Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quintessentially Festival

Every year around this time, the internet becomes inundated with pictures and articles all describing how to get the perfect festival look.  All "festival" attire is is a lot of booties, braids, and boho.  How revolutionary.

Though I may not be sold on festival wear entirely (I mean, cut-off shorts and headbands just aren't my thing), there is one aspect of this fashion phenomenon that I would like to squeeze into my wardrobe - the hat.  I don't even own a hat and I'm not sure why I'm smitten with the idea, but there's just something about those darned floppy hats.

Image Credit: E! News


After I saw this picture of Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner, I thought - I could probably pull that off.  That is, if I can get it to fit my abnormally large head.


What do you think of festival style?  Fun or overdone?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Prince of Primer

Which one of these primers is not like the other?  Let me rephrase, which of these primers actually does what it claims to do?



Is it the cult favorite Porefessional?  The ultra-affordable Baby Skin?



It's Boot's No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (available at Target; $10)!  Not exactly what you were expecting?  Welp, I've tried every single one of these primers and it's the only one that controls my shine ALL DAY.  Make no mistake, this does not keep me oil-free; I'm still an oily mess.  It simply keeps me shine-free and helps my makeup last longer.

Do you have a foundation you love that doesn't stand up to your oily skin?  Give this guy a try.  I love Revlon's new Age Defying Foundation (it makes my skin look awesome without being too heavy), but my oily skin tears it apart!  So, I just put a little bit of this over a light moisturizer, and it lasts all day!  I kid you not, this can take your wimpiest foundation and make it last.

I've read a few reviews online, and the main complaint others have is that it leaves a white residue.  I've never had that problem, as I only apply very little product.  I place a pea-sized portion in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together slightly, and pat, not rub, the product onto my face.  Since this product dries very quickly, if you rub the product onto your face, it will ball up (you know, like when you rub glue between your fingers?).  Sounds pretty gross, but it's so worth it.

Pros:
 - keeps face shine-free all day
 - makes makeup last longer
 - works with any foundation
 - contains salicylic acid to control blemishes

Cons:
 - slightly more expensive than other drugstore brands
 - only available at select stores (at least in the US)
 - tricky application

With the annoying application aside, this has become my holy grail primer.  As you can see, I've tried many a primer (even more than the picture shows), and nothing has held it's claims more than Beautifully Matte.  Looks like my days of excessive blotting are over.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Hundred (and Counting)



It's my one hundredth post!!!  To be honest, I never thought I'd make it this far, but boy am I glad I did!  I have met some amazing readers and fellow bloggers along the way, and to anyone who reads this I am thankful to have you!

To celebrate and to do a little reminiscing, I've rounded up my most popular as well as my own favorite posts!  Again, thanks to all of you for dropping by my little ol' blog, and here's to another 100!

Store Credit Cards: Savers or Enablers?

Top 10 Products for Oily Skin (All Under $25)

Factory vs. Outlet: A Frugal Gal's Guide

Fashion February Week 3: Tartan

10 Key Pieces for Spring (for Less): The Fringe Bag


If you'd like to do a little more celebrating, head on over to my giveaway!  Lots of beauty goodies up for grabs!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not in the Mood

Have you ever been in the mood to do nothing?  Well, that's how I've felt pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks.  I dunno what it is, but I just feel like doin' nothing but catching up on some blogs and watch random YouTube videos.

So, for your viewing pleasure, I'm sharing a few of my favorite videos!  I'm including things I like to watch when I need a good laugh and a few beauty guru videos I've found helpful.  Enjoy!
















Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Most Loved

Today, I'm showing you a few of my most loved outfits.  They're the pieces and ensembles that I reach for most; they may be simple, but they get more love than a crop top can dream of.  Meet my loves:


This Forever 21 top is probably the most used item in my closet, and with good reason!  It goes with pretty much anything.  I'll wear it with jeans or dress it up for work and pair with a pencil skirt like this one from New York & Company.  You can definitely match it with bright bottoms to make it more appropriate for spring and summer, or pair it with a neutral for winter.


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Words cannot describe how much I love this look!  I'll wear it if I want to look extra fancy for work without getting crazy.  If you're not a fan of red, I would use a bright yellow or blue belt for the jolt of color.  New York & Company have lovely blazers at great prices, and although they're not sold in stores, you can purchase petite and tall sizes online.  (Pictured: Dress, Cato; Blazer and Belt, New York & Company)


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Again, with the New York & Company!  Both of these pieces are from NY&C (their jeans fit me perfectly), and they're my go-to items when I want to look casual, but a little more put together than jeans and a tee.  If you're a short and curvy gal like me, I think you'll love NY&C jeans!  (No, this is not a sponsored post!)


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Luxe for (A LOT) Less: April 2014

So, never mind that I completely skipped the letter K in the A to Z challenge and let's just move right along.  Is that good with you?  It's certainly good with me!

For April's Luxe for Less, Marie Claire featured an array of the ever-trendy modern motorcycle boot.  The cheapest boot featured was from Aldo at $39.99 (not too bad, MC).  The most expensive?  A pair of Daniele Michette boots for a whopping $995.  Luxe?  Sure.  For less?  Not by my standards.  Let's see how I fared:

Forever 21 Gallery Girl Booties ($30)


Red Herring Black Studded Boots ($30)

Black studded lace up boots











Ah, MUCH better than the overpriced Marie Claire selections, eh?  Personally, I'm not a big fan of the moto boot, but I do love the last selection.  The cut-outs and buckles make for a much updated version of the practical motorcycle boot.  I'd love to know which boot is your favorite; leave a comment below!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Julep Vanish

Unruly cuticles got you down?  Well, put your cuticle scissors down and read on 'cause I've got a product that not only gets rid of your stubborn cuticles, but also helps keep them at bay.  It's pain free, and you don't have to pick up your cuticle scissors again!



This miracle nail treatment is called Vanish by Julep.  It is a tad bit pricey ($18), but this works so much better than your run-of-the-mill drugstore cuticle remover.  It helps to keep your cuticles from growing back, removes stains, and generally improves the look of your nails.

I have a bad habit of picking away at my nail polish which really does a number on my nails.  A couple of drops of this, however, and they're back in tip-top shape!  If you like to wear gel or shellac, this would be a great treatment to use to get those nails looking their best.

The directions say to push cuticles back after applying, but I simply use a cotton swab to rub the remover and cuticle away and it works just the same (if not better).

As I said, it is a little pricey, but if you sign up to be a Julep Maven, the price goes down to $14.40 and you get free shipping!  You don't need a lot to get the job done, so you'll be able to use it for quite a while.

I received this product in a Julep Maven box, which is a monthly subscription service where you get $40 worth of nail or beauty products for $19.95 a month.  Your first box is free (plus shipping), and once you're a Maven you'll get 20% off and free shipping for every order!  You do have the option to skip the month without losing your other Maven benefits and you can swap products or add extras to your box.

If you're interested in becoming a Julep Maven and want to learn more about how you can get your first box free (use code FREEBOX at checkout), click here!