On Repeat #41

I Hold On - Dierks Bentley
We all knew the come back of a country choice for On Repeat was coming, and here it is. I've had his new album replaying (along with Cole Swindell's and Jake Owen's) all week long, desperately craving spring/summer weather. The amount of times I've heard this song this week is probably reaching a disgusting amount, but every time it comes on I don't have the will power to skip it, or to not turn it up and sing along. I watched his performance on The Tonight Show of this song and he absolutely killed it, which made me love it, and him, even more. And now I'm going to sound like everyone else this week - go get his album. You won't regret it.

My Moons- Yellow Ostrich
     I know it hasn't been too long since I've talked about a Yellow Ostrich song, but they are bordering on my favorite band right now. I figured I would take a break from all the female vocals and talk about them since their newest album, Cosmos, came out recently. I honestly haven't even listened to the rest of the album because this song has been replayed non-stop. I mean, it's like the fourth song so I've listened to some of it. I have loved this band for about 3 years now since I heard their first album, The Mistress (2010). With changing line-ups, two albums, and an EP out, this band just keeps progressing and I can't wait to see what's next for them. Plus this link is to a live version, so consider yourself lucky.

American GirlTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
     Since Tori was a total l0ser and stole my choice for this week (Things Are Fallin' - off the same album) I'll go with something I rediscovered last week. Spotify actually reminded me of it's existence while I was searching for a horrendous (awesome) pop song by Bonnie McKee under the same name. If you haven't heard this song, I'm not quite sure where you've been. Plus, why is Tom Petty's face just naturally sassy? Is it just me? 

The Beginning... - John Legend
     One of my friends at school recommended that I start listening to John Legend after discovering the variety of music I listen to. I have one of his older albums but could never really get into it for whatever reason. However, I gave him a second change and Legend's most recent album is my jaaaam. He reminds me of a more soulful (and less sexual) version of The Weeknd (who we all love here at FBG) and also Frank Ocean. If you have any interest in either of those artists, you need to check his newest album out, Love in the Future. Also, this song has Winter Song by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles in the background, which just adds to its perfection.
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Barely There | Favorite Nudes

We all know what big fans we are of neutral colors here at FBG, so I figured I'd share some of my favorite nudes with you - from eyeshadows to nail polish. Plus, I'm pretty sure there's not a better palette to transition from winter to spring (which we're still desperately waiting for here).
From top to bottom: WOS, Naked 2, Nudist, Nude, Subtly Sunkissed

So it's no secret that my go-to eyeshadow favs are all brown, neutral tones. My favorite nudes are some of my holy grail all time favorites. I mentioned Urban Decay's Naked 2 in a post a couple weeks back, so I won't linger any longer there. My other favorite from the same palette is Walk of Shame (W.O.S.). It's a pale, skin tone matte shade. It's great for brightening up the eye area and especially good on no make up make up days. Lastly, my Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in Nude is a product that I probably couldn't go a day without using. It's the best eyeliner I've ever found. I love to use it in my waterline and it tends to do the trick to looking like I got that full 8 hours of sleep the night before.

Now I've only got one tried and true to talk about here - Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist. I heard about this from the lovely Fleur de Force, and after raving about it for quite sometime, Rachel got it for me for Christmas. This has a permanent home in my make up bag that I take with me every day. No matter what make up you're wearing this is the perfect lip product to tie it all together. The lasting power isn't as long as I'd like, but I have no complaints other than that.

I'll keep it short and sweet here considering how much I've talked about this product. I got inspired after watching a Chelsea Wears video in which she talked about how much she loved wearing brown blush. Strange concept, but literally the next day I tried it and my make up routine has never been the same. If I'm wearing a blush at all, 9 times out of 10 it's probably Pixi's Bronzer in Subtly Sunkissed. You can see in the swatch how it's barely there, but when on the face it adds a nice glow.

The newest addition to my nail collection is this beauty. I was on the hunt for a perfect nude and I found it. Being pale, most "nudes" are about 20 shades darker than me. This is the exact right shade though. I love how easy it is considering you can pair it with anything and never have to worry about your nail polish clashing with whatever you're wearing. It doesn't hurt that it's the only option for a good transition from winter to spring, if you ask me at least. And it's budget friendly at around $4 for a bottle.

What are your favorite nudes?

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Review | MAC Fix+

     As a MAC junkie, I'm really surprised at how long it took me to purchase Fix+. I think it took me so long to decide on it because I hadn't really seen any reviews on it. I was kind of confused if it was supposed to set my makeup or if it was just a hydrating mist. For the sake of beauty lovers everywhere, I decided to go ahead and purchase the travel version for $10 (I'm soooo generous).
     I know the main selling point of Fix+ is that it has magical powers to make your face not look so powdery. When I got my makeup done a MAC a month or so back, this was used...a lot. My face felt so sticky and I couldn't wait to rush home and take my makeup off. However, I tried doing some research and found that people said it felt sticky or made their face appear greasy if they sprayed it too close to their face. It has glycerin in it so that should have been obvious but whatevs.
    Back to the purchase. After realizing that it was probably just human error, I thought I should give it a go, especially since winter has destroyed my skin this year. After looking at the ingredients, and seeing no harm, I wanted to see how this product would work to hydrate my face without applying makeup afterwards. I was hooked after that. If my serum and night cream aren't cutting it, I just spray this on my face and I feel, for a lack of better words, refreshed.
     As my daily routine, I have been applying Fix+ after I use toner and before my moisturizer. I then apply all of my face makeup. So after I have applied my foundation, counter, highlighter, and blush I will go ahead and spray it again. I found that if I waited and used it after I was completely done with my makeup, it tends to make my mascara sticky and gross. Obviously since it's stuck into my ever-changing routine for about a month it definitely does it's job.
     I bought the travel size because it does have essential oils in it and sometimes that causes my skin to have a conniption fit. I'm happy to say after a month of using this product, my skin has remained pretty calm. As mentioned before, I have pretty dry skin. The main skin issue I have is dehydration, so this product worked really well for me. Sometimes I notice that powders only emphasize my dry patches and this product absolutely fixes that whole situation. In all, when I run out of my travel size bottle, I'll probably be repurchasing it. 

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Tuesday Talk | Current Netflix Binge

All of us broke girls thoroughly enjoy an extensive lie-in with our TVs, which is no secret. You always hear us rattling on about it, so we thought we'd share what we're currently (obsessively) watching!

Bates Motel 
     I'd actually seen this advertised at its original launch, but somehow managed to neglect it. I'm definitely one who would rather wait and watch a whole season at a time so I'm pretty pleased it has shown up on Netflix. Based on Hitchcock's Psycho, it's classed as a thriller (and haha it has the kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the Depp version). I have never actually seen the original film -horrendous I know. However, the series has just started to pique my interest and has inspired me to watch it. I'm not 100% sold on the acting but I'm hopeful for the plot. The sets are fantastic though, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

American Horror Story
     Unfortunately, I have to reach back a little farther to remember the last show I binged watched on Netflix. I live a sad life full of chemistry labs and microbiology notes. However, I finally finished the most recent season of this show online (American Horror Story: Coven). This show is incredibly creepy but if you're a sucker for good acting and interesting plotlines this show is a necessity. Jessica Lange is my spirit animal. The most recent season also featured big names like Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, and Gabourey Sidibe. Start with the first season though because it's by far the best. Also it has Connie Britton (Tami Taylor) in it and she is perfect.

House of Cards
     My most recent binges have actually been sans-Netflix surprisingly (Season 3 - Hart of Dixie, starting up Nashville), with the exception of this one. This got recommended to me and I think it's taken me a total of a week and a half to watch both seasons. I finished the second in record time since it's release (3 days). Is it too early to countdown to season 3? Anyway, if you like Kevin Spacey - which who doesn't, honestly - and political dramas and haven't checked this out yet, put everything else on hold and get on the band wagon. Not to mention Robin Wright is flawless in this series.

     I'll start by saying that I wish this was on Netflix. I begrudgingly keep paying $7.99 a month for Hulu+ and it is beyond annoying. The ads are the worst and I get it, you get episodes faster than Netflix, but it still pisses me off. Anywho, Reign is absolutely beautiful. I started watching it when it started on the CW and then my Thursday night classes started and I stopped. I may or may not have watched basically the entire season this weekend. The show is a period drama set in France. The only accent that makes any sort of sense is Adelaide Kane (who is wonderful and awesome and actually Australian and not Scottish) but other than that, I have to remind myself who is playing royalty in what country. Minus that little bit, I love this show. The makeup and wardrobe are absolutely on point.  
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The Medalists


   Seeing as today is the end of the Winter Olympics, I thought I’d write my own Closing Ceremony for a few products I’ve trialed lately!

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Eyeshadow in Bewitched 
    I picked this up on a whim (what else is new?) while it was on sale in Ulta for less than $5. Duochrome eyeshadows are like kryptonite; resistance is futile. Bewitched is almost MAC Club’s more subtle cousin. It is slightly more green-tinged, but is still grounded in a lovely brown base. The formula doesn’t leave anything to be desired either.  The texture is Paul Deen buttery, and it wore beautifully through a 12 hour day.  

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
    With all the hype surrounding tools like the beauty blender, I opted for a more affordable sponge. Besides – when has Sam Chapman ever done me wrong? I believe Tori actually mentioned this in her recent video. She noted that it absorbed a lot of the product. Unfortunately I agree, explaining its second place spot. I do love the end result and the ease of application.Using it damp allows me to sheer our some of my more medium coverage bases. Still, hygiene and waste issues knock it down a peg. I’ll continue to use it, likely limiting it to my more affordable foundations.

Herbal Essences “Naked” Dry Shampoo
    Like my beloved Shaun White (that beautiful, beautiful ginger man), this just isn’t a winner. I was intrigued by Herbal Essences new release of a paraben and sulfate free line but this falls short. I quite liked their new Body Envy variation, which is texturizingand packs some serious volume. However, this has various faults. It dispenses quite wet, meaning it feels unpleasant and can be messy. Beware – anywhere it lands besides your hair will be covered in white powdery residue. Worst of all it makes my hair feel dirtier than before. To end on a positive note, it does smell nice aside from the lack of performance. Oh well.

    What’s your current medal list?

 Speak to you all next week!


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On Repeat #40

World Music - Ahnnu
     I feel like choosing one song from this album would just be unfair, so I chose the whole thing. They are all pretty short tunes (:45-2:12) and I listen to it in its entirety. I learned of Ahnnu from Jenn Im (clothesencounters) in one of her favorites videos awhile back. Ahnnu has released quite a few new albums since World Music and I'm still sifting through them. This album is especially amazing for when you need to be productive and the entire discography is on Spotify. I know my study playlists are beyond weird, it's either Ahnnu, Marianelli, or the Tron soundtrack. It's fine.

Move If You Wanna - MIMS
    Once again, I'm on the throwback train this week, but a little further back this time. Nelly Spotify radio has been my JAM all week long, and I regret nothing. If you're in the mood for some good 2000's rap/hip-hop throwbacks, look no further. I loved MIMS when he first started, and I still love him now. Can we please just bring him back? What happened to him anyway (VH1, MTV - I want a full report)? So basking in my glory days of sophomore year of high school (ha. haha. hahahahaha. NO), I shall continue to enjoy my throwbacks. And I'm sure you're all glad to have a break from a country pick (but it's been of no shortage in my life, not to worry).

Little White Lies - One Direction
     I really did try to find another song for this week, honest. But for some reason this has been in my speakers much more than usual this week. Perhaps because school is horrendous and I need a pick me up? Either way, this is a real gem off their newest album Midnight Memories. Since I'm likely beating a dead horse with the whole "One Direction is stupidly, ridiculously awesome" bit, I'll leave it there.

Erase Me ft. Kanye West - Kid Cudi
     I've been listening to Kid Cudi exclusively on repeat for the past few days. It feels a bit like a throwback to senior year of high school since I went to one of his concerts that year with Rachel but I never really got into his music even after that. This song is a good introduction to his music (and rap in general) because it's not really in your face and has a dopeass beat. Yeah, I just used that word so get over it. Check him out.

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The Most Used Drawer

On a little bit of inspiration from Tori's post last week, I tackled organizing all my make up as well. I wasn't happy with my previous system, and I'm not 100% satisfied with this one, but it's at least better because I'm not constantly digging for products. Enter, the most used drawer. These are my tried, true and in most cases, well-loved products that have made their way into my daily (or almost daily) life. I reach for these products to create just about every make up look. This probably seems like a lot of products to use on the regular, but when have I not been ridiculous? I snagged the divider from Target a while back, I'm sure you can still find it in stores.

I'll save you going through and explaining every product and just name them off for you. Most of these I've ranted constantly about anyway so I'm sure you're sick of hearing about them anyway. I'm starting with the far left compartment and moving clockwise. I've skipped the bottom right compartment as it just houses a headband, cotton pads and a clip. 

Compartment 1: Palettes, Eyes, Lips and Randoms
Mac Paint Pot in Painterly, Mac Paint Pot in Constructivist, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, Urban Decay Primer Potion Samples.
Urban Decay Naked 3, Urban Decay Naked Basics, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Kit in St. Lucia, The Color Workshop Blush Palette, Kate Moss for Rimmel in Shade 103, Rimmel Show Off in Luna, bh Cosmetics in Sun (from Galaxy Chic Palette, sample from ipsy). 
Samples of L'Occitane Products

Compartment 2: Face Products
NYC Bronzer in Sunny, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Rimmel Match Perfection in 101 Classic Ivory, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in BR 12, Covergirl Fresh Effects Under Eye Concealer in Classic Ivory, Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mineral Foundation in Light
Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter, The Balm Instain Blush in Swiss Dot, NYX Vanilla Sky Eyeshadow

Compartment 3: More Face Products
Cargo Blush in Los Cabos, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Auburn
Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation in Shade 305, Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Sunkissed

Compartment 4: Mascara, Brows and Eyeliner
Maybelline Great Lash in Clear, Em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Clean Volume Mascara in Black, Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama in Blackest Black, Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes in Blackest Black, Benefit's They're Real in Black, Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Nude, Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Black, Essence Brow Designer in Blonde, Rimmel U Get In Line Liquid Liner in Black.

So there it is: my most used products in all their glory. What are your tried and trues that you always reach for? Have any organization tips? Comment below, tweet us, facebook us - whatever your little heart desires. 

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my make up collection.

Talk to y'all soon,

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Product Spotlight | Seventh Generation Boosts

I first heard of this brand from Rachel. I was looking for a pretty cheap serum that wouldn't lack in quality. I went to my closest Walgreens to check it out and found that there about six different serums in the range. I battled for probably thirty minutes on which one to choose and ended up with the Hydration serum. I chose this one because I had watched a video by Stephanie (SoothingSista on YouTube) and she had mentioned that Jojoba oil closely mimics the skins natural oils. That being said, it absorbs into the skin a lot easier than other oils.

I've used this product every single night since I purchased it probably three months ago and I've used up maybe a third of the bottle. After I double cleanse and tone, I'll apply this serum. There have been a couple of days that I've found myself reaching for it in the morning. This winter seems to be especially hard on my skin but I found that if I put this on in the morning before my moisturizer and just let it set a bit, it doesn't make my skin look oily or greasy once I've put my makeup on. I do have extremely dry skin though, so I wouldn't recommend it if you had combination skin.

This product just really showed me how dehydrated my skin really was. I always knew my skin was dry but this serum definitely solved the issue of dehydration (they're two different things, y'all). It definitely doesn't feel greasy when I put it on, which was my main concern, and it absorbs rather quickly. I noticed a huge difference the first time I used it, I couldn't believe how soft my skin was when I woke up. When the weather is a bit harsher, I use a couple of more pumps, but in all, this is definitely a product I will be repurchasing. I don't even know what I would have done this winter without it.
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Tuesday Talk | Favorite Drugstore Brushes

     Out of pure practicality, and to spare you from another mention of Real Techniques, I selected perhaps my most relied upon brush. This actually came in the Essential Tools Hi Def Deluxe Duo Eye Set. I've only spotted these at WalMart but if you can pick them up I'd highly recommend you do. I can use this particular brush for grooming and filling in brows, liner, and combing through lashes. Still, I get heavy use out of the other duos as well. They're all synthetic bristles and are thus suitable for either cream or powder and wash extremely well. The double-ended feature is also space saving and travel friendly. My only qualm is the ferrule can loosen from the handle, but that's easily fixed with super glue. In sum, these are solid brushes - especially for the price.

    I'm not much of a brush lover by any means, though the ever-growing collection in my bathroom would tell you otherwise. I much prefer to use my fingers as much as possible, or my Real Techniques Sponge, so sitting down to do this post proved to be quite the task. I ended up going with my Eco Tools blush brush. They sell these on their own but I picked mine up in the Starter Set. The reason I chose this one is because I pick it up on the daily and use it to set my foundation and concealer with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I find that the tapered shape serves itself well for the areas that I typically set (t-zone and under eyes). If you've never tried out Eco Tools I highly recommend them. They're a little pricier for a drugstore option, but the quality is on par with some higher end brands I've tried out.

     I had quite the opposite problem from Tessa. I have way too many brushes that I absolutely adore. Since Rachel used an eye brush and Tessa a blush brush I figured I would go with my beloved ELF Complexion Brush. I have a couple of ELF brushes, including their blush brush which I rather like. I chose this brush because I love how big the brush is. It is absolutely perfect for setting your foundation and it feels so nice. This brush is actually a really nice quality at just $3, I've washed it countless times and it still feels new.

     I'm not a huge brush fiend like my other broke girls but I do appreciate a quality brush. I only have a couple higher end brushes so the majority of my brushes are drugstore! My favorite right now is the Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush from the Couture Set. It seems to be so difficult to find a blush brush that has the perfect bristle density. You want a blush brush that isn't too fluffy but you always don't want it to deposit all of your product on one part of your face. This brush is the happy medium and I never, ever want it to break (especially since it's limited edition).
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Review | Maybelline Color Elixir vs. L'Oreal Color Extraordinaire

     Lip gloss and I never really got along. It’s sticky, messy, and super girly – like, how am I supposed to enjoy that? However, a few new releases intrigued me and I gave them a shot. Both Maybelline ($6.99) and L’Oreal  ($7.99) brought out eerily similar products (at least what I’ve gathered from the marketing), so naturally I have to give you guys the rundown on what I think.
     First off, let’s just address the fact that essiebutton could sell me anything. She raved about the Elixirs and it was only a matter of time until I picked one up. Thus far I own 80 Captivating Carnation and 90 Rose Redefined. The colors are fantastic for spring (“Pink for spring? Groundbreaking.”), but the formula is nice as well. These are described as a 3 in 1 lip product, formulated with the nourishment of a balm, the shine of a gloss, and the pigmentation of a lipstick. I would say I have to agree. It’s not just a cheap marketing ploy. Hooraaah. These apply easily and don’t distribute too much product. If it’s longevity you’re after though, these won’t cut it for you. Fair enough seeing as gloss never sticks around too long. Still, they fade gracefully and don’t bleed. I am a little skeptical of the brighter colors, even though the violet is beautiful. One errant hand gesture and it’s full-on Joker up in hurr. The packaging is adorable, and it would be a filthy lie if I said that didn’t factor into my purchase. L’Oreal’s version, on the other hand, gets a few marks off in the that department. YSL can pull off the flashy gold packaging with class, L’Oreal not so much. Hoooooooowever, packaging is my only complaint. I am thoroughly in love with these. I have acquired the shades 101 Rose Melody and 105 Pink Tremolo. Cute kitschy names? Check. I adore the scent – a strong mango vibe perhaps? I can't pinpoint it. Though, if that isn’t your thang it could be an issue. But really unless you sniff it like it’s glue (me), you’ll be fine. These are just as pigmented and glossy as the Elixirs yet are more moisturizing, possibly even more so than some of my balms. The Extraordinaires stain ever so subtly without dehydrating your lips in the slightest. The gloss is significantly toned down after an hour or so as well. They are minimally more expensive than Maybelline but the margin of difference is well worth it. In fact, these may render me a lip gloss convert. Astonishing. So now, ma lip gloss be poppin’, ma lip gloss be cool. U kno.

     Will you guys be giving these a go? (The correct answer is yes absolutely.)

Until later,


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On Repeat #39

Who Gon Stop Me - Jay Z & Kanye West
Aaaand I'm back, with something not country. You're welcome, I suppose. I've been in a bit of rediscovery mode this week; Which, yes, has included some country as well. Ultimately though, Jay & Yeezy took back my heart with this album. I genuinely forgot how good it was. I don't know how that's possible, but it happened. Anyway, I really love this album as a whole, but after that wonderful, wonderful K-State win, I've been on a bit of a binge with this song in particular. So if you've been living under a rock and never listened to this album, go right now and do it. You won't regret it. And if you're like me, dust it off and give it another whirl because it's wonderful. Other honorable mentions for this week: H.A.M., Gotta Have It and Otis.

Fall In Love- Phantogram
I've been in love with Phantogram for quite some time now. So when I heard their newest single I automatically fell in love. "Don't Move" and "Fall In Love" as well as a lot of Dum Dum Girls have been played this week. Phantogram is known for their electronic sound and I, for one, can say that I'm beyond excited to hear the upcoming because the single is so damn catchy and good.

Someone Else - Miley Cyrus
     Tessa has long sung the praises of Miley Cyrus' new album but I just got on the bandwagon. I haven't been able to stop listening to her album and picking a favorite was one of the most difficult decisions I made this week. Miley really outdid herself on some of the tracks while others still seem somewhat immature. Other songs to check out on the album: Maybe You're Right, Do My Thang, and of course, Wrecking Ball and We Can't Stop.

Chances - The Strokes
     Lo siento, I have to post The Strokes again this week. I finally got a chance to delve into their new album, Comedown Machine. "Chances" is slightly more mellow and laid back than their usual tracks but it's still a winner for me. It really showcases Julian's vocals, but obviously still has the cool synthy sound they're known for. Honestly, I think I still prefer their older albums but still this newest addition a fantastic way to switch things up. I'd also highly recommend you have a listen to "Call it Fate, Call it Karma" and "50/50".
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What's On My Face #1

After my crazy, last minute impulse trip to Manhattan on Monday and a slew of tests, homework and projects being thrown at me this week, my make up routine has been at an all time low. I've been wearing as little of make up as possible, considering I'm getting next to no sleep with how busy I've been. So without further ado, here's what's been on my face this week.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in BR12 (pictured)/Covergirl Whipped Foundation in Ivory
I've been alternating foundations this week based on coverage. For days that I'm feeling really lazy, or don't need a whole lot of coverage, I've reached for my Chanel foundation of course. I'm sure I've raved about this enough now that you're sick of hearing about it so I won't go on any longer. And I'd be willing to bet same goes for my beloved Covergirl Whipped. I'm nearly out so it's really just been about finishing off the pot, and the added coverage doesn't hurt either.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly paired with Benefit's They're Real/EM Cosmetics Lash Gallery Clean Volume (pictured)
Some more tried and trues here, to no surprise. I've been so lazy about eyeshadow that I haven't even been wearing any. Painterly is pretty much a perfect match for my eyes, so I just use it all over the lid to neutralize and leave it at that. Sticking to my favorite mascaras, they both have the same awakening effect on my eyes (thank God), but Benefit's offering gives off a more natural look.

Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil/Maybelline Great Lash in Clear
I dug out my Essence pencil after it's been at the bottom of the drawer for a while, and now I'm not sure why I ever put it down. I've been turning back to filling in my brows with a brunette color since my hair has faded quite a lot. This pencil gives off a very natural finish and it doesn't require a whole lot of effort to fill in. As always, I finish off and keep them in place with Maybelline Great Lash.

What are your go-to's on busy weeks?


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This Week's Favorites #1

This week I thought I would just share with you a couple (or five) items that I've really been loving the past week. Once I get into the habit of things I find myself doing the same makeup routine everyday, oops.

Anywho, two of my favorites are foundations. This week, like pretty much every other week, the YSL Touche Eclat has caught my eye. I won't even go on about this product because I'm sure you guys have heard enough about it by now. There is a twist to this, though. I recently purchased MAC Face and Body and I decided to be a tad experimental and mix the two. I was kind of surprised at how well they meshed. It has a pretty long wear when mixed and seriously just looks and feels like a second skin. The YSL makes the face a bit dewy while the Face and Body just completely evens the skin tone.

The mascara favorite this week is the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume. I had been lusting over this product and was gifted it by Rachel for Christmas. I honestly love it just as much as I thought I would. It definitely defines the lashes perfectly and makes eye makeup look complete without being extremely dramatic. I've been doing a simple eye routine this week and this mascara made the whole look appear to be more polished.

Continuing on with eyes, my Paint Pot in Stormy Pink has been getting a lot of love recently. I decided for some reason to step out of the realm of bronze and neutral eyeshadow and this was the one that I ran with. I love this color because it does feel a bit more springy and lord knows I'm dying for the weather to get above 0.

The last item in this weeks feature is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. The tip on this is absolutely phenomenal. It is extremely thin and allows for complete precision. This week I have been just applying it has a very thin line with a flick. This eyeliner makes it practically foolproof.

What have been your go-to products this week?
xx Tori
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Get Ready With Me | Gameday

I tried to get this up ASAP considering the Cats won and I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate by showing you how I did my make up for the game. Yes, I am indeed crazy enough to drive two hours on a Monday night to watch basketball. Also, not sure what happened at the beginning of the video, or why it's choppy in some parts — Sorry!

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Tuesday Talk | The Red Lip Edit

     Seeing as this Friday is Valentine's Day, we thought we'd share our favorite red lipsticks to don. Whether you have a real date, or you just decided to be fancy before you retire to a night of Netflix - we've got you covered.

NARS Dragon Girl
     Much thanks to Jenny for bringing this into my life. I'd been eyeing it up for ages and shiiiit was I missing out. It's a little off from a classic red which keeps things interesting. Personally, the pink undertone helps it sit nicely with my cool-toned complexion. Though as Lisa Eldridge wisely stated, it provides a nice contrast on warmer tones as well. The formula is spot-on, it's perfectly matte and is one of the least drying varieties I've tried. It feels very thin on the lips, unlike some that can feel quite heavy. Still, the longevity isn't lacking. Touch-ups will also be a breeze since this comes in pencil form. What more could you ask for?

MAC Lady Danger
     I should probably go ahead and film a MAC lipstick favorites video because I own way more than I should. Anywho, I absolutely adore Lady Danger. It is just so bold and bright that it stands out from among other reds, by bold and bright, I mean it's practically neon. I went ahead and lined my lips with "Lasting Sensation" to intensify the color even more.  I can't really see this color going wrong for anyone. I have more of a yellow to neutral undertone while Rachel has pink undertones and it looks A+ either way. Of course with it being MAC, I love the texture of this lipstick. If i'm feeling a lil fancy, I'll go ahead and wear this as a stain when I'm at work. Let that also translate as, "wow I don't want to be here let me put on foundation, mascara, lipstick and be done."

Maybelline Are You Red-dy
    This little gem is one I've been known to borrow from my mother from time-to-time. It's a pretty true, bright red with some pink-ish undertone to it. You could wear this full on for a bright, intense effect but you can easily sheer it out and make it more day-wearable. Personally, I'm all about bold lip colors so I'll keep everything else neutral, but you could also rock it with a smokey eye, a la Lisa Eldridge's newest tutorial. So no matter your plans (unless you're planning on a full on Netflix binge like me), this is easily a go-to red.
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Saturday Makeup | Splurge vs. Save

     If you recall, I’ve written a post akin to this before. I quite liked the idea of options so I’m resurrecting it for a second go. This time around I’m talking casual Saturday makeup. I’m usually out and about so I aim to be put together but effortless. Some weekends I go for more or less makeup, but I usually gravitate toward the middle.

DEFINING MASCARA | MAC Gigablack Lash vs. Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara
      For a casual Saturday I usually opt to make eyes the focal point, so I let mascara do a lot of the heavy lifting. I don’t want to layer on the volume but I do want a nice lashy look. MAC’s offering has a slender wand that can maneuver well to perfectly fan out the lashes. It never clumps and will hold a curl all day – fo real. I’ve fully reviewed the Flower mascara so I won’t warble on too long. The brown shade is deep enough to define yet is less harsh. A solid option to achieve that doll-like eye.

SUBTLE EYESHADOW | MAC Woodwinked vs. Maybelline Tastefully Taupe
     I’m no stranger to brown eyeshadow so this was a no brainer. A slightly shimmery, neutral tone adds depth without being heavy. Swept over the entire lid and along the lower lash line, I achieve a subdued smoky eye suitable for day wear. These particular shadows are fairly comparable quality wise, though I will say I slightly prefer the warmer tone of Woodwinked.

MINIMAL BASE | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Cameo vs. DIY Tinted Moisturizer
     A slapdash approach to base is usually the route I go on weekends. I solely want to even my skin tone and remain incredibly natural. Honestly, I’m not head over heels for Laura Mercier’s option but it’s still very nice. It leaves a subtle glow to the skin with the added benefit of SPF 20. Though I actually prefer my DIY option. As of late, I’ve mixed a drop of Revlon Colorstay with a pump of my CeraVe moisturizer and used fingers to apply. Me gusta.

SOFT BLUSH | Tarte Thoughtful vs. e.l.f Tickled Pink
     Feminine, pretty blush is my go-to for these days. It lifts the face and balances the brown-toned eyes. Tarte’s shade is lovely but if you prefer something a bit more subdued opt for the e.l.f. Both will look flattering and round off this simple look well.

     What are your weekend staples? Until next week, I’m off!


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On Repeat #38

Teleport 2 Me, Jamie - WZRD feat. Desire
     This song is my jaaaaam. Fun fact: WZRD is actually Kid Cudi. This song was released in 2012 and the fact that I have spent two years without it in my life makes me depressed. The background music by Desire is one of my other favorite songs ever, Under Your Spell, from the Drive soundtrack. This song has an ethereal feeling to it from Desire while maintaining the catchy beat Kid Cudi is known for. Also I just find it super relevant, being in a long-distance relationship and all. You'll find yourself singing (rapping) along to this while walking to class, I can guarantee it.

Beachin' - Jake Owen
This week's choice is brought to you 100% by Rachel's love for this song. And also satellite radio, but mostly Rachel. Are you even expecting anything else from me at this point? I promise I'll get back on my music game (outside of country) sometime. As much as I wish I could credit Rachel for this, it's actually just because it's about -5000 degrees with a foot of snow on the ground here in lovely Kansas. And as much as I love winter, I would much rather be on a beach. So I've been listening to this and avoiding the fact that it's actually negatives outside, along with the fact that there's not a margarita in my hand — though there have been several mimosas. Not to mention this song is super catchy and you can't help but sing along when it comes on. Unless you don't like country, in which case I feel sorry for you. This will probably be another summer anthem for me so on that note — summer, please hurry.
All Night- Grand Ole Party
Hopefully this will cancel out the horror of country as listed above (sorry, Tessa). Anyway, my song choice was initially "Fire In My Head" but I couldn't find a link (life is rough). Anyway, I love this girl forever, Kristin (Dee Dee) because her voice is actually ridiculous and she has the style to match. Dee Dee played drums and sang in Grand Old Party and is now currently the vocalist and guitarist in Dum Dum Girls, which I adore as well. I have had Under Our Skin on repeat all week and I don't see that stopping any time soon.

You Only Live Once - The Strokes
     Seeing as I've been cooped up in my room nearly all week thanks to this shit show of a snowstorm we had, I really didn't branch out musically. My life was mostly consumed by YouTube. Lo siento. However, I did listen to some old school Strokes pretty heavily the past couple of weeks. I know I've mentioned Julian's solo album but I love the group just as much. "You Only Live Once" is definitely in my top five of their discography, along with "The End Has No End", "Electricityscape", and "Someday". Unfortunately, I haven't properly listened to their newest album Comedown Machine but I do like "Tap Out" thus far. They never fail to be kickass, so if you haven't checked them out pleaaaaase do.
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One Swipe Shadows

MAC Constructivist, Urban Decay Naked 2, Urban Decay Liar, bh cosmetics Sun, Maybelline Barely Branded
We all have those mornings where we don't feel like doing our make up but still need to manage to look presentable. Enter: minimal make up and one sweep shadows. Now, I myself am more than likely to sweep on at least two shadows, but we know all too well I'm notorious for running late and slapping on a couple products to make the bare minimum of presentable. Obviously the options are endless, but here are a few of my favorites.

Urban Decay Naked 2 (from Naked Basics)
From my very well loved Naked Basics palette, this shade was the first I hit pan on. And I'm pretty sure I cried when I discovered you couldn't buy it separate from the palette. This is the perfect matte brown shade and would work on multiple skin tones, and gives the perfect wash of color. I like using it with a fluffy blending brush as it distributes the product perfectly between the lid and the crease, giving you the appearance of trying harder than you actually did. A+

Urban Decay Liar (from Naked 3)
Another newer addition to my collection, thanks to Jen. I typically like to use this palette when I'm going out but there are days when I reach for it to create a day look. This offering isn't as dark and harsh on the lid as Mugshot or Factory, but still has a brown undertone that allows you to pull it off on it's own.

bh Cosmetics Sun (from Galaxy Chic Palette)
I got this sample a while back and am tempted to buy the whole palette based on this color. It's a marbled reddish color with gold and looks absolutely gorgeous on the lid. I love pairing this with winged liner for a bit more of a dramatic flare.

MAC Paintpot in Constructivist
This is the newest addition to my collection, but quickly became a favorite. If you don't want to spend the $20 at MAC, Maybelline's Bad to the Bronze has a pretty similar effect, but not as dark. I'm never big on shimmery shadows, but this color gets it right, and it adds a little bit of dimension that otherwise would be nonexistent.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
Of course this had to make the list, a go-to of mine for the whole summer, Barely Branded is the perfect champagne shade. It's not too golden, silver, brown, or anything. It's pretty much straight up champagne. I like to use this on it's own or layer it under another shadow.

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