Maroon Meow (OOTD)

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Hey y’all! It’s definitely feeling like fall outside, and I am LOVING IT. After the uber hot and gross weather we had those first few weeks of the semester, I was dying to get myself into some cute sweaters/leggings/scarves/boots/lipsticks! (I’m really passionate about fall fashion.) Now that the weather has finally cooled down. I’m taking advantage. Of course it still warms up too much by midday, and I end up pushing up my sleeves in a huff, but I refuse to stop dressing so cute!

Today my friends and I decided to all wear maroon pants just for shits and giggles. Now, I really don’t like how my maroon pants fit, so I cheated and wore my new maroon leggings instead. #ohwell. (Note that the leggings look more red toned in person than they do in the pic. I really dont like plummy maroons.)

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What I Wore:

Sweater: Forever 21+
Leggings: Forever 21+
Combat Boots: Payless
Lipstick: Rimmel in Bordeaux 124

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This sweater is just so stinkin cute! When I saw this online last season I absolutely HAD to have it. I am a hardcore cat person, and this just spoke to me. Also it’s super long and cozy, and it’s also not too thick or thin of a material. Basically, this sweater is purrfection.

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When I was planning this outfit in my head, I knew I had to pull out one of my favorite fall lipsticks from Rimmel. I only wish it were a matte finish instead of cream, but with a few rounds of blotting it stays put. For some reason, I find it really hard to find good deep red lipsticks. Berries and plums are super prevalent, but a dark brick red alludes me. It’s one of my goals to find the perfect fall red this season. If you have any suggestions please let me know!

Well that’s it for this post. Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather!

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P.S. More roommate love.

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Break Free (OOTD)

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Hey y’all! The fashion posts are officially back! I am so passionately in love with this dress that I had to make a post immediately. 

So obviously, I’ve been pretty absent from this blog. However, no apologies or excuses. Life happened; that’s it.

The title of today’s blog is brought to you by my obsession with Break Free by Zedd/Ariana Grande. I’m not a big fan of Ariana, but mostly anything by Zedd really gets me boogieing out of my seat. 

Update on my life? Being captain is hard work. Getting tan basically happened over night. The side-braid is unsurprisingly omnipresent. The textbook buying process was significantly more difficult than semesters past. Using blogspot for blogging is excruciating (doing it for a class). I’m feeling more confident and fabulous that I ever have, thanks to my beautiful friends. Choreographing a sassy swing dance is so much fun. I’m genuinely interested in all of my classes this semester, no matter how frustrating they may be. On the first day my professor for Dinosaurs legit squatted on a chair in the front of the class and pretended to lay an egg. College, man. 

Anyway, on to this beauteous dress.

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What I Wore:

Dress: Forever 21+
Oxfords: Gifted
Lips: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain – India

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This dress is just so. flippin. cute! The box pleats are incredibly flattering, and teal and gray are my favorite colors to wear! When I saw this dress online, I knew I absolutely had to have it. It fits like a damn glove. The best part easily is that the teal isn’t just big ol’ polka dots; they’re actually speech bubbles!

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This is just the perfect dress for me, and I’m so happy about it’s existence in my closet (or more currently: on my body.) I got so many nice compliments today, and yeah… I’m feeling good about it. Did ya notice? 

Also this lippie is bomb. I’m all about that deepened radiant orchid color for this fall. Highly recommend. 

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P.S. Here’s a super cute pic of me and my roommate, Heather. She’s gorgeous and just as fabulous as I. I love her!

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The Nude Hunt

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Over my winter break, I’ve discovered a new love for nudes. Nude lipsticks that is. While I still love darker colors, I think nudes compliment so many eye looks and can be much more wearable. My berry lippies will forever be my favorite, but I thought it was time to branch out.

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Finding the perfect nude for me has been difficult to say the least. I have a warm skin tone, but really pink cheeks, so finding the perfect shade for my complexion has been tricky. What I’ve been doing is finding the lipstick and then pairing it with opposite toned lipgloss. For example, I’ll wear a peach toned lipstick with a rosy gloss on top. This combo plays off of my skin pretty well. I also try to go for sheer-er formulas that let my naturally pink lip color show through to neutralize it a bit. So the hunt is still on, but right now I have a small little nude team that’s been working for me.

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Lipsticks:

1. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Complex

2. Wet n Wild Megalast in Just Peachy

3. Loreal Colour Riche  in Fairest Nude

4. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 08

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Glosses:

1. Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Blooming Balm

2. Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Lilac Ever After (how bout that name? sheesh)

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Snow Pink

I might have more nudey colors at school that I didn’t bring home because I thought I would never wear them. But these are the ones that I like for not only the color but for the formula as well. Also, this is my first Almay lip product and I must say I absolutely love it! (It smells and tastes like cupcakes!)

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Bonus!:

Maybelline Color Sensational in Blushing Beige + Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red

When I saw that Maybelline came out with a nude line of lipsticks, I practically flipped out. It’s like they had read my mind! But the shade I picked up was just way too close to my skin tone, so it made me look dead. I was determined to make it work though, so I added a really bright and pigmented glossy stain over top it it. It created a really pretty rosey shade that is actually quite perfect for my skin tone. I feel like this lipstick will work as a great base for overly bright lipsticks that I want to make more wearable. See? There’s a bright side to everything.

If you ever thought nudes weren’t for you, like I did for quite a while, you just need to find the perfect tone for your skin. It might be an intense quest, but it’ll all be worth it. (Too much? Oh well. I mean serious business when it comes to lipsticks.)

xoxo Gigi.

Wet n Wild Lipsticks? (Review)

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As a broke college kid, I’m always on the lookout for makeup that is a good balance of cheap and decent quality. I decided today to check out the Wet n Wild lipsticks.

I got 5 of the cheapest ones they have, which are the silk finish, and one of their more “expensive” matte finishes. Matte finishes are my favorite for lipsticks, but I couldn’t beat the price of the silk ones.

I can’t say I was disappointed for the price, but the shades all turned out a bit more pink that I would have hoped. And the peach colors definitely lacked the right pigmentation. Overall, they’re not terrible, and they’ll get use from me.

Overall? 3/5 stars.

Below are what they looked like on my lips.

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1. Cherry Picking (Matte Finish)

This is one of the better ones I picked up. Of course it’s the slightly more expensive one, but I think it’s worth its price. The only qualm I have is that it is a bit dry. I expect that for a matte finish, but this was a little too tough to put on.

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2. Cherry Frost (Silk Finish)

This is my favorite of the silk finishes. All of the silk ones went on very easily and felt light and not too dry on the lip. This one was the most pigmented, but this along with the previous one were a little bit more pink than I had expected.

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3.Copper Dust (Silk)

I did like this shade on my lips. Once again, it was pinker than expected, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked once applied and blotted. This will get a lot of wear from me.

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4. Light Beige Frost (Silk)

I was most disappointed with this and the next shade. They were not pigmented much at all and only really added a tinted sheen to my lips. I will probably still use it on days I don’t feel like having a lot of color on my lips, but I was still let down.

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5. Sunset Peach

I was excited for this color, because peaches and corals are my favorite to wear, but I was let down. The color in the tube was wonderful, but it just didn’t really transfer onto my lips. It still give a nice tint, so once again it will be used once and a while.

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6. Dark Wine

This was my wild card. I picked it up at the last second because I’ve been wanting to test the waters with some deeper colors for this fall. I really liked this maroon color in the tube, but on the lip it kind of went on as a too pink plum color. It also looked a bit cheap on the lip. I will keep it and test it out again someday, but for now I am still on the hunt for the perfect deep red for my lip.

If anyone knows a great deep color for not too expensive I would love to hear it! Also, have you ever tried Wet n Wild lipsticks, and how did you like them? How about other drug store lipsticks? I’ve heard Revlon is the best for low end lip products. I currently own one of their lip butters, and I love how it feels.

I would love to hear your opinions and suggestions!