Wish List

Hey guys. Just wanted to write up a quick, slightly silly post today. I’ve had a ton of stuff going on lately. My mom had both her knees replaced, I’m starting a new job, auditionsc, and as I’m writing this I’m sitting at the urgent care clinic because I’ve got some weird rash on my eye. Well it’s not that weird. I’ve been dealing with this issue since high school in varying degrees, but now it’s realllly bad. So with all this shit happening…I just felt like browsing the Internet and looking at things I can’t afford and you all get to do it with me. 

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

I’m in love with this purse. I’m torn between the gold hardware pictured above, the all black, or the silver. I’m really digging the holographic oil slick hardware, but it’s double the price and I don’t care that much. Basically I like them all. I’m waiting for one of them to go on sale before I buy it….patiently waiting….
The bag below is just perfect. It’s about $900. That’s the only non perfect thing about it. 

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This plaid dress from Pretty Dress Co.
This picture is from Rachel at http://chicagochicblog.blogspot.com/?m=1 And she’s awesome. I love this dress and I like the way she styles it with her corset underneath. Everything looks better with a corset underneath. I wish they would make a dress just like this with actual long sleeves. I’m always freezing cold and I’d love a girly, swishy winter dress like this. I still love it don’t get me wrong, but I’d like to be warm AND have a pretty dress. Is that asking too much? It is 2016 after all.

Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder

I’m actually about to start working for Estée Lauder, but this is in no way a sponsored post. I’ve been waiting for this collection for months because I knew it would be awesome. I don’t think all the colors will suit me, but I’m digging the eye glosses and the super sparkly shadows.

That’s about it for now. They just  took me back to an exam room to check out my eye, so I’m going to wrap this up. Wish me luck.

Sunburn Tips

I recently got home from visiting England and Scotland…And I somehow managed to get sunburned. Yes. Sunburned. I know.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have already seen that picture, but I’ll put it in here for dramatic effect. It’s very rare that I get a full on sunburn. For a pale girl like myself, it’s a fate worse than death (going extra heavy with the drama today). I wear SPF every. Single. Day…Except this past weekend. For some reason that I can’t explain. I don’t know how I forgot, but I did, and now I’m paying for it.

Here are my quick tips for helping the burned, red, flakey, awfulness that is sunburn

1. Bio Oil

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Put this all over your burn. ASAP. I got mine from TJ Maxx forever ago really cheap, so keep an eye out. By the next day, you should see a major reduction in redness. If you peel, like me, it’ll also help to make you not look like a leper. Which is always the goal.

2. Neosporin

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I do a double whammy of antibiotic cream and Bio Oil. Because…why not? I prefer the Target generic brand version instead of the actual name brand Neosporin because to me, Neosporin smells like brown sugar. And boy do I hate the smell of brown sugar. Plus, its cheaper.

3. Dusting Powder

After I leave the products I just mentioned to soak into my skin for a bit, I like to use some dusting powder on the area. Mostly because I’m secretly an old woman and enjoy smelling like a grandma, but I feel like it makes it a little cooler feeling…If that makes sense. I know there’s some weird stuff going on at the moment with talcum powder, so just be careful and do your research beforehand. I like the Yardley one and this Chanel No. 5 one–For when you want to go full on old lady.

Also, if you’re not a complete idiot like me and actually put your sunscreen on, this is my favorite one to use on my upper body: Neutrogena Ultra Sheet Liquid Sunscreen. And for my face I like the Cityblock SPF 25 by Clinique that I wrote about here.

Got any good tips for me? For the love of God, please let me know in the comments.

Impressive Spot Fighters

I’m getting new headshots taken this weekend.

Know what that means?

It means I have to develop a massive pimple right between my eyebrows. One of those giant, gross, red ones. Because why pay someone a lot of money to take closeup photos of your face WITHOUT a giant zit smack dab in the middle?

Obviously it can be edited out and everything, but it’s just the principle of it.

 I’m relying on two stand out products to get this monster down to a manageable size before the shoot:

The Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Spot Gel works surprisingly well. I didn’t expect much from it. I actually bought it when I was working out of state and couldn’t find anywhere nearby that sold my longtime favorite, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Which, by the way,  I just knocked over in the bathroom and it spilled into the sink. Which means the money I spent on it literally went down the drain. Always fun.

Anyway, back to what I was saying about the Rapid Clear Gel. It’s the first drugstore spot treatment I’ve found that genuinely does make a difference in the duration of a breakout. You dab on a thin layer of it and, as quickly as overnight, the pimple is way smaller than before- if not totally gone. I don’t get many breakouts, but for the odd pimple, it works wonders. The Drying Lotion is something I use more for pimple prevention. I just think it does a better job if you can catch a spot in it’s early stages. If I feel like a pimple is going to spring up, I’ll put some of it on at night, wash it off in the morning, and the spot is kept at bay.

Do you have any stand out pimple products? Let me know!

Milani Lip Oil vs Clarins

Quick comparison of two different lip oils today: The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, the high end product at $25 USD. And Milani’s lip oil, coming in at around $8.5o.

I’ve messed around with both of these lip oils for a few days now. I know the shades aren’t identical, but they’re both really sheer. If anything, I wish I had gone for a brighter color with the Milani, because it really just looks like a clear gloss when I put it on my lips. You can see it does have the slightest hint of pink in the picture below.

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Milani is on the left, Clarins on the right

Not that I bought these products expecting high color payoff, but just an observation. Anyway, let’s list off some stuff I liked and didn’t like about each, yes?

The Milani oil definitely has a stronger smell. The shade I picked was “Nourishing Raspberry” made with raspberry oil, so obviously it smells of raspberries. Strong smells don’t bother me necessarily, but if you’re sensitive make sure to base your decision on which kind of oil is used in each shade as opposed to the color, since they’re mostly sheer anyway. I’m impressed with this product and I’d buy one or two more just to throw in my purse.

Let me just say that lips have always been really dry, and flaky, and just sucky in general. So this is a longtime struggle (ugh, life is so hard) to find a product that will actually keep my lips hydrated and, well, not gross. I will say the Milani oil does an O.K. job with this. It’s not as drying as a lipstick, and more hydrating than a gloss. The staying power isn’t that great though. Once it’s worn off, my lips are still dry. That’s where the Clarins oil takes the cake.

I feel like the Clarins oil has a better lasting power. It also conditions my lips better than the Milani. When the Clarins oil has worn off, my lips feel softer with each use. It really seems to absorb into my lips and it acts as more of a treatment than just a fancy gloss. As far as packaging goes, both have nearly identical applicators. Each container does a good job of giving you just the right amount of product and precision so that you can get the oil where you actually want it.

Should you splurge on the Clarins oil? I think if dry lips are a constant problem for you, yes. Go for it. It’s quickly become one of my new favorite products.

If you don’t have dry lips that you pick at until they bleed and get all nasty… the Milani oils are great, too. They come in more colors, and they’re eight bucks. If you’re not sure how you feel about this whole lip oil trend, grab one of the Milani oils next time you’re at the store and test it out before heading to a Clarins counter.

 

 

Tips to Look Better Than You Feel When You’re Sick

Hellooo

I decided last week that I’d take a week off because I had so much on my plate and just needed a break. THEN last Friday, out of nowhere, I came down with a really terrible cold. Did four shows sick as a dog. Went home. Went to the doctor. Found out I have strep. Got medicine. Medicine keeps me awake. The only way to get better is to sleep. But I can’t. Because. MEDICINE.

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Personal Steamer. AKA the best $30 I ever spent.

So that’s been my weekend. However, it inspired me to write up a quick little post on my tips and tricks for looking and feeling less shitty than you feel. Even if it’s just a little, tiny, teensy bit.

#1 LIP BALM 

When I’m sick I break out my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I have the lip balm version and the regular one that comes in the tube. There’s not much of a difference, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase the balm although the set is a good deal for your money. I keep the hand lotion in my car. They all do the same thing– Just different applicators. I also got a free Cowshed Lip balm last time I flew home from the UK. It’s pretty solid, and since it was free I don’t mind infecting it with my GERMS.

#2 BASIC MOISTURIZER

My nose is so red and sore. You know that feeling you get when a face mask is drying on your skin? That’s what my nose feels like now. Just all the time. That’s my actual skin. Disgusting. My go-to fix for sick, dry, cracked skin is by Simple.  It’s their Nourishing Skin Day/ Night cream. No SPF. Doesn’t burn the broken skin around my nose. A win all around. I’ll also dab some Bio Oil around my nose to take down some of the redness which helps a little bit. Nothing really helps when you’re expelling half your body weight in mucus on a daily basis.

#3 PERFUME 

Even though I can’t smell it right now, there’s something about dousing myself in Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere right after a shower that instantly makes me feel more like a human when I’m sick. Doesn’t have to be Chanel. Whatever your favorite perfume is. But No. 5 will always make you feel like you have your shit together. Even if you’re a mouth breathing mess who passes out on her bed still in her robe immediately afterwards.

#4 BODY OIL 

I usually double up on moisturizer when I’m sick because my body just decides to spend all it’s energy generating snot and my skin gets extra dry. That’s scientific fact. I don’t own any fancy body oil, so I always just go for baby oil and a cheap moisturizer. Nivea or Jergens always do the trick.

Last but not least….

#5 HAIR MASK 

In keeping with the extra hydration theme of this post, always spring for a hair mask. Odds are you’re going to take longer showers if you’re sick. Probably because it’s the only time you can breathe like a normal person. Don’t just waste time. Slap a hair mask on. At the very least, you’ll have nice soft hair. Check out my post to see which ones I recommend.

That’s about it for now. My show closes in two more weeks, so when I’m home and healthy I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule! Do you have any tips or tricks that make you feel and look better when you’re ill? Let me know in the comments.

Seriously guys. I look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

 

 

 

Boots/Superdrug Haul…And Some Other Stuff

My favorite store in England, you ask? Harrods? Selfridges? Cool vintage shops?

No. Boots. Hands down.

I know. I have a problem. Whenever I go, it’s a toss up of wether I’m more excited to see my boyfriend, or go to Boots.

I’m half joking.

I kinda know what I’m looking for when I go now, so this time it was mostly stocking up on things I had run out of, but there are a few new finds.


 

I always stock up on Soap and Glory stuff when I visit England. I feel like it’s cheaper there even though I don’t even know what I pay for it here when I get it from Sephora (if they still carry it. I’m not sure). I’m probably crazy, but the fact that it’s always on sale at Boots helps me justify why I buy so much of it. I usually buy a lot more of their products, but I only bought three things this time. THREE. If my Dad is reading this, I’m sure he’s very proud of me.     The scrub and the body wash smell amazing. However, I do think I prefer the Smoothie Star body cream that comes in the tub over the Body Milk I bought. It’s still rich and moisturizing, but my skin has been pretty dry lately so I prefer the thicker creams.


 

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I really should have washed my new bedspread before I took these so it wasn’t all wrinkly. Oops. It’s cute though, isn’t it?

I bought lots of Colab dry shampoo. I really love the extreme volume line, especially when I’m wearing a hair piece or doing an updo. My hair is so slippery and hard to style that the Extreme Volume spray gives it a lot of extra grip and…volume. Imagine that. My favorite scent is the London one, but the Paris floral scent might just take over that place in my heart. I’m not an avid dry shampoo user. Mostly because I’m weird about showering and I have to wash my hair all the time. Germs are everywhere, people. Take showers. As a styling product though, I think it’s awesome. The Luxe Shine spray is worth checking out, although it hasn’t totally won me over yet. I’m not crazy about the smell, but it definitely does make your hair really shiny.

I’m in love with the Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. It’s so gentle and moisturizing– great for sensitive skin. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was weirdly cheap. So was the serum above it in the picture. It’s just a simple moisturizing serum. It was only about two pounds if I remember correctly. I chose this serum because the one Sali Hughes recommended was still sold out. This one does have an odd, almost licorice scent to it, but that doesn’t bother me. It does what it says on the label which is always a good thing.

The little tube in the picture is just a basic Boots brand cucumber eye gel. I thought it’d be useful to stick in the fridge when my eyes are all swollen and puffy from allergies. Which is seemingly all the time now. Ugh.

This nail polish…I wasn’t impressed. I liked the concept; Nail polish IN A CAN, but ehhh. I’m really picky about my nails. If they aren’t perfect and shiny, I’ll just pick at them and it gets ugly REALLY QUICKLY. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this probably isn’t worth the money; I think it’s about $15 USD. I’m going to mess around with it more (literally-this stuff is messy) to see if I can figure out a better, more perfectionist/OCD-friendly way to use it. Stay tuned.

This is what’s left of my food/candy stash. I’ve been home for a week and as much as I value my readers, I’m not going to avoid eating chocolate just so I can photograph it. Psssh.

YOU GUYS. The cookie shortage in England. It hit me hard, man. This must be what living through the Great Depression was like. I went to the store looking for my  favorite Bourbons, AND THERE WEREN’T ANY. Tragic. Pretty sure I compensated with enough junk though. I’m gonna make it.

 I bought a golden shimmery highlighter from Makeup Academy. I’m not sure if I like it as a highlight. I have a beef with highlighters–which I know in todays IG world is sacrilege. But I’ve yet to find one that actually shows up on my skin without looking like a big frosty nightmare. I usually just stick to my white eyeshadow. This product just sits on top my skin and makes my pores look bigger than they are. I do like it for an inner corner highlight or even as a wash of shimmer on my lids.

I picked up the Chanel CC Cream in the shade “beige 10” since they don’t sell a shade that pale here in the US. It’s a little bit thicker than I anticipated, but I love the fact that it has an SPF of 50. It’ll really come in handy this summer.

The Bourjois foundation is an old favorite that I needed to stock up on. It’s so blend-able, light, and comfortable on the skin. I’m shade 51 Vanille. I repurchased my Bourjois bronzer as well. I think it’s a pretty decent dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer. They’re a great choice for us pale girls. Super affordable as well. I practically glow in the dark, so I’m not one to spend a lot of money on bronzer. I’ve just accepted the fact that I will never be tan in any way. This light bronzy shade is good for adding warmth to the skin, without necessarily making you look dark- which is what I like about it.

As for the palette, I think I’ll do a full review of it later. I need to mess around with it some more and try out a few different looks. I got it for five pounds at Superdrug. It’s by House of Glamdolls and it’s the “Vintage Doll” palette. For the price, it’s surprisingly good. The blushes are especially lovely and pigmented.


 

 Technically…I didn’t buy this when I was in England. I bought it on sale from Asos a few months ago and had it shipped to my boyfriend’s apartment in Brighton since they wouldn’t ship this specific coat to America. I was glad I had a wool coat when I got there because I went in only a leather jacket (a long wintery, faux leather one lined in shearling…I’m from Chicago so I’m no n00b when it comes to cold weather). As soon as I got to England, the weather turned shitty, cold, and insanely windy. So shout out to past me– Good call on the spending money on a coat thing.

Anyone who says it’s ever warm in England is a LIAR. I’ve been there in all seasons now. You’d think I’d catch on.

 The coat  isn’t available anymore, so sorry to taunt you if you really like it. They do have some similar coats by Mango (last time I checked) but not this specific one!


 

  Last but not least, I got these cool old books for five pounds. The Tower of London is for me, and the short story collection is for a cool book chain thing I’m doing. I’m not sure when the Ainsworth book I have was printed, I know the original was published in the seventeenth century, but the short story book has a library stamp from 1956, which I thought was neat. I’m really into history, especially anything to do with the Tower of London (or anything else morbid and weird). Can’t wait to read it. I know it’s not beauty related- I just thought they were too cool to pass up.

That’s about it for my purchases from this trip. Keep checking back for some in depth reviews!

Covent Garden Shopping

PHEW. I’m back.

I had a great time in England and the wedding I went to was a ton of fun, but now I’m back home and it’s time to get to work.

Hopefully this all makes sense. I’ve pretty much had a migraine since I left Brighton. And I’m tired. Forgive me if there are tons of mistakes.

Let’s talk about Covent Garden. Somehow in all my trips to London, I hadn’t been. The Charlotte Tilbury store was reason enough to go. It’s DIRECTLY across from the Covent Garden tube station. So. If you’re there, you HAVE to go inside. It’s obligatory.

I was a little too excited

Anyway, this has been blogged to death, so I won’t write too much about it. I got two small things– a Color Chameleon pencil in “Champagne Diamonds”, lip liner in “Pillow Talk”, and a pencil sharpener that I desperately needed– But they’re things I’ve been eyeing for a while. I was THIIIS close to buying another shadow palette and decided against it. Being responsible blows.

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A little further down the block was the new store 3ina. A super cool, super affordable makeup shop. Really clean and modern with helpful staff…and surprisingly nice products for the price point.

LOOK AT ALL THESE COLORS. SO CHEAP TOO. AHHHH.

 

I didn’t try any face products, but the lipsticks and shadows were really nice. The black lipstick was awesome too, but in a severe lapse of judgement, I put it back at the last minute. GUESS I’LL HAVE TO GO BACK.

I felt a little guilty despite my boyfriends claims that he was fine with staying and shopping, so I didn’t want to stay too long. I swatched a few products and picked up a white eyeshadow– I liked the size of it because I use it for highlighting my face– And a new liquid liner because the lid to my favorite Wet and Wild one (post to come soon…It will blow your mind) got lost during my travels and it dried out.

Charlotte Tillbury gave me two free samples of her creams (the employees, not Charlotte herself, obviously). Sorry for the lighting–Trying to photograph things on a cloudy day on a peely windowsill in Brighton isn’t exactly easy. *Also, that’s a rose petal from the pretty flowers my boyfriend gave me upon my arrival at the train station. That’s right. Flowers AND he spent all day  looking at makeup with me. No. He’s not gay, just the best.
    

THIS LINER YOU GUYS. It passed my test. And I’m dead picky about eyeliners. I prefer actual liquids with a brush usually, but those are getting harder and harder to find, so I’ve slowly made my way over to the dark side of felt tipped markers. This one really stays on. I wore it to the wedding and it stayed on from 7 am till 2 am when I finally took it off without any transfer. I don’t have oily skin though, so I can’t make any promises. The white shadow isn’t anything remarkable, but like I said, I like that I can get a slightly larger brush into the pan since I use it to highlight. I was using a NYX single shadow before and they’re the same size as little MAC ones. This is much better. AND. AAAAND. I only spent about $20. Not too shabby.
 Like I said, these have been blogged to death, so I’ll just say they definitely live up to the hype. I was torn between Champagne Diamonds and the Amber shade, and while I like the one I bought, I feel like the glitter is a little chunky. I don’t dislike it. It’s glitter. Of course I like it. I guess it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be. I felt like it looked different on my hand. Or I could just be nuts. It’s still good though, and the staying power is insane. The lipliner is a much better match than the Ben Nye one I’ve been using out of my stage makeup kit. So all around amazing products I’d say.

Well. That’s about it as far as stuff I got on my trip goes.

 

Juuust kidding. I spent a disgusting amount of time at Boots. That’ll be in a later post.

 

For now, I’m going to eat lots of chocolate that I brought back with me and try to stay awake since I keep getting up at 4 am every day thinking it’s way later than it actually is. I’ve got a ton of stuff to get done before I head off to start rehearsals for my new show, but I’ll try to get back to a normal blogging schedule.

 

Hm. Actually I might go make scones. Going through scone withdrawal.