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Outfit of the Day: Mall + Dinner Date

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Shoes:

A2 by Aerosoles Combat Boots

Price: $109.99

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http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1984671/a2-by-aerosoles-ride-away-womens-combat-boots.jsp

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Dress:

Ellen Tracy Dress

Price: Unknown

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Purse:

Guess Purse 

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Necklace:

Bought at Dillards, brand unknown

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Mandirito’s Beauty Testimonials: An Ulta Haul for the Ulta-mate Hair! – Product Review

Recently, I’ve rediscovered the dangerous territory that is the Ulta clearance section, but also Ulta itself. It’s like the world decided to take all the beauty supplies I love and desperately need and jam them into one crisp, cute, not-so-little beauty emporium, with a clearance section better than the entire Walmart when it comes to beauty savings. I used to be a Walmart shopper for my essentials, and I’m not promising that I’ve completely sworn off Wally, but the products that I find myself looking at longingly always end up in the back corner clearance section of Ulta for me to scavenge. And so I did. I scavenged, spent an ungodly amount of cash on some beauty tools that I am certain I’ll be using for years to come, and if it weren’t for the cashier going b*tch mode on the customer that followed me about her “poor preference in hair setting spray”, my trip to Ulta would’ve been picture perfect. Aesthetic puns, hah. But seriously.

Without further ado, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the products that I purchased! This trip was basically all about the maintenance of my hair. Coming back to the university, I was more prepared than ever to battle the everyday Florida heat, and the suffering that would occur from walking back and forth across campus. I wanted to test out a few different styling products as well as products that would allow my hair to maintain its composure throughout the day, and I ended up purchasing three new products to take for a joy ride: Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray, Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray, and Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue.

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Got 2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Studio Size Hairspray:

Pros:

  • The first time I wore it was during my very first week back at school, last week, during a high-ninety-degree streak. I had put my hair up in a calculated messy bun for a class that I walked quite a distance to get to from the bus stop. I realized how hardy this hairspray is when I managed to keep my hair intact with only minor flyaways from wind exposure for a good 3-4 hour period.

Cons:

  • I’m not a fan of my hair getting crunchy with hairsprays, so obviously it bothered me that it got more rough when I utilized this product, but once you wash your hair, the rough texture goes away. It’s not permanent, but it bugs me, even when I have my hair out of my face.

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? It’s highly likely. I am always looking for deals and the first time I bought this was during a Got 2b buy-one-get-one-free sale at Ulta, which ended with me getting this volume hairspray as well as the anti-humidity hairspray. It’s not unaffordable when it’s not on sale, though, so if I were to get it again, it wouldn’t break the bank.

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470156

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Got 2b Guardian Angel 90% Humidity Defense Hairspray

Pros:

  • My hair is smooth and sexy! Yes, both! I would recommend this for all you lion-maned girls out there. We need to stick together, and this product was made for us. It’s practically begging to be used!

Cons:

  • Reference the brittleness comment above. This one makes your hair less brittle, but I still don’t like the plastic-y feel that accompanies the use of hairspray. It’s just a personal preference, really. If that doesn’t bother you, then the subtle aftermath of this product will not deter you. You will simply only reap the benefits of smooth tresses! Congratulations!

Verdict:

  • 9/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Yes! I have pretty decently long hair so this was an absolute must try! Often I find that my hair gets poofy and frizzy when I’m in the sun too long, so I’ve been generally looking for something to tone it down when the heat rises. I liked that this product kept my hair as “under control” as I’ve ever gotten it for an extended period of time. It works well!

You can check it out and buy it here: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6470158

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Bed Head Totally Baked Hair Meringue

Pros:

  • My hair is accepting of styling products, and I had never used a meringue before this product. With that being said, I don’t have much prior experience with similar products. However, I thought this product gave my hair natural, pretty waves. I used this with a little bit of the anti-humidity hairspray and they work together like a charm, but it works wonderfully on its own too.

Cons:

  • I particularly enjoy the beachy smell of this product, but if you don’t like strong-smelling products, this might not be the one for you. I don’t usually like to smell really strongly (I leave the scents to my perfumes!) but this one didn’t bother my nose as much as I thought it would. It does have a very strong smell, and if you’re not into that, I could imagine that this product wouldn’t be worth the price because then you’d have to smell it on yourself all day long. It’s your call, really. If you don’t like smelling like a beach, maybe give another one of Ulta’s meringues a go!

Verdict:

  • 8/10.
  • Would you buy it again? Maybe. It’s somewhat affordable ($15.95 at Target), it smells nice in my opinion, and it provides a subtle, pretty wave to my hair on days that I don’t have time to show before class. I would recommend this one to anyone who has hair, like mine, that sometimes just needs a little push to gain some volume.

This one I could no longer find on the Ulta website, but they sell it at Target at the following link:

http://www.target.com/p/tigi-bed-head-totally-baked-volumizing-prepping-8-5-fl-oz/-/A-14721340?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=14721340&CPNG=Unassigned&kpid=14721340&LID=13pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14721340&kpid=14721340&gclid=Cj0KEQjwveufBRDlsNb3kb-twMIBEiQASNH0xofSHTeJdsU_nYTUW5TxOEgQ5lo23eZK-EpGE1W8dlYaApwO8P8HAQ

Any questions, comments, or concerns?

Have you used any of these products and have something to add? Comment below!

 

The Short on Shorts Shopping: Are Our Bodies to Blame?

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Curves on a woman’s figure used to be celebrated as a feminine trait. I guess the party is over because every store that I’ve visited for shorts shopping has quite the unrealistic standards for my hip to waist ratio. Today, I tried on over twenty pairs of shorts, ranging from short shorts to those that are closer to cut offs to embellished shorts, each with its own proportions to ensure that I’d find a pair that didn’t feel too loose on the top, but definitely didn’t squeeze everywhere else. I ended up with one pair that hugged me just right, which ultimately left me happy and confident. I do have to wonder, though, how those who believe that it is their own fault that the clothes they are interested in don’t fit them, end up not in a ball of tears after what feels like millions of failed attempts. It can be hard to take the blame off of ourselves when we feel like we have physically deviated from the “look” that is force-fed to us at an early age. Our society promotes the standard that being thin makes a woman most beautiful (think “delicate”, “pretty”, “soft”), while being curvy or larger (muscular, thick) makes her less beautiful on the spectrum. When it comes down to it, curvy figures are hardly accommodated. I felt this deeply today. I felt like every single rack was mocking the fact that my body could not fit perfectly into the structured sizes provided to me. I don’t blame my body, though. I exercise regularly, eat healthily the majority of the time (my Chipotle fix is not going away anytime soon), and refuse to believe that the type of body that I have maintained and carried all through my life is at fault when the products that I, as a human, am meant to clothe myself with don’t provide me any bit of coverage, comfort, or dignity. This is the product of a society that wants me to squeeze into whatever mold they’ve got for me, and I’m not going to do it. I don’t blame my body for not being a size 2, or for having muscular, thick thighs that feel choked in cut offs. I won’t apologize for the way I am comfortable living and looking, nor will I apologize for not giving in to the belief that my body has to be different to be good enough to wear what’s being sold. I’m good enough and I deserve to wear clothes that look as great as they feel. If this means that I have to cut full-length jeans to make into shorts that aren’t going to leave my a** on display, then that’s what I’m gonna do. It’s bad enough to be shamed for your shape, but even worse when all that is available to you are pieces that exemplify what it means to have a body that is “acceptable”.

The horrible moment when you think the price on a leather jacket is a steal, you buy it, and then you realize that the cashier charged you for the jacket but left the security tag on the inside, making it look, legit, like a “steal”

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All I can say is thank god for receipts!

10 Things That It Would’ve Been Really Cool to Know Before I HAD to Know Them

1. ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER. I can’t stress that enough! I was devastated when my computer crashed, but luckily, I was able to back some of the most important stuff before the hard drive was replaced. Please, for the love of all things, do yourself a favor and back up your important document at least. I’m surprised my hair didn’t fall out from the combination of Final’s Week, a broken computer, and online exams that I couldn’t take on my own laptop. Just no.

2. Wear sunscreen for the sake of wearing sunscreen. I know it’s sticky, uncomfortable, messy….blah blah blah. I’ve heard the excuses. But you know what else it does, besides drive you crazy? It protects your skin. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to my skin to look like a leather purse when I hit 40. It’s some good advice, especially for those of us who are lucky to live in the Sunshine state. Protect it!

3. If you like a vegetable, don’t question it. Just eat it as much of it as you can. As a kid, I never used to like vegetables, just because they were good for me. But now, for some unknown reason, not only do I like vegetables, but I’m kind of obsessed with broccoli and lima beans. I eat them like candy. I am not questioning this, and neither should you. Stay healthy, my friends.

4. If you feel pain when working out, give it the time to heal. This may sound self explanatory, but working out on a pained muscle is like expecting a computer to update when it’s shut down. It just doesn’t make sense. Like you, I always want to be instantly gratified. I want things to just magically get better, but I also know that most of the time, that gratification won’t come soon enough. Just sit on it, but please, if it’s your leg or foot or something, do not do this literally.

5. Don’t buy clothes that don’t currently fit. You see this gorgeous dress, right? But they only have the size below yours. Bummer, yes. But should you make the spontaneous purchase in the hopes of it being a good choice, and a goal piece? Hell no. Do not do that. Unless you’re already on your way to a slimmer figure, it’s best to just buy for your size. Wear and buy what feels right, not what will feel “right” in the future.

6. Coffee is the blood of the gods. In high school, or at least the beginning of high school, I kinda just laid low on the coffee front, mostly because I was afraid that it would have the same effects as red bull. Crazy right? But you can’t blame me. Red bull gives me all kinds of shakes and shudders. But see, once I discovered coffee….the sunshine of my life came crashing through my eye balls. I could finally stay awake FOREVER. Hours upon hours of applying my energy to whatever I want or whatever I need to do! It’s hard to believe that this realization wasn’t in my grasp sooner!

7. If things don’t go exactly according to plan, or they blow up in your face, learn to take a deep breath. I could’ve used this advice in the instances before in which I had no control over how I felt BECAUSE I was stressed. See, it’s easier said than done, but once you know how to keep your cool when times get tough, it’s smooth sailing. I’m learning an relearning this every single day as a sufferer of anxiety, but it’s given me perspective that allows me to move forward effectively.

8. Magazines can’t tell you what you need to look like. If you’re comfortable in your skin, good for you. Most of us aren’t, and sometimes I even struggle with this still. It’s important to realize that the images portrayed in magazines ARE NOT REAL. I repeat, THEY ARE NOT REAL. They are images that have been idealized. Look at them like they’re art, but do not look upon them like they are what you should be. Not even the MODELS of those images look like that! THEY can’t even measure up to their OWN standards. Be you, because you’re hot and fabulous. But seriously.

9. Discouragement should make you work harder. People will shoot their discouragement at you like bullets. Build a thick skin, and when they think that you can’t do something, gladly prove them wrong. They don’t know who they’re messing with, but I know you can show ’em.

10. Life gets better. I know it may not seem like it. Car broke down? Boyfriend or girlfriend decided that it was time to call it “quitsies”? Exam grades bombed? Life feels like it’s constantly taking headshots and not giving you any time to retaliate? Life does get better. It may not seem like it now, or tomorrow, or the next day. But it WILL. Inveitably, something will happen that will put the ball in your court. Get ready for it.

I hope you guys enjoyed my 10 pieces of advice! These are the little things I have accumulated throughout my own life that have given me perspective for my future endeavors, and I thought they could come to use, maybe, for someone else. I REALLY hope they do.

Do you have any of your own advice?

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Small (Goodwill) Haul Vlog! :D

I went to Goodwill yesterday and got a couple of really cute things! I’m just starting to do haul videos, so bear with me! Please subscribe and leave comments. Thank you!