Friday, March 16, 2018

Favorite Beauty Products

Being a full-time college student, makeup isn't something that I wear everyday. If I'm being honest, it's mostly because I'm just too tired to wake up in time to actually put more than some mascara on before heading off to class. 

That being said, I do have a couple favorite products that I always gravitate towards when I do wear makeup. As always, I'll link to all the products shown below in case you're wanting to try any of these products out for yourself! To shop the products, just click the bolded product name!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation
I came across this product because my roommate, Sophie, uses this foundation and it also looked so good & lasted all day so I caved over winter break and bought it for myself and wow! This foundation   never looks caked on, lasts me all day & night, and really does keep my skin looking matte. It's also not a bad price for a foundation compared to higher end brands.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder
I've been using this powder for almost a year now and love it! Especially when paired with the foundation I talked about above, my face is left looking matte all day and this product hasn't caused me to break out which I've found to be a problem with other matte powders.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
I received this eyeshadow palette for Christmas and I love it! I'm not one to go for a very bold eye so I really like that this palette has a lot of warm & light tones so it still looks like I have eye shadow on but it isn't very dramatic or bold. This palette is definitely worth the price, in my opinion!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
This mascara is hands down my favorite drugstore mascara! It is waterproof so it lasts all day and makes my eyes look so much bigger and more awake (a true blessing as a sleep-deprived college student). I would 10/10 recommend this mascara if you're looking for a cheap mascara that still has a big effect on your makeup look.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Mauvin' on Up
This is one of my go-to nail polish colors because it's a very subtle pink but it isn't too light to the point where you have to hold your hand right up to your eye to tell you're wearing nail polish. If I don't have white nail polish on then you can almost bet that I'll have this shade on!

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray & Cucumber and Green Tea Spray
I also was introduced to these products by my roommate and after hearing her rave about these two facial sprays when I was home over winter break I headed to Ulta and picked them up for myself. I always spray the rosewater one on before applying my makeup and then I'll use the cucumber & green tea spray at night after I've taken my makeup off and washed my face.

What are your favorite beauty products?


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Shop my Instagram: Spring Break

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week so far and that you can finish off strong before the weekend! This week is my Spring Break and I'm spending it down in Orlando, Florida with my family as USC's break matched up with my younger brother's high schools break. 

If you're following me on  Instagram then you've probably seen the outfits I've been sharing this week. My style is definitely not as preppy as I used to be (four years ago I never would have guessed that I would be wearing cutoff jean shorts) and I think that's been reflected in my outfits recently. 

I've gotten a TON of questions from y'all about where the pieces in my outfits are from and while I did do my best to answer all those questions over on Instagram, I wanted to share it here on the blog, too. In all honesty, a lot of the pieces in my closet are from TJ Maxx or Marshalls so I don't have the ability to link to the exact clothing item I'm wearing. I will always do my best to link to similar items that are the same style and look so I apologize if you ever are directed to a piece that isn't the same thing I'm wearing in one of my pictures. 


Friday, March 9, 2018

Dance Marathon 2018

Hi friends! Apologies for my little break from blogging, this semester has been tough but now that I'm almost through midterms & Spring Break is just 1 day away, I finally have some time to sit down & blog!

Last weekend, I participated in USC's 20th year of Dance Marathon. I signed up for Dance Marathon back in the fall after a couple of older girls in DZ highly recommended it and wow, I am so glad I did. 

Being the 20th year of DM, the motto for this year's event was The Power of One. We set out to raise $1 million to benefit Palmetto Health Children's Hospital here in Columbia. For those who may not be familiar with Dance Marathon, it's a 14-hour no sitting, dance party and all the money we raise is all FTK (for the kids!). DM started at 10am and went up until midnight.

I was on Delta Zeta's team and our color team was pink so we got all decked out in all the pink we could find. I sported a pink tutu, pink knee-high socks, pink beads, pink head boppers, and a bright pink fanny pack. DZ also got team tanks that I loved and will definitely continue to wear it even though the main event is over.

We ended up raising $1,025,171 and words can't even begin to describe my emotions when we flipped the numbers to reveal our fundraising total. As sore and exhausted as I was the following morning, my heart was (and still is) extremely full and Dance Marathon already holds a very special place in my heart. Throughout the day we got to listen to a handful of our miracle kid's stories and getting to meet the kids was really what kept me dancing for 14 hours straight. Even though I'm awful at dancing, it was so much fun to laugh alongside some of my best friends, scream the words to middle school throwback songs and know that we were making a difference in people's lives.

If you ever get the opportunity to participate in your schools Dance Marathon, I highly recommend you do so. It's an event you'll never forget and I can almost promise you that you'll leave with a heart so full you don't know what to do with all your happiness and you'll have a smile on your face that you just can't seem to wipe away.

Keep dancing & as always, FTK!


Monday, February 19, 2018

Mardi Gras Sorority Function

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend and that your week is off to a good start! This past Friday my sorority had our first function of second semester which was Crush Party. The theme for our function was Mardi Gras which was so much fun! I took my sweet roomie Sophie as my date and we had so much fun getting all dressed up & dancing the night away with a bunch of our friends. 

I don't usually share pictures from things like this but our pictures ended up turning up super cute and I thought this would be a fun post that's a little different than my usual content! 

We didn't have a specific dress code for this function so Soph and I opted for the more casual & cheesy route with lots of beads, boas, gold head boppers and Soph even went all out with metallic gold leggings. For my outfit, I just wore a simple plain white shirt with a jean skirt that I'm already obsessed with! I was skeptical about jean skirts but now that I have one I already know I'm going to get so much wear out of it during the spring & summer! My sorority twin, Lynn, wore an outfit super similar to mine which was so funny when we showed up to the house and saw each other!

shirt // jean skirt (I'm wearing a medium but definitely runs small) // shoes

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! As much as I wish I could say that my outfit to class today looks like the outfit in the photos below, I can't. I took these outfit pictures back in early January when I was home for winter break and I'm super excited to finally get to share them! 

My Valentine's Day plans this year include an elementary math exam this morning (how fun) but then later tonight my sweet roommate Sophie and my suitemate Claire and I are going to Kaminsky's which is our favorite dessert cafe here in Columbia for some sweet treats to celebrate Galentine's Day before coming back to the dorms to study as I have an educational psychology exam tomorrow morning. Fun things over here guys. 

This outfit is definitely more on the casual side for Valentine's day but with the plans I have this year, it's perfect for desserts with my gal pals. I paired this super fun pink vest with a solid white shirt, jeans & riding boots. I'll include links to my outfit at the end of this post for y'all to shop!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Follow Me Around Charleston, South Carolina

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend and that your week is off to a good start! This post is going up a bit later today as I was super busy yesterday with homework but thankfully I have a nice hour and a half break between my first and last class today so I'm finally able to get this post up!

As I'm sure you all know, I went to Charleston two weekends ago and while I was there I attempted to vlog my weekend in the city. Vlogging is definitely not a skill of mine but I still had a lot of fun filming and editing this video! I'm going to be sharing more photos from my trip in later posts here on Northern Prepster but I wanted to get my vlog up as soon as possible seeing as my last vlog took six months to upload. Oops.

I'll link to my video below but you can also click HERE to watch it! I also made a different video that isn't vlog style but I had a TON of fun with this one. I shared it in this post last week but you can click HERE to watch that if you haven't seen it already! I'm thinking about making some videos like that over Spring Break in a few weeks, thoughts?

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What's in My Backpack

I'm three weeks into my second semester of college & have finally gotten into a routine with my classes. Last semester I had textbooks for every class which meant that I had to carry them around all day. On top of my textbooks, I had SO much unnecessary stuff in my backpack (who needs 6 granola bars?!). I've finally condensed the contents of my backpack down to the bare essentials for class to ensure I'm not lugging around a bag heavier than need be.


I purchased a North Face backpack for my senior year of high school and loved it so much I'm still using it in college. This backpack is durable & holds a lot of stuff. My favorite parts are the pouches on the sides for water bottles and there's a built in sleeve for your laptop. This backpack also doesn't get soaked when I have to walk to and from class in the rain which is super nice because when it rains here in Columbia, it POURS!

Lip Balm 

I hate having chapped lips just as much as the next person so I always make sure to have some lip balm or chapstick in my backpack.


My wristlet holds by student ID and some cash in case I stop anywhere for food or coffee on my way to or from class. My student ID is my lifeline at school, I wouldn't be able to get into my dorm building without it, so I always make sure I have it safety tucked away in my wristlet.


Sometimes I forget to grab my sunglasses on my way out the door so I started keeping an extra pair or inexpensive ones in my backpack in case I ever need them while walking to and from class.


I always have my headphones in my backpack in case we have free time in class or to listen to music on my way to and from classes. I don't usually do this but I like to have them in there just in case.


I use highlighters a lot whether it's highlighting things in my planner, highlighting reading assignments & important due dates on the class syllabus. I'm partial to the classic yellow highlighters but I usually carry around a couple of colors with me. 


I have a notebook for each of my classes this semester because a couple of my classes don't allow technology to be used and I find that I retain information from lectures better when I hand write it rather than typing it.

Water Bottle 

I always grab my water bottle and fill it up down in the lobby of my dorm building before heading off to class. Especially when I'm sick I always make sure to have a full bottle of water with me in case I start coughing because the last thing I want is to have everyone staring at me because I can't stop coughing.


I always have my planner with me in case a due date changes or an assignment is added to the curriculum so I can change it immediately instead of risking forgetting to add or change something later on in the day.


I bring my laptop with me to each class even though I can't use it in some of them. Some of my classes have online textbooks and sometimes if I'm just not feeling like handwriting my notes I'll type them.

What are your backpack essentials?

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