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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur Matte Lip Pencils & Giveaway.

I love a good matte lip product, so of course I had to pick up a few of the new Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur Matte Lip Pencils to try! There are a total of 10 shades available. There is a decent color range, but there is a lack of nude and neutral shades.

Description: Maybelline's Lip Studio Color Blur redefines the rules of color with a cream matte pencil and blurring smudger. The cream matte pencil feels extremely smooth and comfortable on lips, while the blurring smudger creates your own looks from full-on bold to softly blurred. Color Blur comes in 10 shades ranging from vivids to neutrals.

Retail Price: $8.99 - Price will vary depending on location.

Purchased At: Ulta - Maybelline Cosmetics is currently on a 1 buy, get 1 50% off bogo!

The Maybelline Color Blurs Pencils features a silicone-like smudger on the end. It's advertised to be used to achieve a "reverse ombre lip" kind of look. I have no intentions on ever using the smudger.

I picked up 5 Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur Matte Lip Pencils (from left to right) in the shades Berry Misbehaved, Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, Partner In Crimson, Plum Please, and My-My Magenta.

Be sure to watch the video to hear my quick thoughts and to see live lip swatches!

Swatches of the Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur Matte Lip Pencils!

Lip swatch of the Maybelline Color Blur in Berry Misbehaved.

Lip swatch of the Maybelline Color Blur in Cherry Cherry Bang Bang.

Lip swatch of the Maybelline Color Blur in Partner In Crimson.

Lip swatch of the Maybelline Color Blur in Plum, Please.

Lip swatch of the Maybelline Color Blur in My-My Magenta.

I'm giving away 2 shades to 1 subscriber on my Youtube Channel! Don't forget to enter here!

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencils? Thoughts? Favorite shades?

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Beauty Predictions For NYFW.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

It's almost that time again for New York Fashion Week. I don't know about you but I love checking out the photos from the fashion shows to see all of the latest makeup trends. It gives me makeup inspiration for new looks to try out on myself.

Thankfully Walgreens has you covered this upcoming New York Fashion Week! Walgreens is one of my favorite stores to shop at for affordable makeup. Best of all they offer a wide assortment of beauty brands like, Circa, Colour Prevails, Boots No. 7, and Bontanics.

There are a few makeup trends I'm expecting to see at this year's upcoming Fashion Week: radiant skin, bold or graphic eyeliner, and a glossy lip.

Radiant Skin: Smooth, radiant skin is always a must on the runway. Using brightening or radiant skin care products will give you that natural glow.

Bold/Graphic Eyeliner: Models rocking a bold or graphic eyeliner is probably my favorite trend. Taking a colored eyeliner and topping it with a similar or matching eye shadow will give the eyeliner more of a pop.

Glossy Lips: A glossy lip is always the perfect choice on the runways. A pink, glossy lip will go perfect with almost any look you choose.

I decided to put myself to the challenge and recreate my makeup trend predictions using these products found at Walgreens! Be sure to scroll towards the bottom of this post to see what look I came up with.

Circa Beauty Lustrous Shine Lip Polish: The shade that I have is Chiffon Glow and it's a light pink with a slight shimmer. I love the formula of this gloss. It applies really smooth and it's not sticky. It features an angled doe foot applicator, which makes it easier to apply to the lips.

Boots No7 Lash Impact Mascara: Can we talk about this packaging first? I absolutely adore this mascara packaging! Thankfully the mascara does not disappoint either. This mascara features a fiber brush that helps intensifies my lashes. I'm able to achieve volume in my lashes without the clumps.

Circa Beauty Vivid Vinyl Eye Lining Fluid: I have the shade Blue Topaz and it's a darker blue with shimmer. I like the tip of the eyeliner because it allows me to apply the eyeliner as thin or as thick as I want to. The color is nice, but I do find that it takes at least 2 layers to get an intense color. I also noticed this eyeliner takes a moment to set and dry.

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm: I like to apply this product after cleansing my face in the morning. I immediately notice a difference in my complexion after application. My skin looks fresh and more radiant.

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum: This product is great to use along with the All Bright Radiance Balm. The serum features a dropper and I like to use about 2-3 drops directly after cleansing my face. I like that it doesn't leave my skin with an oily appearance. It leaves my skin looking brighter and smoother.

Here is my NYFW inspired makeup look using all of the products I mentioned above.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How I Curl My Hair.

I wanted to share how I normally style or curl my hair. I'm a huge fan of curling wands and I no longer use a regular curling iron. One of my favorite curling wands that I own is the Bed Head Curlipops 1" Hourglass Wand. I found mine at my local Marshalls store for only $16.99!

I'm sharing how I curl my hair on my Her Hair Company hair extensions. This hair is a Brazilian Wavy texture. This is one of my favorite hair textures and it looks amazing curled! Be sure to click here to see my initial thoughts on this hair.

This is a before photo of me before styling the hair.
The hair has been washed and air dried. This is the natural texture of the hair.

Be sure to watch the video to see how I curl my hair and make my hair more voluminous!

This is a photo of me after using the Bed Hair Hourglass Curling wand.

Now you can see why this is my favorite curling wand! The shape of the wand makes the curls really unique and full. It normally takes me 10-15 minutes to style and curl my hair. I definitely recommend this wand for anyone that likes to curl their hair.

Do you own this curling wand? Thoughts? What's your favorite styling tool?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fashion Inspiration from European Casinos.

Fashion in American casinos disappeared when patrons started walking in clad in t-shirts and shorts. Perhaps it was a strategic move from casino providers to uphold the “no shirt, no shoes, no slots” rule since they began operating on a 24-hour basis to intrigue even the most random people passing by their establishments. But the beauty of casinos of the past was the exclusivity it exuded from its dress code, that once you dressed the part you were immediately perceived as a member of the elite.

Although when the evening rolls in, gamblers do start to look a little sharper with men donning classy shirts and women in cocktail dresses, making you look a little less out of place when you’re planning your outfit for a night of gambling and live entertainment. But instead of dressing up like you would for a trip to a nightclub, as what the majority of people do when going out for a casino night, there is a lesson or two that we can learn from our classier, more upscale European counterparts.

Casino de Monte-Carlo prohibit sports shoes and require a jacket after 8pm, but the patrons don’t seem to have trouble abiding by those guidelines as they’re all decked out in evening wear. For European casinos, it’s basically an unspoken rule that you must dress to impress.

In Germany, Casino Baden Baden expect their customers to wear a jacket and shirt, and a tie is requested, all of which is only fair since it’s considered to be the most beautiful casino in the world. While the men you’re with for this occasion might feel hesitant about the tie, InterCasino states that the key to winning is having self-confidence, and dressing the part will help build that winning attitude you need for the gaming floor. And if the men have to upgrade their attire, so do you. Be bold and have the ladies wear long gowns to pair well with the guys’ suit-and-tie getup.

If you’d rather keep your long gown for another occasion, pair a cocktail dress with the right accessories. says that statement jewelry, a gorgeous pair of shoes and a matching handbag can make you look just as elegant.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post by Jennifer Clayton.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Part 1: My Florida Trip.

I recently went on a trip to Florida about a week ago. My family and I went on vacation in Orlando, Florida to be exact. We stayed at the Orange Lake Resorts, which is only a few minutes away from Walt Disney World. I haven't been to a Disney Resort in years and I was super excited to go! This was also my first time going to one in the United States because the last resort I went to was Euro Disney or now Disneyland Paris.

Our first stop: Downtown Disney! Downtown Disney is free to the public and there is also free parking here. Here you will find dining, shopping, and entertainment. I ate, I shopped, I ate, I shopped, and I ate some more!

I did not take a photo of everything I past by or every food I ate though.

We were approaching Downtown Disney and this was the first thing I spotted.
Downtown Disney is currently under a lot of construction and is being expanded to Disney Springs.

A better close up of the Planet Hollywood restaurant.

The AMC Downtown Disney 24 Dine-In Theatres. You can dine and watch movies here!

I made a list of restaurants I wanted to check out before arriving to Florida. We were already hungry when we arrived and I came across one of the quick service restaurants from my list, which is The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe. This restaurant is actually one of the more affordable spots at Downtown Disney.

My sister picked out the California Roll sushi.

I chose the Pepperoni Pomodoro Pizza. It was honestly the best pizza I've ever eaten!

The waterfront. You can view some of the Disney Resort hotels in the background.

The side of the House of Blues restaurant.

Characters in Flight. This is an air balloon that guests can ride.

I can't visit Florida and not include a photo of some palm trees.

Outside of DisneyQuest. This is an indoor interactive theme park.

Another view of the waterfront at Downtown Disney.

Along the waterfront you will find a few restaurants like Fulton's Crab House.
It's a seafood restaurant on an actual riverboat. Very unique!

After a few hours of being at Downtown Disney we decided to stop for drinks. We stopped by Dockside Margaritas located near the waterfront. My sister and I got the Orange Grove Rum Runner and my boyfriend and mom got the Florida Citrus Freeze.

Orange Grove Rum Runner includes Siesta Key Spiced Rum, Blackberry Brandy, Crème de Banana and Florida Citrus Juices with a float of Gosling's 151 Rum. Florida Citrus Freeze includes Florida Cane 'Orlando Orange' Vodka and Peach Schnapps blended with Orange Purée.

Anthony's Florida Citrus Freeze. This drink was very tasty!

My black and red sequin Minnie Mouse ears headband I picked up from one of the shops.

I stopped at a new restaurant as we were on our way out of Downtown Disney. Vivoli Gelateria, a gelato shop! It also offers a variety of other Italian goodies other than gelato though. You are able to sample any flavors of the gelato while you're there. I picked out a Media (medium) size cup, which allowed me to pick out 3 flavors. I picked out chocolate-hazelnut, chocolate chip, and vanilla. It was so yummy and very fresh!

A few random snapshots from my phone before and while I was at Downtown Disney.
Photos from left to right: 1) Of course I had to take a balcony selfie before heading out for the day. Natural lighting for the win! 2) Anthony and I enjoying our drinks near the waterfront by Dockside Margaritas. 3) Our Pepperoni Pomodoro Pizza from Wolfgang Puck Express before we devoured it. The best pizza ever! 4) More selfies near the waterfront after enjoying the scenery.

My sister took a photo of me taking photos. Thanks Tiffany!

A beautiful sunset as we were leaving the mall heading back to our resort.

I had a lot of fun in Downtown Disney and ate some yummy foods. I wished I had taken more photos of the food I ate and the shops I visited when I was there though. It's definitely a must visit even if you aren't planning to go to the actual Walt Disney World parks. I'm looking forward to my next visit!
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