Fashion is the most versatile industry of all, because it gives people the possibility to express themselves and set unbelievable fashion trends. While every year tends to bring some new lovely trends, we also have the opportunity to witness very unusual and extreme outfits, materials, footwear, make-up, and even body transformations. However, only a few of these outlandish fashion trends made the top of the list of eccentric fashion trends.
Something I'm going to be start doing is only supporting cruelty free makeup/cosmetics brands. This includes only purchasing and promoting cruelty free makeup. The non-cruelty free makeup that I have in my collection, I will finish using but once they are done I will not be repurchasing. However, they will not be featured on my blog or YouTube channel. There are some companies that are parent companies to others who are not cruelty free themselves but own cruelty free brands. One of the reasons that some companies are not cruelty free is because they sell makeup in China where it is required that you test on animals. That's not the only country who requires this, but it's the only one I know of at the top of my head.
This is the final battle of the liquid lipsticks and today is the unusual colors like brown, gray, and orange. I want to eventually add blue and green to this tin just so I have them but I don't honestly know if I would actually ever wear it. Which is why I haven't gotten any yet but I do have my eye on a few from both NYX and Jeffree Star. The reason I have brown lipsticks with the unusual shades is because I didn't feel like they fit in with nudes or any of the other tins.
Today in Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks, I'm going through the reds. This is the only tin where I thought I had way more red liquid lipsticks than I actually have. I first sorted them all then went and bought three more that were on my wishlist. Now there are a lot more I want to get in the future, but I honestly don't know what I would do with them. All the tins are rather full, but there are so many more that I want. Maybe I'll just take this as a sign to hold off on buying more liquid lipsticks for the meantime as I really should be saving money.
Today in the continuation of the battle of the liquid lipsticks, I'm going through the nude lipsticks. This tin I honestly thought I had like four liquid lipsticks that fit in this category so I went to Target and had a little shopping spree and spent way too much money. Then I got home and realized I actually had a lot of nude liquid lipsticks. So that little spree had to be split between the pink tin and the nude tin. So off camera, I swatched every single pink and nude lipstick to determine which lipstick belonged where. If they had more of a skin tone color then it went into nude unless it was brown then it went into the unusual tin as that isn't a nude color for me. And if it had a pink undertone then it went into the pink tin. And even then I had some in the tin that were actually glosses and I move them into a different bin in my makeup collection that has all my lip glosses.
Today in Battle of the Liquid Lipsticks, I'm going through the purples. I knew I had quite a few purple lipsticks but I honestly didn't realize I had this many. Which is a very common theme going through this series. And I have no idea why I have this many as I don't wear purple that often but clearly there was a burning hole in my wallet as somehow I got so many of a color group I don't wear on a daily or weekly basis.
Today in the continuation of the battle of the liquid lipsticks, I'm going through the pink lipsticks. This tin I knew I had several pink and wasn't concerned with having an almost empty tin. But I did think nude was going to basically be an empty tin, so I went and got a bunch. Then I got home and realized I actually had a lot of nude liquid lipsticks. So that little spree had to be split between the pink tin and the nude tin. So off camera, I swatched every single pink and nude lipstick to determine which lipstick belonged where. If they had more of a skin tone color then it went into nude unless it was brown then it went into the unusual tin as that isn't a nude color for me. And if it had a pink undertone then it went into the pink tin. And even then I went over the pinks like four more times including once in the actual video debating on what lipsticks I wanted to have in this tin.
My liquid lipstick drawer has gotten out of hand and is a complete mess. So I figured I would organize it with you guys throughout this entire week by color. So this week only every post will be liquid lipstick related, after this will the usual mixture will resume. Since I just featured the metallic liquid lipsticks that I currently have, I figured I would start with those as I still don't have them in the drawer. Now some of those shades are going to be placed with other locations as I felt they fit in more in those locations rather than with the metallics. So these shades are more of the bronzes and gold shades, whereas the pink, red, and purples will be included those sections when I sort those ones out.
This month has been a lot stress and headaches. And it all involves change.
At the end of July, Ariel informed us that she was going to be leaving us right after we moved in as she was being shipped out to New Jersey for work. Now that wasn't actually what happened and remained a mystery for almost the entire month of August. This meant Harley and I had to struggle figuring out what we were remotely going to do without our third roommate as we were hitting our max budget already. And I had just managed to get my budget back under control by adjusting my student loans so I could have some spending money again. Nope, that's gone now. Now as of writing this post, Ariel doesn't actually know 100% if she is getting the manager position but she has heard from many individuals to start looking at places out there to live. So it sounds like she will be leaving us which means Toulouse will be leaving and we'll be a dog only house. I think Pixie will really love this, as she isn't his biggest fan which leads to some issues of the two arguing with one another.
Growing up I was the biggest tomboy and if I was going to wear makeup, it was only eyeliner. And then that would run out because I couldn't sharpen them so I always ended up just getting a new one. So I never learned nor paid attention to makeup expirations. Also I didn't even know that was a thing until I seriously got into makeup and started learning that makeup actually does have expiration dates though they are not marked on the packaging or anywhere that would be easily accessible. Now I've become more aware that products go bad after a while, but what are those magic dates?
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For the final part of the quick and easy hairstyles, we're going over the braids. These are expanding upon the methods from the previous segment, the ponytails. As they take the concept of braids and taking it a step further. Now for these hairstyles I am wearing my Irresistible Me hair extensions and I had to readjust these a few times in my hair depending on how the braid goes to make the clips more comfortable. As I'm using hair extensions, I'm cutting out the step of adjusting the extensions but I just wanted to note that I was doing that.
Tattoos have become a way to express one’s personality and even show off uniqueness and creativity as the most respected value nowadays. Also, the strongest point of a tattoo is the fact that it holds a strong meaning for the person that wears it. Tattoos have become an inseparable part of one’s being, which doesn’t only make them an incredible art form, but a story from an individual’s book of life as well. There are so many different tattoo styles and there’s no perfect style, but some have definitely been a big trend during the course of 2016.
This month for Ipsy had the bag designed by its founder, Michelle Phan. She designed two similar yet different designs for the bags and both look adorable. I got the one with the girl with the teal hair and crystal crown. Each month Ipsy Glambag is $10 and you receive 5 products.
One thing I haven't been liking since putting myself on a very strict budget is that my high end wish list keeps growing and growing. Especially when I watch Tati's videos on YouTube. If I ever manage to save up, these are all the items that I'm getting right away. As these are all products I have seen nothing but good reviews for. So I know they are worth the money and I did enjoy the swatches of these products.
This month I've been really into trend related pins on Pinterest from holographic nails to galaxy related things to paper cacti. Though not sure if the last one is actually a trend but I saw it on YouTube in a video from HGTV and then again on Pinterest.
I have heard so many praises for these Milani lip cremes, and I'm obsessed with liquid lipsticks and metallics so I just couldn't help myself but buy these. Each tube is $9, which is more than the ColourPop lipsticks but less than a lot of other brands. There are ten shades in total, in which I got nine out of the shades.
I saw the reveal video for this box and decided to go back to the special edition box after taking a month off as it looked absolutely amazing. Plus there are six items in this box rather than the standard five items. The design on this box is gorgeous and I'm going to hold onto it for something. Nothing sure what at the moment but I'll put it to good use at some point.
I love liquid lipsticks by ColourPop and metallic lipstick is something almost everyone is coming out with their own version of. As a lipstick addict, I had to get my hands on some. So I'm starting out with ColourPop as I love their formula, when I ordered them I was hoping these will be more like the Satin Lipstick rather than the Ultra Matte. I was able to order all but one shade that ColourPop has to offer in their metallic range, and the only reason I didn't get the last one is because it was sold out. If that shade is ever restocked, I will purchase it as it's called J.I.C. and is a cool toned ivory with pink and silver glitter. Otherwise, I'm really happy with all the ones I was able to get as it was basically every single one they have at this time.
I am so excited to announce a little project that I started a few months ago. I have loved watching many of my favorite YouTubers create Avant Garde looks inspired by different things for years now. Though I've never tried to recreate them, I kind of wanted to try creating some looks of my own. So I decided to find my muse with the goddesses of various mythologies and create some of my own makeup tutorials. To start with I am going to be doing some Greek/Roman goddesses, but will be moving to Norse and Egyptian mythology afterwards. Let me know if there is any goddess you would like to see in this collection and I will try to include it.
Divorce is insanely common now a days, almost half of all marriages end in divorce for one reason for another. I remember growing up I only knew one person who had divorced parents and not ever wanting to experience that myself. Now almost half the people I know have dealt with divorce including myself.
One thing I have wanted to really do was make my own lip balm or lip stick. So to start with I decided I would make my own tinted lip balm. And I didn't have much hope that these would actually have much pigmentation. And I was correct in this assumption, these were not pigmented enough to be a lipstick but they are very moisturizing for a lip balm which I enjoy.
So one of my favorite desserts in the world are cupcakes right behind cheesecake. In Maple Grove, MN there is a shop called Nadia Cakes that won Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. For national cupcake day, they did two days of $2 cupcakes. And it was unlimited number of cupcakes for $2 each.
Last night, I got three free tickets to Paint Nite from my boss as she was unable to go herself. So I invited my sister, Lucy, and my best friend from high school that I used to have painting class with, Mimmy. The painting that we got to create our own version of was called "And Straight On Till Morning." Which is a boat on water at what I'm guessing is sunset. And taught by the amazing Kelly Costello.
I figured for the next quick and easy hairstyles, I would go over the ponytails. When I'm not in the mood to wrap up all my hair into a bun, then the next hairstyle when I'm running out the door is a ponytail. Not I do include pigtails in this category, but these can be done as a single ponytail. I'm also doing this one before the next one as the techniques in this one will be used in the final segment of this mini-series.
Before I get to this month's goals, I need to revisit last month's few. And update them based on what was and was not completed. As this helps knowing where I left off so I can create the best goals for myself going forward.
Red carpet fashion is one of my favorite things about award shows and Teen Choice is a lot more relaxed as well as a younger crowd of celebrities showing off their style. And there were some that rocked the carpet and some questionable outfits. These were some of my favorite outfits from the carpet.
This month has just flown by and Minnesota has been a sauna so I haven't been wearing as much makeup as I usually do. So I don't have a lot of new makeup products that I've been loving. But I have a bunch of other things that I really enjoy, from books to video games to TV shows and music. Some of these are things I finished at the tail end of June that I didn’t include in that monthly favorites and others are from the past week.
Warped Tour was a lot of fun but I definitely got sunburned pretty badly. And in summer in general you can end up with a bad burn no matter how much you try to prevent it. Especially if you're fair skinned and hardly go in the sun. I'm not a skin expert but these are some tips I've learned over the years to help heal after you get burnt.
I had a bit of a vacation this week and after getting very sunburnt, I did not want to do anything else that involved the sun. So my family decided to take a trip down to Jordan, MN where the state's largest candy store is located. I thought this was something similar to a place I used to go in my childhood where you could get individual candies, but this was not the case. You could get a lot of different kinds of candies, but you buy each of these candies in bulk.