Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Oh my. I think I can confidently say that this week has been the busiest and longest week of the (school) year so far. With back to back midterms piled up at the end of the week with other necessary planning, I had a lot on my plate. But enough with the whining and into a more positive subject, favorites! Below are some of my recent favorites and inspirations that I have come across over the past week or two during the vary little spare time I had!

Favorite Fashion Inspiration: Black to White


Favorite Hair Updo


Favorite Food Inspiration

Vanilla Cream Filled Snowball Donuts. Going to definitely try these!

Favorite Watch: Fun for Louis 

His videos make me want to travel and I find them pretty inspiring. Check out here!

Favorite Quote:

What is your favorite quote?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jogger Pants: In or Out?




Jogger pants have caught the attention of those who like both street style and lounge style. Joggers are fashion world's gift to people who want a pajama-like comfort throughout the day without looking like you rolled straight out of bed. At first glance, joggers may seem the exact same as sweatpants, which is partly true. Both jogger pants and sweatpants are made out of soft cloth with a loose fit.

The difference between jogger pants and regular college-dorm sweatpants is that joggers have a more slim shape and usually cinch at the ankle. Jogger pants also tend to be lighter, allowing them to not weigh down as much as regular sweatpants. Jogger pants also often come in more simple and "chic" colors, such as navy and prints, and don't have lettering on them like typical sweat pants. As a bonus, they also often include pockets and a drawstring waist.

I personally don't think I could pull off the jogger pants trend in public, but I do think it suits many people. I don't see this trend lasting past a couple seasons and kind of see them as the modern gauchos: they are in and then they are out for good. However, that shouldn't keep you from trying this ridiculously comfortable trend, since who doesn't want more comfort in their life?


What do you think of the jogger pants trend? In or out?
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Provocateur" Review + Swatches!


Nothing is more classic than the red lip. Although it is considered as a makeup staple for some, I have always been too intimidated to try the classic lip look. When Revlon released their Lacquer Balm collection and saw that there was a classic red in the collection, it immediately caught my attention and was added to my wish list. The Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Provocateur" (135) has been on my wish list since last winter, and I finally decided to pick it up recently as part of my Halloween costume and decided that this holiday season, I would go out of my comfort zone and sport the red lip! Read on to see my thoughts on the product!

Packaging and Product
The lip color features shiny and reflective packaging and seems fairly sturdy. The actual product is like a crayon and has a twist up feature for more product, making the product very easy to use. This lip color is also described as balm, which is fitting, since it is not drying and actually a little bit moisturizing. However, it probably won't replace your standard lip balm, especially during the winter months.

Pigmentation
"Provocateur" (135) is a gorgeous neutral (tad bit warm-toned) cherry red color with a slight glossy finish. It also has the slightest bit of shimmer, which is not noticeable on the lips at all, but rather adds to the glossy finish. Even though this product is described as a balm, it definitely has more pigmentation compared to the typical balm. "Provocateur" is a very pigmented lip color, but as you may expect, it is not quite as pigmented as a typical lipstick. Since it is a little bit on the sheer side, you can apply a light layer, but also build it up for a pigmented lip look. Since it also has a glossy finish, the balm is also not drying and moisturizing.

Downsides (Kind of)
The only (very small) downside that I have with this product is how long it lasts before wearing off. I like my products lasting hours and hours, so I didn't expect this lip product to be that long lasting. I was actually pleased with how long this balm lasted, which was a couple hours, and lasts even longer with a lip liner underneath. That being said, I would have liked it to last a little longer, so I don't have to reapply it throughout the day. Overall though, I was pleasantly pleased with this product!

Overview:
Pros:
   - Moisturizing
   - Pigmented (semi-opaque, but can build it up to a pigmented finish)
   - Glossy Finish
   - Nice Packaging for the price

Cons:
   - Wish it lasted a little longer than a 2-3 hours

Price: $9.49 (at Ulta)

Would I repurchase? Yes! Maybe in different colors!

Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10


What is your go-to red lip color for the holiday season?
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Color of the Year: Marsala | 2015

 


Photos 1, 2, and 3, Photo 4

When I first heard that color of 2015 was Marsala, I immediately thought "Like the Italian Dish?". Believe it or not, the Italian dish and the color are (loosely) tied. One of the ingredients in Chicken Marsala is Marsala wine, and the Marsala color is based on the color of the wine. After learning this somewhat useless information, I didn't feel as bad recalling a food dish when hearing that Marsala was the color of the year.

Marsala is described as an earthy red-brown color that's warm while being sophisticated. Even though many may have questioned Pantone's choice of Marsala as the color of the year, Marsala is a sophisticated and stylish color that can be used in beauty, fashion, and home design. Above are products that allow you to incorporate the color Marsala into your routine and examples of Marsala in fashion.

What do you think of Marsala as the color of the year?

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Favorites | 2015 Inspiration

This has been a very long week and I'm so glad that the weekend is right around the corner! It's only mid-January and I still have some of that "new year new me" feeling, so before the feeling goes away, I decided to milk it by writing some of my favorites that are also my inspirations for this year!

Favorite Fashion Inspiration: Basics with a Twist 


Favorite Hair Inspiration: Loose Curls


Favorite Desk Decor Inspiration(s):


Favorite Makeup (and just overall) Inspiration: Taylor Swift and Bright Lips


Favorite Quote:



What is your favorite motivating quote?
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Get the Look: Emma Stone's Golden Globes 2015 Outfit + Makeup!

During this year's Golden Globes Red Carpet, no one could have pulled off a jumpsuit more than Emma Stone! Her sheek pants and eye-catching top by Lanvin made her one of the top looks on the red carpet. Not to mention the elegant and awesome bow detailing! When I saw her wear this look, I immediately knew that I had to do a post on recreating her look! Not only can this outfit be wearable (maybe minus the large bow), but similar pieces in this look are simple and accessible!

Outfit

To recreate this chic outfit, start off with a beige and/or silver embellished top. Tuck the top into a pair of slim black trousers. While Emma Stone's big ribbon may be hard to pull off (or hard to find), instead wear a black ribbon or sash tied in a bow on top of the waist of the pants. Add a pair of black pointed-toe heels to compliment the trousers and to help elongate your legs. Although it was hard to tell if she was wearing earrings, finish the outfit with a pair of simple embellished stud earrings to compliment the top.

Makeup


Face: Apply a foundation or powder if needed to even out your complexion. Add a light-medium pink blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend to the sides of your face.
Eyes: First line your upper lash line with a black pencil eyeliner, winging the eyeliner at the end. Taking navy eyeshadow, apply on top of the eyeliner, slightly blending to prevent any uneven edges. Next, apply a silver eyeshadow to your inner corners and the inner half of your lower lash line. Next apply a little of the black pencil eyeliner on the outer half of your lower lash line. Finish the eye look with a couple coats of black mascara of your upper and lower lashes.
Lips: Apply the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Iris on your lips to finish the look (Emma Stone wore this exact color)!


What was your favorite look at the Golden Globes this year?
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Get the Style: Taylor Swift Winter Street Style Inspired Outfits!

As you can probably tell by now, I have been loving everything about Taylor Swift, from her makeup to her outfits to her newest album. This outfit will focus on three recent outfits that Taylor has been spotted wearing during the winter months. I have been absolutely loving her classic winter style and decided to recreate some of her looks with less expensive pieces. To get the location of the item, simply click on the pink font. 

I am absolutely in love with this first outfit. This outfit is perfect for the winter months, especially if you're going out with your friends from day to to night. The key to recreating this outfit is by first wearing a tan poncho (cheaper option here). Next, wear a grey sweater underneath the poncho a pair of black leggings. For accessories, wear a pair of faux-fur earmuffs and a plaid red or pink scarf. Finish the outfit with a pair of black high heeled booties, which when paired with the black leggings will help elongate your legs.


This second ensemble is probably the most wearable of the three outfits in this post. The look is casual enough to wear everyday, but also dressy enough to wear for more formal occasions, such as a date. Start off the outfit by wearing a navy turtleneck sweater tucked into a blue plaid mini skirt. To add some warmth, wear a pair of maroon tights, a navy toggle peacoat, and a green knit beanie. Finish the outfit with a pair of brown oxford heels


This last outfit combines the several winter colors into one outfit. Start off by wearing a blue sweater with a pair of green skinny jeans. Next, to get Taylor's shawl look, wear a tan plaid blanket scarf over your shoulders and arms. For accessories wear a faux-fur pom-pom green scarf (the one above is the exact one she was wearing from Topshop!) and a black satchel. Lastly, add a pair of brown booties to finish the look.

Check out my previous Taylor Swift inspired posts:
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" Music Video Makeup Look (Click Here)
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" Music Video Inspired Outfits! (Click Here)
Taylor Swift Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2014 Makeup Look! (Click Here)

If you enjoy these inspired posts, I'll probably be doing a 'Part II' to Taylor's winter street style, since I have been in love with her outfits!

Who is your style icon?
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Looking Back and 2015 Resolutions: A Tag

I know that these tags have decreased in popularity over the past year, but I couldn't be happier that I did this tag last year (click here for last year's post). I find that doing a tag rather than a paragraph-by-paragraph reflection is easier to sort out thoughts and keeps them organized and easy to read. Half of this tag will feature questions about looking back on 2014 and the half will be resolutions. I also decided to tweak some questions to make them less beauty-related and more well rounded.

∙ LOOKING BACK ON 2014 ∙
Name 3 things you did in this past year that you're proud of.
         Running. I started running this year, which I found to be quite enjoyable and helped my energy levels.
          Being more invested in my blog. This year, I have discovered that my blog has really been a good outlet for me over this past year.
         ∙ Opening up to my parents. In contrast to opening up to strangers (which I will explain later) I opened up to my parents a little about my rough year. I am not one to tell others my problems, but my stress got to a point where I just needed to tell someone some of what I was keeping in.

Name 1 thing you wish you'd have done differently. Not being scared of moving forward with relationships. I found that I have hard time opening up and allowing new people in my life, whether it's friendships or dating. I realized that I should I have not been so guarded and I probably missed out on some great people. This is something that I plan to fixing this year.

What was your biggest highlight this past year? My trip to Korea with my mom! Even though we were only there for less than two weeks, it was so nice seeing family again and experiencing young, Korean life. I did posts here and here on my trip earlier this year.

What was your favorite beauty product(s) this year? My favorite beauty products this year (because I couldn't choose just one) were the Revlon Lip Butter in "Juicy Papaya" (review here) and the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in "Caviar Ink". Eyeliner is a must-have for me and the lip butter is the perfect 'girl-next-door' shade.

Who do you want to thank for being amazing this year? My family. This past year has been a little rough and inconsistent, and one of the only constant things that I found was the support from my family.


∙ 2015 RESOLUTIONS ∙ 
What are the makeup/beauty resolutions you have for next year? Continue with experimenting with more lip colors. I have branched out a little with lip colors this year, but I want to try to push myself to try trends, such as the 'Kylie Jenner lip-color-look' and deeper colors.

What are the fashion resolutions you have for next year? To continue to evolve my fashion style towards a style that I'm happy with and to wear more skirts. I do like skirts and dresses, but as surprising as it may be, I find them a little intimating. I'm more of a jeans or leggings (or even gym clothing) kind of girl, but there are so many outfits on Pinterest that I want to take inspiration from to help evolve my style.

What are your personal resolutions for next year?
         ∙ Find out my passion. This was on of my resolutions last year, but I unfortunately didn't accomplish it. I know that finding a passion isn't something that can be forced, but I am hoping to be closer to finding it this year.
          Finally declare a major. This falls along the lines of my previous resolution, but since I am a sophomore in college, I need to pick a major I'm passionate about and stick with it.
         ∙ Take risks. Whether it's with school, travel, or life in general. I need to push myself more than I have already have and hope that it will lead to great learning experiences. Even if it's something like study abroad.
          Eat healthier and work out more. I know, this is on everyones resolutions list. Even though I kind of accomplished this last year, I definitely still need to try to eat healthier and work out more.
         ∙ Be happy by December 2015. I hope that by the end of the year, I have moved forward from a restricting past, have taken risks, and lastly, find a way to be in a place where I'm happy.

What are your blog resolutions for 2015? I want to have more self-taken photos on my blog and have quality posts. This may be difficult with my heavy workload this school year, but I will try my best to make this happen. Even though my blog is an outlet for who I am, I also want to shape my blog into a better, updated representation of myself, since I have changed a lot in the past year.

Name 1 thing you want to check off your bucket list next year. Finding a legit job. I have been
"self-employed", such as tutoring and such 'jobs'. However, I hope to find a job with a consistent pay from an actual employer.


What is one of your resolutions for 2015?
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