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!

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