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The original sweater from H&M


I haven't done a DIY in such a long time, and when I saw the 'Get Off My Back' sweater at H&M I knew I needed to recreate it. The price on the original sweater is $49.99, and there is no way I was going to spend that much money on something I knew I could easily make. 

I went on the hunt for the perfect sweater to recreate this look with, and I found it for such a great price! The sweater I used for this DIY is this one from Forever 21. It was only $14, and if you buy in stores and have your student ID you will get 15% off! The terry cloth cost $2, and the red fabric dye was $3. I already had red thread at home, so this DIY cost me a whopping $19 in total (including tax). Bonus points if you want to upcycle a sweater you already have at home and can find terry cloth in the color you wnat, because this DIY will run you between $2-$5!

Check out my video here to see a step-by-step tutorial on how I recreated this H&M sweater!

x Alicia
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I love wearing makeup. It's such an awesome extension of ones personal style and it's even better that you can take it off at night! I think makeup can really enhance a person's features and it's a fun creative outlet. The base that you use can definitely make or break your makeup application and outcome. I've been on the hunt for my holy grail foundation, and I've yet to find it! These foundations all have their flaws, but these are the ones that are apart of my current arsenal.
NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER
This has been my go-to base for the summer for the past few years. I love the finish that this tinted moisturizer gives, and it has SPF! It's very easy to apply and blends like a dream. If this came in more colors, (i.e. not just my summer shade) it would definitely be my holy grail product. I use the shade Cuba.

BENEFITS
Lightweight
Paraben and sulfate-free
SPF
Radiant finish
LAURA MERCIER CANDLEGLOW SOFT LUMINOUS FOUNDATION
I have a love and hate relationship with this foundation. I only use this foundation in the wintertime because it's a bit too heavy for what I like for the summer. It claims to be sheer-to-medium coverage, but on my skin it's definitely more medium. I love that is definitely lives up to its name! It absolutely gives you a glow that looks like you're being lit by candlelight. It's magical in that way. What I don't love about it is that when I'm having my dry skin days, it clings to every single dry patch to matter how much I exfoliate/moisturize/prime my skin. On those days I find myself washing my face and just using a different foundation. Check out my video review here! I use the shade Chai.
BENEFITS
Available in 24 shades
Noncomedogenic 
Soft radiant finish 

THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION
On days that I want a lightweight coverage, I opt for The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I really like this foundation! It is very liquidy, but it gets the job done. I would call this a light-to-medium foundation because it is buildable. This one does cling to dry patches, though so beware of that. I reach for this foundation and the NARS Tinted Moisturizer more than any other ones. This foundation only costs $6.70, but you only have the option to buy it online. Check out my first impression of this guy, here! I use the shade 3.0Y.
BENEFITS 
Offers 21 shades with different undertones
Alcohol, oil, silicone, nut, gluten, soy, water, & cruelty-free
Vegan
Natural, semi-matte finish
SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN 15 HOUR HYDRATING FOUNDATION
I reach for this foundation when I'm going out at night, or when I want to do a complete full face of makeup (contouring, highlighting, the whole nine). This is definitely a full coverage foundation and I make sure to moisturize and prime before I use it otherwise my makeup will look dry and cakey. When I use this foundation, I'm definitely left with a matter finish. I do think they could come out with a few more shades though and change up the undertones a bit more. I use the shade 3.2.
BENEFITS
Offers 22 shades
Long lasting
Oil and paraben-free
I hope this was helpful! What is your favorite foundation, and which one should I try next?
x Alicia
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Before: Only wearing moisturizer.
After: Wearing Wowder, highlighter, and blush.
After 6 hours: No Wowder touchups.



I've been testing out the new Glossier Wowder for the past few weeks, and I've come to give you my final thoughts! 

The Wowder powder claims to be adaptable to most skin tones, and I found this to be true for my skin when placing it over a foundation rather than on bare skin. In the photoset above, I applied the Wowder to moisturized skin as I was testing it without using foundation. If you want to see how it look over foundation, check out my first impressions video here! On bare skin, it applies a bit darker and looks like I'm wearing a foundation that's the wrong shade. I'm currently my "summer shade" and the Wowder is even too dark for my tanned complexion. I'm not sure how this color will fair in the wintertime when my tan fades. In the third photo in the before/after photoset, you can see how the Wowder lasted on my bare skin after 6 hours of continuous wear. You can see the oil peeking through, so I would definitely have to powder down again. I think this is better for everyday use, but I'd opt for something like the Laura Mercier powder if I was wearing a full face of makeup, or going out.

It's definitely a weightless powder like it claims to be. It doesn't feel like anything on my skin, and when I touch my face and it feels incredibly soft and smooth! I like the concept of the Wowder being adaptable, but I think it would fair better if they were to separate the categories and do one shade each for: light, medium, dark, and deep (rich already has its own shade). I think this would provide better color matches.

As I mentioned in my first impressions, I really love the packaging. It's so much less of a mess than all of the other loose powders that I've used. More companies seriously need to start using the trampoline mesh idea (cough, Laura Mercier, cough). I do wish that you got more product for the price because there's only 0.25 oz of product in the container. Maybe they did that so it was more compact and easier to travel with? Who knows.

Overall, I'd rate this product 7/10. Not my favorite powder, but also not the worst I've ever tried. It could do better with the shade range and oil control. Other than that, I do like this for everyday. 

If you want to try this product out for yourself (or any other Glossier products), you can shop with me using my rep link, http://glossier.com/reps/aliciaenkhulzii! I do get a small commission off each order, but you'll get 20% off!
x Alicia
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MONDAY
Shirt - Forever 21
Pants - H&M
Sneakers - Zara (similar)
TUESDAY
Sweater - Forever 21
Jeans - H&M
Boots - H&M
WEDNESDAY
Shirt - Old Navy (similar)
Denim Jacket - Gap (similar)
Pants - Zara (can't find a similar pair!)
Mules - Shein
THURSDAY
Shirt - Target (similar)
Belt - ASOS
Sneakers - Adidas
Hat - H&M (similar)
FRIDAY
Kimono - Marshalls (similar)
Jeans - Gap
Sneakers - Zara (similar)
Necklaces - Twelve Oh Six
Hoops - H&M
x Alicia
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I always found it funny that women are portrayed to be happy as a clam when they are shaving their legs in "women's razor" commercials. Ladies, are you actually feeling like sunshine and rainbows, or are you trying to concentrate on not nicking yourself shaving around your knee? I, for one, do not actually enjoy shaving but I have found a brand of razors that make shaving a bit less of a chore.
Also, why are "women's razors" a thing when men's razors exist?! They are literally 1000000% better than the razors that are marketed for women and give you such a nice shave. If you have never used a mens razor to shave, I'm going to plead my case and change your mind.
 I'll be the first one to admit that a razor doesn't come within 10 feet of my legs in the winter time. Actually, fall too. I mean, no one is really going to be looking at and/or touching my legs during the cooler months (okay no one except my husband, but he doesn't mind - I think!).  I have never been the best at shaving my legs, which in hindsight is probably why I stay away from a razor when I don't really have to shave. It has been around 10 years since I first began shaving and I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I haven't seen a bit of blood running down my leg because I just can't seem to get the razor pressure just right. That is, until I found Harry's. Okay, well they found me. If you haven't heard of Harry's, it's probably because they are a men's shaving company. But has anyone ever told you that men's razors are far superior to women's razors? No? Well, I'm here to tell you to throw away that pink razor you have sitting on the edge of your bathtub and make your way over to the dark blue side. 
I have purchased countless brands of razors in my 10 years of shaving, and have always had better results with mens razors. When the lovely people at Harry's reached out to me to send me a set to try, I jumped at the opportunity to try out a new razor (especially since it's one made for men). I've been using the razor set for over a month now and I am in love. I get such a close shave that lasts for days, and I haven't nicked myself once (does a happy dance). The head of the razor is flexible so it makes shaving around your knee, or any other part of your body that isn't a flat surface, super easy! You can check out the Winston razor in action in my Pamper Routine video here
You can purchase Harry's razors in a set, a subscription, or by themselves. I personally use the Winston Set that retails for $25 and includes a full size shave gel, a razor with 3 blade cartridges, and a blade cover. If you don't care much about a silver handle and want to opt for something with a grip you can get the Truman set for $15 (it comes with all the same things as the Winston!).  I love that Harry's is so affordable and has such a quality product. You can try out Harry's with a free trial (just pay a small shipping fee) to see how you like it.
Shaving is not like the commercials, and probably never will be. But, it is a bit more fun with Harry's. 
x Alicia
*I received this product free from Harry's to test out!
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Dress (old) - Aeropostale | Necklaces - Twelve Oh Six | Shoes - Zara
If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm not a heels girl. At all. I even wore flats to my own wedding (sue me). I'm definitely one for throwing on a pair of sneakers with nearly every outfit because I will always choose comfort over adding a few inches to my height (although I do wish I was naturally 2 or 3" taller, but that's besides the point). I picked these sneakers up for less than $30 from Zara! They're super comfortable and so affordable, and y'all know I love a good deal! They've got the cutest gum sole on the very bottom of the shoe that adds a nice subtle detail to the shoes. 
All of my necklaces are from my brand, Twelve Oh Six. We've launched two new necklaces today, and they're chokers! I'm super in love with both of them and I've been wearing them everyday. They go well with literally every outfit and I love how gold jewelry compliments my skin tone. If you're into dainty jewelry, go check out my baby Twelve Oh Six!
x Alicia
p.s. Shout out to my husband for killing it on the camera for this post!
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