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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Blushing Spring Makeup

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My makeup philosophy: get creative and break the rules. I genuinely believe that almost any product has at least one extra use. Lipstick for blush, eyeshadow for brows, and now I’ve leveled up into using blush for my eyeshadow. I’m down with the”spring blush tones” trend, but I know that I would never do anything with a full rosy toned eyeshadow palette  (I speak from experience – I owned Maybelline’s Blushed Nudes palette and had to give it a new home because I rarely ever touched). Instead of rushing to the store to buy an on trend shadow, I decided to work with what I had and create this full on blush look!

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The star of the show is the Milani Powder Blush in Coral Cove. It once was shaped into a snazzy pink flower, but mistakes have been made that have changed the look of it a bit. Regardless, the quality is still A+. After a little bit of building on my lids – and 1 layer on the cheeks – I got a nice flush of color that lasted all day long! If you’re thinking about getting a little funky with your makeup game, I recommend giving this a try!

♥Products Used:♥
Elf Cream Eyeliner in Coffee (for Brows)
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan
Elf Flawless Eyeshadow Quad in Tantalizing Taupe
NYX Avant Pop Nouveau Chic Eyeshadow Palette
Milani Powder Blush in Coral Cove
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara
Elf Cream Eyeliner in Black
Elf Poreless Face Primer
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
NYX Set It Don’t Fret It Mineral Powder
Rimmel London Kate Contour Kit
Elf Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach
Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Courageous

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What’s in a Goodbye?

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It’s May. My classes have ended, my school’s library has swapped to 24/7 hours, and I am in the midst of finals season. It’s time for me to pack up all my things and leave campus while desperately ducking and dodging all of my friends’ goodbyes.

I am not a huge “goodbye” person. I always joke that I only hug my parents about 5 times a year and 3 of those are designated for the end of breaks when I say “goodbye” to them and go back to school. The words, when weighed down by the understanding of a long-term separation, always feel so permanent. It symbolizes change and transition, which are two things that make me incredibly nervous, especially as I have come to enjoy the place that I am at now.

In high school, I didn’t actually have a booming social circle. More accurately, I didn’t have real friends, which is part of why the move to this current chapter of my life didn’t feel particularly disruptive. It’s easy to say goodbye and experience these changes when you aren’t leaving that many meaningful relationships behind. Now, I have healthier and more sustainable friendships, so saying goodbye is harder because it challenges a set of routine and uplifting connections in my life.

Saying goodbye also forces me to acknowledge the future. I would love to say that I will maintain a good relationship with my current friends into the future, but I am very aware of how specific circumstances are shaping our current experience. In just one year, many of the forces that draw my circle together and help sustain it will be gone. I can’t promise these relationships will last and that is a difficult thought to wrestle with.

Goodbyes are imminent, but I must remember that they are not a forever. Though people may come and go, I will always have meaningful relationships in my life. They may not be with the same set of individuals, but I believe that I will always have access to a loving network of friends and family.

What does goodbye mean to you?

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April Loves

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This is one of the few months where I have been trying out a whole lot of new products and have felt surprisingly ‘blah’ about most of them. Though I am a little upset that I spent my money on so many wack items, I do have a newfound appreciation for all of my tried and true products! Your girl is refreshed, renewed, hydrated, and ready to enthuse about all the lovely stuff that had been in her collection this whole time!

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin

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This is actually my favorite foundation of all time, but I had been passing over it for a while in favor of trying out products with “flashier” packaging and formulas. To be honest, I don’t need my foundation to carry all of these futuristic gimmicks. I just need it to work! I have never been failed by this foundation and will probably be rocking with it for years to come!

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

Here’s another oldie, but a goodie! This was one the first mascaras that I ever bought. I’ve tried out other cult classics and always come running back to this one. It’s very black, gives me the separation that I’m looking for, and truly volumizes and lengthens my lashes. Plus, I just love the loud yellow and purple the packaging!

Elf Shimmering Facial Whip

This is $1 well spent! I’m not a highlight queen or anything, but the trend is growing on me thanks to this product. The formula is very thick and a little goes a long way. It gives the ultimate long-wearing glow with a little bit of shimmer. I typically use it as a base for other highlights or by itself for a more natural glow.

Proactiv Revitalizing Toner

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My mom used to be a huge Proactiv believer. Growing up, she would go to the mall for the sole purpose of using their Proactiv vending machine. I don’t remember it ever doing much for her skin, but I loved the smile on her face when she bought a new product. She has since leveled up to Mary Kay and left me with multiple Revitalizing Toners. I started using them after my acne revival (RIP my once clear skin) and they’ve been a great addition to my skincare routine. They pick up any excess dirt that’s on my face without drying out or irritating my skin like my past toners did. I am pleased!

Casey Holmes

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Ya girl is obsessed! I have a huge thing for southern content creators – I just so happen to be a southerner myself – which drew me to Casey from the very beginning. Plus, her videos are fairly relaxed and super informative! I have also been watching her vlog channel as well, because my guilty pleasure is watching vlogs where nothing interesting really happens. I’m just like, “Yes, Casey! I would love to watch you make this veggie soup!”

JOHNNYSWIM Georgica Pond

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One of my goals for 2017 is to continue to listen to more full albums. I was never planning to listen to all of Georgica Pond, but Johnnyswim’s “First Try” (the best song on the album, in my opinion) had been stuck in my head for a week so I decided to give it a listen. I was so impressed! It’s folksy at times, bluesy at others, and a bit country in some moments, and an all around great listen. Plus, you’ll probably like it if you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper like I am because their song “Home” is the theme song!

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NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder Review

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Amazing powdered items: powdered donuts, powdered sugar, & face powders! In the spirit of loving life’s messiest substance, I decided to hit you all up with info on the NYX Mineral “Set It & Don’t Fret It” Finishing Powder, which runs for the acceptable price of $9.99.

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This is a loose powder, with a nice sifter lid at the top that claims to give a flawless finish with just enough color to rock it solo on a bare face. It comes in 2 shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, but I think they should be renamed “Light” and “Medium” for honesty; there is nothing dark about shade number 2.

Things Worth Crying Over: I have many complaints. My first complaint is that they tried to convince me to wear this on my face by itself, knowing good and well that it would only work if I was doing a Casper the Friendly Ghost cosplay. Step up the shade range, please! Secondly, this stuff has wild flashback! I made the mistake of setting my under eye area with it – not even baking, just setting – and I was lit like pyrotechnics at a concert. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen with every use, but it happens enough to have me weary. Lastly, it’s not super mattifying and sometimes makes my foundation look patchy.

Things Worth Jumping for Joy: It is a really soft product. I kind of just want to play with it, because the texture is so nice. Also, the packaging is a total win! It has a screw off lid and powder doesn’t fly everywhere when you open it up. I’m used to weak packaging game, so NYX has definitely spoiled me in this department. It also does give your skin instant – but not long lasting mattifying action. Think of it as a blotting powder.

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I personally have not had the best luck with this product, despite its great reviews online. Other people have been baking, controlling 3 tons of oil, and getting the smoothest skin of their life with this product. I, unfortunately, have yet to get an invite to that group.

Have you tried this powder?

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