Saturday, September 20, 2014

Never Take It Off

Hey guys! As some of you know, I'm really crazy about music. In fact, most of the things I wear are band-related, but most of it doesn't make it on to the blog. One of my favorite bands is Black Veil Brides, and while stalking their lead singer Andy Biersack's Twitter page (don't tell me you've never done that), I came across a link to his jewelry collection over at NeverTakeItOff.com. Never take it off hosts jewelry collections for popular artists. NTIO decided to send me two pieces from Andy's collection to review for you, so let's get started!

The name Never Take It Off comes from their bracelets. They have a large collection of tie-on bracelets that once put on should stay on until it falls off. There are three rules of NTIO's bracelets: 

  1. Before tying it on, you must pick a vow or write one for yourself.
  2. Then close your eyes and say it out loud or in your head.
  3. Cross your heart, tie the knots, and Never Take It Off.

I was sent the Sanctus II bracelet from Andy's line, and I love that the small design that isn't extremely noticeable, which is desirable when it'll be on constantly. It has a subtle elegance that I love, and once it falls off, Never Take It Off supplies threads to replace the broken one here. I feel like the piece really captures the essence of Andy and what his style represents.


I chose one of the traditional Never Take It Off oaths and one of the Andy Biersack oaths for my bracelet.
The traditional Never Take It Off vow is:
"I can be a trendsetter instead of following the crowd of zombies."
The Andy Biersack vow is:
"Proud to be different
Strange with a soul
I will be passionate
I can achieve my dreams
I wear black to protect my heart
I found love in chaos"

This item is the Stigmata necklace, also from Andy's collection. It has a black lace chain with a crown of thorns ring attached. You can wear this as a necklace with the ring on the lace chain, or you can wear the crown alone as a ring. It's a very elegant piece that goes with a wide variety of outfits, and it's something a lot of people can relate to. As you can see in the photo below, this piece was inspired by Andy's tattoo of an Indian wearing this crown.

That's it for this post! I absolutely love the unique sense of style the pieces portray, and they have some many more fantastic pieces! Check out NTIO on Twitter, Facebook, Deviantart, Instagram, and YouTube for special offers and new products! Their other artists and lines are for Warped Tour, Juliet Simms, Taylor Jardine, Spencer Chamberlain, Jess Bowen, Danny WorsnopSierra Kay, Charities, Love, Mystic, and NTIO Classics.

Although this is a sponsored post, this review is in no way influenced by Never Take It Off. All of my opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday to the 90's!

Hey guys! It's homecoming week at my school, and today's theme was Throwback Thursday. I wanted to pick a decade that was really unique but still chic for the present-day. I decided to go for a 90's look that captured the grunge of a 90's teenager while mixing it with today's fashions.

I started this look with a graphic tank. This came from Forever 21, and I love the old-school vibe and, of course, the fact that it has the Avengers! Tanks were huge in the 90's, especially ones with fun graphics, so I felt like this was a good way to start the look.
Next, I layered the tank with an army-green jacket from Wet Seal. This is one of my favorite jackets because I love the color and laid-back style it adds to any outfit. You saw a lot of army-style jackets in the 90's, so I took that color and mixed it with a modern-style jacket to put my own twist on the look.

One of my favorite parts to this look are my Top Moda combat boots that I ordered from Amazon. I've been looking for an excuse to break out these shoes for ages, but the summer weather just hasn't given me an opportunity until now! Combat boots are one of the best parts of 90's fashion, and they're really trending right now, too! To complete the look, I added some light-wash skinny jeans from Wet Seal. I usually wear darker jeans, but I'm really liking this look, so I'd like to start incorporating them into my daily outfits more often!


That's it for my Throwback Thursday! I really like this outfit for any day, and now that I've done some research on 90's fashion, I'm thinking I might like to try out some more ideas I've found! 

I'd like to end this post with a question for you: What's your favorite style decade? Are you digging trends from the 70's or 80's, or do you prefer to keep your style in 2014? Drop a comment below telling me how you're rocking styles from any decade!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Glam Bag 2

Hey guys! This month's Glam Bag marks a full year of Glam Bags for me! I've been using Ipsy's monthly service since September of last year, and my bags keep getting better and better! I'd like to take a moment to thank Ipsy for their amazing service, and I can't wait for my next year of products!

This month's bag is called Street Style, and it preps your beauty routine for the transition from Summer to Fall. There are some fantastic Fall products in this bag, and the thing I'd like to start with is the bag! The bag designs themselves are amazing, and I've honestly kept every single makeup bag they've sent me over this past year. They're always so chic and go really well with the theme of the bag!
To begin my product reviews, I'll start with an eyeshadow brush by Crown Brush. This is their Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush, and it's a dual-ended brush that can be used for looks that have a simple basis or a more in-depth look. I love the soft fibers used in this brush because it makes it much easier on your eyelids and generally has a better overall turnout. You can use this brush dry for an everyday look or wet the tip for a detailed nighttime look.


Next, I'd like to address the only downfall of this bag, the Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser. Ipsy sent me a lotion by Nourish Organic in my October bag last year that I didn't like, and this product really didn't change my opinion on the brand. It was an okay cleanser, but I hated the smell yet again. Even though I'm a lover of natural products, this one just wasn't for me.
Next up is one of my favorite beauty products in the book: Eyeliner. I use eyeliner every day because I love the definition it adds to my looks. The eyeliner I received in this bag was Pacifica's Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe. Ipsy introduced me to Pacifica a few months ago, and I've been in love with it ever since. Their products are always highlights in my Glam Bags, and this was no exception. This liner had soft lead for easy application and a bold color. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the fact that the liner is in brown rather than black. I've always felt like black looks better on my eyes.
Next it Alterna Haircare's Caviar CC Cream 10-in-One Complete Correction. This is a hair cream that can be applied to damp or dry hair before styling. The solitary formula has ten useful benefits:

  1. Moisture
  2. Shine
  3. Smoothness
  4. Softness
  5. UV Protection
  6. Manageability
  7. Strength
  8. Anti-Breakage
  9. Heat Protection
  10. Light Hold
The product completely delivered, and my hair looked exactly how I needed it to after I dried it. I'll certainly be using this again!
Lastly, we have my favorite item in this bag. This is Hikari's Lipstick in the shade Cabernet. This deep red is a perfect transition color from the pale shades of summer to the deep, luscious lip colors worn in the fall and winter months. The color lasts a long time and doesn't dry your lips out. I'll be wearing this color nonstop in the coming months!
That's it for this Glam Bag! To purchase your own monthly Ipsy subscription, head over to ipsy.com and sign up. I'd like to remind you that this is not a sponsored post. I pay for my monthly bags myself, and I have no agreement with Ipsy! All of my opinions are my own :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Polyvore With Landry

Hey guys! I know it's been quite a while since my last post, and that's because I've been on study overdrive for the past week. I'm taking the ACT for the first time tomorrow, and I'm pretty nervous, so I've really been hitting the textbooks. I'm excited about it, but I'm definitely pretty nervous.

I decided to fit in a quick post tonight since it's due time you guys had something new, and something earlier today presented the perfect opportunity. It's been ages since I've done a Polyvore outfit post, and my younger cousin Landry was begging me to let her make a few sets. Our theme for these sets was dressy, so all of these are relatively formal and can be used on dressier occasions. These are a few that we made together and published to my Polyvore profile. To see my previous sets, check out my profile at mbbamagirl.polyvore.com.
Prom Time: By Landry


modcloth.com



yslbeautyus.com

Red Carpet Ready: By Landry


bpdress.com



$50 - cute.si


marissacollections.com


charlottetilbury.com


narscosmetics.com

Summer Sweetheart


ustrendy.com


splendid.com




neimanmarcus.com

She's such a little fashionista :) Loves stealing my hoodies too!



That's it for this post! I hope you enjoyed, and hopefully I can get back on track with posting after I get this test finished tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Beauty Tag

Hey guys! One of my fellow bloggers, Rachel from rachforthestarsx.blogspot.ie, did the beauty tag on her blog a couple of days ago (link to her post here), and ever since then, I've been reading other people's beauty tag posts! It's so interesting to see how our beauty routines vary! I decided to do the beauty tag myself, so here we go!
What's your current favorite foundation?
I love Yaby's concealer in Buff. It's the closest color I can find to match my skin tone, and it blends perfectly! It's very light and fits my needs perfectly.

How About Concealer?
I use Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer in Fair. Believe it or not, this can also be used under your eyes! It works wonders on dark circles.

Do you use a primer? If so, which one?
I don't use primer.

Strip or individual lashes?
I prefer mascara, but if I had to choose, I'd say strip.

Lipstick or lipgloss?
Lipgloss all the way! I like the shine and natural look.

What's your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
I adore NYX cosmetics. Their Love In Paris eyeshadow palette is my go-to makeup palette.

Cream or powder blush?
I've always used powder. Cream always looks more unnatural than powder for some reason. I also have fairly oily skin, so powder works best for me.

You're only allowed one makeup product for the rest of your life. What would it be?
Believe it or not, powder! I have problems with shine, and it makes me look more alert.

Pencil or powder to fill in your brows?
I have really thick brows naturally, so I usually don't use either, but when I do, I always go for powder. It's easier to get that really full look.

What's the best makeup tip you've ever heard?
When applying undereye concealer, don't just do a line under your eye. Use the triangle. It gives better coverage and looks better overall.

How long do you spend doing your makeup for a night out?
Maybe 20-25 minutes. Long enough to get that perfect smokey eye!

Is there any makeup product/tool that you don't use?
I don't use eyelash curlers. I've found that mascara does the job for me.

You're given $10 to spend only in Boots. What do you buy?
Lipgloss! You can never go wrong there!

What's your favorite eyeshadow?
I really love the shade Creep from the Naked palette by Urban Decay. The dark tone looks perfect for filling in a crease.

Would you ever consider getting permanent makeup?
Wow, I'm embarassed to say that I didn't know this was a thing! But definitely no. There's always that possibility I'll end up hating it. Also, I love changing up my makeup routine! Trying new things is always fun!

I tag Olivia from ollynash.blogspot.ieKatie from beautybycaitlin.comand lastly, I tag all of my lovely blogger/vlogger readers out there! Any of you who try this post out for yourselves, make sure you leave a link in the comments to your post so I can check it out!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Matte Nail Polish DIY

Hey guys! I was thinking earlier this week that it's been way too long since I've done a DIY post, and I've decided to turn that around! It's mani Monday, and today I decided to DIY my own matte nail polish in one of my favorite colors, turquoise.
This is a really easy DIY, and It doesn't take too much time to do. All you need is a toothpick or wooden stirrer, cornstarch, parchment paper, and nail polish (I used a shade by Zoya). Put some cornstarch and nail polish on the parchment paper and mix them together with the stirrer or toothpick. Don't make it too thick, or it won't spread across your nail smoothly. You don't want clumpy polish.


Apply the polish to each nail. I had to use two coats on my nails because the color wasn't dark enough with one coat since it was mixed with the cornstarch.
Once you finish, make sure it dries completely. The color and matte effect won't show fully until they're dried. It'll give you a really neat, matte look that's fun and unique.

That's it for this DIY! I hope you guys liked it, and let me know how this works for you in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Claire's Temporary Hair Color Fail

Last Saturday, Me and my friend Sky were messing around at the mall being crazy teenage girls. We decided to go in Claire's to look around because Claire's always has some fun little inexpensive thing to do. We found some temporary hair dye that looked pretty promising, so we grabbed a bottle of the blue dye and headed home to try it out. 
The six dollar price tag probably should've been a hint, but I tried it out first on a piece near the bottom of my head. The instructions said to apply the dye to the portion of your hair you wanted to color and to let it dry. The goopy substance didn't show up whatsoever on my brown hair, but putting that aside, I wouldn't have liked it if it had showed up because of the horrible texture of my hair once the dye had dried! My hair felt hard, sticky, and gross even when it had fully dried. No matter how much I brushed my hair, it stuck together and wouldn't budge. It felt and looked like your hair does after a long swim in chlorinated water- tangled, brittle, and the opposite of what healthy hair should look and feel like. 
I give this product the lowest rating possible. The product didn't do what it was supposed to and left me wanting to wash my hair instantly. Talk about a fail! Thank goodness it was only temporary and washed out in one wash! Have you tried another brand of temporary hair dye that you like? Let me know in the comments below!