Wonder Forest


I adore the look of black-on-black, especially black tights under black shoes—it gives the appearance of longer legs, which I personally like. Oasap's sheer, lightweight tights are perfect for the summer days.


 The bright floral print on top of the dark background really ties the entire look together.


 These chunky heels keep this outfit more on the casual side.

 
Top | Forever 21
Skirt | Forever 21
Tights | Oasap
Boots | My Hot Shoes








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July Birchbox Review: Glamour Edition

This month, Birchbox teamed up with Glamour to put together July's box. July's theme is The Five Senses. That should give you an idea of what I received in my July Birchbox!



Harvey Prince Eau Flirt Lavender Pumpkin: Though it feels carefree, this scent has been meticulously calibrated to turn up the heat. It combines pumpkin and lavender, two seemingly ill-matched notes that have been clinically proven to spur passionate reactions in men. Olfactory theory aside, we love the combination of seductive jasmine and freesia with sumptuous nutmeg, cinnamon, and amber.

My thoughts: I really like this perfume. It has such a sweet, girly scent to it. I can definitely smell the floral and warm spices. Would I purchase this perfume? Yes.
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Tea Forté Ginger Pear Minteas: These pick-me-up treats are laced with healthy ingredients that keep you balanced. The flavors are designed not only to taste good but also to accomplish specific wellness goals. Resist boosts immunity with lemon and lime extracts, while Results, a spicy matcha chai and cinnamon blend, spurs metabolism. Regroup, a ginger pear treat, helps you focus; energizing Reboot is a cocoa mate; and Retreat, a lemongrass yuzu blend, is designed to help you relax.

My thoughts: The packaging is adorable and perfect to carry around in your purse. However, the scent and taste are absolutely dreadful. Would I purchase these minteas? No!

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Color Club in "Blue-Ming" - Summer Pastels Collection: Blue-Ming is a lovely greenish turquoise.

My thoughts: This is such a bright, beautiful color. It being my first time trying Color Club nail polishes, I am very pleased! The overall quality of this nail polish is fantastic, and the wear is long-lasting. I love the way the brush is made, as it makes application very easy and leaves little room for mistakes. Would I purchase this nail polish color? Yes!

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in "Black": The precision pen tip allows you to control the thickness of the line you create and vary the intensity of your look. Plus, the fade-proof formula will hold up all day and night.

My thoughts: I was excited to receive this eyeliner as a full-sized product. I am in love! Creating a cat eye has never been so easy! This is definitely the number one liquid eyeliner that I have used. Would I purchase this liquid eyeliner? Yes!
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Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum: Supergoop’s unique Hydrovotin 24 complex works with the skin’s own moisture mechanisms to increase hydration levels, while vitamins E and B5 heal past damage. A chemical sunscreen duo absorbs both UVA rays that lead to premature aging and UVB rays that cause sunburn. The top-of-the-line “PA +++” rating means the formula meets the highest standards for sun protection. The kicker? This sunscreen serum is paraben and fragrance-free—just what the doctor ordered for sensitive skin.

My thoughts: I am not a fan of this sunscreen. In fact, I am not a fan of sunscreen in general. This particular one made my face super oily and difficult to apply my foundation, even after letting it sit for 15 minutes. Would I purchase this sunscreen? 
                                                           No.

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Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds: These are just like the earbuds that came with your standard music player, only way cuter. The contrasting neon shades play into this season’s neon trend.

My thoughts: Aren't these just too adorable? I was really excited when I saw these earbuds in my box. They are unlike any other. Would I purchase these earbuds? Yes! 



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June + July Beauty Favorites






1. Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in "Black Ebony": After application of my gel eye liner, I use this tightline eye liner to blend it out for a softer look—or on its own for an even softer look. I also use this eye liner to create a dark smokey eye, by simply blending my gel liner further out. I use Sigma Beauty's Angled Brow - E75 and Small Eye Liner - E10 makeup brushes for all eye liner application. This is a powder liner, and the consistency is perfect for filling in eyebrows. My hair is naturally black, and I like for my eyebrows to be the exact same color as my hair, so I lightly darken them with this. Works magically.


2. Sigma Beauty "Flare" Eye Shadow Palette: This eye shadow palette is one of my favorites for when I want to create a fun eye makeup look! When I am not wearing a neutral eye look, I love wearing cool-toned colors. With these bright, yet sophisticated hues, I am able to create so many fun, wearable looks! I love every color in this palette, and the pigmentation is gorgeous. The colors are just perfect to wear during the springtime and summertime.


3. Julep Nail Polish in "Lily": Lily is such a gorgeous shade of purple. For application, I apply a base coat, and follow with two coats of Lily. The results are beautifully long-lasting.


4. Sigma Beauty Dry'n Shape: I cannot imagine what I would do to dry all of my makeup brushes without this product. The Dry'n Shape is designed to dry and shape makeup brushes to their original form within 4-6 hours. I love how quick and easy this is to use. When I deep clean my brushes, I usually have 5-15 to clean at once; this product makes things much easier. After washing my brushes, I simply slide them into the Dry'n Shape, and let it do the rest. If you are like me and typically have a lot of makeup brushes to clean at once, I highly recommend getting or having something similar to the Dry'n Shape!


5. Blinc Mascara in "Black": This mascara is by far the best mascara I have ever had! It uniquely uses a copolymer-based formula to create tiny tubes around each individual eye lash, adding volume and height. This does wonders for my lashes. My favorite things about this mascara is how simple it is to remove; by simply using water, each individual tube slides off in one piece, leaving absolutely no smears or smudges behind!



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Boho-chic

When it comes to fashion, some of us may have a particular style, and some of us may have a few. When it comes to my style, I wear what I am feeling at the moment in time or what inspires me. I found this beautiful chiffon maxi skirt at Jolie Moi, and it inspired me to create a summer boho-chic look—what better way to do so than to pair it with this oh-so-pretty multi-strap lace back cami. Because of the skirt's casual wide-folded hem (which I love), I paired a chunky heel with this ensemble. These adorable oxford ankle boots complete the look! What is your style?




Top | Rare London
Skirt | Jolie Moi
Boots | My Hot Shoes


Infinite Iris

I was going through some old nail polishes and came across Sally Hansen's Beyond Perfect Protein Nail Color in Infinite Iris. I forgot how beautiful and perfectly feminine this color is. I love wearing light, feminine colors—especially pinks and purples—all year round.



Fourth of July Inspired Outfit

Fourth of July is only one day away, so I felt inspired to create an outfit incorporating the holiday colors. I found these gorgeous white lace detailed shorts and wanted them to be the focal point of the outfit to dress down. Because these shorts are so femininely embellished, I went with a simple, casual top. Still wanting that girlish touch, I decided to go with this light denim-inspired tie-front top. I fell in love with these brown leather oxford boots! The short, chunky heel dresses down the shorts, and the neutral color keeps the focus on the apparel. To incorporate the color red into this look, I thought accents would be cute. We're now ready to watch those beautiful fireworks! What are your Fourth of July plans?



Top | Wallis
Shorts | Farfetch
Boots | Payless
Earrings | Jewelmint
 Polish | Zoya