Denim Dream

One of my favorite pieces in my closet is my chambray shirt. It’s classic, lightweight and extremely easy for layering. As we head into the fall season — fall fashion is my favorite, bring on the cozy oversized sweaters — I thought it would be a great time to show you how to wear this piece in a way that is sometimes daunting to fashion lovers, the double denim look.
Chambray Look 1 This look is so chic and the statement accessories pop – I love to include leopard print whenever I can. Denim on denim can be   a tricky combo, but it’s totally achievable without looking frumpy. The key is using different shades of denim. This chambray shirt is a shade or two lighter than the jeans, so it doesn’t look monochromatic. We kept the look simple with the leopard shoes and incorporated gold and black pieces. This look is perfect for a casual day out or even when you want to look put together when running between classes on campus!

Abercrombie & Fitch’s Womens Drapey Chambray Shirt // H&M Skinny High Jeans //BP ‘Moveover’ Pointy Toe Flat // Charming Charlie Lady Lockbox Satchel // Bauble Bar Gold Pyramid Ear Crawlers // zero UV Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Catching Some Zzzs : Z Palette Review and Depotting Tips!

Z Palette Review

Hello readers, sorry for the brief hiatus but I’m back! While on my small blogging break, I discovered one of my favorite new beauty products the Z Palette!

The Z Palette is a magical item that magnetically stores all of your refill makeup pans, or your de-potted shadows, blushes, highlighters, etc. (It also comes in different sizes and prints/colors.) It allows you to build a custom palette using varying brands essentially – and it’s amazing.

I have been curious about the Z Palette for a long time. My Naked 2 palette sadly got destroyed when my cat knocked it off of the counter, broken hinge and a shattered Blackout. So I jumped at the opportunity to rehome the palette’s intact shadows. (I also hate having all of my eyeshadow singles cluttering my makeup bag.)

I bought the medium Z Palette from Amazon in black for $15.30, but the palettes are available at other retailers like Sephora, Ulta and MakeupGeek. I figured I should start small in my venture into re-paletting(?) I managed to depot the Naked 2 palette, a MAC shadow, Mythology, and another UD shadow, Blunt. Here are the final results…

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De-potting, the process of removing the shadow from its casing and putting it into the Z Palette, was not easy and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without YouTube tutorials. For the Naked palette de-potting I used Kaiden Capri’s tutorial and Brittany Sarah’s tutorial, which you can find here, for single eyeshadows. **My tip would be to take it slow! I got overly excited, went very quickly and destroyed a mini LORAC PRO palette I wanted to de-pot. Oops.**  Also, you can buy single pan eyeshadows (without the packaging) from several stores and skip this stressful step. My go-to for pan eyeshadow is MAC, you can get the same shades for a steal when you buy single-pan refills ($10 compared to $15).

Oh! Before I forget another note is that you can write the names of your shadows on the metal backings of the pan, for the singles though, I just took the stickers off of my shades and stuck them on the back of the Z Palette under the corresponding shade, like this:

Z-Palette Shade Stickers

I love that with this palette I can merge some of my eyeshadow stash, and can’t wait to collect more Z Palettes and grab some pan shadows from MAC. I’ll be sure to update you with new makeup pans for my Z Palette and hopefully I won’t get too addicted!

Do you have a Z Palette? What is your favorite store for refills?

Let me know in the comments section below!

From a Galaxy Far Far Away…

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One of this year’s most anticipated theatrical releases, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, has now even captured my attention with the limited-edition Star Wars-inspired CoverGirl collection!

CoverGirl asks its beauty queens, are you on the light side… or the dark side? The collection includes out of this world mascaras, vampy nail polishes and shiny futuristic lipsticks.

CoverGirl Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath created six amazing new looks and two in particular to promote the campaign: Droid and Stormtrooper. Droid, inspired by C-3PO offers a glimmering look that includes a stunning gold highlight, gold shimmer lipstick and metallic gold nails.

Stormtrooper on the other hand focusses on the monochromatic look and harsh angles of the Stormtrooper’s legendary armor. This look also features a deep maroon lip as a nod to the dark side.

In this collection are also 10 mascaras featuring classic quotes from your favorite characters including Yoda, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi. As well as five new futuristic lipsticks in Dark Purple, Gold, Red, Lilac, Silver and Nude.

Check out more images from CoverGirl and Star Wars’ latest campaign below!

This limited edition collaboration will go on sale online on September 4th and at mass retailers in mid-September! Essential for any super fans out there, I can already see recreations of Pat McGrath’s looks being a big hit for the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens in December!

What about you? Will you be joining the light or the dark side?

XO

AC

Photos courtesy of CoverGirl Cosmetics