Creepy Cute: March 2017 Boxycharm

Hi everyone! I’ll be honest, I haven’t exactly figured out what “Creepy Cute” means or why it’s our March theme, but it’s not a bad box so I’ll zip it. On that note, let’s move on to why you’re really all here.

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This month’s Boxycharm featured five full-size items (well, four and one travel-size), as it usually does, and while I’m not sure it’s the variation I was hoping for most, I’m pretty happy with the box overall!

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First up is this Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Trio eyeshadow, which is the most disappointing item in the box for me — I just don’t see myself wearing two out of three of those colors and it’d be a shame to use just one color and leave the other two to waste! That color is something I’m sure I can dupe easily enough, so this will be getting passed on to someone else.

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Next, we have a travel-size Smashbox Photo Finish primer, which I’m not entirely sure I’d use but I’d be willing to give it a shot before getting rid of it! We’ll see, because I’m not a huge fan of those silicone type primers (which at least I think this is).

Then we have a fan brush from the brand Crown Brush and listen… I don’t know who would ever use a brush that thick to highlight with. Seriously. The other fan brushes I have are comparatively much, much thinner! But I saw KathleenLights’ unboxing for this month and she said it would be good for contour, which I kind of had thought about when I saw it in the box, in which case, I’ll gladly use it!

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Lastly, we have the two things I was hoping for the most — the RealHer matte liquid lipstick and lip liner! I saw Kathleen get these in the same color in her box and I’ve been dying for them since, so needless to say, I’m very happy I got them!

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The shades are a beautiful deep berry and are right up my alley, so I’ll be trying these out ASAP to see how they feel on my lips! (And let’s just say, I hope I like them because a friend got another color in her box and I bought both lipstick and lip liner.)

Thanks for reading! What did you get in this month’s box?

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Très Jolie: March 2017 ipsy

Hi everyone! I just very belatedly realized I never posted my February ipsy bag, so I’m very sorry about that — but I’m back with my March one! And hopefully I won’t miss any months in the future.

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Overall, I’d say this was a good month for ipsy. I love the bag itself, and that illustration is so beautiful! I love when ipsy sends bags that are different sizes from their usual, because I feel like I get more use for those more often than not!

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First up in this month’s bag is this Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 primer. I’ve tried some of their other products I’ve received through ipsy and Birchbox before, so I’m excited to give this one a shot! It’s always a relief when I get hair products that would actually come in handy with me.

Then we have the tarte tarteist lip paint in the color Rosé. I have not heard very good things about this lipstick, but I’m willing to give it a shot and see if my opinion differs from everyone else’s!

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Moving on — now we have the Beau Gâchis tapered blending brush, which seems a little scratchy but I’ll give it a shot, and the Chella eyebrow highlighter pencil in ivory lace. Both of these will be given a fair shot, we’ll see how they perform!

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Lastly, we have the INT Cosmetics pressed eyeshadow in the color Goddess Gold, which is totally up my alley and I can’t wait to give it a shot! I love filling up my empty palettes and I haven’t had to buy any yet, since I get so many through subscription boxes!

So that’s it for this month’s ipsy — what did you think? What did you get in yours?

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Feeling floral with Collectif

Do you ever have a brand that you look at wistfully, admire from afar and desperately wish to get your hands on? That was me with Collectif, a British repro brand who one of my favorite bloggers (Miss Amy May, in case you were wondering) showcases on her blog all the time.

After seeing her wear Collectif in several different blog posts, I knew I wanted to place an order, but between the exchange rate and the cross-continental shipping, I kept holding back. Recently, however, they had an additional 30% off their sale items and I knew it was time to bite the bullet and place an order.

And place an order I did — I bought two dresses, a skirt and two tops and it was around 100 USD, which I think is fairly impressive considering what each item retails for full price! I have a cart full of goodies waiting for another discount count so I can order some more, because I’m really very impressed with Collectif so far. Collectif, if you’re reading this… how about that discount code?

So with all that yammering out of the way, let’s get on to the actual outfit, shall we?

The dress you see here is the Saria blossom print swing dress, which features a fairly full skirt that can take a medium-sized petticoat, halter straps that tie behind your neck, a round neckline and a fitted bodice.

The dress doesn’t have pockets (sadly) but other than that, the only thing I dislike is the halter neck straps, because I find those always hurt my neck if I tie them too tight, but if I don’t, the dress falls down constantly. Thankfully, that’s an easy fix since the straps are long enough to convert to shoulder straps.

This dress, despite being black, screams spring to me, so I wanted the photos to convey that. My friend Kiersten, who is an amazingly talented photographer, agreed to take pictures of a couple of different outfits for me and I’m so glad that she did! I’ve managed to do well with my blog photos because most of my friends are good at photography, but this was my first time shooting with a photographer (as much as she will claim that she’s just an amateur) and the pictures are beautiful.

We went to the Port Orleans Riverside hotel at Disney, because it’s a beautiful resort, it’s huge and it has lots of gardens and hidden courtyards that were perfect for shooting these pictures. We found lots of adorable staircases and thus, there are probably too many staircase pictures in this post… I’m not sorry.

To accessorize the dress, I wanted to break out my What Katie Did seamed stockings for authenticity — because, you know, nothing screams vintage like seamed stockings! I also added my white mermaid scale earrings from my dear friend Kate, who makes the most beautiful earrings ever. I’ve mentioned her before in the blog, but I wanted to make sure to get a close up of the earrings this time so you could admire just how beautiful they are! I only have three pairs of earrings from her, but I’m absolutely planning on getting lots more.

I didn’t want a closeup of the gloves because a) there aren’t any details worth shooting up close, b) they’re a little stained and I didn’t clean it, but for what it’s worth, they were a purchase from my dear friend Kelsea of Lotty Dotty Vintage and I wanted to make sure I gave her a shoutout too!

Last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful vintage hat purchased on Etsy. Doesn’t it just scream spring? I’m not sure what decade this is, but if I had to make a totally uneducated guess, I would say 50s or 60s. I was a bit wary of this hat at first because the shape is just so strange to me, since it isn’t perfectly round, but I got over this fear and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Kiersten did an amazing job of making me look good (and I’m sure she had a hell of a time editing the pictures and seeing all the weird faces I make) and I had such a good time shooting with her! You should absolutely check out her Instagram and giving her a follow! She posts a lot of Disney (not that it should be a warning) but you can see how talented she is.

Wow, this post got lengthy really fast. Sorry for all my ramblings, if you made it all the way down here, you’re the best and I appreciate you. Thanks for reading!

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Collective haul, or controlling the oil

Hi everyone! As I’m sure you’ve realized by the title, this post is a small collective haul from the weekend I was in Tampa. I’m a bit surprised at myself for not getting more, to be honest, but that may just be because I saved all my money for vintage shopping!

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Now that I don’t work in theme parks anymore, I’ve been trying to actively wear makeup more because I know I’m really bad at wearing makeup on a regular basis (aside from lipstick, of course) and I hate the thought of my makeup wasting away!

With that in mind, I picked up a couple of items to (hopefully) manage my oily skin a little bit better, which is the biggest deterrent in me wearing makeup every day. I can never get my makeup to last through the day and no primer, foundation or powder seems to control the oil!

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First up on this haul is the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. I heard about this through my best friend Kira’s blog a while ago and after seeing it at a Walgreens in Tampa, I had to grab it — I’ve never seen it in stores in Orlando! I’ve tried it a couple of times since then and I love the scent, but jury’s still out on its effectiveness. We’ll see!

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Then I picked up the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer, which I’ve heard about a million times before and I’ve been dying to try! They’ve started carrying Soap & Glory more in stores here, so when I saw it at Target, I figured it was worth a shot! I also tried this once or twice but again, jury’s still out.

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Lastly, the most important step in an oily girl’s skincare routine — moisturize!! I only had a moisturized that didn’t have SPF in it and I’m not crazy about having to do moisturizer and then put sunscreen on top of my moisturizer, so I wanted to grab something I could use during the day that would have some SPF and this one seemed to do the trick. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and aside from the fact that it takes a while to sink into my skin, I do like it a lot and will keep using it for a while.

Of course, I don’t need to remind anyone of how important it is to use SPF on your face, even during the winter, right? Everyone knows that you can get sunburnt even in the middle of winter and that UV rays aren’t stopped by the clouds? Okay, good. I knew you’re all smart cookies.

So that’s it for my little haul today! This isn’t the most exciting post I’ve had but there are a few more exciting posts lined up that you’ll get soon. Thanks for reading!

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Dipping my toes in novelty prints with Lindy Bop

Hi everyone! Today’s blog post is a little belated, since it was originally supposed to go up last Sunday, but as you read in Wednesday’s post, I took a little vacation from the blog since I couldn’t find the time or energy to write anything for the blog.

Well, now I’m back! I have coffee, a backlog of photos for weeks worth of beauty posts, and my fingers are ready to do some serious typing.

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Up first: this beautiful 40s-inspired dress from Lindy Bop, which I purchased recently and I’m already madly in love with. Lindy Bop had a sale recently and it just so happened that they emailed me right after pay day, so how could I resist? I ended up with five new dresses, including this Bretta dress in the bicycle print.

Out of all the other prints, this one was definitely the least intimidating to me (and I don’t like the color of the polka dot one). I took the dress out for a spin in Tampa a few weekends ago, to do lunch and some shopping with a few friends.

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Aren’t we cute? We all seemingly agreed on a pink/red color scheme without even planning it, and as each one of us showed up for lunch, we couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that it looked like we were purposefully color-coordinated!

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After lunch, we went out for some ice cream and I couldn’t not take a picture of how pretty our ice cream looked with Lauren’s purse in the background! (My ice cream was forest berries and mango pineapple, in case you’re wondering, and yes, it’s delicious.)

I knew I wanted to get blog photos done, so I grabbed Elizabeth (on the left) and Lauren (who you’ve seen here before!) and we found a pretty spot with nice lighting to take pictures. It was actually a restaurant in the shopping plaza we were in that was unoccupied, so the terrace was perfect for what we wanted!

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We stumbled into some Girl Scouts selling cookies on our way to the picture spot, and well, how could I say no to Girl Scout cookies?! I was really excited to try these, since it’s the other baker that I haven’t seen before, whereas the council that the troop I used to lead was a part of used the other baker.

For those of you who can’t understand what I’m going on about — Girl Scout councils choose from one of two different bakers (Little Brownie Bakers or ABC Bakers) and they carry different types of cookies. Here, I have the Savannah Smiles and one of the two variations of the s’mores cookie.

Anyway, back to the fashion part…

This dress features slightly puffy short sleeves, a round neckline with a keyhole cut out, belt loops and a matching sash (not pictured here) and it’s a lightweight chiffon fabric, which is perfect for Florida. It’s a very bright, 40s-inspired dress and I’m anxiously waiting for Lindy Bop to come out with more prints — Lindy Bop, if you’re reading this, please give us more!

Instead of wearing the dress with the sash, I styled it with a vintage navy belt (you’ll see the dress it belongs to soon!) and a vintage navy hat, both purchased at YesterDaze in Tampa. I honestly could have written an entire blog post about that store alone, and I could have (and did) spend hours in there looking at everything.

So that’s it for today’s blog! What have you been up to? Purchased anything exciting recently? I swear, half the reason I buy so much is that getting things in the mail is just so exciting!

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Review: ABH Modern Renaissance

Hi everyone! Sorry for the random blog vacation I took, I had a lot going on last last weekend (when I usually write my blog posts) and then on today (Sunday, as I’m writing this), I just couldn’t myself to write the blog post for then… so thus, mini vacation.

Today’s post is one I’m very excited to share with you, because I’ve been lusting after this palette for ages and after seeing a friend sell hers for $33 ish, I had to bite the bullet and get it! (I know I’ve said no more eye shadow for a while… hopefully now I’ll stick to it.)

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So yes, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, this post is about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette! I’m super late to the game here, since everyone and their mother has been talking about it for months now but at least I’m catching up, right?

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So let’s get into it! The Modern Renaissance palette has 14 shades, 10 of which are matte and four which are a shimmer/sheen finish. It’s predominantly warm tones, with a lot of pink/red/orange shades but a good amount of neutral and highlight shades.

In a nutshell, it’s my dream palette and I’m so obsessed with it, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it.

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Instead of trying to describe each color, I’m going to go ahead and quote Temptalia’s review of the palette because I’m sure I would start to sound like a broken record after the third color!

  • Tempera is a light beige with warm, peachy tones and a satiny sheen.
  • Golden Ochre is a muted, medium-dark yellow with strong, olive tones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Vermeer is a bright, light peachy with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.
  • Buon Fresco is a muted, medium purple-mauve with a matte finish.
  • Antique Bronze is a slightly muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen.
  • Love Letter is a muted, dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Cyprus Umber is deep, taupe-brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish.
  • Raw Sienna is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish.
  • Burnt Orange is a slightly muted, medium orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Primavera is a light-medium peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish.
  • Red Ochre is a muted, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Venetian Red is a medium-dark red with subtle, warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish.
  • Warm Taupe is a medium, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.
  • Realgar is a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish.

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I’ve used the palette a couple and I’ve had somewhat mixed results. The first time I used it, I didn’t put on eyeshadow primer and I just had concealer/powder on my eyelid, and by the end of the day, there was no eye shadow left (which was a bummer, because I liked the look).

The second time, I made sure to use my Urban Decay Primer Potion and it stayed really well! I had a much better experience with it then, which I’m glad about because I was very disheartened the first time. I also used it yesterday, along with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and it stayed all night and was basically intact when I came home.

All in all, this is an amazing palette and I’m so glad I bought it. It’s super pigmented, it’s easy to blend and I experience very little fallout when doing my makeup — not to mention it’s got a good mix of mattes to sheens/shimmers. What else could I ask for?!

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