I’m sure you’ve noticed I went a little crazy with the Christmas decor. I can’t help it, I’m just so excited for the holidays! I got my Ipsy bag a couple days ago (I was at school so I didn’t get it sent to me there) and I have to say I’m really impressed! I know it Cosmetics is really big right now and a bunch of Youtubers I watch are using their stuff, so I’m happy to get a sample, even if it’s small and much to dark for my skin tone. The scrub is also very impressive, I used it already twice and I love how it makes my face feel! The hairspray also smells delicious.
I’ll be posting a makeup look using these items very soon. Here was last months Ipsy post!
Also, I got a new camera. I’m so pleased with the quality of the pictures!
I did a quick manicure the other night because I was feeling wintery. I love white nail polish but it’s so unnatural that I always forget to use it! I simply used that as a base and then put a glittery gold as a french tip, and my ring finger completely gold.
I recently made a very affordable purchase that totally satisfied my sweet tooth (sort of!). My favorite things in the world are desserts and sugary treats. I came across the website Dope Digits when I saw models wearing adorable nail decals in a magazine about a month ago. I took a look through the many bold themes they had (twerking Mileys, Drake and Beyonce, even emojis) and found some that I couldn’t NOT purchase. They were for the cheap price of $8, which is a good deal since you get 14 decals. It’s set up so you could have matching nails and both hands, but of course I’ll try to mix it up when I use them. I’m sorry I didn’t do a post with them on my nails first, (which was my intention) but I haven’t had the time! I’ve had some unexpected things happen in my life lately and on top of school, these took the back burner. But, I was still meaning to put them up here for you to see how adorable they are before they go on the nail.
The best part about this company is that they ship quickly and are very simple. These didn’t come in a huge box with a bunch of tissue paper. It came with a card and instructions on how to apply the decals.
For the most part, this seems easy. I don’t remember the last time I used a nail decal, I just remember using a topcoat over them.
I will say for a tip that before you dunk your finger in the water to have the decal stay, make sure your base color of nail polish is dry!
I was going to put these on top of a set of nail stickers by Sally Hansen but decided it might be difficult for the decal to stick to it. I didn’t want to risk it. I’m thinking of painting my nails a sparkly black color and putting these on top for Thanksgiving. Obviously, these don’t have a “fall” or “winter” theme, but if you’re anything like me and love adorable treats, it will always be a conversation starter. My favorite decals out of all of them personally is the little cookies with milk. I think they are all adorable though! My boyfriend thinks they look like something Katy Perry or Zooey Deschanel would wear (and I was so happy since those are my fave people ever). There are also “fast food” nail decals that are really popular. I’ve seen a lot of pictures on Tumblr of people with the little french fries and pizza on their nails. This is a great easy way to do nail art without having a lot of trouble smudging and ruining it.
Anyway, here is the website with it’s products for you to look through. Even if the sweets aren’t your flavor, you’ll find a bunch of other themes that are sure to interest you!
I’m sorry that I’ve been away for awhile. I had a small hiccup in my life and am trying to make up a lot of work right now! I thought I’d share with you this gorgeous sweater I got on sale at Macy’s that I have been wearing non stop! The brand is Eyeshadow, and I love the lace detailing, it can be worn with so many different things for the colder months.
What are your favorite types of sweaters for this time of year?
Finding your specific style is pretty difficult no matter your age, but it’s even more difficult to maintain a certain style. There’s a lot of things you want to keep with you in inspiration, but feel that you can’t because you’re become an “adult”. But there is literally no need to fear, with the range of internet and style inspirations out there, transitioning your personal style is easy by using pieces from your past and adopting some new bits along the way.
Firstly, people are going to tell you to let go of your past; you don’t have to, especially in the case that things in your past make you nostalgic and inspire you to throw a new outfit together or redo your bedroom. There are a lot of things that make you who you are, and it’s important to keep that while adding to your collection of interests. The key to finding what works is to focus on a memory from your past that you want to keep with you, like big comfy leg warmers in Autumn, and mix it in with some of your new (and hopefully) more modern wardrobe.
Here are some more tips that kind of spell out how I think I’ve mastered my (still growing) personal style.
Watch a bunch of movies
I recently wrote down about a dozen movies that I used to watch all the time in high school and that I knew I was inspired by back then. I watched about half of them and remembered why I enjoyed slouchy hats and lots of patterns and eccentric characters, all those things can be refreshing when you dig into the things you used to love! Movies aren’t for everyone — which is something I sometimes forget — so you can also watch old TV shows or read a few books that will get your memory stirring. These are simple acts that can be overlooked. But making time for myself to sit down and enjoy a great film or two really made a difference in creativity.
Let yourself splurge a little
I did something pretty crazy last weekend-and it may have involved buying tights that were over $30. Anthropologie does some crazy magic on me! I had seen a pair of tights with little foxes on them over a year ago, and lusted after them hoping I’d receive them as a gift. I was having a pretty crappy week, and my boyfriend said “Just get them!”. I was amazed at how I felt when I just took the plunge and got something that is completely my style, especially after over a year of wishing I owned them. Sometimes buying unnecessary pieces that you know where created for you is as enriching as going to therapy.
Don’t let trends take you over
It’s easy to go crazy for something when everyone you know has it. Instead, ask yourself, “Is this me? Or do I enjoy it because I think I need it to stay relevant?”. The worst thing is to go shopping and buy every new trend and be the “trendy” gal, because there’s no personal connection between you and your style. Do some soul searching and only get the stuff that you really enjoy, you’ll feel so much better when you incorporate it with what you already have.
Just be yourself
I know, what a cliche thing to put in an inspirational blog post. But honestly, when it comes to your personal style, it doesn’t involve your mom or your best friend or your boyfriend, it purely involves yourself. Take notice for the things that you enjoy, not just what’s popular or talked about on E-news. Once you become comfortable with things that you know for a fact you like, you’ll carry it with you for a long time without any shame.
Surround yourself with people you can actually tolerate
In high school, you’re forced to be around a select amount of people that may be (for lack of a better term) kind of shitty. People like to pretend that who you are in high school reflects who you’ll be in real life as an “adult”. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, and I’d like to think I’ve grown a whole lot since then. Once you’re out of there, find people that have similar interests as you, and who are positive, and who won’t be intimidated by your awesomeness.
Don’t worry about other people’s opinions
There are like tons and tons and tons of people living on this earth. Don’t let a single person’s judgement of you make you feel inadequate, because chances are unless they’re your parole officer, they’re opinion doesn’t matter at all. (Kidding). But in all seriousness, I’ve had many people that were my age and plenty of people much older than me try to tell me who to date or how my hair should be or what dresses to buy. If you have a few friends and you trust their opinion, then of course listen to those people that you know are pure and honest. But allow yourself to make mistakes and learn things, because other people are worried about their own lives and most likely won’t give a second thought to an opinion they gave you, an opinion that can stick on your mind for a few days.
It’s hard to go through life changes and still keep your old style. It’s also OK to change. Allow yourself to enjoy the things you used to love and dive into new interests as well. It’s 2014, and by now there are about 15 different versions of “pale hipster” style, so whatever your personal thing is, just do it. Collect new memories and do new things that will help you discover your interests. When it comes to fashion, it literally always changes. But recognizing the unique things that you enjoy will give you some satisfaction and distinction from the rest of the people around you.
I used my mascara and lipstick from the Ipsy bag i received for October.
I didn’t get any blush, bronzer, or eyeshadows this month, so I did a smokey fall eye look with my Topshop Magic Liner, and then used the mascara on my lashes!
As far as how the mascara performs, it really isn’t that bad. The brush isn’t huge, but the formula keeps your lashes long, though not quite thick.
The lipstick is honestly the best little size for lipstick. I think I mentioned this in my Ipsy bag review, but I think all companies should sell lipsticks at this size as well because I never finish my lipsticks!
The color is honestly beautiful. This is my first dark lipstick and I’ve been wearing it nonstop. With more pale skin, I was worried, but I got so many compliments and I think the warm burgundy color in the shade works well with my coloring. It is also a dry lipstick, so I was able to really keep it in place all day!