Monday, September 6, 2010

Freshman School Supplies | What's in my School Bag?

Favorite things about school? Well, it was seeing friends and familiar faces. That was the case for high school, but now I'm a freshman in college and know practically no one. My next favorite is SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

This is kind of delayed, I know, this subject took over YouTube last month. Most of you are back in school, and the school supplies aisle has already been replaced with Halloween items. Better late than never? I've only been in school a week, I've finally got all the supplies I need, so I can share!

It drives me insane when girls carry a backpack and a purse; also when people carry everything in their arms and can't even open the door for themselves. (I've seen both this past week!) I have a nice LL Bean backpack still in good condition from like Junior High, but I wanted to be a little more fashionable...


My bag still hasn't arrived but I guess I can show off a stock photo anyway. It's from China, I'm a little worried about the quality; we'll see! It probably won't be here for another month but I wanted to go ahead and get this posted!


The bag I'm currently using. I like it, it just needs to be bigger! All it can fit is a small book, a binder, and my random misc stuff. It's from JCPenney. They also had a red plaid, and green. This one is actually black (my flash wouldn't cooperate!) Another dislike, it picks up so much dirt.


Spiral notebook, for one class that has 400 people, school agenda, and Five Star five subject notebook, that I'm not using, because I've received so many handouts and deciding to stick with binders.


2 one-inch Binders. One for MWF and one for TH. I purchased both of these at Office Depot. I believe they're designed by Wilson Jones.  I thought I was going to hopefully ditch binders and just use the Five Star notebook, but again, it's so much easier just to keep up with the notes and handouts, all in order with easy navigation, in one place.



Vera Bradley Pencil Pouch in Barcelona. Avery Notepad Labels. I'm seriously obsessed with these. (They made the cut for august favorites!) The whole paper is sticky, I've thrown out all post-it notes! Sharpie writing utensils are my favorite, they're the only pens I use anymore! All from Sharpie: highlighters, marker, and pens. I purchased the clickable kind this semester, but they don't write as good as the one with the lid. Favorite pencils... Papermate clear point mechanical pencils and lead. I'm on the search for good fun colored pens! (Sharpie, please make all colors!) Anyone have any brand suggestions for fun colored pens? I used RSVP before, they're okay. I picked up the Zebra colored pens, 6 for $3 at Office Depot, I don't care for them too much, they'll do for the semester.


And finally, all the random misc items.. (Also in my bag, not pictured, is my phone, keys, and wallet.) Water. Umbrella. Umbrellas last a good 3 rainstorms for me before they break; I need to invest in a good one. hah. Chapstick. Mints. Do not smack on gum and bug people around you. Hand Sanitizer. Water. Tissue. Vera Bradley hard eyeglass case in Barcelona, holding my glasses. Black Wayfarers.


Don't forget your overpriced textbooks!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Drugstore Picks

We all get so wrapped up in the high-end cosmetics, there's some at your local drugstore too. Plus, not everyone can afford to go Sephora or to the counters at department stores. I went through my makeup drawer and pulled out all of the drugstore cosmetics. Sadly, this is all I own. (With the exception of some NYX products, but I don't think they're that wonderful for everyday use.) I've tried plenty of others, but I've swapped them on makeupalley.com or gave them to my little sister. These are the only ones I've kept around and repurchased...


Prices obviously vary depending on where you purchase them; target usually sells at the cheapest. The prices are kind of a guess (my memory and google) If I'm in the wrong ballpark, let me know!

Clean and Clear Morning Glow Eye Brightening Cream
$6 (Discontinued?)
This was discontinued, but it's not back on the clean and clear website in different packaging, so maybe it's back! If not, try amazon.com or ebay.com. I purchased my current tube on eBay.  I love all of the morning glow/burst products, I've tried them all. These are the only two I repurchase when I run out. This is the only eye brightening cream I've noticed that makes my green eyes even brighter. (I've only tried high-end samples.) It doesn't irritate my eyes either.

Clean and Clear Morning Glow Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
$6-$8
I love all of the morning glow/burst products, I've tried them all. These are the only two I repurchase when I run out. The smell is great, the formula is nice, oil-free, plus sunscreen!

ELF All Over Color Stick in Toasted
$1
I cannot tell you how many ELF products I've purchased, I've only kept about 10 (most are brushes) out of the 100. I do like this for the days I'm looking a little pale.. just swipe on your cheeks and blend with your fingertips.

ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black
$1
I doubt this is waterline safe, I used it once and it hurt pretty bad. I do like this for going over False Lashes and filling in the lines/evening out gel liner.

Lip Smackers Lip Frosting in Birthday
$3
I'm obsessed with lipgloss. It's the only drugstore one I've repurchased over and over again. It's a nice shimmery pink color. But the scent, it's like having a birthday cake on your lips. (For the record, lick it, it tastes like nothing.)

Loreal Bare Natural All Over Mineral Glow in Nude Glow
$10-$14
I use this all over; mainly on my shoulders to catch the light for important events.

Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
$7-$10
This is my Second Favorite Mascara! (Clinique High Definition comes in first place.) This does beat a lot of high-end mascaras in my book. I've been wearing this for the past month. Just two swipes for school or you can really layer it up for a night time look.

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Nude
$2
This is the only NYX product I love and use daily. Plus it's the only pigment/loose eyeshadow  I use often as well. It's great for a highlight anywhere on your face.

Revlon Skinlights Loose Powder Illuminator in Warm Light
$10 (Discontinued)
This was the first bronzer I ever owned years ago. It took me a good year or two to finish it. I recently repurchased on amazon.com. It gives a nice sweep of color with some shimmer. Great for night-outs!

Wet 'n' Wild Ultimate Expressions Eyeshadow Palette in Sand Castle
$5 (Discontinued)
Why this was discontinued, I have no clue. Why I shoved this to the back of my makeup drawer and started using only MAC eyeshadows, again, I have no clue. This was my daily palette until I felt the need to spend all of my money on MAC eyeshadows. (8 colors for $5 or 1 color for 14.50? What is wrong with me? lol.) These wet 'n' wild colors are just as pigmented and blend-able as MACs. Get your hands on this palette if you can! I wish I picked up more colors!


A look with all of the products mentioned above (plus MAC concealer and some eyebrow tools) I can't say it's completely drugstore only...

FOTD: 
Almost Drugstore Only
I feel weird without blush,,,



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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Favorites

"Favorites" posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) "rediscovered" items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month."


Yay! it's my birthday month! September is here!  Fall weather will be here soon! I've just started back to school, although that's no excuse for not posting as often. Anyway, here's my favorites for the month, this is the first time all of these are newly purchased items as well.

OPI Royal Rajah Ruby Nail Lacquer
I had a freebie coupon at Ulta, I couldn't wait for the new collection to come out, but I really did like the burgundy color, so I picked this up without doing any research on it. I really do like it.

Model in a Bottle Eyebrow Sealer
I've been wanting to try this ever since everyone picked it up at IMATS, I finally found it on eBay. I have really untameable eyebrows, this keeps them in place all day!

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment
I finally caved and bought this. I thought it would be a miracle chapstick, unfortunately, it's not. I have been using it every day, it gives a nice amount of color and moisturizes all in one product.

NARS Deep Throat Blush  
NARS blush is probably the best out there, I just love this color, more so than the overrated shade - Orgasm. No major review or explanation; plenty of those out there already!

MAC Indianwood Paint Pot
I've been wearing this alone every day. It's so nice not to put 6 eyeshadow colors.

Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush
Favorite Brush! It makes applying gel liner so easy! I love it so much I actually got rid of my MAC 210 brush! Sonia is 1/3 of MAC's price, too!

Avery Labels
My favorite school supply item! I never really used post-it notes because they just don't stick, but I'm obsessed with these, I write myself notes constantly. hah. The entire back of the paper is sticky, except for a couple cm, just to separate from the rest of the notepad.

Skechers Shape Ups
I haven't paid $100 for a pair of shoes in about 5 years when Nike Shocks first came out. I saw all the commercials for the shape ups, my thought was what ridiculous advertising, there's no way these can work. I did some research, and everyone had positive things to say. (Except for a few, who thought they'd drop 20 pounds and loose all their cellulite.) I realized I'd be walking all over campus and thought why not give them a try? I've only worn them a few times so far. Even though they are hideous and as big as clown shoes, I do like them. They're the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever had on my feet. (They even beat my light (7 oz) cushioned cheer shoes!) I did feel my thighs burning while walking at one point. I'll do a better review once I wear them more often.

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