Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Swimspiration

I don't know about y'all, but I find swim suit shopping really hard. I don't know if it's the pressure in our society to always look picture perfect or the idea that swim suits should be sexy rather than functional, but it always seems to be a struggle to find one that I like, feel good in, and can actually lay out, swim, and do beachy things in. BUT, this year, I've hit the jackpot. I rounded up some of my fav finds and the ones I've purchased this season, so hopefully they give you some inspo and motivation to swim suit shop confidently this season! Swimspiration
Normally I go straight to Victoria's Secret for bathing suits and I've been doing that for years. I love their cheeky bottoms as they always fit my bum perfectly and I never have to worry about any weird scrunching or sizing issues. However, I'm not into anything VS has put out this year. Everything is lace up, leopard printed, or way too tiny, so I set off on the hunt for classic, easy to wear pieces that I can confidently go out on the beach in.
 
I just got the scalloped ON swimsuit in the mail, and despite mixed reviews, I LOVE IT. I got it in green as the black was sold out, but oh my goodness, I'm in love. The color looks great on my pale skin now, but I think it'd look amazing on a girl with a tan, so we'll see. The top isn't padded at all, which is what most girls were complaining about, but the fabric is very thick, so I don't mind. There's not a whole lot in the way of support, but I'm 21 years old, so I don't need much. For reference, I'm a 34C or 32D in bras and I got a large top and bottom. There's plenty of coverage on the butt and sides to feel comfortable, but not too much to be a diaper, YAY!

I also got this gingham suit from J.Crew and although I haven't gotten the bandeau top in yet [EDIT: I got it, love it, and I'm keeping it and returning the triangle top], I have tried the bottom and the french triangle top. The triangle top is not my favorite, but I'm waiting until the bandeau top comes in to decide on it. It is padded and has adjustable straps, as does the ON one, but it smushes my boobs rather than supports them, so I don't know how I feel about that. Sporty? Yes. Sexy? No. The bottoms are great, meduim coverage and thicker sides, which is just how I like it. The sides of the bottoms come up a little higher, so you can see my tan lines for my cheeky VS bottoms which run small, but I don't mind and I feel like I can move around without worrying about my bum showing. This time I got a medium top and large bottom, based on reviews.  

What swim styles are you loving this season?
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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Balm Haul & Review



The Balm recently had a 50% off site wide sale and I proceeded to buy a few things to try. I looked over their website about 27 times, and finally decided on the Frat Boy blush, the Balms Away makeup remover, and the Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in Charming.  
I already owned the Desert bronzer and the Mary Lou-manizer, but I want to talk about those as well, so I've included them in this haul too! 

Frat Boy Blush/Shadow $21

I really REALLY love the formulas of The Balm's face products. They are so creamy and easily blend in, plus they're much more affordable than some of the other comparable options at Sephora. 
I immediately wanted the Frat Boy blush because I've been hearing YouTubers talk about it for ages. It seems a littler scary in the pan (SO pink!), but once it's on your face it's a very natural, peachy, brightening, blush. I didn't have anything like this in my stash as I normally go for baby pink blushes, but I love it. 

Mary Lou Man-izer Highlighter $24

  This highlighter is my favorite highlighter I've ever tried. It is extremely buttery, blends super nicely on my skin, and never looks overdone. It doesn't make my face look glittery, it just adds a "glow from within" kind of effect that looks a little more natural, and that's right up my street. I use it for an inner corner and under the brow bone highlight too and I just love it. Zero disco ball effect, just major glowy "I drink a lot of water and have perfect dewy skin" vibes. I get easily scared off by too gold highlighters (Champagne Pop) or too pink ones, especially because my skin is pretty pale, but this one falls right in the middle and is really hard to over do, 10/10 recommend.
 

Balm Desert Bronzer $21

Y'all. I was not a bronzer person before I found this. I had tried a few contour shades before, but either found that it was way too much on pale skin, or didn't make enough different to put in the extra effort, but this stuff is amazing. I wear it even on my no-makeup makeup days. It's the perfect cool toned bronzer, meaning it doesn't have orange or red undertones, and it just warms my face up without taking it over. It gives me nice color like I may have spent an afternoon by the pool, but nothing fake or Jersey shore looking, and I LOVE IT. I use it as a contour and bronzer and I'll never go without it again. My sister says it's comparable to Benefit's Hoola, which is a cult favorite, and since her makeup stash is the size of Texas, I'd take that to the bank. 

Matt(e) Hughes in Charming $17

Here is a swatch of the Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in natural lighting, so you can see what it truly looks like without any filtering. I am really pleased with the color and formula of this one AND it smells like mint chocolate chip. I wore it to an event for 4-6 hours and only had to reapply once, so the staying power is pretty average on me, but it did layer nicely and had none of that flaky business that can sometimes happen when I layer other liquid lipsticks. All in all, I recommend it! There are 12 shades and minus about 2 or 3, they all look gorgeous! 

The last product I got was the Balms Away makeup remover, which only took one use to know I wasn't a fan. I was expecting a balm that turned into an oil once you mixed it with water, but it was like rubbing vaseline on my eyes. Yes, it took off my waterproof mascara, but I had to scrub at it with a makeup remover pad which really irritated my eyes, and it left behind oily residue because I couldn't wash it off with water. At $20, I was not a fan. Yes, it is good to travel with because of no spills, but I much prefer my Clinique Take the Day Off balm.

All in all, I'm a really big fan of The Balm as a whole. My next purchases are definitely going to be the Cabana Boy Blush and the Bahama Mama bronzer. The packaging is just so adorable, easy and light to travel with, and their formulas are comparable to higher end brands like Nars and Mac. Win-win in my book!  



Have you tried The Balm? What are your favorites?

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Friday, June 3, 2016

BIG NEWS

I'm We're moving! Myles and are moving in together in July and we couldn't be more excited! I know what you're thinking...whaaatttt? No, we're not married. No, Myles is not pregnant. (lol) We love each other, we're best friends, and I couldn't imagine don't want to live with anyone else. It's an adorable 2 bed 1 1/2 bath townhouse very close to campus and everything just fell into place for it! We looked at houses and apartments for ages before we found ours and ever since then we've slowly been collecting things to fill it.  




Our bed set is the Sailor Stripe set from Pottery Barn. Settling on this took us almost longer than finding a house, because we are both so picky, but now that it's here we both really like it. It's very clean, classic, and simple, which is very much our style, and it's light enough to not add any extra weight/warmth to our down comforter.

One of my favorite apartment finds are these antique "his" and "hers" hooks that we are hanging by the front door. I linked the most similar version I could find, but ours are black and white with chipped paint in all the right places, and I can't wait to hang my keys on mine every day. 

Our walls are a light robin's egg blue color, so we got simple curtains with a very light gray pattern on them. They sell them in light blue and coral also, which I love, but were a little to crazy for Myles. So far, in the packaging they look really nice. I think they'll compliment the living room without overpowering it! 

I got a Crock Pot a few weeks ago and ever since then I've been obsessed with pinning slow cooker recipes on my Pinterest. We've tried the honey teriyaki, which was delicious, and next I think we're doing a roast! I really want us to start doing a slow cooker meal every Sunday, and it seems super easy, so we'll see!

The wall calendar is one that Myles picked out at Target. I like that it's so crisp looking and you can buy color pencils to write on it with. We are planning to hang this next to the door (above our His/Hers hooks) and write important dates, messages, grocery lists, etc on it! 
 
Aside from that, the other things are just everyday household items like a vase (SO excited to keep flowers in the house!), a utensil holder with a built in spoon rest, and a shower curtain, which is made of waffle weave robe material, so cozy! We are SO lucky that our families have given us most of the big stuff, like our couches/recliner, dining room table, TVs, bed set, office furniture, etc. We are counting down the days until we can move in and start making it our own place and I'd love to hear all your moving tips, cute DIY ideas, and thoughts on recipes to make! 
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