Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rediscovery: L'Oreal Infallible 24Hr Lipcolour

It happens to all of us - we have a paper due tomorrow and somehow we end up watching YouTube marathons of videos that are completely irrelevant to our lives.

This time, itsjudytime lured me in with her first impression videos (the best on YT!). Something in me decided I needed to find the perfect red lipstick, so with a little clicking around I stumbled upon Judy's (ancient) first impression of the L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Lipcolour. I haven't heard anything about this product in years, though I've heard great reviews in the past. Intense color, non-drying, and transfer resistant... why did this fall off the radar?!

Being the impulsive consumer that I am, I ran over to the conveniently placed Duane Reade across the street to pick up what I was hoping would be my new favorite red lipstick. And as you guessed, it so is.

I was amazed at the performance of the product. It even stayed on my lips after eating a delicious but messy meal and throughout my shower! I had tested the color on my hand, and all through washing my hands during the day and showering, that stain remained exactly like I just applied it.

Two steps: First, apply the color to your lips and allow it to dry.
Second, seal in and hydrate your lips with the moisturizing balm.
You'll be amazed at how fast the product dries, without drying out your lips. There's a difference!

Although I have a new affinity for this lipstick, I think there could be a larger range of colors. Most shades are on the berry-mauve spectrum. It would be nice to see some brighter pinks considering how difficult (and even scary) wearing a vibrant color can be, and the formula in this product made me almost - dare I say it - enjoy wearing a red lip??? That almost never happens to me, since I'm always worried the color will end up all over my face.

All in all, this product is now considered my personal secret weapon. No one will ever guess what it is and they'll be trying to figure it out just as long as the color stays perfectly put!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Girl Vs. Polar Vortex

New York's winters may be brutal and mostly spent bundled under a duvet, but with a few of my favorite trends, products and movies, I have faith I can make it out alive (and warm).  Keep reading to learn about my personal favorites and be sure to share your own with me.

winter fashion

If you ever see me out in public during the winter (which is impossible, like I said, I'm probably under a duvet) I'm most likely in this ensemble. 

  1. The tartan trend has been seen in collections like Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 RTW and I hope it continues to flourish. To keep the pattern from looking too "school girl" or "family christmas card," I prefer a neutral color palette. It's an easy way to introduce the  trend into your wardrobe without splurging on multiple pieces. My tartan scarf has found itself a permanent home in my closet. Not only is it on trend, but in this weather, scarves are essential.
  2. Another vital (literally) item is a good jacket for the winter. Yes, they can be quite the investment, but you'll thank yourself when your fingertips are frozen and need a warm pocket to hide in. Sometimes wearing puffy coat can be unflattering but I found a beautiful one at Zara that is probably my favorite item, ever. I'm obsessed with the quilting detail that, I think, will always be in style. 
  3. Also from Zara, I purchased knee high, suede boots that have a vertical strip of leather in the back. I receive at least three compliments a day on them, which of course I don't mind. ;) Just like I mentioned about purchasing a quality coat, I feel the same about boots. They are so easy to wear with any type of outfit. I find they can make even just a simple t-shirt and skinny jeans stylish. That's what I like -- fashion that isn't a hassle.
  4. My least favorite thing to do? Switch purses. It gets messy and sometimes, I'm just lazy. For months now, I've been wearing the same black fringe bag that seems to look good with just about anything. Except, I would imagine a full fringe black vest would look a little ridiculous. So maybe don't take my advice. But maybe do, because I don't plan on swapping my current bag for a while. Unless Céline was giving away purses. That'd be a different story. Just like knee high boots, a fringe bag is a simple way to make any look stylish.
If you can't tell, a common theme here is ease. I don't like to worry about what I'm wearing when I have other things going on (like school, hello! #collegefreshmanprobs). With these key pieces, I feel I'm ready to walk out of the door with any pair of jeans, leggings, etc. and top because they're so serviceable. But first, coffee. 

winter favorites

Winter beauty is my favorite. I love the dark plums and wines, but I also love to hide from the cold and primp myself inside. Here are a few of the products that I swear by in this weather.
  1. When it comes to polish in the winter, I seem to be attracted to either black or white. OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark is a shade that I find myself running out of very quickly. Simply, I just adore this color on my nails. More appropriate for the weather, I have also been obsessed with winter white nails with an accent of silver on the ring finger. It's the closest thing I'll get to actually liking snow. 
  2. Winter is infamous for making our skin dry. It's almost just as bad as being oily, but not quite. At first, I was hesitant to purchase GlamGlow, (I still haven't bought the full size! $$$) but I absolutely see what the hype is about. I can't believe how baby soft my skin is after I use this mask. After, I follow up with Josie Maran Argan Oil (which I should have shown here, my apologies!). Taking care of your skin is important year round and I highly recommend you to add GlamGlow to your routine! Take home a sample -- you'll understand.
  3. I think we can all agree that chapped, dry lips are equivalent to hell. (I like to exaggerate.) I don't like to be bothered when it's so cold outside to make sure my lipstick is perfect. The Maybelline Baby Lips are my secret weapon and the Grape Vine shade is my personal favorite. (I've gone through two full tubes!) It definitely does it's job at hydrating my lips and the color it gives is just a plus. I don't know what magic it has, but I find when I apply it, my face just looks more "alive." There are so many colors in the Baby Lips range that it's impossible to not find one that would go well with your completion. 
  4. This winter is the first that I've actually ventured out of my typical coral blush for a deeper, berry colored blush. Milani's Baked Blush in Cherry Culture gives the effect of naturally flushed cheeks. It tricks everyone into thinking you've been out in the snow, even if you were just drinking mimosas and online shopping. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone. 

winter movies

Sometimes, you just gotta snuggle up with your pet and watch some movies. Okay, maybe I do that more than just sometimes.

  1. I just watched We're The Millers and it's already one of my favorite movies. A little inappropriate, so I don't recommend watching it when your father is in the room (learned from experience), but it's definitely something you'll be cackling to. I relate to Emma Roberts' sassy character on an spiritual level. 
  2.  The Hunger Games series is something that I can't get enough of. I adore the relationship between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, in real life and in Catching Fire. This movie will have your heart rate pumping along with the action, and holding hands with the person next to you in the theater as you root for J. Law (even if it's a stranger…)
  3. I had to include my boys. I'll admit it - I love One Direction. Yup. I just can't help it. I love these five adorable boys and this movie just added to that love. Even if you just like their music, I suggest you watch This is Us. My sister was not a fan (to say the least) and now she wants to go front row to a concert of theirs. Maybe you won't make such a drastic jump like she did, but it's definitely a cute movie that shows who the boys in One Direction are as people, not just performers. (I may have watched it twice in one day.)
  4. Who doesn't love a chick flick? Nicholas Sparks killed it with The Lucky One. It's my favorite of his more recent films and it's only $5 at Target! I'm in love with Zac Efron's character. (No, really. I am. It's weird.) If you're ever lonely --  I don't suggest watching this at that time. But we all need those nights with a tub of ice cream, no? I've watched this film multiple times and I'm not tired of it just yet. If you love romantic and mushy movies, this one is for you. 

Yes it's cold, yes it's wet. But fashion, makeup and unrealistic movies make everything better. Let me know your opinions on the trends and movies I've mentioned. What's your winter survival guide?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Time to Get Down to Business

Happy new year, friends!
What a year 2013 was. It seems as if I was just seated on the football field waiting to hear my name [mispronounced] so I can finally receive my high school diploma. I'm sure if I look hard enough, I can still see the line where my sunburn begins from that hideous cap. I guess you can say I slept well that night with my mantra of "no more high school."

I basically opened my eyes to my family sanitizing all inches of a college dorm for me to move into. I think I learned more about people in my first semester of college than I ever have in all of high school. Adjusting took a few weeks, and in some aspects I still am. (Sharing a bathroom with three other girls… yikes.) It's almost overwhelming how much I learned in such a short time span, but some lessons were integral. For instance, this industry is no joke. I always knew that the fashion business is difficult to break into, but now as I'm learning alongside my "competition," I really feel the pressure to succeed.

Luckily for me, I am overly passionate about this industry and know it is where I belong. (I love a challenge.) I'm ready for 2014 to bring it on. I'll be working harder than ever before, eager to learn and get where I'm goin'.

I'm ready to get down to business. :)

Sidenote: I've been reading Start by Jon Acuff and I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to "Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters."And that's exactly what I plan to do this 2014.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Crystal Wonderland

Crystal Wonderland

I fell in love with this darling blush dress on Asos and thought it's definitely something I would like to get creative with. As you can probably tell from the posts below this one, I was on some sort of a Polyvore kick after rediscovering my love for that website tonight. Of course I love the fashion on the site, but I'm obsessed with how you can get so creative with interior design, pure self expression and truly anything else!

I started with the rings but I didn't exactly know what direction I was going in. When I brought in the flowers, I thought to myself that it was beginning to look like my day dreams; especially with the model's pose as she looks almost as if she's being engulfed into the trinkets.

If you were ever wondering what the inside of my mind looks like -- here you go!
(Except I decided to leave out Ryan Gosling this time)

Indian Summer

Simply Autumn: Drugstore Makeup

College Student Autumn Essentials

Friday, November 8, 2013

Night Time Textures

Night Time

Night Time by juliap43 featuring a diamond bangle bracelet
I was feeling inspired by this snake skin, asymmetrical skirt that I purchased from Top Shop last month. I love how although it's similar to the staple black body con skirt, it stands out with it's texture and shape. Don't mind me, I'm just living vicariously through Polyvore. :)

River Island crop top
$32 -

Rose gold jewelry

Nail lacquer

Nail lacquer

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

City Living: Week One!

Dorm room selfie, anyone?
In just one week, my life has become dramatically different than what I have been "used to" for 18 years. On Sunday August 18th, after years of waiting, I finally moved into the dorms of my dream school! I am no longer working double shifts with rude customers, but learning the techniques and secrets to reach success in the fashion industry. Just yesterday, I began my studies of Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries. I'm looking forward to learning how to run my own business and become a successful leader. I have always been one of the first people to speak up in a group... and sometimes that isn't such a good thing! Hopefully this major helps me in becoming an efficient leader.
Alright, now onto the fun stuff...

During orientation week I took advantage of my free time and explored the city! Although I am a native New Yorker, I have never really just strolled around and enjoyed my surroundings. From the High Line, to Soho, to Noho, to Greenwich, to Time Square and back to Chelsea, I've walked my feet numb (seriously!) But the sights (and food) make it all worth the while.

Pulled Pork Sandwich from Mighty Quinn's... literally the best food EVER!
Me and my new friend! ;)
Washington Square Park... my favorite.
Grand Central Station sunlight. Probably my favorite photo I've ever taken

As you can see, I've explored quite a bit of the city and I won't stop 'til I've seen it all! I think my favorite part is Greenwich. It reminds me quite a bit of Long Island in how it's pretty quiet and is home to many new families. I've already had an exciting week meeting new people and becoming familiar with different parts of the city and I'm eager to learn more. This is just the beginning, my friends!