We’re meeting in the middle. — Daisy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Yes, I am using a quote from that overly celebrated, overly dramatic and overly watched (by yours truly nonetheless) movie.
Much like the (non-) epic romance of Daisy and Benjamin, my early morning wavering on whether to look my best or spend the day running around town in pajamas, finally found it’s midway point. And much like the Oscar-winning drama, my makeup and clothing choices for the day were deemed decent enough to capture on camera. Lucky you!
Since I was meeting up with some friends after work, I wanted to look a little more put together, so I opted for a neutral, slightly smokey eye and soft lips. I skipped out on the bronzer for some reason, which is a shame, because it probably would have heightened the look a bit.
- Concealer: L’Oreal true-match in “neutral: light/medium”
- Setting powder: Wet ‘n Wild natural blend pressed powder in “golden”
- Blush: La Femme in “precious plum”
- Highlighter: ELF shimmer palette
- Lids: Urban Decay naked palette (“half baked, “dark horse” and “naked”)
- Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 in “whiskey”
- Mascara: Maybelline colossal volum’ express waterproof in “blackest black”
- Lips: Maybelline color sensational in “plaza pink” with N.Y.C. liquid lip shine in “nude york city”
- Nails: N.Y.C. quick dry in “Manhattan”
For those who watch my Youtube videos, I mentioned not loving one of the shirts I recently purchased. While it is still admittedly run-of-the-mill, I have to say it was rather easy to throw on and run around in all day– very comfortable and girl gathering appropriate.
Clearly I have yet to master the art of taking, posing for and posting outfit photos, so please excuse this mess.
- Shirt, shoes: JC Penny. Jeans: Target. Purse, earrings: Macy’s. Sunglasses: Forever 21.
Want to see this look in action? Click here to see the companion video to this post. Had enough of my clothes and makeup? Then enjoy a look at my better half.
I had some free time this afternoon, so I thought I’d do a quick face of the day (FOTD). This five minute look is clearly very simple, and because it’s so light and fresh, it’s perfect for summer. Especially if you live in Los Angeles, which has been surprisingly humid the last few days.
- Concealer: Elf all over color stick in “spice”
- Setting powder: MAC sheer select pressed powder in “NC40″
- Bronzer: ELF blush and bronzer duo
- Blush: La Femme in “precious plum”
- Highlighter: ELF shimmer palette
- Brows: Wet ‘n Wild ultimate brow kit in “dark brown”
- Lids: Physican’s Formula trio in “baked sands”
- Eyeliner: NYX eye pencil in “901 black”
- Mascara: Loreal extra volume collagen in “blackest black” (one light coat)
- Lips: Wet ‘n Wild mega matte in “903C just peachy” with Rimmel volume boost in “clear” on top
- Nails: Wet ‘n Wild “nerds need love too”and Sinful “snow me white”
I’m not going to lie to you– I was too lazy to put together my “Dealbreaks part 1″ post and opted for a less mentally challenging (not that listing off the reasons why I won’t date a guy is exactly challenging) route.
Often times while mindlessly wandering around the Youtube how to & style section, I find myself watching a large amount of “what’s in my purse” videos. Ever since middle school, I’ve taken an abnormally large interest in what people find necessary to throw in their bags every morning. But while people on the internet seem more than happy to share with millions of strangers what they’re lugging around, those in my real life generally tend to look down upon the fact that I take my time fishing a hair tie out of their purse.
But who am I to judge? I am also one of those people. AKA if you ever try and rummage through my purse, I will swat at those precious little fingers before they reach the zipper.
Luckily for you (and I use the word “luckily” rather loosely), this is the internet!
Shown in this ill-taken photo: Milani 3D Holographic in 510, Seche Vite Top Coat, Maybelline Born With It, Rimmel Pink Chic, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Honey, Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Light, Milani Liquif’ Eye Metallic Eye Liner in Black
If you’d like to hear my first impressions on the makeup products or see my thrifted items in action, check out my latest haul video!
Please note: I know I owe you guys a real, non-makeup based post, but these are all I’ve had time for lately, so try and cut me some slack. I actually have a “Dealbreakers Part 1″ post I’m working on and should have up sometime tomorrow or Tuesday (hint: it involves non-cow tipping), so check back for that!
My July Birchbox has arrived, and it is fabulous! Nothing could compete with last month’s box, but this was definitely worth more than the mere $10 it costs.
Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple one step facial cleanser is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but I could never justify the price tag ($32 for 16 oz). I’m glad I never splurged, because while I do think this product is great at removing makeup, it doesn’t actually feel as though it’s cleansing my skin. And isn’t that what a cleanser is for? Another product I probably will not be buying any time soon is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-usage Dry Oil. Not because I didn’t love this product–I did!– but though it left my skin incredibly soft, it also comes with a too-steep-for-my-poor-pockets price tag (just under $30 for 50 ml–yuck!). I definitely will be savoring this to the last drop.
Thanks to it’s ability to make my hair shiny (read: shiny, not greasy), I may pony up for the Redken Shine Flash 02 in the future. The scent is nothing to brag about, but it did add some nice luminosity without weighing down my roots. Because my hair is so long, it tends to look lifeless, so if $17 a bottle can change that, I’ll take it. I’m also a fan of the Zoya nail polish ($8 for .5 oz) in “Pandora,” which is a creamy, somewhat metallic nude. I have a few other nude nail polishes, so I won’t repurchase this exact shade, but I love the brush and consistency, so I plan on grabbing some other colors soon.
This month’s Birchbox also came with a KIND almond & apricot granola bar that looks like it would be delicious if it didn’t have almonds. Like, come on, you couldn’t have given me one with peanuts instead? Anyway, I gave it to my dad, who after he scarfed it down in two seconds said it was “good” and turned back to his NCIS rerun. A way with words runs in the family, can’t you tell?
About Birchbox: For those who are still in the dark as to what exactly Birchbox is, it is an online company that sends 4-5 deluxe sized samples of beauty supplies straight to your door for a flat $10 rate. For each dollar you spend (whether from the $10/month for the box or the full sized products you purchase from the website), you get one reward point. You can also earn 10 points when you provide feedback on the products from that month’s box and 50 points for each friend you refer when they receive their first package. For every 100 reward points, you get $10 off your next purchase! Not to shabby, huh?
For more information or to sign up for the affordable must-have that is Birchbox, click here.
Regardless of how cheap it is on the regular, anytime ELF has a 50% off sale, I find myself snagging a few times. A fourth small angled brush back up? Check. A foundation I’ll probably use twice? Check. Their newest studio blush purchased solely to say that I have the entire collection? Check.
Because the prices are so low, I never feel too guilty, which is a rare occurrence when it comes to my shopping. For example, all 15 of these products came to just $33! How could I feel bad about that?
I’d been toying around with the idea of making youtube videos for a while now, and even made an account last week to stir up some motivation to start filming. Well, I had some free time today, so that’s just what I did. I’m definitely a newbie and need some practice (and to break out my HD camera!), but it was fun.
So if you want some quick reviews on what I got in this ELF haul, check out my video below!