Oct 31, 2014

October Favorites

Well, there goes another month, fast and furious. Just leaving us, getting us closer to the HOLIDAYS! This is actually my three months that I am my happiest. My anniversary, Halloween, My birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! SO MANY FESTIVITIES! For the next couple of months my favorites will most likely feature oldie but goodies, as I am saving up for Christmas presents (my favorite kind of shopping). But don't let that statement sway you, I will still have my impulse purchases that may become a part of my natural daily habits. 
This month was a month of minimalistic makeup that made me look good, but not too done up. It felt like I wasn't myself without berry lips and all that, but work has got me so tired that I haven't had energy for creativity. 
Beauty Blender has got me singing songs about it! It took me such a long time to justify purchasing an expensive, pink sponge just because YouTubers said so...Well, I am eating my words, because all the hype and spend is so justified! This thing is out of this world and unlike any brush I have ever tried (Sigma, Sephora, Real Techniques). This little nugget turns big once in contact with water, and the damp beauty sponge blurs out imperfections with the help of your foundation. I have used this with light coverage-medium coverage foundations and the result that I get from all of them is satisfactory. My only dislike is that it looks so dirty, even though I wash it like crazy. 

DiorSkin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup is something that I shyed away from after using it for a couple of months. The reason being was the smell, and I was applying it wrong! This is an amazing daytime foundation that does wonders, and I can't believe I left it hid in the back of my drawers for so long! It isn't long-wearing but is an amazing weekend foundation where you need something to lighten up your skin and make you look awake. The scent is still there, but I love how it makes my skin look, that I can bare that! 

These two partners in crime are a match made in heaven. Let's be honest, the reason I picked these up were for the gorgeous fonts, and beautiful packaging (and the fact that I love Katy Perry, and she is promoting). So I picked both up in not so much high hope, due to the fact most drugstore foundations (besides Revlon Whipped ColorStay) have disappointed me in the past. 

A constant favorite is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, which I have finally hit pan on. The lasting power isn't as great as people claim but the color comes off a very natural flushed tone. Don't let what is in the pan fool you! This is a definite everyday color. 

Ahhh the brow duo! The first one is a new favorite, the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. It is a new product from Maybelline, and I love the price tag as much as I love the quality. It lets my brows stay put as well as distribute color so that those spars areas get coated and look fuller. The one on the bottom is the one I love but hate the price tag and the longevity (how long it takes for the actual product runs out). The beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz lives up to the hype. It gives control so that you can get into the little areas and can also give your brows a precise shape. I use the shade Soft Brown.

Lastly, I have my Benefit They're Real. The reason I love this product is because (now, I may be dreaming) I think this is actually making my lashes fuller and lengthier.. Is there a secret serum in this stuff???


That's it lovelies! Happy Halloween to all.

Oct 28, 2014

Fall in Love: Sperry Booties

I want to introduce the internet to my new friends this fall, my Sperry booties. First, let me address your shock, I had no idea Sperry's made boots either! I got an email a couple of months back from Sperry (subscribed to their mailing list) and saw the cuteness that was their booties! I fell in love with this tan pair, and had to save up everything and buy them before it was bootie weather!





HARLOW BURNISHED LEATHER WEDGE BOOTIE $130


I wear these babies to work, going out, and just casually on day basis. It is harder to style certain outfits with booties such as jeans and their length (cuffing is recommended), but they have become a huge staple that I am glad I splurged on. I do recommend getting a leather protectant spray of some sort, and spray these babies before winter comes with snow, and salt!

Oct 20, 2014

Inside a Simple Wedding Binder

Wedding planning has to be the best thing that will happen to an organizational, all frilly things loving me! The only problem is our set date is so far away (summer 2016), that I can’t seem to justify starting anything but planning when I should start things. For now I wanted to show you my starter Wedding Binder, that I DIY’ed. No need to purchase binders that give you timelines, and fill in the blank pages…. To be honest, it is not worth 65 dollars. Here is my own little kit, that will work just fine. 

My choice was a white 2" binder ($7.19). At this point, I am not too certain how much material I will have to fill this bad boy up, but I wanted to be on the safe side! 

Colorful pens! I am a true hoarder of pens. I try all kinds, and am very picky about how they write and perform. The Le Pens are my favorite. They have tons of colors (think Crayola Crayon box), and don't bleed through paper. I got my 18 pen set from Amazon for $22.



Then I decided I would want a small notebook, for writing down ideas, and taking to meetings where I don't want to drag my big binder to. I opted for this gold and white striped notebook from Target ($3.99). For the inside of the binder, I have a Wedding Planner guide that I downloaded from Etsy, that has general guidance and sheets to fill in such as Guest List, Bridesmaids and their sizes, Groomsmen and their sizes. It's a very simple guide which doesn't provide too much content, which makes it free flowing to my needs. EmbellisheDesigns ($12). Then I have a binder pocket to carry any sample fabrics, business cards, or anything else that won't go into a sheet protector ($2.29). At the moment, I keep my big paper clips in there, which I am obsessed with ($8.60).   


 I've also found a couple of different Wedding Timeline Sheets to make my own. They all follow the general guideline, but some have different information than the rest, which makes me feel like my list will be well-rounded with all the different input.


So there it is, the first post of my wedding series. This is my first time doing (duh), so you will be here with me for the ups, the downs and the ugly! Buckle up and sit tight, we still have a year and eight months.

Oct 7, 2014

BACK IN BLOG

There are so many things to say and not enough line space for this blog to handle. I took a HUGE hiatus due to adjusting to life with a full-time job and all the stress that came with it… I am back and boy, am I excited!
In the past year, I have moved into my own home, and got engaged (that happened a month ago, so more recently than anything else).
I wanted to take this blog a step further and bring you into my daily life. With a new home, and a wedding to plan, things are going crazy in my life, and the balancing act has definitely gotten harder!

So if you allow it, I will bore you with my projects, wedding inspiration and take you on my life long journey!

Jun 1, 2014

May Choices

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer |$43| Due to its insane price tag I never wanted to purchase this tinted moisturizer. In my defense, I find tinted moisturizers useless next to my Estee Lauder Doublewear Light. The reason I purchased this was because I was out of my Estee Lauder and the counter didn't have my shade, so I decided to take the plunge and take the oh so famous tinted moisturizer. The hype is right, true and deserving! This product doesn't stay as long as the Estee Lauder Doublewear Light but it covers like a beast, and feels super lightweight! I wouldn't say it is worth the pricetag, because Estee Lauder Doublewear Light is cheaper and stays on longer, but it is super lightweight and is a great tinted moisturizer and has been on my face every day and night!
NYX Buttergloss in Peaches and Cream |$5| Cheap, lovely, and smooth! I will never purchase high end lipglosses ever again, because, well first of all, I hate lipglosses, and this one is the only one that I have liked the wear. It isn't sticky or look goopy on my lips! Love Love Love!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed |$26| Amazing summer blush color. It is not as dark as it looks. It's actually a pink color and goes on incredible! It looks great with a tan and with pale skin. Very versatile shade.
MAC Cremesheen in Peach Blossom |$16| I have been wearing this lipstick everyday since I have gotten it! I dont know why not enough people talk about it, because it is the PERFECT everyday shade. Shy girl move over, there's a new favorite in town! It is peachy enough that it looks natural on tinted lips (like mine). If you have no pigmentation to your lips this will give life to your lips and make the look plump without looking overdone.
Anastasia Brow Pencil in Dark Brown |$23| More expensive than it's other popular friend that isn't in pencil form, I like the pencil form way better. Reason being? It lasts a heck of a lot longer, and doesn't break as easily and in my opinion performs the same longevity and pigmentation wise. The only pain? Sharpening..
Pureology MultiTasking Hair Beautifier |$25| Ever since going lighter with my hair my morrocon oil doesn't give enough moisture to my hair. This stuff claims to have 21 benefits (PRIME:Hair Color Protection, Leave In Conditioner, Hair Detangler Spray, Blow Dry Spray for Quick Drying, Moisturizer for Dry Hair, Low Porosity Hair Care, Weightless Conditioner, Hair Cutting Lotion. PROTECT: Split End Treatment & Prevention, Hair Breakage Treatment from Daily Brushing & Combing, Hair Fiber Product, Repair and Protect Heat Damaged Hair, Shields Hair Against Environmental Damage. PERFECT: Hair Smoothing Treatment, Silky Hair Treatment, Seals Hair Cuticle, Hair Moisturizer Spray for Reduced Dryness, Anti, Frizz Hair Spray, Reduces Hair Static, Hair Refresher Spray for Restyling, Hair Shine Treatment). I can't vouch for it working as a hair fiber product, because I honestly don't know how you measure that but everyone else gets a big fat YES! I love this product and the price tag doesn't even bug me because how much more manageable it has made my hair ever since going blonder!
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma |$6| This shadow is gorgeous and has been on my lids ever since I got a tan. I can't even describe how much glow it brings to your eyes and don't get me started on how buttery smooth it is! Marlena (Makeup Geek) has done an amazing job on all her shadows but this one blows every shadow on the planet out of the water! I love it so much. It is way better than any shimmery MAC Shadow I have purchased, and I will never go back to Shroom or All That Glitters or that other one I can't even name because I don't give it the light of day since Shimma Shimma!

May 20, 2014

BITE Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato

OBSESSED.
BITE Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato

I love this stuff so much! The color, the pigmentation, the way it lays on my lips. It was definitely love at first sight. I've never felt anything like this before. Usually lipsticks in a liquid formula dry out my lips and look crusty and weird. This stuff gives a matte finish with a slight shine, and does not suck any moisture out.

  -Definitely feels like cashmere-

It is an expensive product with a jaw-dropping (to me) $28. With that said, a little goes a long long way. I am considering purchasing all the colors. I am usually a super frugal person when it comes to lipsticks, because drugstore options compare, or even sometimes are better than high end products. This is one of a kind. The unique thing about BITE products is that they are also natural ingredients, which makes my lippies happy campers. 

Apr 28, 2014

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Review

This has been a long time coming… We’ve all seen it everywhere, used by everyone. It gets raging reviews but when its time to sit down and order, I can never justify the price tag.


During the Sephora VIB Sale, I decided that I really needed to bite the bullet and purchase products that I’ve been wanting for forever and not just buy things that were new.. So I went ahead and purchased the Beauty Blender and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (oil free). I went back and forth between the regular formula vs. the oil free, but since I was purchasing full size and would use it during the summer, I knew oil free was the way to go.


Before I go on a tangent that you might not want to read, just know that I LOVE this product. It covers well, especially considering how light it feels. After I stipple it on my face with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, I completely forget that it is there. I don’t like tinted moisturizer because they offer no coverage, which is why Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is my favorite tinted moisturizer-esque product. The LM Tinted Moisturizer gets rid of redness and evens out your skin tone. It won’t cover any blemishes, but that is why we have concealer. I got the color Caramel ,which is a little too dark but it blends effortlessly and doesn’t look like my face is a different shade, which makes me feel that I could use this while I’m darker during the summer months.


The longevity can definitely be improved by the use of a powder. I finish it off with my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and the result is flawless. I’ve been wearing this day and night (adding on more bronzer and blush during night), and can definitely say that this will be a summer staple.

Don’t let the price tag freak you out, because the tube is HUGE and you do get a lot of product and a little (I use a pea-size amount for my whole face) goes a long way.


So if you are looking for a light-feel, medium coverage product for Spring and Summer and if you are as late as I was, or were on the fence about spending the bucks, I would say take the plunge!