The Winter Skirt

Call me crazy, but I wasn’t going to leave New York without trying to wear a skirt in the dead of winter. I wanted to see if I could go the whole day wearing one.  When the night fell and the wind picked up, I was too uncomfortable and went back to the hotel to change. During the day it was fine, and I looked cute! I paired the skirt with tights because I am not THAT crazy, a shirt, and sweater to balance everything out.




This was my favorite outfit of the week. I wish that the sweater and the shirt had similar neck styles, so I didn’t look like a weirdo, but I was warm which is all that matters.

Skirt: Charlottle Russe

Shirt: Jordan Dene

Sweater: Old Navy

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Xappeal

Have Books, Will Travel

This week I will be having the time of my life at Broadway Con in New York City. In between all of the excitement and fun, I will also try to get some reading done. It would be smart to get a few eBooks with me to go, but I always need to have a physical book with me. I’m going to be taking 3 books with me to fill up space so I don’t bring back books, and also to have some variety.

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I like to take a poetry book with me because it’s easy to stop and start. The poems in this books are short and sweet. I have read this one before but the message hasn’t really sunk in yet, so I’m giving it another go! They are poems about women, being a woman and everything that comes with it.

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Of course I’m going to take a play with me. I got this gem from the library (thank god for withdrawals).  In Williams’s most recognized plays every character is dealing with an inner struggle. At a party for one of the characters everything comes out into the open and the family is forced to deal with their demons.

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Out of all the YouTuber books that have been published, Connor Franta’s “A Work In Progress” is my absolute favorite. I just love this book to pieces and it’s coming with me. Yes it’s a memoir, yes he’s young. I love how he acknowledges this fact in the book. He also knows how to use the intelligence he has. It’s a weird sentence, but I know incredibly smart people that have not a clue how to use their smarts.  Connor Franta is not one of these people.

Do you take books to travel?

The Foundation Struggle

There is a problem that has plagued me since I got into personal style and makeup. It’s something that exercise, diet, or exfoliation has been able to fix. I am ALWAYS in between either two sizes of clothing, or two shades of foundation. Today (or when ever you read this post) I will complain about finding a foundation, because I spent almost two hours at the MAC counter trying to match myself to a foundation.

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The hero of the day was the lovely makeup artist that didn’t give up until we found something that worked for me. Her passion was palpable, and she really knew what she was doing.  When it comes to my skin, I am mostly yellow based, or warm toned, but I also have enough of a red base (cool tone) to make finding a good match a mission. The Estee Lauder double wear foundation had the closest match for me. Just the foundation itself worked for a few years, but it was never a spot on match. The hefty $40 price tag that came along with it was the main reason to leave my comfort zone and start my journey with foundation over again.

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What I now know, is that I will always have to pair a yellow based foundation to a neutral powder.  I went with the studio fix liquid foundation in NC44 and the powder from the same line in C6. The part that I didn’t like was paying more than I originally wanted to, but for a little more I was able to get two products. I know that I won’t run out of both at the same time, so there is some wiggle room. If you have this issue like I do, go ahead and get yourself to a makeup counter. You may not be happy with the price tag, but it’ll be worth it.

Annotating Made Simple

Let’s talk about annotating (on purpose)

Annotating is a fancy word for taking notes when you read something. It can be done with books, articles, editorials, plays, etc.. I was first introduced to annotating in an AP literature class in high school. Being 17 and in a 4 year reading slump, I didn’t like it. Now, I love doing it. Annotating  keeps my thoughts from disappearing and I can explain my opinions. 


If you want to try it, here’s how this works:

  • Grab a pen, your reading material, a pad of sticky notes
  • when ever you feel something, read something interesting, and/or want to remember something,  write it down and stick it on the page 


If you’re annotating for school, look for what is being asked ( Information, grammar, terminology, facts to beef up essays etc.) You could also write in the margins of the book. I get a lot of my books from the library, and  like the space that a sticky note offers, so I prefer to not write in the book. 
You can now go back and see your reading journey through sticky notes. Let me know if you’ve tried annotating or have tips of your own! 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review

It’s always exciting whenever Too Faced release a new palette, especially a scented palette. Putting aside the scented factor, the shadows are really great quality and the price is right when you do the math. The big scented palettes run about $49, and $52 after taxes are added. Divide that number by the number of shadows in each palette (usually 16-18),it costs $2.88-$3.25 per eye shadow. That’s less than most single eye shadows at the drugstore! Now add back the fact that they smell incredible!! It’s no surprise that there is always a ton of hype around these palettes. The Semi-Sweet chocolate bar is my holy grail. I wear it most everyday, and it’s my base product when I am testing out new eye shadows (this review included).

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Lovely Packaging

Too Faced brought back their peach scented eye shadow palette along with other peach scented products in their latest collection. I wasn’t expecting to find a supply at my local Ulta because it was sold out online, and the makeup lovers in my town are sneaky but vicious. I picked one up as soon as I saw the display. Here are my thoughts,

What I liked:

  • The scent duh! It reminds me of a babydoll I had when I was little. There was a whole collection of fruit smelling babies and the one with my skin toned smelled like peaches. That sweet artificial peach scent brought me right back to being 4.
  • The shimmery shades are unlike anything I’ve ever seen from Too Faced before. Creamy, buttery, little fall out, and so pigmented *swoons*
  • They included an olive green shade, called “Bless Her Heart”, and it is my favorite shade out of the entire palette. Cosmetic brands rarely bring out green eye shadow it’s refreshing to see TF take this leap.
  • The sheer black shade (Tempting) included in the palette was a smart move. Having a sheer, yet buildable black is great when creating smoky looks. You can add a little bit at a time to create that smoky effect.
  • You can use the lighter shimmers as stunning highlights

 

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Sweet Peach Tin

 

What I didn’t like:

There are 2 things that really didn’t sit well with me. The matte shadows in the palette are all over the place with consistencies. There are some like “Peaches ‘n Cream” , “Puree”, and “Charmed I’m Sure” that are really nice, a little powdery, but it’s nothing to worry over. The other mattes though? Patchy and chalky. This is really disappointing to see TF drop the ball like this. All of the other palettes are so well rounded when it comes to  shimmers and mattes. I don’t see why the same attention couldn’t be paid to this one. I understand the makeup industry is wrapped up in the highlight game right now, and if that was the case, why not make a palette of shimmers and satins? The other thing I didn’t like was how bad the really dark shades, “Delectable” and “Talk Derby to Me”, were. Maybe it was my luck to get a dud palette. I don’t use really dark colors too often, so this isn’t a deal breaker for me but if you love your smoky, dark, sultry eyes, this is something to consider.

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A look inside
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Lightest Shades
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Mid tones to Darks

So do I love this?

Kind of!

5 good things versus 2 not so good things. The Sweet Peach won’t overthrow my Semi-Sweet chocolate bar, but it is no where near a bad palette. If you don’t already own a Too Faced eye palette, and/or are a collector of the scented palettes,  I think you’ll enjoy this one. If you do have this palette, did you have better luck? Let me know!!

 

Best Books of 2016

So many books

so many favorites

Out of the 22 books I read last year, a few stuck out in my memory and I had to talk about them. This time, I actually TALK about them in my first video on YOUTUBE!!!!!! I’m making strides towards my goals for this year and youtube something I wanted to try for a looooooong time! So sit back, relax and enjoy! Book Favorites 2017  !!!

What Elisabeth Loves (New Year New Name)

What going on?!

Okay so, I started this blog  almost a year ago now. Originally I used the name What Elisabeth Is, to not stick myself in a niche that wouldn’t be able to grow with me the longer I stuck with it. While I still love the name What Elisabeth is, it’s a little confusing to type, read, and it didn’t flow together (this is what my family has been telling me since I started last February and I finally agree).  I made the decision to change one word in the name from “is”, to “love”. All of my posts are still up, and the content will still focus on the three things I love the most beauty, books, and personal style.

Thanks for reading!