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!
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