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Maybe It’s Maybelline: The New ‘Fit Me’ Line

So there I was, standing in the aisles of Target, contemplating to myself whether or not to get Maybelline’s newest foundation launch, the Fit Me. All of my deductive reasoning pointed to YES as I have loved basically every product Maybelline has released in recent years, so it would only make sense that I would love this product too.

I went with the Matte + Poreless formulation, and it’s matte without being drying. I apply it with my Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush, and it gives a velvety finish such that you could probably get away without using setting powder, but I use a powder anyways.

I want to go out on a limb and say that this is one of the cheapest drugstore foundations out there? At the price point of $5.99, it basically costs less than your iced coffee & bagel at Starbucks. I got the shade 120 because it was the lightest shade that was still in stock, but it turned out to be a perfect match for me. If you’re wondering, the shade 120 is neutral-toned, not too yellow or too pink. Maybelline has a color matching guide on their website if you have no idea what shade you would be. In addition to the Matte + Poreless version, they also have a Dewy + Smooth formulation which is better for dry skin & for those who want more of glow.

On the down-side, it has a pour out disposal system, which can get messy if you’re not careful, and you only get 1oz of product, which seems small but I guess is pretty standard for drugstore foundations.

The Fit Me concealer is also lovely. It’s more creamy than liquidy, which I find to be very long-lasting and easy to blend. I saw a review comparing it to the NARS Creamy Concealer, but I haven’t tried that so I wouldn’t be able to confirm that.

Have you tried the new Maybelline Fit Me line? Are you going to? Let me know!

Thoughts On A Monday Morning

The other day after witnessing two car accidents in the span of an hour which resulted in me muttering “please don’t hit me, please don’t hit me” to the car behind me at every traffic light, and I knew that it was one of those days where I really should NOT have left the house. That is what Mondays usually consist of, so I figured that I would put together some thoughts for you to think so that you don’t have to bother to think them yourself. So kind of me, right?

  1. Thin Mints are a perfectly acceptable breakfast, right? And maybe just a bite of a Samoa to balance out the palette. Or, you know, the whole box of Samoas…
  2. We are out of Earl Grey tea? I might as well just jump off a building.
  3. Is someone really trying to communicate with me at this hour of the day?
  4. Maybe if I just nod along and hide my face behind this Thin Mint, they won’t notice I’m here.
  5. Nodding is not working… Okay, DEATH GLARE.
  6. You know… attempting winged eyeliner was probably not the best decision I’ve ever made.
  7. I mean of COURSE I forgot to do laundry this weekend. It’s okay though, leggings are totally pants.
  8. Traffic… WHY IS THERE TRAFFIC.
  9. Oh no, I spilled my tea all over me. DANG IT.
  10. Literally how does Taylor Swift have so much energy at this hour of the day? HOW.
  11. “YOU GOT THAT JAMES DEAN DAY DREAM LOOK IN YOUR EYEEEEEEE”
  12. *Continues to stare at traffic*
  13. “AND I GOT THAT RED LIP CLASSIC THING THAT YOU LIIIIIIIIKKKKEEEEEEE”
  14.  “OUT! OF! STYLE!”
  15. *Continues to stare at traffic*
  16. Wait, but like, why did I leave the house today?
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Friday Favorites

Another week, another Friday Favorites post… Today we’re chatting about a whole boat-load of things that I genuinely adore.

First of all, and most importantly, I AM SO OBSESSED WITH ANDREW MCMAHON’S ALBUM. SO OBSESSED. I listen to it while I write blog posts, if you’re wondering. ‘Canyon Moon’ is my favorite song, but the whole album is pure genius. (& it’s on Spotify!) Secondly, I’ve been reading The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Nail Gaiman and it’s phenomenal.

And then let’s discuss the videos I’ve loved this week. Firstly, you need to watch this one. And when I say ‘need to watch’, I mean NEED TO WATCH. I’m pretty sure I watched it 4 times in a row when I first found it. Iconic. Flawless. Viral-status. You know what? I’m just gonna include it below so you can watch it right now:

Once you’ve watched that at least 6 times, you can move on to this glorious little video. Seriously, #goals. Carly Cristman is a YouTuber/glitter enthusiast/blogger, and the interior design in her apartments is always top notch. This one takes the cake as her new place has a loft with a spiral staircase leading up to it. I repeat, #goals.

Speaking of YouTube, I have included these Paige Jeans because my favorite YouTuber Meghan Rienks keeps talking about them in her weekly vlogs, and I just really trust her opinion. She says they have converted her from a leggings girl into a jeans girl, and that pretty much sounds like something that needs to be in my life.

OH, and the ‘Embrace Messy Hair & Sweatpants’ sweatshirt can be found here! I need it in my closet, obviously.

Happy Friday! Have a good weekend!

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Book Review: I’ll Give You The Sun

When I finished the final words of I’ll Give You The Sun and flipped that last page closed, I glanced at my iPhone for the time and realized that it had become 1:30am without me even realizing that it was past midnight. So I’m pretty sure you can tell where this book review is going…

There’s the books that you love so much that you want to share them with everybody you know and send them out in care packages to all of your friends, and then there’s the books that you want to keep to yourself as your own little secret hidden within your bookshelf. This is that kind of book. Please refer to this Bustle article to properly understand my post-I’ll Give You The Sun emotional state.

I’ll Give You The Sun follows two twins, Noah & Jude, whose worlds are torn apart when a tragedy occurs. One part of the story line is told from Noah’s perspective at age thirteen leading up to the tragedy, and then the second part of the story line is told from Jude’s perspective three years later at sixteen years old. They used to be inseparable, and now they can’t even be in the same room as each other.

I started out not thinking that it was going to be that great of a book. The beginning was good but not great, and the plot line was really quite confusing to understand at first. But then at one point or another, I found myself totally encapsulated within the pages of the book. I was drowning within the prose and entangled within the plot line. It’s a romance on multiple levels, and a tale of finding the missing pieces of a story that you didn’t know was broken.

Find out more about I’ll Give You The Sun and the author Jandy Nelson here!

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My Favorite New Blogs

As you can probably assume, I read a lot of blogs. Or rather, I scroll through a lot of blogs and then occasionally add blogs to my BlogLovin’ feed. These are the blogs that I’ve discovered in the past week that have been added to my feed and that have inspired me in one way or another.

JulianneHough.com – You may know Julianne from Dancing With The Stars (she’s a two-time winner & now a judge), from the Footloose remake, or from the Nicholas Sparks movie Safe Haven. She’s basically the cutest person alive and the reason I ever wanted to chop all of my hair off (that haircut from Safe Haven, anyone?!?!). Well she launched her blog today and I give major props to Julianne for creating such a beautiful digital space on her first try. It’s total *heart eyes emoji* status.

Beauty Coach – Oh, so you’re trying to tell me that you DON’T follow celebrity hair stylist  and 901 Salon co-owner Riawna Capri on Instagram? 901 is known for catering to the celebs – Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts, Selena Gomez, Nina Dobrev… etc. And the team at 901 has basically taken all of their celebrity hair and beauty secrets and converted them into blog format for the whole world to appreciate. And it is at this time that I would like to point out that Nina Dobrev and I use the same CC cream, soooooo……

LOLO Magazine – This digital magazine was started by two best friends, Lauren Scruggs & Lauren Sims, and I am oodling in awe of their dynamic duo power status. Both raised in Texas, their site gives that home-style feel with a touch of glamour and knit together with underlying positivity. The site is a  beautiful mixture of fashion, beauty, fitness, health, and pretty much everything that falls under that ‘Lifestyle’ beach umbrella.

Mane Addicts – Started by Jen Atkin, who is the hair stylist for the Kardashians, ManeAddicts.com is a gorgeous site for all of the hair inspiration you could ever hope to have. It feels more editorial than anything, and you can learn what products, salons, and stylists are killing the game right now. But really, all I want to know is how I can be as effortlessly glam as Kendall Jenner on a daily basis.

And with that, I’ll leave you to scroll through those beauties….

 

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Everyday Makeup Routine: Spring Edition

So I finally pulled out the camera today and decided to photograph the things that have been going on my face today and every day. And I know this is probably what most of the general population likes to keep to themselves, but given that I’m a blogger and one of those people with an incessant need to share anything and everything with anyone and everyone, we are sitting here today.

For foundation, I’ve been using Diorskin Forever in (shade 022). I had put this on the back-burner for a while because it was just a smidgen too dark for me, but now it works! And it stays on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. As for under-eyes, I’ve have been using the Covergirl ‘Ready, Set, Gorgeous’ concealer (in Light/Medium), and then the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish powder to set everything.

As for cheeks, I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with just the Bobbi Brown blush in ‘Apricot’ and a highlight on top of my cheek bones by means of the ‘Sand’ powder from the Anastasia Contour Kit.

My eyeshadow changes every day, but today I used MAC ‘All That Glitters’ all over the lid with MAC ‘Soft Brown’ in the crease and then Maybelline Falsies mascara on my eyelashes (obviously). And then we have the Anastasia Brow Powder in Medium Brown, which I literally use all-year-round sooooo I don’t know why I need to include that, but I am. To finish off, I used the Maybelline Color Elixir lip gloss in ‘Caramel Infused’ and HOLY OBSESSION. This line of lip glosses deserves a round of applause.

AND THAT’S A WRAP, FOLKS! SEE YOU NEXT TIME! P.S. my dog Dakota says hi and she wanted me to tell you that her beautiful fur is due to the oatmeal flea shampoo she uses. She highly recommends it.

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5 Things I’ve Learned This Year

I feel like this year is going by so fast, but at the same time is going by painstakingly slow, and I don’t quite know how to classify it yet. Usually I have a sense of how the year is going to turn out, but this year I honestly have no idea what is in store, and that’s a good thing in a way. I think we’re all in need of a mid-year check in, so this is mine. Actually, this is more like a “three-months-in check in,” but whatever.

  1. It’s okay to not be okay – Really, it’s okay. And it’s okay to not want to let anybody in when you’re not feeling like yourself. It’s okay to take that time to figure it out and let the misery sweep through your body, you just need to know that the misery can sweep out of your body. It will take different lengths of time for different people, but we were not born with misery injected into our blood streams. The sun will rise again and again and again, and after a while, the colors will ingrain themselves back into the skyline and you’ll start enjoying the things you used to enjoy and start laughing again and starting conversations and everything will be okay… eventually.
  2. The ones that love us never really leave us – I actually found this/realized this while I was searching for gifs for my Hawaii post, and the gif below just really struck me straight in my steps. And then the week after, my SoulCycle instructor was talking about a very similar thing.tumblr_mu98gxV5Hd1qlbeqgo1_500 I don’t think we realize how much we matter to other people. We are all somebody’s son or daughter, somebody’s mother or somebody’s father, somebody’s brother or sister, somebody’s grandmother or grandfather, somebody’s best friend or somebody’s other half. And even if it’s just to your dog, you matter. And the people in your life care more about you and need you more than you could ever understand. So just when you think of giving up, think of all of those people who are counting on you to be strong for them, and for those people who know your worth more than just what you’ve accomplished in your life.
  3. Netflix is glorious, but so is Amazon video streaming. Netflix has Grey’s Anatomy, but Amazon has all of the Harry Potter movies, soooo….. And on the real, watching the Harry Potter films calms me down if I’m having a bad day or a bad weekend or just want to watch something to take my mind off of the world. Yes, I have a ranked list of my favorites in order from 1-7. Cool.
  4. It’s okay to let go – it’s okay to escape the world for a while. It’s okay to forget about everything that is weighing you down and just let go and let your mind be free. Don’t feel guilty about giving yourself a mental vacation. It’s okay to take a step back. In fact, I think it’s essential for our mental health.
  5. Impossible things aren’t entirely out of reach – I think that we classify people into categories about what they can do in their life, and I think that setting up those boundaries is a societal fallback that nobody really addresses. We expect high school seniors to choose a life track as soon as they graduate when they haven’t even really figured out who they are yet, and their entire existence is basically melded around what they choose to major in during college. And I think that just because somebody chooses a certain life path doesn’t mean that they can’t change it when they feel like it doesn’t fit them anymore. When they grow out of their favorite jeans & no longer find interest in what used to be the embers beneath their fire. Even if you’ve never written a book before, you can write a book, and even if you’ve never programmed anything before, you can learn how to code. And even if you’ve never ran a mile in your life, you can train for a marathon. It’s all a matter of self-worth and what you think you are capable of. Thoughts translate into things.

And there you have it: THINGS I’VE LEARNED THIS YEAR (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER). What have you learned this year? Have you classified this year yet? Do you classify your years? Lemme know!

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Friday Favorites

I’ve decided to bring back the ‘Friday Favorites’ feature in a way that makes more sense to me. I could never get into the format that they are usually presented in.. So here we are. With a vision board. And you know that we LOOOOOOOVEEEEE vision boards here. This is basically a combination of things that I’ve actually used this week (the nail polish & the book) and things that I saw on the interwebs and wanted to share with all of you beautiful people.

First and foremost, we’ve got my new favorite t-shirt that fully explains my feelings regards the ‘I woke up like this’ trend and a sweater that actually shows what I look like after I wake up: in a top knot & a big sweater (also tea, but that’s not pictured.) And then we’ve got THIS BEAUTIFUL MAC EYESHADOW PALETTE. Did you know these existed? I sure didn’t. Unfortunately, I am on an eyeshadow palette ban because I have way too many. I’ve been on this ban for like 2 years, it’s fine. Moving on, we’ve got the most beautiful Madewell bag I’ve ever seen, a greeting card that reminds me of this Taylor Swift music video, and the foundation I want to try after watching this makeup tutorial.

And then for the things I have been using, we’ve got Big Apple Red nail polish by O.P.I., which is a stunning bright red shade that applies in thin layers but is super opaque at the same time. A gorgeous red if you are on the hunt for one! And I just started reading I’ll Give You The Sun, a book I bought because the sales lady at the bookstore told me it was the best book she’d read all year. I really like it so far, however I skimmed through the pages briefly and I think I may have seen what the big tragedy is that happens…. OOPS.

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Caspar The Ghost Revival Makeup

You know those mornings when you wake up, groggily look at your iPhone to check the time, slump out of bed to go to the bathroom, look at yourself in the mirror and think to yourself “well, my tan from Hawaii is gone….” and you consider going to a casting to audition for ‘Casper The Friendly Ghost’? Yeah, I had one of those mornings today. And I mean thank goodness for the power of makeup to make me look like a normal human being and not like somebody who just spent the last 17 years living in a cave under the ground.

This is my go-to look for glowy skin. I’m not including eye makeup because that’s really based on what’s in your personal collection. Maybe a post on that later…

I start off with Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous foundation (in shade 120) – it seriously always makes me look like a glowing princess goddess who just got back from vacation. For undereyes, I’ve been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (in Fair), and I really like it. It has a brightening effect, and is super creamy/blendable, but it does crease on me which is unfortunate. I set everything with the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (in Medium), and then use the Anastasia Contour Kit to contour/bronze. If I’m contouring, I use the shade Fawn, and if I’m just bronzing I mix the shades Java & Fawn. And then for blush, I use BenefitCoralista’. It’s the perfect color for everyday because it has a hint of shimmer and warmth that really lights up your face.

P.S. I’m including this picture of me in Hawaii below because I’m pretty sure I was wearing the same foundation/concealer there, so if you want a point of reference for how they actually look, there ya go!

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Taking The First Step

What if all it takes is one step after another to get to that end point that seems so painstakingly far away? And what if you could take that step today? Take it right now? Would you do it? What if I told you that you are composed out of the steps you take and that they define you in the best way possible? Would you take that first step?

If you put one foot in front of the other, you will eventually reach the end of that staircase. And I think the view at the top will be worth that first step.

And you know what? I’m proud of you for even thinking about taking that first step.

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