Muted Spring

Hello, all!

As you all can probably tell from the fact that I have made yet another post with the word “spring” in the title, I am very excited to delve into the new season! Strangely enough, this outfit does contrast with my general perception of “spring vibes,” because it includes a lot of more muted tones instead of bright splashes of color or soft pastels. I played on that conflict by pairing a sweater that I usually get the most use out of in the spring with the deeper reds, olive, and leather presented in the rest of the ensemble. All together it created a very muted spring look.

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Sweater: MODA International (?); Skirt: Charlotte Russe; Flats: Merona (Target); Jacket: Iris
Sweater: MODA International (?); Skirt: Charlotte Russe; Flats: Merona (Target); Jacket: Iris

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Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette – Review

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably know that I recently picked up this Lorac Unzipped palette last week. I initially went in intending to get the new Unzipped Gold, but after examining the colors in person, I actually walked away with the original Unzipped and decided to see if it lived up to all the love that it’s received these past few years. This palette was $42 dollars at Ulta, contains 10 shades, a mini bottle of Lorac’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, and taught me that the I am very much in love with rose-gold! After using solely this palette for my eye makeup for the past week, I am finally ready to share my thoughts on it with you all.

Here are all 10 shades:

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I found that they were all reasonably pigmented when I swatched them on my arm dry, especially because I do occasionally have an issue where eyeshadows really want to blend in with my skin. In my opinion, the matte shades were a little bit less intense than the shimmers. This doesn’t necessarily bother me, but is something that you may want to take into consideration if you are planning to purchase this palette. The only real complaint I have about this palette is that some of the colors are a bit too similar. I did a different eye look every day, but I found that it wasn’t always fully obvious that I was changing things up and using multiple shadows. They’re all at different intensities of gold/rose-gold, which is fun to look at in the palette, but generally will not translate over as blatantly on the eye unless you give the shadows some extra help with a colored base.

This palette was also, as expected, very long wearing. Iy came with a mini primer that I used for maybe about a day before simply swapping back to using my $1 e.l.f. primer, because there’s no use in using their expensive product when the shadows are quality enough to hold up on their own. In fact, I rinsed my arm off after doing my first set of swatches and  found that I had to actually scrub a bit (albeit, not too harshly) to get the shadows off, which was amazing.

Overall, I do feel like this palette lived up to most of the hype that it’s gotten over the years. The shadows are pigmented, long wearing, and very blendable. I believe that they are worth the price (though if you can find them at a discount, that’s even better), especially if you are a fellow lover of rose-golds!

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? I’m always down to find more, so feel free to comment your faves below!

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Spring Business

Today I had the pleasure of starting my day off with an exam and decided to bring some spring cheer with me while I tested. I buttoned up my soft blue blouse (because shirts with buttons say that I’m ready for business) and threw on my trusty Girl Scout cardigan and allowed the power of spring and female encouragement to take me through those 50 minutes of sadness. I also wore a pair of sneakers for the first time in at least 3 months. They’ve got happy pandas on them, but when I made them I did not use permanent markers or fabric markers so the blue from the clouds above them has began running into their eyes. Now they look like the pandas are doing some weird type of reverse crying, but that is okay because who hasn’t ever had a nice reverse cry?

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Hat: Forever 21; Cardigan: Girl Scouts (Goodwill); Top: CATO Fashions; Skirt: Wall Flower; Sneakers: DIY
Hat: Forever 21; Cardigan: Girl Scouts (Goodwill); Top: CATO Fashions; Skirt: Wall Flower; Sneakers: DIY

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Shortall Farm

At this time last week I was lacing up my boots to deal with the snow that was still on the ground and now it’s 70 degrees outside.  This means that not only have I been blessed with a bit of an early spring, but I finally get to whip out my good ol’ shortalls! I may have classed them up a bit with a nice necklace and a pair of loafers, yet I still can’t help feeling as if I should give my green pepper garden another try. They just add a nice laid-back and casual vibe to every outfit I make with them. Throw in my new fuzzy sweater from F21 (which has allowed me to take a break from being a chic yeti, and stroll into country yeti territory) and I’ve got my go-to combo for spring.100_3076 100_3073

Hat: Forever 21; Shortalls:  l.e.i. (Walmart); Sweater: Forever 21; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: ? (Goodwill)
Hat: Forever 21; Shortalls: l.e.i. (Walmart); Sweater: Forever 21; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: ? (Goodwill)

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What is your go-to or favorite item for Spring?

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Miss Manga Black Angel Mascara – Review

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I recently was in the market for a new drugstore mascara and after hearing some good things about L’Oreal Paris’s Miss Manga mascara from some friends, I decided to take it from a whirl. I picked mine up from Walmart for $6.99 in the shade Extra Black. Right away, I was very pleased with the packaging of the product, as it is simultaneously cute and edgy, which does fit right into the niche of a lot of popular manga.

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The wand has a 360 degree flexor brush allowing it to bend similarly to that of the Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara. While the bending is visually fun, but I have not found it to be particularly helpful or necessary. It doesn’t harm the application and the wand stays sturdy while you’re working with it, which is a definite plus.

Application

First Coat of Mascara:

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Third Coat of Mascara:

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Final Impression

This mascara did offer volume to my lashes, but I found it difficult to add length while also battling clumping. It was do-able, but I found that I had to work for the product more than the product was working for me. The mascara also dried quite stiffly onto the lashes and within a few hours had begun to flake off onto my cheeks. That being said, I did enjoy using this product on my lower lashes, because the thin shape of the brush and shorter bristles made application in that area much easier, and it was less prone to clumping. Overall, I think that this mascara is best fit to work in conjunction with one that provides more separation rather than on its own (I like it paired with Maybelline’s The Colossal Volum’ Express).

I’m still on the hunt for a new drugstore mascara, so if any of you have any recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments.