fall neutrals

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We’ve had a little bit of rain here in Baton Rouge the last couple of days but overall the weather has been pretty great! Temperatures are finally starting to drop, but boy am I ready for it to be BRRRRR! cold. In the mean time, I’m trying to quench my thirst for colder weather by adding a few fun fall pieces here and there to my wardrobe a-la these Steve Madden over-the-knee boots. A really fun way to add some more warmth-factor to this look would be to throw on a neutral-colored leather jacket or even an olive green utility jacket.

I’ve been having so much fun these last couple of weeks since the weeks prior were so hectic and stressful. Spending my down-time wisely is key for me to unwind after too many busy days in a row. If you guys are not familiar with the Voodoo Music + Arts Festival in New Orleans, LA, it’s worth acquainting yourselves! This was my second time attending and the artist lineup was insane!  From pinot-popsicles to epic costumes, it was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. I have a couple of recap pics on my Insta: @limerenceandluck

Check it out!

Everything is linked below!

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Necklace: Mine is from Baublebar, but you can get a similar and less expensive version here.

Dress: a couple of seasons ago from Francesca’s. But here are some similar: Francesca’s; ShopBop; Urban Outfitters; Forever 21; Salt Pines; Tilly’s

Boots: Nordstrom; Charlotte Russe

SFT Sweet & Southern

Happy Monday, guys!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekends always feel so jam-packed with travel, visiting friends and family, and schoolwork that I often forget that I’m supposed to be enjoying my Saturdays and Sundays. I’m so grateful for the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing here in Baton Rouge. Bring on the cold aka the scarves, boots, and slouchy knit sweaters haha!

I’m really excited to share these photos with y’all! I teamed up with SFT here in Baton Rouge, a local T-shirt company, to show you how to style one of their super cute tees! For this look, I wanted to keep it simple and comfortable, yet able to be dressed up for Sunday brunch or for Friday night dinner and drinks. I opted to wear my plaid shirt versus tying it around my waist, but that is certainly another wearable option for the Sweet & Southern Raglan pictured here! (I’m wearing a medium for reference.)

I also tucked in my tee, giving it a sassier edge to match my block-heeled peep-toe booties under all that flared denim! You could totally rock bangles and stacked bracelets instead of a bib necklace, but I personally like how the necklace looks with this outfit more.

Let me know what you guys think. How else would you style this adorable tee? Let me know in the comments! Pieces are linked at the bottom!

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Hat: Lucca Lane

Necklaces: Kendra Scott; Blink Boutiques

Jeans: Blink Boutiques

Flannel: Old Navy

Booties: Frock Candy; Red Dress Boutique

Lips: Smashbox in Driver’s Seat

Fall Transition: Charlotte Russe #CharlotteLook

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Although we don’t have much of a fall here in south Louisiana, I still love the clear-blue skies, jewel tones, and good-hair-days October and November bring. There are few things better than beautiful fall days! What are some of your favorite things about fall? Let me know in the comments.

For this look, I tried something different by styling two outfits with the same accessories. Although the jewelry came from Blink Boutique here in Baton Rouge, the rest of both my outfits, including my adorable booties, came from Charlotte Russe! I mean, can you really have enough slouchy knit sweaters?! (The answer is never, haha!) Plus, this is just a little preview of my fall bootie post to come! I’m loving the cut-out trend this year. Enjoy!


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Photos c/o Melissa Chauvin

Pleased in Plum: Full Face Drugstore Makeup

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Happy Fall, lovies! Even though here in Louisiana it’s still 95 degrees daily, I’m trying to make the most of it, lol.

I’m really excited about this post because it involves two of my favorites: saving a lil’ bit of money and beautiful makeup! This is a fall-inpsired, soft-glam/full face of all drugstore products. (Please excuse my crazy eyebrow! It–like my hair–was being completely uncooperative.) I’m going to show you everything I used to achieve this entire look, step by step. I didn’t take pictures during because I’m not sure how helpful that would be without being able to watch it being done, but if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know for future posts!

STEP ONE: After washing and cleansing my face, I moisturized with Cetaphil Moisturizer for all skin types.  My skin is on the way oilier side, so I don’t normally use something this heavy to moisturize, but my face was feeling extra dry and in need of a heavier moisturizer. I like using Cetaphil because it does exactly what it says it does. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it moisturizes without feeling like I’ve just dipped my face into a vat of moisturizing cream.

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Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, $12

STEP TWO: After I moisturized, it was time to prep my skin for foundation. I used my favorite drug store primer, e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer.  It’s got salicylic acid, which helps to prevent any more breakouts, plus it applies very smoothly and increases the longevity of my foundation. I just rubbed it in lightly all over my entire face with my fingertips. e.l.f. has a ton of different primers in their line for all types of skin, I highly recommend checking them out! I find mine at Target.

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e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer, $6

STEP THREE: Once my face was prepped and primed, I poured about a quarter-sized amount of my Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless foundation (My post-summer shade is in 220 Natural Beige) onto the back of my hand. I do this for a few reasons. One, my favorite beauty vloggers say it warms up the foundation before applying it to your face, making it easier to blend and apply. Two, because if I poured it directly onto my sponge I would literally get it EVERYWHERE and have a huge mess all over my face and sponge (and presumably the floor and mirror etc.). Three, because pouring the foundation on the back of my hand FIRST allows me to see if I need to mix any other foundations with the shade to make it a closer match to my skin color as well as allowing me more precise application to my face from my hand rather than straight from the facial sponge.

I, personally, appreciate the Nicol Concilio technique of applying the foundation to my face where I use my fingertip to dot my face with foundation. I’ve tried lots of other methods, and I found this one to be the easiest to work with, wielding the best blending results.

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Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, $8

I then used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend my foundation all over my face and neck.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $7

STEP FOUR: I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair under my eyes and on the inside corners of my eyes where they meet my nose, and blend with the same blending sponge.

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Maybelline Fit me! Concealer, $7

STEP FIVE: Once my concealer and foundation were blended on my face, I set my entire face with my L’oreal Infallible Pro-matte powder, using an e.l.f. flat brush. I simply pressed the powder from the brush onto my face by patting it instead of brushing it.

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, $13

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e.l.f. Powder Brush

Okay! If you’ve made it this far, you have your base! Takes longer to read than it does to actually apply, lol. But with it being a full face, and not an every day look, we’ve got a few more steps to cover!

STEP SIX: I used my essence bronzer to contour under my cheekbones, forehead,  under my chin, and to warm up my face and neck with a Wet n’ Wild contour brush. Then I used my Wet n’ Wild blush brush  and Wet n’ Wild Color Icon blush in Mellow Wine to brush some color onto my cheeks. Y’all-from here on out I used nothing but Wet n’ Wild brushes. They are so inexpensive and they work so well! The blush is extremely, extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way, so be super careful to tap the excess off the brush! **I’m including everything for the cheeks as one step, if you couldn’t already tell.** Lastly on the cheeks, I took my essence pure nude highlighter and swept it above the blush, on the tip of my nose, and on my cupid’s bow (right above my top lip).

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essence sun club bronzer for lighter skin, $5

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Wet n’ Wild Blush in Mellow Wine, $3

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essence pure nude highlighter, $5

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Wet n’ Wild Contour Brush, $2

STEP SEVEN: I used the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil to pencil in my eyebrows, I promise they looked more tame in person. If your eyebrows are being unruly, like mine were here, you could also use some NYX brow mascara. For reference, I have the Nyx Micro Brown Pencil in the shade Taupe.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10

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NYX Brow Mascara, $7

STEP EIGHT: YASSS! WE’RE ALMOST DONE! We’ve got a full face, eyebrows done, all that’s left is eyes, and my favorite–lips! I used two different drugstore palettes for my eyes. The matte cream-colored shades in the Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements palette for my eye base and under my eyebrow. I used the toffee-colored shades in the same palette for my crease. For this eye shadow blending I used the Wet n’ Wild large eyeshadow brush and the Wet n’ Wild crease brush. Pro-tip: these matte shadows are NOT the easiest to work with! Don’t be afraid to keep building and blending them until you get the shade/coverage you’re looking for. The second palette I used was the Maybelline the Nudes. I used the darkest brown towards the outer corners of my eyelids and outer corners right underneath my eyes. Lastly, I used the darkest gold shade in the same palette with the Wet n’ Wild small eyeshadow brush to pack my lid with color. I used the same brush to put the same shade in the inner corner of eyes and mix with the dark brown that was already underneath. I winged my liner with Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Liner and my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara was last for my eyes! The eyes always take me longest because of the shadow blending and trying to get my eyeliner on both eyes to match. More often than not I just go with whatever I end up with on the first try, whether they’re even or not.

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Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements Eyeshadow Palette, $7

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Maybelline The Nudes Palette, $10

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Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Eyeliner, $6

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L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black, $10

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Wet n’ Wild Small Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99

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Wet n’ Wild Crease Brush, $0.99

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Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99

STEP NINE: Lips are always my favorite! For this beautiful fall plum look, I used the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Obsession. Obsession is right because I am obsessed with this shade! A little bit about the Milani matte lipsticks–They’re liquid lipstick that are comparable to almost any high-end matte liquid lips. They’re long-lasting, pigmented, smooth, and comfortable to wear. I picked up three more shades after this post! You can find them in most CVS or Walgreen stores.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Obsession, $9

STEP TEN: GUYS. If you made it all the way through this post, you deserve to treat yourself with some of this makeup I’ve listed in this post! But this is my very last step! I set my whole face with L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Spray. This stuff is seriously amazing! It’s totally a dupe for Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, but half the price.

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L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $17

All in all, even though I used A TON of products for this look, I still saved just as much money! I hope y’all enjoy this post and even try to recreate this fun fall look for yourselves!

First Week of School Blues

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I happen to have quite a few friends who are teachers, of all grades.  This post is inspired by them and all they do throughout a school day! Where I grew up, we had uniforms in gradeschool that required none other than khaki pants–like 10 years straight of khaki pants. For that reason, I fought wearing them or purchasing new ones throughout my college years. Post-graduation and into the workforce however, I found that khaki pants were one thing my wardrobe still needed even after all the fighting to live without them!

During my 9-5, I am doing A TON of hopping in and out of the car, on my feet all day, or in the heat (because let’s be honest–Louisiana never gets cold). So when I wore this outfit to work one day, I immediately thought of how comfortable teachers would be wearing it too!

Blues and purples are my favorite colors to wear, and y’all know I had to throw some print in there somewhere. The loose peplum detail on the tank sold me on it. Apparently some of my outfit pieces went away with the summer months, but I’ve linked tons of similar fall-ish options below. Feel free to share with a teacher in your life!

Cardigan: Old Navy; Forever 21; Gap

Tank: Old Navy; Forever 21; Forever 21; Nordstrom Rack

Khakis: Gap; American Eagle

Flats: Forever 21; Old Navy

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This outfit is quintessentially me, and I’ve worn it wayyyyy more than once! What’s so great about a colorful, printed pant is how many options for solid-colored shirts it opens up for wear. Because this particular outfit was a #wootd, I stuck with very basic neutrals–a white portofino shirt and nude heels. My exact pieces are from a couple of years back, so I’m linking similar options. I chose not to tuck in the blouse because I wanted a more flowy and feminine feel, and a less formal vibe. Plus, it adds a little extra comfort that the heels don’t.  I hope you guys have as much fun wearing this outfit as I do!

Shirt: Express

Cami: Gap

Jeans: Old Navy; Nordstrom Rack; Kohl’s

Heels: Belk

Tote: American Eagle; Target; Abercrombie & Fitch; Francesca’s

Planner Favorites

I have used academic agendas and planners since I was in the fifth grade. I continued using a planner even when out of school, so I would have important dates, meetings, appointments, numbers, all written down in one place along with my work schedule. Now, traveling so much for work and with grad school, there is no way I could survive without a planner.

lillymediumLilly Pulitzer medium agenda, $24

All through college, I used Lilly Pulitzer agendas. I mostly used the jumbo-sized for my school days. Once out of school though, I had no need to eliminate fishing one out of a backpack, and I found the medium-sized agenda had plenty of space enough for me, and could easily fit in my purse or tote bag. Lilly planners have original and feminine designs, come with a stretchy fabric bookmark strap, and a page of fun stickers so you can make your weeks and months your own.

plumpaperplannerPlum Paper weekly agenda, $31

This past year, I found the most wonderfully affordable customizable planner option at Plum Paper Designs, the Etsy shop.  I have raved and raved about these planners to friends, classmates, coworkers. Not only are there a ton of cover options to choose from, but you can also choose to add a monogram or your name to the front cover! (I’m a Southern girl, I love my monograms.) I chose to do a pretty mint and gold fishscale pattern with my name, pictured here, with the vertical weekly page design. Here is what’s really cool, you can completely customize your pages AND what they say! Do you need more space to plan dinner? You can add the columns. Do you need more than one extra column or row to write down meetings and commitments to specific clubs or organizations? You got it! Need to remember which kid has which practice where? Completely customizable guys.

If you are shooting for a teacher planning aid, a fitness journal or tracker, something to organize your bill payment schedule with, sticker add-ons, photo customization, I cannot stop bragging on these Plum Paper planners, they thought of pretty much everything. Now, where Plum Paper differs from the rest of the planners I will mention is that its covers are not hard cardboard, but they do come with a flexible plastic cover on front and back. (Even the covers are interchangeable y’all!) I can definitely say you would not be disappointed if you purchased a Plum Paper Planner.

 

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Ashley Shelly planner, $54.95

I’m guilty guilty GUILTY of using multiple planners at a time. If I don’t write something down more than once, chances are I will either forget a piece of the information, or forget it altogether. Plus, when I discover new agendas I like to test all of them out to see which one works best for me! Sometimes I’ll even use a separate agenda for school vs work so my pages don’t get too crammed with information. Again, it’s all about what you prefer. Another agenda I discovered last year is the Ashley Shelly Planner. This hardcover planner is seriously designed with the user in mind. Check out this video of Ashley Shelly giving a walk through of her planner design, along with tips and tricks of how to organize your days and weeks!

I know this is something so incredibly minor, but when bookmarking methods can be difficult to use, the Ashley Shelly planner’s perforated corners are life-changing. You read that right–perforated corners. I’ve tried everything: cross-folding pages, using the stretchy fabric bookmarks, paperclips and binder clips, ughh everything! Something as simple as tearing off the corner of the paper to save your place so you can save your paperclips and binder clips for filing bill statements or important forms, etc. has made me come back to this planner every time!

Although notes pages and goal pages are something you can order with your Plum Paper planner, Ashley Shelly comes with them, and they are preciously displayed on the pages after the monthly calendar. On these pages, lines and space for your daily or monthly creative goals are included as well as space for what you’d like your typical day to consist of. It’s great motivation if you’re looking for routine, consistency, and a way to plan days that are conducive to striving for and reaching goals.

Even though I hate to have anything negative to say about a planner because I love them all, with the Ashley Shelly planner I found that the weekly layout did not provide me as much room as the Plum Paper weekly layouts did, and not even close to as much room as Lilly’s week pages. Each day is divided into two sections with a to-do list on one side and blank lines on the other, with space to list specific times if needed. Of course you can make the entire row your to-do list, or make the entire row a list of whatever you need to remember for the day, but it doesn’t take away from the lack of room in my opinion. Lastly, the Ashley Shelly planner is spiral-bound, as is the Lilly and the Plum Paper planner, but I found it overly difficult to fold the cover back. It wants to stick to the rings more often than not. BUT Ashley Shelly’s planner comes with super cute stickers too! (I prefer them over Lilly’s.) They’re even color-coordinated with the planner design. Talk about L-O-V-E!

 

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May Designs Classic Maybook, $15

I have recently purchased a couple of classic notebooks, so they’re about medium-sized, but I cannot wait to purchase some large notebooks for my classes this upcoming semester! These maybooks are another customization favorite. There is a cover design with literally any color or pattern you could possible want! I added monograms to mine (lol, obvi), and you can choose the type of lines you want on the inside (except no college-ruled). I love that the covers are canvas and the pages are thicker than regular notebook paper so ink-bleeding and page tears are minimum.

 

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Vera Bradley notebook, $14

There’s nothing super special about these Vera Bradley notebooks other than that I’m obsessed with the patterns. They make me excited to take notes and color-coordinate my studying! Also, older or discontinued patterns always on major sale on VeraBradley.com!

 

bicultrafineBIC Mark It Ultra Fine Point, $21 for the assorted 36-pack

These have been my go-to note-taking pens over the last two years. The ultra fine point isn’t as thin of a tip as the ultra fine point Sharpies, or the Le Pens, but I find the colors are more vibrant and don’t get washed away or smeared with highlighter! Trust me, if you like taking your notes in color even a little bit, you will love these!

 

bicatlantisBIC Atlantis retractable ball point, $12 for a dozen

A friend actually got me hooked on these pens back in my undergraduate college career. They’ve been redesigned since then, but they still write equally as smoothly and beautifully. They don’t have the darkest, blackest ink that some are partial to, but I never had to repetitively go over my notes to get the ink evenly on the page. Best part about these pens, the small grip prevented crazy finger indentations that can make writing for long periods of time less than pleasant.

 

These are just a few of my favorites and must-have basics to get me through the day and through the school semester. I would love any recommendations or feedback on favorite agendas, notebooks, or must-have office/school supplies! Let me know in the comments!

#drugstorehaul

 

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I have recently been obsessing over finding great drugstore buys after binge-watching KathleenLights’ YouTube videos. Over the last few weeks, I have tried out some vlogger-recommended buys as well as some I sought out myself. Although I wasn’t able to purchase absolutely everything I wanted, I still scooped up a ton of products to try. I hope you guys find my reviews at least somewhat helpful! I tacked on a wishlist of products at the end of the post. If ya’ll have tried them out, let me know your thoughts!

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NYX Tres Jolie Gel Eyeliner in Brown, $12
This is one purchase that Kathleen raves about in her videos. I haven’t worn gel or pencil eyeliner in a REALLY long time. (I love my black liquid liners.) I do think it applied very smoothly and it is a rich, chestnut-y brown. I don’t really have anything negative to say about this eyeliner except that I think $12 is a little on the expensive side. I’ve used Maybelline’s waterproof gel pencils and found they apply equally as smooth and are only $8. Plus, they come in several colors versus only brown and black in the Tres Jolie liners.

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L’oreal Voluminous Mascara, $8.49

I have been repurchasing this mascara since high school. I absolutely LOVE it. It comes in Carbon Black, Blackest Black, Black, and Black/Brown. This time around I bought Blackest Black. It also comes in waterproof but I tend to steer away from waterproof mascaras because I have yet to discover a method of removing it that doesn’t involve my eyelashes being pulled out. I highly recommend this mascara. It’s phenom for a drugstore brand.

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L’oreal Telescopic Mascara, $10

This is another oldie, but goodie. This mascara lengthens and separates super well, AND the thin brush is great for bottom lashes! When the tube gets low or you aren’t careful putting the wand back into the tube, it can bend the brush and the wand, rendering the mascara almost useless at that point. But I love the look of this formula on the lashes! Another drugstore mascara I really like.

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7
If you don’t already have this concealer do yourself a favor and go get it! I can’t get enough of these little tubes of creamy goodness! I’m on my third tube already and it feels like such a recent purchase. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, but obviously at a much more affordable price. It’s easy to apply, blends amazingly, covers without creasing, I could go on all day. It’s been hard for me to find a store that can keep my colors in stock, so stock up when you find them!

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L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer, $9
This is a somewhat new brow pencil for L’oreal from what I understand. I’ve purchased it twice now, and I really like it for the price! It’s super similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but if you’re not that big on brows and looking for a more affordable option, here’s one. For me, it’s hard to justify spending so much on a brow pencil or powder because I go through them so quickly! On the other hand, brows are something I don’t leave the house without having done. I love the precision this allows you to have on your brows, and it comes with a spoolie.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10
Hands down my favorite eyebrow tool. I reach for it even more than any of my Anastasia Beverly Hill brow products. It’s so worth the $10! I highly, highly recommend purchasing this in lieu of or even in addition to any expensive brow products!

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NYX Brow Mascara, $7
Pair with brow pencil or wear alone, this NYX brow mascara will have your eyebrows groomed AND staying in place all day! Worth the purchase! The blonde shade was a little too light for me, so I repurchased brunette.

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Maybelline Baby Skin, $7
I was really excited about this! I have several friends that use this as a foundation primer and love it. I muchhhh prefer my e.l.f. primer I mentioned in a previous post, but for those of you with skin on the dryer side, this is for ya’ll! I prefer to use this when I’m not putting on a heavier liquid foundation, because it doesn’t keep the heavier foundations in place enough for me and my oilier skin. But on days when I’m wearing lighter foundation or powder foundation, this primer works perfectly.

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NYX Shine Killer, $14
I used this as a primer, and again, I still much prefer my e.l.f. primer! (Seriously cannot find anything that even touches it yet–Price or quality!) It’s a big step up from the Maybelline Baby Skin, but I wonder if the NYX Pore Filler would have been a better choice. For $14, I want it to do almost as well as high-end primers do, but I can’t say it did for me! I will have to continue to use it into the fall and winter to really see if it’s worth the repurchase.

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte + Poreless, $8
I. Cannot. Believe. This. Foundation. Is. Only. $8. Dollars!
Seriously! In my opinion, it was unusually runny out of the bottle, but it went on my face SO smoothly and effortlessly and the coverage is beautiful and buildable! I’m so, so impressed with this foundation, and that’s saying something because high-end is all I’ve been using consistently for the last few years. It lasted through the crazy Louisiana heat and humidity, and I didn’t even have to reapply any setting powder throughout the day, which I normally have to do. What is also so great about the Maybelline Fit Me foundation is that it comes in another formula for those who have drier skin. Check it out here.

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L’oreal True Match Foundation, $10

Alright guys, where do I start! There is a ton of hype about this drugstore foundation. Friends and beauty vloggers alike swear by it. I was so hesitant to purchase this for the longest time because of my temperamental skin, but I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It isn’t as runny out of the bottle as the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, but it doesn’t look as smooth on the skin in my opinion. I feel like this is a full coverage foundation right off the bat, whereas the Fit Me is buildable. It just depends on the kind of coverage you’re looking for and your skin type, but this is a great buy! I personally would rather the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation.

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, $13
I freaking love this stuff! This was one of the things I just threw into my bag towards the end of my Ulta trip because I loveeee the liquid pro-matte foundation so much, and I’m so glad I did! I would compare this powder to the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation…but better. I use it to set any liquid foundation or concealer I put on for the day. Again, if you’ve got drier skin, this powder finish might not be for you.

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Wet N Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce de Leche, $5
This is another one Kathleen used repeatedly in her videos, so naturally, I had to get one for myself. And all I can say is: best matte bronzer and setting powder ever! And it’s only $5! I don’t contour much because my face is already so long and narrow but for the little bit I try to do, this duo palette is perfect. Plus, it’s huge. It’s almost bigger than my hand, so you get a ton to work with. It blends and sets beautifully. I love this. Careful though! A little bit goes a LONG way, so tap off any excess from your brush.

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Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, $15
I’ve said before in a previous post that I’m already a fan of Physician’s Formula bronzers. This one smells like intense coconut, which I don’t mind, but this formula is a little on the orange-y side to me. It goes on well, not in patches, but it takes quite a lot of application to get this to show up on my skin. I prefer the Wet N Wild contour powder in the palette above. Oh! And this bronzer looks shimmery in the package but it goes on with a matte finish.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight, $5
The highlight train is something I am still hopping on and off, and on again, so I picked up a couple of drugstore highlighters to try. This Essence brand highlighter is ahhhhhhmaze! Five dollars, and so so so natural looking on the skin. It’s not shimmery (which ya’ll know I love my shimmer, but with a highlighter, shimmer can look oily before long), and applies smoothly and really evenly with little effort. It’s literally the perfect natural highlight for everyday use. If it wasn’t 10 o’clock at night I would go put some more on right now! I highly recommend buying this.

16.  kardashianhighlighter

Kardashian Beauty Intimate Spotlight Highlighter in Incandescence, $10

Doing some more research, I think they have discontinued this exact product at Ulta (I picked it up for $3 in the sale bin) but it is still available on the Kardashian Beauty website. You guysssssssss, I loveeeee ittttttt! Kardashian Beauty products get a reputation for being not-so-great, but this highlighter is bomb! It’s got tons of shimmer, so I wear it mostly at night, but it’s easy enough to apply a slight amount for daytime wear. It’s a cream, so I use my finger to apply, but it doesn’t look crazy oily at the end of the day, which is a #blessing. If you’re a highlighter fan, I really, really, really, recommend giving this a try! Let me know what you think!

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If you guys have tried any of these products, let me know your thoughts! Again, I hope my thoughts and reviews were helpful!

office florals

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If you haven’t figured it out already…I love wearing bright colors and I love bold prints! This floral midi dress from Viva la Jewels  is the quintessential bright, bold, office-appropriate piece. Now, it is technically a ‘midi dress.’ Meaning, it should be hitting below my knees, but I am on the taller side, so it hits just above my knee, which is still work-approp. The material wasn’t itchy or uncomfortable, I wouldn’t say it really ‘breathed’ well, but I had plenty of room to walk, bend, reach, whatever I may need to do in the office that day. (I’m wearing a small for reference.) Not only is this dress SUPER affordable (it’s only $28 bucks!) but it also comes in three other color options! It could definitely be worn outside of work as well, but I paired it with coral pumps and minimal accessories for the office. Everything is linked below, and every item in this outfit is under $30!

Dress: Viva la Jewels

Pumps: Target (size up 1/2 size)

Bracelets: Aldo, Forever 21

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I love finding bright and flirty dresses that are long enough for me to wear for work! This bright orange/coral-ish dress came with a belt of the same fabric so I swapped it for a dark brown snakeskin print skinny belt. Of course, I bangle it up and throw on some comfortable flats that don’t take away from the dress! Although I snagged this particular dress on sale (it was either here or here), I linked some similar ones below along with similar shoe options.

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Dress: Nordstrom, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Forever 21, Express, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Pacsun

Belt: Forever 21, Gap, Nordstrom Rack

Bracelets: JuJu’s Boutique, Blink Boutique, Aldo

Shoes: Frock Candy, Charlotte Russe, Amazon