I don't like, I obsess

Before I get down to the nitty gritty that is my beauty obsessions, I’d like to take a moment and thank my girl Savannah for letting me in on this blog journey with her. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say I am very excited to be apart of the Girls Off The Record team.

That being said, let me explain why I am here, and why I plan on gabbing about all things beauty and fashion. Because you’re awesome. And beautiful! And you deserve to shine like the star you are. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true!

One thing to know about me is that I don’t just like things, I obsess over them.

For example, I obsess over lipstick, nail polish and a good skincare regimen. All three share a special place in my heart.

When I was a toddler, I remember rummaging through my mom’s makeup, pulling out various shades of lipstick, gloss; anything I could get my hands on honestly. In true toddler fashion, I would smear it all over my face. I knew it went on your face, I was just unaware of the exact location. Thankfully I have graduated from smeared face to I-can-do-my-lipstick-while-driving. Lipstick and the action of applying it gives me a feeling of power, a sense that I can do anything.

And since my first accomplished red lip, I have expanded my collection every time I step out of that typical, safe color comfort zone. Out of all the colors in the lipstick rainbow, a bold red will always be my favorite. It’s classic and sophisticated, but also daring and dramatic. A good red lipstick speaks volumes in my book. My current arsenal includes Mac’s Liptensity lipstick in Mulling Spices, Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Plaid, and NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella.

Don’t be afraid to play with color. A bold “power” lip not only brings out your features, but also, I personally feel it's a boost of confidence to wear a crazy bright or dark lipstick.

I am no different when it comes to nail polish, but with a few exceptions. I love using bright, fun colors on my toenails. I stick to more practical, less eye-catching colors on my fingernails. I am no expert when it comes to proper nail polish application, but I try to be patient with the process.

I recall the days when every sleepover I attended included a nail-polish painting party. And they still do, to this day! I frequently get compliments on my nails, many of which include “Where did you get your nails done?” and “Is that gel polish?” Answers: I do them myself, and no. I have an odd aversion toward manicures, so I do them myself. Why not when I have oodles and oodles of polish just waiting to be played with?

I see nail polish as another way to express oneself. It is definitely an outward expression, like a trendy purse or your favorite heels.

I certainly have my favorites when it comes to nail polish brands. Lately, I have been obsessed (ha!) with Julep. This brand rocks when it comes to polish that is non-toxic and lasts for days, weeks even. They are all vegan, with an oxygen-breathing polish technology, so nails are not dry and brittle when polish is removed. Their base and top coat are my absolute faves. They are great for making the polish more durable and keep a shine like no other polish I have tried. I’ve tried numerous top coats in my day.

Another polish brand I love would have to be Butter London. They are well-known in the high-end beauty industry for their make-up, but Butter’s polish goes on, well, like butter. They have both quirky and sophisticated colors, which is reflective of the entire brand.

When it comes to skincare, I too, obsess. I have been ever since I got my first angry pimple in grade school. Up until recently, my skin hasn’t changed much. But, stress, genetics, hormones, diet and lifestyle all play factors in how our skin looks and feels. The better you take care of your body, the better your skin will look. We all have our weaknesses. For example, I love pizza and beer, and I don’t plan on changing that! Thankfully, there have been many advances in skincare since soap-on-a-rope was invented.

Regardless your skin type, you should always have a routine, but also know you can add products and change your routine with the weather, and with the testing of your skin's sensitivity. Always remember to cleanse, tone and moisturize in that order. As I stated previously, my skin is changing. I used to be oily/combination, but lately my skin can get dry everywhere quickly. I have to change some of my products I am using in order to maintain that balance.

In order to keep my skin’s moisture and overproduction of oil in check, I like to use an all natural gentle facial cleanser, a rosewater toner from Mario Badescu, The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid (as needed), First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer and a heavier cream or serum like Julep’s Boost Your Radiance at night. Remember, these are the kinds of products that work for my skin. To find the perfect regimen, if you haven’t already, think about your skin type and how your skin would react to the addition of a new product in your routine, as well as how it would react with the other products in your regimen. Consider it like a facial chemistry experiment. It helps to document any changes that occur, both good and bad.

No matter your beauty or fashion obsession, own it. Keep that passion and expand it at every opportunity you can because you deserve it. -S

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Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.