3/23/19

Ulta Spring Beauty Haul + Details on Their 21 Days of Beauty Promotion











One of Ulta's biggest beauty events of the year is currently happening now - their 21 Days of Beauty! Each day there are a select group of products that are 50% off, as well as new releases and tons of exclusive offers throughout the entire 21 days. Here is the list of all the remaining days of the event and what the "beauty steals" are for each day. 

Today's beauty steals are the Anastasia Brow Wiz (this is major!!) which is marked down to $10.50, the Philosophy Time in a Bottle Repair Serum for the face (on sale for $38), the Philosophy Time in a Bottle Serum for the eyes (on sale for $32.50), the Clinique High Impact Favorites Kit and the Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask. I'm impressed that many of the beauty steals are products which are incredibly popular and now is the best time to stock up on old favorites (I'm sure the Brow Wiz will sell out quickly so I would act fast) or add new skincare items to your routine. The Philosophy Time in a Bottle Serum for the face is an anti-aging serum designed to target concerns such as fine lines, firmness, texture and tone, while the eye serum addresses similar concerns as well as dark circles. 

A few other notable beauty steals not to miss in the coming days: this It Cosmetics Powder Brush (on sale for $18!) on 3/24, the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Serum (on sale for $49.50!) on 3/26, Buxom Lip Creams (I recommend White Russian - the perfect milky nude!) on 3/28, the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (perfect for daily use - I've been using these for 5+ years) on 4/2 and my all-time favorite mascara It Cosmetics Superhero is on sale for $12 on 4/6!! 

In addition to the beauty steals, there are a ton of other new releases and great spring buys to check out (though not all are part of the promotion). Here are a few I recently picked up and my thoughts on each:

1. Tarte Face Tape Foundation - This was the first display I saw when I walked into the store, and I am a sucker for a new foundation so I immediately grabbed the shade 12N Fair Neutral to try. It is a full coverage foundation which I enjoy though I only needed a small amount to cover my entire face. The finish is matte and slightly velvety and the formula is incredibly long-wearing! It lasted all day and still looked great after 8+ hours, and I had little to no oil breakthrough in my t-zone. I think this is going to be a great foundation to wear for the warmer months.

2. Tarte Cake Butter Whipped Body Butter - This newly launched body butter (though not part of the 21 Days promotion) was a major impulse buy for me as I was walking by the Tarte display. I love sweet fragrances and this smelled just like cake. LOL The texture is a lightweight gel cream and absorbs right into the skin. I have been wearing it alone as my fragrance and find that it isn't too overpowering and the sugary scent is just enough. 

3. Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara - Another impulse buy that was on the counter as I was checking out (I need to wear a blindfold while waiting to pay). I have tried this formula before and liked it, however I don't know if they changed anything about it but I changed my like to LOVE! The brush is fluffy and grabs every last lash, the color is a dark inky black and it makes my lashes long, full and very dramatic. No flaking throughout the day which was a major bonus. If you are looking for a new mascara to try, I highly recommend giving this one a go.

4. Kylie Lip Kit in Bare - I never thought I would see the day where I was reviewing a Kylie Lip Kit, but here we are. And to my surprise, I am OBSESSED and completely crazy for both the lip liner and liquid lipstick. I bought the color Bare which is a nice subtle everyday color. The lip liner is super creamy and glides right on, and the velvet matte lipstick is comfortable despite it's intense full coverage. This was by far the biggest hit out of my entire haul. 

5. NYX Lingerie Gloss in Spirit - Another huge hit from my haul was this NYX gloss which is less than $10! I was worried it would be too thick and sticky, but to my surprise it felt creamy, smooth and the color is neutral perfection (it's swatched in the above photos - the far right swatch on my hand). Two lip color wins in one haul - that is what I call a successful shopping trip!

6. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse - I am already a huge fan of the classic St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse but have heard great things about the Express version. It develops in just one hour (2 hours if you want medium color and 3 hours if you want dark color), and gave me the most perfect bronzed glow. The formula is never too orange and so easy to apply (no streaking). 

7. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone - When the warmer weather is imminent, I want to buy all the bronzey and shimmery things. I already have a ton of highlighters but haven't tried any of the Becca Skin Perfectors before and have heard nothing but great things. And the hype is all true - the formula is beautiful. It gives quite a bold highlight though if I apply just a small amount I am able to give my cheekbones the most gorgeous glow. For my skin tone, Moonstone was perfect and looks like a champagne shimmer on my cheeks. 

The 21 Days of Beauty promotion is going on until April 6th so be sure to check all the deals so you don't miss the ones you want! 

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Thanks to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring today's post.

3/22/19

Spring Sales Happening Now!

Sweater | Pants | Heels | Bag | Sunglasses
There are a ton of great sales happening this weekend so I thought I would round up the ones worth shopping along with some picks from each retailer not to miss!

Ann Taylor - 40% off pants and denim with code: PERFECTFIT



Anthropologie - Extra 25% off sale items



ASOS - 20% off dresses and jumpsuits



Bloomingdales - 15% off denim



Club Monaco - 25% off dresses and jumpsuits


Crate & Barrel - 30% off rugs, 20% off outdoor furniture, up to 30% off select decor


GAP - Extra 30% off your purchase with code: YOURS



J.Crew - 30% off full price styles with code: NEWNEW



Loft - 40% off tops, sweaters and dresses



Madewell - 25% off new season essentials with code: HEYBUDS



Serena & Lily - 20% off everything with code: INSPO


My Updated Morning Skincare Routine

This is my updated morning skincare routine that I've been using for most of the winter. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

Shiseido Cotton (I love these!)
Mario Badescu Facial Spray (only $7 - great price point)

3/21/19

Camo Joggers + First 3 Months in Review - Most Read Blog Posts and Top Selling Fashion/Beauty Products







Jacket - Levi's (similar) | Joggers - Aqua (on sale!) | Tank - Ann Taylor | Sandals - Steve Madden | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Le Specs | Necklace - Nashelle

I think many people avoid wearing joggers because they can feel too casual, but I personally love wearing them with heels to dress them up a bit. This camo pair has a very slim fit which makes them incredibly flattering and perfect for wearing with pumps or strappy sandals. I initially pulled out my leather jacket to wear with them, but it was a beautiful sunny day so I went with my denim jacket instead since it felt a bit more spring to me. I would also love this look paired with wedges or cute pointy flats as another option.

I haven't done a month in review post in quite some time so I thought I would share analytics from the past three months on the most popular selling items from my blog and the most read posts. I personally look at this information daily, but many of you have shared with me that you also love knowing what has been popular from my content and what readers have been enjoying.

Most popular fashion items from the past 3 months:
  1. Denim skirt - I picked up this denim skirt (that's under $100) during the Shopbop sale. It's a classic style and the color is perfect.
  2. Wrap cardigan - This comes in and out of stock all the time because it is so popular, so I would keep checking back. It's such a flattering cardigan and looks great dressed up or down.
  3. Statement blazer - I received tons of messages from readers who purchased this blazer during the Shopbop sale when I featured it. I also styled it in this post and think it is such a great piece to have in your closet (and it's under $100!).
  4. High waisted jeans - I wear these jeans non-stop and have for the past year so I'm not surprised that they were so popular with many of you.
  5. Cozy pullover - For the price, this is a great casual piece. I ended up buying one for my mom and myself.
Most popular beauty items from the past 3 months:
  1. Sisley tinted sunscreen - This sunscreen is definitely a splurge, but it has been a holy grail product on mine for years.
  2. Dior forever foundation - I bought the newly reformulated Forever foundation and loved it!
  3. Ice roller - This roller is so inexpensive at under $12 and feels amazing.
  4. Fresh rose toner - I have been raving about this toner for quite some time and love how hydrated it makes my skin. Definitely a must if you need an extra bit of moisture in your skincare routine.
  5. Beautyblender - I cannot do my makeup without this and obviously many of you feel the same way!
Most read fashion/lifestyle posts from the past 3 months: My Friday Finds posts are by far my most read posts on my blog, and then after that the wellness post where I talked about hydrafacials, my experience with celery juice, infrared saunas and more was my most read post from the past three months. After that, my 12 favorite fashion purchases of 2018 was a big hit. My favorite Netflix shows post and my Shopbop sale haul were both tied for 3rd place. 

Most read beauty posts from the past 3 months: This NARS eyeshadow palette post with swatches was the most read, followed closely by my readers' favorite beauty products of 2018. The post on all the new Colleen Rothschild launches was next in popularity and then 3 eye creams I've loving right now was right after that. As far as videos go, my Best of Beauty is always the most watched (and is my favorite to record), followed by my winter skincare recommendations to buy from the Sephora sale video and then my new and old favorite retinol formulas video was also a big hit.

Shop all the top selling products from the past 3 months here:

3/20/19

2 Face Palettes Perfect For the Neutral Lover - NARS Fever Dream Palettes with Swatches

The outer packaging of these NARS Fever Dream palettes really threw me off and I thought the shades were going to be a bit crazy. Then I opened each case and the colors were absolutely beautiful! Both contain 4 eyeshadows, one highlighter shade and one blush shade in gorgeous neutral tones. There is also a mix of matte and shimmer eyeshadows which makes it a great palette to wear every day.

Lost in Luster palette (top picture) has more cool tones while the Wild Thing palette is definitely more warm with orangey/red undertones. I prefer the cooler palette more and know I will get a ton of use out of it, though the warmer palette is definitely wearable. As with most NARS palettes, the powder formula is creamy and easy to blend with just a small bit of fallout.
Swatches from left to right: Lost in Luster Palette, Wild Thing Palette
The highlighters in both palettes are quite bold so I have to apply with a light touch but still like them for daytime. The blush in the Lost in Luster palette is exactly the kind of shade I love to wear and it works beautifully with peach lip colors as well as pink lip colors. For those with fair skin tones, I definitely think the Lost in Luster palette will be a better option, while Wild Thing palette is a better match for those with medium to olive skin tones. I was so impressed with both palettes and think that they are perfect for everyday use.
*pr samples included

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3/19/19

An Affordable Workwear Look For Spring + A Few Tips On Dressing Taller





Sweater - H&M | Pants - H&M | Shoes - Dee Ocleppo (similar here and here) | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Illesteva (similar here) | Necklace - Nashelle | Bracelet - Vita Fede

Paperbag pants sound awful but they are one of my favorite silhouettes. Anything that accentuates the waist is usually a winner for me. The key is making sure the leg is still slim and tapers at the ankle. I found these at H&M and was instantly impressed with their fit and look! A perfect workwear option but they would be great with flats, a tank and a denim jacket for the weekends. Because the pants are so voluminous, I like a fitted sweater or blouse to wear with it and this v-neck is a great staple for under $20.

Another bonus with paperbag pants is they tend to make you look taller because they are so high-waisted. I'm only 5'4" and have a long torso with short legs. So I am constantly trying to find ways to elongate my legs in outfits. This look is a perfect example of how I do that. Here are a few of my tips to make yourself look taller:
  • Choose high-waisted pants over low or mid rise as they create a much longer silhouette.
  • Wear nude shoes. Find shoes that are close to your skin tone as they will give the illusion that your legs are longer.
  • Tuck things in. I rarely will ever leave the front of my shirt untucked because it helps to show off the high waist of my pants/jeans. This helps to continue the long line that a high waist pant will give.
  • Choose slim fits and cuts. I do love voluminous pieces here and there, but for the most part I like to stick with a slimmer silhouette, especially when it comes to pants/jeans. A slim cut that hits high on the waist does wonders for helping make me appear taller and my legs longer.
It took me many years of buying the wrong types of clothes and testing out different looks and styles for me to finally find what worked for my frame and body type. I will occasionally try a new fit or style because I love fashion, and sometimes it will work. But other times, I have to admit to myself I can't wear certain things and I've learned to be ok with that. 

What style of clothing or fits look best on you? What do you gravitate towards?

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3/18/19

My Recent Amazon Order History

Oh the randomness of Amazon buys. I feel like everyone can relate to this since Amazon is the go-to place for anything and everything, so my order history is all over the place. In today's post I'm sharing all the things I've recently purchased. Here and here are links to all my past amazon blog posts which are just as random as this one. LOL

1. Super Coffee - I first found this coffee at Wegmans during a quick grocery run, and was intrigued to try  because I heard great things about coffee with MCT oil. I was hooked after my first one and now buy it by the case for everyone in our house! Normally caffeine makes me very jittery but the MCT oil balances it and prevents jitters or a crash. It's dairy free and sugar free and has 10g of protein per bottle!

2. Spearmint Tea - I prefer mint tea over any other tea flavor, and spearmint is supposed to be best for helping cure hormonal breakouts.

3. Magnetic building blocks for Miles - I bought these because Miles is getting to that phase where he loves to stack things, but he is still a bit too young for them. However, I think he will love these in a few more months when he begins to understand how to put them together and build things.

4. Utensil set for Miles - We have been working with Miles for a few months now on using utensils and these were the perfect size for him to use at each meal.

5. Steamer - I don't iron my clothes (mainly because I hate it), but instead prefer to steam them! I bought a steamer years ago and it just recently died. So my friend recommended this one and I love it.

6. Wall decor - I initially fell in love with this set on Joss & Main but it was out of stock, so this one looked identical. I have them displayed in my bedroom right above my chaise lounge.

7. Toy workbench - Holy cow, this toy has been the biggest hit!! Miles loves this workbench and plays with it non-stop.

8. Beautyblender holder - I normally just place my beautyblender on top of the case it comes in, but it was time I upgraded. LOL

9. Face wipes for Miles - Best face wipes, hands down. I have tried tons of different ones and these work the best. They get him clean and smell fantastic.

10. Bath toys - I thought these foam toys would be fun for Miles to play with in the bath. When they get wet, they stick to the wall and come in animal shapes with cut out letters inside. He initially liked them, but has lost interest at the moment. However, I know they will be perfect as he gets older to help teach him his letters, colors and animals.

11. Ice roller - Best $12 I've ever spent! I love this ice roller and it feels amazing when my face is tired and puffy. I leave it in the freezer and then take it out 5 minutes before I plan to use it.

12. Coffee table books - Amazon is the best place to buy coffee table books because they are so much cheaper! I recently picked up this one and this one to add to my collection (see my entire collection in this post).

Visit my Amazon storefront here to see all my buys and favorites.

3/15/19

Friday Finds

Sweater | Jeans | Bag | Sunglasses | Sandals
Whoop whoop! It's Friday! And I have spring fever big time. The sun and warm weather put me in the best mood. Stan was out washing his car yesterday and Miles jumped in to help. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen. Most of my finds from these past few weeks are spring related with a few other random things thrown in (the random ones are my favorite to share though LOL).

1. I've had sandals on my mind ever since it began to get a bit warmer and I saw these on Target which look very similar to these that everyone has.

2. If you need something that will store your sunglasses, this is the perfect solution!

3. I love unique sports bras and this one has such a cute design.

4. Anytime a new retinol product comes out, I want to try it! This one is on my radar but before I get that, I want to try the new one from Skinceuticals.

5. I know I did an entire post dedicated to my favorite podcasts, but I have a new one to add - To Live and Die in L.A. Their newest episode just came out yesterday and it is a good one!!

6. I live for a good loungewear set and this one is great for spring and summer.

7. I already use a silk pillowcase at night, but think I may upgrade to this anti-aging pillow.

8. White sandals are a must for spring/summer and this pair is so simple and chic.

9. Clear bags are so popular for spring and summer this year. I already have this Staud bag (see it styled here and here) and love it, but here are a few other clear bag options: this bucket tote is a great price point, this one is very Chanel-esque, this one is a splurge but the holographic effect is amazing, my favorite Cult Gaia bag comes in a clear acrylic finish and this one has a unique darker finish.

10. In addition to clear bags, clear shoes are also on trend. This strappy version is so delicate and feminine, these bejewelled flats are so glamorous, this high heeled style is perfect for a night out and this pair is a splurge but so chic and elegant.

11. Two new Diptyque candle scents have launched - Lys and Narguile.

12. Spring always puts me in the mood to organize! Thinking about picking up a few things to help such as these plastic bins, drawer organizers and this lazy susan seems like it would be perfect for so many things.

13. Don't forget to check out The Spring Shop to see all my new finds and if you want to browse all my past Friday Finds, click here.
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