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{September: Fun & Favorites, + a sack of cats}

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Love this.  Was featured on the Stella Laguna Beach Instagram feed.

 

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Lightened my hair last weekend!  By the wonderful Jess Schmidt.  Check out her blog at http://www.cosmojess.wordpress.com

I realize with fall, most people like to go dark, but I think I’m going to wait till closer late October or November.

 

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Got my mini NYX haul in the mail-absolutely loving the mattifying spray.  The red nail polish is great and a beautiful dark fall color.  A deep red. The lip sticks were a little too off for my skin tone, but I didn’t want to return them cause I’m determined to find a way to make them work for something (Halloween, maybe?)  The eyeshadows are great, but a little chalky.  Maybe a primer would help.

I also thought it was adorable that all NYX products come in a black lace bag.  Just a thing.

 

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Finally bought my much-awaited Lorac PRO Palette.  It’s amazing, and that is all.  I also picked up some more NYX in the same trip, which was to Ulta, by the way..Image

These blushes are AMAZING.  And the lipliner is gorgeous as an all-over lip color.  I’ll do a blog just on lip colors sometime in the near future.  

 

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A classic Benefit product, that I finally really got into using this month-the Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter Stick.  It’s beautiful and a great alternative to bronzer for more pale skin.

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Best powder of the month: Revlon Nearly Naked.  Hands down.  Buy it, it is all you will ever need.  That and the Rimmel Stay Matte, but it’s just my opinion.

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Speaking of Rimmel, the “best bang for your buck” product I have found is this “Just Let it Go” Eye Makeup Remover. I suggest using it with cotton balls.

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And an on-going favorite- the Naked 2 Palette.  Beautiful its own way.  So beautiful.

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I started my Service Learning for my Intro to PR class at ValleyPBS, and was instructed to read this children’s book so that I could know more about the premier of a new children’s show the station is releasing.  Very cute, I might add.

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Got to hang out with my best friend, which was pretty cool, since that rarely happens because we have the work lives of 40 year old CPAs.

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Lastly, my cat is pregnant, which was obviously not something we intended, but now I am awaiting my time as a kitty grandmother, and in the meantime, Talilah has been renamed “Sack of Cats”.  She has her own instagram, @talilahsparkles.

 

Hope you had a great September,  comment below if you want me to check out your blog!

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Finally, soft hair.

Finally, soft hair.

So you know how I wrote that post about WISHING I had soft hair like “everyone else”? Well I finally achieved it. After a few months of split-end serum and S-Factor smoothing cream, I realized it was going to take more than over-the-counter beauty products to fix my problem.
So my boyfriend’s cousin, who’s a very talented Paul Mitchell student, performed a “PM Shines” clear coat on my hair. It’s basically like a top coat for your nails. It makes your hair shiny and soft. It finally solved my problem. Now my hair is actually easy to comb through and feels like that fluff on my kitty (pictured here) Talilah.
You can check out my boyfriend’s cousin’s blog- her name is Jess, as http://www.cosmojess.wordpress.com.

By the way, this treatment is only about $25 and totally worth it.

<3Back to College Guide: Fashion<3

So, I’ve been wanting to do a new post for quite a while, something substantial.  I finally decided I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and should do a back-to-college/high school shopping guide!  I am personally a huge fan of black as a clothing color, year round.  I know that that’s probably not appealing to a lot of people, but my skin physically does not tan, and light colored clothes do not flatter me in the least.  However, I do like to add colorful and classic accessories, bright nail colors, and cute shoes to brighten up my outfits, as well as a few graphic shirts.

As most of you can probably relate, I don’t have a lock box at Gringott’s full of Galleons by which I can purchase massive amounts of shoes and accessories.  I’m a sophomore in college with a 3-day a week job with a low yield, so this is my fashion on-a-budget advice for the rest of us lowly citizens.

Everyone hates pants, right?  I do.  Yet, it is expected of us that we wear them. Therefore, I have recommended some pairs of shorts and pants that not only look fashionable and will match nearly anything, but will also not make you cry when it’s time to check out.

I firmly believe that every girl should own the following items in the leg-covering category for school season.

  • Dark Skinny Jeans
  • Dark-Denim Bootcut Jeans
  • Some extra nice Bootcut Jeans for wearing out or to events (SPARKLES)
  • Yoga Pants
  • Crop Leggings
  • White shorts
  • Black shorts
  • Denim shorts

As long as you have these basic things, you really are set in the pant area.  Below I have some recommendations of where to find these things.  If you’re into brand names, I would not suggest bothering getting a certain brand of pants, unless you love L.A. Idol, like I do.  I like to have a few pairs of low-price jeans (Target is selling most of their denim for $8 right now) and one pair of high-end jeans.  Usually Guess, Calvin Klein, or like right now, L.A. Idols.  L.A. Idols are an adorable and more affordable replacement for Miss Me jeans which normally retail for $108+.  L.A. Idols are rarely over $65, and you can usually get them for 20-30% off during boutique sales in your town.  Well, now that I got off on that tangent, here are some photo examples of the cute bottoms you can find almost anywhere.

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Starting from the upper left-to-right,  there are L.A. Idol’s on the left, them some denim shorts (super cute) from Target.  Next there’s a Target Maxi dress, a close-up of those beautiful LA idols, some JC Penny shorts in white (these are my ÜBER favorite.  The denim is super heavy and they look so bright!)  and lastly some Target skinnys and Wal Mart shorts with some cute little flag pocket thingies hang in’ out der fer youz.

Next is the shoes.  Who doesn’t love shoes? I have about 25 pairs and I STILL feel like I have absolutely nothing.  I would suggest that amongst your shoe collection to make sure you have a pair of super cute, good quality sandals (these ones are on sale for $15 at Kohl’s right now) and some cute running/athletic shoes.  I like to have cute running shoes even though I don’t run, much less participate in athletic activity.  I’m more of a get-nachos-and-not-sweat type.  Thasss jus me dohh.   I be lazy.

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Nexttttuh!

I am not going to go horribly in-depth into shirts, but I must recommend that you check TJ Maxx every other week for great new tops.  I like to look at their display tops near the front, because they’re usually the cutest and the best quality.  I think right now, the trend is long flowing tops with long necklaces to match.  I’m more into light, simple jewelry, but I also love these looks.  It’s also très nécessaire that you invest in a slouchy cardigan for those cold buildings, classrooms, or days at work or in the office.  I suggest this one in the middle picture, from Maurices.  I bought mine in a size 3X because I love the slouchiness, and I’m really more just like an X-Large.  I always upsize my clothing also because I am forgetful about what I put in the wash, so if it gets dried, it’s no problemo.

I also must mention that you NEED, NEED, NEED a knee-length dress for school.  You want something that can easily go from day to night without any problems, maybe with a simple amount of jewelry.  I like to shop on debshops.com, ’cause they gots tons of cute stuff in EVERY SIZE. Fo’ real.

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Next you gots to have the accessories.  Lots of them.  Well, you don’t have to, no one is making you, but it is the key to having a beautiful wardrobe.  I love small jewelry, and delicate things.  I recently purchased some rings and necklaces from Claire’s, which were $5.50 each.  They are so adorable.  I also picked up a Lavender cross body bag from RELIC, which is pictured here with my Claire’s infinity ring. (The polish I’m wearing here is Lacey Lilac by Sally Hansen.)  Also on the left is a super cute outfit I purchased COMPLETELY with Kohl’s cash- crop leggings and a white tank that says “Run Wild Forever”  I think all of this was about $38, so, good deal.  Basically I put this outfit together with the RELIC Bag and I think it’s SUPER cute.Image

So, back to shoes- I love boots.  I think almost every girl does.  I know my Pretty Little Liars addiction has caused me to become obsessed with riding boots. (I ❤ SPOBY).  However, not all of us can afford those beautiful $500 Tori Burch boots, so I found a slight dupe from Guess that is available for purchase at Macy’s.  I think they’re actually a lot cuter than the TB’s, but that’s just my opinion.  These ones are only $99.  You can also find riding boots easily for under $30, but they aren’t likely to last as long.  It’s up to you, it’s just a staple that you may want to have when fall hits.

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We are almost done!  Another item you may want to have in your wardrobe is a good semi-formal or party dress.  I love picking up semi-formal dresses whenever I see them, especially if they’re a great deal.  I recently picked up these shapeless dresses from a small local boutique, and they were not only marked down, but buy one, get one free! I ended up getting them both for $24.  It was pretty amazing.  Buying dresses like this allows you to have a really versatile piece that you can wear anywhere.

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Okay! LAST THING, I SWEAR.

Nail polish.

ERMAGHERD MY FAVERITE

So anyways, I’ve been picking up some cute Summer-Fall transition nail colors.  Right now for summer I love corals and lavenders, as well as mint green.  (Candy Apple Mint by Essie).  But for Fall-Winter, I like dark greens and blacks, as well as gunmetals and deep reds.  Pictured here is my mini back to school collection for polishes.  Ulta is having a deal right now where you spend $10 and get $3.50 off- not a bad coupon to use for a polish haul!

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Well, that’s it for now.  Happy hunting!  Check back next week for a guide on school supplies and organization tips! Hope I inspired you ❤

I can wear red lipstick! And other things I learned this month.

 

 

 

 

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So June is coming to a close and I have learned a few things this month.  One of the most exciting being that I finally allowed myself to put on red lipstick.  Don’t get me wrong, this was not your run- of- the- mill 99 cent store lipstick.  No neon gaudiness here. (No offense to you classic girls).  This was more of a deep plum-red lip coat that I pulled from my beautiful 2012 Winter Collection Sephora Cube palette. The picture below shows a small excerpt of some of those coat hues, however; the one the brush is dipping in is far from the color with which I experimented.  Please excuse the dust and small kitty hair; I rarely use those upper neon hues, bleck.  

My advice to girls that are hesitant to try wearing red lipstick; try it in the protection of your room.  With good lighting and no friends around to harass you for your daring new choices.  It’s like the whole thing about “dance like no one’s watching”.  Just, apply lipstick like no one’s watching and make sure you have a good arsenal of makeup remover ready until you find a hue that doesn’t make you look psychotic or dead..or psychotic AND dead.

 

 

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What else did I learn in June?  That I love the Naked 2 Palette.  I have as of recent found multiple uses for the UD palette, such as an all-over bronzer.  The first four pigments from left to right of the palette, (Foxy to Chopper) when swept over with a Kabuki brush, can be applied to the cheeks, shoulders, and legs to provide a contouring, thinning, and tanning effect.    I would also suggest adding some BB cream, (my favorite being from Maybelline) under the areas where you are going to apply the shadows, since the areas getting the most contouring are usually the quickest to be burnt.  I also think it somewhat primes the skin so that the dust doesn’t just fall off!

 

I also learned that not using enough heat protectant before straightening the shorter sections of your hair (like your bangs, or-fringe, rather, as some people call it) can lead to it becoming fried and plastic-y feeling, just like my old Barbie doll head.  I used to do her hair 24/7 and it was fried to begin with.  

Guess Barbie should never be a hair role model.

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