New Blog Design and Name

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IMG_6080I’ve been contemplating on this for months now trying to decide if I should take my site to the next level by redesigning and changing its name. It’s bittersweet but something I felt needed to happen because of what the site itself represents now. I didn’t want to rename it something I would hate later on so “Tamira Jarrel” (my first and middle name) seemed like the right choice to make. I hated my middle name during my teenage years because of it’s boyish nature but now being the type of person I am today I now embrace it more than ever. LWSS will always and forever hold a special place in my heart but never in a million years did I think we would end up here, with all this variety. I felt that the “lipstick” part stamped me as only being a beauty blogger when other types of content are on this site. While beauty blogging is what LWSS mainly consisted of I started building the confidence to add fashion, food and other things to the mix. This is the reasoning behind the name change

I really hope that you all are here to stay and aren’t too upset with me for such a huge change. Tamira Jarrel is the grown-up version of LWSS but will still flush out content like before. As for the design itself everything is pretty easy to navigate through and you might see minor tweaks arise so I’m asking that you please be patient with the whole transition! If you type in the old site you will be redirected to the new site. All social media names have been changed as well so I’ll make sure to link to everything below. I’m working on getting back into the flow of things and sticking to my schedule, now that the site is finally finished (for the most part) I’m not as anxious or nervous anymore. I kept freaking out thinking “What if they hate it, or me for doing this?” and I said I’ll never know unless I take a chance so here we are. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them below for me!

New email address: TamiraJarrel@gmail.com

 

I’ve Been Hauling. . .

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  1.  Aesop Skincare - I ran out of my hand cream so I ordered the Reverence Hand Balm to see what the difference is compared to the Resurrection one. It’s a lot more on the woodsy/grass side with a hint of mint. I also purchased the Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol for the upcoming warmer months.
  2. New Bag - I searched high and low for the Mansur Gavriel Bucket tote, it has been sold out for ages! I gave up on it and decided to go for a more classic shaped bag that would be functional. I went with the Everlane Petra Crossbody in the end due to it being a more practical choice. I’m so happy with it and will speak on it more in a video!
  3. COS - Shopping for basics here is quickly becoming an obsession, I can’t wait to visit the store in May when I go to NYC. I ordered an oversized cotton top which fits perfectly!
  4. Healthy Grains - I’ve been munching on these new granola bars I discovered at the supermarket! The brand is called KIND and it’s made up of oats, honey, toasted coconut, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and millet. They are gluten free and taste hella good!

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

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I’ve been keeping my everyday very simple and trying to add as much hydration as I possibly can due to all the cold dry weather! Like I said in the video it’s pretty simple but different to my normal brown neutral looks, I’ve added a hint of pink to the mix. I hope you all enjoy the look and I’ll see you in the next one!

Updated Desk/Makeup Area

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 I had a little cleaning sesh to make room for new Spring items and picked up some tulips to freshen things up over here at LWSS HQ’s! My desk pretty much consists of my everyday makeup products or new products I’m testing out but every now and again I try to switch it up.

  • To the far left - I have a few empty Diptyque jars that hold my tools, some mini lip products, and small perfume samples. I also store my brushes in a Design Letters cup which sits on a ceramic tray. The try allows me to put things like jewelry or acts as a home for my beauty blender.
  • In the middle of the desk – I’m still a huge fan of the Simple Human sensor mirror which I’ve done an full review here if you’re interested in knowing more about it.
  • To the far right – still lives my good ole mooge, this is the 3 drawer acrylic stack. I’ve been going back and fourth about investing in a second drawer system, I’m still debating (it will just give me reason to buy more makeup). On the top of my mooge sits another acrylic container which I found at my local Marshall’s. In it I have foundations, primers, lip liners, eye liners and lipsticks. If you’ve read my Muji installments my drawers always start with base products such as powders, concealers, and primers first. The second drawer holds blushes, bronzers and other cheeks products. Lastly the third drawer contains a mix of lip and eye products.

The desk itself is from IKEA and well worth the $40 especially if you’re on a budget! It has a semi floating shelf which I store extra products and swap them out when I want to try out different makeup looks. As a blogger you would think I have more than this but I only use what I like and it works for me! I’m also huge on design and layouts so whatever makes sense in my crazy head is what I usually gravitate towards. The Spring Muji rotation will be up in a few weeks time so stay tuned for that!

Back To Square One

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As a kid I remember stealing my brothers boxers and baggy jeans to prove I was the coolest tomboy there was. It was comfortable yet somehow satisfying slipping on his Levis and a comfy hoodie. I wore a low pony tail, had unruly brows and hardly ever smiled. I never really fit in with the girly girls and always wanted to play tag or watch Dragon Ball Z with the “guys”. I wasn’t necessarily crushing on the boys, I just didn’t care what others thought of me. I liked what I liked and that was the bottom line. As I got older and middle/high school came around, in came the constant struggle to fit in with the cool kids. The name TJ was no more and I suddenly became Tammie. Now good things came from the transition and others we’re pure stupidity, I guess you can say I was lost in a pool of festering unoriginality.

I just find it funny that years later I find myself back where I started, where I feel most comfortable. I love the whole boyish androgynous look but I still manage to embrace femininity in other aspects. I absolutely love makeup and what I can achieve with it or a good paint job is always welcomed, although I’ve been loving the whole undone bare-nailed look too! I’ve become very nonchalant about things I have no control over and still trying to stop obsessing over small details (still working on that lol).

At age 26 having experienced life so far, learning and cherishing mistakes, I can finally say this is me and this is what you’re going to get. . .

Hat: Janessa Leone Gabrielle  /  Top: COS  /  Boyfriend Jeans: J.Crew  /  Shoes: Acne Studios  /  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators  /  Watch: Movado  /  Rings: HomeGrownSiver and Stone  /  Boxer Briefs: CK Boyshorts

The Acne Jensen Boot

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I’m am now the proud owner of the Jensen Boot (angels singing). After much research and deliberation I decided they would be the best fit for me. I was debating between the grain and smooth leather but ultimately chose the grain for several reasons. I figured after wear the smooth leather would start to crease and while that might work for some people I know it would annoy the sh*t out me! The grain finish would be less noticeable in my opinion. There is something about the textured finish that gives them a little twist to your average boot but still staying true to its clean minimalistic shape. I absolutely adore the pointed tip and metal detailing in the front, again adding a different element but not too loud. Surprisingly they’re extremely comfortable but I do need to work them in a bit, the leather is nice and soft so it should stretch. *Side note I ordered quite a few fashion bits being that I had a closet clear out so stay tuned!

Rae Morris Deluxe Kabuki Brush

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Adding to the “buki” stash in comes the Rae Morris Deluxe Kabuki brush. This was a complete spontaneous purchase and I totally blame Instagram for it, you’ve got to blame someone right? Rae Morris released her new magnetic brush range which seems gimmicky but such a good feature to have. They do sell a magnetic plate to have the brushes stand up right making them easier to find and keeps the bristles from touching surface tops or each other (hygienic indeed). You can also hang them upside down on any magnetic surface while they’re drying to prevent damage, fu*king genius I tell ya! Now on to the bristles, soft as a babies butt! The point of the brush is nice and tapered making it a great multitasker. I can contour, highlight, set and apply blush with just this single brush because of its shape! It hasn’t shed at all even after the first wash so I’m extremely impressed. I will be investing in a few eye brushes and the magnetic plate in the near future. Huge thumbs up from me!

What’s In My NYC Weekend Makeup Bag

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I’m finally cashing in my Christmas gift and we’re heading to NYC this weekend to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. We saw the Lion King last year and the experience was damn near life changing! I wish I could say there will be shopping involved but being a blogger, part-time MA and mommy of 2 leaves little to no room for date nights. We’ll be staying with my BF’s parents enjoying family time and good food!I thought I’d just share was I was tossing in my makeup bag for the occasion which is nothing special, plain and simple like always.

Base & Concealing - The Diorskin Star Foundation gives me good coverage without feeling heavy or looking matte on the skin. To set everything I’ll be using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light to keep the base very youthful and fresh. I’m still using the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for blemishes and eye bags so it too will be coming along for the ride.

Cheeks - Of course I have to pack the CT Filmstar Bronze and Glow for some contouring action, this has quickly become an all-time favorite! When in doubt just go with what you know and that is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, it’s a no brainer and works with any look.

Eyes - Keeping it very simple I’ll be using the *Hourglass Modernist Palette in Obscura which has 5 neutral shades to choose from. I don’t think I’ll be doing elaborate eye looks but it’s nice to have the option. I will go nowhere without my eyelash curlers or the Maybelline Full & Soft WP mascara! I also wanted to bring a matte medium brown for crease work and Burberry Almond eyeshadow is such a good one to have. I don’t think I’ll have time for liquid liner but I like I said options are nice (over-packer) so I’ll be bringing the PF Eye Booster liner just in case.

Lips - Giving a rest to my traditional nude lip I’m going to bring the CT K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey and M.A.C Hug Me, both are still pretty neutral but perfect for everyday. I’m not a huge gloss girl but I will bring the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 04 for some added moisture and shine. As for priming and prepping the lips I love the Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner.

Extras - For tools I’m bringing absolute must haves like a 217, 239, Nars yachiyo brush, Hakuhodo Duo Fibre Fan brush and my new Rae Morris Kabuki brush (review coming soon). Curlers like I mentioned before and some good ole cotton buds.

6 New Items Per Season

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I must say being a blogger and keeping things to a minimum can be a difficult task but I think I’ve been managing everything pretty well. When it comes to clothes I feel less is more and quality or quantity. I’m still missing a few staple pieces to my wardrobe (which I will be investing in a particular item very soon!) and I’m also heading to NYC in May so it will be perfect timing to find new items for Spring.

So I made a promise to myself to only purchase 6 new items for each season wether they are trendy or staple pieces. But the catch is to get rid of 1-2 items I already own, the one in one out policy.

On My (very monochrome) Shopping List

  1. Black ankle boots, I can wear them all year round
  2. The good ole black skinny jeans
  3. Birkenstocks, yup you read right!
  4. COH jeans
  5. I’m a hat girl so I’m patiently waiting for the Janessa Leone Fall 2015 collection to release, I’m 100% positive I’ll be placing an order!
  6. Jumpsuit, all black of course

Things I need to avoid 

  1. Online browsing at night, gets me all the time!
  2. Sales (unless it’s too good to pass up)
  3. Alternatives or dupes, I find that if you spend a bit more it holds up better and you save money in the long run. You are better off buying one good thing instead of buying 5 different versions of it because they don’t last as long

When I’m investing in key items I do a thorough review of the product (tendencies of a blogger) and sit on it for a while. This gives me time to piece outfits together in my head and see if it’s something I really need, will I get my moneys worth? Stay tuned for a recap and see if I stay true to this little experiment.

February 2015 Favorites

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Not much has changed since last month’s favs but I still decided to show what I’ve been loving as of late. I’ve been a bit quiet and not abiding by my schedule but I promise good things are coming, I’ve said in the past that I’m my harshest critic so if it isn’t good it won’t be going up! I’m doing a lot of research and reading to make LWSS a different place for fresh content so stay tuned. Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and will talk to you all soon!