Budget Friendly Summer Clothing Haul

Hiiiii and happy Friday, babes! Because I just really love haul videos (and you requested it on Twitter!), I’m sharing my summer clothing picks with you guys! Admittedly, most of them aren’t very summery because….well have you met me? Lots of neutrals and fall layering pieces ahead, plus a bunch of sale stuff and the PERFECT denim shorts! You can shop everything by clicking the links below the video.

Also, if you made it this far, as a special thank you for watching my video, I present to you the funniest and most embarrassing gif of me ever. To set the scene, I had a bunch of clothes (from this video, duh) and was trying to take a cute photo with a self timer. I wanted to pick up the photos and then take a cute photo. Not that hard, right? Well. This is what happens when you have an overly expressive face. I swear I didn’t know I looked like this.

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  • What are you wearing this summer?
  • Have you ever laughed until you cried at a photo of yourself? No, just me?

xoxo
Valery


KyShadow Dupes | Budget Friendly Dupes for the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze Palette

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KyShadow Dupes. That’s what I was googling at 5:10pm, a mere ten minutes after Kylie launched her Bronze KyShadow palette because they were already sold out. Admittedly I wasn’t fully committed to buying this palette anyway, but I would’ve liked the opportunity! The articles I found when I googled were mostly filled with palettes that had WAY too much shimmer so I knew I was going to have to search for the dupes myself.

Click here to read about my ridiculous experience with the Kylie Lip Kit.

Here’s a description of the KyShadows:

Jasper (matte finish creamy beige), Quartz (satin finish champagne gold), Topaz (matte finish true taupe), Goldstone (satin finish bronze), Citrine (matte finish bright orange), Tiger Eye (matte finish light golden brown), Hematite (matte finish chestnut brown), Bronze (matte finish chocolate brown), Onyx (matte finish black)

The Bronze Palette #kyshadows

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I didn’t have much luck with KyShadow Dupes….at first. Most people are comparing this palette to the Shaaanxo palette from BH Cosmetics – and it’s close, but not quite. Even if the packaging is suspiciously similar….*side eye*. At last, I realized single shadows were the way to go for finding dupes! Morphe seems to offer the best selection of budget friendly single shadows, so I dove into their website.

Full disclosure: I’ve never used Morphe shadows. But also none of us have never used Kylie Cosmetics shadows sooooo let’s keep going with this.

If you decide to treat yourself to the Kylie Cosmetics KyShadow palette, it’s going to run you $42 PLUS $9 shipping in the US (or more if you’re international). Sheesh. The Morphe single shadows are 1.5g compared to the KyShadow 1.4g so they’re essentially the same size. Each Morphe shadow is $2.29, plus if you want a palette to put the pans in, it will run you $3.99 to $9.99, depending on how many shadows you get. That means if you shop the 8 dupes below ($2.29 each) plus a 12 color palette ($6.99) plus shipping (starting at $4), you’ll save yourself like twenty bucks. Count me in.

Jasper Dupe:

Crystal – I really don’t think this shade is necessary if you already have something similar, it’s basically just a base shadow. Crystal is actually a satin instead of a matte, so keep that in mind if you purchase this one.

 

 

Quartz Dupe:

Deep Skin – This shade is actually sold out right now and honestly I’m not sure how often they restock but it’s such a great shade for this palette I’m leaving it on the list. So there.

 

 

KyShadow Dupes Nuts for YouTopaz Dupe:

Nuts For You – Kylie describes her shade as a “true taupe” so really any light, warm taupe should do the trick.

 

 

 

KyShadow Dupe Buckle UpGoldstone Dupe:

Buckle Up – There’s no description of this one on the Morphe website but it looks like a brown/bronze color with some bronze flecks in it, so I think it will be a good dupe for Goldstone.

 

 

KyShadow Dupe SpiceCitrine Dupe:

Spice – Hey, something that’s not a neutral! I love this shade, to be honest. A matte orange will make an awesome transition shade, especially for fall and this one looks SO similar to the KyShadow shade Citrine.

 

 

kyshadow dupe caramelizedTiger Eye Dupe:

Caramelized – It’s hard to tell but I think this one’s a tad more brown than Tiger Eye but you can always mix it with a little bit of Spice if you need to warm it up more.

 

 

KyShadow Dupe Deep CocoaBronze Dupe:

Deep Cocoa – Does Kylie know what bronze is? This one really cracks me up because it’s not bronze at all, it’s brown. But it’s fine, Kylie. It’s fine.

 

 

KyShadow Dupe CoalOnyx Dupe:

Coal – This is another one you might already have on hand, just a straight up black matte shadow.

 

 

 

Hematite is the only shade I really can’t find a dupe for on their site, which is so tragic. But honestly how many orange/brown shades do you really need? I really think you could mix and match the other shades and be just fine.

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Here are a few other shades you can add that will go nicely with the above if you need to fill out your palette:

  1. Castlebay
  2. Creme Brulee
  3. Dazzling This one’s my personal fave.
  4. Granite

So that’s it! Build your own palette and order it from Morphe – plus, if you do that your package probably won’t get stolen in the mail! 🙂

  • Are you a Kylie Cosmetics fan? I promise I won’t judge you!
  • What do you think of this super warm palette? Going to nab one for yourself?

xoxo
Valery

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Easy Gift Idea | DIY Pedicure Kit

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One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is to get a pedicure but honestly…the thrifty gal inside me doesn’t do it very often. I mean jeez, I could buy a pair of shoes for that price! Naturally, I’ve come up with an at-home solution that makes the perfect gift for someone who has a lot going on and just needs to treat herself. Plus it’s WAY cheaper than getting a gift card for just one pedicure. Or you can keep it for yourself, I promise I won’t tell. 

Here’s what you need:

And here’s what to do:

1. Pour your epsom salt into a mason jar. Easy! You can also include a tag or note with instructions on how to use the epsom salt – “Put a few tablespoons of epsom salt in warm water for a nice hand or foot soak” or something similar. 

2. Make your sugar scrub! There are tons of ways to do this but since people have different allergies and sensitivity to scents, I’m keeping it simple here. If your coconut oil is solid, microwave it at a low temperature until it melts. (Since it’s summer, your oil might already be in liquid form at room temperature).

dallas blogger valery brennan675Then mix the oil with your sugars – you should have 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. I layered mine and then just used a butter knife to carefully stir. Add more sugar or oil as needed. It should look a little something like this once you’re done:

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Like the epsom salt, you can include instructions on how to use the sugar scrub. “Gently rub this sugar scrub on hands or feet to exfoliate and moisturize the skin.”

3. Put everything into your container….told you it was easy! If you want to take it one step further, add a cute handmade tag for the epsom salt and the sugar scrub!

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dallas blogger valery brennan702Admittedly, I have to buy new nail polish, treatment and cuticle oil before I give this kit away to a friend because I had to give these a spin for myself! I applied the Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil all over my nails and cuticles (I love that it has a brush to make application super simple), massaged it in for a few minutes and then washed my hands. Then I applied one coat of the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment, let that dry, and followed it up with Complete Salon Manicure polish (in the shade Black and Blue).

dallas blogger valery brennan707Once the polish was dry, I applied one last coat of the Nail Treatment as a top coat. Even though I applied four coats of product, it went on very smoothly and dried down completely in about 20 minutes. Three days later and my nails haven’t chipped at all…which is nothing short of a miracle! Thanks to the Nail Treatment and Oil, my nails feel much stronger and smoother – I’m seriously amazed.

I grabbed everything I needed for this little project at my local Target – you can find all the Sally Hansen nail products in the beauty section, it should look a little something like this.

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  • Do you get regular pedicures? If so, would you consider an at home pedicure?
  • Anyone else suffer from insanely brittle and soft nails? Spill your secrets!

xoxo
Valery


Easy 3 Product Eye Makeup Look for Any Occasion

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DaretoDarken #NeverGoNaked #CollectiveBias
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Happy Monday, y’all! Is there anything better than a makeup look that packs a big punch with just a few products? I really don’t think so. This classic look only takes three eye products and can be worn by anyone to any occasion annnnnnd it’s made up of Rimmel eye products you can easily grab at your local Target! This has become my go-to look lately and I’m not sad about it at all. (Three products!)

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Nordstrom Sale Picks for Cheapskates (everything under $50!)

NSALE PICKS UNDER $50If you follow any fashion blogger besides me, you’ve already heard plenty about the Nordstrom Sale. If not, it’s the wonderful time of year when Nordstrom puts TONS of fall finds on sale…before fall! It’s honestly a sale shopper’s dream because you actually get to buy things on sale before the season hits instead of after! Last night while watching some Friends reruns on Nick at Nite, I caught myself on Nordstrom.com and had to share some of my favorite picks with you guys! Now y’all know I’m all about keeping it budget friendly so I’ve rounded up my favorite picks under $50, $40, $30 and yes, even $20! If you want to shop for yourself, click the bar below and get started! Otherwise, scroll down for my picks!

Keep in mind since these items are easy on the wallet, they will probably sell out even faster than some of the other NSale items! If you’re crazy about anything, snatch it up now!

Under $50:

Under $40:

Under $30:

Under $20:

  • Have you bought anything from the NSale yet? Share your best finds!
  • Also, does anyone else feel SO old watching Nick at Nite now that Friends and Fresh Prince are on it? Shouldn’t it be shows for old people?!

xoxo
Valery

 


5 Tips for the Perfect Road Trip

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perfect road trip
My husband and I both work remotely, which means we take lots of road trips together! We don’t have any long road trips on the agenda for the next month or two but we are always traveling in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to discover the best new restaurants and things to do! The DFW Metroplex is really large so traveling all the way across it can take up to an hour and a half – definitely a road trip in itself! We made a day date out of roadtripping through Dallas to visit some of our favorite spots – first we hung out at Vitruvian Park, we went to see Ghostbusters at Alamo Drafthouse (yes I wore a Ghostbusters shirt to see the movie) and then afterwards we ate dinner at Bistro B!

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Diversity Chic | Denim Dreamin’

Okay yeah, I know we’re technically wearing chambray and not denim, but I got reallyyyyy stuck on that title and had to roll with it. We’ve had a Diversity Chic picnic on the brain for over a year now, and I’m so dang happy it finally happened!

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In case you’re new to Diversity Chic, you can check out our other posts here! And here’s what we’re all about:

Diversity Chic is a collaboration of Dallas bloggers showcasing current fashion trends on a variety of skin tones, hair colors, body types and heights. Each month we will feature a new trend tailored to our personalities and style.

Our focus is to explore the world of fashion in its unique, diverse, and stylish manner – one trend at a time.

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ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lips Review

Cult favorite beauty brand ColourPop Cosmetics is all the rage and it seems like their formulas cannot be beat. So what about the new Ultra Metallic Lips - is it a Kylie Lip Kit dupe? Click through for a full review of the ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lips!

It’s not secret around here that ColourPop Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands ever. If you’re unfamiliar I’ve gushed about them here and here.

You can also see me wearing this lipstick in this post.
OH and if you’re into this eye makeup look, I did a Facebook live video of it that you can see here!

Today I’m reviewing ColourPop’s new Ultra Metallic Lips – you can check out the video below or scroll down for a quick text version. The video’s short though if you’ve got 3 minutes to spare 🙂

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Secondhand Glam: 5 MORE Tips for Thrift Shopping

webIMG_5186This outfit is easily one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn in the last six months. I know this for a fact because I’ve worn it at least four times. My favorite part about this look? The top and skirt were both bought secondhand. The top came from thredUP ($11.49 new with tags, reg price $29.90) and the skirt was from a local thrift store here in Dallas for a whopping $5. (in like new condition but no tags). Yep, less than $20 for a full outfit!

If you’ve never bought from thredUP before, you can sign up using this link and get $10 off your first order (if you use this link, I also get $10)

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Here’s what happens when you binge the Kardashians

binge the kardashiansUp until a few months ago, I had only seen a handful of episodes of the Kardashians. 1-2 at most, and then a few episodes of Kim and Kourtney Take New York (because OBVIOUSLY I watched the Kris Humphries episodes back in the day). But that was it! I’ve always kept up with their lives via social media and the tabloids though, because that’s just the kind of person I am. For some reason, I gave in and started watching some of the new episodes….then….I started at season one. And yep…I’ve watched every single episode since then (plus some of the spinoff seasons). Here’s what happens when you binge watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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