Archives for March 2017

31/03/2017

Dress ideas for spring/summer!

One of my favorite things about spring/summer is being able to wear dresses. Dresses are like my leggings in the winter. I love finding dresses that are easy to put on and don’t require a lot of effort. I love shift dresses and flowy dresses. I don’t really like tight dresses because I want to feel comfy, not like I have to suck everything in haha.

I linked below some options of great spring/summer dresses for everyday wear. Just click on the picture at the bottom and it will take you directly to the website.

  1. This Lush split neck shift dress is one of my favorites. It comes in 5 different colors and I have the black color. I really want to get the navy color as well because it is such a staple piece to have in your closet. It is under 50 and trust me you will wear it multiple times. You can dress it up with jewelry or wear it with slip on shoes/converse to make it more laid back. Definitely recommend it!
  2. The forever 21 cold shoulder dress is something different than what I would normally wear. I like the distressed look it has and I like the cold-shoulder detail. I absolutely love this dress and think it is so cute for a fun day out shopping with friends or going to the zoo or something like that. And it’s under 40 bucks!!
  3. This Socialite dress from Nordstrom is such great quality and so affordable and also a great piece to have in your wardrobe. I like pieces I can wear more than one season and this is a dress for just that. This is so cute and you can throw on a cardigan or a jean jacket or even just wear it like it is and pick some bright jewelry to pair it with. The ideas are endless and it comes 9 different colors. The best part is that its 35$ and Nordstrom has fast free shipping. Any time I order something from them I get it in less than 4 days. Im not kidding. Something that is a NEED for spring/summer!
  4. Another one that I love is the Honey Knot dress. I have seen these all over Instagram, Pinterest, and more. I love how it shows a tiny bit of your stomach and that its neutral color. This would even be great wearing as a bathing suit cover up. Its from Urban Outfitters and under 50$
  5. This last dress is a bit more pricey, but I think it is totally worth it. I love the frills and the blush pink color. I think this would be perfect for wearing to a wedding this spring/summer and you can also wear it to other events. It is a little more pricey, but again this would be another great staple piece to have for years to come if you needed a cute simple dress to wear.

You can shop all items in the links below. I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading. XOXO

P.S. I will be doing a giveaway on my blog very soon so stay tuned for that!!

29/03/2017

Favorite Mascaras

My favorite part of doing my makeup is adding mascara. It is the one thing I never forget to put on. It can instantly make your eyes pop in my opinion even with nothing else on your face. My eyelashes have always been on the longer side, but a little help to make them appear fuller and darker never hurt. Below I list my top 4 fav mascaras! I rotate through these depending on the look I am going for that day. You can shop these products below by clicking the pictures at the bottom of the post!

  1. The smashbox full exposure mascara is a great mascara. It gives your eyelashes such a full look without it looking like your eyelashes are all stuck together. I only need one coat of this, but you can layer it for an even fuller effect.
  2. The Too Faced Better than Sex mascara is a favorite by so many people. I first received this with a palette I bought from Too Faced like two years ago and it was just the deluxe sample. I fell in love because it gives you such a dramatic look if you are doing a smokey eye. Multiple coats can make your eyelashes turn into one eyelash if you know what I’m saying..haha. So just one is needed, but it is difficult to put on the lower lash since the wand is a little thicker. Still an all time fav of mine! I linked the travel size that is 12$ below. Try it if you like voluminous lashes!
  3. I can’t say enough good things about the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. A friend recommended this to me a while back and I ended up receiving this in my sephora play box. This is my go to mascara on a daily basis. I don’t know what it is about this mascara, but it evenly coats my mascara and gives it length and volume all in one. I linked the travel size below that is 12$ and lasts such a long time. I can’t even go through it before you are supposed to throw away mascaras. So definitely try it out!
  4. The Lancome Hypnose Drama is my second favorite all together! Every time I wear this I always get compliments on my eyelashes and it lasts all day on me. If I touch my eyelashes, it won’t flake off like some mascara I have tried and it just makes any eyeshadow look instantly even better somehow. I couldn’t find a travel size unfortunately.

These have been the best mascaras in my opinion and I hope you’ll try one of them out. I swear by these 4 and really don’t use any other mascaras in the past 2 months. I just rotate through these 4 and have really enjoyed each of them.

Thanks for reading! XOXO

 

27/03/2017

Spring shoe essentials under 30$

I have to admit that I don’t buy many shoes. I usually buy one or two pairs of sandals and wear those till they can’t be worn any longer. I just get into a routine with shoes and they are worn in and cute and I just continuously wear them. I am trying to be better though and venture out to find cute sandals for this spring and summer. I have found 6 different pairs that I am absolutely obsessed with. Pom Poms and tassels are seriously my favorite right now. I found the cutest shoes from forever 21 and the best part is they are all under 30$ and 3 of the options are under 20$! SCORE!

All of the links are down below. Just click on the picture of the item you like and it will take you to the website to see the other colors they have!!

The first pair are these beautiful yellow Espadrille slip-ons. I am so so excited about these. I mean how cute are they. And the color will be so great for spring and summer. These come in three different colors and they are 19.90. I’m in love with the pink as well. These would go with so many outfits and I really think if you took care of them they would last for a long time!

The second pair I found are the coral slip on sandals that have pompoms and tassels. How cute are they? I mean seriously so in style right now and I am for sure ordering these! A big plus is they are only 22 bucks! A great deal and a fun way to spice up any outfit.

Another pair I found are the lace up espadrilles. So easy to slide on and will easily match any outfit. I think these are perfect for spring and any vacation you have planned. And they are under 20 bucks!!

I found some cute slip ons that are easy to pair with any outfit you have on and head on your way. They come in a few different fun spring/summer colors and I am pretty much obsessed with these. They are simple, but still so cute and you can’t beat the price of 13$!!

One of my favorites I found are the ankle strap pom pom sandals. If you can’t tell, I am loving pom poms right now and they seem to be everywhere. I like how fun they are and it adds something to a plain pair of shoes that makes them fun to wear. They are 24.90 but still under 30$!

Lastly, I found these tassel sandals and I love these so much. I love the blush color and how different they are from any other sandal I have. I also like the fact that they are under 30$ and they would dress up a plain v-neck and jeans or shorts for the spring/summer season. Definitely a must!

Thanks for reading!! XOXO

 

 

24/03/2017

Makeup Products You HAVE to try!!

1. The number one beauty product I swear by is my Mac fix +. You can use this product as a primer as well as a product to set your makeup. I mostly use this as a way to set my makeup and it is seriously the best I have ever tried. I have tried drug store and also high end setting sprays because you want your makeup to last as long as you need it to and none of the products I have tried compare to Mac fix +. It smooths out any powder you have on your face into your foundation and it makes it blend in all together seamlessly. Seriously if you don’t try any other beauty products out in this post, please try this one. You won’t regret it!!!

2. Two different setting powders that I think are the best in my opinion are the Laura Mercier loose setting powder and the Kat Von D lock-it loose setting powder. Both of these are such great products and keep my concealer in place literally all day. They are both more on the pricey side, but they have both lasted me so long and they are honestly worth it in my opinion. You can get the travel option of the Kat Von D which is what I have that I used for my vacation in February and I still have so much left. The travel size is only $15 for the Kat Von D which isn’t too bad. If you are looking for a great quality loose setting powder and want it to last a while.. definitely check out one of these. You can’t go wrong with either one!

3. Some of my favorite products from Too Faced are the Born this way Foundation (Which I have raved about for the past year I feel like), the Hangover primer (this stuff hydrates your skin so well), and the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bone eye shadow palette (Ive had this palette since last year and I still love it so so much and too faced has such high quality eye shadows.) All three of these products are amazing. I have been using all three for a very long time now and I continue to go back because they are so good. I love trying out new foundations, but I will always go back to the Born this Way foundation because it does great things for my skin. I always recommend this foundation for anyone that asks me!

4. Another foundation that I have recently come to love is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation. I have learned that it works better for me if I apply it with a foundation brush. It looks so good in pictures and really keeps my skin hydrated (although thats not really the purpose of the foundation). This foundation will stay on your face all day and won’t cake up. I have oily skin and I never have to touch up this foundation as long as I set it with a powder.

5. My all time favorite brow pencil is the Anastasia Brow Definer. I am on my third pencil now and it is so easy to use. I actually tried the L’oreal brow pencil and the colourpop brow gel and they didn’t give me the same outcome that the ABH brow definer did. I use the shade Taupe and it works great with my skin tone. If you are really in to doing your brows, please try this out. This definer makes it so easy to apply to your brows to achieve the shape and outcome you want!!

6. My favorite bronzer has got to be the Hoola Bronzer from Benefit. This is a classic bronzer that is pretty much a favorite world wide. It goes with any skin tone and is not too orange or too cool toned. It is the perfect shade for a bronzer. I swear by this stuff and rarely use any other bronzers. It is pretty affordable to so try it out if you get the chance!!

7. I also linked some of my favorite lip products below such as the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lip and the Wet N Wild Cat suit liquid lipsticks. I like the colourpop ultra satin lips as well. Those are my top three brands I wear on my lips for a liquid lip stick!

Every thing is linked below, just click the picture of the item you want to look at and it will take you to that product! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section and I will reply to you! Thanks for reading. XOXO

 

22/03/2017

Too Faced Natural Love Palette.. is it worth it?

For the first order of business, as most of you can see from the new appearance of my blog, I have some new changes! I spent a few weeks trying to figure out what layout and design would make me feel proud of my blog. I knew what I wanted, but didn’t know necessarily how to make that happen. I found a website that creates custom templates and premade templates for blogs, clothing websites, youtube profiles.. all of that. I came across the template that I have now and fell in love with the simplicity of it, but loved how it had the scalloped detail at the top and just the overall layout of it. I also was unaware how much I had to do to switch from Wix to WordPress and then switch my WordPress to a self-hosted WordPress. That is why it has taken a few weeks to make it live. After so much help from my blog designer Kate and the people of DreamHost, it is now finally live. I love it so much and I love how professional it looks. I really hope you all like it too and will continue to support me. I have something very exciting that I will be working on and I will be sharing that in the weeks to come so be on the lookout for that.

On to the actual post! I have been waiting for the new Too Faced palette to launch for a couple of months now. I love palettes that have so much of a variety and thats why I loved it! I wasn’t too keen on the price, but I knew it would last me for a very long time and all of my Too Faced palettes are seriously top quality. So I ordered it on March 9th I believe when it came out and it arrived a few days ago! I actually used it for the first time yesterday and absolutely fell in love. I went for the pink shades for a lighter look, but used a darker color to darken the outer v on my eyelid. It blended so easily and I can’t wait to start using this palette all of the time. It has so many different shades which you will see below that I love. I would say it is definitely worth the price if you are in to makeup and want a variety of options to create endless looks.

Too Faced Natural Love Palette 

Swatched below are (Left to right) : Hot & Bothered, Honeymoon, Undercover, Honey butter (Lightly), and at the top is Lace Teddy

Thanks for reading!! XOXO

17/03/2017

Favorite Items Under $50

So I have some favorite items that I have been using constantly and I love a good deal. These products/clothing items are on sale and I wanted to share them with you all in case you are interested! Everything will be linked below as usual!

1. The first item I love and is on sale are my Topshop Leigh ripped skinny jeans. I have these in the black color as well and I absolutely love these. They fit so well and just make you appear slimmer in my opinion. The material is so comfortable that I don’t feel like I am wearing jeans. After I had the black pair, I found these at Nordstrom and knew I had to buy them. They are still on sale and I definitely recommend if you are looking for a cute and comfy pair of ripped jeans. The black pair are not on sale anymore, but the Mid denim color is. I have found a few other pairs of Topshop jeans that I am really wanting to buy because they are so good and I need some jeans that don’t have rips in them to wear to work. I personally think its better to spend a little bit more on denim so they will last because I have spent less money on denim and they don’t last as long in my experience. These are originally 70 dollars and they are 40% off making them 41.99! Snatch them up! I believe all but one size is sold out on Nordstrom.com, but they are available on Topshop’s website.

Topshop Leigh Ripped Jeans

 2. My Erin Condren Planner is another favorite that is on sale right now. If you are as obsessed as I am with planners then you will love Erin Condren Planners. You can customize them with your name and the cover that you want. I got the watercolor cover with my first and last name and chose the horizontal layout. I also ordered the bill tracker with it so I can write down my bills that I have to pay every month to keep track of the bill due dates and money. They are originally around 60 dollars and they are 50% off plus an extra 10% off if you sign up for their newsletter. I paid around 32 all together after tax and shipping. I love my planner and I love being able to customize it exactly the way I want so I enjoy keeping up with everything I write down. Definitely try if you love planners!

Erin Condren Life Planner

3. I love basic tees and anything I can throw on with jeans or leggings and not put too much thought into an outfit. This tee is perfect for that. I have it in the pink color because I am obsessed with the blush color. It’s technically not on sale, but its so affordable. This is so soft and I wish I could get it in every single color. LOVEEEEE. I also recommend sizing up if you want it to be a loose fit!

BP Washed V-Neck Tee

 4. I love workout clothing. I am actually slightly obsessed and hate to say that I own more workout clothes than I do dressy or regular clothes. I have a very similar pair of these, just the mesh is all along the sides. I was unable to find it on their website, but these are very similar. They are such a great price and they have lasted me so long and are still in great shape. Forever 21 has great workout gear so check their activewear section out if you are looking for new gym clothes that won’t break the bank!

Forever 21 Mesh Leggings

5. I love Bath and Body works candles. I love them even more when they are on sale, but I still love them. I recently discovered this scent “White tea and pear” and it smells so so good. It is a clean scent that makes your home smell so welcoming. I purchased this when they were on sale and will purchase this same scent when they are on sale again. If you are ever in B&BW, smell this candle.. you will not regret it!

B&BW 3-Wick Candle

Thank you all for reading! XOXO

 

15/03/2017

Sephora Play March Box

This is probably the best box I have received yet! Seriously, there are all high end products in here that I have been really wanting to try. This box is 10 dollars a month so for the price, I can’t resist this subscription box. This box is all about the glowy, moisturized look. Everything in this box is supposed to give you a glow or make your skin feel super moisturized. I love trying out new products so this should be a fun box!

1. Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. This product says you can wear it underneath your foundation or you can wear it alone. It is supposed to blur, hydrate, and enhances your complexion. I have tried other Glamglow products out and they have impressed me every time so I am hoping this product doesn’t let me down!
2. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s up! Cream-to-powder highlighter. I have actually tried this product out before and loved it. I love highlighters that come in a stick form so I can dab it on and tap it into my skin. This gives you a beautiful glow that is not too overwhelming. I am so excited to get this sample in this box.
3. Josie Maran Skin Argan finishing Balm. This product is something I would probably never buy for myself. It can be used as a primer to give your foundation a glowy look or you can press into the high points of your face as your last step. I am excited to try this because like I said I would never buy this if I just saw it on Sephora’s website. That is another good thing about this box, you may have never tried it had you not received it in this box and that is how I find some of my favorite products. So even if you don’t try out this subscription box, try one that fits your needs and lifestyle. They have an endless possibility of boxes you can choose from all over the internet. Anyways, I am excited to try out this product and I will let you know what I think!
4. Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow stick in golden pink. I love cream eyeshadows. They are so easy to blend in on the lid with a neutral matte shade in your crease for a natural look on a busy day when you don’t have time to create a full eyeshadow look. I have never tried a bobbi brown cream eyeshadow, but I hear so many good reviews on them that I have no doubt they will be easy to blend and look great on the eye.
5. Living proof full dry volume blast. I am all about any hair product that gives my thin hair volume. I recently bought the OUAI texturizing spray from Sephora and I am OBSESSED with that product. It smells so so good and gives my hair so much volume and texture. Highly recommend that, along with the DRYBAR dry shampoo. Since I have loved those products and living proof is supposed to be a great, I think I will really like this product.
6. The perfume pick of the month is the Chloe Fleur de Parfum. I have yet to spray this on me, but it is in the floral family. It states it is a light fragrance, but I have only liked one Chloe perfume out of the whole collection so I am unsure how I will like the scent. I will let you know!
That was all of the products for this months box. I am very excited to try these products out. Again, if you aren’t in to beauty, try any subscription box that may interest you. They are so much fun because you never know what you’re going to get! Thanks for reading. XOXO
13/03/2017

Five of my Must Haves for Spring

1. I absolutely love these earrings for spring. They are just so fun and can add a little something to your outfit without having to add a lot of jewelry. I am also obsessed with the blush color. It is not an overwhelming color and the pastel shade is perfect for the spring.

2. A simple swing dress. I love on warmer days in the spring to just throw on a swing dress and some converse and head out the door. I like the simplicity of these dresses and I like how you can look put together, but still comfortable. If it is a cooler spring day, you can throw on a denim jacket and it adds a little more warmth to the outfit while still looking great. These dresses are so comfy and so easy to style so many different ways. Definitely a staple piece for the spring time.

3. A pair of comfy tennis shoes. I recently got a pair of new nikes that have the black marble like design on them. They are the Roshe style which I find very comfy. I have been wearing them to them gym constantly. I found these shoes that I have seen other bloggers raving about and I like these because they are so simple and you can really wear them with some white jeans and a loose top to run errands if you aren’t wanting to wear cute shoes. They are a neutral color and are just too cute. Definitely going to have to get these!

4. My next must have is a bright lip shade. I have been loving the kylie liquid lip in the shade posie k but I wanted to have a brighter shade going in to spring. I recently tried the pink really hard shade from the Wet n Wild Megalast liquid catsuit matte lipstick because it was the only shade I could find since all of the others were sold out at walgreens. When I went in the other day, I happened to pass by the stand in the front and they had restocked all of the colors. I saw the coral corruption color and decided to try it out. It is a bit loud, but I love the color for spring. I can’t wait to get some more wear out of it!

 

5. A cute pair of sunglasses. I recently started buying cheap sunglasses because I like to have a variety and I tend to lose them quite frequently. I have lost two ray bans now and have no idea where they went. Ughhh. I do have two nice pairs of sunglasses that I have somehow kept up with luckily. I find that I gravitate more towards the cheap sunglasses because I don’t worry about messing them up and I have more options. My favorites lately have been my sunglasses from madisonandmallory.com. They pretty much cover my whole face and people can’t see your eyes through them. I wish they made these in a rose gold color because I am obsessed with everything rose gold.. seriously.

Thanks for reading everyone! I have a big announcement about some exciting things coming to my blog soon so keep an eye out for that announcement! I am so excited! XOXO 🙂

10/03/2017

Top 5 Recent Favorite Makeup Products

This setting powder has quickly become my favorite. I love how it makes my under eyes look smooth and keeps my concealer from creasing. I had heard good reviews, but decided to try it for myself. I have been using this product since the middle of February and I am pretty impressed. It is in my top favorites along with my RCMA powder, Laura Mercier loose setting powder, and my Coty Airspun from the drug store. I seriously love it and its not ridiculously expensive. Kat von D products are usually spot on. So if you aren’t in to setting powders, maybe try other products from her line!!
First of all, I love the smell of this product. It smells of oranges and instantly wakes me up when I tap it into my undereye. This instantly gives my undereyes a more awake appearance even before applying concealer. I actually got this with my sephora points when I was checking out and I am so glad I tried it because I have never really used eye creams and they are so important to use if you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as you age and give you a more awake look. I am looking for another under eye product to try so if you have any suggestions on some good options let me know please! I like to rotate out my skin care so my skin doesn’t get used to products so quickly.
This primer also smells so good. It is infused with coconut water so if you like the smell of coconuts then you will love this. I usually apply this and then a pore refining primer in my T-zone and this keeps my makeup in place. I am a religious Too Faced born this way foundation user and this product works very well with that foundation. I don’t think this primer works as well with my Make up Forever Ultra HD foundation, but I usually wear it with the Too Faced foundation. I do think this keeps my skin hydrated which is the most important thing to me when it comes to a primer. I don’t like primers that make my skin feel like clay and it could break at any second. I recommend this primer if you are looking for something to keep your skin hydrated, but keep in mind that it doesn’t work well with some foundations in my opinion. You just have to test it with your favorite foundation!
I am shade y-245 for reference
Speaking of this foundation above. I have been loving this foundation so so much. I had been wanting to try it for the longest time and finally decided to get it before my trip to Phoenix and I am so glad I did. This foundation looks great in photos and makes my skin look flawless. It isn’t the fullest coverage foundation and you definitely have to build it up if you want a heavier coverage. One layer works well for me and it hasn’t made me break out which is a major plus. I have been rotating between this foundation and my Too Faced Born this way foundation. If you are on the fence about trying the MUFE foundation just do it. It feels and looks great on the skin and if you decide you don’t like it, Sephora will gladly let you return it and try something else. Definitely try if you are in the market for a new foundation.
I received this in my recent Sephora Play box and I have really liked it lately. Normally I prefer liquid lipsticks, but when I am in a hurry and want a light addition of color to my lips, I have been adding this. It is shiny, but the nude makes it not look so shiny. It also keeps your lips so nourished. It is a tinted lip balm so it isn’t long lasting and I do not recommend putting a whole lot because if any of it gets in your mouth, it tastes terrible haha! It comes in three other shades and I have really been enjoying this for on the go.
Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. XOXO
08/03/2017

Shein and Lulu’s Clothing Haul

So I have been doing some online shopping recently for some spring clothes. Honestly, I went a little crazy. Luckily, Shein is a very affordable website. You do have to read the comments because some of the clothes are not always the same quality as what it appears. I have shopped on Shein for a few years now and I honestly have never had a problem only because I make sure to read the comments at the bottom to make sure that it matches the picture. I will show you some of my items that I purchased and I will be styling them on my Instagram in the weeks to come. You can click the purple links below to take you directly to that top. Hope you enjoy! You can shop through my link on the home page for both Shein and Lulus. XOXO

Pink Crisscross V Neck Lace Top

Blue Gingham Ruffle Open-Shoulder Top

Blue Off-the-shoulder Blouse

Red Bell Sleeve Blouse

Re

Wink Shirt

Army Green Ruffle Top

Ivory Grey Print Top

Black Lace Hollow Back Cami

Cold-Shoulder Dress

These are all affordable clothes that are simple pieces that can be styled many different ways. I will be styling these pieces on my insta soon 🙂