Victoria’s Secret Swim Wear Launch

Omg it’s almost April?! Almost Summer? Most importantly, almost bikini season?

I’ve been doing a lot of work building up to this Summer season…meaning the gym and some extra water with lemon. These upcoming months are going to be life changing for me, and I know 2019 has some rewards for you too.

It felt like forever waiting for Victoria’s Secret (VS) to drop their swimsuit line. But I totally understand the point of making us wait closer towards the warmer times of the year.

They released the exciting news on March 18th with several pictures and of course, a video on the beach.

I didn’t hear much about it on social which kind of worried me so I thought I’d check them out myself. Ready for my dissapointments? Ready for my favorites? Let’s jump in.

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Let me add, there were over 300 options to choose from on the VS site which made me wonder how much originality could go into the line without becoming overdone. They also announced MORE swimsuits will be added as time goes on.

I think my first dissapointment gave me that impression. The ruffles go too far down for my liking and I like to lengthen my turso as much as possible when wearing a one piece; this would hide the illusion I’m trying to create at the beach.


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The bottom is cute and dainty which could’ve made the swimsuit if it wasn’t for the top. Having the straps all the way towards the ends of the collarbone gives me a bigger chest than I want. Not in the boob-size way, but broader shoulder way..which is not my style.


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I saw this and I instantly thought of PINK! Not Victoria’s Secret. Which gave me the idea that PINK should create their own swimsuit line too since they already want to appeal to a different demographic of women. Do you agree? When I think of VS, I think of sexy and sophisticated.


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My eyes are straining right now! The clash of polka dots and strings of black and white across the chest are too much. This could easily take away the focus of yourself which isn’t what you want. I want something that complements me, not overtakes me.


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Geez, what was with me and one pieces today? Like I said, I need the focus to be me and there’s just too much going on color-wise, it’s distracting. The straps going up her shoulders are too thick, along with the strings falling over. I don’t get the vibe of swimsuit, more like bodysuit!


Woohoo! On to my favorites.

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No doubt I love the color pink. And now it’s paired with purple as a triangle top. The bottom wasn’t what I expected either! I love the look of strings opposite of the band, it gives it that oomph I’ve been waiting for.


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Okay a one piece suit I finally like! The chest is elegantly exposed and the collar bones appear heightened which is exactly what I want. The light pink flower design is soft and graceful which is a good keep in your closet.


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I saw a preview of this suit and was stunned by its simplicity and touch of strings right above the waist. It also came in a bunch of colors but of course purple was my go-to. This could potentially be a really cute suit IF the strings don’t get loose around the waist and droop down..


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I want creative designs but I also want simple designs. Reason being because the more simple it is, the more accessories I can add to play it up each time. Additionally, each time can be a different style centered around pink as opposed to a pattern that must be followed each wear! Get me?


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To make my waist appear smaller, dainty pieces are the way to go. Not only for shape but your tan will look way better when you take your swimsuit off. The cut framing her chest is really modern now; in the past the cuts used to cover more. The color combo is also gorgeous, it reminds me of fresh spring!


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Lastly! A piece to add for my ladies traveling around the world. This is an elegant and conservative swimsuit to travel to places you’re not sure of yet. Not just for the fear of the unknown, but some cultures see two pieces as innappropriate and highly offensive. It’s important while traveling to adjust yourself to their society because you’re in their country now and that’s your way of offering respect. This piece is a great way to fit in but also stand out when it comes to design with the green leaves draping down the side.

Overall, VS offers great simplicity with triangle tops and dainty one pieces. I’d like to see some more creativity with the straps on the tops and more diverse bottoms. I also want to say THANK YOU VS for not only selling thong bottoms. It seems like such a trend to show your whole ass in a bikini and I’m not sure if that’s my style yet…anyone else on board with me?

That’s it! So what did you think? Is it worth checking out yourself on VS.com?

Comment below your favorite and dissapointment!

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The Miracle of Mascara

Welcome back my beautiful friends. How’s everyone organizing their time to get their business handled?! While you’re on break from being a boss, let’s admire the power of MASCARA. You know you couldn’t live without it.

I admit, I usually say eyebrows frame the face and contouring is life but talk about framing THE EYES. Masacara takes the crown. I look like a boy without masacara!

Three reasons why I believe mascara does this miracle of enhancement.

1. Length – This was definitely the goal we all first wished for when we were little gals trying out mascara. It wasn’t even about the eyes at this point if i’m being honest. It was about how long I can make these dang eye lashes. SO FUTURISTIC, SUCH SORCERY. Brands like Covergirl and Too Faced claim their mascaras do just the trick.

Long lashes barely touching your eyebrows is such a feminine charm. The best way to lengthen your lashes is to find a wand that offers alot of bristles instead of those big, foamy ones. Skinny wands as well so you can see easier as you work your way up the lashes!

2. Volume – Now that I’m in a different stage, volume matters alot to me. I love the fullness it brings all the way down to the root. I’m not a fan of huge gaps in between each lash, volume makes your rims look thick! It fills in the perimeter of your eyes giving off a complete look. That being said, I love clumpy/thick lashes!

I know most people call clumpy lashes “tree branches”, yes I’ve heard this before. But I refuse to wear mascara if I’m not going to make it obvious, if that makes sense. Either way I have to remove it with a wipe at the end of the night so make both products worthwhile!

3. Pigment – My most recent obsession is the absolute intensity change it has on your eyes but also the face. Brands create different colored mascaras, like NYX Cosmetics with shades purple, green, pink and blue.

NYX Color Mascaras at $7.99

Even with dark lashes naturally, the mascara color “Blackest Black” is a common drugstore shade thrown in. LET ME SAY IT WORKS. It’s better for a dark-lash girl like me! My friends with light lashes go through such a change, it’s beautiful! For a softer look, look for mascaras in the shade “Brown”.

SO, WHAT HAVE I BEEN USING LATELY? I use more than one because the more, the better! Honestly I don’t know why, but all you need is a long-lasting one for the layers. I also use a waterproof mascara for special events and even just as a final coat so I know these lashes are going to stay on! Universal use, right?

I also scout for the formula of mascara. I prefer a thick base than thin formula because of my obsession with stand-out lashes. It’s all preference and trial there! Some say high-end mascara is undoubtedly better than drugstore but if the formula is right, I don’t see a problem!

What’s your favorite mascara? Any tips to volumize lashes? Comment below ❤

XO Paulina

Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Hi everyone!

How’s everyone celebrating their Friday tonight? Another week has flown by and for some reason I always have this irritating, lingering thought of some palettes I’ve been seeing launched.

I’m sure they’re of great quality! Morphe and Kylie Cosmetics have had amazing reviews globally and their profits seem in good shape.

But let’s talk about color scheme, shall we. Has anyone ever seen eye looks and they detail in their caption how many colors they used and you just can’t believe it? Warm, bronzey tones have a lot of shade ranges in common so it’s easy for them to look opaque and just too similar..

Duh, these colors are so effortless for a casual and even sultry look. But the idea that they’re so general and easy to use, makes you even question if it’s worth buying. Here are some pics of Morphe’s and Kylie Cosmetic’s palettes.

I could give atleast 3 pans that literally look the same! The idea of placing your brush on your eyes and expecting pigmented, unique shades just doesn’t come across these. Is it even worth the purchase or effort into launching?

Morphe Oh Boy Eyeshadow Palette


Morphe 25B Bronzed Eyeshadow Palette


Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Extended Palette


I was so excited for the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline series but the range was so shockingly sad! And similarly, they’re very warm, dull/opaque tones. The shades just seem the same and it doesn’t makes my eyes pop at first glance. It’s hard, I get it.


Maybe some creativity will inspire a new wave of warm, bronzer tones. I just want to see some different scheme brought to the table.

While we’re here, let me show you some palettes I’ve definitely been eyeing this week. Or maybe obsessing over!

Violet Voss HG Eyeshadow Palette


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Penelope’s Boutique in Farmville, VA.

Right in the heart of Virginia lies Penelope’s Boutique, a jeweler and clothes store. It’s located right on Main street next to Uptown Café anytime you’re down to shop after some nice, hot coffee. Manager at Penelope’s, Amy Welch said, “We’re only in Virginia and we currently have nine stores all spread out through the state.”

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Penelope’s Boutique was founded in 1988 by Penelope Searcy herself in Lynchburg, VA and is now run as a family business. Farmville just celebrated their 29th year of having Penelope’s Boutique a part of their town.

Welch said, “We specialize in gifts pretty much for whoever you need to shop for. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it for you as well.”

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Walking into Penelope’s, I was blown away by the amount of accessories they had. They had multiple racks filled with necklaces, scarfs, wallets and plenty more! The whole store was organized by color scheme which made it that more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

All along the walls were hangers and shelfs filled with casual and sports clothing. Around the center of the store had a clearance rack (smart shopping never hurt anyone) and a foot-wear display which they also sell the popular shoe brand, TOM’s.

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Towards the back of the store were display windows that kept all expensive jewelry like sterling silver, etc. If you’ve ever walked into Kay Jewelers (every kiss begins with Kay), you’ll know the feel of how Penelope’s Boutique is.

Welch said, “Ever since we added jeweler brands like Pandora and Alex & Ani, we’ve been receiving more Longwood students. Most students usually stop at boutiques closer to Madison street, but we’ve got a lot here too.”

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I must say, although I was walking around the store mesmerized at all the merchandise, it’s definitely not cheap. Let me put this into perspective. I walked towards the apparel clearance rack which had a sign at the top saying “50% off” and I thought to myself heck yeah! But looking at the tags, most of items stated “WAS $60.99, NOW $30.99” and I don’t know about you but that’s not really a sale or clearance item according to my wallet.

Welch said as a first-time customer, you’ll be asked for your name and email to start a clientele profile and receive weekly emails on hot deals and new products coming in. Hopefully these hot deals come sooner now as we approach Spring because as much as that store may hurt my wallet, I can’t resist. As we come closer to graduation, Penelope’s Boutique would be the perfect place to shop for gifts!

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Penelope’s Boutique is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is closed on Sundays. Go check it out and tell Amy I sent you!

Rebecca Ligon : Hair Stylist

Rebecca Paige is a soon to be graduate from Chesterfield Technical Center and will be finishing cosmetology school in June! Rebecca is specializing in cut and color AND is also learning the magic of nails and waxing.

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Her favorite part about her career is having the power to make others feel and look beautiful! Rebecca said, “That’s what really makes me love what I’m doing and shows me that I chose the right path in my life.”

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Rebecca is a new team member of Design One Salon and Spa in Midlothian, VA. Starting in April, she will be working one-on-one with her clients on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. via request.

Check out her Facebook business page!  https://m.facebook.com/Rebecca-Stylist-at-Design-One-Salon-Spa-1227142647400115/

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Cool fact? Rebecca has a twin sister! They’re fraternal twins, she says they look nothing alike but are practically attached at the hip like bff’s.

Follow her on Instagram @ rebecca_paigee to see more of her work!

Show Rebecca some love!