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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Profusion Cosmetics Confidence Palette Review + Swatches

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The holiday makeup is finally starting to get released and you could say I'm a bit thrilled by it. With the holidays comes glitters, metallics, and all the fun shades you might not see everywhere (I'm talking reds and greens here!) One of the things that I love about this time of year is that more affordable brands also release new items, and I'm here to share one of my favorite palettes that you can pick up from Target for ONLY $10! The Profusion Confidence palette will be getting so much use this holiday season purely because of the wide range of glittery/metallic shades. Although I love a great matte shadow, I always tend to gravitate towards the more "fun" eyeshadow looks AKA lots of glitter, haha! Keep reading to see why I love this palette plus swatches of each of the shadows!
Shades Top To Bottom: Winning, Mascot, Likeable, Supple, Coin, Benefit, Legendary

Normally I'm a little weary of some cheaper eyeshadow palettes. Ones I've tried in the past had a lot of fallout (especially with those glitter shadows that I love so much), weren't very pigmented, or didn't have that long of a lasting power. I have to say I've been incredibly impressed with all the Profusion products I've tried, particularly with the pigmentation! With one swipe you get an incredible amount of color, something that you can't say about a good amount of palettes unless you spend a hefty amount of money, or at least $30 nowadays. 

This palette comes with 21 different shades with a variety of finishes including matte, glitter, and metallic. However you could combine the two last finishes as many of the metallic shades are somewhat glittery as well. The Confidence palette also comes with a dual-headed brush for application. Although I haven't used it yet it looks identical to the brushes that have come in other Profusion palettes which I have used and liked. They aren't the most high quality brushes, however they get the job done and are perfect for travel!

Each shade is noticeably different from the next, which is great with a palette that has a large variety. Sometimes I get annoyed as I buy a palette with different looking shades that turn out to all look the same. I've tried to keep the colors of the shadows as original as I could with the editing, although some have obviously been changed a bit just for brightening purposes to match the rest of the image. The shades above are from the first line of shadows and I would say these are the most 'natural' of the shades. The only two that have a similar look are 'Likeable' and 'Benefit' but in real life the latter is slightly darker and has a little more yellow tone to it. I'm obsessed with the 'Coin' shade, a beautiful gold with slight copper undertones. It would be perfect for any metallic gold look! Another shade that might be my favorite in the whole palette is 'Legendary.' It was hard to capture in the photo, but this shade is a metallic green with brown undertones. It's great if you want to go the way of a green holiday look without going full out like you might for St.Patricks day. The brown undertone keeps it more in the neutral shade category, and when you catch the light the green shines through!

Shades Top To Bottom: Serendipity, Dynasty, Chameleon, Secure, Empire, Bite, Madly

These middle shades in the Confidence palette are all fun bright shades on the red, orange, and yellow spectrum. I LOVE how buttery all the shades in this palette are, and was so excited to see that that softness carried out to each of the finishes. These shades above are so stunning in person, and I'm glad it carried over in the photos! All of the shadows are crazy pigmented, bright, and colorful. I've found it hard to come across decent orange and yellow shades but these do not disappoint. I can think of so many ways to use these not just during the holidays, but during the summer months as well. 

'Bite' would have to be my favorite out of this group. It's the perfect metallic red with just the slightest hint of purple/maroon. I've been really into using red and pink shadows lately and I can't wait to incorporate this one into my looks!

Shades Top To Bottom: Sunny, Power Up, Backlash, Valient, Switch, Fireside, Bombshell

These shades are much more toned down than the middle shadows, however a lot of them are still in the orange color range. 'Backlash' is my favorite of these since it's a beautiful brown metallic with some gold undertones. It can be used as an everyday color but if you dress it up a little with fake lashes and some liner you can create a fantastic holiday look with it. 

I'm such a huge fan of this palette that I just had to share with you guys, and I hope if you purchase you fall in love with it too! These shades are all so soft, blendable, and create incredibly pigmented looks that last. Would y'all be interested in a makeup tutorial featuring this palette or just a holiday makeup look in general? I'm thinking about incorporating more beauty looks into the blog, however I want to gauge interest from all of you! Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gift Guide: Amazon Under $50 (Including Designer Dupes!)

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Pink and White Fleece Jacket $27 | Acrylic Space Saving Hangers $13 for set of 10 | Chloe Crossbody Dupe $23 | Gold Makeup Organizer $22 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion $17 | Felt Letter Board w/ 300 letters $32 | Rose Gold Portable Charger $18 | What Do You Meme Game $30 | Purse Organizer $20-$29 | Capri Blue Candle $28 | Louis Vuitton Dupe Wallet $16 | Yves Saint Laurent: Style Coffee Table Book $45 | Gold/Brass Decorative Tray $15 | Decorative Gold Metal Bowl $16 | Desk Standing Cell Phone Holder $8 | Rose Gold Portable Speaker $18 | Faux Fur Pet Bed (multiple sizes!) $35-$129 | Karen Walker Sunglasses Dupe $11 | Gucci Belt Dupe $20-$25 | Valentino Rockstud Flat Dupes (14 colors!) $46 | Chanel Quilted Crossbody Dupe $24 |

I think I say this practically every week, but it's CRAZY how fast time is flying by! Honestly, how am I already writing my first gift guide of the season. I wanted to start off with a guide that was super affordable and easily accessible, so of course I went with Amazon! I have to admit, I was never the biggest user of Amazon until very recently. For years I only used it for textbooks or other school supplies. I didn't even have my own account, I would have my sister place orders for me! But since living in Seattle with Amazon headquarters right around the corner from me I figured it was time to actually give the site a go. Unfortunately it's too good of a site because I find way too many things that I want on there! Luckily, they have some of the best prices around so I never feel all that bad when my cart gets a little too full 😉. For this guide I focused on gifts for her under $50, with most being under $30! There are some home items, some fashion, some beauty, and my favorite...designer dupes!

Monday, November 5, 2018

How To Add Personal Touches To Your Home

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You guys have been ALL ABOUT my home decor on Instagram (seriously, those posts are some of my most liked!) so I thought I would share my favorite way to add some personal flair to your home or apartment. Of course I have a ton of non-personalized decor, but nothing makes a house, apartment, or even a dorm room feel like home than a couple of unique touches that represent you and your personality. Here are a few of the ways I do this in my place.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Currently TCB October '18

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This is the second post on my 'Currently' series where I catch you all up on the things in my life from what I'm thinking about, where I've been traveling, and all the things I'm doing and loving. I always like reading these types of posts from other bloggers because it lets you get into the more personal side where you learn about the parts of life that don't necessarily include the blog or social media. The goal with these posts is to try to connect with all of you more! Maybe we're watching the same show or maybe we're going to be traveling to the same place soon, connecting with you all is why I'm here and I want to do that more often! If you missed the first Currently TCB post you can check that out here but for now here's what I'm currently up to...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Wardrobe Basics And How To Style Them

Let me set the record straight right now. I LOVE to shop. Spending money on clothes is what I was born to do, BUT it's definitely not something I can afford to do. Grabbing trendy pieces every so often is great and often necessary to keep your wardrobe refreshed, but the smart way to make your closet work better for you is to buy some basics. By grabbing a few staple pieces for each season you can easily mix and match your wardrobe into a solid number of different outfits. I've picked out my personal fall basics and a lot the different ways I can pair them all together.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Review

*These products were provided as PR Samples from Pixi By Petra, all opinions are my own. 

I'm sure if you've been in a Target beauty isle recently you've seen the pretty packages of Pixi by Petra. I discovered this brand a while back and was so excited for an affordable makeup brand that had such a variety of products. I've luckily been on the receiving end of some of Pixi's favorite products through PR packages, and I just had to share these MatteLast Liquid Lips because holy moly do I love them. With so many shades, there's a perfect for everyone and the best part is that they are no fuss - something that I can't stand about most other liquid lipsticks (my only exception being Tarte's!)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Trip To Dallas: A Mini Guide + Life Update

Hello friends, hope your week has been a great one so far! I'm back from my most recent trip to Dallas and I had a blast. I got up to so many things, but also didn't get around to doing everything I wanted to do while there. This won't be an official city guide (more on the reasoning for that below!), however it will be a little guide to what I did on my visit and where I stayed. I also have a bit of a life update near the bottom of this post, so make sure to read that too if you want to see what's happening in my life!

Where I Stayed

When looking for a place to stay I wanted to be a little outside of the downtown area while still having a lot in walking distance. The Canopy by Hilton in Uptown Dallas was exactly what I was looking for! The place just opened a few months ago, and reading all the reviews made me want to stay there even more. It was centrally located in Uptown right next to shops, restaurants, and parks, and the hotel itself was so nice! Everyone who worked there was so sweet and talked with me about the neighborhood, and they even gave me some macarons from a local shop when I checked in (which I promptly ate when I got to my room since I hadn't eaten at all that day haha!). The room itself was SO BIG I was totally in shock. I just got the traditional king bed room and it was huge! I had my own closet, a large bathroom with a walk in shower, and the bedroom itself was enormous. Everything was also totally updated, and I have to admit I did spend a good amount of time in the room...more on that in a second.

They also have a full breakfast each morning which is complimentary, and they have so much stuff. I've never seen a hotel breakfast this expansive. I wish I had photos, but they had a breakfast taco station, fresh fruit, a large variety of pastries, cereals, along with local jams/jellies to go along with everything. One morning they even had avocado toast! And on the 8th floor they have a bar with a beautiful view of downtown. If you go hopefully they still have their spicy margarita on the menu, so good! Now let me be clear, this isn't sponsored, I just really loved my stay here! (And as always if something is sponsored I would let y'all know!)

What I Did

So, on my very first morning I managed to take a pretty bad tumble while walking into a Target. I literally stepped out of my uber and just absolutely ate it. Thankfully the people in Texas are super kind and a nice man helped me up, but I scraped up my elbow and knees pretty badly. Not exactly what I imagined my first day of the trip to be like. After that it made my adventures a little more limited as I was injured and walking irritated it, so I spent a good amount of time that first day in my hotel room trying to rest up for the rest of the trip!

After falling, I explored the Uptown area a bit then made my way to the Arboretum.

I went in knowing this place was big, but I didn't realize that the Arboretum is about 66 acres! I didn't exactly pack walking shoes, so my feet were killing me in the slides I was wearing. However I would have to say it was worth it for all the beautiful pumpkins and nature that I got to see while exploring here! They have really outdone themselves in the fall decor, I wanted to take all the pumpkins home with me. I walked around looking at the waterfalls, the sculptures, and listened to the birds for hours before I finally made my way back to the front gate. I highly recommend making a stop here, especially if you're here for autumn! And since my feet were in need of a little TLC I bought myself a pair of slippers at the arboretum store at the end of my trip, haha.

The following day I made my way to the Texas State Fair! I was so excited to hear that this was happening since I've heard rumors about how fun it is. Y'all when they say everything is bigger in Texas, they mean it!

Again, I knew this fair was a big deal, but I didn't realize just how much of a big deal until I was there. Walking through the area was insane, there were huge museums, auto shows, shopping expos, and more. And that was just within the first few steps of walking into the place! There isn't all that much shade in Fair Park, so whenever it got too hot I would just dip into one of the showrooms and look around at all the stuff that was on display or for sale. After taking a look at all the expos, I finally made it to all the main attractions.


Inside the actual "fair" part of the State Fair, there are theme park rides, games, a huge pond for swan paddle boats, livestock, tons of food stalls, more expos, and MORE. Honestly the list could go on and on there is just so much to see.

I bought a ton of coupons (for food and rides) as well as a game ticket for the fair games and just had the best time. This trip to Dallas was my first trip alone, so I just took my time with everything. I rode the rides I wanted to, played the games I thought were fun, and ate the fair food that looked the best. It was awesome, I basically felt like a little kid again! I even forced myself to go on the Texas Star, a big ferris wheel, so that I could get a birds eye view of the fair and the Dallas skyline. That's the photo right above, it was such a great view!

And that huge cowboy you see in that photo above? His name is Big Tex, and he is ENORMOUS. I didn't expect to see anything like that, and he even talked about things that were happening at the fair. Obviously I had to take a photo with him! Just look at that height difference! I had such a good time, and it was totally worth the sunburn and heat rash that I got for spending too much time outside. (My fault, I didn't pack for 90 degree weather!)

On my last day I had a few hours to spare before my flight home, so I decided to venture into downtown a little more. I heard about Klyde Warren Park from a number of people, so decided to check it out. This small park is located directly over a freeway! It's right in the downtown area next to a few museums, and is the perfect place to spend some time with nature in the city. I loved that you could see all the downtown buildings from within the park, and it looked like a great place to gather with friends and eat at one of the many food trucks. I was there early in the morning and there was actually a pretty large yoga class going on out on one of the main lawns, such a cool place to hang out!

Next I traveled to the Kennedy Museum. It had totally slipped my mind that JFK was assassinated here in Dallas, and when an uber driver reminded me I knew I had to go check out the museum. I got to learn a little bit more about JFK and his upbringing, his presidency, and ultimately his death and assassination. The museum is actually in the building where the shooter was, so it's pretty emotional walking past where it happened. My favorite part was hearing all the different conspiracy theories about the shooting though, and learning a bit more about the aftermath of the assassination. It actually inspired me to watch the movie Jackie on my flight home! (Great movie by the way!)

And now for a little bit of a life update and my reasoning for traveling to Dallas. Well, I'm 99% sure that I'll be moving there in March! During the times when I wasn't exploring the city I was looking at apartment buildings. I had never been to Texas, but it was my first choice in moving after college, however Seattle seemed like the best option at the time. After living here for a few months, I decided it isn't what I'm looking for in the long run. I have nothing against the city itself, but it just isn't what I was hoping it would be. So I took the trip to Dallas to see if I could see myself living there, and surprisingly enough it kind of reminded me of Orange County, just with some southern flair. After looking at a few different places, I can definitely see myself there and am excited for the next adventure it will bring me when I make the move!

If you live in Dallas, I would love to hear your thoughts on the city and get some more recommendations from you! I'll also be doing a bigger Dallas post after living there for a while and getting some more experience to share. Hope you enjoyed the post!
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