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Friday, November 13

Favorite Lipsticks

Friday, November 13
Ever since I started graduate school, I have been really into wearing lipstick. I've always owned various lipsticks that I thought were beautiful, but I have never really consistently worn lip color. I always thought that all lipsticks were just too bold for me and I would never be able to pull them off as a daily wear makeup item. I didn't even realize how wrong I was.

One day in August that just kind of changed, and suddenly I felt like I just needed to go out and experiment with some bold lip colors and wear them to work. Too Faced Melted Berry was my first "bold" lipstick that I felt comfortable wearing everywhere. Now my lipstick collection has grown and I never truly feel like my makeup is done without some sort of lip color or product.

So as I have had the time to experiment (and have recently replaced my Nikon J1 with a Canon T3i), here are some swatches of my favorite lipcolors.

This is an amazing nude color that I picked up randomly as CVS was having a 40% off Milani products sale. I originally intended to buy Black Cherry, but they were were sold out so I picked up Matte Beauty instead. I love the formula, it is very creamy and easy to apply and it doesn't feel drying at all. It is a true matte, which is great because we all know the pain of a lipstick that says its a matte, but doesn't apply like a matte. 

Hands down this is my FAVORITE berry lipstick ever. The formula is absolutely amazing and feels hydrating and creamy when you apply it to the lips. The staying power is amazing for a drugstore lipstick and the color really looks great on anyone. I have yet to see someone who couldn't pull off 107. It doesn't really look matte when it is first applied, but you can use a piece of tissue to blot it out so it appears more matte.

This is one of my every day colors for when I am not feeling like a bold lip is really necessary, but a little hint of pink is. This pencil is a twist up (which is great, because I always loose my pencil sharpener) and is really moisturizing. It doesn't have the greatest wear time, and reapplication throughout the day is necessary. However, since it is such a muted color it really doesn't look awful when it does start to fade so you don't always have to run to your compact mirror to check.

I just love this color. It was my first berry lipstick and it has definitely held its place as a favorite. The melted lipsticks are really easy to apply and get even coverage. However, this product is not without some downfalls. While it isn't tacky to wear, it doesn't seem to ever fully dry which means it transfers onto EVERYTHING. Also, if you don't use it for a little bit you have to get a pin and "unclog" the holes which allow the lipstick to come out, which is mildly inconvenient. However, despite the downfalls it is still a great product.

 Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu - $26
I have a love/hate relationship with this pencil. On one hand, I LOVE the color and think it is so gorgeous. On the other hand, it is very difficult to apply evenly. In addition to the difficult application, it doesn't have the greatest wear time and definitely will leave your lips after daily things such as eating or drinking and since it is so dark it is really noticeable when it moves around. 

However, despite all of its downfalls I still list it as a favorite because you can really mix this with other colors to improve it. I like to wear Train Bleu with NYX Butter in Licorice or NYX's Transylvania to improve the wear time. It is also great to blend into berry lipsticks to add a little more dimension. So while this isn't a great product on its own, I find myself constantly reaching for it to us with something else.

 This is one of my favorite reds to wear. The wear time is decent (you do still have to touch up after eating and/or drinking) and the color is just amazing. However, while I love the color, application is a little bit more difficult than I would like. I find that Cinnamon Spice (just like most of the MegaLast Lip Colors) feels very waxy while you are applying it and is a little drying to wear throughout the day. This is a huge downfall if you are not used to wearing lipsticks, because you can definitely feel this one on your lips at all times. Sometimes I apply this over my Rosebud Salve to make application a little easier and give my lips the moisture they need.

While I am never really done searching for the "perfect" lipstick, these all hold special places in my heart.

Monday, August 17


Monday, August 17
I am finally moved and I am currently working on getting through my new job training, so things have been hectic over here. However, I am working on getting things back up and running by the end of the week so there is a lot to look forward to.

I am going to describe life as a new grad student fresh out of undergrad, as well as my experiences working in students affairs in my graduate position. I am also going to begin posting outfits, as my new job comes with a whole new dress code.

So in the meantime enjoy these snippets from summer!

Monday, May 11

Who Has a Bachelor's? I Do

Monday, May 11

As of Sunday at 3:00pm, I am officially a college graduate. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and I am going to be leaving this city in a few months to attend graduate school to receive my M.S.Ed in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs.

It's been a wild four year ride, and I did many things that I never though I would do like become a Resident Advisor, join a sorority, and officially feel like an adult. I know that I have a lot more to learn before I can officially call myself a Student Affairs professional, but I am excited for all that is to come.

Sunday, March 29

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Sunday, March 29

As a huge fan of both Lilly Pulitzer and Target, I am very excited for the Lilly x Target collection that is coming out April 19th. I have been obsessed with the look book every since it came out, so here are the top five items I want to snag on April 19th.

1. Shift Dress - Upstream $38.00
I have been obsessed with shift dresses lately as the weather has been warming up and I feel like this is such a fun summer print. The patterned stripe down the middle makes the dress a little less overwhelming.

2. Underwire Bikini Top - Fan Dance $24.00 
As a lady with a 36E bust, I am really happy to see some swimwear with underwire and what looks to be very supportive straps. This top is online only and does have a matching set of bottoms (for an additional $24), but it looks like its a winner.

3.  Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy $30.00
I have a weird obsession with mugs lately which makes this set perfect for me. I love the gold detailing on the handles of the mug and the caddy for perfect storage.

4. L'Oreal Color Riche Designer Extraordinaire Lipstick #201 Rose Symphony $8.99
I love this rose pink color. It seems like it would go great with a lot of my outfits without being too overwhelming. I definitely like to keep things a bit more natural looking during the summer months. Also, who doesn't love that packaging?

5. Crochet Tank Top - White $32.00
This is a great tank top to wear with some denim or patterned shorts and give off an effortless look. It would also look great with the swim top from above peeking out of it (that white with the patterned bikini top would make me swoon).

You can find the rest of the Lilly x Target look book here!

Saturday, March 21

Senior Year

Saturday, March 21
My graduation cap! It only took two hours to glue everything in place and cut out the glitter states.

In a little over a month it will be time for me to graduate from undergraduate with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education! This semester has been a long semester of student teaching, working on my teaching portfolio, having multiple positions in my sorority and sorority council, finishing my graduation cap, and trying to squeeze in as much time planning for my future as I can.

Recently, I found out that I have been accepted to graduate school and beginning in August I will begin working towards my Masters of Education in Higher Education - Student Affairs. I also found out that I was accepted into my dream assistantship and I am very excited to begin my the newest chapter of my life in an entirely new place.

This last month of college is going to be crazy, but then I am finally going to get some time to relax and visit family and vacation and basically do what I want before graduate school captures me and I am so ready for it to begin. However, part of me is also sad to let undergraduate go and I have been spending a lot of time reminiscing about my time in undergrad; my RA experiences, my friends, my sorority sisters, and all of the wonderful and influential people I have had the honor of working with or beside these past four years.

But even though I am anxious about what is to come in the next two years all I can think is...bring it on!
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