Can I first just say that Black Friday shopping tempts me none whatsoever -- all those crowds, stores ripped apart by grabby hands, "sales" on things that secretly had a price-hike the day before. No, thank you. Cyber Monday however, oh boyyyy. I can sit in my pajamas from the comfort of my own home and peruse an endless selection of beauty goodies. So, that's exactly what I did.
And yes, I realize this post is incredibly late for a Cyber Monday haul. I blame Ulta and the massive influx of orders (I assume) they received on Cyber Monday, since the order processing took nearly a week all its own. Ulta was giving away a $70-value bag of samples and travel-size products with every purchase of $30 or more. I couldn't resist.
(As you can see, I went a tad NYX crazy...)
I can honestly say that this purchase was the result of taking inventory of my current makeup collection, and deciding what else I actually needed, as opposed to just BUYING EVERYTHING I SAW.
NYX Lipsticks (pictured above, top right) are in Christie and Chic Red. Chic Red is a gorg bright red; it pairs perfectly with a neutral eye and winged liner. Classyyy. Christie, however, looked better online than she does in person (as is usually the case, ziiiing), and the color is frostier and lighter than I expected. Oh well, I'll make it work. Here they are swatched:
To go with the lip colors, I got NYX lip liners in Hot Red and Nude Pink.
I also picked up a few tinted lip balms (okay, actually four of them) to fend off winter dryness while still adding some color to my lips.
(Nyx Color Lip Balms in Sukriya (left) and Thank You (right).)
(Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch (left) and Peach Kiss (right).)
I must say, so far I prefer the NYX Color Lip Balms over the Maybelline Baby Lips. The color payoff is better, and the formula is more hydrating. Though, I've heard good things about Baby Lips from beauty bloggers like MissGlamorazzi, so I'll give them a fair shot.
I also snagged a NYX glitter, a few NYX eyeliners, mainly for my waterline, but Ulta threw in a freebie Essence black eyeliner as well.
(NYX Eyeliner Pencil in Pale Yellow (top) and White Pearl (bottom).)
(Essence Kajal Pencil in 01 Black.)
I'm feeling pretty satisfied with my choices, and you can expect actual reviews of some of these items in the near future, once I've tested them more thoroughly.
How about you guys? Did you get any good deals for Cyber Monday/Black Friday or have you tried any of these products? Let me know!
Friday was my 25th birthday and my fahbulous boyfriend took me to an authentic 1940's holiday BALL! Doesn't that just sound fantastic? World War II airplanes, a White Christmas movie set, cigarette girls, everything to make it feel like you stepped back in time. Of course, the fashion (and dancing!) was my favorite part. People get REALLY into being historically accurate, so I was just enamored by all the taffeta, crinolines and JEWELS!
My dress was a 1942 raspberry gown, found in perfect condition. I wore my grandmama's iridescent necklace and matching bracelet, and some seed-crystal earrings that were hers as well. My heels were late 1940 too!
My hair was done in the classic Rita Hayworth updo of the times...and it was probably the most complimented part of my ensemble of the entire evening!
I even did my nails in the rounded tip, red nail polish style of the '40s!
AND OF COURSE I couldn't let my dapper darling be in non-period clothing! We found him a dark navy tuxedo from 1943. The lapels and satin detailing were black, a contrast I absolutely ADORE. His outfit was complete with a black bowtie (also vintage) and a very classic hairstyle.
This entire experience inspired me to start collecting (read: buying) ONLY vintage and antique clothing and accessories. That's right, internet, from now on, I won't be purchasing anything from 1975-present. If I do, call me out! I think this will be a fun and VERY rewarding challenge.
Tell me about YOUR vintage pieces in your wardrobe! Are they found pieces? Did you get them from your grandmother? Every old piece has a story and I'd love to hear yours!
HI GUYS. I wanted to do a little shout out to a really cool community that I discovered not too long ago, and along with it, something that totally brightened my day.
I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Reddit, which is generally a good place to find funny cat pictures, news, etc. HOWEVER, it does have a tendency of being a very hostile environment (like pretty much everywhere else on the internet).
But, not too long ago, I stumbled on this little gem of a subreddit, Random Acts of Polish, which has to be the nicest group of women in the world. It's a forum designed for gifting and getting nail polishes for other random users, and today, I got my first one in the mail! I still haven't figured out who sent it to me, but it was such a wonderful surprise.
(Pardon the lack of cleanup. SAY HI, CAT!)
The color is Zoya Happi, and it's a really pretty bubblegum-pink with gold iridescent shimmers. Looove it. I definitely was not expecting anything grand today, so receiving this little package in the mail totally brightened my weekend!
If you like nail polishes, free things, or giving gifts, I definitely recommend you go check it out. The more the merrier!
So, a while ago, I used to make YouTube videos. I wanted to eventually have a beauty channel, but I got a little off track with making a World of Warcraft hairstyle. IT WORKED. So here's that:
I also made this one, super simply and straightforward. Usually, I tease my hair daily (THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVE LARGE HAIRS) so I was asked to show my secrets. Which aren't really secrets, just a lot of hairspray and a rat tail comb.
Kate and I will be making for real videos, doing product hauls or how to's. Leave a comment and let us know what you'd like to see (though I still think my World of Warcraft hair series is a great idea...)!
Thank you so much for watching...and subscribing! ALSO TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY.
So, let me just say, that I watch beauty videos on YouTube like... A LOT. Too much. Over the years, I've noticed the coming and going of trending products, and I always enjoyed seeing someone review a product I considered under-appreciated. I love trying new things, and in the process of doing so, I've found some loved products that I might otherwise not have picked up. I figured I'd share them with you! In no particular order:
1. Milani Lip Flash Full Coverage Pencil (in 07 In A Flash) -- This lip gloss pencil is really convenient to carry around and easy to apply. It's SUPER pigmented (swatch below) and I love it for a bright summery look. Cait borrowed this (nearly stole!!) and loved it too. My only complaint is that the formula can be slightly drying, so it helps to wear it with a balm. These go for about $6.99 each.
2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer (in 20 Posie Glow) -- This blush and bronzer compact comes with a mirror and brush (though nothing spectacular) included, making it really convenient. I always bring this with me when I travel, since it's a definite space-saver having these products combined into one. Decent color payoff for both, but not scarily bold. The product description also says it has antioxidants to improve skin tone overall but yeahhhh, we know how those kinds of claims generally work out... It's a slightly pricey drugstore product, at $11.49.
3. Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Concealer (in 210 Light) -- This product comes in a cute little swirl pattern (which I've totally messed up in mine), with concealer and the Simply Ageless serum mixed in. Can I just say that this product is perfect for dark under-eyes. It has a slightly peachy-pink undertone, counteracting the greeny-blue of under-eye circles wonderfully. Great coverage, creamy, but make sure to blend it well so it doesn't crease into lines. Otherwise an amaze product. $11.99 but worth it. I JUST LOVE THIS OK.
4. BH Cosmetics Blending Brush -- Regularly $3.95 a pop, and BH Cosmetics is ALWAYS having one sale or another where you can get these for even cheaper. I know how important it is to invest in a good set of brushes, but a girl on a budget can't always do that. Plus, I don't think I could ever have enough blending brushes anyway, since I'm terrible at regular brush cleanings. These are great, affordable, and do exactly what they're supposed to. I haven't even had any problems with shedding. At $3.95, it's kind of hard to go wrong.
5. Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies (in Blackest Black) -- I got this product as a present and I LOVE it. It has to be the best mascara when going for really full lashes.It has great staying power, and even without the waterproof formula it's a bit difficult to get off without makeup remover. Bad part: if you wait too long between applying coats, it can start to clump up, but it's not too big a deal for the overall effect it gives. About $7.77.
That's all for now, but I highly recommend these products. Yes, they don't come in gorg packaging like Chanel and Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, but they do the job (well!).
Let me know if you like this kind of post, it might become a regular thing! What are some of your favorite, lesser-known products?
I'm a big believer in wearing things from your wardrobe with multiple outfits. Mixing and matching is SO much fun, whether it be with different patterns or different pieces of clothing. Today, I included two of my absolutely favorite outfits, each using my staple cowboy boots and vintage belt I found somewhere for about three dollars.
Shirt: Anthropologie, Skirt: vintage, Tights: F21, Boots: Target, Belt: vintage, Ring and necklace: Anthropologie
So obviously, I'm not decked out in couture or super high-priced items. As much as I'd love to just drop some mahj cash on vintage Lanvin, I can't. My wardrobe consists of a LOT of thrifting and vintage finds, core pieces from Forever 21 and H&M, and my staple store, Anthropologie. What's the fun in wearing only designer clothing? Anyone with a credit card can do that; challenge that same person to look just as sharp, without Neiman's.
That being said, the quality of clothing is a big deal to me as well. Obviously, cheap clothes don't last long. Even some expensive "investments" (let's be real, that's what we tell ourselves when we buy a $400 dress) can easily fall apart. But having a solid mix of crap pieces and well-made pieces is the key. For some reason, those $30 Target cowboy boots have lasted me six seasons and are JUST now getting to be too gross to wear.
I would love to see your most favorite outfits, mixed and matched! Would you leave me a photo in our comments? Inspire me!
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