Valentine's Day Fashion

Valentine’s Day Fashion That Will Give You Heart-Eyes

It’s finally that time of year…

…Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Fashion

It’s been a hot-minute from my last post, and I wanted to come back feeling the love (pun intended). Out of all of the holidays, I truly enjoy dressing up in theme during this time of the year. (Halloween is also up there!)

For this, I decided to skip  the typical lingerie route because there’s already enough of those lists going around. Instead, I found Valentine’s Day-themed pieces that will look cute throughout the year. From statement-making accessories to a multicolored pink cardigan, these picks are guaranteed to give you heart-eyes. So even when Feb. 14 is long gone, you best believe these items won’t be out of style.

Yes, some pieces in my list are kitschy. But isn’t that part of the fun—What’s the point in celebrating an over-the-top and cheesy holiday without dressing up in flirty and playful fashion? For me, this is the time to get festive and creative with your wardrobe.

Valentine's Day Fashion

So with that in mind, check out my Valentine’s Day-themed picks! And no matter what your plans are on Feb. 14, like I mentioned, you can easily incorporate these products into your everyday wear.

Whether it’s all about the smallest of details,  wearing your heart on your sleeve (loud and proud) or go for that extra as hell lewk, this list has a little bit of everything.

FOREVER 21 HEART PRINT MOCK WRAP DRESS, $24.99

TARGET SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR HOT LIPS DROP EARRINGS, $10.39

DOLLS KILLS RED HEART BERET, $17.50

UNIQUE VINTAGE BLACK PATENT LEATHER RED HEART HEELS, $38.97

Valentine's Day Fashion

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H&M PATTERNED TWILL SKIRT, $17.99

KOHL’S LC LAUREN CONRAD HEART CROSSBODY BAG, $27.30

NEW YORK & CO ADELAIDE HEART SWEATER, $34.97

Valentine's Day Fashion

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UNIQUE VINTAGE PLUS-SIZE STRIPED CARDIGAN, $35.99

TARGET SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR HEART DROP EARRINGS, $10.39

DOLLS KILL PLUS-SIZE SUGAR THRILLZ HEART SWEATER, $38

Valentine's Day Fashion

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H&M SLINGBACKS, $34.99

UNIQUE VINTAGE BLACK HEART SHEER PANTYHOSE, $10.97

FOREVER 21 MULTICOLORED STRIPED TIERED DRESS, $28

Fenty Beauty Review

Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife Collection: Honest Review

‘Tis the season to glow.

When it comes to highlight, I’m someone who loves the subtle look, especially for everyday wear. I’m  a lit-from-within kind of gal and stick to my three go-to products: Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Palette, Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter or Becca Cosmetics’ First Light Priming Filter Face Primer.

However, there are times when I want to switch things up and blind people with my highlight. Enter: Fenty Beauty ‘s Trophy Wife bundle and loose body shimmer powder.

The Trophy Wife Life set ($64) includes four items that come in the same gold shade as the brand’s fan-fave highlighter. The Fairy Bomb Body Shimmer Powder in Trophy Wife is sold separately for $28.

Fenty Beauty Review

In the bundle, you’ll find: the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, a Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, a Hyper-Metallic Liquid Eyeliner (new) and a Hyper-Glitz Lipstick (new). Aside from the highlight, the other three items are exclusive to the set.

While the set and loose powder looked intimidating at first—because as someone who goes for the subtle route, this felt jarring—I was pleasantly surprised by how delicate and subdued it appeared. That’s not to say that it’s not noticeable, but it’s not as stark as I imagined it would be. If anything, the highlighters and lip products gave my skin a nice luminosity. Of course, with the gel liner made my overall beauty look playful and fun, which was a nice way to step out of my comfort zone.

So if you want to shine as bright as the holiday lights this season, take a peek at the lewk I created using both the bundle and shimmer powder.

Fenty Beauty Review

I want to note that the highlight and liner lasted throughout my entire work day. However, the gloss and lipstick needed re-application but I expected that. The lip formulas are the same as the brand’s other Gloss Bombs and Glitz Lipsticks.

Fenty Beauty Review

I definitely gravitated towards the Glitz lipstick and re-applied that the most—it also looked gorgeous on its own. For me, the Gloss Bomb looks better as a topper (at least for my complexion), rather than on its own.

Since the other items stayed put throughout the day, I have zero complaints or notes about them. The loose shimmer powder does work best if you apply it with a powder puff tool, rather than a brush. Especially if you want to achieve a more subtle glow for a work day.

Fenty Beauty Review

All in all, these goodies exceeded my expectation. With this collection, it was just the right amount of going bold and still feeling like myself.

*I want to note that I received these items through PR but my thoughts about them are 100 percent honest.

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

10 Work Shoes That Are Both Chic and Comfy

I’ve been on a shopping kick lately… filling my closet with cozy, colorful sweaters, flowy skirts and, of course, shoes.

From houndstooth-printed flats to the perfect black booties, I’m definitely getting into the fall spirit. And it’s a known fact that shoes are my weakness, but no matter how cute or chic they may be, my number one rule is that they have to be comfortable. I hate when I buy a pair of flats, heels or boots and they kill my feet within an hour of wearing them. No bueno!

So I’ve found a few pairs that are not only going to make a fashion statement but they’ll be perfect for the workday, happy hour and more.

ASOS DESIGN LIP BOW SLINGBACK BALLET FLATS, $35

FOREVER 21 FAUX LEATHER BUCKLE BOOTS, $27.92

BETSEY JOHNSON HOLLIE PUMPS, $55.30

TARGET EMA HIGH BLOCK HEELED PUMPS, $29.99

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

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lulus ARYA BLACK CROC HIGH HEEL SANDALS, $34

ZARA SLINGBACK TORTOISESHELL HEELS, $39.90

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

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TARGET EDEN MICROSUEDE BUCKLE BOOTIE, $37.99

ASOS DESIGN SPEAK OUT POINTED MID-HEELS, $45

FOREVER 21 LEOPARD PRINT SLINGBACK HEELS, $22

Dry Shampoo

11 Dry Shampoos That Actually Work

Big hair, don’t care!

While I’m not a dry shampoo die-hard,  I do love a hair product that can keep my hair looking  full, luscious,  and not greasy.

Which brings me to my confession time: I wash my hair every night… sometimes it’s twice a day. I can already hear the screams, because I know that I’m breaking a cardinal sin in beauty. However, when I decide to skip a day or when I need some va va voom, I reach for a dry shampoo that will take my hair from drab to fab. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s voluminous, tousled strands and only a dry shampoo can get the job done.

Dry Shampoo

With that in mind, I’ve listed the top dry shampoos that actually work.  So if you’re a dry shampoo devotee, keep on reading!

DOVE BEAUTY REFRESH + CARE VOLUME & FULLNESS DRY SHAMPOO, $4.89

KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO WITH NETTLE OIL, $20

KRISTIN ESS STYLE REVIVING DRY SHAMPOO, $14

Dry Shampoo

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OUAI DRY TEXTURE FOAM, $28

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CLEAN FREAK DRY SHAMPOO, $4.79

MIRIAM QUEVEDO PLATINUM & DIAMONDS VOLUME DRY SHAMPOO, $50

Dry Shampoo

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BATISTE CLEAN & CLASSIC ORIGINAL DRY SHAMPOO, $8.99

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY DRY SHAMPOO, $24

Dry Shampoo

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DOVE FOAM DRY SHAMPOO, $4.89

ELENI & CHRIS DRY TEXTURIZING SHAMPOO, $27

ORIBE DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY, $46

Statement Purses

11 Purses That Will Add a Pop of Personality to Your Fall Outfits

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean your accessories can’t be fun, vibrant and over-the-top fabulous once fall arrives. If you’re anything like me, I usually default to black and neutral clothes once September hits. However, I like to add a pop of color with my jewelry, shoes and handbags.

Since I’ve recently shared a shopping roundup of statement earrings, I thought it would be fun to do something on purses. It’s especially easy to stick to the classic black, beige and/or brown handbag in your closet. I know I’m guilty of it!

This fall, leave the basics at home.

Here are 11 purses that will certainly make a statement, no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going.

MODCLOTH ARID ADORNMENT CACTUS CROSSBODY BAG, $19.97

Statement Purses

FOREVER 21 BEADED COLORBLOCK TOTE BAG, $32.90

Statement Purses

UNIQUE VINTAGE COCA-COLA CLASSIC COKE BOTTLE PURSE, $68

Statement Purses

ALDO THORENIEL CLUTCH, $29.28

Statement Purses

NORDSTROM RACK FRUITY CHERRY STRAW TOTE BAG, $20.97

Statement Purses

VALFRÉ COLOR BAR PURSE, $58

Statement Purses

TARGET CIRCLE HANDLE SATCHEL HANDBAG, $29.99

Statement Purses

MISS LOLA AMAZONA SNAKE CROSSBODY, $37.99

Statement Purses

PALM TREE DREAMS QUEEN OF HEARTS BAG, $40

Statement Purses

TARGET SATCHEL HANDBAG, $34.99

Statement Purses

ASOS CROC EFFECT ’90S SHOULDER BAG, $29

Statement Purses

Acne Treatments

Acne Products That Save My Face During Hormonal Breakouts

We’ve all been there: you wake up in a good mood, only to find that a huge zit has made itself comfortable on your face. At least, that happens to me every time it’s that time of the month. It never fails that once I start my period, I get a pimple on my chin. Sometimes it’s in the exact same spot as the month before. What’s worse is that when I get hormonal breakouts, they not only hurt but they’re bothersome.

And while acne is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s hard for me to not obsess over its existence. I tend to pick my pimples, too, which usually makes things way worse.

So if you’re like me, I wanted to share the products I use to get rid of my pimples. Some work in an instant, while others help me to not pick at my zits.

Below, are my holy grails!

COSRX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCH, $5

Acne Treatments

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MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION, $17

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora

RENÉE ROULEAU ANTI BUMP SOLUTION, $47.50

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Renee Rouleau

M-61 POWERSPOT BLEMISH LOTION, $16

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Bluemercury

SONYA DAKAR BLEMISH BUSTER, $29

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sonya Dakar

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE SPOTLIT ACNE TREATMENT DEVICE, $52

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora

INDIE LEE BANISH STICK, $28

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora

MURAD OUTSMART ACNE CLARIFYING TREATMENT, $44

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora

2019 Foundation Reviews

Ranking New Foundations: From Pat McGrath Labs to Flesh Beauty and More

If you’re a beauty devotee, then you’ve seen the countless foundations that have launched in the last few weeks. From Pat McGrath’s much-talked about collection to Laura Mercier’s newly formulated (and beloved) tinted moisturizer.

Luckily, I’ve been able to get my hands on some of the latest and greatest (thanks PR peeps!). However, while many products are already receiving rave reviews, others haven’t lived up to the hype.

*Sips tea*

2019 Foundation Reviews

Below are my honest thoughts on some of the newly released foundations—with before and after pics included. Making things easier? I’ve ranked them from best to worst, so you can easily find out which ones are worth your coin. And since this part of the beauty world doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, I’ll be updating this list as more foundations hit the market.

ZOEVA AUTHENTIK SKIN FOUNDATION, $28

2019 Foundation Reviews

One word: wow. This is the latest foundation to make it into my “must-have” category. I’ve been wearing it every day for a little over a month and can’t get enough. What I love the most about this product is that it’s lightweight and long-lasting. It lasts through an 8-hour work day and a 30-minute work out (I try not to exercise with makeup on but sometimes it happens).

I can wear it with or without a primer and it will still hold up throughout the day. And since it’s enriched with rose hip oil, your skin will have a nice glow to it. However, it won’t leave you feeling greasy or overly dewy (again, a look I’m not a fan of).

And just because it’s lightweight doesn’t mean it can’t offer coverage. One pump covers everything—from blemishes to redness to dark circles. If anything, I rarely use a concealer when I use this foundation because I find that I don’t need it. My skin looks brighter, radiant and there’s no imperfections in sight.

This product is luckily sold at Ulta, so you can pop into the store and fight your right shade. It comes in 44 shades total. All in all, I’m blown away by this foundation.

FLESH BEAUTY PURE FLESH FOUNDATION, $32

2019 Foundation Reviews

Let me begin by saying the matte glass packaging is pretty deceiving when it comes to the actual shade in the bottle, but luckily, I found a perfect match in Custard, a warm yellow tone.

Upon application, I immediately loved how natural it looked and how lightweight it felt. It was like my skin, but better. But tbh, that’s what I’d expect from a product named “Pure Flesh.” What I loved most about this foundation was its ability to cover my redness, blemishes and dark spots, especially since it’s a medium coverage formula. It also gave my skin a nice lit-from-within glow.

Since it’s formulated with aloe vera, glycerin, squalane and other moisturizing ingredients, my skin definitely looked plump and hydrated. However, because of this, I found myself touching up my T-Zone throughout the day. Personally, I hate looking greasy or dewy, so that was the only downside to this foundation. But if you’re a fan of that effect, then you’ll have zero issue with this product.

All in all, this has become one my foundation holy grails. It’s truly beautiful and makes your skin look radiant. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and can’t get enough.

PS: This is sold at Ulta, so I’d def try getting shade matched in store.

LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER NATURAL SKIN PERFECTOR SPF 30, $47

2019 Foundation Reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this tinted moisturizer, a product I typically hate. I’m a medium-to-full coverage hoe. However, this Laura Mercier product is making me feel some type of way!

Upon first application, I wasn’t initially impressed with it. The tinted moisturizer looked a little muddy and didn’t really conceal any imperfections in my skin, like my redness and blemishes. Once I let is set in and absorb into my skin, it did, however, even out my skin tone. Adding powder also helped.

Most of all, I loved how lightweight it looked and how hydrating it felt (my skin has been so dehydrated lately). But, I want to note that because it is more of a moisturizer formula, it does make the skin look dewy and shiny, a look I’ve mentioned is not my fave. Because it’s also 800 degrees outside, I like that it’s infused with sunscreen. And unlike other products formulated with SPF, this one isn’t goopy or heavily scented.

Overall, I’ll be using this on days when I don’t want a full face of makeup, but rather something to even out my complexion and to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays. However, I’ll be sure to keep a powder on hand since it brings out my oils.

PAT MCGRATH LABS SKIN FETISH: SUBLIME PERFECTION FOUNDATION, $68

2019 Foundation Reviews

*Insert crying emojis* Sorry Mother, but I’m not a fan of this foundation. It cakes up and I hate that I can feel it on my skin after a couple hours of wear.

Upon first application, I loved how easily and evenly it applied—I used a brush at first, and then blended out any spots with a sponge. Since it’s infused with a Diamond Core Powder Technology, it gives the skin a radiant glow and filter-like finish. And like its claim, it’s truly buildable from sheer-to-medium coverage.

However, after a couple hours of wear, I noticed that it easily separated and caked up around my nose and chin area. And before someone says anything, I also used the brand’s primer and setting powder that’s supposed to work seamlessly with the foundation. Even when I switched the primer and setting powder to products I typically use, the same thing happened.

Even though I wanted to love this more, it just didn’t work out. I’ll still keep playing around with it, but on days where I don’t leave my house! P.S.: the pics I took were on different days but you can still see how the foundation looked upon first application and by the end of the day.

BENEFIT COSMETICS HELLO HAPPY FLAWLESS FOUNDATION, $30

2019 Foundation Reviews

Sadly, this was another foundation disappointment. While my skin looked radiant and fresh for the first couple of hours, it quickly went down hill after that.

Upon first application, I loved how natural-looking this foundation made my skin and how lightweight it felt. But after a few hours of wear, I became oily around my nose and forehead. In fact, you could start to see my pimples peeking through on my chin and the foundation around my nose separated and created a weird line. This surprised me since the brand claims its hyaluronic acid ingredients help to maintain hydration.

Aside from the areas where I looked shiny, the rest of my skin looked hella dry. What’s more? This foundation also broke me out!

It’s safe to say I will not be using this again.