Saturday, August 23, 2014

best of the nudes/darks.

From left to right: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9, Clinique Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple, MAC Frost Lipstick in Viva Glam IV, CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in 280 Clove, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 420 Deepest Cherry, Urban Decay Lipstick in Venom

After doing posts on both bright and red lipsticks, I knew I wanted to share my natural and dark shades too. However, I don't have enough colors to do two separate posts, so I thought I'd just combine them all. There's actually a nice natural progression between the two categories, which you can see in the swatch picture above. I'm a big fan of all these colors and I hope you find some new inspiration from this.

1. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9 - $20
    I have to give credit to Sephora for this color. The company included it in the 2014 Birthday Gift set. At first I was somewhat hesitant because I'm not normally a fan of nudes. Silly of me to doubt Make Up For Ever. This lipstick is fantastic. It has a sweet floral smell and one of the creamiest formulations I've ever come across. It really is a your lips but so much better color. I'm in love.

2. Clinique Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple - $16
    This is an oldie but a goodie. As the name suggests, it is perfect for fall. It is a very bohemian, yet sophisticated color. It feels very light on your lips and is quite moisturizing. Clinique just knows how to make great makeup.

3. MAC Frost Lipstick in Viva Glam IV - $16
    I know a lot of people don't like frosted lipsticks, but this one may make them change their minds. First of all, the color is gorgeous. It is a neutral berry shade with a hint of gold sparkle. I love pairing it with neutral or gold eyeshadow. It looks so glamorous and chic. Also, it lasts a while, so don't worry about having to constantly reapply.

4. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in 280 Clove
    Ok, so this technically not a lipstick, but it has a decent amount of pigmentation so I thought I'd include it here. This is a nice way to enhance and darken your lips a bit. I love it for a subtle makeup look or for an easy way to transition to fall makeup.
*CoverGirl has discontinued this, but they offer LipSlicks Smoochies in B4N and it looks pretty similar.

5. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 420 Deepest Cherry - $5-8
    This is one of my favorite vampy lipstick colors. It smells lovely and looks so nice on my lips. It does look better with a matching or a nude lip liner. Also, this is one that requires exfoliation first. While it doesn't last the longest, it looks great after a quick touch up. I will definitely be rocking this again come fall.
*This is another discontinued item. Just this color has been discontinued and I don't understand why because it's gorgeous! Oh well, at least I still have Red Revival from this line.

6. Urban Decay Lipstick in Venom - $22
    As I mentioned in my post on bright lipstick, I am obsessed with Urban Decay lipstick. The stuff is incredibly pigmented and has amazing lasting power. That's a win-win if there ever was one. This color is the most gorgeous deep berry and looks so flattering with an otherwise natural makeup look. If you don't own a tube of UD lipstick yet, you seriously need to go get one.

Hope you liked this lipstick collection roundup!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

little lace dress.

American Eagle dress, Michael Kors purse, Simply Vera by Vera Wang heels, Pac Sun sunglasses, Topshop earrings, assorted bracelets

It's been way too long since I last did an outfit post. Things are going to change guys, I promise. I have been doing some back-to-school shopping recently and I'm super excited to do a haul post and/or some outfit posts. Stay tuned!

I haven't worn this dress nearly as often as I would like. It's so chic and can be easily dressed up or down depending on my mood. I wore this to a nice restaurant recently and was quite pleased with the overall outfit. I wore the dress with the comfiest heels in my closet and my favorite earrings from TopShop. They are so cool and I couldn't pass them up when I saw them in the store.



PS. My article was featured on the CollegeFashionista homepage this week. I love the floral outfit I put together!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

best of the brights.

From left to right: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 026 Abstract Orange, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 12, MAC Amplified Lipstick in Impassioned, Urban Decay Lipstick in Anarchy, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 440 Cherries in the Snow

Lipstick is one of the easiest accessories out there. It gives you the power to change your look with a single swipe (Ok, more than a single swipe if I'm being honest here). While my tried-and-true lipstick shade will always be red (see my "best of the reds" post), I love to experiment with brighter lipsticks. Summer is the perfect time to make the switch to a fun lip color, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 026 Abstract Orange - $5-8
    I had been a longtime admirer of this color before I finally caved and bought it. The color is a gorgeous burnt orange that works just as well in fall as it does in summer. The only drawback is that it is not incredibly long-lasting. I think it may be because of the lipstick's "Pearl" finish. I'll speak about it more later, but I found that the "Creme" version of the lipstick lasts an incredible amount of time.

2. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 12 - $5-8
    This lipstick was my first foray into the Rimmel by Kate collection. I have since added quite a few reds from the line to my makeup bag. I love this lipstick because it smells exactly like fruit punch. It is also the perfect bright summery coral color. While it doesn't have great lasting power, a few touch-ups after meals are all you need to get that bright hue back on your lips.

3. MAC Amplified Lipstick in Impassioned - $16
    It's a MAC lipstick, so obviously it's pretty fantastic. The color payoff is amazing. I would definitely recommend lip liner with this though. The color does bleed without it since it is such a creamy formula. Also, wearing a nude liner underneath makes the color pop even more. It's a warm highlighter pink lipstick that looks lovely in the summertime.
    *Tip: Make sure to exfoliate before you use this because it will highlight any flaky skin or bumps.

4. Urban Decay Lipstick in Anarchy - $22
    While this is the most recent addition to my collection, it is easily one of my new favorites. Urban Decay has one of the best lipstick formulations out there. The colors go on smoothly and don't dry my lips out. They have super lasting power and the pigmentation is amazing. Case in point: Anarchy is one of the brightest shades in the line. I wore this color all day through eating and drinking and it still looked fantastic. An occasional touch-up wouldn't hurt, but it is not essential.

5. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 440 Cherries in the Snow - $5-8
    I didn't know that this color was such a cult favorite until well after I purchased it. This is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks. I don't know why there is such a difference in lasting power between the "Pearl" and the "Creme" finishes, but this one lasts FOREVER. I have no idea how it lasts so long. I wear clear liner with it to prevent bleeding, but that's it. This stuff clings to your lips and lasts through eating and drinking no problem. I would recommend this to everyone.



PS. Stay tuned for a nude/dark lipstick post coming soon.
PPS. Have you seen my latest CollegeFashionista post? It's about how maxi dresses CAN work for petite girls!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

back to school.

back to school.

This has been the busiest summer of my life thus far. In between running around for jobs and working on internships, I have not had too much of a break. Thankfully I have one month before it is time for me to go back to school and I plan to take advantage of it. My goal is to work on some last-minute projects, cook a few new meals, and read as much as I possibly can. Of course, I still need to do a bit of shopping before classes begin, so I thought I'd share some inspiration.

I've been loving florals lately, so this blazer and cropped shirt work out perfectly. I also have an obsession with boyfriend jeans and distressed denim and will definitely be looking out for a few new pairs. The black hat would be a perfect addition to my ever-expanding hat collection. I have a similar one in gray (see this post), but this one would be perfect to wear with pretty much everything. Finally, I'm on the search for a good pair of black ankle boots. Not only do these ones look incredibly chic, but I'm betting they are also super comfortable.
Good luck on all your back-to-school shopping!
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

a little bit of spritz.

My lovely storage station was a great find at TJ Maxx.
From left to right: Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea, Taylor Swift Wonderstruck, Katy Perry Meow!, Chloe Classique, Gilly Hicks Kissing Point, Britney Spears Believe, Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture, Kim Kardashian Gold, Calvin Klein CK One Shock, Clinique Happy, Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck, Burberry Weekend
In the past few years, my interest in perfume has expanded dramatically. After going through two bottles of With Love by Hilary Duff, I decided it was time for a change (although I will still always love that scent). So I began to create the collection you see here before you. I have definitely found some winners, along with some that are just OK and that I will not be buying again. It's fun to switch up fragrances and experiment with different smells in order to find the one that is best suited to you.

Here's a rundown of the fragrances and my thoughts on each of them:

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea
    It's not bad as far as inexpensive fragrances go. It kind of reminds me of a sour candy for some reason. It goes on sweet, don't get me wrong. Yet there is also a nice sour, or zingy smell to it. I only wear this one in spring and summer.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted
   I don't know about you, but the two TSwift perfumes in my collection smell remarkably similar. Perhaps the only difference is that the blue one is sweet and floral while the red one is sweet and fruity. This is likely not the best description of them, but it's the best I can do. I like them a lot and wear them all year round.

Katy Perry Meow!
    If you like sugary smells, go buy this one immediately. It is the sweetest fragrance I have found thus far, which is probably a good thing because I don't think I could handle anything stronger. I do like it though since it is an instant pick-me-up. This is also one I can wear throughout the year.

Chloe Classique
    As I was researching this post, I found that this perfume is now discontinued. This is sad, but understandable as many of the other Chloe perfumes easily trump this one. However, I like this one's heavier floral scent. It feels appropriate for special events and parties. Or for feeling glamorous whenever.

Gilly Hicks Kissing Point
    I doubt this perfume is still available in stores, although you could probably find it online. This is quite a heavy, musky perfume, but I like it. I would only wear it in fall or winter or at night. It definitely has a strong scent, so a few sprays go a long way.

Britney Spears Believe
   Looking back on it, I probably shouldn't have purchased such a large bottle of this stuff because it feels like I will never get through it. But it was on a great sale at TJ Maxx, so I couldn't pass it up. I love this perfume for summertime. It's so light and fresh and helps me feel ready for the day.

Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture
   This perfume smells remarkably like grass. Not in a bad way of course. It just really smells like grass. There is a nice sweetness about it and so it works very well during the spring and summer. All in all, it has a very clean scent. And the bottle is gorgeous.

Kim Kardashian Gold
   I took a bottle of this with me when I went to Italy and used the whole thing up. I was so surprised by how good this smells. It seems like a combination of lime, coconut, and vanilla. I'm probably so impressed by this perfume because it reminds me of With Love by Hilary Duff. They are not the same at all, except for the vanilla notes and the slightly heavier quality. I love them both though and will continue to rely on them as standbys.

Calvin Klein CK One Shock
   Do you like lemonade? Then get this perfume. It smells fantastic and lasts for a really long time. It is sweet and sour at the same time. I just love it. The bottle is super cool too.

Clinique Happy
   So I know I only have a mini of this, but I've been through two minis before this one, so I feel like I can include it here. This perfume has somewhat of a cult following, and for good reason. It smells like fresh oranges and is absolutely perfect for spring and summer. Also, I have been complimented on this perfume more than I have on any other perfume I own. I don't know what to say, except that Clinique did a great job on this.

Burberry Weekend
   This perfume is the queen of sweet, fresh perfumes. It is so light and seems like it is on the verge of being vanilla-scented, although it doesn't get there completely. The name is apt; I love wearing it on the weekends, and in spring and summer more generally.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

best of the reds.

The best of the reds
From left to right: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora, Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in 645 Red Revival, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 10, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 01, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 11, and Clinique Quickliner for Lips in 35 Rich Red
You may have noticed that, in addition to being obsessed with leopard print, I am also a bit of a lipstick fanatic (see here and here). Red lipstick in particular is one of my absolute favorite makeup items. It has the power to instantly add glamour to any outfit. Recently I have collected quite a few reds that have become some of my go-to products. Here are the descriptions of each of them, as well as some tips and tricks that I have discovered along the way.

In order from left to right:

1. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora - $20
I got this when I purchased the limited edition Theodora palette that Urban Decay released for Oz the Great and Powerful. I liked the movie, but I loved the makeup even more. This shade is very similar to, if not an exact dupe of the F-Bomb shade in the normal Super-Saturated line. The color payoff is fantastic, but it does need to be reapplied after you eat. It is also quite sticky for a lip stain/lipstick hybrid.

2. Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in 645 Red Revival - $5-8
This was the first drugstore red that I purchased and I have to say that I have definitely gotten my money's worth. This is a bit of a darker red and looks quite glamorous on the lips. Before putting this on, you have to exfoliate and moisturize your lips, as the color clings to any flaky bits. Also, make sure to use lip liner beforehand unless you want the color to bleed halfway through the day. This one requires multiple reapplications.

3. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo - $16
This is without a doubt my favorite red lipstick and likely my favorite lipstick ever. It is one of the most expensive brands in this selection, but it is the best in terms of quality. This lipstick is extremely matte. It has blue undertones and looks like the perfect classic red. Make sure to moisturize your lips beforehand so that they don't dry out later on in the day. This stuff lasts forever and doesn't even need a reapplication after eating. I will definitely buy a back-up when this tube reaches the bottom. Also, I love the vanilla scent.

4, 5, and 6. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 10, 01, and 11 - $4.50-6
I'm doing these three together because they all have the same formulation. These all smell like fruit punch, which can be a bit overpowering at first. They are pretty similar to the Maybelline formula above, although they are slightly less creamy. Other than that, the lasting power is pretty much the same. Keep them in your purse during the day because you will need to reapply. Lip liner is essential. As for the colors, 10 is a light blue-red. 01 is a classic true red and quite similar in color to Red Revival above. 11 is the darkest of the three. While it does not get quite into burgundy-red territory, it comes pretty close.

7. Clinique Quickliner for Lips in 35 Rich Red - $15
Finally we come to my saving grace in the red lipstick department. I have pretty full lips and so my lipstick tends to fade or to bleed out if I don't use lip liner. This formula lasts forever and matches with all the reds I own. Also, I love the windup tube. It keeps the product clean and I don't have to worry about sharpening it.



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Members Only jacket, The Classic shirt, Zara pants, Rock & Republic flats, Forever 21 earrings, Urban Decay Venom lipstick

This month has been rough. I've had a ton of work to do and the blog has fallen behind a bit. No worries though! I have some fun posts planned for the weeks to come and I hope you all will stay tuned.

I took these photos on a relatively nice spring day. This outfit reminds me so much of my time in Italy.for a few reasons. First, I actually purchased the pants in Italy during one of my many trips to Zara. I was drawn in by the gorgeous hue and knew that they would be the perfect way to add a subtle dose of color to my wardrobe. Second, this jacket was a staple for me while I was living abroad. It is light enough for a cooler spring day and works well as a layer over lighter jackets and sweaters. Lately, these two pieces have become some closet essentials and I love reaching for them whenever I can't figure out what to wear.



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