Weekend Reading #21

1Hi everyone! Can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week flew by. I’m hoping the next week two weeks fly by as well so I can be done with my Whole 30 diet! I’ll be recapping the whole Whole 30 after, so be sure to look out for that. My friends and I are going to see War Dogs this weekend and squeeze in a little hike. What do you all have planned?

1. Chanel handbags are worth the investment.

2. How to keep your strapless bra in place.

3. Sugar is found absolutely in everything.

4. Common causes of bloating you might not have thought of.

5. Texts that will make you laugh.

6. Six natural ways to help with your insomnia.

7. The best way to freeze bacon.

8. Obsessed with these Truffle Clutches!

9. Best opening lines to use on Tinder.

10. 100 years of wedding cakes, and they all look delish!

PS: Have you entered my Kylie Cosmetics giveaway?! If not, check out my last post.

Kylie Cosmetics Creme Shadow + GIVEAWAY!

Kylie Cosmetics

Kylie Jenner launched a limited Birthday Edition collection of items a couple weeks ago. I had my eyes on the Creme Shadows. These creme shadows come in Copper and Rose Gold. I was a little skeptical because creme shadows can be a hit or miss. Will they crease? Will they have good color pay off? Will they last all day? When I opened these up, I was very pleasantly surprised. The pigmentation on these shadows are UNREAL. Seriously, a little goes a very long way. Also, they stay on the eyes all. day. long. Below are swatches of the two shades, Copper on the bottom and Rose Gold on top.

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As you can see these metallic shadows really pop. They are also waterproof. I tried washing off the swatches with water and soap and they would not budge. I had to scrub it off with some makeup remover wipes. I was really nervous about how these would wear all day. However, on the eyes these look amazing and last all day without creasing. The Copper is a little more orange based, while the Rose Gold is more pink. Both of these shades are extremely beautiful. I’ve worn both of these shadows all over the lid, adding a little brown in the crease for the perfect day look. I can’t wait for Kylie to release more creme shadows because these are seriously the bomb.com.

Lucky for you guys, I picked up an extra one of each color! I will be giving away one of the creme shadows to you guys! All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter and Instagram using the giveaway widget below! One winner will get to choose the creme shadow of their choice! Good luck!

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5 Apps to Download Now

I, probably just like you, am on my phone about 75% of the day. It’s an addiction and I just can’t stop. Besides all of the normal favorites like Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter (@esthercollins, follow me if you’re not already!) here are my top 5 apps.postmate
Postmates

How did I ever live without Postmates? Postmates is a food delivery service where you can get pretty much any food from any restaurant in your city delivered to you. It’s great for those lazy days where you’re just craving some of your favorite food. My go-to spots to Postmate are Sugarfish, Kreation and Smoke’s Poutinerie. So good!

open tableOpen Table

Another food app. Open Table is great for making dinner reservations. I hate calling restaurants to make reservations. It’s the millennial in me. With Open Table I can just make a dinner reservation with the tap of a button. Open Table is also great because every time you use the app, you receive points which can later be redeemed for gift cards at your favorite restaurant.

hopperHopper

My roommate Brigitte turned me onto Hopper. It’s an app on your phone that lets you put in flight information to see when is the best time to book. For instance, I’m planning on flying home for Christmas, so I put in the dates I want and the airports and I get notifications each time the flight price drops. It will also give you advice on whether or not you should book it now or if they think the price will drop further.

clueClue

This is for all you ladies out there. Clue is a period tracker. It’s great for predicting when you’re going to get your period. I used it to figure out when I should go to Hawaii, because nothing is worse than being on your period during vacation. You can also update the app daily with your mood, cravings, etc. and it will start predicting how you will feel.

poshmarkPoshmark

Poshmark is an app that lets you sell clothes, makeup, accessories etc. It’s so easy to use. I use it both for selling as well as purchasing. You can find some really great deals on this app. For instance, I just got a brand new Blue Life romper for $25. Crazy! The great thing about this app is you can send the buyer an offer on what you want to pay for an item. It’s a great bargaining tool to get the price you want to pay. Check out my closet @esthercollins!

What are some of your favorite apps? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Kylie Cosmetics – KyShadow Review

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In the second launch of Kyshadows, I was able to snag my hands on one of Kylie’s brand new eye shadow palettes. I don’t know what it is about Kylie Cosmetics but I get suckered into it every time. It’s almost like a game to me to try to get my hands on a new item before it sells out, a very expensive game. So since this is a new palette that has yet to be restocked, I wanted to do a review for you guys so you can decide whether or not you should get it the next time it goes live (I believe sometime next week!).

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Packaging: The packaging is a nice glossy white cardboard square. I love the size of it. It’s smaller than the Naked Palette which is always my go-to. This will be perfect for traveling because it’s so thin and lightweight. Also, the eyes with the drops of color is Kylie’s signature design which I love.

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Colors: The colors are great. I love a more natural look, especially in the bronze family. The colors range from light to dark so you can use the first couple of colors to make a very subtle daytime look, or amp it up and use the darker colors for night. The most unique color in the palette is Citrine. It’s a lot more orange than any other eye shadow I have. My favorites are Quartz, Topaz and Goldstone.

Quality: The quality on these shadows are good. The pigmentation as you can see above is great. They’re also very velvety soft and blend really nicely. Hematite is the only one that comes off a little patchy. The powders do fall out of the pan in the palette a lot, but I find this happens with a lot of eye shadows so it does not bother me. Just be sure to tap out any excess powder on your brush before applying to reduce fallout.

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Kylie posted a snapchat video of her using her new palette so I decided to recreate her look. I snapped some quick photos outside so you can see what they look like in natural lighting.

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Overall Thoughts: I really like this palette. It reminds me a lot of the original Naked Palette by Urban Decay. If you have the Naked Palettes already you can probably pass on getting this because they have a lot of similar shades. However, if you are looking for a new bronze palette I highly recommend this one. This palette racks in at $42, which is pricey for makeup. However if you break down the cost, you’re really get 9 shadows for under $5 per shadow. There are definitely lower end alternatives to this palette, but if you’re okay with the price it’s a pretty palette to have. I will definitely be taking this on my vacations over the Naked Palette now since it is less bulky. Also, if you’re obsessed with Kylie and her makeup line (like me) definitely get it.

Have you guys tried Kyshadows yet? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #20

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Hi my loves! Is it just me or did this week drag on forever?? I’m so happy it’s finally the weekend. My roommates and I have a relaxing beach weekend planned which I can’t wait to get my tan on. What do you guys have planned for this weekend?

1. Justin Bieber watches The Bachelorette.

2. What you need to do in the gym to lose weight.

3. Things that are absolutely true for no reason.

4. In-flight essentials. 

5. Venmo is bringing out the worst in people.

6. Ways to cool down your house without AC.

7. New Jersey passes a bill to help stop puppy mills.

8. Get through the airport faster.

9. Nordstrom’s Annual Sale starts today, here’s a guide to shop it!

10. RIP Taylor Swift.

 

Hair Essentials

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Keeping up with my last hair post, I thought I would put together my hair essentials. Now I’m not really a big hair junkie. When it comes to my hair, I’m pretty lazy about it. I can’t even tell you the last time I got a hair cut. That being said, this is the lazy-girl’s guide to hair.

one // Gold Mine by DryBar – I dye my hair fairly often. That being said, I need some extra conditioning. I love this stuff because it has gold shimmer in the conditioner. Since I normally have blonde highlights, the shimmer in this really helps to make the blonde pop. And it smells great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with blonde in their hair.

two // 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer by Fromm Beauty – This hair dryer is AMAZING. It’s the best hair dryer I have ever used. It really helps to cut down on drying time. I hate blow drying my hair just because it usually takes a long time. This dryer cuts down that time in half. My roommate has used this as well and is obsessed. She also stated that she’s never found a hair dryer that works as quickly as this does. Not only does it help with drying time, but I’ve found this to be the only dryer that doesn’t make my hair feel completely dry and damaged after. Hands down, the best blow dryer ever.

three // Clean Freak by Not Your Mothers – Okay, let’s be honest here. We all have those days where we just don’t have time to wash our hair, or are too lazy too. Normally I wash my hair everyday since it gets super oily, however on the occasion that I just don’t feel like it, I use this stuff. It does a great job of getting rid of the oil in your hair and the white cast blends pretty well in dark hair.

four // Beach Babe by Not Your Mothers – Another Not Your Mother’s product. They have some great items, at a great price! This stuff is my GO-TO for lazy days. After showering, if you don’t want to style your hair, just spritz some of this in damp hair. It gives great texture with that beachy wave look. Not to mention, this stuff smells AMAZING.

five // Hair Spray by Tresemme –  As far as drug stores go, I think Tresemme is one of my favorite hair care brands. It’s super affordable and works great. I love their hairspray. It really holds a curl all night and into the next day, but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy at all. Hair spray is one of those things where I don’t really understand when people pay $$$$ for it. There are great drugstore brands like Tresemme that work like magic as well.

six // Hair Ties by Sephora – Okay. Is it just me or do you guys lose hair ties on a daily basis. I swear I go from having 100 to about 4 in a matter of days. I love hair ties like these. Not only are they fun and colorful, but they really help on not snagging on your hair.

seven // Hair Extensions by Irresistible Me – If you haven’t seen my last post, I show you how incredible these hair extensions are. I’m actually obsessed with them. If you’re looking for extensions, go check out Irresistible Me. The quality and quantity are both great.

eight // The Wet Brush – This has been a hair essential for me for years. It’s the perfect hair brush to brush through your hair without damaging it. It’s also specifically made for brushing your hair while wet.

What are your hair essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

My Review: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions have always been something I was curious to try. You see tons of celebrities rocking gorgeous long locks and can’t help but think “I can have that kind of hair, right?” Right. When Irresistible Me reached out to me to see if I wanted to test out their hair extensions I jumped at the opportunity. I was sent a set of their Silky Touch extensions in the color Silky Chocolate Brown. I was a little nervous about the color matching my hair. Since I have highlights, the extensions ended up matching my roots perfectly not but quite the ends. The length I chose was 22″ – 200g ($209). I figured it would be better to get longer and cut them if need be rather than vice versa. At first when I received the extensions I thought the length was a little too long, but once I clipped them into my hair I realized they were the perfect length. As for color, after testing out the extensions I realized that curling both my hair and the extensions helped them to blend perfectly.

The set comes with 10 pieces, 1 pc of 4 clips (7.5″), 2 pcs of 3 clips (6″), 5 pcs of 2 clips (4″), 2 pcs of 1 clip (1.2″). I ended up using all the extensions minus the 2 1 clips and 2 of the 2 clips. They give you A LOT of hair to work with, which is great.

Here is a before and after picture of what I look like with the extensions.

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The extensions made a dramatic difference in how my hair looked. I used to think I had long hair until I saw what I looked like with extensions in! I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with these extensions. The hair is 100% Remy human hair and feels so soft and silky. The clip ins make them extremely easy to take on and off.

My roommate (who is a hair genius) also did this cute fishtail braid with my extensions in. The length really makes the braid stand out!

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Overall, I’m extremely impressed with these Irresistible Me hair extensions. If you are looking to try some hair extensions. Definitely go check out Irresistible Me. They have a variety of hair colors and lengths to choose from. Have you guys ever tried extensions? Let me know in the comments below what you think!

**This post is in collaboration with Irresistible Me, all opinions are my own**

Black and White

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Leather Jacket: Nasty Gal // Shirt: Brandy Melville // Shorts: LF {similar here and here} // Shoes: Urban Outfitters {similar here} // Bag: Gucci // Necklace: BaubleBar // Ring: Vintage {similar here}

There is nothing I love more than an all black and white ensemble. It’s my go to look for day or night. The weather is finally warming up here in LA and we’re finally getting the summer heat. The other night I went out to dinner (sushi, my fave!) and then off to a comedy show to support a friend of a friend. I knew we would be going out afterwards so I threw together this simple, yet chic look that I could take from day to night. I’m obsessed with this leather jacket I got at Nasty Gal. It’s pretty much the only outerwear I ever bring out to the bars. It’s cropped and so cute over a dress or even a blouse with a pair of jeans. These strappy sandals are also a must for me. I got them for New Years Eve and I’ve been wearing them almost every weekend ever since. They’re the perfect pair of heels that go with absolutely every outfit.

I feel like I’ve been going to a lot of comedy shows lately. If you’re ever in the LA area and looking for a good laugh, I highly recommend The Improv or The Comedy Store!

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Shopbop Sale!

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Shopbop is back at it again with another sale! This time you can get 25% off all sale items! Here are some of my favorite picks from the sale. Get them now because the sale ends tomorrow!

one // Alice & Olivia Fierra Dress

two // Dolce Vita Randi Wedge Sandals

three // Alexander Wang Mini Lia Saddle Bag

four // Kate Spade Ice Pop Coin Purse

five // Elizabeth and James Aiala Dress

six // Chiara Ferragni Flirting iPhone Case

seven // Rag & Bone Wyatt Sandals 

eight // Sophie Hulme Mini Rucksack

nine // Madewell Denim Cutout Dress

Weekend Reading #19

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And we’re back. I’m back. The past couple weeks have been super hectic for me. I just signed a new lease and have been in the process of moving apartments. I can’t wait to show you guys how I decided to decorate! I’ve been reading up a lot about apartment decor and DIY projects and I can’t wait to try some of them out to show you. Also, how BEAUTIFUL are these flowers my coworkers got me as a housewarming gift?! I’m obsessed. Now I admit, I don’t have a green thumb so I’m a little nervous. If anyone has ideas on how to keep these babies around, let me know in the comments below!

1. This is how I want to fly.

2. How to keep your succulents from dying.

3. Amazon is launching a meal delivery service.

4. A blogger just revealed something about the Kylie Lip Kit.

5. Definitely trying this DIY art.

6. Also this one.

7. Should you exercise when you’re sick?

8. The best foods to buy at Costco.

9. Can you refreeze thawed meat?

10. Ways to improve your mental health.