Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Heart Drugstore Makeup Tag (Ruby)

Hi, guys! Today I’m doing the I Heart Drugstore Makeup tag. This tag has 8 questions so I’ll go ahead and just get started it.

  1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
So mine is a tie. I really couldn’t decide on just one. It’s a tie between Maybelline and Revlon because Revlon definitely has the best lip products of all time. Drugstore or high end, in my opinion and then Maybelline has a lot of my favorite mascaras, eyeshadows, blushes, etc. So it’s gotta be a tie between the two.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek, and lip products?
For face products, my favorite foundations are by Neutrogena. At least the ones that I found at the drugstore. I have two foundations. The first one is the one I’m currently using and it’s the SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup one in the shade ‘Fresh Beige’. The second one is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation and it’s in the shade ‘Fresh Beige’. For cheek products, my first favorite is the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blushes. They’re a little more expensive but they’re super pigmented and you get a ton of product. I have two of them. The first one is in ‘Tender Rose’. My favorite blushes from drugstore all time are the NYX Baked Blushes. You can get NYX at some drugstores. I get them at Ulta. My favorite one is in the shade ‘Spanish Rose’. The second one is in ‘Wanderlust’. Then for my fave lip products are all by Revlon. They are the Colorstay Overtime Lip Color in the shades ‘Perennial Plum’ and ‘Faithful Fawn’.

3. Least favorite product?
Honestly I looked through my entire makeup collection for this question for like 20 minutes, trying to find something I really hated and I couldn’t find anything. I return most of the products  that I just don’t like and that don’t work for me because I’m not gonna keep it. I didn’t really find anything that I hated and thought was a really terrible product. I really like most of the drugstore mascaras I have and I didn’t really find anything that I really hated.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
So for me definitely the best makeup bargain, or like brand, is e.l.f which stands for eyes, lips, face. You can get their products at Target or online. My favorite product from e.l.f is their blushes and these blushes are amazing. The shade I have is ‘Mellow Mauve’ and it’s just this really pretty mauve pink color.

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
I have one and it my Neutrogena skinclearing foundation. I honestly feel like I’m the only person who uses this. Maybe because it’s for acne prone skin but I honestly think this one of the best foundations I’ve ever tried. It really helps and doesn’t clog your pores. It’s amazing.  

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
I picked the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Powder in  ‘Creamy Natural’. I don’t really use this that much. I got it as a gift. The products from Physicians Formula are very overpriced in general. A lot of them are $15-$20.

7. What are your best drugstore dupe(s)?
This question took me so long. I sat on my bed for like an hour swatching lipsticks and swatching eyeshadows trying to find dupes. The dupe I found are lipsticks. The first lipstick is MAC’s Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Hot Gossip’. This is one of my favorite lipsticks for the fall time. The dupe for it is one of the Covergirl lipsticks in the shade ‘Coquette Orchid’. These two colors are very close. The Covergirl one is probably $10 cheaper than the MAC one.

8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?
For me that is the Maybelline BB Cream. I have the shade ‘Medium/Deep’ and I bought this because I heard that it had light coverage. I got it and I really don’t like it. It barely does anything for me. So for me that product wasn’t worth it.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Ruby

Sunday, November 12, 2017

My Life in Books Tag (Keert)

Today I thought I would do the My Life in Books tag. I want to do more tags now so let’s get into it!

  1. Find a book for each of your initials.

K - Killer by Sara Shepard
K - The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes
G - Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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I’m 17 so the book is Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book set in my actual city so let’s just go with my country which as you know is America. The book I picked for this question is Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination that you would love to travel to.
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I’ve always wanted to go to London so I picked I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

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Perfect by Sara Shepard

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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Probably the Pretty Little Liars. I love the show and the books. I remember when I first started watching the show. It was the summer before 8th grade. I didn’t find out about the series until a few years later and I’m so glad I did.

7. What book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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For this one I picked Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I just couldn’t get into it.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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This question is so easy! Definitely The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force. This one has been in my TBR pile for so long. I still haven’t been able to read it since the book is very expensive.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Keert

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I Heart Fall Tag (NEENA)

Hi, guys! Today I’m doing the I Heart Fall Tag because I do heart fall. Let’s get into it!

Question #1: Favorite Fall lip product?
Answer: It’s actually the lip product I’m wearing right now. I really really love these lipsticks. They are the Smashbox Always on Metallic Matte Liquid Lipsticks. The shade I’m wearing right now is ‘Vino Noir’. I’ve been wearing this shade pretty much everyday to school.

Question #2: Favorite Fall nail polish?
Answer: Now this was very hard to narrow down because I have a ton of fall nail polishes and I love so many of them. But I did narrow it down to just one because I remembered that when I had this on my nails a few weeks I couldn’t stop staring at it and I just thought it was a really unique beautiful color. So that is ‘Raisin’ the Bar’ by OPI and this is from OPI’s Infinite Shine 2 collection.

Question #3: Your favorite Starbucks Fall drink?
Answer: I love Starbucks and I go there all the time. Although I haven’t be experimenting that much with their Fall drinks. Although, the other day I did try the Pumpkin Spice Latte and I loved it. I thought that it was really really good. But I also really like to get the regular hot white mocha.

Question #4: Favorite Fall candle?
Answer: My favorite candle is the ‘Leaves’ candle from Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works has such amazing candles right now. Definitely for the fall you should go and check them out because they have so many amazing scents. Like you will not believe how many scents they have.

Question #5: Haunted house, haunted hayride, or haunted corn maze?
Answer: I am so disappointed in myself to say that I honestly haven’t been to a haunted hayride, a haunted corn maze, and I haven’t really been to a legit haunted house. It’s not because I’m scared. I don’t even know why. I guess I just like never really got the chance.

Question #6: Favorite Halloween movie?
Answer: I’m really typical. I really love Halloweentown the original.

Question #7: What is your favorite candy to eat on Halloween?
Answer: Anything with chocolate.

Question #8: Football, yay or nay?
Answer: Definitely yay! I gotta show love to my team, the 49ers.

Question #9: Best way to spend a rainy day?
Answer: I would say the best way is to cuddle up with a blanket and popcorn and just watch Netflix. It’s actually a rainy day right now. Before I decided to write this, I was cuddling with my boyfriend and we were watching Netflix. Netflix is always the best way to spend a rainy day.
Question #10: What is your favorite thing about fall?
Answer: That is very difficult. I think fall is probably my favorite season. I think my favorite thing about fall is the fashion because it’s not hot out. It’s the perfect mix of weather.  

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena

Friday, November 3, 2017

My Fall & Winter Fashion Essentials Inspired by Pinterest (Ruby)

I basically use Pinterest for inspiration for every part of my life but mainly for clothes and outfits. Over the past couple of years, my creativity for styling outfits has kinda gone to sleep. I no longer seem to get excited about shopping and whenever I go somewhere it's like my brain won't wake up to help me create an outfit.

Thankfully things like Pinterest exist which is my go to place for outfit inspiration. I see all the cool girls on there and it makes me want to be a bit more stylish and up my game a little. I decided that I'd compile a list of all my Fall/Winter fashion essentials which have been inspired by the things I see on Pinterest everyday.

Because I'm saving money right now, I haven't been able to do much shopping this Fall. However I thought if I post some stuff that I really, really wanna buy, I can live vicariously through you guys! As it's always the way, the first time in ages that I'm excited about shopping and styling my wardrobe, and I can't afford to do any of it. Typical eh? Anyways, here are some of my fave essentials right now that I have in my wardrobe and can't stop wearing.

Faux Leather Biker
If you don't see a leather biker jacket on your Pinterest timeline at least once a day, just who are you following? No I'm joking but the faux leather biker jacket is a must have for any season in my opinion. I love my jacket from Zara and wear it all year round. I always find it just finishes off any outfit and I'd never be without one. If you don't have one and are looking for one on a budget, you must check out Forever 21 as they have so many right now all for under $50. Amazing. I'm wearing my biker jacket with everything right now: dresses, tees and jeans. In fact I'd wear it with my pajamas if I could!

Printed Dresses:
The only printed thing I like in my wardrobe these days are dresses. One of my fave Fall looks is a nice printed dress, tights, boots and a leather jacket. I love this look. I think it's perfect for daytime and nighttime. I am loving all these boho inspired dresses at the moment. Boohoo has some gorgeous ones right now.


Faux Leather Skirt:
I've always been very cautious of leather bottom items ever since I watched the Friends episode with Ross and the leather trousers. I mean some people call that episode a comedy. To me it's like a horror. I’m just joking but it has put me off leather items ever since. Well of course apart from my biker jacket. Anyways, Pinterest has inspired me to try a faux leather skirt. I think these look amazing paired with jumpers, ankle boots, and denim jackets. I think they can be dressed up for a night out (band tee & heels/boots) or dressed down for the day (imagine a white jumper, with leather skirt, tights, boots and a denim jacket). The only problem is finding one on a budget that doesn't look cheap and tacky. I managed to find one from Forever 21 for just $18 which was a right steal, but I've found ASOS stock some too which don't break the bank or leave you looking like a bin bag!
Roll Neck Sweaters:
This is like the line in The Devil Wears Prada 'Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.' However, once considered a bit old-fashioned, roll neck sweaters are a big thing. I am glad cause it means I can be cozy, warm, and stylish. I want a roll neck sweater in all colors so I can just rotate them every day. Ideally I want a nice thick black one and a white one too! Zara has a few nice ones right now which I am eyeing up!

Suede Biker:
Finally, I'll finish on another jacket that I really love the look of and Pinterest is loving right now. The suede biker is all over my Pinterest timeline and it's got me digging out my tan one I bought last year. I love it paired with sweaters and jeans and I think they look really good with simple outfits. If money was no object, I definitely would have purchased a khaki and gray one this year as I love those colors at this time of year! Zara have a huge array of colors and although I can't vouch for the quality or fit, they look pretty banging on the models!

So there are a few of my wardrobe staples inspired by the pins I've been pinning recently. I did want to do a collage of my favorite pins but I'm always a bit hazy about putting photos from Pinterest on my blog as it's always hard to find the original owner and I know I'd go mad if someone used my pic with no credit.

I really wanna do some more fashion content going forward with my blog. I love outfit posts especially ones from the high street so let me know if this is something you'd like to see. I hope you enjoyed this post by the way.

See you soon :)

Love,

Ruby

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Wrapup & November TBR (Keert)

Hi, guys! Today I have my October Wrap Up and my November TBR for you all. The wrap up will be about all the books I read this past month. The tbr is for all the books I plan/want to read next month.

Books I read in October:
  • The Book of Unknown Americans: 4/5 stars
  • Shut Out: 3/5 stars
  • Smile: 4/5 stars
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Blog Posts from October:

November TBR:

Currently reading
  • What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
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Books I want to read but I haven’t yet
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • This so not Happening by Kieran Scott
  • Lucky by Rachel Vail
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Thanks for reading!

Love,

Keert

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Best Things about Fall (Neena)

Hi, Fall. You old pal. I have to admit Fall is my favorite season. I always see it as a new beginning and I love everything about it. Also mainly because we're a little closer to Christmas and I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Sorry. Just had to get that out there. I know that sometimes it can be a bit sad when Summer is over so I thought I'd make a list of all my favorite things about Fall.

  • The colors of the leaves - literally always my fave.
  • Wine colored nail polish and lipstick - yesss come at me Essie Wicked and Rimmel Kate Moss 107.
  • Watching halloween films such as Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family or you know horror films if you're not a baby like me.
  • Ditching iced coffee for hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes.
  • Ankle boots - Fall is the perfect excuse for a new pair. This year I'm after a low black suede pair.
  • Fall candles- come at me!
  • Your bedroom being cooler in the evening - yassss goodbye fan. See you next June.
  • Splurging on some new cozy knitwear. Brandy Melville has some amazing knits right now.
  • Cozy evenings and duvet days when the weather is terrible.
  • It's almost acceptable again to have a hot chocolate in the afternoon - okay it's always acceptable in my book.
  • The Lush Fall and Christmas range is always THE BEST.
  • BEING CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS - sorry not sorry.
What's your favorite thing about Fall?
Love,

Neena

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cozy Things to Watch this Fall (RUBY)

It seems that as soon as October rolled in the weather turned into Fall. The nights started to draw in. In fact, my mom even put the heating on the other morning! I have to admit that, although I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to Summer, I am excited for Autumn and Winter. You guys know just how much I love Christmas. I also love the cozy evenings that Autumn and Winter bring.

With this change of weather, I no longer feel guilty about spending a Sunday afternoon watching Netflix rather than being outside. So with this in mind, I thought I'd share some of fave cozy watches to watch on TV when the weather is a bit dreary outside.

So grab your remote, arm yourself with a blanket, get a hot chocolate, and let's get stuck in!

Gilmore Girls:
This is the ultimate Fall cosy watch for me. Perhaps it's because I watched all 7 seasons last Fall, so now I associate Gilmore Girls with the season, but there's a lot of episodes set in 'Fall' and Stars Hallow is the most perfect cute town that screams Autumn. Not only is the setting very autumnal, but the actual show is perfect for cozy watching. It requires little thinking. The fact that it's over ten years old gives it a cosy feel and you'll find yourself feeling like you're a Gilmore Girl yourself.  It's based around a mother and daughter and their lives in a small town. To me, Gilmore Girls is like a big old hug or your favourite pair of pajamas, comforting and cosy. (I realize I've said the word cozy about 27326 times already) I'm going to start Gilmore Girls again, but I want to finish Gossip Girl first, which leads me to my next watch.

Gossip Girl:
I've been re-watching Gossip Girl over the past few weeks for probably what is the 20th time, but I have to say, I'm really enjoying re watching it this time. Each season is pretty much set over the time period of a year, and a lot of the time the episodes are set around Fall and Winter in New York City which arguably is one of the best cities in the world. You don't need to think too much (well apart from when you're thinking of all the plot holes about who is actually gossip girl and how it makes no sense) but apart from that, very little brain activity is required. I like to watch and wish I was more like Blair Waldorf and swoon over Nate Archibald and Serena's wardrobe.

Chalet Girl:
Talking of Chuck Bass aka Ed Westwick, let's move onto Chalet Girl. The perfect movie to watch on a cold day under a blanket on the sofa. I love watching this at Christmas time. It's a story about a chalet girl who finds a new love for two things: 1. snowboarding, and 2. a fit engaged guy who's family owns the chalet where she works. It will make you want to A: become a snowboarder and B: marry Ed Westwick.

Mean Girls:
When I was thinking of cozy watches, Mean Girls popped into my head and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it's set mainly in Fall/Winter time (we all know about the Halloween scene) or maybe it's because it's my fave movie so it makes me feel cozy watching it? Who knows. But I'm going to watch it soon because it's a little Fall/Halloweeny.

Riverdale:
Back to TV, I wanted to include Riverdale as it's very Fall-y thanks to it's color grading. Season 2 is came back on October 12th which I was very excited for. It's got subtle Halloween vibes and it's a perfect binge watch. It doesn't require much thinking. It has a good looking cast and the perfect 'who dunnit' storyline. It’s absolutely perfect for watching on dark, rainy evenings.

So there are my favorite things to watch on a cold, dreary Fall day! What are your favorite cozy things to watch?

Love,

Ruby