Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today the weather has been a bit unpredictable as it’s swapped from nice and sunny to doom and gloom to nice and sunny again. I’ve combined the water and sun into this outfit with a top that’s ready to beat the heat with a subtle wave pattern in aquatic blues to channel any potential rain into a more summer pool vibe. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite tops, simply because it is so versatile. A couple of weeks ago I dressed it up with a pencil skirt for a job interview and now I’m rocking it with my favorite jeggings for a casual Friday. Who doesn’t love a piece of clothing that’s ready to tackle every event in your life?
It has rained so much in the past week that after over a month of stressing about exhausting my summer clothing collection, I am finally back to wearing sweaters. I am very, very okay with this transition. I am a sweater gal, through and through and nothing pleases me more than being cuddled by the warm embrace of knitwear. Though quite simple, this outfit is giving me life merely because sweaters + skirts are one of my go-to outfit combinations. So thank you sweater and cool weather gods for gracing me with this wonderful opportunity.
Do any of you do that thing where you randomly swap out things in your outfit throughout the day, until it gets to the point where the outfit you change out of to go to bed is nothing like the one you put on in the morning? This is definitely one of those outfits for me. I wore it without the button-down, with the button-down, as a shirt with a pair of jeans, as a shirt with a skirt, and swapped out accessories all within the same day. For some reason, I just could never become satisfied with my styling of this outfit and I do not know why. I can only hope that it is not the start of an outfit rut. 😦
And in other news, I’ve recently started up a YouTube channel in case any of you want to check that bad boy. I’ve got one video up so far and it’s a tutorial from one of the looks created in my review of the Art Throb palette from NYX. I won’t be abandoning this blog though, because this blog is my main squeeze and my #bae, but if you ever want to see me beyond photos, then be sure to visit and subscribe to my channel out!
I am huge lover of eyeshadow palettes so when I saw that NYX was releasing their Avant Pop palettes I knew that I had to get my hands on them. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should, if you don’t already), then you would have seen that I picked up 2 of the 3 including the one that I have for you right now: Art Throb. So far I have only seen them available for purchase from the NYX website, though I’d love to know if they can be picked up in store anywhere else. They are $17 each, but at the NYX site you can get 25% off your purchase of them by signing up for their mailing list and earn free shipping when you spend $25+.
Here are all 10 shades:
Unfortunately, like most drugstore palettes, these shades don’t have individual names so I had to number them. As you can see, all 10 of them are quite pigmented upon swatching and were able to hold up that pigmentation on the actual eye. Even the black shadow was intense, which is something that I was not expecting because my past experience with drug store palettes has resulted in very wimpy shades of black. Thankfully, the black in this palette is very buildable and can easily be transferred to an intense tone.
I have also found these shadows to be very longwearing in terms of creasing control and color payoff. With the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows, I found that if I wasn’t using my most expensive eye primer, then the color of the shadows would fade away and I would experience a lot of creasing, but so far none of these shadows have resulted in this problem. At the end of the day everything continued to look relatively close to the way the way they had during their initial application.
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this palette. $17 may seem like much, but it is very easy to get it at a discount and will be even more so if it shows up at more stores like Ulta. I also found shadows 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 to be the most easy to use in everyday looks. This being said, this palette is not for everyone. It’s very flashy and there are few neutrals to balance it out. This is not necessarily a huge deal breaker for me because I don’t mind working between palettes or integrating single shadows, but others might be looking for a nice balance between fun brights and easy-use neutrals. If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, then I definitely recommend it.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed a trend: I have no posts that include a pair of casual shorts in the outfit. I have skirts, I have shortalls, and I even have gym shorts; but I did not have any casual/everyday shorts until 3 days ago when I purchased my first pair in 4 years. And I love them! The fabric of them is so light and airy that I feel like I’m wearing a pair of comfy pajama bottoms. Plus, the brightness of the print is an easy way to spruce up an otherwise simple outfit. I was simply testing the water with this pair, but now I think that I’m definitely going to purchase many more!
It is officially my move-out day, so I decided to wear a very fun and easy outfit. And what is more fun and easy than a pair of shortalls? I paired them with a very flowy top for air circulation (got to keep it breathable) and a pair of boots so I can save my toes when I inevitably drop a heavy box on top of them. This also doubles as an awesome festival look. I’m all for a multipurpose outfit.
I’m in the process of packing up and moving at the moment, so this morning I decided to wash my clothes before packing them up. Unfortunately, this was poor planning on my part as I also ended up throwing the outfit that I had planned to wear into the wash as well. And thus, I reached a new low (or perhaps a new high) and decided to just throw a skater skirt on and tuck my pajama top into and pretend that I had gotten fully dressed this morning. Fortunately, the top really turned out to be a quirky addition to an otherwise simple outfit!
Fun fact: I’m almost done with my first year of college! Not-so-fun fact: all of my exams and final projects are all set to take place/be done on Monday :(. In that spirit, I picked out my comfiest outfit that I would not mind going to bed in if I wore myself out so much throughout the day that I would not be able to swap into pajamas. Thankfully, my life does not appear to be coming to that point. But, if it does, I shall be ready.
A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a lovely text message from my mother telling me that Ulta was running a 40% off sale on Maybelline products. I had actually already put in an order for some things from there the day before, but since Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands, I decided to use this sale to try out a product that’s advertisements I can’t seem to escape: the Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks. They retail for about $7.49 each, but you can pick them up from Ulta for half-price until May 10th because they are currently buy 1, get 1 50%.
Here are the 3 shades I picked up:
They all apply sheer, but can be built up to a bolder color. They have a very smooth consistency, and apply just as such. Also, they don’t dry out the lips, which is great!
When I initially made my purchase of these online, this is the color I was most excited about. Unfortunately, it actually turned out to be my least favorite of the three that I picked up. I still love the color, but even when I started with my one swipe sheer application, I could feel the lipstick trying to cling onto all of those secret dry patches on my lips. Come 3 hours later and the lipstick had settled into a slew of fine lines that I didn’t even know that I had. The color is nice and, while it does transfer, it manages to last at 4 hours on the lips with no touch ups. I just could not get over how much this lipstick was seeping into my fine lines and clinging to my dry patches.
This is my top shade of the bunch! When I ordered it, I thought it would appear as having more of a purple hue because in the tube it appears as a fuchsia/magenta color. You can still see that tone within it, but all of my friends thought that it was just hot pink. That being said, this color is still gorgeous, especially if you’re just starting out with bolder colors. It applies evenly, lasts 4+ hours without reapplication, and never settles in any of the cracks in my lips.
This lipstick is probably the most subtle when you first apply it. It did give a slight tint to my lips, but it was so natural that it almost appeared as if I wasn’t wearing any product. I think it’s a nice subtle color, particularly if you have already done a bit of a bolder eye and want to keep the lips very low-key. My only complaint is that it does settle into some of my fine lines and cling onto some of those dry patches.
Overall, I think these lipsticks are alright but they appear to be a bit of a hit or miss. I love Orchid Ecstasy and wholeheartedly recommend it, but for me Coral Burst is a hard pass and Blushing Bud is just okay.
Have any of you tried out the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks? How did they work for you?