Unboxing; Yes Oh Yas! One Last Shot!

      Hey guys! Happy on time Monday! The first in…. well, a while. I’ve been getting the same ol’ subscription boxes for the last couple of months, but for whatever reason I haven’t been writing on them. What can I say other than I dropped the ball. This post is a special farewell to Yes Oh Yas, which I’ve been paying for since the middle of last year. I haven’t been impressed by the names included in my shipments.

     This could be a thing that’s just me- but if I’m paying upwards of 20 dollars a month, I want big names. Not these unknown little things, you know? I have nothing against indie brands or anything, but honestly, the quality hasn’t blown me away with these. It’s been a consistent disappointment, much like Sephora play. And like Sephora play, this one is also canceled.

    This particular shipment had a small, colorful palette from Amorus. The palette was called Lady Boss and is a somewhat juvenile pink, cheetah pattern. Honestly, that’s just me being petty, but I wasn’t a fan of the packaging. I did like the color story of the palette, as it had a nice smattering of colors that looked promising. There was a liquid liner, that I was curious about, that had the usual felt tip. A cute little tube of liquid lipstick, and a lip brush. There’s also a detox bath from Dosi, that I’m super curious about.

    For the testing phase on this shipment, I used the palette, liner and lip product. The palette, in all was unimpressive. The colors lacked pigment and did not want to blend. I was was a little happy with the orange which did brighten up the crease a little more than I was expecting. The black in the lower right corner was woefully underperforming, I was a little heartbroken with that turn of events. The liner from Studiomakeup was…. likewise displeasing. I found it a bit hard to work with, with admittedly could be user error, but I did also notice that it dried up on the nib very quickly. The last of the items I used, was the lipstick, and it smelled terrible. A very… rubbery? smell. I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but I wasn’t too into it.
 

I wanted to show you guys the look I came up with for this particular box. I had to literally dig into the colors to get the pigmentation that we have there.  Also, I want to extend an apology for my aggressive looking brow. I’m not sure what to say except for- “oh”. 
 
Rating
2.5/5

I don’t think I have to say too much about this rating, since I kind of tore into them, honestly. The subscription service is not bad, by any means and maybe I was unfair. My biggest gripe is that I feel like the cost isn’t quite justified at $17.00 or more for each shipment, I’m not able to say it’s worth it. I’m moving over to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, which is like 4 dollars more and looks to include some of the high-preforming items I’m more interested in. Maybe I’m just boujee?

Unboxing; Allure April 2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Oh dang!! My @allure #allurebeautybox came today! I see promise in here, and I’m #excited. #postincomingβ˜•πŸ‘–

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Hey guys, happy Good Friday! I know I fell off of doing the unboxings of my makeup subscriptions, but I hope to be able to get back to them. Today, I checked the mail and had my Lip Monthly bag, as well as my Allure Box. Honestly, Allure hasn’t impressed me since Christmas. I mean, you can’t really top a box that is hand picked by NikkiTutorials. This particular one actually surprised me when I looked inside!

   Right off the bat, I was excited for a Natasha Denona single, even though at this point, I feel like I have enough her shadows. I’m always willing to accept more. Her formula is superb. There was a Luxie tapered brush, which made me pretty happy too. I’m getting an appreciation for brushes, as I’ve gotten… 3 sets of BH Cosmetics brushes? I feel like they’re great, especially for the price. But I will admit, that I love my Luxie brushes.

    A brown Laura Gellar twist up eyeliner was also included in this box. I was thrilled, because I love liners and mostly stick to black, so brown is a nice change of speed. I was working on a look for a twitter tag that I’m participating in and thought it would be nice to have brown to ground the look. It broke. I was… disheartened. I don’t even have a sharpener small enough to bring it back to a point. So I had to make do. 

    You guys may know that I’m a slight, ABH fangirl. I swoon over every palette and am only missing the Mario one. I rushed out to preorder the Riviera and loose highligter. But, I only had two ABH lip products. One I got from TJ Maxx and one I got on my Black Friday Spree. This one is the Liquid Lip in Pure HollywoodI legit don’t get the Mauve vibes from this. It’s so pale and you almost can’t differentiate it from my skin. It reminds of me of when I’m doing my foundation and I have it on my lips. As much I love ABH, I don’t think I’m feeling this color. I really love their shadow formula, but I do find their lips to be drying so far. So, I might be sticking to their eye and face products.   

     The last couple of items in this box were a frizz and heat protectant, it smells strongly of oranges and reminds me of that orange cleanser that used to live in my Step-Father’s garage. I used to habitually use it and just enjoy the aggressive orange scent of it. I think it was supposed to clean motor oil and stuff like that off of your hands? And, I want to be clear that I don’t mean that negatively. It was a nostaligic scent- but I don’t think I’ll be using this for a while, since my hair is so short right now. The last thing was a packet of tanner wipes, that I’m sure I won’t be using. I have no interest in tanning, so these might get passed off to someone.

    I’m fairly pleased with this Allure shipment, so I’ll be keeping this one for a while longer. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Trying not to spoil a tag on Twitter! This #taurus inspired look is going up on the 23rd for the #candisweets zodiac tag! . . #look #teaser #makeup #beauty #cosmetics #fotd #eyes #eyeshadow

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Just because I’m so incredibly proud, I want to put my teaser here too for the #candysweets zodiac tag I’m participating in. I’m trying to up my makeup game and learn blending and such. Call me big-headed,but I think I did well on this look! 

What did you guys get in your Allure box?

Top 4 Favorite Online Clothing Stores!

Top 4 Favorite Online Clothing Stores!

    We’re going to stray a little from the usual content once again, and move back to fashion! I was thinking how there are literally so many places to buy clothes online. Some are great, some… not so much. I wanted to compile a list of my favorite places to shop for clothes online, in case anyone was itching for a new wardrobe! 

4. I’ll start off with my favorite place that costs a little more than I want to spend most of the time. One of my absolute favorite aesthetics is vintage. I’m not picky. I like the 20s-70s, generally but have been known to dabble outside of those decades. My all time favorite category on their site is the fit and flare dresses. They’re just way too classic!

3. Another vintage online shop and also fairly pricey; Unique Vintage. I got my 1920s Flapper Dress from them and the quality was amazing. The dress was on sale from 50-ish to 27. I think I got a steal. I don’t plan to venture too far from their Clearance page, just because they are fairly pricey. They’re slightly more attainable than ModCloth, and their swing dresses are to die for.

2. A very recent favorite of mine that has proven to be absolutely phenomenal, aside from (what I consider) excessive shipping. Logically, I know that it comes from individuals and not a giant warehouse, but I don’t like shipping, okay? Im talking about a site and app that’s essentially an online thrift shop: Posh Mark. I’ve done a somewhat considerable amount of shopping there since finding it. Since they don’t have a usual “stock”, I’ll just show some of my loot!

1. I’m an avid thrift-shopper when it comes to my clothes, and on my other favorites follows the lead of Posh Mark, I’m talking about Thredup. Primarily, I use their services for their curated goody boxes, honestly. One flat shipping fee and I get to try them on? Perfection. I’ve gotten two so far, and I show no signs of stopping with these deliveries. 

   That’s about all I’m able to come up with for today’s post, since I literally don’t shop online all that much. Most of my shopping is done in person with some exceptions! I’m definitely planning some Beauty related content, and I have a few ‘What’s New?” posts to prepare, as well as a trip to Atlanta later this month! This big huzzah in May is happening no matter what, because you know what? I need it. Big, big things coming even though I died on the inside recently and haven’t been motivated. 

Hometown Cravings; Cadbury Creme Egg Latte!

Do you guys remember those quinesential creme-filled eggs that the stores sell right around Easter? Spring is Officially underway and Easter is in the near future. I remember being a child and walking into the local Walgreens or CVS… Eckards? I would always make a sharp beeline to the Easter Display. Filled with items of delicate pastel patterns and most importantly, Candy. Among those, was the excruciatingly sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs.

I remember that they always had those amazing commercials with the different animals in bunny ears, and to this day I occasionally say “Buh-meow, buh-meow”

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Don’t ask why, but I love that commercial. I don’t know if it’s the cat or the llama that gets me. But even that amazing piece of artistry was never enough to make me like Cadbury Creme Eggs. Today, that changed. I went to My Boulange after doing some production shots for an indie movie a co-worker is filming, and saw they had a Cadbury Creme Egg flavored specialty latte. You guys know I love me some lattes.

This drink is a mixture of dark chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla, and all delicious. As expected with the two chocolates, it’s quite rich. The espresso offers a little tinge of nuttiness to the flavor. Of course, I got it on ice and it was almost like drinking a caffeine infused chocolate milk. Two of my favorite things! Chocolate milk and caffeine!Β 

The flavor of the vanilla is subtle and sweet, I kind of like vanilla playing second fiddle to chocolate. I don’t know why I don’t combine them more often. I guess I kind of see them as opposites so in my mind they cancel each other out. Or, that’s as close to logic as I can get with that idea.

I’m really into the My Boulange French Decor, and the numerous Eiffel Towers that are in attendance. Of course I had to take a picture of my coffee with the Eiffel Tower behind it… or one of them.

Taste
5/5

My consensus can be summed up in one word: Yum. If you want a longer rating, it was abosolutely delicious. A little bit richer than a regular mocha, but that’s what you get when you mix two chocolates. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if it can dethrone my recent favorite: the caramel macchiato.

Long Overdue Spring Anti-Haul! Not today Satan!

              Hey guys! I’m not dead, I swear. I’ve been prepping for the trip and studying, mainly. It’s going to be a long, long 42 days. I’m really feeling the drudgery of everyday life, especially now with this huge neon sign to look forward to! Thankfully, to break up the monotony, I’m planning to attend a 1920’s party this weekend, with my sparkly new Flapper dress, I’ve kept that bit under wraps. So, we have that to look forward to on Monday’s post! 

      I’m going to follow the lead of the Beautubers I aspire to follow, and share my Anti-Haul, because I legit need to learn how to stick to my Low Buy. Especially with my latest obsession being the idea of a macbook. Why? I don’t know. Honestly, it’s pretty. Do I need more reasons?

Kat Von D-oh no

  First up. is this black compact from KVD. I mean, aside from the controversy surrounding our alleged antisemitic former-tattoo-artist, I’m just not into this. Black? Really? What kind of spring are you a part of, Kat? It’s a kind of cute design, but this is definitely going to be a no from me. We still don’t know what it is, but if it’s eyeshadow- we have plenty of blacks shadows. And, that’s the only thing that makes sense. C’mon.

Please Stop…

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Continuing the Makeup munchies πŸ˜‚πŸͺ🍦 More #SneakPeeks πŸ‘€ From the upcoming Collection inspired by Diner and Fast food πŸ”πŸ¦πŸŸπŸͺ by #bombshellcosmetica πŸ’— The #MaltParlour #Collection Includes eyeshadow palettes, Bomb Burger Palette, Fresh Baked Eyeshadow, Strawberry Milkshake Eyeshadow palette, lashes: Smize Surprise ( in style Cavity) 🍟 Hot Diggity, Lash-Lola, Donut Shoppe and more . . #ComingSoon Online @bombshellcosmetica *use code: TRENDMOOD 20% off Will keep u updated . . This is Fun !! πŸ₯›πŸ“this collection will also launch in 4 big retailers in the US!! What are your thoughts? πŸͺπŸ”πŸ”₯ XO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @jasurias @sarahh.beauty_ 😘 . . …#makeup #makeupart #makeupartist #motd #makeupoftheday #makeuplover #makeupobsessed #makeupaddict #beauty #instabeauty #instamakeup

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Honestly, this is just here because I feel like I have to or else I’ll try to buy it. I’m living for the milkshake palette. But really, being realistic, I already have the colors. I have no need to gamble on a brand I don’t know about, and besides the fact that I bought the pizza palette and haven’t even broken into it. Why did I even buy it? This entry is an attempt to talk myself into self-control and bolstering myself for the release.

Sephora… why?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I can’t even make sense of this. I feel like I’m jumping on the hate train, but choo choo- I hate it. Guys, what? This collection looks so gimmicky. The shadow palette looks like something I’d give a child to play with. The black panther highlight palette doesn’t make any sense either. I feel like they should have made something a bit more universal, because that looks like something that would work on fair-light complexions, but not so much for mid-dark tones. Sephora, seriously. I’m all for mixing niches, but Marvel and Makeup? Nah.

Yawn… Next

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sharing here a beautiful!! palette, perfect for summer πŸ˜β˜€οΈπŸ’—βœ¨ The Sydney Bathers Palette by @nomadcosmetics Kiss of Sun Palette Includes: Balmoral Beach – Powder pink Highlighter with glistening pearls Tamarama Beach – Golden rod Illuminator with champagne pearls Bondi Beach – Glowing warm Bronzer with golden pearls Manly Beach – Rich chocolate matte Bronzer & Contour Powder Formulated with extra-fine pigments making each shade smooth, blendable & buildable. Infused with Macadamia Oil to help skin feel soft and moisturized. $27 #crueltyfree #vegan . Available now on their website . . . I also love mixing the colors together to create new Shades 😍✨ Did u get yours? Please share your favorites from the brand β˜€οΈπŸ’—XO #TRENDMOOD . . #healthy #makeup #beauty #bbloggers #beautyblogger makeupoftheday #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint

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This is just…. so boring. Most of us probably have these shades in triplicate. Browns? So inspired. So innovative. Wow. Of course it’s perfect for the summer. It’s literally a neutrals palette.

Speaking of Boring…

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Available Now! πŸš¨πŸ™€LINK ➑️ BIO online @stilacosmetics . ✨NEW Big #EyeshadowPalettes 🎨✨ each one includes 12 shades $52 #LimitedEdition 1. Happy Hour Eye Shadow Palette Daiquiri: Marshmallow matte Old Fashioned: Rose quartz matte Highball: Seafoam shimmer Cosmo: Cranberry glitter Sangria: Amethyst glitter Gold Label: Deep gold shimmer Black Book: Deep grey matte Neat: Nude matte On The Rocks: Silver shimmer Tiki Bar: Lilac glitter Sapphire Sizzle: Sapphire glitter Top Shelf: Aubergine glitter 2. After Hours Eye Shadow Palette Toast: Champagne glitter Last Round: Nude matte Sunset SoirΓ©e: Burnt orange shimmer Pink Bubbly: Baby pink shimmer Velvet Rope: Garnet glitter Cash Out: Jade glitter Bellini: Light peach shimmer All Nighter: Chocolate matte Bright Lights: Butter gold glitter Anything Goes: Espresso matte Tomorrow’s Tale: Reddish brown matte After Party: Smoky quartz glitter . . Which one did u get ? 🎨😍✨ XO #Trendmood #stilacosmetics THANK U for sharing this amazing!! Pic: @jennifer_q85 😘 . . ..#cosmetics #eyeshadow #motd #makeupoftheday #makeup #maquillaje #beauty #bbloggers #beautyblogger #instabeauty #fashion

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Have you guys seen this? I’m a little torn, because I’m so basic with my makeup. I also like Stila, so I think to myself, ‘what’s so bad about these?’ After thinking for a moment, I realized that I was bored already. They are such basic and safe colors. Stila does great with the liquid shadows that I’m almost tempted to try these. But, truth be told, I can dupe every color.

Packaging: 10 Execution: 3

 

 
 
 
 
 
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How is cute!! Is this NEW #Spring2019 #Collection πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ by #zoevacosmetics The #MelodyCollection Graceful and delicate, yet strong enough to withstand a total metamorphosis, the butterfly is a powerful symbol of transformation πŸ¦‹ Inspired by these winged beauties, celebrates a woman’s ability to transform herself with lightness and ease. Includes: #EueshadowPalette 5 #Glosses Hand Mirror . . Will be available ➑️ MARCH 25TH online @zoevacosmetics . . .#ByeByeMoney πŸ’Έ this packaging is so beautiful and I love that they added the hand mirror!! πŸ˜πŸ¦‹βœ¨ What are your thoughts? XO #Trendmood . . . . . .#motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict

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 I love the design of this. The sophistication of the packaging, and the sparkly, shifting butterfly. The mirror? Love it! That pop of purple? Love it. Wait. That’s the only color I like in the palette. Well that’s not fair. I also like that pastel pink in the lower left. Those glosses are pretty, too. But, this just doesn’t spark joy beyond the thrill of the aboslutely stunning packaging. I. Need. To. Stop. Buying. For. The. Box.

No Natasha

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A #closeup 🚨 😍 She is going to be your best friend! NEW! @natashadenona #EyeshadowPalette πŸ‚πŸSay hello to The Biba Palette!!! All Neutrals πŸ˜πŸ™€πŸ™ŒπŸΌ it includes cream and powder formulas, mattes, also this is her first palette that includes a black shade in cream powder *permanent $129 πŸ–€πŸπŸ‚ . . . . Will be available ➑️ TOMORROW Online & in stores @Sephora / APRIL available in all retailers . . . I just love her clean packaging ! Always simple and elegant and of course her eyeshadows!!! The cream powder formula (4 shades) is so smooth, soft and blends beautifully just like the other shades and finishes! Stunning and super!!! Wearable palette for everyone #ByeByeMoney πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ Is it on your list ? πŸ‚πŸπŸ˜ XO #Trendmood #natashadenona . #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict #trendmoodholidays2018

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I’ve developed a love for the higher-end products lately, with my growing collection of Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona. I guess I’m in that ‘Collector’ mindset. As much as I like Natasha’s formula and general aesthetic, I can’t. I just… can’t. Not for a neutral palette, and not even for Natasha.

Eenie, meenie minny No

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#REVEALED 🚨Round 2 🏁This time it’s with #Minnie What a CUTE! #Collection β€οΈπŸ–€ NEW! Collaboration #doseofcolors X @disney #MinnieMouse #DisneyAndDoseOfColors . . Includes: 3 Lip products 3 (looks like glittery eyeliners or maybe liquid eyeshadows) 1 Face Palette . . Will be available ➑️ MARCH 18TH online @doseofcolors . . What are your thoughts? πŸ–€β€οΈXO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @godsdaughterluv @adilenyc @kellyhdv @sophiel_mu @anahit.08 @ulalala_ss @annapetrosianfc24 😘 #makeupoftheday #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupaddiction #makeupdolls #onpoint #onfleek .

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As cute as the Minnie collection is, I can’t commit. I impulse bought the Mickey palette and I love it. It’s more my speed, and I have the Sultry palette. Which saves me if I want a neutral look with a pop of color. I love the colors in that palette and the blush is such a gorgeous color. But, I’m going to have to pass. 

Burger Up!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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O-M-G! πŸ™€Fresh off the grill πŸ”₯πŸ˜‚ We are now Calling out all the #Burger / #MakeupLovers πŸ”πŸ˜ There is a NEW palette… The #BurgerPalette πŸŽ¨πŸ…πŸ”πŸ§€ by #glamlite Includes 16 Toppings / Shades with different flavors / finishes: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato πŸ…, pickles, avocadoπŸ₯‘, bacon πŸ₯“, and a variety of cheeses! πŸ§€ And that’s not all… it’s a Full collection!!! inspired by America’s favorite fast foods. Here are some hints: πŸ”πŸ§€πŸŸπŸ¨πŸŒ­πŸ₯“πŸ•πŸ— . . #ComingSoon Online @glamlite *use code: TRENDMOOD 10% off Will keep u updated . . Makeup is Fun πŸ˜‰ And we love food, the perfect combination What are your thoughts? πŸ”πŸ”₯ XO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @mary.thefitmom.malone @jasurias @hellooooo_._nurse @annax1091 😘 . . #LoveU …#makeup #makeupart #makeupartist #motd #makeupoftheday #makeuplover #makeupobsessed #makeupaddict #beauty #instabeauty #instamakeup

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How can I hate on food palettes without shaking my head at the company that I view as repsonsible for the fad? The realistic burger is a turn off. The FOMO in me wants it, but I literally haven’t even opened the pizza one aside from just looking at it. So, I won’t be jumping on this one. Youtube be damned, I won’t be buying this.

     With that, guys, I’ll shut up about what I won’t be buying. This post could have been longer, but I figure I’ll save the long Anti-Hauls for youtube just so I don’t beat you with text! What things have released that you’re not feeling? 

Tag; Step into Spring!

Tag; Step into Spring!

    Hey guys, so here’s another instance of me inviting myself to a party that I wasn’t invited to. I really like tags, probably because I kind of had my start on DeviantArt back about a decade ago, when there were so many people doing tags in their posts. That’s not strictly blogging, but I do recall doing so. many. tags. 

     I know that I’ve been quiet this week, I don’t have a reason or excuse other than I just… had no energy. No matter how many coffees I drink to cheer myself up, I still feel lackluster. I’m wondering if the prospect of braving these 49 days to my big trip has me feeling down. It’s really likely.

     Today’s post is another Question and Answer style post, this one in a valiant effort to remind myself that it’s spring. I welcome you guys to take part too on the platform of your choice!

1. What 3 colours remind you most of Spring?

      For me, it’s definitely baby yellow, pastel purple and soft pink. I remember growing up and eating peeps with the rest of the children after hunting for multiple pastel plastic eggs. There’s something so innately spring about pastels to me. 

2. What is the first thing you’d add to your wardrobe in Spring?

      I’m really partial to flowy bohemian style skirts and loose peasant tops for the spring. I tend to start dressing more for casual festivals then everyday life once the weather permits. 

3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring?

     I do away with bulkier coats in favor of cardigans and colorful pull-overs. Sadly, I end up pushing any items featuring fuzzy faux fur to the back of my closet in favor of booties that are more season appropriate.

4. What are your ultimate Spring nude and Spring bright lipsticks?
    
    Please don’t judge me too harshly for this one, but I really like the Kylie Lip Kit in Apricot for my springy pink. It’s so soft and almost like a ‘grown-up’ version of the iridescent pinks I wore as a teen. I also favor more rose gold tones for my nudes, my favorite is one I don’t even know the name of.

5. What is your top Spring fragrance?

     You mean people change scents for the season? My favorite scent ever is vanilla. But if I had to pick a spring scent, it would be light and floral. Floral isn’t my usual scent, so I sadly don’t have any to use as an example for this one!

6. What do you add/drop from your skincare routine in Spring?

     My skincare routine is woefully inadequate, to be honest. I pretty much just moisturize in the morning then again at night after taking my makeup off. I try to remember to slap some moisturizer on my face when I don’t wear makeup, but more often than not, I forget.

7. Do you change your hair up in Spring?

    I change my hair up all the time! It doesn’t have to a seasonal thing. It’s just when I’m bored of what i have going on, which is what happened this time. I do notice that my current chop did take place right as the seasons were changing over. Hm. 

8. Are there any exciting beauty releases you’re waiting for this Spring?

    A few that I’m aware of right now! My favorites hail from Colour Pop, personally just for the affordability factor and their superb quality. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I did purchase (I think) 7 items from their Disney Villains collection. I ordered the palette along with Facilier’s set, then tacked on Ursula’s highlight and Cruella’s gloss

    The next one is also from Colour Pop and it’s their actual 2019 spring collection, I purchased the ‘your face is like sunshine‘ set because I have no self control, and really like the colors and the idea of getting lots of items for pretty cheap.     

    There is an honorable mention from MAC, that I haven’t purchased from. I’m lowkey proud that I haven’t gotten something from the Boom, Boom, Bloom collection, but I know it only because when I looked at it, the For the Frill of It gloss was sold out. 

9. What are your top 3 Spring nails shades?

    Definitely have to go with teal, rosy pink and champagne. Champagne is a perfect color for any season, in my humble opinion.

10. Who do you tag to do this post next?

     I did already kind of answer this question before we got started, since I don’t have any friends -sniff- that blog, I tag my lovely readers! If you do participate in this tag, please leave the link in the comments below!

Huge Birthday Itinerary for Savannah Georgia!

Huge Birthday Itinerary for Savannah Georgia!

   Hey guys! Today’s post is another small departure from our usual programming, and late, as is my trend. If you guys have been following in the ol’ tweet machine you may have noticed me LOSING MY EVER-LOVING MIND. Short version: I’m excited. Long version? Just check it out!

     My birthday plans include 6 days of fun and fancy, starting on the 16th.

05/16/2019

    Oh boy! I’m going to wake up at 6:00 AM, bright and early. I’m going to throw on my clothes, put Java’s pajamas on her (because I’m that person, and I want her to feel warm and safe), and get on the road. The trip to Savannah is about 4 hours from home. I’m going to stop in every town I come across to try the coffee. That alone will add an hour or so to the trip.

     I plan to get to Savannah about 2 or 3 pm, in time to check in to the hotel. I had initially picked one with an adorable aesthetic, not only were the reviews unfavorable, but they wouldn’t allow my sweet daughter. And how can you say no to this?:

05/17/2019

    Today, I plan to take to the historic town of Savannah and see what the downtown scene is like. I want to explore and walk on the cobbled streets with Java and take in the sights and the smell of the ocean. I’ll most likely be glued to my camera until about lunch time, when I plan to find a bistro with outdoor dining, so that Java and I can share a meal. I’m trying not to spoil too much for myself by looking at pictures, so it’s going to be fresh eyes when I get there.

     I’m considering setting up a ghost tour for tonight, a twofer with a carriage ride and walking portion. I’m a little on the fence about having today booked since it’s the day after an exhausting drive. I may take it easy, but then again, I may not!

05/18/2019

    Tonight I have a ghost tour on foot already booked, and I am so ready. This is a thing I don’t share too often on here, but I’m obsessed with creepy locations, urbex, history and ghost hunts. It might be juvenile, but I love it and genuinely have so much fun! I have an EMF detector on the way, and I wish it would get here already. I’m wondering if I should buy a small digital camera and try to get some apparitions?

5/19/2019

    Tonight is going to be pub crawl with a designated driver! There’s this amazing looking little ghost hunt/tour that features the haunted pubs in Savannah. And you better believe I intend to take part in it. If not that, I know about a dozen other ghost hunts I want to do. But, but I think the pub one is a good choice for my birthday-eve.

5/20/2019

     Today will be filled with taking in the sights with the Java, who, to this point, has been drowning in ghosts. I hope to find some little pet friendly shops, and I do intend to ask before I take her into any. I hope to have a list of places that are Java-Accepting before today. I want to take her on the town and show her all kinds of new stuff. This is also the day that I plan to set sail on the 7 seas in a pirate ship

    Guys. What? You can bet I’m going to try to coordinate a Wench ensemble for my grand voyage. You think I’ll find any treasure? Or maybe the treasure was the adventure we’ll have along the way. After shopping in whatever unique stores I can find, indulging my inner Pirate and some food, I’ll go back to the hotel and watch movies with Java.

5/21/2019

    I’m a little sad even writing this. Because I don’t want to think about my adventure ending before it’s even begun. I know I’ll miss my Fiance` the whole time I’m there, but I could literally travel my whole life and never get bored of the open road. I plan to stop off in whatever mom and pop breakfast diner I’ve developed a fondness for over the duration of my trip, and then hit the road with Java, bags of goodies, pictures and the memories of adventure fresh on my mind. The adventure won’t be totally over today, because the trip back is just an opportunity to see more new things. 

      Have you guys ever been to Savannah? Are there any places you would recommend that I check out? I’d love to hear about them so that I add them to my itinerary! I’m so looking forward to my trip and especially to sharing it with all of you across social media! 

 

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

   Happy St Paddys day, everyone! Or…. post-St Paddys day, since this is going up on Monday, the day after St. Patrick’s day. This weekend I hunted around town, since I feel kind of jipped by the lack of Seasonal drinks from my guilty pleasure, Starbucks. I did find a tiny Starbucks in the hospital, that had two seasonal drinks. One a Paddy Mint, which I assume would have been mint chocolate. And the other, was a Fruity Pot of Gold, or raspberry, blackberry and vanilla. The Fruity Pot of Gold was fantasic.

     Anyway, this post isn’t about Starbucks. It’s about my favorite little local coffee shop; Origin Coffee House. I walked up to their door and saw that they had not one, but three options for my festivities. I took my chance with the top option on their board; the stout. You guys may know my abivalence on whether or not I like hazelnut, counting on the chocolate and caramel toning it down.

    I took a hunch and used heavy cream, in lieu of my whole milk for the added sweetness and richness it affords. On first sight, I noticed a conspicuous lack of green. Which is more an aesthetic grievance than anything else. The drink itself is very, very rich. Almost reminescent of a syrup? It lingers sweetly on the tongue, with the strong flavor of mocha. Caramel offered a pleasant sweetness just underneah the mocha, with the nuttiness from the hazelnut being so subtle as to be nearly not there. 

     The main reason I went with heavy cream was to drown out the nutty undertones, and I’m thinking that should not have been done. I may go back and try another thing off the list tomorrow, if time allows. I’m really curious to find out whether or not I enjoy Irish Cream. So far I’m starting my St Paddy’s Day weekend on a slightly highnote, because I’m never upset when I have coffee. I feel like my choice of heavy cream may have dampened this particular drink. I’d probably love this with the whole milk- which is going to be my second taste! 

Photo by Anthony from Pexels

       If you guys are pushing any boundaries with flavors, or trying anything new, let me know in the comments below! 

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

    Good Morning, guys! If you’re living under a rock, or just don’t particularly follow Starbucks new releases, you may not have heard about the Cloud Macchiato. Otherwise, you may be fully aware of the controversy surrounding this new drink. This little cup of coffee has caused its share of strife in the vegan community due to being a collaboration between Starbucks and the musical Ariana Grande, also known as Chanel Number 2 .

    The cause for the outrage surrounding this Macchiato topped with fluffy, lightly sweetened foam, is that it’s not vegan. I wasn’t aware that Ari was vegan, but her fans are. And, they are livid. To top it off, there’s not vegan option, due to the foam that crowns it having a main ingredient of egg whites. 

    Drama aside, the Cloud Macchiato comes in two flavors, cinnamon and caramel. If you’ve been following for a while, you know I prefer the super sweet flavor of caramel in my drinks. This is no different. This post is going to be a little bit of a roller coaster, because at first, I didn’t like it. But after about 15 sips, and sloshing it in the cup, I eventually decided I kind of dig it.    

 

    I was so excited to try it, not because of the origin, but because I’ve always loved macchiatos. I firmly expected to love this right off the bat. At first sip, which I took without stirring or sloshing, was a bitter affront to my taste-buds. I mean, maybe I do like my drinks overly-sweetened, but this was on a different level. I did notice a richness hiding under the sharp bite that greeted me. And, once I got the courage to drink a little more, I notice the foam had sunken into the drink and toned down the flavor to a mild nuttiness with some kick.

    At that point, I stirred it, because I wasn’t picking too much of the caramel. Once I did that, the foam was almost completely mixed in and the caramel had come to the surface to make a difference. I think this was the point where I decided that I do sort of like this one. It’s not for those who don’t like bitterness, that’s to say it was very nearly not for me. My final impression was that it was pleasantly sweet, the foam and caramel worked together to tone down my initial impression. Even with the sweetness I was loving at this point, I had a slight reminder of the bitterness lying wait under the surface. 
 
 

Taste; /5

    I award this one a 4/5, I don’t feel like I can give it a five just because it was a little of a hit and  miss for me. In the end I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t the best macchiato. While not being the worst, either. I do think that a 4 is a fair rating for the Cloud Macchiato.

 

Hometown Cravings; Matcha with Midtown Coffeehouse!

Hometown Cravings; Matcha with Midtown Coffeehouse!

         Top o’ the morning to ye! Get ready to feel festive, and dish out pinches this weekend! For my #tryday last week, I tried the Luck of the Matcha frapp from Midtown Coffeehouse! I’ve tried matcha from Starbucks, and a few other places in the past, with greatly underwhelming results. Read: I didn’t like it. This one was a lovely change of speed to that established trend. I was super excited to give this one a try, because, well I saw the post. 
 
    Literally, how could I not be absolutely ecstatic for that? I mean, typically, I like tea. And of course, my immature self loves marshmallows. So, hypothetically this is right up my alley!  I was a little hesitant to order it, but curiosity was pushing me in the door to place my order.

     The first thing I noticed was that the scent of the drink was very mild, which followed suit with the flavor. While the color itself is somewhat unappetizing to the anti-festive, being a pastel shade of green, I found it quite spring appropriate. It was more akin to drinking an iced green tea than I’m used to from my coffeeshops. It wasn’t overly sweetened, or maybe it was, since you guys know how I like my sugar; abundant. That slight propensity does skew my tastebuds. 

     I found the sweetness to be subtle and soft, for my tastes. It was tempered with a light earthy flavor, kind of like cinnamon if I had to pick the closest spice that it reminded me of. But, probably closer to how the air smells when tea is brewing. If that had a flavor. I found myself enjoying it, despite the odds being against this drink, due to the matcha thing. The marshmallows, which I could have used to sweeten it more, ended up sitting on top of the whipped cream and being eaten alone since I didn’t need their services so much after all.

     My rating on this is….

Taste: /5

     I can think of no other rating to award the kind folks over at Midtown Coffeehouse, than a well-deserved 5/5 for making me venture outside of my comfort zone with this one. I was really hesitant to try it, and seriously, Iwhen  told my Fiance` I was going to try it. His response? “You don’t like matcha.”  I looked at him before leaving, “I know, but I gotta try it.” And try it, I did. And you know what else?

I loved it.