August ipsy Review

What are my favorites in the August ipsy makeup bag?

FYI: Ipsy is a monthly makeup bag subscription.

This month, I received NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, IT Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment, Dermelect ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Unscripted, Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer in Sunkissed, and Lory & Berry Maxi matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy.

My favorite three items this month are the following:

NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam

NYX Professional Maekup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator Ipsy August 2016

This is a great highlighter. I like the color and how it looks on my skin. The product is pigmented and easy to apply. I like wearing this when I go to work or when I go out at night. This is versatile product and I recommend it for daily use.

It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-in Treatment

This is a fantastic product! I use a pea-size amount and distribute it evenly into damp hair. My hair feels and smells amazing afterward. According to the label, the product claims the following:

  1. Repairs dry, damaged hair
  2. Protects from split ends & breakage
  3. Shiny & healthy hair
  4. Transforms frizz to silk
  5. Maximum heat protection
  6. Seals and protects hair
  7. Removes tangles
  8. Restores natural body
  9. Abyssinian Oil for shiny hair
  10. Fuses silk amino acids
  11. Protects your color
  12. Transforms brittle hair

For background information about my hair, the tips are colored and were previously bleached. Therefore, I occasionally experience split ends and dryness. But overall, my strands are typically non-frizzy, straight, and thick. This product helped my hair feel smoother, silkier, and more healthy-looking.

This sample is also huge and can last several months!

Lory & Berry Maxi matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy

Lord and Berry Ipsy August 2016

I love wearing lipstick, lip stains, lip balms, lip crayons, etc. I wear lip color almost every day. My daily makeup routine is plain, so I like wearing colorful lips to make my face look brighter. When applied, the lip color resembles the natural color of my lips, except enhanced. The lip crayon has a matte finish and the color is not long-lasting like it is claimed. Overall, the color pigmentation is impressive and the lip crayon is good for everyday wear.

The other  two products in the bag were the following:
Dermelect ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Unscripted

Dermelect Nail Laquer Ipsy August 2016

This is nail polish is a beautiful shade. I  like the polish, but it’s not my favorite this month.

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer in Sunkissed

Pacifica Bronzer Ipsy August 2016

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of bronzer, but this is a pretty shade. I would probably give this to my sister, who likes wearing bronzer more.

Ultimately, I really liked this month’s makeup bag and was certainly one of the best bags I’ve received so far. I can’t wait for next month. Style By Sis hopes you found this review helpful. Good luck on your makeup journey!

Disclaimer. This review was not sponsored by ipsy or any of the products.

High-­Waisted

High-­waisted shorts for the hot summer heat!

I don’t know about you, but the moment high­-waisted bottoms came back as a fashion trend, I’ve gotten on board and haven’t gotten off since.

A majority of my bottoms, which ranges from shorts, skirts, jeans to trousers, are most likely high­-waisted. For this outfit, in particular, I paired my favorite loose high­-waisted shorts with my pink and white pinstripe button-up. I tucked in the bottom of my shirt for a more polished look. The sleeves on the button-up are pinned back with a strap so they  aren’t constricting like a formal button-­up. The length of the sleeves eliminates the need  for a cardigan (in the case of extremely air­ conditioned places like the MTA trains or restaurants). I  find that adding a button­-up with these denim shorts make it more casual and preppy.

Adding to the preppy vibes, I wore my mini brown leather backpack and brown loafers. Honestly, the only thing missing from this outfit to make it look like I came back from the country club is a knit sweater wrapped around my neck, but ain’t nobody got time for that!

Tip #1: When wearing anything high-­waisted, it can accentuate your waistline. So I suggest pairing your bottoms with a crop top or tuck in any normal shirt you have.

Tip#2: If I ever learned anything from my eighth­-grade earth science teacher, it was to make sure your belt and shoes matched (we learned about rocks and topography of course, but this  was more important). Instead of a belt, I made sure all my accessories matched. As you can see  my backpack and loafers are similar shades of brown. By adding similar shades of leather they  work cohesively together, rather than against each other (unless that’s what you want).

Tip #3: When shopping, look for a more versatile piece. For me, I can also see myself wearing  the same button-­up to a day at the office. Just throw on a pair of black trouser pants, switch out  brown loafers for a pair of black pumps or ballet flats, and boom another outfit.

Here are some suggestions for your look:

Button­up:  J. Crew Button­up

Shorts:  Urban Outfitters Tommy Shorts

Loafers:  G.H Bass Loafers
The link to the loafers is the exact pair I wore!

Backpack:  Patricia Nash Backpack

Style By Sis hopes you found this blog post useful! Good luck on your high-waisted outfit!

Flower Power

An effortless flirty look.

DSC_0335On weekends, I like to dress more feminine and flirty with floral prints. I would wear this look to an afternoon date, to brunch with girlfriends, or to go to class.  In this look, I’m wearing a floral print dress. It is a thin strap mini dress that has an A-line silhouette. The bright pink and red flowers contrast with the white fabric. My favorite part about this dress is the A-line skirt. It gives my figure a girly, feminine silhouette and compliments any figure.

TIP#1: If you are looking for a bold look, find a dress with big flowers. If you are looking for a subtle look, find a print with smaller flowers. From a distance, the flowers will look like polka dots.

Paired with the dress, I threw on an off-white knit cardigan. The cardigan keeps me warm in extremely cold air conditioned MTA trains, but I can always take it off when I walk around outside.

DSC_0295Tip#2: Wearing neutral solid colors over a loud print can help tone down the outfit and make it seem more casual. Feel free to add a jacket or blazer instead. If it’s warmer where you live, you can take off the cardigan entirely.

On the bottom, I wore a pair of camel colored Mary Jane pumps. I decided to go for my Mary Jane pumps to tie in the flirty, girly, and effortless look. These pair of pumps have a low heel so I can practically run in these. You can always wear higher heels if you want a more formal look. And lastly, I paired my outfit with gold accessories.

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Here are some suggestions for your look:

Link for dress: Lulu’s Day and Foliage Blue and Ivory Floral Print Dress

Link for cardigan: Banana Republic’s Extra-Fine Merino Wool Boyfriend Cardigan

Link for shoes: JCPenny’s Journee Collection Jamie Mary Jane Pumps

Whenever you want to look flirty and feminine, don’t shy away from floral prints. Style By Sis hopes you found this article to be helpful. Good luck!

My BBC Outfit

Black, Bold, and Confident! Get your head out of the gutter ya nasty!

Asian girl wearing hat and beige jacket

For me, this wide black brimmed hat has been one of those things tucked away in my closet ever since I purchased it. There has never been an occasion special enough to fit this bold piece. Hypothetically, if the weather were right, and if I were to wake up looking flawless, I would commit to this bold black hat as my weapon of choice.

I chose black high neck crop top to go with my black A-line skirt, which has large buttons running down the center. For me, I normally buy solid colored clothing. The pieces are not only simple and minimalistic, they are super versatile. I can wear the same pieces in various outfits time and time again. You can choose a different color or print if you’d like, but I suggest wearing an A-line silhouette skirt to flatter any figure.

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I wore black thick-heeled booties for extra height and an edgy look. You can wear a pair of comfy flats instead if you’re on the go. And last but not least, I threw on my current favorite oversized beige blazer. At some angles, it looks like a trench coat, but this jacket will ultimately give the outfit a street urban feel. It is such a great piece and not to mention only $1.50 at the thrift store.

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Tip#1: Wearing all black slims down any figure that could be lost underneath this oversized beige blazer.

Tip#2: Mixing textures allows for a more interesting outfit. You can see that I’m wearing all black, but each piece has a different texture, which makes the look more interesting.

Tip #3: This hat is my statement piece so everything else I’m wearing compliments it rather than competes with it.

Check out some similar styles for the items I’ve paired my outfit with over here!

Crop Top: Forever 21 Cotton Blend Tank

Skirt: Forever 21 Botton Down Mini Skirt – Wine or Forever 21 Black Faux Leather Mini Skirt

Shoes: Pixie Market Cleated Sole Ankle Boot

Jacket: Uniqlo Men’s Linen Cotton Blazer

My favorite way to dress bold and confident is to add quirky accessories. Style By Sis hopes you find this post helpful. Let us know your favorite accessory to wear when you’re feeling bold and confident.

Comfy Casual

Look comfy and casual with a T-shirt dress.

Asian girl wearing t-shirt dress

When I hang out with friends, I hate looking like I tried too hard. In most cases, I did try hard but I hate looking like it. With the T-shirt dress, I’m able to avoid this problem. I can be chic, comfy, and casual.

In this outfit, I wore a navy and white striped dress, paired with a navy baseball cap and white tennis shoes. I also put on a black and white flannel for the times when New York City MTA subway trains are too cold.

I like this dress because the silhouette and jersey material allows it to be worn for casual occasions. I can see myself wearing this dress to go to brunch with girlfriends, to a movie date night, or even to walk around my college campus.

TIP#1: As long as the hem length isn’t too short, I’ve also seen T-shirt dresses worn at the office on casual Fridays.

Another reason why I love this dress is because of the stripes.

TIP#2: Stripes are a timeless pattern and can be worn throughout all seasons. I suggest finding a T-shirt dress with a simple solid color or one with a timeless pattern. Here are some dresses I would recommend:

Wet Seal T-shirt Dress Black/Ivory
American Eagle Outfitters Sexy and Solid T-shirt Dress
Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress

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To add to the casual appeal, a baseball cap and flannel will enhance the look. To personalize your outfit, add your favorite baseball cap. .

Tip#3: You can switch out the flannel for a blazer or jacket for more sophistication. Or, you can take the flannel out entirely.

Asian girl wearing flannel

I wore my white leather Keds® so I can walk around the city all day. You can switch out the shoes and wear your favorite flats or pumps.

Style By Sis hopes you find this outfit and tips useful in your search for the perfect comfy casual look. Good luck!