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Winter Haul! Forever 21, Ulta, Target, & Old Navy

Winter Haul! Forever 21, Ulta, Target, & Old Navy

Hello all! I’m back with a new Haul! As most of these things have been ordered online, I’ve just found the pictures of them on their respective websites. I haven’t quite received everything yet (but most everything). I wanted to tell you about some great deals right now.

WetSeal: 40% off all dresses. The red one in the top right is from the new Crush for ABC Family line. It’s adorable and very Taylor Swift. I also purchased some fleece-lined leggings for when I go back to school. I love wearing skirts but just don’t feel comfortable without some leg-coverin’s!

Forever21: I think the deal is over now but it’s good to keep an eye out. Got my black knee high boots from F21 for 50% off, at just $22.40! I also purchased the red plaid shirt (a winter staple), as well as the cold shoulder body con dress. The shirt was just $12 and the dress was only $14.80. (So, yeah, $15).

Old Navy: 15% off. Got this amazing blue sequined sweater, black chiffon collared shirt, and terry fleece blazer. I also picked up a super cute statement necklace and ring that I’ll post later.

Wedge Heels: From a local boutique by the name of “Ooh La La” these super cute lace-up wedges were just $25. They’re super painful, which stinks because they’re so adorable. I’m hoping to break them in! They’re from City Classified, which you can find super discounted online at shoetopia.com.

Ulta: The Stila “In the Light” palette. My wonderful boyfriend got this for me for Christmas, and it’s just amazing. I’ll have to do some swatches on that later. In the meantime, here’s a link to inspire you to possibly buy it for yourself: (http://www.lipglossiping.com/2012/05/stila-in-the-light-eyeshadow-palette-review-swatches-and-a-fotd/).

Target: The chunky cable knit sweater and rose tulle skirt were given to me for Christmas by my mother and sister. I had pinned both things, so I was very happy to receive them!

Makeup Rack: I got this amazing spinning spice-rack style makeup rack by pinning it on Pinterest! My aunt went to the trouble to find it and order it for me! I could not have been more excited to get it. It looks amazing and keeps me from tearing apart my vanity just to do my makeup. You can purchase it from QVC here: (http://www.qvc.com/Tabletop-Spinning-Cosmetic-Organizer-by-Lori-Greiner.product.H164200.html)

Mani Monday!

Mani Monday!

I know this is more of a spring nail set- but I couldn’t help it, I just love girly colors. I got this done by my boyfriend’s cousin at Paul Mitchell the School of Fresno. The pink is a gel color from OPI (I honestly can’t remember what it was) and the glitter is “Ignite the Night” by Essie, which I just picked up at Ulta. (We put a gel top coat over it to see if we could make it extra shiny, it worked!)

I would definitely recommend picking up “Ignite the Night” by Essie to keep on hand as an accent nail color!

Makeup We Can Actually Afford: Maybelline BB Cream

Makeup We Can Actually Afford: Maybelline BB Cream

So, as you know- I’m a fan of both drug store and high-end products. However, when it comes to foundations, I feel like if you can find something that works for you for less than $15, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy it just because it’s not high end. I realize that with all of my traveling that I do for school and work, I prefer to own some drugstore products that I can take with me on trips where if they got broken or damaged it wouldn’t be a huge loss. I’ve found that of all of the products I’ve ever purchased, the Maybelline BB Cream was the best foundation I have ever owned. It is best applied with a beauty blender or sponge, and has NEVER caused me to break out. It can be worn alone or with a powder, (I recommend Revlon Nearly Naked). This product is about $8-$9 and not only gives your skin a great matte finish, but also gives you some sun protection, (great for white people like myself.) Maybelline usually has great products (though I’m not a fan of the Fit Me line- side note: I want to try the shine stick)- but this one seems to be a holy grail for me. Definitely pick it up next time you’re at Target or Ulta and let me know what you think!

Sara

I met Carroll Spinney!

I met Carroll Spinney!

So for part of my Service Learning class, I was supposed to do 18 hours at a non profit. When I chose PBS I had NO idea that I would be getting the opportunity to meet the man that played Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on Sesame Street! Last night I got to photograph this once in a lifetime event and I couldn’t be more grateful. Carroll is the nicest man and I’m proud to have gotten to meet him!

How the Internet Made my Childhood Dreams a Reality

How the Internet Made my Childhood Dreams a Reality

When we’re young, and I mean, very young- we are all asked the most common small-person question; “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While most little girls answered with teachers, ballerinas, veterinarians, and princesses, I wanted to write magazines. Granted, I really wanted to be a magazine-writing princess.

From the time I was about 8, I had a little green spiral-bound notebook. Every time I thought of a “great” idea for an article, I’d write it in the book. All of my articles consisted of extremely shallow information, however, I wasn’t all that off-track from your average issue of “Seventeen”, minus the boy-crazy articles and quizzes (I was married to my cat, who is really quite handsome). I used our 2004 clunker computer with Broderbund Printshop software, which I think at the time was Printshop 12. I used library clip art and created how-to articles on how to decorate your room, how to make smoothies, (which were probably terrible) and “tutorials” on craft projects. I also liked to write movie and book reviews, as well as “Press Releases”- (I remember a particular one about the opening of the American Girl place in Los Angeles- I never went but the thought of that much expensive doll clothing and fine china within 300 miles of my house just made me really happy).
When I first completed a magazine, I named it after the initials of myself and my three best friends- it was called “SLRJ” and I took a copy of it to my local library. I was so proud, it had been printed (ooh, double sided!) and stapled to perfection. The librarian took it kindly and displayed it on the children’s table. Granted, I lived in a town with about 13 kids and a total population of 540, so I didn’t get a lot of big-time exposure.

So along comes the internet as it is today. We have blogging platforms, video platforms, and pretty much every form of digital self-expression you can think of. With minimal equipment, anyone can create their own television show, e-book, or blog. For me, my blog is my magazine. I never really realized how much that first elementary publication of “SLRJ” (which to me, now sounds like ‘slurge’, and really not very appealing in the slightest) carried over into what is now one of my favorite things to do. Sitting here now, I realize I can accomplish everything I wanted to do as a child on the internet- and no one has to hire me to do it. I can have my own radio show, I can write my own book, and I can make my own video series. And the best part is? I have a little more exposure to influence than a population of 540 people.

Mad about Matte!

It's a Matte, Matte World

War of the Mattes

So this season, or year, for that matter, seems to have taken on it’s own makeup craze. Matte powders. Gone are the days of wanting a natural shine on our face- perhaps the summer heat made us go from appreciating a dewy look to associating it with dripping with sweat. Whatever the case, everyone is looking for the perfect and affordable matte powder. Here is your guide to four of the most heard of drugstore brands, and what you should know.

RIMMEL STAY MATTE

This powder is amazing, and you will hear nearly every YT guru rave about it until their head pops off. And it’s true- this Rimmel powder is amazing and costs just a little over $4, sometimes closer to $3 at Walmart. The powder is wonderful and does a great job of matte-ifying the skin, providing you with a sleek, clean, sweat-free look. The only issue I had with this is that is doesn’t seem to go on as easily as it could. Also, I hit pan after about 2 and a half weeks.

REVLON PHOTOREADY
This powder is amazing.  It goes a long ways, but you can only apply about one layer; it’s not as build-able as I would like.  However, it comes off of the pan nicely and applies evenly.  Just be ready to use a magnifying or up-close mirror to check for any areas where it’s piled up.  This powder is about $7 at Target, and definitely worth the buy.  I would only purchase it, however, if you are not acne-proned.  I did not have any personal experiences with developing acne or skin irritation from the PhotoReady powder, but I could see where the thickness of the powder could be an irritant.  I found that it did not last long, (though this can be helped with a post-application setting spray)-and one other thing worth mentioning. This powder contains small flecks of glitter to pick up sunlight or photo flash.  It’s almost a little too much.
But don’t fear Revlon!  Your Nearly Naked powder is the most amazing powder yet!

COVERGIRL LOOSE POWDER

This powder was great for me at first.  Until I started really paying attention.  From some internet research, it turns out it’s particularly hard to find the “medium” shade in stores, which is apparently the most common.  I, however, am as white as they come, so there’s usually some fair or translucent tones available.  This powder cakes easily, and goes on heavy.  Then, it doesn’t stay on very well.  That’s about all I can say.  I didn’t feel like my setting spray did a whole lot to improve the way it looked on my skin.

REVLON NEARLY NAKED

The holy grail of powders!  This powder applies thinly, but with great coverage, and is build-able.  So far I have experienced zero skin irritation, and I’ve used it pretty much everyday for about three and a half weeks.  It looks beautiful and matte-ifies your face, and gives you a perfectly flawless, finished look.  It’s about $8-$10 depending on where you’re shopping- I would recommend Walmart online- they usually offer free shipping over $45 and that gives you plenty of shopping room to add some other products to your order.

To sum it up, I would definitely recommend either the Rimmel Stay Matter ($4) or the Revlon Nearly Naked ($9).  Comment below and let me know what matte powders are your favorite!