Friday, February 28, 2014

Modern Disney Princess: Tiana

Hi guys,

We are getting close to the end of this series, as there are only a few Disney Princesses left.  If you are feeling nostalgic or just new to my blog head on over to the search bar (on the right underneath my blog banner) and enter "Modern Disney Princes" to see all of the outfit posts.  I know I started this post on a sad note but don't worry.  Since you guys loved this series so much (and I had fun making it) be on the look out for the switch from "Modern Disney Princess" to "Modern Disney Character"; that's right I will continue my Disney inspired outfit posts. :) So there will be more fun on the way.

Up next in the series is Tiana.  Tiana was added to the Disney princess family more recently than the princesses I have featured in the previous posts.  Tiana is one of the most hard-working Disney princesses... a girl with a dream.  You go girl!

Now, I realized that I  changed the formal look up quite a bit but I wanted to stay with the floral/nature vibe.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snow Day

Hi guys,

I've been inspired by the persistent snow-y conditions here in NYC this season, well it looks like the worst of winter is behind us (but I may be speaking too soon).   Here is a nice makeup look it is borderline a "no-makeup makeup look" but with the use of a soft light color for eyeshadow.

Are you inspired by the weather?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Importance of Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Hi guys,

I know a lot of you know about this, but I find this topic so important that I decided to make a post about it.

Everything you put on your face should be clean, this includes your makeup brushes.  The last thing you want is to use a dirty brush (that looks clean) to apply makeup to your freshly cleaned face.  This can lead to acne.

I don't know about you but I find cleaning makeup brushes fun.  :) For those of you who don't really like cleaning, cleaning brushed are quick and easy.
Here is how I do it:
  1. Run brushes under water
  2. Use a hand soap  or baby shampoo and work it through the bristles 
  3. Rub the brush on the back of your hand, as if you were painting (now you should see all of the makeup coming off).
  4. Rinse the brush until the water that comes out of it is completely clear
  5. Store with the brush up and handle down. 
If you follow these steps your brushes should be dry in about 8 hours so it is best to do this before bed.  I clean my eye makeup brushes once a or twice a week and my face brushes every other day.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Modern Disney Princess: Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Hi guys,

I'm really happy that you guys are enjoying the series!
Up next is Aurora.  I know many of you are probably going to get disappointed in me saying this, but Aurora was never really one of my favorite Disney princesses.  I'm not sure why but she was always just "okay" to me.  If any one agrees with me let me know in the comments (I'm probably in the minority).  Also if you disagree and want to tell me why she is your favorite Disney princess, please comment below.  (I love reading your comments!)  Regardless, I always thought that the name Aurora was a pretty cool name.

Here is Aurora in her casual attire... You know, when she was hiding out in the forest for most of her life...

Do you remember the whole pink/blue dress war in the movie?  I had to decide between the two for this look.  If you don't remember the whole dress war this should remind you.

I went for the pink dress because blue is already a pretty popular in the Disney princess world.

I have to admit I'm a fan of Aurora's A-line dress because it isn't too poofy, so I really wanted to keep that for the look.  I went for a jewel encrusted sweet heart neckline instead of a statement necklace.  I also included diamond earrings and a silver crown instead of the gold one she wears.

Isn't this look fitting of a prom queen? 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Let's Chat #13: Where am I going?

Hi guys,

I realized I owe you guys a "Let's Chat", considering I haven't done one since NYE.  So although the title of this post looks like a desperate cry for help, it really isn't.  (Sorry if I alarmed you).  This post is going to be about your future, which I'm looking at right now in my crystal ball.  *Sigh* If only it were that easy to tell where you would end up a few years from now.  

The truth is many of us are approaching that time in our life where we are stressing about where we will be a couple years down the road (college), it can be a bit stressful and intimidating.  It is intimidating to think that the major you are pursuing can determine your work life.  I think this happens to most people in college because unlike high school where your schedule is set up for you, everyone is put at a crossroads and is forced to choose.  In college more responsibility forces you to think more about what you want.  Also although I mentioned college people this applies to others as well.

Most of the pressure I am facing is to make the right decision and more importantly answer the daunting question...  "What on do you want to do with your life?"  This question does not only apply to future careers but, everything; that's what makes some people duck and cover.  Although I am not completely certain as to my answer the previous question,  I am not crumbling under the weight of it.  Many people I know are haunted by that question.  I'm writing to say, "relax", most people don't know exactly what they want in college, just try to find your way.  Find something you like to do and do it, as cliche as that sounds it is true.  If you feel like you are completely lost make a list of things you don't want/want to do, now you know what to avoid.  Get to know yourself, don't just follow what your friends are doing.  Also you are allowed to change your goals in life as you grow it is completely OK (that should take a little pressure off).

I hope this helped someone who is struggling with this issue right now!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day

Hi guys,

There is a storm going on outside the MTA is messed up and I decided to stay home.  I'm also trying to get over a cold so going outside in the snow storm won't help me much in the stuffy nose department.  So here is a post for all of you lovely readers, before I try to get on top of some work. :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Modern Disney Princess:Mulan

Hi guys,

I owe you all another post in this series!  So this post is going to be about Mulan.  I always thought that compared to other Disney princess Mulan had one of the best casual outfits.  Unlike some of the other princesses Mulan's outfit changes many many times through out the movie. 
Here are some of her outfits:

Didn't think she had so many outfits did you? Me neither, well at least until I started writing this post.
Well since she had so many outfits I kind of went my own way when creating mine. :) 

I tried to stay true to the minimalistic cuts and flow-y fabrics.  I actually really like how this turned out.  For the first dress I wanted to have color-blocking, like Mulan has in most of her dresses.  For the second dress I wanted to use spring colors because I was inspired by the cherry trees from Mulan's beautiful garden.  The movie has great scenery!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Items from Daily Dazzle Deals

Hi guys,

I just got some products from Daily Dazzle Deals. This is the first package I got from this online store and I'm pleased with the quality of these items.  I was sent a 22 tee shirt a owl ring and a watch.
The shirt is perfect especially for the beach, as a cover up!
This owl ring in antique gold is a perfect piece of statement jewelry which is a great addition to my ring collection!

This watch is perfect and since it is black it matches with almost everything.  I can see myself wearing it very often in the future!

I am very pleased with the quality of these products especially the watch!

These items were sent to me courtesy of for the purpose of reviewing.  As with all of my reviews the reviews in this post are completely honest.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sulfate Talk and Shampoo Review

Hi guys,

I just realized I haven't done a review in a while; my last review was in October.  Today I'm reviewing a shampoo I have been using for a while.  Some of you who are reading this post and remember the post I made on coconut oil a while back may be thinking, "this girl is obsessed with coconuts", you may be right. :)

 I bought this product a while back when I was looking for a sulfate-free shampoo.  I chose sulfate-free shampoos over sulfate shampoos because my hair is on the dry side of the spectrum.  Sulfate shampoos leave your hair super-duper clean.  Although this sounds like a good thing, for me it means stripping away of the natural oils that my scalp took a while to produce, leaving it  dry frizzy and hard to tame.  My hair is very curly by the way, so frizz is my ultimate enemy.  When I discovered the effects of sulfates on hair, I switched over to sulfate free.  I knew that sulfates were not helping me with my war on frizz. If your hair is oily and sulfate shampoos (most or "regular" shampoos) work for you, more power to you; my hair can't handle it. 

I picked up my bottle of Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo at my local beauty store.  One thing I love about New York is the abundance of small beauty boutiques and shops.

First reaction: When I first used this product I was hit by the smell...yum!  The consistency of the shampoo, was similar to other shampoos I have used and the color was a bit shimmery and opaque.  I had to use a bit more product than I was used to, to completely sud up my whole head.  When I rinsed the smell lasted but was much more subtle.  My hair was left feeling fresh. 

Sulfate free :)
Great for dry or curly hair (or both)

Amount of product needed for one use

Overall:  This is a good product for people who tend to have dry hair.  This product is not drying but not very moisturizing either, making it okay.  I was not wowed or dissappointed with this product, I got what I expected.  This is a nice relatively inexpensive product, and a good choice for those who don't want to spend a ton on a sulfate-free shampoo.

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡ ♡ (3.5 out of 5)