07 December 2013
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Dim Light, $45
Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powders fall into the "cult product" category in the beauty realm and it's very easy to see why...it simply does what it promises. I chose Dim Light for my neutral-undertoned skin, which is pretty much a neutral peach powder that gives a subtle luminous glow, while minimizing the flaws in your skin. It really does exactly that. The fine pigments are almost undetectable against the skin making it an ideal finishing powder - I like applying it with a stippling brush prior to blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Highly recommended.
27 November 2013
So I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance and especially thank you for taking an interest in my blog over the last few, but inconsistent, months. I'm very grateful for the mini, virtual friendships I've made through this blog and the eye-opening insights it has provided along the way.
I'm typically not one to share personal life stories to the public via the internet, but I'm completely elated at this very specific moment in my life and feel the need to encourage others who may be perturbed and share my tale with you.
For a while, I had been very disappointed with my career decisions and the job I ended up with after college (which led to me start a few other blogs prior to this one) - disappointed is actually a major understatement as I was completely miserable and wanted to cry every night that I came home. Having turned down a position with a reputable, mass market retailer who would have given me the training necessary to partake in my dream job (merchandise buying), you can imagine I had many many regrets during that emotionally rough trail. Who would've known that three years down that unpleasant career path, I would have ended up in demand planning (supply chain), which has now opened another new opportunity: My original purpose - merchandise buying with an extremely reputable department store here in the southeast!
I know I can complain quite a bit for someone who has been lucky enough to have the opportunities that I've had...especially at a time when so many are struggling in this economy, but I am grateful. I am blessed beyond belief.
Major thanks to UNC-Charlotte for giving me a first-rate education I do not deserve, the CMS system for paying 50% of my college tuition (scholarship funds), my parents for always encouraging me to pursue higher education and take advantage of the knowledge they were not able to amass in a third-world country, my family for being there every step of the way, my husband for always believing in me and working hard for our little family, my kids for giving me purpose and being my #1 motivation to simply be a better me, my closest friends for just being great friends, my blog readers for allowing me to share senseless knowledge and random babbles, and especially God for making everything I'm thankful for possible.
I believe in giving back to everyone and everything who has gotten me here in the first place. So to help young, ambitious individuals, like myself, understand the potential careers in fashion, I plan on writing in-depth posts related to my experience (to be) in an executive trainee program tailored to individuals interested in merchandise buying. Of course, I am early on in the process as I will not be starting until June 2014, but I wanted to go ahead and throw the thought out there. There were not a lot of resources on fashion buying when I was coming out of college so I hope I can shed some light on that for anyone else interested...starting with the application/interview process to performing the actual duties.
Again, thank you and just keep going!!
25 November 2013
Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Potion Mascara, $7.99
So in dismay about Covergirl discontinuing their NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, I decided to go jumpstart my new search for the perfect volumizing mascara (drugstore of course) and went with Revlon's Grow Luscious Lash Potion Mascara after several months of eyeing it. To my surprise, I'm actually loving this mascara more than I expected and it beats the heck out of my former go to Covergirl. This is also a lesson on why it's good to try different products every once in a while - you never know what you may come across. Anyway, I know I was just blabbin away about how awesome the CG mascara was last week, but this Lash Potion is def worth checking out. Unlike most mascaras I've tried, this one actually holds a perfect curl. The humongous brush does an excellent job coating my lashes individually and really darkens them quite naturally. The formula is pretty wet upon application which doesn't bother me...I think I prefer that kind of texture as it volumizes well without clumping up.
On it's own, it doesn't provide the extra oomph I'm looking for (like every mascara I've tried, including Benefit's They're Real), but when paired with my other two favorites(Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara and L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara), I get this very thick, faux, but natural lash effect that I've never seen before. Contrary to what many are saying, this actually wears very well on me!
Overall, I am very pleased and will stick to this mascara combo for as long as the products remain available.
Note: I tend to love mascaras that most people hate and don't really care for mascaras that most people love (just check out the reviews on MakeupAlley), but they just happen to work for me.
23 November 2013
Sweater-Forever21, Boots + skirt-Zara
Loving all things fuzzy at the moment...it first started out with my love for faux fur some years ago to pony hair accents many months ago and now just anything with fuzz really. Glad I was lucky enough to snatch this sweater from the last bunch at Forever21 in not my ideal color but I love this style so much color doesn't matter at this point. It's rare to find such a diamond in the roughs of F21 so please F21, make more!