Glossier Review

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Hey everyone!

Today I’m going to be doing a Glossier review because I know it’s a well-known brand right now, and I’ve gotten questions about how I like it before and what to buy. I figured this would be a helpful blog post to make because I’ve been using a couple of products for around a month now. Besides that, I had the opportunity to actually go to the Glossier showroom and have a shopping experience there, so I can tell you a little bit more about that as well.

I’ll start off by talking about my experience at the showroom. The showroom was so beautiful! It had many mirrors and stands with the products on them. There were lots of employees walking around who would take your order. After that, they would hand you a slip of paper with your products on it and you’d bring it up to the register. Once you’re there, they get you fresh products from the back and put it in one of their famous pink pouches with stickers. In general, the showroom is so pretty and totally fits Glossier’s aesthetic. It was really awesome to go to the store in person so that I could test out different shades of things. If you’re ever in Manhattan, I definitely recommend checking out their showroom if you want to try out their makeup or just take a few cute pictures.

I bought The Balm Dotcom in Rose and the Haloscope in Moonstone. I had heard a lot of people talking about the lip balm, so I wanted to give it a try. After swatching the highlighters on my wrist, I knew I had to add one to my shopping bag as well.

First, let’s talk about the Balm Dotcom. This lip balm is also a universal skin salve. I primarily use it as a lip balm, but if I have extra on my hands after using it, I’ll rub it into my cuticles because I do find it to be moisturizing. This balm does leave my lips feeling smooth and not greasy, and I do think it’s a good moisturizer. All of the flavored ones smelled so good, but the rose happened to be my favorite! I don’t love it as much as my Neutrogena MoistureShine lip balm, though. It’s a bit cheaper than Glossier’s balm, and I find that it heals my lips way better when they’re chapped and has SPF. However, by no means am I undermining the ability of this product. I would definitely still recommend it, but I would personally rely on it as a nice daily lip balm rather than a healing one for when your lips are super chapped and dry.

When I first started trying the Haloscope, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. The first time I applied it, it felt sticky and peeled away my powder foundation. However, as time has passed, I have learned to love this highlighter. To start off with, instead of just gliding it on, I now use my finger to dab it on where I want it. This helps my foundation to stay in place. The highlighter is still a bit sticky because it is not oil-free, which is a little bit of a bummer. I know a lot of people like Glossier because of their natural looking products, but I wish they would also put some more natural ingredients into their cosmetics and skincare (for example, adding SPF and making things oil-free). However, this highlighter does look amazing on, and gives your face a natural glow that is definitely noticeable. I got mine in the shade moonstone because Topaz was too dark for me, and Quartz was pinky toned. I wanted a very natural color that would go with the tone of my skin. Moonstone worked perfectly!

Overall, I would recommend Glossier. It does have some really nice products, but if you have oily skin, you may want to stay away from the highlighters. I do think everything was a good purchase though, and some of the items do have nice and organic ingredients, such as moisturizing properties and natural antioxidants.

I hope this honest review gave some of you some insight and helped you out! If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Here’s what I’m showing:

Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve in Rose

Haloscope in Moonstone

Check out Glossier’s website here!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

 

 

 

Layered Gold Necklaces

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Hey everyone!

I’m back, and I have summer break so I’ll be doing a bunch of blogging for the next three months! Yay! I’m so happy to be writing on here again!

Today I wanted to write a post all about layered gold necklaces. As you may already know, I love chokers and I think they look so cute when paired with other necklaces. However, a lot of my chokers are silver, and a few months ago I decided that I wanted to start getting some gold necklaces. The first necklace I picked up was my Emily name plate one. This is the shortest gold necklace that I have, and it’s fourteen inches long. I love the fit of it because it’s not super tight fitted like most chokers, but it falls right below your neckline. The next two necklaces were both gifts from my mom. One of them has little crystals dangling off of it, and the other has different stones and icons with crystals as well. I love all three of these necklaces so much!

I’ve been noticing that a lot more people have been wearing gold jewelry lately. I can tell that gold necklaces are definitely a big trend right now for the spring and summer. They are such an easy accessory to throw on, and they immediately make your outfit look put together. I wear these necklaces on a daily basis.

Although I would wear these with most outfits, here are some ways that you can style them:

  1. Wear some denim shorts, a black, fitted t-shirt, and some strappy sandals for a cute and causal summer outfit.
  2. Pair colors that compliment gold in order to make the necklaces really stand out (for example: pink and gold).
  3. For a fancier look, wear your hair up and a cute dress. Having your hair up will draw more attention to the necklaces and will look very sophisticated and classy.

This is one trend that I’ve been loving lately! If you guys like these style of blog posts, please do make sure to leave a comment. What’s your favorite trend for this summer?

Also, feel free to leave blog post suggestions down below! It’s good to be back 🙂

Here’s what I’m showing:

Custom Name Plate Necklace

Dangling Crystal Necklace

Charm Layering Necklace from Anthropologie (same style of necklace here but with different charms)

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

 

The New York Diary

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“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hi everyone!

I traveled to New York two weeks ago and had the most amazing experience. I’ve been wanting to go to New York for years, so it was very exciting to see the city in person rather than through pictures or videos. I was looking forward to seeing how it met my expectations. Sometimes we can look at places and think they’re magical, when in reality they’re very average.

New York did not disappoint me. From the night I arrived until the plane ride home, I had such a great experience. I was able to do so many things; I shopped nonstop, walked miles everyday through the beautiful city, got to meet up with one of my best friends, and overall just had a super fun trip with my dad!

The atmosphere in New York is really interesting. I was able to see so many chic and classy outfits while I was just walking down the street. Everyone was so different from each other. The streets were constantly busy with new people, art, and ideas.

I just wanted to write this blog post so that I could share with you some of my favorite moments during the trip. I know I keep saying how amazing the trip was, but I really do mean it! It’s a new favorite city of mine, and I can’t wait to go back there again.

It’s good to be home though. Sorry for my lack of posts; I’m busy with exams and schoolwork. Expect some summery blog posts in two weeks when I’m finished 🙂 xx.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Current Favorites! April 2017

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Hey everybody!

When picking out what products I’ve been loving for this blog post, I noticed that all of them seemed to either be pink or related to beauty. Today I’m going to share with you some things that I’ve been loving recently!

Kate Spade Cardholder: This cardholder is a real lifesaver! Whenever I have to go somewhere, chances are I’ll either have my purse or my backpack for schoolwork. It’s not always practical to be carrying a big wallet to school, and I figured I needed something to put my cards in. I finally got this from Kate Spade when it was on sale, and it’s so helpful! It can fit a good amount of cards, but also fits right in your pocket. Also, the color of it is so cool! It’s holographic fuchsia, so as you can imagine, it looks awesome in the sunlight. I definitely recommend something like this if you’re someone who’s running around a lot or just doesn’t like to carry a big wallet!

Clinique Almost Lipstick: I’ve been using this lipstick for the past few months, and it has easily become my everyday go-to. It’s kind of a mix between a lipstick and a lip balm. It adds a little bit of color to your lips and makes them look shiny. It’s also moisturizing and lasts for awhile. If you’re looking for a day to day lipstick that’s not super pigmented but still adds a little something, check these out! I have mine in the shade Pink Honey. It makes my lips look so pretty and natural. I don’t have a swatch of it here, but I will add a link to it so you can see how it looks!

Fresh Cream Rollerball Perfume: This perfume is so amazing! I’m surprised that I haven’t already mentioned it on here before because I love it so much. I started using this in December, and have been applying it weekly ever since. It smells exactly like its name: fresh cream. It has a lovely vanilla smell while still having a warm fragrance to it. I’m definitely going to buy a bottle of this when I run out because I love it so much! I know a lot of people have different tastes when it comes to perfumes, but I think this is such a universal scent. You really can’t go wrong with it! Also, it lasts all day. I love my Jo Malone perfume, but I’ve actually noticed that this lasts longer (and is less expensive)! Definitely go check this out if you can!

Butter Horse Power Nail Rescue Base Coat: I love Butter’s nail polishes, and I decided to try this out to see if it would help my nails. I do think it helps them stay stronger! I noticed that in some situations where my nails might’ve broken, this base coat has protected them. I think Butter’s nail polishes in general really help strengthen nails. They’re made of more natural ingredients, too. Also, this nail polish makes your nails look so nice and healthy when there isn’t any polish on them. I’ve gotten compliments on my nails just when I’ve had this on because of how glossy they look. This stuff definitely protects your nails and also makes them look healthy!

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray: I have heard so many things about this spray, and I finally decided to try it. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks now, but I love it! First of all, it smells so good and feels so refreshing. I use it to set my makeup, and I honestly do think it helps it last. You can’t go wrong with this mist because you can use it as skincare, a makeup setter, or as hair product; it really depends on what you’re going for! It smells so fresh and just like sweet roses. I absolutely love this!

Strawberry Acai Refresher from Starbucks: I have been so obsessed with this drink from Starbucks lately. I seriously feel like I’m getting one at least once a week! If you haven’t tried this yet, do it! It’s so refreshing and has such a nice flavor to it. It’s also perfect for getting you ready for the summer!

I hope you all liked this post! I’m heading to New York next week (eee!) so make sure to be checking up on here and my Instagram to see all of the things I’m up to!

Lots of love. X

Here’s what I’m showing:

Kate Spade Holographic Fuchsia Cardholder

Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Pink Honey

Fresh Cream Rollerball Perfume by Philosophy 

Horse Power Nail Rescue Polish by Butter London

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater 

Strawberry Acai Refresher from Starbucks

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

 

Glitter Walker

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Hey everyone!

I haven’t sat down to write a blog post in what feels like forever, but I promise that I’m going to make up for it because today I glitter-fied my boots. Yep, that’s right. I’m going to be sharing how I made these boots way cooler than they were before!

I wore these boots in my last outfit blog post when they were still plain, and I always had the intention of doing something with them. I really could’t justify owning another pair of plain black boots (new game: figure out how many times I’ve mentioned my love for black boots in the 1.5 years of running this blog). I wasn’t sure if I was going to have someone paint on them for me, but I finally decided that I was just going to do something myself. I was worried that anything I might do to these shoes would mess them up, but glitter seemed pretty harmless. I did three easy steps…

  1. Use tape to create a straight line across the heel. I used tape that wasn’t clear just so that I could be sure that I had it in the right place and that it was even. I simply just wrapped the tape around the heel and made sure it was where I wanted it. Make sure that you use tape that will be easy to peel off; regular tape or duct tape isn’t a great idea. I used some scrapbook tape that I knew would be easy to remove.
  2. Spray the area underneath the tape with adhesive glue. I found a can of this and decided to use it. In my opinion, I think it’s a lot easier than if you were to use any other form of glue. It’s pretty watery, but it definitely holds the glitter to an area well. It’s super important to make sure the glue only goes on the area underneath the tape. If not, glitter is going to stick in places you didn’t want it to.
  3. Pour the glitter underneath the tape where the glue has been applied. I had a can of glitter and just poured a lot of it over the heel. I was considering using a brush, but I figured that it would require a lot more layers and also would take so much longer.

This whole process took me about five-seven minutes. It’s seriously so easy, and my shoes look a lot cooler now that they’re glittery. I recommend that you do this outside, because I know glitter can be a bit annoying at times. It tends to go everywhere, so make sure you’re in an open space with newspaper underneath you. Do not put any sort of towel or rag underneath; if glue gets stuck to it (and it most likely will), you’ll have to throw it away.

The glue dries pretty quickly, but I recommend letting them sit for a few hours before you wear them. I wore mine only a few minutes after making them for these pictures, and I need to go back and touch up some areas. The great thing about the process is that it’s so easy. Touching your shoes up will only take a couple of minutes. 🙂

I’m going to leave links to the exact materials I used below. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to leave a comment!

Here’s what I used:

Claire Cylinder Heel Sock Boots in Black from Boohoo

Adhesive Spray-On Glue

Martha Stewart Glitter

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Designers, Makeup, and Friends! March Q and A

Hey everybody!

A couple of weeks ago I asked some friends to send in some questions that they’d be interested in me answering specifically on here! I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now, and there’s definitely a lot more of you than when I first started blogging. Question and answer posts are always fun to make, and some of these questions are ones that I haven’t ever answered on here before. Enjoy!

1. How do you decide on makeup? Do you go off of price, quality, brand-name, or a bit of both?

When selecting makeup, I usually go off of the quality. If I know something has bad reviews or might be bad for my skin, I don’t risk getting it. I do also go off of brand name a bit because if I know that I love a certain brand’s products, I’m more willing to try out other stuff from them, too.

2. What are your top three favorite designer brands?

Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent are definitely up there in my top three favorites… I’m not quite sure which one I like more or what my third favorite is!

3. What’s your favorite music genre?

Alternative.

4. When did you realize you were interested in fashion?

I feel like I’ve known forever! I loved shopping and clothes from a young age. A few years ago, my interest in it became really obvious to me, but I have truly been loving it my whole life.

5. What is your least favorite fashion trend?

These aren’t very in style anymore (thank goodness), but I hate fedoras! As for right now, I’m not into the Gucci slides with fur on the back that everyone seems to love! Sorry, Gucci.

6. What do you think this summers colors will be?

I think that blush pink is still going to remain pretty popular!

7. What are some cute hairstyles?

I love wearing my hair down, but I think that French braids are so adorable! High ponytails and buns are some of my go-to looks too.

8. What are some good summer makeup colors?

I like pink and gold shades. They can look so natural and glowy.

9. How do you make people feel comfortable enough to invite you places?

I really think you just need to continue being yourself! If someone isn’t comfortable to invite you somewhere, it sounds like it might have more to do with how they feel. Maybe they’re shy or don’t feel like they know you that well! You can’t really make someone invite you somewhere, but you can focus on becoming better friends which might help the situation 🙂

10. How can I seem more approachable?

Be friendly with people that start to talk to you first, and start talking to others first too! If you see someone wearing a cute outfit, tell them! If someone asks you how your day was, ask them how theirs was too! It can only lead to more positivity, and others will notice it too.

11. Do you like ripped jeans?

Yes, I do! My favorite ones are the Topshop Janie jeans with the rips at the knees.

12. What do you find to be the qualities in a product that draw you to it?

I usually am drawn to products that seem like something I’d like or that look interesting. I also take into consideration whether the product has good reviews.

13. Are you drawn to a specific style of clothing?

I’m more drawn to clothing that reflects my personal style rather than what I guess you can call the different “genres” of clothes.

14. What would you call your sense of style?

My style is unique. It’s classy and modern, but still can have an edge to it.

15. Do you watch specific fashion shows, blogs, Youtube channels, etc? Who do you suggest I follow besides you?

Yes to all of those! I definitely recommend following Danielle from We Wore What. She is probably one of the most successful fashion bloggers, and she is personally one of my favorites. She’s so hardworking and has accomplished so much; it’s very inspiring.

Thank you everyone who sent in questions, and thank you all for reading! I hope you have a lovely week, and I’ll catch you later!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

No Heart Breakers

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Hello everyone!

I think these might be some of my favorite blog photos ever! I really love how this outfit looks with the light and dark denim pieces. I hope you love it just as much as I do!

I decided to wear black jeans with rips at the knees (…I know. Black, really? What a surprise). I threw on this black and white gingham shirt, and then some simple black boots to go with it. A plain black outfit can be very boring if you don’t accessorize it well. So, of course, that led me to my next addition… a denim jacket.

It’s no surprise now that I love embroidered denim jackets. When I saw this one at the store, I first walked away without it but ended up coming back a few minutes later to try it on. It’s very different from the other denim jackets I own. It’s a lighter wash, and it’s a bit oversized, but not quite as big as my Bad Suns one. It also has elastic by the waist. The main thing that drew me to this jacket though was the back. In black letters, it says “No Heart Breakers.” The words almost look like they were spray painted on there. They are actually made from a braided rope material (if you zoom in, you can see it). I just love how different this jacket is. It’s such a statement piece, which I’ve come to realize I really, really like acquiring different and unique pieces. This jacket has definitely become a new staple item in my wardrobe.

Alright, enough of the jacket, can we talk about these sunglasses now? I’ve had these for a few months but haven’t ever properly worn them until recently. They are gold, glittery cat eye sunglasses. They’re a bit out there, but super easy to style. I showed them once before in a blog post, so I’ll link it here if you’d like to get more details about them.

I hope all of you are having a fantastic weekend. Let me know what your favorite statement pieces are in the comments!

P.S. I feel like this outfit makes it obvious that I’m from California.

Lots of love!

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Black and White Gingham Top from Brandy Melville

Black Ripped Leigh Jeans from Topshop

Black Boots from Boohoo

Gold Glitter Sunglasses from ASOS (links here)

No Heart Breakers Denim Jacket

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol