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.

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