Thrift Shop Sweaters!

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Hey and welcome back! Thrift store shopping is something me and my mom have been doing for as long as I can remember. Sweaters are an absolute must during these cold months so on this trip, I went on a hunt for some cozy sweaters! 

The first one is a thin beige sweater from Old Navy. I love sweaters that are thin enough to layer. It is so soft and I cannot wait to start incorporating this into my wardrobe!oldnavycreamsweat (1) (1).jpgoldnavysweater (1).jpg

We all need a nice super chunky sweater. I was on a lookout for a red one, until I saw this rich brown colored sweater. I had to take it! This sweater is one that I see myself wearing all the time and after wearing it this week, it fits perfectly!brown sweater (1)brownclose (1).jpg

Next is a nice flowy  knit light tan ASOS brand sweater. This was a size too big, but I loved how perfectly unperfectly oversized it was. This is sweater I can definitely wear for Thanksgiving after i’ve eaten too much and need to hide my food baby.asossweat (1).jpgcloseasos (1).jpg

Next is a thick white turtle-neck GAP sweater. This sweater is a big worn as you can see from the stretched out sleeves, but I have been on the hunt for a white turtle neck and really loved the super soft material of this one. turtlewhite (1).jpgcloseturtle (1).jpg

Last is also another beige super thin sweater top from GAP. I love how easy this top is to style. It fits so well and while it is not like the white turtle neck I lasted mentioned, It is totally a favorite from this bunch. sweaterfeature (1) (1)

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-Sam 

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October Favorites!

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Hey and welcome back! I hate to have been away for so long but school has been taking up most of my attention. I have a bit more time today to write, take photos and post this so let’s talk about my monthly favorites!

This month was full of more music than beauty, skincare, etc. so start let’s start with the shows I was able to go see a few artists and even my boyfriend play his first show with his new band…

The first show I was able to go to was Lights. I have been listening to her since I started highschool and never actually thought I would see her, but she was so amazing live. Her voice is so beautiful. Her music is more electro/indie.IMG_0610 (1)

Next was my boyfriend’s local band called True Bliss. They have The Killers feel and they even did a cover of one of their songs which was so cool. If you are a fan of White Lies, Turnover or The Cure, you’d probably like them! I am so excited for them to release music for everyone to listen.

TV:
Stranger Things Season 2: I have one episode left to finish this season, but I am absolutely in love with this show and it’s characters. Without giving out any spoilers, this season is more comedic, we see more of each individual character and it’s just so so good.   

Last was Turnover. Their album Good Nature is so beautiful and melodic and I absolutely loved seeing them in a smaller setting.472EE1CA- (1).jpg

While I didn’t get to see this band when they came to Nashville, I have been listening to Alvvays this month since my boyfriend showed them to me and they have quickly become one of my favorite bands. This band has an 80’s feel and the front woman of this band has such an amazing voice.

It Cosmetic’s Powder: This powder was in my monthly Ipsy bag and I have really been liking how it gives my face a matte and pore less canvas. definitely think I will be buying the full sized version of this product.byebyepore (1).jpg

Bath and Body Works Candle- This chestnut and clove candle smells so good and kinda smells like chai tea. I love getting candles during the fall because they give my home such coziness. bbwoct (1).jpg

 

Catrice Cosmetics Smoothing Primer- I keep seeing this brand at Ulta and I wanted to try  more from them so I picked up this primer. It does an awesome job at blurring out my pores. I have noticed a difference since using it and I can’t wait to try out more from Catrice. catrriceprimer.jpg

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Sam

Review: Milani 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer!

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Hey and welcome back! I hope you are well! Lately, I’ve really been on top of the types of makeup brands I buy from that are cruelty free. Milani is a brand I don’t use too often but when it came time to buy a new foundation, I wanted to try a cruelty free brand. I have been using the FitMe foundation from Maybelline for several months and while it is an amazing foundation, I cannot keep using it knowing that animals were tested on for this product to be sold. 

That being said I picked up Milani’s 2 in 1 foundation and wanted to talk about how well it works for my normal/oily skin. When I was reading reviews about this they were mostly positive so I was even more excited to give this a try.

I chose the shade Warm Beige 05. I am not very good at picking the right shade for my skintone, but this one, as read in the review, seems to oxidize, so I picked a lighter shade and it fits my skin so well. This foundation/concealer claims the following: Medium to full coverage, lightweight, oil-free formula, longwearing, water resistant and sweatproof.

Claims that this is a medium to full coverage product it pretty spot on. I find that I can build it up to be full coverage if I have areas that need a bit more product.foundationclaim.jpg

At first, I did not agree that this foundation was lightweight, but after a few uses, I noticed that once it settled onto my skin, it felt super lightweight. The oil-free formula still tends to cause my natural oils to come through around my t-zone area especially around my nose and chin. I don’t tend to use powder all over my face with any other foundation, because I hate making my skin look too matte, but if I don’t set my face with powder using this foundation, I will look shiny.foundationfeat (1).jpg

This foundation/concealer seems quite long wearing. I go to class from 8:00- 1:45 then to work 3:30-9:00 so I need something that can last quite a while and never feel like I have to touch up my foundation. It stays put through sweat and possible tears.

The smell of this is a bit fragrant, but once set into the skin, the scent goes away for me. I don’t tend to be picky about scents of products, but I know there are some that are.

Overall, I love this product. It has the stay power and a super nice coverage.The color range seems a bit small in stores, but on their site, they carry many more. I am so happy to have found a cruelty-free foundation that works and is affordable!IMG_0285 (1)

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-Sam

October Ipsy Bag! 

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Hey! I hope you are well. October has been a busy month so far with school and work so when my ipsy bag comes in the mail, I get to relax a bit and play around with the products! I am finally on fall break so typing up this post is perfect to kick it off.  The bag itself screams all things fall and Halloweeny. I love the lace detail it has and the shade of red it is. This months products are pretty good from just swatching them. I have been eyeing one of these products for years now, so I am excited to see how I like it. ipsyoctproducts.jpg

The product I am talking about is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide in liner in Perversion. This liner I heard about from a few youtubers and was curious about it. But with it being a liner pencil, I wasn’t expecting it to stay out and not smudge. When I swatched this liner on the back of my hand, It was nice and soft, went on super easy and it had a lot of pigment to it. Now for the smudging and fading I was expecting. There was absolutely no smudging whatsoever. This liner really impressed me and I haven’t even properly used it! ublinerperv.jpglinerswatch.jpg

Next is a shadow from Meech and Mia. It is their loose shadow in purple. The swatch I did is so pretty. It’s more of a silvery purple color with greenish shades. I like that when it catches the light, it looks like three to four different colors.   meech&miasha.jpgmeechsawtch

Next is another highlight from Doucce. It is a pearly pink color that gives off such a pretty shine. doucceshad.jpgdoucceswatch.jpg

Next is an eye cream from the brand Skyn Iceland. Icelandic Relief Eye Cream has Glacial Flower Extract. This has a custard like consistency and it feels so thick and rich. I cannot wait to hopefully give my under eyes some relief. eyeskyn.jpg Last is from It Cosmetics and it’s their Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder. I have used products from this brand before and I have never been disappointed by their products so I am looking forward to how this words for me.itcosmetics powder.jpg itpowder.jpg

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-Sam 

Review: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette 

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Hey and welcome back! I hope you’re well. Years ago when Kat Von D’s makeup line was released, I had to try her products! The first product I picked up was her contour palette and it upgraded my makeup collection immensely. I found myself using this palette so much and I just picked up my second contour palette after finally getting through my first palette. So let’s talk about it! 

First, Kat Von D is vegan and has made her products free from animal testing, parabens, etc which is always a huge plus for me and many others. contourpalette (1).jpg

The palette comes with 6 shades. 3 light and 3 contour shades. katbackpall (1).jpg

The light colors can be used as a highlight, a base for shadow, and/or brightener. The shades of the light side are from left to right: Levitation (light pink), Lyric(yellow tint) and Lucid (peachy tint)katlight (1).jpgI really love using Lyric the most. It has a yellow tint that really gives my olive beige skin tone a nice  bright look  without any color. 

The shades for the contour side range from Subconscious (muted grayish brown), Shadowplay ( reddish brown)  and Sombre ( dark brown)

I have found myself using  Subconscious the most because it just gives the illusion if shadow without the reddish or dark tone. I contour my face, nose and sometimes my jawline to really define my face. It has no reddish tone that I typically tend to get from brown shadows. This one is perfect for my skin tone. shadekatvond (1).jpg

The mirror in this palette is the perfect size. And I just love palette with a handy mirror in it in case I don’t have one around anywhere else. katvondcontourpalette (1)

The palette design itself is beautiful. It has such a whimsical gothic feel to it and it stunning to have around. 

While the price for this palette isn’t the cheapest, I can say with utmost certainty that it is worth the money. This palette will last you such a long time and you can customize your own shade. 

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-Sam

September Favorites! 

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Hello and welcome back! I hope you are well. It is now Fall and October has begun so let’s talk about my September Favorites!

Logic- My boyfriend showed me his music during the summer and I found him so different and unique. Fast forward to the VMAs. I heard his performance was incredible and had to watch it. I cannot watch it without tearing up. His new album Everybody is something that I have never heard before. I’m not someone that likes rap at all, but this is a work of art that, for me, paints a picture of how people should live. Everybody is treated equally regardless of what they believe in, who they love and how they look. Listen to “Everybody” and you’ll see what I mean.

Black nail polish-Wet N’ Wild nail polish  in black. I haven’t been wearing nail polish too often until September began. Black nail polish always looks so clean and sleek so I matches with everything I wear.wetblacksept.jpg

Makeup Revolution Banana Setting Powder- My skin tends to be a combination of oily and dry so I like using a loose setting powder over a pressed powder because I just find that it works so much better for me.I have yet to try anything form this brand so when I saw they carried a banana powder, I jumped for it. This powder is very light and for me and my skin, it keeps my oils from coming through while also not drying it out and making it look over powdery.bananasept.jpg

Hana Lei Powder Cleanser: I received this product in my September Ipsy bag and the first time I used it, my skin responded to it so well. It didn’t leave my face dry and instead left it super soft and bright.   I received 5 packets of it and am now on my last one so I totally going to purchase this product. powdercleansept

So Susan Brush. I am not sure what the name of this brush is, but I really like how wide yet thin it is. I love using this brush to blend and make sure everything looks as good as I can get it.brushsept2.jpg brushsept.jpg

I have started bullet journaing this month and this journal is the best thing for it.  The size of this journal is just perfect. It fits in my bag perfectly and I just find it so handy to have a journal with me at all times. I am a total rookie at bullet journaling but as the weeks go by I am going to try and talk about it more, but so far I really like the creativity that it is bringing out in me to draw and color again. I am quite busy lately so when I work on my bullet journal, I feel more calm and relaxed.      journalseptermber.jpg   

Last are these rings from Forever 21. I believe it came with about 5 rings and it has a hammered detail which I really like. I don’t wear much jewelery but rings as simple as these are just right for me.ring.jpgringsept.jpg

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-Sam    

 

3 Morning Mantras to Start Your Day.

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Hello! I hope you are well. I am a morning person as I love waking up early enough to have more than enough time to take my pups out for their morning walk and make breakfast woWhen I first wake up in the morning, I love feeling the day and letting my mind slowly wake up. With that I also like morning matras. I will be sharing 3 morning matras that will help you start your morning and day in a positive way.  I try and alternate these 3 mantras throughout the week and set myself up for the day.floweryall.jpg

Thank you- The most simple of my matras but it never fails to make me feel instant gratitude for the day. Saying this throughout my morning makes me love getting out of bed and out the door with my pups.

What would You have me do?Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom? – I heard this morning matra quoted from Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back. I love that I can ask these questions and see what happens. If on days where I feel down, If I say these words, I feel like I will guided to a more positive way of thinking and being.

I choose to be happy- I love that I can choose how to feel when I wake up. I don’t always feel happy when I wake up but I can use these words to jump start it and I can go to it if work gets stressful/hectic.

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Sam