March 10, 2015

It's My Birthday

Today is my 29th birthday and it's kind of surreal. Growing up, my mom made birthdays so special.  It's not that we necessarily did anything over-the-top extravagant (although she did fly up to Milwaukee when I lived there for school to surprise me the morning of my birthday, which was pretty amazing) but she just has a way of making the day extra special and because of that my birthday has always been a day I especially look forward to.  This year however, I wasn't really looking forward to today, I was actually kind of dreading it.  Overall I'm pretty happy with my life and feel really fortunate for all that I have and how much love surrounds me, but sometimes I feel like I should have more to show for 29 years of life, that's a long time!  I decided today I would share 29 things I am thankful for, because my life is a good one and I should acknowledge that more.

1.  Jesus & my salvation, without which I wouldn't have a list to be thankful for

2. My family, a severely close second

3. My boyfriend

4. Sushi & Mexican food

5. My health

6. God's unending love & patience with me, I never seem to run out of second chances

7. Deep hair conditioners

8.  Where I live, both America & South Carolina

9. DVR... and Bravo! for that matter

10. My job

11. Sunny 80 degree days

12.  My nephew

13. Learning to be better with my money

14. Books

15. Makeup, men, I feel for you on bad skin days

16. Cell phones, but more importantly text messaging

17. Pinterest, 90% of my dinners are thanks to you

18. Men and women who are far more brave than I am who willingly fight for our country

19.  Freedom

20. Matinee movie prices, because otherwise no thank you

21. Hair straighteners

22. Leggings

23. A house to live in

24. My education & the ability to go to school

25. Jimmy John's, Subway, Jersey Mike's, McAlister's, all sandwich places

26. Friends who love me

27. Being able to laugh at myself

28. To have had a really fun & exciting early 20s, but to be more grounded and settled now

29. My life & each new day. It's far from perfect, some days just plain suck and it's hard for me to find the good in them.  But then I have days like today where I see so clearly just how much I have to be grateful for and hope that I can think about the things in this list when I start to throw myself a pity party.

Here's to the last year in my 20s & hoping it's a great year and I'm the best version of myself yet!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

March 3, 2015

Loving Lately

I'm not a big splurger when it comes to purchases for myself; I really try to find great deals and even a $50 purchase can take me a bit of thinking about before taking the plunge.  My birthday is in March and I usually will use that as an excuse to buy myself something I've been wanting for a while, here are some things I'm currently loving.

1. Metallic Vans- These would look so cute with skinny jeans or leggings, I love them!

2.  YSL Oil Lip Tint-  These things are getting some major hype lately and sound exactly like something I'd love. They are an oil, so they are supposed to be very moisturizing, and if I like one thing, it's a moisturizing lip balm. They're pricey and slightly extravagant, but that's what birthdays are for!

3. Z by Zella Leggings-  I wear leggings 5 out of 7 days a week at least.  I've always heard such good things about this brand which is Nordstrom's own athletic brand. These are currently on sale at Nordstrom Rack online for only $12.90.

4. Longchamp Le Pliage-  I have debated for the past 2 years whether to ask for this for Christmas or to buy it myself.  This is such a classic bag that will never go out of style and would also be a great every day bag to tote around my laptop, Nook, and even my gym clothes for after work. I love the "red" and "bilberry" colors, they're a change nice from the black I usually gravitate towards, but would still match a lot.

5. Suede Toe Heels-  I have a wedding this June and think these would be perfect for a summer wedding! These are gorgeous!

6. Sunless Face Tanner-  I gave up tanning beds about 2 years ago and it's been a sad ride. I miss so bad being tan all year round, especially my face.  I've used body self tanners on my face before and they just clogged my pores and completely irritated my skin.  I love Clinique skincare and think this might be worth trying. 

7.  Brooks Running Shoes-  I have an older edition (is that how you refer to shoes?) of these shoes and they're my favorite, but have seen better days. I love lightweight running shoes that are slim and not too chunky. Also, I love how bright these are!

What are some things you have had on your wish list lately? Do you own any of these products and want to recommend them or something similar?

February 26, 2015

Living Room Pinspiration: A New Mini Series

It's that time of the year again, moving time. I've moved every year for the past 4 years.  I should be a professional mover, except I hate moving and would call out "sick" every day.  This year, however, I'll be moving in with my boyfriend and we are having to do the whole compromise thing on decor.  He's very traditional and simple, think brown leather sofa with matching coffee and end tables.  He'd prefer, probably like most men, to go to one store, pick out a completed room set with lots of dark colors and leather and call it a day.  I, on the other hand, gravitate towards eclectic rooms with light neutral colors, heavy on the metallics. I don't mind, and in fact love, revamping older pieces and keeping things from being too matchy matchy.

I thought it would be fun to share the experience with you all as we transition into the new house and essentially decorate and furnish it from the ground up.  He's had roommates the past 5 years and has been lucky enough to not need to purchase any furniture of his own (aside from his bedroom furniture).  We'll be using my living room and dining furniture initially, but will replace that hopefully sooner rather than later.  Through this mini series, I'll share with you photos and ideas I am keeping for inspiration as we find a happy medium somewhere between my taste and his.

I knew I was going to have to give a bit on the whole "white, cream, silver and gold" color palette I have going on currently at my apartment. I don't like buying things just to fill a space and since this will be a place we will hopefully be at for a long time, I really wanted to fill it with stuff we both really like.  I have been holding out on buying anything for the new house until I found that one piece we both liked and could use as the starting point around which the room would be decorated.  I was at Marshall's a few weeks ago and spotted this rug and immediately fell in love! The blue color is gorgeous and lucky for me, Leif liked it too!

My couch, that we will start out with, is a cream color, but eventually Leif wants to get a brown leather couch. I like the pillows in contrasting colors, but will probably opt for none of them to match yet be in the same color family. I also like the touches of white and silver, we'll probably do similarly.

Hopefully the rug will be the perfect size for our living room, it's a 5x7 and I'm aiming to put it under the coffee table, but in the event we don't like the look of it there, I like the look of patterned curtains in the same color. I also want to get a large mirror to sit above our fireplace. Our house is actually set in in almost the same way, with the fireplace on the far wall and windows on either side, so I also like the chair positioned by the window, I could read for hours there. 

I love the look of a gallery wall, but sometimes they can be too overwhelming for me visually.  I like the look of shelves to give some cohesiveness to everything while also allowing pieces to sit on them much in the same way a bookshelf would look. 

I love the rustic elements of this room; the lanterns on either side of the fireplace, the moss and cotton center piece, the books casually leaning on the back cabinet and the burlap and wire basket in from of the fireplace.  I think I could get a similar look with things from Michael's and HomeGoods.

What are some of your favorite (affordable!) home furnishings and decor stores?  I am so excited to get the project underway!

February 16, 2015

Window Shopping

If you've read any of my blog posts before, you'd know I love a bargain, and if you're new and haven't read any posts, I love a bargain. They're my drug of choice: bargains, sales, bogos, you name it, I love it! I can bring myself to splurge a little more when it comes to clothes and accessories, but with makeup, while I have a few higher priced items, if I can find a great product from Target or CVS, sign me up!

However, I do love browsing Sephora as much as the next girl, and can't help but to illogically want some all of the products. I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and it doesn't help that I watch YouTube beauty videos like it's my job in which the girls rave about lip liners that cost $30, seriously? Today I thought it would be fun to share with you the products I find myself wanting, but probably never buying.

1. YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick. That packaging is hands down the only reason I want this, I don't even wear lipstick.

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume.  The best smelling perfume I've ever smelled in my entire life, and at close to $100 a bottle, it better be. Still, I don't care how good you smell (how many times can I say smell?), I'm never buying a $100 bottle of perfume that doesn't come with Ryan Gosling spritzing me with it.

3.  Burrberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base-  I've actually read really good reviews for this, but $48 for foundation when I maybe wear foundation once a week? Not happening. Plus I can just imagine how ridiculous I would feel if someone asked what I was wearing and I had to say "Burberry", how fancy must I be! That packaging too though!

4.  Deborah Lippman nail polish- I know some of you are going to protest this one, but $20...for nail polish? Still, I can't help walking by the testers at Sephora and thinking she just does glitter right.... which coincidentally enough is also something I don't wear. Ever.

5. Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Silk Creme- This, to me, is actually the most reasonable of my lust list, because I've really gotten into skin care over the past year.  I've tried it before on my hand and it really does feel amazing, but skincare is tricky because it takes some time for you to see results, if you ever do. It's $56, but if I knew it would work, I'd buy it all day long. 

6. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow- $36 for eyeshadow? Next...

7. YSL Babydoll Mascara-  A friend of mine has this and I've tried it a few times and it really makes my lashes look so long and fluttery. It's pretty wonderful, but again at $30, even though I do wear mascara daily, I just haven't been able to bring myself to buy it yet.

Are you a sucker for pretty packaging like me? What are some of the luxury items you find yourself wanting once you walk into the beauty black hole that is Sephora?

February 9, 2015

What I Read: The Good Girl

I have such mixed emotions about this book.  I've said before, I'm a pretty picky reader, it takes a lot for me to really fall in love with a book and become invested in its characters.  Truthfully, I usually don't give in a read a book until it has a pretty big fan base already or at the very least I've read tons of great reviews, i.e. Twilight, Harry Potter, Emily Giffin books (it's okay, call me a bandwagoner). I love reading and don't want to waste my time with books I have to force myself through, also paying for something I don't enjoy isn't fun.  But, back to the book at hand, The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica. I was searching for a solid 30 minutes for a new book to buy on my Nook when I came across this and immediately the synopsis hooked me. I downloaded the sample, and here we are 5 days later with the review, I could not put it down...

And then came the ending. If you've read the book you know what I mean.  The story is about Mia, a 25 year old girl who is kidnapped from a bar one evening by a guy named Colin.  Mia's family is fairly wealthy, as her dad is a very notable judge (and absent father) in Chicago and Colin is hired to kidnap Mia and deliver her to Dalmar (the man who hired Colin) where he will then hold her for ransom.  As I'm sure you can guess, things don't go exactly as planned and the story takes a different turn. The book switches point of view with each chapter being told through either Colin's, Gabe's (the detective working the case), or Eve's (Mia's mother) point of view. I loved that part, it was nice getting to really know the characters and how they felt and what they were thinking both before and after the incident occurred.

If you don't want any spoilers, and by spoilers I mean the big bomb they drop on you, don't read any further as I will be revealing all of what happened in the book and will instead leave you with this; all in all, I do recommend this book if suspenseful novels like Gone Girl are your thing.

So, the book ends with Mia (who hasn't yet discovered she's pregnant with Colin's baby) being found, Colin getting shot and killed by the police and Mia's dad facing charges of accepting bribes in exchange for less harsh sentences to those he's convicted. Mia suffers severe Stockholm Syndrome which to me was kind of unrelatable, but kind of not, I hope I'd never have those same feelings in that situation. At this point, I liked the book a lot; it was interesting and suspenseful and I found the relationship between Mia and Colin intriguing because I just can't imagine myself falling in love with someone who kidnapped me.  The last chapter is a flash forward to before the kidnapping took place and it's Mia presenting a plan to Dalmar in which she will stage her own kidnapping.  Never. Saw. It. Coming.

I love books like this, and Gone Girl, in which there is such a huge plot twist that catches you completely off guard and you never suspect.  My complaint, so to speak, is why stage your own kidnapping to get back at your father for being a lousy dad? After Mia was rescued she searched her fathers office and found the evidence of  his accepting bribes, why not try that route in the first place?  Also, he was an absent dad and wouldn't pay for your college unless it was for a degree he supported, I'll agree that sucks, but cry about it in your nice warm bed in the big fancy house you live it.  I'm not saying the dad wasn't a total jerk, because he was,but staging your own kidnapping is a little bizarre.  Also, if I knew that at any moment of any day I could be kidnapped as per the agreement I set up, I'd be sure to carry a few extra things around with me, a toothbrush for one.  Maybe wear multiple layers of clothing as it is Fall in Illinois and will be getting really cold, really quick.  I also think that once I had to go to the doctor for pneumonia (which she did) I'd tell Colin that jig was up and to call Dalmar so we can all have a laugh at how dumb of an idea this was in the first place.

Even though there were some things that irked me, I really did enjoy this book, and I'd still recommend it.  It wasn't so much that I hated Mia planning her own kidnapping as it was I just can't relate to wanting to get back so badly at my rich father who lost interest in me when I didn't want to become a lawyer that I'd eat canned stewed tomatoes for weeks on end and use scraps of towels and whatever else I could find for my period.  He's a prominent political figure, fake a drug habit or leak a sex tape like a "normal" (slightly kidding) person and hit him where it where it really hurts, public ridicule and embarrassment, threaten his job. Not that I've given this any real thought or anything...

What are some books you've read lately? Do you recommend any?

February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

I've never been big into Valentine's Day, not because I'm bitter about the holiday, and it's truthfully a little surprising I'm not that into it, as I am a closet hopeless romantic. I just prefer to celebrate on a much smaller scale and feel it can get out of control really quick. My boyfriend and I may get each other something small and I'll usually cook something a little extra special for dinner.  One aspect I do look forward to is dressing for Valentine's Day, I love a good theme and will dress for almost any occasion.  Today I'm sharing a few fun Valentine's Day looks no matter what your plans are!

Dressed Up- This outfit is perfect for a night out with your Valentine. Add some black tights or knee high socks if it's chilly and you're all set!

Dress, $21.46.  I know shipping times can be a little longer with Chicnova so this is also an option and a dress I personally own and love; I wear it all the time!

Black booties, $83.30

Necklace, on sale $21.00

Casual Date-  In an outfit like this you could go pretty much anywhere and feel comfortable doing so while still looking polished.  And at $10, that sweater is a steal!

Sweater, $9.95

Skinny Jeans, $44.00

Shoes, on sale $41.00 (plus free shipping!)

Earrings, $48.00

Relaxing Night In-  Some of my most favorite nights are ones spent staying in all alone with some good food and a few beauty treatments.  Throw on some extra fun pajamas and show yourself some love!

Satin Pajamas, $29.95

Facial Polishing Mask, $3.99 My favorite scrub ever, read more about it here

Cozy Sparkly Socks, on sale $10.50

Out With the Girls-  Celebrate by wearing your girliest pieces and spending time with the girls you love most!

Sequin Kimono, $26.00

"Leather" Leggings, $34.95

Pink Flats, $44.99

Essie Style Hunter Nail Polish, $8.50

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

January 30, 2015

What I Ate Today (& this week)

I am so interested in what people eat, it's kind of bizarre.  I nanny for three little girls and each day when I pick up two from school I always ask "What did you eat for lunch today?" I just love food. I love eating it, cooking it, watching shows on it, does that make me a foodie? Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you what I might eat on any given day.

Before diving right in, I wanted to say my style of "meal planning" is a little different,  here's how and why. Each Sunday I choose one thing to have each day for lunch and one thing to have each night for dinner, the same thing each day (or roughly the same thing, excluding the weekend) Why eat the same thing every day?  Living and alone and cooking for one lends itself very easily to being wasteful with food, something I can't stand! It's just throwing money away.  Most recipes are for anywhere from 4-8 servings and cooking dinner each night with leftovers in those amounts can cause my refrigerator to get out of control quick.  I also find that having some sort of consistency makes it easier for me to make healthy decisions and not be as tempted to snack on leftovers all night.  And lastly, most nights I work until 5:45/6, then head straight to the gym and wont be back home until 7.  I then have to shower and might not be able to begin cooking until 7:30, having precooked most of my meal in advance makes it much less stressful to pull together dinner when I get home later.

I know this style of "meal planning"/prep isn't going to work out for everyone, but it works really well for me and this is what I ate this week...

I usually don't switch it up too much during the week with breakfast, it's usually two packages of Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar in the Maple & Brown Sugar variety. I know this could be healthier if I made the oatmeal myself, but this comes down to the convenience factor. I also always have a 1 liter bottle of water and aim to drink 3 a day. The flavored water is something new I picked up from Publix and it's really good!

I usually get hungry mid-morning and this week I decided on grapes, apples, a Mini Babybel cheese and my trusty bottle of water.

For lunches this week I made wraps and if you like spicy food and live near a Publix, you need to try the Boar's Head Chipotle Chicken Breast from the deli, it's so good! I used a cheddar and jalapeno wrap with garlic hummus spread, lettuce, red onion, chicken breast and light sharp white cheddar cheese.  I added a side of carrots and Publix brand chili lime hummus and started my second liter of water for the day.

After I pick the girls up from school we have a little snack and this week to satisfy more so my sweet tooth than hunger, because man these things are small, I choose Fiber One's new mint chocolate chip brownie bars.  Again, not the healthiest or most filling, but it was good!

This week for dinners, I made crock pot shredded buffalo chicken, from this recipe.  For dinner I like to make something that I can eat a few different ways just in case I get bored of it by mid-week, I usually don't, but just in case. Tonight I topped some whole wheat pasta with the chicken and it was so good!  Earlier in the week I had this chicken over brown rice with a side of green beans and I also made a grilled buffalo chicken sandwich with whole wheat bread and cheddar cheese the following night, both were delicious!

I hope you liked this peek into my meals of the day, let me know what some of your favorite healthy meals are!

January 28, 2015

Nighttime Skincare Routine

As I've gotten older, I've become much more interested in skincare and taking care of my skin.  And, after much trial and error, I have come to realize my skin is pretty laid back and doesn't require much work. I do have pretty dry skin, but it's easily managed if I'm consistent with a basic routine using gentle hydrating products.  I by no means have perfect skin, and there are areas I still want to improve upon, evening my skin tone being number one, but here are the products I have been using lately that have been leading my skin in the healthy looking direction I want it in.

I start out by swiping a cotton pad with Sephora's Triple Action Cleansing Water on it over my entire face.  And while a woman who worked at Sephora told me this is all she uses to cleanse her face, I use this as more of a makeup remover before my cleanser.  I do this each night regardless of if I wore makeup that day, just to remove and excess dirt and oil if nothing else. It does leave my skin feeling slightly sticky, but it doesn't burn my eyes and is easily washed away with the next step.

Next, I wash my face with Olay's Foaming Face Wash, the sensitive formula. I have been using this for over a year now and my skin loves it. This wash is soap free, which I'm not entirely sure what that means (aside from the obvious), but it leaves my skin feeling super clean and not dry or uncomfortably tight. I use this with my exfoliating face sponge each night that I do not do the following step.

2-3 times a week I follow up cleaning my skin with the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polish.  I don't get floored easily by products and this one has managed to amaze me. Seriously, if you need a good face scrub I highly recommend checking this one out.  I've used numerous face masks from Freeman and was never impressed, but still grabbed this scrub to try because they're just so cheap (I got mine at Ulta for $3.99).  You can use this product as a scrub or as a mask/scrub where you apply a thin layer for 5-7 minutes and then wash off as you would any other scrub.  Immediately after using this product my face felt softer than it ever has, I was blown away at how smooth my skin felt.  I tried this as both a normal scrub and mask/scrub and didn't notice any difference in the two applications.

After washing my face (or exfoliating and drying, depending on the night) I will apply an eye cream. I'll be honest, this step I sometimes skip because I'm just not a fan of this eye cream.  I don't really see that it does anything for my eye area and it burns terribly if I rub my eyes and some of the cream gets in. I'm really just trying to use this up and figure it's better than not using anything at all.  If any of you have a good eye cream recommendation, please let me know! I also am testing out Nourish Organics Renewing Avocado Eye Cream, so I'll keep you posted.

The final step in my routine, and my most favorite step, moisturizer. I love a good moisturizer and this is by far the best I've tried.  After everything, I slather on Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It's the first gel moisturizer I've ever used and I love it.  It's so hydrating, not at all sticky, and leaves my skin feeling awesome. This moisturizer is a little pricey to me, $38.50, but the tiniest amount goes a long way and this jar will last me a good 6 months.

Lastly, in regards to my skin and what I think is the other key to my skin's change is that I've completely stopped using any acne products as they're just too drying for my already dry skin.  I've never suffered from acne, only the occasional breakout, but in order to try to prevent them I would wash with saylicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleansers and then use topical ointments when I would have a breakout.  I think it was all just too harsh and completely unnecessary for my skin. Instead, I've been dabbing a bit of tea tree oil on any spots I may get and so far it's been a much gentler approach that my skin has been thanking me for.

I think skincare is twofold, it comes down to finding products that work with your skin and then being consistent with using them.  Neither one of those are very easy, at least for me. It took a lot of trial and error before discovering this combination of products and as skin tends to do, in a few years I may need to switch things up.  For now I just need to remember to be diligent about using these products each night.

And there you have it, my very simple nighttime skincare routine.  As I mentioned, I still want to find a product to help with my uneven skin tone and begin to incorporate an all over wrinkle cream, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

January 26, 2015

SAG Awards 2015 Fashion Review

I love awards show season! Last night was the 21st Annual SAG Awards, so naturally today I'm going to share my thoughts on who wore what. Let's jump right in...

1. Jennifer Aniston-  I mean really, how gorgeous is she!? I loved her look, I thought the dress fit her perfectly and that necklace looks great with the plunging neckline, She's perfect.

2. Claire Danes-  I liked this a million times better than what she wore to the Golden Globes.  Normally, I don't know if I'd be drawn to a dress like this, but for some reason I think this military inspired Marc Jacobs is pretty cool and I really like the color on her.

3. Emma Stone-  I love how she's not afraid to take fashion risks, but this one just didn't do it for me. I'm not a fan of the over sized tuxedo jacket look in the first place, so clothing wise that wasn't my favorite look from her, however I think her hair and makeup look incredible. 

4. Julia Roberts-  I really like jumpsuits on the red carpet when done correctly, Emma Stone knocked it out of the ballpark with her stunning number at this year's Golden Globes and the main thing I think Julia missed whereas Emma did not, is in the fit.  Emma's pants were hemmed to perfection and Julia's could have been about 2 inches shorter for a cleaner, more crisp look.  I also don't like the platform of the shoe, it looks too chunky for my taste, but I really think just fixing the hem would make me appreciate the shoes more. 

5. Sophia Vegara-  What I love about this look is how she pulls off such a sexy dress in a classy way.  There isn't too much mid section showing, her boobs aren't spilling out, she just looks very classy.  This dress, if not done right, could go trashy really quickly, and Sophia pulls it off with such elegance.  

6.  Rosamund Pike-  This dress looks like it weighs 87 pounds.  I'm not a fan.

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7.  Camila Alves-  I love this dress! I want to wear this dress. If you can't tell by now, the majority of the time I'm a big fan of simplicity when it comes to hair and jewelry on the red carpet, so I love her hair, but I do think some gorgeous statement earrings would have looked great here. Overall, I love this and she looks beautiful. 

And there you have it, my totally unsolicited opinions about some of the looks from last night's show. What were some of you favorite looks? What did you think about my choices?

January 22, 2015

Review: Rimmel London BB Cream

Today  I have a review on Rimmel London's new BB Cream Radiance 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup with Broad Spectrum SPF 20.  I have mention before how BB Creams are my "every day" makeup of choice, they tend to be lighter than most foundations and while I'm not sold that they necessarily do all that they claim, I do like that they are multi-functional and usually knock-out multiple steps in one product (moisturizer, primer, coverage, etc).

I also have mentioned before that I dry skin and therefore am always drawn to products with words like "radiance" or "luminous", I love a dewy finish.  I was so excited to try this product, as I'm already a fan of Rimmel as a whole, but unfortunately this was a big miss for me.  The consistency is similar to any other BB cream, smooth and lightweight and it has a sunscreen scent, which I actually like, but it made my already dry skin look even drier.  It was a nightmare to blend; I used my beauty blender and my fingers, both of which work great with my Maybelline BB Cream, but it was really really hard to blend this cream in entirely.  I somehow managed to look cakey and it was very obvious and visible I was wearing some kind of makeup, which is the entire opposite of what I am going for especially when wearing a BB cream.  I even used a primer beforehand, which while I doubt so, maybe that had something to do with my application as the product already has a primer built in.

Unfortunately this didn't work for me, but I'm curious to know if any of you have tried this and what your experience was.  Also, I'm looking for a new BB Cream, my Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream is good, but I'm almost out and just want to switch it up. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

January 19, 2015

January 2015 Ipsy Bag

It's one of my favorite times of the month, Ipsy time! I look forward to getting my bad every month, and while it's never a surprise (I always check my "Glam Room" beforehand online) I still get so excited to receive it. So, what did I get think month? Let's dive right in...

1. Probelle Nail Polish in 'Into the Blue', full size $6.  When I saw this was the color I was getting, I wasn't super excited about it, however once I saw it in person, I like it more.  It's a really nice blue cream that I think I'll especially like in Spring.

2. Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer by Lash Food, deluxe sample. I haven't tried this yet, but the reviews I've read so far are outstanding and at $78 a tube, they better be.  This serum. when applied to the base of your lashes, claims to make them longer, thicker, stronger and healthier in as little as 4-8 weeks.  I'll use the sample and report back if I see any changes!

3.  Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal, full size. This reminds my of a slightly less pigmented version of Stila's "Kitten" which is a cult favorite; it swatched nicely and I think it would be good as a brow or inner corner eye highlight.  I can't find this online anywhere, it seems as though you can only buy palettes, but check your local Target as Pacifica products are sold there!

4.  Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush , full size, $9.99.  This brush is incredibly soft, perhaps the softest I own, and looks like it will be the perfect brush to apply color directly to the lid.

5.  La Fresh Eco-Beauty Good Day Moisturizer, deluxe sample.  I love getting skin care, namely moisturizer as I have dry skin, in my subscription boxes.  I've only tried this once, and it was nice.  A full size is $40, and after one application I wasn't $40 blown away, that's a pricey moisturizer! I'll finish the sample and hopefully have a better feel for the product. I'm looking for a good day moisturizer, so if you have any suggestions please leave them in a comment below!

And that's it, overall I'm pretty happy with January's Ipsy bag, the moisturizer and eye lash enhancer are the products I'm most excited about, but I wasn't disappointed with anything. Bravo again, Ipsy!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what did you get in your bag this month?

January 12, 2015

Golden Globes 2015 Fashion Review

Ugh. I can honestly say for me, this was one of the worst awards shows in terms of fashion I've seen in a long time! If the dresses weren't just plain ridiculous, they were ridiculously boring. I truly loved (might be a strong word, liked?) 5 or so looks from last night's show.  Today I'm going to share my thoughts on some of the looks

1. Camila Alves-  Did she just grab a drape panel before walking out of the house and tie it around her? Boring. She's lucky she's so pretty naturally.

2. Chrissy Teigen-  I loved this dress on her, and think she looks stunning.  The hair pulled back into a wavy pony was the perfect touch. Truthfully I love Chrissy in general, if you want some laughs, follow her on Instagram, she's hilarious. 

3. Claire Danes-  Is she a gypsy fortune teller?

4.  Emma Stone-  I absolutely love this strapless jumpsuit! At first the bow train thing confused me and I wasn't quite sure about it, but I think it's pretty cool and definitely awards show appropriate. 

5.  Kate Hudson- High class call girl.

6.  Jennifer Lopez-  While I'm not a fan of her hair, this was my favorite dress of the night. Stunning!

7.  Julianne Moore-  Again, loved this dress. I love how the top is kept simple with a classic cut and fit but in a gorgeous eye catching metallic silver, while the bottom adds some flair with the dark feathers. Her simple hair and jewelry were the perfect finishing touches for a dress that is a stand alone statement.

8.  Katherine Heigl-  She is glowing and looks absolutely beautiful.  This dress fits her like a glove and the navy looks great with her skin tone and hair.

9.  Keira Knightly-  I don't even know what to say about this, she looks like a pilgrim.  With a butterfly bracelet. Worst dress of the night, and it's Chanel.

10. Lana Del Rey- Just, no. 

11.  Maggie Gyllenhall-  This looks like a bad bridesmaids dress, I think it's the drab color that kills this for me. But hey, she can pull off a strapless gown without any trace of armpit fat squeezing out over top, which is more than I can say for myself.

12.  Melissa McCarthy-  I wonder if she's being serious? She's laughing like "Haha! Gotcha! Ok, I'm going to go change now".  Only she never did. This would have been my least favorite look of the night, but she's smiling and having herself a great time, so you do you, Melissa!

13. Tina Fey-  There was a lot of this midi dress thing going on at this year's Golden Globes, where the dresses stopped right above your ankles.  This makes me think of when I would outgrow pants and they'd be high waters, why would you want to look like you've outgrown your dress? Also, I don't understand accentuating the knee area, because that's where the dress is at its poofiest?

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14. Viola Davis-  The dress was okay to me, it wasn't my favorite, but overall, she looked absolutely beautiful! I love her hair like this and I also like how she opted to not wear a necklace which would have competed with the beaded bodice of the dress, but instead chose a large cuff. She looks super classy.

What were your thoughts on the fashion from this year's Golden Globes? Who was your pick for best dressed?