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


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

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!

Apr 7, 2014

Spring Lippies

Here is a snippet of my Spring lip favorites. Mostly drugstore :). Full swatches to follow! 

Feb 27, 2014

Empties Vol I

Here goes my first empties post! I really suck at keeping empty bottles to review about them but I finally found a way to have a seperate bag under my sink for all theses bottles. If I dont see them out Im less hesitant to throw them away.

The first item to review is Loreal Total Repair Restoring Conditioner. This conditioner is targeted for "Damaged, Overworked Hair", which is definitely the way I would describe my poor locks. I think this is a great cheap conditioner that does an okay job. I don't put too much hope towards rinse out conditioners because they feel smooth right after but I'm not sure if they have a long-term effect. It definitely takes the tangles out of my hair and makes it easier to brush but I wasn't wooed by it. Then again, rinse out conditioners don't really woo me that often!

Next up is the Philosophy French Vanilla Bean body wash. This 16 oz. bottle goes a long way! I used this up in 5 months... It smells delicious and does the job of cleaning my body, and not leaving it thirsty for moisture. 

The Victoria's Secret Enchanted Nights Ultra Moisturizer |$14 is fantastic! It smells delicious. It is  a thicker lotion and really does a good job of moisturizing. It's not stick, or too greasy where I feel as though my clothes are sticking to me. This product really gained my trust towards the VS body lotion line. 

Kate Spade Twirl I am so sad this fragrance is out! It was the perfect balance between fresh and floral and a little bit of musky. This fragrance could be worn during the day or at night, and that is why I loved the crap out of it and used it up! 

The next three products are products I've already repurchased and have been repurchasing for awhile. 
Sally Hansed Diamond Flash Top Coat has been my ultimate favorite top coat for the past couple of years. It is cheap, leaves a shine like shellac would, and dries instantly. It also doesn't get goopy like Seche Vite.

SoftLips in Vanilla I've been using this chapstick on and off for about 6 years. I always venture out to find different chapsticks but always come back to this. Not only does it smell delicious, but is so cute and tiny that it fits everywhere, and therefore goes everywhere with me. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewing Concealer in Medium. I have already raved about this product on a differeny blog post, but it truly is a great concealer. I haven't seen any effect of it's anti-aging capabalities, but I am only 22. I mainly like this product because it gets rid of my dark circles instantly and stays put all day!