On Repeat #37

Mind Over Matter – Young the Giant
     So I finally downloaded YTG’s sophomore album (look how professional) and that was fo sho a solid choice. I think some of us broke girls will definitely have to be attending their concert come March. Tori and I have seen them live already, and they don’t disappoint. The atmosphere at the show was fantastic. The new tracks are a little catchier and less ambient than their debut album, which I have listened to from beginning to end countless times. I won’t be surprised if the same happens with Mind Over Matter. Sameer’s vocals are still beyond on point, and the instrumental remains interesting.  The titular single was my choice for the week, but I’d also highly recommend “Crystallized”, “Waves”, and “Eros” in particular. But check out the whole album – it’s on Spotify so you have no excuse.

Surprise, surprise! Another country choice. I'm still in a rut, I don't think it's going to end anytime soon, and I'm not going to apologize for it (btw, anybody down to move to Nashville like tomorrow? I'm game). This totally started off as a guilty pleasure, but then I got hooked. I probably listen to this about 5 times a day. I'm ridiculous, I know. I love Lucy Hale (talk about good brow game), so checking out her music was only natural. I'm actually kind of excited for her to drop an album. This song is perfect to just blare in the car and sing a long to, so catchy and upbeat. I have a feeling this will be a summer anthem of mine, much to the other Broke girls' dismay. 

Mean Girls- Best Coast
I haven't listened to Best Coast in awhile, like probably the tour for this album awhile. However, for some reason one the songs off The Only Place got stuck in my head and I had to revisit the whole album. For sure "Mean Girls" and "Angst," the two bonus tracks, are the most frequently played of the bunch. I mean, "Angst," like, where could that song go wrong? In reality, I have pretty much exclusively listened to Bankrupt! by Phoenix and The Only Place this week. Plus, Best Coast for some reason is fun to sing in the car. Don't hate. 

23 - Mike will Made-It ft. Wiz Khalifa, Miley Cyrus, & Juicy J
     I never thought the day would come when I posted two Juicy J songs on here... let alone know who Juicy J was. I've been on a catchy pop-rap binge (another thing that I never thought would happen) so of course this anthem has to be included. I've been avoiding the fact that school has actually started when all I want to do is go out with my friends. Listening to party music has made the transition a little easier... and also pumped me up all this week for the weekend. Whoopsies.
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Campus Essentials

If you're anything like me there are some things you just can't be without (my watch, my phone). This is no different when I venture on to campus (ugh). And in full spirit of getting back into routine, I thought I'd share my campus essentials.


  • Lotion (Nivea Extended Moisture): Since Kansas has decided to be an absolute gem this winter, my hands have been ridiculously dehydrated and I'm always feeling the need to apply lotion. I got a sample size of this a while back and threw it into my bag. It's not my favorite, but it'll work until I get my hands (haha, I'm not Rachel I promise) on another Soap & Glory Hand Food travel size.
  • Body Spray (Bath & Body Works, Be Enchanted): I don't use this all that often, but it's nice to have. I really should update the scent, since this one has been in my bag since August, but it's almost spring again — okay, maybe not but close enough? — so it'll probably stay.
  • Hand Sanitizer (Bath & Body Works, Island Margarita): I wish they had this scent year round because it's my favorite ever, and yes, I fully plan on stocking up on the candle. Anyway, if you don't carry hand sanitizer on campus, you're crazy. It's pretty self explanatory.
  • Chapstick (Maybelline Baby Lips in Melon): Another self explanatory product. Do I ever leave the house without a Baby Lips and/or EOS? The answer is no.
  • Shout Wipes: These live in my make up bag, but it felt wrong including them under the beauty section. I'm a complete mess 99% of the time, so this isn't even a question for me. It's almost guaranteed I will spill something from myself, so these are always on hand.
  • Laptop (MacBook Pro 13"): I take all my notes in class on my computer, so this is a must have. Also to distract myself during classes that are way too boring. Which apparently will get you in trouble with TAs, watch your backs.
  • Kindle (HD Fire): For my lovely two-hour breaks that I can't manage to avoid, or ever fill really, I keep this on hand for whatever book I'm reading. Until yesterday it was The Maze Runner, I think I might delve back into the Divergent series next though.
  • Lisa Frank Folder: Because I'm a 90s girl and I need someone to keep my papers, okay? Don't judge.
  • Blogging Notebook: Yet another self explanatory item, which also happens to have a lot of homes. In case I have an idea for a post or video, or I'm planning out collab posts.
  • Planner: I never leave home without this thing. Ever. It's my life. I would seriously not know up from down without it.
  • Pens/Pencils: Again, self explanatory and boring. 
  • Wallet: An absolute must when you're on campus all day, for obvious reasons.
Well, that's all from me today. What's in your school bag?


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Recent Purchases #2

As mentioned in my last post, I'll be mentioning/ briefly reviewing a product I bought last Saturday. I was completely torn between the Rouge Dior Couture Color Lipstick in Mauve Mystère and the YSL Glossy Stain in Pourpre Preview. Alas, the YSL won out due to my adventurous mood (yea, gloss is adventurous, okaaii?). The color was really unique and I had heard great things about this glossy stain. My problem with gloss is that I don't like how it feels, however, once this gloss "dries" it doesn't feel like anything is on your lips. I wore this color to work the other day and it lasted all day without the drying feel of a lipstick. (I'm still getting the Dior one though). All in all, I really like this product because it is long lasting and is vibrantly pigmented. I really want Peachy Coral from this line (so feel free to buy it for me). 

The next product is the Real Techniques Silicone Eyeliner Brush. I debated this purchase for a bit just because eyeliner has become a foreign thing to me. With my shaky logic, I figured that this brush would be just  the thing to get me back on my eyeliner game. This brush is easy to use and does an extremely nice job guiding the perfect flick for a cat eye. Either that or I must have woke up with surgeon-steady hands, but I bet on the brush. That being said, I'm not sure if it's the eyeliner I am using or what, but I feel like I had to coat this on. It definitely needs to be a gel or paint pot or something of the sort. When I used a cream eyeliner it didn't go on as dark as I wanted and I ended up reaching for my Stila liquid liner to finish the job.

I'm extremely confused by this next product. The Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy has really amazing reviews on Ulta, but I'm not a massive fan. This was a pretty impulsive buy and I didn't read the reviews before picking it up or hearing much about it. The reviews all claim it has a bold color but I'm not seeing it. I tried applying it with two different brushes and layering it on, but it definitely was not navy, but more cerulean. Needless to say, I was kind of disappointed to see it wasn't as bold as the reviews exclaimed, but I'll keep trying and let you know. 

This last product is one I have been wanting to try for awhile. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has been talked about a lot on YouTube and for some reason I just never got around to buying it. I have seen a couple reviews and swatches of Istanbul and finally nabbed it the other day. This definitely lives up to its name. It has the matte factor of a lipstick while feeling like a lip balm. It is pretty pigmented for the price and is somewhat long lasting. Even though it doesn't last as long as a lipstick does, it is way easier to quickly apply than lipstick. I absolutely will be picking up other colors from this range. 

What makeup or skincare have you guys picked up?
xx Tori
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Tuesday Talk | Winter Nails

Hey, y'all. Who would have ever thought that I would be the first to post for a collaboration post? Just some proof that miracles do happen. School has finally started for everyone here at FBG much to our dismay and irritation, but alas school is necessary. Today we are bringing to you our final installment of the Winter theme we've used for our new collaboration posts. This week is nail edition (so prepare to head to the drugstore to buy these gorgeous shades).

Sephora by OPI in If You've Got It, Haunt It
     Please pardon the slight chipping on a couple fingers - keeping my nails from chipping is a daily effort that usually fails. I painted my nails yesterday and life is too hard for me to keep them perfect for more than five minutes (I'm not exaggerating). This polish came in a set from Sephora which I purchased a while ago, which is obvious since this line is no longer sold.... so sorry. I just can't get over this black polish with the most subtle glitter in it. I usually hate glitter nail polish because it's so flashy but this is classy and understated. Unfortunately you'd have to search on Ebay to find this shade but I'm sure there are dupes out there. Look for black bases with teensy-tiny cool-toned glitter.

Essie's Stylenomics
I purchased this shade about a year ago and didn't get around to using it much but I fell in love with it this holiday season. It's a dark, forest green that can look black in some lights (in fact, it's gotten mistaken for black on multiple occasions). Lots of colors like this picked up a lot of popularity during the start of autumn, specifically After School Boy Blazer, and of course I had to jump on the bandwagon. I own enough blue polish to sink a boat though, so green was my go-to alternative. I'm pretty sure this color is part of the permanent line so you should still be able to find it in store.

Essie's After School Boy Blazer

Like Tessa already mentioned, darker colors are pretty key to a winter look. Sure some people can pull off the light, pastel colors for winter. However, I am never one of those people. I was originally going to use a Sonia Kashuk nail polish that is a beautiful emerald green. Alas, Tessa nabbed the color and I went for navy. I first caught sight of this color through Vivianna Does Makeup and have been obsessed with finding it ever since. I actually got this color a couple weeks ago and I've just kept applying it. Also, navy is a nice alternative to black when you're looking for some color (yes, that's as far as I dare go).

Revlon Vixen
     Fairly stereotypical for this season, but whateva. I can’t resist dark clothing so naturally dark nails have the same allure. I actually picked this up in early summer and it’s remained a staple in my collection year round. I was lusting after Essie’s Wicked, but this is a spot-on dupe at less than half the price. I’ve yet to be disappointed my Revlon’s standard range of polish. Especially with dark hues, a quality formula is crucial. A blackened red looks vampy but still maintains an element of class - ha. Regardless, perfectly suited for winter.
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Breakfast To-Go

     With the onset of the New Year, I decided to make an effort to eat healthier. I know myself too well to think I’d survive a total overhaul of my diet. Thus, I’m taking baby steps – starting with breakfast. Too often I find myself in the Dunkin drive thru or picking up a soufflé at Panera.  After perusing the ol’ internet I found a few recipes that were healthy, but no fuss. I’m always in a rush (to say the least) in the mornings but these manage to work for both my schedule and appetite.

                2 eggs
                veggies + cheese (any/however much you prefer)
     This sounds unpleasant, I know. Zapping your eggs in the microwave isn’t exactly gourmet but it does the job. In fact, the texture was completely fine. I quickly beat the eggs together and pop them in Tupperware. If you like your eggs plain Jane, you can stop there. I, however, like to add in a few quartered cherry tomatoes and feta cheese – but the options are aplenty. Any additions you’d like will do. I’m looking forward to trying some chopped spinach and parmesan. Once you’ve mixed everything together, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and finish up with another 30 seconds. The finished result is tasty and portable. If you’d rather not eat in traffic, and you have a microwave at your disposal, you could even mix at home and cook everything at work. Boom.

                3-4 cups of baby spinach
                ½ cup greek yogurt
                1 tbsp. peanut butter
                1 cup of milk (almond, soy, or cow)
                1 banana (frozen & sliced)
     I swiped this recipe from here and it’s one of the best I’ve tried. It honestly tastes like a banana slathered in peanut butter yet it’s packed with great shit. You could easily make this the night before, but as long as you’ve frozen the banana it’s still quick in the morning. I can never finish a whole serving for breakfast (afternoon snack, hello?). Options like this are great because I can sip on them continuously and feel full – without the guilt of a vending machine run.

     This isn’t exactly revolutionary, or healthy. Still I thought I’d share how I’ve enjoyed my coffee as of late. If anything, it saves me from blowing five bucks at Starbucks. Personally, I tend to go for a medium roast. I’m incapable of downing black coffee so cream and sugar are a must. I add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a spoonful of brown sugar. Perfecto.

     If anyone has suggestions for speedy breakfasts, I’d love to be clued in so comment below!


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On Repeat #36

Chloroform- Phoenix
Completely late on the game, I know. I was never a massive fan of Phoenix but their new album is extremely catchy. I have no idea what made me listen to it but I'm glad I did. The album has a really nice flow to it, I'll give them that. The majority of the album is what you would typically expect from them, pretty upbeat tunes. Which is totally fine because the entire album has the ability to put you in a good mood. Say, on your lunch break from work? I mean, it usually works for me. I would have to say that this album has definitely made me take a second look at this band. I had a hard time even picking a song because they're all prettayy solid.

State of Your Heart - Logan Mize
Pretty sure my love affair for Logan Mize doesn't need to be talked about anymore, I think you all get it at this point. I actually couldn't find my original choice on YouTube, or second, or third (I Give In, Ball and Chain and Hey Carolina, respectively; in case you were wondering). So this actually is fourth place for the week. Anyway, pretty much all I've listened to — correction: all I've listened to — since returning from Manhattan is country. Much to Rachel's dismay I wouldn't turn on anything else in the car the other night, #sorrynotsorry, Rach. It's just what Manhattan does to me. I'm not sure why, but I don't hate it. So if you haven't checked out Logan already just do it. Otherwise I'll just continue to post about him until you do.
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
     You can ask any of my friends back home that I became shamelessly obsessed with this song over winter break. It's an illness. But in all seriousness, I've always been a fan of Katy but this song in particular is amazing. It's completely different from any other song she's done before in that she's experimenting with more of a dubstep feel as well as incorporating some Juicy J, y'all. If you like Katy Perry or dubstep or rap, you need to check out this song if you haven't already heard it (in which case you must be living under a rock).

     With the start of the new semester (heave), I thought I’d refresh my Spotify queue. Much to my surprise they’ve upped their game in terms of content. I was happy to see several older bands that were unavailable when I first signed up. Thus, a good amount of Rush, The Eagles, Queen, and of course Kansas have been at the forefront. I’ve known this song probably since I was about 5 and fifteen years later it’s still fantastic. I half-tripped up the stairs jamming to it on campus, so. Apparently I wasn’t soaring ever higher.
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This Week's Favorites | #1

I was honestly at a loss of what to post this week, so I went on bloglovin for a little inspiration (Speaking of, follow us on bloglovin if you aren't already). Much inspired by Kate's (gh0stparties) "This Week's Most Loved...", enjoy my favorite/most used products this week.

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua in BR12
    I finally bit the bullet and bought this. After going through many samples, I decided I couldn't live without it. It's great on lighter coverage days, which is basically everyday for me. It pained me a lot to spend $50 on foundation, but my philosophy on foundation is much like skin care — get it right and it'll change your life. So it's well worth it.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
    This might be a regular appearance on the list. I use this as my eyeshadow base any time I wear eyeshadow. It's the perfect color, not too pink, too brown or too nude. It also makes eyeshadow last a ridiculous amount longer, with no creasing. So if you haven't invested in one of these already, you definitely need to.

Maybelline Baby Lips Neon in Oh! Orange!
    I dug this out of my lip drawer in order to use it up so I could buy more lip balm, because I really can't justify it right now. I have issues, I know. Anyway, I've fallen in love with this color all over again and can't remember why I put it away. It doesn't have as nice of a scent as the other Baby Lips I own, but the color pay off is beautiful, and much like Jen, Rachel and I were talking about the other night: any orange lip/blush color, I'm there.

Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
    I got this a while back in an ipsy bag, used it a couple times and put it down and never looked back. Until I watched a Chelsea Wears video in which she talked about how she loves wearing brown blush, something I had never ventured into. I went home a did a good ol' "shop my stash" and stumbled upon this again. I've been loving this in place of blush lately, so much so that I took it on my trip to Manhattan with me — which was a very narrowed down make up stash, by the way. It looks great with any make up look and gives the skin a subtle glow.

Until next week,
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My Week #1: Basically Puppies

On my day off last Wednesday I visited one of my really good friends, Marion, and my fur-nephew, Tomato. We got a chance to talk while Tomato had his training session with his Kinesiologist who is awesome and I pretty much completely admire. After Tomato had his two mile run, we got some Sushi at a place downtown. I completely failed and deleted the picture of my delicious bento box. I also got my Flyers ticket from her! Excited does not even begin to explain how I feel about this game. It will be my first hockey game cheering for my favorite team (so don't mess up, Flyers).

On Saturday, the girls and I managed to hang out for a bit. Beforehand I went to Rachel's house because we were going to go shopping with Tessa and then see the movie Her. I made sure I brought my camera so I could snap a few pictures of Auggie. All of his puppy energy made it quite difficult but he finally settled once he had his sock. Sure, he looks precious, but Tomato is more gentle and definitely more snuggly than Auggie. I know Rachel definitely can't wait for him to get his adult teeth because hot damn puppy teeth are sharp. Maybe I just don't understand the concept of "high energy."

Last but not least, I got my MacBook! I have had a terrible time with laptops (two in three years kind of terrible). My last laptop officially died on me last week, right before school started. Thank the lord for Apple financing because I wouldn't have been able to get one without it.

Anywho, hopefully the pictures of puppies entertained you a bit. I'll have a review of one of the products that I bought on Saturday up next Wednesday for you guys!
xx Tori
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Tuesday Talk | Winter Blush

Cargo's Mendocino
     I'm not much of a blush junkie, but this is easily a winner for my winter favorite (mostly because I only own like 10 blushes. Whatever). I believe I talked about this in my fall edit, and my love for it applies just the same in winter. It's the perfect dusty rose color and gives the most natural pink flush. As usual, I kept the rest of my make up minimal, using my Naked Basics palette for my eyes and my usual EM Cosmetics Mascara that I can't seem to go a single post without mentioning. Seeing as today is the first day of classes and effort was an all around no, I just stuck with a Maybelline Baby Lips in Melon for my lip choice of the day. And yes, the picture is a campus bathroom selfie. You're all welcome for that.

Mac's Stubborn
     Like Tessa, blush is not my forte. However, when I saw Stubborn, I knew I needed it. Not only because the name matches my personality, but it's a beautiful wine colored blush. Since this is a darker blush, I typically wear it with minimal makeup; Mascara and foundation minimal. This blush achieves the whole, "just in from the cold" look effortlessly.

MAC's Breath of Plum
     In recent months, I've really gotten quite into blush. This was the first shade l purchased and it's been a staple ever since. I love the sheer-tone formula because it looks natural and is difficult to overdo it on the cheeks. It works well to brighten up the face (which is much appreciated during winter), but is still more unique than a typical pink blush. I can achieve a subtle glow or a bolder look with some building. Today, I applied just a wash to pair with some subtle brown eyes (gracias, Groundwork paintpot) and bare lips.

Tarte's 12-Hour Blush in Exposed
     Unlike the other three girls, I went through a major blush obsession about a year or two ago. It was a serious problem in my life for a while there. Among the purchases were two Tarte blushes which are just as amazing as the hype suggests. The other one I bought (which was a close second for today's post) is Natural Beauty, one of my favorite blushes of all time. However, Exposed has been rediscovered recently and I forgot how amazing it is. I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup recently and it wakes up my face just enough to face the winter blues. I also believe that it would look amazing on any skin tone because of how neutral it is. I kept the rest of my face pretty natural with the same routine I've been wearing in most of my posts the past month.
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Study Essentials

Hola everyone and Happy MLK Day! Since most college students start back tomorrow, I figured this would be a perfect post for today. There are a few things I can't live without when studying as well as a couple other tips and tricks I utilize. The essentials first though:

1. Music
     Absolutely necessary. The genre of music differs depending on what type of homework I'm doing. Classical is for reading, dubstep for chemistry, Bon Iver for weekend mornings... my Spotify is a well-tuned weapon in my arsenal against college coursework.

- Bon Iver Radio
- Ellie Goulding
- Lana Del Rey
- alt-J

2. Comfortable Clothing
     Bring on the fuzzy socks, leggings, and oversized sweaters (yes, I'm the epitome of a white girl). But in reality, you need to have something comfortable but please do not wear Uggs. I beg of you. There are other warm options out there.

- Aerie
- Target
- Forever 21 (for sweaters, duh)

3. Some type of delicious drink
     I try not to snack while doing homework because I can easily eat a Family Size Cheetos bag in one sitting. It's a talent of mine. So instead, I have an array of drinks to choose from instead of water to satiate my craving for food. Which is constant. Also, if you don't have a Keurig, there is something very wrong in your life because I'm in love with mine.

- Apple Cider (hot or cold... YUM)
- Coffee (duh).
     There are so many varieties out there, even for those of you who don't like it. Target has a great variety of flavored coffees that are delicious such as Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Macchiato.
- Chai Tea.
    I just started drinking this late last semester and I'm completely addicted. You can also buy the Chai concentrate from Target that Starbucks uses!
- Crystal Light.
    SO. GOOD. And so many options.

Other necessities:
- Hairbands to tie my hair back. I can never have bangs because I need all hair out of my face when I'm working. It makes me craaaaaay-zee.
- Laptop or iPad. I keep my to-do list and calendar on my computer cause it's easier to organize then re-writing everything.
- Gum. Another thing to prevent the snacking.

Welp, that's all for me today. Until next week!

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Wishlist | Skincare

     As I mentioned in my Beauty Resolutions post, I'm upping my skincare game this year. Unfortunately the holidays have left me broke, with the imminent semester draining my new year earnings. Though that never stops me from pining over a few things that will hopefully be (gradually) added to my stash.

Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 ($22)
     We're now all well aware of my ghostly pallor, which means major sun damage. I've been a bit of a slacker when it comes to spf so this is at the top of my priortiy list. I've heard good things about this line (there's also a sheer version) and I quite like that it has the bonus of environmental protection.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster
     This is an ongoing source of rage for me. This is rumored to be poised for release at Walgreens, but I can't find any concrete information about it. I've heard countless Brits rave on and on about it so when it finally does reach US soil I'll be the first to purchase it. Essentially, hylauronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water - making the most of your moisturizer you follow with.

Ole Henriksen Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Cream SPF 15 ($45)
      Need I mention the necessity for sun protection again? I've been using a sample of this for a few days now and am eager to purchase the full size. It has a very smoothing, almost priming texture yet gives the punch of moisture I need. Overall a perfect morning option for me.

NUDE Skincare Miracle Mask ($48)
     Topping the list of my skin concerns is radiance. Anything that improves texture and imparts a glow has caught my attention. NUDE is a brand I've had my eye on for a while, but I think a mask would be a nice way to segway myself into the line. It would be a luxury, but something I'm confident I'd find worthwhile.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream ($50)
     My skin tends to err toward the dry side of things, particularly during winter. Clarins seems like a solid brand - one I'd like to explore. I've tried this on the back of my hands a few times in store, and the texture is lovely. It manages to feel incredibly hydrating without a greasy texture. To remedy my dry skin woes, I think I'll be relying on this.

Until later!

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On Repeat #35

On My Own - Miley Cyrus
I know I'm way behind the bandwagon on this one, but God damn, Miley. A+ 10/10 on this whole album. It's a very real possibility that so far in 2014 all I've listened to is Bangerz and Beyonce. You have to admit that's a pretty flawless combination though (because they're both queens, get over it). Anyway, I really enjoy this whole album, it's been great for my commutes and I can jam out to the whole thing, non-stop. This song always seems to be the one I start out with though. Let's be real, who doesn't love a song about being strong and independent? Beyonce may have done it first, but dare I say: Miley did it better. If you have been under a rock (like me) and haven't yet dis
covered this album, go do it right now. You won't regret it.

Fade Away- Selah Sue
I know that I've used Selah Sue before, but I recently discovered this song again and just kept listening to it. It's whatever, because she is amazing. Seriously, not only is she beyond talented, let's just talk about hair and style envy. She is one of the best performers I've seen and such a chill person from the short little hug I got from her (plus a picture in which I am so grateful for). Her songs always have a deeper meaning without being chalked full of lyrics, and I love that so much about her songwriting. It's a pretty chill rhythm and is just a relaxing song. I say that, even though the lyrics are pretty depressing.

sad love song from someone else - LITTLEFOOT
     This week's selection was actually brought to me via YouTube. Someone featured it as background music so I decided to check the band out. What originally stuck me was the style, which seems fairly similar to The Growlers (which I've been all about lately). They still maintain the laid back, almost beach vibe - but the female vocals read more...ethereal? Is that too dramatic? Probably. You can actually download this single for free from their bandcamp (linked above) but be sure to check out their other tracks while you're there. Their lyrics are less than uplifting, but I think it fits their sound well - and my personality.  Hopefully I can hunt down more of their music in the future.
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Bedside Essentials

I'll be honest - I spend a lot more of my time laying in bed watching Netflix than I do just about anything else. Working is probably the only thing that rivals it. Seriously - if I can do it from my bed I will. So naturally there's a few products I keep bedside.. Mostly because I'm too lazy to move, but whatever.

Soap & Glory Hand Food
This one I am 1000% blaming on Tori. She got me a Soap & Glory gift set for Christmas and boy am I hooked. This hand cream hasn't left my bedside table and I honestly apply it at least 5 times a day. It smells absolutely wonderful, isn't greasy and is ridiculously hydrating and moisturizing. If you're on the market for a good hand cream, look no further because this is it. I'm probably going to purchase the full size to keep at home and throw this travel one in my bag. Even though I have about 50 other lotions I should use up first.

Avon Moisture Boost Eye Cream for Normal Skin & Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
This is a new addition. Once again, I'm lazy. So I've started keeping my night cream and night eye cream by my bedside. This is also partly because I've added in a new toner to my skin care routine, and I like to let it sink in a little bit before finishing up my skin care routine. So after I apply my toner, I usually come to bed and check e-mails, twitter, etc, and then apply my night cream and eye cream before turning back to Netflix. I realize how lazy and boring this makes me sound, but kind of genius, no?

Nail File
I have a serious problem with hoarding nail files. Pretty sure there are about 10 in a bathroom drawer, at least one in my purse, and who knows how many more elsewhere. I don't have an obsession with filing my nails, it just seems that they always come in gift sets for some reason so I now own a disgusting amount of them. This is also a new addition as I've started to take better care of my nails, so filing is a must. I usually keep my nails pretty short but of course the occasional snag comes up that I need to file out.

Now for the boring basics...

Water Bottle
I stopped drinking pop nearly a year and a half ago (I've fallen into a bad habit lately of grabbing one at my internship every so often, really need to discipline myself better), so I always have a water bottle with me anyway. Lucky for me, I'm also one of the people who wakes up in the middle of the night dying of thirst for some reason, so if I don't have this I may die. Also, I don't just take a glass of water because I'm not responsible enough for that. Every time I've tried that I end up spilling all over myself, so water bottles are my best friend. Namely my Camelback aka lifesaver.

Glasses Case/Contact Case
I'm blind as a bat, so these are here for obvious reasons. I usually don't wear my glasses unless I'm just hanging around the house, so they pretty much live in their case until I get home from work. I keep my contact case next to my bed to for nights I get home later and can't be bothered to walk the 3 feet it would require to stand up in my bathroom and take them out there.

Pen and Notebook
It always seems that my best ideas hit me when I'm laying in bed, so I keep my blogging notebook (matching with Rachel, btw, because we're cute friends like that) next to my bed along with my favorite pen from a local advertising agency. Weird I know but have you come to expect anything else?

Phone Charger
This is a no brainer. I charge my phone overnight and since it also serves as my alarm, it's only logical to keep my phone charger on my bedside table. Mostly so I can hit snooze 500 times the second my alarm goes off in the morning. If you didn't already know, I'm not a morning person.

So there you have it, my bedside essentials - boring and not so boring. And I now have revealed my true life to all of the internet. So that's fun.


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Recent Purchases

I told myself that I was going to be on a makeup ban this month. Did that happen? No. Did I make it three days? No. I should really work on my self control when it comes to makeup. That being said, I feel pretty solid about these three purchases because I *needed* them. I have actually been wanting two of these products for months. In the picture I am wearing all the products listed below. Not like it was difficult because I luurrvee them.

The first is the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer in fair. If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you know that I raved about the sample I got from Sephora months back in my "BB Cream War," post. When I finally broke down and bought it, the first use was pretty magical. It has that silky formula that I love and a nice, natural coverage. There are a few other perks of this product. One including it's Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Who wouldn't want that? Another perk is it being a vegan product, also meaning no animal testing. Y'all know I'm a sucker for brands who don't test on animals.

Hourglass has been tempting me in the form of YouTube videos because just about all the people I watch use the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. I was running out of my beloved Gimme Brow and decided that it was time. The moment I tried this pencil I fell in love. I know I say that with about every brow product ever, but truly, this is amazing. It's advertised as a pencil but looks like the most natural thing. The consistency is more like a crayon than a pencil. That being said, I think putting a clear brow gel on over helps it stay put. I purchased the soft brunette shade and it is perfect. How did I ever operate without filling in my brows? This is a mystery.

This last product is one I am determined to conquer. Blush. I have the hardest time applying blush. I never think it looks right on me, I have no idea why. I've gotten better about it, thanks to my Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. Anywho, I thought this NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Hot Pink would be the perfect shade. It's a gorgeous shade and does work with my skin tone. I used it the other day and was pleasantly surprised. It blends really well, I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush just to blend it in. With my face shape being oval, I go ahead and place the product higher on my cheekbones towards my ear and then blend out. I feel like that works the best for me just because I don't like the color on the apples of my cheeks, it just looks weird on me.

What products have you guys been loving lately?
xx Tori
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Tuesday Talk | Winter Lips

     Haaaallo lovelies! We're proud to announce a new weekly feature on FBG, coming to you each and every Tuesday. Like On Repeat, we'll be collaboratively posting about anything from beauty to movies. We've deemed this the week to share our favorite winter lipsticks, but we'd love to hear your suggestions as well! I'd say c u next Tuesday, but...you know.

Revlon Black Cherry
     This is an oldie, but one I can depend on for a vampy lip. The Super Lustrous line has a creamy texture, so I do tend to blot this down. Still, it earns bonus points for versatility. Dabbed on it's a sheer berry stain but can be built up to full opacity. Since I went the dramatic route, I kept the rest of my face simple. For base I used a minute amount of Revlon Colorstay (the normal/dry formulation). Dark lipstick has a way of emphasizing my dead eyes and thus, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser to the rescue. I wanted to slightly define the eyes, opting for the medium-toned, matte taupe Get Ahead from Bare Minerals. I finished with a swipe of MAC Gigablack mascara and NYX cream blush in Boho Chic (to restore some color to my pallid, pallid face). Fin.

BITE BEAUTY High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb
     Excuse the messy hair, I'm about to run out the door to get my haircut so didn't see the point in making it all fancy. I chose this lip color (graciously given to me by Tori - I am in love with it) because it's one that will work when you need to be somewhere official and look put together. I have an appointment with a school advisor today so I didn't find it appropriate to go too vampy but this is a good balance. I think this shade is definitely more of a winter or fall color... it would look weird with lighter fabrics. Or maybe that's just me. For the rest of my face, I used Revlon Colorstay for Combinatin/Oily skin (new fave drugstore foundation), kept my eyes bare, some Cailyn liquid eyeliner, and did my brows up reaaaaallll nice-like. I put some shimmery eyeshadow along my bottom lash-line to open up the eyes a bit and then used Tarte 24-Hour Blush in Exposed to brighten up the cheeks. Prettay simple!

Wet N Wild Black Orchid 
    This is easily my favorite lip color in my collection, and also the one I get the most compliments on. Best part? It's only $1 at the drugstore. Bless you, Wet N Wild, for making cheap and fabulous make up. Black Orchid is a deep, dark red, pretty similar to Revlon Black Cherry or a number of MAC shades. It easily gives a little extra to any basic make up look (aka my entire life). For the rest of my face, I kept it very simple using my trusty Covergirl Whipped foundation (with my Real Techniques sponge that I am in awe with, Thanks Rach), a Color Workshop blush (don't have color name sorry!) and used NYC's Sunny Bronzer in my crease with Urban Decay's Venus all over, and finally topped off with EM Cosmetic's Lash Gallery Volume. My brows, as always, are courtesy of Anastasia's Brow Powder Duo in Auburn. Quick and easy.

MAC Cyber
I'm a bit late on this post, lo siento. Notice all of the red lips? Well mine only varies slightly. I am a sucker for all things bold lips and Cyber is no exception. However, in this post I just wore it as a stain with a bit of my Orange Baby Lips over it. I would normally wear it in all its bold glory, however this wasn't the lip color I started today with. When I do wear this color full on I tend to have golden eyes a la Lorde (because her minimal makeup is always on point).

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2014 Resolutions

Well, everyone else has done their resolutions for 2014. Why am I not surprised that I procrastinated making resolutions? Sometimes I astound myself with my mastery of procrastination. Anyway, I've split up my resolutions into three categories: beauty, school, and personal. Here goes!


  1. Wear eyeshadow more often. I have a serious obsession with lip products so I tend to keep my eyelids bare using Painterly from MAC. This year, I want to really delve into my eyeshadow palettes and create some new looks because otherwise they're mostly just sitting in my collection! No bueno
  2. Master my brows. I'm still a little unsure of how to do my brows. I tend to just wing it and sometimes it looks normal and sometimes I look.... not normal. This year I need to get on top of them!
  3. Set up a complete skincare regimen. This resolution has already begun. I invested in a PTR toner and am going to pick up the Murad Clarifying Cleanser soon as well. Makeup will look even better if you have a clean canvas!
  1. STOP PROCRASTINATING. If I don't want to do something, I procrastinate it. To no end. The same happens with schoolwork which tends to bite me in the ass. I need to stay on top of my studies so I have more time to relax on the weekends.
  2. All As. I almost had all As last semester but Organic Chemistry screwed me over. What a surprise. This semester, I'm dedicated to getting those perfect grades because I know I have the capability to.
  3. Make more time for fun. This is somewhat school-related because it involves time management. Last semester was insane because I never had time to go out and blow steam off. This semester, it needs to happen at least once a week just to take my mind off school for a night!
  1. exercise, exercise, exercise. Such originality. This is a major resolution because everyone wants to be healthy and look their best! This leads to #2,
  2. cooking more often and healthier. I did cook some last semester but it wasn't very healthy meals and or very often. Now, my eyes have been opened to the wonders of frozen vegetables and fruits which allow me to eat healthy throughout the year. Fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to go through by myself before they expire so frozen is the solution!
  3. manage my money. This has always been an issue for me because I have a major shopping addiction. I've weaned off the shopping for the most part but buying food is still an issue. Cooking more often and managing my money go hand in hand. I really want to save up for more investment pieces, so not spending money on fast food is really important to help that fund!
Well that's all for me this week! Comment below if you have similar resolutions!

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13 of '13

     No doubt this post has been circulating blogs as of late, so I thought I’d weigh in with my picks of the year. It was actually tough to choose 13 items but I think I’ve nailed what I’ve loved for the past 365.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat
     It should come as no surprise that this made the cut; I’ve raved about this long enough. It made a late entrance during 2013 but it’s been a firm staple ever since. My skin looks radiant and healthy – all kudos to this base.

EOS Lip Balm
     Obviously Miley’s endorsement of the brand is the only reason I love these balms. I jest. Still, if I dropped the Burt’s Bees and swapped it for these lil’ eggs I have to love them. I have tried six flavors thus far and am yet to be disappointed.

Real Techniques Brushes
     Makeup is made so much simpler with the proper tools – enter this impeccably designed line of brushes. Sam and Nic Chapman have put out a quality, affordable line. Special mention goes to the Buffing Brush and the Base Shadow Brush which have served me well all year.

Organix Moroccan Surf Paste
     I mentioned this a while back and would still recommend it for all hair types. It adds a subtle texture without drying or knotting the hair. I finish all my styles with this pomade, and the price point is well justified too.

Remington Curling Wand
     I don’t know that I’ve ever mentioned this before, but it has become a staple for me. I received this for Christmas last year and it completely changed how I style my hair. I’d never been able to hold a curl until this came along. I can finish undone waves in about 15 minutes and not worry they’ll fall out all day.

Seventh Generation Revitalizing Boost
     I cannot offer enough praise for this facial oil. I recommend these to anyone who asks (just ask Tori & Jen). I’ve noticed my skin is consistently well-hydrated and blemishes/scars heal much faster. Their line can cater to anyone’s needs without a hefty price tag.

Minnetonka Moccasins
     These are easily my go-to shoe of the year. They err toward the side of slipper and I wore these as long as the weather allowed. They’ve been a good alternative to sandals or ballet flats and I will most definitely purchase a new pair come summer.

Casio Watch
     I’ve become one of those people who are distraught when they leave the house without a watch. Essentially, my mother. I like the functionality because I’m usually lackadaisical in digging my phone out from the depths of my purse (or I’ve misplaced it). Plus, my style is fairly minimalistic so a watch is a nice
accessory. I rotate frequently between my collection, but I think I’ve turned to my Casio the most.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
     After weighing the rave reviews and tales of caution in regard to this varnish, I finally scored a free bottle months back. Now I’m skeptical as to whether I could continue manicures sans Seche Vite. It cut the drying time in half, I have no issues with bubbling or smearing, and the finish is glossy. Unfortunately, it does nothing to extend the longevity of my polish – but I ignore that for the convenience.

Essie Ladylike
     I rotate between polishes year round so nothing stands out as my most used. However, I have loved this hue every time I’ve donned it. It is the perfect nude with a hint of color and suits my complexion. Essie: you shits better never discontinue this.

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork
     This was my first foray into the formula, my collection growing ever since. Groundwork remains my favorite. It’s a soft, satin brown that provides just the right amount of definition. High marks.

MAC Eyeshadow
     This year, I finally ventured into the world of MAC. Not long ago I binge-purchased some shadows and I love every shade I own. I don’t need to speak to the formula as it’s established as quality. This autumn I relied solely upon a select few shadows: Star Violet, Sumptuous Olive, Club, Antiqued, and

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
     This is the first “sophisticated” perfume I’d ever purchased for myself. I’ve only had it a few months but I’ve worn nothing else since. It’s the right blend of sweetness and musk, which I will continue to repurchase again and again.

I would lurv to know what you were all into last year! 
Auf Weidersehen,

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