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

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FOREVER 21 BEADED COLORBLOCK TOTE BAG, $32.90

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

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ALDO THORENIEL CLUTCH, $29.28

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NORDSTROM RACK FRUITY CHERRY STRAW TOTE BAG, $20.97

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VALFRÉ COLOR BAR PURSE, $58

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TARGET CIRCLE HANDLE SATCHEL HANDBAG, $29.99

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MISS LOLA AMAZONA SNAKE CROSSBODY, $37.99

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PALM TREE DREAMS QUEEN OF HEARTS BAG, $40

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TARGET SATCHEL HANDBAG, $34.99

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ASOS CROC EFFECT ’90S SHOULDER BAG, $29

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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

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MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION, $17

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RENÉE ROULEAU ANTI BUMP SOLUTION, $47.50

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M-61 POWERSPOT BLEMISH LOTION, $16

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SONYA DAKAR BLEMISH BUSTER, $29

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

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INDIE LEE BANISH STICK, $28

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MURAD OUTSMART ACNE CLARIFYING TREATMENT, $44

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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.

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.

Statement Earrings

11 Statement Earrings That Will Make Any Outfit Pop

If you know me, you know I’m always rocking flashy earrings. It’s the one thing I cannot leave my house without. I feel naked when I forget to put on studs, drop earrings or my hoops.I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Here’s the thing: I’m not really a jewelry person. I don’t do necklaces, and I have my one bracelet, watch and ring that I always wear. For me, earrings are the one thing that I switch up and play around with. It shows off my personality and brightens up my wardrobe. Even when I’m wearing something as simple as a plain tee and jeans, adding statement earrings make it pop.

Because I always get asked, “where did you get your earrings?” I wanted to share the love. Below are 11 pieces that will make any outfit go from basique to bomb!

SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR ENAMEL DROP EARRINGS, $12.99

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ASOS ALDO KAIRYACLYA PINK RESIN CHERRY EARRINGS, $10

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AMAZON SKULL TASSEL STATEMENT EARRINGS, $13.99

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AGACI AMAZON BIRDS OF PARADISE RHINESTONE EARRINGS, $10.90

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FOREVER 21 TASSEL DROP EARRINGS, $7.90

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SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR MODERN HEART DROP EARRINGS, $12.99

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MISS LOLA COSTA RICA EARRINGs, $13.99

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AGACI LANA BEAD FRINGE DROP EARRINGS, $8.90

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BAUBLEBAR VIONNET HEART DROP EARRINGs, $10

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AMAZON YELLOW STATEMENT EARRINGS, $10.99

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BAUBLEBAR WINK DROP EARRINGs, $10.99

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Date Night Makeup

Date Night Makeup That Will Have Everyone Green With Envy

Since having a new work schedule (I work Saturday through Wednesday now), I’ve valued my date nights a lot more. Going out for dinner, getting drinks or hanging out with my husband is a lot more precious to me since I’m working most of the day on weekends. So when we both get a chance to wind-down and do something together, I appreciate that time a bit more.

With that, that means I also like getting dolled up. Because I work from home on the weekends and am off two days during the week, it’s easy to get into this slump of working and lounging in my pajamas. So having an excuse to look extra cute is always nice.

Date Night Makeup

And since I love playing up my eyes, I’ve been obsessed with green shimmer shadows lately. It makes my brown eyes pop, and also gets me out of my comfort zone. Plus, I hear incorporating “green” into your daily life attracts money.

Whether or not that’s, I wanted to share the glam yet totally achievable date night lewk I’ve been rocking over the last few weeks.

PS: I only focused on an eye tutorial for this. I had already applied foundation, concealer and powder (I added bronzer and blush last).

Finessing the Eyes

Date Night Makeup

For this look, I used three shadows—two being from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette and the other being the ColourPop Miss + Bliss Super Shock Shadow (looks like it’s only available in a vault). For the crease, I popped on the shadow Twig from the ABH palette and then added Ember to give it a more bronzy, shimmery effect.

Also, I want to point out that I already applied liner to my lower lash line (Pixi Beauty Bronze Beam) and mascara  to my bottom lashes as well (L’Oréal Unlimited Mascara).

on to the fun part: green shimmer shadow

Date Night Makeup

Once I blended the loose shadows on my crease, I pressed the ColourPop shadow on my lid. I mainly patted it in the center and blended it out to the outer and inner corner. I find using my fingers gives me the best results—the pigment is always vibrant and it’s less messy.

Finishing Touches

Date Night Makeup

To complete my eye look, I added two coats of the L’Oréal mascara and filled in my brows with my holy grail—Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow. I topped everything off with the Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner (in brown).

Final Look

Date Night Makeup

To complete my makeup, I added Benefit’s Galifornia Blush, Too Faced’s Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer and Essence’s Glow to Go Highlighter. For the lips, I used the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Collection in Jk Magic and popped on the nude gloss from Fenty Beauty’s Fenty Glow.

Date Night Makeup

I love that it’s a simple but totally fun makeup look!

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review: My Honest Thoughts

Y’all already know the drill—I love mascara. It’s one of my favorite things to apply in my makeup routine (bronzer is a close second). So when a beauty editor friend got her hands on an extra  Too Faced Damn Girl mascara for me, I was beyond thrilled to try it out.

As a huge fan of the brand’s Better Than Sex mascara, I was curious to see if Damn Girl would give me the same effect—you know, sky-high lashes with extreme volume. While it definitely didn’t disappoint in the lengthening department, there were a few things that I wish were better.

Below is my review of the brand’s latest goodie.

one coat vs none

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

The first coat most certainly lifted and elongated my lashes. Because the wand is so chunky, I had to apply the mascara precisely. Typically, I’m able to wiggle the wand through my lashes in fast motions, but for this one, I had to make sure I coated each lash individually and slowly or else it would clump together or get all over my lid.

side by side

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

Again, you can see the maximum length this mascara gave my lashes. FYI: I had zero product on my right eye.

PS: I also took off my red lipstick (I felt it was a distraction hehe).

Two coats on both lashes

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

For the second coat, I didn’t really notice a difference from the first. My lashes were still long, lifted and wispie-looking.

angles

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

However, once I coated both lashes twice, I realized that they were starting to look a bit spidery and clumpy.  In fact, some of my lashes stuck together and wouldn’t separate, so it looked weird and unflattering.

Hot tip: Wipe the excess product that comes off the wand so your lashes won’t stick together and become flaky throughout the day.

Better than sex mascara compared to damn girl

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

If you notice (and as I mentioned before) the Damn Girl wand is a lot larger and thicker than the Better Than Sex product. Personally, I find it gimmicky, unnecessary and unhelpful when it comes to using it. Because it’s so chunky, it gets all over your lids and the lash line. Plus, it pulls out a lot more product, making it messy.

Close-up of the wands

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

Another thing I noticed when comparing the two, is that a lot of product comes off the Damn Girl wand. The formula easily gets gloopy and creates a big blob on the top of the barrel. If anything, it reminds me of how messy the L’Oréal Lash Paradise mascara gets after about a month of use.

I also want to note that my mascara’s scent was potent. It smelled like a mix between rubber and Vasaline. I found that the fragrance didn’t really disappear; I definitely got whiffs of it throughout the day.

Now, I’m not sure if that’s the case with this item or if it’s just the one I got, but I want to share in case you’re sensitive to fragrances.

final thoughts

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara Review

Overall, I think this product is okay—I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t awful but it also wasn’t great either. I think if you love Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara, then keep investing in that. Damn Girl is only a better option if you want super long lashes, only want to do one coat and have the time (and patience) to coat each lash individually. But again, keep in mind that the wand is unnecessarily thick and the formula clumps up easily.

Will you be purchasing this? Let me know in the comments below!

nordstrom anniversary sale 2019

16 Exclusive Beauty Products to Shop During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s Christmas in July—or at least that’s what it feels like when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off.

For card members, you can already shop the retailer’s glorious offerings—from beauty exclusives to designer pieces, shoes and more. But if you aren’t are card member, fret not. The deals and steals are available for everyone from July 19 through August 4. However, come August 5 the prices will skyrocket up. (okay, it’s not that dramatic but the sale will be over.)

While the beloved sale can be overwhelming to sort through (at least it is for me!), I’ve listed some of the best beauty exclusives to shop. Because, let’s be real, deals on high-end beauty is rare.

So if you’ve been lusting after Tom Ford shadows, Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, Sunday Riley serums, or a fancy new curling iron, now is the time to stock up.

Without further ado, shop my picks below! From luxury skincare sets to incredible hair tools and holy grail makeup items, there’s a little something for everyone.

SUNDAY RILELY ESSENTIALS SET, $99 ($148 value)

KATE SOMERVILLE JUMO EXFOLIKATE DAILY FOAMING WASH, $45 ($76 value)

CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE PILLOW TALK FULL SIZE SET, $60 ($78 value)

T3 GREY SINGLEPASS CURL 1.25-INCH CURLING IRON, $107 ($160 value)

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GIORGIO ARMANI IONIC GLOW SET, $90 ($134 value)

TOO FACED DIVE INTO HYDRATION SET, $42 ($84 value)

FRESH BEAUTY ROSE HYDRATION RUSH RITUAL SET, $69 ($101 value)

DRYBAR GET BRUSHIN’ AND CRUSHIN’ SET, $165 ($238 value)

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DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE STEAM LIKE A PRO SET, $139 ($190 value)

BEACHWAVER CO. THE BEACHWAVER 1.25-INCH CURLING IRON, $133 ($199 retail)

TOM FORD EYE AND MINI LIP SET, $88 ($126 value)

DERMAFLASH GLOW IN A FLASH SET, $150.75 ($225)

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GUCCI BLOOM EAU DE PARFUM SET, $130 ($177 value)

LANCÔME LASH MUST-HAVE SET, $59.50 ($98 value)

ORIBE FULL SIZE STYLING SET, $61 ($92)

JO MALONE LONDON COLOGNE COLLECTION, $92 ($115)