Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday: Keeping Warm...And Full

Hope everyone on the East Coast is keeping warm and being safe by staying indoors! Last night, I was really hoping for my classes to be canceled. I even headed to Shop Rite convinced that there wouldn't be class today and bought a bunch of "survival" food. You can imagine how excited I was when I received an email that said one of my classes was cancelled and the university would close at 1:00. I hopped back into bed only to receive an email an hour later from another classmate asking me what she had missed in class. I was like wait...what? I realized that I had forgotten about my 11:30 class which was most definitely NOT canceled. Awesome.
I don't think this would help much if the power goes out...
I also took my dogs for a walk early in the day because there was no way I was stepping foot outside any later. They kept looking at me like "We don't wanna walk in this either dude."
Coco & Sushi, my snowy furballs
As I'm typing this I'm currently stuffed with pasta and pizza rolls. I was trying to get back into my healthy eating routine but cheating doesn't count on a snow day...right? I also caught up on reading Sophia Amoruso's #GirlBoss. If you have a plan, or goal that you would like to put into action but feel uneasy and unsure how to begin, READ THIS. It's seriously full of inspiration and is pretty much a kick in the butt in book form. She doesn't sugarcoat anything and stresses the importance of hard work. It also isn't of those cheesy inspirational books that tells you that everything will be okay if you just think about happy flowers and sparkly rainbows. It's the perfect time for me to read it honestly because I'm graduating soon and I'm gonna need all the motivation I can get. It's great. I've also read Mindy Kaling's book which I freaking loooved, cannot wait for her next one.

Well, I'm going to finally get out of bed and try to straighten up my room before Jane the Virgin comes on. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Isn't it funny when you hear yourself saying something and immediately realize that it isn't true? Happy Monday!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Flower Beauty Eye-See-You Beauty Set & Lip Service Lip Butter

Flower Beauty is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite drugstore brands. If you aren't familiar with Flower, it is a beauty and cosmetics line by Drew Barrymore available exclusively at Walmart. It was created based on the idea that you do not need to spend a lot of money to get luxury products. As a college student with a part time job, I was like um YES PLEASE. Plus, who doesn't love Drew Barrymore? It's made in the U.S. and is cruelty free! The line has tons of cosmetics, fragrances, and even makeup bags. I have a lot of their products so I got excited when they released a bunch of sets for the holiday season (still available). I picked up the Eye-See-You Beauty Set in Rose Gold which I am loving. I also picked up one of the Lip Service Lip Butters in Rose-y Future.
I love this packaging, very sleek and the palette has a magnetic closure.
Unfortunately, I did not keep the packaging. However, the set comes with an 8 shade Shadow Play Eyeshadow Palette, an Ultimate Eyeshadow Brush, and an Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara in Intense Black. It was on sale for $9.98 (!!!) at my local Walmart so I had to purchase it.
Swatches: Top row -left to right. Bottom row - left to right.
This is such a fun palette with a mix of matte and satin shades. The colors are super creamy and as you can tell, very pigmented. I absolutely love all the colors. I honestly thought the yellow shade would be too bright but it's actually very subtle and wearable.The colors can be used for an every day look or even a smoky eye. The only issue I have is that I wish it had transition colors for blending. Overall, it's a great buy! 

 The set also comes with a brush which I love. I'll be honest, I didn't think I would because of how large it is but it's pretty good at packing on color and is pretty dense AND soft. It's also pretty versatile enough that it can be used as a blending brush. I'm all about multipurpose brushes (less to wash). The mascara is also great because it's a dryer formula but it isn't flaky. It's perfect because my lashes don't fall but they don't feel too stiff either. The brush is a long plastic brush and that's just the right size for me. Fatter brushes make my eyelashes clumpy, so this was perfect.
Shade: Rose-y Future

Lastly, is the Lip Service Lip Butter. This wasn't in the set, but I picked it up the same day. I love lip butters, I used to love the Revlon Lip Butters, but they weren't as moisturizing as I wanted. This one is great because it's hydrating and the color payoff is great. It does have a shine but it isn't glossy, I hate glossy lip products. If I don't want to wear foundation, I'll wear concealer along with this and I actually look like I'm trying. I usually wear it to work and it does wear off a tiny bit but it's expected with a lip butter. There's also a wide range of colors for every skin tone. Works for me!

So whether you're just starting out, an old pro, or a "let me slap this on my face and see what happens" like me, Flower Beauty is a great line. It's affordable, cruelty free, the packaging is awesome, and it has genuinely good products. I'm not being paid to say this, it's honestly great. Next time you're in Walmart, give it a shot.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wanting: Patchwork Denim & Chunky Knits

Lately I've been obsessed with finding the perfect patchwork denim jeans. I've looked everywhere! In thrift stores, all I can find is oversized mom jean styles (not the cute kind) and the ones I really love are waaaay out of my price range. Examples here, here and here. I love the whole denim on denim trend. At first, I was a bit afraid of looking like Justin and Britney in 2001 (love is blind guys) but it can be pretty cute! Here are a few looks I'm loving:
Joan Smalls, this girl is flawless.

Phillip Lim 3.1
Let's be honest, Gwen (we're on a first name basis) can wear a paper bag and look stunning.
 I've also been wanting to pair the jeans with a really cute chunky sweater. My coworker told me the other day that my "grandma sweaters always look cute." I was like thanks? But I do love me some chunky sweaters. I actually have a couple but you can never have enough. Especially when I see my favorite celebrities wearing them. I love these looks.
I recently read that Hilary Duff moved to Brooklyn and if I ever run into her, I might die. Anyway, I love the pattern on this sweater and her, obviously.
Kate Moss

Olivia Palermo does no wrong. I normally don't like this color but she makes it work! 
I know a lot of people made fun of him for this but I actually really like this look. I mean, he's Lenny  Kravitz.

Love the color and texture on this one.

So that's what I'm loving for winter. I feel like these looks can even be worn in early Spring. Right now I'm loving this, this, this, and this sweater. Also, let me know what kind of sweaters you've been loving (Grandmas unite!) and how you've been keeping warm. Enjoy your weekend <3

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

An Introduction + "Top Shelf"


Hi I'm Kat! So, I'm not exactly new to blogging. I used to have one on here but once it was gone I started to miss it. I did enjoy writing out random thoughts and ramblings. You learn a lot in this weird blogging world. Anyway, I'm a 23 year old student currently living freezing in NJ. I love movies, fashion, books, animals (my dogs especially) and beauty. I love reading about beauty and skincare products online as well as from friends. Everyone's skin is different, so I like to learn and try as many things as possible to find what works. Into the Gloss is one of my favorite sites that shows products celebrities use in its Top Shelf series so I thought, why not share mine? So get ready for a super long post that I hope you'll enjoy!

Skincare
In the morning, I like to wash my face with SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Soap . I have really dry skin + eczema, and this is gentle, moisturizing, and doesn't strip my skin of moisture(!)  I also use it as a body soap. It has kind of a cologney smell? But it doesn't linger and you get used it. The African Black Soap is good too!
After I get out of the shower, I use Andes Nature Cosmetic Snail Extract Cream . I swear, it sounds really gross but it's actually very moisturizing but light. I used to use Cetaphil but it felt really thick and greasy on my skin. It doesn't have much of a scent either. I've always hated scented lotions. Victoria's Secret lotions do nothing for my skin and the smell is too overpowering. My mom gave this to me one day and I fell in love. 

Makeup 


I like to start by my priming face with elf Mineral Face Primer in Tone Adjusting Green. I had never used primer before so I picked up a cheap (college student budget) one to test out. I gotta say it's pretty good! I don't know how I ever wore foundation without using primer. I get a lot of redness and I find that although it doesn't eliminate it, it does calm it down significantly. It also gives you a nice smooth canvas for your foundation.
For foundation, I love mixing L'Oreal True Match in W7 Caramel Beige and N6 Honey Beige. It's full coverage and gives you a matte and flawless finish. It also lasts all day. I swear I could look like crap in the morning, but after I put this on I go from zero to hero. I really can't say enough about this foundation. And it's drugstore? It's seriously my Magna Carta HOLY GRAIL.
And now for my favorite part, concealer. Concealer, thank you for being there for me when I've only slept 2 hours because of finals. Thank you, for being there for me when I'm hungover and I can't look like a walking corpse at work. Thank you, for giving me that "I slept 10 hours" look when I've only slept half that. You're truly the real MVP. Anyway, here are my favorites: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer  in 20- Nars Creamy Concealer dupe! Flower Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer in Shade 2 - great for brightening/highlighting, lastly Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller in Light/Medium - major life saver when in a rush, instantly brightens and has caffeine! I'll usually use any two of these together.
To set everything, I use Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Sandstorm. For an every day blush, I like to use Flower Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush in Elegant Azalea - natural, dark pink with a hint of peach. To highlight, I like to use The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer  - I dream of one day having  that fabulous J.LO glow and I like to feel like I'm one step closer when I wear this.

For mascara, I like to pile on Flower Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara in Intense Black. I like dry formulas because I find wet mascaras make my lashes droop. If I'm going to do my eyebrows- because let's be honest, in the morning, ain't nobody got time for that- I'll fill them in with the elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium. I don't really use it to give myself eyebrows, but just to fill in a little here and there.
Let me preface this by saying I have never been an eyeshadow girl. I still don't think I'm an eyeshadow girl. I am super lazy and cannot be sitting there blending for hours. I know it's not really for hours. But that's what it feels like. I also like natural looking makeup so you will never see me in a smokey eye. Don't get me wrong, I think it looks great - just not on me. Recently, I've had a small change of heart. I've recognized that eyeshadow is not the devil and neutral looks can be cute and easy. I received this palette for Christmas and have been loving all the colors. I am on my way to becoming an eyeshadow master! Not really, but I do plan on wearing it more often.

Top to Bottom: MAC Del Rio, Flower Beauty Desert Flower, Milani Naturally Chic
Lastly, lipstick! I have full lips so sometimes lipstick is tricky. It can't be too glossy and it can't be too matte. Super matte lipsticks dry the shizz out of my lips and then it takes a while to "fix" them. Satin finishes are my favorite. I can do creamy mattes too. For an everyday color, I love Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic. It's a really nice pinky nude and it's supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Cosmo. I prefer pink nudes because truer nudes wash me out and give me corpse lips. If I want to go a bit darker, I'll use Flower Velvet Kiss Stick Lipstick in Desert Flower. You can tell I love this color because it's almost done! It's a really creamy mauve-y brick red with a matte finish. Lastly, for a more dramatic look, I have been loooving MAC's Del Rio. It's a muted plum brown with a satin finish and I always get asked about it when I wear it. I even had a guy tell me "Hey, you are rocking the shit out of that lipstick." So yes, I love this lipstick.

So, that's it! Props to you if you hung in there till the end. As you can tell, my makeup routine is pretty simple but it gets the job done. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and/or let me know what your favorite products are. I always love to read those. Have a great week!