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    Beauty: Fenty x Rihanna

    September 16, 2017

    Rihanna, is there anything you can’t do?

    Full disclosure, I wasn’t anticipating the Fenty beauty new line. I had made the decision months ago that I wasn’t buying anymore makeup since I have enough makeup that would last me a lifetime. I also had my routine down pat which included a highlighter that I like, what more did I need?

    Oh how badly I was mistaken. During my birthday weekend extravaganza, Mary Ann had told me she ordered the Match Stix trio from Fenty Beauty on Sephora’s website. I immediately went on and was attracted to the pretty millenium pink packaging. Then she told me it was magnetic. “MAGNETIC YOU SAY??! We went to the nearest Sephora to check it out.

    It was a Saturday morning at Sephora and it was unusually packed. The Fenty Beauty display had a large gathering of women testing all the products especially the highlighters. My curiosity grew even more.

    Look at that gorgeous golden glow

    Mary Ann picked up the Killawatt freestyle highlighter in Trophy Wifea deep gold glitter not for the faint of heart. She wanted something – in her words, hella extra.

    I got a different Killawatt freestyle highlighter in mean money/ hu$tla baby. It’s a duo highlighter with soft champagne sheen and and the latter a deeper champagne highlight with a microfine gold glitter.

    When we got back to the Airbnb, I was excited to try my new makeup for dinner. Putting on the highlighter was like buttah. My face looked so glowy and it made my skin glow from within.

    The highlight was soft and just felt so ‘effin good.The texture is so creamy and it glides on your face and it doesn’t settle into pores like highlighters can do. Mean money by itself was a pretty, subtle sheen that gave my face this candlelit glow. When I popped hu$tla baby over mean money, it was OVER. I was singing, “b*tch better have my money, ohh na na na.”

    Rihanna created a line that was meant to be inclusive with 40 different foundation shades, one universal lip color, and bold shimmer sticks with rich pigmented colors unique colors like purples, peaches and yellows.

    Fenty Beauty is changing the game. We’ll be posting our own looks soon (we’re waiting for Mary Ann’s matchstix trio to come in), so keep coming by to see how we wear Fenty Beauty.

    All images from: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

    Inspiration: All Yellow

    August 28, 2017

    Maybe it’s because it’s nearing the end of summer. Maybe because I like how it looks on me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in a good mood lately…

    Or maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s Yellow nonstop for the past 3 hours.

    Yeah, that’s it. – Mary Ann

    P.S. You can also purchase that lit neon sign if you’re so inclined to. Head on over to Urban Outfitters to check it out.

    P.P.S – Of course, I’m going to get inspired by Rihanna. Who wouldn’t?

    Image Credits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

    Wabi Sabi

    August 8, 2017

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    I’ve been struggling with the direction that I want to take this site. I have a strong desire to add creativity to my life, and this is the best outlet for that. However, I’m often crippled by this need to be perfect. It can be so consuming that I often abandon my post midway through writing or completely scrap an entire month’s worth of ideas and images. I’ve fallen victim to the social media constructs of what it means to be a blogger; in order to be a successful blogger, one must showcase an enviable and unattainable curated life. It pains me to say that as my ultimate goal was to show a life lived…approximately.

    Kinfolk

    During this most recent spell of “blog development,” I came across a Japanese concept called Wabi Sabi. Essentially, it is the idea of finding beauty in the imperfections. The quirks and eccentricities during construction of objects and processes are what makes it unique. Flaws are beautiful as that is what makes it special.

    And I firmly believe that is what Style Approximately is all about. Adrienne and I have discussed several directions on where we feel this website will go. And you know what, we still don’t know! But that’s a beautiful thing. I think we’re okay with that: style and life (as a whole) is never a linear perfect path. We’re living approximately, and we hope you can feel just as okay and connected to your flaws as we are.

    Love Your Skin: The Ordinary

    April 10, 2017

    I’m a skincare junkie. I’ll admit it.

    I’m constantly researching skincare products celebrities name drop, beauty websites’ “Best of” lists and fellow bloggers recommendations to find new products to promise anti-aging, brightening, and clear skin boosting properties.

    Also, I don’t want to spend over $100 for one beauty product. I know I’m asking a lot, right?

    Lo and behold, along comes Deciem, the parent company of several brands focused on exceptional beauty products. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on their brand, The Ordinary.

    The Ordinary may sound like an ironic name since Deciem is the self-proclaimed abnormal beauty company. However, their mission with “The Ordinary” is to bring time tested, proven and effective ingredients at reasonable price points.

    How do they do that?

    By keeping it simple with each serum containing 1 or 2 active ingredients at most. The most expensive product in this line is under $18.

    I bought 6 products in total and that was pared down from what I originally had in my cart:

    Matrixyl 10% + HA – reduces the look of static and dynamic wrinkles

    Advanced retinol 2% – anti-aging treatment without irritation

    Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA –  reduces hyperpigmentation

    Buffet – targets multiple signs of aging

    Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – reducing skin blemishes and congestion

    Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – brightens skin tone, evens texture and reducing look of blemishes

    Disclaimer: I have stubborn skin. It rarely gets red or irritated, so I just started using them every night. My 2 favorite products to use were the Advanced retinol 2% with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% together. These two products alone made my skin clearer, brighter and softer and gave an almost creamy quality to my skin sans makeup. Hooray!

    I also liked using the Matrixyl 10% + HA to spot treat certain areas where my wrinkles were more prominent-mainly forehead and felt it helped soften the lines.

    Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to try the other serums I bought just yet because these two are working so well for me! Although with the warmer weather coming up, I tend to lay off the retinol as it does make one more sensitive to the sun and at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation.

    With the change in season, my skincare routine changes with it. I’ll save the routine change for a later blog post.

    More products can be found at their website The Ordinary.

    What products do you use to take care of your skin? What’s your routine? Let me know in the comments below! – Adrienne