9.16.2017

Where I Shop For Jeans

I always picture that shopping for jeans will be magical; everything will be in stock, they'll be the perfect shade, and they'll fit beautifully. The amount of times this has happened? -4. Ya, I hate jean shopping. There have been a few times when after hours of trying on clothes, I come across the "perfect" pair, and when that happens, I always snatch them up. So, because I hate jean shopping and am assuming that at least some of you do too, I thought I would share a few of my go-to places for jean shopping. This isn't to say I don't shop elsewhere, but these are just some places where I have been consistently happy.


  • Madewell - If took me a few pairs before I finally found "the ones", but when I did, they were from Madewell. Madewell is perfect for the classic jean; they have tons of different sizes, styles, lengths, colors, and crops so I'm sure you'll be able to find just about anything you're looking for. They're a bit pricey at $130, which isn't terrible for jeans, but can add up if you're looking to completely revamp your wardrobe. My current faves are the 9" High Rise Skinny Jeans. 
  • TopShop - I have raved about TopShop jeans in this haul and this OOTD, because they are absolutely amazing. I love the basic back ones, but TopShop also has tons of different options, sizes, washes, and styles. Their distressed jeans are also really sturdy which I love. 
  • Everlane - This is a store I just discovered, and I'm in love. They too have every style under the sun; I'm super tempted to pick up a pair of their Modern Boyfriend Jeans, they're such a nice cut! They don't have a store near me, so I do have to order everything on line which is a tiny bit annoying because I can't try anything on, but so far it's been really easy. Also, $68 for a quality pair of jeans? These are such a steal. 
  • Abercrombie - I go back and forth with Abercrombie because I hate the smell of the store and it legit transports me back to like 5th grade when everyone wore "A&F" shirts. all. the. time. But, some of my favorite and most worn pairs of jeans are Abercrombie. I love their stretchy jeggings, they look just like jeans but are so comfortable. 
So, these are some of my favorite places to shop for jeans! Let me know any other favorites down below, I'd love some new places to shop!

XOXO,

Samantha

9.13.2017

Battle Of The Eye Makeup Removers

As I was cleaning out my makeup/skincare stash, I came across quite a few makeup removers. As I said in this post, I don't really care about what kind of makeup remover I use as long as it works. Today I thought I would share a few thoughts on a few of some of the eye makeup removers I've finished up within the past few months.

I started with the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($11/4.2 oz). This was a pretty solid eye makeup remover; it got off all my makeup, including stubborn waterproof mascara. It didn't have a scent which I really liked. It was a little too oily, it felt like it dripped a little bit and then left my lids feeling oily, but it's a pretty solid price.

Next I tried the Benefit They're Real Strip Down Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($18/1.7oz).  I didn't love this product. It has a gel/cream formula when you squeeze it out of the bottle. I ended up needing a ton of remover to get off my eye makeup and it was already pretty expensive, so I don't think that this is way to go if you're trying to save money. This product also requires a lot of rubbing which started to irritate my eyes.

I had a sample of the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover ($14/4.2 oz). I also liked this product. It was very similar to the Sephora makeup remover, the only real difference being the price. It did feel a little less oily which I liked, but other than that it was very similar. I also like this product because you don't need very much for it to be effective, just a few drops takes off everything.

I also tried the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($8.50/5.5oz). This is definitely the most accessible/cheapest one on the list, I've seen it at Target and tons of different drug stores. I think it worked really well. It wasn't too oily and didn't take a crazy amount to get off all your makeup. It also didn't smell like anything which I really like.

Finally, I tried the Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($8.49/120 pads). OK when they say "oil free" they're not kidding. These pads all felt very dry, almost as if there was not enough solution on them. They worked well, but I did feel like I was rubbing at my eyes the whole time.

Ok, so I know that by all means I have not tried all the eye makeup remover's out there. But I do think I managed to try a good selection of low and high end options. So without further ado, I think that of all the ones I tried, I liked the Sephora Collection one the best, followed by Neutrogena as a close second. However, I will probably end up repurchasing the Neutrogena one just to save money.

I really enjoyed writing this post, so let me know if there are any other things you would like me to compare! Also, let me know your thoughts on different makeup removers down below, I'd love to hear which ones you think are the best.

XOXO,

Samantha


9.12.2017

August Favorites

Hi guys!

Happy September 12th. August flew by and I have spent the last few days dealing with back to school stuff. I have an incredibly busy fall schedule, but starting around January, I want to start posting more frequently. I have so many ideas for series I can do, and I can't wait to share them with you! Anyways, I wanted to share my August favorites with you guys since I found some products I am in love with!

The first makeup product I have been obsessed with is the Wet N' Wild Contour Stick in Where's Walnut. This is truly the best contour stick at the drugstore. It blends seamlessly and lasts forever. I use this on the daily and love it so much!

To blend out my contour, I have been loving the Elf foundation Blurring Brush. Not only is this brush $3, but it blends anything out beautifully. I use it for stick contour, foundation, concealer if I am lazy; literally anything. Love love love this brush!

Another Elf brush I have been loving is their Highlight Brush. I have been using this to set my under eyes as well as to highlight my cheek bones. I always find Elf brushes to work super well for a low cost!

The Colour Pop Bronzer in Paradise Cove is a beautiful bronzer that looks so incredibly natural on the skin. I love how it blends out and looks good with no makeup underneath! Colour Pop is also incredibly wallet friendly so thats always a plus:)

The Too Faced Hangover RX primer is another great product. It is super hydrating and blends well under every foundation. I will definitely be using this all winter when my skin is dry like a desert!

The only high end makeup product i am sharing is the LancĂ´me DĂ©finicils mascara. This stuff is incredible. I have the hardest time finding a mascara that doesn't smudge, flake, or transfer. This is one of the ONLY mascaras I can wear multiple layers of and still look incredible by the end of the day. Yes, this is expensive, but I do think it is worth the money.

The last product I want to share is the Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Mine Multivalent Fixing Spray. Wow, that is a mouthful. But i love this spray because 1. it smells like lemons, and 2. really works! The product reminds me a lot of the Milani setting spray (which I love, but find I go through that one way toot quickly) and is even cheaper! If you can get your hands on this product, i highly recommend it!

As you can probably tell, I wore incredibly light makeup throughout the month of August. But don't worry, I have some pretty cool products to talk about at the end of this month! Subscribe so you don't miss out on any of our posts!

Thank you so much for reading, and good luck to all of you who went back to school this season:P

XOXO,
Jordan

9.10.2017

Planner Organizational Tips

As you may know, I am OBSESSED with my planner. For the past few years, I've been using a Lily Pulitzer planner and I love it. I usually get the middle size, it's big enough to write everything I need to, but it also doesn't take up a ton of space. I also like that it comes with stickers to add a little extra pizazz. Speaking of stickers, I love all the planner instagrams and all the  sticker Etsy shops, but because I'm still in school I need my planner to be practical/a place to keep all my assignments and I don't have the space (or time) to actually decorate it, so I keep it pretty simple with stickers.


  • Color Code - This is my biggest tip for having an organized planner. I usually give each class a color (math = orange, science = green, english = blue, history = purple, french = red, other = dark blue) and a color for extracurriculars/personal stuff (pink). In the daily section of the planner I write out all my homework and details about tests in the correct color. In the monthly section, I just write "test" or "paper due" in the correct color so I have enough space for everything but still know when I'm busy in each class. 
  • Don't Overcrowd - I put all my homework, assignments, tests, and important life events in my planner but I don't clutter it with silly things.  For example, if I make day-of plans, I won't rush to write them in my planner but if I have an audition or a birthday, that will definitely be written in. 
  • Make It Easy To Read - This kind of goes along with the last tip, but make sure your planner is easy to read (it's not helpful if you can't read anything). I always try to write super neatly and not cross out/scribble. 
  • Post-It To Do Lists - I don't like to write my to-do lists on each of the daily sections, so I write them on post it notes and stick them on top. This way I can keep my to-do list separate and easily see what I need to move to the next day. 
  • Write Things Early - As soon as I know a due date, I write it in my planner. I know you then have the risk of having dates moves and crossing things out (ughhhhh), but trust me, writing things earlier will help you stay on top of all your work. 
  • Be Specific - I find that it's much more helpful when I write specific things to do instead of being more general. I won't just write "work on history paper", instead I'll write "finish history paper outline" or "take notes on 3 sources". This helps make all tasks manageable and I'll feel like I'm actually accomplishing something if I have a set goal to finish each day. 
Ok, so I know that this was a really quick post but honestly, having a planner has totally changed my life. It keeps me much more organized, helps me stay on top of tasks, and helps me remember everything going on in my life. Let me know how you guys organize your planner - I'd love to see other tips! 

XOXO,


Samantha 

9.06.2017

18 Etsy Shops To Love

I honestly can't remember how I was first introduced to Etsy, but ever since then, I've been in love. But with everything on the site, it can be a little overwhelming. I've purchased everything from artwork to things for the blog to clothes to gifts. Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite Etsy shops with you guys!


  1.  Milk and Honey Luxuries - These stamped spoons are so cute! 
  2. Black Pearl Maker - I purchased a shirt as a gift for one of my cousins and she absolutely loved it! They're so soft and extremely durable. (Also I'm kind of obsessed with the boob shirt, but I don't know if I could ever actually wear it out lol). 
  3. Brand IT Girl - This is a great shop for prints - I love the dresses and I'm thinking about getting them for my closet. 
  4. Color Watercolor - This is another great shop for prints and I love that everything comes in sets. The flamingoes are definitely my favorite. Use the code SHADOWANDGLOSS for 20% off! 
  5. Happy Cat Downloads - Ok another great shop for minimalist prints. The octopus print is stunning. For 10% off orders of $20 or more, use the code B20G10P at checkout. 
  6. Layered Luxe Jewelry - This shop has gorgeous dainty jewelry, and they can be personalized. 
  7. K2 Harmony - I was given one of their Leo constellation necklaces for Christmas last year, and I love it! They're beautiful and extremely high quality. 
  8. Copper Penni - This is a great shop for knit hats and scarves, they're so soft and cozy. 
  9. Planner Sticker Jubilo - As you may know, I love planners and I love stickers! This shop has tons of unique and useful stickers which I love. 
  10. Oh Doodle Shop - Another great sticker shop. I love all the fun stickers and spreads! Use the code SHADOWANDGLOSS for 20% off any order over $10. 
  11. Box Sparrow - This shop is the perfect place to go for ceramic dishes and mugs. They're so unique and the perfect addition to any house. 
  12. Callicrafty - I am in love with this shop for all things stationary; they have gorgeous notebooks, stamps, and washi tape. 
  13. Clayn Soul - If you're having a "treat yo'self moment", this is the shop for you. The whipped body frostings are awesome and I'm pretty sure I need the anxiety relief oil in my life. 
  14. Sugar Tree Gallery - This is the perfect shop to find gifts; the personalized wooden cutting boards or coasters are so special and one-of-a-kind. For 10% off your order, use 10OFFSTG at checkout.  
  15. Sawyer Ceramics - Another great shop for ceramics. I love how everything matches and is super useful in the kitchen. 
  16. Blogger Kit Co - This shop has been a super useful resource for S&G, the media kits are gorgeous. Use the code TENOFF for 10% off orders of $14.50 or more. 
  17. Tangerine Printables - This is an amazing shop for all sorts of printouts. Seriously, it has everything from blog planners to doctor visit trackers and migraine trackers. For 15% when you buy 3 items, use TANG18 at checkout. 
  18. Plan My Everyday - Another amazing shop for everything planner related. The personalized planners/notebooks and iPad sleeves are so cute. 
Ok, so these are some of my favorite Etsy shops. Like I said, there are thousands of Etsy shops so if you have some favorites (or you have one of your own), I'd love to hear about it! 

XOXO,

Samantha 

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