Monday, September 30, 2013

Back to School Series: Fall Lips

Hello Everyone!
Today I thought I would share with you some of the different colors I will be wearing on my lips this Fall. This is in no way me telling you that you have to go out and buy all of these lip products. I just thought it would be fun to show you my favorites for this Fall.
I have chosen two different categories for lips. For those of you that enjoy a more shear lip color, I have chosen a couple of those for you. If you are a person that really enjoys a full coverage lipstick then there's some suggestions for you as well.
1. Covergirl Lipslicks Smoochies - #2 cute: I am in love with this color. It is unlike any other color that I have ever tried and perfect for Fall. These smoochies are extremely moisturizing and perfect to just throw in your handbag for a quick splash of color.
2. Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain - Cranberry Crush: I have already talked about how much I love this lip stain before and cranberry is a great color for Fall. This is great if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to balm stains.

3. Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Stain - 255 (Jam Twist?? Not too sure if that is the name): These gloss stains are much more sheer than the other balm stain mentioned above. It is more glossy and does not have a sticky feel at all.
4. Maybelline Color Whisper - Orange Attitude: Orange is a huge lip color for this Fall. If you are like me and are a little scared of wearing a bright orange lipstick, this is the perfect alternative for you. You still get a hint of orange without having to go all out.

5. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick - 107: This is my favorite lipstick of all time. It is a deep matte red that really helps me feel super confident. This particular lipstick does not dry out your lips even though it is matte. These are under $5 at most drugstores and I couldn't recommend them more.
6. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick - 01: This lipstick is more of a cherry red and has more of a creamy finish than the other lipstick.  They are extremely long wearing and very pigmented. They are a must have in every lipstick collection.

7. L'Oreal Paris Le Matte Colour Riche - Matte-r of Fact: This is the darkest of all my recommendations. It is a deep red than is even deeper than the Kate Moss Lipstick in 107. The wear is amazing on these but the colors are limited. I like wearing this shade when I don't feel like having to be constantly re-applying it throughout the day.
8. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - 410 Blissful Berry: Purple is also very popular this Fall. Now I did not wanr to just jump into this shade with a bright purple color. This is more of a pinkish-purple but you still get a good amount of purple. Color Senstaionals are very moisturizing and have a great finish.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What are your favorite Fall lips?
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beauty Blogger Tag

Hello Everyone!
I was tagged by Cheap But Chic Beauty to do this post and I have finally came around to it.
1. State that the tag was created by The Beau Bow.
2. Tag as many beauty bloggers as you would like.
3. Title this post the "Beauty Blogger Tag."
My answers to the questions:
1. Name a beauty routine you barley do.
Primer is something that I rarely use. My new Covergirl foundation has it already in it so there is no need for me to apply it.
2. Is washing your brushes something that you do regularly?
I wash my brushes about once a week. If I am having bad skin days, I tend to wash my brushes a bit more to disinfect them and not cause me to breakout more.
3. How long do you last with chipped nail varnish?
The longest I wear nail polish in general is a week. I like to change up the colors as much as possible so chipped nails isn't a big issue for me.
4. How often do you put off buying/replacing a beauty item or nail polish even if you need it?
I'm really good at replacing the things that I need. I love to try new products so most of the time I will buy a different product to try, unless I really love something.
5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I tend to touch my face alot. I'm always resting my head on my hand and have my hand on my cheeks. Also when I'm stressed I will rub my hands over my face. The germs are not good to my face.
6. Name something non-beauty related that you tend to put off all the time.
Cleaning my closet. I like to have everything separated by categories and colors, but that only lasts for about a week. Then it is a maze to find anything that I want and I tend to put it off until everything is just mixed and disorganized.
7. When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready until last minute or not?
I love taking my time to get ready. If I'm in a rush I don't feel as confident when I go out. I always make sure I plan enough time to get ready for any occasion.
8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I would like to say yes, but I think I would quickly give in if I saw something that I really wanted. I'm pretty good at managing my money, unless there is something that I really love.
9. How organized is you makeup and nail polish collection?
My makeup is very organized since it is something that I use almost daily. I want to make sure I can find everything that I need. My nail polish is all located in a little bin, but they are just kind of thrown in there.
10. What is the longest time you have gone without writing a blog post?
Because of school and exams I do tend to take a couple of days off from my blog to focus on homework and such. I would say a couple of days max. Anymore and I think I would go crazy haha!
I tag everyone that is reading this! Everyone should get the chance to write about things that they enjoy and I would hate to leave anyone out. Let me know if you do this post as I would love to read your answers.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
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Versatile Blogger Award

Hello Everyone!
The beautiful and talented Lily from Beauty with Lily nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Lily is a total sweetheart and makeup obsessed. If you enjoy my blog, I'm more than sure you would love hers.
The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you from your blogger peers, for writing quality blogs that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered.
The Award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life. <3
How It Works:
-Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
-Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award.
-Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
-Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
I can not thank Lily enough for being sweet enough to even consider me for this award.
7 interesting things about myself:
- I am the youngest and only girl of four children.
- I have been on the Dean's List every semester of my college education.
- I am a criminal justice major which is a surprise to most people that I meet. Since I am so shy and nice they seem to think that I am a health or education major.
- I am a complete and total football addict. (I am actually watching football while I write this post haha!)
- In 10th grade I became a National Champion in SkillsUSA for winning a gold metal in Tech-Prep Showcase.
- I have a thing for sticky notes. I am always writing notes and reminders and sticking them to everything. I have them all over my books, calendar and desk. They really come in handy for me since I tend to forget things really easily if I don't write them down.
- I suffer from severe anxiety and depression. I've always had it, but it didn't start to really interfere with my life until high school. I has continuously gotten worse, but I am much more driven to work through it and not let it control my life. I do get anxiety attacks frequently and it is difficult to share things with others, but I'm working on it. 
My Nominees:
(Most of the girls I wanted to nominate have already been nominated so I will just do the ones that haven't)
Let me know if you do the tag! I would love to read all of your answers. If you are tagged please don't feel obligated to have to do the post. This is just my way of showing my appreciation for you blog.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous

Hello Everyone!
After a while of refusing to give into the hype of this product, I finally gave in. The only reason why I didn't want to try this foundation was because I already have so many others that I love and use. For some odd reason I thought I would just try this out and see what everyone was talking about.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
Covergirl claims that it has: Lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer, and blendalbility of a foundation in one. Shine free.
Because my skin is slightly acne prone I find it difficult to find primers that will not cause minor breakouts. There's also an issue with my skin tone. I've been told many times before that it is rather unique and at times is difficult to color match. Taking these factors into consideration, I picked up the color 855 in Soft Honey and it seems to match my skin tone pretty closely. I can honestly say that I completely understand what all the hype was about this foundation.
This foundation really helps to smooth out any lines that I have on my face and makes my pores look less visible (and I have really big pores around my nose area). This foundation also helps to protect my skin from the sun since it has SPF 20 in it. This is a great cover for my hyperpigmentation that I have which tends to be really dark and diffult to conceal. It is very easy to blend and to work with. One pump is all that you need because a little goes a long way with this foundation. The coverage is medium with about half a pump, but can very easily be made into full coverage with a whole pump.
The packaging is great since it is glass and has a pump like I have already mentioned before. Because of the primer in the foundation you can confidently wear this all day without fear of it wearing off. For under $10 at most drugstores you can get an amazing foundation that is worth all the hype that it is getting.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
Is there anything that you would like me to review?
What do you think of this foundation??

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Simple Something - Friday

Hello Everyone!
- School has been so hectic lately with research papers, exams and group projects. Oh the joys of higher education haha!
- I am completely and totally obsessed with Dark Horse by Katy Perry. The lyrics are amazing and I love the feel of the song.
- Even though it is already Fall, I have yet to bring out my Fall wardrobe. This is due to the constant 90 degree weather. Texas really needs to recognize what season we are in and cool down so I can wear my cute Fall clothing.
- I've been trying a bunch of new makeup so there are tons of reviews to be coming up in the future on them.
- A while back I mentioned something about making a YouTube channel/videos. I received a lot of very supportive comments from amazingly sweet people. I'm still a little too shy and self-conscious, but I said that I would do them if I reached a certain amount of followers and I am getting there much sooner than I thought I would. ( I haven't mentioned the specific number it is just one that I have had in my head haha!)
- I'm starting to really break out of my shell lately. In my classes I have been much more engaging with my classmates and I'm trying really hard to get over my anxiety and shyness. I've met some really sweet people because of this
- I'm really looking forward to next month because I am planning a high-end makeup haul!!
- I've been experimenting with tons of colors that I would never think about putting on my face and I am very pleased with some of the ones I have tried.
- I want to give a big thank you to the beauty bloggers on Twitter. There are unbelievably sweet and I am so happy to see the bond between this beauty community :)
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation - 855 Soft Honey
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Medium
Covergirl Professional Loose Powder - Translucent Medium
Sleek Face Contour Kit - Medium
Bourjois Bronzing Powder - 52
Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso
Maybelline 24 hr Color Tattoo Metal - Barley Branded (all over lid)
Wet n Wild - Enlisting for Beauty (brow bone and eyelid colors mixed in crease and crease color in outer corner of the eye)
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Long Wear Waterproof Eyeliner - Black
Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express - Glam Black
Wet n Wild Lipstick - Dark Wine
Rimmel London Stay Glossy Lipgloss - Captivate Me
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Real Techniques - New Location

Hello Everyone!
I wasn't planning on making this post, or any post today, but I ran across something that I couldn't help sharing with my lovely readers.
After class today I stopped at Walmart to see if a shade of eyeshadow was available that I had been wanting for a while now. I didn't find it and was about to leave when I spotted something in the corner of my eye. If you read the title then I'm pretty sure that you know what I'm talking about by now. YES Real Techniques are available at Walmart. I wasn't too sure if it was really them so I went over and was so pleased to find out that they were!
I was so excited and bought all of the available sets that they had!
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman

Travel Essentials 2.0

Core Collection 2.0

Starter Set 2.0
By now most of you have heard how amazing these brushes are, but for those of you that haven't, if any, I will explain. Samantha Chapman is a Professional Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger. She created these brushes to help applying makeup an easier process for everyone. These brushes are of amazing quality. They are super soft and each of them severe a specific purpose. These are my favorite brushes as the make my makeup look flawless.The bristles don't fall off when you wash them and they remain soft afterwards. 
The Travel Essentials 2.0 kit has three brushes in it: an essential foundation brush, a multi task brush and a domed shadow brush. The Core Collection 2.0 kit is also made up of three brushes: a pointed foundation brush, a buffing brush and a contour brush. The last kit is the Starter Set 2.0 for eyes. It has a base shadow brush, a deluxe crease brush, a pixel-point eyeliner brush and brow brush. If you are a beginner or just someone looking for amazing quality brushes, then I highly recommend giving these brushes a go.
These were the only brushes that I saw at the store and the first time that I saw them. I'm not too sure if the individual brushes are sold as well, but will let you guys know as soon as I find out.
These sets were $14.98 each, which is a great bargain for the quality of the brushes.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
Let me know if you spot these at your local Walmart!
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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Autumn Tag

Hello Everyone!
I was tagged by the wonderful Liliana from Beauty with Lily to do this tag. Lily is an amazing blogger and one of the sweetest girls ever so be sure to go have a look over on her blog if you would like.

On to the questions:
Favorite thing about Autumn?
- My favorite thing about Fall has to be the colors. They are very warm and earth toned and I think those colors look beautiful on everyone. Another thing would have to be Football season. Sorry, I was raised by three brothers ha!
Favorite drink?
- I'm not a huge fan when it comes to hot drinks. I don't really know why but I always prefer a cold drink no matter the weather. Double Chocolate Chip from Starbucks or a Mocha Frappe from McDonald's are two of my favorites for the Fall time.
Fave Scent/Candle?
- I love love love the candle from Bath and Body Works that smells like leaves. It literally smells like Fall. If there could only be one scent to describe Fall, that would be it.
Best Lipstick?
- This may not be a surprise, but I love to wear deep red lipsticks during the Fall. I am currently loving the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 107. It is just a beautiful color and way out of my comfort zone, but I can't resist it.
Go to Moisturizer?
- This answer may be a bit boring but I don't have a specific moisturizer during the Fall. I use the Suave Vitamin E Body Lotion and I have for years. It extremely moisturizing and makes my skin feel super soft.
Fave Go-To Color for the eyes?
- This Fall I am really loving cranberry shades. I'm so used to just neutral colors but I really like the way this color looks on me. I love applying it all over the lid and applying a brown color in the outer corner to make a slightly smokey look.
Favorite Music/ Singer/ Band to Listen to?
- I listen to all types of music really but I have had Carrie Underwood's See You Again on repeat for weeks now. It is such a beautiful song and I can't seem to stop listening to it. I am also really excited for Eminem to release his new album in November!
Favorite Outfit to wear?
- The usual black leggings, cardigan and boots fall look. Scarves and beanies have also made their way into my closet recently.
Autumn Treat?
- This may shock everyone but I really don't enjoy pumpkin flavored things. I have never liked it so I don't have a specific treat besides Starbucks.
Favorite Place to be?
- I know I'm going to sound extremely lazy when I say that my favorite place to be during the Fall is in front of the television. It isn't because I'm lazy, but rather that I can't miss a football game. I love football as equal to or more than most men do which makes me sound really not girly haha! It is just something that I really love and something that I look forward to every season.
I tag:
and anyone else that would like to do this!
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
Let me know if you do this tag, I would love to read your answers!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Simple Something - Sunday

Hello Everyone!
So as much as I love to blog, it takes time to write and publish a post. There's the photos, planning and constantly trying new products and it is very time consuming. I wanted a way to be able to just write about how my day was, what makeup I wore, or something exciting (or not so exciting) that I may have experienced that day. That is what brings us to A Simple Something.
I am starting a new series where nothing is planned and I just write about whatever comes to mind. It will be a little more personal than my usual beauty posts, but don't worry I am not abandoning those what so ever. This is just my way of being able to share more with my readers.
Here we go:

 - Something you guys may not know is that I am obsessed with football. I am super happy because my Dallas Cowboys played a heck of a game and won today's game.
- The first picture is my new baby niece and she is not afraid to show off her Cowboys pride.
-  I went to Forever 21 and I may have gone a little crazy in the ring section. I'm not used to wearing rings, but I am starting to accessorize and I think rings with little animals are so cute and adorable.
- I have a thing for unicorns. There I said it. They are just so adorable and magical and when I saw a backpack with a unicorn hoodie attached I had to take a picture and try it on. I was so temped to buy it, but I thought it my be a little much for a growing college girl haha!
- Since I didn't but the backpack it was only appropriate for me to buy a unicorn ring. This came in a set, but I honestly can't even remember what the other rings looked like. I cannot explain the joy that I felt when I found it. It was just such a magical experience haha!
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation: Rich Tan
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: Medium
- Sleek Face Contour Kit: Medium
- Sleek Blush by 3: Crochet
- NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder: Sunny
- e.l.f.: Eyelid Primer
- NYX Love in Paris Merci Beaucoup Palette: Gold shade (all over lid)
- NYX Love in Paris Merci Beaucoup Palette: Matte Brown Shade (outer corner)
- Sleek Au Natural Palette: Cappuccino (crease)
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil: Yogurt (inner corners)
- L'Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner: Black
- Maybelline the Falsies Volum Express Flared Mascara: Blackest Black
- Maybelline Baby Lips: Quenched
- Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick: Berry Sorbet
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
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Friday, September 20, 2013

5 under $5 - September

Hello Everyone!
As you might have noticed by now, I am a huge drugstore makeup fan. In the past couple of years drugstore brands have really stepped up their game with their products, giving higher-end products a run for their money. You might be surprised at some of the amazing products that you can get for a little amount of money.
Since I am always buying drugstore makeup to try, I figured I would do the 5 products under 5 dollars once a month. New products are constantly being released and this is a great way for me to show you some of my favorites.
September 5 under $5 Favorites

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio - Enlisting for Beauty
Shocker to see a neutral palette I know haha! I have been completely loving Enlisting for Beauty this month. This is part of the new Tough Girl collection from Wet n Wild. Now for most trios I wouldn't use all the colors together since they wouldn't look very nice, however I love using all of these colors together. Wet n Wild eyeshadows have some amazing eyeshadows. They are really pigmented and are not chalky what so ever. They are just a great quality for a great price. This trio is available at Walgreens for $2.99, but I picked it up on sale for just $2. These are simply a bargain that you should definitely give a try.

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain - Cranberry Crush
I won't go into so much detail since I have already done a review here, but I will say that this particular color is great for Fall. This is the color Cranberry Crush. The darker colors of this collection tend to stain the lips a bit more than the lighter colors, which is similar for most balm stains. This is available at Walgreens for $2.99.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder - Transparent
This product may not be a surprise to you since it has been mentioned pretty much everywhere, but it is simply a great product. The Stay Matte powder is available in a selection of shades, but I much prefer to get the Transparent one. This is a great product to just throw in your makeup bag or handbag and take on the go. It is the perfect touch up powder to help eliminate shine. This is available at most drugstores for $3.97. 

NYX Blush - Mocha
Oh my goodness you guys, NYX is available at Target! I couldn't believe my dark brown eyes when I first saw the brand at the store and I almost had a heart attack. I may have went a little wild, but the closest store next to me that sold NYX was over an hour away from where I live so I was really excited. Anyways, this is one of their blushes in Mocha. It is a matte pinky, neutral color and is beautiful for everyday use regardless of the season. This is available at Target for $4.99.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder - Sunny
This is another product that has been well talked about in the beauty community. It is a matte bronzer which is very difficult to find in the drugstore and anywhere in general. It gives you the perfect glow and doesn't go overboard with bronzing. By just sweeping this on the temples and cheeks it really completes a look and adds definition to your face. This is available in most drugstores for $3.49.

Top 3 (very top color is very similar to my skin tone sorry!): Enlisting for Beauty
4th: Cranberry Crush
5th: Mocha
6th: Sunny
Powder was transparent so I couldn't really take a picture of that haha!
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What are your 5 under $5?
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Back to School Series: Comfy Fall Outfit Idea

Hello Everyone!
As you know Fall is quickly approaching. I know it may already feel like Fall since school started and all but it technically doesn't start until next week. Anyways, the Fall season is one of my very favorites because of the earthy colors and the comfy sweaters of course.
Everyone needs a comfy and cute Fall outfit to wear to school or just out and today I thought I would share mine with you.

This is one of my very favorite outfits to wear during the Fall for many reasons. It is comfortable yet appropriate to wear to school which is great for students like myself. I am all about these slouchy and loose sweaters in the colder months. The one that I am wearing is a tad sheer which is good if you don't get extremely cold weather where you live. I paired this sweater with my favorite high waisted black leggings. Now no matter what time of the year it is, you will more than likely find me in black legging or jeggings. I'm not a big jean kind-of girl so it is pretty rare to see me in some. During the Fall I love wearing combat boots. I think that they add a little extra something to an outfit. These are also perfect for walking through mud to get to class like I have to do every time I go to school haha! And of course you have to add a hat to tie the whole look together.
Sweater: Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21
Hat: Charlotte Russe
I am in no way saying that you have to go out and buy all these things to wear in the Fall. This is just a suggestion of what you can wear and me sharing what I love to wear. Now if something that I am wearing isn't exactly your style, mix things up! Add your own personal twist to the outfit and make it your own. Don't feel obligated to dress a certain way because someone says so. If you like jeans, swap out the tights for a dark pair of jeans. Combat boots not your style? Maybe wear some booties or some sneakers. Do what makes you feel good, but don't forget to wear the outfit with confidence. Confidence is the best accessory to wear with every outfit :)
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What is your favorite Fall Outfit?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to School Series: Lazy Hair Styles

Hello Everyone!
Now I know we all have those days where you know you have to go somewhere but just don't have the energy to do your hair. For you guys that are in school like me, you are bound to have days where you wake up with just enough to throw clothes on and run out the door to get to class on time. Regardless of your reason, I think that everyone should have some quick and easy hair ideas to get out the door quickly.
Here are some of my favorite hair styles that I use when I'm just to lazy to take the time to do my hair (most days haha!).
For this look you will need a headband of any sort:

I have naturally very straight hair. On days where I just don't feel like doing anything I will go for this style. I will simply brush my hair through, apply some anti-humidity cream and a bit of hairspray on top. Then I will put on a headband and done!

For this look you will need a hair band and hair grip:
A fish-tail braid is my go-to look when the weather isn't as its best. I know that I won't have to really worry about my getting too out of control. To do a fish-tail braid you separate your hair into two sections. Then taking a small piece of the back of one section, you cross is over into the other and repeat this step to the other side. You will keep doing this until you get to the very end. Now this took me a while to get used to doing, but it's not as difficult as it sounds. I will then take a hair grip and pin back my fringe.

For this look you will need sea salt spray:
This is one of my favorite and most used hair styles. I will usually shower at night and blow dry my hair before I go to bed. In the morning all I to is add little bit of anti-humidity cream and then spray my Got2B sea salt spray all over my hair. Now I like to flip my head upside down and scrunch my hair for a bit more volume, but you can just scrunch your hair however you please.

For this look you will need a hair band:
Now this look is pretty self explanatory. I won't put anything in my hair that morning. I will flip my head upside down and gather all my hair on the top of my head. I will then spray a bit of hairspray to get the little hair settled down. I love to also spray some sea salt spray and scrunch my hair to give my hair a bit of volume as well.

For this look you will need two head bands and tons of hair grips:
This look is rather hard to explain how to do but I will try my best. Just like the previous look, I flip my head over and gather all my hair at the top of my head. (Here comes the tricky part) As I am holding my hair in one hand, I will then wrap the hair around my fist and grab the end of it into my hand. Basically you are making a circle of hair around your fist. I will grab a hair band and put it onto my hair leaving a mess at the top of my head. This is the step where you create the shape of the bun. I will just move my hair and twist it around until I get something that I like. Using the other hair band I will put it on my bun. Now use all the hair grips to put little strays into place and shape the bun again. Make sure they are the color of your hair so that you can't see them and use as many as you want. Add a little hair spray and you are good to go!
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What are your favorite Lazy Hair Styles?

Jordana Twist & Shine

Hello Everyone!
I don't know about everyone else but the weather in South Texas has been very unusual. It has been raining every single day for the past two weeks here. Seeing as though we can go months without even a drop of rain, it is kind of weird having to deal with this weather. I do however love the fact that is starting to feel like Fall.
Because we have started taking exams and such in my classes, I have been really loving quick and easy makeup to just quickly get ready and make the 30 minute drive to school. I also love my sleep and if applying certain makeup in the morning will save me time getting ready and will give me more time to sleep I am all for it. Also since I have to walk in the rain and in mud to get from the parking lot to my classes there really is no point in spending such a long time on makeup, so I have been using balm stains more frequently than lipstick.
Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains

06 Cranberry Crush

05 Honey Love

Left: Cranberry Crush
Right: Honey Love

During the Fall season, I like to darken my makeup just a tad bit when it comes to my lips, cheeks and eyes. These lovely Balm Stains are new to Jordana along with a few other products. Now I know that there are many different drugstore brands that sell balm stains or similar products like these, but I must say that these have to be some of my favorites. These balm stains do not dry out my lips like other balm stains tend to do after wearing them a while. They are extremely moisturizing and just glide onto the lips with ease. I have also found that these seem to be a bit more pigmented that other balm stains that are extremely shear.

Cranberry Crush is a perfect Fall lip color. Honey Love is more of a nude-ish color which I also really enjoy. The smell is a bit weird (not minty like most others), but does not stay long and they also don't have a taste to them. The best thing by far is the price of these balm stains. These can be found in Walgreens for $2.99! Seriously this is an amazing bargain that you cannot pass up. The balm stains come in a variety of colors from pinks to reds to nudes. I have been enjoying these very much and look forward to trying the other colors.

Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What are your favorite balm stains?
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

L'Oreal Le Matte & La Laque

Hello Everyone!
A couple of weeks ago I went to Target with the intention of buying one specific product. If you live in the U.S and have ever been to Target, you know that that drugstore has magical powers. It makes you buy anything that you might not exactly need or want, but have to have. Lets just say that a basket full of beauty products later I didn't end up finding what I went to Target for in the first place.
I did end up buying loads of amazing products that I will be writing about soon so keep an eye out for those!
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Laque and Le Matte Full Coverage Lipcolours
Le Matte - 404 Matte-r of Fact

La Laque - 411 Never Lacque-ing

Left - La Laque
Right - Le Matte
I was on the search for deeper colors to wear on my lips for the Fall and Winter seasons that are coming up. Since I hadn't heard much about these particular products I thought I would give them a go and see what I thought of them.
The first that I fell in love with was the Le Matte in Matte-r of Fact. Now I cannot go through this post without mentioning how adorable the name is. It is super cute and I can't help but like products that have names like this. The shade is a rather deep red which I quite enjoy. Like the name says this particular shade is matte. This lipcoulor is super pigmented to the point where you have to be careful when applying it. It isn't particularly a lipstick but rather similar. Being that it is matte I was expecting that it would dry out my lips, but it did not. Also the wear of this shade is amazing. You do not need to be constantly touching it up and can feel secure that it will stay on the lips.
The next shade Never Laque-ing is part of the La Laque collection, again I love the name. Now I normally would never buy a lip product in this shade because I felt that it wouldn't go right with my skin tone, however I just thought "What the heck" and bought it anyways. I must say that I really enjoy this shade and lipcolour. It is super creamy on the lips and gives a hint of shine without having the severe lip gloss effect. This product is also super pigmented so a little goes a long way with this bad boy (or girl ha!). I think that this shade would go beautiful on people who have tanned skin but are afraid that some light pinks will look a little weird on them, trust me it doesn't.
I'm not too sure if it is just the drugstores near me, but I have only been able to find these lipcolours in Target. They are available in a couple of shades in either Le Matte or La Laque. They are around $7.99 and totally worth it.
Hope you enjoyed this review :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back to School Series: Emergency Kit

Hello Everyone!
Now let me start off by saying that I'm not too sure how I have made it this far in life without breaking anything. If you get to know me you will quickly know that I am the most accident-prone person you will ever meet.
I will trip over nonexistent obstacles, bump into inanimate objects and walk into things constantly. I don't know why I do this, but I've done it my whole life. Because of all these reasons I found it essential to carry around my own personal Emergency Kit to help me get home alive haha! Now even if you're not as accident-prone as I am, it is still important to have some of these things with you to use during the day.

This is my Emergency Kit bag that I picked up in Sally's Beauty Supply for around $7.

1. Feminine Products - These are super important to constantly carry around no matter where I am. You never truly know when something is going to happen, so carrying these around with you just makes life so much easier. I have a few different kinds in my kit just in case someone else might need one. Us girls need to stick together during that cruel time of the month ha!
2. Band Aids - I learned to carry these around the hard way. Last semester I wore these insanely cute new flats to school and walked around campus all day. It wasn't until a long time later that I realized that they had actually cut the back of both my feet and the pain was horrible. During a break between classes I drove to a nearby drugstore and bought some things to clean-up the cuts and band aids to be able to make sure they didn't get infected. These have really helped me since I always cut myself on the randomest things.
3. Floss - These are literally sold any and everywhere. Just throwing some of these in a bag can really help you if you have food stuck in your teeth after lunch. I much prefer these floss sticks instead of actually floss that you have to stick your whole hand in your mouth to use.
4. Hand Sanitizer- I am a college student so I use this very often. I am constantly touching doors, chairs, desks, and computers that hundreds of other people have also touched. Having one of these really makes me feel safer when I go to lunch or am eating a snack between classes.
5. Hand Cream - Because I use hand sanitizer a lot, my hands tend to get a little dry throughout the day. I can easily pull this out and use and not have to worry about my hands aching.
6. Contacts Case - Now of course if you don't wear contacts then you really don't have to worry about carrying this. My classrooms tend to be freezing which makes my eyes a little drier than usual. If I ever feel that I just don't want to wear my contacts anymore or if I need to take them out to put drops in my eyes I know I always have my case with me. ( I also carry around solution for my contacts which is super important and eye drops.)
7. Lens Cleaner - When I do decided to wear my glasses ( again if you don't wear glasses you can skip this as well) I feel like I have to constantly clean them. I don't like looking through dirty glasses and this wipe makes sure I won't scratch or damage my lenses.
8. Tweezers - Since I do have very thick and dark eyebrows I feel like I have to constantly look over them. If for some reason I have extra time before I get off my truck to go to class I will quickly look over them. I can instantly see if there is a hair or two that needs to be plucked and can do so.
(these are a few products that I don't have in the picture above but still carry with me)
1. Gum - You never know when you'll have stinky breath.
2. Tissues
3. Umbrella - Obviously you can't put this in the bag, but I think you should have one with you. I like to have two in my truck, one in the front and one in the trunk.
4. Extra shoes - Again I like to have a spare pair of shoes in the trunk of my truck just in case the ones that I am using are bothering me.
5. Sweater - And again I will have one of these in the trunk just in case the weather decides to change and you need one. I just started doing this because of the crappy weather we have been having in South Texas. It has literally been horrible.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
Do you have an emergency kit?
What would you carry??

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to School Series: What's in My Makeup Bag

Hello Everyone!
Well I might have mentioned this before, but I am currently attending college or university as some of you may call it. Since I don't live on campus and actually have to drive about 20 minutes to get to school, I always have to make sure that I have everything that I will need with me.
Most of the time I won't head straight home after my classes and go grab a bite to eat with a friend or stop at the mall on the way home instead (horrible placement of a mall for a person who loves buying stuff haha!).
I don't like to take too much makeup with me and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as well. School is a time to learn and interact with others, not to be in the restroom applying makeup. I do however think it is important to take some essentials just in case you may need them.
You may not use all of these products depending on your age or skin type so adjust it in a way that will fit you!
This is the makeup bag that I currently use. I love the pattern of it and the shape as well. These more square kind of shaped makeup bags allow for loads of space and are great to take with you if you are staying somewhere overnight and need to take more makeup than usual. I picked up this particular one in Charlotte Russe for around $7. They do have a smaller one that has a plastic cover (great for a pencil case) for around $5.

1. PINK Soft and Dreamy Body Mist - I find it super necessary to carry one of these with me all the time. Living in place that rarely has weather under 90 degrees and is extremely humid, you don't want to walk around smelling. These are small enough to throw in your backpack and spray yourself during the day for reassurance. This one was given to me as a gift, but may be bought in Victoria's Secret.
2. Oil Absorbing Sheets -  Since I've already mentioned the weather you must already know that my face tends to get more oily than usual during my classes. I only have about ten minutes between class so these are prefect to just quickly remove the oil of my face and make it look as if I just applied my makeup.
3. Lips -  I tend to always have more than one lip product with me. I don't really know why but I just can't leave the house with one and sometimes I leave them in my bag and magically find them later. Some type of lip balm is super important especially if you have dry lips. I love the Maybelline Baby Lips (Quenched) since it has SPF in it and the  Carmex Moisturinzing Lip Balm.
For actual lipsticks I like to always have two with me as well. It all usually depends on what I feel like wearing that particular day. I don't have a set one that I always have in my bag. On this day I had the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Pearl and Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Stellar (two complete opposites ha!). I also have a Wet n Wild lipstick in Cinnamon because I can't resist a red lip.
4. Face -  Again I don't like to apply too much makeup during the school day, but I do like to touch up if I'm going somewhere afterwards. Concealer is always to first thing to go when it comes to makeup. I think it is super important for me to carry one to cover-up any spots that may be visible at the end of the day. I am currently loving the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium.
I love to set the concealer with a powder. I don't go crazy with the powder, but just lightly sweep it all over my face and concentrate on areas where I put concealer. This is the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in NC35. Most of the time I just leave my face alone after this, but sometimes I like to apply some blush. Now I don't do this all the time but if I do, I like to use something natural like the Natural Collection Blush Powder in Peach Melba.
5. Eyes - Because of the high humidity I find that my eyeliner tends to get a tad bit lighter by the end of my classes. If I want to I will usually just quickly go over it again lightly to make me look a little bit more done-up. I am in love with the L'Oreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, it is practically mistake proof.
I don't think my eyes are fully done until I have curled my eyelashes. Mine are naturally really dark, (pretty much black) and I love the way that they look curled. I'm not too sure what eyelash curler this is but just find one that you love and use it.
6. Hair - This technically isn't a makeup item, but it is just as important. I can't leave my house with out some hair grips and hair ties. You never truly know how your hair is going to look by the end of the day and having these make for a quick fix to a disastrous hair day.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What are your back to school essentials?
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

August Favorites

Hello Everyone!
As we all know August has sadly come to an end. That means Summer is over (not technically) and that it is officially back to school time. Although I am a little sad that August is over I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.
I loved all of these products during the month of August and thought I would share them with you. Now some of these are a little newer than others (to me at least), but I loved them so much that I had to include them!

1. Now I know I have talked about these babies a heck of a lot, but I really love these cream shadows. Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos are simply amazing. I am surprised at how much I actually use these and how I don't get tired of them. They are creamy and stay put all day. I don't plan on not mentioning them again so heads up haha!
2. This is one of the products that I received in my International Beauty Swap and I quickly fell in love. I finally understand why so many people in the U.K. rave about this product. The Bourjois Bronzing Powder (the chocolate bronzer) looks beautiful on my skin. It adds a bit of color to my face and the shimmer in it isn't over-powering. The best part is that it smells so delicious that you actually want to eat it, even though I recommend that you don't.
3. During the Summer I like to apply body mist more than perfume. I think that they are much lighter and sweeter which is perfect for the Summer time. Victoria's Secret has some of the best body mists to use during the Summer time. Pure Daydream is a sweet smell that isn't too sweet where you get a headache from it.
4. I had never tried a Jordana product before but they were having a sale on them at my local drugstore. This Jordana Blush Powder in Sandalwood is a beautiful natural blush for my skin tone. I used this on a daily basis for a quick everyday look.
5. During the month of August I had a serious obsession with pastel colors. From necklaces to nails, I was rocking these colors. I fell in love with the Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Green with Envy. It is a really pretty pastel green and very inexpensive.
6. For Summer makeup I like to go very natural looking. Since I do have naturally colored lips I have to actually buy darker than nude colored lipstick to look natural on my lips. The Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Berry Sorbet is a slightly pinky nude on my lips (it may be a little deeper if you actually have nude lips ha!). This with my Rimmel Volume Booster Lip Colour in Tease on top was my go-to lip look in August.
7. Now this isn't just a August favorite, but more of a back to school favorite. In between classes I love to eat a little snack just to get me through the end of my classes. Instead of just buying a bag of chips I like to take one of these for a healthier snack. My favorite is the Quaker Chewy Granola Bar in Chocolate Chip. The chocolate really helps to give me a boost of energy and keeps me going until the end of my school day.
Hope you enjoyed this post :)
What were some of your August Favorites?
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