Monday, July 31, 2017

Take Me to Galifornia

I first saw Benefit GALifornia blush a few months ago. I added and deleted it from my Sephora cart countless times before I finally pulled the plug. I was loving my cream blushes so I felt guilty spending $29 on a new blush. I bought this about two weeks ago and have used it everyday since. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this product! First, it is the perfect summer shade. It is a bright pink with a gold shimmer. It gives your cheeks the perfect sun kissed glow. Second, it smells amazing! It has notes of grapefruit and vanilla. It is a sweet smell, but not overwhelming. Each time I open it I get a sweet scent and I can't help but smile. It's a little treat every time I apply this blush. If you have been thinking about adding this to your makeup collection, I promise you will not be disappointed.

This post is not sponsored. All thought and opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Read My Lipstick

Happy National Lipstick Day! 
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I just wanted to pop in and show my favorite lipsticks. Most of these lippies I have had for years! They are my absolute favorite brands and colors. I tend to lean towards rosey pink hues.
What are your favorite lipsticks?

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Shark Week!

My favorite week of the entire year is here, Shark Week! It all started last night with Phelps vs the Great White. Tonight I am having a girl friend over for wine, cheese and gummies of the aquatic nature (read: swedish fish). I also made some delicious cupcakes because it's a not a party without cupcakes.
To kick off Shark Week, I wore my favorite Jaws t-shirt from Old Navy. It's from the men's department, but who cares, and why do the men get all the cool graphic tees? I paired it with denim shorts, but I think a button up jean skirt would be so cute! I have my eye on one from Urban Outfitters. The limited edition Shark Lokai is an accessory must, along with the metallic bag whose various blue hues emulate waves. Kind of obsessed with it.

In honor is this spectacular week, I also wanted to revisit the iconic Harper's Bazaar shoot with Rihanna from March 2015. This just might be my favorite editorial shoot to date. 

For more incredible images from this spread, check out Harper's. There is even an amazing behind the scenes video of RiRi swimming with sharks! She is a queen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Unboxing: July 2017 Birchbox

Last month I decided to resubscribe to Birchbox. I was receiving the Sephora Play! Box, but I was missing my Birchbox subscription, to be honest. 

My July box arrived about a week ago, and I was so thrilled when I opened it up. I have tried each sample and truly love these products. I will definitely be ordering the full-size items once I have used up the samples.

The Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Gel Eye Makeup Remover was so gentle on my eyes and took off the mascara with ease. To remove eye makeup, I use the Neutrogena Cleaning Towelettes and Garnier Micellar Water, but there are times when I wake up with a little black residue under my eyes. When I used the Marcelle product, no raccoon eyes in the morning!

In the summer, I don't need a moisturizer since my skin is pretty happy with the warm weather, but every once in a while I go through a dry spell. When I tried the Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer, I was immediately blown away. It has a gel like consistency, which I really like. This product does not make my skin feel greasy. Instead my skin was smooth and hydrated. I may have to start using this regularly. I just loved the way my skin looked and felt. 

I really do not put much product in my hair outside of the shower. Lately, I have been using a small amount of leave-in conditioner for my ends. They tend to get a little dried out in the summer. Besides a detangler, I don't used hair sprays or beach sprays. I was not sure what to expect when I tested out the amika Un.Done Texture Spray, but I ended up really liking it. It gave my limp, thin hair some much needed volume and did not leave a tacky feeling. This would be a great product to pair with dry shampoo when trying to avoid washing your hair for a day or two.

I recently purchased the Glossier Cloud Paint and I love the consistency and feel of a cream blush. I was super excited to try the Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum. It is a bright pink, which I love for summer, and while it looks very pigmented, it it easily blended so you don't look like a clown. I have worn this just about every day since I received it and I cannot get enough. It lasts all day and looks so natural. This is one of my favorite samples.

Mascara might be one of my favorite beauty products. Every time I put mascara on I am amazed at how it makes my eyes pop. That might be why I am a mascara junkie. I love trying new mascara, but I am also very picky. My go-to, up until recently, was Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes. That was until I tried The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Waterproof Mascara. This stuff is amazing! It elongates my lashes without clumping or making them feel weighed down. Along with the blush, I have also been using this everyday. 

I cannot wait to see what the August Birchbox brings! Fingers crossed it is just as amazing as my July box!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

June Favorites

I cannot believe it has been over one month since I last posted! My Masters program takes up a majority of my time.  When I am not working on PowerPoint presentations, I have been enjoying this wonderful summer. Aside from a few rainy days, it has been blue skies and sunshine. It's the kind of weather that just makes you happy. While we are halfway through July, I still wanted to talk about a few other things that have made me happy this past month.

I can remember the day I discovered Jo Malone like it was yesterday. I was exploring the quiet streets of the West Village on a sunny Spring day. I probably was in the area for a Magnolia cupcake or their incredible Banana Bread Pudding (or both!). I was walking through the cobblestone streets under a canopy of greenery when I saw the Jo Malone store. The window display was so inviting. The colorful flowers grabbed my attention and I went inside where I was greeted with so many wonderful scents. I left with two samples that were lovely alone, but magical when used together. It has been years and I finally just purchased both scents. Orange Blossom and Peony & Blush Suede offer the incredible mixture of floral and citrus. Together or solo, these perfumes are perfect for warm summer days and nights.

I do not often burn candles in the summer, but when I came across this adorable candle in a cement holder, I had to have it. I am halfway through burning it, and I am just as excited to use the container to hold pens or Q-Tips once it burns through. I picked up the candle and ring holder at a local shop, Sunshine & Bluebirds. I like to stop in every once in a while to see what's new and I never leave empty handed. The ring holder was just too darling. I love the shades of blue and the size is perfect to hold my favorite rings.