Thursday, July 30, 2015

A brush to save your shadow from the dreaded mascara smudge

You would think that as I've applied makeup since I was a teenager I would have mastered mascara application by now. Not the case. Without fail, multiple times a week I end up getting a smudge on my freshly applied shadow. I really need to get it together...

With all of those failed mascara applications, I've found a savior for fixing it, in an unexpected place! For years I tried to squeeze my pinky to the freshly smudged sections, whilst trying not to destroy the shadow and get wet mascara all over my finger. (I do not want to start all over again.) I'm sure you can picture it or have even been there yourself!

Eventually, I spotted a solution that was (literally) right in front of me the whole time- in my cup full of makeup brushes! I've swapped out the unreliable pinky for a helpful little concealer brush from e.l.f.! I always hated this brush for concealer- it didn't do well with applying it or blending it, so it sat there useless for quite some time. For fixing mascara mess-ups, though? Perfection! It's small, skinny, and dense so it wipes away the smudge like a dream without messing up the rest of your makeup. And it's only $1!

Will you be using this trick on your next mascara accident?

Monday, July 27, 2015

The pastel nail polish you need in your collection

I don't know about you, but when I go to a salon for a manicure I love to try out colors that I've had my eye on for a while, as a "test run". I did just this last week, and now Essie's Go Ginza is at the top of my must-have list! In the bottle it looks like a white-based pale pastel lilac with a soft pink undertone. It reminds me a bit of White Horse Street from Nails Inc's The New White collection (which I've eyed-up for a while now), but it's much more affordable. Once it's applied it takes on a muted shade somewhere in between purple and pink, depending on how the light hits it. I love the color and although I'm a bit of a purple nail polish hoarder, I don't have anything like it in my collection. 

Have you tried Go Ginza before? What color have you been itching to try lately?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

25 Facts About Me

I been posting away on this blog for over a year and half and it occurred to me that all of you lovely readers really don't know that much about me. What a better way to spew random personal facts your way than a 25 Facts About Me post. Without further ado, let's dive in!
  1. I have two dogs, Baxter and Brutus who are both bichon frise mixes. I actually grew up with a cat, so Baxter is my first dog. He's converted me into a dog person. I still love cats, but I couldn't imagine my life without a dog! 
  2. Baxter is my first dog, but Brutus is my sidekick. He's very attached to me, loves to snuggle, and might just be my dog bestie.
  3. I'm addicted to rose gold- jewelry, decor, anything. I can't stop buying it!
  4. My favorite art to buy is photographs of abandoned places. I have so many around the house and in my office at work. I don't know what it is about a place that hasn't been touched for decades that completes fascinates me, but it just does.
  5. I'm a Sagittarius and think some of the traits really do fit me, both good and bad. The desire for adventure and impatience. 
  6. I'd love to travel to the UK someday.
  7. I live in New York state, but have never been to New York City.
  8. I'm not athletic in the slightest, but I did play tennis in high school (and miss it!) and also learned to play golf a few years ago. So basically, I can play two sports that have minimal running.
  9. I have an older sister and an older brother. 
  10. I'm afraid of clowns. This stems from watching Stephen King's It as a kid with my older brother who then used it as a way to freak me out further, as older brothers do. Thanks for that, bro.
  11. I completely believe that Ouija boards are real and lead to terrible things. I would never mess with one and will never bring one in my house.
  12. If I could dye my hair purple or pink I totally would, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a job after that, so...
  13. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love the decorations, the movies, the costumes, everything.
  14. I could eat pasta every day of the week. Mac'n'cheese, spaghetti, ravioli. Yes.
  15. My favorite snack is ice cream. Vanilla/chocolate combo, chocolate chip, cookie dough- there's way too many flavors to choose from. Currently I've loving Oh My Cherry Pie from Perry's. Yes, it's as good as it sounds. Mmm...
  16. My cocktail of choice is vodka and sprite, with a little cranberry. (If there's a name for this, please let me know. I'd sound waaaay cooler at a bar ordering my drink by name.)
  17. I have a growing bobble-head collection.
  18. I've read The Catcher in the Rye more than any other book. 
  19. My favorite band is Seether and I've seen them live 3 times and counting.
  20. I took Spanish for several years in school and can still somewhat read, speak, and understand it.
  21. I'm completely obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. It's a problem. 
  22. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite Disney movie. Aladdin is a close second.
  23. I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid. Indiana Jones is the man.
  24. I'd love to make YouTube videos, but haven't had the guts to do it yet.
  25. I started this blog as a creative outlet and if I had the time to post 5 days a week, I'd love to! Maybe someday! I'd really like to thank each and every one of you who have ever taken the time to read, comment, or subscribe- it means so much to me!
Please tell me a random fact about yourself in the comments! I'd love to get to know you better, too!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jewelry on repeat

Seeing as I've been on a couple of jewelry buying binges lately and I have some well-loved and always-worn pieces that I throw on constantly, I thought it was the perfect time to showcase what's in my jewelry rotation. All of it's still available too, (except for one)!

I was never much of a ring wearer, aside from my wedding rings. However, I wanted to add something into the daily mix and stumbled onto the Galisfly site while shopping on Etsy. Everything in this shop is handmade and I instantly fell in love with the Shiny Cuff Ring in Rose Gold ($25). Pretty sure I've worn it every single day since I bought it last fall and I'm completely in love with it! I'd definitely recommend having a browse through the rest of the store, as the other jewelry is just as fab and ranges from simple rings to ear jackets, statement bracelets, and septum rings, among others. (I'm totally not sponsored, I just genuinely love Gal's jewelry and am always up for supporting small shops!)

The newest addition to my daily ring posse is the Parallel Bar Ring in Rose Gold from Baublebar ($28). Can you be in love with a ring? 'Cuz I'm pretty sure I am with this one. It's so simple, yet still eye-catching and I literally stare at it when it's a complete weirdo. The band is slim and incredibly comfortable, too. It really rounds out what was missing in my ring collection.

If you've been a longtime reader of this blog, then you would've seen this Marc Jacobs rose gold and burgundy watch crop up in tons of photos. I've worn this beauty daily for well over a year and I'm still in love with it! The burgundy face, while unconventional, surprising matches everything. Somehow it jives with every outfit, and it's a little more eye-catching than the standard watch face. Unfortunately it's no longer available, but I love this peach one, this off-black one from the same brand, and this one from Fossil.

I've been a fan of Alex and Ani for several years now and have built up a bit of a collection, but I have a few faves that I wear more than others. The newbie to the group is the Flame Rock and Raw Wrap ($68), which I picked up recently when they were having a sale on their site. I love the almost duochrome purple-y tones to the beads, plus the spikes make it so perfect for adding some edge to any outfit. Love this. My first and most worn charm from the brand is the Eye of Horus Bangle in Gold ($28). I've always had a fascination with ancient Egyptian history the eye of Horus is such a stunning symbol. It's claimed to be a token of protection that wards off evil - probably not, but I like the idea! Last up is the Atlantean Wrap in Gold ($58)! I love the shape and lines of it and the added dimension it gives to my wrist party.

I'm a sucker for anything with a snake on it, so of course the Serpentine Cuff in Rose Gold from Baublebar ($32) totally got me. I was torn between this rose gold and crystal version and the gold and black style (both gorgeous!), but I figured the rose gold bracelet went with the rest of my jewelry. The crystals on each snake make it a bit more feminine, too.

Last, but not least is a statement necklace that amps up anything from a printed dress to a simple t-shirt and jeans. The Flurry Fringe Tassel Pendant from Baublebar (Normally $42- currently on sale for $15!) was on my wishlist for ages and when I saw it pop up as the buried bauble for practically a steal of a price I took it as a sign to grab it! I love the antique gold finish and the thick link texture of the chain. The square tassels paired with the mix of clear and opaque crystals make it such a unique necklace in my collection. It reminds me out something straight out of the Gatsby-era and that probably what I love most about it!

Also, just wanted to share a few tips for getting items for a little less. I didn't spend full price on a lot of these, so I wanted to share a couple of the ways that I've scored a discount. I found the watch on a clearance rack in Macy's. I think it was 50% off at the time, as it looked like a fall piece (my guess, based on the deep color) and I bought it in the spring. So keep your eyes posted at jewelry counters, since you never know what you'll find on sale! I picked up the Alex & Ani wrap bracelet for 50% off, combining a site-wide sale with a coupon for taking a survey for the company. The survey came in an email, since I signed up for them after my first purchase! Combining discounts never felt so good haha! As for the discount on the necklace, I get emails from Baublebar too, and when there's a new buried bauble (aka a super-discounted item) for the week, I find out. So when this one came through I jumped on it immediately in case it sold out! So, long story short, keep an eye out for discounts in stores and if you're a fan of a brand, signing up for emails from them might get you a great discount from time to time!

So what's you're favorite piece out of all of these? What the most worn jewelry item in your collection? I'd love to know!