Review: E.L.F. Studio HD Setting Powder

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I bought this HD powder almost under a year ago and I have used it once. I have been hearing about this powder everywhere again, so I wanted to put my 2 cents into this product. When I initially heard about this setting powder, it was nothing but positive reviews, so I figured this was going to be a really good product. Well, I was really wrong.

What is it

This translucent, loose powder is supposed to create a flawless, soft-focus effect look to your face, as read on their website. It is meant to mask fine lines and imperfections while giving you a glowing perfection. This powder is available in 3 shades, Sheer, Shimmer and Corrective Yellow. The powder retails for $6.

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I have always loved the packaging from their studio line. It is very sleek with their black and white look. The size of the powder is…

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Burt’s Bees

21_burts_bees_1I LOVE BURT’S BEES. The other day, I told my mom that someday I will own every single product they sell. But for right now, I just have some lip shimmers and lotion.


I was on their website, and not only do they have awesome all-natural products, they have a great history. It says that back in 1984, Maine artist Roxanne Quimby was on the side of the road trying to hitch a ride home. A man named Burt Shavitz, who was known for his roadside honey stand, pulled over and before long they became friends. Soon enough, Roxanne was making candles with unused wax from Burt’s beehives.

In 1989, a boutique in New York City fell in love with the artistry of Burt’s Bees candles, and the small business shipped them by the hundreds. In 1991, Burt’s Bees created a beeswax lip balm, which became a best seller and still is today! Burt’s Bees went global in 1999, and in 2003 they created Lip Shimmers, which is my favorite product! I always have a Lip Shimmer with my in my back pocket. It acts as a lip balm while giving lips vibrant color.

In 2007, Burt’s Bees finalized their Greater Good Philosophy. A big thing in the company is practicing what they preach, and they do! They believe it is very important to make products with the best ingredients while helping the environment at the same time. I like what Burt’s Bees stands for and I am happy to support them!

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Rooted Beauty Products

After my post about Burt’s Bees, I became interested in other companies that have similar goals and values. I came across a company called Rooted Beauty Products, and they are doing it right too!


They sell facial care products and lip butter that comes in flavors like Passionfuit, Orange Vanilla, and Berry Mint. The products are made with safe, recognizable ingredients like extracts from fruits and plants that refresh your skin naturally and effectively. The products are fairly cheap too! royalset-500x500-445x445Homepage-Images3

On their website they talk about the projects they do to help people around the world. Here’s what it says:

“Each Rooted Beauty skincare product helps a woman escape from extreme poverty and trafficking through our Woman2Woman Project. Our partnering organizations use the funds we raise through Woman2Woman projects to provide each woman with vocational training and recovery counseling. Woman2Woman projects enable women around the world to escape bondage and become self-sufficient. Our partnering organizations work closely with each woman to ensure long-term stability and freedom. Once a project is fully funded, we sponsor a new woman, creating a cycle of ongoing impact.”

That’s so cool! I’m so proud that they are making a difference, and they are making it easy for people like you and me to change the world. Homepage-Images2

Street Style Pastels

Summer is all about bright, vibrant colors! Spring, however, calls for light pastels to ease us in to the warm summer months. I’ve found some Street Styles that highlight the soft colors of the season. I like the pastels, but I’m torn because I love neutrals! I love black, navy and gray, so it may be tough to work some of these light colors into my wardrobe for this season.


First is a look that comes from a fashion blog that I love — Man Repeller. In this look, Leandra is wearing boyfriend jeans with a pink blazer. Pastels help to add freshness to any look.   Take a look!


Big sweaters in light colors are good for spring!



This look is very eye catching because of the sequin skirt. Pairing this skirt with a baby blue chambray creates a calm, cool look for any casual event you will be attending.


This two-piece outfit is casual, but not too casual. Paired with a dark bag and sandals gives this look a dramatic feel. Also, the necklace adds a fancy touch to the look.


Pink is probably the most common pastel for spring. A trend for spring/summer shows during fashion month, pastel pink adds a chic feel to any ensemble.



If you still want some more suggestions on how to wear pastels this spring, I’ve included some links that I have found helpful.

Product Review: Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil

When I go to buy new mascara, I usually buy a different one every time. They are all around the same price, so why settle if there could be something better out there? That’s my way of thinking: maybe there’s a mascara I haven’t tried yet that is perfection. Well, I’m not there yet, but this one works pretty well.

Right now I’m using Rimmel London Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil. It’s very fancy looking. Bronze. Shiny. Fancy.


I feel that this mascara does a nice job of giving the lashes volume. I purchased “Extreme Black”, and it is extremely black. I like it.



I put mascara on my bottom lashes because my eyelashes are naturally white-blonde and invisible.

I like this mascara because you can put a minimal amount, or you can put a lot on and it won’t leave clumps.


Also, probably the best thing about this mascara is that it WASHES OFF SO EASILY! I understand that some people want their mascara to stay on, so they buy waterproof. But me, I like to be able to wash all of my makeup off in the shower. I don’t want to use makeup remover, but I also don’t want yesterday’s mascara still smudged on my eyes when I wake up. This might be the mascara I buy twice–just because it comes off easily with soap and water.

Creative Fashion Runways

This is so interesting! I love that the runways are not just a boring catwalk anymore.

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With the end of Fashion week not so long ago, it’s not just the fashion that is being talked about but it is also the runways. Year after year, designers have stepped up there game and created some of the most breathtaking runways. From Chanel’s supermarket runway in 2014 to Tommy Hilfiger’s football field runway this February, each designer has set up there own themes to go along with there designs.


In this year’s pre-fall 2015 show for Chanel during Paris Fashion week was transformed into a resteraunt where attendees to the show were seated in tables, very distinct from the usual bench style format from other shows. The middle of the runway was occupied by a male attending the bar in which models such as Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne made their way through.

Chanel show’s have always been the one to watch from windmills to carrousels as there runway…

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