Girl Crush: Maggie Rogers

With Lana Del Rey’s new single, and Future dropping not one but TWO surprise albums, you could say that 2017 has already been a pretty fire year for music. Enter Maggie Rogers, who released her debut EP, Now That the Light is Fading, just 10 days ago.

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BUT, WHO IS MAGGIE?

Maggie, who grew up in rural Maryland, refined her songwriting and singing chops in a master class at NYU, where she moved Pharrell to tears with her track, “Alaska”:

Hoping to break out of being known as “the girl who made Pharrell cry,” Maggie recently made her TV debut by performing “Alaska” on Jimmy Fallon. This performance lead to nearly sold-out tickets for her upcoming tour and Maggie is now well on her way to becoming a household name.

WHY I’M CRUSHING

While “Alaska” is the track that’s propelling Maggie to mainstream stardom, “Dog Years” is what made me fall in love with Maggie’s work:

Her overall sound is relaxing and ethereal. Her gawky dancing brings about a raw and down-to-earth vibe. Content-wise, “Dog Years” demonstrates an impressive level of lyricism and captures love and timelessness in an effortlessly beautiful fashion.

Other tracks on her EP worth listening to are “On + Off” (soon to be covered by  a cappella groups everywhere, I’m calling it now) and “Better.” The least favorable track, generally speaking, is “Color Song,” which is the most folksy and the least pop.

I’ve had Now That the Light is Fading on repeat for the last week or so. When I started bumping her tunes out my speakers, they had less than 1,000 plays each on Spotify. As of now, Alaska has amassed over 28 million plays and counting!

At 22, Maggie is just starting out, and she’s made it clear that she’s definitely here to stay. Watch out for this one, world!

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Kylie Cosmetics Valentine Collection, Posie Lip Kit, and Burgundy Palette Review

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been eyeing Kylie’s cosmetic line since the day it broke the Internet. Just HOW good are her lip kits, really? Are they worth it? Do her products live up to the hype? Well, lucky for you, my friend Katie and I are here to answer all of those questions for you. Katie and I tested out the Burgundy palette as well as the Valentine and Posie lip kits and we sure had a lot to say.

VALENTINE:

For her Valentine’s Day launch, I was able to get my hands on Valentine, one of Kylie’s ~limited edition~ lip kits. When I swatched it, I was instantly taken aback by how RED it is! I was expecting it to be similar to colors I already own, but I was surprised at how different it actually is. I swatched it next to other products so you can see what I mean:

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From top to bottom: Sephora liquid lip in a discontinued color, NYX soft matte lip creme in Addis Ababa, and Kylie Cosmetics Valentine.

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Overall, this color is super bright and fun! I am a fan. The price, however, will only be worth it if Kylie doesn’t bring this shade back. 4.5/5

THE BURGUNDY PALETTE & POSIE:

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Katie tells all…

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Katie used Naked for the browbone, Penny in the crease, Burgundy on the lids and Almond and Brick in the crease and outer corners. She is wearing Posie as well!

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PIGMENTATION:

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Burgundy Palette: I had to really layer and blend the colors on this palette multiple times to achieve the kind of pigmentation I was looking for. However, I thought that the colors did blend together well. I chose to do a more everyday look for this post, but I could see how the range on the palette from browns to reds to pinks and metallics could create a great nighttime look as well. 4/5

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Posie K: On the packaging, Kylie recommends one swipe for full pigmentation, and one swipe really is enough. After researching lip kits online, I chose Posie K, because it seemed to look dramatically different on different skin tones. Therefore, I was curious to see how it would look on me. I love the soft pink tone of Posie on me. As someone who predominantly wears all black everyday, I can see myself adopting Posie K as my everyday lip shade for a little pop of color. 5/5

STAYING POWER:

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Burgundy Palette: I didn’t use primer, and after sitting outside for an hour on a windy Chicago day, this eyeshadow is still going strong. I couldn’t be more impressed with the formula of this product. 5/5

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Posie K: I cannot be more enthusiastic about the lasting power of this lip kit. I’m seriously in awe. Does this formula have magic in it? But seriously, I put this on in the morning, went through my entire day, forgot I even had it on, looked in the mirror after dinner, and it looked like I had just applied it. This liquid lipstick feels so light on your lips, and it’s definitely one of the most comfortable lip products I own. 5/5

APPLICATION:

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Burgundy Palette: To be honest, this was the first time I’ve attempted using eyeshadow. I’ve always associated eyeshadow with creasing and shading that isn’t as easy to achieve on monolids. However, this eyeshadow was incredibly easy to blend. It was extremely forgiving towards my rookie mistakes. This is a palette that I will be returning to for everyday use and a palette that I’d love to continue experimenting with for other looks. 5/5

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Posie K: The liquid lipstick went on so smoothly.  Matte liquid lipsticks in particular can be too sticky, but Posie K glided on and dried matte within a minute. The liner felt super creamy as I put it on. There wasn’t any pull or drag along my lips. I definitely recommend filling in your lips instead of just lining them, because doing so definitely gave me more lasting power from the product. Regarding the lip kit as a whole, it’s so convenient to have a liner and liquid lipstick match perfectly. 5/5

OUR THOUGHTS ON THE PACKAGING:

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Burgundy Palette: We were both hella annoyed that Kylie didn’t label her shadows on the front of the palette. It was annoying af to have to flip over the palette to see the names of the shadows. 4/5

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The lip kits, however, have flawless packaging. Valentine came in the limited edition packaging, which was to die for. 5/5

Now, it’s my turn to dish…

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I’m wearing Posie on my lips and a combo of all the shadows (lol) and applied them based on Kylie’s tutorial:

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PIGMENTATION:

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Burgundy Palette: Holyyyyyy- guys, this shadow came out super pigmented! I barely had to put any on the brush for it to show up. I had to blend it like crazy because the colors were super intense. The shades are super versatile as well- there’s so much room for creativity with this palette. 5/5

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Posie: The color looked drastically different on me than Katie. It’s less of a pink and more of a mauve. It’s also definitely darker on my skin tone. I liked the color, but I’m still probably going to stick to my usual Makeup Forever lipstick as my go-to nude. 4.5/5

APPLICATION:

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Burgundy Palette: The shadows were pretty blendable and weren’t too cakey or crumbly. 4.5/5

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Posie: I’m not the best at applying liquid lipstick, but it was definitely easier to apply Kylie’s lip kit than other brands. It also smells like candy- yum! 5/5

STAYING POWER:

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Burgundy Palette: I wore primer with my shadow and it stayed all day long, no problem. 5/5

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Posie: So…this stayed on until the next day. I took it off with makeup remover at night, but woke up the next morning with the liner still visible. Now THAT’s staying power! The lip kit is also so lightweight- it barely feels like you’re wearing it. It also doesn’t dry out your lips as much as other brands. Basically, it’s amazing. The hype is REAL. 5/5

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

After months of deliberation, we’re both glad we finally caved and got ourselves some lip kits and palettes. The palette comes out to $6 per shadow which is totally fair. The lip kits are a bit on the pricer side but they truly are super long lasting, easy to apply, and non-drying. We both loved everything we tried and this was such a fun post to put together! We hope that you find all of this info helpful if you’ve been on the fence about buying Kylie’s stuff. If you’ve tried other Kylie Cosmetics products, feel free to leave links to your posts in the comments! ❤ Stay glam ❤

FILA x Gosha Rubchinskiy

When news broke that up-and-coming Russian streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy and old school Italian sportswear house FILA were teaming up, I was immediately captivated. FILA, once known as an uncool/your dad’s brand, is now becoming increasingly relevant, as part of the greater 90s nostalgia/”so uncool it’s cool” fashion movement. Meanwhile, Gosha’s work has been gaining more and more clout with streetwear enthusiasts with each drop. Therefore, the juxtaposition of the FILA branding with Gosha’s name in Cyrillic brings retro into an edgier dimension. The collection, said to be Gosha’s most accessible ever, includes shoes, socks, t shirts, and sweatshirts- all of which will be sold on SSENSE while supplies last.  When asked to describe the collection, Rubchinskiy himself reportedly stated, “Это очень Италия и очень Гоша.” In other words, “It’s very Italy and very Gosha.” 

Sweatshirt: FILA x Gosha Rubchinskiy

Necklace: Forever 21

Beanie: Ali Express

Jeans: H&M

Shoes: Nike

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6 Steps College Students Should Take to Land a Job or Internship

Hey, everyone! Those who know me well know that I’m super obsessed with finding a job for post graduation (haven’t had any luck yet, but only time will tell!). The job/internship search can often be discouraging, tedious, and even confusing. I’ve found some great resources along the way and have some important tips which will hopefully put your mind at ease while searching! These tips won’t guarantee you a position, but they will definitely help you find more positions you’re interested in and give you a leg up on the competition.

  1. Do a Glassdoor search

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You found a job listing that appeals to you! Amazing! Before you actually apply, however, it’s not a bad idea to look up said company on Glassdoor. Glassdoor has real ratings and reviews for most major companies. What are people saying about the company culture? Is it fun or toxic? Are the managers and bosses fair or are they clique-y? Are the salaries for the position you want acceptable or not? These are important questions to consider. If the company has stellar reviews on Glassdoor, go right ahead and smash that mf apply button.

2. Create an organized spreadsheet of your applications

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Okay, so you’ve decided to start applying to things! Yay! If you want to be thorough, meticulous, and organized, the first thing you should do after submitting that very first application is make a spreadsheet. You should list the name of the company, the title of the role you applied for, the date you sent in your materials, and any contact info you have for people who work there. All of this information is really important to keep track of for follow ups, and will also give you a sense of how your search is generally going.

3. Take advantage of LinkedIn

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Ah, LinkedIn. Perhaps the college student’s least favorite form of social media, LinkedIn has plenty of job listings available that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Also, you can sign up for their free trial of Premium, which allows you to see how you stack up to other people who have applied through jobs through LinkedIn. Once the free trial ends, after a few months, you can sign up again and again. I’ve been through two free trials already and I’m about to start a third.

There are also virtually no social rules when it comes to making connections. It’s not like Facebook; on LinkedIn, you can connect with literally anyone you want. You have nothing to lose by making connections, only to gain.

After applying for a position, check out the company’s LinkedIn page and click “see employees.” LinkedIn will list employees that are tangentially connected to you.  Connecting with employees in the division that you applied for, as well as HR recruiters, is a good strategy. If they accept your invitation, you have a way of contacting them directly. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to par before doing so!

4. Find emails of those you want to contact

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Even if you’ve connected with them on LinkedIn, it’s an even better idea to have emails on file. You can sign up for a free account on Hunter.io, which will give you the general format of company emails for almost any company you can think of. Even better, once you get an account, you can download the Hunter.io Chrome extension, and clicking the Hunter button on anyone’s LinkedIn profile will give you their company email address. The more ways to contact the company and the more contacts you have, the better your chances will be at being noticed.

5. Follow up

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If it’s been two weeks since you’ve applied and you still haven’t heard back, contact the potential employer via email if possible. Explain that you submitted your materials and that you are still very interested in working for said company, and inquire if there are any additional steps you should be taking.

6. Use every resource possible

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There are so many amazing resources at your disposal that you may not be taking advantage of. I know that my university’s career website is not the best. That’s why I use sites like Angel (an amazing site for startup jobs) and The Muse. These sites are carefully curated and only display jobs for companies that have exceeded a certain amount of funding and/or have rave reviews on sites like Glassdoor. If you’re a part of Greek life, take a peek at your sorority or fraternity’s alumnae directories to see if there are people you can contact. The same goes for your university’s alumnae directory.  The bigger your network, the better.

My last piece of advice is: don’t ever hesitate to reach out to anyone! You can’t get what you want if you don’t ask for it- and you’re no better off by not sending emails. You’d be amazed at what sending one simple message can do for your entire career trajectory. Good luck and get networking!

 

Layered Up

Hey, everyone! As of late, I’ve really taken to layering. To get more wear out of my dresses in the winter, I love layering them over turtlenecks! I layered my midi length alphabet sleeveless dress over my black turtleneck. With my winter coat from Uniqlo and my Docs, I’m winter ready! This season, I strongly suggest stocking up on turtlenecks in basic colors like black, white, and grey- the layering possibilities are endless!

Jacket: Uniqlo

Turtleneck: H&M

Dress: Forever 21

Shoes: Dr. Martens

Lip color: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Firebird

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