Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : September 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

bareMinerals BarePro Liquid Foundation

So as many of my posts begin, I need to send a big 'ol thank you to Influenster for letting me try and introducing me to a product that is now my absolute favorite. We're talking about the bareMinerals BarePro Liquid foundation. Like, oh. my. god.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know foundation is quite the pain for me. I have a lot of trouble finding exactly what I want: the right color, finish, lasting power etc... I have found a few that I do like, i.e. the Wet 'n Wild Photo Focus foundation for a whopping $5 and the Urban Decay Naked Skin. Not including my extreme coverage favorite, the Lancome Teint Idol foundation. That stuff is next level. But today we're focusing on every day foundation here and BarePro is my new holy grail.

For some reason, I was never drawn to the bareMinerals brand. I'm not really sure why, but I think it was around when they first became popular for the powder foundation. My skin is way too dry for powder foundation, so I just never really got into it. I do regret not trying it sooner though, because I was definitely missing out!

There is so much to love about this foundation. First off, it blends like a dream. I just pump a little bit at a time on my beauty blender and dab dab dab away. It covers evenly and is very easy to build. I'd say it comes out as a medium/full, dewy coverage. I love the way it looks and it's perfect for my every day makeup. And boy does this baby last! I typically work really long days and I don't take my makeup off as soon as I get home so I'd say it's on for a solid 12-14 hours. Let me tell you, there is hardly any fading and no breaking up. I mean, obviously after all that time any foundation is going to fade and not look as fresh as when you first put it on. But this one really does a great job of staying smooth throughout the day. I also never have to touch it up. Not once. #blessit

Overal, if you couldn't tell, I'm obsessed. Oh, and it also has SPF 20 which is a nice little perk, especially if you live at the beach!

XO, Briana

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Thought About Jeans

So I went shopping yesterday looking for some basic pieces for work. I am in need of jeans, which is and always has been, a nightmare for me. I thought it would be easier to find clothes now that I am averaging around a size 12 and it has been, but not for jeans.

Jeans are a curvy girl's worst nightmare.   Although there are many brands that include "plus sizes," they simply aren't cut to fit a curvy figure. Being a somewhat in between size, I find that straight size lines that go up to a 12 or 14 are too straight through the hips and strictly plus size lines are too loose in the bottom. (Don't even get me started on plus sized tops that find the need to accommodate a DDD bust in a 1x top...) On top of everything this endless hunt requires, now we also have to deal with misleading style names.

I want to point out that I really like Joe's jeans as a brand. I love the styles, the quality and the overall feel of the jeans they produce and have sung their praises to many a customer. However, I have yet to find a pair that actually fits me. The brand goes up to a 32 waist, which I would say I usually wear a 32 or 34. When I came across a pair called the "booty fit," I thought I may have finally found my match. Now I did realize "booty" could have referred to the somewhat bootcut leg, but I figured since it was the booty fit and not booty cut, that the fit was designed for a girl with hips and thighs.

Fade out to the fitting room: me with my "booty" jeans not even making it past my knees. I couldn't even tell if they would fit on the booty. These jeans had zero, and I mean ZERO, stretch or any kind of Lycra. So apparently I was totally wrong about it being a curvier cut. Like I wasn't already frustrated, now I'm disappointed. Apparently not only am I not skinny enough for Joe's but I'm also too shapely? 🙄

I am still trying to wrap my mind around why so many brands are catering to skinny, curveless women when, in reality, they are the minority. I've realized that even if I lost enough weight to get to a size 6, I would still struggle. The fat may melt away, but the Puerto Rican thighs and booty are forever.

If I never get the opportunity to design my own line, I ask that someone please fix this problem! At least refrain from using misleading style names that make me feel like I'm not good enough to wear your clothes. *Mic drop*

XO, Briana

Monday, September 4, 2017

Instagram Wish List

For a while now I've been collecting some things on my Instagram saves that I've been obsessing over. Basically, its a wish list of things I most likely will never get my hands on. Either way, it doesn't cost anything to admire them from afar (sigh..) So here are my favorites! Maybe some of them will make it onto my Christmas list! ;)

Mermaid Goodies from Sincerely Sweet Boutique

You could probably pick something from this website with your eyes closed and I'd probably love it! This place has the biggest selection of mermaid goodies that I've found so far. They've got everything from bathing suits, to seashell compacts, to mermaid tarot cards! I'm in serious need. Plus, as I've featured above, there's even something super cute for blind mermaids like me! LOL.

Handmade Batik Clothing

Batik is a hand dying technique that is native to Indonesia and it is absolutely a work of art! Jenny Handmade Batik has been on my radar for a while and she creates some seriously gorgeous pieces! I've saved quite a few favorites, but this one was my most recent! I love the mudras on this cute little crop top!

The Jungalow Stationary

First off, let me say that I absolutely love everything that Justina Blakeney and company produce from their uber creative noggins. Like, who wouldn't want to spend all of their time in THIS room?! Decor aside, they just recently came out with this adorable stationary collection and let me just say, I need those palm leaf notebooks in my life!

Aloha Charm Necklace

I've had my eye on this baby for a while and it will be mine someday soon! I just love the meaning of aloha and how delicate and pretty this is! I hunted extensively for something similar but a little less expensive, but this one from Love Me Knots Hawaii is the clear winner. It's handmade in Hawaii with 14k gold and pink coral. So unique! Plus you also have the option to customize these necklaces with whatever you want them to say!

Pacifica Crystal Line

The vegan, cruelty-free makeup and skincare company Pacifica has recently released a whole collection of crystal based products. How cool?! I found this picture from @bbcbeautyblogs on Instagram but this is only a few things that they have to offer.  One thing I found extra cool was the roller ball perfumes! Each scent targets a particular vibe like happiness or romance and are made in small batches with the crystal inside for maximum effect!

Island Style by Colleen Wilcox Art

Well, if you didn't know I was in love with this lovely wahine's art by now, you haven't been paying attention! I just adore the tropical themes, the bright colors and the unique way she puts it all together! I would kill to have this beauty hanging in my room right now, but I'll probably have to settle for the print. This particular one that she is holding is a giclee canvas print, which is a special, limited edition, high quality print on wrapped canvas.

Isla + Mar Hand Painted Hats

It was love at first sight with this palm leaf, painted hat. I find myself constantly double tapping on every hat and bag on their Instagram. Like many things that come from Miami, it just gives off that laid back, beach life vibe that I love oh so much. Plus, I'm pretty sure this one would go with just about anything!!

That's all for now! I could go on for days about the super cool things I find on IG, but I'll save some of those for another post!

XO, Briana