Happy National Lipstick Day 💋❗️

Hello loves. So today is national lipstick day yay!! Let me just say I adore lipstick (and any lip products in general). They can upgrade your look with one simple swipe. Of course there’s so many different collections that are out there. You have the dark collections, mainly comprised of deep reds, maroons, plums, etc.  Then there are the brights, which includes vivid pinks, reds, oranges, etc. The Buffs, which is typically made up of soft pinks and nude colors. Plus there are so many smaller collections within each makeup brand.

Anyways I thought I’d share my Top 5 lipsticks in my makeup collection

This first picture are just streaks of each lipstick color

(from top to bottom): covergirl 550, maybelline 895, revlon 463, revlon 030, rimmel 120

  
So first is a CoverGirl Continuous Color Lipstick in Power Pink. Now the photo below is slightly misleading. The picture makes it appear much brighter than it actually is. When applied it is a soft pink. So it happens to be slightly darker than in the picture. 
   
#2 is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivids in On Fire. This is my go to red lipstick that I’ve been using for a couple of years now. Fair warning: it does tend to run of easily within an hour or two so make sure to reapply (and blot lips on a napkin or tissue) 
  
 Numéro Très is Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve. And as you can guess from the name it is a sassy color. It is a pretty deep shade of pink. It is such a pretty shade though and I’ve worn it to a bunch of parties and it looked great. Just make sure to wear simple eye makeup with this color.  

#4 is absolutely my favorite color in my entire collection. It’s Revlon’s Colorburst Lipstick in Fuschia. This color would definitely go under the brights category. It’s so smooth and very bold. I don’t wear bold colors very often but I’ve started to wear it recently and I’m loving it!

  

And finally number 5 is from Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Collections in Coral Shimmer. This was probably the first lipstick in my collection so I’ve had it for a couple of years now. Like its name says its very shimmery. I don’t wear it too often now because I’ve moved away from shimmer (like in lipgloss) but every now and then I like wearing with an outfit.

So that’s all for now!

Xoxo Sarah E.
 

OOTD Hair and Makeup

I just posted my #OOTD but I decided to share my beauty looks of the day as well.  Since the summer weather can be pretty unpredictable I opted for a french braid top knot today:

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(1) First I straightened my hair the day before so it was super soft and easy to work with

(2) Part hair on both sides to have one big section in the middle for the braid

(3) Take all extra hair and secure into a high ponytail with an elastic

(4) Begin a french braid, making sure it’s tight and secure to avoid unwanted bumps.  When finished secure with a small elastic

(5) Add braid into the ponytail

(6) twist hair into a tight top knot

(7) secure any flyaways with hairspray or bobby pins and you’re done!

Since I did a pretty sophisticated hairstyle I decided to top it off with some killer winged liner and a soft eye shadow combo

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A couple months ago I received the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (which I’m obsessed with!). It’s filled with mostly rose gold and soft pink tones that lead up to a few dark shades at the end of the palette.

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I started off by coating my entire lid with Strange, which is a shimmery white.  Then I applied Limit to my crease line and used a fluffy brush to blend.  For the finishing touch, in my outer corner I used Darkside and then blended it softly into my crease.  For eye liner I’m currently using Infallible The Super Slim from L’ORÉAL PARIS.  I’m really loving this eye liner right now because it has a precisely pointed tip and it goes on very smoothly. Also you can build up the thickness of it very easily as well.

As for my eyebrows well… they’re super thick and there’s always a mess of hairs, which are always a pain to pluck so I start by brushing them out with my Easy Brow Mechanical Pencil from Milani (in Dark Brown) and then I shape them with my Bobbi Brown Brow Gel and if there are any bald spots I just fill them in with the brow pencil.

Well that’s all for now!

xoxo Sarah E.

#OOTD 1

Today was my first day in the city taking a writing class and I was really happy with the outfit I picked out today so I decided to share it as my first #OOTD post.  P1010863

{From top to bottom}

necklace: teal elephant choker (Ivory Ella)

shirt: blue button down oxford shirt (American Eagle)

tank: white cami (Forever 21)

skirt: wine colored skater (Forever 21)

shoes: tan open-toed booties (Delia’s)

Walking around and exploring the city (and train schedules haha) was so exciting but silly me I forgot that it’s July in the city.  So of course I was dying from the heat with the button down on but it was totally worth it!

xoxo Sarah E.

 

Costa Rica

Hi everyone! So this is my first lifestyle post and I’m just going to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to these past few weeks.  As you can see I haven’t posted since last month.  Thanks to my bestie Sarah A. for keeping up the site!

While she was off in Italy, I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica doing a leadership training program with this amazing group called Rustic Pathways.  They have so many programs and trips all over the world and I highly recommend checking their website out (http://rusticpathways.com/)

During the first of these two weeks I (along with 66 other kids my age) was trained by the rustic staff to be a counselor.  We did so many activities such as: white water rafting (which was absolutely AMAZING!), zip lining through the rain forest, repelling down a water fall, and taking a hike to a beautiful natural rock water slide.

On the second part of trip I helped run a camp for the local ticos (a term for costa rican children).  Rustic Pathways teamed up with the soccer (or fútbol) organization FIFA to help underprivileged kids have a fun summer.  In this camp everyone my age became a counselor, which was such a new and exciting experience.  We did so many fun activities with the ticos and I got the chance to build friendships with them and my fellow counselors.  Even with the language barrier (because I speak no Spanish at all) everyone was surprised by how attached these kids became to us.  It was definitely a life-changing experience for sure and I would absolutely do this trip again.

Here’s some pictures of the scenery I saw while in Costa Rica!

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Summer Swim!

So it’s been a while since my last post but I’m back now!

I’m sure everyone has heard of the swimsuit company Triangl.  If you have you also know that they are insanely expensive.  One set (a top and a bottom piece) can cost $89 and with shipping fees and tax added on it can cost a little less than $100.  So this summer more adaptions of the triangl brand have been popping up.  Stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Garage, and Forever 21 have been selling new collections of bathing suits that resemble those of Triangl.  Here are some of the ones I’ve seen so far:

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Victoria’s Secret

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These styles of bathing suits are much cheaper than Triangl but are still so cute!

I actually just bought one of the Victoria’s Secret tops (the second picture) in Seascape Blue/Jetstream Blue. I can’t wait to wear it to the beach!

xoxo Sarah E.

Mini Makeover

New York City is such a fabulous place to be, there is always something happening! The other day, I was on my way home, when I decided to stop in Time Square for a look around. I was immediately drawn to the Sephora, and made my way in.

Inside, it was super crowded, as I expected, but something new was going on. Clinique, Vanity Fair, and Sephora were sponsoring free mini makeovers along with a photo booth shoot! Of course I had to be a part of it, so I hopped into a chair and waited for an employee to give me a new look.

I decided I was only going to have my eyebrows done, and I was so happy with the results. I have dark hair and I keep my eyebrows plucked, but they still looked a little messy. The woman introduced me to two Clinique products that made a world of a difference!

She first used the “Super fine liner for brows” in Deep Brown to fill in the gaps, then used the “Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse” in Deep Brown to hold the hairs in place. M brows looked thicker, more defined, and much neater. Both products come in multiple shades, so check it out! You can find both products on the Sephora website:

http://www.sephora.com/clinique?node=1050019

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Just browsing brush-on styling mousse, $16.50
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Superfine liner for brows, $16.00

xoxo,

Sarah.A

Italy pt. 2: Churches

The churches were so filled with meaning and each had their own story of an artist who slaved his life away creating art for the world. The men were literal geniuses, creating their own machines then destroying thier ideas so no one could copy them and firing all the help that was given to them because the vision could only be achieved by them. Ok, so maybe the second one was a little more insane than genius but oh well. I was still totally awestruck by the beautiful art and architecture in the churches. Each one was extravagant with paintings so detailed they looked 3D, ceilings higher than any skyscraper, and light so vibrant I felt I should wear sunglasses. Anyway, we went to a lot of churches and the art was incredibly inspiring and I felt really connected to the culture of Italy.

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This is Il Duomo in Florence. Painted by Brunelleschi over the course of 16 years, it was by far my favorite. The dome is painted with “The last Judgement” complete with a very detailed hell, which people are closest to when they climb the dome. I happen to have climbed all 436 stairs to the top and was greeted by the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen.
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Assisi is so pretty, all of its buildings are built in a white/pinkish brick, including the church of Saint Francis. No photos were aloud inside, but the rooms had beautiful high ceilings, and the trip wasn’t complete without seeing the casket of the saint in the basement.

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I could only get one picture of the Vatican from the outside, but the museum inside was gorgeous.

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Here is a hallway from the inside of St. Peter’s, it was hard to get good photos in here because it was so so crowded. It was painted by Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno, and Bernini in around the 1600’s.
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Seeing all the churches was a beautiful experience, there are millions throughout Italy and I can’t wait to go back and see more!

xoxo,

Sarah.A