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Urban Decay | Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette
I hated on the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette* so much when it initially launched. However, this is my most reached for colorful palette of the summer. Overall, the shadows look pigmented and blend like butter. Meanwhile, the grungy color range works for a variety of outfits.
The Loveliest in Entertainment, Fashion, & Lifestyle
Ariana Grande | Ariana, everything.
2019 is the year of Ariana Grande. I’m here for it. As a longtime Ari fan who avidly listened to her music since 2012, I love seeing her finally getting the recognition she deserves. She is a killer vocalist and badass woman. When I won two tickets to see her live in Boston, I freaked out!
After seeing Ari in concert, her albums play nonstop. Even though I already love her albums, I am falling in love with her music all over again. All-in-all, her progression as an artist continues to excite and inspire me.
AND I’m tired of hearing guys say that Ari’s music is basic. To say such is dismissive and rude. Period. Moreover, the complete evolution between Sweetener and Thank U Next speaks to anyone who experienced the heartbreak of falling in and out of love.
Across New England, many concerts and sports arenas recently changed their bag policies for large events. Major acts of gun violence and terrorism occurring in the US and abroad spurred the change. Previously, venues allowed purses and large-size totes at events. However, many venues recently placed restrictions that mandate bags must be no larger than a clutch and/or must be completely clear. As someone who attends a lot of concerts, picking up a clear handbag felt like a smart choice.
Not only is my clear and blush purse practical, but it is super cute. Although I wish it wasn’t made of plastic, this was inevitable given the restrictions.
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Jonas Brothers | Happiness Begins
Make fun of me all you’d like but I’ve loved the Jonas Brothers for over a decade. Even when the band split apart, I still followed the brothers in their separate endeavors. However, I was beyond thrilled when they reunited earlier this year. Happiness Begins is the album we’ve been waiting for. It is a feel-good, pop album that feels and sounds like the brothers, but reflects their growth as people and musicians.
Also, I won’t lie: I actually teared up seeing them in concert this August. The memories that tied to the Jonas Brothers’ songs and videos are so deeply ingrained in my adolescence.
Normani | Motivation
I wasn’t ready for Normani’s Motivation video. Not only does Normani reference classic music video history in her video, but her choreography absolutely killed it.
Moreover, Motivation is always stuck in my head. Honestly, I’m not mad about it. Can’t wait to see what is on the horizon for Normani as a solo artist.
Big Sean | Single Again
Big Sean’s Single Again is a mood. I love how open and honest this song feels. Moreover, I really love the way that Big Sean put a positive spin on breakups and being single. Overall, there is a lot of self-reflection in the song. Plus, I respect the fact that his talented ex, Jhene Aiko’s vocals feature on the track.