12.30.2017

Holiday Lip Faves


Today I wanted to share some of my current, favorite lip colors that would be perfect for this upcoming New Year's Eve festivities (& even after that). I have to be honest and say that I really don't do much experimenting with new or bold lip colors, but every once in a while it is fun to rock a bright red lip : ) I also don't judge my lip products based on just color, but also on how long they last, and how they feel on my lips. My lips are actually pretty sensitive and peel a lot. I know it's best to exfoliate your lips before you apply any lip product, but I haven't discovered a good lip exfoliated yet. Therefore, if you have a great lip exfoliater that you swear by, please share! 


From Left to Right: Mac "Lady Be Good", Sephora Collection "Pink Tea", NYX "Stockholm", Urban Decay "F-Bomb", and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil "Dolce Vita"

I do like these products for different reasons. A lip pen, rather than a lipstick will always be more functional for me for it's easy application. I also always love a cream lip product over a lipstick just because it is easy to apply for me. Out of the liquid lipsticks that I have, the wand I like the most is by Mac. The Mac product is also extremely long lasting and doesn't make my lips peel. Another product that I love and will be re-purchasing is the Benefit Cosmetics Double the Lip Lipstick & Liner in One in the shade Nude Scandal. I didn't do a shade swatch of this because I have had it for a few months now and use it very frequently. Therefore it is now extremely fragile and I didn't want it to break! But it truly is my favorite and I definitely want to try it in more shades. Another product that I love and did not shade swatch is the Bobbi Brown's Extra Lip Tint. This is more like a chapstick and is colorless, yet it enhances your natural lip color. It is amazing and I highly recommend it! 

That's all for today! As always, let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day : )





12.02.2017

J Crew Factory Vest


Today I wanted to share this vest from J Crew Factory that I love so much. Sure, you might have already seen it before or even own it yourself, but believe me when I say that it is a true closet staple! It's cozy, versatile, and can be worn with so many different kinds of Fall or Winter outfits. Plus, it is currently on sale for under $35 and worth every penny! I heard that it runs a little big, so I decided to go with an x-small and think that it fits me perfectly. I'm not really into mixing different patterns, so I decided to go with neutrals for the rest of this outfit. I paired it with this long sleeve top from Nordstrom (runs large, order one size down) and with my favorite pair of denim from 1822 Denim. I also wore my favorite neutral pair of booties from Blondo



As always, let me know if you guys have questions! Happy weekend!

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11.23.2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving to you! With the holidays right around the corner (literally), I thought it would be a great idea to come on here and give you guys my guide to gift giving at different price points. This is definitely more geared towards all the wonderful ladies in your life, but if you are interested in a gift guide for men, just let me know : ) 


For the Cozy Lover



Travel Necessities


It's 5' O'clock Somewhere!


For the Beauty Lover


Accessories


Coffee Lovers Unite


11.15.2017

H&M Pearl Sweater


The pearl embellishment trend is slowly taking over my wardrobe and I'm not mad about it at all! I first discovered this sweater (made by H&M) by Daryl-Ann Denner (If you're not following her, you should definitely check her out!). I knew right away that I just had to have it. Not only is it perfect for the upcoming holiday season, but it's also extremely soft and so cozy to wear! I can also almost guarantee that you will receive tons of compliments when you wear it ; ) I'm wearing a size small but also think I could have gone with a medium for more over-sized fit. I paired this sweater with jeans for this casual outfit, but it can definitely be dressed up by wearing a pair of black pants with some nice boots. I also wore a pair of slides that I've been eyeing for months and finally made the purchase. But I'm not going to lie, when I first saw this pair of shoes, I did not like them because they reminded too much of Alaadin lol. Now, I'm obsessed with them! 




As always, let me know if you have any questions! 



11.09.2017

Sephora VIB Sale


Today I wanted to bring you my picks for the Sephora VIB sale that starts this Friday, November 10th (Tomorrow!) through the following Wednesday, November 15th. If you're unfamiliar with the reward system at Sephora, here's how it works: If you are new to Sephora, or have never signed up for their reward system (don't worry, it's free!), you will start out with what's known as a "Beauty Insider". This means that the sale will also run from 11/10-11/15 for you, but you will only receive a 15% off discount (which is better than nothing, right?!). Once you spend some money, you will eventually get bumped up to the "VIB" status which will get you 20% during sales events. There is one more step above the VIB which is called VIB Rouge, but that's for people who spend ridiculous amounts of money at Sephora (trust me, I do wish I had that status!). Anyways, let's move on to what my picks are. 

These products are both items that I have used in the past, or that I currently have, and also some products that have been on my wish list. I'm first going to start with hair.

Hair
Bumble & Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer is a product that I have used in the past and desperately need to re-stock! First of all, if a hair product comes in spray form, you best believe that I'm going to buy it over any other form it comes in. It just tends to be less of a mess which is why I love spray forms so much. This product also smells amazing and has a built in UV and heat protectant for your hair, which is great when using any kind of heating tools (hair dryer, curling iron, etc.). 

Another hair product that I have used in the past and love is Moroccanoil's Luminous Hairspray. I have tried a number of hairspray's after using Moroccanoil's hairspray, but I always go back to this amazing hairspray. It smells great, and has a flexible hold, which means it doesn't leave your hair "crusty" after you use it. 

A curling iron that's been on my wish-list is this ghd 1.25 curling iron. Since cutting 5 inches of my hair off, my current 3-inch curling iron just isn't making the cut. This one is on the pricey side, but knowing that I have a 20% discount makes it a lot better.





Makeup
Next up is all about makeup. Since I've been using a new lash enhancing serum, I've noticed a great improvement with my lashes so I'm excited to experiment with some mascaras. The lash serum that I use is not sold at Sephora (I got it at Nordstrom), but if you are interested, find it here. A mascara duo that I've used in the past is the DiorShow Plumping Lash Primer and Blinc Amplified mascara. What's different about this mascara is that is creates "tubes" around your lashes, rather than painting them. So when you go to take your makeup off at night, their is no smudging or "raccoon eyes" because it comes off as tiny strings. I've also been wanting to try Benefit's roller lash just because I've heard so many good things about it. Let me know if you've tried it before and what you think of it : )

I'm also low on my Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector so I will pick up another one of that. I use this before I put my undereye concealer on (I use Tarte's ShapeTape but this is only available at Ulta). 

If you're more of a cheek palette person like me (rather than an eye palette, etc.), then you will love this cheek palette from Benefit. I also talked about this palette in my makeup routine post (find it here). I recently got a sample of Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner and loved it so I will also pick up a full size of this. 




Skincare 
I'm going to be honest with you guys and say that I have never tried this product, but I've been wanting to try it since forever! It's the Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit. I've heard a lot of good things about it, so I've always wanted to try it, but the price has always held me back. Have you guys tried it? If so, please let me know what you think! 




This concludes my post for my Sephora VIB picks! Hope you guys enjoyed it and please let me know if you have any questions. Also wanted to let you know that this post is NOT sponsored, just my own beauty thoughts : ) What are your Sephora VIB picks? I'd love to know!
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11.05.2017

Cozy Fall Layers


Today I wanted to bring you guys some of my current, cozy Fall layers.  It may not be as cold where I live compared to other parts of the world, but every once in a while, the temperatures will take a dip : ) This cardi is so warm and cozy, it's perfect for Fall. Plus, it has pockets, has the perfect amount of stretch to it, and is under $50. The scarf is also a great Fall/Winter piece, especially with it being at $30. The white textured sweater that I'm wearing is from Loft and has the cutest button details at the top. I've also been wearing these booties on repeat lately. I love the color of them plus they are water proof. Details below.

Cozy Fall Layers



10.23.2017

Ready for Fall


Hi, friends! Today's blog post is all about a favorite Fall outfit of mine.  These pictures were taken in Malibu by Hanna Snyder of Miramar Photo.  This white V-Neck sweater and bralette are both from Free People and so, so comfy! I'm also obsessed with these lighter jeans that I don't normally buy (I'm just more of a dark wash denim kind of gal), but I'm so glad that I did. I even bought these online (such a risk taker, I know) and they fit me perfectly! They are the Bp brand from Nordstrom. The bag that I'm wearing with this outfit is from Tilly's. Lastly, I got these Blondo booties from Nordstrom and they are my new favorite boots for Fall! They are also waterproof and the color goes with so many different outfits (highly recommend).  















I also wanted to give you guys a little update on my blog. When I first started my blog, I had big dreams in where I wanted my blog to go.  I still have those big dreams, but maybe just in a different way.  I hate to admit it, but I'm just not seeing the growth I had hoped for in all of my previous posts.  So I think I'm going to hold back from posting lifestyle pictures and do more of strictly outfit posts and flatlays incorporated with some beauty posts every now and then. The reason for this is that I just don't have a glamorous lifestyle to keep up with. If you read one of my very first blog posts, you know that I live at home with my parents to take care of them.  They both have different forms of dementia and make my life a little stressful to say the least. I'm thinking about doing a blog post in the near future about what it's like to be a caretaker for both of your parents while being in your 20's and a newlywed at the same time. I've recently discovered that there are many other bloggers out there who are also millennial caretakers like myself.  It does give me hope knowing that I'm not the only one in this situation which is why I want to share my story with you all one day. With that said, you will start to see a difference in not just my posts on my blog, but also on my Instagram. I'll stop here but please feel free to ask me any questions : ) 



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9.28.2017

Red Floral Dress


Hi there! Today I wanted to finally share this dress from Madewell. As of right now, it is only available in black at Nordstrom Rack (I will link it below). But it is currently 49% off which makes it under $70. I'm even considering getting it in black as well just because it is such a fun and comfortable dress to wear. I'm wearing an x-small for size reference. I paired this dress with some nude heels from Steve Madden, but I'm not going to lie... these heels are fun but so uncomfortable! I'm not much of a heel person in general so I rarely wear these to be honest. 














Nude Heels by Steve Madden

Red Dress by Madewell


Thanks for stopping by! As always, let me know if you have any questions : )

Photos are by Hanna Snyder of Miramar Photo



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