Friday Finds: Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

Hey Fashionistas,

The thirst is realll…..for Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb!

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I first heard of Belif from my colleague who recommended it to me since I was complaining that my current moisturizing cream was too heavy. I felt that my past cream clogged up my pores…causing me to break out even more. So I went to Sephora to check it out and got some samples of it to see how my skin would react to it.

Well, let me tell you…..It was amazing!! Literally the BOMB cream that I’ve been missing (pun literally intended there). The cream is water based so it doesn’t feel heavy at all and perfect for summer! Most creams I use leave my face feeling sticky and yucky after 30 minutes of putting it on…but not this one! But I get ahead of myself…so why don’t we break it down!

Packaging

  • Simple, clean, and pure like water!
  • Has only the necessary information written to describe the product without getting confusing
  • Blue and White color scheme which goes excellent with the Aqua theme

Product

  • Smells a little tree minty but not too strong that it’s overwhelming
  • Cream is a light aqua blue color so it looks like water when you open it
  • Feels extremely light and airy
  • The older product was 18% hydration level but the one that I bought in Sephora is 70% hydration level!!

How it applies

  • Need only a dollop size to cover my entire face, though sometimes I go overboard and start putting it on my arms, legs, etc… *teehee*
  • Feels like it just melts onto my skin…like my skin is just drinking in the cream
  • Leaves my skin feeling hydrated and cool without the sticky and oily residue feeling of a regular cream

 

Key Question: Would I recommend it to a friend? ABSOLUTELY!!

I would absolutely positively recommend it to a friend, family member, even to a stranger! I love how it feels on my skin – cooling and well hydrated. The best part about the product is that it doesn’t feel like it clogs up my pores! I’ve been using the product for a week now and my skin feels super soft! I use it every night before I go to bed and I wake up feeling great and I’ve actually noticed that my skin has a natural glow to it! I am definitely going to be adding this to my post-makeup routine ūüėČ

Belif, you officially have my heart! I can’t wait to try out some of your other products ‚̧

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

*This post is not sponsored. I bought this product with my own money and all reviews are honest and come from my experience using this product.

Fashionista Thoughts

Have you used this product before? What did you think?

Have you used other Belif products?

What’s your go to post-makeup routine product?

Vlog Wednesdays: Post Lent Makeup Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

OMG!! It literally feels amazing to back here on the blog – posting, filming, and just talking to you guys! I’ve been going through a lot these past weeks and my computer ran out of memory for me to film…but I am now BACK ! Back with new content, a new hairstyle, new makeup….BASICALLY…a whole new me and just in time for the (unofficial) start of summer!

And of course…what better way to come back than with one of my favorite videos…A HUGE SHOPPING HAUL!!!

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Products:

Too Faced Born this Way Foundation – Warm Beige

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – Light/Medium Matte

Tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Double Dare

Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters – Radiant Lights

Real Techniques Brushes

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

Vlog Wednesdays: January Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

Just another typical makeup shopping addiction….

Face:
L’oreal Magic Lumi Primer
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
Maybelline Dream BB Fresh
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Too Faced Love Flush Blush
Tartiest Pro Glow

Eyes:
Tartiest Pro Eye Shadow Palette
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette
Benefit They’re Real Big Sexy Eye Kit
NYX Adorable Eye Shadow Palette
Mac Cosmetics Pigments and Glitter Kit

Lips:
Too Faced Melted Lipstick
Mac Cosmetics Lipstick – Chinese New Year
Mac Cosmetics – Mariah Carey
Kiko Milano – Lipstick & Lip Pencils

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

Vlog: November (in December) Shopping Haul – Makeup Edition

Hey Fashionistas,

Sooo…I might have gone a little overboard with my shopping last month. My last post was all about the clothes and accessories I bought. This post is a vlog of all the makeup I bought in November.

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*Feel free to scroll all the way down for the full video¬†of makeup products ūüėČ Otherwise, here are my top favorites for this month

Colourpop РViper Ultra Matte Lipstick

This has been my go-to every day matte lipstick. It’s the perfect winter lipstick. It has my favorite color pink but with a slight hint of purple base tone.

BITE Beauty – Amuse Bouche Duo Lipstick in Bronze

Throw the metallic beauty over any of lipstick to transform your day look to a fun night out look. (Shown in picture – Amuse Bouche over Bumble Ultra Matte Lipstick)

Benefit – Roller Lash in Brown

The HOLY GRAIL OF ALL MASCARAS!!! Enough said #shook

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Smith’s¬†Strawberry Lip Balm

I put this on every night and it keeps my lips moisturized and ready for some more matte lipstick the next day! Plus what girl doesn’t like the smell of strawberries at night ūüėČ

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For some daily make up reviews, MOTDs, and swatches, make sure to follow me on Instagram ‚̧

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

What new makeup products did you buy last month?

Any recommendations for new products to try out?

What’s your favorite lipstick?

 

November Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

Soo…we’re two weeks into December, so I do apologize for this late late post. (I kinda had writer’s block for a while).

But….let’s talk about shopping sprees and retail therapy! With the seasons changing, of course, I went and did some winter shopping! With Veterans Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales, how could I not go shopping??

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Cold Gear Long Sleeve Shirts – Under Armour

Baby It’s Cold Outside….when you’re running in the winter at 8am on Saturday morning. So, I stay warm in these cold gear running long sleeve shirts

Banana Republic Print Full Skirt

This classic red print skirt is literally perfect for my favorite holiday that is just around the corner – Christmas!! ‚̧

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Black Leather Jacket

One staple item in any wardrobe is the classic black leather jacket. Now I didn’t buy this jacket in November, but I did wear it for the first time this month and it was just too cute to not talk about it!

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Alex and Ani bracelet set

These bracelets were a super belated birthday present from one of my best friends. They are simple enough that I can wear every day but cute enough that it gives my arm some arm candy to play with.

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Rings – Charming Charlie & H&M

I liked it…so I put a ring on it ūüėČ

Gold Christmas Tree Necklace and Hair bow – Charming Charlie

Rudolph…rockin around the Christmas Tree

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of my November Shopping Haul: Makeup Edition

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

Did you take advantage of all the amazing sales?

What were some of your favorite items that you bought in November?

What was your favorite outfit this past November?

 

Memorial Day Fashion Finds

Hey Fashionistas,

Sorry for the long MIA and Happy Memorial Day! Shoutout and many thanks to all the men and women in service who are constantly protecting our nation!!

Whether you are outside at the beach, bbq-ing with friends, or just staying at home spending time with the family, I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend. Most of my 3-day weekend was spent shopping and of course, taking advantage of those amazing sales! I bought:

Asics Running Printed Capris

Ascis Running Shoes: GT-2000 3

The more colorful your sneakers are, the faster you run ūüôā

Kate Spade Cuff Bracelet 

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American Eagle Sleeveless Blouse

 

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Hollister Summer Dresses

Lace-Up Strappy-Back Dress

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Smocked-Back Chiffon Dress

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…..and my favorite buy of the weekend……¬†Coach Nolita pink satchel in pebble leather!!¬†

Isn’t this just a beauty!! I ordered this online just yesterday so clearly it hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to finally hold it in person ‚̧ ‚̧

Now this next fashion buy, I don’t technically have it with me anymore but I did take myself out on a movie date to watch Captain America!!¬†A lot of action, super powers, and a lot of hot men (in suits?? uniforms??)…but my eye was only on one guy ūüėČ Seriously, what more can a girl ask for??

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What did you do this Memorial Weekend?

What were some fashion finds you found this weekend?

Who’s your favorite Marvel superhero??

 

Trendy Tuesdays: Spring Dresses

Hey Fashionistas,

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is the first of my new blog series Trendy Tuesdays, where I highlight one new popular fashion trend that I’ve been noticing. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this week’s trend are spring dresses!

I’ve been reading and following more fashion bloggers lately, I’ve realized that every one of them at one point has talked about spring dresses – which makes perfect sense since it’s been feeling a lot like spring!

As a girlie girl fashionista, of course dresses are going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

Lately, I’ve really been into lace/ eyelet dresses. Pastel/ Easter color dresses are also another favorite classic spring look for me.

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I’ve been really obsess with some of these Spring styles and hopefully will be able to expand my spring look soon ūüôā

To find some super cute dresses, I usually shop at American Eagle, Hollister, and Express. These stores offer the perfect sizes and cuts for petite girls like me ‚̧

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

What is your spring style?

What’s one trend that you’ve been noticing lately?

What’s your favorite Spring color?

5 Fashion Related Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Hey Fashionistas,

Can we talk about how I experienced snow this week….in April?? What. Is. This. Mess?! ¬†I was in Boston last week and I woke up Sunday morning to snow outside the window! And then two days later it was in the 50s!¬†Ugh literally can’t even…

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Anyways moving on….by now, you probably have gotten a pretty good idea of my fashion style and who I am. But did you know that…

1. I’m actually awful at putting on makeup. In college, I had my wonderful roommate, Katelyn to do my makeup for any and all occasion. Now that we live across the country from each other, I have to be self sufficient.¬†It’s a good thing the salespeople at ELF Cosmetics are super nice and¬†patient. I’ve actually become pretty good friends with them.

2. The only time I have a full face of makeup is on a Friday night – when I decide to stay in and practice putting on makeup.

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That minnie mouse sweater though

3. I actually hated the color pink for about 2 -3 years in middle school. It reminded me of pepto bismo.

4.¬†Like Cher from Clueless, I prefer to take pictures when I try on something new rather than trusting¬†the¬†mirror. As much as I love mirrors, I don’t fully trust them because depending on the angles and lighting, I can look great but in reality, it’s really not a good look for me. ¬†With pictures, I can still see the new look after I leave the store without all the bright lights and mirror angles that sometimes can cloud my judgement.

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#butfirstletmetakeaselfie

5. Even though, I’m a NYC girl at heart, my favorite article of clothing is my Patriots sweater that my sister got for me for Christmas. #sorrynotsorry

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Pats Nation ‚̧

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista thoughts:

Did you experience snow this week?

What’s something fashion related that people didn’t know about you?

What’s your favorite sweater for a cozy lazy Saturday?

Charming Charlies

Hey Fashionistas,

I haven’t done one of these in ages so here it is – Another boutique review!! Charming Charlies is a girl’s dream store for ones who are all about those accessories. It literally has every accessories a girl can imagine – in every style and color! This gem is on the corner of 5th avenue and 39th st and let me tell you, this place is now officially my go to store for all accessories.¬†Shoutout to my wonderful friend, Jana for introducing me to this store ‚̧

 

First of all, let’s just start off with the bright pink doors. If you can’t tell by now, I am obsessed with the color pink so this store definitely caught my heart as I opened the tall doors and walked into my dream closet. Charming Charlies is super 5th avenue chic but extremely affordable. Now as much as I am no longer a college student and am currently working, what girl can’t say to no to affordable prices and sales??

Each station is color coordinated and its wonderful statement necklaces, earrings, and bracelets¬†just sparkle and twinkle everywhere. I was mesmerized by all the jewelry surrounding me but I knew exactly what I was looking for: A bright pink statement necklace that was simple but would give my outfit that pop of color I needed. It was super easy to navigate the store with its¬†color coordination…and not to mention the super helpful and friendly sales associates that are always there to answer any questions.

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Can you tell that this is my favorite station??

Another great thing about this store is that it also sells clothing and other necessary accessories along with the beautiful jewelry. Along the walls of the store are color coordinated¬†dresses, handbags, and shoes that are just perfect for the girly and classy look. After a long day at work, this place is ideal for a quick retail therapy, which of course is exactly what I did on St. Patrick’s day. And…with a Buy one, Get another necklace 50% off sale going on, how could I have not bought something to treat myself??

Charming Charlies is definitely the place to go for accessories of all occasions. Whether you’re going to the office, a girl’s night out, date night, or a special party, there is definitely something for you to always find your sparkle!

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

1. What is one store that’s always provides you a quick retail therapy?

2. What’s your favorite jewelry to wear?

3. Are you more of a gold, silver, or rose gold kinda girl?

A shopping experience from a fashionista recovering from an Eating Disorder

Hey Fashionistas,

As you all can tell by now, fashion is everything to me. I love the way clothes can tell so much about someone’s life. It’s a way to express myself in a¬†fun and beautiful way. A way to express my feelings and personality.

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However, it wasn’t always like that. About three years ago during my sophomore year in college, it started becoming a constant mind battle with loving my clothes but hating to wear them because I felt ugly and disgusted with how I looked. I became super picky with how my clothes fit me and hated that clothes that used to fit me in¬†a few years ago started to feel tight.¬†I couldn’t accept the fact that my body¬†was no longer the same little body it was in high school.

One of the worst things about having an eating disorder was going shopping and being scared to try on clothes.I would pick up clothes to try on but once I was on the dressing room line, I would put all the clothes back. Scared to see how I would look in the clothes. I hated seeing myself in the mirror. When I did try on clothes, I hated how I had to try on bigger sizes. ¬†If it wasn’t a size 0 or 1, I would leave the store empty-handed. As much as I loved shopping, shopping for clothes gave me panic attacks and I would buy only accessories.¬† I went shopping practically every other week and would just stare at all the clothes that I wished I could wear with confidence.

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Fast forward to last September, when I went shopping for some new work clothes.  Standing on the dressing room line, I had my arms filled with clothes, all of different sizes due to the different cuts of each apparel. Looking into the mirror, I was thrilled to be  trying on clothes that I knew complimented my body no matter what size I was wearing. I was no longer seeing my body as a number on the scale. After a year of fighting the negative thoughts and eating disorder battle, I had finally started reaching a place where I loved my body. It was starting to get easier with not seeing my body as a number on the scale. For the first time, I saw my body for its true beauty: strong, unique, and beautiful because God had made me in his image and likeness.

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My recovery from my eating disorder was a grueling and frustrating journey. However, I wouldn’t have been able to fight it without my wonderful family and friends, who were super supportive and even fought my disorder with me. My roommates and friends would make sure I eat all my meals and would sit by me as I had panic attacks. They constantly reminded me of my worth and beauty. They encouraged me to use the positivity and love that I had for life around me and to refocus that onto myself. #selflove

I joined a fitness class where I met my favorite fitness instructor, Cara of the Balanced Bod, who taught me to love my body by seeing my body’s strength.

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My parents and sister would support me and cook all my favorite meals when I came home to visit to ensure that I started seeing food as a yummy nourishment that my body needed.

So as we draw to an end to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, this post goes out to everyone out there who is either going through an eating disorder or recovering from an eating disorder. Remember that there are so many people who love you. All you have to do is take one little step into the light and everything will fall into place. The journey to recovery never truly ends but every day that one little step means getting closer to loving your body.

For more information about eating disorders and how to help either yourself or someone you love fight ED, check out http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

How do you love your body every day?

What is one thing you love about your body?