5 Mistakes I’ve Stopped Making In My Beauty Routine

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I’m admittedly not a huge fan of those ‘Here’s what you’re doing wrong’ posts that I frequently see on various beauty blogs. Not that I don’t enjoy learning a thing or two, but the phrasing and idea of the posts themselves seems to come from more of a negative, bossy tone rather than a helpful guide of how I can make the most of my mornings getting ready.

With that being said, I’ve made a ton of mistakes since I’ve entered the world of makeup, but I had to learn from some of my mistakes the hard way—the hard way usually involving me gasping at my appearance as soon as I’m home from a long day at work, or a delicate suggestion from a friend involving a change in my routine. I still need all the help I can get, but if you’re curious, here are a few of my mistakes that I’ve since corrected…

Not switching out my foundation and concealer with the seasons.

I’m not saying that I tend to switch out my makeup completely on the first day of summer or anything, but I was guilty of using the same foundation/concealer in the same shade year round. What I wasn’t really thinking about was how my skin was reacting to the change in weather (I need something much lighter in the summertime versus the winter) and that I definitely need to be matched for a warm-weather foundation as soon as I spend a little time in the sunshine.

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Victoria’s Tips for Surviving Long Distance Relationships

Right about now, the excitement of starting another year of college is starting to die down. I’ve seen and hung out with all my friends, turned in a few papers, and read a couple of books (English major!). I think I’ve completely settled in—which is great, unless you’re in a long distance relationship, because this is when it really starts to sink in that you’re not going to see your best friend for months! I was in a long distance relationship (LDR) for two years, and I think I’ve got some creative ways to help. Fellow Lovelyish blogger Alex also has her tips here.

Schedule specific times to talk.

Schedules can get hectic quickly. This way, you can plan your schedule around a definite time to talk. Although it might feel weird at first, you can spend the most time hitting the books or hanging out with your friends instead of constantly bailing on them or your significant other because awesome plans come up.

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Amy’s Make-up For a Night Out

There is no denying that all things beauty and make-up are a huge passion of mine. That’s why I love experimenting with new brands and products and I’m always jumping around from one foundation to another and you can definitely find me loving one lip color one week and onto a completely different shade the next. I have done a decent job of finding drugstore products I love while still enjoying relatively inexpensive luxury products. It is important to find make-up you love while still being on a budget. I think it is important to learn where you like to splurge versus where you like to save. I know mascara is going to dry up in 2 months, so I only want to spend 7 dollars on it instead of $32. Foundation, however, can last me months or even a year.

Residing in LA during the school year, I look mostly for products that will last me all day while I’m at school and hold up walking in the heat. There is no exception when it comes to night make-up either, I love my products to last. My routine definitely differs between day and night but my expectations are the same. I suffer from acne prone, sensitive, and oily skin. I like products that don’t break me out, keep me matte (relatively so), and have a great wear time. One of my least favorite things is the feeling of make-up and looking in the mirror 3 hours after application only to see you are an oil slick that is cracking everywhere. As of now these are the products I am loving for a night out.

F A C E 

Prior to applying my foundation I use NYX Angel Veil Primer. I haven’t found a primer I am head over heels in love with, but for now I am loving this one. It preps my skin, leaves the surfaces silky, and provides longevity-all things I look for in a primer. Before I headed off to school this year I was on the hunt for a new foundation so I picked up Make-up Forever Mat Velvet +, and I am so glad I did! I struggle with an oily t-zone, and wanted a foundation without and SPF since I take a lot of pictures while I’m out at night. This foundation gives me a great amount of coverage (medium to full and its buildable), while still feeling silky and light on the skin. I would definitely consider myself an expert on foundation, my skin has definitely been through the ringer. I would rather have a foundation without SPF then one with because I can always add a moisturizer with SPF for days where I choose to wear a foundation lacking SPF. 

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8 Long Vests You Should Wear This Fall

There’s always one item every girl wishes she had more of in her closet, and mine is the long vest. Before this season, I never really thought much of them, but now that I’ve acquired one I can’t help but shake this feeling that I must have more. Its length and thickness, which provides a nice layer of warmth, makes it easy to wear with any garment, a fancy skirt or even jeans. Either way, it’s perfect for any setting. The long vest definitely tops my fall wish list, so how about yours?

1. Biker Waistcoat | 2. Bounce Knit Hooded Long Vest | 3. Double Pocket Vest | 4. French Connection Textured Waistcoat | 5. H&M Knit Vest | 6. Ichi Vintage Waistcoat | 7. Faux Fur Vest | 8. Intermix Tailored Long Vest

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Allison’s Favorite Spooky-Cute Accessories For Halloween

There’s something about Halloween that just makes me so nostalgic—I remember watching horror movies with my cousins at my grandfather’s house, trick or treating around the neighborhood, all of the great Halloween episodes of my favorite shows and even listening to my favorite band (the Misfits) for the first time. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I definitely go a little overboard when it comes to spooky accessories and apparel. This Halloween is no different—I’ve already built up a wishlist of my favorite pieces that I’d love to wear for my favorite holiday.

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8 Bingeable Shows You Must Watch

I have a confession to make: I am a TV binge watcher. I generally don’t have much time with college and work, so I either catch up on my shows over the weekend, or wait for a long break and binge watch my shows. A lot of great TV series are now offered by Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, etc. Most great TV shows out right now are an hour long, which you might think will make your binge-ing quite tiring, but with these shows you won’t even realize the time. Here is my criteria for a show to be considered “bingeable.”

  • Bingeable shows must always leave you wanting more, wanting to watch another episode even though you are late for your event.
  • Bingeable shows must have great creative minds behind the process. Twists and turns will keep you coming back for more.
  • Bingeable shows must make you fall in love with their characters. The moment that you cry when a character you love dies on a show, then you know it is bingeable.
  • Bingeable shows must make you feel like you are a part of that world. Sometimes I am binge watching a show for so long I feel as though I am involved in the plot.
  • Bingeable shows must have no ads! Self explanatory.

Here are some of my favorite bingeable shows that I have watched or are currently on my list to watch.

1. Breaking Bad

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Get the Look: Blake Lively

If you haven’t heard, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child! Blake Lively is definitely a style icon of mine, even though our styles are very different. She is never afraid to try out the latest trends, and always seems to make her outfits look effortless. At her recent baby shower, she didn’t disappoint with her outfit for the intimate celebration. Even the baby shower was full of fall party inspiration, from pumpkins and sweet baby clothes to flowing maxi skirts.

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