two products I actually bought last weekend during a different MAC select promo. With the purchase of any lip product, MAC select members would receive a free MAC lipstick. And who doesn't like free lipstick?!

And while I don't need any more pinky-nude lip products, I just couldn't resist. The first product is a limited edition vamplify lip-gloss in the shade 'Pamela.' It's a darker pinky-nude that works as a "my lips but better" shade on me. Apparently after wearing mattes forever, 2016 is the year of the lip gloss for me. I've been wearing this shade every day since I got it and it wears sooo beautifully. It's very comfortable on my lips and has no stickiness. If I eat food or drink water is does fade away on the center of my lips, but because the shade is close to my natural lip color it's not very noticeable. If you've got tan or dark skin, then seriously consider picking up this lip gloss!

The free lipstick I choose was in the shade 'del rio,' and it too is a pinky-nude, although it has a slight plummy undertone to it. I's quite a bit darker and pinker than most of my other pinky-nudes, such as MAC's twig. It's a comfortable satin, demi-matte that I easily wore for 5 hours yesterday. It also survived me eating some taquitos and a kit-kat bar. Unfortunately, it met its demise when I went to eat a mango.

The last two products pictured are two eyeshadows. One in the shade 'expensive pink' and the other in 'nocturnelle.' And they were a ridiculously good deal. If you didn't hear, MAC dropped their eyeshadow pan prices from $10 to $6 earlier this year-- probably to compete with growing online brands like colorpop and makeupgeek. With the 15% off, each eyeshadow is only $5.10! That's basically drugstore makeup prices! I ordered a few more shades online that were sold out at my local store, so I figured I would do a full on review after receiving the rest and getting a chance to play with them all.

If you decide to shop the sale or are contemplating it, feel free to share what you're treating yourself to :D

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cayenne pepper

6.08.2016

This dress is a culmination of a bunch of trends that I wouldn't normally wear-- off the shoulder, cold shoulder, tassels, all in a glaringly bright orangish-red shade. But put them all together and apparently they make for a dress that I couldn't resist!

When I first tried to describe this particular shade of orangish-red, I got stuck on the Cheetos scale of colors. It isn't quite like the original Cheetos because they're too Donald Trump in color. Finally I concluded that the dress is perfectly color matched to xxtra flamin hot Cheetos with their super xxtra spicy chilli powder seasoning (seriously, those things will burn your mouth. And I'm Indian-- tolerating spicy foods is in my genes.)

Ultimately I made the "adult" decision to call the dress cayenne pepper colored because it makes me sound more like a ~*foodie*~ and less like a 5 year old hopped up on junk food.

dress: h&m; similar by asos, nasty gal
shoes: forever 21; similar by topshop, sole societyschutz (on sale!), schutz via shopbop
sunglasses: ray-ban; also available via shopbop, macy's; budget options by nordstrom bp, ivanka trump

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