Target Beauty Haul/Sonia Kashuk Review…

After recently visiting home and leaving my entire makeup bag there :( I decided to do a little necessity run through at Target to hold me over for the time being. Although majority of my feedback is mainly negative, for me I have been using high end products for a few years now, so going backwards with my products really showed me the value of them. Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Brows, Brushes, eye liner & macara and a few fun lip colors, this was the result and my opinion on these drug store products.

  1. Foundation – Sonia Kashuk Foundation Stick in shade 14


Luckily I had a beauty blender on hand for this one… Not much coverage, very oily and leaves my skin, even after a 12 hour day, feeling more moist than I would typically want. When applying, each stroke leaves a thick creamy line and you can see all of my pores! (until I blend, of course, but it still freaked me out!) I definitely miss my Urban Decay liquid foundation, or any of my past liquid foundations. If you typically like your liquid, i don’t recommend this at all.

2. Concealer – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles

Maybelline® Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment - Neutralizer

I love the application of this! It’s so easy an smart! The product is lightweight and smooth. The only downfall is that it does crease under the eyes, so a good blending and applying a powder on top can help with that.

3. Bronzer – Sonia Kashuk Loose Powder Bronzer in 47 golden


I may have just picked the wrong color in this case. I feel as though many of the drug store brand bronzer’s I’ve ever used have been too orange-ish and sparkly. What I look for in a bronzer is a natural looking tan color and this was just too bright and had too much shimmer, but could look better if I already had a tan!

4. Brows – NYX Eyebrow Pencil in EP05 Dark Brown


This yet again may have been a color mistake by me. Although it was Dark Brown, it still came out too light for my brows and was highly visible throughout them. I did love that it came with the brush at the end though. It was a great tool for cleaning up and shapng my brows which I do on my own almost daily!

5. Brushes – Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Bush Couture 5 piece brush set


I’ve read a lot of reviews on these bushes that agree with my opinion of them all together, they’re adorable to look at and mainly only for that! The foundation brush is hard and doesn’t smoothly spread the foundation. The blush/powder brush I do love, although it sheds. I love the size, shape, and density of it and use it for my bronzer every day but picking little brush hairs off my face isn’t too fun. After previously using the small round shaped eyeliner brush that comes with the Maybelline Gel Liner pot (see below), the angled brush in this set was a blessing. I never knew any other liner brush till this and because of the angle brush my winged liner comes out perfect every time. The shadow brush is thick and great for full lid coverage. The crease brush I have yet to use, but it’s thin, frail and too flat and wide for my crease. I have heard many great things about the Sonia Kashuk Single brushes in comparison to the limited edition sets.

6. Eye Liner – Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Maybelline® Eye Studio® Lasting Drama™ Gel Eyeliner - Eggplant

This is another one of my go-to favorites. I have always used this eye liner gel and although have not tried many others besides MAC, I have always loved this one too much to change! It’s smooth and creamy so it’s easy to apply and stays the same all day. The only thing I will say about this product is because of the soft, creamy-ness it will smudge.

7. Mascara – Maybelline Colossal

I absolutely love this mascara. I’ve been using it for years and years now and have yet to find one I love more. Although after a long day it does flake a tiny bit, but I have never had the problem where it has been noticeable at all. It gives my lashes length and volume and I never have problems with it clumping unlike what I’ve experienced with many pricier, high end designer mascaras like Dior, Bag Gal Lash, Sephora, and Mac.

Deeper Than Words Blog…

After some long thought, I have decided to make another blog! This one in particular is just for my writing. Poetry, creative writing, short stories, photography and inspiration from other writers, it will all be there. The title The Style Studies just didn’t suit my creative writing style :P so therefore, I’m introducing Deeper Than Words.  

Check it out and if you like what you see, follow subscribe & share! 

xo 

2016 Spring Fashion Trends…

It’s still January, but Spring collections have hit the runways and there’s no perfect time than now to invest in the best Spring style must haves.

 

  1. Puffy Victorian Sleeves & Ruffles

( from: ZARA)

Image 2 of PRINTED TOP from Zara  Image 1 of ASYMMETRIC DRESS from Zara Image 2 of BLOUSE WITH KIMONO SLEEVES from Zara

(from: ASOS )

ASOS Ruffle Mini Shift Dress

2. Lace & Sheer

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(from: ZARA)

Image 1 of LONG CROCHET DRESS from Zara  Image 2 of PLUMETIS BLOUSE from Zara

(from: ASOS)

3. 70s & Flare

(from: ZARA)

Image 2 of RETRO PRINT DRESS from Zara  Image 1 of DENIM DUNGAREES from Zara  Image 4 of MID-RISE FLARED JEANS from Zara

(from: TOPSHOP)

Geometric Jacquard Print Flares

(from: ASOS)

 

5. Suede & Fringe

(from: ZARA)

Image 1 of STUDIO CAPE WITH LEATHER FRINGING from Zara  Image 4 of SUEDE EFFECT JACKET from Zara

(from: TOPSHOP)

Suedette Fringe Tank Top Fringe Suede Bowler Bag  Premium Fringe Suede Cardigan

9. Robe & Lingerie slip on style

(from: ASOS)

ASOS Midi Cami Slip Dress in Hammered Satin Reclaimed Vintage Silky Cami Top With Lace & Sexy Strap Detail Neon Rose Belted Denim Jacket ASOS 70's Belted Mini Dress Reclaimed Vintage Slinky Sexy Mini Dress With Faux Fur Trim

10. Off the Shoulder

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(from: ZARA)

Image 3 of SHORT VELVET DRESS from Zara  Image 3 of SEQUINNED BLOUSE from Zara

10. Flat Mule/Slip On’s

(from: ASOS)

ASOS MOTION Pointed Flat Shoes ASOS THRILLER Heeled MulesASOS TALL ORDER Mule Sandals

11. Chokers

(from: TOPSHOP)

Shell Drop Choker Multi-Pack  Metal and Fabric Necklace PackBlack And Brown Tattoo Choker

(from: ASOS)

 

 

 

Sources: Based off of runway images and articles from Fahsion Magazines Harpers Bizzare, Elle, and Marie Claire

 

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Invincible…

It’s a funny thing

How  when we’re out of love and all alone,

Our hearts feel like they

Can never be broken again,

And what an invincible feeling that is.

But

It’s a funny thing

How when we’re falling in love and are treasured,

Our hearts feel like they

Are finally full,

And what an invincible feeling that is.

 

-a.a.

 

 

image via Alexandra Absi… See more photography by me @ vsco.com/alexandraabsi

 

 

Tell Me About It, Stud…

 
  
  
  
  

Coat: Zara (similar here)

Hat: Zara

Shoes: Converse

My little babe of a sister and I had our first photoshoot together a few days ago at the beach near our house while I was visiting home for the holidays. After some shopping and playing dress up in Zara I just couldn’t resist getting here these two staple statement pieces! I can’t wait to be a mom one day and dress my kids up :P It’s crazy adorable when kids are wearing the cutest clothes that you typically wouldn’t picture them in! My little sister beats to her own drum and won’t wear anything unless she likes it, but I’ve convinced her to let me dress her for some kids fashion posts :) In our favourite movie, Grease, Sandy transforms into a leather jacket wearing biker babe so that was my leverage in convincing her this time around (; How cute is she? More kids fashion fun to come!

All I Want For Christmas Is…

Dear Santa,

It would be absolutely amazing if you could get me everything from The Royal Department Paris (TRDP… aka one of the best stores ever), particularly these few things (;

love,

Alex

….Rewind for a minute.. Get 20% off anything and everything TRDP with the code STYLESTUDIES20 … tell you parents, tell your friends, and especially tell Santa. There’s nothing better than cute clothes and some savings :P

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See more amazing pieces over on TheRoyalDept.storenvy.com (and don’t forget to get 20% your entire purchase with code STYLESTUDIES20 :P )

Soft Grunge…

 

  

  
  
  
 Sweater: Forever 21

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Missguided

This is another one of those outfits where a dress just looks so perfect with a sweater over it! This dress is stunning and has a gorgeous flow. I paired it with this baggy sweater that has some holes in it, which really contradicts the elegance of the dress in the most chic way possible. This is by far one of my favorite pairings!

Holiday Wish List / Inspiration

Some major holidays are coming up and one of the best parts is dressing up for them! There’s nothing like being festive and chic all at once. Here are some of my favorite pieces that are perfect for this holiday season.

 

MISSGUIDED

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ASOS

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Alternative…

  

  
  

  
  

  
  

  
  

  

Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here)

Dress: Hollister (similar here)

Heels: Aldo (similar here)

I love the whole concept of wearing a sweater over a dress! It gives you a cozy, effortlessly chic look and is so unique! This sweater is a bit short on me, so it was perfect to wear over this dress, which has a waist that flares around the tummy area. This could go the same for a skirt and sweater combo. It’s great for sunny, yet chilly Autumn days for a meeting over some coffee or a lunch date. Try this trick at home!