Glossybox Roundup

Well, this will be my first and last post about Glossybox. Not because they are bad (oh VERY much so the opposite), but because I’m going on a spending freeze for the first quarter of 2015. I have canceled all … Continue reading

Makeup Monday: Winter Butterfly (Vice 3 Palette)

Hello lovelies πŸ™‚ It’s the first Monday after the New Year, which for many of us, means it’s the first full-week back to work since mid-December. Never fear though, Makeup Monday is here to get us kicked off with an … Continue reading

100th Post: My Favorite Looks

I can’t believe this is my 100th post! I was looking back through all my posts since the beginning, and I definitely picked up the pace in 2014. I will work my hardest on providing more interesting and insightful posts for your viewing. Thank you so much for following along ❀

It’s awards season, and it’s time for the selection of my favorite looks I’ve posted for the past year! I thought it’d be fun to list a variety of outfits throughout the no-new-clothes challenge, especially for new readers πŸ™‚ There were some hits and some serious misses, but I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite outfits (and linked them up to their original posts).

Best in Show

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Yellow lace dress: Target | Green cardi w/ black trim: H&M | Black fringe booties: Target | Chain necklace: Forever 21

I absolutely love this outfit. I started really experimenting with colors here. I would usually pick one focal piece and find accessories or neutral tones to compliment it, but this outfit just came together and is hands down my favorite outfit I’ve recorded over the year. My eclectic college fashion is shining through in this dress + boots combo.


Best Use of a Bow Tie (Tied…No Pun Intended)

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Cream-colored sweater: Forever 21 | Burgundy bow-tie shirt: Forever 21 | Gray skinnies: Delia’s | Burgundy suede wedges: Forever 21

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Pink cardigan: Maurice’s | White bow-tie shirt: Forever 21 | Gray jeggings: Reitman’s | Black flats: Target


Β Best Accessorized Outfit: Leopard + Red

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Leopard-print sweater: Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple | Gold nail: Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish

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Best Costume/Dress-Up: Park Bom

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Black faux leather jacket: Target | Cherry blossom dress: Forever 21 | Gold wedge sneakers: Amazon | Wig: eBay | Circle lenses: Pinky Paradise

20131105-185555.jpgMy favorite part about this outfit is a tie between the dress (I’m obsessed with cherry blossoms) or the circle lenses (hello, big eyes!).


Best Surprise Combo: Yellow + Gray

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Gray cardigan: Target | Yellow blouse w/ eyelet collar: Forever 21 | Black skirt: Forever 21 | Black heels: Target

This particular outfit was very influenced by Louis Vuitton (see post). I have since sold the blouse because it was 3 sizes too big, and this is the only way I could disguise it (not versatile enough).


Best Rediscovered Item: Floral Studded Blouse

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Floral/stud blouse: Forever 21 | Salmon-colored honeycomb sweater: I | Black skinnies: H&M | Burgundy suede wedges: Forever 21


Best New Item: Black Sheep Sweater

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Black Sheep Sweater: Forever 21 | Black skinnies: H&M | Black heels: Target | Pearl Headband: Forever 21

I have an upcoming post on any new items I acquired during my no-new-clothes challenge (sounds counter-intuitive) using funds I made selling clothes, and this piece tops the list out as my favorite.


Best Baby/Bridal Shower Outfit

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Royal blue/mint peplum dress: Forever 21 | Mint belt: Forever 21 | Mint watch: Charlotte Russe | Mint shoes: Macy’s (Nine West)


Best in Sports Luxe

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Neon yellow jacket: Brooks | Track pants: Adidas | Polka dot shoes: Keds

Okay, this is probably more sports than luxe, but it was the only picture I managed to capture of any kind of workout gear, and it really has become a comfortable staple. My favorite place to wear it? The airport on my way home (I like to dress up for the airport on my way to places, ha).


Best Feminine Look: This Dress

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Greige cardi: Forever 21 | Salmon-colored dress: H&M | Braided sandals: Aeropostale

Between the chiffon outer layer, the ruffles, and the pretty spring-color, this dress always makes me feel so feminine and pretty. It’s perfect to wear to work with a cardigan, or to wear out shopping on a hot summer day.


Best Modern-Day Professional Look

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Green cardi w/ black trim: H&M | Purple cutout tank: Forever 21 | Black pencil skirt: Charlotte Russe | Black heels: Target

This look, complete with a relaxed sock bun, is one of my favorite modern-day professional looks. The contrast between the bright green and the purple is blended together with matching earrings from Old Navy. The black trim on the cardigan pulls in the skirt and your basic set of black work pumps.

There are many other looks I liked and wanted to post, but I narrowed it down to these few.

What do you think of my selection? Do you agree/disagree? I’d love to have some feedback as well as some inspiration for what you would like to see in the future!

XO

July Beauty HAULS

Good morning everyone! Only 2 more days till it’s Friday πŸ˜‰

As the title indicates, I picked up a few new beauty items in July. I’m a bit on beauty-overload right now, which shouldn’t be a bad thing. But if I’m being completely honest, I bought way more than what is pictured below (if you believe “more” is possible), I just took back a lot of things out of guilt. Rightfully so! What’s the point in not buying any new clothes for a year if you’re just going to transfer that spending habit to something equally dangerous?!

I have so many options right now, I have a whole “giveaway” bag I’ve been collecting new, unused items in. I think I’m hitting the pause button on beauty purchases for a while, if this blog doesn’t change it’s title to “No New Beauty Items for a Year” altogether come September (kidding!…maybe).

Ulta Haul #1

IMG_1375Total: $65.93 ($6 off w/ Ulta Points)

IMG_1354Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment – $18
L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Deep Recovery Hair Mask – $8.99
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion – $7.49

IMG_1348Nevo Beach Bag – Free w/ any Nevo Purchase

IMG_1356Eos Travel Size Everyday Hand Lotion in Original$1.99
Eos Online Only Smooth Stick in Vanilla Bean$3.49
Eos Lemon Drop Smooth Sphere Lip Balm SPF 15 in Lemon (I ❀ LEMON!) – $3.49
Eos Travel Size Everyday Hand Lotion in Berry Blossom $1.99
Eos Water Bottle – Free w/ any $10 Eos purchase

IMG_1358L’Oreal Revitalift Wet Cleansing Towelettes – $3.50 (half off)
Full-size Dr. Brandt BB Matte w/ Signature Shinerase in Light/MediumFree w/ any $40 Ulta.com purchase

IMG_1365Ulta Weightless Lipstick in 256 Lilac Kisses$3 (sale from $8)
NYX Macaron Lippies in Chambord $3 (half off)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap$5.99
The Body Shop Strawberry Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm – $6

IMG_1366Ulta Eyeliner in Cobalt, Golden Eyes, Teal Blue, Jade, and Primrose$1 ea (sale from $8) [the lipstick cap was to keep them from rolling away ha]

Ulta Haul #2

IMG_1325Total: $89 (perfume only; everything else was free)

Versace Perfume in Bright Crystal (free gold Versace tote not pictured) – $89
Versace Fragrance Sampler – Free w/ Versace fragrance purchase
Fragrance Sampler Pack – Free w/ any Ulta purchase

IMG_133416 piece Pink Beauty Bag – Free w/ any $60 Ulta.com purchase (these packs are always a fabulous value–Too Faced, Murad, Urban Decay, John Frieda, etc.)

Sephora Haul

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Sephora Favorites Summer Crushes (two-sided) – $40
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IMG_1411I am obsessed w/ these Sephora sampler packs. They are such an amazing value, as the “sample” sizes they offered are all deluxe-sized. What can I say? I’m a sample hoarder!

What beauty items are on your hit list this summer?!

XO Ali

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Review

When the gorgeous Jacqueline from A Vibrant Day announced she was having a Cynthia Rowley beauty giveaway a couple weeks ago, I knew it was fate πŸ™‚ Man, I have been lusting after this set for months, especially after falling in love with my silver eyeliner I received in one of my spring Birchbox boxes. Somehow, I managed to win!!! AHHH

IMG_1382 IMG_1384The Cynthia Rowley set included:

  • Eye Shadow Palette – No. 2
  • Mini Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine
  • Mini Eyeliner in Black
  • Neoprene Confetti Bag
  • Full-size Eyeliner in Sky Blue (extra!)

IMG_1387 IMG_1389 IMG_1393She also threw in some fun extras!

  • A 5×7 in. painting by Terrance Wright
  • Benefit mini-Porefessional primer
  • Besame Sweetheart Balm
  • A sweet little thank you note for entering her giveaway

She’s seriously the best. Go show her some love on her page πŸ™‚

IMG_1396Color swatch from L-R: Cotton Candy, Licorice, Confetti, Cloud, Marshmallow, Black Eyeliner, Sky Blue Eyeliner, Valentine Lip Stain

IMG_1402I used Marshmallow all over as a base coat, then applied Confetti on the lid, blending in Cotton Candy into the outer corner. I used Licorice in both the crease and as a lower-lash liner, finishing with Sky Blue eyeliner on the top lid πŸ™‚

Happy Monday, everyone!

And thanks again to Jacqueline and A Vibrant Day!

Sunset45 “Little Luxuries Box” Review: June vs. July

After reading about the up and coming beauty/fashion subscription box recommended by For Vanity’s Sake back in May, I knew I had to (cheat) subscribe.

This “Little Luxuries Box” is by a company called “Sunset 45.” It’s $30/month plus $5 for shipping.Β  There are two types of box to choose from:

  • The Classic Box – “Select our Classics box for timeless pieces that you can wear season after season. The perfect accessories and beauty items for girls who appreciate understated luxury,” or
  • The Lavish Box – “Stay on top of the season with runway-ready fashion and beauty accessories. Our Lavish box is full of decadent adornments for girls who set trends and define taste.”

Yes, I know that this is actually a form of “cheating” for my challenge, as I’m not supposed to buy any new accessories, in addition to clothes, for the whole year. But the box was just too good a deal to pass up. At least initially (more on that later).

New Tribal” June Lavish Box

Each month has its own theme. When I received my first box in June, I almost fell out of my chair. It was above and beyond my expectation:

Statement Necklace – this necklace is no joke. It is heavy. Probably a 1/2-1 pound if I could guess. But the quality is immediately noticeable, and with it’s bright jewels, it could seriously steal the attention of anyone in the room when presented against a royal blue top.

Full-size OPI polish in “Dating a Royal” – retailing at $9 a pop, I was not expecting them to include a full-size polish!

Full-size NYX Butter Gloss in “Peach Cobbler” – again, full-size? Even at $5 per gloss I was impressed.

7th Heaven “Million Year Mud” Mask – I have not tried this mask yet, but look for it in a future review πŸ™‚

Statement Earrings – I wore these with some polka-dot orange skinnies and a navy tank-top to my best’s rehearsal, and got several compliments on them!

Hello Waffle Blush in “At Least I’ll Look Pretty” – goes on smooth, leaves a soft, glowing finish.

*Bonus* Sabine Pearl Earrings – as a thank you for signing up for their kickoff, they sent me a handwritten note and a pair of extra earrings they had from their May box! How lovely is that?!

I was absolutely smitten by Sunset 45 at this point. All of their jewelry items either came in pretty velvet pouches, or black ribbon-tied boxes. The “luxury” that they were trying to communicate was pretty spot-on. I just wish July’s box could have been better…

Starry Eyes” July Lavish Box

Ardell Natural Lashes – While the idea is fitting for the theme, I just can’t wear fake eyelashes. I’ve heard good things about “natural” looking lashes, but this particular set isn’t what I’d call “natural.” They’re too thick and would make me look like…well, I’ll just say bad. I look silly in false eyelashes. These will probably be given away πŸ™‚

Rose Gold Star-Cluster Earrings – I actually don’t mind these rose-gold earrings. They are certainly a statement piece, so I would have to wear something really basic with them, but I’ll be trying them on in the future!

Blue Half-Circle Rhinestone Earrings – these earrings look cheap and outdated. I feel like this is something I would have worn in late middle or early high-school, but if I wanted a set like them, I could probably pick them up at Claire’s for a couple bucks. Not a fan.

Rose Gold Starry Bracelet – I’m kind of torn on this piece. I hated it at first, but it’s slowly growing on me. I’m still not sure if I’ll keep it. It isn’t very comfortable and can cheapen up an outfit pretty quickly if you don’t thoughtfully plan it out. It doesn’t look very “luxurious,” in my opinion.

Star-burst Drop Earrings – this is actually my favorite piece in the set. I really, really like these earrings. Another great statement piece.

That’s it. Three pairs of earrings, a (cheap-looking) bracelet, and some fake eyelashes. This was really a let down after my June box. I was hoping for some more beauty products after getting the full-size products in “New Tribal,” but the false eyelashes won’t even work on me. I guess this is a chance you take with subscription boxes. Some you love, and some you hate. I will have to see how August’s box looks before I decide whether to continue my subscription (and recommendation) of the brand. Stay tuned!

XO