Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beauty Savers

I've been keeping some beauty products a secret from you guys because I wanted to do a collective post about them. I've recently acquired some wonderful things that have not only enhanced my appearance, but have also saved me some time in my beauty routine.

I wish this had come out years ago, because I'm almost certain it would have prevented me from investing in some so-so eyeshadows and palettes. You ladies know I'm a neutral girl when it comes to playing up my peepers, and these six shades are perfect! Not too warm, not too cool. Neutral is truly the best description, and I recommend it to every skin tone, eye color, and level of experience with makeup. There isn't a single shade, even the darkest brown, that I haven't used. In fact, I have worn it consistently for the past three weeks. I used it for my friend's wedding as well. 

I don't know why my hands are so awfully dry and cracked, but I know my new puppy has a lot to do with it. I'm constantly cleaning up after her which means washing my hands like a nutcase. As most of you know, I also work with children so there really is no such thing as excessive hand-washing! While out with my best friend last week for dinner, we popped into Sephora and I bought this cream on impulse while in the check-out line. Good call. This lightly scented cream is working wonders on my desert hands. 

The three things that this eye treatment promises include brightening, depuffing, and smoothing. It delivers all three. For reference, I'm 30 years old and although I don't have wrinkles or fine lines just yet, my eye area is a bit dark and tired looking most days. I like to put this on over my regular moisturizer in the morning, but underneath my foundation and concealer. The light pink-peach shade is great for brightening, while the metal applicator is cooling and soothing for tired, puffy eyes. 

This is my third bottle, if that gives you any idea of how much I love it. My hair is fine, but I have a ton of it. Foaming volumizers weigh it down, but this liquid spray is the solution for that. Sheer, subtle volume that keeps my roots from falling too flat. In conjunction with the Oribe dry texture spray, my hair has been much happier these days (no easy feat). I also find that I can go an extra day without washing my hair, typically on every third day.

And two very recent buys I have yet to play with...
This purchase is solely because of Lorraine's recent YouTube videos where she raves about Marc Jacob's limited edition nail polish, "Midnight in Paris". It's an inky blue, reportedly inspired by the night sky in Paris. Here, the color looks black, but I can assure you there's a distinct blue to it. 

The sheer red lipstick is by Dior, and it's called "New Look". They both looked beautiful on her, and although I don't even slightly resemble Lorraine, I definitely feel that they are wearable for most people. I'll keep you posted :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Classic Pairing

Wearing //
Asos dress, similar
French Connection bag, love this for less
Banana Republic necklace, similar & similar

Essie Nails in "Limited Addiction"
M.A.C lipstick in See Sheer
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

This weekend needed a do-over! I was all dressed up Friday night, leopard bag in hand, red accents on my lips, nails, and feet. Well fast forward to just two hours after these photos were taken, when I got sick after dinner. I'll spare you the fun details, but my poor husband was in for it. The "fun" continued most of the weekend, and I was sad to miss my friend's birthday in San Diego. I did get to enjoy my bed though, and thank goodness it's a comfortable bed at that. You never really appreciate your sheets until you fall ill. The fact that I got to enjoy some time wearing my new red pumps and a classic Autumn look I suppose made up for spending the past three days in yoga pants and a t-shirt.

Please tell me your weekend was better than mine!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keeping it Simple

Wearing //

Chanel "Black Pearl" nails

For me, it doesn't get any easier than throwing on a fitted top, tailored jeans, a pair of my favorite pumps, and a structured bag. It's honestly pretty mindless, but that's just what I like on days when I don't have the time (or energy) to really think through an outfit. This uniform works in practically any setting or situation, whether it's out with my husband, meeting a friend, or running around town. As long as the pumps are fairly low, I can manage. I'm starting to reach for basic pieces more often lately, and that extends to jewelry too. I like to wear a watch and just one other jewel to look put-together but not overdone. In fact, I just ordered this little gem from the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale:

Take 25% off with code "Family25"

How cute is the sunburst/chevron design!? What is your current uniform?