February 20, 2014

ipsy February 2014

Hello again! I haven't been around here in quite awhile. I've been in the process of packing up and moving the past couple of weeks, so this little blog baby of mine has been neglected.  I'm finally settling in and should continue posting on a more regular basis again!

Today I want to share with you my February Ipsy bag.  In case you don't know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription service where you pay $10 each month to receive a little bag of 4-5 (I don't think I've ever received less than 5) deluxe or full size beauty products, and usually 4 out of 5 products are full size, if not all of them being full size which was the case with February's bag! At the end of the post I'll tell you the retail value of my $10 bag.

I cheated and looked at Ipsy's website for the "sneak peaks" so I was already excited for quite a few of these products.  First up City Color Be Matte Blush, $2.99, in the shade Fresh Melon. It's a gorgeous peachy melon color with great pigmentation.  It swatched a bit chalky, but seemed to blend out nicely. Next in my bag was a set of J.Cat Eyelashes, $3.99,  in the style EL15. Talk about dramatic! I love false eyelashes, but these are way too bold for me to wear for anything other than NYE maybe.  I may try trimming them and wearing them for a night out. They also come with eyelash glue which is an great bonus!  Also in the bag was a Pop Beauty Plum Pout lip gloss, $16.00, in the color Peony Petal. I know Pop Beauty is a more pricey brand and I've been really pleased with s few of their other products I've tried, so I was really excited to try this out.  While the color isn't one a usually would pick for myself, the product itself is awesome! It's supposed to deliver high shine like a gloss with the staying power of a stain.  I haven't worn it on my lips yet, but the swatch on my hand definitely left a stain. I'm going to play around with this and see how the color looks on me, because I really want this to work for me!  Up next, Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner, $12.98 on sale.  This is yet another where the color isn't one I'd ever choose for myself, but the product is fantastic.  I've heard nothing but great things about Mally products and they tend to also be a little more pricey, so I'm definitely going to play around with this and see if I can make it work. I'm thinking smudging it under my lower lash line may be a fun nighttime look. Lastly in my bag was a Zoya Nail Polish, $9.00, in the color Odette.  This is from their new Naturel Collection and I think it's gorgeous, a perfect mauve/purple transition color from Winter to Spring.

Swatched from top to bottom: City Color Be Matte Blush (on the left swatched & on the right, blended out)
Pop Beauty Plump Pout lip gloss
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner

The retail value for my bag was $44.96! I'd say that's a pretty awesome deal! I highly suggest giving Ipsy a try if you're interested in monthly subscription services. 

February 6, 2014

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans can be tricky, especially when you're 5'2". I love how effortlessly cool they look, but I've always been a little nervous to try them as they tend to make your legs look a bit short, and I don't need any favors in that department. I think the key is pairing them with slightly taller heels, and while I love the look of pants like this with flats, it's just not a look my shorts legs can get away with.  The above pictures inspired me to finally try the trend myself.   What do you think of boyfriend jeans?

Blazer-  Macy's// Jeans-  American Eagle// Shoes- LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's// Sunglasses- Ray Ban

I was in a rush, so I wasn't able to get any other pictures, but I think this pretty much captures the outfit in its entirety.  To get the jeans cuffed, I just gathered them to one side at the bottom hem and sloppily rolled them up.  I think this would look even better with distressed jeans, and will be trying that soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

February 3, 2014

[Head]bands Will Make Her Dance

There are quite a few things I dislike about my hair: it's really dry, it breaks easily, it grows SO slow, and it turns brassy orange within days after getting it highlighted (which is probably why it's so awful, bleach is a real frenemy). However, if there is one bright side, it's that because my hair is so dry, it takes forever to get greasy which in turn means I have to wash it only about 3 2 times a week and use dry shampoo the rest of the days. It's supposed to be healthier for your hair to do so, but I've yet to see any improvement and I've been doing this song and dance for years.  Regardless, on the last day of dirty hair, I sound so attractive, I see the date requests rolling in now, if it's looking a little less than stellar, throwing a headband in with some curls is my favorite way to look deceptively pulled together.

Headband- ribbon from Walmart// Sunglasses-  Dolce & Gabbana// Necklace- Old Navy// 
Top- old, Forever 21// Belt- Thrift Store
Jeggings-  Marshalls// Shoes- old, Forever 21// Bag- Michael Kors "Fulton"

The shirt I am wearing is actually meant to be worn longer on the sides, but I have it tied back into a bow. I prefer it this way because as a girl with hips, I don't need any extra fabric hanging around down there.  I got this sequin ribbon from Walmart and cut it to fit my forehead, easiest & cheapest headband ever.  

See what I mean? I just think it looks better tied back, although I do love how flowy it looks worn this way.  As for the bag, it was another Marshall's steal, It can be worn long or shorter and the gold chain strap makes it for me!

 I swear that place is like crack to me, I get the biggest high when I find a super awesome deal.  This bag was priced at $120, which was a good deal in itself, but when lifting the flap, I noticed the magnetic closure was broken, one part was still intact, but the top closure was detached and stuck to the bottom (it was as if someone had closed it and when they went to open it the top broke off of the bag and stayed magnetized to the bottom closure. I'm usually not one to ask for discounts, because I just feel silly, but I was really wanting this bag and figured what did I have to lose? I showed a worker where it was broken and he was so sweet and said absolutely, they'd mark it down to $80! I've since seen these on Ebay starting around $179. Getting the clasp repaired at my local alterations place will cost around $15, so in the end it was a great deal.

Do you have any suggestions to help my hair, aside from not getting it highlighted anymore, which I am highly considering, but I've already given up tanning beds, it's like I'm a cave woman or something!