Product Favorite – Elf Mist and Set

Hello, all! I have a new favorite product. I don’t know what I was doing before I found it, because it has changed everything about the way I do my makeup. It’s the elf Makeup Mist and Set and it is $3 and it’s the best $3 I’ve spent thus far into 2016.

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If you’re an elf fanatic or a budget-savvy individual, you are more than likely familiar with the ever expanding EyesLipsFace lineup and may already know about this setting spray and probably other reasonably priced setting sprays on the market. While I am sure there are better products out there, for $3 this setting spray is pretty bomb and has been able to fulfill many different roles in my makeup routine. As the reviews online for it were kind of ~eh~ I originally bought it for the sole purpose of intensifying my eyeshadows to bring out their color and provide a more metallic finish. Then, with a bit of trepidation, I decided to attempt to spray it on my face as a finishing spray. While I cannot definitively say that it has extended the life of my makeup, it does remove that cake-face aesthetic and trade off powderiness for a smooth skin look.

Most importantly, though, it primes. When you put it on your bare face, it claims to nourish you with the wonderful effects of aloe, green tea, and some vitamins that I do not know the actual benefits of. That claim has yet to do anything for my skin, but it does leave my face just on the right side of tacky, which is when I go in and apply that foundation and then…BAM! Suddenly the product adheres betters. It goes on less patchy. I feel a little bit less terrible about the inadequate job I did in wetting my foundation sponge. I put it on and, in the words of Big Sean, “way up I feel blessed.”

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Even More Basics

Sometimes it’s hard to remove yourself from the warm, coziness of your bed in the morning. While usually a time crunch that’s brought on by my attachment to a nice mattress + comforter leads to a less carefully crafted outfit for me, apparently nothing cancels out that occurrence quite like running low on wearable clothes. Procrastinating on life and laundry has never treated me better.

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Sweater: Charlotte Russe; Skirt: Mossimo (Target); Tights: F21; Boots: Mossimo (Target); Jacket: Rainbow
Sweater: Charlotte Russe; Skirt: Mossimo (Target); Tights: F21; Boots: Mossimo (Target); Jacket: Rainbow

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The Basics

I’m not really one for playing around with basic pieces. I don’t own any white t-shirts and I generally prefer things with an extra flair to them (more bang for my styling buck), which is why when I head back to basics, I think more about playing with basic formulas and methods for styling.

It can be a little intimidating when you’re thinking up what you should wear and you’re looking through every single item in your closet. Should you hit the world up with a snazzy sparkly skirt? Make it a little fancy with a printed collared shirt? I recommend thinking of a simple combo and then filling in the blanks: Sweater + Jeans + Socks + Boots. From there, you hit that magical point where you’re restricting yourself to specific types of pieces, while still leaving room for your creativity to shine through. So style it up, keep it classy, and go bold while also heading back to the basics!

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Sweater: Newport News (Goodwill); Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; Socks: ?; Shoes: Mossimo (Target)

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Valentine’s Day LookBook

Whether your V-day bae is an actual human being or the all powerful tri-force of Netflix, WiFi, and a laptop, you deserve to look a solid 10! Here are 3 outfits in under 2 minutes to offer some inspiration for looking lovely while you spend some time with your one true love!

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January Favorites

Because I like to like things, here are some things that I liked a lot last month!

♥Products Mentioned:♥
Revlon ColorStay Foundation
elf Smudge Pots in Wine Not, Poppin’ Party, and Back to Basics
NARS Lip Pencils in Rikugien and Cruella
Side-Tassel Chunky Hell Booties
American Flag Beanie
Blanket Scarf
Pocky
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire
Troye Sivan “Blue Neighborhood”

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Pointless Sweater

I have a love of sweaters that runs so great that I don’t even have a need for them to be functional anymore. This sweater does nothing to keep me warm in this emerging winter cold and I decided to continue the trend of non-winter-functional pieces by layering it over top of this pastel, floral sleeveless button-down. I’m on this new kick of pulling my summer pieced into winter wear because I like a challenge (read: my wardrobe is not as expansive as I wish it was). Don’t limit your clothes to the season friends. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Live your dreams.

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Sweater Mountain Lake; Blouse: H&M; Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: ?; Boots: Charlotte Russe

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Little Green Monster

The best part about going home for breaks is getting to delve into my wardrobe with all of the clothes that I haven’t been able to wear while I’m at school. For instance, I had completely forgotten that I owned this delightfully fuzzy monstrosity which is why it’s getting a little love from me today. It’s wonderful because it’s warm, but slightly less wonderful because it sheds and only has 3/4 length sleeves so my arm-shins are always cold. Despite that, my poor chilly arm-shins have never been styled better.

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Sweater: ?; Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; Shoes: Mossimo (Target); Necklace: Forever 21

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