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3 High-End Makeup Products That Aren’t Worth the Splurge


3 High-End Makeup Products That Aren't Worth It

Every time I go into Sephora, I kind of want everything. It’s all so beautiful and looks fantastic, which makes it super-easy to go over budget splurging on makeup!

As we’ve mentioned before, some high-end makeup products are worth the splurge, but unfortunately not all of those high-end products are worth the extra cash. For today’s post, I wanted to talk about several expensive beauty products that simply didn’t work for me.

Read on to learn about three high-end makeup products that went straight back to the store:

(Quick disclaimer: just because I’m telling you to avoid a product that you might already love doesn’t mean to stop purchasing it. It just didn’t work for me! Makeup is so subjective. As always, try something out! Who knows, it might work for you.)

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit They're Real push up liner
$24 at Sephora

This new, innovative “gel” eyeliner was extremely hyped-up at the beginning of the year. I, like everyone else, was excited to try it!

However, after I purchased this product, I was a little confused about how to use it. So, I went online to Sephora’s website to look at the reviews, which normally help me figure out how to use products, and they were no help. For me, the product looked “chunky” on my eyelid, and at times, actually fell off. It only applied smoothly if I applied a little heat to the product with my hairdryer.

The other thing I found strange: on their website, Benefit claims that “81% said it was waterproof.” Isn’t a product supposed to be either waterproof or not? It’s not supposed to be waterproof for some people and not waterproof for others. That struck me as weird, and definitely contributed to me returning this product.

Because of all the hype surrounding this product, I do feel like I’m missing something. Let me know if I’m not alone with this one. Also, if you have any awesome tips for applying this product, share them with me!

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

Nars larger than life lipgloss
$26 at Sephora

Let me start this one off by saying I hate sticky lip gloss! If I close my lips and can feel them sticking together, then I am grossed out and want that gloss off my lips immediately. This lip gloss by NARS is like that, so I was super disappointed! The colors are beautiful, and NARS normally doesn’t disappoint, but this product just didn’t do it for me.

I also didn’t care for the brush on this lipgloss. It’s tiny. It looks like NARS accidentally used a child-size brush, and it doesn’t make the application smooth. It takes a while to apply this gloss correctly. Regardless of the pretty color range, I can’t justify the $26 price tag. I’d much rather buy several lower-priced lip glosses that I love!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System

Two faced better than false lashes lash extension system
$35 at Ulta

I received this product as a gift, so I definitely felt like I needed to give it a full go before deciding I didn’t like it. Too Faced makes amazing mascaras, so I thought that this one sounded perfect… at first. I love the look of false lashes, but there’s no way I’m putting those things on every day.

This mascara takes multiple steps to apply. First, you apply the mascara in the big gold tube, then you brush the nylon fibers in the white bottle over the mascara. After that, you apply another coat of the mascara in the gold tube over the nylon fibers, and then let it dry.

I don’t think this ever dried completely. It looks okay at best, and if you spend a ton of time on application, it can look better. However, it always looks clumpy, and it made my top and bottom lashes stick together. This mascara also flakes off, and takes FOREVER to remove… even with my Holy Grail Lancôme eye makeup remover. It’s just extremely sticky, and not comfortable to use, which made this mascara a miss for me.

What do you think?

What are some disappointing high-end makeup products you’ve tried? Have you tried any of these products? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Polka Dot Shorts


Polka dots are one of my favorite prints; there’s something just so fun and cheerful about them! So for this week’s Fabulous Find, I wanted to feature a pair of dotted shorts, and show you how to wear them for summer. These Forever 21 red polka dot shorts ring in at less than $11, which makes them super cute and super affordable.

Want to see what this Fab Find looks like? Scroll down to see the shorts, as well as three cute ways to style them this season:

The Shorts:

Forever 21 polka dot woven shorts
Polka Dot Woven Shorts in “Red/Cream” — $10.80 at Forever 21

Outfit Inspiration

If you like these cheap and chic shorts, then you’re going to love the outfits we put together for inspiration. Read on to find out three stylish ways to wear this week’s Fabulous Find:

Outfit #1: Retro Cool

Red polka dot shorts, chambray top, oxfords
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- H&M, Sunglasses- ASOS, Shoes- Nordstrom, Earrings- Amazon

I’ve been obsessing over Taylor Swift’s street style lately, and this outfit was inspired in part by her chic, retro-inspired fashion sense. Start by pairing the shorts with a sleeveless chambray blouse for a breezy summertime ensemble. Perforated white oxfords are a quirky yet comfy touch, while cat-eye shades have a vintage look. For the finishing touch, accessorize with adorable gold arrow earrings.

Outfit #2: Edged Up Night Out

Red polka dot shorts, ruffle top, cut out pumps, moto jacket
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- H&M, Jacket- ASOS, Lipgloss- NYX, Shoes- Nasty Gal, Rings- Nasty Gal

Rock these shorts on a night out on the town by wearing them with a chic tiered top. Toughen things up by throwing on a cropped moto jacket and cut-out pointy-toe pumps. Continue the edgy vibe with these silver rings, and apply a deep red matte lipgloss to complete the look.

Outfit #3: Trendy Meets Timeless

Red polka dot shorts, silk tee, mustard yellow sandals
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- Uniqlo, Necklace- JewelIQ, Nail Polish- Essie, Shoes- Need Supply Co.

For this casual look, tuck a silk off-white tee into the shorts. These sandals are a comfy choice for summer, plus the mustard yellow hue adds a contrasting pop of color. Continue the stylish yet classic vibe with a tortoise shell statement necklace and a few coast of a dusty pink nail polish.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this week’s Fabulous Find? Would you buy these Forever 21 shorts? Which look is your favorite? How would you wear polka dot shorts? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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Would You Wear… a Denim Jumpsuit?


1. Anthropologie, 2. Balmain S/S 2014 via ELLE, 3. Nordstrom

If this season has any form-meets-function trend, the denim jumpsuit is it. Once a mechanic’s workwear item, the denim coverall has sprouted right on up into posh territory. From the runway to celebrities and fashion stores across the globe, these items are no longer hard to find and come in surprisingly chic silhouettes.

Thinking about easing this workwear into your rotation? Ditch the boots, roll up the sleeves, and accessorize with bold jewelry. Think about the contrast of wearing the rugged piece in a feminine way. Tall stilettos or wedges look ace with this menswear item.

Also, let the chic celebs below serve as some sartorial inspiration – these ladies know how to rock a denim jumpsuit:

Rachel Zoe, Gwen Stefani, and Naomi Watts wearing denim jumpsuits. | Photos via Pacific Coast News

Have you tried it out? Let us know!

If you haven’t, would you wear a denim jumpsuit? How would you wear this look? Which celeb styled it the best? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Kate Spade to Launch Swimwear


Kate spade swimwear
Photo Courtesy of Kate Spade

WWD is reporting that Kate Spade will soon be launching its first swimwear line. The line is part of Kate Spade’s cruise 2015 collection, and includes 70 pieces: 52 mix-and-match separates, 12 one-pieces, and several cover-ups. Prices will range from $120 to $200.

If the bow-adorned bikini above is any indication, this swimwear will be on par with the rest of Kate Spade’s retro, girly, and quirky offerings. In addition to bows, the swimsuit designs include black-and-white checks and stripes, polka dots, and gold metal-plated zipper pulls.

Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade’s president and chief creative officer spoke to WWD about the line:

“This is such a fun opportunity to bring glamour back to the beach. I am constantly inspired by the glamour that women brought to the beach in the Fifties and Sixties.”

If you want to purchase one of these swimsuits before the end of summer, unfortunately it’s a no-go. Kate Spade swim won’t be available at retailers until this November. There’s always next year though, right?

Tell us what you think:

What do you think of Kate Spade swimwear? Do you like the swimsuit above? Would you splurge on one of these bathing suits? As always, remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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