Friday, October 17, 2014

Fluffy Sweater Weather

It was a chilly fall day so I decided to break out this fluffy sweater that I picked up recently. It's not bulky, but it was so warm! I'm in love with how fuzzy and soft it is and the little pockets on it! It's definitely going to be a fall and winter staple piece for me. 

Sweater: LC Lauren Conrad
T-Shirt: Target
Jeans: Target (similar)
Boots: Sonoma
Necklace: similar

Saturday, October 11, 2014

theBalm: A New Obsession

theBalm is seriously awesome and I can't believe it's taken me this long to realize it. Aside from the retro and playful packaging, plus hilarious word-play ("DownBoy", "Cindy-Lou Manizer"- genius names), the brand has a large variety of quality products.
I'm slowly building my collection and have a few others on the constant 'to-be-bought list'. So far I've tried Stainiac, Mary-Lou Manizer, Instain - Houndstooth, and Mont Balm. 
Stainiac ($17) is a lip and cheek stain, but I prefer to use it just on my lips. It's looks like an intense burgundy-wine shade in the tube, but it's a very sheer shade once applied. To be perfectly honest, I don't care for this product at all. I think it doesn't add a lot of color, it tends to apply patchy, and feels drying on the lips. So far this is the only miss I've come across in the line.
Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) is a definite favorite (see my last post about my favorite highlighters here). This is a gorgeous honey shade for works great for cheeks and the inner corners of the eye. It's so pretty when it catches the light! A little bit goes a long way and the glow it provides is very buildable.
Instain in Houndstooth ($22) I bought when I was on the hunt for a new blush for autumn the other day. It's a mauve-toned blush with the right mix of pink and purple. It's supposed to be a "staining" powder blush and have long lasting color. The first time I used this I was thoroughly impressed. It's highly pigmented, so you only need a little bit on your brush to get a nice flush of color and the lasting power of the color on my cheeks was incredible- it stayed on without touch-ups longer than any other blush I've ever tried! 
Mont Balm ($15) is a gorgeous, shimmery eye shadow quad that looks like it was inspired by a winter skiing vacation- so cute! I was most drawn in by Aspen, the cranberry shade of the palette, as it screams "Wear me for fall and winter". The colors blend well and I love that it is in slim packaging with a magnetic closure. I'm in love with the cool-toned taupe shimmer that that Whistler gives, too!
I think next I'll be trying the ShadyLady palette, Bahama Mama bronzer, and Frat Boy blush. Please let me know your favorite products from theBalm that I should check out!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello Glow

I need to apologize for being MIA for weeks!! I got really busy at work the end of August/beginning of September (working 6 to 7 long days a week). Once that ended, it took a little bit to get back into my blogging routine. So, here we go!
Oh highlighters, I love everything you do! That glow that they give is that perfect extra step in my routine that makes me feel complete. They accent cheekbones in a "I'm glowing from within" way that's unbeatable. They also do wonders for the inner corner of your eyes, the brow bone, the bridge of your nose, and your cupid's bow! There's so many different ones out there, so I thought I'd share a few of my current favorites with you.
L-R: Watts Up, Mary-Lou Manizer, Shimmering Facial Whip
My all time favorite highlighter for my cheekbones is Benefit's Watt's Up. This champagne highlighter is a cream so it blends really well and lasts for hours. I prefer to use this one for my cheekbones and nose.

The newest highlighter in my collection is theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. A little bit goes a long way with this honey-toned powder highlighter and it looks amazing in the inner corners of the eyes and the brow bone.

Last up, is e.l.f. shimmering facial whip- it's super affordable (it's only $1!!) and packs a punch! This one has a definite pink coloring to it and blends really well. Because of the texture and tone, I prefer to use this one on my cheeks and cupids bow. 

What are your favorite highlighters? I'm always looking for new one's to try!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Lip

Lips: Rimmel Lip Liner in Red Diva, Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life

I've never been much of a bold lipstick kind of gal. Sometimes it feels a bit too "Hello, Sailor!" for me, but every girl needs that lip color that she can just throw on and feel powerful. A red lip to me screams confidence and I've finally found a shade that I feel I can (hopefully) pull off. I'm in love with this bright red matte lip for a night out, or if I'm just in a fearless mood for the day. What is your favorite lipstick when you're feeling daring?