Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Mini Haul

I'm going to be frank with you for a moment: I LOVE Black Friday. Stores with everything on sale is basically the biggest happiness you can give me. The main stores me and my friends shopped at were Hot Topic and Zumiez, and any of you that know me should definitely not be surprised by that. I decided to show you guys what I got at my two favorite stores and how fantastic the deals were today.

First off is Hot Topic. I got this amazing tank that says "I Laugh When My Music Scares People" which is extremely accurate. Any metal fan can tell you right off the bat that they get absolutely CRAZY looks when people hear their music, and this is a pretty awesome shirt. I'd also like to get prices out of the way for this store. Hot Topic had ALL of their tees on sale for $10, which is half of their usual $20. The tanks actually weren't included in the sale, but when they rang up as $10, the cashier just decided to let it go. Score!
 Next is a shirt from one of the most awesome movies of all time, The Breakfast Club. When I got this shirt, I'd actually already checked out and left the store, but Taylor remembered that she had to buy something for a friend of hers and we had to go back, which is when I spied this top. I'm a t-shirt fanatic, and my closet is completely LOADED with them. Since this movie is one of my favorites, I just had to add it to the collection!

Next is another movie-inspired shirt! The Corpse Bride is known to be more of a Halloween film, but I'm the type of person that will wear themed shirts year-round. I love the graphic of Victor and Emily on the front, and I especially love their wedding vows printed on the back. 

Now for Zumiez! Desiree has been badgering me for ages to get a flannel shirt, and today I gave in and got this warm, purple one. I've actually wanted a flannel shirt for ages as I  said in my Three Trends I Just Can't Hide From post from a few weeks ago, and when I saw this one on sale, I couldn't resist. The colors are really soft, and it has a really laid-back feel. I love button downs already, but the fact that it's flannel makes it so much better! Zumiez actually didn't even run a Black Friday sale because they're practically always running a sale of some sort, and today's was buy-one-get-one 50% off, so I got this shirt and the next one with that sale. 
 This last purchase is probably my favorite of all, and it's a raglan top! You all know how much I love my raglan tops, and seriously, how can anyone resist a unicorn. It just isn't humanly possible. The pastel colors add a change from my usual wardrobe, which usually has a darker tone, and is easily the centerpiece to any look.
Desiree, Taylor, I were at the mall at 6:00 A.M. this morning, and we had a blast to say the least. 

Surprisingly, Black Friday wasn't nearly as crowded as usual this year. The mall I went to wasn't much more crowded than any other day, which was great for us. How did crowds fare at your mall, and what awesome deals did you score this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Unnatural Hair Color Inspiration

Everyone has a point in their life where they want to drastically change their appearance. I had one of those this summer, actually, and I'm having another one right now. Over the past few weeks, I've been looking for new hair color ideas to dye my hair sometime soon, and today I'm sharing a few of my favorite crazy hair colors that I would consider trying out myself and some color inspiration for your hair color fanatics out there!

This first picture is a sort of turquoise and seafoam green mix. The base is a deeper turquoise with lighter streaks of blue and green throughout, giving it a naturally lightened effect. It's definitely for someone that's looking to make a statement and wants a more fun color. It really reminds me of the beach, which is one of the reasons I love it so much.
Picture courtesy of lovethispic.com
I know a lot of people hate on the really bold red hair, but I think it looks pretty awesome. Bringing Ariel into the real world is DEFINITELY something I'd support. I like that it's a way of taking a natural hair color and enhancing it for a more interesting color. It also looks really pretty styled several different ways. 
Photo courtesy of fashionplaceface.com/
People think that only really girly girls would pick pink hair, but I beg to differ. Done correctly, I think pink hair can look awesome on anyone, whether you have a more girly or edgy style. It all has to do with the cut and shade of pink. The most important thing to remember when trying out pink hair is that you HAVE to have the confidence to pull it off. With a hair color like that, you have to have the woman inside you to pull it off! 
Photo courtesy of pixgood.com/
Flashing back to this past summer is purple hair. I had a purple-brown color over the summer, but it was nowhere close to the vibrancy of this. I was honestly scared of going that bold with my hair, but I've had a pretty huge confidence boost since then, and I think I'm ready for a more intense punch of color this time. This color is absolutely gorgeous, and she pulls it off gorgeously.
Photo courtesy of glambistro.com/
Lastly is a darker blue that is just as stunning as the first one. This soft blue looks absolutely beautiful, and her hair looks soft and touchable. The cut she has looks awesome with it, and it's a more subtle way of getting that unnatural colored hair. 
Photo courtesy of raidianthair.deviantart.com/
Right now, the two colors I'm loving most are the first blue/green photo and the long, purple one. Which color is your favorite, and is there one that you'd recommend for me specifically? I'd love your input!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Morning Face Routiine

Everyone has a different face routine suited perfectly to their skin type, and mine is no different. Today I'm sharing what I do to my skin each morning to get ready to face the day.

1. Wash it
I use Misty Mountain Soap Co.'s Teen Clean face soap every morning as an acne treatment and just a cleanser. It smells like lemongrass, one of the all-natural ingredients packed into this soap. I've been using this for years after finding their shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and it's remained my favorite face wash ever since. You can find their online shop at www.mistymountainsoap.com, and you can get this face wash herehttp://www.mistymountainsoap.com/product-p/ssp08.htm
2. Acne Medication
I have had such a huge problem with acne since my preteen years, and Aczone has been one of the few products that have worked for me. It's a topical cream that my dermatologist prescribed, and I've been using it for a really long time. It's helped with my acne problems a lot, and it doesn't irritate my skin. It also goes underneath my makeup well, which is a definite plus. 
3. Foundation
My foundation is a little weird since I can't ever find a color that is perfect for my skintone, so I've started mixing two colors to get the right one for me. I use about two parts Neutrogena Shine Control Liquid Makeup in the shade Natural Beige and one part Almay Smart Shade Makeup in the shade Light/Medium. I mix these on the back of my hand and apply it evenly all over my face. It goes really well with my skin tone, and it's the best option for my face.

4. For concealer, I use Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer in the shade Fair. I use this on any blemishes I have, and being a teenager, I get my fair share. Although this is primarily made for blemishes, I also use it to hide my dark under-eye circles. It's easy to use and blends perfectly into my skin, making it look natural and clean.
5. Powder
You've probably figured out by now that I'm a Neutrogena freak, so of course I also use their powder. I use their SkinClearing Mineral Powder in the shade Classic Ivory. It has easy application that keeps my shine under control. It's definietly a must-have in my makeup routine!
6. Lastly is bronzer, which is of course another Neutrogena product. I use their Natural Radiance Bronzer, and it works perfectly. I use it on my whole face and add a little extra along my cheekbones to give them some added emphasis. It leaves me with a natural glow that looks pretty and healthy.
That's my entire morning facial routine, not accounting for the rest of my makeup because that varies greatly from day to day since I'm all about experimenting with different looks. People's skin routines change all the time, and mine has been evolving for years. How did you develop your unique skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Letter to Guys

Dear Guys That Think Makeup Is Useless,

Every morning, women layer product upon product on their faces to look pretty. Foundation, concealer, powder, blush. You name it, we've got it. Some women can spend up to an hour perfecting their makeup in the morning, as hard as that is to believe. We know the ins and outs of different brands and products and have learned exactly what techniques to use to get the desired effect.

You think we do all this for you. We don't. Believe it or not, our lives don't center around your opinions of us. We have some self-worth, you know. But if we don't wear it to please you, why do we do it?
We do it for ourselves.

There's something satisfying about looking in the mirror and thinking to yourself, "I look pretty." It's the feeling that inspires confidence and makes us feel beautiful inside and out. Looking beautiful and feeling beautiful can go hand in hand. When I put on makeup in the morning, I get a boost of energy from seeing how I look. I'm putting makeup on because that surge of energy is what gives me the confidence to go through my day without worrying about the world's criticism. I look good to me, and that's what matters. 

A huge point that my guy friends make is that women are "altering" their appearances and "deceiving" them. That is VERY far from the truth. Labeling all women that wear makeup as fake is the most ridiculous thing you could possibly do. Granted, there are some women that layer it on so intensely that they look like barbie dolls, but not every girl out there is an alien under her makeup. Girls use makeup to enhance their best features, not create new features. It's like you using hair gel to enhance your naturally curly hair. You're not changing your hair, you're enhancing it. That's what we're doing with makeup, not putting on a mask to deceive you.

So don't flatter yourself, boys. We don't care about your opinions enough to take the time to make ourselves look perfect in the morning for you, we do it for ourselves. 

-Any Girl That's Been Judged For Wearing Makeup

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Honey Lemon vs GoGo Tomago

This past weekend, I went to go see Big Hero 6 with my friend Desiree. The movie was pretty great, and it was amazingly well done. The plot was interesting, and the twists throughout the film keep you on your toes. One thing we really loved about the movie were the unique personalities of each character. Each character had a distinct personality, which made their fashion senses differ greatly from one another, especially those of Honey Lemon, the girly brainiac, and GoGo, the punkrock rebel.

First up is Honey Lemon. She is a very unusual scientist that prefers her girly style to the lab coats usually worn in the lab. In this outfit, shes rocking her classic pink-rimmed glasses with yellow shoes, trench coat, bag, and headband.The look is completed by adding some white jeggings. It's a fun look that's casual yet appropriate for daily activities, unless you're planning on rock climbing or going on nature walks. Not too fun in those heels!


Honey Lemon Style

Honey Lemon Style by malloryryan07 featuring a yellow shoulder bag
I adore GoGo's style because it's a lot like what I like to wear. Leather jacket, skate shoes, and a tee make a perfect everyday outfit! I'm not a huge fan of the athletic pants, but she manages to rock them anyway. I also love the fingerless gloves that go great with her jacket. Another thing I adore about GoGo is her hair. Colored hair is my weakness, and her black hair with purple streaks is pretty awesome. I'd consider doing that color on myself!
GoGo Style

GoGo Style by malloryryan07 featuring black leather gloves


Both of these girls have pretty interesting fashion senses, and they have the confidence to pull them off, even when some people would see them as unusual. They showcase their personalities in ways that show the world that they're their own person and aren't afraid to show it, which is what I love most about them.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Glam Bag

Hey guys! My latest Ipsy bag came in just a few days ago, and the theme is Girl Meets Glitter. I had some awesome products in this bag, not to mention the glitter theme, which I love!
I'm starting with my favorite product this time, Elizabeth Mott's You're So Fine liquid eyeliner. This product is absolutely amazing, and it's by far the best liquid eyeliner I've ever used. It's fast drying, so I never smudge it after applying. It's also waterproof, and I always prefer waterproof eyeliner since my eyes water a lot, which makes it smear like crazy if it isn't. It allows me to create a more precise line than I usually can, and the intense black line is defined and bold. I can even use it on my bottom lid, which I usually am unable to do with liquid liner. 
 Next up is some S/B Highlighter by TEMPTU. I've mainly used this to highlight my cheekbones to give my face a brighter look overall, and I've been pleased with it. It has a natural shimmer that's really pretty, and it blends with my skintone easily. I don't have much use for this product, so it isn't something I'd buy again. It's just a nice change every once in a while. 
I love pretty much anything with argan oil in it, so when I found this bottle of Marc Anthony Moroccan Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray in my bag, I was pretty excited. It's always been the best thing for my hair, and I get a nice, natural shine when using it. This product is excellent for holding my style all day, and it keeps my flyaways in check. It also has a great scent that I absolutely love. Easily one of my favorite products this month!
 This product is Be a Bombshell's Eye Base in Submissive and was another high point in this bag. Be a Bombshell has become one of my favorite makeup brands since I've become an Ipsy user, and this didn't disappoint. I've been using it beneath my usual eyeshadow to give it a more bright look, and the rich tone accents my eye well. With the subtle shimmer in this base, it really makes the rest of your makeup stand out better, especially my eyeliner. It can even be used alone as a more natural yet stunning look.
This last product came as a bit of a surprise. J. Cat Beauty's Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion was a bit of a shot in the dark for me since I usually go bold on my eyes rather than lips, and with this lip color, you have to go bold. When I was opening my Ipsy bag on the day I received it, I squirted a bit on the back of my hand to check out the color, and it looked like blood. I didn't have high expectations, but I decided to try it anyway. It took SEVERAL attempts, but I finally managed to achieve a perfect lip color with this that I loved. It was very difficult to achieve because the color is so strongly pigmented that if I used more than a drop, my lips will be incredibly dark, which isn't a good look on me. I ended up loving this despite the rich color, and I've been using it quite a bit since darker lip colors are big during this time of year. 
This Ipsy bag was definitely a success, and I'm VERY happy with the array of products I received! To sign up for your monthly Ipsy bag, check them out at ipsy.com. Remember, none of my Ipsy posts are sponsored. I pay for them myself, and my opinions are not influenced by Ipsy in any way. Have an awesome week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Raglan Sleeves and OOTDs

It's the final day of the 12 Day Blogger Challenge, and I'm ending it with an OOTD that is a bit of a follow up to yesterday's post on trends. The third trend on my list was the raglan sleeve trend, and today I'm showing you my favorite top with these sleeves.
 I've never worn my glasses for an OOTD before, but since I'd just finished watching a movie and happened to be wearing them, I decided to try it out today. I got this top a few weeks ago from Zumiez because of the awesome sleeves. Not only are they raglan style, but they're lace! I love lace in everything, and mixing it with this trend was perfect for me. I also adore the colors! Purple is my favorite fall/winter color, and the sleeves are a beautiful burgundy color while the shirt is a dark grey. I paired it with my crown of thorns necklace from Never Take It Off's Andy Biersack collection to complete the look!


That's it for the 12 Days of Blogging challenge! I'd like to give a special thanks to Amy from stylestorms.blogspot.com for creating the challenge! I've had a blast participating and would recommend all of my fellow bloggers to try it out! I have the details in my first 12 Days of Blogging Challenge post, so head over there to participate yourself! To view all of my posts during this challenge, click here and have a browse through the series. Happy blogging!