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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

5 Blog Posts I Loved This Month


All the fantasy gifts fashion people would get Beyonce for her birthday -- The Coveteur


A ultra-chic and profession laptop sleeve for millennials -- Cupcakes and Cashmere

Velvet heals with jeans have never looked so sophisticated -- Fashion Toast

11 reasons why you shouldn't quit your job to travel... even if Tumblr says to -- Man Repeller

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Glossier Dilemma


Let's talk about the elephant in the room, shall we?

Glossier. -- Brain child of the ever-creative Emily Weiss and cult favorite of anybody who's anybody in the beauty fanatics world. Also, one of the few brands whose entire product line was something I could get excited about, Literally, every. single. product. (yes, even the ultra sheer perfecting skin tint). But then there's that irking feeling in the back of my mind... The venture capitalists. A Glamorous Revelation is a blog and brand that's entire ethos is based on supporting independent brands and small businesses, yet one of the brands I support and feature the most isn't technically a small business. It doesn't have grassroot beginnings and it isn't a little start-up housed in the back of someone's basement. Glossier is a full fledged, corporate funded business. But what Glossier is not, is a corporate giant outsourcing all of content creating and creative concepts. They aren't an office of 500 employees who aren't even sure who the "Glossier girl" is.

So then how do we classify Glossier? I'm not quite sure yet. I feel a little icky covering Glossier as if it's just a homegrown company like many of the other brands I feature. But I also recognize that in a lot of ways Glossier is much closer to a small business than a corporate power house. And not to mention, I love their products and have loved watching them grow from a company of four products to an entire brand. But everything's also complicated by the fact that Emily Weiss and her team have treated Glossier like it's a really small company when in reality it isn't. It's not that I feel lied to constantly, but sometimes I wish we were all more honest about Glossier as a company, not just a brand. And when I say we I definitely include the people who work at Glossier, not just the bloggers like me that cover them or the consumers like you who use their products. Right now Glossier is growing so it's hard to classify. But as it gets bigger we're going to have to really confront who and what Glossier is. For now, I'm just going to enjoy the new Supers and patiently wait for their next release.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pinspiration: Bag Snob

Now that I'm in college I'm struggling to find uses for the many, many, purses I own. Most days I just grab my bright lavender Herschel backpack and my wallet before rushing out the door, so there isn't a real need for me to carry another bag everyday when I'm already weighed down by the one that's carrying all of my books. However, this somehow doesn't stop me from still obsessing over some of the cutest bags on Pinterest and buying more purses that will enjoy their life time sitting on my closet shelf. And in my defense, even though I have no daily demands for a new purse, I've been delving into the world of "the perfect going out clutch." I may not need a giant tote bag, but whenever I'm going to an evening event there's always an opportunity to use a cool clutch to accent my outfit. That's why this set of pinspiration is a tad clutch heavy. I will always be fawinng over large satchels and eccentric crossbody bags, but clutches have become the most reasonable handheld accessory for me in college.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

4 New Releases To Get Excited About {September}

The Supers, Glossier, Finding Ferdinand, custom makeup, mini lipstick, Ouai, Jen Atkins, travel size, Callio Fragrance, mini spray bottle, Adele, Adele, perfume, new products, new releases, September
Every year there are so many new releases in fall because that's when the fashion industry decides to reset itself and start anew; the New Year's of fashion and beauty, if you will. For those of you who love the It factor and extravaganza of New York Fashion Week then September means submerging yourselves in a pool of instant runway coverage via Snapchat (r.i.p. Style.com) while you wait for you're favorites to drop next spring. For me, someone who's eye is always on the artistic works of the small business sector, September is the month of new product, new product, new product.

Glossier released its newest masterpiece yesterday -- The Supers -- which have been formulating for months. I ordered Super Glow from between the sheets of my bed 1 hour after they'd been released and am now patiently waiting for the opportunity to put my "skin first, makeup second." But, my know means does that mean I am any less obsessed with Finding Ferdinand's newest goodies. The lipstick minis were just released a few weeks ago and have won my heart over. I've created three customer colors already and have an #FFGirl minis collection that's already five deep. Keeping with the theme of mini beauty, both Callio Fragrance and Ouai Haircare dropped collections with mini versions of their bestselling products. Ouai, the hair care brand created by the hair styling goddess Jen Atkins of Kardashian fame, now has its super luxe hairspray, mousse, and hair treatments for half the size and a fraction of the cost. Even when you're just headed to your parents house for the weekend, with the sleek grey packaging and rich formulas you'll feel like you're traveling in style. And while you're on your little weekend trip you can also spritz your favorite scent without having to use up valuable space in your bag or risk TSA confiscating your full size bottle. Callio Fragrance has graced us with the perfect mini spray bottle that we've always needed but never had. Today, Callio Fragrance added a .33oz spray bottle of all its perfumes to complete the trio of perfu-mania -- full size, rollerball, and now mini spray bottle. To add to the hype, there's also a 30% off anniversary sale going on at CallioFragrance.com right now so there really is no excuse to not get your favorite perfume week.

Friday, September 2, 2016

My Thoughts On Life... and Kanye vs. Taylor


.... Year 2 of the great college adventure has started and I'm equal parts psyched and nervous.

.... There are a ridiculously amazing amount of new products coming from my favorite companies. I am actually giddy with anticipation. Keep your eyes peeled for more Callio Fragrance, Finding Ferdinand, and Glossier on the blog soooon.

.... I kept with my I AM VERY BUSY tradition and bought the medium sized, ice blue version from Ban.do last month. From the OG blue and gold, to the pale pink of yesteryear, and now we're here.

.... My lifeblood this summer was all the Kimye vs Taylor Swift drama. Fellow Team Kimye members, where y'all at?

.... AGR now has its own Facebook page that I'm obsessed with. After all the social media I've been doing for years, I don't know why I held out so long for Facebook because it is by far the easier platform for bloggers.

.... I officially have more Balm Dotcom than I could every consume in a lifetime. I just bought my 10th tube and I'm a little ashamed.
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