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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About cultural appropriation and intersectional feminism

Hi all. Today’s post is a little bit more serious, but I really wanted to speak up about this subject and be transparent with everyone, especially as I move forward as a pinup and fashion blogger.

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Picture credit: @marsupialpudding on Instagram.

You may remember seeing me talk about Pinup Girl Clothing a few times, most recently in last week’s post. It’s a brand that I was wholeheartedly supportive of for a while, but a lot of things started building up more and more, and recently, it came to a boiling point.

I don’t want to go into too much detail of what happened, but I’ll try my best to summarize it. A few weeks ago, PUG released a collection that was culturally appropriative and just plain wrong on a lot of levels. A few people tried speaking up, and were quickly banned from the Facebook group run by PUG for its customers.

So those people started a petition (which you can see here) in order to get PUG to admit to its mistakes and try to rectify them. Long story short, this did not work, a lot of hurtful and offensive things were said, and there has been no resolution to date.

Another source for more information can be found here.

I think there are a few things that need to be said about this whole fiasco.

  1. If your feminism isn’t intersectional, it isn’t feminism. What does this mean? It means supporting all women, regardless of what oppression they might face. Intersectionality is about the different types of oppression — gender, orientation, race, religion, disability, etc. — and what it means is simply that oppression affects us all in different ways, but the different types of oppression we all face intersect. For example: Alejandra is a woman of color, so she experiences racism. Olivia is bisexual, so she experiences homophobia. Marie is transgender, so she experiences transphobia. These are all forms of oppression, but the difference is how it affects each one of them. Alejandra may be a woman of color, but she’s straight. Olivia may be bisexual, but she’s cisgender. Marie may be transgender, but she’s white. These factors all play into how society views us and what our life experience will be, and as feminists, we must support each other and stand together in solidarity.
  2. That leads me to my second point, which is that certain privileged groups need to learn when to sit down and let the marginalized groups speak. If we’re talking about misogyny and you’re a man, don’t speak over the women. If we’re talking about LGBT+ rights and you’re straight, don’t speak over the queer person. If we’re talking about race and you’re white, don’t speak over the POC. If we’re talking about disabilities and you’re able-bodied and able-minded, don’t speak over the person with a disability. Asking questions is okay, discussion is okay, but the second you start to speak OVER the marginalized groups, you’re no longer an ally. Accept that being called out on your privilege is uncomfortable, and take that discomfort to learn how to be supportive of your fellow women.
  3. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” is a quote by Desmond Tutu that perfectly exemplifies the point I’m trying to make. If you see injustice, speak up. If you see racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc., SPEAK. UP. Nothing will ever change if we don’t do anything to change it, and we can’t be allies to our sisters if we don’t try to help in any way we can. Feminism isn’t passive — feminism is active, because it’s a type of feminism. Feminism doesn’t mean liking Lena Dunham and singing songs about girl power, it means standing with your sisters when they need your support, it means speaking up and calling people out on their oppressive actions, and it means actively working to dismantle the patriarchy.

Ladies, we have been brought up in a society that teaches us to internalize our misogyny, racism, homophobia, etc. We learn behaviors that are taught throughout society and we may realize they’re wrong but we don’t always realize we’re doing it. It takes a lot of work and a lot of thinking to unpack these internalized behaviors, but we absolutely must address them in order to move forward.

We’ve taken so many steps forward — let’s not move back. Let’s not forget how much work there is still yet to be done. Let’s keep working together in solidarity, to keep feminism alive and strong and to prove that women are strong as hell.

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Review: Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

When it comes to drugstore brands, Wet N Wild have long been one of my favorite brands out there. I often find myself perusing the aisles of Walgreens in search of my next lipstick or product to try out, and considering my love for their matte tube lipsticks, when they came out with liquid lipsticks, I knew I needed to get my hands on them!

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Of course, in trying to pick three colors “I didn’t already have,” I picked three colors I have exact dupes for. The good news is this means I can go through my lipsticks and find some potential dupes these could work for. Would anyone be interested in reading something like that?

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The first color we have here is Nice to Fuchsia. Full disclaimer: I haven’t actually worn this one, and I just opened it to take this picture. I didn’t want to wear it in case I wanted to sell/trade this since I know I have at least one or two colors just like it!

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Next, we have Berry Recognize. I wore this one to work one day and I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the quality is! It’s very pigmented and you can easily get full opaqueness with just one or two light coats, it fully dries to matte, it barely transfers AND it’s very, very comfortable. It hits all the liquid lipstick checkmarks!

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Lastly, we have Give Me Mocha, which is a beautiful dark nude and would look amazing on deeper skin tones! Of course, I already have at least two lipsticks that look exactly like this, but I was very impressed with how it wore.

Overall, I’m really happy with these lipsticks and I’ll definitely be going to look for a few more colors! At this point in my life, I have almost every color of lipsticks I could wear, so I end up with a lot of really similar colors and then I wear the same ones every single week, so I know I need to mix it up. Maybe it’s time to bring back the 30 days of lipstick challenge I did when I first started my blog?

P.S. Sorry these pictures are so bad! I swear they looked better on my camera and to be honest… I’m too lazy to edit them.

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Sunday in the park with lovebirds

Is there anything better to do on a nice Sunday afternoon than dress up and go to Epcot with a good friend?

Well, probably, but going to Epcot is always a fun time anyway.

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You may remember Lauren from my post about going to Universal two weeks ago, and she’s back again (remember what I was saying about not being able to get rid of her?) for another park day, this time in a different park.

Lauren and I went to Epcot for one of the last weekends of the Festival of the Arts, a new festival that started this year and was all about, well, the arts! Compared to Food & Wine or Flower & Garden, it was definitely small in comparison, but it was actually really good and we had a great time eating our way around the world!

We couldn’t really decide on a cohesive theme this time around so it was vaguely Valentine’s Day themed… sort of? What’s funny is that we ended up totally switching outfits, I had originally picked my red Harley dress to wear and Lauren had brought a pink one, but had this Trashy Diva dress for me to try on and I liked it so much, I wore it to the park. This is the Gia dress in the Lovebirds print and I can already tell it’s going to be my gateway into the Trashy Diva world…

As for the rest of my outfit: hat is vintage and purchased from Etsy, purse is vintage and purchased at a vintage market, the ribbon is just from Wal-Mart (I bought it for a different outfit last year) and my shoes are the Jessica Simpson Mandalaye flats, purchased from Amazon.

Lauren, on the other hand, ended up wearing my Harley! She’d never tried one on, so I told her she should when she got to my house and she liked it so much that she ended up wearing it to the park, instead of the pink vintage shirtwaist dress she had originally planned to wear.

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Of course, we then set out to do a mini photo shoot in the UK pavilion (AKA my second favorite, after Canada!) to take advantage of the pretty backdrops and the nice lighting.

The lipstick I’m wearing here is Bésame Cosmetics 1969 Dusty Rose lipstick, which is quickly becoming my favorite shade and I need to get the full size lipstick ASAP. Look how beautiful it looks!

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Look at Lauren, posing like a pro. When we first went to Universal, she was saying she didn’t really know how to pose but she definitely learned more quickly than I did! It took me quite a few tries to figure out what worked for me. Oops.

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Of course, I couldn’t let the blog post end without a weird picture of my face, right? Right.

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Lauren’s dress is from Pinup Girl Clothing and she’s wearing Bésame Cosmetics 1941 Victory Red lipstick (which is coincidentally my favorite lipstick ever).

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We had a great time eating and drinking our way around the world, and I do wish we could have gone one more time! Sadly, the festival ends this weekend and we just didn’t have time to make our way out there again.

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Would You Be My Galentine? February 2017 Boxycharm

Happy belated Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope everyone had a great day with their family, friends and significant others alike. I just spent the day at work, trying really hard not to cry about all the adorable stories (and video!) we published in honor of Valentine’s Day. It was hard, let me tell you.

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It seemed fitting to post my Boxycharm unboxing today, though I had originally planned something else for this week’s beauty post which I ended up rescheduling for next week. After all, the theme is Galentine’s! Of course I had to post it this week.

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Let’s start, shall we? First up in this box is arguably the most exciting product for many people: a full-size Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This is a product of which many people have received countless samples over the years (I’ve received at least 3-4) and the full-size of this retails for a whopping SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS!!

I haven’t decided yet if I want to keep mine or not — it’s not a product I particularly loved in the past and I already have an exfoliator I love from LUSH, but we’ll see.

Then we have the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in the color Fig. I’ll be honest, this one went straight to the sell/trade pile.

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Up next is this adorable duo of eye brushes from Royal & Langknickel, the OMNIA Eye Kit Brush Duo. They are shader and detail brushes (top is shader, bottom is detail) and I was very happy to see these in my box because a) brushes, b) pretty brushes!

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Last but certainly not least might be the most exciting part of the box for me. Boxycharm was kind enough to send us a small Z-palette created exclusively for Boxycharm — and two Makeup Geek shadows! These two are the colors Creme Brulee (left) and Bitten (right), both in the matte finish. I absolutely love them both and I was very excited to see these in the box.

So that’s it for this month — can’t wait to find out what comes in next month’s box!  What did you get in this month’s box? Did you do anything exciting on V-Day (or G-Day)? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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