July Favorites

It is time again to say farewell to July and Hello August! I am beyond excited about August. I get to start school back up, the weather will start to get a tad less disgusting and I get to break out my close toed shoes! Woohoo! But as it happens, I had a very chill July(not in temperature, it was in the 90’s most of the month). I stayed at home a lot, cleaned, swam at my boyfriends and watched every single episode of Monk. Because of this, I only have a couple makeup favorites as I was letting my skin take a break. So without any more introduction, my July Favorites.

 

Popcorn Indiana Kettle Corn

This is the most delicious popcorn you will ever put in your mouth. It is sweet, a little crunchy, and best of all it has no Soy, which is great for me because of my recently discovered Soy allergy. I love the taste of this, and love the nutrition info even more. With only 4 ingredients, (Popcorn, Canola Oil, Salt, and Sugar) this has been a delicious lifesaver in the month of July.

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Starbucks Via Instant Coffee

After discovering Vanilla Almond milk is delicious frozen, my mom and I were looking for a way to use it in a drink. We discovered that regular coffee that has been made in a coffee pot tastes watery in the milk even when made extremly strong. That is where the Via’s come in. What we do is mix a Via packet with around a tablespoon of hot water and stir that until all of the coffee has dissolved. Next, we fill our glass 3/4 of the way full with the frozen/slushy Vanilla flavored Almond milk and stir until the mixture is blended. After that, we fill the rest of the glass with ice and I add two Splenda to mine. (We use those lidded drink cups with the straws that are specifically made for iced drinks.) I promise you, this stuff is delicious and is perfect if you don’t drink a whole pot of coffee in the morning. You can also substitute cows milk or chocolate milk if you don’t like the kind we use.

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Cetaphil Skin Restoring Moisturizer 

I really love this stuff because it doesn’t break me out, make my face look greasy, or irritate my extremely sensitive face. I like to use it as a night cream so when I wake up in the morning, my face is smooth and ready for foundation. 

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Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

I know that I haven’t been too keen on this in past posts, but since I haven’t been doing a full face of makeup every day, its gotten a lot of use. Its also nice that it has sunscreen, but i’m still not keen on the smell.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 

This is my holy grail pressed powder. It is a tad thicker than a typical pressed powder, so I can wear it on it’s own with concealer or BB Cream and it actually gives me a little coverage. I own the Translucent and I will be buying more when I run out.

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Monk

Now this is nostalgic for me, I started watching Monk with my parents when I was around 8, so I really did grow up with the characters. The show documents the life of a former homicide detective that had a psychotic break when his wife was killed in a car bomb. He struggles with extreme OCD, and a plethora of fears all while solving crimes for the San Francisco police department. If you like detective shows, or even just people being clever, you need to watch this.

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Pompeii by Bastille (Acoustic)

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Two Fingers by Jake Bugg

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Beautiful by Ben Rector

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Those are my favorites! Sorry about the stock photos, my camera is freaking out on me and I needed to post this before it got to be too much past July. I promise I will have original photos next post! What are your favorites from July? Let me know in the comments! Much Love, Darby

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What’s in my Purse – Summer Edition!

Hey guys! So I love these kind of posts. It’s basically a socially acceptable form of snooping. So I figured, since I am such a snoop when it comes to how people live their everyday lives, y’all might be too. So without further ado, lets get started!

The bag I am currently carrying is a “Tote” from Vera Bradley in the pattern “Happy Snails”. -link- This is a discontinued pattern, but you can still find it at some outlets and online. I really love this bag because the colors are perfectly summery and it matches most sundresses, which I am usually wearing this time of year. It doesn’t zip or anything so I don’t carry anything that’s not replaceable or something I can’t live without (besides my phone, of course). It is a bigger bag than I would typically carry, but since I keep the contents to a minimum, I can throw a swimsuit and sunscreen in on a moments notice. Another benefit of carrying a Vera Bradley during the summer is the fact that they’re washable. Just flip that baby inside out, take the base out of the bottom, and throw it in the washer. (I promise this isn’t a sponsored post, I just love this bag!)

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I always have my phone with me. I have a white iPhone 4, and currently have this -link- case on it! If you want to see what’s on my iPhone, let me know!

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Hello Kitty ‘scented’ tissue. This was a lie. They are not scented. They do not smell like fruity deliciousness. Hello Kitty is a liar.

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The day you take a nail kit out of your purse, is the day you need a nail kit. I have used this bad boy for everything from clipping a hangnail, to opening a pack of batteries for a diabetic man in Target. Super helpful. I don’t know where this exact one came from as it was a gift, but I found some great alternatives. -link- -link- All manicure kits are basically the same, but I prefer the first link.

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Keys. Those are pretty self explanatory. I have a key to my car, my moms car, and my boyfriends car. I also have two little rewards card keychain things for a local mexican restaurant, and a gas station (like fuel perks). Attached to that I have a little zip id case, also from Vera Bradley -link- (i’m sorry I forgot the pattern, it’s discontinued also) which contains a couple bucks, my college ID and some quarters for vending machines. I put this in my backpack instead of taking my whole wallet. I also can throw my debit card & drivers license in if I need to run to the grocery store or something.

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My full wallet. I actually won this wallet in one of those Facebook giveaway things, where you like and share the page. I don’t know what possessed me to do it, but I ended up winning, so that was fun. The only thing I don’t like about this is that it doesn’t have a spot especially for my drivers license. But I can get past it, for the sake of beauty. On one side I have my drivers license, my debit cart, my library card(cue the Arthur song -link- ), a banking info card and my voter registration card. On the other side I keep my American Eagle all access pass from when I was in middle school(they still accept it), my Ulta rewards card, my Winn Dixie customer rewards card, my Panera bread member card, a punch card from Walgreens, and some free vouchers for some nutrition places in my town that serve Herbalife protein shakes. In the middle I just keep some graduation money and my change.

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A couple pens and highlighters left behind from summer classes..

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A hair tie. I like the sports ones from Goody (not shown). They’re ribbed so they stay in your hair better. I still have a ton from when I was dancing. I can never seem to find one when I need it though.

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Makeup bag without any makeup? Yes, to prevent clutter I keep stuff like floss picks, a makeup mirror, earbuds, hand sanitizer and extra hair ties in this makeup bag from Laura Geller. It’s old, and was a QVC exclusive, so I don’t know if you can find it anymore.

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Sunnies! Since I am prone to migraines (yes, I know, everything is wrong with me), I always have to wear shades when I even walk outside, much less drive. This particular pair is from Walmart and they’re polarized, which is surprising for a $5 pair of glasses. You always want to make sure your sunglasses are polarized to keep your eyes actually protected from the sun. If you don’t have polarized shades, you’re actually letting UV rays into your eyes. Wearing shades that are polarized is basically like wearing sunscreen. (Info found here -link-)

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Last but not least, I keep a Bausc lip balm in the flavor Berry Pie. This is by far the best lip balm I have ever tried. It is free of all the harsh chemicals found in most beauty products, is organic, and actually tastes flipping amazing. If you’ve been reading my blog at all for the last month, you would know that my family has been doing a 3 week allergen fast to clean out all the toxins in our body and so we can see what we’re actually allergic to when it comes to Gluten, Soy, Dairy or Corn products. This lip balm is perfect because it contains none of the ingredients we’re trying to avoid and you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients. (Except one, Butyrospermum, which I found out is basically Shea butter.) I highly suggest you check their site out, and it says that you get free shipping when you spend $50 which is easy to do because you’ll want everything! -Site- -lip balm- -their Facebook page-

*This is not a sponsored post, I honestly just love this product.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! If you want to see more posts like this one where you get to snoop into my life or have tried/loved/hated any of the products I mentioned, leave me a comment down below! Until next time, Happy Beautifying!

Products I Regret Buying

Hey Y’all! Today’s post is one I’ve been wanting to do for a while because I always find it helpful when others explain their bad experiences with a product. I just never seemed to have anything to mention because right when I figure out something doesn’t work for me I give it to my mom or one of my friends. But just for the sake of blogging, I saved some products. This includes bath/shower things as well as cosmetics so I hope everyone can find this usefull. So without further ado, the Products I Regret Buying.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

This is actually a quality lip liner. It’s a roll up instead of a pencil, so it isn’t uncomfortable to apply. The only problem I have is the color. I stupidly bought the color Innocent, a nude lip liner. I had not yet realized that nude lipstick looks insanely stupid on my rosy pink lips. Not a bad product, just the wrong color.

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Revlon Lip Butter/Colorburst

This is actually my favorite formula of lipstick. It’s not drying, not too pigmented, and just settles on my lips beautifully. But alas, I bought the wrong colors. I purchased the colors, Cupcake & Creme Brulee which are both very light colors. I love the formula, hate the colors on me.

I also purchased a lipstick from Revlon’s colorburst line in the color Soft Nude. I bet you can imagine what I don’t like about it. The formula is okay, but since I don’t own any other lipsticks from this line, I have never worn it for more than 5 minutes.

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Hard Candy Glow All The Way Illuminators 

I purchased these on a whim while in Walmart. When I first swatched the colors, I really liked it! I thought the color was pretty and was a good consistency, I just never reach for these. I don’t know why, but all my powder highlites get more use and these are bulky and take up a lot of space. Not necessarily a bad product, but I wish I hadn’t purchased them. I have the colors Glamazonian Bronze(a Golden color) & Doll Face(a pinky color).

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Hard Candy Boxed Powders

I was excited to get these because they’re supposed to be a dupe for the $28 Benefit boxed powders that I love so very much. Let me tell you, these are not a dupe. The color is patch and extremely strong no matter how lightly you tap your brush. I have the colors Truth or Dare(a light pink with a glittery bronzer) and Hot Flash(4 pink shades that swirl together to become a bright pink). These have a big DO NOT BUY warning from me.

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Above: Truth or Dare  Below: Hot Flash

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Wet N’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this because I really wanted to try the formula and I loved the packaging. I got this color because it was the most neutral of them all. It turns out that I never use it. Some of the colors are pretty, but I tend to reach for my Revlon & NYX palettes more.

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Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Glosses

I essentially bought this because I saw that both Eleventh Gorgeous & Miss Budget Beauty both talked about this product. I stupidly forgot that this was not the good one and purchased it instead of the Lo’real that came out around the same time. This product does not wear well on my lips but instead settles into the crevices and looks silly. The colors all looked very similar so I chose a pink and the crazy purple. Who knows, I might find a use for them. They do smell good.

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Forever 21 Body Lotion

This was a serious impulse buy. The products by the line always suck me in! It’s an okay body lotion, but nothing special. It smells good for the time you can smell it, but that is not for long. I think it was around $3.50 so it wasn’t a bad deal for what it does. Since the packaging is pretty, I think I’ll just use it as a display.

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Forever 21 Mascara + Lash Serum

This mascara is utter crap. It does absolutely nothing for your eyelashes and is not even worth the couple bucks I blew on it. I haven’t used the serum/treatment yet, but i’m probably going to just trash this. It’s just a waste of space.

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Lush Porridge Soap – Link

I was actually really excited about this soap. In middle school I actually has a soap business for my “Home Economics” class so I knew that oatmeal is a really good exfoliator. I could not be more disappointed. This soap is very drying and is not at all worth the seven bucks I paid for it. I have another one of their soaps to try and I’m honestly scared to for fear of disappointment. I will not be repurchasing and will most likely give it to my brother to finish up.

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I love this brand. I love the formula, I love the color selection, I love the price. I do not love these colors. I purchased Aquamarine, Innocent, and Happy Ending on a whim and really wish I hadn’t. Aquamarine is a deep sea blue which would be very pretty except I look like a middle schooler when I wear it. Since it is such a weird color, I really have no use for it. I might give it to Cy’s little sisters since they are in Middle/Elementary school.

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The next color I purchased was Innocent, which is a strange lime green color. I actually had hope for this one. I have another lime green by Sally Hansen (Link) that is completely wearable and springtimey, and beautiful, so I’ll most likely stick with that.

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And last but not least, Happy Ending. I just realized it now, but this one might be trying to go along with Shrek. I mean, it’s basically a Shrek green. If you like Shrek greens, then this is the polish for you. If not, I would steer clear.

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Mac Matchmaster Foundation

I was so excited about this purchase. It was my 18th birthday and my mom decided that I needed a good foundation because I was an adult. It was my first time ever getting anything from Mac and I actually got to go to the Mac counter and have them do my makeup. It looked beautiful in the store and I was psyched to begin wearing it. Flash forward two days when I sadly discovered that this foundation breaks me out like crazy. I mean I have never seen so many pimples on my face in my lifetime, and that is including middle school! I really want to love this product, but I sadly cannot. I did also purchase the Charged Water Moisturizer at the same time and I love that to pieces. I seriously suggest steering clear of the Mac foundation if you are prone to breakouts. It’s not worth the money.

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Thats it! I hope you enjoyed this post and it helps you decide what to try in the future. If you have tried any of the products I mentioned or want to let me know a product you regret buying, leave me a comment down below. Happy Beautifying!

Review: Mega Impact Mascara by Wet N’ Wild

Hey guys! Lately I have been semi obsessed with having long lashes. I don’t know what it is, but if someone has long, full lashes, they’re face seems more inviting. With this craving for long lashes and my temporary inability to wear falsies, I seem to be buying mascara like a mad woman! The last time I was at Walmart I picked up a bunch of makeup which happened to include the Mega Impact Mascara by Wet N’ Wild.

First off I was surprised that Wet N’ Wild were sold at Walmart considering I have only ever seen them at CVS and Walgreens. Secondly I had never tried a mascara from this brand so I decided to pick up a couple to try out. I picked out the Mega Impact and the Mega Length mascaras mostly because the packaging said things like, “8x the Volume!” and “50% fuller lashes!” and I was sucked in. I haven’t tried the Mega length yet only because I don’t like having a ton of mascaras open at one time because they tend to go bad pretty quickly and I already have 6 open (oops).  Anyway, after trying the Mega Volume out I am not too impressed. The formula is very dry which I typically don’t mind, but at the same time it is somehow extremely clumping. Usually, I spend about 2-3 minutes on my lashes trying to make them as long as possible by double coating them. With this mascara, I barely got my second coat in before my lashes completely dried together. Honestly it looked like i only had 3 super jumbo lashes which I completely hated. The other bad thing was this mascara took FOREVER to remove. For a mascara that did not say it was waterproof, I had to use my waterproof eye makeup remover and I still felt like I didn’t get it all off. Overall I would not repurchase this product and recommend that you all stay very far away.

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