Monday, July 21, 2014

July My Glam Bag

Hey guys! A few days ago, I received my July glam bag. The theme of this bag was Sensationally Sunkissed, for the warmest month of the year. The items in this bag were excellent for the warm weather, and I have so many products I'd like to recommend from this bag.
First off is Pixi Beauty's Unique Pink Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm. This product doubles as a moisturizing balm and a pretty lipstick. Once applied, you'll have a really glossy, pretty finish. Once it fades, you're left with a really nice pink finish. Overall a really nice product, and its small size makes it ideal for storing in a purse or makeup bag.
Next I figured I'd knock out the only major letdown in this bag. I got a bottle of Model's Own Nail Polish in the color Red Sea. It isn't that the color of this polish is bad, it's that there was a lot of chunky glittery flakes, which totally ruined it for me. It made application more messy than usual and just was a lot more trouble that it was worth. Plus, I personally didn't even like the look of the flakes. They look like a mistake.
Next up is Bare Minerals' 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow. I received this in the shade Barely Nude, one of the ten neutral shades it comes in. This product has five excellent benefits:
  1. It has 12-hour lasting color
  2. It's a super-charged primer
  3. Contains powerful brightening benefits
  4. Smooths fine lines
  5. Contains SPF
All in one formula, this product gives you lasting color, sun protection, and fantastic coverage. I used this a few nights ago for the first time, and it made my eyes look bright, healthy, and completely natural. 
Next is Pur~Lisse's Pur~Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer. This moisturizer contains SPF 30 to provide you with maximum skin protection without the annoying white color regular sunscreen leaves you with. It's white on application, but as you rub it in, it quickly fades in with the rest of your skin. It can be work with or without makeup, and works perfectly as just an everyday moisturizer.
I decided to save the best for last in this bag. I pulled out a little bottle of Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment from the bottom of my bag and was so excited to try it. This perfectly clear substance can be applied to blemishes up to four times a day for almost instantly clear skin. I tried this the other night, and after just one application I noticed it fading. Fantastic product. I would definitely recommend it.
That's it for this bag! I really loved most of the products in this bag and can't wait for next month's bag! If you'd like to sign up for your own monthly bag, check it out at!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Zig-Zag Fishtail Rainbow Loom Tutorial

Hey guys! It's been ages since my last Rainbow Loom tutorial, so I figured it was due time for another! This is called the Zig-Zag fishtail bracelet, and it's a brilliant twist on the traditional fishtail bracelet.
After you set up your loom, you're going to take your first band (mine is red) and triple-cap it on your center peg. The easiest way to do this is to triple-cap it on your hook and transfer it to the peg.
Now you're going to take your second band and put it in an infinity shape across the left and center pegs. This is one of the most important parts of this bracelet, so take extra care here when twisting it. Look at my picture on the upper left corner of the picture below. The part of the band on top MUST be pointing outwards. For this entire bracelet, you have to have all of the bands twisted this way, or it will come out completely wrong. After you've laid down the band, you're going to take your hook and pull the triple-capped red band through the pink one.
Now you're going to do the exact same thing you did with the pink band with your next band, but on the center and right pegs. I'm taking my orange band and putting it on these pegs with the top part of the twist pointing outward. 
Now for another essential part of this bracelet. The center peg should never have more than one band on it at once, so whenever you get two bands on it, just pull the bottom one over with your hook like you did with the cap band. Here I'm pulling out my pink band since it's on the bottom.
You're going to repeat this process with your next band, which for me is yellow, and the band after that, my green one. Just put it down with the top part of the twist pointing outward and pull out the bottom band on the center peg.

This is going to be the last change in the making of this bracelet until it's time to clip it. When you're laying down the next band, which for me is dark green, you're going to still have it pointing outward and pull out the bottom center band, but you're also going to have three bands on the left peg, which isn't right. The center peg isn't the only one with a band limit. You can't have more than two bands at once on the left and right pegs, so you're going to take your hook and just pull out that pink band on bottom.
You're just going to continue laying down bands one side at a time and pulling out the bottom bands on the center peg when it has two bands and the left and right pegs when they have three. You'll soon start to see a pattern forming.
Just continue until it's long enough for a bracelet to wrap around your wrist.
Now that your bracelet is long enough, it's time to clip it. Clipping this bracelet is a bit more complicated than clipping most bracelets, so bear with me for a moment. Take your hook and remove the bottom band on your right peg, so there will only be one band on that peg. 
Now take the two bands on the left peg and move them to the middle peg. 
Then take the bottom band on the center peg with your hook and pull it over to the right peg. 
Take your clip and hook the band on the right peg. Now you can remove the bracelet from the loom. I had an odd little blue band just sticking out randomly near the clip, so I put it in the clip also because I liked the way it looked. 
Remember that triple-capped red band from the beginning? Find that at the other end of the bracelet and hook it to the other side of the clip.
That's it for this bracelet! I hope you enjoyed, and let me know if you try this tutorial out sometime! If there's a bracelet tutorial that I haven't done that you'd like to see, drop a comment below with what it's called, and I'll try to get a tutorial out there!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Best Places For Savvy Shopping

Hey guys! Today I was thinking, and I've never just given you all a list of my favorite places to shop. Going into a mall can be pretty overwhelming sometimes, amd I've decided to share a list of some of my all-time favorite places to shop.

For shorts, I always try Charlotte Russe. They have a huge variety of denim shorts, which is what I love the most. They go with everything and look great! Plus they have tons of awesome sales on some of my favorite brands!

When it comes to my tops, Rue 21 is the first place I head. Their clothing line has so many unique items that I just love. I'm always on the lookout for an unusual piece, and I know Rue 21 has always got me covered! Their regularly priced items can get a bit pricey, but they have an enormous clearance section that everything ends up in in a month or two.

For accessories, I love Forever 21. Their accessories section is HUGE! I could literally walk around there for hours just looking at the jewelry. Their earrings are to die for, and their prices are unbeatable. 

I get my shoes from a few different places. I have an obsession for Vans, so I'm in Journey's a lot looking at the new patterns.I also love Nike tennis shoes, and I usually get those either online or at Shoe Carnival. Shoe Carnival runs a buy one get one half-off ever so often, and that's really useful.

For makeup, I always check Ulta. They have a lot of high-end makeup brands to choose from, but they also have the drugstore brands, so if you're ever looking for a particular brand but don't know where to go, this is always your place. They also have a makeup line that I like. Some of my favorite mascaras have come from their line. If you're a beginner in the makeup world or just not sure what you want, they have free beauty consultations! 

Ulta is also a life saver when it comes to hair products. They have an excellent selection of any product you can think of, whether it's mousse or hair dye. They have multiple brands as well as makeup brands, too! They also have an in-store hair salon.
I really hope this helps you in your search for the perfect places to spend a shopping trip, and if you have any of your favorite places to shop that you'd like to share, drop a comment below!

Friday, July 4, 2014

From Purple to... Ginger? My Color Oops Experience

Surprise! I'm no longer a purple-head. The color had started to fade slightly these past few weeks, and honestly, I felt ready to go back to my natural blonde. I spent Wednesday night flying through my go-to hair advice website,, looking for ways to remove hair color faster. Eventually, I came across Color Oops. 
Color Oops is a really unique product because it not only removes permanent and semi-permanent hair color, but it's gentle enough that your hair can be redyed the same day! I wasn't redying my hair, but it really was a gentle product. I expected to have really brittle hair afterwards, similar to post-swim hair, but it actually felt pretty normal. However, there were three downsides to using this product. 
1. It's very time-consuming. It comes with two bottles of product, which you combine to saturate your hair with. After your hair is fully coated, you put on a shower cap and let it sit to work its magic for twenty minutes. Then you shampoo it out and rinse your hair for a full 15-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning again. 
2. The smell. I noticed this in every single review of this product and thought, "How bad can it be?" The answer is, it can be bad. Very bad. And it lingers. After I used the product, my bathroom still had the horrid smell the next morning. My hair did, too, but not as bad as the bathroom. It's pretty awful. 
3. I really wouldn't have minded the first two flaws if the product had fully removed the color. Yes, it isn't purple anymore. It's far from purple. It's ginger now. Yep, you heard me. Mallory's a ginger! I'm a very adventurous person when it comes to my hair, but I really would've preferred to go back to blonde. That isn't to say that the ginger looks bad, because it doesn't, it just isn't blonde. Honestly, I'm a bit glad in some respects. I've always wondered what I'd look like as a ginger. I just didn't expect that day to be so soon! 
I expect the color to come out fully soon, especially since I'm planning on swimming and going to the water park a lot now that my schedule has opened up this summer. Chlorine may not be good for your hair, but it's a master at removing color. I expect it to be gone in a few weeks.
Overall, I don't give this product a bad rating because it really did get the purple out, but not fully. This product isn't made for really unnatural colors, so for what it is, I was happy.
I'd also like to give a shout out to all of my fellow Americans on the Fourth of July! This is a really happy day for my country, and I'm glad I'm here to enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Volunteering at a Bargain

Hey guys! One of the main things I've been doing to keep myself busy this summer is volunteering. I've been working with a class of second graders at my local elementary school eight hours a week this past month, and I've loved every minute of it. I've been volunteering here for two or three years now, and it's so much fun helping out with this age group since I love children. Sadly, yesterday was the last day of the summer program as well as the program as a whole at the school I live near, so it was my last time being able to volunteer there. 

For my last day, I decided to wear a top I'd just gotten from Plato's Closet. I normally don't shop there, but it was next to a restaurant me and my friend Desiree went to the other night, and we decided to check it out. I got this at a real bargain at only three dollars in the clearance section, and it was a great buy! It was a Charlotte Russe top in perfect condition, and it fit me perfectly. Paired with jeans, it gave off a really sophisticated vibe while still keeping the look fresh.

One of the main reasons I decided to purchase this top was for the back. I went in looking for an open-back top, and I totally fell in love with this one. I paired it with a half-up French braid, which I was a bit nervous about since I'd never tried one before, but I really like it! I'll certainly be sporting this hairstyle more often. I'm actually considering doing a tutorial on it in the near future, so keep an eye out for that!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Crazy Cookie Brownie Cupcakes

Hey guys! Last night, I had my friend Desiree over. We watched the Dark Knight, went out for dinner, played Smash Bros. on the Wii (don't ask), but things really got interesting when we stepped into the kitchen. After a sugar-filled trip to Winn Dixie consisting of brownie mix, Oreos, Reeces Cups, and cookie dough, we brought out the muffin pan to make our night even better with some crazy good cupcakes. 

Ingredients: Makes 12 cupcakes
Pack of cookie dough (I used Toll House Ultimate Chocolate Lovers)
Brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli Triple Fudge)
6 Reeces Peanut Butter Cups
6 Oreos 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheight and spray your 12-count cupcake pan with cooking spray. To start building your masterpiece, take a square of cookie dough and flatten it on the bottom of a cupcake holder. Continue to do this to every section.

Now add your Reeces Cups and Oreos to each cupcake. This will be your center.
Now make your brownie batter and spoon it generously over each cookie/Reeces cup to make the top of your cupcake. 

Finally, it's time to put these in the oven. Leave them in the oven for 20 minutes and let them cool for 10, so they'll still be warm and gooey but can come out of the pan without crumbling. 
These were so delicious. My favorite was by far and away the Oreo ones, but the Reeces ones were fantastic also. One thing you could do to really make this dessert your own is mixing up what you put in the center. Maybe a Nilla Wafer? 
I'd like to dedicate this post to Alyssa, one of my first loyal readers. She requested a new dessert recipe, so here you go! I love taking requests, and any suggests would be welcome. Feel free to drop a comment below or send me an email any time! Thanks, Alyssa!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Makeup Fails- It's Not Just You!

Hey guys! Today's post is a look into some of the more serious makeup mistakes you can make, and it isn't just you who's making them. From Miley Cyrus to Avril Lavigne, these mistakes are EVERYWHERE. The more mistakes you make, the better you'll get at applying makeup, but lets look at these mistakes so you won't have to face the humiliation of making them yourself!

First off is world-renowned pop star, Avril Lavigne. Avril has a beautiful face and perfect makeup-usually. In my post on brightly colored eyeshadow earlier this year, I emphasized on using your eye makeup to express your personality by adding some fun colors. If this eye makeup is your personality, I think you should probably see someone about it. She's breaking three major rules here:
  1. When you're wearing colored eyeshadow, make it as subtle as possible, but make sure it's still visible. Too much colored shadow comes off as looking like a clown.
  2. Wear makeup for your skin tone. Avril has really pretty fair skin, and there is a fine line between contrast and clashing. That lipstick goes way beyond that line.
  3. One of the biggest fashion no-no's in the book is to never wear dramatic makeup in more than one place. A smokey eye should be paired with a subtle lip, and vice versa. Mixing the two comes off as trying too hard, which is never a good thing. 

Here is Eva Longoria. You'd think that some makeup no-no's are unspoken, but I think it's time to bring this one to light. Too much under-eye concealer is a very common mistake, just not usually to this level. She honestly looks like she took a white paintbrush and ran it beneath her eyes. Under-eye concealer is always supposed to blend with your skintone to make your dark circles blend in. This definitely covers those circles up, I'll give her that.
 Next up is Miley Cyrus. At a glance, you wouldn't notice anything seriously wrong with this photo... Until you see the bottom of her face. The overdone white powder on the low forehead and jawlines is so underblended, it looks like a child did her makeup. If she was looking for publicity, she sure got it... But I'm pretty sure it wasn't intended to go over like this. Pretty eyes can only do so much, Miley. 
In this photo, Holland Roden shows us the importance of finding makeup that matches your skin tone, not your outfit. Teal and white are always good color combinations- until it turns into this. This unnatural facial makeup has her looking more ghostly that human, blending into the background. This breaks two other major makeup rules:
  1. Never wear facial makeup lighter than your natural skintone. It makes you look pasty, and in cases like this, downright ghostly!
  2. Bright red lipstick isn't for everyone. There's a bold lip color out there for everyone, but it isn't always that firetruck red. The rule I've always lived by with lipstick comes from Bobbi Brown's book Beauty Rules: "I have found that lipstick colors one or two shades darker than your natural lip color are the most flattering. They are also mistake proof (no chalky red lips or goopy white gloss here)." These rules make your lips look so much better than wearing awkward colors that just don't look right, and they also make the rest of your face stand out rather than hide behind your bold lips.

Lastly, Taylor Momsen shows us an error that is probably the most common among teens and young adults today. Here she is wearing eyeliner that is pretty horrendous, and completely unflattering. Wearing too much eyeliner can completely counter your concealer, making your eyes look dark and exhausted. To be frank, she looks like she's suffering from a hangover. Nobody wants to look like that. Wearing undereye liner isn't a bad, thing, it's too much of it that is a bad thing. Undereye liner is what makes you look tired, and applying too much is a serious mistake. Too much makeup on your upper lid just makes you look clownish. It isn't attractive, and you're the only one that thinks it does.
There are two types of people that may have just read this: Those that can't believe these rules shouldn't even have to be there and those who break them themselves. Take mine and every experienced makeup artist's advice: these are really important when applying makeup. Dark makeup is okay, just not applied like this. You have to find what looks good on you, and foundation that is too light or eyeliner that is too thick will not look good, no matter what you do.