4/1/15

Romper Time

It's romper time!!! I was not totally sold on the romper trend until I finally bit the bullet and bought one. Holy comfortable! And perfect for the warm weather and tropical vacations. I wore this on our last night in Costa Rica a few weeks ago. The resort we were staying at (more on that later this week) had this amazing amphitheatre where you could sit and watch the sunsets every night. They would bring you drinks while you waited, and the sky just lit up with the most beautiful colors - it was simply magical. Of course we wanted to get there before everyone arrived to try and get some shots because the architecture was so beautiful. So we finishing shooting at the pool nearby, walked down the steps to the amphitheatre, turned the corner and BAM! 50+ people just sitting there waiting for the sunset. Womp, womp. And this sort of thing does not bother my husband (then again he is the one behind the camera)), but standing there literally with an audience was not my cup of tea. Lol. We took a few quick shots to take advantage of the fact that we were tourists, but then my nerves got the best of me and I couldn't stand there with a crowd of people watching me. I waited a few minutes to see if other people would take pictures so I could just jump on the bandwagon, but no one did! How is that even possible? Even before I had a blog, my husband and I would take pictures of ourselves everywhere on vacation! Every two steps was an opportunity for a new picture. Well to each their own, I guess. :) In the end, we just sat down, ordered drinks and marveled at the amazing sunset - the perfect end to a great vacation. 

Romper - Yumi Kim (love this pattern and this pattern) | Shoes - Loeffler Randall | Clutch - YSL (similar here) | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (sold out but other color here)

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3/31/15

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection
It wasn't too long ago that Bobbi Brown was touted as the neutrals queen. Heck, I even used to breeze by the counter without stopping because there was not enough "ooomph" to draw me in. But those times have changed - significantly. The collections and products she releases still have a great "neutral" quality to them, but the color ranges, formulations and innovations are holy grail worthy. And what impresses me even more is the fact that any and I mean A-N-Y skin tone can find a full look from Bobbi Brown - all the way from foundation and concealer to lipstick and blush. Many of my holy grail items (this finishing powder in Porcelain Pearl, this lip formula in Sunset Orange and this lip formula in Razzberry) come from BB and I'm sure the list will continue to grow with each new launch!  Here's a look at her newest Hot Collection that certainly does not disappoint!
Bobbi Brown Hot Collection blush swatches for fair skin
1. Cheek Palettes in Calypso and Pink - Remember how I was saying that any skin tone can wear Bobbi Brown? Well, these palettes are a perfect example of that. The pigmentation is rich, yet surprisingly easy to blend out to a more sheer application. The coral palette immediately elicited a gasp when I opened it. I mean - can you imagine a summer look without the complementary peachy flush on the cheeks? I guess you can, but who would want to? And while pink cheek colors are not entirely my bag, Bobbi managed to make these wearable for my pale skin by giving the effect of a rosy glow that looks great with the accompanying punchy pink lip colors in the collection. 
Bobbi Brown Hot Collection lip swatches for fair skin
2. Sheer Lip Colors in Berry and Pink - I am already a fan of the Creamy Matte lip colors (I LIVE for Razzberry), so this formula was equally as fabulous though in a sheer texture. But though they fall more towards that sheer end of the spectrum, they still give quite a good amount of coverage as you can see from my swatches above. These punchy lip colors scream "pool party fabulousness" - am I right? Can't you see these with larger than life sunglasses, a panama hat and a dress with a pattern so busy that it makes your lip color look tame? If you can't imagine that, well then....we need to work on your imagination. LOL 

3. Art Sticks in Hot Berry and Hot Pink - HOLY GRAIL ALERT. I repeat, HOLY GRAIL FORMULA ALERT. As soon as these Art Sticks launched last year, I snagged one in Sunset Orange and after only using it one day, it became a holy grail. These Art Sticks are how every matte lip color should feel on the lips. Creamy, smooth, non-drying and velvety with incredible staying power - yet still emollient enough that it doesn't take 3 years and 15 bottles of cleansing oil to remove! (you know those kinds, right? Ugh.) And of course in keeping with the bold and bright "hot" theme, these colors are sass incorporated. They ARE the look. Fresh skin, mascara for days, a bronzy cheek and these lip colors make for the perfect easy summer look. 

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3/27/15

What Should Be On My Vanity

The spring collections are in full swing now and soon the summer collections will be trickling in - eek! So exciting! Here is a look at some beauty products that caught my eye over the past few weeks:

1. Kate Somerville Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist - If it's from Kate Somerville, I want to try it. And this firming and hydrating mist sounds heavenly.

2. Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne -I know I shouldn't want this just for the packaging, but I kinda do. Is that so wrong?

3. Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo -Guerlain bronzers are my holy grails, and this one looks too good not to add to my collection.

4. Philosophy Iced Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub - It's been a while since I've used a lip scrub, but this one from Philosophy sounds yummy. 

5. Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine -I really enjoyed the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks when they launched, and these new Lipshines seem like a good hybrid between a balm, lipgloss and lipstick.

6. Guerlain Cils d'Enfer So Volume Maxi-Lash - The original Guerlain Maxi-Lash is one of my favorite mascaras of all time, so any version of it I most definitely want to try. Dramatic, bold lashes - yes, please.

7. Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette - I wore the first and original Stella McCartney fragrance for years, and this new version with notes of mandarin, lemon, freesia and rose seems like the a great scent for spring.

8. Chanel Brightening Tri-Phase Makeup Remover - I have yet to try any Chanel skincare, so I think starting with a cleanser may be my best bet. And this new one looks promising.

3/26/15

Review: L'Occitane Almond Delicious Paste and Milk Concentrate

L'Occitane Almond Delicious Paste and Milk Concentrate review
My beauty "wish list" is forever growing, and this duo from L'Occitane has been on it forever. I have heard nothing but glowing reviews on the entire line and knew I had to try it. And after testing it for the past few weeks, it's clear that people are nuts (get it - almonds, nuts - I'm here all week, folks) over it for a reason. 

1. Almond Delicious Paste - My first initial thought when I saw this paste was that it was thick. Too thick to even work with and manage in my hands. Well I couldn't be more wrong. Once I got this in my shower, it warmed up and glided over the skin so easily. And that thickness which initially turned me off was exactly what made it so effective at smoothing and hydrating the skin. It's one thing to exfoliate the skin, but it's a whole other story to condition it at the same time. The thick texture really helps to envelope the skin and leave it nourished and hydrated. When paired with the milk concentrate, my skin feels like silk. Let my summer skin prep begin.

2. Almond Milk Concentrate - The most enjoyable thing about this body lotion is it's bouncy texture. I know, that sounds ridiculous - how can a thick cream be bouncy? But this one is! It has a firm but jiggly (the technical word) texture that moisturizes the driest of skins while still being lightweight. It's one of the most unique textures I've ever felt before, which makes it a pleasure to use. I've always said that beauty products are as much about the experience of using them (packaging, feel, scent, etc) as it is the results. Thankfully this manages to have both and my skin looks and feels great after only using this for a short time. I am now back from my beach vacation and this has been the only thing I want to put on my dehydrated skin. It has helped replenish all the moisture that was lost while simultaneously soothing any itchy or irritated patches that I am still struggling with at the moment. It's relief in a jar.
*pr samples included

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3/25/15

A Tourist For A Day

When I'm packing for vacation, I like to wear pieces that are both fun and comfortable. There is nothing worse than sightseeing around an area that is unfamiliar and your feet hurt, your pants are too tight or your shirt keeps acting up. No one has time for that mess. It will now be my second summer with these Rag & Bone shorts and they are absolutely wonderful. So comfortable with a ton of character and can be worn with just about anything. I knew I wanted to keep it simple with just a t-shirt on top, but when I came across this cute one at Urban Outfitters I felt it was basic enough to pair with other patterns or colors, but a bit more exciting than your average white tee. Now we cannot discuss this outfit without talking about these Mara Hoffman espadrilles! I read some reviews that said these shoes were uncomfortable, and I couldn't disagree more. I found them to be heaven for my feet - especially in the warm weather. They do run small so I recommend sizing up. When heading to warmer climates, I love to experiment with colors and patterns and feel it fits the surroundings so much more. Naturally I had to bring out my colorful Sophie Hulme crossbody bag that I scored on sale last summer - and honestly I was afraid I would never get any use out of it. Fast forward a year later and I have worn it a TON! I anticipate that it will again be my bag of choice for this summer, as will this panama hat. I love a good fedora for the summer, but the wider brim of this panama hat is much better for helping shield my face from the sun. I don't need a tan on my face, that's what my Guerlain bronzer is for. Duh.

Shirt - Urban Outfitters | Shorts - Rag & Bone | Hat - Club Monaco | Shoes - Mara Hoffman | Sunglasses - Ray-Ban | Purse - Sophie Hulme (similar here and love this one)

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