Saturday, May 30, 2015

Forever 21 Haul + Try On

Hey ya’ll!! Today I’m going to share with you some new clothing items I picked up from Forever 21. I wanted a few new things for Spring and Summer, and Forever 21 is one of the first places I go. They have cute and comfortable pieces that are really affordable.

I absolutely love wearing rompers in the Spring and Summer I practically live in them! They are not only easy to wear and comfortable, but you can make yourself look great with very little effort. I get most of my rompers from Forever 21 because they have a really nice selection, and most of them range anywhere from $10-$20, and you just cannot beat that price.

I am a huge fan of Kimono’s. I have a lot of basic tee’s and tank’s, and a kimono is a great way to dress up them up. This one in particular is really nice quality for the price. It’s heavy in the neck line, the colors and print and very vibrant and bright, and it’s nice and long.
For some reason, I am really picky when it comes to tops and I always have a tough time picking them out, which is why my closet is full of basics. I really like this paisley printed top. It’s got a little bit of an aztec print as well, which I really like. It’s flowy and comfortable to wear. The yellow top is also nice and flow, and has a peak-a-boo lace detail around the bottom, so you get just a little pop of skin poking through. I don’t have any yellow in my closet, so this was a nice added piece for Summer.


Beauty & The Books|Book Haul May 2015

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while since I have done any "book related” posts, and I have really missed them! I really miss doing lifestyle related posts, so I am definitely going to start doing more of them. Today I’m going to share with you some books I have picked up recently. I will have each book linked, in case you want more information. I’ve also included link to their Goodreads pages, if you want to read reviews and ratings.  
Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin Jacobsen who has had a long time crush on a girl named Margo Spiegelman. They randomly become friends one night when she shows up at his house. They spend the entire night together and then everything changes the next day at school. From what I can gather, Margo disappears but has left clues for Quentin to find her. The movie adaptation comes out in theaters this summer, on July 24.
The Isle of the Lost is a Disney adaptation about the Disney Villains and their children. The Villains are Maleficent, The Evil Queen from Snow White, Jafar, and Cruella Deville. The Villains and their families live on an island called Isle of the Lost and it is ruled by Maleficent. The Disney Villains were banished to the island and stripped of their powers 20 yrs ago, and are unable to leave due to an invisible fortress. There is key to help them possibly regain their powers and unlock the fortress somewhere hidden on the island that they must find. It seems to me that this is going to be a coming of age story about the children, and the lesson is that just because you come from an evil family, doesn’t mean you can’t choose to be good.
Outlander was originally published in 1991 and there are 8 books in this series, with the ninth book in the works. It’s about a woman named Claire Randall who is a combat nurse in the year 1945. She has just come back from the war and has been reunited with her husband. They are on a vacation in the British Isles when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles, and is transported back in time to Scotland in the year 1743. This has been made into a TV Series on Starz network and I have not watched it. I have heard really amazing things about this series, and I’m excited to start it. I’ve heard is all things romantic, dramatic, fun, exciting, and adventurous.
Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress
These are all fairy tale retellings about Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. The prequel to this series called The Fairest came out in January of this year, and the next book in the series comes out in November titled Winter, which is going to be featuring Snow White. So far I have read Cinder, but have yet to start the next book in the series, Scarlett. I believe that each book features the character(s)  from the previous book in the series. I really enjoyed Cinder, and have heard really awesome things about this series in general, so I am excited to continue reading it.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is about a girl name Tana who lives in a world where there are caged cities called Coldtowns that house vampires. There’s another thing, if you enter a Coldtown, you aren’t allowed to leave it. One morning after a party, Tana wakes up to find herself surrounded by dead bodies. She, her ex boyfriend who has been infected, and another boy whom she does not know, are the only three survivors. They have to find a way to save themselves, and the only way to do that is to entire a Coldtown.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sephora Haul|Makeup, Skin Care, & Hair Care

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m going to be sharing with you everything that I’ve picked up from Sephora this past month. I’ve been to Sephora a few times, so this haul is collective. Some of these products are repurchases, and things that I actually needed! I have a couple makeup products, and the rest are hair care and skin care items.
 My hair has been really dry and not looking it’s best lately, so I’ve been in the market for a new hair mask or serum. Living Proof recently came out with this new night mask, and since I had never tried anything from the brand, I figured now was a better time than ever.  I have used this twice so far, and have seen a difference in my hair’s overall appearance and texture. I apply about four pumps of this to dry, dirty hair, and wash it out the next day. My hair is left feeling softer and smoother, shinier, and more manageable.
Last summer I purchased the original Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. I ended up using the whole thing, but wasn’t 100% happy with it because it made my hair feel gritty and dirty. I like my hair to be moveable, touchable, and soft, so when I saw this hot new product it sounded like it was made for me. This is the same original spray, but with oil added to it. The new Surf Infusion creates softer, smoother texture, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
I recently finished up my night time moisturizer, and wanted to try something different. This is my first time trying anything from First Aid Beauty. The Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping cream is really thick and creamy, and keeps my skin hydrated until morning, without leaving my overly greasy. It sits nicely on my skin, hasn’t broken me out, and a little bit goes a long way.
 I’ve heard bloggers talk about Benefit’s blush in Dallas for years, but never picked it up until now.  Dallas is a matte, mauve/plum/bronzer shade that looks beautiful on the skin. I think this will make a nice blush for Summer, but will easily transition to Fall as well. It adds the perfect amount of warmth to the face.
I love YSL lip products, and have been collecting them the past couple of years. This is a Glossy Balm in the shade #10 Tangy Mandarine. It’s a sheer, bright orange/coral. One of my favorite lip products is the Dior Addict Lip Glow, so I wanted something similar but in a different shade. This product goes on sheer, but can be built up for more added color, and is hydrating like a lip balm. It adds the perfect pop of color, and is perfect for Summer. This is a pricey item, but I don’t mind spending more money on a product that I know I will get tons of use out of. This is going to live in my purse, along with my Dior Addict Lip Glow, and will be in constant rotation this Summer.
 I have repurchased the Benefit Gimme Brow more than once now, and haven’t found any reason to try anything else. I get the shade Medium/Deep because I like my brows to be a little darker than my hair. This adds a little bit of color, slightly plumps the brows, and holds them in place all day.
The Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinoid Pads is another repurchase for me, but it’s been a few months since I’ve had it because it’s an expensive item. I needed to repurchase it because I have noticed my skin has been changing, my pores are becoming more noticable, my skin looks dehydrated, and it just looks dull. I see a huge difference in my skin when I use this on a regular basis, so I’m really happy to have it back.      
 I have noticed more fine lines under my eyes lately, and it’s freaking me out! I decided it was time to start using a retinoid under my eyes and decided to try this one since I like the Miracle Worker facial pads so much. The consistency of this reminds me of the Benefit Porefessional because it has that same thick, silicone texture to it. I’ve only been using it for a week so I haven’t seen any major changes yet. It says I should see a difference in about 8 weeks, so I will be sure to let you know how I liked it once it’s used up.
Another repurchase is the Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment. HOLY GRAIL EYE CREAM right here! I recently decided to try the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Under Eye Cream, and honestly wasn’t that impressed by it. It was a nice eye cream, and I finished it up, but I do prefer the Tarte one. The Tarte eye cream is much thicker, and hydrates my under eye area a lot better, and longer, than the Bobbi Brown did.
This is the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush and it is awesome. I will say, I prefer the “setting” or “light” side. It fits perfectly under the eyes, and in the setting powders in the Shade + Light Contour Palette. The “contour” or “shade” side is nice, but it’s not dense enough for me to contour with. I like a really dense brush for contouring my cheeks, but this works nicely for contouring the nose. It also comes with a protective case that is perfect for storing and traveling.


Monday, May 18, 2015

How I Style My Hair|Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m going to show you how I style my hair into loose, beachy waves. I’ve been styling me hair like this for a while now and absolutely love it. I have been getting a lot of questions lately on how I do my hair, and what products I use, so I figured I would share that with you today.

I have medium length hair with long layers cut into it. My hair is fine, but very dense, meaning that my hair is thin and I have a lot of it. I don’t have naturally curly hair, but it’s not super straight either. My hair dries straight in the front, and then I have a natural wave in the back.

The tool I use to curl my hair is the Nume Curling Wand. I received the Titan 3 set for Christmas, and have been using the 22mm barrel which is the medium sized attachment.  I also keep handy a paddle brush, a wide toothed comb, a teasing comb, shine spray, hairspray, and a hair clip to section off my hair.
Before I start I like to spray the Granier Brilliant Shine Spray all over my hair for added shine. I then brush my hair out with a paddle brush so that the product is evenly distributed. Since my hair is so dense, I end up curling my hair in five different sections. The first two sections are the bottom half of my hair. I start by taking about one inch pieces, and curl them away from my face. I’m not super precise when I’m curling the bottom two sections. These bottom sections aren’t easily seen after the finished product, so I just want to get them curled that way the hair blends with the top three sections.

The third section is when I start alternating my curls. I begin by taking the front pieces, and start curling towards my face. Then grabbing the second piece, I curl it away from my face. I repeat these two steps for the rest of this section. The reason I alternate the curls is because I want the waves to be distinct and different, resulting in a more textured look. If you curl your hair in the same direction all the way around, they are all going to meld together, resulting in one giant wave. By alternating the curls, you will have distinct separated waves that create more volume and texture to the finished look.

The fourth section is where I decide whether I am going to do a side part or a middle part. For today’s look I decided to go with a side part. I start by creating a deep side part, and create one last section on the parted side of my hair. I repeat the same steps that I did with the third section. I start by curling towards my face again on the parted side, because that piece of hair lays before the first piece in the previous section. As a result, every curl in this section will lay on top of it’s opposite curl from the third section. The right side (my right) is actually going to be the top section of hair because of the side part, so instead of curling the first piece toward my face, I am going to be curling that piece away from my face. I like to curl the hair closest to my face, on the top layer, to curl away from my face.

Now to the fifth and final section, which is all going to lay on my left side. I curl the first piece closest to my face, away from my face. Like I did in the previous sections, I add in alternating curls until all the final pieces are finished and curled.
Once the entire head is curled, I like to let them sit for about 20 minutes before I brush them out. The wait time allows your curls to cool, and lock in their shape. If you brush our your curls while the are still warm, they will lose their shape. During this time, I usually do my makeup to help pass the time.
When the curls have cooled and set, I like to start shaking the curls out with my fingers. I start with the bottom, putting my hands at the base of my head and gently shaking the hair from the root, and gently pulling my fingers through the hair. I repeat this step with the middle of my head, taking my hands through the sides, gently pulling my fingers through the entire middle section. Once I have gently ruffled my curls, I take a wide toothed comb, and gently start brushing through my hair.
When I’ve finished brushing out my hair, I like to go back in and add in a few small curls to any place that needs it, or if I accidentally missed a piece. Once I’ve done that I like to spray a light weight hair spray to really lock in the work I’ve just done. My favorite hairspray to use in the Garner Sleek & Shine Hair Spray. It’s a light weight hair spray that holds my style in place, without leaving my hair heavy and crunchy.

And that is how I style my hair! I hope you enjoyed it, and got a few tips on how to achieve texture beachy waves. Be sure to watch my video to see the tutorial in action. And as always, if you have any requests for me, or questions, just leave them in the comments down below!


Friday, May 15, 2015

KathleenLights “Where The Light Is” Eyeshadow Review|ColourPop Cosmetics

Hey ya’ll!! I recently made my first ColourPop purchase and decided to try out the “Where The Light Is” quad that KathleenLights helped to create. I’ve seen tons of YouTuber’s talk about ColourPop for a while now, but never personally tried anything. When I saw a few reviews and swatches of the “Where The Light Is” set, I decided that it was time I bite the bullet and try them out.

Top Shades: Glow & Cornelius - Bottom Shades: Blaze & KathleenLights

I have been loving cream eyeshadows lately, and these ColourPop shadows are right up my alley. They are very affordable ($5.00 each) and are comparable to the Loreal Infallible Cream Shadows. They are a cream to powder formula and are very pigmented. They are really soft and smooth, with a bit of a bounce to them, similar to the Bouncy Blushes from Maybelline.
Left to Right: Glow, Cornelius, Blaze, KathleenLights

The set retails for $20.00 and comes complete with four shades, two matte and two shimmer. The first matte shade is called Glow and is a creamy white shade, great as an all over lid color or brow bone highlight. Next is Cornelius which is a soft brown that is a perfect crease shade; it’s not too warm and it’s not too cool. The first shimmer shade is called Blaze and it’s my favorite shade in the quad. It’s a toasted bronze with lots of glitter and shimmer. Lastly is KathleenLights, which is a shimmery golden bronze. It’s an exact dupe for the shade “Unleashed” from the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette, which happens to be my favorite shade in the palette. If you like the shade KathleenLights then you would really enjoy the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette.
All four shades wear extremely well with zero fading or creasing. I wore them on top of the Urban Decay Primer Potion for a good 12 hours and they held up perfectly. If you are a fan of cream eyeshadows, and have not tried any of the ColourPop shadows, I really recommend them. Shipping is fast, they are affordable, and the quality and pigmentation are awesome. Next up on my list to try are the ColourPop Lippe Stix!