August 31, 2015

No Regrets, Just Love: Leather Jackets.



I'm just gonna be honest here: If you simply point me in the direction of a leather jacket I like, I will fall in love with you. Right there, on the spot. I'm not a big fashionista like many bloggers out there, but I will say a motorcycle jacket is a staple in my wardrobe. That's the one clothing item that I'm ridiculously picky with. The length, color, texture, placement of hardware, and even the collar type has to be 100% perfect for me.

I'm a huge fan of the rocker chic look here (as you can kinda get a hint of in this Taylor Jacobson post I did a while back). And I feel like throwing a black leather jacket on just about any look can grunge it up, and I love that. Black jeans and a leather jacket? Yes. Sundress and a leather jacket? Yes. Pencil skirt and a leather jacket (if done really right)? Yes.

I have one that I've recently bought, so I'm good for about...two more seasons (yes, I make sure to get my money's worth out of my outerwear). Then it's off to picking and choosing which black is the right black, and what color metal I want the zipper to be.

August 26, 2015

Why I Choose Not To Do Much For My Birthday.

My birthday is coming up in a few days (yay for being a Virgo!), and everyone keeps asking me "Well what are you doing for your birthday?". My response is usually "I don't know". But I'm pretty sure I do know what I'll be doing for my born day - absolutely nothing. And I'm fine with this.

For the past few years (maybe two or three) I haven't done anything extravagant to celebrate my special day. A lot of my friends go all out for theirs - bottle service at clubs, strippers, beach day, etc etc. But I was never one for all that glitz and glam. I'm a quiet and somber person, so I usually spend my birthday the same way.

Me at Lips NYC for my 22nd birthday.

At first I was a bit ashamed of this - not having an over the top celebration like everyone else. But at this point in my life, I've come to terms with it. And I'm quiet content with the idea of staying in and just chilling out. If I were to do something, it'd be a simple lunch date or walk through the park with one or two of my closest friends. That is fun for me - being around people I care about and just enjoying the time with them. I don't need eight bottles of Patron and an angry bar fight to make me feel like I actually did something for my birthday.

What's your ideal way to celebrate your birthday?



August 24, 2015

Summer Face Products I'm Using.

During the summer I actually am not a fan of loading my face up with tons of makeup. I sweat like a pig, and get oily super fast. So layers of layers of the stuff would just drop down my face after I've walked one block. But here's a look at my simple summer beauty staples for that quick "I don't feel like doing this but I have to look presentable and not melt" look.

 

Black Radiance Soft Focus Finishing Powder in Milk Chocolate

I randomly picked this up during a trip to Walgreens at the beginning of the summer. I'm still in the hunt for a colored setting powder that does NOT cost almost $30 (I'm looking at you, MSFs), and actually helps with my shine throughout the day. Not 100% sure this is the one so far, but I'll give you updates when the tempature cools.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer in 18

I've used this concealer for years and I love it. I do not love the price tag, but I really haven't found a concealer that does what this does (this actually ties with L.A. Girl's Proconcealer as my fave). Color is perfect, coverage is perfect, and it's just great quality.

Mac Blush in Supernova

You guys should know I have a love for all things mineralized or "baked". Supernova is that bright out there pink, that gets slightly warmed up by the gold swirl that's in it. It'd be nice if the blushes from this collection weren't limited edition.

Real Techniques Powder Brush

I was elated when I found out Duane Reade carried a few (read: very very few) Real Techniques items. I've been in the market for a new fluffy face brush, and this one is perfect. It's not dense at all and it let's you apply powder to large areas of the face/body quickly.

Rite Aid Angled Brush

I've had this for years, and it's still going strong. I switched to an angled brush for my blush simply because it fit my face shape better than your traditional flat brush.

Maybelline Greatlash Mascara in Blackest Black

I just opened this tube of mascara up a little while ago. I've tried it in the past and it was alright. It gave my lashes a nice, simple, everyday gloss over. I love Maybelline mascaras so I knew I couldn't go wrong here.

How have you switched up your makeup routine for the warmer season?

 

 

August 15, 2015

Oldies But Goodies: Face.

Here's another set of posts here at Strangeandpretty.com that you might have missed. This time, we'll be focusing on the face.

Traded in my MAC mineralized skin fish for this a while ago - Milani Face The Multitasker Powder in Chestnut.

Finally found a decent highlighter in the drugstore - Wet n Wild Rose Champagne Glow.

Was not at all a fan of this *~bronzer~* - Black Radiance Bronzer in Golden Shimmer.

This needs to be updated ASAPUALLY, as my routine has changed over the years - Daily Face Routine.

Another one that needs a 2015 update - Skincare Routine.

What face-related blog posts (from me or other bloggers) have you loved?