Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nails of the Day....or the next few days, I suppose

Hello Everyone!
First off I just wanted to thank everyone who has been following me and commenting on my posts. You're all lovely and so kind! I feel so welcomed into the blogosphere, haha......but, seriously.

I just thought I'd do a quick post on what I'm currently wearing on my nails which also happens to be my current favorite nail polish.

This picture came out kind of awful, but I just snapped it quickly on my way out the door yesterday. I would re-do it, but now my nails are beginning to chip and are not decent enough for any photographing! Anyways, this is Barefoot in Barcelona by OPI, and let me just first say that in person it is a bit darker and more pink toned than it appears in the picture (just a bit!). I actually purchased this over a year ago, but it is definitely still my most worn polish. 

What's your current favorite nail color!?

xx Callie

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

For my Fellow LUSH Lovers

Alright guys! Here's a post containing all my current LUSH products (minus my strawberry feels massage bar). I don't have that many products, I know, but I am currently going through the interview process there and needless to say if I get the job I will be living a lavish LUSH life.

Startin' it off with a fresh face mask! This is the Love Lettuce fresh face mask and is said to be the most exfoliating of their face masks. It contains ground almonds which do the exfoliating job. I love the way this makes my face feel; so fresh and clean. Since these or fresh, they need to be kept refrigerated and expire after about a month!

I didn't take an individual picture of the Breath of Fresh Air toner, but it's the one pictured above in the spray bottle. This toner is suitable for all face types and is very refreshing and calming due to the Aloe Vera in it. LUSH recommends spraying this all over your face and putting your moisturizer directly over it.

So, the Imperialis moisturizer. This moisturizer is the one recommended by LUSH if you're new to their skincare, and is suitable for all skin types. At first I thought the smell was a bit odd, but it seriously grows on you and now I love it. The moisturizer is pink and creamy, and as they say on their site, a little really does go a long way, especially when using it over your toner. I was never good about taking care of my skin until I purchased these products and I have noticed that I now have a much brighter and even-toned complexion.

These are just a few samples that were given to me when I attended LUSH's hiring party. I haven't used the Lemony Flutter and Helping Hands enough to tell if they really have an effect on my hands, but I can tell you that the Lemony Flutter smells DIVINE. As I mentioned be for I'm in love with citrus scents, flavors, anything. ESPECIALLY LEMON! and this definitely has a lemony smell as the name rightly suggests (by the way, it is a cuticle butter). However, the Dark Angels is wonderful and even my boyfriend said that it feels good on his face. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but it's an exfoliating facial scrub and can be a bit messy as you're essentially scrubbing a black paste into your face so using it in the shower may help to keep your sinks clean!

Any questions about these products or the strawberry feels massage bar?
Just ask in the comments!

xx Callie

My Face!

Just thought I'd post this photo of myself from the other night. I desperately need a haircut. Straightening thick curly hair definitely takes a toll quickly no matter how much heat protectant you. 

Does anyone know any miracle products for straightening unruly curly hair that help keep it healthy? 
please let me know!

xo Callie

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My First Wishlist: Urban Outfitters Edition

This doesn't look too professional considering I haven't mastered my photoshop skills, but here are some things I'm currently craving from Urban Outfitters. I do work there, but unfortunately can't afford these things at the moment, so I'll just continue to drool over them while I'm working.

1. Pins and Needles Angora Ombre Stripe Sweater : Not much to say about this. I love the colors and need to stock up on sweaters for the fall/winter!
2. Skull Bracelet : I spotted this beauty tonight at work for the first time and instantly fell in love. The string part comes in a few different colors in the store, although online they only have blue and purple.
3. Boho Glass Candle : This candle smells like candy to me and I want it! I want it so bad! However, at 32 dollars it's a bit pricey for a candle. The description on the website claims 60+ hours of burn time and describes the scent as persimmon, citrus, and jasmine notes. I'm a sucker for citrus everything.
4. Fleece-Lined Tight : These look like plain ol' opaque black tight, but they are so much more. I love my leggings and tights, but they don't do much for warmth in the colder months. The inside of these is lined with fleece, perfect for the cold weather! 
5. Jeffrey Campbell Leather Lita Boot : I've wanted a pair of Lita's since the first time I laid eyes on them, but I haven't been able to justify buying them to myself. I always worry that I won't wear them often enough, but for now they're still on my wishlist.

What clothing items have you had your eye on lately?


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lion Life

I'm really making an effort to keep up with this regularly, but sometimes it's just a bit of a hassle to get out the camera and the beauty products and swatch and get good pictures and edit the pictures and upload the pictures and write about them...phew. Especially at 11pm. So, I figured I'd just do a little bit of a life update/things about me.

So far in October not too much has been happening. I attend school in Chicago and live in the suburbs, so four days a week I take a nice hour long train ride to and from the city. Besides school, I've been working a bit on the weekends, though I'm not getting very many hours. I'm currently working at my local Urban Outfitters, but long nights of clothes folding just isn't my thing anymore. That being said, I went to a hiring party at LUSH cosmetics. A job at LUSH, now that's what I'm talkin' about, amiright? It was actually really fun and they gave all the girls a few samples to bring home which I thought was really awesome. I'll probably do a blog post on those when I get around to it. If any one who happens to read this has any questions about that, then please please ask in the comments!

My life has been a bit slow and fun-lacking lately, but with Halloween coming up exciting things will be happening. I have a Halloween party that I'll be attending on the 20th with some friends I haven't seen in almost a year, my boyfriend's birthday on the 25th, a concert that I'll be going to with him and our friends on the 26th, and another Halloween party at the college our friends attend on the 27th. Needless to say, I'll be broke by the end of October.

Any questions? Any blogs you think I should check out? Let me know!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Back at it

I'm actually going to do a for real post right now. So, since it's Columbus Day and many many students had the day off from classes (excluding me of course), I decided to declare my own day off. My younger brother was out of school and my mom had the day off work since she ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday so I opted to stay home with them, after the fact realizing I missed a lab assignment. Extra credit here I come.

Anyways, my mom did great in the marathon finishing in 3 hours and 53 minutes and also qualified for the Boston Marathon which she is still debating over participating in. It was a tiring day for me running around the city and then going to work immediately after. I have the sorest legs today and feel like a bit of a weakling considering my mom ran 26.2 miles and is doing just great.

But, on to the real post. I just have a few pictures and swatches of makeup I've acquired recently.

 Oh my, would you look at these beauties. I picked both of these blushes up because of essiebutton's video on her top 5 favorite blushes. She just happens to be my all time favorite beauty blogger and youtuber. On the left is NARS sin and on the right is NYX terra cotta.

I'm a big time lover of plum tones and when Essie mentioned this blush I couldn't resist. This is my first high end blush (I'm just getting into high end makeup) and it is a beautiful color for the fall, especially paired with a plum lip as Essie mentioned as well. (seriously, go check her out)

 Here is terra cotta which Essie recommended as a good dupe for NARS luster, and being a college student on a budget I couldn't bring myself to buy two NARS blushes. However, NYX is also wonderful and very very affordable. I'm not too great at describing colors but to me this seems like a bronzy peach color. I think this is a very versatile blush and would look great in the summer as well for a bronzed look. 

On two separate occasions I picked up some Real Techniques brushes because they've been so hyped up lately. I originally went to Ulta to get the expert face brush, but they didn't have it so i ended up getting the foundation brush (second from the left) which is still wonderful for applying foundation. I also picked up the shading brush (fourth from the right) at the same time as the foundation brush. This brush is great for packing eyeshadow on. The brushes were buy on get one half off at the time and I paid only 8 dollars for both! Very good quality brushes for a very good price. I loved them so much that a few weeks later I went back and got the blush brush (far left, obviously) and the starter set which includes all the purple brushes, minus the shading brush i already mentioned. I'm not too fond of the blush brush for actually applying blush but it's proven wonderful for powder.

This is getting a bit long, so I think I'll end it here. I have gotten a few more things in the past months since I've been posting, but I'll leave those for another time. Thanks for reading, if you did!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hi, I failed

Obviously I'm not good at sticking to things, but blogging is something I really want to do.
So that being said, hopefully I'm going to be posting more often (at least I plan to).
....starting tomorrow, since it's quite late right now.