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The Only Foundation I Don’t Hate (But LOVE)

I honestly think I have stumbled upon the best foundation ever. I have scientifically determined this because I hate foundations and this is the only one that I have found myself loving. And trust me, I am in love.

Here are some things I hate about foundation:

  • Looks heavy, cakey, and unnatural.
  • Feels heavy on my face.
  • Rubs off on everything.
  • Does not last long.
  • Breaks me out.
  • My face gets gross and oily super fast.
  • My face gets shiny.
  • Hard to blend.
  • Makes my face photograph weird.
  • ETC

I found that using powder over my moisturizer worked best for me when it came to face products.

I mean, I’m someone that doesn’t even like using a primer! I had come to terms with my face makeup laziness and was in no mood to change ways. I had tried many, many foundations the past (which are good in their own way) but never found one that I’ve loved. I really liked the Loreal Cushion makeup but wasn’t absolutely obsessed. I think by now you guys have a clear indication of when I really like a product versus when I’m obsessed.

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And I’m not going to lie…I’m super picky. I’ve tried pretty much all the cult favorites: the shitty Maybelline Fit Me Matte (makes me oily), the Makeup Forever one everyone and their momma use (it breaks me out!), the Kevyn Aucoin SUPER EXPENSIVE face stuff (broke me out a LOT)….I have tried a lot of foundations through samples and whatnot. Oh, and I have definitely tried the crappy Kat Von D one that feels like old glue on your face.

What started out as an innocuous trip shopping led to a completely life-changing discovery. I went to Belk with my aunts and grandmother over the weekend and casually saw that the Estee Lauder counter was offering a free ten-day sample of their foundation! My aunt urged me to give it a try, and I found myself in the seat for once, getting my makeup done and talking with the super informed makeup artist! She was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and so helpful!

And once she put foundation on half my face, my aunts looked at me, pointing at my face and snapping photos.

“This side is pretty and this side isn’t,” one commented, as I reached for the mirror. Surely, a foundation wouldn’t make that much of a difference…right?

My jaw dropped to the floor in shock. Although my face felt completely comfortable and like there was nothing on it…I definitely had foundation on, and it definitely made a difference. This foundation was amazing and I looked and felt like a whole new Chrissey. I rapid-fire shot questions all about the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeupand quickly learned that although it was a medium to high coverage foundation it still left my skin with the natural finish that I love….it just made me look a billion times better.

I immediately fell in love but decided to wait before I completely made my judgment. Armed with my ten day supply (by the way, I wear 2C1, Pure Beige!), which I think will last me much longer because you only need a smidge, I went about my day waiting for it to let me down. And in the scorching hot Texas weather, it did not. My makeup didn’t fade or melt off my face.

The crazy thing is, at the end of the day (yes…that’s when that selfie was taken!!!) I wasn’t shiny or oily at all and my makeup looked as if I had just applied it. It looked absolutely gorgeous and didn’t feel cakey or heavy at all! I looked like a natural, Instagram-worthy version of myself and was amazed at the longevity of the foundation, especially since she didn’t use a primer or set it with powder.

It definitely gives a beautiful satin matte finish too, which I love!

I decided to hold my judgment until I gave it a try on my own.

I first start with sunscreen, and then moisturizer. I do not use primer and find that my foundation applies like a dream once my skin is soft and hydrated. I don’t think it will glide as easily on dry skin. I recommend moisturizing beforehand and so did the Estee Lauder lady that helped me!

I only use a little bit at a time and buff it into my skin using my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush (the discontinued one!). This foundation is tremendously pigmented and potent! I find that I only need a little bit, and just blend it out accordingly. I work in light layers and apply a little more to areas that need it. I find that it’s incredibly buildable and so easy to blend. Although it’s a medium to high coverage foundation it isn’t one that feels extremely heavy and it doesn’t look cakey.


I did not use a filter or anything as you guys know I never do and I’m lowkey lazy when it comes to blog photography… (Also, to be honest, I’m in my pajamas in those selfies. Whoops).

The foundation has a gorgeous satin matte finish and once set it doesn’t budge, transfer or rub off on anything. I wore it without a primer or setting powder and it once again, lasted all day and didn’t move an inch! My face didn’t get oily (even though I was outside and active), nor did it get shiny. My makeup didn’t fade at all and looked fresh at the end of the day.

And it doesn’t break out my skin, which is super sensitive! I find that as someone with oily skin who absolutely hates other foundations because they’re so heavy and slippery, that this is literally the foundation of my dreams! I honestly don’t have any complaints besides the fact that it doesn’t have a pump but I love it so much that I’m willing to forget about it.

Seriously, my skin is oily as those cheese fries I love and this foundation is sent from God. It’s a pricey foundation, but I’m hoping that my ten day supply will last me quite some time so I can snag it during a sale or a promotion! I definitely love this foundation and am incredibly surprised and impressed at how phenomenal it is. I’m not one to love “cult favorites,” but this is a product that is worth the hype! I love how confident I feel wearing it, and also the added bonus that it looks like my face has a permanent filter over it whenever I wear it. It’s that good.

It is by far, the best foundation I have ever tried and my holy grail favorite. I’ve been wearing it consistently and have found myself falling more and more in love every time that I wear it! Although pricey, it’s worth it. Especially if you can snag it during a sale or with a promo!

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

-Earl Nightingale

Do you guys like foundation? Do you have a favorite foundation that is your go-to ride or die? And have you tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear? Tell me what your fave is!

Chrissey

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What’s In My Kate Spade Purse? (And EXCITING News!!!)

Alright, I have a special surprise for all of you… (the OTHER exciting news will be at the end of this blog post).

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I have decided to make a VIDEO this time.

YES. A video.


Pow! Jess from PT Contender told me that I should try to give making videos another chance and so that is what I did the other day. As you all know, there was a makeup tutorial that was supposed to be posted Tuesday but that ended up being a gigantic mess. I will have to re-film it.

Anyways, I wanted to make a fun and casual video for you all sharing what I carry in my crossbody bag for spring! My HUGE green Kate Spade (my usual bag) came from Chicago today (it took my mom long enough to mail me my stuff lol. But thank you mom!) so you may get an updated version in a few weeks… but for now…

Here’s what’s in my purse!

AS FOR MY EXCITING NEWS…

A lot of you have been following me along this journey and I’m really excited to share the interview I did with Bloggerview! They asked me a bunch of fun questions, and you can read it here, on their site. I would really appreciate it if you guys would check it out!

I’m so incredibly excited because this is something really special and this is definitely another blogger milestone for me!

The In My Wildest Dreams Blogging Bucket List

  1. Collaborate with one of my favorite brands.
  2. Be interviewed.
  3. Make little revenue from my blog where I can buy blog things with blog money. Like an upgraded WP plan, makeup to review, etc!
  4. If this is truly my wildest dreams… then maybe be able to even blog full-time.
  5. Get a vacation sponsor and go to somewhere exciting.
  6. Be a big enough blogger where I can use my real last name.

-My Blogging Bucket List Post

Thank you guys so much for reading and for being here along this journey. I love and appreciate each and every one of you and know that none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for you! You guys never cease to make my day with your kind comments and I absolutely love talking and interacting with all of you! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

-Pele

Thank you guys so much for reading? Did you guys like the video and would you be interested in seeing more videos once in a while? Also, would you like to see that glasses post and my makeup tutorial? Tell me what you think! I’m always open to new ideas and constructive criticism! What do you carry in YOUR purse (or backpack)?

Chrissey

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When You Want To Do It All

I wrote an emergency blog post to meet my personally-dictated deadline… and fuck, guys, was today stressful.

I filmed a long makeup tutorial that you guys will see on Thursday, but here is a sneak preview:

It consistently refused to upload after hours so I shot an emergency upload for tonight… and guess what?

That failed too.


You guys will find out “What’s In My Kate Spade Bag” Monday. Maybe Thursday. We’ll see.

And then, I hurried to type up a blog post in my adrenaline and stress-fueled frenzy and guess what… that failed too.

The entire blog post was deleted and disappeared into thin air. Only the photo and title of the post remained, taunting me about how imperfect I was. Canva failed, but it’s always shit so I didn’t even get too mad at that. But WordPress being a disaster? I didn’t even want to talk about that.
I’m not someone who queues posts ahead of time and I’m someone who is terrible when it comes to stress (especially since as I type this I now see that my images won’t upload…) so I’m honestly going to be real with you guys for a moment.

I don’t really know how to start this blog post…but I always find that the words come to me as I just start talking. It’s one of those weird phenomenons that I have learned not to question. Anyways, I have found this blog to be a solace in many times where I have been conflicted in my life. I blogged about my worries when I graduated from college, I blogged about being heartbroken, and I believe that I will continue to blog as things happen and as I experience life. But one thing that I have hesitated to blog about in detail is my career and what exactly I am doing.

I was watching Master of None, and I stumbled upon this scene where Aziz Ansari perfectly inserts a quote from Sylvia Plath.

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A quote like that is the exact kind of quote that makes you stop completely in your tracks to evaluate your life and what exactly you are doing. It makes you look at the choices that you have made and it makes you look at the future to see what it is exactly that you are chasing after.

I am someone who wants to do everything. I’m not going to lie–I’m one of those people that wants to do it all. I want to get my Master’s, I want to travel and go to foreign places, I want to blog about everything and anything, and of course, I want to fall in love and get married. But as I pursue one goal I feel like the others are slipping away or getting further and further away from me. I hate feeling like as I focus on one aspect of my life, that others are getting pushed to the backburner.

And as I watch all of my friends head in different directions, I cannot help but wonder if I’m going to truly be able to do it all. As one friend gives up the chance to travel to go to graduate school, or one decides to get married instead of taking a job in a new and exciting place, I look at my life and wonder if I am giving up something important in order to move forward in higher education.

And the truth is, as crazy as it sounds, I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything. I want to go to school so badly and I know that this is what feels perfectly right. I haven’t dated anyone in like six months (or even talked to a guy in a flirtatious way) and I made the choice to blog only 2x a week as I pursue my education, but every single one of those decisions doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. It doesn’t feel like I’m neglecting anything, but rather it is me making the pursuit of my education a priority. Because the undeniable truth is, these other things can wait for another day, but now is the time for me to continue my education. I can fall in love in a year or so from now, and I can travel someday…but going back to school is something that I am fully hoping to do this fall.

It’s definitely scary and it’s definitely a nerve-racking experience but it feels right. I don’t know what’s going to happen, as I sit here and hope for the best, but something in my heart tells me that everything is going to be perfectly okay.

So yes, I gave up the chance to be someone’s girlfriend and I gave up adventures that I could have had in Rome or France. I gave up continuing to work in development and being aimlessly twenty-something. But the prize of being a medical professional and continuing my education, that is priceless. And someday, I will be someone’s partner and I will travel and relax. But right now, certain things come first. And I think I can save those figs for later.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Helen Keller

Do you feel like you have sacrificed something to pursue something else? Have you ever “given up” on something to pursue another goal?

Chrissey

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Here’s Something Shocking

 I aspire to work in the field of healthcare and I have always been constantly reminded of that decision every day of my life by my peers or classmates. 

I was reminded of the fact as a young woman struggling to be taken seriously by male classmates and I was reminded every time someone questioned my intelligence based on my “girly, fashionable” appearance. Many classmates never hesitated to label me as someone that wasn’t “serious” and “intelligent” based on superficial matters and this continual belief that a woman couldn’t be simultaneously interested in physiology and handbags was ingrained in the system.

My lab partner for freshman year chemistry lab told me that he doubted that I would even pass the class. I got a higher score than he did and my future career is literally lab based.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed that no one would believe that I was capable of intelligent thought or success. To to this day, I still remember one of my coworkers giving me fully unsolicited criticism and telling me that they didn’t see me working in the field of healthcare and that I should switch to marketing, fashion, or public relations. As if it was her call to make.

Spoiler alert: I blog about fashion and beauty but I’m smart too. GASP. I never understand why people are so quick to discriminate against having fashion or beauty as interest for women in science or medicine. Because I assure all of you, I am a smart person. Even if my eyeliner is perfect.

I know you’re all going to be shocked by this, but I’m a fully capable and intelligent young woman that’s a future medical professional AND a fashion and beauty blogger at the same time. GASP. Inconceivable right? (PS this is sarcasm).

Just because I write about makeup and clothes, doesn’t mean that I am incapable of  intelligent thought. I hate how so many people are prejudiced and discriminate against fashion and beauty bloggers. They are so quick to judge and assume that writing about lifestyle topics makes someone unintelligent, shallow, incompetent, or superficial. 

This attitude is something that continues to frustrate me and constantly makes me wonder if this is how things are going to be for the rest of my life. Are people always going to be completely stunned that I want to be a medical laboratory scientist? Are people going to forever think that my fashion blogging makes me unqualified to be a medical professional? 

Am I going to have to live with people constantly judging me and believing me to be unqualified for superficial and petty reasons?

Because to completely honest with all of you, it’s bullshit. 

And for f’s sake, can’t a girl like immunology, One Piece, and Kate Spade all at the same time? I could tell you everything about urinalysis in depth, all about the X-Men, and identify MAC lipsticks from swatches. All three.

Shockingly enough, I am a person with a diverse set of interests and passions. Wow, right? (Sarcasm, again).

I think this all makes me irritated because at the end of the day, I know that my male classmates have not had to deal with even half of this nonsense. No one questions a guy’s qualifications based on the fact that he loves the Patriots, so why should anyone question mine because I love fashion?

Here’s something shocking (aka something that should be considered not at all shocking but rather normal)–maybe we should evaluate a person’s qualifications and value on things that matter, and not sexist or superficial nonsense. There are phenomenal doctors out there that have a passion for medicine and fashion, and nurses that love hockey and neonatal care. And I don’t think that interests are a defining factor in judging the intelligence or qualifications are either.

Our interests make us unique–because what would life be like if you couldn’t love two polarly different things at the same time?

At the end of the day, I guarantee you that my lifestyle blogging and love of fashion doesn’t make me a less qualified (future) medical professional, it makes me a more unique one.

“When they judge you, yawn.

When they misunderstand you, smile.

When they underestimate you, laugh.

When they condemn you, ignore.

When they envy you, rejoice.

When they oppose you, prevail.”

-Matshona Dhliwayo

What is an “unexpected” passion or interest that you have? Do people wrongfully judge you in your career or school?

Chrissey

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Lipstick That Lasts Longer Than Your Last Relationship

This story starts like many of my stories–in a Target. I happen to love Target, by the way. I think you guys are all well aware of that but I just wanted to make sure. (I know someone is going to accuse me of being sponsored by Target, but I’m really not. I wish I was lol).

I was perusing the aisles with my aunts, my grandmother, and my cousin William when my Aunt Tiana stopped me for a moment and asked, “Christine, I want a lipstick that will last all day after eating and drinking, one that won’t fade. Which one should I get?” She asked the right person for the job, as I pointed to this Revlon lipstick that I had heard phenomenal things about. One thing led to another, and I ended up with one myself. That kind of thing just happens in Target, and I tell myself that it’s so common that it can’t be characterized as a bad habit.

I had heard tons of phenomenal things about the Revlon Colorstay Overtime lipcolor. But I also knew that I needed to see it to believe it. After owning so many lipsticks from the same family, I challenged myself to pick a shade that wasn’t one I had already.

No dusty mauve, rose nude or anything in that realm. I’m not going to lie… I 100% have a type. I opted for a pretty raspberry shade and was excited to give it a try. And to also be the harshest critic that I could be. I was going to follow the instructions (so many people bash a product but are incapable of following the instructions) and only apply ONCE. No touch ups, nada. I was going to give it no help and to just live my normal day and to do my thing.

And I was going to Snapchat it (PS y’all should follow me on Snapchat…)

I first applied the base color. It went on completely smoothly and was incredibly pigmented. It didn’t accentuate any fine lines and applied seamlessly. I love how smooth and saturated it was and how it didn’t feel heavy. The lip color wasn’t sticky or tacky and felt weightless. My lips felt like my lips, they just had a lot prettier color to them.

I think for some matte lipstick fans, they could just wear the base shade and get away with it. But I wanted to try the full product. I waited for it to dry, which didn’t take too long (approx 2 minutes for full 100% dryness) and then proceeded with the gloss.

To clarify, I hate lip gloss. But I really enjoyed the gel-like gloss of this lip product. The gloss also glided on smoothly and wasn’t sticky or heavy. It’s a nice gel-like formula that has a nice little oomph of shine. It doesn’t leave my lips feeling oily af or sticky like gum.

Also, the inner obsessive and picky af person inside of me nearly screamed when I realized that upon applying the gloss on the fully dry layer… my gloss brush was still 100% CLEAN. My gloss didn’t turn a weird pale pink and the colors didn’t mix. My gloss and brush was uncontaminated and CLEAR AND CLEAN. This is a big deal, y’all. I’m weird like that.

Gorgeous (the lip color, not me). After a little while my lips kind of absorbed the gloss and left it feeling like a semi-matte gloss finish.

I kissed my hands multiple times and it did not transfer. The lip color stayed intact and I decided to wait and see how long it would take until it faded…

I touched my lips and nothing happened. I went out in the Texan sun and my lipstick didn’t melt. It didn’t crease, smudge, feather or do a damn thing. I ran errands, ate a bunch of snacks, and drank a lot of water throughout the day and my lip color stayed intact. The glossiness slowly went away (that was a given) but the lipstick was still intact. My lip color didn’t fade.

I decided that at the end of the day, I would give it the ultimate test. I bought a cup of che (Vietnamese dessert) which is super liquidy and messy (it dribbles on your lips). I decided to also eat a greasy af quesadilla for dinner because I was craving it. Cheesy, melty, greasy messiness. With salsa and quesadilla on top.

No matter how much I slurped up my che or ate it with a spoon, or licked guacamole and salsa off my lips the lip color was still in place. I drank my water and I ate freely and (purposely) messily. My lipstick was still intact.

Here it is, at the very end of the day.

Lip color intact. I applied a layer of gloss after I took this photo just to see what would happen and it looked basically identical to my first application. This stuff is no joke, this lipstick will probably last longer than your last relationship.

I also touched my lips a million times today… and nada! I kissed my hand too and it didn’t transfer!

I made the executive decision to wipe it off before I went to bed. One wipe with my baby wipe and nada. I had to seriously scrub to get it to come off. This stuff is magic.

It is, by far, the most long lasting lipstick I have ever worn. It even beats Kat Von D’s Lolita which barely survived a dinner of deep dish. This lipstick lasted all day and was bulletproof. It goes on smoothly, is pigmented and amazingly long-lasting. I’m highly impressed by the quality of this lipstick and am baffled that I paid $8 for it.

You know that expensive Lipsense stuff that the Internet is trying to sell? Buy this instead. It’s eight dollars and worth every penny.

I do wonder if one side will run out before the other, but I consider that a problem for another day.

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
-Gwyneth Paltrow

What was the last lipstick that impressed you? What’s your favorite long lasting af lipstick?

Chrissey

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A Spring Beauty Haul (From Clinique!)

I wanted to do a beauty haul after my trip to Daiso, but decided to wait until my order from Clinique came in! I contemplated waiting a little more until my MAC order came in (I only got one eyeshadow though…) but I got a little too excited today opening my Clinique packages.

By the way, if you like exclusive content and behind the scenes sneak peeks add me on Snapchat!

I have officially closed down my personal Snapchat to full-time snap on this one for all of you (to the dismay of my friends lol). I vlog, I snap makeup details and outfit details, and of course take pictures of foods! I also do unboxings and it’s an all-around good time!

I’m even thinking of doing my first ever Snapchat FAQ to answer some questions that might be a little too bold for the blog… comment, tweet or Snapchat me your questions! Nothing is off-limits!

(PS, someone who you should also follow on Snapchat is Jess! She’s better at it than I am…but I’m learning!)

Anyways, on to the beauty haul!

I was in need of a new face powder. As you all know, when it comes to conventional foundation or concealer I don’t really wear it. I wore tinted moisturizer for a long time, then the LUSH color tint stuff, and then MAC powder. I really loved the MAC powder but it was a little heavy for Dallas (and summer!) weather so I wanted something lighter. I decided to look into mineral or loose “foundations” but they all still seemed a teeny bit heavy.

And then, I found this Clinique powder. The Clinique Blended Face powder is a finely milled, light and flawless powder that is used to set makeup. However, it has a very light tint, which makes it perfect for me to wear as a face powder. Often times, what people consider to be very light is the perfect amount of coverage for me!

So, I ordered the powder, along with a blush set, and got a free gift with my purchase. I waited patiently for my package… and it arrived!

It came speedy fast! I hate it when you order something that you’re so excited about and then it takes five hundred million years to arrive.

ALSO.

DISCLAIMER: I paid for this with my own money, Clinique does not sponsor me and did not pay me for this post or to talk about these products. TBH, I wish Clinique sent me free products because their products are always really nice! Even if I was sponsored or compensated to write a post, I would not write about a product unless I absolutely LOVED it or work with a company unless i believed in them.

Blended Face Powder and Brush

I wear the shade transparency 3, which as I said before, isn’t completely transparent. The powder has a light pigment and provides a light coverage. I think the typical makeup wearer would use this as a setting powder or over a tinted moisturizer, but this works perfectly fine as my face powder! I put on moisturizer before I applied this, and the powder blended out easily and effortlessly. The powder is finely milled and provides a beautiful, natural and radiant finish. My pores completely disappear when I use this power and a little bit definitely goes a long way! I’m glad that I picked this powder up because it was exactly what I was looking for!

Cheek Pop™

This duo is now sold out, but $4 of each purchase went towards Breast Cancer research! My aunt Karen has had her Clinique blush for ages (she has the original packaging and even calls it William’s older sister). I needed another item to reach the $28 minimum to get my free GWP (lol… I’m just being honest guys) and she recommended that I pick up a blush! I had heard very good things about this formulation, and I now understand why!

My blush is in the shade Berry Pop and it is the perfect pink for spring! The blush is pigmented, long-lasting and goes on smoothly. It’s buttery smooth and doesn’t look powdery at all (this is one of my biggest pet peeves with powder blushes!). The color doesn’t fade or look streaky and it is truly a phenomenal product.

This set was free with my purchase and after trying to pick between the two sets, I finally decided on this one! My red lipstick broke yesterday so I was glad that I had picked this daytime set! It came with six deluxe size samples and this bag, which is absolutely perfect for summer. It’s perfect to throw in my beach bag to head to the beach or to carry in my new monogrammed tote to go out and about!

Take The Day Off™ Makeup Remover

I have tried this eye makeup remover before and it is a nice, standard eye makeup remover! This size is perfect for travel and will be super convenient to throw in a carry-on! I usually don’t opt for liquid eye makeup removers and honestly, gravitate to baby wipes to remove my makeup inexpensively but this eye makeup remover gets off every last stitch! It really gets off eye makeup out of every nook and cranny!

Pep-Start™ Eye Cream

I have not tried this eye cream yet, and actually gave it to my aunt who is a skin care junkie! The reviews on the internet are really good and I really like that this is an actual tube and not a little packet!

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™

This is one of those cult classic Clinique products that is absolutely iconic. I have used this moisturizer countless times and it is such a quality product. It moisturizes my face without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy! It doesnt cause clogged pores or breakouts and makes me incredibly nostalgic. It also is the perfect “base” for my makeup before I apply my powder! I will definitely be purchasing another when I run out.

 

High Impact™ Mascara

This is nice, standard mascara. It darkens my lashes and gives them a little length and volume. I honestly am a little bit underwhelmed with this mascara because although it definitely is not bad by any means, it was missing the wow factor. I stand by my all-time favorite, the Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara

Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer

This is a nice, pigmented lipstick. It is very long-lasting and was surprisingly pigmented! I think that Clinique lip products are underhyped because the ones I’ve tried have always been nice and pigmented! Although this is a matte lipstick, it is not drying by any means and is very saturated and long-lasting. My lips still feel smooth and hydrated after application, and the color lasts a long time.

All About Shadow™ Quad

Okay, total honesty here: I thought this quad was going to be garbage. I even told Paige that I one hundred percent thought this quad was going to be poorly pigmented. But you guys, I am STUNNED. SHOOK. SHOCKED. The eyeshadow in this quad is buttery smooth and applies like a dream. The shadows are pigmented, intense, and buildable but also incredibly blendable. They look absolutely beautiful on the lid and combined together, they create this pretty daytime eye.

So, obviously, because I’m Chrissey….I couldn’t resist using the new products I picked up, right?

Right.

I used my new shadow quad, my new blush (just a little because I didn’t want to ruin the emblem before I took blog photos), the moisturizer, powder, a bit of mascara, and of course the classic red lipstick! I really gave these products a try and put them to the test… and they absolutely killed it (except the average mascara…it was just okay).

The result? A simple, classic, slightly vintage daytime look! It was perfect with my messy bun and skater dress for some light errands!

So, that’s what I picked up from Clinique! I’m excited to use my new products some more and to maybe discover some new favorites from the bunch! The blush is especially perfect for spring and the fact that I got a set for free made my purchase even better! And now that I know that Clinique makes really nice makeup I’m excited to try more of their makeup! I’m not very familiar with their makeup but their skincare has always been awesome!

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”
-Proverb from Guinea

Have you guys tried anything from Clinique? What are your favorite Clinique products?

Chrissey

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Things That Are Important

Have you guys ever sat down and tried to write a post… and nothing. Sometimes, you might even manage write the post. But then… it doesn’t feel right.

That is exactly how I felt when I wrote my non-beauty favorites post, it just didn’t feel right… none of the post ideas felt right for me to post at this time. I think it’s because I knew that I just needed to pick up my iPad and just write. I just needed these words to flow from me, and to come from my heart (not that they usually don’t).

I mean… I’m literally writing this right before post time, so it’s crunch time.

I know that there’s a lot of people that have things to say about me in not only my personal life, but also in blogging. People are very quick to judge when they don’t know the circumstances and when they don’t understand things. But I’ve been on this earth for over two decades and if there’s something I’ve learned, it is not to waste my breath on negative people. Because nothing will change some people’s minds (not even a different perspective or the truth!).

But that’s okay, because the truth is…

I don’t care. 

The thing is… this is my site, with my voice and perspective and life. It’s my own journey and path and no one has the right to try to write my story or to make false assumptions, but people are going to do it anyways.

I’ve learned a lot of times not to waste energy caring about people who are negative and try to diminish you, because there are so many other important things to occupy your attention. And I’ve learned this more and more as I get older, especially now, because there’s very few things I find to be critically important right now (it’s all personal, so I won’t divulge) so a few negative people here and there have no significance… at all.

I don’t take the time to judge someone’s life or blog in my limited free time, and I thought everyone else had similar views because there’s other better things to occupy our time with, but I guess people are different? There are things that are important, and things that try to be. And I firmly believe that it is our own individual choice and power to choose what we find important.

A list of things that are important (not all):

  1. My family and loved ones
  2. My happiness
  3. My education and career (ESPECIALLY admissions right now)
  4. My blog

And probably, at the top of things that aren’t important to me are people who are negative. It’s not me trying to be a bitch, it’s the honest truth. There’s so many important things out there one can do rather than pay attention to some people trying to knock us down!

It’s a lesson that took me long enough to learn than I’d like, but it’s one that is necessary. Don’t let someone else dictate to you what’s important to you, or try to make themselves important. Find what’s important to you and make that matter.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. 

-Steve Jobs 


What is something that is important to you?

Chrissey

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