Fashion

Wishlist: Rebecca Minkoff 

I feel like every season I end up buying a new purse. I haven’t done so yet for Spring 2018, but I have been looking for what I might want. I was browsing Nordstrom, and I found this beauty: the Rebecca Minkoff Large Bree Leather Satchel. It’s definitely at the top of my Spring wishlist now!

This bag retails for $345, so I’m thinking it will have to remain on the wishlist and not become a part of my reality anytime soon. I have already splurged a lot for graduation, and I just can’t justify any more! Still, I wanted to share this item because it signifies a trend in purses that I’ve seen a lot of this season: strict structure.

A lot of bags right now are very square or rectangular like this one. The structure is pretty classic. And a lot of these bags are oversized too (but remember – the bigger the bag is, the smaller your hips look!)

Another trend for Spring is solid colors. A lot of accessories have been solid this year instead of patterned. Sure, we’ve seen lots of fun patterned dresses, but largely the accessories have remained more neutral and chic.

I guess I’ll have to see if I can find a cheaper dupe for this at TJ Maxx or Gabes!

Have you purchased a new bag for Spring? Be sure to give me all the details in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

Eyeshadow primer is a must if you want to keep your eyeshadow from creasing. It also allows eye makeup to last longer before starting to fade away. There are so many great primers on the market, but I recently had the chance to try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $20.

I’ve been really loving this product! It’s a bit cheaper than the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it works just as well. When I wear this, my makeup lasts all day and I never experience any creasing, even with cream shadows. I also love how quickly this dries down on the lids. It creates a great, smooth canvas. The only thing I might like to see would be if this could moisturize a bit like UD’s anti-aging primer. Overall, though, this product seems fantastic, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. I love that I only need a teeny tiny amount for this to work all day, so the tube is definitely going to last for a very long time. It’s absolutely worth the $20!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyeshadow primer? If so, be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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A Modern Cinderella: Meghan Markle and the Royal Wedding

Of course I woke up early today to experience the royal wedding! Honestly, I was surprised at how emotional I got while watching the ceremony proceeding. It was beautiful, elegant, and everything I wanted to see. I love how the royal family has embraced Meghan. You could tell that she and Harry have such genuine love, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

Prince Charles and MeghanPrince Charles and MeghanPrince Charles and MeghanThey are just such a beautiful couple. Look at the love that it flowing between them in this first picture. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for them: I’m sure there will be lots of love, laughter, and

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Prince Charles walking Meghan down the aisle is so sweet. Apparently, she even asked him herself and there was no hesitation at all. She’s been fully embraced as a member of the family, and I love it so much!

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Also, Meghan’s train goes on for days. It’s so epic – major wedding goals right there.

Of course the Queen looked fabulous in lime and purple!

And Kate and Camilla win for best hats!

Prince Harry and Prince William

The brothers look so dapper. Diana would be so proud of the lovely men they’ve become!

Meghan’s mom is beautiful too and she was just beaming with pride at her daughter!

Also, I can’t end this blog without acknowledging the fantastic Bishop Curry! He delivered a legitimate sermon filled with so much passion. His words were powerful, but I also loved the expressions on the stoic British people who clearly have never experienced a gospel preacher with so much fire!

Since this is a fashion blog, I should probably also mention that this lovely wedding dress is Givenchy! It’s so elegant and timeless. I was expecting something more modern, but this was absolutely gorgeous.

This was a wedding to remember. It was absolutely amazing. Congrats Harry and Meghan!

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Ciaté Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner 

I love a dramatic cat eye, and this requires a fantastic liquid eyeliner if it’s going to last all day long and look even. My favorite is still Stila, but I’m always willing to try other brands to see how they compare. Recently, I had the chance to try the Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner. This product is $19 at Sephora and similar retailers.

Basically, the only thing I liked about this eyeliner was the name. “Fierce Flicks” is an adorable name. Everything else was a big disappointment.

First, the claim of a “precision tip” was sadly lacking. I found the tip to be too wide and not pointed enough to get a clean winged look. This might be fine if you’re just lining the rim of the upper eye, but it’s not precise enough for anything fancy.

The texture of the product was also strangely patchy. I had to go over the line so many time to try to get the shade even, and that’s something I don’t usually struggle with even when using drugstore eyeliners. Very disappointing!

Finally, this product never really dried down. It smeared a bit and parts of it flaked off and I needed to reapply throughout the work day. I hate being so overwhelmingly negative in a review, but I felt the need to be honest. I would avoid this eyeliner at all costs! Even if someone offers it to you for free, it’s just not worth the hassle.

Have you been disappointed by an eyeliner recently? Please, share your experience in the comment section!

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Fashions for a Royal Wedding 

I am so excited for the royal wedding this Saturday! My invitation did get lost in the mail, but I still plan on celebrating in style. I browsed Nordstrom‘s website for inspiration on what I might have worn had I actually been invited. I’m not 100% certain on royal wedding protocol, but I think these are pretty safe choices for most spring afternoon weddings!

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Would you pick any of these for a royal wedding guest outfit? Are you excited for the wedding this Saturday? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask 

Boscia is known for their luminizing black mask that can be peeled-off, but now they have a limited edition Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask. That’s right – this iconic mask now comes in pink!! It retails at Sephora for $34 (although it’s currently on sale for $22!)

This mask performs the same way as the black version. It dries down and enables you to peel it off when you’re ready. It can sting a bit when you rip it off, but the results are so worth it! While I wouldn’t say that my skin looks “luminized” afterwards, I have noticed that my acne responds so well to this product. When I have a zit, I use this mask as a spot treatment, and it always looks noticeably reduced the next day.

Charcoal is the ingredient in this mask that really packs a powerful punch. It cleanses and deep-cleans your pores and will definitely help acne-prone skin. I have noticed that when I use it as an all-over mask instead of just a spot-treatment, my skin is much smoother too. This is the superhero of masks!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite mask for acne-prone skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Spring Dresses for Garden Parties and More 

I love dresses for spring, especially if they’re colorful or floral. I’ve seen so many great dresses for this spring season, and I’m loving the color and pattern trends. Here are my top picks for dresses you can wear to garden parties or other fun outdoor events:

 

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I love this first dress because of the ruffles. They’re such a fun, feminine detail that really stands out here.

 

Color blocking is also a great trend for spring. It’s a nice twist on traditional stripes, and I love the lavender shade of this particular dress too.

 

A fitted a-line frock is also very flattering for curvy forms, and I love the pop of pink color that this one provides. It’s perfect for spring!

 

Florals are trendy every spring, but I love this jungle-inspired take on the trend. It’s really fun and exotic.

 

This last dress is a more traditional floral pattern, but I love how bold and oversized the blooms are here. It’s a really eye-catching print.

All of these dresses can be purchased from New York & Company‘s website if you’re interested. They always have a great collection of trendy dresses for budget-friendly prices!

What dress trends are looking forward to this spring? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump

It’s no secret that I love Dior lip products. Their Dior Addict lipsticks are my absolute favorite, so I always have to try their new lip products. In the recent Sephora sale, I picked up the Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump which retails for $37.

I’m actually not wowed by this product, which is kind of disappointing. I bought the shade Glitterati, which is a glittery nude shade, and I was disappointed by how minimal it looked. The glitter is not very noticeable and doesn’t last for very long. The nude shade is also pretty sheer, although that is kind of expected when you buy a “nude” shade. I guess I expected it to be more of a pink-nude, but it’s a real true nude. Overall, I would be okay with the shade if the glitter just popped a bit more.

Now, in terms of the plumping results, I do think that these claims are met. My lips do look instantly fuller with this product. It’s also nice that it’s semi-matte but doesn’t dry out the lips at all. It feels pretty light on the lips and doesn’t seem to settle into any lines.

However, I have also been disappointed in how quickly the product fades. For $37, I shouldn’t have to reapply 4-5 times throughout my workday. I’m always okay with 1-2 touch-ups per day, but 4-5 is something I’d only expect from a drugstore product – not Dior.

Overall, I’m really disappointed with this new product. It’s definitely not worth the hype or the money. I still love Dior lip products, but this one was a bust!

Have you tried this lipstick? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

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Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

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