Saturday, May 20, 2017

Birchbox vs Ipsy May 2017

Hey everyone, it's been a while since my last post!

Today I wanted to review the contents of my Birchbox and Ipsy and give you guys some first impressions about the products.  Each of these companies provide a $10 a month beauty subscription service where you receive 5 deluxe sample or full sized products.  Also, in the Ipsy subscription, you receive a new makeup bag each month.  I love getting these because it's a great way to discover new brands and products and also treat myself to a little "present" each month.


This month was pretty cool for Birchbox.  I dove into some different items that I wouldn't normally appreciate, and found some great results. First, I've been using the EVO mane tamer smoothing shampoo and conditioner. I feel like the shampoo is mediocre, but the conditioner is definitely something special!  It has a balmy texture, which it great for untangling unruly hair.  Also, if you were lucky enough to receive these as well, read the packaging; it's hilarious!  Next up I received the coola daydream mineral primer.  I have other primers from coola, and they always make me break out.  This made me hesitant to try out this one, but luckily this didn't do the same thing.  I love how it includes SPF 30 and also has a light, "moussey" texture.  One issue with this month's box was the fact I received a self tanner to use a week before prom.  I didn't want to risk trying the VITA LIBERATA ten minute tan and getting a sick orange tan before the big event, so I'm planning to trying out in June.  Hopefully it'll be as useful as the product claims.  Finally, I got my favorite product of this month!  First off, how cute is this packaging?  The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes mascara is packaged in a hot pink tube covered in flamingos.  How more perfectly could Summer be wrapped up?  Although the mascara itself is pretty average, I'll never say no to a new one in my stash! 


This month's Ipsy included some great makeup products.  First I'll start off my saying I haven't tried out the Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.  It seems to have a nice clean smell and the exfoliant texture is really fine.  One of my favorite things to receive in my subscription services are brushes!  I received the Royal & Langnickel Prevision Angled Brush this month.  It's really soft and can be used for so many uses!  Right now, I'm using it for highlighting, but I think I'm going to start using it for under eye concealer.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!  Next up, I picked up the highlighter I've been using.  The Urban Decay After Glow powder highlighter in Sin is so pretty but not totally blinding, which I love!  I also received the City Color Bold Brow powder, which I've been featuring a bunch on the gram.  Although this product comes from a super affordable brand, the pigment is crazy good.  I love using this duo to achieve a natural brow.  Lastly, I received the Mellow matte lipstick in nude.  This shade is so pretty.  While not exactly a nude on me, this darker warm shade compliments so many looks.


(on left: Urban Decay After Glow Powder Highlight in Sin \\ on right: Mellow matte lipstick in nude)

I'm choosing Ipsy as my winner for this month!  I enjoyed all of the samples I got in my subscriptions.  Who do you think won?  Share what you got in the comments! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  Don't forget to contact me at...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Boston and Washington DC

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Facing My Fashion Fears With Dia&Co

Confidence is a word I usually use everyday.  You may know that I love to experiment with my style. I'm always dressed up, wearing a cool new hairstyle, a spunky pair of tights, or even wearing lipstick as eyeliner.  I always feel like I can wear any style and make it work.

Dia & Co is a curated shopping experience, delivered to your doorstep, exclusively in sizes 14+!  They wanted to challenge me to get out of my comfort zone, and I thought to myself: how can I, someone with no fashion limits, push myself.  Thats when I thought, what if I went out of the house being the total opposite of me.  This made me so scared because what would people think of me?  I've always kept my fashion standards high and didn't want to break a streak with no makeup, undone hair, and some baggy sweats.  I did it though!  I felt so confident with my look by the end of a few days, and I'm no longer nervous to show a more natural side.  

Check out Dia & Co for a confidence booster!  
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brand New Series...

I'm super proud to announce that I'll be starting a new series on my blog!  I'll be doing looks inspired by each Disney Princess. Can you figure out which one I'll be starting with?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Are Your Spring Colors?

Traditionally, when you think of Spring the colors that come to mind automatically go to pastels. What if Spring switched it up this year?  I collaborated with Bonobos to put some outfits together that feature both muted and brighter elements.  

Outfit 1

jacket - Forever21 // tank - Aeropostale // 
skirt - Forever21 (similar) // booties - Famous Footwear

This outfit puts a new perspective on Spring-wear.  As you can see, none of these colors are pastel.  (Of course that will be made up for later) This outfit focuses on subtle floral patterns and an unexpected pop of color.  This outfit is perfect because this jacket is light but is perfect if you don't feel like wearing a jean jacket.

Outfit 2

jacket - Old Navy // dress - Charming Charlie's //
 shoes - White House Black Market

First of all... I love these shoes!  They're so over worn, but are perfect for so many occasions.  This outfit is so cute because it uses mine and the rest of the world's favorite color.  Pink is probably the only color I've seen lately, and I don't mind!  I also added a jean jacket for the times the wind gets a bit chilly.

Outfit 3

skirt - Modbe // shirt - Forever21 // flats - Target //
 headband - Forever21

Being the "girliest" of the three, this is naturally my favorite.  It features my favorite color to wear, a super cute chambray skirt, and the prettiest headband that I own.  I mean, who needs a necklace when you have a headband with pearls.

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