Monday, June 27, 2016

The perfect pastel polish?

I live for a good pastel polish. If it falls somewhere between pink and purple it also earns bonus points.

I went to the nail salon a couple weeks ago with my mom and sister and decide to try Essie's Bond With Whomever. I honestly can't recall ever seeing this shade in a store before, so I whipped it off the shelf to try immediately. It was an excellent call, because this might be one of my top five favorite shades of all time.

It's a cool-toned pastel lilac that can definitely pull pink in the right light. I can't stop staring at it- it's soooo stinkin' cute! I had it on for over two weeks and it didn't clash with a single thing that I wore. That's a sure sign of a winner in my books.

What's the latest polish you've tried out and absolutely loved? So I know it's been silent around here for a few weeks. That's because we got another dog a couple weeks ago! We're up to three now - wowza. Baxter and Brutus now have a sister - meet Agnes.

She's about 4 months old and a St. Bernadoodle (St. Bernard mixed with a standard poodle) She's going to be a big girl when she's fully grown, but for now she's a 16 pound ball of fluff. My hands have been a little full with the three of them, so I've been a little lax on the blogging front. Hopefully all back to normal from now on!

Monday, June 6, 2016

From lavender to lilac: the purple makeup edit

When it comes to makeup, I've always been drawn to all things purple. From lavender to lilac and everything in between, it's a perfect shade for spring and summer. I rounded up some of my favorites that perfectly capture the beauty of this color. If I have these featured in an older post, I'll link it as well, so you can see the product in action.

Trust Fund Beauty Elegantly Wasted (post) // A deeper, periwinkle lilac that's easy to apply in one coat and very opaque.
Essie Play Date (post) // One of my all-time faves. This bright purple screams spring and is such a sweet and fun shade!

Benefit Hervana // When all four shades in this blush are swirled together it makes the most beautiful orchid flush for your cheeks. It's perfect for no-makeup makeup days, too.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Crayon in Lavish Lavender (post) // My favorite of all of the shades I've tried from this range. It's a gorgeous shimmery purple that's quick and easy to swipe on and blend out with your finger.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid (post) // Both a fantastic formula and shade, this pinky-orchid is stunning worn in a single layer for a sheer look or built up for a brighter purple eye. 
Urban Decay Tonic (post) // This duochrome beauty is one my favorites for both the light lilac color and the slightly blue shift it has when the light hits it.

Maybelline Kissable Balm Stain in Darling (discontinued - NYX Castle is similar) (worn here) // This is easily my most worn lipstick, so I was completely heartbroken when I found out it's been discontinued! Why does that always happen?! It's a beautiful cool toned lilac with slight pink undertone and goes with virtually everything. I looked through a ton of swatches to find a dupe and NYX Castle looks pretty similar in tone. 
NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Playdate // This is a more recent purchase and I really like it! When it's worn full-on it's a pretty intense lavender, but it can easily be blotted down for a much more wearable look. 

Let me know any of your purple makeup faves! I'm always on the lookout for more to try in that color family. Hope you had a good weekend! I started watching Gossip Girl o Netflix a couple weeks ago and I'm totally obsessed, so I spent most of Friday night binge watching that (I'm mid-way through season 2). The black hole has begun.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Violet Dot

I've been in a nail polish rut recently. They were bare for almost 2 weeks (whaaaat?!) and I haven't bought a new one in quite a while. Nothing's been calling out to me, so I figured I'd shop my stash and mix and match for a fun combo. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Violet Dot. Not groundbreaking, I'll admit, but definitely fun, eye-catching, and easy! 

A couple of coats of Essie's Lapiz of Luxury make a subtle periwinkle base. Give your digits a few minutes to dry and grab Essie's No More Film or any deep violet polish that you like. Get a little drop of polish right on the end of the brush and lightly dot it towards the back of your nail. You just need a tiny drop, since it'll settle and widen a bit as it dries. Add a topcoat and your done!

We took the day off on Friday to get a four day weekend and decided to repaint our front and side doors from an uninspiring white to a rich navy. I just need to finish up a little section of trim and they'll be done! On Sunday we went to the zoo for a bit then took a drive down to Ellicottville (a small town about an hour away from us that we snowboard at over the winter). We browsed through some shops and had a few drinks before heading home. If you're in the US, have a nice holiday weekend!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Yasss! : Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

With Champagne Pop being my absolute favorite highlighter of all time, I was definitely excited when I heard about the Champagne Collection Face Palette from Becca's collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. I happened to be on snapchat when Jaclyn announced that a limited number of palettes were being released on Sephora's site, so I jumped on it and ordered immediately. 

I adore the gold and white packaging and it feels extremely sturdy with a secure clasp, so it would be great to travel with. The palette comes with 3 blushes and 2 highlighters, one of which is Champagne Pop. (Not that I'll be using up my original any time soon, since a little goes a long way.) The other highlighter is a new one, Prosecco Pop- a beautiful bright gold that picks up the light beautifully and can be layered with Champagne Pop for a stunning glow worthy of JLo herself. 

The 3 blushes in the group are gorgeous and insanely pigmented. You barely need to tap your brush into the shade to have more than enough to sweep on your cheeks. Rosé Spritz is my fave with a gorgeous hint of shimmer and nice mix of pink and peach. Amaretto is somewhere between a bronzer and a warm rose and would make a great eyeshadow! Pamplemousse is the bright punchy coral-pink in the bunch. A light hand is needed when applying that one, for sure. 

The pigmentation, staying power, and overall quality is what I've come to expect from Becca and I can see myself reaching for this palette a lot. It'll be available online May 26th and in stores June 16th. Considering the limited release sold out in an hour or two, I'd definitely expect these to go flying off the shelves, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them once their out!