Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Lips Four Ways


One of the easiest ways to welcome autumn is switching up your lipstick. We all love to bring out our berry tones as soon as the weather starts to change, but if you're looking for some options other than the typical "fall" colors, I have four shades today to welcome the falling leaves and cooler temps. 


Nude // A nude lip is truly seasonless, but I love how effortlessly it can pull a look together. I tend to go for smudgy liner and smokier looks in the colder months, so a nude look is the perfect companion for that. My favorite is Clinique's Beige Pop.

90's // Since the 90's a back in full force, why not embrace the trend with a grunge-inspired lip color? Maybelline's Gone Greige is perfect for this. It sits somewhere between brown and gray and is perfect paired with your well-worn band tee and converse.

Bold // Looking to go all out spice up your look with something more intense? Bold lips are for you. I went with an opaque purple (NYX's Playdate), but I also love the look of a deep blue or black lip, if it suits you. 

Bright // A bright lip isn't just for summer. I love taking cues from the colors of fall and going for a bright orange. I'm wearing Revlon's Balm Stain in Rendezvous and I think it's my favorite of the four options.



With hats coming back into the mix this season, I love styling my hair into loose, casual waves with a straightener. I've curled mine with the Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron* to give it some movement, but still keep it shiny. It's not too overdone, but it adds a little extra oomph so you don't get overwhelmed by the hat you're wearing. This style looks great with both wide-brimmed hats and beanies, too. Now that it's officially fall, I'm looking forward to wearing this look picking pumpkins for my front porch and buying fresh baked apple pies. I think autumn might just be my favorite season!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I've been battling a cold since Thursday (one reason for the sunglasses - puffy eyes are zero fun), so I'm hoping it'll be completely gone within the next couple of days. I hate being sick! Having no energy is the worst. It seems like fall tv has been coming back over the last week. I went to my dvr list this weekend and there are So. Many. Shows. I'm most excited to get back into The Blacklist and The Goldbergs - both are so good!!

*I was generously given this product for review. All opinions are my own, as always.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Everything Zen



As fall approaches, the weather is starting to change and so is my wardrobe and beauty routine. I'm slowly moving from tanks and bright dresses to jeans and booties. I change up my nail polish for the seasons, too. Gone are hot pinks and purples and replacing them are berries and grays- some of my faves!

Essie Now and Zen is the perfect seasonal transition shade. In the bottle it looks like a standard gray. Although gray nails are some of my faves (I'm looking at you Chinchilly), once this one's applied it has a distinct sage green tone to it. It's such a calm and natural color, like a little potted succulent.

It goes with everything, so I'll definitely be re-applying this shade a lot throughout the fall. It's worn really well, too-  no chips for almost a week! Let me know if you've tried any shades from Essie's fall collection. Udon Know Me looks like my kind of shade, too!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Irresistible Me: Diamond Flat Iron Review





I'm the kind of girl who cares a lot about her hair. I try to avoid damage and go to the salon every other month to get it trimmed and the have the color touched up. When it comes to heat tools, I'm picky about what I use, too. I tried out my fair share of straighteners and wasn't thrilled with the one I was currently using, so when I was given the opportunity to try the Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron* I was excited to use it.



There a few key features that I look for in a flat iron and this one meets them all:

Lightweight - probably the lightest straightener I've ever used and would be great for travel

Fast heat up and cool down - heats up in up to 15 seconds, and it was cool to the touch a few minutes after shut off

Smooth gliding plates (no snagging or pulling) - this was my biggest problem with my old one (the seam of the plate was always snagging my hair - no thank you!). These plates are so incredibly smooth that they glide through my hair with ease!

Minimal damage - the ceramic plates are coated with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline. This protects your hair and keeps all the natural hair oils, color, and moisture in. All this technology keeps your hair looking good longer. Diamonds really are a girls best friend!

Some other great bonus features of this ceramic hair straightener are a 360 degree swiveling cord, thumb print groove for comfort, cool tips to avoid burns, buttons on the inside (so there's no accidental temp changes), and a digital temperature display.

My hair is naturally slightly wavy and medium thickness. I let it air dry and once it was completely dry it took less than 10 minutes to fully straighten it. The first thing that I noticed was how shiny it was! It looked really healthy and smooth. The style lasted all day and when I woke up the next morning it was still noticeably straight, so the style definitely locks in!



Overall I was really impressed with this flat iron. All of the features make it so easy to use and my hair looked fantastic when I styled it. I'd recommend checking out this ceramic hair straightener if you're looking to try something new.

*I was generously given this product for review. All opinions are my own, as always.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Everyday Face: Summer 2016

Yes, I'm still here. All is well. Just been a little M.I.A. lately.


With the puppy in the mix my mornings have been a little more chaotic than usual. That means less time getting myself ready and more time playing with her before work. I've had to pare down my makeup to something quick and easy that makes me look pulled together in a flash.

Bronzer: Nars Laguna. A staple for a reason. I generously wash it all over. It warms up the face easily and is pretty hard to mess up.

Blush: Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit. This is one of the top 3 most used blushes in my whole collection. It makes your cheeks look healthy with a flush of color and hint of shimmer. 

Highlighter/Eyeshadow: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. Double duty products are great when you're trying to get done quick. This one is perfect for a stunning glow on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your lids. Soooo pretty and so easy!

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational. I've lost track of how many time I've repurchased this one. The wand is perfect and the formula doesn't smudge, so two coats of this and my lashes are lookin' good. 

Brows: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara. I bought this in blonde and really liked it, but it was a little too light for me so I repurchased it in brunette (better!). This is a great product if you want to skip filling in your brows with a pencil and want a little more natural, but still finished look. Really like this one.

Lips: Clinique Beige Pop. I don't think I've ever loved a lipstick more than this one. It's perfect. The color is nude, but not too nude to wash you out. It lasts for hours (even through coffee!) and it's super comfortable on the lips. It might be the first lipstick that I ever fully finish - I use it that much!

I was skipping concealer for a few weeks (whaaaat?!), but when I did use it I was reaching for Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind. It quick to blend out, but still has good coverage, so I always have one on hand. 

So that's it- quick and easy for a pulled together face. It takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to do whole thing most days, and that's not bad in my book. What are your favorite products for a quick makeup look?