Unpopular Opinion: Halloween sucks

As my previous unpopular opinion post was about how much I hate the fall, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The fall gives me PTSD for unknown reasons, and the changing of the leaves makes me angry to my core. For a November baby, I’ve just never been a fan of the season. This includes Halloween. In fact, my hatred for the season has a lot to do with Halloween. I basically pray all October for it to be over and my least favorite holiday to come to an end. It’s two fold – I hate the holiday with every fiber of my being, but also November 1st officially starts Christmas season. Yes, I am part of the Christmas creep problem. And I will wear that like a damn badge of honor.

But really, especially as an adult, Halloween isn’t that great. There’s a lot of downsides to it, despite the ever present abundance of candy. Here are some of the main reasons Halloween is a garbage holiday.

Orange is no one’s color

“Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed” – Elle Woods, my lord and savior.

Seriously though, why is EVERYTHING ORANGE?! Literally everything you know and love turns orange in the month of October. It’s not a cute color, and it needs to stop. It’s obnoxious and not in a good way.

Everything is unnecessarily horrible colors

While we are on the subject of orange being no one’s color, its like, October 1st hits and BAM! Everything is orange.  Ev.er.y.thing. is. Orange. And green. And purple.  And puke colored green. This mainly goes for things that should NEVER be that color, ever.

Take this zombie Frappucino from my usual house of worship, Starbucks. Its bright green, and uglyyyy. I am sure it tastes fine, but WHY DO WE NEED THIS?! And the whipped cream. I love the color pink, but I don’t want to drink something that color.  And I am farrrrr from someone who eats all natural shit, trust me.

Candy from strangers is a good thing?

Listen. The state of the world is strange. The movie IT made a comeback. Last year there were clowns trying to coax kids into the woods. We really want to send the kids out to people’s houses for candy in 2017? Not to mention everyone is on the organic kick and I don’t think snickers meets that requirement. Let’s take a year off this tradition, shall we? Kind of like when NJ cancelled Halloween. Yea. That happened. Google it. It was a nightmare.

Also this was confirmed to be fake but is also WHAT MY NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF. SALAD?! NO THANKS.

The god damn revealing costumes for women

Listen, I obviously subscribe to the Mean Girls theory of Halloween being the one time of year you can dress however you want and no one can say shit to you, because its a costume. But I literally JUST STARTED working on my winter bod, and now you want me to wear a costume that is basically a bathing suit? NAH BRO. Not gonna happen.  Plus, regardless of whatever Indian Summer we may be having in the northeast, it is ALWAYS FREEZING Halloween weekend.  Its like mother nature knows, and wants us to suffer.

Listen, I could go on and on, but at this point it’s just making me more angry. Also hate Halloween? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back Wednesday when I magically find my will to live again on November 1st.

The Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale Did Me Dirty

So I think it’s already no secret I have a shopping problem. It’s been something that’s been apparent for most of my life. I’m not even sure who first encouraged this habit of mine, it’s gone on so long. But here we are and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon, so let’s just embrace it shall we?

This brings me to my favorite word: “SALE”. I’m a jersey girl and a bargain hunter at heart. I hate paying retail, ever. This tweet from mother monster speaks more to my soul than most things in this world, and sums me up nicely.

She. Gets. It.

Naturally, I’m drawn to sample sales. I don’t frequent them often, because I also hate people. These things are normally crowded and overwhelming. If you’re not ready to fight for the things you want, this is NOT the scene for you. And sometimes they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. I’ve gone to a few of The Rebecca Minkoff sample sales, and sometimes walked away empty handed (and sad. So sad) or with one thing.

This sale? Girllll you betta RUN. Its the first one in years I walked out with more than one thing, and am highly considering returning when prices get marked down even further.

Why this sale is good: ACTUAL SAMPLES. A lot of “sample sales” are just merchandise that they couldn’t sell at retail. While there is plenty of that here, but when I went there were PLENTY of actual sample bags that were deeply discounted. Like this one below I bought. A bag like this normally retails at around $300, and I got it for a price not even CLOSE.

What to expect:

  • A lot of MAC mini, backpacks, and satchels. The tables are FULL of them in a rainbow of colors. Just don’t expect a lot of neutrals. But if you’re looking for a fun or different color, this is the place.
  • Shoes! Some cute booties and flats, some embellished
  • Clothes – sweaters, some coats, a lot of tops, sweatshirt
  • A table of samples in the back. Various states of the bags, which will dictate price point. This is the hardest to predict, but can have the biggest reward
  • Accessories – jewelry, wallets, and card cases galore
  • Probably a line. It comes with the territory

What I think is worth it: go straight back to the sample table. It might be slim pickings depending on when you go, but they were restocking it Monday as they day went on, so you never know. The MAB and MAC bags are a staple and so versatile, so those are absolutely worth a look. The wallets are VERY CHEAP so def give that bin a look through.

Pro tip: Later in the week, the items tend to get marked down even further, making it worth a second trip. Watch 260 sample sale or my new fave sample sale savant (insta – @mostlyblack_) and rush back there.

And here are some gratuitous pictures of other things I bought at the sale, because of course I didn’t leave with just one thing.

Sephora aims to take more of you money

Sephora has been doing this weekly WOW deals where they discount items starting every Thursday. Because you needed more reason to give Sephora half of your paycheck.

And don’t get it twisted – these aren’t some silly 10% discounts. These are deeply discounted products, so beware if you’re an impulse buyer like I am. They have them conveniently on their app so you can buy things while you’re supposed to be doing other things (like, idk working) OR they also offer them in store. I’m not sure which is more dangerous.

Last week was one of those weeks for me where I couldn’t resist the deals they had. But also let’s be real, every single week is that for me. I have a shopping problem. Acceptance is the first step, right? Anyway.

Cover FX Contour kit

This was an extreme impulse buy because we are lucky if I put cover up on before work. But it was about 50% off and so I was like, you got me here Sephora. The product is a creamy texture and goes on really smooth. I took an awful selfie of it pre blend but it was borderline offensive, so I’ll spare you. The lighter colors took a lot more effort to blend in, but overall this was really easy to use.

Post application. Contour is a miracle worker because my face is not that skinny. My hair was that jacked up though, can’t fix that.

Cover FX Double Ended Contour Brush

This was like, a must buy to go with the contour kit. Sephora is well aware of what it’s doing here, and I’ll fall for it every single time. The small end was PERFECT for the application, but it’s a skinnier brush as opposed to the round brushes I usually use for foundation. The larger end took a little more effort to use. Or maybe I’m bad at this because like I said, I’m into that no effort look.

Benefit Watt’s Up Cream to Powder Highlighter

This I’ve bought multiple times but I had to nab it when it was on sale. It’s the perfect highlighter and is so easy to apply. It has a sponge at the other end so you can blend it in easily. So simple, and makes you glisten. I’ve even bought this as a gift for people, it’s that good. Just ask my baby sister about the time she wore it and my mom tried to wipe it off because “there was stuff on her face”.

Moral of the story? Sephora wants all of your money, and you should just give it to them. I don’t know why any of us are trying to fight this anymore. So check that app on Thursdays and go to town loves.

Trend Tuesday: nose hair extensions. 

We’re back with trend Tuesdays to discuss this really messed up beauty trend: nose hair extensions.

…..I’m sorry. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! Yes. This is an actual beauty trend, and we need to talk about how awful this is.

First off, look at this. It looks like there’s spiders coming out of your nose, and that is another nightmare entirely unto itself. Second, don’t people spend a lot of time trying to make sure you DON’T see their nose hairs? There are trimmers made specifically for that purpose. Literally people are putting a lot of effort to have something real ugly put on display.

HOW THIS GOT STARTED: I mean, we are living in the fresh hell that is 2017, so really anything is possible.  You owe this horrific beauty trend to Instragrammer gret_chen_chen who was the pioneer of this “trend”. (While you’re on insta willingly subjecting yourself to this awfulness, follow us @sweetandsnarky instagram.com/sweetandsnarky).

HOW THIS WORKS: Why you want to know this is beyond me, but for the sake of transparency, I’ll tell you. What people are using is their fake eyelashes and just simply gluing them around the nostril or shoving them up their noses.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Fake eyelashes, which if they are halfway decent cost more than a Starbucks run, are being shoved WILLINGLY up someone’s nose.  All in the name of beauty or Instagram likes, which sometimes are synonymous.

Babes, let’s just keep the fake lashes on our eyelids ok? This is not a train we all need to jump on. Thoughts on this? Tried it? Just as appalled as I am? Let me know in the comments!

Wedding weekend at Oheka Castle 

One of my law school friends got married this weekend, and I went into it being excited for the food and the booze, but also indifferent since it’s the time in my life where everyone and their mother is getting married. Except me. It’s still just the dog and I, people.

Since my life lately has been non stop bridal showers and engagement parties and weddings that I’m like. Ok. What’s gonna be so special about this one? I’m happy for them and all, but like. I would rather be watching Netflix. With the dog. Is this why I’m single? Anyway.

But this wedding my darlings? Did not fucking disappoint. First off, the venue. It was at a god damn CASTLE. And not one of these new venues posing as one. This is a place on Long Island that used to be someone’s SUMMER HOME and is absolutely GORG and now is a friggen landmark. You can read about it here.

Guys. There was a dessert room. A whole damn room. Just. For. Desserts. To say I was happy was an understatement. Dessert room aside, the wedding was BEAUTIFUL. They were so happy it was both contagious and disgusting.  The band was great. All around, an A+.  But it wasn’t totally smooth sailing.

For starters, the hotel check in was at 4pm. And the shuttle for the venue? Leaving at 4:15pm. And we weren’t granted an early check in. So I did my make up IN MY CAR. And you know what? It turned out pretty good.

Here is the finished product:


Not too shabby, all things considered.  And below is everything I used for my in-car makeup look.  They are some of my favorite products and served me very well.

tarte Twinkle Lighting Pallet

I was in a vehicle and didn’t want to FULLY contour, so this gave me some glow and bronze without going crazy.  The colors blend so well, and this pallet smells DELICIOUS.  I can’t describe it, but it smells so good.

tarte rainforest of the sea eyeshadow pallet

These colors are fairly neutral but still have a nice shine to them. Also they stayed on ALL NIGHT through dancing and eating everything in sight.  My makeup remover wipes were covered in eyeshadow, and I’ll call that a win any day.

Anastasia Brow Wiz

This. is. MAGIC.  I have brows that are a little sparse due to tweezing and waxing that was done when I was younger (not for long though, that shit HURT. I’ve been rocking this natural and thick look for a while.) BUT – this makes them look fuller and not overly filled.  Plus it lasts all day so you don’t look like a weirdo halfway through an event.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Mascara that is as BLACK AS MY SOUL and doesn’t clump.  Doesn’t smudge off your eyelashes later in the night. Gives you fuller lashes.  What else can you ask for from a mascara? Other than it stopping your mother from nagging you, not much.

Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner

I keep trying other liquid eye liners, but I always go back to this one.  The tip on this eyeliner is perfect and precise.  You don’t end up accidentally looking like a raccoon because it ends up bleeding all over – it stays put and dries real quick.  It’s a pretty foolproof liquid eyeliner, and that’s coming from someone who is normally a klutz with this stuff.

Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in truffle

I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS STUFF. This was my gateway into liquid lipstick and I have not turned back.  This stuff is so so good – literally lasts all day, goes on smooth, not sticky at all. AND THE COLOR. UGH. Also it runs at $18 and is so worth itttttt. Not like some of these other liquid lipsticks I may or may not own….

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I have oily/combination skin and this stuff doesn’t add ANY shine and is the perfect primer. It helps my foundation go on SMOOTH AS BUTTA. I carry this tiny tube for easy travel but obvs it comes in a bigger size….

MAC Matchmaster foundation

Finding a good foundation has always been a struggle because freckles, but this foundation is EVERYTHING. IT doesn’t overpower my freckles to the point where my face looks ridiculous, but also just makes my skin look flawless. Like, naturally flawless. Not like you just caked on foundation.

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing HydratingConcealer

This is another product I keep finding myself circling back to. Its so easy to apply and provides perfect coverage. Good for use with foundation or on the morning in the bus when you haven’t slept because your dog decides all night long he needs to switch up his position and climb over you every. single. hour. It also doesn’t dry out your skin, which is wonderful.

Tory Burch Rollerball

I love this scent so much I have the full sized AND rollerball to carry with me. Its both fruity and floral without being too overpowering in the citrus department or making you smell like an old woman (you know what I mean).


And there you have it! All the things that made me look put together while doing my make up in a car, the most ideal places. But, nice to know that these products will get the job done.

Spoiler Alert: October already sucks

Taking a break from our regularly scheduled trend Tuesday for some sanity saving advice.*

LITERALLY 10 days in and this month is GARBAGE. Its cold, there was a horrific attack in Las Vegas, and Tom Petty died of a heart attack. Mind you, all of this occurred within less than 48 hours. 2017 keeps topping 2016 in the how to suck the most contest, and we have 3 more months to go, space cadets.  WHAT THE HELL.

Listen, politics aside, putting the news on lately for me has been emotionally draining.  I can’t watch it for more than 5 minutes without wanting to punch a wall or burst into tears.  Mother nature is trying to destroy us, and is taking no prisoners.  I am sure quite a few of you are feeling the same way, and tha’ts ok.  What is not ok, is not taking care of yourself. Here’s some ways I’m unwinding and dealing with the crap shoot that is life in America currently.

Unplug.

Get. Off. Social. Media.  Take a break. Look around. Listen to me, I’m a millennial and my phone is permanently attached to my hand. But sometimes disconnecting is a good thing. I have been following my own advice here because it took me LITERALLY DAYS to write this post. I needed a break, and that’s ok.

Exercise.

A wise, wise woman once said “exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.  They just don’t.” Even if exercise doesn’t bring you to a euphoric, happy place, it is still a nice distraction from the hell that is reality.  Also, working out means you can eat more. Wins all around.

Treat yo’ self.

Far be it from me to tell someone not to treat yourself, for any reason.  But hey – whether its a nice meal, jewelry, clothes, a vacation, buying something will make you feel better. So long as you don’t think about the money exchange involved. Or, if you’re broke like me, a binge of some Bravo show will do.

 
Take care of your skin and shit. 

Nothing is better than an at home spa night. No awkward small talk and you don’t need to put pants on to leave. You can’t lose. Here’s some products I use to treat m’self.


Masks – Mask of Magnaminty by Lush and green clay mask by Sephora. Mask of magnaminty literally smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s heaven. And makes your skin amazing. The Sephora one is bomb too – I love all the Sephora brand masks but have been loving this clay mask lately. I also prefer the clay masks over the sheet masks. They tend to cover more and do a better job. My skin sucks, so this helps.

Bath bomb – Frozen by Lush. It’s no secret that Lush is known for their bath bombs. I have used a few and have no complaints. Literally fill up the tub, drop it in, and put that shit on your insta story. They smell great and are also great for your skin. I just try to stay clear of the glitter ones because I don’t want to look like Tinkerbell for days on end.

Candle – Oceanside by Bath and Body works. I’m personally partial to ocean and tropical smelling candles, because I am not made for winter. Candles seem to have a calming force and also don’t need to cost an arm and a leg.

Essential oil – Balance by Aromatherapy Blends. It’s got a nice orange/lavender scent and also calms me. See a trend here? I work in NYC, I need a lot of shit that brings me down to earth. I put a few drops on my pillow only my wrists and just inhale. It helps.

Lipgloss – Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Revier Balm. This is the only lip stuff in my life I have ever finished a tube of. And then promptly bought a new one. It’s worth the price point, and take that for someone who searches for sales and refuses to pay retail. It adjusts to your natural lip color so you don’t look ridiculous and is also SO MOISTURIZING. Cold weather is upon us muffins, take care of your lippies. Plus, it’s soooo pretty. Look at it.

 
And there you have it. Long story short: spoil and take care of yourselves. What’s your favorite way to distract yourself? Let me know, because lord knows we all don’t have enough distractions.
 
*OK OK OK – two weeks in a row probably doesn’t count for regularly scheduled, but roll with me here.

Trend Tuesday: the pin craze that was cool in middle school is back

Remember in middle school when you had that goth/punk phase and you had pins with quotes on them all over your bag and jackets? No? Just me? Ok. Cool. Anyway….

WHAT ARE THESE THINGS: Adorable enamel pins with the likeness of everything you can imagine. These cute little things are back – and improved! These new shops are probably popping up all over your instagram feed as often as Kylie pregnancy conspiracy theories. Basically anything you love or have ever loved, someone has made into a pin. From cartoons to cult films to a cute one I found of a La Croix can, if you love it, it’s in pin form.

WHERE TO PUT THEM: I personally have mine on a mini backpack.  I’ve seen people put them on denim jackets, backpacks, and cork boards for starters.  So really, have at it! Throw them on your gym bag to add something different to that all black tote.  Add a few cute ones to your cubical at work to remind you of your will to live.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Instead of just going to your local Hot Topic, you can hop on Etsy and find some that better suit your adult interests.  Go on insta and search any pin hashtag or whatever interests you and you’re bound to run into something, and add a little color to your wardrobe or accessories. If you’re like me, your soul is still black, but your outsides are a little brighter.  Kind of.  Ok listen my wardrobe is mostly black but I live in New York so thats our uniform, ok? I’ll link some of the sellers I’ve found that I love here, and on my Insta!

SOME I OWN:

LOOK – ITS JOEY AND CHANDLER IN THE CANOE!


And because I am a closeted  geek – some Harry Potter ones.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve collected/impulse bought at 1am. A lot of these companies are also bringing back stickers, iron on patches, and the like.  So if the pins aren’t your jam, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something else you love.

Have you found any of these adorable little pins that you love? What would YOU like to see turned into a pin? It could be a movie quote, your favorite GOT character (idk, I don’t watch), a throwback to a cartoon, whatever. Let me know in the comments!