I think one of my favorite parts of going to school is the urge to shop for it. In high school, it was a little harder to find clothes that fit the “norm” and to venture out of your comfort zone. Now that I’m in college though, and the new semester means new classes which therefore means new faces, and also it’s a new year, I get to do whatever I want. The beauty of being in college is getting to look cute with no one yelling at you about the dress code. I decided that I needed to splurge on myself for once and invest in some new things. I thought it’d be fun to share what I got.
I am using the same notebooks I did as last semester to save money. What I did was tape on a piece of paper telling me what subject that notebook was dedicated too. It was easy to remove, and now I have 5 used notebooks ready to be filled with knowledge. I did, however, get some fun books to read, as a nice break from college life.
As you know (from my resolutions post), I wanted to read more this year. I set a personal goal of reading 24 books this year and have so far read 4. Yesterday, Dakota and I went back to Barnes and Noble to pick up some more. For those of you who don’t know, I just started the Harry Potter series and I think it’s safe to call me obsessed. I picked up HP 2&3 and I also got a little poetry book for in-between.
Emily Dickinson book
I’ve heard a lot about Emily Dickinson’s work and figured I should read up on some of it. I found this cute little collection on sale. I’m already halfway through the second HP book, so I’m betting I’ll get to her poetry pretty quick.
For Christmas, I got some Sephora gift cards. I am not done with my makeup shopping yet because I still have an Ulta card I can use, but my Sephora cards went quickly. I’m thinking I’ll use the Ulta cards for skincare products but I’m not sure yet.
Here’s what I got from Sephora:
The first thing I’m excited about is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I FINALLY picked up this palette after months of waiting. It has been a lifetime, but here it is, fresh and ready to be used. I’m excited for these colors because I feel like they will work year around. They may even be useful for some Valentine looks (wink wink).
I also can’t wait to try out the ABH Brow Wiz. I hope its the right color because I was going to get a different shade and they were out of it. So this one is “dark brown”. I figure I can start with a light hand and work my way into using this product. I hear so many good things.
Next, I picked up this Tarte foundation. I know I’ve been talking endlessly about the SHape Tape concealer because I still have yet to use it, but this was the only Tarte concealer I could find. I don’t know if they were out, or I just wasn’t looking hard enough, I honestly don’t know. I used this concealer for the first time today and I liked it. I was difficult to blend out with a brush, so I will probably swap out my face expert brush for the Beauty Blender sponge my aunt got me. I think that will work better. I also think this concealer wears better than the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I was using.
I also thought I’d try out a different blush. I received a few Tarte blushes and I just honestly don’t care much for blush. I have a naturally flushed face, and I like to cover that up with concealer. So to me, it never made any sense for me to cover up my redness just to reapply it. However, I have a friend that once told me she found a beautiful NARS blush and loved it. I found this shade and decided it would look the most romantic on my cheeks. I hope I get good use out of it.
I made the decision that it was time to find a new everyday lip color. I usually stick to dark nudes because I feel they always look good, but I wanted to try something a little lighter. It’s hard for me to always venture out of my comfort zone with lip colors because they’re the most noticeable thing. My friend got me the shade “lolita” from Kat Von D awhile ago and I’ve loved it ever since. When I went to Sephora I found myself drawn to the Kat Von D section and figured “I like the first one so I’ll probably like the second one”. This is “lolita 2”. I haven’t tried it on yet so I hope it’s beautiful. Cross your fingers.
Perhaps the products I’m most thrilled over are the ones I got from Fenty Beauty. With my gift cards I figured I’d never have the money to try these out again so I should do it now. I got her matte skin stick in the shade fair. It’s a stick skin corrector that I used today as foundation. I usually always go for liquid foundations which is really stupid because I loathe liquid foundations. I applied this over the Tarte concealer and found a medium-sheer coverage. I liked this a lot. It’s going to be included in my makeup routine for sure.
The last makeup item I got was a Fenty Beauty lipstick. I got the shade “spanked” after watching Kathleen Lights talk about it. I tried it on today and although I thought it was gorgeous, I wasn’t feeling myself in it. I think it’s sort of bold lip color because personally avoid reds. I’m going to ease my way into this shade.
Considering school starts tomorrow I did some last minute online shopping today. I wanted to only buy from one store so I stuck to the trusty Forever 21. I didn’t get too insane with any statement pieces because all these purchases are designated for school right?
I got this super cute cropped sweater. I have a pair of high-waisted jeans already picked out to complete the look. This will be great for my those mornings I really don’t feel like getting too dressed up.
Next is this super simple striped collar shirt. It’s is again cropped and easily styled, which I like. I think a piece like this is great for pairing with statement pieces to tone done the look and create a balanced composition.
Next, I got both of these shirts because 1) I really like the button down detail, 2) they’re both basic AF and 3) they’ll look amazing with anything. I’m really into the basics right now, friends. Don’t judge me.
So I took a look at my cart and realized that everything I picked out was grey or black. I needed to add a pop of color. I’m really into warm tones so I found this cheap t-shirt. I think this will be nicely paired with some dark pants. I know that when school starts I feel less like putting intricate outfits together and more like being comfortable while I sit through 1-hour classes.
And Surprise!!! I bet you didn’t guess that the last thing in this haul was going to be grey! Well, it is. I have been desperately low on my supply of cardigans and I figured this neutral one would be perfect. It’s going to be cozy, soft, and comfy as I try not to fall asleep during accounting.
Along with these clothes, I also bought 3 pairs of classic black leggings. Leggings are good to wear under jeans for that extra layer of warmth so I will definitely be putting those to good use.
This is everything I bought so far (besides my textbooks and pens) to prepare myself for the hustle and bustle of the new semester. As I mentioned before, I’m going to be taking 15 hours so I’m hoping to still remain stylish while also filling my brain with knowledge.
As always, thank you for reading. Have a good night buddy!