Jul 20, 2015

Summer Bare Face

Embrace the bare face is a statement that I shy away from. Don't get me wrong I will lounge around the house without makeup ALL DAY LONG - no shame! But when I make the effort to step outside, I put at least some type of coverage on to make myself look put together (even if I'm in baggy sweats).
The following items are what makeup my summer bare-face, and also a preview to some of my favorite items lately.
I first start off with my MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose. I sweep this under my eyes in a "V" formation and then blend away with my fingers.
Then I do a pea size amount of the Rimmel Matte BB Cream and an even smaller amount of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and mix that in between my fingers. I will take that mixture straight to my face with my fingers and work it in my face. If things are looking streaky I will take the Sephora Airbrush Brush and blend it in my skin This gives the perfect amount of coverage and the LM Tinted Moisturizer gives the Matte look of the BB Cream a little bit of life.
After all that, I take my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark and a the big powder brush from Real Techniques and powder everything to keep it in place! 
Voila, this combo lets me look presentable in front of society and is super quick! 

Jul 13, 2015

KEEP Collective Experience

The ladies around my office LOVE throwing jewelry parties. And I love getting invited to them. It makes me feel like we put down our crazy busy woman capes away for a minute, and talk about girl stuff, like pretty and sparkly jewelry!
About a month ago, I was invited to a KEEP Collective party. I started hearing about this brand through a close co-worker who kept asking me to throw a party. Now I love parties, but I'm always scared of being a host, and not bringing in too many people... It's just a fear of mine. So when another co-worker decided to take her up on her offer, I was super excited. I got out the catalog she gave me weeks ago, and chose all the things I was going to purchase.
One warning all women should give you before jewelry parties (Stella and Dot, Premier, and etc.) is that your bank account will cry out for help. Being a jewelry party attendee veteran, I was loaded and ready to fire.
Once we got to the venue, I flipped through the book look at the charms, and confirmed my already chosen options. I filled out my order sheet, and held my breath for a total. Now, I don't remember off the top of my head how much it was, but I can do a simple math for you.

Two nights before this party, I went to a Stella & Dot jewelry party, and got three items that definitely cost me well over $150... I remember when I got my KEEP Collective receipt, I was relieved because it was nowhere near that total! I got two reversible leather bracelets, one big script charm, two birthstone charms, a handwritten love charm, and a paw print charm, and it was nowhere near that cost. I was so impressed that I was determined to write a raving review right then and there. Then, things got better. I received my order in TWO DAYS. Now, the online shopper in you should be squealing, because there is nothing worse than doing a huge order and waiting in anticipation to receive it!
I was so happy with the way the charms turned out, that I am here outwardly recommending KEEP Collective to you! Also apparently they are a Stella & Dot company (go figure).
KEEP Collective Link

Jun 18, 2015

Daily Details

I love costume jewelry as much as the next girl, but there are days when I don't want to wear a heavy necklace, arm candy up to my elbows, and a cocktail ring that inhibits my typing skills. I can tell you this much though, I never leave the house without jewelry on. I always have at least one thing on. This quick little post is to visually entertain you with jewelry that has become a part of my body!
First, and foremost my most treasured item on this planet...

My engagement ring is that one piece of jewelry that I never take off. I'm not one of those people that get bothered by jewelry while they are sleeping, so this baby goes to bed with me as well.
The next three are things that I wear on most days.

My white gold studs are my prized posessions. I got these for Christmas three years ago, and I LOVE them.

My Michael Kors watch is a cult favorite, you'll notice at this point we are changing metals (silver to gold). I admit that I am one to wear different shades of metal no matter what the rules say.

My last piece was a gift from my dad a year ago. It is a letter "D" for my name, with a little evil eye on the bottom. With my Turkish heritage, I am a huge advocate of having evil eyes everywhere! So I wear this all the time, unless I like to wear one of my statement necklaces.

May 19, 2015

Liz Earle Skincare Review

Have you been watching YouTube for the past three+ years, then you have probably heard of the Liz Earle Skincare brand. This brand took YouTube by storm, and everytime someone spoke of their Cleanser and how great it was, I wanted to take the plunge. For some reason or another, I was always using another face wash during that time (probably my gigantor bottle of Cetaphil), and I never got the opportunity to purchase.

A month ago, I was watching videos again, and came across another fellow beauty addict talking about the skincare which sparked my interest (my philosophy cleanser was running out, and I wasn't too impressed).

What I ended up purchasing were these two babies; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I'll start my review with the Cleanse and Polish that everyone and their mother has talked about.  This is a creamy cleanser that comes in a pump bottle which dispenses enough product for the whole face through one pump. 
It feels very nice on the skin when applied. The way you are supposed to use this is to work it into your skin, and then rinse of with one of the two cleansing cloths. The best part about this cleanser is definitely the hot cloth. It reminds me of the hot towels you used to get on planes! It just makes my skin feel very plump afterwards. This cleanser does the job of cleansing, and didn't irritate my sensitive skin. There is nothing too special about it, and it doesn't have any magical skills, but if you are looking for a natural, non irritating cleanser, give this a go! 

The second product is one that you are supposed to follow the cleanser with; the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This stuff has to be my favorite toner to date. It doesn't burn, irritate or strip my skin from its natural oils. It almost has a calming effect on the skin, and feels amazing when applied with a cotton pad. Again, no magical feels with this product, but for those who have great skin that are just looking to nourish it, I would definitely purchase this.

All and all, they are great products, I just wasn't blown away by them. I think the hype is too overrated but in no means is this a bad product. 

May 11, 2015

April Favorites

April has come and gone, and we are one step closer to summer! With the seasons changing, of course, like any other beauty nut, my face game has been changing as well… I am sticking to lighter wear coverage as well as minimal products. Now my minimalism has kicked in way before warm weather, as it is just very time consuming for me to go through a whole YouTube video routine in the morning before work. Let’s be honest, I barely put in my contacts without poking my eye out and losing some casualties into my sink.

So I hopped on the Bare Minerals bandwagon, and purchased the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream in Buttercream. I HATED it when I first used it. The coverage was sub-par, it made me look like a grease ball, and it said to re-apply every two hours, which I was not having. Then I started playing around with it in combination with other products. Well this product goes perfectly with my IT Cosmetics CC Full Coverage Cream in Light. The CC cream color corrects hyper pigmentation and almost mattifies the skin, where the Bare Minerals brings some light to my skin with the dewiness. Now this is my perfect combo, but I can tell you right now I won’t be repurchasing the Bare Minerals Gel Cream again. It is just not for me, but like I said I LOVE how it works with IT Cosmetics CC Cream. Let me know if you would like to see my Spring Face with these products.

In conjunction with being light, having no eye makeup really let me be brave with my lipstick. I finally bit the dust, and purchased one of the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry. This is the PERFECT pinky-red for the summer. You can apply it almost sheer, where it looks like your lips but a little bit more cherry tinted, or you can build it up to make it a matte pinky-red. I love the versatility that this product offers. And since it is a matte lipstick, you can always make it high shine with a gloss over it! 

Apr 15, 2015

Bookworm Lara: Lean In Review

I am often told that I got lucky with my career, and that this was a blessing in disguise, which I agree with. I am at a very good place in life for my age, and years out of college. But I don’t think it has to do with luck (maybe a little bit about being at the right place at the right time), it has more to do with work ethic and your will to succeed. Being a woman in a male dominated industry can be walking with a cloud over your head. You don’t even think about it, until someone points it out to you, where that little light bulb goes off.
I recently had the pleasure of reading “Lean In”, recommended by my female boss. My first impression was that I was going to dislike this book. There is nothing more that rubs me the wrong way than privileged people complaining. I was brought up with the morals of if there is food on the table, and there is a roof over our head, we shouldn’t be complaining about anything.
The best part about this book was that the author wasn’t complaining, but merely stating facts that we don’t recognize in everyday life. She has many different roles, and goes through many different experiences, as she is “climbing” up the career ladder (if you read the book, you’ll see why I put “climbing” in quotes.
I suggest this book to any woman who is engulfing in a career, new or old, and any man who wants to understand where women who speak up are coming from. Many times, the issue isn’t that these things are happening on purpose, but our society has been this way for so long, no one realizes the thoughts they think are false.

Let me know if you have read this book, and what you thought about it!