Fashion and Beauty

PRODUCT REVIEW: CLINIQUE BEYOND PERFECTING FOUNDATION & CONCEALER

Hi Beauties, I’m excited to bring another product to you guys this is an oldie but a goodie AND AFFORDABLE! it is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer which can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, all department stores and online. I purchased my foundation in the color Golden and will definitely be falling somewhere between that shade and Amber this summer. As stated on the website “A foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, colour stays true, even through sweat and humidity.Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Once blended completely ...

A PLUS IN A MINUS WORLD

I’ve dealt with my body image my whole life. I was bullied in elementary school for being on the chubby side, but lost the baby weight during 5th grade. You would think I would’ve been ecstatic that now I lost the baby fat and had the “perfect” body, right? Wrong. I’ve always felt ashamed of my clothing size; I was always the one that was the biggest size in my class, unable to raid my friends’ closets because I was fitting into size medium tops and size 5 jeans at 12 years old while my friends were barely entering womanhood. Eleven years later and the stigma of being the biggest size still exist, feeling like a plus in a minus world, especially in the blogging world. Even though the world of blogging is not the world of modeling, let’s be real: bloggers are put into either a “normal” or “...

HOW TO FIND THE “TRUE YOU” IN THE MIRROR

  When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Lines you swear weren’t there the day before and tiny grays rupturing through your scalp? Lips that aren’t quite full enough and patches of skin that stick out to you? Pimples or birthmarks or moles that detract from your perfect palette? Eyes that are too narrow or too wide or too squinted or too basic? Do you see unruly eyebrows or over-plucked ones or ones that are clearly the wrong shape? A nose that’s too squashed or too full or with too large of pores? When you look in the mirror, do you see thick arms that jiggle too much and lumps and bumps you wish you could cover? Do you see pouches and wrinkles and marks you wish you could vaporize? Do you see a stomach that will never be a six-pack and legs that are just too flabby? Breasts t...

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM A YEAR AS A FULL-TIME LIFESTYLE BLOGGER

Like most twenty-something’s nearing the end of their college careers, I thought for a long time that I would use my English degree to go the corporate route, working for a publishing company, maybe, or writing for an editorial. As my time at university started winding down, however, I felt more and more hard-pressed to take a little hobby I had become incredibly fond of and attempt to turn it into a full-fledged business. I wanted to be a blogger. More than that, though, I wanted to see if the shared love my boyfriend, Porter, and I had for photography, minimalist style & travel could help us connect with people, positively impact the social media sphere, and simultaneously create the kind of freedom we both felt our lives could never really be our own without. Fast-forward one year, ...

ALANA ATHLETICA: EMPOWERING ABUSE SURVIVORS THROUGH ETHICAL FASHION

  Today we chose to partner with Alana Athletica, a new start-up that designs and develops luxurious yoga-inspired active-wear made with a cause – to empower women abuse survivors. It all started with an idea, a desire to give back to deserving communities in underprivileged areas. Just a year ago, the team at Alana Athletica was traveling the world (with jobs in management consulting and fashion design) collecting new friends and experiences, but first-class travel, elite hotels, and expensive meals weren’t going to cut it for Chen, Az, Amanda, and Juan. Coming from different countries and very humble roots, the Alana team was convinced that their future efforts (both personal and professional) needed to serve a greater purpose – to give back, support, and empower o...

COMPARE ME NOT

Comparison We all go through it; it’s our human nature to compare ourselves to others. Being in a world of bloggers, it always feels like a competition of who has the most perfect feed, the most likes, the most engagement, the most collaborations; in reality, the most in everything to see who survives in the concrete jungle of blogging. We all want to be successful, we all want our voices to be heard, and we all want to make it to the top. Spending hours and hours in social media can take you into a world of comparison to see who’s a better blogger, which then leads to see who’s the “best” blogger, sometimes making you fall into what seems an abyss that leads to a path of envy, insecurity and self-destruction. Worst of all? We feed our brains with society’s standards which are driven by gl...

EMBRACE NATURAL, EMBRACE YOU

Let’s talk about a struggle that all women know too well – hair. Hair is the worst. Sometimes it’s perfect and doing exactly what you want it to do, while other days it’s flat in random places and most likely resembling a bird’s nest. Around the age of 10, when my long locks suddenly started developing volume into the dreaded “poofy” stage, I began to hate my hair. It was hard to control and I didn’t like the way it looked down. I’d put two giant brightly colored hairpins on either side of my head and tie the rest into a ponytail to keep it out of my face. By age 12, it was always in a gel slicked back ponytail, chola style, and a huge mess of volume in the back. By age 14, I didn’t know what to do with it anymore so I simply let the beast roam wild and free. I had the awful idea to ...

WATERMELOVE

Who else is excited for spring? Flowers everywhere, birds singing at your window, your favorite fruits in your fridge every week, and, of course, spring fashion! Spring and summer are perfect to wear bright, fun colors and be bold. Sometimes we’re afraid of certain combinations but don’t be! Be unique. Create your own style. The only rule in fashion is to be confident in what you wear. In this colorful outfit I paired my absolute favorite t-shirt (with my favorite fruit on it) with a striped midi skirt. And the most fun part—the shoes! So, green, pink, red, white … and yellow?! Doesn’t it look just so awesome? And did you catch that bright, delicious pink watermelon?! And the perfect necklace to go with it. You would think the pink wouldn’t go well with all of those color...

5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A LEOPARD COAT

I know, I know. We’re coming to the end of the winter season and fashionistas are already pushing the pastels, so I’m a little behind with this post. But hey, life gets in the way, you know what I mean? Anyway, I feel that some attention must be paid to the classic leopard print coat. There’s still a lot of cold weather left and besides, the end of winter season is the best time to find the outerwear deals. If you need anymore motivation than a good deal (really?), here it is: The leopard print coat goes with everything. Casual, dressy, punk, grunge, preppy, athleisure, normcore, hipster, Grey Gardens, whew. Seriously, whatever your style, it goes. The leopard print coat will never go out of style. It’s been in style forever. Legend has it that Coco Chanel made one ...

5 EASY HOME REMEDIES FOR LONGER LASHES

Many of us have thin, short eyelashes that never seem to grow. This can be due to an array of factors, such as: age, genetics, certain medical conditions, and hormonal changes. Since we can’t control the eyelashes we’re given, we should still be able to achieve the results we desire still. Countless amounts of women crave to have longer eyelashes. Some go out of their way to purchase fake sets, while others get lash extensions professionally done. Yet some of us don’t have the time, money, or hassle to maintain these eyelashes every day. Well, you’re in luck and there is an alternative. Actually, 5 alternatives to gain longer lashes on your own by using simple products already in your household. Nonetheless, these remedies require a commitment, as well, having to follow them for several mo...

LESSONS FROM VICTORIA BECKHAM’S LETTER TO HER 18-YEAR-OLD SELF

Talk to yourself as you would your best friend. This type of self-compassion advice is quite common these days. And I agree this helps. But what about talking to yourself like you would as the older version of you – the wiser, more experienced woman that you will inevitably become?   Caption: Source: Vogue Magazine   This idea became top of mind for me recently after reading a letter that Victoria Beckham wrote to her 18-year-old self. You can see the letter in the latest issue of Vogue. The letter was quite eye-opening and Victoria exposed many details about her personal insecurities (even admitting to getting breast implants). I found these confessions surprising, as Victoria’s public image exudes confidence. She IS Posh Spice, after all. You don’t fall into a name like t...

AND GOD CREATED MANOLOS

I’ve always been unconventionally stylish. In sixth grade I bought a fancier pajama shirt and wore it to school like it was the hottest item from the Paris runway. But, my love of fashion is often unapparent to those around me, simply because I am and have always been extremely studious. As a business student, I have a theory that most people who meet me think I’m going to become an accountant and then die from cardiac arrest. My passions, however, cannot be expressed from behind a desk at Ernest and Young. That being said, I’m embarrassed to admit that I like fashion. Last summer I was working as a receptionist when a co-worker asked me about my blog. She questioned in a rather condescending tone if blogging is something that I do for fun or if I actually want to work in fashion. I immedi...

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