Summer Lip Kit

My summertime lipstick vibes are on two different levels: fiery shades and nudes.

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I’m already a huge fan of red lips. They’re classic and bold and embody everything I want people to think when they see me, regardless of if it’s actually a true representation of my personality or not. During the summer, I expand my reds to include more coral and orange infused tones to really grasp the flames behind my leo soul.

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Of course, summertime is when I enjoy a lot of lipstick ruining foods. The greasy burgers, quickly melting popsicles, ultra saucy BBQ, and lip-staining fruits galore are all the demise of my lipstick. Add in the fact that I have incredibly dry lips and you get the explanation for my nude lip revival. They’re easy to apply and blend out once you ruin the center part mouth with food. Even better, if you decide to wipe it all off after a mere 2 hours… well, no one will really notice.

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What’s in your summer lip kit?

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$6 Face: Elf Bronzing Palette

I have been bamboozled, betrayed, and led astray by this palette. My love for a bronzed face has grown immensely over the past two years. Sometimes I want a more chiseled face and other times I want to trick strangers into believing that I love the outdoors. All of this led to my decision to purchase Elf’s $6 Bronzing Palette and the following devastation when I found out that it was a complete flop!

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Let’s Have a Sob Circle: I knew I was going to be in for a rough ride the moment I opened this palette up. On the packaging, the shades in the palette appeared fairly deep. Furthermore, while the palette I bought at the store was called “Bronze Beauty,” online it is actually listed as “Deep/Dark.” This is a complete lie. Only one of these shades is dark enough to show up on my face as an actual bronzing shade and only after I have put on multiple layers. Let it be known that I am not the deepest person on the planet and if you’re making a bronzing palette that barely works for me, then you’re doing it wrong. And if you even begin to think that a palette like this can be called Deep/Dark, then you definitely need to do some inward reflection.

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Not only was the shade selection a bust, but I am so confused by the formulation of the shadows. The bronzing shades are chalky and weakly pigmented. I feel like I have to dig my brush into my pan to pick up a decent amount of product. I’ve only used it about 5 times and I already have a dip in my bronzing shade from using so much.

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There is Some Hope: The highlighting shades in this palette are fairly decent. One of the shades gives a soft natural glow – which I’m a huge fan of – and the other can get you more of that glam look. They are honestly the saving grace of this collection. The cherry on top is that the packaging is really smart. It’s sleek, travel-friendly, and comes with a huge mirror. More importantly, all of the shades pop out and can be swapped with colors from other elf bronzing, blush, and contour palettes. So, even though I think the actual bronzing shades are terrible, I can always replace them with blushes that work well!

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At the end of the day, I only recommend buying this product if you’re interested in swapping the shades to create your own custom palette. The quality is inconsistent and the shades you see online and on the box are not true to the actual colors. Of course, this does have a 3.7 out of 5 star rating on the elf website so I know some people are living for this palette – I’m just not one of them.

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5 Steps to Stunning Eyeshadow

Whether we’re talking creasing lids, oily skin, or the “barely there” product, there are so many ways that your eyeshadow can fail you. Thankfully, I’ve got some cool tips to help prevent a bad shadow day! Stay flawless, friends!

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Prime Like You’re at Home Depot

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Primer isn’t just for painting walls. It’s the glue for your shadows, and the barrier that keeps oil from seeping through (shout out to all fellow #OilyRoyalty individuals). I recommend the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer if your bank account is booming or a flesh toned ColourPop SuperShock shadow if you’re feeling more thrifty!

Keep it Base(ic)

If you are an eyeshadow fanatic like I am, there’s no way to avoid that one shadow that’s pretty in pan, but fairly lackluster on the lids. Bring the color out by putting a cream base underneath. Go for one that’s the same shade as your lid shade, white, or black. Keep it old school with a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or use a cream shadow.

Try Out Some Shapewear

This is my trick for sharper wings or a cleaner shadow line all together. Use tape (or hold up a business card) to trace a winged angle from the outer corner of your eye to the tail of your brow. This can help visually lift the eyes and keep your shadow from looking too messy. It’s also great for cat eye beginners, since you get a smooth line every time!

Make it Misty

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Even your worst setting sprays can bring more pigment out of a shimmery shade. Hit your brush up with a spritz of setting spray or two to get it nice and damp, then dip into your shadows. They’ll be way more pigmented and metallic. Your lids will literally shine as bright as your personality!

Get Handsy

Brushes are nice and everything, but – if it isn’t a matte pressed powder – it probably applies better with your fingers. I like to give a good old finger tap to the center of my lid if I want to add some shine to an all matte look or use my pinkie to get a precise inner corner highlight. This is especially helpful with cream products, that may smooth out under the warmth of your fingertips!

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May Loves

Great things about May: Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came out on Netflix, I finally finished reading Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (it only took me 4 months), and I completed my junior year of college with a 3.85 GPA! Here are some other things that have made my month great – photos included!

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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

I got this jar of goodness for $6 at Walmart and it has not let me down since I’ve learned how to use it! Though it doesn’t keep my face matte all day long, it’s super light weight and works well with all my other makeup products. It leaves my skin looking pretty natural and healthy. Plus, I’m a sucker for trying out items in interesting packaging!

Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer

When I first bought this, I exclusively used it as a highlighter. It looks pretty warm and orange in the pan, but it applies with an intense champagne sheen if you’re heavy handed like I am. Recently, I’ve found that I can use it for a sun-kissed look if I mix a light amount of it in with one of my matte bronzing shades (typically the NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan or the contour shade from my Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Kit in 003).

Fave Lip Combo

In every collection of awesome lipsticks, there’s always a shade or two that are the weakest links. I think Tinder is the weakest shade out of all of my Ulta Matte Lip Creams, but have recently found a new use for it! While I love the bright orangey-red of Soap & Glory’s Fired Up, I’m not always ready to be quite that bold. On those days I mix it in with Tinder for more of a pinky-coral shade.

Embroidered Forever 21 Tunic

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Forever 21 betrayed me with this piece. Number 1, they told me it was a dress. It hit the model at mid thigh, but hits me in more of that high thigh region – and I’m only 4′ 11″! Number 2, it has very high slits on each side. Luckily, it works great as a summer tunic! The embroidery is just the right amount of festive, the tie up front is adds a little sass, and the thin fabric is great for beating the summer heat!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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In my opinion, The Chamber of Secrets is the best book and film in the Harry Potter lineup. We get introduced to strange creatures, the harsh realities of discrimination, and the hilarious reactions of every professor that encounters Gilderoy Lockhart (his scenes are my favorites)! I’m also listening to all the Book 2 episodes of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text so I can reflect while the chapters are still fresh in my mind!

What are your May loves?

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Living Single: My Favorite Single Shadows

I’m just a single gal with her collection of single shadows wishing she could watch Living Single on Netflix. Eyeshadow was the first part of makeup that I fell in love with. Though I’m definitely more of an eye palette person, single shadows definitely have their merits. You get to pick up just the right shade to complete an eye look or try out something bold without having to commit to (and pay for) random extra shades to go with it. Here are some of my favorite single shadows!

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NYX Prismatic Shadows

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If you love glitz and glam, then you’ll love these! All of the shades in the line up are bold with a metallic sheen. They’re also velvety smooth, which works well for a texture snob like me. The only downside is that they’re a bit too soft. Mix that in with the ultra cheap packaging, and let’s just say that they’re a 3 inch drop from a complete mess.

Elf Smudge Pots

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For $3 you can get bold color, long wear, and a versatile product. These shadows work great on their own or as a base for similar shades. I always recommend them to my friends that are just starting out with makeup, because the neutral shades are perfect for that one finger swipe kind of look! The only downside is that they can get chunky on the lid if you try to layer up the product, which is not a great look.

ColourPop SuperShock Shadows

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Buyer beware, my ColourPop shadow collection consists of some pretty bomb but limited edition (and now discontinued) shades. Thankfully the actual SuperShock Shadow line is still going strong! I love the squishy texture of these shadows and the fact that they last all day on the lid without a primer. In fact, I actually use that peachy-nude shade as my eyeshadow base and primer for all my eye looks!

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Liv’s Closet Clean Up

Cleaning up your closet should be fun! You get more space, you get easy access to all your clothes, and you get to pretend you’re Tyra Banks choosing who will be America’s Next Top Model as you decide which items to nix from your collection!

“Green fuzzy cropped sweater, you have been an easy statement piece in many of my outfits. But, you shed way too much and have less than function 3/4 length sleeves. Baroque print sweater, you are also a dramatic statement piece and are a hit when paired with a collared shirt. But, your collar is too small for my neck and you trap too much heat. The sweater that will remain in my closet is… the green fuzzy cropped sweater.”

As you can tell, I started my clean up process by figuring out which items had to go! Be critical with your clothes. If you find something you rarely wear, really try to remember all of the things that are wrong with it instead so you don’t fall into the same infatuation you had when you bought it. Maybe it’s cute on the hanger, but in reality it’s so itchy that it turns your skin red.

Phase two of this process was looking for a smart solution to the small amount of room I was allotted. I decided to try out a common DIY method for creating more rack space by hanging half of my wardrobe onto hangers that were already in use. I simply slid one end of a paperclip through the hanger that would actually go on the rack, and slid the second hanger through space at the bottom of the paperclip. For heavier pieces, like my sweaters, I swapped my paperclips for binder clips.

My main problem was space and excess, but some of you might want to go for a phase 3, where you find out how you want to actually organize your closet. My clothes are broken down by type of piece (tank tops, blouses, sweaters, and dresses) and then further organized by sleeve length. Some people like to color code and others might enjoy an outfit theme system. Thinking about how you actually choose your outfits may help in this process. For example, if you’d typically think, “Oh, I want to wear all black today,” or “these pants would go well with a green top,” when getting dressed, then a color coding system might work well for you!

Make the closet of your dreams, friends!

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Beauty Lies I Tell Myself

I am the ultimate beauty scammer! Unfortunately, the only person I’m really scamming is myself. Here are 5 of the beauty lies I tell myself.

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  1. “I’ll wash my brushes on a weekly basis.” Does anyone who isn’t an actual makeup artist do this? My blending sponge is permanently tinted brown, my eyebrow brush is always coated in the 17,000 products I put on it, and my foundation brushes are typically so gunked up that they take forever to clean. And, yes, using these brushes is bad for my skin and overall makeup application. And, no, I am not ready to change.
  2. “I’ll throw out my expired makeup.” Until about a year ago, I didn’t even know makeup went bad. I saw those little jar pictures with a 36 or a 12 next to them and just thought, “wow, these brands sure love counting.” The worst is with mascara, since it has the shortest shelf life of them all. But what can I say? I’m an actual broke college student with few high end products to her name, so I’m going to use them until they’re literally dead.
  3. “I’m going to use a real liquid liner!” I pride myself in my wing game. I want to finish off all my eye looks with a wing so sharp, I could slice right through a watermelon with it. But, I’m still a bit of a one trick pony in terms of product. I’ve always told myself that I would try out an actual liquid liner, but I just hate putting anything wet on my eyes (read: last time I used an actual liquid liner with a pot and brush, I somehow ended up with liner in my eye).
  4. “My skincare routine will be the strongest in all the lands.” On my best days, I go for the makeup remover wipe, the face wash, my mask, my astringent, my toner, and my moisturizer. On my worst days, especially if I haven’t been wearing makeup, I can barely bring myself to even wash my face in the first place. I am lazy about my skincare, but I remain hopeful that one day I will pull through!
  5. “I’m going to be the moisturization queen.” It’s not just my face that is dehydrated; it’s my whole body! Honestly, the ash is real! Sometimes I end the day with dry skin flakes in my jeggings because my moisture game is so terrible. I even thought buying more expensive lotions would encourage me to get it together, but… pray for my legs ya’ll.

What beauty lie do you tell yourself?

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