Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ouai Cool

I never thought the day would come when I stopped using volumizing shampoos and conditioners and switched to products promising to repair my hair, but alas, going blonde requires some haircare overhaul. Although I go a (way too long) period between highlights, all of the bleach takes a toll on my strands. I wanted to try something both hydrating and sulfate-free, so perusing Sephora brought me to OUAI Haircare. This line, crafted by celebrity hairdresser Jen Atkins (of Kardashian and J. Lo fame), promises to repair my ends and preserve my color. The scent, reminiscent of soft rose soap, is not overpowering, and the silkiness of my hair, formerly hay-like, is a pleasant surprise. I've only used the two products a few times, but hopefully I'll fall ouai, ouai in love with this line.

Available at Sephora and OUAI Haircare.

Hello There

Welcome! I'm very excited to bring you my latest endeavor. Longtime readers will know my blog was formerly called "Valley of the Dolls," but I wanted this website to reflect my personal style and philosophy more closely. I bring you The Grey T Shirt!

Why The Grey T Shirt? 

Looking in my closet, I realized there was one article of clothing that I did not seem to be in short supply of: heather-grey t shirts. There is always that item in your closet that you can't live without, and for me, the answer was very clear. Jeans? Eh. White tees? They're okay. To me, a grey t shirt is a classic piece; it can go with anything, it can be dressed up or dressed down, and it can be worn to fit each person's individual style. The perfect grey t shirt is something we can always reach for. That's what I want this blog to be for you: a place that speaks to you, a place that you can visit for inspiration over and over again. The Grey T Shirt is style, substance, and comfort, all wrapped in one pretty (if I may say so myself) little blog.

So stay a while, enjoy yourself, and be sure to check back often for lots of fun posts. If you have any comments, ideas, or just want to say hello, be sure to leave a comment down below. Lots of love, and thanks for joining me on this new adventure! Xx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monthly Must-Haves: March

Did you hear? It snowed today here in Michigan, breaking a record from 1880 with a total of 94.8" of snow this winter. Lovely, right? Yesterday, it was almost 70 degrees in the morning, and today I was pulling out my boots again! When will it ever end?? Just when I was getting exciting about pulling out my favorite springtime beauty products, I'm right back to slathering on facial cream and using hand lotion like it's nobody's business. The forecast for the rest of the week looks less bleak than today, so I'll stay optimistic that I'll be wearing my favorite spring Chloé fragrance soon.

This winter, I tried lots of new products and found some new favorites that will become part of my permanent arsenal. I figured I'd share my most-used products from March. Here's to hoping that April's favorites are more suitable for sunshiny days!

Monthly Must-Haves: March

Clarisonic Mia 2: There is absolutely zero exaggeration in me saying that the Clarisonic is a lifesaver. We all hear bloggers and gurus wax poetic about how great a Clarisonic is for your skin, but until you've tried it for yourself, you won't be prepared for how beautiful it makes your skin look and feel. I'll do a separate post on my new love for my Clarisonic, but know that I've been using it every single day!
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Bang: This creamy orangey-red lipstick was my go-to when my face was feeling a little blah. It really brightened up my complexion, wore for a long time, and felt very comfortable on the lips. I like the Revolution formula, and added a few more shades to my collection this month.
Oribe Crème for Style: I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Oribe products. Last year when I was using them, I felt like my hair got really greasy really quickly. It might be because of the fact that my hair is lighter now (meaning a little more texture), but I've been using this cream every day before blowdrying. It keeps my hair nice and sleek, and smells amazing.
Sephora Collection Classic Brow Filler Brush #100 and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony: It's been an ongoing struggle trying to find the perfect product to fill my brows in with. They look dark in person, but in pictures, you can barely see them (even though I keep them thick). This waxy cream makes my brows look sculpted and deep. Beware, though: a tiny bit goes a loooong way.
essie Nail Color in Forever Yummy: I've been looking for a classic lipstick red polish for some time, but am never satisfied. This is it.
Josie Maran Argan Oil: My skin is super oily, so the idea of putting even more oil on top of it is terrifying. Like I said, it has been a treacherous winter here in Michigan, and my skin was thirsty. I would dab a few drops of this on dry spots and watch them disappear. I am probably alone in this, but I do wish this oil was scented; I feel like a nice, light fragrance would make it feel more luxurious.
Prada Candy L'Eau: I wore the parfum version of this fragrance last winter, and oddly enough, it would make my chest break out every time I would put it on. This version is still sultry but a little lighter, and had no adverse effects on my skin. Did you see that there is now a Floral version of this scent? I might be in fragrance trouble…
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: I'm not really sure what the point of the hourglass wand is, but the formula is a beautiful inky black that allows me to wear multiple coats without looking clumpy or flakey. A new favorite formula, for sure.

What were some of your beauty necessities last month? Are there any products you're really hoping to try out this spring? Did it snow by you this week? Leave comments, and I'll talk to you all soon! Xx

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spring Fever

spring fever

The other day, I was browsing through my "Loves" at when I realized something odd: nearly every item was a flowery pink, peach, or lavender shade, and several items mentioned "rose" or "flower" in the name. Sure, my style is feminine, but I was never one to brand myself as "girly." The proof is in the pudding, though, and with spring (hopefully!) around the corner, I'm begging to be bathed in shades of delicate blossoms and blooms. Here are some of the beauty picks I'll be pining after come springtime:

1. L'Occitane 'Pivoine Flora' Hand Cream. ($12)

2. Formula X for Sephora in 'Alive'. ($10.50)

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in 'Diffused Heat'. ($35)

4. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in 'Bolero' and 'Paimpol'. ($25 each)

5. Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment. ($56)

6. Chloe 'Roses de Chloe' Eau de Toilette Spray. ($120)

7. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in '007 Lingerie Pink'. ($35)

8. FRESH Rose Floral Toner. ($38)

What's on your spring wish list? Do you live for the ladylike floral shades of April and May, or do you prefer the dark, rich shades of winter? Have a happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend! Keep your fingers crossed for no more snow! Xx