Reflections on 1L

I’m not entirely sure how to start this post off, so let’s start from the very beginning. (a very good place to start…)

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Sephora/Ulta/Target Haul! 

Law school news first! I took my international law final this morning, which i FOR SURE thought i was going to bomb, but i think i did really well! 

Not much to share here, this was my only VIB/Platinum purchases because i’m poor (lol). nevertheless, i got some really fun stuff! 

Sephora VIB


Picked up the House of Lashes glue and some fun samples! i have been hunting for the Revlon Precision lash glue for months and have never found it, but i didn’t know the HoL was so cheap! 

Ulta Platinum 


Now before we go fucking bananas about the ABH modern renaissance, it’s not for me 😭 i love gifting my sister palettes because she will go ham on it and i love seeing how much use she gets out of it. so far i’ve bought her the Carli Bybel old BH palette and the Lorac Unzipped palette (which she promptly went to town on). i’ve given her a few insanely metallic or glitter color pop shadows as well. i know she’s going to die. i’m such a good sister lol. 

and the philosophy animals cracker? why for mother’s day of course! my mom is obsessed with animal cracker so i hope she’ll like this.

the leaders masks were BOGO and they really do make you look flawless (temporarily). 

Target

had a 20% off Soap and Glory coupon, and i’ve NEEDED a big thing of the righteous butter. it smells so freaking good. not the most hydrating lotion, but it’s good for the day time. 

I also NEEDED another wet and wild Walking on Eggshells trio, as i broke my old one when i tried to depot it. i successfully depotted everything but Walking on Eggshells… perfect for every day natural looks! 

lastly, these two Sonia Kashuck brushes! i’ve never owned any SK stuff, but i’ve heard Emily Noel talk about them. i picked up the Large Crease Brush and the Small Shadow Brush. i’ve noticed that i really struggle to define the outer corner of my eyes with my current brushes. i think that because the crease brush is so dense and the shadow brush looks perfect for packing shadow on the outer corner, these are really going to help! 
And that’s it! i hope y’all had just of happy of a sale season as i did! 

Things Beauty YouTubers Needed to STOP Saying like yesterday

As told in my last post, I am obsessed with beauty YouTubers. This is no shade on any particular person (except for the three I mentioned last time lol). But really, I watch YouTube so often that I wish I had a dime for each time I heard these things…

I’m sorry this video is gonna be like, 10 hours long…

Bitch I know how long this video is, I can tell by the timestamp in the corner. If I didn’t want to watch your long ass video I wouldn’t. Stop apologizing and get on with it.

[at the beginning of the video] Go ahead and like this video and subscribe if you haven’t already!

Now I don’t really think asking people to subscribe is annoying. But asking me to like a video BEFORE IT EVEN STARTS is fucking obnoxious. I should start unliking videos when I hear that. Go ahead, make sure you get people to subscribe. And I know likes are enormously important on YouTube. But begging for likes is just so pathetic.

[joking before a glam/brightly colored/crazy/excessive makeup look] So this is like a really natural wearable look to go to the grocery store…

That joke was old the first fucking time. Stfu.

This is a sponsored video but my views are always my own and I really feel this way about the product.

Bitch I know you don’t, you have a fucking script. I have a lot of strong feeling about sponsored videos. More about that on another day…

If you want to learn how to get this makeup look, then just keep watching!

What do you think I was here for… *eye roll*

Use of my coupon code and save some coin hunty!

*vomits*

I have so much respect for some vloggers but I am 1000% over hearing these things. What are your guys’ biggest YouTuber pet peeves? Let me know!

Favorite Beauty YouTubers?

I don’t know about you guys, but I ALWAYS have YouTube on.

I go back and forth between lots of channels and genres, from music playlists, to talk-shows like Good Mythical Morning and VlogBrothers, to vloggers like Julien Solomita (and of course Jenna), to those weird “satisfying” videos with nice sounds.

But let’s not kid around, it’s mostly beauty videos.

My obession with beauty vloggers began with someone I can guess that a lot of people started with, Tati (Glam Life Guru). I was laying in bed with a broken leg, bored out of my mind and nothing to do but look at my tiny bag of makeup near my bed. The ONLY eye shadow palette I owned was the Maybelline Nudes whatever shitty palette. I was looking to play around with and searched for looks I could do with it. I came across Tati’s review on the palette and my mind was blown. It honestly never occurred to me that eyeshadows were NOT all created equally. Everything she said about the palette was spot on. Tati was my gateway drug.

Don’t get me wrong, I still watch her every day. But as I dive deeper into the internet, I have found some truly incredible vloggers that I could watch their videos all day long and not blink twice

  • Emily Eddington from Beauty Broadcast (emilynoel83)

I really can’t even describe how much I love her. I really love her recommendations. I think out of everything that I’ve tried that she has talked about, we disagree on ONE thing (Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara). She’s down to earth, she’s a mom, she’s so educated on makeup, she really cares about her channel (which she’s been doing for years), she is ALWAYS unsponsored, and she’s just genuinely a person I would be friends with. She has 800,000 subscribers and still responds to my comments.  Her reviews are so in depth, but still so fun. I even screen shot her description boxes of her Emily Awards for shopping references! An absolute gem, meeting her is on my bucket list.

 

  • Coffee Break with Dani

So beauty, so fun, so bright, so spunky. I love her declutters, I love the way she describes things. She also just has really great life advise in general, and she is so positive. She wears a lot brighter colors than I do but love to see what she comes up with!

 

  • Jessica Braun (jambeauty89)

Now here’s someone who has the same kind of skin that I do. I really trust her word on things because when she talks about her skin, I literally want to take notes on what she does. She puts out so much content so there’s always something to watch from her!

 

  • Jackie Aina

I have pretty dry skin, and I am usually the lightest shade in a lot of lines of foundations during the winter. Jackie has very oily skin, and some foundation lines aren’t deep enough for her (we’re lookin at you It Cosmetics, Physicians Formula, Covergirl). And yet I LOVE her. She is so freaking funny. I think I first found her through her “Trends We’re Ditching in 2016” Video. She is just to die for beautiful.

  • KathleenLights

Duh. She’s gorgeous, she’s down to earth, she’s quietly hilarious. (Das Espensive, boxysharm). I would watch that girl eat celery for hours and I wouldn’t care. She’s just a gem.

  • ThickThrift (Cassie)

IMO, a severely underrated channel. She is just classy, sweet, all around good person. And her reviews/first impressions are so thorough!

  • Shaaanxo/Carli Bybel

I group these two together because they both have phenomenal BH palettes. Shannon posts beautiful tutorials, and has a stunning collection (and face for that matter). Carli is just a sweetheart and she is unbelievably pretty.

(I really cannot stand MannyMua, JeffreeStar, LauraLee,  PatrickStarrr, or NikkiTutorials, sorry not sorry. I can take about 5 minutes of Jacyln Hill.)

Honorable mentions!

Not every amazing YouTuber has millions of subscribers. Here are some of favorite smaller channels!

  • MakeupByAmyMichelle (a great reviewer)
  • Liv Loves Her Makeup (a sweet lady with a musical voice and mouth like a sailor, i freaking love it)
  • Andrea Matillano (she has such a beautiful collection and we really have the same taste!)
  • Jenn Luvs Reviews (if you don’t watch What’s Up In Makeup, how do you keep up with makeup news??)
  • KittenMoustache (she has the most perfect calming British voice)
  • Viidreamcatcher (we would be friends IRL)

Who are your favorite YouTubers?? I would love to know!

My April 2017 Sephora Play! Box is here!

After months of waiting on the email list and never signing up on time, I finally got the Sephora Play! subscription box in February. I have to say, I absolutely love this service. I think it’s so nice to be able to try out high end products in really great deluxe sizes. I also LOVE that they’re so easy to find again if I wanted to buy a full size. But honestly, favorite thing is getting to try out high end brands for the first time. Without this box, I would never have tried anything from NARS, Glamglow, Josie Maran, etc…

This month I got items from FOUR different brands I’ve never tried before: OleHenriksen, Dr. Dennis Gross, Make Up For Ever, and Juliette has a gun (which i’ve been dying to try). 


I always love the info pamphlet and the bags, they make it feel really special. 


Items: 

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Peel, 2 Pads ($88 for 16 of them, making them $5.50/peel, aka more than the box) 
  • OleHenriksen Truth Serum ($48 for 30mL, so about $11 for 7mL) 
  • MUFE Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21 for the full size)
  • Juliette had a gun NOT A PERFUME (i’m so excited about this)
  • Sephora Waterproof Eye makeup remover 
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (side eye)

I’m so excited for 5/6 things! The only thing I’m slightly bummed about is the Smashbox Photo whatever primer. It’s really good and smoothing, not the best for dry skin though. (and i feel like i’ve gone through 5 of these damn things because Ulta ALWAYS chucks it in there as a makeup sample. like come on). 


A baby swatch of the MUFE liner, i used the lightest amount of pressure, and it’s really black! 

Overall impression: super excited again. I would say if you’re not into skin care, you might not like this box because usually 50%+ of the box is skin care and not makeup. I’ve gotten a mini NARS velvet lip glide (amazing), a Bobbi Brown shadow stick, Benefits Watts Up Highlighter, but really mostly skin care. 

I really, really love this box, highly recommend. 

Massive 75% Off Drugstore Makeup Haul! (Store Closing) 

Sadly, neighborhood RiteAid closed last month. 

I personally like RiteAid the most out of every drugstore near me, mostly for the deals and the Plenti points. The only downside is the relatively small selection from number of brands represented. (I never would have bought anything from Milani, NYC (r.i.p.), E.L.F., or Pixi without YouTube.) And the collections are usually smaller and outdated. 

I just so happened to be in the RiteAid when they started putting up the signs that ALL COSMETICS AND NAIL POLISH WERE 75% OFF. I literally ran to grab a hand basket. This was my opportunity to grab everything I had wanted to try from the drugstore, and to stock up on my usual favorites. I went a little crazy… but i’m sure if you’re reading this you will probably appreciate how unbelievably insane this score was. 


All of this, plus some more things i grabbed in the following days, was around $120, a freaking $480 value. I’m still in shock. 

Face Products


A quick recap:

  • Every bottle of Rimmel Lasting Finish (for summer and winter)
  • A PF Butter Blush & Happy Booster blush (normally crazy expensive)
  • Some of my go to BB creams, Almay Smart Shade and PF InstaReady
  • some favorite concealers, Maybelline AgeRewind in Medium (a summer skin tone match) and Neutrogena HydroBoost (really loving this so far)
  • Rimmel and PF bronzers 
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Primer for when i use up my Benefit Porefessional 
  • A Covergirl Instant Cheekbones and L’oréal True Match Blush
  • (not pictured) the new maybelline blush pallete, it’s freaking gorgeous 

Eyes & Lips


  • (from the last picture) two PF Matte Quads (holy god these are so good)
  • every pair of Ardell falsies they had
  • every tube of Maybelline Lash Sensational (my fav)
  • CoverGirl Supersizer and ClumpCrusher (emilynoel83 anyone?)
  • Almay Get Up and Grow (i loved this once but the tube broke when i dropped it?)
  • L’oréal Laquer Liner (Tati anyone?)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips (duh)
  • Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss, i actually went back and bought every shade they had, these are amazing
  • a few random L’oréal mascaras 
  • (Not pictured) every Maybelline Brow Satin in medium brown they had, i go through these like crazy so buying 5 of them was a great investment

Nails & Such


  • individual nail polish remover at like 12 cents a pop
  • Wet n’ Wild Gel Polish
  • Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy
  • Sally Hanson Gel (terrible formula across the board with this line)
  • more of those Butter Kisses
  • a random CoverGirl single shadow that turned out to be a perfect one shadow

So that’s it! Crazy right? Paying a dollar or two for some of these items was so exhilarating, it’s really dampened my need for buying from the drugstore for a long time! just wishing that this would happen to a sephora near me someday 😉