My First Dupe! MAC Staunchly Stylish and NYX Natural

I found my first dupe! Unfortunately, I stumbled upon it while I was looking in my container of lipsticks, glosses and liners and realized that one of my new MAC lipliners looked exactly like my first ever NYX lipliner. Oops…

My First Dupe Head Image

The color and functionality on the lips is really where the similarities of this dupe ends. I’d recommend both products, the color is amazing for daily wear!

Below: MAC Staunchly Stylish & NYX Natural 

Dupe Hand Swatch

Dupe Arm Swatch

Wear on the lips is very similar in application and wear with a lipstick or gloss on top of it. The MAC liner is a Pro Longwear product, and it does last a LOT longer than the NYX formula does, but that is to be expected. Even in just swatching and trying to wipe off the liners from my hand, the MAC swatch stayed even after much rubbing and swiping with a baby wipe.

That being said, I have such a hard time with product staying on my lips because I talk/eat/drink so much anyway, I either give up and forget to reapply or am resigned to having to reapply consistently anyway, so I think the NYX liner is a great value for its money.

xoxo Samantha


The Versatile Blogger Award

There are a lot of blogging awards out there, but what makes them meaningful is the message behind it and the intention of the person nominating you.Versatile-blogger-awardI want to thank Karissa from Rissie Blog for nominating me for this award. I already shared this with her and my followers on Twitter, but her message sharing this award with me was exactly what I needed exactly when I needed it. I’ve had a tough couple of months. I have completely neglected this blog and social media while I navigate this emotional and difficult time of transition in my life. I was feeling down on myself, and her little message did so much to lift my spirits. So, thank you, Karissa!

I’m sure you have already seen her on her blog, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, but if you haven’t, go look her up. She has an infectious smile and such a bubbly personality that compliments her obvious drive and dedication to her creative life. She’s an inspiration and tremendous joy in my blogging experience.

In her post, she wrote that this award is described as such on the VBA website:

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.”

To me, this award means growing within a community that allows you to learn about yourself, your world, creativity and friendship.


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  • Select blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

Now, onto the rest!


  1. Hedgehogs are my favorite animal!
  2. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon cheeseburgers with a side of barbecue sauce, red wine, and trying new beers.
  3. I like to consider myself a reader and have been trying to make an effort to dedicate more concentrated time to it! (Read more about that here…) My favorite book is “A Tale of Two Cities.”
  4. My favorite movie is Funny Face
  5. Alexander McQueen will always be my favorite fashion designer.
  6. I’ve never traveled anywhere outside the United States (except to Niagara Falls, which is Canada on a technicality…) but have pushed the U.S. boundaries and have visited Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico!
  7. My eyebrows, specifically my left eyebrow, is the biggest point of frustration that I have when it comes to doing my makeup. Grow hair in that bald spot, dang it! Thank goodness brow pencils. 😉


  1. Taryn Fischer (technically a vlogger, but there are no rules here on the Internet!)
  2. Hint of Colour 
  3. Kercia Jane 
  4. Clarina Beauty 
  5. Taylor M Hawkins 
  6. Beginner Beaute
  7. The Xandra Chronicles

My Breakup Playlist

My Breakup Playlist

This is one playlist that I never thought I’d have to make.

  1. Summer, Man – Taking Back Sunday
  2. Just One Yesterday – Fall Out Boy (feat. Foxes)
  3. Never Let This Go – Paramore
  4. Numb – Envy on the Coast
  5. Better Homes and Gardens – Taking Back Sunday
  6. Ode to Sleep – twenty one pilots
  7. Karma Police – Radiohead
  8. Skeptics and True Believers – The Academy Is…
  9. Living Together – Circa Survive
  10. Strawberry Swisher pt. 2 – Dance Gavin Dance
  11. starving your friends – Envy on the Coast