2013 Favorites

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Another year has gone by! 2013 was a rollercoaster ride full of fantastic moments, and some that weren't so great. I got to go to Spain with some of my very close friends, I chose my college (and did pretty damn well the first semester), I graduated, and I moved to a city that I really love. On the other hand, I lost some friends, I got wait-listed at my dream school, and had to move away from home and live on my own. I would not change the past 12 months for anything though! Another year also means that I had a whole lot of time to find things that I truly love and want to tell every one about! So here are some products and items that I have been consistently loving.


October Favorites!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I cannot believe that October is already over. I am partially sad, but at the same time November is going to be wonderful. I finally turn 18 and I get to see my first NBA basketball game. How could I ever forget Thanksgiving? One good thing that comes with the end of a month is a favorites post! I've rounded up some of my favorite products from the month, as well as a few miscellaneous things I have been loving!

First and foremost, here is a picture of the beauty products that I have been enjoying! The back row has my Kenra Volume Spray, Tresemme Platinum Strength deep conditioner, Benefit Porefessional Primer, and Origins Ginzing Energy Booster Moisturizer. I find that the face primer keeps my makeup on much longer, so I use it for my Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes because I'm out and about from 7:30 until around 3:30. I probably won't repurchase the Kenra spray as it is very expensive, but this was given to me as a gift and I do like it enough to keep using it.

The front row just has three products. The first is the Naked Basics palette, which I have already done a review on here. I use the two darkest shade to fill in my eyebrows, so this has been in my daily makeup routine since the beginning of the summer. After accumulating at least four samples of Benefit's They're Real! mascara, I finally caved and bought the full-sized one. There's not much to say besides this is the best mascara I have ever used and recommend that everyone have this (whether sample or full-sized) in their makeup collections. The last is MAC's eyeshadow All That Glitters which is just a staple in anybody's makeup collection. It makes a great lid and crease color, which is what I really love about it.

As for non-beauty related products, I have three fashion pieces. The first seems not so fashionable, but that would be my thrifted grandpa sweater that I love to death.

It is this incredibly spacious salt-and-pepper sweater with holes in the shoulders that I picked up over the summer. I had always wanted a big comfy sweater from a thrift store and I am very glad that I finally made it happen. To avoid making me look like a homeless woman, I tucked the front into my high-waisted jeans to give it more of a shape and I usually cuff the sleeves.

The next fashion piece I have loved this month is this yellow zebra printed scarf that I picked up from Karma Loop. Not much to say about it besides the fact that I have tried to wear it with every outfit I picked out in the morning, then promptly remind myself that I cannot do that.

Last, but surely not least, I have these chunky brown ankle boots that I stole was given to by my mom. They are anything I could ever want in an ankle boot. The color is perfect, they are comfortable, and they give me a couple extra inches to make me that much closer to my dream height of 5 foot 10.

What have you loved in the month of October?

Becca Beach Tint Duo

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I cannot resist the display of sample products in the front of my Sephora. I don't know if it is the mini products that draw me in, or the fact that I love spending money that I don't have. You tell me. The same trip as my Nars extravaganza, I found this duo and had to get it. Rachel Whitehurst raved about the Becca Beach tint in grapefruit so I knew that this duo was going home with me the second that I saw it. Rachel is my Dalai Lama.

The set comes with two mini tubes of Beach Tints. To the left there is the shade Watermelon and to the right, Fig. Both of these smell AH-MAZING. I occasionally wish these were edible, they smell that good.

Watermelon looks a lot more intimidating in the tube. You could build it up to that color if you wanted to, but I prefer it as a sheer red. It gives you a nice flushed cheek without making you look like a clown or Pikachu. I like wearing it on my lips as well because it gives you a little color without being a statement. Fig is a tea rose shade and perfect for a neutral look. I have some trouble getting it to show up on my skin. I still have a little bit of a tan from summer (somehow?) and it just doesn't like showing up no matter how much I put on. If I use Fig, I usually layer it with my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed or my Nars Sin blush.

Overall, I like this for a day that I don't have time to come back to my room and apply another layer of it. Generally, these last pretty long if I don't touch my face a lot (which I usually do, I can't help it).

I know that the full-sized Beach Tints are $25 bucks each, but the set was only $16 for two samples. If you were curious about these, I would go for the duo set so you can test the waters with the product.

What are your favorite cheek stains?

How To Deal With Being Homesick Without Really Trying

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I am the last person to ever admit to being homesick. I have a desire to seen as strong that is unable to be fulfilled. Sometimes, even the toughest people have their "weak" moments. My weak moments away at school almost solely connect to some form of homesickness. Being away from home for school, for vacation, even for good is a tough transition for anyone. Missing where you grew up does not make you weak, it makes you human. Here are a few tips to keep your homesickness in check.

  1. Distract yourself. Do your schoolwork, read a book, go to work, go for a run, anything to keep yourself busy.
  2. Make yourself familiar with your new living location. The more you explore and find places you like in this new, fresh setting the more comfortable you become with your new home.
  3. Look through old pictures. This may or may not be a good choice. Scroll through Facebook albums with caution. When I see pictures of school dances or summer adventures, I remember the good times and it makes me feel happy for a little while. It also could make you miss home even more, so know your limitations with this one.
  4. Cry a little. A few tears never killed anybody. Put on a sad song and cry it out. You are not weak for showing a little bit of emotion.
  5. Call back home. Whether it be a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, friend, or even neighbor, sometimes all you need is a little familiarity to keep on going.

Nars Alhambra Eyeshadow Duo

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Today on the blog I will be talking about my first Nars eyeshadow product, the ever so popular Alhambra duo. I heard this being talked about on YouTube endlessly for the past couple of years and finally jumped and bought it before I went away to school. I feel like I have used it enough times by now to give my proper opinion on it.

Surprise, surprise! It comes in the typical Nars black rubberized packaging, much like the blushes and single eyeshadows.

The left shadow color is a pale pearly champagne and the color to the right is a light shimmery gold.

Both colors are both very shimmery. I like to either wear them alone on the lid and add a brown into the crease, or I'll put the left color on my inner corner, the right color on the outer corner and blend a light brown into a crease. It all depends on what I am wearing that day. I have had no problems with these shadows. They go on smooth and don't lack pigmentation. They wear fairly well, though I haven't had to deal with any extreme weather conditions with them yet. My only gripe, as per usual with Nars products, is the fact that the packaging collects fingerprints, dust, and literally anything that it comes in contact with.

At $34, it seems a bit pricey, but you do get a lot of a good product.

Have you tried any other Nars eyeshadows? Which is your favorite?

NOTD: Set In Stones & Gray Suede

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today I bring a fun edition of N.O.T.D. because I actually have something interesting going on rather than a solid color I threw on before half an hour before I went to bed because I cannot go longer than 24 hours without having nail polish on.

Am I the only person who still does an accent nail sometimes? In all honesty, I tried doing a half moon manicure and failed miserably, so I just painted the whole nail and called it quits. I'm too indecisive with colors to pick just one, and this (old?) trend makes my life much easier.

Benefit's Rockateur Boxed Powder

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today I am back in the beauty blogging game! I recently went home and brought back my lovely little camera so I can document my college makeup habits and fashion. On the same trip home, I also stopped by Sephora in hopes of finding the new Benefit boxed powder. When I went to the display, this was the only one left and I figured that it was a sign that I needed it. I went home happy with my new Rockateur blush.

Benefit (very accurately) describes it as, "Our famously provocative cheek powder in rockin' rose gold gives a show-stopping "rush of heat." For an encore, the sexy sculpted design is accented in gold."

How To Do College Without Really Trying

Friday, October 4, 2013

If you are a college student and read the title, you are probably laughing to yourself, wondering how the hell I am supposed to explain how to manage your time without trying at all. Well, let me let you in on a little secret. The title is a total lie, but I like consistency and all of my other "How To" posts had that title. Chances are that you are paying big money to be where you are right now, and if you're not, then I hate you (I am kidding, of course. I actually love you more than my brothers). College is an investment, and like any other investment, you are going to want to treat it like that. Putting extra time and effort into your work because you are paying for it is a great incentive to do well. Here are a few tips to help you with that.

  1. Purchase an agenda. Some schools even give them out for free! My university gave them to us at orientation, but if you are like me, you might want something a little more, erm, stylish. I splurged this year and got myself a jumbo Lilly Pulitzer agenda. They are a little pricey, but it gives you even more of a reason to use it every day! I write down my assignments, days of exams, and due dates for papers. Let's be real, I usually write down the local concerts as well. Writing down all of these important academic reminders (or not so important...) makes it a lot easier to stay organized and on top of your work.
  2. Go to class! You are going to hear this a million times over the next four years (or two, or three, wherever you are in your schooling). If you have not heard it yet, well, I'm sorry I have to be the first to tell you. It is tempting to skip your big lecture hall classes with no attendance. Heck, if my professor was not a love child between Pat Monahan from Train and Mick Jagger, I might not show up to mine either. However, attendance in any class is key to really understanding. Professors say information in their lectures that don't show up in readings, or in online notes. That could make or break an A, or even maybe pushing that F to a D. Every point matters. Plus, you are paying for every class you take! If you are on your death bed, then it is okay to miss a class. If you know that you get sick when the weather changes, make some friends early so you can catch up on their notes when you need to miss, but don't mooch off of classmates just because you are too lazy to get your butt out of bed.
  3. Don't procrastinate. I have been trying very hard to stay on top of my game so saying this did not become too hypocritical. I can admit, I used to be the person up at midnight the night before a major assignment was due. I would go to school the next day a walking zombie and it was not fun. Now that I am a responsible (and I say that loosely. I haven't be grocery shopping once in the past seven weeks) college student, I have to get my shit together. I usually write out a daily to-do list on a post-it note and put it on my wall in front of my desk. Sometimes the satisfaction of crossing out everything on that list is enough to make me want to blow through my assignments. Plus, getting everything done early leaves you so much more time for fun things, like painting your nails, watching TV, or even hitting the fitness center. Just know when to take breaks. Those are okay too!
  4. Know your limits. This might seem like it is contradicting "don't procrastinate", but sometimes you just need a little break. If you have been slaving away at dozens of pages of reading or chipping away at that lengthy essay, step back from your work and take a few minutes. Go for a walk, listen to some music, do some laundry, whatever it takes to clear your head a bit. Then go back and finish your assignments. Schoolwork is never fun, but it is even worse when you have been consistently doing the same monotonous work for hours. Do not work yourself too hard or else the stress will drive you crazy.
  5. Have fun! Whether you are living on campus, have an apartment, or are commuting, having fun is important. Going out with friends on a weekend is not going to make or break your college career. Learning how to balance your workload and personal life is vital. You can still have fun while you are in college. In fact, I recommend that you do! Just make sure you are being safe and smart about it.
I am in no way claiming that I am an expert at this. I've only been here for less than two months, but these are the things I have learned in the beginning of my first semester. If these have helped, let me know in the comments below, or if you have any other tips! Best of luck!

How To (Not) Be Prepared To Move Out Without Really Trying

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I have lived with my parents for 17 years with no major issues. Home has always been a very comfortable place. Trust me, it has been almost impossible to peel me from my desk where my laptop almost permanently resides. My ass is constantly plopped down on my shitty desk chair that we got for less than 20 dollars at Target. Needless to say, I have been less than pleased to move, even when it was my bright idea to go away for college rather than test the waters at the local colleges. No offense to the dozens of colleges in my general area. It's really all because I hate every one where I live and would rather take my chances in a group of vicious, starving sharks who love average height Italian girls with green eyes and blonde hair.

Because of my decision to go to school in another state, I apparently can't make the three and a half hour commute from my house to school every day. Whatever. My life is now being picked up and moved 200 plus miles to a dorm. This is how I've decided to go about packing. I recommend other ways.

  1. Deny the fact that you have grown up and are even of legal age to attend college. This is best achieved by wearing diapers and refusing to speak in complete sentences. Throw your sippy cup around and call everyone mommy. For extra measure, cut your own hair and discover swearing for the first time.
  2. Buy things you don't necessarily need, but want. Brightly colored measuring cups? You have no oven in your dorm and literally no use for them, but sure, let them hog up space in your limited drawer space.
  3. Pretend you're constantly busy when in reality, you just rediscovered Animal Crossing. Seriously, you will not regret this decision. It doesn't get much better than living in a city with only fruit trees, made up fish and animals that talk gibberish to you. It's like living in a barely civilized foreign country.
  4. Throw all of your clothes on the floor. When your mom asks why your room is so dirty, claim it's because you're just going to have to pack it all anyways. Repeat this for the four weeks up until you really have to leave.
  5. Duct tape yourself to the childhood bed you've had since you were four. Who needs limbs or air anyways?
I hope everyone starting college, going back to college or moving out into their first apartment don't follow these tips and move into their new place quickly and painlessly. Be safe and puff, puff, pass.

How To Successfully Suck At Blogging Without Really Trying

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It becomes more obvious with each passing day (and week...and month...) that I am, indeed, an awful blogger. I am inconsistent, forgetful and just damn lazy. I can make a million excuses in the world, but instead, I am going to make a list of the things I've done instead of blogging in order to get back into blogging. Did that make sense? No? Ah, all right, you little rascal.

  1. Get really, really busy with school and spend any amount of free time watching episodes (new or repeats) of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon while simultaneously wishing he were single and you were twenty years older. Also, spend a lot of time with your head in the fridge or the pantry or the cupboards. Really, any place where you're going to get food without leaving the comfort of your house and ratty ass sweatpants with milkshake stains on strange places.
  2. Play a sport for your school or for a club. Apparently, you have to practice and go to games when you sign up for organized sports? I assumed you just wrote it down on your little resume for applications and such or used it as an excuse to get out of going to some awful family reunion that you would rather stab yourself in the appendix than attend. Games, when you're on bad teams, can often be very long and painful to be a part of. Overall, total waste of time if your only outcome is a loss.
  3. Get a job.  Doing labor of the legal sorts is a great way to give your parents excuses not to give you money anymore. "Hey mom, can I have five bucks to----" "No, you just got paid." "Mom, I babysit one hour a week and I have to pay for gas now. Can I plea--" "No." "ajfa104!$1!$@%" Really, jobs aren't as great as they sound. I'm sure even licking Ryan Gosling's naked chest would get a little boring after a while. There are only so many licks before you get to the center of his tootsie pop.
  4. Get mugged in an alley way and have your computer stolen by a crazy hobo dressed in a banana costume. This personally has never happened to me, but if you're ever in an alley by yourself and there is a man in a banana costume, run.
  5. Socialize. So, I started doing this thing where when people asked me if I was busy and wanted to do something, I said "Sure!" rather than making up a bullshit excuse about how my pet giraffe missed its parents back at home so I had to fly to wherever the fuck my giraffe grew up so it wasn't so sad. Warning: socializing can end up taking up a lot of your time so proceed with caution.
  6. Go on vacation because you deserve it!
And that's basically what has been going on in my life (minus #4). Hope this did not help you at all, but still made you laugh or wonder whether I am currently residing in my parent's house or a psychiatric ward where I managed to find Wifi and a computer to type out this blog post on.

Aqualillies for Tarte Palette

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I had originally gone into Sephora on a hunt for a mint eyeliner, then I came to the realization that I literally never use eyeliner and spending money on one would be a waste. As soon as I was ready to leave, I saw this palette and it was insta-love.

Just look at this gorgeous palette. It is like a circular mermaid of wonderfulness. I would be lying if I said that this didn't affect my decision to buy it.

Lady In Spain

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I said I was going to post a haul, but rather than show you boring clothes, I'm going to show you pictures of my actual trip. Whether these are architectural, historical or legitimate buildings/statues/etc varies. I took quite a few...odd pictures because it was an odd place, among other adjectives such as: awesome, perfect, bizarre, aplaceiwanttoliveinallthetime, etc.

My Wishlist!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I'm like any normal human being when it comes to wanting things. I go through phases. Like the time I absolutely begged for half of the shoes under my bed or clothes in the back of my closet. So naturally, I decided on a way to organize my desires. This is my current wish-list, obviously subject to change.

1. OASAP Cat Pattern Sweater: I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, but I find myself attracted to anything with cats on it/remotely related to cats. It has become a real issue because I've already been told that I will be a cat lady and I want to spite the person who said it to me. 

2. Eye Candy Tote: Okay, perhaps this is a little impractical as it is a completely clear tote. It's not that I am ashamed of anything that is in my purse, because I'm not (okay, maybe the unicorn bookmark is a little embarrassing). No, I just usually have a really messy purse. Hey, maybe this would help me stay more organized. A girl can dream...

3. Polka dot bow bandeau: If you couldn't tell from the title/url of this blog, I love polka dots. I also love bows. So combine my two favorite things into an adorable bandeau that can double as a bathing suit and you get a very happy and very broke Francesca.

4. Cottonsnaps: I just recently ordered a new pair of glasses as my good pair has been lost for six months now and I've been stuck with my three year old pair with a super weak prescription. I thought it would be obnoxious and slightly quirky to get one of these to spice up my life a little. I also figured they'd be perfect for the beach or summer in general. I never know what to do with my sunglasses when they're not on my head and cases seem too bulky to carry around. Now I will never lose a pair of sunglasses again (well, if I ever get some Cotton Snaps...)

5. Floppy hat: I don't know what my obsession has been with oversized and borderline obnoxious floppy hats, but I've been pining after one since January. Let's just see if I can find one to fit my abnormally large head...


Essie's 'Mojito Madness'

Friday, March 15, 2013

In honor of the upcoming drinking holiday, I decided to show a little bit of St. Patrick's day spirit. I'm Italian (hence, Francesca) and don't partake in this holiday but I had Irish friends who were badgering about not wearing festive nail polish, so guys, this one's so you.

Essie's names are absolutely perfect. This color could not be a more perfect representation of this drink because of the mint leaves. Just Google mojito and bask in the accurateness of this nail polish name. This might have been from the 2012 Summer collection but I'm not 100% positive.

It's definitely a fun, eye catching color. I wore this to my hair salon and my stylist said it was a funky color. I couldn't agree more, but I adore it! It's a lime green, but not the neon sorts; it's literally the color of a lime. I love the cream finish it has and how it's more muted rather than being a BAM! In Your Face kind of color. It's bright enough to be springy or summery, but it's not tacky.

As for application, I got it opaque in about two normal coats. Depending on the length of your nails, you may want to go three. It all depends on how thick you coat it on and such. I have had this on since Monday and I only see minor tip wear on my right thumb nail, but all other nine are in tact. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great spring to summer transitional color.

What's your favorite Spring nail polish? Leave it in the comments below.

OOTW (3/4-3/8)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where: School
Top: Esprit
Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: A gift
Necklace: H&M

 Where: Shopping
Top: JcPenney
Leggings: TJ Maxx
Boots: Uggs
Hat: Topshop

How To Deal With: Mean Girls Without Really Trying

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm starting a new series of posts in which I try to explain, with my non-expertise, a topic of sorts. Perhaps it is something that I myself am dealing with or my friends are. I think that as a teenage girl myself, I might be able to give some sort of advice, whether helpful or not. This week I am going to talk about the stereotypical high school mean girl that for some reason seems to lurk for an eternity following.

If you ask a girl in her teens, ranging from around the age of 12 and onward, what she hates the most, here are some typical answers: the fact that she is not married to Channing Tatum (Curse you, Jenna Dewan!), the fact that she is not a 5'10" model walking the runways, periods, and, you guessed it, other girls! We can't help the fact that sometimes, other girls piss us off. I should clarify, though, that not all girls are the enemy, just like how all boys are not allies either. But that is another story for another time. Right now, I'm here to rant about girls, specifically the mean ones.

We have all heard of the movie Mean Girls, arguably one of the most quotable movies of all time. This great movie featuring our favorite mean girls, Gretchen, Karen, Cady, and the infamous Regina. Yes, they are just characters in a movie, but how many of us have a living and breathing Regina George in our lives, seemingly trying to victimize us whether we provoked it or not? Raise your hand.

When I categorize a girl as mean, I am not referencing the fact that they are honest with people. I truly believe that being an honest person and being up front with people does not make you a bitch; it makes you blatantly honest, and there's nothing wrong with that! Celebrate your honesty among the halls of liars. Honesty is the best policy. Deceit, though a staple in high schools, is what aids to the truly unbearable aspects of it. 

It seems to me that there is always at least one girl terrorizing the rest with their icy glares (no, that's not just the way your face looks) and snide remarks she makes sure you hear. She always has a comment to make, whether or not you asked for it. But fear not anymore because I plan to give you all some tips on how to deal with mean girls and how to avoid any added drama! I had successfully avoided high school drama for three years and a month. Then, of course, I got dragged into some that has been ongoing since October. Well, it is all one-sided. I am civil. The other party is not. So here's how to deal with that as well. 

  1. Stay off of twitter! I mean it. Subtweets are so common now, passive aggressive heaven for a bitter girl with steam to blow off. Seeing these blatant, yet not totally confirmed, blows at you will just make you angrier and will cause you to shoot back your own comment and provoke more from the other side. If you avoid them all together, she looks like a petty complainer who has nothing better to do than subtweet you. If you can't live without twitter, then unfollow this person and keep yourself from going to their page.
  2. If there's a group discussion about this person, do not join in. Word will get back that you were part of this hate session and she will not like that at all. Just sit there silently or leave all-together.
  3. Be civil. I know, I know. This is easier said than done. Don't give her mean looks or be outwardly rude to her face. Smile at her in the hall or try to make small talk by asking what the homework was. If it seems like you're trying, maybe she will too.
  4. Don't start or spread rumors. You're just asking for it. Keep a rumor to yourself and definitely do not make one up on your own.
  5. Don't let their comments get to you. If you can hear her whispering in class about you, don't turn around and scream at her face. Sit and calm yourself.
  6. Remember to be the bigger person, in all situations. This is the golden rule. I know it seems like a lot more fun to duke it out with your enemy verbally, but in the end, she looks like the bitch who was talking about you behind your back instead of you looking like the girl who fought back.
As I said, I am not an expert on this subject. I'm still learning how to deal with it all. But these are some of the things I keep repeating to myself when I'm in school or at home. It takes one dumb tweet to start a brawl. In the end, none of this is worth it. You have to realize who your real friends are and hold on tight.

Boogie Shoes - Dance Playlist

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I compiled and condensed by library of songs I like to dance to into a 14 song playlist that I think you all might enjoy. These are songs that I find particularly exhilarating. I like to jump around to these songs and act like a fool. I described this mix as "A healthy dose of obnoxious dancing goes a long way."

Origins Haul

Monday, March 4, 2013

Long story short, I have really sensitive skin when it comes to face products in general, whether it be washes, spot treatments, foundations, etc. I've been going through a really bad patch of breakouts since November. I assumed it was all stress related and linked to my college application process and getting accepted and what not. But here I am, a month after letters and choosing my college, under no stress, still breaking out. I decided enough was enough.

My mom and I both did our own separate research and came together and the only brand we mentioned was Origins. We headed to the local counter at our Macy's earlier and had the sweetest woman help us out.

In the line of actual skin cleansing products, we got a box of 60 Spot Remover pads that are salicylic acid acne treatment pads.We also got the Super Spot Remover which is acne treatment gel with salicylic acid.

I had never owned a foundation that cost more than ten dollars, but my mom insisted that it was a "go hard or go home" situation (worded differently, of course). I got the Stay Tuned foundation in the color 19 Fair. To match, I got the Quick, Hide! concealer in 01 Light and the Silk Screen powder in 02 Tender.

My first test run of these products will be this coming week. I will do an updated post on these products to give them proper reviews when the time comes. I've heard nothing but good things about this brand. Who knows, maybe I'll go back and pick up a few more things if they products react well with me.

OOTD's 2/24 & 2/26

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Where: Babysitting
Top: Zara
Bottoms: American Eagle

Where: School
Dress: H & M
Shoes: Kohl's
Necklace: H & M
Lipstick: Raspberry Bite by Revlon

Please excuse my temporary absence & changes?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hello! I'm terribly sorry for my lack of posts. I am alive, however, and motivated to get back into the swing of things. I've spent the last few weeks either preparing to go to Spain, being in Spain or being in a state of sadness due to the fact that I am back home where it is combination snowing/raining/being miserably cold.

I spent six days in three different cities in Spain last week. That's pretty cool, in the words of Miss Cyrus. I did a TON of shopping and had the time of my life with my friends. New friendships were made, some were broken and one major crush was formed. Ooh la la. Europe is a fabulous country, despite the economic turmoil in some places. My excuse for spending so much money was that I was trying to solve the economic crisis in Spain. No one else was amused by my answer, but in my mind, everything is justified. Including the 60-something-dollar sweatshirt I bought at Topshop.

Perhaps I'll make a collective haul post of the things I bought in Spain once I get my head on straight and truly convince myself that I am home and going back is not an option at this point (my bank account is very sad and empty now).

I just wanted to let any readers know that I am sorry, but am ready to put myself back in action. With that being said, I've been teetering between the idea of a name change. I don't think that this blog is completely about makeup anymore, making the name and URL a little...inaccurate. Therefore, I am going to spend some time trying to think of a more fitting name. I'll make a post about that in the future <3

Francesca Pauline.

OOTW, 1/28-2/1

Sunday, February 3, 2013

I feel like I should clarify before I do another one of these videos that at my school, we have a a dress code for the seniors. So basically, I have to look nice every day hence why I'm usually always wearing a skirt/nice pants in these. Just wanted to throw that in before I'm accused of overdressing for school. It's kind of in the handbook. :)

 Where: School
Top: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Forever21
Socks: Target
Boots: Anne Klein
Scarf: Target
Nails: Essie's Sew Psyched

Empties #1

Friday, February 1, 2013

I've finally finished up a few products so I figured I'd talk about each a little bit. This is something I've seen on Youtube and even in blogs as well.

I've finished about two or three bottles of this. I featured this in my top 12 products of 2012. The Suave dry shampoo is the only kind that works for me.

As for face products, I finished my Physician's formula tube concealer and their mineral powder. I finished by L'oreal true match foundation. My mom bought a small tub of Philosophy's hope in a jar for herself but stopped using it once it got too cold because it wasn't heavy enough. I gladly finished it off for her.

I've had all of these mascaras for too long, so they're not really "empty" but they're old and smelly and some are just dried out. Starting from top to bottom: Maybelline falsies, L'Oreal voluminous millions lashes, Maybelline one by one, L'Oreal double extender or something, Rimmel sexy curves and Covergirl luxe. I also finished a sample size of Urban Decay's primer potion.

As for repurchasing, I obviously have and will repurchase the Suave Dry Shampoo until the day I don't have hair anymore or they discontinue it. I love the Physician's formula concealer. I'm actually getting more of it today. The powder is nice but I wouldn't say it was my favorite. I still have to use a mattifying powder over top to keep myself from getting oily. The L'Oreal foundation was nice, but was too dark when I was finishing it. I might pick it up in a lighter color at some point. It has good coverage, especially on the days I was a little more red. I'm not really a moisturizer person, but Hope in a Jar was a little disappointing. I don't think it really did anything for my skin, though I have noticed that this year my skin is drier than it has been in the past.

The mascaras were all decent, except for the Falsies and the Luxe mascara. Falsies clumped horribly with my lashes and I hate waterproof mascara. The Luxe mascara I didn't like because I bought it in green by accident and it hardly showed on my lashes. I loved my purple bottle of Sexy Curves but I can't find it anymore. Unfortunately, I fell in love with Benefit's They're Real mascara so I get to dish out a ton of money any time I want to use a new mascara. It's a price I'm willing to pay though. It makes my lashes look incredible.

Does anyone else have issues finishing products like I do? I get sad when ones I really like are at the end. I hit pan on my favorite Tarte blush and I almost cried. :)

What's In My (School) Bag

Monday, January 28, 2013

I've seen this "tag" of sorts floating around the Youtube community for a while so I figured why not make a blog post on it. I'm just using my every day bag that I take with me to school.

My bag is by Tommy Hilfiger. I believe it is considered a bowler bag, but I'm not entirely sure. I got mine discounted at a TJ Maxx. I have a similar bag with an all light brown leather exterior and a navy thick stripe with a hunter green stripe down the middle.

This is an overview of the inside. To the right, there are two small pockets where I keep some small things. To the left, there is a zipper pocket (not shown). The bag, oddly enough, is very roomy. I used to be a cross-body bag kind of person but I don't mind carrying this one around on my elbow.

In the pockets on the right, I keep Post It flags, Post It notes, Orbit sweet mint gum and my pens, pencils and highlighters.

In the pocket to the left, I have my vocabulary cards for English from this past week, my iPod (I have the classic) and the remains of my sock bun that I wore on Monday. It's so official.

In the main body of my purse, I keep a green Moleskine, my daily planner from Target and whatever book I'm reading. Right now I have Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

I keep my Vera Bradley wristlet with my phone in it along with my wallet, by Kate Spade.

I have a Vanilla Bean Noel lotion from Bath and Body Works floating around my bag. In my makeup bag (from the Neiman Marcus collaboration with Target, by Carolina Herrera) I keep a few things all the time. My daily lipsticks usually are in there as well, but I just put around 6 or 7 back in my lipstick drawer. Every day, I have my eye drops, an eyelash curler, my Smith's strawberry salve, a Benefit Boing/Lemonaid duo, Maybelline Dream Matte powder, an EOS lip balm in pomegranate, Vanilla Bean Noel hand sanitizer and Britney Spears's Fantasy perfume.

That's all I keep in my school bag. What are some things that you carry around in your purse? At one point, I started carrying around three books just for some different options. :)

OOLW (Outfits of Last Week)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Where: Family party
Top:  Polo Ralph Lauren (mens)
Bottoms: Target
Shoes: Toms
Lips: Revlon's Blackberry

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Monday, January 21, 2013

If I haven't mentioned this on my blog, I am a sucker for two things: matte eyeshadows and Urban Decay palettes. I don't know if UD read my mind or rifled through my brain, but I was Christmas shopping and saw this gem. I swear, this palette was tailor-made for me and any other matte-enthusiasts. 

This case is relatively compact, about (give or take a little) half the length of the Naked palette. I don't reapply my makeup during the day (based solely on the fact that I am lazy) but if I did it would be perfect for a makeup bag. Plus, it has a decent sized mirror! I plan on traveling with this as well.

Essie's 'Where's My Chauffeur"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 In the middle of shopping for Christmas gifts for my friend, I managed to sneak in a gift or two from myself. This was one of the three (oops?) polishes I accidentally forgot to slip into their bags. This gem is from Essie and it is called Where's My Chauffeur? I love cute names for nailpolishes. It makes them that much more fun to say. This is robin's blue egg meets sky blue. In the bottle, it is a gorgeous color.

MAC's Party Parrot Lipstick

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Before you yell at me, I am well aware that this lipstick was limited edition and only available during the Strength collection and it now sold out. But, if this was a re-promote, who knows if it will be repromoted once again in the future. And now I shall carry on with my review of this lipstick.

Party Parrot, though released through a collection, is in the standard black bullet casing like most MAC lipsticks. This is only the second one I've owned, though I've swatched countless numbers at the counters. Off topic, but does anyone else feel really awkward shopping at  MAC? I hate asking for certain products...I'd rather pick them out for myself like at Sephora or Ulta. Just my opinion.

Party Parrot has a matte finish. I've never had a completely matte lipstick before, though one of mine seems very close. I had never seen this in person, but Rachel Whitehurst raves endlessly about it so I thought I'd pick up a tube.

This lipstick is not one for someone who isn't daring with their makeup, that is for sure. This lipstick is BRIGHT. You will not be missed wearing this color. It's a very neon coral, hinting more toward pink than an orange. Did I mention that it's extremely bold? Yes?

Onward to my actual review of this lipstick. I would like to mention that I am very fair skinned during the late fall and all of winter. I don't get tan until the sun comes out permanently and it doesn't last long. That being said, this looked slightly silly on me. But, if you have a slightly darker complex or a rocking tan, this is going to look amazing. My lips are also incredibly chapped so it settled into all of my lines, even with a balm. Once the temperature is warm and I get a tan, this lipstick is going to be my go-to, I can feel it. I've heard that Hourglass has an opaque rouge liquid lipstick that is quite similar, called Muse, I believe. If you've been itching for a color like this, perhaps you could check that out or try to get your hand on one.

Overall, nice lipstick, not totally drying, but it's just not the right season for me personally. I can do an updated review once the weather warms up a bit, if that would help. I'm sorry for reviewing a limited edition product. I promise that the next few reviews will be permanent! :)
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