Thursday, April 17, 2014

BEAUTY: Maybelline "Baby Skin" Review

I'm probably just a little bit late on this bandwagon since I kept myself away from Walmart, Walgreens, and all forms of online makeup ordering for a few months, but about a month and a half ago I bought the Maybelline Baby Skin "Instant Pore Eraser" after seeing raving reviews on the Benefit Porefessional. What logic is that you might ask? The kind that is $26 cheaper.

So essentially it is a clear semi-liquid gel that you smooth over a clean face to minimize your pores. I didn't dig into the science of it all, but it would appear to essentially just fill those pores. Sounds scary, I know, but I have yet to break out or have any kind of reaction to this product so it must fill them without clogging. Don't ask me how that works.

For the $5.59 price tag, this is a pretty good little product. I've always had problems with large pores (thanks, genetics) and my mistreatment of my acne when I was younger certainly didn't help. My cheeks in particular are a problem area, especially around the front of my face. Below you actually can see a difference. This was without any foundation over the top, so you will have to excuse the redness of my one cheek. However if you zero in on the pores, I certainly think they are much less visible on the side with Baby Skin on it.

Overall, I wouldn't go as far as saying this is a miracle product. It does make foundation a little slippery, and I do think it makes it wear off a little quicker since the makeup is resting on top of the gel instead of the skin or a primer. As a stand-alone face product, though, I'm in love. Days "without makeup" are a little less rough now, and a repurchase isn't out of the question. Now to try and save up for the Benefit product to try a comparison! Those of you who have tried both- is it worth it?
xoxo, Katie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

INSPIRATION: Spring Handbag Wishlist

Ted Baker Wallet

If you can't tell, I have a slight obsession with totes at the moment. I love the look of carrying a bag on my elbow rather than my shoulder or a cross body bag. However, I can't completely rule out the cross body look, and this super bright neon satchel fits the perfect bill. Statement purses are a super easy way to add more personality to an outfit, especially since almost all of my outfits have been super minimalist and (usually) monochromatic as of late.

And can we just take a minute to appreciate this Rebecca Minkoff bag? Literal perfection. Structure, black and white, AND handles? It doesn't get much better. I would (almost) kill for this bag. What I would love even more to put IN the bag is this French Bulldog Ted Baker wallet. Ever since I got my Pollee bow flip flops from Ted Baker I've been obsessed with the brand. Throw in a collage of french bulldogs? I'm sold. So if anyone knows where to find it (I searched high and low!), please please please let me know. My boyfriend needs a Facebook message with the link very badly, haha
xoxo, Katie

Monday, April 14, 2014

OOTD: Livin' the Casual Life

If you are looking at these photos thinking "Why are you showing us old pictures from the fall?", you would be mistaken. Although it looks quite like November here, it is indeed mid-April and snowing as I type this post. Gosh, the Midwest is lovely.

Top- H&M
Cardigan- H&M
Jeans- Old Navy DIY
Necklaces- Thrifted
Rings- Forever21/eBay
Shoes- TOMS
There are a couple of things to be said about this outfit.

1- If you watched my Youtube video (which you totally should because not only do you see FIVE outfits not posted here, but there's some rockin' music) you will notice that this is the same outfit as the very last one in the video. I felt pretty crappy about the quality of that filming the last day so I decided to just take some pictures of it as well.

2- Having said that, I'm not sure it was worth taking pictures of. It is also painfully obvious to me that my eyebrows need some work STAT.

This outfit is super casual, and although it does feature my newest favorite necklace layering combination, I can't say I'm very fond of it. The crop length is slightly awkward (hence the absence of standing photographs) and I was having a peculiarly blasé day. Nothing bad happened, but nothing very wonderful happened either. I'm going to blame it on the perpetually grey skies at the moment. We had one fleeting day of beautiful 75 degree weather, and I would give anything to have that back. Thankfully I did get out that day for some pictures and girl time (aka coffee and ranting), so those should be up later this week with a special surprise.

In life news, I started training for my new position as the Opinions section editor for my college newspaper! I think I'll even write a lifestyle post on it. I'm all about those lately, and I can't stop watching people's daily vlogs on Youtube and reading little life snippets in their blogs. Do you have any favorite vloggers/bloggers? What are some of your favorite things they post? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Katie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

OOTD: Transition to Spring x2!

Just like Marionberry has said before, there really are a few phrases that bloggers need to ban from their vocabulary. "Transition to spring" may be one of them, but I'll make it a point in my future posts not to use it :p

Does it get any easier than overalls? They combine the easy of a dress without the hassle of worrying about crossing your legs or your skirt flying up! They're more versatile than a romper since overalls can be combined with different shirts underneath, and don't even get me started on the possible shoe and jewelry combinations.

Can you tell I'm a fan of overalls coming back?

I can remember a pair of hot pink Rugrats overalls I had in first grade, and there may or may not be a home video stashed away somewhere of me doing a "ballerina routine" in the living room with those on...I digress.

I paired these with a crop top for an unexpected twist, and it helps to get some of that breeze in there! It's been beautifully warm the last couple of day (at least when the sun decides to come out) and I'm taking every chance I can get to feel the sun on my skin. I didn't quite soak up enough of it in California. For when the sun ISN'T shining, however, I threw on my white leather jacket from Forever21. I didn't get the chance to get any pictures with it, but trust me when I say it looks pretty darn cool.

Speaking of California, we have a little surprise in store with this post today! Out on the West Coast, the lovely Joyce of "Joyful Outfits"(yup, the same Joyce who designed my layout!) has so splendid come up with another way to move away from the chill, but in a different climate. Her bay area expertise might come in handy some day if I ever finally move my butt out there. Take a peek over at her blog for a little bit of inspiration as well. Maybe you'll find a clever way to combine the two!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OOTD: A Week of Class Outfits | March

Over the month of March I thought I would try something a little different. On the days that I didn't have time to find someone to help me take pictures, I just set up my camera in my room and filmed my outfit to compile them into one little video. I had some fun with this, and if this is well received I think I would like to keep it up! Be sure to let me know what you think of this either on here or on the comments of the Youtube video.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BEAUTY: The Work Lip

Do you ever just feel so excited about something that you can't keep from telling everyone you meet about it? Well for the last couple of weeks I've been keeping something quite secret that has been bubbling up, ready to burst, but now I can officially proclaim it to the world!

I'm going to be an intern! And not just any intern. An actual merchandising intern for the international company Lands' End! It's an incredible opportunity and I just found out that I clinched a spot this afternoon. I interviewed last week, and that is when I discovered this particular lipstick combination and I'm quite infatuated with it at the moment. Maybe it's a good luck combo?

First is MAC's Modesty. It's a perfect "your lips but better" color for me particularly and I believe is a Satin finish. Not glossy, not matte, just a happy medium. It was a gift for Valentine's Day from my boyfriend, and I do think he deserves a little brag for picking it out. Not many men can successfully do that! On top is L'oreal's Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in "Rose On and On". The stain on it's own is pretty, although it doesn't stay "wet" long. It feels quite hydrating to apply, and I am a big fan of the super soft doe foot applicator they ingeniously used for it.

All in all, this seems like a professional yet young lip combination. Good for work or a subtle lip for a smokey eye perhaps? That might be next on the list to conquer. I look like something from a cheap strip club when I try to do a smokey eye. This lip combo might help with that? Eh, doubtful. But a girl can pretend.

Ps- try to pay no mind to my otherwise makeup-less face in this picture. One of the beauties of blogging is that some days require nothing more than a computer and sweats, but in the very last minutes of light I decided to get these pictures in and I didn't have time for an entire face of makeup. I think you all can deal with it just this once ;)

xoxo, Katie

Sunday, April 6, 2014

LIFE: "Calories Don't Count In This Mug"

For Christmas this past year, my uncle gave me this mug from Starbucks and it's been sitting on my dresser waiting for me to draw on it. I have a love-hate relationship with these types of customizable things. On one hand I want to just go crazy and doodle all over it, though I know it will end up a mess. On the other hand, I see all these amazing drawings and inspirational ideas on Tumblr and Pinterest of these intricate designs and I think "I know I could do that. Why don't I?" So the end result of the internal conflict in the creative project sitting dormant for 4 months before I finally pick it up and let the perfectionist in me take a cleaver to the head.

This mug design came from a spoon I saw (maybe on Instagram? I can't quite remember) that said "Calories don't count on this spoon" and I fell in love with it. I searched around to try and find it, and I found a few versions on Etsy (although I particularly loved this shop the most. She sells the most inspirational food related items). They're a little more than I have at the moment so I thought "hmmmm...this could work" and let loose.

It's both a fun and personal little mug. It can be easy to get caught up in the calories and fat content and fiber content and vitamins and the list goes on. Sometimes we all need a little reminder that it's ok to enjoy an indulgent cup of coffee every once in a while. Drinkable calories are one thing that just get me every time (hence my usual non-Starbucks coffee order of black coffee with two Equal). This fun and lighthearted mug will help me keep things light when the season for hot chocolate rolls around again.

As for the actual mug/pen set itself, it was a bit tricky. The white pen would only work sporadically which is why some of the little coffee mugs are more visible than others. The black end worked well enough once I got it going, and I have yet to use it since I still need to bake this mug in the oven (450 degrees for 30 mins). I think this would work just as well with any old porcelain mug and a Sharpie, so give it a whirl! Feel free to email or tweet at me if you do the project :)

This little post has been refreshing from the usual fashion and beauty. Do lifestyle posts interest you all as readers? There is something about Sunday that lends itself to lifestyle posts, I think. Maybe I will start a new lifestyle set of posts on Sunday. I'll be participating in the #lbloggers chat this afternoon on Twitter from 1-2 pm CST if anyone is so inclined to join. Happy tweeting!