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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Best Way For Fashionistas To Save Money In College

This is a sponsored post in partnership with UNiDAYS and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own. 


Being a college student is tough, but you know what's worse? Being a fashionista in college. You constantly get the urge to spend your hard-earned money on "unnecessary" things like that cute maroon cardigan (cause fall is coming, duh) or yet another pair of heels (you're not sure where you're going to wear them to with all this walking on campus, but who cares!) and then find yourself not having enough money left over for the things that are necessary. 

Luckily, there's UNiDAYS: a free service that I discovered during my freshman year of college which has been my go-to for all my unnecessary and necessary purchases. You simply sign up online with your school email and you instantly have free access to countless savings from popular brands. It's so much easier than searching the entire Internet for deals (been there, done that) and many of the deals are for students only and aren't found easily online. There's even members-only giveaways like $500 for back to school shopping! Wondering which brands UNiDAYS has special offers for? Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Lime Crime, and Missguided to name a few.


 One of the brands that I was surprised to find on there was 1800 Contacts! I've been having vision problems since I was 8 years old and as I've grown older, I've been relying on contacts to correct my vision (also so I can wear stylish sunglasses around campus #importantthingsinlife) yet the whole purchasing contacts at the doctor's office thing has always been a hassle. A year's worth of contacts is already expensive enough as it is, but purchasing them at a doctor's office is a nightmare when you have sales associates pressuring you to make a purchase and "recommending" certain brands over others. With 1800 Contacts, all you need is a prescription and your special offer from UNiDAYS and before you know it, your box of contacts (you have the freedom to choose what brand you want and how many boxes you want, no pressure at all!) arrives at your doorstep in a few days. Plus they have free shipping and contact lens experts available to help you 24/7 if it's your first time purchasing them online. So simple and quick and you'll be able to stay within your budget!


There's so many great offers on UNiDAYS right now so make sure to sign up before college starts and take advantage of it! For more college advice, head over to the UNiDAYS blog which has tons of great advice on spending smart, being productive, and making sure that you have the best semester ever!




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Monday, August 21, 2017

5 Minute Makeup (That Your Skin Will Thank You For!)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinClearingMakeup #CollectiveBias


It's that time of year again: back to school which means a hectic schedule, internships, and of course trying to have a social life. The first couple of weeks of school, I always seem to put extra effort into my appearance and health but then it all goes downhill as my stress increases as the semester goes by.  That's why I thought this was the perfect time to share my go-to 5 minute makeup routine that never fails me. It's natural enough for an everyday school look but also makes you look polished and professional enough for internships or work. Here's how to achieve this look: 

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Step 1: Apply Foundation 

I'm not gonna lie, I'm not good with stress. It always shows up on my skin first and I just don't have the time to put extra effort into my skincare routine most days. That's why I was intrigued when I found out about the new Neutrogena® SkinClearing® line which covers up and helps prevent breakouts while you wear it. 


First I'm going to start by applying the Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Makeup foundation which is the first and only liquid foundation with Micro-Clear technology that not only treats blemishes, but also helps prevent emerging acne breakouts for clearer skin. Just what I need: a product that does all the work for me and I can just go throughout the day and not have to worry about my skin getting worse! How does it work? The Micro-Clear technology actually boosts the power of Salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief. Developed by dermatologists, this oil-free formula controls shine and won't clog pores. The foundation is medium coverage and matte which helps cover breakouts but also doesn't make my face look cakey and still looks natural. 

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Step 2: Concealer & Powder

You're not a college kid, if you don't have some dark undereye circles! I always like to buy a concealer that's one shade lighter than my skin tone for some extra brightness and to cover up awful overnight blemishes. Here, I'm using the Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Blemish Concealer which provides natural-looking coverage while reducing the visibility of acne and helping to improve skin. 


This concealer also contains Micro-Clear technology with Salicylic acid which helps treat and prevent pimples and it's also non-comedogenic and oil-free. Lastly, I set my makeup with the Neutrogena® SkinClearing® Mineral Powder which helps to prevent shine from developing throughout the day and prevent future breakouts as well. It also comes with a mirror and applicator puff which makes it convenient for touch-ups. 


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Step 3: Define Your Eyes 

Since I don't have much time to get ready in the mornings, I tend to skip the eyeshadow and go for eyeliner such as the Neutrogena® Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black instead. I love how this one has a sponge tip applicator on the other side of the pencil which allows you to blend in the liner and create a more smokey look which makes makeup transition from day to night. 


I tend to avoid liquid liners at all costs for my 5 minute makeup routine since it takes too long to apply and requires too much effort and concentration (which I just don't have especially after pulling an all-nighter, ha!). 

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Step 4: Lips


I never leave the house without some color on my lips and I typically go for a berry color (especially since fall is near!) and used Neutrogena® Moisturesmooth Colorstick in Berry Brown. The Colorstick is shaped like a crown which makes it easy to line my lips first and then fill it in and it has the most subtle shimmer in it which makes my lips look smooth and healthy. If you're going for a more natural look, I recommend blending the lip color a bit with a lip brush or if you're running late in the mornings like I am, then with your fingertips. 

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That's it! The perfect makeup for long days at school and it only takes a few minutes and helps your skin in the process. Make sure to check out the new Neutrogena® SkinClearing line at your local CVS and get $3.75 off any Neutrogena® Cosmetics face product and $2.25 off any Neutrogena® lip or eye products while you're there! 



Hope you enjoyed this post, 







This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this review.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Dots & Ruffles









Top: Free People // Skirt: Target // Shoes: Forever 21 // Sunglasses: Dior "Origins" // Bag: Chanel (vintage) // Bracelets: Alex & Ani "Pisces", "February Birthstone", "Inspiration in Flight", and "Queen's Crown" // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude" 


It's been a while since I've bought something from Free People, I just always feel like they're producing the same things over and over again: floral dresses haha. Nothing from the brand has really excited me until I saw this top in the new arrivals section and knew I had to have it! I just love the combination of polka dots and ruffles which can come across as being tacky yet they did it in such a tasteful way that it looks elegant and even reminds me of all things Parisian yet also bohemian. The best part is that I can dress it up with a black skirt or pants and wear it to work or wear it more casual like I did here. I've also been looking for things that I can wear in a warm climate yet still screams "fall" and this is perfect since it's so lightweight and breathable. And yes, I'm wearing a denim skirt again on the blog but I can't help it! They just go with everything!


Hope everyone has a great weekend! 





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Monday, August 14, 2017

PR Girl








Jacket: Forever 21, old // Top: PR Couture Shop (on sale for $18!) // Skirt: Abercrombie, old // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: LC by Lauren Conrad via Kohl's // Watch: Michael Kors // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude" // Hat: Missguided, old

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Lately I've been shopping my closet a lot more and focusing on saving money for the big move so here's another outfit that I put together from items that I already owned. It's nice being able to challenge myself to come up with new combinations and goes to show that owning a few simple neutral pieces can actually go a long way. 

I actually bought this shirt last year from PR Couture (a wonderful website filled with resources if you're interested in working in fashion PR!) and fell in love with the "PR Girl" saying on it. Plus it's quite cozy and loose fitting so it's perfect for the summertime! It's on sale for $18 and comes in black and white too. I actually don't own many t-shirts and don't typically wear them for the blog either so it was a nice change. I dressed it up a bit with my white denim skirt that I'm wearing once again for the blog (it's an essential!) and my denim jacket thrown on my shoulders which always makes an outfit look so much more cooler in photos. 

Hope everyone has a pain-free Monday! Lately my retail schedule has been awful and I only had one day off so I'm going a little nuts. What's keeping my sanity is walking around the mall during my lunch break and seeing all the cute fall clothes (that I can't even buy) in stores which has a calming effect on me haha. 






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Friday, August 11, 2017

Pastels In The City








Dress: BCBG, old // Shoes: BCBG, old // Bag: Madison West via TJ Maxx // Sunglasses: Chanel "Pilot Signature" // Ring: Swarovski // Bracelet: Michael Kors // Watch: Michael Kors // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude"



Remember a few months ago I was going crazy cause all the BCBG outlets around upstate NY were closing down? This dress (and shoes that I already wore on the blog a million times already haha) was one of my favorite finds for only $11! It's the most gorgeous shade of sea green (is that even a color or did I just make that up?) and looks so flattering with a tan. I also love the way it flows in the wind since it has a sheer panel on the side and the whole thing just made me remember how gorgeous  BCBG designs are and so underrated! Luckily, the brand is still being carried at department stores and online but I just wish the outlets were still around cause I can never afford it for full-price. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the exact dress online but I linked similar BCBG dresses below.

The day we shot these photos, my bestie Lauren and I headed over to the city to check out Branca which is a gorgeous restaurant located right in the middle of the city. I highly recommend it if you want a nice night out on the town and you live in Rochester! It's nice to be able to cross that place off my bucket list of places to visit before I leave Rochester in September. Quite honestly, it still hasn't hit me yet that I'm leaving and going halfway across the country! I've been dreaming about it for so long (like a decade) so now that it's actually happening it feels unreal but I'm looking forward to achieving my life dream and of course, having to come up with a whole new dream! I'm going to be making a post on achieving dreams soon so make sure to stay tuned.


Have a nice Friday! 




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Beauty Look With Tone

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FindYourTone #CollectiveBias


Ever since I was a kid, summer has been my favorite season. I just love wearing a little white dress, getting a tan from endless hours at the beach, and taking road trips and exploring with my friends. Sadly, when summer comes to an end, many of these things do as well but I found one way to make summer last a little longer and remember the season and that's with my beauty routine. My summer beauty routine is all about being effortless yet polished and glowing and the best part is this look can be worn for everyday, no matter what season it is. Here's how:


Step 1: Start With An Illuminating Body Wash 


First I like to start my morning with a body wash that helps to wake me up with it's scent and makes me feel awake and ready to take on the day. #HowITone: Lately I've been using the Tone rainbow (a collection of luxurious body washes) and have become obsessed with Tone® Radiant Glow Body Wash so I can feel energetic and bright while I use the Petal Soft scent to feel relaxed and calm and I always get these memories of my past summer vacations in Europe and spending time near the sea and sand.



Step 2: Apply Foundation & Concealer


Now onto the makeup: I'm going to apply a light to medium coverage BB cream which is lightweight but also helps to cover some imperfections as well as some concealer to hide discoloration. If you don't want too much product on your face, then skip the foundation and just apply concealer to trouble spots around your face. Also, I'm going to fill in my brows lightly with some brow powder and set them with brow gel.

Step 3: Apply Cream Shadows & Eyeliner



Cream eyeshadows are my go-to during the summertime (especially when I'm getting ready for work in the mornings!) because it's quick to apply and doesn't fade away easily. I first applied a gold cream eyeshadow and patted some taupe shadow onto the crease for some depth. I'm also going to use a highlighting pencil in a cream shade to highlight my brow bone and inner corners of my eyes. Next, I'm going to apply eyeliner (I tend to avoid liquid during the summertime and go for kohl instead) and apply 2 coats of mascara.

Step 4: Bronzer & Lipstick


Lastly, I like to skip the blush and go with bronzer and apply it to areas of my face where the sun would naturally hit such as my cheekbones, my temples, and my jawline. Then I'm going to apply a rosey nude color that brings some color to my face but still looks natural.


The Final Look


That's it! The perfect glowing summer look that will work all year round and is super easy to recreate!




Make sure to check out Tone® body washes at your local Wal-Mart (located in the body soaps aisle!) and earn $2 when you buy 2 body washes with IBOTTA.








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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Look Wealthy (Even When You're Broke)

I'm not going to lie, I've always been fascinated by wealthy people. Notice how I said wealthy, instead of rich. In my mind, rich people are flashy and want everyone to know they have money while wealthy people have an air of class to them and don't care about drawing attention to themselves, it's more about being put-together. I've always wanted to achieve that in my own personal style without breaking the bank and thought I should share it here as well: 





Avoid Too Many Logos 

If you're going to wear something with a logo on it, just wear one. Too many logos can come across as looking tacky and can turn a nice outfit into something cheap. I remember in high school I would always wear things with logos (think Ralph Lauren polos and Coach bags haha) so it would send the message to people that I'm into "fashion" when in reality, it just looked like I was trying too hard. 

Simple & Timeless Clothing Is Key

Whenever I see someone wealthy (or looks it, looks can be deceiving haha), I always notice that they're wearing something simple such as a black turtleneck, figure flattering blazer, or head to toe white. I remember reading once that wealthy people (such as entrepreneurs) don't have time to think about what they're going to wear in the mornings (most likely because they're focused on making money and having a successful career) so they go for super simple pieces and I think that's completely true! It just makes the day so much more easier and you can mix and match everything. Plus it's hard to tell how much money was really spent on an outfit when it's neutral and simple cause these specific kinds of clothes can come across as being sharp and clean, no matter how cheap it was. 

Invest in Accessories, Not Clothes 

While it would be nice to spend all my money on clothes, we have to be realistic here. When you have a simple wardrobe filled with neutrals, investing in some great accessories such as a handbag (doesn't have to be designer!), watch (one with a leather band), or shoes (nudes, greys, and black goes with everything) can easily elevate your outfit. Plus it can be worn with many different outfits and can last for years. 

Have a Polished Appearance 

A polished appearance isn't about having pounds of makeup on everyday (who has time for that anyways?!) or having a professional blow-out but more about the little things. You would be surprised at how easy it is to look more polished such as wearing some pearl stud earrings, putting your hair in a ponytail, or having a bare face and only putting blush and a flattering red lipstick on. 




Thanks for reading, below I've linked some great items that are budget-friendly that goes perfectly with these tips so check them out!







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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Sunday of Summer








Top: Who What Wear for Target // Skirt: Target // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: Poolside Bags via Shopbop // Sunglasses: Dior Origins // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude" 



Seriously where did this summer go? I always hated August because it's like the Sunday of summer and who likes Sundays? No one haha. I'll admit, this summer has been quite uneventful and boring compared to past summers. The first half of it was spent feeling sad and looking for a job which you can read about in my How I Beat The Post-College Blues post while the other half has been spent trying to save up money by working at Swarovski for my big move in September. Did I mention the awful rainy weather? I haven't even gone to the beach not once this summer! Yet what's making me feel hopeful about the situation is the fact that I'm moving to a warm city with no winters so at least it'll feel like I'm starting summer all over again haha. 

As for the outfit, just like everyone else I'm obsessed with those iconic Gucci stripes but of course don't have the funds. I was pleasantly surprised when I was in Target and saw the new Who What Wear collection and this top which I'm sure was inspired by Gucci. Just look at those cute bows! The material is super thin for a sweater so you can easily tuck it into a skirt and wear it on summer nights or as a transition piece during the fall. I decided to pair it with this new denim skirt which is also from Target since I just had to get one in blue after wearing my white one so much this summer. They're super comfortable and only $22 so make sure to grab it before it's gone! 



Thanks for reading, 


-Ruya



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