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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Beauty: Neutrogena Review

Because I test and write reviews about different beauty products from skin care to makeup, many of you have emailed me to ask what I use on a daily basis to keep my skin clear.  I have been a Neutrogena fan for years.  In high school, Neutrogena was a life saver or rather a face saver.  To this day, I use Neutrogena products on a regular basis before bed to keep my face clear and radiant.  I alternate between the Oil-Free Acne Wash, Rapid Clear, and the Oil-Free Acne Stress Control products.  I was very excited when the company contacted me to try their Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit products!

Results:  A+
Packaging:  A+
Smell:  A+ (Strong but good)

Like the other Neutrogena products I use, the Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit line works!  I have read other reviews in which people say due to the scent, their skin got irritated, but I have very sensitive skin and my skin didn't react negatively at all.  In fact, my skin is clean, clear, and smelling lovely.  I felt a blemish starting, but after washing my face with Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit products that night, it was stopped in its tracks and vanished.  I definitely recommend this Neutrogena line to anyone looking for a gentle yet effective face cleansing regime.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

My Style: #CharlotteLook Contest

Today's Look:  announces a special contest sponsored by Charlotte Russe, one of my all-time favorite clothing companies.  For a chance to win a $100 Charlotte Russe gift card, simply style Charlotte Russe clothing, accessories, and/or shoes by posting a photo of yourself or a lay down to your Instagram.  You should hashtag #CharlotteLook and tag @CharlotteRusse.  Besides the $100 gift card, you will be featured on their site!  To read more about the contest, refer to this link:  In this look, I'm wearing a burgundy velvet crop top and fluted, paneled neoprene skater skirt--both from Charlotte Russe.  Designed by T-Shirt & Jeans, the sleek bag I'm carrying can be a backpack or carried by a handle.  For additional styling, I added sheer, black criss cross tights and black platform booties.  Here's to seeing you on the Charlotte Russe site!  Xoxo, Shelly

Outfit Details:  Top & Skirt courtesy of Charlotte Russe ♡ | Backpack courtesy of T-Shirt & Jeans (soon sold at Burlington) ♡ | Platforms called "Campus Queen" by Dirty Laundry | Tights from Dillard's | Sunglasses & Bracelet from Basement Marketplace | Necklace from Forever 21


Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Style: Living Doll LA x AZ Girl (& Glamour Dolls Review)

Today’s Look:  is about finally finding the perfect little bowler hat. Some believe that the bowler hat, also known as a bob hat, derby, billycock, or bombin, was designed in Britain in the mid-1800s. Thomas and William Bowler designed a hat to protect gamekeepers’ heads from branches while walking or riding horseback in the woods.  Top hats were worn previously and were easily knocked off.  Nowadays, this little hat is worn purely for style by most people, myself included.  To the outfit, I added a sweet striped top by Living Doll with a faux-leather jacket and tasseled oxford flats.  Being the risk-taking rebel that I am, I wore white after Labor Day; in the fashion world it's now acceptable and even encouraged to wear "winter whites."  I think shredded white jeans are essential for fall.  For accessories, I added a delicate necklace and layered bracelets, including an evil eye charm that is said to ward off bad karma.  Last but not least, I enjoyed trying out some new makeup from Glamour Dolls.  See my product review below on the makeup.  ALSO, use discount code "ARIZONAGIRL10" to get 10% off your purchase from LivingDoll.La.  Hope you’re having a terrific week!  Xoxo, Shelly

Outfit Details:  Top courtesy of Living Doll Los Angeles ♡ | Makeup courtesy of Glamour Dolls ♡ | Bracelet courtesy of Jemulet ♡ | Necklace courtesy of Sunset 45 ♡ | Jacket & Jeans from Express | Shoes by Alex Marie from Dillard's | Hat from Urban Outfitters

Beauty Review:  Normally I keep to neutrals when doing my make-up--browns, nudes, and black.  I enjoyed trying light violet and was impressed with how much I liked it.  The 5 color palette I'm wearing is called "Off with His Head - Smokey Purple."  Glamour Dolls prides itself on being very affordable.  Although the eye shadow's full vibrance is not long lasting, I liked that it created a light coverage that was pretty but not too much; perfect for school days and casual outings.  A quick reapplication every couple of hours solves the problem.  I love wearing makeup but am not a fan of caking it on (unless it's a fancy/special occasion),  I truly believe less is more on a day-to-day basis.  For eyeliner, I  tried the "Gypsy Eyeliner Black & White".  The black went on nicely and did not have too harsh of an appearance.  My favorite of the goodies I reviewed is definitely the lip cream!  The lip cream feels smooth like lip conditioner but looks as beautiful and bold as lipstick.  The color is rich with a light sheen.  For this shoot, the color I wore is called "Karma - Deep Plum."  Overall, I am very pleased with Glamour Dolls!  Fabulous price, fabulous makeup.  Check out their website here.   Powered by BrandBacker



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 Part 2

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

The last night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort was unforgettable.  Going beyond expectations, Saturday was the perfect finale that did not disappoint.  In honor of the occasion, I wore a Free People dress and necklace along with Armani pumps and bag.  I love this whole ensemble.  The FP dress has stripes in velvet and a perfect cut with a deep V back.  Dressed in some of my favorite designs, I had a blast with my new blogger friend, Brie Wallis, and one of my best photographers and lifetime BFF, Kiersten Graber.  We three ladies enjoyed the vendor displays, the excited atmosphere of the audience, looking at what everyone was wearing, and, most of all, the designer shows.  It was awesome to watch my long-time high school pal, Kelcey Harris, walk the runway as one of the Top 40 Phoenix Fashion Week Models.  She was beauty in motion!  It was an amazing evening and I'm sharing a few favorites of each show.  See the beautiful designs below including the stunning Yen and imaginative Rocky Gathercole whose designs have been worn by Katy Perry and Paris Hilton.   Xoxo, Shelly

Me, Brie, and Kiersten rocking the ENVY red carpet

Saturday Night PHXFW

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Hues of Ego
(My friend Kelcey is on the left)   Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Jacqueline Nicole
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Rocky Gathercole
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

(Designers waiting to hear who won designer of the year) Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

(Misha Mendicino won) Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Again, thank you to the talented Phoenix fashion photographer, James Almanza for the beautiful runway images.  See more from the shows by visiting his Facebook here.  ♡


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 Part 1

This week was one for the books as it was Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort.  Being a fashion blogger has its major perks like blogger passes, behind the scene details of all the happenings with the shows and designers, and of course the glorious exclusive "Login Lounge" equipped with charging stations for phones, comfy couches, snacks, refreshments, and goody bags from the sponsors.  Friday night's show included 4 emerging designers (Blackberry Maverick, Atiz, Kismit, and Schuylark) and 3 established designers (Bri Seeley, Dolcessa, and Aris Pico.)  I included my top 3 looks from each designer below and my own look I rocked for the night.  Enjoy ~ Xoxo, Shelly 

For Friday's look below, I wanted to be comfortable and yet chic.  After kicking butt all week with midterm exams and a full day of travel, I opted for tasseled oxford flats and a soft, modest dress.  It was the perfect choice for making the rounds and catching up with familiar faces and making new friends.  Exploring the amazing Talking Stick Resort after the show, I finally got to rest about 1:00 AM! 

Outfit Details: Dress courtesy of Trixxi Girl (sold at Macy's) ♡ | Earrings courtesy of Liza Schwartz ♡ | Flats by Alex Marie from Dillard's | Purse from DailyLook | Bracelet from Charming Charlie | Rings from Lucky Brand

Friday Night PHXFW

Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza
Bri Seeley
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza
Aris Pico
Phoenix Fashion Photographer, James Almanza

Thank you so much to James Almanza for allowing me to feature his beautiful images of the runway shows.  Be sure to check out his website at and see more images from the show by visiting his Facebook page here. ♡