Friday, November 21, 2014

My Letter to Guys

Dear Guys That Think Makeup Is Useless,

Every morning, women layer product upon product on their faces to look pretty. Foundation, concealer, powder, blush. You name it, we've got it. Some women can spend up to an hour perfecting their makeup in the morning, as hard as that is to believe. We know the ins and outs of different brands and products and have learned exactly what techniques to use to get the desired effect.

You think we do all this for you. We don't. Believe it or not, our lives don't center around your opinions of us. We have some self-worth, you know. But if we don't wear it to please you, why do we do it?
We do it for ourselves.

There's something satisfying about looking in the mirror and thinking to yourself, "I look pretty." It's the feeling that inspires confidence and makes us feel beautiful inside and out. Looking beautiful and feeling beautiful can go hand in hand. When I put on makeup in the morning, I get a boost of energy from seeing how I look. I'm putting makeup on because that surge of energy is what gives me the confidence to go through my day without worrying about the world's criticism. I look good to me, and that's what matters. 

A huge point that my guy friends make is that women are "altering" their appearances and "deceiving" them. That is VERY far from the truth. Labeling all women that wear makeup as fake is the most ridiculous thing you could possibly do. Granted, there are some women that layer it on so intensely that they look like barbie dolls, but not every girl out there is an alien under her makeup. Girls use makeup to enhance their best features, not create new features. It's like you using hair gel to enhance your naturally curly hair. You're not changing your hair, you're enhancing it. That's what we're doing with makeup, not putting on a mask to deceive you.

So don't flatter yourself, boys. We don't care about your opinions enough to take the time to make ourselves look perfect in the morning for you, we do it for ourselves. 

-Any Girl That's Been Judged For Wearing Makeup

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Honey Lemon vs GoGo Tomago

This past weekend, I went to go see Big Hero 6 with my friend Desiree. The movie was pretty great, and it was amazingly well done. The plot was interesting, and the twists throughout the film keep you on your toes. One thing we really loved about the movie were the unique personalities of each character. Each character had a distinct personality, which made their fashion senses differ greatly from one another, especially those of Honey Lemon, the girly brainiac, and GoGo, the punkrock rebel.

First up is Honey Lemon. She is a very unusual scientist that prefers her girly style to the lab coats usually worn in the lab. In this outfit, shes rocking her classic pink-rimmed glasses with yellow shoes, trench coat, bag, and headband.The look is completed by adding some white jeggings. It's a fun look that's casual yet appropriate for daily activities, unless you're planning on rock climbing or going on nature walks. Not too fun in those heels!


Honey Lemon Style

Honey Lemon Style by malloryryan07 featuring a yellow shoulder bag
I adore GoGo's style because it's a lot like what I like to wear. Leather jacket, skate shoes, and a tee make a perfect everyday outfit! I'm not a huge fan of the athletic pants, but she manages to rock them anyway. I also love the fingerless gloves that go great with her jacket. Another thing I adore about GoGo is her hair. Colored hair is my weakness, and her black hair with purple streaks is pretty awesome. I'd consider doing that color on myself!
GoGo Style

GoGo Style by malloryryan07 featuring black leather gloves


Both of these girls have pretty interesting fashion senses, and they have the confidence to pull them off, even when some people would see them as unusual. They showcase their personalities in ways that show the world that they're their own person and aren't afraid to show it, which is what I love most about them.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Glam Bag

Hey guys! My latest Ipsy bag came in just a few days ago, and the theme is Girl Meets Glitter. I had some awesome products in this bag, not to mention the glitter theme, which I love!
I'm starting with my favorite product this time, Elizabeth Mott's You're So Fine liquid eyeliner. This product is absolutely amazing, and it's by far the best liquid eyeliner I've ever used. It's fast drying, so I never smudge it after applying. It's also waterproof, and I always prefer waterproof eyeliner since my eyes water a lot, which makes it smear like crazy if it isn't. It allows me to create a more precise line than I usually can, and the intense black line is defined and bold. I can even use it on my bottom lid, which I usually am unable to do with liquid liner. 
 Next up is some S/B Highlighter by TEMPTU. I've mainly used this to highlight my cheekbones to give my face a brighter look overall, and I've been pleased with it. It has a natural shimmer that's really pretty, and it blends with my skintone easily. I don't have much use for this product, so it isn't something I'd buy again. It's just a nice change every once in a while. 
I love pretty much anything with argan oil in it, so when I found this bottle of Marc Anthony Moroccan Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray in my bag, I was pretty excited. It's always been the best thing for my hair, and I get a nice, natural shine when using it. This product is excellent for holding my style all day, and it keeps my flyaways in check. It also has a great scent that I absolutely love. Easily one of my favorite products this month!
 This product is Be a Bombshell's Eye Base in Submissive and was another high point in this bag. Be a Bombshell has become one of my favorite makeup brands since I've become an Ipsy user, and this didn't disappoint. I've been using it beneath my usual eyeshadow to give it a more bright look, and the rich tone accents my eye well. With the subtle shimmer in this base, it really makes the rest of your makeup stand out better, especially my eyeliner. It can even be used alone as a more natural yet stunning look.
This last product came as a bit of a surprise. J. Cat Beauty's Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion was a bit of a shot in the dark for me since I usually go bold on my eyes rather than lips, and with this lip color, you have to go bold. When I was opening my Ipsy bag on the day I received it, I squirted a bit on the back of my hand to check out the color, and it looked like blood. I didn't have high expectations, but I decided to try it anyway. It took SEVERAL attempts, but I finally managed to achieve a perfect lip color with this that I loved. It was very difficult to achieve because the color is so strongly pigmented that if I used more than a drop, my lips will be incredibly dark, which isn't a good look on me. I ended up loving this despite the rich color, and I've been using it quite a bit since darker lip colors are big during this time of year. 
This Ipsy bag was definitely a success, and I'm VERY happy with the array of products I received! To sign up for your monthly Ipsy bag, check them out at ipsy.com. Remember, none of my Ipsy posts are sponsored. I pay for them myself, and my opinions are not influenced by Ipsy in any way. Have an awesome week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Raglan Sleeves and OOTDs

It's the final day of the 12 Day Blogger Challenge, and I'm ending it with an OOTD that is a bit of a follow up to yesterday's post on trends. The third trend on my list was the raglan sleeve trend, and today I'm showing you my favorite top with these sleeves.
 I've never worn my glasses for an OOTD before, but since I'd just finished watching a movie and happened to be wearing them, I decided to try it out today. I got this top a few weeks ago from Zumiez because of the awesome sleeves. Not only are they raglan style, but they're lace! I love lace in everything, and mixing it with this trend was perfect for me. I also adore the colors! Purple is my favorite fall/winter color, and the sleeves are a beautiful burgundy color while the shirt is a dark grey. I paired it with my crown of thorns necklace from Never Take It Off's Andy Biersack collection to complete the look!


That's it for the 12 Days of Blogging challenge! I'd like to give a special thanks to Amy from stylestorms.blogspot.com for creating the challenge! I've had a blast participating and would recommend all of my fellow bloggers to try it out! I have the details in my first 12 Days of Blogging Challenge post, so head over there to participate yourself! To view all of my posts during this challenge, click here and have a browse through the series. Happy blogging!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Three Trends I Just Can't Hide From

I've always tried to avoid following trends because I prefer to create my own unique style sense, but ever so often, there's a trend out there that you just can't ignore. For day eleven of the 12 Day Blogging Challenge, I'm giving you three trends that I just can't hide from.

1. Flannel
I don't know what it is, but I'm obsessed with this trend. I've seen it on so many of my friends, and it seems to be everywhere this season, but I have yet to get any myself since I'm waiting until Black Friday in a few weeks for my next shopping trip! I love the laid-back feel of these shirts that looks awesome for the fall season, and I don't see it going away any time soon.
Hot Topic Black and White Plaid Skull Woven Top
2. Floral
This was a pretty huge trend several years ago, and it's come back in full force these past few months. I'm seeing this on everything, from tops to these fantastic Vans (definitely going on my Christmas list!).
Vans Authentic Slim Sneaker
Vans Authentic Slim Sneaker
3. Raglan Sleeves
I have a few of these tops that I've been wearing all the time, and I'm completely obsessed. I just love the relaxed look and unique color combinations for these tops, and you can get them as jackets, sweatshirts, and short and long sleeve tops!
Zumiez Zine Charcoal and Mint Raglan Pullover Hoodie
Those are my favorite three trends I'm seeing right now! What is your favorite trend going around right now and why? Let me know in the comments below! Tomorrow is the last day in my 12 Days of Blogging series, so check back tomorrow for the final addition!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Day in the Life of Mallory

Hey guys! As a high school student as well as a blogger, I have quite a busy schedule on the weekdays. My goal is to develop a schedule that allows me to balance everything as easily as I'd like, but there are still days that completely overwhelm me in terms of getting everything done on time. Here's how I'm spacing out my time to make some time for myself as well as my blog.
6:20-
Wake up to my alarm, Sleepwalking by Bring Me The Horizon (awesome song), and sit in bed for at least ten minutes checking social media before I get up and get ready to start my day.

7:25-
Dad is so picky about when we leave the house in the morning, and if I'm not out the door by 7:25 he's pestering me to hurry up and leave. He drives me to school and drops me off, and I go to the courtyard and find my friends to talk to until class starts. 

3:06-
When I get out of school, Mom picks me up and drops me off at home so she can go pick up my little brother at the middle school. I usually come in, find something to eat, and get started on the next day's post. I also go ahead and get most of my chores over with at about this time.

5:00-6:00
We eat pretty early compared to most families, generally anywhere from 4:00 to 5:30. Dad's an amazing cook, and he always makes something pretty awesome for dinner. Dinner always lasts about an hour since we find something to watch at every meal (right now, we're re-watching the Star Trek Next Generation series).

6:00-7:00
I'm usually either working on my weekly post for theglitterdiaries.com at this time or on social media networking. 

7:00-8:00
At seven, Dad usually wants to watch something with me. We have a little tradition of watching Masterpiece shows together whenever there's a new season on, and when there isn't a season or two to watch, we can always find something new on Amazon Prime. 

8:00-9:00
When I have time, I like to spend this time on Twitter chats. On most nights, I don't have time for these since I prefer to shower at night rather than in the morning, and there isn't much time left in my night to fit that in. 

9:00-10:00
On Monday nights right now, this time is spent live-tweeting the new episode of ABC's series Castle. When this series is over, I'll probably use it as a chance to fit in another Twitter chat and/or more writing time. 

10:30-
My day ends at 10:30 every night so I can get enough sleep to do it all over again the next day :)

As you can see, nearly every single hour of my night is usually accounted for. It's not always in the same order, but everything needs to get done at some point, and you have to find a schedule that works for you. How do my fellow bloggers keep up with their busy schedules, and if you aren't a blogger, what tasks keep pushing your schedule? Let me know how you deal with it in the comments below!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Masquerade Eyeshadow Tutorial

I'm going to begin this post by saying that I love purple. It's probably my favorite color to wear, and that doesn't end with my outfit. A few days ago, I broke out my Masquerade eyeshadow quad from Ulta to experiment with the unique color combinations, and I ended up with a look that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I've been wearing it constantly lately to match my purple winter wardrobe, and it's just in time for the deeper colors we all love during fall.

I used Ulta's Masquerade eyeshadow quad for this look as well as their Majesty eyeliner pencil. For my lashes, I went with my go-to Urban Decay Perversion black mascara.


  1. To begin this look, take the color Iceland from this quad or just a shimmery white shadow and apply it to your entire lid as a base color.
  2. Next, apply Bayou, the bluish tinted color, to your crease.
  3. Now take Plum Noir and apply it just to your outer crease. Make sure to blend it well with your original crease color to prevent harsh lines.
  4. To finish your eyeshadow, take the last color in the palette, Bloom, the light pinkish-purple color, and apply it to the remainder of your lid.
  5. For eyeliner, take Majesty or another purple eyeliner and apply it to the top lid only.
  6. To top off the look, apply a coat or two of black mascara to your lashes.

That's the whole look! The icy light purples blend seamlessly with the darker crease color, and the purple liner ties the whole look together. Remember to check back tomorrow for day ten of the 12 Day Blogging Challenge!