Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick // Shame

Friday, February 21, 2014

I bought this in my Ulta extravaganza back in December when I came home for winter break. And here I am finally reviewing it. I've always been curious about Urban Decay's lipsticks because I adore their eyeshadows and primers, so I wondered if their other products would live up to my expectation. I can, with confidence, say that they do! At least, this shade of lipstick does.

I got mine in the darkest (don't quote me on it) shade, called Shame. It is a deep plum red and is definitely not for the weak of heart. It is DARK and creamy, making it easy to apply.

I find that it goes on much better when I line my lips, as it tended to feather around the edges when I didn't. Other than that, I have no real complaints! It wore well and long. I found when reapplying more than once or twice, it started to gather and into little sections and get a little gross looking. This isn't my kind of every day lipstick, but it is fun to put on when my look needs a little spicing up!

What Urban Decay product have you always been curious to try?

Strong Eyebrow Game // The Ultimate Confidence Booster

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In more recent months, the term "eyebrow game" has been tossed around endlessly and it makes me so delighted. For most of my early childhood, I had the light hair/ light eyebrows thing going on, in combination with bangs. Around fourth grade, my eyebrows got increasingly darker while my hair remained a dirty blonde. Ever since, I’ve had these massive, sometimes unmanageable, brows that used to bother me to no end. I wanted to pluck the hell out of them until I had those beautiful and thin eyebrows that all of my friends had. I was always too wimpy to groom my own eyebrows, so every few weeks my mom would pluck my eyebrows ever so subtly, never giving me the thin shape I so desperately wanted. She told me that if I over-plucked them I would regret it some day, as hers stopped growing back long before I was born. I grudgingly listened and never got those thin eyebrows that I so much desired.

Flashforward to my senior year when I finally grew confident enough to wear the bold lipstick, smile with my teeth, and walk around with my head held high (sort of). This was around the time I was seeing Lily Collins and Cara Delevigne everywhere (fall and winter of 2012). I was in heaven, and something clicked. My big, dark eyebrows were finally covetable. I would get compliments left and right about my arches and their thickness. People would tell me they were so jealous of them. Jealous. Of my eyebrows. You don’t know what that does to a girl’s confidence (or, if you’re a female, you probably do). Note to every person reading this: If you are ever in conversation with somebody, compliment something about them whether it be their makeup or outfit or general existence. This will make their day, or even their week. Hell, I still talk about the woman at the Origins counter who told me I had wonderful fashion sense and great eyebrows. This happened over a month ago.

I always joke that I like to make my eyebrows as big as they could possibly be without being a unibrow. Though, Frida Kahlo rocked hers so who knows. Strong eyebrows just make me feel more confident. I can wear my hair in a topknot, throw on my glasses and if my eyebrows are defined and I have on a nice lip color, I can be out in public without wanting to avoid eye contact with everyone. I don’t have extremely high self-esteem, no matter how much I try to convince myself that I do, but finally getting over my fear of my massive eyebrows helped push me in the right direction.

Learning how to embrace the features I was born with and accepting the different parts of myself has made my life infinitely easier. I truly wish I had learned this early on in high school. I was shy and awkward and hated what I saw in the mirror every time I caught a glance of myself, and I think people could sense that. I believe that I still am on my way, but it feels nice to not dread getting ready in the morning because I have to see myself makeupless or without my thighs covered, etc. etc.

Whether you have thick eyebrows, thin or full lips, a small or big nose, you are still a human being who can live and love, and I think you should embrace your differences because, as cliché and textbook as it sounds, they are what makes you, well, you.

Kate Spade // NYFW 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Over the past couple years, I have been falling head over heels in love with Kate Spade. I feel like it embodies the perfect amount of sophistication, elegance, with a hint of spunk and cuteness. I constantly find myself scrolling through their website, pining after a majority of the pieces with every part of my being. They are completely mesmerizing and their website draws you in and never lets you leave.

Needless to say, I was extremely excited to see what Kate Spade had to offer at New York Fashion Week this time around. A few things that I have noticed that will be a "thing" in the fall are sleek, sky high ponytails, cigarette pants, and color blocking.

January Favorites!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I cannot believe that January is already over. Everyone says that in their favorites videos and blog posts, but this month has flown by. I went from being on break to starting my second semester of college. Life has just been an absolute whirlwind. I suppose the best way to organize my life is to start making lists, and a lot of them. I think I forgot to include lists in my favorites, but they really are some of the most simple and helpful things when it comes to organizing my life.

On the opposite end of organization, I have some new beauty and fashion favorites from this month, as well as my usual miscellaneous favorites.

 Maybelline Color Tattoo in the shade Bad to the Bronze, OPI nail polish in My Favorite Ornament, Lorac Front of the Line liquid eyeliner.

NYX blush in Terra Cotta, Viva La Juicy Noir perfume, Revlon Colorburst  lipgloss in Pink Ice.

I have two jewelry and one fashion favorite for this month. I spent half of this month on my winter break and the other half freezing my butt off near the Great Lakes, so there hasn't been much room for cute clothes because I usually have to layer on a thick scarf and a warm jacket. 
Kate Spade Something Blue idiom pendant

This necklace was a Christmas gift from my friend and I have no idea where she got it from. All that I know about it is that it is the perfect length and just enough of a statement that it can spice up a chambray top or a sweater very nicely.

 The closest J. Crew to me is an outlet, and when I am home I like to browse at least three or four times. The Sunday before Christmas, my two cousins and I went to the Outlets so that they could get work clothes from Banana Republic because they were having a super sale. In my typical fashion, I requested a trip to Kate Spade (struck out there, sadly) and J. Crew. I had this vest in this particular print on my birthday wishlist but took it off because it was too much at $138 for anyone in my family to buy me, and I wanted money anyways. My outlet has not had excursion vests this entire season. I have sent my mom in their looking any time she goes to the mall and nada, nothing. This guy was hung up on a collared shirt rack. It was THE ONLY Excursion vest in the store. In my size. In the exact striped print that I wanted. AND IT WAS 50% OFF. So I decided that it was fate and purchased it. I have worn this vest at least 15 days this month because it is the final touch on any outfit. I cannot and will not get enough of it. I am excited for spring and warm weather, but sad that I cannot wear this during those months. I will enjoy my last couple months with my beloved vest.

 As for random favorites, I have two this month .

 This tea is the most fantastic thing to ever come into my life. If you don't have a Wegmans around you, the Trader Joe's Cinnamon Tempest tea tastes very similar, though it is a little less sweet.

Other than this notebook being in my favorites, I have also really liked writing this month. I am constantly writing stories, but this notebook is strictly for personal stories. It's like a diary, but via poems and small essays. 

I have made a playlist of my favorite songs of the month. The picture below will take you to it!


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