Beauty, Real Talk

August 2: Reusable Make-Up Remover

I don’t generally write about beauty content on this blog, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about my reusable make-up eraser.

I can’t remember the last time I dressed to the nines without putting on make-up. However… that means at the end of the day (or night) you’ll need to take it off – or risk mascara stains on your pillow.

The thing is, I’ve never found make-up remover/cleaning wipes that I’ve liked. Some are too oily and cause breakouts. Some, even when you shut the package, dry out by the end of the package. Some are just way to pricey. And, at the end of one use… you’re throwing them away. The good news is, there’s a reusable method to save you money and reduce waste. Yay!

A shot of my (regretfully dirty) well-loved make-up eraser.

I turn to my make-up eraser. I’ve had mine for over two years now, and by some miracle it’s still white after I wash it. You simply wet the cloth, then wipe over your makeup to remove whatever cosmetics you’re wearing. With more stubborn cosmetics, like mascara or some types of eyeliner, I hold the wet cloth over the area for about ten seconds. Then I can generally wipe away the make-up with no problems.

Two textures on the make-up eraser. (Please excuse the bad lighting and cleanliness.)

My make-up eraser has two different textures. The shorter texture is for make-up removal, while the longer side is for “exfoliating.” Being real with you, it just feels nice and fluffy. I like using it as a final pass to pick up any stray powder or the like after more vigorous wiping on the shorter side.

After a bit, the cloth will become quite dirty. Simply run it through the laundry (I air-dry mine.) and it’ll be good as new! (Well, good as new only lasts for so long…) Since mine is still going strong after over two years of use, I can’t imagine how many make-up cleansing wipes I will be saving from the landfill (and money still in my wallet) when it’s time to get a new one.

Make-Up Remover Cloth, available on Amazon

There are a multitude of options available on Amazon and other retailers. Since Amazon is likely the most convenient for people who read this, I included a screenshot (pictured above) of one that comes in several color options, including orange, yellow, black, and seafoam green.

If you decide to get one for yourself, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments! As always, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Real Talk, Style Strategies

July 19: OOTD for Thrifting

I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!

Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.

Thrifting OOTD

I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.

Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.

Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.

That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.

Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!

Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk

July 12: Body Positivity and Respect Reminder

Since we are in summer, and some people are going out to beaches, swimming, walks, and the like (hopefully in a SAFE way), I though it was important to take a day to post some reminders.

First, you are always “summer body” ready or “bikini body” ready. Size does not matter. In addition, make sure you wear a swimsuit that is your size, regardless of what that number may be. As Stacy London has said – if you don’t like that you’re a 12, take a Sharpie and cross out the one. Boom! You’re a 2. Clothes that are your size will flatter your body the MOST and give you more confidence.

Second, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – make comments about aspects of a person’s body or appearance. (Unless maybe if they have something stuck in their teeth – I know I would appreciate knowing that.) This includes:

  • Scars, including self-harm scars
  • Cellulite
  • Stretch marks
  • Excess or loose skin
  • Tummy rolls (or in any other location)
  • Weight gained OR weight lost
  • Skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Darker skin in underarms, inner thighs, etc.
  • Hijabs (ex. asking “Isn’t it hot wearing that?)
  • …the list continues*

Thank you for joining me in my little PSA for summer weather! See you next week!

❤ Zeebs

*credit to @jack_hack101 on Instagram, as I would not have come up with everything on this list as easily (if at all) with just my own brain

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

June 28: Sustainable Fashion Options

Sustainable practices are becoming more popular in the fashion industry. Since coming home for the summer, I’ve seen the H&M commercial focused on sustainability at least 15 times. However, in my experience, fast fashion companies often find a way to market themselves significantly more sustainable than they actually are (Look no further than Patriot Act’s episode titled The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion, available on Netflix).

So, I wanted to take a moment to touch on sustainable options for looking your best. This does not need to be an all-or-nothing switch. I’ve bought a few fast fashion items for refreshing my wardrobe this summer. However, I’ve also bought approximately one thrifted item for every fast fashion piece. Making a slow transition is always better than nothing at all!

  1. Choose the more sustainable brand in the department store. Yes, for some of you out there, I know it is a shock that there are people who still shop at department stores, but stay with me. Most large department stores carry multiple brands. I have found that I sometimes like department stores for items that are more investment pieces (ex. bras, fancier dresses, professional clothing). If you know what stores you’ll be in, look online for what brands they carry. Take a little time to do research on those labels. If there are one or two brands that have substantial sustainable practices in place, choose those in the store or shop them online. (Brands are having increasingly better online shopping return policies, so you may be able to easily order multiple sizes and only keep the one that fits!)
  2. Resale apps. There are plenty of resale apps to choose from. One of the most well-known for fashion is Depop. These apps give you the chance to buy clothes from other users and sell clothes you no longer want for some extra cash!
  3. Thrift shopping. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thrift shopping is one of the best ways to add sustainability into your closet. With the ability to try stuff on and the possibility of finding some one-of-a-kind pieces, thrift shopping is a world full of opportunity without breaking the bank. It’s important to make sure to check the quality of your items – some people give things away because of rips or loose threads, which you don’t want to discover after bringing home your haul!

Feel free to check out a previous post, Shopping, Tips for the Sale Season, for tips on inexpensive shopping. Despite these tips being written for larger sales at big stores, they apply to thrifting and apps like Depop.

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Uncategorized

Shopping: Tips for the Sale Season

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, meaning a LOT of clothing is going to be on sale. While this is a great time to buy investment and staple pieces, we should be careful! Below are some tips when doing your winter and general sale shopping!

  1. If it doesn’t fit, don’t buy it. ESPECIALLY if it is too small for you. I find that items that are too big can sometimes work as “over-sized” pieces (like a cozy cardigan or denim jacket), but too small often means it will be uncomfortable. If it’s uncomfortable, you most likely won’t wear it… and nobody wants to waste their money on pieces they won’t wear!
  2. In sale and clearance racks, take extra time to look for flaws. I can’t tell you how many times I found something I loved, but didn’t realize a missed stitch or stain until I purchased it, went home, and even removed the tags! While you should always inspect your clothing, I find it is significantly more likely to find flaws in garments that are on sale or clearance.
  3. Think practically. What do you need, and – more importantly – what kinds of things do you not need. If you have already found a dark green sweater for the winter, maybe you don’t need to buy that olive green sweater. As best you can, it’s best to buy a variety of things to ensure maximum efficiency of your money and closet space!
  4. Most importantly, only buy what you love. There is the temptation to say “I don’t love it, but it’s only $5.” But, if you were to do that four times and you never wore those pieces, that’s $20 you could’ve saved to spend on a piece you love later. Stay strong and wait for the pieces that you love! Furthermore, it’s all about joy. If there is a piece you adore that maybe isn’t the most practical, that’s okay. First and foremost, you should buy clothing that puts a smile on your face and makes you stand a little taller!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Real Talk, Style Strategies

Sept. 22: Re-purposing Project Completed!

I am super stoked to say that I finished my project of re-purposing my statement necklace. Twice it had snapped in the middle, but I loved it so much I couldn’t let it go completely!

So… I took apart the necklace until I had just the beads. Then, I used chains I already had to create these two beauties down below!!

I can’t wait to show you outfits modelling these two new handmade pieces. And, since I have leftover beads, you could very well be seeing more re-purposed pieces here on Zeebstyle!

Announcement: Now that the semester is in full swing, I am going to cut down to only one post per week minimum rather than two. It’ll come out on either Friday or Sunday so that I can keep “Fashion Fridays” and “Selfie Sundays.”

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 2: Fit and Re-purposing

One of my “absolutes” in my style is that if it doesn’t fit, it either needs to go or has to change. Sometimes we love pieces and don’t want to get rid of them or we desperately want to try and make them fit. I understand – I’ve been guilty of that, myself. However, the more into style I get, the more I realize that clothes that don’t fit 1) often don’t make you feel confident and/or 2) they aren’t flattering. We all deserve clothes that flatter our bodies and make us feel confident. Nothing less.

There is a tool to save some of those items though, and that’s a tailor! Being petite, I face the “struggle” of finding many items of clothing that are too long to flatter my frame. Fortunately, I often shop at stores which have petite sizing. But, I am not afraid of a tailor! Clothes we buy in stores might NOT be made to fit your body right off the rack. (If they do, more power to you.) If the waist is too large or that leg too long, a tailor can easily hem and alter clothes to have them fit perfectly!

Of course, then we also have clothes that have outlived their use. We change shape and our lives take us on new paths. Our wardrobe should evolve with us. I firmly believe in reusing, re-purposing, etc. clothing items that no longer serve us well. You can drop them off at a thrift store or sell them on apps like Depop for a little extra cash.

Recently, one of my favorite statement necklaces of all time broke (R.I.P.). Whenever I wore it, I felt feminine and funky. (Notice those are two of my style adjectives?) Even though it no longer works, that doesn’t mean the life of the piece has to be over. I’ve taken the beads apart and am stoked to be refashioning them into a new piece of jewelry. I’ll definitely be showing it to you when my project is complete!

Thanks for swinging by and giving this post a read. I appreciate you so so much!!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 1: My Style Adjectives

I had the opportunity to help raid a friend’s closet and help them brainstorm outfit ideas. It was a blast, and it also got me thinking about how I put my outfits together. I mentioned in a past post that a dynamic outfit often pairs pieces that captures multiple aspects of my personality. Below is a list of my current style “adjectives” that I use. When I shop for pieces, I look for traits in the piece that hint at one of my style adjectives so that when I pair them with other items, the ensemble speaks to me as an individual.

  1. Funky
  2. Aggressive/Edgy
  3. Hipster
  4. Feminine
  5. Casual
  6. Preppy
  7. Sophisticated

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Uncategorized

Aug. 18: Body Insecurity and Weight Gain, Meet Style.

Body insecurity is something, like many other people, I have struggled with in varying amounts over the course of my life. (Yep, we’re gettin’ real today, folks.) When I was in my senior year of high school, my body confidence was probably at its all time high (for that far in my life). My waist was small, my chest was filling out, and my body was toned from martial arts practice. I felt confident in pretty much anything I wore and was physically comfortable wearing.

Everything sort of filled out in college. My shoulders and hips and waist got wider, even under the usual walking to class and eating less in the warmer months of the year. (People often eat more in the winter, hence why I was “eating less” in the summer to early autumn.) It was discouraging when I would try on clothes that I loved and they no longer fit. There were days where all I could think about was my fear of continuously gaining weight. Spoiler alert: I didn’t continuously gain weight.

Weight gain in your late teens and early twenties has a lot more to do with less exercise or that high calorie dining hall food. Birth control, mental health struggles, eating too little (screwing up your metabolism), and genetics can all contribute to weight gain. Even then, a little weight gain doesn’t mean it’s bad. What’s far more important is having healthy habits.

But the weight gain does mean my body changed shape. And that can be a difficult adjustment in a world where the beauty industry doesn’t articulate that body shapes and sizes change have different highlights at every stage of life. Those highlights, regardless of trends or body messaging, will always be beautiful.

What I love about clothing, fashion, style, etc. is that we can use it to celebrate what we love about ourselves. Our clothes give us the power to highlight those legs you worked hard in the gym for or that butt that your mama gave you. Our clothes can help us feel sexy or powerful or ethereal. Personal style gives us the opportunity to celebrate in place of conforming.

Thank you so so much for stopping by and giving my blog a read! Leave a comment or send me a message. I would love to chat with you! 🙂

❤ Zeebs