Favorites | Lip Products to Transition from Summer to Fall


Hello fellow broke peoples! Sorry I've been so MIA recently, moving in to my new apartment while simultaneously working all day has been one of the most stressful things to ever occur in my life. I have finally managed to organize myself to a level that I can be comfortable taking some time to work on the blog. I promise once things are back to normal I will be back to posting on my regular Monday.

On to the purpose of this post: transitioning your makeup from summer to fall. This can be a weird time because it's starting to cool off (or not, depending where you live) so really bright, neon colors are not necessarily as in season but neither are the dark, moody colors associated with fall. So what do you wear? That's where I come in.


1. Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Dolly ($19) & Revlon Just Bitten in Honey ($8)
     I loveee these two together. The Revlon balm stain is a truly beautiful color that gives you that "my lips but better" look that everyone loves. I think that shade could look good on almost anyone! It's also not as light and pink as many other natural shades are but is more of a mauve color that really helps with these weird in between months. The lip gloss on top just adds a little more shine and dimension that makes it pop if you're out and about. It also helps with how the Revlon balm stain can be a tad drying.

2. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle ($8)
    Another amazing "my lips but better" color, this is a little darker than the one I discussed above. I wear this color year-round but during the cooler months it really helps to wake up my face and bring some color to my usually darker outfits. It swipes on beautifully and leaves a rosy mauve tint that is hard to find elsewhere.

3. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume ($19)
    I got a mini of this when I ordered a sampler of Smashbox products. I like them in general but they didn't wow me in the way I expected. This one was my favorite product because it gives just a little sheen and glitter to take a natural face to the next level if you aren't feeling lip color. Especially when it starts to get really chilly outside, I love swiping this on with a casual plaid shirt and leggings.

4. Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet ($8)
    This shade is the easiest one to transition! During the summer, I like to use this as a sheer wash of color when I'm looking for something with a bit of a pop. When it starts cooling off, I layer it on for a more opaque red that is great for yellow undertones.

That's my post until Monday! Catch ya on the flip side!

xx
Jen




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On Repeat #16 | OUR 100TH POST ON FBG!


     So if the title wasn't a hint for you.. This is our 100th post on FBG! We're so excited that our blog is growing and so thankful for all your comments & page views & support! If you haven't already, follow the blog on twitter, and our personal accounts. It's amazing how far we've come since coming up with this idea in the middle of a class in a group text message, and obviously it's become so much more! Thanks for your support and enjoy this weeks On Repeat! We love you! xx


TESSA
Feds Watching - 2 Chainz ft. Pharrell                            If I had to admit my guilty pleasure rapper, it would hands down be 2 Chainz. Sometimes I just listen to his lyrics and laugh because their so ridiculous. But since upgrading to Spotify Premium (finally), this has been on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, and it's been a to-go on all my drives since I have a 30-minute minimum commute to work and school. The bass is ridiculous so I feel like a badass when I'm listening to it, which is always a plus factor, at least for me. Oh and Pharrell is featured in this song, so if you didn't fall in love with him from Blurred Lines — which by the way you should have — he's also great in this song. Anyway, enjoy my guilty pleasure. I'mma be fresh as hell if the feds watching.
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TORI
Obedear- Purity Ring
     I was having a difficult time with what song I was going to choose this week. I've been in a music rut, I suppose. Anywho, I was watching a makeup tutorial by Augusta Jeorgia and this song was featured and I haven't stopped listening to Purity Ring. I took a break from them because when this album first came out I heard it at least 3 times a shift at Barnes and Noble, so I needed my space. But the time has come, and I can't stop listening to it again.


JEN
Thank You - Led Zeppelin
     This song is in honor of my friend Conor coming to visit this weekend! This was the first Zeppelin song he introduced me to (other than the obvious famous ones) and I haven't looked back since. The guitar solo at the end is great and the message it sends is just a positive, uplifting one about someone who you find inspiring. If you haven't discovered Zeppelin yet (or 70s rock in general) this song is a great one to start with and slowly allow yourself to be consumed by the awesomeness that is and was the 70s rock era.


RACHEL
nature feels – Frank Ocean
    I know, I know. I posted Frank Ocean last week. But I promise this song is so on point it’s worth ignoring the repetition. My brother actually introduced me to this mixtape, which you can download fo’ free. Aww yiss. The remixes are fantastic. “nature feels” is a reworking of “Electric Feel” by MGMT. So the awesomeness continues to compound. Plus “american wedding” is laid over The Eagles’ “Hotel California” and references Pretty Woman. Need I continue? Check this beauty out.





KAYSON
Little Things - One Direction
Okay okay, so I know i've recently done a One Direction song not even a month ago, but I'm SORRY, after seeing the This Is Us movie I couldn't help it. Those little assholes got me again. I will say though in January when I would be driving home late at night this song would come on the radio and I was instantly sold, and it made me happy (I know, how sappy). It's possibly the sweetest song ever written (Thanks Ed Sheeran) and sung perfectly by these jackasses. So, if you're looking for an amazingly cute song to absolutely melt over, I suggest this one.

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Skin Care Routine | Kayley

               

     Hey loves! So I decided to do a little skin care routine for you guys!

Products Mentioned:
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cleanser, Toner, and Skin Clearing Lotion
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
Olay Fresh Effects Shine Shine Go Away
Alba Good and Clean Toxin Release
Bremenn Clinic Zit Stick
Simple Foaming Cleanser

xo Kayson
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Birchbox | August



Hello lovelies! I definitely had this post ready to go this morning but I guess it never posted. So I know I'm a bit late on this, lo siento!

Anyway! I was so excited to get my first Birchbox on Monday so I thought I would share with you the goodies I got.


Tan Towel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes (Full-size $24)
I'm a bit nervous to use this just because it says it's for fair to medium tones, so will it look fine or make me look like an oompa loompa? I'll try this out this weekend just so I don't look crazy for work if this turns out to be too dark. I've really been wanting to try something like this that washes off at the end of the day, similar to the This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle.

LAQA & Co Lil' Lip Duo (Full-size, $16 for 2)
Okay, so I really love the formula of this. It's a really buttery sort of lip balm. I also really like the fact that you can build up the color intensity with how much you apply. I will say that I don't like how it gets everywhere. Lipsticks and stains, for the most part, stay on your lips. I noticed that this had a tendency to smear all over if you're not careful with it. Like...seriously...just don't let anyone near your face, don't touch your face, it will be everywhere.

Coola SPF 45 Sport- Mango (Full-size $32)
I may have to spend $32 on sunscreen. This stuff is amazing. First off, it smells like mango and coconut. I just put this on my hands and neck when I go out (my moisturizer has SPF 30) and it leaves my skins so soft. It's really light and not greasy, which I know some sunscreens have a tendency to be. I wish they had a travel size bottle so I could just leave it in my bag (get on that Coola). It's paraben free, no nano particles, not tested on animals, hypoallergenic, and even gluten free. What even. They even have scents like citrus mimosa. So yep. Great. Spending $32 on sunscreen.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive (Full-size $39)
I love the idea of a peel, I love clay masks and anything of the sort. I haven't used this quite yet just because it is supposed to sit on the skin for 10 or so minutes and just who has time for that? I just really haven't been home much so I'll give this a go this weekend as well. I will have to say that I'm a bit disappointed that it doesn't actually smell like green apples. It did a bit in the box but smelled not so lovely in the actual sample.

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo (Full-size $25) [not pictured]
I gave this sample to my mother because dry shampoo is a tad pointless for me right now with short hair. Lo siento, I have nothing to say about this because my mom took it and I can't find it.

Who knows, maybe some of these will make it to my September favorites, we shall see.
xx Tori

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GRWM | Everyday Make-up


So when this goes up school will officially be back in session for me (ew). Anyway, enjoy my go-to everyday make-up and me being more awkward than ever before.



xx
Tessa

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Haircare Routine | Rachel

   
     Hello ladies & gents! As the title clearly indicates, today I'll be sharing what I use to take care of my hurrrr. Just as a reference, my hair is quite fine - so it tends to get flat and oily quickly. However, I like more voluminous and textured locks. Think bedhead. I typically just wash my hair at night and brush through it (using a Goody TangleFix), and then leave it to dry overnight. This way, I avoid excessive heat use by skipping blow-drying and have a little bit of body when I wake up. Anyhow, if you're at all interested in what I use to "tame the mane" as they say, read on.

THE STANDARDS

John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
      As previously mentioned my hair tends to be flat, lifeless, pancake-esque - or any variation of those words you can conceive. Thus, it probably doesn't make much sense that I'd be using a a damage-correcting shampoo and conditioner regime. I still do use a curling wand and/or flat iron slightly more than occasionally. Plus, since I feel compelled to wash on a regular basis I shy away from anything that is going to dehydrate my hair. However, I think John Frieda's version is quite different from other brands' lines. It is branded as a "full body" duo that won't weigh your hair down.  The best part is that this combo actually delivers on it's promise. I've noticed it's much easier to comb through my hair and these leave it looking shiny and healthy. Even better, I've never once felt that horrendous heavy feeling. Now, if you have drier or coarser hair I think you may want to opt for something more heavy duty. Though for you fine-haired ladies who color or heat style - this line may be for you.

     Even though I do wash regularly, I try to avoid doing so every day. First of all, my shampoo and conditioner magically poof away after about 3 weeks. I've also never quite understood "second day hair" in all its glory because I look more like a hobo than a tousled-haired goddess, but whatever. To hold me over on the in between days, I turn to the Clean Freak dry shampoo. Thus far it's the best I've tried in terms of both scent and functionality. As a bonus, it does actually add volume and grit which is perfect for achieving that bedhead aesthetic.

THE SAVERS

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Dry Oil
Not Your Mother's Beat the Heat Thermal Shield Spray
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk
Catwalk by TIGI Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner
     Alrighty, so these are all my saviors when it come to my hair. Tangles come with the territory of fine hair, so I'm always on the lookout for something that will remedy this. This Organix oil scared me a bit at first, because I didn't want to add anything heavy to my already weighed-down hair. In spite of said fear, this is A+ as a detangler that doubles as a treatment. I've found it to be much more effective than my Suave Kids option I'd used in the past. It smells fantastic, and the spray delivers a fine mist (I apply to damp hair) that doesn't lead to any stringy strands.

     Basically, all I have to say that distinguishes this Not Your Mother's heat protectant is the smell. Its scent is dabomb.com. Most of the time I just spray this on my hair to smell like a fresh ass summer's day. Seriously. I guess it's also cool that it stops me from frying my hair but that's honestly an afterthought. Most products like this are incredibly similar so if you're in the market for a new heat spray BUY THIS.

     On days where I don't want a heavy condition but I still need a little nourishment, I turn to this hair milk. This smells nice as well, but isn't overpowering. It aids in detangling a wee bit, but gives my hair a break from anything too heavy. Plus, there's no sulfates or parabens. Woooohoooo.

     I keep rattling on about scent...but seriously this shit smells like I got all domestic and baked a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies. Damn. This is marketed as "comfort food for dry hair" so I use it sparingly; about once a week. If I'm honest, it hasn't done anything groundbreaking for my hair. It conditions well, but I don't even notice much of a difference from my normal conditioner. The scent does linger though, so I enjoy it every time I use it. At $15 a bottle (though I've seen double packs for the same price, angering) I probably won't repurchase it but I love that my hair smells like Betty Crocker's kitchen once a week. 

THE STYLERS
Aussie Sprunch Flexible Hold Hairspray
Organix Moroccan SurfPaste

     Though I do like volume and texture, I'm not looking to achieve anything crunchy or stringy. Keeping this in mind, I almost always go for a light or flexible hold hairspray so I have both hold and movement. Aussie's Catch the Wave Sprunch hairspray fits the bill perfectly. The aerosol can gives a fine, even mist but still allows me to run my fingers through my hair. Oh, and guess what? It smells good.

     To give my hair some grit and a little extra hold, I turn to this Organix paste. Using about a dime-sized dollop, I run this through the middle and ends of my hair after I've used a curling wand. I even use it when my hair is straight if I'm craving a bit of messiness (note: I usually am.) It smells exactly like the oil I use as a detangler, so obviously I approve. Plus, since it has sea kelp and Argan oil it isn't too drying on my hair. If you want something a bit more nourishing than salt spray, this would be a great alternative. I'm also fairly sure this stuff will last for all eternity, so I suppose that's the ultimate bargain.

See errbody next week!

xx
Rachel


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On Repeat #15


KAYSON
Casanova - Hoodie Allen(ft. Skizzy Mars,G-Eazy)
     So since Tessa took Hoodie last week, this week is my week. This isn't off of his new EP but a good song none the less. I originally got hooked on this song because of the chorus/hook, the chorus/hook is a situation that I feel very related to because of my freshman year of college up until this past September. I've never really felt connected to a "hip hop" song before so, I must say I was very impressed with this one. Chorus/Hook: Give me some bad advice


/I hate when you ask me over /You drunk off a glass of wine/ No wonder I'm acting sober/ So cut me out of your life And leave me like class is over/ But when the day goes, and the night comes / I'll still be your Casanova.


TESSA
B.E.A.T. - Selena Gomez
     I have zero self control and no shame: I LOVE SELENA GOMEZ. The girl's got talent, and let's be honest besides dating Justin, she is all around on point. Selena Gomez's new album has been making a heavy rotation on my playlist lately. And by heavy rotation I mean I've been listening to the whole album through at least once a day. It was hard to even choose one song because I really just wanted to pick the whole album. But alas, that's not an option, though I highly suggest you still check it out. This was a later discovery of mine as far as the album goes, but it's too catchy not to share. And I'm always talking about the beats of songs, so why not just chose one that gets straight to the point? 

TORI
Everything Has Changed-Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
     Okay. Part of me doesn't even want to talk about this just because I thought this would never happen. My work plays just preset radio stations and this song has been played regularly to say the least and got stuck in my head. I will have to say that my prejudice against TSwift has subsided majorly. I still dislike that she slut shames in a lot of her songs but I feel like Red kind of got away from that moreso than her older albums. Anyway! I could spend forever talking about that. I just watched the music video for this and hate to admit how absolutely adorable it is. You might cry. I didn't, but still, cute factor is at a 10/10. 


JEN
Love Like a Sunset Part II - Phoenix
     I know this song is a bit older, but I discovered it while listening to some of my favorite Phoenix songs. Phoenix in general is just awesome so of course I love even more of their songs. If you've never heard of Phoenix, they have a really different sound and I completely recommend them! This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Their new album isn't as good in my opinion, but that may just be because I haven't listened to it as much and am highly prejudiced because this one is just too good.

RACHEL
White - OFWGKTA (Frank Ocean)
     So I think it's fairly clear how we feel about Odd Future here, but in case it wasn't - they're A+. This track especially has been something I've turned to lately (along with copious amounts of One Direction). Frank's voice is kickass, so if you haven't checked out his solo album you're losing at life. Lo siento. Anyhow, this is a little different than the rest of the mixtape yet I love it all the same. Go check it out, it will be 2 minutes of your life well spent.  
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Back to School | Taking Time Off

Sooo, you're taking time off. You probably feel one of two ways; one being useless and maybe a little stressed/bored or second, you feel absolutely wonderful without the stress of school work, BUT, you're still a tiny bit bored because possibly every one else around you is super busy. Today i'm here to make some sort of suggestions of how I am attempting to make it through taking time off of school. 

Things to make you feel maybe not so useless
  • Find a full time job (plus, it helps you save money for when you ARE in school)
  • Join a gym
  • volunteer at women shelters
  • volunteer at animal shelters
  • learn a new language
  • read books you've always wish you had the time for
Things to keep you busy and have fun with
  • Hang out with friends that you maybe haven't seen in awhile
  • Take that yoga or cooking class you've been wanting to
  • Go see movies 
  • Go to the park on a week day, just because you can
  • Go to the farmers market
  • read books you've always wish you had the time for
Those are just some of the things you might find helpful. I know some times most people put the stigma of taking time off as, someone is being lazy, or a loser, honestly in my opinion there's nothing wrong with taking time off if you plan on working towards a goal of what you want to do with your life. Don't ever feel bad for taking the time off when you need it.

see you all next thursday!

xo Kayson

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Back to School | Work/ School Transition

Hey guys! So in the last post I mentioned how I was starting school and work, so I made a video about how that's going (ew. all time low motivation levels). Anywho, I sort of rambled about my hectic schedule and my goals for the semester. So go watch that video over here!

And as always, feel free to leave a comment on posts/ videos you would like to see the girls and I film.

See you guys next week!
xxTori
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Back to School | Agenda Organization



     As you can tell from Jen and Rachel's posts, we're in a bit of a back to school theme this week. Fortunately for me, school doesn't start for another week (whoop whoop one more week of freedom), but I'm already trying to get into a routine and stay organized.

     With an internship, a basically full time job (new! yay!), and being a full time student, I've got a lot on my plate this fall which is why it's super important for me to stay on top of my schedule and keep everything as organized as it can be (i.e. organized chaos). One of my biggest tips for keeping my sanity is having everything written down in my agenda. I'm a big fan of Lilly Pulitzer's large size agendas, however this year I decided to go with a C Space medium size. I also quite like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler, though if you're on a budget Mead makes a nice variety as well. I prefer academic planners since I am still in school and it's easiest for me to plan that way. But office-type agendas work well if you like to plan out your day by the hour.


 The first thing I do after I get a new agenda is color code the different categories that things could fall into. For me, it's work, school, blogging, internship, and then other. I like to use BIC colored pens for this, though any colored pens will work obviously. I also recommend white-out, in case your schedule changes, or also keep a pencil to write down events that you're not 100% on.

     If your agenda doesn't have monthly tabs (like mine this year), I would advise either using a binder clip so you can flip immediately to the page you need, or using post-it flags at the start of each month so you can flip to whatever month you need instead of spending forever trying to find the right page. It's a time saver and helps you keep things on track so you don't accidentally write something down in the wrong spot. Even if you do, no worries, that's why white-out was invented. Or at least I'm pretty sure.

     My last tip for keeping your agenda organized, would be to make a checklist for things you need to do. I like to write any assignments that I get that day down, and then when I get them done I can cross them out. If you don't like how messy that looks (because it will get messy), use a new line for each assignment and then make a box so you can check it off. Another personal favorite of mine is to write down everything that I need to get done in a day on a sticky note and check it off as I go. I usually sit down on Sunday nights and write out the whole week, each day on a different color, and add throughout the week as needed. If there's an ongoing assignment I have, I can write it down on every day so I know that I need to work on it.

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Back to School | Casual Wardrobe





     Hola ladies & gents, today I thought I'd share four outfits that are typical of my back to school wardrobe (set to Usher, so obviously it's awesome). Most are fairly casual, since I quite like to be comfortable walking around campus, etc. I'd love to know what your back to school staples are, so comment below!

Speak to you all next Sunday,

Rachel
xx
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Back to School | Easy Outfit Ideas

Happy Saturday everyone! Sorry my post is a little late, I got back from the lake Wednesday and have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off since. I know we agreed to not start Back to School week until next week, but I have two ideas and I figured I'd start it off!

Also some exciting news, Kayson and I have switched days to better fit our school schedules. So from now on, you'll hear from me on Mondays and Kayson on Thursdays!

The eternal question at college is how to dress comfortably and still feel confident in your appearance. I'm going to show you a few different scenarios in which you are really comfortable but still manage to look put together!

First Day
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     Everyone wants to impress the first day, especially if you're starting at a new school or a new job. However, I know it's going to be hot as hell in Maryland when I go back, so you have to keep that in mind as well. Last year I wore a maxi dress and it was a glorious idea. It allowed me to look put together but I'm basically wearing one piece of clothing that's fairly airy and cool as well. Just pop a jacket in your bag for class cause it usually gets cold!

Rainy DayHumid & Rainy

     Oh, the turmoil of a sticky, wet day outside and being stuck in those damp clothes all day. I've managed to figure out the best way to tackle this after experiencing it all the time at school in Maryland (a very humid place if you didn't know). The key is layering. Layering, layering, layering. Thin layers especially. I start with leggings because even though it's sticky out, my legs get cold when the rain is coming down and denim doesn't dry well anyway. Then start with a thin tank or a dark-colored T-shirt (otherwise pit stains will show) and layer on top of that!

Night Out
Night Out

    My final look is for a typical night out. This can work for the bars or even a house party if you switch out the earrings and maybe pull your hair back into a messy bun or ponytail. Keep it cool with a tank top and longer bottoms because it does still get cool at night during the summer or switch it up with layering on top and some cutoff shorts. I completely prefer to wear flats out partially because I'm 5'7" but also because they're generally more comfortable anyway! I love loafers because they're easy to walk in and come in all kinds of varieties.

If you're interested in seeing any of the items in these sets, check out our Polyvore!
You can also reach us here for any questions or comments!
We would love to get some feedback.
xx
Jen
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Miracle Product | Zit Stick


     Hi Guys! So I realize I've really been bad lately about posting on Monday, but things have been hectic, but from now on I am here and I'm ready to get back on track. So, today I am going to tell you all about a little "miracle" product I believe I've found. It's none other than Bremenn Labs "Zit Stick".
     I was at ULTA this past weekend searching more for skin related products rather than make up; as I was chatting with one of the consultants in the corner of my eye I saw a acne related product for only 10 dollars. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes, and much to my relief it is a great product. I used it on an oncoming zit in the car as I left and later that night it had stopped emerging. I have used it on three different spots since Saturday and it has worked! I think the main factor is that it has a good amount of Salicylic Acid in it, so if your skin is very sensitive to that, unfortunately this isn't the product for you.

If you have problem spots weekly like I do, I really think this is something you must try.

See you all next time!

xo Kayson
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On Repeat #14


TESSA
Two Lips (Acoustic) - Hoodie Allen
So if you haven't checked him out since I talked about him before, now is your chance. Not only is he a talented rapper, he released an acoustic EP that is ridiculously great. "Two Lips" was one of my favorites off of his Crew Cuts album and I think off of Americoustic, it's easily my favorite. His voice is just, ugh, so good. And to me, this song sounds very natural acoustic, even though when I first heard he was releasing it acoustic I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it (clearly I've fallen in love). I'm still waiting for him to say that he's coming back to Lawrence in his new tour.. and propose. But that's beside the point. Go download Americoustic off his website, here, or buy it on iTunes if you're super awesome and love him a lot and have money.
KAYSON
The Story - Brandi Carlile
     This song may be a few years old but  I have found myself really liking not only Brandi Carlile lately but loving this song. I'm definitely a sucker for songs about life/love and this one is just chalk full of both. It doesn't have that sappy love song tune to it either which is quite good. my favorite verse of the song is "All of these lines across my face Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been And how I got to where I am But these stories don't mean anything When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true... I was made for you" and I just really like this song guys. Her voice and lyrics are beautiful so just listen. 
TORI
When I Was A Youngster- Rizzle Kicks
     I fell in love with Harley and Jordan when Rachel and I saw them perform as openers to Ed Sheeran awhile back. Their stage presence is ridiculous and they are both extremely talented and their different styles work together seamlessly. I got hooked on this song again when I was watching the video for their new single "Lost Generation," which you should watch here


RACHEL
     Okay, so everyone attributes this whole "YOLO" deal to Drake, but I think Mike Rosenberg puts it much more eloquently (Passenger is just a pseudonym obvi).  Tori and I also saw (and met, ugh pain) this beautiful man open for Ed Sheeran - noticing a theme? Anyway, this entire album is the actual bomb and was my jam for like two whole months last year. I honestly don't think I could choose a favorite track, but this has found it's way back into my ears this week. If you want to hear my entire life summed up in under 10 minutes, listen to "The Wrong Direction" and "I Hate".



JEN
Miracle Mile - Cold War Kids
     I keep hearing this song on the radio and I somehow know all the lyrics already. I swear, I've only heard it a handful of times and it's just so fun to attempt to sing along with your windows rolled down on a nice day. Yes, I realize I sound like a puppy dog. But IT'S THE TRUTH. I'm gonna start listening to more of Cold War Kids in general, so keep on the lookout for any other posts about them. I have a bunch of new great music on the backburner right now so be excited!
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Three Blogs I'm Loving

I guess this is my personal version of On Repeat, but focusing on fellow blogs/bloggers. They are blogs I've found myself checking regularly for updates, as well as checking their YouTube channels. Also! Look out for a new August lifestyle blog from me next week. Lots of new (maybe not so exciting) things happening; new job and the return of school. Get used to hearing my complaints/ frustrations as a full time student and full time employee. Don't say I didn't warn you. But anyway, I digress, here's the post!

1. Sarah Beth Yoga
I believe I found this blog/channel through Tara Stiles' channel. This blog is an amazing mixture of yoga and lifestyle. She not only shows her evolution as a yoga instructor, but she shares things going on in her life as well as recipes and other things.
http://yogabysarahbeth.com/blog/
http://www.youtube.com/sarahbethshow

2. What I Heart Today// Lily Pebbles
I have only recently seen her videos on YouTube, but I still decided to check out her blog. Her blog goes past just make up and into skin care and her everyday life. Another thing that I really love about her blog is that she has a "Blogs I Heart" page!
http://www.whatihearttoday.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/WhatIHeartToday

3. Vivianna Does Makeup
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this one before, but if not, here it is. I absolutely love it. She does a lot of comparisons of products which is beyond appreciated. Pretty much for the same reasons as I love all the blogs I do, it is a perfect mix of beauty/fashion and lifestyle.
http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/ViviannaDoesMakeup

xxTori
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Wishlist | August 2013

Hi there, loves!

So since I am at zero inspiration level for videos and in total lust of so many products for back-to-school, I've decided to share my current wishlist with you guys! This post will focus mostly on my beauty/make-up wants since I just posted a haul of clothing last week, but there's always more that I want. I keep track of my wishlist on wantworthy.com, and through their iPhone app, Fresh. I know Sammi talked about the app in one of her videos a while back and I downloaded it and later discovered that it was linked to wantworthy, so it's pretty handy to keep track of things! Anyway, on with my wishlist!


Row 1: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, LORAC Pro To Go Eye & Cheek Palette, Benefit Dandelion Blush
Row 2: Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eye Palette, Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, Benefit Coralista Blush
So let's address them in order I suppose. First up, Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette. I know it's probably a crime that I don't own a full Naked Palette already (I do own the Naked Basics, for the record), but it took me a really long time to decide which one I wanted to buy. In fact, my decision came down to me going to Jenny's house and swatching the entirety of both palettes on my arms, and the Girls voting on which one looked better with my skin tone. Obviously we decided Naked 2 since it's made it's way on to this list. I use my Naked Basics Palette so much I'm honestly surprised I haven't hit pan and am really excited to add the Naked 2 to my ever-growing eyeshadow collection.
Next, LORAC's Pro To Go Eye/Cheek Palette: I saw this little beauty while scrolling through my feed on Fresh one day and decided I needed it ASAP. The shadows are gorgeous and neutral, my personal favorite kinds, and the blushes/bronzer are just as beautiful. Unfortunately, this is going to be a go-with-my-gut buy as it is an online exclusive at Sephora, but it's got great reviews and I really don't think you can go wrong with anything in this palette.
I have two of Benefit's boxed blushes on here, so I'm going to talk about them together. Coralista has been on my list for a while because honestly I think it's the most perfect blush color you could ever find, and Benefit knows what they're doing with blushes. All the ones I've ever swatched are highly pigmented and so soft. Dandelion has also made it's way onto this list. I used to own a color from The Body Shop that was quite similar to this. Unfortunately, it was back before I was really into doing my makeup and later shattered before I had a chance to really love it. So I decided if I'm going to repurchase a similar, I might as well bite the bullet and get Dandelion.
Too Faced's newest palette has a spot on here as well. I usually steer clear of palettes with color in them as I find I: a) don't use them often and b) they rarely look good on my skin. But the combination in this is just perfection. I think the only color I wouldn't get much use out of is the pink, and only because I'm not a big fan of pink eyeshadow in general and with my skin tone it just doesn't compliment my eyes.
Last, but certainly not least, is Urban Decay's Naked Flushed Palette. The second this was released I knew I wanted it. Every time I walk by the Urban Decay counter I have to swatch it. All three colors are flawless, and of course with the Urban Decay formulas you really can't go wrong. I'm in love with the highlighter in this palette. The bronzer might be a little orange for my skin but I think if I mixed it with my e.l.f. bronzer, which is currently too dark for my skin, I might find something that works!

Well, that's all from me for this post. What's on your back to school beauty wishlist?

xx

Tessa
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Back to School | Easy Snacks

     

     With school edging closer, most people become significantly busier (including myself). This presents a serious problem. Well, many problems - but let's stay focused. I mean to speak of the issue of snacking. It comes as no surprise that minimal effort and time is my preferred route when preparing food. In addition, I'm always on the move. Ain't nobody about to eat fancy food in rush hour traffic. So, to combat these issues and satiate my appetite, I regularly turn to these couple of snacks. Plus they're fairly healthy. Which is a little out of my element but whatever, read on.



BAKED APPLE CHIPS 
     I'm not even going to try to take the credit for this recipe. I found it on Pinterest. How original. Anyhow these are incredibly easy and even better - portable. And delicious, of course. 

What You Need:
  • Apples (I used Pink Lady, but whichever variety you prefer is fine.)
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Nutmeg
     I've read several variations of this recipe, all switching up the spices (one suggested turmeric?), temperature, etc. So feel free to customize and cater to your specific taste - I''m looking forward to trying this with pears. Essentially, slice your apples incredibly thin using a knife or a mandolin slicer if you have one on hand. The thinner you slice them, the crispier they will be. You may core the apple if you like, though I didn't. Just make sure to pop the seeds out. Once sliced, arrange them on a parchment-lined pan or a nonstick surface. Sprinkle whichever spices you've selected all over the apples and bake at 200 degrees for around 2.5 hours. No need to be too precise. You can also choose to turn the oven off and let them sit a while longer for extra crispiness. Boom.

VEGGIES AND DIP
     I know, I know. Vegetables and ranch dip. Groundbreaking snack. Still, this shit is awesome. 

What You Need:
  • Hidden Valley Dips flavor packet (I used ranch but there are various options.)
  • 16 ounces of plain Greek yogurt; any brand
  • Vegetables (duh)
     Now for the long, meticulously detailed description of how to achieve this snack. Open packet. Pour into yogurt. Stir. Dip vegetable. Enjoy. Hope you caught all of that, I know it's difficult. Anyway, this is much healthier than using sour cream and the protein in the Greek yogurt will give you a wee energy boost. I quite like sliced peppers (yellow and hot banana peppers are my fav) but obviously this is versatile and can be used to smother whatever your little heart desires.

     Snack on you broke ladies and gentleman, I shall speak to you next week. Possibly with more Back to School wisdom. Ha.

xx
Rachel
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On Repeat #13

Hello loves! I promise, we're going to try our best to not miss On Repeat again. Two weeks without our wonderful music taste is too much. Unless you guys would prefer to see an extra post on Fridays and On Repeat once every two weeks? Let us know in the comments or on twitter! xx

TESSA
Holy Grail - Jay-Z ft. Justin Timblerlake
So I don't think I have anyone to blame for this weeks pick. I finally got around to listening to Jay-Z's new album after weeks of it sitting on the wayside (and J.Cole's Born Sinner, but that's another story). I've been loving the whole album because much like his wife, Jay can do no wrong. This song has easily been my favorite, and not just because JT's on it. Don't get me wrong, JT's vocals are on point in this song, but Jay is just on it in this song. I just don't even have words. His lyrics are great, he throws in a little Nirvana, the beat is insane... And did I mention JT's vocals? Anyway, I think you get the point. Go listen to it. I even got Rachel hooked on it this week. 

JEN
The John Wayne - Little Green Cars
I planned on doing this song for On Repeat a couple weeks back but have been so MIA recently... my bad! This song is so freakin catchy and great for belting out loud late at night when you're driving home. Not like I've ever done that or anything. I just love how haunting the lyrics are about falling in love with someone unintentionally. And their harmonies....ohhhh their harmonies. Dying.






TORI
Million Dollar Bills- Lorde
Thanks to Rachel, I've been hooked on Lorde for  a couple weeks now. Her music is the perfect mix of lyricism, vocals, and bass; she mixes genres so easily. I know she's been catching on majorly here in the US, and rightfully so. I know she's doing a fall tour in the US, however, foreign bands tend to think Chicago is considered Midwest and I'm sure that's the closest she'll be to KC. 



RACHEL
Chloe - Emblem3
     Okay, this weeks post is about to get reaaaaal embarrassing. I honestly don't know what has become of my music taste lately. Moving swiftly on, this song is just so catchy it pisses me off. I made an honest effort to find another song for this week, but I'd be a filthy liar if I told you I listened to anything else. So, whatever. I jam to this shit at work all the time. My weakness for boybands is getting out of hand, but it's fine. 
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Haul | Jenny: Sephora, Aerie, Bath & Body Works


Hey everyone! I have a haul video for you today. Check it out and let me know what you think! What are your favorite candles from Bath & Body Works?

xx
Jen
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Review | Freeman's Feel Beautiful Clay Mask in Lemon & Mint

    

     I know we've had quite a bit of reviews lately, but anywho, here's another one. This product is one I've had for quite some time. I believe Jenny and Rachel have different varieties of the same brand. The Lemon & Mint Mask ($3.99 drugstore.com) I have says that it is for deep pore cleansing. I actually really like this mask. I'm all for things that will keep pores clean, and minimize them, so that's definitely what caught my attention with this product. I know I don't use it as often as I should, which is why it has taken me forever to do this review.

To be quite honest, I use it in the shower in the morning after I've washed my face. It does, of course, take longer for it to dry but it's the only way I have time to use it. I might do another post or video (probs video) on my skincare routine because it is completely, ridiculously extensive. So, using the mask during my nightly routine just really isn't convenient at all.

On to the review: I actually really like this product from what I have used of it. The thing I notice most from this is that it evens my skin tone, like, it's amazing. I don't notice it helping in minimizing my pores, but it just overall makes my skin look healthier. I'll purchase this again, but I'm definitely interested in trying the different varieties that they have.
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Haul | Tax Free Weekend Madness



Hey there!
     Long time, no see. Actually it's just been a week but it seems like longer. Especially since we forgot to post On Repeat this week. Whoops. Totally our bad we've just been busy and if a document isn't made, we'll forget and it's Friday before we know it.

     Anyway, on with my post. So our lovely neighboring state of Missouri every year does the best thing they can do for shopaholics: They give us a weekend of tax-free apparel shopping. Unfortunately, accessories are not included otherwise I probably would've had a whole other haul for that. But somewhere in between my crazy busy work shifts, I was able to find time to sneak out to the shops and drop some serious dollars on some shopping. Go check out what I bought, and if your state had tax-free weekend too, show me what you got!

xx
Tessa
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