Can’t Resist a Sale…

As usual, I cannot resist the temptation of a sale.  Luckily for my wallet and my baby-sized college dorm closet, most sales are a bust, with scratchy, shapeless, or just plain unwanted clothes exclusively in sizes XXS or XXL.  Let me tell you, when I walked into Urban Outfitters yesterday, they had some amazing deals that I couldn’t pass up!  I ended up leaving the store with four new items–including this awesome Holga camera that I cannot wait to use!!

Camera: $29.99 (regular price: $48)  |  Film: $5 (regular price:  $16)

I couldn’t get the lighting quite right; the top is brighter yellow in person.
Top: $9.99 (regular price, $30)  |  Skirt: $19.99 (regular price: $48)

Needless to say, I’m super excited about my purchases and can’t wait to start using/wearing them! Especially the camera.  I would put the film in right now, but I fear I will use up all the film just sitting in my dorm room, taking pictures of my feet or the Christmas lights that adorn the walls.  And that would just not be practical.

 Happy Thursday everyone.  The weekend is almost upon us!!

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Tinted

Once again, I am sick.  I had a bad cold for almost two weeks, and then this past weekend I was finally feeling like myself.  However, disaster struck three nights ago when my throat started feeling sore again… and here I am, with a diagnosed sinus infection.  I finally went to the doctor today and have meds to take.  While I was in the student health center, they made me wear a mask!!

The doctor himself pointed out my dark circles, and I was like thanks, dude, but those are always there.  Since I am clearly not up to posting pictures of myself quite yet, I thought I’d do a review for some makeup that I’ve been using recently.

A lot of girls like to wear heavier makeup in the winter months.  I don’t do this for a few reasons.  One, my skin gets really dry and flaky and heavy foundation only emphasizes that.  Two, it’s really easy to look fake and cakey with so much product, and three, heavy makeup isn’t practical for college life.  I simply don’t have the time (or, let’s be honest, the motivation) to cake on layers of product every morning.  This is why I love CoverGirl CGsmoothers tinted moisturizer.  It has relatively good coverage (except on my pesky dark circles… but then again, nothing really conceals them) and moisturizes your face, which is essential in these dry winter months.  I don’t wear it every day and I always take it off at night, but it lasts a really long time and stays in place.  It’s the perfect base for blush, bronzer, and concealer, but it also works well alone.  I like wearing it with a swipe of blush, black eyeliner on my upper and lower lids, and two coats of mascara.  Perfect for a class presentation or dinner out with friends!

CoverGirl CGsmoothers tinted moisturizer is a great product for the winter, but I think I’ll be using it year-round.  It’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to use a heavy foundation!  I’m always looking for new things to try, though, so let me know if any of you have found a mind-blowing tinted moisturizers!

Thanks for reading!

Moroccan Miracle?

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  It’s dreary as can be over here, so I opted to cuddle under a blanket in my room… I love rain, but only at nighttime.  Walking all over campus to class in a downpour is not my idea of a good time at all, especially since I still have not invested in a pair of rain boots.  Flip flops are NOT ideal in the rain, haha.

Anyway, I wanted to talk a little about my hair today.  I have a bit below shoulder-length, wavy, processed hair.  It used to be very thick, but when I chopped it all off two summers ago I had it thinned, and the old thickness just hasn’t grown back yet… recently, I’ve been trying a lot of different ways to get my hair back into shape.  I want to stop dying it, so I tried to get it a color close to my natural shade, which is close but sadly no cigar.  To counteract the dying, as I’ve said, I’ve experimented a LOT.  Last year I bought this special Indian hair oil that was allegedly supposed to make your hair grow faster, and make it strong and shiny in the process.  Well, I should have saved my money, because it seemed too good to be true and it was.

After wasting my money on the Indian hair oil, I searched for something to tame my hair and make it smooth and soft.  I’ve never had really soft hair and have always longed for it, since two of my closest friends have the most beautiful, straight, shiny, soft hair.  I tried different shampoo, no shampoo at all (if you want me to blog about my no-poo phase, let me know!!), and finally settled on sulfate-free.  Still enamored with the idea of silky soft hair, I stumbled upon a cult product that everyone else on the planet seems to know but me: MoroccanOil.

I’ve read SO many good things about MoroccanOil and decided to buy some before leaving for college.  I’ve been using this product for over a month now and I really, really like it.  The smell is pepperminty and light, and the texture is not oily at all once it’s worked into damp hair.  It definitely leaves my hair softer (although this only lasts a day or so, which is bad for me since I wash my hair twice a week), and you only need one pump!  The price is steep, but I believe that this will last a very long time.

Overall, I would give this product a 9/10… it’s wonderful, but not quite the miracle I was hoping for. For now, I’ll use it, but I’m always open to alternatives!!  What do you guys use to attain perfect hair?  Let me know, and also tell me if you like hair posts like this :]

Have a fantastic day lovelies!  :*

Pomegranate Punch

Hi lovelies!  Just a quick post today and then I’m off to bask in the sunshine!  I bought this Liplicious Tasty Lip Color combination tinted lip balm and brown sugar scrub (phew, that’s a mouthful haha) from Bath & Body Works a long while back.  I purchased it mostly for the lip scrub, which, while tasty, is not very effective.  Disappointed in the product, I hid it away in my makeup graveyard, only to pick it up again a few weeks before school started this summer.  This time ignoring the scrub, I immediately fell in love with the color, which is called Pomegranate.  It’s a beautiful, slightly sheer punchy mauve that isn’t sticky in the slightest.  You have to reapply it every two hours or so, but it’s perfect for every day and can ease beginners into the bold lip colors that are so big this fall!  I’m so glad that my recent lip-color obsession caused me to rediscover this product!

What is your favorite lip product?  Do you prefer balms, tinted balms, lipstains, gloss, or lipsticks?  And what about bold lips?  Is everyone else as obsessed with the trend as I am?  I can’t wait to experiment with more colors!

Happy weekend everyone! :*

Concealed

Hello lovelies.  I wish I could say “happy Monday” and mean it, but alas, I cannot.  I’ve come down with a cold, which means that I’m currently cuddled on my futon in sweatpants from my freshman year of high school.  My roommate has also fallen ill, so we’ve been complaining to each other all day about how cold and sick we feel, and our room heater is cranked up to a balmy 85 degrees.  I also had the workout of my life yesterday–my first-ever workout with a trainer–and my muscles are screaming.  I can honestly say that I’ve never been this sore in my life!  It’s actually pretty comical from an outsider’s perspective… it takes me a good ten seconds to slowly lower myself into any sitting position, and standing?  Forget it, unless I’m grasping onto a table/armrest/person for dear life.  Stairs, which have never been my best friend, are not undoubtedly my mortal enemy.  Walking up them is no easy task, but every time I try to descend just one step I fear for my life.  Luckily I haven’t fallen down yet, but it’s not an impossibility.

Whining aside, I decided to do something a bit different blog-wise today.  I have not yet done a product review, and I wasn’t so sure if I was ever going to.  Products work differently for different people and look differently on different people.  Who am I to judge if a product is “good” or “worth the money”?  Plus, I don’t want to seem spoiled (I’m not) or overly promoting any company (I’m not sponsored, and my opinions are undoubtedly my own).  However, since I don’t exactly look or feel my best today and an outfit post is not possible, I decided that rather than not post anything, I would do a few creative product-related posts.  Let me know what you guys think!

I have terrible under-eye circles.  They’re big and dark and won’t go away no matter what I eat, how much I sleep, or what I slather on them.  I’ve gone through countless concealers, each time hoping for some great miracle, but to this day, I’ve found nothing truly extraordinary.  No matter how much product I cake on, my dark circles are still visible.  These three concealers/highlighters above are my latest and greatest attempts.

| Smashbox Camera Ready Concealer in shade 3.0 |  Rating: 7/10 |

I got this concealer over a year ago (product expiration dates?  Whoops) in the wintertime.  I had heard great things about it and liked the creamy consistency.  It’s too light in shade for summer use, but I do use it in the winter.  Sadly, I have to put a lot of product on, but this is typical with all of the concealers except one.  I don’t get fine lines, it doesn’t cake easily, and it lasts a long time–all good things!  Sadly, it just doesn’t conceal as well as I’d hoped it would.  | Sephora light touch highlighter in 06 Apricot | Rating: 5/10 |

I got this highlighter/concealer for only three bucks at Sephora, along with a mineral powder foundation.  For such an awesome price, I couldn’t pass it up!  And compared to the pricey $20 for the Smashbox concealer, this seemed like an awesome deal.  The consistency is very light but spills VERY easily (see above haha) and the twist applicator frankly sucks.  You twist and twist and nothing comes out but then BAM! suddenly a whole glop of makeup is seeping out of the brush.  All of that frustration aside, this actually is a nice highlighter.  I’m not sure it’s a concealer, exactly, but it does make my dark circles look better.  It takes a lot of product to do so, but it doesn’t cake due to it’s almost watery consistency.  This doesn’t come in very many shades (three, I believe) but I used it a lot this summer when I didn’t want to put on too much makeup.  I might buy it again just because of how cheap it is, but it’s not a miracle worker.

| MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25 | Rating: 8/10 |

This concealer is a cult and celebrity favorite.  After hearing so many rave reviews, I booked it to MAC and had the makeup artist put some on me.  As she was beautifying me and giving me her sales pitch, she told me that Kim Kardashian herself was in L-O-V-E loooooove with this product.  I looked at myself in the mirror, half-expecting to see Kim smiling seductively back, dark-circle free, and was slightly disappointed.  First of all, the concealer was WAY too light (makeup artists always give me super-light foundation and concealer for some reason) and it just didn’t live up to its cult status.  After going a few shades darker, I decided to purchase it anyway so I could experiment at home.  It took me some time, but now this is my favorite concealer.  It’s really, really thick and slightly drying, but it does the job of concealing better than any other product I’ve tried.  It also flakes a little, but it lasts forever, and a little product (in comparison to the layers and layers I was slapping on my face with other products) goes a long way.  I still have so much left!

I’m still waiting for that miracle concealer.  I switch between these three, but none of them completely satisfy me.  I’m not so sure that there is a perfect concealer out there, but if any of you had a nirvana moment with one, please let me know.  I’d love to try new products out!

Thanks for reading–I know this was a long one!  Happy beginning of the week, lovelies! :*