5.31.2017

{what's in my} ipsy may 2017 glam bag!

Kinda sorta bummed that there was no nail polish in my ipsy May Glam Bag, but this Urban Decay Highlight in Sin + JellyPongPong Eyeshadow Duo more than makes up for it! I mean, helllooo gorgeous!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month {awesome deal IMO}, and consists of a collectible makeup bag {can also double as a clutch} along with 5 beauty samples that are customized to your personal beauty profile {which you can change/update at anytime}. I love getting subscription boxes, but don't have a ton of extra cash to spare, so I find ipsy to be the best value as each month's bags are adorable, the products are of fantastic quality, and their stylists are top-notch {and some of my fave beauty bloggers}. That being said, let's get to the bag!

May's theme was SUMMER FRIDAY {think friyay feels}. Inside my bag was a deluxe sample of Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in SIN, full size Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in ELECTRIC {retail $22.95!}, deluxe sample of Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in NO. 1 BLACK NOIR, deluxe sample of Hey Honey Besame Mucho Lip Balm, and a Luxie Beauty Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 {retail $23.00!}.

Ladies a rust-meets-bronze-meets-gold shadow is like kryptonite to me, so you know I had all the heart eyes when I unbagged this Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in ELECTRIC. This little duo right here is everything! I'm not gonna lie, the packaging is a little cheap + flimsy feeling; but the product itself is just lush! Not only is it highly pigmented {this is one swipe!}, but it blends beautifully and can be used wet or dry. Obsessed!

Y'all know that cat eyes are basically my beauty signature, so I'll never refuse an eyeliner. Though I typically reach for a liquid liner, the positive reviews for this Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in NO. 1 BLACK NOIR were enough to pique my interest, and I have to admit...I really liked the results. While this isn't my fave for creating wings; I do love it for tightlining the upper lashes. The formula is incredibly smooth and creamy, so it glides on easily with no tugging or pulling. Bonus: this bad boy is waterproof, so it's perfect for beach / pool days.

Luxie Beauty makes some of my all-time favorite makeup brushes, so finding this Luxie Beauty
Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660
in my bag was such. a. treat. I don't wear foundation myself, so this baby is being used solely for powder highlight application, and it is amazing. The tapered bristles are super soft, and pick up the perfect amount of product. Keep the Luxie Beauty goodies coming ipsy!


Can we just take a moment to swoon over this Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in SIN? I mean, seriously. Sin is a super finely milled champagne-hued highlight that gives a gorgeous, natural glow to skin. I, personally, prefer a highlight with more of a gold cast to it, so I don't think this will get a lot of mileage on my cheekbones; but I love it for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes, and browbone {also works great as an eyeshadow}. If you like a highlight that can be worn subtle or striking {this one builds-up so beautifully!} you'll def adore this one!

Lip balms come and go, but this Hey Honey Besame Mucho Lip Balm is one that will be in my life for a v long time. Why? It basically works as a lip mask, re-hydrating your pout with each coat you apply. I love to slather on loads right before bed, and let it work its magic overnight - and it so does! I consistently wake up to incredibly soft, smooth, kiss-me lips, and who doesn't love that?!


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5.30.2017

{fashion folio} spring fling

style
Top: BOOHOO Isabella Lace Back Peplum | Bag: Leather Chain Nubuck Flap Shoulder Bag in CAMEL | Nails: Essie Nail Polish in COCONUT COVE 990 | Sunnies: BP. 55mm Metal Rim Cat Eye Sunglasses in ROSE GOLD/TORT | Shoes: MARC FISHER LTD Aida Bow Espadrille Wedge in TAN SUEDE | Denim: Topshop Jamie Ripped Skinny Jeans in WHITE | Earrings: BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Earrings in WHITE | Hair: BIO IONIC Curl Expert Pro Curling Iron


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5.29.2017

happy memorial day babes!


cheers to the start of summer!

Happy Happy!



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5.28.2017

elle

elle
CAMI NYC Elle Top in ROSE DUST and BLACK.

Legit needing this top in all of the colors.


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5.27.2017

5.26.2017

currently crushing...

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Three-day weekend vibes! Stay safe boos!


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5.25.2017

#makeupmess

Cream Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in MOLTEN BRONZED {c/o} | Eyeliner: L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in BLACK | Lipgloss: BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Plumping Lipgloss in TRAIL BLAZER | Face Palette: e.l.f. Cosmetics Illuminating Palette {c/o} | Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in BLACK | Makeup Brush: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Bronze on bronze on bronze for today's #motd! Y'all know how much I love e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in MOLTEN BRONZED; but when you pair it with TRAIL BLAZER from BareMinerals, the effect is just bomb. I can't say that TRAIL BLAZER really plumps lips; but it def leaves behind a nice tingle + gorgeous bronze/sunkissed color.


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5.24.2017

{fashion folio} summer flow

summer flow
Romper: CAMILLA Crystal-Embellished Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Playsuit | Lashes: Shiseido Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara in BLACK | Hair: NuMe Classic Curling Wand 1" in TURQUOISE | Bracelets: Nordstrom Hammered Bangles in GOLD | Shoes: Dolce Vita Effie Block Heel Sandal in TAN SUEDE | Clutch: Mar Y Sol Mia Woven Raffia Clutch in NATURAL | Nails: OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in PEARL OF WISDOM | Earrings: Gorjana Taner XL Hoop Earrings in GOLD


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5.23.2017

Everything, Everything Film Prize Pack Giveaway

Disclosure: This Giveaway is in Partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Last Friday the book-to-movie Everything, Everything hit theaters, and today...you have the chance to take home a film-inspired Prize Pack!


ABOUT THE FILM {visit the Official Website}: From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together...even if it means losing everything.

Everything, Everything stars Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (Sun Belt Express) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).

Sounds so apropos for the text-obsessed society we currently live in, amiright?! Like Everything Everything on Facebook.


To prep you for the perfect summer romance, cat eyes & skinny jeans has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring one {1} reader an EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Film Prize Pack that includes: a $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters, a copy of the book (movie tie-in cover), and an Everything, Everything tank top & backpack. Prizing courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. Follow on Twitter and Follow on Instagram.


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5.22.2017

NOTD: butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Fruit Dove

Two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Fruit Dove. Pink with Green Shimmer.

Babes, there is so much visible green shimmer in the bottle of this one; but on the nail it's legit invisible. And the so-called pink? Not here ladies - this is 100% deep mauve. Despite being vastly different than what I was expecting, I'll be honest: I absolutely love this shade.

Though not a bright, it reminds me so much of a berry smoothie, and who doesn't love that for summer?! Formula was fabulous - it feels a bit like a texture polish when you apply it, so it dries fast; but, it's easy to even it out.


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5.21.2017

day dreamer

day dreamer
MINKPINK Day Dreamer Romper in MULTI.

Such a summer essential, amiright?!


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5.20.2017

5.19.2017

NAILS INC. Acai Bowl Nail Polish Collection Swatches + Review

Summer is all about fresh, fun, flirty colors, so when I spotted the Acai Bowl Nail Polish Collection from nails inc. at Sephora, I didn't hesitate in clicking Add to Cart, because it encompassed all of the above. Inspired by the ever-trendy {and yummy!} acai bowls that have legit taken over Instagram, this quartet is bursting with sizzling shades that will bring a vacay to your fingertips. Even better? Each has a brilliant, easy to work with formula, and an awesome brush that makes painting a breeze!

Oxford Terrace is a Red Creme. Y'all know that red is so not my thing when it comes to nail colors, but I'm actually digging this one. Oxford Terrace has a brighter undertone than your typical classic red, making it read more summer apropos than fall. It has a fiery feel that would instantly make a splash on the beach; while sticking true to its berry-inspired roots. This is probably the easiest red I have ever worked with - applying beautifully from swipe one due to the creamy formula, and wide, flat brush that evenly coats every nail with minimal effort. This is 2 coats.


Eaton Row is a Cool Lilac Creme. Colors like this always make me giddy for spring - they just feel so fresh, clean, and new. That said, in comparison to some of the other brights in this quartet {which I am apparently loving atm}, Eaton Row wasn't as favored by me as expected. Yes, it's a beautiful color; but it's one of those lilacs that leans dusty instead of bright, so it wasn't as popping as I'd hoped. Nevertheless, the formula was fab, and super easy to work with. This is 2 coats.


St. James Street is a Warm Nude Creme. Ladies if mannequin hands aren't your thing, but you're craving a nude nail, this is one beauty you need to check out! St. James Place leans peachy, so it feels less boring/harsh than your typical nude, while still giving that super clean, polished look. My one ish with this bad boy? There was a bit of shedding from the brush which was a royal pain, but not a dealbreaker. This is 2 coats.


Hurlingham Gardens is a Rich Berry Creme. Ooh ladies I think I've found my favorite shade from this four-piece! Hurlingham Gardens is, IMO, the most acai-inspired shade given its rich berry color which is insanely fresh and beautiful to look at! Like the rest of the collection, Hurlingham Gardens had a brilliant formula that fell just shy of OCW territory. You'll absolutely adore this one if you're a fan of the fuchsia family. This is 2 coats.


AVAILABILITY: SEPHORA and Urban Outfitters.

PRICE: $25.00 for the 4PC Mini Set.


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5.18.2017

currently crushing...

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Summer feels in full effect rn - even though SoCal has been in the throes of a weirdly gloomy May. Womp womp!


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5.17.2017

april 2017 empties!

It's veeerrry possible that I received this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in BLACK {$22.00} in an ipsy bag; but I honestly can't remember, so let's just leave it at that, shall we? Babes, I was so excited to try this bad boy out, but I was majorly disappointed. The color itself is positively brilliant {an intense black}; my issue lies within the pen. It goes dry so frequently while you're applying it, that you legit want to throw it across the room. The constant stopping makes it, IMO, impossible to work with. NOT a re-buy.

I have a few holy grail mascaras, and Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara {$23.00} is def near the tip top of that list. Ladies, if you lovelovelove huge lashes, you cannot be without this beauty! The hourglass-shaped brush has super soft bristles that lift, separate, and lengthen to create a true false lash effect; while the intense black color brings loads of attention to your lashes! I have gone through more tubes of this than I can count, and will forever recommend it! DEFINITE RE-BUY.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge {$6.99} was the first beauty blender I ever bought, so I'll always have mad love for it; but over the past few months I've been experimenting with different shapes and densities, and I've found that this one just doesn't compare to a lot of others on the market. I prefer more of a dual-tipped construction that has a firmer feel to it {which I believe blends and conceals under the eyes better}. This one features a flat side that I don't even use; and is too soft for my liking. NOT a re-buy.

True story: I bought Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in BELLINI {$9.98} because I liked the shade name; but the color was stunning, so it quickly became a staple in my makeup bag. This one is high-gloss with a peachy pink hue that is just gorgeous on - especially when paired with smoky eyes. My one qualm {and this is a dealbreaker}: I found that it really dried out my lips after a time. Not where my lips were chapped, but where they felt like they needed a ton of hydration. Not cool IMO. NOT a re-buy.


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5.16.2017

{fashion folio} tropical touch

tropical touch
Two-Piece Set: BOOHOO Harriet Tropical Scuba Bandaeu & Short Co-Ord Set in MULTI | Sunnies: CHLOE Myrte 61mm Sunglasses in PEACH | Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane Large Hoop Earrings in GOLD | Shoes: Castaner Fringed Canvas Wedges in IVORY | Lips: tarte Rainforest of The Sea™ Color Splash Lipstick in SET SAIL | Bracelets: Sole Society Beaded Stack Bracelet Set in METALLIC IVORY | Nails: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in GET MOD


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5.15.2017

NOTD: butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Nimbus Cloud

Two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Nimbus Cloud. White Grey Creme.

You know what I L-O-V-E about this one? The name! It totes makes me think of Harry Potter and the prized Nimbus 2000 broomstick!

You babes all know how much I love my whites during the spring and summer months, and while Nimbus Cloud isn't your everyday stark white, it definitely has enough of a white tone to it to make me love it!

The formula here is so fantastic! This right here is a light shade ladies, but it was opaque, rich, and creamy from coat one and required v little to build to this gorgeous hue! You need this one in your life girls!


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5.14.2017

ruffle

ruffle
J.O.A. Layered Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top in WHITE.

Just added this cold shoulder cutie to my personal collection, and I am obsessed! It is ridiculously cute + flirty for daytime dates!


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5.13.2017

5.12.2017

{fashion folio} tourist

tourist
Two-Piece Set: BOOHOO Julia Printed Co-Ord | Bag: Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet in COGNAC | Sunnies: Chloe Myrte 61mm Sunglasses in CARAMEL | Shoes: Sam Edelman Yordana Woven Leather Sandals in SADDLE | Nails: OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in HOT & SPICY | Earrings: BaubleBar Gabriela Fringe Drops in CORAL | Lips: BURBERRY Burberry Full Kisses in ENGLISH ROSE NO. 529


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5.11.2017

#makeupmess

Eyeshadow Palette: BH COSMETICS Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette | Eyeshadow Brush: e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyeshadow "C" Brush {c/o} | Eyeliner: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in PENNY LANE | Lipstick: tarte Double Duty Beauty The Lip Sculptor Double Ended Lipstick & Gloss in BASIC | Highlight: Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in 50 DEW YOU? {c/o} | Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in BLACK | Blush: e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Blush in PEACHY CHEEKY {c/o} | Face Brush: e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Face Brush {c/o}

Liquid + powder highlights are a HUGE staple in my daily #motd, but a gel highlighter? Totally new to me! So when Influenster sent me a complimentary bottle of this bad boy in exchange for an honest review, obvs I was excited to try it out.

As with all of the Marc Beauty products I've played with, this Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in 50 DEW YOU? doesn't disappoint! Aside from the coconut fragrance, which brings on ALL of the vacation vibes; this actually leaves the most radiant glow on skin, and can be used in multiple ways.

When I want a soft, all-over coconut glow, I mix it in with my sunscreen, and apply it all over my face. When I want a popping, in-your-face glow, I use a stipple brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks, along my cheekbones, and on my browbone. A little goes SUCH a long way, and really gives you the most gorgeous glow for the warmer months. Get it babes!


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5.10.2017

currently crushing...

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Lightwash denim, teetering wedges, and gold accessories are so my jam rn!


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5.09.2017

carrie bradshaw vibes {oNecklace review}

Channeling two generations of Carrie Bradshaw with these beauties courtesy of oNecklace!

The Carrie Name Necklace was seen on Ms. Bradshaw during her Sex and the City stint; whereas the Initial Necklace was seen on teenage Carrie on the short lived {tear} The Carrie Diaries.

I've been obsessed with both aesthetics since seeing them on the shows, so had to scoop up my own! These are the 24K Gold Plated Initial Necklace and the 24K Gold Plated Carrie Name Necklace - so in love with them!


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5.08.2017

NOTD: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Crushin' On Blue

Three coats of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Crushin' On Blue. Marine Blue with a Pearl Finish.

Ermagersh ladies how pretty is this one?! Crushin' On Blue is the thing summer dreams are made of - it has that crystal clear waters feel to it that makes it ideal for vacay, without being your basic bright pink or orange.

The formula here is thin and patchy; however, it's a breeze to work with, leaving an ultra-shiny finish and brilliant color in its wake! BTW: this baby doesn't stain. Huzzah! This is 3 coats.


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5.07.2017

crema

crema
For Love & Lemons Crema Blouse in WHITE.

Love how flirty-meets-romantic the aesthetic of this bad boy is - so perfect for summer!


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5.06.2017

5.05.2017

{beauty board} charcoal checklist

Curious about charcoal? Let's break it down: it's the hottest ingredient on the beauty scene atm, with the ability to act as a vacuum cleaner for skin - de-gunking your pores, and leaving you with a radiant complexion and ridiculously soft and smooth skin. Not sure what to try first? I'm giving you a few options here!

charcoal
1} YES TO Tomatoes 2-Step Nose Kit Buh-Bye Blackheads! {$3.99} Step 1 features a charcoal cleanser that you apply with an {included} Q-Tip; Step 2 is a nose strip that yanks blackheads out with magnetic strength!

2} boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment {$38.00} Black and white charcoals swirl together to minimize pores and detoxify skin.

3} Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores {$26.00} Activated charcoal lures impurities out; lecithin dissolves them entirely!

4} SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Charcoal Antibacterial Brush Set {$62.00} The bristles of these brushes are infused with charcoal powder, helping them to stay fresh longer.

5} SEPHORA COLLECTION Nose Strip {$3.00} Enriched with charcoal extract; these anti-blackhead strips unclog pores, doing away with excess oil, blackheads, and impurities.

6} boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens {$10.00} A total necessary addition to your makeup bag! These absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup; while purifying your pores thanks to the charcoal infusion!

7} Spongeables Charcoal Face Sponge {$5.99} Lasts over 20 showers, and removes head-to-toe toxins!


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