While I have definitely used a lot of awesome makeup in my life, there are also a few products scattered here and there that I was not impressed by. Today I’d like to share with you some of the most disappointing makeup products I’ve ever used, from skincare to eyeshadow. It is important to note, however, that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Everybody has different needs and preferences when it comes to makeup!

Acure | 100% Plant Squalane | $9.99

This product is a perfect example of something that doesn’t work for me, but may very well work for someone else. I’m not exactly sure what squalane is, but I can tell you this- it made my skin VERY shiny and oily. As someone who already has oily skin, this product truly just didn’t mesh well with me and left my skin feeling like I’d just rubbed olive oil all over it (not an exaggeration.) However, if you deal with exceptionally dry skin, this could be the perfect product for you! I have to say, I’m not giving up on Acure yet because I’ve heard great things about the brand, so I’ll let you guys know what I think of their other products.

Yuni | Yunicorn Celestial Jelly Daily Mask Cleanser | $9.99

This was another product I picked up on the same trip as the Acure serum, so in retrospect, not a great shopping day for me. I genuinely like the idea of this product, but I found the application to be somewhat nonsensical. You’re supposed to apply this product onto dry skin with dry fingertips, and then wet your fingers and spread the product around, but I always found that doing so wouldn’t allow the product to get bubbly or wet enough. It was a miss for me, but hey, maybe someone else out there will love this. 

Urban Decay | Eyeshadow Primer Potion | $13

You know, I genuinely wish this product worked out for me. It has great reviews, it’s loved by many, and by now it’s essentially considered a staple in the makeup community. However, I have to be allergic to something in this product because the last few times I used it in the past, my eyes developed a puffy, itchy rash. Obviously not everyone is going to have the same experience as me, but until I know exactly what ingredient in this product was harmful to my eyes, I definitely won’t be picking this one up again. I prefer to use a concealer as an eyeshadow base anyhow, as I personally feel like that is a better method for keeping your shadow looking pigmented and long-lasting.

POPBeauty |  Lightshow Eyeshadow Fire Fit | $14

I know I previously mentioned in another post that I was looking forward to using this product, but now that I’ve been looking at the swatches and thinking about it harder, I actually think this product was a miss for me. It would be one thing if this was a $5 eyeshadow palette, but for $14, I would have expected a little bit better color payoff and overall performance. I’m definitely going to try to keep using it, but in general, I really feel like the mattes in this palette were so chalky and underwhelming. 

That’s going to be it for today! I know this was a bit of a shorter article, but I suppose that’s a good thing, because it means the majority of the products I’ve tried have been a success. Have you guys tried any of these products yourself and had similar results? Let me know down below!

As soon as September 1st hits, I go headfirst into Fall Mode and nobody can stop me. I don’t care when the official first day of fall is- summer’s over as far as I’m concerned! I have a great variety of things to tell you about this month, so I hope you guys find this article enjoyable and informative.

Health & Beauty | Method Body

Now that I’ve used up the last of my Lush Rockstar soap, it was time to invest in something new for the shower. I noticed one of my housemates had a Method body wash in our shower, which is what sparked my interest into trying out the brand. I decided to go with the “pure peace” scent, which has notes of peony, rose water, and pink sea salt. I love traditionally soft and “feminine” scents, and this body wash is just absolutely delightful. Not only am I obsessed with the scent, but I also love the ethics behind the company. There’s nothing bad or damaging in this formula, so not only does shower time smell like a luxurious spa- I can feel good about my choices, too!

Home & Decor | Apple Pumpkin Candle by DW Home

I don’t need to remind y’all that I shop for fall candles year-round, and when I first smelled this candle, I knew I had found my new favorite. The scent is pretty strong, so if you’re sensitive to candles, you may not love this one. However, I LOVE the overpowering apple smell and I probably burned it for at least two hours a day this month. Unfortunately, I’ve now run out after burning it so much, but the good news is, I’ve got plenty of other fall candles lined up. 

Lifestyle | Pumpkin Anything

This past month, I have been cooking (and drinking) so many pumpkin items, it’s a wonder I’m not sick of it yet. For one thing, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin cream cold brews from Starbucks are my EVERYTHING right now (god, I sound so white.) And, as someone who works at Starbucks, I’ve seen a lot of other folks jump on the pumpkin drink bandwagon as well. I’ve also been incorporating pumpkin into my baking lately, such as with my pumpkin bread that I made last week. I’m sure I’ll be sick of pumpkin by November, but for now, I’m a huge fan.

Health & Beauty | POPBeauty

I’m a strong believer that one should switch up their skincare routine every few months to keep things fresh and updated. Particularly with the seasons changing and the weather getting colder, I wanted to pick out some new products that would really focus on hydration and renewal. I decided to go with POPBeauty because their line was very affordable, vegan, and none of the items looked too intense for my sensitive skin. Right now, I’m using the Fizz Jelly Cleanser, the Extra Aqua Shot serum, the Zero Shine Hydrator, and the ZZZ Mask before bed. I also bought the Makeup Magnet Mist, which I’ve been loving as well. Like I said, these products are super clean and gentle on the skin, and I also really enjoy the bright aesthetic of this brand. I’m super excited to continue adding to my collection! 

Food | Candy Corn Boom Chicka Pop

I have to make a confession, I bought this popcorn at Star Market and I literally ate the entire bag in one day. In my defense, it was a medium-sized bag and not a huge one, but still. This stuff is VASTLY addicting. I’m actually not a big fan of candy corn itself (it gives me a sore throat?), but this stuff was straight-up delicious and perfect as a sweet fall snack. I’ll definitely be buying this again on my next trip to the grocery store.

Entertainment | The Michelle Obama Podcast

I think Michelle Obama is simply just a lovely person. She seems like she really has her life together, and her wisdom shines through for so many admirers. I was really excited when she announced that she was starting a podcast; I felt like it was a really human thing for her to do, to open up about her life experiences in a very personal way with her guests and her audiences. Not only have I learned a lot about Michelle from the podcast, but I also feel like I have learned a lot about womanhood and what I can expect as I continue to navigate through the world and develop into my own strong woman. 

Fashion | Oversized Sweaters

I’m basic, I know, but there is nothing I love more on this planet than a huge, cozy, neutral sweater. It definitely does not help that I live down the street from a TJ Maxx and I can go shopping for sweaters whenever I want. I’ve been really into neutrals lately (when am I not into neutrals?), which will account for why most of my oversized sweaters are an array of beiges, whites, and grays. I’m particularly loving this gray zip-up sweater I picked up the other day; I’ve been wearing it almost every day since I bought it. 

That’s everything I’ve been loving so far in September! What have you guys been enjoying so far this fall? Let me know in the comments. 

Since living in Boston and working almost full-time, my makeup routine and budget for makeup has certainly changed a bit! For one thing, I hardly wear any makeup at work, so a lot of the products I do pick out are more so designed to enhance my features a little bit and make me look awake, rather than a full-coverage glam beat. It’s noteworthy to add that while I wish all of these products were cruelty free (it’s an ideal I strive for,) L’oreél and Maybelline are unfortunately not cruelty free at this current point in time. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy reading about some of the makeup I’ve been using lately from the drugstore! 

Lightshow Palette Fire Fit | POPBeauty | $12

I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadow palettes because I just don’t think they hold up to the more expensive ones (nor do I find the color stories interesting,) but this one just looked too beautiful for me not to try. I’d never heard of POPBeauty before, but since the price was decent and the entire collection of products looked adorable and clean, I decided to give it a go. As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of warm browns and oranges, and that’s exactly what this palette has to offer! The colors are gorgeous and the shimmers are especially stunning, but the mattes were not quite as pigmented as I had hope. Nonetheless, I’m definitely going to keep using it this fall and I’m glad to add it to my eyeshadow collection! 

Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in “Matte-Traction” and “Matte-ly in Love” | L’oréal | $11 each

I definitely don’t need another red lipstick in my makeup bin, but oh well, I really loved the look of these two colors. I think $11 for a lipstick is super reasonable, particularly since they all perform relatively the same and look all alike once applied on the lips. I was expecting these lipsticks to be a bit more matte, considering the names, but they still looked very flattering despite being a more cream-based formula. I also really like the packaging on these lipsticks: for a drugstore item, I actually think they look quite sleek and expensive. 

BrowFast Sculpt | Maybelline | $6

I’ve been meaning to buy a brow mascara for forever now, because I’ve finally grown my brows back in and I think they look much more natural when I use a mascara wand as opposed to a brush or a pencil. Although I really love this product a LOT and I think it’s so simple to use, I wish I had gotten a lighter color! My natural hair color is quite a warm brown, and the brow mascara shade I picked out is quite an ashy, dark brown. Nonetheless, for $6, I’m super impressed and I’m definitely going to keep using it because I love the formula. 

Matte Lip Stain in “Empower” | L’oréal | $12

Right behind a classic red, my second favorite lip color is a nudey pink. This time, I decided to opt for a lip stain formula and go with this one, also by L’oréal. I love this formula because it’s not too drying- something I pay attention to as the weather starts to get colder. There’s nothing worse (makeup-wise) than putting a drying lip stain onto your cracked lips! Because this lip stain is so soft and smooth, I think it could also double nicely as a cream blush. What do you guys think? 

MasterCamo Crayon Corrector | Maybelline | $10

I’ve always had very red, uneven skin, and since I’ve had luck with green concealers in the past, I decided to buy a new one. One of my biggest reasons for wearing such a heavy foundation in the past was because I wanted to erase my redness, but now that my makeup is on the softer side these days, I’ve found it looks more natural for me to just counteract the redness and then put a BB cream on top. I really like the spongy design of the brush, and I think it’s been doing a pretty good job so far! This is definitely going to become an everyday item for me. 

Lip Liner in “Brandy Wine” | wet n wild | $4

Last but certainly not least, I decided to pick out a dark lip liner that I could wear with my nude-colored lipsticks. I think that adding more emphasis to your lower lip and cupid’s bow can make them look more defined and rounded, which is why I decided to pick a color that may mimic a shadow of my natural lip color. I’m pretty happy with the color, and for $4 there isn’t much I can complain about. What do you guys think?

Note: I apologize if the formatting on this is a little wonky; WordPress just rolled out a new layout and I’m still getting used to it! 

Now that I have a job and a regular income, I’m so excited to start trying tons of new products again- from makeup and beauty to skincare and vitamins! These are all of the products I’ve been loving lately that have now reached the end of their life. You’ll probably notice a lot of familiar names, because I’ve mentioned several of these products before on the site. I hope you guys find this informative and helpful for your future summer picks!

Damage Remedy Hair Repair Serum | AVEDA

damage remedy™ daily hair repair | Leave-In Treatment to reduce ...

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me raving about this hair serum before. Because my hair has been bleached and color-treated so many times, I really have to rely on highly nourishing products to keep it looking healthy and bouncy. I received this product in a Fab Fit Fun box a couple of seasons ago, and needless to say, I’m sorry to see it go. My hair always felt like I had just visited a salon after I used this serum, and it didn’t feel too thick or sticky, either. I may very well go out and buy this product at retail price on my next Ulta trip. 

Vitamin C Face Wash | Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial ...

It’s no surprise I ran out of this face wash quickly, because what I essentially bought was the sample size of this product. I have to say, even though I really love the idea of Soap & Glory and I think their aesthetic is adorable, I’m not sure if I would purchase from them again. I’ve noticed that a lot of their products are highly fragranced and packed with ingredients, and when you have sensitive skin like I do, that’s not always a great combo. However, like I said, I really think the brand itself is super cute, and I do think their products would be perfect for someone out there- just not someone with my skin type.

Brush Bath | It Cosmetics

IT Brushes For ULTA Brush Bath Purifying Makeup Brush Cleaner ...

I feel like I mention this product every time I post a Product Empties article, and that’s because I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s a brush cleaning solution that works easily, quickly, and doesn’t leave my brushes feeling damp or stripped. Because I love to use so many different, vibrant shades on my eyes, I essentially have to clean my brushes every time I use them. This product allows me to do that in seconds, so cleaning my brushes doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The Brush Bath also has an extremely unique smell- citrus, perhaps, and it’s absolutely invigorating. This product is a must if you find yourself wearing a lot of eye products and constantly cleaning your brushes.

Setting Spray | Morphe

Morphe Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist | Ulta Beauty

The Morphe setting spray is another “regular” product I purchase every few months or so. Because my skin is so naturally oily, my foundation starts to look really slick on my skin if I don’t use a good setting spray. Wet skin can sometimes look very flattering, but trust me, not in this case. I normally purchase the regular setting spray, but the one that I’ve used up this time is actually the pink setting spray from the Jeffree Star collab with Morphe. It worked just as well as the original, but I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artificial strawberry smell. I will be purchasing this product again, but this time, I’ll be sure to buy the original. 

Prep Rally | Drybar

Hair Detangler Spray - Prep Rally | Drybar

Last but not least, I have reached the end of the glorious Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This is normally not a product I would have bought for myself, but I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box (per usual with my hair care) and I absolutely love it. It’s no wonder Drybar has such a high, professional reputation- this stuff made my hair both look and feel fantastic. If Fab Fit Fun gives me the option to choose this product again in an upcoming box, I’m definitely going to take them up on that. I also work right next to an actual Drybar salon, which could be very dangerous for my wallet.

Anyway, those are all my product empties for the summer! I’ll be sure to update you guys on what else I’ve used up towards the end of the fall. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before, and what your thoughts were!

I look forward to writing these Monthly Favorite articles every month, and I love to read other bloggers’ favorite things as well! It’s a great way to find some new hobbies, interests, and inspirations. Here’s everything I’ve been loving so far this summer. 

Lifestyle | Tie-Dying Literally Everything 

I talked about tie dye in my June Monthly Favorites, and guess what? I’m still obsessed with it. For one thing, doing your own tie-dye crafts is so easy and fun. A few weeks ago, I went totally nuts and essentially tie-dyed every white thing in my room, including two shirts and two pillowcases. I love the semi-pastel hues that they turned out, and considering I’d never actually tie-dyed before, I think the pattern came out decently as well. In regards to other tie-dye clothes I’m wearing, I also really love this dress I ordered online. Great for both sleeping and dragging myself to Starbucks in 90 degree weather for a midday coffee!

TV & Movies | 100% Hotter

5 Star returns to 100% Hotter - News - Naked

There’s nothing I love more than watching absolute trash on TV when I get home from work. The last few months, my comfort fix has been 100% Hotter, a cheesy makeunder show that you can find on Netflix. I think that transformation reality shows are an iffy concept in general, because why should someone change the way they look if it makes them happy, but this show is especially cringe and cookie-cutter. The best part is, 80% of the time, the contestants look better before their makeover rather than after. The makeup part of the makeover is usually pretty good, but the hair and the clothing styling is always SO hit or miss. Anyway, I highly recommend watching this show if you need some new entertainment. 

Fashion | Biker Shorts

If I had a larger disposable income, I just need you to know that I would buy dozens of pairs of biker shorts. I simply just love them enormously and find them so functional, comfortable, and stylish for the warmer months. Do you want to get a workout done and still feel comfortable while you run errands later, all at the same time? Buy yourself a pair of biker shorts. I currently only have one pair in black, but like I said, I would really love to expand my collection. They’re also really easy to find both online and in stores like Target, Old Navy, etc!

Entertainment | Bailey Sarian

🌙 Getting Scammed... again - GRWM + Mauve Makeup Pageant Girl ...

I was scrolling through Facebook one fine morning when a clip of Bailey Sarian appeared in my feed, and since then, I’ve just been totally hooked on her content. She makes beauty/makeup content on YouTube (thus making her a beautuber, of course,) but her spin on it is that she also talks about a true crime story while she does it. It’s a fun time, it’s interesting, and you get to learn about makeup all at the same time. I love putting on her videos and listening along while I do my own makeup; it feels like Bailey is my friend and we’re sitting down together to have gal time while we get ready. I recently found out that my mom and stepdad also watch Bailey, which I think is absolutely adorable. 

Health & Beauty | Wigs

While I’m waiting for my extremely damaged and gross-colored hair to grow out, I’ve been having a ton of fun playing around with wigs this summer! Right now I currently own two wigs, a curly ombre one and a straight black one, but I’d love to purchase a dusty pink one as well. It’s just such an easy way to switch up your look without worrying about damaging your own hair, and the possibilities for styling them are endless. The only thing I’m struggling with is learning how to keep them untangled and clean, so if you guys have any suggestions, drop them down below!

Music | Grimes

TEST SPIN | Grimes — 'Miss Anthropocene' | The Cornell Daily Sun

Okay, I know Grimes is “socially problematic” and a lot of people hate her. You don’t have to remind me. But there’s just something about her that I find so endearing and refreshing. She reminds me a lot of myself, for example, with her simultaneously deep-thinking ways and cute, quirky external personality. Every time I watch a video of Grimes talking about her life and her thoughts, I think to myself, “Wow, this human is literally me.” I really love her music as well, of course, including some of the tracks off her newest album, Miss Anthropocene. In particular, my go-to song right now is “IDORU;” it’s so fresh, light, and full of sweet emotions. And no, I am not a fan of Elon Musk in any way, but I like to dissociate him from Grimes’ art and music and try to appreciate her singularly for what (and who) she is. 

Anyway, those are all my monthly favorites for July! Sorry this was a bit behind, I’m going to schedule it so that the date appears on the day it was supposed to be published. Let me know if we share any favorites this month!

Admittedly, my collection of clean makeup is not as large as my collection of “regular” makeup, so I’m hoping that writing this article will boost my inspiration to explore even more new brands. Be sure to drop your suggestions for me down below as well!


Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty Lip Crayons Go Viral After Fans Discover They Have a ...
Source: Allure

Bite Beauty is a cosmetic company founded in 2011 by Susanne Langmuir. I received a small Bite Beauty lipstick as a birthday gift from Sephora, which makes sense because Bite is exclusively sold at Sephora. Their products are a little bit on the pricier side, but it’s surprisingly outrageous (usually unheard of for Sephora.) My mom tried the lipstick as well, and she was so impressed by the color payoff and the creaminess, she decided to go buy some of their makeup for herself! Bite Beauty more or less specializes in lip products, so if you’re looking for a new shade to rock on your pout, I highly suggest checking out Bite Beauty. You can also order from their website, if you’re not near a Sephora (and really, who needs to go to the mall in a pandemic?)


Lawless

Lawless Beauty Launch | POPSUGAR Beauty
Source: Popsugar

Lawless is another brand I came across while browsing Sephora a few months ago, so apparently, Sephora is a new hot spot for clean beauty brands! According to the website, Lawless beauty products are always free from potential carcinogens (cancer-causing bad stuff,) health-damaging ingredients, and their products are always cruelty free and vegan! I own one of their soft matte liquid lipsticks, and it’s genuinely one of my favorite liquid lipsticks I’ve ever used. It’s soft and luscious, and it smells amazing, like fresh berries and juice. That being said, their selection is not just limited to lip products: you can shop bronzers, blushes, eyeshadows and more! Their products are a little pricier than Bite Beauty, but it makes sense, considering you’re buying such a high-quality product. 


Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant Has Been Purchased by Shiseido for $845 Million ...
Source: Allure

According to their website, Drunk Elephant prides itself on creating “biocompatible” products. Basically, their hair care and skincare products are natural, fragrance-free, and avoid all toxins commonly found in other makeup brands. I own a small pot of their Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, which promises to strengthen and moisturize your skin. It’s a five-star product to both me and the general public, and I would highly recommend it if you’re okay with dropping a lot of money on skincare. One full-sized pot costs $68 (gasp), which is way, WAY out of my budget. I must have gotten this little pot as another free gift from Sephora or the like, because I know for a fact I wouldn’t spend $68 on a singular makeup item. Nonetheless, it’s a totally gorgeous moisturizer, and it works wonders for my skin.


Love Beauty and Planet

New personal care brand, packaging fit Unilever's sustainable ...
Source: PlasticsToday

Definitely the most inexpensive of the bunch, I’ve been really loving Love Beauty and Planet lately. This company creates cruelty-free hair care and skin care products, and you can find them in grocery stores and drug stores everywhere! All of their products are naturally derived, making them a safe and healthy alternative for your hair. Particularly since my hair is color-treated, I rely on their shampoo to keep my locks looking as fresh and vibrant as possible. I use the coconut-scented shampoo, and it smells absolutely amazing once I scrub it into my hair. Not only are the products cruelty-free and vegan, they are also great for the planet, hence the name! All of the products are packed in recycled bottles, and their fragrances are ethically sourced.


I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative! Let me know if you’ve tried these brands before and what you think about them, too. You can also leave me recommendations for other clean beauty brands you think I’d love to try! Stay safe and healthy out there.

Considering that we’re living in such strange times, it probably comes as no surprise that the contents of my bag have changed as well. I also relocated to a new city about a month and a half ago, so that has also really influenced the contents of my bag.

IMG_4703

Let’s start with the bag itself. This lovely over-the-shoulder bag was actually a gift from my mother, as I didn’t previously own a bag that zipped and she was worried about me losing my wallet or having something stolen. It was a very lovely gesture, so thank you, mom! I love the soft, pastel color, and I also really like the material. It feels strong and durable, unlike the canvas tote I was using before this bag. You can’t see it in this picture, but I have a silver key chain on my bag handle that is actually a panic button. If I am ever in an emergency or if I feel unsafe, I just have to press it a couple of times and 911 will immediately be called. It also would send a text notification to my mom, my roommates, and Nathaniel. I thankfully haven’t had to use it yet, but when you live in a city and you’re a girl, you can never be too careful. 

The two smaller bags, the blue and pink zip ones, are actually sets of bamboo utensils and reusable straws. You never know when you’ll be in a situation that requires a set of utensils, so I like to keep two sets on hand: one for me, and one for Nathaniel. Now that I’m writing this, I’m realizing I should probably wash those. Nathaniel’s two year-old cousin took quite a liking to them the last time I visited, and I’m pretty sure he was gnawing on the fork at one point. 

I have two sets of headphones in my bag, but one of them is enclosed in a container so they don’t get tangled up. My headphones ALWAYS get tangled in my lanyard, by the way. I haven’t been able to figure out a good way to stop that from happening yet. Speaking of my lanyard, it’s nothing fancy. Now that I have finally graduated from Lasell University, I can safely publicly reveal that yes, that is where I went to school! I don’t have a car yet, so the only keys on my Lasell lanyard are my apartment keys and my mailbox key.

I have my pandemic supplies on hand as well: two cloth masks, just to be safe, a pack of tissues, and two mini bottles of hand sanitizer. I try not to go too overboard with everything, but since I do take public transit quite a bit, I feel like you can never have enough hand sanitizer. Actually, you can. Remember that guy who bought 18,000 bottles of it? Don’t be like that guy. 

I’ve had the same wallet for years, hence why it’s looking pretty beat-up and dirty. I don’t have anything fancy in my wallet- certainly no money at the moment! However, it does have my driver’s permit and my state ID, which are two very important things I need right now. Interestingly, I don’t carry any change in my purse because loose coins actually gross me out. My friends and family think I’m crazy, but I would literally rather refuse change than have to hold it and put it in my purse. I think it has to do with the dirty smell and the notion that change itself is very dirty that bothers me the most.

Don’t be fooled by the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses case- it’s just dollar tree sunglasses in there. I’ve never really been a huge fan of sunglasses, probably because I wore glasses for so long, but these ones are actually very cute and functional.

The rest of the stuff is mostly miscellaneous. I have Advil and allergy medicine, because the pollen this time of year is horrid, and it’s definitely something I need to be prepared for at all times. I have a couple of pens in my bag as well, because I seem to always need them, and a small bottle of lotion from Bath and Body Works called “Cactus Blossom.” Lastly, and probably most randomly, I have a contact case from Dollar Tree that I exclusively use for holding false eyelashes. I mean, it makes sense to me; if your lashes are bothering you and you need a place to take them off and put them, a contact case is the perfect place. It keeps them nice and clean, and you can just pop them back on whenever you want!

Anyway, those are the very random and chaotic contents of my bag. I actually feel like I have a very “normal” set of things in my bag, minus the contact case hack and the copious bamboo utensils. What do you guys think- do we carry any of the same things? Let me know in the comments!

In general, I’d say I’m a pretty all-or-nothing person. I’d rather wear a full face of makeup and do the whole shebang or nothing at all, but sometimes, I just don’t have an hour to spare painting my face. Particularly in the humid summer heat, when I’m with my boyfriend, or when I’m simply just lounging around, there doesn’t seem to be any point in loading on the foundation and powder. I already have quite oily, sensitive skin, so putting on tons of makeup on a daily basis isn’t exactly prime for my skin, either. 

IMG_3377 (1)

Anyway, today I’m going to guide you through how I personally do my makeup in around ten minutes. It doesn’t feel (or look) as glamorous as a full face beat, but it gets the job done for me!

No matter what day it is, even if I decide not to wear any makeup, I will always apply moisturizer in the morning and evening. I used to think it was silly to do so, since my skin is already so shiny and oily, but I actually feel like constantly moisturizing has helped to combat my acne a lot. Right now, I’m using a couple of moisturizers by Soap & Glory. I use the ‘For Daily Youth’ moisturizer in the morning, and ‘The Fab Pore’ in the evening. If you are also interested in using those two products, keep in mind they are fragranced and may not be ideal for all skin types!

The next step for me is to prime my face. Priming only takes two seconds, and doing so will prevent the minimal makeup I’m wearing from sliding around or wearing off throughout the day. The primer I’m using right now is the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer, and I’m really impressed with how it works. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I’ll probably buy it again because I think a good primer is a reasonable investment. I just coat my face with a thin layer of this primer, and that’s all I need to keep my face looking fresh all day.

When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of foundation, I’ll usually opt for spot concealing instead. My face does have a few acne scars after years of cystic acne, so I like to even out my skin tone by using a bit of concealer in those areas. The current concealers I use right now range from tarte Shape Tape, a classic, to cheaper alternatives, like the Covergirl TruBlend concealer. I should probably use a color corrector as well to combat some of the overall redness, but I haven’t found a brand that I’m satisfied with yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

Brows are one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine, and I also think it’s the step that really cements everything. Because my brows are so short and sparse, it really makes my face feel clean and pulled together to throw on a couple of good brows. Right now, I’m using a reddish colored eyeshadow to fill them in, and that’s it. I don’t really go in and conceal them unless I’m planning on doing eyeshadow and face makeup as well, so I can skip that step for now.

Sometimes I’ll go in with a little liquid liner and give myself a little wing, but other times, I’ll just use some brown eyeshadow and apply that to the other corner. I don’t like to add a lot of liner to my eyes unless I’m wearing shadows as well, because I think eyeliner alone makes my eyes look tiny, so I try not to go too ham with the pen. Today, as you can see, I went a little bit over the top. Of course, I also follow that up with a couple of quick coats of mascara. In particular, my go-to is the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara, because I’ve been using it for years and I really appreciate the intensity of the color. 

The last two steps for me are a few coats of lip balm, and a few good spritzes of setting spray. Setting spray will lock my makeup into place and keep it from fading off, and lip balm, of course, will help keep my lips hydrated and shiny throughout the day. I’m using Morphe setting spray right now, but I have to say, I’m not a fan of the pink bottle they released with the Jeffree Star collection. I like that they tried to go for a strawberry scent in theory, but I honestly think it just smells like cough medicine.

Anywho, that’s how I do my makeup in about ten minutes! I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative. Let me know what makeup you’ve been loving lately in the comments below.

Summer 2020 is going to be an odd one, isn’t it? It’s very possible that we’ll have to forgo beach days and shopping excursions, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream about what her summer could have looked like. I personally don’t even own any summer clothes at the moment, so after I get a job and a paycheck, you know I’m going to be ordering online until the thrift store opens again. 

Bright Outdoor Color Shots

My hair curls like crazy in the summer humidity, so I’ve been utilizing scrunchies every day since the heat started to pick up. I got a twenty pack of scrunchies on Amazon a few weeks ago, and for the price, they’re absolutely perfect and they make a great addition to every outfit! I miss my long hair right now, so throwing it up into a scrunchie really helps me to feel like I have some more length and volume going on. 

Another staple I’m going to be loving this summer is the pair of pink bow-tied Rothy’s my mom ordered for me as a graduation present. I’ve been wearing my red Rothy flats for months upon months now, and they’re honestly some of the most reliable shoes I’ve ever worn in my life. They have never shown signs of wear or tear, and they’re easy to wash as well. It will be handy to have another pair of flats in my closet, particularly a dressier pair that I can break out for special occasions. 

My makeup hasn’t really changed much since the colder months, but I will say I’ve been really loving a dewy finish lately as opposed to a very matte, blush-heavy look. I still love to lay on the blush, but even more so, I’ve been packing on the highlight to give my skin an ethereal glow. I’m going to get super sweaty from the summer heat anyway, why not make it fashion?

As for aesthetics, I’ve been really into cactus and the color orange lately (particularly floral orange prints.) I haven’t bought any new clothes or things like that yet this summer, but I do have a lot of cactus-themed things and a lot of orange things in my cart right now, ready to go. There’s just something so fun and playful about those two elements, and I love incorporating them into my lifestyle. My phone background is cactus right now, and it just makes me happy to look at.

IMG_3969 (1)

While I was mostly into brighter lipstick shades in the colder months, I’ve actually been more into muted nudes and dark, plum-y reds as of late. My favorite lipstick shades at the moment are ‘Cinnamon Churro’ by Beauty Bakerie and ‘Cathedral’ by KVD Vegan Beauty; they’re both creamy, comfortable consistencies that I find much easier to swipe on and off than liquid lipstick. Particularly in such humid weather, liquid lipstick can feel quite uncomfortable to wear on the lips. I have to say, I’m not really a huge fan of Kat Von D, but I bought this lipstick at TJ Maxx and it’s an absolutely divine color.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and found some inspiration from it! Hopefully I’ll be able to secure a job in the next few weeks, and then I can buy some actual summer clothes (because all I have right now is sweaters and jeans.) Let me know what trends and brands you guys are loving in the comments below!

Since moving into my new apartment, I’ve been spending a lot of time discovering new hobbies, recipes, and tv shows while in quarantine. I’ve certainly had a lot of time on my hands, and I’m so excited to share everything I’ve been loving this month with you!


Music | Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead on Amazon Music

First of all, let me preface by saying that Nathaniel is the biggest Grateful Dead stan on planet earth, so it’s impossible for me not to like them. In the past three months, I’ve probably listened to about 100 hours of the Grateful Dead, and I’ve genuinely grown to love the band dearly. It’s definitely an acquired taste for some, but there are a handful of songs that I always have stuck in my head. Usually, I cycle through the same six songs when I’m making my dinner every night, starting with “Sugar Magnolias” and ending with “Touch of Grey.” I think my favorite Dead song right now is “Hell in a Bucket,” but I honestly can’t pick a favorite.


TV & Movies | American Horror Story

Pepper in AHS: Asylum - YouTube
Honestly, Pepper is an icon

Considering how much I enjoy watching dark, twisted television, it was a shock to even me that I never really got into American Horror Story before now. If you read my Apartment Tour article, then you know that Erin and I have been watching the show almost every single night. I just finished watching Asylum last week, and while it was absolutely gripping and outstanding, I’ve also been joking that I think it “damaged my psyche.” If you’ve watched the season yourself, then I’m sure you can agree with what I’m saying. I think I’m going to watch 1984 next, though I’m open to other suggestions. 


Food | Overnight Oats

How to Make Overnight Oats - 4 Ways | Eating Bird Food

I’m pretty sure my friends and family are sick to death of me talking about overnight oats. I’m sorry that oats make me so happy, but the possibilities with this recipe are endless. You can customize them with tons of produce, from frozen fruits to ripe bananas, or you can make dessert-like flavors using yogurt cups and dry toppings. My personal favorite overnight oat recipes are strawberries + creme, mint chocolate chip, and s’mores. Tune into my meal prep article next week to learn how I make them! It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s easy to prepare an entire week’s worth of oats in just a few minutes.


Health & Beauty | Eylure ProMagnetic Liner + Lashes

IMG_3969 (1)

After I saw Jenna Marbles use magnetic eyelashes in her “Get Ready with Me to go Nowhere” video, I knew I had found my new holy grail makeup product. I love wearing false eyelashes, but I hate all the gluing and mess that comes along with it. Then, when I went to Target a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend’s mom and his sister, I knew I had to pick up a pair while I was there. I mean, they were only about $15, and considering you get an entire tube of liquid liner as well, I thought it was a pretty great deal! They work relatively well for only 15 bucks, and I’ve been wearing them almost every day since I bought them. Definitely a worthy purchase.


Hobbies | Painting

FF5A7DD0-2866-4A9A-AFD9-E76947FE8F07

Like I said, I’ve needed to get back into a few hobbies now that Boston is in quarantine and I don’t have a job at the moment. I’ve always loved painting, but a few weeks ago, I had the idea to paint a jean jacket and I haven’t looked back since. I LOVE painting clothes! After I painted the jacket, I also went ahead and painted a button-up (which is on my Etsy shop, by the way,) and this secondhand suede jacket. It’s a great way to individualize your clothing, especially secondhand items, and I’ve really loved the way everything has turned out!


Food | Fruity Salads

IMG_3834

I think I’ve officially reached peak suburban mom energy: first the overnight oats, and now this. I wasn’t really a huge salad lover until recently, but now that I’ve realized you can put fruit in your salad, I’ve been preparing them every single week. For a while I was mimicking the Panera strawberry poppyseed salad (blueberries, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries,) but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been really enjoying an autumn-themed salad (apples, craisins, kale, and pecans.) Probably not very interesting to people who aren’t foodies, but for me, I really love coming up with new salad recipes and meal-prepping for the entire week.

Anywho, that’s going to be my monthly favorites for the month of May! I hope you guys found some inspiration from my list. Stay safe during these strange times!