Haul

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

Lou & Grey | Alpharetta, GA

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Hey all! Lou & Grey just recently opened up a storefront in Alpharetta, Georgia and I was excited to have the opportunity to check it out as it has only recently began to further expand as it’s own entity. Some of you may be familiar with the brand as the casual/laid-back collection of LOFT. I thought it was pretty cool to find out that there are currently only a few stand alone stores around the nation.

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Upon entering, I totally loved the bright, clean, and earthy aesthetic of the store. The succulents, trinkets, copper tones, and curated independent products such as the jewelry really add that unique touch. It’s the kind of space that feels simplistic and comfortable which can also be said about the clothes.

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There is indeed a lot of grey clothing (which I love!) as well as white and a variety of neutral tones. For this Fall and Winter season they’ve incorporated a few more rich tones such as blue, green, and burgundy. They have a ton of basic and casual pieces that are great for lounging around in but are also perfect for that effortless look to wear out. The sizing is very similar to LOFT and I found that size XS was the better fit for me with the tops and jackets and size S for bottoms.

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Some of the items that I was naturally drawn to were the jackets with the large lapels such as this one and this one as well as the easy to wear knits that cover the bum such as this grey tunic. Along with the knit tunic, I also took home an olive green button up and a dark charcoal colored pair of thick twill leggings. I probably would have been tempted to walk out with more had there been more items available in my size.

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You can tell that the collection is geared towards the effortlessly cool girl who has an appreciation for simplicity and subtlety in textures. Definitely check out the store if you have one near you!

Thank you to today’s sponsor, Lou & Grey, for the experience!
 

My ShopBop 25% Off Sale Picks!

Hey guys I’m back! Thanks for being nice to Matt in the last post. :) So some of you know that I try not to splurge too often but for more worthy sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale it’s hard to not cave! I am still really loving my finds so it was totally worth it. The ShopBop Friends and Family 25% off sale is another great opportunity to score those investment pieces or more luxury items that you’ve been lusting for. Not to mention, the free 3 day shipping and free returns is a major plus!

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Clearly you can see that I tend to gravitate towards shoes because who doesn’t love shoes?! I also believe that quality jeans are worth investing in so I spent quite a bit of time lurking around in the denim department. Here are some of my picks/lemmings!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody Bag in Crimson
2. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora
3. J Brand Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans
4. Current/Elliott High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
5. Kurt Geiger London Bond Pumps in Nude
6. BLK DNM Coated Jeans 26 in Empire Red
7. Glamorous Fringed Coat
8. L.A.M.B. Theo Cutout Pumps in Black
9. Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Gold/Blue Mirror

What pieces would you splurge on? ShopBop also has some awesome home decor items that would make great holiday gifts! I had to force myself to resist from going overboard haha oh sales XD Thanks for reading!

Tropical Fever

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s August already?? I always love this time of year because it is so full of energy as everyone gears up for the new season. Is anyone else craving a summer get away like I am? This Tropical Floral dress definitely reads vacation in the print but I love the elegant cut of it. Summer is still here so I decided to inject even more color into the look!

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Dress: ASOS.com | Gold studded cuff: Vince Camuto | Bag: H&M | Heels: dresslink.com | Nails: Sally Hansen ‘Pacific Blue’

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Are you guys preparing yourself for Fall yet whether mentally or in terms of your wardrobe? Or are we not letting Summer escape us anytime soon? :) I’ve started buying some transitioning and early Fall pieces in this haul video! Check it out:

Milani Power Lip Gloss Stain Review and Swatches

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I first discovered these new Milani Power Lip Lasting and Moisturizing Gloss Stains at my local grocery store and had originally only picked up the shade in Mango Tango. Because i’m a fan of and was previously impressed with Milani’s Color Statement lipsticks, I just knew I had to give these a try.

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These lippies are listed as a paraben free 2-in-1 gloss and stain with a moisturizing formula AND provides color coverage that lasts. I don’t know about you but this sounds like perfection in a tube! Mango Tango was so incredibly pigmented that I later on picked up a few more in the shades Cabaret Blend, Strawberry Sugar, and Macaroon. Each one retails for $6.49 but the price can vary depending on where you buy them. At my local CVS they were $6.79 for example.

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These gloss stains feature a twist pen with a built in synthetic brush. The tricky part is it is hard to gauge how much product will come out as you twist the pen especially initially. It’s like a guessing game of how much will ooze out haha and sometimes you can end up with too much product. Seriously a little goes a long way when applying these!

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Let’s take a look at the swatches!

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Strawberry Sugar – Light Pink – Cream. Hello pale barbie pink! This one looks a bit too cool toned on my lips and against my skin tone to wear on its own. It kind of reminds me of the consistency of OCC’s Lip Tars because it is packed with so much pigment. Texture-wise it also looks chalkier on compared to the other shades below.

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Macaroon -Pink – Cream. This medium pink shade is very flattering and easy to wear. I recently sported it in this Instagram picture. It looks and feels great on and I am leaning towards it being my favorite of the four.

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Mango Tango – Coral – Cream. This rich vibrant coral shade really wowed me the first time I applied it. If you are a reddish-orange lip color lover definitely give this one a try. Doesn’t this shade just make you feel energetic and happy or is it just me? :)

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Cabaret Blend – Berry – Cream. This one may look more berry on others but it registers as a wine red shade on my bare lips. I kept trying to layer this one on since it wasn’t as rich and deep as I had anticipated but I still really like the shade.

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This is how Cabaret Blend looked on my lips after 5-6 hours of wear and after eating and drinking. I was left with a rich stain that didn’t leave my lips feeling dry.

* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: These Milani Power Lip Gloss Stains truly pack a lot of punch for the price. The color coverage for most is impressive to the point that I would suggest being careful with globbing too much on because it can migrate and end up on your teeth. When the glossiness wears off it truly acts like a stain. Overall I am really happy with these as they perform differently from how most glosses and stains do.

What are your thoughts on Milani’s new gloss stains? Do you tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks or glosses? Let me know if you have a favorite lip stain!

Paris: Where’s My Luggage?

Wow I don’t even know where to begin.

Well I did mention on the video to come here for a funny story so let’s start with that! It’s actually really not that funny but this was the only mishap we ran into regarding this trip. Me and Tiffany were luggage-less for the first and second day that we were in Paris! It’s funny because we had previously discussed how we would freak out if this ended up happening to us. Our luggage didn’t make it on the right flight to New York (since this is where the whole group met first) and then it took forever until they made sure it got on a flight to Paris. No one really is to blame here but it was just unfortunate because it was a hassle to try to sort things out multiple times with the staff at the airport to ensure that our luggage would eventually get to us. We both stayed positive and were happy to know that at least our luggage wasn’t lost.

What was my first thought when we realized that we would have to make do the first couple of days? UNDERWEAR

I can live with wearing my clothes twice but wearing the same pair of undies twice..uhh yea i’d rather go commando!

We made a one stop shop at H&M (I seriously love H&M) and I ended up getting 2 whole new outfits, one for our cruise dinner (dress and shoes) that night and one for the next day (top and skirt).

Luckily our luggage did finally arrive at our hotel the second night we were in Paris :)

More pictures coming up soon! In the meantime check out this video that I finally uploaded!