5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Beauty & More!) – February 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

There are countless of blogs out there, so I began this blogging series in December in hopes to share the incredible sites I come by. This month’s picks happen to include more fashion and beauty related blogs, but you’ll find these bloggers have an array of interests that are seen on their sites. If you have a blog of your own or adore a particular one, please feel free to share it and meet others.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


One of the first style blogs that stood out in February of 2017 is CIISTAFFAIRS by Minneapolis-based blogger Valentine. Her fashion blog is full of personality and documents her personal style, often featuring outfit combinations that range from casual everyday wear to items fit for the runway.

 

Another stunning blog that will inspire you when you’re in need of some fashion inspiration is The Bottle Blonde. Sydney Wilfley, the blonde behind this welcoming blog, writes she’s a “lover of fashion, beauty, food, and all the fund things in life.” Expect holiday lookbooks, seasonal style trends, and bold lip colors!

 

Heathermoors is a creative space where thoughts are delicately and gracefully expressed through photography. The style blogger also responds to different literature and invites you to discuss them with her. Heather lets her readers into her mind not only by her writing but by her manner of dress.

 

For those who are more interested in all things makeup, Catty Natty Beauty by Natalie is a refreshing cruelty-free beauty blog that provides great insights on bunny friendly makeup options. The Chicago-based blogger reviews products, which range from makeup to skincare, and informs of promising subscription services.

 

Baking can be challenging and prove to be quite the nemesis for many people. Samantha from The Beauty Spyglass shares some of her recipes in a way that both novice and experienced cook can understand. Her lifestyle blog is not solely about the musings of a foodie, but rather a creative outlet that has a little bit of everything.

 

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “January’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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Haul from VanityBox Makeup Artistry Store

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

A small cosmetics store known as VanityBox Makeup Artistry in La Puente, California, caught my eye, for they carried beauty products from brands I had not been able to get a hold of. The studio offers PRO discounts to qualified beauty professionals and is open to fellow makeup enthusiasts like myself. I visited VanityBox with my dear cousin and purchased a few things I had my eye on.

Even though the store is on the smaller size, there is a generous amount of prominent cosmetics brands to choose from. They have an entire wall dedicated to Morphe Brushes and eyeshadow palettes (yes! I got my 35O here!). I picked up the M158 – Angle Liner/Spoolie for my brows and the M441 – Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. I also picked up two pairs of false lashes from the cruelty-free brand Koko LashesThe first pair of lashes is in 104, which is on the more natural side, and the second pair in Queen B is rather dramatic. To my surprise, VanityBox had the new L.A. Girl Cosmetics foundation in stock during a time when it was sold out everywhere else. The last two products I purchased was the Pro Coverage HD Long wear Illuminating foundation in Natural and the Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory from L.A. Girl Cosmetics.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Not too long ago, I was nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book and very much appreciate the gesture. I am excited to share that I have been nominated by Paige from the blog Currently, Lately for another award. This particular award allows bloggers to share more about themselves, spread the love of blogging, and builds a stronger community. Before I begin, I would like to thank both bloggers who thought of me. You are both too kind.

Award Rules:

You thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! [Then,] share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)! Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.


About Me

  • One of my favorite TV shows is Jane the Virgin, an American telenovela.
  • Eyebrows are such an interesting thing to me, since they frame the face.
  • I’m actually half Spanish and half Peruvian!
  • English Literature and education is what I’m majoring in.
  • A dream of mine is to start an online fashion store.
  • I have two younger brothers and a cute little (not so little) Husky.
  • Aside from writing and artsy activities, I love traveling and learning about new places.

Nominations

The following sites are absolutely lovely, ranging from fashion to beauty blogs.

  1. Cooking with a Wallflower
  2. Darly Lifestyle Blog
  3. el-esque
  4. Helpless Whilst Drying
  5. It’s Laura Rebecca Jonas
  6. Just Like Heaven
  7. Little Beauty Book
  8. Little Yellow Butterflies
  9. Musings of a Makeup Junkie
  10. Natalie Breuer
  11. Santino Co 
  12. The Bottle Blonde
  13. Tees & Coffee
  14. THIS IS MY BLISS
  15. Thursday in August

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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Wet ‘n Wild Vegan Makeup Brushes Review

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday ❤

Cruelty-free cosmetic brand Wet ‘n Wild released a vegan brush set designed for effortless makeup application at an affordable price. These brushes have been all over social media and many beauty influencers have raved about them. After trying them out myself for several weeks, I learned whether or not each brush in this vegan line is truly worth the hype. Have you tried any of the brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

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Product Details

There are 17 vegan brushes in this collection. You are able to purchase them individually at select drugstores or in a bundle on the Wet ‘n Wild websiteThe cosmetics brand states that their “cruelty-free brushes have innovative bristles and an ergonomic design making any look quick and easy to perfect” (wetnwildbeauty.com). The “Brush Bundle,” which includes all 17 brushes from the collection, retails for $28.99 USD on the brand’s site and each individual brush varies in price.

Featuring two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex that mimics the consistency of natural hairs to pick up formula effortlessly. Holds any cream, powder, or liquid formula without absorption (wetnwildbeauty).

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Review*

I made sure to test out these brushes with different products (e.g. liquids, powders, etc.) from different cosmetics brands. I found that the quality and longevity for the majority of the brushes is superb; they work well with most of my beauty favorites. After a few washes, the pink on the bristles fade but not drastically. The design and color scheme is lovely and stands out when displayed. Each brush was designed for a particular purpose, so I’ll go more in-depth about which ones work best and how I use them.

These are the brush evaluations:

  1. Angled Liner Brush C781B ($0.99 USD) – The brush has angled bristles meant to work with the shape of the eye; however, I found that the brush is rather thick and may work best for the brows.
  2. Bent Liner Brush C783B ($0.99 USD) – I personally have not mastered the wing liner and this brush made it slightly more difficult to do. The bent brush is supposed to create a perfect angle for liner, but I find that and the bristles unsuitable for my preferences.
  3. Blush Brush C796 ($2.99 USD) – The size of the blush brush is ideal and picks up a decent amount of pigment. It is definitely one of the most affordable brushes for blusher on the market and does a proficient job.
  4. Brow and Lash Comb C784C ($0.99 USD) – This brush has a side meant for brushing the brows in place, which it unfortunately does poorly, and a side with a lash comb. I did not reach for this brush at first since it the brow side had thick bristles. After using it to separate my lashes once, I reach for it all the time now to avoid mascara from clumping together.
  5. Contour Brush C790 ($1.99 USD) – Since the brush has an angle, the shape allows for easy sculpting of the face. This particular brush feels soft and is one of my favorites from the vegan makeup brush line.
  6. Crease Brush C787 ($0.99 USD)- Although I believe this crease brush is somewhat larger than it should be, it does a great job blending and diffusing eyeshadows. It is another soft brush at an incredible price.
  7. Fan Brush C791A ($2.99 USD) – I for one am into a subtle everyday highlight and occasionally participate in a stronger glow on special occasions. The bristles on the brush feel too synthetic and don’t pick up much powder. It is my least favorite brush from this line.
  8. Flat Top Brush C792A ($2.99 USD) – The bristles on this brush are densely packed and mixes well with some foundations. It does tend to shed, but it does not leave foundation looking streaky.
  9. Foundation Brush C795A ($2.99 USD) – I am not a big fan of this foundation brush, for the bristles are too synthetic (similar to the fan brush) and does not blend liquids well. It can, however, be used to apply foundation on to the face.
  10. Large Concealer Brush C789 ($0.99 USD) – It really is a large brush and can apply concealer well. I do not find myself reaching for this though, since there are better brush that can blend concealer under the eyes more seamlessly.
  11. Large Eyeshadow Brush C786 ($0.99 USD) – The eyeshade brush has soft bristles that I enjoy. The rounded bristles compliments my eye shape. The price is very generous and is overall a good brush to keep at hand.
  12. Large Stipple Brush C794A ($2.99 USD) – Stipple brushes can sometimes make foundation look streaky, but this foundation accomplishes a vibrant completion. There are two bristles lengths where the shorter fibers absorb excess product and the long fibers blend away.
  13. Powder Brush C797 ($2.99 USD) – I prefer a brush with more bristles to pick up finely milled powders; the brush is not as dense as I would like. It is on the larger side though and is good for touch-ups.
  14. Small Concealer Brush C788 ($0.99 USD) – The not head over heals for the large or small concealer brushes. The smaller brush is much to big for pin point concealing blemishes. It does crave out the brows rather well and can be used for concealing larger areas.
  15. Small Eyeshadow Brush C785 ($0.99 USD) – The bristles on the brush are stiffer than I anticipated, but it packs on color fairly well. The price of these brushes are incredibly. The small eyeshadow brush doe not give me trouble, even with shimmery and glittery shadows.
  16. Small Stipple Brush C793A ($2.99 USD) – This brush is very similar to the larger stipple brush. They both produce the same streak-free finish, work well with different foundations, and absorb any excess product.
  17. Smoky Liner Brush C782B ($0.99 USD) – Smoking out the bottom lash line is made easy with this brush. Like other brushes for this cruelty-free line, this brush is firm but soft and does the job well at a great price.

*Note: The price I included after every brush is what it goes for if you purchase each brush individually on the Wet ‘n Wild Beauty website (as of February 16, 2017).

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of these affordable brushes. They are all cruelty-free and vegan (which is always a plus!). When I purchased the “Brush Bundle,” it was $23.99 USD. The price has gone up since then, but the quality and chic design remains the same. I enjoy the majority of the brushes in this line and recommend them to fellow beauty lovers and artists.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I started a blogging series showcasing some of the best lifestyle blogs I come across! Check it out here.

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5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Travel, Fashion, & Makeup) – January 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Last month, I started a new blogging series with the goal to share some of the best sites I encounter. There was an overall positive response to the blogging series, and I received tons of support from other bloggers. I will continue showcasing five lifestyle bloggers each month; however, I will be providing more information on the focal point of each one.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


The first blog that stood out in January of 2017 is Arctic Sabrina. This lifestyle blog has everything from travel journals to beauty product reviews. The content creator, Sabrina, is a full-time student who graciously vlogs about her interests and will give you extreme wanderlust with her travels. Speaking of wanderlust, the blog Hello, It’s Jo by a fashion intern has a great series on the kinds of things to do and places to visit in London.

If you are looking for fashion and styling inspiration, Mox and Socks by Devinne is a great site to visit. This simple and chic blog is a creative outlet for Chicago-based blogger Devinne. She has wonderful outfit ideas and easy to follow hair tutorials.

I personally am quite the beauty enthusiast, and there are two bloggers that have this in common with me. Desperately Seeking Lifestyle by Ellie is a fantastic site for makeup and skincare reviews. Based in Scotland, this lifestyle blog also has helpful home improvement/DIYs sprinkled in. Beauty and the Beach is another great blog that sings to a makeup lover and contains creative eye looks.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “December’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Since my lifestyle blog Alive & Living is relatively new and has room for improvements, I appreciate those who reach out and express how my work has resonated with them. I feel honored to share that I have been nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book this past week. This award, which I did not see coming (lol), is an innovative way to connect the blogging community and commend the work of other dedicated bloggers.

Award Guidelines

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. [Then, w]rite a post to show your award [and briefly explain the] story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers [and] select other bloggers you want to give this award to. [Please remember to] comment on each blog [with] the link to the post you created [so they] know you have nominated them.


Beginnings

There were lots of things that inspired me to start blogging, but my family and friends inspired me most. These lovely people would always tell me that I am a creative and resourceful person, which basically motivated me to share what I have to say with the world. Once I joined Pinterest and discovered YouTube, I knew I wanted to be part of this online world and gave blogging a try. 

In this time and day, I learned people are alive but not always living. They are just going through the motions and sometimes do not pursue their passions or interests. I believe we should live life to the fullest and so named my blog Alive & Living, for it encompasses my life mantra. This little blog of mine is a creative outlet where I can talk about all things beauty, display my fashion evolution, try DIYs/crafts, and more.

Advise For New Bloggers

There are many things I have leaned about blogging through trial and error. If you are a new blogger (or even an experienced one!), I recommend creating AND updating a plan of action for postings. What I mean by this is establish a blogging schedule for brainstorming ideas, prepping, and executing your work. I found that consistency is key for blog growth and traffic. Another tip for bloggers is to find others in the blogging community that share your same interests and network. You can learn from their experiences, find inspiration for your content, build friendships, and make blogging worthwhile this way.

Nominations

I would like to recognize the quality and unique content from the following blogs:

  1.      Antonia Robinson
  2.      Busy Bee
  3.      The Chic Community
  4.      Currently, Lately
  5.      Dolled Up By J
  6.      The Homemaker’s Life
  7.      Jessica Jade Beauty
  8.      Of Pixie Dust
  9.      SIMPLY UNDONE
  10.      THIS IS MY BLISS

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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IPSY Glam Bag – January 2017

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and continue to receive tons of beauty products I enjoy. This month’s theme is “metropolis,” and it evokes your inner “city babe” style. The colors of the collective bag seems to be designed to reflect the skyscrapers of the city life. This bag also has a series of circular cut outs, or mesh fabric, and contains what are perceived as an urban dwellers belongings.

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The products I received January 2016:

  1. Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush by Crown Brush  Draping, a technique similar to contouring, is when you sculpt your cheek bones with different hues of blusher. The C405 brush may come in handy for this because the shape of the bristles align well with key areas of the face. I’m impressed by the quality of this brush in my bag this month. (I will be trying it out soon and updating here.)
  2. Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo – I received a handful of different sample-sized products of this brand before and LOVE what they do for my hair. I’m especially excited for this heat protectant since I will be experimenting with different hairstyles in the near future.
  3. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (in Light Medium) by Smashbox Cosmetics – My eye has been on the Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, but this BB Cream seems more practical for everyday wear. The shade range is not the best and can be troublesome for oily skin. It does have SPF, which is a plus in my book,  with (very!) minimal coverage.
  4. Hand Moisturizer by -417 – This brand is unknown territory for me, and the packaging was not very appealing. I do tend to have drier hands in the winter time, so I place hand lotions all around the house and make sure to always have one with me when I go out. This hand lotion is proficient at the moment and serves its purpose.
  5. Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer (in Neutral Medium) by IT Cosmetics – A lot of people seem to like this concealer and that makes me question if I have been using it wrong somehow. I prefer the coverage and consitency of the Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer more than this one. The shade also liked very white for a neutral medium. (I’ll be trying out different application methods and updating here.)

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

What other subscription services should I try?

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