Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: Naked Basics Palette

I am obsessed with the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, but I can never justify forking over $50 for one of them *sad eyes*.

However, with the release of the new basics palette, beauty is in reach! At $27, the palette is much more reasonably priced, and in my opinion is more than enough for the perfect neutral eye.

The case is pretty and compact, but a little difficult to open.

Look at all these pretty shades! All are matte except Venus, the farthest to the left. After all, it's hard to act like you aren't wearing makeup when you have a face full of shimmer, now, isn't it?

I found the colors to be pretty pigmented even without a primer.

 The Palette is lovely for creating soft neutral eyes looks.

Leave me a comment letting me know what you think about the palette!

XOXO Stephanie

Room Cleaning for the Organizationally Challenged

Hey lovelies!

So this is a really strange, yet hopefully helpful post to you all. I am a notoriously messy person, and cleaning my room is one of the hardest things to do. I'm sure I'm not the only one that gets overwhelmed by the mess that shows up when trying to organize, so I thought I'd share my quick way of doing it. 

First, I throw absolutely everything on to my bed. Like so: 
 Yep, it looks pretty awful. Bear with me. The next thing I do is give my carpet a good vacuuming. 
Yay!! All clean!! It was pretty gross, trust me.
Next, I start taking everything off the bed and put it back on the floor. 

Yep, sounds counterproductive. Just follow along. 

As I put everything back on the floor, I start putting stuff in to piles.

And that's pretty much it, after removing everything from the bed I put each pile in it's place. I hope that helped some people out!

Leave me any comments or questions below, and know you are not alone in the chaos! 

xoxo Stephanie

Monday, December 24, 2012

Home for the Holidays

A Merry Christmas Eve to you all!

I've never been one for Christmas. Call me a Grinch if you will, but I'm not a big fan of it. First off, I'm allergic to pine trees and peppermint (though I do suffer the latter for love of it anyway), so I am already not off to the best start. Secondly, I really don't like Christmas music. Maybe because it gets stuck in my head, maybe because I find them insufferable. Who knows, that is the great mystery.

I do love the food though, don't get me wrong. Plus I love GIVING presents! Backwards, I know. I just love seeing the look on someone's face when they open my gift and it is PERFECT for them!

Speaking of which, if you all haven't finished your shopping yet, my heart goes out to you. Good luck hitting those crowds today, you're going to need them! I barely scratched by finishing my shopping Sunday, and that was certainly bad enough as it was.

Yep, that's a Harry Potter Ornament. Be jealous.

My mom has an obsession with collecting ornaments. There are currently three fake tress in the living room. THREE.

Madness, I tell you, sheer madness.

To those of you who may be sad today, here is a picture of my dog in a sweater to cheer you up:

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas!!

XOXO Stephanie

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Perfect Nude Lips

I L-O-V-E nude lips. They are my go to, and so
much nicer looking than just a plain lip. I stand by
 two of my favorites, both are under $10!

This first one is my usual every day nude pink color. 
It is Revlon's Super Lustrious lipcolor in Twinkle Me
Pink. It was around $3-$4 if I remember correctly. 
It has just enough sheer shine to make it a good lip 
for dramatic eyes.

My second go to is Ulta's Sheer Shimmer lip color
in Apricot. It was aroun $6. It is the perfect peachy
color and it lasts for hours without fading or smudging off!

What are your go - to lip colors? Leave me a comment down below!

XOXO Stephanie

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Galaxy Nails

I felt like doing something a little glitzy for this weekend. A traditional galaxy nail is just the opposite, not traditional! Use a white base coat and sponge colors of your choosing on to the nail. I topped it off with a chunky glitter top coat.

Happy Holidays!

xoxo Stephanie

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Nails: Presents

Hello friends!

I felt pretty festive today and donned my nails in the same fashion. This look was done with the following products:

-Wet N Wild Megalast nail color in "On A Trip"
-NYC "matte-ing me crazy"
-various embellishments purchased from eBay.

Each of the polishes was less than $2. Make sure when using 3D embellishments to secure with nail glue or some other strong adhesive.

Let me know below if you have any questions!

xoxo Stephanie

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beauty on a Budget: NYC Lipstick

Hello lovelies!
Looks red, right?

I practically grew up on NYC (New York Color), it was the only way I could convince my mom to buy me any makeup. True Story. Anyway, I was perusing around WalMart the other day and found the small section for NYC products. Feeling nostalgic, I took a look. Lo and behold I found a goldmine. They've really stepped it up.
Since I have misplaced my usual red lipstick, I decided to try out "Ruby" #305

Now, the lipstick is quite shimmery and sheer, and much more pink than the color swatch would indicate 

not so much, still pretty though

Overall, I really do like this color, and for a whopping 98 cents I can't really complain. I prefer more sheer colors as it is so this lipstick did justice for me. 

It does label itself as a "moisturizing" lipstick, and it does live up to that -- for a while. It does have pretty good staying power even without a liner

A very pretty holiday color

I'm on a manhunt now for more cheap, snazzy colors. I will keep you all posted!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dealing with Finals Stress


Yep, they're here. For those of you that are already out on your way to freedom, I truly envy you. For those of us that still have a week or more left, this is for us.

Now, stress is inevitable. There is something about the end of the semester that screams "where did time go?". Well, it went here. And as much as we'd like to ignore it, it is a giant white elephant in the room. Yes, it is white. Or purple. or blue, or however else you want to look at it.

Lucky for you, there are some key ways to relieve the stress.

1) Cut out the stress and caffeine.
Gasp! You heard me, as much as you think that extra large cup of who knows what is going to help you right now, it isn't. You are going to crash, and the cycle will continue. Same goes for all those chocolaty goodies laying around the house. Just -- just don't, trust me on this. Instead, stick to fruits, veggies, and other yummy good things that will give you tons of energy to blast through those finals.

2) Do something fun.
Again, yes, I said it. "but there's no time!" you may be screaming. Well, make it. Studies have shown that a brief break from work or studying to do something enjoyable can actually help focus you. While I would advise against Facebook, Twitter, or other time sapping activities, reading a good book or giving yourself a manicure can be rejuvenating.

3) It's not the end of the world!
As hard as it may seem, finals are a small blip on the timeline that is your life. Try not to stress too much. Yes, you want to get good grades and get in to grad school, or just pass and graduate, but it is really not the end of the world. Just do your best to focus, relax, and be confident in your own knowledge.

Unless you never went to class, then I can't help you.

Good luck! Happy Studying!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

OOTD: Feeding Geese

Hello lovelies!

To commemorate this weather, I've finally ventured to feed the geese. I wanted to share my comfy and cozy outfit of the day. I love boot weather!

SWEATER: The Limited
SHIRT: Forever 21
BELT: Kohls
JEANS: The Limited (softest jeans ever!)
BOOTS: Ross (great deal!)

I'm not usually that great at layering, but this was a personal challenge to look cute and professional. The older I've gotten the more I've tried to put together sophisticated outfits. It's a challenge coming from a "I'll just put a coat over my tank top in the winter" kind of girl. It's hard to find that balance between being comfy and looking stylish, but soft sweaters and shirts that are roomy are the key to being both!

Also, I have come to the conclusion that geese absolutely hate me. Watch the video below to get a good idea about just how much they do not like me. They seem so calm and carefree.

Lies, all lies. They are the epitome of evil I tell you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meeting Your Significant Other's Parents

Meeting the parents.

No, not the movie. Sorry to disappoint.

Anywho, meeting the parents is terrifying. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. Why wouldn't it be scary? Unless your "sugar bear" has a pretty far off and distant relationship with their folks, it's going to happen eventually. And there are some things you should know before you dive in to the incredibly awkward, potentially permanent first impression you're going to be giving.

1) Dress appropriately.

Sorry girls, put away your sky high hooker heels for this one, no matter how fabulous they may be. Gents, try not to look homeless. Other than that, it's pretty straightforward.

You're going to see millions upon millions of posts about what you should wear and yada yada, but the truth is: no one really cares. Yep, I said it. Unless your S.O. has a mom who works for Vogue, no one is going to be judging you. Don't over think it, just be comfortable. I always air on the side of modesty when meeting my boyfriend's family, but to each their own.

2) Don't boast

Wait what, shouldn't I be listing off my accomplishments like a high school valedictorian? Well, not unless you want to look like the biggest snob ever. Yes, parents want their children to marry well, and they want you to be smart, but overly boasting is not going to get you anywhere. Choose what you reveal wisely. If anything, space things out over a couple of meetings rather than just throw it all up in a boast vomit the first time you shake hands.

3) Play the innocent card

No matter how "cool" his/her parents may be, play it safe the first few times. Don't talk about all the partying, drinking, and whatever else you like to do for fun on the weekends. Bottom line, if it sounds illegal or dangerous, don't mention it.

Yeah, even if you wrestle ostriches or something equally awesome. Hold off on that gem for a good while.

So there you have it, those are my honest - and maybe not so helpful - tips on meeting the parents. I've already met my boyfriend's mother and father, but I am going to their place for Thanksgiving. Which means - gulp - meeting his ENTIRE family.

So wish me luck, and let me know what you think about meeting the 'rents.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Oh My NaNo!

Holy NaNo Batman!

For those of you who don't know, today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. You heard me, I have to write a 50K word novel in 30 days! This will be my fourth year, and fourth completed novel (feeling optimistic!) As the area manager, I've got a lot on my plate. Plus, my poor little fingers are going to be aching.

On the other hand, one of my new NaNoers is taking ASL classes! Always a joy to sign with a newbie, they are so eager to learn! Reminds me of how much I used to struggle, I can definitely relate.

So far I am 5K words in, way over what I'm supposed to be. Let's hope I can keep that up!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

You wanna do what?

"So...what exactly are you going to do with that?"

I hear this question far, FAR too often.

A little backstory: I am studying Sign Language Interpreting at the lovely Fresno State here in California. Pretty obvious what I want to do, right?


It completely baffles me that people can't comprehend why I am studying this. Aside from the doubtful responses I get, usually people assume it is simply going to be a very expensive (education wise) hobby that I am going to do on weekends. Right, because I want to mentally exhaust myself and spend five years in college because I think it's a hobby. Solitaire is a hobby, you don't see anyone majoring in it.

Maybe it's because I've moved from majoring in criminology to ASL. Criminology is obviously a useful degree with a wide array of career choices. True, but I hated it. While yes, interpreting is a pretty narrow field of subject, it's something I am actually passionate about, unlike statistics and the Uniform Crime Report.

I'm sure there are other students who face the same frustrations, the idea that their chosen career isn't really a career at all is too often shared by the masses. I've heard it all so far: do I know braille? Do I know so-and-so, they're Deaf you must know them! I have a deaf dog (ok....?). Baffling, I am telling you.

So let's get this clear right up front here: Interpreting is a career! In any language! There is schooling and certifications for this! Hell, I could go and get a MA or even a PhD in it! So don't tell me it's not a real career.

I don't really care what you think though. I'm going to do it anyway. And you can take that to the bank.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Hello lovelies!

I sit here, typing this before work, literally dreading it. While retail is certainly a giant leap from pizza parloring (I just made that verb up), it definitely comes with the downsides. Discounts and cute uniform options aside, it can be pretty stressful.

For those of you who have worked retail before, you will completely understand. For those of you who haven't, I offer some words of wisdom to help you get the best service possible. How's that? By being the best CUSTOMER possible.

1) Don't be rude

While this may seem like common sense to some (I wish), unfortunately it isn't always that common. News flash: Being rude gets you no where! Believe it or not, we are there to help you. Believe it or not, most of us don't work on commission. Yes, obviously we want to make sales - we do want to keep our jobs, after all - but we also want to see you happy! Personally, seeing a client walk out beaming and feeling great is an amazing reward. Please don't make my job harder by being rude to me.

2) Don't act like a ragging tornado

Yes, clothes are there to be looked at. No, they aren't there for you to literally toss around like you are home in your bedroom. Shocking, I know. But in all seriousness, would it hurt to at least leave the discarded clothes where you found them? Or give them to us? We won't be offended. But finding a pair of slacks stashed behind the camis is not a pleasant surprise come closing time.

3) Don't hate us for offering credit cards

We have to ask. I hate it as much as you do. 'Nuff said.

While I could continue to ramble, here is a little video to further explain retail rage (plus, a contest is mentioned....what? yes. yes indeed)

Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why I Love Uniforms!

Hello all!

So this may be a bit of a brief rant, but I hope I'm not the only one who can relate. Growing up, I went to a Catholic High School, and my first "real" job was working in a pizza restaurant. Now that I've grown up to retail (hardy har), I have come to realize something very...very important about myself.

I freaking love uniforms!

I thought at first this job would be awesome. Sure, there is a dress code. But I was thrilled that I would have the chance to wear whatever I wanted, within reason. No more unflattering mesh shirts and akward, ill-fitted visors and caps. Finally I would be free of this repression!

Oh, but I was so -- so wrong. day after day it's a constant struggle of "What am I going to wear?" combined with a sudden realization that most of my paychecks were going to buying more clothes for work.

Huh? How does that work? Aren't I supposed to be earning MORE money instead of less? In any case, although it can be nice to wear something cute and flattering to work, sometimes I long for the simplicity of knowing that I only had to make sure I had khakis on and my uniform shirt in my car.

Needless to say, I am enjoying the temporary career change on this path of my college career, and I'm sure I'll have a greater appreciation for retail staff from now on!

On a lighter note, even though I'm not posting an Outfit of the Day (OOTD)

Outfit of the Day: Work Attire

I'm loving the shiny skinny pants jean for fall, so much more comfortable than leather! I tucked in the polka dot top and wrapped the belt around. Perfect school to work outfit, just add heels!

What do you guys think about uniforms? Do you love them or do you hate them? Comment below for a shout out in a following post!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

At home hair dye - L'Oreal HiColor review

Hello Lovelies!

At home hair dyeing can be a tender subject. The horrors of potentially bad dye jobs can keep even the bravest of do-it-yourselfers from venturing in to this unknown. We've all heard the age old advice to not dye your own hair much lighter or darker than your natural shade. Thus, the concept of going from dark hair to vibrant red - at home - is certainly something to laugh about. Right?


Now, I have always wanted to go from my dark brown locks to luscious red, but have always been too cheap to go to a salon. After watching a video on YouTube about a girl who went from raven black to Ariel red, I had to try it for myself.

The product I used was L'Oreal HiColor in Intense Red. I used two boxes for my hair, which falls right at my breastbone. It was incredibly easy to use and produced an amazingly true-to-color result. While the dye stains surfaces easily (be warned!) it definitely impressed me. Incredibly value priced, I would give the product 5/5!

Monday, September 3, 2012

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits

White After Labor Day: Chunky Knits 

"This clash between angelic and
 rocker is effortlessly chic"

Welcome to the second installment of Breaking Fashion Rules: White After Labor Day! While the previous post focused on the pops of color rather than the subtlety of the white garment, this outfit takes the anti-rule by storm by pairing a chunky knit sweater with sleek leather (or pleather) material pants. This clash between angelic and rocker is effortlessly chic. To keep the outfit from being too bland, opt for tasteful maroon heels along with a strikingly colored blazer or scarf to finish off the look. As I've mentioned before, navy and burgundy colors are the two most sought after schemes for the fall, and look gorgeous paired together.

Below are some great deals on the trends mentioned above, all below $30! Who says fashion has to be expensive to be chic?


Let me know: what do you think about white sweaters for fall? Do they scream oh la la or no no no? Leave a comment down below!

White After Labor Day: Office Casual

White After Labor Day: Office Casual

White After Labor Day: Office Casual 

Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? We all know fashion rules were meant to be broken. This is the start of the new series "Breaking Fashion Rules" Which will be updated frequently and highlighting a new rule every month. 

The type and feel of a fabric can certainly have an impact on how appropriate it can be deemed going in to the Fall months. It is crucial that the white pieces are not the focus of the piece, but instead a foundation from which to build on. In this example, the classic white button down is layered under a chunky navy knit (one of the big fall colors this season) and matched with coordinating teal pants for a cool monochromatic look. Layering with a black blazer instantly makes the look more professional.

What are your fall fashion must haves? Tell me in the comments below!
Button down shirt

John Lewis vneck sweater
$87 -

Warehouse tuxedo jacket
$63 -

Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans

Black shoes

Saturday, September 1, 2012

All about naval piercings

Naval piercings are certainly not a knew thing in the world of body modification. Easy to hide, inexpensive, and relatively inexpensive compared to many other piercings. Personally, my belly button piercing was not that painful. In fact, it was pretty painless compared to my tattoo or nose piercing. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about getting this piercing. 
  • Always go to a reputable piercer
  • Make sure to follow your piercer's instructions on how to properly care for the new piercing
  • Do not play with or irritate the piercing by trying to change the jewelry too early. It can take more than 6 months to fully heal. 
  • Do not wear heavy jewelry for the first year. You do not want your piercing to tear!

For more information, check out my video below talking about my experience. 
Leave a comment letting me know your opinion!