Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done an outfit post, and this is an all-encompassing back-to-school/late summer one! The focus of this post, believe it or not, is NOT the super adorable romper I’m wearing but the two bracelets on my wrist! They come apart to form charging cables for your iPhone or Android, which is pretty much the best and most convenient thing ever!  I’m wearing the white and turquoise ones in this shoot, and they also come in green, pink, and purple. The cable bracelets and the bell-sleeve romper make the perfect on-campus look (and even though I don’t arrive on campus for another month, tbh I’ll be rocking these with every outfit during the school year).

Romper: Target

Sunglasses: Pitaya

Cable Bracelets: FashionIt (seriously, check these out, they are so cute and useful and part of the proceeds go to orphanages around the world!)

Shoes: Havaianas 

Makeup:

Lip color: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Copenhagen 

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I just need to add that tbh, FashionIt has been one of the nicest companies I’ve ever worked with. Their product rocks, mission statement is on point, and they are just a great company overall. Please check out their stuff-it’s perfect for back-to-college! Products are available online and in stores (use their store locator to find your nearest retailer).

DIY Bath Bombs

Hey, everyone!  I haven’t done a DIY post in ages, but this summer I’ve been experimenting with making bath bombs! I watched a bunch of YouTube tutorials which, of course, made it look super easy but I totally messed it up my first time around. However, I gave it another go and have (nearly) perfected the technique, so I took photos and provided step-by-step instructions. Before you know it, you’ll never have to buy bath bombs from Lush ever again!

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TO MAKE 1 BATH BOMB, YOU WILL NEED:

1/8 cup corn starch

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup baking soda

[Double ^^^these measures to make 2 at a time instead of 1]

Essential oils of your choice

Soap coloring of your choice

Bath bomb molds (any shape)

Rubber bands

Whisk

Measuring cups

Mixing bowl (not pictured above)

Water  (not pictured above)

STEP 1:

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In your mixing bowl, pour all of the dry ingredients in together. Mix with a whisk until you get a uniform texture (no clumps).

STEP 2:

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Gather your wet ingredients (oils, coloring, and get ready to pour water into a glass or spray bottle if you have one). For this bath bomb, I used vanilla and black raspberry scent and purple coloring. Drop the oils into the dry mixture.

STEP 3:

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THIS IS THE HARDEST/MOST IMPORTANT STEP. Once you’ve added fragrance, you will need to add water and coloring.  WARNING: adding too much water will cause the acid to react, leaving you with an exploding bath bomb in your mixing bowl.  It is also very difficult to get the mixture to be pigmented, I have found.  What I did here is I dropped some coloring into a glass and added a VERY SMALL amount of water. Then, I used my hand to gently slosh a tiny bit at a time, rather than dumping it or pouring it. To get it slightly more pigmented, I also dropped coloring directly onto the dry (now semi-wet) mixture once I added the water.

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THIS IS THE TEXTURE you want your mixture to be- kind of like wet sand. If yours looks like this, STOP adding water- only add coloring if you want it more colored, the water is what really sets off the reaction. If you added too much, wait for your mixture to stop reacting in order to proceed to the next step.

STEP 4:

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Pack the mixture into your molds. Pretty straightforward.

STEP 5:

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The two halves of the mold are difficult to put together (especially if you have a semi-reactive mixture if you added too much liquid), so you can use rubber bands to hold the halves together.

STEP 6:

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Let your rubber-banded molds sit overnight. As you can see, I made several colors in addition to the purple one I detailed here (the white one with the red was my attempt at making a baseball one- let me know if you want the tutorial for that one in the comments!).

STEP 7:

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Remove the molds and break off any excess around the middle (this is also a step I’m still in the process of perfecting) and voila! You’ve got yourself a homemade bath bomb.

Seriously, I have a lot of respect for the employees at Lush who make these because it’s HARD! Once you get the right amount of liquid, it’s not so bad, but it took me more than one try to get it right, so don’t feel bad if you mess up the first time!  I’m planning to buy different shaped molds since my bath bomb skills have improved from when I first started.  You can find the molds and the acid on Amazon and the soap coloring and oils at Michaels! The rest are just household items or readily available at your supermarket. I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial! I’m strongly considering giving these as gifts to my friends in the future because who doesn’t love bath bombs??!?!  Let me know if you’ve tried making these in the comments! I’d love to hear about how it went!

NYX Cosmetics Review

Hey, everyone! I’m back with another beauty review (you guys seem to really like these so I’ll be doing a review on highlighters next!). This time around,  I tried out four shades of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme because I’ve heard so many good things! They’re fairly inexpensive, but can be hard to find in stores since not every drugstore carries the NYX brand (I found these at the CVS on 87th and Lex but they were the last ones on the shelf!).  I tried Transylvania, Copenhagen, Prague, and Addis Ababa.

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CONSISTENCY:

NYX swatches NROH

Swatches: From top to bottom: Transylvania, Copenhagen, Prague, Addis Ababa.

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Transylvania was kinda dried up, maybe because it was the last one left? It was hard to get a good consistency on my arm and my lips. I had to do a bajillion coats to get the right color.  Not good.

For the other three, the consistency was much better, so I probably just picked up a bad Transylvania😦

APPLICATION:

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The application is not great.  The brush is like one of those brushes that comes with little kid makeup.  This was hard to apply; definitely not beginner friendly.

COLOR:

Transylvania nroh

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Transylvania is BOMB AF.  I felt like Lorde which was awesome.  I also visited a Pinkberry the day I wore it and the Pinkberry cashier asked about the color since it looked so fiiiine. Amazing.

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Copenhagen is similar to More Better which I reviewed a few weeks ago but it’s more of a red-based berry than a purple or pink which is what I’ve been looking for!!!

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I also LOVE Prague.  This is my ideal pink shade.

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I honestly didn’t think that Addis Ababa was going to look good on me but it’s not bad! It’s definitely my least favorite in the bunch, but it’s not the worst shade in the world.

DURABILITY:

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While this didn’t dry out my lips which was great, I had to reapply Transylvania SO MANY TIMES. The pigment cracked but the skin on my lips did not, but still. Addis Ababa (pictured above) and Prague (not pictured) also didn’t hold up very well. This is not long lasting whatsoever and is very high maintenance. Poor.

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FINAL THOUGHTS: I still have yet to find a lip stain that’s long lasting, doesn’t dry out my lips, and is the perfect shade.  These only excelled in the color and non-drying aspects. Have you found a lip stain that meets the above criteria? Let me know about it by leaving a comment (I want to know so I can try it!). Stay tuned for more beauty reviews coming soon (the highlighter one should be out next week eeeep!).

When Millennials Rule: A Review

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If you had a nickel for every time someone used the phrase “millennial,” whether it was pejoratively or affectionately, I’m guessing you’d have a lot of nickels.  The term “millennial” is a buzzword that saturates everyday discussions both in real life and in the media: but what does it actually mean to be a millennial? What do millennials REALLY think? These are questions that Jack and David Cahn set out to answer with their brand-new book, When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America.  While traveling across the country on the debate circuit, Jack and David interviewed a variety of young people on a variety of important issues including but not limited to: environmental protection, marijuana legalization, and gun control.  They stack up the facts to paint an accurate picture of what the millennial generation, our generation, believes in and why.    Given our unique circumstances (growing up in a post-9/11 world saturated with technology to name two) it’s no wonder that we’re a generation unlike any other in upbringing and in political and moral beliefs.  Jack and David pit us against previous generations, but also compare millennials with other millennials to show a diversity of opinions while remaining objective narrators.  This quick and fascinating read is definitely a must for those of any and every generation – we all have something to learn from the generation next in line.

When Millennials Rule is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Colourpop Review

Hey, everyone! There’s been a lot of buzz recently about Colourpop, and after hearing rave reviews and seeing how ridiculously inexpensive their products are, I decided to see what all the hullaballoo was about.  This post took a long time to put together; I made sure to wear each of these products and fully test them out in order to write a detailed review for you guys! I really hope you find it helpful! I broke down each product into 4 categories (packaging, application, pigmentation, staying power) with a final score given at the end.

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I ordered two eyeshadows (Dare and Slave2Pink), the Ultra Matte lip in More Better, and the Grind lip pencil and lipstick.

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Eyeshadow in Dare and Slave2Pink

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PACKAGING: These eyeshadows come in little pots.  They’re cute and the design is clean.

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APPLICATION:  These shadows are powdered instead of pressed, so application was a bit trickier.  I used an angle brush to sweep up the little bits and to spread the pigment across my eyelid.  Kind of messy, so I’d recommend applying these over a sink for sure.  Definitely the worst part about these eyeshadows.

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PIGMENTATION: THE PINK ONE IS SOOOOO BRIGHT! Definitely not daytime friendly, but I can definitely see myself wearing this for a night out.  The purple one, however, IS PERFECT!! I originally intended to purchase the pink one only, but I am so glad I sprung for the purple.  I’m low-key obsessed with it.

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STAYING POWER: I wore Dare in 90 degree heat for a full day.  I put Urban Decay primer on one eyelid and no primer on the other to see how it would hold up.  As you can see in the photo, the side without primer is a little more washed away, but these eyeshadows have great staying power.  If you use primer, you’re definitely good to go, and even if you don’t, the loss was pretty minimal.  Excellent staying power.

SCORE:

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I give these 5 out of 5 stars!  While the application could be better, the color payoff is huge. These live up to the hype and I’m going to purchase more in the future.

Ultra Matte Lip in More Better

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PACKAGING: The packaging is elegant. I like the chromatic finish on the tube.

APPLICATION: I had trouble applying this product evenly.  You have to be so careful with lip stain because, well, it stains.

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PIGMENTATION: When I bought this color, I was looking for a maroon lip color but this has purple undertones instead of red.  I Googled pictures of people wearing this color and it looked maroon.  I was really disappointed that it doesn’t look maroon on me at all. Also, I had trouble getting even color across my lips.  It showed up in certain spots more than others.  I had to do several touch-ups to get all the coverage I needed.  Not cool.

STAYING POWER:

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After I ate my lunch, my face became A DISASTER.  The color spread all around my mouth (???) and it looked SO GROSS. I was horrified and took it all off immediately.

SCORE:

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1/5 stars. So…the color was alright, but it wasn’t the color I was looking for, AND it was hard to get an even coating, AND it had horrible staying power.  I was honestly so disappointed in this product.  It has excellent reviews but I just didn’t have a good experience with this at all.

Lip Pencil and Lipstick in Grind

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PACKAGING: The lipstick is SO SKINNY! Like, I was shocked at how tiny it is when I opened it.  The packaging on the lip pencil is not so great; the cap of mine is constantly falling off which is super annoying.

APPLICATION: The pencil felt way too fragile and didn’t leave a thick enough or chalky enough outline.  I also ran into the same problem with the lipstick as I did the lip stain; I had trouble getting an even coating (it took several coats and touchups. Ain’t nobody got time for that.)

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PIGMENTATION: THE COLOR IS SO GOOD THOUGH!!! It’s the perfect purple; it stands out without being too bright.

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STAYING POWER:  The staying power was ehhh. Had to do lots of touch ups.

SCORE:

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3/5 stars.  The only thing these really had going for them was their color.  They did poorly in the other three categories. I’m not sure I’m going to buy any more of these.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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Call me a tough critic, but I just didn’t like most of these products (I WAS ROOTING FOR THESE PRODUCTS, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR THESE PRODUCTS, HOW DARE THEY!). The eyeshadows totally rock but the lip stuff was not so hot.  This is a brand that has a pretty huge following right now, but I guess you get what you pay for.  I was especially disappointed in the matte lip, like seriously, WHAT EVEN HAPPENED TO MY FACE??!?!?! Their lip stains are their most hyped products and that was the worst product in this review. Go figure. If you’re thinking about trying Colourpop, I’d check out their eye stuff but nothing else.

Have you tried Colourpop? Which products did you try/did you like them? Have suggestions for products I should try in future posts? Comment below!  I love hearing what you have to say🙂