Wednesday, June 7, 2017

April 2017 Beauty & Fashion Favorites

Beauty
bareMinerals Original Foundation in Light Beige (get it here)
I don't know what it is, but I avoided powder foundations for a long time, especially bareMinerals. I don't know what my aversion to it was, but when the new formulation and 10 new colors came out, I got my perfect match (which happened to be one of the new colors), and now I love it. One thing I will say is that it is a bit time consuming to apply, because you need to buff it in, but this stuff doesn't move off my face the entire day. For reference, I am Light Beige 09 in the original foundation formula, which is for light skin with neutral undertones.

Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush (get it here!)
This is the brush that I got to put on the bareMinerals foundation. I did try the bareMinerals brush that was made for the foundation, and really didn't like it. This one seemed to pack on the foundation h
ow I wanted, and you can also use it for liquid foundation if you want. Expensive, but worth it.

BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer (get it here!)
I'm going to say that this has officially replaced my Hourglass primer, which is insane because I've been so committed to that for years. This gives me a more dewy glow on my face where the Hourglass primer is definitely more matte. If nothing else, I highly recommend this for summer.

NARS Pop Goes The Easel Blush in 'Peep Show' (get it here!)
Always a sucker for new NARS blushes. I was able to justify this one because it's matte. I think this is the very first matte NARS blush I've ever purchased. It's good to have variety.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter in 'Stunner' (get it here!)
I got this as a deluxe sample and it is now my go-to travel highlighter! It's cool toned, not too shimmery, and perfect as an everyday highlight. 

Fashion
Lush Off the Shoulder Dress (get it here!)
This has been my favorite warm-weather dress this season. Unfortunately, it's sold out on Nordstrom right now, but keep your eye on it! It was super popular, so I imagine it will come back in some fashion.

Ralph Lauren Belted Hooded Soft Shell Jacket (get it here!)
I got this jacket on sale for less than $100, but even at full-price, it is a great lightweight, more formal jacket that is also meant as a rain jacket. I wear to work / mediation when I'm dressed up instead of throwing on my North Face windbreaker and it looks so much better.

Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

Movie: The Founder
A great movie (thank you Trey for the recommendation) about the founders of McDonald's. Also, it made Ben want to eat McDonald's for a week straight until we actually went and got it. #marketing

TV Show: Veep
I hate admitting when Ben is right about TV (and he's definitely wrong sometimes... i.e. Arrested Development, Californication, not for me). But Veep is amazing, and I'm never not laughing whenever he has it on.

Restaurant: Dandelion Market (Charlotte, NC)
I went here for the first time for my friend Kristin's bachelorette weekend (shoutout to Carrie for planning the ultimate flamingle fest for our girl!). It was so cute, reasonably priced small plates, and great food!


Candle: Venice Peach Bellini by Bath and Body Works
A romantic Italian blend of sparkling peach, sweet orange, and mandarin. Ben's least favorite candle of all time besides anything pumpkin.

Starbucks Drink: Lightly Sweetened Iced Chai Latte
My jam recently.

BookThe Book of Joy by the His Holiness The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
They are the cutest, and this was an incredible read. It was so great to read about their friendship, even though they've only met a handful of times.




Song: 'Body Like a Back Road' by Sam Hunt
Ben is rolling his eyes in his office as he reads this.

Podcast: The Daily - The New York Times
I listen to this literally every morning while I'm getting ready for work. Michael Barbaro is my #1 source of the news. If you don't listen to this, and even if you don't listen to podcasts, you should start and start with this one.

iPhone/iPad app: Realtor
Because this is how we found our new house!! (see picture).

Person: Carrie 
How great is it when one of your friends has another amazing friend that you can become friends with!? (lots of the word 'friend' in that sentence). Meet Carrie, who is Kristin (KO)'s best friend and was her matron of honor at her wedding. Carrie and I instantly connected and I cannot wait to have triple dates (or wine nights...) with her & Kristin! Love you, lady.

March 2017 Beauty & Fashion Favorites

Beauty
MOROCCANOIL Clarifying Shampoo (get it here!)
So when I realized my Bumble and Bumble Sunday Clarifying shampoo was actually not at all color safe and was stripping my hair every time I used it, I went into a full-blown panic (and minor depression because that stuff is actually incredible). I had to find a clarifying shampoo that worked as well but wouldn't strip my hair of my very expensive dye job. Enter: Moroccanoil. Is this as clarifying as Sunday? No, I don't think it could be without stripping my hair. But it does a hell of a job, and it smells amazing. So if you need a color safe one, this is a great product.

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment (get it here!)
If you're a mask person and this isn't in your collection yet, you're really missing out. This is my personal GLAMGLOW favorite, mainly because you can see the mask suck the gunk out of your pores. If you're a mask fiend, you know how satisfying this is.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos in 'Icon'' and 'Liberator' (get it here!)
These are my new favorite lip products! For some reason, the regular Icon lipstick has started to feather on me, so these are the perfect replacement! Same great color, much better formula (and way cuter packaging!)

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara (get it here!)
I had been dying to try this mascara for maybe years and just never got around to it. It is everything I hoped for and more and is now heavily into my mascara rotation. If you like wet mascaras and synthetic brushes (the plastic-y bristles like Benefit's They're Real), this is a perfect mascara for you!

GLAMGLOW Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer (get it here!)
On the GLAMGLDW trend, I got a deluxe mini of this moisturizer and have been loving the texture (and scent!) it has been giving to my skin. It's definitely meant for oily skin, but if you have oily skin, it really gives you a matte surface to apply your makeup. I really enjoyed it and might be purchasing a full size when I need more daily moisturizer. 

Fashion
Becca Prairie Rose Crochet One-Piece Swimsuit (get it here!)
So I haven't actually worn it yet, but I bought this for a conference our firm is going to in Hilton Head in June... it's the first non-Speedo one-piece I've ever owned (I think?) and it's mainly because I'm super uncomfortable about the idea of being around my bosses and my mostly-male firm in a bikini. This was a great alternative without making me feel like I was 45 years old. 

Beyond Yoga X Big Thing High Waist Leggings (get them here!)
Because I have an addiction to Beyond Yoga and clearly didn't have enough pairs... these were slightly different enough to justify.