Saturday, November 3, 2018

Fall Primark Haul

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend College Fashion Week in Brooklyn. What I liked about CFW is that it was more than a just a fashion show, it was a whole experience. From the moment I walked in, I was offered ice cream and a free beverage. Another thing that really stood out to me was the fact that they cast people of all body types and backgrounds to walk down the runway. Diversity is something that I've always stood for and I think this was a great way to show the same garments and trends on various sizes.

As a college student myself, it is extremely important for me to maintain some kind of budget. Although I love all things fashion, I've never been the type to throw hundreds of dollars on a single item.. but trust me, I've been tempted a few times to do so. Every look that came down the runway featured items from Primark's latest collection. I first step foot into a Primark store last year when I visited London and instantly fell in love with the brand. That being said, I was ecstatic when I found out that they opened a location in NYC. After visiting Primark's activation at College Fashion Week, I attended the Her Campus x Primark student night event at their Kings Plaza location and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pick up some of the goodies I saw at CFW.

The Haul
Okay... I might have done some damage here, but with Primark's prices the damage really wasn't too bad at all. They offer high quality fashion items at such affordable prices, how could I possibly resist? When you find a store that you can actually afford, especially in NYC, you do what you gotta do!

Burgundy Sweater - $16
Kimono Styled Blouse - $18
For a little over a hundred dollars, I was able to leave the store with essentially a whole outfit. If that isn't a steal, then I don't know what is.

This post is sponsored by Primark and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Street Stride possible! What are your must have items for the season? Let me know in the comments below.

xo, Lisette

Monday, September 24, 2018

Don't Touch My Hair

"If you tamper with my hair, you're tampering with my brand."

If anyone truly knows me, then they know how much I adore my hair. My curls are pretty much my trademark and I honestly wouldn't trade them for anything. However, my hair has been through a whole lot before getting to where it is now. Growing up,my flat iron was my best friend and I straightened my hair every couple of days. It was very rare to ever see me rocking my natural hair. Not to mention, all the heat really destroyed my hair. It wasn't until high school where I started to embrace my curls. I began growing out my bangs (did anyone else rock straight bangs with curly hair? what a mess that was..) and cut majority of my hair off for a fresh start.

Fast forward to today, it is highly unlikely you'll see me with straight hair. I grew out of that look and personally don't like how flat and boring it is - ya girl needs VOLUME! While I get a lot of compliments on my curls, there's still some people who have the nerve to say, "I think your hair would look better straight." Yes, my hair is long. No, I don't want to straighten it. It always blew my mind how back when I used to do a lot of freelance modeling, people would cast me knowing I have curly hair, only to straighten it for a shoot or fashion show. I will always respect a designer's vision. However, if you have a certain look in mind don't you think you should well.. cast people who fit that look? I believe the problem with this industry is that they claim to want to promote diversity, yet very few people do it tastefully. I cannot count the amount of people I've worked with in the industry that didn't know how to deal with textured hair. They acted as if my curls were a bother and thought that straightening it would be the easy way out when in fact, it's actually a lot more work. Whenever I would open my mouth about it, it was deemed unprofessional. How is it unprofessional to explain to someone how to deal with my hair? Anyone with curly hair would tell you that you can't just brush our hair out and you definitely cannot apply any heat without some kind of thermal protectant. I feel like I worked way too hard to get my curls to be where they are now just for someone to come and mess with it because they are uncomfortable with it, or simply refuse to learn how to properly style it.

What I love about the blogging and social media community is that more and more people are beginning to embrace their natural hair. I didn't have a whole lot of people to look up to that had natural curls. I pretty much had to figure out everything on my own, and with a lot of trial and error, things finally seem to be working out in my favor. To anyone out there who is wondering whether or not they should make the switch to going natural, I say do it! I think textured hair is beautiful and is what makes you different from everyone else.

Cheers to all the curly girls! Do you have any favorite hair products or DIY masks you like to do? Leave them in the comments below, I'd love to try them out!

Here's some of my faves:

xo, Lisette

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Summer Daze

Saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming Fall.

I spent a lot of my Summer vacation just reflecting on where I am in life and where I would like to be in a few months, or even years from now. There was so many things I wanted to do during this break and was pretty bummed at the fact that I didn't really end up doing anything at all. I originally wanted to travel, but my bank account just laughed at that idea. Searched high and low for a job at any place I can think of, but that was a pretty big fail. I wanted to hit up a few amusement parks, but nope.. that didn't happen either. However, I did get to spend a lot of time with friends that I usually wouldn't get to see as often. Through random events I was invited to, I was also able to meet some other amazing, positive people which is always a plus.

This Fall I am entering my final year of college. I am determined to find an internship or job within my field within the next couple of months to gain real experience, as opposed to folding jeans on a table. I've also started taking social media and marketing a lot more seriously over the past few months and my hard work has not gone unnoticed. I am officially represented as an influencer by a PR agency, something I never saw coming. Why am I sharing this? Well, in all honestly I just want you all to remember to never give up on yourself. I went through a series of unfortunate events over the Summer, but I never lost hope. Every situation I was thrown into only inspired me to push harder. Whatever it is you love and want to do, go out and make it happen!

Crochet Top from I Am KNicole. You can get 10% off any purchase using the code LIZZIE10.

What are some of your short or long term goals? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Friday, March 16, 2018

How To Get Spring Ready Skin

Spring and Summer will be here sooner than we know it and I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly the biggest fan of wearing a lot of makeup in warmer temperatures. Over the past two years I've become such a skincare junkie. I am always looking for ways to keep my skin looking fresh and youthful. I have also found it that maintaining a daily skin routine has helped my skin clear out a lot, making feel confident enough to go out bare faced more often. While I know that some skincare products can be on the pricier side, I've come across two super affordable products from Bioré that have been working wonders on my skin. I've been using Bioré for years and found them to be extremely consistent in the quality of their products.

The first product I'm going to talk about is the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask. Charcoal has definitely been trending in the skincare and beauty world and it doesn't seem like it isn't going away anytime soon either. What I love about this mask is that it is infused with natural charcoal, allowing it to draw out pore clogging dirt, oil, and impurities. Unlike other masks, this one does not harder. It simply heats up on your face while it works it's magic and after just 60 seconds it's ready to be rinsed off! Yes, you heard right.. you can get the whole spa experience in just one minute.

 Clear skin starts with clean pores and I think it is safe to say that Bioré is known for their innovative products that help unclog pores. With the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips you can pretty much say goodbye to blackheads! Bioré Pore Strips are trusted and tested by Dermatologists and with regular use, they will actually diminish the appearance of pores. I've always been a fan of their nose strips, so when Bioré introduced their charcoal strips, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I really like the fact that they are so easy to use. All you have to do is dampen your nose, apply the strip, and gently remove the strip from the bottom up once it completely hardens. Call me weird, but there is something oddly satisfying about seeing all the blackheads these strips remove.

Both the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask and Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips can be found on Amazon for under $6, or at your local Target. Which of these products are you looking to try out? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

10 Facts About Me

Who is Lisette? 

After seeing multiple "5 Facts About Me" posts all over Instagram, I've been tagged by Natalie of Natalie Inspired to share 10 personal facts about myself right here on my blog. I usually get stuck when it comes to talking about myself, so let's see how this goes!

1. I'm a fashion business major -- shocking, I know.
Although I have always loved expressing myself through the clothes I wear, I would have to say that my love for fashion didn't really blossom until I started watching Project Runway. Christian Siriano has been a huge inspiration for me in terms of his style, personality, and the causes he stands for. When I was younger, I thought that the only job in the fashion industry was the role of a fashion designer.. and boy, was I wrong! Being a fashion major has taught me so much about all the behind the scenes jobs that don't get as much credit as they deserve! That being said, my overall goal is to have a career in the marketing or public relations fields.

2. I've been to over 100 concerts.
You're probably looking at that number like, "yeah okay!" but, I promise you I'm not even exaggerating that number. Music is pretty much my life and I've decided that no place makes me happier than a concert or festival. I've seen Eminem, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Beyonce, Jessie Reyez, Little Mix, Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Hilary Duff, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, Melanie Martinez, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Sia, Bastille, SZA, Major Lazor, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Russ, Ariana Grande, 6ix9ine, Cardi B, FKA Twigs, Chris Brown, and Chance the Rapper just to name a few... think I'm missing somebody? Comment your fave artist and I'll let you know if I've seen them perform before.

3. I wasn't born with curly hair.
It's so crazy to think that what is now considered to be my trademark didn't come until around middle school. Growing up, my hair was wavy and easy to straighten. Back then, I thought straight hair was amazing and burned the hell out of it just to try to achieve that perfect pin straight look. My curly locks that everyone knows and loves didn't come until some random day in middle school. I don't remember what exact age I was, but I do remember washing my hair and wondering where these curls came from. It took some getting used to, but now I can't ever picture myself without my curly hair! #TeamNaturalHair

4. I was a freelance model for about 5 years.
Growing up, I was always told that I should model because of the fact that I'm tall and thin. It was never really something I was interested in, until one day I thought "well, why not?" I made a profile on Model Mayhem (which is a great site to use if you're a photographer, makeup artist, or model trying to build up your portfolio) and just like that I started applying for castings. After my first photoshoot I realized that I actually did have a passion for it and really enjoyed being in front of a camera. It's kind of ironic because I am one of the shyest people you'll ever meet (at least until you get to know me), yet once I got in front of the camera it's like I turned into a whole different person. Years later, I have to say that, that passion has definitely died down. Although I still love to take pictures, I'm more interested in being a content creator than just another pretty face on the internet.

5. I was Valedictorian in High School.
I feel like I rarely ever talk about me being Valedictorian, probably because I still can't believe it really happened. My high school experience wasn't the best and without my group of my friends there (we were nicknamed the Fantastic Four), I don't know what I would have done. I don't really consider myself a bookworm, and I hate studying so I'm still not really sure how this all happened. However, I am proud of myself for doing something I thought would be impossible - oh, and I quoted Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in my speech, because if you know me, then you'd know that was a very "me" thing to do.

6. I love food!
I mean, who doesn't?! I'm such a tiny person, so whenever I go out to eat with people for the first time, they're always so surprised at how much and how fast I eat. I also have a weird obsession with burritos and could probably eat one everyday for the rest of my life. My goal is to try burritos at every place I travel to just to find out who's the best of the best.

7. I'm a very hands-on person.
When it comes to something I'm passionate about, I love to dive into things. Art is such an important aspect in my life. I try to visit as many galleries and museums as possible, not to mention that they also make for a great photo opp! I love making mood boards (digital and physical), finding DIY projects on Pinterest and YouTube, and also really enjoy painting. I'm not very good at it, but I still find it to be fun and relaxing.

8. I'm a huge animal lover.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing those cute little animal videos on my Instagram explore page. When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, science isn't my best subject and I just couldn't picture myself going through that many years of school just to become one. Instead, I spend a lot of time volunteering with organizations such as the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and Rock & Rawhide.

9. I'm obsessed with boots.
I will find any excuse to wear boots over any other kind of shoe. Yes, I am that person. I consider my personal style to be a bit on the edgier side, so I feel like that's why I've been able to get away with wearing them with just about anything for all of these years. When I buy a pair of boots that I love, I will wear them practically everyday up until the point where I have to take them to get repaired or.. *gasp* buy a whole new pair.

10. Eminem is my inspiration for pretty much.. everything.
I swear I've been in love with this man since I was five years old. While some people might think he is no longer relevant, he is still my favorite artist of all time. I love the fact that he isn't afraid to talk about his struggles or opinions and puts his all into his music. While beats are essential to a song, I'm a very lyrical person. If I don't feel some kind of connection to an artist, I personally can't see myself listening to them. Long story short, his music has gotten me through the toughest times in my life and for that, Marshall will always be the GOAT in my eyes.

Ooh look at you, you made it through all 10 facts about me! Hope I didn't bore anyone to death.
I would like to tag anyone who's reading this to share some facts about you, I'd love to read them!

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xo, Lisette

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Stonegirl Silicone Makeup Sponge Review & Giveaway

Did somebody say... giveaway??

Hey everyone! I'm really excited about today's post because I've been dying to do a giveaway for you guys and now I am finally able to do so! Stonegirl Beauty was kind enough to send me two sets of their new premium silicone makeup sponges, one for me to try out and one to give away to one of you! Now I would never send you guys something that I do not approve of, or would not personally use myself. I've tested these silicone sponges several times and can say that I am really impressed with the quality of the Stonegirl Beauty products. Please note that although these products were sent to me, all opinions are 100% my own. That being said, onto the review we go!

First things first, I'm really big on packaging. I like when companies show effort through their packaging because let's be real, it makes a much greater impression that receiving something in a plain cardboard box. The Stonegirl Beauty team had my sponges shipped out in a cute metallic pink bubble mailer that I felt really captured the overall aesthetic of the brand itself.

I have always used beauty blenders in the past, so using these silicone sponges was a completely new experience for me. What I love about these sponges is the fact that they are super easy to use. I'll be honest with you, I had no idea what I was even doing, yet my foundation came out looking seamless. Brushes can sometimes leave streaks on your face if not blended correctly, but I did not have that problem with these sponges. Another big plus for me is that they are really easy to clean and don't require too much maintenance. Just run the sponge under some water, maybe pass some makeup remover over it if needed, let it dry and you're good to go. Unlike a beauty blender or other makeup tools, these silicone sponges don't really collect or hide any dirt, so you're less likely to breakout from using them.

Now on to the giveaway!

Here are the rules: (Don't worry, they're harmless.. and yes, I'll be checking to see if you've followed them all correctly!)

1. Must be following me on Instagram @ohsnapitzlizzie
2. Must be following Stonegirl Beauty @stonegirl_beauty
3. Enter the official giveaway here: (So I know how to contact you if you've won!)
4. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Bonus entries:
Enter Stonegirl's Giveaway *This is a separate giveaway from mine, but entering theirs just increases your odds of winning*

Winner was chosen February 14th, but if you are looking to shop Stonegirl yourself, you can use the code "Lisettem5" for 25% off!

xo, Lisette

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

What is love?

Valentine's Day is much more than just getting something for your significant other. You don't have to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to celebrate Valentine's Day. As corny as it may sound, it is a day of love and that goes for just about anyone in your life. From friends to family members, or even your pets, there's nothing wrong with gifting your loved ones. Today I decided to put together a quick gift guide to help you get in the "holiday" spirit, without having to break your bank.

For You (Yes, you can gift yourself too)

I feel like lingerie is one of those things that can be both for yourself and your boo. I received this super cute velvet two-piece set from NaNika Lingerie and I'm in love with it. Aside from it being comfortable and stretchy, it is of great quality in general. It also came in a chic black and white box tied in a ribbon and if you know me, then you know that I'm a sucker for cute packaging. Lingerie can be a great way to boost up your confidence, even if you're the only one who ever sees it. Interested in treating yourself? NaNika is offering 20% off their lingerie AND free shipping up until February 14th. You can shop NaNika here!

For Him (Dad, Boyfriend, Brother, Uncle, etc.)

I've been seeing these Tile commercials everywhere and after doing some research, I think it would be a perfect gift for that guy in your life who always seems to be misplacing things. The Tile can be attached to your keys, wallet, suitcase, etc. and if something does in fact go missing, you can easily track it down via the Tile app. Bless technology! The Tile Mate retails at $25, while a pack of 4 Tile Mates would cost you $50. 
Is the guy in your life not so technology-savvy? No worries, cologne, tickets to a sports game or concert, or a nice quality watch also make additional gift options.

For Her (Mom, Sister, Cousin, Girlfriend, etc.)

While giving flowers is a traditional gesture, I wanted to go a little bit out of the norm for this gift guide. I definitely recommend gifting some skin care products. While makeup is great, it is also a good idea to take care of your skin underneath it! Skin care products are also suitable for just about any age, which is a plus in my book. I'm a big fan of natural and handmade products. That being said, I think Buttercup Essentials would be a great small business to shop from as they have products for skin, hair, etc. Stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and even your local drug stores carry nail polish and shower sets that would also be a great, affordable gift option. Since some might consider floral bouquets to be overrated, why not get someone a bouquet of fruit? I've been gifted Edible Arrangements a few times and loved them. They satisfied my sweet tooth without making me feel guilty afterwards.

Did you find this gift guide helpful? Do you already have some gift ideas in mind that you'd like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette
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