Blogmopolitan Quiz

Don’t you just love reading the Cosmo quizzes? I do! So today I’m linking up with Two Thirds Hazel for the third installment in the Blogmopolitan Quiz series. Go check it out, download one, and share! If you fill it out, leave me a link so I can read it!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz 2 Dana Renee

12 Stylish One-Piece Suits under $100

Although bikinis are cute, they’re not for everyone and there’s nothing wrong with that! A little curve hugging modesty can be just as alluring when you hit the beach or the pool. To keep your one piece looking stylish and far from the skirt-sporting aqua aerobics get-ups, follow some of these tips and check out my 12 favorite one-piece suits under $100 below:

  • Go for a bright color to make a statement. Bright colors are in right now and look great against tanned skin. Hot pink, red, and aqua are some of my personal favorites. You can even mix it up and go a neon banded suit like the one below.
  • It’s all in the details. Look for suits with little details that elevate them like side cut-outs, ruffles, or embellishments on the straps or waist band.
  • Look for rucking to hide trouble spots. Ruched bathing suits in classic colors like black or brown are very forgiving and look great on most body types.
  • Go for a classic cut with a twist like a polka dot print or vertical cut outs at the waist.

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BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette + Inspiration Looks

If you read my makeup reviews, then you know I love BA Star cosmetics. If you’re not familiar with BA Star, they are a cosmetics company that specializes in products for cheer and dance teams, but you can definitely use their products as part of your regular looks! I previously reviewed their eye shadow palette and in that post I mentioned that I would love to try the Tropical Palette. Well, they heard my request because they recently sent me the Tropical Palette to try as well!

BA Star Tropical Palette

This palette retails for $8.75 (readers get 50% with promo code 50TROPIC) and includes 5 shades. There are four bright shades, a yellowish green, electric blue, bright purple, and hot pink, along with a silver shade. The texture of these shadows is similar to the other palette I reviewed. They have a lot of shimmer to them and highly pigmented. They have a fairly smooth consistency and there is minimal fallout when paired with BA Star’s primer glue. What I especially loved about this palette was how blend able the shades were.

I think this palette is perfect for festival/concert makeup and when you want a look with a lot of impact. Below are two of my favorite looks to create with this palette. You can find more inspirations from BA Star’s face charts that correspond to the palette.

BA Star Tropical 1

For this look, I covered the lid with the green, then blended the blue into the outer half of the lid. I worked the shadow into a little bit of cat eye shape, then accentuated that shape with liquid liner and mascara focused on the outer lashes. I finished it by smudging a bit of the blue and green blended together along the lower lash line. I pair this with a peach lip and minimal face makeup.


For the second look, I was dying to play with the hot pink shade. To create this look, I took the pink shade all the way across the lower half of the lid. Then I took the purple shade and, starting in the inner corner, pulled the shade across the top half of the lid and through the crease. I skipped liner with this look and focused on some serious lashes. I added a bit of blush and finished the look with a pink lip.

I had so much fun playing with these bright shades and I’m sure you will too! And for under $5 with the promo code you can’t beat the press. What are your favorite color combinations?

Monday Blues + Positive Thinking

It was one of those days. You know the ones I mean. It feels like one thing after another. That was today. Aside from it being the Monday after a holiday weekend, I didn’t sleep well, the alarm didn’t go off, I ripped a brand new pair of fabric shoes, I’ve been dealing with an awful migraine since last Thursday, and I still look a few months pregnant from my laparoscopy. I’ve been keeping an eye out for my black cloud today who I’ve lovingly named Clyde (just sounds mischievous).

BUT whenever I have one of these days, I refuse to let myself fall into an “poor me” mentality. Today may have been crappy, there’s no sugar coating that, but I have a lot to be grateful for and when I start feeling this way, I list the positives in my life. This habit started one day last fall on an equally bad day. I was walking to class feeling frustrated and defeated and instead of bawling my eyes out (which is what I totally wanted to do), I started counting my blessings. I sat there countering each problem with a positive and by the end I felt a little better. It reminded me that even when things are rough, it all passes. This little exercise in positive thinking has really pulled me through some yucky days. Try it and see if it works for you.

Happy Monday and here’s to a wonderful week! =)

Quiz: What Cupcake Are You?

It’s hump day so I thought I’d share fun quiz for a midweek pick-me-up. Today is actually the biggest hump day of the year because it’s not just the middle of the week, it’s the exact middle of the year too. With the holiday coming up, I’m trying to decide what delicious treats to pick up for our BBQ. I must have sugar on the brain because I couldn’t resist sharing this cupcake quiz. I got red velvet (my fav!), how about you?

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