March 27, 2016 • Beauty
April already?! This is getting a little ridiculous...
March was a good month; I found some great new products and kept up with the ones I've been loving the last few months. I cannot wait for spring to fully bloom (ha, get it?!), and have my shorts ready to be pulled out for the warm weather. Mother Nature, please work with me here.
The new find...Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb
I've actually only had this for a few days, but this lipstick is killin' it for me right now. For the past few months I've been on a journey to find the perfect nude. My skintone is a bit unusual, and I often find that most nudes don't suit me very well, which is something I've been frustrated with for a long time. Well, my problem has now been solved because of this new release from Bite. And, they have plenty of shades to keep everyone satisfied. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review of this next week.
The unexpected one...Nails Inc Gel Polish in Savoy Place
If you've ever read anything I say about nail polish, it's all about dark shades. I have a thing about navy blue, burgundy, and dark purple. I don't know why. But a few months ago I picked up this shade on a whim and have loved it ever since. It's a light blue with lilac undertones, and lasts longer and is much more glossy than a typical polish. I've unfortunately now realized this color is no longer available, but it's very similar to the shade Primrose Hill.
The rediscovery...Benefit High Beam
I came home for spring break and discovered this in the makeup I didn't bring with me to school. It's a fairly easy liquid highlighter that helps achieve glowing skin for spring, which I talked about a few weeks ago (read that here). I don't think it's got the greatest lasting power on my oily skin, but it doesn't take very long to dab this wherever you need some shine - the bridge of your nose, your cheekbones, the cupid's bow, and on the brow bone.
The oldie but goodie...Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
I got a sample of this a long time ago, and still have some of it left. All that really needs to be said is that it smells like chocolate. The bronzer itself is great - not orange, blends out easily, lasts all day - but honestly, my favorite part is the scent. I do also love how it comes in three different shades, meaning lots of different skintones can use it. I have the shade 'chocolate', which is medium to deep.
The empty...First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
I mentioned this in my winter skincare routine, but sadly I've now finished the bottle. Every time I run out I don't repurchase it, solely because I can't justify spending over $15 on a cleanser. I always end up forgetting how much I love it, and the next time I buy it my skin thanks me for it. It works all year round and does such a great job gently cleansing and removing makeup, all while making your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. I can't say enough good things about it.
Have you tried any of these?
What was your favorite thing from March?
March 20, 2016 • Accessories, Spring, Wear
Spring is on its way, and I couldn't be more excited. I basically wait for this moment for the entire months of January and February. If you're interested in Spring makeup, check out my last post on how to get glowing skin. This post will include accessories all from Spring's Accessory Store, which is an amazing website that works with over 800 brands to sell clothing, shoes, and accessories. Everything from the site is so adorable, and I love everything on this list.
- Eighty Nine BGB 014 Watch. I'm so in love with watches with black details, and I think the black face is so cool and unique. Combined with the gold details and the simplicity of the design, this is a real winner in my book.
- American Apparel Skinny Feathered Edge Leather Belt in Mauve. I noticed a fair amount of skinny belts on the spring runways, and I love this particular one because baby pink is one of my favorite shades for details right now. Not only that, but it's also quite close to one of the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz.
- Wren + Glory Branch Halo. Another thing I saw in many runway shows was crown-esque headbands. This one caught my eye immediately, and I thought it would be perfect for wearing the trend without being too flashy. This would also be beautiful for festivals, as that season is coming soon!
- Elizabeth and James Neri Kira Drop Earrings. Many runways also showcased dangling earrings, typically hanging down to the shoulders. This is a little too much for me, but I found these earrings that follow the trend in a simpler way. They'd look so beautiful with a messy bun or a simple updo.
- Modern Citizen Tube Necklace. I'm a huge fan of long pendant necklaces that have simple designs or shapes. These are perfect for layering, and this one especially looks great for that purpose. I love it with a plain black tee and jeans.
- Khoi Le Pineapple Punch Pouch. If you've ever seen my Pinterest (seriously, check out my inspiration board), you'll know that I'm incredibly obsessed with pineapples. Especially when spring and summer roll around. Upon seeing some crazy graphic bags on the runways, I immediately looked for a few options and completely fell head over heels for this one. It's such a fun addition to any outfit, and it looks like a great size.
- Freyrs Eyewear Luna Round Cat Eye Sunglasses. I always spend more time outside when the weather gets warmer, and I'm a huge fan of cat eye glasses. I don't have anything like these, and the shape and color just look perfect.
- Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Patchwork Bag. Again with the graphic bags, this one looked incredible for spring, and is a really fun shape and style. I also love the price tag on this one.
- Rebecca Minkoff Sunnies Pouch. Okay, I couldn't resist this adorable, yet slightly unnecessary accessory. It just made me so happy, especially because of my newfound love for light pink.
- Urban Outfitters BDG Washed Canvas Baseball Hat in Coral. If you saw my fall fashion bucketlist, you'd have seen that I had a newfound love for baseball caps. Well, I'm still very into them. This one is perfect because it's got that nice, worn in look, and would pretty much look great with any outfit you pair it with.
- Moon and Lola Ananas Pineapple Necklace. Again with the pineapple. In addition to loving long pendants, I also love short necklaces that have tiny charms on them. Obviously, I need one with a pineapple on it.
- Stella & Bow Madeline Earrings. I guess I'm just a huge fan of tiny, simple jewelry (also check out that Pinterest board), so I couldn't resist these adorable earrings. I love the fact that they're mismatched, because that adds a unique and interesting aspect to any outfit.
What's on your spring wish list?
March 13, 2016 • Beauty, Highlighter, Skincare, Tutorial
The weather isn't exactly reflecting it, but spring is near. I've been quite bored with my makeup lately, so I turned to some fashion week experts to get an idea of this season's upcoming trends. Unfortunately many brands showcase makeup that's a little difficult for...ahem, non-high fashion models, to pull off every day. One thing I did notice with brands like Balmain, Chloe, and Marc Jacobs was bronzed, glowing skin that had an almost shiny appearance. I figured this all-over highlight was pretty easy to work with, so decided to recreate it myself.
The first step to glowing skin begins with skincare. It's important to not over-scrub your face, but I like to use a cleansing water every night with an exfoliating cotton pad to make sure my dead skin is mostly gone. The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is absolutely amazing at gently removing makeup and making everything super smooth. Every once in a while I also like to use an exfoliating scrub, so I pull out the Fresh Sugar Face Polish and use it very lightly on my cheeks, nose, and forehead. To read more about my skincare routine, go here.
Hydrate your skin:
The best thing you can do for your skin is drink lots of water every day. I make it a goal of mine to drink at least 3 or 4 water bottles per day, and I love the effect it has on my skin. Everything is brighter and clearer. In addition, eating a lot of fruits and veggies can improve the appearance of your natural skin. If that's something you're not good at, at least make sure to use a nice moisturizer, especially during drier weather. I'm currently testing out the Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer. I'll report back on how I like it. There are tons of different moisturizers for each skin type, so make sure to find one that's right for you.
Prime your face:
I have quite oily skin, so sometimes in the summer I like to start with a mattifying primer, like the NYX Pore Filler Primer. If I'm not as oily one day, I'll go for the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer or the Clinique Superprimer Universal. I'm quite interested in trying the Too Faced Hangover Primer, because I've heard the most amazing things about it. That one is made with coconut water, so it's very hydrating and would probably create an awesome glow.
I'm so in love with the Bobbi Brown Corrector right now. It's amazing for concealing my dark circles, and it lasts quite a long time. I pop on a little bit of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer over that and over my spots - but very sparingly. I'm trying to be more comfortable with my natural skin, so I like to not mask my face completely. I've stopped wearing foundation because I typically find that it weighs down my skin and always looks patchy and weird.
Because my face is so oily, I really need to use a bit of powder. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light has been stealing my heart recently, so I take a small amount of this and put it on the center of my forehead, the inner corners of my dark circles, and down the bridge of my nose. It's important to dab this, not brush it, because that won't move around the concealer underneath. This powder is wonderful because it's not completely mattifying, but takes away some shine and adds a subtle glow.
I don't always do this step, but if I'm feeling extra pale or want a very 'beach goddess' look, I do. The Nars Laguna Bronzer will always be my fave, so I take this with a fluffy brush and lightly brush it on my temples, forehead, cheeks, and down my neck a little. Make sure this is completely blended, or else you'll look like an oompa loompa. Another bronzer I love is the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.
Add a pop of blush:
A bright pink blush goes perfectly with this glowy look, but unfortunately the two I've been using are limited edition. However, what I've been doing is to take a light pink blush and place this towards the back of my cheeks, closer to my hairline, and then place a bright, almost neon pink blush closer to the apples of my cheeks as a pop of brightness. Something like the Nars Blush in Gaiety, the Tarte Blush in Dollface, or the Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink would do the trick.
The Hourglass powder is already a bit highlighting, but I like to put a little extra shimmer on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and on my cupid's bow. For this I'm still in love with the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter. I always use a light hand for this, because it packs a serious punch. For a full review of that, go here.
What spring makeup are you looking forward to?
Do you like matte or highlighted skin?
I'm a freshman in college, which means I live in the smallest space in the world: the dorm. My room is pretty freakin' tiny, and if I want to use an actual kitchen, I have to venture out into the common space of my floor. Then I risk the chance of seeing other people. And let's be honest - who wants that? All jokes aside, staying healthy while in college, especially when living in the dorms, is a difficult feat. Luckily, I've figured out a few ways to stay active and not eat crap all the time. Today's topic is all about the food I like to keep in my room.
Sometimes I wake up way too late for class and need to grab something quick while I'm running out the door. I like to keep a stash of healthy granola bar options for those days. A lot of bars can actually be very sugary, high in sodium, or not be very nutritious, so I make sure to read the label very carefully. My favorite brand is Kind, especially the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan flavor.
Oatmeal & Cereal
For days when I do have time to have breakfast, I typically opt for one of these two options. My favorite flavor of oatmeal is Quaker's Cinnamon & Spice, but there are plenty of options that are even healthier. I usually go for the lower sugar boxes. To add a little extra protein, I make the oatmeal slightly soupier and mix in some peanut butter to thicken it. As for cereal, I tend to keep two boxes of Oatmeal Squares (Cinnamon and Brown Sugar) and one box of Cheerio's.
The Fruits & Veggies:
Apples, Bananas, & Clementines
It's not very easy to keep fresh fruit in the dorms, but these three tend to last a little longer. I try to make sure I eat at least one piece of fruit every day, if not more. It's also helpful to keep around a jar of peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter to pair with the apples or bananas for a snack that'll keep you full for longer.
Carrots & Hummus
These are a little bit harder to keep fresh, but I've found that they stay for about two weeks. Make sure you're not bingeing on the hummus, because too much can actually be pretty high in fat. Checking the serving size and spooning it out onto a plate can be helpful instead of eating straight from the container, like I sometimes do.
Nuts, Trail Mix, Pretzels, & Popcorn
I do try to stay away from having carb-centered snacks, but sometimes I get a craving that just doesn't go away. To help out with that I try to have some healthier versions of these snacks, like lightly salted cashews and light butter popcorn. Letting myself have one of these means I probably won't binge later.
Along the lines of cravings, I find it helpful to keep some kind of chocolate in my room. I have a terrible sweet tooth, and sometimes I just need some chocolate. I don't necessarily think it's bad to let yourself have something sweet every so often, and dark chocolate is the perfect thing for that.
It's pretty easy to keep a couple bags of this around, because they take a while to go stale. Right now I'm enjoying some flavors from Bear Naked, but Kind also does some amazing flavors. This is perfect to snack on if you're getting one of those carb-y cravings, but is also delicious over some milk or yogurt.
Bonus: Avocados, Rye Bread, & Turkey
This isn't exactly a snack, but sometimes I'm even too lazy to go down to my dining hall for lunch or dinner, and instead of having ramen or crappy microwave meals, I make a sandwich. After buying a loaf of bread I stick it in the freezer to keep it for longer, and then toast the bread before using it. I'll toss on some turkey and cheese, and if I have them, avocados. I also like to use avocados for toast, or just to snack on with some salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
All that being said, it's perfectly acceptable to indulge in some unhealthy foods too, as long as it's not all the time. My perfect balance is eating healthy Monday through Friday lunch, and then letting myself have some treats over the weekend. My college town has some pretty incredible food (I'm looking at you, mac n' cheese pizza), so I try not to let myself miss out on that.
What healthy snacks do you like to have?