Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 2014 Favorites!

1.Leather and gold cuff from Forever 21: I bought this recently because I used to have three smaller leather bracelets from F21 with silver studs and I LOVED them so much and they lasted a while until I lost them one by one. So I got this replacement right before Christmas and I've fallen in love again! I wore these probably 25/31days!

2. Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion: Can I just say that this is THE BEST body lotion I've used in a LOOONNNG time?? I should also stipulate that I've exclusively been using the Jergens lotions for like the past 2 or 3 years...I'm not really sure why because this is cheaper AND more moisturizing!

3.  Moonlight Path from Bath and Body Works: This smells heavenly. That's the only way I can describe it: Heavenly. I have it on right now and to be more descriptive its smells like baby powder or lotion. It's a really soft smell that's perfect for my migraines, but the hand lotion is very strong. I mean like you won't smell anything else for a while!

4. My water bottle(which has seen better days!): I was feeling parched all the time so I've been trying to drink nothing but water lately and I think I did pretty good this month because this went everywhere with me! except the bathroom...that's pretty gross. :p

5. NYX Glide-On Pencil in Gun Metal: It's beautiful and stays on for a long long long time which I did not expect at all! I really like that it's not black, it changes your look up a bit.

6. The Neighbourhood: I heard Sweater Weather on the radio a couple times then watched a live performance on Youtube and heard Let it Go...then I proceeded to fall in love with Jesse Rutherford's voice hahaha!

7. These were my favorite lyrics this month, which you saw if you follow me on Instagram!

8. Divergent: I saw the movie, loved the movie, loved Theo James and his face..also his back! hahaha
Divergent (2014) Poster
That's it for standout favorites this month what about you?? Let me know in the comments!


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Skincare Essentials and Favorites

Currently there is snow on the ground as I write this but eff it, I’m talking about spring today!
So you might have noticed that I’m slightly obsessed with skincare so when I think spring, I think of vibrant and refreshing skincare products to try so I thought I would share with you my list/wishlist for this skincare products!

1. Noxzema Classic Cleanser—It tingles in the best way possible! I bought this about two months ago, and I use it almost every morning, and it’s amazing!! :)

2. Aqua Glycolic Facial Cleanser
 (58 reviews 4.4/5 Stars on 
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3. Aveeno Foaming Cleanser, Ultra-Calming 
(108 reviews 4.2/5 Stars on
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1. St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub—I have this! I love it and it’s so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling refreshed!

2. Boots No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator
 (34 reviews 4.8/5 Stars on
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3. Tree Hut Body Scrub, Brazilian Nut—This looks/sounds so luxurious!!
(60 reviews 4.9/5 Stars on
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1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

2. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream 
(128 reviews 4.8/5 star on
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3. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 
(600, SIX HUNDRED!! Reviews and 4.7/5
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I hope you guys liked the post!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spot Treatments: Face Masks

Let's be honest, Benzoyl Peroxide is basically hit or miss....I think it works but it's more of a subtle and eventual overall effect rather than an over night effect.

What does have an overnight effect?? Face masks. Specifically clay based ones.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask, Avocado & Oatmeal
Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask
With those particularly annoying breakouts that seem to pop up at the most inopportune moments, I just apply a dab of the mask right on top of the pimple and let it dry then I go to bed.

What it does: It dries out the pimple and noticeably shrinks it! Not to the point where it disappears ( hahaha it's not magic!) but I think it tends to work better than BP on an emergency basis.

But I also use this very rarely since it is so drying...I wouldn't want to use it repeatedly and then have negative effects.

What do you think about Benzoyl Peroxide?

That's it for today, Thanks for reading!!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Friday Delights: Zaytinya

This Friday my best friend Selin and I went to Zaytinya, a highly rated restaurant in Washington, DC for a little end of spring break fun :)

I didn't take too many pictures but Selin the instagram addict of course had to shoot all the food!

It was delicious and the food was amazing so definitely go if you live in the metro Dc area!

Also legit every time I try to spell Zaytinya I spell it Zayntinya...hahaha I may or may not think Zayn Malik is beautiful.

I also saw Divergent and LOVED it! I don't want to watch the next two because I cant handle it! But isn't Theo James PERFECT?? #addicted

And here's my face! :)

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!
 It's a bit different but I think it's fun!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Shoes: Wishlist/ Obsessions

Put a spring in your step!

I’ve yet to blog about my shoe sickness—which is shocking if any of you have seen my shoe board on Pinterest—but as part of my excitement for Spring...even though winter is clinging on *rolling my eyes*...I've decided to share some of my favorite shoes with you guys!

I loooove Polyvore, and I have for a while now but if you check out my page you'll notice that I just recently published my first couple sets..and it was to share with you guys!

I had a great time making these, and they're all under $50 because let's be honest, normal college sophomores can't afford $100 much as I would love to blow my paycheck, I'm trying out the whole responsibility thing and yeah so sucks! :(

hahaha enjoy the sets guys!
Sandal Favorites for Spring

Cute Athletic-ish Shoes for Spring

Pump Favorites for Spring

Flats for Spring!

Spring Wedge Favorites!

Spring Wedge Favorites! by marilynmarinad featuring cork wedge shoes

I hope you guys liked this! It's a bit of a different format than usual and it took me all morning! 

Comment with your favorites!

Have a great week!



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mini Haul: NYX/BH Cosmetics

Hey guys! How was your week??

Mine was filled with a 6 page paper on medieval lit, and waiting for my NYX and BH Cosmetics orders to come in! I love shopping online, but I hate paying for shipping, and waiting to receive the items...hahaha so basically I just love paying for things online!

So a week ago..or two at this point I can't even remember when I made the order! I bought these lovelies from both websites:

I had to play with the lighting a bit to get capture what it really looks like!
Slide On Pencil: Total dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners! and about half the price!! I want them ALL! It's super smooth and glides on easily. The gray color is beautiful and creates a nice softer look with spring coming up! It's not overly metallic so it's perfect for daytime with just a nude eye and some mascara. Or even on the bottom waterline with a smokier lid!

Sex Bomb/ Adorable Palette: I love these little palettes! I bought the
Smokey palette in December and his has this wonderful dark blue that I love so I also got these two! Sex Bomb caught my eye because of that red! Unfortunately I swatched it and it was very peachy :( Oh wells it's still a pretty color! Adorable just looked super natural and cute because of that pink which I haven't swatched but I'm scared because pinks do not tend to work on my skin....fingers crossed for that one!

Jumbo Lip Pencil: so lately I've had this like intense want to have super dark lips. So I ordered this pencil (It's actually a pencil and lipstick in one) and holyyyy is it MAROON! It's a dark browney-red but it still looks very much like a red lip. It would look great and dramatic with smokey eyes and a bit of lip gloss in a similar shade. 

Pop Art Brushes: They're so cute!! This is obviously super first impression, but they're really soft and seem sturdy! The colors are absolutely gorgeous, but they're definitely small brushes so don't expect a giant fluffy powder brush (In fact, the brush with the lightest pink handle is the powder brush). I with they were bigger bigger but their adorable!

M-Tip: Wash you're brushes before using them! You don't know where they've been....well unless you do then go for it! ;) haha

Tropical Matte Palette: I have been wanting this palette foreeeever! I just think it's such a good mix of colors for day and night! Some of the colors actually seem a bit shimmery already so I don't know if I'll be purchasing shimmer version. Pigment; BEAUTIFUL! My sister purchased a palette from Ebay because we'd heard that they're basically the same thing but every color came out matter how much either of us packed on so either she got a particularly horrible product..or there is a difference with the brand names..

Sorry I don't have swatch photos! Dorm lighting+not so great camera= not very much color pickup

That's it for today! What are your favorite NYX and BH Cos. products? 

Happy Sunday!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Acne Journey: My Acne Triggers

Long time no see!

Today I want to talk about the different things that cause acne for me and my family members. So one Google search will tell you that scientifically there's nothing to say that the things you eat has an effect on acne.

Well, according to my face, my mother's face, and my brother's face, that's so not true it's funny!

M-Tip: A HUUUGE part of the journey to healthier skin is recognizing what causes your breakouts and staying away from them.

Now obviously, you can't avoid all triggers (premenstrual and hormonal breakouts) but learning what your controllable triggers are and keeping an eye on them will save you and your skin a lot of grief!

I have found that my diet (daily eating habits) has an enormous impact on my skin, different foods affect me differently and sometimes not at all.

Dietary Trigger: PEANUTS! Not nuts in general, just Peanuts specifically.

 Now I don't know why this is (as with most  of these things), but I'm guessing I may have a very mild allergy. I figured this out because my mom kept talking about how much she loves peanuts, but they used to make break her out a lot. I, of course, was like "Yeah whatever the internet said food doesn't affect acne!" That was until I ate a bunch of peanuts as a snack one day in high school and my skin was honestly bumpier than a mountain range! It was crazy and I definitely have stayed away from them. At first I thought it was all nuts but I've done some experimenting with Almonds and Walnuts I didn't get any more breakouts that than usual so Nutella and Banana Nut Muffins are always on the table!

I also eat peanut butter only when my cravings are thiiiiisss close to killing me. I'm thinking about trying almond butter...thoughts?

Cosmetic Trigger: FRAGRANCE

Almost everything I use on my face is fragrance free because 1. I get migraines preetttyy easily, and 2. Fragranced cosmetics for me are like asking for a round of acne that will take months to clear up....NO THANK YOU! Scented lotions, and scrubs are an absolute no no.

Skincare Product Trigger: SPF

In my attempts to keep my skin looking nice and prevent new scaring, I bought the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 35 and wore it every day under my makeup. WORST IDEA EVER! My face went crazzyyyyyy and I knew it wasn'y anything because it was the only new product I was using. I've had this experience with a lot of SPF facial products except for the Covergirl Queen All-Day Flawless Foundation. I've been using it since September and so far so good!

**I actually need some recommendations for a moisturizer with SPF that wont break me out, so help plz!?

Lifestyle Trigger: DEHYDRATION

I have to drink water more than anything else, plain and simple! I feel like water clears out my system and my skin always looks a little less gray and rough when I've been keeping up with my water intake.

Extra triggers from my family:

Washing your face too often, Butter, Processed cheese (Easy Mac), and STRESS

That's my schpeel for today, I have a NYX Haul coming up soon!

Sorry about last week, I had two midterms, which I think should be called quarterterms but anyway, and life kinda got crazy but I'm back!

Have a nice day/night and I will see you next time!


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

FIRST IMPRESSION: The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

Happy Thursday guys!

Just a quickie post for you guys today! 
Yeaahhh definitely not to scale!

Last Sunday I ordered The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion from Amazon and I got it on Tuesday. So far I've only used it twice but here is my first impression:

Product description from The Body Shop: "A light, non-oily moisturizing lotion for blemished skin. For use after your Tea Tree cleansing regime."

Smell: ★★★ It's little strong, especially when I first opened it. But when I put it on the smell vanishes, so it's all good after that.

Texture: ★★★★ Super smooth! It has the consistency of a 10% Benzoil Peroxide ointment (gaaah I hate that word!) It's also very cooling and feels very thin and light. 

★★★★★ Super easy to apply! It goes on smoothly and does not dry to quickly which is a plus in my book! Although I wouldn't exactly call it "moisturizing" it's not drying at all so it works great for my oily skin.

★★ I bought this for $11 and its a 1 ounce bottle. Just a little ridiculous if you ask me, but I did see a couple reviews on their website that said it lasted a while. I guess we'll see how well it works! (It's actually on sale from $13 to $8 on The Body Shop's website but shipping is about $6)

Packaging: ★★★★★ The tube itself is great! Just a regular old tube. The labeling has a matte feel to it so that's new, and the cap it is easy to snap back on and it's not flimsy at all. 

Amazon's Packaging: 
10 LOLs I know this has nothing to do with the product itself but look it what this tiiiny thing was delivered in? Made me laugh!
I hope you guys liked this, and see ya next time! J


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag!

Happy Wednesday!

I love writing, I really do but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. I've been working on the Dorm Tour post but it's turning out all weird and I don't really like it. Maybe I'll fix it for a later date, maybe not. But hey you win some you lose some right?

Anyway, I've had enough of wallowing so while I'm procrastinating on a reading for class tomorrow about Medieval Misogyny, I thought I'd do the Procrastination BB Tag! I found it on Beautyholics Anonymous, so heeeere we go!

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?

Let seee, tweeze/shape my eyebrows! I know it sounds gross but I barely have any!! The hair is ridiculously fine so most people don't even notice the I've been told! They also have very odd shapes. My right eyebrow curves and the left has an arch...#awk

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

Haha no! It's actually pretty bad because I use the E.L.F Studio flat top for foundation, and I have two of them since they're so cheap (but great quality!) and my idea was that I'll use one until its dirty then use the other one while I give myself time to wash and dry the first....that has never happened. I use one until its dirty..then use the other one until its dirty...then I take the cleanest looking one and use wipes to get some of the makeup off...and yeah you know where this is going! Basically I do this until I'm breaking out like a crazy person and then I  realize that I should probably wash them. It's a really bad habit I need to get on top of this! 

I have been cringing the entire time while writing that!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
During the summer: a chip and it's off or fixed.
During the school year: I've gone weeks! It's the last thing on my mind so I generally ignore it. Lately though it's been bothering me, I don't like looking at it while I'm typing or writing. So for right now, maybe a week then I change it.

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

If I need it, I'm usually pretty anxious to get my hands on it. The only time it will take me more than a week is if I'm insanely busy, broke, and/or not available on Amazon Prime.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Not cleaning my brushes! I also refuse to get my foundation matched at the counter because I once had  a lady apply my makeup at Macy's  for a fashion show of theirs and she made me look like luminous extra-dark chocolate. I'm black, but that was at least 3-4 shades darker than my skin tone. And she used Dermablend so my skin was unnaturally flawless and even. Then she applied bubble gum lipstick and hot pink blush. I looked frightening.* But I digress, I should suck it up and go get matched.

*this might also have something to do with me not being a huge fan of lip gloss or blush.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Homework! Not even really homework just reading. As a English Lit Major it comes with the territory but my goodness all writing before the 1900s is a pain to read! I mean a sentence about the color of someone's dress could go on for 17 pages! It's crazy.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

Always. I feel odd getting ready and then just sitting around, I like being right on time. I'll usually leave early if I'm ever ready beforehand.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Finally something I'm good at! I can be pretty cheap when I want to be. Sometimes I'll pick things in the store (or put them in my cart online) then just leave it and walk out. If I'm out with friends I'll leave my wallet in the car(under a seat or something). It works!

9. How organised is your make-up and nail polish collections?

Pretty organized! I don't exact have a nail polish collection but my makeup is super neat it's plastic drawers. I've also stopped storing my brushes in holders because they get dusty and gross(apparently I care a lot about dust..), so into a drawer they also go!

This week has been crazy and its not even over yet! I have two exams next week so I'll try and type up my next two posts before then! :)

Thanks for reading see ya next time!


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Fun for the Single Ladies

Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovely couples out there! To the rest of us…

Happy Galentine's!

I actually just heard the term “Galentine's” was last week for the first time. Did it exist before this year? If it did I think I've been living underground! Hahaha I really do like the concept because it still celebrates love, but a different kind of love:) So on this lovely snow day, I came up with a beauty related idea and non-beauty idea for you ladies to enjoy!

Option 1: Dramatic Makeover

Every now and then I get a little crazy and I just want to throw makeup all over my face and see what happens. More often than not, I end up looking frightening, but its so much fun!! It's not very often I get to do makeup that isn't super rushed and super natural. I'm willing to bet most people don't either because real life! So yeah go crazy! And impress and/or scare yourself with your creative skills!

Option 2: Hottie Action Movie Night

 So this one’s not new, but it’s a twist. I LOVE action movies (Thor actually makes me so happy), but as you can imagine my girlfriends don’t particularly agree with me. So on a night that’s supposed to be all about love which means chick flick's right? Not necessarily superheroes and street racers can be pretty hot too! Change up the atmosphere, get comfy, and watch some action movies with some eye candy!

 I recommend…
Thor 2: It has really nice pointless scene with a shirtless Hemsworth ;) 
Man of Steel: actually just anything with Henry Cavill will do
The Amazing Spider-Man: Andrew Garfield has got the sexy nerd look down!
Star Trek: Into Darkness: Oh pine, please be mine.
Fast Five: RIP Paul Walker!

Just the ones I could think of of the top of my head, feel free to branch out!

Hope you liked this post! I'm working on the dorm decor, I just finished taking pictures! :)

I think I'll do a little of both any movie recommendations?

Happy Snow Day! (If you live on the east coast, and you had a snow day lol)