Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Life updates & stuff I love for fall!

Hey guys! Ok this post is going to be picture heavy since it's just a general life update/recent purchases/fall stuff post :) 

We are getting nice and settled into the new house and I finally got my makeup room/desk situation done!

Here is a little before and after:

Aww yeah ikea.

The weather here is still pretty boiling hot most days but there have been some nice cool mornings that really make me excited that fall is right around the corner! Fall is my favorite time of the year and I really wish it lasted longer. Our wedding anniversary is October 12th so yeah, its def my fav time of year.

Fall food is pretty excited for a few reasons...the biggest being butternut squash soup! Specifically Atlanta bread company's version:

I mean, how delicious does that look!?

This was a wonderful brunch at a local place around town and the veggie quiche was really on point. End of summer/early fall is a great time for veggies!

This was a quinoa and ground turkey casserole that I made recently and it is packed with protein (good since we are lifting again!) and so delicious. We froze half of it to eat next week too!

Fall is also a great season for smells. Bath and Body Works is a dangerous place to be around this time of year...but I can't pass up their candle sales! They are normally $20 each but every once in a while they have a 2 for $22 sale! So of course I had to get some...

This candle...smells....ugh it's so good. Just get it. I also got the farm stand apple candle for something a bit lighter and fresh.

Another one of my favorite things about fall/winter is sporting darker lipstick. I recently ordered one of the Elf matte lip crayons in the color 'wine' and it is super pretty!

It's not really as matte as I expected but it's super creamy and easy to apply. I love that their lip crayons are smaller than jumbo lip pencils because they are way easier to apply. This could be even darker paired with a dark lip liner. 

Fall is also the start of boot season! I had a pair of shoes to return to Payless and they had their BOGO sale going on so of course I ended up getting 2 pairs of shoes...

I can't get over how cute these both are. They are comfortable too! I'm especially excited to wear the little cutout booties somewhere with some skinny jeans or a flowy dress. 

Thats all I got for now, I will hopefully put together a fall makeup look soon!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette : Naked 3 dupe!

Hey guys! I've been out of town for Labor Day and then sick as a dog so sorry for the lack of posts! I've got a few lined up for this week :)

I recently ordered the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette on Amazon. This palette sells for $20 (great deal!) and has some really amazing shades in it. If you like rosy gold and purple toned shades then I high suggest you look into it! It has some very similar shades as the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and is less than half to cost sooooooo yeah, it's a winner in my book. 

There are a good mix of mattes and shimmers in this palette. For matte shades you have a soft light pink, light brown, mid tone purpley brown, burgendy, maroon, dark brown and black. The rest are shimmery pinks golds and purples. This has everything you need for an all over lid color, crease color, shimmer or matte highlight colors, and deeper shades for the crease. What more can you ask for?

The consistency of these shadows are soft and very blendable. Some shades are softer than others, and some are a bit chalky but overall they all work well together. They aren't long lasting on their own so I would def use a primer underneath. 

I plan to do a daytime/night time look with this palette that I will upload soon!

So if you are looking for some gorgeous pinky/purple fall colors or a most inexpensive option than the naked 3 palette, give this a try!


Monday, August 25, 2014

New Milani Bella eyes gel powder eye shadows

Recently Milani released a new formulation for their single eye shadows called the 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder' eye shadows. There are a whopping 30 colors in the range and they come in a few different finishes: matte, shimmer and satin.

I've always been a big fan of Milani cosmetics. They are reasonably priced and very pigmented. Although, I was never a huge fan of their single eye shadows. These however are a big hit! I only have 2 shades so far but I would love to try some of the more vibrant colors. 

Here is what they have to say on their website:

"The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes."

I actually do like to use my fingers to apply these if you are going for an all over lid color. I haven't used them wet yet but I imagine like most other wet or dry shadows they become more opaque and intensifies the satin or metallic finish. 

Here are the 2 that I have!

Left: Bella Champagne, Right: Bella Cappuccino

Bella Champagne is such a fantastic all over lid color to really brighten up the eyes and Bella Cappuccino is a great matte crease color, which can be tough to find at the drugstore. 

I definitely recommend trying these out! 


Upcoming posts:
  • my favorite Essence beauty products
  • New limited edition Wet n Wild lipsticks
  • Dragon Con!!! My looks and outfits
  • House tour

Friday, August 22, 2014

My new favorite daytime moisturizer!

I've been obsessing over skincare lately and really wanting to try new things and I recently came across a moisturizer at the drugstore that I thought I'd try out.

Neutragena rapid wrinkle repair moisturizer with spf 30

I know I'm only 27 but I feel like your mid-late 20s is a good time to start using products that are designed for keeping away wrinkles and fine lines. Might as well, right?

This product claims to have visible results in just one week. While I haven't noticed much of a difference in fine lines (I don't have many) I HAVE noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. I love how this moisturizer soaks in quickly and doesn't leave a greasy film. My skin feels much softer and smoother to the touch.

This product contains retinol sa, a form of Vitamin A used to unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin. The 'SA' stands for 'sustained action' which just means its going to be working its way into the skin for a longer period of time. Because retinol causes the skin to be a tad bit more sensitive to sunlight, the higher spf of 30 helps prevent any irritation. 

It also contains a glucose complex which according to the box claims to act as a booster to the retinol, accelerating skin's surface activity for rapid results...hence the name rapid repair. 

Lastly it contains Hyaluronic acid that adds lines plumping moisture to hydrate and rejuvenate the look of dull skin. 

I've been using this product for a week now and I'm happy to say this is my new favorite skincare item! It's available at most drugstores and costs around $19.99 for 1 FL oz.

If this product does irritate your skin, try using it every other day or getting the nighttime version with no spf. Having the retinol on at night makes it easier for some people with sensitive skin. MY skin is pretty sensitive and I've been able to wear this most days. If my skin starts to feel irritated I will use my Olay sensitive skin moisturizer. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Top 5 nude lipsticks for fair skin (high end and drugstore!)

I'm back baby! 

Things have been crazy around here getting settled into our new house. I will have a new house tour post coming soon once I finish my office. It feels amazing to have a house of our own and we are so happy with it even with a few bumps along the way (having to buy a new water heater!)

I wanted to do a post about my top 5 favorite nude lipstick for fair skin. Finding a good nude color that doesn't totally make you look dead or washed out is difficult if you have fair skin. These lipsticks are more along the lines of a 'pink-y' nude for that exact reason. It helps keep a healthy glow to the face without looking like you just put concealer on your lips. 

 YSL #10 Beige Tribute 

This lipstick is incredibly creamy and opaque. This was my first YSL purchase and it quickly became a favorite!

Too Faced la creme lipstick in Nude Beach

This lipstick is super creamy and has a bit of a shine to it. The formula of the la creme lipstick are out of this world. I need to get more colors!

Benecos lipstick in Pink Honey

This lipstick looks a bit dark in the tube but it is a gorgeous semi sheer nude pink color that has a good bit of shine to it. This is super comfortable on the lips and easy to just swipe on with no mirror. 

Maybelline color whisper lipstick in Mocha Muse

This was the first color whisper lipstick I bought and it has a surprising amount of color to it. Depending on how naturally pigmented your lips are this will have varying degrees of color payoff. Much like pink honey this is semi sheer and super easy to apply on the go.

Sonia Kashuk sheer lip color in Sheer Pink Lust

This lipstick is far from sheer! Semi sheer maybe, but this has a lot of color payoff. This one has the most shine to it and it almost like a lipstick/gloss in one. This looks gorgeous with a smokey eye! I also like to apply this over a darker pink or berry lip liner to give it more depth. 

Swatch time!

Left to right: YSL #10, Too Faced Nude Beach, Benecos Pink Honey, Maybelline Mocha Muse, Sonia Kashuk Sheer Pink Lust

no flash

with flash

Direct Sunlight

So those are my picks for my favorite pinky-nude lipsticks for fair skin. After swatching all these I realize how similar they all are...but They all have different textures and tones to go with different skin undertones and makeup looks. I tried to give options in a wide price range, these range from $35 to $6


Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Favorites!

Despite being crazy busy with the move, I forced myself to sit down and make time for a July favorites post! Mostly because I have a lot this month.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation

This stuff has been a life save for summer. It gets so hot and humid here in Georgia and makeup tends to sweat right off. Not the case for this foundation, it does great with heat and humidity in staying put and not fading. Plus it has an SPF!

Vaseline Spray and Go Lotion

I use this in the cocoa butter version and it is a great time saver and really does a good job moisturizing my skin. It really sinks in and leaves the skin soft and not greasy at all. I'm sure the aloe version would feel fantastic on your skin if you've been out in the sun a lot.

Milani Eyeshadow in Bella Champagne

Milani recently released a newly formulated range of single eyeshadows that can be worn wet or dry. They have a very soft texture and this particular shade is a great all over the lid shade to brighten up the eyes. It can always be a great highlight shade. I like to just use my fingers to apply this to get the best color payoff. 

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation in 09 Caramel

In trying to experiment more with cream contouring I came across this stick foundation at Ulta. I believe this is the darkest shade in the range and so far I really like using it for a cream contour. I apply it lightly along my hairline and in the hollows of my cheeks and using a medium blending brush to blend it into my foundation.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

This is an oldie but a goodie. I've been using this for a few years now and it is almost always in my purse. It's a perfect pinky-mauve 'your lips but better' shade that leaves behind a nice pink stain. It lasts for hours and it very moisturizing on the lips. You can almost apply it without a mirror, it's that fool proof!

The Balm's Frat Boy Blush

This is a great summer blush shade that looks good on so many different skin tones. The formula is so soft and buttery and it blends like a dream. It's a coral-peachy shade with the very faintest amount of shimmer. Not chunks of glittery but a fine mist of glow. This paired with a good bronzer is a fantastic look for summer.

Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Face Mask

My skin gets really dull from time to time and the texture isn't always great. This face scrub/mask really does a fantastic job at exfoliating the skin and leaving it super smooth and rejuvenated. I use this once or twice a week usually before bed and it keeps my skin texture soft and smooth.

Urban Decay Lipgloss in 'Liar'

I've never been a huge lipgloss person but this range of lipgloss is really nice. Very moisturizing and smooth, not at all sticky feeling. The color 'Liar' is a great pink-nude, everyday color. This is great on it's own or paired over any pink or nude lipstick. I like to wear it over a bit of lipliner filled in all over the lips.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'Bad to the Bronze'

This is another one I've had for forever and it is a rediscovered favorite. This is such a great shade for summer and I love to just wear it all over the lid by itself with a little dark brown eyeliner. You can wear it alone or use it as a base for a bronze smokey eye. The color tattoos stay on forever and don't crease so they are also a great pick for summer. 


So those are all my favorite products for the month of July! Hopefully my next post with be from the comfort of our new house :)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life update: We have a house!! Plus some recent looks

Ok I know I've been a bit MIA lately since we've been house hunting but we've got big news!


Our loan was officially approved today and we close next week! My husband and I are both SO relieved and excited to move. Finding your first house can be exciting but it is also a very long tedious process. 

Here she is!

SO cute, right? It was really love at first sight with this house. This was maybe the 3rd or so house we looked at out of maybe 10. Our first offer was rejected and then it was pending sale with someone else and one day I saw that it was back on the market and we jumped on it! The inspection went great and there is very little work to be done. Basically a perfect 1st house for us :) 

I will post pics along the process of decorating the new place as we go. Just wanted to let my readers know what I've been up to!

My most anticipated project will of course be my very own MAKEUP ROOM! Fit for filming! It will be a work in progress for a while but I am seriously excited to get started.


And for kicks here are a few makeup looks I've done recently :)