Feeling like Cinderella at the Ball- Makeup and Outfit

Feeling like Cinderella at the Ball- Makeup and Outfit

Last night I went to a ball organized by my university at the Westin Copley in Boston. It was the first time I went to one of these parties and I have to say, it was so much fun! But what was really exciting was putting on a beautiful dress, curling my hair, and most of all doing my makeup. There are so few opportunities to get dolled up in college that this was exciting. My friends and I spent a couple hours trying to look our best, and the finished product did not disappoint.

I thought I would do a blog post on my outfit and my makeup for anyone out there looking to get all glam for a night out. So, without further ado, here it is…

Outfit

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My dress is from Express and I’ve actually had it since I was a sophomore in high school. I bought it when I went to New York City for my 16th birthday and I absolutely fell in love with the color. The blue makes my eyes pop, and it ended up glowing in the fluorescent lights last night. Plus, it’s pretty comfortable and the skirt twirls when I spin on the dance floor. The belt my mom bought me at Francesca’s I think last year, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It can turn a casual outfit into an elegant one with just the snap of a button.

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I did not have a lot of dressy shoes at school with me because, well, I don’t have many opportunities to wear them. However, I recently went to Primark and I found these beautiful heeled sandals for less than $20, so of course I had to buy them. They ended up going perfectly with my dress and they were pretty comfortable to dance in. The only problem I had was that it started snowing and the open toed shoes let my toes freeze!

Makeup

Face

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I started off with Simple replenishing moisturizer which I absolutely love. It makes my skin feel incredibly hydrated and it goes on so smoothly.

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For my foundation, I used Maybelline FIT me foundation in the shade Ivory (115). It is matte and does a great job of covering the redness on my skin.

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I have a bit of a cold, so my nose is a little red from all the times I’ve blown my nose into a tissue. Because of this, I used Maybelline Master Conceal concealer to hide the redness and add a perfect finish to my skin. I like this concealer because it also gets rid of my under-eye circles and disappears my blemishes as well. I use the shade light (20).

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For my cheeks, I used Mary Kay Kind Heart blush because it’s more than just a blush. It’s shimmery so it also doubles as a bit of a highlighter. It accentuated my cheek bones and brought some color to my face.

Eyes

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To get long luscious lashes for the ball, I obviously used my Better than Sex mascara from Too Faced. It makes my lashes look fake because they are so long.

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My favorite eyeliner is the Sephora colorful wink-it liner because it makes putting on liquid liner SO easy. It also allows me to get a beautiful winged look without the mess of having to do it six times trying to get it right.

I wanted to add a party element to this eye look, so I used Sephora retractable eyeliner in sparkly silver. This gave my eye a bright look that said “I’m here to party.” Plus, it looked great on top of the dark black eyeliner I had on.

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Now for the smoky eyeshadow look. I’m the first to admit that my eyeshadow skills are pretty average. However, I decided to try and spice it up for the ball last night. I used the Smashbox Double Exposure palette. Because my dress was a light blue, I opted for the shade Silver (which was more of a light purple/blue than a silver) for the lid of the eye. For the inner corner, I chose Blanc to brighten it up. And for the crease and outer edge of my eye I used Midnight. I have to say, I think it looked really nice.

Lips

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The lipstick I used, I absolutely adore. I’m almost out of it that is how much I use it. The lipstick is from Anthropologie in the color Scarlet and let me tell you it is a gorgeous red. It also lasts SO long. I put it on around 8:30 pm and it stayed on until  I came back around 1 am. Besides the fact that it lasted that long, it also stayed on through all of the food I ate and the many cups of water I consumed. Overall, a fabulous lipstick.

That is all for my party look, and I hope you enjoyed reading about it. As I have previously stated on my blog, I am not a makeup expert. I get my knowledge from YouTube videos and online tutorials just like most people. But I find it fun to experiment with makeup and create a whole new look for various occasions. Thanks for reading and leave a comment below with some of your fave makeup products, I’m always looking for new things to try! 🙂

Ciao for now!

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Musings at the Boston Science Museum

Musings at the Boston Science Museum

I have always had a love-hate relationship with science. The love part comes in the form of curiosity at the many amazing things science has done, especially in terms of space exploration and ancient earth. I’ve never been very into the academic type of science, though, which is where the hate part comes in. It’s not that I necessarily “hate” academic science; it’s more that I just cannot appreciate and understand it the way I can science that I look at for my own enjoyment. And I feel like that is the case for most people in life: You enjoy what excites and intrigues you, while you simply tolerate the rest.

Museums, however, have a way of turning even the most boring and inane things into a world of curiosities. Luckily, as a college student, I can usually get into museums for free with a valid student ID. A couple weekends ago, a group of friends and I decided to hit up the Museum of Science in Boston. This is a museum that I used to go to as a kid with my family and on field trips, so this was my first venture there as an adult and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my memories. Luckily it did. Now that may have been because the group of friends I was with consistently make me feel like a child, but whatever the reason it was a great time.

Natural Science

We started off on the green section which is the natural science, aka not my favorite science. But I was pleasantly surprised by the exhibits they had in this section. There were neat sections on the body with interactive activities. Some of my favorites included a table with a computer screen and above it a long tray with plastic foods encased in plastic glass, and a walking activity. The food one was cool because you would pick which of the encased plastic foods and subsequent portions you would eat for a meal. Next, the table would flip over with an even greater selection of fake food and you would choose again. Then, the computer would tell you where you range amongst other people of your age and different ages, as well as gender. It’s way cooler than I’m describing it, trust me. The walking section was interesting because you would just walk along a certain pathway and when you get to the end, there is a computer generated image of your walk/ gait that you get to see, along with how many calories you burned during that 5 second walk. Again, my description does not do this justice.

In addition to these activities, there was also a section on reproduction (aka the growth of babies), so there was a live chick exhibit where you could watch chicks incubate and hatch. There was also a wall with the sizes and images of fetuses in the womb at certain times during pregnancy. It was kind of weird, but in an intriguing way. There was a station where you could measure the length of your ear, where you could guess how many stuffed animals were inside a tube, and many more. As I said, this museum takes the mundane science and turns it into exciting experiences. Up another level was a section on mountaineering and climbing which to be quite honest was not that thrilling. The coolest part of that section was the microscope you could look into and see an aerial view of some of the most famous mountains in the world, including Everest and the Grand Canyon (which, yes I know, is not a mountain).

4D Movie Experience

After the green section, we were going to venture over to the blue area which had things like outer space, inertia, lightning, etc. But as we were crossing the carpeted glass bridge, we stumbled upon a 4D movie on sharks showing in exactly 10 minutes. We decided to quickly buy tickets and were then subsequently seated in the blue-lighted area. It was a really neat experience because not only were we squirted with water when the shark thrashed its tail, but our feet were softly whipped as the fish moved their tails back and forth across the sea floor, and we were jabbed in the back when the sharks devoured their prey. I’m not going to lie, there were moments that I was genuinely freaked out, not only because of the 4D experience, but also because of the pure power of the sharks and their awesome (in the purest sense of the word) existence. It was probably only a fifteen minute movie, but it was definitely worth it.

Outer Space and Electricity

Our next stop was the blue area! This is the section I remember from my childhood. We went to the room where you can capture your shadow and stand in a rainbow of light. To capture a shadow, you stand in the (relative) dark and then someone presses the button and a camera-like flash goes off. When its over and you move back, the wall holds the form that your made. It’s my favorite part of the museum. The rainbow room is fun too because you can take such weird pictures in it and they always come out looking cool. Moving through this area, we got to the playground. There was a swing that teaches you why it moves the way it does, a pulley that you can try and tug on to move a 500 lb bag off the ground, and there is a gazebo with a spinner inside it where you will get incredibly dizzy. It truly is an indoor park, but it is also a classroom to learn all about the science behind everyday activities. I felt like a little kid again.

We also gravitated towards my other favorite area: the space section. Now, this is more of a corner than a section because there’s not a whole lot. But boy is it interesting. There is a replica spaceship that kids can go inside and look at, there’s a replica rocket, and an entire display to inform your space knowledge. Another favorite of mine is the lightning experience. It’s actually a show that goes on a few times during the day. It’s in a huge room spanning 3 floors with a bunch of metal object and machines to demonstrate lightning and electricity. A couple of times throughout the show, the person working the machines will actually generate electricity/lightning and use the different electric sounds to go to the beat of a song (at my show it was the Jurassic Park theme). It really is a fascinating sight to see and I would recommend it to anyone who goes to this museum.

Other Sections

Other exhibits we visited include the mental health section where there were artworks and videos of and by people with mental illnesses, the dinosaur section with dino skeletons, and the environment section. By the time we were finished looking at everything, it was ten minutes to closing time. So of course we headed to the gift shop and looked at all the fun science gifts and toys. It was pure joy. We were only at the Boston Science Museum for about four hours, but we saw and experienced so much and had such an amazing time. Well worth my Saturday.

Here are some neat photos I took, enjoy.

Ciao for now!

Read the Future

Read the Future

I am an English and History major in school, so it will come as no surprise that I love reading. I’m constantly immersed in a book, and some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling and Fredrik Backman. Just for reference, my favorite books are: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. While I love all of these books and could definitely re-read them on a loop forever, I think it would be good to read some other books. Who knows, maybe the next book I read will be added to my list of favorites. Below I am writing my upcoming reading list, so that if any of you are interested you can check out these titles as well- click on the affiliate link to find these books on Amazon (the affiliate link means I get a part of the commission if you end up buying the book. If you don’t want to use my link, no worries I just want you to enjoy the books for yourself!).

I try to read at least one pleasure book a month, and while that may not seem like a lot to some people, I have a full school load with lots of reading and writing so there is a limited time frame for me to read. But I love reading, and the moments of the day that I can sit on my bed with a cup of tea and pull out my book is my way of relaxing from the stressors of life. So, here is my reading list that hopefully I will complete sometime soon. I hope one of these titles grabs your attention too! (If not, try one of my favorites because they’re all beautiful books!!)

Those are the ten books on my list for now, but I’m sure I’ll find more to add the next time I pop into a bookstore. If you’re interested in even more titles, here are some books that I’ve recently finished that I think would be worth checking out: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

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If you have any favorite books, I’d love to hear what they are! Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Ciao for now!