Friday, September 30, 2016

My FIVE Favorite Past Halloween Costumes - DIY & Couple Costume Inspiration!

It is no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday! Autumn is my favorite season, October is my favorite month, and Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year. I love everything about it: scary stories, dressing up in costumes, and of course candy! I have a lot of fun ideas for Halloween posts this month that I am super excited to share. For now, let's take a look down memory lane at some of my favorite costumes I've ever worn for Halloween...

If you can believe it, all of the costumes I'm showing you today are from the past two years! I'm a big believer in having multiple Halloween costumes every year, one for each event you attend! Almost all of these costumes are couple costumes, but they are also costumes that work fine individually. Since I am anti-store bought costumes, every single costume is DIY and I'll give a few details on how I did them. These aren't the best quality pictures since they're from before I had a blog and taking quality pictures on Halloween isn't my number 1 priority, but they're decent enough. Hope you enjoy!

Halloween 2015 #1: Taylor Swift, Blank Space

This costume was so fun for me! Anyone who knows me knows that I am the biggest Taylor Swift fan. When the Blank Space music video came out, I knew I had to make a costume out of it. I also had to incorporate the guy in the music video into these costumes. Here's some tips on how I did it:
  • For the Taylor Swift costume, I wanted something reminiscent of the black lingerie she wears in the video. I found a black lace romper on Amazon and paired it with a sheer black scarf over my shoulders. She wears a black lace sleeping mask over her curly hair, but I got the same look with a black crochet headband I found at Walmart. Make sure to complete the look with wavy black mascara tear lines and Taylor's signature red lip and winged eyeliner.
  • For the guy's costume, there was a few directions I could go. The obvious is to cut holes in a dress shirt Regina George style, but I wanted something a little more toned down. I found a dress shirt and tie for cheap at a thrift store and cut them up as if he had been attacked by a knife. Add some fake blood and the look is complete. Make sure to dress up the look with dress pants, dress shoes, and fancy hair.

Halloween 2015 #2: Cruella De Vil

This was a fun costume. I really wanted to play around with black and white hair and Disney villain makeup, which is why I decided on this costume. I won't be talking about the Zombie costume on this one, but I will touch on it for one of the costumes below.
  • There is lots of leeway in a Cruella de Vil costume. You could go live action or animated, spots or no spots, pop of red or monochromatic. In my opinion, as long as you have black and white spots and some element of (faux) fur, you're good to go. I wore a black fur dress from Forever 21 and a black and white spotted coat from a thrift store. For my hair, I curled it and sprayed half of it black and half of it white. The temporary hair color spray is kind of the worst, so you might want to go for a wig. For my makeup, I watched a ton of YouTube tutorials and combined different techniques. I went for Cruella's signature blue eye and that dramatic Disney villain eyeliner and round, black eyebrows. Of course, no look is complete without red lipstick.

Halloween 2014 #1: Circus Performers

This is one of my all time favorite Halloween costumes I've ever done, and I came up with the idea and put it all together completely last minute! These costumes involve a little more craftiness than the rest, but trust me, they're still super easy and so worth the extra effort!
  • For the Circus Acrobat costume, I started with a simple black leotard. I actually find mine in the girl's section of Walmart... don't ask me how I was able to fit into it! While at Walmart, I also picked up sparkly red fabric, gold ribbon, and gold glitter tulle. I cut the red fabric into a fringe and hot glued it to the front of the leotard, adding the gold ribbon over it. I then hot glued the gold tulle to the butt of the leotard, for a showgirl style look. I found my feather head piece at a Halloween store, it was supposed to be for a flapper costume. Fishnet tights were necessary for this look and also made me a little more comfortable with wearing a leotard. For my makeup, I researched vintage circus performer makeup and did some triangles under my eyes and dramatic winged eyeliner. Of course, I finish all my costumes with red lipstick!
  • For the Circus Ring Leader costume, I started with a red blazer I found in the women's section of a thrift store. I cut it a bit into the shape I wanted and added gold ribbon to the trim of the coat. I made an oversized gold bow tie from some gold fabric and bought a black top hat from a Halloween store. Pair these items with a white dress shirt and black pants, and you have a Circus Ringleader.  

Halloween 2014 #2: Grandparents/Old Couple

Everyone used to joke that Noah and I were just like an old couple, so we decided to embrace it for this costume! Sorry about the super low quality picture, it's the only one I could find!
  • For an old person costume, there are just a few basics to stick with: outdated thrift store clothes, glasses, and grey hair. Since we both had very unique styles, a lot of these clothing items were already in our closets. Go for clothing with obnoxious floral prints, ugly patterns, crochet and lace details, and an oversized fit. Buy some grey temporary hair spray and make sure your hair is grey! We also filled our eyebrows in with grey eye shadow and did some old age theater makeup. I, of course, had to go with a bold orange lip color in true grandma fashion! 

Halloween 2014 #3: Sugar Skull & Zombie

These were such fun costumes for both of us. This wasn't planned as a couple costume, we each did our own thing, but they ended up going together really well. I liked to call the combination "Day of the Walking Dead."
  • For the Sugar Skull costume, the main focus is the skull makeup. This is a tricky costume if you're not at least a little bit skilled with makeup. For me personally, I looked up a lot of pictures and videos for inspiration. I decided to go with a half skull/half glam look as I love the contrast. I used eyeliner and eye shadow for the designs. For the outfit, you can go a lot of different directions. I went with a black lace dress for a spooky, vintage vibe. I would recommend wearing a flower crown too, I was going to but forgot it at last minute, but it would really complete the look!
  • For the Zombie costume, it is best to have some experience with makeup as well. We learned how to do stage makeup from our theater teacher, but you could also look up some tutorials online. The secret with zombie makeup is having a lot of texture and realistic fake blood. Wearing tattered and bloody clothing really completes the look.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I know I did! These are my top five favorite costumes that I've ever done, and I feel like I'm constantly chasing the high of having so many amazing costumes in only two years. Noah was really fun to do Halloween costumes with, he had a deep appreciation for Halloween just like me and put up with a lot of silly costumes the past few years!

This year, I have three different costumes up my sleeve. Two of them will be individual costumes and one will be a group costume. So exciting! I'm not sure if I'll have them up before Halloween, most likely they will end up on here the week after Halloween. October is the most fun, busy month for me, and I'm really looking forward to it! Hopefully I can get all of the blog post ideas I have in my head out into the world!

If you have any Halloween themed requests, costume ideas or DIYs maybe, let me know in the comments below! I would be so happy to help any of you out!

Which one of my past costumes is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!


Friday, September 16, 2016

OUTFIT OF THE DAY | Transitioning From Summer To Fall...

Today, I have a quick outfit of the day to show you guys! The past few weeks have been crazy for me. I moved back to my college town to start my second year of school and I had a few other big life changes that I've been dealing with. I apologize that posts have not been regular and I'm not going to make any promises but I really am trying to get back on a schedule!

I want to start doing more outfit of the day posts. Sometimes I'll wear an outfit I really like and want to share, but there's no specific reason for me to post it or it doesn't fit the theme I'm going for with my blog posts. So these outfit of the day posts will sometimes just be little bonuses in addition to my main post for the week. This post actually is going to be the main post for the week, but in the future if I share an outfit of the day, it will be more of a bonus.

The past few weeks have been a transitional period for me. The seasons are no exception! The weather where I live has been beautiful, fluctuating between 60-80 degrees. For me this means that I get to pair more cold weather clothing items with warm weather clothing items, which is my ideal outfit situation. In my opinion, it doesn't get much better than shorts and a sweater.

For this outfit, I chose to pair this adorable overall dress that I usually wear with a crop top in the summer, with a light weight turtleneck and booties. Pairing this overall dress with the turtleneck gives the outfit a 60s pinafore vibe, in my opinion. Because it was still decently warm this day, I kept my legs bare and chose a pair of brown lace up ankle boots. This is a perfect example of a summer to fall transitional outfit.

Let me know if you enjoy this type of casual outfit posts! On a side note, can we talk about how I took these pictures in my backyard?! Wild sunflowers and wood fencing? Yes please. It's a blogger's dream, or at least it's mine!

What is your go-to summer to fall outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

BEST & WORST | Drug Store Matte Lip Creams! (Under $10!!)

I have been planning this post for months! Matte lip creams became very popular this year because of brands like Kylie Cosmetics, Jeffree Star, and ColourPop. They've been available from other amazing brands (mostly high end) before that, but this year matte lip creams really became the lip product to wear, which caused drug store brands to start releasing their own versions. Which is amazing, because I don't know about you, but I 1) don't have the money or patience for a Kylie Lipkit and 2) don't particularly like ordering makeup online.

In this post, I will be reviewing five different drug store matte lip creams. While I like all of them, some are definitely better than others. I will be comparing each one to the typical matte lip cream formula you expect, such as drying fully matte, transfer proof, and long lasting. I will also be commenting on the texture, scent, and color. I chose mostly pink neutral colors for this post so you can see how similar colors look differently. Each product is swatched both on the lips and on my arm. I'm wearing a natural pink lip liner underneath all of these products, and I strongly suggest wearing a lip liner under all of these products, but they do also look nice without lip liner. I have very pale skin, so unfortunately I can't show the products swatched on a variety of skin tones, but I will link to the product which will hopefully have a variety of skin tones. Let me know if in the future you would like different skin tone swatches and I can try my best to do that! Anyway, enough rambling, let's get into the products!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

This product was... disappointing, honestly. In my opinion, this was the worst drug store matte lip cream that I tried.
Dries Matte: It definitely dries to a matte appearance, but not the same as a typical lip cream, more of the appearance of a regular matte lipstick.
Transfer Proof: This is not transfer proof at all. It never fully dries down.
Long Lasting: This is not long lasting at all. You will need to reapply within an hour or maybe even sooner.
Color: The color was honestly the only rewarding part of this product. Mine is in the shade Devotion. I still wear it every once in awhile just because I do like the color. The color is very pigmented and not patchy.
Scent: There is a very prominent scent, it is like a fake sugary scent, similar to a sugar cookie candle.
Texture: This product feels sort of chalky to me. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it is a thick formula and the brush is sort of spongey which makes it weird to apply.
Wear Tip: This lasts longer and appears more matte when you apply a very thin layer.
Final Thoughts: If you treat this as you would a normal liquid lipstick and you aren't expecting the typical matte lip cream formula, it isn't bad. It just doesn't fit my standards for a matte lip cream.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid

This was also not my favorite product and did not live up to my matte lip cream expectations. However, I do like this product a lot for what it is and I still wear it often.
Dries Matte: This does not dry matte, it has more of a demi matte finish. It does appear matte, but it also has a bit of a glow or satin appearance.
Transfer Proof: This is not transfer proof. It never fully dries.
Long Lasting: This is not long lasting, you will need to reapply within an hour.
Color: This is a really pretty color. It seems like it is going to be sheer, but actually has a good amount of pigment. The one I have is in the shade Nude Flush, and it's a blush toned pink.
Scent: The scent for this is a dramatic fake sugar scent. Smells more like a typical cosmetic than sugar.
Texture: The feel of this is different than all of the others, which I think is why I like it. It has more of a gel texture than a cream texture. Feels more like a lip gloss.
Wear Tip: Wear a lip liner underneath for a slightly longer wear time. In general, just bring it with you if you want to wear it all day because you will need to reapply.
Final Thoughts: I actually really like this product for what it is, a pigmented matte lip gloss. However, it does not fit my standards for a matte lip cream.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Despite hearing a lot of good things about this product, I was disappointed. It might be because of the color I chose, I haven't been able to try a more neutral color. However, in general I wouldn't recommend this product from my experience. I will update if I try a different color with better results.
Dries Matte: This does dry to a matte appearance, NYX is very good about that.
Transfer Proof: This is not transfer proof, however my color is a bright pinky red which is difficult to make transfer proof.
Long Lasting: The most disappointing part of this product was that it was not long lasting. I had to reapply within the first two hours.
Color: The color I chose is the shade Monte Carlo, which looks like a vampy red color but turned out to be a more pinky toned red. It applies patchy at times, but does have a lot of pigment.
Scent: This has a very plain sweet cosmetic scent. Not too overwhelming, but still present.
Texture: The feel of this is similar to the above revlon product. It is a very thick formula and uses a spongey brush which makes for a weird application process.
Wear Tip: Definitely wear a lip liner underneath to extend the wear. Try to stick with the lighter neutral colors because I'm guessing those would wear better.
Final Thoughts: I love NYX and these definitely aren't the worst products, but they aren't my favorite. However, there is a wide selection of colors and this is the only one I've tried, so I would still recommend giving this a product a try.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

This was my favorite drug store matte lip cream all summer. I wore it almost every day and I really like it. It eventually got slightly beat out by the next product I'm sharing, but in general, this is an amazing product and is one of my favorites.
Dries Matte: Yes! As the name implies, it dries to a beautiful suede-like appearance.
Transfer Proof: It isn't totally transfer proof, but it also isn't going to just wipe off any time your lips touch something.
Long Lasting: This product is definitely long lasting, it will last me throughout a whole school day. However, it doesn't last as long if you're eating, sweating, etc.
Color: I love the color of the one I have, it is in Tea & Cookies. It is very pigmented and pretty.
Scent: This product has a very plain cosmetic smell, there is no sugary undertone.
Texture: This product has a similar brush to the soft matte lip cream, but the formula is thinner and I like that better. It's a very silky formula.
Wear Tip: Try to apply very thin layers, the thicker it is the longer it will take to dry and it might not actually dry at all.
Final Thoughts: I definitely prefer NYX's liquid suede line over their soft matte lip cream line, although it does have less product and less color choice. Also, the formula somewat varies between colors. I also have Life's a Beach and Sway. Sway has the same results as Tea & Cookies, while Life's a Beach is patchy and doesn't last as well. So don't feel discouraged if the first one you try doesn't work for you.

 Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme

This was the last matte lip cream I got out of all of these, and I definitely saved the best for last! I've only had it for two weeks but I've worn it almost every day since. This product is the most similar to a typical matte lip cream.
Dries Matte: Yes! This dries super quick and is fully matte.
Transfer Proof: Amazingly, this is almost 100% transfer proof. I can eat, drink, and even kiss my hand without it transferring. However, any sort of rubbing against it or it getting wet will cause it to transfer.
Long Lasting: This product is very long lasting. With a lip liner, it lasts me all day, until I go to bed! The quality will gradually become less and some feathering will start near the end of the day, but it still keeps up a good enough appearance.
Color: The color I have is Precious, which is a very pretty darker blush pink. It has a lot of pigment and is very flattering.
Scent: This has a plain cosmetic scent with a hint of sugary undertone, similar to the NYX soft matte lip cream.
Texture: This formula is decently thick and has a bit of a gel feel, but not as much as the maybelline product. It is very silky and glides on well. It has the same spongey brush as most of the others.
Wear Tip: Since it can be drying, apply chapstick before to moisturize and wipe it off before you apply your lip liner. I definitely recommend a lip liner.
Final Thoughts: This is my new favorite product, I am absolutely in love. I want to get every color.

Here are the arm swatches of each product. I let the swatches dry on my arm for about five minutes, so you can see how matte they appear when dry.

I hope this post was helpful for you! I know when I was looking for videos and posts about drug store matte lip creams, there wasn't very many and they didn't always have the information I was looking for. This was a very fun post to do! I want to do more posts reviewing products like this. I'm thinking about doing a post on the best drug store metallic lip creams and the best drug store highlighters.

Comment down below if you like posts like this and would like to see more! Leave any suggestions or requests, I'm always open to ideas! Also, leave any questions you have about the products I mentioned and I will do my best to reply.

Thank you for reading! I think I'm finally back on a schedule for blog posts. Unfortunately, I'm switching to once a week instead of twice a week, so check back for new posts every Saturday at 4pm PDT!


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.