Current Favorite Lip Combo

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

While I was playing around with my lip product collection the other night before Steve and I went out for a few drinks with friends, I put together two items that I'd never combined before and I'm in love with the result!

I lined and filled in my lips with the Rimmel lip liner in East End Snob- a gorgeous natural-but-better rose that's also very affordable. It applies pretty smoothly and has a matte finish. Over the top of that I generously slathered on a coat of the Stila lip glaze in Fig. I'm crazy about this gloss, as it actually does what it says and leaves a glaze-like shiny gloss on your lips that is long-lasting once it sets. The color is a beautiful lavender based pink, as well.

A Forgotten Winner: Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How could I have possibly forgotten about this palette? While shopping the beauty stash the other day looking to change up my blush, I saw my Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak and decided that was the winner for the day.

I added a little bronzer to my cheeks just to warm them up and went on to the star of the palette in my eyes- the blush! Oh my goodness, this blush is a dream- finely milled, highly pigmented, and a beautiful coral-pink. The blush instantly brightens my face adding so much life, with just a little bit of product and it's definitely one of the longest lasting blushes that I've ever used. It was still clearly on into the evening which is pretty impressive, as my skin typically sucks up blush mid-way through the day. I was definitely impressed. A little bit of the highlighter finishes off the look for a subtle warm glow, as it is a peach-toned highlighter, instead of the typical champagne.

FOTD - Amethyst Eyes

Friday, December 12, 2014

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!)

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)

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

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?

A Little Birthday Haul

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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.

Essie Winter Polishes

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

L-R: Head Mistress, Snake Rattle and Roll, Smokin' Hot, Wicked
One of my favorite parts about fall and winter is breaking out the rich 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 accurately described by Essie as a "sinister red".

What's your favorite Essie polish for winter?

Shopping the Men's Section

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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 Steve recently, I found a few fun shirts in the men's section that I never would have stumbled upon in the women's section.  

I had to get this hilarious bear-in-a-sweater sweatshirt. It's so cute for lounging around on a cold day!

The other 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!

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.

Cargo Northern Lights Palette

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Eye shadow palettes are my weakness when it comes to beauty products. I'm addicted to buying anything that looks new, unique, or just plain pretty! I'm honestly running out of space in my designated "palette drawers", but I don't plan on not buying them anytime soon. I mean, come on...

With that being said, I maaaaay have picked up yet another palette the other day. In my defense, the Cargo Northern Lights palette is in a cute, red, snakeskin-like packaging and the shadow shades all screamed winter, so I really had no choice. (What I'm telling myself as I walk to the register.)

So let's talk about these shadows! I'm loving them so much- from the Northern and wintery names to the buttery and richly pigmented formula of each shadow, they are all stunning. Aurora is a beautiful true rose-gold that's perfect for an every-day shimmery eye look. Caspian Sea is a gorgeous, deep grey that can deepen any look.

L-R: Polar, Lapland, Aurora, Iceland, Caspian Sea, Arctic
I'm also crazy about Glacier, a dark, shimmery blue-grey that would be perfect for a holiday party smokey eye. Reindeer is another favorite, as the matte, burgundy shade is very complementary on green eyes and it's really blendable.

L-R: Fjord, Glacier, Finland, Osetra, Reindeer, Greenland
All in all I'm loving these shadows and definitely will be reaching for these often. What do you think about this palette? Will you be adding it to your collection too?

Ruffian - A Nail Polish Record Holder

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I've never been more impressed with the staying power of a nail polish than I am with the Ruffian nail lacquer. This came in a Birchbox ages ago and haven't tried it until now. So let's dive right into the impressive part! I applied the polish a full week ago and it hasn't chipped at all! It's grown out a bit and just worn on the tips from normal wear and tear, but there are seriously no nicks anywhere. (And all of this with one coat!!) This is insanely impressive considering most of my polishes can only make it a few days with losing a chunk. The color is pretty unique too- Hedge Fund is an olive green with some golden, coppery flecks throughout. It's the perfect color for fall and I don't have anything like it!

Fluffy Sweater Weather

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

Electric Tropics

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tropical Print Bomber Jacket - Target (similar here, here, and here)
T-Shirt - Target
Jeans - LC Lauren Conrad (similar here)
Shoes - Converse

Dinner at The Silo

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Saturday night Steve surprised me and drove us to The Silo for dinner. I've never been there before, but I've heard of it (and seen it on an episode of Man vs. Food)! It's a short drive from where we live and right on Lake Ontario with a fantastic view! The weather was perfect- not too hot or cold with a nice breeze coming in from the water. It was so relaxing to sit and watch the boats out on the lake while we ate.

It's a super casual place- order at the counter and wait until your number is called to pick it up. I went with a cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, and pink lemonade while my husband got the famous "haystack"- a steak and cheese sandwich with a pile of mini fries/hash browns on top. I tried a bite and it was delicious! I'll be getting that next time!

If you ever happen to be in the Lewiston/Niagara Falls area, it's definitely worth stopping here, both for the food and the view!

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

Sunday, July 20, 2014

After doing a bit of browsing for makeup the other day, I stumbled across the new Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette and knew that I wanted to try it out. First off, the name and packaging are both so mysterious and unique that I was sucked right in. I love that gold snake with the crystal on the lid!

The palette itself is quite large and comes with six eye shadows, a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter. Each product is nicely pigmented and finely milled, so they are very easy to work with. A little bit goes a long way and they're all very buildable. The first time I used it I went for the three purple toned shades for my lids. They blend well together and have really good color payoff. The dark purple looks intense, but trust me it's very wearable, even for daytime. The blush is such a beautiful rosy pink and gives the cheeks a natural flush. I really like the warm shade of the bronzer, too. Probably one of the best bronzer shades I've found in a while. My only complaint would be that the shape of the bronzer and highlighter sections make it a bit difficult to fit a larger brush in them.

Overall I am absolutely loving this new palette from Tarte and am really excited to try some different combinations with it.

Minimal Vacation Makeup

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Steve and I have been on vacation for the last week (more of a stay-cation) and it has been so relaxing and refreshing! No plans, just doing as we please each day- sleeping in, eating out, and watching lots of Netflix. While I've been on vacation, my go to makeup has been quite minimal. I want to be able to get ready in as little time as possible, but still look and feel good for wherever we might go for the day.

Some days I will wear a sunscreen on my face or a tinted BB cream, but this week I've skipped those and been going straight into concealer, using the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in Light. I just pop on a little under my eyes and finish blending it in with my fingers. To bring a bit of vibrancy to my cheeks, I've been using the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface. It's a bright pink that gives a nice, natural flush to the face. My brows always need a boost, as they're naturally light and sparse, so to give them some shape I do a quick once-through with the Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium. I've been skipping shadows and simply curling my lashes and putting on some Maybelline The Rocket mascara on the top lashes only. Lastly, as my lips have been feeling a little dry lately, I've just been using Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched to add some hydration and shine.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Rose Gold

Friday, June 20, 2014

I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Pixie Sticks and added Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose just on the back half of the nail. I couldn't resist a polish with a rose gold look to it and the glitter is a nice mix of fine and larger pieces. I really like how it looks with the shimmer on the only part of the nail and the light catches the pink tones of the glitter really well. Both polishes applied nicely (I love the Color Show range) and the Triple Shine polish comes with the biggest brush I've ever seen! I'm really liking this twist on a glittery manicure for spring.

Digital Floral

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm absolutely loving these type of digital floral prints- they're girly with a bit of a modern twist. I saw this skirt the other day and couldn't pass it up.

Allentown Art Festival

Monday, June 16, 2014

Steve and I decided to go to the Allentown Art Festival on Sunday. It's an annual event in Buffalo that fills several neighborhood blocks with vendors selling their art. Along with all of the art to browse and buy, the architecture is beautiful to look at too!

It was way hotter out than the forecast said, so I was pretty much dying in jeans by the end of the afternoon. We ended up buying 6 photographs and 2 drawing to hang around the house. I just need to find some frames for them now!

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