things i’m loving: may edition


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Since I’ve been working at a makeup counter, I’ve begun to dip my toes into higher end makeup. I picked up this mini tarte box set last week, and I’m absolutely loving it. Everything is very wearable, but can be easily built up for a more dramatic look. Even though the eyeshadow palate is made up of browns and creams, each shade has rosy undertones– which is PERFECT for green eyes. The mascara is quickly becoming my favorite; it doesn’t flake or lose its oomph throughout the day. I also really like the color of the lip paint (FOMO) although it does bleed so lip liner is a must. (You can buy the kit here or at your local Ulta).

I’ve also discovered the wonders of Monistat– as a makeup primer! Monistat is made up of dimethicone, which is molecularly similar to silicone, making it the perfect substitute. Plus, it’s WAY cheaper than most makeup primers. A 1.5 oz bottle usually only runs about $6, and you need less of it since the formula is thicker than most silicone based primers. I highly, highly, highly recommend it.


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As some of you probably know, Hulu is now releasing and adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve been going through the novel and watching the series concurrently, and I’m obsessed.

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Speaking of obsessed, I recently watched Homecoming, Hasan Minhaj’s comedy special on Netflix. Smart, witty, and hilarious, Minhaj is not only an incredibly intelligent comedian but a gifted story teller. He also spoke at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and thoroughly roasted the collective media and administration.


This build your own sangria chart WILL change your life. 

You know what goes well with sangria? These chicken tacos.

Craving fries? These parmesan encrusted zucchini fries are a healthier option. (Caution: be sure to drain them well and only lightly brush with egg– otherwise they will be soggy!)

What are you loving lately?




sistah sistah 

I know things have been a little quiet around here as of late. The first two weeks of summer have been crazy busy with moving, switching jobs, and so on. But in the midst of all the chaos, I’m thankful for my sister who’s down for silly photo shoots and marathoning New Girl.
It’s going to be a good summer. 


on being okay with yourself

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Though I’ve proclaimed the benefits of self-love and self-acceptance for many years now, I feel like I am just now becoming comfortable with my many flaws.  (Newsflash: I am a hypocrite!)  While it is easy for us to shower love on our friends, family, and even complete strangers, it is more difficult to cut ourselves some slack.

I think this is especially hard for women in westernized cultures.  With the recent acceptance of male-female social and cultural equality (a.k.a feminism) women are now expected to take on many roles.  After all, the modern ‘ideal woman’ is the love child of June Cleaver and Hillary Clinton; the perfect blend of wholesomeness and ambition.  She has the ability to keep a perfect household and raise well-behaved children– all the while climbing the corporate ladder, clad in her tasteful, DSW pumps.

Realistic, right?

Even so, it is hard not to be hard on yourself.  (Wow, so eloquent, so deep.)

Today, in all honesty, was not exactly my personal best.  I missed my 9 am, because I was up late studying, and slept through my alarm.  I had THE BIGGEST zit on my nose. I lost my phone.  I spilled coffee on my jeans, and had to go back to my room and change (thus effectively making me late for work).  I ate a cookie at lunch, and skipped going to work out with my gym buddy, because I was so tired.  And to top it all off, I got a rather expensive haircut and splurged on a new Bible and nose ring.*  It’s now 11:30 at night, and I have yet to do any homework, but you better believe that I have watched 2 straight hours of Jane the Virgin.

But you know what?  I am okay with today.  I am going to cut myself some slack, and go to bed.  Tomorrow is a new day– though I will still be the same flawed human.

And I am okay with that.


*Perhaps not the most conventional of purchases



the favorites: school edition


Decomposition Notebooks: I am a firm believer in taking notes the old fashioned way: by hand.  I’ve always been a fan of the size and feel of traditional composition books, and the nerdy designs make them perfect.  Also: they’re made out of 100% recycled material! Yay for the environment! (I currently have my eye on this one for next semester). 


Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: Again, I’m a huge fan of handwriting out notes, and I like to color code them when I rewrite/study them.  I liked these so much that I had to buy a second pack, because I used up my original ones. They also don’t bleed horribly, which makes them nice for grading.


Work Journaling: I’m horrible at keeping an updated planner, or calendar.  I’m also not artistically gifted enough to bullet journal.  Work journaling a la Cal Newport style is much more my speed.


Actual Headphones: Because earbuds just don’t block out the sweet sounds of noisy hall mates.  (Bright colors are a bonus!)


Eucerin: This literally saved my life.  Between having 5 labs a week myself and TAing 3 intro labs, I was washing my hands so much that they were constantly chapped and splitting.  Eucerin was much more effective than my normal Bath and Bodyworks lotion.


Maybelline’s Bit of Berry Lipstick:  I’m a huge fan of lipstick, and this is my all time favorite shade.  It’s not too bright, not too neutral, and helps me pretend that I have my life together.  If I’ve learned one thing during my collegiate career it’s that anything can be accomplished with prayer, coffee, and a pop of color.  (No matter the extent of sleep deprivation!)

Do you have any school favorites?





frosting for your face

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of lipstick; in fact, now that my internship is over, wearing a daily bright lip is one of the things I’m most looking forward to.  (In addition to catching up on sleep, reading, and drinking copious amounts of coffee with fellow basic girls).

Anywho, I’ve been obsessed with bold colors forever, and I finally became courageous enough to wear them casually last school year.  Since then, some favorite shades have emerged—including Maybelline’s Carnation Cabernet (hot pink), CoverGirl’s Tempt (a red pink), Maybelline’s Bit of Berry (a dark plum pink), Rimmel’s Matte Kiss of Fire (Taylor Swift red), and my absolute favorite: Rimmel’s Matte 107 (a deep, vampy red).  I apparently do not tolerate noncommittal shades like nudes, pastels, or peaches.  Also, I may or may not have a problem.

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Lipstick is so cool.  I mean, you don’t really see much variation within eyeliner or foundation—and I’m not a huge fan of eyeshadow.  Lipstick makes women look confident, ambitious, and polished. It makes them look more distinct, and more unique.  It’s like wonderful, colorful frosting.

I’m pretty sure that lipstick is what turns uncollected 20 somethings into Professional Adult Ladies. Chapstick and lipgloss are so adolescent. (Also, there have been studies that show that lipstick enthusiasts tend to be more confident, and hold higher power jobs)!


p.s. I know that people say that guys don’t like it, or whatever.  That’s an absolute load of crap.  Do what you want; if a guy doesn’t have enough testosterone to deal with your lipstick, then he’s weak and you shouldn’t want him.

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While scrolling through my Facebook feed yesterday, I saw that several of my female friends were sharing a Youtube video.  In this video, a young woman declares that the majority of women wear makeup ‘for themselves’ as a form of ‘expression’. While I admire her spirit, I can’t say that I agree with her.

Do some women wear makeup for their own enjoyment?  Undoubtedly.  But I think it’s a bit hasty to say that’s why most women do.

The truth is, there’s a lot of stigma surrounding makeup.  Studies have been released showing that women who opt out of wearing it tend to be perceived as lazy or incompetent, while women who wear ‘too much’ are deemed morally compromised or untrustworthy.  Therefore, in order to be taken seriously and appear well groomed, most of us apply a socially appropriate amount before going to work, school, etc.

That doesn’t sound like we’re freely expressing ourselves to me.  Heck, if I wore makeup just for myself, I’d be sporting red lips and cat eyes 24/7– not the conservative face I do now.

a makeupless me ft. post finals dark circles and acne. and yes, this is from snapchat. and yes, i did in fact wake up like this.
a makeupless me ft. post finals dark circles and acne. and yes, this is from snapchat. and yes, i did in fact wake up like this.

Now, this certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t be confident without makeup on.  I don’t wear makeup everyday, and I know many women that also forgo the lipstick and blush frequently.  (Besides, who has the energy to when you have 8 am classes?  If I don’t have the time to make coffee before stumbling into a lecture hall then I definitely don’t have the time to highlight and contour).

All I’m saying is that the stigmas surrounding makeup are utter crap.  I long for a day when a woman can confidently walk into the office with a red lip– or without a stitch of makeup– and be treated as if she were conservatively made up.

Society sucks.

– Tress