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Congrats Grad! | 10 grad gifts under $40

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle
on 05/18/2016

Graduation season is among us! I literally remember graduating from high school like it was yesterday! It’s crazy how time flies! Graduation season brings a lot of crawfish boils (if you live in LA like me), and lots of gift giving. While money is always appreciated, sometimes it’s nice to give a physical item to show how much you care. So I’ve scoured the internet to bring to you 10 grad gifts under $40! 

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// ban.do portable charger //

My portable charger saved my life this year. Seriously. I took it with me for long game days, nights out, or as a “just in case.” I loved the charger that plugged straight into my phone so I didn’t have to carry around cords! This one from ban.do is adorable, yet so functional!

// coco and the little black dress //

Forever wishing I had a coloring book freshman year to relieve stress. Coco Chanel + coloring — it can’t get any better than that. Take this bad boy to the library for a study break, or just keep in your room to unwind at night.

// ban.do passport cover + luggage tag //

This little duo is perfect for a traveler! You’ll never misplace your luggage with this luggage tag, and this passport cover is just the cutest.

// voluspa candle //

Voluspa has THE BEST candles hands down. The packaging is so aesthetically pleasing and there’s such a wide variety of scents offered. Burning a candle in my room is one of my favorite things to do at night before bed — aka making this the perfect gift for a grad!

// bauble bar coordinates necklace //

This year I purchased a bar necklace and it’s become one of my favorite accessories. This bar necklace is customizable with coordinates! I’m thinking coordinates of home or maybe school would make it really special.

// alex + ani bangle //

Another one of my basic pieces that I can pair with anything and everything! Alex + Ani bangles are a sweet, yet simple gift that will be put to good use in any girl’s stack.

// s’well bottle //

Y’all know my thoughts on S’well bottles — love, love, love! I toted mine around all of second semester and I loved how stylish it was, while keeping my water cold. This is a great gift for an entering college student to use on campus, or graduating college student to use at the office.

// target reversible tote //

A big tote is a must for me at anytime of year! I love this one from Target because of the price and the fact that it’s reversible. This would be a fantastic over night bag, carry on, or even just everyday purse (if you have lots of stuff to tote around like me).

 

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Is there anything on this list you would add?

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Mani SUNday…? | OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops

Posted in Beauty
on 05/15/2016

OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops Mani Sunday

I’m living for this creamy pink polish right now. I’ve been trying to get out of my habit of doing dark purples and navy blues every single time I paint my nails. I’ve been very much into pastels for the summer, and this color caught my eye right away. There’s something about pink on the nails that seems so sweet to me!

The formulation is fantastic, as are all OPI polishes, and it only took two coats to get to the opacity I wanted. If you’re in the market for a creamy pink, Suzi Shops & Island Hops is perfect.

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What’s on your nails right now? Let me know in the comments!

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On My Radar | April

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle
on 04/24/2016

On my radar for this crazy month of April is a mix of some beauty, fashion and fun. I’ve really been all over the place this month trying so many new things. I cannot think about April being almost over and May coming up right around the corner…. Summer come quick, but not too quick! Keep reading to find out what the heck I’ve been obsessed with this month.

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// sam edelman ervan gladiator sandals // 

I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t been obsessed with these sandals for the past two months. Every time I see them mentioned on a blog, boutique or magazine I die a little inside. I am in love with the cork sole and the studded exterior. I could see myself wearing these with dresses, shorts, skirts, and even jeans. Eventually these babes will be mine!!

// head and shoulders lavender shampoo + conditioner //

As a someone who is extremely impatient, I so frequently get tired of my shampoo and conditioner. I recently switched to this one after noticing how dry my scalp was. I love the smell and it’s really helped me curb my dry scalp. Would recommend this!

// covergirl the super sizer mascara //

I am soo dang particular about mascara, so often times I end up trying quite a few before I find one I like. My friend Catherine recommended this one to me and her lashes are always bomb so I picked it up from Walgreens one day. Can I just say…. DAMN. I love this mascara – the formula is perfect and does exactly what I want (volume and length) and the black color is striking!

// i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and so unaware of it (the 1975’s second album) //

One of my favorite bands recently released their new album and I’ve been LISTENING NONSTOP!! I’m not even kidding y’all. The whole album has an 80’s sound and it is amazing. Some of my faves are “This must be my dream” (I listen at least four times a day), “The sound” (so catchy), and “Lostmyhead.” I’ll link the album on spotify right here.

// off the shoulder tops //

Festival season is here and I have seen this off the shoulder trend EVERYWHERE. I am on the hunt for some affordable off the shoulder tops to wear this summer. I linked some I like a lot below.

// luster now! instant whitening toothpaste //

After a random trip to Walmart in need of some toothpaste, I walked away with this. It promises whiter teeth after every brushing. I’ve been seeing some results from it, and I’m happy about that. Ya girl drinks too much coffee (caramel macchiato erryday) so I’m always concerned about yellowing teeth. I would recommend for the price!

// alex and and charm bracelet //

I have one alex and ani bracelet and I want to get a few more so I can stack them with my watch. I love gold jewelry, so I’m leaning towards an Alpha Phi bangle so I can rep everywhere I go.

// saint laurent espadrille wedge sandal //

The espadrille is back and better than ever y’all. This year especially, I have been super into shoes. I love these for the spring and summer to pair with a dress or some shorts. They are so stinking cute. The only downside? The $500 price tag. I guess I’ll need to start saving or find a cheaper alternative… :/

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Any thing y’all are obsessed with that I should know about? Share with me below! Until next time my loves…xoxo-lgip-jpg

Mani SUNday…? | OPI Spare me a french quarter?

Posted in Beauty
on 02/21/2016

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Manicure SUNday goes out to OPI’s Spare me a french quarter? from their New Orleans collection. Being from NOLA, I have to say some of the names were a little too much for me… But the colors in this collection are nothing short of amazing.

Spare me a french quarter? is a creamy raspberry hue. The formulation was excellent and it only took two coats to get the opacity I wanted. This color is bringing me into the Spring season, which I am super pumped for.

Have y’all tried any of the polishes from this collection? What did you think?

xoxo, louisiana girl in pearls

Mani SUNday…? | Essie Petal Pushers

Posted in Beauty
on 01/17/2016

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This week’s Manicure SUNday is dedicated to this creamy grey hue from Essie’s Spring Collection, Petal Pushers. I decided it was time to get out of my rut/comfort zone of OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, which I’ve been wearing back to back for the past four months. I’ve always loved Essie polishes, and this one is no different. Love the formulation and two coats was all I needed.

PS: Check out my adorable mug! Shoutout to my Harry Styles lovin’ pal, Cat for it!

What color is on your nails right now?

xoxo, louisiana girl in pearls

How to rock bold lips this holiday season | My fave lip products under $10

Posted in Beauty
on 12/14/2015

Bold lips are a favorite trend of mine year round, but for the holidays, I think it’s especially fun. I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to help you rock bold lips this season. All of the products I’m talking about in this post are under $10!

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//Prep//

LUSH Lip Scrub: If you want to rock a bold lip, you’ve got to slough that dry skin off. This LUSH lip scrub is my favorite thing ever. You scrub it on your lips with your finger and it’s even edible so you can lick it off when you’re done. My favorite flavor is Mint Julip but Bubblegum and the limited edition Santa lip scrub (it tastes like Coke) are some contenders.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve: This is my holy grail product. I love love love it. These lil tubs will last for FOREVER. After I brush my teeth, I put this on. It’s not sticky, and not too thick either. It gives my lips the perfect amount of moisture. Keeping lips hydrated is essential to rocking bold lips. This is an awesome follow up to the lip scrub before you apply your bold lip color.

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//Color//

Revlon Lip Butters are the best. They are super creamy, bold lipsticks with a perfect amount of moisture in them. I only own three, but I plan on getting a few more because they are that good. Plus they’re all under $10!

Candy Apple: This one is the perfect candy apple red color for any occasion. It’s adorable for a tacky Christmas party or even to wear with an adorable lil cocktail dress to a fancy Christmas bash. Whatever the occasion, you’ll look super festive!

Pink Truffle: The easy neutral for your holiday season. It looks good with anything, and it can really be dressed up/dressed down. This color is super cute to wear with some jeans and boots or with a super chunky scarf and sweater. It complements any skin tone and these neutral browny colors are in this season (and we have Kylie Jenner to thank for that!)

Lollipop: I call this one my Frenchy lipstick because it’s what I wore in Grease (lol). It’s a gorgeous bright pink that jazzes up any outfit. I think bright pinks aren’t always thought of as the most wearable color, but I have to say I love this one for its unconventionality. Great for a holiday party, night on the town or even to add a pop to your daytime look.

What your favorite beauty trend for the holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, louisiana girl in pearls

Mani Monday | OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Posted in Beauty
on 11/23/2015

mani-monday-opi-lincoln-park-after-dark-1-lgip I haven’t done a Mani Monday in a while, so I figured why not now! If you know me, you know how much I love OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. It’s my all time favorite polish. I love how it’s a dark plum but can look black in certain light. Dark nails are in no matter what season, according to me. Do yourself a favor and buy a bottle of this, you’ll looooove it. Trust me.

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Here’s some Monday inspiration for y’all! Happy Monday! Show Monday who’s boss, ladies.

xoxo, louisiana girl in pearls

Treat Yo Self: Sunday Night Edition

Posted in Beauty
on 09/27/2015

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After a long week, we all need some R-and-R. Sundays are the absolute perfect day to do so! I love winding down with some tea and a quick mini facial to prep me for the week.

// Face Mask //

I start off with one of my all time favorite masks for acne-prone, oily skin the Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask. I leave this one on until it is dry and then I take it off with a steaming hot wash cloth. I didn’t include this in the picture, but if my skin is being super bad, I’ll do a second mask. Right now, I love the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. It’s kind of a grainy, mushy texture and it doesn’t dry so I just time this one for a about ten minutes and take it off the same with a steaming hot wash cloth.

// Serum, Toner, etc //

I followed up my masks with my favorite Clinique Clarifying lotion on a cotton pad and then the Bliss Peeling groovy facial serum. For moisturizer, I’ll do one of two options- the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (if my skin isn’t feeling too dry) or the Somme Skin Reset Night Cream (which is super thick and good for my skin when I need some hydration). As for a spot treatment, I love the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I put it on any spots and they are visibly better in the morning!

// Lips //

I looove a good lip scrub. Last time I went to LUSH, they just so happened to have Mint Julip lip scrub and I snagged it right then and there with no questions asked! It is amazing for sloughing off dead skin cells (as gross as that sounds). I follow that with my holy grail lip balm, the Rosebud Salve! I just picked up a new tin from Urban the other day and honestly words cannot contain my excitement!

What do y’all like to do on Sunday nights to get yourself ready for the week?

xoxo, louisiana girl in pearls