Fall Essentials

I’ve been wanting to do a fall post for quite some time, I just really haven’t gotten around to doing so. I thought of doing a look book, even a fall wishlist, but I thought sharing my fall essentials would be fun as well. My essentials are those items that I frequent the most and the ones that I’ve been obsessed with over the past couple of years. First up, shoes.

IMG_2293

I’ve shared these shoes in previous posts whether it was when I hauled them or in Outfit of the Days. The black ankle boots which I scored for 50% off from H&M two years ago ($60 to $30) are my staple for the fall and winter. I love the gold detail and it really dresses up any outfit. What’s great about these shoes is that they could be worn with a short romper, a skirt, or boyfriend jeans. The pointed toe makes them sort of like witch boots, but I love them. Similar styles HERE.

The second pair I purchased from GoJane.Com. I really love the style of DocMartens, but not only are they trendy, but they’re not cheap either. For a trendy shoe I’d rather pay for a similar style. I had a pair in black as well, but unfortunately they scuffed a few times after I wore them. The maroon/burgundy pair held up with no problem and I love pairing them with dark wash jeans, a flannel, or even a hoodie. Similar styles HERE.

IMG_2295

Moving on to my purses for the fall, I’ve been loving my olive green tote from H&M and small satchel that my grandmother gave to me nearly a year ago. With whatever bag I use, since most of my bags are huge, I throw the brown one in which holds my wallet, keys, etc. I won’t give too much away since I’ll be doing a What’s in My Bag soon. Find similar styles to the H&M tote HERE.

IMG_2290

I’m not a candle hoarder as I see from some people on YouTube, nor do I burn the ones I have a lot, but the ones I do burn are AMAZING! I’m all for the Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles, when they’re on sale. For the fall I’ve been burning ‘Autumn Sky’ and ‘Apple Orchard.’ ‘Autumn Sky’ has a fresh manly scent while ‘Apple Orchard’ would be great for the kitchen. Don’t let the price fool you, these candles are amazing and you can always reuse the jar once you’re done. To purchase, click HERE.

Untitled

Lastly are the beauty products that I love oh so much. From nail polish to my favorite scent and who doesn’t love lipstick. My all time favorite neutral is Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Fig Jam.’ I stumbled across it accidentally and it’s been my favorite ever since. It’s the perfect cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. You can apply as much or as little as you want. Be sure to click the links below to purchase the items that could be found.

First Impression #11: Kat Von D ‘Everlasting Liquid Lipstick’

Here’s anther review from a product in the Sephora ‘Give Me More Lip’ set. Click the links below to check out my previous reviews:

s1552397-main-hero-300
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

This time around I am reviewing the Kat Von D ‘Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.” It is available in 12 shades and costs $19. The shade I received was ‘Outlaw’ and is described as a “brick red.” The lippie fits true to its name. I loved it when I swatched it and I loved it even more when I applied it, that was until it dried. I see why it has ‘everlasting’ in its title because it takes that long to get it off. It reminded me so much of the Wet n Wild ‘Mega Last Liquid Lip Color,’ which retail for $2.99 and are available in 13 shades (click HERE for my review of those) . Great swatch and application, but it would dry like glue on my lips.

0131151430_2-1-1This Kat Von D lippie was not as thick and applied smoother for me then the Wet n Wild ones, but the Wet n Wild ‘Mega Last Liquid Lip Colors’ could account as a dupe for this lippie. In fact the color I reviewed ‘Red My Mind’ comes close. When applying, the lippie did dry quickly on my lip, but not to the point of feeling like glue on my lips. There was no transfer when drinking so the color does stick. As mentioned above, I had slight problem removing the product.  It took some time to get off, but a baby wipe did the job.

Would I recommend? Yes I would. It lives up to its name and if you don’t mind a bit of a budge to get the product then it might be for you. For the type of product it is I see it as worth the $19 and there are great color selections. Other shades I want to try are ‘Lolita,’ ‘L.U.V,,’ and ‘Vampira’.

 

Nail Polish Collection (February 2015)

I posted my nail polish collection last year (click HERE for that post) and I wanted to share just how much I’ve downsized yet again. I showed a pic of how I downsized in my ‘Beauty Corner’ post (click HERE for that), but I’ve downsized yet again. My set up is still the same as my initial nail polish collection post. I still store in the Snapware containers (click HERE to purchase) and I’ve added a 3 compartment organizer for smaller nail polishes among other things. I’ve also included links to all of the polishes I could find (click each name individually) plus my TOP 10. Enjoy!

IMG_1244-1

IMG_1242-1

 

First Impression #10: OCC Lip Tar

I’ve done two previous posts on products I received in the Sephora ‘Give Me More Lip Set’. The two brands I reviewed were Too Faced and Tarte. Click HERE and HERE for those posts. This time around I’m reviewing the craze of the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, ‘OCC Lip Tar.’ I’m so excited to review this and it’s by far my favorite from the set.

Before I get into the review let’s just talk about the brand for a second. OCC is one that has hit YouTube with a surge and the craze has been all around they flip tars. I have been wanting to try them out for quite some time and when I saw the lip tar was offered in the set I couldn’t pass it up. Plus it was in a shade I would actually wear,

s1597616-main-hero-300
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

The ‘OCC Lip Tar’s’ are available in a variety shades/finishes and sell for $18. The Sephora set gave a test tube size in the color ‘Black Dahlia’ from the matte collection and can be purchased HERE (when it gets back in stock). There’s a test tube set as well that offers 12 shades for $59.

The color ‘Black Dahlia’ is described as a “blackest blackened red.” When I first saw the color I thought it was a black. When applying I saw the red tint it is described as when further applying with the brush turned into a deep burgundy. I absolutely LOVE IT! I am not keen on using a lip brush (I suck at it), but I was able to apply this product with ease and little mess. I do store it in a sandwich bag inside my lippie bag. While it is matte, I still applied the  e.l.f. ‘Translucent Matifying Powder’ on top. It works for me and no the color does not crack.

The only thing about the set that I would’ve liked is the vinyl pouch that the lip tar comes with. It’s great for traveling purposes in and out of different handbags and to keep the lippie and lip brush together.

I would love to purchase more of these colors and for $18 it’s not horrible for a lip product that goes such a long way. There’s so many shades that I really do not know which to choose. I’d rather go in the store and pick from there. Other shades I would like to try: ‘Tarred,’ ‘Pagan,’ ‘Traffic,’ and ‘Vain.’

Did this product live up to the hype? Yes. Would I purchase again at full price? HELL YES!

First Impression #9: Tarte ‘LipSurgence Lip Tint’ and ‘Power Pigment’

0131151421_2I previously reviewed the Too Faced products that I received in the Sephora, ‘Give Me More Lip’ set (click HERE for that post). This time around I’m reviewing both the Tarte ‘LipSurgence Lip Tint’ and ‘Power Pigment.’ Both of the products are similar in application as they are both lip crayons. The LipSurgence is smaller while the pigment is longer and thinner. Still the products are similar.

s1231430-main-hero-300
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

The ‘LipSurgence Lip Tint’ comes in a regular and matte form, both costing $24 and can be purchased HERE. There are six regular shades and the shade that I received was ‘Moody’ which is described as a “deep berry,” I can see why it is described as such, but it’s not that deep. The color itself before application is a deep berry. So, if you’re looking for the shade to apply on your lips as it looks then you’d be disappointed. When applying this lippie opposed to the other,  I did feel a tingling sensation on my lips which indicated hydration, The color is a very nice berry that is buildable, but not to the point of the color being too much, I love an apply and go lip and this is definitely one. The size is 0.6 oz. which is great for a sample size, Love this product, but I’m not interested in any of the other shades nor the price tag.

s1577675-main-hero-300-1
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

0131151418a_2-1-1Next up is the ‘Power Pigment’ which is available in eight shades, costs $24 and can be purchased HERE. The set gave not the sample size in the shade of “Flush,” but the actual size of 0.06oz. That’s a lot of product and similar to the lip tint it reminds me of a lip crayon and lives up to the name of the product being a ‘Power Pigment’. Compared to the tint there is a lot more color and the clot is described as a “sheer berry”. I really don’t see it as that. To me it’s a cross between a pink and a berry. I do like this product and I keep it in my purse (click HERE to see what else is inside my lippie bag). I applied to much pressure when applying and broke off the tip, womp womp, BUT it still glides on with no problem, While the shades are limited in this product as well, I would like to try out: ‘Natural Beauty’. Points for the packaging. It’s super cute.

I think these products are great for apply and go, but the shade variation is limited. For $24 for as little product as you’re getting just isn’t worth it for me. I know that these products can last quite some time, but they’re nothing I would stock up on. It was nice to be included in the set, especially the full size of the ‘Power Pigment,’ but outside of the set I would not purchase. The shades just don’t stand out to me. Nice product and application? Yes. Worth the money? No,

First Impression #8: Too Faced ‘Melted’ and ‘La Crème’

I purchased the Sephora holiday set, ‘Give Me More Lip’ back in November and I’ve been meaning to do a review on the products inside so I’ve decided to break it up by brand being that there are a few that brands that had two products in the set. I’ll also be doing a couple of ‘Beauty Showdown’s’ to compare similar products within the set. These reviews will be up over the course of the next two and half months so I hope you enjoy.

s1603950-main-hero-300
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

First up let’s start with Too Faced. As an avid YouTube watcher I have been watching a lot of reviews on the ‘Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick.’ I’ve even seen watched reviews of the dupes, ‘L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint.’ The dupe is $2.99 and can be purchased HERE and is available in 18 shades while the ‘Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick’, purchased HERE, is $21 and available in 10 shades. Still I was excited to receive the product to try it out, but unfortunately the color just doesn’t work for my complexion,

The color in the set was ‘Melted Fuchsia’ which is described a as a hot pink and it most definitely is. I love the packaging as Too Faced as a whole has great packaging on all their products. It adds sophistication and a soft applicator to the generic lip glosses that you could easily buy at a beauty supply store with the same shape. I will say the product was a bit messy and I applied way too much the first time, so the product does go a long way. For the color to work for me I would have to get as sheer as I can. This is not a product that you need to build up because the color is so intense. A little really does go a long way. Other shades that I would love to try are: ‘Melted Berry’ and ‘Melted Violet.’

0111151421_2-1

s1442276-main-hero-300
Photo Cred: Sephora.Com

The other Too Faced lippie offered was the ‘La Crème lipstick. I had not watched any reviews until I tried out the product and I’m so glad there are other color options. The lipstick can be purchased HERE and is offered in 21 shades and costs $22. The color I received was ‘Naked Dolly’ and similar to that of the ‘Melted’ lippie, it didn’t look great on my skin complexion. It just makes me look entirely too pasty. I love the packaging, but I really love the application. It glides on so smoothly and in building the color I could’ve gotten too carried away and applied to much. When working the product it does look nice, but it’s a product I have to work with not just apply and go. Other shades that I would like to try are: ‘Naughty Nude,’ ‘Plum Brown,’ and ‘Pink Chocolate.’

For both products I’m glad I was able to try them out in a trial size than to spend $43 buying both full size. There was a lot of product given and its sure to last quite some time. I would not purchase these too shades again, but I am interested in trying the shades mentioned above. I wouldn’t say I’m completely disappointed because I love the consistency of both products, especially the ‘La Crème’. The colors just didn’t work out great with my skin tone by themselves. I just have to tone them down extremely to make it work.

Fashion Forward Friday [V.20]: Winter Essentials

winterbasics Living in the tri-state is a good and bad thing when it comes to the winter. I have more boots than any other shoe in my wardrobe and layering can be fun an stylish. The bad thing is the snow and the commute, people not knowing how to drive in such weather. Enough rambling. Above are my winter essentials that I love to rock in this extremely cold season. It’s clear that I love wearing black, I also love wearing anything oversized and the leggings pictured are specifically for layering under either sweats or jeans. All of the items shown above are items that I use time and time again during the season and some that I want to incorporate more. Pops of color with my accessories allows me to continue to wear all black. As for jewelry I wear hoops if I’m going somewhere, but on a day to day it’s usually just a beanie and my glasses.

Click the links below to purchase the products shown above (minus the vaseline):