Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quick Tip Thursday: File Your Clothes

   First, I want to apologize for being such a sucky blogger lately.  I don't know why I haven't been able to get into a groove or to feel inspired lately.  I've been getting myself more organized though and oddly enough the holiday season brings on a surge of creativity for me, so I'm hoping to become more my "blogger" self soon.

   Today's quick tip pertains to organizing your clothes.  I just switched from an armoire to a dresser and I was googling tips on how to organize my drawers.  I came across a post from Apartment Therapy that stated that you should "file" some of your clothes to see everything better.

   I did end up filing my tank tops, tee shirts and long sleeved tee shirts and I love it! I fold the shirts and place them in piles as I would normally and just turn them to the side when putting them in the drawer.  The site also states to do this with jeans, but I couldn't fold them nicely enough to do so.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dress Code: Sunday Wedding

    Last weekend one of my good friends Tina got married.  It was a Sunday wedding and my "date" Brianne and I had some difficulty determining what to wear.  Sunday weddings are usually a bit more toned down than their Saturday night counterparts.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to dress for a Sunday or day wedding:

* Stick to shorter dresses.  Long dresses tend to look fancier.

*Tone down the hair and makeup.  A black and grey smokey eye and big hair can look a bit much.

*A black dress is a ok, but try to add some color somewhere.  My friend Brianne had on a black dress, with purple accessories.

*Patterns are completely appropriate if done subtly.

*If it's a day wedding, a sun dress can be appropriate, but make sure it's not too casual!

*Even if it is a day wedding- DO NOT WEAR WHITE!

Friday, October 18, 2013

  Sorry I have been so off the grid lately!  I am just completely unable to get into a work, workout, blogging routine.  I don't know why I am finding it so difficult this year!  Hopefully I can break out of this bad routine quickly.

  Anyway, on Wednesday I received my October Ipsy/Glam bag.  It seems like this month there was a great variety amongst every one's bags.  I must admit, I am quite happy with my bag this month!

*Be Delectable Strawberry & Cream Hand Cream- $10
While the pink girly packaging is a total turn off for me with this cream, the scent is just the most amazing thing ever!  It's also a rich, emollient cream that absorbs pretty quickly in the skin.  When I finish up the current hand cream in my purse, this is definitely up next!

*Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly- $19 for a full size
I really like the Buxom Lip Polishes.  They offer a slight tingle and usually include some sort of sparkly which I'm a fan of.  From the few I've tried, they aren't the most pigmented, but they do look very pretty on the lips.  I can't wait to try out this mauvey/blush toned gloss.

*H20 Hydrating Treatment- $36 full size
I've tried a few products from this brand and have really enjoyed them all.  This moisturizing gel may not be strong enough for my dry skin during the winter, but I am definitely going to test it out for its anti-aging properties.

*Zoya Polish in Mason- $8
This purple color with gold and bronze sparkles is just absolutely stunning!  I can't wait to wear this as I usually like Zoya's polishes.

*Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel- $5
I usually love the products from Big Sexy Hair, so I'm excited to try this one.  I've never used a volumizing gel before, as I usually use mousse or sprays.  This should be an interesting experiment!

  As you can see, I got some great products this month and the bag itself is super adorable!  The retail value of this bag is probably around $36.  For a $10 monthly subscription price, that's a great deal!

What did you get in your Ipsy/Glam bag this month?  Have you ever tried any of these products?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Youtube Made Me Do It: Spa Brush Cleaner Dupe

   I watch tons of Youtube videos.  Ranging from tutorials, to reviews, to recipes and DIY's.  It's true that Youtube makes me purchase a lot of beauty and fashion products, but videos also lead me to trying different makeup techniques, hair styles, and DIY's.

   I want to start a blog series about things I try from Youtube, blogging or Pinterest.  My first attempt was a DIY project from Secret Life of A Bio Nerd.

  Several months ago Sigma came out with a product called the Spa Brush Cleaning Glove.  It was basically a silicone glove with a series of ridges and bumps to help really deep clean your brush.  I loved the idea as I usually suck at thoroughly cleansing my brushes, but I wasn't spending $35 on it.

  Luckily, Secret Life of a Bio Nerd came out with an amazing DIY dupe which cost me literally $5!

  This board cleanses my brushes so amazingly well.  I run my larger brushes along the "bumps" and my smaller brushes over the "waves".  Mine doesn't look nearly as nice as hers, but it works!  I completely recommend this amazing DIY!

What's your favorite DIY project?  I'd love to know what to try next!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Style Sunday: Fall Wishlist

  So I was super bad this week and didn't take any pictures of my outfits, so for this installment of Style Sunday I decided to do my Fall Wardrobe Wishlist!
   Fall is my favorite season to shop and dress for.  I no longer have to worry about sweating by booty off and I can dress for comfort and fashion.

1.  Mustard Anything

Here's a trend that I love, but can be tricky.  Mustard is not always the easiest color to pull off, so I would play around with different tones of mustard if you're going to be wearing it close to your face to make sure it doesn't bring out any sallow tones in your skin.

I think mustard is just one of the ultimate fall colors and I think it's very cozy looking and chic looking at the same time.

2. Aztec cardigans

I have been loving the look of open aztec cardigans.  Throw one of these on over a plain t-shirt and you have an insta-outfit!  Be careful with proportions.  Some of these sweaters tend to be on the longer side and can drown out my fellow shorties.

3. Funky Tights

Recently I've begun watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and seeing Blair's perfect Upper East Side princess wardrobe has me craving colored and patterned tights big time!

4. Mixed Media Jacket

At first this was a trend I didn't love, but seeing more and more jackets with leather or suede sleeves has led me to become quite obsessed with them.  Express seems to have the best options!

5. Elbow Patch Sweaters

I know these were big last fall, and I see them around a lot this fall as well.  I think these Grandpa style elbow patches add something to an otherwise basic cardigan or sweater.  Any time you can add unexpected details to a basic piece, it's a plus in my book!

6. Sneaker Wedges

I don't know if these are still trendy, but I have yet to try these and I want to rock a pair so badly!  Sneakers that can give my tiny self a few inches? Yes please!

What is on your fall shopping list?  I'm always looking for more things to buy :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tip Thursday: No thank you age spots!

   I am super paranoid about premature aging.  I'm all about sunscreen and facial treatments and any anti-aging measure I can take.  However, all of my attention is usually focused on my facial skincare and I usually neglect the rest of my body.  After doing some research I learned that besides your face your neck, chest and hands show aging the most.

So when doing a facial treatment or using an SPF or moisturizer, drag the product down your neck and decolletage  and use an SPF hand scream!  No one likes to rock a turkey neck!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Random Favorites

    While I was experimenting with a few new beauty products, I also experimented with a few new random products as well.  Here are my monthly random favorites.

*Coach Outlet Flats- I bought these cute black and pewter flats from the Coach Outlet over the summer for only $27!  I wore these the first day of work and the left one tore up the back of my foot.  AFter giving them one more try, they actually fit quite well and the padding in the bottom makes them quite comfortable for a day at work.

*Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath- My dad bought this candle for me at the beginning of September and OMG it is fabulous!  I've been on a big Slatkin & Co candle kick lately and my beloved Yankee Candle got kicked to the side.  This has changed all of that- it's a beautiful warm and comforting scent.  A huge recommendation!

*Egg Whites- I have been loving to make egg white omelettes topped with salsa and a few slices of turkey bacon as my weekend breakfast.  It's super healthy and also quite yummy.

*Kristen Gehm on Youtube- If you don't already subscribe to Kristen Gehm on Youtube, you need to.  She is so knowledgable about makeup and she seems like a genuinely sweet and happy person which I love!

What were your random favorites for the month of September?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September Favorites

  The beginning of September was quite steamy, but the last few weeks have provided us with perfect fall weather.  I actually experimented with some new products and was quite pleased with my results.

*Smashbox Photo Finish Primer- I received this sample a few months ago and never played around with it.  I finally finished up my Body Shop primer and decided to give this baby a try.  I can see what all of the fuss is about!  It provides such a beautiful and smooth canvas and helps minimize my massive pores.

*ELF's Evil Queen Lookbook Palette- My Tammy love sent me this and I had to use it the very next day!  This is the absolute perfect fall palette.  The mossy green and deep maroon are stunning.  The texture of these shadows is quite impressive.  I may stalk my Walgreens to see if I'm not too late to get another one!

*Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter- I think I got this in my Sephora birthday present and didn't use it until this month.  I use a small stippling brush to apply this and it really is quite beautiful.  It's a perfect highlight for my pale self.

*NYX Dual Sharpener- Yes, a pencil sharpener made my favorites.  I love sharpeners that have their own little garbage can attached and can sharpen both regular and jumbo sized pencils.

*Hard Candy Concealer Pencil- This little concealer pencil came with my Glamoflauge Concealer.  I have some redness right around my lip line and this pencil is perfect for concealing that redness. I may have to repurchase the Glamoflauge just to get this little pencil!

What beauty products did you reach for all September?

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