18 November 2014

Nude Lips

I love that this trend is still going. I love nude lips just as much as I love a vampy pout. Actually, it's the two looks I tend to wear. It's either nude or vampy; rarely is it ever in between. My look isn't quite like Kylie Jenner's, but it's one that works for me.

I'm currently using the NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Natural and the Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color in Daringly Nude. These particular shades give me that "my lips but better" vibe. I am currently rotating through the 4 Maybelline Matte lipsticks that I recently purchased and Daringly Nude is the one that seems to always end up in my bag. It's actually a more rosey nude, unlike the shade Nude Embrace, which I believe is a true nude. I don't own that shade though because I just don't think it would look good on me :)

The NYX Retractable Lip Liners retail for ~$4.50 online and anywhere NYX is sold. The Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color lipsticks are around $5 to $9, depending on where you go. The cheapest I've seen it was at Target when they were on sale for $4.49.

10 November 2014

Black Tied Silver Cuff Bracelet

A few weeks ago, I was catching up on what I had missed on etcllymlrs.com. I saw her wearing this exact bracelet in her Autumn GRWM video, except of course it said "LLYMLRS," and thought it was so cool. Lily Melrose is by far my favorite fashion blogger because I really just vibe with her style. I feel like she always looks so chic in whatever she wears and she can make anything look cool. Also, I love understated accessories that are still somehow statement pieces and thought this was perfect for me.

Black Tied is a company based in Ireland and they make lots of fun and edgy jewelry. But don't let the "edgy" part scare you away. Their pieces have more a minimalist feel, which I'm totally into. I know customized jewelry can probably be found here in America, but for whatever reason I really wanted this particular bracelet. It's £12 for a custom bracelet and shipping to the US was only £1.99. My order came out to about $23.

You're maybe asking why I chose to put "Jean" on my bracelet. If you didn't already know, Jean is my middle name. I used to actually hate that name, but as I've grown older, I've learned to appreciate it. I now actually love it. I even sometimes use it at Starbucks, haha.

If you want your very own customized cuff bracelet, check out Black Tied's website.

I just want to give a special shout-out to Black Tied and Laura for their great customer service. I misspelled my email address when I was entering my order (guess I was just too excited) so I never got an order confirmation or anything. I emailed them and asked for the status of my order and got a response the very next day. They even corrected my account information for me. So, many thanks to Black Tied!

22 October 2014

Summer Favorites - Eyes

If you haven't noticed from the picture, I didn't include any eyeshadows. This summer was all about getting out of the door as quickly as possible, while using long lasting products to withstand the crazy heat that we've been blessedcursed with.

21 October 2014

Summer Favorites - Face

I haven't done a favorites list in a while so I thought I'd just combine them into one huge one for the summer. I know it's very nearly the end of the October, but over here in San Diego, we are still feeling the heat. You can call us lucky/spoiled/whatever, but personally, I'm a little tired of it. I'm so ready for the fall!

Anyway, I created a huge list of my favorites this past summer and decided to break them up because it would've been a massive post and I'm not sure I can hold your attention for that long. This first post focuses on my favorite products for the face. Depending on the weather or season, I have to adjust my skincare and make-up routines so that my skin will survive the day without looking like a hot mess. Summer is always tricky because of the heat. I already have oily skin so add hot weather to that, and well, we've got a recipe for potential disaster. Fortunately, I was able to able to avoid complete make-up catastrophe and found some new products along the way.

29 September 2014

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain

I received the Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in my June Birchbox. If you didn't already know, I ended my subscription to Birchbox back in August because I was simply no longer getting anything out of it. The boxes I've received the last 4 months have been less than impressive. Even though I had edited my profile several times so that Birchbox would stop sending me hair products and perfume, they just kept on coming. I just didn't feel like paying for a bunch of crap that I knew I wasn't going to use.

The boxes haven't been complete busts, though. There's always been the one item or product that almost makes the $10 worth it. So instead of reviewing each box as a whole, I've decided to just take individual items and review them and this is the first of those reviews!

The shade I received was Sugar, which is a sort of nude pink color. It works real nice with my skintone. At first, I didn't realize it was a lip stain. I thought it was just a plain old lipgloss. But after applying it to my lips, I noticed the difference in texture. It's not sticky and glides on quite smoothly. It's not very opaque and it tends to kind of disappear as soon as you blend it in.

The gloss itself doesn't last very long. My lips sort of absorbed it, but it left a really pretty pink stain. I didn't think it would last all night, but it did. It lasted through chips and salsa, a crab enchilada and a Thai tea boba.  It even lasted through to the next morning.

The full size retails for $20 for 0.17oz of product. I don't think this is anything special and there are so many lip stains available out there that are much cheaper. However, I'm very glad it was included in my box. I'm sure it is something that I'll reach for on those days that I want a very natural look.