Fall Lipstick Review: The Orange & Plum Edition

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Catch up on the first part of this review HERE!

We’re gonna kick start this second review with the orange lipsticks. First up:

1. Revlon Abstract Orange

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This is an old color that I remember picking up on clearance from Target last yearIt’s a fairly sheer lipstick, and after wearing such heavily pigmented red colors, this was a bit frustrating trying to build up. However, it is a pretty, coppery orange shade that’s good for days when you want a touch of color. Plus, you can definitely layer it on to increase the impact of it!
  • PROS: Affordable, pretty color
  • CONS: Sheer, smudges easily

2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral

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I know, I know, this isn’t exactly a fall-ish lipstick, but I had to throw it in here because it’s just so fun!

Revlon’s Kiss Me Coral is a gorgeous lipstick that provides a creamy and perfectly pigmented finish. It goes on like a lip balm in all reality! I prefer this type of finish over the sheer application of Abstract Orange too. What can I say? My clothes can be black and white, but this girl prefers her lipsticks rich and colorful. I think it’s a good balance.
  • PROS: Affordable, creamy texture, pigmented, dries evenly
  • CONS: Besides needing touch ups throughout the day (and what lipstick doesn’t require that?), I’d say this one is another winner!

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On to the plum lipsticks! First up, we have:

1. Revlon: Va Va Violet

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First up, the darkest lipstick I own – Revlon’s Va Va Violet! The bullet looks like it’s almost black, but it glides on as a dark plum shade that’s bold and seductive. I really love this lipstick and wish I’d worn this color more often while we were still experiencing winter weather. I feel like this shade is more appropriate for that season. However, perhaps on a night out I’ll swipe this on anyway.
  • PROS: beautiful dark purple color, good texture and pigmentation
  • CONS: dries patchy

2. Maybelline: Plum Perfect

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Mmm, this is a more accessible plum color for a day-to-day look when you want to add a special touch to your lips. Every time I wear this lip color I get compliments on it! It has a nice creamy texture to it that I like, and the best part is that it dries evenly!
  • PROS: creamy texture, dries evenly
  • CONS: fades within a few hours

3. Milani: Sangria

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 I remember hearing about this lipstick as being a good dupe for MAC’s Rebel. Since I wasn’t in the mood to splurge for a MAC lipstick, I decided to give it a try. And that is how I discovered the deliciousness of Milani lipsticks. Besides this color, I’ve acquired two more tubes from the brand, and I’ve loved each one! They are good quality drugstore lipsticks that not only have fantastic texture, pigmentation, and long-wearing capability, but smell wonderful as well!
  • PROS: good pigmentation, long wearing, good texture, and smells great!
  • CONS: honestly can’t think of any

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And there you have it! What did you think of these lipsticks? Any particular ones you’re dying to try?

Fall Lipstick Review: The Red Lip Edition

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The weather is cooling, hot coffee is becoming standard, and bolder lipsticks are coming out! Welcome to fall, everybody. Today I’m recapping the fall red lip colors I happen to own and reveal each tube’s pro and con.

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1. MAC: Russian Red

This lipstick was my first high end purchase I’d ever made concerning makeup. It’s a real treat, and with a matte finish, it lasts for quite some time. I love how pigmented it is and definitely has a decidedly deep, red finish.
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  • PROS: Lovely red color, matte finish, richly pigmented
  • CONS: dries a bit splotchy after a few hours without reapplication

2. NYX: Eden 

I heard about this lipstick thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren, who is an absolute beauty maven when it comes to rocking lipstick colors of all kinds! “Eden” is an affordable red lipstick from NYX that is a more pink toned red than “Russian Red.” I’d recommend this color if you’re curious about trying a red lipstick but don’t want to splurge the $16 that a MAC lipstick costs. These matte lipsticks from NYX last fairly well throughout the day, and even after sipping down a cup of coffee, it didn’t budge! Not bad for a $6 lipstick.
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  • PROS: Affordable, pigmented, matte finish
  • CONS: More of a cherry-pink color than a deep red

3. NARS: Cruella

This is the holy grail red lip product. The NARS velvet matte lip pencils are a glorious creation that combine the exactness of a pencil with the application of a lipstick. Also, did you catch that? Velvet matte lip pencil. That’s right, it has a matte, creamy finish that I have yet to find in any other product (in my limited makeup experience at least, so don’t get too excited).
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  • PROS: It’s a richly pigmented dark red hue, lasts a long time, and is super convenient to toss in your bag and go.
  • CONS: I can’t find any besides the price tag ($26), and it’s worth every penny!

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And that wraps up my personal review of the red lipsticks I’ve encountered. What’s your favorite product? Would you try any of these?

 

3 College Worthy Outfits for the Transition to Fall

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There’s a nip in the air when I wake up now, and it’s a warning that summer weather is coming to an end and fall is truly upon us. So break out your tights and cardigans again, because fall fashion is officially wearable again! Today I’m sharing three ways to transition your favorite summer pieces to fall.

Outfit 1: The Tank Top

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While it’s a bit too chilly to wear your favorite tank top solo, there’s an easy fix to it. Just toss on a knit cardigan! Pair it with some autumnal toned booties and you’re good to go.

Outfit 2: The Summer Dress

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This summer favorite is probably the most versatile piece any girl can own. A denim dress is the perfect material to work with, as it can be both a summer and a fall piece! Add a cozy print cardigan and match it with black accessories.

Outfit 3: The Shorts 

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Those loose, floaty shorts you’ve worn all summer seem like the least practical thing to take with you into fall, but you’d be mistaken! With a pair of tights, you can easily squeeze a few more months out of them. I recommend fleece-lined tights if you’re in a state with really cold weather. Stick to a monochrome outfit if you can and don’t forget your trusty pair of fall boots!

The Only Jewelry Pieces a Collegiate Gal Needs

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As college students, we’re living in a period of our lives where we learn to minimize our possessions. Whether you’re in a dorm, apartment, or renting a room in a house, you’ve probably encountered the alarming prospect of deciding what you’ll be moving into your new domain.

Now, I’m a pack-rat by nature, and I discovered the hard way just how little of the things I brought were actually necessary. This time around, I’m cutting down my possessions by half and will be living much more minimally and happily!

One of the items I overpacked was my jewelry collection. I like accessorizing outfits and having options, but over the semester, I realized I was consistently reaching for only a few pieces. The rest sat in piles, hanging from their cute, Target designed jewelry holders, neglected.

Today I’m sharing the only jewelry pieces you’ll be needing as a college student to stay stylish.

1. Layerable Necklaces

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Thin, metal strands of either gold or silver (or both if you’re bold!) are easy to throw on top of each other and make you appear stylish with little effort. When paired with a free-flowing dress or top, you’ll have an easy-breezy vibe to you without even trying.

2. A Statement Necklace

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Invest in a bold statement necklace if you find one! You could be wearing the simplest t-shirt and jeans combo but look like a million bucks when you throw on a bold necklace.

3. A Bold Watch

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Who likes constantly having their phone in their hand? I’m trying to break that habit and be more present in my surroundings, but a girl’s still gotta know what time it is while out and about! I present to you the solution – a watch. Try wearing a watch that matches your style (there are so many options out there – gold, chunky, thin, wood, etc.) and you’ll end up wearing it every single day.

4. Stud Earrings

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While bold, dangly earrings are pretty and fun to play with, I find that my go-to for an everyday outfit was wearing my tiny, gold, triangle shaped earrings. Simple yet cute, they pair with a lot of my other jewelry and were a tiny perk to any outfit.

While you can certainly experiment with many other jewelry options (stacked bangles, rings, etc.), I find these can be a bit tedious and wearisome throughout a long day of classes. Stick to basics, wear what you want, and remember to have fun with it!

Do you wear any of these jewelry pieces? What are your go-to’s? Let us know!

Learn How to Order Coffee Like A Boss!

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How many of you drink coffee? How often do you step into a coffee shop to get your caffeine fix?

As college students, we all tend to fall on the short side of sleep (and wake up on the wrong side too). Fortunately, we have the almighty coffee bean to get us through those rough times! I’ve been a barista for over a year now, and unlimited access to espresso has definitely been the source of my power energy over the semesters.

Now that I’ve been immersed in the coffee world, I always want to help the person who stands on the other side of the counter looking lost. Oh you poor, poor soul! Don’t be overwhelmed – once you learn the basics, coffee isn’t as intimidating as you think.

Today, I’m going to be breaking down foundational coffee lingo so you’ll be able to step into a coffee shop and order with confidence! Let’s get started, shall we?

1. What’s the difference between a mocha and a latte?

First thing’s first – milk. That’s the only difference between these drinks. A mocha is made with chocolate milk while a latte is made with white milk. These are definitely not the only options available though, as personalizing your coffee to exactly your taste is one of the wonderful things about a coffee shop. Other common milks used include: half-and-half (known as a breve), soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. Espresso shots are added to your steamed milk, creating a delicious tasting drink.

2. “Can I get a blended cappuccino?”

Don’t ever say that phrase to your barista if you don’t want them to do an internal eye roll. I get it, I do. We see the word “cappuccino” splashed over many coffee products that are sold in stores. However, contrary to popular belief, cappuccino is not a flavor that’s added. At least, not when you’re in a legitimate coffee shop. It describes the way the drink is made. A cappuccino is essentially a latte (steamed white milk and espresso) with lots of foam. When your barista asks if you’d like it wet or dry, we’re asking if you’d prefer less foam (wet) or more foam (dry).

3. “What about a blended caramel macchiato?”

*insert face palm here* Again, this is a term we’ve come to associate with a flavor when in fact it’s the way a drink is made. A macchiato means the drink is layered (syrup first, then milk, finished with espresso shots poured on top and caramel drizzle). If you ask for it blended, you might as well just order a blended caramel latte.

4. Be creative with your coffee

If you prefer drip coffee, that’s okay. However, part of the fun of joining the coffee world is the opportunity to experiment and try new things. I mean, isn’t variety the spice of life? Pick a new syrup to add to your coffee drink. Heck, mix TWO different syrups! Take a walk on the wild side (and don’t be afraid to ask your barista for directions along the way) and enjoy your travels in a caffeinated world.

Do you have a go-to coffee drink? Let us know!

3 Summer Road Trip Outfits to Rock

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How many of you are craving a trip this summer? While some have the opportunity to jet off to a new country (if that’s you, I’m simultaneously jealous and happy for you), don’t forget you can always hop in your car for a change of scenery. Taking a roadtrip is the iconic activity of most college-aged youths for the summer. You don’t have to cross state lines either (though if you can swing it, go for it!), you can just take a day trip to the next city!

The question is, where to go and what to wear? Today I’m going to be sharing three different types of outfits for three different kinds of roadtrips!

1. The Daytrip

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Romper – Victoria’s Secret // Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack // Sunglasses – TopShop // Necklace – Kohl’s// Sandals – Lucluc

First up is an easy outfit to toss on for a day trip with your girls (or whomever you may be going with). This romper gives a fun spin to the good ol’, summery tie-dye print, and when paired with a duster-length cardigan, you’ll look right on-trend. Slip into your favorite sandals, add a boho touch with an earthy necklace, and pop on your sunglasses for a perfectly put-together yet casual look.

2. An Amusing Adventure

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Tee – Target // Shorts – Charlotte Russe // Sunnies – Pacsun // Watch // Bag – Charlotte Russe // Sneakers – Converse

How many of you will be driving down to an amusement park this summer? For a day filled with rides, carnival food, and lots of walking, stick to a fairly basic outfit with fun touches.

Mixing pastel shades will match your fun activities for the day, and you can avoid the irritation of an overloaded shoulder bag by taking a small backpack instead. Keep your feet comfortable with high-top sneakers, then add a touch of style with cute accessories, like tinted sunglasses and a practical watch.

3. Cruising Coastlines

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Tank – Topshop // Shorts – Lord and Taylor // Hat – Boohoo // Sunnies – Buckle // Belt – Tommy// Bangles – New Look// Sandals – Steve Madden

When we picture summery images, oftentimes we think about ourselves in a convertible with the wind blowing through our hair and an open road before us. No? Well, if not, try picturing it while wearing this outfit!

A pair of floral print shorts and a crochet tank top are perfect for a day of cruising under the hot sun. Slip into on-trend Birkenstock sandals in a fun color, then add a few accessories to keep your getup from looking too plain. Now you’re set to go down some winding roads!

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What did you guys think? Inspired to pack a cute outfit or two for your trip? Do you have any roadtrips planned for the summer?

5 Music Concert Tips and Tricks

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How many of you have some concerts lined up this summer? I know I do, and over the past year I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way when it comes to attending a music concert. Today I’ll be sharing my top 5 tips and tricks to get you through your experience – in style, of course!

1. Don’t clump in the middle

This applies to those who are standing on the ground floor for their event. If you’ve already taken the extra time to arrive to your event early, you know what I mean. Once those doors open, everyone pools in and usually heads straight for the middle of the standing area. If you go along with the crowd, you’ll more than likely have to fight for that perfect spot to peer through shoulders to see your performer at all. Instead, shoot for the side! Most of the time, people forget that musicians work the whole stage and cross from side to side throughout a set. I’ve managed to score front row spots using this technique, and didn’t have to crane my neck or jump up and down to see the whole show!

2. Wear comfortable shoes

Okay, this should be a no-brainer, but I’ve seen one too many girls clip-clopping into a show like they were heading to the club. I get it, you want to look hot! I’m 100% supportive of that and whatever it takes for you to feel confident. However, are you really going to be feeling like hot stuff two hours later when the show’s still going? Whatever your comfort level is, keep in mind that you’ll be on your feet for extended periods of time! I’d recommend wedges if you still want to wear a tall shoe, but keep a pair of flats handy just in case. Otherwise, go for boots or sneakers. You’ll want close-toed shoes in case someone starts bobbing along a little to exuberantly and steps on your toes all night.

3. Don’t bring an obnoxiously, oversized bag

I still remember one concert I was at where the girl in front of me had this huge, rectangular bag that smacked my friend and I in the hip every time she moved. It was obvious she felt uncomfortable with it as well, and it definitely made everyone around her annoyed. When you’re at a concert, bring only the basic necessities. For me, the only things I’ll bring are my phone, keys, a debit card, and my ticket. All of those things fit in my pockets or a small, crossbody bag. When you’re jumping along to your favorite song, you don’t want any extra baggage weighing you down!

4. Invest in protection for your ear drums

I cannot emphasize this enough, but take care of your ears! No one wants to look like the dork with giant ear plugs sticking out of their ears (which there is a solution for too), but health is always more important than style! There are quality, subtle ear plugs created just for these occasions and your future self will thank you. At 90 decibels, your hearing will take a hit after prolonged exposure, and most event centers blast their sound system to 120 decibels. You’re going to want to be able to hear the future concerts you’ll be going to!

5. Live in the moment, not the camera screen

While you definitely want to document your time there, don’t forget to put the phone down and experience the music being played. You paid for this after all! Today I’m afraid most of us prefer living through a screen (hey, I’m guilty of it too, so I’m calling myself out), but moments like listening to your favorite musician(s) play live is something you want to pay attention to. Tuck your phone in your pocket, wave your hands in the air, and let the sound take you away.

Do you have any concert tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

The Top 5 Apps on My Phone

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Have you ever wondered what apps other people might be using? As someone who’s constantly on the lookout for new things, apps have been added to my list of “discover” items. From books, to music, to trends, to apps, I’ve always had a desire to be the person who finds cool things to share with others (I guess blogging is a good niche for me, huh?). The thing with apps is that there are so many, it’s overwhelming! So I always appreciate when someone does the work for me and lists off what’s been working for them.

 For today’s post, I decided to try something new and share 5 of my favorite apps! And I’m not talking about the basic ones (everyone knows about Instagram already, right?). I’m sharing the fun ones that you might not have heard about!

1. Afterlight (for the photographer)

If you ever want to know how I edit my photos on Instagram or Facebook, you can be sure it went through Afterlight. I often combine this with A Beautiful Mess, but this is my tried and true photo editing app. It’s easy to use, offers every option you could desire (crop, tilt, grain, contrast, you name it!), and has some awesome filters that aren’t overbearing!

2. Vurb (for the local explorer)

 

This is a recent find for me, but I’m already forming multiple “decks” of activities/cafes/places to do or check out. Vurb is an app that helps you find things to do in your area and keeps it all neatly stored. For example, I’ve found multiple cafes, bars, hiking trails, and places of interest around the city that I’ve been able to save and organize into “decks.” You build up your decks with Vurb cards containing information about whatever you’re looking into, and these include information gathered from other sources (such as Yelp reviews, Google Map directions, Rotten Tomato ratings, and so on). It’s super handy and I’m excited to continue using it for whenever I pass through a new location!

Oh, and bonus, it keeps you up to date with trending video clips, tv shows, and popular songs – such a cool feature.

3. My Fitness Pal (for the dieter)

 

Now when I say “diet”, I mean it in it’s most basic definition. Whatever you’re putting into your body is your diet. I’ve never been one of those girls who monitored her calories so strictly and did a water-and-air diet. No, I’m a sturdy girl who relied on high school sports to keep me in shape. However, high school is long over, and I’m not longer running 2 hour long basketball practices five days a week… I’ve managed to stay fairly active while in college, yet my diet has faltered since moving out of my parents house. No longer do I have a Filipino mother to fill my belly with mouth watering delicious and healthy foods (insert tears here).

However, since downloading My Fitness Pal, I’ve been able to keep better track of what I’m ingesting, and it’s so easy to use! You can even add in your exercise for the day and it will calculate how many calories you’ve burned. It’s basically the app version of a food journal, which is a helpful method in staying aware of what you’re eating.

4. Handpick (for the broke college cook)

If you’re a college student who’s lucky enough to have access to a kitchen, then you should really learn to stay in and cook your own meals! But how many of you have played that game where you go into the kitchen, open the fridge door, and stare into the sparse interior and think “I have one apple, a half eaten container of yogurt, and a molding head of lettuce…what am I going to make with that?”

I’m not a natural cook and always have to look up recipes for ideas. Handpick is an app where you can search for whatever food item you have in your fridge and it will pull up recipes with those ingredients. It searches through thousands of threads that involves everything from Instagram, to food blogs, to recipe sites! So you’re sure to find something you like, because Handpick not only shows you the latest food trends, it will start to personalize what recipes are highlighted for you based on your preferences!

5. Weather Whiskers (for…everyone)

If you’re an animal lover, just go download this app. Because who doesn’t love a cat in a bow and tutu? No one. Absolutely no one. Oh, and the pictures and cats change based on the weather.

You’re welcome.

What did you think of this post? Any apps that have been super handy for you? Let us know in the comments below!