Need a New Bronzer! Please Help!

Hello everyone! 

Tonight I need some advice. I’m looking for a new matte bronzer that will stay place all day and visibly show up on my skin! I have light/medium skin, but my skin will probably be lighter than usual since winter is coming and I won’t be out in the sun too much. I was leaning toward the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer or the Benefit Hoola bronzer, but I don’t know what’s worth the splurge! 

What are your favorites/suggestions? I am trying to avoid bronzer with shimmer or glitter, so any matte favorite recommendations are appreciated! Please comment below! Thanks!!

Xoxo

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New Years Eve Makeup

I know this is a day late, but I wanted to share with you all the products I used for my makeup on New Years Eve. This year, my best friend threw a giant party at his house, so my brother, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s brother went to his house to bring in 2016! I was excited to do my makeup for the holiday because I used my new makeup I received for Christmas.

I wore a thin, pink sweater I bought at the store I work at, so naturally I painted my eyes in shades of pink! I used ColourPop’s Puppy Love all over my lid, and ColourPop’s 3 on the outer corner. Puppy Love is a pearlized finish, and 3 is metallic so it has a lot of pretty glitter in it! Then I used glitterati in the corners of my eyes and under my brow bone. This is a similar eye look to the one I wore throughout my Disney Trip! Also, I’ve not been using any liquid liner the last two weeks, and I really like the way my makeup turns out when I don’t use the liquid eyeliner.

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Puppy Love is on the left, 3 is on the right. As you can tell, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of these two shadows in the last three weeks!

For my brows, I’ve been using the e.l.f. brow stick in light/ivory. This product I received for Christmas from my Black Friday haul. It works so well, and I like using the pencil a lot better than filling my brows in with a powder like I’ve been doing. I use the ivory color to lift under my brows, and to highlight on top.

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This is a bad picture, but it’s a dual-ended stick. The filler side (darker color) is the right side, and the highlight side (ivory color) is on the left.

To finish off the look, I used e.l.f. Setting Spray and their Matte Lip Color in Rich Red. These two products I also received for Christmas from part of my Black Friday haul. I’ve read some reviews saying the setting spray is good, and others that say it is bad. I have to say, this is the first setting spray I’ve used, and it worked really well for me. I fell asleep on NYE and woke up the next day, and my makeup still looked good. As long as you hold the spray away from your face a full arm’s length, it mists nicely. My face was a little wet for about a minute, but it dried soon and it made my face look dewy and my makeup look fresh.

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e.l.f. Setting Spray in clear, and Matte Lip Color in Rich Red

With my CoverGirl Hello Gorgeous liquid and pressed powder foundation, Wet & Wild bronzer in Ticket to Brazil, and my CoverGirl blush in Rock n’ Rose, my pink eyes, cheeks, and cherry lips looked super cute with my pink sweater and curled hair! I have slowly been testing out all of my e.l.f. products I received for Christmas, and so far, I am LOVING all of them! What makeup did you use for New Years Eve? What makeup did you receive for Christmas and are currently testing/playing with? Let me know! 🙂

 

ColourPop Swatches! – Holiday Colors

Hello everyone! I am back from my Disney vacation, and have been enjoying my time with my boyfriend. Disney was AMAZING, and I have so much to tell you all about my trip and how much fun we all had! Before I write about that, I wanted to do a quick update on some makeup I received for Christmas! Of course, I received my favorite: ColourPop!! I’ve been using the colors since I received them, and they are all so great for blending together, and they can stand alone as all-over shadows. Here are the six shadow pots I received for Christmas/bought myself.

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New ColourPop colors

From left to right here are the colors with the descriptions from the ColourPop website. The asterick (*) means I bought the color myself and it wasn’t a gift:

1. Rhinestone: Pull a Britney and wear only this deep blue green in a Pearlized finish

I have yet to try this shadow on my lids, and I don’t usually wear blue or green eye shadows. Nonetheless, this color is super cool and glittery! I can’t wait to try it out. I need to find the right outfit and occasion for this color, but I will try to make a makeup look with this color for New Years.

2. *DGAF: Everyone is definitely gonna give a f*ck when you wear this medium- toned rusty brown topped with multi-dimensional gold glitter in a Metallic finish

I used this color everyday in Disney!! I used it on the outer corner of my eyes, with Puppy Love all over my lids and glitterati in the inner corners and as a highlight under my eyebrows.

3. 3: Cool-toned starlit bronze with a flash of silvery and multi-coloured glitter – because sometimes gold and silver are just too mainstream.

I have not tried this shadow either, but I am going to try to use it on the outer corners of my eye with glitterati all over my lids. It is very glittery and a lovely shade of bronze, and the glitter makes it appear purple in the pot (which is my favorite color!). I might give this color a try tomorrow when I go with my boyfriend and his brother to see their grandmother.

4. *Puppy Love: Pink & gold duo chrome in a Pearlized finish is more than just a pretty shadow. All proceeds from the sale of “Puppy Love” will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society(R) and their NKLA effort to Save Them All(R).

This has to be the most versatile color in my ColourPop collection. It is subtle enough for an all-over color, but also blends great with DGAF, Boy Band, and Stereo. I love love love it! I wore this every day in Disney, and the purchase went to a great charity! It’s a limited time color and I hope I can buy another shadow pot before they discontinue it!

5. Hustle: An old dance move, a new business practice, and now a kick ass burgundy violet shadow with matte finish.

I learned how to do the Hustle in my jazz class this past semester, and I can’t wait to try this deep burgundy purple. It’s a little darker than what I would usually wear, but I think it will blend well with 3 and Mixed Tape.

6. *Glitterati: Join the glitterati with this silver undertone drenched with tons of gold glitter in a Metallic finish.

I feel like Elsa from Frozen in this super ultra glittery shadow! It stays on very well (I use an eyeshadow primer which makes it last extra long), and it makes my eyes literally POP. My lids look icy like there are snowflakes on my eyelids, and it also makes my eyes look multi-dimensional with the gold flecks in the shadow. Works great as an inner corner and brow highlight also.

I made out super well this Christmas and received great, thoughtful, and awesome gifts. ColourPop just happened to be one of my favorite gifts I received, and I can’t wait to try out all of these colors and create some beautiful eye shadow combinations!  If you want to purchase any of these colors, the names of the shadows are hyper-linked to the ColourPop website for purchase.

Much love to you all! Happy New Years Leaps readers!

Rockette Holiday Spirit

Hello everyone!

Today marked my official last day of finals, so I am home free for the next five weeks! I am so excited, I can’t believe I don’t have to pick up another textbook for over a month.

I’ve been keeping super busy the last few days – moving into my bedroom at home, cleaning my bedroom out, decorating with my mom for Christmas, wrapping presents, Christmas shopping, and working at my retail job! Yesterday, also in the Christmas spirit, I was able to buy my audition ticket for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI). For those of you who don’t know what the Rockette Summer Intensive is, it’s a week-long summer program at Radio City Music Hall where girls can train with the Rockettes for a week and learn Rockette repertoire, and at the end of the week they perform the repertoire for family and friends at a theater in Manhattan. I auditioned in 2012 and did not make it because I was too sick to be dancing (I was suffering from anorexia at the time), so my audition was a bit of a flop. So I decided to give it another go now since I’m in college, a lot healthier, and a way better dancer than I was four years ago. 🙂 I’ve always loved the Rockettes, and for those of you who don’t know much about the Rockettes other than their famous, synchronized kickline, here is a little backstory.

***Disclaimer: All of the information presented below was part of a research project I did on the Rockettes for one of my jazz classes during my freshman year of college***

The Rockettes are an all-women’s dance-troupe that performs annually at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They started in 1925, when a man by the name of Russell Markert formed a troupe of female dancers in which he titled the “Rockets” down in St. Louis, Missouri. Showman at the time, S. L. (Roxy) Rothafel brought Markert’s group of women to New York City in 1932, where on the opening night of a new theater, a venue titled Radio City Music Hall, the Roxyettes (as they were newly named after Roxy), performed along with 17 other dance and performance acts. From this point forward, the Roxyettes would soon be able to call Radio City Music Hall home permanently. In the midst of the 1933 holiday season, Radio City Music Hall presented The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for the first time ever on stage. This new show featured the Rockettes (now changed from Roxyettes), a living nativity scene (live animals included), and a journey with Santa Claus himself.

There’s a little back story for you all, and if you click on the highlighted link in the text above, it will bring you to some vintage footage of the Rockettes I also used in my project! If you haven’t seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, I suggest you see it one day! My favorite part is obviously the athletic and beautiful dancing done by the Rockettes, however, there are many magical moments throughout the whole show.

Today, after I took my last final (which was an online final), I decided to watch one of my favorite movie-musicals Chicago. I love everything about the Broadway show (which I’ve seen in NYC), and the 2002 movie, and all the movie made me want to do is dance! The only thing I am sad about for my winter break is that in the next five weeks I won’t be dancing much at all. But it inspired me to make this post telling y’all about the Rockettes, me registering for my audition for their summer program, and sharing some holiday gift ideas for the dancer in your life or a lover of the Rockettes! All of these gifts can be found at the Radio City Music Hall online store.

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Fun Rockette-themed gifts for the dancer in your life!

The first of the three items pictured is a Rockette makeup gift set. It comes with a compact with the same design as the beautiful packaging (which is in the 1920s art-deco style just like Radio City Music Hall), and a tube of  lipstick in the classic Rockette-red hue. As a dance and makeup lover, this is actually something I am considering buying for myself. I want to wear a Rockette-red shade of lipstick when I perform, because who doesn’t want to feel as glamorous as a Rockette when you’re up on stage?!

Buy it here: Rockette Makeup Set

The next item pictured is just a basic women’s tee-shirt in my favorite color (purple of course), and the word ROCKETTES down the side in a metallic print. It is such a cute shirt, and I think any Rockette fan or dance lover would love this as a gift. It’s also simple in design, so it’s a neutral option if you aren’t sure about what shirt to buy for someone (and the Radio City Music Hall online store has plenty of cute Rockette apparel).

Buy it here: Rockettes Tee Shirt

Lastly, the final item is a Rockette plush doll. Okay this is a little young for me (a 20 yr old), but I think it is super cute and cuddly looking! For younger or older girls, I think this would be something super fun to have in your room on your bed nestled between all of your pillows!

Buy it here: Rockette Plush Doll

I’ve obviously had dance on my brain, and even better yet the Rockettes and Christmas! I hope if there is a dancer who loves the Rockettes in your life, or a lover of the Rockettes in your life, you go peruse the Radio City Music Hall online store for some fun holiday gift ideas. If you can make it into New York City to see the show, I also recommend doing that!

Are you auditioning for RSI 2016? Are you seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or have you in the past? Let me know!

 

 

The Holidays are Upon Us!

Happy Thursday WordPress loves! I can’t believe this week is almost over already! I feel like my semester is literally flying by me, and guess what else? I see my boyfriend in 21 days from today! WOOHOO!! I haven’t seen him since Labor Day weekend, and by Thanksgiving, we will not have seen each other for 56 days! That is insane, and I hate thinking about the long stretches of time that pass between us where we can’t be together. Fortunately for us, however, I am pursuing my two undergraduate degrees and he is still training, so we have a lot of work to keep us busy and keep the days flying by like usual!

By the way, I did mention above I am pursuing two degrees! I just added my second major in general psychology and I could not be more excited! I will graduate in the next year and half (which is on time) with my degree in dance performance, and my degree in psych. I will get two BA’s in the time it takes most students at my school to earn one, and I am proud I’ll be able to accomplish this without having to stay for an extra semester!

Furthermore, as the title of this post states, the holidays are upon us! Not only is Thanksgiving three weeks from today, but I will also see my boyfriend in three weeks! Then, three weeks after Thanksgiving, he will be home for Christmas!! That is the shortest time between periods of seeing him since he left for basic training! I feel so exhilarated knowing my window of time now is short between finishing this semester, and being reunited with the love of my life.

Also, since Christmas is a little over six weeks away, I’ve already been brainstorming gift ideas for presents! Not to mention, I just bought a present for my boyfriends two little brothers. I’ll be purchasing his mom’s, his dad’s, and his oldest younger brother’s presents soon too. I will also be buying my love his Christmas gift soon as well, but I’m getting him something that is expensive, so I am waiting to order his gift until my direct deposit goes through! I LOVE Christmas and like to go all out on my gifts to everyone, but I have to remind myself sometimes I am not Mrs. Rockefeller, haha.

Additionally, I have to shop for my own family’s presents, so I will be making a lot of purchases within the next two months. I am trying to get the bulk of my shopping done early (preferably before Black Friday) because I’ve worked in retail the last five Black Friday’s (this year will be my fifth consecutive Black Friday working), and I know stores tend to mark up their merchandise at the start of the Christmas shopping period. The last few years, I’ve waited until after Black Friday to begin my Christmas shopping, and I’d end up spending about $400 in presents within a 2.5-3 week period. I think I have finally learned from the past, and I am going to try to spread my spending out as much as possible.

There is so much to do within the next three weeks, and I can’t believe this part of the semester is here already!

Have you began shopping for Christmas yet? Who are you shopping for? Let me know!