On Repeat #2

Artificial Nocturne - Metric
     So it's that time of the week again, eh? Which is my subtle way of telling you I've really been into Canada's Metric, and their new-ish album Synthetica. It's been sitting in my Spotify queue, neglected, for months. I've finally had a proper listen, and holy shit. It's good. I've liked Metric for quite awhile (Help I'm Alive was a good ol' high school jam), and this album is no different. Artificial Nocturne sticks out as one of my favorite tracks. It has the cool synthy beat that I've come to love from Metric. Plus, the lyrics are pretty sweet as well. I appreciate any song that spews profanity in the first line. Anywho, you all go forth and listen (and check out Breathing Underwater, Speed the Collapse, and Dreams So Real while you're at it)!

Speaking Politely- Sleepy Kitty   
     This St. Louis duo caught my attention when they opened for Jeff the Brotherhood (a different concert, but hell, they always have such amazing openers). Paige has such amazing style and stage presence, and when I listened to the lyrics, mega girl crush commenced. The straightforward, brutal lyrics are just what I needed this week. She sings everything I wish I could say to people. The album Infinity City (2011) contains many jams including Speaking Politely, Gimmie a Chantz!, and School's Out. I mean, sometimes it's really just necessary to say, "I've made up my mind, and if that makes me a dick then I think I'll be fine, because I can't stand to watch you waste our time."
Heart Attack - Demi Lovato 
     So I had a bit of a hard time at first thinking about what my pick of the week was going to be, I even had another song chosen and written up, but I quickly changed my mind when I got to work and this song came on the radio. I have been shamelessly jamming out to this song since it came out. I'm not even that big of a Demi Lovato fan, but this song... just fantastic, round of applause, whatever — it's perfection. I wish I could say I was kidding when I tell you that I had this song on repeat for 3 days straight when I first discovered it, but I would be lying. So there you have it. Shamelessly jam out with me. 

I'll Hold My Breath - Ellie Goulding
     So I'm a little late on the bandwagon for Ellie Goulding, but I seriously can't get over her. Almost every. single. one. of her songs is relevant to my life in some way. The lyrics that really speak to me are "you are the risk I'll always take", although I'm not sure why. It's a lighthearted song but it still is her talking about someone she's just not over. I get that. Everyone kinda gets that. Anyway, check her out if you haven't for some reason. You've probably been living under a rock if you haven't heard of her.

Our Deal - Best Coast
So, summer 2011 I was up at around 3 am (as usual) and saw the video for this song and absolutely fell in love with the sound of her voice. I began YouTubing tons of songs by Best Coast, and instantly fell in love. They have a very unique sound. Sort of beachy, groovy, and alternative. I definitely recommend listening to/watching "Our Deal" very beautiful song (and video). I also recommend also listening to "Boyfriend" and "When I'm With You". Great lyrics, great voice. 

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Skin Care Routine

     So if you follow me on twitter, you were probably expecting a "5 products I can't live without post." Well, I started writing that, and it turns out I can't stop raving about how much I love my skin care products. So enjoy my skin care routine instead!

     I've been fairly blessed since turning 16 that my skin hasn't given me too much trouble, as I've gotten older my breakouts have gotten smaller and less frequent, so that left me changing up my skin care routine quite a lot in the last few years. Recently, however, I've settled into a routine that I quite like and will probably keep around for quite sometime.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish — $21.50, Liz Earle

     After watching Zoe (YouTube & Twitter) and Louise (Twitter & YouTube) rave about this on YouTube, I finally bit the bullet and ordered my first cleanse & polish bottle in August right after returning to my college town and I haven't looked back since. It initially made me want to cry, spending around $30 total after shipping and handeling just for a face wash, but I'm sure glad I did. Not only does this remove all of your make-up (one less step in your routine, yay!) but it also smells quite nice and feels really nice on the skin. I only use this at night, when I have worn make up during the day, so it lasts me quite a while. It also doesn't hurt that the lovely Liz Earle team sends you a nice hand written note and a free travel size gift every time you order!

Origins Checks & Balances — $20, Sephora

     After I found that my previous morning face wash was becoming too harsh for my skin since I was no longer having breakouts as frequently, I was on the hunt for a new morning/daily face wash. Having combination skin, it's never an easy feat to find a good one, it will either take care of your oily areas and leaving your already dry areas drier than the desert, or it won't take care of the oil at all. I discovered Checks and Balances through some online research and debated buying it for about a month before I finally did. Being a poor college student, $20 is a lot to spend on a face wash, but I figured since I already spend that and then some on my Liz Earle, it was worth a try. This face wash is extremely frothy, meaning you barely need any product at all to wash your whole face. It also has a nice mint smell which is refreshing. And the best part of it all, it does exactly what it's supposed to — takes care of my dry areas as well as my oily areas. Truly the perfect combination of checks and balances.


Trader Joe's Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion — $11.99 on Amazon

     This little gem is a discovery from my lovely mother. I've always needed a lighter moisturizer during the day, mostly because I layer it under my make up and I don't like anything too heavy or to make my skin feel too greasy. After years of searching, my mom picked this up for me at our local Trader Joe's and I haven't used anything as a day time moisturizer since. It's very light on the skin, has an SPF of 15 (which Lord knows my poor, pale skin desperately needs), and is fragrance free. With the dry patches that I have on my skin, it's an absolute must for me to have at all times and use everyday. Unfortunately, Trader Joe's does not have an online website, and I'm not sure how much it retails for in stores, it may be the same or less than the link to Amazon. 

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturizer in Normal/Combination — $31, Liz Earle

     Remember how lovely I said Liz Earle is with their travel sized gift with every order? That's what I have to thank for discovering this. During the winter, I experienced the worst dry skin I've ever had and decided it was time I find a night time moisturizer. I had recently reordered my Cleanse & Polish after running out (this is something that causes a breakdown, because I'm not sure how I would survive without it) and I got a travel sized version of this and decided to try it out. It was wonderful. It does have a slight fragrance to it, but I don't mind it. Though it's not a super heavy moisturizer, it's heavier than my Trader Joe's, and it's not so light that I would put it on in the day and layer my make up over it. The best part is that it took care of all my dry patches on my face, except for my under eye area (which I'm still working on finding a good cream, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below!) 


Nature's Cure Vanishing Cream — $8.97, Walmart

     This spot treatment was the answer to my prayers in my early teen years, and I was beyond upset when they stopped selling it in stores. Luckily, I had enough tubes stocked up that I haven't had to reorder any (yet). This cream doesn't seem like it could do much, it has a rather watery consistency compared to other spot treatments I've used, but it works wonders. I don't use this as often as I used to, but it's still a miracle worker. Put a little bit of this on any spot you have, and it will be dried up and gone. I don't know what it is that they put in this that makes it work so wonderfully, but with any spot I've ever had, it reduced the redness and dried it up within just a couple of treatments. That being said, it is a very drying product, so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize if you decide to try this product for yourself, and be very careful when applying it, because it will give you dry, flaky skin if it gets anywhere that there isn't a spot. 

     You may have noticed that I don't have a section for toner, that's because I don't use one. I have in the past, and though I like the way they feel on the skin, I've found that they never really do much for me. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below! 




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Video | Top 5 Products

     Bonjour! How sad is it that I took six years of French and I barely remember anything? Grace, my roommate, who you all meet (sorta) in the video, tries to keep me practicing my French but I basically stand there with a blank look until she starts speaking English again. It's a very frustrating process for her. She deals with it.

     To focus back on what I was saying, I have filmed an eclectic video for all you broke girls out there to watch on my top five products. Apologies for how sidetracked I get but I think it adds personality so you know I'm not a robot. Plot twist, I am. Not. I'm in a weird mood today.

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FOTD | Oh hey, I wore makeup today.

     Hey guys, wassup? So this morning, instead of going to Art History, I spent some actual time on my makeup AND my hair. This is a rare occasion, so cherish it. This is pretty typical look for me. I went with (surprise) a winged eyeliner, but I used an eyeshadow to keep the look a little softer. Along the same lines, I used a black-brown mascara to prevent it from looking too harsh. I almost never touch my brows, because filling them in magically transforms me into Groucho Marx. Beautiful. For base, I stuck with a tinted moisturizer because my pasty skin needs the SPF it provides and I never seem to get on well with heavier foundations. Concealer is my best friend when covering up anything too pesky. To finish, I used a duo fiber brush and some pink cream blush and voilà! I no longer look like a zombie.

     Hair-wise, I was fickle as usual and curled my hair with a curling wand and then decided on a fishtail braid. I left my 
slowly growing bangs out to help frame my face (and basically make it look less round and balloon-like). I used a wee
little rubber band to secure and that's it. I will most likely never put more effort into my hair, so try not to expect too 
much of me in that department.

Products Used:
Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer - Halo
Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser - Fair
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder - 11o Porcelain (to set concealer)
Real Techniques Contour Brush (with powder)
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Toasted (used wet)
Elf Angled Eyeliner Brush 
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara - Blackened Brown
Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint - Crush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush



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OOTD | Tori + Rachel

dress: asos
tights: asos
belt: gap
boots: savers

dress: forever 21
tights: target
jacket: savers
boots: urban outfitters

     So, this post is a little belated but we thought we'd share a fairly awkwardly posed outfit of the night! Tori and I attended a Jukebox the Ghost concert last Thursday in Lawrence. Thanks to this beautiful "spring" weather, we're still all decked out in tights and boots. Note: I was wearing camouflage to hide from the shitty weather. And as per usual, all black. We both kept it fairly casual, seeing as we were just hanging out in a tiny bar. It always ends up getting packed a little tight, you know, people spill PBR on you. So nothing too fancy. Seeing as I stood on a bar stool for most of the set, I was also pretty damn glad I'd worn flats. Tori, though, probably could have used a few inches (cue riotous laughter). However we did end up freezing our asses off on the way back to the car, so someone should give us a stern talking-to about weather appropriateness. Anyhow, hope you enjoyed my broke friends!


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On Repeat #1

Hello fellow Broke Girls!
     Every Friday, look out for our music edit: On Repeat. Each girl will be posting a song that we just can't get enough of this week, and trust me there will be something for everyone. Read on and find out what we've been loving recently, and check it out for yourself!

Fyah Fyah – Selah Sue
    This week I haven’t been able to get enough of Selah Sue, her kickass music, and crazy hair. At only 23, this Belgian lady has been at the music game for years already. Fyah Fyah, I think, is one of the coolest tracks on the album. The beginning is quite mellow and soulful, but then bursts into some insane reggae/rap runs. Her tone is incredibly unique, even live (fellow Broke Girl Tori and I saw her this past fall). It’s been several months and I still haven’t gotten over her, so check her out dudes!

Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
     Lately my music mood has been as random as putting my phone on shuffle, but no matter what I find myself coming back to Miranda Lambert. I've had her on my Spotify, Pandora, and on repeat on my phone. There's just something about the warmer weather (that Kansas is currently lacking) that makes me want to put country songs on repeat (currently all of my Recently Added is exclusively country). Though I love the whole album, Mama's Broken Heart has definitely been a song that I've found myself searching for to press play repeatedly. 

Stoked and Broke - Fidlar
     Oh, Fidlar, singing the anthems of the underachiever like Cheap Beer and, this week's song, Stoked and Broke. They had my heart when I saw them live when they toured with another favorite band of mine, Jeff the Brotherhood. The first time I ever heard them was on that tour. I also had the chance to meet them which was amazing, even if it was only for introductions; however, that turns into a longer, more embarrassing story. All that asIiide, this week has definitely been a week where Fidlar, Jeff, and Foals have been on repeat. Check these foxes out, yo! 

Waste - Phish
      Unlike my fellow broke girls, my choice this week is a bit of a throwback. Billy Breathes by Phish came out in 1996 (ugh, I was so young!) but I just recently discovered them on 8tracks and have not been able to stop listening to that album. They're a very chill band with obvious influences from the 70s (especially Simon & Garfunkel) and a great background to have when studying. I highly recommend them if you're feeling mellow and enjoy great instrumentals. This song I chose in particular because all I've been wanting to do is stop studying for ONE FREAKING second and just read/watch TV/do whatever the hell I want and hang out with some specially chosen people. But alas, that will not happen for another month, so in the meantime I live through this song. 
I Am Not a Robot - Marina and the Diamonds
     So, if there's one song you should be utterly obsessed with, (or person even) Marina and the Diamonds's I Am Not a Robot has been stuck in my head for the past 7 months... yes, SEVEN months. I constantly find myself wanting to listen to Marina 24/7. Whether you're in a cocky bitch or a self-loathing little girl mood. She's the absolute perfect fit. (No but really I highly recommend I Am Not A Robot, it's amazing.) 
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OOTD + What's In My Bag

Hi guys!

I decided to film a video for you and post a quick OOTD as well! 


     What's In My Bag (I forgot to say in the video, but ignore the lighting and the mess in the background! It's raining here and my room doesn't get good natural light, bear with me and we will find a good filming set up, I promise!) 


Shirt - American Eagle (no longer available)
Jacket - Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Boots - Rock & Republic (no longer available)


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Outfit of the Day (OOTD)

Why hellooooo again, ladies! (and gentlemen?) I figured my first real post would be an opportunity to give you a general idea of my style and makeup. So, here goes:


Of course, college doesn't always leave time to do your hair every morning and make sure it looks presentable (I'm looking at you, girls who throw their hair in a baseball cap or in some frightening hot mess on top of your head). I usually take my showers at night but instead I took one this morning. It's pretty humid where I live so leaving it down wet would just turn it into something reminiscent of the 80s or 90s (think Jess from Saved By the Bell, not Madonna). So I tossed it up into a ballet bun, a favorite look of mine recently since I've been so busy. 
I always wear a full face of makeup because I have slight acne and some dark spots. I just feel more comfortable when I know it's hidden and will stay that way throughout the day.
I then move to my eyes: first, eyebrows. I use an eyeshadow from a NARS duo to fill in my brows and I LOVE it. When I do winged eyeliner I always use a nude eyeshadow, it's just a rule of mine I guess! However I always love to have some major color on my cheeks and lips which is obvious here.

Here's a list of products I used:
Foundation: Benefit "Hello Flawless" Liquid Foundation in 'Cheers to Me' Champagne
Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing in 01 & 02
Undereye Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment in Honey
Powder: Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Honey
Brow Powder: NARS Duo in Madrague - the darker shadow
Eyeshadow: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch - the light side
Eyeliner: Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Brown
Mascara: Benefit "They're Real!"
Blush: e.l.f. Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
Lips: Revlon Lipstick in Coralberry


I went outside... correction, swam (SO MUCH HUMIDITY) outside before I got ready this morning. I was so glad I noticed before deciding what to wear because The Weather Channel said it was going to be only 70 or so. But here, you have to add 10 degrees between the walk to class and the humidity! I can't wear skirts or dresses twice a week because of lab so today I took the opportunity while I could. Us college girls always seem to have the vicious circle of wanting to look cute, remain comfortable, and not sweat our frackin tits off walking to class. Why does this always seem so impossible? Because we also don't want to be the girl in class who seems so... "overdone". Most college students are not very concerned on their appearance (which is totally fine, don't get me wrong), but this doesn't always encourage those who like clothes to make an effort for fear of standing out too much. So today I threw on a super comfortable jersey dress on top of a mint bandeau with my new favorite piece, a denim vest. Add some stud earrings and flip flops and I'm set!

What I'm wearing:
Mint bandeau - Aerie
Grey jersey dress - Express
Denim Vest - Forever 21
Flip Flops - American Eagle

Have a great Wednesday fellow broke girls!

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Broke Girl No. 4

     Like the three girls before me, I am crawling up to my twentieth birthday here shortly. I refuse to believe I'll be almost twenty years old, as an act of defiance I told my mother I need a cake with Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show on it. Besides my refusal to turn twenty, I can act maturely...sometimes. I just got promoted at my job and am now working full time. On top of working forty hours a week, I somehow manage to get decent grades. I finally declared my major as psychology, you know, after changing it four times. From there, I am 100% certain I have zero ideas on what to do next. Besides work and school, I started taking guitar lessons about a month ago and am so excited! I've been playing instruments since band and orchestra in fifth grade. I can very poorly play the violin and oboe. Yet I think I could still manage to play a few scales on the flute and piccolo. Playing instruments has always been a big stress reliever in my life. Another way I cope with the stress is running. I love learning about healthy eating and yoga (I could do much better in actually practicing these...oops). Anyway! Hair care, makeup, fashion, music, concerts, health, fitness, I love it all. It's hard to divide all my love between these, but the main loves of my life are Dr. Who, Sherlock, and boy bands. So basically, you'll never know what to expect from my posts, that should keep it interesting, right? 


twitter: @torihumiston
instagram: @torihumiston
tumblr: torihumiston.tumblr.com

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Broke Girl No. 3

     I've always imagined that once I got a beauty blog I would be a lot better at writing an about me post, but that day has come and I've been sitting here for about thirty minutes writing and erasing everything. That probably has something to do with the fact that a majority of my course work involves writing copy and I'm never satisfied with anything. That being said here goes nothing.

Verging on twenty years old and navigating this thing they call college. Majoring in strategic communication with plans to go into media relations or something related to sports. I spend an obscene amount of time looking at ads, even when I'm not in class. I also spend a lot of time watching and reading about sports, and you guessed it, beauty products. Though during the week you can find me in some variation of leggings, a men's shirt, no make up and probably day old hair in a bun, I do know how to dress and do my make-up. If I'm not downing coffee like it's air working on a deadline, you can probably find me at one of my two places of employment.

Things I can't live without: iPhone, music (anything from rap to country), a good sports game, my Vans, an amazing mascara and of course the other four Girls.

I rant a lot. And make a lot of random purchases, mostly of things I don't need, which leads to my being broke. I'm a sucker for a good lipstick or a new Essie nail color.

Be prepared for a lot of random text posts about anything — music, school, my life, beauty — you name it I'll probably post it.


Find Me Elsewhere...
Twitter - @tessamiller_
Instagram - @tessamiller_
Tumblr - wildcatsandsass.tumblr.com

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Broke Girl No. 2

     Yeah, yeah, I know the rest of the Broke Girls are gonna give me shit about not having a baby picture but those files are not at my convenience at the moment. And I'm all about convenience. I have four more months to be irresponsible before I dispose of the atrocity that was my teenage years. I am unfortunately attending college very far away from my Girls and miss them dearly about 82.3% of the time. If you couldn't tell from that exact number I am a science major, Microbiology to be exact. That's about as far as my plans go when it comes to my future.

My obsession is definitely makeup and skincare, although I do have a slight fetish with clothes (not nearly as much as Rachel, who I pray for to the fashion gods every night). Is fetish the right word to use? Another tidbit about me is that I often say the incorrect word/phrase to the incorrect person and get teased endlessly about it for years. Alright, back to the blog, Jenny (also I talk to myself. I'm missing a few wires, okay??) I'm definitely the least capable of writing anything in any sort of format so I apologize for any mishaps my writing may create.

I can't live without a good foundation and brow filler and I don't really wear jewelry except earrings. My style is structured but definitely has the pop, and I mean POP, of color most of my fellow Broke Girls seem to loathe so much. I wear scarves all the time. I sing at inappropriate times.

Basically watch out for posts on confessions of love over snapchat, accidental sephora purchases, and complaints of organic chemistry from this girl. 


twitter: jennskels
instagram: jskells
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Broke Girl No. 1

    For all of you non-Spanish minors (unlike myself) out there, that means hello. So, I suppose I should write a little about myself. I am now nearly two decades old, much to my dismay, and as you've probably already guessed I am a college student. Currently I'm majoring in Communication Studies, yet still have essentially no idea what I want to do with my life. Leave your suggestions on career paths in the comments below. I commute to school and work a desk job on my off days, so there's rarely a time when I'm not frantically running around to oh, I don't know, look like a presentable human. I own way more articles of clothing than is healthy or appropriate for any woman. I'm working on it though! (sort of...) Makeup is also quite an issue. Needless to say a career as a financial planner probably isn't in the cards for me. What else? I pretty much loathe heeled shoes, seeing as I lack any type of grace or coordination whatsoever. If I could only wear one makeup look for the rest of my life it would without a doubt be winged eyeliner. Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones was actually written about my taste in clothing. I thoroughly enjoy sarcasm. And concerts. I take extreme, ridiculous measures to attend concerts. Side note: I am hopelessly in love with Harry Styles and fully intend on marrying him someday soon. So actually, don't worry about all those career suggestions. I've got it sorted. Anywho, I look forward to posting about school, my unnecessary purchases, interests, etc.! Hope all you fellow broke (or not) girls enjoy!



instagram: rachelalvey
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Five Broke Girls


Welcome to Five Broke Girls.

This blog is for the musings of five college girls, living on a college budget, while trying to afford the beauty products and clothing of our dreams, all while trying to earn a degree. Look out for posts on fashion, make-up, hair and general complaints on college life. We hope to relate to you in more ways than one while delivering you our opinions on products and sharing our love for all things beauty and fashion!

Be on the lookout for our next few posts on the faces behind Five Broke Girls and learn all about us!


Five Broke Girls  
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