post-weekend edit


1. Final Five beauty inspo
While I've been watching a little bit of everything in the Olympics, my absolute favorite events to watch are women's gymnastics, and they have been for as long as I've paid attention to the Olympics. The amount of skill and talent held by each gymnast pretty much blows my mind.

Since I've been watching every gymnastics event, of course I couldn't help but pull some beauty inspo from the legendary Final Five. Even though there's been some unwarranted sexist and racist commentary when it comes to the hair and makeup of female athletes, there's been even more empowerment. One of the best quotes that's been making the rounds was said by runner Shannon Rowbury, "you can be a strong, athletic, courageous woman and you can wear lipstick."

When it comes to the Final Five, I was amazed that their makeup stayed flawless through all their routines and into the medal ceremony. As a self-proclaimed lipstick junkie, my favorite beauty look of the bunch was Gabby Douglas's. Her vampy red lip was killer and the fact that it didn't fade is a true testament to its staying power. She hasn't mentioned what the lipstick is but if she ever does, I know I'm going to go out and buy it ASAP!

2. Me During the Olympics
This buzzfeed article was so accurate it almost hurt.

3. Let Me Love You- DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
This song was on repeat all weekend. That is all.

p.s. if you're like me and not-so-secretly live for internet drama and you haven't heard the latest tales in the Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez saga read this buzzfeed article (also, can you tell that I spent way too much time on buzzfeed this morning...)

4. Bulgogi
Am I the only one who gets into moods where I want to eat the same food over and over again? And then after the phase passes I can't eat that food for at least 6 months because I totally overdid it? Lately I've been going through a bulgogi phase. I think within the past month I've had it at least 4 or 5 times.

So when I saw this recipe for bulgogi come up on the "popular" page on bloglovin' I practically started salivating. I never considered making it for myself before because I assumed there would be a long and complicated ingredient list which would require a trip to the Asian grocery store. But besides for gochujang, all of the ingredients were already in my pantry. Now I'm so excited to give this recipe a whirl!

recipe & photo source: foodiecrush

5. Bite Beauty multisticks
Not gonna lie, I haven't had the best of luck with multi-purpose beauty products. It's the whole jack of all trades, master of none type situation. But these Bite multisticks are giving me hope! According to their product description on Sephora, they're "universal shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks that compliment all skintones and are formulated to use anywhere on the face." Those are some pretty big shoes to fill.

Even though I'm really excited about them, I've been burned too many times by the "do all the things" type of products to impulsively purchase these before reading more about them.

If you have tried them, want to try them, or can recommend a solid review on them please do share!

photo source: beautyzine

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hair4dayz | Irresistible Me extensions first impressions


In the era of wannabe Kardashion/ Jenner look-a-likes, it's kind of a wonder that I had not tried hair extensions before now. But thanks to Irresistible Me, I'm all aboard the hype train. What a time to be alive.

Before wearing these I thought that hair extensions were the false lashes of the hair world-- aka impossible to use no matter how many freakin' times I tried. Thankfully I could not be more wrong! While I don't think I will be successfully wearing falsies anytime soon, these hair extensions were a total breeze for a noobie like me.

So today I'm reviewing the set of hair extensions which changed my hair game. Ultimately, I chose the 20 inch 200 gram Remy hair extensions in the color natural black from Irresistible Me's "Silky Touch" line.

Side note, if you're wondering what the heck Remy hair is, this facebook post from a professional hair stylist sums things up perfectly. To quote her post, "if “100% Human Hair” is the Benz of the industry, then “Remy Hair” is the Phantom…And “Virgin Indian Remy” is the Bugatti."

Color match: The natural black color was a 100% perfect color match for me! I've bought cheapie faux hair accessories at local beauty supply stores and the color and texture never quite match that of my natural hair. Since these are 100% Remy human hair, the color match was spot on. The texture is very silky smooth, but in a natural way. It's basically identical to the texture of my hair when it's been blow dried/ straightened/ curled.

Length & weight: I picked the 20 inch extensions which totaled 200 grams. The lightest and shortest in the range are 14 inch 100 gram extensions, and the heaviest and longest are 24 inch 200 gram extensions. In total I received 10 wefts. One 4 weft clip, two 3 clip wefts, five 2 weft clips, and two 1 weft clips.

Price: The price depends on the length and weight, with the heavier and longer extensions costing more. The set I chose retails for $199, but at the time of this post they are on sale for $149 on the Irresistible Me site and $169.15 on amazon.

Before & After shots (please excuse the awkward smiling at the ground. After 4 years of blogging, I still haven't mastered the whole looking natural on camera thing)

In these photos my natural hair was quickly straightened. As you can (hopefully) see from the photos, the color of the extensions are spot on. Because of my choppy layers and overall shorter hair length, you can tell the difference between the extensions and my hair when its straight. However, if I curl my hair or even better, work them into an up-do, then it's practically impossible to pick out my natural hair from the extensions.

Packaging: The extensions were sealed into a large, plastic, ziplocked bag and packed into a black cardboard box. Everything arrived safe and sound and tangle free.

What I really appreciated about the packaging is the inclusion of a sample weft. Basically, you could open the sample weft to make sure that the color matched to your own hair color before you go ahead and break the seal on the majority of the extensions.

Ease of use: As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I have never used hair extensions before yet I found these so easy to use. After watching a few youtube tutorials, I caught on pretty quick. The snap on clips with the extensions work great and clip into my hair without causing any sort of knots. So far the longest I have worn them is for 4 hours and I had no issues with them becoming looser or falling off. They're also really easy to remove. Simply snap the clips open and bam, they're ready to be removed.

Disclaimer: I was sent these hair extensions for free, in exchange for an honest review on this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

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hump day edit


Since I haven't shot outfit photos in basically forever, and have neglected from blogging anything for a whopping 2 weeks, I figured I would do a weekend edit.... on a Wednesday. Because why not?

1. Hair clips
The other day I was at the mall shopping for a new bathing suit, and somehow I came home with a bunch of new hair clips... and no bathing suit. So I guess now I'm into hair clips ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

photo: urban outfitters starlight hair clip, urban outfitters oversized flip hair clip

2. Donald Trump nail art
There's something horrifying about hearing the words Donald Trump and nail art put together (although tbh, there's something horrifying about the first half alone) but I promise you, this video is worth a watch for the laughs.

3. Sheer socks
There was a time when I was really into sheer socks about a year ago. Unfortunately, I never actually got around to buying any sheer socks (#procrastinatorproblems.) While reading Atlantic-Pacific last week, my interest in sheer socks was instantly re-born from a single photo.

It's a little too hot at the moment to wear socks unless necessary (thank you, 100 degree weather), but I vow this time around I will get my hands on some sheer socks and I will be ready for fall! Huzzah!

photo: atlantic-pacific

4. Urban Decay naked smoky palette
According to the various people across the interwebs, Ulta is supposed to be running a one day 50% off promo on the Urban Decay naked smoky palette, reducing the price from $54 to $27. Since I was kinda, sorta considering purchasing this palette over the holidays, I kinda, sorta am contemplating buying it during the sale.

On Nouveau Cheap's blog she speculates if other retailers are going to offer the same promo, since that was the case when it came to the UD x Gwen Stefani palette. You can read all about it here on her blog.

photo: money can buy lipstick blog

5. A makeup challenge I can get behind
Most of the recent makeup challenges really aren't my thing. I don't care to see someone do their entire face with liquid lipsticks or glop on a 100 layers of foundation. But this new challenge I can totally get behind!

The challenge is to do an entire face of makeup using products from black-owned brands. The first video of the tag I watched was Jackie Aina's. In her intro she describes her motivation for doing the challenge and furthermore challenges other yotubers to try it out too!

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I am Spartacus


In describing this skort I'm split between two descriptions. First, it looks like something an extra in an ancient Greek or Roman movie would wear. Second, it looks like something a trendy grandma would wear to a country club.

As you can tell from the title of this post, I went with the first option.

top: forever 21
skort: ann taylor
shoes: madewell
sunglasses: illesteva; similar from le specsurban outfitters
lipstick: urban decay manic; also available from ulta, sephora

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post-weekend edit


Zara AW 2016 
Is it too soon to be talking about fall clothes? Don't get me wrong, I love summer clothing. I love short dresses and open toed shoes and not having to worry about tacking a jacket atop every single outfit. But I also love new shit. And the fall collection is the newest shit at Zara so of course I'm all over it.

A lot of the collection is what I would describe as grunge ballerina. It's a total resurrection of 90s style. And if you read my post "5 fashion-y things I've been loving lately," you know I'm all about that life.

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ABH Moonchild glow kit
I'm not one to immediately jump on a higher end product as soon as it's released. I like to take my time, wait for the reviews and swatches, and then maybe perhaps contemplate buying it. But sometimes you gotta live a little and the new ABH glow kit made me want to live a lot.

The campaign photos are all so beautiful. I love that they used men, I love that the makeup looks so natural but still dramatic, I love that they used models of different colors. On their site, I love that they included swatches on three different skintones. While it's awesome that more and more brands are including swatches on the darker end of the spectrum, they're just as unhelpful to me as those on the lighter end of the spectrum. I love that they didn't create a bunch of hype and drama around the release. And most importantly, I love all the unique colors in the kit!

When I saw that they were available on the site, I didn't hesitate in purchasing it. Now the waiting game begins! Ps you can purchase yours on the ABH site here!

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Wearable orange makeup
I've been watching more Youtube videos lately and one of my new favorite gurus (new to me; her channel isn't new) is Mariah Leonard of the Gal's Guide. At the end of June she put out a tutorial on a wearable orange look. Now orange and yellow are two colors I personally stay away from in makeup and clothing, but the look is so subtle that now I want to go out and buy orange makeup! I never thought I would ever be saying that! It's also the perfect look for a summer day.

Pokemon Go
I am so obsessed with Pokemon go. I'm not the best at exercising but I easily hit and surpassed my fitbit goals the last two days because I went out lookin' for Pokemon.

If you're wondering what the f*ck I'm talking about, don't worry, just download the game.

Also, #teammystic.

Brooklyn Blonde home tour
I've been a longtime reader of Helena's blog. Even though her style is a lot more sophisticated than anything I ever wear, I still enjoy reading her blog. Her photos are so beautiful and she just seems like a really genuine person.

A few weeks ago she posted a mini home tour in conjunction with Home Goods and I was in love with the outcome! It's the perfect mix of the classic all white pinterest aesthetic and that warm, homey, there-are-actual-people-who-live-here look.

You can see the entire home tour on her blog here.

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