trying a new brand: milk makeup

Monday, December 5, 2016

There's a spark inside of me that lights up when I try a brand I've never used before, as most makeup lovers would probably agree with. There's a lot of factors that would push me to give a brand a chance. I'm sucked in by packaging, whether it be sleek and chic or creative and colorful, it's one of the things to grab me first. If I've heard positive buzz about the brand then I'm definitely more likely to be willing to try it, too. Lastly, and especially of late, if they have something in their lineup that's unique and I haven't seen before or I don't have in my collection, then I'll probably keep thinking about it until I eventually break down and buy it. I have no willpower. 

All of these things led me to try Milk Makeup. 

The enabler was a sample of Sunshine Oil in my Birchbox a few months ago. I hadn't heard much about the brand at the time, but the packaging was cute, clean, and eye-catching. From using the oil over the past several weeks, I can definitely say that I like it. The rollerball is a nice touch, to avoid the gross feeling of oily fingers on application. The oil smells really fresh and citrusy and I tend to apply it under my eyes and to any drier areas of my face before bed. It doesn't feel greasy, as you might think; instead, it sinks in and makes your skin feel nicely hydrated.

I'd been looking for a cream bronzer in stick form for a while but hadn't found one that looked like my Goldilocks. I finally decided to give the Matte Bronzer from Milk a try and I'm pretty happy with that decision. The formula is creamy and smooth, so it applies easily without dragging. It blends out effortlessly with a brush or dampened beauty sponge to give you a natural bronzed glow, too. The only negatives for me are that it's a little wide, so it can be challenging to apply it precisely in a small area when you need to, and it pulls towards the warm side, so I don't tend to use it for contouring. 

The most recent product that I tried is the one that I had my eye on forever and the one that I'm most in love with. The Holographic Stick is a interesting and unique little stunner that I can't stop reaching for. I use it as a cheek highlight, but this lavender-based stick can be used for adding a futuristic pop of iridescence to your eyes, cupid's bow, bridge of your nose, or pretty much anywhere you want a subtle sheen with a hint of color. I know it sounds a little odd, but it's one of the most beautiful makeup products I've ever used and more wearable than it looks.

So  what's next? I really want to try the Blush Oil and the Gel Brow since they both look like nothing else in my collection. Have you tried anything from Milk Makeup that you'd recommend? 

It's unbelievable to me that it's December already. It's my birthday tomorrow, so my Mom is taking me out for a mani/pedi tonight and my husband is taking me out to dinner this weekend. I have no Christmas gifts bought yet, but I mostly just need to get gifts for my one and a half year old nephew (any suggestions are greatly welcomed). We aren't putting up a Christmas tree this year, since Agnes is still very interested in anything and everything around her that she can pull, steal, or chew. It would be up for about 5 minutes before she got into it and went nuts. She's a curious little sweetheart of a puppy haha. 

unicorn inspired makeup

Monday, November 21, 2016

There's something so magical and special about a unicorn. Of course they're not real, but that doesn't stop me from adding a bit of their whimsy into my makeup (and wardrobe) every now and again! The pink and purple haze that seems to surround a unicorn have been influencing me to have a little more fun with my daily makeup choices lately.

For my eyeshadow I've been reaching for the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum. As it's all matte, it's great for both day and night. I swipe the pale pink all over my lids as a base, then add a layer of the light purple all over on top. I carve out an outer V with the deep plum and finish it all by sweeping the deeper pink through my crease to define it and blend everything else together. All of the rich colors play together beautifully and the shades are perfect for autumn, too.

I snagged the Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner in Lilac from the Sephora sale, since I've had my eye on it for what feels like an eternity. I'm so glad I went for it, because it's one of the best liners I've ever tried. They don't call it a Smooth Ride liner for nothing - it applies so easily without dragging or skipping. It's smooth to apply without being too soft or crumbly, as others can be, too. The color makes me ridiculously happy every time I use it too! It's such a punchy shade - somewhere between purple and pink and it makes a statement while still being wearable. Think grown up punk.

Another Sephora sale splurge was the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick. I was so hesitant about this one, since online it appears like a futuristic, prismatic and intense product. However, this has turned into one of the most unusual and fun products that I've ever used! It's a cool toned lavender 'use-anywhere' type of stick that I primarily use as a highlight. Don't be put off by the color description, thinking that it's unwearable, because it's absolutely stunning when it's applied. It glides onto the skin easily and gives you a modern take on highlighter. It shines and catches the light without being shimmery which is one of the things that I'm most impressed with about it. I'm excited to try it out in other ways too (I'm thinking this will be a stunner of a glossy eye!)

Makeup that makes you feel a little more fabulous than usual is always a win in my book. Something about this color palette makes me feel so cheerful whenever I use it, so I can definitely see myself reaching for these often. I'm off of work this whole week and I couldn't be more excited for it. Aside from Thanksgiving on Thursday and a Gilmore Girls revival marathon with my mom all day Friday, I don't have much planned (and I like it that way haha!) Have a great week everyone!

october favorites: beauty, hair care & lifestyle

Monday, November 7, 2016

October came and went in a flash, as most months seem to. By the time the month ended and Halloween was over, it felt like fall had truly settled in. I've succumbed to wearing a jacket in the morning so I don't freeze when the sun is still rising and my booties are all back in my wardrobe, as if they were never stored away back in the spring.

I had a few makeup items that I found myself consistently reaching for all month. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye has been my concealer of choice. It's a thicker formula that blends in easily with your fingertips and a little goes a long way to hide any bit of darkness you're suffering from. Set it with a little powder and you're good to go all day. 

Something about cooler temps make me want to add more glow and gleam to my makeup routine. I haven't been holding back with my highlighter and I've been reaching for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadow sticks a lot more than usual. They have an intense light reflective shimmer packed into the cream shadow and I can't get enough. I use Misty Rock, a purple toned taupe, built up for nights out or with a light hand for daytime. Frozen Quartz is a peachy pink with gold undertones that I love for brightening up my eyes on extra-tired mornings. The formula blends out perfectly and doesn't budge once it's set. They're definitely up there in price, but that's the only drawback for me when it comes to these shadows.

A couple of times a week I add an extra step to my shower routine and work Briogeo's Don't Dispair, Repair deep conditioning mask into the ends of my hair. I leave it in throughout the whole shower and rinse it out right before I finish. I always notice that my hair is softer and more cooperative the next couple of days after using it. I'm officially a deep conditioner convert and addict now. 

If you're interested in anything unusual, strange pieces of history, and fascinating photographs, then the blog Messy Nessy will pull you into a black hole of curiosity that you won't regret. I stumbled onto it through a Cupcakes & Cashmere Links I Love post about NYC's most secret places and have been obsessed ever since. Posts range from a Scientology handbook (I couldn't stop laughing...) to North Korean restaurants to a time capsule house stuck in the '50's and everything in between. 

It feels like the holidays will be here before you know it. Thanksgiving (in the US) is only a few weeks away and Christmas decor is already popping up in all the stores. I'm also (overly) excited for the Gilmore Girls revival later this month. As my mom and I used to watch it together when it was on, we're planning on watching it together when it's released on Netflix. My goal is to binge watch it in two days, but we'll see. I have such high expectations for it, so I hope it's great! Have a good week everyone!

that halloween feeling

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! This is my favorite holiday, so today's post is dedicated to the spookiest, most scare filled, and sugar heavy day of the year. 

The cocktail shaker, shot glasses, and ice bucket that are perfect for a Halloween bash, even though we have them out year-round! (similar here, here, and here

Just the beginning of our caramel-laden personal candy stash. On the counter at all time for easy access, naturally. 

Agnes rolling around with one of her spider toys. 

She Likes to... dress up as Raphael from TMNT for a Halloween party. (Romper and mask with sashes)

Have a great Halloween everyone! Let me know what you're doing today (or did over the weekend) to celebrate!

autumn eyes: shadows and liners for the season

Monday, October 24, 2016

Continuing with the fall theme from my last post, I wanted to do a roundup of my favorite shadows and liners that are perfect for the season. Eyeshadows and liners have my heart when it comes to makeup and I've collected more over the years than I'd like to admit. For me, metallics, deep greens, and rich plums are the perfect palette for autumn.

In terms of palettes, you can't go wrong with the Lorac Unzipped. The metallic tones in it are stunning and I love the mattes for both liner and making a subtle smoky eye. The colors are rich, but have a bit of fallout, so you need to tap off any excess before applying. I reach for these shadows a lot and can't recommend this palette enough.

Single shadows in both powder and cream formulas have some great selections for beautiful fall shades. Laura Mercier's Terracotta is a gorgeous wet/dry shadow that packed with shimmer in a warm coppery rust tone. A brown laced burgundy shadow, Maybelline's Pomegranate Punk is one that's easy to put on with your fingertips and smudge out for an easy single-shadow eye look. When I first found Laura Geller's Copper Penny I couldn't put it down - it's such a gorgeous metallic! (Full review here) If your looking for something a little deeper, Laura Mercier's Khaki is for you. It's a dark taupe green that looks great along the lash line. (See it in action here) Last up is a warm rich rose gold from Love of Color called Impress Me that great all over the eye.

There are four liners in my collection that scream fall to me. Kat Von D's Bukowski is a stunning forest green that's easy to apply. The last three all all from Urban Decay. Empire is a deep purple that very long lasting - once it set's you're good to go. Roach is my all-time favorite and most used liner in a go-with-everything bronze tone. Trick (similar) is a stunning copper that adds bit of shimmer to any eye look.

What eyeshadows and liners do you reach for the most during the autumn months? That's one thing I love about the seasons changing - it's a great reason to shake up your makeup! I can't believe it's only one week until Halloween! It's my favorite holiday, so I'm looking forward to it as always. I need to think of a costume, but I'm not sure what I want to dress up as. I'm leaning towards Wednesday Addams, but I'm still not sure. If you're dressing up, let me know what your costume is going to be!

fall face: perfect pairings

Monday, October 17, 2016

I've been shopping my stash lately and trying out different combinations of makeup to create some perfect pairings for my fall makeup routine. Through some trial and error, I've found some duos that I've incorporated into my everyday face and have been consistently been reaching for lately.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil + NYX Tinted Brow Mascara // Separately they're each great, but together they're my perfect brow pair. The pencil is a great dupe for Anastasia's and comes in a wide selection of shades. The brow mascara has just enough hold to keep my brows in place without being crunchy and a hint of tint to finish them off and add dimension over the pencil. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye + Hourglass Dim Light Powder // This duo I started using within the past week and I'm so in love with it! The concealer is high coverage, but blends in smoothly if you use your fingertips. It adds a brightening effect to your undereyes and when it's set with the powder it's the perfect balance of brightness and coverage while being set into place so it doesn't crease. The first day I wore it, every time I looked in the mirror I was happier than I've ever been with my concealer. That's how I knew it was a winning combo!

Becca Flowerchild Blush + Becca Champagne Pop Poured // This blush is one of those shades that goes with everything and would look good on everyone. It lasts all day and can be built up so easily, too. I've been topping it off with the poured version of Champagne Pop for a more natural highlight (compared to the pressed version, which I would normally use) and the two together play together like bffs giving your cheeks a healthy color and glow.

Revlon Balmstain in Cherish + NYX Lipstick in Castle // This is another recent discovery. I really wanted to pull out this bright pink lipstick the other day, but by itself it was reading a bit too bright for my liking. I pulled out this lilac shade, put it on top and patted it in. The result was so perfect! Not too pink, not too purple, but just right. A regular Goldilocks of lip pairings. 

What are your favorite makeup products to combine for a perfect partnership? If you've discovered any that you love, let me know! I hope you all had a great weekend! We were pretty relaxed around here. I took a long nap Saturday, which I haven't done in a while and it felt great! We ran a few errands later that day and went out to dinner at a place we hadn't tried before (and enjoyed)! I love when we find another restaurant to add to the rotation!

day to night makeup: vegas edition

Friday, October 7, 2016

Vegas, baby! The words of Joey Tribbiani capture the excitement of Las Vegas perfectly. It's a vibrant place to visit with the bright lights of the strip, the extravagance of each casino, and the endless options for shopping. I've been there twice and can say without a doubt that you never run out of things to do.* is wondering how you would transform your makeup from day to night while on vacation, especially in a city like Las Vegas that combines the glamour of a fast-paced city with the extreme temperatures of the desert. Last time I was there I stayed at The Cosmopolitan and really wanted to draw my day to night makeup look from the shine and sparkle that covers The Chandelier bar. Strung from the ceiling and dripping down several stories to the bar are countless strands of crystals making up the biggest chandelier you've ever seen. The first time I saw it I was blown away. The way it shines when it catches the light inspired my day to night makeup look.

For daytime, I went with a quick and easy look to get you out onto The Strip to explore. Becca's Flowerchild blush is one of my faves and gives enough color to easily take you from day to night. A light-handed addition of Becca's Champagne Pop highlighter to my cheekbones adds some sheen for daytime. To tie it together and add a bit more shimmer I added By Terry's Misty Rock shadow stick on my lids and below my eyes.

For the night transformation, I wanted to add more light catching elements and more color, so I topped up Champagne Pop on my cheekbones and added it to the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow...pretty much everywhere! For my eyes, I pulled out an old favorite, the Cargo Northern Lights palette. Sweeping the light blue Fjord all over my lids for some color and the glittery deep blue Glacier in the outer corner and under my eyes to add the shine, color, and fun of Las Vegas! Finishing it off with a lacquer-like gloss rounds out the light-catching look.

If  you're looking for a fun getaway to a city that has it all, make sure sure check out the hotels and package deals page for your trip! Let me know if you've ever been to Vegas or are planning on going soon! If you end up doing a day to night makeup look, let me know so I can check it out! I'm dying to go back to Vegas again - we thought about going this year with another couple, but it didn't work out, so we really want to go next year instead! You can also read all about my last trip to Vegas here.

*This post was done in collaboration with I was not compensated and all opinions are my own, as always.

autumn lips four ways

Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

everything zen

Monday, September 19, 2016

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!

irresistible me: diamond flat iron review

Monday, September 12, 2016

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.

everyday face: summer 2016

Monday, August 29, 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?

the perfect pastel polish?

Monday, June 27, 2016

I live for a good pastel polish. If it falls somewhere between pink and purple it also earns bonus points.

I went to the nail salon a couple weeks ago with my mom and sister and decide to try Essie's Bond With Whomever. I honestly can't recall ever seeing this shade in a store before, so I whipped it off the shelf to try immediately. It was an excellent call, because this might be one of my top five favorite shades of all time.

It's a cool-toned pastel lilac that can definitely pull pink in the right light. I can't stop staring at it- it's soooo stinkin' cute! I had it on for over two weeks and it didn't clash with a single thing that I wore. That's a sure sign of a winner in my books.

What's the latest polish you've tried out and absolutely loved? So I know it's been silent around here for a few weeks. That's because we got another dog a couple weeks ago! We're up to three now - wowza. Baxter and Brutus now have a sister - meet Agnes.

She's about 4 months old and a St. Berdoodle (St. Bernard mixed with a standard poodle) She's going to be a big girl when she's fully grown, but for now she's a 16 pound ball of fluff. My hands have been a little full with the three of them, so I've been a little lax on the blogging front. Hopefully all back to normal from now on!

from lavender to lilac: the purple makeup edit

Monday, June 6, 2016

When it comes to makeup, I've always been drawn to all things purple. From lavender to lilac and everything in between, it's a perfect shade for spring and summer. I rounded up some of my favorites that perfectly capture the beauty of this color. If I have these featured in an older post, I'll link it as well, so you can see the product in action.

Trust Fund Beauty Elegantly Wasted (post) // A deeper, periwinkle lilac that's easy to apply in one coat and very opaque.
Essie Play Date (post) // One of my all-time faves. This bright purple screams spring and is such a sweet and fun shade!

Benefit Hervana // When all four shades in this blush are swirled together it makes the most beautiful orchid flush for your cheeks. It's perfect for no-makeup makeup days, too.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Crayon in Lavish Lavender (post) // My favorite of all of the shades I've tried from this range. It's a gorgeous shimmery purple that's quick and easy to swipe on and blend out with your finger.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid (post) // Both a fantastic formula and shade, this pinky-orchid is stunning worn in a single layer for a sheer look or built up for a brighter purple eye. 
Urban Decay Tonic (post) // This duochrome beauty is one my favorites for both the light lilac color and the slightly blue shift it has when the light hits it.

Maybelline Kissable Balm Stain in Darling (discontinued - NYX Castle is similar) (worn here) // This is easily my most worn lipstick, so I was completely heartbroken when I found out it's been discontinued! Why does that always happen?! It's a beautiful cool toned lilac with slight pink undertone and goes with virtually everything. I looked through a ton of swatches to find a dupe and NYX Castle looks pretty similar in tone. 
NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Playdate // This is a more recent purchase and I really like it! When it's worn full-on it's a pretty intense lavender, but it can easily be blotted down for a much more wearable look. 

Let me know any of your purple makeup faves! I'm always on the lookout for more to try in that color family. Hope you had a good weekend! I started watching Gossip Girl o Netflix a couple weeks ago and I'm totally obsessed, so I spent most of Friday night binge watching that (I'm mid-way through season 2). The black hole has begun.

violet dot

Monday, May 30, 2016

I've been in a nail polish rut recently. They were bare for almost 2 weeks (whaaaat?!) and I haven't bought a new one in quite a while. Nothing's been calling out to me, so I figured I'd shop my stash and mix and match for a fun combo. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Violet Dot. Not groundbreaking, I'll admit, but definitely fun, eye-catching, and easy! 

A couple of coats of Essie's Lapiz of Luxury make a subtle periwinkle base. Give your digits a few minutes to dry and grab Essie's No More Film or any deep violet polish that you like. Get a little drop of polish right on the end of the brush and lightly dot it towards the back of your nail. You just need a tiny drop, since it'll settle and widen a bit as it dries. Add a topcoat and your done!

We took the day off on Friday to get a four day weekend and decided to repaint our front and side doors from an uninspiring white to a rich navy. I just need to finish up a little section of trim and they'll be done! On Sunday we went to the zoo for a bit then took a drive down to Ellicottville (a small town about an hour away from us that we snowboard at over the winter). We browsed through some shops and had a few drinks before heading home. If you're in the US, have a nice holiday weekend!

yasss! : becca x jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette

Monday, May 23, 2016

With Champagne Pop being my absolute favorite highlighter of all time, I was definitely excited when I heard about the Champagne Collection Face Palette from Becca's collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. I happened to be on snapchat when Jaclyn announced that a limited number of palettes were being released on Sephora's site, so I jumped on it and ordered immediately.

I adore the gold and white packaging and it feels extremely sturdy with a secure clasp, so it would be great to travel with. The palette comes with 3 blushes and 2 highlighters, one of which is Champagne Pop. (Not that I'll be using up my original any time soon, since a little goes a long way.) The other highlighter is a new one, Prosecco Pop- a beautiful bright gold that picks up the light beautifully and can be layered with Champagne Pop for a stunning glow worthy of JLo herself. 

The 3 blushes in the group are gorgeous and insanely pigmented. You barely need to tap your brush into the shade to have more than enough to sweep on your cheeks. Rosé Spritz is my fave with a gorgeous hint of shimmer and nice mix of pink and peach. Amaretto is somewhere between a bronzer and a warm rose and would make a great eyeshadow! Pamplemousse is the bright punchy coral-pink in the bunch. A light hand is needed when applying that one, for sure.

The pigmentation, staying power, and overall quality is what I've come to expect from Becca and I can see myself reaching for this palette a lot. It'll be available online May 26th and in stores June 16th. Considering the limited release sold out in an hour or two, I'd definitely expect these to go flying off the shelves, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them once their out!

tag: My husband explains the purpose of makeup

Monday, May 16, 2016

After reading buynow/bloglater's post with her husband about his thoughts on makeup I knew I had to do this post. Steve has seen me get ready plenty of times and knows all about my makeup horde, so I couldn't wait to hear his responses to what he thought all of these things do. Enjoy!

Primer: It's a basecoat to even out your face to the same depth. You put it on before the paint. (First car comparison and it won't be the last...)

Foundation: It's what you build a house on... It's a crack sealer for your face. It also makes girls faces look like a different color than their neck. (I don't wear foundation, so luckily this is not a reference about me.)

Powder: It's for chaffing?

Concealer: It's what you put on after you fill the cracks to hide the cracks. It also hides acne.

Bronzer: Makes pale people look tan. (Accurate)

Blush: (Or rouge as he loves to calls it.) It puts color on your face. Made by Crayola...

Highlighter: For when you're taking notes? I have no idea. I didn't even know that was makeup.

Mascara: To volumize your thin lashes.

Eyeshadow: Puts color on your eyelids. Also by Crayola. The 9,000 palettes you have?? (He knows my makeup weakness...)

Eye liner: You put that on the rim of your eye.

Brow pencil: Make pale eyebrows not look pale.

Lipstick: That one's basic. Everyone knows what lipstick is.

Setting spray: It's like clear coat on a car, but for your face. Protects the paint. (Car reference #2)

BB cream: Foundation that comes in spheres? Oil of Olay? I don't know...

Not bad for someone who would much prefer watching a hockey game than answer these questions! He did venture into Sephora with me this weekend and enjoyed swatching as many things on my hand as possible just to be able to use the makeup remover bottles (or "Rocky bottles" as he calls them lol). 

If you end up doing this post with your other half, let me know! I'd loooooove to read more of these! If they're anything like my husband they'll be 100% over answering these after approximately 2 minutes...

5 things

Monday, May 9, 2016

These colorful popcorn buckets (snagged in the one spot at Target) // Perfect for summer movie nights!

Tea with my mom // Last week my mom and I went for lunch at a cute little tea house. It was fantastic - salad, scones (the apricot was fantastic!), mini sandwiches (PB, banana, and honey was my fave!), and cute little desserts! 

Baxter's mohawk // He was due for a haircut and it was long enough for a mohawk, so why not?

Trust Fund Beauty's Instagram feed // Yes, the Trust Fund Beauty Instagram feed has cute pics of nail polish. More importantly, they also have some seriously hilarious posts allll the time. The three I grabbed above are just a taste. You won't be disappointed!

This blanket for the sofa // Another Target find. The soft gray tone, and light woven cotton are perfection for spring and summer when you want to be cozy, but not too hot.

Let me know what made you happy this week!

the subtle wing: kat von d woolf

Monday, May 2, 2016

Over the years my makeup application skills have slowly improved, but sadly my eyeliner skills are still one of the things I can't quite master. I can never get the line smooth enough, or the wings to be even, and I can never, ever apply it quickly. (The struggle is soooo real...) I skip eyeliner a lot, but I really want to improve at it, since I love how it looks, so I'm always looking for different types to try that might be easier for me to use. 

I picked up the Kat Von D Ink Liner in Woolf during the Sephora sale a few weeks ago. I really like the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper, but I don't always want the intense look of jet black liner. Woolf seemed like a great option since it's a soft gray and I hoped (as always) that it would be a little easier for me and my lack of liner skills. 

I've tried it out quite a bit since I picked it up (on a day off meeting a friend for lunch, playing around with it before I take my makeup off at night, out for dinner and drinks another night etc). After all that, I have a few thoughts on the liner:

~It's easy to apply - the tip is fine, so it's easy to get a sharp end to your winged liner. As someone who struggles with eyeliner, I found this to be one of the easiest and most foolproof that I've ever used. *Phew*
~The subtle gray is a perfect alternative to black for daytime. However, I have found that sometimes I need to go over it more than once to make it completely opaque. If I use it several days in a row, it also seems to be a little bit patchy, almost like it's dried up a bit and needs a couple of days to get the tip re-saturated with color. (Both odd and irritating) 
~The longevity is fantastic - once it's dried it's not moving or fading until you decide to remove it.
~The shades in the range are gorgeous. Aside from the typical black and brown, there's a rainbow of different colors that'll strike your fancy.

I really want to try the Ink Liner out in a few other shades, especially to see if the opaqueness issue only happens with the gray. I have my eye on the sea blue, hunter green, and periwinkle - they're all so beautiful- I can't decide! 

I'm taking Monday off and my mom and I are going out for a full tea for lunch (scones, mini sandwiches, and teeny-tiny desserts). We went last year, too, and it was soooo delicious! I'm so excited to go back. Plus, there's an antique shop right next door, so we'll go for a browse through it after we eat. Who knows what we'll find! I'll try to get some snaps while we're there to share with you, too (shelikestoshop on Snapchat). Have a great week!

haul review & roundup: love it, like it, leave it

Monday, April 25, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I hauled some beauty goodies from Ulta. Now that I've given them all a try I wanted to share with you the ones I love, some that are just ok, and others I wouldn't repurchase. 

The Loves:

Becca mineral blush in Flower Child (from the Blushed Radiance set) left swatch in photo // To say my love for this one came out of nowhere would be understatement. When I picked up that Becca set it wasn't specifically to buy this blush, but I'm so happy in came in the set! I've been using this shade soooo much lately. It's the perfect mix of pink and peach with a bit of a golden tone to it and it lasts insanely long once it's applied. (I honestly went to touch it up after I got home from work before going out to dinner and didn't even end up needing to since it still looked good!)

Becca Backlight Priming Filter (from the Blushed Radiance set) right swatch in the photo // This was the product I was most desperate to try from this set. It's safe to say I'm now completely addicted to this stuff and have been slapping it on my face before I apply my makeup every day. The primer has a slight tint and tiny shimmer to it that's undetectable once blended in, but it gives a nice glow to your skin and seems to make my makeup (especially my blush) last longer. This actually reminds me a lot of the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint from both a shimmer and consistency standpoint.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette l-r Cherry, Easy, Angel, Lo-Fi, Hush, OC // If you've been able to grab this, you're in luck - I can't seem to find this anywhere (other than Ebay) to link it for you - epic fail! It might still be in some stores, so keep you're eyes open 'cuz this is such a gem! The colors are beautiful, blendable, and are the perfect lineup for any look. I've been reaching for Cherry or Hush a lot and using Angel as more of a highligher.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara // I'm sure most of you have heard about this mascara by now, so I won't go on about it for long. It's still my fave, both due to the formula and the wand. I love a plastic wand and the side with the short bristles is perfect for applying mascara close to the lash line without making a mess.

The Likes:

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (both from the Blushed Radiance set) // These are definitely lovely highlighters. Great formula, long lasting, blendable, and really pretty when the light hits them. I'd expect no less from a Becca highlighter. (I prefer the pressed over the liquid if I were to choose one formula.) However, I still find myself reaching for Champagne Pop over these when I want some glow. These are a little more subtle, so if that's what you look for in a highlighter, then I'm sure you'd like these.

Rimmel Lip Liner in Addiction // I already knew that I liked this formula for lip liners (I also own East End Snob and Innocent - both are great!). This shade is more of a deeper, brown-rose shade. Definitely good for the 90's lip trend. I love filling in my lips with this, pressing it in, and topping it off with a little bit of rose-toned gloss.

BareMinerals Serum Concealer // I was kind of on the fence if this one was a like or a love. I really like how it's incredibly creamy - almost slippery - in texture. It makes blending it in a dream. When you pull the applicator out there's a lot of product on it for everywhere you want to conceal (and then some more). The color is a good match for me, too. I'm just not sure if it's The Best concealer I've ever used. Jury's still out on that one. Time will tell.

The Leaves:

Maybelline Crayons in Pink Parfait and Lilac Lust //  After my raves about this formula in the shade Lavish Lavender (which I still stand by!) these two shades were such a let down! I was hoping Pink Parfait would be a quicker to apply version of the Color Tattoo Metal pot in Inked in Pink (love that one!!), but sadly it's not. No matter how much I try to build it up, it just looks like next to nothing on my lids. Not for me. Lilac Lust was a let down as well. The color was completely meh and not one that I'll be reaching for.

Let me know if you like this kind of post and I can do them more often after I've tried out products that I pick up. What's the best (or worst) product you've tried lately? If you want to keep up with me daily, follow me on Snapchat (shelikestoshop)! I'm totally obsessed with it and post at least one photo or video with a ridiculous filter a day. Those filters are soooo fun!

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