Saturday, December 21, 2013

Freckles and Fashion on Morpha Life!

Hello hello! I'm just checking in to let you guys know it's your lucky day! I know you have all been DYING to know all my deepest, darkest secrets, and now here's your chance! Tiana from Morpha Life, asked me to do a little style profile interview on her blog. I was more than happy do this, as I just love talking about myself! I mean, why do you really think I started this blog, anyway? 

                 

Ok, so "my deepest, darkest secrets" might have been a bit dramatic, but if you care to read my advice to new bloggers, how I stay stylish on a budget, or you have just run out of things to look at online and you need to kill some time, stop by and check it out here. I sound like like a turd, but Tiana says some really nice things about me, so that alone is worth reading. :P Thanks to the girls over at Morpha Life for contacting me about this and saying such swell things. I totally feel legit now! 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

November Favorites

November favorites including Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish, Butter London Bit Faker, and Soap and Glory Sugar Crush

Yeah yeah yeah, so maybe I skipped the last 4-5 months of favorites posts. See, I'll be honest with you. I have always had some MAJOR trouble with consistency. I'm working on it, though, I promise.

So, November was sort of a lazy month for me. I don't deal well with this time of year. As soon as the temps drop below 50 degrees, I go into a deep, dark place and stay there for a while. This "dark place" doesn't require me to do much with myself, as all I want to do is lay on the couch, eat Cheez-Its, and catch up on Revenge and Breaking Bad. However, when I am forced out of my rabbit hole of seasonal depression by some necessity, these products have been my saviors.


  • Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish-  This little spray can of love is a dream for making flat hair nice and voluptuous. A few little spritzes at the root and a bit of fluffing gives me all the volume that my dirty, rat like hair needs to be able to go out for my daily coffee. Cause we all know no matter how cold it is outside, nothing can stop mamma from a nice Starbucks macchiato. You can read a more in depth review of this here.
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Dolce Vita- This lip pencil  gives the lips a really pretty dusty rose, almost brick red color. It's quite a bit different than my usual lip color choices but I have really been enjoying it. It isn't very bright or dramatic, but it perks up my face and the color lasts quite a while. You can see this in action in this post.
  • Butter London Bit Faker- I am "favoriting" this nail polish based on color alone. The color is all kinds of gorgeous sparkly fun. Flecked with gold, bronze, and black sparkles, this one will be great for Christmas/New Years festivities! The formula, however, is absolute shit. I mean, for $14, I expect a nail polish to last longer than a day before it starts to chip! But, knowing that Butter London is the master of all chips, I bought this anyway. I have always been distracted by pretty, shiny things. The good thing about this formula is that unlike most glitters, it was completely opaque in two coats. Two coats! Unheard of! If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw me sporting this a few days ago. 
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer- I was never too big on concealer. Then, I started getting old any apparently the area around my eyes turned all sorts of colors. Purple, red, just dark in general. I decided it was time to invest in a good concealer. After some research, I decided on the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain. This really is creamy, and doesn't make my eyes look all cakey and crusty. It glides on smooth and covers the rainbow of colors around my eyes like a dream! My eyes look brighter and way less tired after dabbing this on and blending with my finger. The color match is great for my corpsey skin, too! This also covers blemishes pretty well. And it doesn't look all dry and cakey on those, either. I would definitely try this if you have dry skin that needs covering!
  • Sacha Juan Hair Repair- my dry, frizzy hair loves a good mask and ever since I started using this subtly floral scented cream, it's condition has improved quite a bit! I use this a couple times a week for maybe ten minutes and when I rinse it out, my hair feels really smooth and smells wonderful. My hair seems much shinier and healthier and I have been heat styling it more than ever. It also doesn't hurt that the packaging looks really nice in my shower :) 
  • Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream- I read so many rave reviews about the Sugar Crush line for so long, specifically the body scrub. But once I finally saw the line at Sephora, I already had a good body scrub, so I figured I would try the buttercream. The most notable thing about this is the scent. My god. The scent! I wasn't sure if I would be into the sweet lime thing, but omg I love it! It smells like an effing margarita with a sugar rim. Maybe. I dunno, I don't drink margaritas. It smells good, ok? Not only that, but it makes my skin feel like baby butt cheeks. Like, seriously. It's smooth. I have always loved the Soap and Glory packaging, and this stuff is just such a treat to slather on after a bath!  
Are there any great products I'm missing? What are you guys loving these days? Come on, let's chat about some girly stuff! 


Friday, November 29, 2013

Featured in IFB's Links a la Mode!

Hey guys! I hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday! Do you guys do Black Friday? I'm interested to know what kinds of deals you guys found. I never get into it, mostly because I can't handle the crowds and if somebody pushes or tries to trample me, I will most likely punch them in the throat. Let me know if you have any good Black Friday stories!

For the second week in a row, my post was picked for the IFB Links a la Mode! I'm pretty flattered, especially to be featured with some other really great posts! If you're looking for some good reading material, check out the other links below :)

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Grace

"Grace" has many meanings. Whether you're saying "Grace" at the dinner table today with your friends and family for Thanksgiving, or you're talking about the elegance of "grace," or heck, maybe you're talking about Grace Coddington, no matter what if you love fashion, you'll be thinking about "grace" this holiday season. This week's roundup the IFB Community has put a lot of thought into their posts, with super smart tips and tricks to get you through the season. Going into the science behind autumn colors, the difference between plaid and tartan, how to shop Black Friday, and even how to style your hair for going out or staying in. It's everything you need, so grab the mug of spiced cider read these links! Happy Thanksgiving!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

15 Gifts for Her Under $100!

Hey pals! This post is for anyone who is having trouble finding a gift for any of the ladies in their life! Or, maybe you are "the lady," and you aren't quite sure what you want to put on your wishlist. Don't worry, I am here to save Christmas! I pretty much just copied my wishlist for you, but I am pretty much your average girly girl. Trust me, this is the kind of crap that we like. I tried to stay under $100, though the leopard print Nikes are exactly $100, so that counts, right? Hover over the photos for details. Click to purchase. And hurry! Christmas will be here before you know it!
I'm actually a really big fan of shopping online for the holidays. I absolutely loathe waiting in lines and the stores are always so crowded and messy. What do you guys prefer? I guess some people actually like to go out into the holiday shopping crowds. Also, what are you putting on your list? I might have to steal some ideas ;)

Submitted to IFB Project #125: Holiday Gift Guides


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save vs Splurge: Batiste or Bumble and Bumble?

Batiste Dry Shampoo vs Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish
Alright, it's confession time. I'm about to discuss one of my deepest, darkest secrets with you...

I only wash my hair about once every 4-5 days.
I know, I'm a dirty, little rat. However, the reason I do this is two fold. One: My hair is pretty thick and dry, so it actually looks a lot better once the natural oils start flowin'. I'm not a fan of fresh, squeaky clean hair. It doesn't style as well, and it just doesn't give me that messy bedhead look I've come to adore so much. Reason two: it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to do my hair after I wash it. 45 minutes to an hour! Enough said. 

Since I often let this go on a little too long, I find myself relying on dry shampoo to keep me from looking like a total grease ball.

First, we'll discuss the more wallet friendly option: Batiste Dry Shampoo. Guys, this stuff really is the shit when it comes to soaking up oil. I like how it actually makes my hair feel clean and refreshed. It smells pretty decent too! It gives hair a fresh, clean, scent (I use the original version.) You get a nice 6.73 oz bottle for 7.99 which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me! Even on fourth day hair, I can spray this on my roots and leave the house feeling like an actual human being! The downside? Well, it does leave a white residue anywhere I spray it. I kind of have to work it in with my fingers a bit and then brush it through to make it go away. I'm always a bit paranoid that I won't rub it in good enough in the back and I'll have white polka dots on the back of my head. I also feel like I have to use this every few hours, because my hair does get weighed down and flat after a while. Which brings me to my next point. This does not have any styling properties, nor does it offer any hold. It is simply a dry shampoo.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, however, is much more than just a dry shampoo. Guys, I got sucked into the blogger hype on this one. I told myself I didn't need this. I told myself it was too much money and I was content with Batiste. Well, I was. And then I went into Sephora and sprayed this throughout my roots, just to see what all the fuss was about. Holy eff! I've never seen volume like that! In full disclosure, my hair is quite thick and big to begin with, but it does tend to go quite flat at the roots. This gave me heat roller, bombshell hair! Today, I sprayed this on third day hair that was pretty flat and getting oily, and I ended up with thick, full, voluminous, luscious locks that almost caused me to make a duck face in the mirror. You know that face when you know you look good and you subconsciously start to pose in the mirror. Yeah, it's that good. It's duck face good. Let's see... oh yeah, it smells amazing! There's absolutely no residue. It's a totally invisible product. Which means, you can spray it throughout your hair as willy-nilly as you please, and it won't show up and it won't feel gross. Spray it on dirty hair, or right after you style it to add some texture and fullness. Fine haired gals will really benefit from this. To use, I lift up sections of hair and spray at the root, paying extra attention to the crown and anywhere that feels flat. Then, I sort of massage and fluff. At $29 for 4 oz, this is quite expensive, I realize that. You are paying more than the Batiste and getting less. However, this product is more versatile, as it acts as a dry shampoo and a styling product, doesn't leave any residue, and the results last longer.

For me, The Bumble and Bumble option is definitely worth the splurge. If I just needed a product to adequately soak up oil, then the Batiste would be wonderful. But, I happened to be in the market for a product that gave my hair some oomph. I needed some weightless volume, while making my hair appear cleaner.

Bumble and bumble has won my heart.
Swoon.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Featured in IFB's Links a la Mode!

So I was feeling a little off today. Just in one of those moods, ya know? Then, I found myself looking at IFB's Links a la Mode for this week and low and behold, there was my link! Couldn't be more jazzed about being picked and featured with some really awesome bloggers! Please, click through and check out the other links featured!

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Primped & Pretty in Pink

This season has everything all mixed up. Pink for fall? Sweatshirts? After all, breaking rules is what fashion is all about. As we're right in the midst of the holiday season, getting beautified and looking your best is second only to getting in the spirit of giving. This week's roundup has a nice mix of beauty, trend and tips for the holidays, so get your cup of mint cocoa and read through these fabulous links!

Links a la Mode: November 14th

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Friday, November 15, 2013

The Nars Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Pencil Holiday Set

Nars Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Coffret Set
Nars Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Coffret- $45 at Sepohora or Space NK

Ok guys. I saw this set, had a 20% off coupon... What would you have done in my situation? I know I was supposed to be toning down my makeup purchasing, but come on! This included five mini pencils for less than the price of two full sized ones! And it came with a little pouch to carry the plethora of unnecessary lip products which I always have with me for some reason. How's that for a good value?!

The set includes:
    .06 oz Velvet Matte Pencils in Cruella and Sex Machine 
    .08 oz Velvet Matte Pencils in Dolce Vita and Never Say Never 
    .08 oz Velvet Gloss Pencil in New Lover
    Cosmetic bag

Nars Promiscuous Lip Pencil Swatches
Nars Promiscuous Lip Pencil Swatches

Before I get into the shades, let's talk formulation and wear. I went over this in this post, here. All you need to know is these pencils glide on quite smooth, they're easy to line the lips with, and they don't settle into lines and cracks. However, there is a bit of prepping that needs to be done beforehand. I like to use my Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub or exfoliate with my toothbrush and apply a tiny bit of balm prior to application just to ensure there won't be any flaking. You can get a few hours of wear out of these matte pencils but you'll probably have to reapply after meals. What I really love is how light they feel on the lips. You honestly forget you're wearing anything at all!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Sex Machine
Sex Machine is probably the most wearable, everyday shade of the bunch. This is one of the velvet matte finishes, which I would have to say is my favorite finish they offer. Sex Machine is a natural, dusty, pinky rose color. This sort of touches into "my lips, but better" territory. This actually isn't a color I would normally be drawn to, but what I do love about it is I can wear this with a darker, smokey eye and it doesn't make my pale skin look washed out. This applies really smooth and easy. Surprisingly, I really enjoy this shade!


Never Say Never is the shade I was most looking forward to in this set. Nars describes this as a "lilac rose" which, I guess? It's actually quite tough to accurately describe this beautiful color. I would maybe say rosy, pinky, plum? Whatever it is, I'm really enjoying it. It just brightens up my face and makes my lips pop. I like this color as a matte. I think if this were a satin or gloss pencil, I wouldn't like it nearly as much. But, I was looking for more of a plummy pink in a matte, and it looks like I have found the perfect one!

I'm not gonna lie, I was kind of bummed when I saw they included a Velvet Gloss Pencil in the set. I mean, I guess they sorta have to, right? But, I would have much rather tried another matte pencil (ahem... Damned...) However, I have to admit, New Lover is actually kind of nice. Now, keep in mind, I'm not a huge fan of the glossy lip. I just think I look better in satins and mattes. I didn't really know what to expect from this. I mean, glosses are supposed to be like, liquid, right? So, gloss in pencil form? It actually makes it more appealing for me, because it seems less thick and well, wet looking. Which is what normally turns me off about glosses. It just adds a bit of shine and a slight gold shimmer. Nars describes this as a "gold infused strawberry pink." I think that's basically accurate. I think this is pretty wearable and it feels nice and smooth on the lips. 

Dolce Vita is described as a "dusty rose," but for me, it looks a little more brick red with a hint of peach maybe. This is really nice if you want a bit of color, without the brightness. There is something about this color that just makes me feel like a grown up. This definitely isn't a "look at me!" type of lip color, but it adds just the right somethin' somethin' to perk up the face and can be used for everyday wear. 


I was initially really excited about Cruella. Then, when I started applying if, I realized it was like crazy dark. Well, for what I'm used to anyway. This is a really vampy, you better be sure of yourself, type of red. This is deeper and darker than Dragon Girl, which you can see my review for here. I think maybe I'd be feelin' it more if I hadn't wiped off four other lip colors before applying this. I think some of the other colors may have smeared around my lips a bit, sort of ruining the look of this for me. Otherwise I actually like it. My only real beef is that it didn't apply as nicely as the others. It was hard to color inside the lines with this. Like, I just could not for the life of me get a nice, straight line. Also, in the photos I had of me smiling, showing teeth, I realized those babies were just smeared with red. I think it's just because the color is so richly pigmented. Just a warning: plan on carrying a mirror and triple check for lipstick smears on the teeth with this! 

What do you think of this set? Do you think the colors are varied enough? Or are there others you would have liked to see in the set?

Will this be going on your Christmas list? 

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