Things I Bought That I Love: Urban Decay Eye Liner and Essence Lash Princess

I love makeup, but I’m pretty bad at applying it. For years, I swore by Avon’s Glimmersticks for eyeliner and whatever drugstore mascara I felt like buying and called it a day. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but, in recent years, I’ve grown restless trying to find a better eyeliner and mascara for my daily look—so restless, in fact, that I was strictly no-makeup for a bit. (I may return to it. Who knows?)

I found a few worthy contenders (including benefit They’re Real! Lengthening MascaraMaybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner; and ColourPop Crème Gel Liner), which were all great.

But now I’ve gone from great to OH MY GOD, which is the dream.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (in perversion) and essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara (in black) have become my go-to eye products and I’m so excited to have reliable products that actually last and look good on me that I had to gush.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Important things to know about my face before I dive in: I have hooded eyelids that tend to give me trouble with eyeliner on my top lid. Despite using matte primer AND a layer of nude eyeshadow, the eyeliner I typically put on my top lid is mostly gone by the afternoon.


I made it through an entire workday and subsequent holiday party without it wearing off! What kind of witchcraft…?

This eyeliner offers the smoothest application I’ve ever experienced. It goes on like I imagine smudging soot would, except this is more controlled and overall better (obviously). One of my biggest complaints with the Colourpop gel pencil liner was that sometimes the soft tip would break off when I was applying it (probably because I don’t have much finesse).

But this isn’t like that. It’s heaven on my MFing eyelids.



This is what the eyeliner looked like around 3 or 4 p.m. (nearly the end of my work day) and just before I left for the holiday party. I’m still very clearly wearing eyeliner! And you can see it! And it’s not all smudged! All good things.

This eyeliner is well worth the $20 (and the extra $10 for the sharpener, too).

essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

I’ve always wanted long, luscious lashes. Who hasn’t?! But, alas, my eyelashes are stubby and it is what it is.

There have been tons of different types of mascaras I’ve tried—mostly of the drugstore variety, but also a few that I’ve received from my Ipsy subscription, too—and none have ever really made an impression on me.

But I read about the essence Lash Princess mascara on Reddit. I saw a before/after photo of someone using it and desperately wanted to try it, too, and I was ultimately sold when I saw the price tag (less than $5!).

YOU. GUYS. I have eyelashes!

Here’s the brush:


Pretty straightforward (though I did nab two other types of essence Lash Princess mascaras that I’m eager to try, too).

The result is pretty good for me, though! The eye on the left (my right) has mascara; the eye on the right (my left) doesn’t.



Not bad, yeah?

It certainly makes me feel kind of luxurious, and sometimes that’s all that matters.


Although my makeup skills are not beauty guru-level, there’s something so satisfying about finding a product that works for you. I’m pleased! If you give these a shot, let me know what you think!


Things I Bought That I Love: Winky Lux Flower Balm

Sometimes I just like to treat myself to something pretty. The Winky Lux Flower Balm is exactly that—a lovely lipstick that’s also fun.

It’s coconut scented (which is one of my favorites), and the clear balm reacts with your skin’s pH levels “uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips just for you,”, according to the website. If that’s not enough, there’s also a flower (chrysanthemum) in each.

The packaging is fun and I love that the lipstick looks like a pill. The $12 lipstick comes in pink, green, and yellow; I opted for pink.

Get yours here.


Things I Bought That I Love: Lillian Crystal Necklace

For a little more than a year now, I’ve been following Yasi, the fashion blogger Hello Gorgeous on Instagram. She’s definitely been a style inspiration to me and I’ve always been especially obsessed with her necklaces.

Recently, Yasi announced the opening of her store, Hello Gorgeous Boutique—which sells the iconic necklaces she wears!

I snatched up the Lillian Crystal Necklace, available for $28, from Hello Gorgeous Boutique. Get yours here.


Things I Bought That I Love: Luke’s Diner Pin

What better way to celebrate the return of “Gilmore Girls” than with a Luke’s diner pin?

Well, you could also celebrate it with a Luke’s diner mug (for your husband); a Dragonfly Inn mug (for yourself); some coffee and Pop Tarts; and a marathon of the show with friends. (Check, check, check, and check.)

But the pin is pretty great, too.

It comes from You Silly Duffer on Etsy and is currently on pre-order for $8. The packaging it comes in is cute and the pin is even cuter. Get yours here.




Things I Bought That I Love: Polly Pocket Pins

When I was little, I loved Polly Pocket. I had a bunch of the teeny, tiny dolls, as well as the houses they came with. One of my favorites was a castle that actually lit up. (I think I spent more time turning that light on and off than I did actually playing with it.)

And, while these pins don’t come with a castle that lights up, they’re pretty damn cute.

Get your own here. (They’re currently sold out, but you get them on the next pre-order!)


Things I Bought That I Love: Beyoncé Pin

There are few things I love more than Beyoncé.

And, there are few things I love more than The Office.


So I honestly couldn’t resist adding this pin to my collection.

The pin is from Heartificial on Etsy and featured adorable packaging, including a personalized note on the envelope that read, “Thank you Crystal. I hope you wake up every day feeling like Beyoncé. Have the best day ever! I believe in you!” (Totally made my day.) I’m already coveting this Pawnee Goddesses pin and this Luke’s Diner pin.

Get yours here.



Things I Bought That I Loved: CowCow Cupcake Dress

I fucked up. I found a new dress company that makes cheap but adorable printed dresses. And printed dresses are my goddamn weakness.

CowCow sells the best, affordable dresses on And I need them all. I started with one—this cupcake dress—but I literally have about 20 dresses sitting in my cart right now.

cupcakedressI’m officially about to be broke.

But at least I’ll look cute.

Get your own cupcake dress for only $17.99 (!!).


Things I Bought That I Love: Luke’s Diner Sign

I’m obsessed with “Gilmore Girls.” There’s no other way to say it. I could probably rewatch the series from now until the end of time and not be sick of it.

And Luke.

Backwards-cap-wearing, lumberjack-esque, good-with-his-hands-and-in-the-kitchen Luke.


But I digress.

I love “Gilmore Girls” so much that I’ve gotten my husband into it and we’re on our second rewatch. And I wanted to find a way to pay homage to the show in our new home without being over-the-top (even though I am, admittedly, over-the-top in life).

So this is our first piece of artwork for the kitchen.

I love it. It’s available on Etsy from StarCrossedDecor (YES, a shop dedicated to “Gilmore Girls” items!). Get your wood-grain Luke’s sign ($12.95), or go with the traditional Luke’s sign (each $16.95). Enjoy.


Things I Bought That I Love: AOL Pins

I was obsessed with AOL as a teenager. Like, it basically ruled my life. I was immersed in the world of ‘zinesonline magazines just like this one—and even involved in a few. I co-founded one called Backstreet’z Cheezeballz with my bestie, Liz. It was a “humor”-based Backstreet Boys ‘zine, which featured pictures and information about the best boy band ever, BSB. KTBSPA!

I helped out with a Christina Aguilera fan zine called Not a Virgin, Not a Slut run by my wonderful friend, Kim.

I wrote for a lifestyle ‘zine called Gloss Magazine and an entertainment magazine called StarShine. 

I was part of an exclusive inner circle in the Backstreet Boys fan-fiction world that emailed fan fiction chapters out week by week. In all, I emailed out two-and-a-half stories. (Two completed; one unfinished.) I even won an award for “Best New Writer.”

I was in chatrooms and played Nickelodeon games and made websites and learned about coding and writing and absorbed endless facts about the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. My favorite AOL website was one called Who Da Man?, a BSB fansite that focused on humor. I would read it and laugh until I cried.

And when AOL was no longer a thing, I used AIM well into my teen years. It was where my now-husband first asked me on a date.

I loved everything about AOL, but mostly, I loved the friendships I made, several of which I maintain to this day.

So really, how could I not purchase these pins?


I got these from Patti Lapel for $24. A perfectly reasonable price for something that made me smile so big. Get your own here.


Things I Bought That I Love: Dollar Store Edition

I’m a fiend for the Dollar Tree and I don’t care who knows it. It fulfills all of my money-spending needs without actually forcing me to spend that much money. During my latest trip, I found a bunch of cute things that I loved! Like…

These notebooks!


I’m a goddamn monster when it comes to notebooks. I literally cannot get enough and I have a hard time not buying cute ones. These two came in a pack together, and they have cute (if cheesy) quotes on them, and the letters are holographic. HOLOGRAPHIC.

And these notebooks!


See? Told you. Can’t resist. These pocket-sized notebooks came in a pack of three. The patterns were irresistible.

And this cookbook!


What’s not to love about a Disney princess-themed cookbook? Especially when it has tea party recipes. I actually really want to make these recipes, if for no other reason than to say I prepared some Disney princess-inspired food. Also, doesn’t that kind of make me an honorary princess? Here’s what it contains.


I’m especially pleased that this cookbook includes Tiana and Pocahontas, although I wish it also had Mulan. (Can’t lie, I’m kind of excited about Cinderella’s pumpkin muffins, though!)

What are some of your fun dollar store finds?