Urban Decay "Vice" Lipstick Palette!!

                                                                Hey Everyone

My sister gave me this beautiful lipstick palette for my birthday and I just haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet! Well, today was the day! The Urban Decay “Vice” lipstick palette comes with 12 colors and a retractable lip brush. The packaging is absolutely beautiful. I love the overlay over the colors that says “lipstick is my vice”. The packaging feels really substantial and expensive feeling. I am a very neutral lip color person. Apart from a red lip, I rarely venture into other colors than nudes and pinks, so when I got this palette I knew it would allow me to try things I never had bef

ore. So, without further ado, lets get into the colors!!
(I am going to talk about them in the order they are in the palette)

Sheer Shame
This one surprised me because it looks realllly dark in the palette but it actually comes out as a sheer pink/ purple color on the lips (duh… should have realized from the name!). I really liked this one a lot more than I was thinking I would. This color would be great for a little brighter of an every day color, like a fun summer event or something! It also applied nicely and because of the sheerness, it was super easy to hide and mask application mistakes!

OMG this color is bright. It is a great basic HOT pink (with a touch of purple)! It has a glossy finish that really catches the light and brings out its brightness/ awesomeness. This would be great for a fun night out with a statement lip. This one was pretty nice to apply as well, however because of the bright color it was harder to hide and fix mistakes.

Big Bang
This is the only color in the palette that had glitter in it, and 10 year old me was super excited. This is a fun bubblegum pink color with lots of iridescent glitter in it. This is a nice color because the glitter doesn’t come off as “disco ball” on your lips but its definitely noticeable. It allows the light to catch this color nicely and really brings the focus to the lips.

This color is a fun Barbie pink color. This one has a glossy finish that is perfect for summer days! Still would be a jump for me to wear this color on the reg but the color is so pretty, and im such a pink fan, I definitely think it can be done!

Wow, this one is red. This is the glossy red in the palette, and boy is it bright. I thought I was going to like the other color better (714, which is coming up next) because I tend to like more matte lip colors, but I actually liked this one better! I mean, if you’re gonna go red, go RED! And this one definitely does that. Might be wearing this one to a couple holiday parties / events this season! (here’s looking at you MICU holiday part!!)

This is the red I was most excited to try, but it kinda fell flat in my opinion. I love a red lip (.. because I think I am Taylor Swift).. and I tend to like matte reds more than glossy ones (they stay better and require less thought and maintenance). This color was dry on the lips, hard to apply because it didn’t go on very evenly, and hard to correct when I made application mistakes.

Surprisingly, I am disappointed in this color. As I said, I tend to gravitate toward nudes, but this one is straight up concealer. It is a glossy finish, but I could barely even see it on my lips, and after putting coat after coat on, I finally just gave up.

So this is the first of the “browns” that are in the palette. I was most nervous to try the browns because I have literally never worn a straight up brown lip before, but this palette is full of them (well.. there’s 3). I didn’t hate it as much as I thought, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite of the 3. This was a little darker than I would normally wear, and matte. It was easier to apply than 714 (the other matte color) but still not something I would reach for first.

Ex Girlfriend
This is by far the winner. When I opened the palette this morning, this was the color I applied for the day. I mean, very typical of what I normally wear, so kinda not the point of this post, but this glossy darker pink wore really nicely throughout the day, only requiring 1 reapply, which is pretty good for a glossy color. I mean, I can go on and on about this one, but I wont, because this is the most basic color in the palette!

So this is the second of the browns, and I definitely liked this one the best. It is the lightest, glossy and has a little bit of shimmer in it. It actually looks a little pink in the picture (maybe because this was the 11th color I had on and my lips were raw from makeup remover…) but this is definitely something I would wear on a daily basis. I also like it because it looks much darker in the pot, which makes me feel a little badass if I were going to pick it out!

This is the third of the browns. This one actually wasn't that bad either. It is the darkest of the three, but I really liked the gloss and a little bit of iridescence it has. I would wear this to a night event or dinner. Looking at the picture it isn't appearing as dark as I thought it was on my lips, so maybe that's a good one! Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be one of my faves!

OK this is the doozie of a color. This is the darkest, vampy-est and most daring color. This is a dark purple that can almost look black (as it does in the pot). I tried this one last because I was so afraid of it. So the verdict? Actually not terrible! It would definitely take a lot for me to wear it, and to the right event, but if I channel my inner Kylie Jenner, I think I would dare to wear this for an evening… so stay tuned, maybe I will one day!!

Well that’s it! I hoped this gave you a good idea of the colors in this palette! I would say its definitely worth the buy, its easy to travel with (comes with its own brush, which by the way I used to apply all the colors) and has a color for pretty much anything you need.

Hope everyone’s having a nice Sunday and preparing for the week ahead!

XOXO, Bethany


Sunday Wrap-Up 11/13

Hey Everyone!!
So I think it is now well established that I am not the most consistent with posting (sorry!!) but I’m trying!! This week has been EXTREMELY busy, with both social and school related things. I have been either at work, school or clinical every day lately, and it’s draining! I laugh at myself when I hear myself complaining because, everyone else in the world works 5 days a week… but when you’re not used to it it’s hard!!
Ok, I digress.
Here’s some of my favorite things that helped me get through this week!!

What I’m Wearing:

Since I’ve been going to clinical so often, my designated “business clothes” have gotten a lot of wear this week!! One thing I have a tough time with when dressing for clinical is shoes. I have weird feet and a lot of shoes cause blisters if I wear them all day. If I could wear Uggs every day, I would. My saving grace this semester has been just simple black Toms. They’re not the most fashionable but they’re black, plain, go with everything, and don’t hurt my feet at all. Winner in my book!! I also have them in a white lacey pattern (that I wore a lot to clinical in the summer), and red, but the blacks have become my go to since they just go with everything!!

What I’m Watching:
So I am pretty sure I am the only human who hasn’t watched this/ been obsessed with this, but I am trying to watch Game of Thrones. So many people love this series, I knew I had to give it a try (plus I thought it would give me some good convo for dates…). I started it a few months ago and got through season one, but had a hard time starting season 2. I enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but I tend to like shows that are a little “lighter” and don’t require so much concentration as I’m watching, since I usually like to have TV shows playing as I am doing something else, so I find it difficult to set aside hours of time to devote to watching. This past week though I started watching season 2 with my dad (super awkward… prob wont do that again). Idk, I’m gonna get through it.. slowly but surely! I have faith!!
What I’m Listening To:
There’s this new song I heard on Sirius the Highway. It’s called “Own It” by Bailey Bryan. I think its so catchy and I can really relate to the lyrics! Go check it out!

What I’m Doing:
This weekend I was able to take a quick break from schoolwork and I went up to Massachusetts for a “Friendsgiving” one of my college friends hosted!! I was excited for this because 1. I LOVE Thanksgiving food, and I am working Thanksgiving this year! And 2, I rarely get to see my college friends, who all live in Massachusetts, especially since I started school. I try to get up there to visit as much as I can, but I can’t help but feeling sad when events happen that I can’t go to, so I was super pumped I was able to make this one work out. I even got to see one of my close friends who had gotten engaged since the last time I saw her! It was such a fun weekend, it always makes me feel good when I see my college friends, and even though its been months since I’ve seen them, we always pick up right where we left off. That’s how you know you have friends for life!

Well, here’s to another week (and hopefully more posts… lol!)
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Xoxo, Bethany

Random Acts of Kindness!

Hey Everyone!
I wanted to do a quick post today about something that happened to me yesterday that I thought was worth the share.

Yesterday I was driving to my women’s health clinical and I stopped at the Starbucks drive through for a much needed caffeine boost. This particular Starbucks I go to always has a long drive through line. I was running a little late but I really wanted to stop. As I was waiting in the line between giving my order and receiving/ paying for my drink I was getting more anxious as the minutes clicked by. I felt myself getting annoyed at the people in front of me as well as the Starbucks workers themselves. I like to think I am a pretty positive person but I do find that I get very frustrated when I am forced to wait for things (product of my generation I guess).

Finally, it was my time to receive my delicious hot coffee, pay and be on my way. The girl in the window, visibly flustered, asked what my drink order was. I realized that the hold up on everyone’s order was obviously because things girl was new and incompetent, so I repeated my order in a sassier-than-necessary tone and shoved my phone out the window so she can scan my Starbucks card. Then the girl said “your drink is actually already paid for.”

This shocked me. 1. I have never been apart of something like this (but I have heard of events like this on Facebook, and even somethings think of starting one when I am in a drive through, but never have the guts to). 2. I instantly felt mortified for being so annoyed at this situation. I told the girl that I would be more than happy to pay for the person’s drink who was behind me, and left feeling invigorated with a big smile on my face.

This event reminded me that the smallest acts of kindness are necessary for our society to grow. In a time when there is much animosity between many different social groups, offering a small kind gesture to a complete stranger is required of us to restore the focus on humanity. The person before me had no idea who I was, what the color of my skin is, what political party I identify with or what religion I practice. They reached out in kindness to me because I am a human (who also happens to enjoy overpriced coffee). This is something that I personally forget to do on a regular basis, and now will strive to sprinkle “random acts of kindness” throughout the lives of the people I am blessed to interact with.

Just thought I’d share a little about how I’ve been feeling this week as we gear up for the weekend!
Xoxo, Bethany

Happy Halloween!!

I know it’s the day after but I was just having so much fun this weekend and yesterday, I didn’t get time to post!!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year because it allows me to feel like a kid again without being judged for “acting immature”. I love when adults are able to let down their guard and just have fun with something again. A lot of things in life are taken very seriously (as they should be) but I am always a proponent of bringing an element of fun and lightheartedness to situations. I feel like it allows stressful, important situations to be more enjoyable, and, in my opinion, will bring positive results.
My family has never really had a lot of Halloween traditions, it always falls in a really busy time of year as we are gearing up for winter, and looking forward to the bigger holidays that are rapidly approaching. However, there are a few things that I enjoy doing every year that really get me in the spirit of Halloween.
1.     Giving out candy.  

Although the fun years of trick-or-treating are behind me (unfortunately), I really enjoy giving out candy to the trick or treaters. I love seeing their costumes and just the joy on their faces are they frolick throughout my neighborhood. I live in a very residential area so the trick-or-treating is always

pretty good, although I must admit the number of trick or treaters has dropped recently due to the “trunk or treat” fad that’s going on.
I kind of hate “trunk or treat” because, while its nice to have a fun, safe, contained area for kids to trick or treat, 1 its rarely on the actual Halloween day, and 2 I think it would be extremely creepy for me (or anyone else for that matter..) to show up with my car, a bag of candy, and no children.
This year I decided to go to my cousin’s house and spend Halloween with her 9 month old, adorable, light of my life son. He dressed up like a lobster and it was pretty much the absolute best thing ever.
2.     Dressing up
I usually try to find some kind of a party or Halloween festivity to go to that will allow me to get dressed up in a costume. I used to love dressing up and going out for Halloween in undergrad, but unfortunately since I’ve graduated my work schedule hasn’t let me attend that many Halloween parties.
This year, I was able to go to my friend’s Halloween party on Saturday which was so fun. Everyone was in full on costume which was so festive. I dressed up in a “The LittleMermaid” onesie that I got from Target last week. I couldn’t decide at all what I wanted to be and while perusing on Target’s website I found so many potential costumes!
The party had food, drinks and overall merriment, which is pretty much what Halloween is all about!
3.     Halloween movies
I have a love hate relationship with scary movies. It’s always hit or miss on whether I will really like it or won’t be able to sleep for a month, so I tend to steer clear of horror movies, especially if they involve evil spirits (literally made my college roommate walk me to the bathroom after watching the Exorcism of Emily Rose).
What I do love though are fun Halloween movies like Halloweentown and, of course, Hocus Pocus. The fun tradition of watching these movies every October is something I look forward to all year long.

Hope everyone had such a fun Halloween! Let me know your favorite Halloween traditions in the comments below!

Xoxo, Bethany
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