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Month: April 2016

Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine Review

A while ago I posted an Instagram photo from under the dryer at my hair salon while I was getting rid of any evidence of my natural hair color… no really I’m a natural blonde, wink wink.  I was reading Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by famed fashion blogger Leandra Medine.  I have never had so many of my social media peeps ask me what I thought of a book before.  So after responding to countless comments, I finally decided to write a review here so I didn’t keep repeating myself.  I actually decided to start a series, here on Saturdays, where I review a book or movie that I think may be of interest to my Starlets.  Starting with the overalls lovin’ lady Leandra’s debut book.

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Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine Review

If you follow fashion blogging at all, you know Leandra’s blog Man Repeller is of legend.  I have followed it on and off throughout the years.  Personally, I think the idea of her blog is genius.  We all know that high fashion does not always attract the opposite sex.  I’ve found myself many a time watching Sex and the City and wondering how Carrie gets the men that she does in some of her outfits… that I find fabulous mind you, but I know many men find scary.  BTW: my apologies to Leandra for making a Carrie Bradshaw reference, I know she gets tired of the comparisons to tv’s most famous fashionista and sexspert.

That said, I didn’t always find Leandra’s style choices as appealing to me.  Up until recently I was all about finding a man, and that usually meant playing it safe with fashion.  I’m finding my style evolving, and Man Repeller staples are looking more and more appealing (but my fashion evolution is another story for another blog post).

Leandra is funny, and her blog, book, and overall (pun intended) style has a great deal of humor in it.  But I feel like I need a disclaimer hear:

For those of you who don’t know my background, before blogging I spent 10 years as a stand-up comedian.  I watched, studied, and even worked with, some of the best and funniest people on the planet.  I’ve read Tina Fey’s book, Amy Poehler’s, Kathy Griffin’s, and even Lisa Lampanelli’s (her book actually made me laugh and cry).  So my standard for “funny” is very high.

I wanted to get that out of the way, because my opinion of Man Repeller is that it made me smile but didn’t make me laugh.  However, that does not mean that some of you may not completely LOL the whole way through.  I, personally, found it entertaining, but not overly funny.

I will also note that when I started reading Man Repeller I couldn’t put it down.  However, a few chapters in I lost a little interest and put it down for a while.  I finally decided that I was going to finish it, and picked it back up again.  I found the stories in the middle chapters to go on a little long (but that may be the comedian in me… always waiting for the punch line).

…And I should also note that Leandra’s life was very “New York.” So if you don’t want to hear about teen girls and designer clothes that most of us will never afford, then this may not be the book for you.   After spending a year working in the juniors’ department in a high end retail department store, I’m immune to that kind of things, but it can be a little off putting to some.  I know the first time I hear the phrase, “Coach is so high school,” I was definitely feeling a little Dorothy’s-Not-In-Kansas-Anymore.

However towards the end of the book, Leandra won me over.  The last few chapters addressed issues like how much to disclose of your personal life on your blog, which is something every blogger has to ponder at one point or another, and her wedding.

Maybe it’s because I’m planning my wedding right now, but hearing Leandra’s feelings about marriage really resonated with me.  I was also amazed that a woman who’s style I thought I had nothing in common with had planned her wedding around my favorite movie, Midnight in Paris.  Even though my wedding is Old Hollywood Glamour, it definitely inspired me to add a little Parisian flare to my big day.  One thing Leandra and I definitely have in common is our love and admiration (aka obsession) with Parisian style… although only one of us has actually been to France (hint: not me).

So would I recommend this book?  If you’re looking for the next Mindy Kaling autobiography, then probably not.  If you’re a blogger, then yes.  If you’re a fashion blogger, then hell yes.

Have you read Man Repeller, the blog or the book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’d like to start doing these reviews regularly as a series, so if there are any books or films that you’d like me to review? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

This will be the final review in my foundation testing series, and I just may have saved the best for last.  I love a good full coverage foundation… something not too heavy, not too light, but juuuust right.  I was actually surprised that I didn’t have as many full coverage foundations as I thought.  Although in reality, you really only need one great one.

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The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

To keep my testing scientific and accurate, I tried to keep things consistent by using the same primer (my favorite Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure ), and the same face powder (the Clinique Blended Face Powder ).

Here are my full reviews of all of my full coverage foundations, how they look, how they feel, and how they hold up throughout the day….

The Best & Worst Full Coverage Foundations Review

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Do you have any favorite full coverage foundations?

Don’t miss my light coverage, and medium coverage reviews.

I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers here, and neutralizers here

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The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

If you’ve been following along with Everyday Starlet then you know I’ve been testing my makeup collection, trying on each product, and giving a review.  I went through all of my foundations and decided that I had way too many and I really needed to split up my collection into coverage.  I already shared my lightweight foundations, and now I’m reviewing my medium coverage foundations.

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The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

To be honest, when I split up my foundations by coverage, I expected the medium coverage category to be the largest.  However, I didn’t have as many as I thought I did.

I kept tried to keep things consistent by using the same primer (my favorite Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure , although I’m working on testing primers next), and the same face powder (my longtime favorite the Clinique Blended Face Powder ).

Here are the ones I loved and the ones I’m not crazy about.  My results may surprise you, I know they surprised me…

The Best & Worst Medium Coverage Foundations Review

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I also have reviews of my brighteners here, concealers here, and neutralizers here

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Whole30 Week 3

To be completely honest, when I started this Whole30 journey, I NEVER thought I would make it this far.  Of course I hoped that I would… but the pessimist in me kept creeping in.  My family and fiance have really been supportive, but I have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of my readers.  Your comments have really helped me power through.  Here’s how week 3 went…

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Whole30 Week 3

The week in Facebook posts…

  • Whole30 Day 15: Halfway done and I’m doing great… side note: the serving size of a Lara bar is like 8 bars right?
  • Whole30 Day 16: I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss green smoothies
  • Whole30 Day 17: Paul: Do you want to go out for lunch? Me: NOOOO, if they put cheese on my salad I’ll cry
  • Whole30 Day 18: Let’s be honest… if I wasn’t allowed to have potato on Whole30 I wouldn’t have made it past Day 1
  • Whole30 Day 19: To paraphrase Monday Night Raw (which I watch now…. because fiance): Whole30 foods are like A cups, they’re real whether you like them or not.
  • Whole30 Day 20: I saw a Pizza Hut commercial and a single tear fell down my cheek
  • Whole30 Day 21: I swear a blueberry pie in the bakery section of my grocery store was mocking me

Here’s my day by day vlog of Whole30 Week 3…

Here are some links to things that are helping me get through the month…

In case you missed Week 1, and Week 2

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Saturday Post: Covering Dark Circles, Packing Tips, Pinterest, & a Bonus Giveaway!

Hello Starlets, continuing my new weekend post series, I’m sharing my favorite things of this week… and some bonus goodies for you as well.  So keep reading until the end so you don’t miss the amazing giveaway…

Contour Palette Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit vs Kat Von D Shade & Light - EverydayStarlet.com

I can’t get enough of taking photos of myself in this palette

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Thanks to my Starlet regulars.. and a few very lucky-for-me brand retweets this week (thank you Maybelline!), my most popular post was my search for the best makeup to cover dark circles (the struggle is real people)….

The Best Products for Covering Dark Under Eye Circles | Neutralizers & Correctors Concealer Review

Social Media

I’ve been spending more time on Pinterest (maybe too much time, but who’s counting).  I’ve even created a board dedicated to my future beauty room.. hey, a Starlet can dream!

Follow Sarah Blodgett’s board Beauty Room on Pinterest.

Links I’m Loving

Bonus Giveaway!

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was lucky enough to be gifted the L’Oreal Ever Pure Collection.  I have decided to give this set away to one lucky Starlet.  Just enter the giveaway below.  You must be subscribed to the Everyday Starlet mailing list, but you can earn extra entires by subscribing to my YouTube channel and my Pinterest.  This is only open to US residents over the age of 18, and the winner will be announced on next weekend’s SUNDAY Post… yes, you read that right.  The Saturday post will be switching to Sunday.  I have an exciting series starting next Saturday.

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I was lucky enough to be featured in the IFB Links a la Mode alongside some amazing bloggers.  Be sure to check out their links as well…

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What have you been loving this week?

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The Best & Worst Lightweight Foundations Review

Continuing my makeup collection reviews (brighteners here, concealers here, neutralizers here) I decided to move on to foundations.  I had no idea I had so many of them!

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The Best & Worst Lightweight Foundations Review

I went through my large foundation collection, wore a different one every day and vlogged my experience with each throughout the day.  When I got through them all I realized that it would take an epic feature length movie to fit in all of my reviews.  So I decided to make it into a mini series, starting with my sheer coverage foundations.

So this review is of all of my sheer coverage foundations, tinted moisturizers, and BB creams. When determining the coverage, I wanted to go with the brands’ definition.  However, some of these are build-able.  I just didn’t build with them because I wanted to test how that were with one application.   Here are the results…

The Best & Worst Lightweight Foundations Review

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The Best Products for Covering Dark Under Eye Circles | Neutralizers & Correctors Concealer Review

In my younger Starlet days I never worried about dark circles.  I danced through life carefree about the area beneath my baby blues.  But with age comes wisdom, and apparently dark circles.  So neutralizers and correctors have become a very important part of my makeup routine.  I’m testing my collection and finding the best products for covering dark under eye circles…

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The Best Products for Covering Dark Under Eye Circles | Neutralizers & Correctors Concealer Review

If you read/watched my concealer review, then you know I’ve been testing my makeup collection. I’m wearing a different makeup product everyday, documenting how I like it (or don’t) throughout the day, and then keeping my favorites.  I already compared two of my favorite neutralizers, but I really wanted to test all the neutralizers and correctors in my collections to find my favorites.

When it comes to covering my dark circles, I love a peach or orange concealer that gives me great coverage but doesn’t get cakey.  So if you’d like to see the best and worst of my neutralizers and correctors, then here’s the video…

The Best Products for Covering Dark Under Eye Circles | Neutralizers & Correctors Concealer Review

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Are any of these your favorites?  Do you have any favorite makeup products for covering dark circles?

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Whole30 Week 2

I made it through week 2 of Whole30!  According to everyone I’ve talked to, the hard part should be over.  I will admit that it’s getting easier everyday.  To be completely honest, a big part of my motivation is all of you who read my updates and watch my vlogs.   Your support means the world to me!  Here’s how week 2 went…

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The week in Facebook posts…

  • Whole30 Day 8: I angrily knocked over a display of Almond Butter because they hid the “Original” behind the “Maple” & the “Honey” and then walked away…. but I let an old lady go in front of me at the end of the aisle, so I figure my karma’s okay
  • Whole30 Day 9: It’s depressing that I’ve had to go to 3 different grocery stores this week to find enough whole, natural, healthy food to eat… if I’m going to finish Whole30 I may have to move
  • Whole30 Day 10: If at the end of this I don’t look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley I’m gonna be pissed
  • Whole30 Day 11: Plantain chips are giving me life
  • Whole30 Day 12: I’ve eaten so many carrots I’m starting to turn a slight shade of Trump
  • Whole30 Day 13: Dear Pinterest, when I search for “SEO For Bloggers” it does not give you the right to show me “Death By Chocolate Peanut Butter Carmel Drizzle Cupcake Recipe”…. please fix the problem before the tears ruin my laptop. Kisses, Sarah
  • Whole30 Day 14: Today’s the day I’m supposed to get what the Whole30 peeps call “tiger blood”…WINNING! Hashtag Remember When We Used To Make Fun Of Charlie Sheen

Here’s my day by day vlog of Whole30 Week 2…

Here are some links to things that are helping me get through the month…

In case you missed Week 1

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Saturday Post | Contour, Blog Advice, Stress, Fashion & More

Hello Starlets, in case you missed last week, I’ve decided to add a Saturday Post into my posting schedule.  So here are all the things I’ve been loving this week….

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I’m reading this month’s issue of InStyle Magazine like it’s my job… because, as a beauty blogger, it is!

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I’m so excited that I finally filmed a side by side comparison of two of the most popular contour palettes… which one is your favorite?

Contour Palette Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit vs Kat Von D Shade & Light - EverydayStarlet.com

 Social Media

The latest from my Snapchat….

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Links I’m Loving

What have you been loving this week?

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Best & Worst Concealers Review

I will admit I have amassed quite a large makeup collection since starting Everyday Starlet.  So when it comes time for special occasions, like my wedding, or even just everyday makeup, I sometimes forget which products are favorites and which ones I wish I’d just get rid of already.

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So I decided to try something new and wear a different makeup product everyday, document how I like it (or don’t) throughout the day, and then keep my favorites.

I’m starting with concealers. So for 7 days I wore a different concealer under my eyes.  I judged how long they lasted, how good their coverage is, and how they settled into my fine lines and wrinkles (I’d rather pretend they’re not there, but alas, they are). Here’s what I learned…

Best & Worst Concealers Review

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Are any of these your favorites?  Do you have any favorite concealers that I didn’t try that you’d recommend?

I’m working on Neutralizers and Foundations now, so be sure you subscribe to my mailing list below so you don’t miss any of my reviews!…and don’t miss my brighteners review.

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