Fashion

Fashion Friday: Badgley Mischka

Welcome to another Fashion Friday. Today, I wanted to share a really awesome new purchase with you: these Badgley Mischka pumps! This is one of my favorite brands – they have amazing shoes, dresses, and handbags – but unfortunately, they’re not super affordable. That’s why I love Poshmark so much! With Poshmark, you can buy and sell new and gently used designer items. Sometimes, you can find amazing deals (like these $295 shoes that are in almost pristine condition, which I bought for only $30).

Photo Credit: Poshmark

One of the reasons that I love the brand Badgley Mischka is that their general aesthetic seems to suit me. Structurally, their shoes/handbags/clothes are all very classic and elegant. However, they’re never boring and almost always contain a bit of sparkle. I’ve been wanting to actually own something from this brand for a really long time, so I’m thrilled to now call these shoes mine!

Is this a brand you love too, or do you have a Poshmark experience to share? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Glycolic Peel

I’ve had a few experiences with at-home chemical peels, and mostly they’ve been unpleasant. My skin is pretty sensitive, but my hormonal acne responds really well to the AHA found in most DIY chemical peels. Still, a lot of chemical peels are quite abrasive on the skin and end up creating more problems than they solve. Still, I decided to try the Caudalie Glycolic Peel which is a 10-minute mask with a lot of AHA to exfoliate the skin and slough off the top layer of skin over time. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $39.

I really love this product! It’s so gentle compared to similar products. I can put this on my skin and leave it on for more than the 10 minutes it suggests and there will still be no burning or redness. It’s extra gentle but still effective.

I’ve been using it two or three times a week for about a month now, and I’ve already seen a huge difference in the clarity and texture of my skin! While it didn’t quite get rid the hormonal acne that comes right before my period, it did a great job of minimizing my pores and improving my complexion during most of the month. My skintone looks more even and some of my acne scars even seem less noticeable.

Another benefit is the scent. Mostly, it doesn’t really have a scent, which is great. A lot of times, AHA creams have a very strong, unpleasant odor (like the Herbivore Blue Tansy mask).

Overall, I’m just thrilled with this product. I’m trying to make sure I don’t overuse it and just stick to the recommended two or three times a week. But so far, so good! I can see a great improvement in my skin and I’m hoping this continues.

Have you tried this product or any other at-home chemical peel? Be sure to tell me about your experience in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

CLE Melting Lip Powder 

I love trying new, weird products! It seems like the makeup industry is constantly evolving, and so there are always new things to try. Recently, I was sent something I had never heard of before: the CLE Melting Lip Powder. This product retails for $20 online.

The concept of this product is that it is a powder lipstick that melts onto your lips to form a long-lasting color. It contains vitamin E to condition the lips as well. I was very intrigued to try this one!

First, it was actually very easy to apply. It has a doe-foot applicator that coats the lips pretty evenly with the product. The lipstick is very opaque and just one swipe will be enough. It was also a very pretty rose shade that went well with my complexion.

Unfortunately, from the moment I put it on, I knew this was not going to be the product for me. Despite the inclusion of the vitamin E, it was exceptionally drying. My lips felt coated with powder (which, obviously, they were – but that’s just not a pleasant feeling). As my morning continued, I felt more and more uncomfortable.

I will say that when I had a cup of coffee, there was very little transfer. However, when I ate lunch, a lot of the color on the inside of the lips rubbed off. It looked pretty bad, but at that point, I just decided to rub the rest off and then apply a balm instead of reapplying this to try to get a normal feeling back in my lips.

Overall, I just can’t recommend this product. It’s an interesting idea, but it’s very uncomfortable to wear. Plus, it didn’t actually perform better than a traditional longwear lipstick because it didn’t even last through a meal. I definitely won’t be purchasing this one, nor will I be using more of the one I was sent. I don’t even really feel comfortable giving it away to a friend because it was so uncomfortable to wear.

Have you tried a lip powder before? What was your experience? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty

Miss Dior Hair Mist

Today is a special day because it is my 27th birthday! To celebrate, I thought I’d share one of my favorite signature fragrances: Miss Dior. Recently, I purchased the Miss Dior Hair Mist from Sephora, which retails for $52. It’s a bit of a luxury since it’s only a 1 oz bottle, but I did get it in the Sephora sale, so it was 20% off!

I love the concept of a hair mist because I’m very short, and I feel that hair fragrance allows the scent to waft up. This scent is also a warm floral that seems perfect for any season. It contains bergamot which is one of my favorite fragrance notes, and it is not musky at all, so it retains a youthful quality.

Signature scents are fun because they’re like a calling card that people will associate with you. I’ve had a few signature scents in my life. It seems that as I evolve as a person, my fragrance interest also evolves. In high school, I wore Lucky You by Lucky Brand. It’s a very sweet, floral fragrance which kind of signified who I wanted to be at the time – flirty and playful. But in college, I wanted to evoke something else – I wanted to feel more mature but still be alluring. In some ways, I wanted to seem older than I was. During that period in my life, I wore Guilty by Gucci, a warmer scent with notes of amber and patchouli. Now, I think my interest in Miss Dior blends the two past scents in some way: it’s still warm and more mature, but it’s softer with its florals.

Do you have a signature scent? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

There are days when I just don’t want to wear a heavy, full-coverage foundation. On these days, I try to use a BB Cream which has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. BB Creams typically have some skincare benefits in addition to their color, and they almost always have some SPF too. Recently, I was able to try the Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which costs about $15 at Target and similar retailers.

Now, this one only comes in three shades, which is a bummer: light, light/medium, and medium. At first, I went for the light one because I’m pretty pale and typically can’t use anything that remotely resembles a medium shade. When I used the light version of this product, I thought the product was awful. It appeared to be the appropriate shade for a ghost and just wouldn’t blend in! However, after I’d given up on this product, I read several posts from other bloggers about how the light/medium shade just seems like a completely different product and is perfect for even very pale gals like me. So, I gave it another shot and bought the light/medium, and I’m so glad I did!

The light/medium version looks seamless once blended into my skin. Coverage-wise, it’s a light coverage that’s buildable to almost a medium coverage. It does a fantastic job at evening out my skintone, but it won’t cover my blemishes (I still need a concealer for that!) It also has some sun protection at 15 SPF and a bit of moisturizer worked in there.

The finish of this product is pretty great too. It’s hydrating enough that my skin doesn’t look dry, but it’s not so hydrating that I look oily or excessively dewy. I love that it’s a semi-matte finish. Honestly, I often don’t even need a finishing powder with it.

Overall, I’m so glad I gave this one another try. This BB cream is nourishing, has great coverage for this type of product, is affordable, and is 98.9% natural. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade!

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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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Beauty, Makeup

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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Beauty, Makeup

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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Beauty, Makeup

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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