What’s In My Bag (Spring Edition) feat. Quip!

Spring is finally starting to rear its head, which means uncontrollable pollen allergies and wasps galore. But most importantly, it means fresh, dewy looks and an opportunity to do some aesthetic spring cleaning.

I was looking through my bag the other day and got the idea to do a Spring Edition of the famous “What’s In My Bag” tag. Some of these things are actually in my bag and some are just some of my spring favorites that I use on the daily this season.

Here’s what’s in my bag for this Spring:

Fizz and Bubble Lip Scrub

1. Fizz and Bubble Mint Mojito Lip Scrub

This is one of my favorite lip scrubs in the world. I found this absolutely by chance when I was at Ulta one day. It was a new display at the store near me and I found a BOGO coupon. I’ve been in love with it ever since. This lip scrub is FILLED with gentle exfoliating sugar, Vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. It leaves your lips feeling super soft and helps prime before matte/ semi matte lipsticks and lip glosses.

Lilly Pulitzer Golden Pineapples Agenda

2. Lilly Pulitzer Medium Golden Pineapple Agenda

I picked up this planner at the beginning of the fall semester (my last semester in college) and have used it religiously ever since. I love how easy it is to navigate the planner with all of the labeled tabs, and it gives you plenty of writing room. There are tons of special blank pages to write in, like a yearly calendar, dates to remember, travel itineraries, addresses and tons of notes pages. Also, it comes with TWO pages of stickers! I’ll definitely be buying another one at the end of this year.

3. Apple iPad Pro 9.7 inch + Apple Pencil

I can say, with confidence, that I am not a Mac person after buying my first (and only) Macbook Pro 13 inch laptop. However, I would never ever give up my iPad Pro! I think Apple did a really good job with this one, and for me it’s almost my primary device to work on when I’m writing or need to send emails. I also love using the Apple Pencil for drawing and coloring when I want some downtime. Netflix is super bingeable on it, too.

Burts Bees Facial Towels

4. Burt’s Bees White Tea Facial Wipes

These are the best smelling facial wipes that I’ve ever used. I used them on my Easter road trip to Memphis at the beginning of the month and have been in love ever since. They’re infused with white tea and cucumber extracts and are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested! They work like magic to get rid of all your makeup and make you smell like a fresh flower afterwards.

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5. Quip Toothbrush

I received a toothbrush in a PR package from Quip and I have to say it is hands down the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever used. The bristles are soft, but tough enough to get your teeth super clean. When you turn on the brush, it indicates a 30-second timer for each quadrant of your mouth. It also comes with a nifty built-in tongue scraper, too. Using the toothbrush and the Quip toothpaste together has made my routine super simple and a whole lot cleaner. You can get your Quip brush sets starting at $25 from www.getquip.com.*

6. Juicee “Britney in ’07” Liner and “Diamond Drip” Lip Gloss

I have fallen madly in love with two of Juicee’s products. Their Britney in ’07 liner and the Diamond Drip lip gloss have become some of my go-to products in the past few weeks. Their eyeliner, in my opinion, is comparable to that of Too Faced’s Sketch Liner. The Diamond Drip gloss is a fantastic topper or clear gloss to wear alone. They just launched their new Spring Collection featuring brand-spanking new lines of Lush Garden liquid lipsticks in three beautiful colors, along with seven new Vibrant Venus eyeshadows, new Stacy’s Mom foundations sticks in four shades, Buns and Roses lip glosses in three shades and a waterproof version of their Money Maker mascara! Holy product drop! You can find all of these products at http://www.meetjuicee.com and get 10% off with my code ALLIETAYLOR10*.

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7. Indoor Succulent Plants

Obviously these are not just sitting in my purse on the daily, but I do have some hanging out on my windowsill and they are the perfect edition to your workspace. It gives me a little pick-me-up whenever I look over at them and every few days I give them a little spray of water to keep the soil moist. They’re the perfect edition to any space and work perfectly both indoors or out (just make sure you keep an eye on them and re-pot them if they’re getting too big)!

That’s what is all in my bag/ my faves for this season! I’m sure I’ll be adding more as the months progress, but June is going to be here before you know it and then it’s SUMMER! I can’t wait, but for right now I’ll enjoy all the fun that Spring can offer.

Yours truly,

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What’s Playing: Albums & Artists I’m Listening To Right Now

I always find myself itching for new music. I do the thing that most people do; I find a song that I REALLY vibe with, listen to that same song nonstop, 24/7 until I absolutely hate it and then don’t listen to it ever again. It’s a pretty destructive process, but I digress.

Lately, I’ve been into some pretty chill beats. There is definitely some over-hyped, mainstream music that makes my list. Come scroll through my saved songs on Spotify with me and check out what I’m listening to:

1. Bea Miller – like that

 

2. Bea Miller – S.L.U.T (Sweet Little Unforgettable Thing)

 

3. Sampha – Plastic 100º

 

4.  NoMBe – Wait (I heard this in a BuzzFeed video)

 

5. Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind

 

6. Kungs and Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (Versus)

 

7. Anything from The End of the F***ing World Soundtrack

 

8. Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)

 

9. Troye Sivan – My My My!

 

10. Charlie Puth – How Long

Enjoy and Happy Listening,

Allie

What Happened Between Lashify’s Sahara Lotti and Beauty Guru Manny Mua?

*Before you read this, feel free to research everything I talk about in this article for yourself before coming up with your own conclusions. This is just my own hot take on the argument and how I saw things go down. Please don’t leave any hate for either party involved on any of their social media or through any means of contacting them.”

I just happened to be scrolling through Twitter when I saw one of my favorite makeup artists—Manny MUA—post a tweet at 10:50 p.m. with a few photos, reading, “I don’t think the brand liked today[‘s] video…”

I clicked on the photos, allegedly from the Instagram account of a “luxury DIY at-home lash” brand called Lashify:

Both photos were public, where anyone who followed either account (or was just passing through) could see. If you haven’t seen the original review video on Manny’s channel, you can take a look here.

In the YouTube video in question, Manny claims he’s “TRYING THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE LASHES! $125?! WTF” and states that it is a DIY lash extension kit called “The Control Kit.” Now, it is to be noted that he has on a full face of makeup before putting on these lashes—that is important later on in the story. He says explicitly in the video that he’s not reading any instructions because he wants to see how user-friendly the Control Kit he purchased is.

The kit included the fuse control wand (retailed at $45, but not sold separately), a large on-the-go mirror, the whisper light dual-sided black and clear flexible bond with biotin (retailed at $18), the seal and finish clear coat (retailed at $18) and two sets of their “Gossamer” lashes (sets A12 and A14 retailed at $40).

If you add that all up, you get $122. Is it a $125 pair of lashes as the video suggests? Not exactly, but since it’s a necessity to purchase the other products to put the lashes on correctly, it might as well be.

About three minutes into the video, Manny reads the package directing him to start with clean, dry lashes. He states that while his lashes are dry, he does have mascara on and then goes to take it off after debating on whether to keep it on or not.

Throughout the video, Manny gives his thoughts on the process of putting them on stating that it took him five minutes to put one eye on and his lashes are “very sticky.” Manny says in the video that he was looking for a bold, dramatic eye—or, directly quoting, “cunty.”

Manny’s final thoughts: “For me, this was more of a flop situation because I don’t like how they look and it was actually really hard to do… I think that’s the gag is that it’s $125 bucks, I personally think that’s very very expensive for the whole entire little kit.”

Now comes the tea.

Lashify’s founder Sahara Lotti was accused of slamming Manny’s followers, also known as Mannyacs, on an Instagram Live, calling them “idiots” and showing viewers how to “properly” put on the lashes. It was reported by viewers of the IG Live that Sahara took anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes just to put lashes on ONE eye. Seems like such great lengths to go through all because of a bad review.

But wait, there’s more.

In a clip of the video, recorded by Twitter user @mkcourdmua, Sahara throws out an extremely sexist response to their displeasure with Manny’s review, stating, “Honestly, I don’t know what he thought they were. But I have to remember, at the end of the day, he can have all the make up he wants but he’s still a dude, ” Sahara shrugs and laughs, “He’s still a dude, man. Manny, you still a dude, bro.”

Not cool. You can view the clip here.

Manny fired back on Twitter, tweeting out, “What the f*** does this even mean? “Manny you’re still a dude”… so you’re saying I can’t use it cause I’m a dude… okay cool and she’s sexist! I love it! Lashify you’re officially cancelled mamma 😘 good luck!”

Yikes.

At some point when the heat was to a full boil, Lashify posted an “apology” to their IG story (but Manny fans aren’t buying it):

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Lashify has since put their Instagram account on private, possibly their only smart move thus far in this PR nightmare.

Thankfully, Twitter has a sense of humor about it all:

Yours truly,

Allie

Meet the Beautifully Brilliant Mind Behind “Seven Swim,” Hannah Marjon


I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Hannah Marjon, 20, as she shared the challenges and experience of becoming her own boss with her swimwear line “Seven Swim.” Here is Hannah’s story:

Allie: When did you first have the idea that you wanted to own your own business? And more specifically, when did you know you wanted to make swimwear?

Hannah: I have wanted to start my own business for a long time now. I would always start businesses, like dog day cares and things like that, when I was younger. I started seriously playing with the idea of starting my own business around a year and a half ago. I have always known that I wanted an unconventional job; I just didn’t know what format that job would be in. Being my own boss seemed like a good start. The idea for swimwear came when I was reading an interview with Moana Bikini owner, Karina Irby. In the interview, she talked about when she decided to never work for someone other than herself ever again. I love fashion and growing up on the beach every weekend has given me a solid respect for the perfect bikini. I’m going to have other jobs in my life, and I’m a public relations major and I do want to pursue that still, but owning my own business was something I always wanted to do so I figured, why not do it now?

 A: Where did the name Seven Swim come from? Does it have any significance to your life or to the company?

H: Once I had the concept to create my own swimwear line, I went through a few hundred possible name choices. Nothing stuck. I came up with some amazingly awful names. Seven is a word my boyfriend and I use. I can’t really explain how it started or exactly what it means to us because it represents a concept between us. However, I started saying “Seven Swim” to myself, and I sounded kind of nice. It stuck, and I kept it.

 A: Can you tell me the process of making one of your swimsuits? From start to finish, how is it created? What materials do you use? How are they manufactured?

H: The night I decided to do this, for real, I sketched my designs. I decided to start with seven pieces because 3 tops 3 bottoms and a one piece seemed like a nice first collection. I hadn’t even decided to name it Seven at this point. I had never sketched a swimsuit before. I looked up what swimwear sketches should look like; what measurements to include, what figures to draw them on, everything. There would be a million and one different types of swimsuits I would create if I could, so for the first seven I had to boil them down to super minimalistic designs that would be the starting point for my line. I wanted these to be pieces that would go with pieces girls already had in case they didn’t want to be a full set or wanted to mix it up.

Next came finding a manufacturer. I can’t sew to save my life so finding someone who could was imperative. I knew most of the bikinis I ordered were manufactured in Thailand so I started there. I don’t know if a lot of these places don’t have websites or what but I could only find like 2 manufacturers in Thailand. I ended up widening my search to any country. I emailed about fifty manufacturers in the next two days. After about a week, I found my lovely manufacturers in Brazil. They use eco-friendly / bio degradable nylon.

Getting my first patterns and samples made was one of the more painful experiences I have ever been through. My manufacturer had to think I was crazy. They would send me a picture of a sample they had made, and I would send about fifteen completely disorganized emails back with notes.

Finally, we somehow got the patterns done so they sent me the samples. I cried out of happiness when I received them, and shot off another 20 emails with notes on things that needed tweaking on the samples. I placed my first order once they had redone the samples about 15 times.

The only time I have ever missed class in my college career was the week I was waiting for my 300 pieces of swimwear to arrive at my apartment from Brazil. Customs is the worst thing that has ever happened to this planet. I cried and cried and cried when they called me to say I needed to send more forms and more this and that to get the pieces through customs.

When they arrived, I literally just hugged the boxes which were disgusting after what they had been through. I almost hugged the courier.

A: Where did your idea for the styles of your swimwear come from? Are all of the designs original or was there someone helping in the design process?

H: All of the designs are original in the sense that I start to finish designed them, but they are obviously influenced by the big swimwear trends right now. The cheeky bottom, one piece, triangle top; they’re all super popular right now and I wanted to reflect that in my designs.

A: What were some of the challenges of starting your business? Were there any people that thought you wouldn’t be able to do it as a college student?

H: There are challenges literally every day. I work on Seven like it’s my full-time job. For some reason I kept thinking it was going to get easier or less hectic once I had received the suits from the manufacturer, but that was wrong. I have never emailed, been on social media, or had so many phone calls in my entire life put together as I have in the last 10 months.

I’m sure a lot of people still think I can’t do this as a college student, but whatever, I’m doing it.

A: What were the proudest moments you’ve had with the business so far?

H: When people post in my suits!! I get so so excited every time someone who has bought a suit posts in it. That’s when I’m like, “Okay, this is all going to work out.”

 A: Can you tell readers anything exciting that you are working on? Any future projects or promotions that you are looking forward to?

I just placed an order for a restock of the items I have sold out of and in new colors! I’m so excited to start getting some color in the collection. I also have already started sketching my next collection even though that won’t come out for about a year. It’s going to be super bomb though.

A: Any final thoughts?

H: I am so excited to see what the future of the brand will be because I feel like it’s changing every day. It’s my child.

Follow “Seven Swim” on Instagram and Facebook, or visit Hannah’s site Seven Swim to browse the “Fire Collection.” Pieces start at $40. Subscribe to the “Seven Swim” newsletter to find out when new products are in stock. Apply to be a Seven Babe online for discounts and ambassador perks.