Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Go-To Pixie Cut Styling Gel

When I first got my pixie cut, the first thing I did was fly to Target and buy the first hair gel I laid eyes on. Luckily, that ended up being Garnier Fructis' Pure Clean Finishing Paste. It was a pretty great introduction for me into the wide world of hair gel, and it's an amazingly multipurpose product for any hair type and length.
I'd like to say that I apply this properly on my wet hair after a shower before I dry it, but let's be honest, I'm way too lazy to dry my hair every time I wash it, so it generally ends up being used right as I'm styling it. I use this product for nearly every style. It works when I want a fun, voluminous look, a messy, piecey 'do, or a sleek, asymmetrical style. It has a really strong hold, and I'm always left with a really long-lasting finish. It's really inexpensive, no more than five dollars at any retailer, and you barely have to use any, so you're getting some huge bang for your buck. Plus, the smell is pretty great. It has that really fresh, clean scent that I've come to associate with Garnier Fructis products, which is always my favorite when it comes to hair products.

It works really well for long hair as well. Whenever I buy a new beauty product, my mom stealing it is inevitable. She tries out everything I buy, and this has been one of her favorites. She has really layered hair that reaches just past her shoulders, and her many layers often get frizzy. She sneaks- or tries to sneak- this out of my room while I'm asleep in the mornings and never fails to wake me up (aren't teenagers meant to sleep in during summer?). It gives definition to her layers, adds pieciness to her bangs, and tames flyaways.
Have you ever tried this hair gel? What's your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Find Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste on Amazon here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

21 Day Fashion Challenge: Week 3

This week of the 21 Day Fashion Challenge really forced me to go outside my comfort zone, and I've rediscovered so many amazing pieces that I'd forgotten about!

Monday: Go Big or Go Home
This was a classic Monday for me: exhausted and really not feeling like dressing up, so for Go Big or Go Home, I went with the literal sense and wore an oversized band tee. I added a loose-fitting jacket, skinny jeans, and Vans for this laid-back look.

Tuesday: Opposites Attract
For the theme Opposites Attract, I went with a classic black-and-white color scheme. The top is from Zumiez, and I paired it with my black skinnies and combat boots for a simple look. 

Wednesday: Southern Trends
For southern trends, I pulled out a pair of boots from the back of my closet that haven't seen the light of day for years and paired them with one of my favorite shirts. It's far more southern than I would normally wear, but it was fun to experiment with a look that differs so much from my day-to-day outfits.

Thursday: Throwback Thursday
For Throwback Thursday, I grabbed my favorite old school white Converse and added a sleeveless plaid button-down to give my look a slight 80s grunge vibe. I also added more blush along my cheekbones, much in the same way that was popular during the 80s, to complete my look.

Friday: Dress Up Your Friday Jeans
I dressed up my Friday jeans with this button-up and accessorized with fleur-de-lis earrings and a silver necklace. I also pulled out a pair of black Bobs that I haven't worn in years to complete the look!
That's it for this week! Bloggers, remember to submit your posts to The Made Thing's linkup here, and for everyone else participating, remember to use the tag #21dayfashion on Instagram and Twitter to show us your daily ensembles!

Here are next week's themes:
  • Vintage Vixen
  • Polished
  • Bright and Happy
  • Accessory Focus
  • Final Day- Have Fun!
I can't wait to see what you come up with! Check back here next Saturday for my final addition to the 21 Day Fashion Challenge series!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jetsetter Glam Bag

This month's Ipsy bag has one purpose in mind- to take your look from Casual Chic to Jetsetter. It's chock-full of bright colors and products sure to get you well on your way to getting that bold, adventurous look you dream about.
This first product is a must for any makeup guru- a brow pencil. This pencil is by Chella, and it's in the shade Tantalizing Taupe. I'm normally more inclined to use powders to fill in my brows because most brow pencils seem to be too dark whereas I can layer shadows easier to get a more natural look. This pencil really surprised me in a great way, and the color was so much better than I could have hoped for. It glides on easily, and it doesn't give me a harsh finish. Easily the best brow pencil I've ever used!
Second in this bag is Balanced Guru's Style Me Hair Oil. I'm a hair fanatic, and I always have been, so I'm always looking to try new products to keep my hair as healthy as possible. This hair oil worked well, and it gave my hair good frizz protection and shine, but it struck me as pretty average. There wasn't anything too special about it, and the only reason I would buy it again over another product is due to the sole reason that it's organic, which is definitely a plus for me. Overall, it worked well, but it wasn't a stand-out product for me.
This next item was among my favorites in this month's bag. Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands, and I was very excited to see samples of their Failbait and Bittersweet lip glosses along with a multipurpose lip primer pencil. The primer pencil worked like a charm, and my lipstick stayed smudge-free for hours after application. The glosses were also pretty amazing, both of the colors being right up my alley. Definitely a highlight in this bag!
Next is another item from one of my favorite brands, Jesse's Girl. This is their Pure Pigment Eye Dust in the shade Brown Sugar, and it was another highlight in this month's bag. I love a good matte shadow, and this really delivered for me. The color can be used to create both natural and nighttime looks depending on how it's layered, and it gives a gorgeous finish that lasts all day.
The final item in this month's glam bag was a bottle of Nuxe Makeup Remover and Facial Cleansing Gel. My least favorite item this month, this cleanser didn't really do much for me. It seemed alright as a cleanser, but in terms of a makeup remover, it did next to nothing to remove my liquid eyeliner, and I had to use my usual makeup remover afterwards to get it all off. The smell is horrible, and I just wouldn't recommend it.
This month's bag was a winner in my book, and you can sign up for your own $10 monthly bags at ipsy here! Remember, I pay for all of my monthly glam bags myself, and I am not in any way influenced by ipsy. All of my opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

21 Day Fashion Challenge: Week 2

Week two of the 21 Day Fashion Challenge is up! With only two weeks to go, let's see what pieces I pulled from the depths of my wardrobe this week.

Monday: Your Inner Preppy Gal
This theme was a bit of a challenge for me as my style leans more towards the grunge end of the spectrum, but after much deliberation, I settled on this peach tank layered with a laid-back grey cardigan. I paired these with my skinny jeans and Vans for a simple, fun look. To top off this outfit, I added a charming bracelet that I picked up at Lucy Rose boutique in New Orleans last year and a geometric necklace from Son of a Sailor.

 Tuesday: Monochromatic
When I saw this theme, I was practically jumping for joy. I wear at least a bit of black most every day, and today was the day I could play around with my favorite shade! I paired this darling Hot Topic sweater with some skinny jeans, then added my black combat boots to complete the look. This is a very "me" outfit, and I felt amazing it in.

Wednesday: Shine and Shimmer
For the theme Shine and Shimmer, I dug this glittery raglan top out from the back of my closet that I had all but forgotten about and added my combat boots again and a pair of black skinnies. Since there was already a lot going on in my top, I went light on the accessories, adding only a pair of black stud earrings and a silver and gold bracelet.
Thursday: Summer Gal
Ah, finally time to welcome that warm weather! I decided on a minimalist feel for this outfit, and this cream-colored tank with gold buttons perfectly portrayed that. For the rest of the outfit, I went with some dark Old Navy jeans and Vans for a simple, girly finish.

Friday: Stripes All The Day
 This outfit has been one of my favorites in the 21 Day Fashion Challenge yet. This open-back striped top is stunning, and paired with black skinny jeans and combat boots, it perfectly adds elements of both femininity and grunge to my look.
Are you participating in the challenge yet? Get invoved by posting your daily outfits across your social media channels with the tag #21dayfashion, and bloggers, remember to submit your weekly articles to The Made Thing's Saturday roundups! 

Check out the themes for next week:
  • Go Big or Go Home!
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Southern Trends
  • Opposites Attract
  • Dress Up Your Friday Jeans
I can't wait to see your daily ensembles, and check out the rest of the lovely bloggers participating in the challenge at this week's roundup over at The Made Thing!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beachy Blue Eyeshadow Tutorial

Summer is quickly approaching, and one of my favorite summer must-haves is a good go-to makeup look! Today, I'm sharing a stunning eye makeup tutorial fit for any summer occasion using only a sample palette by Costal Scents, an eye primer by MicaBeauty Cosmetics, a Smashbox mascara, and an Emerald eyeliner pencil also from Smashbox.

Colors: Top right- Viridian Green, top left- Regalia Purple, bottom right- Mauve, bottom left- Polar Bear
First, I'm taking my MicaBeauty Cosmetics eye primer and spreading it across my upper and lower lids.
Next, cover your entire lid with a white shadow (Polar Bear in this palette), going all the way up to the brow bone.
Now, apply Viridian Green or a similar teal shade to your crease and Regalia Purple or a deep navy shadow to your outer crease.

For the rest of your lid, take Mauve or another shimmery peachy shade to the rest of your lid and blend using a fluffy brush.

Your blended colors should look like this- soft but still noticeably blue. Try going for a bit of an ombre look across your crease, flowing from the dark blue on your outer crease to the teal inside corner.
Now, take a flat eyeliner brush and lightly apply Viridian Green or your chosen teal shade to your outer lashline. Then, apply Emerald by Smashbox or another dark teal eyeliner to your outer waterline and thinly line your entire top lashline.


Finally, add a coat of black mascara, and you're done!

This has been one of my favorite makeup looks recently, and I've gotten loads of compliments on its subtle blue, summery tones. This tutorial would also look stunning with different shades of green or purple! If you decide to give it a shot, make sure to tag me on Twitter or Instagram at @chromobeauty!


**I paid for all of the products mentioned in today's post myself; this article was not in any way influenced by the mentioned brands. All of my opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

21 Day Fashion Challenge: Week One

It's here- the first weekly recap of the 21 Day Fashion Challenge! Today, I'm sharing my outfits from the past week, all of them fitting the themes mentioned in my original post here

Sunday: Sunday Statement
For my first theme, I chose to make a statement with this open-back top. I really love the criss-cross design on the back, and paired with jeans and black Vans, it's a simple yet sophisticated outfit to begin the week.

Monday: Your Favorite Piece
I have about a zillion different pieces that could be deemed as my favorite, so I decided to combine two of my favorite pieces, a pair of black and white floral Vans and a pink button-down blouse, to create the perfect look.

Tuesday: Something You Wear a Lot
This is a really good example of an everyday outfit for me- a Hot Topic sweater, Wet Seal skinnies, and Top Moda combat boots. It has a perfectly-placed pop of color, and I accessorized with a matching Batman earring and necklace set.

Wednesday: An Outfit That Reflects a Memory
I normally wouldn't wear similar button-downs twice in one week, but with this theme, I just couldn't resist. This Mariposa Couture top brings back so many memories for me. The company that sent it to me, Mariposa Couture, was one of my first collaborations since starting ChromoBeauty, and I also wore this top the first time I interviewed a boutique owner. It's very sleek and laid-back, and I'm wearing it with the same Vans from Monday.

Thursday: Power Outfit
This outfit screams power from the rooftops. I had a theatre performance on the night that I wore this, so I had to make sure it was professional enough to appear on stage in while standing out from the crowd completely. I layered a basic purple tee and a black button-down (seeing a trend here?) and paired them with these amazing leggings from Forever 21. I accessorized with a pair of simple black stud earrings and a necklace from Spencers.

Friday: Gussy up a Tshirt
Of every outfit noted in today's post, this one is by far my favorite. I took my favorite Breakfast Club graphic tee and layered it beneath a light-wash denim jacket to contrast from the dark tee and black jeans. For a final touch, I added my white high top All Stars and some rose dangle earrings from Claire's.
I'm having a ball with this challenge, and it isn't too late to join in! Bloggers, follow the instructions in my original post and submit your recaps to The Made Thing's weekly linkup! If you aren't a blogger but would still like to join in on the fun, post daily OOTD photos across your social media channels tagged #21dayfashion!

Next week's themes are:
  • Your inner preppy gal
  • Monochromatic
  • Shine & Shimmer
  • Summer gal
  • Stripes all the day
Check back here on Saturday for next week's recap, and check out the other amazing blogs participating in the challenge by visiting this week's linkup over on The Made Thing!