Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainy Day = Little in the Way of Productivity..

Say hello to my sick-and-tired-of-rain face...very attractive. It's been pouring nearly all day here in the good ol Northeast so I decided to just do a little update post. The lighting is too poor to post any reviews! I think 90% of my Photobooth pics are of my smirking self...mm embarrassing indeed.

-Today I'm wearing a rose gold choker from H&M, as pictured above. I've really been into this metal trend in 2012...I also own the plain silver H&M one that is more rounded than this one (great description Linds). Choker/collar style necklaces are so versatile...I just throw one on and my neutral outfits end up looking like I put more effort in than I actually did (ie. none).

-Yesterday my best friend who was studying abroad in Manchester got home! It was great to catch up and hear about her travels. She kindly brought me back some British things, including a No. 7 product and one of those Keep Calm posters...that phrase has been heavily overused on this side of the Atlantic (every bar tour t-shirt: Keep Calm & Party On) but I can now say I have a bonafide British one.

-Lastly, I have been applying for internships like a mad woman the past few weeks. Never in my life would I think I'd be vying so heavily for an unpaid job...! Due to an insane workload this past semester, I didn't have a ton of time to apply to many, so I am struggling now but hopefully something will turn up! If not I have some options for the fall & then there's next summer but I hope it doesn't come down to that. If you're like me and looking for editorial/PR/publishing internships in the US, I'll list some sites below that have aided my search. As for me, the search continues on...what I'd give to be a trust fund baby...

That's it for now! Tomorrow night I'm going to see Radiohead with my boyfriend (so.damn.excited) so I'm going to coerce ask him to snap some OOTN pics for moi...we'll see how that goes.

x Linds

Friday, June 8, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI's Just Spotted the Lizard

Today I decided to share "Just Spotted the Lizard" from OPI's The Amazing Spiderman collection. This polish has been making the blogging rounds ever since the collection launched, and I am certainly not regretting picking up this multi-dimensional shade.

Outdoors, 2 coats
In bright daylight, you can pick up on the olive green, teal duochrome going on that makes this polish so interesting to look at. My camera does not do it justice!

Indoors, Natural Light, 2 coats
As you can maybe tell, this polish can be quite the chameleon in different lights. Application was slightly streaky, but I found Seche Vite topcoat (long time favorite) to sort that out! Apparently it's a dead-on dupe for Chanel Peridot too! I'm not too fussed over high-end nail polish, but I can see why so many people raved about Peridot now. 

Did you pick up any shades from the Spiderman collection? x

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lust List #1

I thought I'd start a mega original series depicting current things/trends I'm lusting after...the Internet really takes window shopping to a whole new level. What a great world we live in.

1. Red-Orange nail polish.

Enter Essie Geranium, pictured below. I've been told that Fifth Avenue is another great shade. I've seen both next to each other in person and could not tell the difference though. Either way, I went through a good 19 years hating red nail polish, but after discovering reddy-orange shades, I've become a satisfied convert. Oh, and I'm 20.
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2. These Zara heels every fashion blogger seems to own. 

Ok, if I am being perfectly honest with myself, I am lusting after nearly all of Zara's stock at the moment. I largely blame the British YouTubers I watch (see: Vivianna) for showcasing their amazing finds this season! Seriously though, Zara has impressed me in 2012. Fast international shipping too! Always a plus. Being on the taller end of the spectrum (I'm 5ft7), I can't see myself actually wearing these, however one day I will grow up and embrace my stature dans talons!
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3. Floral blouses (this one is from HM). 

Loving these types of shirts for summer! Which is quite strange because I definitely lean towards more of a neutral, even utilitarian style overall...hmm describing your own style is not easy. I plan on doing OOTD's on here, so hopefully pictures will speak louder! Let's hope I am good and don't show my typical black on grey, grey on black self.

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4. Above Knuckle Rings. 

Trend-wise, I'm late on this one but I've been eyeing these silver rings from Fashionology for almost a year now! Need to bite the bullet and order a couple, even though I think they're slightly overpriced. The quality seems lovely however; my dozens of tarnished Forever 21 rings are hanging their heads in shame tsk tsk.

That's all for now! Let me know if you enjoy the Lust List concept...I'd love to hear what you're lusting after at the moment x

xx Linds

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back with a Small Collective Makeup Haul!

Long time, no post! I'm starting a bad blogger habit, aren't I? Although I may not have any readership to refer to, I am mad at myself for being a procrastinator! I thought I would blog about a few makeup bits I've picked up over the past few weeks.

First up is the smallest MAC haul anyone has probably ever blogged about...I am the type of shopper where I buy things here and there.

L: MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush  R: MAC Espresso
My favorite blush by MAC, probably of all time, is Melba. A matte peachy-pink, I love Melba because it doesn't impart any unwanted shimmer or emphasis my pores. Blushes that add that type of dimension to the face are amongst my favorites. However, I have tried out some lovely shimmery blushes this year, and have been wanting Warm Soul mineralize blush for what seems like forever. I have to give it to this blush...it imparts a "glow" that looks especially beautiful when I have a bit of a tan.

I also picked up Espresso, a matte medium brown (so thrilling). Currently am trying to fill the gaps in my neutral palette...this is a must-have that I was missing.

Complimentary awkward swatches
Thanks to G. over at Nouveau Cheap, I was pleased to hear that CVS was having a big clearance makeup sale. Today I popped in to check it out, and came out with three items, all 50% off! Not too shabby indeed.

Top: Maybelline Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Nude
Bottom: L'Oreal HIP Studio Secrets Color Chrome Eyeliners in Black Shock & Violet
Biggest makeup complaint: overly long product names. See above. Do they really need to crame that much marketing onto one thin pencil?

Advertising aside, these eyeliners are creamy and quite pigmented, the black more so than the purple but both still great. They also set quickly on me, which is a must because I mostly use eyeliner to line my upper waterline and/or line my lid.

The powder I picked up because A) It was 50% off...duh B) MakeupbyTiffanyD recently raved about this powder in her Drugstore Favorites video C) Tiffany's advice = the unofficial makeup gospel...I'm a fan. I picked this up in Nude, the second lightest shade available. I am around NW20-25 for reference! It may take me some time to try this out as I have been having a love affair with my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder...maybe I will take us public with a review? Bonne idee je pense.

C'est fini! Short, sweet, yet rambley. I have clearly have blogging skills. Hope everyone is enjoying summer so far!

xx Linds