February 5, 2015

Current Makeup Favorites // Peplum Mini-mergency

Hey everyone! If you're like me, then you're about to enjoy a three-day weekend right now. I've had the luxury of only going to class Monday-Thursday since my first semester of college. :)

Anyway, in my last post, I shared how my makeup collection mysteriously keeps growing while I pare down my wardrobe. So if you'll allow me to interrupt your regularly-scheduled fashion posts, I'm going to share my current favorite makeup products! But don't worry, I'll be back in a moment with more fashion.

  • L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara: I'll admit it right now- I'll pick high-end makeup over anything at CVS. My name is Sophia, and I'm a makeup junkie. However, out of all the mascaras I've gone through (and I've never used the same two consecutively), this drugstore mascara gives the exact same results as my previously favorite Dior mascara. Caveat: Dior would eventually leave streaks on my eyelids, but the L'Oreal stays in place and doesn't melt off.
  • Clinique CC Cream: I religiously wear foundation whenever I leave the house, but I wanted something for the weekends when I don't feel like doing concealer and other skin coverage. A CC cream color-corrects redness and uneven skin tones, and feels very light. With just some translucent powder to top it off, I'm ready to leave the house after only 2 minutes of application!
  • Benefit Gimme Brow: I'm officially on my second tube (which is a big deal for me), and it's safe to say that this is my favorite brow product. I've tried powders, gels, waxes, pencils...you name it. Anything to make my teensy, sparse brows more defined. "Gimme Brow" subtly fills in your brows with it's small, manageable brush.
  • Benefit Instant Brow Pencil: This goes hand-in-hand with "Gimme Brow." I fill in my brows with "Gimme Brow," then touch-up any remaining areas in need with this brow pencil. It also has a spoolie on one end, and delivers lasting color that isn't too harsh upon application.
  • Lancome Artliner: I still use a piece of tape to assist me with my winged eyeliner. However, this soft, flexible liner doesn't make me feel like my eyelids are being scratched every time I line my eyes. I've had a couple of liquid eyeliners that are so rigid and difficult to apply, that this flexible brush was a breath of fresh air. Not to mention, the color lasted me all night the last couple of times I went out. Win-win.

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 Baby's First Peplum

Gap Peplum Top
Okay so the title of this photo, "Baby's First Peplum," has it's reasons. I tried on this shirt at Gap yesterday in a size 2, and liked it. So in a lazy, splurging moment, I picked up the size 0 without trying it on and bought it. When I got home, I tried it on and realized it was a) Far too short. Like 90's-belly-shirt kind of short. Plus it was surprisingly too tight on my back! I'm usually swimming in a 00, let alone a 0, so I was surprised that this was too small. I texted several friends asking for advice, and ruminated over this shirt all night. Sleeping on it didn't help, as I woke up more torn since half of my friends said the 2 was too big. Hmmph. 

So what's a girl to do? Well, I did what any person should do in a situation like that. I went with my gut feeling, and what I liked, even though the bigger size was an absolute no-no for a couple of my friends. Even if it is kind of loose, so what? It looks cute with super tight jeans and black booties or flats. *future blog post idea brews in head* Plus, I typically go towards black/grey/white/cream colors, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself prancing to the fitting room with this shirt in hand.

Even though I made this dilemma seem wayyyyy more dramatic than it should've been, this little shirt taught me an important lesson. Don't do what's trendy/what other people like if it's not you. This was kind of a "stay true to yourself" lesson in disguise. Simple. :)

PS: In the fashion world, opposites attract (ahem, this super loose blouse and tight jeans). Fun examples: biker jacket + feminine blouse, a girlish but grown-up outfit, heels + jeans, leather + knits. Blog post on these to come!

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