Mini Drugstore Haul Review

I posted this picture on my Instagram about two weeks ago and promised a post on the products I bought. These are products I picked up at my local drugstore. 

Flower lip & concealer brush: I bought this to use as my new concealer brush, and ended up using it and a tightliner eyeshadow brush to pat eyeshadow on my lower lashes and lids. It works really well for that purpose, but I still want to see how it works as a concealer or lip brush. 

Revlon eyelash curler: I am so late on this bus, so incredibly late. I don't know why, but I have always been so apprehensive about curling my lashes, maybe afraid I would do it wrong and all my eyelashes would fall out? I don't know, but this curler has changed my eyelash game and I will never go back.

L'orèal Infallible pro-matte foundation: one of my friends was using this foundation while getting ready for New Year's Eve and I really wanted to try it after seeing how pretty it looked on her. I have really dry skin so an all-matte foundation isn't ideal for me in the winter, but this is a really good foundation and so can't wait to try it once summer rolls around! For now, I am mixing this with my Bare Minerals Bare Foundation, which is a serum-like foundation, so it's perfect. 

Milani baked blush: Milani's baked blushes are some of my favorite blushes of all time, and so reasonably priced!! I recently picked up this color luminoso, which is a peach/coral (?) color that I would have need picked up usually. I tend to stick to pink blushes, but I absolutely love this color. It looks so beautiful and natural when applied, it will be my go-to blush this summer. 

Nivea Men sensitive post shave balm:  I'm going to leave this product as a mystery, because I am going to dedicate a whole post to this product I love it so much! What am I using a post shave balm for you ask? a men's product!? stay tunned… 


Sephora for Mature Skin

Recently I had the pleasure of taking my grandmother (Mammá as we call her) to Sephora to buy a new foundation. Knowing how much I love makeup and Sephora, she wanted me to help her out, which was flattering. 

 I love skin, and the story it tells. Mammá is such a happy person and you can really tell it through her beautiful face. I didn't want to pick out anything that would make her look cakey or older. I did some research on what products are good for mature skin. I knew Dior was a great line especially for mature skin, so I kept that in mind as we entered Sephora. Mammá doesn't need a lot of help when it comes to makeup, but she wanted something that would even out her skin tone. 

We got the help of a wonderful Sephora cast member and she helped find the perfect color to match her skin. It was fun seeing Mammá get a little makeup applied! 

She also wanted something for her eyebrows. Often saying, "you simply must have your eyebrows on!"

We opted for a Dior BB cream that is very light and hydrating, but evened out her skin tone wonderfully. Along with a Sephora foundation brush to apply, Sephora makeup wipes to remove the makeup, and my favorite makeup removing face wash- Purity by Philosophy. 

Shop the products we purchased below!


Beauty Wish List - High End

I watch YouTube makeup videos on the daily, and take trips to Sephora weekly. I am a proud VIB member at Sephora. I love beauty products. Through these trips to Sephora and the many videos that I watch, I have acquired a rather hefty list of products that I am dying to get my hands on. Today I wanted to share my ever-growing list of makeup wants. This is a higher end beauty wish list, I will also do a drug store wish list. Hope you enjoy! I will update this list with new beauty wants, as well as what I purchase and reviews on the product!
xo, claudia

My Decision to Transfer

This is going to be a very long post, and it is one that is not easy for me to share, but I really want my story to be told correctly, and directly from me.

If you have been following my blog for sometime, you know that I have been studying journalism at Ole Miss for the past 2-½ years. Ole Miss really is a fantastic school; it just is not the school for me. So here is my story on why I decided to transfer…

College is something you look forward to basically your whole life. You dream about where you’re going to go, what clubs/sorority you will join, all the amazing friends you will meet, as well as all the boys you will meet until you meet Mr. Right (yeah, right!), I could go on and on about the fantasies I had about college. I couldn’t wait to go off to college!

I knew my sophomore year of high school that I wanted to go to Ole Miss for college. From then on, I had my mind set on it, and that was the only place I would be in August of 2013. My parents graciously supported my dream of Ole Miss, even if it was six hours away and they would be paying out-of-state tuition. They believed it was all worth it because it was my dream.

I have a huge, beautiful family. The most amazing family in the world! I knew it was going to be hard to leave them and to leave my beloved hometown of Pensacola. Staying was never an option, though. I was told ever since I was little how important it was to get away for college, so that’s exactly what I did. I moved six hours away to the cutest little town, Oxford, Mississippi.

So what happens when college is not all that you expected? I was home sick and felt very out of place, but I was a freshman, that is how you’re supposed to feel, right?  Sophomore year I felt a little better, I had a group of friends that were really great, but still something wasn’t quite right. I just ignored the feeling, I knew it would go away at some point, I had everything in the world I needed! My freshman year I joined a sorority and I don’t regret joining, I met really amazing girls, but I see now I’m not your typical sorority girl—it just wasn’t for me. After my sophomore year I dropped, though I wasn’t worried, it made me feel empowered.

Junior year I still felt that knot in my chest, I was constantly counting down the days until I could go home again. I never thought of transferring home, I didn’t think it was an option. I always thought I would just have to endure it until graduation. This is not how a normal college student should be acting! For all of you thinking, you should have just gone out more, you’re wrong. I’m not the type who likes to go out all the time, but when I do go out, I always have fun. I had some great times at Ole Miss, but I just never felt complete. I missed my family, but it was more than that. I felt like I didn’t have a purpose, I was aching to do more than just school work and going out. I wanted to want to do something, but it seemed all I could do was stay in my apartment all day watching movies or doing homework.

I finally had a come to Jesus moment in October of 2015. I was sitting in one of my classes and I remember thinking, I can’t do this, I can’t stay here another year or two. I was suddenly filled with terror. These past two years I was just waiting to feel like a normal college student, but honestly, I was just in denial about how unhappy I was. I remember coming back to my apartment and breaking down to my roommate. I then called my mom and told her I wanted to come home. After that phone call, my mind was made. I would transfer to the University of West Florida and continue my journalism degree. Never in a million years did I see myself going to UWF, but now it all seems so perfect.

This was not an easy decision for me, and I didn’t take it lightly. It took a lot of convincing to get my family on board and ensure them I was doing this 100% for me and it was my decision alone. Before this, I had never shared my feelings on Ole Miss with anyone, so it kind of came as a shock, but at the same time I think deep down everyone knew how unhappy I was.

So to make this long, long story a little shorter… I have just finished my second week at UWF and I love it! Such a great atmosphere and I am really getting to know my professors and classmates on a level that I haven’t before. I think all along what I really needed was a smaller school where I could feel more comfortable and really thrive. I am working part-time at my family business, but I just applied for a job outside of the family, so fingers crossed! Most importantly, I feel like myself again. The anxiety I would always have about going back to school or being away is now gone. I am not embarrassed to say I transferred home, and I don’t care what other people have to say. I will be moving in to a house of my own next month, and I am thrilled! I look forward to the future and all I will learn. I look forward to growing as a person. I am happy!

I don’t want to make it seem like my experience at Ole Miss was awful and I was miserable the whole time, because that simply isn’t the case. I met wonderful, wonderful people there and I had great times with them. I just figured out I would be happier if I wasn’t there anymore.

I want to thank my parents for allowing me to fulfill my dream of attending Ole Miss. I learned so much and really grew up. It is an experience I am very thankful for and I am humbled by all the lessons I have learned. I also want to thank my parents for allowing me to change my mind, supporting me in my wishes to transfer, I know it wasn’t easy for y'all either. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along this journey and continuing to support me!


Thanks for reading, I know it was long, but I am glad I finally was able to say what I wanted to say!


College Girl Attire

Going to class is not always fun, so in order to make it easier, I dress as comfortable as possible. While I still want to look nice and make a good impression on my professors and fellow classmates, I can assure you, you will not see me wearing anything outside of leggings or sport shorts depending on the weather.

A lot of college students have blogs, but what I have seen lacking is the honesty in what their everyday life looks like. With my blog, I have always tried to be as transparent as possible, which is why I am sharing with you this outfit post. It is not glamorous by any means, but it is honestly what I would wear/wear to class on a daily basis. But, in full disclosure, I don't always have my hair and makeup done for class either, this was just a special day.

For this look, I am wearing my brothers Fishing Hippie long sleeve T-shirt (all of my white, long sleeve T-shirts were dirty!), a black vest with a wonderful fur hood to keep me nice and warm, leggings, and running shoes. Absolutely comfortable, and in my opinion still looks pretty nice for a class outfit.

What do you usually wear to class!?

Perfect Out To Lunch Look

While getting ready for lunch with a friend the other day, I had the urge to dress up a little, which is so rare for me. Being a college student, all I usually care about is comfort when it comes to getting ready for the day. I tend to wear all black outfits almost everyday, so wearing color is also a very rare occurrence for me.

This outfit was so easy to put together and I felt so put together wearing it. I received this beautiful, pink blouse from Anthropologie for Christmas and I knew it was the perfect top for a simple, feminine look. I paired it with a medium-dark wash pair of jeans, my Tory Burch booties, and my favorite jacket from Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique in Downtown Pensacola. It was a little chilly outside, but this light rain jacket (that I rarely wear as a rain jacket) was perfect over the pink blouse. 

I really loved this look and it is so easy to recreate and make your own. I enjoyed dressing up and feeling like a girlygirl for the day, but I can promise you I am in my comfy all-black legging attire right now!


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