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Life Update

Hi everyone! So here I go again, apologizing for not posting in a long time. I’m sorry! I wanted to give you guys a little update on what’s been going on. If you’ve been following my posts for a while then you may know I used to go to University- however I had to terminate my enrollment due to financial struggles. Well, I am so excited to share that I will be returning to school in the Fall! I am completely overwhelmed and just so excited and grateful for the opportunity to go back! It’s something I never thought would happen.

 I do plan to continue blogging while at school however I don’t know how that is going to actually turn out. I know I will be cancelling my Boxycharm subscription while I’m gone (unfortunately), so those posts will no longer be happening. And I already know “face of the day” posts are going to be difficult to continue. BUT I will try to post whenever and whatever I can! So feel free to come along for the ride with me. I’d love to continue sharing bits of my life with you. BTW- I’m not leaving until August so none of this will be changing until then!

Thank you so much for the continued support, no matter how small this little ol’ blog is, it means the world to see you reading and commenting.

Again, I’m sorry I haven’t been consistent with posts but I’m still here! I have no plans on going anywhere, either (;

Hope you’re all well. Have an amazing rest of the week!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

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Colourpop Haul

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Hey! Hope you’re all well. In this post I wanted to share with you all my recent Colourpop purchases! This is my second time buying from Colourpop and I absolutely LOVE them. The quality of the makeup is incredible and everything is at such an inexpensive price.

I’ll start with the eyeshadows

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(right: KathleenLights / Left: Weenie)

Both of these shades are part of collaborations with YouTuber, Kathleen Lights. As you guys know I love her and am always supporting the makeup products she creates with brands! I went with neutral shades, of course. KathleenLights is a beautiful gold and Weenie is a perfect rose gold color. (One eyeshadow is $5)

 

The quality of these shadows blew me away! Just from the swatches alone I was in awe. They are extremely pigmented and so soft. I instantly fell in love. Cannot wait to create looks with these two!

 

Onto the lips!

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I bought two Lippie Stix and a pack of 5 mini Ultra Matte Lips.

Lippie Stix ($5 each): Lumière and Comtempo

Foxy Mini Kit ($20 // Full sized Ultra Matte Lips are $6 each)

 

Swatches:

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Top to bottom:

Contempo / Lumière / Beeper / Clueless / Tulle / More Better / Creeper

I am so happy with each and every one of these colors! They’re all absolutely gorgeous and I am so excited to wear these all year round!

That wraps up everything! Do you have any Colourpop products? I know I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

Have a great week!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

P.S … its been a while since Ive done a Music Monday- so just for the fun of it, check out the song “Same Old, Same Old” by The Civil Wars. I’ve been listening to it non-stop lately. Such a beautiful song!

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January Boxycharm

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Hey, hey! Oh how I love getting my Boxycharm in the mail. First box of the new year! This month’s theme is “Eyes on 2016”. Let’s get into it.

 

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First off are these Royal & Langnickel [R]evolution eyeshadow brushes. In my opinion you can never have enough brushes, so I was excited to see these in the box. The long brush in the middle isn’t the best quality. The bristles are a little rough but other than that they’re decent! I’m sure I’ll be using these often. The brushes retail for $23.97

 

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I was really excited about these next two!

First is the Blinc Mascara Amplified . This retails for $26. This mascara actually tubes your lashes, meant to provide buildable volume. It applies just like a normal mascara, however I found it was a little harder to remove. It’s not my favorite but I did like it!

Next is the Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen. As some of you know I don’t wear liquid or gel eyeliner on my lid because I absolutely suck at it haha. So I was excited to get this so I can practice on my skills. I’ll let you know how I like it when I become a pro (;.

 

And finally, last but not least…

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the Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky palette! This palette has beautiful shades! To be completely honest, Coastal Scents do not have the greatest quality in shadows. Some of these colors do not have good pigmentation BUT some actually are great. For what it’s worth, I think its a great palette for beginners and I’m glad to have it to add to my collection. I know I’ll be using this quite often in my everyday and even more dramatic looks. (retails for $39.95 but is always on sale for about $19.00)

That’s everything. There were only 4 products this month, but that’s because we got a full sized eyeshadow palette so I’m not complaining! Overall I’m happy with everything! The combined worth of this box totals to about $109!!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Boxycharm or want to know more about how it works, you can check them out here.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you liked this month’s box- and also if you got the black eyeliner pen or the blue eye pencil!

Hope you’re all well.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

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Book Haul & Chat

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Hey everyone! I wanted to do something different and share with you some books I just got. I’ve been in the mood to read lately so I went a little crazy at Barnes & Noble. Let’s get into it.

I’ll start with the books I’ve started or finished first.

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling –  (I actually purchased this at Target) I’ve only read the first chapter of this book but so far I am loving it! I usually don’t buy celebrity books, but if you’ve been following me for a while now then you know I love Mindy Kaling. I think she’s absolutely hilarious and such a brilliant writer. The book is all about her life and career. Even from the first chapter I could tell just how funny it is!

Unteachable by Leah Raeder – I just finished this book yesterday and I absolutely loved it. Unteachable is about 18 year old high school senior, Maise O’Malley. At a town carnival she meets an older man, Evan, who she immediately has a connection with. They wind up sleeping together that night- however everything changes when on the first day of school they both discover he is her new film class teacher. Of course they both know it’s wrong to see each other but they can’t resist. And I’ll stop there. *I will say though that if you’re on the younger side or if you’re thinking about buying it for someone, I would be mindful! There are some explicit sex “scenes” that may not be appropriate for everyone.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins –  Another great book! I finished reading this book last week and flew through it. It’s about a woman named Rachel, a struggling alcoholic, who rides the same train everyday. Everyday she passes the same houses and during each train ride she fantasizes about a couple who lives in one of the homes. She creates a life for them in her head and even makes up names for them- “Jess and Jason”. To her, they have the perfect life and relationship. Expect on one particular day she sees something shocking. She only has a moment to look, as the train continues passing but that’s enough to get her involved in what becomes a police investigation. I actually just found out they’re making a movie of this book, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel, so definitely check this out before the film comes out later this year!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell  – I finished this book about a month ago. Eleanor & Park is a story about two high school misfits who fall in love. They’re not your typical couple and they may be young but their love for one another is strong and really special to see develop throughout the book. It did have some slow moments but overall I did enjoy it!

Here are the other books that I haven’t got around to starting yet.

 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  – I’m sure you’ve all heard about this book already. But, if you don’t know, it’s recently been made into a movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It’s about a married couple, Amy and Nick, who are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy disappears. The mystery is whether or not her husband, Nick, is responsible.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma  –  I bought this book not really based on anything. I’ve never heard of it or seen it around anywhere. It’s a little hard to explain what its about so I’ll just let you read the overview on Barnes & Noble haha. Seems pretty cool, right?

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire  –  This is the first book in a series, which I didn’t know when I first bought this, but I’m looking forward to seeing if I like it! It’s about good girl Abby Abernathy who gets involved with bad boy Travis Maddox through a bet. Abby doesn’t curse or drink and Travis is their university’s “walking one night stand”. If he loses the bet he has to stay abstinent for a month, but if Abby loses she has to live with him in his apartment for a month. Hmm. Should be interesting.

That concludes this post! If you made it to the end, thank you. I know this was a long one. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts! I’d love to talk about them with you! Also, if you have any recommendations of other books let a girl know.

Happy Sunday.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

 

 

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Curly Hair Products

Hey guys, happy 2016! I’m back with a post all about curly hair. I made a post like this a while ago but have since deleted it. I thought it would be best to rewrite an updated one because I’ve been really loving the products this time around! Let’s get started.

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Okay, so I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of Shea Moisture. Just a disclaimer- I am not being sponsored by them or anything like that. The company has no idea I exist haha. I’ve always been genuinely interested in their products, so I finally decided to give them a try.

Let’s start with Shampoo and Conditioner:

If you remember, I already mentioned the Yucca & Plantain Collection in my “Current Favorites” post where I showed you guys the masque.

I’m giving the shampoo and conditioner a try and so far I really like it! I picked this collection in particular because it was catered to strengthening and thickening. Although I do have very curly hair, its not as thick as most people would assume. I haven’t been using them for too long but I have noticed a slight difference and that makes me happy! I’ve noticed my hair is getting a little more voluminous, which is a step in the right direction!

Also, I just absolutely adore that Shea Moisture’s products are all natural and organic! Nothing is better than seeing “No sulfates, no parabens, no phthalates, no paraffin, no propylene glycol, no mineral oil, no synthetic fragrance, no synthetic color, no DEA, AND no animal testing” on all of their products. Wow.

Leave in Conditioner:

I’m sure those of you with curly hair are with me when I say how important a leave in conditioner is in our hair routines. About two weeks ago I picked up the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Growth & Restore Leave-in Conditioner. That’s a mouth full. I LOVE this stuff! This helps so much with frizz and taming my curls! I don’t even need to add that much product after I use this because it works so well on its own. The only downside I would say is the smell. It’s not my favorite scent- it kind of reminds me of Play-Doh- BUT I can live with it. It really isn’t that bad.

Styling Product:

First let me just start off by saying I am all for curl creams. I will never go back to gel or mouse or anything else. Creams have changed my curly hair life and I will never look back haha. I’ve been using this particular one by Curls for a few years now, actually! This is their Crème Brule Whipped Curl Cream. (I couldn’t find this exact product on their website, but I provided a link from Target.) Like I said, I’ve been using this for years and I still love it! Part of me wants to try something new but I never wind up buying anything else!

That’s everything! I like to try new things here and there but these are the main products I use on an almost everyday basis. If you have curly hair, let me know what you use! I would love to know! If you have any other questions about these products or my hair in general, feel free to ask.

Here’s my hair now:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it somewhat helpful! Have a great rest of the week.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

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Pinterest Inspired Makeup Look

Hey guys! I was scrolling through Pinterest, as you do when you can’t sleep, and I came across this beautiful green makeup look. So of course, I wanted to recreate it! Here’s where I got the inspiration:

pinterest green makeup

Here’s what I came up with:

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I used the Tartelette palette on my crease and the 4th Edition 120 Color Palette by BH Cosmetics on the lid for the green.

My liquid eyeliner skills are poor so I was not brave enough to risk messing up my eyeshadow to do a wing haha!

You guys know I rarely use any color, so this was pretty dramatic for me. I really enjoyed it, though! This look can be perfect for New Year’s Eve, as well!

Hope you enjoyed this look, and I hope you’ve all had a great Holiday season. This is probably my last post of 2015, so happy new year to you! Thank you for the support. I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

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Tartelette

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Hey guys! If you follow me on Instagram (simplyfearfully), then you already saw I treated myself to this beauty!  I’ve been in search for a new eyeshadow palette. I know Tarte just came out with a new Tartelette, but I decided on the first one because it was a bit cheaper at the time and also all matte- which I love.

If you’re interested, you can get the palette here.

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The shadows are absolutely beautiful! I have yet to create a full-on look but I’ve used a few of the colors to warm up my crease a few times. So far I am super impressed! The shadows are so pigmented and blend nicely. I can’t wait to create a look to share with you all! Do you have any of the Tartelette palettes?

Have an incredible weekend!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x