NYX Pore Filler Primer – Review

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up the NYX Pore Filler Primer from the brand’s website. I ordered the regular size bottle (0.67 fl oz) for $14. Like with the Prismatic Eyeshadows you can score a deal with this product by gaining free shipping for purchases of $25+ and 25% off of your first purchase when you sign up for their email list. On Ulta the primer is $13.99 and you can probably get it even cheaper if you purchase it during one of their buy 1, get 1 50% off sales.

Here is what the product looks like:

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rubs into the skin colorlessly and leaves behind a smooth finish
rubs into the skin colorlessly and leaves behind a smooth finish

As you can see, the primer comes out a bit solid and in this nice peach color. Occasionally I have an issue with air filling the bottle, so when I squeeze it, tiny clumps of primer just squirt out which can get a bit annoying. I usually break it up a bit with the pads of my fingers before applying it to different areas of the face where it blends out clear. It leaves the same blurring effect on the skin as the blur feature that I use when I edit my photos, which is something that I am a very big fan of.

The bottle claims that the primer can be used on bare skin, over makeup, and under makeup and I have tried it all 3 ways. I think it’s good for bare skin if you are in a hurry or are having a very, very minimal makeup day because it does offer a great blurring effect and will make your skin feel like doll skin for the rest of the day. I have used it over my makeup and am not the biggest fan of that because it felt like I was just messing up my foundation. The way I most enjoy using it is underneath my makeup. I apply a thin coating all over my face and then add another layer in the center most areas of my face (my nose, the skin around my nose, and the center of my forehead) and wait 3-5 minutes.

In the few weeks that I’ve been using this product, it has become a staple in my beauty routine. There was a period where I was hating every foundation I owned because I felt like it was clinging to and overemphasizing all of the small, surface level bumps and grooves that normally weren’t noticeable on my face. This primer really helped to solve that issue leaving my skin smoother and softer finish.

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Brights of Spring

This dress is an oldie but a goody that I, for some strange reason, rarely ever use in any OOTD posts. I previously mentioned it as a dress I got for Easter, but as of late, I’ve been wearing it for anything but that occasion. It offers a nice swash of brightness to every outfit, but with little effort since it’s simply a “one-some”. It also is a very nice and soft shade of coral, which is kind of my jam. I threw on one of my favorite cardigans for protection from that cool spring breeze and this outfit became a definite winner in my eyes.

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Cardigan: Outback Red (Goodwill); Dress: My Michell (?); Bag: Charlotte Russe; Boots: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Outback Red (Goodwill); Dress: My Michell (?); Bag: Charlotte Russe; Boots: Charlotte Russe

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The Go-To

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I discovered the most interesting thing last night when I picked out this outfit: I have never posted this sweater on my blog. I received it as a Christmas gift from my mom back in December (and by Christmas gift, I mean we went to the mall and I picked out the sweater and she told me it was my Christmas gift now) and ever since I got it, I have been obsessed with it. I love more open knits because they’re so breathable and effortlessly casual. I also like the fact that it has fully functioning zippers on the front and a subtle high-low cut going on at the hem.

Like, this sweater is my everything and I wear it all the time, particularly in this exact setup. Running late to class? Throw on this sweater and these jeggings. Have a final exam? Throw on this sweater and these jeggings. My friends randomly want me to go get breakfast with them? Throw on this sweater and these jeggings. In my life, I have two go-to outfit combinations that never let me down: t-shirt + cardigan + skater skirt and this sweater + these jeggings. I’ve posted so many variations of the former on here and now I am glad to finally get to introduce you all to my other love, my ultimate OTP for when it’s not a sauna outside.

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Sweater: Charlotte Russe; Jeans: CATO Fashions; Shoes: Charlotte Russe; Necklace: Forever 21; Backpack: Arizona (JC Penny)
Sweater: Charlotte Russe; Jeans: CATO Fashions; Shoes: Charlotte Russe; Necklace: Forever 21; Backpack: Arizona (JC Penny)

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Monday Dress

How is it that I’ve managed to go so long in my life without actually owning any casual dresses? The last time I purchased a “casual” dress was at least 2 years ago for Easter and while I do love it, it is definitely not something that I wear that often. I have a love for being pants-less and I felt that it was about time that I combined that love with my love for quick outfits. Thus, I picked up this new item made of sewn together pieces of fabric from Forever 21 during their spring break sale. As you probably know if you’ve been on my blog for a while, I am a huge fan of florals, though the use of it in this dress is a lot more subtle than what I am used to. Again, I decided to pair that floral aesthetic with shoes that have a bit more hardware to them and my American Flag beanie in order to keep up with that casual vibe.

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Dress: Forever 21; Hat: Forever 21; Necklaces: Walmart and Etsy; Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Dress: Forever 21; Hat: Forever 21; Necklaces: Walmart and Etsy; Shoes: Charlotte Russe

NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow – Review

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A few weeks ago I was shopping online and came across these lovely Prismatic Eyeshadows from NYX. The eyeshadows retail for $6 per shadow. You can pick them up discounted at the NYX website where you can get 25% off of your first purchase and free shipping for purchases over $25 or pick them up at Ulta during one of their buy 1, get 1 50% off. There are currently 12 shades available online. I purchased 3 and have used at least one of them in nearly every makeup look I have done since they arrived in the mail.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:

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I am a very texture oriented person, so the first thing that I noticed about these shadows (well, other than the fact that one of mine had apparently gotten some rough treatment on its way to my mailbox) was that they are so incredibly smooth. When I was in the process of swatching them, I had to take a moment to simply relish in the fact that it felt like I was running my finger across velvet. Not only were they smooth to touch, but they were also smooth to apply and so incredibly pigmented.

After using these eyeshadows in actual looks, I did find that there are a few cons to the product. The most important thing I found about these shadows is that it needed a good eye primer. I usually just use my $1 elf primer, which has always held up for me, but these shadows were most long wearing with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. I also found that I got the greatest pigmentation by applying the shadows with my fingers, rather than with a brush. In fact, the only time I use a brush with these now, is if I’m placing them in my inner or outer corners of my eyes.

Sample Looks:

Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
Fireball on the lid
Fireball on the lid

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed these shadows and plan to purchase more. They blend well, apply easily, and the price is right. They are a cheap and simple way to pump up a glam, shimmery look or to bring bright colors into your spring/summer routine!

Soft Floral and Edge

There’s nothing better for warm weather than a good ol’ fashion overall dress with a sleeveless blouse. You get the youthfulness from the dress to keep everything light and airy and the business of a shirt with buttons and a collar. Like, really, please start calling me Hannah Montana because I am definitely receiving the best of both worlds. I decided to spruce it up a bit and play on the darkness of the dress’s background by adding accessories that had edgier detailing. The fringe and open zippers on the bag and the studs on the sandal add a fun dimension to what was already a very soft and more pastel toned look. I can dig it.

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Headscarf: ? (Goodwill); Blouse: CATO Fashions; Dress: Kohl's; Bag: Charlotte Russe; Shoes: Wet Seal
Headscarf: ? (Goodwill); Blouse: CATO Fashions; Dress: Kohl’s; Bag: Charlotte Russe; Shoes: Wet Seal

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