Influenster Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Review

#BetterSkinPowder Maybelline#MNYItLook

*I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

A few weeks ago while I was moving to NYC and still trying to set up my loft bed, my parents brought over my customized Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Influenster box.

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I got the shade 80, known as Rich Tan, because my current L’Oréal True Match foundation powder is Classic Tan (N7). They sounded and looked similar so I took the chance.

Here’s my face with my L’Oréal True Match Classic Tan:

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And here it is with the Maybelline Better Skin Powder shade Rich Tan:

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The Maybelline Better Skin Powder Shade Rich Tan is definitely a bit of a lighter color than my L’Oréal True Match in Classic Tan. It doesn’t bother me though! My skin tone looks even with both. That’s really all I can ask for.

What do you guys think? L’Oréal or Maybelline?

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Gallery Mondays: Her Conference 2016 at Old Slip

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Over the weekend I attended Her Conference 2016 at Old Slip in the Financial District of NYC. The building is super lavish, complete with auditorium space, conference rooms, and a dining hall.

At check in, I noticed these rectangular blocks of abstract art lined up in an interesting pattern on the wall. They all seem to follow the rule of thirds, with each painting pulling your attention upward diagonally from the bottom right to the top left.

I found the three with the red dots on them most appealing.

Enjoy a mini collage of photos from Her Conference 2016 featuring Windsor Western, ULTA, Rebecca Minkoff, and more!

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Fan Art Fridays: Kylie Jenner

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I got some amazing news this week from Influenster about a new sponsored post!

No, it’s not the Kylie Jenner lip kits, but it’s just as exciting: I’m getting the chance to review Kylie Jenner’s Sinful Colors nail polish collection called Trend Matters!

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In honor of this, I’m dedicating this week’s Fan Art Fridays to Kylie. Yashinss on Instagram drew her with a crown and extra volumized lashes, which I love.

I cannot wait to get my box full of her nail polish!

View the original fan art here.

Influenster #GlamVoxbox Review

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*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

A new season, a new Influenster VoxBox!

Before I left NYC for Austin this month, my Glam VoxBox from Influenster arrived at my house. Except, the mailman stuck it in between the two garbage pails on the patio instead of ringing the doorbell and handing it to me like he’s supposed to.

Sigh.

Anyway, this Glam VoxBox came with some awesome goodies for me to pamper myself with. I got a lovely Gillette Venus Swirl Razor, Olay Violet Swirl shaving gel, Q-tips cotton rounds, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo, three Shea Moisture face products, and Cutex nail polish remover pads.

So let’s get reviewing!

1. Gillette Venus Swirl Razor. I’m totally hype about this razor! I’ve used disposable Venus razors before, so I’m really looking forward to my first shave of the spring season. The only con to this razor is the price of the cartridges. The cost about $20 for four replacement heads! I almost wish Influenster had sent me a pack of cartridges instead of shaving gel!

2. Olay Violet Swirl Shaving Gel. I’ve only ever used shaving cream, and lately Irish Spring soap because the thickness of the cream makes shaving my legs take twice as long. However, I did try the gel with a disposable razor on one patch of my leg and it did a pretty good job. See below for a picture of the gel’s consistency. I’m not jazzed about the hand soap smell, though.

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3. Q-tips Cotton Rounds. As a child I used cotton rounds for things like removing makeup with astringent or nail polish. They’re way better than cotton balls so I’m happy.

4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak. I’m very disappointed with this product. I’ve been wanting to try dry shampoo for so long and my excitement was wasted on Not Your Mother’s. It’s unscented, so my hair still smells like it hasn’t been washed for three days. My hair also still feels oily and itchy. Ugh.

5. Shea Moisture Face Products. I’ve heard amazing things about Shea Moisture’s hair products, so I had high expectations for these face packets. I got a facial wash & scrub, anti-aging moisturizer and an anti-aging facial mask. All three packets contain frankincense and myrth. Although I’m not particularly fond of those scents, the anti-aging mask goes on clear and isn’t strongly fragrant. My face has been breaking out like crazy, so maybe this will help it relax.

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Can you tell that I’m wearing the Shea Moisture Anti-Aging Facial Mask? #NoMakeupSelfie

6. Cutex Nail Polish Remover Pads. I’ve been wearing nail strips again so I didn’t get to try these, but I’m sure they’re super convenient. I always make a mess when I accidentally knock over the bottle nail polish remover. Thank. You. Cutex.

By far, my favorites in this Glam Voxbox are the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor and the Shea Moisture face products. Off to pamper myself!

Play Up Your Eye Makeup for Super Bowl 50

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

For me, the Super Bowl is a chance to enjoy hilarious new commercials and a musical performance. To others, it means getting decked out in your favorite team’s football jersey.

And for the makeup obsessed, it means playing around with your favorite football team’s colors to create a fun look!

The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are gonna play a fierce game tonight, and your makeup is definitely going to match that fierceness once you find some inspiration from the tutorials below.

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ChristinaKisses on YouTube put together a super stellar cat eye using Denver Bronco’s signature bright orange color for eyeshadow and a deep blue gel liner. Add some fake lashes and you’re all set!

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Lisa Her dolled herself up in this YouTube tutorial using a gorgeous bright Carolina Panthers blue eyeshadow color, a black smoky eye, and a little shimmering silver above the lash line. The super long cat eye screams Panthers.

As many of you know I’m not really a sports fan, but I do love the Manning brothers so I’m rooting for the Denver Broncos tonight. #SorryNotSorry.

What team are you rooting for? Leave a comment below!

Influenster #SpiceVoxBox Review

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*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I got sent another Voxbox by Influenster this month, and I’m finally getting the chance to review the items I received!

The box contained Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream, Foot Petals Killer Kushionz, Sinful Colors nail polish in the shade Mirror Mirror, Sinful Shine top coat, Good Health Veggie Stix, SoapBox Shampoo & Conditioner, two Yogi Teas in the flavors Vanilla Spice and Sweet Tangerine, and Not Your Mother’s Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse.

My mother has already claimed ownership of the Soapbox Shampoo & Conditioner and the Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream because I don’t plan on using them.

And now for the review:

1. Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream. I love the way this smells. It’s got rose hip, jojoba oil and cocoa butter in it, and the rose hip makes the whole thing smell like pure rose extract. I’m not complaining. It’s lovely. But I already wear a fade cream for my spots so as I said before my mom is keeping it.

2. Foot Petals Killer Kushionz. So I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get the Give ’em the Boot Foot Petals cushion because it’s winter now and I wanted to wear them with my boots but I guess I’ll just stick them in my pumps and wait to wear them to a special occasion or something. They feel quite cushiony, so I expect them to work well in terms of foot comfort.

3. Sinful Colors Mirror Mirror, and Sinful Shine top coat. Okay, so you all probably already know how much I love Sinful Colors nail polish, and they sent me the top coat for this color as well so I was tres happy. Mirror Mirror kind of looks like a crime scene happened on my nails though. It’s an interesting look, and the top coat shine is superb!

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Sinful Colors shade Mirror Mirror with Sinful Shine top coat

4. Good Health Veggie Sticks. I’ve been obsessed with Good Health’s veggie snacks since the winter of last year. I was so upset when I opened the Spice Voxbox to find that the bag had popped open 😦 It was only a few sticks that fell out though, so I can still enjoy the rest of the bag.

5. SoapBox Shampoo & Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner comes in the scent coconut and shea butter―two scents I absolutely adore. I don’t think I’ll be switching from my Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner any time soon though, but I do admire that these are sulfur free. My mom is going to have a field day with these.

6. Yogi Tea, Vanilla Spice and Sweet Tangerine. I’ve tried samples of Yogi Tea in the past and I didn’t like them. The flavors I had before were Roasted Dandelion Spice and Raspberry Ginger, so there’s hope that the new flavors I received in this box taste better.

7. Not Your Mother’s Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse. I might be dreaming but I think this smells like cake icing and whipped cream. Should I be concerned?

My faves in this box are definitely the Sinful Colors nail polish and the Good Health Veggie Sticks. And you already know my mother’s faves…and she’s dancing off to her room with them…so now it’s time to go enjoy this Spice Voxbox!

Brief Interview and Collab with The Amna Ali Boutique

A few months ago, I found out a fellow Her Campus Blogger Network member named Amna Ali started her own boutique online. Amna is a Chicago-based blogger, engineer, fashionista, and jewelry designer. Her boutique, called The Amna Ali Boutique, sells gorgeous handmade bracelets in fun vibrant colors.

I asked her if she wanted to be featured on my blog and she not only agreed, but she also decided to send me a bracelet set and name it after my blog!

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The set is called “Whisper Box Bella,” and you can get it here. Keep reading for the interview I did with Amna!

Me: Why did you decide to start a collection?

Amna Ali: Ever since I can remember, I always have had a love for designing. Whether it’s designing my room, my own website, logos, my graduation card… I just love designing it! I honestly could say I have an eye for these things. I love playing with colors and putting things together. If I don’t like the color combination, I’ll start all over again from scratch. Even though I took the route to be a software engineer in life, I secretly have always wanted to be the next top designer! Every child has a dream. They want to be a super star, an actress, a model…it sounds crazy when we say it as we get older, but I never believed it was impossible. When I was overweight and over 200 pounds, I thought it was impossible to ever lose it, and drop 65 pounds, but I did it. I had a goal, I wanted it so badly, and I didn’t stop working towards it until I reached my goal. Even when I reached it, I set myself higher goals. I never gave up. Now, when it comes to my outfit and the accessories I wear with it is what truly shows off my style. One thing I caught myself always wearing is bracelets! But sometimes, they didn’t match my outfits, or I wish I had a certain type of bracelet…and I am always buying evil eye bracelets if I see them when I am shopping, but every time I bought a bracelet, I was always wishing it was a certain way, so I decided to make my own. I designed a bracelet I wanted to wear, made out of beads, and turned it into reality. Surprisingly, I had a lot of compliments on that one bracelet I made, and my friends and co-workers were asking what store I got it from. This gave me the idea to start my own collection. I knew it wasn’t impossible, but it would be a lot of work. I always love a fun challenge, so, I set myself a new goal. This sounds cheesy, but the truth is, I decided to chase my dream. Where this will go? I still have yet to find out!

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Me: Tell me about your design process. How do you decide on which pieces to use for your designs?

AA: Truthfully, I don’t have a process when I am designing! If I go somewhere, I see something, I always wonder if it’ll look good if I turned it into a bracelet. I am always curious about everything. Just the other day, I looked at a wine bottle and I wondered if there was a way to turn the cork screws into a bracelet! I research, go shopping for beads, and buy them. When they come in, I play with them, and put pieces together until I love it! I have taken a part a bracelet probably over 50 times just because there was something I didn’t like about it. I just don’t want the bracelets to look good, I want them to be amazing. If I love it, then I know others will too!

Me: Which piece from your collection is your favorite?

AA: I can’t just pick one that is my favorite. Each piece I make has a different story to how I came up with the design, that makes me love each piece for it’s own. Although, I love my evil eye collection, because of the meaning behind ‘evil eyes’, and wearing them for protection. I love the tassel collection, because I remember playing around with string and different colors for hours and trying to tie gold thread around it, until I finally made the perfect tassel.

Me: If you could design a piece for any celebrity or model who would it be, what would you make for them, and why?

AA: I would say either Priyanka Chopra or Kim Kardashian. I would make an evil eye bracelet, because I feel like they believe in the meaning behind it, and would appreciate an evil eye bracelet design that no one else has.

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Be sure to check out The Amna Ali Boutique and Amna’s blog! Her bracelet sets make great Christmas gifts!