Taking a Pause or Moving On?

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I sure as heck have been overthinking this post. The thought of whether I should explain it all in a video has crossed my mind plenty of times. And, yes, I hear you guys – I know many of you have been telling me that you miss my videos and have been wondering when I’ll upload again. I’m sorry I haven’t addressed this sooner and I’ll go ahead and apologize now for not having a concrete answer (at least not at this moment) but I did want to start letting you in.

Let’s just start slow (instead of attempting to give you a watered down version of the entire story), yeah? Good lord, it sounds like the beginning of an awkward relationship, but I am awkward so bare with me :)

Last Summer I went through what we’ll call an existential crisis. I didn’t try to put any type of label on it at the time but I would describe it as this unshakeable sense of What’s the point anymore? I didn’t care much about anything and I didn’t even enjoy the things I used to enjoy, as hard as I tried. I was numb.

As a result, I isolated myself because I didn’t like who I had become and I didn’t want others to be pulled into this dark space my mind was living in. I think we can see where this is going right? Isolating myself was the worst thing I could do. By Fall, I forced myself to come to my senses and tried to find the answers I was searching for by connecting with others.

One thing led to another and change happened. It was scary, and I was vulnerable, but I was excited at the prospect of something new.

The only caveat, and this is one that I had secretly feared for a long time, is that this new beginning also meant I would likely have to make some sacrifices. My YouTube channel is like my baby – those of you who have been following me since the early stages have literally seen me grow up. I will always feel a deep sense of loyalty to you guys, I want you to know that.

Hence why I was gutted, and I even kid myself to think that I’d be able to balance doing both. This isn’t impossible but the truth was, I had often wondered what life would be like if it were different. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t because I didn’t appreciate what I had but because having a fresh perspective is what keeps me going. I let that nagging feeling of What if? eat away at me for too long.

The hard truth is, life doesn’t stop for anybody. Give yourself the chance to live it intentionally and in a way that is meaningful to you – this doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you human.

You may have noticed that I’ve started testing the waters and seeing how I can incorporate posting again without it consuming my life (I know this sounds dramatic but there’s a bit of truth to it haha). Thank you for taking the time to read this and for being so understanding. If you’d like for me to continue writing more posts like this one, please do let me know!

xoxo, Christine

CVS Beauty Haul & MUA Review

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Hey guys! Today I’m partnering with CVS Pharmacy to share some affordable beauty products that I have really been enjoying! I hit up my local CVS Pharmacy and hauled some items to try as well as a few MUA products to review. Here’s a look at the loot:

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CVS Pharmacy has been stepping up their game in the health and beauty department. I really enjoy perusing the beauty aisles at CVS because they carry high quality brands such as MUA (Makeup Academy) and Milani that other drugstores don’t carry.

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I’ve been trying out these newly released MUA PRO items in particular so I can share my thoughts on them with you! Here is some context on MUA for anyone not familiar with the brand: MUA was developed exclusively for CVS Pharmacy by makeup professionals and beauty experts and they carry premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories.

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I gravitated towards the items I could see myself using everyday such as this PRO Bronzing Palette which is perfect for creating that sun-kissed glow. I have been wearing these on my eyes as well as my face as they are flattering and easy to wear all around.

  • There are two matte shades, the first being a softer beige tan, and the second having a slightly ruddier and deeper tone. The shimmery copper gold imparts a nice sheen and works well with the other shades to create a dimensional look.
  • In terms of pigmentation, if using a denser brush – be careful to not over apply as I can see this happening with lighter to fairer skin-tones. The powders aren’t powdery and blend out nicely.
  • There is also a PRO Contouring Palette and a PRO Highlighting Palette from the new launch.

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Being an oily gal, I, of course, also had to try the PRO Mattifying Powder. It’s designed to minimize shine as well as the appearance of pores and fine lines. I have been using it for touch ups midday, and it has a smooth texture and doesn’t look cakey.

  • This powder will appear white upon first application and will blend out but it is possible to overdo so I would recommend only a light dusting or a gentle press with the encased powder puff if you don’t have an oily complexion like I do :)
  • This line also carries a PRO Illuminating Powder.

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I have been pairing the powder with this PRO Mattifying Primer underneath my makeup and over my skincare to also help keep the shine away. It is a dimethicone based formula so it also aids in smoother foundation application.

  • This has a liquidy/silky slippery and lightweight texture upon initial application and then has no shine after it absorbs into the skin.
  • For those looking for a dewy effect, MUA also carries a PRO Illuminating Primer

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I was really happy with what I picked up from CVS and the new MUA PRO line! All of the products ended up exceeding my expectations in terms of quality and ease of use; the affordable price tag is the icing on the cake.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Christine

True Colors

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Today felt like the day to start posting again. Maybe it’s the solar eclipse. Maybe the solar eclipse is the perfect analogy. Something came over me this past weekend like how the moon came over the sun. I’m alive and well – thank you to those for checking in. I took much needed time off for myself and I really appreciate you all for being patient <3

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I heard this song while I drove home this evening and it was just right:


You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged, oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
The darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy
Can’t remember when
I last saw you laughing
This world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
Just, call me up
‘Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you

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We live in a generation where we get so caught up in perfection and in how we present ourselves. It feels amazing to let loose every now and then and to embrace the imperfection. Even these images are imperfect – they were shot with an iPhone instead of the usual DSLR on a cloudy evening in the French Quarter of New Orleans and edited with Snapseed (I still freakin’ love this app). It feels good to be back, and not just back as in back to posting but to feel like myself again <3

Joy Worth Giving | My Holiday Picks!

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Hey guys! I’m excited to tell you that i’ve been working in collaboration with JCPenney to spread the message of #JoyWorthGiving this holiday season! I will actually be hosting an event at their store in Northlake Mall, Atlanta this Sunday on December 18th at 2pm and would love it if you came out :) We will be sharing our gift giving tips and there will be some awesome surprises so don’t miss out!

JCPenney has really impressed me with the versatility of products that they carry so it makes a great one stop shop for your holiday shopping. On top of their incredible deals and savings, they have a Low Price Guarantee that if you find a lower current advertised price on an identical item that they carry and can bring proof of it to the store within 14 days, JCPenney will beat that price by 5%!

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For example, this Nutri Ninja Blender is one i’ve been eyeing for some time and even though its original price is a bit steep, there is a huge price cut at JCPenney. I think this would make a great gift as a powerful blender is always needed in the kitchen. It’s perfect for those who are aiming to be more health conscious as well!

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Did you know that you can now find Sephora inside JCPenney at jcpenny.com and in select stores!? I’ve been using this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to soothe my dry flaky cheeks and it has been amazing! It’s incredibly hydrating and it’s also safe on sensitive skin so it had to make it onto my gift guide list. They also have a sample set that would make a great gift!

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This mini crockpot/slow cooker is adorable and perfect for hosting! You could even use it for fondue, dips, or melting chocolate to make chocolate covered treats. I personally intend to use it to make my steel cut oatmeal most of the time 😀 It’s so affordable that it would make an awesome white elephant gift and it’s great for those with a busy schedule!


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What about stocking stuffers? I saw this saffiano bow leather wallet online and couldn’t resist getting it. It has a ton of folds for cards and its saffiano cross hatch texture makes it extra durable!

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Last but not least, I saw these velvet plush blankets in store (after touching numerous ones unashamed..SO soft!) and knew that I wanted to grab some along with socks and gloves to give to those in need. These blankets were flying off the shelves!

These are just a few of my picks but there are so many more to choose from! How is your holiday shopping going?

 Also check out this video I did on how I went about spreading #JoyWorthGiving. Don’t miss out on the Giveaway!

Greige Mix

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Hey guys! I’m often getting asked about my sunglasses and it’s a bummer when they no longer exist anywhere or I find them at a boutique and have no idea where you can grab one for yourself. Well today i’m excited to let you know that you can get your hands on this gorgeous H&M rose gold pair and they’re only $10!  They are even prettier in person and oh so reflective! :) I also figured i’d tidy myself up a little by dressing up this real slouchy and casual Forever 21 t-shirt dress and came up with quite a greige (grey + beige) combo.

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↝ Forever 21 Striped Dress 
 Tobi Draped Jacket
 DIYed Beaded Choker 
 Dynamite Necklace
↝ River Island Boots 
↝ H&M Sunnies 
 Milani Lip Creme in Loved

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Coral Blaze

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Hey all! In case you didn’t catch my Summer Lookbook I did a fun collaboration with Dynamite styling some of their pieces so go check that out for more outfits! There is also an awesome Giveaway going on (more details down below)!

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I’m loving the fun color of this coral blazer and it can be dressed up or down. This blazer has a longer length to it and comes in other shades that i’m seriously eyeing. It’s great if you like the “boyfriend” length but want the slimmer feminine fit; super flattering! I wore this to a casual coffee meeting and it felt chic without being stuffy. 😉

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Dynamite Blazer | Dynamite Tee | Forever 21 Shorts | Kate Spade Bag | Target Flats

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Don’t miss out on their awesome Giveaway! First place winner receives a new dress each month, a $1000 shopping spree on Dynamite, and a chance to guest blog on DYN Blog!

How to Enter:

1. Follow Dynamite on Facebook and Instagram

2. Upload your best style photo of you styling your favorite dress (can be any dress you love!) via Chictopia.com, the Chictopia iPhone app, or on Instagram (make sure to tag the photo with #DYNxChictopia, @dynamitestyle, and @chictopia).

3. When uploading on Chictopia.com, you must choose “Dynamite Style Contest” under the “Style” dropdown on the upload page.

Have fun and good luck!