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I did it. I jumped on the most overhyped, talked-about trend in the beauty blogosphere (and rest of the world really), and got my very own Kylie Lipkits.

Sure, I’ll admit it, when these were first announced, I wasn’t very impressed. “It’s just a passing craze…” I said. Never in a million years did I think Kylie Jenner’s small cosmetic venture would actually succeed. Months later and not only has Kylie sold out hundreds of thousands of lipkits, but she has grown a devoted fanbase within the beauty community and even managed to make me desperately want to get my hands on her lipkits.

If it’s not obvious enough, I’m not the hugest fan of the Kardashians (but if I had to pick one I liked the most, it’d be Kylie).

After reading (and finally feeding into) all the hype, I decided that I just had to try these out for myself. Below you can find my unboxing and review for the shades Exposed, Koko K, Dolce K and the glosses Literally and So Cute.  View Post

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It’s easy to look at an Instagram feed or a blogger’s website and think you know everything about their life from a single glance. It’s easy to look at a beautifully staged and edited photo and mistake it for reality. We do it all the time. Whether it be a celebrity’s Instagram photos (*cough* Kylie Jenner *cough*) or photos of a friend’s exotic vacation… it’s easy to covet what we don’t have.

Of course I’ll admit that I’m as guilty as anyone of being struck by online envy. I’ve used Tumblr for as long as I can remember, and even though I know how much effort some bloggers go to in order to make their photos “Gram-worthy”, I still can’t help comparing myself and my own Instagram to theirs.

Why don’t my photos ever turn out that beautifully? Why can’t I afford those clothes too? Wow, they totally can rock that itsy-bitsy bathing suit. Why don’t I have a body like that?

It’s easy to feel insecure about yourself, your looks, and your own life when you’re scrolling through what appears to be someone else’s picture perfect reality. But, as I’ve come to learn throughout the years, when it comes to social media… we see the reality someone else wants us to see.

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I, Heather, openly admit I have a shopping problem (but then again, so doesn’t everybody?). I don’t go shopping often, but when I do, I splurge and I love every waking minute of it oops. Today I happened to have a day off, and used it to adventure on over to Portland… Maine’s one and only real “city” worth visiting 😉

Since the nearest mall is (at least) an hour and a half away, it was one of those days where Sephora was practically screaming my name. I couldn’t venture to the big city (if you define 60,000 people as big, heh heh) without making a stop in my favorite store before leaving. When quality makeup is such a long drive away, you cherish every visit you have and hug every piece of luxury makeup you get to your chest.

I also stopped at Pacsun too, but I’m a bit grumpy seeing as they forgot to remove the security tag on the one item I bought and only realized this after I returned home. It’s also worth mentioning the nearest Pacsun is 40+ miles away, so I was forced to bring the garment to my local TJMaxx with guilty, pleading, puppy eyes asking them to nicely remove it for me. +1 for TJMAXX, -1 for Pacsun 😡

Okay, anyways– back to the important stuff! Below you can find an overview of the items I bought from Sephora and some of my first impressions! Granted I haven’t been able to use any of the products extensively because I was way too excited to write up this post, but I have tried all of the products at least once and have offered my honest opinions below.

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Maine: Vacationland and the way life should be, it is home to a myriad of artists, a sprinkle of celebrities, some former FBI agents, and of course, me! I was raised here all my life, and Maine is the place I’ve come to rest my head for the past eighteen years. While I sound more than a little enamored with it now, it’s only after leaving and returning that I realized how much I love being in Maine. When I still lived here, I found it easy to take the clean air, the friendly (and familiar) faces, and the scenic summers for granted… but after leaving, found it even easier to miss it.

That’s not to say I don’t love Washington DC, because I do! It has become my new home in many ways, but I do miss the town I grew up in, from time to time. They always say the grass looks greener on the other side. Recently I hosted a friend from outside of Boston for a couple days, who had never been to Maine. Needless to say, I was beyond eager to show them around! When you’re not from Maine, it’s easy to fall in love with it… and in a way, I think even needed a fresh set of eyes to remind me of all the reasons I should be proud to call Maine my home.

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My very first OOTD! It’s an exciting day! Well, if I’m being honest, it was actually pretty relaxing today. Instead of slaving over an espresso machine 24/7 (which, I’ll be the first to admit, isn’t half bad, because hello, free coffee all day), I got to play tourist in my own town, soak in some sun rays, and drink a lot of coffee I didn’t have to make for once. Also to answer any questions, I’m a barista and no, it’s not as glamorous as it looks.. but that’s beside the point.

Since Maine stays fairly temperate and doesn’t get too hot or too cold in the summer months, I get to play around with what I wear… which is nice since I seem to have an identity crisis every time I open my closet. Sometimes it’s an angsty, all black, “boots and an oversize t-shirt” day and sometimes I’m in the mood to wear a maxi-dress and float like a fairy princess. But today was sunny and glorious and just the perfect sort of weather to frolic and convince my friend to have a fun little photoshoot with me.

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