Monday, June 22, 2015

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Summer Haul

Hello and welcome to my first haul! I thought I'd share with you some things I bought recently to mark the beginning of summer. Lots of stores are currently having fantastic sales and I've definitely been taking advantage of them, hope you enjoy!

Most the clothes I bought were from Macy's since they were having a GREAT sale. I believe it was an extra 60% off sale items, so naturally I stocked up.

// sweater top // Macy's // $2
This is a lovely cropped, sleeveless sweater top. I'm obsessed with sweaters so it was necessary that I got a sweater a can wear in the summer time. It's a light-weight, soft material and was something like $2 (yes, $2!!!), so I basically fell in love.

// mint cropped trousers // Macy's // $11
I wasn't sure about getting these pants at first, seeing as I found them in the more "mature" women's section (elastic waistband and everything). However, I'm glad I got them! I absolutely love the color and fit. They come to the bellybutton, perfect for paring with a loose-fitting crop top (as seen above - I just love this outfit!). The fact that they are cropped seems like a bit of a risk, again playing on the "mature" style, but paired with some strappy sandals, I think they will be perfect for summer! Oh, and these were also a great deal at $11.

// velvet floral crop top // Macy's // $3
Love this velvet top. The floral print is just beautiful with a black background. It's part of the American Rag collection, which is usually a bit too bohemian for me, but I really like this piece. It's seen above tucked in to the high-waisted skirt, but since it is a crop top, it'd be great untucked maybe with some high-waisted jeans. IT WAS $3!

// black high-waisted skirt // Forever 21 // $15
This skirt is seriously the perfect length. I love skirts that are a bit longer, but not too long and this one comes just above the knee - perfect. The waist fits well and the fabric is on the stiffer side, allowing it to keep its full shape. Not shown in the picture, it does have a lovely button detail on one side - very well made!

// red, v-neck dress // Macy's // $9
No idea when I'm going to wear this, but it's such a beautiful dress! The picture doesn't do it justice. I adore the sleeves! Comes to the knee (which rocks). It is supposed to be a very form fitting dress, but is just a bit too big on me (for $9, it's something I can live with!), so I may add a belt. Simply breathtaking and well made - what a steal!

// nude & black cami // Forever 21 // $1.90 each
These are an essential for me. They are soft and surprisingly well made for the price! I got one in  nude and one in black. Nice and stretchy, though they are a bit thin. It has a slight V-neck, which I like.

// white "U" mug with gold details // Anthropologie // $4
Anthropologie is also having a pretty good sale. I got this great, large and chunky mug. The handle is so great and I love how big it is. The U has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but it was $4 and I'm obsessed with mugs.

// crystal arch studs // Forever 21 // $4
These earrings are so beautiful! I didn't make a detail picture, but the stones are teensy and layered in 3 rows - this makes them look very expensive and elegant. They are part of a "Delicates" jewelry line from Forever 21, so I think they are trying to make jewelry that looks a bit "ritzier" - and they succeeded! I just can't get over how gorgeous these are!

// Simple Cleansing Micellar Water // CVS // $6.99
This stuff is my new holy grail beauty product. I've already gone through a bottle of this stuff. I use this on a cotton pad in the morning - its super fast and easy for days I'm in a rush. If you'd like a full review - comment below, I could talk about this stuff for days!

// NYX Butter Gloss in "Tiramisu" // CVS // $4.99
I'm pretty neutral on this product. I'm usually not one for lipgloss, but I thought I'd give it a shot because I've heard great reviews. The color is beautiful, but it was a bit heavy and sticky. I think I'll keep it around because I do like the color so much. But don't let this review scare you away, I'm just not a lipgloss fan! For someone who is, I think this would be a great gloss. The color is a light, brown-pink and is the perfect "your lips but better color". If you want a more in depth review/swatch, comment below!

// Essie nail polish in "e-nuf is e-nuf" // CVS // $8.50
The picture shows it as more of a red, but it's really a beautiful coral color. No surprise, Essie makes fantastic nail polish. I love this color for summer, I'm painting my nail right after I finish this post!

// mini candles in "Lavender Vanilla" and "Honeysuckle Bouquet" // Bath and Body Works // $2 each
B&BW is also having the biggest sale ever right now. Most scents were on sale and they even brought back a bunch of throw-back scents! I also got two body sprays for $3 a piece, but I gave them away as presents. The candles are two beautiful, feminine scents. The Lavender Vanilla sounded a bit scary, I though it might smell a bit "public bathroomy", but I was pleasantly surprised! It smells just like what lavender and vanilla should smell like together. Such a soft, elegant scent! And of course the honeysuckle one is a winner. They also came in really beautiful colored glass containers that just added to the reasons I couldn't resist these.

That's all for my first haul, I really hope you enjoyed it! Again, if you'd like to see a full review of any of the products, comment below. 

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Thanks so much and stay golden,
xx  Brooke

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Super Dupe: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Dupe

Hi. I'm Brooke and I'm obsessed with eyebrows.

I have very light, blonde eyebrows and am always on the lookout for new products to fill in my brows and allow me to look human. A couple months ago I found this awesome dupe and I just had to share!

Anastasia is known for they're brow supplies and the Dipbrow Pomade is a cult favorite for defined brows. I finally broke down and bought it (and the double ended brush to go with it) and could see why so many people like it, though I wasn't blown off my feet (I still prefer powder or retractable pencils). I was stoked when I found out Maybelline's Color Tattoo is a perfect dupe.

The formula is exactly the same. Same powdery finish. Same thickness. Same ease of application. Same staying power - which showed true when I tried to wash the swatches off my hand and they were both equally tough to remove.

I got the color 'Taupe' for Anastasia and '35 Tough as Taupe' for Maybelline. The color is different (Maybelline's is more of an ashy tone) but both work for blondes!

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - Taupe
Maybelline Color Tatto - Tough as Taupe
both paired with L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 'Medium to Dark'

And of course, the price...
 // Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade     $18 (Sephora)
 // Maybelline Color Tattoo         $4.19! (Target)

I highly recommend trying out this dupe. If you do and love it as much as I do, let me know in the comments below!

Also, I'm thinking about doing an eyebrow post/how to make light brows darker. If you like to see that, let me know!

Stay golden,
xx Brooke

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Welcome to 'Fools Love Gold'

Hello and welcome!
I just wanted to take this post as a chance to tell you a little bit about my blog!
I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Brooke and I live in North Carolina, US. I'm currently attending NC State University. Also, I love blueberry muffins, knitting, and my cat, Buttons.
Previously I had started a very small blog with WordPress, but I found that I enjoyed using Blogger  more. 
Anyways! This blog will be a little different than the previous blog I started. With this blog I'd like to record my journey of making a luxurious life (or at least what appears to be) happen on a low budget - almost like fool's gold, which is where I got the idea for the name of this blog (eh?, eh?). I'm a full time college student (aka I'm broke), which sort of forces me to live on a tight budget. I still plan to post about beauty, DIY and crafts, fashion, hair, as well as lifestyle, health, and fitness, except now with a focus of only using budget-friendly products and supplies. If you have any specific posts you'd like to see or have any questions, please email me! (
I should have my social media sites set up soon and I'll let you know when they're ready to follow!
Thank you so much and I hope to see you soon!
Stay golden,
xx Brooke