Friday, October 17, 2014

Leopard Print for Fall!

I never thought that I would say this, but I think I'm getting into the leopard print trend. I was never into animal prints, mainly because I found that with animal prints, there is a fine line between classy and, dare I say, trashy. However, I have learned that simplicity is key when it comes to animal print. Leopard print adds detail to a simple outfit, and can make an outfit unique and one of a kind. I personally find that leopard print looks best when it is shown through accessorises or shoes, since I think it's the easiest way to keep the print in moderation. Leopard print can also be worn through clothing though, especially when paired with simple shoes and accessories. Whether shown through clothing or accessorises, leopard print can bring a unique blend of freshness and boldness to an outfit!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller Review!

Fall is here, which means no more sleeping in and long hours for many students. Unfortunately, I have bad under eye circles that are hereditary, and when I don't get my seven hours of sleep (which is almost everyday), the puffiness gets even worse. There are hundreds of at home remedies and DIYs for combating puffy under eye circles, however, many of them require time that I don't usually have in the morning (and I'm just too lazy). To hopefully help my dark circles, I decided to buy the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller as a quick way to help tiredness around my eyes.

Applicator and Formulation
The Garnier roller has a metal rollerball as an applicator, which has a cooling effect that is refreshing and awakening. As you roll the applicator under your eyes, a light gel/moisturiser is distributed. After swiping the applicator under my eyes and on my lids (my eyelids get puffy with little sleep), I then gently patt in the moisturizer until it is completely absorbed into my skin.

The rollerball claims that "In 2 weeks: Promotes reduced under-eye puffiness". Although the coolness from the applicator woke me up a little in the morning, I did not see any significant difference in my puffiness or dark circles. Since the roller ball is cool, it did "awaken" my eye area temporarily, however, I did not see product helping my eye area throughout the day. After a few weeks, the product also didn't seem to reduce the puffiness my under-eye noticeably, so for me, it didn't live up to its expectations. I did, however, enjoy the cooling roller ball and gel formula.

   - Cooling Applicator
   - Moisturising gel
   - Can help (temporarily) reduce 

   - Doesn't reduce the appearance of puffy under eye long-term
   - Doesn't diminish the appearance of dark circles long-term

Price: $10.59 at Target

Would I repurchase the product? Maybe

Overall Rating: 5.5 out of 10

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Get the Style: Taylor Swift Fall Street Style 2014

Nobody does street style like Taylor Swift! I'm pretty excited for her next album that is going to be released later this month, so I thought it would appropriate to do a post featuring some of the recent outfits that Taylor has been seen wearing this fall! Taylor Swift has a laid back style with a dash of preppy and often wears outfits that don't includes too many pieces. Many of her street style outfits would be perfect for almost any day-time occasion, whether it's school or around town. Read on to see three Taylor Swift inspired looks for this fall!

This first Taylor Swift inspired look is a great transitional outfit to wear in between the warmer and cooler months. This look is a versatile look that would appropriate for class, but also would be perfect for a day out with friends. Start the outfit with a dotted blue dress with a brown belt cinched at the waist. Next, wear a pair of black heeled booties and then finish the outfit with a black satchel. It's a simple yet chic outfit!

This is another transitional outfit that is great for those warmer fall days! This outfit would look cute for a lunch out with friends or for those warmer fall nights! To get Taylor's look, pair together a white lace dress with a black cami underneath. Taylor accented the white dress with some green accessories, so add a dark green handbag and a pair of dark green booties. Next, add a black fedora to the outfit and lastly, don't forget her signature red lip with a glossy red lip color!

This last inspired outfit takes inspiration from one Taylor's night time outfits. This outfit is great for night out in the fall, because it's stylish while still keeping you warm. Start the outfit by pairing together a black v-neck tee and black circle skirt. Next, add a pair of black sheer tights and black booties. If you want to add more detail to the outfit, it looked as if Taylor was wearing some patterned tights, so go for a pair of chevron patterned tights if desired. Add a black fedora and finish off the outfit with navy coat, which will add some color to the outfit!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What I Learned While In Korea...

It's been a little over a month since I visited Korea, even though it seems like I was there just yesterday! I had been to Korea a few times before, since I have family who live there, but during my recent trip, I went with just my mom (without my dad and sister). I didn't have any expectations before the trip, which was probably the best thing that I could have done.

Even though I didn't have any expectations, I honestly did not expect to have as much fun as I did. Even more, I didn't expect that I would learn more about myself during this 10 day trip than I did all year. Even though the things I learned may be obvious or cliche, I wanted to share the five things that I learned about myself and life, not only because they may be useful, but also because I want them to be in a place where I can look back and be reminded of them whenever I am lost. So here it goes...

There's something about being a different place that make you realize things that, for one reason or another, didn't hit you at home. Since I am a college student, I think a lot about what I want to do in the future, and sometimes I can't help but make my decision based on the idea of proving people that I can succeed in this or that field. I realized, however, that I really need to just focus on what's best for me and somewhat ignore the negative comments others may have about my future plans.

I'm someone who isn't afraid to try new wild foods or try new (dangerous) activities, however, when it comes to decisions involving either my future or social situations, I turn and run. I realized, however, that I shouldn't be afraid to try new things, such as joining some club or considering another major, since honestly, what's the worst that could happen? I will most likely learn more about myself in the process.

Okay, this one is a super hard on for me. I am definitely someone who thinks way too much about what others think of me. This is especially true when it comes to my personality or telling people personal things like my future plans. I learned, however, I need to not care or worry so much about other peoples' opinions, because if I learn to ignore them, it will lift such a large burden and weight off my shoulders, allowing me to be more focused on what is truly important.

This one is pretty straight forward. I need to get a real job for experience, my resume, and something to feed my bank account.

Being immersed in the incredibly fun college Korean culture made me realize that I really need to have fun and be happy. During the past year, I hit some lows that were some of the lowest points of my life, where I was miserable and wasn't happy. When being immersed in the Korean college culture (thanks to my cousin), I learned that I just really need to try to let go and have fun and just be happy. We only got one life and we might as well have a blast living it!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Makeup On My Radar!

There is no better season to express your makeup personality than in the fall! I always saw fall as the season where you can pull out the smokey eyes and bold, deep colors without feeling too out of place. The one downside about the start of fall (and the start of any season) is that my beauty wish list tends to start to grow exponentially during the first few months of the season. Above are five makeup products that have been on my radar and I am considering possibly purchasing. The first, believe it or not, is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I haven't yet joined the Urban Decay Naked bandwagon, but the colors in the palette embody the colors and tones of fall.  

Other items of my wish list include the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and the Nars Blush in "Sin". My skin tends to start getting a little dry and dull during the fall, so a good pick me up for the skin is a good highlighter and soft berry blush to add life and color. The YSL lipstick in "05 Mouthwatering Berry" is also on my wish list, since nothing screams fall better than a berry lip. Lastly, despite it's more affordable price tag, the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in "Bad to the Bronze" is on my radar because it seems like it would be the perfect cream product for an easy, subtle smokey eye look.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Plaid Ani't So Bad | Fall Fashion 2014

Whenever I think of plaid and fall fashion, I can't help but think of Cher from Clueless and all her plaid outfits and her awesome closet. I just had to add a photo of her in this post! Think that plaid may seem 90's or for "hipsters"? As if! Plaid has been a growing trend this fall with several modern twists. Plaid is not just seen on button down flannels, but is also on jackets, skirts, and accessories. Plaid is also an easy way to add detail to a simple outfit, such as being paired with basic sweaters or a pair of jeans. I personally love plaid print on accessories, such as this H&M plaid scarf that can instantly make a basic outfit not-so basic. Having plaid accessories are a great way to incorporate the trend, if plaid is out of your comfort zone. I also love this Free People dress and this Celebrity Pink jacket, both in which would be appropriate for not only the fall, but would transition well into the winter.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Liquid Lipstick: In or Out?

The liquid lipstick is the new 2-in-1 product has been starting to dominate the lip sections in both drugstores and high-end beauty stores. Liquid lipsticks are essentially highly pigmented lipglosses, so they are often as opaque as a standard lipstick. Some of the reasons for why liquid lipsticks have been getting a lot of hype is not only because of their high pigmentation, but also because they are not drying and have a glossy finish: two elements not typically found in lipstick.

Liquid lipsticks have actually been around around for a couple years, such as the Rimmel Apocalips lip color and the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar. Recently, however, liquid lipsticks have become a growing trend, with many brands also releasing their own version of the lipgloss, such as Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, and Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick Lips. Other brands that have liquid lipsticks also include Revlon, Hourglass, and Shiseido.

I personally think that the liquid lipstick trend is a great trend for those who have been looking for a lipstick and lipgloss in one product. I don't own any liquid lipsticks, however, I starting to consider trying them, because of their awesome pigmentation and easy applicators. I also think that liquid lipsticks would be great during the holiday season when you want to rock a glossy red lip!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Fashion Essentials!

Where did summer go? It feels as if the Fourth of July was just yesterday! Regardless, fall is officially here and one of the many things that gets me excited for fall is the fashion! Fall brings back comfy, laid back outfits, whether worn in rain or shine. This post will feature my 5 fall essentials that I think will be very useful pieces for the upcoming season. Each piece can be worn to fit your style or your level of comfort. Whether for school or a night out, all the pieces featured in this post are all basic pieces while still being a little trendy.

Sam Edelman, H&M, BP.
Nothing says casual like a simple plaid print! Flannels and plaid prints are usually associated with the fall and cooler months, however, this season, lighter plaid tops have been seen in almost every store. Lighter plaid tops are a great transition piece between summer and fall and are easy to layer. Plaid tops also come in a variety of colors and are perfect for a simple school outfit when paired with a pair of skinny jeans and booties.

Lulu'sStoosh, Lulu's
Moto jackets are currently one of the more edgier trends, however, don't let the edge scare you away! There are wide range of moto jackets in stores right now and there is one to fit any style! If you prefer items with less edge, try a tweed moto jacket, like the one shown in the center. The light color and tweed material makes the jacket more feminine and classic while still incorporating the trend. If you like more edgier looks, go for a simple black leather moto jacket. Tan leather moto jackets also add edge, while adding a bit of sophistication. 

American Eagle Outfitters, J.Crew, J.Crew
Everyone should own a pair of skinny jeans for the fall. Not only are they casual, but they go with almost any top and color. Dark wash skinny jeans are a great basic jean that looks chic while still being comfortable. Fall is also a great time to pull out the darker colors, like black and grey. Black skinny jeans and grey skinny jeans also can go with nearly every color, but can add a little bit of edge or sophistication to the outfit, depending on how it is styled.

BP., H&M, TOMS, BP., Lulu's, BP.
Heeled booties was a gift sent to women of all heights, especially those on the shorter side! Taller boots have been in style for several years and it can sometimes feel like you are drowning in your boots. Booties are a great way to show off some more leg while also adding some height, which are great for those on the shorter side, including myself! Booties also come in a variety of styles, from wedges to fringe.

NB Handbags, Forever 21, Rebecca Minkoff, BP.
Quilted bags automatically add sophistication and class to any outfit (well, almost any outfit). Rebecca Minkoff released her quilted crossbody earlier this year, which seemed to cause other companies to follow close in their footsteps. Quilted handbags are a great essential for a night out, but can also be incorporated during the day, such as with a tote like the one shown by BP.

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