A blush to give your cheeks a little "sun"

Monday, March 23, 2015

Baked blushes and I have been having a bit of a love affair lately. First the Stila Baked Cheek Duo, and now this little gem from Laura Geller that arrived in my March Birchbox. This sample size of the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Pink Grapefruit is perfection. It's a deep brown-toned pink with a shimmer swirled throughout that gives off that natural lit-from-within glow. The color itself it what really wowed me, though. The instant it was applied my faced actually looked like it had seen the sun! (Something it hasn't done in months- I'm desperate for some springtime sunlight!) Pink Grapefruit is a warm pink that actually makes you look a bit like you just got back from a long weekend relaxing outside. It's easy to build up to a deeply flushed level, but with a light hand it can give you that quick and easy flush that we're all looking for! Each blush compact comes with a little mirror in it, too- not the biggest thing ever, but I'll take what I can get.

I've never tried anything from Laura Geller before, but after falling in love with this gorgeous glowing blush, I'm pretty excited to try out some others!

Are any other Pretty Little Liars fans (overly) excited like I am to find out who A is this week? I feel like this is years in the making! I have some theories on who it might be, but let's be honest, I've thought that before and been completely wrong. We'll all just have to wait and see, I guess!

Lorac Party Palette

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Oh, Lorac, why am I so addicted to buying your shadows? It's a problem. I already have way more eye shadow palettes than I need, but I saw this cute little Party Palette in January and really wanted to try it out. Like so many other beauty-lovers, I was highly impressed by the Lorac Pro palettes, so I had high hopes for these shadows. Plus, it's is half-neutrals and half-brights, which could definitely create some fun looks (hence the name Party, I guess). And the fact that it's all shimmers and no mattes really doesn't bother me, as I'm a shimmer girl at heart.

Overall, I'm split on this one. The shadows aren't quite up to the quality of the Pro palettes- they're not as buttery or pigmented and take a bit more work blend. The neutral shades are better quality than the brights, which is a bit of a let-down, as I was pretty excited to play with that purple. That color specifically was a pain, both to get it to show up well and apply smoothly.  The palette comes with two highlight shades- a white and a champagne. I really like the golden undertones of the champagne highlight and it's great for using on the inner corners and brow bone. The best shades overall are the shimmery brown (second from left), the golden pink (fourth from left), and the black with a hint of tiny glitter fleck. All of those shades were used in the look below, along with a bit of the green and champagne smudged in the inner portion of my eyes. Just as a sidenote, it drives me insane that they didn't give these shadows names. Am I the only one that needs a shade name with each shadow?

So what do you think? Would the pros outweigh the cons enough for you to check out this palette?

Niagara Falls: not frozen, but still amazing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I'm not sure if you are all aware, but I live in Niagara Falls, New York. Yep, that famous waterfall is practically in my backyard. Although I live here, I really don't visit this natural wonder all that often. But, with all of the chatter this winter about them freezing over, Steve and I thought it would be fun to go check it out and snap some pics. We walked around the American side last weekend- it was incredibly cold, so I super chic in a pair of old, velour sweatpants, circa 2006. Stylin'. No judgement, please- when it's negative temperatures you need to dress for warmth over style. 

The falls were definitely not frozen, but quite a bit of the surrounding areas were and it was pretty amazing to see. So much of the park was covered in ice and snow, the snowbanks were more like little mountains, and we weren't the only crazy people there taking pictures in the Arctic-like night air.

Coat- Vince Camuto

Look at that insane amount of ice!
Typical winter in Niagara Falls- ice covered trees
The rapids are one of my favorite areas!
We decided to take a quick trip over the bridge last night into Canada to get some pictures of the view from the other side. The Canadian view has always been known as the better view since you can definitely see more of the waterfall. The colored lights projected on it made it look absolutely magical. It think it was actually warmer last night than it was last week, but I was still completely frozen. Even with gloves on, my fingers felt numb and my jeans were definitely not cutting it for warmth. The cold air aside, the view was certainly breathtaking from Canada.

The river is covered in a layer of ice

It's like My Little Pony on ice
The waterfall on the American side- with mounds of snow and ice!

Hope you enjoyed coming along with me to Niagara Falls! Have you ever visited this stunning waterfall before?

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