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Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Favorites

I don't know why I am always surprised every time I write a post on my monthly favorites. I feel like I literally just did my April Favorites last week. Time has flown and I literally don't know where it went.

Down below are my monthly favorites for May. You can clearly tell that one makeup brand took over my favorites, but that's okay.
1. Fergie Shimmer Palette in Photo Bomb
Okay, this one looks quite terrifying as a swatch. It basically looks like a pale yellow, but it looks so pretty once applied to the skin. When I didn't want to look super bronze with my Rose Golden Goddess highlighter, I opted for this one.
Swatches of both Photo Bomb and Rose Golden Goddess 
Originally, I had no intention of buying this highlighter, but when I heard people rave about it, I knew I had to have it. I think this would look great on anyone's skin tone, just as long as you blend it out. This one is a must-have.

2. Fergie Shimmer Palette in Rose Golden Goddess
This highlighter is everything! If you are my skin tone or darker, I think you would really like this one. If you want a highlighter that comes off more natural than a pink or silver shade, this is excellent.

Sure, it does have shimmer in it, but it looks like you've been kissed by the sun whenever you wear it. I've been loving pairing this with cream blushes!
Rose Golden Goddess swatch on bottom
3. Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells Trio
This is an amazing palette for the price. I have been using this palette on a regular basis ever since I got it at the beginning of May. I'd have to say this is my favorite trio I own from Wet n Wild. The colors are so pigmented and buttery. I couldn't ask for anything better. I love this palette because I don't have to think about it and it's work appropriate.

4. Wet n Wild Comfort Zone 8 Pan Palette
When I wasn't using the Walking on Eggshells Trio, I was using this bad boy. I love this palette because it's also extremely affordable and the quality is exceptional.

When I first bought this I only dabbled in the first half of the palette. I stuck with my neutral browns, but I recently did an eye look with the second half of the palette and I fell in love with it. I was worried that the greens would be too much, but it actually came out pretty natural. I can't wait to experiment with this palette even more next month.

5. E.L.F. Small Stipple Brush
Forgive how it looks in the picture above! I know it's so dirty, but I had to include this brush in my favorites. It's awesome! I love this for my cream blushes. The bristles are so soft. It's small, but it works like a dream and it's only three dollars. I repeat, it's only three dollars! This probably has to be one of my favorites brushes that I own.

6. Glamorous Bouquet Necklace in Multi from Lily Wang
So I've always been a fan of statement necklaces. I have a few, but I'm always looking to expand. When I was without a job, I came across the website, Shoplately, via Youtube when I was swooning over a beauty guru's necklace. Shoplately opened my eyes to so many affordable, yet great quality pieces of jewelry.

This month I made a purchase from the seller Lily Wang and I am in love with this necklace. I've received so many complements on it. I will say that I had to superglue some of the holes because my necklace came a part, but it was quick and simple fix.
Songs
Turn Down For What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon
I hate to put this in my favorites, but I have to. I know this song is so over played, but if I could describe May by picking one song and one song only, it would be this one.

May was the month of partying for me. I went to Austin twice. The first time was for Alumnae Weekend and we all know how that went. I also went for one of my sorority sister's graduation. Then this past weekend I celebrated one of my best friend's 23rd. Every week was basically something new to celebrate or party for.
Night on the town with the birthday girl in the middle
Problem by Ariana Grande
This song gives me so much life. It makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Recently my high school sweetheart and I have been having our tiffs, so this song makes me feel like I don't need him or any man for that matter! Girl Power!

DearNaptural85
This month I have bee loving DearNaptural85's vlogs. I've been watching her vlogs for a while now, but this month I got behind on them, so I've been binge watching them. I love watching their family. They are so fun and Olivia is the cutest little thing.

Cream Corn
Of course I had to put a random food item. It wouldn't be me without mentioning food. This month I have been enjoying fresh creamed corn from my lovely mother. Since corn is now in season, she has been making this dish lately and I love it. I'm sure it's not the healthiest, but it's amazing.

Well that's all for my May Favorites! What have you been loving this month?

Love and desserts,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Milani Coming up Roses Powder Blushes Spring 2014

Happy Tuesday y'all! Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and a great weekend.

Today I wanted to talk about a few blushes I got a week or two ago. They are the Milani Coming up Roses Powder Blushes. The ones I own from the collection are Love Potion and Lady Rogue.
From L to R: Lady Rogue and Love Potion
Lately I have been trying to budget my money better, so I held off on buying these blushes online. When I was finally ready to purchase them, Milani no longer had these colors available. Instead, they had the first collection of Coming up Roses blushes from summer 2013. I freaked out, and ended up buying these two colors on Ebay for a reasonable price.

I'm not going to lie, I bought these because of the imprint. I have one from the first collection (which I also had to find on Ebay), and I really did like it. Sure, it's not the best blush I've ever used, but it's a natural color blush that I can wear daily if need be.
These are much like my my blush from the first collection. I will say that my Coming Up Rose Blush in Romantic Rose from the first collection is a lot more softer in texture than the new ones that I have.

Besides their packaging, there's really nothing special about them. I do love the colors a lot though. They are very bright and fun and I think these would be perfect for the spring and summer time. I wish I could've got my hands on Coral Cove, which was a bright orange, but these will suffice. 

I read many reviews on these blushes and many if not all of them said that they were patchy looking when swatched, which is very much true. Although they don't come out patchy when applied on the cheeks with a brush, I do find it a little odd. 
Top: Love Potion
Bottom: Lady Rogue
If you missed out on these last summer, are a sucker for packaging and love more neutral colors of blushes, you might want to check out their first collection of Coming up Roses blushes that are on Milani's website right now. 

If you're looking for the colors from the spring collection, my best advice is to search Ebay. You can find them floating around there for a reasonable price, just keep checking.

Now that I have these blushes, it makes me want to try the Milani baked blushes. I've heard nothing but good things about those!

Do you have any of the Coming up Roses blushes? Do you have any Milani blushes in general?

Love and desserts,


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Drugstore Makeup Haul

Happy Tuesday girls! Its been a little over a week since my last post so I apologize for my horrible blogging schedule. I had planned on posting this last Thursday, but I had internet issues so I wasn't able to.

Basically I kind of went HAM at the drugstore recently. In a matter of two weekends, I bought, bought and bought some more. I blame Nouveau Cheap. Knowing what all the sales are for the week makes it hard not to wonder off into the drugstore to see what you can find!
With that being said, I wanted to share all of my new goodies I have accumulated with you all.

First on my list of things I bought were the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils in Black Point and Aqua Stone.
You already know how I feel about Black Point from my monthly favorites. I haven't used Aqua Stone yet, but I'm sure I'll love it just as much. The fact that these are so affordable and then I got them on sale makes this a great purchase.
Three weekends ago I picked up my second round of items. I ran into Walmart to get my eyebrows done before my trip to Austin and of course I had to venture into the makeup section. I wanted some eyelashes for the weekend, so picked those up and I couldn't help myself wandering into the Hard Candy section.
There's a ton of Hard Candy products on my wishlist, but I decided to refrain and only pick up their Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon. I've heard so many wonderful things about it and how it's a great highlighter. Since I've been on a highlighter kick lately, I picked this one up. I've only used it once, but so far so good!

After my Walmart run, I ran into Target for a bathing suit cover up and the E.L.F. Small Stipple Brush. I knew I needed to get this because I was expecting something in the mail (post later on this product) that I needed this specific brush for.

I see why everyone loves this brush. It's awesome! Its bristles are soft and it applies makeup effortlessly. I've been using this brush everyday since I got it.
Lastly, I went into Walgreens because I was dying to get my hands on the Walking on Eggshells palette from Wet N Wild. I tried to buy this palette when I picked up the Jordana eyeliners, but my Walgreens was out of stock. Luckily, this time around they had some, so I picked it up along with the Fergie Shimmer Palette in Rose Golden Goddess.

I love both of these products and have been using them quite often, especially the Walking on Eggshells trio. I think Rose Golden Goddess is going to look extremely pretty during the summer months.

Top 3: Walking on Eggshells
Bottom: Rose Golden Goddess 
Two weekends ago, I drifted into Walgreens and pick up quite a few items from Wet N Wild.
I finally bought the Comfort Zone palette. It was on my wishlist for the longest, but I never bought it because I have more than enough neutral shades. I'm so happy I finally have it. Wet N Wild, in my opinion, has the best eyeshadows in the drugstore. The are so buttery and pigmented.

I also picked the two Shimmer Palettes, Photo Bomb and Video Bomb, from the new Fergie Summer 2014 Collection. Oh my goodness, I love these highlighters so much! They are gorgeous! I don't think these are limited edition, but I could be wrong.
L to R: Photo Bomb and Video Bomb

Top: Video Bomb
Bottom: Photo Bomb
Also from the summer collection, I picked up a small eyeshadow palette in No Filter. I know, more neutrals, but I know I will use the colors!

Lastly, I got my hands on two of the limited edition lipsticks from the collection. This is my first time trying lip products from Wet N Wild and I love the formula of these. They are very opaque and creamy.
Top: Fergie Daily
Bottom: Cray Cray
What are some items that you have been loving at the drugstore?

Love and desserts,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Manicure Monday - Revlon's Posh

Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm doing another Manicure Monday and I am super excited about this color. As you probably noticed from the title, the color is called Posh by Revlon.
I've had this color probably for 2 years, yet this is only my second time wearing it. I have no idea why I don't show this color more love because I absolutely love everything about it!

Posh is the perfect Kelly Green for spring. I'm not a person that is big on green, but this color is so flattering on the nails. It definitely makes me feel edgy whenever I wear it.
Like I've mentioned before, during the spring time, pastels are usually my go-to, but it's nice having other options to spice up my nails.

Pros:
1. Revlon polishes are so affordable. I'm pretty sure I only paid four dollars for this color. Just because it's from the drugstore doesn't mean it's not good quality. I have my fair share of expensive polishes and this one can hang with the best of them.

2. The opacity is awesome! I probably could have gotten away with one coat, but I did two coats just to make sure.

3. Formula. I hate a goopey polish. This polish is more on the watery/thinner side, but I don't mind it at all because of the opacity. The formula made it so much easier to apply and it dried pretty fast, as well.

Cons:
1. The second day I wore this, I had a slight chip on my thumb. Granted I was trying to open something, which is what caused the chipping. Besides my thumb, none of my other nails have chipped so I can overlook the misfortunes of my thumb nail.

Overall, I think this is a beautiful color to have in any nail polish collection. I don't have very many Revlon polishes, but having this color makes me want to go out and buy more.

What do you think of Revlon's Posh?

Love and desserts,

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Alum Have More Fun - Sorority Edition

This past weekend was absolutely insane. Every year my sorority hosts a boat party in the spring as their last major event of the year and as one last hoorah. Usually the following day they also host an alumnae brunch so actives and alumnae can mingle together.

There has not been one boat party or alumnae brunch I have been to that wasn't fun, so with me being able to afford going on a trip, you know I had to attend both. It was so wonderful reuniting with my sisters again. A lot of them I haven't seen in a year, so it was great catching up with a lot of the girls.

My senior year of college I served on the executive board as the Chief Membership Officer. My biggest responsibilities were being in charge of recruitments and of course serving as the pledge mother to the new associate members.
On 6th Street with one of my pledge babies. She is now the new Chief Membership Officer.
Catching up with my babies that I pledged last year was so wonderful. To hear that I was missed and how I am an inspiration to some makes me feel like I definitely did something right. I know for a fact I left a positive mark on the girls and that's all I ever wanted.

Boat party was crazy, as expected. We stayed out on the lake for four hours, ate BBQ, drank and of course swam in the lake. Needless to say, I was miserable after boat party. I was struggling extremely hard!
My Chi Beta family at boat party
Even though I had a lot of crazy fun at boat party and going out downtown, I learned something very valuable about who I am as a person during my alumnae brunch.

My alumnae brunch was held at Iron Cactus. If any of you ever go to Austin and love a good brunch, you must visit an Iron Cactus. I absolutely love their food and they have bottomless mimosas! There was a few girls there that didn't attend boat party, so it was great mingling and catching up with those sisters.

One point during brunch each of the girls stood up, said their name, what class they were from and what they are doing now. As each girl stood and gave their spiel, I could help but feel proud of my decision to pledge my sorority.
My great-grand little throwing what we know
Since I have graduated, my road has not always been easy. I know that I've probably made some mistakes along the way, but I am sure of one thing. Pledging and being associated with this particular group of ladies was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself.

I swear to you, I love those girls so much. They are all smart, beautiful and successful women. Each and every one of them are doing such positive things with their lives and they all make me strive and push harder to become a better person.
All of the the alumnae who made it to brunch
Chi Beta gave me so much. It gave me a home away from home, compassion and some of my best friends/future bridesmaids. I am hoping to serve in the alumnae board in the near future, so everyone keep their fingers crossed!

So my lesson to everyone reading this is that when you surround yourself with positive people, you can only go up from there.

Love and desserts,