An outfit + beauty products that didn’t work for me!

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Lululemon Coat // Forever 21 hoodie // Topshop Jeans // Sam Edelman boots 

This photo doesn’t really match a post about products I don’t like but I don’t want to photograph stuff I don’t like and more importantly I don’t hold on to that stuff! I like to stay generally positive on here but I think knowing what products to avoid is just as important as knowing which ones are good.  What doesn’t work for me may work really well for some people.  It’s makeup/ hair / skincare which are personal preferences! I’m always curious about which products people don’t like and whether I’ve tried them and liked them or not.  Here’s what hasn’t worked for me!

Benefit Eye cream.  I used this eye cream and had a red rash of raccoon circles around my eyes.  They were painful and scaly and I couldn’t wear makeup for days.  Stay away from this eye cream!

Diorshow mascara.  I know people love this! I loved it too a few years ago.  I picked up the waterproof version to try again a few months ago and it flaked off and smudged under my eyes.  I was shocked!  This with Dior mascara and a waterproof version?!  It did not work for me this time around.

Tarte Pro glow to go palette.  The highlighters in this are too icy, cool toned and powdery for my preference. The contour was really chalky and not very pigmented even after digging my brush into it. It’s seemed almost old. Overall, this was a bust.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial.  I have heard amazing things about this product! It didn’t work for me because I think my skin is too sensitive for it. I tried it for just 10 minutes and my skin was red, raw and rashy after. My mom tried it and loved it.  My skin is just far to sensitive for a product like that.

Sorry for my Skin calming jelly mask.  I love the other Sorry for my Skin masks but this one is a no go.  I used it hoping it would help soothe and calm my already flared up skin and I was sooo wrong.  I woke up with a rough red rash all over my chin and neck. This mask is not soothing.

Makeup Revolution Illuminating setting spray.  I’m on the hunt for a good dewy setting spray and this is not it. It doesn’t set my makeup very well. Maybe a few hours after application it begins to wears off.  It also isn’t very illuminating.  It’s supposed to have light reflection particles in it and when I sprayed it on my hand it dried like nothing was there.

IGK Beach texture spray. I was so excited for this!  It unfortunately made my hair far too sticky and tangled for it too look beachy. Thats texture but not the kind I look for.

Ouai foam dry shampoo. This made my hair greasy and weighed down. The opposite of what a dry shampoo should do!

Milk Makeup cooling stick. I got this in a beauty box and while I love the idea it stinks of silicone!  It’s a fake, fishy smell and it is the most off putting thing for a product that goes on your face.

Clinique line smoothing concealer. This concealer oxidizes and turns orange!

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Huge Beauty Review!

Haven’t done a beauty post in a while and I’ve missed it!!! Part of blogging about beauty is constantly trying new products and my skin has been bugging out lately so I’ve really had to tone down what I’ve been using. Here’s what works for me and what make ups my current routine. Haaa!

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I’ve tried the Drunk Elephant glycolic acid which I loved! It really helped with my skin texture in the beginning. When I ran out I wanted to try the Firma-C serum and I love that one! It really helps with fading hyper pigmentation and all my darker acne scars are close to being 100% gone.

My Paula’s Choice BHA acid helps to clean gunk out of my pores. I noticed it the most around my nose. It’s smooth and I can’t feel bumpy, stuffed pores.

I got the Colourpop Sephora highlighter trio and I love wisp! It’s a perfect golden every day color that sits really nicely on the skin and can apply with your finger.

I love my Too Faced Sweetie Pie bronzer as a blush..I only go for brown, nude blushes.   I love my Becca Shimmering liquid skin perfector for giving my face an all over dewy look after setting my concealer.

I love the Ouai memory mist for heat protectant, though I don’t think it totally helps with holding the curl.  I also am hair up/hair down all the time so that doesn’t help it. The texture spray is great for texture and volume without stickiness.

The Dry bar dry conditioner smells amazing and keeps your hair soft!

The Sephora micellar water is very hydrating, gentle and smells amazing!

The Tarte Shape tape concealer can be cakey so use sparingly but it is great for covering a blemish.  It is dry under my eyes so I need to use Vaseline under it as an eye cream.

The IGK rich kid hair is the only product I’ve ever used that’s allowed me to air dry my hair and still look like a presentable member of society.  With a curling iron of course but it allows me to stay away from the blow dryer, that is HUGE.

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I love my Chanel Bronzer so much. Its the only bronzer I use. It’s a cream and I have nothing ever similar to it.

Benefit Gimme brow is so easy and quick to use. I have an older one, mines ok, but it got recalled so it’s pulled off shelves. Benefit has great brow products, otherwise. Also want to try Glossier Boy brow which is very similar!

I love my Embryolisse face cream. It’s dewy and super moisturizing for day or night.

Black Tulip is my new favorite scent! Sephora calls it a seductive smell and while I can’t tell you what something seductive smells like I think it nails that description for this scent.  It’s warm and sultry smelling whatever that means.

Laniege Face and Lip Mask. I haven’t tried this yet because my face broke out after a sheet mask! I will let you know once I do. I can say that this travel duo comes with both and sells for $10 at Sephora. **** I tried this 4 days after my face broke out after using a mask.  This made my face SO hydrated which I totally needed because I was peeling.  I woke after using it with none 🙂 the lip mask made my lips plump, moisturized and no longer chapped! This mask duo is amazing! 10/10

I’ve stayed away from my Egg cream, hydrating mask since I just had a skin breakout from another sheet mask but I’m SO excited to try it and have heard great thing.

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Boston for the weekend!

My mom came to visit me this weekend and it’s exactly what I needed!! I have three weeks left in the semester and I have just reached the point where I am just ready to be done and home! Moms make everything truly better and I got the little boost I needed to power through the rest of the semester.  I have one week, Thanksgiving 😍, another week, finals and I am home.  I just want to see my dog and be in warm weather!

I go to school a little bit outside of Boston so for the weekend we decided to go to Boston and explore.  It reminds me of a much tamer New York which I don’t mind at all. My mom and I did some shopping on and ate good food which is truly the way to my heart!  We stuck to Newbury Street and Prudential Center which are both great. The Sephora at Prudential is TO DIE FOR; it’s massive and has everything!  It was SO cold this weekend, like in the 30s which is just brutally miserable to be outside in…and super hard to look cute in!  My mom froze her tush off so we did our best to stay indoors. With the exception of pictures and donuts lol! 😉

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HM Hat / Blank NYC jacket / Nordstrom Sweater / Paige Jeans / Steve Madden shoes 

I was actually freezing in these photos but I’ll sacrifice cold for a picture and an outfit.  A cute outfit is only so cute under a big puffer coat.

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Blackbird doughnuts for the win! The blackbird original cake doughnut is the best one!

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Apples and Caps

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I went apple picking one last time this season before all the orchards closed for winter! The apples taste amazing and are so much better then what you buy at the store.  And let’s be real, I needed the donuts one last time. I think fall on the East Coast is so so special so I’m all for doing the kitchy, fall activities! I think it’s because this is the first time in my life that I actually have a fall to see and experience!  It’s awe-worthy.

And so, once fall trickles away the cold sets in.  It’s going to be in the 30s this weekend. 😦 Let me just be present for East Cost autumns and fly away to somewhere warm for the winters.

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Hat HM / Blank NYC jacket / Nordstrom BP sweater / Paige Jeans / Timberland Boots / Quay Sunnies 

The orchard I went to lets you taste the apples to see if you like them or not before picking a bunch.  After you just throw them on the ground! The whole orchard smells like kombucha and I just eat apples the whole time. Could be worse.

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I think this is a macoun apple.  I had NO idea there were so many types of apples and if we’re being honest they all taste the same to me!

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I got this hat at HM! I hated this trend at first, not sure why. Now, its totally grown on me and I LOVE it.  I love how simple it is and how much it elevates an outfit.

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The Uniform

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I love having a go-to uniform to throw on and go with the confidence of knowing that I look good and put together. It’s getting colder and I’m bundling up more which I’m totally ok with… ok only to a certain extent, AUTUMN. Not a snow fan.  I like colder months better than the warmer ones clothing wise — I have more chances to layer and be creative.  This outfit is my new uniform; sweater, jeans, loafers and leather jacket!  Sure it’s basic, but it’s so basic that you can do it so many different ways to make it unbasic! See what I did there? I’m 21 now so I can’t just throw on leggings and a college sweatshirt to take care of business anymore. I wear that to class but when I go out and do stuff I try to step it up. Class is the low of the low and a free pass to wear whatever.

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F21 Sweater // BlankNYC Jacket // Topshop jeans // Steve Madden Loafers // Quay glasses 

I got this sweater for $17 at Forever 21.  It washes and wears really well. I totally recommend it and I want to go get it in the dusty rose color. It’s so easy to throw on, it’s cozy and super comfortable.

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I have to get a picture with the leaves every chance I get!

 

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October Beauty Faves!

 

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I love November because that means its time for Thanksgiving!  I LOVE Thanksgiving.  Eating all day, then shopping the next? Name a more perfect Holiday? Maybe Christmas but thats close too! Yay for November!!!

Sephora Micellar Water. First of all, love micellar water. I really like this Sephora collection one!  It’s a micellar water that removes makeup and tones. I have the rose hydrating one and theres different scents for different skin needs. Since I got my lash extensions I’m trying to be gentler with cleaning my face and this cleans my face without being rough. It’s also a great size to throw in your bag.  It’s only $4 so you can’t go wrong.

Embryolisse moisturizer. I have been wanting to try this for a while. It’s a must for those who love skincare and I see why.  It’s super hydrating and leaves the skin with a dewy finish.  I have extremely dry skin and my go-to is the Avene Peux de intolerantes cream.  This one isn’t quite as moisturizing but I find that if I rub it in my hands to get it warm and pat it into my face I get the best hydration.

Mario Badescu drying lotion. The BEST spot treatment for zits. I have gone through 8 bottles at least. I love this stuff for acne since it works overnight to dry up zits. Its a literal life saver.

IGK rich kid hair. I have horrible air dried hair. Mine gets funky waves, frizzy, big.. everything you don’t want.  I’ve always wished I could just let my hair dry and have it be descent. I’ve tried tons of different products and nothing has worked.  Except for this stuff!  This is the ONLY product I have ever used that has let my hair air dry in a wearable manner. I still fix it up with a curling iron but much much better for my hair.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid. This is an absolute must for dewy skin. I still love an intense highlighter but I’ve been leaning towards a more subtle, dewy glow and this is a must for that. I use a beauty blender and blend it all over my face….yup.

Paula’s choice skin perfecting liquid. I use this as a toner and it’s awesome for unclogging pores. Since using this my skin is sooooo much smoother and my breakouts have been kept at bay!  It makes my skin a tad dry so I make sure to up the moisturizer / serums!

Fenty Gloss Bomb. This is the most perfect gloss ever. The color, the shine the formula, the packaging. I love it all. It’s a super, flattering nude that’s great for everyday wear.

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bell sleeves are the best sleeves!

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Free People Top / Topshop Jeans / Steve Madden Shoes 

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Bell sleeves make me happy!  They can look a little feminine depending on how they’re styled so I always make sure to try and rough them up a bit! Whether it be all black, ripped jeans, sneakers, whatever it may be. I shot a ton of pictures with my best friend Lauren this weekend since we’re trying to soak up the last bit of fall leaves before the snow. (rip)  They’re so pretty in person and in pictures.

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I love pictures walking in the street or with the cross walk in the back and the execution is a little scary but be careful and they’re worth it. I suggested these pics and Lauren looked at me like I was crazy at first but they we’re some of the best ones we got!

I go through phases where I get obsessed with shoes and you can tell by my instagram because it’ll be the same pair of shoes in a chunk of pictures. These shoes are definitely having that moment. I love how easy they are to slide on and how they just complete any look.

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Insta Beauty Roundup

I love sharing beauty products on my instagram! There’s always some on my instastory or a post of new stuff I’m loving or new stuff coming out I want to try.  I could talk about this stuff all day!

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Sephora has an entire section of minis and it is a great way to try new products! These Becca highlighters are great because they’re $19 and will last for forever. I recommend all of the Drunk Elephant serums because they’re honestly game changing. I also love trying the mini versions of hair sprays because I’m pretty particular about those. Either way minis are great to try new stuff without paying for the full size or to keep for travel/ purses!

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Since I got my lash extensions I’ve been loving micellar water since I try to be more gentle with my face washing.  This one from the Sephora collection removes makeup AND tones.  I have the moisturizing one because I’m dry asf but they have some that detox, mattify and revitalize all with different scents.  I LOVE the smell of this one and it doesn’t make my skin dry like toner usually does.  They’re only $4 which is insane cause who knew that Sephora sold stuff for $4.

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This Wet n Wild Highlighter is super pretty and can be built up to be more intense or left subtle depending on what you go for.  For $5 its an awesome highlighter and if you’re looking for a good drugstore one or just love highlighter and want to hoard them then you need this!

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Army of Nudes

I loveeeee a nude lip. Mostly a gloss or a satin lipstick… not so much a matte lip unless it’s with a gloss.  Nudes are my absolute favorite because they’re fool proof! Always easy to wear, always look good and always a classic.  Their a staple makeup item and every girl needs a good one…. or 2 or 3. I never stop buying them because a good nude is a nude you need.

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Mac Fresh Brew / Maybelline Truffle tease / Bite Creme / Desi x Katy Dose of Colors More creamer please / Jeffree Star celebrity skin. 

I find that warm tone nudes usually look the best on me.  I dabbled with the taupe-y colored, grey lipsticks and they did not look good on me… not matter how badly I wanted them to.  Full on dead girl lips and since then cool tone nudes aren’t my favorites.  I have yellow undertones in my skin so I find that warm tone nudes look the best on me. There’s a billion different nude lipsticks so it’s just about finding what works for you.

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Mac Fresh Brew is a cooler toned, taupe but it’s a lustre finish so it’s light and shiny and it works with my warm toned skin. If you want to try a cool tone taupe but you’re not sure if you can pull it off this is a great shade to try first. It’s also good to layer with other lipsticks for a more nude / shiny finish. The Desi x Katy More Creamer Pls is different then any nude I’ve tried before. It’s definitely the warmest and it looks AMAZE with glowy, bronzey makeup. I was hesitant at first… aka when I swatched it before bed with no other makeup on and now I’ve seen the light…aka tried it with a full face. 🙂 Celebrity Skin is an amazing, smoldering nude but I like to dab it on because it’s a heavier formula.

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Neutrogena warm caramel / Buxom  / Fenty Gloss Bomb / Nars Orgasm Gloss / Glossier Birthday cake balm dot com.

I love a gloss for how easy it is to apply and for how good they look! I find them so much more flattering then a matte lip that hugs every crack and imperfection on your lips. The Neutrogena color sticks are a dupe for Clinique Chubby sticks and they work just as good, have shimmer and are a fraction of the price. The Fenty gloss is my absolute favorite but I lose it every other week like it’s my job. I’d buy another in a heart beat / am about to so thats how much I love it.  Nars orgasm gloss may not look like a nude but like the blush it wears good on everyone and their mom. Balm dot com isn’t exactly a nude but it’s the best lip balm and the shimmer is your lips but better.

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Halloween Town

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Blank NYC Jacket // Topshop jeans // Steven Madden shoes 

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I went to Salem, MA this weekend to explore the Halloweentown, spooky-vibes!  Salem is where the witch trials were held in the 1600s so it’s a historic town with a love for Halloween that goes all out with fairs, costumes, museums and events. To be honest I’ve never liked Halloween. I don’t like to be scared and I’m a baby with scary stuff so I do my best to avoid it.  I honestly thought Salem would be more fun then scary.. not sure why now but I was sooooo WRONG!

I was walking down the main street with my friends and one of those dressed up statues popped up and scared me so I jumped obviously, we all did and before I know it three guys in Chucky masks with knives are chasing me down the street. I ran in CVS until my friends came to get me and the Chucky masked freaks, preying on the scaredy cat, me, waited outside of CVS… staring me down so I had to run out of there too. Hahahahah. They have snapchats of me running down the street.  Funny now… not so much then but I can run pretty fast when I need to. hahahah.  Needless to say I was very happy when it was time to go home. Glad to have experienced Salem once but I think I’m all set with that.