Hi friends!  A few months ago, I was using a foundation that was breaking me out terribly and to say the least I was extremely frustrated.  When Influenster reached out to me asking that I test the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, the timing couldn’t have been better.  When it comes to acne, I’m usually willing to try almost anything, and with a name like, “Better Skin” I was practically counting down the days until it showed up at my doorstep.

As it turns out, the shade, “Porcelain” is just a little too light for me, but I ended up loving this foundation so much that I actually went out and bought it in the next shade up, “Classic Ivory”.  The formula glides on so smooth and blends seamlessly with my moisturizer.  Unlike some foundations where I feel like I have to use a million pumps to look even on my whole face, this one can cover everything with just one.  Most importantly, it didn’t break me out any further and within a few weeks I noticed my skin had actually improved!  I had much less redness overall and far fewer blemishes.

Here are some of my personal tips to get the most out of your foundation:

1.)  Prevent breakouts.

If you have acne prone skin make sure that you are using a foundation that is oil-free!  This is so important.  I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased a foundation that said “great for oily skin”, only to later really read the ingredients and see some kind of oil listed.  If it doesn’t say “oil-free” right on the front it probably isn’t.  Always check the ingredients.

2.)  Increase the staying power with one easy fix.

Making your foundation last all day long is as simple as this: oil and water don’t mix.  When you are using a water based primer or moisturizer, make sure that your foundation is water based as well.  Silicone based or oil based foundations need to be mixed with silicone or oil based primers and moisturizers.  A foundation that wipes off mid-day could be due to a bad primer combination so again, check those ingredients.

3.) Remove oil for a better finish.

By lightly ridding your face of any excess oil, you will not only decrease shine, but your foundation will last significantly longer throughout the day.  Place a tissue lightly on top of your skin like a blanket and gently pat off the oils from your t-zone and chin.

4.)  Apply powder.

Post foundation application, apply a powder to set everything in.  I find that even just a little really makes a difference in my foundation routine.

5.)  Use a setting spray.

A setting spray is designed to better adhere foundation to your face and while some work better than others, there are a couple that REALLY do the job.  One of my personal favorites is the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer.  Not only is it used by many professional makeup artists, but it’s super affordable at around $10.00.

Hope these tips helped and thanks for reading! (:


Nicole ♡

fall-transition-fashionpolka-dotsred lips and polka dotsfall-fashion

Midi skirt: H&M (similar) // Top: H&M (similar) // Shoes: ALDO // Necklace: H&M (alternative) // Sunglasses: Target // Purse: Target (alternative) // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red” (my favorite!)

Hi friends!  Who’s ready for pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking??  I’m trying not to rush it, but I can’t help but feel so excited for everything fall!  When I’m trying to transition my wardrobe I like to take summer tops and pair them with big midi skirts for the perfect almost-fall-weather combo.  You can also add a jacket if it starts to get chilly early in the season.


Nicole ♡

h&m printed skirth&m skirtgiraffe printed skirtbubble necklaceend of summer fashion

Top: Zara (similar) // Skirt: H&M (a few years old and unavailable) (alternative) (animal print pencil skirt alternative that’s perfect for fall!) // Necklace: The Shopping Bag (similar) c/o // Bag: Aldo (similar) // Shoes: LifeStride // Sunglasses: Target // Earrings: Piercing Pagoda (similar)

Hi friends!  As much as I wish it wasn’t, summer is quickly coming to an end.  In a little over a week I’ll be in my last year of college, and although I’m looking forward to the new year, I’m really going to miss my summer wardrobe!  I’m taking every opportunity possible to wear my favorite warm weather skirts (like this one) while I still can.  This particular skirt from H&M is a few years old, but in general, I love bold patterns like this paired with a simple top and accessories during warm seasons like this one.


Nicole ♡

Diptyque candle DIY
Printing stickers
Diptyque stickers
Diptyque candles

Hi everyone!  So before I begin this tutorial, I just wanted to mention that this idea originated from blogger/YouTuber Hello Maphie, and I am just recreating the DIY for my readers.  She is incredibly talented and creative, and although there are plenty of DIYs on the internet that no one really knows who did it first, this is not one of them.  She is definitely the brains behind this one, so be sure to visit her channel HERE if you get the chance! (:

Let’s get into it!  It’s pretty likely that you’ve seen Diptyque candles before.  Diptyque is a Paris-based company that produces a line of scented candles, perfumes and face/body care.  For years, the candles have been particularly popular, popping up allover Tumblr and Instagram.  When the candle burns out, people like to use the empty votive holder to store q-tips, makeup brushes, lipsticks, etc.  I loved the way these holders looked on top of vanities and coffee tables, but unfortunately, the price tag was a little out of my budget.  So, I decided to DIY one instead!  Here’s how:

You will need:

○ Candle votives (I found mine at a thrift store, but Michael’s and Ikea have some as well) 

White sticker paper

○ A printer

For me the most difficult item to pick out was a votive holder because there are so many different shapes and sizes to choose from.  Once you have your holder, find a few pictures of different Diptyque candles on Google Images.  Only select the most clear and crisp looking ones.  I copied the images into Microsoft Word and then printed them out on the sticker paper. You then cut the stickers out individually and stick them to your votive.  That’s it!

Thank you for reading and I would love to see some of your recreations!


Nicole ♡

white romper
the shopping bag
nordstrom romper
lifestride heels

Romper: Nordstrom (similar) (similar) // Necklace: The Shopping Bag (25% off your order with code: THEINSPIRATIONCLOSET) (cute alternative here) (and here) // Shoes: LifeStride // Water Bottle: Victoria’s Secret (alternative)

When this romper arrived in the mail, the first thought that came to my mind was that this looks like one of those cute all white tennis outfits.  Between the mesh in the center and the silhouette of the bottoms, I was instantly inspired.  Is it just me or do you guys think that evening wear is starting to incorporate some sporty vibes?  To get you inspired, we went for something dramatic and photographed in one of the most sporty locations possible, while keeping a very girly vibe for those who are looking to dress up, but still rock the trend (hence the heels).  I’m a total girly girl, so this is how I would rock the sporty trend in evening wear.  How would you wear sporty chic?

Also, you guys can get 25% of your order from The Shopping Bag with the code: THEINSPIRATIONCLOSET !  This necklace is already on sale, so with the code you’ll get it for really marked down! (:

Thanks for reading!


Nicole ♡