Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fresh and Refresh

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First, let me introduce you to the phenomenon that is liquid lotion.  Shiseido's hydro-balancing facial softener comes in a sleek, hourglass shaped, white transparent bottle so it's not hard to see that what's inside is looks almost identical to water. As I pop off the cap and squirt 2 pumps into my hand, I wonder if in fact it is water because it pools in my palm just like water would...Buuuttttt then the softener starts to work its magic once I smear it onto my face. It applies just like any facial moisturizer would -- rub hands together and distribute onto all areas of face -- but what happens next is what makes Shiseido one of my all-time favorite beauty brands. As it sinks into your skin to hydrate and balance (which studies have shown serve as aging prevention and contribute to longer lasting "young" looking skin) it moisturizing you face from the inside out. Within just a couple of minutes you face feels soft and hydrated and looks glowing and smooth. You don't have to dry your face off with a towel or rinse off the product because Shiseido's liquid formula acts just like cream moisturizer.

Second, let's discuss why I would pay a small fortune for a glorified bottle of water. The product is named "Refreshing Cleansing Water." However, the one thing I've learned from Shiseido is that names can be misleading (as in "hydro-balancing softener" actually means amazing liquid lotion). Shiseido's  refreshing cleansing water is a mix between a toner and a cleanser. Like the hydro-balancing softener, this cleanser comes in an almost water-like consistency. The directions say to squirt 1-3 pumps onto a cotton pad and apply to face, but I prefer to treat it as a true cleanser and apply it to my face with my hands as I wash my face. After using it for just three week two times a day, I can already see a noticeable difference in the quality of my skin and the residue that is left behind on my face towel after my morning and night routines. Better skin = less blemishes = less scarring = prettier skin. It's a win-win-win-win!

If you're like me the sticker value of both the softener and cleanser is enough to make everything I just said irrelevant, but my little secret to getting all of the Shiseido my heart desires without going broke is heading to TJ Maxx and searching their skincare selection for their luxe products. Everything is pretty much half the price and has just as much quality as the bottles directly form Win-win for you, too!

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Little Obsession: Zoella

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Remember when I hated YouTube? Yeah, well I'm trying to forget because I think I've found its saving grace. A little over a month ago I decided to jump off the deep end and loose myself in the massive archives of Zoella, the infamous YouTube channel of Zoe Suggs. Right now she boasts over 7 million subscribers and I'm not surprised in the slightest that so many people love her. She's funny in her own little way, she has an accent which means just about every American will love her, and she talks about everything from travelling to skin care to home decor to shopping (sooo many haul videos, yet you never get tired of seeing everything she buys). There are hundreds of videos that you can fly through in just a couple of weeks and once you've watched ever hilarious moment you can continue on to her daily vlogs on her second YouTube channel, MoreZoella. There seems to be no end to all of the awesomeness Zoe has online and to top all of that off, she has a best selling book, Girl Online (which I will be reading this summer) that she's currently writing a sequel to. With so many to choose from it's hard to pick my all-time favorite video by Zoella so let's just say this is a non-exhaustive list of YouTube videos you need to watch from Zoella that will make your YouTube experience 10x better.

Friday, April 17, 2015

IFB Links a la Mode: Spring Denim

Spring Denim à la Mode

IFB bloggers are ready for spring, that much is clear. Unfortunately, the weather is not acting very spring-like in many of the locales where our bloggers reside. But we have some tricks up our sleeves. Spring makeup works even if it’s only 49 degrees outside, and light colored denim (a very popular topic this week!) will keep you just about as warm as darker hues. Chambray is also a good choice—and by the way, have you ever wondered how that denim-like fabric is different from actual denim? I know I did, so thank you, Christie of I Can Style You.

Links à la Mode: April 9

  • A Glamorous Revelation: Popular: The “Anti-Social Network” Magazine
  • Attire Club: The Best 7 Looks From Men’s Resort 2015
  • Everyday Starlett: Spring Beauty and Fashion Essentials
  • Fashion Moriarty: Dressing for Spring When It Feels Like Winter
  • Flash 365: How to Choose Shoes for Summer Events
  • Foxy Oxie: Four Secrets of Successful Freelancing
  • I Can Style U: What’s the Difference Between Denim and Chambray?
  • Kindly Sheree: Face Oil Is Good for Oily Faces
  • Les Assorties': Paris Je T’aime: Quinoa Paris
  • Mama Fashion Files: Closet Staple Series: Chambray Shirt
  • Musings of a Fashion DesignerOrganic Shapes at Jabong Fashion Week
  • Pumps and Studz: The Burberry Trench vs. My Dupe
  • Riva La Diva: DIY Lanvin-Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial
  • Style Bizarre: The Best Summer Vegetarian Shoes
  • Sheela Writes: How I Healed My Face Post-Angioedema
  • Style Diary by Osy: The Wedding Guest: African Fashion
  • Style Standpoint: What I’ve Learned From Selling My Old Clothes
  • The Dragonfruit Diaries: Discover: My 5 Favorite Apps
  • We Are Readymade: Aggressively Wearable
  • Wishing for ChanelFour Ways to Wear Floral
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Elementary, My Dear Ryan


    It's not everyday you find a luxe, golden version of one of your favorite elementary school pass times.  Scrawny little letter beads sprawled across the playroom floor for you to pick and choose any combination of letters to spell B-F-F-L or I-<3-U or even your name spelled out like I loved to do, M-U-N-A-C-H-I. You and all your friends strung each little bead on a string and tied each little knot on each thin wrist to prove your everlasting friendship with the bestest bracelets ever.

    Now flash-forward to present day when all of the little girl memories are brought back to life with Ryan Porter's range of beaded letter bracelets in either gold (as seen above) or in the tradition white background/black letter combo. With your choice of a gold, neon pink bright blue, fluorescent yellow, or bright green chain or chord you can come up with hundreds of bracelet designs to gift you and your closest pals. What was once a sign of youthful glory days is now the coolest piece of jewelry sitting on your dresser. 

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    IFB Links a la Mode: Finding Meaning In Fashion Blogging


    Yay! I got chosen again for Independent Fashion Bloggers's Links a la Mode. This time around they have changed their HTML formatting so the links down below are black and grey rather than the pretty pastel-y pink that clickable links usually are on A Glamorous Revelation. You know the drill so just treat it the same as usual and if you see a post you like click on it to go directly to that blogger's website/article; no pink font needed :)

    Finding Meaning in Fashion Blogging

    This week, many IFB bloggers sought to go deeper than the #OOTD, with shout outs to philanthropic organizations including Scotty’s House and To Write Love on Her Arm—plus we heard some compelling personal stories. Other posts tackled diversity in magazines, the “new sexual revolution,” and older women’s right to wear leggings. On the lighter side, we have our fair (and necessary) share of fashion and beauty tips, trend pieces and news bites. All around, it’s a well-balanced collection of fashion blogger fare. I hope you enjoy! And if your post was chosen, please don’t forget to post the LALM roundup on your own blog (see instructions below)!

    Links à la Mode: April 9

    Friday, April 10, 2015


    I remember when I first started doing #TBH posts on Facebook way back when in my middle school days. I loved getting tons of "likes" on my status and going to everyone's page writing "To be honest..." and filling in whatever honest thing I had to say about them. It was a fun way to tell your friends how much you love 'em and an easy way to tell your enemies that they're not necessarily your favorite people in the world. Today I'm using #TBH to share my honest feelings about the things that everyone seems to love but I have less than favorable feelings for in short, sweet, to the point little tidbits.

    1. I couldn't get hooked on the popular podcast Serial... Trust me, I tried.

    2. Chipotle is soooo overrated. "Omigaawwdd, I don't love Chipotle!"

    3. I hated Maybelline's Miss Manga mascara. Absolutely hated it.

    4. Beyonce. Is. Not. God. (Seriously, calm down people.)

    5. But Solange and her style are definitely under-appreciated.

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    IFB Links a la Mode: Color a la Mode

    Color à la Mode

    The theme for this week’s Links à la Mode is COLOR. From gorgeous spring hues to monochrome in the form of leather on white to completely unexpected colored combos like gray and gold, you’re in for an eye-full this week! We even have a post dedicated to the psychology of color as it relates to fashion. Oh, and don’t miss the brightly-colored cat tattoo. On to the links!

    Links à la Mode: April 2

  • Affordable: How to Groom Your Eyebrows
  • A Handful of Stories: Microtrend: The Bucket Hat
  • A La Modest: On Being Genuine
  • Attire Club: Color Theory and Fashion
  • Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: April Crush List
  • ChromoBeauty: 8 Ways You’re Curling Your Hair Wrong
  • Funky Jungle: Five Tips for Shopping Savvy Online
  • Ginger Snaps: How to Dress Like Betty from Mad Men
  • A Glamorous Revelation: Breakfast With Bevan
  • Head 2 Heels: On Getting Inked, Again
  • Les Assorties: Paris Je T’aime: Mademoiselle Sassi
  • Little Luxury List: Fashion and Interiors: Gray and Gold
  • Purushu Irie: 7 Summer Holiday Outfits
  • Storybook Apothecary: 10 Brands That Prove Green Beauty Isn’t Just for Crazy Hippies
  • Style Bizarre: Minimal Alternative Clothing
  • The Fashion BarbieHow to Not Look Like a Festival Cliché
  • The Outfit Repeater: 20+ Ways to Collaborate With Fashion Bloggers and Brands
  • TLV Birdie: Natural Skincare Splurge
  • Trends VIP: The It Bag—Worship Beyond Reason
  • We Are Ready Made: Hej Stockholm!

  • Want to be featured in Links à la Mode?
    1. Read the updated rules and submit your links on this page: Links à la Mode.
    2. If your link was selected and you need this week’s code, visit this page: Links à la Mode Code.

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    "The Anti-Social Network" Magazine

    Since when does the world need another woman's magazine? Well, the answer is now. Popular TV is the brand new "anti-social network" that mixes the indie ambience of Nylon Magazine with the informative "Hey, here's what's up in the fashion-y world" of fashion news site with a pinch of millennial/teen modernness that Teen Vogue and Seventeen bring to the table. Just a couple of months off its launch earlier this year, the newest anti-social network project is now at a newsstand near you. Popular Magazine boasts a former Nylon editor-in-chief (probably why it's full of sooo much Nylon-esque awesomeness) and former Teen Vogue, Vogue, and Elle editors. It technically is geared towards teens and young adults ages 16-24, but my guess is that it'll pretty much be the best thing that ever happened to any female under the age of 45 who has ever thought "Man, I wish all of my favorite fashion magazines and websites were piled into one great publication!"

    Sofia Richie is the inaugural cover girl and the issue will be available on news stands Friday. If you'll be buying a copy let me know in the comments so we can talk about it in all its glory (or its disappointment if that happens to be the case) and if not let me know why... 'Cause what's not to love??

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    A Fashionista's Reading List: Spring 2015

    Spring is sprung, people! Refresh, renew, rejuvenate seems to be my spring motto and with only 5 weeks left of high school a lot of new changes are coming soon so some R & R &R is going to come in handy. The first step in my R & R &R-ing this spring is changing up my skincare routine (yesssss. finnaallyy!) and second is to read more books I would. Though some of the books from my previous reading lists are still on the top of my To-Do List, I have even more books I want to indulge in for Spring. This seasons theme seems to be autobiographies, like The Fashionista's Summer Reading List of 2014, but this time around each story is either told by an artistic legend (Diane von Furstenberg and Andy Warhol) or by a modern day, mega-icon in a new age industry (Brandi Glanville and Emily Schuman in the Reality TV and Fashion/Lifestyle Blogging industries, respectively). 

    The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

    DVF is a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion so it's no telling what forces are pulling her behind closed doors. Diane von Furstenberg's legacy speaks for itself so let's see what her life has to say about her. Some have given it less than glowing reviews and doomed the unnecessary accounts of her men-heavy escapades in Paris. But who's to say the story of DVF is any less as entertaining with each detail included?

    The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol

    The not-so-secret stories of the iconic Andy Warhol as told by the great man himself. for any of you keen on scandal and raunchy rumors being revealed as true, this book is for you. The life of Andy Warhol has never been portrayed so openly like it is in his published "diary."

    Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders

    Drinking and Tweeting And Other Brandi Blunders by Brandi Glanville

    The "Truth Cannon" has come out with another book and if you are even close to being a fan of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills then I don't see why you wouldn't get this. Unless you're a Brandi hater, then I suggest you still read it because it's freaking about drinking and tweeting! Why wouldn't you want to read that?!

    Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman
    Pre-order: $13.99

    The "At Home" version of Emily's original book titled after her blog "Cupcakes and Cashmere." She promises this time around there will be new content on almost every page so there's no need to feel like you wasted money on ideas and tips that you can find for free on her blog. Here's to hoping this one is better than the last :)

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    To Write Love On Her Arms

    Today is the unofficial release of the independent film To Write Love On Her Arms and after brainstorming and pondering over what to write about last night I decided that today would be the perfect time to spread a little light about this organization and well, supporting non-profits in general. The blogging world so often can look so pretty and perfect seemingly unaffected by the hardships we face in the everyday world. No one wants to talk about the dirty little details on their blogs and the few times they do it's either about a headlining issue or for the sake of their stats. Not today. Many of you are probably unfamiliar with To Write Love On Her Arms because such an issue or institution hasn't crossed your mind in the past 10 years that TWLOHA has been around. Drug abuse, self-harm, and teenage addiction is one of those things that we don't like to think about, let alone talk about and it's those issues that TWLOHA deals with.

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    But let's be clear here: I'M NOT WRITING THIS BLOG POST TO TELL YOU ABOUT SELF-HARM AND TEEN ADDICTION AND DRUG ABUSE. I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT SUPPORTING A CAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST (and easiest!) THINGS YOU CAN DO IF YOU LOVE TO SHOP AND LOVE #HAPPYMAILDAYS. It's not always about donating dollars and volunteering time, people! If you'd love a t-shirt or a beanie or a mug (or even a poster-sized print like the one pictured above from To Write Love On Her Arms that's available online for only $14 and will be hanging in my room veerrry soon I hope! ;)) buying it not only supports the cause, but it also means new cute stuff to hang in your closet or on your wall. Duh. Though there are sooo many non-profits I'd love to support, TWLOHA happens to be the organization that I've been most moved by lately even though they've been on my radar for years. Now's the time for me to not just admire their work, but get involved by doing what I do best: shopping. So what organization are you going to shop 'til you drop to support? It's just as easy as One-Two-"Add to Cart".