Beauty: August Favorites


I'm so excited to share my beauty favorites for the month of August! I can't believe this month went by so fast. When I filmed the video, I kept saying July favorites. It wasn't until I was watching it back that I realized I filmed the wrong month! Anyway, if you want to find out what I've been loving, keep on reading :)

BEAUTY/HAIR/SKINCARE
As you probably already know, I'm obsessed with this color. It's neutral and lasts for most of the day when I use my Rimmel lip liner underneath.

I originally hauled this product in my latest vlog. I instantly fell in love with it. As soon as it the cotton pad makes contact with my face, it feels instantly soft and hydrated. I would wake up the next morning and my face feels the healthiest it's ever been!

I learned that I have to use this on 2nd day hair in order to have 3rd day hair. It makes my hair look healthy. I can't, however, go beyond 3rd day hair. The oil in my scalp cannot be fixed by the dry shampoo and my hair becomes very heavy resulting in a very tender scalp if I try to go for 4th day hair. Basically, my head feels like I've just been in a cat fight and my opponent pulled the blimmin' hell out of my hair.

TV SHOW
Covert Affairs - I think I've been watching this show for about 1-2 years now. I found out about it because I unknowingly worked with one of the main characters when I worked in Los Angeles. I didn't know I was working with Christopher Gorham in the YouTube movie Yellow Face until I got home. Even then, he had the kind of charisma that you just can't look away from. I decided to watch this song and was hooked. Piper Perabo's character Annie was strong mentally and physically. I just LOVE her. This show overall capitalizes on powerful women I think.
The seasons are on sale right now - the lowest they've ever been! You better believe I took advantage of it and got the first two seasons ;)
Yellow Face - Part 1 | Part 2 - leave in the comments if you watch the movie and spot me :)

MUSIC
Pandora - I have been listening to Today's Hits and Jojo radio in Pandora for the month of August. Some of my favorite songs are Fancy and Black Widow by Iggy Azalea, Break Free by Ariana Grande, and Chandelier by Sia. I've also been loving every single song on David Archuleta's album thanks to Jojo radio.

FOOD
Dinner - Lean Cuisine has a dish called Tortilla Crusted Fish. This is my favorite frozen dinner of all time! I've also tried Saffron Road's Chicken Biryani. It's not as good as the original, but it'll do.

Chips - I've been OBSESSED with veggie chips. They're so addicting because I don't feel guilty eating them. They're made of spinach, tomato, and potato. I ate 5 bags of chips this month. On the third week, I decided to buy two bags thinking it was a good idea so I wouldn't have to go to the store again. Instead, I ate two bags in one week. I like the Sprouts and Trader Joe's store brands :)

Here's a video if you'd rather see me talk about the products above :)




I hope you enjoy this favorites post!
Let me know in the comments what you've been loving for the month of August!


Arianne

Beauty: Buying Products I Don't Need

Photo courtesy of Google Images/Dog Beats

Today I am taking a little break from my weekly music favorite to have a little chat about a trend that we all know exist in the blogging world: buying things we don't need. I get it, I get inspired to buy more and more things nowadays because I get so excited to review them on my blog. I also think farther down the line when a PR company will look at my blog and consider me for a sample. Blogging has a lot of nice incentives, but...

What do we do with all the products we buy? There's not enough space on our face to put all the products we own. Packing on all the cosmetics will only make our pores clogged and then we'd end up being unhappy with the person looking back at us in the mirror.

It might be useful to know, I don't have a big collection. I want so try so many different cosmetics and skincare out there, but first, I don't have the money, and second, I can't use them all up in time before they expire. A tube or bottle of foundation lasts me almost a year, if not more. I own two BB creams and one foundation plus a bunch of samples. That in itself is a lot and I feel bad buying any more.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel it's a bit wasteful... okay, a lot wasteful. So many people end up throwing half of their "collection" because they just end up gathering dust and expiring. Maybe it's just me being a penny pincher (is that what it's called?), but the money we used to buy the products we use a few times and throw away could feed at least one child in a starving country. Am I taking this too far? Does this make me a bad blogger? 

Please discuss in the comments, but be nice. Hate comments will be immediately deleted. 


Arianne

Life: Bloggers With Class Award


Thank you to the beautiful Nicole from Meet Me In Midtown for nominating me for this award. It looks like this is a new award going around, and I'm grateful to be thought of as deserving of it. Nicole is probably my favorite lifestyle blogger. She is amazing at photographing her trips and she's going to study in Germany! She's quite the brave traveler and I really admire that about her.

Rules:
  • If tagged, please copy the rules into your post
  • Please also link back to this post on Classy Cathleen
  • Recognize the blogger that tagged you (share a little about them and their blog, and link back to them)
  • Answer the questions that are a part of the award
  • Tag 5 bloggers that you feel are classy to receive the award as well
  • Let the bloggers know that they have been tagged!
  • Be sure to include the link to the Bloggers With Class community (And don’t forget to join!)
  • Include the image in your post

Now that the rules have been expressed, let's answer the questions!

What do you think it means to be classy?
For me, being classy means dressing appropriately and rising above difficult situations. Also, being proper and well-spoken is a definition of classy to me.

Who are some of your role models?
One of my role models is Zoe from Zoella. She's stayed true to herself throughout the years and she's grown into such a lovely woman. She lives quite a public life, but she's still able to keep some things private and stay classy. She doesn't rant on social media about other people and she's always so supportive of her viewers and fellow bloggers/youtubers.

Who are some of your style icons?
Again, Zoe. I just love how feminine her style is. Also, Blake Lively and Nina Dobrev are my celebrity icons. Last but not least, Tanya from Tanya Burr because she's curvy and fit at the same time. She wears such flattering outfits and she inspires me to embrace my looks more.

Pearls or bows?
Depends on my mood. If I want to be girly, I'd wear bows, but I don't own any. If I want to be extra fancy, I'd do pearls. I have fake pearls bracelet, does that count?

Who/What inspires you?
Creativity inspires me as well as YouTubers like Tyler Oakley and all the British YouTubers really. They have come so far and have handled their rise to fame so gracefully.

What is your favorite color?
At this point, I don't even know. I like the classy creams, but I also like the bright pinks and purples. I guess it depends on the context. Cream and pewter for interior design with a pop of color. For clothes, I prefer bright, but I don't really own that many. For makeup, I prefer neutral browns.

I'm not even aware what is considered classic. So, I don't know that I can say I like if it I don't even know what it looks like.

What are some of your favorite quotes?
This one I made myself: "Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices and put yourself first." With my anxiety, I've learned I can't continue pleasing people all the time, or I'd lose my sanity.

The same with Nicole, I like the Eleanor Roosevelt quote of "Do what you feel in your heart is right, for you'll be criticized anyway." So true, and when I'm upset, I think of this quote and then tell myself, "F the haters, do what you think is right." Haha :)

Why is it important to have class?
I think it's important because it's the only way I would respect someone. If someone has a dirty mouth that curses FOR NO REASON at all, then I lose respect for them. I curse, too, but not excessively. The same goes with the way someone is dressed. If you dress with all your bits hanging out, how can you expect me to respect you when you don't seem to respect yourself?

Why/when did you start your blog?
I started my blog a few years ago, but not knowing what I really wanted to focus on, I fell in and out of it. I've restarted my blog a few months ago in May and I'm loving it so far. I've been constantly inspired and just overall happy that I'm doing what I love again. I started it thinking I could monetize, but it evolved more into making new connections and hopefully developing lifelong friends that I otherwise would not have made in real life.

Those are all the questions! I'm sorry if they're a bit rambly. I nominate the bloggers below:

Alicia from Lissy Beauty
Amy from Style Storms
Bunmi from Buma's Closet
Velvet Blush - I can't find her name anywhere!
Millie from Millsie

Thanks again, Nicole for nominating me!


Arianne