Monday, April 21, 2014


I don't know if it's puppy love, but right now it feels like I'm never going to buy a powder blush again. I'm serious I'm absolutely in love. In general, I have a bit of a complex about blush - I'm deathly scared of looking like a clown and I never want to look like I'm actually wearing blush. Cream blush somehow makes me feel so much more confident about the whole blush ordeal. I feel like it looks more natural and as though the color is coming from within. When I apply it it just melts into my skin and I can build it up as much as I want or really blend it into my skin. 

For me, the whole blush experience is about 1,000 times better when I use cream blush and so far, I haven't come across one I haven't liked. Recently, I've been applying two drugstore products: Revlon PhotoReady Blush Cream and Maybelline Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick, with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and I certainly have no complaints. In fact, I highly recommend both these brands and the Real Techniques brush as a way to apply cream blush. That being said, I'm really excited to dive into the world of cream blushes and I especially want to try the products pictured above: Nars Multiple, Stila Convertible Color, Aerin Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge. 

What do you all think of cream blushes and what brands have you tried?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Hello again, lovely people! 

Lets all pretend March isn't a month, okay? Agreed? Agreed. This blog certainly agrees given the distinct lack of activity for the past month. Me, on the other hand, I personally wish I could erase it from my mind given the huge influx of school work that came my way.

In my spare time I've been working on trying to prove that even people with deep set eyes (like myself), who have very little room for a cat eye on their face, can still pull of a big old flick. Simultaneously, after sort of falling in love with a movie called, Stuck In Love (its on Netflix, GO WATCH IT) I developed a bit of a Lily Collins lady crush.

As fate would have it, said lady crush led me to this picture - check out the flick on that deep set eyed goddess. 

Which brings us to today and the look above. In terms of my makeup I was actually pretty lazy, but I was roughly mimicking Lily with the cat eye and the lipstick. I think the big flick is working pretty well on me even though I have such a small area to make the flick and I can't go dramatically upwards.

That being said, I'd love to hear from anyone else with deep set eyes: What do you think of this look? Do you have trouble making a cat eye? Have you given up? Have you found a solution?

To everyone else my question would be: Do you think cat eyes are standard and suit everyone or do they only suit some eye shapes?

Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner
Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss #10

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Hi, friends! Happy Olympics! Happy New York Fashion Week! Happy... Birthday? Maybe? I thought I'd force my face upon all of you today with a little 'Everyday Eye Makeup' Post! This isn't exactly what I've been wearing for the last couple of months, but this is literally the look I wore all of last year so, I thought, as it was a much loved daily routine, that I should recognize it on the blog before I retired it for a little while. I still absolutely love this combination of products for my eyes, the makeup addict within me has just been begging me to try some new things out.

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1: Sidecar, Smog and Darkhorse // Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner in Smog // Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

My process for this went a little like this: I put Sidecar all over the lid, Smog on the outer edge (covering about 1/4 of my eyelid) and all the way through the crease, and finally Darkhorse in the very, very outer corner and outside half of the crease. Then I blended 'til I couldn't feel my hands with my MAC 217 brush.

I think this creates a really nice shimmery, smokey eye that can either be brought down for an every day look (take away or tone down the Darkhorse) or amped up for night time (Heylooo Smog and Darkhorse, how'd you get all over my face so quickly, I suddenly feel amped up). This look also looks really nice on a lot of different skin tones and can be modified if you have a darker complexion. I have a friend who uses Sidecar just on the inner corner of her eye, Smog all over the lid, and Darkhorse in the crease.

Good luck and good day to you all! And please - ignore the eyebrows, they're asshats and we're not getting along right now.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Here lies an amazing opportunity to follow up my last beauty post with the title 'Straight Out the Salon, B**ch'. Something about that title felt weirdly aggressive, though, so what you get instead is a straight up vanilla title and a disclaimer which both wastes your times and reads as my attempt to assert that despite the vanilla title, I'm still creative. You're right, thats exactly what this is. 

When I went home for winter break, I literally left every single hair product at school - hairbrush included - so, for a bout a month, I found myself experiencing a little throwback haircare. Cheap, it turns out, is not so bad. These products paired with the fact that they were new and refreshing to my hair worked amazingly and took my hair back to truly curly again. Who knew the answer lay in the products I used for all of high school? 

Let me first say, that in high school I 100% used the TRESemme Smooth range - the shampoo, the conditioner and the Anti-Frizz Secret smoothing creme. The Remoisturize shampoo and conditioner just also happened to be in my house and given how damaged the ends of my hair are, I thought it couldn't hurt. I would say I still have an overall preference for the Smooth range for my curly hair, but the Remoisturise certainly didn't hurt my poor, dry, dead hair. 

Overall, heres what you should gain from this post:

  • TRESemme Smooth = Great
  • TRESemme Smooth Smoothing Creme = Nessicary 
  • TRESemme Remoisturize = Not bad
  • ....andddd, most importantly remember to change up your shampoo and conditioner every few weeks - It gives your hair new life!
My question for you: What do you think about cheap, drugstore haircare? Is it really as terrible for my hair as my hairdresser said it is? Or do I just look like the type of sucker who will spend $30 on conditioner? 

Monday, January 20, 2014


Georgiana of So Whats Fashion About? was so kind as to nominate me for the Liebster Award (if you didn't get the hint from the giant badge, I gratuitously posted in size XL above). It was so sweet of her and so encouraging, so thank you so much, Georgiana, for the nomination! You should all go check out her blog!

Heres what you need to know: the nominees must link back the person who nominated them, and answer 10 questions they were given by the nominator. Then, you get to nominate another 10 boggers who have less than 200 followers (I just looked at bloglovin'). Lastly, you must create 10 questions for your own nominees to answer.


1. What`s your favorite book?
I'll always be a giant Harry Potter fan, but I also really remember enjoying The Messenger by Markus Zuzak and recently I read and enjoyed Invisible Monsters: The Remix by Chuck Palahniuk. No real answer to that one, I love a lot of books.

2. Do you have any style icons? If yes, who are they?
The first person who's style I just loved was Karen Gillan's - I still really do. I think she masters unique, sexy, feminine and vintage all really well. She is the master of the oversized sweater and mini skirt also one time I almost bought a velvet dress because of her. Other fashion loves would have to be (ever-so predictably) Alexa Chung, Emma Watson and a tad of Miranda Kerr. Theres also Cara Delevingne who's style I would love to have, but will probably never have.

3. If you could have a superpower, what would that be?
Travel through time and space - no doubt about it.

4. How would your ideal job look like?
I'd like to write television, but then again I'd like to try everything. In my wildest dreams I'd be a Donald Glover, who just does so many things - but I'm not much of an actor... or a rapper. I think I'll stick to saying I'd like to have my own TV show. Maybe some stand-up would be cool, too.

5. What`s your favorite TV show?
Ahhh.. I actually wrote a whole post about my favorite TV shows of 2013. All time? 30 Rock? Sherlock?? Doctor Who??? Firefly???? Workaholics....(I'm sorry, I know its stupid, but I also think its the funniest thing I've ever seen.) Top show would have to be 30 Rock - although, I love so many.

6. What type of music do you generally listen to?
Someone once told me I like to listen to men whine. I would say I like a lot of stuff - everything, even. I'm not big into bluegrass though. I love Lily Allen and I love the Kooks. I also love Kid Cudi, though. State Radio makes me happy.

7. What`s your favorite make up brand?

8. Is there anything you would like to change/ improve on your blog?
The layout! I want to learn how to put social media buttons in! Any tips anyone?!

9. What countries would you like to visit?
Greedily, everywhere. Specifically, I've always wanted to go to Venice and I'd love to go back to Paris.

10. Are you pro or against real fur?
Against - there's no need.


1. What is the best movie you've seen recently?
2. If you could only have one makeup product, what would it be?
3. If you could only have one makeup tool, what would it be?
4. Favorite clothing brand?
5. What is the best outfit you own or your favorite outfit you've ever worn look like?
6. Most treasured thing you've ever bought?
7. Who is the funniest?
8. Who's style do you love?
9. What made you create a blog?
10. What is your favorite scent?

Off you go my little Liebsterlings! Link your response posts below or tweet me them @pennyrugburn, so I can be sure to see your answers! Thank you again to Georgiana!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


You're lying to me if you like makeup enough to have a bloglovin' account and you don't peer through you mother's or sister's makeup bag every once in a while. I personally am guilty as charged. With winter break came familial makeup curiosity, then subsequent makeup jealousy, and thus, I present: Shopping My Mom's Stash: Top 5 Items a.k.a. The Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Have Brought Back to School with Me a.k.a. in the immortal words of Kanye West: That Don't Tell Your Mom Sh*t.

I wouldn't say that this stuck out to me any more than the standard non-drugstore cream eyeshadow, but it does the job and I really liked the color. Its the perfect combination of Champagne, Light Brown and Gold and does not stray to yellow. I will say that it has a longer shelf life than any of my Maybelline Color Tattoos. You can see me wearing this eyeshadow in the glitter example in my New Years makeup post. 

Everyone loves some Nars. Everyone especially loves some Nars lip pencil. These are really lovely and this color is very pleasant for every day wear. I would really like to get my hands on some of these - especially the matte ones! To see me wearing this lip color in a daily face post, here

Nars blush is just the best. This color is almost purple, which I wouldn't normally go for, but this one comes across as very subtle. It is very cool toned and shows up slightly brown toned with a tint of color which ends up as a subtle warmth on the cheeks. You can see me wearing this blush in the smokey eye section of my New Years makeup post.

As you can see my Mom has used a lot of this and I can see why. This was of all the products I tried, my favorite. It looks like the blush I would blush if I were actually blushing, in other words: natural. This is one of the best blushes I have tried and I felt really comfortable in it. That being said, I have no clue why this hasn't appeared on my blog before.

So, this color has been discontinued, but I do love it a lot and would suggest that if you can a shade like it you should try it! The closest match I could find was Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Plum Attraction. I'm wearing this blush in my Autumn Makeup Post, beware the puffy eyes. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Winter is here to stay and my whole body knows it. As someone with particularly dry skin, from my head to my toes, and a very skinny wallet. as of late cheap moisturizing products are of extreme interest. My first recommendation when it comes to finding great cheap skincare is go shopping at the one and only, Marshalls! Both the H20 body souffle and the Elizabeth Arden Mask come from there and as you can see in the picture they both came in around $6.

This is light moisturizer that smells really nice and certainly makes my legs look better (that must be the shimmering part? Although it isn't noticeably shimmery). I think it works and I think it's cheap. I do think if you want something super hydrating you're going to have to pair it with something else, but for light moisture that immediately feels good and stops the itchiness, this'll do the trick.

This might be my favorite product here. This stuff is amazing, it fixes any flakey skin and makes my face feels so soft after I've used it - way softer than my Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight. My review in a nutshell: Ahhh this mask is the best. 

Okay, maybe not that cheap as it is $20, but cheaper than many of the higher end alternatives. This paired with the Elizabeth Arden mask is the best combo ever. I've been using it as both a day and night cream.

I used this stuff all throughout high school, then stopped, then started whining about how my lips were always chapped, then kept whining and saying nothing worked, then went back to this and fixed all my problems in under a week. It works, it smells good and it gives your lips a really subtle pink tint. What could be better?

Thats my list complete, but please do share if you have found any other cheap moisture wonders because I seriously need them! I'm starting to look like King Tut over here...
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