Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns

Monday, March 27, 2017

Grace & Frankie

Not only have I become totally obsessed with the show, Grace and Frankie, but I have also come to the realization that those characters are pretty much the two parts to my personality. Gemini's are often referred to as having "split personalities," however it's not always a devil and angel situation. In my case, one of my twins is just like Grace: a driven, hyper organized career woman. The other twin, however, is just like Frankie: a free spirited, bohemian artist.

Having to cater to both of these personalities can be really difficult! Making decisions is a constant struggle, because I often can't satisfy them both. Recently, I've been trying to decide what I want to do after I graduate. Looking at the big picture, the type of job I want is pretty specific.  In my Grace state of mind I think, "Go to New York. That is where you'll find the most opportunities and the biggest job market in your field." But then Frankie chimes in: "But it's the North and there's winter and it's cold and there's no beach."

Like, obviously Grace's idea makes much more sense and is in charge of my logic system. She focuses on the best options and what will make me successful. But then Frankie is the center of my happiness. She knows that even though something makes more sense, it's not necessarily going to make me happy.

I know it sounds like it, but I promise I'm not schizophrenic. I'm simply excited about this metaphor that finally has allowed me to explain what it's like to have two very different parts of yourself and also helps me understand why I often feel conflicted. I can now more easily assess each part to my argument and decide whether to listen to one or compromise with both.

I guess the moral of this story is that if you find yourself having a crisis and can't understand why, just break it down!

XO, Briana

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Woah hey, where did February go?! That short little month just flew right by and I'm just now realizing I didn't post at all last month! I am so sorry for that. Life has been a bit chaotic lately, but in a good way! I got a big girl job (yay!) as an editor and prompter operator at a local news station which is pretty exciting.  I'm loving it already! With that, I have been working a lot in addition to my retail job AND school. So I'm like, pretty busy, but not enough to warrant a good excuse and for that I am sorry! I was on a roll posting once a week and I'm going to get back on that horse again starting NOW!

So for today's lovely little post I've decided to talk to you about how addicted I am to Instagram.  Like, it's really bad.  Whenever I have a free moment, I'm most likely checking my follower count, scrolling through my feed or searching for new people to follow. I like to call it, "instal-addicted." In all of my 'gramming, I've noticed that I tend to gravitate toward similar themes for lack of a better word, so I thought I'd just do a little roundup!

Anything Tropical

If there are beaches, palm trees or waves involved I've probably liked it and followed your profile because I just can't get enough! I love everything tropical.  Blame it on my Caribbean blood or my severe case of wanderlust.

Beachy/Bohemian Style

Well obviously you all well know that I am a fashion girl.  So pretty much any clothes I see that I would want to wear get my double tap. I particularly like things that are either super bohemian or surfer girl chic. Also there's the occasional couture gown or fashion show runway video. Love those too!

Makeup, makeup, MAKEUP!

Again, you know I am a makeup addict.  I love seeing the newest products, cool new looks and mini-tutorials! They inspire my own looks and help me add to that ever growing list of new things I want to buy.

The Bohemian Home

I've recently gotten really into home decor, and I love the super bohemian beach shack style (as you saw in my Happy Little Mess post a few weeks ago.) I'm slowly collecting a small mountain of ideas to implement when I finally get my own place!

Really Funny Shit/Really Cute Animals

Memes and puppies essentially.  Who doesn't love a good laugh or a puppy passed out on a steering wheel? I mean, come on.

Oddly Satisfying Videos

This miscellaneous category includes but is not limited to: calligraphy, cake decorating, weaving and mandala coloring.

AcaĆ­ Bowls

These take over my likes page mostly because they are really pretty and I know I'll never be able to make them.

XO, Briana

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

COVERGIRL Outlast & So Lashy!

I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of amazing products from COVERGIRL recently and I'm so excited to share them all with you!! You all know I've tried tons and tons of different makeup products at this point and let me tell you, these are pretty fantastic! I'm a little hesitant when it comes to some drugstore brands, just because I've used so many awesome premier brands.  But lately I've been trying to find things that are more affordable, because honestly I'm pretty broke from the holidays lol. COVERGIRL has always been one of my favorites and constantly delivers! That has not changed with this new line of Outlast All-Day products.  

I'll go through each product individually, as they all deserve equal attention! Above is me before using any of the products. I'm just wearing foundation. Man, those dark circles are something...

Ok, so this is the COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer.  The applicator tip makes it easy to apply under my eyes as well as on anything else I need to cover (i.e. blemishes and redness.)  I used a small beauty blender to blend it in, but you could just as easily use your finger.  The coverage is great and it definitely lasted all day! My only qualm was the color; it seemed to be a little too pink for me.  So I may go out and buy the right color, but I've still been using it and mixing in a little bit of white to even out the color!  

This is the COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder and it is my favorite. I usually go for a loose powder to set my makeup, but this pressed powder is so versatile! You can use it with the application it comes with for a super matte finish, which I like to do on my more oily spots, or you can use a big fluffy brush for a nice, even finish.  In this picture, I used the applicator on my whole face.  I don't really use it much like this because it's a little too much for my normal makeup. However, I would use it this way if I was trying to do a really intense, full face.  Overall, I really love this powder!

So this one isn't a part of the Outlast collection, but it is still COVERGIRL! I also got this one from Influenster and used it in this almost all CG look!  It's called the COVERGIRL So Lashy! BlastPRO Mascara.  Honestly, for this a picture is worth a thousand words.  I mean, look at my lashes! They look like falsies! They're long, voluminous, and well separated.  It's basically the Better Than Sex of drugstore mascara. But lets talk about that wand for a second. Weird, right? I wasn't sure about it at first, because it was a little hard to use.  But once I figured it out it worked wonders! Basically I just twist the wand as I'm applying the mascara to really get the full glory of the wand.  Plus, the little ball like end is great for grabbing those baby, lower lashes! Absolutely love this and would definitely recommend it!

The last, but definitely not least, of the Outlast collection is the COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Color and Gloss.  First, this color is BAE.  I'm a sucker for coral and when I found out that was the shade I was getting (Coral Crave) I may have done a little happy dance.  This is a breath of fresh air in comparison to all of the dark, matte liquid lipsticks I've been wearing. The base color lasted pretty much all day but I did have to reapply the gloss once or twice. Nothing out of the ordinary.  The good thing is that the base color stays even if the gloss wears off so you always have a nice punch of color! I also got tons of compliments on it! I can't wait until spring so I can wear this regularly!

Here's the full look! I honestly love all of the products and they have made their way into my usual rotation! I felt great that day because my makeup looked great and lasted all day! Much thanks to Influenster and COVERGIRL for allowing me to try all of these wonderful things for free! As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Comment and start up the conversation! 

XO, Briana