Fashion

Fashion Friday: Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces are making a big comeback right now. It seems like everywhere I look, I’m finding more and more unique designs for statement necklaces. They truly come in all shapes and sizes now. From the extremely oversized to the mildly avant garde, statement necklaces are a great way to take a risk when it comes to fashion. While it may be scarier to wear a really whimsical dress or top, there’s something much easier about trying dramatic jewelry because it’s still such a smaller scale risk.

The photo above shows some of my newest statement necklaces. They are all very different, but I’ve found occasions for wearing them all. I bought all of these on Amazon. As I was shopping on Amazon, I was so pleased by the variety of styles and price points. It’s a great way to find some eclectic jewelry pieces. These cost between $8 and $23 a piece, which just can’t be beat.

However, if you’re more interested in seeing the jewelry in person before you purchase (which is totally reasonable), I feel like these are literally everywhere anyway: department stores, specialty boutiques, thrift stores, even Target and TJ Maxx. Whether you want to spend $12 or $2000, there’s a statement necklace option for your budget.

As I was visiting my parents the other day, I was talking to my mom about statement necklaces when my dad interrupted with the question, “What statement are you trying to make?” I thought about this for a while before answering, “I guess I’m just saying, ‘Look at Me!'”

While he was amused with my answer, I’ve recently been thinking that this is only half of the truth. Yes, statement necklaces are noticeable and are great for obtaining attention, but they are also an interesting way to express yourself. They’re wearable art. The intricate metalwork and combination of embellishments are sometimes like sculptures.

Anyway, these are just some of my thoughts about statement necklaces. Is this a trend you want to try? Do you have a favorite place to shop for statement necklaces? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara 

It’s difficult to find all-natural makeup that actually performs well. That’s one of the reasons why I love Pacifica. I find that their products are consistently excellent while also being vegan and cruelty-free. Recently, I tried the Pacifica Dream Big Mascara, and I was impressed yet again. This product is sold at Target and similar retailers for about $10.

This is a really innovative mascara. It has a “magic wand.” You can twist the top of the container to change the size of the brush bristles so that you can focus on either volume or length. It’s also marketed as a 7-in-1 product and claims the following features: instant length, lift & separate, volumizing, conditioning, rich color, lash serum, 2-in-1 brush.

Now, is this a truly magical product? Not really, but I do really like it. I feel like it’s very nourishing to my lashes, and they do seem to have more volume. However, it’s not going to give you a false lash look. But as far as all-natural mascaras go, I believe this is the best one on the market right now, and $10 is pretty affordable too.

Overall, this is a nice product. It coats the lashes evenly and darkens them without really weighing them down. It’s sure to enhance your look.

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite vegan mascara? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil

I’m excited to announce that I have a new favorite way to remove my makeup: the Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

There’s just something about cleansing oils that gently cuts through tough eye makeup in order to truly remove every trace. I was loving the Clinique balm, but I found that it was irritating my eyes somewhat. Every so often, my eyes would really burn after I’d removed my makeup, even if I tried to rinse everything out afterwards. Because of this, I thought I’d look for a new oil and I ended up buying this Caudalie one because I’ve been loving the Caudalie brand.

I’m really glad that I went with this product! It is so gentle but removes even really thick black liquid eyeliner and waterproof mascara with ease. It’s easy to rinse off, and I’ve never had any burning eyes after using it. Best of all, it doesn’t seem to break me out at all either. It’s the perfect first step for a double cleanse.

Do you use cleansing oil to remove your makeup? If so, what’s your favorite one? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation

Foundation makes or breaks the overall look of your makeup. It is the base for everything else. A good foundation will smooth everything and cover minor (or major) flaws. A bad foundation will separate and pill and leave you looking splotchy the later into the day that you get. Recently, I was sent a deluxe sample of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation. This product is sold at Nordstrom and similar retailers for $195 (not a typo – just insanely expensive!) for just one ounce of product.

At such a staggering price, I would have expected this product to perform actual miracles on my skin. But the results were literally worse than an $8 bottle of something from Maybelline. I think the best way to describe this foundation is that it was extremely wet. I had a sample that was big enough for maybe 3 or 4 days of wear, but I definitely tried to extend it at first by just using a little bit of the foundation. Still, even with just a thin layer, my skin felt immediately really wet and it never dried down. It just kept getting worse throughout the day and I felt so oily. After maybe three hours, the foundation had separated so much that I looked extremely blotchy. Every single day, I had the same experience. The first day, I wore the foundation on its own, but the subsequent days, I used a variety of finishing powders to combat the oiliness (and none of them helped). To add insult to injury, I was starting to break out pretty bad by the third day too (and it cleared up after a few days of not wearing this foundation).

Now, my skin can get occasionally oily depending on the season, but it’s typically very combination. Because of this, I feel like maybe this foundation would only be appropriate for those with exceptionally dry skin. It’s advertised as being for all skin types though, which I just don’t think is true. I hate to bash a product so completely, but this is one of the worst foundations I’ve tried and I’m just astounded by how a product can be so expensive and so terrible at the same time. Still, it looks like it’s getting great reviews from other people, so maybe my sample was bad or it just performs better on skin that is super parched.

Have you tried this foundation or anything else from La Prairie? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Addict Lip Lacquer 

I am a red lipstick fiend, especially in autumn and winter. I’m already looking through my lipstick collection and making sure I have one for every occasion. As I was looking, I found one that I’ve had a while but have never reviewed: the Dior Addict Lacquer in American Girl (a shade that has been discontinued!) This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $37 (and if you like this shade – I think that 877 Turn Me Dior is the closest current shade to this one).

I adore the original Dior Addict lipsticks – they are comfortable to wear and last most of the day. They are longwear with minimal dryness. However, the Lacquer version of the Dior Addict lipsticks dry out the lips even less than the original. I experience zero dryness with these and I still get an all-day or almost all-day color.

There is a small drawback to this Lacquer version of lipstick: it can be a bit messy. It’s as opaque as a layer of paint. Because of this, you’ll only need one coat – but you’ll need to be very careful when applying it. Also, it’s a bit wet in terms of texture but it never dries down completely. This means it is prone to smudging, especially if you’re eating something like a sandwich where you might open your mouth very wide.

That being said, I really like this lipstick. I’ve learned that it’s best to apply just a very thin layer to keep smudging to a minimum. Also, I just really love this bright cherry red shade, so I’m bummed that they’ve discontinued this particular shade. Thankfully, I’ve got a lot left though. The one I have has a satin finish, but a few of them have glitter finishes, so that’s probably what I’ll have to try next!

Have you tried this lip lacquer or another type of lacquer? How did it compare to traditional lipstick for you? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick 

I often go for bold lipstick, but since I’ve been playing up my eyes recently, I’ve been trying to have more demure lips. Recently, I was going through my lipstick bag (which is overflowing again!) and I found this gem: the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Taupe Beige. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $22.

I love that this is a perfect neutral. It never clashes with the rest of my makeup or any color of clothes I might choose to wear. It’s also a nice matte shade that sits comfortably on the lips and doesn’t dry them out. I wouldn’t say it’s very long-wearing since I’ll have to reapply it a few times throughout the day, but it’s so neutral that it’s just really easy to reapply.

Overall, I’m just loving this pretty neutral. I love that there’s a slight pink undertone that compliments my skintone, and it’s fantastic that this matte shade doesn’t settle into any lines on my lips or make my lips dry out.

Do you have a favorite neutral lipstick? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Beauty, nails

Manicure Essentials: Buffing Blocks 

When people think of manicures, they think of nail polish. But a perfect manicure has a lot more steps than just the base coat, polish, and top coat. To achieve an even, lasting manicure, it’s important to shape the nail and buff it too.

Buffing blocks like the one seen above can be purchased in any drugstore or grocery store, and they can greatly enhance the wear time of a manicure. Following the steps on the buffing block to resurface the nail can remove unevenness which will allow nail polish to better adhere to the nail. Just a few extra minutes of buffing can give you a lot of extra wear (days even!)

Do you routinely buff your nails? What’s your most essential manicure step? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Becca Champagne POP Highlighter 

I love using highlighter to enhance my cheeks and add some shimmer to my skin. There are so many shade options and texture options to explore! Recently, I was able to try the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop. This product is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $38.

First off, this is such a pretty shade. It’s a white gold with some peach undertones, which is just a bit too warm for me. Still, if you have a more neutral or warm undertone to your skin, this will look so lovely. Icy gals like myself might need something with less peach to find our perfect highlight.

The texture of this powder is also amazing. It’s a very fine grain powder which goes on smooth and is very easy to blend. It’s also easy to build up the color in layers. Overall, this is a fantastic highlighter, and I’d love to try some of their cooler shades!

What is your favorite highlighter? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale!

Surprise! You won’t have to wait until November to get up to 20% off at Sephora – the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale begins today for Rouge members!

Rouge members need to use the code “YESROUGE” to get 20% off from 8/24-9/3.

VIB members need to use the code “YESVIB” to get 15% off from 8/30-9/3.

Beauty Insiders need to use the code “YESINSIDER” to get 10% off from 8/30-9/3.

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Here are my top picks for things to purchase in the sale:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – $42

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick – $28

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – $24

Dior Backstage Foundation – $40

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – $46

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – $54

Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set – $70

So, are you participating in this sale? What are you excited to buy? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Allure Beauty Box August 2018

The Allure Beauty Box for August 2018 has arrived! This is one of my favorite beauty box subscription services. For just $15 a month, you’ll get deluxe samples and some full-sized beauty products. I love that it’s a blend of drugstore and luxury products too.

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This month’s box came with some really great stuff!

First off, we have the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which retails for $39. This is a product I’ve used and reviewed before. It’s a fantastic lightweight moisturizer that is just perfect for sensitive skin. I highly recommend it!

Next, we have the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner which retails for $22. This is a cult favorite, but I haven’t tried it yet. I really hope it lives up to the hype.

I also received the Laritzy Cosmetics Light Stix in Halo which retails for $24. I had never heard of this brand before, but so far this has been a really great highlighter stick that blends so smoothly.

Another favorite that I’ve already reviewed is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which retails for $20 and is worth every penny. It’s the best intensive balm I have ever used!

Next up is the Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner which retail for $17.99 a piece. I have damaged hair from too much heat and processing with dye, so I’m excited to try these for sure!

Lastly, I received a $30 off coupon for Breda, a niche watch retailer I had never heard of before. I’ve spent some time browsing their website, and there are some great options, although I’m not sure if I’ll end up getting one.

What do you think of these products? Have you tried any of them before? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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