Aug 27, 2014

August Favorites

It's so hard to try new products during this extreme heat wave we've been having, so I've been relying on some tried and true products.
  1. Bath & Body Works noir lotion: I'm not going to lie, I really don't like frou-frou smelling lotion or body wash, so a while back, I wandered over to the men's side of Bath & Body Works. I've been using the noir sent every since. It just has a clean, refreshing scent that isn't overwhelming. I'll use the body wash as bubble bath as well
  2. Gap Dream Body Spray: This scent reminds me of middle school, and was probably the first "perfume" I ever wore. Lately, it's been great for a cooling refreshment with a clean scent after a run or just being outside in general right now.
  3. MAC Opulash: I can't say enough good things about this mascara. Before I tried this one, I had one that started to melt in the heat, and I would feel my top and bottom lashes stick. Florida is no bueno during the summer. The Opulash mascara is great though. The brush is really nice, no clumping and most importantly—it stays put!
  4. Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press Thermal Protectant Hairspray: This is a tried and true, tested favorite of mine. It not only protects your hair from heat styling, but it has more of a grab to it since it's actually hairspray. So, heat and humidity's got nothin' on my curls with this stuff. It's not thick or crunchy feeling either; very light and gets the job done.
  5. Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron: This is my all-time favorite curling iron, but I had put it away because I had been using my curling wand a lot. When I discovered I could use this curling iron like a wand, and just not use the clamp, I've had some of the best beachy waves ever. It's not as tight of a hold as the curling wand, but it's great for a very relaxed look.
  6. Caudelie Beauty Elixir: I will fully admit, I only purchase the small bottle because the sticker shock of the big bottle is just too much! However, this spray is fantastic. I love the way my skin feels afterward, it's refreshing and cooling, and helps beat the heat.
  7. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boheme: I'm not into spending $35 on a lipstick by any means, but when this came in a free sample from Nordstrom, I of course tried it, and then fell in love. I try to use it sparingly because I want it to last forever, but I love it, so I use it—all the time. It's a great, light wash of color, that's perfect for summer and fall.
  8. OPI Carpool in the Cable Car Lane: This is the only color I've been wearing lately. It's a great transitional color from summer to fall. It's dark enough to be a fall color, but it's purple enough that it doesn't look black, which is great for the end of summer.

Aug 25, 2014

Seasonal Transitions

Jacket: Express (similar); Dress: Eshakti c/o; Tote: C. Wonder (similar & similar); Shoes: Target; Necklace: J.Crew Factory

It was way too hot to take pictures outside in this outfit, but as soon as this Claudine dress from eShakti arrived in the mail I knew I had to style it with some fall pieces I already had in my closet. What is it about wanting things we can't have? Florida doesn't slip into fall temperatures until late October, but hearing everyone else talk about cooler mornings and evenings it has me jonesing for 60 degrees and my jackets—hence the leather jacket. Dresses make the perfect transitional pieces and I am a huge fan of toughening up a more feminine dress or skirt with a black leather jacket. There's something about the combination that calls to me every time I see it done well. It allows you to stretch some of your summer dresses into fall, and get a bit more wear out of them before they get pushed to the back of your closet.

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Aug 22, 2014


I am a total fan of red lipstick. The right color can whiten your teeth, and brighten your entire face. Is it scary to wear the first couple of times? Absolutely! Bright lips are an automatic, attention grabber, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. One thing you do have to keep in mind when it comes to red lips is, you're going to have to touch up at least once (depending on quality of product) during an eight hour day.
At the moment, I'm currently obsessed with Bite Beauty's high pigment pencil in pomegranate. The pencil size makes this intense color so much easier to apply without an over abundance of precision or clean up. The color is a fantastic, true red and the formula is between matte and glossy. It's kind of hard to explain; it's not super shiny, but it's not super matte. It's nourishing on your lips as well, so it doesn't dry out or take on that cracked look as the day goes on.
One key element to red lips is the balance among the rest of your face. Since your lips are the main focus, keep the rest of your features toned down. I tend to lean toward a more neutral blush and neutral eyes with a bit of drama to fit with my lips, but not completely over-powering either.

To achieve a balanced look, I opt for bright eyes with a bit of smoke in the outer corners and black eyeliner. After I apply eyeshadow primer, I start with Urban Decay eyeshadow in flow and place it all over my lid. Next, with a fluffy brush, I apply chase to my crease area. After that, I follow with another fluffy brush and apply m.i.a. Last, I go in with blackout on a pencil brush and apply only to the outer v of my eyes.

To finish off, I apply Marc Jacobs highliner in blacquer to both lash lines and add some of MAC's opulash mascara in bad, bad, black.
Products Used:
Palette shown is Urban Decay's 15 Anniversary Limited Edition (no longer available)
MAC Opulash Mascara bad, bad, black

Shadows mentioned:
Urban Decay flow (not available, but sin is very similar)
Urban Decay chase (available in single pot)
Urban Decay m.i.a. (not available, but darkhorse is very similar)
Urban Decay blackout (available in single pot)

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Aug 20, 2014

Summer Reads: Mad Love

The best way to describe this book is it's a tamer version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The two main characters, Sophie and Clayton, both face their own obstacles that test the boundaries of what they can handle. Sophie has overbearing parents that don't approve of her decisions, and Clayton has deep rooted issues that he must overcome.

If you're looking for one last "beach read" to squeeze in before the seasons change, you can't go wrong with a book set in the Maldives. I could practically see the crystal clear water in my head. When you get to the end, you'll be wishing Colet Abedi had already released a follow up book.

Aug 18, 2014


Purse: Target; Scarf: J. Crew Factory; Flats: Target; T-shirt: Loft; Jeans: Old Navy; Necklace: Alex & Ani
I'm the type of person that has to always be working on something and I feel like a lazy bum if I actually take the time to relax. I know that's not always good, and can lead to burn out, but I know when I'm getting extremely close to the red zone, and always find a way to pull back just in time.

When I allow life to get too crazy, my outfits push into the quick and easy realm. The other day I was set to walk out the door in my white t, skinny jeans and nude flats, when I realized how plain my outfit looked. So, without even thinking, I threw on a camo scarf and was out the door. It's still quick and easy, but never plain.

How do you spruce up a plain outfit on the go?