Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: Influenster's Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color Vox Box

Who doesn't want lipstick that stays put through talking and eating and drinking? Most days I forget to put on any kind of lip color, but on the days that I do I want it to last as long as it can. I got two Maybelline SuperStay 24-Hour Lip Color from Influenster to test out to see if they really do stay put. The two colors I received are a beautiful neutral red called Keep Up The Flame and a pale, frosted pink called Constant Toast

I really loved the red color on me because it's the perfect neutral red, but sadly I absolutely hated the pink. Frosted pink lipsticks don't look good on me and remind me too much of the early 2000s. 

What I Like: The lip colors are easy to apply with the curved doe-foot applicator and the lip balm on the other side is very moisturizing. Once you put on these colors these colors on they DO NOT BUDGE. I mean it. I didn't keep them on for 24 hours, but I have no doubt that it would last for that long. Also, you do have to reapply the lip balm now and then, but that's not a big deal. There are matte colors, like the red, and frosted colors, like the pink, and there are a ton of color options. 

What I Didn't Like: Because the lip color stays so well, it is really, really hard to get off. You're supposed to use an oil-based make up remover, but since I don't have any because I prefer to use Simple's Micellar Cleansing Water I wouldn't come off. I pretty much rubbed my lips raw to get this stuff off. 

I love the red lipstick and how well they stay on, but pro tip: get an oil-based makeup remover if you don't have one!

*I received these lipsticks from Influenster. All opinions are my own.*

What lipsticks do you wear?

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Inspired By: Doctor Who Part 2: The Companions

I know the show is called Doctor Who, but sometimes it's the companions that steal the show. There have been many companions during the course of the Doctor's travels and they're all memorable in their own way. I fall in love with one of them and then they leave and then I fall in love with the next one and then the next. You can't help but root for every single person on this show, so let's get to know the Doctor's friends. 

P.S. -- Did you miss last week's Doctor Who post?

Rose Tyler & Martha Jones
Doctor Who - Rose & Martha
The first companion of the new series is Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). She's a 19-year-old who doesn't know what to do with her life and winds up being saved by the Doctor, so she travels the universe with him. She'll always be one of my favorites because she's spunky and street smart and so in awe of the Doctor. Her outfits always consist of a black (or red) leather jacket, a red shirt, flare jeans, and boots. 

Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) is a doctor (a real one!) who meets the Doctor when the hospital she works at is transported to the moon. She's intelligent and unafraid and definitely a character to admire. Throw on a beige moto jacket, a purple tee, jeans, a moon phase watch, and brown booties.

Donna Noble & River Song
Doctor Who - Donna & River
These two ladies are my favorite companions of the whole series! Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) runs into the Doctor on her wedding day and that's where the fun begins. She's pretty much the only one not in love with the Doctor; she's got some serious sass, she's hilarious, and loves the excitement of it all. Go for a simple but cute outfit of a gray coat, purple sweater, jeans, and black flats. 

River Song (Alex Kingston) is a time traveler herself who runs into the Doctor, but never in the right order. She's my absolute favorite! River is the three Fs: feisty, fun, and formidable. Some of the Daleks are afraid of her and that's saying something. I'd give you more information, but spoilers! Travel time and space in a long beige jacket, a light pink top, distressed jeans, and beige boots. 

Amy Pond & Rory Williams
Doctor Who - Amy & Rory
Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) are a couple that travel with the 11th Doctor. Amy is sassy and tough and maybe wouldn't want admit it but 100% loves Rory. Rory is the sweetest guy ever, who would follow Amy literally anywhere in the world. 

Amy wears a lot of red, so throw on a red plaid shirt, a red scarf, a black skirt, red nail polish, and heeled booties. Or for something a little more comfortable, put on a blue plaid top, a puffer vest, black jeans, a watch with Roman numerals (anyone get it?), and brown boots. 

Clara Oswald & Bill
Doctor Who - Clara & Bill
Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) is the impossible girl because she appears at many instances in time, but we meet up with her in the present where she is a super smart school teacher, who is always up for a new adventure. Clara has a girly, professional style, so wear a black blazer, a floral dress, pink stud earrings, and black wedges. 

Bill (Pearl Mackie) is the latest companion and she's going to be in the newest season coming next year, so we don't know anything about her yet. She looks like a lot of fun and I'm excited to root for a new companion. Throw on a light jean jacket, a graphic tee, ripped jeans, a layered necklace, blue high tops, a brooch, and you're ready to travel in the Tardis. 

Who is your favorite companion?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Outfit: Stripes & Laces

I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of lace-up flats for months. Months! All of them seem to be pointed-toe flats and pointed-toe shoes are just not my thing. I thought I was never going to find a pair with a rounded-toe, but the DSW gods smiled upon me and I found this beautiful suede pair that was everything I was looking for. Technically, they're not lace-up flats since I don't have to actually lace them up, but I prefer these more. Who wants to lace up their shoes when you can just slip them on?

I have these velvety jeggings in two colors, this wine color and gray, and they're perfection. They're soft, stretchy, comfortable, and honestly they make my butt look gooooood. Definitely a winner!
Jacket: Aeropostale | Top: Marshalls | Jeans: American Eagle 
Shoes: DSW | Bag: Target | Necklace: local boutique

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Monday, October 17, 2016

5 Bookmarks On My Wishlist (AKA I Want Right Now)

Through the joys of Instagram, I've discovered a bunch of fantastic small businesses. One kind of shop in particular that is very popular right now is bookmark shops. I never realized how many kinds of bookmarks there are and how many I need in my life! Two bookmarks shops I bought from and would recommend are MyBookmark and Beedooto. Below are five more shops I've discovered recently that I want to get a bookmark or two from. 
Authored Adornments creates mostly jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, keychains) featuring book page quotes. I think this little bookmark sticking out of a book is so cute and I love the fun quote. 

Marked by Mary is a shop that makes woodburned, handlettered bookmarks and wood slices. I love the look of the woodburned letters. She creates custom bookmarks, so you can get one that says anything you like. 

Looking for cute handmade felt creations (bookmarks, hair pins, phone cases, and more) then Tiny Felt Heart is the place you want to shop. I don't have any felt bookmarks, so clearly I need one stat and these are adorable.

Bookmarky has all the colorful literary and fandom bookmarks you could possibly want. There are bookmarks for all of the most popular books right now and a ton for Harry Potter. I am dying over how wonderful this Platform 9 3/4 ticket bookmark is. 

I love magnetic bookmarks and have several character-shaped ones, but I adore Read and Wonder's pretty watercolor quote bookmarks. But not to worry, this shop also has a ton of super cute character magnetic ones as well. 

Do you have unique bookmarks?
Where do you shop for them?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Inspired By: Doctor Who Part 1: The Timelord

Since I've become a bit Doctor Who obsessed I wanted to dedicate an Inspired By post to everyone's favorite Timelord. Last month, I watched all nine seasons and now I understand what the fuss is all about. The show is wonderful because it's an adventure through time and space, it's campy in a good way, it's about solving big and small problems with your intellect rather than with your fist, and you can't help but fall in love and root for the Doctor and his companion, no matter who they are.

My favorite Doctor is the 10th Doctor with the 11th Doctor as a close second because they're both so likable and charming and just plain fun to watch. Who's your favorite? 

9th Doctor
Doctor Who - Nine

The new series began in 2005 (after originally airing from 1963 to 1996) with the Doctor being regenerated into the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). This version of the Doctor is angry, brave, and tough. His clothing choices are basic because he lets his personality shine through his witty dialogue.

For journeying through time and space, wear a zippered leather jacket, blue tunic, cool tights, and wedge booties. Or instead put on a black jacket, t-shirt, jeans, rings, and fold-over boots. 

10th Doctor
Doctor Who - Ten
The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) is friendly, talkative, "foxy," and protective of Earth. He finds joy in traveling in his Tardis and interacting with new people and species. His new look has been called geek chic, which I love. 

Go on adventures in your little blue box by throwing on a long, beige jacket, blue dress, glasses, and red velvet flats. Or instead wear a beige cardigan, blue top, jeans, red scarf, and red Converse. 

11th Doctor
Doctor Who - Eleven
The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) is very similar to his previous incarnation because he cares deeply for everyone on Earth, but he's also energetic, caring, and has a child-like wonder. This Doctor saves the day in his classic professor style. 

Run around the universe with your companions in a tweed jacket, blue chambray dress, glasses, and black pointed toe flats. Or throw on a yellow blazer, white collared shirt, black jeans, red bow bracelet, and black Oxford flats. 

12th Doctor
Doctor Who - Twelve
The most recent version of the Doctor is the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi), who is unpredictable, a thrill-seeker, and has a tough exterior. He cares about the people of Earth since it's come to be like a second home to him, but doesn't exactly show it.  

Save the world and kick some ass in a white shirt, black vest, red scarf, distressed jeans, and black booties. Or wear a black jacket, white blouse, jeans, sunglasses, and black Oxford flats.

P.S. -- Part 2 with the companions is coming next week!

Do you watch Doctor Who?
Who's your favorite Doctor? 

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