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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Spring Cleaning: Lipstick Collection + Decluttering

I can’t stand lipstick! So many of them seem to exist for the express purpose of embarrassing me! They get on my teeth, smear onto my face, settle in the fine lines of my lips, and expose my eternal state of dehydration. Yes, there are some good ones out there, but I’m still in the process of finding them all. Thus, I’ve decided that it’s time to let some of my most hated, useless, and downright disrespectful lipsticks go!

Things I Kept:

Things Dealt a Smooth “New Phone, Who Dis?”:

Left to Right: Elf Luscious Lipstick in Raspberry, NYX Round Case Lipsticks in Tea Rose and Blushing Bud, Love & Beauty Mega Color Stick in Adobe Rose, Maybelline Rebel Bloom Lipsticks in Blushing Bud and Coral Burst, Liplicious Lip Gloss in Fresh Mulberry, NYX Pencil Liner in Rose, & Rimmel Provocalips in Heartbreaker

Get the 411 on my full collection and mini reviews of each lippie here:

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LA Girl Glide Gel Liners

Liners can make or break your look. In 2007 they were necessary for the smudgiest pair of emo raccoon eyes on the planet and in 2017 they are essential for coating up that waterline and tightline so that your fierce wing won’t be so lonely on your eyes. We all deserve an eyeliner that will rock with us through every moment and every look, which is why I felt the need to hook ya’ll up with a review on the LA Girl Glide Gel Liners.

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These liners retail from $2.50-$5 USD, depending on where you pick them up, and come in 8 shades that lean more neutral, but include 2 vibrant blues and one purple. They are an actual wooden pencil, that you will have to sharpen and are topped with a super simple clear cap. Packaging wise, they are slim, fun, and easy to take with you.

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Cry with Me: I honestly have very few bad things to say about this liner. I think the most irritating thing is that the formula is so creamy that it distorts the shape easily. Thus, I feel like I have to sharpen the pencil every single time I use it to get a nice, clean line. It does fade the slightest bit due to my ultra watery eyes, but that’s not really noticeable.

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Now, Cry Some Happy Tears: This liner is amazing! It’s super smooth and creamy, but ultra pigmented. I’ve tried it on my upper lashline (as a simple line and as a wing), my tightline, my waterline, and lower lashline and it works everywhere. As I mentioned earlier, I have super watery eyes which cause a slight bit of fading, but it’s so pigmented that you can barely tell. In fact, the color is always there at the end of the night regardless of if I’m using the blue or black shade. These are honestly intense liners that want to be your BFFL (Best Friend For Life), because they are in for the long haul!

The jury has reached a decision and these liners are guilty – guilty of being too good to be true (think perjury, except they honestly are just that good)! They’re affordable, and really work to cover their bases with their shade range. My wallet and my pencil sharpener are ready!

Have you tried these liners?

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Chex You Later: DIY Thank You Cards

While I’ve never seen an episode of Friends, I think I still know a thing or two about friendship. Specifically, I know that friendship is a two player game. Every type of relationship is based off of reciprocity and there is no difference when it comes to the people you call your friends. I think I have always engaged in this reciprocity, but nothing boosts your friend-game to the next level quite like being aware of it in action. Due to a combination of this realization and being a recipient of my first friendship thank you card last year, I decided to share some kind words with my closest friends in the punniest way possible.

Step 1: Materials

These cards were made from 4 simple things that I had lying around my room: sharpies, colored pencils, blank index cards, and a whole lot of love. Feel free to get as creative with your materials as you want to get your dream level of razzle dazzle, though you might want to stay away from glitter (it gets everywhere).

Step 2: Find Your Hallmark Voice

Every card is not for every type of person. I know that my friends are a pretty cheesey bunch, which meant that they would all enjoy some puns. I specifically opted for food puns, because some of my best memories with my friends were created while sharing meals. Whether we’re having a potluck, trying a new spot in the city, or watching Steve Harvey while eating a ham sandwich, it’s always a good time. Think about what speaks to your friendship experience and craft something based on that.

Step 3: Reference Pics

Though we are all artists, we aren’t all artists. I drew all of my pun photos with the help of a whole lot of reference photos from Dearest Google. Some of you may just want to print out some pics and glue them on – I won’t judge you for that. Whether or not your cards look professional isn’t important! What really matters is that you were thoughtful in their creation!

Step 4: Deep Dive

The part of these cards that really matters are the messages behind them. On the back of each of my cards I wrote a mini letter to my friends letting them know which moments of our friendship were the most important to me and wishes for the future. As both a person to write and receive these cards, I know that they provide an invaluable moment of reflection. Recognizing reciprocity in relationships is acknowledging the hard work it takes to maintain them.

Step 5 (Optional): Get Gifty

I attached a gift to each of my cards. Most of them were actually things that I already owned (e.g. makeup and art supplies) that I knew would find a better home in the care of a friend. Don’t overthink the gifting part if you decide to try this out. The important part really was Step 4!

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Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!

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