High End Makeup Haul

Being a Tulsan, Miss Jackson’s was basically a landmark. Sadly, after 105 years of business they closed their doors at the beginning of 2016. Double edged sword because I got all of these Nars products (minus Rosecliff) for 60% off. Yes, it was a Christmas miracle. The other items I mainly received for Christmas and I’ve been meaning to post this for about a month now (oops). Hence the scruffy packaging- these guys have been tossed around in my bathroom. Also just realized I forgot to include the Marc Jacobs Understudy lipstick and Nars Striptease lipgloss, as they are somewhere in the pit called my handbag…

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^^ Swatches of Nars Liberte, Nars Albatross, and Hourglass Dim Light (goldeny peach)

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^^ Swatches of Nars Grand Palais (first two) and Nars Jolie Poupee (last two); The bronze color in Grand Palais looks amazing on brown eyes!

^^ This YSL mascara is now one of my absolute favorites. I was scared to try it because I knew I would love it and it’s $32. Going to try and find dupes for sure!

^^ Lancome Le Violet is perhaps the brightest lipstick I own and I adore it. This would look wonderful on darker skin tones, but I can just balance it out with a nude blush and some eyeliner.

^^ Swatches of Syrah, Rose des Cygnes, Le Violet, and Rosecliff; Snap of me wearing YSL Babydoll mascara with Rose des Cygnes on lips.

Out of all of these I highly recommend the Grand Palais eyeshadow and the Le Violet lipstick, especially if you have a similar complexion to me!

-Miranda

You Had Me at Red- Valentines

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It’s safe to say that I am always VERY excited for Valentine’s, not because I’ve got an actual Valentine or anything, but because of pastels. Literally I can walk into Target and hear the Hallelujah choir sing. Lately I’ve been loving pairing my new Kate Spade Maise (shown in picture) with different pastels: pink, blue, lavender, etc. Although it looks slightly more orange, I promise it’s red. Trust me.

I honestly wear pastels year round, especially to class. If I’m going to be stuck in finance and accounting classes all day long, I’d prefer to do it in light pink.

Everyone here in Oklahoma keeps saying “Spring is around the corner” with that crazy squirrel look in their eyes, and they’re turning me into one of them. I can’t blame them though since the weather today was in the 70s. That is my other explanation for having all of these items on my early spring wish list (minus the ones I’ve already corralled).

Also y’all, I know  I gave this a cheesy name, but hey, it’s Valentines inspired.

Lastly, I would like to mention the Rustic Cuff bracelets because the lady who started the company is a fellow Tulsan and everyone around here is snatching them up- we’re talking lines.

-Miranda

Something New, Something Red

Well let me first say that my Nikon lens shutter is stuck and it is currently in the mail, so these are iPhone pictures. BUT I got this wonderful package in the mail today and HAD to post it on here ASAP because the bag is on sale.

So I guess this is a unboxing of sorts of the Kate Spade Maise in Cherry Liqueur. I’ve never had a red bag before, nor a Kate Spade handbag (I’m a MBMJ girl) but I was drawn to this one. I think this color will be great all year round!

Can’t wait to stuff it with trash, as usual.

-Miranda

The Best is Yet to Come

Hi friends! Yesterday was the first day of the spring semester (already stressful) and I really wanted to make 2016 the year of the best me. No resolutions that I can fail, just the best version of me-body and mind.

For the majority of last semester I saw a trainer and I felt like I was finally taking care of myself. In the last three years of college I gained about 50 lbs total, which is insane when I look back. I’ve always been about a size 11/12 and I believe that is the best size for me so I’m trying to get back there. I remember sitting in the bubble bath one night thinking “When did my stomach get so big?”

Even though the realization was incredibly painful for me, the journey that I’ve had with a trainer and learning more about myself has been worth every second. Every tear and drop of sweat have only made me realize that I love my body. I love it just the way it is. When I was at my smallest in high school all I did was obsess about being even smaller. Now I’m just happy.

I understand that we all have different opinions about health and some people enjoy being fit. I hope that no matter what the means to reaching your happiness are, that we all get there.

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2016 is the year that I want to discover more about myself and life. One of the best ways to do that is by journaling. I’m not sure where it’ll go, but oh well. Plus this notebook is too cute to NOT use.

I owe basically all of my happiness to the Lord. My sisters look at me funny when I say that, but I wholly believe it’s true. That’s another desire for the year- improve my relationship with faith.

-Miranda

Sunday Scarves

Hi friends! We’ve gotten a few days of wintery weather (including snow) and I pulled out a few of my favorite scarves to throw on.

Scarves are always something I buy and then hardly ever wear, especially when I have to wear my backpack across campus. So this winter I am trying to put all of them to good use, as should be. These are three of my favorites!

  1. American Eagle Blanket Scarf: I love this scarf because it is HUGE (imagined Trump saying that…). They unfortunately don’t have this pattern anymore, but they do have a similar one in a lovely burgundy mix of colors. Is definitely a must have for college because it can literally be removed and used as a blanket.
  2. Ralph Lauren Muffler Scarf: This scarf is pink and warm- what else is there to say?? The shape is very basic and is easy to just sling around your neck. Also on sale currently in a darling bright yellow!
  3. J Crew Factory Knit Infinity Scarf: J Crew Factory has some affordable and nice quality scarves. These infinity ones require absolutely no second thought on styling them. Offered in SEVEN colors and is on sale for $19! Go grab it. 😉

Also, my gold mirror is from Marshalls and my cute little sister made me the “M.”

-Miranda

Coconuts for Beauty


It’s safe to say I love coconuts, everything about them. Only in the past year have I really dived into their amazing benefits for beauty. These products mentioned below are some of my personal favorites when it comes to coconuts. Not all of them are 100% natural or anything, so keep that in mind. Since I am new to this area, natural coconut products are next!

I tend to have dry, frizzy, wavy hair, and these hair products with coconut do wonders at taming. If you get only one thing out of reading this let it be that this DSC_0586Marc Anthony coconut hair oil with biotin is FABULOUS. It’s about $6-$8 so when I first tried it I wasn’t expecting much, but wow. Just wow. It makes my hair smooth, shiny (not oily), eliminates frizz, adds the extra biotin, and smells soooo good. Go buy it.

Marc Anthony has a whole range of coconut hair products, but I haven’t sampled the shampoo/conditioner because I have been stuck on the Coconut Milk one from OGX. Love this too, not as much as the oil, but it is still very moisturizing and a great drugstore price.

Also shown are the Coconut Monoi Oil hair mask from Hask and the Coconut Hibiscus Curl Mousse from Shea Moisture. I haven’t owned this mask too long, but, once again, my hair tends to be dry and I need the moisture from it. If you have wavy, frizzy hair like I do, I also recommend this mousse. It is lightweight, so it won’t drag your hair down and look limp, and it’s free of sulfates.

I only have a few “skincare” items with coconuts, mostly from the Yes to Coconuts line from Target. The lip products in this line are fantastic, especially the oil. It goes on smooth and gives a clear gloss look, while being moisturizing. The wipes DSC_0588from the same line are good for hot days outside or even just refreshing after a workout, but I don’t like them for makeup removal (reason I purchased them). I also threw in the Coconut Fig lotion from C. Booth even though it only contains a small amount of coconut oil because it’s a nice option for all seasons: not too heavy, absorbs fast, lasts for hours.

Even though I love all of these and will continuously repurchase, y’all don’t forget plain coconut oil from the grocery store. Maybe I’ll do a separate post soon about the uses for just that!

-Miranda

Surviving College

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Hello everyone! I start my senior year of college THIS MODAY. Can we just take a second to let that sink in?

With that time of the year upon us, I would like to share a few tips that I wish I would have known my freshmen year. Obviously on the internet it’s very easy to find these posts, but there are things that surprised me going into college, so here we are.

  1. All that stuff you think you might need, you won’t.

Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t help thinking “Well I don’t know if I’ll need this, but I might, so I’ll get it.” No. Like you’ll just stuff it in your tiny dorm or send it back home. Make lists of everything absolutely necessary and then go buy whatever else you need once you’re sure. I especially did this with supplies. Five binders? Try two notebooks. Also, I’m a bookaholic as you know, but don’t bring a bunch of books that take up space (even if they’re sentimental) because you won’t have time to read them.

2.Be prepared, be prepared.

Lilly Pulitzer Agendas 2015Not all of us are organized people, but in college you have to step up your game. I never used an agenda before college and now I couldn’t go without it.

I highly suggest to take all the given dates on the syllabi and write them down. If they change, just white out and go along, but this way you’ll have an idea. Without this I would seriously miss so many deadlines. It’s also a great way to see how your week will be and plan around school too.

9512998738_35b01d2761_bI personally always use the Lilly ones, but I know that Kate Spade ones or Erin Condren ones are really popular too. Now, I don’t go crazy and spend hours planning. Personally, ain’t nobody got time for dat. BUT, I do like gel pens. Poppin makes great ones!

3.Time well spent.

It didn’t hit me until my junior year, but college is for my CAREER. The rest of my life. That’s important. Now, I’m not saying going to college defines a person, but for my field, it sort of does. There are so many exams I could have done better on if I had realized this. It’s much better to focus for a few weeks or months and to put social things on hold, and then enjoy them later with your success.

4.Don’t be afraid to be YOU.

I don’t know why, but this has been a struggle, especially in larger classes. I constantly feel like I am being judged and graded. College is a time to grow as a person and to figure out parts of life. WE ALL MESS UP. All of the students (well, most) are there to learn so don’t get embarrassed if you have a stupid question or don’t understand something. Once again, it’s better to get a good grade and learn than to just be quiet.

5.Don’t be afraid to talk to the professor.

All of my professors have been helpful and friendly. However I will say that I don’t think they understand what a timely email reply is. Anyways, one of my friends was going through this weird nocturnal phase and missed a calc exam, so he just explained it to his professor and what do you know? Got to retake it. Maybe that’s rare, but still, just ask. They know you’re not a super robot student.

6.Opportunity for studying abroad? Take it.

Traveling with your school is cheaper than not. It is a wonderful experience to have, you get to go somewhere new, fulfills a class, and looks good on a resume. ‘Nuff said.

7.USE THE LIBRARY.

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8.Don’t waste money on vending machines.

I can only speak for myself, but I always see students spending dollar after dollar at vending machines. I understand that sometimes a caffeine or sugar fix is necessary, but it’s such a good investment to get a reusable water bottle. Camelbak is your friend.

9.Take time for yourself.

Taking time for yourself can be a hard one to do, but it’s important. When I started college I was all go, go, go, and then I got the flu for a week. Maybe that’s not medically linked, but I wasn’t taking care of my body. I now will pick a time of day and stop studying at that point, usually as long as I choose or is needed (within reason). Exercise, read, social media, watch Netflix, mani/pedi, do anything to release stress.

SO, I know it isn’t a lot, and I may end up adding to this list, but those are some tips that I wish I had known three years ago. Do you guys have any other helpful ideas? If so, let me know. After all I’ve still got a year left!

-Miranda