Things to Do this Fall

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Creative Commons Fall is the perfect time to go make memories (and take gorgeous picture in pumpkin patches i you're into that sorta thing.)

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Fall is the perfect time to go make memories (and take gorgeous pictures in pumpkin patches if you’re into that sorta thing.)

Fall is here, and everyone’s Facebook/Instagram feeds will be full of picturesque autumn landscapes, pumpkin spice lattes and vampy new lipsticks.

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Are your friend’s Instagram feeds full of magazine-worthy fall pics?

Are you missing out? Here’s some fun and college-budget friendly tips to enjoy the season.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without Pillsbury pumpkin sugar cookies, am I right? For those who don’t want to bake or feel like a domesticated housewife, there’s no worries here. Simply preheat the oven, pull apart the cookie dough (and try not to eat it, but temptation is real) and bake for a few minutes. Voila!

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Pillsbury Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are a must!

If you really aren’t feeling baking and don’t want to burn down your house/ dorm/ apartment, you can always pick up a package of Oreo’s Halloween cookies. Nothing says Halloween goodness like delicious orange frosting.

Creative Commons If you aren't into baking, the iconic orange cream Oreos are a go-to.

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If you aren’t into baking, the iconic orange cream Oreos are a go-to.

Now, you will need something to drink with all of the fall treats. Apple cider is always a favorite, but if you are looking for something a little more grown up, try Angry Orchards. Even if you’re not a beer person, it’s delicious, like apple juice with a little kick.

Creative Commons Angry Orchards is like grown-up apple juice. Very delicious apple juice, you can't even tell it's beer.

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Angry Orchards is like grown-up apple juice. Very delicious apple juice, you can’t even tell it’s beer.

Fall is gorgeous. Get outside! Go to a local farm and pick out some pumpkins. You can even go apple picking. If you aren’t feeling like frolicking in the woods, take a trip to your local Giant (or Wegman’s if you’re fancy) and select some red delicious or granny smith apples to make a pie. The entire kitchen will smell like heaven.

Creative Commons Go apple picking! Have fun going out into the fields and taking some cute pics.

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Go apple picking! Have fun going out into the fields and taking some cute pics.

Creative Commons After a day of apple picking, go and make an apple pie. Or just buy apple from the grocery store, no one has to know. The kitchen will smell amazing!

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After a day of apple picking, go and make an apple pie. Or just buy apple from the grocery store, no one has to know. The kitchen will smell amazing!

Have a bonfire! Get some friends together and some special apple cider and enjoy the night.

Creative Commons Enjoy your favorite fall food and drinks under the stars during a crisp night.

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Enjoy your favorite fall food and drinks under the stars during a crisp night.

Watch some Halloween inspired movies. Get your popcorn, pumpkin cookies, cider, etc. together and look up Halloween movies on Netflix. If you are feeling brave, watch American Horror Story Murder House. Make sure you have blankets ready, I spent the whole time watching this with a pillow over my eyes, just saying.

Creative Commons If you are feeling brave, watch American Horror Story on Netflix. Be sure to watch with friends!

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If you are feeling brave, watch American Horror Story on Netflix. Be sure to watch with friends!

You must watch Hocus Pocus. It’s the quintessential fall movie. It’s even better with a drinking game.

Decorate! Before you have everyone over to watch a movie, make your space a little spooky. Add some orange and purple lights, candles, pumpkins, even fake cobwebs and leaves. Get a mason jar or plastic with cauldron and fill up with your favorite candy. You might be too old to trick-or treat, but candy is a must. Your roommates will thank you. Enjoy the season!

 

I couldn't resist this cute flask from Target!

I couldn’t resist this cute flask from Target!

 

Summertime Sadness: How to Get Over this Breakup with Summer 2015

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Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” is the anthem for the last weekend of Summer. She really gets it.

It is Labor Day weekend, one last hurrah for those late, carefree, sultry summer nights that will  soon vanish to cold, all –nighters spent  cramming in college work. Or just binge-watching Netflix, having a life, etc.

It’s hard to say goodbye. We had so many memories; Gorgeous, late nights that the golden sun was always out while I was spending too much money on fruity drinks at bars

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Drinking too many long islands, not the best idea….

near the beach. Wearing denim shorts with no regrets, not having a planner full of homework. Looking back, it’s hard not cry, remembering my once bronze glow that is starting to fade. It’s almost as aching as a Lana Del Rey song.

That’s why I am here to help get through those Summertime Sadness blues.

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Why is there no Endless Summer?

Although it was so easy wearing shorts and skirts, all girls can rejoice. It’s finally leggings time.

Creative Common It's finally time to wear leggings! You can dress them up with a fancy shirt and heels or wear a t-shirt and fuzzy socks.

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It’s finally time to wear leggings! You can dress them up with a fancy shirt and heels or wear a t-shirt and fuzzy socks.

Time to forget the constrictions of a denim waistband and have the freedom of our long-lost, comfy, leg-hugging best friend. It’s a win-win. Plus, you can still wear your favorite, worn-in summer shorts with a long sleeve shirt or comfy sweater.

As for your summer dresses, try them with a little jacket or boots.You can wear patterned tights or ones with lace. Go all out!

Are you trying to dress up but your legs are freezing? Try printed tights. Who can say no to lace?

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Are you trying to dress up but your legs are freezing? Try printed tights. Who can say no to lace?

If you are feeling edgy, why not a black bicker jacket and heeled boots because nobody can tell you not to?

You can still wear your summer dresses! Pair them with boots for a fun and rustic outfit.

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You can still wear your summer dresses! Pair them with boots for a fun and rustic outfit.

Want to let your inner bombshell shine? It’s time to embrace  vampy colors.

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You can always be a vixen! These shades from Revlon are perfect for transitioning to fall. Left to Right: Color Stay Gel Envy in Queen of Hearts and Vixen.

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This blue-based red lipstick has a long-lasting pink/berry red finish. Unending Red is a new shade in Revlon’s Color Stay line.

If you are like me and have been rocking red lipstick most of summer because you finally committed to wearing the color and can’t stop, then this isn’t much of a change.

There are so many options from blue-based cranberry to retro bright red and deep plum. It can be sad to say goodbye to fruit-punch, hot pink lips and the bronzers of summer,but if you are pale, embrace it! This is the time of year that everyone (unless you go toTanatopia or whatever it’s called) can really be proud of their natural skin tone. Try a deep red nail polish or even dark plum, just be sure to keep your nails short!

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Make sure the wolves don’t come out if you wear a crimson red shade like this retro ad warns…

Once the cool, cozy weather comes  in, it’s time to redecorate. Add a bunch of candles to your room and blankets.

Creative Commons Pumpkin and candles were meant to be together. Make your room even cozier with fall scented candles.

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Pumpkin and candles were meant to be together. Make your room even cozier with fall scented candles.

You know, the ones you threw off during summer when you thought you couldn’t take the heat anymore. Now is the time to open the windows and curl up with a good book (or Netflix) and enjoy.

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit, watch your favorite Halloween movies. Or Twilight. That’s still technically a horror movie and will bring you back all those fun ninth grade memories.

Creative Commons Curl up with a good book, new fall TV shows or your favorite movie on Netflix. If Twilight is your guilty pleasure, no judgement.

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Curl up with a good book, new fall TV shows or your favorite movie on Netflix. If Twilight is your guilty pleasure, no judgement.

Invest in pumpkin/apple anything! Retailers know that if it has pumpkin on the label, we can’t help ourselves. Even pumpkin or apple cinnamon spice air freshener is a must have.

Remember that even though we will always remember those fun summer nights fondly, fall has so much to offer. Go and celebrate the last days of summer and find solace that it will soon be acceptable to wear leggings in public. You will be dancing just like Lana again.

Confessions of a Hair-dye-a-holic

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Assorted collection of hair dye boxes, evidence of hair dye addiction number 1.

Assorted collection of hair dye boxes, evidence of hair dye addiction number 1.

You could say that I like to dye my hair.

When I was little, I would spray some of that lemon meringue sweet “Sun In” spray on my brunette locks, hoping to become a blonde bombshell while sitting in the sun. It all sounded so incredible, sit and become blonde.

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Blondes were supposed to have more fun, right?

I graduated over to some highlighting from at home kits. Then I discovered all over hair dye.

There was no going back.

Hair dye and I have a love-hate relationship.

I have been a rich, dark auburn, flat ash brown, light red, dark chocolate- almost-black brown and bleached blonde.

The bleached blonde was only in between hair disaster fixes, I could never pull that off.

I had dyed my hair in high school, I loved the auburn color before prom with my bubble-gum hot pink dress and my up-do, but that faded away.

My auburn-ish hair at prom! I love a little bit of red. Looking at this makes me feel old.

My auburn-ish hair at prom! I love a little bit of red. Looking at this makes me feel old.

I miss using this auburn color!

I miss using this auburn color!

Auburn hair during fall of my freshman year was my go-to color.

Auburn hair during fall of my freshman year was my go-to color.

In college, I dyed it auburn, but when spring break rolled around I had an idea. No, I wasn’t going to Mexico and drinking margaritas, but I had a similar wish: I wanted to be blonde. Really blonde, not just some highlights but the perfect, pin-up blonde.

So we had a hair dye party over break and my hair was slightly lightened to a honey blonde. Looking back, it was a perfectly fine color.

This is wen I started getting addicting to coloring.

This is when I started getting addicting to coloring.

But I was greedy. I coveted blonde hair and I wasn’t going to stop…

So, I was impulsive and dyed my hair within hours. Screw the rules of not being able to chemically process my hair. I pulled up to Target, spent forever looking between colors like “Bombshell Blonde” and “Champagne Fizz” and starting mixing the concoction like a chemist. Except that this chemistry was fun, not like high school. I could have a career in coming up with hair dye names and products.

Actually, my complete lack of knowledge on the topic through all my hair blunders probably shot that dream down…

My hair after my

My hair after my “I wanna be blonde” phase spring break 2013.

Anyway, it didn’t turn out bad, but right when summer ended, I dyed it an ashy brown.

I’m a natural brunette and thought the darker color would look nice against my blue eyes and ash would make sure it didn’t turn all red.

It was a very flat, lifeless, mousy color.

Never again to dark ash brown.

Never again to dark ash brown.

Throughout the summer I was constantly changing it up at work.

One time I came in with really blond hair and eyebrows. Butter blond, and it looked horrible.

At the end of summer, I cut it shorter and dyed it a chestnut brown after dying it ash to bring back some warm red hues. I felt like a rebel and liked the dark color, even though of course it came out darker than it needed to be.

Going to the dark side: after a whole summer of dying I came back with dark chestnut hair.

Going to the dark side: after a whole summer of dying I came back with dark chestnut hair.

Flash-forward to last year, the epic mistake was dying it a

golden brown during a Thanksgiving break.

I should have kept my hair like this! This is before the infamous I-dyed-my-hair-golden-brown-but-it-came-out-dark mistake of Thanksgiving 2013.

I should have kept my hair like this! This is before the infamous I-dyed-my-hair-golden-brown-but-it-came-out-dark mistake of Thanksgiving 2013.

I was just looking for a touch up, a little rich, bright red and gold for my brown hair.

I got black.

This is why I have trust issues.

Lies! This came out super dark brownish black, not golden brown.

Lies! This came out super dark brownish black, not golden brown.

The evidence of hair dye-gone bad.
The evidence of hair dye-gone bad.

I tried rectifying the issue with furiously using Head and Shoulders shampoo to lighten it, blonde shampoo, hydrogen peroxide and putting in other colors. Nothing changed.

I was distressed. I had to go back to school, even trying to add a reddish brown to make it more, well, brown. This only made it worse, especially the fact that bright red streaks were coming down from the manila colored dorm bathroom curtains.

I needed a Christmas miracle.

How many times did I have to use color zap bleach? Too many...

How many times did I have to use color zap bleach? Too many…

I finally found out I had to bleach it (there’s no other way to get rid of dark color) and finally my hair was brown. I think I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply so much I should have automatically been a valued customer.

Bleaching hair is no joke. It came out very blonde and splotchy and I had to dye it a few times (more box dyes) to get it back.

After bleaching my hair to get out the golden-brown-turned-black dye, my hair was back to normal.
After bleaching my hair to get out the golden-brown-turned-black dye, my hair was back to normal.

The summer came, and I should have settled for the natural, brown-blonde look, but I wanted a pretty brown, which of course came out way too dark.

I was back bleaching my hair twice over the summer.

When school began, it was a perfect ash-blonde with hints of brown and red, but that faded quickly because my hair was so processed. It constantly tried dying it, but it didn’t stay.

After bleaching and coloring it so many times my hair would not hold any color and always went back to this blonde color ( not even close to my natural shade...)

After bleaching and coloring it so many times my hair would not hold any color and always went back to this blonde color ( not even close to my natural shade…)

I’m stubborn and had my pride and loved my box dyes. I don’t know how many times over the past years that I would run into Target, Rite Aid and CVS ready to change my look.

Those were some good times.

It left a huge dent in my hot pink wallet, those boxes add up!

So I reluctantly went to the salon before Christmas, hoping to come back with a pretty, natural looking blonde.

It came out icky golden.

I was mortified. The stylist put extra creams in my hair and saw how damaged it was with all of the green-based ash.

I was crestfallen, and ended up dying it myself  later. Then, I went and got a cream from Sally’s and one more box dye.

This is a  nice auburn-chestnut color, just do not leave it on too long, it's dark.

This is a nice auburn-chestnut color, just do not leave it on too long, it’s dark.Clairol has the best for matching the color on the box, this is L’Oreal. This is the last color I used in February. 

Since then, I have been free of dying my hair for five months. I think I deserve a token or something.

My hair has been dye-free for five months...where is my medal?

My hair has been dye-free for five months! that’s a record for me….

My hair has been so overly processed that I was tired of it falling out and never holding color the right way. I have tried countless “Color Safe” shampoos, oils, sprays, and leave in conditioners.

I miss those times, sitting in the bathroom, waiting twenty minutes and wondering what my hair might look like. It was a transformation. I won’t miss deep brown and red dye rinsing out of my hair, looking like a horror movie down the drain.

Yet, this was like looking down memory lane ( a very bright, bleached, bad pictures, chemical memory lane.) Not all of my hair colors came out great (to say the least) but I learned along the way.

I’m not saying I will never color again ( it’s tempting in stores, seeing all of the boxes) but some advice:

  •  Always go two shades lighter than what you think you want, and choose natural instead of golden or ash. Clairol has decently accurate colors that mix many tones and explain the tones on the back of the box (ash, warm, neutral, golden, etc.)

Here is a list of some great products that every girl should have to help color treated hair get back on track.

  • Shampoos without sulfate are essential. There are so many color safe shampoos that assure that they will keep your lovely color, but all of the harsh dyes say otherwise. My hair was really processed, but the ones I have liked recently are L’Oreal Ever Pure Sulfate Free Color Care Shampoo and Conditioners. The swanky bottles seem upscale and the herbal scent is natural and appealing. I started using these the last time I dyed my hair and they were a great investment.
  • Herbal Essences! Don’t get me wrong, I love the sleek new bottles with their bright colors and fun names, but you can’t beat the original. I have memories as a child, so herbal knows how to advertise. The rose shampoos and conditioners are  indulgent without the sulfate, perfect for protecting hair.
I missed these original rose, sulfate free shampoos and conditioners!

I missed these original rose, sulfate free shampoos and conditioners

  • Magic in a Bottle: I always wanted perfect, model, blow out hair. I’m not saying I have it, but this lotus blowout cream is incredible! All you need is a small dab, place it in your hair after a nice, warm shower and slightly style the way you want. The product deeply conditions and holds a style well. This is my favorite find this summer..
This is a miracle in a bottle! I love this Herbal Essence Blowout Bombshell Cream, it leaves your hair feeling soft, sweet-smelling and amazing.

This is a miracle in a bottle! I love this Herbal Essence Blowout Bombshell Cream, it leaves your hair feeling soft, sweet-smelling and amazing.

  • I tried a variety of heat sprays, and picked up this L’Oreal spray, thinking it was hairspray, but this is a happy accident. The sleek and modern spray smells like perfume and you use it after the shower and before applying heart products.I hope these products helped! If you are thinking about coloring your hair, have fun, and know it’s not permanent ( thanks to bleach!)
These professional L'Oreal heat sprays and hairsprays are a must have!

These professional L’Oreal heat sprays and hairsprays are a must have!

Paris Hilton Perfumes….Bubbly Scents without the Socialite Price

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Creative Commons Paris Hilton smolders in a slinky silver and glitter dress.

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Paris Hilton smolders in a slinky silver and glitter dress.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? I could not help myself from picking up a wildly whimsical bottle of Paris Hilton’s Siren perfume. Before everyone shakes their head, faintly remembering the blonde heiress’s days on “The Simple Life” with Nicole Ritchie, she is a business woman who knows how to make fun perfume…without the hefty socialite price tag.

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The Simple Life reality show had some real gems…make fun perfume…without the hefty socialite price tag.

The box is covered with an image of Paris

Siren Bottle

Siren Bottle

lounging in a golden-bronze mermaid tail, with her long blonde locks

strategically placed. The

Siren image on the box.

Siren image on the box.

cover lifts off to reveal an artsy image of a mermaid.

Inside is a delicate,

frosted glass bottle shaped slightly like a mermaid’s tail. The neck is adorned with a small golden mermaid charm, a treasure from the bottom of the sea.

Paris Hilton lounges in a shimmering mermaid tail with the waves hitting the rocks. Who doesn't want to be like the Little Mermaid?!

Paris Hilton lounges in a shimmering mermaid tail with the waves hitting the rocks. Who doesn’t want to be like the Little Mermaid?!

The fragrance is light, warm and sweet. According to fragrantica.com, Siren casts its spell of apricot, honeysuckle, vanilla and peach. The fragrance is muted and not too sweet, but very pleasant and warm, like a gorgeous sunny day out on the glittering blue ocean.

Fragrantica notes that some consumers were reminded of Viva La Juicy from Juicy Coture, which I have heard once from wearing Siren.

Make sure to pick up at a Ross store, you can find it for only $10!

I started my guilty pleasure

of picking up Paris Hilton perfumes back in October,

near Halloween time when I passed by a stand of deeply

Tease perfume bottle

Tease perfume bottle

discounted perfume bottles, and saw Tease. The name says it all, and the box has a black and white picture of Hilton, photographed like Marilyn Monroe with a platinum bob and coquettish smile.

The bottle is more modern looking than Siren, a lovely royal purple shade shaped into a square bottle.The

The cover for tease looks sweet and simple with tan and light pink stripes.

The cover for tease looks sweet and simple with tan and light pink stripes.

scent is sweet but heavier.

Top notes, according to fragrantica are bergamont, peach and

 The front of the Tease bottle is Paris looking like Marilyn Monroe.


The front of the Tease bottle is Paris looking like Marilyn Monroe.

red apple, a perfectly fun and juicy combination for the fall. Tease is very wearable, with a musk, fresh water and flowery scent as well.

After finding Siren in stores, I wanted to try out more perfumes (for $10 it is becoming another addiction.) I have seen bottles of Can Can at department stores and wanted to try the cotton-candy like fragrance.

Can Can Perfume Bottle

Can Can Perfume Bottle

The Can Can image is Paris Hilton in a long, red-pink gown with shinning old Hollywood lights in thee background.

The Can Can image is Paris Hilton in a long, red-pink gown with shinning old Hollywood lights in the background.

I was a little disappointed that the bottle was much smaller than Siren, but $11 at a Ross store. It’s still a good deal. The fragrance is a very warm cotton candy that feels like a sexy, tempting fragrance .

I love everything pink, sweet

and cotton-candy and this fragrance feels like a biting version of cute-cotton candy. It is a little harder to wear, but fun to spritz.

Fragrantica lists black currant, nectarine and clementine as the top notes, with noticeable musk and amber as base notes.

So give them a try, you might be surprised! Fee like a heiress without having to pay the price tag.

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Hopefully Paris did not feel like that when working on the perfumes…

Paris Hilton Perfumes L-R Can Can, Siren and Tease

Paris Hilton Perfumes L-R Can Can, Siren and Tease

“UREAL” Finally Reveals Dirty Secrets of “The Bachelor”

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Creative Commons Don't miss this addictive spoof of "The Bachelor" Sunday nights at 9 on Lifetime

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Don’t miss this addictive spoof of “The Bachelor” Monday nights at 10 on Lifetime

“The Bachelor” has been a staple on ABC since it first hit TV screens in 2002.

The premise seemed romantic; women would meet a handsome man and hope to find true love.

Creative Commons The fantasy dates on "The Bachelor" were Ciderella-like. The entire show last season had a shameless plug for the new Cinderella movie( it's good by the way, the movie I mean.)

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The fantasy dates on “The Bachelor” were Ciderella-like. The entire show last season had a shameless plug for the new Cinderella movie( it’s good by the way, the movie I mean.)

The scenes were like something straight out of a perfume commercial, with everything girls dream of; jet-setting to quaint and beautiful European spots,  wearing gorgeous pageant-ready gowns to cocktail hour and crimson-red roses at the ceremonies.

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The infamous crimson-red roses are a fixture of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Hold up. There is nothing “romantic” about competing with 20 other girls for a guy’s attention. That’s messed up.

Who really wants to go on “group dates’ with a bunch of other girls?

The women try to be friendly, beautiful and poised, all while knowing it’s like “The Hunger Games” plotting to have some alone time with the bachelor.

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This is what group dates really must be like

And what is it with the fantasy suite? C’mon ABC we don’t have to euphemize everything to make it look PG, let’s be real.

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We all know what happens in the “fantasy suite,” ABC.

This is when “UnREAL” comes in

Premiering on Lifetime on June 1, the new series exposes all of the secrets of producing “The Bachelor” in a fictional series “Everlasting”

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The set of “Everlasting” a mock of “The Bachelor” was set with glittering lights and bubbling fountains, everything a girl wanted in “Princess Dairies.”

The show opens with an elaborate set, complete with bubbling fountains, trees and shrubs glowing from the evanescent sparkle of white twinkle lights and a mansion. Of course, what Cinderella night would not be complete without a white horse and carriage?!

The intro, true to form, stars a Chris Harrison look-a-like, always attached to the hip of the bachelor.

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I think Chris Harrison has been in fantasy suites way too many times with contestants the bachelor discarded.

Don’t get me started on him. I’ve heard rumors that he slept around with contestants and saw him on “The View” promoting a fictional romance novel. Really, Chris Harrison?

Creative Commons Freddie Stroma plays the rich bachelor on "UnREAL" but did you know he was Luke from "Pitch Perfect?!"

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Freddie Stroma plays the rich bachelor on “UnREAL” but did you know he was Luke from “Pitch Perfect?!”

Anyway, the bachelor is there too, in the series he is called the “suitor” (cue the fainting couches and calling cards.) Yet there is nothing Victorian about Adam (Freddie Stroma), besides his English accent and huge… trust fund.

The allure of the set that we are accustomed to seeing on TV is marred by tons of camera people and assistants buzzing around the fantasy set, smashing the bubble of the seemingly-perfect world.

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Quinn commanding everything on the show (she’s like those people that watch the “Hunger Games” and send in fire.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes is chaos. There is a high-profile woman, Quinn (Constance Zimmer), barking orders with a short black haircut. Her boyfriend with a wife at home Chet (Craig Bierko) is smoking pot in the back of a truck, meanwhile the suitor is M.I.A.

Leave it to a previously fired producer to save the day.

Creative Commons  Rachel and her ex Jeremy (Josh Kelly) are forced to work together closely .

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Rachel and her ex Jeremy (Josh Kelly) are forced to work together closely .

Once a MVP producer of the show, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) could not take all of the malicious plotting that they did just to make the “reality” TV show a hit.

All that Quinn cares about (if she cares about anything at all) is ratings, getting grown women to fight with each other like girls at prom night, crying on camera and going crazy.

Creative Commons The procucers of the "reality" show "The Bachelor" plan every little detail just for drama. Bring on the (fake) crazy!

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The producers of the “reality” show “The Bachelor” plan every little detail just for drama. Bring on the (fake) crazy!

At the final rose ceremony the year before, the ones in places that look like exotic islands where the “Bachelor” is supposed to propose with a Harry Winston stunner, she let it all out.

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Why do all of “The Bachelor” proposals happen on a remote tropical island? Why do those girls have to track through the sand in heels and prom gowns?

Drinking down a bottle of champagne, she cursed the show and went off in the company car.

Back to present day: She walks through the set, getting looks like she came back from the dead. Her ex-boyfriend is on set, already moved on to a younger blonde girl that they are working with.

She’s going to need the champagne now

 

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The producers make sure the girls get wasted to make the show more entertaining.

Thee producers are seen, staying up at all hours of the night, dressing up as servers in the mansion to ensure that some of the girls get way too drunk off of free shots and glasses of wine so that they mess up on national TV.

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The cocktail parties turned rose (*cough* elimination) ceremonies look more like a beauty pageant of girls in rhinestone dresses.

The contestants meet the suitor and then rush off to the rose ceremony. They are there all night, until sunrise, having to stand in stilettos in their dresses until the suitor calls (or doesn’t call) their names.

Creative Commons The contestants are forced to stand in stilettos ALL night until the morning the first night of filming. I was really rooting for the drunk girl last season (she was definitely told to act a certain way.)

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The contestants are forced to stand in stilettos ALL night until the morning the first night of filming. I was really rooting for the drunk girl last season (she was definitely told to act a certain way.)

The producers have secret files with all kinds of dirt on the contestants, and use the secrets like ammunition to create drama and leave the constants in the wake of the fire.

The contestants are forced to give away their phones and have no access to friends and family.

Although she is conflicted about the messed up ways that producers manipulate, Rachel is a pro. She is able to coax the suitor into staying on the series, and talk to contestants in order to get great soundbites and establish them as their characters (The Villian, the MILF, etc)

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The “suitor” was really getting to know one of the contestants.

The series is smart and there is something redeemable in Rachel’s character, who walks the line of trying to reestablish her career but hating how she has to betray people.

It will be interesting and no doubt, wildly entertaining, to see what will happen (the plots, the betrayals, the crying, the fantasy suite) in the next episodes.

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This spoof of the popular show will be even better than “The Women Tell All” of “The Bachelor”

Rachel already teamed with Adam to “throw off the system” of sorts when he eliminates “the villain” of the show when he was supposed to keep her on (and let her keep her diamond tennis bracelet, the new rose)

While this is not a tell-all that I’ve been waiting to see, this comes close to a glimpse of the completely fake world of the “reality” of “The Bachelor.”

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This season will be full of drama, drama, drama,

Maybe real contestants of the ABC show will cheat the system from now on and pull one over the real producers. Stay tuned this summer, the “unreal” drama is too good to miss.

Hilary Duff is back and on Tinder

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Duff rocked it out in the “Lizzie McGuire” movie and is back making music and TV shows. This really is what dreams are made of.

Hilary Duff is back. The girl we loved watching grow up as Lizzie McGuire on Disney is now dating a hot Swedish author, letting a co-worker take out her “diva cup” and using Tinder. Ok the first two are her character on the new show “Younger” but the star is using Tinder.

Duff recently divorced from Mike Comrie, a retired professional hockey player. The couple have one child together.

Yet, instead of chugging down bottle after bottle of pink moscato and retreating into the dark edges of limelight, Duff is back with a spark that is contagious.

YouTube Duff brings the pop, sparkles and fun in her new music video.

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Duff brings the pop, sparkles and fun in her new music video.

Yes, she recently released a music video for her new single “Sparks” which is contains real (or possibly staged) footage of her friends drinking and talking about swiping right on Tinder and going on dates with guys from the popular app (they go bowling and racing cars.)

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Duff drops it low in her “Sparks” music video. She stole my signature move!

Who doesn’t want to be part of that? Ok, minus the bowling.

YouTube Duff has a Tinder Profile. If you like pizza, she might swipe right

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Duff has a Tinder Profile. If you like pizza, she might swipe right

The video features Duff in this super pop, outlandishly-fun dance cutting to videos of her friends and Tinder rendezvous. It’s all suitable for YouTube, I promise.

It’s great to see her back in music! Who didn’t sing “Come Clean”, “Why Not” or “So Yesterday” in front of a bathroom mirror?

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Duff’s album “Metamorphosis.”

Duff is at a crossroads in her life. She was the perfect Disney star who continued to produce movies and remained a Disney darling long after the “Lizzie McGuire” movie premiered.

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Duff staring as Lizzie in her hit Disney show.

The movie is still a classic, who didn’t love how she played an Italian singer with long brunette locks that got revenge on her untalented partner?

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Duff seemed to have it all so young; fame, love and a family. Yet she is a real woman and her life is going on.

Creative Commons Coloring your hair can be fun way to switch up your look. Duff showed off her new, aqua hair. She looks like a real-life mermaid.

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Coloring your hair can be fun way to switch up your look. Duff showed off her new, aqua hair. She looks like a real-life mermaid.

She can still be an incredible star, businesswoman and mother. Love is still out there. I think her recent successes with her TV

Creative Commons Duff explains her recent and drastic change from blonde to blue.

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Duff explains her recent and drastic change from blonde to blue.

show, new single and her rebellious aqua hair are fun and fresh.

Creative Commons Duff with her famous blonde locks.

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Duff with her famous blonde locks.

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What girl did not want a moment in this white gown with Chad Michael Murray in “A Cinderella Story?”

The “Raise Your Voice” “A Cinderella Story” and “The Perfect Man” starlet is back to her acting roots.

As I was scrolling through TV channels at school I stumbled upon “Younger.” I was instantly hooked on the witty banter that reminded me of “Gilmore Girls” and “Sex and The City” (not surprising as Darren Star who produced “Sex in the City” is the mastermind of the new series.)

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Duff stars in the new show “Younger” on TVLand.

Hilary plays Kelsey, a young, precocious editor and friend to Liza (played by Sutton Foster) Liza is a recently divorced woman who ends up pretending to be 26 again to reenter the workplace. The show is binge-watch worthy.

Duff is still an incredible role model, even more so in light of everything she has been through. It hasn’t been a fairytale romance, but she is emerging with a new sense of wisdom and rebellion.

Who know’s what Duff will do next. Hopefully she just doesn’t swipe right too much if she’s had a lot of vodka…

YouTube Duff's friends might keep her from swiping right on the wrong guys.

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Duff’s friends might keep her from swiping right on the wrong guys.

 

Lipstick Addiction: New Persona in a Tube? Who can resist?

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I am addicted to lipstick.

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A tube of lipstick can bring put a new persona.

Creative Commons Local drugstores and supermarkets offer a variety of affordable makeup options.

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Local drugstores and supermarkets offer a variety of affordable makeup options.

I have no idea why, but every time I’m in a drug store I follow the wall to a myriad of colored tubes like a moth to a flame. Swiping on a new shade is almost like an alcoholic feeling the first drips of vanilla vodka on their tongue.

 

 

Okay, maybe it’s not that serious.

Anyway, there is something exciting about the fact that a $3-$8 container of color can promise a whole new outlook on life.

Are you having a bad day and

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Bold red lips are classic.

you want to look amazing and channel your inner-red lipstick diva? Did you just see a frenemy land a guy? Or maybe you want to celebrate a promotion? It could just be a random Thursday- night- Target/ Walmart/ CVS run.

Truth is, you don’t need a reason for a new lipstick.

Addiction runs as deep burgundy as that berry-red lipstick you just had to try. There are so many choices, it isn’t just a sugar-sweet pink or cherry red. There is a shade for practically every color under the sun. Creative and fun names are just as

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I love pink just as much as Elle Woods and usually gravitate towards hot pink shades.

alluring. Gentlemen

Creative Commons Words to live by, penned by the late glamour-queen Elizabeth Taylor.

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Words to live by, penned by the late glamour-queen Elizabeth Taylor.

prefer pink, red rapture, regal berry, seductress… it’s a new persona in a little bottle.

I love pink. My entire bedroom is pink and my room at school that before looked like a cross between a jail and mental institution with white cinder-block walls looks like Kesha and Elle Woods took over. It’s a hot pink, glitter and canopy world, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Elizabeth Taylor was a classic starlet that embraced the power of lipstick.

I usually reach for pink lipsticks, especially bold, hot pinks. Pinks are complex yet almost universally flattering; you get a nice burst of color that is bright but not as hard to pull off a red.

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What shade should you wear next?

Recently, I have been drawn to dark berry shades. As much as I covet those that can pull of a killer-red stain, berry is my in between.

I was at the store, telling myself I absolutely could not

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Why are these aisles of makeup for tempting?

buy another lipstick.

I ended up, happily, in the bright, warm, florescent aisle surrounded by rows upon rows of delectable options.

Creative Commons Actress, singer and TV-host Queen Latifah models her CoverGirl lipstick line.

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Actress, singer and TV-host Queen Latifah models her CoverGirl lipstick line.

I chose Berry Regal in Covergirl’s Queen Collection. The

The Queen collection's Regal Raspeberry is fit for flirting in a royal court.

The Queen collection’s Regal Raspeberry is fit for flirting in a royal court.

collection, inspired by Queen Latifah is as bold and fun as the actress herself. The shade is deep, but I feel as though it complements many skin tones and eye shades. I like the way the mauve-ish berry with copper tones looks with my blue eyes.

 

 

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A blurry glimpse of the color in the gilded tube. Reminds me of the 1920s. Would flappers wear something like this?!

A blurry glimpse of the color in the gilded tube. Reminds me of the 1920s. Would flappers wear something like this?!

 

 

At least, they are mostly blue. Sometime grey, not Rory Gilmore blue but it’s ok!

 

 

 

 

Me in regal raspberry. My eyes are glazed over from writing this and watching Netflix... I Promise.

Me in regal raspberry. My eyes are glazed over from writing this and watching Netflix… I Promise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On another trip to the store, I remembered watching a makeup video by Zoella (the first one I’ve watched of her) about

Rimmel London's Kate Moss Collection 107.

Rimmel London’s Kate Moss Collection 107.

Valentine’s Day makeup. I

Me trying to model Rimmel's 107

Me trying to model Rimmel’s 107

remembered she used a drugstore lipstick, Rimmel

London’ s Kate Moss inspired 107. She looked gorgeous in the video, and that, coupled with the

A view of the color burst that is 107.

A view of the color burst that is 107.

affordable shade (and the 107 name that sounded

107's adorable red bottle is complete with an autograph and a heart. If only it said "Jess xoxo"

107’s adorable red bottle is complete with an autograph and a heart. If only it said “Jess xoxo”

even cooler with her British accent) I had an excuse to buy.

I had so much fun wearing it out that night. It’s a dark red, that’s almost more subtle because it is not super bright or cherry. The color is more of a berry and vintage pink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my latest trip, I walked by the makeup section and my heart lit up at all of the products in shiny packages.

Rimmel No. 30

Rimmel No. 30

I want to just have a

A closer look at the Rimmel 30 tube. The tube is the reverse of the other shade, with red on black. I think it's edgy.

A closer look at the Rimmel 30 tube. The tube is the reverse of the other shade, with red on black. I think it’s edgy.

shopping spree and try out all different kinds of makeup or help companies decide upon colors or names at the least! That’s another story.I passed by Rimmel’s lipsticks among others and affectionately looked at the 107 shade. I was aiming for a dark pink, but I could not stop looking at a dark sangria shade called Rosetto. I could definitely be a rebel/ glam goddess in it. IMG_4064At least that’s what that little $4.95 tube (that I should have spent on something else like food or a vacation

Me in Rimmel 30.

Me in Rimmel 30.

fund) conveyed.

I love the color too. There’s something about these deep, bold colors that make you feel like a badass, in a

Creative Commons British model Kate Moss shows off  her lipstick line.

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British model Kate Moss shows off her lipstick line.

good way. I like that all shades make me feel kind of retro-glam and complement my skin tone, which is currently pale in the winter. I feel as though lots of different tones could play with these colors. The trick is applying lightly or darkly, and blotting with tissues. If you want, you can always layer lipsticks and even layer glosses to achieve a unique look that is completely you.

I hope that not many else out there suffer from my lipstick addiction ( it could be worse) and I am in no way recommending this addiction, but just try out some different colors and have fun! But try the color that seems too bold or dark or the ones that has a strangely cute or tempting name. Who knows, you could feel like a completely new person? Remember, makeup should just enhance the true you!

Top: Covergirl in  Regal Raspberry  Middle: Rimmel 107  Bottom: Rimmel 30  Please excuse my dry hands. This is reason number 500 that spring needs to get here!

Top: Covergirl in Regal Raspberry
Middle: Rimmel 107
Bottom: Rimmel 30
Please excuse my dry hands. This is reason number 500 that spring needs to get here!