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Monday, September 2, 2013

Cat Lady Outfit

Hey guys! When I went to the mall yesterday, as I was looking around Forever 21, I noticed this adorable cat print crop top, so of course I just HAD to get it. Later, when I was looking at the accessories, I found this insanely cute cat headband, and I knew it was destiny. A cat print top AND a kitten headband? It was just too good. Since I am completely obsessed with cats and own two beautiful cats currently, I ended up buying both, and I'm so glad I did. They're just too cute to pass up! When I got home, I put together an outfit including both of my cat lady purchases, and I think it goes really well with both. Also, I think this outfit would be so adorable for Halloween if you're more of a low key kind of gall, but I personally am totally going to rock this on a daily basis. Love it!

The print on this shirt...It's just so perfect! I mean, who can resist a shirt with tons of kittens on it? Definitely not the kind of girl who watches "Surprise Kitty"over and over again. Not that I do that.....No, I'm COMPLETELY normal. I was just, you know, guessing ;) That type of girl would probably stand in front of the mirror for ten minutes, admiring the adorable pattern until her friend who's waiting outside of the fitting room stall says " Hey Carrie! You ready to go yet?" Even if you aren't as crazy about cats, it would be hard not to fall in love with this shirt. I mean seriously, just look at it. Perfection in a crop top (which BTW, hits about the top of my jeans).

This is the cutest headband that I have ever seen. Seriously, isn't it adorable? These lovely cat ear headbands are very popular in Japan, and are also currently big in America. I can totally understand why, because who doesn't want to look like a bejeweled kitten? No one I tell you. This style of headband was also worn on Taylor Swift in her music video "22". Gotta love Tay. She also is a total cat lady, and has a beautiful cat, Meridith. I think that both Meridith and Taylor would totally approve of this headband:) It's pretty much the best thing ever. Pearls adorn the golden cat ear silhouette, and it's also suprisingly comfortable. If you want this headband but don't feel the urge to head out to Forever 21, check out this Cat Ears Headband DIY. Love!

I'm actually going to wear a pretty light emerald blazer that I bought from Target, but they don't have it anymore. This is fairly similar, except a little brighter. I wanted to pair this outfit with a green blazer to make the eyes of the kittens pop. Also, I think that the blazer tones down the look, making it more appropriate for everyday use. Plus, this jacket is now only $29.97, so you have no reason not to get it!

This is just your average pair of skinnies, but only $7.80! I think I'm gonna buy myself some of those right now! I chose a pair of dark skinny jeans because, well, 1. I practically live in skinny jeans, and 2. I wanted to keep the top the star of the show. 

I'm sorry, I just had to do it. I know you're all probably thinking "Too much cat!", but the truth is, you can never have too much cat. Never ever. It's just not possible. That's why I couldn't resist the urge to include these Leopard Loafers in the outfit. Plus, they're $22.80, so they're affordable too! Yay!

Total Outfit Cost: $79.17










Saturday, August 3, 2013

Makeup That You Need This Summer: E.L.F. Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection

Hey everyone! I discovered some great makeup this summer that are perfect for the heat! They all appear extremely natural on my skin, which is great because I'm totally into the no-makeup look. I love them all! To share them with you, I'm going to write a review for all of them in the next few days. Today, I'm going to start with E.L.F.'s Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection.


E.L.F. Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection
I bought this lovely sunscreen at E.L.F.'s 50% off everthing sale. With the discount, it was $3, which is insanely inexpensive, but normally it costs $6 on their website, which is also a really good deal. If you aren't aware of the importance of sunscreen, I found a great article here. I know that sunscreen is really important and should be used daily, but in all honesty, most days I walk out of the door without even thinking about sunscreen. In an effort to fit in more SPF, I was on the lookout for a new daily sunscreen that doesn't cause me to break out or one that takes an hour to slather on and sink in. Luckily, I found this great powder sunscreen that's really easy and quick to apply and doesn't cause any blemishes (of which I have a fair share of already). Everyday, I put E.L.F.'s Studio Sunscreen with UVA/UVB Protection on with my E.L.F. Mineral Powder Brush under my makeup. Because it's a loose powder, it can get a little bit messy, but that's not a big issue for me. Inside the container, there's a little makeup applicator puff, but I prefer not to use it. It comes in rather bulky black packaging that houses 0.035 ounces of product. The color is transparent, and because it's a powder, there isn't the greasy feeling that some liquid sunscreens cause. Also, it's unscented, so those of you who are sensitive to fragrances shouldn't have a problem. It really works well for me, and I hope you try it and love it as much as I do!

A Quick Run-Down
Pros: SPF 45, Transparent, Non-comedigenic, Feels Light on Skin, Inexpensive, Unsented
Cons: Bulky Packaging, Messy
Size: 0.035 oz of powder
Price: $6 on the E.L.F. website
Color: Transparent
Fragrance: Unscented

Questions? Feel free to ask me in the comment section!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Anti-Shine Stick Foundation Review

Hey everyone! I went to a nearby Walmart a few days ago, and found Maybelline's new Fit Me Anti-Shine Stick Foundation. It was mentioned in a Seventeen magazine a couple months ago, and ever since then, I've been on the hunt for this. When I was at Walmart, a lady was stocking the shelves, and I saw a glimpse of this foundation, and pretended to look intently at the they Baby Lips display :) I, of course, ended up knocking a couple Baby Lips off of the racks, because I am so stealthy. So stealthy, that I occasionally trip over lint.
I bought the shade 115, which is a near perfect match for me. They had 12 shades in the display, 110, 115, 120, 130, 220, 230, 235, 240, 310, 330, 340, and 355. This foundation comes in a stick format, which houses .32 ounces of product, and has a gel to powder consistency. There are two layers of product in this foundation. In the center there is a mattifying formula, and on the outside of the stick is the foundation. At first glance, it appears as the anti-shine core is white, but it is actually transparent. It claims to be a anti-shine foundation, with light to medium coverage. I found that this statement is true.
I have very confusing skin, that I categorize as "extreme combination" skin. Basically, it is either extremely dry or extremely oily, and often both at the same time, with patches of dryness on an oily surface, or vice versa. Pretty much, it's just a huge pain. To make matters worse, I also have acne, and my skin is fairly sensitive. This foundation is perfect for my skin type, because it mattifys the oily sections of my skin, doesn't cling to the dry patches, and doesn't aggravate my acne, or my sensitive skin. Yay!!!
The foundation does in fact provide light to medium coverage, and conceals redness and minor blemishes. It also is very blend-able, and only takes about half a minute to apply it. I apply it directly from the tube in streaks, and the blend it with my fingers. It lasted about 6 hours for me, and would be very easy to touch up. It doesn't have a strong fragrance, but you might notice a slight sunscreen-y scent if you sniff the foundation. If so, the smell would probably be the least of your problems, since from that point on, all of your family and friends would bring up your weird habits every time you see each other:) Still, the scent is kind of odd, as it doesn't have any SPF to my knowledge. I have heard that it costs about $8.99 at most drugstores, but I bought mine for $6.94 at Walmart, so prices vary depending on the store and location.
I am obsessed with this foundation, and I think it's great for summer, and year round. I love it! Have you tried Maybelline's new Fit Me Anti-Shine Stick Foundation yet? I'd love to know what you think!

Grade: A+!









Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dippin Dots nail polish tutorial

My Dippin Dot Nails!!!Yeah, I know that my hands are in an akward position:)
Hey everyone! This week I was feeling summery, so when I looked at all of my nail polishes, I wanted to use all of the bright, summery colors. While figuring out what to do, I stumbled upon a couple blogs , like Amber's , who did a dippin dot themed nail art that I loved and could include all of my neon colors in. Score! Also, I just bought some dotting tools from Amazon that I wanted to try, so I was also excited that I could use them instead of my usual dotting tool (the head of a pin stuck onto a pencil's eraser). Yipee! The nail polishes that I used were: Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Snappy Sorbet, Milani's Neon Polish in PINK ROCKS, Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Mellow Yellow., Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Blue Me Away, Sally Hansen's Intsta-Dri Nail Polish in Clearly Quick, Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Nail Polish Base Coat, and Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Mellow Yellow.
Tutorial:
  1. Paint a clear base coat of nail polish to lengthen the wear time and strengthen your nails. I'm using Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Base Coat. Let dry.
  2. Pour a small amount (about quarter sized) of each nail polish color on a painter's pallet if you can, and use that to make the nail polish more easily accessable for the dots.
  3. Pick up some paint with your dotting tool, and dot a circle onto your nail. Continue doing this, varying the dot colors, until your nail is covered. Let dry. 
  4. Seal in your new gorgeous nails with a clear coat. I love Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri nail polish in Clearly Quick.
That's it! I love this nail look, and whenever I look at my nails, they make me hungry for Dippin Dots! Thanks for reading!                                                                                                             

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Turn $5 shoes from Walmart into cute and unique shoes with Mod Podge and Paper

Once again, sorry that I haven't blogged in a while. Life's just so busy that I haven't really had time to blog. (Yeah, I know, I've used that excuse alot. It's always true though.)Anyway, one of the reasons that I was busy was because I was decorating my shoes! I bought some plain white shoes at Walmart for $5 and then decorated them. I'm super excited about how these turned out. Here's what I did to decorate them!

Materials:

  • Plain shoes
  • Magazines or Printer Paper (and a printer)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
Instructions
  1. Choose whether you'd like to mod podge on magazine clippings, or if you'd like to print out small pictures on a lnkjet printer. If you print pictures out, there is a chance that the ink will run. To prevent this from happening, I suggest leaving the papers for a day to make sure that the ink is completely dry and will not smudge. I mod podged magazine clippings on to my shoe because I didn't want to wait for the paper to dry completely ( I may be just a tad bit impatient), also I wanted the colors to be bright, and my printer was running out of toner, so it would probably turn out more colorless. The size that I suggest for pictures is about a one inch square, although I cut out some larger pictures for the background of my shoe. This is because when I covered my shoe with small pictures, even if there was a space in between the small pictures, it would be covered by a design.
 
 2. Create a Mod Podge sandwich. By this I mean to apply one coat of mod podge and immediately afterwards apply the pictures, then to seal with another coat of mod podge. When working on the first layer of mod podge, I applied it in sections and then glued the pictures on, and then applied mod podge to another section and repeated this process. I decided on only mod podging the top section of my shoe, but you could mod podge as little or as much as you'd like. The mod podge that I used was Outdoor Mod Podge, so even if I step in a puddle, my shoes should be safe

3. Let it dry.

4. Add any other elements to your shoe. I used a blue sharpie to go along the edges of fabric to really make it pop.

5. Admire your new shoes!








Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Jessie's Girl Nail Polish in Glee

Hey everyone! Sorry it's been forever since I wrote a post, life's just been so busy with school and homework, so it's hard to find time to blog. Also, my new obsession with one of the best shows in the world, LOST probably doesn't help either. This week, I'm wearing a Jessie's Girl High Intensity Nail Polish in the color Glee. Glee is one of those colors that's just so pretty that I have to just stare at it all day, rolling my fingers back and forth so the sparkles catch the light. Then someone rudely brings me back to reality by saying, "Heellllooo, Earth to Carrieeee." Glee for me is slightly reminiscent of wraping paper. It brings me back to right before a birthday party, wrapping a present and anxiously waiting. It also reminds me of mermaid's tails. Okay, I haven't officially seen one, but I love books about teenagers turning into mermaids (don't worry, it's not that weird a book choice, I'm still in middle school), so I think that I've kind of figured out what they should look like. I've never been a huge fan of mythical beings like unicorns, but for some reason mermaids intrigue me. I think it's the concept of looking slightly like a human, but being able to swim insanely quickly in water. I remember a show that I used to watch called H₂0 which was about mermaids who led completely normal teen lives, and they sped through water, beating boats by a long shot. Being not the best swimmer in the world, I was amazed with their speed. Glee is a holographic nail polish, and appears either a dark blue or sea green, depending on the lighting. Because it's a holo polish, small flecs of sparkles are visible, but from a distance, it appears to be a blue-green, almost metalic, color. The picture below doesn't do Glee justice, it's a truly gorgous color, and the picture doesn't even begin to capture it's beauty. I've been wearing this nail polish for 5 days now, and it has two major chips, and five minor chips. Honestly, that's about average wear time for me. I'm really hard on my nails, since my fingers are always doing something so that probably shortens wear time. I love Glee! (I'm talking about the nail polish FYI, that wasn't just a random outburst about a TV show...although that's totally the kind of thing that I would do) Bye!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Review

Hey everyone! I bought Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer in the color 115 about a week ago and, once again, Maybelline did a good job on concealers. Will it replace my favorite concealer, Maybelline's Mineral Power Concealer that I did a review on here? Probably not, but it's a great, inexpensive concealer. Maybelline also has a blush, bronzer, pressed powder, and liquid foundation in this line that you can buy from here (you have to click on the "Show More" button located under and between the bronzer and foundation to view their pressed powder) or almost any other drugstore that sells Maybelline. I like Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer because it has good coverage, comes in many colors, and blends nicely. I use Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer mainly on blemishes, and it covers well. I also love that this concealer comes in 18 shades, 6 for light skin, 6 for medium skin, and 6 for darker skin. I often have trouble finding a concealer that is a good shade for me, and appreciate that Maybelline has created a concealer in many different shades and undertones. Love it! Are you excited about Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer?

Swatches on my 115 skin (Sorry the numbers are weird, it was hard to draw on my arm with an eyeliner pen)


Colors Left to Right: 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135
Colors Left to Right: 245, 235, 230, 225, 220, 215
Colors Left to Right: 310, 315, 320, 325, 350, 355
A sampler that I got at a store so I could do all of these swatches