Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How To Make Boring Beauty Tasks Fun

Cleaning Makeup Brushes. Everyone knows that cleaning makeup brushes is a seriously boring, time consuming task.  To get through it, I set up my iPad near my bathroom sink and watch an episode of whatever I am binge watching on Netflix at the time.   Hour long shows work well for me since it usually takes me an hour to clean all my brushes when I don't clean them on a regular basis (which is usually how it goes).  Recommendations: Scandal, Call the Midwife, Sons of Anarchy.

At Home Manicure/Pedicure. I love a good mani/pedi at the salon but in an attempt to save money I almost always paint my own nails.  Although you can incorporate nails into a pamper routine, I don't find it very relaxing.  Instead I like to have a mani/pedi party.  Nothing major, just a drink, dessert, and chatting with friends or my mom.  Just be sure that while chatting and gossiping away you don't get distracted and end up with a messy manicure.

Cleaning Makeup Containers. I don't know about you, but I find after repeated daily use the packaging of makeup I use tends to look a little grubby, with fingerprints and smudges all over. Every so often I have to take a paper towel or wipe to any products looking a little rough and make them shiny and pretty again.  Because this doesn't take too long, I first pop on a face mask geared toward whatever my skin needs on the day.  Mostly likely everything will be clean and back to new before it is time to take the face mask off.

Organizing Makeup/Skincare Collection. I recently reorganized my makeup, not changing up the storage too much but making sure everything fits right where it should.  Prior to organizing I watched several YouTube videos for inspiration.  When it came time to organize, I put those exact same videos on, which is helpful as background noise as well as reminding me of any ideas I want to incorporate into my storage.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Empties and More Empties


1. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes.  I'm not one for facial wipes; I tend to use them only for flights, emergencies and the occasional lazy late night.  Like other wipes, these really didn't remove much makeup and they irritated my eyes.

2. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream.  This is a great, light, almost non-scented moisturizer.  I used this as night moisturizer, but would happily use it twice a day.  I'm tempted to repurchase but I am interested in trying her nourish daily moisturizer next. 

3. Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse.  Marketed toward oily, acne, combination skin, I hoped to use this to improve the small, ever present, spots/bumps on my jaw line.  While I didn't see an improvement in that area, this cleanser left my skin feeling very clean without stripping it.  The scent is absolutely wonderful and I just loved using this after taking off my makeup.  

4. Boots Botanics Super Serum Age Defense. In hopes of preventing lines and aging on my neck and d├ęcolletage, I used as the final step in my skincare routine (when I remembered to).  I can't tell if it has made any difference but hopefully down the road I will.  


1. Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne.  Rose scent, gorgeous packaging, luxurious but not long lasting on the skin.

2. Tory Burch Eau de Perfume.  Smells exactly like a Tory Burch store!  This isn't enough of a classic scent for me to purchase the full size version, but I did enjoy using this sample.  

3. Folle de Joie Eau de Perfume.  Somewhat spicy and somewhat floral, this is more my type of scent.  It is bold but still delicate and romantic and great for any time of the year. 

4. Lather Custom Oil. Although this blend was meant to help with headaches, I used this before bed in hopes of sleeping better.  Didn't really work but the scent was nice.

5. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. This foundation lasted me a good two years before it ran dry.  This was my go to foundation for normal to good skin days.  It gives a healthy glow to the skin, feels weightless and blends seamlessly.  I did find it clings to dry patches on occasion though.

6. L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry. I can't say enough good things about this lip balm.  Not only is it super easy to apply, it actually has color payoff and is incredibly moisturizing.  The perfect throw in your bag lip product.


1. Lather Therapeutic Bath Tonic.  I made this to smell like Christmas and did it ever!  It sadly didn't last too many baths but I loved it. 

2. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant.  Natural but expensive.  Doesn't do anything special, so I am perfectly fine with using regular deodorant from Target.  However, if you are into natural products then it would be a good one to pick up.

3. Naobay Body Radiance Lotion.  Awkward scent, tacky in application, average moisture.  Although it is natural, it made my skin itch.

4. gla Himalayan Salt and Rose Water Replenishing Body Cleanser. Another fantastic smelling rose product.  I randomly saw this in HomeGoods one day and had to pick it up.  Probably my favorite shower gel for getting that super clean feeling.

5. Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah.  This sample was fairly tiny and I was disappointed that it only lasted a few washes.  It wasn't exfoliating, as it claims, but the scent is really nice and not something I would normally pick up.

6. Fresh Brown Sugar Body Cream.  My thoughts on this are exactly the same as my thoughts on the Naobay product.  Maybe the Naobay is a dupe for the Fresh version? 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekly Wants: Lip Products

1. NARS Audacious Lipstick.  No clue what color I want, but the bolds really stand out.  I don't know how NARS does it but the products just keep getting better and better. 

2. Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick.  Why, oh why, do products come out in the UK and not in the US?  I noticed recently Maybelline Brow Drama is out in the US and I swear it was released in the UK well over a year ago... maybe approaching two?  I fear we will be waiting for these for just as long.  

3. Lipcote Lipstick Sealer.  Browsing the lip section on Feelunique and this popped up.  Inexpensive and sounds impressive. 

4. Dior Creme de Rose.  I've never purchased this or By Terry Baume de Rose because they are basically overpriced mineral oil.  One day I will cave.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Room Decor: Gallery Wall

Since May, when I painted and bought new furniture, my bedroom walls have been blank and lately it really started to bother me.  However, being extremely picky and indecisive, I couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted some sort of gallery but I needed inspiration and even after countless pinterest pages I still couldn't find that something I was looking for.  That all changed last week when I saw a post on Lauren Elizabeth's blog.  It basically spoke to me... it was exactly what I was envisioning in my head.  Of course I want mine to be different, but it was just what I needed to see to get rolling. 

I headed straight to HomeGoods to have a look around.  In the end I only found one piece there - a large square framed inspirational print in gold text, the exact color I was looking for.  At $16 it was a bargain too.  I plan on dipping the frame in gold to make it look less generic.  Next, I knew I wanted to incorporate The Beatles into the mix and luckily found a great black-and-white postcard in my travel mementos stash that I bought in London years ago.  Instead of framing it, I bought big gold paper clips at Target which I will attach to the wall with a screw.  Lastly, in search of more prints I browsed Etsy for well over an hour until I found this awesome Blair Waldorf quote that I knew I had to get - the color schemed worked and Blair was always my favorite on Gossip Girl (As I write this post and look at the photos I've noticed that Waldorf is not spelled correctly on the print. Time to email the Etsy seller!)

I still have more bits and pieces to pick up, do some customization, and of course put everything up on the wall, but it's a start!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekly Wants #15

1. J. Crew Rectangle Gem Necklace in Light Blue.  This looks more iridescent than light blue in person, which is why I was so drawn to it when I first spotted it.  Hoping J. Crew has a jewelry sale soon!

2. Tom Ford - Anything.  Because that packaging is gorgeous.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt & Highlight.  Another product with awesome packaging, however this one could fill a void in my makeup collection because a great highlighter is hard to find. 

4. The Limited Scandal Collection Tulip Skirt Sheath Dress.  I discovered Scandal on Netflix over the summer and I am completely addicted.  My daily wardrobe is much more laid back, but I would love to have a wardrobe like Olivia Pope's.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Wants #14

1. Tory Burch Marion Quilted Bootie.  The number one thing on my fall shopping list is black boots.  I want a quality pair that I will wear, and like the look of, for many years.  I saw these in Tory Burch last week and I regret not purchasing them on the spot.

2. Zara Guipure Top.  I do not need any more lace tops.  I already own several in black and white but I am so drawn to them.  This immediately caught my attention while scrolling through the Zara website.  

3. Nike Free 5.0 TR FIT 4.  I love these shoes in black so I figure why not get pair with a great pop of color.

4. Threshold Stoneware Pie Plate.  Fall baking time calls for the cutest bakeware.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My All-Time Favorite Blogs

           World of Wanderlust. If you love traveling, this blog will make you jealous that you aren't exploring the world right now. If you've never traveled or never wanted to, this blog will make you want to pack up your bags and head to the airport right now. I love this site for travel tips and for finding destinations to add to my travel list that I never knew existed.     Vivianna Does Makeup. Anna's blog is just the best thing ever. I love her simple style, both fashion and beauty. Her content is always fresh and well put together. Head over to Anna's blog to read product reviews on the latest launches, the best travel beauty and fashion organization posts and lots of skincare tips. All with a dose of humor and great writing style.
Lily Pebbles. Lily's blog goes hand in hand with Anna's. When I check one, I check the other. Sometimes I'm intimated by makeup tutorials and how to tips on other blogs. Not so on Lily's blog, her looks are wearable and attainable for every girl. Lily also has some really great DIYs and tons of nail polish looks.     Sequins and Stripes. I love every single outfit post that Liz puts up. I'm also extremely jealous that she can dress for all seasons, whereas I would roast to death if I wore anything approaching winter wear in LA. Liz's style sense is exactly what I like to wear. Her looks are sophisticated without being overdone, casual without being sloppy, and feminine without too much skin. I also love seeing shots of Chicago in the background of her photos because Chicago is my favorite US city. Plus, the "about" section on her blog says she "trusts in Kate Middleton" - Yep, so do I.
Cider With Rosie. My favorite "lifestyle" blog. Posts about the simple things in life: enjoying the outdoors, walking the dog (adorable black lab), baking, etc. This is my go to blog when I want to take a minute to slow down my pace of life or daydream what a life in the English countryside might be like. I imagine it's quite different than LA.