Short Hair - Making the Cut

I’m no stranger to the scissors. Since high school, I’ve been doing this thing where I grow my hair out really, really long only to cut it all off when I get bored. While I like the idea of long, flowy hair, I’ve always felt more like myself in short hair.

There’s something liberating about getting all that hair chopped; in some ways it’s a bit rebellious, but it’s also majorly chic.

Here are some reasons why I love having short hair:

  1. You aren’t a slave to it anymore because it’s a lot easier to take care of short hair!
  2. While I’ve always been a wash-and-go type of person (a.k.a. you won’t find me taking the time to style it very often), bed-head on short hair is a lot easier to pull off.
  3. With shorter hair, I don’t find myself fighting off vicious tangles with the hairbrush.
  4. The drain doesn’t clog nearly as fast. (Gross, but needs to be said.)
  5. No split ends! Especially if you’re consistently getting it cut.
  6. Sure it takes some strategic bobby pinning, but you can still put it up when you need to.
  7. Gone are the moments when your hair gets caught in the car door and on other random things. SERIOUSLY THE WORST.
  8. During the hot summer months it’s a lot easier to stay cool with shorter hair.
  9. It’s a change. I get used to seeing myself one way, so mixing things up once in awhile keeps it interesting.
  10. Shampooing has never been easier. I swear it cuts my shower time in half!

So those are some of the reasons I love having short hair. Really the only con is that it can get expensive trying to maintain the length since you have to get it cut more often, but to me it’s a fair trade-off. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to teach myself how to cut my own hair!

What are your opinions – do you like having long hair or short hair and why? Let me know in the comments!

Using a Backpack Instead of a Purse

One of my favorite words in the English dictionary is convenience. I choose flats over heels, a five minute makeup routine over a 30 minute one, and of course I choose a backpack over a purse. Don’t get me wrong; there are days when I like to dress up in heels, spend extra time on my makeup, and carry a purse around. However, most of the time I just like to be comfortable.

By backpack, I don’t mean Jansport or L.L. Bean. Think smaller and more stylish. If it has two straps that hook onto my shoulders and it looks good while doing it, I’m sold! The backpack that I’ve been loving is from Zara, and I haven’t looked back since I got it. It’s been so nice to be hands-free while I’m running errands around town!

Another nice thing about a backpack is that it distributes the weight more evenly on your body since it’s not weighing down on just one shoulder. It makes it a lot easier to lug around my DSLR camera because it doesn’t feel as heavy compared to when I was carrying it around in my handbag. You can pack much more stuff in a backpack before it starts to feel uncomfortable!

My backpack has been an absolute lifesaver and has definitely been one of my favorite purchases this year. If you’re curious about the backpack-as-a-purse life, some great places to look are Zara, Target, and Forever 21. Happy shopping!

Using a Backpack Instead of a Purse

Simple Blue Stripes

Maybe it’s just the bell sleeves, but this top gives me major vintage vibes. Just pair it with some flare jeans and it’ll look like you stepped out from a different decade! I love that we’re constantly recycling styles from the fashonistas before us. This past fall I remember being so confused walking through the clothing section at Target because it felt like I was in the 90s! All the clothes looked like something you’d wear to a Nirvana concert.

I’m always fascinated by trends; we get embarrassed by things such as what we wore, how we applied our makeup, styled our hair, etc. even though at the time those were the trends. And somehow, they always make their way back in some way or another.

While the decades never completely return in their full glories, I do think it’s interesting that we’re constantly borrowing from them. It’s fun to see certain things make huge comebacks, especially when you know you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it just five years ago (i.e. I never thought I would own a pair of ‘mom jeans’ in my entire life… But I do own some…).

As for this top, I picked it up from American Eagle a little over a month ago so unfortunately I can’t find it on the site, but I can’t express how much I’ve been loving their clothes selection lately. They have a lot of vintage-looking stuff, and I wish I could afford to fill my closet with it all!

Any trends from the past you’ve been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

5 Product Face

While I love experimenting with full-glam makeup, some of my most favorite looks are actually very minimal. The best thing about these fresh and light makeup looks is that they’re very quick because they’re so simple! My day-to-day makeup routine is usually pretty low-maintenance, especially in the summer. Something about the extreme heat and intense humidity keeps me from wanting to apply too much on my face. Luckily, there are ways to create beautiful makeup looks using just a few holy grail products from your stash.

Here are my five favorite products to use in my quick, effortless makeup routine:

  1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($9)
    This is hands down my favorite concealer that I’ve ever used. It is an absolute dream to work with as the product moves around easily before it dries. I love the formula because it doesn’t look cakey; the finish is very natural-looking. The color matches perfectly with my skin tone, and I don’t notice it changing throughout the day as it is exposed to different elements. I apply this under my eyes and on any problem areas I have, and it makes my skin look great!
  2. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in “Pearlescent Pink” ($3)
    I love this blush because it adds a glowy hint of color to your face. It’s a simple step that adds life to your skin, and I make sure to never skip it.
  3. NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade ($7)
    If your face is a piece of art, think of your brows as the frame. I went so many years without filling in my brows and it was such a mistake! Pictures taken at a distance make it look like I had none. Thankfully, I’ve learned my lesson and I no longer miss this step in my routine. The NYX brow pomade is a great product because it fills in your brows while simultaneously locking them in place. It’s also very affordable, which is a major plus.
  4. Maybelline Falsies Mascara ($7)
    While I haven’t come across a mascara that I’ve been absolutely floored by yet (any suggestions??), the Maybelline Falsies mascara has been my go-to for several years. The only major con for me with this mascara is that it tends to be a bit flaky when it dries. It does make my lashes look very thick and full, however, so I push the negative aside for the major positive. The level of lift it gives makes my eyes look open and awake, which is much needed in a minimal makeup look.
  5. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in “Alchemy” ($5)
    Unfortunately, there’s not a link for this one because this shadow was limited edition, but it’s a shimmery champagne shade that I absolutely love. They have tons of options on the ColourPop site when it comes to their Super Shock Shadows, so you’re sure to find a color you love. This product works best when you apply it with your finger, so it’s very fast and easy to use. I like a simple, neutral, shimmery shadow just to brighten up the eye areas and add a little pizazz.

5 Product Face

And that’s my five product face! It’s super quick and easy to do, plus all the products are affordable (can’t go wrong there!). What are products you like to use in your quick makeup routine? Let me know in the comments!

May 2017 Ipsy Unbagging

So, I’m throwing a little switcharoo here. You may or may not know that I’ve decided to trade my Boxycharm subscription for Ipsy just to try something a little different. While I thought I would love receiving full-size products, it was getting to be a bit much. Trial sizes seemed more practical, and I like the variety of cosmetic brands Ipsy has in their service.

If you don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly makeup subscription service where you receive a cute (& actually useable) makeup bag with five trial-sized products for you to test out. I also love that the bag design is completely different every month! When signing up, you fill out a questionnaire where you specify things such as your skin tone, eye color, hair color, brand preferences, types of products you like, etc. in order to personalize your experience. If you don’t like a product, you can rate it and be sure you never receive anything like it again. My favorite part is that it’s only $10 a month!

This was my first month of Ipsy, and I was excited about the products I received:

  1. Pure Brazilian Nourishing Hair Oil
    This ended up in my bag because I specified that I liked hair oils and have dry, frizzy hair. I’ve used it a few times on dry hair and haven’t noticed much smoothing, but it does make my hair smell very nice and feel soft. I’m going to try applying it to damp hair and see if that helps any.
  2. Urban Decay Afterglow in “Sin”
    Highlighters are something I like to receive because I rarely go out of my way to buy them (they all start looking the same to me after awhile). They also last forever, so I don’t feel you need too many different ones. I do really like this one, though. It’s not super subtle, but it’s also not BAM! in your face. It could also double as a really pretty, shimmery eyeshadow.
  3. pur~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream in “Light” 
    I haven’t had a chance to really test this one out because my skin has been going through a little freak-out session (yay stress!). For that reason, I’ve been trying to avoid applying heavy product. I did swatch it, and it looks like a close match to my skin tone. I also like the fact that it has a built in SPF. Since the formula is creamy, it seems like it would feel good on the skin, but I’ll test it out and see!
  4. Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660
    This full-size foundation brush is so soft! It retails at $23, so I consider it a steal. I don’t normally use brushes to apply foundations, but I could see myself using this for bronzer or highlighter. I also love the periwinkle color of the handle.
  5. trèStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine
    Don’t be fooled by this product’s appearance: the pencil top is actually a cap! The product itself has a rounded tip just like a crayon. The color is very pretty and it feels great on the lips. It is not transfer-proof and it does smudge if you rub it, but I don’t mind that. It’s a perfect size to carry around in your bag for on-the-go lip color.

So far, Ipsy has made a great first impression. I’m excited to see what’s in next month’s bag!