New YouTube Channel!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I finally worked up the nerve to make my own YouTube channel after many, many years of watching videos online. I'd be forever thankful if you checked it out!

I'll definitely be posting some pictures from my NYC trip last weekend, but I'm working on a little video to go with them, so fingers crossed that turns out well.

Here's my lil' (jk it's almost 15 minutes sorrynotsorry) video on my everyday makeup routine along with some get-to-know me questions.

Let me know any other types of videos you want me to make!! But I have a few fashion ones planned out too..

Have a nice week, fam!

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My Colourpop Collection. (Mini Reviews + A Single Swatch)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Today, I have a little Colourpop Cosmetics collection for you. Just some mini reviews, and a itty bitty swatch at the end. Since this is a pretty new brand to me, the reviews won't be completely in depth, but hey - I'll try my best!

Highlighters ($8 each)

Lunch Money (left) 
Smoke N Whistles (right) 

Before going out on a limb to purchase these cream highlighters, I was a little suspicious. I'd never tried a cream highlighter before and wasn't sure how it was going to work out. Long story short - easiest highlighters to use by far. I just take my ring finger and pop it right on to my cheekbones, nose, and wherever else I want to highlight that day. They're super creamy and blendable if you make a lil' mistake. 

 Supershock Blush ($8 each)


Having only used this twice, I'd say it's a pretty blendable and natural shade for me. I really like it for minimal makeup days.

 Supershock Shadow ($5 each)


Honestly, I'm way too lazy to individually label all of these shadows. But I can certainly tell you which ones I have and love. First off, the formula for these is amazing. They're so creamy and blendable, like most of their other products. I'm getting repetitive here, but it's true. They're all amazing and you can probably find an eyeshadow for any occasion in their vast collection. The best part is that they're all only $5 which is extremely cheap for a single shadow! I usually use my finger to get the product onto my eyelid and then use a synthetic brush to help blend more precisely. I love the combo of 3 and Smash together to wear everyday.

Creme Gel Liners ($5 each)


I thought these were going to be some of my favorites in my first purchase from Colourpop, but I was sadly mistaken. Both are quite cheaply packaged and when I opened them, the stick of liner seems to be too thin, so they break off with any pressure put to them. They aren't exactly user friendly either. The color pigmentation and formula is great though, so I'd recommend to go for the pots of gel liner instead of the stick even though they are a little pricier.

Lippies ($5-6 each)

Lippie Primer ($5)

Lippie Stick in Lumiere

Pencils in Lumiere and Bound

Ultra Matte Lippies in Solow, Clueless, Trap, and More Better ($6 each)

These being the first liquid matte lipsticks I've tried, are very well done. The first 3 listed are quite similar shades, but those are my favorite kind. If anyone else is fair like me, let me just say that these lippies could go either way on you. All of them are darker on me than in the swatches I've seen on their website or on other people. Looking through a few reviews, other people have the same issue. More Better is the darkest red I've ever used and I don't use it often, but it's fun to have around just in case. As for all the others I own - they are all neutrals that I love to wear on a daily basis. I'm still testing out my new Matte Lippies, but so far, I love them. The only complaint I have is that they make me a little uncomfortable with how drying the formula is. Just make sure to moisturize before applying the Lippie!

Lumiere is such a gorgeous shade that I'd recommend for anyone. It's just the right combo between neutral and a pop of color with it's purple undertones. I've gotten plenty of compliments on it as well. And I'm totally here for it being created by my girl, Kathleen.

I bought Bound because it was supposedly a good brownish color to get that Kylie lip, and I'm not ashamed to say that's why I got it. I don't use it as often as I thought I would, but I usually pair it with Modest lipstick by Mac.

For some reason, my idiotic self forgot to take individual pictures of my (probably favorite) lip products. Good news is that I took a ridiculous amount of selfies in the color I'm wearing today.

Swatched below is the Ultra Matte Lippie in Clueless!

(I was really feelin' myself, I told y'all..)

Exciting news thoughhh. I'm going to NYC this weekend, so I'll definitely be taking PLENTY of pictures. I already have a few outfit and makeup ideas too, so hopefully I can get someone in my fam to take pictures of my OOTDs (is that still a thing?). 

 Comment your favorite Colourpop products, so I can try a few more.
I hope you all have an amazing week!
Larissa xo.

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Makeup Palette Collection

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

 Hello. It me.

I haven't posted in (almost) a year. But I didn't have a camera and I didn't feel like looking for pictures on Tumblr or anywhere else on the Internet because I'm the laziest person you'll ever meet. But I just got a new camera for Christmas and I'm back. With HQ photos, even though they aren't edited and were taken very quickly. I'll get better at that.

But I collected tons of makeup over the past year. Today, I'll show you my high-end makeup palettes. These aren't necessarily the greatest out there (or in any specific order), but it's what I have and I'mma give my opinion on 'em. Let's get this show on the road then, shall we?

1. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette

I got this one as a present last week, so I've barely used it at all yet. The pigmentation and quality is fantastic, as it should be for $49. I wouldn't say the colors are wearable for an every day look though, as I once that they would be. I also really don't like that the little pots that the shadows are in are magnetic because whenever I pick up the palette, they fall out and move around, damaging the other shadows. I'm really not a fan of the hard shelled packaging, but the shadows are all beautiful and they smell like chocolate, so I can't complain too much.

I bought this one in the beginning of the year because I knew it was one of the rare cool-toned eye shadow palettes out there. Since I'm a cool-toned girl, I was fawning over it when I first bought it. I'd say the colors are decently wearable, but I've recently been neglected it for some reason. I really should get back into using it because all the shades are beautiful and highly pigmented.

I believe I received this palette 2 years ago for a Christmas present. Or maybe just one? I can't remember, but it was the year it came out right before the holidays! It was my high-end makeup product and I absolutely adored it at first. It's still my favorite aesthetically pleasing makeup palette to look at, but I rarely use it anymore. The colors just don't seem to look all that great with my fair skin and cool undertone for some reason, which is a shame. Don't get me wrong, I'd still recommend it to anyone who is into this kind of stuff and I'm sure we all know how amazing the Naked palettes are, but I only use it for special occasions very minimally. 

I've only had this gorgeous palette for a little less than a week, but I'm already in love. It's pretty amazing for contouring fair skin like mine, although I haven't tried any other contour palettes yet. I usually got by by using a bronzer that was a little darker than my skin tone. The first highlight shade in this palette is absolutely stunning for my skin! And the banana shade in the middle is excellent for setting the under-eye area. I use the first contour shade to begin the contour and if I'm going to a fancy event (like a Christmas party), I darken it up ever-so-slightly with the two other shades. It's amazingly pigmented and soooo blendable and user friendly in case you make any mistakes. 10/10 would rec.

5. Too Faced Star Dust by Vegas Nay Eyeshadow Palette (limited edition)

Funny story. I actually went in to Ulta a few months ago with the intent to purchase the Chocolate Bar palette before I received it as a gift. I ended up walking out with this bad boy after some help from an employee there. Thank God for her because this is hands down my favorite purchase I've made for myself. I got this palette in a giftset that came with eye glitter, Shadow Insurance Primer, and a bunch of detailed cards to get different looks with these shadows (which are way better than the Chocolate Bar palette ones of the same brand!!). I believe it was around $40-$50, which isn't bad at all, in my opinion, for the quality. I would have never pictured myself liking and wearing so often the colors in this palette, but it's turned out to be the best one so far. It has every color you'd ever need in only 12 shades somehow. But I'm in love with it and if you can still get your hands on it, I'd highly recommend that you do.

If anyone wants me to do some tutorials with any of these palettes, feel free to leave a comment! And if anyone has any recommendations for me, please let me know because I'd love to hear them!

xox. Larissa

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Books, Books, Books!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Here's a quick list of a few books I've been interested in lately. I hope they inspire you in some way, shape, or form!

Of course, I had to add a few magazines in there. They absolutely count as reading if you really read the articles and don't just skim the pictures.

Recently read: 

  • IT by Alexa Chung
  • Teen Vogue February Edition
  • The Bell Jar
  • Michelle Phan - Make Up

To be read:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Peter Pan
  • Fangirl
  • Darling Magazine Issue No. 10
  • Slice of Cherry
  • Rebels: City of Indra

If anyone has any book recommendations or anything they want me to review, just put it down in the comments! Have a lovely day x

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Welcoming 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

As I look back on my post from last year about New Years Resolutions, I am finding that I have accomplished many of them. Now they seem like they were so simple, but at the time they were completely the opposite. Over 2014, I have heard many people's opinions on various topics and have been able to personally find a part of my own voice through the world's. I have gathered and collected my own thoughts and opinions that are..mine. Something I can call my own. These ideas that I have concocted in my own head that were inspired by people I don't even know. It's amazing in a way.

I have also figured out myself that I have so, so many different thoughts I want to share with the world, but it would be impossible to fit them all in a single post. Even if I tried, I'm sure I would forget a few.

This year, I want to simplify my life. I don't want to think ahead or think about the past. I want to live in the now, as cheesy as that sounds. You can't change your past. You can't control your future, only do things now that may direct it. There is no reason to worry about anything except what you are doing right now, today.

The one trend I loved this past year was self love. Even if most of it was in a cocky, arrogant form - it was such a great message. I am a firm believer in the fact that you cannot love other people until you learn to love yourself. I can make a whole other post on that though. Loving and taking care of yourself is honestly the most important part of living.

So here are a few of my New Years Resolutions.

1. To take care of myself. Drink a lot of water, eat whenever I'm hungry and stop whenever I'm full. Take off my makeup every night, brush my hair every day,
2. Treat myself.
3. Inspire others.
4. Make some new friends.
5. Stop judging people at first glance.
6. Be more optimistic.
7. Save up money.
8. Read and write every day.

I highly encourage you all to make a small set of your own resolutions for this year. Just some small, simple things. Like listen to new music - branch out. Try new foods. Google something you hear that sounds interesting to you! Learning a few new things everyday is what life's all about. Even if they seem stupid and useless at the time. No information is ever useless. Good luck and I wish you all the best 2015!

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Good as New

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I'm ashamed to say it's been almost six whole months since I've last posted on here. If you're still reading this, I love you for sticking by.

I have countless posts in my drafts at the moment. Over the months of getting acquainted at a new school and making new friends and keeping up grades, I've tried to write several different blog posts, but couldn't seem to make any of them good enough to post. I think I'll try to go make and fix them up after this.

I'll let you in on a little recap of my life over the past few months..

I started high school, so that's pretty cool. Nothing too much to talk about there. It's a lot easier than I expected it to be for some reason.

I've been practicing saving money and spending it only on the things I really want, and I highly recommend you to do the same. It's very rewarding. I buy mostly clothes and makeup with the money though, of course. Haha.

Another thing I really branched out in this year is my music taste. I've discovered I like basically every genre of music. And my favorite has to be indie folk. A couple months ago I didn't even know that was a type of music. If you want to hear some of my playlists here is my 8tracks and I'll definitely be updating it soon, because I haven't for quite a while.

I'm really getting into more high end makeup shopping and saving up to go on a shopping spree at Sephora every once in a while. I'll probably be doing a Christmas haul type post because of all the shopping I did this past week and with all the gifts I received. Would you guys like to see that?

Now it's already going to be 2015 in a couple of days..I almost can't believe it. This year has definitely been quite monumental for me.

This week I finally get to re-decorate my entire room! The excitement is almost unbearable, let me just say. I've been waiting a year and a half to do this and now it's all coming together. Pictures to come, for sure, my lovelies.

How were your holidays? Did you get any good presents?

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! Good luck, muffins. <3

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