Thursday, September 12, 2013

Outfit of the Day: End of Summer

Here's just a quick post about the outfit I wore on Tuesday. It was super warm so I decided to wear a dress because there's not going to be many of these days left! But I also think this dress is versatile and can definitely be transitioned into fall and winter.
Dress: TJMaxx, Shoes: Payless

Hair: Lace Braid

 Makeup: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Bad to the Bronze Maybelline Color Tattoo, Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette Eyeshadow colors- Booty Call, Chopper, Snakebite, and Busted as a liner, Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon
(Also, this was taken at the end of the day so my makeup wore off a little)

Any outfits you've been loving lately? Comment below!

Monday, September 9, 2013

August Favorites

So I know it's more than a week into September, but I still wanted to post my August favorites! School has been crazy so it's nice to have a bit of time to take some pictures and write about all my favorite things from this past month. So let's get started!

I especially loved four makeup products this month. The first product was the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation and I wear 110 Ivory. I bought this quite a few months back because I was over all the hype around bb creams (they were always too orange for my skin and did not have any coverage), so I was looking for a lightweight foundation that gave me some coverage and was natural. I love this because it is everything I want out of a bb cream; it's lightweight and has good coverage, but also has the no makeup look and is quick to put on. This product is perfect for summer days and rushed school mornings. The only downside with this is it makes my skin more oily than other foundations so this would probably be best for dry skin.

I've also been obsessed with NYX's blush Pinched. It's a pinkish-coral color with fine gold shimmer that is absolutely perfect for summer. This blush gives me such a nice glow and the pigmentation is so great, especially for the price! I have a feeling I will be wearing this all year round.

The Maybelline color tattoo in Barely Beige is one of my holy grail items. It's a pearly neutral cream eyeshadow, and when I put this on my lids and inner corners and it makes my eyes look so much brighter. It instantly makes my look a thousand times better. And this color tattoo is great because when I'm running late and don't have a lot of time to do my makeup this is super easy to apply and totally pulls my makeup look together. This can also be used as a primer. It enhances the eye shadow color and makes it pop against the skin. The color tattoo is also great because it makes my eyeshadow last all day and keeps it in place.

The Revlon Lip Butter comes as no surprise as a favorite for this past month! Pink Lemonade is the lip product that was always in my bag and was featured in my last post. It's a sheer light pink color that goes with everything, which makes it perfect to keep in your purse for when you're on the go.

Next I'm focusing on my skincare and hair products that I loved last month, and I have one of each to share with you! The Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser was something I heard great things about and I was looking for a face wash that would be gentle on my skin and possibly eliminate some redness. This product and brand in general is recommended by dermatologists because it's great to use opposite a strong acne cleanser and is just in general amazing for the skin. This works great for me because it's not harsh on my skin and I have eliminated a lot of my redness after I started using this. This is on the pricey side, but you get a huge bottle that will last forever and it's really amazing quality. Another thing to note about this is that is doesn't really have a scent and I know some people like to refrain from products with strong scents, so if that's the case for you you might want to try this out!

The Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray from Not Your Mother's is something many beauty gurus have raved about. This is under 5 dollars and smells like coconut heaven! I like to use this in semi-damp hair before I do a french braid before bed, which I take out in the morning and I get perfect summer beachy waves. And it's super easy!

I've also been using these hair ties a lot, mainly because they are so cute! They are leopard print and look adorable whether my hair is up or even around my wrist. These came with a pack of Goody hair ties.

My favorite scents for August were Beautiful Day and Pink Chiffon, both from Bath and Body Works. Beautiful Day is a perfect summer scent, it's a fresh and fruity. The main thing I smell is apples, but it's not a fall scent like you would think. Bath and Body Works describes it as, "Beautiful Say is a fragrance as beautiful as the perfect spring day with sun-kissed apple, wild daisies and fresh pink peonies." I've also been using Pink Chiffon which is a girly, sweet scent. Bath and Body Works describes it as, "A light-as-air pairing of soft pink petals and vanilla chiffon icing expresses the flirty femininity of feeling pretty in pink."

This past month I got new Asics! I've been thinking about getting new ones for a while because my old ones were from my senior year in high school, which I used for volleyball. These are the Gel-Scram sneakers and they are designed for walking on trails but they are just great all around fitness shoes. I'm obsessed with the cotton candy colors and they actually make me want to go take a walk or exercise.

My favorite candle has been the Watermelon Lemonade candle from Bath and Body Works! It's a sweet and fruity scent that just screams summer. Bath and Body Works describes the scent as, "The coolest sip of summer! Quench your thirst for long summer days with this refreshing blend of watermelon ice, sparkling water and freshly squeezed Meyer lemons." I'm praying they release this again next summer!

So, I've been wanting a tablet for a while now and when I saw that the Nook HD+ was on sale for 150 plus it came with a 20 dollar gift card, I just had to get it! The screen is amazing on this, it's so clear I could stare at it all day! Watching Youtube on this is a dream, the picture is amazing. I was wary about the bright screen and reading on this but you can customize the pages to have a more cream background which is easier on the eyes, or I just like turning the brightness down. I also love how I can change the font and the margins to customize it perfectly for me. There's an app I downloaded that I can make flashcards for school and it's really helpful. I've always hated writing countless flashcards and typing them is the better route for me, plus I can organize them by class and chapter which is cool. E-readers are great because you can get digital books cheaper than a physical book, or you get find them even for free. Most of the time I just borrow books from online libraries! Nothing is better than free books. I'm excited to continue using this throughout September and discover new apps and books.

So those are my August favorites! What have you been loving lately? Comment below!