Behind The Sun

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Just got these sock boots finally. I have been wanting a pair forever, but strangely enough I hate splurging on shoes unless they are completely unique. These boots were not even $35 at Forever 21¬†so I was stoked when I saw them. I wore them out last night, and they are very comfortable as well. Granted I wasn’t standing all night, but walking was a breeze.

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These are my fav black mom jeans. Well, they are the only ones I own, but they are so perfect I don’t feel the need to find any others. I wore them last night in the outfit above, and I wearing them again today. They’re a must-have. Buy them here!

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Master Of Puppets

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I am not really big on blogging lately. I’m just going to do it whenever I feel like it, and I probably won’t take as many pictures because it’s a pain, and I’m tired. So! When I post, you’ll know I mean it ūüôā

I needed to share these hair products with you all. Pacifica¬†is a cruelty-free dream. Their packaging, the smell of everything, and it all works so well!!¬†I’m really huge on hair masks, and I am loving this one so much. It’s strong and definitely does the job, but surprisingly doesn’t weigh down your hair. It’s pretty great.

Also, I was getting dandruff from other shampoos I was trying…Not Your Mother’s Thickening and Ouai Repair, and when I switched to this shampoo and conditioner from Pacifica my scalp was saved!

I know everyone is ready for pumpkin, but I like coconut all year round. The smell of vacation is necessary, so these are going to be new staples for me. I’m excited to try more too!

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I also am all about Marc Jacobs these days. Cruelty-free luxury brands are not an easy find, and I am mega grateful Marc Jacobs is one of them because their products are aces. This gel liner has been my first try at replacing MAC since they aren’t CF. ALL MY LINERS ARE MAC; I HAVE A MILLION. So this was scary, but this gel liner does come in many colors and finishes. I got satin finish black to start, and it is definitely¬†better in my waterline than all my MAC pencils. It goes on so easily and stays. I am sold!

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Here’s some shopping links because I know that’s some of my favorite things a blog provides.

Jeans РASOS (ASOS mom jeans are the best; I have like 5 pairs)

Ring Finger Р The 2Bandits

Middle Finger – Rogue + Wolf

Index Finger РWanderlust & Co. (does get discolored after awhile, but still a fav)

Happy September! Fall is around the corner and so far the weather is beautiful. Hello, “leather” jackets!

Reap What You Sow

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Got the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette from my wife for my birthday. The lighting makes them look different in both my pics, but you get the gist. I have been using it everyday. It’s so pigmented and if you’re into a reddish, brown/orangey autumn eye look, this palette is for you. I highly recommend it. I’ve tried about 75% of the colors, and I have no complaints about any of them. I had some trouble blending the darker color “Ashes,” but other than that, they are all a breeze.¬†I’ve been building up all the mattes in my crease and then using the¬†darker mattes in my¬†outer corner. Then I have been using the shimmer shade “Scorched” on my lid, and it’s pretty beautiful!

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I’ve been pairing my Naked Heat palette with Kat Von D’s Lolita liquid lipstick. No shocker there. I pair everything with that lip. It’s just so good.

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I have been dying to try Frasier Sterling jewelry for a while. The website is vague about the materials they use which I don’t like. I think we should know what we’re paying for, but their stuff is so cute so my wife picked these ones out for one of my birthday gifts. I believe the middle one came free with her purchase which is pretty neat, but the bottom one is so beautiful. I am stoked about them all!

I also got some clothes so hopefully I’ll have some outfit posts with them soon.

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How cute is this wine glass that I am obviously not using for wine?? Urban Outfitters sells them in a set of two, and they’re adorable. Also buy this watering can from H&M here. It’s such a great size. H&M has some really nice¬†throw pillow covers right now. I think I want to start buying a bunch and switching them up once in a while so I feel like I’m redecorating, but I’m not really doing much. Loving this pink theme they’re selling¬†now!

My birthday weekend coincidentally had two amazing concerts back to back. Friday we saw Converge with Amenra. Neurosis headlined, but we had to miss them. No big deal. I mainly went for Converge who never disappoint. I never heard of Amenra before the show, but they were awesome. The venue was small and the body order was super prevalent, but I’m glad we went. Then Saturday we saw the Melvins locally. That was super fun. I haven’t seen them in nearly¬†10 years. It was a room full of 6 foot tall men though so in actuality I barely saw anything at all. Story of my life.

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Boys Don’t Cry

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This is a pretty staple go-to outfit for me. I ALWAYS grab a white top if I have nothing else in mind. They’re my favorite at the moment, especially with a plaid shirt for that extra 90’s feel. Shop similar shirt here.

These “socks” are a god send for summer. My feet always get so hot, but I am not big on summer shoes so these are perfect to allow my feet some breathing room. Buy them here!

This past weekend was the local tattoo convention so I was stuck with this tacky pink bracelet accessory. Please excuse it! Anyways, it’s been hot as hell (too hot for this outfit frankly); and we just celebrated my birthday yesterday, which means I will soon do a post with all the amazing things my wife got me. She’s so good.

HAPPY AUGUST!

Make You Feel Free

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Cute new fake plant babies! I’m doing a good job of killing the real ones I have so I took a break from buying those and invested in some fake ones for more decor.

I got the sansevieria one from Target and it came broken which you can’t see in the pic so don’t order from them. They packed it horribly.

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This day was gloomy as you can tell from the lack of lighting I had, but still fairly warm and humid so this outfit was perfect. I didn’t want to wear jeans because we planned to go to¬†the beach at night. I recently found these dark olive green trousers from Missguided, and I LOVE them. They are so comfortable and affordable. I never wear pants that aren’t jeans so this is a fun change. I find their sizes run big so normally the smallest size is still too big on me, but these can be worn lose and look good so it was okay. I bought a jacket from them that was so nice, but waaaaay huge. To return it cost me $16 so I am not buying heavy or big items from them like coats or shoes ever again.

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Anyways, that’s it! Just wanted to quickly give these pants a shout before too much time went by and they sold out or something ūüėÄ

Two Headed Dog

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I haven’t worn my Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine lipstick in ages, but I ran out of my classic Stila Beso and decided to use one of the many millions of other reds I have instead of going out and repurchasing just yet. I forgot how good this one is. I ate and drank and it never budged.

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Charm Necklace – Urban Outfitters

Chain Choker – Urban Outfitters

Cross Choker – Vanessa Mooney

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These Topshop jeans are on mega sale at Nordstrom. Definitely size up! Topshop does run small, I can promise you that.

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Veins and Veils

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These are my latest favs for summer. My Clinique powder in the green case that I always rave about has taken a backseat since it isn’t cruelty free, but I still use it sometimes to touch up since I already bought it eons ago. It is so good for touchups and bringing your makeup back together after a long day,¬†so if anyone has a CF dupe please tell me.

Anyways, now that it’s the season of aggressive, hot sun, it is even more important to incorporate SPF into your makeup routine. I have been using this Farmacy Green Screen¬†over my MAKE primer and before my foundation. Farmacy products use¬†naturally derived ingredients so I am stoked to slather this on my face every morning.¬†The¬†Mally Beauty Face Defender BB Cream also has SPF so it’s perfect for summer, especially since it’s not as heavy as foundation (yes, I know you should be wearing SPF all year round, but I tend to not see the light of day in the winter a lot. Hibernation). This BB cream is so light. I bought it in “Light”, and it also comes in “Fair” which must be for dead people. So all you pasty gals¬†out there should definitely purchase this. The “light” is a bit too light even for me! But it is not the best product to use if you want your makeup to last allll day on a long day.

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These summer cuties. Honestly the quality of these sandals is not fantastic, but for $40 I think they are great. I bought these last summer and shockingly I found that there are limited quantities still for sale here.

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I am a sucker for packaging so I bought a ton of these Colourpop  x REVOLVE products including this pack of lippie sticks. These are so nice on your lips, you barely notice them and they are not at all drying (not matte either). I like these better than the liquid to mattes by Colourpop. Way too drying for me to wear. This pack is a nice mix of reds, pinks, and browns. Major heart eyes for it. Tootsie and Cami are my favs. $30 for 6 lipsticks and a gorgeous box for storage is a bargain.

Purse – Express

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Black Diamond

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This post was to show you how I like to mix dainty pieces into my wardrobe while still staying true to my usual style. I love lacey and frilly white shirts, but I still like to not look so cutesy so to speak. I can’t think of the proper¬†words, but I still like a “hard” look..something black, something chunky. A faux leather¬†jacket is what I would normally use, but it is way too hot out now for that so instead I use accessories to keep my typical¬†appearance, like my KISS¬†boots as my wife and I like to call them above or this belt pictured below.

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A good chunky¬†buckle on a black boot or belt will do the trick to negate a¬†frilly/lacey/white shirt ūüėÄ

Shop similar accessories here, here, and here.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

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Finally purchased the Urban Decay Naked 3¬†eyeshadow palette recently. I was in Ulta shopping for “necessities” and this was the last one so I thought I needed to grab it. I actually only have the Naked 2 and Smokey. I use the Naked 2 constantly, but now the third one is my go-to. I honestly don’t think these palettes are that impressive. The shadows are decent, not the best, but they are just really good and easy for lazy days when you don’t feel like blending a bunch of amazingly pigmented colors together for an hour, which has been me for the last couple months. They are really pretty palettes to just look at though. This one has a gorgeous rose gold theme going on, and you get a lot of¬†shadows, shimmers and mattes, in a Naked palette. I enjoy them!

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Lips – Kat Von D Lolita Liquid

This is a perfect dark rose nude to pair with the Naked 3 palette.

Necklace – Vanessa Mooney

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My choker above is from UO, but I am going to start spending more on these for better quality. Taking suggestions for where to buy your favorite plain, but good quality chains please!

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I am loving a lot of sock lately. Generally I would be looking for ankle socks to wear with these, but when I have on shorts I feel like there is so much leg that a heavy/high sock looks way better.

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Christian Woman

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A bought a few new products recently that I think are fantastic so I wanted to share of course. (I also stick a Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in my pictures once in a while to remind you this is my holy grail, and I will never stop buying it. You need it, too!)

I’ve seen this Milk Makeup Hydrating Oil Stick¬†floating around the internet. I finally decided to pick it up. I love it. I LOVE IT. At first I thought a stick was the worst idea ever. Turns out it’s perfect for when you’re rushing or just don’t feel like getting stuff on your hands. Sounds lazy, but when I am exhausted being able to rub this quick on my face before bed, without having to grab a jar of moisturizer and rub it between my hands and then apply, is really great and more appreciated than you can imagine. Wait till you try it. You will see how wonderfully convenient it is. Not to mention the formula feels great on your skin. Not at all greasy and so, so soft. I will be buying more Milk Makeup stick products in the future. Stay tuned.

I recently decided to try to make the switch to cruelty-free products as best I could. I returned a lot of recent NARS and Lacome purchases as a result. IT Cosmetics itself is¬†CF, but turns out they were bought out by L’Oreal from what I can see, who isn’t so I will not repurchase this item. If anyone knows more about the veracity of this please let me know! I can use all the help I can get. However, if that¬†is no concern to you, I truly adore this Bye Bye Pores Translucent Pressed Powder I have been using from them. I don’t really have noticeable pores, but I just like the feel of this powder. It is very fine and lightweight on your face so it’s completely comfortable and not drying. Perfect to set your makeup with!

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This heat protectant spray from Living Proof was recommended to me by a friend and local hair stylist , Nikki Parsons (check her out on Facebook or Instagram @nikkiparsonshairstyling), and it is exactly what I was looking for. So many products for heat protection drench your hair and are nearly impossible to use unless you are blowdrying first. I needed something I could spray all over on second (or third!) day dry hair to be able to curl or straighten it. Highly recommend this. It does not wet your hair or leave it feeling like you just put a ton of product in it. I am thrilled to have found this!

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I am super into plants lately (me and everyone else, right?).

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I went to a local shop where I found out that nearly everything is toxic or potentially toxic to pets. At that time I was pretty sure I was going to just stick to fake plants as I have thus far in life. But my cat isn’t much of a climber, so I figure if I keep them up high she’s safe. Here are a few recent cuties I got! I just put them on the floor for pics of course. Some are outside or up on shelves¬†ūüėÄ

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I’d lik to add that it’s been a couple weeks and all of these plants are still alive. This is a big accomplishment. I have killed the easiest of plants in the past. Wish me (and them!) luck, and have a wonderful weekend, all!