Monday, August 31, 2015

printed and fringed.

American Eagle shirt, Forever 21 skirt, TJ Maxx sunglasses, gifted necklace, handmade bracelets, Michael Kors purse, sandals (old)

I love earthy colors and boho styles, so I was all over this outfit. I'm normally not a fan of cold shoulder shirts, but this one was so perfectly casual that I knew it would work well in my closet. This skirt is an oldie but a goodie from Forever 21 that was gifted to me from one of my friends. It goes with everything and I don't think I'll be parting with it anytime soon. As for the sandals, I found them in a discount shoe store in NYC a while back. I love the beading and the abundance of straps.

As with any boho look, accessories are a must. This layered chain necklace is one of my faves. It, along with a few of my d.i.y. bracelets (see the full post here), helps to unite the whole outfit. I love casual and fun styles for summer!



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Monday, August 24, 2015

jewelry d.i.y. upgrades.

Easiest DIY ever - all I had to do was string a few beads onto a pair of plain hoop earrings.

Do you ever get to that point where you've worn a piece of jewelry so much that it loses its appeal? When this feeling hit me recently, I decided it was time to upcycle a few of my admittedly cheap baubles into something that looked good again.

First up were the earrings (pictured above). I got these hoops at Claire's forever ago and realized I haven't worn them in a while. They were just too basic! To give them a bit of boho flair, I beaded on a few beads I got in a glass bead box from Michael's a while back. Poof! New earrings in an instant.

The original pieces: a stack of tired rings from H&M and a well-loved necklace from Forever 21 with a discolored chain.
The finished products.

For craft number two, I repurposed a stack of H&M rings. These were gold, but I wore them so much that they faded to a burnished bronze. I love this look, but I'm not a fan of the gray band they leave around my finger.

The two single band bracelets were easy to assemble. For the black and white one, I cut a thin strip of cloth from an old t-shirt, looped the ends around the ring, and sewed the ends to close it off. As for the plain black one, I braided some black embroidery thread, knotted the ends around a ring, snipped any excess thread, and secured everything with a bit of clear nail polish.
The gold and black bracelet was also simple. I braided two strips of gold fabric with the t-shirt fabric from before. I then knotted the ends around a ring to finish it.

The big fabric bracelet on the right was slightly more complicated, but still pretty easy. I began by twisting two pieces of fabric together. Then I slipped five rings onto the fabric. After that, I unevenly wrapped black embroidery thread around the whole bracelet to secure it and tie it closed. Voila! Another DIY bracelet achieved.
Remember that worn "gold" necklace from before? Here it is now.
I knew I couldn't get rid of the lightning bolt necklace, since it reminds me of Harry Potter. So, I braided the chain with black embroidery thread, knotted it off at the ends, and turned it into a bracelet. The chain fits perfectly around my wrist when wrapped three times. I love how the little lightning bolt charm dangles off the bracelet!

What do you think? Do you upcycle or DIY anything?



Monday, August 17, 2015

ipsy - july/summer lovin'.

The perfect summer makeup bag!
This month's bag was exactly what I needed. It was filled to the brim with color and fresh scents. Here are my thoughts on each of the products.

The Bag: Very cute colors and great for summer. In comparison with some of the other recent bags, this is not my favorite. I still think it's cute though!

Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner in Blue Hawaiian: If you haven't seen my most recent outfit post, check it out here to see how I wore this product. At first, I was unsure of what to do with this. Once I tried it out though, I was 100% sold. I love the bright blue color! It looks like perfect ocean water. Plus, it goes on smooth and lasts ALL day. Seriously, this stuff didn't budge even when the rest of my makeup was melting off my face.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess: I cannot believe I got this product in an Ipsy bag. The full size of this retails for $30 at Sephora. I have been wanting to try this out for such a long time, but couldn't bring myself to break away from my tried and true drugstore bronzer. Luckily I don't have to worry about that anymore, thanks to Ipsy. So excited to wear this!

Jorel Parker Rollerball Perfume in Classico: This product came into my life right when I needed it. I had just finished up my travel size Clinique Happy and needed another small perfume to tote around. This scent is light and slightly sweet. It is not the longest lasting scent, but it does the job when I want a scent refresher.

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner in Vanilla Coconut Cream: This is a total yes product for me. Not only is it organic and moisturizing, but the scent is also heavenly. Plus, I go through chapstick like no one's business, so this is a definite must have.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Lipstick in P.I.N.K.: I love this color! While I will always be a red lipstick girl at heart, I love to switch things up. This pink is rosy and sophisticated. It is also amazingly pigmented and lasts well when reinforced with clear lip liner.

What are your thoughts? Did you get a similar bag? Are you thinking about subscribing to Ipsy? Let me know in the comments!



Monday, August 10, 2015

floral pop.

American Eagle dress and flats, Forever 21 earrings
Eyetini swizzle stick eyeliner in Blue Hawaiian c/o Ipsy
'80s inspired nails
Bring on the summer heat! I love this season because it is the perfect time to turn up the color and go as bright as you want. This floral dress is one of my absolute faves. Not only is it super light, but the large printed flowers are fun to match to my makeup!

Speaking of makeup, I got this amazing blue eyeliner in my July Ipsy bag (review coming soon!) and knew I had to test it out asap. It is so bright that I kept the rest of my makeup understated. I love it! I also embraced color with my nails. I am such a fan of the color mixture and retro design.

As for hair, I wanted it all off my face and neck. French braids are perfect when the weather gets warmer because they look chic and take max five minutes to complete. Easy and breezy is the way to go!



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

cool for school.

back to school.

back to school

Ok, so I know I may be jumping the gun on this, but I am seriously excited about fall fashion. Don't get me wrong, summer is my favorite season. But fall fashion is where it's at.

I have been loving the variety of backpack designs on the market. Fringe is at the top of my list, and so this one from H&M satisfies my interest perfectly. I am also obsessed with all things high waisted. This pair of black denim jeans works with everything. Plus, the slits at the knee are just enough to add a bit of an edge. Of course, denim in general is having a major moment. I want to keep things fresh by choosing non-traditional styles like this simple chambray top.

As for accessories, I need some bling like the silvery pieces pictured above (or like the ones I recently purchased here). I am also in need of a pair of chunky heels. These mod ones with ankle straps are calling my name. To wrap things up, I have been drooling over this Urban Decay Smoky palate since it first got announced. Hopefully it will make its way into my makeup bag sooner rather than later.

What about you? What are your fall fashion favorites? Let me know in the comments!



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Friday, July 24, 2015

comparing black eyeliner.

The black eyeliners I have on current rotation.
From left to right: You're So Fine waterproof liquid eyeliner, e.l.f. liquid eyeliner, Maybelline New York Eye Studio black gel liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx, Clinique Cream Eye Liner in 01 Black Diamond, Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner in #1001 Black Silk
Black eyeliner is one of those makeup bag essentials. It's used in such a variety of looks, from the most basic to the more detailed. As far as formulation goes, I use different ones for different purposes. I like liquid liners for the perfect cat eye, gel liner for subtle wings or for top liner, and pencil liners for anything from rimming my top lid to smudging up the bottom lid. Here's a rundown on my thoughts about my current collection.

You're So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - This was an Ipsy find, and a great one at that. While the brush is not the best one I've ever used, the actual formula is fantastic. This stuff does not budge until you douse it with makeup remover. Plus, there are some lovely flecks of glitter mixed into it!

E.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner - I've gone through more bottles of this than I care to admit. Of course, at only $1 a bottle, it's not really hurting my wallet. The brush is perfectly pointed and the color is pure black. This stuff is essential for all of my cat eye and winged liner looks.

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Black Gel Liner - I read multiple reviews before buying this gel eyeliner. I'm glad I did because this product is great. It goes on smooth and lasts all day. My only qualm is that it is not as black as, say, the e.l.f. one is. But that's pretty minor.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero - Urban Decay liners are hands down the best pencil liners on the market. If you're looking for a basic black liner that won't budge, this is the way to go.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil  in Black Velvet - This has become a new favorite. Not only does it have the same lasting power as the original UD ones, but it is a seriously smooth black. I also think it's the darkest one in my collection, so there's that.

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx - I got this one in the "Try It Kit" and was impressed by how easily it glides onto my lids. This is a classic long wear liner. Love it for everyday looks.

Clinique Cream Eyeliner in 01 Black Diamond - This holds a special place in my heart because it was the first black liner I ever owned. While it's not the blackest of blacks, it does have a nice subtle sparkle that sets it apart from the others.

Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner in #1001 Black Silk - This was another amazing Ipsy discovery. While the sample I got was pretty tiny, my pencil has gotten quite a bit smaller due to my reliance upon it. This formula blends like no other. I love using it to smudge up my lower lashes and complete a smoky eye look.

Have you tried any of these? Have you seen my red and nudes/darks lipstick reviews?



Friday, July 17, 2015

perfect polish pairings.

My go-to summer nail polishes
Now that summer is fully underway, it's time to embrace sandals season and put your best foot forward. For me, this means rocking the perfect nail polish color combo. I love coordinating my nails and my toes, and have come up with a few of my favorite polish pairings. I'm not a huge nude polish girl, as these selections probably make clear. Of course, summertime is all about color, so why not take advantage of the season and let your nails pop?!

Formula X Power Source and Revlon ColorStay Sorbet
Coral Craze: This one is for all those coral lovers. While neither polish is actually coral, together they create the perfect pink-orange combo. I'm all about brights, so this hot pink and neon orange mix is perfect!

Sephora by OPI Read My Palm and Revlon ColorStay Rich Raspberry
Offbeat Beauty: I absolutely love fuchsia and teal as a color combo. This pale teal from Sephora is one of my all-time favorite polishes. It looks chic and unexpected on your fingers. As for toes, I love the color payoff from this Revlon polish. It lasts forever and looks amazing with sandals.

Sephora by OPI Keep Me on My Mistletoes and Pacifica Red Red  Wine
Glam Goddess: Ok, so these are two of my favorite nail polishes all year round. As the gold polish's name suggests, this combo could easily work for winter as well. I love rocking a gold polish on my fingers and pairing it with a sophisticated oxblood on my toes.

Probelle Into the Blue and OPI Umpires Come Out at Night
Beach Babe: This one reminds me of a day at the beach. The different shades of blue complement each other nicely and look amazing with a tan. Also, both of these polishes have serious lasting power and deliver a beautiful color.

Which combo is your favorite? Any other favorite pairings for summer? Let me know in the comments!



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