Monday, July 27, 2015

Lip Pop

It's makeup Monday! 
I partnered up with Clinique for a special 2part beauty post.  Today, it's all about getting the perfect summer lip shade, but let me take it back to a couple of weeks ago.  I went to one of my local malls to visit the Clinique counter at Macy's and to get a full skincare and makeup consultation.  I must admit that I have never actually received a skincare consultation before.  I keep trying to think back to years ago and nothing pops into my mind.  These consultations by the way are free for everyone with no purchases necessary.  You even get to leave with a sample of your favorite product from the consultation.  I met with Jessica and she seriously opened up my eyes so much and really helped with my specific skincare needs.  My problem areas are mostly small dark spots that have formed from pimple scars.  I always tend to get them in the same areas, around my mouth specifically on the left side.  She explained to me that this is the most hormonal area on a woman's face, which is why so many of us tend to break out in those same spots.  Makes total sense!  She applied Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System, which by the way is the very first set of skincare products that I ever used years back. She also introduced me to other products that I didn't know about like their Revitalizing Instant Facial (amazing!) and Turnaround Treatment Oil.  I ended up leaving with a sample of their dark spot corrector.  Here's an interesting fact that I honestly never thought about.  Jessica told me, "In order for a dark spot corrector to work, you need to make sure that you are applying SPF to those areas first. If you don't and you head out into the sun, those spots will continue to be discolored."  I will go into more detail on all of the skincare products on the second part of this post, but I just wanted to fill you in a little bit now.  If you have never gotten a consultation before, I definitely think that it's worth your time.  After we discussed skincare and all products were applied, we moved on to makeup! 

I am pretty sure that by now you all know how much I love my lipstick!  I am typically all about bold, bright and deep colors and I also appreciate a great nude shade too.  When it comes to my makeup, I usually tend to keep my eyes simple and always pop out my look with my lips. Jessica noticed this right away when I met with her because I was wearing a bright pink shade.  No surprise there. :) She showed me all of the Clinique Lip Pop colors and instantly selected a few different shades that she thought would compliment my skin tone.  I love that there was such a big selection ensuring that there would be the perfect color for everyone.  Their Lip Pop lipsticks have a rich and weightless formula that fuses bold color with a smoothing primer.  It definitely felt moisturizing when applied, which is something that is important to me when finding the right lipstick.  Sometimes my lips tend to peel and I hate that.  The smoother the lipstick, the better!

The first one that she showed me, WOW POP, is my absolute favorite!  It's a bright pink and the one that I am wearing in the first and second to last photos. I have actually been wearing this shade a lot lately and maybe you have noticed in some of my recent instagram photos.  The color is great and it's long lasting.  I just think that those types of pink shades work very well with my skin tone.  I also really liked PUNCH POP & GRAPE POP.  Those are the other two colors that I have on in the photos.  They're a very pretty fuchsia and purple.  The other two shades are LOVE POP, a shimmer raspberry and BARE POP, a shimmer nude.  I like these colors also, but I am not so much into shimmer shades.  Which colors do you like the best and what do you typically look for in a lipstick?  I would love to know if you have already tried out Clinique's Lip Pop! 

Hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for part 2 when I get into more detail about all of the skincare products.  Happy Monday loves! <3 

This post was sponsored by Clinique.  All opinions expressed are my own and this was not edited by any third parties.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Love Affair With Fashion. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Life Chats

"Your worth is not measured in likes, comments, notes or followers; but in your ability to love, keep comments to yourself, take note and lead." 

I've seen this quote so many times and it's always struck a chord with me.  In a world where social media dominates our daily lives, far too often many of us rely on it to define our worth.  I can admit as a blogger that numbers are important, but I personally don't think that they are the only things that should matter.  Showing who you are, sharing your passions and creativity, engaging with the people who take the time to check out your posts, having fun doing what you love and above all always remaining humble... this is what should truly matter the most.  

A friend and fellow blogger, Emily, recently posted something on instagram about remembering why you started. It really got me thinking because this is a topic that I have often wanted to discuss here on the blog and it's great knowing that I am not the only one who has been thinking about it.  I've had this blog for almost 4 years and when I first started I honestly did not know the first thing about blogging.  I had no idea what it could lead to or that social media would become so important and popular.  I started it as a new way to create and express myself by doing something I love and sharing that passion with others.  It was therapeutic for me then and it still is today.  It helped pulled me out of a difficult time in my life and over these last several years it's really allowed me to find myself again.  I had no idea what I wanted to do and organically this creative outlet transitioned into a full time job.  I am still as passionate about it today as I was almost 4 years ago and it's still my creative outlet.  It always will be. 

With literally thousands of bloggers, it can definitely be difficult to stand out amongst the crowd.  Truthfully the best way to do this is to simply be who you are. Do not change.  Do not try and do what everyone else is doing.  Find what works for you.  Stay true to you and continue down that path because you will never regret it.  That is one of the main reasons why I created this whole Life Chats series.  I didn't want to be seen as just another fashion blogger because there is so much more that I want to share.  The best part about having a blog and being on social media is the ability to connect with others, to have someone relate to not just my style but the things that I am experiencing in life.  It's about inspiring [in any way] and being inspired as well.  Sure numbers look good, but for me connecting is way more important and I always want that connection to be strong. 

It's so easy to compare ourselves to others.  It's so easy to get discouraged on social media because our following is not as large or our photos did not get as many likes as someone else.  I admit that I have definitely fallen victim to this over these last several years.  It's not easy to admit that, but hey, I'm human and it happens.  I have come to realize though that numbers do not define whom I am or my worth and they should not define you either.  I am going to post what I love.  I am going to continue to share my passions, pieces of my life, and my creativity with everyone no matter what.  I hope you do too.  Remember that this is not a competition.  It is not a race.  Everything happens in its own time.  You might not be where you want to be yet, but that doesn't mean you won't get there.  It's all about forward movement and evolving.  Do not stop and always remember why you started.

I hope that you know how amazing and beautiful you are.  You do not need someone to tell you that.  You do not need numbers to show it to you.  Just believe it.  Thanks so much for reading today's post.  I hope you were able to take something from it. 
 Enjoy your weekend loves! <3 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A White Tee & Distressed Denim

Apparently I've got white shirts on repeat this week!  Totally unplanned, but I definitely notice that I go through moments when I gravitate towards the same types of pieces.  I have done this with blazers, printed shorts and now white tops. White tees have been a long time favorite of mine as they've become such a great staple in my wardrobe.  I finally got a slouchy one and I couldn't wait to style it.

T-Shirt: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: H&M [love these & these
Shoes: Schutz [similar] | Clutch: Clare V 

I ended up wearing this outfit on a really humid day [bad idea] and the camera lens kept fogging up when we were shooting it. [haha!] So I apologize if the quality of some of these photos is not the best.  When it comes to white tees, I will get them anywhere.  I love getting multiple styles since I go through them so often.  For so long I have been searching for a slouchy v-neck like this one.  It's extremely comfortable and I really love that it has such a relaxed fit.  Tucking it into my jeans might not be the most flattering since it tends to bulge out a little bit, but I honestly like it that way.  For this outfit, I just wanted to do something that was really simple and casual.  It's been awhile since I've worn these girlfriend jeans and I thought they were a good fit for this tee.  You seriously cannot go wrong with distressed denim, at least not in my book.  I put on my pink pumps and used my leopard clutch [again] so that this outfit would not be too plain.  I've always loved the pink & leopard combo! 

Hope you are having a good week so far! <3