Photos by Em Grey
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Photos by Em Grey
Monday, July 28, 2014
Today's Makeup Monday is all about my favorite highlighters. I am such a fan of highlighters. These actually aren't all the ones that I own. Just my faves!
Lorac Perfectly Lit Spotlight Highlighter (Discontinued, similar here)
I am so sad that you can't get this one anymore, but the new one looks quite similar. The golden tone of this highlighter is gorgeous. It's the right balance of shimmer and golden-ness!
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
If you like the look of the Lorac one, this is another great one. It's not quite as golden as the Lorac highlighter, and it has so much more shimmer. Seriously, you have to use a light hand with this. I imagine this will last for a very long time.
Benefit Watt's Up!
This is a sample that I received from the Benefit counter at the Crabtree Valley Mall Belk store. This is, of course, a golden-tone cream highlighter. This is one of my favorite cream highlighters. It's so creamy and easy to blend.
Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator
This was sent to me by Birchbox for review last year. This is a white liquid highlighter. It is in brush-tip-pen-form, if that makes sense. It is the most natural highlighter I own. That band of white on the package is the product. It doesn't look white when you blend it in, so it gives a very ethereal, gorgeous glow to the skin.
Sonia Kashuk Liquid Highlighter (Discontinued, similar here)
I am so sad that I found this product on clearance. Usually, that means the product is being discontinued. Sonia Kashuk re-released the highlighter in cream stick form. This one is liquid-y like the Dermablend one. It's very golden. Not quite an everyday highlighter, but gorgeous nonetheless.
Top Shop Glow in Gleam
This was sent to me by Aine, when we did a swap in April. I have eyed Topshop makeup products online but was nervous to order any. She sent me a few Topshop products, all of which have been amazing. This has been my highlighter of choice since I received it. Once again, a little goes a long way so a light hand is required. I use it in my "No Makeup" Makeup look.
What do you think about highlighters? A must-have for your makeup routine, or something for special occasions?
Linking up with Carly and Molly
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Well, I have another confession for this week.
One: I used to dislike big necklaces. I don't even remember why I disliked them. I suppose it was more of a small necklace phase, but yeah. Spoiler alert: I love them now.
Two: I used to hate the color red. I know, right?! Red is kind of my color now. I get tons of compliements when I wear it, and it makes me feel confident.
So, of course I had to get this necklace when I saw it on 9th & Elm's site. Unfortunately, this brand's sale is over. I saw this similar necklace on 9th & Elm that is also super cute.
How has your style changes over the years?
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.
Monday, July 21, 2014
As a (super) pale person, bronzer has always made me nervous. A couple years ago, I wanted to try bronzer but thought I couldn't find one to suit my skin. Well, that nervousness didn't last very long. I just started diving into the world of bronzers. These are the ones that I love.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
This is a small size, and as you can see, I've used the heck out of it. It is shimmery, but it's definitely a classy shimmery (does that make sense?). It warms up my skin and gives me a really pretty glow.
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
Another tiny bronzer :) I was very, very surprised that to like this one. This is a pretty popular bronzer in the Youtube beauty world. It's a matte bronzer, slightly darker than the Tarte one. I really have to use a light hand with this, but it's so pretty.
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan
What a weird name for a makeup product, right? If something was actually undetectable, why would I even wear it? I'm pretty sure they mean 'so natural it looks like your actual skin and not this creme bronzer you're about to buy.' But that would take up too much space on the packaging. Anyways! This is a (you guessed it) creme bronzer. I like to wear this under foundation. I apply it in the contour areas of my face (hollows of my cheeks and around my hair line a bit). It looks very natural coming through my foundation. It's one of the more affordable bronzers I own, as well.
Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic
I use this as more of a bronzer-y blush, but it definitely falls in that 'warming up your face' category of face products. You can swirl the colors together to create a custom shade, or you can use each individual color. It not only warms up my cheeks, but it also highlights. I love this multi-tasking product!
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate
This bronzer ranks right up there with the Tarte one. It smells just like chocolate (I love that) and it's that gorgeous, matte, warm brown that just looks so nice on your skin. Plus it smells like chocolate. Did I mention that?
What are your favorite bronzers?
Liking up with Molly and Carly.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Today's Friday Fave post is all about maxi dresses. When I went shopping with Molly and Angela recently, Angela commented that she has lots of maxi dresses but no maxi skirts. Well, I am the opposite! This is my first maxi dress, sent to me by the Mint Julep Boutique.
If you've never heard of Mint Julep Boutique, you seriously need to go check them out. And prepare to get lost in all the clothing. When they asked if they could sent me an item to review, I had the hardest time deciding since everything is so dang cute. So, yeah, go check them out. If you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a $10 coupon!
My original opinion of maxi dresses was that they are not remixable. And you all know how much I love to remix. I gave myself a little challenge -- I chose a dress based on how much I liked it, not the outfits I could foresee. And then I got to mixing and matching! I pulled out quite a few different pieces to put with this dress, but these were my faves.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Second, I love flash sale sites. You've probably heard of Hautelook, Zulily, and Rue La La, amongst others. I was recently introduced to 9th & Elm, which caters to handmade, designer, or otherwise cool items. Think Etsy, only with bargain deals and items are sold even faster. You will absolutely love this site, if you love handmade and independent designers.
With the credit they provided me, I purchased this Gertie & Baxter bike scarf and one other item that you will see next week. I was extremely impressed with how fast my items were shipped and arrived. Within one week, I had both items directly from the designers. If you've ever shopped on a flash sale site before, you'll know that that is fast.
I was very happy with my entire experience on 9th & Elm, including their customer service. I had originally ordered a different scarf, which had been sold out by the time I placed my order. They quickly got my second choice to the designer, at which point she mailed my scarf to me. I love supporting smaller businesses, getting a deal, and receiving fast service. It's a win, win, win for me!
Do you love flash sales, too?
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.