Category: Beauty

Here you can find my makeup, hair, and skincare posts; some going hand-in-hand with an outfit post. These will include looks and routines.

Greenery

I finished this whole post, saved it, closed the app to get a snack, and when I opened it up again all of it was gone… I’ll try this again.

Recently my dad and I went out to buy a new plant. Although I have no pictures of the Cape Jasmine gardenia, whom I named Bunny, I do have pictures of the park we found on the way back home. 

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I love walking in the park. The plants and flowers are beautiful and give off such a fresh scent and feeling. The animals are super cute, too! We saw some big squirrels and ducks were swimming in the streams. 

I also got to take some pictures of my outfit. I don’t know if I had plants in mind when I picked out what to wear, but I chose a green pair of overalls. They almost blended in with the park. 

I feel like I’m relaxing a little bit more in front of the camera. Anyway, I also thought of showing different ways to wear a cardigan in this post since it was a little chilly that day. This first one is a simple tying around the waist. It allows for easy access and you don’t have to carry it around. 

This one is even simpler: actually carry it around. If that causes any inconvenience you can also tie it to your bag. 

And for the most obvious one: just wear it. If you tie the two ends around your stomach or just below your chest it’ll look like a bolero!

For my makeup I did the usual baby, double winged eyeliner. For some more color I connected green from the lower outer v to around 1/4 in. Then I added a little gold to the inner corner of my eyes and a red-orange lip gloss. My earrings are some random sushi rolls with black, green, red, and gold to match everything else.

I altered the overalls since these pictures so they’ll be longer. Aside from that I hope to upload some more outfits soon! Have a great week little corvids!

-SR

Outfit

  • Hair bow, Claire’s
  • Earrings, Charming Charlie
  • Sleeveless mock neck, Zenana Outfitters, small (Marshalls)
  • Overalls, American Eagle, medium (TJ Maxx)
  • Cardigan, belldini, large
  • Sandals, Clarks, 7

Makeup

  • Liquid eyeliner, Revlon, blackest black
  • Eyeliner, Beauty People, glimmer gold (Memebox)
  • Eyeliner, Adrienne Vittadini, green (TJ Maxx)
  • Lip gloss, Sephora, Kissin’ Up Lip Gloss Set, soft red (out of stock)

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Dr. Martens on Repeat

If you’ve seen my other posts you may have noticed how much I love Dr. Martens. I have shown three pairs out of the four I own so far, and if I could I’d get more. The simple designs make them versatile, yet they are very unique; and the quality is amazing. My black derby shoes from them are around 20 years old, handed down from my mom, and the only flaws are some scuffs in the front.

Moving on to my first outfit I wore my red derby shoes. They’re always the stars of my outfits.

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I matched them with a red hair bow and an all black outfit. The sweater was given to me by my mom. I’m so glad too because it looks steampunk-ish, one of my big fashion inspirations.

The changing room mirror will have to do…

You may be able to better see the peplum from this angle. It gives a really nice shape and adds a simple flare. I would have worn pants instead to go with the “prince” look my hair had dried into (it looked slightly slicked back when I woke up) but I decided against it.

The floral print wasn’t the focus this time…

On to the second outfit: I wore my ribbon laced boots, a striped cardigan, a burgundy dress, and a black hat with a bow on it. The striped socks sadly couldn’t be seen under my boots.

I tried working on my flat lays again since I had already put on my pajamas before I remembered to take a picture. How does it look?

My plushies like to hang around my window sill.

My makeup for the day consisted of solely a tinted lip gloss. It makes the outfit look more together, in my opinion. I was thinking of adding some color to my cheeks but I blush very easily – it ranges from a rosy color to a bright red – so that was also skipped.

You’ll definitely be seeing more of my Dr. Martens in the future! If I’m lucky, maybe I can wear my favorite buckled boots some time (they remind me of American McGee’s Alice). I hope you liked the outfits and stick around for more!

-SR

Outfit 1

  • Hair bow, Claire’s
  • Sleeveless mock neck, Zenana Outfitters, small (from Marshalls)
  • Sweater, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, medium
  • Skirt, BCX girl, large
  • Shoes, Dr. Martens, 7.5 (from Vinted)

Outfit 2

  • Hat (gift from a friend)
  • Cardigan, Merona, medium (from Target)
  • Dress, Divided H&M, 8
  • Boots, Dr. Martens, 7

Makeup

  • Lip gloss, Kissin’ Up Lip Gloss Set by Sephora (currently sold out), holiday berry

*I’m usually a size medium in clothing and a size 7 in shoes, but some brands run differently. Tell me your thoughts on including the clothing sizes. Is it helpful?

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Saint Valentine, Mini Lookbook

This post contains a previously sponsored product. If you are interested in a watch from Valere London please refer to I’m a “Watch Person” Now?

Here’s my, way overdue, mini Valentine’s Day look book. Since I had attended a Valentine’s party before the actual day, I have two outfits to show you. The main feature of my first outfit is actually the makeup!

I love this eyeliner design. I feel like I’d wear it other times as well!

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I was inspired by naturallybellexo‘s heart eyeliner tutorial on YouTube. I didn’t have any heart stickers though so I freehanded it. I don’t think I did that bad! I paired the eyeliner with some subtle eye shadow just to give some more shape to my eyes, and a peachy “nude” lipstick. (I’ve been looking for an almost perfect nude for my skin color.)

On the mannequin it almost looks like Patricia, one of Kevin’s personalities, from Split.

I tried to keep it pretty simple so my eyes may be the focus of the outfit. I wanted to keep to the usual Valentine’s Day colors like red and pink. I don’t like pink though, so I wore a red turtleneck instead. I had originally wanted to wear my red pencil skirt but the top I wanted to pair it with wasn’t clean.

I got these a while back for a party.

I also wore some heels, something I rarely ever do. These heels are luckily super comfortable!

For the day of Valentine’s a decided to wear something a bit more festive. Working at Marshalls helped me find the perfect blouse for the occasion.

The lighting is terrible, I know… Look at the cute blouse!

This blouse was my focus of the outfit, and my way of trying new things. I’ve never had a blouse (that’s not an exaggeration) with such a noticeable sleeve cutout or neckline. I just couldn’t pass up the little hearts, and it’s subtle enough to be worn any other day. I also got a lot of compliments… Yes!

My hand is on top of my iPad, not a laptop.

(You may notice that I’m wearing my blue polka-dot pants in this picture. I wasn’t able to take a picture of my accessories on the day of.)

Of course, I had to wear my new watch with this outfit because the colors all go together. To match metals I also wore a silver ring with some Celtic knot design. My real name, Brenna, is an Irish name so I thought it would be cute to have.

I’ve worn these shoes close to every day since I’ve gotten them.

Here we end at the shoes. They’re sort of plain but have a very clean and cute look about them. Again, they’re also very comfortable because I think comfort and practicality should be top priorities.

I hope you enjoyed my mini lookbook and have a nice day! Don’t forget to show your loved ones that you care at any chance you get. Valentine’s Day is not the only day love should be expressed!

-SR

Outfit 1

Turtleneck: Style & Co (from Macy’s)

Skirt: H&M

Heels: Easy Spirit

Outfit 1: Makeup

Lipstick: Maybelline, Clay Crush

Eyeliner: Beauty People, Glimmer Black

Eyeshadow: Ulta

Blush: Style Essentials (from TJMaxx)

Outfit 2

Cardigan: Verve amí (from Marshalls)

Blouse: Dalia (from Marshalls)

Watch: Valere London

Ring: unknown brand

Skirt: Garage

Shoes: Naturalizer

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Winter Flowers

There’s apparently some idea going around that floral print is only for Spring. Although I’m personally not a fan of floral print, I have two pieces with it in my closet: my boots. They gave me the idea to show those that love florals but are on the fence about using them outside of warmer weather that they can definitely wear them “outside of season” as long as they know how to style them. For me, instead of having a pop of color, I had a pop of flowers!

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Here’s a closeup so you can see them better!

The way I incorporated the floral print is subtle but it could easily be done with, let’s say a full floral dress, if the colors were more muted or if the flowers depicted commonly bloomed during the fall or winter.


As usual, matching the colors of what you want to stand out with a few other things (or making everything else neutral) sometimes helps to make them more noticeable. I chose a burgundy coat to go with the darker flowers and wore some pinkish makeup to go with the lighter ones.


Don’t forget, once you find your own way to show off your winter florals, have fun! You have beat the odds and shown the world that the “rules” of fashion can be broken.

Now that I’m starting to include makeup in my outfits, here’s what it looked like.

I wore a beige pink blush and a pink glittery lip gloss. The glitter was kind of annoying but that was the only lip gloss that had the pink I was looking for.

On my eyes I used all matte shades to go against the glitter in my lip gloss. I think I mixed a dusty rose and maroon color, and I used a burgundy eyeliner.

To pull the look together I wore a burgundy colored bow, diamond earrings, and this little puppy ring. It reminds me of my dog, Mr. Bean (short for Mr. Cocoa Bean), who unfortunately passed away last summer.

I hope this may inspire some people to wear their florals no matter what time of year. A bit of fashion experimentation can’t harm anyone, so why not?!

-SR

Outfit

Bow: Claire’s

Earrings: unknown brand (from Macy’s)

Glasses: Chelsea Morgan (prescription from the optometrist)

Turtleneck: Style & Co (from Macy’s)

Dress: Banana Republic

Coat: H&M

Boots: Dr. Martens

 

Makeup

Eyeshadow: Ulta

Eyeliner: Beauty People, Glimmer Burgundy

Blush: Ulta  (came in 12-piece free gift BOGO)

Lip Gloss: Sephora’s Kissin’ Up Lip Gloss set, Festive Pink (currently sold out)

Foundation: Clinique, Fresh Beige

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I’m a “Watch Person” Now?

This post doesn’t contain affiliate links. However, I did receive this product at a discounted price and if you enter my code for 30% off (and free shipping) I get a small commission.

I’ve never really been into watches. Ever since I was little I didn’t understand the hype of a watch. According to many people, the watch is an essential to tell time, but to me all I need is my phone. As I got more interested in the world of fashion I noticed that watches, although meant for more practical purposes, could be used as a beautiful accessory.

The necessity for a watch increased once I got a job. We are not allowed to have our phones out while we’re working. The only option we have is to walk up to a mounted phone somewhere in the store to check the time… Or, we could wear a watch. After getting a follow from a company called Valere London on my Instagram, I went to their page to see what they did. To my surprise, they sold watches! Also, with them being a new looking company, and me being a new blogger in need of a watch, I took them up on their search for someone to collaborate with. (Lucky for me, they didn’t mind having a complete newbie promote their product. Most companies want you to either be famous or have 1,000 or so followers on your blog and Instagram.)

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As you can tell from the packaging, Valere London is a minimalist brand. Their watches are very clean cut and beautiful, allowing them to be worm at any time; any occasion.

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For any vegan readers out there, the band of this watch is lined with real leather. If you still like the watch, they have one with a mesh band which looks even classier.

I chose their Primus Silver with blue suede strap. I’m not too familiar with suede, but I’m glad I got it because it’s very soft yet firm enough to stay fitted on your wrist. What I consider to be the best part is that the bands of the watches are interchangeable, so if it doesn’t match your look you can just swap it out.

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This is the only picture I was able to take with the watch showing because it was so cold outside. You’ll probably see more of it in future posts.

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The “a squirrel threw an acorn at my head” pose.

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Here’s the full outfit! As always, I like to choose just a few colors to stick to: normally some neutrals and one stand out color. It makes things neat, yet interesting.

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I don’t wear makeup very often, and I’m still a beginner, so my goal is to do a look every weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) to improve. The makeup look for this outfit was subtle and soft, featuring a black shimmer eyeliner, sheer purple lip gloss, and some pink blush. I don’t like the feel of a full face of foundation and I really like the freckles and beauty marks that I have, so I only lightly covered some blemishes.

If you actually read everything, thanks! If you’ve just been waiting for the code, don’t worry, it’s coming up.

-SR

Outfit
Beret: Adora (from Marshalls)
Earrings: Claire’s
Turtleneck: Style & Co. (from Macy’s)
Coat: Larry Levine
Watch: Valere London (code XOXO30)
Pants: Tommy Hilfiger
Socks: Sock Season
Shoes: Converse

Makeup
Eyeliner: Beauty People, Shimmer Black
Blush: Style Essentials (from TJMaxx)
Lip gloss: Sephora’s Kissin’ Up Lip Gloss Set, Berry Jam (currently sold out)
Foundation: Clinique (not linked to my specific color)

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