Fall Cravings Part 1

Fall is my all-time favorite season. There is just too much about it that I am obsessed with: the clothes, the boots, the makeup, the nail colors, the weather and so much more.

So here is my “Dear Santa” list for the fall.

L’Oreal ParisΒ  Le Matte Lip Colors ( image via theradiancereport.com)

One of my new favorite websites The Radiance Report just featured these goodies on her site, and I am so excited for them to come out. I’ve done my research and I am pretty sure they aren’t available in most stores yet, and I know that I personally haven’t seen them anywhere. If you want to see the gorgeous colors and swatches, head on over here and check out her swatches.

Brown Fall Boots

I just love a good brown boot during the fall. All of the images below were found from Polyvore and all of the boots, with the exception of the labeled two, are from Steve Madden.

Deborah Lippmann Polishes

Bitches Brew

Superstar

Rolling In The Deep

Laughin’ To The Bank

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro – Oh, Orange! Review

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If you are like me, you have seen this little guys at your local beauty store and have said “Ok, I’m obsessed with the original line, but WHY IN THE WORLD would they come out with neon colors? Seriously, green? Orange? YELLOW?”

(If that isn’t what you were thinking when you saw them, then just smile and nod πŸ™‚ )

So during a trip to Target today, I found myself staring at them and really wanting to try them. They are only around $2.50-3.00 each, depending on where you shop at, so I felt like I couldn’t really go wrong. I love my clear Baby Lips so much that I was willing to trust them.

So, I decided to be a little risky and I tried the orange color! And, the verdict? I am pretty much loving it and can’t wait to wear it during the day tomorrow!

Oh, Orange! Baby Lips Electroohorange

Now here are my swatches …. I was a little too excited about this and decided to take the photos in my car, but I feel that the lighting is at least realistic.

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It is somewhat of a coral orange that isn’t too heavy in color. This is about 2 swipes of it over my lips, but I am sure if you put more of it on it would definitely pack a punch (a good punch, that is).

It also has a citrus-orange smell to it too … which is nice.

My verdict? Definitely worth the $2.79 I paid for it.

Now I’m curious about the other colors …

What I Use: The Basics

The Basics
These are the “latest and greatest” that I just can’t live without when it comes to putting my daily makeup on. I have been using all of these products throughout summer (or longer) and am absolutely in love with them, so I just had to share them with you all.
1. Urban Decay’s B6 Complexion Prep Spray: This is one of Urban Decay’s latest complexion products and it is something I look forward to using everyday. It is infused with several vitamins that are great for your complexion and it helps to minimize any redness, which is extremely useful for my random red chin in the mornings. It feels so wonderful to spray on in the mornings before I put my makeup on, I don’t think this one will ever find it’s way out of my daily makeup routine.
2. Boots Botanics Color Adjusting Foundation: This foundation deserves a post of its own. I have tried SO many foundations (Urban Decay, Benefit, Revlon, L’Oreal, Too Faced,etc) and I am absolutely stunned at the quality of this foundation. It feels like pure silk on the skin; it smells like fresh cucumbers in the best way possible, and it feels light on my skin while covering all of my imperfections. I received a sample of this foundation at my local Target a few weeks ago, and after only one use of the sample I went straight back to go buy the product and toss all of my old foundations away.
3. Benefit Fake Up Concealer: I use this concealer under my eyes and I have really been enjoying it. It deposits just the right amount of color and the vitamin E that surrounds the core leaves my skin soft and glowing. If I don’t have my other concealer with me to cover up spontaneous blemishes, this will also do the trick! The vitamin E will help to heal the blemish too, which is a bonus πŸ™‚
4. Make – Up Forever Full Cover Concealer: This has been my go-to concealer for a long time now and I love it. It is a waterproof, long-lasting concealer that will take care of any imperfections or blemishes on my skin.Β  The only downside to this product is when I use it under my eyes, sometimes it does the job perfectly, but when my skin is somewhat dry I noticed that it creases under my eyes at times, which is why I love my Benefit Fake up for the under eye area.
5. Benefit Speed Brow:Β For the last few months I have been “embracing my full brows”. I have been blessed with thicker brows, but I use to let the nail salon ladies across the street wax them for $8.00 for who knows how many years and I slowly realized i was getting what I was paying for. After a trip to my neighborhood Ulta and Benefit Brow Bar, I began to let the ladies work their magic and realized the potential my brows had. The downside of this? I actually had to TAKE CARE of my eyebrows. Bigger brows = unruly brows …… so I slowly began to rely on this snazzy little product. I don’t use pencils, powders, pens, or who knows what else! All I need is a quick groom with this brush and my eyebrows look perfect. Viola!
6. Clinique Glossy Mascara: I have been going back and forth with this mascara since high schoolΒ Β Β  (we won’t talk about how many years ago that was). I have long lashes, so I prefer a mascara that emphasizes what I already have. This mascara leaves my lashes with a gorgeous black sheen and it is always reliable!
7. Urban DecayΒ  All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: All I have to say is that when I have an opening shift at the coffee shop and have to apply my makeup at 3:30 am, I spray this amazing stuff on and at 1:30pm my makeup hasn’t moved an inch: AMAZING. Plus, it feels light and it doesn’t clog pores. I have my mom hooked on this as well because she lives in Arizona and she needed help keeping her makeup on her face once she stepped out into the 110 degree weather. Needless to say, she has already gone through two bottles of this and loves it.
So those are my basics that I can’t live without these days. What about you guys? Any amazing basics that you have encountered? I’d love to hear!
I’ll have another post sometime this week about my go-to lipsticks and blushes, as well! So check back πŸ™‚

Makeup and Literature Combined: Am I in Heaven?

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I came across this blog this morning, and I think my world has been rocked. I just HAD to share it with everyone. Jessica has an adorable makeup blog named Getting Cheeky and she has done a blog series called Inspired by Literature. Jessica has taken literature classics and has matched them with makeup colors and basically takes photos that I would consider to be an art form.

I seriously can’t handle this: it is like my two obsessions colliding together in the world. Here are a few photos that Jessica has taken, and then below you will find the link to her series to see the rest of her gorgeous series.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Ellis Peters

Sylvia Plath

Washington Irving

See what I am talking about? SIMPLY AMAZING.

Go visit Jessica’s blog to see the rest of the “Inspired by Literature” series.

My August Birchbox

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Oh, Birchbox. Why do you always do this to me? Just when I think I’ve become somewhat bored of your contents you give me a box full of wonderful things to pull me back in.Β  I think they must know when I am feeling like it is time to cancel so they send me a box full of things I love to keep getting that $10.00 a month from me.

Now, don’t get me wrong …. I love, LOVE, love Birchbox, but lately I have felt like the products I have been receiving have been slightly boring. They are always the same products: a primer, a CC or BB cream, a perfume sample,Β  a face wash or a shampoo. Even though those products are still great quality, I’m bored and want something new that I haven’t tried before, which is originally why I even started to subscribce to Birchbox.

With that being said … this month was finally fun! Hooray! So here is a run down of the goodies that I received from the good ol’ box:

This month’s theme was “Finishing School” and it focused on all of those finishing touches that we need when getting ready.

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Rapid Recovery Treatment & Super Sweetback Treatment

What is it? Nourishing Super Sweetback promotes hair growth, and Rapid Recovery smooths damaged strands.

My Review:Β So far I have used only the Rapid Recovery treatment and LOVED it. I left it in my hair for about 7 -10 minutes and rinsed it out, and immediately I could tell my hair was undeniably silky. I have naturally curly hair, so because I straighten it on a normal basis I definitely don’t mind the extra hydration and help for my damaged mane. I also will get about three uses out of each of these, so bonus points for that! I can’t wait to use the Sweetback one next.

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What is it? A streak-free self-tanning wipe for fair to medium tans. Bonus: It exfoliates and moisturizes.

My Verdict: So I used this on my legs the other day, and I have to admit I was pretty happy with the results. It didn’t seem to orange (thankfully). The only problem was that It wasn’t depositing enough color onto my second leg, so it became a tad bit streaky. So I really do like these, but I needed one more to cover both legs equally :/

IMG_4406Arcona Cranberry Exfoliator

What is it? Winner of the Best Beauty award from Allure, this scrub is simply delicious. A potent blend of salicylic acid, volcanic minerals, sucrose, and fruit enzymes works hard to cleanse, exfoliate, and purify, providing your skin with major antibacterial benefits.

My Verdict: My pores are singing a song to the scrub gods. This is simply amazing! Use only 2-4 times a week on your face and neck, and it helps to clean your skin while also using salicylic acid to dig deep into those pores: perfect!

IMG_4407Model Co. Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Disco Fever

What is it? The concentrated, vitamin-rich formula heals dryness while coating lips in long-lasting color.

My Verdict: This is why I love Birchbox: it forces me to try things I normally wouldn’t. I normally wouldn’t even take a second look at a color like this in a store ( I always go for berries and pinks) but I LOVE this. It doesn’t dry out your lips like most matte lipsticks do, and I love how the coral/orange color brings out my hazel eyes.

Β So, the only downside is that they forgot to put a quad eyeshadow pallet in this box, but I e-mailed them and they are right on it and are sending me one out stat, which is awesome. So once I get that I’ll show that to you guys, as well.

All in all, I loved this box and it helped to re-inspire my love for this company. All of these goodies for only $10 a month? Sold.

Good job, Birchbox!!

If you are interested in grabbing your own subscription to Birchbox …. click here!

Have a wonderful day, friends πŸ™‚

Something Worth Mentioning …

One thing I have learned about higher-end makeup brands is that it is ALWAYS worth it to check their websites. There are constantly good combo deals or just plain clearance items that are worth checking out.

Below,Β  I have some of the items that stood out the most to me from my favorite brands: Urban Decay, Tarte, and Benefit. If you have a favorite brand that you always look at while at Sephora or Ulta, but don’t want to spend the money on the majority of their items, then definitely give their websites a look. Here are some of the items that are definitely worth it.

I was able to buy two new eye pencils from UD that I have been wanting for a while now, too! *score!*

Urban Decay

247eyepencil_alt2Urban Decay’s 24/7 Vintage Glide-On Eye Pencils: select colors are only $6.00 at the moment!

This is a total steal if you are an UD lover like me because the eye pencils are normally $19.00.

I just bought two colors that I have been lusting over for quite some time: Eldorado (gold) and 1999 (plum with teeny gold glitter)

Tarte

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Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow and brush for $21.00

This is a great deal for several reasons: first, the color is a gorgeous gold-bronze that would look perfect for end of summer tans; second, the eyeshadow could actually be used as an eyeliner that would be stunning; third, the brush that comes with this kit could easily be a $25 brush. I own this brush from a previous kit from Tarte and I use it for all of my cream shadows: It is a total life savor and makes this kit even more worth it.

Benefit

Benefit “Double The Powder!” : Benefit’s best-selling and award-winning Hoola bronze powder paired with the perfect pink color Thrrrob for only $34.00. Normally, each powder is $28.00 on its own!

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My First Stitch Fix

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What exactly is Stitch Fix, you ask? WELL, let me tell you!

What is it?

Have you ever heard of Birchbox? Well StichFix is like Birchbox, but with clothes. Basically, you pay $20.00 per box that you order (you can have boxes delivered monthly, or just order one whenever you feel like it) and it contains clothes and jewelry that have been hand-picked by your own personal stylist. When you sign up for your StitchFix, you fill out an online style form that has basic sizing questions and even contains photos of clothes so you can show your stylist which clothes you gravitate towards (I personally gravitated towards the casual and preppy). There is also a section where you can link your Pinterest to your profile so your stylist can see which clothes you’ve pinned and what you like! ( Isn’t that brilliant?)

So, what happens when you get your box?

Once you get your box, you get to go through all of your new goodies like it’s Christmas Day and see what you like. You have three days to send back anything you don’t like, either. I loved this idea because it gave me time to decide what I really liked vs. what I thought looked good at first sight. Each item of clothing comes with an awesome tag which shows you different ways to wear that particular piece. This was perfect for me, because I’m honestly horrible at putting together outfits.

I figured out what I want to keep, now what do I do?

When you have tried on all of your new goodies and decided on an item (or more) to keep, then you go online and let them know what you are going to keep. There is also an area for each item where you can let your stylist know why or why not you chose that item, which will help her to make your next box more “perfect” for you.Β  Each fix comes with a pre-paid mailer that you just slip the un-wanted goodies back into and ship back to the fix headquarters.

Alright, so what about the pricing?

So, each fix costs you $20.00, BUT you can apply that $20 towards an item of clothing that you want to keep. So, for example, you choose to keep one shirt from your box and it is $49.00, well then you apply the $20 box charge to that and the shirt will end up only being $29.00 for you. Also, if you choose to keep all five items that are in the box, then you get a 25% discount on your whole order.

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Pros:Β  I think StitchFix is a brilliant idea. For people like me that have trouble figuring out complete outfits, I love that each item comes with two suggestions on how to wear it. I think StitchFix is also awesome for new moms or women who don’t get to go shopping for themselves too often; StitchFix helps to keep you stylish and it’s super easy!

Cons: Overall, I think the clothes that they send are a tad bit pricey. They seem to be good quality though, which is a plus sign if you don’t mind spending $90 or more on a pair of jeans. You can specify your price desires when placing your order, but I don’t think they will send you anything that is much under the $30 range (although I don’t know that for sure, yet). Then again, I am use to shopping the Target clearance rack so obviously I don’t buy the nicest or priciest things on a normal basis, either.

Here is a quick video that explains StitchFix as well

So, here is my very first fix!! Overall, I was pretty happy with it. I decided to only keep one shirt, although I really wanted to keep the jeans as well, but they were just too expensive for me at the moment.

(Sorry about the poor-quality photos, but I was in a rush and my phone and mirror had to fill in for the time being!)

Moni Stud Detail Woven Top – $58.00

(I loved this shirt and it was the one I decided to keep!)

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Enclosed Gems & Cluster Necklace – $38.00

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Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Jacket- $48.00

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Weaverly Cross-Front Plaid Blouse – $58.00

(This was the one and only thing that I didn’t like in my fix. I just

wasn’t feeling the color and fit)

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Simmons Bootcut Jeans by Kut From The Kloth – $98.00

(These jeans fit me perfectly and I really did like them, I just didn’t

want to spend the money)

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So there is my very first StitchFix. I can’t wait for my next one in September: I am going to specify that I need some clothes for work (teaching) and see what they send me.

So hopefully I persuaded you to give StitchFix a try. If I did,Β  here is a link for you to use so you can order your first fix!!Β 

I can’t wait to see what you guys get if you try it out. Let me know!