Bougie Fashion Finds: Part Deux

As I was digging in the depths of my mind for a new blog post that wasn’t complete and utter shit, it came to me. I scrolled through my blog for it and then I found it: an old post called ‘Bougie Fashion Finds.‘  Because the 4th of July is right around the corner and my favorite stores are literally pulling sales out of their asses, I decided to continue my Bougie Fashion Finds series after abandoning it for other shit. I hope y’all noticed how I used the French word for two instead of using, good ol’ American. I’m trying to transform this blog into a transracial, transethnic, and multicultural blog in an attempt to snatch up some sponsorships and become internet famous. Anyways, let’s just jump right into this post with my first bougie selection!

The Silk Panel Top

 

 

COS is literally my dream store and its aesthetic makes my mouth water.  Unfortunately, I’m broke and usually can’t afford anything from here, but COS is having a 50% off sale and I ordered this beautiful silk panel v-neck top. Layered pieces have never really been my thing because I usually find them tacky, unflattering, and just a mess in general, but I really adored this piece because of the contrasting materials in one color. Pastel blue is one of my favorite colors, and the hue of this shirt looked beautiful on the website. The slightly boxy fit is also appealing, because I find that a lot of tops like this have no shape and I end up looking like I threw a fucking trash bag on and called it a day. For $50, this is a great steal and I’m hoping it lasts a long ass time.

 

The Romper

 

 

I’m very ‘meh’ on rompers. Some of them look amazing and some look like a complete damn mess, but I honestly could give two fucks about the perfect romper to add to my wadrobe. After a long day of internet fuckery, I found this piece on Loft’s website, and I just fell in love with the romper. The floral detailing + the rust orange color + the v-neck = a flawless one-piece. It was like lust at first sight. I almost shelled out the $79.50 the romper would’ve originally cost because I liked this piece so much, but Loft pulled through with that 4th of July sale, and I got to buy it for half off. Shout out to the 4th of July, because them sales have been leaving my wallet happy, and my inner shopaholic happy.

 

The Frayed Hem Denim Shorts

 

 

When it was about 3000 fucking degrees outside, I searched my struggle wardrobe for a pair of denim shorts to throw on. I made a horrifying discovery: I didn’t have any decent shorts. The only shorts I had were these ugly ass shorts I bought from the dollar store because I had nothing else to wear. Lemme tell y’all, these shorts were ugly as fuck and I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing them outside of my house. On the flip side, these shorts from Mixxmix were exactly what I needed for the summer heat. High waisted shorts give my nonexistent ass some life and these fit the bill. The frayed ends were also appealing considering I’m not the biggest fan of a rolled up hem. What really made these a bougie fashion find was the price: These shorts were only $21.30 and right now Mixxmix has them on sale for $17.04!

 

The Wrap Dress

 

 

 

I absolutely love a cute ass dress and Aritzia came the fuck through with what I was looking for. Usually, I take one look at Aritzia and cry tears of blood because everything is so damn expensive, but today was the day y’all. It was the day I actually purchased something from Aritzia. My dress collection is composed of fancy ass dresses for fancy ass occassions, and I just wanted something I could throw on and carry on with the rest of my day. This dress fit the bill. The grey color is subdued while the wrapped hem at the bottom makes the dress seem more sophisticated then it actually is. Also, the fit was lovely and I’m always up for purchasing a bodycon dress that makes me look and feel great.

 

The Short Crochet Top

 

 

When I think crochet, I used to think of needles, yarn, and struggling. I was complete shit at crocheting y’all. This top gives crochet a new meaning. Instead of serving y’all a fresh, heaping plate of struggle, this top is serving up fresh boho vibes.When I first saw this on Zara’s website, I scrolled past it mainly because of my fear of halter tops and my aversion to crocheted shit. On second glance though, I could feel the top calling to me and my empty wallet. For $9.99, there wasn’t much to lose and I’ll be slaying heauxs on the beach in my lil’ top.

 

So that concludes my second ‘Bougie Fashion Finds’ post and I actually think I won’t abandon it like I do with the rest of my ideas. As usual, any constructive criticism is welcomed and encouraged. What are your recent fashion finds? Any favorite new things you’ve purchased? Leave a comment below letting me know, because this girl wants to know about new fashionable shit you’ve found.

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The Ultimate Shopping Guide For Broke Niggas

This post is dedicated to all my broke niggas out there. I understand the struggle of having no money to buy shit you want. Yet at the same time, you still want to be fly as fuck. This is going to be a comprehensive list of clothing stores that are affordable AND fashionable. Let’s just jump right into this long ass guide!

  • 2020ave – This store is somewhat underrated, but it’s quickly become one of my favorite stores for fast fashion pieces and shoes at an affordable price. Seriously, check out their shoe section. It’s like a mini, cheaper version of Aldo. The quality ain’t that bad either.

 

  • American Eagle – I know this sounds suspect as fuck, but AE jeans are cheap as fuck and more importantly affordable as fuck. For the girl(or guy) who’s on a budget, their jeans are an amazing steal. Occasionally I manage to snag a great pair of shoes from there(peep the sandals y’all).

 

  • ASOS  – Y’all ASOS is literally an online mall for cheap fashion. I’ve scored some amazingly cheap shoes, skirts, tops, and whatever else I need for an amazing price. With a multitude of brands, you can’t really go wrong with ASOS. Just want to note that some brands there are straight up overpriced crap, and aren’t worth your money. The ASOS brand has an amazing, and somewhat affordable line of basics(their tailored linen shorts are to die for) that can be used to build up your wardrobe from the bottom up. Their shoe selection is also lit as fuck and I’ve purchased a few pairs of statement heels from there.

 

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                                      ASOS Pixie Pointed High Heels, $26

 

  • Cotton On – Cotton On is an Australian clothing store and I’ve fallen in love with them y’all. Their bras are legitimately the best bras I’ve ever bought and beat all the competition (looking at you Victoria’s Secret). The fits are flawless and the prices y’all. They deadass are selling some of these bras for $15. $15! If you need to replace your current struggle bra, Cotton On is your store.

 

  • Dorothy Perkins – Honestly, I thought the UK based retailer looked drab and dreary as fuck the first time I visited their website, but after a bit of snooping I’ve found a couple of great basic pieces from there.  DP’s clearance section always has a few gems that won’t break the bank.

 

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                                       Black Cami Body, $12

 

  • Express – Express is an incredibly cheap store IF you catch their sales on time. Typically, Express marks their shit up to a ridiculous price and certain simps will buy their clothing at full price. What y’all need to do is wait until they have one of their sales. Usually Express’ sales get you 40 – 70% off your whole purchase. I’ve gotten some really cute, casual dresses from Express and other miscellaneous shit.

 

  • Haute Look – Daily deals on expensive designers. What more can I say? I check Haute Look every damn day for deals on handbags, shoes, clothes, and even for makeup deals.I’ll be discussing it’s sister site, Nordstrom Rack a bit below this so keep on reading!

 

  • H&M – I feel like H&M and Forever21 are basically interchangeable. Anyways, H&M is basically a fast fashion store that’s like half a step above Forever21 in terms of quality  except for a few things. Never buy any shirts for HM. Crap quality. However, H&M jeans have lowkey snatched my edges. I’ve had a pair of skinny jeans for a year and they still haven’t stretched out yet. I’m shocked to be honest. They’re literally my favorite pair of jeans ever and I got them on sale for $19.99. Check out them jeans y’all.

 

  • Forever 21 – If I didn’t include Forever 21 I’d be a complete fucking idiot to be honest. I have three rules for shopping Forever 21: never spend more than $30 on one item, read the reviews, and don’t expect stuff to last a long time. Most of the shit I buy from Forever 21 are super trendy pieces that I don’t expect to last for more than one season. Despite this fuckery, Forever 21 is home to a few really great deals. Their $1.80 camis are fabulous and have actually lasted more than one season.

 

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                    Ribbed Cami Bodycon Dress, $22.90

 

  • Loft – Loft is Ann Taylor’s less pricey, super sale having, business casual sister. At retail price, most of Loft’s pieces are way out of my small ass budget. However, literally every fucking day Loft is having some sort of 40 – 60% off sale. I’m not even joking. Considering the cheap prices due to the sales, Loft’s quality is really wonderful. The only negative thing I have to say is that their vanity sizing is ridiculous. In Loft shirts I’m somehow an extra-extra small and in their pants I’m a 00. Seriously, size down when buying from them.

 

  • Mixxmix – THIS is the store I want to rave about. I could ramble on for paragraphs about my love for this store, but I’ll keep it cute for the blog. Mixxmix is basically a Korean fast fashion store which has super low prices and great quality clothes. I was a bit concerned it was some Yoins/Zaful/Sheinside level crappy clothes, but everything I’ve bought from them has snatched my edges. They have amazing basics and trendy pieces, especially the skirts. Their skirt selection is straight fire. Two things to note: Their shoe sizes don’t go past US size 8, so you may be out of luck in that department and some of their one-size fits all clothing may not fit everyone.

 

 

  • New Look – New Look = the UK version of Forever 21. I only use New Look to buy super trendy pieces that will fall apart in about a year or so. They occasionally have some really cool shoes and in the fall they stock a variety of booties. I bought a pair of black suede flats from them, and to my surprise they weren’t horribly uncomfortable nor did they look ridiculously cheap.

 

  • Nordstrom Rack – For all those who want cheap designer goods: this is the store for you. I’ve gotten some super lit deals on shoes, designer handbags, and even some designer clothing. Nordstrom Rack has replaced TJMaxx as my go to “get cheap designer shit” store. Right now they’re having a massive up to 75% off on clearance sale, so if you want to cop some things, do it now!

 

  • Old Navy – 99% of the time Old Navy is a cesspool of shit and more shit. The other 1%, you can find some dirt cheap basics. My favorite fitted tees have come from Old Navy, including the one I was wearing in this post. Honestly, I don’t recommend much from Old Navy aside from the basics, and even recently they’ve been fucking those up. Once again, make sure you read the reviews before wasting your money because Old Navy is on some fuckshit sometimes.

 

  • Pomelo – After screwing around on YouTube for a bit, I peeped that one outfit in a lookbook  featured a piece from a store called Pomelo. I then concluded that I needed that piece in my life ASAP and decided to check it out.Once it seemed somewhat legit I placed an order. This store has become one of my absolute favorites for trendy pieces. It’s like a smaller, cheaper version of Zara. If you need trendy pieces, this is your store.

 

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                  Kenzie Gingham Double Breasted Shorts, $19

 

  • Target –  I’m not a Target girl. I prefer Walmart with all of its empty registers, disgruntled employees, and general fuckery. With that being said, Target’s Merona and Mossimo line have some great basic t-shirts and tanks. In addition to that, Target consistently collaborates with designers, and their prices are low as fuck(looking at you Lily Pulitzer). Occasionally at Target I’ll score a super comfortable + cute + cheap pair of shoes, so keep your eyes peeled for shoes as well.

 

  • Uniqlo –  Is the GOAT store of basics. If you need sweatpants, chino shorts, button up shirts, or whatever else it is you need, Uniqlo’s got it. Last year I bought this beautiful navy blue dress that’s easily dressed up or down. Their linen button up shirts are also great quality, and you can get them for $19.90 each on sale. Also, if you’re into graphic tees, Uniqlo’s going to become your new favorite store.

 

  • YesStyle  – I feel like if I didn’t include YesStyle, I’d be a faux broke nigga. Not going to lie: a lot of the products are shit, low quality garbage. However, their are some gems in terms of trendy pieces and basic pieces. When shopping on YesStyle: always read the reviews and pay attention to the sizing. I never buy anything off YesStyle that has no reviews, or if the sizing is off. With this method, I’ve snagged some super cheap trendy pieces and some pretty decent basic pieces as well. Another quick note: Never buy shoes or bags off YesStyle. It’s not worth it.

 

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                                       Chuu Pleated Mini Skirt, $20.72

 

  • Zara – Oh Zara. The quintessential fast fashion store. I’m not going to go into detail because I’m lazy and everyone knows what Zara is. Zara’s handbags are lowkey the GOAT of cheap handbags. When I want to buy a random bag that I need to go with an outfit, Zara is the first place I hit.Right now I’m also loving their selection of shorts, most of which are super cheap + super stylish.

 

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                       Faux Leather Bermudas, $29.90

 

Anyways, that concludes my little guide and I hope my fellow broke people find this helpful.  What are your favorite affordable clothing stores? Leave a comment below and tell me so I can waste money I don’t have there!

Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum Review: The Devil Is a Lie

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                                       Peep this flawless photography.

I actually wasn’t a lazy fuck for once in my life and have written TWO posts in a row. TWO whole posts. I lowkey feel like blogging Jesus. Anyways, today I’m going to be reviewing Mizon’s AHA 8% Peeling Serum, which was purchased after I was fucking around on r/AsianBeauty again. When I started reconstructing my struggle skincare routine, I decided to look for an AHA that would make my skin glow for days instead of looking dull as fuck. I also wanted to fade the dark spots, aka the lovely reminders of my struggles with acne. Shoutout to acne! After seeing everyone and they mama rave about this serum, my product junkie mind concluded I had to have it, and off to Amazon my ass went.

The Claims

 

“A serum formulated with 8% AHA (glycolic acid), which is an ingredient that works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and helps with hyperpigmentation. The bottle features a convenient dropper dispenser for controlled application. This formulation can help leave your complexion looking smoother, clearer and more even-toned. Ideal for all skin types.”

 

The Ingredients

 

  • Aqua
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Panthenol
  • Allantoin
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract
  • Carica Papaya (papaya) Fruit Extract
  • Arnica Montana Flower Extract
  • Artemisia Absinthium Extract
  • Achillea Millefolium Extract
  • Gentiana Lutea Root Extract
  • Alcohol
  • Polyquaternium-10
  • Disodium Edta
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Fragrance

Looking back at the ingredients list, I should’ve curved the shit out of this serum. Being the newbie skincare junkie I was, I thought that “natural” ingredients equaled happy skin. Castor Oil + extracts + fragrance ≠ happy skin. Despite the laundry list of shit that could’ve irritated my face, the aloe vera extract does have me lit as fuck.

 

Performance

 

Upon the first application, the first thing I noticed was how how nice the serum smelled. It smelled like a concoction of really wonderful smelling fruit and normally I could give two shits about smell. Another petty observation: the packaging was deadass perfection! The serum comes in a dropper bottle, and the dropper dispenses the perfect amount of serum. The consistency of the serum was amazing as well. Its consistency is essentially a liquid that’s slightly thicker than water. The serum also dried incredibly quickly on my skin and didn’t dry my skin out. I actually found the serum a bit moisturizing, which was surprising.

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                               What the serum looks like on my flawless hand.


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What the serum looks like as it dries on my flawless hand(ft. shitty lighting).


When I woke up the next morning, my skin was incredibly soft. No other product has given me that type of smoothness. After years of scrubbing the shit out of my face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub(dark times y’all, dark times) and every other scrub imaginable, this little serum gave me the smoothest skin of my life.

Then, the fuckery begins. After about a lovely week of using the serum once a day at night, I started to notice pimples. Instead of chucking the serum ASAP like I normally would after the CeraVe disaster, I attributed the pimples to purging and was determined to push through. I reasoned to myself that if I could push through this messy ass purging phase, I would emerge with flawfree skin, free of hyperpigmentation, closed comedones, and general fuckery. As usual, I was ridiculously, comically wrong. Towards the end of my third week of using the serum, I had pimples all over my damn face. When I started getting pimples on my chin, I knew the jig was up: this serum was causing me to break out like crazy.

My last little gripe with the serum was that while it smoothed my skin, it had NO effect on the stubborn closed comedones on my forehead. I legitimately noticed no reduction in my forehead’s texture, which was pretty frustrating considering my forehead has been a bumpy mess for years now.

 

Conclusion

 

Y’all, I was so damn bitter over this serum. I was salty as fuck too. I feel like y’all can taste the salt through your computer screens. Or phones. Or whatever you’re reading this Pulitzer Prize winning review on. This serum was such a disappointment because it seemed so promising, but ended up being a big disappointment for me. While the serum did exfoliate my skin and made it soft as shit, the breakouts that followed were not worth the hassle.

Rating: 2/5

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

 

Some post review rambling: All of the reviews I’ve posted so far are negative as fuck lmao but the next review is Holy Grail material so that’s lit. I’m not going to promise that I’ll post every week because I ain’t shit but I’ve been crazy inspired to write stuff lately. Shoutout to anyone who read my lil rambling mess. Also if anyone cares my name is Audrey lmao.

Bougie Fashion Finds

Recently, instead of getting my studying done I tend to scour the internet for cute crap I can’t actually afford. Despite me being the brokest nigga of broke niggas, I manage to waste my life by looking at expensive ass shit. With my hours of internet browsing, I managed to find some affordable and fashionable pieces I wanted to share with y’all. Since y’all probably don’t want to read anymore of me rambling on, let’s start this post!

The Faux Leather Jacket

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Faux Leather Rider Jacket from Mixxmix , $61.09

     Faux leather jackets have been trendy for a hot minute now but my struggle self was unable to afford any sort of leather jacket. Faux leather, real leather, you name it and I couldn’t afford it. After spending 37838 hours on Mixxmix’s website, I found this fire leather jacket for only sixty – one dollars. For only sixty – one dollars I can serve super badass black girl teas. Shout out to black Jesus for helping me to find this jacket.

The Asymmetrical Mini Skirt

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Mon Cheri Asymmetrical Mini Skirt from Pomelo ,$19

Despite it being cold as shit outside, I found this adorable pink mini skirt on Pomelo. Shout out to Cardi B. for telling me a hoe never gets cold. Even if I’m freezing my ass off in this skirt, I’ll still be stunting on everyone. For $19, I’ll be looking fly as hell anywhere I go.

The Printed Trousers

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Trousers with Zips from Zara , $25.99

From the picture, these pants may look extra as hell or super lackluster depending on your fashion sense, but I fell in love with these on first click. When these came in the mail I was praying to black Jesus that these pants would fit perfectly. Now, when I tell y’all that these pants fit perfectly, I am not joking. My normally concave ass actually looked good in these pants. I was actually shocked at how well these fit. With a black turtleneck and my black oxfords, I was looking fly as hell in my outfit. Shout out to black Jesus for coming through with these pants.

The Velvet Crop Top

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Velvet Long Sleeve Crop Top from Stylenanda , $24

I had been looking for some sort of velvet shirt for the longest time and I was tragically not able to find one. After hours of picking through crappy thrift store items, I was not able to find a single velvet top. Luckily for me, Stylenanda came through with this crop top. With a leather skirt and some booties, this top will look fly as hell.

 

The Lace Up Flats

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London Rebel Ghillie Lace Point Flat Shoes from ASOS , $48

Recently, I realized that all of my flats were on their last leg, literally. Aside from them shits falling apart while I walked, I didn’t actually like any of them, I just bought them because they were cheap. In an attempt to up my shoe game, I went and splurged on these lace up flats. Normally I’d have an aneurysm at the thought of spending over twenty dollars on flats, but my shoe game was so weak that I made a special exception for these babies. Another shout out to black Jesus, because these were reduced to forty – eight dollars which isn’t too bad when compared to their original price of seventy dollars.

Anyways, that’s the end of my first fashion roundup! Hopefully this post wasn’t too shitty and anyone who read this enjoyed it. Leave  comment below describing your favorite fashion finds.

Bougie Wardrobe Essentials

Recently, I’ve been working on revamping my struggle wardrobe full of tragically outdated fashions.  I realized that in my valiant efforts to become the most stylish girl in my crappy small town, that I owned no basic wardrobe staples. Despite me buying 50 pairs of suede skirts from Topshop, I didn’t own one plain white shirt. Not one. In order to remedy this tragedy, I’ve been focusing on buying more basic things that go with the rest of my wardrobe. Here are my five basic fashion essentials!

1.) The Plain White Shirt

On my many numerous shopping trips, I bought a ridiculous amount of shirts. Leopard print, floral, dotted, you name it. In my closet you’ll find a ridiculous amount of patterned shirts from Zara. Recently, while going through my closet I realized I didn’t have any white shirts to go with anything. My floral trousers, my suede skirts, my leather shorts all had nothing to be worn with. Recently, I bought this plain white shirt from Mixxmix for $10.91.

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2.) The Black Turtleneck

Aside from me not owning any white shirts, I didn’t own any black shirts. I also didn’t own any turtlenecks. I used to be an avid hater of turtlenecks because I felt like I looked like one of those try hard bougie niggas from the suburbs. Despite me being a stereotypical bougie nigga, I didn’t want to fall into that trap. Because I’m fake, I bought my first turtleneck from Mixxmix last month. The only reason I bought it was because I didn’t want to pay for shipping fees.  When I got my turtleneck in the mail and tried it on, I was shocked. This turtleneck was like the second coming of Jesus. Instead of succumbing to the trap of tryhard bougieness, I looked like the finest nigga on the block. My normally average boobs looked like 34 Ds. I actually looked like the slim thick black girl I envisioned in my dreams. For ten dollars and ninety-one cents, I had a fire turtleneck in my closet.

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3.) Black Ankle Booties

Prior to my wardrobe revamp, the only boots I had in my closet were a dusty pair of Bearpaw boots. The only reason I even bought those boots were so I could get a knockoff pair of Uggs for a cheap price. In order to replace my struggle boots, I bought an affordable pair of black ankle booties from Joe Fresh for $24.94. The heel isn’t too high and is perfect to wear casually with boyfriend jeans. To my surprise, the quality wasn’t complete crap and they go with everything I have in my closet.

 

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Polish of the Week: Essie Head Mistress

Essie’s Head Mistress has become one of my favorite red nail polishes ever! I usually hate red nail polishes because they look like a hot mess to me, but this was a pleasant surprise. In the bottle, this appears to be a brighter red. After applying two coats of the polish, it darkened to the beautiful color pictured above. This is the perfect fall color for me and I recommend this nail polish for everyone looking for a dark red. I took so many pictures of this polish, so look below for some more struggle pics taken on my iPad.

Polishing Off the Week : The Neutrals

I have an obsession with nails. Nail polish, manicures, acrylics, whatever it is, I’m hype when it comes to nails. My nail polish obsession is truly tragic because I tend to impulse buy nail polish colors I don’t need. Despite my tragic, expensive obsession with painting my nails, I’ve decided to recommend my favorite polishes of the week. Recently, I’ve been wearing a lot more neutral polishes instead of pastel polishes. Look below for my five picks!

Essie Mochachino

This is a cool gray polish with a slight shimmer. It goes perfectly with my skin tone and I tend to dislike gray polishes.

Buy it on Amazon for $8.50.

Essie Little Brown Dress

This is a very, very dark brown polish that almost looks black. The color is reminiscent of black coffee. I highly recommend this for all my black girls reading this.

Buy it on Beyond Polish for $4.75.

OPI Barefoot in Barcelona

Barefoot in Barcelona is a pinky brown color and it’s my favorite neutral of the five.

Buy it on Amazon for $7.20.

OPI Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath is a classic neutral/nude for all skin toes. It is a very light pink but gives a subtle hint of color.

Buy it on Amazon for $6.73.

Essie Chinchilly

This polish is a gray and beige color and the color looks exactly as it does in the bottle.

Buy it on Amazon for $8.50.