I Tried Brow Razors– And Here’s What YOU Need to Know

Anyone who has ever peeked at one of my selfies knows one thing: despite my blonde hair, I was blessed with incredibly thick and dark hued brows.

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I’ve been running almost daily maintenance on my brows since about the age of 9, when school kid’s teasing led me to confidently and painfully pluck them to shit. Since then I like to think I’ve gotten a little smarter, tweezing nightly and only where necessary.

Although it’s a pretty low maintenance ritual already– I’m a firm believer in the bushy brow trend– I have to admit: it’s a little tiring. Sometimes a girl just wants to come home and crawl into bed without spending 10 minutes on her brows.

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So when I heard about the Brow Razor trend I was both intrigued and skeptical. My mother was always very firm on keeping razors and blades away from my eyes (you know, basic parenting) but I also was down for sleek results with none of the tedious and painful plucking. It also helped, when I was perusing my local Shoppers Drug Mart while exhausted and slightly delirious after work, that a full pack of brow blades cost less than $10.00.

 

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I’ve been using Brow Razors for about a month now, and I love it. They’ve literally changed my whole nightly routine, cutting down on time and cutting down on pain.

Before you give it a go, there are a few things you need to know…


DO: Know your tool.

Most Brow Razors are a single blade attached to a dainty handle, ideal for small strokes in delicate places, ie– brows, upper lip, chin, jaw line, and bikini line. The beauty of Brows Razors is that they aren’t overly sharp– you have to be pressing deliberately too-hard into your skin to cut yourself. In short, Brows Razors only have an interest in exfoliating and removing hair and dead skin, not drawing blood.

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DON’T: Get ahead of yourself.

Just because these tools can reach every nook and cranny doesn’t mean you should shave everything off the bat. I can’t stress this enough– START SLOW. That means getting comfortable with your tool by shaving less contoured places (such as the baby hairs that extend into your jaw line or forehead, or your upper lip) before diving into the harder places (between the brows and the bikini line.)

Personally, I started with my upper lip. Using delicate downward strokes (like applying mascara to your bottom lashes) I started there, stopping before the hair was completely removed to see how my skin would react. As I built up confidence handling the Brow Razor itself I worked into trickier areas, like the underside of my brows.

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As for another tip: Don’t use your Brow Razor every day. In my experience it takes about 3 days before I start noticing regrowth (and even then, that’s only between my brows.) I usually give my skin at least one day off between shaves to avoid irritation.

REMEMBER: Always shave with the skin (ie, downward) and not against it. Your pores will thank you.


DO: Prep your skin.

Never, and I repeat never, use a Brow Razor while wearing make up. Remember that time in the 9th grade when you dry-shaved before that pool party? It’s like that but worse, because in addition to razor burn you will be punished for your dumb ass-ery with acne.

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I like to use my Brow Razor post-shower, when my skin is at its cleanest and my pores are the most open. After a shower, I make sure my make up is fully removed and my skin is cleansed before swiping toner over my entire face and shaving as usual.

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Another thing: Make sure you are always using a fairly fresh blade. I usually pitch my Brow Razors after 3-4 uses.


DON’T: Shave over acne.

This is basic but important. Running a razor over pimples only accomplishes two things: first, you ensure the bacteria from the pimple gets caught in the edge of the razor and spreads to the rest of your face. Second, on the off chance you break open the pimple, you run the risk of infection and scarring.

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(Also, it hurts like a motherf*cker. Just don’t do it, okay?)


DO: Step up your after-care.

You skin is very vulnerable after shaving (which anyone who has ever shaved their pubes will tell you) which is why it’s important to really give it some love when you’re finished.

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After I use my Brow Razor, I tone my skin again to make sure any dead skin or lingering hair has been removed. Sometimes (depending on how sharp my razor was) I need to do a little clean up with my tweezers between and below my brows. Then I’ll apply some Vitamin C serum, moisturize, and apply night cream if I’m getting ready for bed. As a last step, I usually apply tea tree oil to any pimples (not to my whole face– this will dry skin the f*ck out!)

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Here’s one last secret: if your skin is irritated from the shave, apply any good diaper rash cream to the area in light dabs. My favourite is Penaten Cream, which my mother will tell you kept my ass lovely and soft as an infant.


DON’T: Shave your face if you have sensitive skin.

This last tip is a little tricky in that it’s up to your own discretion. I’m going to be honest with you: the first few times you use a Brow Razor will be awkward as f*ck. It takes a while to get used to the small strokes the tool requires, and you might inadvertently irritate your skin.

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BUT– If you’ve been using the tool for a while and notice your skin is red, rashy, and sore (or if you notice your acne has been getting worse in the areas you shave) stop using a Brow Razor. Tweezers are without a doubt a safer option for your skin– and let’s get real, it’s a lot harder to f*ck up your face when you’re literally removing one hair at a time.


TL;DR…

Honestly, making the decision to shave any part of your body should be something you make on your own, without the influence of a blogger.

HOWEVER… Using a Brow Razor is definitely something I’d recommend to a friend. While shaving your whole face isn’t something I’d necessarily tell you to go for, I will say that when it comes to things like my brows and my upper lip– I adore it. I find it way less time consuming than daily plucking, although unlike tweezing you do run a few more risks– like, you know, accidentally shaving off a brow.

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The bottom line: Brow Razors have officially become a part of my routine.


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October 2017: Fab Fall Favourites

October is hands down one of my favourite months– in my home town it usually marks the end of the Autumn and the beginning of a long, cold Winter.

I don’t know about you guys, but this month just completely got away from me. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I’m still getting back in the swing of things after such a fun summer in the mountains— I spent most of October stunned by the fact that it wasn’t still August!

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When I wasn’t busy forgetting what day it was, October actually had a lot of fun in store for me. I spent most of the month catching up with friends, hunting for bargains in Consignment Stores, and hitting up Edmonton’s Brewery district for some retail therapy. I even managed to sneak in a quick trip to Calgary to impose on a couple of besties who live down there– if there’s one thing this broke blogger knows how to do, it’s mooch.

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But now it’s time to get back to reality in this crazy city of mine! With only a few days left in October it’s time for me to round off my end of season makeup favourites.


Stila “Eyes are the Window” Palette in Spirit

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This month I did my semi-annual purse purge (you know, the one you hate to do when it comes time to change over from your summer to winter bags) and happened upon a gift certificate to LUX Beauty Boutique here in Edmonton. At first I thought it was something the previous owner had left behind (hello, the joys of buying secondhand) when I realised that Emily and I had actually won the gift certificates at an online convocation event– meaning that the gift card had been sitting in my wallet since July.

Naturally I rushed out to get an expensive goodie for my makeup bag, because duh– Treat Yo’ Self!

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I’ve always loved Stila but normally can’t afford it– $60 for this palette is way above my standard budget! Of course, it was worth the splurge. These colours are so pigmented and totally perfect for Fall– and the reds will look amazing into the holiday season!


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour(s)

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This babies are a summer find that I’ve been working into Fall. We all know I love a good lippie, but it was my friend Jess who introduced me to these beautiful new creations by Revlon!

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Seen here, looking fabulous.

Think all the staying power of a lip stain combined with the pigment of a lipstick. One swipe from these bad boys and your lips stay coloured for hours– plus, they’re matte and totally perfect for winter wear!


E.L.F Highlight

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Another returning find, this puppy made the list based solely on how much I love it– not to mention the fact that every girl I recommend it to goes nuts for it. I recently ran out of my highlight stock pile and was nervous to reorder (did they change the formula? Would it still work on my skin tone? Would it still last for hours?) and I’m happy to report that this highlight is still the best in the low budget game.

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If you haven’t tried any E.L.F products yet you’re missing out– their highlights in particular are super pigmented, meaning a little goes a long way. Put on a little for a natural glow, or layer it on for bolder shine!


Essence “Make Me Brow” Brow Filler

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I’m usually a fan of pencils for shaping my brows, but I was surprised to discover how much I love this gel formula. I stumbled across it about a week ago when my brows were going through some growing pains and needed something more natural looking to fill them in.

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This liquid formula is light and natural feeling once on, but I think the real treasure is the application wand– the brush is basically like a mascara wand and actually simulates the look of hair when applied to sparser areas. Definitely a game changer!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have your own fave October finds?

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Consignment & Thrift Finds: Autumn 2017

In case you couldn’t tell by my blog name: I’m a huge fan of saving a quick dollar. Unfortunately, I’m also a huge fan of shopping.

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I’ve been into second hand thrifting for a while now, but let’s face it– as much as I like wading through piles of discards to find a real treasure it can get a little tiresome.

Enter: the utopia that is the Consignment Store.

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The beauty of the Consignment Store is that someone has already done the digging for you– meaning that your pieces are still second-hand, but they’re in good enough condition that they can be resold. In other words– you’re getting a high quality, low price second hand item.

Because inventory turn-over can be pretty quick in the second hand business, I try to hit up my local Thrift, Resale, and Consignment Stores about twice a month. Here are my best finds for September!


Betsy Johnson Bag:

  • Retails for: $128
  • Purchased for: $45

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Perhaps one of my favourite finds to date is this Betsy Johnson bag. I pretty much fell in love with Betsy’s signature heart stitching and bow detailing. It was originally priced at $55 dollars, but I managed to talk the sales girl into giving me an additional 10 bucks off due to a missing shoulder strap. Found at: Red Pony Consignment in Edmonton.


Michael Kors Rosegold Watch

  • Retails for: $335
  • Purchased for: $90

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I’ve always been a sucker for rosegold on anyone else, and when I saw this watch I literally couldn’t resist. Although the watch has a slightly scratched face and desperately needs a new battery, one quick google told me that it was worth it– no need to haggle with this one. Found at: Peacock Boutique Consignment in Calgary.


Random Stallion Sweater

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  • Purchased for: $8.99

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This purchase is 100% random and probably the riskiest on this list, but let me explain– I’ve always loved a thick, woollen sweater with animal detailing for autumn, and a piece like this would be perfect for into the holidays. Although this sweater has no labelling (which leads me to suspect it was made by someone’s very talented grandmother or was stolen from a sweatshop) I’ve decided it’s worth its weight in sentimental gold. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Forever 21 Necklace

  • Retails for: $11.99
  • Purchased for: $2.99

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Although this is another VV find, this one is a lot less sketchy. This piece is actually an exact dupe of a necklace I loved but accidentally gave away inside the pocket of an old Matt and Nat bag during an unfortunate donation incident some 3 years ago. Hell, for all I know it’s the exact same necklace. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Aritzia Plaid Blouse

  • Retails for: $65
  • Purchased for: $12.99

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In case you couldn’t tell by this post, I’m obsessed with this plaid blouse. It’s pretty much the perfect go-to piece for any fall outfit, and since acquiring it it’s pretty much haunted my instagram posts and snapchat stories. And with over $40 dollars off the original price– can I get a hell yes? Found at: Velour Clothing Exchange in Calgary.

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Outfit Update: Autumn Vibes

Hey Broke Babes! This week has been one of the craziest since I’ve returned from Kananaskis.

I swear I’ve spent about half my time running around the city doing errands, fixing up my car, catching up with friends and family, unpacking, and taking photos for the relaunch of my website.

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I know. I’m tired just thinking about it.

I haven’t really had much time to spend thinking about what I’m going to wear– lucky for me I’ve found the perfect outfit to wear day in and day out during this hectic time!

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Other than my standard denim, this outfit features two new pieces that I’m absolutely in love with: first, this awesome brown leather jacket that I scored from Forever 21 for only $24.99 (with similar styles featured here, here, and here. Click the affiliate links to shop!) The other is a vintage Aritzia plaid top that I found for only $12.99 in Calgary’s Velour Vintage Consignment store. So cute for fall, and I love the way the plaid’s colors play in different light!

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Minimal Mountain Beauty Hacks: What I Learned From a Summer in the Rockies

Hey Broke Babes! Guess who’s home?

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Well Babes, it was a long hot summer in the mountains. I feel like I could probably write 10,000 words telling you guys everything but let’s get real– this is a beauty and style blog.

But here’s the thing about beauty and style in the mountains: there isn’t a whole lot of it. I rolled into Kananaskis with one suitcase full of push up bras and another full of 20 different shades of red lipstick and let me tell you– I didn’t wear either of them.

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Yes, I know. Shocker.

In many ways mountain beauty is the most minimal form of style I’ve ever experienced. Women up there still want to look and feel beautiful, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only so much time you can spend looking in a mirror before you start missing out on campfires, early morning hikes, and midnight skinny dipping. Beauty and style in the mountains is done to a minimum, with importance placed on products that are durable, long lasting, and offer a whole range of uses.

Let’s face it, I’m always going to be a bit of a city girl. But after a whole summer of immersing myself in what can only be called “dirty mountain livin'” I’ve emerged with some of the most genius beauty hacks I’ve ever encountered. And even better? I’m going to share them with you.


Minimal Mountain Hack #1: Setting Spray and Powder

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If you aren’t already using setting spray, you’re doing your makeup wrong. Much like hairspray, one spritz from this little magic bottle will keep your face in place and fresh throughout a whole day of wear. While back home I would spray my face with matte setting spray and then apply translucent setting powder to my oilier areas (tip of the nose, between my brows, chin) my mountain babes taught me better.

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There is a lot of setting spray holding us together.

After finishing a full face of makeup, spray your face with dewy setting spray and allow to dry. Then, gently pat translucent setting powder onto areas where makeup is most likely to run (under the eyes, around the lips and nose, etc.) Then spritz matte setting spray over the entire face, allow to dry, and finish with another round of setting powder.

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Minimal Mountain Hack #2: Vaseline

If we are talking about wonder products, Vaseline might just take the cake as one of the best to have in your makeup bag.

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This was a 6 hour hike. Inside my bag is 3 litres of water, a cliff bar, and Vaseline.

Basically, Vaseline is awesome. It can be used to smooth ragged cuticles, soften callouses, and quench dry hands; it can be swiped over lips as a gloss, and rubbed on the ends of hair to camouflage split ends; it can be dabbed on cheeks, collar bones, and the inner corners of eyes as a highlight; it can be rubbed on lashes to imitate mascara, swiped on brows to tame them, and dabbed over the entire face to remove makeup; it can be scoured on shoes to polish them, mixed with sugar to create a body scrub, and swiped over the blades of your razor to prevent rusting. And that’s just the few I can remember off the top of my head.

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Long story short: this is a product you will want in your bag in the event of a global apocalypse.


Minimal Mountain Hack #3: Braids

More than once during my time in Kananaskis I was faced with the following challenge: I worked the 9-5 shift, but we were driving into the city at 6.

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More often than not it was a 1 hour drive for McDonalds, but still. You gotta look good for those city boys.

Rather than face a night of flat hair, my mountain babes and I rehashed this old trick of my mothers: shower in the morning (or hey, even the night before if you’re extra lazy) and braid your hair before continuing on your way. Then, simply unwrap your braids and finger comb before teasing your roots. Voila!

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I know, pretty basic. The trick? To keep my waves beachy rather than scrunchy, I sprayed salt spray into both the ends and roots of my hair prior to braiding. I also unwrapped my braids when my hair was about 80% dry (read: the outsides of the braids were dry, but the pieces woven together were still barely damp) and gave them a final spritz of salt spray before driving off into the sunset.

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Mountain Hack #4: Lip Stains

Let’s face it: between all the sweat and smudging, lipstick has no place in the mountains.

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This might have normally been blasphemy for me, but this summer I discovered the joys of lip stains. Unlike traditional lipsticks that need product built up on the surface to show pigment, lip stains actually stick to skin and stay intact for up to 8 hours, regardless of reapplication.

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Two girls, one lip stain.

(P.S– Worried about dryness? Swipe some Vaseline on before you apply!)


Mountain Hack #5: DIY Dry Shampoo

Mountain babes get dirty and sweaty on their best days, and between work and hiking there wasn’t always time for a shower before going out. Even worse, I was in a fix when I realized I was out of my favourite dry-shampoo before the summer was even half over.

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Luckily for me I was surrounded by a bunch of women who were more resourceful and fearless than I had thus far dared to be, which meant some pretty creative fixes for my greasy strands.

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It was a trial and error process but we discovered something: depending on your hair colour, almost any powdered product in your pantry can revive your hair in a matter of seconds. For blondes, I recommend baby powder or corn starch, and for brunettes coco powder. Simple sprinkle on your scalp, massage in, and go!

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Yeah, whatever, I know it’s weird. But you gotta do what you gotta do!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some minimal beauty hacks you want to share?

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Pretty in Pink: 15 Pieces That Have Me Totally Blushing

If you’ve been past any boutique windows in the past few weeks, you’ll notice that spring has sprung– and with it, brought an onslaught of all things pink.

If you read my earlier post about my predictions for the biggest trends of 2017, you’ll know I was dead on with predicting the rise of blush; the pretty pink hue has been dubbed the color of the season. But it doesn’t stop there– already trend analysts are predicting pink’s staying power, starting with a soft blush and eventually bursting into a hot pink for the Summer and fading into a beautiful jewelled magenta come Autumn.

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I love to live in the now, so I figured I’d start what I’m calling the Period of Pink with my favorite blush picks of the season.


Women’s Leith Plisse Pleated Skirt

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You all know me. I’m a sucker for a ballet-style tulle skirt. Pair this with a crop top and heels and you’re set.


Deux Lux Blossoms Pouch

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This pouch is basically hand-held spring time.


Express Slim Fit Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt

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“But Lisa,” you will sigh, pausing in your scrolling to roll your eyes. “It’s just a button down.”

Every button down is a just button down. This is adorable, leave me alone.


AE Bomber Jacket

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Cute, comfortable, and practical. Who doesn’t love a bomber?


AE Button Front Maxi Skirt

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Okay, okay, so the skirt isn’t technically blush. But this is a great way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe if you’re hesitant, or if you suspect head-to-toe pink isn’t your style.


Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Dainty Casual Sneakers

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Odds are you already own these in some form or another, but if you’ve yet to pick up a pair I highly recommend grabbing these in blush this season. They’re an awesome alternative to the white converse that’s been so trendy the last few summers.


Topshop Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

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I’m obsessed with this piece. The pink makes it fun and girly, while the leather gives an undeniable edge of badassery.


Women’s Nordstrom Wildflower Spray Scarf

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Another piece for the timid. This scarf is also awesome because it’s color combination can be worn from Spring into Autumn.


Lush Blouson Chiffon Skater Dress

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I wish I could put emojis here because ~*heart eyes*~


Michael Antonio Jaxine Heel

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50’s inspired footwear is very in, and you really can’t beat the subtle funk of the snakeskin pattern printed here.


Express High Waisted Tulle Midi Skirt

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I can sense you judging me for including another tulle skirt on this list but I’m choosing to ignore it.


MANGO Flap Tote Bag

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This blush is so subtle it’s almost a neutral, which is beautiful in its own right. Paired with the rose gold finishes, how can you not love it?


Bb Dakota Halden A-Line Dress

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Although this dress may look a little tricky, the A-line silhouette is actually flattering on almost every body type. Plus, the off the shoulder look is perfect for anyone who possesses collar bones.


Wayf Sweet Symphony V-Neck Blouse

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Cute, simple. Just trendy enough. Love it.


Topshop Killer Studded Chelsea Boot

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These are just so extra, you can’t help but love them. Pair with ripped skinny jeans and you’re golden.


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Digging the blush trend?

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