The Clunkster

have a gay day!

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jacket. tank (similar). shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (get 25% off your order with my code CLUNKSTER25!). perfume.

Hello, cutie patooties of all genders and sexualities! Happy last week of Pride Month! This year was the first time I attended a Gay Pride Parade, and I had SO much fun.

For the most part, I kept my outfit pretty basic. I wore my jean shorts and denim jacket (love a good Canadian tuxedo) with a basic black tank and Converse. I really went ham with my makeup! I’m bisexual, so I decorated my face with the colors of our flag. I used pink eyeshadow on my lids, lined my eyes with purple eyeshadow, and wore bright blue lipstick. I wore my hair in two half-up-half-down pigtails, which looked hella cute, but gave me a nasty scalp sunburn!

I know Pride is a time for us to run through the streets and be proud of who we are, but let’s not forget the people who fought to get us to where we are today, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and the people whose lives have been taken because we haven’t come far enough yet. Go for it, hug your gay friends, but take some time to educate yourself on our history today. 

Did you do anything fun for Pride? Let me know in the comments!

"florals? for spring? groundbreaking."

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shirt. pants (from kensie). sweater (from primark). shoes. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!).

Hey cutie patooties! I hope you’re all enjoying your summers so far. Boston’s weather has been quite all over the place as usual, but it feels so great to have finally ditched my puffy jacket and clunky boots (not that clunky is ever a bad thing, obviously…).

Remember a little while ago when I was talking about how much I love patterned pants? Here’s a pair I’ve been obsessed with since my cousin gave them to me out of her closet. It’s finally the perfect weather to wear them! As much as I like wearing tighter clothes like leggings, I love a good flowy pant.

Usually, I wear these pants with one of my bodysuits, but if they’re in my hamper, I’ll tuck this black tee into my pants. I wore my grey sweater since it sometimes gets chilly at work, and my grey TOMS, which are almost as comfortable as these pants.

Now that it’s sunny out, I’ve been wearing my Sunice Sunglasses alllll the time. Be sure to use my code CLUNKSTER25 to get 25% off your order!

benefit's BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara

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Hey beauties! If you’re new here, I love mascara. I have really small eyes and very long eyelashes, so I like to play them up when I do my makeup to make my eyes stand out. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect cruelty-free mascara for a while now, and I think I finally found it. I’m so excited to share it with you guys!

I had heard a ton of buzz when Benefit first released their BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, and I knew that I needed to give it a try. This mascara is formulated with aero-particles similar to those used in space. Yeah, like outer space. They’re super light, so the formula boosts your lashes without weighing them down.

For the most part, when I apply mascara, I go for precision instead of length, quality over quantity, if you will, which is why I’m such a huge fan of this wand. The brush is longer, so it covers more surface area at one time. Its bristles are perfectly spread apart so it really grips your lashes and gets the formula on very precisely. Sometimes a little bit of excess comes out, but it’s easy to work with it to get the amount you need. I love how flexible the wand is.

Because of the lightness of the formula, I never look clumpy or cake-y. I get a really natural look from it, which I love. I never use mascara on my lower lashes because it looks too clown-y on me, but when I use this mascara they look very natural and defined. I love using the brush to shape my lashes in general. Now that I’m at the end of my little tube, I’m using it to top off my lashes when I use other mascaras.

I bought the smaller tube at first because it was cheaper and I wasn’t sure how I would like it, but now I’m definitely running back to Sephora to get the larger tube. This is definitely my new favorite mascara, hands-down. I’m so happy I gave it a try. I very highly recommend it! Have you use anything from Benefit Cosmetics? Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll grab it on my next Sephora haul!

visitor

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sweater (no longer being sold at tilly’s). leggings. bralette. sneakers. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 to get 25% off your order!)

Hey babes! I hope your weekend was fabulous. I got to spend mine with my mom! We went to the Institute of Contemporary Art, which I had surprisingly never been to in the four years that I’ve lived in Boston. It was so cool! They featured a piece by Ragnar Kjartansson called The Visitors, and it was hands down the most beautiful piece of art I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend checking it out if you can! I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Speaking of goosebumps, I wore this outfit back when it was still a little chilly. This sweater usually keeps me warm enough without a jacket, but it’s not super heavy, which is nice. I always wear it with my black bralette and leggings. Sometimes I’ll wear boots, but most of the time I’ll wear my sneakers or moccasins. I always feel so cute and cozy.

I threw it back to sophomore year Kristen and wore my hair half-up-half-down, but left the choker in 2017. I also sprayed on some Indi by Katy Perry because it makes me feel so warm inside.

Sometimes I miss dressing cozy like this, but then I see the sun shining and remember how much I love summer. Do you have any cool plans coming up? Let me know in the comments!

Anastasia Beverly Hills' Ultra Matte Eye Shadow Single in Fresh

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I used to play with makeup a lot when I was little. I had a Bratz glitter makeup set that everyone was jealous of. But I didn’t start ~seriously~ wearing makeup until my sophomore year of high school, and it was super gradual. Over time, I’ve learned more and figured out what works for me, but that never included eyeshadow. It just kind of confused me, to be honest.

Then, I got Urban Decay’s NAKED3 palette for Christmas, and I started wearing eyeshadow almost every day. I feel like my look is incomplete without it! Even if I don’t go all out with a cute blended look, I’ll try to rub a light pink in the crease.

Long story short, I completely underestimated how much I used Strange, the pale color in NAKED3. Since I don’t use anything on my eyebrows (yet), I rely on a nude shadow to make them pop. I also use it to prime my lids and highlight my inner corners. So when I realized that I literally couldn’t get anything else out of my pan (RIP), I decided to try a new nude shade.

After wandering the aisles of Sephora and rubbing an absurd amount of lipsticks on my hand, I decided to try something from Anastasia Beverly Hills, since they sell individual eyeshadow shades and I’ve heard awesome things about their products. Their nude shade Fresh, an ultra matte “ivory pink,” was perfect for me since most of the other shades I use are rose gold-y. It was pretty close to Strange.

Guys, I love this eyeshadow SO MUCH. I love how soft it is and how it glides onto my eyelids. I honestly love it more than Strange! The color is still relatively even with my skin tone, but it pairs so well with the other shades in NAKED3 and gives things that pop that I need in a nude shadow. I need to head back to Sephora soon to get a full palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you have a favorite ABH palette, let me know in the comments! I’m really disappointed that I hadn’t tried them until now.

I also just really love the fact that Anastasia sells eyeshadow singles. In this case, it wouldn’t have made sense to buy an entirely new palette just for one color. And for it to be so high-quality too? I’ve been blessed.

I honestly don’t even have that much left to say. I was just so happy with this eyeshadow, and I use it almost every day. It’s literally never let me down. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a new nude shade, or really any new eyeshadow color.

ultimate squad goals

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top. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order!).

If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I spent my Spring Break in Disney World with my best friend Kennedy! I had so much fun with her, and I wish I could go back every day. So, I figured I’d share some of the looks I wore to the parks with you guys! Here’s one that I wore on our second day, which we spent at Animal Kingdom, Kennedy’s favorite park.

We kicked off our day with the Pandora ride, which absolutely blew my mind. If anything, it’s actually underrated. I highly recommend it. Then we ate french fries while we tried to avoid a swarm of weird looking birds (they weren’t snipes, even though I did flip out when I saw Kevin). We hung out at Dino Land for a while, rode Expedition Everest while the sun was setting, and finished off the evening with a nighttime safari ride. It was so cool!

Since we were at Animal Kingdom, I figured it was the perfect time to break out my “Squad Goals” crop top, featuring, Simba, Timon, and Pumba. I wore my high-waisted shorts, which looked awesome with the cut of the tee, and my neutral flannel since it was a little chilly while we were there. Rude.

When we were in the sun, I wore my adorable Sunice Sunglasses. But when we went on rides with screens, I threw on my blue light glasses. I’ll write a more in-depth review on them another time, but I get super sick when I deal with a lot of screens, and stupidly didn’t wear them on Mission Space, a ride in which there’s a screen pressed against your face as you’re shaken like you’re in space, the day before. It probably would’ve been really fun if I had my glasses. So I wore them the next day, and I felt a lot better.

What’s your favorite ride in Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!

Lush Twilight Shower Gel

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Hello, my loves! You all know that I’m a huge fan of self care. While self care is something that looks different for everyone, for me it’s a combination of things I love to do for myself and things that I need to do for myself. One of my favorite forms of self care is showering! I really love feeling the water on my skin and scrubbing off the dirt of the day. I’m a night showerer, so I process a lot of my day in the shower. And I sing and dance. A lot.

But what’s a shower without some good body wash? Before you get your hopes up about this review, I should tell you that this product is only available seasonally, unfortunately. Last summer, I got some really bad news while I was at the mall with my friends, so we wandered through the stores that had nice-smelling things, like Sabon, David’s Tea, and Lush, to calm down. Smelling things is another one of my favorite forms of self care.

While I was crying through Lush, a sales associate named Gabrielle asked me what was wrong, and we talked for a bit. She comforted me a lot and gave me this small bottle of Twilight Shower Gel left over from the wintertime. It was probably one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. It seriously meant so much more than she realized. In her honor, I use this shower gel whenever I need a little boost of self love.

This beauty smells like lavender and tonka, a combination I never knew I needed in my life, let alone my shower. According to Lush’s website, lavender absolute is used to “calm the mind, aid restful sleep, and promote relaxation.” For those of you who had never heard the word “tonka” used in a non-toy truck context until now, the tonka bean is commonly found in Brazil, Peru, and Costa Rica. It’s commonly used to reduce inflammation, which makes sense as to why it’s used in a comforting shower gel like Twilight. Tonka absolute is known for its “sweet, comforting aroma.” To be honest, I thought it was cinnamon until I wrote this post, so I guess it’s somewhat in that ballpark. I’m fully aware that cinnamon is not sweet, just go with it.

Basically, Lush assembled the perfect dream team for a shower gel designed to relax you to sleep. I loved using it at the end of a long day. Aside from the mental benefits of this shower gel, it made my skin super soft and smooth. I truly felt cleansed after I showered. I also loved using it to shave my legs! Literally the only downside of this shower gel is that it’s only available seasonally.

On the bright side, this shower gel is inspired by the Twilight Bath Bomb, which Lush’s website says is also made with lavender and tonka and smells very similar. If you’re not into bath bombs, they also have a Twilight Body Spray that’s also made to help you drift to sleep. Lastly, there’s the Sleepy Body Lotion, which is pretty self-explanatory. It’s also full of lavender and tonka, as well as almond oil and cocoa butter, so if you have a nut allergy, please use caution!

I feel like my experience with my Twilight Shower Gel encompasses how I feel about Lush. They’ve built a brand that assists with self love, from their sales associates to their processes to the ingredients in their products. I love popping into Lush whenever I pass one, sniffing through some of the new bath bombs, and having a chat with a really cool sales associate with a nose piercing. I always feel like I deserve the world when I leave. Thanks, Lush!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

groovy tuesday

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jacket. bodysuit. pants (by just-one). boots. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your purchase!).

Brace yourselves: I’m not wearing black leggings.

Don’t worry, I haven’t (completely) lost my mind, I’m just trying to switch things up a bit! I’m always on here complaining about things I have that I love but never wear, so I decided to actually do something about that and wear these adorable funky pants that an ex got me as a birthday present. I may have bad taste in boys, but they have great taste in presents!

Usually I wear these leggings with a black crop top, but this time I wore a bodysuit, and I really loved the way it looked. I’ve actually never worn these pants with black boots before either, so I was really pleasantly surprised.

I topped this look off with my new denim jacket, which I’ve been absolutely obsessed with since I got it. I’ll spare you the details and profess my love for it in another post.

And last but not least, I wore my round Sunice sunglasses that I’m also obsessed with. I thought I lost them the other day and almost cried.

Hopefully, you’ll be seeing a lot more patterned pants around here. Where do you buy funky pants? Let me know in the comments!

Physician's Formula's Organic Wear Natural Origin Work It! Full! Flared! Fit! Mascara

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You all know how much I love my eyelashes. Mascara is the most important part of my makeup routine, so I’ve been on the hunt for a mascara that I really, really love. Last year, I tried out Physician’s Formula’s Organic Wear Natural Origin Work It! Full! Flared! Fit! Mascara. That was fun to type.

The reason I took a look at Physician’s Formula’s products in CVS was because the mascara that I was using previously was starting to make my eyes really itchy, and I knew that Physician’s Formula uses hypoallergenic ingredients. I wanted to find something that stayed on really well, since that was also a problem I was having, but my number one concern was the itchiness. Thankfully, I found this mascara (I can’t type all those exclamation points again), which claimed to address both concerns.

The packaging of this mascara claims that this formula is “guaranteed to last through your toughest workout,” and “delivers maximum strength adherence.” So I figured this was the one to try.

The Pros

This mascara definitely didn’t make my eyes itchy, but I’m not sure if I can attribute that to the organic ingredients. I love a good all-natural formula, but since I bought this mascara I’ve used organic formulas that make me itchy and non-organic formulas that don’t. So I don’t really think it’s relevant.

I’m a really big fan of the brush. It covers a lot of ground and its bristles get in between my lashes, which I really love. I like mascara better when it helps me define and lift my lashes as opposed to giving them volume, which is exactly what this mascara did. I love the way it looks on my lashes. This mascara indeed makes me feel both “Full!” and “Flared!”

The Con

I’m such a fan of Physician’s Formula’s mission to use organic ingredients to help sensitive skin. But I can’t ignore that the claims that this mascara is “10K Proof. Gym Proof. Sweat Proof. Water Resistant,” are completely untrue. After about a week of wearing this mascara, I found myself crying in public (hey, it happens to the best of us). I wiped away my tears and honestly didn’t think about how I looked because I was wearing my new rigorously waterproof mascara.

Guys. I got home and looked in the mirror, and I had mascara all over my face. Literally all over my face.

Usually, when I cry with makeup on, my mascara gets clumpy and stubborn, so when I wipe my tears things just get a little sticky but I only look a little bit like a raccoon. In this case, however, my tears took the formula and collected it into small pools under my eyes which then descended down my face in small rivers. And wiping my tears didn’t help things at all!

I really don’t mean to be harsh, but I was very disappointed with this part of the formula because Physician’s Formula claimed that this mascara is “rigorously tested to withstand your most athletic activities,” but it couldn’t withstand an anxiety attack on the T. Since this was a big part of why I decided to purchase this mascara, I felt really let down.

We were rooting for you, Physician’s Formula. We were all rooting for you.

Overall though, I definitely recommend this mascara for days when you know for a fact you won’t be crying or for days you don’t care if you have Physician’s Formula decorating your cheeks. I really loved the way this formula made my lashes look, so I would only use it when I would go out or to top off my lashes after I used another mascara. I’m done with the tube now, and I don’t think I’d purchase it again, but I’m happy I gave this brand a try. I probably won’t buy any other Physician’s Formula products in the future because I don’t trust a lot of what they say now, to be honest. But if Physician’s Formula works for you, I’m so happy!


For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

new york fashion week: vitruvius vancouver by a youth design collective(!)

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dress (from charlotte russe, rip). heels (similar).

Hey cutie pies! I can’t believe I’m writing the final review from Nolcha ShowsNew York Fashion Week event that I attended in February. If you haven’t read my first two reviews, be sure to check them out here and here! Hopefully, these are the first of many fashion show reviews to come. I love discovering new designers and seeing how talented they are firsthand!

That’s why I’m especially excited to write this review. Vitruvius Vancouver is a brand that provides art and design education for Canadian youth. The pieces that I saw were created by a collective of people who are younger than me! When I saw the collection, I thought it was just one designer. I already loved everything, but now I’m even more amazed at the designs that I saw.

Everything was so unique. While each piece that came down the runway differed from the next, they incorporated the same colors and fabrics, which made things really cohesive. In particular, they used a lot of royal blue, neon green, fiery orange, and soft grey. I was really impressed with the fact that they were able to create a wide range of pieces within a collection with such an interesting color palette. I think the colors are what really pulled the pieces together since each one was so different.

The collection included all types of pieces: rainjackets, turtlenecks, suits, dresses, and athletic wear. There are some pieces that I don’t really know how to classify, like the tuxedo jacket leotard, which was my favorite look. Is that considered outerwear? Most of the jackets that came down the runway were quite literally massive. I was a huge fan of all the pantsless looks. It’s like the youth of Vancouver know what I want.

I was also really impressed with the amount of texture in the show. There were a lot of traditional turtlenecks and some that were tailored very interestingly. They added a lot of dimension to the pieces. Later on in the show, we were introduced to a new, fuzzy looking fabric that was the same grey color as the rest of the pieces in the collection.

Vitruvius is the only designer at the show that had models of all genders, which added something cool and gave them a lot more room to play with their designs. However, the models were super stoic when they came down the runway, which was really different from the fun-loving vibe that I got from the collection. There was only one model that looked like they were having a good time.

Overall, I was so impressed with Vitruvius Vancouver and I’m so happy that I was introduced to them through Nolcha Shows. I can’t imagine how cool it must feel to be so young and see your designs at New York Fashion Week! I’m really excited to see what else Vitruvius has to offer, and the amazing designers that come out of their program.

If you’d like to see videos from all the shows at this event, check out the “Runway” section of my Instagram Highlights. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be sure you never miss a post from me!

mayday mayday i'm being forced to grow up

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shirt (gamma exclusive, sorry loves!). skirt (similar). sneakers.

Happy May! I can’t believe April is already over. Since I graduated in May, I’ve been enjoying a relaxing post-grad life, and it hit me really hard that everyone was leaving soon. I always feel bad when I don’t have enough time to see people that I really wanna spend time with, but I know I’ll see them the next year. But I’m moving back to Long Island at the end of August, so I won’t be a couple of T stops away from my friends for much longer :(

But I know myself, and I know that I’ll make the effort to keep in touch with the people I love. I think a true mark of friendship is when you can maintain your relationship even if you don’t speak every day and you’re on opposite sides of the country.

This subject brings me to my sorority’s recruitment theme for Fall 2018 (my last one ever), a Nu Home. We always say that Gamma brings everyone home no matter where they’re from. That’s why our symbol is the compass. So, our amazing Insignia Chair designed these, and it’s one of my favorite recruitment shirts.

I paired this tee with my denim skirt, and I really love the way it looked. I was nervous that the colors would clash a little too much, but the colors were just different enough that it worked. I love wearing tees with this skirt. I wore a white one for our recruitment video shoot, and I really loved how it looked (that look is coming soon, if you’re curious!). I brought in a little French Tuck action so I didn’t look like a little nerd. Not that tucking your shirt tightly makes you look like a dork, I just think there’s a time and place, right Tan?

I took this picture all the way at the beginning of this year (that’s why my mirror is in a completely different place fun fact), and I’m getting so excited to wear looks like this again! I’m already so happy that I can go outside with just a light jacket. It makes me feel so free.

What are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Codi Olive Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand and Body Lotion

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Hey cutie patooties! I don’t know about you all, but I love getting my nails done. The people that work at my nail salon know exactly what they’re doing. I always leave with a smile and beautiful nails. So when they gave my mom and I these Codi lotions for Christmas, I knew they would be great.

I tend to get really dry hands in the winter. Like, cracking and bleeding dry. I keep this tube of lotion by my door so I always remember to put it on before I go outside. During the colder months, I put my gloves on to seal it. My hands stayed really hydrated. There were some periods of time where I’d forget to use this lotion, and my hands would get stingy and gross again. As soon as I started using it again, they would heal.

The smell is also heavenly. I’ve never had anything olive scented before, and I’m obsessed. I think it smells like the nail salon; it puts me at ease and makes me feel special. I just really love manicures, you guys.

I very highly recommend this lotion, especially if you have really damaged hands, like me. I really have nothing bad to say about it. It’s even cruelty-free!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

new york fashion week: hathairat by hathairat maneerat

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dress (from charlotte russe, rip). heels (similar).

Hey hey! Remember when I posted about that awesome fashion show I went to back in February? I’m so pumped to tell you about the second designer at the show, Hathairat! From Bangkok, Thailand, Hathairat Maneerat’s collection was full of eye-catching pieces.

There was some very interesting tailoring across the items in the collection, including asymmetrical sleeves and big proportions. The colors of the clothing were also beautiful! The collection used a lot of metallic black, gold, and red lace, which added a lot of texture to the pieces. I was a really big fan of the subtle sparkle details, be they in thin lines on the clothes or in the statement earrings that all the models were wearing.

I was so impressed with the styling of all the pieces! All the models wore their hair in updos with snake-like braids underneath. Everyone also wore clear shoes, which I really, really loved. I found that it highlighted the beauty of the pieces so much more, since they were beautiful and stole the show on their own.

At the end of the show, all the models came down the runway one last time (as they do) and started dancing together! It was actually the cutest thing ever to see everyone having such a great time after they walked down the runway so seriously. It showed how much the models loved working with Hathairat.

Overall, I absolutely loved this collection. I would wear any one of these elegant but unique pieces! This was my mom’s favorite designer in the show. I’m so happy I got to see this collection and I can’t wait to see what else Hathairat does in the future.

Hathairat was the second designer at this event. Click here to read my review of Amnesia’s collection, and stay tuned for my last review coming soon! If you’d like to see videos from these shows, check out the “Runway” section of my Instagram Highlights. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be sure you never miss a post from The Clunkster.

ayeeee-pril

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shirt (Gamma exclusive, sorry bbs!). vest (from Marshall’s, by Michael Kors). leggings. sneakers. perfume.

Hey cutie pies, is anyone else’s weather doing all types of things lately? As I always say, I don’t care which season Mother Nature picks, as long as she picks one. We’ve been flying back and forth between sunshine and heat and rain and humidity. I’m not a fan.

What do I always break out during transitionary weather patterns? My puffer vest! Well, this look is actually super old, but I figured it was relevant. Sometimes it can be so hard to dress for weather that can’t make up its mind. I usually stick to layering and dressing comfortably. There’s nothing worse than being soaking wet and wearing those pants that are too tight but make your ass look bangin’ (seriously just donate them already there are so many fish in the sea bb).

Anyway, this look also features one of my favorite sorority shirts. The Alpha class got these when we first colonized, and to make things even more ~vintage~, only a couple girls got them. It makes me feel really special :’) I wore my fuzzy leggings and black Converse (white Converse usually look cute with this top but these look better with the black vest), and put my hair in a half-up-half-down style.

We can get through this insane weather, loves! Only two months until summer! As they say, April showers bring May flowers, so I’m not giving up hope.

nyx total control drop foundation review!

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Hello hello hello! I hope your week has been going well so far. I’m heading into a busy couple of weeks, but it’s a fun busy, which is nice. Since I graduated in December, it hasn’t set in that the end of the school year is quickly approaching for everyone else, and all ~those~ activities are happening. Wild.

I am so excited for this review! I’ve reviewed a couple foundations in the past and I’m usually annoyed with them. I felt like any foundation I used had something wrong with it and I was just waiting for the bottle to run out. But then! I saw the NYX rack at Target and rubbed some of NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation on my wrist and loved it. It blended into my skin so well.

This is definitely a new favorite product of mine. This foundation checks all of my boxes (again, sounding like a Bachelor contestant). It’s cruelty-free, smells amazing, blends so well, lasts all day, and looks great on my face. I use the Light Ivory shade.

I think the only bad thing I could say about it is that it runs out pretty quickly, but that could also be because I always squeeze too much out of the dropper. I’ve never used a drop foundation before, and it was definitely an adventure. I love it, but it wasn’t horrible, aside from me possibly wasting a lot of foundation and making a mess sometimes. My Spatty doesn’t fit in the bottle, which makes me sad. There’s not a lot of ways to stretch it along without shaking it and hitting it on your hand a lot.

Overall though, I’m a really big fan of this foundation, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something new. I’m not surprised, because everything I have from NYX is amazing. I just started using their primer, so I’ll have that review coming for you soon!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

new york fashion week: amnesia by eva prokai

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Hey babes! Back in February, I had the honor of attending a New York Fashion Week show! I had such an amazing time. The show, hosted by Nolcha Shows, took place in a very basic, minimalist event space. It was a very open floor plan, and everything was white and grey.

The people at the show definitely added the pizzaz. I wanted to go up to everyone and ask for their Instagrams! I actually did follow one boy who was wearing awesome makeup. People got super creative with their looks. It was like another fashion show in the audience! The sponsors at the show were really cool too. I first went to Night’s booth, where they had this awesome ball pit. Other sponsors included CitiBank and InstaSleep.

There were three designers at this show. First up was Amnesia by Eva Prokai, from Budapest, Hungary. They were an awesome opener to the show! One of the first pieces featured images of buildings in Hungary, and I was immediately intrigued. They used a lot of purple, pink, and blue in this collection, which I was a big fan of. The specific hues blended together really beautifully. Other pieces featured a black and red color palette, which I really loved too!

This collection featured a lot of outerwear, which I’m always a fan of. They had very interesting proportions; a lot of flared sleeves and oversized jackets. There was also a wide range of textures across the pieces: matching fuzzy gloves and tops, clear vinyl, and lots of shimmer and shine. One of my favorites was a mesh bodysuit with chains decorating the back.

Overall, there was a great mix of statement and subdued pieces across Amnesia’s collection. Every piece captivated me; I was never bored. While each piece stood out, the collection as a whole was cohesive and worked so well together. There was a great variety of pieces. I was also so impressed with how diverse the models were! I get excited when I see designers using models of many ethnicities. We love representation!

There were two more designers in the show, which I’ll be reviewing in posts coming soon. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be sure you never miss a post from me! If you’d like to see videos from these shows, check out the “Runway” section of my Instagram Highlights!

pajamas, but make them bougie

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slip (similar). flannel (from Eddie Bauer). boots. perfume. lipstick (in Sanctuary).

Happy Hump Day, my lovely readers! Here’s a look I’ve been holding onto for a while. Last semester, I went to a Met Gala pajama party. Yup, you read that right. The theme was essentially fancy loungewear. Since I was actually a huge fan of the look I went with, I wanted to share it with you all.

True to my style, I kept things pretty grungy. I got this slip to wear to my 20th birthday party, and wore my black tights because ya girl was freezing. My flannel kind of acted like a wrap. I loved the way it looked with the dress! I wore my black Timberlands and dark lipstick, then partied the night away.

I looooove theme parties! It’s so fun to get creative and go all out with your look. Obviously, I love to play dress-up. The birthday party that I wore this slip to originally was 1920s themed, and my apartment threw an awesome 1970s party last year. I showed up to a Paris-themed mixer dressed as a French fry to find that my Little had done the same! That’s some sorority magic in my opinion.

What’s the best theme party you’ve been to, and what did you wear? Let me know in the comments!

bite beauty's matte crème lip crayon (in glacé)

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Hey cuties! I have another cruelty-free beauty review for you today. I got a birthday present from Sephora back in November (thanks, VIB rewards!) with a bunch of goodies from Bite Beauty. I’ve been wanting to give them a try since I wrote an article about them for a past internship, and learned about how cool they were. They’re a certified clean brand on Sephora’s website. Today, I’ll be reviewing Bite’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé.

I’d never used a lip crayon this thin before, so I was a little nervous about giving this a try. I started by lining my lips, which I never do (I tried once and it was a fail), and continued coloring in my lips from the outside in, playing with the angles of the crayon a little bit. Because it was so fine, I could use as little or as much as I wanted, and touch up little areas. I had a lot of control, which I loved.

Hands down, my favorite thing about this lip crayon is the color. I did my nails a similar color when I took these photos, so I was thriving. I really love the way this color looks with my skin and features. I’ve been looking for a neutral-ish berry pink color like this for a while, so I’m really happy this was in my birthday present.

As much as I love this color, this formula does have its drawbacks. For starters, I don’t find it as hydrating as its description boasts, but I also haven’t tried it with my Agave Lip Balm yet, so stay tuned! The dryness made it difficult to reapply. Since my lips were a little too matte and dry, the crayon would sometimes snag or clump.

This is also supposed to be a long-lasting formula, and it definitely is, but I find that the color fades and changes into something more tan, and I have to reapply it more often to make sure the color remains the same. It dries out like a lip stain, which I really don’t like.

Though I’m hesitant to fully endorse this formula, I personally think the color and precision of the lip crayon are worth it over the dryness and fading. I definitely want to give more Bite Beauty products a try, like the Amuse Bouche Lipstick and Agave Lip Balm that were also in my birthday present. Stay tuned for more cruelty-free beauty reviews coming your way!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

i'm feeling lucky

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sweatshirt. leggings. boots. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off!).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, loves! I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend. I went to a couple parties and spent some time with some people I’m ~lucky~ to have in my life.

Speaking of things I’m grateful for, where would I be without my girl Halsey? If you haven’t already gathered from the amount I wear this sweatshirt, I’m a huge Halsey fan. She also happens to make amazing, comfy merchandise that I wear to death. I got some yucky stuff on this sweatshirt not too long ago, but I went to town with some stain remover and now she’s as good as new :’)

Another piece of clothing that I’m lucky to have is my fuzzy leggings, which I also post about way too much! I wore jeans for the first time in a while last week, and I was reminded of why I’m always in leggings. Jeans make me feel so restricted and uncomfortable, even if they do look cute! Now that the weather’s getting nicer, I’ll probably start transitioning into lighter leggings and my denim shorts. But these babies will always be a ride or die for me.

I topped off this look with my black Timbs, Killer Queen perfume, and Sunice Sunglasses. I’m so happy to be an ambassador for this awesome brand! If you’re planning on snagging these adorable sunnies, use my code CLUNKSTER25 for 25% off your order ;)

What pieces of clothing are you lucky to have? Let me know in the comments!

shea moisture's 100% virgin coconut oil daily hydration conditioner review

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Hey beauties! I have a new review for you! I truly love doing these reviews, I just tend to take more time with them because I like to give you guys the most accurate information. I like to give things enough time to ~do their magic~.

Today, I’m reviewing Shea Moisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner. I ran out of Lush’s Jungle a while ago, so I decided to switch things up a bit and try something from Shea Moisture. I reviewed their 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Glow Priming Moisturizer a while back, and I loved it so much! So when I saw this conditioner at CVS, I knew it would be just as good, and I was so right.

One of the things that really stands out to me whenever I use Shea Moisture products is their amazing list of ingredients! I love cruelty-free brands, but Shea Moisture is free of so many things I didn’t even know were bad for you. I added them to my list of things to learn about, so I’ll let you know what I find out! This conditioner is free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phthalates, and petrolatum. So many funny words.

Anyway, I’m so happy I gave this conditioner a try! Shea Moisture did not let me down. I really love the pump design of this bottle. It’s really easy to use in the shower. It also smells freakin’ amazing. You all know how much I love my scents, but I especially love them when I’m showering. It completes the experience! And who doesn’t love coconut?

Scents aside, this conditioner really works. My hair is thick and gets dry really easily, but this conditioner does an awesome job of keeping it super soft and hydrated. Conditioner tends to make my hair greasy, but Shea Moisture’s doesn’t. This conditioner checks off all my boxes and more. I sound like a Bachelor contestant.

I highly recommend this conditioner. Since I’m running out of shampoo, I think I’m gonna try some from Shea Moisture next! Have you tried any of their products before? Let me know in the comments!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.