These Spring Lips Are Younique

A pink lip, whether it’s a lipstick, a gloss, or a stain, is about as unique to the Spring season as florals are. And if you watched The Devil Wears Prada, or don’t live under a rock, you know that’s not exactly revolutionary.

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This Spring I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new brand, and have to admit – I’m in love! When one of my best friends, Michelle McGrath, came to me saying that she was going to begin selling Younique Makeup & Skincare products, I won’t lie… I was kind of skeptical. Supportive, but skeptical nonetheless. I’ve had a great deal of luck with Mary Kay products, but figured that was as far away from Sephora and Ulta that I’d dare to sway. As with a variety of things in life, when your best friend insists that you try a new product or product line, you try it – And I’m glad I did, because here’s what I found:

 

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I wore the Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in “Conceited” from the time I got ready for my day on Saturday, until the time I went to bed! It went on smooth, stayed feeling light and never dry or sticky! With just minimal upkeep, I was able to wear this fun, subtle shade without feeling like I had too much makeup on. At just $19, this lipstick is a steal! With how infrequently you have to apply it during the day, I’m pretty sure this $19 investment will last me YEARS!

In the photo below, Michelle went for a more exciting look with this dark pink Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in “Skittish.” At the risk of sounding dramatic, I’ve got to say, the Younigue Lip Stains are to die for! I’ve tried a lot of different, higher end brands in search of one that I truly love. I’ve always found them to go on looking like I painted my lips with water colors, and then an hour later it looks like I drank too much Hawaiian Punch. Not these! They have a rich, full coverage color that really holds on. They are completely worry-free – they don’t smudge or come off on your coffee cup! (or wine glass, depending on what end of the day you’re at…) If you’re anything like me and scoff at lip stains, do yourself a favor and try these out!

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There you have it – A couple of my Spring makeup favorites! Don’t even get me started on the sunless tanner… We’ll save that for another day!

Like what you see? Go ahead and place your order for these products and hundreds like it right here on Michelle’s site! She has a party going on now through May 27th, but don’t worry – you’ll be able to access all of these same great Younique Products via that link forever! Remember, I wouldn’t endorse something I don’t completely love, even if I do completely love Michelle – HAPPY SHOPPING! 🙂

@JennaBThomsen

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Burgundy For Your Budget

I’ve been a fan of dark lips for a while now, so when I saw an article in Elle explaining why dark burgundy lipstick looks so good on everyone, I was thrilled!

(READ HERE! And find the lipstick they are talking about HERE!)

Now, I have nothing against the brand, but if I’m spending $52 on lipstick… Haha wait, no… I wouldn’t spend $52 on lipstick. 

Instead, I set out to find the best alternatives possible. Here are 3 that I urge you to try:

 

(From left to right)

  1. Revlon Black Cherry, $8 at Ulta
  2. MAC Diva, $17 at MAC
  3. NARS Scarlet Empress, $28 at Sephora

All of them deliver a rich, highly pigmented color that lasts as long as you need it to! Their wearability is incredible! 

Give dark lips a try, and let me know how it goes!

  
(Wearing Scarlet Empress)

Thanks for reading!

💘

@jennabthomsen

Off My Hiatus: Over-The-Knee Boots

So, I’m sure that no one lost sleep over the fact that I haven’t written a blog post in a few months, but on the off chance that you did… rest assured, I’m off my hiatus! 😛

I wish that I had a better excuse for not posting, but truthfully it just fell by the wayside. Between my relationship, the holidays, trying to get back on track with meal planning, working out, teaching dance classes, and being in love with my job, I knew that I would start it back up, I just wasn’t quite sure when.

That leads me to the topic of my newest obsession: over-the-knee boots! Honestly, if you haven’t bought yourself a pair yet, I understand. When I first started hearing about these, and seeing them on celebrities and a few of my more fashion forward friends, I could not help but think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. It kept me from even entertaining the idea of trying them on. Like sure, maybe they make your legs look long and lean, but at the expense of looking like a hooker? No, thanks. (stop laughing, I was completely serious.)

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Young and naive, I tell ya.

So anyway, once I got over the fact that I wouldn’t be mistaken for a street-walker I started to see that when paired correctly and appropriately, these boots are actually really great.

My first pair came from good ‘ol F21. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, mainly because I wasn’t sure how much I would end up wearing them. They were such a steal! Just $45, and easily the cutest & most comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever owned (other than Uggs, but Uggs are Uggs. I like to stick to wearing mine with sweats to Wegman’s, not out in real life.)

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The photo below shows my Forever 21 Faux Suede Boots with a Forever 21 burgundy and black striped bodysuit and my favorite pants of all time, BDG high-rise seamed jean in black!

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Alright, well there’s my 2 cents on this monumental topic. You. Are. Welcome.

Thanks for reading, guys! 💘

Jenna

Follow me: @JennaBThomsen

Pre-Fall: Sweaters and Cargo Pants

September in New York State is a very confusing time. We are right on the verge of fall, but afternoons are still full of the summer heat. I call this time “Pre-Fall.”

During this glorious period I start wearing darker “fall” colors, pants, and sweaters, but am not yet wearing scarves, boots, or jackets.

This morning my outfit looked like this 👇👇👇

I recently purchased this adorable sweater from Banana Republic. You can’t really see it, but just trust me? ($20 at their factory store on Vestal Parkway!) Banana Republic is making it very easy to stock up on cute fall clothing. Their sales have been incredible! The cargo pants are from Gap. (Just $25!) Both pieces are soft and durable while not being too thick. With the Pre-fall afternoons reaching 70-80 degrees, it’s important to wear breathable fabrics!

My flats are from Target. (Sam & Libby, on sale- $13) I wear them all the time and they have held up so well! To add just the littlest bit of “pop” I paired this outfit with a gold studded cuff that was also purchased at Target, on sale, for ~$5.

I agree that “you pay for what you get,” but finding good quality pieces on sale = getting good quality clothing at cheap prices! No shame in my game.

ANYWAY, Happy Pre-fall! Now go prematurely drink your Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! 🎃
💘

J

@jennabthomsen

Last Minute Wedding Invitation: Forever 21 LBD

On Saturday, 20 minutes before walking out the door, Justin asked me to attend an old friends’ wedding reception with him. As happy as I was that he asked me to join him, I was also in a state of panic. Weddings usually take prep work and I’d done nothing. With just enough notice to put on something that was hanging in my closet and some makeup, he was ready to go.

I stood in the doorway of my closet for a few minutes hemming and hawing over what I should wear, what would be most appropriate for the temperature, what would match Justin’s attire, etc. Annnnddd there it was! Luckily I had just recently scoured the clearance racks at Forever 21 and found an adorable little black dress that was going to work perfectly for the occasion! (It was a $22 dress that I got for $11.99!) Nice, thick material and so comfortable. Also, with it being 90 degrees these past few days, the spaghetti straps and low-cut front made it nice a breathable.

I wore it with my Chinese Laundry heels that I have written about in my previous post What I Wore: Express Dress & Chinese Laundry Heels. 

Here’s a photo of this weekend’s LBD from Forever!👇

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@jennabthomsen

💘

J

Liebster Award: Young Blogs

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be doing nominations for the Liebster Award. There are so many deserving blogs out there that just need the opportunity to get in front of eyes and be read!

I got nominated by Sew Cute Fashion. Thank you so much for the nomination! I appreciate it so much!

The Liebster Award is meant for blogs that don’t have hundreds of followers and need to get discovered.

Here are the rules:

THANKthe nominator.

Display the award.

Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

Answer the questions

Notify the Nominees

Here are the questions: 

  • Favourite Ice cream flavour? mint chocolate chip
  • What city do you want toTRAVEL too? Greece, Italy, Australia
  • Favourite Starbucks drink? Iced green tea
  • Favourite thing to do in the summer? Anything involving boats/water!
  • What’sYOUR dreamJOB? I would love to continue my career in social media marketing/advertising
  • How many languages do you speak? just 1
  • If you could start a company, what company would you start? a cosmetics line
  • What’s your all time favourite artist? jackson pollock
  • If you could pick an age to stay what age would it be? 25
  • What’s your favourite holiday? Christmas

Here are my new questions:

  • What’s your middle name?
  • Where is your favorite store to shop at?
  • If you could have any exotic animal as a pet, which would you choose?
  • What’s your favorite Social Media platform?
  • How many siblings do you have?
  • Favorite breed of dog?
  • What color is your current cell phone case?
  • Pepperoni or plain?
  • What’s your favorite emoji?
  • What’s your favorite restaurant?

I nominate:

xomiriam

Julianne Loves

Jenni Louisa

KatsCoverUp

mirabilivestium

luvbridget

thefashionhitlist

actuallyrad

youmeandwhatever

veronicahonestly

For The Love of Floppy Hats!

Hello, friends!

Alrighty… So, one of my favorite pieces to wear this summer has been floppy hats. I know that wearing floppy hats in the summer is no big revelation – they’re kind of like florals in the Spring – but I just have to comment on my love for these things! With summer winding down I feel less inclined to wear them so I wanted to profess my love before Fall rolls around and my new knit hats make their debut.

I’ve found that I can make just about any outfit look cuter with the addition of a hat. They’re a statement piece, you can find them just about anywhere (and for cheap!), and I just think they’re adorable.

The photo below was taken at Zona’s Bar and Grille in Downtown Binghamton, NY. I was feeling terribly lazy when Justin asked me to go grab a drink, but I pulled myself together (for the love of wine more than anything…). As you can see I’m in the most basic black short, chambray shirt, and sandal outfit. I added the hat and VOILA! I didn’t look like I was just lounging around the house anymore!

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I got this particular hat at Forever 21 for $14.90!

Thanksfor reading! Follow me on insta if ya wanna! @jennabthomsen

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J

Friday Evening: Banana Republic & F21

Happy Friday, Beauties!

I’m incredibly excited that we’ve reached another weekend! Can’t wait to hang out with friends, relax a bit, and catch up on some things I haven’t had time for this week. Just thought I’d share what I’ll be wearing tonight as I start my weekend at a BBQ! Going to wrap up this summer the right way!

I’m in love with this romper. (See photo below!) It’s super soft and comfortable! I got it at Forever 21 for just $15! It’s so easily dressed up or down – obviously dressing it down for the occasion tonight! This romper has withstood many wash & dry cycles and has really surprised me especially when you consider that it was so inexpensive! It’s been a staple in my closet this season. 

The shoes are ankle strap flats and they are from Banana Republic! Originally $89, I got them for just $32! Love a good shoe sale ❤️ The bag – that you can’t really see in this photo – is also from Banana Republic. Originally $114, I got it for $35. (I’m serious when I say that I hardly ever buy anything at full price.) 


Okay, I’m headed out for the afternoon/evening, but have a fun, safe, & budget-friendly weekend!

💘

@jennabthomsen

J

Work Attire: Ann Taylor Loft

Hello again-

Yesterday I had a friend text me about my blog. She asked if I would please do a post about dressing for work! Sometimes it’s hard because a lot of the clothes and styles that we ❤️ so much aren’t always work appropriate, and while we would approve of them, our bosses probably wouldn’t. So, without further ado… What I’m wearing to work today!

    

This dress is from Loft. As you saw in my last post, I love a good sale. I actually took the price tag off this morning – originally $89, I got it for $18! 

It’s long enough to be appropriate, but cute enough to not feel like you raided your crazy aunt Judith’s closet! 

The shoes are pointed-toe flats. They’re comfortable as they’re flats, but look a bit more professional and dressy because of the toe! You can’t really tell here, but they are also a really nice, textured finish. Love them. I picked them up at Target. (Also on clearance, $13!)

Okay, well I need to go finish up getting ready, but I wanted to throw this out for anyone looking for “work outfit” idea! 

Have a good day, you lovely people!
💘

@jennabthomsen

Mission Possible: Finding The Perfect Red

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So, red lipstick is kind of a staple in my makeup case. (My boyfriend is probably going to chuckle at this because he knows the truth – my makeup case is actually a big Nike shoe box, but that’s besides the point) “Red lipstick” is about as broad as “coffee” or “shoes.” It’s an umbrella term. There’s fire engine, brick, cranberry, poppy, etc. etc. etc. I have tried a plethora of reds – different shades, brands, finishes. I believe that I have found the most perfect red lipstick and I want to share my knowledge with all of you who cared enough to scroll through my blog!

Mac has a special place in my heart. Always has and always will. Honestly, it took my lipstick virginity and as you all know, you never really forget your first time! After playing the field, trying out different shades, having mediocre relationships with other brands, and always being left feeling less than satisfied with my opinions, I fell back into the arms of Mac Cosmetics. ~*~*2getha 4evaaa*~*~ Standing at the Mac Counter in Macy’s at Destiny USA with my friend, Sara – both kind of tipsy on the birthday margaritas she had just treated me to at Cantina Laredo – I put on Ruby Woo and knew my search was over! I had found it: The Perfect Red! Ultra high pigmented, matte, and for the lack of a better term just freaking PERFECT. And did it mention only $16?!??

I have since seen this lipstick paired with every skin tone, lip size, & hair color and it looks amazing every single time! I would suggest it to absolutely everyone looking for a beautiful, super long-lasting red lipstick. (Also, it’s a blue red so it makes your teeth look stark white! Always a plus!) GO GET IT! WEAR IT! ENJOY IT LIKE I DO!
As always, contact me with questions or comments! Here’s a link to purchase Ruby Woo for yourself & a photo to see how it looked on my mug!

RUBY WOO! Buy here!

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@jennabthomsen

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