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June favorites

6.30.2016

Another month, another set of favorites! I don't have any mumbo jumbo to discuss with y'all today so I'll just get to the favorites!

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Chanel inimitable waterproof mascara available via Chanel, Nordstrom
When it comes to mascara, I think I'm exceptionally picky. Out of the dozens of mascaras that I've tried, there are only two that I truly love. I'm glad to say that this Chanel baby is lucky mascara number three. My personal goal when applying mascara is to make it look like I'm not wearing much mascara. I want those natural looking wispy lashes that you see on models in makeup campaigns.

Chanel claims it delivers volume, length, curl and precise separation all in one swipe. And it actually does! While I've accepted I'm never gonna have the lashes of a model, this mascara gets me closer to the goal than I've ever been! It gives me a whole lotta length but without making my lashes clump together into crumbly spikes.

The biggest hurdle I have when it comes to mascara is finding something that makes me lash stay curled all day long. A lot of waterproof mascaras hold up well for a few hours but inevitably slump throughout the day. I've worn this mascara for 12+ hours and honestly, my lashes look almost as good as they did when I first applied the mascara. Compared to every other mascara I've tried, this one hands down holds the curl the best.

The one con I noticed with this mascara is that it can smudge off a bit on super hot days. This may be because I accidentally touched my eyes or poked myself with my glasses. But I will say that I don't have this issue with my longtime favorite mascara, Dior's diorshow waterproof mascara. Either way, this doesn't really bother me much because most days I'm not spending 5+ hours outdoors in 85 degree weather.

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MAC Brooke Candy vamplify lipgloss in Pamela (now on sale) available via MAC
I raved about this lipgloss in my MAC haul post and am now gonna continue raving about it in this post.

First off I don't think lipgloss properly describes this product. It's soo pigmented that I don't find it necessary to wear it over a lipstick or lip liner to appreciate its full pigmentation. If anything, I would describe it as kind of like a glossy liquid lipstick.

But unlike matte liquid lipsticks that dry down to a powdery finish, this one feels a bit... heavier since it sits on the lips in all its glossiness. If I don't eat or drink anything then I can easily wear this for 5+ hours. When I do eat or drink it fades away at the center.

I'm pretty sure I said this earlier, but this is my perfect my lips of better color. It reads as a true brown on my skin tone. To see more swatches of this lip gloss, check out my MAC haul post.

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Jordana made to last liquid eyeshadow in not a wink pink available via Jordana
Since I did a full post reviewing this eyeshadow, I'm not really going to talk much about this shadow.

Like I said in my original post, I've been wearing this eyeshadow nonstop. It provides a beautiful wash of color on my lids and lasts all day long. Not a wink pink is a light pink shade with a whole lotta shimmer in it. It's so easy to apply that I usually just blend it out with my pinky finger.

Last weekend I helped my mom do her makeup for a wedding and applied it on her. Unlike some other cream eyeshadows, it didn't tug on her lids at all! It just glided over smoothly.

Too see more swatches, more shades, and my full review check out the original post!


Nars niagara satin lipstick available via Sephora, Nordstrom, Beauty.com, Saks

Way back when in April I linked a photo of Selena Gomez wearing the prettiest coral lipstick. Since then, I've been on the lookout for a similar shade.

I quickly realized that finding a coral lipstick that matched my skin tone would be a bit tough. I'm in that weird, middle range where I'm not pale enough for coral to look natural but also not dark enough for it to pop! Instead, most of the coral lipsticks I tried made me look sort of ill.

Nars Niagara works for me cause it's more of a muted, pinky coral. It's got a natural looking glossy sheen, which I have been allll about lately. Even though the lipstick is very pigmented, I do like to wear it over a nudeish lip liner, but that's only because my top lip is pretty dark. It wears pretty long but like most non-matte lipstick, it fades away if I eat or drink much.


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Glamglow supermud single use clearing treatment available at Sephora
I was beyond ecstatic to see that glamglow released travel sized packets of their original supermud mask. I included my original, full sized pot of the stuff in my 2015 favorites. Unfortunately, after not using the mask for 3 or 4 months I was so sad to see that the remainder of it in the pot had dried up! I only had about 1/4 left and wouldn't have minded much if I had paid $10 or $20 for it. But this is a $70 pot we're talking about! 1/4 of $70 worth of product is a $17.50 loss!

I was a bit salty about it and decided to try other charcoal masks on the market. I tried Boscia's luminizing black mask, Origins' clear improvement mask, H&M's charcoal and volcanic soil mask, and Freeman's charcoal and black sugar mask. And while I liked some of them, none of them gave me the same results as glamglow. Glamglow made my skin less oily, reduced the amount of new acne spots, and worked as a gentle chemical and physical exfoliant. Not to mention seeing the oil and gunk be physically sucked out by the mask was soo satisfying. When I saw they released glamglow in these travel sized packages, I went ahead and bought two (cause they were listed as limited edition.)

First and foremost, the packet packaging is a lot more hygienic than the original pot/ jar packaging (to learn more about the downsides of jar packaging, you can read this Paula's choice article.) Second, the travel size is a better bang for your buck! For $22 you get .5 oz of product which equates to a $44/ oz price. In comparison, the full size is $69 for 1.2 oz which equates to $57.50/ oz. That's a pretty significant savings! In addition, it's a lot easier to swallow a $22 purchase made every other month rather than a $70 splurge at one point.

Each packet comes with .1 oz of product and while they are intended for one time use, I find that I can get two or three uses out of each packet. I make sure to make the tiniest rip, apply the mask, then quickly seal the rip with some tape. It's not the most elegant of methods, but hey, it works!

I do wonder if the product in the travel size is a bit thinner than the product in the original pot. I'm not sure if I'm remembering incorrectly but I remember the mask being a bit thicker in consistency. Then again, perhaps glamglow changed the formulation to make the masks thinner in general. I'll have to try out the tester the next time I'm at sephora to find out for myself!

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Phew, and finally we're done. This favorites post was considerably longer than my last few. Do you prefer longer, more in depth favorites or something shorter and more direct? Do you like reading more about the different products or seeing more photos? Or are you like me and like reading favorites posts of any length as long as they've got some sort of visuals? Do you care about stylized photos or do you prefer straight up swatches?

Any and all feedback is highly appreciated :)


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that time I accidentally stalked Taylor Swift's house

6.27.2016

On the first day of our Rhode Island trip, we spent the afternoon in Watch Hill-- mostly because it was the closest Rhode Island beach on our drive. But what started out as a convenient choice turned into a visit to the best beach on our trip. It hit the perfect sweet spot between being completely isolated and being somewhat crowded. The sand was so soft and clean and a dream come true for the "I love long walks on the beach" folks (aka me.)

Between taking a bagillion photos of the beach, I obviously had to check out the tripadvisor page for the beach (because I have a compulsive need to read reviews of everything.) Lo and behold, apparently the huge house on the top of the rock wall belonged to the one and only Taylor Swift.

After learning that little morsel of information, I felt a little embarrassed for recognizing the area around the house from various pap photos. Remember those totally spontaneous and un-staged photos of Tom Hiddleston and Taylor making out on the beach? They were taken at this beach.

I tried to reign in my creepiness and only included one photo of her house in this post. Not gonna lie, if I had $18 million to drop on a beach house I would only visit a few times a year, I would totally have bought this house too.

(The stunning, yellow building in the back of the other photos is the Ocean House Relais and Chateaux. It's hella fancy.)

dress: free people; also available from gilt, zappos, shopbop
sunglasses: illesteva; similar from le specs, urban outfitters
shoes: superga; also available from shopbop; similar budget options from loft, h&m
lips: jordana twist & shine in honey

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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.

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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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