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Leah’s August Favorites



There’s no way August is almost over, but congratulations to everyone on making it through the first weeks of school! You know the drill: let’s jump into some August favorites.



If you’ve read my articles for a while, you may have noticed something: I’ve never bought anything from Urban Outfitters. This was partly on purpose, and partly because there aren’t any stores by me. This dress is my first UO purchase!

When I saw the contrasting Peter Pan collar, the floral pattern, and shift shape, the fire was kindled. Some kids don’t want to grow up. I don’t want to take this dress off.

Hair and Makeup

Spa bb rimmel stay matte biosilk dry shampoo august faves

My love affair with BB creams began recently.

Since discovering this Spa BB cream, I’ve only worn foundation for special occasions. My skin feels better, my acne is less prone, and the color is incredible. However, I was reluctant to feature it because trying to find this brand online is like playing Where’s Waldo without Waldo. I want to set a bounty price on this BB. If you’ve heard of this brand, Spa(?), please let me know in the comments! I found it at TJ Maxx.

If you haven’t tried Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder, get out of town. I forgot how long-lasting and oil resistant this stuff is. Guardian of the galaxy? More like guardian of the pores.

Dry Shampoo, Self-Tanner

Batiste’s dry shampoo will forever be on a pedestal, but if you’re looking for a dry shampoo that doesn’t smell or feel chalky, Biosilk’s Revive Dry Clean Shampoo is for you. It’s clear, so it’s easier to work into hair, but there is a catch: it’s doesn’t absorb oil quite as powerfully as Batiste.

Hi, my name is Leah and I suffer from ashy ghost knees. What do I mean by this? I wake up, and they’ve turned white with fear. This Jergens’ gradual self-tanner was more moisturizing to my dry legs than guacamole to a microwave quesadilla. I’ve never had streaks with this, but what really sets it apart is the aroma. Finally, a self-tanner that doesn’t smell like a self-tanner!

Back-to-School Supplies


The colors and details of this Lilly Pulitzer planner put the freebie bookstore planners to shame. I also love the monthly divider tabs, the monthly and weekly view of each month, and the adorable stickers. It’s also cheaper than the lust-worthy Kate Spade gold polka dot planner, if you’re like me and can’t justify spending that much on a planner.

The Desk lamp to end all desk lamps.

This white desk lamp has a button to turn on, gold details, and a black striped cord. Does it get any better?


Favorite Book

Hungry by H.A. Swain

In a world where nutrition is supplied by the government and taken in medication form, one girl’s stomach won’t stop growling. (Story of my life!)

Possibly my favorite teen dystopian novelHungry features the most dimensional, multifaceted dystopian world. With dystopian novels, usually there’s the unique catch, a few elements of society are described, and everything else is vaguely glossed over.

In this book, all the elements of the world are so well thought out. From business to technology to government, and the way social media worked, this author’s world building gets an “A”.

Favorite Fashion Blogger

The internet has been bombarded by back-to-school themed videos and articles this month. This one is the best. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites.

Favorite Movie

Five Groots out of five.

What have you been loving this month?

What’s your favorite BB cream? Did you get a new planner? What books did you read? Let me know below!

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Fashion Inspiration: Essie Fall 2014 Collection


Essie fall 2014 collection
Photo Courtesy of Essie

What’s one cheap and easy way to change up your look for fall? With nail polish, of course! Right now, I’m loving Essie’s new Fall 2014 collection, which includes six polishes that I think are the epitome of autumn.

The colors range from burgundy red to deep forest green to chocolate brown – all rich, luxurious, and muted tones. They’re a welcome change from bright, summery neons, and they’re totally getting me in the back-to-school mood. Need a little more inspiration? Check out these three looks based on colors from the collection:

“Style Cartel”

Essie fall 2014 red blouse gray jeans
Product Info: Blouse – Lord & Taylor, Jeans – Old Navy, Flats – Bluefly, Scarf – Kohl’s, Earrings – Lord & Taylor, Nail Polish – Essie in “Style Cartel”

This outfit is totally foolproof, but looks very clean and polished. Gray jeans in all shades are on-trend this fall, so style a light-washed pair with a rich, contrasting burgundy blouse. Black loafers dress things up a touch while still staying comfy for class, while a gray plaid scarf adds warmth and texture. Complete the look with simple studs and a swipe of Essie’s standout navy shade, “Style Cartel.”

“Dress to Kilt”

Essie fall 2014 plaid skirt utility jacket
Product Info: Blouse – H&M, Skirt – Wet Seal, Jacket – Old Navy, Tights – Francesca’s, Boots – Wet Seal, Rings – H&M, Nail Polish – Essie in “Dress to Kilt”

Sure, you may not own a real kilt, but you can get the next best thing: a plaid skirt. Pair it with sleek black tights and a pintucked black blouse, then layer on a green utility jacket to keep out the chill. Black combat boots help toughen up the outfit and keep it from looking too much like a school uniform. Lastly, decorate those digits with a set of gold rings and Essie’s rich burgundy polish.

“Take It Outside”

Essie fall 2014 navy blazer blue jeans
Product Info: Sweater – Forever 21, Blazer – Mango, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Aeropostale, Bag – Target, Earrings – Lord & Taylor, Nail Polish – Essie in “Take it Outside”

This look has a classic, sophisticated, and collegiate feel. It pairs comfy basics – blue jeans, a cream sweater, and riding boots – with a stylish double-breasted navy blazer and an eye-catching bright red handbag. The final touches are subtle gold drop earrings and pale taupe nails, which add sparkle and glossiness to the ensemble.


What do you think of Essie’s new polishes? Which color is your favorite? Which look would you wear? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Must-Have Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes


3 Must-Have Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadow palettes are kind of my obsession. Especially neutral ones! They’re easy to carry around, perfect for traveling, and the shades usually complement one another, which means you can create multiple eye looks. My obsession began with those Bonne Bell eyeshadow quads back when I was about 12 or 13, and my collection has greatly evolved since then, I promise!

Neutral palettes give you the most bang for your buck, so today, I’m going to discuss two of my high-end favorites, as well as one highly-requested drugstore dupe. Read on to learn more about all three eyeshadow palettes:

Lorac’s Pro Palette

Lorac pro palette
$42 at Nordstrom

Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are cult faves, and when I heard about how amazing the Lorac Pro Palette is, I thought to myself, “How can this be better than one of the Nakeds?”

First of all, the Lorac palette has 16 shades compared to UD’s 12. Plus, there’s a $12 price difference between the two. Not only was the Lorac one a better value, but I was instantly more impressed with the shades.

There are eight matte shades and eight shimmers, and they’re all creamy and super-blendable with little powdery-fallout. The shades are all so versatile, and it’s very easy to use these eyeshadows to take a basic look up a notch. Since everyone loves to talk about packaging, I should mention that even though it’s sleek, it can get dirty, so I suggest wiping it down after using it if you want to keep it clean!

This palette is basically my favorite makeup purchase, and I don’t regret it in the slightest. The only shade I’m not a fan of is “Slate,” on the bottom row, since I have dark brown eyes and it looks a little strange on me. However, someone with blue or green eyes might have an easier time with it.

Too Faced’s Natural Eye Shadow Collection

Too faced palette
$36 at Sephora

If there was a “Best Palette for Traveling” award, Too Faced’s Natural Eye palette would win. With nine shades, the palette is on the small side compared to others, but that makes it so easy to use. This palette also comes with three cards to teach you how to create gorgeous looks with the colors, which is super-convenient and great for those who don’t normally wear makeup.

The shades are so buttery and blendable, and can even be applied well with your fingertip if you prefer to do that! Sometimes, I find that when I’m in a rush, the fingertip is the best way to apply eyeshadow because you don’t need to blend.

Pro Tip: The bright white shade, “Heaven,” can also be used as a highlight or settling powder for under the eyes if you’re ever in need of one. It is very pigmented, so just lightly touch it with a brush.

Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette

Maybelline the nudes palette
$9.99 at Ulta

The Nudes by Maybelline palette really surprised me. I went to Target and purchased it thinking I probably wouldn’t like it, but I did! Maybelline’s eyeshadows (and drugstore eyeshadows in general) are normally quite chalky and extremely hard to work with, but this palette is less so. The shades are not 100% high quality, and they are a little chalky, but for the price it really can’t be beat.

The shades, which are half metallic and half matte, are not really long-lasting, but they work great with a good primer! The color payoff is actually quite good, and the shades all work seamlessly with each other, which is important for a neutral palette.

Overall, this palette is not the best thing in the whole world, but for the price and the shades? This is pretty much a win-win for a college girl on a budget!

What do you think?

What eyeshadow palettes are you totally loving right now? Have you tried any of these? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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