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! 

Apr 11, 2015


There’s something about a 20% off coupon coming in your mail, right after you go into an ULTA and had to leave because they’re card machines weren’t working… I like to call it fate. It was fate that their machines weren’t working and when I came home a 20% off was waiting for me! So, in recognition of fate, I had to go and bring back some goodies home with me! 

Apr 3, 2015

2015 March Favorites

This month I kept it pretty simple makeup wise. I was travelling for most of March and didn't want to pack too much with me. The two things that I loved were things that made my life easy.

Still stay all day waterproof liquid liner in dark brown is a one-step felt-tip eyeliner that stays on all day even without primer. Now listen, I have very oily eyelids... I mean eye primer is my best friend. Now, I dared to wear this without primer, for testing purposes, and this stuff sticks and doesn’t flake or budge for at least a full work day (8-9.5 hours for me). Now I choose brown, because I would never wear black eyeliner (my eyes are too small), but I know the black version has the same staying power, because I’ve seen it in action on a girlfriend of mine.

Now, this next item got me super excited. The Bioderma sensible h2o make up removing Micelle solution just launched in Beautylish earlier in March. This is a makeup remover that most British bloggers, and vloggers rave about. I just didn’t want to pay for the shipping costs, as this would have come from France. As soon as I got the email that this hit the U.S., I shelled out the cash without hesitation. The hype stands up! It removes EVERYTHING, and doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever. I would definitely recommend this to people who don’t want to keep buying makeup wipes.

My last favorite is a fashion favorite that was on my Spring Lust List. The New Balance classics wl515 in stormy night violet….I really shouldn’t have to say much about these, and let the pictures speak for themselves. I was originally going to get the black and white pair, so that I could wear them with everything. As soon as I saw the combo of the sky blue and violet, I just fell in love, and couldn’t not get these! They brighten up my day, and make me feel like I am 12 again.

Apr 1, 2015

Becoming a Runner

Do you love running? Do you run outside everyday, no matter what the weather is like, or how awkward you run? Well then, good for you! And, I also secretly -and now publicly- envy you. I have always wanted to be good at running... but there was one problem; I despised running. It made me feel weak, and not happy. I have taken a secret vow to myself that this year, I will become a runner. My fiance, and our dog, Fred go on runs together every evening after work, and I feel like I am missing out. Not missing out, in the definition of missing out the time they are having together, but more like missing out on the experience of running.
Now, this kick hasn't just come about because I want to be a runner like my family. But, more so, had to with the fact that a month ago, I couldn't run a 5K. A measly 3.1 miles, and I couldn't do it. I was out of breath, and dying. So, ever since that humiliation, I have set a goal to train myself for a 5K... I know this sounds ridiculous, because people train for half marathons, and marathons not 5Ks. But this is my ridiculous goal that I WILL achieve. After that, if I'm still feeling ambitious, I will maybe train for a half marathon...maybe...no promises...
So, today I wanted to share with you a new plan that I am following:
I will make weekly updates, and tips and tricks that I have learned along the way! So join me on this journey, and hopefully we'll both make it out alive! 

Mar 19, 2015

Ulta Took My Money Away...Again

You know that urge, when you go into Ulta for one thing in mind and start scanning all the aisles, and all the shelves...Well, this happens to me every time! Even though every time, I say I am going in for one thing... Lucky for me, I pick up a ton of stuff, but then drop them back in their shelf homes, because I like to justify my purchases to be budget friendly.
Last week, I came home with some new babies, and I wanted to share my purchases with the internet.
Most of my purchases were things I was swooning over on the Internet (all of the bare minerals stuff), and the other two were things I saw in play and fell in love with! 
NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana $10 I bought this to set my under eye concealer. Yellow-ish banana colored powders are all the rage to set under eye concealer, but I didn't want to pay crazy prices, or purchase a whole jug of Ben Nye powder (just in case I didn't like it). I thought this was a safe bet, as if I turned out to like it, the cost isn't too crazy! 
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner $20 I used to own one of these in the shade blue, and it would always break apart and flake all over my eyes. It had amazing color pay off, but would NEVER STAY. Then, when I was travelling for work last week, my roommate during our trip was using this in black. She had oily lids, and put no primer on, and I swear to you, the liner she put on at 7 in the morning was still there by 6 at night! As I don't like black liners (too harsh for my little eyes), I bought the brown one! I will come back with an update on this little guy.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream $29 This item took a lot of research and debate, and at the end of perusing a ton of blogs and reviews, I decided to go for it. I got it in a lighter shade to see if this is something I like enough to continue in the summer. I have only used it once so far, and am not sure how I feel about it just yet. 
Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Pink Passion $16 This was in my Spring Lust List post. The color I had on there was a darker shade, and when I got to Ulta, this little dude was just too cute. I have been wearing this every single day since then, and might have to go back and repurchase all the rest of the colors to do an all inclusive review. LOVE THIS STUFF.

Well I hope my wallet taking a hit benefited your reading pleasures. Until next time, stay classy blogland! 

Mar 17, 2015

2015 Empties #2

I love the feeling of finishing a product and then throwing it out! I have a strict rule that I try to stick to... I have two MUJI Makeup Storage cases, a lipstick holder, and an old Bath and Body Works candle jar to store all of my makeup. I will not buy more makeup than fits into those mentioned containers. To be honest, there are floaters here and there (that comes with being a beauty addict) but I try to stick to my guns. So when I finish a product and get to throw it out, this enables the addition of new babies to come home with me!
Enough with my theory of storage, and finding a home for each beauty product there ever was. You were here to look at empties.... get to it!

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet foundation was a love and hate relationship throughout its place in my home. The good thing for Makeup Forever, this ended on a good note. I found myself reaching for this a lot-especially when I wanted an all day face. The hate relationship came to fruition during the summer. I remember when I purchased this, it was July and I wanted a foundation that was going to keep me shine free and last all day, as it promised. This foundation couldn't hold up in humidity... which is why I hated it in the summer. During the cooler months, it has been phenomenal. Stays on my skin throughout an 8-10 hr workday, and keeps me shine free! All in all, I wouldn't repurchase this foundation, as it was nothing revolutionary, and there are other babies I am eyeing out there.
The second foundation I finished up was the Dior DiorSkin Nude Foundation. This was lightweight, and felt freeing on my skin. Never made me feel like I was wearing makeup, except for the smell. It reminded me of some perfume that I can't put my finger on, which was the only bothersome part of it. I think it was great for those looking for my skin but better foundation, but I wouldn't repurchase due to its high price tag and not enough promise. There are better budget friendly options out there.
Anastasia Brow Wiz...all I have to say about this product is that I am already on my third one... It is true love that will last forever and ever and ever.
Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner was a product that was the new popular kid when it first came out. I jumped on the bandwagon hoping to see all the promises. The tip was hard to work with, and after awhile the product wouldn't come out properly and started to dry up very quickly. I was very disappointed in this, given the fact the first couple of applications were amazing, and then the product just seemed to hate me! I know a ton of people that love this liner, so maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea!
My last empty is a sad one... I loved this perfume dearly, and throwing this packaging away is very painful. The Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum was my go-to, no-fail perfume. I would wear it during the day and at night. It was my scent for the longest time. Perfume is a very subjective topic, which is why I try not to talk about it. Well, that and the fact that I can't describe a scent to save my life. I will copy and paste what Macy's says on their website about this scent

  • Top Notes: Passionfruit, Mandarin Orange, Green Apple, Hyacinth, Marigold, Watermelon, Green Leaves
  • Middle Notes: Tuberose, Lily, Rose Hip
  • Base Notes: Crème Brulee, Caramel, Patchouli, Vanilla, Precious Woods
Hope that helps gather how amazing this scent is. If you don't believe me ( and until the internet becomes a platform where we can do scratch and sniff) you can take a whiff of it the next time you go to a Sephora, Ulta, or department store of choice.