Friday, December 12, 2014

FOTD - Amethyst Eyes

Happy Friday everyone! As promised, today's FOTD features many of the products from my birthday haul. :) I think it's a nice, natural look for some errands I have to do today, but can easily be amp'd up if I go out tonight. (I seriously wish the lilac-ish shimmery vibe of the shadow showed up better in these pics because it's so lovely in person!)
Face:
Nars Laguna bronzer (Loving this- it gives such warmth to the face!)
Tarte blush in Dollface (For a matte and natural boost of pink)
the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter (I literally wear a dose of this almost daily- it's also in the inner corners of my eyes)

Brows:
Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium (So quick and easy for a making my brows look done, yet natural)

Eyes:
Laura Mercier shadow stick in Amethyst (I can't say enough about how much I love this taupe shade with purple undertones- it lasts all day and blends beautifully!)
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara (My current favorite mascara- the wand it comes with is so good for coating all of your lashes!)

Have you tried any of these products?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Little Birthday Haul

It was my birthday on Saturday the 6th, so I figured I'd pick up a few things from Sephora and Ulta as a little treat from me to me. Why not? I'm not sure if you are all aware, but if you add your birthdate to your profiles for both stores you can get extra goodies and coupons during your birthday month! As if I need more incentives to shop...
I did a little online browse over at Sephora, since I had a $15 coupon to use and I was eligible for my birthday freebie of a mini Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in Copper Pink. I wasn't overly impressed with the mascara. One coat didn't do much to my lashes and I prefer others from the drugstore over this one. The lipstick turned out to be flattering and creamy, as well as long-lasting without being overly drying.
On top of those freebies, I ended up buying the cult favorite Nars Laguna bronzer, which I've been craving for ages and had never owned. (I know, I am a disgrace of a makeup lover.) The bronzer is as awesome as I was expecting- buildable, not too light or too dark, and easily gives that slight warmth that my face is craving at the moment.
On my online shopping extravaganza, I also decided to add the Laura Mercier shadow stick in Amethyst since I'd been wanting to try it out for quite some time. I'm crazy about this shadow after one use! The color is such a beautiful combo of lilac and taupe. It's really creamy, easy to apply and looks gorgeous with the edges blended out.
I decided to throw in the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White rollerball duo at the last minute before checking out and I'm so glad I did! I've smelled these in the store a few times and I always leaned toward the White scent; however, and trying them both I have to say that my favorite is definitely Black. Black is described as violet, sandalwood, and vanilla - right up my alley- , while the White is more of a floral, peony and musk scent. And talk about mini goodness- perfect size to chuck in your bag.
I also made my way to Ulta over the weekend to use my $10 off birthday voucher. I didn't have anything in mind to buy, but I browsed around the store (for way too long) and went on a bit of a nail polish buying frenzy. I ended up going for Nicole by OPI's Goodbye Shoes, a Nails Inc holiday trio in Tinseltown, and Essie's Summit of Style. I think the gray-green polish with a bit gold glitter on the tips will be awesome together. I sense some nail painting in my near future.
I apologize for not having any swatches, but I'll probably end up with a FOTD post featuring a lot of these very soon. Let me know if you've tried any of these before- I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Essie Winter Polishes

L-R: Head Mistress, Snake Rattle and Roll, Smokin' Hot, Wicked
One of my favorite parts about fall and winter is breaking out the darker and more intense colors in my nail polish collection. Four of my favorites are all from Essie, which isn't surprising since they have an amazing selection of colors and both an easy to apply and long lasting formula.

Head Mistress - One of my first and most loved Essie polishes. The deep, vibrant red red screams winter (and Christmas). It's such a classic color that I feel like an old-Hollywood starlet when I wear it.

Snake, Rattle and Roll - This metallic, silver-toned shade has a special trick- it's magnetic and when you hold the magnet in the lid over the wet polish is creates the subtle design that's featured on the lid. So different and easy to use! It looks great without the effect, too when you're craving a nice, metallic nail.

Smokin' Hot - The neutral cool-toned gray of this shade is perfect for days when I just don't know what color to choose. It goes with everything and would also look great as a base for almost any glitter for a festive feel.

Wicked - Last, but certainly not least, this burgundy-almost-black shade is probably my all-time favorite winter polish. I use it almost every time I get a pedicure during the fall and winter. It vamps up any look and is even described by Essie as a "sinister red". Very creative and descriptive wording.

What's your favorite Essie polish for winter?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shopping the Men's Section

As much as I love shopping, sometimes it takes a little wander to an unexpected area to find something new. When I went to Target with my husband recently, I found a few fun shirts in the men's section that I never would have stumbled upon in the women's section.  

This casual Star Wars hoodie fits so comfortably and is perfect for running errands on the weekend.
Hoodie- Target / Jeans- LC Lauren Conrad / Boots- Target

I had to get this hilarious bear-in-a-sweater sweatshirt. It's so cute for lounging around on a cold day!
Sweatshirt- Target / Yoga Pants- Target / Moccasins- Minnetonka

The last find in the men's section is this oar-printed sweater with a shawl collar. It has such a wintery vibe that I absolutely love and it's really warm and cozy! 
Sweater- Target / T-Shirt- Target / Jeans- Target / Glitter Sneakers- Converse

A couple of tips for shopping in the men's section:
1. Try everything on. A size small in one shirt may fit well, while a size large in another may fit just as well.
2. Think outside of the box. Just because it's styled a certain way on the mannequin doesn't mean it can't be styled differently to look more feminine.
3. The men's section can be a great resource for loungewear, pajamas, and loose t-shirts. There might be some options there that aren't even an option in the women's section.

I hope this was helpful and got you to think a little differently next time you go shopping! Have you ever bought anything from the men's section?