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hump day edit

7.27.2016

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

7.13.2016

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

7.11.2016

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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a teeny-tiny what's new at Pixi haul + first impressions

7.05.2016

Last Tuesday Target had a 20% off beauty promotion going on, and of course I took advantage. I ended up purchasing a few elf brushes I've been wanting to try out as well as two new Pixi products-- pretty tame, if I may say so myself. To my surprise, my order showed up on Thursday. Considering that I placed my order on Tuesday afternoon, it took my order less than 48 hours to arrive. That's pretty freaking fantastic.  So thank you, Target!

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Pixi glow tonic to-go available via pixi, target
60 pads for $18; for a full list of ingredients check here

When I saw that pixi came out with a to-go option for their glow tonic I was all ready to click the "add to cart" button. Thankfully I knew about the upcoming Target promo and waited a few days to get it for 20% off.

The formulation in these to-go pads is the exact same as the original glow tonic and work just as well. Even though buying the original glow tonic in the bottle is a better value, I already know I will be reaching for these instead for convenience. The pads are very generously doused in the glow tonic and there's plenty for me to use across my face and décolletage.

If you haven't used or heard of Pixi's glow tonic it's their best-selling 5% glycolic acid chemical exfoliant. If you're new to the world of chemical exfoliants, I suggest reading the first post in this reddit thread. It's a quick yet informative read.

I've got sensitive skin and started using Pixi's glow tonic at the end of last year. At first I was worried it was too harsh for my skin because it caused that unpleasant, stinging sensation when applied. But after using it every other day (I use FAB's facial radiance pads on the other days) for a few months the stinging has faded. Overall I've found that using these have helped fade my acne scars faster, reduced the number of whiteheads I get on my cheeks, and minimize those tricky sebaceous filaments on my nose. Of course my skin isn't perfect but the chemical exfoliants have improved my skin a lot.

If you're new to chemical exfoliants then these are a great starting point. If you're a seasoned user and are looking for something stronger, check out their 20% peel pads (I talked about them in my February favorites.)

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Pixi lash nourish makeup remover pads available via pixi, target
80 pads for $10; for a full list of ingredients check here

If you don't want to read this review, all you need to know is that these suck.

Personally I don't like using makeup removing wipes on an everyday basis because they can be harsh on my skin and just aren't as effective as my usual combination of micellar water + cleansing balm. But I like keeping them on hand for when I'm traveling or am too lazy tired to remove my makeup at night. On the pixi site they advertised these pads to "deeply condition lashes and nourish the gentle undereye area while effectively removing all makeup, even waterproof." Sounds pretty great, right?

Too bad they do a piss poor job at the makeup-removing part.

Saturday night I was wearing some liquid eyeliner, gel liner, falsies, and waterproof mascara and it took 3 pads per eye to remove my eye makeup. And even then, I gave up and removed the rest with my Bioderma micellar water. So basically I used almost 10% of this container to half-ass remove my eye makeup for one night.

Since I've only used these a few times I can't say if the "lash conditioning" benefits are true or not. Buuut if I had to take a guess I would say that I won't see any visible results due to the "deeply condition"-ing abilities of these pads and the claim is marketing hogwash. But tbh this doesn't bother me because all brands seem to peddle the same bs. The Chanel mascara that I am currently obsessed with and featured in my June favorites post is supposed to condition and hydrate your lashes thanks to pro vitamin-b5. Even though this is untrue, I still love the mascara because it actually delivers where it matters.

Although I disliked these overall, there were a few positives I should mention. First I appreciate that they're packaged in a jar with a screw on lid. That way I know for sure that the package is closed and the remaining pads won't dry out. Also, even though they didn't remove my eye makeup and didn't "soothe the sensitive eye area," they also did not burn or sting my eyes.

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Even with my negative experience with these makeup removers, I still want to try out more Pixi skincare products! I really love all the things I've tried from their glow line so far, and am kind of kicking myself at not buying the glow mist during the 20% off promo.

Are there any Pixi products you've tried and loved? Or on the other hand tried and disliked? Either way please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments :D



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