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Monday, December 5, 2016

New Beauty Buys

review of the anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette, sleek solstice highlighting palette, milk holographic stick supernova, urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow magnetic, nyx wonder stick, and nyx silver face and body glitter

I've been an absolutely awful blogger lately (and pretty much always). Sometimes I just don't know if my heart is really in it despite doing it for years on and off, but usually I prefer to focus on my Instagram and I've also been toying with the idea of starting back up on YouTube. Let me know what you think! I did manage to get all of my Europe travel photos up though in case you haven't seen them (see Paris here and London here). I also got a little burst of inspiration and wanted to show off some of the new makeup items I've picked up recently, so here goes.

First up, something I'm super excited about as it had been out of stock for ages - the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette. I'm a huge fan of red/pink eyeshadow looks and these are absolutely perfect for that. There are some nice matte brown shades as well if you're into a more natural look. They're all very pigmented and overall Anastasia never disappoints.

Something else I was really excited about is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. I was able to pick it up at Boots while I was in London after seeing countless bloggers talking about it and they were completely right about how good it is! It comes with four shades - three rosy/pinkish ones and a cream one which is amazing for the brow bone. They're insanely pigmented and so good for the price. My favorite is the top right pink one as I always like to go for an extra bit of crazy.

Next up, the Milk Holographic Stick in the shade Supernova. Another thing I'm absolutely obsessed with - guess I've done well picking things out lately! This was pretty hard to get and I think it's usually sold out but my friend works at Sephora and was able to grab one for me, bless her. It's an extremely pigmented creamy purple highlighter which I'm sure isn't for everyone but is absolutely perfect for me. It comes in a sort of roll on tube, so you just swipe it across your cheekbones and you're done. It really does look holographic as the name suggests and I like to add my Jeffree Star Lavender Snow highlighter on top of it as well for an extra pop of purple.

Something that isn't quite new to me but I wanted to include is the Nyx Wonder Stick in the shade Light. I picked this up at Ulta because I was interested in trying out a cream contour and I wanted to start off with something more affordable and it's really changed the way I do my makeup! I've never really been able to master a good contour and this makes it so much easier for me - just draw it on and it blends really nicely. I wouldn't say it's super pigmented but I think that's a good thing because it allows you to build it up for a night out or just use a little when you want a more natural look. I have to admit I don't use the highlighting side at all so I can't say much about that.

I also discovered the Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow and I chose the shade Magnetic, which is a beautiful glittery purple. I've been wanting to try more purple eyeshadow looks as I think it goes nicely with my hair and I've been thinking about my NYE makeup as well. This is perfect for a night out and it's just so gorgeous and sparkly. It has a sort of brush for an applicator, almost like a nail polish one, but it makes it easy to just kind of paint it on your eyelids. They have a bunch of other shades as well - I want them all!

Last up, I picked up a little pot of silver Nyx Face and Body Glitter. I had NYE in mind when I got this as well and it's just a little thing of loose silver glitter. Unfortunately their glitter primer was sold out but I put it on top of the UD Moondust shadow and it stuck really well. I had never actually put loose glitter on myself before but it was pretty easy to do. I just wet my brush and packed it on - I did my eyeshadow before the rest of my face as there was quite a bit of fall out. I was afraid it would take me ages to get it off but it came off really easily with a makeup wipe.

review of the anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette, sleek solstice highlighting palette, milk holographic stick supernova, urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow magnetic, nyx wonder stick, and nyx silver face and body glitter
review of the anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette, sleek solstice highlighting palette, milk holographic stick supernova, urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow magnetic, nyx wonder stick, and nyx silver face and body glitter
review of the anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette, sleek solstice highlighting palette, milk holographic stick supernova, urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow magnetic, nyx wonder stick, and nyx silver face and body glitter
swatch of the milk holographic stick supernova, urban decay liquid moondust eyeshadow magnetic, sleek solstice highlighting palette

Milk Holographic Stick, UD Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow, Sleek pink highlighter (didn't show up that great)

UNIF dame choker

Here's the look I just put on my Instagram - I used the purple shadows from the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer palette for the crease, the UD Liquid Moondust shadow on the lid, the Nyx glitter over that, and then the Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Posh Spice. Also wearing my new UNIF Dame Choker.

Also make sure you've checked out my review of the Irrestistible Me Diamond Hair Styler!

 Danielle

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

London On Film


After Paris, I took the Eurostar to London (my fave place ever!!). The train was fairly quick and convenient despite almost missing it and I think it was a better option than flying for me. I've been to London twice before this so it was nothing new, but I saw some things that I never got around to previously and had an all around amazing time. I saw one of my favorite bands, went to Camden a couple times and shopped around and ate too much vegan falafel, went on the London Eye, did the normal sightseeing things again because a couple of my friends had never been, and went out pretty much every night.

As I said in my last post, I took my film camera with me because I decided I needed to use it more and because I already have tons of photos of London on my digital camera. I think they came out really nice and I'm glad I did it! My only regret is coming home with an empty roll of film because I always think I'm going to run out. I'm already planning a trip back for sometime in March though. I've also submitted my grad school application so if all goes according to plan I'll be moving there for a year next fall!! Wish me luck and I hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving!


As always I'm posting a bunch more photos on my Instagram if you want to follow along.

Danielle

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Paris On Film



My first time in Paris was certainly an experience. Paris is one of those places that everyone romanticizes and when you tell someone you're going, their response is usually something along the lines of "oh my god you're going to love it!" While I found parts of Paris to be extremely beautiful (the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc), I found it to be very similar to New York City in its dirtiness and confusing transportation. For reference, I've never been a fan of NYC. I found most (but not all) French people to be extremely rude toward Americans and very unwilling to help. When we were trying to get to Disneyland for example, there was an issue with the trains and it took us the longest time to figure out how to get there because no one would help. We made it in the end had a nice day although I'm not the biggest fan of Disneyland in general either (I know, more complaining, but all of the endless walking and long lines don't really do it for me). I suppose it's cool to be able to say you've been to Disneyland Paris though.

My friends and I spent four and a half days there and saw most all of the major tourist attractions. One of my favorite memories was when we were at the Louvre and it started pouring but we stayed and ate ice cream in the rain anyway, and got to see a beautiful double rainbow afterward. We went out a couple times as well, first to a club called Zig Zag where we saw Dillon Francis, which was fun but not as exciting as I expected seeing as the clubs are open until 7am. I did have quite the crazy night at this bar that had a bunch of underground rooms that looked like caves and I met a lot of nice people that redeemed the French in my eyes a bit. I paid for that night quite a bit the next day (LOL, worth it). We stayed in a cute little Airbnb as well which was nice, it had a very old feel to it with this crazy wooden spiral staircase and loft beds, but I really enjoyed it (minus the cockroach). As for the food, I didn't find it to be very vegetarian friendly. At one place, I ordered a veggie burger and it was literally a hash brown on a bun. I did get an amazing Nutella & strawberry crepe by the Eiffel Tower though. Anyway, I am glad that I went but I'm not quite sure if I plan on going back. I'd love to hear about your experiences if you've been, maybe I just need to do things differently next time!



Don't forget to follow my Instagram for lots more photos and stay tuned for my post about London!

Danielle

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler Review



I recently received the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler* and have been giving it a try over the past couple of weeks. Normally I would just use this cheap hair straightener that I've had for years, but after using this I think investing in a professional flat iron is definitely a good idea. A little bit about the product - it has some really cool technology that prevents damage to your hair. The plates self-adjust to provide the perfect amount of contact between your hair and the plates so that it doesn't pull the hair, and the temperature adjusts itself as well. It has tourmaline technology which is a semi-precious mineral and it's embedded into the iron which is something I had never heard of before.

You can set the temperature yourself as well depending on how thick your hair is and it heats up extremely quickly - great if you're in a hurry! I find that I only have to go over my hair once or twice and it's perfectly straight. As you can see in the before photo, I do have quite straight hair naturally, but it tends to get a bit wild and frizzy due to the amount I've dyed it, and after using the iron it looks really nice and healthy! You can also use it to do different styles with your hair such as loose curls/waves, but my hair doesn't really cooperate with those types of styles so I can't say much about that. It retails for $149 but you can get 20% off your first order if you visit the website.

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Danielle

Friday, September 23, 2016

Recent Reads

books i've read lately including me before you and after you by jojo moyes, a game of thrones by george r. r. martin, and harry potter and the cursed child

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I'm sure you've all heard of this book as they've just turned it into a film (which I loved as well). It's about a woman named Louisa who takes a job looking after a man named Will, who is disabled in a wheelchair and has lost the will to live. Without giving too much away if you don't know the story, Will makes a big decision that Louisa tries to change his mind about and a little love story develops. It's also quite the tearjerker so be prepared for that!

After You by Jojo Moyes. This is the follow up to Me Before You, which I absolutely loved as well. It's about Louisa's life after Will and her struggle to find herself in London. The major plot of the story is Will's daughter that no one knew about (including Will) showing up on Louisa's doorstep and how she deals with that. I loved reading more about Louisa because she's such a likable character and I'm not sure if there are any plans for a third book but I would love that.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Game of Thrones is probably my favorite show ever so it was about time I started reading the books. They're a bit different than the show, as is usually the case, and they give you more insight into the characters by splitting the book up into chapters that follow one character at a time, so you see things from each of their points of view. For me at least, it takes a bit more effort to read because of the language and the way it's written, but it's enjoyable nonetheless and I've already started reading the second one.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Again, a book that doesn't really need any explanation. I saw a lot of mixed reviews on this amongst friends and the Internet, and I have to say I was a bit on the fence about it. I loved getting back into the world of Harry Potter and bringing the characters back to life as Harry Potter is my favorite thing ever, but the story was all a bit weird to me. Of course since it wasn't written by J.K. Rowling herself it's bound to be different, but the way the characters spoke and the strange Cedric storyline just didn't feel right to me. I think I would enjoy it more if I saw the actual play.

Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought! I'm always open to recommendations as well.

Danielle