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):


Fashion Forward Friday [V.6] — V-Day Outfits (Day & Night)

Although I’m pretty much snowed in thanks to Winter Storm Paxis, I still wanted wanted to post some Valentine’s Day outfit ideas that I had for day and night along with my lippie picks.

First up is my day outfit. I went for red jeans (Forever 21) and a striped shirt (H&M) to keep it simple. If I were going to work I would wear this. The pants are stretchy enough for me to move around in and the shirt tones down the pants. The shoes I would pair this with for work would be a pair of black booties, but If I were going out after work with friends I would toss on my leopard flats (Target) and at work I would wear a pair of booties. My jewelry I paired with the look is from H&M (CLEARANCE!)

Next up is my date-night outfit. There’s many shoes that I could pair with the look I created, but I loved how my wedges looked with them. I took a simple red dress, paired it with a faux leather jacket and my booties with silver accents from Target. I’d also wear a pair of black tights with this look, throw on a pair of hoops, and a bold lip. As for accessories I wouldn’t go further than the earrings because the jacket is a statement in itself.


The handbag that I would pair with both looks is my Aldo bag that I purchased 2 years ago. I can’t afford a Chanel so this quilted purse is a great inspired design. It can be worn cross-body, on the shoulder, or the straps can be tucked in to make it a clutch. This was also a great deal for only $35.


Below are my lippie picks:


E.L.F. Matte Lip Color, Rich Red

Rimmel London-Kate Moss – #60

Wet n Wild – Cherry Bomb (918D) / Sugar Plum Fairy (908C)

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Valentine’s Day with whoever and wherever. Much love!

Beauty Showdown #1 — Lip Crayons


Over the past few weeks I have reviewed various ‘lip crayons’ that go by other names such as glossy sticks, chubby sticks, or the most common, balm stains.

The products I have reviewed are: NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color, Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains, Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains, E.L.F. Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks, and Clinique Chubby Sticks Duo.

Here’s my ranking of the 5:

  1. Jordana Twist & Shine
  2. NYC Twistable Intense Lip Color
  3. Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains
  4. E.L.F. Jumbo Gloss Sticks
  5. Clinique Chubby Sticks Duo

It all comes down to preference when buying these lip crayons. If you are looking for something with moisture and a tint of color then go with NYC or Wet n Wild. If you want the full impact & lustrous color Jordana is your best bet. Not saying that the color pay off is horrible of NYC and Wet n Wild, but you have to really pack on the product to really see the full color and with Jordana you do not. To get the moisture feel but not much color go with the E.L.F. sticks or the Clinique chubby sticks.Again it’s all personal preference.

I will be doing another Beauty Showdown in the future on more lip crayons as I review them. Next up will feature Revlon’s Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stains, and Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balms.

First Impression #6 — E.L.F. Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks

First Impression #6 --- ELF Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks

E.L.F. is another brand that’s jumped on the lip crayon bandwagon and I can say that I am impressed. E.L.F.  offers 8 shades of their Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick. I snagged two colors, ‘Movie Star’ and ‘Pink Umbrellas’ from my local Target at $2 each. I really love the amount of product that you get with each stick.


The colors are very nice and pretty much match up to that of what the packaging indicates. My favorite of the two is definitely ‘Movie Star,’ but ‘Pink Umbrellas’ does remind me of the Revlon Colorburst Lipstick, ‘Peach.’

IMG_0524-1I love the consistency and they’re more moisturizing then I thought they would be. I do semi-moisturize my lips prior to application. Other colors I would love to try out are: ‘Flirty & Girly,’ ‘Sangria Starters,’ and ‘Summer Nights,’ at $2 a stick it’s not that bad and for the amount of product you’re getting $2 is a steal. One thing I love about E.L.F. lip products is that they’re inexpensive, nice quality, great color option, and the amount of product that you get is WORTHWHILE! Very impressed and would recommend.

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There’s been some new lippies on my list that I’ve been wanting to try out especially the Balm Stains. I will be doing a review on all products shown above over the course of the next few weeks.

What have you been on the hunt for recently?


My Makeup Collection!


I store my makeup in the top drawer of my dresser in these two containers. The first one that is a 6 compartment holds my eyeshadows and the 3 compartment one holds all of my face products. I purchased both containers from Target for under $15. Let’s break down what each compartment holds starting with the 3 compartment.


Although I do not put on makeup every day I do LIVE by my Mac Studio Fix. My Mary Kay & Maybelline foundations were bought & gifted to test out. I’m still playing around with the Mary Kay ones, but the Maybelline one is not my personal fav. I also have a few blushes that I use every now and then and I wear mascara (along with lipstick) if not anything else. Moving on to the 6 compartment.


I’ve become a semi-eyeshadow hoarder with 99.9% of them being from either ELF or the drugstore. The only high end palette I have is Naked Basics. I’m still holding off on purchasing a $52 Naked Palette. If I were to splurge on one it would definitely be Naked 2. Keep scrolling for full details on my eyeshadows.

So there you have it. That’s my collection in a nutshell. If you had trouble reading what each product was just click & it’ll be enlarged. If you want any reviews on quality / lasting power of any of the products leave me a comment below. PLUS I’ll be doing a separate posts on products I regret buying. Why still in my collection if I regret? I try to justify & find other ways to use them. Hope you enjoyed! One last thing, what’s in your collection? Whether it’s big or small like mine, let me know.