Favorites | Places to Shop

This post is all about places to shop that provide quality clothing without completely breaking the bank. We all know about Forever 21 and H&M but what happens when we get older and need to actually start buying stuff that lasts? Clueless, obvi. Or maybe we want something that not everyone is wearing.. which is almost impossible with the monopoly Forever 21 and American Eagle have on young women's clothing today (guilty). So I did a little research and came across a few websites that can set you apart and still remain affordable.

J. Crew Factory Outlet
Alright, hear me out. I understand this is not the most affordable store but if you're looking for investment purchases such as a nice dress for Christmas or basics to last you a long time, this is the place to be. I just purchased a nice skirt that was 50% of the regular price so you can also watch out for sales that make these items completely reasonable for the price and quality! Think about longevity, folks. You need to begin building a wardrobe now that you're in college (or almost done... how terrifying for us).

Urban Outfitters Clearance
My close friend Brittany swears by the clearance rack at Urban. She has one of the most laid back yet interesting wardrobes of many of my friends. I can't remember the last time I actually saw her wear a pair of plain blue jeans or jean cutoffs. She circulates these adorable harem pants that somehow don't cause weird drop crotch but instead are super cute and are as comfortable as pajamas. If you take the time to look online or actually go into the store and try stuff on you can find amazing stuff. Those pants she was wearing? $7.

If you haven't shopped for clothing (among many other items) at Target, you have been living under a rock, my friend. Target is the epitome of everything I could want in a store. I think I'm in love. Is that weird? Oh well. This place may not always have the greatest prices for the quality of their clothing but  I have a faux leather jacket from there that was $30. I wear it all the freakin' time. It can be pretty hit or miss but when you land the jackpot, it's hard to stop yourself.

Well that's all for me today! I'll have another post up for you Monday. Until then!

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On Repeat #28

Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
At this point we all know 2 Chainz is my guilty pleasure. But this week's pick is fully to blame on Kayley and One Direction (the video I'm linking will make you understand why). Not only did it confirm that I have the same personality and dance skills as a boy band, but the song was just too catchy to get out of my head. It's a very real possibility that I actually did have this on repeat while getting ready yesterday... and driving home from work... and driving Jenny home the other night. Whatever.

Pour It Up - Rihanna
     Undoubtedly you live under a rock if you've never heard this song, but alas, I'm going to post it anyway. A few weeks back Tessa and I had a little Rihanna phase. "Disturbia" was my shit in high school, and I feel exactly the same about this track. It makes me feel like a badass - contrasted to the fangirl I am when I listen to One Direction and Jesse McCartney. But I digress. Seriously, if you haven't yet listened to this you're slacking and I highly suggest you do it asap.

Sex - The 1975
     This band actually came by recommendation of Ingrid, better known as MissGlamorazzi on YouTube. I wasn't sure I would like them at first but I realized I was familiar with another single Chocolate that I considered choosing for this week. Instead, I decided to go with a less popular track to integrate you guys with the rest of the album. In all honesty, I really just love the background in all the tracks... I can't understand what they're saying half the time. This is due to the fact they're from Manchester, England. Just another reason to check 'em out, ladies.

Another Girl- Wild Belle
I'm not positive I haven't used this song for On Repeat before. Regardless, it keeps making its way back into my On Repeat playlist. Like Tessa and Rachel, my music has pretty much been consumed by One Direction. It's not even the entire album, it's basically like four different songs. Anyway, this song is amazing. Her voice is a gorgeous kind of raspy and soulful. I typically listen to this song when I listen to Georgi Kay or Kendra Morris. When I'm on a female vocal kick nothing can help me and Wild Belle certainly does that for me.
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One Product Four Ways| Black Leggings

For this week's collaboration post, we wanted to give you guys some holiday outfit ideas using one staple piece and showing you how each of us would individually style it. (NOTE: If you guys like this idea please let us know and it might become a regular on the blog. Maybe not styling leggings, but a product we all own, or whatever you guys want to see. Comment, tweet us, whatever your heart desires).

I'm all about comfort, so leggings are always my go-to, and an oversized sweater is a perfect match. Though the one I'm showcasing isn't too oversized, it's just enough to be flattering and still not be too tight after I finish demolishing roughly 3 plates of food (and by food I mostly mean stuffing. It's the best). I paired it up with riding boots: 1. because I'm obsessed with these. 2. because they're comfortable and warm. and 3. because they cover where my leggings awkwardly bunch since I'm so short. I kept accessories to a minimum with just a silver arrow necklace. I'm all about minimalism. (Nail polish: Rumble Cosmetics Wabash & Cannonball duo, Foundation: Covergirl Whipped Creme in Ivory, Bronzer: NYC in Sunny, Eyes: MAC Cranberry, Urban Decay Venus & Crave, Rimmel London Nude eye pencil, Lips: EOS Lip Balm in Blueberry-Acai, Brows: Anastasia Brow Duo in Auburn, Mascara: EM Cosmetics by Michelle Phan Clean Volume Mascara in Black. Boots: Sperry Topsider Sable in Grey, Sweater: American Eagle, Leggings: American Eagle, Necklace: American Eagle).

      In terms of Thanksgiving, I don’t think there’s a more suitable choice of bottoms than leggings. Anything else would just be too -restrictive, yeah? Thus far the black full-length leggings from Gap Outlet have been my best find. Thick enough to avoid the less than flattering see-thru bum and a nice width on the waistband. Would highly recommend.  Since it’s going to be a wee bit brisk outside I’m also opting for a gigantic turtleneck sweater. I have been all about this cream offering from Gap recently. Just as an extra layer, I popped on a grey t-shirt underneath, this particular one is from H&M. My family gatherings are fairly laid back, so this is an ideal ensemble. Accessories, as always, are kept to a minimum with my silver Casio watch. My brown Chelsea boots from H&M (scooooore) add just a touch of class. However, if you’d like to look slightly more put together a pair of heeled ankle boots would work nicely as well. For me, comfort is the name of the game so I much prefer a flat shoe. Add some grey cozy socks and boom. Thanksgiving outfit (quickly) sorted. 

     Well hello again. I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off between flying back early, scrambling to get some last-minute assignments completed, and preparing for the feast to end all feats, Thanksgiving. Now tomorrow is a special Thanksgiving because I'll be splitting my time between my family and Boyfriend's... i.e. time for some marathon eating. I started with leggings (to no one's surprise) and topped it off with a beautiful olive sweater from F21. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell how pretty the color is in this picture. I threw on a leather vest for some visual interest as well as my burgundy socks because why not. I'd toss on my black Steve Madden combat boots to complete the outfit. Keeping my makeup simple but festive, I did a basic eye and some pinky-red lipstick to brighten up my face. I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving!
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Changes to my skincare routine | Tori

After I mistakenly browsed Caroline Hirons blog, I was absolutely positive, and slightly anxious, that what I was using was not up to par. So I took a little jaunt down to Walgreens after work and bought some new products. For a drugstore, Walgreens has some prettayy solid stuff. I knew after talking to Rachel that I need a serum to add to my moisturizer. So that had already been on my list, I just needed a new nighttime cleanser and a new moisturizer. I was having some severe anxiety about the cleanser I had been using because it did foam a bit, even though it didn't have any mineral oil or parabens, it did have sulfates and that just can't do.

On to what I bought...
Burt's Bees Radiance Cleanser: I really like this from what I've used of it. It doesn't strip my skin and make it feel dry. The consistency is that of a milk cleanser which is really nice. Unlike one of the cleansers I have used before it does not have any sulfates in it. This is now the cleanser I use when I double wash my face. It also does really make my skin look nice and radiant.

Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream: I noticed this for two reasons. Firstly, I hadn't heard of this brand before. Secondly, regenerative, does this make me the next doctor? I kid, I kid. Anyway, this is labeled as both an AM and PM moisturizer. Without mineral oil, this cream gets its powers from Apple Stem Cells, which I think is pretty nifty. I really like it so far, but it does not have any SPF in it, but that's fine because I typically use this at night. If I do use this in the morning then I put on SPF as an extra step.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on: After reading on Caroline's blog, I knew I needed an eye cream. This is perfect in the mornings because it's cool and really does wake up my eyes. I put this on before my moisturizer, per advice from Goddess Hirons. I really love the Simple brand, my two other trusty cleansers are from Simple as well. I did notice, however, that it did burn a bit the first time I used it. I'm not sure if it is because my skin is so dry or what. I haven't had that happen again, so who knows.

Seventh Generation Boosts Serum in Hydrating: I know Rachel uses one of these serums and so it must be okay since she's pretty picky about skincare like I am. I added just a drop to my hand that already had a bit of my moisturizer on it and then rubbed it until it was mixed. I was a bit unsure about it because at first my face felt a little bit greasy. That being said, when I woke up this morning my face felt ridiculously soft and hydrated and oh my lord. Definitely a fan.

Y'all should really check out Caroline Hirons bible of a blog/website and share which products made the cut!
xx Tori
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Empties No. 1

     Hola everyone, I'm back to share my empties with you via video. Thank the lawd because that shit had been accumulating foeva. YouTube is being dumb and not letting me upload a custom thumbnail, so just revel in my beauty for a lil' bit.  Anyhow I hope you all enjoy and I shall speak to you all next Sunday! Peace n' blessinz.

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On Repeat #27

Midnight Memories - One Direction
Let's just make this clear: I have no self control and am completely shameless in my One Direction obsession. I promised myself I wasn't going to listen to the new album.. at least for a while. And then it leaked, and somehow ended up on my phone. There's a good chance that it's all I've listened to since Monday. While I haven't been able to find a song that I don't like on this album, I just can't ever get Midnight Memories out of my head. So if you haven't already, go give it a listen. Or be a good person and wait until the album release. Whatever.

Fantasy (Zaphoon Remix)- MS MR
When this album first came out, "Fantasy" was one of my favorites. When Spotify sent out a beautiful message saying that MS MR had released the Fantasy Remix EP, I was prettayyy stoked. Sometimes remixes bore me, I love them when they begin but feel they last just a tad to long. That's what I love about this remix, it is just the right length with some nice beats and a good edit of the lyrics. This EP also includes "Dance Yrself Clean," which is pretty solid as well.

 Come to Me - Jesse McCartney      I'm 100% with Tessa on the One Direction front, without fail those bastards end up in my speakers. It's angering really. Anyhow, before I downloaded that gem of a leaked album this week I was allllll about the JMac. 11 year old me was in love with Jesse, and 20 year old me is still in love with Jesse from 2004. I have a thing for men who can sing higher than me, okay?! If you don't jam to this song, I just don't understand you. Go have a listen and relive the glory days.
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IPSY Glam Bag | November

After a long hiatus from subscription boxes, I'm back with a new bag from Ipsy. At one point I was subscribed to both Ipsy and Birchbox, and after about three months on each I unsubscribed from both. After a lot of thinking, and a lot of Eleventh Gorgeous watching, I renewed my subscription to Ipsy. Each bag never failed to impress me, so it was a no-brainer to go back. And this month's bag was no exception. I received six products this month, and though I can't give you a full review on each, I know I'll get good use out of all of them.

em by Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Clean Volume Mascara in Black
If you don't watch Michelle's channel, you need to. She has a great range of tutorials and is fantastic. Also, she created quite the make up line. Being the mascara whore that I am, of course I had to try it out immediately. And I didn't pick up my Maybelline Falsies or Benefit's They're Real for days (if you don't know, I swear by those two mascaras). So considering it's already made it's way into my make up line up, of course I would recommend it. Exactly like the name, it gives good clean volume, and also a good amount of length (not that I need help in that department, but always nice to have). 

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless
So I haven't ever heard of this brand, but I'm definitely not opposed to more lip products in my collection. I'm actually on a ban of buying them right now but that's a different story. Anyway, I think Shameless is a great fall transition color, it's not too pink but not a super dark berry color. I haven't worn this yet so I can't tell you about the wear time, possibly a full review in the future?

Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
As far as bronzers go I'm pretty picky and stuck to NYC's cult favorite, Sunny. I was a little skeptical of this at first because it looks fairly dark and shimmery - two things I'm not a fan of. I ended up wearing it the other day in place of Sunny and it really is very subtle, even on my skin tone, which is saying something because I'm basically a ghost. This might actually inspire me to try some more Pixi products. Which is always a dangerous spot to be in.

bh cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow in Sun
Yet another product I was slightly put off by. I typically don't go for pink tones in my eyeshadows (yet I'm still lusting after the Naked 3 and fully intend to order it first thing on payday). But yet again, I was surprised. I layered this over MAC's Painterly and it turned out to be a beautiful gold/orange/pink color. Almost a UT burnt orange if you will (and although it's my least favorite color, it looks gorgeous on). Definitely might have to use the coupon code from this month's bag to try out more from bh. 

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst
If you remember from a few months back, I have a lip liner from this brand that I rarely use. Mostly because I'm too lazy for lip liner but whatever. I'll probably get the most use out of this on game days seeing as it's purple, and I'm all about purple on game day. Actually all the time. But more on game day looks later (if you follow me on twitter you know what to look out for...). 

Nailtini Nail Laquer in Champagne
Along with the rose gold trend, I've been on a hunt for a good rose gold nail polish and I think I've found it. Though I haven't tried it out yet (actually going to paint my nails with it as soon as I'm done with this post), I think it will be a good staple color for the upcoming holiday season.

Well, that's all from me this week. Check ya later!


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Damage Remedy and Pure Abundance | Review

I'm baaaaaaaack. So, as some of you may have noticed I've taken a little "break" from FBG but alas, I am back and more determined to tell you alllllll about my new love affair with Aveda. If you've never heard of Aveda and what they stand for I advise taking a little trip over to Google and read up about it. Now, I miiiight be a little biased because the salon/spa I work at sells Aveda products; but to be honest I've been using Aveda since I was 12 and working at a place where I can get my hands on it a little easier just ramped up the obsession. Anyways, I'll stop blabbing about how great Aveda is and start doing my mini review!

Damage Remedy Shampoo
So, with me having very damaged hair over the past few years Damage Remedy was like a breath of fresh air. The smell is amazing, made with organic and natural ingredients so you know it's not going to be harsh on your hair, and last but not least it's helping repair it. I've been using it for a little over two weeks now and I can really feel the difference on my ends. They're not as rough and starting to feel a bit more smooth. With the babassu and coconut-oil based formula is kind to damaged hair and uses the quinoa protein to help strengthen! It's one of my new favorite products. It may be a little on the pricier side but if you can get your hand on a sample or a trial size I promise you wouldn't regret it!

Pure Abundance Clay Conditioner
Although, I don't usually need to add any volume to my hair because I was fortunate enough to be graced with a full head of fine hair. This product helps to make my hair super bouncy and shiny; safe to say- I am lovin' it! This product has acacia senegal. The acacia gum helps add volume to fine hair. I was very skeptical about this product at first because the idea of putting clay into your hair sounds pretty heavy. I am amazed how bouncy it makes my hair.

If you have any questions or comments for us leave them here! or chat us up over at our twitter

Kayson xo

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Review | Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner

I'm sure we've all seen the Wen infomercials and all of the miraculous before and after pictures. That being said, we've all seen the price too. Not that pretty for a small bottle, but hey, it's a 5-in-1 product. Typically when it comes to hair, anything that acts as a 2-in-1 freaks me out because that means my hair will turn into a birds nest. Wen claims to be cleansing while leaving hair more manageable, less frizzy, and more moisturized after just one use, with the best results in three weeks. With my hair being so short, I wake up in the mornings looking something of a disheveled Jimmy Neutron and have to wash my hair every morning in order to style it. From washing my hair every three days when it was long, to every day, my hair has dried up and been left for dead. I've tried hair masks and deep conditioning treatments but found they really only helped for a day. I was desperate for another alternative. Hence my purchase of a $32 bottle of Wen.

On to the review
     At Sephora, I was told to buy the Fig Cleansing Conditioner since my main complaint was dryness. I should have chosen differently because it smells like old school cough syrup. It kind of smells like some cruel chemist decided to pour dimetapp into the bottle. Other than that, I noticed that it did make my hair feel really nice when I rinsed it out. It made it feel like I had used a deep conditioner. Also, I'm not sure if it was because I got a trim right before I used it or what, but my hair was noticeably more manageable. And hey, less effort in the morning is always welcomed.
     Even though I did notice my hair being more manageable, I wasn't super awed by this product. When I was talking to my hairdresser about it, she said that she wasn't amazed by what the product claimed to do. She had a few clients who used it and she said she didn't notice a difference in their hair. This kind of 'bleh' mentality was what I felt when my hair dried after the first use. It wasn't, however, until the next day when I showered when I found myself reaching for the Wen bottle again that I realized I may have formed an addiction. I had to fight myself to use my toning shampoo/conditioner and had to come to a compromise of mixing my toning shampoo/conditioner with Wen (and no this does not make me sound crazy). I don't even know why I feel this addiction because my scalp is still itchy and my hair doesn't feel amazingly more moisturized.

     I'm still unsure if I'll repurchase this. I'm not seeing the amazing results that I hear people talk about, but then again it has only been a week. I'm still using a leave-in conditioner every day, which my hairdresser said I probably would have to anyway. I know for damn sure that I won't be repurchasing the Fig one because the smell of cough syrup in the morning makes me slightly nauseous.

On that lovely note,
xx Tori
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Product of the Day | Neutral Eye Cream Shadows

Hellerr again, folks. Long time no see... (jokes, I posted on Saturday). Today I decided to review a basic, common product: a neutral cream eye shadow. I have three in my personal collection but am yearning for two others that I will also discuss.

From top left clockwise: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, Smashbox Limitless 15-Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Topaz, and Benefit Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit

Maybelline Color Tattoo: This is my favorite of the the three as far as color. It provides a neutral (not necessarily warm- or cool-toned) wash of champagne on the lid. It brightens my eyes on days when I'm feeling too lazy to actually use eyeshadow but still looks nice. However, I don't believe the formula is that great. Although it is the newest of the three, it has become slightly cakey in the pot and can sometimes be difficult to blend out evenly. Overall, it's pretty great for a drugstore purchase.

Smashbox: This is the one I use when I'm looking for a very natural look. It is almost spot on the same shade as my skintone so it blends in and provides just the teensiest bit of shimmer so my eyes aren't completely naked. This is also my favorite formula of the three.. so creamyyy. Ugh, that sounds weird. Oh well.

Benefit: The problem with the purchase is that the color is too cool-toned for my complexion. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it because I pretty much never use it. I'm only mentioning it because I do love the formula and lasting power. It also leads me to the next section of this post....


Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP
     I've had my eye on this glorious cream shadow since Rachel purchased it forever ago. I did buy it at one point but somehow messed it up (I don't remember, it was a long time ago) and my life hasn't been the same since. It is the most perfect champagne color for my yellow undertones and green eyes and is probably going to be included in one of my next Sephora hauls when I'm no longer broke.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
     I think it's either Tessa or Tori who just purchased this Paint Pot and I've been lusting after it ever since. I've been using more matte shades recently and this is the perfect base for those or just by itself when I'm looking for a natural look or for dramatic winged eyeliner. Unfortunately, MAC is a black hole that I usually try to avoid for the sake of my wallet, so I don't know when this purchase will happen.

Well that's all for me today! Hope your Monday is going as well as mine... for a Monday.


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Fake Awake | Splurge vs. Save

     Everyone has those mornings where you look (and feel) like sleep is an elusive, mysterious magic that you've never quite mastered. Unfortunately, that's how I feel 5/7 days a week. There really should be a Hogwarts of slumber. To ensure that I look like I logged off of YouTube and went to sleep at a normal/responsible hour, there's makeup. Fake it 'til you make it or whatever.

     One of the dead giveaways to a restless night is yo peepers (why no, that's not a creepy word). You can look listless and dull after a TV marathon - or if you have a social life, go you - a night out. A simple way to bring some light back to your eyes is a shimmery nude eyeshadow. My go-to as of late has been Stila's kitten, which is a nice velvety texture and the perfect tone for my skin. Though not as friendly on the wallet (but L'oreal does a great dupe called 'Iced Latte'), some of the light, iridescent offerings from this Maybelline mini palette will achieve the same effect. Just a quick wash of color that will afford you a few extra moments in bed.

     Apologies for the slightly profane subtitle, but I've developed a lasting animosity towards the seemingly permanent blue haze under my eyes. I could have slept on a bed of clouds for all eternity, and I'd wake up looking like a corpse. I'm always on the hunt for a good undereye concealer, and these are two of my favorites. Clinique Airbrush was one of many Lisa Eldridge inspired purchases, and not surprisingly it hasn't disappointed. It doesn't look cakey and is just illuminating enough to make me look like a real live human. Though slightly less iridescent, Instant Age Rewind covers dark circles and never creases. The texture is lovely though I'm not terribly fond of the sponge. Regardless, a very worth opponent.

     I've been alllllllll about a well-blushed cheek lately, and my love for both of these knows no bounds. 'Natural Beauty' is spot on shade-wise to mimic the color I naturally flush - just in a more flattering location. The formula is sheer enough to not look over-powdered but still packs a solid punch of color. Sonia Kashuk's liquid blusher requires a little more layering but I love it all the same. It's a slightly warmer hue than Tarte's with a little gold shimmer. It in no way enlarges pores or looks unnatural, and I like the finish slightly more than my more expensive option. I'd think it would be suitable for all skin types as it lasts very well, and maintains a natural skin-like finish sometimes not offered by powder or cream.

     For a final awakening touch I think a good brightening lip color, but still sheer, fits the bill perfectly. My lips can lean a little cool-toned so something orange works well for my complexion. A bright pink would work as well. I don't like to go for anything too opaque as it can look heavy and overdone. This YSL lipstick was a ridiculous, unnecessary splurge. Shame aside, it is a color well-suited to my coloring and the light melon scent is reviving in the morning as well. If I'm honest, the Maybelline tinted balm is embarrassingly similar in color (if anything, slightly redder) though I don't find the formula as kind to the lips. Still, it perks up my tired face and also stains ever so slightly, as does the YSL.

    Whoop, there it is. A few options to be a Sleeping Beauty imposter. What are your tips/tricks/products for an enlivened face? Comment below!


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Miracle Product | Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser

So I know it's been a while since I did a product review. The truth is, I've been broke. *surprise* But along came a point where I ran out of makeup removing wipes so I had to make a trip to Target which is always a dangerous trek. This time I did some research before buying because my skin tends to get really dry during the winter and requires adamant attention to ward off flakiness. Last winter, I used LUSH's Skin Drink which is made from potatoes and is probably the heaviest cream I've ever used (or seen) for your face. I contemplated buying that again but at about $23 a pop I was hesitant since I can't even afford to buy coffee creamer. I live a sad life.

What came out of this research was a consistent recommendation of using cold cream to remove face makeup. I don't know about the rest of you, but I associate cold cream with my grandmother and the 1940s. It seemed like a very foreign concept to me and I assumed it would be difficult to get my hands on. Lo and behold, Pond's sells a tried and true formula at Target! I assume you could also find it at CVS, Walgreens, etc. This tub is about the size of my hand and cost $5. FIVE. DOLLARS. For a tub. Unheard of. I've had it for a week and haven't even made a dent in it.

In addition to the most beautiful price-tag I've had the blessing to behold, this stuff really works. I usually remove my eye makeup with a small cotton pad and then use my fingers to scoop out about a quarter size portion of this cream. I then spread a thin layer of it over my face. You don't need to rub it in or make a completely opaque layer but make sure it's enough to actually do something. Taking a towel that I ran under warm-hot water, I remove the cream gently and voila, my face has no more makeup. It's truly magic. And not only does it gently remove all my makeup, it makes my face as soft as a baby's ass. No joke, I made my roommates feel my face and they were just as impressed.

So seriously dudes, check it out. This cream will change your life.

Until Monday,
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On Repeat #26

Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High - Arctic Monkeys
     Jenny mentioned this album a couple weeks ago, and I've seriously had it on repeat ever since it came out. I'm so bummed out that tickets to their show sold out on the first day and I didn't get them... The things I would do to get tickets.....The whole album is fantastic. It's definitely been my go-to for my morning commutes (which are the worst btw). There's not a bad song on the whole album, and I can't choose a favorite but this just tends to be the one I always go to first. And it's pretty relatable if you have those "without a doubt I'm going to blow up your phone at 2 am when the bars close" kind of people in your phone. So go give it a listen, and the rest of the album while you're at it. You won't regret it.

About Your Dress- The Maccabees
     I've loved the Maccabees for a long time now, and I am honestly surprised I've never picked them for On Repeat. Given to the Wild, their newest album, is beautiful, not a bad song on it. However, I've been playing it a bit old school lately with "About Your Dress." There's just something that I absolutely adore about this song. Lately it's the first song I play to turn a bad day around, and of course it does the trick every time. And hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

Shot at the Night - The Killers
     I'm not sure how someone could not love The Killers because they are, in my opinion, one of the best bands to ever grace this Earth (despite the negative, derogatory comments made by their band leader... but I don't take that into account when listening to their music). This is their most recent hit (they have so many already) and it's been played nonstop on my phone recently. This song is incredibly catchy and takes you into a daydream of thinking that maybe anything could happen if you took a chance. It's getting to that holiday time and I tend to listen to wishful and dreamy music now because of how "magical" this time of year is. Shoot me, I'm a romantic. Also, the music video is adooooorable.

The Game Has Changed - TRON Legacy Soundtrack
     This is weird and nerdy, I know. For some unknown reason I'm quite fond of film soundtracks but *especially* if they're orchestrated by Daft Punk. Not only is this movie pretty damn cool, but they hired only the most fitting duo ever to put music to it. I am not a hardcore fan of their independent work but this is on point. The remix album has some quality tunage as well. Highlights: Pretty Lights and Boys Noize. If you haven't watched/heard this movie, get thee to a television. Stat.
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How I Style | Leather Leggings

After long-time lusting over wanting a pair of leather leggings, I finally caved. And though I didn't buy the $1000+ ones I've been loving on my Polyvore, I did get quite the steal on these from Forever 21. Here's just a few options on how I will style them, and hopefully some inspiration for you guys!

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Draw the Line | Tori

As mentioned by Rachel, Sephora has their gift sets out and we are all crying with joy. I think I spent more time perusing that section than I did the whole store. I recently went through my makeup and threw out some that I had desperately clung to in hopes they weren't gone. I noticed I was in severe need (not really) of some eyeliner. I had been eyeing the Stila Liquid Liner for a long while now. With four other eyeliners being included, the "Draw the Line" gift box is worth more than I paid for. (In the picture, they are in order as how they are talked about)

I went ahead and swatched these beauties on my hand, but the picture is on an index card. Not that there is much of a difference, it's basically the same color as me.

The Sephora Collection Long Lasting eyeliner is a a liquid eyeliner that has a pretty nice brush. It does have some glitter in it, so wear it when you're feeling fancy. It is only a 12 hr wear eyeliner, so I would definitely set it with some eyeshadow for a longer wear.

Let's talk about the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. I was first introduced to Eyeko thanks to Birchbox and an amazing mascara. This company is for sure quality. This liner is more of a felt tip marker and it is beyond amazing. It's the darkest out of all the liners and one of my favorites.

I'm not one to gravitate toward pencil liners, but you can bet that I love anything Urban Decay. This duo does not disappoint. It comes in a black and a brown. Perfect for smudging and a softer liner look. Another pencil liner included in this set was the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Liner. After being disappointed by their shades of foundation (they don't include a ghostly white) I hadn't really tried anything else by them. This pencil was alright but nothing I would spend that amount on.

On to my favorite in the set. The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner. This is such a beautiful, well worth it, purchase just for this liner alone. It's not too thick and would be perfect for a solid, crisp cat eye. I can't even explain how beautiful this is. It's a felt tip as well (I'm noticing a trend...) so it makes for an easy application. The next Stila liner in this set was the Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner. This is definitely the lightest of the liners, but it does just what it says. It smudges into a beautiful, smoky, soft line.

Overall, I'm beyond happy with this set. However, if I were to just buy the full size product by itself, I would absolutely be buying the Stila Liquid Liner and the Urban Decay Long Lasting Liner.

What liners do you guys grab first?
xx Tori
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Review | YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat

  Alrightay, I know both Tori and I have mentioned this foundation several times, but the day has come for a proper review. There are loads of opinions available on this product as it was quite hyped after its initial launch. However, at $55 for the standard 30ml, I think the hype should be justified.
     I’ve tried a fair amount of drugstore bases, never fully satisfied with any. Don’t get me wrong – I think budget brands are dabomb.com. For me, they just fell a little short in this case. Caroline Hirons wisely asserted that if you look after your skin and couple it with a good foundation, you’ll be sorted. I am of the same mindset. In my ever so humble opinion, the technology of higher end foundations is worth the money. Especially in the case of this YSL offering (cue some weird science/makeup jargon…)
     Touche Éclat, developed along the same lines as their well-known concealer, is aimed at giving a luminous perfected skin. The coverage is light, but I still see a notable difference after application. There are no opaque powders so it will never mask your actual skin – which I lurv. What it doesn’t offer in traditional coverage, it makes up for in luminosity. Instead of “covering” redness, pigmentation, spots, etc it will reflect the light and blur any imperfections. Basically, my face looks like a soft-focus 80s headshot in the best way possible. Texture-wise, it’s a gel consistency that blends well with either hands or a brush. Do note: a buffing brush will provide slightly denser coverage than fingers. To top it off, Touche Éclat has an SPF of 19, decent winter coverage for the non-ghosts among us. Obviously, if you are keen on a matte finish (or err toward the oily side) this will disappoint you. I have normal to dry skin, and still either powder or employ a setting spray. I promise you, I would have to love this to be willing to add in extra steps to my morning routine. My skin looks perfected and healthy and application is simple. It’s also pretty damn luxurious, and why not feel like a badass queen in the morning? Plus, when the rest of me reads disheveled and/or homeless, at least my skin looks put together.
     The bottom line: the splurge was worth it. I trialed this for nearly a month before the full size purchase, and knew exactly how it performed for my day to day. I know we’re all on a budget here – and in no way am I saying a splurge is necessary for everyone – but sometimes a lil’ luxury never hurt nobody.

On that intelligent note, I shall see you lovely people later.
PS – what do you guys enjoy splurging on? Comment below, aw yeah.
 xx Rachel
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Huge Haul | Tessa

Every time I get paid, I swear I'm not going to go crazy spending money. I failed. Enjoy my outrageous spending habits in this haul. (ps - this was in a couple trips over probably the last month.. and by trips I mean binges).

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Favorite Blogs

     Hola everybody, so since Kayley is posting bi-weekly now the rest of us will be quickly chiming in on her off weeks! We haven't locked down a topic that we'll stick to, so expect us to be mixing it up just a lil' bit. We're kickstarting things with our current favorite YouTubers/bloggers - check these fantastic people out!

Selina Christoforou
     I've been subscribed to her for a while, but lately I've loved her videos (I think I've now watched all of them - whoops). Another Brit, what a surprise. She has impeccable taste and has tempted me to make an exorbitant purchase on more than a few occasions. Her buys aren't the most budget friendly, but I like to pretend I'm living vicariously through her. Maybe she can inspire a treat yo'self purchase? Or possibly a luxe gift with the holidays quickly approaching? Either way, head on over and have a gander.

Patricia Bright
This lovely lady was introduced to me through BuzzFeed a while ago when they did a Top 20 Female YouTubers post. I honestly think she was the only one on the list that I've fallen in love with. Her hauls are always 10000% on point and she's even inspired a few purchases/wishlist items (namely a floral blazer.. Who knew I needed one?). She also does occassional chatty vids she calls "Motivational Moments" which are A+ as well and I find them to be useful and also kind of uplifting. They're the only chatty videos I really like, if we're going to be honest. So I highly recommend her.

Clothes Encounters 
    Okay, I've only recently stumbled upon her but holy shit am I happy I did. I mean, who doesn't love a good play on words.She tends to have a high energy for her videos which I didn't think I would massively enjoy but her videos are so conversational and amazing. She does awesome Lookbook videos, she never sticks to a certain style and I love that, because sometimes my style is a bit, err..very random. Her favorites aren't specifically beauty or nonbeauty which I love. She just meshes everything so well and yea, I'm a massive fan. Another positive note, she has such a dope taste in music.

Vivianna Does Makeup
     Recently, I haven't had time to watch many YouTube videos... so that leaves me with gobbling down blog posts to get my beauty binging for the week in between listening to organismal biology lectures. My life is really exciting. So basically, I love Anna, the Brit behind this blog with the most beautiful layout I've laid eyes on. She's witty and makes fun of herself. However, as strange as it may be, I'm not a huge fan of her YouTube videos.. I think it's something in her accent. Or the way she talks. It just bothers me. I do endorse the content of her videos and posts though, so check her out!

That's 4/5 Broke Girls signing out. If you have any suggestions please comment below, we're always open to watching or reading new things!
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October Favorites | Tori

I've returned to YouTube! Still as awkward as ever. I filmed a little ramble on some beauty favorites as well as two nonbeauty favorites. My goal this month is to better about filming. If I don't film a video at least every other week, Rachel has permission to punch me until I do. I know she'll be stoked. She punches hard. Watch the video here!

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FOTD | Seeing Red

Hola! As I was doing my makeup this morning I noticed I was actually getting into it and having some fun... unheard of when you're a busy college student in the middle of midterms! I ended up experimenting a little with this dark burgundy eyeshadow I have. It turned out really nice (surprisingly) so I thought I would share how to make a more unexpected neutral eye.

I started off with my typical foundation/concealer/eyebrows routine that I've mentioned in multiple videos and posts. I then used a standard larger eyeshadow brush to first press the burgundy eyeshadow on my lids. Then I swept into my crease so it had more of a gradient of dark to light the farther you got from my lashes. You don't need much of such a dark eyeshadow but it really adds a nice color if you have more yellow-toned light skin. I then tightlined my top lashes with brown pencil eyeliner and used brown liquid eyeliner to create a small wing. Next, I placed a shimmery champagne eyeshadow to my inner corners to open up the eye. To finish up, I swept a more natural mascara on my top lashes.

For face, I used a dusty rose blush to make me look alive instead of the zombie I am in the morning. I used a more natural pinky-red lipstick that was very close to the blush color to finish up!

This is an easy and quick face to do when you're in a hurry and still need to look professional or nice for whatever reason (who likes to adult anyway?). This can easily be switched out for another color such as a greenish-gold for you brown-eyed folks or a rusty-orange for baby blues. Other options for green eyes: any color purple or a shimmery sage-gold.

Peace out girl scouts!

Products used:
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Demolition
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara
Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Brown
Burgundy Eyeshadow from Sonia Kashuk's palette Eye on Fall Color
Clinique Single Eyeshadow in Daybreak
NARS Blush in Dolce Vita
Rimmel London Lipstick in Paradise

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Review | Tarte Thoughtful Treasures

  Barely November, and retailers have  already begun the onslaught of Christmas merchandise. Not that I'm complaining, because this means a few things:
1. I can start listening to the JB Christmas album scarily soon.
2. Food.
3.  Makeup value gift sets.   

     On a recent  trip to Ulta, I got my mittens on a trio that housed some of Tarte's best sellers. As of late the brand has seemed unusually alluring so doling out 20 bucks for some makeup minis seemed completely rational. I've never dabbled too much in value sets, but I think I've had a change of Tarte. Riotous laughter.  

     It's no secret that these blushes have earned high acclaim. Prior to this set, I  happily purchased a full size of in the shade  Natural Beauty. This soft coral hue has the same lovely formula, in adorable tiny  packaging. This would be ideal for travel or an on-the-go face. It adds just enough color and shimmer to  the cheeks to be a practical, everyday blush. Plus, it's limited edition. Just justifying my own purchases here, don't mind me.  

     Loads of brands have put out a similar seIf-adjusting lip product *cough, cough Dior*. It's an easy lip that does actually perk up the complexion. I'm skeptical about how "custom" the cool-toned bright pink shade truly is, though it's nice regardless.  I'd say the formula is akin to the Revlon balm stains right down to the minty aroma. Unfortunately, it also has the tendency to  slightly dry out the lips. As a trial size, I think it's completely worth it.  It's a long-lasting, low maintenance lip. l won't purchase the pricey full size but this has lived in my handbag lately.  

     I was pleased to see a set that provided both cosmetics & skincare. Tarte puts this elusive Maracuja oil into a few of their products, though this comes in pure form and packaged in a charming little glass bottle. My preferred use is as a supplement to my nightly moisturizer (just a few drops mixed in). My Seventh Generation Boost (review hurr) still reigns supreme but this does the job. Again, the $46 full size won't be meandering into my collection though.  
 l've been quite pleased with my first foray into mini sets - what about you dudes? Any luck? Intrigued? Let us know below! Enjoy your  Sunday &  be sure to waste that extra DST hour slumming and watching Netflix. Peaaaace.

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On Repeat #25

Ipswich- Georgi Kay

I first saw Georgi Kay's name listed on a BuzzFeed article that Tessa posted about 20 Female Artists Under 20. The stuff that I have heard from her is mostly slower-paced. While "Ipswich" is possibly the darkest song I've ever posted, I can't stop playing it. Her voice reminds me of a wispier Tegan and Sara and everything she sings just sounds relaxing. Her cover of "Joga" takes the song to a whole new level. While they each are great by themselves, her cover is more relaxed and slowed down. All in all, I've been listening to Georgi Kay for weeks and I don't see it stopping anytime soon.

They Don't Make Em Any Better - Logan Mize
Oh the return of country. My music playlist has been a little all over lately (lots of country and One Direction.. That's a normal combination, right?). There's also been a great increase in the amount of times per day I use the word "y'all." I'll just blame it on the fact that I'll be in Manhattan in a week. Back to the song. Though this whole album is really great (and his second is as well), this song has managed to make it's way to my number 1 pick anytime I turn on this album. Unfortunately, I can't find it on YouTube, so you're gonna have to wander over to Spotify to give it a listen. But if you like country, you'll love Logan, and he's from Kansas. I don't think you need any more reasons. Go give it a listen.

Money - Sophia Danai
     Oops, Spotify did it again and introduced me to another fantastic artist. "Money" is also highly relatable, because the frequency of my daydreams about being rich is a little ridiculous. And fancy shoes would be on the top of my spending priority list. Anyhow, Danai's voice is classic. In fact the entire album has a very retro feel, but there's some interesting rap collabs as well. I've been really into the entirety of Wishing Well this week and highly suggest you check it out. Now.

Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
     My obsession with this song knows no boundaries. It's so catchy and the song itself is very applicable to many situations. It discusses whether you really want to know how other people feel about you, specifically someone you have feelings for. However, it can be applied to whether you really want to know about many other things in life. Is it better to know everything or should people be left in the dark? Philosophical, I know. I'm serious sometimes.
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