Tuesday, May 30, 2017

4 Internet Posts I Loved This Month

I loved reading about the Cupcakes & Cashmere staff's days as college students, especially because they weren't self-described ambitious perfectionists as I would've expected. (Cupcakes & Cashmere)

This article about Kendall's Pepsi ad was hardly a favorite of mine, but I did love the discussion that arose in the comments, even though it gave me a fair amount of anxiety. (Man Repeller)

I'm going through an intense skincare obsession so a blog post about Kierra's recent skincare purchases definitely piqued my interest. Plus, she's finally back in the blogging game! (In The Grey)

Combine loving the Charlotte Tilbury episode of Fat Mascara and my recent obsession with Violet Grey, this interview with one of the most talked about makeup artists of the moment is easily a favorite. (Violet Grey)

Friday, May 26, 2017

What's New // Finding Ferdinand

Finding Ferdinand, The Overnight Palette, The Overshadow Palette, The Rose Palette, custom lipstick, FFGirl, custom makeup
photo by Finding Ferdinand

My custom Finding Ferdinand lipstick has been my go-to for the past year and a half -- yes, I've been using the same amazing shade of lipstick for the last 18 months. I happened upon Finding Ferdinand when their only product was the Starter Kit and customizable lipstick. Since then they've introduced lipstick crayons, which I have yet to try despite my undying love for sheer lip crayons, and mini lipsticks. More recently ,though, they've forayed into all areas of makeup and now have completely customizable makeup palettes. Rather than just going to Finding Ferdinand to create a one of a kind lipstick, you can now put together your own palette with the exact shades and color combinations you want. 

The Overnight Palette, as it's been dubbed, includes your choice of bronzer, blush, highlighter, and eyeshadows in whatever shades you choose. There are literally thousands of possible combinations and each set comes with two double sided brushes for applying each step. However, the fun doesn't stop there. Finding Ferdinand just introduced The Rose and The Overshadow palettes which are completely customizable sets of 6 blushes, bronzers, and highlighters (The Rose Palette) or your choice of 8 matte, metallic, and/or shimmery eyeshadows (The Overshadow Palette). Now you can carry all of your makeup around in one, custom palette and not have to worry about dealing with that one shade of eyeshadow or blush that you know you'll never wear. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Pick Me Up

lipstick palette: Finding Ferdinand; perfume: Callio Fragrance c/o
necklace: Little April Showers; greeting card: Tayham
lipgloss: Trust Fund Beauty c/o; nail polish: Trust Fund Beauty in "Blow" c/o

This summer is already showing signs of overbearing heat and long work days. I will be the busiest I've ever been for the next three months and am hoping to find joy in the little things whenever I inevitably feel like I'm going to drown in my responsibilities. So far that has been bubble baths and endless sheet masks (I've indulged in one every night this month...), but I've also found some solace in some long time favorites such as my Finding Ferdinand starter kit and my artwork-as-jewelry hot air balloon necklace from Little April Showers, which closed back in 2015 to my chagrin.

Of course, Trust Fund Beauty always makes an appearance in the summer because Blow, which is no where to be found on their website, is the perfect non-opalescent white nail polish for warmer weather and Pretentious Pout is about as bubble gummy, prep girl pink as they come for a college woman like me who still wishes she could go to summer camp. I'm planning to switch back to Callio Fragrance's "Summer"' scent once the temperature gets into the triple digits, but there's something about Adele that I absolutely love. I've never been more in love with a fragrance since my elementary school days when I begged my mom to repurchase Still by Jennifer Lopez every time I ran out. Also there's something about getting the 5th bottle of your signature scent that makes you feel like a real adult, ya know. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

My Little Obsession: Violet Grey

Violet Grey, Violette_fr, The Violet Files, french girls, beauty routine,Into The Gloss, ITG,

I can't believe that it took me so long to finally jump down the rabbit hole that is Violet Grey. Actually, I've never really been a devout reader of magazine-esque beauty blogs. But as it turns out, I have just been cheating myself because Violet Grey is the answer to so many of my beauty dreams. In particular, The Violet Files. Violet Grey presents itself as an online destination for shopping high end beauty while simultaneously discovering the world of beauty. The subsection "The Violet Files" features interviews and how-to's and celebrity beauty routines and pretty much various peeks behind the curtain of the ever-so-exclusive beauty and entertainment industry. 

My obsession with Violet Grey goes even deeper into The Violet Files. I've been binge watching/reading all of Violette's videos/articles on Violet Grey. Violette, the resident "French girl" has her own sub-subsection within The Violet Files where, for the most part, she does fairly average beauty things but somehow makes it 10x cooler. I'm a little ashamed to fall for the "let's all fawn over the cool French girl and be jealous of how effortless she is." I have been so opposed to the glorification of French women in the fashion and beauty industry, but somehow this feels different. Maybe it's her French accent that reminds me of my french professor from freshman year or maybe it's because she has just a little bit of that unconventional beauty that eurocentrism typically lacks. I can't quite put my finger on why I love Violette and Violet Grey as a whole so much, but I do and sometimes things you love don't need an explanation.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

4 New Releases To Get Excited About

Milk Makeup, Ouai Haircare, Ban.do, So Worth Loving, Rose Hair Oil, Bando Agenda, Blur Stick, Blur Spray, Sephora, Summer Must Haves

The month of May is always littered with product releases and new collections from smaller Indie brands. Because I have way more free time and make more money during the summer, I'm always hyper-aware of the new summer must-haves. However, in between all of the major releases going on there seems to be quite a few gems that are flying under the radar. So Worth Loving quietly came out with a brand new muscle tee in burnt red and I barely heard about it amid Glossier SPF Instagram posts and The Ordinary's serum foundation uproar.

Everyone was so hyped about Milk Makeup's holographic stick coming out in the new shade Mars that they seemed to forget about the new Blur Spray that might just be my knight in shining armor this summer. Asia Jackson raved about how great the Blur Stick is as a primer so I can only imagine that the mist will be perfect for keeping my makeup matte throughout the summer heat.

On that same note, both Ouai Haircare and Ban.do dropped amazing new products in the shadows of their other highly anticipated releases. Just last month, Ouai came out with its inaugural collection of hair supplements that Jen Atkins and her squad promoted for months leading up to the release day. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Ouai drops their two-in-one Rose Hair and Body Oil. I'm still on my rose scented skincare kick (I just bought Jurlique's rosewater balancing mist) so I've already added it to my wishlist despite my disappointment in their original hair oil.

On May 1st, Ban.do had their annual, highly anticipated agenda release. Per usual, the covers were amazing and everyone freaked out about just how amazing everything about Ban.do's agendas is, but what no one seemed to notice was all of the other insanely cool things Ban.do also dropped that same day. The "Agenda Shop" was filled to the brim with new goods and an entirely new batch of tech accessories and drinkware on the horizon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

My Thoughts on Life... & The Tassel Fairy

...Out of the blue, Studio Mucci had a sample sale two weeks ago and now I have two more tassel garlands to add to my collection. The Tassel Fairy is back in business, my friends!

...And of course, Glossier released its new Invisible Shield. The jury's still out for me, but it's not looking too great unfortunately.

...I've been obsessed with skincare Instagirls lately because 1) I'm uber-jealous of their #TopShelfies and 2) I need to find out all of the products that I'll inevitably end up spending my next paycheck on.

...Now that I'm officially on summer break, I've spent every night relaxing in a bubble bath with my favorite candle and a sheet mask.

...Speaking of summer break, this past semester was killer. I'm honestly just happy I made it out in one piece.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Glossier's Sunscreen

Glossier, Sunscreen, Invisible Shield, Every Single Day, Emily Weiss, Into The Gloss,
photos from Instagram

I know you've heard by now that Glossier is finally releasing its highly anticipated sunscreen this week. News travels fast in this digital world we live in. So fast that I was upset that it took me so long to find out about the new release when I saw the Instagram post 3 hours after it was uploaded (I know. Shameful, right? But I am a millennial and you know how we want everything and we want it all now). The funny thing is that I was already planning on publishing a blog post about Glossier sunscreen this week ,because over the last 18 months there have been so many hints that I knew it was only a matter of weeks (or in actuality, days) until Glossier sunscreen was available for the masses. Invisible Shield, the official name of Glossier's sunscreen, has been a long time coming. Emily Weiss & Co. obviously didn't expect it to take this long to formulate. Comment threads on Into The Gloss have been saying "very soon" in response to sunscreen inquiries for nearly a year. And let's not forget when Invisible Shield was featured in a Cosmopolitan editorial spread last summer before the magazine got wind of the (very, very) delayed launch date. So after two years of waiting, Glossier sunscreen is just days away and here's everything you need to know before it's released.

1. The basics: Emily gave the basic deets about Glossier's new sunscreen on Into the Gloss yesterday. It offers UVA and UVB protection, which is pretty standard. Weirdly enough, it will be a serum formula rather than a lotion in order to give invisible coverage while still being 100% protective. This likely means a price hike, but it also means it will work with all colors and complexions.

2. The ingredients: Unfortunately, Glossier chose a chemical formula over a mineral alternative which means it won't be a "clean" product and if you have ultra-sensitive skin it might cause irritation. On the plus side, however, it's going to be SPF 35 which is a a step up from many makeup SPF's that are typically on the lower side. And yes, pretty much anything above SPF 30 will effectively shield you from the sun's rays so there's pretty much no better coverage you could get.

3. The packaging: This is where the disappointment might come for you Glossier die-hards. The Glossier team decided to deviate from their signature millennial pink packaging and put Invisible Shield in a white and light green cylinder bottle. It feels reminiscent of Drunk Elephant's BabyFacial (but much smaller and no pump) and sticks out like a sore thumb next to all of Glossier's other products.

4. The price: After a little bit of digging (okay, not really but it still took some work) I've confirmed that the price is going to be $34. With the watergel/serum formula you can expect a high quality formula worth the price, but nonetheless you might have to count you coins  before clicking "Add to Cart" because that's a steep price to pay for daily sun protection.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Oldies but Goodies

jour d'automne thermal styling spray, ouai haircare, blogger trends, bauble bracelets, dalmatian jasper
bracelets: Harper Designs, Britter & Jo; hairspray: No. 4

I'm a girl of tradition and a creature of habit which means when I find a product I love that love will likely last a lifetime. Such is the case for my first ever "blogger" purchase -- these dalmatian jasper bauble bracelets from Britter & Jo and Harper Designs. Just a few months into blogging I saw these bracelets on Instagram and became obsessed. After hours of going through endless Instagram hashtag searches, I placed an order in hopes of writing the article that would start the bauble bracelet trend.

As for the hairspray, it came with my graduation gift to myself senior year of high school. I purchased the Cupcakes + Cashmere Birchbox and received this travel size No. 4 thermal styling spray. Thus began my obsession with owning the perfect hairspray. I have yet to find a drugstore strong hold hairspray that doesn't leave my hair offensively crunchy and smells delicious. This has lead to an embarrassing percentage of my paychecks going towards Ouai's medium hold hairspray (which, despite the name, has amazing hold) and lusting after No. 4' s Jour d'Automne Thermal Styling Spray. If any of you have somehow cracked the code and found a good drugstore hairspray that works as well as a luxe hairspray please let me know. I doubt I'll end up buying it but maybe I'll be less willing to drop $30 on my next bottle of hair product if I know there's a $6 bottle sitting on a shelf somewhere in Walgreens.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The New and Improved #GirlBoss

Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss, Netflix Original, Girlboss Foundation, Nasty Gal, Nasty Galaxy, Nasty Gal Media
photo by unknown

Nothing says procrastination like binge watching the entire first season of Girlboss in one weekend. I bought #Girlboss, the memoir Netflix's highly anticipated show is based on, in March to read on my trip to NYC and didn't even crack it open once. I've since read about one-third of the half condescending half hilarious retelling of Sophia Amoruso's past, but now that I've watched the show, I don't see myself finishing it any time soon. That's not to say it isn't a worthwhile read (that's also not to say that it is either, though), but it is a little uncomfortable reading a book about a woman who made it to the top of the world mere months after her empire came crashing down. I've tried to shove that itching feeling to the side, but you can't quite shale the awkwardness no matter how hard you try.

 That's why I think Sophia Amoruso's success story goes beyond the Nasty Gal behemoth that once was. What makes her incredible is almost entirely separate from what made Nasty Gal great. Case in point: what has Sophia been up to since the bankruptcy and subsequent closing of Nasty Gal stores? For most other entrepreneurs you'd struggle to answer that question. But since November 2016 (and long before that, too, because a bankruptcy filing doesn't come out of the blue) she has been hustling with her #Girlboss enterprise. Let's talk about Girlboss Media, Girlboss Foundation, the Girlboss Rally, and of course, Girlboss the Netflix show. 

Girlboss as a brand represents what I aspire to be: supporting women, creating content, being a platform for amazing entrepreneurs and artists. The new and improved #Girlboss, the one that goes beyond Nasty Gal, is a summation of what female success really is. Whether it's by donating to the Girlboss Foundation, binge watching Girlboss the show, or just generally being a woman who supports other women, there's no excuse to not be part of the Girlboss movement.

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